saturday evening meal program (SEMP)

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The Saturday Evening Meal Program feeds anywhere from 75 to 150 people every Saturday night a free meal, no questions asked.  Several different teams of volunteers take turns each week to prepare and serve the meal.  If you are interested or feel called to this ministry please fill out the interest form. 

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Hunger Team

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The mission of the Hunger Team is to battle hunger in our community and around the world by volunteering and giving generously to programs that feed those with food insecurity. If you are interested or feel called to this ministry please fill out the interest form.

Our Next Project is Neighborhood Meals June 13-17; 20-24 — Help serve Neighborhood Meals at our neighbors at St. Pauls UMC. We serve everyone with no discrimination; but aim to help students who cannot access free and reduced meals at school during the summer months. Register at neighborhoodmeals.org

Housing Team

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The mission of the Housing Team is to support efforts to get people in shelter and/or affordable housing  by partnering with entities that serve the homeless.  If you are interested or feel called to this ministry please fill out the interest form. 

Our next Project is June 11 — Habitat Faith Build

Join with other area churches in helping to build a house for a deserving family at 1131 16th St. SE, Cedar Rapids as part of the Thrivent Faith build this year. We expect to be installing siding, but as always that is contingent on the weather cooperating for the next month. If you have any questions, feel free to contact Scott Gerhold at 319-270-8100 or srgerhold@aol.com. There are always jobs for every skill level and leaders looking to help teach new skills at every Habitat site!

Register to help here.


Hope team

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The mission of our Hope Team is to bring hope of the gospel and love of Christ to people by tithing to our synod and giving generously to our community, praying for and reaching out to those in our neighborhood, and showering blessing upon the guests whom God brings through our doors.

Our Next Project is  June 12 — Save Lives; Give Blood

Discover the life-saving treatments you can provide to our neighbors in need through blood donations given at our Impact Life Blood Drive on Sunday June 12, 1-4:30 p.m. All presenting donors will receive a voucher for a $10 gift card of their choice. Details and Registration here.

global outreach team

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The mission of our Global Outreach Team is to help the congregation connect with Global Outreach opportunities within the wider work of the ELCA and other organizations such as our partnership with the SAME Lutheran congregation in Tanzania. If you are interested or feel called to this ministry please fill out the interest form. 


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Wellington Heights Community Church

First Lutheran has had a long connection and interest with the Wellington Heights neighborhood, serving people primarily through the Saturday Evening Meals Program (SEMP) and the summer lunch program in collaboration with St. Paul’s Methodist Church. FLC leadership believes that entering into a shared partnership with the Wellington Heights Community Church will serve the Gospel in many ways, both in supporting outreach into the community, and in receiving the gifts of the Spirt for reconciliation and peace from that ministry.


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Outreach Minsitry

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