Weekly Calendar

Weekly Calendar

Rebecca KAnnouncements

Weekly Calendar

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

Tuesday, April 23

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

Thursday, April 25

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

Saturday, April 27

  • 8:15am NSMC/CCMC Women’s Breakfast, Jelly Cafe Palatine, 795 Dundee Rd, Palatine (see Google map). No RSVP needed. See full announcement below.

Sunday, April 28

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

NSMC/CCMC Women’s Breakfast, April 27

Plan to be part of a joint NSMC/CCMC Women’s Breakfast on Saturday, April 27, at 8:15am. We will meet halfway between our two churches at the Jelly Cafe Palatine, 795 W Dundee Rd, Palatine (see Google map). It’s a great time to have extended fellowship time and enjoy good food together (check out their menu). Hope to see you there!

Mennonite Church USA is pleased to announce that the 2025 MC USA biennial national gathering and leading faith formation event, Follow Jesus ‘25, will take place July 8-12, 2025, at the Koury Convention Center in Greensboro, North Carolina. Shé Langley was named the new director of event planning. Read more here: mennoniteusa.org/convention-details-director

Mennonite Church USA’s Climate Justice Ministry is receiving applications for the Pam De Young Net Zero Energy Fund grant, from now through June 15, 2024. The Pam De Young Net Zero Energy Fund provides funds to assist MC USA congregations interested in forms of renewable energy. The term, “net zero energy,” describes buildings or communities that generate enough energy to meet their own needs. Learn more here: mennoniteusa.org/green-energy-grants

Spiritual director Lester Lind of the Mennonite Spiritual Directors Network reflects on the beginning of his calling and career as he prepares to retire. Read his reflections here: mennoniteusa.org/reflections-calling-career

Karla Stoltzfus Detweiler, Mennonite Church USA’s climate justice coordinator, visited West Union Mennonite Church, Parnell, Iowa, and spoke about climate change. Read more here: mennoniteusa.org/menno-snapshots/rivels 

–from Creation Justice Ministries 52 Ways to Care for Creation

Earth Day Reflection

This earth day, take a moment to reflect on this proverb: “We do not inherit the earth from our ancestors, we have borrowed it from our children.”

–from Creation Justice Tips | United Methodist Church

Educate and Encourage on Earth Day

Plan an Earth Day (April 22) opportunity to educate and encourage your church family about choosing the planet vs. plastic. Consider a display, “This—Not That,” showing alternatives to single-use plastic. Plan a special Sunday school program. Arrange to clean up a nearby stream or roadway as a service project. Weigh and report the results. In worship include prayers for the planet. Hand out reusable bags imprinted with a reminder to care for creation.

Do More to Address Plastic Problem

Donate to organizations that are addressing the plastic problem on a larger scale. Your financial support enables them to reach far and wide. Check out these: EarthDay.orgPlastic-Free July, The Story of Stuff Project, specifically The Story of Bottled Water.

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

  • April 19: Use renewable energy when possible through outdoor drying of washed materials.
  • April 20: “If you have a garden & a library, you have everything you need.” –Cicero
  • April 21: “A cry for survival comes from the planet itself…
  • April 22: …A cry that can’t be any more desperate or any more clear.” –President Joe Biden
  • April 23: Be slow to cast blame on others.
  • April 24: Give old tools a new home.
  • April 25: Teach children a view of hard work as a key to success.

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

#10 Dehumidify in Summer

  • A dehumidifier can cool a home without air conditioner. Follow these tips for safe, efficient operation of a dehumidifier.
  • Read the owner’s manual.
  • Place the unit at least 6 inches from the nearest wall for free air flow.
  • Shut all doors and windows in the area to be dried.
  • Turn the machine off and disconnect the power cord before emptying the water pan.
  • On cool days, check the cold coils for frosting; turn off until melted.
  • Always unplug the cord before cleaning the unit.
  • Every few weeks, clean the inside of the water container with a soft cloth and a mild detergent to prevent mold, mildew, and bacteria.
  • Once a month, dust the lint from the cold coils.

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

Recycle Your Cell Phone

With the average consumer replacing their cell phones every eighteen months, 130 million cell phones are being disposed of each year. If these go into landfill sites, the toxins from the cell battery leak into the soil and pollute the ground. Use a recycling programme. An added bonus to this is many of these programmes contribute to charities.

Regularly Maintain Your Vehicle

If your vehicle’s engine is running correctly, the filters are clean and the tyres correctly inflated, the vehicle will be more efficient on fuel. This reduces pollution and saves you money. It’s worth cleaning out the trunk now and again too – extra weight uses extra fuel!