Saturday, December 24 Christmas Eve
- 4:00pm Christmas Eve Worship and Potluck, Munleys, 329 Dunbar Rd, Mundelein
- RSVP appreciated, but not required
Sunday, December 25 Christmas
- No worship service
Saturday, December 31
- 5:00-9:00pm Soup, Prayers, and Fellowship at the CCMC Parsonage, 888 S Roselle Rd, Schaumburg. Please bring games.
Sunday, January 1
- No worship service
Tuesday, January 3
- 7:00pm ARCC meeting
Thursday, January 5
- 7:00pm Bible Study resumes
Sunday, January 8 Epiphany Sunday
- 9:30am CCMC Hybrid Worship (contact Anne for details on how to join Zoom)
- 10:45am Sermon discussion
- 12:00pm Potluck
NSMC Church Retreat, February 3-5 at Menno Haven Camp & Retreat Center
Our annual church retreat will have the focus on living the More With Less life together. The theme is “Do justice. Learn from the world community. Cherish the natural order. Nurture people. Noncomform freely.”
Please RSVP to Anne as soon as possible concerning if and how you would like to attend.
If a Zoom connection is possible at Menno Haven, we may be able to have a hybrid retreat. Stay tuned for more information.
New Year, Schedules Resume
The next ARCC (Action/Reflection Creation Care) meeting will be on Tuesday, January 3, 2023.
The next Bible Study will be on Thursday, January 5, 2023.
Mennonite Church USA (MC USA) has named John Stoner and Clara Weybright as this year’s #BringThePeace awardees. Stoner received the Legacy Peacemaker award, and Weybright received the Young Peacemaker award. The awards are sponsored by MC USA’s Church Peace Tax Fund. Read more about the awardees here: mennoniteusa.org/news/2022-bringthepeace-award
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
Being transformed by moving across state lines while trusting in God’s plan for your life can cause one to realize that they are in fact not fully in control. Read more about Rachel Ringenberg Miller’s journey to serving as denominational minister for ministerial leadership for Mennonite Church USA: mennoniteusa.org/relinquishing-control
Stay in the know about what’s happening in Mennonite Church USA (MC USA) by subscribing to PeaceMail, MC USA’s official news source. Subscribe to the weekly newsletter here: mennoniteusa.org/peacemail
–from Creation Justice Tips | United Methodist Church
Teach Children to Make Decorations
Invite the children to make decorations for Christmas. Show them how to cut snowflakes from recycled paper or create a collage or ornaments by using greeting cards from a previous year. Encourage them to find joy in reusing rather than trashing. The learning will carry on past the holidays.
Cut Down on Holiday Food Waste
Holiday food waste is a key driver of climate change. Send leftovers home with guests after a gathering. Take your own takeout container when you meet friends for a dinner out. Compost. These simple actions show you care for the earth, for your family and friends, and for all who are and will be affected by climate change.
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
–from The Washington Post
Go meat and dairy-free a few days a week. If every person in the U.S. cut their meat consumption by just 25 percent, it would reduce annual greenhouse gas emissions by 1 percent. That’s just 1 to 2 days a week being meat free. Plus, you can save on your grocery shopping bill by focusing on meat and dairy-free purchases, like whole foods and vegetables.