Worship Services on Sundays 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 January 29

Monday, January 30th
5:30 p.m.: Presentation on justice report @ the library

Tuesday, January 31st
9:30 a.m. – Noon: Joanna available at the office
1:30 p.m.: Wise Guys (conversation group) at Great Harvest

Thursday, February 2nd
9:30 a.m.: Wise Women group; contact Judy Johnson
2:00 p.m.: Zoom gathering (informal sharing and prayer time)
3:30 p.m.: Indigenous Justice group on Zoom

Friday, February 3rd
9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. : Open Labyrinth, Joanna available @ church building
7:00 p.m.: Board game night @ church building

Sunday, February 5th 
After worship, hybrid-support training

The latest issue of Toolkit, provided by Everence Credit Union, has been placed in your mailbox/folders at church. Note that applications for Everence’s college scholarships are due February 28.

Our church labyrinth will be open this coming Friday (February 3) from 9-Noon. Stop by for a time of prayer and renewal.

Also on Friday, we will have a church board game night starting at 7 p.m. Come join the fun! Feel free to bring snacks and games to share.

The Mennonite Church USA convention will be in Kansas City this summer (July 3-6)! This is a great opportunity to join with other Mennonites from across the country for worship, study, and fellowship. Find all the details on their web site.

SAVE THE DATE! Come join the fun at the 15th annual MCC Comforter Blitz on March 6, 7 and 8 on the Journey Yoder Campus, one mile north of Yoder, KS. Times are Monday and Tuesday 9-5 and Wednesday 9-4. No sewing skills are required; we will teach you. Lunch is available by donation each day, or you may bring your own sack lunch. Bring snacks to share during the workday. This event is hosted by Kansas Friends of Mennonite Central Committee to make comforters for relief to be sent to refugees or places after natural disasters. Please contact the MCC Central States office with questions at #316-283-2720, or check the Comforter Blitz Facebook Page.

Peace Mennonite will participate in the Anabaptist Bible Project. Stay tuned to find out what scriptures we have been assigned and how you can contribute.

Central Baptist Seminary (Joanna’s alma mater in Kansas City) is hosting a free, two-part zoom series of presentations that relate our faith to the climate crisis

PART I – “Stepping Up for Creation Care: Why the Church and People of Faith Need to Make Climate Action a Priority”
Wednesday, February 1, 12:00-1:00 pm (CST); Register here.

PART II – “Moving Forward on Climate Action: What the Church and People of Faith Can Do to Impact the Climate Crisis” 
Wednesday, February 8, 12:00-1:00 pm (CST); Register here.

Join the Community Peacemaker Teams Colombia for a virtual tour as we continue spreading voices and struggles of peaceful resistance to different parts of the world and hear directly from partner organizations and communities. The virtual tour will be hosted on Zoom, after which there will be a Q&A session where you can ask our guests questions. Saturday, February 4, 2023, at 3:00 p.m (Central Time). Register here. 

Mennonite Church USA is looking for ideas for topics and speakers for MennoCon23. The deadline for applications is January 31st. Learn more here and apply here.

Ancestral Stories series 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.  Contact Patrice Krause for more information.

The final in the Earth Care Forum Series – 2023 is Sunday February 5, 9:15 a.m. – 10:15 a.m. “Do we have an Ethical Duty to Conserve the High Plains Aquifer?”. First Presbyterian Church, 2415 Clinton Parkway (Fellowship Hall)

Justice Matters is hosting a community presentation on a recent report about the criminal justice system in Douglas County. This report shows what positive things are happening here and what steps we can take to further reduce the number of people locked up in our jail. Joanna is helping coordinate the forum and you are all invited to attend: Monday, January 30th, 5:30-7pm at the Lawrence Public Library auditorium.

Family Promise is sheltering families in churches again and they need volunteers to set up, provide food, host dinners, and host overnight. (Please note, hosts need to complete a background check and on-line training modules.) This is the link to all the Family Promise volunteer opportunities—both for hybrid shelter hosting and for special and routine work projects. Visit one or more of the three SignUpGenius links at this URL and see if you can fill shifts. 

Ongoing or Recurring

The 2023 Church Directory will be printed soon. Please check information in the 2022 Directory and send Jerry (peacemennonite@gmail.com) any updates or corrections. There is an office copy of the directory for reference on the info table in the church lobby. You could also leave a note in her mail folder indicating any changes you would like.

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 Thursday of each month 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.)

Broader Church News

BETHEL COLLEGE

WESTERN DISTRICT CONFERENCE (WDC) website
Here are the 2022 Delegate Session Minutes from the 2022 WDC Annual Assembly.

Mennonite Church USA MC USA | Mennonite Church USA News

MENNONITE CENTRAL COMMITTEE NEWS (MCC)

KIPCOR Website

Center for Justice and Peacebuilding

Mennonite Creation Care Network

CAMP MENNOSCAH NEWSwebsite link

Rocky Mountain Mennonite Camp

Mennonite Mission Network website link January Prayer Requests

Mennonite World Conference
MWC’s Courier magazine here

Mennonites Against Militarism

Mennonite Women USA — website link

Mennonite Men — website link

Mennonite Disaster Service

February Birthdays and Anniversaries
Jenny Buller, Katie Hobson, Nathaniel Willow, Marike Janzen, Gwen Wiens, Ben Buller, Nadine Koch, Piper Bonner, Becky Janzen