Weekly Messenger - May 20, 2022
Making and nurturing disciples of Jesus Christ to serve the community and the world
PASTOR ROB'S MESSAGE
How to Witness to Your Faith

In case you missed it, this past Sunday was Confirmation Sunday. We had the joy of 11 students from three different Confirmation classes making a profession of their Christian faith and how they plan to live out their faith through the life of...

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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 MAY 22, 2022
Pastor Rob Hamilton Preaches Do you want to be made well? 
How many times do we come up with excuses to prevent God's healing work in our lives? Sometimes we are so focused on excuses that we start to let the excuse become our narrative and we need to hear Jesus simple words of healing so that we can standup and move on to the full and abundant life Jesus offers us.
BLESSING TABLES
Sunday's Blessing Tables include the Meet & Greet the Pastor table with Pastor Rob, Swedish Days food booth table led by Steve Lillie and Lorne Tweed and a Meal Ministry table with Jill Nettleton.
CHILDREN AND YOUTH
CHILDREN'S MINISTRY UPDATE
SUNDAY SCHOOL UPDATE
This Sunday is our LAST Sunday School class for Elementary Faith Builders and Jr. High Faith Followers until next school year. During the summer, Julie will have activity sheets for in-service fun for the kids or the Elementary kids may also join the preschool class at any time!

This Sunday we will be designing a Welcome Home stone paver for the ASP youth mission trip to give to their homeowners in June. We will also be making chalk art and having popsicles!!!

Our preschool class will not meet on Memorial Day weekend but resume the following week.
Registration is now open!

Registration is open to the public. Please invite your friends and family.

More information: Julie Popplewell at Julie@genevaumc.org or check our this website page for updates.
YOUTH MINISTRY UPDATE
ATTENTION YOUTH - GEOCACHING THIS SUNDAY!
Sunday, May 22 from 1-3 pm
We are going to have a guided geocaching event in Geneva. All 6th-12th graders and their friends are invited. For more information please contact Mike Crain at 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. 
TRUSTEES UPDATE - HVAC SYSTEM
On May 11 the Church Council gave a unanimous vote of confidence to the Trustees’ decision to replace the Church’s antiquated heating and air-conditioning system (HVAC) with a geothermal system. Geothermal HVAC involves transferring air from underground that is a constant temperature, thus requiring less energy to heat or cool it. The system will have economic, environmental, and comfort/health benefits as compared to our current and an upgraded conventional HVAC system. We will be holding a town hall meeting in the very near future to provide church members with a forum to ask questions and obtain information about the project. This is an exciting part of the way forward for our Church.
HELP SAVE THE MONARCHS - AND OTHER POLLINATORS!
Did you know that milkweeds attract a large suite of butterflies, flies, beetles, and bees?
The Creation Care team will have (common) milkweed seedlings that Val Erickson has carefully sown and grown over the winter and spring available to pick up after the 9:00am service in Fellowship Hall this Sunday. Please consider picking up some to plant in your yard and share them with others!
ASP MEAT SALE ENDS ON SATURDAY
ASP has teamed up with local butcher shop, Country Village Meats, whose full line of grill ready marinated meats, fresh cut steaks & chops make meal preparation simple, easy, and tasty.

This year CVM will hold the ASP Fund Raiser at their new Geneva location. The CVM Geneva location has the meats and products you love from the original Sublette location, plus full-service meat, seafood, and deli counters. Fifteen percent from the food products you purchase at the Geneva store during the week of May 16-May 21 will fund ASP. Just specify “this order is for UMCG ASP” at checkout. Please help us improve those ASP homes while providing our youth an experience of a lifetime.      

Country Village Meats
715 East State Street, Ste 100
630-345-6900
Store Hours: M-F 10:00am-6:30pm; Sat 8:00am-4:00pm
VOLUNTEER TO HELP AT OUR SWEDISH DAYS FOOD BOOTH
Wednesday June 22 to Sunday June 26

Swedish Days in Geneva is returning this year, AND the United Methodist Church of Geneva’s Swedish Days booth is back again!! We are asking everyone in our church to consider volunteering for one or more shifts at our booth.

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?
  • Use this link to sign up 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.
CHURCH COUNCIL MEETING
TUESDAY, MAY 24 AT 7PM
Church Council will be meeting in a hybrid setting on Tuesday, May 24 at 7pm. You can join us in the Parlor at 7pm or on Zoom using this link. Check for the Agenda, Minutes and other committee reports in the Document Center.
The first 30 minutes of the meeting we will be discussing chapters 4 and 5 of the book How to Lead When You Don't Know Where You're Going.
WE NEED INFORMATION ABOUT OUR GRADUATES
We’d like to extend our congratulations to those who have or will be graduating in 2022 from high school or post-secondary school. If you or a family member is graduating this spring, please contact the office at debbie@genevaumc.org, and let us know from which school they are graduating, as well as any future educational, work or other plans. 
Please send your information by May 31
PRACTICE: SERVING
ADULT AND YOUTH NOW NEEDED FOR ASP TRIP
Attention all able-bodied youth and adults! Our ASP team is in need of 1 youth and 1 adult (25 or over) to complete our roster for this summer's trip on June 11-18. We will be going to the town of Cross Lanes in Kanawha County, West Virginia.

Please contact Julie if you can help at julie@genevaumc.org
FRIENDLY VISITORS MEETING MAY 22
The Friendly Visitors will hold a short in-person meeting on May 22 at 10:15am in the library. This meeting is for all those currently involved with the program or those considering becoming a Friendly Visitor. The meeting purpose is to check the status of ongoing visitations and address any concerns or issues which may have arisen. The Friendly Visitors are individuals who visit church members who are elderly, ill, or shut-in, and who may therefore be unable to attend church or maintain long-standing friendships. If you are unable to attend the meeting, questions may be directed to Rod Yarger, at 630-584-2656, or Nancie Lillie, at 231-845-6097.
DO YOU ENJOY GARDENING?
CREATION CARE TEAM NEEDS HELP WEEDING!
The gardens that surround UMCG are in need of a few more people to help maintain them. The gardens are divided up into manageable areas and can be weeded on your own schedule. This is a great activity for a group, family or an individual. We still need help in area 2A, by old church doors.
 
If you can help, please sign up on the Creation Care bulletin board in Fellowship Hall or email Debbie Karr at dlk24@att.net.
PRACTICE: STUDY
ADULT LIBRARY NEWS

The following book has been donated to our Adult Library by Pastor Lisa. It was a recent selection of the Spirits and Studies class. Kissing Fish: Christianity for people who don’t like Christianity by Robert Wolsey (248.4)

In Honor of Elaine Voss 90th birthday, May 22, Women’s Ministries has donated Awakenings: Prophetic Reflections by Joan Chittister, (248.4) recommended by the Spirited Women class. These books are on the display table in the atrium in front of the adult library. Come check them out.
SELF-CARE ACTIVITIES AT UMCG
In-person only in Fellowship Hall.
Contact: Val Erickson vl.erickson@yahoo.com, 630-643-2912 or Colleen Fasbender at colleenfas@icloud.com, 630-715-9012.
 Wing & A Prayer Wellness

Wellness 101: Weekly sessions to nourish body and soul
Mondays 11:15 am – noon or
Thursdays 8:15 - 9:00 am
Summer Session I:  June 6-27   Summer Session II:  July 11-August 1
These classes help create ease in body, mind, heart, and spirit. Sessions include exercises for flexibility, strength, balance & stability, breathing, relaxation, and meditation. Practice at your own comfort level—on a mat, on or off a chair.  Participate in person in the spacious Fellowship Hall or at your location of choice Online. Additional class times available upon request.
Facilitator: Jane Siarny 630-715-8590 or jsiarny@att.net
NEWS FROM THE UMC COMMUNITY
Prairie Central eNews is here.
The NIC weekly eNews is here.
The Download the NIC Reporter for May 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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