Messenger - September 8, 2023

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


Back to Church

Sunday, Sept 10th is our Back to Church Sunday. Sunday School for all ages is back. The Chancel Choir is back. I'll be back from my retreat. We'll be launching an engaging worship series that invites us back titled, "Does the Bible Really Say That?"

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Worship Service airs live on our Website , YouTube  and  Facebook at 9 am.

Go to the Worship Page on our Website to find more information about future services.

SEPTEMBER 10, 2023

Everything Happens for a Reason

We often use this phrase in the midst of comforting someone who is suffering. But what does this say about personal responsibility and God’s responsibly? Did God really mean for the drunk driver to cause the fatal crash? Or is the reason that everything happens because we make choices. What if it’s more like whatever happens, God is able to work through it, to redeem it and to bring good from it. Join Pastor Rob Hamilton as he launches this thought provoking series that questions our assumptions and offers hope. 

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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 Information sent to this email goes to Carolyn, Lorie and Kimberley. 

Watch Greg and Rob as they invite everyone to our Family Worship on the THIRD Sunday of each month.

Watch Greg and Rob in their madcap invitation to our new Family Worship on the THIRD Sunday of each month.

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.

Let us know you're coming on our signup sheet!

Pub Theology: Beverages, Conversation, and God

Co-Sponsored by the Unitarian Universalist Society of Geneva, Fox Valley Presbyterian Church, and the United Methodist Church of Geneva!


Join Pastor Rob and others for an open and honest conversation about things that matter, at a table where all perspectives are welcome. We aim to dive deeply into topics involving faith, meaning, identity, culture, politics, and more! Bring your questions and your curiosity and respectfully engage with people of varying religious traditions, philosophical perspectives, and life experiences. A good time to be had by all!

September 28, 2023,


Sturdy Shelter Brewing

10 Shumway Ave Batavia, IL 60510


Do Your Loved Ones Know Your Final Wishes?

Join Pastor Rob on Sunday, October 8th from 10:30am-12pm in the Parlor for an informative, grace-filled workshop that will empower your loved ones to honor your wishes at the end of life and make plans for your pastor-led funeral or memorial service.

We will provide some resources, a planning guide and share with you what to expect upon death of yourself or loved one. The time spent in this workshop will be a gift to loved ones making your final arrangements. Light refreshments will be served. This workshop does not cover arrangements with life insurance, funeral homes, crematories or cemeteries.

Please sign up here so that we may prepare materials accordingly.


UMCG Family,

We are invited to volunteer at the Northern Illinois Food Bank on Thursday, October 12 from 1-3:30 pm. We will be sorting and packing food at the West Suburban Center at 273 Dearborn Court in Geneva.

NOTE: If you haven't already volunteered at the food bank you will need to create an account here. There is a volunteer consent form that people will need to fill out before volunteering.

Online Sign Up and more information.



As the hymn goes, "What a fellowship, what a joy divine, Leaning on the everlasting arms."

Dear Friends, through your prayers, encouraging words,, cards, texts, emails and calls, you have been the fellowship that is the exTension of His everlasting arms. What love and hope you sent my way during my very long recovery. I can't thank you enough! God's love and blessings to you all.

Sharon Reed


UMCG commits to providing dinners to Lazarus House on the 1st and 3rd Tuesdays of each month. We still have 4 nights unclaimed --- if you can help, please click here to sign up.

Tuesday, October 3

Tuesday, November 7

Tuesday, December 5

Tuesdays, January 2

To provide dinner, we need you to cook a meal in a 9X13 casserole pan, and deliver meals hot and ready to serve to Lazarus House as close to 6:00 PM as possible, please.

If assistance is needed please contact Gwen Powell at (479) 899-1779 or


There will be a Missions/Church in Society meeting on September 18 at 7:00 P.M. in the church library.

Fall Sessions of Yoga with Colleen

The schedule is out for the popular yoga series offered by member Colleen Fasbender weekly in the Fellowship Hall! Come join us for one or all weekly sessions!

For further information, please contact:

Val Erickson, Registrar: or 630-643-2912

** OR**

Colleen Fasbender: or 630-715-9012

The detailed schedule can be found here.

Wing & A Prayer Wellness begins Monday, September 11, 11am-12:15 pm.

Nourish body and soul through movement, balance, breathing, laughter, fellowship, and inspirational readings.  Create ease in your body, mind, heart, and spirit and practice flexibility, strength, balance & stability.  Practice at your own comfort level—on a mat, on or off a chair.  It’s good for the body and the soul. Click here to see flyer. Check out Jane's latest newsletter here.

For Information & to register, contact Jane at:  630-715-8590

UMCG's Caregivers' Support Group will be meeting next Thursday, September 14 at 10 am in the Parlor. This group is a safe place to talk to others who truly understand the sometimes lonely, frightening and confusing road of caregiving.


For additional information, call Nancy Harrington at (630) 215-3052. This group is open to anyone in our community as we truly care for our caregivers. 

September needs for the Salvation Army Food Pantry are:

  • dry pasta
  • ramen noodles
  • cold and hot cereal
  • shampoo and conditioner
  • body wash
  • toothpaste
  • canned beans(except green)
  • rice

The Food Pantry Coordinator writes…”Truthfully, we are in need of just about everything. We are serving more and more families and are struggling to keep up with the demand. As always we are very grateful for your continued support”



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.

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.


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


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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