Social Ministry First
Do you need a mask?
A limited number of homemade masks are available to members and friends of First Lutheran. If you need one, contact
Nancy Cassens at (309)507-1684 or email@example.com. A member of Social Ministry can deliver the mask to you.
ELCA Social Message on Government and Civic Engagement:
The 2019 Churchwide Assembly asked for the preparation of a social message on the church’s
role in civic engagement. A draft of the social message is prepared and ready for comments.
Comments must be received by May 27. You can find the resources here by visiting
A Season of Hope
Lutheran World Relief has developed a special program for the 2020 Lenten Season. Our congregation will walk with people around the world afflicted by war, displacement and poverty by collecting and assembling LWR Personal Care Kits. Those assembled kits will then be sent to distributing centers and provided to those in need. When natural disaster strikes or political conflict flares, families have little chance to gather their belongings before fleeing danger. They arrive at a refugee camp, or other place of safety, scared, vulnerable and dirty from travel. The simple items in a Personal Care Kit allow them
to wash away dirt, sweat and germs with the fresh scent of soap and the softness of a towel, reminders of someone’s
care and concern for them in their plight.
- First Lutheran’s goal for the 2020 Lenten Season of Hope will be 70 Personal Care Kits! As in the past, Personal
Care Kits will include a towel, 2-3 bars of soap, a sturdy comb, nail clipper and a toothbrush. Watch for a display on
the bulletin board in the Fellowship Room for details regarding these items. A complete set, ready for assembly, can be purchased for under $10. Collection will begin on Ash Wednesday, February 26. Please leave items in the basket outside
the church office.
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 syrup, mayonnaise, flour, sugar, salsa, laundry soap, bleach, mouthwash, garbage bags, and feminine hygiene products to share with those in our community. Donations may be left in the basket
by the church office.