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Bulletin announcements: 15th January 2017
Next Sunday 22 January – Ecumenical Worship at the Cathedral
In observance of the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity,
our congregation will worship with other congregations at the
The service will be at 10h00
This means we will not have our usual 11h00 worship at the ELCG that day.
The service will be multilingual—largely in French, with some English, German, and other languages as well. We hope you can join in this special celebration with other Christians in Geneva.
Memorial Service for Bill Strehlow, Today at 14h00
Rev. Bill Strehlow, a pastor of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, died in California on 29 November 2016. For many years, Bill, his wife, Karen Bloomquist, and their son, Aaron, were members of the English-Speaking Congregation of the ELCG, during which time Bill was active in leading small groups and Bible studies and assisting regularly with worship. He was a guide and friend to many and will be very much missed by our community.
Bill’s funeral will take place today in Berkeley, California; here in Geneva, we will be holding a memorial service in the church at 14h00 to sing, to pray, to remember Bill and to commend him to God’s care. All are welcome to attend.
New Bible Study Starts Today – 1 Corinthians
During the season of Epiphany (January and February), our readings in worship take us through the early chapters of 1 Corinthians, one of Paul's richest and most wonderful letters. To this young, quarreling, confused community, Paul writes of God's foolishness that is wiser than human wisdom, God's weakness that is stronger than human strength. During January and February, we will read and discuss several passages from this letter's beautiful and poetic words on Christian community. Starting 15 January, we will gather each Sunday morning from 9h45 to 10h45 at the church. All are welcome! A sign-up sheet is available this morning to indicate your interest in joining us.
Please note: There will be no Bible study next week (22 January), as our congregation is participating in the ecumenical worship service at the Cathédrale St-Pierre at 10h00.
Interested in Centering Prayer?
Centering prayer is a form of Christian contemplative prayer—a practice of silence and stillness, making ourselves available to and aware of God’s presence. Andy Willis is trying to gauge interest in our community and see who might like to participate in a group to learn the practice and encourage one another. Interested in learning more? Please contact Andy Willis or the church office.
Interreligious Lunch – Débat series
On Wednesday 25 January 2017 there will be the first Lunch-Débat, organized by the Plateforme Interreligieuse, with Nicolas Junod from the Bahai community and Eric Ackermann from the Jewish community on “Religions and Violence.” It will take place 12h00 – 13h30 in the Maison des Associations, Rue des Savoises 15 (Tram 15; bus 1, Cirque). The following Lunch-Débats will be on 22 February and 29 March 2017. The conversation takes place in French. For further information, contact
Local Gathering on Laudato Si, Pope Francis’ Encyclical on Climate Change and Inequality
The Laudato Si Community (LSC) of St. John XXIII parish would like to invite you to a morning of sharing on the topic “Living the Laudato Si” on Saturday 28 January, from 8h30 to 13h00 at the St. John XXIII parish hall center. The event will involve members from several parishes and denominations who would like to learn more, live, share and act on Pope Francis’ call to Listen to the Cry of the Earth and the Cry of the Poor to join in this sharing session. If interested in attending, please contact Aimee Gonzales
Retirement Greetings for Pastor Stephen Larson
After more than forty years of ordained ministry, Pastor Stephen Larson is retiring this February. Stephen served as pastor of the English-Speaking Congregation of the ELCG from 1988 to 2003, and again from 2012 to 2014. In honor of his retirement, the congregation where he is presently serving (Trinity Lutheran Church in New Hamburg, Ontario) is gathering greetings, good wishes, and words of thanksgiving for his many years of service.
Stephen’s ministry has impacted so many in the ELCG, and we will be gathering a box of greetings to send to Ontario for his retirement celebration. If you wish to contribute a card or letter, please bring it to the church no later than Sunday 29 January. Contact the church office with questions.
Calendar of the coming week: 16th January
Thursday 19th January 2017
Confirmation class at the church - 17h00
Choir practice at the church - 20h00
Sunday 22nd January 2017
Ecumenical worship service at Cathédrale St-Pierre
(No worship service at ELCG)
Church Council meeting - 12:30
Calendar: 'Refreshments schedule full year 2017' - view PDF file