Weekly Calendar

Rebecca K Announcements

Sunday, September 12

  • 10:00am In-person Worship with CCMC at Heron Creek Forest Preserve, Shelter A.
    • Worship includes “worshipful work” of sharing our respective stories and goals
    • Pastoral Search Team leads discussion; notes on this discussion will be shared via email shortly after the shared gathering time
    • Picnic/Sack Lunch: NO potluck
  • 7:00pm Zoom NSMC Music Hour (contact Jim for details on how to join)

Wednesday, September 15

  • 12:00pm Deadline for submissions for photo essay, Next to Me

Sunday, September 19 with New Schedule

  • 9:30am Zoom Peace worship (contact Anne for details on how to join)
    • Second shared conversation about pastoral search exploration
  • 10:30am Zoom Fellowship time
  • 11:00am Zoom Sermon discussion
  • 7:00pm Zoom NSMC Music Hour (contact Jim for details on how to join)

Upcoming Worship Services

Several changes are happening in the month of September. On September 12, we will gather at the Heron Creek Forest Preserve, Shelter A, for a joint worship service with CCMC (Christ Community Mennonite Church). This gathering will be a chance to get to know each other. If you are unable to attend, there will be notes taken that will be shared with the congregation. In addition, please bring a picnic or sack lunch. There will not be a potluck meal for safety reasons.

On September 19, we will have a Zoom worship service with a new schedule. Worship begins at 9:30am with a fellowship time following. At 11:00am, we will have Christian Formation in the form of a sermon discussion.

On September 26, we will have a hybrid service (in person at the Civic Center and online via Zoom). As a part of this day, we will discuss our pastoral profile and have a congregational meeting at 11am. Please bring a sack lunch for yourself because there will not be a potluck.

Bible Study

The Wednesday evening Bible Study will be moving to Thursday evenings starting on September 23.

The MennoCon21 convention planning team has extended virtual content access until September 30! You can purchase access to all MennoCon21 virtual content for $25, here: https://mcusa.formstack.com/forms/mennocon21_virtual_content_access.

The South Central Mennonite Conference (SCMC) resolutions to dissolve the conference and to terminate its membership with Mennonite Church USA (MC USA) both failed. While SCMC will remain an MC USA conference, they are still struggling with differences on LGBTQ inclusion and the benefits of affiliation with the denomination. Read more about the SCMC delegate assembly here: https://www.mennoniteusa.org/news/scmc-resolutions-fail/.

Join Shana Peachey Boshart and other pastors and leaders from across the denomination at the Faith Formation Roundtable this Tuesday, Sept. 14. This week’s roundtable topic is “Intergenerational Summer Worship: How did it go?” Registration is required for this event, so please register here: https://forms.gle/Q1cyAgPDWe9T6dVg8.

Since he was a teenager, Duncan Smith has been inspired by the Sermon on the Mount. Read about how the Matthew 5-7 have affected his faith journey here: https://www.mennoniteusa.org/menno-snapshots/be-transformed-by-the-sermon-on-the-mount/.

Food can be a way that we care for others and ourselves. In her blog, “Food and nutrition advice,” dietician Ingrid Friesen Moser shares how she came to love cooking and gives advice on how to prepare healthy meals. https://www.mennoniteusa.org/menno-snapshots/food-and-nutrition-advice/.

Is it healthy for Christians to get angry? What can we learn from Jesus’ anger? Linda Gehman Peachey explores what it means for a Christian to express anger and grief in healthy ways in her blog, “Tending my anger and grief.” Read more here: https://www.mennoniteusa.org/menno-snapshots/tending-my-anger-and-grief/.

Invest in Green Arts and Crafts Supplies

Do you or the kids in your life enjoy art? Buy recycled paper and products for projects. Nature is another great way to find art supplies. Twigs, leaves, and flowers are excellent for art projects. The recycling bin can also be great place for creative minds to find materials.

Take Care of Water

Water is life, yet many waterways are choking with pollution. In Hackettstown (NJ), a group of United Methodist men worked with a local watershed association to remove 40 bags of trash, plus discarded tires and bedsprings. They then planted 100 trees and bushes along the edge of the river. As a church, plan a day to give some TLC to a waterway nearby. 

School Days and Pollution

500,000 school days missed annually by U.S. children are due to pollution from burning fossil fuels. Sick children mean parents miss work. Missing work often means no wages or even job loss. People who live closest to toxin-spewing plants pay a heavier price than those who have resources to live elsewhere. Justice requires action to stop air pollution.

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

Try our new pumpkin-spiced sermons! Ok, not really. But stop in. We don’t bite.