Weekly Calendar

Weekly Calendar

Rebecca KAnnouncements

Weekly Calendar

Sunday, April 7 Eastertide

  • 9:30am NSMC Worship at Libertyville Civic Center (contact Anne for details on how to join on Zoom)
    • This Eastertide our worship will center on John’s gospel and will be guided by New Testament scholar and writer, N.T. Wright in his book Broken Signposts: How Christianity Makes Sense of the World. We are focusing on the foundational teachings of Jesus as we continue to equip ourselves in discerning next steps for our congregation.
    • This Sunday, April 7, our focus will be “justice”. We will also celebrate the dedication of Ian Walter (Moser) Reddy, son of Jessica Moser and Navin Reddy. Please plan to stay for cake after worship. Dessert first today to accommodate Ian’s naptime!
    • Communion
  • 11:00am Second Hour
  • 12:00pm Potluck

Tuesday, April 9

  • 7:00pm Zoom Church Board Meeting. Please direct any input to Phil or Patty.

Wednesday, April 10

  • Anne begins an AMBS short course on congregations in transition.

Thursday, April 11

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

Sunday, April 14

  • 9:30am CCMC Worship in Schaumburg (contact Anne for details on how to join on Zoom)
  • Potluck
  • Special last day sale at Gifts of the World right after potluck (see NSMC announcement below)

–from Janice

Gifts of the World Store–a fair-trade store similar to Ten Thousand Villages–located at CCMC (888 S Roselle Rd, Schaumburg) is closing. Saturday, April 13th is the final day when everything in the store will be 50% off. There will be a private special last day sale on Sunday, April 14 after CCMC church right after potluck.

“Do we know what it means to remove chains?” asked Joanne Gallardo, co-conference minister for Indiana-Michigan Mennonite Conference at Mennonite Church USA’s 11th Hope for the Future conference on Feb. 9-11. Gathering in Dallas, Texas, 70 Black, Indigenous and people of color considered the theme, “Breaking Chains, Mending Walls,” which centered on Isaiah 58. Read more here: mennoniteusa.org/news/breaking-chains-hftf24

On April 15, 2024, at 2 p.m. ET/11 a.m. PT, join Karla Stoltzfus Detweiler, MC USA’s climate justice coordinator, for the second of four webinars in MC USA’s “Learn, Pray, Join: Climate Justice: Seeking Shalom” initiative. This webinar will explore how we can live in resistance to a culture that spoils our home and causes disproportionate suffering for people of color, while also living in hope-filled engagement that nurtures life for all people and all of creation. Panelists will include Andrew Hudson, pastoral intern at Covenant Mennonite Fellowship; Sibonokuhle Ncube, co-regional director for Africa and Europe at Mennonite Mission Network; and Sarah Werner, communications coordinator for Central District Conference. Register here: mennoniteusa.org/webinar/registration-climate-april15
View the PowerPoint slide here: mennoniteusa.org/april-15-climate-webinar View the PDF here: mennoniteusa.org/april-15-webinar-pdf 

Earlier this year, James Rissler and Glen Guyton, executive director of Mennonite Church USA, embarked on a pilgrimage through civil rights sites. James reflects on how this Sankofa Journey affected his view of race relations in the U.S. and in the Mennonite church. Read his reflections here: mennoniteusa.org/sankofa-journey-reflection 

Mennonite Church USA is seeking nominees for its 2024 #BringThePeace awards. The annual award is given to two honorees: a legacy peacemaker in recognition of their life’s work and a young peacemaker (age 16-25), who can help inspire other young leaders. Submit your recommendations for nominees by completing this form before April 19: mennoniteusa.org/btp-2024-award-nominations View the PowerPoint slide here: mennoniteusa.org/BTP-award-noms-2024 View the PDF here: mennoniteusa.org/BTP-2024-pdf

–from Creation Justice Ministries 52 Ways to Care for Creation

Sing Hymns of Creation

Find/choose some creation-themed hymns to sing at church. Some ideas: “All Things Bright and Beautiful” and “The Ocean is a Call to Worship.”

–from Creation Justice Tips | United Methodist Church

Do a Plastic Tally

For a few days, keep a tally of all the single-use plastic you encounter. Become hyper-aware of plastic bags, excess packaging, water bottles, disposable cutlery, straws, cups that litter your life before they stay in landfills or oceans for eons. Share your count with at least one other person. Awareness is the first step to positive change.

Move Away from “Throw-Away”

Treat your family to alternatives to the usual single-use plastic items in your home. Consider bamboo toothbrushes, shampoo bars, aluminum water bottles, reusable silicone baggies, for example. Or visit a refill store. Move away from “throw-away.”

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

  • April 5: Walk wherever you can.
  • April 6: Step off the hedonic treadmill.
  • April 7: Don’t argue with people online.
  • April 8: “Your work is to discover your world & then with all your heart give yourself to it.” –Buddha
  • April 9: Set a reading goal & celebrate your literary milestones.
  • April 10: Ask your loved ones for more details.
  • April 11: Foster an animal.

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

#8 Economize with Modular Heating

  • Consider your particular type of dwelling and climate when choosing heating for your home.
  • Keep safety and energy use in mind.
  • Be aware of the venting needed for your type of heating.
  • Inspect your heating system regularly.
  • If you use a fireplace, learn how to build a proper fire. An improperly built fire can lose 90 percent of its heat through the chimney.
  • Inspect the chimney regularly.

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

Do Errand Batches

Instead of doing each errand as it occurs to you, why not do them in a batch. This will save you time and will also reduce your fuel costs. You could even errand share with a friend!

Turn Off Lights When You’re Not in the Room

You don’t need to light up a room no one is using. Save energy and money by getting into the habit of switching off the lights when you leave the room. For standard bulbs, do this each time you leave. For energy savers, do this if you are leaving the room for more than fifteen minutes. You will also save on your cooling costs, as lights can make your rooms hotter!