GLC - - - Connects!
Friday, June 5, 2020
HAPPENING SUNDAY
Lighting our candles together
Bring a candle into the space where you worship and we'll light our candles together at the beginning of Sunday's worship.
Pastor Trudy's Message
Consolation and suffering...in a powerfully and painfully relevant reading from 1 Corinthians , we ponder the connection between suffering and ultimate peace. They are connected. But we quickly forget when we get beyond the places of our suffering, the consolation and care we received. Now is a time to remember. To hear the pain and suffering and to see the people who are suffering. They are not separate from us. Holy and Mighty God, You sent Jesus to join us in our human pain in order to ultimately declare victory over it. If we follow Him, we will end up joining others in suffering. But the suffering is never the end of the story. In Jesus' name, Amen.

Click here for the 9:00 am Sunday service on the GLC YouTube channel
Click here for the Worship Folder and God's Story Our Story
Click here for the Children's Worship Folders: Ages 3+ and Ages 7+
ZOOM into Sunday School
Sunday, June 7 @ 10:15 am
We'll sing songs, listen to bible stories, and have fellowship and fun with Sunday School friends! Use this link to   ZO OM into Sunday School. We hope to see you there!
#WhereistheBodyofChrist Challenge
It's always great to have the ENTIRE family gather for Worship! Have your pets been joining you on Sunday mornings? We'd love to see that so we're asking you to take a picture of your pet(s) at Sunday's Service or whenever you tune in for our June 14 slideshow, " Every Dog (or Pet) has its Day!" Please send your photos to  Margo   by 5 pm, Thursday, June 11. Thank you!
WONDERING...REAL QUESTIONS FROM REAL PEOPLE TO LEARN MORE ABOUT GLC
How do you deal faithfully with conversations about racism/privilege/entitlement?  We are all on a journey…just in general for our faith, but in particular with conversations about racism. Like all faithful journeys, it requires creating space, shifting perspectives and listening carefully. Pay attention for the things that make you feel defensive or angry or sad. Don’t judge yourself or others too harshly. Listen. Find a community of people; at church or elsewhere who are in a different place in the journey. Seek out ways to get different perspectives and be aware of all the ways we deal with people with different perspectives from our own. A great place to start is the documentary series by Henry Louis Gates, Jr called, ‘The African Americans; Many Rivers to Cross’ available to stream on Amazon Prime.  
Celebrating Holy Communion
We will once again celebrate the sacrament of Holy Communion! During this time we can take bread only and reverence the cup.  

Here’s the basics (more details to come next week):

  • You can continue to fast from communion.
  • You can request a home visit with accommodations for distancing.
  • Small group Eucharist (9 people plus PT) all IDPH guidelines followed, spoken liturgy and reflection ending with a celebration of holy communion.
  • Drive-through/home communion celebrated on Sundays. You can have your own bread at home (And still come to drive through!) or receive hosts at church. 

We have spent months thinking through this and looking forward to it. Please watch your e-news next week for specific instructions for Sunday, June 14.
Council response to re-opening
The Geneva Lutheran Council met on 6/3 to determine our way forward amid Illinois lifting the closure of houses of worship due to Covid 19. After lengthy discussion and prayerful reflection, the Council voted in line with current health department guidelines recommending gatherings of 10 people or less. This means at the present, we will continue to have remote services and limit gathering en masse. 

As such, we hope that our current format will continue to fill you with the Spirit until we can revisit the issue in the near future! The Church Staff continues to pour their hearts into the services. Thank you for your patience, prayers, laughs, comments, and support! If you have any questions, please feel free to reach out to any Council member at glccouncil@genevalutheran.org.

Love in Christ,

The Geneva Lutheran Church Council
Staff members are continuing to do the majority of their work from home following IDPH guidelines. If you need to contact a staff member, email is the best option in order to guarantee your communication is received. You can find a list staff emails here.
We lift up in prayer

  • For us to see the pain of others
  • For us to hear the cries for justice
  • For peaceful protests
  • For police officers working for peace
  • All who are hungry 
  • Those unable to pay rent
  • Those grieving losses
  • People finding new opportunities
  • Those struggling with isolation and mental health
  • Our leaders as they work to balance safety and activity
  • Those suffering with COVID-19 and their families
  • Health Care workers for safety and emotional support
  • All people who support essential work
ZOOM update
ZOOM has gotten an new version update.  It’s important that you update the software on your device!  As of now, the old version of ZOOM may not be supported. Download the update via either the website  ( zoom.com ) or the mobile app (available on the website).
LOOKING AHEAD
Bible Study
Thursday, June 11 @ 9:30 am
We'll look back at Sunday and ahead to next Sunday's reading.
Click on the  link   to join.

Zoom Class: Beginning a conversation about racism
Thursday, June 11 @ 8 pm
Click link to join class

Drive-Through Communion!
( celebrated on some Sundays )
First one: June 14 after online Worship

Food Packing @ Northern IL Food Bank
Wednesday, July 29, 9:00 - 11:30 am.
GLC Life in Pictures

GLC shared the joy of
Pentecost with flowers from the Sanctuary. What a blessing it was to make these connections! It was so good to see these GLCers and we thank those who made the deliveries. 
#WhereistheBodyofChrist
I f you have a picture(s) that you'd like to share of how you are living your #generouslifeinChrist please send to  Margo . Thank you!