Friday, December 2
- 7:00pm Beer and Hymn Sing (see separate email for details)
Sunday, December 4 Second Sunday of Advent
- 9:30am Hybrid Worship (Civic Center and Zoom; contact Anne for details on how to join Zoom)
- Speaker: Shane
- 10:30am Sermon discussion
- 12:00pm Potluck
Tuesday, December 6
- 7:00pm ARCC meeting on sustainable housing led by Janelle and Omar (see announcement below; contact Anne for details on how to join Zoom)
Wednesday, December 7
- 7:00pm Ecumenical Advent Service led by women, First Presbyterian Church, Libertyville (reception at 7:00pm, worship at 7:30pm)
Thursday, December 8
- 7:00pm Zoom Bible Study on Advent Scriptures led by Shane (contact Anne for details on how to join Zoom)
Sunday, December 11 Third Sunday of Advent
- 9:30am Hybrid Worship at CCMC
- Speaker: Suzanne
- 10:30am Sermon discussion
Our next Action-Reflection Creation Care meeting will be on Tuesday, December 6, at 7:00pm. We will be discussing one of the projects that is listed on the Anabaptist Climate Collaborative website tab entitled Sustainable Climate Solutions. The project we will discuss is Sustainable Housing.
Anne will send the zoom link. Email Janelle if you wish to add more items to the agenda.
The denominational Advent at Home worship guide is now 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/lentathome
The African American Mennonite Association (AAMA), a recognized racial ethnic group of Mennonite Church USA, and Eastern Mennonite Seminary, Harrisonburg, Virginia, have teamed up to provide scholarships for Black ministry leaders interested in completing EMS’ new graduate certificate in faith-based peacebuilding. The deadline for the spring semester is Dec. 31, 2022. Learn more here: mennoniteusa.org/news/aama-ems
Mennonite Church USA (MC USA) Executive Board staff has posted the new “Guidelines for Developing Organizational Resolutions and Church Statements in Mennonite Church USA” on the MC USA website. The guidelines are effective immediately and apply to proposed organizational resolutions or church statements submitted for consideration by the 2023 Delegate Assembly (Kansas City, Missouri, July 7-8, 2023). Learn more here: mennoniteusa.org/news/resolutions-process
Read a prayer of lamentation about mass incarceration by writer Kayla Berkley. The prayer is part of Mennonite Church USA’s “Learn, Pray, Join: Mass Incarceration” initiative, which examines the injustices in our criminal legal system through an Anabaptist lens. Read the prayer here: mennoniteusa.org/complacency-prayer-incarceration
As members of Mennonite Church USA, let us look ahead to the new year and to focus on living into our Renewed Commitments to follow Jesus, witness to God’s peace and help our communities experience transformation. Your financial gifts to Mennonite Church USA help to equip and empower our conferences, congregations and our diverse body of believers to tell the transformative story of the birth, life and resurrection of Jesus Christ. MennoniteUSA.org/give
–from Creation Justice Tips | United Methodist Church
Use LED Christmas Lights
Christmas lights are symbols of the Light that came into the world with the birth of Christ. Enjoy them and use LED’s wherever you can to take care of the world that Jesus lit up with his presence.
Christmas Shopping Without Plastic Bags
We’ve been learning to take our own reusable bags to the grocery store. The same principle works in retail stores. Carry in your own bags, politely decline the store’s plastic ones, and tell the clerks you are cutting down on single-use plastic. It’s your gift to the planet.
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 fruits/veggies/herbs in a bowl of water. Filling a large bowl with water to wash vegetables and fruits instead of washing them under a running faucet will reduce waste. You can find great tips on washing produce here.