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 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
Thursday, November 25 Thanksgiving
- No Bible Study
Sunday, November 28
- 9:30am Hybrid worship (in person and Zoom)
- Message topic: Shane’s Story
- 10:30am Hybrid sermon discussion
Are you looking for a meaningful Christmas gift for friends or family? Give a gift of peace and inspiration with the “Pause: Play, Breathe, Pray” card deck! Developed by Mennonite Church USA Faith Formation leaders, each card has a different image on one side and a prayerful pause on the other. Learn more here: https://www.mennoniteusa.org/pause-play-breathe-pray
Calling all pastors and faith formation leaders! Registration is now open for Pastors & Leaders | Deep Faith 2022, a joint conference of Anabaptist Mennonite Biblical Seminary (AMBS) and Mennonite Church USA Faith Formation. Join us Feb. 21-24, 2022, either virtually or in person on the AMBS campus in Elkhart, Indiana, to explore the theme, “Formed in the Wilderness, Leading in Hope.” Learn more here: ambs.edu/pastorsandleaders.
Ruth Goring, Mennonite author of children’s books, wrote about how her faith community nurtured her writing and art for children. Read her blog, “Picture books for the kin-dom of God,” here: https://www.mennoniteusa.org/kin-dom-of-god.reluctant to talk about him. Watch and share the webinar recording here: mennoniteusa.org/commonread-webinar
In his blog, “Seeing poverty up close around the world,” Stanley Green, executive conference minister of Pacific Southwest Mennonite Conference, recounts his experiences with poverty in Cambodia, South Africa and Argentina, where he saw people impoverished due to low wages, lack of education, gentrification and systemic oppression. Read about his experiences here: https://www.mennoniteusa.org/seeing-poverty-up-close
In his blog, “Poverty and climate injustice,” Doug Kaufman of the Center for Sustainable Climate Solutions explains how climate injustice affects people experiencing poverty and communities of color disproportionately, which causes further economic and ecological problems. Read how churches can help people in these vulnerable communities here: https://www.mennoniteusa.org/poverty-climate-injustice
Invest in a Reusable Water Bottle
Cut down on plastic by carrying your own water bottle with you. Preferably a reusable one made of aluminum rather than plastic. You will find that you save money by bringing your own water instead of buying new bottles every time you are thirsty. (Editor’s Note: Who knew how important this would be in a pandemic!)
Turn the Tables on the Dentist
Give the brush to the dentist. Usually, after a cleaning, the dentist will give you a plastic bag of dental goodies, including a plastic toothbrush and a small plastic case of plastic dental floss. Turn the tables and give your dentist a bamboo toothbrush and silk dental floss packaged in a small glass container. Talk to your dentist about your concern for sustainability and invite your provider to investigate making a change away from plastic.
How to Deal with Dog Poop
You want to be a good neighbor and pick up your dog’s poop. But the usual plastic bag lasts and lasts and lasts in a landfill. When it does finally break down, it becomes harmful microplastics. Here’s an alternative: Use plant-based, compostable poop bags. You can be a good neighbor to the earth.
A little bit of humor from actual church signs, courtesy of Jim—
Choose the bread of life or you are toast.