Sunday, September 25
- 9:30am Zoom Worship (contact Anne for details on how to join Zoom)
- Peace Sunday (see MCC announcement below)
- Speaker: Suzanne
- Scripture: Luke 16:19-31
- 10:30am Sermon discussion
Thursday, September 29
- 7:00pm Bible Study led by Shane (contact Anne for details on how to join)
Saturday, October 1
- 8:00am-4:00pm Menno Haven Work Day (please register at mennohaven.com/work-day)
Sunday, October 2
- 9:30am Hybrid Worship (Civic Center and Zoom; contact Anne for details on how to join Zoom)
- Speaker: Anne
- 10:30am Sermon discussion
- 12:00pm Potluck
International Day of Peace: Loving God and Embracing Others
The International Day of Peace, Sept. 21, is dedicated specifically to the absence of war and violence. The theme being used by the United Nations this year is “End racism. Build peace.” According to the
UN General Assembly’s 2022 theme declaration, peace requires the building of societies where all members feel that they can flourish. It involves creating a world in which people are treated equally, regard- less of their race. Congregations can choose to celebrate and pray for peace on Sunday, Sept. 25, or another Sunday.
As detailed in the 2022 Global Peace Index, investments in global peace initiatives are insignificant in comparison to military expendi- tures. Peace initiatives are programs, interventions, activities or mecha- nisms which seek to improve relationships, break cycles of violence and address root causes of conflict. The intent behind these initiatives is to prevent, reduce or aid in the recovery from violent conflict. Nonviolent peacebuilding integrates a focus on human dignity with a commitment to reconciliation with others, ourselves and God. Peace- building seeks justice and involves a transformation of structures and systems to provide safety and well-being for all.
Globally and here in the U.S., Mennonite Central Committee (MCC) addresses the root causes of violence by supporting work in reconciliation, environmental protection and justice, restorative and transitional justice, human rights, economic fairness and opportunity, early warning and response, peace education, advocacy, trauma awareness and health systems.
For more information from the United Nations website, visit the International Day of Peace page on their website.
The Mennonite Church USA Executive Board will be meeting Sept. 29-Oct. 1 in San Antonio, Texas. Pray for God’s guidance, wisdom and support in their discussions and decision making.
Mental health issues affect a large portion of the population, and Christians are not exempt from this reality. Carlene Hill Byron, author of “Not Quite Fine: Mental Health, Faith, and Showing Up for Each Other,” explores how church goers can be more involved in supporting one another’s mental health in her blog, “Not quite fine.” Read it here: mennoniteusa.org/not-quite-fine
As we look ahead to MennoCon23 (Kansas City, July 3-8, 2023), please consider contributing to the Convention Scholarship fund. Scholarships to attend MennoCon are available for groups, individuals or families who are unable to raise enough funds to cover all convention expenses. Donate here: mennoniteusa.org/give/mennocon-scholarships
–from Creation Justice Tips | United Methodist Church
What You Eat Matters
One quarter-pound beef burger requires enough water to fill 10 bathtubs. Simply swapping one a month for a veggie burger would add up to 5,400 gallons of water saved. Producing turkey burgers is also less costly to our water supply. What you eat matters to the planet.
Find Out Where They Stand
Who on your list of local, state, and national candidates are clearly champions for creation justice? What’s been their track record? What are their promises? If that information is not readily available, send an email and ask candidates where they stand. To make significant change in the current trajectory toward an uninhabitable planet, positive action at all levels of government is critical.
–from 10 Steps You Can Take to Lower Your Carbon Footprint | Washington Post
Learn about the link between climate change and racial equity
Climate scientists are clear that a just and equitable society isn’t possible on a planet that’s been destabilized by human activities.
One study in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences found that Black and Hispanic communities in the United States are exposed to far more air pollution than they produce through actions such as driving and using electricity. In contrast, White Americans experience better air quality than the national average, even though their activities are the source of most pollutants.
Another paper in the journal Science found that climate change will cause the most economic harm in the nation’s poorest counties; many of those places, such as Zavala County, Tex., and Wilkinson County, Miss., are home to mostly people of color.
Understanding that climate change will disproportionally impact these communities is an important step toward battling global warming and creating a more just world.
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
Wash your zippy bags. In 2017, the average U.S. household used 500 zippy bags and unfortunately, most of them are made of low-density polyethylene that fall under the category of plastic film. So, yes ― zippy bags that are not torn and still close can be hand washed or washed in the dishwasher to be used again. I turn them inside out, wash them with dish soap and a scrubber and let them air dry. There are even environmentally friendly zippy bag options to consider now!
A little bit of humor from actual church signs, courtesy of Jim—
Practice thanking God for more than elastic waistbands.