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Calendar of Events

Worship will be on-line March 13 and 22. See our at-home worship page for links to each Sunday’s order of worship.

  • The following events have been postponed, new dates TBD: Baptism Exploration class; meeting to discuss our church’s giving to outside groups; our April 26 congregational meeting; book study; Theologian in Residence events.
  • The following events have been cancelled: Ecumenical Holy Week worship; Easter sunrise service; Easter breakfast; Bethel College choir tour; open labyrinths on April 3 and May 1.
  • The following events are being moved to an on-line format: weekly Sunday morning worship; Justice Matters Solutions Briefing and Nehemiah Assembly; Good Friday worship; Wise Women coffee gathering (beginning March 26); Lenten retreat.
  • The church has a new Zoom (video conferencing) account. Any committees or other small groups that would like to connect online using this tool should contact Joanna.

Tuesdays ~ Wise Guys Coffee; 1:30pm, , , (contact Dave Mathis for Zoom link)
Thursdays ~ Wise Women Coffee; 9:30am,,,(contact Judy J for Zoom link)
Mar 28 ~ Church Lenten Retreat–look for material to be emailed out earlier in the week
Apr 10 ~Good Friday service (details TBD)
Apr 12 ~ Easter Worship
Apr 20 ~ JM Nehemiah Assembly (details TBD)

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March
Eileen Unruh
Carol Grieb
Ben Chappell
Bert Haverkate-Ens
Norah Schwabauer
James Harader

April
Roberta Hofer
Rod Hofer
Karen Brown
Judy Johnson
Anne Bailey

Congregational News

Pastor Joanna will have Zoom office hours on Wednesday from 1-2pm. Click here to attend. She is available by email and phone and by appointment, as always. (Note that Monday is her day off.)

Good news! Roger Gibson has been hired as our new building manager. He will be checking on the building during this time when we cannot gather there together.

More good news! Melissa Atchison has been called as our sabbatical coverage pastor. She is already in communication with the PMC Worship Committee and will assume pastoral duties while Joanna is on sabbatical this summer. (Those exact dates are a little uncertain at the moment.)

How and Where to Give:

  • 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.)
  • For our LINK participation in April and May, we are contributing money to First Baptist Church who will provide sack lunches and water bottles for LINK guests. Online giving is here. Or mail a check to: 1330 Kasold Drive, Lawrence, KS, 66049. *If giving online, select “operating fund” and put “for LINK meals” in the “notes” box.
  • Keep saving your coins for our “Coins That Count” offerings. They will be taken to the Mennonite Central Committee sale in Hutchinson the third weekend of April. If the sale is cancelled, we will mail a check to MCC. Last year we collected $188.26.
  • 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. 
  • Finally, as people are losing income, Just Food is becoming a resource for more and more people in our community.

Plan to do justice with other people of faith! The Justice Matters Solutions Briefing (Monday, March 23, 6:30-8 p.m.) will be held in a virtual format rather than in-person. To participate, go to the Facebook event or email Anna Long (anna@justicemattersinkansas.org).

And plan to join us at the Nehemiah Assembly on April 20. This event will also be held online–details TBA. We’re hoping for a great showing of Peace Mennonite folks this year as we stand for restorative justice in schools, alternatives to incarceration, and housing for all of our neighbors. If you have questions about any Justice Matters event, contact a Justice Matters team leader: Susan Rieger, Roger Gibson, or Dave Mathis.

Please use the church email address for general inquiries & announcement notices: peacemennonite@gmail.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.

Facebook users: please take a few minutes to “like” and rate the Peace Mennonite Facebook page. We could use some more star power!

Broader Church News

Heidi Regier Kreider has been reappointed to a second term as WDC Minister.  

Curious about the immigration situation in the United States?  Learn more with resources selected by WDC’s Immigration Task Force.

Mennonite Disaster Service ~ You can view the available dates as well as register yourself/a group to serve by visiting our new online Weekly Volunteer Calendar.

Introducing PeaceMail from Mennonite Church USA! PeaceMail will deliver all of MC USA’s news and blogs in one weekly e-newsletter. Those who have been subscribed to the news and Menno Snapshots emails will begin receiving this in their place. Subscribe here.

To learn more about Anabaptist/Mennonite responses to the challenge of climate change, and resources for creation care, check out the Mennonite Creation Care Network and the Center for Sustainable Climate Solutions (a collaborative initiative of Goshen College, Eastern Mennonite University and Mennonite Central Committee) .

You’re invited to contribute to the Menno Snapshots blog! Are there ways that you have participated in or witnessed the peace of God in your community? Contact KaylaB@mennoniteusa.org if you are willing to share your reflections or recommend someone to share. 

Find out how churches across MC USA are offering solidarity with immigrant communities in their contexts here.

To subscribe to Mennonite Women USA’s blog and newsletter notification, go to their website.  At the bottom of their website is a place to enter your email address to subscribe.

Did you know there is a Mennonite Men’s website? It engages men to grow, give, and serve as followers of Jesus.  

Local Community

If you shop at Dillons or Checkers, consider signing up for their community donations program to support the Lawrence Interdenominational Nutrition Kitchen. Details are on the LINK website under “Ways to Help.”

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