Social Ministry First
Reception for Abby Larson
We will welcome Abby Larson back from her mission trip to Rwanda with Young Adults in Global Mission (YAGM) during a reception before and after worship on Sunday, July 21. Abby will share her experiences teaching at the Rwanda Leadership School and her outreach ministry during the Christian Education time following the worship service. Refreshments will be served by the Spirituality/Wellness Ministry and her family.
Summertime Fun at the Pool!
Come and soak up the sun at First Lutheran’s Pool Party at the Geneseo Aquatic Center on Sunday, August 5.
First Lutheran has reserved the Poolside Room from 3-5 p.m. and will provide sandwiches, chips, cookies and beverages during that time. Pool hours are from noon-6 p.m. and families can use their pool passes or pay
$7 per person to enter the Aquatic Center and swim as much as you like! Kids under 2 years of age are free!
See you there for sun, fun and fellowship!
Work Day—Kitchen Cleaning!
We are so blessed to have such a wonderful kitchen to use. Come and lend a hand as we put a sparkling shine
on our kitchen on Saturday morning, August 3 from 8 a.m. and noon. No sign up required...we’ll see you in the kitchen! Donuts and coffee will be served!
Another Child Foundation is asking for donations of new boots, shoes and socks for distribution in Romania for the October Mission trip. Items collected will be processed and packed in late July and shipped to Romania in August. There is still space on the October team if you are interested in being part of this amazing opportunity. Information can be found on the ACF website: anotherchildfoundation.org
There is a collection box located in the Fellowship Room for donated items. Final collection will be July 18. The need is very great in the rural parts of Romania. I had the blessing of putting new shoes/boots on the feet of hundreds of children during my mission trip in 2018. Please take time to see the pictures of that distribution at the Project Respond kiosk. My prayer is that each child in need will have a new pair of shoes/boots for the next winter. You can be the answer to one child’s prayer!
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.” (https://www.elca.org/prayfastact)
For more information and to hear Bishop Elizabeth Eaton’s statement, please go to https://www.elca.org/prayfastact
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 coffee, lemonade mix, pickles, taco seasoning, baking ingredients, insect repellent, razors, bleach, garbage bags and pull up training pants to share with those in our community. Donations may be left in the basket by the church office.
Another way to help!
We will be collecting donations of new school supplies during July and August. Our goal is to provide new school supplies to every child in need within School District 228. If you want to help us reach our goal, you may drop off donations at the Food Pantry anytime during normal business hours. A list of needed school supplies can be found on each school’s website.