The next Taizé service will be tomorrow, Friday, March 7, 6:00 pm at First United Methodist Church, 946 Vermont ST. Bookmarks with all service dates and locations are available in the entryway.
Click on the following link to view a video of the “Pulpit Exchange” service and sermon Joanna gave at Rainbow Mennonite Church: https://vimeo.com/87963539 The password: rmc14
Next Sunday, March 16, you are invited to join Joanna and members of the Ministry Team for prayer after worship.
Bethel College Concert Choir will be performing at Yardley Hall on the campus of Johnson County Community College at 7:30 p.m. on the evening of Saturday, March 22. Members of your congregation are cordially invited to attend. The concert is free, and there won’t even be an offering taken! There will also be a reception following the concert. ~ Dale Schrag
Join us for a “Lenten” Taizé Worship service on Tuesday, April 1, at 7:30 pm. We will worship with the good folks at Lutheran Campus Ministry in their building: 1421 E. 19th Street (next to the Islamic Center).
“Find Your Voice, Write Your Stories,” a guided writing workshop for women, will be offered at the Hollis Retreat Center, Kansas City, KS on Saturday, April 12, 2014 from 9 am – 4 pm. Everyone’s story is worth telling. The workshop leader, Brenda Glanzer Lilliston, M.Div., BCC, SSHC is a certified Legacy Facilitator called a LifeSAGEr. Come spend the day away from your normal routine to get in touch with what really matters – your legacy. Bring your sister, your mother, your neighbor, your friend…and join us for a day of retreat and intentional focus on writing your stories. Cost: $100 (includes lunch) Makes a great early Mother’s Day gift! See brochure for more details. Registration deadline: April 1, 2014.
PMC youth will be collecting pennies throughout Lent to donate to MCC’s Penny Power project. Penny Power raises money for Mennonite Central Committee projects of peace, relief and development around the world. There will be special containers for your pennies, which will then be taken to the MCC Relief Sale in Hutchinson on April 11 & 12.
For those who registered, don’t forget about the following dates for this year’s Lenten retreat. Our theme is “Giving Up and Taking Up.” We will explore together what spiritual practices and other activities God may be calling us to begin during the season of Lent–and beyond–and what burdens God may be calling us to lay down. *Previous announcements had an incorrect month for the retreat.
- Friday, Mar 7, 6-8:30 p.m.: Session 1 at the church building. Bring a pot of soup or loaf of bread to share as we eat and talk and pray together.
- Saturday, Mar 8, 9-12 noon: Session 2 at Joanna’s house–weather permitting.
- Saturday afternoon option: You are welcome to bring a sack lunch to Joanna’s and spend the afternoon creating in the art space, praying in the labyrinth, or walking the country roads. –You are encouraged to attend both sessions, but are welcome even if you can only attend one. Contact Joanna if you need childcare for this event. Please sign up at church or email Joanna regarding your participation.
Community Village Lawrence is excited to invite you to A Trip Down Memory Lane: 1969 Orange Bowl Revival with special guest Bobby Douglass on Sunday, April 27, from 3:00 to 6:00 pm at the Crown Toyota Showroom, 3430 Iowa Street. This is a date change from the original announcement). Please join us for a colorful afternoon of local food and beverages from Buffalo Bob’s, Ramen Bowls, Great Harvest, Eileen’s Colossal Cookies, and Johnny’s Tavern, 23rd Street Brewery, and On the Rocks and a variety of exciting auction items including local business and art items, KU memorabilia, and a vacation package! Music performance by the local Junkyard Jazz band. Guest Bobby Douglass is the KU quarterback at the 1969 Orange Bowl, and continued on to play for the Chicago Bears. The event coincides with the launch of our free Telephone Reassurance, Home, and Fire Safety Programs in March. These sample services will help connect participants to resources in our community and assure participants and their families that all is well. Funds raised at the event will support our full launch in summer 2014 with a full vetted network of volunteers, discounted service providers, and member social and educational programs. Tickets are $10 for one or $15 for two. We are proud to have Lawrence Memorial Hospital, Johnny’s Tavern, Natural Breeze Remodeling, Benefits of Home, William J. Meyers, and First State Bank and Trust as our event sponsors. Contact: 785-505-0187 (Kris), 785-505-0188 (Allison), email@example.com, www.CommunityVillageLawrence.org
Trinity Lutheran Church to Host 5K and 2K Fitness Walks on Saturday, April 12
Trinity Lutheran Church, located at 13th and New Hampshire (just south of South Park), will host the Trinity Fitness Walk on the Saturday before Palm Sunday. This will be a non-competitive walk – no times will be kept. It is a fun, fitness-raising event – not a fundraising event. The walk is designed for participants who just need a little extra incentive to get them out and walking in the springtime.
- The 2014 Trinity Fitness Walk will be held on Saturday, April 12 (weather permitting).
- Both 5K (3.10 miles) and 2K (1.24 miles) distances will be offered; these walk routes will begin and end at the church.
- Registration for all walkers will be held from 10-10:30 a.m., in the Trinity Lutheran Church Fellowship Hall.
- There is no fee to participate; however, participants are encouraged to bring a can of food which will be donated to the Trinity Interfaith Food Pantry.
- All walkers will be required to fill out a basic information form/liability release prior to the walk.
- If you have questions about the Trinity Fitness walk, please call Joan Wells, at 842-6160.
Dialog Institute of the SouthWest is organizing “Interfaith Academy Project” that is a 8 week informative lecture series. We hope that participants will enjoy the pleasure of learning more about different cultures, traditions and faiths. It is open to public. Interfaith Academy, a Jewish – Christian – Muslim Dialog Education Programs, is a collaborative initiative that created by Dialog Institute of the Southwest, Jewish Community Center, Ecumenical Campus Ministries, West Side Presbyterian Church, First United Methodist Church, St. John Evangelical Catholic Church, St. Margaret Episcopal Church, Trinity Lutheran Church, St. Luke African American Church to foster interfaith understanding/friendship among the society that we live in. Dinners will be provided after the presentations. Please RSVP at firstname.lastname@example.org three days before the event you want to participate. SESSION 5 – March 9: The roles of Scriptures in the Traditions in Abrahamic Traditions. Venue: St. John Evangelical Campus Ministries. Time: 5 pm. Main sponsors: St. John Evangelical Campus Ministries and Dialog Institute of the Southwest. SESSION 6: March 19, 6:00 pm. What does it mean to become a Jewish, Christian and Muslim in the US? Venue: St. Margaret Episcopal Church. Main Sponsors: St. Margaret Episcopal Church and Dialog Institute of the Southwest
Our next Congregational Meeting will be held on March 30, following worship and a potluck. On the Agenda: budget report, committee reports, discussion and update of our Fall 2012 Process Agreement. Please bring a dish to share at our meal and your own table service to save time on clean-up. Let Joanna or LaVonne know if you will need childcare during the meeting.
The Lawrence Dining for Women chapter had resumed its dinners. Dining for Women is a dinner giving circle. We “dine in” together once a month or so, each bringing a dish to share and our “dining out” dollars are sent to international programs empowering women. Dinners are scheduled on Apr 21, and May 19. All are held at Trinity Lutheran Church’s fellowship hall at 6 pm, 1245 New Hampshire. Join us for incredible food and fellowship as we change the world one dinner at a time! To learn more about this organization go to diningforwomen.org or contact Ann Chapman at 865-6876 or at email@example.com.
Women (sorry guys) are encouraged to join Joanna for the Women in Conversation retreat April 25-27 in Hesston. This event is co-sponsored by Mennonite Women USA and Laurelville Mennonite Church Center. Contact Joanna for more information.
The 2014 WDC Annual Assembly will be held July 4-6 at Lakeview Camp & Retreat Center in Waxahachie, TX. www.lakeviewcamp.net Let Joanna know if you would be interested in riding with her (and others) on a charter bus from Newton and/or if you are interested in serving as a delegate this year. The focus will be celebrating our Year of the Bible and church planting. As more information becomes available, it will be posted at: http://mennowdc.org/conference-life/annual-assembly/
There is a new reading plan available with five weekly scripture readings listed. For those reading through the entire Bible, you will want to read all five readings each week–possibly one reading per week day. You can also select a reading track if you prefer a lighter reading load. For a track, you would read one (or more) of the assigned readings per week. Bookmarks are in your mail folders.
- First Reading: New Testament. Along with the reading plan we just finished, this track will take you through the entire New Testament. (2-3 chapters per week)
- Second Reading: Poetry. Read through the Psalms, interspersed with other poetic books of the Bible–Proverbs, Ecclesiastes, Song of Solomon, and Lamentations. (About 5 chapters per week.)
- Third Reading: History. This track takes you through the first five books of the Bible, plus the historical books of 1 & 2 Samuel, 1 & 2 Kings, and 1 & 2 Chronicles. (9-10 chapters per week)
- Fourth Reading: Prophets. This track includes the major and minor prophetic books of the Hebrew scriptures. (About 6 chapters per week)
- Fifth Reading: Anti/Heroes. This track explores some of the interesting characters in the Old Testament–Joshua, the Judges, Ruth, Ezra, Nehemiah, Esther, Job, and Daniel.
The Peace and Social Justice Committee is inviting people to express prayer regarding concerns in our world. The following is for reflection and prayer: “Just as the commandment ‘Thou shalt not kill’ sets a clear limit in order to safeguard the value of human life, today we also have to say ‘thou shalt not’ to an economy of exclusion and inequality. Such an economy kills. How can it be that it is not a news item when an elderly homeless person dies of exposure, but it is news when the stock market loses two points? Can we continue to stand by when food is thrown away while people are starving? This is a case if inequality. Today everything comes under the laws of competition and the survival of the fittest, where the powerful feed upon the powerless. As a consequence, masses of people find themselves excluded and marginalized: without work, without possibilities, without any means of escape.” ~ Pope Francis Let us pray for those in corporate power to become more sensitive and concerned with the needs of others and creative in solutions including paying people a living wage.
Crisis/Funeral information sheets and financial planning guides from Everence have been placed in your mail folders. You are encouraged to fill out as much of the information sheet as you like and return it to the church office. The Everence booklets are for you to keep. Feel free to contact Joanna if you would like to discuss any funeral plans with her.
FAMILY ENDOWMENT FUNDS – Charitable giving can be a family activity with a family endowment fund administered by Mennonite Foundation, an affiliate of EVERENCE. Because such a fund is established for the long-term, it can involve multiple generations of family members, and charities enjoy long-term support. The fund is an ongoing account in which contributions are invested for the long-term. Only investment income is disbursed. The fund would bear your family name or any name you choose, and you and family members can donate a wide variety of assets to it. Deferred gifts, such as a charitable bequest in a will, life insurance proceeds, or the remainders of charitable trusts and gift annuities can be included, too. Since the foundation is a public foundation, the tax benefits are more generous than if you donated assets to a private foundation. We help convert non-cash assets to cash, and assist in getting qualified appraisals and documenting the value of your gifts. You receive immediate charitable tax deductions for your donations to your family endowment fund. Call 800-348-7468 for more information.
Serving in Worship this Sunday, March 9, 2014
Worship Leader: Joey Sprague; Song Leaders: Andrea Zuercher & Jasmine Harader-Ellett; Accompanist: Whitney Baker; Prelude & Offertory: Andrea Zuercher; Children’s Time: Barbara Yoder; Scripture Reader & Snacks: Rosie Claassen; Preacher: Joanna Harader; Childcare: Jasmine Harader-Ellett & Rosie Claassen; Communion Bread: Wilma Gates.
- Help with child care during worship
- Help with youth or children’s Sunday School
- Provide snacks after worship
- Serve and/or make casseroles for LINK ~ First Sunday of each month
- Volunteer at Ten Thousand Villages, 835 Mass ST
- Help Greg clean our worship space
Calendar of Events
- Mar 7 ~ Taizé service – 1st United Methodist
- Mar 7-8 ~ Lenten Retreat, PMC
- Mar 9 ~ Carol Grieb’s Birthday
- Mar 9 ~ Interfaith Academy Project; session 5
- Mar 11 ~ Eileen Unruh’s Birthday
- Mar 19 ~ Interfaith Academy Project; session 6
- Mar 23 ~ Ben Chappell’s Birthday
- Mar 24 ~ Mike Kaufman’s Birthday
- Mar 27 ~ Bert Haverkate-Ens’ Birthday
- Mar 30 ~ Congregation Meeting & Potluck
- Apr 1 ~ “Lenten” Taizé Worship service; Lutheran Campus Ministry
- Apr 11 & 12 ~ MCC Relief Sale
- Apr 12 ~ Guided writing workshop for women
- Apr 25-27 ~ Women in Conversation Retreat
From Camp Mennoscah
Online Payments–Camp Mennoscah is now accepting online payments for summer youth camps. Go to www.campmennoscah.org for instructions and to pay. Registration forms must still be sent in separately. We hope this makes signing up for Camp Mennoscah easier for you!
Camp Mennoscah Summer Camp brochures have arrived. If you have a camp-aged child(ren), you will find one in your mail folder. There are some extra brochures if anyone else is interested in receiving one.
Full to the Gills! It’s oddly fishy, but Camp Mennoscah’s March 7-9 Scrapbooking Retreat is full. We’d love to register folks for our March 14-16 retreat–the same stunning retreat one week later–or to add you to our wait list for the March 7-9 retreat. A pre-registration form can be found on our home page at www.campmennoscah.org or call us at 620-297-3290 for more information.
How’s Your Summer Looking? We bet it’s empty and dull and needs some spicing up. We can help you! Camp Mennoscah is looking for kitchen helpers, head cooks, and nurses to make the camp experience great for our many campers. It’s a hootin’ fun way of being part of our camping ministry. Clanging camp bell, joyous shrieks, and free tee shirt included! Parents receive a camper discount. Contact us at 620-297-3290.