Calendar of Events

Tuesdays ~ Wise Guy’s Kaffee Klatsch; 1:30pm,,,(contact Jim K)
Thursdays ~ Wise Women Coffee; 9:00am,,,(contact Judy J)
Jun 21 ~ Viewing of “When They See Us” Part 1 & 2
Jun 23 ~ Viewing of “When They See Us” Part 3 & 4
Jun 26 ~ Gardening @ PMC; 9:00am
Jun 30 ~ Kanza History @ PMC; 7:00pm
Jun 30 – Jul 2 ~ Building in use by DDoD group
Jul 2 – 6 ~ MCUSA Convention; Kansas City, MO
Jul 5 ~ Open Labyrinth; 9:00am – 12:00pm
Jul 26 – 27 ~ WDC Annual Assembly; Bethel College Campus

June Birthdays

Emily Kerbs
Andrew Brown
Felix Janzen-Chappell

July Birthdays

Sophia Kaufman
Rich Bailey
Brice Willow
Mikayla Kaufman
Jim Russo
Steve Unruh
Rosie Claassen
Jim Krause

Congregational News

 Children, youth and adult Sunday School is on hiatus for the near future.

Join us for a viewing and discussion of “When they See Us,” the true story of five young men of color falsely accused of a horrendous crime in 1989. This film explores issues of racism and the criminal justice system that are still highly relevant today. We will watch parts one and two of the series on Friday, June 21, at 7:00pm; and parts 3 and 4 on Sunday, June 23, at 3:30pm. Both viewings will be at Joanna and Ryan’s house. You are welcome to come to one or both events. Snacks to share are welcome, but not required.

We are putting together a mowing schedule for the summer. Please sign up in the entry area if you are willing to take a turn on our riding mower!

You are invited to hear Pauline Sharp’s presentation about Kanza history and the Kanza Heritage Society on Sunday evening, June 30, from 7:00pm to 8:30pm. This presentation will be here at the Peace Mennonite and is hosted by the Dismantling the Doctrine of Discovery Coalition.

Registration is now open for this year’s Western District Conference Assembly, July 26-27 at Bethel College. See http://mennowdc.org/ for more information. And contact Joanna if you are interested in serving as a delegate.

Wednesday’s in the Garden Has Started ~ Please come and help in the PMC gardens each Wednesday of the summer, 9:00am – 11:00am. Bring your coffee, wedding tools, clippers, and yard waste bags. Donation of waste bags are always welcome! Contact Anne Bailey for more details if needed.

We are preparing to host the Dismantling the Doctrine of Discovery group at our church building June30-July 2. Thanks to all who have volunteered to help! Joanna and Susan will be contacting volunteers with more details. Please contact one of them with questions. (Joanna:peacemennopastor@gmail.com; Susan: susanarieger@gmail.com)

We are looking for people to serve on the pastor/congregation review team. This team will work with a Western District Conference consultant to lead the congregation through a review process this coming fall. Please contact Joanna or a member of the Coordinating Committee is you are interested in serving.

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: 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.

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

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/

“God invites us to experience and bear witness to the belovedness of all creation. We yearn to know and share in the mystery of God’s unending love. We confess that sin fragments our wholeness and strains our relationships with God, each other and the world. Confronted with the misuses of power in our lives, communities and institutions, we seek to tell the truth and repent. The Holy Spirit beckons us toward the restoration of all things in Christ. God continually calls us beloved.”–from “Renewed Commitments for MC USA”

 News from MDS ~ Because of your support in 2018, 5,445 volunteers from churches across Canada and the U.S. gave their time, skills, and compassion to build 75 new homes, complete 278 repairs, finish 301 cleanups, and build 14 new bridges for households who experienced a disaster. This volunteer labor is a value of over $9 million USD.

Mini Comforter Blitz, June 21, 2019 at 9:00am, June 22, at 8:00am at MCC Central States, 121 E 30th, North Newton.

Registration is now open for the Mennonite Church USA Convention in Kansas City! July 2 – 6;  Andrea Zuercher will serve as our church delegate and we hope many others will also participate in the convention. See Convention.MennoniteUSA.org for more details and to register.

Mennonite Church USA convention, July 2-6 – WDC Executive Board has appointed the following persons to serve as WDC delegates at MC USA delegate assembly: Ray Reimer, Lois Barrett, Jim Stucky, June Krehbiel, Peter Goerzen, Kathy Neufeld Dunn, Byron Pellecer, and Heidi Regier Kreider.  The Board has also appointed Matthew Garber, a Bethel College student and member of Faith Mennonite Church, to serve as WDC representative in the Step Up program for youth and young adults.

The June/July/August 2019 issue of WDC Garden is posted at:  http://mennowdc.org/wdc-garden-june-july-august-2019/  In this issue, read about the upcoming WDC Annual Assembly, a church plant who has applied to be a WDC member congregation, and more.  WDC Garden is a quarterly newsletter to help you know what’s going on in WDC!

MCC needs your help to replenish supplies in our Material Resources Center! The following items are running low: black and white spools of all-purpose thread, minimum 250 yards, for Sewing Kits (each kit has 3 spools of each color in it). Lotion, minimum 10 oz, for Returning Citizen Care Kits and sanitary napkins, thin maxi, any count, for Relief Kits. MCC only distributes complete kits, so when we are low on one item the processing of the entire kit comes to a halt. Items for kits can be dropped off or shipped to MCC Central States, 121 E. 30th, PO Box 235, North Newton, KS 67117. Questions? Check out the kits page at mcc.org/kits or contactkatemast@mcc.org.

This year’s Western District Conference Assembly will be July 26-27 on the Bethel College campus. All are invited. Registration will open soon. Please let Joanna or a member of the Coordinating Committee know if you are interested in serving as a church delegate.

Western District Conference encourages your regular financial support for your congregation and for WDC as we share together in God’s work in 2019. In his book A Spirituality of Fundraising, Henri Nouwen writes, “Fundraising is a very concrete way to help the kingdom of God come about…The kingdom is where God provides for all that we need. It is the realm of sufficiency where we are no longer pulled here and there by anxiety about having enough…Even a seemingly small act of generosity can grow into something far beyond what we could ever ask for imagine.” Contributions to WDC may be made online at http://mennowdc.org or send to PO Box 306, North Newton KS 67117. Thank you for your generosity!

Help give Mennonite Creation Care Network (MCCN) a face:  MCCN is gathering a collection of photos for our booth at the Mennonite Church USA convention in July 2019. The booth will feature the different types of people who care about creation, from gardeners to activists. What type are you? May we include you? What about your grandpa whose sustainable farming practices you admire? What a great way to honor a green friend!  This webpage  provides an example of what we need and how to submit it:  https://mennocreationcare.org/caring-for-creation-what-type-are-you/   We hope to hear from people of all types, skin colors and ages.

 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.

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 mennoniteusa.org/ConventionLetter1.

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 mennoniteusa.org/seminars.

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.

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

Summer youth camps at Camp Mennoscah start June 9!  We still have openings for all of our camps grades 3-9 and expect to open more spaces for our senior high camp soon!  Our theme for the summer is Peace Works!  Invite a friend, tell a cousin, and send a grandkid, niece, or nephew!  Camp is great for faith formation and learning to live in loving community with others.  Register online at www.campmennoscah.org!  Fun is to be had–and we’ve got it!

Local Community

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 lavenderhouse1600@gmail.com.  You can find them on Facebook or at:  https://www.lavenderhouse.org/

 Volunteer Opportunities ~ Please contact the church office at peacemennonite@gmail.com 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)

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