Calendar of Events
Tuesdays ~ Wise Guy’s Kaffee Klatsch; 1:30pm,,,(contact Jim K)
Thursdays ~ Wise Women Coffee; 9:00am,,,(contact Judy J)
1st Fridays of Month ~ Open Labyrinth; 9:00am ~ 12:00pm
Sep 25 ~ Game Night
Sep 29 ~ Cong/Pastor Review Forms Available
Oct 16 ~ JM House Mtg @ PMC w/ Roger G
Oct 19 ~ Star Party
Oct 20 ~ JM House Mtg @ PMC w/ Dave M
Oct 26 ~ PMC Fall Work Day
Oct 30 ~ Game Night
Nov 10 ~ Scripture Reading Workshop
Nov 17 ~ Scripture Reading Workshop
Nov 20 ~ Game NightNov 24 ~ Scripture Reading Worshop
Dec 13 ~ Taizé Service @ PMC
Apr 10 ~ Taizé Service & Open Labyrinth @ PMC
We will not be having weekly youth Sunday School this fall. Children and youth are welcome to fill any of the regular worship volunteer slots, and we’ll have worship participation tags for them to pick from at the beginning of the service.
The opening Taize service for the 2019-2020 Taizé season will be at 6:00pm, Friday, September 27, at Plymouth Congregational church, 925 Vermont. All are welcome to this ecumenical service of simple song, scripture, readings, candlelight and brief moments of silence. To receive information about all upcoming Taizé services, email Judith Galas, firstname.lastname@example.org or pick up a bookmark in the entryway. Peace Mennonite will host the services on December 13 & April 10.
Please plan to attend our Fall Work Day, Saturday, October 26, from 9:00am – 12:00pm. Outdoor jobs may include “putting the gardens to bed” and mulching the beds for the winter. We will need to also trim low tree branches. Please bring yard waste bags, rakes, wheel barrows, pitchforks, and large clippers for tree limbs. Trucks for hauling debris would be very welcome. There may be some indoor jobs as well. Coffee and breakfast snacks will be provided by Rosie.
We will have a scripture reading workshop during the Sunday School time (9:30-10:20) on November 10, 17, and 24. Piet Knetsch, a retired pastor and theater teacher, has graciously agreed to lead these sessions. All adults and youth are welcome to attend, and those who are on—or would like to be on—the scripture reading volunteer list are especially encouraged to participate.
Our Pastor/Congregation Review process is in full swing! If you are an active (or semi-active) participant in Peace Mennonite, we want to hear from you! Here is how to participate:
- Think about and pray for your church.
- Fill out a self-evaluation form—a PDF was emailed out from Chuck Neufeld over a week ago, and hard copies are available on the back table in the sanctuary. (Note that these will not be turned in.)
- Fill out the Pastoral Review and the Congregational Review in any order. You should have received email links to on-line versions and hard copies are available—and can be turned in–at church.
- Parents, remember to discuss the three review questions with your children and email Chuck their responses.
- All reviews are due by Sunday, October 13.
- Plan to attend the congregational meeting on November 10 to discuss the results of the review.
- Contact a review team member with questions: Anne Bailey, Judy Johnson, Joe Casad, and Dave Mathis.
Opportunities to Volunteer in the Community
- The Drop-In and Rest (DARE) Center provides a safe indoor space for people who are experiencing homelessness from 2:30-6:30 each week day. Guests can take showers, do laundry, grab a snack, and just relax. Volunteers are needed to host and training is provided. If interested, contact Loring or Ruth at DareCenter214@gmail.com or 785-856-0698.
- There is a new program in town called Interfaith Mental Health Outreach that works to pair people struggling with mental health challenges with mentor in their faith communities. If you would like to learn more about this program, contact Joanna or email InterfaithMHOutreach@gmail.com.
- Each year, the Theologian in Residence program brings a religion scholar to Lawrence for several public events. The planning team would welcome a representative from Peace Mennonite to be part of this effort. Contact Joanna if you are interested.
As our “decorating groups” begin their work, please remember that if you have items you would like to donate to the church, we ask that you check with the appropriate committee representatives before bringing them: library—Ken Lohrentz; kitchen items—Rosie Claassen or Becky Janzen; sanctuary—Andrea Zuercher; entryway/hall/old entry—Anne Bailey; youth room—Jenny Welch Buller; garden/landscaping—Jill Allen; other areas and general supplies—Mike Kaufman. Thank you!
Please plan to join one of our Justice Matters House Meetings this fall. House meetings are a wonderful opportunity to talk with other Peace Mennonite people about issues that matter in our lives and our community. There are two more options to choose from: Wednesday, October 16, 6:00pm at the church, hosted by Roger Gibson; or Sunday, October 20, at church following worship, hosted by Dave Mathis. To sign up, add your name to the list in the entry area or contact the host directly.
The Social Committee is hosting a Star Party at Roberta and Ron Renz’ house on Saturday evening, October 19 from 6:00 to 9:00 pm. There will be a telescope and giant binoculars for stargazing guided by Becky Janzen and Chuck Wehner. Ron/Roberta will provide a campfire, and PMC will provide the makings for S’Mores. Please bring your instruments for singing around the campfire as well as lawn chairs/blankets. Dress for the cooler weather! This event will be held even if it is cloudy (no stargazing), but not if the weather is inclement.
Mark your calendars for these monthly game nights to spend time together from 7:00pm – 9:00pm on the following Wednesdays at PMC. Bring games and snacks to share; everyone is invited! October 30, November 20.
Mark your Calendars for these important Justice Matters events:
Peace Mennonite house meetings in late September (see sign-up sheet for details)
November 11 (evening): Community Problems Assembly
December 14 (day): Research Kick-Off
February 20 (evening): Team Assembly
March 23 (evening): Solutions Briefing
April 20 (evening): Nehemiah Assembly
Jenny Welch Buller will be working with the children and youth this fall to make the youth classroom a more comfortable and inviting space. If you have a couch, comfy chair, bean bag, rug, or any other item you are willing to donate to the cause please let Jenny know.
“First Friday Open Labyrinth” ~ The church will be open every first Friday from 9:00am – 12:00am for people from the church and the community to walk the labyrinth. Everyone is welcome.
We have four interest groups going that all are welcome to join:
~ the spiritual direction group usually meets the second Friday of each month; 1:30-3:30 at the church (contact Joanna if there’s been a change of day).
~ the women’s coffee group meets every Thursday morning at 9:30 (contact Judy J)
~ the knitting group meets on Sunday afternoons from 2-4 at the Merc CO+OP, 901 Iowa ST (contact Andrea Z).
~ the men’s Kaffee Klatsch meets every Tuesday afternoon at 1:30 at Amiee’s Coffee House, 1025 Mass ST (contact Jim K).
Please use the church email address for general inquiries & announcement notices: email@example.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.
Facebook users: please take a few minutes to “like” and rate the Peace Mennonite Facebook page. We could use some more star power!
Text copies of Joanna’s sermons can be found at her blog site at: http://spaciousfaith.com
Broader Church News
To learn more about Anabaptist/Mennonite responses to the challenge of climate change, and resources for creation care, check out the Mennonite Creation Care Network at https://mennocreationcare.org, and the Center for Sustainable Climate Solutions (a collaborative initiative of Goshen College, Eastern Mennonite University and Mennonite Central Committee) at: https://www.sustainableclimatesolutions.org.
Join MCC for a South Texas Borderlands learning tour, November 3-8. This learning tour will be packed with opportunities for learning about immigration. From talking with MCC partners who work in legal representation, to those that do water drops, to providing shelter to those recently released. You will also connect with people who have lived the immigrant experience, visit Mennonite churches on the border, hear perspectives from south of the border, and visit a detention center. You will have a first-hand learning experience on the impact of policy and see the hope of incredible people working to extend God’s love and compassion for all. The cost for the trip is $700, plus airfare. Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com for more information.
You’re invited to contribute to the Menno Snapshots blog! Are there ways that you have participated in or witnessed the peace of God in your community? Contact KaylaB@mennoniteusa.org if you are willing to share your reflections or recommend someone to share. Visit the blog at mennoniteusa.org/category/menno-snapshots.
Get involved with something BIG – record breaking BIG! MCC is celebrating our 100th anniversary and attempting to collect 6500 comforters to deliver to people in need all around the world. Get involved by tying a comforter on January 18, 2020 (mark your calendars now!). We are looking for people to host a comforter tying event in their community. Contact Kate Mast at 316.283.2720 or firstname.lastname@example.org for details, supplies and resources. It’s more than a warm blanket – it’s a message of love and compassion.
Comforter Mini Blitz, September 27 & 28 at MCC in North Newton! If you can tie a knot, you can tie a comforter! Come and join in the fun at this relaxed, come-and-go event. Bring your friends and family! Before you know it, you’ll have helped to spread warmth and love around the world to people in situations far out of their control. Hours for the event are Friday, Sept. 27 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Saturday, Sept. 28 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Find out more at mcc.org/comforter-blitz. Questions, contact email@example.com, 316.283.2720.
Find out how churches across MC USA are offering solidarity with immigrant communities in their contexts: mennoniteusa.org/news/mennonite-church-usa-follow-up-to-churchwide-statement-on-the-abuse-of-child-migrants.
WDC congregations and members: Let us join others across the church and nation in prayer and action in response to the tragedy of gun violence. To read a statement issued this week by Mennonite Church USA along with resources for prayer, conversation and action, see http://mennoniteusa.org/menno-snapshots/call-to-prayer-and-action-gun-violence/
May God give us the courage to stand for the life and redemption given to us through Jesus rather than death and violence. Read MC USA’s response to the federal government reinstating the death penalty: mennoniteusa.org/menno-snapshots/death-penalty-reinstatement-response.
Find post-convention resources, including worship speaker videos and worship songs: convention.mennoniteusa.org/post-convention-resources.
At MennoCon19, delegates approved the addition of youth delegates and passed the Churchwide Statement on the Abuse of Child Migrants resolution. Catch up on our compiled MennoCon19 news, photos and highlights at mennoniteusa.org/kcsauce.
WDC Immigration Task Force invites you to read about the realities of life on the border, and how one WDC church, San Antonio Mennonite Church, is responding to “the least of these” as they travel to safety. Go to http://mennowdc.org/committees-task-forces/
MennoMedia needs your help to make the new Voices Together hymnal a reality by Fall 2020. Before any copies of Voices Together are sold, MennoMedia will invest more than $700,000. Everence and Mennonite Central Committee U.S. have issued a matching grant challenge of up to $100,000 to help MennoMedia in this final fund-raising effort. Help ensure that Voices Together will be affordably priced for congregations. Make a gift today and have it doubled! Every voice matters. Every dollar counts. Give at VoicesTogetherHymnal.org or email Steve Carpenter at SteveC@MennoMedia.org for more information. Gifts of $500 or more entitle the giver to a tribute line in the hymnal.
MC USA encourages you to “Learn, Pray, Join” for immigration justice now. Watch a recording of our recent immigration justice webinar at: mennoniteusa.org/ijwebinarfull and find ways to support immigration justice at: http://mennoniteusa.org/ij.
To subscribe to Mennonite Women USA’s blog and newsletter notification, go to: https://mennonitewomenusa.org/. At the bottom of their website is a place to enter your email address to subscribe.
The opening Taizé service for the 2019-2020 Taizé season will be at 6:00pm, Friday, September 27, at Plymouth Congregational church, 925 Vermont. All are welcome to this ecumenical service of simple song, scripture, readings, candlelight and brief moments of silence. To receive information about all upcoming Taizé services, email Judith Galas, firstname.lastname@example.org or pick up a bookmark in the entryway.
If you shop at Dillons or Checkers, consider signing up for their community donations program to support the Lawrence Interdenominational Nutrition Kitchen. Details are on the LINK website under “Ways to Help.”
ECM Thrifty Closet! 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 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 Y for more information.
Retreat space is 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 email@example.com. You can find them on Facebook or at: https://www.lavenderhouse.org/
Volunteer Opportunities ~ Please contact the church office at firstname.lastname@example.org if you would like to volunteer
- 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 with Family Promise program @ First Baptist church (short training required)