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The articles contained on this page have been written by or about our Minister, the Rev. Dr. Deborah Lind-Schmitz. To view or download an article, report or sermon written by Pastor Deb, please view Pastor Deb's Articles, Reports and Sermons page.

What’s happening at The Presbyterian Church in Geneva (PCG)?

PCG is vibrant, hopeful, filled with children, engaged in the community and Jam-packed with special November Events!

Every day there are groups gathering at the church. (more…)

Acolyte Ministry

Acolyte Ministry:  God Lights Our Way”GLOW!

Acolytes bring the Light into the service
reminding us that “God lights our way.

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Celebrating 500 Years of Reformation

RE:FORM, the newest approach to teaching youth and confirmation about our Christian faith sparked my imagination this summer as I reviewed the material.  * Yes, we have the same Bible to teach our children. The scriptures and stories are much the same. However, we are not. Our cultures, our world view, our technology, AND our congregations have changed. (more…)

Lessons on Love

“Owe no one anything, except to love one another;” Romans 13:8a

Lessons on Love:

Acts of hatred, violence, intolerance, disrespectful verbal exchanges are disturbingly frequent in the news. The most recent, Charlottesville protest and murder has raised the questions about our ability to stop the violence and hatred.   A quote by Nelson Mandela has started several discussions about children’s education in school and church. (more…)

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.  (more…)

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…)

May Message: Faith, Family and Friendship

Faith: It’s Easter Evening, the sun is still shining and memories of our beautiful worship are fresh.  Thank Heavens, the season of Easter continues through Memorial Weekend. According to the lectionary readings, the Risen Christ appears on earth until he ascends into heaven six weeks after Resurrection.  (more…)

April Newsletter 2017

“Who do they say I am?”   Jesus asked Simon Peter.
“You are the Messiah, the Son of the Living God” (Matt.16:15-16) (more…)

Lenten Journey with Jesus

Lent and Easter come around every year calling us to “slow down”, “stop” at an oasis and find our spiritual compass.  This year the forty days of Lent begin on March 1 which is Ash Wednesday.  Our Lenten breakfasts begin that day at 6:45 am with an interdenominational worship. You will have another opportunity for spiritual reflection in the evening with an Ash Wednesday service in the chapel at 6:00 pm.  The sacrament of communion will be served in this quiet meditative worship.  Please note that there will not be a dinner before the Ash Wednesday service.  The Board of Deacons will meet immediately after. (more…)

Hands Across the Divide

February Newsletter 2017
February Article

Last week, a statue entitled, “Hands across the Divide” flashed on my computer screen. The long stretched arms of two people with fingers barely touching; the distance between their bodies, the stiffness and reluctance in their stance reflected our nation’s situation. There is a great divide and yet there are hands reaching out.  The statue cast by Maurice is located in Northern Ireland, at the West end of Craigavon Bridge, Derry. (more…)