Hunger, Housing, & Hope Team 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:
Freedom From Hunger Our Hunger Team has chosen to hold our annual food drive toward the end of summer on August 5-6 and 12-13 this year. Large, "#10 size" cans will be used to help offset the costs of the Mission of Hope monthly meal and smaller cans will be donated to the Linn County Food Bank. Cash donations will be given to HACAP to help them purchase food to be distributed to Food banks and Feeding programs across their seven-county area. Mark your calendars and check those grocery and department store ads for bargains to help us help others!
Neighborhood Meals Set to Feed Families
FLC members are helping with the Neighborhood Meals and Enrichment Program (NMEP) on Monday and Tuesday of next week, as well as the week of July 24-28. Thank you to the many volunteers who signed up to help with the program. The program is held at St. Paul’s United Methodist, 1340 3rd Avenue SE, Noon -1 p.m.
Due to ongoing construction at the church, volunteers are asked to enter the church from the 14h St SE side of the building. There is parking across from 14th St. as well as in the back of the church. A free meal is available to volunteers who wish to eat. If you have questions about NMEP, please direct them to Jasmine Wu at 364-7927 or Al Fletcher at 365-9844.
During the school year, kids in need come to rely on the hot meal served daily at lunch, but what do they do for nutrition over the summer? Neighborhood Meals Enrichment Program was designed to feed those kids (and their families) during the summer months when school is out. The program has morphed to serve more adults now but the need is still great. Our church has been a strong partner in the program for a number of years. Thanks for your help!
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:
Undie Sunday Our Hope Team is asking for donations of all sizes of brand new underwear on the weekends of July 8-9 & July 15-16. Bring your men’s, women’s, and children’s undergarments still in the package on those dates. We will take them to Waypoint which will disperse them to families in need.
Honoring Health Care Heroes
Calling all Health Care Workers Our “Summer with the Saints” worship series on July 15-16 will focus on the heroes of healthcare. As part of our special healing service we want to recognize you with a special honor at all worship services (5 p.m. Saturday and 9 and 11:15 a.m. Sunday). We would like honor all active and retired nurses, doctors, dentists, therapists, and administrators that weekend. Please join us!
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 email@example.com