Friday, April 15 Good Friday
- 7:00pm Good Friday Tenebrae Service (contact Anne for details on how to join Zoom)
Sunday, April 17 Easter Sunday
- 6:00am Ecumenical Easter Sunrise Service, Independence Grove Forest Preserve, Libertyville
- Turn left after entering and follow the road around to the large shelter. Gates will open at 5:30 am. Early arrivers’ help with set-up is welcome!
- 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
- Plan to share stories and remembrances
Tuesday, April 19
- 7:00pm ARCC Zoom meeting with guest speaker Meryl Fury on plant-based nutrition
Thursday, April 21
- 7:00pm Bible Study led by Shane (contact Anne for details on how to join)
Saturday, April 23
- 8:00am-4:00pm Menno Haven Spring Work Day
- Go to mennohaven.com/work-day to sign up
Sunday, April 24 Earth Sunday
- 9:15am Informal Fellowship Time
- 9:30am Zoom Worship (contact Anne for details on how to join Zoom)
- Speaker: Nathan Aaberg
- 10:30am Sermon Discussion
May 27-30, 2022: MCUSA Special Session of the Delegate Assembly (page of resources and resolutions). Registration is now open.
Registration is open for Mennonite Church USA’s Special Session of the Delegate Assembly, May 27-30, 2022, in Kansas City, Missouri. The deadline for registration is May 16. The deadline for hotel reservations is May 4. For more information, visit mennoniteusa.org/special-delegate
Record your family’s births, marriages and deaths for free using Mennonite Church USA Archives’ vital records form on the Archives home page here: mennoniteusa.org/historical-archives/
In her blog, “Hope and Growth in the Wilderness,” Alysa Short writes, “I was reminded at Pastors & Leaders | Deep Faith 2022 at AMBS that the wilderness is real. We cannot hide from it. We all encounter it. The road isn’t always easy; it gets rough. But there is an expiration date.” Read more of her reflections here: mennoniteusa.org/hope-growth-wilderness
Erick Josue Martinez shares that “The stories I tell, the moments I experience and the people I meet are not unique to just me. In Mennonite Church USA’s ‘Diversity: God’s Design’ curriculum, I shared different situations that made me feel uncomfortable and excluded.” Read more about his story here: mennoniteusa.org/coexisting-not-enough
In a recent blog, Mark Jantzen, a professor of history at Bethel College, wrote about the numerous connections between the Ukraine and Mennonite Church USA. He wrote the blog while on sabbatical and conducting research in Gdansk, Poland, where he observed the many Ukrainian refugees arriving in Poland. Read more here: mennoniteusa.org/connections-ukraine-mc-usa
Measure Electricity Use
Consider purchasing a P3 P4400 Kill A Watt Electricity Usage Monitor ($30-$40). You can measure the watts used per day, week, month, or year, as well as the cost if you enter your price per kWh. (Thanks for the tip, Gerry!)
Shop for the Company, Not Just the Product
When you need to buy clothing, shop for the company not just the product. Support businesses that practice sustainability and fair worker treatment in their products and production. Here’s a list of 35 Ethical and Sustainable Clothing Brands.
Who Made What You’re Wearing?
Look at what you are wearing. Whose hands cut the fabric? Whose labor stitched the pieces? Were they safe in their working conditions? Were they paid a living wage? Pray and advocate for garment workers. When you get dressed, say a blessing for those who provide for you.
A little bit of humor from actual church signs, courtesy of Jim—
Sinburn is prevented by Sonscreen.