Sunday, September 18
- 9:30am Hybrid Worship (Civic Center and Zoom; contact Anne for details on how to join Zoom)
- Speaker: Shane
- Worship Leader: Kate
- 10:30am Sermon discussion
Tuesday, September 20
- 7:00pm ARCC meeting (contact Anne for details on how to join; see announcement below)
Thursday, September 22
- 7:00pm Bible Study on Revelation led by Shane (contact Anne for details on how to join)
Sunday, September 25
- 9:30am Zoom Worship (contact Anne for details on how to join Zoom)
- Speaker: Suzanne
- 10:30am Sermon discussion
The Action/Reflection Creation Care group will have their next meeting on Tuesday, September 20, 7pm. Paul Ford, Suzanne’s husband, will talk about his job at Hewlett Packard in a presentation entitled “Sustainability and the Corporate Challenge.”
For the meeting agenda, please click on this link. Email Janelle if you wish to add more items to the agenda. Anne will send out a Zoom link.
Mennonite Church USA Church Vitality office, in partnership with Everence, has updated its compensation guidelines for pastors and conference ministers for 2022-2023. A pastor salary worksheet and other resources are available to help pastors, churches and recent seminary graduates during salary negotiations. Learn more here: mennoniteusa.org/news/pastor-salaries
Abortion has always been a contentious topic among Christians. Nancy Heisey, a retired Eastern Mennonite University professor, writes that regardless of our views on abortion, we, as people of faith, should focus on caring for people experiencing crisis pregnancies. Read her blog, “How are we to be the church?” here: mennoniteusa.org/how-to-be-church
In his youth, Doug Hostetter, the peace pastor at Evanston (Illinois) Mennonite Church, enjoyed using guns to hunt for food, but after serving with Mennonite Central Committee in Vietnam during the Vietnam War, he decided to abstain from using guns ever again. In his blog, “Reflection on guns and security,” he explained how the war and his peace witness affected his view on guns. mennoniteusa.org/reflection-on-guns
–from Creation Justice Tips | United Methodist Church
Lighten the Stress on the Earth
It’s lunchtime! Do you hop in your car and head to an eatery? Lunchtime traffic is the third “rush hour”! Could you walk somewhere, brown bag your food, or take four colleagues in one car? Lighten your stress. Lighten the load of carbon emissions that stress the earth.
Avoid Single Servings
The best way to deal with plastic packaging waste is to avoid it. For example, rather than buying individual servings of yogurt for lunches, purchase the largest size you can and at home parcel out portions into reusable containers. Consider not only dollar savings but also look for savings that help the earth.
–from 10 Steps You Can Take to Lower Your Carbon Footprint | Washington Post
Weatherize Your Home
Weatherization comes in many forms, but the easiest is closing up the cracks around windows and doors. According to the Energy Department, 25 to 30 percent of household heating and cooling is lost through windows. You can first identify leakage points by turning on your kitchen and bathroom exhaust fans, creating a slight pressure differential between indoors and outdoors, then holding up a lit incense stick to potential problem areas. If the smoke wavers or blows in one direction, there’s a draft that needs fixing. Use weatherstripping to insulate windows and install a sweep to the bottom of exterior doors.
In the summer, as soon as the sun rises, window shades should come down. Window glass is “one of the weakest links” in a building’s defense against solar radiation, buildings scientist Alexandra Rempel said, because it readily transmits heat. The best way to prevent this is to install exterior window coverings, like shutters or retractable awnings. If those aren’t an option, inside curtains or blinds are a good alternative. You can even cover a piece of cardboard in aluminum foil and press it into the window frame.
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
Aluminum foil, plastic wrap, and parchment have more than one life. In 2018, landfills received approximately 2.7 million tons of aluminum(cans and packaging). You can reuse aluminum wrapping ― if the aluminum foil does not have food residue or burned-on scraps, it can be reused in the oven to line a baking sheet or to wrap leftover food.
If plastic wrap isn’t bunched up together, it can be reused to wrap leftover food in the fridge, leftover cut veggies and more.
Parchment paper ― if not torn, covered with grease or wet ― can be reused in the air fryer, in the oven to line a baking sheet or as a liner in between pizza slices when wrapping up leftovers so they don’t stick together.
A little bit of humor from actual church signs, courtesy of Jim—
If God had a refrigerator, your picture would be on it.