Weekly Messenger - July 7, 2023

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


Proud to be appointed - again!

Effective July 1, 2023, Bishop Dan Schwerin has set my appointment to The United Methodist Church of Geneva, marking my third appointment as your Senior Pastor after having four appoints as your Associate Pastor. I am so proud to be pastoring UMCG!

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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.


 "A lesson in hermeneutics and exegesis"- Matthew 5:17-48

Hermeneutics and exegesis are fancy words for methods of interpretation. We all interpret the Bible. The call for us as United Methodist Christians is to do so as Jesus did: Jesus would engage in midrash, for us we believe the core of the Christian faith was revealed in Scripture, illumined by tradition, vivified in personal experience and confirmed by reason. Join Pastor Rob as he sets out some basic tools to help make sense of the Bible when we are reading it for all its worth. 

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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



Thank you for all of your prayers and monetary support for the 2023 ASP trip. A total of 26 youth (ages 14-19) and 12 adults leave early tomorrow morning to head to Breathitt County, KY to rehab houses there devastated by the 2022 flooding. Click here for ASP's Facebook page to catch some photos of our team at work next week, and to read more about Appalachia Service Project (ASP) and what they do, click here.

Last Saturday, Mike Popplewell held a construction building session for some of the group and together they built the church a bench! (see photo)


Louis Faucheux lives with his husband, Sean; his 4-year old son, Josiah; and their dog, Maggie in North Aurora -- they are actually neighbors of Mike and Julie Popplewell! When the Popplewells heard Louis and Sean were "church shopping" they invited them to attend UMCG and "the rest is history!" said Louis.

Louis loves to cook, play french horn, fish in the Fox river and camp in their new pop-up. He also loves to chat and visit with people, which served him well when he recently volunteered at Vacation Bible School -- the kids all came to know him as Jonah as he enthusiastically played that role for them!

One thing to note about Louis is his love of digging -- not in the dirt but at Thrift Stores or even dumpsters -- to find a great deal/unique item! He says he's not afraid to dig anywhere!

Louis is a real "people person," and he welcomes conversation. When asked what he loves about UMCG, he said, "There is so much, but I would say something that I love quite a bit is that everything feels comfortable, whether it be the space, environment, people, service. It has a feeling of being home." Welcome home, Louis and family!


Thanks to all the volunteers for a great effort at our TriCity Methodist Vacation Bible School, “Mission: Deep Sea.” Your efforts were so appreciated and the children had a wonderful week here learning important stories from the bible while having fun!  


Pastor Rob will be providing two opportunities this Summer to study the Bible with him: Thursday mornings with the Early Bird Men's Fellowship starting Thursday, July 6 and Sunday mornings at Adult Bible Study at 10:30 am, starting July 9.

The Early Bird Men's Fellowship group meets at 7 am in the back room of Colonial Cafe (1625 E. Main St. in St. Charles) for coffee and discussion. At 8 am optional breakfast is ordered and casual conversation continues until folks are ready to leave.

Adult Bible Study meets Sundays after worship at 10:30 am in the parlor. Click here for the Zoom link if you would like to join remotely.

Pastor Rob will be leading a discussion of: What Is the Bible?: How an Ancient Library of Poems, Letters, and Stories Can Transform the Way You Think and Feel About Everything by Rob Bell. The book is available through all major booksellers and resellers.

Supplement this Bible Study with Amplify!

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.  Travel with Adam Hamilton to the places that Jesus walked or listen to some of the leading authorities on how to interpret the Scriptures today! It’s having the Biblical Word at your fingertips!

Click here for instructions to access Amplify!


The family of Scott A. Andersen would like to think Pastor Rob for his guidance and support in planning the Memorial Service for our brother Scott. To Scott Stevenson for his piano accompaniment, and Peggy Stevenson, for her beautiful rendition of the song, “Somewhere Over the Rainbow.”

Special thanks to Gale Dias, Cindy Caliendo and Jenean Larsen, who helped to coordinate, prepare and serve the desserts, beverages as well as cleaned up after the Memorial Visitation. And to Linda McConnell and all of her helpers who greeted, and welcomed family and friends to the service.

Lastly, we would like to thank our church family for all of their cards, prayers, love and support during this time of bereavement for our beloved brother, Scott.

God Bless you all.

In Peace,

Scott A. Andersen Family

Dear Scholarship Committee,

Hello and thank you so much for your support this past school year! Having recently finished my final exams, I would love to offer some updates. I started at NIU in the fall and have really loved it. Over this past semester I worked closely with my advisors to determine I will graduate after the Fall! As a result, I worked super hard to find an internship for the summer and I start with Aldi very soon! I also finished this semester with straight A's, and I owe a lot of my success to your continued support. Thank you so much!

WIth peace and love and many blessings,

Louis Petrie

Dear Scholarship Committee,

Thank you so much for selecting me as a recipient of the William K. and Ruth A. Bullock Memorial Scholarship. This award will be of great help as I attend the University of Iowa to earn a Bachelor of Science in Nursing and eventually a Master's Degree. My goal is to become a Nurse Practitioner and establish my own practice. UMCG has been, and I know will continue to be, a huge part of my life. I have loved having the opportunity to assist with Sunay School. Thank you again for this honor.


Brooke Baurer


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.


We are looking for volunteers to help photograph events during the year. Fancy cameras not needed, just a willingness to take photos. We have created a Sign-Up Genius to make it easier for people to volunteer.

Click here to sign up TODAY.

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.


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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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