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

This week’s worship includes some beautiful photos by Elinor, music selected by Anne Bailey, and a sermon from Pastor Megan Ramer of Seattle Mennonite Church! You can find the worship playlist here.

We will gather on Zoom at 11:00 on Sunday morning for discussion, sharing, and prayer. Just click on this link to get into our Zoom gathering

Peace Mennonite Events
Sunday, April 18
~ 11:00am: Congregational Mtg on Zoom
Tuesday, April 20
~ 9:30am – 11:30am:  Joanna available at the church office
~ 1:30pm:  Wise Guys (conversation group) meet on Zoom
~ 7:00pm: Coordinating Committee Mtg
Wednesday, April 21
~ 7:30pm:  Peace Pursuits – Transgender 101
~ 7:30pm: Indigfenous Justice Work Group
Thursday, April 22
~ 9:30am:  Wise Women (conversation group) Contact Judy Johnson for meeting location/link.
~ 2:00pm: Reflection and conversation (all welcome) on Zoom
~ 7:00pm: Ministry Team Mtg
Saturday, April 24
~ 9:00am – 12:00pm: PMC Spring Work Day

Congregational News

Our congregational meeting is this Sunday, April 18, at 11 a.m. on Zoom. The agenda is below. If you have something to add to the agenda, please contact Sonja Kaufman. 

  • Welcome/Prayer (Joanna)
  • Treasurer’s Report (Roberta Renz)
  • Affirmation of Andrea Zuercher & Joanna Harader as PMC delegates.
  • Reopening PMC/Meeting in Person – discuss plans to reopen and acquire feedback from participants (Jill Allen)
  • Worship Committee Report (Katie Hobson)
  • Parking Lot Project – Update & Discussion (Anne Bailey)
  • Peace & Social Justice Committee Report (Roger Gibson)
  • Indigenous Justice Group report (Joanna)

Don’t Forget:  There will be a PMC Spring Work Day on Saturday, April 24, from 9:00 to noon.  The main project for the day will be rebuilding/replacing the fence to the east of our property.  We will be working in tandem with our new neighbors, John San Marco and family.  Please your tool belt and be ready to use your hammers!

First Baptist church will host Family Promise from April 25-May 2. You can sign up here to provide a frozen meal, cookies, toilet paper, cleaning kit, or grocery gift card. If you want to donate a gift card, you can donate directly to First Baptist online and they will purchase and distribute the cards. Contact Wendy Wheeler at 785 393-3688 if you have questions.

Please pray for the Executive Board of Mennonite Church USA, which is gathering for a virtual meeting on April 16-17. The Executive Board meets two or three times per year, setting the vision and guiding the direction of the denomination.

Make Medicare an easy step – This online workshop is offered by Everence on Tuesday, April 20 at 6:30. Register soon for this free, online event by contacting the Everence office at 316-283-3800, 877-467-7294 or central.kansas@everence.com.

Content notice: this announcement is about sexual abuse and boundary violations in Western District Conference

We as a congregation have been notified that Into Account, a nonprofit advocacy organization, has received ten reports about Kent Peters grooming young women and girls, and in some cases sexually assaulting them. There is an open police investigation with the North Newton Police Department about the criminal aspects of this case. This is just one part of accountability. 

Kent Peters is a long time counselor and participant at Camp Mennoscah and was a member of their board. He works at Mennonite Mission Network and is an active member in a WDC congregation. 

Into Account has released more information on their website and social media about his patterns and the places he has used to groom the girls and women who reported. 

Given the potential overlap to our community, we wanted to make sure you are aware, know who to contact if you have questions or feel you or someone you know was targeted, and have access to resources.

If you have experienced boundary violations of any sort by Peters, we believe you and you have choices. If you would like to discuss goals and options with an advocate, you can contact Erin Bergen at erinbergen@intoaccount.org. There are multiple investigations (the criminal investigation being just one) happening and if you are interested in being a part of them, you can contact her or contact the North Newton Police Department directly. It is your right to bring an advocate with you if you choose to report to anyone. Your decisions to be involved or not are your own.

And everyone mark your calendars for the May 3 (6:30pm – 8:00pm) Action Assembly in the fairgrounds parking lot! Last year Peace Mennonite won the award for having the highest percentage participation in the Justice Matters action. Let’s do it again!

The last Justice Matters is June 14, 6:30pm for the year end Celebration (Location TBA)

Some people from Peace are working on a land acknowledgment for the church. If you have any thoughts about such a statement–why it is important, what it should include–or if you would like to participate in writing it and have not been part of the conversations so far, please coThe ntact Joanna. (peacemennopastor@gmail.com)

Read Mennonite Church USA’s convention newsletter to meet the worship team for MennoCon21 and get the latest updates on Mennonite Church USA’s first hybrid convention to be held in Cincinnati, Ohio, and online on July 6-10. 

If you are interested in the movement for lgbtq+ justice in the Mennonite church, consider participating in one or more of these webinars from Brethren Mennonite Council.

This year 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. Or if you just want to donate items for the pantry you can leave your donations by the south door–inside or outside.

Peace Pursuits

Here is the April Peace Pursuits Schedule:
April 21: Indigenous Justice Action
April 28: Transgender 101, Part 2 (information and conversation about supporting transgender people)

Check in for Part 2 for Transgender 101 on Wednesday, April 28 at 7:30 p.m. on Zoom. Some of you have asked what all the letters stand for in LGBTQIA+–and why there always seem to be more letters. Several of you wonder how to understand and relate to loved ones who are transgender. Our two Transgender 101 sessions will cover some basic vocabulary and concepts, as well as opening up a space to discuss how we, as individuals and a congregation, can best show love and support to transgender people. Feel free to contact Joanna for more information–or with specific questions you would like to make sure we cover. And check out our new transgender resource page!

Scripture Readings for the week of March 22
(*indicates reading we will focus on next Sunday)

  • Monday: *Acts 8:1-8, 26-40
  • Tuesday: Acts 9:1-19, 32-43
  • Wednesday: Acts 10
  • Thursday: Acts 12:1-19
  • Friday: Acts 14:8-28
    You can find the full list of Bible readings here

Everence College Scholarships: Full time undergraduate students who have a relationship with Everence are eligible to apply for Everence college scholarships. This scholarship is available to students who are Everence members or students whose parents or guardians are members of Everence. Scholarship applications are being accepted now through March 10, 2021. You can find a scholarship application form along with more information about our scholarship and grant programs on our website. Contact Ryan if you have questions. (ryanellett@yahoo.com)

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.

And just a reminder that there are links to all of our past worship play lists on our “At-Home Worship” web page. Maybe there is a song or a prayer or a sermon you’d like to go back and watch again–or share with a friend.

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.

Worship Requests
We’d love more photographs and other visual art for our opening images. Send images to Joanna or contact Roger Martin for more information.
Welcome Videos: Contact Joe Casad if you’re willing to provide a brief welcome for the beginning of our worship service in November.
Special Music: We’ll always take special music of any kind! We’d especially love some pieces for the Advent/Christmas season–which is only about a month away. Send audio or video recording to Joanna.

This is a great time to invite your friends to a Peace Mennonite worship service. Just share our “At-Home Worship” link with them and give them an opportunity to experience the church you love.

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

MCC dignity kit informational webinar, April 20 at 7pm. Yes, MCC has a new kit that has been in development for years and now we’re ready to teach you how to help us bring dignity to young women around the world! The dignity kit includes hygiene items and a reusable menstruation pad system. Join Kate Mast for this webinar to learn about the kit and how to sew the base units for the reusable system. Email katemast@mcc.org for the Zoom link.

Responding to disaster: MCC’s response to hurricanes Eta & Iota webinar April 21 & 22 at 7pm. MCC is pleased to bring you, via Zoom, the people and stories directly impacted by this disaster response that you generously supported. Register here for this two night webinar to hear directly from MCC partner organizations and church partners in Honduras and Nicaragua. They will share about MCC’s disaster response as well as how climate change impacts migration and poverty in Central America.

Mennonite Church USA Women have issued this “Statement on increased violence and hate crimes against Asian American Pacific Islander people.”

The award winning traveling exhibit Voices of Conscience: Peace Witness in the Great War has returned to the Western District Conference region. It is currently on display at Stauth Memorial Museum in Montezuma, Kansas through Saturday May 1. The exhibit lifts up the prophetic insights and the personal courage of World War I peace protesters, and suggests parallels to the culture of war and violence in our world today.  Developed and traveled by Kauffman Museum at Bethel College. To learn more visit VoicesOfConscienceExhibit.org

Looking for kitchen staff and nurses!  Camp Mennoscah is filling volunteer and stipend positions for kitchen staff and nurses for the upcoming 2021 summer.  Contact Camp Mennoscah at office@campmennoscah.org or call 620-297-3290 for available weeks and details.  Kitchen staff can receive a scholarship up to full camp fees for their camper.

Use your skills or try something new! Join the summer staff of MCC’s Sharing With Appalachia People (SWAP) program to support home repair projects in Kimball, West Virginia or Harlan, Kentucky. Positions for Job Site Coordinators and Meals Coordinators are now open. Applicants should be at least 19 years old, but the roles are not limited to young adults. For more information and to apply, visit mcc.org/swap-summer-staff or contact the MCC Appalachia SWAP office at (606) 633-4008 or AppalachiaAdmin@mcc.org.

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

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. 

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.

Local Community/Misc.

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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.

April Birthdays
Roberta Hofer
Rod Hofer
Karen Brown
Anne Bailey