Welcome to The Presbyterian Church in Geneva

Worship Schedule:

Sunday, June 26, 2016 – Summer Service of Worship

  • 9:30 am – Worship Service
    • Special Music: Mazurka in a minor Op. 7 #2″, Ben DeMoras, Piano
  • Hymns:
    • “Gracious Spirit” (#287)
    • “I Love to Tell the Story” (#462)
    • Go My Children“ (#547)
  • Scripture: Psalm 77, James 1:17-27
  • Sermon: Is There an Invitation for Me?”
  • Minister: Rev. Dr. Deborah Lind-Schmitz
  • 11:30 am – Fellowship / Coffee Hour

Upcoming Events:

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Jul
3
Sun
Worship Service @ Sanctuary
Jul 3 @ 9:30 am
Sermon Discussion @ South Parlor
Jul 3 @ 10:30 am

In her sermons this summer, Pastor Deb will be posing—and reflecting on—a question from the series Living the Questions. We will then gather in the South Parlor after the service to watch a short film clip addressing the question raised in the sermon and engaging in conversation about it.

Jul
10
Sun
Worship Service @ Sanctuary
Jul 10 @ 9:30 am
Sermon Discussion @ South Parlor
Jul 10 @ 10:30 am

In her sermons this summer, Pastor Deb will be posing—and reflecting on—a question from the series Living the Questions. We will then gather in the South Parlor after the service to watch a short film clip addressing the question raised in the sermon and engaging in conversation about it.

Jul
15
Fri
Twilight Care @ South Parlor
Jul 15 @ 10:30 am
Jul
17
Sun
Worship Service @ Sanctuary
Jul 17 @ 9:30 am
Sermon Discussion @ South Parlor
Jul 17 @ 10:30 am

In her sermons this summer, Pastor Deb will be posing—and reflecting on—a question from the series Living the Questions. We will then gather in the South Parlor after the service to watch a short film clip addressing the question raised in the sermon and engaging in conversation about it.

Jul
19
Tue
The 2016 Presbyterian Youth Triennium
Jul 19 – Jul 23 all-day

Our Older Youth asked WHAT’S NEXT?
The 2016 Presbyterian Youth Triennium
July 19-23, 2016
will try to answer that. The theme is GO and will focus not on the “greatest 5 days of the Triennium” but on what happens after the youth GO back into the world. So 9th-12th graders watch for info in the fall and consider being a part of this next summer.

Jul
24
Sun
Worship Service @ Sanctuary
Jul 24 @ 9:30 am
Sermon Discussion @ South Parlor
Jul 24 @ 10:30 am

In her sermons this summer, Pastor Deb will be posing—and reflecting on—a question from the series Living the Questions. We will then gather in the South Parlor after the service to watch a short film clip addressing the question raised in the sermon and engaging in conversation about it.

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Summer Calendar 

July 3 – Worship Service – 9:30
July 4 – Church office closed  
July 5 – Adult Ed Committee – 5 :30
July 10- Communion Worship Service – 9 :30
                 Adult Ed – 10 :30
July 12 – Let’s Talk at Tim and Sandy Merwarth’s
                   1136 Earls Hill Rd. Penn Yan – 7 :00
July 17 – Worship Service 9 :30
               Adult Ed – 10 :30
July 24 –Worship Service – 9 :39
               Adult Ed – 10 :30
July 25 – Mission Committee – 7 :30
July 31 – Worship Service – 9 :30
               Adult Ed – 10 :30
August 7 – Communion Worship Service – 9 :30
                   Adult Ed – 10 :30
August 14– Worship Service – 9 :30
                   Adult Ed – 10 :30
August 16 – Worship Service – 9 :30
August 19 – September Newsletter Deadline – noon
August 25 – Let’s Talk – 7:30 – at Merwarth’s
August 28 – Worship Service– 9:30
                     Adult Ed – 10 :30
September 4– Worship Service – 9 :30
September 5 – Church office closed
 

Summer 2016 Preaching Schedule 

HYMNS & SCRIPTURES    July and August 2016

July 3 
Sermon: Freedom in Christ
Scripture: Galatians 5:1,13-25
Living the Question: Lesson Three: Thinking Theologically
 

July 10 Communion
Scriptures:  Genesis 1:1  “In the Beginning”, John 1:1, Psalm 104
Sermon: “How Does your Garden Grow?”
Living the Question Lesson:  Stories of Creation
 

July 17
Scripture: Mark 4:35-41
Sermon: Water Color Sermon
Living the Questions: Lives of Jesus    Part 1
 

July 24
Scriptures: Micah 6:1-8, Matthew 28:16-20
Sermon: Go and Do!
Living the Question Lesson: Lives of Jesus:  Part 2
 

August 7  Communion
Scripture: I Corinthians 13
Sermon: Do People Really Change?
Living the Questions: A Passion for Christ: Paul            (Part One)
 

August 14
Scriptures: Jeremiah 18:1-11
Sermon: “A Work in Progress”
Living the questions: Paul:  Transitions and Second Chances
 

August 21      Blessing of the Animals  (outside )
Deuteronomy and Genesis selections
Sermon:  Choose Life, Receive the Blessing
No formal class, just bless the animals
 

August 28    Guest Preacher
No Adult Ed

Pastor’s Report 

 

Seven Summer Practices

It started with the Friday night book study discussion, ”Serve God, Save the Planet. “There is agricultural wisdom in the scriptural mandate to let a field rest or go fallow every seven years”, I added thinking this wisdom is common knowledge. “But, it’s been lost in our over scheduled lives”, the group chimed in. The concept of Sabbath, of sacred rest applies to all living things and should be revived. People need to rest after working six days. Keeping the Seventh day holy was not about piety as much as it is about keeping spiritually and physically healthy. God rested on the seventh day after working six days to create the world, why don’t you rest after work?  The spiritual practice of stopping to rest at sunset is another way to keep in touch with the rhythm of the earth.

During one of my spiritual retreats I gave everyone a small dot to place on their analog clocks.  Place the dot on the number seven to remind yourself to stop and pray at 7 am and 7 pm.  It’s easier than sunrise and sunset prayers.  However, during the summer retreats, my group would go out to watch the sunset in silent prayer.

Finding the right time for prayer is not a chore if you just take a minute or two, to reflect the events of the day.  Thank God along the Way. A Seven minute prayer at seven. Begin your day with a prayer walk, at seven am or whenever you get up.  It doesn’t matter if you pick the sunrise/sunset or the 7 AM/PM sacred time method.  Every day is enveloped in prayer.

Start with the habits your already enjoy and revive your spirit.  Consider your favorite places, scenes which feed your soul, chairs that comfort you. This place becomes your sacred space, where you can relax and read, pray, write, or meditate. Every time you sit there it has the power to calm your spirit and revive your soul.

There are many Spiritual practices to connect with God and your own spirit. I’ve listed seven below that I will teach this summer.

  1. Sunrise/sunset Meditation or Seven and Seven Sabbath
  2. Labyrinth: Prayer Walk
  3. Lectio Divina: Divine Reading / Listening to God
  4. Expand your Divine Vocabulary
  5. Spiritual Gardening
  6. Water color
  7. Writing your Gospel

May the Spirit of God be with you,  Pastor Deborah Lind-Schmitz

Request from the Chancel Guild

For our summer Sunday services, we would appreciate it if members would donate flowers from their gardens.  Donors could either arrange two bouquets in vases we supply or provide the flowers to a Chancel Guild member to arrange.  (more…)

Presbyterian Women

Upcoming Events:

Sun. June 5 – Birthday Offering Celebration & Luncheon – 11.45 am

JUNE 14 – We will be hulling and slicing the berries beginning at 5:00 p.m. – until done.  Plan to join us for a time as your schedule permits.

Strawberry Festival & Bake Sale –  JUNE 15, 2016  – 5:30-8:00 PM

Sun. June 19 – PW Mtg. – 10:45am – Conference Room

 

From the Parish Nurse

Dear Church Family,

I got my first mosquito bite of the year.  It is my firm belief that God did not create mosquitos; they are in fact tiny demons sent by the devil himself.  They have no useful purpose other than to feed bats, (I have an equally unfavorable opinion of bats). (more…)

Deacons

Step by Step, Bird by Bird…

The time is upon us – it is graduation season, and this year is an especially meaningful one for me. At school, we have an annual 8th grade “graduation” ceremony; I teach 6th, 7th, and 8th graders, and the class participating in the ceremony this year is the first group that I’ve taught all three years. At church, the class graduating high school this year is the group I taught in Sunday School and led in the children’s choir a significant amount of time as well. (more…)

SERRV

Your support changes lives!

Relationships mean a lot, and SERRV takes great pride in knowing the artisan and farmer partners on a personal level. Some of the partnerships have lasted over 35 years! SERRV is passionate about working together to overcome the challenges the artisans face and supporting ideas that will help them grow stronger. Through ongoing communication and frequent visits to workshops and communities around the world, SERRV maintains mutually respectful and transparent relationships with our partners. (more…)

Adult Education

Adult Forum

There will be no Adult Forum from May 29 (Memorial Day Weekend) through June 19 (Baccalaureate Sunday).  On June 26 we begin our Summer Study program. (more…)