Sunday, August 13
- 9:30am CCMC Hybrid Worship
- Theme: Path of Peace and Forgiveness
Sunday, August 20
- 9:30am NSMC Hybrid Worship (contact Anne for details on how to join Zoom)
- Theme: Path of Peace
This past Sunday I shared concern for the lack of immediate shelter for the unhoused in Lake County, Illinois. Many of you know PADS shelter runs during the winter months leaving many without immediate shelter if the need arises. PADS is attempting to provide a fixed shelter in Lake County. Included below are links to Housing Action Illinois and PADs Lake County for your reference.
Perhaps together we can find a way to support this effort.
PADS 2022 Report (PDF with information about fixed site)
What Tomorrow Looks Like for PADS Lake County (July 13, 2023 article)
ARCC Meeting on August 22
The next ARCC (Action/Reflection Creation Care) group meeting will be on Tuesday, August 22. More details will be announced soon.
Mennonite Church USA has named Nancy Kauffmann, former board president of Dove’s Nest and longtime Mennonite church leader, as the interim denominational minister of Church Safety for MC USA’s Church Vitality office. This new position was created so that the denomination could address the need for continued abuse education and prevention work. Read the announcement here: mennoniteusa.org/news/interim-minister-church-safety
Approximately 300 youth, young adults and their sponsors gathered in Kansas City at the Kansas City Convention Center on July 7, 2023, for the Youth & Young Adult Climate Summit. The summit focused on climate change, including climate anxiety, social justice and advocacy themes. Read more here: mennoniteusa.org/news/encouraged-challenged-climate-summit
In this Menno Snapshots blog, Glen Guyton, executive director of MC USA, introduces and reflects on the new theme for the next biennium, “Follow Jesus.” “MC USA’s role in our society is more critical than ever. Our message of peace, love, community and reconciliation is needed in this hurting world,” Guyton said. Read more about the new theme here: mennoniteusa.org/follow-jesus View the slide graphic here: mennoniteusa.org/fj-qr
The pandemic was a time of great anxiety but also a time for reflection and healing. Jesica Lynn Nichols, a member of Lowville (New York) Mennonite Church, reflects on how and why she became a Mennonite during the pandemic. Read more of her story here: mennoniteusa.org/blessings-amid-pandemic
Lisa Longacher, a development officer for Hesston College shares about how her art can be used for positive change. Longacher co-led a youth seminar, “Art for Change: Exploring Your Creativity,” at MennoCon23. Read more here: mennoniteusa.org/art-for-change
–from Creation Justice Ministries 52 Ways to Care for Creation
Start a Church Garden
Plant fruits, vegetables, and native plants! Look for plants that attract your local pollinators. Use compost. Start a church gardening club to help tend to the plants. Share the harvest with your neighbors!
–from Creation Justice Tips | United Methodist Church
Reuse School Clothing
With school starting, pass along clothes children have outgrown to another family. With fall coming, freshen wardrobes by exchanging outfits with friends of the same size. Reuse clothing to save money—and landfill space and the consequent global warming. Good for you and good for the earth.
Decrease Water in the Tank
Reuse a plastic bottle to decrease the water wasted in flushing a toilet. Fill the bottle with sand or pebbles, put it in the tank. An average home can save about five gallons of water every day.
–from the Sierra Club
100 Things You Can Do to Save the Planet
- Divest from fossil fuels. Select only socially responsible mutual funds and stocks. Move to another investment firm if the one you use doesn’t have that option.
- Sign up for the renewables-only option from your power utility if you don’t have solar panels on your roof.
50 Ways to Save the Planet
- Use mulch to conserve water in your garden.
- Plant your own tree & encourage positive human environment interaction.