Sunday, February 26
- 9:30am CCMC Worship with Zoom connections (contact Anne for details on how to join)
- Speaker: Suzanne
- 10:45am Sermon Discussion on Zoom
Tuesday, February 28
- 7:00pm ARCC Meeting on Zoom (contact Anne for details on how to join Zoom)
Thursday, March 2
- 7:00pm Bible Study with Shane (contact Anne for details on how to join Zoom)
Saturday, March 4
- 7:30pm CCMC Coffee House with Andi and I
- Doors open at 7:00pm
- Kathryn’s Kettle Corn will be available
Sunday, March 5
- 9:30am NSMC Hybrid Worship at Civic Center and Zoom (contact Anne for details on how to join Zoom)
- 10:45am Congregational Meeting (see announcement below)
- 12:00pm Potluck
Congregational Meeting on March 5
Plan to attend the NSMC Congregational Meeting following worship on Sunday, March 5. The purpose of the meeting will be to receive a brief update on finances and ministries and to explore together our experience of collaboration with CCMC. Focus questions to guide our conversation will be emailed out prior to the meeting.
Everence is offering four informative webinars in the month of March.
- Wednesday, March 8, 1:00pm and 7:00pm CST
- Everence 101. We believe it’s possible to combine your faith and values with your decisions about money. Hear the Everence story and the various ways we hare helping members express their faith through their financial decisions.
- Wednesday, March 15, 1:00pm and 7:00pm CST
- Invest in a better world. Your faith and values can inform many of the decisions you make when it comes to investing. This presentation will help you learn how to make a better world through your investments.
- Wednesday, March 22, 1:00pm and 7:00pm CST
- What will your final statement be? Throughout our lives we strive to care for our loved ones. We’ll discuss how the transfer of your estate can be an intentional and meaningful expression of love for your family, no matter your income level.
- Wednesday, March 29, 1:00pm and 7:00pm CST
- Understanding Medicare. Medicare can be confusing. Our webinar will help clear things ups We’ll cover the fundamentals, including signing up for Medicare, what Medicare covers, and plans that supplement Medicare.
To register, or for more information, visit the Everence national page (scroll down for Upcoming Webinars). Please email firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions.
During the first week of December 2022, the Executive Council of Mennonite World Conference (MWC) met to finish the business that they had begun in Indonesia in July. Linda Dibble, moderator for Mennonite Church USA and the MWC North American representative for the United States, shares about her experiences of connection with a diverse group of Anabaptists here: mennoniteusa.org/together-global-church
In celebration of the birthday of Anabaptism, which occurs on Jan. 21 each year, Mollee Moua, managing editor of the Anabaptism at 500 Project at MennoMedia, a Mennonite Church USA agency, shares about the work of making the Bible more accessible to all. Read her thoughts here: mennoniteusa.org/dangerous-work-scripture-together
–from Creation Justice Ministries 52 Ways to Care for Creation
Earth Day Sunday Resource
It’s almost Earth Day! Check out the 2023 Earth Day Sunday Resource on our website. Use our sermon-starters to write a sermon for Earth Day Sunday! You’ll also find an earth day bible study guide, stories, liturgical resources and more.
–from Creation Justice Tips | United Methodist Church
Go After Those Window Drafts
Conquer the draftiness of your windows with Indows. Unlike the old storm windows, Indows go on the inside, cutting down leakage and energy costs. See how they work and look; also learn about the company’s values.
Cut Down on Paper Towels
Go from rags to riches—ditch paper towels and switch to reusable, washable cloth rags or napkins. Decreasing demand means decreasing deforestation. Reusing cloth for napkins and clean-up saves money, as well as trees.
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.
Editor’s Note: Please excuse the timing of this challenge. It was several weeks into the series before I found out about it. Learn from these ideas and put them to use next Christmas.
Oh eco-friendly Christmas bells, eco-friendly Christmas bells
Eco-friendly all the way
Oh what fun it is to create
The eco-friendly Christmas way!
Can you name that (slightly) modified Christmas tune?
According to Zero Waste Canada, household waste can increase more than 25% over the holiday season. So let’s do our part and get that number down by DIYing some sustainable Christmas decorations for your home!
Here’s just a sampling of ideas for sustainable Christmas decorations. Feel free to use the Google machine to find many, many more earth-friendly DIY ideas:
- Paperback book mini tree | Calling all book lovers! Turn a book, preferably one you don’t want to read again, into a festive tree. All you need is a book from your bookshelf (or your local MCC thrift shop), a utility knife, and embellishments of your choosing. Intrigued by this craft? Here are step-by-step instructions on how to create this novel idea.
- Foraged greens wreath | Try saying that 10 times fast! From paper to, pine cones, to herbs, to branches, there are many options for your DIY wreath. Spend an afternoon with your kiddos foraging through your backyard or local park to create this circular dream décor for your front door. As always, stop by your local thrift shop for any items that you may need for this craft.
- Tree ornaments | The sustainable ornament options for your tree are endless: puzzle piece snowflakes, origami stars, and your local thrift shop.
Kitchen Tip of the Week
–from The Washington Post
Remember all the great home scallion gardens of 2020? I am guilty as charged. Self-quarantining helped many of us realize what we can grow at home. Some scraps can be turned into fully grown vegetables and fruits just by placing the cores or roots in a glass of water. Here is a list of scraps that can be regrown at home with ease. And here are tips on growing and maintaining your regrown produce at home.