Weekly Calendar

Weekly Calendar

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Weekly Calendar

Sunday, February 25

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

Thursday, February 29

  • 7:00pm No Bible Study this week

Sunday, March 3

  • 9:30am NSMC Worship at Libertyville Civic Center (contact Anne for details on how to join on Zoom)
    • Please note: Caleb Longenecker-Fox will be our guest speaker on March 17, not March 3.
  • 11:00am Christian Formation

 Everence® announces first webinar series for 2024 

Everence® Financial will host a four-part webinar series in March. In this series, you’ll hear how Everence® can help you make important financial decisions that reflect your faith values. Specific topics will include: 

  • Annuity Basics on March 6
  • Retirement Income Strategies on March 13
  • Investing Impact: Connecting your values and investments on March 20
  • Investing 101 on March 27

The webinars will be presented by Everence professionals and there will be plenty of time for your questions. 

To register, or for more information, visit www.everence.com/national and click on Upcoming Webinars and Events or view this PDF flyer.

–from Sheena Johnson, Volunteer Coordinator at Menno Haven Camp & Retreat Center

Join us Saturday, March 23 from 8:00am-4:00pm for Menno Haven’s Spring Work Day! Come volunteer, meet others that love camp and enjoy a meal. For more information, talk to Anne, see the flyer with all the information about the work day, or go to mennohaven.com/work-day where you can also sign up to attend. We’d love to see you here!

Lorraine Stutzman Amstutz, Mennonite Church USA denominational minister for Peace and Justice, led a half-day faculty training on restorative discipline at Lititz Area Mennonite School in Pennsylvania, on January 15, 2024. Learn more here: mennoniteusa.org/peaceable-schools

Learn more about Safe Church, Mennonite Church USA’s newly formed abuse prevention ministry here: mennoniteusa.org/safechurch View the PDF here: mennoniteusa.org/safe-church-resources

–from Creation Justice Ministries 52 Ways to Care for Creation

Earth Day Sunday Resource

It’s almost Earth Day! Check out the 2024 Earth Day Sunday Resource on our website. Use our sermon-starters to write a sermon for Earth Day Sunday! You’ll also find an earth day bible study guide, stories, liturgical resources, and more.

Editor’s Note: The Earth Day 2024 Resource is called Plastic Jesus. I downloaded a copy so that it’s available to everyone in our congregation. ​The resource is designed to help congregations think more deeply about the ways that plastics impact our lives and God’s creation. It is also intended to equip people of faith to take actions to address this epidemic in faithful and practical ways.

–from Creation Justice Tips | United Methodist Church

Love the Air

Love the air. Clean it up. Deadly air pollution contributes to nearly 7 million deaths each year through noncommunicable diseases, including stroke, heart disease, asthma, respiratory infections, and lung cancer. US emissions are among the highest. Women, children, minorities, migrants and displaced persons, older people, and those with underlying conditions bear the brunt. Reduce your own emissions; pressure your lawmakers to make changes.

Love the Water

Love the water. Oceans are God’s great carbon sinks. With a warming climate our oceans, which work for humanity as well as for an amazing array of marine life, are struggling. Plastic pollution is a major culprit. Litter finds its way through waterways to the great seas. Raise the alarm and an army of friends to tackle plastic pollution locally and internationally. That will help downstream too. 

–from Simple Lifestyle Calendar by the Appalachia-Science in the Public Interest

  • February 23: Become a mental-health first aider
  • February 24: Seriously commit to reducing greenhouse gas emissions
  • February 25: Pancakes are delicious anytime of day (National Pancake Day)
  • February 26: Notice the beauty in the ordinary
  • February 27: Lose yourself in a good novel
  • February 28: Cultivate an insatiable curiosity
  • February 29: Take a leap into the unknown

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

#2 Keep Furnace Operating Properly

  • For efficient home heating, keep the furnace, ducts, and register clean and repaired.
  • A furnace tune-up can reduce home-fuel consumption by 10 percent or more.
  • Set the thermostat at 65 to 68 degrees and reduce this reading by 6 to 10 degrees at night.

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

Personalize Gift Wrapping

Gift wrap is a major waste of paper and resource. Re-use gift wrap, bows and tags. Or why not be really creative and make your own gift wrap – use old newspapers, maps or magazines and create your own design!

Re-Think Your Water Consumption

Bottled water is handy when you’re on the go, but why not buy one bottle and then refill it from the tap or your work’s water cooler. Around 90% of water bottles end up decomposing in landfills rather than being recycled.