Worship Services on Sunday will be at 9:30 a.m. in person at church and 11:00 a.m. on Zoom

Just click on this link to get into our Zoom gathering. For more information about In-Person worship click here.

Events Coming up at Peace Mennonite week of August 14th

Sunday, August 14th, 9:30 a.m.: Service in person and 11:00 a.m.: Service on Zoom

Tuesday, August 16th, 1:30 p.m.: Wise Guys (conversation group) at Great Harvest; contact Ken Ratzlaff

Thursday, August 18th, 9:30 a.m.: Wise Women (conversation group); contact Judy Johns
2:00 p.m.: Zoom gathering (informal sharing and prayer time)
7:00 p.m.: Congregational Discernment Meeting (in-person)

Sunday, August 21st, 9:30 a.m.: Service in person and 11:00 a.m.: Service on Zoom
7:00 p.m.: Congregational Discernment Meeting (on Zoom)

Congregational News

Two congregational discernment meetings have been scheduled.
In person: Thursday, August 18, at 7 p.m. at the church;
Zoom: Sunday, August 21, at 7 p.m.
Both meetings will cover the same agenda. You don’t need to be a regular Zoom attendee to go to the Zoom meeting.
One of Joanna’s sabbatical goals is to explore transitions, specifically regarding worship at PMC, our use of both live and Zoom worship, and how to bring these together. Our “homework” is to engage with this same question.

Save the date: Saturday evening, October 29th — for the play We Own This Now. Please consider hosting the actors the night before and the night of the performance (October 28th & 29th). They have requested a place that can accommodate them in 2 separate bedrooms. Contact Joni Fornelli (lavendarhouse1600@gmail.com).

In the summer heat, the need for food and supplies continues. We are currently out of grocery gift cards, which is one way we help people who stop by and ask for assistance. Please consider donating one or several so that we can continue to help members of our community. Thank you!

Asia is available for in-person, Zoom, and phone meetings for pastoral care (or fun!) by appointment. Feel free to get in touch with her to schedule or catch her at our Thursday informal Zoom. Her email is asiathepastor@gmail.com. She only checks email during times when she is intentionally working, so if you need a timely response, please text (preferred) or call her cell at 620-755-0683.

Please hold in prayer:
LaVonne Marks and family. LaVonne’s brother, Dwight Schmidt passed away on July 3rd. Obituary and funeral info is available via Jost Funeral Home. Services were held Saturday, July 16, 2022 at First Mennonite Church, Hillsboro.
Thomas Heilke‘s eye as he heals.
Rev. Joanna Harader (and family) as she refreshes her spirit through sabbatical. You are welcome to send Joanna cards or notes of encouragement using the US Postal Service; however, email will not reach Joanna until October.

Please Note: Everything you ever wanted to know about the front doors at PMC

*First, if you are the only one entering the building, please use the door on the south end of the building…either using a key or using the lock box with the key inside that box. Please do not use the front doors for a one-person entry/exit. The doors are tricky and are often hard to secure and have been found unlocked several times. 

*If you unlock the front doors from the outside with a key, you must lock them again on the outside with a key when the event at PMC is finished.

*If you unlock the doors from the inside with the hex key, squeeze the bar tight until the hex key has unlocked the door. In reverse, squeeze the bar tight until the hex key has locked the doors.

*Whether you’ve used a key or the hex key to have locked/unlocked the doors, upon leaving the building please stand on the outside of the front doors and pull hard to make sure they both are latched and locked.  Hint: If you find that they are still open, push the upper portion of the North door to be sure the locking mechanism has engaged, then try the doors again.

*Up above the doors is a metal box. On the south end of that box there is an “on” “off” switch. That switch should always be in the “on” position. This makes it possible for the handicapped door to be engaged.

*On the north side of that overhead metal box is another switch. There are 3 settings for that button. The middle setting allows the automatic door to open and close, and it is where the button will most often be set. To flip it to the bottom setting allows the door to remain open for a prolonged period of time…like for the social time after church. The top setting shuts things off. This setting should not be used. There is a diagram on the metal box to help if you are not sure. You may need the step ladder from the kitchen by the refrigerator to see clearly how the button works. This button should be set back to the middle setting at the end of the social time.

*If you have any issues with the door, questions, or more information for the operation of the front doors–please notify Anne Bailey, Building and Grounds Chair.

Ongoing or Recurring

The Peace and Justice Committee will continue to collect toilet paper for the Ballard Center pantry. When we reach the blue line, the rolls will be taken to Ballard.

For announcements, contact information updates, and other general questions and information please continue to use the regular office email peacemennonite@gmail.com. Jerry plans to be in the office most Tuesdays and Fridays.

Anything related to financial aspects of the church should be directed to LaVonne at peacebookkeeper615@gmail.com.

If you would like to receive our weekly email newsletter, please sign up on our home page.

The Indigenous Justice Group would like to remind folks that anyone who is interested in being part of the work of this group is welcome to join us on PMC Zoom, monthly on the 1st and 3rd Thursdays at 3:30 pm.

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 online. (Please indicate if the money is intended for the benevolence fund.)

Conflict is a normal part of life but learning how to work through it is key. MCC has a resource to help you work through divisive issues, a new adult Sunday school curriculum, Peaceful Practices: A guide to healthy communication in conflict. It invites churchgoers to follow Jesus’ call to peacemaking through dialogue with each other. To follow up on the Peaceful Practices curriculum, MCC has two conversation guides, to help congregations dialogue on sensitive topics. #BlackLivesMatter: Can we have a conversation? and Critical Race Theory: How should race education be taught in schools? are available for download here.

Lawrence Habitat for Humanity Newswebsite link
Fall 2022–Habitat for Humanity is relocating their ReStore and Affiliate office to 2108 W. 27th St., Ste E, which is near 27th and Iowa Streets, neighboring Paradise Carpet One Floor & Home and Sherwin-Williams. Click here to support our “New Location, Same Mission” campaign! We appreciate your support in helping fund the move and the remodeling of our new office and ReStore. We look forward to seeing you at our new location this fall.

You can read the full meeting notes from our last Congregational Meeting on our website.

Asia’s about Me:
I live in McPherson with my wife Laura and our blended family of 5 kiddos, 3 cats, and one snake. The kids’ dads also live here, and we are all close. It’s not a traditional family structure, but the kiddos are well loved. 
I grew up outside Enid, OK, where my family still lives and went to college in Norman, OK, at OU. I lived in Hillsboro, KS, from 2008-2019 where my then-husband Tim Frye taught at Tabor College. We attended FMC Hillsboro where I was the youth pastor for 6 years. During this time, I completed my MDiv through AMBS as a Connect Student. 
I have lived in McPherson since 2019 where I served at McPherson College as the campus pastor for a year and then commuted to Wichita to pastor at Mennonite Church of the Servant for a year. My family currently attends Shalom Mennonite in Newton. I anticipate some of them will want to come to Peace with me fairly often depending on their schedules. I spent the last school year full time substitute teaching for McPherson schools. 
Laura and I married in 2021.We enjoy really boring hobbies like bird and plant identification, stopping at historical markers, restoring native plants, and gardening. Laura has been working as a phlebotomist as she finishes her nursing degree. Her passion is for birth work. I am working on growing out my hair and feel like it is a silly length right now. I like to play Nintendo and try craft beers in my free time. I would rather dig in the dirt than do housework any day. I listen to folk music, and I have so many kids.
Jacob Hale: he/him; 15yo; entering 10th grade; loves computers, gaming, spicy foods, and cats. 
Abby Frye: she/her; 14yo; entering 9th grade; loves art and music, singing, playing tennis, National Parks, and cats. 
Ellie Frye: she/her; 12yo; entering 7th grade; loves cats, crafting, audiobooks, succulents, cats, and cats.  
Ash Hale: they/them; 11yo; entering 6th grade; loves anime, Tiktok, gaming, art, fashion, and cats. 
Liam Hale: he/him; 6yo; entering Kindergarten for the second time; loves dinosaurs, Legend of Zelda, bean tacos, bugs, bats, reptiles, and cats.

Joanna’s Sabbatical: June 29-October 3
Theme: Transitions and Transformations
Scheduled Time Away:
 June 29-July 21: Vacation and retreat in Florida
 Aug. 2-11: Training for Conflict Transformation Trainers @ Central Baptist in KC
Sabbatical Activities/Projects:
 Writing (worship material, personal writing)
 Preparing for publication of the Advent devotional I wrote
 Hybrid worship exploration (visiting churches that include online and in person participants together)
 Home projects (transitioning to an empty nest!)

Who to Contact:
Asia Embers is your sabbatical pastor and you are welcome to contact her for anything for which you would normally contact me: asiathepastor@gmail.com.
You can also contact:
 For general inquiries, announcements, etc.: administrative assistant, Jerry Dowdle, (peacemennonite@gmail.com)
 For pastoral care needs: Ministry Team Members—Dave Mathis (david.mathis@live.com), Jill Allen (allenjill330@gmail.com), and Steve Unruh (sttunruh@hotmail.com).
 For questions/comments related to church business and policies: Moderator, Andrea Zuercher (zeditor61@protonmail.com).
 For building issues: Building Committee chair, Anne Bailey (Anne_Edwards@sbcglobal.net)
 For financial questions: Treasurer, Roberta Renz (roberta@airplanetest.com) or bookkeeper, LaVonne Marks (peacebookkeeper615@gmail.com)

I will not be checking my church email account during her sabbatical. If you have an email that I need to see when I return from sabbatical, please send it October 3 or after. I will also have a greatly reduced presence on Facebook during this time.

Broader Church News

Bethel College’s annual online journal


Mennonite Church USA MC USA | Mennonite Church USA News
August Announcements


KIPCOR Website
KIPCOR Film Series Information Here
KIPCOR Newsletter

Center for Justice and Peacebuilding
 Summer Peacebuilding Institute (SPI)

Mennonite Creation Care Networkcurrent newsletter


Rocky Mountain Mennonite Camp Newsletter Link

Mennonite Mission Network — Newsletter August 2022
MMN Prayer Vine for July 2022 August 2022
MMN Weekly Prayer Requests for August 2022

Mennonite World Conference
Mennonite World Conference Newsletter
MWC’s Courier magazine here

Mennonites Against Militarism Newsletter

Mennonite Women USA — website link

Mennonite Men — website link

August Birthdays and Anniversaries
David Mathis, Jasmine Harader-Ellett, Cheryl Harader, Andrea Zuercher, Dawn Haverkate-Ens, {Jim & Patrice Krause}, Grace Harader-Ellett, Roger Martin, Tobias Mathis