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.
Tuesday, December 5
- 7:00pm ARCC (Action/Reflection Creation Care) Zoom meeting (contact Anne for details on how to join Zoom)
- Gerry will teach everyone how to capture and save a news item or something that “caught your eye” with a screenshot.
Thursday, December 7
- Open Houses for Cliff Williams (see NSMC Announcement below)
- 7:00pm Zoom Bible Study led by Shane (contact Anne for details on how to join Zoom)
Saturday, December 9
- 2:00-4:00pm In-Person Open House for Cliff Williams (contact Anne for actual address)
Sunday, December 10 Second Sunday of Advent
- 9:30am CCMC Hybrid Worship (contact Anne for details on how to join Zoom)
Cliff Williams, a long-time participant in the life of North Suburban Mennonite Church, is turning 80 on Thursday, December 7. On his Facebook page, he has shared his grief work following the death of his wife Linda, and now he is inviting his many friends to join him in celebrating his milestone birthday.
Cliff has set up three Zoom open houses on December 7 and an in-person open house at his home in Wheaton on December 9. If you can join any of these–even for a short time–please do.
- Zoom #1: Thursday, December 7, 2:00-2:40pm CST
- Zoom #2: Thursday, December 7, 7:00-7:40pm CST
- Zoom #3: Thursday, December 7, 9:00-9:40pm CST
- In-Person: Saturday, December 9, 2:00-4:00pm (contact Anne for actual address in Wheaton)
Cliff would also love to get letters describing a memory involving you and him, via paper mail, email, Facebook, or Instagram.
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.
- Creation Justice Ministries recommends the Advent Daily Devotional put out by the Presbyterian church. Each devotion relates to taking care of the Earth and our relationships with the community around us.
From First Presbyterian Church of Libertyville–
We invite you and members of your congregation to join us on Wednesday, December 13 for our annual Ecumenical Advent Worship Service at First Presbyterian Church of Libertyville! This lovely contemplative service is led by women in ministry from area churches. Come at 6:30pm for a twinkly-lighted reception with sweets and savories and then join us for worship at 7:30pm in the chapel. Our theme this year is “Incarnational Wonder.”
Mennonite Church USA issued a statement on the Israel-Hamas War on Nov. 15. The statement laments the loss of life and stands on our shared Anabaptist faith values in a call for a ceasefire. Read it here: mennoniteusa.org/menno-snapshots/ceasefire/
The Center for Community Justice in Elkhart, Indiana, honored Lorraine Stutzman Amstutz, Mennonite Church USA’s denominational minister for Peace & Justice, for her work in restorative justice at an event celebrating the 45th anniversary of its Victim-Offender Reconciliation Program (VORP). Read more here: mennoniteusa.org/news/ccj-honors
This fall, several Mennonite Church USA congregations from Northwest Ohio worked with RAWtools and Mennonite Central Committee to host a community event about gun safety. Read more here: mennoniteusa.org/gun-safety-ohio
Amy Yoder McGloughlin, pastor at Frazer Mennonite Church, shares how gun violence and the death of a young neighbor in a drive-by shooting created lasting trauma for her and her family. Read about how leaning into that pain helps her cope: mennoniteusa.org/lean-in
–from Creation Justice Ministries 52 Ways to Care for Creation
Advent: Rest and Reflect
The Advent Season celebrates the incarnation of Christ, born into our world. What does incarnation have to do with creation? Where do you encounter the divine?
–from Creation Justice Tips | United Methodist Church
Be Thoughtful About Giving
This Christmas season take to heart John Wesley’s Rule for Christian Living: “Do all the good you can, by all the means you can, in all the ways you can, in all the places you can, at all the times you can, to all the people you can, as long as ever you can!” “Doing good” doesn’t have to be expensive. Be thoughtful about what you give, especially in relation to caring for creation and justice.
Look for Responsible Companies
When you shop online for gifts, 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.
–from the Sierra Club
100 Things You Can Do to Save the Planet
- Stop using Roundup and other chemical weed killers. They have been demonstrated to cause cancer; glyphosate, one of Rounup’s ingredients, kills bees and other pollinators. Instead, use this organic weed-killer:
- 1 gallon vinegar
- 2 cups epsom salt
- ½ cup Dawn dishsoap
- Start carrying your own…Utensils, or our Executive Committee’s favorite: the Spork, Cup, Bowl/plate, Bags for shopping.