Weekly Calendar

Rebecca K Announcements

Sunday, June 26

  • 9:30am Joint In-Person Worship with CCMC (Christ Community Mennonite Church), 888 Roselle Rd, Schaumburg (see Google map)
    • Outdoor service, weather permitting (and the forecast looks promising!)
    • Speaker: Shane
    • Stay for a potluck brunch following
    • Please note: Because we will be gathering outside, this worship will be in-person only (no Zoom). There will not be a recording of the service.
  • After worship Potluck brunch

Thursday, June 30

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

Sunday, July 3

  • 9:15am Informal Fellowship Time
  • 9:30am Hybrid Worship (In-person and Zoom; contact Anne for details on how to join Zoom)
    • Speaker: Anne

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

Glen Guyton, executive director for Mennonite Church USA, laments the violence that has taken place in the recent months. “I know that our church is not immune from the same hatred and rhetoric that may have inspired some of this weekend’s violence. It bothers me even to consider that those elements may be creeping into some corners of our historic peace church.” Read more of his reflection here: https://www.mennoniteusa.org/must-take-action-not-beyond-hate

As many graduates are journeying on to a different place, many times outside of their original communities, it is important to find the balance between support and being overbearing. “Our greatest gift is offering relational support and creating a safe space for questions and wonderings, as our youths’ worldviews expand.” Learn more from Sarah Neher, director of faith formation and congregational life at Rainbow Mennonite Church, as she provides guidelines for supporting our youth: https://www.mennoniteusa.org/supporting-graduates-faith-journey

As part of Mennonite Church USA’s Learn, Pray, Join: Welcoming EveryBODY initiative, Matthew Yoder, pastor of Grace Mennonite Church, reflects on why he believes that the Accessibility Resolution is so important to him personally. “Thanks to generous friends, evolving technologies and accessible spaces, [my grandfather] is able to continue to pursue his passion of worshipping God and serving the church.” Read more of his story here: https://www.mennoniteusa.org/accessibility-key-ongoing-faithfulness

As part of Mennonite Church USA’s Learn, Pray, Join: Welcoming EveryBODY initiative, Shepherd Heart, a ministry of the Pacific Southwest Conference shares suggestions on preaching about disabilities. “Accessibility is about more than accommodation. How we preach about disability is profoundly important.” Read their guidelines here: https://www.mennoniteusa.org/when-preaching-on-disability

What Can We Do as a Church?

As a church, WE CAN consume less meat. Helping members understand the connections of meat to climate change, including land use costs and greenhouse gases, makes more meatless dishes more likely at potlucks. Sharing meatless meal recipes and menus encourages cooking that is healthier for people and planet.

As a church, WE CAN collaborate with others for the sake of creation justice. We can choose a partner (another congregation or a secular organization) that can magnify the efforts of the congregation through education, people power, funding, visibility, or outreach. When we identify a project and pitch in, together, we can make a bigger difference.

Trade In For an Electric Car

One of the most powerful individual actions people can take against climate change is to change the way they get around.

New electric vehicles can be expensive — even the most affordable have a suggested sale price between $30,000 and $40,000. But as more car manufacturers start producing EVs (General Motors has even said it will only make EVs by 2035), the cost of these cars is expected to come down. EVs also tend to have lower fuel and maintenance costs than gas-powered cars, making them cheaper over the course of their lifetimes than combustion engine vehicles, according to recent research from MIT.

Electric vehicle purchases also qualify for federal tax credits of up to $7,500. Depending on where you live, your city or state might also provide additional financial incentives to go electric. The Energy Department maintains a full list of rebates, tax credits and other programs offered in each state, and more are expected to become available as President Biden moves to expand the nation’s electric vehicle fleet.

If buying an electric car isn’t feasible for you right now — and you need a car to get around — a hybrid is the next-best thing.

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.

Week 3 | Cut out paper coffee cups

Kitchen Tip of the Week

Don’t let the faucet run when washing dishes by hand. For those of us washing our dishes by hand, if you have a two-compartment sink, it’s best practice to fill one side with soapy water to wash dishes and the other side with clean water to rinse them — and don’t let the faucet run — to reduce water loss. Willing to make an investment? Install a low-flow aerator to save even more water.

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

A sheep, a snake, and a drum fall off a cliff. Baa-Dum-Tsss