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Sunday 24th August 2014: Bulletin announcements.
Tuesday Bible Study: Another Look at the Texts from Sunday
Consider joining the Bible study group that will meet at the church at 19h30 each Tuesday in August to dig further into the texts from the previous Sunday. For more information contact André du Plessis at 079 678 12 29.
Register now for the ELCG Congregational Retreat 26–27 September
Our Annual Congregational Retreat will take place in the Jura mountains at the Monterêt Centre, near St. Cergue (see www.monteret.ch) from Friday 26 September around 17h00 to Saturday 27 September at 16h00. This will be a great opportunity to reflect, play, sing and get to know each other better.
Information and registration forms are available today. Please return completed forms to the church office as soon as possible.
If you are interested in being part of the team working on the theme of the retreat, please contact Dorine Van Teeseling or Pastor Willis. If you would like to give a hand preparing the meals, please contact Valerie Marinoni.
ELCG Table Talks
What are Table Talks? They’re informal gatherings offering a chance to meet with Pastor Andy and to talk together about our congregation. Several gatherings have already taken place, and a few more will follow. Stay tuned, and join the conversation!
Sunday 22 August after church at 13h15: Spagetti Factory, just down the hill from Gemeinderaum entrance of the church.
Sunday 31 August at 17h00: dinner at the home of Kenneth and Tsitsi Mtata, chemin de la Bride 4, Chêne-Bougeries; Bus 9 or 1, stop Chemin de l’Éperon.
Choir practice begins in September
So warm up your voice! Because people travel, you are invited to come and sing when you are able and not worry when you are not free. There is no requirement that you be able to read staff notation. Choir practice is on Thursday nights at 20h00 in the sanctuary. We begin on 4 September, but we will NOT have choir on 11 September due to the Jeûne Genevois, a public holiday in Geneva. Many of us will be participating with other churches in the events planned by Witnessing Together. (Come and join us - see announcement below and link to Sep 11 Jeûne genevois, on front page).
Broadway musical Hairspray features two of ELCG’s own!
Congratulations to Max Wilbers and Paulo Camaddo who are involved in the GAOS (Geneva Amateur Operatic Society) Really Youthful Group production of Hairspray 29–31 August. For information and tickets check www.gaos.ch.
Successful Summer Concerts at the Lutheran Church
The Summer Concerts/Concerts d’Eté organized by the city’s Musique et Vie and held daily in our church 26 June–9 August saw a total of 4,023 people attending, an average of 103 people a day. A total of CHF 27,317.45 was raised for the Cambodian humanitarian project, the largest amount the concerts have ever brought in.
“Your church members should be proud of this,” said Heidemarie Zeller, one of the organizers. “The people enjoyed the concerts, were happy and gave generously when leaving the church. Many thanks also to your church members who came on Saturdays with their homemade salads, cakes and cookies.” —from the Musique et Vie/Concerts d’Eté organizing team
ESCA’s annual Dragonboat Festival to take place 31 August
The annual Dragonboat Festival fundraiser organized by the English-Speaking Cancer Association (ESCA) will take place 31 August at L'Abbaye, Lac de Joux. Besides the many exciting events that day, their silent auction will offer treasures for bargain hunters. See www.paddleforcancer.ch for information and a full list of donated items and services for the auction.
Témoigner Ensemble on Jeûne genevois holiday, 11 September (see link on home page)
Témoigner Ensemble (Witnessing Together) will host a day-long event during this Genevan holiday, including a program for children. The day begins with morning prayer at 10h00 (coffee at 9h30) at the Ecumenical Centre, 150 rte de Ferney.
Morning and afternoon presentations include “The Phenomenon of Migration, its causes and effects on identity and space” with Ms Anne Kubai, Uppsala, and Mr Edouard, Dommen, Geneva and “Biblical and Ethical Aspects of Migration” with Ms Clare Amos and Ms Amélé Ekué from the World Council of Churches.
At 16h30 a procession will walk to the Parc des Cropettes (volunteers required to carry our church banner!), and then on to Saint Gervais Church, (near Manor, Rue Terreaux-du-Temple 12) for a worship service beginning at 18h00. Full details are on our church’s website and a sign-up sheet is available today.
Témoigner Ensemble is a gathering of many churches in Geneva attempting to connect groups serving immigrants with local churches. This will be a day to encounter the wide diversity of Christians in Geneva.