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: Suzanne
- Message: Swallowing the Scroll; Ingesting the Word of God
- Scripture: I Corinthians 2:1-5, Ezekiel 2:1-10, 3:1-3
- After worship Potluck
Tuesday, July 5
- 7:00pm ARCC meeting (see NSMC announcement below; contact Anne for details on how to join)
Thursday, July 7
- 7:00pm Bible Study on Revelation led by Shane (contact Anne for details on how to join)
Sunday, July 10
- 9:30am Zoom Worship (contact Anne for details on how to join Zoom)
The ARCC (Action/Reflection Creation Care) group will have a meeting Tuesday, July 5, 7:00pm. They will be sharing goals, new issues, and green tips. All are welcome. Anne will send out the Zoom link.
Karla Minter (Karen Kym’s sister) has invited 1-2 women from NSMC to join the 2023 Celtic Pilgrimage. It’s a 2-week pilgrimage to the Celtic holy sites of Iona, Scotland and Glendalough, Ireland, along with day trips to other Irish sites. It’s a chance to travel to Celtic thin places for rest, renewal, and transformation. The pilgrimage takes place June 2-18, 2023. For more information, here is the announcement, the itinerary, and an application form.
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 17
- August 7
- August 21
Mennonite Church USA (MC USA) conducted a denomination-wide survey to examine what it means to be a member of MC USA and how this has changed in the past 16 years. The preliminary results can be found here, with the full study being released later this month: mennoniteusa.org/summary-denominational-study
Join all Mennonite Church USA congregations in praying for “Indonesia 2022,” the global assembly of Mennonite World Conference being held in Indonesia July 5-10. This is a hybrid (online and in person) event. For more information, visit mennoniteusa.org/mwca22
Delegates at Mennonite Church USA’s (MC USA) Special Session of the Delegate Assembly voted on three resolutions and adopted another for denominational study. The three resolutions passed, helping remove barriers for LGBTQ folks and those with disabilities. Read the official MC USA news release here: mennoniteusa.org/news/delegate22
The Mennonite Church USA Executive Board issued a statement condemning the violence in Uvalde, Texas, and elsewhere. Read it here: mennoniteusa.org/statement-on-recent-violence
The Executive Board also shared a call to prayer and action against gun violence, here: mennoniteusa.org/prayer-uvalde
Reduce Your Lawn
Reduce your lawn and you reduce the volume of water consumed by watering grass plus the amount of chemicals poured into the soil. Reduce your lawn and you conserve water needed for food crops and habitat survival during drought. Reduce your lawn and you save the lives of the necessary microbes that feed the soil that feeds creation. Reduce your lawn and you don’t have to mow as much.
Fill it Up
You can easily save energy, water, and time. Just run your dishwasher with it as full as possible. Handwashing results in using more water (up to 27 gallons vs. 3 for the machine). Heating the water for those extra gallons is an unnecessary energy cost to your wallet and the environment. The dishwasher is also more hygienic because it heats the smaller amount of water to a degree your hands—and germs—can’t stand.
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
Use small appliances more often than the big ones. When cooking a small amount, countertop appliances (microwaves, toaster ovens, air fryers, etc.) use less energy than heating up a full-size oven. These small appliances also heat up the environment less, so they’re great to use in the summer to cut down on the need for running the air conditioner.
A little bit of humor from actual church signs, courtesy of Jim—
Blah blah blah. Just come to church.