Weekly Calendar

Rebecca K Announcements

Sunday, July 31

  • 9:30am Outdoor Worship with CCMC (Christ Community Mennonite Church) in Schaumburg (see Google map)
    • Plan to stay for a potluck following the worship service

Tuesday, August 2

  • 7:00pm ARCC meeting
    • Two discussion topics
      • Sharing recipes for cleaning products, soap, and detergents
      • Sharing information on products we use for food storage instead of plastic bags, ziplocs

Thursday, August 4

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

Sunday, August 7

  • 9:30am Hybrid Worship (Civic Center and Zoom; contact Anne for details on how to join Zoom)
    • Speaker: Mitch
    • Worship Leader: Kate
    • Communion
    • Potluck following the worship service

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 21

This week, please pray for Allegheny Mennonite Conference congregations as they gather for their annual Celebration of Congregations and Conference on August 5-7.

We do ourselves a disservice when we don’t celebrate everyone’s gifts. Jeanne Davies of Anabaptist Disabilities Network reflects on how those on the margins, those with disabilities, provide beautiful insights and gifts that we can all benefit from. Read more in her Menno Snapshots blog, “For the common good.” mennoniteusa.org/for-common-good

When Cindy Angela moved from Java, Indonesia, to Pennsylvania, she was pleasantly surprised that she was able to experience pieces of her Indonesian culture in her new city. When she was baptized into Christ, she was even more excited that, through her diverse church, she was able to incorporate her Indonesian identity into her Christian walk. Read her Menno Snapshots blog, “Pieces from back home,” to learn more. mennoniteusa.org/pieces-from-back-home 

Conserve Water for Everyone

Seventy percent of water usage is for food. Raising livestock is much more water intensive than growing plants. Shift to more meatless meals. Commit to using up leftovers and minimizing food waste. More people making these choices will conserve water resources for all.

Choose Your Clothing Wisely

Polyester—even recycled polyester—fabrics release microplastics when washed. Those enter the water systems and then the food chain, harming marine life and ultimately humans. Choose your clothing carefully. Wash what you have less frequently and more gently.  

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 8| An alternative commute

Kitchen Tip of the Week

Choose reusable coffee equipment. Small changes to our daily routines can have a lasting impact. Start with your morning cup of Joe: If you pick up your coffee on the go, bring a reusable coffee cup along for the ride. If you make it at home, the French press doesn’t require any extra tools, and certain electric coffee makers come with their own mesh filters. There are also options for reusable pods and cloth filters to replace single-use versions.

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

If you are more fortunate than others, build a longer table not a taller fence.