The Ark – November 2, 2021

The Ark – November 2, 2021

Advent and Christmas Worship

Order Red Christmas Poinsettias to decorate Genesis UMC this Advent season. Order deadline is November 14th. Order forms are available at the welcome table.

Advent begins Sunday, November 28, 2021 and continues on Sundays December 5th, 12th, 19th. In Person worship will be held at 9:00 am each Sunday in the Genesis Worship Room. Online worship will be available on from 5:00 a.m. each Sunday.

Genesis UMC Christmas Cantata “The Road to Bethlehem, a Journey to the Newborn King” by Lloyd Larson will be presented by the Genesis Chancel Choir and friends on Sunday, December 12th during the 9:00 a.m. in-person worship service. 

Christmas Eve Worship Services will be held Friday, December 24th in-person at 3:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m. The 3:00 p.m. service will feature “God with Us”, a Christmas message. At 7:00 p.m. we will celebrate with a candlelight service. Holy Communion will be available at both services. A virtual Christmas Eve service will be available on the Genesis YouTube channel,

Sunday, December 26, 2021. In-person worship will be held at 11:10 a.m. Mark your calendar!

Genesis offices will be closed from noon on Thursday December 23 and reopen on Monday January 3rd.


Beginning January 2, 2022 there will be two worship services at Genesis UMC, 9:00 a.m. and 11:10 a.m. Christian Education will be held from 10:00-10:50 a.m.

Welcome our Newest Members

On Sunday, October 31st, Genesis welcomed 17 professing members and 5 preparatory members. Five were baptized in the name of the Father, Son and Holy Spirit (indicated by *). Please reach out and welcome them to the Genesis church family: 

Todd & Michelle Bigham; Leland & Joyce Cantrell; Ty & Michelle Delmonico with children Ali and Nicholas;  Wanda Emmanuelson;  Doris Franciosi;  Diane Garinger; Billy & Peggy Griffin;  Alzira Lampropoulos;  Paul & Nicole* Merrill with children Thomas*, Daniel*, and Lillian*;  Alex Olcott*, Don & Patsy Saxon.


Christmas Shop

Hi Genesis Families,
This year, we will be doing something a little different for our Christmas giving. We will be partnering with our C4C school, Kingswood Elementary, to set up a Christmas Shop for low-income families of Kingswood students where the parents can pick out free gifts for their children. This will make your Christmas giving more personal. This is where you get involved! We need you to participate in the November toy and clothing drive to fill the Christmas shop. The shop will be in early December, so all gifts need to be in by November 28th.

If you are interested in volunteering to help run the shop, contact, or
Thank you for your support!

A sign-up link will be sent out as soon as we receive input from the Kingswood staff.

Natalie Wilhelm, Christmas Shop Mission lead

Adopt a Teacher. There are 3 teachers who need adoption!

Genesis volunteer dates for Dorcas Food Pantry through 2021 are: November 6 & 20, December 4 & 18. Sign up for a shift: 10 a.m.-12 p.m. or 12-2 p.m.

Methodist Build, Trimble Ave, Cary. Sign up to help build a Habitat home just 2 miles from Genesis UMC. Genesis agreed to provide 8 volunteers on November 13 and a few on December 4. We will also provide lunch for about 15 people on November 13. Sign up to build:  Help with lunch delivery:

2021 Down East trips: Saturdays, November 20 and December 18. Build and repair homes near Goldsboro, NC.

Hope For Alexis Update

Alexis will have his final blood transfusion on November 9.  He will be admitted to UNC hospital November 9th and have the bone marrow transplant on November 10th. 

Alexis’ brother, Antonio who is the donor, will be admitted the the hospital on November 10th and will stay in the hospital a couple of days to recoup. Alexis, along with his dad, will be in UNC hospital for up to a year as Alexis recovers.  Alexis’ mom will be home with the two other children and will care for Antonio once he returns home. 

Dorcas Ministries will help with food each month. The Food Lion gift cards that Genesis has donated to Feeding Friends will be used to help the family supplement what they receive from Dorcas.

The entire family have been housebound as they awaited a surgery date.  They will continue to be at home to keep from getting sick as that would delay Alexis’ procedure. The family is very appreciative for all that the Cary community has done for them through this process. Genesis will continue to support this sweet family over the coming year as they work to get Alexis healthy again.  Their faith in God is tremendous, and Alexis has continued to be positive throughout all of this.  Please keep them all in your prayers. Thank you for the way you have shown that Genesis truly loves our neighbors!

Children’s Ministries

BOLT Kids meets Fridays @ 5:30 p.m. via zoom. Come for fun and to learn about God.

Children! Don’t miss the new Children’s moment series “NOT AFRAID” on

Genesis Christian Preschool will host a virtual Usborne Book Fair November 15-19. During that week, order via this link:

Youth Ministries

Middle and High School Youth! Unleashed meets weekly @ 5 p.m. on Sundays. Here’s the schedule for the coming weeks:

  • Nov. 7 – Feed the Pack mission
  • Nov. 14 – No Unleashed (Pilgrimage is Nov 12-13)
  • Nov. 21 – Christmas shopping!
  • Nov. 28 – No Unleashed
  • Dec. 5 – Chatham Commons Christmas Carol
  • Dec. 12 – Unleashed Christmas party
  • Jan. 9 – Movie night TBA

Adult Ministries

FUEL Life Group of young adults ages 21-30 gathers for Bible study, Christian fellowship and friendship on the 1st and 3rd Wednesdays at 8 p.m. On November 7th, we are meeting at Zambreros at Parkside Town Center at 12:45 p.m.

Rooted Life Group of parents of young children gathers for Bible study, Christian fellowship and friendship are now meeting the 1st and 3rd Thursdays at 8:30 pm. To participate, email

SYNCED Marriage Life Group meets the 2nd Thursday of each month @ 7 p.m. for faith and fun together. Join us Thursday Nov. 11 at Genesis. We will make thank you bags for the Wake County sheriff’s department. All married couples welcome.

Hands of Hope meets Sundays at 10:30 a.m. for Christian Education and group discussion. Our next study is “Living on Purpose”. All adults welcome.

Faith Tertulia meets Wednesdays at 7 p.m. for Christian Education and group discussion. All adults are welcome.

Genesis Book Group meets Thursday Nov. 18 @ 7 p.m. to discuss “The Things They Carried” by Tim O’Brien. All readers are welcome.

LIFT Women’s Christian Education group begins a 12 week study of 1 Corinthians on Tuesday Nov. 16 @ 10 a.m. All women are welcome.

Seekers meets Sundays at 10:30 a.m. for Christian Education and group discussion. Advent Studies: Sunday Nov. 14 video: “The Chosen, a Story of the First Christmas”; Sundays Nov. 21 – Dec. 19 “It’s a Wonderful Life”  Advent Study.  All adults are welcome.

Verse by Verse meets Sundays at 10:30 a.m. for Christian Education and group discussion. Current study: the 12 Minor Prophets of the Old Testament. All adults are welcome.

Care Ministries

Join wth our church family in adding our November Breakthrough Prayer to your prayer time.

“God, we give thanks that you are good and your love lasts forever. Amen.”

Genesis Prays meetings through the remainder of 2021: November 10 (Family Relationships) and December 8 (tba).

Use the Genesis November Prayer Calendar and add the focus area of the day to your prayers.

Are you or someone you know in need of a person to listen and provide confidential Christian care as you work through a crisis or difficult time? Genesis’ team of trained Stephen Ministers are available to serve you.  Contact Lynn Mull or Kim Kligerman