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Bulletin announcements: Sunday 3rd July 2016
Tonight – Concert in the Park
This evening there will be a free concert at Parc de la Grange, featuring the Orchestre de la Suisse Romande playing music by Brahms, Tchaikovsky, and Elgar. A group from the church will gather at 19h00 for a picnic meal and time together; bring something to share, or just come and enjoy the music and good company. The concert begins at 20h30. In case of inclement weather, the concert will take place in Victoria Hall. More information here:
Summer Concerts at the ELCG
Musique et Vie is once again organizing daily concerts at the ELCG this summer. From now through Saturday 6 August, there will be a concert at the church every day (except Sundays) from 12h30 to 13h30. Admission is free, and a collection is taken to support a charitable project—this year an organization teaching music to Palestinian children. More information is available on the Musiqe et Vie website:
Congratulations to Tobias and Nancy!
Congratulations to Nancy Bazan and Tobias Gorsleben on the birth of their son, Lucas Gorsleben Bazan, born 11 June. We share in prayers of thanksgiving and joy.
Sunday Morning Education Hour – on Break for the Summer
There will be no Sunday morning education hour for the months of July and August. The education hour will resume with a new study in September.
The choir is taking a break for the summer. If you play an instrument or have a song, talk with Terry MacArthur about which Sunday you might be available to perform during the offering.
Valerie’s Jam and Marmalade on Sale Today
Valerie will be selling her homemade jam after the service today—apricot and strawberry jam as well as marmalade. Proceeds will go to the church.
Office Hours 7–22 July
Donna Phillips will be on vacation 7–22 July during which time the office will be open by appointment. You may leave a phone message at the office number or contact Pastor Andy at 079 544 70 12.
Congregation Finances Update
At the end of May, actual income was Chf 106,427, which is approximately Chf 20,000 behind budget. Please help our congregation by continuing to give your pledged or weekly offerings even during the “lazy days” of summer. You can make your regular giving easier by setting up an automatic bank transfer. Details for bank transfer may be found on the Geneva Lutheran website as well as at the back of this bulletin. Thank you for supporting the ministry and life of our community!
Save the Date – 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. The house is a holiday camping-retreat place with several dormitories, a few smaller bedrooms, cooking facilities and even heating, if required. And it is easily accessible by train from Nyon. 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. Mark your calendars now, and plan to attend!
Parenting program in the fall
There are many families with young children in our congregation, so Philippa Bowen, who is 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 weekly group meetings for four weeks with telephone follow up over the subsequent four weeks.
The program is recommended for parents of children aged 2 to 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 philippabowenhotmail.com.
Register Now for Next Fall’s Confirmation Class
We are now beginning the registration process for next fall's confirmation class for teenagers. Confirmation is a two-year process in our congregation, including study of the Bible and essential topics of the Christian faith. Young people typically begin when they are 13 or 14, though there is plenty of room for flexibility around ages. If your son or daughter would like to participate in confirmation class next year, please contact Pastor Willis.
Jubilee Books for Sale
The Jubilee commemorative book A House of Living Stones is available for purchase for CHF20. Please see Pastor Andy or Terry MacArthur if you would like to purchase a copy.
Membership Directories Available
Updated membership directories are available for members to take. Please help us save postage costs by taking yours home today.
A Pilgrimage to Palestine and Israel – Register Now
Our congregation is planning a pilgrimage to Palestine and Israel this coming fall. We plan both to visit biblical sites and to engage with the present realities of life in this part of the world, with a particular emphasis on connecting with the local Palestinian Christian community.
The trip will include time in Jerusalem, Bethlehem, and the Galilee region. We are planning for 7–17 November 2016 and expect the trip to cost around CHF1,500 per person excluding airfare. A few places remain. Registration forms are available this morning.