Weekly Calendar

Weekly Calendar

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Weekly Calendar

Friday, March 29 Good Friday

  • 12:00pm Mennonite Action Vigil in Chicago at the Federal Building to advocate with other Christian and Muslim groups for a cease-fire and to remember those who have died in the ongoing Israel-Hamas war.
  • 7:30pm 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) with an Easter egg hunt. All are welcome.
  • 9:00am Easter Breakfast, Libertyville Civic Center, 135 W. Church St.
  • 10:00am NSMC Easter Worship at Libertyville Civic Center (contact Anne for details on how to join on Zoom)

Thursday, April 4

  • 7:00pm Zoom Bible Study resumes, moving towards completing John’s gospel

Sunday, April 7

  • 9:30am NSMC Worship at Libertyville Civic Center (contact Anne for details on how to join on Zoom)
    • Child Dedication Service for Carrie and Keith’s grandson Ian
    • Communion
  • 11:00am Second Hour
  • 12:00pm Potluck

The Anabaptist Climate Collaborative (ACC) works to equip and activate individuals, congregations, and organizations to seek climate justice through Anabaptist values, community, and faith. Toward that end, they have issued their Spring 2024 newsletter. The newsletter includes:

  • A chance to get to know their new board members, Sibonokuhle Ncube and Andrew Yoder, along with an updated vision and strategic framework for ACC.
  • A reflection on their recent Global Voices tour by speaker Victor Odinda and coordinator Micah Buckwalter, both of whom traveled across the U.S. last month giving presentations on climate impacts on under-represented communities around the world.

MC USA Administration has awarded Mennonite Action an unrestricted $10,000 grant from the Church Peace Tax Fund. Mennonite Action is an independent, grass roots movement of Mennonites taking public action to stop war and end the occupation of Palestine. Read more here: mennoniteusa.org/news/menno-action-peace-tax-fund

Peaceful Options for Training and Careers, an independent initiative formed by MC USA and Mennonite Central Committee, has begun training volunteer counselors to help young adults find non-military career, service and training opportunities. Read more here: mennoniteusa.org/news/potc-mobilizes

Subscribe to PeaceMail to receive MC USA’s blogs, together with news and resources in one weekly email. Subscribe to PeaceMail here: mennoniteusa.org/peacemail

Abby Endashaw, Mennonite Central Committee young adult program coordinator, reflects on the life-giving aspects of the Hope for the Future conference. This blog is part of MC USA’s Hope for the Future series. Read more about her experience here: mennoniteusa.org/community-connection-longevity

–from Creation Justice Ministries 52 Ways to Care for Creation

Eco-Friendly Easter

This Easter, trade the plastic easter-eggs and chemical dyes for an eco-friendly Easter celebration. Try dyeing local/free range chicken eggs with dyes from beets, onions, and cabbages for a fun and natural holiday craft!

–from Creation Justice Tips | United Methodist Church

Earth Day Witness

Plan now for your Earth Day witness. The 2024 event is April 22, but now is your opportunity to engage others in planning for an occasion that raises awareness and sparks action. Find a few interested people, locally or online, dream big, get others onboard, and plan a day to remember. The theme is Planet vs. Plastic. Have some serious fun with that! 

Be Faithful in Your Planting

In 1 Corinthians 3:6, Paul wrote, “I planted, Apollos watered, but God gave the growth.” Continue to do your “planting” for creation care and justice. Others will assist, and God will give the growth. Your job is to be faithful in your task even if you don’t see results. Trust God to be faithful, too.

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

  • March 29: Turn mundane tasks into acts of compassion.
  • March 30: “I would rather die of passion than of boredom.” –Vincent van Gogh
  • March 31: Seek, find, be found.
  • April 1: Stop worrying about imaginary problems.
  • April 2: Find inner simplicity.
  • April 3: Construct an artificial pond or pool to attract wildlife for observation.
  • April 4: Create a safe haven–with books.

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

#7 Cut Hot-Water Costs

  • Heating water is the second greatest energy consumer after home heating.
  • In addition to yearly servicing, consider these tips to reduce hot water bills.
    • Prevent drips. One drop per second is 175 gallons per month.
    • Take showers of short duration. When the shower is too warm, turn down the hot water instead of increasing the cold.
    • Wash dishes by hand starting with a small amount of water and adding more as needed.
    • Run the dishwasher when it is full.
    • Wash only a full load of clothes.
    • Launder with cold water.
    • Consider installing a solar water heater.

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

Adjust the Temperature

Adjusting the temperature in your home by just one degree can save you 10% on your energy use over the year. This is another great saving you and another great help for the planet. Where possible, set a timer so your heating/cooling doesn’t need to be on when you aren’t home.

Invest in a Travel Mug

Having a travel mug keeps your coffee/tea hot for longer, meaning less waste and less re-boiling the kettle! Some coffee chains will even offer a discount for filling up your own cup rather than issuing a paper one. Certain drip coffee makers (here is a good list) also come with free travel mugs.

Bonus Tip courtesy of Gerry, adapted from House Digest

Why You Should Put a Bowl of Coffee Grounds in Your Basement

Basements often get tagged as the home’s catch-all space—a place for storage, hobbies, or even cozy hangouts—but they often struggle with a distinct air of mustiness thanks to their air quality and moisture issues. To really tackle those basement smells at their source, it’s helpful to know what’s causing them in the first place. Often, it’s issues like mold growth due to high humidity or lingering odors from old spills and stains on carpet or furniture.

Here’s a neat trick that could change the game for your basement: place a bowl of coffee grounds around. Yes, those coffee grounds left over from your morning caffeine fix—instead of tossing them in the bin, you can dry them out and make them your secret weapon against basement odors. Based on the science behind coffee grounds’ odor-fighting abilities, it’s an environmentally friendly, cost-effective way to make a noticeable difference in your basement’s air quality.

Coffee grounds are packed with compounds that are great for kicking odors to the curb, and it’s the nitrogen in them that really steals the show. Coffee grounds also grab onto moisture and help keep the air dry and less welcoming for mold and mildew.

Keep in mind that it’s continuous work that will require a good maintenance schedule, but it’s a straightforward, natural way to keep your home feeling fresh.