Category Archives: Pastor’s Page

Re-imaging the Church and our Mission

I seldom “recycle” sermons or newsletter articles.  However, my October 2018 Newsletter article began with the question we are asking this fall, ”What is the Church’s Mission?”  Last year, each Sunday covered a guiding principle from “the Great Ends of the Church” as outlined in the PCUSA Book of Order (see list below).

Hands and Feet

“Hands and Feet: Presbyterians Engaging in Community” and Matthew 25 congregations are two exciting mission initiatives of the PCUSA.  The mission movement began when Rev. J. Herbert Nelson, our PCUSA Stated Clerk lit a fire in the hearts of Presbyterians with his vision at the 222th General Assembly in 2016.

“To everything there is a season”

I am writing this summary of summer events in Edinburgh, Scotland on the first day the SCOTUS tour. 

Pastor Deb’s Page: Signs of Life and Vitality

Blessed are those who trust in the Lord, whose trust is the Lord. They shall be like a tree planted by water, sending out its roots by the stream.

Planning for Tomorrow, Planting Seeds Today

Have you seen the blooming daffodils around the church? These joyful signs of spring and new life after a long winter grace our parking lot entrance every April. We are blessed. Do you wonder who planted the bulbs long ago? Someone had a vision for the future. That gardener might be long gone and forgotten yet we are recipients of the joyful sight!

Pastor’s Page . . . Reflections on Relationships

I just returned from my Chicago visit with my youngest grandchildren. I am amazed at that the four- and six-year-olds are advancing in their reading and familiar with iPad games. However, it is apparent that they need interaction and attention from their parents and Nana.

Lent 2019 – A Season of Spiritual Renewal

Seneca Lake Spirit (taken by DDL)

What renews your spirit? A stroll beside the lake rejuvenates me even on a cold day such as the one pictured. Even the photo on my phone gives me a spiritual pause, a breath prayer with no words. 

During the season of Lent (March 6- April 19) Christians are encouraged to pause for prayer, study, reflection and transformation.  The Presbyterian Church in Geneva has many spiritual opportunities to connect with God and each other. The Friday Soup and Supper has begun studying the Gospel of Luke.  Wednesday Lenten Breakfasts have lineup of community ministers leading worship and great cooks.

From the Pastor . . . . . .

Have you ever noticed the Presbyterian Calendar has a weekly focus on social issues as well as spiritual matters?  Take this month of Sundays has the following subtitles:

From the Parish Nurse

Article from the Parish Nurse

Dear Church Family,              

     Happy New Year!!!  It is that time again to think of healthy resolutions for the New Year.  I generally talk about diet and exercise (good things to improve upon for your health).  This year let’s talk about improving our mental and emotional health.  Last year was filled with negativity in our country.  (I do not think that will change any time soon as far as politics or the news are concerned.)  However, we can resolve to be more positive ourselves.  Your positive attitude can often be contagious and cause others to be more positive as well.

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.