Weekly Calendar

Rebecca K Announcements

As we emerge from the pandemic, NSMC will have one in-person/hybrid worship service per month on the second Sunday of the month.

Saturday, June 12

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

Sunday, June 13

  • 10:00am Fellowship time at the Civic Center
  • 10:30am In-Person Worship at the Civic Center. Use the Zoom worship link if you prefer to attend via Zoom. We encourage you to attend as you feel most comfortable, with a mask and with distancing, if you prefer.
  • 12:00pm Potluck at the Civic Center
  • 7:00pm NSMC Zoom Music Hour hosted by Jim (contact Anne for details on how to join)

Tuesday, June 15

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

Wednesday, June 16

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

Friday, June 18

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

Saturday, June 19

  • 8:00am In-Person Women’s Breakfast, Egg Harbor Café, 125 Lake Street, Libertyville. No RSVP needed.

Sunday, June 20

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

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 released a new Bible-based curriculum, entitled “Laboring Toward Wholeness: A Training on Dismantling Patriarchy.” It addresses the history and impact of systemic patriarchy — and looks at how God calls followers to respond through an intersectional lens. Learn more here: https://www.mennoniteusa.org/news/dismantling-patriarchy-curriculum/

For the first time, Mennonite Church USA is hosting a hybrid convention on July 6-10, 2021. MennoCon21 participants may choose between attending in person in Cincinnati, Ohio, or virtually via Pheedloop, an interactive, online event platform. Learn more about MennoCon21 virtual offerings here: https://www.mennoniteusa.org/mennocon21-virtual-opportunity/

Jon Carlson will be the July 9 worship speaker for MennoCon21, Mennonite Church USA’s biennial convention. Carlson reflects on his conference topic, “Trust the Peace,” through his experience with trust in the Mennonite church, in this blog: https://www.mennoniteusa.org/menno-snapshots/trust-the-peace/

In his blog, “An Afro-Latina Who Refused to be Made Invisible,” Mennonite Church USA’s Chief Communications Officer Wil LaVeist reflects on his mother’s life and her Afro-Latina heritage. Despite the racism that she, and countless other Afro-Latino people have experienced, she persisted and proudly represented her culture. Read more here: https://www.mennoniteusa.org/refused-to-be-made-invisible

Watch a Documentary on Creation Care and/or Environmental Justice

Some examples include faith-based films such as Behold the Earth and Renewal, as well as other educational films such as The Story of Stuff.  Learn something new, and make a commitment to yourself to make a positive change in your life. 

How to Address Climate Justice

Three big threes: 1) Carbon dioxide, methane, and nitrous oxide make up greenhouse gas emissions; 2) emissions, deforestation, and food waste (systems and personal) are top contributors to climate change; 3) viewing life through the lens of climate justice, making changes both large and small, and speaking up to others are key to addressing the problems. What you do matters.

Purchase Organic Food

The few extra cents you pay at the grocery support farmers who avoid using the synthetic pesticides, herbicides, and fertilizers that have been proven to deplete the soil. Organic farmers also refuse to subject their livestock to antibiotics and growth hormones. Organic farming practices are healthier for soil, livestock, and for those who eat the food. 

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

Whoever stole our AC units, keep one. It is hot where you’re going.