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
Thursdays ~ Wise Women Coffee
Sept 17 ~ Welcome Joanna back from Sabbatical
Sept 19 ~ Potluck & Congregational Mtg

September Birthdays
Elinor R
Calvin J-C
Joe C

Congregational News

We have Sunday School for children (all ages) and youth until September 3.

Children’s Sunday School teachers needed for the upcoming school year. We have four confirmed volunteers and could use two more. We will be using a set curriculum this year to make planning easier for the teachers. Each teacher volunteers for one month at a time. Please contact Joanna if you are interested in helping out!

Our 3rd Quarter Congregational Meeting & Potluck will take place following worship on September 19. Please plan to attend. Bring a dish to share and your own table service for the potluck.

The refrigerator is out of commission for the near future. If you are responsible for beverages and snacks, please note that there will be no ice or cold water, so plan accordingly.

A reminder that we are part of the North Lawrence neighborhood: The traffic commission recently granted the request for traffic calming along Lincoln Street from 2nd Street to 7th Street. Until traffic calming measures are approved by the city commission and installed, please be a good neighbor. Drive the speed limit (25 mph) and watch out for folks walking on the street where there are no sidewalks.

We have been invited to the NLIA’s Annual Potluck Picnic on Monday, September 11, at 6:00pm at the Lyon Park Picnic Shelter. Bring a main dish, side and/or dessert to share. Plates, cups, plastic-ware and drinks are furnished.

The Wise Women retired ladies coffee group is inviting any lady who is free this summer on Thursday mornings to join our group! We meet at 9:30am. every Thursday morning. Presently we are meeting at the library but we also meet at other places especially if the weather is nice. If you would like to join us, please send your name and email to Judy, I send out an email every Wednesday to announce the meeting place and to encourage a few responses so we know we will not be drinking alone. We look forward to seeing new faces!

Tuesdays in the Garden—thank you to all who helped in out gardens this summer. They are very beautiful from all your tender loving care. Feel free to keep pulling those weeds when you see one.

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 Z).

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

~ 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: $205,120
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 H, Roberta R, and Joe C 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 C, Ken L, Judy J, Rich B)
~ 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

HELP DISPLACED PEOPLE IN DR CONGO: Armed conflict in the Kasai region of the Democratic Republic of the Congo has displaced 1.4 million people, including 8,000 Mennonites. A Congolese assessment team visited this summer and found a severe lack of food and increasing malnutrition. Families had to leave their fields and animals when they fled the violence, and food that is available for purchase is very expensive. An Anabaptist response is underway, shaped and implemented by Congolese Mennonite and Mennonite Brethren church-based relief committees, coordinated by Mennonite Central Committee (MCC) and supported by global and Canada- and U.S.-based Anabaptist organizations. Your gift of money will help provide food, household items and shelter supplies. Make your donation online at or by phone, 888-563-4676; mail checks to MCC, PO Box 500, Akron PA 17501. Please keep those who have been forced from their homes, and those hosting them, in your prayers.

From MDS ~ Please pray for those impacted by Hurricane Harvey and the severe flooding on the Texas Gulf Coast. MDS is closely monitoring the situation and is preparing for a response. We will be sending an assessment team to the area this week to determine short and long term responses.

Opportunities for adaptive leadership training: WDC’s 2017 grant from Kansas Leadership Center still has several training spots for the Sept, Oct or Nov 2017 sessions of You.Lead.Now introductory leadership training or Equip to Lead for those who have had previous KLC training offered by KLC in Wichita, KS. Training sessions are filling up, so persons interested in applying for a training spot should contact WDC soon! Any minister or member of a WDC congregation is eligible to apply. For more information about KLC, see

The Mennonite, Inc. welcomes your original submissions and contributions for the October 2017 print magazine issue and corresponding online content focusing on Scripture: Texts that move and shape you. Submissions are due no later than August 1, 2017. We welcome written reflections—personal stories, biblical or theological reflections, poetry and more (800 – 1200 words), as well as original photography, multimedia products (including, but not limited to, original song or music recordings, music playlists, videos and vlogs) and artwork on the theme. For more info:

Your input is invited for the new Mennonite hymnal! Go to where you can give feedback on songs in our current hymnal and supplements, as well as submit new hymns for consideration. The committee is also looking for written liturgies and visual art.

Local Community

ECM Thrifty Closet! Starting this fall, the 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 4thSaturday; 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.

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, September 10, 2017 ~ Coordinator: Andrea Z

Worship Leader, Scripture Reader, Table: Andrea Z; Song Leader: Sara B; Accompanist: Twila S; Prelude & Offertory: Jim K; Children’s Time: Jenny W-B; Preacher: TBA; Greeter & Snacks: Carol G, Childcare: Jenny W-B & Mikayla K.

Serving in Worship on Sunday, September 17, 2017 ~ Congregational Mtg & Potluck
Worship Leader: Steve U; Song Leader: Joe Casad; Accompanist: Whitney B: Prelude & Offertory: TBA; Scripture Reader: Carol G; Preacher, Children’s Time, Table: Joanna H; Childcare: Patrice K & LaVonne M; Greeter: Katie H; Snacks: Judy J.

Serving in Worship on Sunday, September 24, 2017
Worship Leader: Ryan E; Song Leader: Jim K; Accompanist: Twila S; Prelude & Offertory: Sara, Piper, & Perry B; Scripture Reader & Snacks: Judy J; Children’s Time: Jim R; Childcare: Terry F & Doug K; Table: Grace H-E; Greeter: Anne B..

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
  • Provide & serve 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
  • Help Greg clean our worship space