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Bulletin announcements: Sunday 21st August 2016
Register Now – Congregational Retreat 23-24 September
Every year, we organise a Congregational retreat for all. This year’s retreat will take place from the afternoon of Friday 23 September to the afternoon of Saturday 24 September. We will again be up in the Jura, at Monterêt, near St-Cergue. A programme will be provided over the two days, even for the younger ones. It is a wonderful opportunity to get together, know each other better, enjoy some relaxation and fun, meditate and worship together. See details, map, etc on this website.
You can register on the sign-up sheet this morning or contact the church office.
Looking for Your Ideas: Suggest a Project for This Year’s Harvest Festival
Each year, our congregation gathers for a Harvest Festival in the fall. It’s a chance to raise money for one or two projects in support of people struggling for life, dignity, justice and freedom – in Geneva and around the world.
Do you know of an organization or church doing exciting, important work today? If so, the congregation’s Sharing Committee wants to know: they will be reviewing possible Harvest Festival projects over the coming weeks. Please send your ideas to the church office by 5 Sept:
Questions? Ask a member of the sharing concern group: Heli Bathija, Johnny Camaddo, Bernice Dörig, Elaine Neuenfeldt, Angel Martin, María Lucía Uribe Torres, and Jane Wangui.
Helping Welcome Refugees – Meeting on 7 September
Are you interested in helping our church respond to the needs of migrants and refugees here in Geneva? Our congregation is in conversation with the Hospice général about how we can join in their efforts to help welcome and orient newcomers to the city. There will be an information meeting for all interested in helping on Wednesday 7 September, 19h00 at the church.
Sunday Morning Study this Fall – Liberated by God’s Grace
In 2017, the Lutheran World Federation will hold its Twelfth Assembly in Windhoek, Namibia. In preparation for this gathering, the LWF has gathered essays and reflections from Lutheran theologians, pastors, and thinkers throughout the world around the theme “Liberated by God’s Grace.”
This fall, we will gather to read several of these reflections, touching on the Bible, spirituality, and living an engaged Christian life. Together, they provide a rich and inspiring glimpse of the global church today. The group will meet on Sunday mornings from 9h45 to 10h45, starting 18 September. Sign up now for a copy of the study materials—10 Chf per person. All are welcome!
Tuesday Evening Bible Study
An evening Bible study will resume in the Gemeinderaum on Tuesdays from 19h30 to 21h00, beginning 6 September. We will use Carol Miller’s Good News for All: the Gospel of Luke from the Kerygma series. The student book is 20CHF (please speak to Pastor Andy if this is a problem). We plan to meet through
1 November, with the possibility of one–two more sessions in late November. Please indicate your interest on the sign-up sheet, with email and phone number. No prior experience necessary! All are welcome!
Parenting Program in the Fall
Philippa Bowen, a Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist and Psychotherapist, is proposing to run a parenting program in September–October for members of the congregation. The Triple P – Positive Parenting Program involves four weekly group meetings with telephone follow up over the subsequent four weeks. The program is recommended for parents of children aged 2–10 who would like to look at positive parenting strategies that have been proven to work. The costs involved will be for childcare, as it is strongly recommended that both parents attend for the four sessions, as well as a small charge for material. Anybody interested can register on the sign-up sheet, take a flyer on the sign up sheet, or contact Philippa directly at
Prayers for Pascoal Bento and Charlotte Diez
In our worship service this morning, we will pray for Pascoal Bento and Charlotte Diez as they prepare for their Christian wedding, which will take place on Saturday 3 September in Founex. We wish them God’s blessing and joy!
Are You Receiving Church Email?
Several members of the congregation have recently indicated that they are not receiving regular email from the church. All members should receive a weekly update on Monday mornings, as well as additional periodic notes from the church office.
If you are a member and are not regularly receiving email from the church office, please contact Donna Phillips:
Contribution Statements Available
Contribution statements for the 2nd quarter are available to be picked up today. Thank you for your faithful financial support of our church.
Choir to Resume Thursday 1 September
Weekly Thursday choir rehearsals will resume 1 September from 20h00 until 21h30 in the sanctuary. We sing music from many parts of the world. Come join in the energy whether you can read western music or not. For more information contact Terry MacArthur.
Please note: because of the Jeûne genevois holiday, there will be no choir rehearsal 8 September (plan to attend the "Jeûne genevois" celebration that day - details on this website).