Saturday, May 6
- 7:30pm Coffee House at CCMC with the musical group “Not Done Yet”
Sunday, May 7
- 9:30am NSMC Hybrid Worship (contact Anne for details on how to join Zoom)
- Speaker: Anne
- 10:45am Christian Formation: Lesson 7 in Living More With Less
- 12:00pm Potluck
Thursday, May 11
- 7:00pm Bible Study on Zoom (contact Anne for details on how to join Zoom)
Saturday, May 13
- 8:30am Combined CCMC & NSMC Women’s Breakfast at the Jelly Cafe, 795 W. Dundee Road, Palatine (see Google map). There is outdoor seating and no RSVP is required.
Sunday, May 14
- 9:30am CCMC Hybrid Worship
- Speaker: Shane
- 10:45am Christian Formation
On May 1, 2023, Mennonite Church USA will be changing its email address for email marketing communications to EBComm@Communications.MennoniteUSA.org. Read why this is important and get instructions on how to add the new address to your address book here: mennoniteusa.org/notice-new-email
The Mennonite Church USA Executive Board met in Los Angeles on April 13-14, 2023, and voted to forward three proposed organizational resolutions to the Delegate Assembly, including one that recommends shifting the Delegate Assembly to a three-year, or triennial, cycle. Read more here: mennoniteusa.org/executive-board-april-meeting. The Constituency Leaders Council provided feedback on the three proposed organizational resolutions at its meeting in San Antonio, Texas, in March. Read more here: mennoniteusa.org/news/clc-looks
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. Early bird pricing ends on May 14. Register here: convention.mennoniteusa.org/registration
- Download a Power Point slide here: mennoniteusa.org/mennocon23-powerpoint
- Download a printer-friendly flyer here: mennoniteusa.org/mennocon23-flyer-print
After attending Mennonite Church USA’s Hope for the Future Conference as a Mosaic Mennonite Conference board member, Kiron Mateti, experienced a refreshing sense of belonging within the Mennonite church. He was no longer the only person of color in the room. Read more about his experience here: mennoniteusa.org/finding-seat-at-mennonite-table
The Peace Table is the new Bible story for MennoMedia’s “Shine” elementary curriculum for 2023-26. Get a sneak peek of this exciting new resource during MennoMedia’s webinar on Monday, May 8, 7 p.m. ET. Learn how this book can help you guide children to love Jesus, grow in faith and become peacemakers that change the world by registering here: shinecurriculum.com/webinar
–from Creation Justice Ministries 52 Ways to Care for Creation
Reverent Nature Walk
Go on a walk, paying a little more attention than usual to the trees, or the water, or a blade of grass. Take the time to notice and admire. Rev. Barbara Brown Taylor speaks to this spiritual practice of paying attention in her book, An Altar in the World.
–from Creation Justice Tips | United Methodist Church
When you are spring cleaning and realize you no longer need something, resist the temptation just to toss! Instead, take the time to find a place to donate. Your efforts avoid adding to landfills and to air and land pollution and to the injustice suffered by people close to the landfill.
When you eat food on Mondays, make your meals meatless. Actually, any day of the week will work to forego the expense to you and the planet that meat creates.
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.
What kind of exercise do washing machines love? The spin cycle.
How many of you groaned over that dad joke?
It’s week two of our four-week eco-friendly laundry challenge. Let’s tackle our laundry products by choosing one of the options below to work on this week:
- Switch to an eco-friendly laundry detergent. Source out a detergent that uses fewer toxic ingredients and earth-friendly packaging. These Tru Earth laundry detergent sheets are a great option. They’re hypoallergenic, biodegradable and come in plastic-free recyclable packaging.
- Use reusable dryer balls. Dryer balls shorten the length of a drying cycle, reduce static cling and soften garments without the use of chemical liquid fabric softeners or perfumed dryer sheets. A great option is the sustainably sourced wool dryer ball starter set from Blueland.
Kitchen Tip of the Week
–from The Washington Post
Choose your decor mindfully
No party is complete without some sprucing up! There are a ton of great biodegradable party decoration options now, but some are even closer than you think. Consider decorating your table with flowers and leaves from your yard, or using natural dyes when decorating cupcakes/cakes/materials for parties.