Welcome to Genoa Intersections

A Budding Lutheran 

Faith Community 

Living in God's Grace  

About Intersections

A New Faith Community

Intersections is a developing faith community of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America led by 

Deacon Carla Vanatta.  


Intersections invites you to explore a relationship with Jesus Christ and others, trusting our encounters to lead us deeper in faith and purpose. 

All are Welcome

God's gifts of love and grace are given 

for all people.  Discover a warm welcome in Jesus' name and see if this church without walls is a good fit.

Building Blocks

Coffee and Conversation

Let's Connect!  Contact me to set a time to get acquainted.  I'd love to meet you.


Prayer Requests

Prayer requests are welcomed

and will be supported by the 

Intersections Faith Community.

See the Contact Us section 

to send a prayer request.

Community Building Fall 2018

The last session of our Fall Small Group Study Daling with Life Changes was postposed to Monday, December 3rd at 7 pm at Northwestern Medicine's Community Room, 599 Pearson Dr, Genoa due to weather.  

Open Invitation

Think of a friend, neighbor, or 

co-worker you might invite or refer 

to Intersections.  Pray for them and share what Jesus means to you or how 

you hope to grow in your calling 

as a baptized Child of God.


Three expressions of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America include local faith communities, the

Worship opportunities will be offered seasonally at varied times and places.  Watch the Announcements or Worship & Events pages for the schedule 

as it develops.

Community Service

Living a faith-filled life means caring 

for your neighbor.  We'll be talking to community leaders and residents to determine where we can 

make a difference.

Fall 2018 Small Group Study

Genoa Intersections Bible Study

A Faith for All Seasons:  

Dealing with Life Changes

Life is a constant adaptation to change; some welcome and some not. Major life transitions can feel disruptive and unsettling. Come be part of a small group discussion where we explore how faith can help us endure, survive, and even thrive within both natural and turbulent changes in our lives.

Focus Scripture: 

 Ecclesiastes 3: 1-8    – Everything has its Time

Please let us know of your interest 

so we can have materials for you.

All are welcome; bring a friend or come on your own. Your ideas and questions will be welcomed in a supportive environment.


Monday evenings

7:00-8:30 p.m.

Sept. 17 Oct. 1,15,29 Nov. 12, 26 ** the last session was postponed due to weather until Mon. Dec. 3rd.


NW Medicine Community Room

599 Pearson Dr. Genoa, IL

email deacon@genoaintersections.org to register


Life Is Change

Dealing with the Changes 

of Growing Up/Growing Older

Change Happens When Families Grow or Decrease in Size

Changing Cities, Changing Jobs, Changing Churches

As the World Turns: 

Changes in Our Culture

The Future!

I'm Interested

Advent Confession & Forgiveness

We pray:

[ All may make the sign of the cross, the sign marked at baptism.]

Blessed be the holy Trinity, ☩ one God, the Lord of Israel who comes to set us free, the mighty Savior who comes to show mercy, the Dawn from on high who guides us into peace. Amen.  

Let us come before God in confession. 

To you, O God, we lift up our souls. You know us through and through; we confess our sins to you. Remember not our sins; remember us with your steadfast love. Show us your ways; teach us your paths; and lead us in justice and truth, for the sake of your goodness in Jesus Christ our Savior. Amen. 

Children of God, come with joy and draw water from the well of salvation. Remember the gift of baptism: your sin is washed away in the name of ☩ Jesus; you belong to Christ; you are anointed to serve. Stand up and raise your heads! The reign of God is near. Amen.




Confession from Sundays and Seasons copyright © Augsburg Fortress. Reproduced by permission. No further reproduction allowed without the written permission of Augsburg Fortress.



Coffee and Conversation

Let's meet to get acquainted.  I'd like to hear about your life and your hopes for the Genoa community.   

Community Building/Bible Study

DUE TO THE WEATHER, the last small group study on Dealing with Change has been postponed from Monday evening Nov. 26th, 7:00-8:30 p.m. to Monday evening, Dec. 3rd. at NW Medicine's Community Room, 599 Pearson Dr, Genoa, 

Missing You at Christmas

If you are grieving, separated, or estranged from someone this Holiday season,  perhaps this gentle gathering would be a comfort.  

Tell me of your interest. Watch for the time and place.

Mission Opportunities

Share your ideas for where we could make a difference

Prayer Support

Become a part of our prayer network for prayer requests submitted through this website or the Genoa Intersections facebook page.  Join in a weekly prayer focus for the Genoa area [or your hometown] posted Sunday evenings on facebook.

Faith Perspectives Weekly Blog

Gardening is one of my ways to connect to God in nature.


Deacon Carla Vanatta

Thanks for your interest in Genoa Intersections.  My husband and I have served Salem Lutheran in Sycamore since 1976 in creative arts and worship, pastoral care, and small group ministries.  I became a Deacon of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America in 1995 and love serving with God's people.  

Ron and I moved to Genoa four years ago and continue to learn about the community.  As a Deacon I've been invited to explore developing a new faith community in this area.  I'm excited to launch Intersections and pray it will grow into a vibrant ministry as God calls people together in faith and love.  

I believe God has created each of us with unique gifts and personalities to bless the world and one another.  I believe Jesus loves you deeply and gave his life for you on the cross.  I believe the Holy Spirit intersects with our lives every day, calling us into a deeper relationship with God and other believers in this community.  

What a gift to claim every day the promise of  Ephesians 2:8-9 (NIRV):

8 God’s grace has saved you because of your faith in Christ. Your salvation doesn’t come from anything you do. It is God’s gift.  9 It is not based on anything you have done. No one can brag about earning it.  

You see, God chose us!  We call that GRACE!

Thanks for exploring the Intersections website, and I hope to have the opportunity to meet you soon.  Together let's see what God will do! 

Deacon Carla

As Children of God we are

Saved by Grace 

Gifted by God

Called to Serve

What we Believe

God as Creator, Redeemer, Sustainer

The mystery and majesty of God's power continues to be revealed in all of creation.

Over and over the songbook we call Psalms praises the Creator of all things. 

Embracing this gift of life, we are called to care for all God's people and the world we live in.

Jesus Christ Savior of All

God wants to be in relationship with us and gave us Jesus as a gift to forgive our sin:

For God SO LOVED the world He gave His only Son, that WHOEVER believes in Him might not perish but have eternal life.  God did not send Him into the world  to condemn it but to save it.   John 3:16-17

Holy Spirit Breath of God

Gifted with the Holy Spirit who calls, enlivens, and empowers us to live as God's people, we are sent into the world  to share this Good News and be the hands and feet of Christ.


Contact Us

Questions or Prayer Requests

Saved by Grace -  Gifted by God - Called to Serve

Genoa Intersections

1001 Persimmon Dr, Genoa, IL 60135, US

(815) 895-8521


Activities and events will be posted as they are scheduled.  Please check back often.

Faith Partners

Northern Illinois Synod

 Intersections is designated as a Synodically Authorized Worshipping Community of the Northern Il Synod and is supported by grant funding for Domestic Missions.

The Northern Illinois Synod of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in  America (ELCA) is a gathering of nearly 150 congregations created by God in Christ,  empowered by the Holy Spirit, and called and sent to bear witness to God’s  creative, redeeming, and sanctifying activity in the world. 

Our mission is simple: 

Make Christ Known

There are three geographic Synods in Illinois.  The word "synod" means "on the road together"  - that's about 100,000 of us from these counties in Northern Illinois: Boone, Bureau,  Carroll, DeKalb, Grundy, Henderson, Henry, Jo Daviess, Kendall, Knox,  LaSalle, Lee McHenry, Mercer, Ogle, Putnam, Rock Island, Stephenson,  Warren, Whiteside, Will, and Winnebago. 

Find out more

Evangelical Lutheran Church in America

 As part of the ELCA, we are:

  • Members of the fourth largest Protestant denomination in the United States
  • Among almost five million people who belong to almost 10,000 congregations (2012) in the United States and the Caribbean
  • Part of a church body with more than 270 agencies and institutions that are the second largest provider of human services of any non-governmental social services agency
  • Part of a church body that maintains 27 church-related colleges and universities, enrolling more than 53,000 students each year
  • Part of a church that provides eight seminaries across the country for the training of pastors and other church workers
  • Helping to support 400 missionaries in 45 countries around the world
  • Reaching thousands of men, women, and children by providing more  than $12 million annually in hunger funds, both internationally and at  home.

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Lutheran Social Services of Illinois

Mission Statement:

Responding to the Gospel, Lutheran Social Services of Illinois  (LSSI) brings healing, justice, and wholeness to people and communities.


Serving Illinois since 1867, Lutheran Social Services of Illinois (LSSI) is a nonprofit social service organization of the three Illinois synods of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA). LSSI is the largest statewide social service provider, serving almost 50,000 people across Illinois last year. The organization provides critical programs for the state’s most vulnerable residents including foster care, early childhood development, mental health services, alcohol and drug treatment, home care for seniors, affordable senior housing, residential programs for people with developmental disabilities, and programs that help formerly incarcerated individuals integrate 

back into society.

Find out more

ELCA World Hunger

More than 800 million people - that's 11 percent of people in our world today - are hungry.  As members of the ELCA, we are called to respond. We are a church that rolls up our sleeves and gets to work.

Working with and through our congregations, in the United States, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands, Lutheran churches overseas and other partners, ELCA World Hunger  is uniquely positioned to reach communities in need. From health  clinics to microloans, water wells to animal husbandry, community meals  to advocacy, your gifts to ELCA World Hunger make it possible for the  ELCA to respond, supporting sustainable solutions that get at the root  causes of hunger and poverty. Learn More.

Hunger facts  

  • 815 million people around the world - that's more than 1 in 10 -  can't access the food they need to live active, healthy lives. [1]
  • According to the most recent estimates, 766.6 million people  live in extreme poverty on less than $1.90 per day. That's 10.7% of the  world's population. [2]
  • At some point in 2016 (the most recent year available), more  than 41.2 million people in the United States were unsure where their  next meal might come from. [3]
  • 40.6 million Americans were living in poverty in 2016. For a  family of four, this means their annual household income was below  $24,563. [4]

 [1] Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations, 2017 

  [2] The World Bank, 2015  

 [3] USDA, 2017  

 [4] US Census Bureau, 2017 

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ELCA Good Gifts

 ELCA Good Gifts provides more than 50  different gift-giving options that grow the church, fight hunger and  transform lives. These gifts, starting at just $10, provide direct  support for the churchwide ministries of the ELCA.

Their resources – from catalogs to coin banks - make it easy (and fun!) for you or your family, your  congregation and your community to support people globally.  

You might say “goodbye” to traditional gift-giving  and “hello” to meaningful gifts that really make a difference in the  world, or add these gifts as another way to share your resources.  What fun to sponsor some chicks, a hog or goat for a family or build a well, give seed money for a home business, or sponsor a mission!

Ready to shop now? Visit the ELCA Good Gifts store and print or order cards to tell loved ones about gifts given in their honor.  

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Salem Lutheran, Sycamore

Salem Lutheran is a partner church in establishing Genoa Intersections, praying for their neighbors to the north and sharing resources.  Established in 1870 by Swedish Immigrants, Salem congregation is located at 1145 DeKalb Avenue, Sycamore, and welcomes all people into Christian community and service.

   If you are interested in Christian Education, Youth activities, Creative Arts, Food Pantry Outreach, or more regular Worship opportunities,  please visit Salem's website to see what is available.

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