Sunday, August 14
- 9:30am Zoom Worship (contact Anne for details on how to join Zoom)
- Speaker: Anne
- 10:45am Pastoral Search Team Update and Congregational Meeting
- Please plan to stay on Zoom after worship because we want to hear from you.
- 5:00pm Assembly of School Kits for Mennonite Central Committee
- Meet a Linda’s home, either outside or in the garage if there is rain
- Come at 4:30pm if you can help set up and bring a portable table if you can.
Thursday, August 18
- 7:00pm Bible Study on Revelation led by Shane (contact Anne for details on how to join)
Sunday, August 21
- 9:30am Hybrid Worship (Civic Center and Zoom; contact Anne for details on how to join Zoom)
- Speaker: Shane
School Kit Assembly on August 14
Plan to join us at 5:00pm this Sunday, August 14 to assemble school kits for Mennonite Central Committee’s global relief work. We will assemble the kits outside or in Linda’s garage in case of rain. If you can help set up, please come at 4:30pm, and bring a portable table if you have one.
Please view this MCC video on assembly of the kits for efficient packing and flat stacking: https://mcc.org/get-involved/kits/school. If you do not view the video, not to worry! Others will share the instructions with you. There is more to learn about school kits from the website above.
Linda has sewed over 160 bags and she and Patty have the supplies to fill them ready! Please come if you can.
Anabaptist Disabilities Network, a ministry partner of Mennonite Church USA (MC USA), has created a study guide to help congregations understand and implement ideas from the recently passed “Mennonite Church USA Accessibility Resolution.” It includes study materials, reflection questions and information for instructional use intended for use over four weeks. Learn more here: https://www.anabaptistdisabilitiesnetwork.org/Resources/Pages/Accessibility-Resolution-Study-Guide.aspx
Mennonite Church USA (MC USA) is now offering a wide variety of MennoCon21 resources, including the evening sermons, seminars and Bible studies, for free on the MC USA website and YouTube channel. Learn more here: mennoniteusa.org/news/resources-menncon21
Talking about money in church can be daunting, but it doesn’t have to be! In his blog, “Mini money messages,” Beryl Jantzi of Everence encourages church leaders to talk about money in simple, bite-sized pieces. Read more here: mennoniteusa.org/mini-money-messages
In our churches, do we think about those with disabilities as full and useful members of our communities, or are their gifts and needs an afterthought? Katie Mansfield of Eastern Mennonite University’s Center for Justice and Peacebuilding explores how our churches might put more of an emphasis on inclusion and “consider disability as a first thought” in her blog, “How do we recognize wholeness?” Read it here: mennoniteusa.org/recognize-wholeness
–from Creation Justice Tips | United Methodist Church
“We are people who…”
- Regenerate: When you despair over degradation, remember “The earth is the LORD’s (Psalm 24:1)” and dig in with hope. Work in harmony with God’s natural systems to bring back life. Composting, clearing waterways, planting for pollinators are ways.
- Renew: Immerse yourself in nature. Try forest bathing, hiking, enjoying a park, hunting for waterfalls and wildflowers, going to a botanical garden or arboretum, getting out on the water in a sailboat, kayak, or canoe. Renew your commitment to care for the nature that renews you.
- Designate: Put responsibility where it belongs. Some environmental actions are the obligation of us as individuals. Others are the onus of corporations, businesses, and governments. All of us are accountable for our actions and non-actions for the areas for which we have responsibility. Know the Top Twelve Actions for everyone.
–from 10 Steps You Can Take to Lower Your Carbon Footprint | Washington Post
Ditch Your Grass
There are an estimated 40 million to 50 million acres of lawn in the continental United States — that’s nearly as much as all of the country’s national parks combined. According to the Environmental Protection Agency, maintaining those lawns consumes nearly 3 trillion gallons of water a year, as well as 59 million pounds of pesticides, which can seep into our land and waterways.
Transportation Department data shows that in 2020, Americans used roughly 3 billion gallons of gasoline to run lawn and garden equipment. That’s the equivalent of nearly 6 million passenger cars running for a year.
Replacing grass with plants is among the most important ways to keep a yard eco-friendly. Laying down mulch is an easy place to start. It quickly kills grass and offers a blank canvas for planting.
“If you have lawn under a mature tree, convert it to a mulched area,” suggested Kathy Connolly, a Connecticut-based landscape designer, who recommends about six inches of raw arborist wood chips for the job. Connolly also recommends converting some of your lawn into paths, rock gardens or other features. “Ecologically, though,” she said, “the best thing to do is plant native trees and shrubs.”
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
Check your refrigerator’s temperature. Your refrigerator should be running around 37 degrees (check with your manufacturer for the exact temperature). Too high and food safety risks arise, too low and you’re expending more energy than you actually need. Your best bet is to buy a fridge thermometer (if you have one installed in the appliance, it isn’t always accurate) and adjust the temperature accordingly.
A little bit of humor from actual church signs, courtesy of Jim—
Don’t give up! Moses was once a basket case!