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
Tuesday, October 4
- 7:00pm ARCC Meeting (see details below; contact Anne for details on how to join)
Thursday, October 6
- 7:00pm Bible Study led by Shane (contact Anne for details on how to join)
Sunday, October 9
- 9:30am Zoom Worship (contact Anne for details on how to join Zoom)
- World Food Day
- Speaker: Anne
- 10:30am Sermon discussion
Our next Action-Reflection Creation Care (ARCC) meeting will be on Tuesday, October 4, 2022 at 7pm. The topic for discussion will be an article entitled :
Green Capitalism: Greenwashing over Sustainability. Here is the link to the article:
Please click on the following link to see the agenda for the meeting:
Anne will send the zoom link. Email Janelle if you wish to add more items to the agenda.
September 2022 Toolkit
Everence has published its September Toolkit newsletter. It includes news about some new leadership positions, a health tip about Nordic walking, and even a sidebar on sermon length(!). Check it out!
Mennonite Church USA launched the “Learn, Pray, Join: Mass Incarceration” initiative in September. This initiative, in conjunction with the “For Justice in the U.S. Criminal Legal System” resolution, seeks to raise awareness of injustices in the U.S. criminal legal system, especially those that disproportionately affect people of color and people without financial security. The initiative will continue through the end of October. Read more here: mennoniteusa.org/news/lpj-mi
Several years ago, when the congregants of College Mennonite Church in Goshen, Indiana, agreed to follow strategic priorities that included embracing diversity and practicing active inclusion, they knew they were taking a big step, but they didn’t know how deeply it would affect their church. Read Marty Lehman’s blog, “The dangers of strategic planning,” to learn more about how these priorities led to a robust immigrant resettlement ministry in their community. mennoniteusa.org/dangers-strategic-planning
Like most other Americans alive on Sept. 11, 2001, Drew Strait has strong memories attached to the tragedies that occurred that day. This day set him down a path toward Anabaptism, nonviolence and a professional focus on combatting Christian nationalism. Read his story here: mennoniteusa.org/neverforget
MennoCon23, Mennonite Church USA’s largest faith formation gathering, will be held July 3-8, 2023, in Kansas City, Missouri. There will be programming for all ages, including a one-day Climate Summit for youth and young adults. See the tentative block schedule here: mennoniteusa.org/mennocon-schedule
–from Creation Justice Tips | United Methodist Church
Individual Action Matters
A revered spiritual leader, the Dalai Lama reminds us, “Just as ripples spread out when a single pebble is dropped into water, the actions of individuals can have far-reaching effects.” Individual action matters, especially if you talk about it. Your example, your words are rippling out and inspiring others to act for creation justice.
Compost Food Waste and More
Twenty to 45% of landfill is organic and creates methane gas, which contributes to global warming. Instead, you can compost, which is nature’s way to nourish the soil. Browse for easy and effective options: backyard bin, indoor machine, commercial pick up, sharing a service with a neighbor. Compost more leaves, paper, pet fur, and coffee filters.
–from 10 Steps You Can Take to Lower Your Carbon Footprint | Washington Post
Consider Carbon Offsets
Without systemic changes in the way society functions — such as an electric grid powered completely by renewable energy or a food system that generates lower amounts of greenhouse gas emissions — it is pretty much impossible for a single person or even a large institution to go completely carbon-free.
“The whole purpose of offsets,” said University of California at Berkeley climate policy researcher Barbara Haya, “is to create a way for an individual or a company or a university to pay someone else to reduce emissions to cover emissions that they can’t reduce themselves.”
But make sure you do your research. Examine the projects in the company’s portfolio. If they don’t list all projects and provide certifications, that’s a big red flag. Good projects should be permanent and enforceable. They must also be “additional” — efforts that wouldn’t happen if not funded by the offset, and that don’t simply shift emissions someplace else.
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
Kitchen sponges can get a new life, too. Kitchen sponges can harbor a lot of bacteria, but you can keep them around longer by sanitizing them regularly. The easiest way to sanitize sponges to reuse is running them in the dishwasher alongside your regular load on the hottest setting.
A little bit of humor from actual church signs, courtesy of Jim—
The manger was the first king-sized bed.