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. 

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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. 

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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. If you are interested or feel called to this ministry please fill out the interest form. 

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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

Wellington Heights Community Church is a multicultural community in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, joining God in the reconciliation of all things through worship, reconciliation and neighborhood development. Located in the historic Paul Engel Center at 4th Ave and 16th Street SE in the Cedar Rapids, the church is led by Lead Pastor Keeyon Carter and Executive Pastor Stephanie Carter, along with a team of lay leaders. For more visit 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. 

Outreach Minsitry

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