Weekly Calendar

Weekly Calendar

Rebecca KAnnouncements

Weekly Calendar

Sunday, March 17

  • 9:30am NSMC Worship at Libertyville Civic Center (contact Anne for details on how to join on Zoom)
    • Caleb Longenecker-Fox, from Mennonite Economic Development Associates (MEDA), will be our guest speaker.
  • 11:00am Second Hour or Christian Formation
    • Caleb and his parents, Shelly and Kenton, will share more about their recent trip to Guatemala and the MEDA projects they experienced there.

Tuesday, March 19

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

Thursday, March 21

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

Sunday, March 24 Palm/Passion Sunday

  • 9:30am CCMC Worship in Schaumburg (contact Anne for details on how to join on Zoom)
  • Every Tuesday and Thursday: phone calls to 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.
  • Interested in being an NSMC contact? Please let Anne know if you are interested.

MC USA signed a letter to Congress, along with 62 faith-based organizations, asking for strengthened funding for Victims of Crime Act grants. Read the letter here: mennoniteusa.org/news/letter-funding-victims

On Monday, March 25 at 7 p.m. ET/4 p.m. PT on Zoom, join Nancy Kauffmann, MC USA’s interim denominational minister for Church Safety and Marlene Bogard, former minister of Christian Formation for Western District conference, former executive director of Mennonite Women USA, and current interim pastor at Salem Mennonite Church, to learn more about safe protection policy guidelines during an informational webinar. Register here: mennoniteusa.org/registraiton-safechurch-march25 View the slide here: mennoniteusa.org/safe-church-protection-policy-webinar

Lorraine Stutzman Amstutz, MC USA’s denominational minister for Peace and Justice, calls attention to the destructive nature of capital punishment and advocates for the abolishment of the death penalty in her Menno Snapshots blog here: mennoniteusa.org/menno-snapshots/capital-punishment

In celebration of the 499th birthday of Anabaptism, John Roth, project director of MennoMedia’s Anabaptism at 500 initiative, reports on the development of the Anabaptist Community Bible, which is slated to be ready for readers on the 500th birthday of Anabaptism. Read more in his Menno Snapshots blog here: mennoniteusa.org/making-anabaptist-bible

–from Creation Justice Ministries 52 Ways to Care for Creation

First Day of Spring

This is the season of rebirth. Pay attention as buds appear on the trees, seedlings sprout, and animals are born. When you come across these signs of spring, say a blessing (aloud or silently) for God’s new creation.

–from Creation Justice Tips | United Methodist Church

Solar Power

Investigate solar for your home, business, and church. New funding is now available, so now is a good time to look at the possibilities that you can make happen.

Zero-Waste Celebrations

Planning a celebration? Perhaps a wedding? Here are 75+ Tips for Having a Zero-Waste Wedding. Many of the ideas apply to any big party. When the event is over, you can also celebrate your commitment and your witness to caring for God’s creation. 

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

  • March 15: Make product choices based on your health.
  • March 16: Initiate a quilting circle.
  • March 17: Brush up on your Irish-American history.
  • March 18: Not getting what you want is sometimes a stroke of luck.
  • March 19: Laughter is, after all, the best medicine.
  • March 20: Share a happy story.
  • March 21: Don’t tolerate racist jokes–Racism is NOT funny.

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

#5 Refrigerate Wisely

  • Before buying any refrigerator, check the insulation quality. Poor insulation causes the unit to constantly run, wasting energy, and reducing the life of the motor.
  • A freezer is a good investment only if most of a family’s food is produced at home. A well-stocked freezer will require less energy to run than a partially filled one.
  • Leave enough space around the unit for good circulation to remove excess heat.
  • Keep dust off the coils in the back of the unit.
  • Be sure that gaskets around the doors are intact and form a tight seal. To check, close the door on a piece of paper. If the paper slides out easily, new gaskets may be required.
  • Cool down hot foods before refrigerating.
  • Don’t crowd the shelves. Leave room for cool air to circulate.

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

Plant Your Own Tree

There are multiple benefits to planting a tree in your garden. It is good for the environment both the land and the air, it can shade your home and cut back your air con usage and it can even increase the value of your property. You could make it an annual event where each family member plants a new tree.

Use Cruise Control

If your car has a cruise control, then do use it! You paid for it along with the car anyway. This will help to improve your mileage at least by 15%, which will in the process save the environment, gasoline and your wallet.