Peace Mennonite Church is a Christ-centered community
that seeks to create peace, work for justice, care for creation,
serve others, and nurture thoughtful faith.

Calendar of Events

  • May 6 ~ Sonja K’s Birthday
  • May 7 ~ Rob C’s Birthday
  • May 14 ~ John J’s Birthday
  • May 17 ~ Joni F’s Birthday
  • May 19 ~ LaVonne’s Birthday
  • May 20 ~ PMC Garage Sale
  • May 20 ~ Ron R’s Birthday
  • May 23 ~ Nile R’s Birthday
  • May 29 ~ Susan R’s Birthday
  • May 29 ~ Wilma G’s Birthday

Congregational News

We have Sunday School for children (all ages) and youth every Sunday morning at 9:30. Parents who want to attend adult Sunday School are welcome to drop their children off early. Please contact Joanna with

For information about the Adult Sunday School class, contact Ken or Rob.

Congratulations to Joanna for receiving the Alumna of the Year from Central Baptist Seminary. We are so grateful she found her way to us at Peace Mennonite! She has provided us with thought provoking sermons, guidance for our lives, love, and laughs.

Joanna provides a brief morning prayer liturgy each Monday, Wednesday, and Friday. You are welcome to join the on-line prayer group that prays together at 8:30am on those days, or you can use the liturgies on your own or with another group. See

PMC will be participating in the North Lawrence Garage Sale Day on May 20, 8:00am – 2:00pm. We will providing free coffee & water. We will have baked goods for sale, and we might just have the perfect treasure you’ve been hunting for!

Tuesdays in the Garden ~ Come for weeding, fellowship, and fun every Tuesday morning this summer starting June 13 in the PMC gardens! (I’m on call for jury duty June 12-23…so hopefully Tuesday mornings will work.) We’ll start at 8:00and wrap up around 10:00. Come for the whole time….come for just a bit! Bring your coffee cup, gloves, weed diggers, paper garden bags, shovels, etc. and enjoy the beauty of God’s creation and special time with PMC friends! We will meet, rain or shine, unless there is lightning! Contact Anne Bailey with any questions.

Kansas MDS is still working in south central Kansas on fence replacement and repair from the wild fires. Please note that they have plans for work for several weeks to come. Please contact the church office for more information if you would like to volunteer.

Fellowship meals! – Everyone who signed up to host a meal, and those who signed up to be guests should have gotten an email by now with assignments. Contact Judy if you have not received that email.

We have three interest groups going that all are welcome to join:

  • the spiritual direction group will meet the last Friday of each month; 10:00am ~ 11:45am at the church (contact Joanna);
  • the women’s coffee group meets every Thursday morning at 9:30 (contact Judy Johnson)
  • the knitting group meets on Sunday afternoons from 2-4 at the Merc (contact Andrea Zuercher).

To join PMC’s email listserv, send an email to After subscribing, to send an email to the listserv, use

Podcasts of Joanna’s sermons can be found at our Sermon Drop site:

Text copies of Joanna’s sermons can be found at her blog site at:

Capital Campaign News ~ Growing Peace

~ Growing Peace ~

The kingdom of heaven is like a mustard seed. . . . it is the smallest of seeds,but when it has grown it . . . becomes a tree so that the birds of the air come and make nests in its branches.” ~Matthew 13:31-32

Current Pledges: $200,500
Campaign Goal: $250, 000

Many thanks to all who have pledged and contributed to the campaign!

Current Activities:
~ Building Design Team is working towards final architectural plans and contractor bids
~ Rod Hofer, Roberta Renz, and Joe Casad have agreed to serve on the team that will communicate with Everence and gather information about a loan
~ Capital Campaign Team is mailing fund-raising materials to those connected to the church who do not attend
~ Inviting & Including Team is looking toward a web site update

What you can do:
~ Give brochures (on the back podium) to people you know who might be interested in our project
~ Share names of people we could contact with the Capital Campaign Team (Joe Casad, Ken Lohrentz, Judy Johnson, Rich Bailey)
~ Pray for our congregation as we seek to be faithful in our endeavors to create more space in our building and our fellowship.

More details about the project—including the latest floor plan drawing—are available at Just click on the “Growing Peace” tab.

Broader Church News

Your input is invited for the new Mennonite hymnal! Go to where you can give feedback on songs in our current hymnal and supplements, as well as submit new hymns for consideration. The committee is also looking for written liturgies and visual art.

The MCC Material Resources Center in North Newton, Kansas is running particularly low on the following items: bottles of shampoo (13-24 oz.), bars of infant friendly/mild soap, infant sleepers/onesies (sizes 3-9 months), men’s crew socks (white). Without these items, various kits cannot be completed so we need your help! Kit items can be dropped off at 121 E. 30th in North Newton or purchased online (Amazon Smile or other online retailers) and shipped directly to MCC. Questions? Please contact Kate Mast

Registration is still open for the Mennonite Church USA Convention 2017 in Orlando July 4-8 to celebrate “Love is a Verb”. Learn more at:

According to the United Nations, the world is facing the largest humanitarian crisis since the second world war. More than 20 million people across Yemen, Somalia, South Sudan and northeast Nigeria are facing or are at risk of famine. Mennonite Central Committee (MCC) is working in the area to provide emergency food assistance and increase its response to the crisis. Because of serious conflicts and concerns for safe, unimpeded access for humanitarian assistance, this process is slow and challenging. To donate to MCC’s relief fund, which supports MCC’s response to this disaster and others, visit, call 888-563-4676 or send a check to MCC, PO Box 500, Akron, PA 17501-0500.

Free weekly email subscriptions available for WDC communication pieces: 1) WDC Seeds announces what’s new and good in Western District Conference ministries and congregations. 2) WDC Sprouts has articles from staff and information about Western District Conference and Mennonite Church USA events. To subscribe, email

On the Way newsletter – Did you know that Mennonite Church USA Staff puts out a quarterly newsletter exploring various justice issues around the church? If you’re not a subscriber yet, sign up to receive our next edition of On the Way, which will feature highlights from the recent women doing theology conference.

Community News

13 Colors of the Honduran Resistance will be presented in Kansas City on May 10. Melissa Cardoza and Karla Lara will perform stories using a mixed-media format of storytelling, acting and song. That will be followed by discussion about the situation in Honduras. Both were close friends of the late Berta Cáceres, who was assassinated a year ago, and led COPINH, a resistance movement of the indigenous Lenca people of western Honduras that has stopped dams, mines, and other destructive “projects of death” as Berta called them. Contact Joanna for more information.

The 17th season for Lawrence’s Traveling Taizé prayer services: The 2016-2017 Taizé season includes 14 services hosted by nine area churches. All services start at 6:00pm. Bookmarks with this year’s Taizé schedule are available on the podium at the back of the meeting room. Taizé, which developed in Taizé, France, following WWII, focuses on simple prayers and music, reflective readings and meditation as a way to bring peace to our hearts and to the world. All our welcome to these ecumenical services. For more information or to be put on the Taizé email list, contact Judith Galas at

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 4thSaturday; 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 Yoder for more information.

There is a morning prayer gathering at the ECM Building every Monday – Thursday morning at 8:00am. The event is hosted by the United Methodist and Episcopal student ministries. All are welcome.

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

Serving in Worship on Sunday, May 21, 2017 ~ God’s Faithfulness through the Prophets
Worship Leader: Steve Unruh; Preacher & Children’s Time: Joanna Harader; Song Leader: Joe Casad; Accompanist: Whitney Baker; Prelude & Offertory: Mackenzie Jones; Greeter: Andrea Zuercher; Table: Gwen Wiens; Childcare: N/A, Snacks: Jenny Welch Buller.

Serving in Worship on Sunday, May 28, 2017 ~ God’s Faithfulness through the Prophets
Worship Leader; Joanna Harader; Song Leader: Andrea Zuercher; Speaker/Preacher: TBA; Scripture Reader: Grace Harader-Ellett; Accompanist: Whitney Baker; Prelude & Offertory: Sara, Piper & Perry Bonner; Children’s Time: Barbara Yoder; Greeter: Katie Hobson; Table: Patrice Krause; Childcare: Nadine Koch & Mikayla Kaufman; Snacks: Sonja Kaufman.

Volunteer Opportunities ~ Please contact the church office at if you would like to volunteer

  • Help with child care during worship
  • Help with youth or children’s Sunday School
  • Prepare beverages /snacks after worship
  • Serve and/or make casseroles for LINK ~ First Sunday of each month
  • Help Gwen carry LINK groceries every other month @ Checkers
  • Help Greg clean our worship space