Calendar of Events

Tuesdays ~ Wise Guy’s Kaffee Klatsch; 2:00pm,,,(contact Jim K)
Thursdays ~ Wise Women Coffee; 9:00am,,,(contact Judy J)
Aug 6 ~ Coordinating Committee @ PMC
Aug 7 ~ Church open for unpacking and cleaning (check announcements for times)
Aug 8 ~ Open Labyrinth
Aug 9 ~ Church open for unpacking & cleaning (check announcements for times)
Aug 10 ~ Joanna unpacking at church (helpers welcome!)
Aug 12 ~ Building Dedication Worship Service & Open House Celebration

July Birthdays

Andrea Zuercher
Dawn Haverkate-Ens
Grace Harader-Ellett
Roger Martin
Tobias Mathis

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.
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.
Important dates for building events:
Wednesday, August 8: 6:00pm – 8:00pm – Our church labyrinth will be open for people to walk this Wednesday. Come and go as you wish. Joanna will be available to introduce people to the practice of a labyrinth prayer walk and to answer any questions.
Sunday, August 12: 10:30am Dedication Worship Service
2:00pm – 4:00pm – Open House. Invite your friends! And sign up to bring cookies!
Our building dedication day is coming up soon on Sunday, August 12!!! We would like to put together a choir for the special day! If you are interested in singing, our next practice will be on Saturday, August 11, at 11:00. We will sing during our worship service and also at our Open House at 3:00pm. Contact Anne Bailey at 785.766.2762 with questions.
Thanks to everyone who helped clean, unpack, and organize this past Friday! Please consider joining in the fun this week as we prepare our space for the open house celebration. Joanna will have the church open for unpacking and cleaning on Tuesday from 9:00am – 12:00pm and from 6:30pm – 8:30pm in the evening; and on Thursday from 1:00pm – 4:00pm.
If you would like to donate something for the church building, please contact either Ryan Ellett or Jim Russo from the trustees. They will be in touch with the appropriate people to determine if the item(s) you want to donate would be useful at this time. (ryanellett@yahoo.com; jjrussopmc@yahoo.com)
If you find an item you think the church should purchase for the new building, please contact our treasurer, Roberta Renz, or another member of the Coordinating Committee. (roberta@airplanetest.com)
Our next congregational meeting (and first potluck in the new space!) will be after worship on Sunday, August 26. Agenda items will include: a report on Western District Conference assembly; financial report; and issues related to our renovated space.
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.
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: peacemennonite@gmail.comIf 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: http://spaciousfaith.com

Broader Church News

Opportunities to learn about immigration and respond with MCC. MCC works with the issue of migration around the world and walks with people who migrate, people who struggle not to migrate and people who provide hospitality to migrants in many places.
Learn: Consider participating in the MCC Migration Learning Tour to Guatemala and Honduras on November 7-17.
Pray: Pray for the migrants who made the difficult choice to leave their home communities in the hope of a better life, for the detained immigrants as they wait in detention and for the border portal agents to execute their job justly and humanely.
Advocate: Contact your elected officials to express your desire for more humane immigration policies.
Serve: Become an immigration court watcher through the Interfaith Community for Detained Immigrants.
Give: Support our work to support the reunification of families on the South Texas Border.  Within the coming weeks, 1500-2000 families are expected to be released from detention. MCC is working with local partners to support families with locally purchased grocery gift cards, clothing and housing assistance. Checks made out to MCC with “Central States Immigration” in the memo line will go directly to support this response. Checks should be sent to MCC U.S., PO Box 500, Akron, PA 17501. Or you can Donatemoney to MCC for ongoing work with issues surrounding immigration.
For more information on how you can get involved, visit mcc.org/immigration.
The 2018 issue of Mennonite Life, Bethel College’s annual online journal, is now live at ml.bethelks.edu. It includes John Thiesen’s article on Exploring Race and ethnicity in Western District Conference (a workshop at WDC Assembly, August 5, 2017), several papers from the conference Crossing the Line: Women of Anabaptist Traditions Encounter Borders and Boundaries, held at Eastern Mennonite University in June 2017, and from the Mennonites and the Holocaust conference at Bethel in March 2018; a senior seminar paper on 50 years of the Kansas Mennonite Men’s Chorus; a look at the closing of Grace University in Omaha, Nebraska; book reviews; and much more.
The Mennonite, Inc., invites your original submissions for our October 2018 print magazine issue and corresponding online content focusing on Putting ‘love your enemies’ into action. For more info, see: https://themennonite.org/october-2018-call-submissions-putting-love-enemies-action/
Mennonite Central Committee is deeply involved with issues of migration around the world. For more information about how you can learn, pray, advocate, serve, and give on behalf of migrants, visit mcc.org/immigration.
The 2018 issue of Mennonite Life, Bethel College’s annual online journal, is now live at ml.bethelks.edu.
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 wdc@mennowdc.org or 316-283-6300 if you have skills in a second language and are interested in applying or learning more about this ministry opportunity!

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.”
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 lavenderhouse1600@gmail.com.

Volunteer Opportunities ~ Please contact the church office at peacemennonite@gmail.com 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)