Sunday, December 17 Third Sunday of Advent
- 9:30am NSMC Hybrid Worship (contact Anne for details on how to join Zoom)
- 11:00am A Time for Singing and Celebrating Together
- Join us for a time of Advent and Christmas singing! Plan to make requests for what you would like to sing. Explore both new and old hymns and songs in Voices Together.
Tuesday, December 19
- 11:30am Mennonite Action for Peaceful Advocacy for a Ceasefire in Gaza at the offices of Illinois Senators Durbin and Duckworth, 230 S Dearborn St, Chicago.
- This is a carefully planned and structured time of presence in the senators’ office with a rhythm of a short statement, singing and prayer. Anne, Suzanne and Paul Ford and others of us will be attending.
- Sign up here at this link: https://actionnetwork.org/events/chicago-mennonite-day-of-action-for-a-ceasefire?source=direct_link&
- Learn more about Mennonite Action Network here: https://actionnetwork.org/groups/mennonite-action
Thursday, December 21
- 7:00pm Zoom Bible Study on John 11-12 led by Shane (contact Anne for details on how to join Zoom)
Sunday, December 24 Fourth Sunday of Advent
- 9:30am CCMC Hybrid Worship (contact Anne for details on how to join Zoom)
- 5:00pm Christmas Eve Service, at Linda’s home, 1214 Prairie Orchid Rd, Grayslake, IL.
- This service will celebrate the birth of Jesus and will be followed by a potluck meal together for those who can stay! All are welcome.
–From Pastor Kristin Jackson of Living Water. Please give some consideration to joining in this public and peaceful protest!
I am writing to you all to tell you about Mennonite Action Network’s call to all Mennonites to urge our representatives to support a permanent ceasefire in Israel and Palestine. We are taking several actions. First, please call or visit your federal representative’s local office to urge a ceasefire. Second, a large group of Chicago Mennonites is meeting in the loop outside Senators Durbin and Duckworthy’s office for a peaceful demonstration on Tuesday, February 19 at 11:30am.
Third, I have signed a petition with hundreds of other US Mennonites calling on our federal representatives to support a permanent ceasefire. On January 16th, hundreds of Mennonites will gather in Washington DC to peacefully demonstrate for a permanent ceasefire. Together, we will show our political leaders, our fellow community members, and our Palestinian, Jewish, Arab and Muslim loved ones that there are Christians and Mennonites who stand with them in their call for peace and a ceasefire now. We will bring this petition with us, to demonstrate that thousands of Mennonites from across the United States stand together for a permanent ceasefire and an end to occupation. Can you join me and take action? Click here: https://actionnetwork.org/petitions/mennonites-call-on-us-representatives-to-support-a-ceasefire?source=email&
If you choose to join any of these actions, please let me know via email or text, so I can forward information to you. My cell phone number is (319) 528-9180. Thank you so much for any support you can give to these actions.
Mennonite Church USA’s Constituency Leaders Council brainstormed strategies for strengthening youth engagement at its first meeting of the 2023-2025 biennium via Zoom on October 27, 2023. Read more here: mennoniteusa.org/news/clc-youth-engagement
Save the date for Hope for the Future 2024, the annual gathering of Black, Indigenous, People of Color (BIPOC) leaders from across the country who are connected to Mennonite Church USA, on February 9-11, 2024 in Dallas, Texas. Learn more here: mennoniteusa.org/hopeforthefuture View the PDF here: mennoniteusa.org/hftf24-savedate
Cyneatha Millsaps, executive director of Mennonite Women USA, reflects on how gun violence has effected the country, her community and her own family in a blog for Mennonite Church USA. Read her reflection here: mennoniteusa.org/spiritually-emotionally-bankrupt
–from Creation Justice Ministries 52 Ways to Care for Creation
Christmas Tree Shopping
If you’re going Christmas tree shopping, choose a real tree over a plastic one! Tree farms help to sequester carbon and provide habitats for birds and other wildlife.
–from Creation Justice Tips | United Methodist Church
Think About Sustainability
Buy children’s gifts with sustainability in mind. Will the toy sustain the child’s interest? Is playing with it 90% kid and 10% toy or 90% toy and only 10% kid? Is it made of sustainable materials? Will it be something that can eventually be passed along to another child?
Skip the Plastic Bags
Christmas shop without plastic bags. We’ve been learning to take our own reusable bags to the grocery store. The same principle works in retail stores. Carry in your own bags, politely decline the store’s plastic ones, and tell the clerks you are cutting down on single-use plastic. It’s your gift to the planet.
–from the Sierra Club
100 Things You Can Do to Save the Planet
- Plant native plants–they use less water, require fewer pesticides, and they support healthy native wildlife and pollinators.
- Dispose of used batteries and fluorescent light bulbs properly.