Weekly Calendar

Rebecca KAnnouncements

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

Saturday, March 13

  • 8:00am Men’s Breakfast (contact Kenton for details on how to join)

Sunday, March 14

  • 10:00am Zoom gathering time
  • 10:30am Worship via Zoom (contact Anne for details on how to join the Zoom worship)
  • 7:00pm NSMC Music Hour hosted by Jim (contact Anne for details on how to join)

Tuesday, March 16

  • 7:00pm Zoom Gathering to discuss the question “How do we envision ourselves going forward?” (contact Anne for details on how to join)

Wednesday, March 17

  • 12:00pm No deadline for photos because Chuck and Meg have the week off
  • 7:00pm Bible Study led by Ric (contact Anne for details on how to join the Bible Study)

Friday, March 19

  • 4:00pm Women’s Coffee hosted by Patty (contact Patty for details on how to join)

Sunday, March 21

  • 10:00am Zoom gathering time
  • 10:30am Worship via Zoom (contact Anne for details on how to join the Zoom worship)
  • 7:00pm NSMC Music Hour hosted by Jim (contact Anne for details on how to join)

Cyneatha Millsaps, co-pastor of Prairie Street Mennonite Church in Indiana and executive director of Mennonite Women USA, explains that, for some, including her niece, the military offers peace in ways that civilian life does not. How then, should the church respond? Read “When military creates peace” for Millsaps’ thoughts on the matter. https://www.mennoniteusa.org/military-peace

Join Mennonite Church USA’s Iris de León-Hartshorn and Frank Scoffield of Pasadena Mennonite Church as they interview author Felipe Hinojosa about his new book, Apostles of Change, in a webinar March 17 at 7 p.m. (ET).Hinojosa will share stories about how Latino activists transformed churches into staging grounds for protests against urban renewal and displacement. Spanish interpretation provided. Register by March 16 here: https://www.mennoniteusa.org/webinar-hinojosa

Due to uncertainty around COVID-19 gathering restrictions, the 2021 Mennonite Church USA Delegate Assembly will meet virtually this year on July 10 with a limited agenda, following the conclusion of MennoCon21. Decisions about church statement resolutions will be postponed until a future in-person session. Read more here: https://www.mennoniteusa.org/21-da. En español: https://www.mennoniteusa.org/delegados-21

Mennonite Church USA has awarded its first round of grants from the Justice Fund, a mutual aid fund that supports congregations working to address racial justice, poverty, immigration and police brutality in their local communities. Read more about the first recipients and how to get involved here: https://www.mennoniteusa.org/first-justice-fund-grants.

What does the word “Lord” mean to you? Is it a title? Is it a synonym for God? Is it gendered? Is it oppressive? Read about how decisions about the word “Lord” were made in the Voices Together hymnal in Sarah Kathleen Johnson’s blog, “Lord as a metaphor for God in the Voices Together hymnal.” https://www.mennoniteusa.org/lord-voices-together

In their blog, “God’s kingdom: A legacy of kinship amid legacies of war,” authors Jennifer Hernandez and Frank Scoffield Sánchez reflect on the 500-year war that is waging against the Latin American people and the hope they have in the migrants that are banding together to represent the kingdom of God. https://www.mennoniteusa.org/kinship-amid-war/

Turn Off the Lights When Not in Use

If you’re not in the room, the light doesn’t need to be on. Leave yourself post-its to help you remember to flip the switch off when you leave the room. You can even consider installing automatic timers for the lights in your home.

Shop Organic

Research has proven pesticides and other chemicals used in industrial farming are not good for us or the planet. In contrast, organic farmers don’t pollute the air or groundwater. They protect pollinators and livestock, and they are making inroads toward changing farming practices for the better. When you buy from them, you support them and the earth that feeds us.

Donate So They Can Succeed

With COVID and other life circumstances, we cannot always do all that we see is needed for creation justice. However, nonprofit organizations are still at work. Are you concerned about environmental justice, the need for trees, care for oceans, safe habitats for endangered species? Browse the internet for groups that have boots on the ground. Donate so they can succeed in caring for God’s planet and people.