Weekly Calendar

Rebecca K Announcements

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. Please bring only vegetarian or vegan dishes to share.

Thursday, May 12

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

Sunday, May 15

  • 9:15am Informal Fellowship Time
  • 9:30am Zoom Worship (contact Anne for details on how to join Zoom)
    • Speaker: Suzanne Ford
  • 10:30am Sermon Discussion

This month, Mennonite Church USA invites you to engage in its Learn, Pray, Join initiative “Welcoming EveryBODY,” which focuses on how the church can be more welcoming and accessible to people with disabilities. Read more here: mennoniteusa.org/welcoming-everybody View and download the PowerPoint slide here: https://www.mennoniteusa.org/wp-content/uploads/2022/04/May-LPJ.pptx 

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/  View and download the PowerPoint slide here: https://www.mennoniteusa.org/wp-content/uploads/2022/04/May-Diversity-Gods-Design.pptx 

Join Andrew Hudson, an Anabaptist Mennonite Biblical Seminary student, for a webinar on “How Congregations Steward Their Land” on May 10 at 7:30 p.m. ET.  Hudson will share reflections on his work with Mennonite Creation Care Network and Mennonite Men’s Join Trees. Here is the Zoom link: mennoniteusa.org/zoom-steward-their-land . Sign up here to receive a reminder email: mennoniteusa.org/creation-care-leaders 

Benton Mennonite Church invites you to a Voices Together Worship Leaders Zoom Workshop on May 14 from 9 a.m. to noon ET. The workshop will be led by Anneli Loepp Thiessen and Katie Graber. Learn more here: bentonchurch.org/voices-together-worship-workshop  

Help equip pastors and church leaders across Mennonite Church USA by giving to “Inspiring Transformative Leadership,” a denominational fundraiser aimed at providing resources and services for those leading our churches. All donations from now until May 25 will be split evenly between Mennonite Church USA Executive Board, MennoMedia and Mennonite Education Agency. mennoniteusa.org/give/ View and download the PowerPoint slide here: https://www.mennoniteusa.org/wp-content/uploads/2022/04/May-Inspiring-Transformative-Leadership.pptx 

DIY Solar Power

Watch these two YouTube videos showing two versions of DIY Solar Power for your home. The first is the 24-volt system with only 900 watts of solar panels for about $2800 for the entire system. The second one is a 48-volt DIY solar system. (Thanks for the tip, Gerry!)

Go Native

Go native! Plant plants that naturally grow in your area. Native plants require less water than lawns or annuals. They help prevent erosion and do not need fertilizers. They reduce air pollution, and they increase shelter and food for pollinators and birds. For suggestions, find a Master Gardener in your congregation or community or browse for “plants native to [your state].”

How Good Soil Works

Watch the documentary, Kiss the Ground, to understand how good soil works to combat flooding, drought, degraded ecosystems, and greenhouse gas emissions. Soil is key to human health and the health of the planet. View the full film or at least a series of shorter sections to appreciate the amazing gift good soil is to all the earth. 

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

Put down the paper towels. Though it might be an instinct to tear off a sheet for cleaning messes or absorbing moisture, more sustainable options work just as well. Dish towels and sponges are great for wiping up spills, and a wire rack is in many ways better for draining fried foods. Need help figuring out how to kick your paper towel habit? From the Washington Post: it’s easier than you think.

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

With all this rain, we need an ark. Fear not! (wait for it…) we noah guy!