Calendar of Events

Thursdays ~ Wise Women Coffee
Nov 11 ~ JM Research Kickoff
Nov 12 ~ Against Gun Violence Forum following worship

November Birthdays

Peter B
Sara S
Rachel S
Doug K

Congregational News

We have Sunday School for children (all ages) and youth is every Sunday morning at 9:30.

Please check the worship volunteer list in the entry and add or cross off your name to indicate areas in which you would like to serve.

We need someone to teach children’s Sunday School during the month of December. We have Sunday School curriculum and teachers could also work on various Christmas projects and activities. If you would be willing to teach one or more weeks during the month, please be in touch with Joanna.

Facebook users: please take a few minutes to “like” and rate the Peace Mennonite Facebook page. We could use some more star power!

If you would like to comment on the songs we sing this morning or otherwise give input on the new Mennonite hymnal, please go to

The Peace and Justice Committee will be hosting a forum after church on Sunday November 12 to discuss ways that Peace Mennonite might be able to peacefully approach solutions against gun violence in our community. Please plan to join us with a sack lunch. If you have questions please contact Katie Hobson or Susan Rieger.

Volunteer Opportunities:

~ Please check the worship volunteer list in the hallway and add (or cross off) your name to indicate areas in which you would like to serve.

~ We also need a children’s Sunday School teacher for December and April 29-May 20. Contact Joanna for more information.

~Make a casserole and/or help serve food at Lawrence Interdenominational Nutrition Kitchen (L.I.N.K.) each first Sunday of the month. The sign-up sheet is in the entry area.

A reminder that we are part of the North Lawrence neighborhood: The traffic commission recently granted the request for traffic calming along Lincoln Street from 2nd Street to 7th Street. Until traffic calming measures are approved by the city commission and installed, please be a good neighbor. Drive the speed limit (25 mph) and watch out for folks walking on the street where there are no sidewalks.

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 J)

~ the knitting group meets on Sunday afternoons from 2-4 at the Merc (contact Andrea Z).

Please use the church email address for general inquiries, announcement notices:

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’.

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: $205,120
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 H, Roberta R, and Joe C 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 C, Ken L, Judy J, Rich B)
~ 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

Mennonite Disaster Service will hold a regional meeting in Pilger, NE, November 10-11.

Bethel College will host a Worship and Arts Symposium November 17-18. Ted Schwartz is the keynote speaker and the event will include workshops on music, scripture reading, and other aspects of worship.

The Worship and the Arts Festival Choir is calling on all interested singers to join the evening worship celebration Saturday, November 18, in Bethel College’s Memorial Hall, North Newton. Rehearsal is that evening from 5:00 – 6:30pm, with supper provided. The service begins at 7:30pm. Please contact Dr. William Eash at or 316-284-5316 to reserve your place in the choir! For more information about the Worship and the Arts Symposium that takes place during the day Nov. 18, featuring Ted Swartz of Ted & Co., see

My card, My cause, MyNeighbor. The new MyNeighbor credit card from faith-based Everence Federal Credit Union helps you live generously through your everyday purchases. When you use the card, Everence donates 1.5 percent of your bill to the charity or church of your choice. Learn more at

You are invited to a “Great Day of Singing”on Sunday, November 19 (time TBD), Bethel College Mennonite Church, North Newton, Kansas. This event is one of several regional hymn sings coordinated by the Mennonite Worship and Song Committee.

The 2018 WDC Annual Assembly, scheduled for July 27-28, will be an opportunity to meet together and see the worship and fellowship spaces in several central Kansas locations! On Friday, July 27, the Annual Assembly will be at Tabor Mennonite Church, rural Newton, KS; and on Saturday, July 28, it will be at Eden Mennonite Church, Moundridge, KS. Then on Sunday, July 29, all are invited to worship at the Alexanderwohl Mennonite Church, Goessel, KS. Save these dates for the next WDC Annual Assembly!

Mennonite Central Committee

  • needs 7000 comforters to fulfill the requests from MCC partner organizations in Iraq, North Korea and Syria!

  • invites you to share your voice in a survey about your experiences with and perspectives of gun violence. See online announcements for link.

  • Seeks donations to support their work of bringing relief to some of the 1.4 million displaced people in the Democratic Republic of Congo; and efforts to assist the victims of the recent hurricanes in Cuba and Haiti. See the MCC web site for donation information.

  • urgently seeks a volunteer that is at least 21 years old to work with the meat canner beginning in October! For more information, please contact John Hillegass at or (717) 859-1151.

Local Community

Ten Thousand Villages will have a Holiday Shop opening on Monday, November 6 inside the Extra Virgin store at 837 Mass ST. Monday – Saturday: 10:00am – 6:00pm; Sunday: 11:00am – 5:00pm; evening hours TBA soon. Pick up handmade, fair trade items for people on your Christmas lists or for yourself! There will be jewelry, scarves, baskets, bath & body, wall art, textiles, sculptures, and holiday decor. For more information visit:

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.”

The Lawrence Community Shelter requests donations to help meet their budget for the year.

Seeking Justice and Peace in Palestine and Israel through Art and Conversation”
Panel Discussion: Thursday, November 2, 6:00pm – 7:30pm at the ECM, 1204 Oread AVE
Movie with Q&A: “Where Should Birds Fly,” Friday, November 3, 7:00pm at First UMC West Campus, 867 Hwy 40
Panelists include:
Rev. Dr. Alex Awad: Dr. Awad was born and raised in Jerusalem, studied in Europe, and completed multiple degrees in the USA. He has served as a missionary in Israel and Palestine with his wife Brenda. He is also the author of two books, Through the Eyes of the Victims and Palestinian Memories, and numerous articles that call for justice for both Palestinians and Israelis.
Bshara Nassar has played an integral role in educating international visitors about Palestinian rights and livelihoods. He has spoken publicly on these topics in diverse forums and is the founder of the Museum of the Palestinian People.
Ahmed Hmeedat is an artist and activist who was born and grew up in the Dheisheh Refugee Camp, Palestine. During his time in Palestine, he painted many murals in refugee camps commemorating the victims of Israeli violence. He is artist in residence at the Museum of the Palestinian People in Washington D.C. and has exhibited in several places in Washington D.C.
The events are sponsored by: the Holy Land Task Force – Great Plains Conference, Wesley KU: A United Methodist Campus Ministry, and Lawrence First United Methodist Church.

Lawrence Interfaith Refugee & Immigrant Ministry (LIRIM) is hosting an “Immigrant Advocacy Sunday” on November 5, 4:00-6:00pm, in the Lawrence Public Library auditorium. You’re invited to stop in to write letters, make phone calls, and use social media to advocate with officials for more humane policies in support of refugees and immigrants. Bring your cell phone and LIRIM will provide all the information and materials needed to make your voice heard. For more information, see our Facebook page or contact

Upcoming Dates for Justice Matters Events:

November 11: Research Kickoff; 9:00 – 12:00pm @ Immanuel Lutheran

April 9: Solutions Briefing; 6:45pm @ First Presbyterian

May 7: Nehemiah Assembly @ Lied Center

June 11: Celebration and Investment Drive

~ Are you interested in being part of a Justice Matters research team this year? Come to the Research Kickoff, Saturday, November 11, 9-Noon, at Immanuel Lutheran Church. Active issues this year are Restorative Justice in schools, alternatives to incarceration, and affordable housing.

The 18th season for Lawrence’s Traveling Taizé prayer services began this last Friday. Bookmarks with this year’s Taizé schedule are available now in our church’s information area.

The traveling exhibit, Voices of Conscience: Peace Witness in the Great War, will be at Rainbow Mennonite Church in Kansas City from October 24-29. Details available in the brochures on the back podium and on the Rainbow web site.

ECM Thrifty Closet! Starting this fall, the 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 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 Y 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, November 5, 2017 ~ All Souls Serving @ LINK
Worship Leader: Andrea Z; Song Leader, Prelude & Offertory: Jim K; Accompanist: Twila S: Scripture Reader & Greeter: Carol G; Preacher: T BA; Children’s Time: Barbara Y; Childcare: Alley L & Andrew B; Greeter: Bulletin Cover: Mikayla K.

Serving in Worship on Sunday, November 12, 2017 ~ LGBTQ Inclusion

Worship Leader: Andrew B; Song Leader: Joe C; Accompanist: Whitney B; Prelude & Offertory: Andrea Z; Scripture Reader: Roberta H; Preacher & Children’s Time: Joanna H; Bulletin Art: Mariah K; Childcare: Alley L & Doug K; Snacks: Jenny WB; Greeter: Katie H; Communion Bread: Wilma G.

Serving in Worship on Sunday, November 19, 2017 ~ Economic Justice
Worship Leader: Joanna H; Song Leader, Prelude & Offertory: Anne B; Accompanist: Twila S: Scripture Reader & Snacks: Roberta R; Speaker: Jenny WB; Children’s Time: Jim R: Table: Elinor R; Childcare: Alley L & Ben F; Greeter: Judy J; Bulletin Art: Nile R.

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
  • Provide & serve 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