Welcome to the Presbyterian Church in Geneva 

Worship Schedule:

Sunday, March 8, 2015 –  3rd Sunday in Lent

  • 8:15 am – Chapel Service
  • 9:00 am – Sunday School
  • 9:15 am – Adult Education
  • 10:30 am – Sanctuary Service
    • Special Music: Adult Choir, “Jesus Died on Calvary’s Mountain”
    • Hymns:
      • Beneath the Cross of Jesus (GG #216)
      • Be Known to Us in Breaking Bread (GG #500 – 10:30 am only)
      • God of Grace and God of Glory (GG #307)
      • GG = Glory to God Hymnal
  • Sermon: “Is God in Your Top Ten?”
  • Scripture: Exodus 20:1-20, John 2:13-25
  • Preacher: Rev. Dr. Deborah Lind-Schmitz
  • 11:45 am – Supper With A Song

Upcoming Events:

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Choir Practice @ Choir Room
Mar 5 @ 7:00 pm
Lenten Bible Study / Soup Supper @ Fellowship Hall
Mar 6 @ 6:00 pm

GALATIANS: a “What Were You Thinking” Letter

“Paul writes a ‘what were you thinking’ letter to the churches in Galatia. False teachers have followed Paul, telling the young churches that Paul’s gospel is incomplete. His adversaries want to make Jews of Gentile converts before they can become Christians. Paul…insists that his gospel is straight from Jesus Christ; that it has been affirmed by the Jewish Christian leaders in Jerusalem and that to believe any other gospel is to buy into false doctrine that eliminates Christ from their lives.”

On Friday, February 20 we will begin our Lenten Study as we consider Paul’s perspectives on:

The Heart of the Gospel
The Law’s Purpose
Living the Faith
Living the Gospel
February 20

Class participants will provide a soup dinner with bread and fruit. The dinner starts at 6 pm followed by the study at 7 pm. in the south parlor. Come and enjoy the companionship of fellow congregants and develop a new understanding of Paul’s challenge in starting new church.

Advanced sign up is not required by you may sign up by calling the church office or click here to register on the church’s website.

SERRV Shop open
Mar 7 @ 10:00 am – 12:30 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.

Blood Pressure Clinic @ North Parlor
Mar 8 – Mar 9 all-day

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

Faith in the News @ Fellowship Hall
Mar 8 – Mar 9 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.

Daylight Saving Times Begins
Mar 8 @ 1:59 am

Please remember to set your clocks ahead 1 hour on Saturday night as Daylight Saving Time begins Sunday, March 8th.

Worship Service @ Chapel
Mar 8 @ 8:15 am
Sunday School @ Christian Eductation Wing Upstairs
Mar 8 @ 9:00 am
Choir Practice/Warm-up @ Chior Room & Sanctuary
Mar 8 @ 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
Mar 8 @ 10:30 am

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March Adult Forum 

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

The God We Can Know:
Exploring the I Am Sayings of Jesus

Our Lenten study continues to lead us in an exploration of the “I am” sayings of Jesus found in the Gospel of John. One by one, Jesus’s statements grab our imagination, reveal more about his identity and purpose, and connect us to the God of Moses, who spoke the first “I am.”

March 1 I am the Light of the World – Knowing God’s Guidance
March 8 I am the Good Shepherd – Knowing God’s Care
March 15 I am the True Vine – Knowing God’s Power
March 22 I am the Way, the Truth, and the Life – Knowing God’s Way
March 29 I am the Resurrection and the Life – Knowing God’s Possibilities

March Sunday School Highlights 

MARCH 1 – SAILING WITH JESUS – group activities

MARCH 8 – PRETZEL SUNDAY – classes will make pretzels to share with the congregation during coffee hour.

MARCH 29 – Children’s Choir sings at 10:30.  Warm-up 9:00 in Sanctuary

March 2015 Preaching Schedule 

Sunday Scriptures Sermon
March 1 Genesis 17:1-7, 15-16 “Whatever Happened to Sin?”
Romans 4:13-25


Sorting, Saving, Dumping and Packing 

Sorting, discarding, saving and packing boxes has been my daily task for the last two weeks in February. On March 1, hopefully, I will be resettled into my new house in Geneva. It’s exciting and exhausting especially during this crazy cold winter and the busy season of Lent.

However, isn’t Lent a time to sort and discard and pack spiritual essentials for the journey to the Cross? Lent is a season to focus on God and re-prioritize our lives accordingly. During March, the scriptures help us focus on four essential tenets of our faith; Sin and Forgiveness, the Commandments, Grace by Faith, Eternal Life and God’s Steadfast Love. There are more doctrines but only five Sundays.

So, here is the Lenten question as you sort and save and pack for the spiritual journey.   What are your favorite tenets, verses, beliefs or images that guide your life? If you had to pick just one verse to carry in your heart, what would that be? If you could sing one hymn, what would that be? Try to memorize it during March and you will carry it for most of your life. What we pack defines who we will be and how we will live in the future. On March 29th, Palm Sunday, the traditional Psalm will open the worship. Those who lined the road, knew Psalm 118 by heart. I think most of you will recognize the refrain, “God’s Steadfast Love Endures Forever”. This is a theology that is worth saving and packing for life’s rough and smooth roads. You are invited to sort, save and pray every day and especially during Sunday and Wednesday morning worship.

God bless our journey home,

Pastor Deb

2015 Church Officers

Class of 2016

Ruth Benedict Robin Clark
Donald Damick Deb Damick
Robert Eberle Elfredia Frick
Edwin Frick Jean Harman
Colleen VanAllan Sandy McDonald
Judith McKinney Marjorie McIntosh
 Barbara Zeller-Maw Dan Schreher


SERRV depends on friends and volunteers

As a non-profit organization, SERRV depends on friends and volunteers. All these friends and volunteers give tremendous support to many handcrafters who produce authentic and individually made handcrafts each with a story behind them. SERRV’s artisan partners strive to promote women’s rights by nurturing environments where women can network and support one another. Through employment in handcrafts, women can more easily work out of their home allowing them to care for their families while earning income. (more…)

A Note from a New Deacon

A Note from a New Deacon

As the new year gets underway, I ask you to take a moment to reflect on the one we’ve left behind. Undoubtedly it had both good and bad times for everyone – times that challenged us and inspired us, and maybe even times that changed us. For me, 2014 brought the end of my first year of teaching and a new house! I have so much to be grateful for.


February is National Hearty Month

Dear Church Family,

February is National Heart Month. (It’s also the home of Valentines Day). I have two missions for you this month. The first is to send a Valentine to someone who is sick, shut in, unhappy or forgotten to bolster them up. Or send letters of appreciation to folks who quietly do things for others behind the scenes and never get much recognition for doing so. That mission is easy and I will make it easier by putting some cards in the hallway between the chapel and main sanctuary that you can use. (more…)


Cary Ratcliff

Giving hands, will there be giving hands?
Healing hands, when we’re hungry or cold, people
sick, people old can all hold onto God’s loving hand.
Come be God’s loving hands.

Composer, Cary Ratcliff, lives and works in Rochester, New York, and holds a Doctorate in Composition from the Eastman School of Music. He has taught at Eastman, is keyboardist with the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra, and is Music Director and Composer-in-Residence at Bethany Presbyterian Church. He recently became Artistic Director of the Rochester-based vocal group – “Madrigalia.” Cary composes in many musical genres. He has composed several church choir anthems, including the beautiful “Loving Hands,” which our Adult Choir will offer on February 22 with Steve Jones on oboe. (more…)