Weekly Calendar

Weekly Calendar

Rebecca KAnnouncements

Weekly Calendar

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!
    • Speaker: Shane
  • 11:00am NSMC Spring Congregational Meeting (please let Anne know if you cannot attend–a Zoom meeting will be planned)
    • Check your email for important information to read ahead of time–yes, homework!

Thursday, May 16

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

Sunday, May 26

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

Send Summer Schedule to Anne

Please email Anne as soon as possible with your out-of-town dates this summer! She needs the information for better planning.

    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.

    June 9: Recognition of Gifts of the World

    During worship on June 9, Christ Community Mennonite Church will mark the closing of the Gifts of the World store. Past store volunteers have been invited to be part of the service, discussion hour and potluck. Discussion hour will include sharing of memories and stories of the store.

    June 16: No Worship Service at NSMC

    Due to the numbers of us who will be out of town, there will be no gathered worship at NSMC on June 16. Look for upcoming information on worship at CCMC.

    Mennonite Church USA’s Safe Church ministry is strengthening its commitment to ensuring safe spaces for all members by offering background checks for church employees and volunteers through an agreement with Safe Hiring Solutions. Read more here: mennoniteusa.org/news/background-checks

    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 MC USA congregations seeking to install solar panels, car charging stations or other 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. View the PowerPoint slide here: mennoniteusa.org/slide/deyoung. View the PDF here: mennoniteusa.org/pdf/deyoung

    Using concepts from the Supernatural television series, Sarah Augustine, co-founder and executive director of the Coalition to Dismantle the Doctrine of Discovery, considers how we can imagine systems for ecological and racial justice that will create a better future for our world, even if we don’t see the return on investment in our lifetimes. Her Menno Snapshots blog is part of MC USA’s Learn, Pray, Join initiative, “Climate Justice: Seeking Shalom.” Read more here: mennoniteusa.org/fix-the-sun

    –from Creation Justice Ministries 52 Ways to Care for Creation

    Pentecost

    As we celebrate and imagine the holy spirit in the image of the dove, consider these words from Thomas Merton: “The sky is my prayer, the birds are my prayer, the wind in the trees is my prayer, for God is all in all.”

    –from Creation Justice Tips | United Methodist Church

    Repair! Learn and use the simple skill of mending. Consult YouTube or a local hardware store for possible fixes for non-working appliances or gadgets. Refinish or touch up wooden furniture; recover chair seats with new fabric; fight for “Right to Repair” laws for your state.

    Restore! Look for damage—a stream filled with litter, a beach area polluted with plastic, loss of trees from tornado or fire. Recovering from a climate disaster is accelerated through reforestation. Organize for clean-up locally or contribute funds to reforestation efforts across the world.

    Regenerate! On a personal level, compost your food and lawn scraps; participate in no mow May, which helps bees and other pollinators; consider turning growth back to nature by rewilding at least a portion of your property. On a larger scale, examine your agricultural practices for changes that will regenerate the fertility of the soil. 

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

    • May 17: See the light! Avoid poor road visibility.
    • May 18: Participate in frugal pleasures.
    • May 19: Plant a vegetable garden if you have the space, a window box if not.
    • May 20: “Music is a moral law. It gives soul to the universe, wings to the mind…
    • May 21: …flight to the imagination, & charm & gaiety to life & to everything.” –Plato
    • May 22: Encourage biodiversity.
    • May 23: Learn truths about turtles.

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

    #14 Convert to Renewable Fuel Sources . . . Wind

    • Wind power is not a novelty.
    • Small windmills can be repaired and put back into use.
    • New designs in wind turbines can generate more power and increase efficiency when there is less wind.
    • Find out about the feasibility of wind power in your area.
    • Discuss wind power with community groups and legislators.

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

    Use Online Directories

    How many people still use paper telephone directories? Virtually none, but the telecoms companies will still send them out unless you opt out. Opt out and use an online service instead. These directories can account for up to 10% of trash in landfill sites. If you do still use a paper directory, don’t forget to recycle the old one.

    Don’t Throw It Away

    You know the old saying, one person’s trash is another person’s treasure? Well it is often true. Don’t throw away perfectly good things just because you’re sick of them, or no longer have use for them. Instead, donate them to a local charity shop, or list them on a free collection site online.