Weekly Calendar

Weekly Calendar

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Weekly Calendar

Saturday, April 27

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

Sunday, April 28

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

Thursday, May 2

  • 7:00pm Zoom Bible Study, Proverbs 3-4 (contact Anne for details on how to join on Zoom)

Sunday, May 5

  • 9:30am NSMC Worship at Libertyville Civic Center (contact Anne for details on how to join on Zoom)
  • 11:00am Second Hour
  • 12:00pm Potluck

The Mennonite Church USA Executive Board, meeting via Zoom on March 15-16, 2024, affirmed a clean audit and a new strategic plan that seeks to reimagine church in new ways. Read more here: mennoniteusa.org/news/executive-board-plan

The Schowalter Foundation, North Newton, Kansas, has provided $10,000 to fund up to four semester-long internships at the Mennonite Church USA Archives and to help digitize fragile resources in 2024. Oscar J. Murguia, a third-year history major at Goshen (Indiana) College, has been awarded the 2024 spring semester internship. Read more here: mennoniteusa.org/news/schowalter-archive-interns

Dr. Lesley F. McClendon presented this devotional at the Mennonite Church USA Executive Board meeting recently. She reflects on what reimagining the church means and how we can stay true to the gospel message, while also accommodating our rapidly changing needs as a culture. Read it here: mennoniteusa.org/menno-snapshots/reimagining-church

Request an MC USA staff person to speak at your assembly, congregation, Sunday school or event. Learn more here: mennoniteusa.org/speaker

–from Creation Justice Ministries 52 Ways to Care for Creation

Ecological Resurrection

Every ecological success is a resurrection story! Find out which animals, plants, or ecosystems have been revived after environmental degradation. For example, the Monterey Bay in California has a wonderful “resurrection” story!

–from Creation Justice Tips | United Methodist Church

The Bans are Working

Push your state or city to ban specific single-use plastics. Already, more than 500 cities have ordinances against plastic bags. Twelve states have bans in place. Two more are working in that direction. The number is growing, and the bans are working. Get your local policymakers on the “ban-wagon.”

Boycott Excessive Plastic Packaging

Money talks. Boycott companies that use excessive plastic packaging. Purchase from businesses that are committed to environmentally friendly practices as well as plastic-free products. Look for B Corp certification. Read the “About” tab on websites. Complain if you receive something with plastic packaging. Buy food not wrapped in plastic.

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

  • April 26: Use as many native plants as possible.
  • April 27: Rebirth is everywhere.
  • April 28: Share a poem you love.
  • April 29: Give them a helping hand.
  • April 30: Tell the absolute truth with absolute kindness.
  • May 1: Do fewer things, but do them better.
  • May 2: Let them know how important they are to you.

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

#11 Air Condition Minimally

  • Set the thermostat at 75 to 78 degrees.
  • Keep heat out of the house by closing all windows and doors; seal air leaks with weather-stripping or caulking.
  • Cool the attic with a ventilation fan.
  • Keep storm windows in place; pull shades or drapes across windows during the day.
  • Turn off appliances and lights when not in use.
  • Cook main meals take showers, wash, and iron in the morning and evening.
  • Avoid direct sunlight on the cooling system.
  • When humidity is high, set the fan at a low speed; this allows more water to be removed.
  • Don’t cool more rooms than is absolutely necessary. Cool by opening windows if the day is not very hot.
  • Vacuum the cooling coils so they are free of dust and lint.

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

Recycle Unwanted Wire Hangers

Although wire hangers are generally made of steel, therefore not recyclable in the typical sense, many dry cleaners will gladly take these off your hands to reuse.

Always Recycle Glass and Aluminum

It is possible to make twenty recycled cans with the same amount of energy it takes to make just one new one. That’s a great saving. And the glass is another great saving. Every ton of glass that is recycled saves nine gallons of the oil used for fuel to produce new glass.