Sunday, February 11
- 9:30am Please look for further announcements regarding whether church this Sunday at CCMC will be in person or on Zoom! Several people are out of town or unable to attend due to illness, so church may be all Zoom this Sunday. A follow up announcement will come on Saturday afternoon, February 10.
Wednesday, February 14
- 7:00pm Zoom Ash Wednesday service (contact Anne for details on how to join on Zoom)
Thursday, February 15
- 7:00pm Zoom Bible Study led by Shane (contact Anne for details on how to join on Zoom)
Sunday, February 18
- 9:30am NSMC Worship at Libertyville Civic Center (contact Anne for details on how to join on Zoom)
- 11:00am Christian Formation
ARCC (Action/Reflection Creation Care) will meet next on Tuesday, February 20, 7:00pm. We will discuss Joanna Macy’s manifesto, “The Great Turning.” Read more on this website: https://ecoliteracy.org/article/great-turning
The Illinois Mennonite Conference Annual Meeting will be on March 9 at Menno Haven Camp & Retreat Center. Both CCMC and NSMC are part of IMC. Each congregation can send up to 5 delegates, including the pastor. Plan on coming if you are at all interested!
Mennonite Church USA Administration has named Jolene VonGunten as executive administrative assistant, serving the Executive Board and staff, the Constituency Leaders Council, the Governance Council, the Joint Executive Committee, and Human Resources. She also is continuing to serve part-time as executive assistant and communications coordinator for Mennonite Education Agency. Read more here: mennoniteusa.org/news/vongunten-exec-admin-assistant
When sorting through a donation to the MC USA Archives last summer, Olivia Krall, archives coordinator for MC USA, came across the story of WWI conscientious objector Guy O. Graber. She shares some of her findings here: mennoniteusa.org/graber-objector
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. View the most recent issue here: mennoniteusa.org/equipping-january Subscribe to Equipping here: mennoniteusa.org/equipping-subscribe
–from Creation Justice Ministries 52 Ways to Care for Creation
As we enter the season of Lent, how your Lenten practices honor creation? You could challenge yourself to give up single-use plastics. You could aim to eat less meat, drive less, or find ways to waste less water. If your church hosts a fish fry, encourage sustainable seafood options!
–from Creation Justice Tips | United Methodist Church
Jesus said as part of the Greatest Commandment that we are to love our neighbor as we love ourselves (Luke 10:25-28). We love ourselves by taking care of ourselves for the long haul. Live a sustainable lifestyle. Living sustainably makes the world better for ourselves and everyone else.
Love Our Enemies
Jesus said we are to love our enemies (Matthew 5:43-45). He followed that statement with “Do unto others as you would have them do unto you” (Luke 6:27-37). Recognize the differences in tactics of hate versus strategies of accountability and reconciliation. Speak up for change. Show a better way.
–from the Sierra Club
100 Things You Can Do to Save the Planet
- Join and volunteer for a grassroots environmental organization – like Sierra Club!
- Include a bequest to a conservation non-profit in your estate planning.
- Editor’s Note: This is the end of the Sierra Club 100 Things list. I hope you have found it useful.
–from 50 Ways to Help the Planet – Save Our Environment and Planet Earth
For your own pocket, and the good of the environment, don’t wash half loads. Wait until there’s enough to do a load and cut your laundry in half. Also, think about the water temperature. If every household in the USA switched from a hot to a warm cycle, it could save the equivalent of 100,000 barrels of oil per day.
Don’t Waste Napkins
We’ve all done it – gone somewhere and took a napkin or two more than we needed, only to throw them away unused. If everyone in the USA used one less napkin a day, current figures show that it could save a billion pounds of space in landfills.
Photos from the Retreat
It was certainly a good weekend at Menno Haven. Here are three group photos from the event: the regular photo, the serious photo, and the silly photo.