Social Ministry First
Sunday Fun Day—Bingo!
Sunday, January 28
Fun for everyone in the congregation — All ages! Join us in the Fellowship Room
for a few rounds of Bingo starting at 4 p.m. Dinner will begin at 5 p.m.
Bingo — Prizes — Snacks — Pop
Loaded Potato/Nacho Bar — Dessert
Lots of great prizes!!
Do You Enjoy Cooking?
Lent is just around the corner, Ash Wednesday is February 14. We are in need of volunteer cooks that will make soup for noon luncheons & evening suppers. These begin on Ash Wednesday and continue through Holy Week. Please sign up at the Welcome Center if you can make soup for any of the available dates.
Valentine Cheer for our Shut-in’s
We will be celebrating our First Lutheran shut-in’s with a Valentine card collection! We wouldlike to brighten their Valentine’s Day and let them know how much they are loved and appreciated by their church family. Valentine gift bags will be decorated by the Faithtime children and labeled with each shut-in’s name. The gift bags will be available in the Fellowship Room from January 21 through February 11! Everyone is invited to add a valentine
or treat to share with the shut-in of your choice. If you would like to remember all of them, we currently have
11 shut-in’s and a list of their names will be available at the display.
Volunteers Needed—We are in need of volunteers to help deliver our Valentine gift bags. If you would like
to help deliver, please feel free to pick up a gift bag after the 10 a.m. service on Sunday, February 11 and deliver anytime by Valentine’s Day. Thank you so much Sharing Christ’s Love with our shut-in’s on Valentine’s Day!
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 taco shells, canned chicken, canned fruit, coffee, hot chocolate mix, dish soap,
Q-tips, laundry soap, pullup training pants and shampoo to share with those in our community. Donations may be left
in the basket by the church office.
- Another way to help!
We are in need of blankets, coats, snow pants, boots, etc. to help keep our clients warm
throughout this winter season.
Did You Know?
The Geneseo Food Pantry has switched to a client choice method of selecting groceries. We now allow clients to select their foods instead of receiving pre-packed bags of groceries. Client choice benefits Food Pantry recipients because it empowers them to make their own food choices and helps to establish an atmosphere of dignity. By choosing their own food, recipients are sure they are receiving food that they and their families need, enjoy, and will use. Less food is wasted, and clients are getting what they truly need. Our newsletter encourages clients to plan their meals and note what they need before they come to the Food Pantry to select their groceries.