Social Ministry First
Sunday, August 5 — First Lutheran Pool Party!
Let’s soak up the sun! You’re invited to First Lutheran’s Pool Party at the Geneseo
Aquatic Center on Sunday, August 5. First Lutheran has reserved the Poolside Room
from 3:00-5:00 p.m. and will provide sandwiches, chips, cookies and beverages during that time. Pool hours are from noon-6:00 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!
Save the Date!
September 29-30, 2018 — All-congregation camping trip!
Congregational Camping Trip at Lutheran Outdoor Ministry Center, Oregon, IL, September 29-30, noon to noon. You may bring your own tent, hook up your RV, or reserve a bed in the retreat center. We will have games and recreation for all ages on Saturday afternoon, a campfire and cookout on Saturday evening, and outdoor worship on Sunday morning. Look for more details in August!
Social Statement on Women & Justice: Share Your Response
Last summer, the Adult Education class completed a study called “Faith, Sexism, Justice: Conversations toward
a Social Statement.” The draft of the Social Statement is now ready for review by members of the Evangelical
Lutheran Church in America (ELCA). You can find a hard copy at the Resource Center or download a digital copy
at www.elca.org/womenandjustice. At the end of the draft, there is a form you can fill out and return to the
committee. Comments must be received by September 30, 2018.
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 Sloppy Joe sauce, pickles, taco seasoning, canned pasta, beef broth, insect repellent, foil, razors, bleach and size 5 diapers 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 the 228 School District. If you want to help us reach
our goal, you may drop off donations at the Food Pantry anytime during normal business hours.