There will be no children’s Sunday School during the summer months. Contact Jenny Buller if you would like to help coordinate some fun family activities!
For the summer months, the Worship Committee will not be assigning people to arrange the front table. Please feel free to bring flowers or other decorations as the Spirit moves.
The summer worship volunteer schedule is now available in the hall. Those of you on the schedule should also have received an electronic copy via email.
The Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Bookis the title of a new book release by Oliver Hall and Julie Unruh. Everyone is invited to a book release party on Saturday, May 31 from 3 pm to 6 pm at Stan Herd’s Studio at 315 NE Industrial LN in North Lawrence, next to the car wash. Click here for a map.
A new contribution to our library: Vegetable Garden written by Julie Unruh, illustrated Manda Barker.
Please consider being part of our community Vacation Bible School this summer! We are joining together with Plymouth Congregational Church, Trinity Lutheran Church, and First Baptist Church to provide a week of fun and faith June 9-16. We will meet in the evenings from 6-8:30 on Monday-Thursday with a potluck meal in the park on Friday. Children aged 4 – 4th grade (completed) are welcome to attend. Youth and adults of all ages are welcome to volunteer. Please see brochures or contact the office for more information.
Attention Women Singers: Threshold Choir is a national women’s organization with a local chapter of women from several faiths here in Lawrence. We provide ease and comfort through singing to those on the threshold of living and dying. We seek to provide a calm, focused presence with gentle voices to various local senior homes and hospices. To join our simple practice sessions or ask questions, contact Jean Drumm at (785) 841-6067 or Patrice Krause at 785-841-2646.
Bethel College Alumni Weekend this year is June 6-8 on campus, including the Alumni Banquet and recognition of the 2014 Outstanding Alumnus and Distinguished Achievement Award winner. See www.bethelks.edu/alumni/events-for-alumni-and-friends/alumni-weekend/ for a complete schedule, or call 316-284-5251.
New sermons have been uploaded to our church podcast site. Check them out at peacemennonite.sermondrop.com.
We remember Lola and her comforter-making efforts for Mennonite Central Committee which provides comforters and blankets to hospitals, refugee camps, orphanages and disaster locations. In the last several years, shipments have been sent to countries including Iraq, Swaziland and Zambia. See this program and donate online at mcc.org/kits/blankets.
It is a year since Cindy Wiens passed away. She bravely faced Huntington’s Disease. It would be nice to defeat this disease. The Hereditary Neurological Disease Centre, specializing in Huntington’s Disease, is a non-profit that is one of the top research sites for Huntington’s in the country and they provide the only free services for families in Kansas and the surrounding area. You can check them out and donate at www.huntingtonsdiseaseclinic.com – and their address is 3223 N Webb, Suite 4, Wichita, KS 67226.
The next Taizé service will be on Friday, May 23, 6:00 pm, Central United Methodist Church, 1501 Mass ST. Bookmarks with all service dates and locations are available in the entryway.
Run for your health! Run for Habitat!! The Free Methodist Church “4 for Others” Run on Saturday, June 7 will benefit Habitat’s Building on Faith house. More information can be found here: lfmchurch.org/4forothers
Mennonite Central Committee would like to invite you to a Learning Tour to Haiti November 8-17, 2014. This 10 day tour will give you a first-hand look at the social- economical issues Haiti continues to face. The estimate cost for this learning tour is $700 per person, which includes food, lodging, and in-country transportation. Airfare needs to be purchased separately. Space is very limited. For more information contact Anna Yoder by Monday June 2, 2014 at firstname.lastname@example.org 316.283.2720.
Free weekly email subscriptions available for WDC communication pieces: 1) WDC Seeds announces what’s new and good in Western District Conference ministries and congregations. 2) WDC Sprouts has articles from staff and information about Western District Conference and Mennonite Church USA events. To subscribe, email email@example.com.
On the Way newsletter– Did you know that Mennonite Church USA Staff puts out a quarterly newsletter exploring various justice issues around the church? If you’re not a subscriber yet, sign up to receive our next edition of On the Way, which will feature highlights from the recent women doing theology conference. http://www.mennoniteusa.org/publications/on-the-way/on-the-way-vol-2-no-1/
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/.
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, May 25, 2014
Worship Leader & Scripture Reader: Jeff Weber; Children’s Time & Preacher: Joanna Harader; Song Leader: Jim Krause; Accompanist, Prelude & Offertory: Whitney Baker; Childcare: Carol Moyer & Sara Weber.
- 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
- May 23 ~ Nile Russo’s Birthday
- May 23 ~ Taizé service
- May 25 ~ John Young’s Birthday
- May 29 ~ Susan Rieger’s Birthday
- May 29 ~ Wilma Gates’ Birthday
- May 31 ~ Oliver/Julie Book Signing
- Jun 3 ~ Jeff Weber’s Birthday
- Jun 9-16 ~ Vacation Bible School
- Jun 16 ~ Tara Heilke’s Birthday
- Jun 17 ~ Feliz Janzen-Chappell’s Birthday
- Jun 29 ~ Ben Weber’s Birthday
From Camp Mennoscah
Summer camps start June 8! That means we’re counting down the days for you to send in your Camp Mennoscah registration forms. We’ve got adventures coming out of our ears! Grab a friend, throw your swimsuit into a bag, and start practicing letting your little light shine! Registration forms can be found online at www.campmennoscah.org with an online payment option.
Potatoes are not hard to peel. Many of you are aware of this wondrous fact and have chosen to spend a week or two at Camp Mennoscah as a kitchen helper. Some of you, however, have been led astray by your fears of simple kitchen tasks. Let us reassure you that you have nothing much to fear–maybe a little sweat, maybe a bit of camper noise, maybe an overabundance of fun. We still need helpers for July 27-Aug. 1. Contact us at 620-297-3290.
Dish It Up! Camp Mennoscah is looking for a few cooks to provide a main course, casserole-type dish for meals during our summer staff orientation week (June 1-8). This will make preparing meals easier for the staff, allowing us more time together in training. We’ll provide side dishes and whatnot. Contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org 620-297-3290. Thanks for helping us provide a great experience for all our summer guests!
Nurse needed at Camp Mennoscah! We seek a camp nurse for July 13-19, our ever-exciting week of Junior High led by Derek & Kara Klingenberg. It couldn’t get much funner. Contact Camp Mennoscah at 620-297-3290 for more information. This position comes with either a stipend or a camper discount–and a free camp tee!
Hey, folks of all ages! We’ve got our intergenerational Family Camp coming up July 26-27 and you are all invited! This camp is for college students, grandparents, grandkids, moms and dads–everyone but the pets! (All children must be supervised.) Keep your eyes open for the brochures and more information!