Category Archives: Pastor’s Page

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.

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