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SUNDAY 1st December 2013: Bulletin announcements.
Japanese Bible Study Advent Worship and Party Sunday 8 December 13h00 at the church. For information please contact Rumiko Matter.
Advent Worship at the Ecumenical Center on Wednesday 11 December at 17h30. If you would like to join the choir to help with the singing there will be a rehearsal at the home of Andrew and Wendy Donaldson on Sunday afternoon 8 December from 16h00 to18h00. Their address is: Blvd du Pont d’Arve 15, 1205 Geneva.
Escalade Soup Sale 15 December. Please sign up this morning if you are willing to help with this year’s Escalade Soup Sale. We need someone to coordinate the event as well as people to provide soup, handle the sales, carry pots of soup from the kitchen to the front courtyard, and clean up afterwards! Please contact the church office or talk with Pastor Larson if you can help.
Daily Prayers during Advent We will extend the idea of the Advent wreath to lighting one more candle every day to mark the time towards Christmas. You are invited to consider hosting one of the Advent daily devotions, which would involve getting a candle at church on Sunday, lighting it during the devotions, lighting the candle during your personal prayers each day following, and then getting that candle back to church the next Sunday. You can determine the time when you would invite others to pray with you. The Worship Committee will provide an order of worship.
Christmas Candlemania You will be invited to bring a new candle to the Christmas Eve service, which will be given to others during the service and then lit for the first time. You might want to decorate this candle. Even if you are going to be gone on Christmas Eve, you may bring a candle to church for those coming to the service without a candle to share. More details will follow.
Do you need a new photo for our Members Bulletin Board in the Gemeinderaüm? George Arende has kindly volunteered to take photos after worship to update our congregation photo gallery.
Into the World: The Acts of the Apostles Miriam Deffenbaugh leads this study on the book of Acts on Tuesdays 19h30 to 21h00 at the church. Sign up today for this learning opportunity. It continues through Advent.
New Members to be received this Sunday. If you are interested in becoming a regular or associate member of our congregation, please speak with Pastor Larson today. The next reception of new members will be in the new year before Easter.
2014 Pledge forms Pleasethrough Neighborhood Group meetings until 30 November. On 1 December our Congregational Assembly will vote on our 2014 Budget.
Sign-up sheets are available this morning. If you could sign up to help with Sunday worship, your assistance would be very much appreciated. If you have never served in one of these ministries before, be not afraid! Talk to Pastor Larson. There will be an opportunity for orientation and training.
Disaster Response in the Philippines Johnny and Maryssa Camaddo are helping us explore the best way to send money as quickly and efficiently as possible from our Sharing Concern grants. Please continue to pray for comfort and provision for those who have been affected by the recent disaster.
Lunch Break at the Reformation Museum The International Museum of the Reformation is offering guided tour of its temporary exhibition about Reformation-era caricatures of heaven and hell. Tours will be offered in English 12h30-13h30 on 12 December, 16 January, and 12 February. Entrance and tours are free. Reservations may be made by emailing to
Sunday Church School and Sunday Play Sunday Play is offered to children under 3; Sunday Church School is for children ages 4–6 and 7–11. Volunteer teachers and assistants are always welcome; please speak with Tim Fieldsend if you are interested in helping.
Confirmation class. Our congregation’s Confirmation Program is a two-year program for youth aged 12–15. One year will focus on an introduction to the Bible (2014–2015 school year), and this year (2013–2014 school year) will focus on the history of the Church, the Reformation, worship and sacraments. For youth interested in Confirmation, please talk to Pastor Larson.
Several Bible studies are offered:
Thursday mornings 9h30–11h00 at the Ecumenical Centre; (note: on hold until new pastor arrives)
Sunday mornings 10h00–10h45 at the Spaghetti Factory restaurant;
Tuesday evenings 19h30–21h00 on the book of Acts beginning 24 Sept
Mark Your Calendars
1 Dec Worship on The First Sunday in Advent which begins Year A + The Year of Matthew +
World AIDS Day, and our Congregational Assembly
7 Dec 10h00 Confirmation Class meets at the church
8 Dec Second Sunday of Advent: Rev. Amy Reumann will preach and co-preside
15 Dec Children’s Advent / Christmas Program in our worship Escalade Soup Sale at the Church
24 Dec 17h00 Christmas Eve Worship
25 Dec 11h00 Christmas Day Worship
19 Jan Worship on Epiphany II + The Week of Prayer for Christian Unity
with guest preacher Rev. Dr. Olav Fyske Tveit, WCC General Secretary
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