Sunday, January 28
- 9:30am CCMC Worship in Schaumburg (contact Anne for details on how to join on Zoom)
Tuesday, January 30
- 7:00pm ARCC (Action/Reflection Creation Care) meeting (contact Anne for details on how to join on Zoom)
Thursday, February 1
- 7:00pm Zoom Bible Study led by Shane (contact Anne for details on how to join on Zoom)
Friday-Sunday, February 2-4
- Church Retreat at Menno Haven Camp & Retreat Center
- Please note: the Worship Service from Menno Haven will not have a Zoom connection
Announcements from Anne about the Church Retreat
- For Saturday breakfast, hot drinks–coffee and tea–will be available. Cold drinks such as juice, milk will NOT be available.
- The gym now has pickleball courts! Menno Haven has 4 paddles. Bring your own equipment if you have it.
- If there is enough cold weather and snow, tubes are available for sledding. However, snow does not look likely.
- To hike, bring your mud boots.
- Look for the complete schedule on Friday.
- If you have not sent a photo of yourself in elementary or high school, please send one to Gerry soon for use in MennoNite Live.
- Let Anne know if you would like to spend time with Sammy and refill your tank with the fun and energy of a child! Craft ideas and supplies are welcome as well!
- Stop for early Friday dinner in Princeton if your travel time will allow. More info to follow.
Everence College Scholarships
Everence offers college scholarship opportunities for you or your children. Eligible students can be chosen to receive scholarships of $3,000, $2,000 or $1,000 for the coming academic year. Applications are accepted through Feb. 28. Visit everence.com/college-scholarships to download the application.
New to Managing Money?
Get off on the right foot by creating a budget, which compares your income and expenses, helping you live within your means. Learn more from this free budgeting guide and track you money with this cash flow plan template, both from faith-based Everence.
Start to tackle debt or other money issues by getting counsel. Financial Choice, a free service thanks to our church’s partnership with faith-based Everence, connects you with a counselor who walks with you in addressing financial difficulties. Learn more at everence.com/Financial-Choice or call 877-809-0039.
Everence is offering a new stewardship training program. The FreedUp program is a way for everyone to get their finances in order – and gain a deeper faith perspective on your money. Everence facilitators will lead the group sessions, including the first get-acquainted session. There are several days of the week and times to choose from so you can find a time that fits your schedule. Register at everence.com/national.
- Mondays at 8:00pm ET, starting Jan. 29, 2024
- Tuesdays at 8:00pm ET, starting Jan. 30, 2024
- Wednesdays at 2:00pm ET, starting Jan. 31, 2024
- Saturdays at 11:00am ET, staring Feb. 3, 2024
Eric Massanari, executive conference minister for the Pacific Northwest Mennonite Conference, reflects on his time at the 2023 conference ministers retreat in Banff, Alberta, Canada, learning about what nurtures healthy ministry leaders. Read more here: mennoniteusa.org/healthy-ministry-community
Meghan Larissa Good, faculty of record for teaching leadership at Anabaptist Mennonite Biblical Seminary, shares about how many churches began to view God in a transformational way during the COVID-19 pandemic. Read her Menno Snapshots blog here: mennoniteusa.org/god-looks-like-jesus
After researching the experiences of women in ministry, Amy Zimbelman, conference minister of Mountain States Mennonite Conference, shares how women have used sass as a means to deal with inequality in ministry. Read her Menno Snapshots blog here: mennoniteusa.org/sass-claim-equality
–from Creation Justice Ministries 52 Ways to Care for Creation
Rest and Reflect
Winter is a time of rest and renewal for the earth and for God’s creatures, including us. How does winter reflect the Sabbath? How can you invite the practice of Sabbath into your life this season?
–from Creation Justice Tips | United Methodist Church
Cook Pasta in its Sauce
Cook pasta in its sauce and about ½ cup of water or broth. This small change is projected to save some six billion gallons of water a year that would otherwise be thrown out. Your community may be spared, but our neighbors across the country and around the world are dealing with drought. Conserving water is a baseline action of caring for all.
Remember Whose You Are
You already know Reduce, Reuse, Recycle. You may even have added Refuse, Repair, and Rot (compost) to the list. Here’s one more: Remember! First, remember who you are and Whose you are! When you focus on God’s call to you to care for creation and justice, it’s easier to remember to do the other R’s.
–from the Sierra Club
100 Things You Can Do to Save the Planet
- Use reclaimed building materials whenever possible for construction projects.
- Double-side photocopies; use GOOS (Good On One Side) for all print jobs. And do you really need to print that document?
–from 50 Ways to Help the Planet – Save Our Environment and Planet Earth
Always Recycle Glass
Did you know that unrecycled glass can take up to a million years to decompose? Always make sure to recycle your glass. It can reduce related water pollution by up to fifty percent and related air pollution by up to twenty percent.
Choose Your Diapers Wisely
Wherever possible, choose cloth diapers–this aids the environment and is kinder to baby’s skin. If you desperately need the convenience of the disposable diaper, use an environmentally friendly brand. The average child uses between five and eight thousand diapers–which equates to 3.5 million tons of landfill waste. And makes a huge dent in your pocket!