We worship in-person at 9:30am each Sunday. For more information about In-Person worship click here.
We also worship on Zoom at 11:00am each Sunday. Just click on this link to get into our Zoom gathering.
As we begin a new Narrative Lectionary cycle, the worship committee invites you to join us in a daily Bible reading schedule connected to our Sunday texts. Each Friday’s reading (and sometimes Thursday’s) will be the scripture for the upcoming Sunday. Earlier readings for the week are selected to help us explore the focus scripture’s themes in other parts of the Bible. Readings will be included in this weekly newsletter, posted on our church Facebook page, and listed on our web site.
Daily Bible Readings for the Week of
Monday: Ruth 4:13-22
Tuesday: Psalm 45:1-9
Wednesday: John 1:24-34
Thursday: Psalm 51:10-14
Friday: 1 Samuel 16:1-13
Coming up at Peace Mennonite
Tuesday, Nov 19
~ 9:00am ~ 11:00am: Joanna available at the church office
~ 12:00pm: You are welcome to join Joanna for lunch at the church (bring your own lunch)
~ 1:30pm: Wise Guys (conversation group) at Great Harvest Bread Co. (501 W 9th ST); Zoom option available; contact Ken Ratzlaff
Wednesday, Nov 20
~ 7:30pm: Peace Pursuits: MC USA study on faith and policing (with Albuquerque Mennonite) on Zoom. (See announcement below for Zoom link.)
Thursday, Nov 21
~ 9:30am: Wise Women (conversation group) Contact Johnson for meeting location/link
~ 12:00pm ~ 2:00pm: Joanna available at the office
~ 2:00pm: Reflection and conversation (all welcome) on Zoom
~ 3:30pm – 4:30pm: Indigenous Justice group meets on Zoom
Sunday, Nov 24
~ 12:00pm: Quarterly Congregational Meeting on Zoom
Please plan to join us for our fall congregational meeting on
Sunday, October 24.
- We will meet at noon on Zoom. Those without convenient Zoom access are welcome to join Joanna at the church building to participate in the meeting.
- You are welcome to eat lunch while we meet.
- Agenda items include: affirming the nominating committee; hearing updates from church committees (including an update on the parking lot project); deciding whether to join the Dismantling the Doctrine of Discovery Repair Congregations Network; and reviewing/affirming the Coordinating Committee’s new staffing proposal.
There will be a presentation on October 18 at 7:00pm at the Lawrence Arts Center by Melissa Lukes, Refugee Community Sponsorship program developer for Catholic Charities of NE Kansas. CCNEK is the federally approved agency to place refugees in Lawrence. Melissa will discuss the current situation regarding Afghan asylees coming to the US, and also present practical ways to be involved in helping them to settle in Lawrence. This is a free event, but space is limited. You must register for the event at the Lawrence Arts Center website.
The Kansas Coalition Against the Death Penalty invites you to its 2021 Abolition Conference: “United Against the Death Penalty: All Roads Lead to Repeal”. This virtual event will be held on Saturday November 6, 2021 from 1 to 3 p.m. on Zoom. This event is open to KCADP members and the general public. To register and get your Zoom link, send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org and include your name and address.
Mary Head, murder victim family member;
Dalton Glasscock, former Chair Sedgwick County Republican Party;
Kevin Willmott, award winning director and screen writer, KU Department of Film and Media Studies;
Rev. Willmar Harder, pastor Buhler Mennonite Church; and
Julia Spainhour, chief attorney of Kansas Capital Habeas Office.
First Baptist Church still needs several frozen meals for the families they are hosting through Family Promise. If you can get a frozen meal to First Baptist Church by this Sunday (October 17), please sign up here.
We need little free pantry hosts for November and December. Hosts re-fill the pantry 1-2 times a week and may use pantry funds to buy supplies for the pantry.
We are looking for someone to represent Peace Mennonite on the Justice Matters board. The board meets for 1-2 hours once a month–currently on Zoom. The board orientation meeting is set for November 13, 10-11:30 a.m., at First Presbyterian Church. If you are interested, please contact Joanna. (email@example.com)
In honor of Indigenous People’s Day, the Dismantling the Doctrine of Discovery Coalition invites you to take one action toward protecting Oak Flat. Find more information and suggestions here.
Our fabulous garden volunteers could use some more paper lawn and leaf bags. If you are willing to donate some, you can leave them on the table in the south classroom. Thanks!
You are invited to join Joanna for lunch at the church each Tuesday at noon. Bring your own food and enjoy some time with others. (Participants over the age of 12 should be vaccinated.)
Local housing providers (Family Promise, Tenants to Homeowners, Habitat for Humanity) are working together on plans for using some of the stimulus money our community should be receiving soon. What they most need is land for affordable housing. If you happen to own or know of land that might be available at a reasonable price (with or without buildings on it), please contact Erika Zimmerman with Habitat for Humanity (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Beginning Tuesday, October 5, Everence Financial® will host three informative webinars. Topics include Making Medicare an easy step, Maximizing your year-end giving and Estate planning basics. The online events are free. To register, or for more information, visit their web site or contact the Everence office at 316-283-3800, 877-467-7294, or email email@example.com.
This week’s Peace Pursuits session will focus on how policing monitors and thwarts social movements and protests.. Join the Zoom conversation with friends from Albuquerque Mennonite (and a few other assorted churches) each Wednesday night at 7:30. A reminder that this gathering is not on the regular Peace Mennonite link. Go to: https://zoom.us/j/94388896587?pwd=MXhkc1ZySTBWWlltK0lBbGxxL0lvZz09
Meeting ID: 943 8889 6587 Passcode: 662380
Joanna is looking ahead to our Peace Pursuits series for November and December. If you would participate in an every-other-Wednesday night discussion related to mental health issues, please let Joanna know of your interest and what topics, in particular, you would like to discuss.
Check out these great on-line forums from Kansas Interfaith Action. You can RSVP for upcoming events or watch recordings of previous events on their Facebook page.
Stepping Stones, Inc. and Director Shelly Platz thank Peace Mennonite Church for the kind donation honoring the Hobson/Schwabauer family at the birth of baby Milo.
Free Little Pantry: Joni Fornelli is our little free pantry host for October. Many thanks to everyone for the ongoing donations. We still need hosts for November and December. Please contact Joanna if you are willing to host one of these months. And feel free to get in touch with Becky Janzen with questions about the host’s responsibilities. We continue to welcome supplies for the pantry. Becky notes that canned vegetables and beans are not being taken at a high rate. People seem to especially appreciate toiletries. Thanks for all of your contributions!
The code for the key lock box at the church building has been changed. If you need access to the building and have not yet received the new code, please contact LaVonne (PeaceMennonite@gmail.com).
During Covid, the Traveling Taize Community continued to meet every Friday, at 6:00pm, via Zoom and will continue on-line services when in-person Taize is not available. For more information or to be put on the Taizé email list, contact Judith Galas at firstname.lastname@example.org. Judith will notify you of upcoming in-person services and send the Zoom link for other services.
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.
If you would like your email address added to the ‘Regular Attendees’ list for emails, please notify the church office.
If you would like to receive our weekly email newsletter, please sign up on our home page.
Broader Church News
Mennonite Creation Care Network
Creation Justice Ministries is currently running a blog series on theological foundations for environmental justice. Authors include Steven Bouma-Prediger, Sarah Augustine, Ellen Davis, Karen Bigelow and Avery Davis Lamb. read more
When choosing which worship resources to include in the new hymnal, the Voices Together team chose to include many resources from before the Reformation. Learn why including these resources was important to the team and which resources predate the Reformation in Sarah Kathleen Johnson and Carl Bear’s blog, “Singing with the early and medieval church through ‘Voices Together.’”
Vision: A Journal for Church and Theology has just published a special issue on the theme reading the Bible as if our lives depend on it, which is edited by AMBS alumni Michelle Christian Curtis and Scott Litwiller and dedicated to AMBS emerita professor of New Testament Mary Schertz. As with all of our issues, this issue can be read and downloaded for free at our Vision website.
Corrected date for the service trips to McAllen, TX, with Mennonite Disaster Service: 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 email@example.com or call 316-282-0797.
WESTERN DISTRICT CONFERENCE (WDC)
The 2021 Bethel College Worship and Arts Symposium, Joining Voices Together, has been postponed due to COVID precautions. The symposium will be rescheduled in Fall 2022, with a new date to be announced soon. The Voices Together art exhibition will still take place as planned, with original art works from the Voices Together hymnal on display October 29-November 19, 2021, in the Regier Art Gallery in the Luyken Fine Arts Center at Bethel College.
Consider making a donation to the Western District Conference Hope Fund! The Hope Fund issues grants to churches in Western District Conference that are suffering hardship related to COVID-19 and other disasters. As the pandemic continues to affect our churches, the Hope Fund has proven to be incredibly important to supporting churches in need. You can find out more, and make a donation, by visiting mennowdc.org, or by sending a check to Western District Conference, PO Box 306, North Newton, KS 67117. Please consider contributions to the Hope Fund as above and beyond regular giving to WDC, which supports ongoing staff, programs and resourcing for congregations and leaders.
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!
The Mennonite Church USA Executive Board has decided to allow the Resolution for Repentance and Transformationto go to the delegate body next May. This is a resolution that Joanna co-authored and this congregation signed on to. You can read more information here.
Mennonite Church USA, Mennonite Church Canada and Herald Press have once again partnered to provide Mennonites with a “Common Read,” a shared reading experience focused on specific books written to nurture Christian faith in this cultural moment. This fall’s Common Read selection is “Tongue-Tied: Learning the Lost Art of Talking about Faith” by Sara Wenger Shenk. Read more about the Common Read here.
The Women in Leadership ministry of Mennonite Church USA (MC USA) has relaunched its popular podcast, “Holding It(,) Together.” Bonita Croyle of the Women in Leadership steering committee hosts this podcast, created by women for women. Listen here.
Mennonite Church USA encourages individuals and congregations to “learn, pray, join” about the cost of poverty.
Ever thought about working with a spiritual director? You can learn more about spiritual direction and find a list of potential directors on the Mennonite Spiritual Directors Network website.
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 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.
MENNONITE CENTRAL COMMITTEE NEWS (MCC)
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.
CAMP MENNOSCAH NEWS
There are volunteer opportunities for you (and a Wish List)! Camp Mennoscah has year-round work to support the maintenance and upkeep of the campus and facilities. We can accommodate every group size, skill set and length of project you would like to tackle. Check out these ways to Get Involved! Email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 620-297-3290 to volunteer. See the Wish List for other ways to support Camp Mennoscah!
Fall Scrapbook and Crafts Retreat, November 5-7, at Camp Mennoscah! Camp Mennoscah is hosting only one Fall Scrapbook and Crafts Retreat this year. Lodging will be in the Retreat Center and cropping/crafting will be in the Main Camp dining hall. Space heaters will be available for both areas since the repairs for the furnaces will not be complete by the beginning of November. Fees for the Scrapbook and Crafts Retreat have increased to $150 to meet higher costs and the use of multiple facilities. For those who find the increase prohibitive, there is an option to receive up to $25 in scholarship funds per person as part of the registration process. Register at www.campmennoscah.org!
Contact information: email@example.com or 620-297-3290.
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 (firstname.lastname@example.org) immediately. Cost is estimated at $4700-$4900 per person.
For information and the schedule of events for the Bethel College Fall Fest, click here. September 30 ~ October 3.