Weekly Messenger - June 17, 2022
Making and nurturing disciples of Jesus Christ to serve the community and the world
MESSAGE FROM PASTOR ROB HAMILTON
WATCH PASTOR ROB HAMILTON'S UPDATE TO THE STATE OF THE CHURCH ADDRESS
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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.
SUNDAY WORSHIP SERVICE JUNE 19, 2022
Holy Boldness: How Can We Keep from Speaking?!
Peter heals a crippled beggar, and is brought to the religious authorities with John, for they are arrested for teaching that in Jesus there is the resurrection of the dead. Peter testifies that in Jesus’ name there is salvation, for he was raised from the dead. The authorities are afraid of the crowds, and see the man healed before them. They order them not to speak, trying to contain the spread of the Gospel, but Peter and John say “they cannot keep from speaking.” What about our faith is so compelling that we must speak of it to others? What might you be so bold to talk about with others?!
CHILDREN AND YOUTH
CHILDREN'S MINISTRY UPDATE
Join us on Saturday June 25th from 1-3:30pm at UMCG!
The June 25th, Spirited Kids Adventure program, will have a live animal presentation from K.A.R.E. (Kane Area Rehabilitation and Education for Wildlife) whose mission is to “ rehabilitate and release injured and displaced local wildlife while educating people about the critters in their community.”


More information: Julie Popplewell at Julie@genevaumc.org or check our this website page for updates.
The Spirited Kids Adventure team would like to support KARE by supplying them with items from their wish list. Items can be dropped off in the Donation Station or brought to church on June 25. All are welcome to attend the presentation in Fellowship Hall at 2:45pm.
  • Paper Towels
  • Disinfectant Bleach
  • Baby wipes
  • Hand soap
  • Puppy pads
  • Canned puppy food
  • Canned cat paté
  • Applesauce
  • Baby fruit or veggie food
  • Wal-Mart Gift Cards

Thank you for supporting Spirited Kids Adventure and KARE.
COME TO OUR KIDS CRAFT TENT AT SWEDISH DAYS!
COME TO OUR KIDS' DAY CRAFT TENT AT SWEDISH DAYS - FRIDAY, JUNE 24 FROM 10AM-3PM

Bring your kids and invite their friends to the UMCG Kids Day Craft Tent. We will have face painters, the kids will paint friendship rocks and plant sunflower seeds as an extension of the DuPage Sunflower Project into Kane County!
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YOUTH MINISTRY UPDATE
Summer Tri-City UMC Youth Event @ The Quarry - We're renting out the whole park at Hall Quarry Beach on Saturday, July 16, from 6:30 to 8 pm! The cost is $10 per person and includes an entrance fee, fun, and snacks! Feel free to invite your friends. Please be sure to register and pay by June 26, 2022. Information and sign-up available at tinyurl.com/tricityatthequarry
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. If you cannot use the submission form please send them to communications@genevaumc.org. Information sent to this email goes to Carolyn, Debbie, and Lorie. 
SWEDISH DAYS BEGINS NEXT WEEK!
Wednesday June 22 to Sunday June 26

...And so does the United Methodist Church of Geneva’s Swedish Day’s food booth. A BIG THANK YOU to all who have signed up already! There are still openings and we ask that you consider volunteering 3 hours of your time.

Why?
  • To meet new people in our congregation
  • To meet new people not in our congregation
  • To be a presence in our community for United Methodist Church of Geneva
  • To support the many Men’s Club charities with the money received such as Hesed House and ASP
  • The Food
  • To have fun
How to sign up?
You can sign up at Sign-Up Genius online or go to Sign-up Page at genevaumc.org
Enter your information for the day, time, and position you wish to volunteer for
Again, if you can volunteer for more than one day or shift, the Swedish Days team will appreciate your help very much?
You can also sign up at our Blessing table this Sunday in Fellowship Hall.
For more information please contact: Steve Lillie sandnlillie@gmail.com, 630-452-6736; Lorne Tweed tweed.lorne@gmail.com, 908-723-2617; Jim McConnell mcjamesc@aol.com, 630-715-3480.
DON'T FORGET TO INVITE YOUR FRIENDS AND FAMILY TO GET FOOD FROM OUR BOOTH!
UMCG is hiring for two new part-time positions!
If you or someone you know would like to be part of our ministry as our new Financial Secretary or Communications Assistant, more information about these positions and how to apply can be found on our website: https://genevaumc.org/now-hiring/
HYMN REQUESTS ARE BACK!
This summer, we are returning to a UMCG summer tradition where we will sing one verse (or so) of a selection of favorite hymns as requested by our congregation. Scott, our Director of Music, reviews the requests and groups songs together by theme and style for congregational singing each week. Make your requests via the online form or by writing the hymn number and title on the back of the attendance card and place it in the offering plate. 
TOWN HALL MEETING RECORDING
The Town Hall Meeting regarding the replacement of our HVAC system took place on Sunday, June 5. If you missed the meeting and would like to watch the recording, please click here.
PRACTICE: SERVING
NEW IDEA FOR MEAL MINISTRY
For many years caring volunteers have provided meals to those who are experiencing a challenging time. We’re updating this ministry and we think you’ll be excited about it, too!

Our pastors, Stephen Ministers and Friendly Visitors visit church family members during challenging times. When people are home from the hospital, or experiencing a loss for instance, a loaf of bread, a container of soup or another simple offering is a great comfort. In times of need it’s a way to say your church family cares! We’d like to stock the church freezer with breads that our members make when you have extra time to bake or have extra zucchini, etc. We are also hoping for containers of soups, stews, etc… .

HOW IT WORKS:
When it’s convenient to cook a little extra, fill a container (we can provide them if need be). Label it with your NAME, WHAT IT IS, and the DATE. Freeze it immediately and bring it to the church freezer. Sign it into the MEAL MINISTRY TO GO sheet on the freezer door when you bring something or take something out.

Maybe you’re someone who would like to take a meal but haven’t time to prepare. You’ll be able to stop by the church and find something to share with the one you know needs some TLC.

Questions? Or you can sign up to help today! Contact Jill Nettleton 630-217-9963 or Mary Gay McKinney 815-508-2055 to join in the fun.
PRACTICE: STUDY
WATCH SOME VIDEOS THIS SUMMER
While some of our regular studies and Sunday School take a hiatus for the Summer, Pastor Lisa has recommended studies on Amplify Media.
Justice or Just Us with Rob Fuquay and Nicole and Jevon Caldwell-Gross
In this four-week video curriculum, pastors Rob Fuquay, Nicole Caldwell-Gross, and Jevon Caldwell-Gross help you acknowledge the reality of racism in our world today, as well as our christian responsibility to oppose it as individuals and together as the church.


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. Topics include antiracism/reconciliation, Women's studies, worship/inspiration, the Bible in 30 seconds or less, things for kids, and much more.
Use our access code and your information and click start a free membership.
  • Go to Amplify Media
  • Click on the person icon in the upper right hand corner to access drop-down menu and click on Enter access code
  • Enter Access Code - GFJLWR
  • Click the purple verify tab and create your account
AMPLIFY MEDIA IS ALSO AVAILABLE HERE!
IN THE COMMUNITY
Geneva’s RiverPark Summer Concert Series returns to provide four free nights of entertainment along the Fox River.

The concerts will be held at 6 p.m. on Sunday, July 3, 10, 17, and 24 at River Park, located at North River Lane and Peyton Street just north of State Street. The programs, which will take place at the park’s stone amphitheater, are sponsored by the City of Geneva’s Cultural Arts Commission.

July 3: The Illinois Brass Band
July 10: The Dixon Bandits
July 10: Good Clean Fun Band
July 24: Chez Butter

All shows are free of charge. People are encouraged to bring a lawn chair, blanket, or even a picnic dinner to enjoy a beautiful evening along the Fox River. In case of inclement weather, performances will be held at United Methodist Church of Geneva Fellowship Hall, 211 Hamilton St.

For more information about the RiverPark Summer Concert Series or the Cultural Arts Commission, visit www.genevarts.org or call 630-938-4530.
PRACTICE: GIVING
Help support Lazarus House by participating in the Great Western Freedom 4 Run and Walk.
This competitive 4-mile race and 2-mile scenic walk is suited for the whole family to enjoy. Performance t-shirts to the first 100 registered runners and cotton t-shirts given to all others while supplies last. No strollers allowed in the 4- Mile Competitive run. Strollers welcome in the 2-mile Scenic walk.
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GRATITUDE
Dear Geneva UMC,
Your loving support means the world to Midwest Mission and to the countless people who will be touched by your generosity. You are a shining light for Christ and a beacon of hope!

In His service,
Midwest Mission Team
Dear Colleen,
Thank you so very much for the beautiful prayer shawls. They will definitely be given to one of our participants going through treatment to offer comfort & knowing they are remembered with prayers.

LivingWell Cancer Resource Center
Dear UMCG Scholarship Committee,
Thank you for selecting me for the William K. and Ruth A Bullock Memorial Scholarhsip. I am attending Ball State University and plan to study Business Analystics and play baseball. I greatly appreciate the scholarship.

Thank you,
Daniel Strohm
Dear Scholarship Committee,
Thank you for all your support over the years. I am so honored to have recieved a scholarship from you and Ms. Bullock. I am so excited to attend Northwestern Law in the Fall and am so grateful for the work that you do that has made this endeavor financially possible. Your Assistence over the years has not only helped me financially, but has made me feel uplifted by my community and the UMCG church. Thank you all!

Sincerely,
Ana Powell
NEWS FROM THE UMC COMMUNITY
Prairie Central eNews is here.
The NIC weekly eNews is here.
The Download the NIC Reporter for June 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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