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 a bag lunch, if you wish)
- After Meeting: ARCC Field Trip to Kheshgi gardens
Tuesday, June 14
- 6:00pm Advance Planning Team Zoom meeting
- Please advise Anne of any input for the team
Thursday, June 16
- 7:00pm Bible Study on Revelation led by Shane (contact Anne for details on how to join)
Sunday, June 19 Juneteenth
- 9:15am Informal Fellowship Time
- 9:30am Zoom Worship (contact Anne for details on how to join 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: In-person worship at Christ Community Mennonite Church (CCMC), Schaumburg
- July 3
- July 17
- August 7
- August 21
Mennonite Church USA (MC USA) has named Lorraine Stutzman Amstutz as denominational minister for Peace and Justice. In this role, she will resource conference ministers, conferences and pastors with opportunities to strengthen capacity and engagement in Christ-centered peace and justice, as well as serve as a liaison and coordinator for peace and justice initiatives throughout MC USA. Read more here: https://www.mennoniteusa.org/news/peace-justice
Sue Park-Hur, director of racial/ethnic engagement for Mennonite Church USA, reflects on the 1992 L.A. Riots/Uprising. “Even after 30 years, we still have a difficult time agreeing on how to name the event, because it impacted the various communities so differently.” Read her reflections here: https://www.mennoniteusa.org/gathered-to-remember-testify
In times that “try our souls,” it is easy to be tempted into the narrative that there is a good and a bad side. In her Menno Snapshots blog, Carolyn E. Yoder wrestles with what it means to be an Anabaptist in times like these. “These are the times that try our nonresistant/nonviolent souls. May they also be the times that accelerate the rising consciousness of another way to meet evil in the world.” Read more here: https://www.mennoniteusa.org/times-that-try-our-souls
A longtime Anabaptist and war tax resister, Harold A. (“H.A.”) Penner, shared a letter that he and his wife, Barbara, sent to the Internal Revenue Service, that said, “We conscientiously object on religious grounds to the payment of that portion of our federal income taxes that supports war making and militarism…” Read the full letter here: https://www.mennoniteusa.org/tax-resistance-letter
In her Menno Snapshots blog, Kate Wentland discusses her experience cooking traditional Ukrainian foods with friends. “My friends and I cooked together to eat in solidarity, to talk about the war and what it means to offer a peaceful witness, and to donate together.” Read more here: https://www.mennoniteusa.org/ukrainian-dinner-party
What Can We Do as a Church?
As a church, WE CAN embrace zero-waste. By setting out recycling bins, we send an important message and help people recycle worship bulletins and paper from offices. By setting up a composting system, after meals together we can keep food waste from landfills and return the nutrients to the soil.
As a church, WE CAN reduce greenhouse gas emissions that cause climate change. Switching to teleconferencing for more meetings allows broader participation with less gasoline usage. Switching from printed paper to email, website, and other electronic messaging keeps members connected without cutting down trees. Switching to bamboo toilet paper that is not wrapped in plastic also saves trees, which naturally reduce carbon dioxide in the atmosphere.
Shop Sustainably by Buying Less
Here’s the thing about sustainable shopping: There are very few things you can purchase that are actively beneficial for the climate. Unless you’re buying a tree that will suck carbon from the air, most products require land, water and fossil fuels to produce, use and transport. New stuff — clothes, appliances, bath products, toys, etc. — inherently comes at an environmental cost.
In many situations, the “greenest” product you can buy is … nothing. Unless your purchase represents a significant upgrade from what you already own — say, swapping out your old gas-guzzling car for an electric vehicle — you are better off trying to refurbish or repurpose existing items than acquiring more stuff. Instead of buying paper towels, tear up old T-shirts to use as rags. Give your family’s discarded books and toys to younger children in your neighborhood. Build your own “circular economy” in your community and your home.
MCC Thrifty 50 Challenge
Do you want to help our planet but aren’t sure where to start? MCC (Mennonite Central Committee) Thrift is celebrating their 50th anniversary by issuing 50 challenges to help us be more equipped to care for our planet. We’ll include one challenge each week for the next 50 weeks.
Kitchen Tip of the Week
Save the water you use to rinse rice and potatoes. Use it to water your plants. Rice water in particular is more beneficial to plants thanks to the added starch, which encourages the growth of healthy bacteria.
A little bit of humor from actual church signs, courtesy of Jim—
Noah was a brave man to sail in a wood boat with two termites.