Weekly Calendar

Weekly Calendar

Rebecca KAnnouncements

Weekly Calendar

Sunday, January 15

  • 9:30am NSMC Hybrid Worship (contact Anne for details on how to join Zoom)
  • 10:45am Sermon discussion

Tuesday, January 17

  • 7:00pm ARCC (Action/Reflection Creation Care) meeting (see announcement below)

Thursday, January 19

  • 7:00pm Bible Study on Genesis 3 with Shane (contact Anne for details on how to join Zoom)

Saturday, January 21

  • 9:00am-1:00pm Worship Planning Workshop (see announcement below)

Sunday, January 22

  • 9:30am CCMC Hybrid Worship (contact Anne for details on how to join Zoom)
    • Speaker: Suzanne
  • 10:45am Sermon discussion

Worship Planning and Leading Workshop

If you have an interest in learning more about worship planning and leading, plan to attend Anne’s workshop on Saturday, January 21, 9:00am-1:00pm. It will include:

  • the elements of worship
  • tending the “flow” of worship
  • working with a theme
  • using resources
  • cultivating a sense of presence and Presence.

The workshop will end with a light lunch before 1:00pm. Please contact Anne or Suzanne if you are interested. and RSVP to Anne at 847-778-5173.

Church Retreat at Menno Haven, February 3-5

Our annual retreat at Menno Haven Camp & Retreat Center for NSMC and CCMC is February 3-5. The focus of the retreat will be the “Five Life Standards” from Living More With Less by Doris Janzen Longacre. They are: Do Justice. Learn from the world community. Nurture people. Cherish the natural order. Nonconform freely.”  Final numbers of those attending, leaders, and activities will be finalized this week! Please RSVP if you haven’t already to Anne or Suzanne. NOTE: if you are planning to attend, give some planning time to what you will share or organize for MennoNite Live on Saturday night! You can share a poem or reading, a song, a skit, or an activity we can all do together. Dust off your sense of fun and creativity!

Illinois Mennonite Conference Day of Discernment on January 28

The Illinois Mennonite Conference Day of Discernment will be on Saturday, January 28, 10:00am to 3:00pm, at Lombard Mennonite Church and on Zoom, open to all interested. 

The Church Life Team of IMC on which Anne serves, will lead a second Day of Discernment to continue listening to congregations’ openness to envisioning a way forward with all the diversity of ethnicity, location and conviction that we are experiencing. Our first Day that took place at Roanoke Mennonite Church surprised us with the openness to moving forward together in the service of Jesus. Whether or not you plan to attend, we appreciate your prayers for willing participation, careful listening, and genuine openness for this next day together.

ARCC Announcements

Our next ARCC meeting will be Tuesday, January 17, 7:00pm on Zoom. Gerry will lead the first discussion of the topics in Lloyd Alter’s book, Living the 1.5 Degree Lifestyle. As North Americans we know we need to change our lifestyles dramatically to support global goals for climate change. But where to begin? We will examine the impacts of different aspects of our lifestyles as a starting place. 

Everence has released their December 2022 newsletter Toolkit. In this issue, you can find short articles on topics like the increase in Americans’ personal debt, a poll about political agreement in the church, and even a green tip on plastic. Check it out!

December 2022 Everence Toolkit

The Kineo Center, a ministry partner of Mennonite Church USA, offers cohort programs for pastors and leaders experiencing burnout, and a new cohort begins Feb. 5. The program features a 24-week, online discussion group and a four-day trip to the Kineo retreat center in Puerto Rico. Learn more about this opportunity here: mennoniteusa.org/kineo-center-cohort

From a young age, Cristian Alemán, outreach coordinator and bilingual music director for College Mennonite Church in Goshen, Indiana, knew he might one day lose his sight, but he did not know the lessons that he would learn from the experience. Adriana Celis, a writer for MenoTicias, the Spanish-language newsletter published by Mennonite Church USA and Hispanic Ministries of Mennonite Education Agency, shares Alemán’s story in “Learning to value the colors of life.” Read more here: mennoniteusa.org/learning-to-value-the-colors-of-life/ (Lea la versión en español aquí: mennoniteusa.org/learning-to-value-the-colors-of-life-spanish

–from Creation Justice Ministries

Celebrate MLK Day in Your Community

Find and attend a local/online event celebrating Dr. King’s birthday! As he once wrote, “we aren’t going to have peace on Earth until we recognize the basic fact of the interrelated structure of all reality.” Consider the relationship between social justice and creation justice.

–from Creation Justice Tips | United Methodist Church

Choose One Action

Feeling overwhelmed by all that needs to be done to protect the planet and its people? Imagine a huge bowl of something you’d like to eat. You take a bite and then another bite—not the whole thing at once. Choose one action you can do and do it. Don’t stop there. Take on another “bite,” and then another. You are making a difference.

Power Up for Change

Bringing about a better environment for all requires individual choices and group effortPower up for change with a group. Join your church’s green team or a national organization, like Interfaith Power and Light, Sierra Club, or the Ocean Conservancy. Or pull together a small group of folks willing to work locally. Start by reading what Margaret Mead says about a small group of committed people.

(Editor’s Note: Join our own ARCC group, which meets on the first and third Tuesdays via Zoom.)

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 32 | Kitchen challenge | Unplug your appliances

How many kitchen gadgets do you have in your pantry? Now how many of these kitchen gadgets do you leave plugged in even though you only use them once in a blue moon? For me? Too many!

This week, let’s challenge ourselves to unplug the appliances in our kitchens, even the appliances we use a lot. 

I’m going to unplug my toaster every morning after I make my routine peanut butter and jelly toast for breakfast. Which appliance are you going to unplug?

Pro tip: Plug your appliances into a power bar and simply turn off the bar every night. One simple switch for multiple appliances? Genius!

Kitchen Tip of the Week

–from The Washington Post

Shop for eco-friendly cleaning products or make your own.

I have a rule of thumb ― if the product isn’t safe for babies or pets, it isn’t safe for me. Now-a-days, there are a plethora of brands and products to choose from. To start, you can make your own all-natural disinfectant cleaning products with simple ingredients like baking soda, vinegar and citrus. 

Not into making your own? Then check these eco-friendly brands like Grove Collaborative, Seventh Generation and ECOS. And instead of buying new bottles of cleaning solutions, consider buying refill packs to minimize the plastic use.