Musical Moments, May 13, 2016

Rev. Dr. Deborah Lind-Schmitz will sing selections from the American and European tours of Jenny Lind, Swedish Nightingale on Friday, May 13th 7:15 PM at the Geneva Library.  To view the poster advertising the event, please click here.

Upcoming PW Events

Upcoming Events:

MAY 15 – PW meeting, 9:15 am (please note time change) in the Conference room

JUNE 14 – We will be hulling and slicing the berries beginning at 5:00 p.m. – until done. Plan to join us for a time as your schedule permits.\

JUNE 15, 2016 – 5:30-8:00 PM – Mark your calendar: Strawberry Festival –
Donna Newcomb and Bev Burrall – co-chairs
Please watch the bulletins and sign up


Planting Seeds

Yay! Springtime! While this winter was relatively mild compared to last year’s, I am still excited for all that the spring has to offer!

One of my favorite things to do at this time of year is plant seeds! From pumpkins to peas, I enjoy the whole process – choosing a pot, adding the soil, spacing the seeds, watering… Oh, the joy of a newly-sprouted seedling!

At school, I currently have a myriad of seedlings sprouting up! The students and I have planted beans, flowers, peppers, maples, and more! Recently, a friend brought me a grapefruit seed and that’s growing too!

Gardening gets me thinking about what we reap and sow in a more metaphorical sense. What kinds of seeds do you want to plant in the world? Jesus calls us to love one another, God wants us to hope for a brighter future, and believe in Him. Thus, we are asked to plant seeds of love, hope, and faith. In a world filled with war, hurting, and despair, think about how you can spread seeds of peace, comfort, and joy. Then, like a gardener, work to care for them with patience and kindness.

Reflect on your interaction with the earth and its inhabitants. What can you do to transform your part of the world into the beautiful garden God intended it to be – both literally and figuratively? Perhaps a neighbor could use some seeds of help or friendship, and if you’re able, plant some actual seeds too! 🙂


Last month, I called your attention to our responsibility of taking care of the earth, and mentioned a book I’d been reading, entitled “Serve God, Save the Planet”. I am now creating an inter-denominational book club which will be reading it and discussing it together! The group will meet once a week during June, July, and August. If you are interested in joining the group, please let me know!

                                                 with smiles, ~Ryan Kincaid

May 2016 Youth Fellowship Activities

Youth Fellowship
Grades 6 – 12

Summer Study

Sunday Mornings: Living the Questions

In her sermons this summer, Pastor Deb will be posing—and reflecting on—a question from the series Living the Questions.  We will then gather in the South Parlor after the service to watch a short film clip addressing the question raised in the sermon and engaging in conversation about it. Begins June 26.

Adult Forum

Adult Forum
Meets from 9:15-10:15 on Sunday morning
in the South Parlor

Social Issue Study: Prison Nation

We continue our six-part study of the prison system in the US with two guest speakers.

May Sunday School Highlights

MAY 8 – MOMS sing with Children’s Choir, 10:30 worship
Warm-up 9:00
PRACTICE – MAY 1, 9:00

MAY 29 – NO Sunday School

JUNE 5 – Sunday School Sunday – all classes take part

JUNE 19 – BACCALAUREATE Sunday –  we honor ALL graduates on this day. High School seniors will take part in worship.  ANYONE receiving a college degree please contact the church office with your information.

Next Christian Education Committee Meeting – May 11, 2016 at 7:00 PM.

May 2016 Preaching Schedule

May 1
6th Sunday of Easter
Scripture: Psalm 67, John 5:1-9
Sermon: “Restoring Creation”

Pastor’s Report




Ah, Spring! May is great  month to celebrate all creation, flora and fauna and the human family. Every day, I notice another sign of life, budding trees, blossoming bulbs, and baby bunnies. Caring for  God’s creatures and  all of creation is a topic often discussed on Earth Day (April 22) However, I believe every day can be designated Earth Day, especially during spring time.

April Sunday School Highlights

ALL High School seniors meet in the Older Youth room at 9:15.