Weekly Messenger - July 14, 2023

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


I can't believe I blew it!

Last Sunday's sermon titled "A lesson in hermeneutics and exegesis" made (at least) one error that didn't go unnoticed by many. I made reference to four, very specific terms: hermeneutics, exegesis, textual criticism and historical criticism. But then I never defined them or mentioned them again!

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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.


 "Questions about Science and Progress" - Genesis 1:1-8

When we start reading the Bible we find claims that seemingly run contrary to what science teaches us. Does that mean we have to pick either science or scripture and disregard the other? Does this mean the Bible can’t speak to us today with all the advance science has made? In this sermon, Pastor Rob will demonstrate that when we are reading the Bible for all its worth we don't always have to throw the baby out with the bathwater. 

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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 communications@genevaumc.org. Information sent to this email goes to Carolyn, Lorie and Kimberley. 

UMCG is sponsoring an end-of the-summer ALL CHURCH EVENT!

Come on out to cheer on your Kane County Cougars as they battle it out with the Cleburne Railroaders! Enjoy hot dogs and drinks with your UMCG family & friends. Besides enjoying a fantastic game with our church community, kids can run the bases and enjoy fireworks after the game! Game tickets are $8.00 per person. General parking passes are $6.00 per vehicle or preferred parking is $10.00. Game tickets and parking passes must be purchased in advance for these prices. Click here to buy tickets; pick them up after July 19 in church or office.  

For questions please reach out to Keith Rawson or Eric Manley

Welcome Dr. Greg Coates,

Director of NextGen Ministries!

The Staff-Parish Relations Committee invites everyone to celebrate the arrival or Dr. Greg Coates, our new Director of NextGen Ministries, on Sunday, July 23 with a cake reception during our fellowship time after worship.

No worship at UMCG July 30!

After taking a hiatus in June, Church Council will be holding their monthly meeting at 7:00pm in the parlor on Tuesday, July 25. At 6:00 pm, prior to the meeting, we will be gathering for a fun potluck dinner. All are welcome to attend the dinner and/or meeting. If you are interested, please sign-up for the potluck before Sunday, July 23 here. If you have any questions, contact Sharon Anderson at andersonschmal@gmail.com. Hope to see you there!


Alison (Ali) Slyman lives in Geneva with her husband, Sean, her son, Liam, and their two dogs, Ella and Chloe.

Ali first visited the church in 2018 and really liked it -- she appreciated how welcomed she felt despite her own shyness and kept coming back!

Ali has a Master's Degree in Library and Information Science and worked previously as a health sciences librarian in Michigan before moving here, where she now works in a public library.

The family has a small garden where Alison grows some vegetables and raspberries as well as some flowers and herbs. Alison also loves to read in her downtime, especially plant-based cookbooks and British romantic comedies.

Alison loves the welcoming people and atmosphere at UMCG and especially appreciates all the ways the church is of service to the community. The librarian in her appreciates the way Sunday sermons give an understanding of the history yet invite us to be loving, kind and compassionate right now. Welcome, Ali!




Join our support group for persons with loved ones experiencing memory loss issues. We will be gathering in the Parlor next Monday, July 17 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. 


The Committees on Missions/Church in Society will have a meeting on Monday, July 17th, at 7:00 pm.. in the church library.

Questions may be directed to Nancie Lillie at 231-845-6097, Carolyn Sprawka. at 630-222-4150, or Wendy McKeehan, at 630-310-9861.


There will be a Friendly Visitors check-in meeting on July 18th at 10:00 A.M. in the church library. This meeting is for current Friendly Visitors or any others who may be interested in visiting our homebound church friends and members.

Questions may be directed to Nancie Lillie at 231-845-6097, or Chris Donovan, at 630-698-0021.

We like to think of summer as being a relaxing, enjoyable time. But hurts, struggles, crises, and problems don’t take a vacation. Many times our difficulties seem even worse during the summer because everyone else seems to be enjoying life while you are feeling down. If you are experiencing a difficult time—emotionally, spiritually, or relationally—you don’t have to suffer alone.

Our Stephen Ministers are trained caregivers, ready to listen, care for and encourage you, pray with and for you, and provide one-to-one Christian care to help you through whatever it is that you are facing. Men are matched with male Stephen Ministers, and women are matched with female Stephen Ministers. It’s free. It’s confidential. And it will make a difference in your life!

To find out more about Stephen Ministry for you or someone you know, talk with Pastor Rob or our Stephen Ministry Leader, Linda Tamlyn, 630-222-3624.

Salvation Army Food Pantry needs for July are:

· Boxed meals (like Hamburger Helper)

· Diapers, (sizes 5, 6, and Pull-Ups)

· Ramen noodles

· Canned ravioli and SpaghettiO’s

· Canned or packaged chicken breast meat

· Shampoo and conditioner


The new A/V booth has been constructed and we are waiting on the wiring and the equipment to be installed in July! We are looking for several people that are interested in helping with the A/V during our Sunday service each week. To begin, tasks will be related to helping with the graphic/text-based content during worship but can expand based on interest and training. We would need about 90 minutes of your time on the designated Sunday you volunteer. Volunteer would also periodically participate in planning meetings.

The training date with Amplio Systems is tentatively scheduled for July 29, and more details will follow.  

Contact Carolyn Burnham carolyn@genevaumc.org or 630-232-7120.

Help Spread the Word, Welcome a Stranger

There are still many students waiting to learn they have a host family from over 60 countries. Local schools still have openings. There are 4 students who had hoped to come last year and are still waiting. All types of individuals and families are encouraged to host, including those with and without children of any age. Information on these students can be found on a flyer on the bulletin boards.

Would you consider welcoming one of them or help spread the word about the opportunity to host with your circle of friends? For more information see Robbin Lang or www.afsusa.org.



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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.

Watch the latest episode 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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