Weekly Calendar

Weekly Calendar

Rebecca KAnnouncements

Weekly Calendar

Sunday, October 29

  • 9:30am NSMC Hybrid Worship (contact Anne for details on how to join Zoom)
    • Speaker: Shane
    • Service Project: Food Collection for PADS (see desired list below)
  • 11:00am NSMC Congregational Meeting

Monday, October 30

  • 7:00pm Zoom Prayer Rising for Oak Flats
    • A time of guided prayer with images of Oak Flats

Thursday, November 2

  • 7:00pm Zoom Bible Study with Shane (contact Anne for details on how to join Zoom)

Saturday, November 4

  • 8:00am NSMC and CCMC Women’s Breakfast
    • Join us for a joint Women’s Breakfast at Jelly Café, 795 Dundee Road, Palatine (see Google map)
    • No RSVP necessary
  • All day: Illinois Mennonite Conference at Menno Haven Camp & Retreat Center
    • Anne and Suzanne will be in attendance
    • Exploration of ways to move forward as a conference

Sunday, November 5

  • 9:30am NSMC Hybrid Worship (contact Anne for details on how to join Zoom)
    • Service Project: Food Collection for PADS (see desired list below)
  • 12:00pm Potluck

Monday, November 6

  • 7:00pm Joint Worship Planning meeting
    • Planning for Advent and Epiphany

The women of NSMC are invited to a joint Women’s Breakfast with CCMC. Plan to join us on Saturday, November 4, 8:00am at the Jelly Café, 795 Dundee Road, in Palatine (see Google map). It’s a great time for fellowship and good food! Meals may vary (but this one looks pretty good).

ARCC Announcements

Our scheduled hour of prayer for the Apache Stronghold and the situation at Oak Flat is Monday, October 30, 7:00-8:00pm CT. Anne will send out a Zoom link. 

A Resolution Copper mine threatens to destroy Oak Flat. From the beginning of time, Apache Stronghold has grounded their resistance in the strength of their religious practice and spiritual relationship with the land.

If you wish to have specific things to pray for, consider the following list: 

  • Wendsler Nosie Sr. and the San Carlos ApacheNation, so they will be able to continue their Spiritual practices at the Oak Flat land
  • The fresh water that runs at Oak Flat
  • Action in Congress, that leaders will see the long term devastating effects of mining the land
  • The trees, plants, and animals in danger
  • Resolution Copper’s repentance

For more information, please visit their website, https://dismantlediscovery.org/novfour/

PADS Lake County (Providing Assistance, Dignity, and Shelter) is a community-based organization that provides trauma-informed support, resources, and shelter to individuals and families experiencing a housing crisis. They are reaching out to ask for our help in stocking their food pantry with essential items to ensure that no one in our community goes hungry.

We will be collecting items on Sunday, October 29 and Sunday, November 5. Please bring donation items to church and we will deliver them to PADS. Here’s a list of their most wanted items.

Their priority items include:

  • Multigrain Cheerios – 18 oz
  • Shelf-stable milk
  • Compleat Chix and Dressing
  • Compleat Turkey or Manicotti
  • Compleat Meatloaf and Gravy
  • Campbell Chunky Soup
  • Fruit cups
  • Nuts
  • Nature Valley Protein Bars
  • Target Bags

Additionally, they’re in need of the following necessary food bag items:

Breakfast Items:

  • Bagels with cream cheese
  • Instant Oatmeal
  • Muffins (store-bought)
  • Granola Bars or Breakfast Bars
  • Breakfast Meal Replacement drinks

Lunch Items:

  • Crackers
  • Bag of chips
  • Instant Ramen Noodles (cups)
  • Fruit Cup Packs/canned fruit
  • Protein Bars
  • Tuna Packs
  • Chicken Salad Packs
  • Beef Jerky
  • Popcorn
  • Jello Cups

Dinner Items:

  • Non-perishable Microwaveable meals
  • Canned baked beans
  • Mac and cheese (boxes or cups)
  • Canned Chili
  • Microwavable Rice packs
  • Sardines


  • Juice Packs (apple juice/fruit juice)
  • Water bottles
  • Hot Chocolate Packs
  • Plastic Plates

In Traces of the Trade, Producer/Director Katrina Browne tells the story of her forefathers, the largest slave-trading family in U.S. history. Given the myth that the South is solely responsible for slavery, viewers will be surprised to learn that Browne’s ancestors were Northerners. The film follows Browne and nine fellow family members on a remarkable journey which brings them face-to-face with the history and legacy of New England’s hidden enterprise.

Watch the trailer for Traces of the Trade

First Presbyterian Church in Libertyville has invited us to a screening of the documentary on Sunday, November 12, 11:30am – 1:30pm as an introduction to an inter-denominational initiative to learn together about addressing racism. Box lunches will be provided if you RSVP.

RSVP for November 12 Traces of the Trade

This documentary is a stepping stone to shared learning experience called Sacred Ground. It begins in January and consists of inter-denominational small group gatherings either in-person or on Zoom that meet twice a month. Small groups are invited to walk through chapters of America’s history of race and racism, while weaving in threads of family story, economic class, and political and regional identity. The 11-part series is built around a powerful online curriculum of documentary films and readings that focus on Indigenous, Black, Latino, and Asian/Pacific American histories as they intersect with European American histories. This series is open to all, and especially designed to help white people talk with other white people. Participants are invited to peel away the layers that have contributed to the challenges and divides of the present day – all while grounded in our call to faith, hope and love. The three participating churches are First Presbyterian, Annunciation Episcopal in Gurnee, and NSMC.

Mennonite Church USA is saddened to announce that Patricia Shelly, 71, who was a former pastor, professor, MC USA Executive Board member and moderator, died Sept. 4, in Newton, Kansas, after a three-year struggle with pancreatic cancer. Patricia “Patty” Shelly served as a board member on the MC USA Executive Board from 2005 to 2017, the final four years of which she served as moderator-elect, then moderator. Read more here: mennoniteusa.org/news/patricia-shelly

Chrissie Muecke, curriculum writer and editor for MennoMedia and Brethren Press, describes how art depicted in The Peace Table was created with intention, with special consideration for diversity and creating ways for children to relate to the stories and the characters. Read more here: mennoniteusa.org/art-peace-table

–from Creation Justice Ministries 52 Ways to Care for Creation

Rest and Reflect

As Ayana Elizabeth Johnson writes, “we need to have a whole cultural shift, where it becomes our culture to take care of the Earth.” How does the earth take care of you? How can you take care of the earth?

–from Creation Justice Tips | United Methodist Church

Keep Costumes Out of Landfill

Halloween looks scary stuff in the eye and laughs at it, taking away its power. For your family’s celebration take away some of the scariness of our time by creating costumes out of clothing and accessories you already own or that you can purchase inexpensively from a thrift shop or swap with friends. Trash the scary one-and-done syndrome, keep cheap costumes out of the landfill, and have a good laugh!

Keep Your Garden Messy

Keep your garden messy all winter—for the birds! Help them feed through the winter by not deadheading spent blooms and not cleaning up your garden. Enjoy watching the birds. Point them out to children and even critical neighbors and remind them we are caretakers of all of God’s creation.

–from the Sierra Club

100 Things You Can Do to Save the Planet

  • Start a vegetable garden. The carbon emission of garden to kitchen is zero compared to food transported to and from grocery stores.
  • Bring reusable bags to the grocery and other stores — treat them well as it also takes energy and water to manufacture.

–from Ecocation

50 Ways to Save the Planet

  • Switch to a vegetarian or vegan diet.
  • Don’t visit zoos. Here‘s why!