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

  • Jul 13 ~ Sammy F’s Birthday
  • Jul 18 ~ Gardening @ PMC
  • Jul 19 ~ Mikayla K’s Birthday
  • Jul 20 ~ Wise Women Coffee (contact Judy J)
  • Jul 21 ~ Jim R’s Birthday
  • Jul 23 ~ Steve U’s Birthday
  • Jul 25 ~ Gardening @ PMC
  • Jul 25 ~ Rosie C’s Birthday
  • Jul 27 ~ Jim K’s Birthday
  • Jul 27 ~ Wise Women Coffee (contact Judy J)

Congregational News

We have Sunday School for children (all ages) and youth is on hiatus during the summer months.

All are invited to join the adult Sunday School class as they explore issues of institutional racism and white privilege. We will meet at 9:15 Sunday mornings from June 4-July 2 at the church. Sr. High youth are encouraged to participate in these sessions as well. Below is an outline of the sessions. For more information, contact Ken Lohrentz.
1.     Personal stories and reflections.  (June 4)
        a.     Have you ever known a person of color with whom you have been at least semi-intimate?  If so, please describe that relationship.  If not, what have been the barriers to developing such relationships?
        b.     How did your parents influence your attitudes toward people of color?
        c.      How did your church experience influence those attitudes?
        d.     Was there a point in your life when your racial attitudes began to change? Why and how?
        e.     How has socially-sanctioned racism and white privilege influenced your attitudes?
2.     History and culture of white privilege (June 11)
        a.     How has the predominating narrative of our history contributed to our understanding of racism?  Please provide examples.
        b.     Personal narratives from people of color: voices, readings, and reflections.
3.     Black theology and the marginalization of people of color. (June 18)
4.     Workshop exercise: On becoming an antiracist institution. (June 25)
        a.     How do we transform PMC into a truly open and welcoming community?
5. Reflections: moving on towards change – what can we do? (July 2)

Children’s Sunday School teachers needed for the upcoming school year. We have four confirmed volunteers and could use two more. We will be using a set curriculum this year to make planning easier for the teachers. Each teacher volunteers for one month at a time. Please contact Joanna if you are interested in helping out!

The Wise Women retired ladies coffee group is inviting any lady who is free this summer on Thursday mornings to join our group! We meet at 9:30am. every Thursday morning. Presently we are meeting at the library but we also meet at other places especially if the weather is nice. If you would like to join us, please contact Judy J. She will send out an email every Wednesday to announce the meeting place and to encourage a few responses so we know we will not be drinking alone. We look forward to seeing new faces!

Tuesdays in the GardenCome for weeding, fellowship, and fun every Tuesday morning this summer starting June 13 in the PMC gardens! (I’m on call for jury duty June 12-23…so hopefully Tuesday mornings will work.) We’ll start at 8:00 and wrap up around 10:00. Come for the whole time….come for just a bit! Bring your coffee cup, gloves, weed diggers, paper garden bags, shovels, etc. and enjoy the beauty of God’s creation and special time with PMC friends! We will meet, rain or shine, unless there is lightning! Contact Anne Bailey with any questions.

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);
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).

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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

~ Growing Peace ~

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.” ~Matthew 13:31-32

Current Pledges: $202,520
Campaign Goal: $250, 000

Many thanks to all who have pledged and contributed to the campaign!

Current Activities:
~ Building Design Team is working towards final architectural plans and contractor bids
~ Rod Hofer, Roberta Renz, and Joe Casad have agreed to serve on the team that will communicate with Everence and gather information about a loan
~ Capital Campaign Team is mailing fund-raising materials to those connected to the church who do not attend
~ Inviting & Including Team is looking toward a web site update

What you can do:
~ Give brochures (on the back podium) to people you know who might be interested in our project
~ Share names of people we could contact with the Capital Campaign Team (Joe Casad, Ken Lohrentz, Judy Johnson, Rich Bailey)
~ Pray for our congregation as we seek to be faithful in our endeavors to create more space in our building and our fellowship.

More details about the project—including the latest floor plan drawing—are available at Just click on the “Growing Peace” tab.

Broader Church News

Opportunities for adaptive leadership training: WDC’s 2017 grant from Kansas Leadership Center still has several training spots for the Aug, Sept, Oct or Nov 2017 sessions of You.Lead.Now introductory leadership training or Equip to Lead for those who have had previous KLC training offered by KLC in Wichita, KS. Training sessions are filling up, so persons interested in applying for a training spot should contact WDC soon! Any minister or member of a WDC congregation is eligible to apply. For more information about KLC, see

The Mennonite, Inc. welcomes your original submissions and contributions for the October 2017 print magazine issue and corresponding online content focusing on Scripture: Texts that move and shape you. Submissions are due no later than August 1, 2017. We welcome written reflections—personal stories, biblical or theological reflections, poetry and more (800 – 1200 words), as well as original photography, multimedia products (including, but not limited to, original song or music recordings, music playlists, videos and vlogs) and artwork on the theme. For more info:

MDS Update ~ Ashland, KS (2017 Wildfire Clean up) Looking for groups of up to 15 people for July to remove burned fencing. Call Jordan Miller, Kansas Unit Chair (316) 217-4570 or email to schedule a group. (Clark County in southeast KS)

Excited to buy MCC school kit supplies when all the back-to-school supplies show up in stores? Consider helping refugee families in Jordan and Ukraine meet their basic hygiene needs with an MCC relief kit instead! Our partners in the Middle East and Ukraine are asking for more relief kits than MCC has on-hand so we need your help! Our goal is to ship 83,000 relief kits by March 2018. Visit for full kit information and from there click through to our Amazon Wish List for easier shopping and shipping. Just bring or ship kit items to MCC Central States 121 E. 30th St. North Newton, KS 67117. Contact, 316-283-2720 with questions or to schedule a kit packing event at your church!

Your input is invited for the new Mennonite hymnal! Go to where you can give feedback on songs in our current hymnal and supplements, as well as submit new hymns for consideration. The committee is also looking for written liturgies and visual art.

Local Community

The Women of Trinity Lutheran Church are gathering sewing supplies to donate to the Della Lamb Sewing Ministry in Kansas City which benefits refugees. See the flyer in the hallway for more information on the ministry and the list of needs. They can be taken to Trinity weekdays from 9:00am – 12:00pm. The flyer also gives contact information to call or email for someone to pick up larger donations, such as involving sewing machines or many supplies. They are hoping to gather a large number of supplies in the next month for the first delivery to the ministry.

ECM Thrifty Closet! Starting this fall, the 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 Yoder for more information.

There is a 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, July 16, 2017 ~ Coordinator: Barbara Yoder
Worship Leader: Andrew Brown; Song Leader, Prelude & Offertory: Sara Bonner; Accompanist: Twila Schmidt; Scripture Reader: Judy Johnson; Children’s Time & Preacher: Barbara Yoder: Greeter: Andrea Zuercher; Table: Gwen Wiens; Childcare: Jenny Welch-Buller & Mikayla Kaufman; Snacks: Carol Grieb.

Serving in Worship on Sunday, July 23, 2017 ~ Coordinator: Joe Casad
Worship Leader: Joe Casad; Song Leader: Andrea Zuercher; Accompanist: Whitney Baker: Prelude & Offertory: TBA; Preacher: TBA; Scripture Reader, Children’s Time, & Snacks: Jenny Welch Buller; Greeter: Katie Hobson; Table: Roberta Hofer; Childcare: Terri Friedline & LaVonne Marks.

Serving in Worship on Sunday, July 30, 2017 ~ Coordinator: Patrice Krause
Worship Leader: Steve Unruh; Song Leader: Anne Bailey; Accompanist: Whitney Baker; Prelude & Offertory: Anne Bailey & Twila Schmidt; Scripture Reader, Table, & Children’s Time: Patrice Krause; Greeter: Anne Bailey; Childcare: Ben Friedline & Doug Koch; 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
  • Provide & serve 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
  • Help Greg clean our worship space