Sunday, April 10 Palm Sunday
- 9:15am Informal Fellowship Time
- 9:30am Zoom Worship (contact Anne for details on how to join Zoom)
- Speaker: Suzanne
- Theme: Power Over to Power With
- 10:30am Sermon Discussion
Thursday, April 14
- 7:00pm Bible Study led by Shane (contact Anne for details on how to join)
Friday, April 15
- 7:00pm Good Friday Service
Sunday, April 17 Easter Sunday
- 6:00am Ecumenical Easter Sunrise Service, Independence Grove
- 9:15am Informal Fellowship Time
- 9:30am In-Person/Hybrid Worship (contact Anne for details on how to join Zoom)
- Speaker: Anne
- Theme: Certainty to Openness
- 10:30am Extended Fellowship Time and Farewell to Kempfs
Join us Saturday, April 23 from 8-4 for Menno Haven’s Spring Work Day! Come volunteer, meet others that love camp and enjoy a meal. For more information, talk to Janelle or Anne or go to mennohaven.com/work-day where you can also sign up to attend. We’d love to see you here!
Find your people at Menno Haven’s Women’s Retreat May 13-14. Come by yourself, bring a friend or a whole group of friends and get away from everyday life for an overnight retreat alongside other women who want to find connection with the Word and with other women. Check out mennohaven.com/womensretreat for more information.
MC USA has launched a new curriculum entitled, Diversity: God’s Design. This multi-media study calls young adults to celebrate their unique gifts and the intentional diversity of God’s creation. The four-week curriculum uses biblical reflections to introduce the importance of intercultural competency as part of Christian growth and formation. Find it here: mennoniteusa.org/diversity-gods-design/
Pastors & Leaders | Deep Faith 2022, a joint conference of Anabaptist Mennonite Biblical Seminary and Mennonite Church USA Faith Formation, looked to the Early Church for inspiration to lead with hope today during the Feb. 21–24 gathering. View the videos of the conference’s plenary sessions here. ambs.edu/pastorsandleaders
Mennonite Church USA (MC USA) invites you to join Mennonite World Conference in offering a prayer for all Ukrainians, including our Mennonite siblings in Ukraine. Read the prayer here: mennoniteusa.org/prayer-request-ukraine
Sibonokuhle Ncube, a speaker who preached at the Pastors & Leaders | Deep Faith 2022 conference, wants to congratulate church leaders on their direction and wisdom through this unprecedented and ongoing pandemic context! As the existential circumstance has raged on, the battle to bring equanimity between desperate demand for hands on deck and a constrained supply for super-powered leaders has raised the profile of church leaders. Read more from her blog here: mennoniteusa.org/run-fight-endure
In his blog, “Repairing the Earth: A biblical call to peace giving,” Everence’s Beryl Jantzi writes, “We’re all familiar with the concept of peacemaking. But have you considered peace giving? Looking back over Old Testament practices and Jewish history, we come across an ancient concept called ‘tikkun olam’ which means repairing the earth.” Continue reading here: mennoniteusa.org/repairing-earth-biblical-call
Sue Park-Hur, the denominational minister for Transformative Peacemaking for Mennonite Church USA, shares stories of her experiences as an Asian American woman in her Los Angeles neighborhood. “As I was walking around the neighborhood this morning, I prayed. I asked God to give me an imagination where sidewalks and other public spaces can be a safe and shared place for everyone.” Continue reading here: mennoniteusa.org/sidewalk-stories
Improve Your Driving
Improve your driving and use of gas by accelerating slowly, braking slowly, and coasting to a red light. Small changes and habits can make a big difference over the long run. (Thanks for the tip, Linda!)
Read the Clothing Labels
Avoid fossil-fuel-based synthetics (polyester, nylon, acrylic, spandex, lycra). Choose items made of natural fibers (organic cotton, linen, wool, silk, hemp), recycled materials and fibers (including polyester), or sustainable plant-based Tencel.
Have Eco-Friendly Fun with Friends
Host a party for passing along the clothes children outgrow so quickly or for exchanging outfits with friends of the same size. Set a stitch-it-up time for learning the how-tos of mending, getting the repairs done, and talking about caring for the earth and one another.
A little bit of humor from actual church signs, courtesy of Jim—
Genesis 1:3, teenager version. “And God Said, ‘let there be light.’ And it was lit.”