Worship is currently on-line. See our at-home worship page for links to each Sunday’s order of worship.

This week’s worship includes a welcome from the Wise  Women and music selected by Anne Bailey. You can find the worship playlist here.

We will gather on Zoom at 11 on Sunday morning for discussion, sharing, and prayer. Just click on this link to get into our Zoom gathering

Peace Pursuits

This week we continue our study of women in the Bible, looking at Tamar. You can find the Bible study material here, and join us at 7:30 this Wednesday night on Zoom.

For the full Wednesday night discussion schedule, see our Peace Pursuits web page. 

Events this Week

Sundays:
~ 11:00am: Sharing and prayer on Zoom
Tuesday, Oct 20:
~ 9:30am – 11:30am: Joanna’s office hours at PMC
~ 1:00pm: Coordinating Committee Constitution Discussion
~ 1:30pm: Wise Guys (men’s conversation group) meet on Zoom
Wednesday, Oct 21:
~ 1:00pm – 2:00pm: Joanna’s office hours on Zoom
~ 7:30pm – 8:30pm:  Peace Pursuits Bible study (see above
Thursday, Oct 22:
~ 9:30am: Wise Women (women’s conversation group – contact Judy for meeting location/link)
~ 2:00pm: Brief time for reflection and conversation (all welcome) on Zoom
~ 7:00pm: MinistryTeam Mtg on Zoom
~ Saturday:
~ 9:00am – 12:00pm: PMC Fall Work Day

Congregational News

Scripture Readings for the Week of October 19
Monday: 1 Samuel 15-16
Tuesday: 1 Samuel 20
Wednesday: 1 Samuel 25
Thursday: 2 Samuel 1:1-15; 2:1-7; 5:1-5
Friday: *2 Samuel 7:1-17; 11
(*indicates reading we will focus on next Sunday)
You can find the full list of Bible readings here.

Thank you to Ron & Roberta for hosting our fall bonfire and stargazing party at their farm.  Also thanks to Becky for the planning, s’mores and star knowledge.

You are invited to come to a PMC Fall Work Day on Saturday, October 24, 9:00 to noon.  We will be cleaning up the beds and putting down mulch.  Any mulch that is left at the end of the work day is up for grabs, so bring a pitch fork and a way to carry your load of mulch home!  Please also bring:  work gloves, yard waste bags (to use and donate to the landscape group), rakes, pruners, shovels, clippers, and your own cup of coffee and your mask!  

Also on Saturday, October 24, Joanna will be providing drinks for the “Chalk for Justice” event organized by the KU Black Student Coalition, Haskell Indian Nations, and KU Black Student Union.. If you would like to provide any snacks–prepackaged or homemade and individually packaged–please bring them to the church work day event by 11 a.m.

Lindsey Willow is part of this organization that creates care packages for preemie babies and  their parents. She invites you to donate items from their Amazon list.

Check out these recent articles from Mennonites about immigrant justice:
An Immigration Detention Center Attorney Speaks Out, by Anali Looper
Think ‘más allá’ about the immigrants in your midst by Ulises Arenas
“Like Good Samaritans, we must help immigrants through COVID-19,” by Richard R. Aguirre

Everence is hosting a series of free financial webinars the next several Wednesdays. Topics include retirement income and investing. You can find the full list here.

Save the Date:  Congregational Meeting – Plan to join the PMC Zoom link on Sunday, November 8, at 11:00.  Simply click the Zoom link on the weekly announcements page.  We will begin with sharing and prayer, and move on to other topics.  The topics for the meeting will be:
1.  Approval of Nominating Committee (The team that gathers participants for committee work for 2021)
2.  Reviewing and Approving of the updated PMC constitution (The last review was 2010)
3.  Reviewing organizations that PMC monetarily supports (approximately $8,000) and update the list as necessary 

Mennonite Mission Network reminds us that November is mission month. Racism harms the body of Christ and God’s reconciling mission. God has made a way to receive forgiveness–repentance that leads to life? Their mission month materials invite us to engage God’s plan for reconciliation.

Voices Together (the new Mennonite hymnal) virtual launch celebration is now scheduled for 4:00  – 6:00pm (Central time) on Sunday, December 13. The event will take place via Zoom and will be a time to worship with new songs and resources, hear stories, and offer blessings for Voices Together and all who receive it. The event will include a brief overview of the process and a time for questions with committee members. More information will be available soon at VoicesTogetherHymnal.org.

Our Little Free Pantry is up and running! Here are some suggestions from the Peace and Justice Committee of items to donate:
~ Food: soups; ramen noodles; tuna; canned beans and veggies; peanut butter; mac and cheese; cereal; granola bars
~ Toiletries and COVID Supplies: masks; hand sanitizer; deodorant; toothbrushes; toothpaste; diapers; baby wipes; feminine care products; toilet paper
~ When the weather gets colder: hats, gloves, scarves, socks
*You can leave supplies in the pantry, or contact Joanna to arrange for drop-off or pick-up in another location.

The Coordinating Committee has developed guidelines for small groups who would like to meet inside the church building while the building remains closed to large group gatherings. The guidelines are available on our web site. 

The group that gathers for conversation and prayer on Thursday afternoons will be working together on a group dialog sermon for one of the November worship services. We’d love to have you join us at 2:00 Thursday on Zoom. 

Worship Requests
~ The Worship Committee invites YOU to record our worship welcome for an upcoming worship service. You can see Joe and Susan’s welcome to get an idea of what we have in mind. This is a good way to share a little bit of our lives with each other as we remain physically distanced. Please contact Joanna if you are willing to contribute. (peacemennopastor@gmail.com)
~ The Worship Committee always welcomes contributions of music and visual art for our weekly online services. 

Note that you can find links to all of our past worship play lists on our “At-Home Worship” web page. Maybe there is a song or a prayer or a sermon you’d like to go back and watch again–or share with a friend.

This is a great time to invite your friends to a Peace Mennonite worship service. Just share our “At-Home Worship” link with them and give them an opportunity to experience the church you love.

The Peace and Justice Committee invites you to share a service story with your church family.

You may not know that the “Inside Peace” page on our web site has links to helpful documents like the new policy, the crisis and funeral form, and church committee information. Joanna welcomes ideas about how to make the web site more helpful for church participants and visitors.

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.

Broader Church News

In an open letter to the denomination, Michael Danner, Mennonite Church USA’s associate executive director of Church Vitality, invites fellow white Christians to “engage in proactive, deliberate efforts to oppose and dismantle racism in all of its forms.”

Racial Justice from Palestine to the US video is now posted on YouTube.  If you missed this great dialogue hosted by the WDC Israel-Palestine Task Force and MennoPIN last Monday because of our technical difficulties, here’s your chance to listen to it.  It was full of fascinating intersections of racial justice issues here and in Israel-Palestine.  

Anabaptist History Today seeks stories of Anabaptists living in these times. It would be great if they heard from some Peace Mennonite people! For more information, see their web site.
 
Women in Leadership, a ministry of Mennonite Church USA, is presenting “What We Need Is Here,” a series of webinars engaging theological work born out of women’s experiences. The next two webinars will address intersectionality (October 11 @ 7 p.m. ET/6 p.m. CT/5 p.m. MT/4 p.m. PT) and navigating patriarchy (October 22 @ 7 p.m. ET/6 p.m. CT/5 p.m. MT/4 p.m. PT). Register by Oct. 8.

Want more news from Western District Conference? You can read the Garden newsletter here and sign up for their weekly emails here. 

Join Mennonites across Mennonite Church USA in a “Common Read,” a shared reading experience focused on specific books written to nurture Christian faith in this cultural moment. Signs of Life: Resurrecting Hope Out of Ordinary Losses by Stephanie Lobdell is the Common Read book chosen for September. Learn more here.

The Bethel College Women’s Association now has an online market where you can purchase craft items and other products to support the college. 

Mennonite Life has a new issue out on “Mennonites and White Supremacy”–edited by Andrea’s sister, Melanie . You can read it online!

Anabaptist History Today seeks stories of Anabaptists living in these times. It would be great if they heard from some Peace Mennonite people! For more information, see their web site.

WDC Assembly Video Snapshots – To learn more about WDC congregations, Commissions, Committees and Task Forces, watch their video snapshots here. More are added as they become available.

MennoMedia is offering a free devotional resource on COVID and racism. You can download it from their web site. 

Local Community/Misc.

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.
  • Mennonite World Conference Global Sharing Fund provides Covid-19 relief to congregations with less access to aid and resources, especially in parts of Africa, Latin America and Asia.

October Birthdays
Kristin Bosnak
Whitney Baker
Barbara Yoder
Lindsey Willow