Weekly Calendar

Rebecca K Announcements

Editor’s Note: I prepared last week’s Weekly Calendar and forgot to publish it. Instead of confusing everyone with two Weekly Calendars, this is the current calendar, but you have double the MCUSA announcements and two Creation Care tips.

In response to the spread of the COVID-19 virus, NSMC will not meet at the Civic Center for worship until further notice.

Friday, August 14

  • 4:00-6:00pm Come-and-Go Women’s Coffee (contact Karen K. for details on how to join the Zoom gathering)

Sunday, August 16

  • 10:00am Zoom gathering time
    • Lyle Miller will be leading “a pop-up time” in which we can share a very brief–two or three words–answer to this question, “What is your earliest memory of money?”
  • 10:30am Worship via Zoom (contact Anne for details on how to join the Zoom worship)
    • Lyle Miller from Everence will be our guest speaker.

Tuesday, August 18

  • 7:00pm Informal Zoom fellowship time (contact Anne for details on how to join the Zoom gathering)

Wednesday, August 19

  • Deadline for Photo Project Tiny Objects on August 26, not today
  • 7:00pm Zoom Bible Study on the Gospel of John, hosted by Ric (contact Anne for details on how to join the Zoom Bible Study)
    • August 19: John 10:1-39
    • August 26: John 10:40-12:11
    • September 2: John 12:12-50

Friday, August 21

  • 4:00-6:00pm Come-and-Go Women’s Coffee (contact Karen K. for details on how to join the Zoom gathering)

Sunday, August 23

  • 10:00am Zoom gathering time
  • 10:30am Worship via Zoom (contact Anne for details on how to join the Zoom worship)

Mennonite Church USA is encouraging people and congregations to focus on Immigration: Radical Hospitality by highlighting prayers, resources and ways to get involved in August and September. http://mennoniteusa.org/learn-pray-join-immigration-justice/

Race, Church & Change, a two-part panel discussion on racism led by Mennonite Church USA’s leadership team, has been viewed by thousands of viewers. Watch this important conversation by visiting http://mennoniteusa.org/leadership-development/webinars/

“Many of us are learning that silence supports an unjust status quo,” writes Bluffton professor emeritus J. Denny Weaver in his Scripture-based blog “On Protesting.” Read more: http://mennoniteusa.org/menno-snapshots/on-protesting/

The Women Doing Theology conference, which was scheduled to meet November 5-7, 2020, in Harrisonburg, Virginia, will not take place as an in-person gathering in the fall to prioritize everyone’s safety and wellbeing. Women in Leadership hopes to hold a series of online events instead, and a survey about this is coming for women in the church.

This week, Mennonite Church USA is launching a new user-friendly website! For the latest news, blogs, events, publications, resources and more from our denomination, visit mennoniteUSA.org. weather such as snow, rain, and heat. Enjoy God’s beautiful creation.

Share your 2020 experiences! Anabaptist History Today, a collaborative storytelling project supported by 16 Anabaptist archives and historical organizations, seeks your stories of living during these changing times. Upload videos, audio recordings, photos, journal entries, artwork, poetry and personal reflections at https://aht.libraryhost.com/s/archive/page/share-your-story

Are you interested in leading an equipping seminar at MennoCon21? Mennonite Church USA is seeking proposals for the upcoming biennial convention on July 6-10, 2021 in Cincinnati, Ohio. The deadline for submissions is October 10, 2020. For more information and to apply, visit https://convention.mennoniteusa.org/the-experience/worship-equipping-seminars/  (Download PPT here.

Hannah Heinzekehr of the Kroc Institute for International Peace Studies challenges other white Mennonites to do the hard work necessary to create “more just and equitable Mennonite spaces and processes,” in her blog, “The power and privilege in our midst.” Read more: http://mennoniteusa.org/menno-snapshots/power-privilege-in-our-midst/

Creation Care Tip of the Week

Spend Time Outside This Week

Take some time to appreciate the outdoors this week. Go for a walk, play with your kids, play sports, or go to the park. Find ways to enjoy challenging weather such as snow, rain, and heat. Enjoy God’s beautiful creation.

Use Gray Water

Gray water is water that has been used but is not necessarily contaminated.  You can use dishwashing water, hand washing water, and cooking water to water plants. There are even systems you can install now that allow you to make use of gray water more effectively.