We are taking a break from our regular Peace Pursuits schedule this week to share together in a virtual Justice Matters house meeting. This is a good opportunity for us to talk together about our own lives and about our visions for justice in our community. I hope to see you at 7:30 this Wednesday night on Zoom.
Next week (September 23) we begin our new fall schedule! Check it out on our Peace Pursuits web page!
Events this Week
~ 11:00am: Sharing and prayer on Zoom
Tuesday, Sept 15:
~ 9:30am – 11:30am: Joanna’s in-person, outdoor office hours @ PMC
~ 1:30pm: Wise Guys (men’s conversation group) meet on Zoom
Wednesday, Sept 16:
~ 1:00pm – 2:00pm: Joanna’s office hours on Zoom
~~ 7:30pm – 8:30pm: Peace Pursuits Bible study (see above
Thursday, Sept 17:
~ 9:30am: Wise Women (women’s conversation group – contact Judy for meeting location/link)
~ 2:00pm: Brief time for reflection and conversation (all welcome) on Zoom
~7:00 pm: Joanna available on Zoom to answer questions about the Mennonite Church USA resolution we have been asked to sign
Sunday, Sept 20:
~ 11:45: Congregational meeting for consensus on resolution support
Scripture Readings for the Week of September 14
Monday: Genesis 12
Tuesday: Genesis 13-14
Wednesday: *Genesis 15
Thursday: Genesis 16-17
Friday: Genesis 18:1-15; 21:1-21; 22:1-18
(*indicates reading we will focus on next Sunday)
The Coordinating Committee has developed guidelines for small groups who would like to meet inside the church building while the building remains closed to large group gatherings. The guidelines are available on our web site.
Peace Mennonite has been invited to sponsor a “Resolution for Repentance and Transformation” that will be submitted to the Mennonite Church USA resolutions committee to be considered by delegates at the 2021 national convention. Joanna has helped to write this resolution and the Coordinating Committee agreed to bring it to the congregation for consensus. The document calls the denomination to repent of the harm we have done to LGBTQIA people and move forward in a way that is open and affirming to all. You can read the resolution here. For background, please see this report from the Advisory Group on Membership Guidelines. You can watch a brief video of Joanna talking about the resolution here. And please note these important dates:
- Thursday, September 17 @ 7-8 p.m. Joanna will be available on Zoom to answer any questions and hear concerns
- Sunday, September 20 we will have a congregational meeting at 11:45 (after prayer time on Zoom) to determine whether or not to sponsor the resolution;
The group that gathers for conversation and prayer on Thursday afternoons will be working together on a group dialog sermon for one of the November worship services. We’d love to have you join us at 2:00 Thursday on Zoom.
Mark your calendars! We will have a physically distanced church bonfire on Saturday, October 17, 6 p.m., at Ron and Roberta Renz’s property. Stay tuned for all the details!
Note that you can find links to all of our past worship play lists on our “At-Home Worship” web page. Maybe there is a song or a prayer or a sermon you’d like to go back and watch again–or share with a friend.
You still have two chances to attend a Justice Matters Zoom “house” meeting. These gatherings are designed to help us get to know each other better, discuss issues that are important in our community, and encourage all of us at Peace Mennonite to live out our stated mission to “work for justice.” Please contact Dave Mathis if you’d like to join in on Wednesday (September 16) at 7:30, and Roger Gibson if you want to join in next Sunday morning (September 20).
This is a great time to invite your friends to a Peace Mennonite worship service. Just share our “At-Home Worship” link with them and give them an opportunity to experience the church you love.
We have received another two new library books that we were waiting on: Might from the Margins by Dennis R Edwards, and Who Will be A Witness? by Drew G.I. Hart. They will be added to our library along with two other recent arrivals from MennoMedia: Trouble I’ve Seen by Drew Hart and Shalom Sistas by Osheta Moore. Contact Joanna if you would like to borrow a book from our library.
The Worship Committee invites contributions of music, visual art, and words of welcome for our weekly online services. Feel free to simply send worship submissions to Pastor Joanna or contact her for more information. (firstname.lastname@example.org)
The Peace and Justice Committee invites you to share a service story with your church family.
Please use the church email address for general inquiries & announcement notices: email@example.com
If you would like your email address added to the ‘Regular Attendees’ list for emails, please notify the church office. This list is different from the old listserve, and only includes our regular attendees.
Broader Church News
Join Mennonites across Mennonite Church USA in a “Common Read,” a shared reading experience focused on specific books written to nurture Christian faith in this cultural moment. Signs of Life: Resurrecting Hope Out of Ordinary Losses by Stephanie Lobdell is the Common Read book chosen for September. Learn more here.
This year, you can participate in the KIPCOR Film Series at Bethel College on-line! (KIPCOR is the Kansas Institute for Peace and Conflict Resolution.) On Sunday, Sept. 13, 2 p.m., KIPCOR will screen Selma: The Bridge to the Ballot — a 40-minute documentary about courageous students, teachers and activists who fought a nonviolent battle to win voting rights for African Americans in the South — and host a talk-back session with Larry Burks Sr., president of the Wichita branch of the NAACP. To get the Zoom link, you must register here.
The Israel Palestine Relations Task Force of Western District Conference/Mennonite Church USA is sponsoring a webinar on September 21 at 7 pm., entitled Racial Justice from US to Palestine. The Webinar features Jonathan Kuttab, Alex Awad and Sarah Thompson Nahar. They are now asking that those interested register for the event.
Join Bible teacher Joe Sawatzky on Mission Network’s Facebook on Tuesdays at noon starting Sept. 8. “Missional Meditations” will help you gain insight for your sermons or daily life, and inspire a missional imagination in your congregation!
In an open letter to the denomination, Michael Danner, Mennonite Church USA’s associate executive director of Church Vitality, invites fellow white Christians to “engage in proactive, deliberate efforts to oppose and dismantle racism in all of its forms.”
If you would like to participate in the WDC Women’s worship service next Saturday (Sept. 12) email Tammy Duvanel Unruh at: firstname.lastname@example.org for the link.
The Bethel College Women’s Association now has an online market where you can purchase craft items and other products to support the college.
Mennonite Life has a new issue out on “Mennonites and White Supremacy”–edited by Andrea’s sister, Melanie . You can read it online!
Preschool Story Hour at the Conference Resource Library returns this fall with VIRTUAL LIVE story hours full of stories, rhymes, and craft ideas on Tuesdays at 10:00am and Thursdays at 3:30pm beginning Tuesday, September 8. Story Hour will be led by Library Director Jennie Wintermote and geared toward ages 3-5. You can register online and contact Jennie with any questions at email@example.com.
Anabaptist History Today seeks stories of Anabaptists living in these times. It would be great if they heard from some Peace Mennonite people! For more information, see their web site.
WDC Assembly Video Snapshots – To learn more about WDC congregations, Commissions, Committees and Task Forces, watch their video snapshots here. More are added as they become available.
MennoMedia is offering a free devotional resource on COVID and racism. You can download it from their web site.
If you need help using Zoom, please see this helpful document.
There is a free online Indigenous film festival going on for the next few weeks. See their website for the schedule and links!
There will be a drive-thru senior flu shot clinic on Saturday, September 19, from 9-noon at 200 Maine St. More details here.
How and Where to Give:
This is a difficult financial time for many church and service groups. Your contributions are much appreciated.
- 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 to the home of our treasurer, Roberta Renz (see church directory for address). (Please indicate if the money is intended for the benevolence fund.)
- LINK: Lawrence Interdenominational Nutrition Kitchen. You can donate directly or sign up through Dillons or Checkers to have money donated each time you shop.
- Western District Conference has established a Hope Fund to support congregations and ministers in direct response to the impact of the corona virus pandemic.
- The Mennonite Central Committee has lost significant income due to relief sales being cancelled. You can donate to MCC through the church or directly on the MCC website.
- The Bert Nash Homeless Outreach is trying to house people during the COVID-19 crisis and is reaching out to churches for extra support.
- Family Promise is still working to serve vulnerable families in our community and could use additional financial support.
- The Lawrence Interfaith Refugee and Immigrant Ministry (LIRIM) requests help for our local immigrant community. You can send grocery store cards or checks to Centro Hispano, c/o Director Lydia Diebolt, 637 Tennessee St., Lawrence 66044.
- Just Food is a vital resource for people in our community who are threatened with hunger.
- Mennonite Church USA has launched a new Justice Fund. Read more and find out how to donate here.
- Mennonite World Conference Global Sharing Fund provides Covid-19 relief to congregations with less access to aid and resources, especially in parts of Africa, Latin America and Asia.