Sunday, December 11 Third Sunday of Advent
- 9:30am Hybrid Worship at CCMC (Zoom info will be sent separately; contact Anne if you need help)
- Speaker: Suzanne
- 10:30am Sermon discussion
Thursday, December 15
- 7:00pm Zoom Bible Study on Advent Scriptures led by Shane (contact Anne for details on how to join Zoom)
Sunday, December 18 Fourth 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
NSMC Christmas Eve
Plan to join us on Saturday, December 24, 6:00pm, for a Christmas Eve in-person worship and potluck at the Munley home, 329 Dunbar Rd, Mundelein. An RSVP is appreciated, but not necessary.
Mennonite Church USA (MC USA) has released the completed report from its denominational survey, “The Mennonite Experience: MC USA Membership Study 2021-22.” The 85-page report revealed that members have deep commitments to their faith, a passion for peacebuilding, a heart for service and close congregational ties. Read more here: mennoniteusa.org/news/denominational-survey
Open enrollment for The Corinthian Plan is from Nov. 1-Dec. 31, 2022. All Mennonite Church USA-affiliated congregations can enroll their eligible staff for health care coverage. For more information, please visit mennoniteusa.org/tcp
Disability is defined and understood in many different ways, and the experience of disability can vary widely. The way that is lived out has a lot to do with social location and surrounding infrastructure. Read more about this topic from Kathy Dickson, a volunteer field associate for the Anabaptist Disabilities Network, here: mennoniteusa.org/disability-social-model
The Kineo Center, a ministry partner of Mennonite Church USA (MC USA), is hosting a new cohort program beginning Feb. 5, 2023, for pastors and leaders experiencing burnout. The program, titled “Renewal for Weary and Wounded Leaders,” features a 24-week, online discussion group and a four-day, three-night retreat at The Kineo Center in Naguabo, Puerto Rico. Participants may register for the cohort here: thekineocenter.com/cohort
Human trafficking is a unique issue in today’s society because everyone seems to be able to agree that it is wrong and should be stopped. But the underlying issues of its connection to mass incarceration is much more complex. Read a thought-provoking blog by Yvonne Zimmerman, a Christian ethics educator and member of Columbus (Ohio) Mennonite Church, here: mennoniteusa.org/human-trafficking-rescue-paradigm
–from Creation Justice Tips | United Methodist Church
Reuse Gift Bags
Use and reuse gift bags rather than wrapping paper. While it might be fun to rip and tear into a wrapped present, the fancy paper itself is most likely to be laminated with plastic, foil, glitter, or other non-paper materials that contaminate a recycle bin. So, go for the bags!
Give Fair Trade presents this Christmas
Buying Fair Trade provides the creators—farmers, laborers, and artisans—fair prices and stable incomes, reduces poverty, betters working conditions, and promotes environmentally sustainable practices. It’s a just and good deal for all! If you like coffee, explore the Velasquez Family Coffee website (vfamilycoffee.com).
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
Put excess ice cubes in plants. If you have an automatic ice maker in your freezer, you’ll notice that it makes ice all the time. If you don’t use it often or don’t turn it off, it will begin to pile up. If you’re looking to get rid of them, or if you’re like me and drop ice cubes on the floor all the time, you can save those cubes is by placing them in your plants instead of dumping them in the sink.