Category Archives: Church News

October 25, 2020 service “Love With Grit”

 

Join the members and friends of The Presbyterian Church in Geneva as Rev. Glenn Kennedy, honorably retired, shares his sermon titled “Love With Grit”. Reflect on scriptures (Matthew 22:34-40, 1 Thessalonians 2:4-8, and excerpts from Deuteronomy 34:1-12), and enjoy beautiful music.
 
To view more videos from The Presbyterian Church in Geneva, please visit our video page.

Sunday Worship Schedule – October 25, 2020

Sunday Worship Schedule
October 25, 2020
21st Sunday after Pentecost

Your are cordially invited to join us for Sunday Worship this Sunday at 10:30 am. Please gather with us before the service beginning at 10:00 am.  A virtual coffee hour will follow immediately following the service.  The service, this week, will be led by the Rev. Glenn Kennedy.

10:30 am – Interactive Worship Service Using Zoom

To view or download Sunday’s bulletin, click here.


New COVID procedures for entering the church building

 These are New York State requirements.

Please do not enter if you have tested positive for COVID, have been in contact with anyone with COVID within the last 14 days, or have any symptoms of COVID.

Please Stop at the STOP sign. Everyone entering the building must now sign in. There is a table in the foyer where sign-in takes place. Per NYS regulations, people will have to complete a form before they proceed to other parts of the building. The form requires name, phone number and email, and signifies that individual has not:

  • Shown symptoms of COVID in the past 14 days
  • Tested positive for COVID in the past 14 days
  • Been in contact with anyone with confirmed or suspected COVID in the past 14 days

At the table you will find the forms and a basket to put the completed forms in. There will be one basket with clean pens and one basket with used pens. Please take a pen from the “clean pen” basket to use to sign in and then place it in the “used pen” basket. Everyone entering the building must wear a mask that covers their mouth and nose.

These procedures are in place for contact tracing purposes and to comply with New York State requirements. Thank you for complying and keeping everyone safe.

October 18, 2020 Psalms Service

 

Join the members and friends of The Presbyterian Church in Geneva as Rev. John Milne preaches about the Psalms.

To view more videos from The Presbyterian Church in Geneva, please visit our video page.

Sunday Worship Schedule – October 18, 2020

Sunday Worship Schedule
October 18, 2020
20th Sunday after Pentecost

Your are cordially invited to join us for Sunday Worship this Sunday at 10:30 am. Please gather with us before the service beginning at 10:00 am.  A virtual coffee hour will follow immediately following the service.  The service, this week, will be led by the Rev.John Milne.

9:15 am – Adult Forum Using Zoom

10:30 am – Interactive Worship Service Using Zoom

To view or download Sunday’s bulletin, click here.


October 11, 2020 “Visibly Faithful”

 

The members and friends of The Presbyterian Church in Geneva welcome Rev. Carson Mouser as our guest preacher today. Listen to Rev. Mouser’s moving sermon, titled “Visibly Faithful”, children’s message, scripture readings, and enjoy beautiful music throughout the service.

To view more videos from The Presbyterian Church in Geneva, please visit our video page.

Retirement Tribute to Pastor Deb from Beth Newell

Retirement Tribute to Pastor Deb
from Beth Newell

The following tribute to Pastor Deb was shared by Beth Newell at the September Presbytery Meeting on Tuesday, September 22, 2020.

It is an honor for Lisa Gage and me to say a few words about Pastor Deb upon her retirement from over 30 years of ministry.

My part is to share with you a bit about the arc of Deb’s ministry before she came to Geneva and her engagement with our Presbytery and the PCUSA. 

The Rev. Dr. Deborah Deanne Lind-Schmitz was ordained as a minister of Word and Sacrament in 1989 at the Shepherd of the Hill Presbyterian Church near Minneapolis.  She had recently received her Master of Divinity Degree from the United Theological Seminary.  In 2006 she completed her Doctor of Ministry degree from McCormick Seminary. 

Before arriving in Geneva, Deb served in the Midwest (Minn, IA and WI) as a campus minister, an installed pastor, and an interim pastor in mostly presbyterian churches but also United Methodist Churches.  In many cases, she was the first female pastor.

Deb found herself drawn to interim ministry – the ministry of redevelopment and transition in churches undergoing change.  She strengthened her skills through the Interim Ministry Network and served on the National Board of Directors of this organization. And it was her experience and gifts in transitional ministry that brought her to us in Geneva in 2013. 

It has been said that all ministry is interim ministry.  As Paul Rack wrote in The Presbyterian Outlook, “Jesus comes into the world for healing, liberation, and deliverance…all of which mean change.  Jesus was about transformation, not stability.  Rack continues: “At its best, interim ministry shifts a congregation’s focus from past to future and opens up a congregation to the new things the Holy Spirit is doing, and will continue to do, among them.”   Well, although the plan was for Deb to serve as an interim just until we completed our search for an installed pastor, God had other plans.  Deb became our installed pastor in 2014 and she has been helping us be open to new things the Holy Spirit is calling us to be and do ever since. 

Beyond our church, Deb has shared her time and talents with Presbytery, including the Committees on Ministry and Operations. She organized and helped chaperone our region’s contingent to last year’s Youth Triennium.  In both the Twin Cities and here she has been engaged in PCUSA peacemaking efforts, serving as a peacemaking ambassador to Hungary and engaged as a local organizer for the 2020 Mosaic of Peace trip to the Holy Land that unfortunately was canceled due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

I’ve skipped over a lot of the details of Pastor Deb’s long career as a minister, and her earlier work as a choir director and teacher of piano, voice and organ.  How can the impact of a 30+ year career be captured in a few short comments?  It can’t. But one thing you can be sure of Deb: the congregations you’ve led, the individuals you’ve pastored, and the people with whom you’ve worked all remember and cherish those interactions.

 

Sunday Worship Schedule – October 11, 2020

Sunday Worship Schedule
October 11, 2020
19th Sunday after Pentecost

Your are cordially invited to join us for Sunday Worship this Sunday at 10:30 am. Please gather with us before the service beginning at 10:00 am.  A virtual coffee hour will follow immediately following the service.  The service, this week, will be led by the Rev. Dr. Carson O.  Mouser.

9:15 am – Adult Forum Using Zoom

10:30 am – Interactive Worship Service Using Zoom

To view or download Sunday’s bulletin, click here.


October 4, 2020 World Communion Service

 

Join the members and friends of The Presbyterian Church in Geneva, NY as Rev. John Milne preaches during our World Communion service.

To view more videos from The Presbyterian Church in Geneva, please visit our video page.

Sunday Worship Schedule – October 4, 2020

Sunday Worship Schedule
October 4, 2020
18th Sunday after Pentecost

Your are cordially invited to join us for Sunday Worship this Sunday at 10:30 am. Please gather with us before the service beginning at 10:00 am.  A virtual coffee hour will follow immediately after the service.

9:15 am – Adult Forum Using Zoom

10:30 am – Interactive Worship Service Using Zoom

To view or download Sunday’s bulletin, click here.