Weekly Calendar

Rebecca K Announcements

Sunday, May 1

  • 9:15am Informal Fellowship Time
  • 9:30am Zoom Worship (contact Anne for details on how to join Zoom)
    • Speaker: Shane O’Leary
  • 10:30am Sermon Discussion
  • Potluck at Munleys on the Kempfs final Sunday in Libertyville

Tuesday, May 3

  • 7:00pm ARCC (Action/Reflection Creation Caring) meeting (contact Anne for details on how to join)
    • We will discuss Meryl Fury’s presentation on plant-based nutrition.

Thursday, May 5

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

Sunday, May 8

  • 9:15am Informal Fellowship Time
  • 9:30am Hybrid (Civic Center and Zoom) Worship (contact Anne for details on how to join Zoom)
    • Speaker: Mitch Brown
  • 10:30am Sermon Discussion
  • 12:00pm Meatless Potluck

ARCC Meeting on Tuesday

Plan to join the Action/Reflection Creation Caring group for their Zoom meeting on Tuesday, May 3, at 7:00pm. Contact Anne for details on how to join the Zoom meeting.

Upcoming Worship Services

Looking ahead past May 8, these are the planned worship services.

  • May 15: Zoom service, Suzanne Ford, speaker
  • May 22: Hybrid service, Shane O’Leary, speaker
  • May 29: Zoom service, Suzanne Ford, speaker

Mennonite Church USA has unveiled a new video that explains who we are and what we believe as a denomination. Titled “We are better together,”  the video features different voices from across the denomination discussing what it means to live in community, love and peace through Jesus.

We are called to live in community, love and peace through Jesus. We welcome you as you are. What the world needs now to be transformed is love. We are better together. We are Mennonite Church USA. 

May 27-30, 2022: MCUSA Special Session of the Delegate Assembly (page of resources and resolutions). Registration is now open, but the deadline is May 16. The deadline for hotel reservations is May 4.

On Monday, May 2 at 7 p.m. ET, join Mennonite Church USA Executive Director Glen Guyton and guests for a webinar on ways that we can support the Special Session of the Delegate Assembly and our participating church leaders through individual and communal prayer and fasting. Register here: mennoniteusa.org/prayer-webinar-registration 

Join Carlene Hill Byron, author of “Not Quite Fine: Mental Health, Faith, and Showing Up for One Another,” for a CommonRead webinar on May 3 at 7 p.m. ET. CommonRead is an initiative from Herald Press, Mennonite Church USA and Mennonite Church Canada. Learn more here: mennomedia.org/register-now/ 

Anabaptist Mennonite Biblical Seminary is hosting a webinar, “Political Idolatry: Countering Christian Nationalism” on May 4, 2-3 p.m. ET. Register here: ambs.edu/what-is-christian-nationalism/ 

Mennonite Church USA has released guidelines for allowable actions and procedures during its Special Session of the Delegate Assembly, May 27-30 in Kansas City, Missouri. According to the guidelines, delegates must submit suggested amendments to the proposed resolutions by May 6. Read more here: mennoniteusa.org/guidelines-special-session 

Indiana-Michigan Mennonite Conference invites you to participate in a workshop on baptism in the Anabaptist-Mennonite tradition, featuring John D. Roth, on May 7 from 9:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. This event is being held online and in person at Waterford Mennonite Church. Learn more here: im.mennonite.net/baptism-workshop/

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 hotel reservations is May 4. The deadline for registration is May 16. For more information, visit mennoniteusa.org/special-delegate 

Eat Less Meat

Looking ahead to our meatless potluck on May 8, find ways to eat less meat. Some helpful cookbooks from Herald Press include More with Less, Sustainable Kitchen, Extending the Table, and Simply in Season. (Thanks for the tip, Janelle!)

You Can Address Climate Change

The #3 most effective action for addressing climate change, according to Project Drawdown, is avoiding and dealing with food waste. Everyone can do something about food waste! Plan meals, shop with a list, organize the fridge to see use-me-first items before they perish, use up leftovers, and compost.

No Mow May

Relax—don’t mow your lawn in May. No Mow May began with the awareness that the loss of nearly 97% of wildflower meadows has resulted in great losses of pollinators too. Reverse the trend. Participate in No Mow May; regularly allow four weeks between cuts; cut to a height of 3–5 inches, leave a patch of the lawn to grow long, or mow just the front yard if community ordinances or neighbors are a factor. The wildflowers and butterflies will relax with you.

Kitchen Green Tip of the Week (from the Washington Post)

When boiling water, put a lid on it. Doing so traps the heat inside, meaning that it will require less energy to bring the water to a boil and also does so more quickly.

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

Jesus is watching, but the police have radar.