Weekly Calendar

Weekly Calendar

Rebecca KAnnouncements

Weekly Calendar

Sunday, July 7

  • 9:30am NSMC Worship in Libertyville (contact Anne for details on how to join on Zoom)
    • Theme: Peace Paths—In Troubled Times
    • Scripture: Genesis 26
    • Worship includes a Love Feast instead of communion
  • 11:00am Second Hour (bring your own coffee)
  • 12:00pm Potluck

Thursday, July 11

  • 7:00pm Zoom Bible Study, most likely a study of 1 Samuel (contact Anne for details on how to join on Zoom)

Sunday, July 14

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

Mennonite Action Organizing Two Major Mobilizations for a Ceasefire in July

Mennonite Action is organizing two peaceful mobilizations this July for a permanent ceasefire in Gaza. Individuals and congregations are invited to join both.

From July 28-30, Mennonite Action will join a mass mobilization organized by a multiracial, interfaith coalition in Washington, DC. 

Why: The coalition will gather to promote a theology of liberation and peace, in contrast to Christian United for Israel’s theology of domination, hatred, and violence. Interfaith partners include: Christians for a Free Palestine, IfNotNow, Jewish Voice for Peace – DC, Faith for Black Lives, Rabbis for Ceasefire, Hindus for Human Rights, and more.

What: Activities throughout the weekend will include: interfaith services, civil disobedience, nonviolence trainings, a lobby day, and an all-inclusive rally.

Who: Mennonites and allies are invited to join. Mennonite Action members are encouraged to organize their congregation to attend, endorse, or financially sponsor the mobilization.

Sign up by visiting mennoniteaction.org/julydc

From July 18-28, Mennonite Action is organizing an 11-day, 135-mile ‘All God’s Children March for a Ceasefire’ from Harrisonburg, VA to Washington DC. 

Why: We are taking bold public action to use our bodies, our voices, and our beliefs to show our government that everyday people — including Christians and Mennonites — are unwavering in our conviction that we need a permanent ceasefire in Gaza immediately. 

What: We will march to DC to bring our message of peace and liberation from Harrisonburg to the halls of power. This march seeks to continue our national media intervention, showing that people of faith, Christians, Mennonites, and allies believe in a theology of peace and liberation, not genocide and occupation.

Who: Mennonites, people of faith, and allies are invited to join for this march for one day, one weekend, one week, or the full march. Congregations are invited to join together and march for one or more days, or to sponsor the cost of a smaller group of marchers from your church for one day.

Sign up by visiting mennoniteaction.org/march

The Mennonite Church USA Executive Board and MC USA’s Pacific Southwest Mennonite Conference filed an amicus brief on April 25, 2024, in support of Apache-Stronghold’s petition for a new full-court hearing on the potential destruction of Oak Flat, a sacred Indigenous site in Arizona. Read more here: mennoniteusa.org/news/apache-stronghold

“Lead/Follow” is a video podcast for pastors and congregational leaders, hosted by MC USA’s executive director, Glen Guyton. Find season one here: mennoniteusa.org/leadfollow View the PDF here: mennoniteusa.org/leadfollow-pdf View the PowerPoint slide here: mennoniteusa.org/leadfollow-slide 

–from Creation Justice Ministries 52 Ways to Care for Creation

Social Media Advocacy

Use social media to advocate for an environmental cause that matters to you. Share your favorite photos of God’s creation! Be sure to tag us @creationjustice

–from Creation Justice Tips | United Methodist Church

Take a second to think before you print. How you use paper can save trees, which are essential for removing carbon dioxide from the air. Print two-sided; reuse paper with blank sides for scrap notes and printing drafts. Buy paper that is chlorine-free and sustainable with recycled, bamboo, or organic cotton fibers.

It’s time for second thoughts about second hand. Things don’t have to be brand new to be just right. John Wesley taught and lived by “gain all you can, save all you can, give all you can.” Consider secondhand items and give them second life. By being industrious and frugal, you are better able to care for both planet and people.

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

  • July 5: Mix fresh produce with leftovers.
  • July 6: Give yourself something to look forward to each day.
  • July 7: We’re given enough grace & strength to face the day’s challenges.
  • July 8: Be picky!
  • July 9: Plant flowers that attract bees: Bee balm, coneflower, dill, mint, sunflower, Joe-Pye weed
  • July 10: Silence is sometimes the best answer.
  • July 11: “Live in each season as it passes; breathe the air, drink the drink…” (to be continued next week)

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

#21 Make Home Repairs

  • Repairing simple disorders can save money, resources, and energy.
  • Check out YouTube videos on how to do these home repairs:
    • Repair a leaking faucet
    • Replace a broken window
    • Repair or replace electric plugs
    • Repair a broken screen