Events this Week
*Note that Joanna is on vacation July 14-20.
Sunday, July 12
~ 9 am: Communion on Zoom (bring your own bread and beverage)
~ 11 am: Brief congregational meeting followed by sharing and prayer on Zoom
Monday, July 13:
~ 7 p.m. Justice Matters County Commission candidate forums. Register here.
Tuesday, July 14:
~ 1:30 p.m.: Wise Guys (retired men’s conversation group) meet on Zoom
Wednesday, July 15:
~ 7:30-8:30 p,m.: Peace Pursuits topic discussion on Zoom
Thursday, July 16:
~ 9:30 a.m.: Wise Women (retired women’s conversation group) location TBA
~ 2 p.m.: Brief time for reflection and conversation (all welcome) on Zoom
We will have a special (brief) Congregational Meeting at the beginning of our gathering time on Sunday, July 12. The Coordinating Committee will request approval for funds needed to address building and grounds maintenance issues.
Also on July 12, we will gather on Zoom at 9:00am to share in communion. Bring your own bread and beverage.
On Saturday, July 11 at 6 pm, there will be a bilingual worship service sponsored by the Mennonite Churches of Texas. It will include preaching from John Garland from San Antonio, who has been very involved in immigration work, as well as updates from the congregations around the state. It will be broadcasted on Facebook Live on the Peace Mennonite Facebook page.
On Tuesday, July 21, at 7:30, the Peace and Justice Committee is hosting a discussion about local candidates for sheriff, District Attorney, and County Commission. Come to learn more about where candidates stand on issues of importance to our community. We’ll meet on Zoom.
Our next quarterly congregational meeting is at 11:00am on Sunday, August 9. This will be in place of our regular Sunday morning discussion. Agenda items include re-gathering plans and hosting Family Promise.
The Coordinating Committee encourages you to complete and send in your “Crisis and Funeral Information” sheet. You can find the form here.
The Peace and Justice Committee invites you to share a service story with your church family.
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Broader Church News
Western District Conference Assembly is coming up August 1-2. I hope many of you can attend this free online event! There will be webinars, children’s activities, and connections with other Mennonite congregations in our area. More details on their web page.
Amid widespread civil unrest, Mennonite Church USA has issued a statement on racial injustice. Read it here.
Every Monday-Friday at 8:30, Mennonites gather from across the country (and around the world) to pray together from the Anabaptist Prayer Book. If you would like to join, you can find information on the “Anabaptist Prayer Project” Facebook page or contact pastor Joanna.
Introducing PeaceMail from Mennonite Church USA! PeaceMail will deliver all of MC USA’s news and blogs in one weekly e-newsletter. Subscribe here.
Find out how churches across MC USA are offering solidarity with immigrant communities in their contexts here. And check out these resources selected by Western District Conference’s Immigration Task Force.
Camp Mennoscah is open to a limited number of individuals and families. Reservations must be made in advance. Contact Camp Mennoscah at 620-297-3290 for further information.
If you need help using Zoom, please see this helpful document.
How and Where to Give:
This is a difficult financial time for many church and service groups. Your contributions are much appreciated.
- Your regular financial contributions to Peace Mennonite as well as contributions to the church benevolence fund (to help those with financial difficulties) can be mailed to the church (615 Lincoln, Lawrence, KS 66044) or to the home of our treasurer, Roberta Renz (see church directory for address). (Please indicate if the money is intended for the benevolence fund.)
- LINK: Lawrence Interdenominational Nutrition Kitchen. You can donate directly or sign up through Dillons or Checkers to have money donated each time you shop.
- Western District Conference has established a Hope Fund to support congregations and ministers in direct response to the impact of the corona virus pandemic.
- The Mennonite Central Committee has lost significant income due to relief sales being cancelled. You can donate to MCC through the church or directly on the MCC website.
- The Bert Nash Homeless Outreach is trying to house people during the COVID-19 crisis and is reaching out to churches for extra support.
- Family Promise is still working to serve vulnerable families in our community and could use additional financial support.
- The Lawrence Interfaith Refugee and Immigrant Ministry (LIRIM) requests help for our local immigrant community. You can send grocery store cards or checks to Centro Hispano, c/o Director Lydia Diebolt, 637 Tennessee St., Lawrence 66044.
- Just Food is a vital resource for people in our community who are threatened with hunger.
- Mennonite Church USA has launched a new Justice Fund. Read more and find out how to donate here.