Welcome

“Come to me,all you who are weary and burdened,
and I will give you rest.”
-Matthew 11:28

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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ANNOUNCEMENTS:

Sunday Morning Classes began Sunday, November 13.

At 9:00 AM

The Birth Narratives  Christmas is the celebration of the mind-boggling day the God who created the universe stepped into his creation as a human baby. The magnitude and cosmic impact of this event is often lost in the familiarity of the stories and the trappings of the celebration. So let’s take a fresh look at what happened that first Christmas through the eyes of the three Gospel writers who recorded it: Matthew, Luke and John. Led by Bryan Smith, this class will meet at 9:00 on Sunday mornings. Bring a Bible, and let’s dig in!

At 11:30 AM

How Do You See God?  As a loving Father? As a Savior? As a Helper? All of these? How about as a disciplinarian? Do you fear God? What does it mean to fear God? Isn’t it a contradiction to be told to fear God and also be told He loves us? How does our image of God affect our relationship with him? We will explore some of these questions on Sunday mornings at 11:30 beginning on November 13. Bring your Bible a willingness to see God in new ways. Led by Rick Miller.

Fanning the Flame Writing to his protégé Timothy, the apostle Paul reminds him to “fan into flame the gift of God” (1 Timothy 1:6). God’s great gift in Christ is intended to empower us, motivate us and bless us as we live as children of God. It is meant to burn in our hearts like a flame. But the stresses and emotional challenges of the Christmas season often draw our attention away from that gift so that the flame cools, and we get mired in the ways and attitudes our culture promotes and condones. Thankfully, the Church of Jesus Christ has given us many time-honored and well-tested practices that will help us fan that flame until it burns with a holy fire. Join us as together we learn, explore and experience some of these practices. Led by Bryan Smith.

 

Christmas Boxes of Love
Geneva Church is participating in a ministry we’re calling Christmas Boxes of Love. Similar to the Operation Christmas Child project, this ministry blesses children with gift-filled shoeboxes that become opportunities to share the Good News of Jesus Christ. These boxes will be distributed to local children in need who live in the city of Detroit through the Second Mile Center – a Presbytery of Detroit mission focus.

Shoeboxes will be filled with items to be given as Christmas gifts to children from ages 5 to 17. Collection of items has begun, and will continue through Sunday, November 27.

New this year! In order to create boxes specifically for each age and gender group, and to allow each box to be similar, we’re asking for specific items! Our wish list is available now in the form of a paper ‘ornament’ you can choose from our Christmas tree in the gathering space. The item(s) on each ornament should cost around $10. Please do not donate items that are not on the ornament you have chosen. However, you may choose as many ‘ornaments’ as you like.

We’ll be kicking off the Advent season on Sunday, December 4 with a potluck dinner, music, Christmas crafts for all ages, and shoebox packing. Mark your calendars now to join us! If you have any questions, please contact Nancy Glodich or Louise Schneid.

Youth Christmas Bake Sale!
On Sunday, December 4, the youth will be holding a bake sale after church. Proceeds will go to the 2017 Mission Trip. All Genevans are encouraged to help us out by baking something we can ‘sell’. All baked items for a good cause are calorie-free. God is good!