Weekly Calendar

Weekly Calendar

Rebecca KAnnouncements

Weekly Calendar

Sunday, March 24 Palm Sunday

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

Thursday, March 28 Holy Thursday

  • 7:00pm In-Person Service at CCMC

Friday, March 29 Good Friday

  • 7:00pm Zoom Good Friday Tenebrae Service (contact Anne for details on how to join on Zoom)

Sunday, March 31 Easter Sunday

  • 6:15am Easter Sunrise Service, Edible Landscape, 1214 Prairie Orchid Lane, Grayslake (see Google map). All are welcome.
  • 9:00am Easter Breakfast, Libertyville Civic Center
  • 10:00am NSMC Easter Worship at Libertyville Civic Center (contact Anne for details on how to join on Zoom)

MC USA’s Climate Justice Ministry will begin receiving applications for the Pam De Young Net Zero Energy Fund grant, starting April 1, 2024. The Pam De Young Net Zero Energy Fund provides funds to assist MC USA congregations interested in various forms of renewable energy. Read more here: mennoniteusa.org/news/apply-energy-grants View the slide here: mennoniteusa.org/apply-renewable-energy-grants

Join MC USA Climate Justice Coordinator Karla Stoltzfus Detweiler on Apr. 2 at 2 p.m. ET/11 a.m. PT for the first of four webinars in MC USA’s “Learn, Pray, Join: Climate Justice II” initiative. The first webinar will focus on Indigenous Justice and Climate Justice and will feature the testimony of Indigenous leaders, Manuel May Castillo and Mark Charles, and the prophetic voices of Sarah Augustine and Sheri Hostetler, co-founders of the Coalition to Dismantle the Doctrine of Discovery and authors of the book “So We and Our Children May Live.” Register here: mennoniteusa.org/registraiton-climate-april2 View the slide here: mennoniteusa.org/climate-justice-indigenous-justice-webinar

Tori Jones Long, a local organizer for Mennonite Action and a member of Salford Mennonite Church, Harleysville, Pa., reflects on why she participated in an act of civil disobedience that led to her arrest during the Jan. 16 Mennonite Action demonstration for a ceasefire. Read more about her experience in her Menno Snapshots blog here: mennoniteusa.org/civil-disobedience

On Jan. 16, 2024, Lynn Hur, a member of Pasadena (California) Mennonite Church participated in an outdoor peace vigil with about 200 Mennonites in front of the House of Representatives’ Cannon House Office Building in Washington D.C. She reflects on “finding people who grieve the same way you do.” Read more about her experience here: mennoniteusa.org/grieve-same-way

–from Creation Justice Ministries 52 Ways to Care for Creation

Holy Week

On Good Friday, we confront the ways we have caused suffering in the world. As we remember the death of Jesus, let us acknowledge the suffering we have inflicted upon God’s Creation. In our mourning, may we resolve to be healers and helpers. May we participate in the resurrection of our environment.

–from Creation Justice Tips | United Methodist Church

Replace with Energy Efficient Appliances

Are you planning to remodel or to replace appliances soon? Prioritize selections that contribute to energy efficiency. Upgrade your home to care for your other home: Earth. 

Find Treasures in Thrift Shops

Spring weather means shedding heavy winter clothes. Evaluate your wardrobe for items to donate. Plan to visit local thrift shops both to take your donations and to find treasures that fit your fashion sense, your budget, and your commitment to reuse. Too often a purchase made online gets returned and doesn’t go back into stock but ends up in a landfill. You can avoid that, support a local business, and feel good about what you wear. 

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

  • March 22: Research the source of your local water supply.
  • March 23: Count your gifts.
  • March 24: Get (meta) physical.
  • March 25: Don’t hesitate when you should act.
  • March 26: Draw a garden map to plan for the year–mix it up.
  • March 27: Approach both love and cooking with reckless abandon.
  • March 28: Encourage and empower those of your beloved community.

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

#6 Design Buildings with Ecology in Mind

  • Maintaining comfortable buildings demands about one-fifth of all energy used in the U.S. You can help improve this.
  • Cover the exterior walls with earth and plantings.
  • Shade walls to reduce indoor/outdoor temperature differential.
  • Shade paved areas and plant vegetation to lessen outdoor temperature buildup.
  • Use sloping sites to protect the building and minimize the wind’s effects.
  • Select a site to reduce heat reflections from water.
  • Consider minimum exposed areas. A minimum north wall will reduce heat loss, and a minimum south wall will reduce cooling load.
  • In a warm climate, finish outside walls and roof with a light-colored surface to minimize heat gain.
  • In a cold climate, use a dark-colored finish that has high solar absorption.

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

Buy Second Hand

A lot of things can be sourced second hand. Things that have a short usage period due to growth, for example, a child’s bicycle, can be picked up second hand in fantastic condition and also at a fraction of the price. This saves you money and helps to reduce packaging materials.

Buy Local Products

Where possible, buy local produce. This saves all the pollution incurred by transporting goods long distance.