Weekly Calendar

Weekly Calendar

Rebecca KAnnouncements

Weekly Calendar

Sunday, April 14

  • 9:30am CCMC Worship in Schaumburg (contact Anne for details on how to join on Zoom)
  • Potluck
  • Special last day 50% off sale at Gifts of the World right after potluck

Thursday, April 18

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

Sunday, April 21

  • 9:30am NSMC Worship at Libertyville Civic Center (contact Anne for details on how to join on Zoom)
  • 11:00am Second Hour
Creation Care Announcements

Make plans to join the Creation Care meeting on Tuesday, April 23. A guest from Trash to Treasure Ministry will talk about their project of collecting used items and selling or giving them to folks who can use them. It is a journey of generosity and a passion to serve God’s kingdom by helping those in need.

For more information about Trash to Treasure, please check out their website.

Women’s Retreat, April 26-28

Get away from everyday life for an overnight retreat alongside other women who want to find connection with the Word and with other women. Join us as we learn from our speaker, Brenda L. Yoder, about the theme Uncomplicated! Brenda will equip us with four  timeless lessons drawn from past generations to overcome practical obstacles and solve daily challenges with a calm presence, authentic faith, and voice of reason. No matter where you live or what season of life you’re in, you can find inspiration from the simpler life. 

Click here to go to Menno Haven’s website for more information and to register. Registration closes on Tuesday, April 16, at 12:00pm. (Tuesday)

This Thursday, April 18 at 8:00pm ET / 5:00pm PT, we invite you to our next virtual mass call for a chance to hear directly from participants in our March 25-29 week of action. You can sign up here

Our movement is making an important impact. However, Gaza has yet to see peace and substantial aid. We hope to see you on our April 18 mass call as we recenter ourselves for the work that lies ahead.

Left to right: Washington, D.C. | Northern Indiana (photo by Peter Ringenberg) | Chicago, IL (photo by Dale Fast) | Lancaster, PA (photo by Christy Kauffman)

Mennonite Church USA honored seven community elders at its 11th Hope for the Future Conference, Feb. 9-11, 2023, in Dallas, Texas. Read more about the seven honorees here: mennoniteusa.org/news/hftf24-honorees

Join Amy Zimbelman, Conference Minister of Mountain States Mennonite Conference, on April 23, 2024, at 7 p.m. ET/4 p.m. PT for a panel discussion of pioneering women in ministry. We will hear from Dianne Garcia, who recently planted a church ministering to asylum-seekers in San Antonio, Texas, and Marilyn Miller, who is the first woman ordained to pastoral ministry in the General Conference Mennonite Church. Register here: mennoniteusa.org/webinar/registration-wil-april23

Nancy Kauffmann, interim denominational minister of Church Safety for Mennonite Church USA’s Church Vitality office, tells of how two churches handled situations of abuse within their own congregations and how our response can affect the light of life of the person experiencing abuse. Read more here: mennoniteusa.org/light-of-life-turned-on

Equipping, Mennonite Church USA’s quarterly email newsletter for pastors and leaders, features resources submitted by MC USA conferences, congregations, agencies, ministry partners, constituency groups and affiliated schools and colleges. View the most recent issue here: mennoniteusa.org/equipping-jan-2024 Subscribe to Equipping here: mennoniteusa.org/equipping-subscribe

–from Creation Justice Ministries 52 Ways to Care for Creation

Write to Your Elected Officials

Write to your members of congress or local elected officials, asking them to support an environmental issue that you care about. How does the issue you’ve chosen relate to racial justice? Include this information in your letter or email.

–from Creation Justice Tips | United Methodist Church

Tell Your Friends

Tell your friends what you are doing to greatly reduce the plastic waste in your life. Talk about why that change is important to you. Recount your changes as steps in a journey and invite them to join you in tackling the problem. Encourage them; avoid creating any embarrassment. 

Look for Non-Plastic Alternatives

At work, check out the coffee station. Styrofoam cups and plastic stirrers get thrown away but never go away. Look for non-plastic alternatives for coffee cups. Buy a package of linguine pasta, break the strands in half and use them to stir the coffee or tea. The pasta-stirrers can be composted or thrown away without the same harm that plastic generates. 

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

  • April 12: Realize that we are all recipients of grace.
  • April 13: Naturally ‘cleanse’ by eating more plants.
  • April 14: Enjoy the sunset’s color palette.
  • April 15: Draw, paint, sculpt.
  • April 16: Be fine with having more questions than answers.
  • April 17: Become a minimalist.
  • April 18: Encourage learning new skills.

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

#9 Cool Conservatively and Ventilate

  • Try these tips to be comfortable in summer without air conditioning.
  • Wear loose-fitting, lightweight, and light-colored clothes.
  • Use appliances for household chores in the cooler parts of the day.
  • Turn off unnecessary lights.
  • Keep the sunlight out by closing the drapes during the day.
  • Keep air circulating with fans.
  • At night, open windows to circulate cool air.
  • Good insulation can make a big difference in the summer.

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

Garden Manually

Try to avoid using a hose pipe – use a watering can instead to concentrate on the areas you need watering. Try to water first thing before the sun is up to reduce water wasted to evaporation. Rake old clippings by hand, or leave them to fertilise your soil. Use vinegar on weeds instead of harsh weed killers.

Use Picnic Markers

Ideally, use reusable cups/plates/cutlery. If you choose to use disposable ones, use a different colour marker pen for each person so only one of each is used, rather than getting them mixed up and having to get fresh ones.