Social/Outreach Ministry

May Ministry Focus: Quilting

One of the ways that First Lutheran shares God’s Love with the world is through the quilt ministry. It begins with donations of fabric and funds. Dedicated volunteers sew at home turning the donated fabric into multi-colored quilt tops and backs. The donated funds are used to pur-chase batting and other supplies. Once a month, starting at about 9:00 a.m. the church comes alive with the sound of scissors snipping, sewing machines humming and lively conversation. This is when quilt tops, batting and backs are sandwiched together, lovingly tied, then pinned for final sewing at church or at home. Once a year completed quilts are delivered to Lutheran World Relief. From there the quilts are sent somewhere in the world where there are people in need of a warm cover and a reminder of God’s love.

If you are interested in quilting or curious to see how the quilts are made, stop by the church when the quilters are there (fourth Tuesday of each month) and check it out. The quilters would love to show you what they are working on and tell you about the quilts and what they are used for. 

Tied in Faith. Sent in Hope. Wrapped in Love.

 

April Ministry Focus:

Celebrate Earth Day with FLC’s Social Ministry Team!

Our tradition offers many glimpses of hope triumphant over despair… When Martin Luther was asked what he would do if the world were to end tomorrow, he reportedly answered, “I would plant an apple tree today.” When we face today’s crisis, we do not despair. We act.       - ELCA Social Statement: Caring for Creation: Vision. Hope. and Justice

April 22nd is Earth Day  a day that many ELCA congregations and communities throughout the U.S. celebrate the gift of God’s Creation. This month, learn how you can make action and advocacy a part of your  Earth Day celebration by reading the ELCA’s suggested activities below.

To celebrate the Social Ministry/Outreach Team will be handing out packets of pollinator seeds to everyone in worship on Sunday, April 17th. The seeds in these packets are all native MN plants curated specifically to attract and sustain native pollinators and will cover a 10 square feet plot of garden. Contains a mix of 18 species, perfect for accenting existing garden spaces or a new native planting. By planting native plants for pollinators you are doing your part to heal our earth!

Visit the ELCA.org webpage to learn more about the ELCA Advocacy work related to the environment. Navigate to these two recommended places on the ELCA website:

Surf to learn more about what these organizations associated or partnered with the ELCA are doing. 

  • Lutherans Restoring Creation (www.lutheransrestoringcreation.org) is a grassroots program designed to encourage the ELCA to incorporate care for creation into its full life and mission at all expressions – congregationally, synodically and nationally. Resources include a manual to “green” your congregation and the Energy Stewards program to help congregations reduce their energy use, cut costs and protect the environment.
  • Creation Justice Ministries (www.creationjustice.org) educates, equips and mobilizes Orthodox and Christian communions/denominations, congregations and individuals to protect and restore God's creation. Based on the priorities of its members, with a particular concern for the vulnerable and marginalized, this ministry provides collaborative opportunities to build ecumenical community, guides people of faith and faith communities towards eco-justice transformations, and raises a collective witness in the public arena echoing Christ's call for just relationships among all of creation. Resources include annual “Earth Day Sunday” materials for reflection, education and worship.
  • Interfaith Power and Light (www.interfaithpowerandlight.org) is a faith-based response to climate change, helping congregations to respond through the promotion of energy conservation, energy efficiency and renewable energy and people of faith raise their voices in the policy-making arena to advance clean energy and limit carbon pollution. There are IPL chapters in many states.
  • Earth Ministry (www.earthministry.org) is a faith-based organization in Washington state committed to engaging the Christian community in environmental stewardship. Resources include a handbook for congregations engaging in creation care ministries.
  • Green Faith (www.greenfaith.org) works to inspire, educate and mobilize people of diverse religious backgrounds for environmental leadership. Programs include the “GreenFaith Certification” for congregations and the “Greenfaith Fellowship” program for individuals.
  • Energy Star for Congregations (www.energystar.gov/congregations) is a federal government initiative to help congregations cut their energy use, save money and protect the environment. Resources include an Energy Star guide for congregations.

A prayer for the Earth: Almighty God, in giving us dominion over things on earth, you made us fellow workers in your creation.  Give us wisdom and reverence to use the resources of nature, so that no one may suffer from our abuse of them, and that generations yet to come may continue to praise you for your bounty; through your Son, Jesus Christ our Lord. (LBW, p. 49)

 

 February Ministry Focus: Scholarship Program

The Social/Outreach Team has designated the First Lutheran Church Scholarship Program as its focus for the month of February. The purpose of the Scholarship Ministry of FLC is to provide financial support and opportunities to graduating high school seniors desiring to further their academic development by attending an institution of higher learning. As in previous years, the FLC Scholarship Team will coordinate the acceptance of donations and the selection of scholarship recipients. One of the selection criteria for the scholarships is that the student has been active at FLC during their high school years. Since 2009, students have been awarded FLC Scholarships. The team goal for the coming years is to be able to give scholarships of larger amounts to deserving students.

You will find an envelope enclosed with the newsletter specifically for your convenience in contributing. Envelopes will also be available in the media area at the entrance of the church. Donations can be placed in the offering plate, left in the church office or mailed to the church.

Every year generous donations have helped fund the First Lutheran Scholarship Program. In February, a former scholarship recipient will give a Temple Talk at both services to explain the benefits of the program. We thank members for their generous support in the past and ask for your prayers and support that God may continue to bless this program. The team also coordinates the application process for the Johnson Family Scholarship, generously established by the family of Wayne Johnson in honor of the late Donna Johnson.

Scholarship application information and materials for both scholarship opportunities will be mailed to all eligible high school seniors in March.

 

January - Bible Camp Campership Fund

A week at Bible Camp makes a life-long impression on the lives of girls and boys as they learn about God’s love in an outdoor context. At camp youth form new relationships with kids from other congregations under the guidance of trained college-age camp counselors, they learn new songs and engage in holy play in God’s creation.

We at First Lutheran are pleased that we have been able to provide financial assistance in the form of a "campership" to young people in our congregation who attend various summer Bible camps and other youth leadership events. Last year we had several youths attending.

The fund used for the "Campership" financial assistance has been almost depleted and the special giving in the month of January has been assigned to this need. Thank you for your investment in the faith formation of our youth at First Lutheran!

October Ministry Focus: Prayer Shawl Team

First Lutheran’s Prayer Shawl Team has been active for several years. Shawls are crafted by hand and woven with prayer. Recipients of the shawls are members and others who are in need of being “wrapped” in prayer. 

Prayer Shawl Ministry Purpose: The Prayer Shawl Ministry wishes to combine the wonderful fellowship found within FLC and its community with our talents of knitting or crocheting, to form a prayerful ministry that reaches out to those in need of comfort, solace and prayer.

Qualifications: Ability to do simple knitting and/or crocheting patterns. The team is willing to give lessons to anyone that may be interested in helping knit or crochet. Finished prayer shawls are given a blessing from Pastor before distribution.

You do not have to knit or crochet to be part of this ministry. You can be a part by delivering prayer shawls. Contact the church office for more information.

The Prayer Shawl Team is in need of monetary donations for the purchase of yarn to complete the prayer shawls.

2019 November Ministry Focus:

Adopt-a-Family Sunday, November 17- Wednesday, Dec. 4 get ready to go Christmas shopping! Members of First Lutheran will have the opportunity to shop for a child in need because we are once again part of Le Sueur County’s Adopt-a-Family Christmas. Ten families will give us their wishes for the basics: coats, hats, mittens, shoes, boots, socks and other clothing.

On Sunday, November 17, provided the family wish lists are ready by then, our Giving Tree will be in the narthex filled with tags. Each tag will include a gift item as well as any other information we are given such as age, gender, and size. You may choose a tag or two from the tree as your shopping list.!

All gifts must be delivered unwrapped and labeled with the original tag from the tree to our Giving Tree. Please include a gift receipt with your purchases if possible. The last day to drop off gifts is Wednesday, December 4.

Cash donations are accepted as well. FLC will shop for any tags left on the tree with your donations. Clothing items for teens are also being purchased for a “store” at the Santa Anonymous event, where parents will be able to choose from a wide selection to find just the right size and style for their teenagers.

The Adopt-a-Family Christmas is coordinated through Le Sueur County Human Services. They find families in our county who could use our help getting their children some new clothes, and, each year, the number of children in need has grown. St. Wenceslaus Parish in New Prague arranges for families, organizations, and churches to adopt and shop for the chosen families.

March 2019 – Food Shelf

Minnesota FoodShare began its work in 1982 with a campaign advanced by congregations to restock food shelves in the 7-county Twin Cities Metropolitan Area. The effort was so successful and the need was so evident, the March Campaign became a statewide program just one year later.

The largest grassroots food and fund drive in the state, the Minnesota FoodShare March Campaign brings together various community organizations, businesses, and faith communities to help stock nearly 300 food shelves statewide. In 2017, over $8 million dollars and 4.7 million pounds of food were raised by Minnesota food shelves and Minnesota FoodShare.

Minnesota FoodShare envisions a Minnesota where all residents have access to healthy food and no one struggles with food insecurity. The March Campaign addresses these issues directly and we invite you to join our efforts and advocate for long-term solutions to food

February 2019 – First Lutheran Scholarship Fund

The Social/Outreach Team has designated the First Lutheran Church Scholarship Program as its focus for the month of February. The purpose of the Scholar-ship Ministry of FLC is to provide financial support and opportunities to graduating high school seniors desiring to further their academic development by attending an institution of higher learning. As in previous years, the FLC Scholarship Team will coordinate the acceptance of donations and the selection of scholarship recipients. One of the selection criteria for the scholarships is that the student has been active at FLC during their high school years. Since 2009, 33 students have been awarded FLC Scholarships. You will find an envelope enclosed with the news-letter specifically for your convenience in contributing. Envelopes will also be available in the media area at the entrance of the church. Donations can be placed in the offering plate, left in the church office or mailed to the church. Every year generous donations have helped fund the First Lutheran Scholarship Program. In February, a former scholarship recipient will give a Temple Talk at both services to explain the benefits of the program. We thank members for their generous support in the past and ask for your prayers and support that God may continue to bless this program. The team also coordinates the application process for the Johnson Family Scholarship, generously established by the family of Wayne Johnson in honor of the late Donna Johnson. Scholarship application information and materials for both scholarship opportunities will be mailed to all eligible high school seniors in March 2019. —The 2019 Scholarship Team

January 2019 - Bible Camp Campership Fund

A week at Bible Camp makes a life-long impression on the lives of girls and boys as they learn about God’s love in an outdoor context. At camp youth form new relationships with kids from other congregations under the guidance of trained college-age camp counselors, they learn new songs and engage in holy play in God’s creation.

We at First Lutheran are pleased that we have been able to provide financial assistance in the form of a "campership" to young people in our congregation who attend various summer Bible camps and other youth leadership events. Last year we had several youths attending.

The fund used for the "Campership" financial assistance has been almost depleted and the special giving in the month of January has been assigned to this need. Thank you for your investment in the faith formation of our youth at First Lutheran!

 

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April - Quilting

A quilting group was started by Grace Kamrath about a decade ago with a dozen women completing a hundred quilts a year for Lutheran World Relief.  A LWR “tracker” noted that of the 80 quilts FLC Quilters delivered to the MPLS site this year, 73 were shipped to Lebanon.  Other places that received quilts were: Chad, India, Peru, Philippines, Tanzania and Thailand.

The First Lutheran unit is a small part of that big picture.  Through your donations and other sources, this year we spent $400 on four rolls of bating to make quality quilts.  We made a $230 contribution in 2013 for shipping costs as it averages about two dollars per quilt to ship.  There will be a container for monetary contributions on January 18th when quilts are displayed throughout our sanctuary. ( Donations accepted anytime at the Church Office)

We quilt mornings the fourth Tuesday of every month with an average of eight women; down four in number.  Four of these make quilt tops at home and two sew around the binding to complete the tied quilt.  A recent volunteer is assisting with the last step by picking up quilts and sewing around them at home.  Please join us if you can tie a knot, pin edges together, sew together blocks at home or help the new volunteer with final sewing.  Each small unit needs to maintain quotas to keep fulfilling goals of LWR.  Contact the church office to be put in contact with this group.

May – Habitat for Humanity

The mission focus for the month of May is Habitat for Humanity. The Le Sueur/Henderson committee will be building a home on the lot at the corner of Dexter and 5th Streets. The family it is being built for is a veteran and his wife. The home will have some handicap accessible modifications.
Once again, your generosity in giving to the local committee will help pay for equipment needed for this build and will also go towards the cost of a part time building construction manager. You will find a wooden beam with a drain spout in the Narthex, Please put your donations into the drain spout and sign the beam, which will be used in the construction of the house.
Volunteers are always needed and appreciated in the building process. If you have time to give to this worthy project please contact the Church office or May Newsletter for contact information.
The Le Sueur/Henderson committee is appreciative of the city of Le Sueur for granting a variance for a build on this lot, which we were able to obtain at a minimal cost.

June –

July – Giant Days Parade Unit – Collecting Food Shelf Donations

August –

September – God’s Work. Our Hands.

November – Adopt a Family

2014 November’s Outreach Project
Last year 326 needy families in Le Sueur County, including over 800 children, had a brighter Christmas through the Adopt-a-Family program.
Adopt-a-Family is coordinated through Le Sueur County Human Services. Families are screened through the county offices on the basis of economic need. St. Wenceslaus Parish in New Prague arranges for local families, organizations and churches to adopt and shop for the chosen families. Cash donations are also accepted to supply the remaining families.
The goal of this program is to provide the basics: coats, hats, mittens, shoes, boots, socks and other clothing items. First Lutheran participated last year by donating gifts for 8 families; in 2014, we are upping the ante and “adopting” 10 families!
A Giving Tree will be set up in the narthex by November 15th. On the tree will be tags for you to choose for shopping. Each tag will include the gift item as well as the age, gender and size, with names removed for privacy. Financial dona-tions are also accepted. In fact, we’re off to a great start – our GNH children are contributing their offering monies toward this program this year!
All gifts must be delivered unwrapped and labeled with the original tag from the tree to our Giving Tree in the narthex by Sunday, December 7th.

December – Love Baskets

December’s Outreach Project
2014 – The date for this year’s Love Basket Project has been set for Saturday, December 20. As you are doing your fall baking please keep this project in mind. Donations of small breads, cookies, bars, candy, and special treats are very much appreciated. Cash donations will also be received toward the purchase of fresh fruit and packing materials to complete the baskets. As we get later into November, the committee will also be looking for individuals to make the home visits and deliveries. The contact person for this project is Susan Podhradsky. Call the Church office for contact information.
REMEMBRANCE…
As we prepare for another Advent/Christmas season and begin organizing the Love Basket Project, I would like to acknowledge the “behind the scene special contributions” of Donna Johnson. Donna would bake a vast variety and amount of special treats to be included in the baskets. If you have been a recipient of a delivery, you have been blessed by the love and care Donna put into everything she baked.

Bingo –

First Lutheran volunteers the 2nd Monday of the month at Gardenview Nursing Home running BINGO for the residents. BINGO will be played from 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Volunteers should be there to set up at  6:15 p.m. The residents enjoy socializing with the volunteers, children are encouraged to volunteer also, it is a fun family volunteer event.  If you are interested in volunteering please call the church office at 507-665-2615.

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May - Quilting
Posted: April 27, 2022

May Ministry Focus: Quilting One of the ways that First Lutheran shares God’s Love with the world is through the quilt ministry. It begins with

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