Calendar of Events

Thursdays ~ Wise Women Coffee
Jan 7 ~ Serve at LINK
Jan 7 ~ Follow-up discussion on gun violence/Sack Lunch
Jan 14 ~ Congregational Mtg & Potluck

January Birthdays

Joanna H
Perry B
Ryan E
Matt S

Congregational News

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

Reminder: If you haven’t turned in our 2018 pledge form to Roberta Renz yet, please do so as soon as possible. The budget will be approved at our next Congregational Meeting on January 14. We will also be affirming 2018 committee members and present important information about the church building project. Please plan to join us!

Be sure to check your mail folder for wallet-sized Bystander Intervention cards from the Peace and Justice Committee. Let the office know if you would like additional cards for immediate family.

The Peace and Justice Committee will be hosting a follow-up discussion on gun violence in our community on Sunday, January 7, following worship. Please plan to bring a sack lunch. We plan to narrow down a topic on which to focus over the next year. If you have questions, please contact Susan or Katie.

Plan to join us the evening of Saturday, February 10 for an “Over the Top” concert and auction to benefit the Capital Campaign and push us over the top for our fund raising goal. Jim Krause will be live in concert! We also welcome auction items – handmade goods, services, etc. – for the evening’s silent auction. Please contact Andrea Zuercher if you have items to donate. More details coming 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 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: $233,320
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

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.

As Western District Conference concludes its 125th anniversary year, we invite members and friends of WDC to send in an extra gift of $125 (or more!) to help WDC meet its 2017 budget (fiscal year ending Jan 31, 2018). Your contributions allow WDC to equip pastors, encourage church planters, resource congregations, energize ministries of peace, justice and evangelism, and connect to God’s work in the wider church and world. Thank you for your generous support!

In February 2018, The Mennonite magazine will celebrate its 20th anniversary in its current form as the official publication of Mennonite Church USA and we want to hear from you. Send us your memories of The Mennonite: reflections on your favorite stories, authors that have been important or reasons you’ve relied on this publication. You can send your short reflections (200 words or less) to Editor@TheMennonite.org. Responses received by January 1 may be included in the February 2018 issue of the magazine.

The Mennonite, Inc. welcomes your original submissions and contributions for our March 2018 print magazine issue and corresponding online content focusing on Spiritual resilience. Submissions are due by January 20 to Editor@TheMennonite.org. You can read a full description of the March 2018 theme here: https://themennonite.org/march-2018-call-submissions-spiritual-resilience/

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.

MDS Prayer Request: As the New Year begins, please pray for our volunteers as they return to MDS projects in Canada and the U.S. and continue their commitment to respond, rebuild and restore. We ask for prayer for the ongoing hurricane response, five project sites in Texas responding to Hurricane Harvey, one project in Florida responding to Hurricane Irma and volunteers heading to Puerto Rico in response to Hurricane Maria. For more information on other projects see the issue of “Behind the Hammer” publication on the shelf in the hallway.

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!!

Anabaptist Witness, the Year of Evangelism kick-off event, sponsored by the Western District Conference Resource Commission, will be January 19-20, 2018 at the Alexanderwohl Church in Goessel, KS. For more information, see the WDC website. If you are interested in attending, please contact Joanna.

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

See the flyer hanging in the hallway from the Lawrence Community Shelter for an update of the services they have provided this past year, and comments form the guests they have helped. Please consider sending them a donation for all the good work they do in our community.

Lawrence Interfaith Refugee & Immigrant Ministry (LIRIM) is hosting a community discussion of Detained and Deported: Stories of Immigrant Families Under Fire on Saturday, January 13, 4:00 – 6:00 pm, at the Lawrence Public Library auditorium. This book, by award winning author Margaret Regan, gives a humanizing and rare glimpse into the lives of those caught up in the U.S. immigration enforcement cycle, with special attention focused on the separation of families and the treatment of women. Please join us for this timely discussion. For more information, contact LIRIM@gmail.com.

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.

Serving in Worship on Sunday, January 7, 2018 ~ “Epiphany” Serving at LINK

Worship Leader: Sonja K; Song Leader, Prelude & Offertory; Mariah K; Accompanist: Whitney B; Scripture Reader: Ben F; Preacher & Children’s Time: Joanna H; Childcare: Andrew B & LaVonne M; Greeter: Jim R; Snacks: Rosie & Rob C.

Serving in Worship on Sunday, January 14, 2018 ~ “Hope” Potluck & Congregational Meeting

Worship Leader: Joanna H; Song Leader; Joe C; Accompanist: Twila S: Prelude & Offertory: Jim K; Scripture Reader: Roberta H; Speaker: Congregation Sharing; Childcare: Doug K & Fen F; Greeter: Andrea Z; Communion Bread: LaVonne M.

Serving in Worship on Sunday, January 21, 2018 ~ “Lectionary”

Worship Leader: TBA; Song Leader: Sara B; Accompanist: Whitney B; Prelude & Offertory: Ed F: Scripture Reader: Roberta R; Childcare: TBA; Greeter: Jenny WB; Snacks: Roberta R.

Serving in Worship on Sunday, January 28, 2018 ~ “Lectionary”

Worship Leader: Steve U; Song Leader: Jim K; Accompanist: Twila S; Prelude & Offertory: Joni F: Scripture Reader: Katie H; Childcare: TBA; Greeter: Anne B: Snacks: Judy J.

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