We will worship in-person at 9:30am each Sunday. For more information about In-Person worship click here.

We will worship on Zoom at 11:00am each Sunday. Just click on this link to get into our Zoom gathering. *Note that our Zoom worship will be only 30 minutes to allow for us to begin the congregational meeting at 11:30.

Peace Mennonite Events

Sunday, Jul 25:

~ 11:30am: Congregational Mtg on Zoom
~ 8:00pm: Guilding & Grounds Comm Mtg on Zoom
Tuesday, Jul 20
~ 9:30am – 11:30am: Pastor Joanna available at the church building
~ 1:30pm:  Wise Guys (conversation group) meet on Zoom
Thursday, Jul 22
~ 9:30am:  Wise Women (conversation group) Contact Johnson for meeting location/link
~ 2:00pm:  Reflection and conversation (all welcome) on Zoom
Friday, Jul 30 – Sunday, Aug 1:
~ Western District Conference Annual Assembly
~ 11:30am: Congregtional Mtg on Zoom

Congregational News

Please  join us for our Quarterly Congregational Meeting this Sunday, July 25, at 11:30am on Zoom. You are welcome to eat your lunch as we hear about some of the good and faithful work being done in and through our congregation. (See agenda above.) You can contact our moderator, Sonja Kaufman (sjk4708@gmail.com) if you have questions or additions to the agenda.

Western District Conference Assembly is next weekend! (July 30-August 1) All the information you need to join–in person or online–is available here.

Barbara Yoder needs about three people to help move Roger from assisted living back into their home next Saturday, July 31. The current plan is to meet at the Windsor at 9:30 a.m. Please contact Barbara at her cell phone number in the PMC Directory.

Mariah Kaufman has written a blog post about her experience at the Hopi reservation this summer!

Grace Harader-Ellett will be at Camp Mennoscah July 25-30. You can send mail to PO Box 65, Murdock, KS, 67111.

Just a reminder that Peace Mennonite needs to provide 70 peanut butter and jelly sandwiches and a couple of volunteers for our LINK Sunday on August 1. Joe Casad is coordinating the sandwich collection; you can reach him at his cell phone number listed in the PMC Directory.

Justice Matters has posted responses from city commission and school board candidates to questions that address our priorities of decarceration, ending homelessness, and restorative justice. You can read these responses at this link.

A Note from Your Ministry Team

In order to make future opportunities to sign up for a meal for those among us more efficient, we are planning to begin using mealtrain.comAll Peace folks will be receiving an email between now and August 1 from this online signup service.  Please note that those who desire to sign up to provide a meal will be required to enter basic contact information and also create a password the first time you get on the site. After that, this additional step will not be necessary.

We are presently planning to provide August meal signups for Rod & Roberta and also for Barbara Yoder. The nice thing about using this service is that when selecting the date you want to provide a meal, you can see what dates have already been selected as well as those that are still open. Each individual signing up will be sent a follow up confirmation and reminder. Also, you will be able to see preferences of the person or family with whom you are signing up to provide a meal.  And you will also be able to see what dishes are being planned by those who have already signed up.

Thanks so much for the loving generosity of all at Peace Mennonite Church for providing meals when those among us need this kind of support!  Hopefully, mealtrain.com will only streamline this process going forward. –The Ministry Team

We now have hosts for the church pantry through September! We are running low on pantry items, so please bring some if you are able. And let Joanna know if you’d like to host the pantry later this year. Hosts re-stock the pantry at least 1-2 times a week. In order to submit an application to Everence’s Sharing Funds for items purchased, we will have to supply them proof that the church paid the store for the items, and not an individual. We do have a store charge account at one of grocery stores that you will the accout card to show when making the purchase and then submit the original receipts to the church office. More info on this available from LaVonne. Thanks! Roberta Renz is July’s host.

Did you miss Joanna’s sermon last week? You can listen to a podcast or read the manuscript on her blog.

WDC Annual Assembly News

Western District Conference Assembly is next weekend! (July 30-August 1) All the information you need to join–in person or online–is available here.

Shaking up the WDC Assembly worship Saturday evening (July 31)!  Virtual participants, grab your supper at home, and onsite participants, get your supper from a food truck (at Faith Mennonite Church, Newton, KS), then join us for a time of worship and communion around the supper table.  We hope you’ll join us for this and other creative worship times, seminars/webinars, and more July 30-August 1 as part of the WDC Annual Assembly.  Visit WDC’s web site for more Assembly information.

WDC Assembly Sunday Worship:  How can we join August 1 Assembly worship?  Join us in-person at 10:30am at Faith Mennonite Church, 2100 N Anderson, Newton, KS.  Or worship via YouTube Live at 10:30am wherever you are.  Or watch the recording on our WDC YouTube channel at Western District Conference (MC USA) whenever it is convenient for you.  Join us Friday, July 30 for worship at 7:00pmpm in any of these ways, too!

For sunny mornings during our in-person worship service, you might consider wearing a big hat and/or bringing an umbrella for shade. 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

Do you have fun pictures or stories from your Peace Mennonite BINGO activities? Please share them with Joanna to include in future newsletters.

Your regular financial contributions to Peace Mennonite as well as contributions to the church benevolence fund (to help those with financial difficulties) can be put in the offering during In-Person worship or mailed to the church (615 Lincoln, Lawrence, KS 66044). (Please indicate if the money is intended for the benevolence fund.)

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.

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

There are two opportunities coming up to participate in service trips to McAllen, TX, with Mennonite Disaster Service. The dates are October 30-November 6 of this year, and February 19-26, 2022. Groups will leave from Kansas together and participants are expected to pay for their own lodging and meals on the two travel weekends. All other costs are covered by MDS. To make reservations or get more information, contact Cleo Koop at cleohkoop@gmail.com or call 316-282-0797.


Have you noticed WDC’s website has a new look? Check it out at https://mennowdc.org. While it is still a work in progress, the refreshed website is now THE place to go for all things WDC!


Everence to hold Gifts that give back webinar ~ Tuesday, August 3 at 6:30pm:  Many make charitable gifts to support their favorite causes and organizations. Some choose to extend their charitable giving further by designating dollars for charity in their end-of-life plans. But did you know there is another type of gift plan that generates income for the donor and then sends a gift to charity at a later date? Come to this workshop to learn more about “Gifts that give back” and whether it is a strategy for you!  This webinar will be hosted by Mitch Stutzman, Everence Stewardship Consultant. This webinar is free. Please register by contacting our office at 877-467-7294, 316-283-3800 or central.kansas@everence.com

Everence will host its popular workshop, Make Medicare an easy step, as a webinar on Tuesday, July 13 at 6:30pm. Attendees will learn about the various Medicare plans and what they cover; plans that supplement Medicare; and enrollment details and deadlines. This webinar is free. Please register by contacting our office at 877-467-7294, 316-283-3800 or central.kansas@everence.com


You are invited to participate in the Mennonite Church USA churchwide Journey Forward study through Springtide Research Institute. The survey results will be used to help inform the direction of MC USA, as we Journey Forward together. It is important that the denomination hears from a variety of voices, so please take part in the survey today.

Mennonite Church USA  held its first online Delegates Assembly on July 10. During the assembly, delegates voted on changes to the MC USA bylaws, confirmed nominees for churchwide boards and heard reports from the Resolutions Committee and racial ethnic and constituency groups. Read more here

At the close of MennoCon21, Glen Guyton, executive director of Mennonite Church USA, announced the new theme for this biennium: “Be Transformed.” Read more about what Guyton had to say here

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.

MennoCon 21, , , , , Catch up on all the convention newsletters to meet the worship team for MennoCon21 and get the latest updates. 


MCC Central States COVID-19 update: The MCC Central States office in North Newton, KS will be open to the public starting Tuesday, July 6.  Regular office hours are Monday-Friday, 8am-12pm and 1pm-5pm. Masks are respected but not required for fully vaccinated adults. We look forward to welcoming you back at MCC! Contact us at 316-283-2720 or centralstates@mcc.org

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. 

Sarah Augustine, author of “The Land is Not Empty: Following Jesus in Dismantling the Doctrine of Discovery,” discussed her new book in a webinar presented by Mennonite Church USA and MennoMedia. Watch the webinar recording here.

Iglesia Buenas Nuevas, a Mennonite Church USA congregation in San Juan, Texas, has a long-standing history of being a welcoming, multicultural community, with Black, Latino and white congregants. Learn more about this dynamic church here.


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. 

The Voices Together team hosted an “Anti-Racist Worship and Song” workshop which is now available on YouTube.

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.

For information and the schedule of events for the Bethel College Fall Fest, click here.

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.

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.

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