Calendar of Events
Tuesdays ~ Wise Guy’s Kaffee Klatsch; 1:30pm,,,(contact Jim K)
Thursdays ~ Wise Women Coffee; 9:00am,,,(contact Judy J)
1st Fridays of Month ~ Open Labyrinth; 9:00am ~ 12:00pm
Feb 16 ~ Chili Cook-Off Lunch
Feb 16 ~ JM Network Mtg @ PMC
Feb 26 ~ Ash Wednesday Service
Apr 10 ~ Taizé Service & Open Labyrinth @ PMC
We will not be having weekly youth Sunday School this fall. Children and youth are welcome to fill any of the regular worship volunteer slots, and we’ll have worship participation tags for them to pick from at the beginning of the service.
Please email any changes for your contact information to firstname.lastname@example.org to be included in the 2020 PMC Directory.
All are invited to join us for an Ash Wednesday service on February 26 at 7:00pm. The is an opportunity for us to begin the season of Lent together in worship and prayer.
Please plan to attend our Justice Matters Network meeting after worship on February 16. Learn about the good work people at Peace are doing with Justice Matters in the areas of restorative justice, homelessness prevention, and alternatives to incarceration. Everyone is welcome. Talk with a Justice Matters Team Leader for more information: Dave Mathis, Roger Gibson, Susan Rieger. For lunch, we will have a chili cook-off in conjunction with this meeting. Want to bring a pot of chili and compete for the “best chili” honors? Contact Susan Rieger. (email@example.com) All PMC participants are encouraged to attend.
Pastor Joanna will lead a Baptism Exploration class beginning in March. We will learn together about the Bible, the church, Mennonites, Peace Mennonite, baptism, and personal spiritual practices. Those who participate in the class will be asked if they would like to receive baptism, but there will be no expectation that all class participants will choose to be baptized. Contact Joanna if you are interested. (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Vicki Penner (former PMC Pastor) is organizing a meal for the choir before the concert and a reception after for the Bethel College Choir on Saturday, March 21 at the Plymouth Congregational Church and is asking for volunteers to help either with planning or just bringing some cookies. Please let LaVonne know if you can help.
New committee lists and the budget information from last week’s congregational meeting are available by the mail folders. A revised 2020 budget reflecting decisions made at the meeting will be available soon.
Would you like to be part of a group that meets monthly to share about how God is working in our lives? The Spiritual Direction Group is welcoming new members. Our monthly meeting time will be determined by those who want to participate. Please contact Joanna if you are interested.
The Lawrence cold-weather emergency shelter is currently looking for a new location. We will let you know when it is again in operation and needs volunteers for their overnight shifts: 7pm-1am, and 1am-7am. If you are interested in helping, contact pastor Joanna for more information.
PMC Artists–We are inviting PMC artists of all ages to share their artistic talents! The Guidelines and Application to participate in bringing wonderful art to our foyer space are in a folder behind our mail folders labeled “Foyer Art”. Questions? See Anne Bailey!
Star Words: This week, consider how your word I used in scripture. You may be able to think of passages that connect to your word. You can go to BibleGateway.com and search for your word—and/or synonyms—in the Bible. Feel free to contact Joanna if you are having trouble finding scripture references.
If you have not received a star word yet this year and would like one, please contact Joanna.
THANK YOU to everyone who contributed gift cards for Family Promise! We delivered over $300 worth of cards (and bus passes) to the organization this week. We will take one last delivery to them the week of January 20.
Mark your Calendars for these important Justice Matters events:
Peace Mennonite house meetings in late September (see sign-up sheet for details)
February 20 (evening): Team Assembly
March 23 (evening): Solutions Briefing
April 20 (evening): Nehemiah Assembly
“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.
We have four interest groups going that all are welcome to join:
~ the spiritual direction group usually meets the second Friday of each month; 1:30-3:30 at the church (contact Joanna if there’s been a change of day).
~ 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: email@example.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.
Facebook users: please take a few minutes to “like” and rate the Peace Mennonite Facebook page. We could use some more star power!
Text copies of Joanna’s sermons can be found at her blog site at: http://spaciousfaith.com
Broader Church News
Heidi Regier Kreider has been reappointed to a second term as WDC Minister: During the fall of 2019 the WDC Executive Board conducted a term review of Heidi’s service over the past four and a half years. The feedback gathered from many segments of the Conference and partner institutions was broadly affirmative of Heidi’s leadership. Consequently, the WDC Executive Board took action at its November 16, 2019, meeting, voting unanimously to reappoint Heidi to a second five-year term of service as WDC Conference Minister, commencing August 17, 2020. Heidi has accepted the call to a second term. The Executive Board thanks Heidi for her diligent and caring service, and looks forward to her ongoing leadership. – Ray Reimer, Moderator, for the WDC Executive Board
The Bethel College Concert Choir will be travelling north and east for the annual spring break tour. Watch for them in these locations:
- Saturday, March 21 – Plymouth Congregational Church, Lawrence, 3:00pm
(See announcement in Congregational News about volunteering to help with a dinner for the Choir and reception following the concert)
- Sunday, March 22 – Rainbow Mennonite Church, Kansas City, KS, 9:30am
Thank you for your generous giving to Mennonite Central Committee in 2019. Your gifts help MCC continue work in 53 countries working on 648 projects and impacting countless people. If you’re looking for a last minute Christmas gift keep MCC Christmas giving projects in mind or collect school kit supplies with your family (mcc.org/kits)! Check out mcc.org/christmas for online giving options. Contact our office in North Newton, KS for giving in-person, 316.283.2720.
The Mennonite, Inc., invites your original submissions for our April 2020 print magazine issue and corresponding online content focusing on Resilient hope. More information at: https://themennonite.org/april-2020-call-submissions-resilient-hope/
Curious about the immigration situation in the United States? Learn more with resources selected by WDC’s Immigration Task Force: https://mennowdc.booksys.net/opac/crl/index.html?mode=main#search:ExpertSearch?BookbagID=531&ignoredefaultlocation=true
MDS ~ You can view the available dates as well as register yourself/a group to serve by visiting our new online Weekly Volunteer Calendar at:
https://mds.volunteermatrix.com/sys-php/matrix/e.php?ID=31 where you can view all project locations.
Introducing PeaceMail from Mennonite Church USA! PeaceMail will deliver all of MC USA’s news and blogs in one weekly e-newsletter. Those who have been subscribed to the news and Menno Snapshots emails will begin receiving this in their place. Subscribe at mennoniteusa.org/PeaceMailSubscribe.
To learn more about Anabaptist/Mennonite responses to the challenge of climate change, and resources for creation care, check out the Mennonite Creation Care Network at https://mennocreationcare.org, and the Center for Sustainable Climate Solutions (a collaborative initiative of Goshen College, Eastern Mennonite University and Mennonite Central Committee) at: https://www.sustainableclimatesolutions.org.
You’re invited to contribute to the Menno Snapshots blog! Are there ways that you have participated in or witnessed the peace of God in your community? Contact KaylaB@mennoniteusa.org if you are willing to share your reflections or recommend someone to share. Visit the blog at mennoniteusa.org/category/menno-snapshots.
Get involved with something BIG – record breaking BIG! MCC is celebrating our 100th anniversary and attempting to collect 6500 comforters to deliver to people in need all around the world. Get involved by tying a comforter on January 18, 2020 (mark your calendars now!). We are looking for people to host a comforter tying event in their community. Contact Kate Mast at 316.283.2720 or firstname.lastname@example.org for details, supplies and resources. It’s more than a warm blanket – it’s a message of love and compassion.
Find out how churches across MC USA are offering solidarity with immigrant communities in their contexts: mennoniteusa.org/news/mennonite-church-usa-follow-up-to-churchwide-statement-on-the-abuse-of-child-migrants.
WDC congregations and members: Let us join others across the church and nation in prayer and action in response to the tragedy of gun violence. To read a statement issued this week by Mennonite Church USA along with resources for prayer, conversation and action, see http://mennoniteusa.org/menno-snapshots/call-to-prayer-and-action-gun-violence/
May God give us the courage to stand for the life and redemption given to us through Jesus rather than death and violence. Read MC USA’s response to the federal government reinstating the death penalty: mennoniteusa.org/menno-snapshots/death-penalty-reinstatement-response.
Find post-convention resources, including worship speaker videos and worship songs: convention.mennoniteusa.org/post-convention-resources.
At MennoCon19, delegates approved the addition of youth delegates and passed the Churchwide Statement on the Abuse of Child Migrants resolution. Catch up on our compiled MennoCon19 news, photos and highlights at mennoniteusa.org/kcsauce.
WDC Immigration Task Force invites you to read about the realities of life on the border, and how one WDC church, San Antonio Mennonite Church, is responding to “the least of these” as they travel to safety. Go to http://mennowdc.org/committees-task-forces/
MennoMedia needs your help to make the new Voices Together hymnal a reality by Fall 2020. Before any copies of Voices Together are sold, MennoMedia will invest more than $700,000. Everence and Mennonite Central Committee U.S. have issued a matching grant challenge of up to $100,000 to help MennoMedia in this final fund-raising effort. Help ensure that Voices Together will be affordably priced for congregations. Make a gift today and have it doubled! Every voice matters. Every dollar counts. Give at VoicesTogetherHymnal.org or email Steve Carpenter at SteveC@MennoMedia.org for more information. Gifts of $500 or more entitle the giver to a tribute line in the hymnal.
To subscribe to Mennonite Women USA’s blog and newsletter notification, go to: https://mennonitewomenusa.org/. At the bottom of their website is a place to enter your email address to subscribe.
Did you know there is a Mennonite Men’s website? It engages men to grow, give, and serve as followers of Jesus. It can be found at: https://www.mennonitemen.org.
Help make Lawrence a welcoming place for all by dining at Merchants Pub & Plate, 746 Mass ST, Lawrence on Tuesday, January 14, 4:00-9:00pm! A percentage of selected drinks and food items will go to Centro Hispano for their work to assist local immigrant families. This benefit is hosted by the Lawrence Interfaith Refugee and Immigrant Ministry (LIRIM); contact LIRIMinistry@gmail.com for more information.
In the last year, the Lawrence Habitat ReStore diverted 112 tons from the landfill, accepting hard-to-dispose-of items including new and used furniture, appliances, and surplus building materials.
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 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 Y for more information.
Retreat space is 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 email@example.com. You can find them on Facebook or at: https://www.lavenderhouse.org/
More Volunteer Opportunities ~ Please contact the church office at firstname.lastname@example.org 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)
Opportunities to Volunteer in the Community
- The Drop-In and Rest (DARE) Center provides a safe indoor space for people who are experiencing homelessness from 2:30-6:30 each week day. Guests can take showers, do laundry, grab a snack, and just relax. Volunteers are needed to host and training is provided. If interested, contact Loring or Ruth at DareCenter214@gmail.com or 785-856-0698.
- There is a new program in town called Interfaith Mental Health Outreach that works to pair people struggling with mental health challenges with mentor in their faith communities. If you would like to learn more about this program, contact Joanna or email InterfaithMHOutreach@gmail.com.
- Each year, the Theologian in Residence program brings a religion scholar to Lawrence for several public events. The planning team would welcome a representative from Peace Mennonite to be part of this effort. Contact Joanna if you are interested.