Calendar of Events

Tuesdays ~ Wise Guy’s Kaffee Klatsch; 1:30pm,,,(contact Jim K)
Thursdays ~ Wise Women Coffee; 9:00am,,,(contact Judy J)
Nov 23 – Dec 3 ~ Fair Market Marketplace Sale @ ECM
Nov 29 ~ Loss of Turtle Island @ PMC
Dec 2 ~ Advent Choir Planning Session
Dec 3 ~ Holden Evening Prayer Worship Service
Dec 7 ~ Open Labyrinth
Dec 16 ~ Advent Choir sings
Dec 20 ~ Christmas Carol Party (You are invited to bring instruments to play and/or snacks to share.)
Dec 24 ~Christmas Eve Worship Service

November Birthdays

Peter Buller
Sara Bonner
Emma Brown
Roger Gibson
Brenda Willow
Doug Koch
Ashley Willow

December Birthdays

Patrice Krause
Ken Lohrentz
Twila Schmidt
Alexis 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.

On Thursday, November 29, 7:30 pm, Peace Mennonite will host a “Loss of Turtle Island” experience. This activity was designed by Mennonite Central Committee and depicts the historic relationship between European settlers and the Indigenous nations, the original inhabitants of the land we now call the United States of America. Contact Joni Fornelli with questions.

The Nominating Committee is working to establish committees for next year. Over the next three Sundays you will have an opportunity to hear about a few of our committees and communicate your areas of interest. More information is available on the church website. Feel free to contact Joanna Harader, Jill Allen, Anne Bailey, or Andrea Zuercher with questions or input.


Let’s Celebrate the Season!

Are you creative and crafty? Or do you like to bargain shop? The worship team needs ornaments to use during children’s time in Advent. We need at least six ornaments for each of our four themes: hope, love, joy, and peace. The ornaments can be handmade or store bought. Please contact Joanna if you are willing to provide ornaments for one of the weeks.

We are seeking people interested in providing special music for our Christmas Eve service. The sky is the limit–vocal solo, piano solo, small women’s group, small men’s group, dulcimer, strings group, recorder trio, banjo, children’s choir, accordion–let your inner self go wild and share–all ages.  Please contact Joanna if you have music to share:

An Advent choir is forming for a performance on Sunday, December 16!  If you are interested, please plan to stay after church on December 2 to set dates for practice times.  All are welcome and invited!  Call Anne Bailey at 785.766.2762 for questions.

Our annual Advent Holden Evening Prayer Service will be Monday, December 3, 7:00pm at the meeting house. Please join us for this song-filled worship service as we begin the season of Advent. The Labyrinth will be open after the service.

Everyone is invited to an all-church Christmas carol party on Thursday, December 20, 7:00pm at the meeting house. You are welcome to bring snacks and treats to share. Instruments are also encouraged.

You can sign up to receive daily devotions via email at


There are currently no Sunday morning set-up volunteers. Please consider coming early on Sunday to help set up chairs and set out hymnals. If you are willing to be on a set-up rotation, contact Joanna.

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

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 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.

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:

Broader Church News

The first MennoCon19 newsletter is out now with lots of great details about what to expect at the MC USA convention in Kansas City, Missouri. Read it at

Do you have a great idea for an “Equipping Seminar” at MennoCon19?  Convention planners are eager to hear it!  Find the selection criteria and submit your proposal by Nov. 5 at

Join MCC on an epic trekking journey through NepalApril 1-19 of 2019. MCC is seeking college students, trauma studies researchers and practitioners, mental health professionals, engineers and ANYONE who enjoys hiking and is interested in learning more about what resilience looks like in the context of MCC in Nepal! Contact and check for more information.

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 or email Steve Carpenter at for more information. Gifts of $500 or more entitle the giver to a tribute line in the hymnal.

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:

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

The Centenary United Methodist Church will be displaying their Nativity Scenes again this year during the Christmas season. They are located at 4th & Elm ST in North Lawrence. See their flyer in the hallway announcing dates and times to view the wonderful Nativities they will have on display

The Trail of Death:  A Pilgrimage of Remembrance, Lament and Transformation:  June 3-13, 2019.  Participants in this nine-day pilgrimage will trace the route of the US military’s 1838 forced removal of Potawatomi people from their ancestral homeland in northern Indiana to present-day Osawatomie, Kansas.  This AMBS course can be taken for credit or audit.

Ecumenical Campus Ministries (ECM) is hosting a “Fair Trade Marketplace Featuring Ten Thousand Villages” November 23 – December 8.  Volunteers are needed to serve as sales staff. A brief orientation will be held beforehand to introduce the easy-to-use Ipad register.  If you are interested in volunteering, please contact Barb Heeb at

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 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 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)