GLC - - - Connects!
December 3, 2020
Tonight!
Advent Bible Study on ZOOM
Thursday, December 3 @ 7 pm
REAL CONNECTION ANYTIME!

Livestream Worship on YouTube every Sunday @ 9:00 am
or watch anytime!
Pastor Trudy's Sunday Message
The reading this week:  Joel 2: 12-13, 28-29
When things were good, the people of Judah ignored God, went their own way, worshipped idols (while thinking they were faithful to God). This led to a time of exile. By the time we come to the book of Joel, they are back in Judah and things are hard for them. And they ignore God, go their own way and worship idols (while thinking they are faithful to God). What a contrast with the example set by Daniel of hope in the midst of despair! How can God love them (and us) through these times?? 

Holy and mighty God, You are present, but we absent ourselves from your presence. You are waiting to work in us, we are busy with our own priorities. Come, Emmanuel!  Come, Lord Jesus! Amen.
Sunday Livestream
We make every effort to go LIVE with our Worship service as close to 9:00 AM as possible. If it is not coming up, please give it just a few minutes. After this, you can always try refreshing or close out YouTube and try the link again. Thanks for your understanding!
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!
WONDERING...
REAL QUESTIONS FROM REAL PEOPLE TO LEARN MORE ABOUT GLC
Why does the church have so many seasons? Church seasons are not in the Bible, but they are created for us to focus on different aspects of our faith. It is a reminder that in the church we are ‘out of sync’ with the rest of the world in many ways. Each season has a distinct purpose, like Advent is about preparing ourselves for our celebration of Christ’s birth. It does much more than this, however, it shows us how to prepare to find Christ in our daily lives ALL the time. 
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.
More Ways to Celebrate the Advent Season

Wednesdays @ 8 pm
Dec. 9, 16, 23

Thursdays @ 7 pm
Dec. 3, 10, 17

Saturdays @ 5 pm
Dec. 5, 12, 19
NEW! GLC Virtual Advent Calendar
Stay Grounded, Stay Connected
Follow along with the GLC Virtual Advent Calendar! Each day we see and hear from a different member(s) of the GLC community! It's a meaningful way to stay grounded in faith and connected to each other in this season of Advent. Make sure to check it out -- plus it's fun to open the doors to see who's behind 'em!
And neither is HOPE, PEACE, AND LOVE!
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. 

Start seeing GLC yard signs in a yard near you! Want a sign for your own yard? Stop by the office during regular business hours and grab one!
Send a Prayer Shawl!
Our knitters/crochet-ers have been busy making prayer shawls and pocket prayer squares. Please contact Julie if you'd like to send one to someone near or far, with your name or anonymously! 
--Serving Opportunities--
Last Days to Donate for this Weekend's St. Andrew Distribution
Donations can be dropped off at GLC today or tomorrow: December 3 & 4, 9 am-3 pm
Please consider contributing the following items:
  • 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."
Thank you for your continued generosity! Contact Julie Slifka for more information.
Salvation Army Angel Tree Challenge
Friday, December 4 last day to drop off donations
We 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.

Unwrapped gifts can be dropped off during church office hours (M-F, 9 am-3 pm) through Friday, December 4.

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

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
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.
  • Becky Maloney, friend of Dana Huot
  • Gayle Juola, sister of Louise Hauge
  • Doctors, nurses, and other medical professionals
  • Front line workers
  • Teachers, students, and families
  • Pastors
  • All those with COVID-19
  • For people who are separated from family
  • Prayers of gratitude for what we do have
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
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

Worship on ZOOM
Saturday, December 5 @ 5 pm
Midweek Meditation on Facebook Live
Wednesday, December 9 @ 8 pm

Northern Illinois Food Bank
Tuesday, December 15 @ 9 am
Our 2018-19 Vicar, Denise Rode, has been called to serve Immanuel Lutheran Church in Earlville, IL, where she has been serving as interim pastor. This means that she will be ordained sometime in 2021. Soon-to-be Pastor Denise will keep us posted regarding details, whether in person or virtual, until then, we will surround her in prayer. She wants everyone to know how grateful she is for her time at Geneva Lutheran. We know it is all part of a generous life in Christ!  Congratulations, Denise!
Photo Challenge!
What kind of Nativity set do you have? Traditional? Contemporary? Made of clothespins & popsicle sticks? We'd love to see it! Please send Margo photos by Wednesday, December 9. Thank you!
Amazon, move over! GLC delivery crew was fully dispatched throughout the Fox Valley last week. They brought Advent-in-a-Box, Pointsettias, GLC yard signs, and real connection to members of the GLC community! Thank you! #generouslifeinChrist
GLC Life in Pictures
Special Delivery! Forrest Schauer brought Jim and Shirley Erickson Christmas cheer and a GLC Poinsettia! #joyisnotcancelled
Big Smiles! Halle and Hayden Weiss got busy with the Week One (HOPE) activity they found in their Advent-in-a-box. #hopeisnotcancelled
It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas! Thanks to all who helped with building our stable last Saturday. It's a mainstay on Third Street during this season!
#loveisnotcancelled
Send your pictures of how you are living your #generouslifeinChrist to Margo. Thank you!