Messenger - August 18, 2023

We illuminate our community with God’s grace as we lovingly accept, listen to, and serve all in the Spirit of Jesus.

GUEST BLOG--Dr. Greg Coates

Back to School Reflections

These are not easy days to be a teenager. Yes, we live in a time of peace and relative prosperity. And yes, many teens today do not face the challenges of previous generations, but recent studies have shown that teenagers today in our country are facing unprecedented levels of depression, anxiety, and other mental health disorders.

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UPCOMING WORSHIP SERVICES

In Isaiah’s day, God’s people were doing all the right things to be above reproach: they prayed, fasted, made sacrifices and offerings and even repented. But it just seemed like God wasn’t listening to them. In chapter 58, Isaiah challenges God’s people to help them understand that despite their religious practices, they still fight, strike and oppress others. They cry to God, but God wants them to hear the cry of the needy. So in chapter 58, God calls Isaiah to shout loudly and don’t hold back to invite God’s people back to righteous living. 

SUNDAY SERVICES TAKE PLACE IN-PERSON & ONLINE AT 9:00 AM
Worship Service airs live on our Website and YouTube at 9:00 am and is posted later to Facebook.
Go to the Worship Page on our Website to find more information about future services.

AUGUST 20, 2023

What is Freedom?


Unless you’ve been held captive, it's hard to know what it's like is to NOT be free. Sometimes we use freedom to our own advantage, even to the point of oppressing others so we don't have to share freedom. But Jesus shows us a freedom that looks not for one’s own interests, but that of the interests of others; and that is how all live free. Join Pastor Rob Hamilton in this challenging message on freedom. 

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EVENTS AND SPECIAL ANNOUNCEMENTS

The deadline for submissions for the week's Bulletin Announcements and/or Messenger is every Wednesday at Noon. Please click here for the COMMUNICATIONS submission form -- all requests for communicating an event should be made here, including getting items on the calendar and reserving rooms for your eventThis form can also be found on the sign-ups page on our website. If you cannot use the submission form please send them to communications@genevaumc.org. Information sent to this email goes to Carolyn, Lorie and Kimberley. 

SUNDAY SCHOOL KICKOFF SEPTEMBER 10, 2023


Dr. Greg invites all teens and children to join with him in a new year of discovery and learning about the riches of our faith during our Sunday School hour. Each week’s focus will reflect the theme being preached on by Pastor Rob. We will first gather as a large group for teaching, videos, and games, and then divide into our various age groups. Join us on September 10 as we begin this new adventure.

SUNDAY SCHOOL TEACHER ORIENTATION

This brief 30-minute event will be offered at two different times: once following morning worship on Sunday, August 27 at 10:20-10:50am in the Youth Room, and once on Wednesday, August 30 at 1:30-2:00pm in the Library. Teachers are requested to attend only ONE of those two options.


During this time, Dr. Greg Coates will introduce himself to the Sunday School teachers, explain the new format for the fall Sunday School year which begins on Sept. 10, clarify the objectives for our children's and youth programming on Sunday mornings, and answer any questions.

Pastor Rob wants to know what topics or questions you'd like to hear more about from the pulpit.

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UMC of Geneva Opens Its Doors

to Music School


American Music Institute (AMI) will open its fourth Chicagoland area location on August 21, 2023 at UMCG. This will expand AMI’s suburban Chicago music education program offerings to more youth and families. Existing campus locations include Clarendon Hills, Downers Grove and St. Charles, IL.


“We at AMI are extremely excited to open our new doors in Geneva,” said Remus Badea, AMI’s Executive Director “We hope that AMI adds to the already thriving cultural community of Geneva through our many musically enriching programs such as Private Lessons, Group Classes, Chicago Youth Orchestra, Summer Music Camps, and more.”


Programming will span multiple disciplines and be geared towards musicians of all ages, levels, and styles of music. Group classes will also be offered.


AMI held music lessons at UMCG this spring while Baker Memorial UMC was undergoing renovations. They liked our facility so much they asked if they could expand to Geneva at our church. We felt it was a good opportunity to reach out to children and families in the community.



For more information, or to register for AMI programs, visit www.amimusic.org.

Bring out the whole family to help serve our community on It's Our Fox River Day 2023 on September 16. We will meet at Island Park at 8:45am and join with other members of the Tri-City Methodist Churches to clean up our river. God has called us as Christians to care for this good earth and we want to do our part. We encourage everyone to wear long pants, boots or old shoes that could get muddy, and work gloves. Contact Dr. Greg Coates for details.

HELP OUR FELLOW METHODISTS IN HAWAII HELP OTHERS


In the aftermath of the devastating fires that swept through Maui, including the destruction of Lahaina United Methodist Church and preschool, we join our United Methodist siblings in offering prayers and tangible recovery support through financial donations. Despite their church building being lost, those at Lahaina UMC and preschool are helping their local community through their neighboring church, Kailua UMC


Donations can be made by putting "Maui response" in the memo field of a check to the church or Sunday offering. You can also make online and credit card contributions to UMCOR's Maui response directly to help the whole area affected by the fires by choosing Hawaii from the drop down menu at the UMCOR link.

CREATION CARE MEETING

SUNDAY, AUGUST 20 AT 10:15AM

Join the Creation Care team this Sunday, August 20 for an in-person committee meeting to learn about our goals for the rest of 2023 and into 2024. All are welcome! We will meet in the library after the service. Grab coffee and juice upstairs and meet us in the library. Muffins will be provided. Questions? Contact Debbie Karr.

Students of all ages, staff, bus drivers, faculty of any school!  

United Methodist churches around the country participate in an annual tradition of praying for our children — for their success at learning and for their safety — at the beginning of each school year. Please join us SUNDAY when we will offer a blessing of the backpacks, invoking God's protection and provision for the new school year.

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CAN YOU LEND A HELPING HAND?

A senior couple in our church is looking for temporary housing starting September 1 or before. A barter for services would be welcome such as house/pet sitting, cooking, de-cluttering and (if needed: cleaning and gardening). They are considerate and personable. They request 1-2 rooms w/ shared bathroom. If you think you can help, please contact Pastor Rob Hamilton.

FINANCIAL UPDATE

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Financial Report Presentation (PDF)

UMCG FINANCIAL UPDATE


Pastor Rob and chair of finance, Jim Alderfer, present an update on our current financial position. Jim and our finance team will be available after worship Aug 13th & 20th to answer questions and receive input regarding our position. The video is in two segments: The first four minutes are the big picture takeaways while the balance of the video goes into greater detail. Please contact Jim Alderfer with questions directly at jim@alderfer.us.

NEW MEMBER SPOTLIGHT -- ROBERT (BOB) WEICK

Bob's family includes his wife, Marianne, his sons, daughter-in-law and granddaughter. He and Marianne live in St. Charles. "When I think about family, I also think about my large extended family. In addition to my parents, my brothers, sisters and their families, my extended family has included my grandparents, my in-law relatives, many aunts, uncles and 41 first cousins," Bob shared.


Bob's parents, Bob and Charlotte Weick, were members of UMCG and introduced him to the church in the 1980s, through attendance at events such as the Cantata and the Candlelight Service at Christmastime. It only took 40 years but we are glad Bob finally decided to join us!



In addition to being an avid reader of primarily history, Bob enjoys playing golf and chess as well as ice skating. Bob is an experienced traveler and has visited 49 of the 50 states in the USA -- Alaska is on his list and once he checks it off he will have visited the entire United States! "I am really enjoying getting to know the members of the UMCG congregation, through events such as Swedish Days, the pancake breakfast, the rummage sale and the Early Bird Men's Fellowship meetings," Bob added. We are glad to have you -- welcome, Bob!

IN OUR CHURCH

A/V INSTALLATION IS COMPLETE!



Have you noticed our new monitors displaying information about important events and happenings at UMCG? You can’t miss the brand new SCREEN in the front of the church supporting worship service! The crew was on site installing everything over the past weeks and our A/V department is working hard to implement all the new improvements across the church. 

MEMORY LOSS CAREGIVER’S SUPPORT GROUP MEETING NEXT WEEK

Join our support group for persons with loved ones experiencing memory loss issues. We will be gathering in the Parlor next Monday, August 21 at 10 am. We are not experts on all aspects of memory loss illnesses, but we have become pretty good at "caring for the caregiver." If you or anyone you know is a caregiver of this type, please join us. For additional information, call Linda Tamlyn at (630) 406-6907. 

STUDY OPPORTUNITIES

ADULT SUNDAY SCHOOL

On August 20 the Adult Sunday School Class will begin a new book by Adam Hamilton: Moses-In the Footsteps of the Reluctant Prophet.


This 6-week study will be supported by a video through Amplify Media. Books are available through Amazon, both new and used, and also other used book sellers. Adult Sunday School Class meets Sundays at 10:30 am in the Parlor. If you have questions, please contact Jim McConnell. Join us for good discussion and fellowship.

Your Faith and Climate Action

The United Methodist Church is offering some great learning opportunities that we invite anyone in the congregation with the interest to take part in:

Book Study: Loving People and Planet in the Name of God


This brand new Lay Servant Ministries course invites participants to deepen their biblical and theological understanding of God’s call to care for creation and how that connects with other issues of justice in light of Wesleyan tradition and social principles.


Participants will learn how to speak about the climate crisis with love, and take action responding to environmental needs, both personally and with others in their congregations in their own local settings. This study was put together and is facilitated by clergy in the Northern Illinois Conference.


Link to Course: Use promo code “hopefully” to reduce the fee to $30 for the class.

TRY AN AMPLIFY MEDIA STUDY

Amplify Media is a multimedia platform that provides church congregations with all kinds of resources - books, studies, lectures, worship, and programs for everyone from kids to adults.  


You can also do self study or watch a video or two about a topic of your choice. It is FREE to our congregation!


Click here for instructions to access Amplify!

IN OUR COMMUNITY

PRAYER WALK TOMORROW IN NAPERVILLE TO SUPPORT PERSECUTED CHRISTIANS IN INDIA


There will be a Prayer Walk in Naperville to stand against the persecution in India. Christians are persecuted physically, economically, and socially on different levels, especially in Manipur state, representing 41% of Christians. The churches and houses are burned, and no justice and order is served in favor of the Christians. It started in May and continued. About 300 churches are burned, thousands of tribal Christians run to the forest, and about 50 000 stay in refugee camps. They need our help and our prayer support. We want to raise awareness of this serious situation through this prayer walk and ask all to pray earnestly. 

 

In this Prayer Walk, we will stand in solidarity with all the families who have witnessed the greatest love toward God. 

 

Please join us with your congregation, friends, and families on 

Saturday, Aug 19 @ 9:30 am.

We will gather at 21 E Franklin Ave, Naperville. 

 

Thank you for standing united against persecution.  

 

Together in Christ,

Rev. Avani Christian

NIC UMC Pastor

We think many at UMC of Geneva might be interested in this event. Our Stephen Ministry team will have a booth at the event. Make sure to stop by and say hi.

TAKE A SEAT AT OUR TABLE AT THE TRICITY GALA

The Missions/Church in Society Committees are purchasing a table to support TriCity Family Services' annual gala on Saturday, September 9 at 6 p.m. at the Q Center in St. Charles.


If you'd like to join the UMCG table, please contact Veronique Saxe, (630) 977-9340 or vdsaxe@comcast.net.

7 spots are still open, come and support community mental health!

NEWS FROM THE UMC COMMUNITY


Prairie Central eNews is here.

The NIC weekly eNews is here.

Download the NIC Reporter here.

United Methodist Communications has created a video series The Recap to help us gain a better understanding of what is going on in The United Methodist Church, find inspiration in stories of ministry, and learn how our denomination is transforming the world.

Find All of the Episodes Here

ACCESS THE UMCG DOCUMENT CENTER

UMCG has a hidden page on the website for our church family to access called the Document Center. This includes our committee roster, communications submission forms and in the future, our committee agendas, reports and minutes.
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