Social Ministry First
“Race: The Power of An Illusion”
If you were not able to attend our Race: The Power of An Illusion video showing and group discussion in September, you are still able to take part in this national conversation by viewing the video and reading
the accompanying resources from the comfort of your own home. All three videos are viewable online
at https://mem.intervarsity.org/resources/race-power-illusion-documentary, or by checking
the church’s DVD set out from the church office. Then visit https://www.racepowerofanillusion.org
and click on Resources for thought provoking material that can also serve as conversation starters. If you
would like to talk about what you’ve seen and read, our Social Ministry committee would like to hear from
you and have good conversation about it.
Lutheran World Relief School Kits
Items for Lutheran World Relief school kits will be collected during the month of August. Following is a
list of items that are needed to pack in cloth drawstring backpacks and sent to places where even the
few required school supplies may be more than a family can afford.
• 70–sheet spiral notebooks (no loose-leaf paper)
• rulers (30 cm)
• pencil sharpeners
• blunt scissors
• #2 unsharpened pencils
• black or blue ballpoint pens (no gel ink)
• Crayola crayons (16 or 24 count)
• 2 ½” erasers
Please Note — Each school kit requires four of the 70-sheet spiral notebooks. Donations may be left in the basket outside the church office or in the buckets on the table below the bulletin board display. Thank you for giving a child the opportunity to go to school. Pencils and paper can help write a positive future!
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-Atkinson Food Pantry is collecting brown sugar, powdered sugar, microwave popcorn, single serve oatmeal, unsweetened cereal, toothpaste, toothbrushes, antibacterial wipes, and dish soap to share with those in our community. Donations may be left in the basket by the church office.
Another way to help! — As fall approaches our clients will be in need of lightweight jackets,
long sleeve shirts, and jeans. A large number of families and individuals use the items donated
by the community to reduce the cost of clothing for their children
• The Food Pantry will be closed Monday, September 7, in observance of Labor Day.