Weekly Calendar

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Rebecca KAnnouncements

Weekly Calendar

Sunday, March 3

  • 9:30am NSMC Worship at Libertyville Civic Center (contact Anne for details on how to join on Zoom)
    • This is a “First Sunday.” Plan to gather around the Lord’s Table together.
  • 11:00am Second Hour or Christian Formation
    • This is a time for discussion and learning.
    • We will explore the “why” question–what is the purpose of NSMC and who are we now.
    • The discussion will use the process of Appreciative Inquiry vs Problem Solving (please see NSMC Announcements below for complete description).
  • 12:00pm Potluck

Thursday, March 7

  • 7:00pm Zoom Bible Study (contact Anne for details on how to join on Zoom)

Sunday, March 10

  • Daylight Saving Time begins–please spring “forward” an hour.
  • 9:30am CCMC Worship in Schaumburg (contact Anne for details on how to join on Zoom)
    • NSMC joins via Zoom.

Problem Solving vs Appreciative Inquiry

Anne will lead Christian Formation on March 3 with a focus on appreciative inquiry. Here’s some background to consider.

What problem solving is:

  • “Felt need”
  • Identification of problem
  • Analysis of causes
  • Analysis of possible solutions
  • Action plan/treatment

What appreciative inquiry is:

  • Initiate appreciative inquiry by introducing the theory and practice, deciding focus, and developing initial steps to discover the organization’s “best.”
  • Inquire about the “best” of the organization’s narratives, practices, and imaginations.
  • Imagine “what might be” by conducting interviews, taking the risk of imagination, and building toward consensus concerning “what should be.”
  • Innovate “what will be” through discourse, commitment, and equipping, with the largest possible level of participation.

Appreciative inquiry assumes that the organization has significant life forces, and these forces are available in stories and imaginations. Further, by bringing these resources into the organization’s conversations and planning, major changes can be implemented. In other words, by discovering the best and most valuable narratives and qualities of an organization, participants can construct a new way that has the most important links to the past and the most hopeful images of the future.

Source for Appreciative Inquiry: Branson, M. L. (2004). Memories, hopes, and conversations : Appreciative inquiry and congregational change. Rowman & Littlefield Publishers. Created from ambs-ebooks on 2024-02-27 16:47:29. 

It is with sadness that MC USA announces the passing of Anthonia Chibuzo Onye (May 18, 1971 to Jan. 12, 2024), regional minister for Southern California for Pacific Southwest Mennonite Conference, recently appointed member of the Mennonite Mission Network board of directors, and associate pastor at Wholicare Community Missionary Church in Los Angeles. Read more here: mennoniteusa.org/news/celebrating-chibuzo-onye

Rev. Amy Zimbelman, conference minister of Mountain States Mennonite Conference, and Elizabeth Johnson, PhD candidate at Duke University, will share major findings from their national study of women in MC USA ministry during an MC USA webinar on Monday, March 11 at 7 p.m. ET/4 p.m. PT. Register here: mennoniteusa.org/registraiton-wil-march11 View the slide here: mennoniteusa.org/WIL-webinar-register

–from Creation Justice Ministries 52 Ways to Care for Creation

Climate Resilience

What affect is climate change having/going to have in your community? Learn how your church can be a hub for climate resilience by watching our webinars on Creation Justice Ministries’ YouTube channel!

–from Creation Justice Tips | United Methodist Church

Community Garden

Urban community gardens provide food, address food insecurity, and increase well-being for gardeners. Research shows they also support plant and animal biodiversity—a win-win. Consider the potential in your own or your church’s land. Or find a community garden and volunteer.

Make Plans to Grow Something

Track the sun at your home and plan to grow something. For example, Minneapolis has numerous front-yard gardens, which provide the added benefit of opportunities to connect with neighbors to share the food, to perhaps share the work, and to build community.

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

  • March 1: Pray–there’s immeasurable power in it.
  • March 2: When one book closes, another can open.
  • March 3: Spend less time on social media.
  • March 4: Omit the unnecessary.
  • March 5: Stick to a consistent sleep schedule.
  • March 6: Don’t congratulate yourself too much, or berate yourself either.
  • March 7: Live below your means.

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

#3 Regulate Humidity in Heated Homes

  • Heated homes often have dry air.
  • The average room needs at least a gallon of water to moisten the air for greater comfort.
  • Consider exposing water to the air for evaporation.
    • Fish tank
    • Pan of water
    • Leave water in tub after a bath
    • Crack open the door of the dishwasher after the final rinse cycle
    • Humidifier

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

Opt for a Shower

Switching your bath for a shower can make a huge difference. Baths use approximately double the amount of water a shower uses. This not only saves water, but it saves you money on heating the excess water, too.

Turn The Tap Off When Brushing

When brushing your teeth, turning the tap off while brushing can save five gallons of water per day – the equivalent of 1.5 billion gallons of water across the USA.