Sunday, November 27 First Sunday of Advent
- 9:30am Hybrid Worship at CCMC (888 S Roselle Rd, Schaumburg, IL, see Google map)
- Welcome and Installation of Suzanne Ford
- 10:30am Sermon discussion
- 12:00pm Potluck
Thursday, November 24
- 7:00pm Zoom Bible Study on Advent Scriptures led by Shane (contact Anne for details on how to join Zoom)
Sunday, December 4 Second Sunday of Advent
- 9:30am Hybrid Worship (Civic Center and Zoom; contact Anne for details on how to join Zoom)
- 10:30am Sermon discussion
The worship planning committee for Mennonite Church USA’s MennoCon23 convention has officially begun preparing for the event, which will take place at the Kansas City (Missouri) Convention Center, July 3-8, 2023. The committee spends the year prior to the event organizing the worship services for MennoCon. Read more here: mennoniteusa.org/news/mennocon23-worship-planning-committee
Save the date! Hope for the Future, an annual gathering of Black, Indigenous and people of color leaders from across Mennonite Church USA, will be held February 3-5, 2023, in Atlanta, Georgia. Learn more here: mennoniteusa.org/hopeforthefuture
Dirt and composting are powerful tools for learning how to serve. Just ask Melissa Marquez Weaver of Immanuel Mennonite Church, who was recently inspired to dig through mud. “At the bottom of my muck pile was the brown gold I’d been searching for. Soft and rich and ready to help our plants and flowers thrive.” Read more in her #BeTransformed blog here:
Cincinnati Mennonite Fellowship artist Christian Dallas painted a mural that makes a powerful statement to the church’s neighborhood. Titled (by a church vote) “The Beauty of Peace,” the approximately 500 sq. ft. mural spans three walls. See a photo and learn more here: mennoniteusa.org/peaceful-scene
This Giving Tuesday, Mennonite Church USA thanks you for your support and gifts throughout the year. Every gift to the General Fund helps to support the work and ministries of the Mennonite Church USA Executive Board and staff, which in turn, supports area conferences, congregations and members. Learn more here. https://www.mennoniteusa.org/give/
–from Creation Justice Tips | United Methodist Church
Take a Step Toward Sustainability at Family Dinners
Use cloth napkins and save a tree. Paper napkins can be composted. (They were once alive as trees.) Use your leftovers. Compost your food waste. If you don’t have access to a backyard composter or a compost service, check out the new compost machines. Be conscious of what the earth needs and what you can do—and give thanks.
Be Thoughtful About What You Buy
Black Friday, Small Business Saturday, and Cyber Monday are part of our culture of relentless advertising and overconsumption, which ultimately fills our landfills. Be thoughtful about what you buy and from whom. Discern wants versus needs. Look for environmentally focused companies with ethical practices. Consider packaging, durability, and sustainability in the products you choose.
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.
Week 25 | Extend the life of your clothing
Kitchen Tip of the Week
Reuse water when cooking. If you’re boiling pasta or grains for a meal, reuse the water to boil or steam veggies in the same pot. This minimizes the use of additional water and pots/pans. Once the pasta/grains are cooked and removed, use the remaining water to blend into sauces.
Then if you’re left with remaining water from cooking, use it to water your houseplants (it can even add more nutrients to your plants!).