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. In addition, to celebrate Ric’s retirement, we will have an in-person service on Sunday, August 29 followed by a potluck.

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)

Tuesday, August 24

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

Wednesday, August 25

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

Friday, August 27

  • 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 29

  • 10:00am In-Person Fellowship at the Civic Center
  • 10:30am Hybrid Worship (contact Anne for details on how to join on Zoom)
  • 12:00pm Potluck
  • 1:00pm Ric’s Retirement Celebration
  • 7:00pm NSMC Zoom Music Hour hosted by Jim (contact Anne for details on how to join)

September 12 Joint Worship Service

Mark your calendar for a joint worship service with CCMC on Sunday, September 12. Details forthcoming.

Michelle Armster was one of two women awarded the Mennonite Church USA #BringThePeace award in its inaugural year. Read about her journey as a peacebuilder in this interview transcript: https://www.mennoniteusa.org/interview-michelle-armster.

MennoMedia, Mennonite Church USA and Mennonite Church Canada recently partnered to create a two-part webinar that explored how to decenter whiteness, be more inclusive and promote anti-racism in worship, through the resources provided in Voices Together. Read more and find the links to the webinar in Katie Graber’s blog, “Webinar to explore Voices Together, worship and anti-racism.” https://www.mennoniteusa.org/webinar-vt-antiracismand why she thinks the curriculum is important. Read more here: https://www.mennoniteusa.org/working-on-ltw.

Pastors Amy Yoder McGloughlin, of Frazer Mennonite Church, and Joanne Gallardo, of Berkey Avenue Mennonite Fellowship, led a seminar, titled “Practical Steps To Becoming a Welcoming Congregation” at MennoCon21. Read more for tips on welcoming LGBTQ people into church fellowship: https://www.mennoniteusa.org/practical-welcoming-congregation.

In her blog, “Celebration and Lament,” Debbie Bledsoe celebrates the positive experiences that she has had as a queer woman in Mennonite Church USA. She also laments the fact that not all queer folks have had such a positive experience with the church. Read her blog here:  https://www.mennoniteusa.org/celebration-lament

Honor the Season of Creation September 1-October 5

Beginning with the World Day of Prayer for the Care of Creation on September 1 and ending with St. Francis Day on October 4, the Season of Creation is a time-set-apart to express gratitude for God’s good creation, care for creation, and call for justice. Learn more at www.seasonofcreation.org 

The Next Generation

Lead the next generation to love nature. Create a scavenger hunt or play I Spy that is age-appropriate for your children, grandchildren, or neighborhood children. Invite them to observe and wonder. Add a sketch pad and colored pencils or allow them to use phone cameras to document their treasures from the day. Talk about God’s call to us to take care of creation.

Vegetable Peelings

Don’t throw away the peelings or tops of your veggies. Freeze them and when you have a good stash, cook them for veggie broth or stock for nutritious soups and other homemade goodies. Find out how here. Strain the broth and compost any solids or just put them in dirt outside. Food waste is the #3 culprit in damaging the environment.

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

Jesus was an undocumented refugee.