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My peace I give to you

01/17/18

It’s been quite a week in our world.  I wasn’t sure what I’d write about today, so I took some time to discern this message with other members of the staff.  We talked about the issues of racism, immigration, civil rights, and missile threats.  None of those individually seemed right, so I did the natural […]

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Prayers of Comfort and Strength

01/09/18

Prayers of Comfort and Strength by Rev. Georgia N. Hale Dear friends, As a follow up to our time together this Sunday, I thought I would share this prayer that was written several years ago.  As we look to 2018 and think about how we can be in community and turn towards God, let this […]

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The Year of Interfaith Friendship

01/03/18

The Year of Interfaith Friendship   One of the lesser-known parts of my work at Genesis UMC is representing us at the Kaufman Interfaith Institute’s Service Council.  Most of my work there is around the topic of Youth and Interfaith Engagement, where our team works to connect young people from different faith traditions.   The […]

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Jay Kalis to Leave Genesis March 1

12/27/17

Almost three years ago, Genesis hired Jay Kalis as a full-time director of children and youth ministries. Jay has now announced that he will be leaving Genesis on March 1. Due to Genesis financial constraints and Jay’s desire to devote himself more to seminary studies, Jay voluntarily went to part-time over a year ago.  He […]

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Message of Christmas

12/19/17

Christmas carols are so familiar to most of us that we may sing them without really considering what they say.  Each of them was written in a particular period of time, often for a specific purpose.  Some of them have verses that are not often sung. Edmund Sears in 1849 wrote “It Came Upon a […]

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Neighborhood Groups in January

12/13/17

Last Sunday we asked those attending worship to meet around tables in neighborhood groups during our fellowship time. We hope you got to know better some of the people who attend Genesis and live near you. Starting the week of January 7, we will be meeting in nine neighborhoods to get to know each other […]

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A GROWING CHURCH

12/06/17

Genesis is growing!  This Sunday 10 persons will officially join Genesis, including 3 who will be baptized and confirmed because this is the first time they have made a public Christian commitment.  Almost every Sunday we have people coming to Genesis for the first time.   As 2017, a great year of transition, ends, we […]

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Advent Begins!

11/29/17

Hold on! It’s not yet time for the glitz and joy of Christmas. Advent begins on December 3, and it begins on a somber note. Our scriptures for the first Sunday of Advent are Isaiah 64:1-9, Psalm 80:1-7, 17-19, 1 Corinthians 1:3-9, and Mark 13:24-37. If you look at them before Sunday, and read the […]

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THE BUZZ IN THE GATHERING SPACE

11/22/17

Happy Thanksgiving to everyone on this holiday, which brings together family and friends in many different places.  May you find joy as you share with others.  Our prayers are with those of you who will be traveling to be with loved ones. I am thankful, as your pastor, for all that I see that has […]

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Singing in the (Freezing) Rain 

11/14/17

A Message from Jay Kalis, Director of Youth and Children’s Ministry  The freezing rain started as I turned up Snow Avenue on my way to church this past Sunday, and it continued throughout the morning.  As precipitation in Michigan can be this time of year, it would go from sleet, to rain, stop for a bit, and then come back as […]

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