Weekly Calendar

Rebecca K Announcements

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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)

Thursday, September 23

  • 7:00pm Bible Study (contact Anne for info on how to join)

Sunday, September 26

  • 9:30am Hybrid worship (In person plus Zoom)
  • 10:30am Hybrid Fellowship time
  • 11:00am Hybrid NSMC Congregational Meeting
  • 12:00pm Sack Lunch (not a potluck)
  • 7:00pm Zoom NSMC Music Hour (contact Jim for details on how to join)

NSMC is part of the Supportive Communities Network (SCN), a program of the Brethren Mennonite Council (BMC) for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Interests. It is a network of Mennonite and Church of the Brethren communities who are publically affirming of gay, lesbian, transgender, and bisexual members.

BMC is presenting a two-part series on “Welcoming Gender Expansive Children,” beginning on Thursday, September 23 and concluding on September 30. The series will be led by Kristen Freed, an Early Childhood Educator from Winnipeg who works with families who are new residents in Canada. The series will explore the meaning of gender, gender development in children, pressures to conform with gender norms, and ways to support gender expansive children within our families and congregations. The second session will include a panel of parents. 

Interested individuals may register via this link or by contacting the BMC director Carol Wise at cwise.bmc@gmail.com.

The Mennonite Church USA Executive Board will be meeting in Dallas, Texas, Sept. 23-25. Pray for the Executive Board this weekend, as they make important decisions that affect the denomination.nt_access.

This Tuesday, Sept. 21, Shana Peachy Boshart and other leaders from across the denomination will lead a Faith Formation Roundtable on the topic, “Staying connected with your college students.” Join this event for a time of time of community and collaboration. Register here: https://forms.gle/Q1cyAgPDWe9T6dVg8.

After six months of searching for a new executive director, the Mennonite Education Agency Board of Directors suspended the search and agreed to collaborate with the Mennonite Church USA Executive Board to share leadership staff. Learn more here: https://www.mennoniteusa.org/news/mea-suspends-executive-director-search-pursues-collaboration-with-mc-usa-executive-board/.Vg8.

Brood X cicadas emerged across much of the East Coast and Midwest early this summer and revealed their transformative nature. Camille Dager explains how she has witnessed the transformation of the cicadas and Mennonite Church USA members, in her blog, “Be transformed … and hard to ignore.” https://www.mennoniteusa.org/menno-snapshots/be-transformedand-hard-to-ignore/

When Bonnie Miller found out her firstborn child had a physical disability, she quickly realized that her church, which she once thought was accessible, had one major obstacle: the steps leading to the stage. Read about how the church came together to find a way to make the stage accessible to all and how it impacted the community, in Miller’s blog, “Accessibility benefits everybody.” https://www.mennoniteusa.org/menno-snapshots/accessibility-benefits-everybody/

Track Your Use of Paper and Disposable Products 

This week, watch how often you use paper plates, disposable utensils and straws. See which of those items you can replace with reusable Tupperware and flatware that you can take with you. You can keep this in your car, purse, or backpack to use at a moment’s notice.

Consider Using LEDs

The cost of energy-saving LED lights has dropped significantly. It’s time to drop any resistance to changing out the old bulbs for LEDs. A Methodist church in Franklin, TN saves the equivalent of 50 tons of carbon dioxide not polluting the air—and $12,000 annually. Churches, businesses, and homes can save dollars and the planet.

Let Your Lawmakers Know

Urge local, state, and federal lawmakers to act on behalf of the Earth. You may not know the details of a particular bill, but you can speak as a person of faith. Describe your vision of what is needed and ask those in power to support what you value.

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

Don’t let worry kill you. Let the church help.