Worship Opportunities for Holy Week and Easter:
- The Lawrence Ecumenical Community Worship services will be held at Trinity Lutheran Church,1245 New Hampshire ST, 12:00 pm, Monday, April 14 – Friday, April 18. A simple lunch will follow each service except on Friday. Everyone is encouraged to attend. Joanna will be preaching on Wednesday.
- The Worship Committee will host a Good Friday Community Vigil on Friday, April 18 at 7:30 pm. We invite you to bring a creative piece to share that somehow reflects the theme of death. You may share music, visual art, dance, poetry, prose . . . something written/created by you or by someone else. The Worship Committee would appreciate knowing about contributions in advance — though last-minute sharing is also welcome. Committee members are: Ryan Ellett, Barbara Yoder, Roger Martin, Joe Casad, and Joanna Harader.
- Plans for Easter Sunday include a Sunrise Service will be held on the church lawn at 6:30 am, and then a potluck brunch at 9:00 am in the PMC building. Bring a dish to share and your own table service.
There will be a vigil at the Lawrence Jewish Community Center (917 Highland Dr.) Monday, April 21, 7:00 pm. Various Lawrence faith communities will respond to the recent shooting in Overland Park with prayer, silence, and song, showing support for our Jewish sisters and brothers. The Merc has agreed to allow overflow parking for attendees; please park away from their doors so their customers can access them easily.
We will have an opportunity to visit the church property that we discussed at our most recent congregational meeting. You are welcome to arrive at 1115 N. 1700 RD beginning at 3 p.m. on Sunday, April 27. We will have a brief service of hymns and prayer at 3:30, and you can stay and look around as long as you like. If there is sufficient interest in the property after this visit, the building group and Coordinating Committee will plan a special congregational meeting to discuss next steps.
God is doing a new thing in Lawrence! It’s an organization made up of congregations, whose mission will be to bring unity among believers and to do justice in the city. Next month, we will be investigating the theme of doing justice through a sermon series entitled “A City on a Hill”. Eighteen congregations across Lawrence – 17 churches and the Islamic mosque – will be exploring what our sacred texts say about justice. As we gather for worship in the weeks after Easter, we can celebrate the fact that many other people of faith in Lawrence are also learning more about what it means to seek God’s justice in our world.
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The next Taizé service will be on Friday, April 25, 6:00 pm, Plymouth Congregational Church, 925 Vermont ST. Bookmarks with all service dates and locations are available in the entryway.
From Lawrence Habitat ~ We are in need of a large group of volunteers for an upcoming event on Sunday, May 11. Body Boutique is hosting their WOW 5k run on Mother’s Day this year with all the proceeds benefiting Lawrence Habitat. Will you help us make the event a success? Volunteer duties will consist of the following: 1. Finish Line; 2. Results; 3. Set up/take down; 4. Registration table; 5. Bib & t-shirt table; 6. Water station; 7. Food/beverage station; 8. Course guides. We need your help in making this Mother’s Day 5k a success – grab a friend, your mother, your brother, your sister and come out Sunday for a couple hours of volunteering. Please contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling the office at 785-832-0777 if you would like to help, and share the info with others who you think might want to, too! More info about the race can be found here:http://lawrencehabitat.org/wowrun/ . We appreciate you and the support you provide Lawrence Habitat. Please note: volunteers are required to attend 2 volunteer info meetings taking place at Body Boutique. The last meeting on Sunday, May 4th is required. April 14th, 4:30-5:30 and Sunday, May 4th (required), 4:30-5:30. Please let us know if you have any questions, and I look forward to hearing from you!
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
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
MCC Central States is currently recruiting for a “Young Adult Program Coordinator” position. This is a full-time position, working with the young adult programs for Central States, as well as leadership development. The location is open within the Central States region, with a preference for an urban setting. Persons who are interested can send a letter of intent and resume to Melissa Waltner (email@example.com). You can view the job description at: http://serve.mcc.org/positions/young-adult-program-coordinator-cs.
Americana Music Academy will be holding their Kid’s Summer Music Camp June 2 – 6 and August 4 – 8 for ages 5 – 12. The theme will be “A Celebration of our American Roots.” Sign up before May 1st for a $20 discount. Call 785-830-9640 or email firstname.lastname@example.org to reserve a spot, or for more information. Space is limited. Cost is $200 for a full week of fun, supplies, snacks, T-Shirt, and certificate! They are located at 1419 Massachusetts ST.
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/
Planning is underway for the next Mennonite Church USA’s biennial convention, June 30-July 5, 2015 in Kansas City, MO. In the convention newsletter you will find information on the theme and scripture that has been chosen for this week, along with other convention details. A copy of the newsletter can be found at: here. As more planning is done, updates will be posted on the website, http://convention.mennoniteusa.org/.
Ten Thousand Villages is in need of both store volunteers and new board members. Please contact Carolyn Winters-Hazelton (email@example.com) if you would like more information about these opportunities.
Fair trade retailer in downtown Lawrence, Ten Thousand Villages, is seeking a full-time manager. Strong commitment is essential to the Ten Thousand Villages’ mission: to create opportunities for artisans in developing countries to earn income by bringing their products and stories to our markets through long-term, fair trading relationships. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org, visit http://www.tenthousandvillages.com/lawrence, or call the store at (785) 856-7370 for more information.
Be a good steward of the environment and get a 1% reduction on the interest rate for a vehicle loan. That’s possible when you finance the purchase of a hybrid or fuel-efficient vehicle with an Everence Federal Credit Union vehicle loan. As of today, the new car loan rate is 2.49% for a 5 year or less loan. So, the rate would be 1.49% for a hybrid car. Call (800) 451-5719, or apply online at everence.com.
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, April 20, 2014
Worship Leader: Joe Casad; Song Leader: Andrea Zuercher; Accompanist: Whitney Baker; Prelude & Offertory & Scripture Reader: Jim Krause; Children’s Time and Sermon: Joanna Harader; Table: EVERYONE BRING FLOWERS!!
- 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
- Apr 14-18 ~ Holy Week Services, 12:00 pm
- Apr 16 ~ Joanna preaching at Holy Week service
- Apr 16 ~ PMC providing cookies for lunch at Holy Week service
- Apr 18 ~ Good Friday Community Vigil
- Apr 19 ~ Anne Bailey’s Birthday
- Apr 20 ~ Easter Sunrise Service, 6:30 am
- Apr 20 ~ Easter Brunch Potluck, 9:00 am
- Apr 21 ~ Vigil at Jewish Comm Center
- Apr 22 ~ Tor Fornelli’s Birthday
- Apr 25 ~ Taizé service
- Apr 25-27 ~ Women in Conversation Retreat
- Apr 27 ~ Visit 1700 RD property
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!
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.
Retirees’ Relaxation Retreat (April 21-23)–This retreat isn’t for just anyone. This retreat is only for retirees of all ages. The theme is Little Drops of Water, Little Grains of Sand and will focus on the little things we do that have a great impact. Bring a friend or two and enjoy a few days on the prairie! Contact us at 620-297-3290 for more information!
Men and Boys Retreat at Camp Mennoscah is April 4-6. Come whenever you want over those three days, but meals will only be provided from Saturday supper through Sunday lunch. Peter Goerzen will be our speaker for the weekend. No pre-registration is necessary. You’ll be able to sleep in the staff houses or cabins, or bring your own tent or RV. It’s a great weekend to fellowship, go fishing, or just hang out and do nothing. We’re still looking for church groups or individuals to help with meal preparation. For an optional work project, we might be sandbagging to combat erosion on the river bank. If you have any questions, or if you want to help with meals, call Kevin Neufeld at 316-284-0450.