Weekly Calendar

Weekly Calendar

Rebecca K Announcements

Weekly Calendar

Friday, April 7 Good Friday

  • 7:00pm Good Friday Zoom Tenebrae Service.
    • It is a service of scripture from the gospel of John, song, and prayer that walks through Jesus’ trial and death.
    • We will extinguish candles as we progress through the service to mark the death of Jesus.

Sunday, April 9 Easter Sunday

  • 6:15am In-person sunrise service at the Edible Landscape, 1214 Prairie Orchid Rd, Grayslake, IL, followed by breakfast on Linda’s porch (inside if inclement weather)
  • 9:30am Joint NSMC/CCMC Worship at the Civic Center and on Zoom (contact Anne for details on how to join Zoom)
    • Speaker: Suzanne
    • Message: Fully Alive in the Resurrection
  • 10:45am Fellowship Time (no Christian Formation)

Thursday, April 13

  • 7:00pm Bible Study on Zoom using the simple questions from the Anabaptism Study at 500 study

Saturday, April 15

  • 10:00am-2:00pm Green Living Fair at College of Lake County, Grayslake, IL
    • Gardening, composting, solar energy, conservation, and more!
    • Recycling of bicycles, shoes, and glasses also available onsite.
    • Click here for more information

Sunday, April 16

  • 9:30am NSMC Hybrid Worship at Civic Center and Zoom (contact Anne for details on how to join Zoom)
  • 10:45am Christian Formation using the study guide for Living More With Less

The Mennonite Church USA Executive Board addressed agenda items for the upcoming 2023 Delegate Assembly and affirmed several key relationships during its online Zoom meeting on Jan. 27 and 28, 2023. Learn more here: mennoniteusa.org/news/executive-board-prepares

Online registration is open for MennoCon23, Mennonite Church USA’s leading faith formation event, in Kansas City (Missouri) Convention Center, July 3-6, 2023. Registration is also open for the Youth & Young Adult Climate Summit, July 7, and the Delegate Assembly, July 7-8. Register here: mennoniteusa.org/registration

Is it time for a retreat? This is a question that Marlene Kropf, spiritual director and retreat leader, asks herself more often these days, especially in a post-COVID-19 world. Read more of her thoughts here: mennoniteusa.org/time-for-retreat

Shannon W. Dycus, vice president for student affairs and dean of students at Eastern Mennonite University in Virginia, attended Mennonite Church USA’s Hope for the Future Conference for Black, Indigenous, People of Color (BIPOC) at the beginning of February. Read Shannon’s litany based on her experience: mennoniteusa.org/hope-is-a-practice

–from Creation Justice Ministries 52 Ways to Care for Creation

Eco-Friendly Easter

This Easter, trade the plastic easter-eggs and chemical dyes for an eco-friendly Easter celebration. Try dyeing local/free range chicken eggs with dyes from beets, onions, and cabbages for a fun and natural holiday craft!

–from Creation Justice Tips | United Methodist Church

Reduce Your Emissions

Remember the clear air during the COVID shut down? Also clear was the evidence that gasoline vehicles are a major culprit driving the emissions that pollute our air and lungs. Choose to reduce the emissions you create—travel less, combine trips, carpool, use public transportation, walk, bike, invest in an electric or hybrid vehicle, advocate to electrify school buses and company fleets.

The Problem with Runoff

April showers in cities often create runoff. With so much pavement the water picks up contaminants and races untreated to the nearest storm drains, negatively affecting water quality and harming wildlife and forestry. Lessen runoff damage: Avoid lawn chemicals, recycle motor oil, wash a car on grass or at a facility that filters wastewater, remove debris from sidewalks and driveways.

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 44 | Become a plant parent

You open your front door at the end of a long day and the first thing you see is a vibrant, thriving growing being that puts a smile on your face — your plant babies!

If you’re not already, become a plant parent this week by picking up some greenery from your local greenhouse. And pick up a pot for your new addition from your local MCC Thrift shop!

These little green dudes will help you be kind to our planet by increasing your indoor air quality. Your little babies help to absorb carbon dioxide and release oxygen into the air. They also release moisture vapor and increase humidity. Plants can also help to capture indoor pollutants and convert them into stored energy by transmitting toxins to their roots and turning them into a food source. Worried about keeping your plant baby alive? There are many plants that actually thrive on neglect 😅! Did you try this challenge? Share a photo of your plant babies on social media with the hashtag #thrifty50 and tag us with @MCCThrift. We’d love to see how you’re doing!

Kitchen Tip of the Week

–from The Washington Post

Serve low-waste dishes

Be intentional about the dishes you serve to minimize the waste you produce while preparing. Here are some recipes and ideas to start: