Weekly Calendar

Rebecca KAnnouncements

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

Sunday, March 28

  • 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 30

  • 7:00pm Zoom Gathering to discuss how we imagine the church going forward (contact Anne for details on how to join)
    • We are considering being “hybrid” in some way going forward. What might that look like? Would we meet every week in person? Would we meet in the Civic Center once a month, and have other forms of gathering at other times? Social groups? small groups? Outdoor worship? Mutual aid or other service?

Wednesday, March 31

  • 12:00pm Deadline for submission of photos for the photo essay
  • 7:00pm No Bible Study during Holy Week

Friday, April 2

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

Sunday, April 4

  • 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)

Join us this Palm Sunday as we pray a prayer for peacemaking, written by Pastor Amy Yoder McGloughlin of Frazer (Pennsylvania) Mennonite Church, as part of the “Learn, Pray, Join: Cost of War” initiative. Find the prayer and more information about the initiative here: https://www.mennoniteusa.org/cost-of-war 

The Thrive Church Planting Grant provides funds to new Mennonite Church USA (MC USA) church plants in the form of $5,000 renewable direct grants or coaching grants for MC USA church planters. The deadline to apply for the 2021 Thrive grant is August 1. Read more about the grant and the first two churches to receive it here: https://www.mennoniteusa.org/news/thrive-grants/

In the video “A Christ-like approach to leading polarized people,” author and teacher Brad Jersak shares how to lead in more genuine and Christ-like ways by demonstrating seven “radical” facets of faith. View the full video here: https://www.mennoniteusa.org/approach-polarized-people

In her blog, “An imperfect, inconsistent, pro-life witness for peace,” Carolyn Yoder explores how neuroscience may cause inconsistencies between nonviolent beliefs and behaviors. But despite these imperfections, we must persevere in our peacemaking. Read more: https://www.mennoniteusa.org/imperfect-inconsistent-witness

Can’t get enough of Mennonite Church USA’s (MC USA) news and blogs? Sign up for PeaceMail, a weekly email containing links to MC USA’s most up-to-date information! https://www.mennoniteusa.org/publications/

Donate to a Faith-Based Organization that Supports Care and Justice for God’s Creation

Our ecological crisis is a spiritual crisis. We are facing systems of greed and racism that require a moral response. Give to faith-based organizations that devote time and resources to caring for God’s creation. Consider becoming a monthly recurring donor, to help the organization build a strong, predictable grassroots funding base for their work. If you don’t yet contribute to Creation Justice Ministries, consider joining the #CreationJustice Monthly Giving program.

Washing Dishes

You can easily save energy, water, and time. Just run your dishwasher. Hand-washing dishes results in using more water (up to 27 gallons vs. 3 for the machine). Heating the water for those extra gallons is an unnecessary energy cost to your wallet and the environment. The dishwasher is also more hygienic because it heats the smaller amount of water to a degree your hands—and germs—can’t stand. In a year, a dishwasher saves about 5,000 gallons of heated water.

Start a Garden

With a hint of spring in the air, start a garden inside. If you can, involve children or grands in the endeavor, planting seeds in cups or pots. Copy and place the verse 1 Corinthians 3:6 by the pots. As you talk and work together, you will be growing not only food and flowers, but also a new generation that loves nature and wants to care for it—because you do! If need be, make showing your far-away young gardeners the progress of the plants a part of a weekly Zoom. 

What is the Largest Contributor to Climate Change?

The #1 contributor to climate change is the drastic increase in the last 70 years in greenhouse gases (carbon dioxide and methane) from the burning of fossil fuels (coal, oil, gas) for electricity, heat, and transportation. Drive less AND advocate for new laws at local, state, and federal levels that shift us to renewable energy sources.