Weekly Calendar

Rebecca K Announcements

Friday, May 27-Monday, May 30

  • Mennonite Church USA Special Session of the Delegate Assembly, Kansas City, Missouri
    • Anne and Patty will be representing NSMC.

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

Thursday, June 2

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

Sunday, June 5 Pentecost Sunday

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

Mark your calendar for a special ARCC event—a field trip to Kheshgi gardens! After worship and the congregational meeting on Sunday, June 12, we are invited to travel to the Kheshgis in Glenview. The afternoon will be spent viewing their extensive gardens.

During the summer months, the ARCC will meet once a month on the first Tuesday—June 7, July 5, and August 2—at 7:00pm on Zoom.

NSMC will have a congregational meeting on Sunday, June 12 following the sermon discussion time. Please bring a potluck dish to share during the meeting.

As we move forward through the summer months, NSMC plans to have hybrid Sundays twice a month. Mark these hybrid dates on your calendar.

  • June 12. This service will have communion, potluck, and a congregational meeting. After the sermon discussion, we will have a congregational meeting during the potluck.
  • June 26
  • July 3
  • July 17
  • August 7
  • August 21

Did you volunteer at Camp Menno Haven for a summer in the past 50+ years? Join the Staff Alumni Reunion at Menno Haven June 30 – July 3, 2022. Registration and details at https://www.mennohaven.com. Some folks are connecting on Facebook through the group – Menno Haven Staff Reunion. Join us for the entire time, a day, a meal, whatever works for your schedule. Do you have friends, family, or former church members that might not see this announcement? Reach out and pass it on that we want to see them again! 

The next Women Doing Theology Conference of Mennonite Church USA’s Women in Leadership has been postponed until Fall 2023 (dates and location to be announced). After prayerful discernment, the committee decided that hosting the event in 2023 would allow space for planners to develop a more equitable, accessible and inclusive in-person event. For more information on Women in Leadership, visit mennoniteusa.org/wil 

In his blog rooted in Luke 19:42, Naun Lucoer Cerrato, founder of Piedra Viva Mennonite Church, Elkhart, Indiana, writes that we are so excited to see the death of an enemy that we miss what Jesus was trying to do in building a spiritual kingdom. Read more here: mennoniteusa.org/should-bring-peace 

“If the conditions or requirements of hospitality are that the stranger be familiar to us, then are we truly willing to welcome the stranger?” write Daniela Lazaro-Manalo and Hannah Markey-Roberts. In their blog, they address the systematic immigration issues at the southern border of the United States in relation to Ukrainian refugee resettlement initiatives. Read more here: mennoniteusa.org/welcoming-white-stranger

When Jason Kauffman, director of Mennonite Church USA Archives, was asked to create a Mennonite women’s history timeline, he saw it as an opportunity to learn more about Mennonite history. That’s when he faced questions and doubts about the different historical aspects of this project and his role as historian. Read his blog here: mennoniteusa.org/on-history-humility

Heidi Regier Kreider, conference minister for Western District Conference, contemplates what it means to be a follower of Jesus in times of war. Read her reflections here: mennoniteusa.org/lament-face-of-war 

Reduce Your Carbon Dioxide Emissions

Help reduce harmful carbon dioxide emissions. Drive less. In nice weather walk or bike more. Carpool or combine trips. Take public transit. Teleconference or phone. Bring your lunch and picnic nearby in the air you helped make cleaner.

Take Steps to Lower Your Carbon Footprint

Taking steps to lower your own carbon footprint may help ease your climate anxiety by giving you back some power. Even the smallest of actions will contribute to keeping our planet habitable. Here are two steps to get started.

  • Create less food waste. The biggest proportion of food waste—about 37 percent—happens in the home. Keep a list of what food you have on hand and organize the refrigerator so you can keep track of what’s inside.
  • Ditch your grass. There are nearly as many acres of lawn in the U.S. as all of the country’s national parks combined. Replacing grass with plants is among the most important ways to keep a yard eco-friendly. If possible, plant native trees and shrubs. [Want an example of how to do it? Make plans for the ARCC Field Trip on June 12 to the Kheshgis.]

Kitchen Tip of the Week

Give zip-tops a second life. Tired of tossing plastic zip-top bags in the trash? Just hand wash and dry thoroughly and they can live to see another day. However, you shouldn’t reuse plastic bags that contained raw meat, seafood or eggs. For a modest investment, silicone food storage bags are extremely durable.

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

God didn’t create anything without a purpose. But mosquitoes come pretty close.