From the Pastor – September 2015

James 1:17-27 17Every generous act of giving, with every perfect gift, is from above”

This fall I will continue to preach from the Biblical wisdom literature. Many appreciated my choice to leave the common lectionary and organize a Summer Sermon Series on the Psalms and Proverbs. So, I will continue preaching a Sermon Series in September on the Epistle of James, also considered to be wisdom literature in the New Testament.   One of the common themes of James is “faith by itself, if it has no works, is dead” (James 2:17). Jesus often liberated people from their sins with the simple command, “Go, your faith has made you whole/well”. There seems to be no responsibility to the community. But, James and the leaders of the early Jerusalem church observed an apathy in the saved 1st century Christian. “Saved by grace” is the beginning of life as a Christian, not the end. James asks boldly, “What are you doing with your faith?”

Sanctuary Acoustics

On September 13, Rally Sunday, Mr. Dan Prusinowski of Aurora Acoustical Consultants will be conducting tests during our Sunday morning service to determine recommendations for solving our acoustical problems.
Please take a look at their website. We have had several referrals to this firm with glowing reports of their knowledge.

CE Wing Renovations

Last Wednesday Session approved entering into an agreement with Heather DeMoras of Heather DeMoras Design Consultants for the purpose of creating a preliminary plan for the CE wing, downstairs conference room, and South Parlor. We want to make it clear to everyone that this is only the beginning of a design concept by Heather. The results will be shared with Session, and displayed for comment by members, with action based upon consensus, and available funds. The ball is starting to roll.

Please take a look at Heather’s website. Heather has asked that questions about her work be directed to Pastor Deb or John Hovey.

Rally Day

We invite EVERYONE to join us in Fellowship Hall at 9:15 am on September 13, for games, songs, and fellowship. Let’s all come and reacquaint with old friends and maybe make some new friends. Then we hope you’ll join us at the 10:30 worship service.

Telephone Service Restored

The Presbyterian Church in Geneva is happy to announce that telephone service at the church has been restore.

New Organ Has Arrived!

The new Roland organ has arrived in the Chapel! We will begin using the organ when Chapel services resume on September 13th and it will be dedicated on September 20th.

Strawberry Festival Update

Upcoming Events:

PW meeting – Date & Time – TBA


The 61st Strawberry Festival & Bake Sale sponsored by the Presbyterian Women was a success. We wish to “Thank” all the members that volunteered their time in various jobs and those that furnished cakes and baked goods. If you were unable to attend – the weather was perfect, the food and strawberries were very good, the various groups of entertainment were excellent and the community participation with fellowship made the evening a success and delight.

New Chapel Organ

A New Organ for the Chapel
Coming this Summer!


The church was fortunate to receive a generous donation by an anonymous donor for the purpose of replacing the Allen organ that has been a mainstay of the Chapel for decades. A Music Task Force comprised of Pastor Deb, Virginia Champlin, Chris Wertman, Don Damick along with, Linda and Richard Cox got busy and traveled in order to hear and evaluate organs that would be suitable for that space. Their hard work has paid off and we are set to receive a new Roland Classic organ this summer!

New Director of Music

The retirement of Chris Wertman as Director of Music for our church left a big gap in our program. We are very fortunate to have among our church family a relatively new member with an excellent background in music.

Let’s Talk…About Issues This Summer

Summer gatherings devoted to informal discussions of issues following a dessert, wine and coffee time

July 28 – Voluntourism. As individuals of faith we are challenged to feed the hungry, house the poor and provide for those with less. One way to provide that assistance is through Voluntourism. Travel to a different place to provide assistance to those who need help, to learn about a culture different from our own, and to see a world very different from where we live. Michele Ross will talk about her personal experiences with voluntourism. The program will be in the Fellowship Hall of the Presbyterian Church in Geneva.