Weekly Calendar

Rebecca K Announcements


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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 is this Sunday, August 8 followed by a special in-person service on Sunday, August 29 for Ric’s retirement party.

Sunday, August 8

  • 10:00am In-Person School Kit Assembly at the Civic Center (details below in NSMC Announcements)
  • 10:30am Hybrid Worship at Civic Center and Zoom (contact Anne for details on how to join, see Announcement below)
  • 12:00pm Potluck at the Civic Center
  • 6:00pm Cool Learning Experience’s Annual Celebration of Learning (details below)
  • 7:00pm NSMC Zoom Music Hour hosted by Jim (contact Anne for details on how to join)

Monday, August 9

  • 7:00pm Church Board meeting

Tuesday, August 10

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

Wednesday, August 11

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

Friday, August 13

  • 4:00pm Possible Zoom Women’s Coffee hosted by Patty (contact Patty to find out if there is one and for details on how to join)

Sunday, August 15

  • 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)

School Kit Assembly During Fellowship Time

Thanks again to Linda’s sewing and Patty and Linda’s shopping, we have all the ingredients to assemble another batch of school kits for distribution by MCC (Mennonite Central Committee, the relief and development arm of Anabaptist denominations) to children in different locations around the world.We will assemble school kits together during Fellowship this Sunday, 10:00 to 10:30 am.

August 8 Hybrid Service

After some consultation, our church Board recommends that our in-person gathering be with masks and judicious social distancing for fellowship and worship at the Libertyville Civic Center this Sunday. We will have live and recorded music as we are able, as well as communion and potluck, all with awareness of and caring for one another. 

We are taking these precautions as data show that the delta variant of the coronavirus is transmissible to a degree even among fully vaccinated people. We encourage you to determine what is best for you and to plan to join in whatever way you feel comfortable.

Ric’s Retirement Party

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!

You’re invited to Cool Learning Experience’s Annual Celebration of Learning on Sunday, August 8, at the First Baptist Church, 401 N. Genesee St. Waukegan, IL. (parking lot on 401 N. Sheridan Rd) beginning at 6:00 p.m.

The Celebration of Learning draws families, friends, and partners to watch the children showcase their summer discoveries.  Each class gives a unique presentation that enlightens and entertains the audience.  

As part of their capstone project, Career Pathways My Pathway (CPMP) students dress and act in their future career roles at a station they designed and created, giving mini-presentations about a subject related to their profession such as “How to Take the Fear Out of Flying,” “Nutritious Foods for Healthy Brains,” and “What To Do If You Get Stopped by the Police.” Along with their diplomas, resumes, and business cards, our youth show they are earning their credentials as they start their pathways to future careers!

This event is free and open to our family and friends.

To learn more and RSVP, please email coollearningexperience@gmail.com or call (847) 707-4544.

At the close of MennoCon21, Glen Guyton, executive director of Mennonite Church USA, announced the new theme for this biennium: “Be Transformed.” Read more about what Guyton had to say here: https://www.mennoniteusa.org/news/guyton-call-for-change.

A new video from Mennonite Church USA  shows how the Justice Fund is supporting peace and justice work across the denomination through mutual aid. See how Justice Fund grants are helping  congregations dismantle racism, uplift the oppressed and promote peace: https://www.mennoniteusa.org/justice-fund-video.

It is too easy for churches to adopt traditions and policies that pull us away from our foundation. In his blog, “The Rock,” Mennonite Church USA Executive Director Glen Guyton urges readers to “set our feet firmly on the rock that is Jesus.” Read his blog here: https://www.mennoniteusa.org/menno-snapshots/the-rock/.

In his blog, “The hyphenated Anabaptist and the hyphenated college,” Brad Kohlman explains that in Mennonite colleges, it is common to find students who come from other church traditions. He shares how being able to marry people’s faith traditions with their Anabaptist education creates value for the church and the individual’s faith formation. Read more of Kohlman’s thoughts here: https://www.mennoniteusa.org/hyphenated-anabaptist-college/.

Use Gray Water

Gray water is water that has been used but is not necessarily contaminated.  You can use dish washing water, hand washing water, and cooking water to water plants. There are even systems you can install now that allow you to make use of gray water more effectively. 

Leaving Your Mark

You are leaving your mark on planet Earth. Check out this fun and informative carbon footprint calculator. With the resulting benchmark and the helpful tips the website provides, you can choose ways to live more lightly.

Be a Good Steward

God’s prophet, Isaiah, long ago connected the state of the earth with actions of the people: “The earth dries up and withers… The earth lies polluted under its inhabitants; for they have transgressed laws, violated statutes, broken the everlasting covenant” (Isaiah 24:4-5). Renew your part of the covenant with God to be a good steward. 

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

John was a blogger and that’s the gospel truth.