Sunday, July 17
- 9:30am Hybrid Worship (In-person and Zoom; contact Anne for details on how to join Zoom)
- Speaker: Shane
Thursday, July 21
- 7:00pm Bible Study on Revelation led by Shane (contact Anne for details on how to join)
Sunday, July 24
- 9:30am Zoom Worship (contact Anne for details on how to join Zoom)
- Speaker: Suzanne
As we move forward through the summer months, NSMC plans to have hybrid Sundays twice a month. Mark these hybrid dates on your calendar.
- August 7
- August 21
The next joint worship with CCMC will be Sunday, July 31.
Mennonite Church USA (MC USA) is seeking applicants for its Justice Fund grants. The Justice Fund supports MC USA congregations that are working to combat poverty, dismantle racism, address immigration reform or reimagine policing. For more information: mennoniteusa.org/seek-applicants-justice-fund
Gun violence continues to plague our country. Read how Mike Martin has taken steps to combat gun violence through RAWtools, Inc., a ministry partner of Mennonite Church USA, in his blog, “Guns to garden tools.” mennoniteusa.org/guns-to-garden-tools
Steve Chun reflects on how Kkaenip, or perilla, a plant used in traditional Korean cuisine, helps him and other Korean Americans maintain a sense of identity, despite living away from their ancestral land. Read his Menno Snapshots blog, “Flavors of resilience,” here: mennoniteusa.org/flavors-of-resilience
Lynda Hollinger-Janzen of Mennonite Mission Network rides her bicycle to work every day. It provides her with an opportunity for exercise, allows her to reduce her impact on the environment and it creates space for her to spend time with God. Read more about the benefits of biking in her Menno Snapshots blog, “I bike for world peace, personal shalom — and because I love biking.” mennoniteusa.org/i-bike-for
Trees and Conversations
One couple got permission to plant to plant three trees in their condo’s common ground. They watered the new plantings regularly. Other residents stopped by to watch and chat. That gave the couple an opportunity to tell their neighbors why planting and caring for trees is important for the planet and people.
The New Canaries
Whales are the new “canaries.” Opening their mouth to filter the ocean water for food, they are getting plastic instead—and dying. Oceans and marine life need our help. Take action—sign petitions, make calls, use social media—to pressure corporations, cruise lines, and local, district, and federal governments to stop plastic pollution.
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
Be smarter when preheating the oven. For items where a stark temperature change isn’t important — i.e. bacon and baked potatoes — you don’t need to preheat the oven at all; just put the food in and let it start to cook as the oven climbs to the desired temperature. And when preheating is needed, use an oven thermometer to determine how long your oven takes and try not to do so longer than necessary.
A little bit of humor from actual church signs, courtesy of Jim—
Be the kind of person your pet thinks you are.