Weekly Calendar

Rebecca K Announcements

Friday, December 24

  • 7:00pm Zoom Christmas Eve in Readers Theater Scripture and Song (same Zoom link as for worship)
    • Speaker: Anne

Sunday, December 26

  • 9:30am Zoom Worship (contact Anne for details on how to join)
    • Speaker: Anne
    • Message topic: Coming of Jesus in All Four Gospels
  • 10:30am Sermon discussion

Sunday, January 2 Epiphany Sunday

  • 9:30am Zoom Worship (contact Anne for details on how to join)
    • Message topic: Anabaptists Aspirations
  • 10:30am Sermon discussion

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.” Register by Jan. 16 for an early bird discount: ambs.edu/pastorsandleaders.

Sometimes, the people we least want to interact with are the ones who have the opportunity to most impact our lives. For Danilo Sanchez, co-pastor of Ripple Mennonite Church in Allentown, Pennsylvania, Wendy was this person. Read his blog, “Practicing the presence-ministry of Jesus,” to learn about how he was able to build a relationship with Wendy, through his church and community center, that changed both of their lives forever. mennoniteusa.org/presence-ministry

Dean Preheim-Bartel of Goshen, Indiana, faithfully volunteered with Mennonite Church USA (MC USA) Archives for nine years, uploading Archives photographs to the MC USA Archives Flickr page. Earlier this year, Preheim-Bartel retired from his volunteer post, and Archives Director Jason Kauffman wrote “A tribute to Archives volunteers” to honor him and the other Archives volunteers. Read his blog here: mennoniteusa.org/tribute-archives-volunteers.

Looking for new ideas or resources for your Sunday school class, small group or congregation? Subscribe to the denomination’s Faith Formation e-newsletter. Published once or twice a month by Mennonite Church USA’s Mennonite Education Agency, the newsletter provides a way for leaders and teachers to share and connect with others who are doing the same kind of work. Subscribe here :mennoniteusa.org/subscribe-ff

As members of Mennonite Church USA, let us Journey Forward together to provide relevant ministry in the 21st century and live into our Renewed Commitments to follow Jesus, witness to God’s peace and help our communities experience transformation. Join the journey by donating to Mennonite Church USA to the area that you feel led to support. MennoniteUSA.org/give/

Make Your New Year’s Resolution Green

Take some time to reflect with your family on ways to be more green in 2022! Can you invest in solar energy panels? Share your New Year’s Resolutions with us at Creation Justice Ministries for the chance to be featured on our social media.

How to Dispose of Your Christmas Tree

Dispose of your tree carefully. Replanted is best. Composted or chipped trees that can be used for trail footing in parks are good too. Commercial companies or local government may offer this service. Find out the possibilities in your area. Do not burn a tree because that releases carbon dioxide into the atmosphere. Reuse and reuse a plastic tree and then find someone else who will enjoy it. Check with local charities, shelters, and churches. Do your best to keep your tree out of a landfill.

Do All the Good You Can

This Christmas season take to heart John Wesley’s Rule for Christian Living: “Do all the good you can, by all the means you can, in all the ways you can, in all the places you can, at all the times you can, to all the people you can, as long as ever you can!” “Doing good” doesn’t have to be expensive. Be thoughtful about what you give to others and to God’s creation.

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

Just love everyone. I’ll sort it out later. –God