Weekly Calendar

Rebecca K Announcements

Sunday, September 26

  • 9:30am Hybrid worship (In person plus Zoom)
    • Message topic: Hope in These Times
  • 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)

Thursday, September 30

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

Saturday, October 2

  • 8:00am Menno Haven Fall Work Day
  • 9:00am Biking the Des Plaines River Trail (contact Carrie for info)

Sunday, October 3

  • 9:30am Zoom worship (contact Anne for details on how to join)
    • Intro to Creation Season
    • Message topic: Love not Guilt
  • 10:30am Zoom Fellowship time
  • 11:00am Zoom Sermon discussion
  • 7:00pm Zoom NSMC Music Hour (contact Jim for details on how to join)

Congregational Meeting

Plan to join us this Sunday, September 26, at 11:00am for a congregational meeting about our pastoral search. Anne has sent out materials to read ahead of time, so if you need copies, please contact her.

In a collaborative effort with Mennonite Church USA (MC USA) Executive Board, the Mennonite Education Agency (MEA) Board of Directors has named Michael Danner the new executive director of MEA. Danner will continue to serve in his role as the associate executive director of Church Vitality, in addition to this new responsibility. Read more here: https://www.mennoniteusa.org/news/danner-named-mea-executive-director-in-collaborative-agreement-with-mc-usa/.

Join the denomination-wide “CommonRead.” Mennonite Church USA, Mennonite Church Canada and Herald Press are partnering to encourage every Mennonite to read carefully selected books to equip the church during this time. This fall, the CommonRead book is “Tongue-Tied: Learning the Lost Art of Talking About Faith” by Sara Wenger Shenk. Learn more here: https://www.mennomedia.org/commonread/.

The Faith Formation ministry of Mennonite Church USA, led by six youth and children’s ministers, developed a card deck to encourage families to share their thoughts and feelings together, as well as grow in their faith. Learn more about this new resource and buy your own pack here: https://www.mennoniteusa.org/news/mennonite-church-usa-faith-formation-ministry-releases-devotional-card-deck/.

Jason Kauffman, in his blog, “Putting in the work to be transformed,” shares about his journey toward a healthier lifestyle and how it relates to his faith. Read more here: https://www.mennoniteusa.org/menno-snapshots/putting-in-the-work-to-be-transformed/.

Because of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, some churches are still worshiping virtually via Zoom, while others are taking precautions that limit traditional methods of worship. In her recent blog, “How can we worship without singing?” Anneli Loepp Thiessen shares several ideas for how congregations can worship without using their voices. Find her ideas here: https://www.mennoniteusa.org/menno-snapshots/how-can-we-worship-without-singing/.

Looking for a New Book? Check Out Your Local Library.

Instead of buying your own copy, check out your local library for your next read. Libraries are valuable community centers, and chances are you’ll only read the book once – no need to purchase every copy for yourself! If you like using e-readers, the Libby app allows you to borrow books from the library digitally.

Be a Reducetarian

Could you be a Reducetarian? You may know the high costs meat, eggs, and dairy inflict on the planet, the animals, and water, but going vegetarian or vegan is not for you or your family. There is a middle way. Reducing the amount of animal products in your diet by just 10% makes a difference, and if just 25% of Americans did so, the impact would be enormously helpful. Find out more here.

Ink Pens

Americans throw away 1.6 billion ink pens annually, where they live in landfills forever because they are plastic. Environmentally conscious entrepreneurs now offer alternatives made of natural grass, wheat straw, cork, or bamboo, plus refills. Now, when someone asks to borrow your pen, you’ll also have an opportunity to talk about avoiding single-use plastics. 

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

Wash hands, don’t touch face. Hygenesis 24:7.