Calendar of Events

Tuesdays ~ Wise Guy’s Kaffee Klatsch; 1:30pm,,,(contact Jim K)
Thursdays ~ Wise Women Coffee; 9:00am,,,(contact Judy J)
Apr 15 ~ Ecumenical Holy Service @ Trinity Lutheran Church
Apr 18 ~ Maundy Thursday Service @ Southern Hills Mennonite Church
Apr 19 ~ Open Labyrinth
Apr 19 ~ Good Friday Service @ PMC w/ guests from Rainbow Mennonite Church & Taizé Community
Apr 21 ~ Easter Sunrise Service @ Centennial Park
Apr 21 ~ Easter Brunch @ PMC
Apr 25 – May 10 ~ Spring Fair Trade Market (Ten Thousand Villages) @ ECM
Apr 27 ~ The Big Event Work Day
May 3 ~ Open Labyrinth
May 7 ~ Nehemiah Assembly @ Lied Center
May 11 ~ Mother’s Day Brunch
May 18 ~ PMC Participating in North Lawrence Garage Sale
April Birthdays
Rod Hofer
Roberta Hofer
Judy Johnson
Anne Bailey
Karen Brown

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.

Adult Sunday School will meet each Sunday in the Library at 9:30am. Contact Joni Fornelli with questions.

Easter Choir—Our very own PMC Choir will be performing several selections on Easter morning.  It is always a pleasure to have them sing for us!!  Contact Anne Bailey for practice dates/times.

There are some spiritual books available in the entry area for you to check out and read as we enter into this holy Lenten season.

Upcoming Lent and Easter Opportunities at Peace Mennonite

  • 6:30pm  Open Labyrinth
  • Good Friday Worship with Rainbow Mennonite & Taizé Community:  April 19, 7:30pm @ PMC
  • Easter Sunrise Service:  April 21, 6:30am @ Centennial Park
  • Easter Breakfast followed by worship:  April 21, 9:15am @ PMC

Southern Hills Mennonite Church invites any interested Peace Mennonite people to participate in their Maundy Thursday service, April 18, at 6:30pm (511 SE 7th ST, Topeka, KS). They write: We will gather to remember the events leading to the crucifixion of Jesus. First we will share a simple meal together.  Then we will share in the Lord’s Supper around the tables and Foot Washing in the Sanctuary.

Remember that Rainbow Mennonite Church (Kansas City) will join us for our Good Friday Worship Service this year. Please plan to join us on Friday, April 19, at 7:30pm, in the Peace Mennonite sanctuary. If you are willing to do a reading for this service, please let Joanna know.

The PMC Social Committee is hosting a Mother’s Day Brunch on Saturday, May 11 at 10:00 am at the church. A light brunch will be served followed by a talk by Linda Ballinger from Baldwin City who is an avid quilter. She will bring several examples of her quilts to the event. Please RSVP on the sheet in the hallway so we know how much food to prepare. We encourage all women to come to the brunch – and bring your children, grandchildren or a friend!

PCM will participate in the North Lawrence Garage Sale, tentative date is May 18. All proceeds go to PMC; earmarked for MDS. Donations of items must be priced! If you want your items back, please place a hand-drawn star on your price tag. You can bring them starting Sunday, May 12. You may also donate yummy things to put in the bake sale. There is a sign-up sheet in the entryway for volunteer helpers and cashiers. Also, bring any extra grocery bags for all those sold items! More details to be posted later.

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.

We will have a work day in collaboration with KU’s Big Event, April 27, from 10:00 am until 2:00 pm. Outdoor and indoor projects. Lunch provided.

Thank you to all who contributed to the “Coins that Count” collection throughout Lent to support the work of Mennonite Central Committee, and to Rob and Rosie Claassen for delivering our coins to Hutchinson to the MCC Sale. They delivered $188.26 from our donations!!

There is a group forming to explore and make recommendations regarding the new Mennonite hymnal that will come out next year. If you would like to participate, please contact Andrea Zuercher. (andrea.zuercher@gmail.com)

Save the Date for Justice Matters Meetings:
May 7 – Nehemiah Assembly @ the Lied Center; June 10 – Jubilee Celebration @ TBA.

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 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

The Mennonite, Inc., invites your original submissions for our June 2019 print magazine issue and corresponding online content focusing on Congregational peace witness.  https://themennonite.org/june-2019-call-submissions/

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!

From Brad Fair, MDS Development Manager – The reason we give of our time and dollars for the mission of MDS was made evident in this recent update from Victoria County project leaders Mike and Linda Stuckey. They are leading the effort there in response to Hurricane Harvey.   “Every week we are energized and encouraged by the stories of our homeowners!  This week was no exception as Rebecca Chacon shared with us her touching story of her faith being renewed since the devastation of the hurricane and then the gift of receiving a house from MDS.  “This is my miracle!” she tearfully shares.  With many health problems to deal with, she is anxious to be in this new home and enjoy each day as she and her husband look forward to sharing their home as a gathering place for children and grandchildren.”   We are grateful for the way in which each volunteer and donor makes this possible.

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.

Registration is now open for the Mennonite Church USA Convention! This year the gathering is in Kansas City, MO, which gives us a wonderful opportunity to participate. Please consider registering, and let Joanna or a Coordinating Committee member know if you are interested in serving as a delegate. Dates are July 2 – 6 @ KC Convention Center.

Registration is now open for Camp Mennoscah summer youth camps and adult retreats. Look online or contact Joanna for more details.

Returning Citizen Care Kits Needed: MCC Central States is seeking items for Returning Citizen Care kits. The full list of contents can be found on the Material Resources page of our website or by visiting our wish list on Amazon (although not all items for all kits are available on Amazon), making shipping items directly to our Material Resource Center easier. Returning Citizen Care kits are distributed to MCC partner organization Working Men of Christ in Wichita, Kansas where the kits help men and women feel supported and loved as they transition to life outside of prison. Items for kits should be sent to MCC Central States, 121 E. 30th St. North Newton, KS 67117. Questions? Please contact katemast@mcc.org or 316.283.270. Thank you for your generous support!

The Mennonite, Inc., invites your original submissions for our April 2019 print magazine issue and corresponding online content focusing on Lent: Repentance and Transcendence.  More information at:  https://themennonite.org/march-2019-call-submissions-lent/

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.

Local Community

Chipotle at 4000 W 6th ST is hosting a fundraiser for the Bert Nash Center on April 30, 5:00pm – 9:00pm. 33% of the proceeds will benefit the employees of Bert Nash to help ease their stress by providing healthy snacks, grocery gift cards at Christmas, chili feeds, and a variety of other events. Just mention you are supporting BNC at the register!  Thank you.

A Spring Fair Trade Market featuring Ten Thousand Villages will be held at Ecumenical Campus Ministries (ECM), located at 1204 Oread AVE beginning April 25 to May 19.  The market will be open Thursdays-Sundays, 10am-4pm, and will feature handmade crafts from around the world.  Every purchase made directly impacts the life and community of its artisan in a developing country.  Learn more at www.TenThousandVillages.com.

Oread Friends in partnership with ECM seeks nominations for the Tom and Anne Moore Peace and Justice Award. This annual award is given to local individuals and organizations whose work on a local, national, or international level has advanced peace and justice. Applications can be made in a letter describing the person or organization’s contribution; email to lcpj.award@gmail.com with “Moore Award” in the subject line. Application deadline is May 1, 2019.

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.  ambs.edu/trailofdeath

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.

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)