Worship is currently on-line. See our at-home worship page for links to each Sunday’s order of worship.

It’s Anabaptist World Heritage Sunday! Enjoy some photos and prayers from Mennonites around the world. Worship also includes material from the new Mennonite hymnal, Voices Together. Thanks to Andrea for choosing the hymns this week.

I hope you can join us on Zoom at 11 for sharing and prayer. Just click on this link to get into our Zoom gathering.

Peace Pursuits

We’ll be taking a brief break from Peace Pursuits and start back up again in February.

Peace Mennonite this Week

Sunday, January 24
~ 11:00am  Congregational Meeting on Zoom
Tuesday, January 26 
~ 9:00am – 11:00am  Joanna has office hours at church building
~ 11:00am  Worship Committee meeting (on Zoom)
~ 1:30pm  Wise Guys (conversation group–contact Ken Ratzlaff for Zoom link)
Wednesday, January 27
~ 1:00 – 2:00pm  Joanna’s office hours on Zoom
Thursday, January 28
~ 9:30am  Wise Women (conversation group–contact Judy Johnson for meeting location/link)
~ 2:00 p.m. Small group sharing and prayer on Zoom (all welcome)
~ 7:00pm  Ministry Team (on Zoom)

Congregational News

Scripture Readings for the week of January 25
(*indicates reading we will focus on next Sunday)
Monday: *Luke 6:1-16
Tuesday: Luke 6:17-49
Wednesday: Matthew 5
Thursday: Matthew 6
Friday: Matthew 7
You can find the full list of Bible readings here.

All active Peace Mennonite participants should have received an email with documents for this Sunday’s congregational meeting (January 24 at 11:00 on Zoom). Please contact Joanna if you need her to send you these document. See you there!

Would you be willing to record a brief welcome video for an upcoming worship service? We miss gathering together in person and it’s a gift to be able to see each other in worship–even in a video. Please contact Joanna if you are willing to do a welcome!

Our Family Promise partner church, First Baptist, is “hosting” the week of February 7. In these COVID times, hosting means providing meals, treats, gift cards, and cleaning supplies for Family Promise families. Click here for more information and to sign up to help.

Seeking the Beloved Community: From Racism to Reconciliation: As part of God’s reconciling work, we are called to dismantle racism and build relationships across racial divides. On Saturday, January 23, 2021 from 9:00 – 11:30 a.m. EST, Mennonite Men will be hosting a meeting, open to all genders, with members of Seeking the Beloved Community, a group of Black and White men in Elkhart, Indiana, who have been engaged in this work for seven years. A number of these are pastors and members of Mennonite congregations. To learn more about the event, click here. To register for the event, click here.

Note from Western District Conference: Your generous gifts to WDC are appreciated as we look toward our fiscal year end on January 31 and meeting our budget goal! You may make an online contribution HERE or send a check to Western District Conference, PO Box 306, North Newton KS  67117. Thank you for your generosity!      

WDC and South Central Conference are once again joint recipients of a Leadership Transformation Grant from Kansas Leadership Center for next year.  See KLC’s announcement here.  This will cover the cost for a limited number of WDC and SCC members to attend KLC’s primary adaptive leadership training programs in 2021.  If you are interested in taking training, contact Heidi Regier Kreider at heidirk@mennowdc.org, or watch for more information in the new year.  

The church shed door is in need of repair. If you have the time and skills to tackle this project, please let Sonja Kaufman, Moderator know.

The Coordinating Committee would like to clarify our COVID-time building-use policy: If you stop by the church, please enter the building only if you are feeling healthy.  Please wear a mask inside the building at all times.  There will be a “sign in” sheet near both entrances.  If you will be in the building more than fifteen minutes, please jot down your name and the day you were in the building.  The list is a way for PMC to do contact tracing in the event that someone that’s used the building tests positive for Covid-19.  Thank you for your understanding and help.  We want to be safe in the use of the building as we do the work of the church. 

Please note that the building and grounds committee periodically changes the key code. If you want to make sure you are on the list of those to receive updated codes, please be in touch with LaVonne. (peacemennonite@gmail.com) If you find yourself in need of the code, feel free to contact LaVonne or Joanna.

Looking to donate to local non-profits this season? The Douglas County Community Foundation provides a helpful list and provides some matching funds.

Beginning in January, we are asking for households to volunteer to restock the pantry. During your month, you would be asked to check on the pantry weekly, neaten up and add to the current stock. There will be a box of back-up items inside the south door to draw from or you can purchase your own. To volunteer your household for one month, please contact Barb Yoder at blyoder.ku.edu.

Want to donate items for the pantry?  Please note that during the winter months we cannot put out glass jars or cans. Food in packets, cardboard, or plastic works well in the winter. You are also welcome to donate small clothing items, such as hats, gloves and socks, and toiletries. If the pantry is full, you can leave your donations by the south door–inside or outside–or contact Barbara Yoder.

The Peace and Justice Committee invites you to share a service story with your church family.

You may not know that the “Inside Peace” page on our web site has links to helpful documents like the newly revised constitution, the crisis and funeral form, and church committee information. Joanna welcomes ideas about how to make the web site more helpful for church participants and visitors.

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.

Broader Church News

Save the date: WDC Annual Assembly will be July 30-Aug 1, 2021, in a hybrid model with the possibility of both virtual and in-person activities. More information to come!

The WDC Garden December 2020/January/February 2021 issue is now available for viewing at: https://mennowdc.org/wdc-garden-december-2020-january-february-2021/.  Learn about how WDC is engaging with racial justice and cultural diversity, the impact of Covid-19 on Hispanic churches, an announcement about Sandra Montes-Martinez as the new WDC Associate Conference Minister (Texas-Based), and more!

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. 

Check out these recent articles from Mennonites about immigrant justice:
An Immigration Detention Center Attorney Speaks Out, by Anali Looper
Think ‘más allá’ about the immigrants in your midst by Ulises Arenas
“Like Good Samaritans, we must help immigrants through COVID-19,” by Richard R. Aguirre

Racial Justice from Palestine to the US video is now posted on YouTube.  If you missed this great dialogue hosted by the WDC Israel-Palestine Task Force and MennoPIN last Monday because of our technical difficulties, here’s your chance to listen to it.  It was full of fascinating intersections of racial justice issues here and in Israel-Palestine.  

The Bethel College Women’s Association now has an online market where you can purchase craft items and other products to support the college. 

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. 

Local Community/Misc.

If you need help using Zoom, please see this helpful document.

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.)
  • The Peace Mennonite Peace and Justice Committee continues to collect funds to purchase gift cards for Woodlawn families. Make checks out to Peace Mennonite and note “Woodlawn fund” in the memo.
  • The Social Service League of Lawrence provides many different kinds of support to those in need in our community.
  • 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.
  • Lindsey Willow is part of this organization that creates care packages for preemie babies and  their parents. She invites you to donate items from their Amazon list.

January Birthdays
Piet Knetsch
Joanna Harader
Perry Bonner
Ryan Ellett
Matt Schwabauer

February Birthdays
Jenny Buller
Katie Hobson
Nathaniel Willow
Marike Janzen
Gwen Wiens
Ben Buller
Nadine Koch
Piper Bonner
Becky Janzen