We will worship in-person at 9:30am each Sunday.

We will worship on Zoom at 11:00am each Sunday. Just click on this link to get into our Zoom gathering.

We are starting a new worship series on “Extending the Table” and will spend five weeks exploring stories of meals in the Bible.

This week’s (June 20th) scripture is John 21:4-14. At the in-person service, we will celebrate the dedication of baby Camilla!

  • This isn’t the first time we’ve heard about a miraculous catch of fish. Here is Joanna’s sermon on Luke’s version of the story.
  • “Seeking Warmth from Charcoal Blazing” is one of the new songs in our Voices Together hymnal (#344). You can listen to it here. (Note that this is part of a longer worship service. The video should start with the song at 21:56 and you can stop it when the song is finished.)

Notes for in-person worship:

  • We encourage people to bring their own chairs for worship. Metal folding chairs will be provided for those who need them.
  • Hymnals will be available for use during worship. If you have a personal copy of the hymnal, you are welcome to bring it; please make sure your name is in your hymnal. If you have a church copy of the hymnal and plan to attend worship in person regularly, please bring that  hymnal back to church.
  • We will worship outside as long as it’s not raining. In case of rain, we will worship in the sanctuary and have a slightly abbreviated service.
  • We will not have printed bulletins for outdoor worship. The hymn numbers will be on a whiteboard and the full order of worship will be available on our web site. (You can access the worship order from our home page or by using a QR code available at the church.)
  • Masks are optional for vaccinated people during outdoor worship. We ask that people continue to wear masks in the building on Sunday mornings. (You can see our updated COVID building use guidelines on our web site.)
  • The Coordinating Committee will keep a list of those who attend each week for the purpose of contact tracing. These lists will be kept confidential and used only in the event that we learn someone who participated in worship has tested positive for COVID. If you test positive for COVID after attending worship in person, please let Joanna know. We are following the guidance of the CDC and the county health department; contact tracing is a robust part of ensuring public health and safety.
  • We’re figuring this out together as we go. Those of us planning and leading worship sincerely appreciate your flexibility and patience. If you have any concerns and/or ideas about how we are worshiping together, please reach out to Joanna or a member of the Worship Committee (Katie Hobson, Carola Ratzlaff).

  • Zoom Worship will be at 11:00am each Sunday on our regular church Zoom link. This service will have basically the same content as the in-person worship service. (Note that Zoom worship will replace the discussion and prayer time we previously had on Zoom each Sunday.)
  • We will no longer post worship playlists each week, but hope to continue sharing sermon videos on our YouTube channel.

As we transition back to in-person worship, we will again need several worship volunteers and will create a volunteer schedule for the summer months. Please fill out this Google form (or email Joanna directly) to let us know how you’d like to help. And many thanks to those who have already responded!

From the Worship Committee: Thanks to everyone who volunteered to help with worship. Please contact Joanna if you have any questions or if you would like to add your name to the volunteer list!

Peace Mennonite Events
Tuesday, Jun 22
~ 9:30am – 11:30am: Joanna available in the church office
~ 1:30pm:  Wise Guys (conversation group) meet on Zoom
~ 7:00pm: Coordinating Committee meeting
Wednesday, Jun 23
~ 7:30pm: Indigenous Justice working group mtg on Zoom
Thursday, Jun 24
~ 9:30am:  Wise Women (conversation group) Contact Judy Johnson for meeting location/link
~ 2:00pm:  Reflection and conversation (all welcome) on Zoom
~ 3:00pm – 5:00pm: Joanna available in the church office
~ 7:00pm: Ministry Team Mtg

Congregational News

The sun was pretty intense last week during our in-person worship service. Consider wearing a big hat and/or bringing an umbrella for shade this week. And if anyone has a canopy the church could borrow for the summer, please contact Joanna.

Perry Bonner is working at Crooked Creek Christian Camp this summer. She’d love to get some mail!
Crooked Creek Christian Camp
2830 Coppock Rd, Washington, IA 52353

We are looking for volunteers to tend the little free pantry each month. Scheduling is a bit uncertain because Barbara Yoder was coordinating and has had to step down to attend to family issues. So if you have already volunteered or would like to volunteer to host the pantry any month this year–including this month!–please let Joanna know. PeaceMennoPastor@gmail.com (Many thanks to Carola for continuing on as host for the time being!)

Do you have fun pictures or stories from your Peace Mennonite BINGO activities? Please share them with Joanna to include in future newsletters. Here is a story from Joanna: “I invited my friend Shan to join us for worship. She retired as a pastor during COVID and so she’s free to visit other churches! When I invited her she mentioned that she had some friends moving to Lawrence in August and she has told them she thought they would like our church. And I said, ‘Let them know they can join us any time on Zoom. That way they can see if they like the church and meet some people here before they even move!’ I don’t know if they will come, but it was nice to be able to offer the online option.”

Our Indigenous Justice working group invites you to join them at 7:30pm on June 30 (on Zoom) to learn more about the history of the “big red rock” and its importance for the Kaw people.

The most recent edition of “Anabaptist Witness” is available to read for free here. The theme is “Worship and Witness,” and it includes a contribution from Joanna.

We’re taking a break from our Wednesday night Peace Pursuits for the summer. But all of our topic playlists are available for you to explore inclucing: Pacifism and PowerBecoming an Anti-Racist Church; and Our Church: The Mennonites

We would like to provide one meal a week for Rod and Roberta Hofer. Please use this SignUp Genius site to choose a date and be in touch with Rod directly to work out the details.

Please note the updated COVID-time building-use policy.

Please note that the building and grounds committee periodically changes the key code. If you want to make sure you are on the list of those to receive updated codes, please be in touch with LaVonne. (peacemennonite@gmail.com) If you find yourself in need of the code, feel free to contact LaVonne or Joanna.

And just a reminder that there are links to all of our past worship play lists on our “At-Home Worship” web page.  Maybe there is a song or a prayer or a sermon you’d like to go back and watch again–or share with a friend.

You may not know that the “Inside Peace” page on our web site has links to helpful documents like the newly revised constitution, the crisis and funeral form, and church committee information. Joanna welcomes ideas about how to make the web site more helpful for church participants and visitors.

Please use the church email address for general inquiries & announcement notices: peacemennonite@gmail.com
Pastor Joanna’s email address is peacemennopastor@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.

Broader Church News

Virtual Borderlands Learning Tour, June 28 – July 2 from 2-5 p.m. CDT each day via Zoom Engage with the reality of immigration from a different perspective. Through virtual conversations, participants will hear first-hand from folks on the ground about the complexities of the U.S. immigration system, U.S. immigration policies that have worked to dismantle the asylum-seeking process, and the human factor on various sides of the spectrum. For more information and to register: mcc.org/gl-virtual-borderlands.

June 22 at 7 p.m. CDT join James Wheeler & Linda Herr, Area Directors for Europe & Middle East, to hear The Gift of Love: Doing our part for healing and wholeness in the world. Register for the webinar at mcc.org/mcc-webinar-series.

WESTERN DISTRICT ANNUAL ASSEMBLY
Save the date: WDC Annual Assembly will be July 30-August 1, 2021, in a hybrid model with the possibility of both virtual and in-person activities. More information to come! You can access the schedule of activities here.

StoryCorps has offered dedicated recording days for WDC members to be matched for conversations with other WDC members. They have designated several days leading up to assembly for WDC members to participate in a recorded conversation with another WDC member.  You may sign up here.  After you register, you will be matched with another conversation partner from WDC, given further instructions, and scheduled for a recorded online session on July 28, 29 or 30, guided by an experienced StoryCorps facilitator. The deadline for registrations is June 25.

MENNOCON21 CONVENTION
Mennonite Church USA has announced the list of in-person and online equipping seminars for youth and adults for this year’s hybrid MennoCon21 convention, to be held July 6-10 in Cincinnati, Ohio. Learn more here. Catch up on all the convention newsletters to meet the worship team for MennoCon21 and get the latest updates. 

Have you heard that MennoCon21, Mennonite Church USA’s biennium convention, will be offering a Bible study each morning, led by Safwat Marzouk? Marzouk reflects on the themes that will be covered each morning, in his blog, “Peace and Justice Amid the Pandemics of COVID-19 and Racism.” 

Convention website can be found here.

MENNONITE CENTRAL COMMITTEE (MCC) NEWS
MCC Central States COVID-19 update: We look forward to re-opening the MCC office in North Newton on July 6. Please keep us in your prayers as we consider our protocols, processes and capacity. Material resources donations continue to be accepted in the 24-hour donation room. Financial donations can be made at mcc.org, mailed to the office (MCC Central States PO BOX 235 North Newton, KS 67117) or dropped off by appointment. Please call the MCC office at 316-283-2720 with any questions. Thank you for continuing to support the work of Mennonite Central Committee.

MCC has added a new Dignity Kit that was in development for years and they are now ready to teach you how to help bring dignity to young women around the world! The dignity kit includes hygiene items and a reusable menstruation pad system.  You can find information for the kit here: https://mcc.org/dignity-kits.

Join MCC for a series of “MCC and me” webinars to hear more about service opportunities. Are you ready to step out and into service? To gain new skills and experiences while working for relief, development and peace in the name of Christ? Check out the webinar schedule and their website and learn more about these opportunities. 

Join others from across WDC to discuss “Why Do We Suffer and Where is God When We Do?” by Valerie G. Rempel on Thursday, June 24 at 7:00pm via Zoom.  Register for the online discussion or to borrow a copy at crlib@mennowdc.org

Mennonite Church USA has released a new Bible-based curriculum, entitled “Laboring Toward Wholeness: A Training on Dismantling Patriarchy.” It addresses the history and impact of systemic patriarchy — and looks at how God calls followers to respond through an intersectional lens. Learn more here.

Do you listen to podcasts? Check out “-ing,” a new(ish) podcast from Menno Media. The most recent episode is an interview with Dr. Kristin Kobes Du Mez, professor of history at Calvin University, and author of the bestselling book, Jesus and John Wayne: How White Evangelicals Corrupted a Faith and Fractured a Nation.

Join Jerusalem Seminar this winter! Bethel College and Tabor College are again sponsoring a trip to Jordan, Palestine, and Israel, from December 26, 2021, to January 15, 2022. The four emphases of the trip are to (1) understand the Bible in its context, (2) learn about the three major religions of the area (Judaism, Islam, Eastern Christianity), (3) understand the Palestinian-Israeli conflict, and (4) take time for reflection, worship, and prayer together. There is currently room for additional persons to participate. If interested, contact Peter Goerzen (pgoerzen@bethelks.edu) immediately. Cost is estimated at $4700-$4900 per person.

Hiro Katano writes about his experience as a peace educator with the Northeast Asia Regional Peacebuilding Institute in his blog, “Peace as Cultural Transformation in Northeast Asia.” The blog is part of Mennonite Church USA’s Learn, Pray, Join: Cost of War initiative to raise awareness of the destructive powers of militarization. Read more here.

Tim Nafziger reflects on the power of stories in fighting against militarism in his blog, “The Courageous, Vulnerable, Improbable Story of Peace.”Read more about Nafziger’s story here.

Authors Elain Enns and Ched Myers shared a presentation based on their new book, “Healing Haunted Histories: A Settler Discipleship of Decolonization” in a recorded webinar from Mennonite Church USA. View it here.

From Lombard Mennonite Peace Center – Registration is now open for several events in June and beyond, take advantage of these opportunities for spiritual and professional growth.

CAMP MENNOSCAH NEWS

Registration is open for Camp Mennoscah summer camps! You can register on their website.

Camp Mennoscah needs kitchen staff and maintenance volunteers!  We are looking for kitchen staff for June 13-17 and maintenance volunteers for all weeks.  For the kitchen, no professional cooking skills needed–just an ability to follow directions and some happiness to share!  Contact olivia.bartel@campmennoscah.org or 620-297-3290. 

WDC Assembly Video Snapshots – To learn more about WDC congregations, Commissions, Committees and Task Forces, watch their video snapshots here. More are added as they become available.

Local Community/Misc.

The Lawrence Interfaith Refugee and Immigrant Ministry has created the Lawrence DACA Scholars program to help immigrant students attend colleges and universities. You can easily donate online at trinitylawence.org.  Just click the donate now link at the top of the page, then click on the DACA icon on the next page. If you prefer you can just send a check to Trinity Episcopal Church at 1011 Vermont St., Lawrence, KS  66044. Make the check to Trinity and put DACA on the memo line. 

If you need help using Zoom, please see this helpful document.

How and Where to Give:

This is a difficult financial time for many church and service groups. Your contributions are much appreciated.

  • 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 to the home of our treasurer, Roberta Renz (see church directory for address). (Please indicate if the money is intended for the benevolence fund.)
  • The Social Service League of Lawrence provides many different kinds of support to those in need in our community.
  • LINK: Lawrence Interdenominational Nutrition Kitchen. You can donate directly or sign up through Dillons or Checkers to have money donated each time you shop.
  • Western District Conference has established a Hope Fund to support congregations and ministers in direct response to the impact of the corona virus pandemic.
  • The Mennonite Central Committee has lost significant income due to relief sales being cancelled. You can donate to MCC through the church or directly on the MCC website.  
  • The Bert Nash Homeless Outreach is trying to house people during the COVID-19 crisis and the closing of the winter shelters and is reaching out to churches for extra support.
  • Family Promise is still working to serve vulnerable families in our community and could use additional financial support. 
  • The Lawrence Interfaith Refugee and Immigrant Ministry (LIRIM) requests help for our local immigrant community. You can send grocery store cards or checks to Centro Hispano, c/o Director Lydia Diebolt, 637 Tennessee St., Lawrence 66044.
  • Just Food is a vital resource for people in our community who are threatened with hunger.
  • Mennonite Church USA has launched a new Justice Fund. Read more and find out how to donate here.
  • Mennonite World Conference Global Sharing Fund provides Covid-19 relief to congregations with less access to aid and resources, especially in parts of Africa, Latin America and Asia.
  • Lindsey Willow is part of this organization that creates care packages for preemie babies and  their parents. She invites you to donate items from their Amazon list.

June Birthdays
Emily Kerbs
Andrew Brown
Felix Janzen-Chappell

July Birthdays
Sophia Kaufman
Rich Bailey
Brice Willow
Makayla Kaufman
Jim Russo
Steve Unruh
Rosie Claassen
Jim Krause