Weekly Messenger - March 25, 2022
Making and nurturing disciples of Jesus Christ to serve the community and the world
PASTOR ROB'S MESSAGE
Signs of Resurrection at UMCG

The other day (about 10 days prior to publication) Meghan and I were out for a walk and I noticed a whole collection of white crocus flowers in a neighbor's yard. A few years ago, a master gardener taught me that the crocus is often the first...

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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 .
Sunday Worship Service - March 27, 2022
Pastor Lisa Telomen is joined by John Kemble for a dialog sermon - The Walk: Give
Our online checking statements may say more about our priorities in life than our google calendar. Jesus had a lot to say about how we order our living and giving, to be in line with God's goals for our lives and world. We'll take a look at Matthew 6:19-21, among others of Jesus' comments about money and wealth. How do you prioritize care for your money and possessions? Are they to do good, for the Lord's sake? Pastor Adam Hamilton talks about gratitude, living purposefully, and generosity, as key drivers for our happiness and faithfulness in our lifetimes. Come explore these ideas with Pastor Lisa Telomen, and former Lay Leader John Kemble, as they share in a dialogue sermon about Giving as one of the essential practices in the Christian life.
BLESSING TABLES FOR MARCH 27
This week's blessing tables themes include Try Dancing table led by Marilyn and Jules Heinemann and Men's Early Bird Study Group table led by Rob Anast, Keith Eakins, and Jim McConnell.

If anyone has a hobby or if anyone wants to highlight a church activity or committee just email Keith Bowgren at kbowgren@gmail.com.
CHILDREN AND YOUTH
CHILDREN'S MINISTRY UPDATE
If you can help prepare Eggs for the hunt or can help on the day of the event, pleast contact Julie Popplewell.
YOUTH MINISTRY UPDATE
College Care Package Items Needed
The youth ministry is asking for donations of items to go in the college care packages. We are in need of the following items and you can drop them off at the church office. Also you can choose to make a financial donation if you wish. Items needed:
  • Popcorn 
  • Granola bars 
  • Hot chocolate packets 
  • Gum 
  • Flossers
  • Single-serve instant coffee packets
  • Please nothing with nuts in it.
Good Friday Dinner and Service Project for Youth
Friday April 15 from 6:00-8:30pm

The youth will gather in the parlor for dinner and to pack care packages for our current college students. We will also dig into the story of the Last Supper in surprisingly compelling and interactive ways. Following dinner, the youth are invited to attend the Good Friday worship service in the Sanctuary. Sign up here.
Tri-City UMC - Bags, Bags, and More Bags Event: 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 10:30-12:30 after service on Sunday morning. Sign up here - tinyurl.com/tricityyouthbags. 

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. 
EARTH HOUR IS TOMORROW FROM 8:30-9:30PM
Turn off your power this Saturday, March 26th at 8:30 pm and celebrate Earth Hour with over 190 countries and territories to
help raise awareness of the environmental issues that face our one shared home. Visit earthhour.org for more information.
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.
Next week: Make one contribution for this week for every time you make a purchase.
We recently received updates from Lithuania as to how we can support the refugees there. We are posting updates to this crisis to Rob's Blog Post about Lithuania. You can access it here.
United Methodists around the world are condemning the Russian invasion of Ukraine. United Methodist leaders, organizations and individuals are responding to the invasion of Ukraine through their prayer, aid and witness. Consider making a donation to help with humanitarian efforts in the Ukraine.
PRACTICE: SERVING
Serve with DuPage/Kane Senior Council
Serve with DuPage/Kane Senior Council (former Meals on Wheels) at our church. Contact Jannene Alford 630-746-0262 to do special projects, cleaning, organizing, or data entry.
MIDWEST MISSION COLLECTION EVENT ON SUNDAY, APRIL 10
Collect & bring emergency relief supplies for Midwest Mission Distribution Center.
Here are their specific needs:
  • Liquid household cleaner 60-80 oz
  • Dish soap 42-64 oz
  • Liquid laundry detergent 100-150 oz
  • No pump or spray bottles.  
WORLD RELIEF COLLECTION OF GIFT CARDS ON EASTER SUNDAY
They are looking for donations of gift cards from Amazon, Aldi, Goodwill, Target, or Walmart for groceries, medicine, and basic needs. They also would like gift cards for Uber or gas stations to help families get to urgent appointments.
The Mission Committee will deliver these to World Relief in Carol Stream.  
PRACTICE: PRAYER
Prayers for Haiti can be found on the Lent page on our website.
GOOD FRIDAY PRAYER VIGIL
On Good Friday, April 15, in addition to our evening service in our sanctuary @ 7:30pm, our sanctuary will be open from 9:00am to 3:00pm for prayer. Jesus hung for six hours on the cross as scripture says, from 9:00am to 3:00pm. Enter by the WEST door. Stay as long as you like or even a minute or two.
PRACTICE: SHARING
TODAY: Invite someone to church for one of our Holy Week Services and participate in the Prayer Chalk Walk if you couldn't do it yesterday.

NEXT WEEK: Invite to kids to the Easter Eggs & Earth Day Celebration at Wheeler park on April 16.
Dress up in your Sunday Best and Get your Picture Taken!
Get ready for our Easter themed Photo Booth that we will have set up in Fellowship Hall on Palm Sunday and 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 them to you.
PRACTICE: STUDY
WWWD (or Ways to Watch our Wednesday Devotions)
In the beginning our Wednesday devotions were only on our UMCG Facebook page. You can still find them there, and NOW, in they are in three spots! Go to genevaumc.org and click on the drop down menu under worship or click here. There you'll find current and past devotions with Mary Gay McKinney, our Coordnator of Congregational Care. You can also find them on our Instagram page. What's more, they run 6 to 8 minutes, so they are great for a quick pick-me-up.

Did you know you can find updates about our Adult Small Groups on our Website? Go to: genevaumc.org/connect/adult-small-groups/
THANK-YOU
Dear UMC of Geneva,
We are so grateful for the generous donation to buy much-needed eye equipment for Grace Children's Hospital.
Thank you for helping GCH stay focused on treating the children of Haiti.

Best,
ICC USA Board & Staff
NEWS FROM THE UMC COMMUNITY
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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