Weekly Calendar

Rebecca K Announcements

Sunday, May 22

  • 9:15am Informal Fellowship Time
  • 9:30am Hybrid (Civic Center and Zoom) Worship (contact Anne for details on how to join Zoom)
    • Speaker: Shane O’Leary
  • 10:30am Sermon Discussion

Thursday, May 26

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

Sunday, May 29

  • 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

Mennonite Church USA is holding a Special Session of the Delegate Assembly in Kansas City, Missouri, May 27-30. Pray that delegates have open and discerning hearts, as they make decisions that affect the denomination. 

“While Mennonites might be known for peacebuilding efforts and justice-focused upper-education curricula, our internal dynamics hint otherwise,” writes Amanda K Gross, an anti-racist organizer and artist, in her blog, “Playing in the Honeysuckle and Poison Ivy.” Read it here: mennoniteusa.org/honeysuckle-poison-ivy 

“What gives you joy?” asks Dan Schrock, one of the wellbeing specialists for Mennonite Church USA’s The Corinthian Plan. In his blog, he asserts that, by working to find what brings us joy, we are drawn nearer to the heart of God. Read more: mennoniteusa.org/gives-you-joy 

Joyce Peachey Lind, who attended the Pastors & Leaders | Deep Faith 2022 conference earlier this year, shares how starting her first pastorate in the middle of a pandemic taught her a lot about being a pastor during wilderness time. Read more about her experiences here: mennoniteusa.org/respite-wandering (Editor’s Note: Joyce Peachey Lind was once part of NSMC!)

Change to Hourly Pricing

Consider changing to hourly pricing with ComEd. It will make you aware of your energy usage and encourage you to use electricity during off-hours. (Thanks for the tip, Gerry!)

Compost Your Organic Materials

Nearly half of what is in landfills is organic and could have been composted. Landfills are anaerobic (no air gets inside), causing organic waste to create methane, an extremely potent greenhouse gas that harms our Earth. (Nearly 25% of current atmospheric warming is due to methane alone.) In contrast, organic materials that are composted contribute to the quality of the soil, which helps Earth. You can easily compost no matter where you live. Check your local area for options.

Wash Plastic Cups for Reuse

You head outdoors, gathering with friends. It’s a party—lots of people, including kids, having a good time! Go ahead and use those plastic cups if you have some on hand. No worries about broken glass, just put out a bin, labeled Cups Only. Afterwards, wash the cups for reuse on another occasion.

Kitchen Tip of the Week

Ditch the plastic bag. Eight states have banned single-use plastic shopping bags, and a number of states charge fees for plastic bag use, forcing stores and consumers to make reusable bags a habit. Take another step by leaving the plastic produce bags behind, too. Most produce, including potatoes, onions and citrus, can go straight into your shopping cart, as they’ll be washed or peeled before being consumed anyway.

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

Sin is a short word with a long sentence.