Sunday, June 19 Juneteenth
- 9:15am Informal Fellowship Time
- 9:30am Zoom Worship (contact Anne for details on how to join Zoom)
Thursday, June 23
- 7:00pm Bible Study on Revelation led by Shane (contact Anne for details on how to join)
Sunday, June 26
- 9:30am Joint Worship with CCMC (Christ Community Mennonite Church) in Schaumburg
As we move forward through the summer months, NSMC plans to have hybrid Sundays twice a month. Mark these hybrid dates on your calendar.
- July 3
- July 17
- August 7
- August 21
Learn, Pray, Join: Welcoming EveryBODY is a collaborative initiative between Mennonite Church USA and Anabaptist Disabilities Network that celebrates the many gifts that people with disabilities bring to our church communities. Christle Hain, the marketing communications and engagement associate for MC USA, reflects on her life as a person with “disability” and her experiences in the Mennonite church. Read more here: https://www.mennoniteusa.org/educating-listening-around-disability
As part of Mennonite Church USA’s “Learn, Pray, Join: Welcoming EveryBODY” initiative, Suzanne Kratz, volunteer manager at Care & Share Thrift Shoppes, shares about her experiences creating spaces for friends with differing abilities. “When welcoming people into our communities, it is important that we remember that each and every person has been created by a loving God, in God’s image.” Read more here: https://www.mennoniteusa.org/should-i-say-everybody
Joanne Gallardo points out in her recent Menno Snapshots blog that our society today “lives by the gun.” She argues that, as Christian pacifists, we are called to something different. Read more here: https://www.mennoniteusa.org/entitled-to-violence
In her Menno Snapshots blog, Katie Graber shares about being part of the Voices Together hymnal committee. “The goal of writing songs – or producing any art – together is not to produce a ‘big hit’ but to make something that is meaningful to individuals and to the community.” Read more here: https://www.mennoniteusa.org/camp-songs-anabaptist-voices
Four Simple Ideas to Take Action Around Climate Change Today
MCC (Mennonite Central Committee) has put out a list of 4 ideas to take action around climate change. Each idea tells the story of an individual or group taking that specific action.
- Talk about climate change
- Get involved
- Make the change
- Take advocacy action
What Can We Do as a Church?
As a church, WE CAN plant for the future. Pollinators are essential—and endangered. We can plant butterfly gardens, eliminate pesticides and fertilizers, and use native plants. When we also engage children and youth in sharing seeds and starts and in planting, we help the next generation love and care for nature.
As a church, WE CAN make our building more energy efficient. Learning from a good look at both the building and the energy usage data, we can identify and fix energy leaks around windows and doors, change to LED lighting, explore the possibility of solar or geothermal energy alternatives, and pass along what has been learned to help congregation members make their homes more efficient too.
Protect Our Forests
Engaging with on-the-ground organizations as well as the policy process are a couple of ways that experts suggest individuals can encourage protection of the nation’s old-growth forests.
There are a number of groups that aim to help protect forests and old-growth trees. Joan Maloof, founder of the nonprofit Old-Growth Forest Network, said land trusts often buy and conserve land, and that the Land Trust Alliance runs findalandtrust.com to help connect people to organizations close to them.
“There are a lot of local organizations that speak out for their old-growth forest, too,” Maloof said. Nationally, she said there was a dearth of organizations advocating specifically for forest protection which is why she started the Old-Growth Forest Network. But there are groups that have broader forest interests, such as promoting tree-planting and other restoration initiatives, including the Arbor Day Foundation and American Forests.
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
Run the dishwasher only when it’s full. For those with the luxury of a dishwasher, it tends to be more eco-friendly than handwashing. However, you should wait until it’s full to run it, and use the “economy” option if you have it. Also consider turning off heat drying and letting the dishes air dry.
A little bit of humor from actual church signs, courtesy of Jim—
God prefers kind atheists over hateful Christians.