Welcome to the Presbyterian Church in Geneva

 

Worship Schedule:

Sunday, June 25, 2017 – Summer Service of Worship

  • 9:30 AM – Worship Service
      • Special Music: Adult Choir, “Whom Have I?”
      • Hymns:
        • “Blest Are They” Versus 1,2, 4)  (#172)
        • “Blest Be the Tie That Binds” Versus 1  (#306)
      • Scriptures:
        Genesis 21:8-13, 20-21, Exodus 1:16-18, Matthew 15:21-28
      • Sermon: “Hidden Figures and Castaways”
      • Minister: Rev. Dr. Deborah Lind-Schmitz
  • 10:30 AM – Fellowship / Coffee Hour
  • 10:30 AM – Blood Pressure Clinic

Upcoming Events:

Click here to view Church Events by month.

Jun
26
Mon
Mission & Social Concerns
Jun 26 @ 7:30 pm
Jun
27
Tue
SERRV Committee
Jun 27 @ 7:00 pm
Jun
28
Wed
Session @ Conference Room
Jun 28 @ 7:00 pm
Jun
29
Thu
Ontario/Yates Hospice Volunteer Recognition @ Fellowship Hall
Jun 29 @ 11:00 am
Jul
2
Sun
Two-cents-a-meal offering
Jul 2 all-day

Put two cents a meal into a container for every meal that you eat.  Bring your offering to church on the 1st Sunday of every month.

Worship Service @ Sanctuary
Jul 2 @ 9:30 am

Memorial Day Weekend to Labor Day Weekend

We will worship together at one service in the Sanctuary starting at 9:30AM

We look forward to seeing you!

Jul
5
Wed
Alzheimer’s Support Group @ North Parlor
Jul 5 @ 1:30 pm

A monthly Caregiver Support Group for individual’s who are caring for a loved one(s) with Alzheimer’s disease or another dementia. This group will meet the FIRST Wednesday of every month from 1:30-2:30 pm in the church parlor.

Jul
9
Sun
Communion
Jul 9 all-day
Worship Service @ Sanctuary
Jul 9 @ 9:30 am

Memorial Day Weekend to Labor Day Weekend

We will worship together at one service in the Sanctuary starting at 9:30AM

We look forward to seeing you!

Jul
10
Mon
Calendar Planning Meeting @ The Presbyterian Church in Geneva
Jul 10 @ 6:30 pm

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Pastor’s Pondering

Pastor’s Pondering about
Stopping long enough for Sabbath

 

“Go placidly amid the noise and haste, and remember what peace there may be in silence.” The first line of Max Ehrmann’s poem, Desiderata (1929) caught my eye as I passed by the framed document.   It was a High School graduation present that stopped me long enough to find a peaceful place in my busy college life. 

Last month, I gifted my oldest grandson with a framed copy of the Desiderata for his high school graduation with a few comments about its scriptural parallels in the Psalms and Gospels.  Reflecting on the entirety, I can understand why the Rev. Frederick Kates copied it for devotional materials at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church in Baltimore, Maryland. It is perfect for a Sabbath day or moment. Consider the following excerpt.

Therefore be at peace with God, whatever you conceive (God) to be, and whatever your labors and aspirations, in the noisy confusion of life keep peace with your soul. With all its sham, drudgery, and broken dreams, it is still a beautiful world.”

Words often stop us. And, sometimes they bring us to a holy place. I believe this is what Sabbath is about. Stopping for more than a moment or even an hour to reflect and connect with the Holy.  In Genesis 2: 1-3, God stopped working and creating on the seventh day. “God blessed the day and made it holy”. (Genesis 2: 1-3)   “Stop!” 

It is a radical act to keep the Sabbath holy. It’s an act of rebellion to go against the world that schedules us every day, drags us from one event to another and insists on filling the air with noise. It is a radical act to stop looking at your phone. It is an act of rebellion to say, “no”, I have one hour or two dedicated to Sunday worship and prayer. Stop long enough in the “noisy confusion of life (to) “keep peace with your soul.”

Blessing of a Summer of Sabbath Days, Pastor Deb

P.S.   I will be with my family over the Fourth of July and Rev. Gerling is willing to preach on Sunday, July 2.

Peace marchers in the Geneva Memorial Day Parade

The Quaker Meeting of the Religious Society of Friends in Geneva once again invites the member congregations of GAIC and others to join us in the Walk for Peace in the annual Geneva Memorial Day Parade on Monday, May 29, 2017. (more…)

June 2017 Preaching Schedule

 

Jun 04 Pentecost  Sunday School Sunday
Ethan Powell Preaching
No adult education hour

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Faith & Arts

It is said that “A picture is worth a thousand words”.  Visual arts range from Michelangelo’s Pieta to Tiffany stained windows to the movies and even clipart. Works of art interpret and reflect our faith story. (more…)

New Pictorial Church Directory (Update)

Our first two days of photography sessions are complete and we have added additional photographic sessions on Wednesday, June 15th. (more…)

Free Concert in the Church’s Sanctuary

On Saturday, May 20th, the Choir, along with friends from the wider community, will be presenting a Free Concert in the church’s sanctuary.  The concert, Love Your Neighbor – For Everyone Born, a Place at the Table, will explore the strong multi-cultural tradition of loving the neighbor, even the ones who seem most different, in song, Bell Choir music, instrumental music, and words.  Come and join us for this special concert.

Waking Up White

“You know, most white people don’t even think of themselves as having a race.”   (Debby Irving’s Waking up White, p. 151)  Are you interested in exploring whether this statement is true?  And what the consequences are for American society if it is?  If so, please join us in reading and discussing Irving’s book. (more…)

Spring Clean-Up

 

 

Deacons

Spring…Flowers…Sunshine…Friendship

These are some of the things I think about in May! I remember when I was about 8 years old or so, making construction paper cone shaped May Day baskets, filling them with purple Violets and Myrtle from our yard and hanging them on neighbors’ doors, ringing the bell and running away. Such a simple gesture that brings a smile, happiness and friendship. (more…)