GLC - - - Connects!
November 25, 2020
Thanksgiving Eve Meditation
Tonight @ 8 pm -- November 25
Led by Pastor Trudy on Facebook Live
REAL CONNECTION ANYTIME!

Livestream Worship on YouTube every Sunday @ 9:00 am
or watch anytime!
Pastor Trudy's Sunday Message
Hope is not cancelled! Things look pretty hopeless for Daniel as he is thrown into the den of hungry lions. But it is not just Daniel who prays that night but also the king who is responsible for his being there. Unlikely hope from unlikely people. Sounds like God.  

Dear God, as we prepare to give thanks this year, help us to give thanks first for Your presence with us and then for the ways You invite us to grow. In Jesus' name, Amen.
FOR WORSHIP:
Worship materials: Worship Folder & God's Story, Our Story
Children's Bulletins: Ages 3+ & Ages 7+
SUNDAY SCHOOL on YouTube!
Miss Christy is pre-recording Sunday School lessons for the kids in your life to watch on YouTube! Kids can sing along with the music, listen to a Bible story, and do a craft. The Sunday lesson will be made available on the weekends, but watch whenever and wherever works for you and your child!
We dated last Sunday's Worship service on our YouTube page incorrectly, making it hard for folks to find the service. We apologize for the inconvenience. Here's Sunday's Worship Service
WONDERING...
REAL QUESTIONS FROM REAL PEOPLE TO LEARN MORE ABOUT GLC
Pastor Trudy, why do you learn Scripture by heart? (from Miss Christy after last week's children's sermon) 
One of my seminary professors, Dr. David Rhoads, did it in a class on the Gospels and it gave the story such power! I imagined those first hearing it experiencing the same thing (since this is how the Gospel was shared early on!) When I had a chance to take a class called 'Scripture by Heart' from this professor, I gave it a try! I started doing it weekly midway through my first call and haven't stopped since. The scripture becomes my companion in ministry each week.
Online Donations - Two Ways to Give!
TO DONATE WITH A CREDIT/DEBIT CARD: Text 630-528-2407 with a dollar amount
or
TO DONATE WITH CHECKING/SAVINGS ACCOUNT: use https://bit.ly/3jErAR5

Please call Lisa @ 331-248-6699 or send her an email if you have any questions about your donations.
And neither is HOPE, PEACE, AND LOVE!
Signs are coming to a yard near you! Our faith teaches that nothing can take away our hope, peace, joy and love...not a pandemic, not an election, not the challenges we face. Signs will be dropped off with Advent boxes for families but you can also pick one up at drive through communion on the 29th or stop by the office during regular business hours next week.
Check out what we've got planned for the Advent season. Drop in for one or all of these opportunities!

Facebook Live Midweek Meditation
Wednesdays @ 8 pm (Dec. 2, 9, 16, 23)

Thursdays @ 7 pm (Dec. 3, 10, 17)

Saturdays @ 5 pm (Nov. 28, Dec. 5, 12, 19)
NEW! GLC Virtual Advent Calendar
Day 1 - November 30
Stay Grounded, Stay Connected
Advent is upon us, a time when we are accustomed to gathering together in anticipation for the arrival of Christ. To stay grounded in faith and connected to each other this season, follow along with GLC’s Virtual Advent Calendar, where each day you will see and hear from members of the GLC community. Day 1 of the calendar is Monday, November 30. Thank you in advance to all who contributed their creativity to this collaborative project!
Prayer Shawls
Our knitters/crochet-ers have been busy! Let Julie know if you'd like to send a prayer shawl to someone near or far, with your name or anonymously! 
--Serving Opportunities--
Donations for St. Andrew Distribution Needed
GLC leads the St. Andrew Food Distribution
on December 4 & 5.

GLC will collect and supply:
  • Bar soap
  • Lip Balm
  • Handwarmers
  • Monetary donations to help offset supplies costs. Please make checks payable to Geneva Lutheran Church noting "St. Andrew Food Distribution."

Donations can be dropped off during:
  • Drive-thru communion on Sunday, November, 29
  • At GLC the week of Monday, November 30 - Friday, December 4, 9 am-3 pm

Thank you for your continued generosity! Contact Julie Slifka for more information.
Salvation Army Angel Tree Challenge
Geneva Lutheran Church will continue our Christmas tradition of partnering with the Salvation Army to provide Christmas gifts for children in our Fox Valley community. Once again, we will focus on collecting gifts for youth ages 12-17. The most popular items are Legos, make-up, cologne sets, adult winter coats, hats/gloves, socks, science kits, art kits, journals, mini backpacks and gift cards.

NEW FOR 2020! The Salvation Army has partnered with Walmart to do a virtual shopping alternative! You can purchase items from an online registry and have them shipped directly to the St. Charles Salvation Army. Here's how:
*Click on Registry for Good
*Scroll down to see the verified partners in the area
*Click on The Salvation Army St. Charles (Tri-City) Community Center Angel Tree

We will also be collecting items at church, if you prefer to shop in person. Unwrapped gifts can be dropped off during drive-through communion on Sunday, November 29, or during church office hours (M-F, 9 am-3 pm) before Sunday, December 6.

If you should have any questions please contact Vilia Gaikis at 630-862-4451, Kristen Schauer at 630-293-4976 or Brigette Dawson at j_bdawson@comcast.net.

Thank you for bringing a very Merry Christmas to many families!
A significant spike in Covid-19 cases, and more importantly, hospitalizations for Covid-19 in our region has led to more mitigations which further limit group sizes to no more than 10. Churches are exempted from many of the requirements, but your Council and Staff continue to have thoughtful conversations about what we are called to do in order to be faithful to our call and to our role in the community as ambassadors for Christ. 

We will not be holding in-person confirmation or worship from now through the end of the year and will revisit this decision at our January Council meeting. And don't forget, you can always reach out to
 Vicar Amber or Pastor Trudy to arrange a socially distanced visit!  
We Lift up in Prayer
  • Gayle Juola, sister of Louise Hauge
  • All those with COVID-19
  • For people who are separated from family
  • For people who are traveling
  • Prayers of gratitude for what we do have
Please email Amy Steenson or call (630) 232-0165 if you would like to add a name to the prayer list. Submitted names will remain on the prayer list for two weeks.
GLC Prayer Chain
This is a confidential telephone network ministry that intercedes on behalf of those in need by lifting up specific requests, concerns, and emergency situations. To request prayer, please call Sally Harmon (630) 377-0021.
LOOKING AHEAD
Worship on ZOOM. Click on the link to join.
Saturday, November 28 @ 5 pm

Drive-through Communion
Sunday, November 29 @ 10:15 am-10:45 am
Please use the circle drive. You can also drop off your gifts for Salvation Army Angel Tree and donations for St. Andrew Distribution. And, pick up a yard sign, too!
Midweek Meditation on Facebook Live
Wednesday, December 2 @ 8 pm

Bible Study on ZOOM
Thursday, December 3 @ 9:30 am
We're discussing Waking up White by Debby Irving. 

Advent Bible Study on ZOOM
Thursday, December 3 @ 7 pm
Photo Challenge!
It's Advent Season! Please send us a picture of your Advent wreath or Advent calendar for the Sunday slideshow. Send your photos to Margo by Wednesday, December 2. Thank you!
GLC Life in Pictures
Miss Christy and her Sunday School Back up singers! Many thanks to Dave Kurowski for recording our Sunday School lesson! #generouslifeinChrist
During St. Andrew food packing
Vicar Amber discovered some very interesting-shaped carrots... yes, these are carrots!
Jessica did battle with the endless mountain of boxes (she won)!

Thank you to all who served at last Friday's packing session.
#generouslifeinChrist
Send your pictures of how you are living your #generouslifeinChrist to Margo. Thank you!