Hunger, Housing, Hope, and Global Outreach Team (H3GO) News
The mission of the Hunger, Housing and Hope Committee is threefold: 1) to battle hunger in our community and the world by volunteering and giving generously to programs that feed those with food insecurity; 2) to support efforts
to get people in shelter and/or affordable housing by partnering with entities that serve the homeless and 3) to bring hope of the gospel and love of Christ to people by tithing to our synod, praying for our community, reaching out to those in our neighborhood, and showering blessing upon the guests whom God brings through our doors.
Hunger Team News:
CROP Walk set for Oct. 8
This is your chance to fight hunger. To show the world you care.
CROP Hunger Walks help children and families worldwide – including here in the U.S. – to have food for today, while building for a better tomorrow. CROP Walkers, volunteers and sponsors put their caring into action, raising funds to help end hunger and poverty at home and around the world.
We are walking walking in the Cedar Rapids CROP Hunger Walk and We would like to invite you to join Team First Lutheran church. Just go to http://www.crophungerwalk.org/cedarrapidsia, then click the big blue "Register" button to walk or sponsor an FLC CROP walker.
Together we can be part of the solution!
Housing Team News:
Help for the Homeless
Sleepover for the Homeless Willis Dady is looking for a few volunteers to sleep over for one night at their homeless shelter. Each night Willis Dady can get a volunteer they don’t have to pay their staff, saving $125 for the night. You would receive training, then sleep on a mattress cot in the office area detached from the shelter and answer the phone if it rang or notify staff if an issue came up. A representative from Willis Dady will be at First Lutheran to tell us more on the weekend of July 1-2.
Pigs with a Purpose Raise $48k
First Lutheran members taking our pigs to market at the SE Iowa Synod Assembly. L-R: Suah Borsay, Kari Kempf, Pr. Steve, Thomas Wolle (holding the tail), Pr. Leroy, and Pr. Craig. “Pigs with a Purpose” raised $48,000 from churches all across the Southeast Iowa Synod to fight World Hunger. Our Hunger, Housing, and Hope Team contributed $1,000 of your offerings to the effort. Thank you, church!
Hope Team News:
God's Work Our Hands Day Thank you to the 100+ people who helped us serve our community on We picked up 85 square blocks of trash (the entire Wellington Heights Neighborhood), prayed over and sent out military devotions, baked cookies for those in need, weeded, painted, and re-built our community as a part of God's Work, Our Hands Day - the ELCA's national day of service - on Sunday, Sept. 10th. Service is a big part of our call to faith as Lutherans and we look forward to serving with you in the future!
S.E.M.P. Feeds Those in Need
You're welcome to join us in our 25+ year ministry of serving meals to all those in need once a week with our Saturday Evening Meal Program (S.E.M.P.) People from many churches including our own make up our 18 different serving teams who cook and serve a hot meal to 75-150 people at 4:30 p.m. every Saturday. We haven't missed a week due to weather or holidays in 25 years!
If you'd like to volunteer, contact Vicki Hughes at firstname.lastname@example.org