Weekly Calendar

Rebecca K Announcements

Saturday, February 12

  • 8:00am Zoom Men’s Breakfast (contact Kenton for details on how to join)

Sunday, February 13

  • 9:15am Informal Fellowship Time
  • 9:30am Zoom Worship (contact Anne for details on how to join)
    • Message: Readers Theater by Action/Reflection Creation Caring group
    • Title: Gloom and Doom versus Hope
  • 10:30am Congregational Meeting

Tuesday, February 15

  • 7:00pm Action/Reflection Creation Caring (ARCC) meeting

Thursday, February 17

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

Sunday, February 20

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

Plan to join the Zoom men’s breakfast on Saturday, February 12 at 8:00am. Contact Kenton for details on how to join.

On Sunday, February 13, instead of a sermon discussion time, we will have a congregational meeting.

Looking ahead to Sunday February 27, we hope to have a hybrid Civic Center/Zoom worship if conditions permit. Billy Funk, formerly a youth leader at NSMC and currently a seminary student, will be our guest speaker. Please watch for current announcements as the date approaches.

Please plan to attend the next Zoom planning meeting of the Action/Reflection Creation Caring group (ARCC) on Tuesday, Feb. 15 at 7:00pm. Contact Anne for details on how to join the meeting.

Doug Kaufman alerted us to a great source for extensive information on climate change and actions, Project Drawdown. Among the resources included on this site are:

  • Climate Solutions 101: a series of six 20-minute videos. Climate Solutions 101 is the world’s first major educational effort focused solely on solutions. Rather than rehashing well-known climate challenges, Project Drawdown centers game-changing climate action based on its own rigorous scientific research and analysis.
  • Table of Solutions: Individual solutions are reviewed and assessed by Project Drawdown, including their relevant sector(s) and their impact on reducing heat-trapping gases. This list is extensive, but not exhaustive, and Project Drawdown continues to add to it as a living project.
  • The Powerful Role of Household Actions in Solving Climate Change: Everyone can play a role in solving climate change. There are real actions we all can take, starting today, to get us on a pathway to real system change that benefits humanity and the planet. 

Everence Announces First Webinar Series of 2022

Everence Financial will host a free, four-part webinar series this March: My financial story. In this first series of the year, you’ll hear Everence® customers, telling how their family histories, life experiences, and faith values helped shape their views of money – and how they use it.

Each of the four webinars will include questions customers had, and the thought process they went through while making decisions about Medicare and Medicare supplement insurance, developing a financial plan, charitable giving, and investment management.

To register, or for more information, visit www.everence.com/national.

May 27-30, 2022: MCUSA Special Session of the Delegate Assembly (page of resources and resolutions, outline of educational webinars)

Learn about “Clarification on Mennonite Church USA Polity and the Role of the Membership Guidelines,” a resolution that will be voted on at Mennonite Church USA’s Special Session of the Delegate Assembly, May 27-30. Michael Danner, MC USA associate executive director, and Linda Dibble, MC USA moderator, will discuss it during a webinar on Tuesday, Feb. 15 at 7 p.m. ET. Read the resolution and register for the webinar on the delegate resource page: mennoniteusa.org/special-delegate

Mennonite Church USA and Mennonite Church Canada are partnering to create a new guidebook that addresses the prevention of abuse by church leaders, as well as providing guidance for leadership accountability. The project is expected to be presented to the delegate assemblies in 2023. Read more here: mennoniteusa.org/mc-canada-usa-partner.

Listen to Mennonite Church USA’s Women in Leadership podcast, “Holding It(,) Together,” hosted by Bonita Croyle. In Season 2, episode 3, Erica Littlewolf discusses “Bodies and Grief.” Available here or any podcasts can be heard: mennoniteusa.org/hit

Join Mennonite Men and men from around the country on a week-long eco-excursion in Oregon, June 11-19. Explore nature, learn about forest ecosystems and help nurture newly planted trees along the Zena Forest. Find more details and register at oregon-eco-excursion.mailchimpsites.com/.

Subscribe to Mennonite Education Agency’s monthly prayer list for Mennonite schools across the country. Subscribe here: mennoniteusa.org/mea/resource/prayer

Martin Luther King Jr. Day is celebrated every January, but his legacy can be celebrated and honored throughout the year. Ann Jacobs, in her blog, “Some reflections on MLK Jr.,” provides several ideas for how to live out King’s peacemaking vision during Black History Month and all year. mennoniteusa.org/reflections-mlk

Invest and Divest

Invest in the future, not the past. Your bank account, insurance, or stock portfolio may be supporting the fossil fuel industry. Find out what businesses benefit from your money. If they do not align with your values, divest. Change banks, insurance companies, or stockbrokers and tell them why. Make your money support clean energy and sustainable practices.

Finance a Better Future for All

Donate to organizations doing work you believe in but cannot do yourself. Even a small financial gift helps. And the collective return on investment is huge.

Recycle Clothes and Fabrics

Did you know clothing and textiles are the fastest growing waste in the U.S. waste stream? And…. that 85% of these materials end up in landfills. We’ve got you covered! Let’s work together and help our community and our planet! Bring your new and gently used donations for reuse and if you have some worn, torn or stained items too, bring those to be recycled. There’s a dropbox at the Village of Mundelein Public Works.

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

God recycles—God made you from dust.