Sunday, November 13
- 9:30am Zoom Worship (contact Anne for details on how to join Zoom)
- Speaker: Anne
- 10:30am Sermon discussion
Tuesday, November 15
- 7:00pm ARCC meeting (see announcement below)
Thursday, November 17
- 7:00pm Bible Study led by Shane (contact Anne for details on how to join)
Sunday, November 20
- 9:30am Hybrid Worship (Civic Center and Zoom; contact Anne for details on how to join Zoom)
- Speaker: Shane
- 10:30am Sermon discussion
Our next Action-Reflection Creation Care meeting will be on Tuesday, November 15, 2022 at 7pm. We will review our individual goals that we set months ago that demonstrate our commitment to reducing our carbon footprint. We will share new insights that we discovered related to climate change issues and new gadgets acquired.
We will also look at two Mennonite organizations that address climate change: Mennonite Creation Care Network (MCCN) and Anabaptist Climate Collaborative (ACC), formerly Center for Sustainable Climate Solutions.
Anne will send the zoom link. Email Janelle if you wish to add more items to the agenda.
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.
The Executive Board of Mennonite Church USA gathered in San Antonio, Texas, Sept. 29-Oct. 1, 2022, for its first meeting since the Special Session of the Delegate Assembly this spring. Executive Board members adopted a new resolutions process, responded to the actions of the Delegate Assembly and proposed a new three-year cycle for future Delegate Assemblies. Read about more of their actions here: mennoniteusa.org/executive-board-takes-action
Open enrollment for the Corinthian Plan is from Nov. 1-Dec. 31. All Mennonite Church USA-affiliated congregations can enroll their eligible staff for coverage. For more information, please visit mennoniteusa.org/tcp
When Anneli Loepp Thiessen of Anabaptist Worship Network took another look at submissions for Voices Together, the new Mennonite hymnal, she made an exciting discovery. This resulted in the birth of the song “Still My Soul,” No. 603 in Voices Together. Read more about her process here: mennoniteusa.org/tune-finds-words
Painting a full picture of mass incarceration in the United States requires a reckoning with how Indigenous peoples in the U.S. are disproportionately arrested and sentenced in comparison to the broader population. “The inequities within our legal system are evident not only in statistics but also in comparison of specific cases,” writes Lorraine Stutzman Amstutz, Mennonite Church USA’s denominational minister for peace and justice. Read more here: mennoniteusa.org/indigenous-mass-incarceration
Duncan Smith, director of Mennonite Church USA’s The Corinthian Plan, reflects on his time as a pastor and what it felt like to be recognized and appreciated. “Take a moment and thank your pastor and other church staff members in your congregation.” Read more in his blog here: mennoniteusa.org/thank-your-pastor
–from Creation Justice Tips | United Methodist Church
Recycle Electronic Devices
Only 15% of all discarded electronic devices are recycled. Lead, mercury, cadmium, nickel, beryllium, and zinc from e-waste can leech into soil or into the water supply, harming plant and human life. Browse for “electronics recycling” or “e-waste disposal” to find options nearby. Or as a church, when you find a company, arrange an e-waste recycle drop-off event and promote it to congregation and community. Here’s one example.
Read Clothing Labels
Read the labels when buying clothes. Avoid harmful chemicals and harm to the earth. Organic cotton bypasses the pesticides and excessive use of water that are part of traditional cotton. Look for Oeko-tex 100 and GOTS (Global Organic Textile Standard), certifications that assure harmful chemicals were not used and sustainability practices are forefront. Check out this score card of the chemical management policies of major clothing brands.
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
Don’t let water run while cleaning dishes by hand. We all have those “hand-wash only” dishes. Or maybe you don’t have access to a dishwasher, so hand-washing is essentially unavoidable. To save water, don’t let the water run while rinsing the dishes. Newer kitchen faucets use about 1.5 to 2 gallons per minute, whereas older faucets use more.
A little bit of humor from actual church signs—
God gave us mouths that close and ears that don’t. That may tell us something.