Sunday, November 26
- 9:30am CCMC Hybrid Worship (contact Anne for details on how to join Zoom)
Thursday, November 30
- 7:00pm Zoom Bible Study led by Shane (contact Anne for details on how to join Zoom)
Friday, December 1
- 7:00pm Advent Beer and Hymn Sing
- 1528 W Farwell in Chicago (see Google map)
- Bring a drink and a snack to share (beer, wine, kombucha, juice, etc.)
Sunday, December 3 First Sunday of Advent
- 9:30am NSMC Hybrid Worship (contact Anne for details on how to join Zoom)
- 11:00am Christian Formation
- 12:00pm Potluck
Monday, December 4
- 7:00pm NSMC Board meeting
- Please contact a board member with topics you wish to bring forward.
As we enter the season of Advent, there are several Advent resources worth considering.
- Advent-at-Home from MC USA and MC Canada. It is a thoughtful, intergenerational resource that brings probing questions as well as physical, movement-centered suggestions for observing Advent.
- The Holy in the Night: Finding Freedom in a Season of Waiting by Shannon Dycus, available through MennoMedia or Amazon. The format is scripture or other writings, meditation, and a closing breath prayer.
As part of Mennonite Church USA’s latest Learn, Pray, Join initiative, End Gun Violence, Jonny Rashid, pastor for West Philadelphia Mennonite Fellowship, a member church of Allegheny Mennonite Conference, shared a prayer of lament about gun violence. Read it here: mennoniteusa.org/prayer-to-end-gun-violence
Anabaptist musicians from a variety of countries met this spring in Canada for a songwriting retreat sponsored by Anabaptist Worship Network. George Makinto, director of worship at Los Angeles (California) Faith Chapel, recounts how he experienced hope through the gathering of such a diverse group of people worshipping God together. Read more here: mennoniteusa.org/hope-ringing-out
Michael George, a Palestinian-American and facilitator of MennoPIN’s “Twinning with Gaza” Initiative, a Mennonite Church USA affinity group, laments the recent attacks from Hamas and ongoing war in Israel/Palestine. Read it here: mennoniteusa.org/lament-for-gaza
Rachel Ringenberg Miller, denominational minister for ministerial leadership for Mennonite Church USA, reminds us that Anabaptist congregational leadership requires collaboration, from the leaders and from the congregation. The process to make changes takes time, but the inclusive nature of the process is worth it. Read more here: mennoniteusa.org/collaboration-anabaptist-leadership
–from Creation Justice Ministries 52 Ways to Care for Creation
Rest and Reflect
Randy Woodley writes, “A society concerned with shalom will care for the most marginalized among them.” How can you and your church community practice shalom?
–from Creation Justice Tips | United Methodist Church
Reduce Food Waste
During the holiday season you may have extra food on hand. When people buy more than they can use, the result is food waste, which contributes to methane gas if not composted. Try these strategies: Put perishable food in a fridge drawer designated as “Eat Me First.” Freeze food before it needs to be trashed. Make great soups or smoothies. Share within your family and community.
Resist the Urge to Buy More
Just after we have said thanks for all we have, Black Friday, Cyber Monday, and the blitz of holiday media tell us to buy more! Be thoughtful about how much you really need. Then check out Green America’s Directory of Sustainable Gifts, Holidays, and Special Events before you shop.
–from the Sierra Club
100 Things You Can Do to Save the Planet
- Insulate your home. Get a free efficiency inspection from NV Energy. Start your insulation in the attic and the roof. Install double or triple-paned, argon-filled windows. Do it super-duper: insulate your walls.
- Install geothermal heat sink for home heating/air conditioning.