Calendar of Events

Tuesdays ~ Wise Guy’s Kaffee Klatsch; 1:30pm,,,(contact Jim K)
Thursdays ~ Wise Women Coffee; 9:00am,,,(contact Judy J)
Oct 11 ~ Justice Matters Home Mtg (Joanna Harader’s)
Oct 14 ~ Justice Matters Home Mtg (PMC)
Oct 15 ~ Justice Matters Home Mtg (Lavendar House)

October Birthdays

Whitney Baker
Barbara Yoder
Lindsey Willow

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.

The Adult Sunday School class meets at 9:15am Sunday mornings in the Library. Please plan to join us.

The new October & November Worship Schedule was emailed and a copy is hanging in the hallway. Please check for your assigned Sunday. If you need to trade with someone, please mark that change on the schedule and email Joanna and the office. If you did not receive the email please contact the church office.

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 FridayTenebrae service, which begins at 7:30pm. Bookmarks with dates and locations are available on the table in the entryway.

We are invited to join the people of Southern Hills Mennonite Church for a cookout on October 14, beginning around 4:00pm in Topeka. More details to come.

Believe it or not, we need to start planning for Advent and Christmas! If you are willing to be on the worship planning team for this season, please let Joanna know.

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.

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

We have four interest groups going that all are welcome to join:
~ the
spiritual direction group will meet the second Friday of each month; 1:30-3:30 at the church (contact Joanna);
~ 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:

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.

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

Broader Church News

Bethel College Fall Festival, October 4 – 7. You can download the schedule & order blank at:

Save the date: Mini Comforter Blitz on Friday, October 12 9:00am – 5pm, and Saturday, October 13 8:00am – 4:00pm at MCC in North Newton. See flyer in hallway.

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

Opportunities to learn about immigration and respond with MCC. MCC works with the issue of migration around the world and walks with people who migrate, people who struggle not to migrate and people who provide hospitality to migrants in many places.
Learn: Consider participating in the MCC Migration Learning Tour to Guatemala and Honduras on November 7-17.
Pray: Pray for the migrants who made the difficult choice to leave their home communities in the hope of a better life, for the detained immigrants as they wait in detention and for the border portal agents to execute their job justly and humanely.
Advocate: Contact your elected officials to express your desire for more humane immigration policies.
Serve: Become an immigration court watcher through the Interfaith Community for Detained Immigrants.
Give: Support our work to support the reunification of families on the South Texas Border. Within the coming weeks, 1500-2000 families are expected to be released from detention. MCC is working with local partners to support families with locally purchased grocery gift cards, clothing and housing assistance. Checks made out to MCC with “Central States Immigration” in the memo line will go directly to support this response. Checks should be sent to MCC U.S., PO Box 500, Akron, PA 17501. Or you can Donate money to MCC for ongoing work with issues surrounding immigration.
For more information on how you can get involved, visit

The 2018 issue of Mennonite Life, Bethel College’s annual online journal, is now live at It includes John Thiesen’s article on Exploring Race and ethnicity in Western District Conference (a workshop at WDC Assembly, August 5, 2017), several papers from the conference Crossing the Line: Women of Anabaptist Traditions Encounter Borders and Boundaries, held at Eastern Mennonite University in June 2017, and from the Mennonites and the Holocaust conference at Bethel in March 2018; a senior seminar paper on 50 years of the Kansas Mennonite Men’s Chorus; a look at the closing of Grace University in Omaha, Nebraska; book reviews; and much more.

WDC seeks to establish a ministry team of persons located in different areas of the conference, who can provide language interpretation for WDC meetings and events. Assessment, orientation and training will be provided for Team members, as well as some financial compensation through grant funds. Please contact WDC at or 316-283-6300 if you have skills in a second language and are interested in applying or learning more about this ministry opportunity!

Local Community

We are invited to celebrate World Quaker Day on Sunday, October 7, 10:00am – 1:30pm by Oread Friends Meeting, 1146 Oregon ST for Worship Hour, Potluck Luncheon, and the film “Every War Has 2 Losers” and post-film discussion.

Justice Matters house meetings are coming up in October. These meetings launch another year of working for justice with other people of faith in Lawrence. There will be four meetings, and you are invited to sign up for the one that best fits your schedule:
Wednesday, October 3, 7:00pm (at Susan Rieger’s home)
Thursday, October 11, 7:00pm (at Joanna Harader’s home)
Sunday, October 14, after worship (at Peace Mennonite)
Monday, October 15, 7:00pm (at the Lavendar House: 1600 New Hampshire)
To participate, please sign up in the entry way or contact a member of the Peace and Justice Team (Katie Hobson, Susan Rieger, Joni Fornelli).

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 4thSaturday; 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

Volunteer Opportunities ~ Please contact the church office at 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)