Weekly Calendar

Weekly Calendar

Rebecca KAnnouncements

Weekly Calendar

Sunday, February 18

  • 9:30am NSMC Worship at Libertyville Civic Center (contact Anne for details on how to join on Zoom)
    • Anne will speak on where we find ourselves on this first Sunday of Lent.
    • CCMC will meet in Schaumburg and join via Zoom.
  • 11:00am Christian Formation

Monday, February 19 to Saturday, February 24

  • Pastors and Leaders Week at AMBS, the Anabaptist Seminary in Elkhart, IN. Suzanne will attend in person; Anne will attend online. Contact Anne for pastoral care needs beyond a phone call.

Tuesday, February 20

  • 7:00pm ARCC (Action/Reflection Creation Care) meeting (contact Anne for details on how to join on Zoom)

Thursday, February 22

  • 7:00pm No Bible Study this week

Sunday, February 25

  • 9:30am CCMC Worship in Schaumburg (contact Anne for details on how to join on Zoom)
    • NSMC joins via Zoom.

Special Guest Speaker on March 3

On Sunday, March 3, Caleb Longenecker Fox will be our guest speaker. He is working with MEDA–Mennonite Economic Development Association–currently based in Goshen, IN. Caleb will help us learn more about what MEDA is doing around the world. His parents, Kenton and Shelly, recently made a trip to Guatemala where they were able to visit and learn more about some of the MEDA-supported projects going on there.

Invitation for Lenten Practice of Prayer

On behalf of our pastoral team, Anne invites us to set aside a daily time of prayer. Make it one of re-turning, i.e., a time to consider what is most important to you and to God. Please let it be a time of trusting and letting go into God’s control; of finding willingness to change, and finally, of praying for our congregations to be open to hear what God wants for us. The more Anne studies congregational revitalization, the more she has learned that it must be preceded and supported by dedicated and expectant prayer.

The Illinois Mennonite Conference Annual Meeting will be on March 9, 2024 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. Contact Anne if you are at all interested!

Jonathan Kuttab, international human rights attorney and Mennonite Church USA 2023 Bring the Peace Legacy Peacemaker honoree, describes how his work as a human rights lawyer relates to peace and justice. Read more and watch the interview here: mennoniteusa.org/kuttab-btp

Beryl Jantzi, director of stewardship education for Everence, a ministry partner of Mennonite Church USA, shares congregational stewardship resources in his recent Menno Snapshots blog. Read more here: mennoniteusa.org/new-year-stewardship

–from Creation Justice Ministries 52 Ways to Care for Creation

Lenten Resource

The Lenten season continues, and our 2024 Lent Resource features a daily practice to reflect on and care for the earth. Download the 2024 Lent Resource.

–from Creation Justice Tips | United Methodist Church

Love One Another

Jesus said to his disciples (and us), “I give you a New Commandment: Love one another—and in doing so, you will help others see my love” (paraphrase of John 13:31-35). As a church, work together to provide opportunities to help the environment and to give the wider community a vision of what love in action can do. Consider hosting a recycling bin or event. 

Love the Earth

Love the earth. Stop using Styrofoam. This single-use “convenience” has its raw materials extracted from the earth, leaches harmful chemicals into hot food or drink, adds to the volume of methane from landfills, and exposes production workers to permanent nervous system damage. Switch to reusable containers for food and drink.

–from 99 Ways to a Simple Lifestyle by the Center for Science in the Public Interest

#1 Save Heat and Insulate

Heating is the largest energy consumer in the house. Try these measures to prevent heat loss:

  • Locate drafts with a homemade draft gauge made of a piece of light cloth on a metal clothes hanger.
  • Install weather-stripping around the edges of movable openings
  • Seal all cracks around windows, doors, etc. with caulking
  • Replace glass with double- or triple-pane glass.
  • Seal off an unheated attic and unused rooms.
  • Utilize solar radiation. Open the curtains and drapes on a sunny day and let the sun heat the room.

–from 50 Ways to Help the Planet – Save Our Environment and Planet Earth

Use All of the Paper

If you jot a note down on paper, save it and use the rest of the sheet for your notes. American business waste 21 million tons of paper per year! Ideally, try to have your business as paperless as possible. When it is absolutely necessary, print on both sides of the page. And don’t forget to recycle it!

Never Throw Away Newspapers

Make sure to recycle your old newspapers – 69% (or 44 million newspapers) of the newspapers printed in the USA are thrown away every day. Even if you recycle only once per week, half a million trees could be saved. Or even better, why not avoid newspapers altogether and read the online versions!