Welcome to The Presbyterian Church in Geneva

Worship Schedule:

Sunday, Sep. 25, 2016 – 19th Sunday After Pentecost

  • 8:15 am – Chapel Service
  • 9:00 am – Fellowship / Coffee Hour
  • 9:00 amSunday School
  • 9:15 amAdult Forum
  • 10:30 am – Church Service
    • Special Music: “In the Shadow of Your Wings”, Adult Choir, Steve Jones, Oboe
  • Hymns:
    • “The Church’s One Foundation” (#321)
    • “There’s A Wideness In God’s Mercy” (#435) – 10:30 am only
    • “O, For a World”  (#372)
  • Scripture: Genesis 37:3-8, 17b-22, 26-34, 50:15-21, Luke 6:35-36
  • Sermon: “Dream On!”
  • Minister: Rev. Dr. Deborah Lind-Schmitz
  • 10:30 am – Fellowship / Coffee Hour

Upcoming Events:

Click here to view Church Events by month.

Sep
29
Thu
Choir Practice @ Choir Room
Sep 29 @ 7:00 pm

Our active and vibrant choir meets on Thursday evenings from 7:30 until 9:00. The choir is open to all adults and high school students who enjoy singing. Throughout the year, we sing for Sunday Worship and for special occasions such as Christmas Eve, Maundy Thursday, Easter Sunday, and the Sacred Song Service. We welcome you to come and join us.

Oct
1
Sat
SERRV Shop Open
Oct 1 @ 10:00 am – 12:30 pm
Oct
2
Sun
Blood Pressure Clinic @ North Parlor
Oct 2 all-day

Beth Nicholas will be checking blood pressures in the North Parlor immediately following each service.

Communion
Oct 2 all-day
Worship Service @ Chapel
Oct 2 @ 8:15 am
Sunday School @ Christian Eductation Wing Upstairs
Oct 2 @ 9:00 am
Adult Forum @ South Parlor
Oct 2 @ 9:15 am

Adult Forum
Meets from 9:15-10:15 on Sunday morning
in the South Parlor

Join us this fall as we explore both our own faith and the promises and challenges of interfaith cooperation.

October

We will spend the month considering interfaith cooperation or “Changing the World by Coming Together,” working with a DVD-based series featuring presentations by Eboo Patel.  According to the Cokesbury website, in this series Patel “explores what it means to be ‘literate’ about other faiths, how interfaith cooperation ‘works’ and why, the skills needed for interfaith cooperation and the significant role that our institutions, including colleges and faith communities, can play in this process.”  Patel is a Muslim of Indian heritage and American citizenship who is a regular contributor to such publications as the Washington PostUSA Today and the Huffington Post.

Worship Service @ Sanctuary
Oct 2 @ 10:30 am
Oct
3
Mon
Bell Choir Practice @ Sanctuary
Oct 3 @ 5:15 pm

A wonderful opportunity to musically celebrate our Faith is with the Bell Choir which has had a resounding year. The Bell Choir meets Monday evening from 5:15 to 6:15 and is a great group of fun loving ringers. If you have never rung a bell, you are in for a treat. It is a wonderful experience to stand in the middle of such beautiful sound. We are a group of both very experienced ringers and beginners. We have great fun AND make beautiful music. Come and join us on Monday evenings!

Click here to view the full calendar.

October 2016 Preaching Schedule 

Oct. 2
World Communion Sunday
Sermon: “Freedom and New Life”
Scripture: Exodus 12:1-13, 13:1-8, Luke 22:14-20

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From the Pastor 

Preaching using the Narrative Lectionary

For a couple of decades, I have used the Three Year Common Lectionary for Sunday Morning Preaching. Protestants and Roman Catholic ministers chose a two or more scriptures from a common selection of Psalms, Old Testament, Gospel and Epistles. The challenge for preachers is finding the common theme in at least two of scriptures. A few years ago, I began using the alternative “Narrative Lectionary” for the summer worship services. Preaching a series on the Psalms or Wisdom Literature was satisfying for several reasons.  One, there was a continuity of theme every Sunday.  Two, it gave me the opportunity to preach on lesser known scripture passages or books. Three, the Narrative lectionary was not a forced lesson structure.  Many of you responded positively to “summer series” preaching.

So, with the blessing of the Worship Committee, I am using the Narrative Lectionary in the autumn and winter and spring.  Last month, I began at the very beginning, Genesis, telling the most famous stories of our faith; Creation, The Children of Abraham, and the Story of Jacob (Joseph and his brothers).  During October, you will hear the “old, old stories” with relevant applications and current challenges.  I hope you find this walk through the Bible instructive and inspiring.  October will teach main lessons from Exodus, I and II Samuel and I Kings.  I will also reference a Gospel lesson that relates to the Old Testament lesson.  Please see the preaching schedule and scriptures listed.  If you are interested in discussing these scriptures during the week, I would be happy to arrange a “sermon prep” chat.

One thing, on October 30, we will be celebrating All Saints Day with the naming of those who died this last year.  If you have lost a loved one, member or not, I want to remember them in this special prayer service. Please send their name to the office and consider lighting a candle in either the first or second worship service.  If you are unable to walk forward, an acolyte will light the candle while your loved one’s name is spoken.  This was a very meaningful service last year.  Considering how many people have died this year, I believe it will be comforting for the whole congregation,

May the blessings of our gracious God be with you,

Pastor Deb

Deacons

Where is God Calling Me to Go?

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Thoughts on Triennium Go!!!!!!!!


I am truly grateful to have been given the opportunity to attend Presbyterian Youth Triennium at Purdue University! Every minute of my experience was well worth the generous contributions made by our church. From trading buttons with new friends across the nation to worshiping in an auditorium packed with 5,000 youth, it felt like an honor to be Presbyterian. Not only has this experience deepened my faith in a unique environment, it has also called me to go into the world and make disciples, an invitation I now feel obligated to accept. God Bless,  Audra Burrall (more…)

From the Parish Nurse

Dear Church Family,

I hope you treated your skin well this summer!!  It was working overtime trying to keep you cool and protect the inside of you from all the germs on the outside of you.  When there is a break in the skin’s protective germ barrier, problems can arise. (more…)

PW Fall Gathering

The Presbyterian Women of the Geneva Presbytery will host the 2016 Fall Gathering at the Park Presbyterian Church in Newark, NY on Friday, September 16, 2016. (more…)

Upcoming September PW Events

Friday, Sept. 16 – 9:30am-2pm Fall Gathering  
Presbyterian Women at Park Presbyterian Church, 110 Maple Court, Newark, NY (more…)

SERRV

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Adult Forum

Adult Forum
Meets from 9:15-10:15 on Sunday morning
in the South Parlor

Join us this fall as we explore both our own faith and the promises and challenges of interfaith cooperation. (more…)