Sunday, January 21
- 9:30am NSMC Worship in the Libertyville Civic Center (contact Anne for details on how to join Zoom)
- 11:00am Christian Formation
Thursday, January 25
- 7:00pm Zoom Bible Study led by Shane (contact Anne for details on how to join Zoom)
Sunday, January 28
- 9:30am CCMC Worship in Schaumburg (contact Anne for details on how to join Zoom)
Schedule for Church Retreat, February 2-4, 2024
Friday evening: Arrive after 6:00pm. We will gather in the lower level of the lodge for games and snacks. Bring your favorite games and snacks to share.
Saturday breakfast: Please bring your own breakfast food (and perhaps some to share) to the dining hall so we can eat together. Anne will provide compostable plates and utensils. Coffee and hot drinks will be available.
Saturday morning session: Our leader will be 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.
Saturday lunch provided
Saturday afternoon: Free time for relaxation, games in the lodge, outdoor hiking, and group activities in the Activity Center (including pickleball, volleyball, etc.)
Saturday dinner provided
Saturday evening: Hymn Sing, MennoNite Live emceed by Shane, then games and snacks in the dining hall.
Sunday breakfast provided
Sunday morning: Worship, cleanup, and a group photo.
Sunday lunch provided
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Joanna Gerber Pinkerton, a member of Hope Mennonite Church, experienced a holy threshold in Glendalough, Ireland, through the story of St. Kevin, who chose gentleness over violence. Read her Menno Snapshots blog here: mennoniteusa.org/holy-thresholds
Sandra Montes-Martinez, associate conference minister of Western District Conference, shares how she has experienced culturally diverse congregations flourish with the practice of gratitude and cultural appreciation. Read her Menno Snapshots blog here: mennoniteusa.org/cultivating-gratitude
–from Creation Justice Ministries 52 Ways to Care for Creation
Host an Eco Bible Study
Host a creation-focused bible study! Scripture is full of nature verses, references, and metaphors. How does Genesis relate to our responsibility to care for the earth? Which psalms inspire reverence for nature? Check out the resource hub on our website for bible study resources.
–from Creation Justice Tips | United Methodist Church
Use Container Alternatives
Hot food or drink in single-use cups and take-out containers made of what is often called “Styrofoam” leach toxins (Styrene and Benzene—both suspected carcinogens and known neurotoxins). Some ultimately will be absorbed into our bloodstream and tissues. Keep that in mind. Demand and use alternatives (glass, ceramic, aluminum, even multiple-use plastic ware). Speak up for your health and the health of the environment.
Look for Thrifty Clothing
Go thrifty; save the earth! When you purchase clothing from a thrift or second-hand store, your choice uses fewer resources, generates fewer emissions and less waste, gives other people work, extends the life of the garment, and keeps textiles out of the landfill.
–from the Sierra Club
100 Things You Can Do to Save the Planet
- Use less saran wrap, aluminum foil in the kitchen
- Use tree-free toilet paper and paper towels (hemp and bamboo alternatives exist).
–from 50 Ways to Help the Planet – Save Our Environment and Planet Earth
Don’t Pre-Rinse the Dishes
If you can’t live without your dishwasher, then at least cut the pre-rinse. With a decent detergent, your dishes will be just as clean and you can save an average of twenty gallons of water per load.
Don’t Pre-Heat Your Oven
Unless it’s absolutely essential, for example if you’re making bread, you don’t need to pre-heat the oven. You can just set it away when you are ready to start cooking. Bonus tip: When checking the food, look through the door rather than opening it until the final check.
–from PBS Newshour, via Kathryn Mueller. (Full article)
Reduce Microplastic Pollution
Laundry is a top source of microplastic pollution. Here’s how to clean your clothes more sustainably.
- Do laundry less often. Washing full loads instead of partial loads reduces release of microfibers because garments are exposed to less friction during the wash cycle.
- Use cold water, which releases fewer microfibers than hot water.
- Use less detergent, which increases microfiber release.
- Use a front-loading washing machine, whose tumbling action produces less microfiber release.
- Dry laundry on a clothesline. Running clothes in dryers releases additional microfibers into the air from the dryer vent.