Calendar of Events
Tuesdays ~ Wise Guy’s Kaffee Klatsch; 2:00pm,,,(contact Jim K)
Thursdays ~ Wise Women Coffee; 9:00am,,,(contact Judy J)
Jun 3 ~ Serve at LINK (contact Gwen W)
Jun 3 ~ Goodbye Reception for Hazel & Friedlines
Jun 10 ~ Short building info mtg following worship

June Birthdays
Emily Kerbs
Andrew Brown
Felix Chappell

Congregational News
Sunday School for children (all ages) and youth is every Sunday morning at 9:30. Youth meet in the First Baptist gym with Steve or Hazel. Elementary-aged children are invited to join the First Baptist classes.

Adults are also welcome to join a First Baptist class. Class descriptions and room numbers available on the information table. If you would be interested in a book study on Everything Happens for a Reason, and Other Lies I’ve Loved by Kate Bowler, please contact Joanna Harader or Andrew Brown.

We will not have a “children’s time” as part of our worship service for the remainder of the summer. Themed activity and coloring sheets will be available on the back table for children (and others who are interested).

Our current worship series is based on material from Mennonite Creation Care Network. Here are three ways to help with upcoming worship:
~ Help us decorate the front table. Since our series is based on creation care, we invite everyone to bring in any items from nature for the front table each week. Do you have beautiful flowers blooming? Did you find a cool rock or a vibrant leaf? Anything from nature is welcome (unless it can crawl off of the table.)
~ Check the new worship volunteer schedule to make sure you are available on the date(s) you have been assigned. If you’re not on the volunteer schedule and would like to be, please contact Joanna.
~ Sign up to speak on one of the upcoming open Sundays. You might preach a sermon, reflect on questions from that week’s material, or even share some writing by others on the given topic.

Questions to Consider:
~ What “walls” prevent you from hearing from the global community on creation care issues? Which of these would be within your power to break down?
~ Are there dividing walls within your congregation that are related to environmental issues? Name them. How can you work together toward common goals in spite of these walls? What would it take to break them down? How is community life affected if these walls are never discussed?
Suggested Practices:
~ For one week, suppose that hearing global voices on issues related to creation care is your priority. How will you listen? What messages from this other world challenge you? Pray for someone on the other side of a wall.
~ Thanks to Country of Origin Labeling laws, it is easy to tell where many of the products we buy come from. Unseen hands around the world pick our vegetables, sew our clothes and wire our electronics. Walk around your house checking labels. Make a list of where items in your house came from. Pick one or two products you regularly buy and see what you can find out about the country they came from or the industry that produced them there.
~ The full curriculum can be found on the Mennonite Creation Care website:

Please consider sending Piper and Perry mail while they are at Crooked Creek Christian Camp! Piper between June 17-22, and Perry between July 8-12. Address: 2830 Coppock RD, Washington, IA 52353.

Do you love to plan parties? Consider joining the Growing Peace celebration team! We need a few people to plan an open house and celebration after we move into our renovated space. Contact Joanna if you are interested.

The church phone number, 841-8614, is still working while we are under construction; calls will be transferred to a temporary cell phone which Joanna will have.

Please consider joining the worship planning team! We need to plan worship for the next quarter and are looking for 3-4 people to help. Please contact Joanna if you are interested.

Please consider becoming an on-site host of First Baptist’s Family Promise program. On-site hosts are needed each evening of the week it is held here from 7:00pm – 9:00pm and for overnight shifts (9:00pm – 6:30am). You would have to attend a short training session before helping. They host families once a quarter. Contact Joanna for more information. You can also help with meals that week.

If you are interested in serving as a Network member for Justice Matters, please add your name to the sign up sheet or contact Joanna soon.

Facebook users: please take a few minutes to “like” and rate the Peace Mennonite Facebook page. We could use some more star power!

We have four 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 J)
~ the
knitting group meets on Sunday afternoons from 2-4 at the Merc (contact Andrea Z).
~ the
men’s Kaffee Klatsch meets every Tuesday afternoon at 2:00 (contact Jim K)

Please use the church email address for general inquiries, announcement notices:

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’.

Text copies of Joanna’s sermons can be found at her blog site at:

Capital Campaign News ~ Growing Peace

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Broader Church News

Registration is now open for the Western District Conference Assembly, July 27-28 in the Newton, Kansas area. Peace Mennonite is allowed two delegates and we have funds available to cover registration costs for our delegates. Jpoanna was affirmed as one of the delegates at a short congregational meeting on June 10. Please contact Joanna if you would like to be the other delegate. This will be an opportunity to meet together and see the worship and fellowship spaces in several central Kansas locations! On Friday, July 27, the Annual Assembly will be at Tabor Mennonite Church, rural Newton, KS; and on Saturday, July 28, it will be at Eden Mennonite Church, Moundridge, KS. Then on Sunday, July 29, all are invited to worship at the Alexanderwohl Mennonite Church, Goessel, KS. Save these dates for the next WDC Annual Assembly!

Join the upcoming MCC Haiti learning tour from September 22-29. Learn from Haitian farmers, artisans, community organizers and human rights advocates about how they – with your support – are building a brighter future for their communities. Limited spots are available, registration closes June 20. Contact Jordan Penner at or 316-727-6837 for more information.

Camp Mennoscah’s new kitchen needs some friends (i.e., kitchen staff) for the weeks of June 24-30 and July 15-21. The new space is wonderfully shiny and ready for adventures. Parents can receive a camper discount up to full camp fees. Contact us at 620-297-3290 or

WDC seeks to establish a ministry team of persons located in different areas of the conference, who can provide language interpretation for WDC meetings and events. Assessment, orientation and training will be provided for Team members, as well as some financial compensation through grant funds. Please contact WDC at or 316-283-6300 if you have skills in a second language and are interested in applying or learning more about this ministry opportunity!

The Mennonite, Inc., invites your original submissions for our July 2018 print magazine issue and corresponding online content focusing on Aging with Dignity. Contact Joanna for details.

Local Community

If you have a family member or close friend who deals with a mental illness, and you would love to have a better understanding of their illness so you can better relate and help them, consider attending the “Family to Family” class sponsored by NAMI (National Alliance for Mental Illness) Douglas County. The 12-week class is free and will be held at Lawrence Memorial Hospital on Sunday afternoons at 3:00pm to 6:00pm. Please contact Bill Wood at 785-840-5889 or bdwood1956@gmail for information and to register for the class.

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.”

Upcoming Event(s) for Justice Matters Events:
June 11: Celebration and Investment Drive

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 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

Worship Volunteers for June 17th ~ Claiming our Citizenship
Preacher & Children’s Time: Joanna H; Worship Leader: Emily K; Song Leader: Mariah K; Accompanist: Twila S; Prelude & Offertory: Ed F; Scripture Reader: Ben F; Greeter: Carol G; Snacks: Anne B.

Worship Volunteers for June 24th ~ Rethinking the Market Economy
Worship Leader: Sonja K; Song Leader: Jim K; Accompanist: Whitney B; Prelude & Offertory: Joe C; Scripture Reader: TBA; Preacher: TBA; Greeter: Andrea Z; Snacks: Becky J.

Worship Volunteers for July 1st ~ Simple Abundance
Worship Leader: Joe C: Song Leader: Anne B; Accompanist, Prelude & Offertory: Twila S; Scripture Reader: Whitney B; Preacher: TBA; Greeter: Andrea Z; Snacks: Jenny WB.

Volunteer Opportunities ~ Please contact the church office at 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)