Weekly Calendar

Weekly Calendar

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Weekly Calendar

Sunday, May 26

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

Thursday, May 30

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

Sunday, June 2

  • Bring your own coffee to church (see NSMC announcement below)
  • 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

Coffee During the Summer

Plan to bring your own coffee to church during the months of June, July, and August. The Fellowship Committee is taking a well-deserved break.

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 Climate Justice Ministry is hosting a webinar on Energy Efficiency and Faithful Action on May 30, 1:00pm CDT. The Creation Care group encourages you to attend the webinar and join our meeting on June 4 to discuss it.

Energy efficiency improvements and shifting to renewable energy sources for our homes and gathering places are practical, faithful ways we can seek climate justice. Join 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. Learn how their actions yield energy savings, financial savings, and joy for their communities!

Click here to register for the webinar

The MC USA Constituency Leaders Council reflected on the question, “What does it mean to do church together?” at its biannual meeting at College Mennonite Church, Goshen, Indiana, on March 21-23, 2024. Read more here: mennoniteusa.org/news/clc-stories

Ingrid Friesen Moser, wellness coordinator for MC USA’s The Corinthian Plan, uses controlled breath to help her worship when she is troubled by anxious thoughts. Read her Menno Snapshots reflection here: mennoniteusa.org/breath

In February, Chialis Thuan Santoso attended MC USA’s Hope for the Future 2024 conference. In her Menno Snapshots blog, she reflects on what she learned and how it applies to her life as a sojourner in Christ. Read her reflections here: mennoniteusa.org/sojourner-in-christ

–from Creation Justice Ministries 52 Ways to Care for Creation

Compost

Spring is a great time to start a compost pile. Set one up in your own backyard or find out if your county has a curbside composting program! Learn more about Jeff Chu’s “Theology of Compost” on the Evolving Faith podcast.

–from Creation Justice Tips | United Methodist Church

Rethink! We used to think of the earth’s benefits as endless. Earth is telling us we need to think again. If we want our children and grands to live well, we need to support a more sustainable way of being now. Explore thrift stores before catalogs; purchase from companies that are environmentally conscious; buy from local farmers and merchants.

Review! Regularly or at least annually, step back and look critically at your “stuff.” Are you a victim of “creep”?  Have “wants” taken higher priority than “need”? Continue asking what else you might do to contribute to the health of Earth and give all a better future. Talk with family and friends about your insights.

Recommit! Keep learning, taking more steps, talking to others about your actions on behalf of creation justice. The comprehensive and complex impacts of environmental issues can lead to anxiety and despair. Our children need to know we are doing something. Join organizations that are working for legislation and other changes. Watch for and celebrate good news. Persist. 

Remember! Remember who you are and Whose you are: You are a beloved child of God. The very first commandment God gave humanity was to care for creation (Genesis 1–2). In your approach to all things created by God and by humans, remember you are a caretaker. Let that sacred charge be your guide.

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

  • May 24: Thank your brothers for telling you the truth.
  • May 25: “Our greatest glory is not in never failing, but in rising up every time we fail.” –Emerson
  • May 26: Don’t avoid hard things. Simple living is not easy living.
  • May 27: Be present in this moment. This moment right now, as you read this suggestion.
  • May 28: Feel & heal the hurts of others.
  • May 29: Compost, compost – & compost!
  • May 30: Know your purpose & align everything you do with that purpose.

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

#15 Light House Efficiently

  • Lighting accounts for 4 percent of the average home fuel bill, but in some residences it can be far higher.
  • Turn lights off when not in use.
  • Choose efficient lighting bulbs and fixtures.
  • Open curtains and shades to utilize daylight.
  • Use localized lighting for close work instead of lighting an entire room.
  • Avoid colored bulbs which can use almost 60 percent more energy.
  • Paint walls with a light color to reflect light.
  • Learn how to read your electric meter.

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

Use a Professional Car Wash Service

Car wash services are trying to reduce costs and maximise profits, therefore, they have the optimal amount of water for a thorough clean down to a fine art. Using these services ensures minimal water wastage. If everyone in the USA who washes their own cars used a car wash even once, it would save 8.7 billion gallons of water per year!

Don’t Use Plastic Carrier Bags

Plastic carrier bags are not biodegradable, nor are they recyclable. They sit in landfills where they often end up polluting the ocean and infiltrating food sources. Use a stronger, reusable bag.