Peace Mennonite Church is a Christ-centered community
that seeks to create peace, work for justice, care for creation,
serve others, and nurture thoughtful faith.

Calendar of Events

  • Mar 9 ~ Carol G’s Birthday
  • Mar 11 ~ Eileen U’s Birthday
  • Mar 23 ~ Ben C’s Birthday
  • Mar 24 ~ Mike K’s Birthday
  • Mar 27 ~ Bert H-Es’ Birthday
  • Mar 28 ~ Lenten Taize Service
  • Apr 9 ~ Congregational Mtg & Potluck
  • Apr 10-14 ~ Ecumenical Holy Week Services
  • Apr 14 ~ Good Friday Services; family & contemplative
  • Apr 16 ~ Easter Sunrise Service

Congregational News

We have Sunday School for children (all ages) and youth every Sunday morning at 9:30. Parents who want to attend adult Sunday School are welcome to drop their children off early. Please contact Joanna with questions:

Adult Sunday School will be gathering at Rosie & Rob’s home Sunday mornings at 9:20.

If you are planning a trip to the North Newton area soon, please let Joanna know if you are able to transport some items to the MCC Center there.

Upcoming Worship Opportunities:

  • Lenten Taize Service: March 28, 7:00pm
  • Ecumenical Holy Week Services: April 10-14, noon, First Presbyterian Church
  • Good Friday Service: April 14; 6:30pm – family; 7:30pm – contemplative
  • Easter Sunrise Service: April 16, 6:30am, Centennial Park

Choir Opportunity ~ Join the choir that will be singing for Lent on April 2, (Lent 5). Psalms 23 will be the predominant scripture/theme of the service. There are so many wonderful pieces of music that feature the text from Psalms 23 that the Lent planning team couldn’t pass up the opportunity to pull together a choir to sing several of the songs. So, anyone interested, the next jpractice will be this Sunday, March 19, following worship. Contact Anne Bailey with any questions or to get a copy of the music.

We have three interest groups going that all are welcome to join:

  • the spiritual direction group will meet the last Friday of each month; 10:00am ~ 11:45am at the church (contact Joanna);
  • the women’s coffee group meets every Thursday morning at 9:30 (contact Judy Johnson)
  • the knitting group meets on Sunday afternoons from 2-4 at the Merc (contact Andrea Zuercher).

To join PMC’s email listserv, send an email to After subscribing, to send an email to the listserv, use

Podcasts of Joanna’s sermons can be found at our Sermon Drop site:

Text copies of Joanna’s sermons can be found at her blog site at:

Capital Campaign News ~ Growing Peace

The kingdom of heaven is like a mustard seed. . . . it is the smallest of seeds, but when it has grown it . . . becomes a tree so that the birds of the air come and make nests in its branches.” ~Matthew 13:31-32

Current Pledges: $198,645

Campaign Goal: $250, 000

Many thanks to all who have pledged and contributed to the campaign!

Current Activities:

  • Building Design Team is working towards final architectural plans and contractor bids
  • Rod Hofer, Roberta Renz, and Joe Casad have agreed to serve on the team that will communicate with Everence and gather information about a loan
  • Capital Campaign Team is mailing fund raising materials to those connected to the church who do not attend
  • Inviting & Including Team is looking toward a web site update

What you can do:

  • Give brochures (on the back podium) to people you know who might be interested in our project
  • Share names of people we could contact with the Capital Campaign Team (Joe Casad, Ken Lohrentz, Judy Johnson, Rich Bailey)
  • Pray for our congregation as we seek to be faithful in our endeavors to create more space in our building and our fellowship.

More details about the project—including the latest floor plan drawing—are available at Just click on the “Growing Peace” tab.

Broader Church News

In 2016, the Mennonite Worship and Song Committee began developing a new collection designed to succeed Hymnal: A Worship Book (1992), and supplements Sing the Journey (2005), and Sing the Story (2007). The Committee calls on authors (of worship resources and hymn texts), songwriters (who compose words and music as a unit), and composers (of hymn tunes) to submit original work intended to enhance congregational worship in Anabaptist-Mennonite faith communities. We welcome submissions for consideration in this new collection. We expect the submissions portal at: to be active throughout 2017. More information at: Contact with questions.

Jewish and Palestine Voices for Peace Wednesday, April 19, Ecumenical Campus Ministry (ECM) 904 Sunset, Manhattan, KS 7:00 PM – 8:30 PM Diverse perspectives on Israel-Palestine and prospects for peace in our new political climate. The event features Jonathan Kuttab, a Palestinian Mennonite and human rights lawyer who serves on the Boards of Sabeel and Al Haq. Jonathan will speak on the vision of Palestinian Arabs and Israeli Jews to live free, dignified and whole lives in the Land belonging to both. Kuttab will be joined by Laura Tillem, Jewish Voice for Peace and Peace and Social Justice Center of South Central Kansas . Jewish Voices for Peace, “opposes anti-Jewish, anti-Muslim, and anti-Arab bigotry and oppression”. JVP seeks an end to the Israeli occupation of the West Bank, Gaza Strip, and East Jerusalem; security and self-determination for Israelis and Palestinians; a just solution for Palestinian refugees based on principles established in international law; an end to violence against civilians; and peace and justice for all peoples of the Middle East.” For more information contact Bob Atchison ( 785-539-5352 (home) 785-532-3310 (work)), Manhattan Mennonite Church: Jewish and Palestine Voices for Peace Partners/Sponsors Ecumenical Campus Ministry, K-State Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Manhattan Manhattan Mennonite Church Manhattan Alliance for Peace and Justice UFM Community Learning Center First Congregational United Church of Christ Islamic Center of Manhattan.

EVERENCE WEBINAR OFFERINGS ~ To register for the webinars below, contact Melissa Short at melissa.short@ or (800) 222-5054; or visit Once registered, you will receive an email confirming your registration, with information you need to ~ Basics of investing: (for anyone interested in learning more about investing) Tuesday, March 21 (1 or 7 PM Central) We’ll discuss how investing can help you meet your financial goals, go over different types of investments and help you determine your appropriate level of risk. We’ll also cover how to get started and address your questions. Presented by Dennis LeFevre*, CFP®, Trust and Financial Advisor.
~ Narrative Budgeting: Making numbers come alive (for pastors and church leaders) Thursday, March 23 (1:00pm or 7:00pm Central) In this webinar, we’ll discuss how a church budget can go beyond numbers to present an inspiring vision of the living spirit working in your church. See how a story approach to your budget meeting can inspire and engage your congregation in ways you haven’t thought of before. Presented by Steve Bustos, Everence Stewardship Consultant.

According to the United Nations, the world is facing the largest humanitarian crisis since the second world war. More than 20 million people across Yemen, Somalia, South Sudan and northeast Nigeria are facing or are at risk of famine. Mennonite Central Committee (MCC) is working in the area to provide emergency food assistance and increase its response to the crisis. Because of serious conflicts and concerns for safe, unimpeded access for humanitarian assistance, this process is slow and challenging. To donate to MCC’s relief fund, which supports MCC’s response to this disaster and others, visit, call 1-888-563-4676 or send a check to MCC, PO Box 500, Akron, PA 17501-0500.

MCC Material Resource needs: The Workroom at the MCC Material Resource Center in North Newton is a busy place! So busy, that we are running very low on the following items: men’s deodorant (minimum size 2.25 oz), men’s briefs (white), size L or XL only, men’s crew neck undershirts (white), size L or XL only, lotion (max. size 2 oz), bath towels (medium weight, dark colors), fingernail clippers, shampoo (13-24 oz). You are welcome to shop AmazonSmile ( for easy shopping and the ability to ship it directly to MCC in North Newton, plus a small portion of your purchase is donated back to MCC by Amazon. Items can be brought to MCC at 121 E. 30th in North Newton, KS 67117 and left in the After Hours Donation Drop Off at anytime. Thank you for your continued generous support!

Early registration for the Mennonite Church USA Convention 2017 has been extended to March 23!  Early Registration includes a T-shirt, I-Ride trolley pass, servant project and a meal card.  Come to Orlando July 4-8 to celebrate “Love is a Verb” with fellowship, worship and activities with Mennonites from around the country.  Learn more at:

Sister Care ~ Level 2 “Going Deeper” retreat presenters will be Carolyn Heggen & Rhonda Keener on Friday-Sunday, May 5-7 at the Spiritual Life Center in Wichita. For more information contact Pam Schrag at 316-217-1448 or

This is the link to Taylor Ermoian’s blog where he is writing about his experience serving with Mennonite Central Committee in Palestine.

The 17th season for Lawrence’s Traveling Taizé prayer services has begun. The 2016-2017 Taizé season includes 14 services hosted by nine area churches. All services start at 6:00pm. Bookmarks with this year’s Taizé schedule are available on the podium at the back of the meeting room. Taizé, which developed in Taizé, France, following WWII, focuses on simple prayers and music, reflective readings and meditation as a way to bring peace to our hearts and to the world. All our welcome to these ecumenical services. For more information or to be put on the Taizé email list, contact Judith Galas at

Free weekly email subscriptions available for WDC communication pieces: 1) WDC Seeds announces what’s new and good in Western District Conference ministries and congregations. 2) WDC Sprouts has articles from staff and information about Western District Conference and Mennonite Church USA events. To subscribe, email

On the Way newsletter – Did you know that Mennonite Church USA Staff puts out a quarterly newsletter exploring various justice issues around the church? If you’re not a subscriber yet, sign up to receive our next edition of On the Way, which will feature highlights from the recent women doing theology conference.

Community News

Climate Change Consequences and Responses

  • Sunday, April 2, 4:00 pm, don’t miss the presentation “Climate Change and Environmental Security in a Trump White House”, Lawrence Public Library Auditorium. The speaker will be Brigadier General (ret.) Dr. Chris King. He is acknowledged as one well-versed in the security implications of climate change. He is Dean Emeritus of the United States Army’s Command and General Staff College. He is also a member of Global Military Advisory Council on Climate Change, a group of military officers from around the world working to address the security impacts of climate change.
  • This “mini-series” on climate change consequences and what are possible responses is being hosted by Lawrence Ecology Teams United in Sustainability (LETUS) and the Sierra Club-Wakarusa Group. A variety of information booths will be at both events providing opportunity for those attending to choose to be involved if not already so engaged.

Centro Hispano of Lawrence is asking for financial support as they continue to serve Latino/a immigrants in our community. They pay for case workers, AmeriCorps volunteers, attorneys, visas, plane tickets, emergency assistance, and funds for children’s extra curricular activities. Their address is 204 W 13th ST, Lawrence KS, 66044.

Volunteer Opportunity ~ The 1st & 3rd Wednesdays, 5:30pm – 7:00pm at First Baptist Church’s indoor food pantry. Or, at the mobile food panty 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 Yoder for more information.

There is a morning prayer gathering at the ECM Building every Monday – Thursday morning at 8:00am. The event is hosted by the United Methodist and Episcopal student ministries. All are welcome.

Retreat space now 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

Serving in Worship on Sunday, March 19, 2017 ~ 3rd Sunday of Lent

Worship Leader: Joanna Harader; Scripture Reader: Carol Grieb; Speaker: TBA; Children’s Time & Greeter: Jim Russo; Song Leader: Andrea Zuercher; Accompanist, Prelude & Offertory: Whitney Baker; Childcare: Bert Haverkate-Ens & Roger Martin; Snacks: Jenny Welch Buller.

Serving in Worship on Sunday, March 26, 2017 ~ 4th Sunday of Lent

Worship Leader: Andrea Zuercher; Scripture Reader: Roberta Renz; Preacher & Children’s Time: Joanna Harader; Song Leader: Jim Krause; Accompanist, Prelude & Offertory: Twila Schmidt; Childcare: N/A; Greeter: Doug Koch; Snacks: Roberta Renz.

Volunteer Opportunities ~ Please contact the church office at if you would like to volunteer

  • Help with child care during worship
  • Help with youth or children’s Sunday School
  • Prepare beverages /snacks after worship
  • Serve and/or make casseroles for LINK ~ First Sunday of each month
  • Help Gwen carry LINK groceries every other month @ Checkers
  • Volunteer at Ten Thousand Villages, 835 Mass ST
  • Help Greg clean our worship space