Weekly Calendar

Weekly Calendar

Rebecca KAnnouncements

Weekly Calendar

Saturday, March 9

  • All day Illinois Mennonite Conference meets at Menno Haven Camp & Retreat Center

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.

Thursday, March 14

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

Sunday, March 17

  • 9:30am NSMC Worship at Libertyville Civic Center (contact Anne for details on how to join on Zoom)
  • 11:00am Second Hour or Christian Formation
  • Every Tuesday and Thursday: phone calls congresspeople.
  • March 25-29: Send Aid Not Bombs. Create physical symbols of aid and deliver them to elected officials. Learn all about it in their Google doc.
  • March 12 & 13: Virtual Peace Schools. Attend one or both. Click to register.
  • Interested in being an NSMC contact? Please let Anne know if you are interested.

In honor of Women’s History Month, the MC USA Archives has compiled a Mennonite Women’s History timeline. Explore the rich history with this engaging resource: mennoniteusa.org/women’s-history-timeline

The Women in Leadership ministry of MC USA is releasing season three of its popular podcast, “Holding It (,) Together.” Bonita Rockingham of the Women in Leadership steering committee hosts the podcast, which is created by women for women. Learn more here: mennoniteusa.org/news/wil-podcast-season

As part of MC USA’s “I choose to be Mennonite because …” series, Marlene Kropf, a spiritual director, and retreat leader, shares that she was born and raised a Mennonite, but after moving to an area without any Mennonite churches, she had to be creative in how she continued to worship. Read her story here: mennoniteusa.org/why-menno-kropf

Laura Pauls-Thomas, communications director of Mennonite Central Committee’s East Coast region and member of the Creation Care Committee at East Chestnut Street Mennonite Church, shares about the successful Bike Bus program at her church. Read her Menno Snapshots blog here: mennoniteusa.org/creation-care-commuting

–from Creation Justice Ministries 52 Ways to Care for Creation

Women’s History Month

Learn about women making environmental change! Some inspiring creation justice heroes include Dr. Vandana Shiva, Sister Dorthy Sang, and Dr. Wangari Muta Maathai.

–from Creation Justice Tips | United Methodist Church

Pizza Garden

Connect children to nature through a pizza garden. Engage young ones in planning, planting, and watching the growth of tomatoes, peppers, onions, and herbs. At the ripe time, have a homemade pizza party. Offer a blessing and so connect children to the Giver of all growth.

Earth Hour on March 23

Plan to observe Earth Hour Saturday, March 23, from 8:30pm to 9:30pm local time. Along with millions of other people around the world, switch off every single light and talk about being good stewards of the Earth. Think together about what you individually, as a family, or as a church community can commit to doing for a sustainable future.

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

  • March 8: “The entire being of a woman is a secret which should be kept.” –Isak Dinesen
  • March 9: Try to separate body-image from self.
  • March 10: Never interrupt when you are being flattered.
  • March 11: Begin with your mind, not your mouth.
  • March 12: Engage young people on a personal level.
  • March 13: Be a great neighbor.
  • March 14: “Everything should be made as simple as possible, but not simpler.” –Albert Einstein

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

#4 Conserve Cooking Energy

  • The cooking stove accounts for about 6% of the average household energy used.
  • Consider some alternatives: cold meals, energy efficient stove, toaster oven, grill.
  • Do not preheat the oven for more than 10 minutes.
  • Turn off the oven before the cooking time ends.
  • Keep your stove burners clean.
  • Match the size of pots and pans to the burner to avoid wasting heat.

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

Share a Shower

Feeling a bit amorous and want to clean off a bit for your partner? Chances are they feel exactly the same. Why not shower together – use half the amount of water, and maybe even start the fun in there!

Shorten Your Shower Time

Probably not one to go hand-in-hand with the above point, shortening your shower time buy just two minutes can save more than ten gallons of water. If everyone saved just one gallon, it would be two times more water saved than is currently drawn daily from the Great Lakes.