Weekly Calendar

Weekly Calendar

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Weekly Calendar

Sunday, June 23

  • 9:30am CCMC Indoor Worship in Schaumburg (contact Anne for details on how to join on Zoom)
    • Speaker: Suzanne
  • 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. Even if any of us can’t volunteer with any of the organizations, this gathering will be an event to support with our participation in the Juneteenth observance.

Thursday, June 27

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

Sunday, June 30

  • 9:30am NSMC Worship in Libertyville (contact Anne for details on how to join on Zoom)
    • Leader: Kate

Representatives of Native Mennonite Ministries, a Mennonite Church USA Indigenous assembly composed of three congregations in Montana and Oklahoma, recently gathered for their biannual business meeting in Billings, Montana. Learn more here: mennoniteusa.org/news/native-menno-ministries

Chris Meyer, stewardship investing advocacy and research manager at Everence, reflects on his passion for creation care, on behalf of Everence and his own family, reminding us how much we all have invested in caring for creation — and how rarely we stop to bask in its glory. Read his reflections here: mennoniteusa.org/guided-by-wonder

After years of avoiding pastoral ministry, Jen Shenk, campus pastor at Goshen College, felt a calling that she needed to say “yes” to. Her position as campus pastor officially began on Aug. 1, 2023, after she served as interim pastor in April and May 2023. Read about her calling here: mennoniteusa.org/vocation-spiritual-lens

Despite feeling some discomfort with the Letter to the Hebrews and the idea of writing a commentary, Debra Bucher just released her Believers Church Bible Commentary on Hebrews. She shares her principles and how she worked through the discomfort here: mennoniteusa.org/discomfort-way-forward

–from Creation Justice Ministries 52 Ways to Care for Creation

Reverent Nature Walk

Go on a walk, paying a little more attention than usual to the trees, or the water, or a blade of grass. Take the time to notice and admire. Rev. Barbara Brown Taylor speaks to this spiritual practice of paying attention in her book, An Altar in the World.

–from Creation Justice Tips | United Methodist Church

What you choose to use your money for makes a difference. Even small “investments,” such as purchases of organic food and items that are not plastic, count. 

Put your money to work for justice. When you buy organic, you guarantee more farmers can grow healthy, safe food. When you buy fair trade, you provide living wages and fight poverty. When you buy from a business owned by women or people of color, you help build an inclusive economy. When you bank with a community bank or credit union, you are investing locally, and you are likely not funding fossil fuel projects. Choose justice.    

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

  • June 21: Stop to stretch.
  • June 22: Hold leaders & corporations accountable.
  • June 23: When in doubt, throw in out.
  • June 24: Trust yourself when all doubt you.
  • June 25: Step out of your comfort zone.
  • June 26: Help asylum seekers adapt.
  • June 27: “Never bend your head. Always hold it high. Look the world straight in the face.” –Keller

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

#19 Budget Resources

  • Living a simple lifestyle can conserve family funds for important activities and purchases.
  • Keep monthly accounts of how much is spent in different areas, such as groceries, utilities, transportation, etc.
  • When shopping, buy only necessary items.
  • Don’t be fooled by advertising.

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

Pay Household Bills Online

Paying online is not only quick and convenient, but receiving your statements online can make a huge difference to the environment. If every US household received electronic statements, then we could save 18.5 million trees, 2.2 billion tonnes of greenhouse gases 1.7 billion pounds of solid waste per year.

Cancel Your Paper Bank Statements

If every US household opted to receive online statements rather than paper, it would save enough money to send 17,000 college graduates to university each year. Some banks will also pay you a dollar a month to opt out of paper statements.