As we emerge from the pandemic, NSMC will have one in-person worship service per month on the second Sunday of the month.
Saturday, June 5
- 1:00-3:00pm Blessing Bag Packing Party hosted by Faith
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)
Tuesday, June 8
- 7:00pm Zoom Informal Gathering (contact Anne for details on how to join)
Wednesday, June 9
- 7:00pm Bible Study led by Ric (contact Anne for details on how to join)
Friday, June 11
- 4:00pm Women’s Coffee hosted by Patty (contact Patty for details on how to join)
Saturday, June 12
- 8:00am Men’s Breakfast (contact Kenton for details on how to join)
Sunday, June 13 at the Civic Center
- 10:00am Fellowship time at the Civic Center
- 10:30am In-Person Worship at the Civic Center
- 12:00pm Potluck at the Civic Center
- 7:00pm NSMC Zoom Music Hour hosted by Jim (contact Anne for details on how to join)
Women’s Breakfast Returns!
The women of NSMC will have an in-person breakfast on Saturday, June 19, 8:00am, at Egg Harbor Restaurant, 125 Lake Street, Libertyville. No RSVP needed.
Civic Center Worship Service on June 13
Since we have been vaccinated, NSMC will have its first in-person worship service on Sunday, June 13. Fellowship time begins at 10:00am and worship with communion starts at 10:30am. We will share a potluck meal together following the worship service
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.
Mark your calendar for these upcoming in-person worship services: 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 has announced the list of in-person and online equipping seminars for youth and adults for this year’s hybrid MennoCon21 convention, to be held July 6-10 in Cincinnati, Ohio, and online. Learn more here: https://www.mennoniteusa.org/seminars-mennocon21
Glen Guyton, the executive director of Mennonite Church USA, has partnered with Dove’s Nest to help churches keep children and youth safe. For tips, resources and to learn more about Guyton’s work with Dove’s Nest, read this news release: https://www.mennoniteusa.org/keep-boys-safe
Mennonite Church USA responded to a proposed resolution from South Central Mennonite Conference (SCMC), calling for the dissolution of the conference. SCMC delegates will vote on the resolution at their assembly in July. “Our prayers are with the communities and people of SCMC,” said Glen Guyton, executive director of MC USA. Learn more here: https://www.mennoniteusa.org/responds-scmc-proposal
When life gets hard, it is difficult to find the peace. In her blog, “Feel the Peace,” Ana Alicia Hinojosa, who will be the July 6 worship speaker at MennoCon21, reflects on her conference topic by grappling with where the peace goes when everything feels like it is falling apart. https://www.mennoniteusa.org/menno-snapshots/feel-the-peace/
Retired Mennonite Church USA Executive Board staff member Carol Epp passed away April 24. Menno Snapshots re-shared the blog “Remembering Carol Epp: A Reflection on Her Service” as a tribute to her many years of service. Read it here: https://www.mennoniteusa.org/menno-snapshots/remembering-carol-epp/
Honor World Oceans Day Tuesday, June 8, 2021
It’s Time for Fireflies
Summer is firefly time. You might call them lightning bugs, but either term summons images that delight. Fireflies flash to attract mates. However, with so much artificial light at night, they can’t see each other. If they can’t mate, they can’t make more fireflies. We humans need to turn out our lights so their light can shine. Find out more and what else you can do at firefly-botany-girl.hub.arcgis.com.
Share Your Love of God’s Creation
When people lose touch with nature, caring about creation isn’t a priority. To help people rediscover God’s gift, one woman opens her farm for wildflower walks; another persuaded her church to sponsor a VBS in a wetlands area. Take your children or grandchildren to natural settings; have them invite a friend.
A little bit of humor from actual church signs, courtesy of Jim—
Social distancing does not apply to God.