Calendar of Events

Tuesdays ~ Wise Guy’s Kaffee Klatsch; 2:00,,,contact Jim Krause
Thursdays ~ Wise Women Coffee; 9:00am,,,contact Judy Johnson
Mar 4 ~ Serve at LINK
Mar 4 ~ Move items to 1st Baptist & LaVonne’s following worship; bring sack lunch
Mar 7 ~ Supper & tour @ 1st Baptist; 6:00pm
Mar 10 ~ Move everything into onsite storage box
Mar 11 ~ Worship Service @ 1st Baptist; 10:30am

March Birthdays
Carol G
Ben C
Mike K
Bert H-E

Congregational News

We have Sunday School for children (all ages) and youth is every Sunday morning at 9:30.

Related to our Move
Sunday, March 4, after worship; Help us load and transport items that need to be taken to First Baptist & LaVonne’s home (a.k.a. temporary church office). Trucks and vans for moving will be useful! Feel free to bring a sack lunch.

Wednesday, March 7, 6:00pm; We are invited to supper at First Baptist Church and a tour of the building so people can get familiar with the spaces we will be using on Sunday mornings. Everyone is welcome. Greeters are especially encouraged to attend.
Saturday, March 10, 9:00am until we are done; We’ll be moving items out of our building and into an on-site storage unit. Come when you can; leave when you must. If you have a moving dolly, please bring it.
Sunday, March 11, 10:30am; our first worship at First Baptist Church (until construction is completed) at 1330 Kasold DR. Our congregation will will gather in the Roger Williams room (gym) on the east side of the building. There is an entrance at the east end we will use.

Lent and Easter Events
March 11, 10:30am: First week to worship at First Baptist
March 26-30, 12:00pm: Ecumenical Holy Week worship at Trinity Episcopal
March 29, evening: Maundy Thursday service, hosted by First Baptist
March 20, 7:30pm: Community Good Friday Taize service, hosted by Peace Mennonite at First Baptist
April 1, 7:00am: Easter sunrise Service w/ First Baptist & Plymouth Church at Centennial Park
April 1, 9:00am – 10:30am: Easter breakfast with First Baptist
April 1, 10:45am: Easter Worship

Generally we come to church on Palm Sunday to hear the story of Jesus’ triumphal entry into Jerusalem, then skip ahead to Good Friday and remember the crucifixion. This Lenten season, we want to more fully explore what Jesus said and did in between the palms and the cross. While we will explore pieces of this story in worship each Sunday, consider reading the full story from one of the Gospels: Matthew 21-27, Mark 11-15; Luke 19:28-23:56; John 12:12-19:42.

We will begin collecting for “My Coins Countt” beginning today through Easter Sunday for MCC to be taken to the Annual MCC Sale in Hutchinson. For more information on the coin project go to: https://mcc.org/get-involved/my-coins-count. For information on the Annual MCC Sale go to: https://kansas.mccsale.org/.

Interested in going to the Comforter Blitz in Yoder, KS? It will be held Monday – Wednesday, March 5, 6, & 7. Mon. 10-5, Tues. 9-5, Wed. 9-4. Contact Andrea Zuercher or Rosie Claassen. For more information go to: https://mcc.org/get-involved/events/mcc-comforter-blitz

Wise Guys Kaffee Klatsch ~ Come join Bert Haverkate-Ens and Jim Krause Tuesday afternoons from 2:00 – 3:00 at Aimee’s Coffee House, 1025 Massachusetts St. We solve the world’s problems, discuss the Imponderables of Life, maybe even discuss the good books we’re reading, or movies we’ve seen. Sometimes we just visit.

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 three 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 Johnson)
~ the
knitting group meets on Sunday afternoons from 2-4 at the Merc (contact Andrea Z).

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’.

Text copies of Joanna’s sermons can be found at her blog site at: http://spaciousfaith.com

Capital Campaign News ~ Growing Peace

~ Growing Peace ~

The kingdom of heaven is like a mustard seed. . . . it is the smallest of seeds,but when it has grown it . . . becomes a tree so that the birds of the air come and make nests in its branches.” ~Matthew 13:31-32

Current Pledges: $272,370
Campaign Goal: $250, 000

Many thanks to all who have pledged and contributed to the campaign!

Current Activities:
~ Building Design Team is working towards final architectural plans and contractor bids
~ Rod H, Roberta R, and Joe C have agreed to serve on the team that will communicate with Everence and gather information about a loan
~ Capital Campaign Team is mailing fund-raising materials to those connected to the church who do not attend
~ Inviting & Including Team is looking toward a web site update

What you can do:
~ Give brochures (on the back podium) to people you know who might be interested in our project
~ Share names of people we could contact with the Capital Campaign Team (Joe C, Ken L, Judy J, Rich B)
~ Pray for our congregation as we seek to be faithful in our endeavors to create more space in our building and our fellowship.

More details about the project—including the latest floor plan drawing—are available at peacemennonite.org. Just click on the “Growing Peace” tab.

Broader Church News

From MCUSA ~ I’ve Got the Power! Book Release The Women in Leadership Project is excited to announce the publication on January 31 of I’ve got the power! Naming and reclaiming power as a force for good, a collection of essays based on presentations from the 2016 Women Doing Theology Conference. Visit for details. http://mennoniteusa.org/wlp

Registration is now open for the academic conference “Mennonites and the Holocaust”, to be held on the Bethel College campus March 16-17, with speakers and scholars from Canada, Germany, the Netherlands, Ukraine and the United States. See mla.bethelks.edu/MennosandHolocaust for more information or to register online.

Prayer for the new year from Mennonite Church USA
As Mennonite Church USA, we’re embarking on our Journey Forward in this new year. We invite prayers that we may seek the beauty and hope of God’s spirit drawing us into this community of faith. Let us continue joining our voices in song, in prayer, in fellowship—that even the mountains and the hills may join.

Take some time to engage with Menno Snapshots, reflections and stories written by people across the church that are regularly posted on MC USA’s website. Recent blog posts have featured topics including contemplative prayer, reviving civility, new motherhood and digitizing the MC USA Archives. If you are interested in contributing to the Menno Snapshot blog, email JenniferC@MennoniteUSA.org. Find Menno Snapshots at: http://mennoniteusa.org/category/menno-snapshots/

We’re looking for you, summer staffers! Camp Mennoscah has started the “round-up” process for the 2018 summer staff. Find the information online at campmennoscah.org/application/ and then fill out the application! Our summer staff are dedicated to giving campers, staff, and guests a great, God-filled experience at Camp Mennoscah. Contact Olivia at 620-297-3290 with questions.

New music supports Syrian refugees through MCC! The Midnight Hymn Sing is a collection of hymns performed and re-imagined by a new generation of Mennonites from San Francisco. The Midnight Hymn Sing was made to call us all to come back around the piano, and to find something that speaks to our hearts in the 21st century. CD’s are available at MCC in North Newton (121 E 30th) for a suggested donation of $15/CD with all money going to support MCC’s work with Syrian refugees. The album is also available on Amazon and iTunes. Contact patsydirksen@mcc.org or tinaschrag@mcc.org or 316.283.2720 with questions or to get your CD!!

My card, My cause, MyNeighbor. The new MyNeighbor credit card from faith-based Everence Federal Credit Union helps you live generously through your everyday purchases. When you use the card, Everence donates 1.5 percent of your bill to the charity or church of your choice. Learn more at everence.com/MyNeighbor.

The 2018 WDC Annual Assembly, scheduled for July 27-28, 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!

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 starting January 7, 2018. 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 Dates for Justice Matters Events:
April 9: Solutions Briefing; 6:45pm @ First Presbyterian
May 7: Nehemiah Assembly @ Lied Center
June 11: Celebration and Investment Drive

The 18th season for Lawrence’s Traveling Taizé prayer services began this last Friday. Bookmarks with this year’s Taizé schedule are available now in our church’s information area.

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 child care during worship
  • 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 Gwen carry LINK groceries every other month @ Checkers
  • Help Greg clean our worship space