Sunday, January 14
- 9:30am CCMC Hybrid Worship (contact Anne for details on how to join Zoom)
Monday, January 15
- 7:00pm Zoom 30-minute Time of Prayer for Ceasefire (please see Mennonite Action announcement below)
Tuesday, January 16
- 7:00pm ARCC (Action/Reflection Creation Care) meeting (contact Anne for details on how to join Zoom)
Thursday, January 18
- 7:00pm Bible Study led by Shane (contact Anne for details on how to join Zoom)
Sunday, January 21
- 9:30am NSMC Hybrid Worship (contact Anne for details on how to join Zoom)
- 11:00am Christian Formation
Church Retreat, February 2-4, 2024
Final retreat numbers will be due to Menno Haven next week in advance of our retreat, February 2-4. If your plans have changed, please let Anne know.
Our leader for the Saturday morning session is Jay Wittmeyer, director of the Lombard Mennonite Peace Center. He will help us to learn and become everyday peacemakers. Jay has deep experience in peacemaking, serving internationally and now nationally with the work of LMPC. He is a member of the Church of the Brethren and grew up near Menno Haven, so he is excited to come to his childhood home again to be with us.
After much conversation with Menno Haven staff and a survey of our own preferences, we will provide our own breakfasts on Saturday morning. Please bring breakfast food for yourselves and perhaps some to share. Menno Haven will provide coffee and hot drinks for us. This makes possible some savings for us, both in money and perhaps in calories as well. All other meals will remain the same: Saturday lunch, Saturday dinner, Sunday breakfast, and Sunday lunch.
Snacks to share are welcome.
We can arrive after 6:00pm on Friday, February 2. Dinner is not provided, but there are several options in Princeton on the way to Tiskilwa. The evening is open for board games (bring your favorites), visiting time, or an early night!
If you find yourself in need of help of any kind during this cold weather, contact Anne. Anne will coordinate anyone who is available to assist!
Please hold those who are sick or in hospital in prayer this week.
January 16, 2024 is the day of the in-person peace action by Mennonites for a permanent ceasefire in Gaza and a path towards Israeli-Palestinian dialogue. The weather looks to be challenging–extra cold and significant snow expected for DC that day.
Plan to be in prayer for the participants that day!
In support of that, Anne will host a 30-minute time of prayer on the evening of MLK Day, Monday, January 15, at 7:00pm on Zoom. Please contact Anne for the link if you would like to participate for some or all of that time.
Join Mennonite Church USA’s Nancy Kauffmann, Michael Danner and Glen Guyton for a webinar on Monday, Jan. 22 at 7 p.m. EST/4 p.m. PST, in which they will discuss the vision and direction of the new Safe Church ministry, share resources for congregations and conferences, and answer questions about the future vision for Safe Church advocacy in our denomination. View the PDF here: mennoniteusa.org/slide/safe-webinar-jan
Register here: mennoniteusa.org/registration-safechurch-jan22
As the conflict between Israel and Hamas continues to rage on, Chris Hoover Seidel, who is part of the Mennonite Spiritual Directors Network, reflects on how she has learned to handle her own grief, while also holding space for those grieving around her. Read her Menno Snapshots blog here: mennoniteusa.org/grief-work
Equipping, Mennonite Church USA’s quarterly email newsletter for pastors and leaders features resources submitted by MC USA conferences, congregations, agencies, entities/ministry partners, constituency groups and affiliated schools and colleges. Subscribe to Equipping here: mennoniteusa.org/mc-usa-subscribe
–from Creation Justice Ministries 52 Ways to Care for Creation
Celebrate MLK Day in Your Community
Find and attend a local/online event celebrating Dr. King’s birthday! As he once wrote, “we aren’t going to have peace on Earth until we recognize the basic fact of the interrelated structure of all reality.” Consider the relationship between social justice and creation justice.
–from Creation Justice Tips | United Methodist Church
Support Those Who Work for Good for All
We’re charging into a new political year. The stakes are high for creation and for justice. Listen closely to the candidates’ pitches and find out more about their record of action. Support those who work for good for all. Encourage friends and family to engage also. Then vote.
Be a Reducetarian
Could you be a “reducetarian”? You may know the high costs meat, eggs, and dairy inflict on the planet, the animals, and water, but going vegetarian or vegan is not for you or your family. There is a “Third Way.”Reducing the amount of animal products in your diet by just 10% makes a difference, and if just 25% of Americans did so, the impact would be enormously helpful. Find out more here.
–from the Sierra Club
100 Things You Can Do to Save the Planet
- Recycle and try to avoid items with plastic packaging.
- Install low-flow shower heads and low-volume toilets or 2-flush type toilets.
–from 50 Ways to Help the Planet – Save Our Environment and Planet Earth
Use Energy Efficient Lightbulbs
Energy efficient lightbulbs are a simple way to reduce the amount of power you use. Not only will this help the planet, it will also save your bank balance too. By replacing just one lightbulb, the effect can be tremendous. If every house in the USA did this, it would reduce pollution by the same amount as removing one million cars from the road!
Turn Your Computer Off Overnight
If you turn your computer off every night, again you will reduce the power you use. You will save an average of $14 a year. It’s not a huge amount, but better in your pocket than your energy supplier’s right?