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 September 20
Monday: Luke 1:46-55
Tuesday: Revelation 4:8-11
Wednesday: Psalm 8
Thursday: Gen. 27:1-4, 15-23
Friday: Gen 28:10-17
Peace Mennonite Events
Tuesday, Sept 21
~ 9:30am ~ 11:30am: Joanna available at the church office
~ 1:30pm: Wise Guys (conversation group) at Great Harvest Bread Co. (501 W 9th ST); Zoom option available; contact Ken Ratzlaff
Wednesday, Sept 22
~ 7:30pm: Peace Pursuits; MCUSA study on faith and policing (with Albuquerque Mennonite) on Zoom (see announcement below w/ Zoom link)
Thursday, Sept 23
~ 9:30am: Wise Women (conversation group) Contact Johnson for meeting location/link
~ 2:00pm: Reflection and conversation (all welcome) on Zoom
~ 7:00pm: Minsitry Team Mtg
Friday, Sept 24
~ 7:30pm: Board Game Night @ Peace Mennonite building
We’ll host a game night on Friday, September 24, at 7:30pm at the church building. Some KU students are especially being invited to this event and it is open to anyone. (Masks required for unvaccinated people and will be requested of everyone if there are more than 15 people present.)
Justice Matters House Meetings are coming soon! This is a great chance to talk with others in our church about issues facing our community. You have an opportunity to attend a session in-person on Sunday, September 26, following worship, or on Zoom on Thursday, September 30, at 7:00pm. Please RSVP with Joanna–especially for the in-person session as I think Carola will be providing some food! (Note that the September 18 meeting has been cancelled.)
Our star party and bonfire is scheduled for Saturday, October 9 (with a rain date of October 30). More details coming soon!
We need a host for our little free pantry for the months of October, 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).
In-person Taize services are returning slowly, and Plymouth Congregational Church will host the first on Friday, September 24, at 6:00pm. The 2021-2022 Taize season marks 21 years of continual Taize prayer services—which Plymouth and St. John the Evangelist began in 2000. This simple service of song, scripture, prayer and reflection is open to all and is a balm during these times of stress. Please wear a mask in Plymouth’s sanctuary.
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 email@example.com. Judith will notify you of upcoming in-person services and send the Zoom link for other services.
Marike Janzen will be the featured speaker for this year’s Tom and Anne Moore Peace and Justice Award Ceremony. It will be Tuesday, September 21, 6:30pm at the Ecumenical Campus Ministries building (1204 Oread). You can also watch the ceremony via Zoom:
Meeting ID: 810 7931 9945 Passcode: 267574
Our little free pantry coordinator for September is Becky Janzen (firstname.lastname@example.org). We appreciate all of the donations. Remember that you can also bring non-food items such as toiletries and school supplies.
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.
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Broader Church News
Bethel College will be hosting the 5th Biennial Symposium on November 5 – 8, featuring stories that shaped Voices Together, our new denominational hymnal. Contemplate the visual art curated for this collection. Experience historical, contemporary and intercultural worship. Develope tools for adopting new resources in your worshiping community. For more information, schedule, and registeragion, go: bethelks.edu/worshiparts.
Corrected dates for the service trips to McAllen, TX, with Mennonite Disaster Service: October 16-23 of this year, and 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)
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!
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)
Thank you for your generous support of the Kansas Mennonite Relief Sale! Just recently, the relief sale board gave MCC a check for $500,000 from the sale that took place in July! Thank you for donating your time and energy, making and buying food, donating and bidding on cars, furniture, quilts and art to support the Kansas Mennonite Relief Sale. In the past 14 months the Kansas sale has donated just under $1 million (all during a pandemic!) to support the worldwide work of MCC. Your support becomes food for the hungry, water for the thirsty, and locally owned projects that address barriers to human flourishing, thank you.
MCC has added a new Dignity Kit that was in development for years and they are now ready to teach you how to help bring dignity to young women around the world! The dignity kit includes hygiene items and a reusable menstruation pad system. You can find information for the kit here: https://mcc.org/dignity-kits.
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.