November 2017 Youth Group Activites

Youth Fellowship
Grades 6 – 12

From the Parish Nurse

Dear Church Family,

     November is National Diabetes Awareness Month.  People with diabetes are not able to control the amount of sugar in their blood. 

     The two things in your body that “run amuck” in diabetes are insulin (a hormone) and glucose (a sugar).  Insulin is produced in the pancreas, an organ located below the stomach.  Insulin helps to move glucose from the bloodstream into organ cells and promotes the creation of proteins.  Glucose is the body’s energy source, obtained through food and the breakdown of glycogen (glucose stored in the liver).  There is no cure, but there is control for diabetes.

     There are several “types” of diabetes.  In Type 1, the body’s immune system becomes confused and attacks the cells in the pancreas that create insulin.  Without insulin, the body loses the ability to “feed” its organs the energy rich glucose which stays in the bloodstream.  Type 1 diabetics have to give themselves insulin as they have lost the ability to produce it.  This is most commonly seen in children and teens.  It is characterized by sudden weight loss, nausea and vomiting, lack of energy, extreme thirst, feelings of hunger and having to urinate frequently.

     Type 2 diabetes generally occurs in people over age 40 (but is being seen more in children who are obese).  The pancreas does produce insulin, but cannot keep up with the demand.  Many people can control this type with diet and exercise.  Often just losing weight is enough to take care of this.  Diabetic pills are often used to help the body produce more insulin or to use the insulin it produces work better.  Diabetic pills are not insulin.  Insulin can only be injected into the bloodstream for it to work.  If the blood sugar cannot be controlled after trying these measures, injectable insulin must be used.

     Gestational diabetes occurs during pregnancy.  It is most often controlled with diet and exercise, but requires injectable insulin if this does not work.  Most women do not test positive for diabetes shortly after having their baby.  These women do have an increased risk of developing Type 2 diabetes as they get older.

     I will have information out on the glass cabinet in Fellowship Hall on this topic.  Call me with any questions or concerns 315-759-9039.                                                    

  God bless!   Beth

Adult Forum

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

Please join us in conversations in which we explore our faith, expand our understanding and learn about opportunities for action.

In response to initiatives from PCUSA and the events in Charlottesville this summer, we have decided to devote this fall to issues involving racism, reconciliation, forgiveness—and what our Confessions ask of us.  We anticipate devoting the spring to the Living the Question curriculum initially intended for this fall..

  • Sept 24 through Oct 29—Race and Reconciliation: Confessions of 1967 and Belhar.
    • Using material from PCUSA, we will consider the Confession of 1967, which grew out of the Civil Rights era in the US, and the Belhar Confession, which grew out of apartheid in South Africa and was adopted by PCUSA at the most recent General Assembly.
    • Both remind us that “God has entrusted the church with the message of reconciliation.”
    • How do we honor that trust at a time of deep divisions?
  • Nov 5 through 26—The Power of Forgiveness
    • For those of us who missed Pastor Deb’s study of this video or want to continue discussing this challenging topic.
    • Learn and think about forgiveness in connection with such seemingly unforgivable acts as 9/11, the murder of Amish schoolchildren, or civil war.
  • Dec 3 through 17—Advent through Different Media

Dec 3: Drama—a dramatic reading of Frederick Buechner’s essay on the first Christmas. We will also introduce a variety of Advent devotionals.  

Dec 10:  Visual Arts—Lauren Lamb will offer a Powerpoint of paintings and sculpture about the Nativity.

Dec 17: Music— A carol sing, with accompaniment.

Dec 24 and Dec 31: No Adult Forum

The topics are important, the conversation thought-provoking, the company welcoming. 

November Sunday School Highlights

NOV. 12 – Children (3yrs-7th) sing at worship + ORFF

November 2017 Preaching Schedule

Date Sermon Scripture
Nov. 5 All Saints Service/ Communion: Lighting of candles of those who have died  
  “It Only Takes a Spark” Isaiah 25:1-10

Church-wide Retreat – Is There a Better Way to Do What We Do Best?

Saturday, November 4, 9-1 pm:  Church-wide Retreat – Is There a Better Way to Do What We Do Best?

It has now been nearly 30 years since the First Presbyterian and North Presbyterian Churches united to become the Presbyterian Church in Geneva.  Combining our time and talents, we have retained the traditions and missions of both churches and become something even more vibrant and meaningful.  You’ve recently been asked what you think this church does best right now.  You’ve been asked about the groups and committees you are or have been a part of.  Now it is time to come help decide how we will continue our sacred mission in the coming months and years. 

For example, when we determined the number of ruling elders and deacons for PCG, it was through the lens of two churches uniting.  Nearly three decades later, do we still need the same number?  We have tasks and we have committees, but are they the right committees for the right tasks?  Like pretty much every mainline church in the United States, we are fewer and we are older than we were in the past.  That doesn’t make us lesser; it just makes us different.  How can we best use the resources we have to manage the priorities of the present and future?

The following areas of the church will be discussed.  Please come share your thoughts about one, two or all:

  1. Adult education and fellowship
  2. Children and youth ministry
  3. Congregational care
  4. Finance and administration
  5. Local and global mission
  6. Membership and evangelism
  7. Property
  8. Worship

We were not in crisis when we united the churches.  We chose to make a plan that would sustain us into the future.  That decision was not easy or painless, but looking back it was the best possible course of action.  We are not in crisis now, so it seems like the most appropriate time to once again consider how we’d like to proceed.  We don’t want you to feel like changes have been thrust upon you.  We want you to be a part of the change. 

Come explain why you do what you do in and for this church.  Come explain why you don’t do more.  Come tell us why you like things the way they are.   Come tell us what you’d like to see happen.  Just don’t sit at home and then complain about changes “they” made.  This church has no “they.”  There is only us.

Childcare will be provided.

To RSVP, call the church office at 315-789-1343 or email:

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.

SERRV Travels to Malone

Every other year the 1st Congregational Church of Malone, NY sponsors a SERRV sale as a community outreach effort.

Family Promise Like-A-Thon


     We are trying to get the word out, let people know who we are, what we do and why we are doing it.  Sooooooo, we are pumping up our Facebook page with lots of information and fun interesting posts.  Do you need to know more about FPOC? Want your friends to know more?  Go to Facebook and look us up, learn what we are about, and spread the word to your friends and family.  Help us reach our goal of 2500 “likes” by Halloween!  Don’t have a Facebook account? This is a great opportunity to bond with your kids or grandkids! Have them show you what it is all about and spend some fun time together!!!  Spread the word with your friends and co-workers too! 

Help us reach our goal of 2500 “LIKES” by Halloween!

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Book Fair