“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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Lenten Devotional and Prayer/Devotional Room – If you haven’t yet received your copy of the Lentent Devotional we handed out a few weeks ago, we still have some left. Please contact the church office. Also, we’ve created a devotional/prayer space at Geneva for the season of Lent. Feel free to spend as much time as you like in this warm, inviting room. Turn on a lamp, light some candles and pray, read, color, write – whatever activity that helps you on your Lenten journey. The room will be open whenever the church is open (or by special arrangement.) The room is located in the Nursery Room. To see what our prayer room looks like, click here.
Lenten Dinner Series – Advent is a time for reflection on the death and resurrection of Jesus, and what those two crucial events mean in the lives of the people of God. Most of us know that Christ died for the forgiveness of sins, and that he rose that we may have eternal life. But Jesus said, “Whoever wants to be my disciple must deny themselves and take up their cross daily and follow me” (Luke 9:23). For us, as it was for Jesus, the way to the resurrection is through death. But what has to die? And what is resurrected? How does that happen? And what does mean us in our daily lives? Join us for the Advent Dinner Series, Death and Resurrection, on Sundays, March 4 and 11 as we explore together those crucial questions in the life of a follower of Christ. We’ll have dinner together at 5:30 with the program following from 6:15 – 7:00. Cost for the dinner is $4:00 for adults and $1.50 for children 10 and under. Please contact the church office to sign up so we will know how much food to prepare.
Opportunities to Help and Serve
Fundraising Dinner and Auction – Mark your calendars now for Saturday, March 24 for our “A Night Out” annual fundraising dinner and auction to benefit the summer youth mission trip to Queens, New York. New this year, there will be a live auction element as well as the silent auction. However, we need your auction items NOW! In order to have a successful auction, we need your items as soon as possible. Please consider donating to this worthy event. New (unused) items, gift cards, and services are appreciated. Please make sure to fill out an auction donation form (located on the bulletin board) with your donation and return it to the church office by Wednesday, March 7. Thank you for your support of our youth mission trips. If you have any questions about auction donations, please see Nancy Glodich, auction coordinator.
Birthday Card Group – The card making group will be meeting on Tuesday, February 20th at 1 PM to make hand made cards for birthday cards for Geneva members and friends. Never made cards before? We’ll show you how it’s done. Join us for some fun creative time.
Music Ministry – Are you looking for something to break the winter blues? Why not join our vocal choir or hand bell choir? Music is a wonderful way to serve God through worship and to connect with others in the church. No experience is necessary and anyone high school age or older is welcome. Both groups meet Thursday nights; hand bells 6:30-7:45 and vocal choir from 7:45-8:45. We usually perform at one service per month and for special services such as Good Friday, Easter, Christmas Eve and Christmas. Come and make a joyful noise with us!
Opportunities for Fun and Fellowship
Lunch Bunch – The next Lunch Bunch luncheon will be at Szechuan restaurant on Ford Road across from Meijer on Wednesday, February 21 at noon.
Wine Tasting Party — Let’s end the winter blues. Dave and Carol Bunch are inviting you to their home for a winter Wine Tasting Party. Saturday February 24, 2018, at 7:30 PM. Please bring a bottle of wine for tasting, and an appetizer to share. If you don’t drink wine, that’s ok, there will be other beverages available. Contact the church office for more details.
Game Night – Join us young and old (and everywhere in between!) for a board game night and potluck dinner at Geneva on Friday evening, March 2 @ 6:30 PM. Bring friends and family, your favorite board game, and something to share for dinner. Please contact the church office and let us know whether you’ll bring an appetizer/side dish/entree or dessert. For further information or any questions, please contact Nancy Glodich or Louise Schneid. We hope to see you there!
Opportunities for Personal Growth
New Classes Forming – Beginning January 7 – for more information or to sign up, please contact the church office.
At 11:30 AM on Sundays
The Non-Violent Life – The class will begin a discussion of The Non-Violent Life by John Dear. In a culture that seems to be getting ever more violent, Christ calls us to another way of resolving differences, both individually and in community. Non-violence is much more than refraining to engage in violent acts; it is an active courageous way of resisting evil and injustice. But in order to engage in non-violent resistance, one needs to become a non-violent person. Nobel Peace Prize nominee John Dear draws together three aspects of non-violence: non-violence to oneself, non-violence toward other people and nature, and non-violence in community as you connect with a strategic non-violent organization. Join us as we explore Jesus’ “third way.” Books cost $18 each. The Kindle version is $9.95.
At 9:00 AM on Sundays
The Sermon on the Mount—The 9:00 Sunday morning class will continue its study of the Sermon on the Mount. Even if you haven’t attended in the past, join us for this in-depth study of Jesus’ clearest description of what a life as his follower looks like.
At 10:00 AM Mondays
Women’s Bible Study – Is it possible to embrace the inherent dignity of womanhood while still cherishing the Bible? In this thought-provoking book entitled “Is the Bible Good for Women” we will examine God’s plan for women from Creation to today. Together we will explore such topics as justice and equal rights for women, what it means to be made in the image of God, how Jesus approached the Old Testament and contemporary versus scriptural feminism. This class is open to women 18 and up. This class runs for 11 weeks. The cost per book is $12. The class will be led by Michelle Fabricatore, and will Monday mornings from 10-11:30 at beginning January 22.