Nurturing our children is a priority at Peace Mennonite. Join us this Sunday, December 8, at 9:30 (before worship) for a conversation about how we will care for our PMC kids in the coming year. We would love for more people to be involved with teaching Sunday School and leading additional activities. Even if you are only available to help once every couple of months or so, come join the conversation and let’s see what we can do together!
The P & SJ Comm will have the bead work from Nuevo Amanacer set up for the next week. Bring your wallets and knock out some Christmas shopping while supporting a great project. Check out the website about the community in Guatemala where this jewelry is made–exciting things are happening there! http://anadesa.wordpress.com/
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.
Please plan to join us for two special evening worship services:
- Thursday, December 19 at 7 pm.: Holden Evening Prayer
- Tuesday, December 24 at 7 pm.: Christmas Eve Worship
The next Taizé service will be on Friday, December 6, 6:00 pm at Trinity Lutheran Church. Bookmarks with all service dates and locations are available in the entryway.
From Bert Haverkate-Ens ~ ‘Little Bird’ is a self-published book of small tales and poems based on my observations around town. You are invited to celebrate my good fortune and effort at writing such a book. You don’t have to buy it, read it, or like it. I mostly write for my own satisfaction and the hope that some few people will find what I to say interesting or entertaining. I’ve gotten all of that already. If you want to, you can buy a copy directly from me for $7. The book is available at Amazon.com to preview or buy. I will be at Aimee’s Café and Coffeeshop on Mass Street with some copies between 7 and 9 on Friday evening, December 6. Food or drink is up to you. You’re welcome to just drop by. It never hurts to tip the barrista.
Rezound! Handbell Ensemble to play Christmas Celebration Concert, Sat, December 7, 7:00 pm, first United Methodist Church, 946 Vermont ST. Free Admission (donations accepted).
From Gwen Wiens ~ Laura Lizbeth, a friend of my sister Cindy, who played and sang at Cindy’s memorial service will be part of a benefit concert, “Women’s Acoustic Showcase” for The Willow Domestic Violence Center on Thursday, December 12, 2013. This will be at the Slow Ride Roadhouse, 1350 N 3rd ST Lawrence.. They will be playing for tips and all tips go to the Willow Women’s Shelter. See details at www.lauralizbeth.com. It’s a great way to support some women artists and an important community service.
From Rosie & Rob Claassen ~ You are all invited to our home for Advent Tea Open House on Sunday, December 15, from 2-5 pm. Our address is 908 Gardens Ct. We live close to the church. Hope to see all of you for a time of food and fellowship.
Can you wave your arm and keep a beat? We are down to only four song leaders on our volunteer list for the coming year and we would love to bring more people on board. Andrea Zuercher is willing to host a song-leading workshop for potential volunteers. Please contact Joanna or Andrea if you are interested.
Choir Rehearsal: Contact Anne or Twila for information on the second practice session. Everyone welcome!!
Save the date ~ Lawrence Habitat for Humanity’s annual “Music Fest” is set for January 26. Place and time TBA.
Show your support of Lawrence Habitat for Humanity at a night of community, costumes and movie trivia at their Lights, Camera, Take Action! event, Friday, February 28 at Crown Automotive. Registration is due by January 31. Teams are encouraged to dress to the theme of their “Hollywood Movie” team name and bring décor for their table- prizes will be awarded for the Best Dressed Team, Decorated Table and Trivia Champion. Encourage your friends to attend the event by making your own team of eight or if you are a business, challenge another office to come and compete against your business’s team. However you choose to participate, it’s promised to be an exciting night! You can find more information at: http://lawrencehabitat.org/lights-camera-take-action-movie-trivia/
Camp Mennoscah Sweatshirts! Did you know that Camp Mennoscah has sweatshirts that make great Christmas gifts? These snazzy sweatshirts have the camp sign in white on black or dark brown. The cost is $25 for youth sizes, $30 for adult sizes, and $35 for XXL. What?!? You already have a sweatshirt? Well, we have mugs, tee shirts, and cookbooks, too! Contact us at 620-297-3290 to make someone happy.
HELP THE PEOPLE OF THE PHILIPPINES: Mennonite Central Committee (MCC) has begun its response to Typhoon Haiyan, providing funding for immediate needs and supporting partners in an initial assessment team and determining needs for long-term recovery. To donate to this effort, please go to mcc.org/typhoon-response. Thank you for your prayers for people grieving and suffering in the storm’s wake.
Hesston College’s annual Anabaptist Vision & Discipleship Series conference will be February 21 – 23, 2014, and will have the theme “Reading the Bible in an Instagram World”. Presenters from the Hesston College Bible & Ministry dept, including Michele Hershberger, Marion Bontrager, Kevin Wilder and Tim Lichti and Ten & Co.’s Ted Swartz will lead participants through a condensed version of the college’s well-known Biblical Literature class and the cornerstone of the class, the Heilsgeschicte, or salvation history. More information will be available online at hesston.edu in the coming months.
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 Jan 20, Feb 17, 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.
Save the dates! The 2014 WDC Annual Assembly will be held July 4-6 at Lakeview Camp and Retreat Center in Waxahachie, Texas (www.lakeviewcamp.net). As more information becomes available, it will be posted at: http://mennowdc.org/conference-life/annual-assembly/
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, December 8, 2013:
Worship Leader: Sonja Kaufman; Song Leader: Jim Krause; Accompanist: Whitney Baker; Prelude & Offertory: PMC Choir; Children’s Time: Miriam Friesen; Scripture Reader: Rosie Claassen; Preacher: Joanna Harader; Childcare: Jeff Weber & Jenny Buller; Snacks: Sonja Kaufman.
- 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
Calendar of Events
- Dec 1 ~ Patrice Krause
- Dec 3 ~ Ken Lohrentz
- Dec 4 ~ CJ Friesen
- Dec 6 ~ Taizé Service; Trinity Lutheran
- Dec 8 ~ Nurturing children SS meeting
- Dec 8 ~ Romona Sprague-Jones
- Dec 15 ~ Fischer Unruh
- Dec 23 ~ Twila Schmidt
- Dec 25 ~ Mariah Kaufman
- Dec 27 Lidia Pagán
- Dec 29 ~ Carol Moyer