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
Tuesday, June 7
- 7:00pm ARCC Zoom meeting (contact Anne for details on how to join)
Thursday, June 9
- 7:00pm Bible Study on Revelation led by Shane (contact Anne for details on how to join)
Sunday, June 12
- 9:15am Informal Fellowship Time
- 9:30am Hybrid Worship (contact Anne for details on how to join Zoom)
- Speaker: Kate Ackley with a reader’s theater by Shane and Darby
- 10:30am Congregational Meeting (bring snacks or a bag lunch, if you wish)
- 12:30pm ARCC Field Trip to Kheshgi gardens
Plan to join us on 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 hybrid worship service. Please bring snacks or a bag lunch if you wish.
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 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.
Press Release from Mennonite Church USA
Delegates at Mennonite Church USA’s (MC USA) Special Session of the Delegate Assembly, May 27-30, passed three resolutions that help to remove barriers for LGBTQ people and those with disabilities and adopted a fourth resolution, “For Justice in the Criminal Legal System,” for denominational study. Read the press release here.
Special Session of the Delegate Assembly: What now?
The Delegate Assembly is over, and decisions have been made. What has changed? What does it mean for my conference, my congregation and me? What opportunities are there for us to live into our Renewed Commitments to “follow Jesus, witness to God’s peace and experience the transformation of the Holy Spirit”? Join Executive Director Glen Guyton, Moderator Linda Dibble and Moderator-Elect Jon Carlson for a Zoom webinar on July 18, 2022, at 6pm CDT. Register here.
Mennonite Church USA (MC USA), in partnership with Anabaptist Disabilities Network, has launched “Learn, Pray, Join: Welcoming EveryBODY,” an initiative that celebrates the many gifts that people with disabilities bring to our church communities. In June, MC USA will seek to engage people in this initiative by offering resources, prayers and ways to care for one another and to address issues of accessibility in the church. Read more here: https://www.mennoniteusa.org/news/welcoming-everybody
Mennonites Against Militarism – a collaboration of Mennonite Church USA and Mennonite Central Committee, U.S. – is seeking to launch an initiative to counter military recruitment of U.S. youth, called Alternatives to Military Enlistment Network (AMEN). AMEN invites interested volunteers to complete a brief survey that identifies areas in which they may engage with AMEN, including administration, web and graphic design, publicity, budgeting, fundraising and guidance/career counseling. Learn more here: https://www.mennoniteusa.org/news/mennonites-against-militarism-seeks-volunteers/ Take the survey here: https://rb.gy/gbehlm
Bryan Miller from Beth-El Mennonite Church, Colorado Springs, Col., and RAWtools, Inc. are auctioning Miller’s sculpture, “Never Forgets Peace,” to benefit Mennonite Church USA’s Justice Fund. The sculpture is made from gun parts and is being auctioned from June 1-30, 2022, during Gun Violence Prevention Month. Learn more at rawtools.org/rawshop
Mennonite Church USA invited members from across the denomination to share their hopes, thoughts and spiritual reflections ahead of the Special Session of the Delegate Assembly (May 27-30). Read through their blogs here: https://www.mennoniteusa.org/tag/delegate-assembly/
The Poor People’s Campaign “follows the spirit and analysis of Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. in identifying and combatting the ‘evil triplets’ of systemic racism, poverty and the war economy, along with attendant ecological devastation and the false moral narrative of religious nationalism.” Rod Hollinger-Janzen, administrative assistant for Church Vitality in Mennonite Church USA, walks through the reasons why he is an avid supporter of the campaign. Read more, including how you can be involved in the Mass Poor People’s and Low-Wage Workers’ Assembly and Moral March on Washington and to the Polls, on Saturday, June 18: https://www.mennoniteusa.org/meet-peoples-needs/
What Can We Do as a Church?
As a church, WE CAN focus on love. As we love God, the Creator, we care for God’s creation. As we follow the Great Commandments, we love our neighbor, seeking justice especially for those humans and non-human animals and organisms that are harmed by the climate crisis.
As a church, WE CAN learn and teach. Recognizing creation justice as a faith issue, we seek to understand the connections between science, the natural world, and our call to be good stewards. We can program in the church and via Zoom to learn from and discuss videos, books, curriculum, speakers with expertise, and experiences that give firsthand knowledge.
Save Coral Reefs by Packing Smartly
Healthy marine ecosystems are essential for human well-being, and millions of people around the world rely on coral reefs for food, protection, recreation, medicine, cultural connection, and economic opportunities. So the decline of coral reefs is not just an ocean-lover’s issue—it’s a global problem that requires collaborative action. There are plenty of ways travelers can do their part. To start, think about what you bring when you go to the beach. Skip sunscreens and toiletries that contain oxybenzone and other chemicals and opt for mineral-based products instead. And remember to pack a reusable water bottle, utensils, and bag, so you can avoid single-use plastic.
Kitchen Tip of the Week
Do away with disposable plates and cutlery. We’ve all probably reached peak dishwashing fatigue and appreciate the convenience of disposable plates and cutlery, but think about the environment the next time you’re deciding how to serve up a meal. Even for upcoming picnics when paper plates are the norm, pulling dishes from the cabinet can add an extra dose of sophistication to the affair.
A little bit of humor from actual church signs, courtesy of Jim—
This church is prayer conditioned.