Welcome to the Presbyterian Church in Geneva 

Worship Schedule:

Sunday, December 1, 2014 –  1st Sunday in Advent

  • 8:15 am – Chapel Service
  • 9:00 am – Sunday School
  • 9:15 am – Adult Education
  • 10:30 am – Sanctuary Service
    • Special Music: Adult Choir, “Savior of the Nations, Come”  Stephanie Smart will accompany the choir on flute.
  • Sermon: “In the Spot Light!”
  • Scripture: John 1:6-28
  • Preacher: Rev. Dr. Deborah Lind-Schmitz

Upcoming Events:

Click here to view Church Events by month.

Nov
27
Thu
Church Office Closed
Nov 27 – Nov 28 all-day
Nov
29
Sat
SERRV Shop open
Nov 29 @ 10:00 am – 4:00 pm

The SERRV Shop is open Saturdays and Sundays throughout the year.  On Saturdays, the SERRV Shop is open from 10:00am to 12:30 pm during the months of February through October and 10:00 am to 4:00 pm during November and December.  On Sundays the SERRV Shop is open after regularly scheduled worship year round.  The SERRV shop is closed during the month of January.

Please call the church office at (315) 789-1343 for an appointment to visit the SERRV Shop during the week.

Nov
30
Sun
Communion
Nov 30 all-day
Faith in the News @ Fellowship Hall
Nov 30 all-day

Stop at the round table in the Fellowship Hall that Adult Education has provided with the newspapers. Join or start a discussion about something in the news while you enjoy your Sunday morning coffee and treat.

Worship Service @ Chapel
Nov 30 @ 8:15 am
Sunday School @ Christian Eductation Wing Upstairs
Nov 30 @ 9:00 am
Choir Practice/Warm-up @ Chior Room & Sanctuary
Nov 30 @ 9:30 am

The 9:30 am rehearsal most Sundays is an optional rehearsal in place for those who were unable to come on Thursday night.   Warm-up time most Sundays is at 10:00 am. Anyone who wishes to participate in Adult Ed can leave just a bit early to come to our 10:00 warm-up.

Worship Service @ Sanctuary
Nov 30 @ 10:30 am
Dec
1
Mon
Bell Choir Rehearsal @ Church Santuary
Dec 1 @ 5:15 pm
Choir Rehearsal with Bell Choir @ Sanctuary
Dec 1 @ 5:30 pm

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SERRV Help & Support Needed 

HELP & SUPPORT NEEDED: (more…)

The Power of Generosity 

My father has always been a very kind and generous man. He even insists on tipping the woman who works at his dry cleaners. Recently, he asked me to stop at the cleaners and pick up his shirts. He handed me the money to cover the cost and reminded me to leave a generous tip. The woman behind the counter, Michelle, thanked me and told me that she had been working two jobs for some time. She said it was often difficult to make ends meet. She told me that last year she saved all the tips my dad gave her and was able to buy a special gift for a friend. She said, “I wouldn’t have been able to afford it if not for your father’s generosity.” (more…)

Merry Christmas From the Parish Nurse 

Dear Church Family,

“Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward men” (KJV Luke 2:14). The angels gave this message of hope and love to shepherds (and us) on the very first Christmas. There were no champagne toasts, decorated trees, sugar plum fairies, or shrimp cocktail (I would have missed the shrimp cocktail). However, I bet it was the best, most amazing Christmas ever! It was the real thing, a birthday party for Jesus (which took place in a barn).

Fast forward to 2014. How many of you noticed in the stores that the Christmas Nativities were right next to the Halloween zombies for sale in October? People are groaning over the never-ending “only __ more days till Christmas!” It’s almost a chore to get everything done and not be broke. Does this look anything like that very first Christmas so long ago? I do Christmas at my house. I stress out about it every year. I remind myself every year as long as I don’t burn the turkey, no one will care about anything else (well, maybe the scalloped oysters, but that’s it). I worry about having everything “perfect” (it never is, but everyone keeps coming back anyway). But the first Christmas was PERFECT, and it took place in a barn, with a beautiful baby boy laid in a manger. The focus was the baby Jesus and He was perfect. The focus was Jesus, same as it should be now. If I interpret the bible correctly, Christmas is all about love. So if you simply show love to someone else, possibly some one in need, I think you are creating the perfect Christmas and honoring our Savior in a way He would like.

So if you are stressing out like I do, just say “Oh cut it out! Spend a little time reading the bible and focus on the gift we were given on Christmas day so long ago.

I wish you all a very peaceful and joyous Christmas, focusing on what is most important!

Merry Christmas Church Family! Beth

Light of the World 

LIGHT OF THE WORLD

A Christmas Cantata
by Arnold Sherman

Thou art holy, Fair and glorious,
All victorious, Rich in blessing.
Rule and might o’er all possessing.
Light of the world, our light has come!

Light of the World is an extended choral work for Advent or Christmas and is based largely on the German chorale tune Wie schon Leuchtet (O Morning Star, How Fair and Bright). (more…)

TOUCH 

“Too often we underestimate the power of a touch, a smile, a kind word, a listening ear, an honest compliment, or the smallest act of caring, all of which have the potential to turn a life around.”   In this quote from Leo Buscaglia we see the impact that comes from a single touch.

On December 14, the sense that will be discussed in the Contemporary Adult Forum will be TOUCH. This is a part of our Advent Season study of the Senses of Christmas. As a part of this five-week study we have been asking congregational members to provide sensory experiences for the lessons. (more…)

Christmas Craft 

Youth Fellowship
December
Grades 6-12

 

When: Sunday, December 7th

Where: Berg’s House

Time: 4:30-6:00 pm (more…)

Caroling 

Youth Fellowship
December
Grades 6-12

When: Sunday, December 7th

Where: Church

Time: Meet at church at 2:15. We will go caroling 2:30-4:00

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December Sunday School Highlights 

CHRISTMAS PAGEANT

Our Annual Christmas Pageant will be Dec. 21, during  the 10:30 Worship Service.

             DRESS REHEARSAL – (NO COSTUMES)

             SATURDAY, DEC. 20 – SPEAKERS – 9:00

                           ORFF – 9:45

                3YRS- 6TH GRADE – 10:00

Dec. 21 – Everyone meet in the Sanctuary at 9:00 SHARP!!! (more…)

Travel the Highways of Advent 

In the Chapel
9:15 – 10:00
Spiritual Forum
Travel the Highways of Advent

Using the book by Stan Purdum, “journey through this liturgical season with understanding, appreciation, gladness, and growth in God’s spirt. Travel the highways of Advent.” (more…)

Contemporary Adult Forum 

Contemporary Adult Forum

In the South Parlor
9:15 to 10:15
An Adaptation of the Christmas Story
The Christmas Senses

 

Advent is a time of preparation for the coming of the Prince of Peace What would it be like to be present in the Christmas story? Come use your senses to experience the birth of Jesus in a new way! (more…)