Weekly Calendar

Rebecca K Announcements

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

Sunday, April 18

  • 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, April 20

  • 7:00pm Zoom Gathering to discuss how we imagine the church going forward (contact Anne for details on how to join)

Wednesday, April 21

  • 12:00pm No deadline this week; Shades of Red submissions due April 28
  • 7:00pm Bible Study led by Ric (contact Anne for details on how to join)

Friday, April 23

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

Sunday, April 25

  • 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)

From Sheena Johnson–

Join us Saturday, April 24 from 8-4 for Menno Haven’s Spring Work Day! Come volunteer, meet others that love camp, and enjoy a meal. For more information, talk to Anne, see the attached flyer, or go to mennohaven.com/work-day where you can also sign up to attend. We’d love to see you here!

Pastor Jon Carlson of Forest Hills (Pennsylvania) Mennonite Church has been nominated as Mennonite Church USA moderator-elect for the 2021-2023 biennium. Read more here: 
https://www.mennoniteusa.org/carlson-elect 

Hendy Matahelemaul sheds light on the dramatic increase in hate crimes and acts of racism against Asians in the United States in his blog, “Difficult things in difficult times.” Learn more here: https://www.mennoniteusa.org/difficult-things-times

In her blog, “Let us lay down our economic weapons,” Katerina Parsons explains the impact that U.S. economic sanctions have on the people in the countries that have experienced these sanctions. Parsons calls us to advocate against these sanctions, in order put our love for people around the world into action. https://www.mennoniteusa.org/economic-weapons

As a young man, Alfonso Alvarado dreamt of leaving his home in El Salvador and moving to the United States. Read about his journey, which led him to become a pastor and church planter at a Mennonite church in “Beyond that ocean is North America.” In English: https://www.mennoniteusa.org/menoticias-alfonso-alvarado/ En español: https://www.mennoniteusa.org/menoticias/posts/alfonso-alvarado/.

Observe Earth Day Sunday on April 25, 2021 

​This year is the 50th anniversary of Earth Day! Make use of the Earth Day Sunday resource developed annually by Creation Justice Ministries. This year’s theme is “The Fierce Urgency of Now” and is all about how to live faithfully in urgent times. This year’s theme is “Environmental Racism, Public Health, & Eco-Justice” and past years can be found through www.earthdaysunday.org. 

Earth Day Scavenger Hunt

Go on an Earth Day (April 22) scavenger hunt with your family. Take a hike/walk in a park or just in the neighborhood. The area doesn’t have to be big. Give each person, even the youngest, a list of 22 items in nature to find. Adapt the level of difficulty by age. Ask the youngest to find a rock, but older ones can find a rock the size of a fist or one that has red in it, for example. Create teams or just help each other. Have fun! Talk about God’s good gift of nature.

Be a Catalyst for Change

Individual actions won’t be enough to stop our environmental crisis, but your actions can be a catalyst for change. Every dollar you spend (or don’t), every contact you make (or don’t) with policymakers, every conversation with family, friends, or colleagues sends a message to the market, to the legislature, to others about their actions. Be faithful in your creation justice efforts.