Three Fox Valley churches join in New Year’s Day celebration


Five pastors from three Fox Valley churches teamed up to host “Start the New Year Right,” a New Year’s Day celebration on Sunday, Jan. 1.

The 9:30 a.m. service took place at Baker Memorial United Methodist Church in St. Charles.

Partners were Batavia UMC and United Methodist Church of Geneva. Combined, the trio calls itself Tri-City United Methodist Churches.

The joint service featured worship, a blessing of visitors’ households and group recitation of a vintage Methodist covenant prayer.

The prayer was a contemporary version of a 268-year-old prayer in the Wesleyan tradition originated by Methodism’s founders.

Participating pastors were Kim Neace and Mary Zajac, Baker Memorial; Rob Hamilton and Lisa Telomen, Geneva UMC; and Cynthia Anderson, Batavia UMC.

Pastor Neace opened the service with a welcome to visitors.

After an opening prayer, sharing of joys and concerns and a scripture reading, the pastors offered a blessing of households.



Geneva United Methodist Church's Rev. Rob Hamilton, second from right, joins pastors at Baker Memorial United Methodist, St. Charles, for a joint New Year's Day service. Background from left are Mary Zajac and Kim Neace, Baker Memorial; Lisa Telomen, Geneva UMC; and Cynthia Anderson, Batavia UMC.


Geneva United Methodist Church’s Rev. Rob Hamilton, second from right, joins pastors at Baker Memorial United Methodist, St. Charles, for a joint New Year’s Day service. Background from left are Mary Zajac and Kim Neace, Baker Memorial; Lisa Telomen, Geneva UMC; and Cynthia Anderson, Batavia UMC.
– Courtesy of Al Benson


        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        

 

Household members were invited to receive a New Year-blessing and a gift from one of four pastors stationed at corners of the sanctuary.

The gift was a card that said in part, “Come in and stay awhile, …

“(this is) a place of rest.

“A place of love and laughter.

“A place to gather and share in all of God’s blessings … “

A reception concluded the service.

According to Baker Memorial’s website, Tri-City Methodist is the name used when the churches work together on a shared program, mission or ministry.

In 2021 the partners combined church-membership confirmation programs ” … so that students across the three cities can learn, grow, and have fun together.”

        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        

 

Future Tri-City Methodist programs include “Witness at the Cross,” a Lenten study on Tuesdays from 7 to 8 p.m. on March 8 through April 12.

Baker Memorial’s Pastor Zajac will lead the study on the Zoom platform.

Easter Holy Week events will also be hosted by Tri-City Methodist.

A Maundy Thursday service will be held at 7:30 p.m. April 14 at Geneva UMC, 211 Hamilton St.

A Tri-City Easter sunrise service will be held at 6 a.m. Sunday, April 9, at the gazebo at Geneva Garden Club Park, 35 N. River Lane in Geneva. The public is invited.

Learn more at tricitymethodist.com.

        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        





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