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Sunday 1st March 2015: Bulletin announcements.
World Day of Prayer Events – 5 and 6 March
The World Day of Prayer celebration will take place on Friday 6 March at 12h30 in the Chapel of the Ecumenical Centre (150 route de Ferney, Grand Saconnex). This year’s liturgy has been prepared by the women of the churches of the Bahamas.
On Thursday 5 March, from 9h30-11h30, in the Open House at the Ecumenical Centre, our very own Rev. Dr. Elaine Neuenfeldt will lead a Bible study on the text of the liturgy (John 13: 1-17).
Both events are organized by the Geneva English-speaking group for the World Day of Prayer. You are all welcome to both events, which bring together people of different cultures and denominations in fellowship and friendship.
New to ELCG? Connections Class this Month
What kinds of ministry is the ELCG involved in? How can I become more involved? What does it mean to become a member?
Whether you are a recent guest or a long-time attender who would simply like to learn more, the connections class this month is a great way to become more deeply connected to the ELCG community. The class will be held for three Sundays — 8, 15, and 22 March—from 9h45 until 10h45 at the church. Sign up this morning, or contact Pastor Andy for more information.
Young Adults’ Gathering – Wednesday, 4 March
The young adults’ group will be gathering for a game night this coming Wednesday, 4 March, at 19h00. Please contact Julianna Dragos (
) if you’re interested in attending—location to be announced. The young adults’ group is open to all in their 20s and 30s.
Soup Kitchen Assistance Needed for Saturday, 7 March
Our church has committed to provide a team of at least 8 people once a month to prepare, cook and serve food for around 150 people at the Jardin Montbrillant behind Cornavin train station. To help this Saturday from 10h00 to about 12h45, or to learn more about this ministry, contact Valerie Marinoni.
Writers Group – Monday 9 March
The Writers Group will meet Monday 9 March at 19h30 at the church. For more information contact John Evans-Klock.
Holy Week Worship Leadership
Extra opportunities for worship leadership will be available during Holy Week, 2–5 April. Please see the special Holy Week sign-up sheets to learn how you can serve.
Lord’s Prayer Greeting Cards
If you would like to purchase greeting cards with the Lord’s Prayer artwork that hangs in the sanctuary, please get in touch with Wendy Donaldson. The cards are blank inside and sell in packages of 5 (CHF15) and 10 (CHF25). All proceeds go to the church.
Lost & Found
The lost & found cupboard near the kitchen is full of items that have been left there for some time and will soon be emptied. If you think something of yours might be there, please check today.
The Season of Lent
Our worship this Lent is centered on the theme of wilderness. We are thinking about those wilderness places in which we find ourselves and in which so many in the world find themselves today. We are following the story of a God who is no stranger to these sorts of places. And we are imagining what it means to build a tent in the wilderness, to offer shelter and companionship to a world in need.
Tuesday Evening Bible Study – The Book of Job
On Tuesday evenings during Lent, a group is gathering at 19h30 for a study of the book of Job. This Old Testament text asks big questions about where God is in the midst of suffering and what it means to live as a person of faith in an unpredictable world.
Course guides are available for CHF20—sign up this morning if you’d like a copy. All are welcome to join.
Sunday Morning Class – Sabbath as Resistance
During the six Sundays of Lent, a group is reading Walter Brueggemann’s recent book Sabbath as Resistance: Saying No to the Culture of Now. Here’s a brief description:
In this volume, popular author Walter Brueggemann writes that the Sabbath is not simply about keeping rules but rather about becoming a whole person and restoring a whole society. Brueggemann speaks to a 24/7 society of consumption, a society in which we live to achieve, accomplish, perform, and possess. We want more, own more, use more, eat more, and drink more. Keeping the Sabbath allows us to break this restless cycle and focus on what is truly important: God, other people, all life. Brueggemann offers a transformative vision of the wholeness God intends, giving world-weary Christians a glimpse of a more fulfilling and simpler life through Sabbath observance.
The class is gathering on Sunday mornings from 9h45 until 10h45 during the season of Lent. Books are available for CHF20. Sign up this morning if you’d like a copy.
Our Sharing this Season – Refugee Relief in Jordan
In mid-March 2014, the civil conflict in Syria entered its fourth year and continues to escalate in scale and scope. There are now 7.6 million internally displaced persons, according to UN OCHA estimates. Over 3.3 million Syrians have sought refuge in neighboring countries and Northern Africa. This number is expected to rise further.
Over 620,441 Syrians have crossed the border into Jordan. The most vulnerable of Syrian refugees tend to be female-headed households and children, as well as households including persons with disabilities. These groups are at particular risk of sexual harassment and exploitation due to their reduced capacity to find income, and their often-decreased mobility.
The LWF is assisting Syrian refugees both inside Za’atari camp and in Jordanian host communities by providing food, education, vocational training for women, and seasonal assistance.
A portion of all our congregation’s offerings are going to the LWF program in Jordan this Lent, supporting their work with Syrian refugees—people who remain in a very real wilderness today.
(Photo printed in the bulletin)
Syrian refugees in Al Mafraq host community in Jordan after a snowstorm in January. They are warming themselves on gas heaters given to them by LWF just before the storm. "Help arrived just in time" they say. Photo: LWF Jordan.