Worship Services on Sunday will be at 9:30 a.m. in person at church and 11:00 a.m. on Zoom.
Events Coming up at Peace Mennonite week of September 25th
Sunday, September 25th, 9:30 a.m.: Service in person and 11:00 a.m.: Service on Zoom
Tuesday, September 27th, 1:30 p.m.: Wise Guys (conversation group) at Great Harvest; contact Ken Ratzlaf
Thursday, September 29th, 9:30 a.m.: Wise Women (conversation group); contact Judy Johns
2:00 p.m.: Zoom gathering (informal sharing and prayer time)
Sunday, October 2nd, 9:30 a.m.: Service in person and 11:00 a.m.: Service on Zoom
Justice Matters house meetings will be held next week; check your emails. If you have not received an invitation and would like to come, please, contact Susan Rieger and/or Carola Ratzlaff.
The little pantry could use some more donations. Barbara Yoder will be doing periodic shopping at Checker’s for inventory. If you are at the church for other reasons, feel free to check the inventory in the Sunday school room and take a few items out to the pantry.
The parking lot project has been approved by the city, and we are now obtaining bids for the work. It will tentatively begin next spring. We are taking steps to improving the lighting, given the uneven surface. Please be careful coming and going. Also, if you are leaving the building, please don’t turn off any exterior lights that might be turned on; these are being left on, or put on timers, to ensure safe lighting outside. Signs will be posted beside any switches affected. Thank you.
Hi, all! Our Family Promise hosting week is rapidly approaching. Could you please take a look at the SignUpGenius and see what you might be able to contribute? Details about this month’s hosting can be found in the SignUpGenius description here. Thank you so much for your help, and for your commitment to Family Promise!
FBC Family Promise coordinators
Wendy Wheeler, Anne Johnson, Stacey Lamb, & Volunteer Coord. Susan Pauls
Andrea leaves September 30th for two weeks out of the country. She’ll have access to email but not her phone for text messages or calls. Please get in touch with Joe Casad, moderator elect, if any issues arise regarding church business. Joanna returns to the office on October 4.
Many folks have swapped their south door keys for the new one, but some still have not. To obtain a new key to the south door, please contact Jerry during her office hours (Tuesday and Friday, 9 a.m. – 2 p.m.) or let Andrea know. If you would like the revised lockbox code, please email Andrea.
Ancestral Stories education offering will begin in mid-October at PMC. Participants in the group will be invited to share stories of their ancestors and look at how these ancestors’ experiences influence their current lives. We may have many ancestral faith traditions (or lack of a faith tradition) represented among PMC participants. All are welcome. If you are adopted, you are invited to explore and share stories of both your adoptive and biological families, in whatever combination is accessible and meaningful to you. We hope that this group will give participants an opportunity to ask questions, enlighten assumptions, and offer prayers for the issues involved in our family backgrounds.
If you would like to participate or have questions, please contact Patrice Krause (facilitator) or Joni Fornelli. If you think you would like to participate, please indicate whether you would like to be in an in-person or a Zoom group. We might be able to have a group that includes both Zoom and in-person participants.
Fall Bonfire & Stargazing Party
SAVE THE DATE: Ron and Roberta have graciously agreed to host our fall bonfire on Saturday evening, October 15, at their barn north of Lawrence. Rosie and Becky will be figuring out what items you need to bring and will keep you posted on details. If the skies are clear, Becky will give us a guided tour of the stars and planets in their dark skies, so bring your own binoculars!
“We Own This Now” Performance
Tickets will be available at church beginning this Sunday, September 11, for the play “We Own This Now.” Our church (initiated by the Indigenous Justice Working Group) is one of the sponsors bringing this play about land and our relationship to owning it to Lawrence. We have committed to selling 25 tickets to our congregation. The play will be performed by Ted & Company on Saturday, October 29 at 7:00 pm at Theatre Lawrence. Tickets cost $20 each (or pay as you can). Contact Joni to reserve your ticket(s): email@example.com or call/text 785-550-0473. Please write your check to: Peace Mennonite Church. You can either give Joni your check in person on Sunday and she can give you your tickets, or for Zoom congregants and others, reserve your tickets, then mail your check (made out to Peace Mennonite Church) to Joni Fornelli, 1600 New Hampshire, Lawrence, KS 66044. We will work out some way to get tickets to all who have reserved them before the play. Here is the play’s website if you would like to learn more.
There will be an “Historical Performance of Lucy Tayiah Eads ‘Chief Lucy of the Kaw Indians’” performed by her granddaughter, Pauline Sharp, on October 2, at 3:00 pm at Unity of Lawrence, 900 Madeline Lane. A free will offering will be collected for the Kanza Heritage Society at the performance. It is a rare opportunity to experience being with a direct descendant of the Kaw Chief, sharing history relevant to us and the people here before we removed them to Oklahoma.
Ongoing or Recurring
The Peace and Justice Committee will continue to collect toilet paper for the Ballard Center pantry. When we reach the blue line, the rolls will be taken to Ballard.
For announcements, contact information updates, and other general questions and information please continue to use the regular office email firstname.lastname@example.org. Jerry plans to be in the office most Tuesdays and Fridays.
Anything related to financial aspects of the church should be directed to LaVonne at email@example.com.
If you would like to receive our weekly email newsletter, please sign up on our home page.
The Indigenous Justice Group would like to remind folks that anyone who is interested in being part of the work of this group is welcome to join us on PMC Zoom, monthly on the 1st and 3rd Thursdays at 3:30 pm.
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 online. (Please indicate if the money is intended for the benevolence fund.)
You can read the full meeting notes from our last Congregational Meeting on our website.
Asia’s about Me:
I live in McPherson with my wife Laura and our blended family of 5 kiddos, 3 cats, and one snake. The kids’ dads also live here, and we are all close. It’s not a traditional family structure, but the kiddos are well loved.
I grew up outside Enid, OK, where my family still lives and went to college in Norman, OK, at OU. I lived in Hillsboro, KS, from 2008-2019 where my then-husband Tim Frye taught at Tabor College. We attended FMC Hillsboro where I was the youth pastor for 6 years. During this time, I completed my MDiv through AMBS as a Connect Student.
I have lived in McPherson since 2019 where I served at McPherson College as the campus pastor for a year and then commuted to Wichita to pastor at Mennonite Church of the Servant for a year. My family currently attends Shalom Mennonite in Newton. I anticipate some of them will want to come to Peace with me fairly often depending on their schedules. I spent the last school year full time substitute teaching for McPherson schools.
Laura and I married in 2021.We enjoy really boring hobbies like bird and plant identification, stopping at historical markers, restoring native plants, and gardening. Laura has been working as a phlebotomist as she finishes her nursing degree. Her passion is for birth work. I am working on growing out my hair and feel like it is a silly length right now. I like to play Nintendo and try craft beers in my free time. I would rather dig in the dirt than do housework any day. I listen to folk music, and I have so many kids.
Jacob Hale: he/him; 15yo; entering 10th grade; loves computers, gaming, spicy foods, and cats.
Abby Frye: she/her; 14yo; entering 9th grade; loves art and music, singing, playing tennis, National Parks, and cats.
Ellie Frye: she/her; 12yo; entering 7th grade; loves cats, crafting, audiobooks, succulents, cats, and cats.
Ash Hale: they/them; 11yo; entering 6th grade; loves anime, Tiktok, gaming, art, fashion, and cats.
Liam Hale: he/him; 6yo; entering Kindergarten for the second time; loves dinosaurs, Legend of Zelda, bean tacos, bugs, bats, reptiles, and cats.
Joanna’s Sabbatical: June 29-October 3
Theme: Transitions and Transformations
Scheduled Time Away:
June 29-July 21: Vacation and retreat in Florida
Aug. 2-11: Training for Conflict Transformation Trainers @ Central Baptist in KC
Writing (worship material, personal writing)
Preparing for publication of the Advent devotional I wrote
Hybrid worship exploration (visiting churches that include online and in person participants together)
Home projects (transitioning to an empty nest!)
Who to Contact:
Asia Embers is your sabbatical pastor and you are welcome to contact her for anything for which you would normally contact me: firstname.lastname@example.org.
You can also contact:
For general inquiries, announcements, etc.: administrative assistant, Jerry Dowdle, (email@example.com)
For pastoral care needs: Ministry Team Members—Dave Mathis (firstname.lastname@example.org), Jill Allen (email@example.com), and Steve Unruh (firstname.lastname@example.org).
For questions/comments related to church business and policies: Moderator, Andrea Zuercher (email@example.com).
For building issues: Building Committee chair, Anne Bailey (Anne_Edwards@sbcglobal.net)
For financial questions: Treasurer, Roberta Renz (firstname.lastname@example.org) or bookkeeper, LaVonne Marks (email@example.com)
I will not be checking my church email account during her sabbatical. If you have an email that I need to see when I return from sabbatical, please send it October 3 or after. I will also have a greatly reduced presence on Facebook during this time.
Broader Church News
Bethel College’s annual online journal
Life Enrichment will take place on Thursday mornings for the 2022-23 school year instead of Wednesdays as it has in the past. The first sessions will be on Thursday, August 25. We are excited to bring Life Enrichment back to the Bethel campus. More info
Center for Justice and Peacebuilding
Summer Peacebuilding Institute (SPI)
CAMP MENNOSCAH NEWS— website link
Mennonites Against Militarism Newsletter
Mennonite Men — website link
Mennonite Disaster Service
September Birthdays and Anniversaries
Kevin Goering, Hazel Rogers, Nicole Willow, Elinor Russo, Wes Bonner, Calvin Janzen-Chappell, Joe Casad, Sheryl Goering