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
- Speaker: Mitch Brown
- 10:30am Sermon discussion
Thursday, February 24
- 7:00pm Bible Study led by Shane (contact Anne for details on how to join)
Sunday, February 27
- 9:15am Informal Fellowship Time
- 9:30am Hybrid Worship (Civic Center plus Zoom; contact Anne for details on how to join Zoom)
- Speaker: Billy Funk
- 10:30am Sermon Discussion
On Sunday February 27, we plan to have a hybrid Civic Center/Zoom worship. Billy Funk, formerly a youth leader at NSMC and currently a seminary student, will be our guest speaker.
Learn about “A Resolution for Repentance and Transformation,” which will be presented at Mennonite Church USA’s Special Session of the Delegate Assembly, May 27-30. Members of the Inclusive Mennonite Pastors leadership team, who authored the resolution, will discuss it with other church leaders during a webinar on Monday, Feb. 21 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 (MC USA) has partnered with the Kineo Center to offer renewal and retreat options for ministry leaders. This partnership offers many benefits to MC USA minsters, including a cohort option for leaders experiencing ministry burnout. Learn more here: mennoniteusa.org/mc-usa-kineo.
Mennonite Church USA, Mennonite Church Canada and Herald Press are partnering to encourage every Mennonite to read carefully selected books chosen to equip the church. Join authors Regina Shands Stoltzfus and Tobin Miller Shearer for a CommonRead Conversation about their new book, “Been in the Struggle: Pursuing an Antiracist Spirituality,” on Tuesday, February 22 at 7 p.m. EST/6 p.m. CST. Register here: https://www.mennomedia.org/register-now/
Please join Mennonite Church USA (MC USA) in praying that the hybrid Pastors & Leaders | Deep Faith 2022 Conference, a joint conference by MC USA and Anabaptist Mennonite Biblical Seminary, provides encouragement and insight for pastors and leaders across the denomination. The conference will be held Feb. 21-24 both online and in person on the AMBS campus.
Kyle Rodgers felt the call to ministry as a young child, but he did not receive encouragement to pursue this calling. As an adult, he felt the calling again, and he became a pastor with the mission of encouraging youth and adults to pursue God’s call. Read his blog, “Never too young for God,” here: mennoniteusa.org/never-too-young-for-god.
In retirement, spiritual director, Leslie James, found a new passion: creating worship art. Read her blog, “In the place just right,” to find out how this passion turned into a spiritual practice for her. mennoniteusa.org/place-just-right
Invest in a Young Person’s Future
Purchase stock in renewable energy (solar or wind, for example) and give it to your teenager or young adult. Take the opportunity to talk about the hopes you have for their future that they live securely in a sustainable world. Throughout the year, as the stock reports come, the two of you will have opportunity to talk about what you value both in terms of money management and care for the Earth.
Buy Community Renewables
Not every home, business, or development can go all solar or put up a wind farm. However, more and more private companies and utilities are offering power from renewables for a buy-in, which offsets some of the monthly costs for electricity and supports the expansion of clean energy sources. Check with your local utility or with Arcadia for solar that doesn’t require a roof.
Convert to LED Bulbs
One 60 W Incandescent bulb uses ~10X the energy and cost of one LED 60 W, equivalent is a 7W bulb (175 kWh/yr vs 17.5 or $27.65/yr vs. $3.23. An 8-pack of 60 W equivalent bulbs costs $10+ or $1.35/bulb.
A little bit of humor from actual church signs, courtesy of Jim—
We’re all about dat grace, ‘bout dat grace, no devil.