*Please note that these announcements cover two weeks of church news and events. There will
not be an update or a newsletter emailed out next week. Happy Thanksgiving!
Worship on November 28
- “Between Darkness and Light” (#808) will be our Advent candle-lighting song.
- Here is an overview of the book of Jeremiah.
- Enjoy this sermon from Mennonite pastor Alissa Bender on Jeremiah 29:1-7.
Worship volunteers TBA.
We worship in-person at 9:30am each Sunday. For more information about In-Person worship click here.
We also worship on Zoom at 11:00am each Sunday. Just click on this link to get into our Zoom gathering. As we begin a new Narrative Lectionary cycle, the worship committee invites you to join us in a daily Bible reading schedule connected to our Sunday texts. Each Friday’s reading (and sometimes Thursday’s) will be the scripture for the upcoming Sunday. Earlier readings for the week are selected to help us explore the focus scripture’s themes in other parts of the Bible. Readings will be included in this weekly newsletter, posted on our church Facebook page, and listed on our web site.
Daily Bible Readings for the Week of
Monday: Luke 13:31-35
Tuesday: Proverbs 3:1-8
Wednesday: Romans 8:18-25
Thursday: Psalm 100
Friday: Jeremiah 29:1, 4-14
Week of November 29
Monday: Psalm 25:1-10
Tuesday: 1 Thessalonians 3:9-13
Wednesday: Luke 21:25-36
Thursday: Jeremiah 33:14-16
Friday: Ezekiel 37:1-14
Events Coming up at Peace Mennonite
Tuesday, Nov. 23 9:30-Noon: Joanna available at the office
Tuesday, Nov. 23: church lunch group (bring your own lunch)
Tuesday, Nov. 23 1:30 p.m.: Wise Guys (conversation group) at Great Harvest Bread Co. (501 W. 9th Street); Zoom option available; contact Ken Ratzlaff
Thursday, Nov. 25: Happy Thanksgiving!
Sunday, Nov. 28: Hanging of the Greens following in-person worship
Tuesday, Nov. 30: 9:30-Noon: Joanna available at the office
Tuesday, Nov. 30: church lunch group (bring your own lunch)
Thursday, Dec. 2 9:30 a.m.: Wise Women (conversation group); contact Judy Johnson
Thursday, Dec. 2 2 p.m.: Reflection and conversation (all welcome) on Zoom.
Friday, Dec. 3 9-Noon: special Advent open labyrinth
Saturday, Dec. 4 10-11:30 a.m.: Justice Matters research kick-off @ First United Methodist west campus
Tea light Advent candles are available to pick up at the church. Thanks to Norah (and her mom) for preparing the candle bags! If you would like a set of Advent candles delivered to you, please contact the church office.
Let Joanna know if you are willing to share special music during our Christmas Eve worship service.
We will have a giving tree again this year! This year our Indigenous Justice group is coordinating with Haskell University to see what we can provide for their students. You will be able to choose an ornament from the tree that indicates a gift they have requested.
Advent/Christmas YouTube music playlists from Andrea:
Choral music for Christmas
Carols and hymns
Books available from the church library will be on display
Daily devotional readings from Goshen College (available online)
Family devotions from MCUSA/MC Canada (Includes nativity scene characters to print and color.)
Another family devotional with Jesse Tree ornaments*If you’d like a printed copy of either family devotional, please contact the church office.
Mark your calendars:
Sunday, November 28: Hanging of the Greens. Following our 9:30 worship service, you are invited to stay and help decorate the church building for the Advent season!
Wednesdays, December 1, 8, 15, and 22: Advent Bible study, 10 a.m., at Cheryl Harader’s home. (See announcement above.)
Friday, December 3: Open Labyrinth from 9-Noon. This will be a special Advent labyrinth walk. Come any time.
Thursday, December 9: Holden Evening Prayer at 7 p.m.. We will gather in-person with the ability for people to also join by Zoom.
Sunday, December 12: Fill the Pantry Shelves day! Please bring items for our little free pantry to keep us stocked up for the winter. We will have a special time of offering and dedication during worship.
Friday, December 24: Christmas Eve Worship @ 7 p.m.. Again, we will gather in person with Zoom access.
Would you like to join together with other people of faith from across Lawrence to address a pressing community problem? Then plan to attend the Justice Matters research kick-off on Saturday, December 4, from 10:00am – 11:30am at First United Methodist Church’s west campus (867 US 40). You will have a chance to hear about the research process in general and then meet with the group of your choice: ending homelessness, alternatives to incarceration, restorative justice in schools, or elder care. Contact one of our Justice Matters Team Leaders, Susan Rieger or Carola Ratzlaff, for more information.
Each Wednesday during advent Cheryl Harader is opening her home for a small group Bible study of the Christmas story. At 10:00am on December 1, 8, 15, and 22, she will welcome folks to her home for fellowship and a seasonal exploration of the scriptural story. She is also welcoming members of the first Baptist Church, making it a shared congregational gathering. Due to health concerns of some of the participants Cheryl asks that you be fully vaccinated to attend. Please RSVP to Cheryl and check with her if you have any questions.(email@example.com) You can find Cheryl’s address in the PMC Directory.
Our new Administrative Assistant, Jerry Dowdle, has started her work and will be taking over tending to the church office email (firstname.lastname@example.org). LaVonne is shifting into her new role as bookkeeper and has a new email address: email@example.com. Please continue to use the regular office email for announcements, contact information updates, and other general questions and information. Anything related to financial aspects of the church should be directed to LaVonne at her new bookkeeper address. Jerry plans to be in the office on Tuesdays and Fridays (with the exception of the Friday after Thanksgiving). Feel free to stop by and introduce yourself!
We received a thank you note in our little free pantry last week: “Thank you for everything we needed/wanted! Much love. God Bless.” With Thanksgiving coming up, please consider bringing a few extra items for the little free pantry.
A note from our friends at the Lawrence Interfaith Refugee and Immigrant Ministry: We are once again in the season when we are able to support our partners at Centro Hispano to help provide a joyous Holiday season for the families that they serve. Centro Hispano serves more than 70 families altogether, providing each family with $150 in gift cards for the season. So, here’s how it will work for you to donate: You can donate any amount you feel comfortable with. Everything that you donate will be matched dollar for dollar for the first $1,875 we raise. Donations should be in the form of gift cards for Target or Walmart (the most popular shopping places for the families supported by Centro Hispano). You may also contribute checks made out to Centro Hispano if you prefer. We’ll need all donations by December 5. Send your donations to LIRIM at either c/o Chuck Olcese, 1600 St. Andrews DR Lawrence, KS 66047 OR or c/o Nancy Yost, 1116 Waverly DR Lawrence, KS 66049.
Did you know we have a Douglas County Climate Action plan? We can all take local climate action. Here are ways you can participate in the process and take climate action:
- Take the community survey. We want to hear how your daily lives are affected by climate change and about the issues most important to you. We’ve already heard from over 200 people!
- Volunteer to be a Climate Ambassador. All you need is a willingness to connect with people you already know, have conversations, and share what you learn to help enhance the community voice in our climate plan in late 2021 and early 2022. We have a menu of activities to choose from for ages 5 and up!
- Watch and Share this video!
We are looking for a computer monitor for the church office. If you have an extra one you would like to donate, please let Joanna know.
The children’s library books have been organized into categories! You can look through them and check them out in the south classroom. Ken Lohrentz has been working hard on the church library. There are many new books on display in the church worship area, which are available for check-out. You can view our new on-line catalog of books here. Feel free to contact Ken with any questions or suggestions. (Lohrentz@gmail.com)
And speaking about our Library,,,,a big THANKS goes out to Anne Bailey for spending a lot of time dusting every book and magazine, every shelf, and every chair after Roger Gibson was finished restaining the floor. If you haven’t popped into our Library lately, you should take a look.
The November host for the Little Free Pantry is Carola Ratzlaff. All are welcome to put food, toiletries, and winter items in the pantry or on the shelves in the south classroom. Please contact Carola with questions–or let her know if you re-fill the pantry. (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Our Nominating Committee members (Dave Mathis, Joe Casad, Judy Johnson, and Sara Bonner) will be reaching out to active church participants to discuss how you would like to serve the church in the coming year. You can see a list of committee descriptions on our website. If you have not previously served on a committee and would like to discuss how you might become involved, please contact Joanna. (PeaceMennoPastor@gmail.com)
November is Native American Heritage Month
Our Indigenous Justice group will provide some resources for us to explore in each week’s newsletter.
“Reserve 107“: 32-minute film, now available for free viewing courtesy of Mennonite Central Committee Saskatchewan & St John’s Lutheran Church (ELCIC). Indigenous rights and title to the land remains a taboo topic for many across Canada, but in the small town of Laird, Saskatchewan, an old injustice is providing new opportunities for dialogue, friendship and a fierce determination to right the wrongs of the past. The groups involved are the Young Chippewans, Mennonites, and Lutherans.
The Mennonite World Conference affirmed a Declaration of Solidarity with Indigenous Peoples in 2018.
*Also see the announcement about the upcoming discussion of Braiding Sweetgrass below in the Local Community News section.
You are encouraged to learn more about the first inhabitants of the land we occupy–the Kanza/Kaw nation. Explore the Kaw Nation website and learn about the work of the Kaw Nation Family Tribal Healing Center.
Enjoy this recipe for Squash and Apple Soup, from “The Sioux Chef’s Indigenous Kitchen,” by Oglala Lakota chef Sean Sherman
2 T. sunflower oil
1 wild onion, or 1/4 c. chopped shallot
2 lbs. winter squash (e.g. butternut), seeded, peeled and cut into 1-inch cubes
1 tart apple, cored and chopped
1 cup apple cider
3 c. chicken or vegetable stock
1 T. maple syrup
Salt and sumac to taste
Directions: Heat the oil in a deep, heavy saucepan over medium heat and sauté the onion, squash, and apple until the onion is translucent, about 5 min. Stir in the cider and stock, increase the heat, and bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer until the squash is very tender, about 20 min. Working in batches, mash the squash or puree with a blender. Return to the pot to warm. Season to taste with maple syrup, salt and sumac. Serve with chopped dried or fresh cranberries for garnish. (Becky tops hers with roasted pepitas!
Joanna is making plans for baptism and membership exploration classes. Please let her know if you are interested in participating in either of these classes or if you have questions about church membership. (PeaceMennoPastor@gmail.com)
Local housing providers (Family Promise, Tenants to Homeowners, Habitat for Humanity) are working together on plans for using some of the stimulus money our community should be receiving soon. What they most need is land for affordable housing. If you happen to own or know of land that might be available at a reasonable price (with or without buildings on it), please contact Erika Zimmerman with Habitat for Humanity (email@example.com).
Beginning Tuesday, October 5, Everence Financial® will host three informative webinars. Topics include Making Medicare an easy step, Maximizing your year-end giving and Estate planning basics. The online events are free. To register, or for more information, visit their web site or contact the Everence office at 316-283-3800, 877-467-7294, or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
During Covid, the Traveling Taize Community continued to meet every Friday, at 6:00pm, via Zoom and will continue on-line services when in-person Taize is not available. For more information or to be put on the Taizé email list, contact Judith Galas at email@example.com. Judith will notify you of upcoming in-person services and send the Zoom link for other services.
Your regular financial contributions to Peace Mennonite as well as contributions to the church benevolence fund (to help those with financial difficulties) can be put in the offering during In-Person worship or mailed to the church (615 Lincoln, Lawrence, KS 66044). (Please indicate if the money is intended for the benevolence fund.)
Please note the updated COVID-time building-use policy.
You can read the full meeting notes from our last Congregational Meeting on our website.
You are invited to join Joanna for lunch at the church each Tuesday at noon. Bring your own food and enjoy some time with others. (Participants over the age of 12 should be vaccinated.)
We are returning to our First Friday of the month open labyrinth from 9:00am to noon, all are welcome!
Our fabulous garden volunteers could use some more paper lawn and leaf bags. If you are willing to donate some, you can leave them on the table in the south classroom. Thanks!
If you would like your email address added to the ‘Regular Attendees’ list for emails, please notify the church office.
If you would like to receive our weekly email newsletter, please sign up on our home page.
The code for the key lock box at the church building has been changed. If you need access to the building and have not yet received the new code, please contact LaVonne (PeaceMennonite@gmail.com).
Broader Church News
Vision: A Journal for Church and Theology has just published a special issue on the theme reading the Bible as if our lives depend on it, which is edited by AMBS alumni Michelle Christian Curtis and Scott Litwiller and dedicated to AMBS emerita professor of New Testament Mary Schertz. As with all of our issues, this issue can be read and downloaded for free at our Vision website.
Corrected date for the service trips to McAllen, TX, with Mennonite Disaster Service: February 19-26, 2022. Groups will leave from Kansas together and participants are expected to pay for their own lodging and meals on the two travel weekends. All other costs are covered by MDS. To make reservations or get more information, contact Cleo Koop at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 316-282-0797.
WESTERN DISTRICT CONFERENCE (WDC) https://mennowdc.org/
Consider making a donation to the Western District Conference Hope Fund! The Hope Fund issues grants to churches in Western District Conference that are suffering hardship related to COVID-19 and other disasters. As the pandemic continues to affect our churches, the Hope Fund has proven to be incredibly important to supporting churches in need. You can find out more, and make a donation, by visiting mennowdc.org, or by sending a check to Western District Conference, PO Box 306, North Newton, KS 67117. Please consider contributions to the Hope Fund as above and beyond regular giving to WDC, which supports ongoing staff, programs and resourcing for congregations and leaders.
Have you noticed WDC’s website has a new look? Check it out at https://mennowdc.org. While it is still a work in progress, the refreshed website is now THE place to go for all things WDC!
MC USA https://www.mennoniteusa.org/
Mennonite Church USA appreciates your support this Giving Tuesday (Nov. 30), as we work together to continue living into our churchwide Renewed Commitments of following Jesus, witnessing to God’s peace and helping our communities experience transformation. Explore the various ways you can support the work of the denomination here: mennoniteusa.org/give/
Redlining has been illegal in the United States for half a century, but its effects still have a lasting impact on Black, Latino/a, Asian, Indigenous and other people of color. Vice President of Community and Church Development for Everence Leonard Dow, in his blog, “Finding inspiration in history: Human-made solutions to human-made problems,” shares what this impact looks like in Philadelphia, as well as practical steps that people can take to enact change.
Voices Together committee members have created a list of songs and worship resources for churches and individuals to use during the thanksgiving season. Learn more in their blog, “Thanksgiving songs and resources in Voices Together.”
Poverty is present in our communities, even when it’s hidden. In their blog, “Poverty in Harvey County, Kansas,” Hesston College’s Del and Michele Hershberger share how under-employment, natural disasters and depopulation have caused people in their community to struggle silently with poverty, often leaving those around them oblivious to their financial difficulties. Read more here.
Mennonite Church USA Women in Leadership has relaunched its “Holding It(,) Together” podcast. The podcast, made by women for women, emphasizes intersectionality and community, creating a space for women to hear other people’s stories. This season’s theme is “Bodies Holding It(,) Together.” Learn more here.
When choosing which worship resources to include in the new hymnal, the Voices Together team chose to include many resources from before the Reformation. Learn why including these resources was important to the team and which resources predate the Reformation in Sarah Kathleen Johnson and Carl Bear’s blog, “Singing with the early and medieval church through ‘Voices Together.“
The Mennonite Church USA Executive Board has decided to allow the Resolution for Repentance and Transformation to go to the delegate body next May. This is a resolution that Joanna co-authored and this congregation signed on to. You can read more information here.
Mennonite Church USA, Mennonite Church Canada and Herald Press have once again partnered to provide Mennonites with a “Common Read,” a shared reading experience focused on specific books written to nurture Christian faith in this cultural moment. This fall’s Common Read selection is “Tongue-Tied: Learning the Lost Art of Talking about Faith” by Sara Wenger Shenk. Read more about the Common Read here.
Mennonite Church USA encourages individuals and congregations to “learn, pray, join” about the cost of poverty.
Ever thought about working with a spiritual director? You can learn more about spiritual direction and find a list of potential directors on the Mennonite Spiritual Directors Network website.
You are invited to participate in the Mennonite Church USA churchwide Journey Forward study through Springtide Research Institute. The survey results will be used to help inform the direction of MC USA, as we Journey Forward together. It is important that the denomination hears from a variety of voices, so please take part in the survey today.
Mennonite Church USA has released a new Bible-based curriculum, entitled “Laboring Toward Wholeness: A Training on Dismantling Patriarchy.” It addresses the history and impact of systemic patriarchy — and looks at how God calls followers to respond through an intersectional lens. Learn more here.
MENNONITE CENTRAL COMMITTEE NEWS (MCC) https://mcc.org/
Mennonite Central Committee invites you to donate to provide emergency support and supplies to those affected by the earthquake in Haiti.
Join MCC for a series of “MCC and me” webinars to hear more about service opportunities. Are you ready to step out and into service? To gain new skills and experiences while working for relief, development and peace in the name of Christ? Check out the webinar schedule and their website and learn more about these opportunities.
Mennonite Creation Care Network https://www.mennocreationcare.org/
Creation Justice Ministries is currently running a blog series on theological foundations for environmental justice. Authors include Steven Bouma-Prediger, Sarah Augustine, Ellen Davis, Karen Bigelow and Avery Davis Lamb. read more
CAMP MENNOSCAH NEWS https://www.campmennoscah.org/
There are volunteer opportunities for you (and a Wish List)! Camp Mennoscah has year-round work to support the maintenance and upkeep of the campus and facilities. We can accommodate every group size, skill set and length of project you would like to tackle. Check out these ways to Get Involved! Email email@example.com or call 620-297-3290 to volunteer. See the Wish List for other ways to support Camp Mennoscah!
Contact information: firstname.lastname@example.org or 620-297-3290.
Join Jerusalem Seminar this winter! Bethel College and Tabor College are again sponsoring a trip to Jordan, Palestine, and Israel, from December 26, 2021, to January 15, 2022. The four emphases of the trip are to (1) understand the Bible in its context, (2) learn about the three major religions of the area (Judaism, Islam, Eastern Christianity), (3) understand the Palestinian-Israeli conflict, and (4) take time for reflection, worship, and prayer together. There is currently room for additional persons to participate. If interested, contact Peter Goerzen (email@example.com) immediately. Cost is estimated at $4700-$4900 per person.