Special Notice:

Roger Martin and Barbara Yoder are hosting a giant three-household garage sale this weekend (Friday 1-6; Saturday, 7-6; Sunday 9-noon;1212 W. 25th Street), including art objects created by Barbara, and a wealth of other objects including but not restricted to the following: file cabinets, books, old vinyl 33 and 1/3rds, plus (list as many other objects as you can think of). Come one, come all and spread the word.

Calendar of Events

Tuesdays ~ Wise Guy’s Kaffee Klatsch; 1:30pm,,,(contact Jim K)
Wednesdays ~ Gardening @ PMC; 9:00am ~ 11:00am,,,(contact Anne B)
Thursdays ~ Wise Women Coffee; 9:00am,,,(contact Judy J)
1st Fridays of Month ~ Open Labyrinth; 9:00am ~ 12:00pm
Aug 18 ~ Congregational Mtg & Potluck
Aug 23 ~ Menno Movie Night
Aug 25 ~ Daryl Nickel Concert
Aug 28 ~ Game Night
Sep 15 ~ Chuck Neufeld; Pastoral Review
Sep 15 ~ Fall Dessert Social
Sep 25 ~ Game Night
Oct 19 ~ Star Party
Oct 30 ~ Game Night
Nov 20 ~ Game Night

August Birthdays

Andrea Zuercher
Dawn Haverkate-Ens
Grace Harader-Ellett
Roger Martin
Tobias Mathis


Congregational News

We will not be having weekly youth Sunday School this fall. Children and youth are welcome to fill any of the regular worship volunteer slots, and we’ll have worship participation tags for them to pick from at the beginning of the service.

Adult Sunday School is on hiatus for the near future.

Please join us for our Congregational Meeting which will be after worship and a potluck lunch this Sunday, August 18.  Please bring a dish to share at the potluck and your own table service to save on clean up time.

Menno Movie Night will be Friday, August 23 at 7:00pm at The Windsor, 3220 Peterson RD. We will watch the movie, “I Am”. In this movie, filmmaker Tom Shadyac asks questions about how we can improve the way we live, and receives some answers that may challenge our assumptions about science and human nature, and provide a basis for hope. The Windsor is the home of Roger Martin, and has agreed to host this event for PMC participants and residents.

Daryl Nickel will present a concert at Peace Mennonite on Sunday, August 25, at 4 pm. All are invited.

Mark your calendars for these monthly game nights to spend time together from 7:00pm – 9:00pm on the following Wednesdays at PMC. Bring games and snacks to share; everyone is invited!  August 28, September 25, October 30, November 20.

PMC will host a “Just Desserts” Social on Sunday, September 15, 6:00pm – 8:00pm. PMC members are asked to bring a dessert, fruit or watermelon. We will provide vanilla ice cream/Cool Whip. Please sign up in the foyer. You can bring your item to church that Sunday morning if you will not be there by 6:00pm. The Peace and Justice Committee will provide information about various peace and justice organizations, so please invite a friend who may be interested in our church. Also, North Lawrence will be invited as part of our outreach effort.

Pastoral/Congregational Review! Chuck Neufeld will facilitate our review process this fall! Here are some dates you won’t want to miss!  On September 15 Chuck will visit and explain the process, and share his musical gifts during worship. Forms will be distributed on September 29. Questions? Visit with someone on the committee:  Anne Bailey, Judy Johnson, Joe Casad, Dave Mathis!

The Social Committee is hosting a Star Party at Roberta and Ron Renz’ house on Saturday evening, October 19 from 6:00pm – 9:00pm. There will be a telescope and giant binoculars for stargazing guided by Becky Janzen and Chuck Wehner. Ron & Roberta will provide a campfire, and PMC will provide the makings for S’Mores. Please bring your instruments for singing around the campfire as well as lawn chairs/blankets. Dress for the cooler weather! This event will be held even if it is cloudy (no stargazing), but not if the weather is inclement.

Mark your Calendars for these important Justice Matters events:

  • Peace Mennonite house meetings in late September (see sign-up sheet for details)
  • November 11 (evening):  Community Problems Assembly
  • December 14 (day):  Research Kick-Off
  • February 20 (evening):  Team Assembly
  • March 23 (evening):  Solutions Briefing
  • April 20 (evening):  Nehemiah Assembly

Jenny Welch Buller will be working with the children and youth this fall to make the youth classroom a more comfortable and inviting space. If you have a couch, comfy chair, bean bag, rug, or any other item you are willing to donate to the cause please let Jenny know.

First Friday Open Labyrinth” ~ The church will be open every first Friday from 9:00am – 12:00am for people from the church and the community to walk the labyrinth. Everyone is welcome.

We have four interest groups going that all are welcome to join:
~ the spiritual direction group usually meets the second Friday of each month; 1:30-3:30 at the church (contact Joanna if there’s been a change of day).
~ the women’s coffee group meets every Thursday morning at 9:30 (contact Judy J)
~ the knitting group meets on Sunday afternoons from 2-4 at the Merc CO+OP, 901 Iowa ST (contact Andrea Z).
~ the men’s Kaffee Klatsch meets every Tuesday afternoon at 1:30 at Amiee’s Coffee House, 1025 Mass ST (contact Jim K).

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!

Text copies of Joanna’s sermons can be found at her blog site at: http://spaciousfaith.com

Broader Church News

Interested in riding in the MCC Flatlander Bicycle Ride on September 21?  Contact the office for cost & registration information.

The Mennonite, Inc., invites your original submissions for our October 2019 print magazine issue and corresponding online content focusing on Positive uses of power.  For more information, go to:  https://themennonite.org/october-2019-call-submissions-positive-uses-power/    Submissions are due to Editor@TheMennonite.org no later than September 2.

Find out how churches across MC USA are offering solidarity with immigrant communities in their contexts: mennoniteusa.org/news/mennonite-church-usa-follow-up-to-churchwide-statement-on-the-abuse-of-child-migrants.

Salem-Zion Mennonite Church youth plan to #BRINGTHEPEACE to the county fair and are selling t-shirts in support of Mennonite Central Committee’s (MCC) asylum and immigrant detainment kit efforts. Read more: mennoniteusa.org/news/salem-zion-mennonite-county-fair.

WDC congregations and members:  Let us join others across the church and nation in prayer and action in response to the tragedy of gun violence.  To read a statement issued this week by Mennonite Church USA along with resources for prayer, conversation and action, see http://mennoniteusa.org/menno-snapshots/call-to-prayer-and-action-gun-violence/

May God give us the courage to stand for the life and redemption given to us through Jesus rather than death and violence. Read MC USA’s response to the federal government reinstating the death penalty: mennoniteusa.org/menno-snapshots/death-penalty-reinstatement-response.

Mennonite Church USA is currently seeking to hire two Communications positions, Communications Production Coordinator and Multimedia News Editor. Find the job descriptions and contact information at mennoniteusa.org/who-we-are/employment.

Find post-convention resources, including worship speaker videos and worship songs: convention.mennoniteusa.org/post-convention-resources.

At MennoCon19, delegates approved the addition of youth delegates and passed the Churchwide Statement on the Abuse of Child Migrants resolution. Catch up on our compiled MennoCon19 news, photos and highlights at mennoniteusa.org/kcsauce.

Mennonite Central Committee is now collecting Immigration detainee care kits. When people who have been placed in immigration detention centers are released, they often have nothing more than the clothes on their backs. Kits containing clothing and hygiene products can help to rebuild their dignity as they are taken to bus stations and airports to reconnect with their families in the U.S. Please visit mcc.org/immigrationkit for all the details of what goes into the kit and how the kits will be distributed. It is one small way we can share Christ’s love with our neighbors. All kit supplies should be sent to MCC Central States 121 E. 30th, PO Box 235, North Newton, KS 67117. Questions? Please contact MCC at 316.283.2720.

WDC Immigration Task Force invites you to read about the realities of life on the border, and how one WDC church, San Antonio Mennonite Church, is responding to “the least of these” as they travel to safety.  Go to http://mennowdc.org/committees-task-forces/

News from MDS ~ Because of your support in 2018, 5,445 volunteers from churches across Canada and the U.S. gave their time, skills, and compassion to build 75 new homes, complete 278 repairs, finish 301 cleanups, and build 14 new bridges for households who experienced a disaster. This volunteer labor is a value of over $9 million USD.

News from MDS ~ the future looks bright! Did you know that in the last 3 years 4,2789 out of 12,355 MDS volunteers were 25 or younger? That’s 34.6 percent!

The June/July/August 2019 issue of WDC Garden is posted at:  http://mennowdc.org/wdc-garden-june-july-august-2019/  In this issue, read about the upcoming WDC Annual Assembly, a church plant who has applied to be a WDC member congregation, and more.  WDC Garden is a quarterly newsletter to help you know what’s going on in WDC!

MCC needs your help to replenish supplies in our Material Resources Center! The following items are running low: black and white spools of all-purpose thread, minimum 250 yards, for Sewing Kits (each kit has 3 spools of each color in it). Lotion, minimum 10 oz, for Returning Citizen Care Kits and sanitary napkins, thin maxi, any count, for Relief Kits. MCC only distributes complete kits, so when we are low on one item the processing of the entire kit comes to a halt. Items for kits can be dropped off or shipped to MCC Central States, 121 E. 30th, PO Box 235, North Newton, KS 67117. Questions? Check out the kits page at mcc.org/kits or contactkatemast@mcc.org.

Western District Conference encourages your regular financial support for your congregation and for WDC as we share together in God’s work in 2019. In his book A Spirituality of Fundraising, Henri Nouwen writes, “Fundraising is a very concrete way to help the kingdom of God come about…The kingdom is where God provides for all that we need. It is the realm of sufficiency where we are no longer pulled here and there by anxiety about having enough…Even a seemingly small act of generosity can grow into something far beyond what we could ever ask for imagine.” Contributions to WDC may be made online at http://mennowdc.org or send to PO Box 306, North Newton KS 67117. Thank you for your generosity!

MennoMedia needs your help to make the new Voices Together hymnal a reality by Fall 2020. Before any copies of Voices Together are sold, MennoMedia will invest more than $700,000. Everence and Mennonite Central Committee U.S. have issued a matching grant challenge of up to $100,000 to help MennoMedia in this final fund-raising effort. Help ensure that Voices Together will be affordably priced for congregations. Make a gift today and have it doubled! Every voice matters. Every dollar counts. Give at VoicesTogetherHymnal.org or email Steve Carpenter at SteveC@MennoMedia.org for more information. Gifts of $500 or more entitle the giver to a tribute line in the hymnal.

MC USA encourages you to “Learn, Pray, Join” for immigration justice now. Watch a recording of our recent immigration justice webinar at: mennoniteusa.org/ijwebinarfull and find ways to support immigration justice at: http://mennoniteusa.org/ij.

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

Local Community

Help make Lawrence a welcoming place for all by dining at J. Wilson’s Restaurant, 4821 W 6th St, Lawrence, on Monday, September 9, from 4:00pm – 9:00pm. That evening, 20% of all margaritas and selected food items will go to Centro Hispano for their work to assist local immigrant families. This benefit is hosted by the Lawrence Interfaith Refugee and Immigrant Ministry (LIRIM). For more info, contact:  LIRIMinistry@gmail.com.

A group from First Presbyterian Church is putting together immigrant kits for Mennonite Central Committee. If you would like to help by donating money and/or helping to assemble kits, please contact Linda Watts: lindajoywatts@gmail.com

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.”

ECM Thrifty Closet! ECM will have affordable second-hand items for sale in the upstairs closet. Donations from the community accepted include household items, books, clothing and more!

Volunteer Opportunity ~ The 1st & 3rd Wednesdays, 5:30pm – 7:00pm at First Baptist Church’s indoor food pantry. Or, at the mobile food pantry coordinated by Harvesters every 4th Saturday; FBC provides the parking lot. Volunteers need to be at FBC by 12:00pm to set up stations for the drive-thru pantry which is open from 1:00pm – 2:00pm. FBC can cancel in case of a funeral, wedding, or bad weather. Talk to Barbara Y for more information.

Retreat space is available at the Lavender House, 1600 New Hampshire ST. Quiet space to listen to God and renew your spirit, for individuals or small groups. Come for a day, part of a day, or overnight (one to four people for overnight). For more information or to reserve a space, please call Patrice Krause, 785-424-4617, or email lavenderhouse1600@gmail.com.  You can find them on Facebook or at:  https://www.lavenderhouse.org/

Volunteer Opportunities ~ Please contact the church office at peacemennonite@gmail.com if you would like to volunteer

  • Help with youth or children’s Sunday School
  • Provide & serve beverages/snacks after worship
  • Serve and/or make casseroles for LINK ~ First Sunday of each month
  • Help with Family Promise program @ First Baptist church (short training required)