Weekly Calendar

Weekly Calendar

Rebecca KAnnouncements

Weekly Calendar

Friday, May 10

  • Immigration hearing for Somali man in downtown Chicago. Please contact Anne for additional information.

Sunday, May 12

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

Thursday, May 16

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

Friday, May 17

  • MDS demo and removal work on Chicago’s west side. Contact Shelly or Kenton for more information.

Sunday, May 19 Pentecost

  • 9:30am NSMC Worship at Libertyville Civic Center (contact Anne for details on how to join on Zoom)
    • Signpost: Power!
  • 11:00am NSMC Spring Congregational Meeting

Important Reminders from Anne

  • Please email Anne as soon as possible with your out-of-town dates this summer! She needs the information for better planning.
  • Please let Anne know if you will NOT be attending the congregational meeting on May 19 directly after worship so she can set up a Zoom call with you and all who were not able to attend. Your voice matters!

Zoom Prayer Gathering in the Works

After the congregational meeting we will begin a Zoom prayer gathering to take place every two weeks with anyone who is interested from both NSMC and CCMC. We will pray for congregational decisions, local, national and global concerns and requests from our shared worship times. Our likely Zoom meetings will be every other Wednesday evening unless another strong preference emerges.

Mennonite Church USA, along with more than 140 Christian leaders, signed a letter calling for a permanent ceasefire in Gaza and a halt in arms sales to Israel. Read the letter here: mennoniteusa.org/news/call-for-ceasefire

On Thursday, May 30, 2024 at 2 p.m. ET/11 a.m. PT, MC USA’s Climate Justice Ministry will host a webinar titled, “Energy Efficiency and Faithful Action.” Join three panelists, Amy Huser, Eric Sauder and Nelson Kilmer, who have led their congregations and communities on a journey toward energy efficiency, with a goal of “Net Zero” energy. Register here: mennoniteusa.org/webinar/registration-climate-may30 View the PowerPoint slide here: mennoniteusa.org/slide/lpj-climate4 View the PDF here: mennoniteusa.org/pdf/lpj-climate4

Janet Elaine Guthrie, spiritual director and member of First Mennonite Church of Champaign-Urbana, Illinois, shares about the influences that led her to engage in the reparative action of donating her portion of the family farm, with the intent toward education and supporting Indigenous peoples. Read more here: mennoniteusa.org/fruits-of-repair

Read and subscribe to Equipping, Mennonite Church USA’s quarterly resource newsletter for pastors and ministry leaders. View the most recent issue here: mennoniteusa.org/equipping-april-2024 Subscribe to Equipping here: mennoniteusa.org/equipping-subscribe

–from Creation Justice Ministries 52 Ways to Care for Creation

Endangered Species Day

Happy endangered species day! Check out “Tending the Garden,” a resource from Creation Justice Ministries to learn about and celebrate endangered plants and animals.

–from Creation Justice Tips | United Methodist Church

Reuse! Take your reusable bags to the grocery; purchase a reusable water bottle; print double-sided; turn the backs of printed paper into scrap paper for notes; switch from plastic cups to reusable mugs. Before you trash anything, ask yourself if it can be reused as is or repurposed for a new use.

Reduce! Buy in bulk to reduce packaging and emissions from shipping whether to you directly or to the store. Choose “paperless” for bills and newspapers and reduce the trees cut down. To reduce filling landfills, donate purchases that don’t fit instead of returning them because companies often send “returns” to landfills instead of restocking.  

Refuse! Resist the constant pounding of advertising that says buy more and more. Say no to a plastic straw when out to eat and no to a bag for a few items that you can carry easily. Reject products that include pesticides or are wrapped in plastic packaging. 

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

  • May 10: Is clutter a trauma symptom?
  • May 11: Find ways to move that you enjoy.
  • May 12: Share a personal story & make her smile!
  • May 13: Linger at the dinner table.
  • May 14: Keep some unscheduled time in your day.
  • May 15: Be quick to forgive–release any feelings of resentment.
  • May 16: Learn how valuable one tree can be.

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

#13 Convert to Renewable Fuel Sources . . . Solar

  • Do-It-Yourself Solar Heating Techniques
    • Let the sun shine in.
    • Gravity warm air window heaters. Gravity heating systems use fuel-fired furnaces to warm surrounding air and ducts to force the air upward through a house or other structure. Vents in each room direct the warm air to heat the building.
    • Reflective panels to increase flow of sun’s heat into a room.
    • Flat-plate collectors.
    • Water-filled containers. Open the container to absorb sun heat, then close container to retain heat.

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

Reduce Your Junk Mail

The average American citizen receives forty pounds of junk mail per year – forty pounds! That’s a lot of paper being wasted. You can register for services that reduce the amount of junk mail you receive. Not only is this beneficial to the environment, but let’s face it, none of us want that junk mail anyway – the clue is in the name!

Choose Matches Over a Lighter

As the majority of lighters these days are disposable lighters, 1.5 billion of them end up in landfills every year. They are also made of plastic and filled with butane, neither of which are environmentally friendly. Choose matches instead, ideally the paper ones. The wood ones are made from trees, but the paper ones are made from recycled paper so you are doing no harm.