Social Ministry First
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.
First Lutheran is the host congregation for this year’s Northern Illinois Synod Assembly. We need volunteers for four sets of tasks:
• Helping assemble packets for voting members, at the church on Thursday, June 7.
• Helping with registration at the assembly, at Augustana College on Friday morning, June 15.
• Driving golf carts and directing people, at Augustana College on Friday & Saturday, June 15 & 16.
• Serving as ushers at the closing worship, at Augustana College on Saturday afternoon, June 16.
You can sign up at the Welcome Center if you wish to volunteer for one or more of these tasks!
Save the Date!
September 29-30, 2018 — All-congregation camping trip!
We will gather for fellowship and worship at Lutheran Outdoor Ministries Center (LOMC) near Oregon, IL
on the weekend of September 29 & 30. Look for more information after Easter.
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 sugar, taco shells, boxed potatoes, tuna, rice, mouthwash, liquid toilet cleaner,
trash bags, toilet paper and dish soap to share with those in our community. Donations may be left in the basket by
the church office.
Thank you to everyone who contributed to the New Building Fund and to those who: helped with the capital campaign, worked on the building project, donated materials/ labor, or helped move all those boxes! This project has received a
great deal of support from the community, and all of you made it happen.