The Social Ministries Committee is responsible for choosing recipients of our outreach resources, as well as coordinating many fundraisers to benefit outreach in our local community and around the world. We meet the second Tuesday of the month at church. Please join us! Contact any of our members for more information:
Alain Adjorlolo, Stephanie Almeida (Council Liaison), Joanne Bjornsen,
Kevin Kastning, Ida Beth Morgan, Terry Straka and Ray Thomas,,
Change for Change
When school is out for the summer, many of the nearly 14,000 children in north and east King County who qualify for free or reduced cost meals during the school year may go hungry.
Money deposited in the Change for Change jar in May will go to Hopelink for End Summer Hunger.
Hopelink Food CartThe focus of donations to the Hopelink grocery cart in May will be for replacements for school lunch programs (peanut butter, jelly, fruit cups, cracker & cheese packs, etc.)
First Lutheran Church Welcomes Northshore YMCA Totes-to-Go Program
The program provides prepared food & groceries to families in need throughout the Northshore area. In April 2019, this YMCA program began using the space that was recently used by the Living Truth Chinese Lutheran Church. A small group of YMCA staff and volunteers meet weekly to assemble 30 Totes and 35 Fuel Packs for delivery to over a dozen schools.
In addition to collecting food donations for Hopelink, the Social Ministries Committee is also collecting donations for the YMCA Totes Program. This is another opportunity for First Lutheran to provide nutritionally acceptable and safe foods to children and families in our Bothell and Northshore community. Please look for the YMCA Food Donation Container in the Narthex Caring Corner. Find the list of suggested food items here or in the narthex. For more information, please contact Kathy Konieczka, Donella Robbins or Roger Steinke. Please help and donate!
Stitch by Stitch - God's Love, Our Hands
Do you knit or crochet? First Lutheran has a large supply of yarn which you can turn into knitted or crocheted items that can help others. The yarn is available in Room 104 (downstairs, off Fellowship Hall). Stop in anytime to pick up yarn and get started on a project. Return finished items to the drop box in Room 104. Your knitted and crocheted items will be taken to places such as Compass Center, Eastside Baby Corner, Mary’s Place, nursing homes, animal shelters, and the Multiservice Center. You could also knit for our prayer shawl ministry.
Needed items include:
Warm hats for men, women, and children
Warm scarves for men, women, and children
Sweaters for infants and children to size 14
Twin bed size afghans
Kitty blankets for the Seattle Humane Society (about 2 x 2 feet)
We also have a large amount of cotton yarn suitable for dishcloths, potholders, or other projects.
Questions? Contact Karen Thomas.
2019 Outreach from the General Fund
Social Ministries Committee chooses the monthly recipients of the General Fund Outreach line item. The following are possible outreach recipients and amounts, still to be determined:
January - Maritime Ministries $1100.00
February - Pacific Lutheran University $1100.00
March - Open Door Ministries $1100.00
April - Compass Housing Alliance $1100.00
May - Augusta Victoria Hospital $1100.00
June - Lutherwood Camp & Retreat Center $1100.00
July - Lutheran Community Services $1100.00
August - ELC Tanzania, Morogoro Diocese $1100.00
September - ELCA World Hunger $1100.00
October - Foss Home $1100.00
November - Faith Action Network $1100.00
December - Lutheran World Relief $1100.00