Weekly Messenger - April 15, 2022
Making and nurturing disciples of Jesus Christ to serve the community and the world
PASTOR ROB'S MESSAGE
Cry of Dereliction

It's Good Friday, a strange title for such a somber day. It's somber of course because this is the day we remember that Jesus was crucified. From the cross, Jesus musters the strength to make seven last statements over the roughly six hours he...

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UPCOMING WORSHIP SERVICES
Our Services are in-person and livestreamed
Worship Service airs live on our Website and YouTube at 9:00 am and posted later to Facebook .
Go to the Worship Page on our Website to find more information about future services.
UMCG Good Friday Service - April 15 at 7:30pm
This traditional Good Friday Service held in the UMCG Sanctuary will feature modern reflections on what it might have been like to be there the day Jesus was crucified. We will sing, listen and reflect together on Jesus' suffering, death and crucifixion.  This service will also be livestreamed.
Easter Sunday Worship Services - April 17, 2022
TriCity United Methodist Easter Sunrise Service - 6am
This twenty minute service will be held under the gazebo at Geneva Garden Club Park along the Fox River (35 N River Ln, Geneva, IL 60134) will be led by Tri-City United Methodist Pastors as the sun rises to celebrate the rising of the Son on Easter morning. Please dress for the weather and if you would like a chair for this short service, please bring your own. 
Easter Sunday Service at 9:00am- UMCG Sanctuary 
Celebrate the joy of the Resurrection with the Good News of the Easter Gospel & the Chancel Choir’s performance of Now The Green Blade Riseth, written for this service by Scott Stevenson and Pastor Rob Hamilton’s message “Easter IRL” in the beautifully adorned UMCG Sanctuary.

The Photo Booth is Back on Easter Sunday!
We had great time taking pictures last Sunday in our photo booth and it will be up in Fellowship Hall again on Easter Sunday. Plan to snap a picture and share social media and tag UMCG. We will also be taking your picture with our camera and can email it to you.
EARTH DAY SERVICE AND ACTIVITIES
EARTH DAY SUNDAY WORSHIP, APRIL 24 AT 9:00 AM
From the trees to the bees to rivers and the seas God gives us a wondrous home to live in! We will celebrate this gift of God entrusted to us on Sunday, April 24 in our 9am worship. Our music will help us to celebrate our earth home, with hymns and a special choral anthem with visuals. Our children's sermon will help us think about lessons learned "when we all stopped" for the pandemic and the healing that began for our earth and its plants and creatures then. Our sermon will help us to think about ways we can say yes to being co-creators, care-takers and collaborators with God and Jesus to help God's kingdom plans for the earth and all who live here to flourish.

After worship, check out Fellowship Hall for ideas to live more lightly in our world, sign up to help plant a garden for our neighbors at Hesed House in Aurora, learn about native and pollinator plant sales coming up, and more! There will be some sustainable and plantable gifts for folks too!  
~Pastor Lisa Telomen
Celebrate Earth Day with the Creation Care team by planting trees at the Elburn Forest Preserve. We will be meeting at 8:45am in Elburn. This is a family friendly event. Dress for the weather and bring a refillable water bottle and gloves. Water, snacks and tools are provided.
EARTH SUNDAY ACTIVITIES
The Creation Care Team is planning activities on Sunday, April 24 following our service.
  • We are asking you to bring any of the following: Styrofoam for recycling, Broken crayons, Bread tags and Corks.
  • Volunteer to transport unsold books and DVDs from the Rummage Sale to donation or recycling centers. 
  • Sign-up deliver the Styrofoam to Dart in North Aurora 
  • Sign-up to take items to Anderson Animal Shelter in South Elgin. 
  • During Earth Day week, we encourage any individual or family who is doing something for Earth Day to take pictures and send to video@genevaumc.org. 
Please consider helping out. As Dr. Seuss wrote in The Lorax fifty years ago, “Unless someone like you cares a whole lot, nothing is going to get better. It’s not.”
For More Information contact Sharon Reed.
HELP BUILD GARDENS FOR HESED HOUSE
The Creation Care team is designing and building a vegetable and flower garden for the residents of Hesed House! 

The team hopes that the garden will not only be a source of fresh food and flowers for Hesed, but a place that also gives individuals in the Harbor program a feeling of joy and purpose.  

After Earth Sunday service on April 24, the Creation Care team will be holding a fundraiser to help build the garden. Items available will be seeds, sunflower seedlings, reusable straws and mesh vegetable bags and more.  

Come check out their plans and sign up to for volunteer work days on April 30, May 3 and May 7.  Families are Welcome! Check for an online sign-up next week.
CHILDREN AND YOUTH
CHILDREN'S MINISTRY UPDATE
YOUTH MINISTRY UPDATE
On Sunday, April 24 we will once again partner up with Baker Memorial UMC and Batavia UMC. This time we will meet at Pottawatomie Park in St. Charles for some park clean-up, a bag lunch, and a bags (a.k.a. cornhole) competition.

This event will be from 10:30am-12:30pm after service on Sunday morning. Sign up here - tinyurl.com/tricityyouthbags. 
SAVE THE DATE FOR GEOCACHING!
Sunday May 15 from 1-3 pm
We are going to have a guided geocaching event in Geneva. All 6th-12th graders and their friends are invited.

More details to follow in the coming weeks. 
For more information contact Mike Crain, mike.crain@ministryarchitects.com
EVENTS AND SPECIAL ANNOUNCEMENTS
Submit information each week by Wednesday at 12pm for inclusion in Bulletin Announcements or the Weekly Messenger.  Please use the submission form that can also be used for adding items to the calendar and reserving roomsThis form can also be found on the sign-ups page on our website. You may also send them to communications@genevaumc.org. Information sent to this email goes to Carolyn, Debbie, and Lorie. 
In accordance with the Health Advisory Team plan supported by Church Council at the February 2022 meeting, starting on April 18 masks and social distancing will be encouraged based upon your needs and comfort level (but not required) for all ministries of UMCG including worship. This means we ask congregants to wear a mask during Easter worship. Other elements of worship that have been modified for COVID will be reintroduced in the coming months. Other best practices and recommendations of the CDC, IDPH and Kane County Health Department remain in place as we seek to do no harm and do good, while attending to the ordinances of God - the three Wesleyan rules for living. 
THE RUMMAGE AND BAKE SALE IS NEXT WEEK!
Set up: Monday, April 18 – 6pm Meet in Fellowship Hall
Donation drop offs: Tuesday and Wednesday, April 19 & 20 – 9am to 7pm
Bake Sale donations: Please drop off in the Library on Thursday, April 21.
Sale Dates: April 21 6-8pm, April 22 9-5pm, and April 23, 9am to noon
Clean Up: April 23, Noon to 2:30pm
Volunteer Opportunities: Please sign up on-line or on the sign-up sheets in Fellowship Hall on the Women’s Ministry Board.
Large Items: If you are in need of having a larger item picked up, please call Lorne Tweed 908-723-2617.

Please be picky about what you bring! Nothing dirty, dusty, torn, broken.
We do not accept TVs, monitors, entertainment armoires, car seats, mattresses and cribs.

Rummage Sale questions: Jenean Larsen 847-707-6598, Bobbi Alderfer 630-272-944 or Wendy McKeehan 630-310-9861
Bake Sale/Food for Volunteers questions: Joan Hansen 630-251-4628
GRIEF SUPPORT GROUP THURSDAYS MAY 5-19 FROM 6:30-8PM
When the funeral is over, loved ones have gone home, dishes are returned, where does grief go? Where can we turn, and who understands?
In the past two years we've not been able to gather to support one another - now we can.
UMCG invites you to three sessions to help you in your grief journey. Linda Tamlyn and Linda Nauertz will be our facilitators.
To sign up or for more information contact the church at 630-232-7120 or Rev. Mary Gay McKinney at 805-508-2055
PRACTICE: SERVING
WORLD RELIEF COLLECTION OF GIFT CARDS EXTENDED TO MAY 8
We are seeking donations of gift cards to give to refugees through World Relief. They are asking for gift cards from Amazon, Aldi, Goodwill, Target, or Walmart.

They also would like gift cards for Uber or gas stations to help families get to urgent appointments.

They will be blessed in church on Sunday, May 8.
MIDWEST MISSION COLLECTION EVENT NOW ON SUNDAY, MAY 8
Collect & bring emergency relief supplies for Midwest Mission Distribution Center.
They have updated the sizes of the cleaning items they are requesting as well. This collection is for flood buckets.
  • Liquid household cleaner 16-40 Oz
  • Liquid dish soap 14-32 oz
  • Liquid laundry detergent 32-64 oz
  • NO Spray bottles or pump bottles.  
Donations can be dropped off on the table outside of the library prior to May 8.
ASP DONUT FUNDRAISER IS BACK!
You may have noticed that donuts are back during coffee-time in Fellowship Hall. As in the past, this is a fundraiser for our ASP Mission Trip each summer. If you want to be the rock-star one Sunday as the donut volunteer, consider signing up for a week or two on our online sign-up.
PRACTICE: PRAYER
GOOD FRIDAY PRAYER VIGIL
From 9am-3pm our sanctuary will be available for prayer.
Enter by the West Doors.
Come any time during this six hour period marking the hours Jesus hung on the cross. Stay a while or just a few minutes.
Volunteers will be here throughout the day to make sure that no one is here alone.
Return at 7:30pm for our Good Friday Service.
PRACTICE CENTERING PRAYER STARTS APRIL 28 AT 1:30PM
Centering Prayer is a form of prayer in which we quiet ourselves in the presence of our Lord. It can happen when we are alone and when we are with others.
Pastor Rob and others will share more about the practice in our beginning sessions or "sits" together. Plan to arrive a few minutes before our start time. We will end after thirty minutes
Come and check it out beginning Thursday, April 28 from 1:30-2pm in the Youth Room. Contact Sharon Anderson, Pastor Rob Hamilton or Pastor Mary Gay McKinney for more information.
PRACTICE: SHARING
ANY TIME: Write a review of UMCG on Google or other social media pages.
  1. Here's a link to our Google review page. You will need to sign-in to your Google Account to write a review. Think of something specific you like about UMCG to share.
  2. If you are a Facebook user here is a link to Facebook Review page for UMCG. On the left it will ask "Do you recommend United Methodist Church of Geneva?" "Click Yes and enter your post.
PRACTICE: STUDY
Adult Sunday School
Adult Sunday School will not meet on Easter Sunday, but will begin a new study of the Ten Commandments on Sunday, April 24 at 10:30 in the Parlor. Participation in this class will also be available by Zoom. The class will be using the book Words of Life-Jesus and the Promise of the Ten Commandments Today by Adam Hamilton.
Men's Early Bird Fellowship
On Thursday April 21 the Men's Early Bird Fellowship class will begin a 4 week study on the Holy Spirit. The book is "The Holy Spirit" by Stanley Hauerwas and William Willimon. The class meets each Thursday at Colonial Cafe on Rt.64 and Tyler in east St.Charles. If you have any questions, please contact Jim McConnell at mcjamesc@aol.com.
PRACTICE: GIVING
Prepare a Lenten offering to be given in an Easter offering envelope.
Commit to a denomination (penny, dollar, quarter, $5, etc.) of money and each week. Make an offering using the giving guide each Monday.
Lent Giving Recap
  • Week 1: Make one contribution for each prayer you say this week.
  • Week 2: Make one contribution for every day you read 5 verses of Scripture this week. 
  • Week 3: Make one contribution for every time you intentionally act in love toward another person this week.
  • Week 4: Make one contribution for this week for every time you make a purchase. 
  • Week 5: Make one contribution for every person you want to invite to church but haven’t yet. 
  • Week 6: As Jesus makes his way to the cross, make a contribution for every cross you own. 
Easter Sunday: Bring in your offering enevelope with the money that you have been collecting throughout Lent.
SALVATION ARMY FOOD NEEDS FOR APRIL
  • Rice and Rice-aroni
  • Sweet cereals
  • Boxed dinners (hamburger helper, pasta-roni, etc.)
  • Boxed pasta (rotini, penne, shells, etc.),
  • Canned peaches and pineapple
  • Peanut butter
  • Coffee,
  • Fruit juice
  • Canned tuna and other canned meats (stew, hash, spam, etc.)
  • Laundry detergent.
Please drop off items in the Donation Station.
SUPPORT UKRANIAN RELIEF
NEWS FROM THE UMC COMMUNITY
Join us for a respectful conversation exploring the harm of racism to ourselves and others during this in-person workshop, developed by The Northern Illinois Conference Anti-Racism Task Force. Facilitated by Dr. Richard Guzman, we will take a deep faith-based look at the systems that underlie and support racism. We'll discuss individual, institutional and policy-based realities in our country's history and how profoundly they affect our lives today as we share our actions, experiences, and hopes that will lead us to Becoming a Beloved Community of Elgin and the Greater Fox Valley. Register by April 30. Click here for more information and registration form.
NIC Annual Conference
The NIC Annual Conference will take place June 8-June 10, 2022. Registration opens on April 4. More information is available here.
Prairie Central eNews is here.
The NIC weekly eNews is here.
The Download the NIC Reporter for April 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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