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

  • Apr 19 ~ Anne B’s Birthday
  • Apr 22 ~ PMC Spring Work Day
  • Apr 30 ~ Conscientious Objector Info Session

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

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

There is a change of date for our PMC Spring Work Day to Saturday, April 22, 9:00am – 12:00pm. Bring your rakes, paper lawn bags, dandelion diggers, loppers, gloves and clippers! Come and go as you are able. I’m sure there are tasks inside the church as well!

Fellowship meals! – Sign up now to be a host or a guest on the sheet in the foyer. As a host, please indicate how many guests you can accommodate (in addition to your own family). As a guest, please indicate how many will be attending. The social committee will then match up hosts and guests. Each host/guests can then pick a date that suits their schedules to have their meal. It would be great to have you all signed up in the next few weeks. If you have questions, talk to Judy, Sonja or Rosie.

A conscientious objector information session will be held at the church on Sunday, April 30, from 5-7 p.m. This is designed as an opportunity for young people between the ages of 16 and 28 to consider their personal convictions related to military participation and to begin creating a CO file, if they so choose. Anyone is welcome to attend.

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

~ 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: $200,050
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 loa
~ 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

Registration is still open for the Mennonite Church USA Convention 2017 in Orlando July 4-8 to celebrate “Love is a Verb”. Learn more at:

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 888-563-4676 or send a check to MCC, PO Box 500, Akron, PA 17501-0500.

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.

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

The Theologian In Residence program of Lawrence announces it’s 2017 Visiting Scholar in Religion, Dr. George “Tink” Tinker. Dr Tinker is the Clifford Baldridge Professor of American Indian Cultures and Religious Traditions at the Iliff School of Theology in Denver, Colorado. He will be visiting Lawrence on April 23 – 24, and will be presenting in the community, campus and congregations. On Sunday, April 23, he will be leading an informal conversation on contemporary issues facing the Native American population at Plymouth Congregational Church, (925 Vermont Street) at 7:00pm. On Monday, April 24 he will present a lecture at the Mallott Room in the KU Union at 7:00pm.

This year’s Lawrence Huntington’s Disease (HD) Walk of Hope will be Saturday, April 29 at Holcom Recreation Center; rain or shine-we also have the gym. There is no pre-registration or registration fee; Free Registration and T-shirt at 8:30am. Walk starts at 9:00am. There will be water, coffee, pastries, and bagels. We will have a raffle and silent auction. We have local artists including a blown glass vase by Bob Gent, two signed posters by Stan Herd, a KU clock, a signed KU basketball, many local gift cards, and donated items. If you are not able to come to the walk and would still like to donate, you can write a check to HNDC, Lawrence HD Support Group and give it to me or you can go see the video at or our Facebook page: Hereditary Neurological Disease Centre. If you want you can donate on line with a credit card or PayPal. If you have any questions, please e-mail me at or call my cell at 785-550-4167.

The Justice Matters Jubilee Celebration will be Monday, May 1, 7:00pm at the fairgrounds—Flory Meeting Hall. This will be a time to celebrate the good work we have done through Justice Matters in our community. This annual event is also a fund raiser for Justice Matters, so please consider what you are willing to invest in this important ministry. Contact Katie Hobson or Joanna Harader for more information.

On Monday, May 1, 2017 the Lawrence Coalition for Peace & Justice and the Oread Friends Meeting are presenting a May Day Peace Gala. A Peace Pole will be planted in the park near the Polaris missile. The 2017 Tom and Anne Moore Peace & Justice Awards will be presented to Catholic Charities and to Sara Taliaferro. There will be music and cake. Dances of Universal Peace will dance. All times tentative: 6:30pm Dances of Universal Peace, 7:00pm Pole Dedication, 7:30pm Award Presentation.

In honor of National Child Abuse Prevention Month in April, Douglas County CASA is calling on members of the Lawrence faith community to help our program serve more of our community’s most vulnerable children. With more than 80 children still waiting for a CASA volunteer in Douglas County, our need for more volunteers has never been greater. Our next volunteer training class begins in June and we need your help to find more caring individuals to serve as champions for children who have been abused and neglected. Right now, the number of children in foster care is at an all-time high in the state of KS and in our own community. These children come into the child welfare system through no fault of their own. They are the victims of physical, emotional and sexual abuse, and severe neglect that includes everything from abandonment to daily life without adequate food, clothing, shelter, medication, education and more. The number of adverse childhood experiences (ACEs) these children experience is heartbreaking. Fortunately, CASA volunteers are able to help these children in a time of crisis, but we need your help in order to serve more children. For more information about Douglas County CASA, visit<> or call 832-5172. Thank you for sharing our mission with members of your congregation. A list of our current CASA volunteers is also attached, and you may find some familiar names among them. Since April is also National Volunteer Month, we hope that you will consider thanking any members of your congregation who also serve as CASA volunteers.

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.

The 17th season for Lawrence’s Traveling Taizé prayer services: 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

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 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 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, April 26, 2017 ~ God’s Faithfulness in Creation
Worship Leader: Joe Casad; Preacher, Scripture Reader, & Children’s Time: Joanna Harader; Song Leader: Sara Bonner; Accompanist, Prelude & Offertory: Twila Schmidt; Greeter: Doug Koch; Table: Grace Harader-Ellett; Childcare: N/A, Snacks: TBA.

Serving in Worship on Sunday, April 30, 2017 ~ God’s Faithfulness in Creation
Worship Leader & Children’s Time: Jim Russo; Scripture Reader: Judy Johnson; Preacher: Joanna Harader; Greeter & Song Leader: Anne Bailey; Accompanist, Prelude & Offertory: Whitney Baker; Table: Andrea Zuercher; Childcare: Ben Friedline & Doug Koch; Snacks: TBA.

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