Weekly Calendar

rebecca 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. Our next in-person service is Sunday, September 12.

Saturday, August 14

  • 8:00am Women’s In-Person Breakfast, Egg Harbor Café, 125 Lake St., Libertyville

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)

Tuesday, August 17

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

Wednesday, August 18

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

Friday, August 20

  • 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 22

  • 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)

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!

Mennonite Church USA awarded its first ever #BringThePeace award to Dona Park and Michelle Armster. This award honors peacebuilders and is sponsored by the Church Peace Tax Fund. Read more about the recipients and watch a short video about the award here: https://www.mennoniteusa.org/bringthepeace-honorees

Regina Shands Stoltzfus was one of the women responsible for putting Mennonite Church USA’s “Laboring Toward Wholeness” anti-patriarchy curriculum together. In her blog, she describes what it was like to be part of this team and why she thinks the curriculum is important. Read more here: https://www.mennoniteusa.org/working-on-ltw.

In his blog, “The Bible and Christian nationalism,” Drew Strait discusses how to identify Christian nationalism and some of its root causes. He also provides four ways to begin moving past it. Read more here: https://www.mennoniteusa.org/bible-christian-nationalism.

Iris de León-Hartshorn, associate executive director of Mennonite Church USA, shares her reflection on this biennium’s theme — Be Transformed — in her blog “Transforming as becoming.” Read how she views transformation as a continual movement here: https://www.mennoniteusa.org/transforming-as-becoming.formation. Read more of Kohlman’s thoughts here: https://www.mennoniteusa.org/hyphenated-anabaptist-college/.

Spend Time Outside This Week

Take some time to appreciate the outdoors this week. Go for a walk, play sports, or go to the park. Find ways to enjoy challenging weather such as snow, rain, and heat. Enjoy God’s beautiful creation. 

Plastic-Free Packages

Ask to have your packages shipped plastic-free. Activate live-chat and request that your order and all future ones come without the single-use plastic that envelops our habitat and harms life for all. Amazon is one company that provides the service.

Carbon Offsets for Travel

Planning a vacation? Traveling with family or friends has benefits and one big downside. Whether you drive or fly, the CO2 emissions damage the planet. 

Buy a carbon offset from onetreeplanted.org. For every dollar you contribute, they will plant a tree, which is one of God’s antidotes to our emissions. Check out more offset options.

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

God expects spiritual fruit, not religious nuts.