Calendar of Events

Tuesdays ~ Wise Guy’s Kaffee Klatsch; 1:30pm,,,(contact Jim K)
Thursdays ~ Wise Women Coffee; 9:00am,,,(contact Judy J)
Feb 11 ~ Worship Committee Mtg
Feb 15 ~ Spiritual Direction Group
Feb 15 ~ PMC Board Game Night
Feb 17 ~ Adult SS Class Starts up; 9:30am
Mar 23 ~ PMC Spring Work Day
Mar 29 – 30 ~ Lenten Retreat; Hollis Center
Apr 10 ~ Justice Matters Solutions Briefing

January Birthdays

Jenny Welch Buller
Katie Hobson
Nathaniel Willow
Marike Janzen
Gwen Wiens
Ben Buller
Nadine Koch
Piper Bonner

Congregational News

Children and youth Sunday School classes meet each Sunday morning at 9:30. All elementary, middle, and high school aged children and youth are welcome. We are also looking for more teachers. Contact Ryan Ellett or Joanna Harader for more information.

Adult Sunday School will be restarting Sunday, February 17 at 9:30am. With the material developed based from the 2017 Future Church Summit at the Mennonite USA conference. The study guide, “Pathways” will be used and the link to the material is: http://mennoniteusa.org/resource/pathways-study-guide/. There are four themes around Renewed Commitments laid out in a 13-session structure. Having adult class use this material prior to the Annual Conference in Kansas City will allow us to give feedback on the materials at the conference.  We can decide on shared facilitation during the first Sunday School meeting February 17. Contact Joni Fornelli with questions.

PMC Board Game Night. Friday February 15 at 7:00. Social Committee will provide drinks, you bring snacks and board games to share. All ages welcome!

Save the Date:  PMC Spring Work Day will be Saturday, March 23, 9:00am – 12:00pm.

Mark your calendars for our Lenten retreat, March 29-30, at Hollis Renewal Center in Bonner Springs. More details coming soon.

The Worship Committee is beginning to plan for Lent and Easter. Please check the worship volunteer list on the table in the entry way. You can add your name to something that looks interesting, cross of your name from any position you’d rather not do right now, and note any Sundays that you will be unavailable. You can also email Joanna regarding your worship volunteer positions. (peacemennopastor@gmail.com) Thanks!

There is a group forming to explore and make recommendations regarding the new Mennonite hymnal that will come out next year. If you would like to participate, please contact Andrea Zuercher. (andrea.zuercher@gmail.com)

The 2019 Committee List and Ministry Team Care List are posted in the hallway.

Are you interested in learning more about Peace Mennonite Church? Membership inquiry classes are coming up later this month. Contact Joanna if you are interested.

Save the Date for Justice Matters Meetings:

April 10 – Solutions Briefing; May 7 – Nehemiah Assembly; June 10 – Jubilee Celebration

The 19th season for Lawrence’s Traveling Taizé prayer services have begun. The 2018-2019 Taizé season includes 15 services hosted by nine area churches. All services start at 6:00pm, except the Good Friday Tenebrae service, which begins at 7:30pm. Bookmarks with dates and locations are available on the table in the entryway.

First Friday Open Labyrinth” ~ The church will be open every first Friday from 9:00am – 12:00am for people from the church and the community to walk the labyrinth. Everyone is welcome.

We have four interest groups going that all are welcome to join:
~ the spiritual direction group usually meets the second Friday of each month; 1:30-3:30 at the church (contact Joanna if there’s been a change of day).
~ the women’s coffee group meets every Thursday morning at 9:30 (contact Judy J)
~ the knitting group meets on Sunday afternoons from 2-4 at the Merc CO+OP, 901 Iowa ST (contact Andrea Z).
~ the men’s Kaffee Klatsch meets every Tuesday afternoon at 1:30 at Amiee’s Coffee House, 1025 Mass ST (contact Jim K).

Please use the church email address for general inquiries & announcement notices: peacemennonite@gmail.com

If you would like your email address added to the ‘Regular Attendees’ list for emails, please notify the church office. This list is different from the old listserve, and only includes our regular attendees.

Facebook users: please take a few minutes to “like” and rate the Peace Mennonite Facebook page. We could use some more star power!

Text copies of Joanna’s sermons can be found at her blog site at: http://spaciousfaith.com

Broader Church News

Registration is now open for the Mennonite Church USA Convention! This year the gathering is in Kansas City, which gives us a wonderful opportunity to participate. Please consider registering, and let Joanna or a Coordinating Committee member know if you are interested in serving as a delegate.

The MCC Comforter Blitz Committee is urgently seeking a kitchen coordinator and volunteers to prepare and serve lunch during the Blitz (March 4th, 5th, and 6th, 2019). If you are interested or willing, please contact Shirley Jost at (785) 250-7437 or jostshi@cox.net. No sewing skills required!

Registration is now open for Camp Mennoscah summer youth camps and adult retreats. Look online or contact Joanna for more details.

The Mennonite, Inc., invites your original submissions for our March 2019 print magazine issue and corresponding online content focusing on Lent: Repentance and Transcendence.  More information at:  https://themennonite.org/march-2019-call-submissions-lent/

To subscribe to Mennonite Women USA’s blog and newsletter notification, go to: https://mennonitewomenusa.org/.  At the bottom of their website is a place to enter your email address to subscribe.

The first MennoCon19 newsletter is out now with lots of great details about what to expect at the MC USA convention in Kansas City, Missouri. Read it at mennoniteusa.org/ConventionLetter1.

Do you have a great idea for an “Equipping Seminar” at MennoCon19?  Convention planners are eager to hear it!  Find the selection criteria and submit your proposal by Nov. 5 at mennoniteusa.org/seminars.

Join MCC on an epic trekking journey through NepalApril 1-19 of 2019. MCC is seeking college students, trauma studies researchers and practitioners, mental health professionals, engineers and ANYONE who enjoys hiking and is interested in learning more about what resilience looks like in the context of MCC in Nepal! Contact jordanpenner@mcc.org and check mcc.org/nepal-learning-tour for more information.

MennoMedia needs your help to make the new Voices Together hymnal a reality by Fall 2020. Before any copies of Voices Together are sold, MennoMedia will invest more than $700,000. Everence and Mennonite Central Committee U.S. have issued a matching grant challenge of up to $100,000 to help MennoMedia in this final fund-raising effort. Help ensure that Voices Together will be affordably priced for congregations. Make a gift today and have it doubled! Every voice matters. Every dollar counts. Give at VoicesTogetherHymnal.org or email Steve Carpenter at SteveC@MennoMedia.org for more information. Gifts of $500 or more entitle the giver to a tribute line in the hymnal.

MC USA encourages you to “Learn, Pray, Join” for immigration justice now. Watch a recording of our recent immigration justice webinar at: mennoniteusa.org/ijwebinarfull and find ways to support immigration justice at: http://mennoniteusa.org/ij.

Local Community

Help make Lawrence a welcoming place for all by dining at Merchants Pub & Plate, 746 Massachusetts St., on Thursday, February 21 from 4pm-10pm. A percentage of your food and margarita purchases that evening will be donated to Centro Hispano for their work with our local immigrant community. This benefit is hosted by the Lawrence Interfaith Refugee and Immigrant Ministry (LIRIM); for more info contactLIRIMinistry@gmail.com.

The Trail of Death:  A Pilgrimage of Remembrance, Lament and Transformation:  June 3-13, 2019.  Participants in this nine-day pilgrimage will trace the route of the US military’s 1838 forced removal of Potawatomi people from their ancestral homeland in northern Indiana to present-day Osawatomie, Kansas.  This AMBS course can be taken for credit or audit.  ambs.edu/trailofdeath

If you have a family member or close friend who deals with a mental illness, and you would love to have a better understanding of their illness so you can better relate and help them, consider attending the “Family to Family” class sponsored by NAMI (National Alliance for Mental Illness) Douglas County. The 12-week class is free and will be held at Lawrence Memorial Hospital on Sunday afternoons at 3:00pm to 6:00pm. Please contact Bill Wood at 785-840-5889 or bdwood1956@gmail for information and to register for the class.

If you shop at Dillons or Checkers, consider signing up for their community donations program to support the Lawrence Interdenominational Nutrition Kitchen. Details are on the LINK website under “Ways to Help.”

ECM Thrifty Closet! ECM will have affordable second-hand items for sale in the upstairs closet. Donations from the community accepted include household items, books, clothing and more!

Volunteer Opportunity ~ The 1st & 3rd Wednesdays, 5:30pm – 7:00pm at First Baptist Church’s indoor food pantry. Or, at the mobile food pantry coordinated by Harvesters every 4th Saturday; FBC provides the parking lot. Volunteers need to be at FBC by 12:00pm to set up stations for the drive-thru pantry which is open from 1:00pm – 2:00pm. FBC can cancel in case of a funeral, wedding, or bad weather. Talk to Barbara Y for more information.

Retreat space now available at the Lavender House, 1600 New Hampshire ST. Quiet space to listen to God and renew your spirit, for individuals or small groups. Come for a day, part of a day, or overnight (one to four people for overnight). For more information or to reserve a space, please call Patrice Krause, 785-424-4617, or email lavenderhouse1600@gmail.com.

Volunteer Opportunities ~ Please contact the church office at peacemennonite@gmail.com if you would like to volunteer

  • Help with youth or children’s Sunday School
  • Provide & serve beverages/snacks after worship
  • Serve and/or make casseroles for LINK ~ First Sunday of each month
  • Help with Family Promise program @ First Baptist church (short training required)