Events this Week
~ 11:00am: Sharing and prayer on Zoom
Tuesday, August 4:
~ 10 – Noon: Joanna’s outdoor office hours @ PMC
~ 1:30pm: Wise Guys (men’s conversation group) meet on Zoom
~7 p.m. Coordinating Committee
Wednesday, August 5:
~ 1-2: Joanna’s office hours on Zoom
~ 7:30-8:30pm: Peace Pursuits Bible study on Zoom
Thursday, August 6:
~ 9:30am: Wise Women (retired women’s conversation group) location TBA
~ 2:00pm: Brief time for reflection and conversation (all welcome) on Zoom
Sunday, August 9: 11 a.m. Quarterly Congregational Meeting
Our next quarterly congregational meeting is next Sunday, August 9, at 11 a.m. on Zoom. This will be in place of our regular Sunday morning discussion. Agenda items include review of our church Protection and Abuse response policy, re-gathering plans, and hosting Family Promise. Please take some time to read through the policy draft before our meeting.
The Peace Pursuits Bible studies and topic discussions are scheduled through September 2. As Joanna makes plans for the fall, please share your feedback and suggestions with her. Is Wednesday night at 7:30 a good time? Do you like alternating between Bible study and topic discussions? Any Biblical books or topics you’d like to explore next? (PeaceMennoPastor@gmail.com)
We will be welcoming new members into the church in early August. If you are interested in joining Peace Mennonite, please be in touch with Pastor Joanna. (PeaceMennoPastor@gmail.com)
The Worship Committee invites YOU to record our worship welcome for an upcoming worship service. You can see Joe and Susan’s welcome this week to get an idea of what we have in mind. This is a good way to share a little bit of our lives with each other as we remain physically distanced. Please contact Joanna if you are willing to contribute. (email@example.com)
This is a great time to invite your friends to a Peace Mennonite worship service. Just share our “At-Home Worship” link with them and give them an opportunity to experience the church you love.
The Worship Committee always welcomes contributions of music and visual art for our weekly online services.
We also have two new library books from MennoMedia: Trouble I’ve Seen by Drew Hart and Shalom Sistas by Osheta Moore. Contact Joanna if you would like to borrow a book from our library.
Garden Invitation–Get out of the house and stop by the PMC gardens! Things are in full bloom, the edible hedge is producing food, and the zinnias are in their prime! Take some time to enjoy nature as you walk the grounds of PMC, and help yourselves to a bouquet of zinnias. Don’t forget to bring a scissors for clipping the flowers, as well as a vase to transport your flowers home.
The Coordinating Committee encourages you to complete and send in your “Crisis and Funeral Information” sheet. You can find the form here.
The Peace and Justice Committee invites you to share a service story with your church family.
Please use the church email address for general inquiries & announcement notices: firstname.lastname@example.org
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
Next weekend, August 1-2, you are invited to participate in the Western District Conference virtual assembly. There will be a delegate session at 9 (all are invited to watch, Katie Hobson and Joanna Harader are our voting delegates), two workshop sessions in the afternoon, and a conversation with Danny Carroll, our keynote speaker, at 3:30. You can see the keynote address here and find other videos from WDC groups and congregations–including two videos for children–on their YouTube playlist.
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.
MennoMedia is offering a free devotional resource on COVID and racism. You can download it from their web site.
Every Monday-Friday at 8:30am, Mennonites gather from across the country (and around the world) to pray together from the Anabaptist Prayer Book. If you would like to join, you can find information on the “Anabaptist Prayer Project” Facebook page or contact pastor Joanna.
Imagine planting a peace church amid a pandemic and nationwide protests – that was the backdrop for Mennonite Church USA’s newest church plant in New York. Read more about the Brooklyn Peace Center: http://mennoniteusa.org/news/nyc-peace-witness/
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.)
- 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 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.