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.

Saturday, November 13

  • 8:00am NSMC Men’s Zoom Breakfast (contact Kenton for Zoom link)
  • 9:00am-12:00pm Lake-to-Prairie Wild Ones Conference: Nature’s Best Hope (info in previous post)

Sunday, November 14

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

Wednesday, November 17

  • 12:00pm Deadline to submit photos for photo essay, Letting Go

Thursday, November 18

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

Sunday, November 21

  • 9:30am Zoom worship (contact Anne for details on how to join)
    • Message topic:  12 Step Journey
    • Speaker: Jim Haller
  • 10:30am Zoom sermon discussion
  • 7:00pm Zoom NSMC Music Hour (contact Jim for details on how to join)

Open enrollment for The Corinthian Plan continues through Dec. 31. All Mennonite Church USA-affiliated congregations can enroll their eligible staff for coverage. For more information, please visit mennoniteusa.org/tcp.

Three pastors from across the denomination share their experiences withintergenerational worship in this recent Mennonite Church USA Faith Formation roundtable discussion. Watch the recorded webinar here: https://www.mennoniteusa.org/ff-intergenerational

As part of the Mennonite Church USA and MennoMedia’s Common Read initiative, Sara Wenger-Shenk discussed her book “Tongue-Tied,” in which she investigates the reasons why people who claim the name of Christ are so reluctant to talk about him. Watch and share the webinar recording here: mennoniteusa.org/commonread-webinar

Lane Miller laments the systems that benefit some and leave others in poverty in his prayer, “The cost of poverty,” which is part of Mennonite Church USA’s “Learn, Pray, Join” initiative. Join him in praying that we can achieve a different way of seeing and being, so that poverty can be vanquished. www.mennoniteusa.org/menno-snapshots/the-cost-of-poverty/

Poverty is present in our communities, even when it’s hidden. In their blog, “Poverty in Harvey County, Kansas,” Hesston College’s Del and Michele Hershberger share how under-employment, natural disasters and depopulation have caused people in their community to struggle silently with poverty, often leaving those around them oblivious to their financial difficulties. Read more here: https://www.mennoniteusa.org/poverty-harvey-county

#OptOutside this Black Friday

Some families depend on the deep discounts on Black Friday and Cyber Monday to be able to afford essentials. For many, though, Black Friday and Cyber Monday can become a frenzy of consumer culture and unnecessary purchases. If you need to make a purchase on a discounted item, please do so with intention. If you don’t need to make a purchase, consider joining the movement to go for a walk: #OptOutside & #FindYourPark. This alternative can allow you to use the precious holiday season to spend quality time outdoors. 

Support Sustainable Businesses

Businesses have a greater impact toward a more sustainable future than individuals. But each of us can have an impact on businesses. When you need to make a purchase, shop for the company not just the product. Support businesses that practice sustainability in their products and production. Purchase from ones that care and give back. Here’s one example: Who Gives a Crap.

Recycle Those Shipping Boxes

Shipping boxes recycle easily because cardboard is clean, easy to reprocess, and every ton that is reclaimed saves 17 trees. Simply break the boxes down flat so that they use less room in the recycling trucks. The trucks will make fewer trips and use less energy. That’s a win-win for the environment. 

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

Church parking only. Violators will be baptized.