Sunday, May 21
- 9:30am NSMC Hybrid Worship (contact Anne for details on how to join Zoom)
- 10:45am Christian Formation
- We will discuss chapters 15-16 (“Clothes and Bodies” and “Transportation and Travel”) of Living More With Less
Thursday, May 25
- 7:00pm Bible Study on Zoom (contact Anne for details on how to join Zoom)
Sunday, May 28
- 9:30am CCMC Hybrid Pentecost Worship
- Speaker: Suzanne
- 10:45am Christian Formation
- 12:00pm Potluck
Richard Blackburn, Lombard Mennonite Peace Center Director Emeritus, is leading his fourth “Peacemaker’s Pilgrimage to the Holy Land,” January 19 – February 1, 2024. A previous participant said “it was the spiritual journey of a lifetime.”
This peacemaker’s pilgrimage provides the opportunity to experience both the ancient stones of biblical history as well as the “living stones” as embodied in the ministries of those working to promote Christ’s vision of peace with justice. Along with visits to traditional pilgrimage sites, there will be teaching sessions on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and conversations with both Palestinian Christians and various peacemaking ministries and Israeli representatives and peace organizations that oppose the military occupation.
For more detailed information, please visit their website. You can also download a PDF brochure from the site and book your place for the pilgrimage.
The Anabaptist Climate Collaborative (formerly the Center for Sustainable Climate Solutions) has issued their May 2023 newsletter, called Climate Solutions. As they transition to being an independent organization, the newsletter spells out their purpose, offers a climate-centered curriculum for churches, upcoming activities and events, and perhaps most importantly, the reason why they are addressing climate change.
Ryan and Friends, featuring comedian/ventriloquist Ryan Bomgardner, will be performing during MennoCon23, Mennonite Church USA’s leading faith formation event, in Kansas City (Missouri) Convention Center, July 6, 2023, at 9 p.m. Read more here: mennoniteusa.org/ryan-mennocon23
Interested in volunteering at MennoCon23, Kansas City, Mo., July 3-6? Mennonite Church USA seeks an onsite volunteer coordinator and volunteers for children’s programming, special events and more! Fill out a form here: mennoniteusa.org/forms/mennocon-volunteer-interest
Planning to attend MennoCon23 in Kansas City, July 3-6? Be sure to view this recorded webinar, “MennoCon23: Know Before You Go.” mennoniteusa.org/webinar-mennocon23
The Bible has several examples of God changing or updating the name or descriptor of God’s servants because of their life experiences and the context of their calling. Ertell M. Whigham, associate pastor of Nueva Vida Norristown (Pennsylvania) New Life Mennonite Church, shares his story of transformation through intercultural ministry. Read more about his story here: mennoniteusa.org/gods-call-intercultural
–from Creation Justice Ministries 52 Ways to Care for Creation
Spring is a great time to start a compost pile. Set one up in your own backyard or find out if your county has a curbside composting program! Learn more about Jeff Chu’s theology of compost on the Evolving Faith Podcast.
–from Creation Justice Tips | United Methodist Church
Feed the Butterflies
When you love butterflies, give those pollinators (and others) a reason to stop at your place—plants, especially ones that are native to your area, that feed caterpillars and the beautiful, winged creatures that give us great delight. Nix the pesticides for their sake too.
When you shop online for anything, check the “About” portion of the website before you buy. Find out what the company is or is not doing to care for creation and justice. Support those sources that help not harm. Look for B Corp and other companies that give back 1% for the planet.