Weekly Calendar

Rebecca K Announcements

Because of the pandemic, NSMC will not meet at the Civic Center for worship until further notice.

Sunday, May 30

  • 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, June 1

  • 7:00pm Zoom Informal Gathering (contact Anne for details on how to join)

Wednesday, June 2

  • 7:00pm Bible Study led by Ric (contact Anne for details on how to join)

Friday, June 4

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

Saturday, June 5

  • 1:00-3:00pm Blessing Bag Packing Party hosted by Faith (RSVP by May 29)

Sunday, June 6

  • 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)

Civic Center Worship Services

From Anne–

Our Board has agreed that we can begin to gather in person safely since we have been vaccinated! We will gather on the Second Sundays of June, July, August and September, beginning with Sunday, June 13. Fellowship at 10 am and Worship with communion at 10:30 am will be followed by potluck together!

We encourage you to attend as you feel most comfortable, with a mask and with distancing, if you prefer. Singing when fully vaccinated has been shown to be safe. Eating together is also safe for vaccinated people.

Our earlier congregational feedback indicated a preference for hybrid services, with both in-person and remote options available, but we are not yet certain on how that will unfold. Look for additional information on that as June 13 approaches.

As I look back on this past year I am grateful that we have been able to be gathered well in Jesus’ name via Zoom. I am also deeply grateful for all who have done so much to care for individuals and families, to protect ourselves and others with masks and distancing, and for all the scientists and others who have developed and distributed these vaccines so quickly. Let us continue to pray that vaccine production and distribution becomes a focused, world-wide effort and that we learn how to care for one another as a global people.

Mark your calendar for these in-person worship services: June 13, July 11, August 8, September 12.

Upcoming Congregational Team Needs

As we anticipate Ric’s retirement from pastoral ministry, our Board has discerned our need for three teams going forward to share in decision-making and guidance in the following areas. We urge you to prayerfully consider your willingness and ability to assist in one or more of these needs.
1) Advance Planning Team: Anne + 2 others, beginning July, 2021. Collaborate to identify and communicate with guest speakers, attend to collaborative opportunities with other Mennonite congregations as they unfold, attune to the congregation for Christian formation topics, identify gifts, interests and needs of the congregation, collaborate with longer term worship planning, or some portion of the above. Meetings: monthly, via Zoom 

2) Pastoral Search Team: Board member + at least 2 others, beginning this summer, 2021. Facilitate the search process for a teaching pastor, possibly in collaboration with CCMC of Schaumburg, through Illinois Mennonite Conference and MC USA. Since the Schaumburg congregation has already been in a search process, the process may be shortened for us.

3) Advisory Giving Team: Board member + 2 others, beginning in 2022. Make recommendations to the Board for disbursement of income from investments initiated this year.

Thank you for your willingness to consider where you might serve in these needed spots!

Mennonite Church USA (MC USA) has updated its ministerial misconduct file-sharing policy to allow MC USA agencies to request misconduct files on any credentialed leaders they are considering hiring for paid or volunteer positions. Find out what went into this policy change here: https://www.mennoniteusa.org/news/mc-usa-updates-misconduct-policy/

Jen Helmuth Shenk felt the need to deepen her spiritual walk, so she began meeting with a spiritual director. Read about Shenk’s journey – from being a stay-at-home mom, to a photographer, to a pastor – in Evan J. Miller’s blog, “Where God’s Spirit is Already at Work.” https://www.mennoniteusa.org/menno-snapshots/gods-spirit-already-at-work/

Tim Nafziger reflects on the power of stories in fighting against militarism in his blog, “The Courageous, Vulnerable, Improbable Story of Peace.” The blog is part of Mennonite Church USA’s Learn, Pray, Join: Cost of War initiative. Read more about Nafziger’s story here: https://www.mennoniteusa.org/menno-snapshots/courageous-story-peace/

Authors Elain Enns and Ched Myers shared a presentation based on their new book, “Healing Haunted Histories: A Settler Discipleship of Decolonization” in a recorded webinar from Mennonite Church USA. View it here: https://www.mennoniteusa.org/webinars/

Research How Your Community Regulates Waste

Each city or town has their own trash, recycling, and compost system.  What is the system where you live? Regulations change frequently so take some time today to update yourself.  Here are some questions for you to find the answers:

  • Does my town/city have recycling curbside pick up or do I take it to the recycling center?
  • What can I throw in the recycling bin?  Do I throw plastics, paper, glass, and aluminum together or do I seperate them? 
  • Does my city/town have a curbside composting program?
  • Can  I compost in my own backyard?

Plastic Shower Curtains

Plastic shower curtains quickly become grimy and moldy. The answer—toss and buy a new plastic one—they’re cheap? Not so! They have a high cost to your health and give off toxic chemicals as you shower. They then leak toxins in landfills—a high cost to the environment. Switch to an eco-friendly cotton, linen, hemp, or bamboo shower curtain and occasionally toss it in the laundry occasionally. Better for you and for Earth.

Speak Up

The Word of God leads us, and we can lead by our words. With the guidance of Scripture, we can speak up for creation justice in our circles of influence (family, friends, congregation, work, school) and even outside our comfort zones. The Holy Spirit gives us the words we need. People listen to those they trust.

A little bit of humor from actual church signs, courtesy of Jim

Tweet others as you would like to be tweeted.