Weekly Calendar

Weekly Calendar

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Weekly Calendar

Sunday, June 16

  • No church service at NSMC
  • 9:30am CCMC Indoor Worship in Schaumburg (contact Anne for details on how to join on Zoom)
    • Theme: God Speaking in Creation
    • Leader: Patty

Thursday, June 20

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

Sunday, June 23

  • 9:30am CCMC Indoor Worship in Schaumburg (contact Anne for details on how to join on Zoom)
  • 5:30pm Juneteenth Dinner at Worship at First Presbyterian Church of Libertyville.
    • Dinner at 5:30pm followed by worship.
    • During the dinner, several organizations with whom the anti-racism committee at First Presbyterian has connected will present more information about the work they do.

Mennonite Church USA’s Church Vitality office and Everence have completed their annual update of the Pastor Salary Guidelines for 2024-2025. Learn more here: mennoniteusa.org/news/salary-guidelines

Janet Szabo, a member of Mountain View Mennonite Church, shares how after a period of declining attendance, Mountain View Mennonite Church is experiencing a spring new life, through active church participation from adults and children alike. Read more here: mennoniteusa.org/spring-garden-creation

Amid the climate crisis, Douglas Day Kaufman, executive director of Anabaptist Climate Collaborative, finds wild, grounded hope in the gospel of all creatures — in the tiny Caddisfly larva and in the body of Christ. Read his reflection here: mennoniteusa.org/gospel-all-creatures

Sara Gurulé, constituent engagement representative for Mennonite Mission Network, MC USA’s mission agency, shares her grief about climate change and how the systems of greed and power have affected the places she calls home. Read more here: mennoniteusa.org/complex-grief-climate

–from Creation Justice Ministries 52 Ways to Care for Creation

Blue Theology Mission Station

Blue Theology is a mission station for learning about and caring for God’s marine creation! A partner of Creation Justice Ministries, Blue Theology hosts summer mission trips for teens. Visit bluetheology.com to learn more.

–from Creation Justice Tips | United Methodist Church

Finance a better future for all. Donate to organizations doing work you believe in but cannot do yourself. Even small financial gifts help. And the collective return on investment is huge.

Divest: Get rid of “stuff.” Shed the burden of the consumerism mentality. Get rid of the identity of consumer—one who uses things up—and choose simplicity and what’s good for the planet. 

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

  • June 14: Give plasma or platelets.
  • June 15: Savor the ordinary pleasures of life: the sound of birds chirping, the feel of the wind, the joy in a sudden smile.
  • June 16: Pack up a backyard picnic.
  • June 17: Eat a plant-based diet.
  • June 18: Create a fun fund.
  • June 19: Engage in community events or group activities.
  • June 20: Hate is easy–love takes courage.

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

#18 Use Few Cleaning Products

  • Keep a clean house with simple cleaning products.
  • Do not use aerosols!
  • Non-polluting powdered laundry soap
  • Bleach
  • Ammonia water
  • Steel wool
  • Borax
  • Baking soda
  • Scouring powder
  • Soap and water

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

Use Non-Chemical De-Icers

Most people use ice melters to clear the sidewalks after a big storm. These contain harmful chemicals and should be avoided. Similarly, salt based products can be harmful to pets and could end up contaminating drinking water. Always look for a pet-safe, non-chemical de-icer.

Use Paper Based Cotton Buds

You can buy cotton buds with a paper spindle or a plastic one. If 10% of US households used paper based ones, it would save over 150,000 gallons of gasoline.