Weekly Messenger - December 31, 2021
Making and nurturing disciples of Jesus Christ to serve the community and the world
Don’t Take Down Your Christmas Decorations Yet!
Perhaps I am one of a select few that hit 'skip' on my Christmas music playlist when the 12 Days of Christmas comes on. Personally, I find the song a bit too repetitive and annoyingly detached from my experience. I wouldn't want to receive any of the gifts listed in the song, nor would I give them. The repetitive nature of the song probably harkens back to its likely French origins as a ‘memory and forfeits’ game, where if you got the repetition correct you’d win a small prize. However, it does not seem to be historically accurate that this song is a coded memory game for persecuted Christians.

But the song isn’t a countdown to Christmas! The song recalls what is for Christians... Read the rest of Rob's message here.
Sunday Worship Service - January 2, 2022
Epiphany Sunday! Celebrate the coming conclusion of the 12 days of Christmas with carol singing, communion and an interactive message at our family worship service
Sunday, January 2 Service at 9:00 am in-person and livestreamed.
Services are livestreamed to YouTube and to our Website and posted later to Facebook

January 9, 16 & 23 Services will be online only.

1/2 - Family worship with activity pages. No Sunday School or Nursery.

1/9, 1/16, and 1/23 - Zoom Sunday School is back for 3 weeks at 9:30am. Middle School kids will be joining the high school Zoom classes. Julie Popplewell will email the link to everyone a few days ahead of time. 
  • Holiday Schedule Adjustments
  • Family Worship on Jan. 2 - No children or youth Sunday School.
  • No Pen and Paper on Jan. 1. 
Click on the image below to take our one question Christmas Worship Survey.
Your input is needed for our church-wide assessment as we plan for the future of ministry at UMCG.

Please save the date Saturday, February 5 - for listening sessions & Sunday, February 6, 3:30pm - Ministry Architects Assessment Report. 
Calling all Church Council and Committee Members! 
UMCG's 2022 Leadership Summit will take place Saturday, January 15th from 9am-12pm via Zoom. This Summit will start organizing our shared work together for 2022, offer leadership training for the specific work before us, set expectations for our shared ministry and offer training on church procedures. We ask that all Council and Committee Members attend and we invite any other interested church members to listen in via Zoom. 
Contact Jim Alderfer, Church Council Chair or Pastor Rob Hamilton with questions. 
Tune in to Pastor Rob Hamilton's State of the Church Address on Sunday, January 23rd.

This recorded video address reflects on the past year and looks toward the future and it will be available for on-demand viewing starting at 7pm via our YouTube, Vimeo, Facebook, and at genevumc.org Pastor's Blog pages. Links to the videos and a manuscript will also be sent via email on Sunday January 23rd. 
Saturday, January 29, 9 am -11:15 am via Zoom
Bonus in-person technology training session available.
Cost: $10 per person or $50 max per church
Pre-meeting: All participants will receive an introduction video, a prayer video, and a teaching video on Adaptable Leadership to view before the Training Event.
Deadline for registration is Friday, January 21, 2022. Contact Debbie Sampiller if you would like to register. For more information, click on this link.
The church building is expected to be closed Monday, January 3rd through Friday, January 28th as we finish this project.

Worship in this timeframe will be online only; no in-person worship, as well as no classes, studies or groups onsite. Look for updates from your group leaders for groups and studies. Contact information for each group can be found on the church calendar.

Please check future Messenger emails for updates on this project. Questions? Contact Debbie Sampiller.
Calling all 4th-8th graders (or older) Be an Acolyte in 2022!
Every 1st Sunday in 2022 needs 2 Acolytes. Sign up for January 2, 2022 or other 1st Sundays in 2022 with Jane. Acolytes arrive at 8:30 am on Sundays to get robes, practice lighting, and a brief prayer. Please sign up with Jane at jsiarny@att.net or by phone/text at 630/715-8590.
Attention all high school seniors and college undergraduate and graduate students! UMCG scholarship applications are now open. You can find the application form on our website under sign-ups or click this linkThe deadline to submit your application is May 6, 2022 at 11:59 PM. No application will be accepted after that date, and all parts of the application must be received by May 6. This year, the scholarship committee will only accept official transcripts, so please plan accordingly so that the transcripts are received prior to the May 6 deadline. Please contact a committee member with questions or if you need help: Colleen Fasbender, Barb Pribble, Suzanne Zefron, Gwen Powell, Don Mendenhall, and Nancy Tweed. 
Photographers Needed: We are a busy church with lots of great activities and events. Carolyn Burnham is looking for people that can help photograph activities held by the church including some in-service photography. You don't need to be a pro, but would love some people that enjoy photography to help out from time to time.

Livestream Volunteers: We are looking for people that might be able to assist Alex Johnson during worship services from time to time. We are still setting this up, so if you want to get in on the "ground floor" or can help later, let us know.

Contact: Carolyn Burnham
Spirits & Studies Update
Spirits & Studies is taking a break for the remainder of December. We welcome newcomers as we meet again on Tuesday, January 4, 2022. We'll be wrapping up our time with Kissing Fish by Roger Wolsey. Whether you've read some chapters or none of it, you will enjoy the fruitful discussion if you attend. For more information, contact Mary Gay McKinney, Coordinator of Congregational Care.
January Stephen MInistry Meeting
We'll be meeting online at 1:45 pm on Tuesday, January 4, 2022
For more information, contact Mary Gay McKinney, Coordinator of Congregational Care.
Tuesday Prayer Meeting Zooms during January
During January, Tuesday Prayer Partners will gather via Zoom on Tuesdays at 1:00 pm. Reach out to Mary Gay McKinney for the Zoom link. We pray for 30 minutes and we welcome YOU!
Are you a caregiver for a loved one? The Caregivers Support Group welcomes newcomers to monthly meetings. We'll meet on January 13, 2022 at 10:00 am. Check with Nancy Harrington or Mary Gay McKinney for details.
Let's Reach Out
We have a request from Delores Drees for her her mother Beulah.

My mom's 100th birthday will be January 18th, 2022. She loves getting cards & I think it'd be really fun if she could receive 100 cards. If you can send one, it'll be great. If you can recruit any others to send one, that'll be great also.

Thanks so much for being a part of her big day. Contact communications@genevaumc.org for her address.

The NIC weekly eNews is here.

The NIC December/January Reporter is available here.
Submit information each week by Wednesday at 12pm for inclusion in Bulletin Announcements or the Weekly Messenger.  Please use the submission formThis 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. 
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