Weekly Calendar

Rebecca KAnnouncements

As we emerge from the pandemic, NSMC will have one in-person/hybrid worship service per month on the second Sunday of the month. Our next in-person service will be Sunday, August 8 followed by a special in-person service on Sunday, August 29 for Ric’s retirement party.

Sunday, July 25

  • 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)

Tuesday, July 27

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

Wednesday, July 28

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

Friday, July 30

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

Sunday, August 1

  • 10:00am Zoom Fellowship time
  • 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)

Mark your calendar for a special occasion, Ric’s retirement party on Sunday, August 29. It will be our second in-person gathering during August. The worship service will be followed by a potluck and a special afternoon. More details to follow!

Glen Guyton, executive director of Mennonite Church USA, discusses his new book, “Reawakened”  and provides eight keys to help congregations develop the abilities they need to bring hope and healing to their communities. Watch the recorded webinar here: https://www.mennoniteusa.org/webinar-reawakened

During the COVID-19 pandemic, the Mennonite Worship and Song Committee released the Voices Together hymnal and many resources for in-person and virtual worship. Committee member Katie Graber looks at how we have been “Sharing in God’s story through our voices, together” through the last year. Read more here: https://www.mennoniteusa.org/sharing-gods-story-voicestogether

In his blog, “Church cash reserves: How much is enough or too much?” Beryl Jantzi of Everence explains why churches should consider building cash reserves for financial emergencies. https://www.mennoniteusa.org/church-cash-reserves

In the face of difficulty, is silence your natural response? Should it be? In June Mears Driedger’s blog, “Directed silence,” she shares her experience with the healing power of silence: https://www.mennoniteusa.org/directed-silence.

Overall, Sunday morning worship attendance has been slowly declining over the past few decades. How do we fix this problem, or do we even need to? Michele Hershberger discusses this topic in her blog, “There’s an elephant in the sanctuary.” https://www.mennoniteusa.org/elephant-in-the-sanctuary

Use Green Transportation 

How do you get from place to place?  Make a plan for how you can reduce your footprint. Does your city/town have public transportation? Are there places where you can walk or bike instead of drive? Make a commitment and plan to improve your transit carbon footprint.

Be a Catalyst

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.

Golden Rule

 “Do unto those downstream as you would have those upstream do unto you.” —Wendell Berry (and Jesus, Matthew 7:21). Pure gold. Practical advice.

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

If you are looking for a sign from God, this is it.