Weekly Calendar

Weekly Calendar

Rebecca K Announcements

Weekly Calendar

Sunday, April 2 Palm and Passion Sunday

  • 9:30am NSMC Hybrid Worship at Civic Center and Zoom (contact Anne for details on how to join Zoom)
    • Communion
  • 10:45am Christian Formation using the study guide for Living More With Less
    • Study Guide Lesson 4, read chapter 6 & 7 in Living More With Less
    • View the video of Ric’s talks on these standards: “Nurture People” and “Learn from the World Community.” Check your email for the link that was sent out on March 29.
  • 12:00pm Potluck

Tuesday, April 4

  • 7:00pm ARCC meeting (contact Anne for details on how to join Zoom)
    • ARCC resumes its regular schedule of Zoom meetings on the 1st and 3rd Tuesdays.
    • The topic for discussion will be exploring what policies we could advocate for that will lessen our impact on the climate and physical world.  Everyone should bring a policy that we should consider.
    • Join us! We have had fruitful studies and much mutual support as a group of learners.
    • The Zoom link is shared on Tuesday before the meeting.

Thursday, April 6

  • 7:00pm Bible Study (contact Anne for details on how to join Zoom)
    • We have completed our scriptures for Anabaptism at 500, but the questions and discussions are good for any scripture selection.
    • The Zoom link is shared on Thursdays before the meeting.

Friday, April 7 Good Friday

  • 7:00pm Good Friday Zoom Tenebrae Service.
    • Readers are needed–please contact Anne.
    • The Zoom link will be sent out on Friday.

Sunday, April 9 Easter Sunday

  • 9:30am CCMC Worship
  • No Christian Formation
  • Potluck to follow.
  • If you are willing to carpool from the NSMC area, please contact Anne.

Mennonite Church USA is hosting a collaborative Youth & Young Adult Climate Summit, July 7, 2023, at the Kansas City (Missouri) Convention Center. The event will bring together experts in climate change, spiritual activism and social justice to explore the ways that young people ages 14 to 25 can put their faith to work to address the spiritual and human crisis caused by climate change. Learn more here: mennoniteusa.org/news/climatesummit

Mennonite Church USA is seeking nominees for its 2023 #BringthePeace awards. The annual award is given to two honorees: a legacy peacemaker in recognition of their life’s work and a young peacemaker (age 16-25), who can help inspire other young leaders. Submit your recommendations for nominees by completing this form by April 14: mennoniteusa.org/btp-nomination 

Mennonite Church USA is proud to acknowledge John Stoner of Akron (Ohio) Mennonite Church for his peacebuilding work with the 2022 #BringthePeace Legacy Peacemaker award, sponsored by the denomination’s Church Peace Tax Fund. Read his interview here: mennoniteusa.org/john-stoner-2022-btp

Talashia Keim Yoder, pastor at College Mennonite Church, in Goshen, Indiana, is the author of this year’s Lent at Home resource, sponsored by Mennonite Education Agency, which offers individuals and families flexible options for participating in Lent in their own home environments. Read her reflections here: mennoniteusa.org/created-us-to-be See the Lent at Home 2023 resources for Holy Week here: mennoniteusa.org/lentathome

–from Creation Justice Ministries 52 Ways to Care for Creation

Holy Week

On Good Friday, we confront the ways we have caused suffering in the world. As we remember the death of Jesus, let us acknowledge the suffering we have inflicted upon God’s Creation. In our mourning, may we resolve to be healers and helpers. May we participate in the resurrection of our environment.

–from Creation Justice Tips | United Methodist Church

Food for Pollinators

Plant a patch or a whole garden full of food for pollinators. Essential to the growth of food for humans (both body and soul), butterflies, bees, and birds teeter toward extinction due to human-caused destruction of habitat and use of pesticides. Plant for creation.  

Enough for All

Avoid food waste, which in landfills becomes methane and exacerbates the climate crisis. Consume less in the first place. Across the globe, near and far, too many people are hungry. Consuming too much and wasting what’s left over aren’t healthy for people or planet. Justice means assuring enough for all.

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 43 | Go homemade this week

It’s Wednesday and you’re on your way home from a hectic day of work. But first you have to pick up the kids and drop off that thing that you’ve been meaning to drop off at your besties for weeks that she’s been bugging you about.

And then you’ve got to make dinner. You could easily zip through the drive-thru for some tasty comfort food. But is that the best environmental choice?

This week, challenge yourself to make homemade meals instead of getting fast food.

How is not eating fast food eco-friendly? Making your own food at home can help you avoid additives and food packaging that come with industrial processed food, fast food and restaurant takeout. Plus, check out this video for more reasons why eating more meals at home helps our planet.

Need some quick and easy meal ideas? Start by using the items in your “use it first box.” Pressed for time? Check out this collection of crockpot recipes.

Kitchen Tip of the Week

–from The Washington Post

Use compostable dishwate

Consider compostable dishware for your next party. It’s easy to clean up (just place with your compost scraps) and eco-friendly. Plus, did I mention how chic they look? Check out these compostable dishware options that I used at my last get together ― cutlerycups and dishes