Sunday, September 11
- 9:30am Zoom Worship (contact Anne for details on how to join Zoom)
- Speaker: Suzanne will continue her series on Ezekiel
- 10:30am Sermon discussion
Thursday, September 15
- 7:00pm Bible Study on Revelation led by Shane (contact Anne for details on how to join)
Sunday, September 18
- 9:30am Hybrid Worship (Civic Center and Zoom; contact Anne for details on how to join Zoom)
- Speaker: Shane
- 10:30am Sermon discussion
Menno Haven’s Fall Work Day is taking place on Saturday, October 1, 2022 and you are invited to participate! (View a flyer for the event.) This is a family-friendly event with a little something for everyone. If you like to be outside, you can spend the day setting a retaining wall by the lake, participating in forest restoration, felling trees along the drive, winterizing flower beds, repairing cabins, and/or splitting firewood. If being inside is more your thing, you can help in the kitchen to make lunch or clean dining hall chairs after a summer of daily usage. If you have other special skills, there is probably something on their To Do List that you can help with. If you are unable to physically help but would like to participate in Work Day, please take the time on October 1 to pray for Menno Haven and the ministry that happens there.
If you plan to be there on Work Day, please register at mennohaven.com/work-day. We will be gathering at Lakeview Lodge for breakfast at 8:00am. Lunch will take place at noon in the dining hall. Work Day will finish around 4:00pm. Feel free to come for all or part of the day.
Mennonite World Conference (MWC) affirmed the appointment of Linda Dibble, the Mennonite Church USA (MC USA) moderator, as one of the two North American representatives on the MWC Executive Committee and Sue Park-Hur, MC USA director of racial/ethnic engagement, to the MWC Deacon Commission. Read more here: mennoniteusa.org/news/mwc-meets
While at Mennonite World Conference Assembly in Indonesia, Sue Park-Hur, Mennonite Church USA’s director of racial/ethnic engagement, was moved by Dr. Paulus Widjaja’s message, which she shares in abridged form in her blog, “Embracing the global church.” Read about how Dr. Widjaja reminds us not to fear and, rather, to be vulnerable in our diversity: mennoniteusa.org/embracing-global-church
MennoCon23 is less than a year away! But what is MennoCon23? Watch the newest video in the Mennonite Church USA Q&As series, “What is #MennoCon23?” to find out! mennoniteusa.org/qa-mennocon21
Mennonite Church USA (MC USA) invites you to engage with “Learn, Pray, Join: Mass Incarceration,” an initiative that examines the injustices in our criminal legal system that cause pain and suffering, especially for poor people and people of color. During September and October, MC USA will offer resources, prayers and ways to live into our Anabaptist faith values, resisting injustice in all forms and in all places. mennoniteusa.org/lpj-mass-incareration
Did you know that Mennonite Church USA has a health plan? The Corinthian Plan provides health coverage for eligible pastors, church employees and their families. Current participants of the plan are also welcome to ask questions. Learn more during an upcoming webinar on Sept. 20 at 7 p.m. ET. Register here: Webinar Registration – Zoom
–from Creation Justice Tips | United Methodist Church
Make Your Toothbrush Kinder to the Environment
Choose a bamboo toothbrush to avoid adding to the landfill plastic, which will never degrade. Or support a business that creates new toothbrushes (and razors) from plastic collected from coastlines and waterways to keep it from polluting the ocean (Preserve Ocean Plastic Initiative).
Avoid Adding to the Landfill
How much food waste do you create in one week? Use a bucket with a lid and fill it with food scraps you would ordinarily dump in the garbage or down the disposal. At the end of your challenge week weigh or eyeball the pile and imagine 52 weeks’ worth of that amount in one year. Explore alternatives available to you to avoid adding to the landfill and creating methane.
–from 10 Steps You Can Take to Lower Your Carbon Footprint | Washington Post
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.
Kitchen Tip of the Week
Reevaluate your meat and dairy consumption. According to the analysis of a 2018 study published in the journal Science: “Avoiding meat and dairy products is the single biggest way to reduce your environmental impact on the planet.” Beef is often cited as the worst environmental offender. “Giving up beef once a week in favor of beans, over the course of a year, is the equivalent of not burning 38 gallons of gas,” Tamar Haspel wrote in The Washington Post. Even if you’re not prepared to go vegetarian or vegan, eating fewer animal products — particularly red meat — is a win.
A little bit of humor from actual church signs, courtesy of Jim—
When gratitude becomes your default setting, life changes.