Social Ministry First



RE-MARK-ABLE Conversations with the Bishop

We are a RE-synod! We are MARKed with the cross of Christ. We are ABLE to faithfully forge ahead in the
name of Jesus. As we move toward REvitalizing, REforming and REnewing, Bishop Jeff Clements and the synod staff invite you to an evening of conversation. We want to hear what you’re experiencing right now and with what your are experimenting. The guided conversation will allow congregations of each conference to hear more of what others are doing, too. ALL are invited. Tuesday, November 28 — West Conference — Trinity Lutheran Church, 1330—13th Street, Moline. RE-MARK-ABLE Conversations begin with a light super at 6:15 p.m. and continue at 7:00 with the opening devotion and continued conversations.






 Military Care Packages


In the spirit of Christmas, Social Ministry would like to send a care package to each of our First Lutheran military personnel that are serving in areas of conflict. We want them to know how much we appreciate the sacrifice that they are making to serve our country. Some gift suggestions include: Snack sizes of nuts, chips (corn or nacho travel best), cookies, granola bars, beef jerky, trail mix, crackers, pretzels, pens, note cards, stationary, envelopes, postage, crossword puzzle books, paperback books, DVD’s and handheld games. Donations may be put into any of the gift boxes located at the display in
the Fellowship Room by Sunday, December 3.

“Thank you for helping us to bring some of the comforts of home to our military personnel.” 





Jul Gott — We Need You!

Jul Gott — Cookies & Silent Auction will be held on Saturday, December 2 from 9 a.m. to noon. Christmas and other craft items needed! And new this year we are welcoming any of the following items:

• Christmas and other craft items

• Re-gifted items in “new” condition

• Individual or Group Baskets

If you are willing to donate, please contact Linda Storm at 944-3317 or Diane Converse at 309-269-6031. All proceeds

from this event will be split between Backpack Blessings, Geneseo Food Pantry and Lutheran World Hunger.




Christmas Walk Pasta Dinner
Saturday, December 9

The youth of First Lutheran will again be hosting a Pasta Dinner for everyone in the community to enjoy! Spaghetti, green beans, garlic bread and homemade desserts will be served in the Fellowship Room from 4-7 p.m. The cost of the meal is $6 for adults and $4 for children age 10 and under. All proceeds will benefit Youth Ministry. We appreciate any and all volunteers willing to help us make this another successful event! If you are interested, please sign up at the Welcome Center or pew slips will be available the weekend of November 18 & 19. Work

shifts are from 2:30-5 or 5-7:30 p.m. We are also looking for donations of desserts. Thank you for your support!




Angel Tree

Our Christmas tradition continues here at First with the support of an “Angel Tree” which will provide Christmas gifts for a local family from the Geneseo Food Pantry and those in need in the Geneseo area. On Saturday, November 25, the tree will be decorated with angels and Social Ministry invites you to select an angel of your choice, purchase the gift, wrap it in a gift bag and place it under the Angel Tree by Sunday, December 10. (Please be sure to attach your angel to the wrapped gift, so we can get it to the appropriate recipient.)

     Thank you for helping celebrate our Savior’s birth with those in need. Through the years, our church has touched the
lives of so many in our community with our Angel Tree and the gifts are greatly appreciated.




FLC Wild Game Feast?



The thought of First hosting a wild game feast (sharing His bounty) has been lightly discussed.
Is this something that would interest you? If so, when, what and who? Please share your
thoughts with Bob Groene 441-5544 or


Social Ministry News

Included in the bylaws for Social Ministry there is the statement that the duties of Social Ministry may include:  Local community needs - “study social conditions in order to bring the cleansing and healing light of the Christian truth to be upon critical problems through thoughtful Christian discussion of facts and issues.” In this regard, Social Ministry will periodically share information on the advocacy work of the ELCA.

      On May 18, 2017, the presiding bishops of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America and the Episcopal Church issued

a joint invitation to a season of prayer, fasting and advocacy. This advocacy is called, “For Such A Time As This.” Lutherans are encouraged to pray and fast on the 21st of each month. 

      “We fast on the 21st of the month because that is the day when 90% of Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits run out for families, making the remainder of the month a hungry time. On this day, an advocacy alert will also invite participants to speak their faith by sending a message to their members of Congress.” (

      For more information and to hear Bishop Elizabeth Eaton’s statement, please go to





Social Ministry reaches out to the spiritual, nutritional and physical needs of persons in our community and the world. Social Ministry here at First Lutheran serves the needs of others through some of the following activities:

  • Geneseo Food Pantry - necessary home items and food are contributed monthly to low-income families by
    members of First Lutheran. Scroll down to see a list of current needs.

  • Audio Ministry - recordings of the Traditional Sunday service are available on CD for homebound parishioners
    and others desiring copies of our worship services. Contact the church office to arrange for this service.

  • Churches United Meal - meals are provided for low income persons.

  • Rebuilding Together Geneseo/Cambridge - volunteers help refurbish and repair homes of those in need.

  • World Hunger Appeal - fund raisers, such as fast-pitch softball with a local television station, help raise money
    to help the hungry around the world.

  • Lutheran World Relief - members contribute to the clothing drive to help those less fortunate around the world.

  • Souper Bowl of Caring - through this effort money and food are collected nationally on Super Bowl Sunday and
    then distributed to local charities.


Food Pantry Collection

The Geneseo Food Pantry is collecting flour, taco shells, jelly, canned chili, flavored oatmeal, toilet paper, aspirin, paper towels, bar soap and conditioner to share with those in our community. Donations may be left in the basket by the church office.

  • Update on Building!
    The estimated completion of the new building for the Food Pantry is the end of November, but because of our busy holiday season, we will move in after the holidays. Thanks you to all who contributed and supported this project!

Did You Know?

The Geneseo Food Pantry has switched to a client choice method of selecting groceries. We now allow clients to select their foods instead of receiving pre-packed bags of groceries. Client choice benefits Food Pantry recipients because it empowers them to make their own food choices and helps to establish an atmosphere of dignity. By choosing their own food, recipients are sure they are receiving food that they and their families need, enjoy, and will use. Less food is wasted, and clients are getting what they truly need. Our newsletter encourages clients to plan their meals and note what they need before they come to the Food Pantry to select their groceries.



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