Social Ministry First
Trunk or Treat
Would you love to see lots of trick-or-treaters and kids dressed up in costume? Then First Lutheran’s Trunk or Treat event
is for you! The event will take place on Thursday, October 31 from 4-7 p.m. in the Fellowship Room. Tables will be set up
as stations where children can walk by and receive candy. We need your help...here are three ways to get involved with
• You are invited to donate candy in the “pumpkin” container in the Fellowship Room.
• You can be creative and set up your own “themed” station, dress in costume and pass out
candy to trick-or-treaters.
• You can hand candy out at a station that has been created for you!!
Hurry and sign up at the Welcome Center if you would like to get involved! The smiles and thrills you will get back will make your day and theirs!
Churches United Meal
Come and help serve Churches United meal on Monday, September 30 at 6 p.m. at Mt. Zion Baptist Church,
East Moline! Or if you prefer, desserts (9x13 dessert or 2 dozen cookies) are needed. Call Nancy Cassens
(309) 507-1684 or sign up at the Welcome Center.
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 salsa, chucky style soup, graham crackers, mashed potatoes mix, coffee, bleach,
fabric softener, denture cleanser, garbage bags and freezer bags to share with those in our community. Donations may
be left in the basket by the church office.
Another way to help!
As the weather starts to cool off, light jackets, long-sleeved shirts, and jeans will be needed. Please consider donating your unwanted clothing and household items to the Food Pantry. Many clients get clothing at the
Food Pantry to reduce their spending on clothing for their families.