Peace Mennonite Church is a Christ-centered community
that seeks to create peace, work for justice, care for creation,
serve others, and nurture thoughtful faith.

Calendar of Events

  • Feb 24 ~ Ben Buller’s Birthday
  • Feb 26 ~ Nadine Koch’s Birthday
  • Feb 29 ~ Piper Bonner’s Birthday
  • Mar 1 ~ Ash Wednesday Services
  • Mar 3 ~ James Harader-Ellett’s Birthday
  • Mar 9 ~ Carol Grieb’s Birthday
  • Mar 11 ~ Eileen Unruh’s Birthday
  • Mar 23 ~ Ben Chappell’s Birthday
  • Mar 24 ~ Mike Kaufman’s Birthday
  • Mar 27 ~ Bert Haverkate-Ens’ Birthday
  • April 9 ~ Congregational Mtg & Potluck

Congregational News

We have Sunday School for children (all ages) and youth every Sunday morning at 9:30. Parents who want to attend adult Sunday School are welcome to drop their children off early. Please contact Joanna with questions:

Adult Sunday School will be gathering at Rosie & Rob’s home Sunday mornings at 9:20.

March 1 is Ash Wednesday, the beginning of Lent. Please join us that evening for worship: family service at 6:30; contemplative service at 7:30.

Choir Opportunity ~ A choir is forming soon to sing during Lent! On April 2, (Lent 5) Psalms 23 will be the predominant scripture/theme of the service. There are so many wonderful pieces of music that feature the text from Psalms 23 that the Lent planning team couldn’t pass up the opportunity to pull together a choir to sing several of the songs. So, anyone interested, please meet after church on March 12 to look over music and set several rehearsal dates.

The Inviting and Including Team plans to revise and update our church web site. If you have any suggestions and/or if you would like to help with this project, please be in touch with Joanna. Our web site is

You have the opportunity to purchase a sign for your yard like the one we have at church: “No matter where you are from, we’re glad you’re our neighbor.” They are produced by KIPCOR and a $10 donation is requested to cover the cost of the sign. If you would like a sign, please put your name on the sign up sheet or contact Joanna directly.

Enter into your calendar now so you don’t miss this year’s Quarterly Congregational Meetings: April 9, June 25, September 17. All meetings will follow worship and a potluck lunch. We even have one for your 2018 calendar: January 14.

It’s that time of year for updating our PMC Directory! There is a list of the current Directory in the front entryway that you can check to make changes on, add to, or delete on your information. There is also a place to check mark if everything is correct with no changes to be made. Or you may email the office with any changes at:

We have three interest groups going that all are welcome to join:

  • the spiritual direction group will meet the last Friday of each month; 10:00am ~ 11:45am at the church (contact Joanna);
  • the women’s coffee group meets every Thursday morning at 9:30 (contact Judy Johnson)
  • the knitting group meets on Sunday afternoons from 2-4 at the Merc (contact Andrea Zuercher).

To join PMC’s email listserv, send an email to After subscribing, to send an email to the listserv, use

Podcasts of Joanna’s sermons can be found at our Sermon Drop site:

Text copies of Joanna’s sermons can be found at her blog site at:

Capital Campaign News ~ Growing Peace

The theme we have chosen for our church growth efforts – including the capital campaign – is “Growing Peace.” The theme scripture is Matthew 13:31-32: “The kingdom of heaven is like a mustard seed . . . it is the smallest of seeds, but when it has grown it . . . becomes a tree so that the birds of the air come and make nests in its branches.” This is an exciting time in the life of Peace Mennonite Church as we seek to include more people in our church as well as increase the size of our facility.

Base Goal for the Growing Peace Campaign: $250,000 (addition possible with manageable mortgage)
Faith Goal for the Growing Peace Campaign: $350,000 (project fully funded through campaign)
Current pledges: $197,750

At our Congregational Meeting, we approved revised plans for the Building Design Team to take to an architect. You can view the plans on our church web site: (There is a link at the bottom of the home page.)

Growing Peace” brochures are available from Joe Casad. If you know people not currently active at Peace who would be interested in our project, please share brochures with them.

The Church Growth Task Force Team members can be found on our church website: The teams are Building Design, Capital Campaign, and Inviting & Including.

Prayer is a vital part of our church’s endeavors toward creating more space for new people in our building and our fellowship. New prayer prompts are available for you to put into your prayer card sleeves. There are also prayer card sleeves available for those who do not yet have one.

Broader Church News

The Gifts Discernment Committee of WDC seeks suggestions from you and your congregation, as they nominate persons to serve on WDC’s Executive Board and four commissions (Church Planting, Ministerial Leadership, Resource, and Stewardship), for affirmation by delegates at annual assembly August 4-6 in Dallas/Fort Worth, TX. For more information about the Executive Board and commissions, see the list below or the WDC website at

2017 MCC Comforter Blitz Sponsored by Kansas Friends of MCC ~ Everyone is welcome. DATES: Monday, March 6, 10:00am – 5:00pm; Tuesday, March 7, 9:00am – 5:00pm; Wednesday, March 8, 9:00am – 4:00pm at Journey Mennonite Church, Yoder Campus, 3605 E Longview RD, Haven, KS (1 mile north of Yoder ~ same location as previous years). A noon meal will be available each day for a donation. Any questions call or e-mail: Shirley Jost (785)-250-7437; Carol Peters (316) 283-4232

Registration is now open for the Mennonite Church USA Convention, to be held July 4-8 in Orlando, Florida. More information available at

Sister Care ~ Level 2 “Going Deeper” retreat presenters will be Carolyn Heggen & Rhonda Keener on Friday-Sunday, May 5-7 at the Spiritual Life Center in Wichita. For more information contact Pam Schrag at 316-217-1448 or

This is the link to Taylor Ermoian’s blog where he is writing about his experience serving with Mennonite Central Committee in Palestine.

The 17th season for Lawrence’s Traveling Taizé prayer services has begun. The 2016-2017 Taizé season includes 14 services hosted by nine area churches. All services start at 6:00pm. Bookmarks with this year’s Taizé schedule are available on the podium at the back of the meeting room. Taizé, which developed in Taizé, France, following WWII, focuses on simple prayers and music, reflective readings and meditation as a way to bring peace to our hearts and to the world. All our welcome to these ecumenical services. For more information or to be put on the Taizé email list, contact Judith Galas at

Free weekly email subscriptions available for WDC communication pieces: 1) WDC Seeds announces what’s new and good in Western District Conference ministries and congregations. 2) WDC Sprouts has articles from staff and information about Western District Conference and Mennonite Church USA events. To subscribe, email

On the Way newsletter – Did you know that Mennonite Church USA Staff puts out a quarterly newsletter exploring various justice issues around the church? If you’re not a subscriber yet, sign up to receive our next edition of On the Way, which will feature highlights from the recent women doing theology conference.

Community News

The American Friends Service Committee’s Centennial Exhibit: Waging Peace: 100 Years of Action ~ The Opening Reception is Tuesday, February 21, 7:00pm at the Ecumenical Campus Ministries (ECM) at the University of Kansas, 1204 Oread AVE. AFSC Staff Ira Harritt and Melissa Stoner will speak on AFSC work locally and globally, past and present. Light refreshments will be served. The exhibit will be open to the public at ECM through May 31, 2017. Join us for the reception, one of the presentation nights, stop by, or arrange for a group to see the exhibit. For more information on the exhibit hours, groups, or upcoming events, please contact ECM – Kim Brook at 785-843-4933 or Also, visit or ECM at KU on Facebook. RSVP for the reception by replying to this email or calling 215-241-7050. Discussion Nights: March 14: “Youth and Race: Are Young People Racists?”; April 13: “Peace and Conflict: Do Guns Give Us Peace?”; May 4: “Refugees and Immigration: What Can We Do?”

Volunteer Opportunity ~ The 1st & 3rd Wednesdays, 5:30pm – 7:00pm at First Baptist Church’s indoor food pantry. Or, at the mobile food panty 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 Yoder for more information.

There is a new morning prayer gathering at the ECM Building every Monday – Thursday morning at 8:00am. The event is hosted by the United Methodist and Episcopal student ministries. All are welcome.

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

Serving in Worship on Sunday, February 26, 2017 ~ Anit-Racism Training Report

Worship Leader: Jim Russo; Scripture Reader & Greeter: Katie Hobson; Speaker: Ken Lohrentz; Children’s Time: Joanna Harader; Table: Grace Harader-Ellett; Song Leader: Joe Casad; Accompanist: Twila Schmidt; Prelude & Offertory: Jim Krause; Childcare: Ryan Ellett & Doug Koch; Snacks: Judy Johnson.

Serving in Worship on Sunday, March 5, 2017 ~ Death Penalty Theme

Worship Leader: Sonja Kaufman Scripture Reader: Joni Fornelli; Children’s Time: Barbara Yoder; Table: N/A; Speaker: Taize Liturgy; Song Leader, Prelude & Offertory: Anne Bailey; Accompanist: Whitney Baker; Greeter: Judy Johnson; Childcare: Jenny Welch Buller & Patrice Krause; Snacks: Andrea Zuercher.

Volunteer Opportunities ~ Please contact the church office at if you would like to volunteer

  • Help with child care during worship
  • Help with youth or children’s Sunday School
  • Prepare beverages /snacks after worship
  • Serve and/or make casseroles for LINK ~ First Sunday of each month
  • Help Gwen carry LINK groceries every other month @ Checkers
  • Volunteer at Ten Thousand Villages, 835 Mass ST
  • Help Greg clean our worship space