Weekly Calendar

Rebecca K Announcements

Sunday, January 16

  • 9:15am Informal Fellowship Time
  • 9:30am Zoom Worship (contact Anne for details on how to join)
    • Speaker: Suzanne Ford
  • 10:30am Sermon discussion

Thursday, January 20

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

Sunday, January 23

  • 9:15am Informal Fellowship Time
  • 9:30am Zoom Worship (contact Anne for details on how to join)
  • 10:30am Sermon discussion


2022 CHURCH RETREAT

It seems that the wisest choice these days is to plan on a Zoom-only retreat this year. Doug Kaufman of The Center for Sustainable Climate Solutions is planning to lead us, even on Zoom! We plan to build in plenty of interaction and time for exercise as well! More details will follow, but here is what is planned thus far:


Saturday, January 29

  • 9:00am-12:00pm Session with Doug Kaufman via Zoom
  • 7:00-8:00pm MennoZoom Live


Sunday, January 30

  • 9:15am Informal Fellowship Time
  • 9:30am Zoom Worship

This is an important gathering. Please plan on attending and set aside time to be fully present–and be willing to engage via Zoom together.

Please RSVP to Anne as soon as possible to facilitate planning. Thank you!


PRAYER TEXT GROUP

Often Anne will receive requests for prayer as our weeks unfold between Sundays. She is happy to share in those prayer needs. Many of our congregations’ participants are also willing to add their prayers to needs that are shared.
If you are interested in being in a text group for prayers, please let Anne know and I will create that group. Linda will relay them to the praying text group.

NOTE: No request will be shared with the text group without your request or permission to share. Requests shared just with me–or with another–will be kept confidential unless you request that they be shared.

Please let Anne know before the end of January if you want to add your gifts and energy for prayer to this group. (This will function as a “prayer chain” even though we no longer need to phone one another person by person.)

THE INTERVIEW PROJECT

The Interview Project is underway and will be ongoing as time permits. The goal of the interview project is to encourage sharing with one another about our experiences as Anabaptist followers of Jesus within our community. We encourage everyone to participate.

Here are the guidelines:

Questions for Video Interviews

  1. What drew you—or continues to draw you—to the NSMC/Mennonite church? 
  2. What do you value about following Jesus as a Mennonite? 
  3. How is NSMC different from other experiences you’ve had? 
  4. What is your hope for NSMC/Mennonites going forward? 


For the Video Interview Session

  1. Please do not wear white, highly patterned, or anything made of black velvet. 
  2. You will need to wear a small mic that Chuck will provide. 
  3. Anne will “interview” you; Chuck will ‘film’. 


Intended uses of footage

  1. Short 2-minute video for worship use during Anabaptist message Sundays. 
  2. Possible use in a longer piece organized around the above questions. 
  3. Other? 


Please know that you will have final review of any completed edits and that any possible use beyond our shared worship times will be dependent on your permission.

Contact Anne with any other questions and to indicate your willingness to be interviewed. Thank you for your participation!

Herald Press, Mennonite Church USA and Mennonite Church Canada are encouraging Mennonites to read carefully selected books to equip the church. Join other North American Mennonites in reading the current CommonRead book, “Been in the Struggle: Pursuing an Antiracist Spirituality” by Regina Shands Stoltzfus and Tobin Miller Shearer. Learn more here: https://www.mennomedia.org/commonread/.

Mennonite Church USA developed a new online resource to help connect churches doing abolition work. An accompaniment to the “Defund the Police? An Abolition Curriculum,” the web page promotes mutual support and resource sharing between churches. Learn more here: https://www.mennoniteusa.org/news/abolition-networking-resource/.

Anti-Asian racism is not new, but since the onset of COVID-19, anti-Asian aggression has drastically increased. Rob Muthiah, in his blog, “Lament as a transformative anti-racism practice,” reflects on how lament has helped him deal with the anger that he feels about the treatment of Asian people, like his own father, in the U.S. https://www.mennoniteusa.org/menno-snapshots/transformative-anti-racism/.

Take Stock of Your Energy Usage

Contact your utilities to see if they will do an energy audit of your home. Usually, those are free and helpful. Alternatively, you can examine your electric and gas bills, comparing several years of data if possible. Then use the data on an online calculator, such as Energy Use Calculator.com, the carbon footprint calculator from The Nature Conservancy or from Carbon FootPrint.com.

Put Your Rooftop to Work

Put your land or your rooftop to work. Contact a community solar provider to see if what you have to offer is a good candidate for them to lease. Community solar programs need space. If you have it, you can benefit financially from the lease and know that others will benefit from your choice to help the economy move to renewables.

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

Never make snow angels in a dog park.