Sunday, December 10 Second Sunday of Advent
- 9:30am CCMC Hybrid Worship (contact Anne for details on how to join Zoom)
Wednesday, December 13
- 7:30pm Ecumenical Advent Worship at First Presbyterian Church, Libertyville
- Theme: Incarnational Wonder
Thursday, December 14
- 7:00pm Zoom Bible Study led by Shane (contact Anne for details on how to join Zoom)
Sunday, December 17 Third Sunday of Advent
- 9:30am NSMC Hybrid Worship (contact Anne for details on how to join Zoom)
- 11:00am Christian Formation
The Mennonite Church USA Executive Board strengthened key relationships and discussed creative strategies for convention and revitalization at the first Executive Board meeting of the biennium Oct. 18-20, 2023, in Cleveland, Ohio. Read more here: mennoniteusa.org/news/eb-strengthens
Karla Stoltzfus Detweiler, climate justice coordinator for Mennonite Church USA, reflects on how to respond to climate doom with resistance and resilience, after attending Anabaptist Mennonite Biblical Seminary’s Rooted and Grounded conference. Read her reflection here: mennoniteusa.org/path-through-climate-doom
Beryl Jantzi, Everence director of stewardship education, explores what “mammon” might mean in the New Testament and why Jesus states that a person cannot serve both God and mammon. Read more here: mennoniteusa.org/god-and-mammon
–from Creation Justice Ministries 52 Ways to Care for Creation
A Green Christmas
What can you reuse this Christmas? Can you create decorations out of recycled materials? Sustainable gift ideas: beeswax wrap, reusable water bottles, vegetable seeds, metal straws, bamboo utensils, reusable cloth shopping bags.
–from Creation Justice Tips | United Methodist Church
Fair Trade Gifts
Give Fair Trade presents this Christmas. Buying Fair Trade provides the creators—farmers, laborers, and artisans—fair prices and stable incomes, reduces poverty, creates betters working conditions, and promotes environmentally sustainable practices. It’s a just and good deal for all! If you want to give Fair Trade coffee, explore the Velasquez Family Coffee website (vfamilycoffee.com).
Choose earth-friendly gifts that keep giving, for example: a shampoo bar, a package of wooden clothes pins to use instead of plastic “chip clips,” jams or other preserves from local farmers, a roll of bamboo toilet paper from Who Gives a Crap, a bracelet made of plastic recovered from an ocean, a bamboo toothbrush, a packet of seeds for native plants or wildflowers. Sustainable presents spark good conversation.
–from the Sierra Club
100 Things You Can Do to Save the Planet
- Replace all incandescent and CFL bulbs with LEDs.
- Get a programmable thermostat, then program it to be off when you’re not home, or when you’re asleep.