Sunday, November 6
- DAYLIGHT SAVING TIME ENDS (fall back an hour)
- 9:30am Hybrid Worship (Civic Center and Zoom; contact Anne for details on how to join Zoom)
- Speaker: Suzanne (via Zoom)
- 10:30am Sermon discussion
- 12:00pm Potluck
Thursday, November 10
- 7:00pm Bible Study led by Shane: Overview of the Bible (contact Anne for details on how to join)
Sunday, November 13
- 9:30am Zoom Worship (contact Anne for details on how to join Zoom)
- Speaker: Shane
- 10:30am Sermon discussion
Daylight Saving Time Ends
This Sunday, November 6, marks the end of daylight saving time. Set your clocks back an hour on Saturday night and, if you’re lucky, enjoy an extra hour of sleep.
Advanced Planning Team Changes
In anticipation of a shared pastoral team with NSMC and CCMC, the participation on the Advance Planning Team has changed.
The APT has been a foundational part of the worship organization and practice these last 18 months. A heartfelt thanks to Janelle who facilitated music planning, particularly for Zoom worship, as well as for hybrid gatherings, and to Kate who brought consistent organizational and advance planning tools and guided our meetings together! While Janelle and Kate have stepped back from APT at present, they will continue to contribute to worship in music and in leading. Thank you Kate and Janelle! Our APT now consists of Shane, Anne and Linda. If you would like to be a part of this for a year, contact Anne!
As we prepare to welcome Suzanne to a shared pastoral team with NSMC and CCMC we envision a Pastoral Interface Team with a representative or two from both congregations to help to support the pastoral team and connect us with each congregation’s needs and events. We envision this team meeting quarterly. As outlined in the proposal approved by each congregation, the pastors for each congregation will continue to report to their respective boards. If you are interested in serving on the Pastoral Interface Team, please let Anne or the NSMC Board know!
Please know that we will be figuring out the dynamics of our team together while we serve two different congregations. We need and welcome your suggestions as we lean on the Spirit’s leading in this new direction! Please do not hesitate to bring any questions, concerns and ideas to us! –Anne and Shane
CCMC Installation of Suzanne Ford on November 27
Mark your calendar for Sunday, November 27 to join with CCMC in Schaumburg for the installation of Suzanne Ford as a new pastor. There might be a hybrid option, too. November 27 is also the first Sunday of Advent. As details are finalized, they will be announced.
Time and Talents
Before the new church year begins with the first Sunday of Advent, November 27, Anne asks you to give some thought to what is stirring in you for your participation and service in our church community.
Are you finding your felt needs met in our worship and education time? What blesses you? What do you long for? What might you want to see change? What might we consider? Small groups? Once-a-month gatherings on Sunday evenings? Book study groups? Other?
Not hearing from you will tell Anne that all is well for you at the moment. If you do find something is stirring, please take a moment to email or text her.
Glen Guyton, executive director of Mennonite Church USA, is one of 33 leaders of churches and faith-based organizations who signed a letter to President Joe Biden, in support of his recent efforts to pursue negotiations on nuclear arms control. Read the full letter here: mennoniteusa.org/news/nuclear-arms-control
The denominational Advent at Home worship guide will soon be available. The guide is designed for families and people of all ages, offering weekly Scriptures, background information, prayers, activities and rituals around this year’s theme from Leader magazine, “Restoration is Near.” Look for it here: mennoniteusa.org/adventathome
Mennonite Church USA’s Women in Leadership Steering Committee wrote a statement in response to the recent Supreme Court decision that overturned Roe v. Wade. Read their statement here: mennoniteusa.org/wil-statement-roe-wade
–from Creation Justice Tips | United Methodist Church
Learn from Indigenous People
Learn from the wealth of knowledge Indigenous people have, including methods of managing agro-ecological systems and forests, their tradition of stewardship, and their reverence for the natural world. Explore why they are speaking out more about creation justice; delve into the legacy of harm from animal-agriculture. Consider where faith calls you to action.
Public Comments on Pipeline Development
Pipelines carrying oil and gas are notorious for the damage they can cause (more than 8,000 incidences since 1986). New pipelines perpetuate dependence upon fossil fuels. Indigenous people are often on the frontlines protesting and drawing attention to the danger. Learn about the proposed replacement for Line 5 that runs through the Great Lakes and through tribal communities. Speak up during this public comment period.
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
Reuse plastic grocery bags as liners and more. Many times, we don’t have a choice when buying produce at grocery stores and have to use those pesky plastic bags. But, like everything in this installment, they can be granted a new life. Use them as small garbage can liners, to collect food/cooking scraps, or simply save them and take them back the next time you go grocery shopping.
A little bit of humor from actual church signs—
What do you call a sleepwalking nun? Roam’n Catholic.