Worship Services on Sunday will begin with worship on Zoom, at 9:45 a.m. In-person worshipers are invited to join us for full community (hybrid) sharing and prayer time at 10:30 a.m., followed by in-person worship at 10:45.

Just click on this link to get into our Zoom gathering.

Events Coming up at Peace Mennonite week of November 20th & 27th

Tuesday, November 22nd
11:30 a.m.: Advent book group at First Baptist and on Zoom
1:00 p.m. – 3:00p.m.: Joanna available in the office
1:30 p.m.: Wise Guys (conversation group) at Great Harvest; contact Ken Ratzlaf

Thursday, November 24th
Happy Thanksgiving!

SundayNovember 27th
9:45 a.m.: Service on Zoom; 10:30 a.m.: Full Community Prayer; 10:45 a.m.: In-person worship

*Please note that Jerry and Joanna will be in the office on Tuesday rather than Friday this week.
Week of November 27th

Tuesday, November 29th
11:30 a.m.: Advent book group at First Baptist and on Zoom
1:30 p.m.: Wise Guys (conversation group) at Great Harvest; contact Ken Ratzlaf

Thursday, December 1st
9:30 a.m.: Wise Women (conversation group); contact Judy Johnson
2:00 p.m.: Zoom gathering (informal sharing and prayer time)

Friday, December 2nd
9:00 a.m. — 12:00 p.m.:  Advent open labyrinth
3:30 p.m.: College/young adult Advent group gathering on Zoom

Sunday, December 4th
 Worship Times: Zoom @ 9:45; Full Community Prayer @ 10:30; In-person @ 10:45.

Joanna will not have office hours next week (Nov. 28-Dec. 2), but will be available by phone and email.

The Peace and Justice Committee is suggesting we direct our holiday giving to two places this year.

The first is LIRIM/Centro Hispano. LIRIM is The Lawrence Interfaith Refugee and Immigrant Ministry, and they work closely with Centro Hispano which is the principal organization serving newly immigrated people in Lawrence. LIRIM plans to gift over 20 local families with $150 gift cards for the holiday season, and our donations will help support that effort. If twelve people donate $25 each, we can provide gift cards for two families!

The second is Mennonite Central Committee which has put out an appeal for the following specific items: new infant onesies and sleepers (3-12 month sizes), shampoo (20 oz or more), thin sanitary pads (28 count minimum), and dark colored bath and hand towels. We will also need someone to deliver these items to the MCC center in Newton sometime after Christmas.

Each person is invited to take a star ornament from the tree or basket in the entryway at church as a reminder to bring and/or thanks for bringing a monetary or item donation. If you participate on-line only, include the donation with your regular giving (check marked for LIRIM) and we will see that you receive an ornament. Checks may also be left in the offering container or in the ornament basket.

Advent Calendar

November 22: Expecting Emmanuel Advent group (with First Baptist) begins; Tuesdays at 11:30 at First Baptist or on Zoom; contact Cheryl Harader for details (cgaleharader@gmail.com). Note that this is not on our regular PMC Zoom link. The Zoom link is here, and you may need to enter the meeting ID: 828 2586 2750 and Passcode: 133765.  The church library copy of the book is still available.

December 2: Advent open labyrinth from 9-Noon 

December 2: First college/young adult Advent group gathering; Fridays at 3:30 on Zoom

December 9: Church game night @ 7—Bring Christmas cookies to share!

December 11: Zoom “Blue Christmas” service with Community of Hope (an online-based Mennonite congregation) at 7:30 p.m. Contact Joanna for Zoom link.
–Also, this self-directed “Longest Night” service from Shalom Community Church is available for you to use any time.

December 14: Holden Evening Prayer Service, 7:30 p.m. at the church building

December 24: Christmas Eve Worship at 7 p.m.; this service will be in-person with an option to watch on Zoom.

December 25: We will have only one worship service Christmas morning: on Zoom at 10:30.

Becky Janzen is collecting winter items for the Bert Nash winter drive. There is a large tub in the Sunday School room marked “Bert Nash Drive” to collect your donations. She will deliver whatever we have gathered by Noon, Tuesday, November 29 to the drive. If you’d rather, you can take your items directly to one of the drop-off sites. New or gently used items only, please.

A college/young adult Advent group will meet on Zoom each Friday of Advent at 3:30. (Dec. 2, 9, 16, and 23). We will be using Expecting Emmanuel. Copies of the book are available for those who would like to participate—just contact Joanna (peacemennopastor@gmail.com). 


The Justice Matters Research Kick-Off will be Saturday, December 3, 9 a.m. at First United Methodist Church (946 Vermont). This is your chance to join important work being done on mental health, restorative justice, elder care, ending homelessness, and alternatives to incarceration. Contact Susan Rieger or Carola Ratzlaff for more information.

Our next church board game night is Friday, December 9, at 7 p.m.! 

Mark your calendars for our next quarterly congregational meeting on January 22. The tentative time is 1:30.

Expecting Emmanuel Advent Study
The Worship Committee has decided to use Joanna’s new book, Expecting Emmanuel, as the basis for worship during Advent. To add to the depth of Advent this year, you are invited to join a book study, beginning November 22, based on the book.
The Expecting Emmanuel Advent Study will involve Peace Mennonite Church and First Baptist Church. We will meet on Tuesdays, November 22–December 20 at 11:30 a.m. and be co-led by Pastor Matt Surtevant and Cheryl. We will meet at First Baptist Church (exact location later). It will be a hybrid study, both in-person and Zoom together.  The Zoom link is here, and you may need to enter the meeting ID: 828 2586 2750 and Passcode: 133765.

Alternative Christmas Gifts: If you are looking for alternative gifts for your family & friends or if you are thinking about year-end donations, consider donating to a local non-profit through Douglas County Community Foundation’s “Giving for Good” campaign.  This campaign starts on Giving Tuesday (Nov 29th) and runs through the end of the year.  Donations may be made on the DCCF’s website or by check to DCCF.  DCCF will be 50% matching donations made through this campaign, so this will stretch the impact of your donation!  A catalogue of the nonprofits participating in the Giving for Good campaign is in the PMC lobby.

Family Promise will soon begin sheltering families in churches again and they need volunteers to set up, provide food, host dinners, and host overnight. You can sign up here. (Please note that hosts need to complete a background check and on-line training modules.) They also need help preparing two houses to have families move in! The sign-up to help with this project is here.

Giving Tuesday is November 29 – Western District Conference invites you to join this global giving initiative! Share a gift with WDC during this season, to help our congregations Witness & invite others to faith in Jesus Christ, Dwell in just & loving relationships, and Connect to God’s mission in the world. Current projections suggest that WDC income will fall short of expenses for the current year. Your generous gifts are invited to help close the gap towards WDC’s 2022 budget goal! You may make an online contribution HERE (credit card, PayPal, Google Pay accepted) or send a check to Western District Conference, PO Box 306, North Newton KS  67117. Thank you for your generosity!  

Advent at Home 2022 worship guide, “Restoration is Near!” for families and households is now available. Access the guide digitally or print it out here. This resource comes from Mennonite Education Agency and Mennonite Church USA.

Have you gotten your COVID booster? We want all of our PMC community to be as healthy as possible as we enter a season of expected increases in flu and COVID cases. Andrea recommends this article from the Kansas Reflector. 

From the Indigenous Justice Working Group
We want to thank all members who attended the play, We Own This Now.  Reports are favorable, and there are suggestions that the production should be repeated another year because there was so much content.
Your comments and feedback are important: please send your information to Joni, (lavenderhouse1600@gmail.com). It was inspiring to have Lawrence churches involved under Joni’s leadership.

A second thank you to the members who made contributions to the Sarah Augustine fund. The network met its goal, and the San Francisco Church doubled the funding. The recovery network will now have full time leadership to support this vital work.

The day after Thanksgiving Day is Indigenous People Day, November 25.

Anyone who would like to join the effort the Indigenous Work Group is invited to join us. We will be meeting at 3:30 pm on first Thursdays on PEACE ZOOM. 

Ancestral Stories series has been postponed to January 2023.  We will meet by Zoom from 7-8 pm on Wednesday evenings beginning January 11th.  We will meet on the 2nd and 4th Wednesdays of January, and then every other week until every participant has had a chance to share their family story.  We have a list of ancestral history questions that you could ask family members over the holidays – see this link or look in your mail folder for a printed copy.  Please contact Patrice Krause or Joni Fornelli by Dec. 21 if you would like to be part of this group, or if you have questions. Everyone is welcome.

The parking lot project has been approved by the city, and we are now obtaining bids for the work. It will tentatively begin next spring. We are taking steps to improving the lighting, given the uneven surface. Please be careful coming and going. Also, if you are leaving the building, please don’t turn off any exterior lights that might be turned on; these are being left on, or put on timers, to ensure safe lighting outside. Signs will be posted beside any switches affected. Thank you.

Joanna is planning to lead a baptism exploration class this fall. Please contact her if you are interested in participating. (peacemennopastor@gmail.com)

We are still missing key information–If you picked up a new key, please check your key number. If you have key #12 please stop by the office to record your name and sign a key use agreement. Jerry will be in the office Tuesday and Friday. Thank you.

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.)

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

Broader Church News

ThresheReview Link–Bethel College Alumni Report
Bethel College’s annual online journal

Here are the 2022 Delegate Session Minutes from the 2022 WDC Annual Assembly.

Mennonite Church USA MC USA | Mennonite Church USA News
November Announcements


KIPCOR Website
KIPCOR Film Series Information Here
KIPCOR Newsletter

Center for Justice and Peacebuilding

Mennonite Creation Care Networkcurrent newsletter


Rocky Mountain Mennonite Camp Newsletter Link

Mennonite Mission Network — Newsletter November 2022
October Prayer Vine November Prayer Vine
Prayer Requests

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

Mennonites Against Militarism Newsletter

Mennonite Women USA — website link
Conference Invitation

Mennonite Men — website link

Mennonite Disaster Service

November Birthdays and Anniversaries
Ginger Ratzlaff, Sara Bonner, Emma Brown, Roger Gibson, Jill Allen, Brenda Willow, Doug Koch, Ed Farris, Ashley Willow, Peter Buller