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LOVING OUR NEIGHBOR IN THE MIDST OF THE COVID-19 PANDEMIC

Here's an important list of many of the organizations we work closely with to reduce the impact of poverty, and to eliminate Hunger and Homelessness in Guilford County. They truly need us now more than ever. Each of these ministry partners has specific challenges related to the COVID-19 pandemic, resulting in greater need for money and food donations, as well as some specific volunteer opportunities. Please go to their websites by clicking on the links below to see how you can help, as you are able. Thanks!

  • Greensboro Urban Ministry (Food, shelter and solutions for people in crisis)
  • Out of the Garden Project (Food assistance for families and children) 
  • A Simple Gesture (Bi-monthly food collection at our homes) - UPDATE BELOW!
  • IRC--Interactive Resource Center (Services for homeless people and those at risk)
  • Spartan Open Pantry @ UNCG, Wesley-Luther Campus Ministry (Food Pantry for UNCG Community)
  • FaithAction International House (Emergency assistance for our immigrant neighbors)
  • BackPack Beginnings (Food, clothing and services for children in need)
  • YWCA (Emergency Family Shelter and services for women and families)
  • Food Assistance - (Food assistance for low-income and disabled seniors) They currently need brown paper grocery bags. Grocery stores no longer donate them so this is an ongoing need. Please drop any you have in the box so labeled, outside the church. Food Assistance also very much needs volunteers to drop off food for hungry seniors. At this time there is no contact with recipients, only drop off. If you can do this during this time of Covid 19, that would be greatly appreciated. Minimal contact risk.
  • Second Harvest Food Bank of NW North Carolina (Safe food access for our communities. 

The following items continue to be important: pastas in cans that kids can make,mac and cheese, canned vegetables, spaghetti sauce in cans and pasta, and peanut butter.  These are still being collected at church and picked up.

A SIMPLE GESTURE UPDATE:

Donations have fallen off after the initial rush of 2 months ago.  The every month pick up of the green bags(instead of alternate months) has helped.  
But, of the 20 or so calls every day needing to be added to the list for food, about 5 are from those who previously were donors.   People have no idea the depths of the need around us and that come July when some of the programs ran out,  the need you escalate.  Also, that we would be shocked at how people of all incomes are being impacted.
On the bright side, people have dropped off their stimulus checks and even food bought with their additional SNAP benefits.  "People want to help."  


 

STREAMING FACEBOOK LIVE WORSHIP

All activities are cancelled at First Lutheran. Please join us Sundays on Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/FirstLutheranGreensboro/) for live-streaming Sunday worship at 9 am (Contemporary) and 11 am (Traditional).   We will celebrate communion at both services on the first and third Sundays.  Have your bread and wine/juice ready!  The last services posted as audio only on the Worship page were from Sunday, March 1.  Until worship service are held again at the church, the services will be live on Facebook and posted below (last 4 weeks) shortly after airing.  

  • Click here to view Sunday, September 27 Contemporary
  • Click here to view Sunday, September 27 Traditional
  • Click here to view Sunday, October 4 Contemporary
  • Click here to view Sunday, October 4 Traditional
  • Click here to view Sunday, October 11 Contemporary
  • Click here to view Sunday, October 11 Traditional
  • Click here to view Sunday, October 18 Contemporary
  • Click here to view Sunday, October 18 Traditional

NEWS YOU CAN USE!

Check out our semi-monthly magazine called "First Glance".  It has articles and other information that is not as time-sensitive as the information in the E-News (sent via email weekly), but still important to our community.  This magazine will also be sent by email.  The deadline for submitting information for First Glance is the 10th and 25th of each month.  Those with email who would like a hard copy can pick up a copy at the church or pay $12 for a mailed subscription.  Contact Barbara Sasser at 292-9125 or barbara@firstlutheran.com to order a subscription.  We will mail copies to all homebound members without email free of charge.  At the bottom of this page you can find links to the latest 6 issues of First Glance.

The Weekly E-News is published digitally each Thursday and is sent via Constant Contact to our members.  If you are not currently receiving a copy and would like to, email lisa@firstlutheran.com to be added to our mailing list.