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Bulletin announcements:  19th November 2017

 

Giving Sunday Today

Over the past several weeks, our congregation has been thinking about generosity, aided by reflections from several members. Today, all members are invited and encouraged to submit estimates of giving for the coming year—ways in which we each intend to support the congregation with our time, talents, and money in 2018.

 

Extra giving forms are available at the church entrance in case you need them. There will be an opportunity to bring these forward during the offering today. Thank you for your generosity, which is vital for our congregation’s ministry.

 


 

Interested in Joining the English-Speaking Congregation?

The ESC will be receiving new members later this month. Becoming a member means claiming this congregation as your church community in Geneva. You can be a member here and still maintain your membership in another congregation in your home country. If you are interested in possibly joining the church in the coming weeks, please contact Andy Willis.

 


 

Newcomers’ Dinner Today at 18h30

Are you new to the congregation? Interested in learning more and getting to know the community better? Please join us for a newcomers’ dinner at the church this evening at 18h30. For more information, please see Andy Willis.

 


 

Weekly Forums at the ELCG – Sundays at 12h45

Our congregation is full of people doing meaningful work, living out our common calling to be witnesses to God’s justice, peace, and love in an incredible variety of ways. Through November, there will be a forum each Sunday following worship, each led by a different member. Here are the presenters and topics for the next couple of weeks:

For past FORUMS, follow our webpage for audio recordings and images.

 

  • Today: Jonathan Frerichs – “What do Nuclear Weapons Teach Us About Faith? What Does Faith Teach Us About Nuclear Weapons?”

  • 26 November: Fulata Moyo – “Walking Her-Stories: North-East Nigerian Women’s Resilience Amidst Politicization of Religion and Violence – A Feminist Ethical Perspective”

  • 3 December: Christoph Benn – “Overcoming Inequities in Our World Today Through Global Solidarity: the Experience of the AIDS Movement and the Global Fund”

 


 

Harvest Festival Continues Today Following Worship

Our congregation’s annual Harvest Festival took place on 12 November—and we ran out of time! Many wonderful items are still available for bidding, including meals in members' homes, an outing into the Jura, Christmas cookies baked by the Confirmation class, artwork, and more. So we're going to continue the bidding today.

 

We will have a brief mini-auction following worship, and then during coffee hour, many items will be available in a silent auction. We've raised about Chf 6,000 already; let's increase that number to support this year's projects.

 

This Year’s Harvest Festival Projects

All proceeds from this year's Festival will be given to two wonderful projects:

 

Care for Orphans in Gambella, Ethiopia:

At the height of the HIV/AIDS epidemic, many children in the Gambella region of Ethiopia became orphans. Girls and boys became caretakers of their younger siblings, forcing the older children to drop out of school. The Abobo Bethel Congregation is helping to break this cycle, caring for orphans whose parents died from HIV/AIDS by providing education and financial support to families who have taken in one or more children.

 

Earthquake Relief in Morelos, Mexico:

After the earthquake of 19 September in Mexico, more than four thousand inhabitants of Tlaquiltenango, Morelos lost their houses. The United Methodist congregation in the town is providing food, medical care, furniture, and other support to families as they struggle to rebuild their lives and community.

 


 

 

Taizé Evening Prayer this Advent

This Advent, there will be a weekly Taizé-style prayer service each Thursday at the ELCG, from 19h00 to 19h45. These services will be quiet and meditative, an opportunity to slow down, reflect, and pray using simple sung chants, scripture readings, and silence during the busy weeks leading up to Christmas.

 

The first Taizé service will be on Thursday, 30 November at 19h00. All are welcome to attend.

 


 

Save the Date – Congregational Assembly 10 December

Our annual December assembly will take place on Sunday 10 December, immediately following worship. Among other things, we will be voting on a budget for the coming year. Members, please mark your calendars now and plan to attend.

 


 

Calendar for the coming week:  21st November, 2017

(Church open for prayer & meditation Tues-Thurs 10h00-13h00, and Friday 13h00-16h00)


Monday 20th November 2017

Confirmation class at the church - 17h00


Tuesday 21st November 2017

Centering Prayer at the church - 18:00

 

Thursday 23rd November 2017

Choir practice at the church - 20h00-21h30

 

Sunday 19th November 2017

Worship on Christ the King Sunday

Pastor Rev. Andy Willis preaching and presiding.

(Ez. 34:11-16, 20-24; Psalm. 95; Eph. 1:15-23; Matt. 25:31-46)

Forum in the Sanctuary - 12h45

Congregation Council meets at the church - 13:30

 

 

Calendar: 'Refreshments schedule full year 2017' - view PDF file