Category Archives: Pastor’s Page

Pastor’s Christmas Letter

“Be Adventurous this Advent
Celebrate Christ in Christmas!”

Venture back to Church   

 Part of Christmas preparation includes a flurry of buying, wrapping, cleaning and traveling.  Why not take time to participate in one activity, one worship service, a joyous caroling during Christmas, wrapping presents, making wreaths, taking pictures around the Christmas tree, singing carols or in the cantata, enjoying the Cantata and Children’s pageant.

The Great Ends of the Church

The Great Ends of the Church graphic
“Aren’t we lucky?” people often say to me. And, I don’t want to be rude, but I believe “That gift is a blessing and I am grateful to the person giving it.

The Great Ends of the Church

The Great Ends of the Church

What is the Church’s Mission? What does the Presbyterian Church (USA) believe and teach about our guiding principles? The Great Ends of the Church as outlined in the Book of Order (2017-F- 1.0304) are revitalizing and giving focus to Presbyterian Churches around the nation. Our six banners hanging in the sanctuary represent each purpose. But, do we know what they represent?  And, more importantly, how does this congregation live out these six principles? 

September 2018 A Season of Peace

 

A Season of Peace

“Peace to those who are near and those who are far away.”
Ephesians 2: 14-17

September 2018 A Season of Peace

For the first time, we will be recognizing the month of September as a “Season of Peace”.  It’s been on our Presbyterian calendar for several years. The Presbyterian Mission & Global Witness website (www.presbyterianmission.org) has a plethora of peace-full opportunities; five weeks of reflections (Path of Peace)Peace Dove Multi-color Poster, ninety peace cards for table conversations and action. We will be utilizing some of this material and urge you to do the same. This year’s season of peacemaking concludes with a Peace & Global Witness offering on World Communion Sunday. I’m looking forward to all that leads up to October 7th including a peacemaking speaker from Greece who will lead worship and adult education on Sunday, September 23. In September there will be other peace-making activities, including an intergenerational creative art project of coloring this peace poster (to the right). The poster has the word “Peace” written in five languages – Hebrew, Arabic, Spanish, Korean and English. 

Social Hour is a chance to catch up after a busy summer. Along that same line, if you missed the 220th anniversary, you may watch the PowerPoint and two dramatic presentations of the Rev. Jedediah Chapman (Jay Hannagan) and Dr. Elizabeth Blackwell (Eleanor Stearns).  The tours of the church from the “Basement to the Belfry” and “Sacred Arts” were very popular.  We will announce opportunities to tour our newly renovated church and learn about our rich history.  “Sacred Arts” brochures, historical information about Dr. Blackwell and this church are available in the office. Also, Rev. Dr. Richard Hart’s fascinating history of “the Presbyterian Presence” is available for a donation of $20.  The collectable Blackwell stamped postcard is available for a minor donation. All proceeds will be used to purchase a fitting tombstone for Jedediah Chapman in the Glenwood Cemetery. 

Something new:  Mid-week prayer, September 19, 6:30 – 7:00 p.m.

Peace be with you, Pastor Deb

Summer Celebrations

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. 

Sabbath Surrender

Sabbath Surrender:  Summer Sabbath implies Holy rest and spiritual renewal.  The July and August worship services will provide opportunities to surrender to the holiness in creation and in our lives.

Inspired by our Past, Excited about our Future

Summer visitors often ask for a tour of our historic church as they vacation in Geneva. Telling historical facts about our 220 years of Presbyterian Presence (Dr. Hart’s book title) is part of the tour. 

In the Bulb There Is a Flower

“April Showers bring May Flowers”, we hope. It has been a roller coaster winter and unpredictable spring weather-wise. During my Easter break visiting family in Minnesota, Wisconsin and Illinois the snowfall broke a few records.

CELEBRATE THE EASTER SEASON, BE EASTER PEOPLE!

Happy Easter!  It is time to celebrate! After a long dark winter, 12 hours of daylight and the beginning of spring has lifted my spirit.

Cross Word Puzzles

Cross Word Puzzle

Recently, I have joined the ranks of crossword enthusiasts or “cruciverbalist”. (Cruci is Latin for Cross and Verbum means word.) Since I canceled cable TV, my brain needs an alternative to game shows like Jeopardy. The morning mental exercise consists of accessing words in the dusty recesses of my mind’s filing cabinet.  I may mutter a few cross words to myself as the computer puzzle stumps me. Thankfully, the program I use gives me hints and fills in the blanks. It’s my saving grace.