Weekly Calendar

Rebecca K Announcements

In November, we will have hybrid services on the 2nd and 4th Sundays and zoom services on the 1st and 3rd Sundays. Because of Advent in December, the hybrid services will shift to be on the 1st and 3rd Sundays with zoom services on the 2nd and 4th Sundays. In January, hybrid services will resume on the 2nd and 4th Sundays.

Sunday, November 7: Daylight Saving Time Ends

  • 9:30am Zoom worship (contact Anne for details on how to join)
    • Message topic:  Bankruptcy Law and Faith
    • Speaker: Jim Haller
  • 10:30am Zoom sermon discussion
  • 7:00pm Zoom NSMC Music Hour (contact Jim for details on how to join)

Thursday, November 11

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

Sunday, November 14

  • 9:30am Hybrid worship (in person and Zoom)
    • Message topic: Peace
    • Speaker: Kate Ackley
  • 10:30am Hybrid sermon discussion
  • 7:00pm Zoom NSMC Music Hour (contact Jim for details on how to join)

Please complete this short survey from Gerry and the Advance Planning Team. Here is the direct link to the survey.

With the thought-provoking messages we’ve heard recently, it’s time to combine additional links and information related to creation care in one place.

Whole Faith Living Earth, a blog by Nathan Aaberg

Faith in Place (be sure to check out their Resources)

Center for Sustainable Climate Solutions, Doug Kaufman’s organization

Priorities for Caring for the Earth, from Mennonite Creation Care Network and referenced by Doug Kaufman

Project Drawdown, a resource for climate solutions mentioned by Doug Kaufman

Creation Justice Ministries, referenced by Doug Kaufman and a source for our own Creation Care Tips of the Week

Lake to Prairie Chapter of Wild Ones, hosting a native landscaping conference in Round Lake Beach on November 13

The November 2021 newsletter from Mennonite Creation Care Network has arrived. This month’s issue has news from both the U.S. and Canada. Check it out!

Discover creative ways to engage with “Dare to Imagine,” Mennonite Church USA’s 2021 Advent at Home worship guide. Join writer Talashia Keim Yoder for a one-hour webinar on Sunday, Nov. 14 at 5 p.m. ET/2 p.m. PT for creative ideas on how to slow down and connect with God each day during this season of anticipation. Learn about the guide here: https://www.mennoniteusa.org/news/advent2021. Register for the webinar here: https://www.mennoniteusa.org/adventwebinar2021.

The Mennonite Church USA Executive Board welcomed seven new board members during their first meeting of the biennium. At this meeting, the Executive Board received training and focused on agency relationships and processing resolutions. Read the news release here: https://www.mennoniteusa.org/7-new-members.

The Mennonite Church USA Constituency Leaders Council met in October to discuss its role in preparing churches for the special delegate assembly, which will take place May 27-30, 2022 in Kansas City, Missouri. Read the news release here: https://www.mennoniteusa.org/clc-meeting-oct21.

Joanne Gallardo, conference minister for the Indiana-Michigan Mennonite Conference, shares how the transformation that she saw in her conference inspired her own transformation in her blog, “Renewing my own vision.”Read more here: https://www.mennoniteusa.org/renewing-own-vision.

Voices Together committee members have created a list of songs and worship resources for churches and individuals to use during the thanksgiving season. Learn more in their blog,  “Thanksgiving songs and resources in Voices Together.” https://www.mennoniteusa.org/thanksgiving-voices-together

Plan to have an Eco-Friendly Thanksgiving

Make environmentally sustainable choices this Thanksgiving. Cook your food in reusable cookwear instead of the disposable aluminum foil cookwear. Also, replace paper napkins with cloth during your meal. Reduce your leftover waste by replacing plastic wrap with beeswax wrap or stretchable rubber lids.

Swap Dishes

Challenge family and friends to swap out a traditional meat-based dish for one from plants. In a four-person household, making the change just once a week is the equivalent of removing the emissions from driving a car for five weeks. You’ll have more to celebrate and be thankful for.

Be an Example to Others

Tell your story about what you are doing for creation justice. You don’t have to convince or win an argument, just be an example. Talk and listen. Whether others agree or not, you are planting seeds of change. Others will water, and God gives the growth (1 Corinthians 3:6). 

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

Forgive your enemies. It messes with their heads.