Worship Services on Sunday will be at 9:30 a.m. in person at church and 11:00 a.m. on Zoom

Just click on this link to get into our Zoom gathering. For more information about In-Person worship click here.

Events Coming up at Peace Mennonite week of June 26th

Sunday, June 26th, 9:30 a.m.: Service in person and 11:00 a.m.: Service on Zoom

Tuesday, June 28th,
9:30 a.m.– 11:00a.m.: Joanna available at the church
1:30 p.m.:
Wise Guys (conversation group) at Great Harvest; contact Ken Ratzlaff
2:00 p.m.:
Gather for prayer at church for . . . 
3:00 p.m.:
Trey’s sentencing hearing at the courthouse

Wednesday, June 29th,
Joanna’s first day of sabbatical; welcome to Asia!

Thursday, June 30th, 9:30 a.m.: Wise Women (conversation group); contact Judy Johns
2:00 p.m.: Zoom gathering (informal sharing and prayer time)

Friday, July 1st,
9:00 a.m.– 12:00 p.m.: Open Labyrinth at the church

Sunday, July 3rd, 9:30 a.m.: Service in person and 11:00 a.m.: Service on Zoom

Congregational News

Reminder: Trey Gibson’s sentencing hearing will be next Tuesday, June 28th, 3:00 p.m. at the courthouse. You are invited to join others for prayer at 2:00 p.m. at the church.

Asia Embers, our sabbatical coverage pastor can be reached at [asiathepastor@gmail.com].

Mike and Sonja Kaufman are relocating to California for Mike’s new job. Their new address is available from the office. 

Mark your calendars for our next congregational meeting: July 24 at noon on Zoom.

I know there are some knitters at Peace! You might be interested in this article about knitting as a spiritual practice. 

The Western District Conference assembly is July 29-31 in Denton, TX. If you are interested in attending as a delegate, please contact Andrea Zuercher soon.

Note from Joni Fornelli: Please join me in an on-line book study of a new book by Elaine Enns and Ched Myers titled Healing Haunted Histories: A Settler Discipleship of Decolonization. I think this book is a perfect companion piece to the play about the Doctrine of Discovery. It will help lead us on the path of solidarity and reparative justice. If you don’t already have it, please order the book or check out the church library copy! The seven sessions will be held on Mondays from 10:30-Noon. Contact Joni for the reading schedule and Zoom link. (lavenderhouse1600@gmail.com)

We are once again invited to help First Baptist Church in their Family Promise hosting ministry. You can sign up here on SignUpGenius for needed items! They are asking for frozen meals, which should be at First Baptist by SUNDAY, July 2nd, and grocery cards or contributions to buy cards. Please make checks to First Baptist Church with FAMILY PROMISE in the check memo line. You can still donate online with FBC’s online giving portal by clicking the down arrow on the “Give to” line, then select “Give to FAMILY PROMISE” from that drop-down menu. Contact Wendy Wheeler @ 785 393-3688 to arrange drop off or pickup, if needed.

The Peace and Justice Committee will continue to collect toilet paper for the Ballard Center pantry. When we reach the blue line, the rolls will be taken to Ballard.

Want a Justice Matters T-shirt or sweatshirt? Between now and August 1, you can order one here. The online store will remain open throughout the summer, and all apparel will be printed and shipped in August. Our friends at River Rat Print & Skate are generously covering the costs of labor and ink, so t-shirts are available for just $5-8 and sweatshirts for $12-16 (plus shipping).

Piper and Perry Bonner are at camp this summer and would love to get some mail! Piper is there now until June 17. Perry will be there until July 16. The address is: Crooked Creek Christian Camp; 2830 Coppock Road; Washington, IA 52353.

Dear Peace Community:

This Sunday (June 26) will be my final time of worship with you before I start my sabbatical on June 29. I want to express my appreciation to you all for granting me this time away to rest, write, visit, learn, pray, and dream. I leave you in the faithful hands of Asia Embers, who has agreed to serve as our sabbatical coverage pastor. I trust that your time with her will be life-giving and renewing.

Even as I am away, I will continue to hold you all—individually and as a community—in prayer. I ask that you pray for me as well.

May the deep peace of Christ be with you, my friends,


Joanna’s Sabbatical: June 29-October 3

Theme: Transitions and Transformations

Scheduled Time Away:
 June 29-July 21: Vacation and retreat in Florida
 Aug. 2-11: Training for Conflict Transformation Trainers @ Central Baptist in KC

Sabbatical Activities/Projects:
 Writing (worship material, personal writing)
 Preparing for publication of the Advent devotional I wrote
 Hybrid worship exploration (visiting churches that include online and in person participants together)
 Home projects (transitioning to an empty nest!)

Who to Contact:

Asia Embers is your sabbatical pastor and you are welcome to contact her for anything for which you would normally contact me: asiathepastor@gmail.com.

You can also contact:

 For general inquiries, announcements, etc.: administrative assistant, Jerry Dowdle, (peacemennonite@gmail.com)

 For pastoral care needs: Ministry Team Members—Dave Mathis (david.mathis@live.com), Jill Allen (allenjill330@gmail.com), and Steve Unruh (sttunruh@hotmail.com).

 For questions/comments related to church business and policies: Moderator, Andrea Zuercher (zeditor61@protonmail.com).

 For building issues: Building Committee chair, Anne Bailey (Anne_Edwards@sbcglobal.net)

 For financial questions: Treasurer, Roberta Renz (roberta@airplanetest.com) or bookkeeper, LaVonne Marks (peacebookkeeper615@gmail.com)

I will not be checking my church email account during her sabbatical. If you have an email that I need to see when I return from sabbatical, please send it October 3 or after. I will also have a greatly reduced presence on Facebook during this time.

Note from Emily Kerbs:

I am moving to a furnished apartment in July, so I need to sell my big furniture pieces. I have a queen size bed: 3 year old mattress and 2 year old bed frame. The bed frame is adjustable with custom cut wood to hold the mattress. There is a big nice recliner. It is slightly broken, but you can only tell when you put the foot rest down. The dining room table is adjustable. There is space for leaves, but I don’t have them. There are fold down extensions on each side. The dresser is old, but works fine.  It has 6 drawers, longer than tall. I’m flexible on how early the pieces are available, but I have to be out by the morning of July 29th.

I also would like some help moving starting on July 16. Because of heat, I am trying to do it early in the day. I am moving across the street, so any amount of time would be helpful. I will have a lot of small to medium things, no heavy furniture (since it will hopefully be sold). Depending on how many people I have, it will take 1-3 hours each day from July 16-July 22. Please let me know if you can help or are interested in buying furniture.

Thank you!

Mennonites Against Militarism – a collaboration of Mennonite Central Committee, U.S. and Mennonite Church USA – is seeking to launch an initiative to counter military recruitment of U.S. youth, called Alternatives to Military Enlistment Network (AMEN). AMEN invites interested volunteers to complete a brief survey that identifies areas in which they may engage with AMEN, including administration, web and graphic design, publicity, budgeting, fundraising and guidance/career counseling. Take the survey here.

Learn with the global Anabaptist-Mennonite family this summer. Register for Assembly to receive access to 10 worship services to air whole or in part in your main gathering or smaller groups. In the Assembly Hub, registrants can also participate in dozens of workshops, view the songbook, dialogue in chat spaces and network for one month after the event. To register, visit this link. You can watch videos from Mennonite World Conference here on YouTube.

WDC Resource Library Final Thursday Book Discussion: “At no other time in history or place in the world have so many people understood themselves to be suffering from mental health problems.”  In Not Quite Fine: Mental Health, Faith, and Showing Up for One Another, author Carlene Hill Byron calls and equips the church to step up for such a time as this. Join us Thursday, June 30 at 7:00pm via Zoom to discuss the book. Register by emailing crlib@mennowdc.org

The Mennonite Church USA Delegate Assembly is over, and decisions have been made. What has changed? What does it mean for my conference, my congregation and me? What opportunities are there for us to live into our Renewed Commitments to “follow Jesus, witness to God’s peace and experience the transformation of the Holy Spirit”? Mennonite Church USA will be offering another webinar on July 18 to help recap the Special Delegate Assembly and to look to the future going forward. REGISTER HERE 

Western District Conference will host a Building a Lasting Connection Relationship Retreat at Camp Mennoscah, July 22-24. This retreat will be geared toward couples who have been together for 10 years or under (married, engaged, or dating are all welcome). It will be led by  Katie Dyck (LCMFT) and Renee Reimer (ordained pastor). To register for this innovating retreat, complete this google form or visit catherinedycktherapy.com.

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.

You can support the MC USA Justice fund.
“Never Forgets Peace” by Bryan Miller is made from disabled firearms that have been donated to RAWtools through MC USA churches and others. Miller, in cooperation with RAWtools, is holding a silent virtual auction for the sculpture June 1-30. All funds raised will support the MC USA Justice Fund. 
The Justice Fund provides a way for individuals and congregations to support MC USA churches that are actively involved in dismantling racism, addressing police brutality, reimagining policing in our society or combating poverty.
RAWtools is a ministry partner of MC USA.
Learn more and bid here.

Ongoing or Recurring

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.

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!

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 griefsupport@kansasvna.org. Participants will need to comply with Senior Resource Center mask guidelines.

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

Lawrence Habitat for Humanity Newswebsite link

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.

Pastor Joanna’s email address is peacemennopastor@gmail.com Please let Joanna know if you are interested in participating in either baptism or membership exploration classes.

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.)

You can read the full meeting notes from our last Congregational Meeting on our website.

If you would like to receive our weekly email newsletter, please sign up on our home page.

Broader Church News

Bethel College Alumni Newsletter for June

The 2022 WDC Annual Assembly at Camp Copass, Denton TX on July 29 to 31 will feature a youth event for junior high and high school youth across the conference. Bunk house lodging is available during the retreat. Some scholarships will also be available. Contact Nita Nikkel at nitaknikkel@gmail.com or 316-587-7765 with questions.

Mennonite Church USA MC USA | Mennonite Church USA News

 MC USA’s recap of the Special Session of the Delegate Assembly


KIPCOR Website here
KIPCOR Film Series Information Here

Center for Justice and Peacebuilding
 Summer Peacebuilding Institute (SPI)

Mennonite Creation Care Networkcurrent newsletter

Summer Youth Camp scholarships are available.  Contact us at 620-297-3290 or fill out the request form.  Camp is for everyone!  

Rocky Mountain Mennonite Camp Newsletter Link

Mennonite Mission Network — Newsletter June 2022
MMN Prayer Vine for June 2022
MMN Weekly Prayer Requests for June 2022

Mennonite World Conference
MWC’s Courier magazine here

Mennonites Against Militarism Newsletter

Mennonite Women USA — website link

Mennonite Men — website link

June Birthdays
Emily Kerbs, Andrew Brown, Felix Janzen-Chappell