Global Mission in Action
As Lincoln grows and develops as a global community, the same growing and learning is taking place at First Lutheran. Opportunities abound for us to connect with God's children living around the world and with the people who come from around the world to make Lincoln their home. The Global Mission In Action Team's (GMIA) focus is to explore new avenues for learning, serving, connecting and expand our partnerships in the context of global mission. Current projects include refugee and immigrant resettlement and support, Fair Trade product sales, support of Augusta Victoria Hospital in Jerusalem through the Olive Oil project and partnership with the Northern Diocese of Tanzania with the nursing scholarships and other health care projects.
Fair Trade Products
Micah 6:8 calls us, as Christians, to do justice, love mercy and walk humbly with our God. The Lutheran World Relief (LWR) Fair Trade Coffee Project helps us answer that call by righting the injustices faced by small-scale farmers around the world. Coffee is big business - it's one of the most heavily traded commodities in the world. But for the majority of small-scale coffee farmers, the benefits are few. The LWR Fair Trade Coffee Project ensures that more of the money you spend on coffee reaches the farmers who actually grow it. Fair trade coffee is a simple solution that means the difference - quite literally - between surviving and not surviving for small-scale coffee farmers.
First Lutheran is a Fair Trade Coffee church! At all of our fellowship events and throughout the week we serve Fair Trade coffee. By doing this we are helping farmers earn the income they need to feed their families, educate their children, seek medical care and improve their communities. Fair Trade products, including coffee, tea and chocolate, are for sale the first Sunday of the month from 9:30 to 10:30 am in the Commons or by stopping by the church office anytime.
First Lutheran's 2016 Fair Trade sales placed the congregation in the top 4% of the 7,475 faith-based partners partners. For each pound of products sold, Equal Exchange donated 20 cents to Lutheran World Relief's Small Farmer Fund.
Quilting for Lutheran World Relief
A quilt is special! Lutheran World Relief (LWR) explains a quilt brings warmth on a cold night or shelter from the sun on a hot day. It becomes a bed, a room divider, a backpack to carry belongings, and at times, even a home. Each quilt is one of a kind, with a beauty all its own, made as a gift of hope by caring people. Quilts are distributed by LWR to refugees and other people in need.
First Lutheran quilters meet on the 4th Thursday of each month at 9:00 am January to October. The group gladly accepts donations of heavy weight crochet thread (not embroidery floss or yarn) for tying quilts, cotton fabric (flat pieces at least 4" square) and full size flat sheets that are new or gently used. Please no fitted sheets, knits or clothing items. For more details contact, Sunni Richardson, Director of Discipleship, or call the church office at 402-488-0919.