Worship Services Sunday April 24th will be at 9:30 a.m. in person at church and 11:00 a.m. on Zoom.
Events Coming up at Peace Mennonite week of May 8th
Tuesday, May 10th, 9:30 a.m.- 12:00 p.m.: Joanna available at the church office
1:30 p.m.: Wise Guys (conversation group); contact Ken Ratzlaff
7:00 p.m.: Coordinating Committee @ church building
Thursday, May 12th, 9:30 a.m.: Wise Women (conversation group); contact Judy Johnson
Friday, May 13th, 9:30 a.m.-12:00 p.m.: Joanna available at the office
Saturday, May 14th, 9:30 a.m.: Church walk at arboretum
Sunday, May 15th, 9:30 a.m.: Service in person and 11:00 a.m.: Service on Zoom
Arboretum walk! You are invited to join us for a walk at the Lawrence Rotary Arboretum (5100 W. 27th Street) at 9:30 a.m. on Saturday, May 14. This will be an informal time to walk together and enjoy God’s creation.
Kansas Interfaith Action will have their annual event the evening of June 7 in Topeka. KIFA does important advocacy work with the Kansas legislature to promote the values of faith communities like ours across the state. You can find details about the event on their website.
You are encouraged to write to Piper and Perry Bonner at camp this summer! Perry will be there June 5- July 16 and Piper will be there June 5- 17. Here’s the address:
Crooked Creek Christian Camp
2830 Coppock Road
Washington, IA 52353
If any other church kids are going to camp this summer, let the church office know. We’d love to have people send them some mail! (email@example.com)
The Mennonite World Conference assembly is in Indonesia this year, July 5-10. You can register to attend in person (!) or participate online. Information is on their website.
The Visiting Nurses are having a Hope After Loss Drop-In Grief Support Group (free and open to the community), 4th Fridays, 10 a.m.-11:30 a.m., starting May 27th, 745 Vermont St., Lawrence, KS. More info call (785) 843-3738 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Participants will need to comply with Senior Resource Center mask guidelines.
Committee openings: With the departure of Mike and Sonja Kaufman to California, there are openings on two important PMC committees. Sonja had been serving as member at large on the coordinating committee, and Mike had been participating on the building and grounds committee. The coordinating committee welcomes any participant to join either of these committees for the remainder of 2022. Church membership is not required to serve on building and grounds. It is required to be a voting member of the coordinating committee, but we would welcome nonmembers to take part in the discussion and decision making. Please let Andrea or Joanna know if you are interested in either of these roles.
Protect your time. Prioritize relationships. Restore your spirit. Learn how to rewire your technology addiction, and step into a deeper stillness and presence with an always present God. Join the WDC Resource Library to discuss Ed Cyzewski’s book–Reconnect: Spiritual Restoration from Digital Distraction on Thursday, May 26 at 7:00pm via Zoom. Register at email@example.com. Copies of the book available at the Resource Library.
Everence® to hold retirement income workshop
The retirement income workshop (Tuesday, June 7 at 6:30 p.m.) will cover, Social Security strategies including when to begin taking benefits, strategies to help your income last throughout retirement, and risks that can impact your retirement savings.
The in-person workshops will be held at the Everence office: 3179 N. Main St. Suite 1B, North Newton. Those interested in attending should contact the Everence office at 316-283-3800, 877-467-7294 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
2022 WDC Annual Assembly Announcement – “United in Purpose, Together in Love” is our WDC Annual Assembly theme for our July 29-31st, 2022 gathering at Camp Copass, Denton, TX. There will be time to pray, serve, discern the ministry of the church, and play together. Adults, children and youth welcome. There will be separate, age-appropriate programming for kids and youth. Childcare provided. More information and registration coming soon.
Lawrence Interfaith Refugee and Immigrant Ministries (LIRIM) has partnered with Centro Hispano since 2017 to raise small scholarships to assist a limited number of these students. This year we would like to challenge ourselves to raise $12,000 to support six students for two semesters each. We have already raised almost $5000 so we only have $7000 to go. You can give by check or online in the following ways:
By Check: Make out your check to Trinity Episcopal Church and put “DACA” in the memo line. Send it to the Church at 1011 Vermont St., Lawrence, KS 66044.
Online: Go to the Trinity website. Click on the donate button in the upper right corner. Choose the DACA icon and fill out the information.
Oak Flat needs our prayers and enduring commitment to protect sacred lands. Wendsler Nosie, Sr. and the Apache Stronghold will be coming to Tucson to offer updates and ways to support this spiritual movement. All are welcome, even if you’re just learning about the decade-long, Indigenous-led fight for Oak Flat. You can watch the livestream on WEDNESDAY, MAY 11th, 8:30 (central time) here.
Voices Together Worship Leaders’ Workshop | May 14, 9 a.m.-noon EDT (on Zoom) | sponsored by Benton Mennonite Church, Goshen IN – Anneli Loepp Thiessen and Katie Graber will provide background on worship resources in Voices Together, and the Voices Together Worship Leaders‘ ed., highlighting uses in worship as well as the styles, cultures, and eras they represent. They will discuss tools for understanding your community’s worship culture in order to make intentional, theologically grounded, and spiritually inspired choices about worship practices that respond to your local contexts and dismantle oppression in your communities. No cost required. For more information, and to register, go here.
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.
“Diversity: God’s Design,” a new, multimedia, study from Mennonite Church USA (MC USA) calls young adults to celebrate their unique gifts and the intentional diversity of God’s creation. The four-week curriculum uses biblical reflections to introduce the importance of intercultural competency as part of Christian growth and formation. More info here.
Mask wearing: Because Douglas County’s COVID-19 level has risen recently, we continue to request that people wear masks when inside our building with groups. This includes Sunday worship. We also strongly encourage people to move outside to socialize when the service is over — and sometimes have a snack or coffee out there!
COVID Policy Update
The Coordinating Committee met March 17 and decided to retain our COVID-19 policy. Most of that document has remained useful even as knowledge of the virus and how it spreads has improved with time and research. Even though public health authorities from the CDC on down have relaxed their guidance on masking, the committee believes that as a church community, we have a greater responsibility for each other than to simply follow public health guidance. We continue to request that people attending worship events in larger groups (more than 15) wear a mask while indoors. Speakers who have been vaccinated are free to remove them while speaking up front, as are song leaders and scripture readers.
Even though those who attend regularly are largely vaccinated, the virus can be transmitted among vaccinated people. Wearing a mask is a choice we make to protect each other. It is both a symbolic gesture of support for the vulnerable and a proven way to reduce transmission of a virus whose long-term effects can be devastating even among asymptomatic people. And it sends a message to our vulnerable friends that they matter.
We are making small adjustments to our policy, such as opening the kitchen back up for use. We will hold social events such as after-church social time outside whenever possible.The committee deliberates on the COVID-19 situation each month, monitoring county statistics and hospital occupancy. If you have any questions or concerns about this approach, please get in touch with Joanna or another member of the coordinating committee (Sonja, Joe, Roberta Renz, and me).
Mask wearing will not last forever. As someone who has worked in health policy for 36 years, I believe that the CDC guidance was premature. New variants are already surging in other countries, and they likely will here, too. But as more people around the world get vaccinated, the severity of illness should decline over time. I follow the analysis of a number of epidemiologists and other thoughtful analysts to help us navigate the pandemic in a spirit of caring for each other and making PMC a welcoming place for all who choose to enter. Thanks to everyone for your cooperation and support.
Andrea Zuercher, 2022 PMC moderator
You can find a copy of the new 2022 Church Directory in your folders. Contact Jerry at email@example.com to request that it be mailed or delivered to you if you can’t get to the church to pick it up.
Lawrence Habitat for Humanity News — website link
For announcements, contact information updates, and other general questions and information please continue to use the regular office email firstname.lastname@example.org. 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 email@example.com.
Pastor Joanna’s email address is firstname.lastname@example.org
Please let Joanna know if you are interested in participating in either baptism or membership exploration classes. (PeaceMennoPastor@gmail.com)
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.)
Broader Church News
WESTERN DISTRICT CONFERENCE (WDC)
Latest Newsletter link
“Why are There so Few Ministers Out There?”
WDC Executive Board Highlights
Do you know a member of a WDC congregation who has leadership gifts, skills and perspectives to share in WDC? The WDC Gifts Discernment Committee seeks a diversity of names to consider for potential nominations for elected leadership roles for 2022. Submit here. Or send suggestions to WDC at email@example.com or 316-283-6300 or PO Box 306, North Newton, KS 67117. For reference, information about WDC Executive Board and Commissions can be found here.
“It’s Hard Work”: The Thursday Evening Bible Study
Book Sale – The Western District Conference Resource Library in North Newton, KS will be hosting a Book Sale on Saturday, April 30 from 8am -12pm outside in front of the WDC building. There will be a large variety of donated books and books removed from circulation.
Mennonite Education Agency Article Marco Güete to walk El Camino in support of IBA
Mennonite Church USA MC USA | Mennonite Church USA News
Litany for Ukraine
Link for delegate resources
Special — Listen to voices from across the denomination link
May 2022 Bulletin Announcements
Mennonite Church USA has unveiled a new shareable video titled “We are better together.” The video features different voices from across the denomination discussing what it means to do church together. Watch it here.
Mennonite Church USA has created a new role focused on racial/ethnic engagement and announced several other staff transitions. Sue Park-Hur, the newly appointed director of racial/ethnic engagement, will work with the various racial/ethnic entities within MC USA, support the program agencies in this work and help denominational leaders to define diversity, equity and inclusion goals, standards and desired outcomes. Read more here.
Mennonite Church USA has announced the worship speakers, led by Dr. Samuel Sarpiya, for the Special Session of the Delegate Assembly, May 27-30, in Kansas City Missouri. Read more here.
Abby Endashaw encourages all individuals and communities within the Christian tradition to utilize the Intercultural Development Inventory assessment to engage effectively and appropriately with people who are different than ourselves. This concept is part of the new curriculum from Mennonite Church USA called Diversity: God’s Design. Read Abby’s blog here.
“Grief has a way of sneaking up on us.” When Ben Wideman set out to produce a podcast episode about the life and legacy of Michael “MJ” Sharp for the MennoMedia ~ing podcast series, his emotions triggered other difficult memories as well. Read more about his experience with carrying grief here.
MENNONITE CENTRAL COMMITTEE NEWS (MCC)
Join the MCC Central States team! We currently have the following openings. Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions.
Young Adult Program Coordinator – Plan, facilitate and recruit for young adult programming in the MCC Central States region. This includes the International Volunteer Exchange Program (IVEP), Summer Service Worker (SSW) program, the Serving and Learning Together (SALT) program, Seed, and other expanding opportunities for young adults to join with the work of MCC. Check out all the details and apply today!
Material Resources Center (MRC) Volunteer Coordinator – The MRC in North Newton, Kansas hosts volunteers of all ages working together to support the mission of MCC. Primarily, the part time Volunteer Coordinator will welcome, host, educate, assist and supervise the daily volunteers as well as receive donations in the MRC. Please visit mcc.org/get-involved/serve/openings for more information and to apply.
Center for Justice and Peacebuilding Summer Courses
CAMP MENNOSCAH NEWS— website link
Summer Staff Orientation Week is coming soon! During this week, summer staff do training for Youth Development, the Staff Handbook, Reducing the Risk of Abuse, and more. This week prepares the staff to create great camp experiences for a summer of campers. Camp Mennoscah is looking for people willing to provide a “main course” for meals during the week. Camp will provide the extras for the meal and staff do the meal prep as a team building exercise. Contact Olivia at 620-297-3290 or email@example.com for details.
Other events and happenings:
Thank you to everyone who participated in the Verenike Casserole Fundraiser! We send an especially big thank you to Leslie Schrag, who led the tasty event once again this year. Over $6000 was raised for summer youth camps and retreats. We are grateful for your help sharing in Christian fellowship and Building on the Rock at Camp Mennoscah!
‘Tis the Season for Mowers and String Trimmers! Camp Mennoscah is looking for people to help us keep the campgrounds trimmed and looking neat. Let us know when you would be able to mow or string trim! Call 620-297-3290 or email firstname.lastname@example.org –we’ll get you scheduled!
Summer Youth Camp scholarships are available. Contact us at 620-297-3290 or fill out the request form. Camp is for everyone!
Nurse needed for the July 3-9 camp! Your time and skill give campers a week of growing in Christian fellowship and experiencing God’s great creation. Nurses need to be a licensed RN. Contact us at 620-297-3290 or email@example.com
Pardon the Mess! Camp Mennoscah is cleaning out and organizing maintenance sheds and other buildings. Items in the front “yard” will slowly find new homes. Thank you for your understanding!
Groups are invited to set their own precautions based on the comfort level of their group. Please note the RV electrical hookups are not available due to safety concerns.
Camp staff work hours vary depending on scheduled events for the week. The office assistant also works part-time from home. (Whenever a group is at camp, a staff person will be on duty.) Thank you for understanding! We will be in touch as soon as possible.
Rocky Mountain Mennonite Camp Newsletter Link
Memorial Day Work and Play Retreat is a weekend for families and individuals to volunteer at Rocky Mountain Mennonite Camp. The weekend focuses on getting ready for the coming summer camp season helping with foodservice, cleaning and fixing things while also offering a free day on Sunday to enjoy the holiday weekend. The retreat is scheduled for May 27-30, 2022 beginning at 7:00pm on Friday and concluding after breakfast on Monday. Please visit www.rmmc.org/work-and-play-retreats/ online or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org to let us know you, your family or your friends can help for all or part of the weekend.
Mennonite World Conference Newsletter April 2022
Mennonite Women USA — website link
Mennonite Men — website link
Desiree Willow, Sonja Kaufman, Rob Claassen, John Johnson, Joni Fornelli, LaVonne Marks, Ron Renz, Nile Russo, Susan Rieger, Wilma Gates