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Sunday 29th November 2015: Bulletin announcements.
Congregational Assembly – 6 December
On Sunday 6 December, there will be a congregational assembly immediately following worship. Members should have received assembly materials by now: among other things, we will be voting on a 2016 budget and on our draft bylaws and continuing resolutions. Members, please plan to attend.
Walking Together – Next Gathering Friday 4 December
This fall, we’re trying something new in our congregation. Once per month in October, November, and December, we’re gathering people new to the community along with members for a meal and a time of informal Bible study. It’s a time to get to know one another, to listen to one another’s questions, and to enjoy an evening together. The next gathering will be on Friday 4 December. A sign-up sheet is available this morning.
An Opportunity to Give...
Andrew Donaldson would like you to know about a special opportunity that is coming up very soon. Although Andrew works at the World Council of Churches, he is actually a missionary for the United Methodist Church, USA. As such he is encouraged to raise support for his position here in Geneva.
Since our community benefits immensely from Andrew’s presence among us, you may feel you would like to support his work with a gift of money. On Tuesday 1 December, all donations will be equally matched—for that day only. Of course, you are welcome to give at any time!
It’s simple to give online. Go to www.umcmission.org and click on the button that says “Missionaries.” You can search for Andrew by name or missionary number (3021281). Any amount would be gratefully received.
Escalade Soup Sale – Looking for Help
In recent years, our congregation has held a soup sale on the evening of the Escalade festivities in the Old Town—this year that will fall on Sunday 13 December. There’s no better place to see the proclamations and processions, it’s a good time serving together, and all funds raised support the church. Can you help out that afternoon/evening? Please sign up this morning or contact the church office if you can help serve or coordinate the event.
A Trip to Jerusalem in 2016?
There has been some talk of interest in a congregational trip to Jerusalem and the Holy Land in the fall of 2016. For those who are interested, there will be a brief informational meeting today following worship, to gauge interest and discuss possibilities. All are welcome.
“English Café” at the ELCG
In response to the needs of migrants and refugees in Geneva, our congregation has learned that it may be helpful to offer a space for English-language conversation—a place for people to practice their English and find a listening ear. We have learned that several from our congregation could help on Tuesday afternoons from 13h00-16h00.
We will have a training for volunteers on Tuesday 8 December, from 14h00 to 16h00 at the church. Anna-Madeleine Reinmann and Nicol Andreetta from AGORA, the part of the Eglise Protestant de Genève working with migrants, will be with us with information from their long years of doing this ministry in Geneva. This will be an important time, to make sure we have a common understanding of what we are doing. Anne-Mad (as she is called) speaks English very well. If you have not yet signed up for this, but would like to, please do so. Then we can get information to you.
Sunday School Pageant – Rehearsal Friday 4 December
The Sunday school pageant is scheduled for Sunday 6 December, during the worship service. There will be a rehearsal on Friday 4 December at 18h30. There are parts for all! All children are welcome to join.
Soup Kitchen Help Needed Next Saturday 5 December
We are in need of extra hands for Saturday’s Soup Kitchen: please sign up today if you are free to come and help! It takes place from 10h00 (sharp) until about 13h00 at Le Jardin de Montbrillant (Rue de Montbrillant 3) just behind Geneva Cornavin train station.
Short Stories by Jesus – Sunday Morning Book Study
Have we domesticated Jesus’ radical and provocative parables? That’s the question behind Short Stories by Jesus, the new book by Amy-Jill Levine. We’ll be reading and discussing this book on Sunday mornings from 9h45 to 10h45 through the fall. All are welcome.
A Glimpse at Our Current Finances
As of 31 October, we are approximately CHF 37,000 behind our budgeted income for this point in the year. While this is a significant number, we believe we can finish the year with a strong financial base, provided we encourage one another and give to the best of our ability.
Please know that our congregation is self-sustaining: giving from our members is our only source of income for our ministry. We need your support. Whether you’ve already given this year or not, please give prayerfully and generously this season.
Copies of Geneva Lutheran Newsletter Available Today
The Advent edition of our Geneva Lutheran Newsletter is fresh off the press. You can pick up a copy at the back of the sanctuary today, or download a copy from this website. Thanks go to the GLN editorial team for all their work.