Summer Celebrations: As I write, the aroma of strawberries wafts through my kitchen along with the cool summer breeze. My inclination is to surrender to the moment, relax and appreciate.
By now the Strawberry festival is a memory and we are looking forward to the next celebration, the 220th Anniversary on Sunday, July 22.
The 220th worship beginning at 9:30 am will include Jay Hanagan’s dramatic portrayal of our founding minister, Rev. Jedediah Chapman who organized eleven churches (correction from June’s Newsletter) including Ovid, Oaks Corners, Ithaca and Geneva. Eleanor Stearns will embody Dr. Elizabeth Blackwell who was inspired by the Presbyterian Church pastor to complete her medical degree as the first female physician. Rev. Jim Gerling will share his reflections on the uniting of North and First Presbyterian churches. And, we will dedicate our new quilted “All Are Welcome” banner sewn by Liz Carty.
After worship (around 10:45 am) you are invited to a historical presentation and guest speakers. A walking tour is planned using Dr. Hart’s Presbyterian Presence in Geneva map concluding with the Chapman Manse (1802). Also, there is an interior tour of the church focusing on the stained glass windows and banners.
Just for fun, we are thinking of having a photo booth with historical clothes. If you have hats, gloves or other period clothes for children and adults, please give me a call. Remember we have 220 years of history to celebrate; so chose your favorite decade. Plan to enjoy the celebration!