“Come to me,all you who are weary and burdened,
and I will give you rest.”
When Jesus spoke these words, there were no exceptions to his invitation. To people of all ages, races, genders, and nationalities, to the rich, the poor, the strong, the weak, to those firm in their faith and to those who are searching, questioning and doubting, Jesus just said, “Come”.
At Geneva we want to reflect that reality, so you will find children as an integral part of our church’s life. You will find that we actively seek to be a church that sets up no barriers, but one with opportunities for growth in the Christian faith appropriate for all levels of spiritual maturity. You will find worship that combines time-honored traditions with fresh, new ways of expressing the Christian faith. So welcome. Please take some time to look around and get to know us.
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Now Accepting Preschool Registrations
We’re beginning to accept registrations for the 2017-2018 school year. We will be holding open houses each month. Our first open house will be held on Thursday, February 23, from 6:00-7:15. Please tell your friends about our preschool program. We will have openings in our M-F 4-year-old class, our MWF 3-year-old class and our TTh 2 1/2-year-old class. For more information check out the Geneva Preschool page.
Film and Conversation
The Beloved Community has launched a series of informational and community-building events for 2017 called Final Fridays. They are held on the final Friday of each month. February’s event will be held on Friday, February 24 at 6:30 PM at Geneva. The evening will include potluck supper and a viewing of the film 13th, an extraordinary documentary by Ava DuVernay about the 13th Amendment to the Constitution.
Reaching Out to Help
The Local Mission Team, partnering with ICO (Interfaith Community Outreach) and the Beloved Community, has adopted Walker-Winter Elementary School as a way of assisting people in need in our local community. School supplies at Walker Winter have been nearly consumed since September, so you are invited to help fill that vacuum. We will be collecting school supplies through February 26. Please place items in the box in the Gathering Space. Items needed are: markers, pens, pencils, colored pencils, Kleenex, paper, notebooks, folders, erasers. Thank you!
Ash Wednesday Dinner and Worship
We will mark the beginning of Lent on Wednesday, March 1 by sharing a simple meal at 6:15 followed by an Ash Wednesday service at 7:00. This is a deeply meaningful service in which you will renew your baptismal and confirmation vows. If you plan to be here for the dinner, contact the church office. Suggested donation for the meal is $4 for adults and $1.50 for children 10 and under with a family maximum of $15. People of all ages are encouraged to attend the service.
A Night Out Dinner and Auction
Mark your calendars and start bringing in donations for our annual A Night Out fundraising dinner and auction to support the summer youth mission trip to West Virginia. Our silent auction begins on Sunday, March 19 and ends during A Night Out, which will be held on Saturday, March 25. Tickets for A Night Out cost $22/person, and will go on sale on March 5.
**We are collecting donations for the auction NOW through Wednesday, March 8. Donation forms are available on the bulletin board. Thank you for your support of our youth missions.**
All members of Geneva – young and old and everyone in between – along with their friends and family are invited to attend a friendly game night on Saturday, March 11 from 6:00-8:30. We will start the evening with a potluck dinner. Bring your favorite dish to pass and your favorite game to share. We will provide dessert and some of our own favorite games. Let’s have some fun together! Invite friends!
Current Classes for Your Spiritual Journey
At 9:00 AM (until 9:45) (began January 8)
Getting to Know the Prophets God’s prophets, from Isaiah to John the Baptist, were an extraordinary bunch. Always controversial, unconventional and confrontational, they were called by God to do one fundamental thing – speak truth to power. They were sent to kings, priests and rulers with the message: “Return to God!” In Old Testament times, God called individual men and women to bring that message to his people. But since the foundation of the Church, we are collectively called to be God’s prophetic voice in our contemporary times. Join us on Sunday mornings at 9:00 as we get to know these prophets of old, and discover what they have to say to us today. Led by Bryan Smith.
The Screwtape Letters by C.S. Lewis is a fun read that provides insight into the methods and traps of spiritual warfare. Screwtape, an undersecretary in the Lowerarchy of Hell, has undertaken the guidance and tutelage of his nephew Wormwood, who has been assigned a human “patient” to secure for eternity. In a series of letters, Screwtape guides the young demon through the finer points of temptation, the weaknesses and foibles of human beings, and the disasters of his patient becoming a Christian. Though this certainly complicates things, the two infernal beings won’t let it stop them. From this very skewed perspective, C. S. Lewis digs into human nature, revealing some interesting, and sometimes embarrassing tendencies. Touching on everything from sleeplessness to the “absurdity” of God’s love for humanity. Screwtape imparts his wicked wisdom to Wormwood. Though the mirror he holds up to humanity is warped and cracked, it is still painfully revealing. Wit and parody mask a very serious analysis of what makes humans tick; and though it may make readers smile, it will also make us squirm as Screwtape picks at the cracks in our facades. Book cost is $10.00. Led by Rick Miller
At 11:30 AM (until 12:30) (began January 8)
America’s Original Sin America’s problem with race has deep roots, with the country’s foundation tied to the near extermination of one race of people and the enslavement of another. In America’s Original Sin, Jim Wallis offers a prophetic and deeply personal call to action in overcoming the racism so ingrained in American society. He speaks candidly to Christians–particularly white Christians–urging them to cross a new bridge toward racial justice and healing. Books cost $12.50 and are also available electronically from Amazon.com for $10.29. Led by Bryan Smith
At 7:00 PM Thursday Evenings, begins on February 23
Resting in God Jesus offers all of us this invitation:” In a world that is rife with conflict, confusion and danger, rest seems to be in short supply. But the promise of Jesus is, “Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest” (Matthew 11:28). In spite of all the places we try to find a place of peace and rest, the great spiritual teachers all agree that there is only one place to find rest that is deep, pure, true and eternal, and that is in God. Join us as together we seek to learn to rest in God. We’ll be using the book, The Path of Centering Prayer: Deepening Your Experience of God, by David Frenette. Books cost $18.00 and are also available as an e-book.