Social Ministry First




 Angel Tree


Our Christmas tradition continues here at First with the support of an “Angel Tree” which will provide Christmas gifts for Allure, Hillcrest Nursing Home, and our Food Pantry family. Social Ministry invites you to choose an angel from the angel tree display located on the bulletin board between the double glass doors at the South entrance. The angel tags are requests or suggestions for needs to give the residents some Christmas cheer! Gifts should
be in bags with the angel tags attached and under the tree in the Fellowship Room near the kitchen by Sunday, December 13 in order to allow time for delivery.


                                      Thanks for all the blessings you share with others!







Free Christmas Dinner


Our First Lutheran family will once again provide a warm Christmas dinner for neighbors and members. This year we will be offering delivery and curbside pick-up for meals and will not be able to provide dine-in meals. Deliveries will be made within the Geneseo and Atkinson communities. The menu will include roasted turkey, mashed potatoes & gravy, green bean casserole, sage dressing, and festive cookies. Reservations are recommended by calling Marlee Stiener at (309) 441-5194 or Janet Larson (309) 507-2997. Deadline for reservations is Wednesday, December 23.


  • Volunteers are needed to prepare food on December 23 as well as to package or deliver meals on Christmas Day from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Call or email Janet Larson at if you are able to volunteer.

Let’s work together to provide a little joy and fellowship.







Christmas Gifts for Children Served by LSSI


This year has been especially challenging for so many of LSSI’s clients. First Lutheran has been invited to be part of an effort to provide a Christmas gift to each child served by our programs, as well as ensure that they have essential items such as coats and boots during the winter. In past years, we have gathered wish lists and asked you to shop for the items. This year, we are trying something new – you are invited to join others in the area and donate online through Just Giving. LSSI has set a goal to raise $4,410 to meet the needs of 294 children served by LSSI’s programs in Moline, Galesburg, and Canton.


Here’s how: 

              1.  Visit 
              2.  Click on the “donate” button

              3.   Make a secure gift to brighten a child’s Christmas!








    Jul Gott


     Jul Gott 2020 has been canceled due to COVID-19! We are very disappointed but hopeful

     our congregation can still provide for the organizations you have supported year after year (Lutheran World Hunger, Backpack Blessings and the Geneseo-Atkinson Food Pantry). This year we will be
sending a Christmas Card to each member requesting you prayerfully consider giving a monetary donation
to Jul Gott so that we may continue to support these organizations. Last year we raised over $5,000 and are

hoping with your help we can do the same!!!


                                                 Merry Christmas and Blessings to all!








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-Atkinson 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-Atkinson Food Pantry is collecting juice, beans, canned carrots, pickles, flour, hand soap, disinfecting wipes,

all-purpose cleaner, razors, and Kleenex to share with those in our community. Donations may be left in the basket by the church office.


Please Note — With the recent increase of Illinois COVID cases, specifically in Henry County, we are no longer taking clothing or household donations. Our main concern is the safety of our volunteers, clients, and staff. We
will continue to take food donations on Mondays from 9-12 and 1-4. We ask you to leave only food donations

in the carts located outside both our front and back doors. Monetary donations may be made on our website at: or mailed to:  620 W Main Streeet, Geneseo, 61254. We will continue to offer curbside food pick up every Tuesday from 9-11:30 a.m. to our clients. If you or your family need assistance please reach out to us at 944-3165. We will re-evaluate our policies when the COVID cases in Henry County decrease. We continue to pray for everyone’s safety. 


Thank you for your support throughout the year.

We ask God to bless you and our families during 2021!










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