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Only ONE more weeks to bring your pennies to contribute to our penny jar which will be donated to MCC’s Penny Power project. This is a project brought to you by PMC youth. 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.

More new stuff on our church web site. Joanna has been hard at work on it again!!
There is now a new “Sermons” page. On this page, you will find:
–a link to Joanna’s blog, with many of her sermon manuscripts
–a link to Joe Casad’s sermon about the political context of Jesus’ day (which is really wonderful and took far too long to post)
–a link to our brand-spanking-new church podcast site with an audio file of this past Sunday’s sermon
If you have suggestions for the church web site, please pass them along. And if you’d like to help with site development and maintenance, let Joanna know.

The next Taizé service will be on Friday, April 4, 6:00 pm, Central United Methodist Church, 1501 Mass ST. Bookmarks with all service dates and locations are available in the entryway.

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.

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 (melissawaltner@mcc.org). 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 2nd – 6th and August 4th – 8th 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 americanamusicacademy@gmail.com 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.

From Lawrence Habitat ~ We are in need of a large group of volunteers for an upcoming event on Sunday, May 11th. 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 maddie@lawrencehabitat.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!

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.
~ PMC will again be providing cookies during The Lawrence Ecumenical Holy Week services. We need six dozen cookies on Wednesday, April 16. You can deliver them to church by 11:00 am that day or take them to Trinity Lutheran Church before the noon service.
~ 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.

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 eyyupesen@gmail.com three days before the event you want to participate. SESSION 8: April 6,5:00 pm. Worship and prayers in Judaism, Christianity, and Islam. Venue: St. Luke African American Church. Main Sponsor: St. Luke African American Church and Dialog Institute of the Southwest.

Trinity Lutheran Church, 13th and New Hampshire (just south of South Park), will host the Trinity Fitness Walk (5K and 2K) on the Saturday, April 12. 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 am, 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.

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), info@communityvillagelawrence.org, http://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 achap@ku.edu.

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. http://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 (cwinhazel@aol.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 tenthousandvillageslawrencehr@gmail.com, visit http://www.tenthousandvillages.com/lawrence, or call the store at (785) 856-7370 for more information.

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 6, 2014

Worship Leader: Jeff Weber; Song Leader: Jasmine Harader-Ellett; Accompanist: Whitney Baker; Prelude & Offertory: Ben Chappell and Marike Janzen; Children’s Time: Jim Russo; Scripture Reader: Patrice Krause; Preacher: Joanna Harader; Childcare: Doug Koch & TBA; Snacks: Andrea Zuercher.

Volunteer Opportunities

  • 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 4 ~ Taizé service
  • Apr 6 ~ Interfaith Academy Project; Session 8
  • Apr 8 ~ Roberta Hofer’s Birthday
  • Apr 9 ~ Kaylynn Weber’s Birthday
  • Apr 10 ~ Rod Hofer’s Birthday
  • Apr 11 & 12 ~ MCC Relief Sale
  • Apr 12 ~ Judy Johnson’s Birthday
  • Apr 12 ~ Guided writing workshop for women
  • 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 22 ~ Tor Fornelli’s Birthday
  • 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: http://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.

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Please plan to attend our Congregational Meeting this Sunday, 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.

More new stuff on our church website.  Joanna has been hard at work on it again!!  There is now a new “Sermons” page.  On this page, you will find:

  • –a link to Joanna’s blog, with many of her sermon manuscripts
  • –a link to Joe Casad’s sermon about the political context of Jesus’ day (which is really wonderful and took far too long to post)
  • –a link to our brand-spanking-new church podcast site with an audio file of this past Sunday’s sermon

If you have suggestions for the church website, please pass them along. And if you’d like to help with site development and maintenance, let Joanna know.

Only TWO more weeks to bring your pennies to contribute to our penny jar which will be donated to MCC’s Penny Power project.  This is a project brought to you by PMC youth.  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.

The next Taizé service will be on Friday, March 28, 6:00 pm, Plymouth Congregational Church, 925 Vermont ST.  Bookmarks with all service dates and locations are available in the entryway.

Anabaptist theologian J. Denny Weaver will speak at Central Baptist Seminary on Monday, March 31, 7-8:30 pm. His lecture is titled: “The Working of God: Atonement to Nonviolence.”  This lecture is open to the public.

Be a good steward of the environment and get a 1 percent 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.

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 (melissawaltner@mcc.org).  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 2nd – 6th and August 4th – 8th 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 americanamusicacademy@gmail.com 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.

From Lawrence Habitat ~ We are in need of a large group of volunteers for an upcoming event on Sunday, May 11th. 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 maddie@lawrencehabitat.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!

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.  
  • PMC will again be providing cookies during The Lawrence Ecumenical Holy Week services. We need six dozen cookies on Wednesday, April 16. You can deliver them to church by 11:00 am that day or take them to Trinity Lutheran Church before the noon service.
  • 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.

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 eyyupesen@gmail.com three days before the event you want to participate.   SESSION 7:  March 30, 5:00 pm.  Stewardship-Giving in Abrahamic Traditions.  Venue: Trinity Lutheran Church.  Main Sponsor: Trinity Lutheran Church and Dialog Institute of the Southwest.  SESSION 8:  April 6,5:00 pm.  Worship and prayers in Judaism, Christianity, and Islam.  Venue: St. Luke African American Church.  Main Sponsor: St. Luke African American Church and Dialog Institute of the Southwest.

Join us for a Holden Evening Prayer service on Tuesday, April 1, at 7:30 pm. We will worship with the good folks at Lutheran Campus Ministry in their building: 1421 W 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.

Trinity Lutheran Church, 13th and New Hampshire (just south of South Park), will host the Trinity Fitness Walk (5K and 2K) on the Saturday, April 12. 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 am, 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.

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), info@communityvillagelawrence.org, 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 achap@ku.edu.

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/

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 (cwinhazel@aol.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 tenthousandvillageslawrencehr@gmail.com, visit http://www.tenthousandvillages.com/lawrence, or call the store at (785) 856-7370 for more information.

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 30, 2014

Worship Leader: Joanna Harader; Song Leader: Jim Krause; Accompanist, Prelude & Offertory: Twila Schmidt;  Children’s Time: Patrice Krause; Scripture Reader: Stan Moyer; Speaker: Ryan Ellett; Childcare: Patrice Krause & Jenny Buller.

Volunteer Opportunities

  • 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 27 ~ Bert Haverkate-Ens’ Birthday
  • Mar 28 ~ Taizé service
  • Mar 30 ~ Congregation Meeting & Potluck
  • Mar 30 ~  Interfaith Academy Project; Session 7
  • Apr 1 ~ Holden Evening Prayer service; Lutheran Campus Ministry
  • Apr 6 ~ Interfaith Academy Project; Session 8
  • Apr 8 ~ Roberta Hofer’s Birthday
  • Apr 9 ~ Kaylynn Weber’s Birthday
  • Apr 10 ~ Rod Hofer’s Birthday
  • Apr 11 & 12 ~ MCC Relief Sale
  • Apr 12 ~ Judy Johnson’s Birthday
  • Apr 12 ~ Guided writing workshop for women
  • 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 22 ~ Tor Fornelli’s Birthday
  • 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!

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.

E-News

Easter Sunrise Service will be held at John and Sue Young’s house: 23941 Cantrell RD.

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 (cwinhazel@aol.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 tenthousandvillageslawrencehr@gmail.com, visit http://www.tenthousandvillages.com/lawrence, or call the store at (785) 856-7370 for more information.

This Sunday, March 23, Southern Hills Mennonite in Topeka will host a Bible Festival with guest speaker Sarah Wenger-Shank. Contact Southern Hills for more information. (southernhillsmc@networkplus.net)

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 eyyupesen@gmail.com three days before the event you want to participate.   SESSION 7:  March 30, 5:00 pm.  Stewardship-Giving in Abrahamic Traditions.  Venue: Trinity Lutheran Church.  Main Sponsor: Trinity Lutheran Church and Dialog Institute of the Southwest.  SESSION 8:  April 6,5:00 pm.  Worship and prayers in Judaism, Christianity, and Islam.  Venue: St. Luke African American Church.  Main Sponsor: St. Luke African American Church and Dialog Institute of the Southwest.

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

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.

Join us for a Holden Evening Prayer 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.

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

Trinity Lutheran Church, 13th and New Hampshire (just south of South Park), will host the Trinity Fitness Walk (5K and 2K) on the Saturday, April 12. 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 am, 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.

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), info@communityvillagelawrence.org, 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 achap@ku.edu.

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.

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 23, 2014

Worship Leader: Andrea Zuercher; Song Leader: Joe Casad; Accompanist: Whitney Baker; Prelude & Offertory: Joni Fornelli and Jasmine Harader-Ellett; Children’s Time: Lidia Pagán; Scripture Reader: Joni Fornelli; Preacher: Joanna Harader; Childcare: Carol Moyer & Sara Weber; Snacks: Barb Preheim.

Volunteer Opportunities

  • 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 23 ~ Ben Chappell’s Birthday
  • Mar 24 ~ Mike Kaufman’s Birthday
  • Mar 27 ~ Bert Haverkate-Ens’ Birthday
  • Mar 30 ~ Congregation Meeting & Potluck
  • Mar 30 ~  Interfaith Academy Project; Session 7
  • Apr 1 ~ Holden Evening Prayer service; Lutheran Campus Ministry
  • Apr 6 ~ Interfaith Academy Project; Session 8
  • 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!

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.

E-News

Ten Thousand Villages is in need of both store volunteers and new board members. Please contact Carolynn Winters-Hazelton (cwinhazel@aol.com) if you would like more information about these opportunities.

Next Sunday, March 23, Southern Hills Mennonite in Topeka will host a Bible Festival with guest speaker Sarah Wenger-Shank. Contact Southern Hills for more information. (southernhillsmc@networkplus.net)

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

This Sunday, March 16, you are invited to join Joanna and members of the Ministry Team for prayer after worship.

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 eyyupesen@gmail.com three days before the event you want to participate.   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.   SESSION 7:  March 30, 5:00 pm.  Stewardship-Giving in Abrahamic Traditions.  Venue: Trinity Lutheran Church.  Main Sponsor: Trinity Lutheran Church and Dialog Institute of the Southwest.

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

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.

Join us for a Holden Evening Prayer 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.

Trinity Lutheran Church, 13th and New Hampshire (just south of South Park), will host the Trinity Fitness Walk (5K and 2K) on the Saturday, April 12. 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 am, 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.

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), info@communityvillagelawrence.org, 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 achap@ku.edu.

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.

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 16, 2014

Worship Leader: TBA; Song Leader, Prelude & Offertory, Children’s Time: Anne Bailey; Accompanist: Twila Schmidt; Scripture Reader: LaVonne Marks; Preacher: Joanna Harader; Childcare: Roger Martin & Bert Haverkate-Ens; Snacks: Jasmine Harader-Ellett.

Volunteer Opportunities

 

  • 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 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
  • Mar 30 ~  Interfaith Academy Project; Session 7
  • Apr 1 ~ Holden Evening Prayer 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 towww.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.

E-News

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), info@communityvillagelawrence.org, 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 eyyupesen@gmail.com 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 achap@ku.edu.

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.

Volunteer Opportunities

  • 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.

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The next Taizé service will be tomorrow, Friday, February 28, 6:00 pm at Peace Mennonite Church.  Bookmarks with all service dates and locations are available in the entryway.

You are invited to attend a city-wide scripture study on “Rethinking Justice.”  This event is an introduction to the Lawrence community of a proposed inter-faith justice ministry. It will be held at St. Margaret’s Episcopal Church on March 1 from 9-11:30 a.m. If you would like to attend, please RSVP to Joanna and get a ticket from the office.

Ash Wednesday worship will be on March 5. The family service is at 6:00 pm, followed by a contemplative service at 7:00 pm.

This year we are asking for recommendations for only two leadership offices in Western District  Conference. Please respond by Tuesday, March 3.   1)  Moderator Elect.   This is a four year assignment. Two years as moderator elect and two years as moderator. The moderator serves as chair of the WDC Executive Board and as chair of the Annual Assembly Delegate Sessions. Check the role of the Executive Board in the next pearl.  2)  Executive Board member.   Executive Board is the overall visioning, direction-setting, prioritizing and policy-making board of the Western District Conference. It acts on behalf of the delegates between Delegate Assemblies, creates structures and organization that employ the spiritual gifts of the conference in its witness to Jesus Christ; shall be composed of nine to twelve members. This is a three-year term.   We invite you to recommend persons to the WDC Gifts Discernment Committee. The Committee will prioritize these recommendations and make the request. Please do not call anyone or make any contacts at this time! Your participation is highly valued in identifying skilled and spiritually robust  leadership for the future. For more information about these positions, it may be helpful to see the WDC Constitution at:  www.mennowdc.org/identity/. The Executive Board generally meets six times a year.   Skype or telephone hookups are available for those at a distance.  Each person elected is expected to attend Annual Assembly and Reference Council. Please reply to wdc@mennowdc.org or call 316-283-6300 with your suggestions by March 3.  We would like to have no less than one suggestion for a representative from each WDC congregation.

“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.

Please join us 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 March 2, from 3:00 to 6:00 pm at the Crown Toyota Showroom, 3430 Iowa Street. 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), info@communityvillagelawrence.org, www.CommunityVillageLawrence.org

Trinity Lutheran Church to Host 5K and 2K Fitness Walks on Saturday, April 12Trinity 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 eyyupesen@gmail.com three days before the event you want to participate.  SESSION 4 – March 2:  Environment and religions in Abrahamic religions. Venue: Jewish Community Center. Time: 5 pm.  Main Sponsors: Jewish Community Center and Dialog Institute of the Southwest.  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.

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 achap@ku.edu.

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 2, 2014

Worship Leader & Children’s Time: Joanna Harader; Song Leader, Prelude & Offertory: Jim Krause; Accompanist: Twila Schmidt; Scripture Reader: Ryan Ellett; Speaker: Joe Casad; Table: Grace Harader-Ellett; Childcare: Marike Janzen & Nadine Koch; Snacks: Wilma Gates.

Volunteer Opportunities

  • 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

  • Feb 27 ~ Ministry Team Mtg
  • Feb 28 ~ Taizé Service at PMC
  • Feb 29 ~ Gary Brunk’s Birthday
  • Mar 1 ~  “Rethinking Justice” scripture study
  • Mar 2 ~ Interfaith Academy Project Session 4
  • Mar 3 ~ James Harader-Ellett’s Birthday
  • Mar 5 ~ Ash Wednesday Services
  • Mar 7-8 ~ Lenten Retreat
  • Mar 9 ~ Carol Grieb’s Birthday
  • Mar 11 ~ Eileen Unruh’s Birthday
  • Mar 23 ~ Ben Chappell’s Birthday
  • Mar 24 ~ Mike Kaufman’s Birthday
  • Mar 27 ~ Bert Haverkate-Ens’ Birthday
  • Mar 30 ~ Congregation Meeting & Potluck
  • 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 towww.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.

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Please join us 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.

  • Friday, May 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, May 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.   *** Please let Joanna know by this Wednesday, February 26, if you plan to attend any part of the Lenten Retreat. ***

The Ministry Team will meet Thursday, February 27. Please be in touch with a team member if you have any particular joys and/or concerns you would like us to hold in prayer. Team members are: Steve Unruh, Nadine Koch, Patrice Krause, Ken Lohrentz, and Joanna Harader.

You are invited to attend a city-wide scripture study on “Rethinking Justice.” This event is an introduction to the Lawrence community of a proposed inter-faith justice ministry. It will be held at St. Margaret’s Episcopal Church on March 1 from 9-11:30 a.m. If you would like to attend, please RSVP to Joanna and get a ticket from the office.

Community Village Lawrence is excited to invite you to A Trip Down Memory Lane: 1969 Orange Bowl Revival with special guest Bobby Douglass on March 2, from 3:00 to 6:00 pm at the Crown Toyota Showroom, 3430 Iowa Street. 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), info@communityvillagelawrence.org, 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 no-competitive walk – no times will be kept. It is a fun, fitness-raising event – not a fund-raising 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.

Check out our updated website at peacemennonite.org! If there is any information you would like added to the site, please be in touch with Joanna.

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.

The International Guest House in Washington, D.C. needs volunteer staff (1 month to 1 year) for the ministry of hospitality.  The guest house, owned by Allegheny Mennonite Conference, provides a “home away from home” for international and US travelers. Priority need for short term volunteers March – August. Contact: International Guest House igh-dc@juno.com(202)726-5808

A group of youth and adults from Rainbow Mennonite Church will be traveling to Colombia, South America on an MCC work and learn trip in June, and have invited us to a fundraiser. They will be hosting a COFFEEHOUSE featuring “THE BOOK OF JEBB” band. You can listen to one of their songs by following the link below.  This is a great opportunity to enjoy the talents of this awesome band. Saturday, February 22, 6:30 pm – 9:00 pm, 1444 Southwest BLVD.  http://www.reverbnation.com/bookofjebb/song/4204728-blue-moon-of-kentucky

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 eyyupesen@gmail.com three days before the event you want to participate.  SESSION 3February 23:  The belief in the Afterlife in the three traditions. Venue: First United Methodist Church. Time: 5:00 pm.  Main Sponsors: First United Methodist Church and Dialog Institute of the Southwest.  SESSION 4March 2:  Environment and religions in Abrahamic religions. Venue: Jewish Community Center. Time: 5 pm.  Main Sponsors: Jewish Community Center and Dialog Institute of the Southwest.

The next Taizé service will be Friday, February 28, 6:00 pm at Peace Mennonite Church.  Bookmarks with all service dates and locations are available in the entryway.

All are invited, Saturday, March 1 at 10:00 am to Hope Mennonite Church 868 N Maize Rd, Wichita, KS to join the MCC Central States staff and board of directors for:  Building Beloved Community: MCC Central States and the Work of Decolonization   “Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called the children of God.”  Matthew 5:9    In August 2012 MCC Central States developed a Unity of Purpose statement that provides guidance in their work to realize MCC’s commitment to peace and justice. In that document, Central States acknowledges the role colonialism has played in disrupting and marginalizing communities, cultures and histories. The work of decolonization is the work of healing what has been broken as it restores our ability to see ourselves and each other as children of God. At its heart decolonization is the process of affirming the divinity within our diversity.  Join us as Program Coordinators working in Louisiana, South Dakota, New Mexico and Texas reflect on the work of decolonization and racial justice as crucial aspects of MCC’s commitment to peace and the building of beloved community. Lunch will follow to allow for further conversation. Please RSVP for this event to Tina Schrag at tinaschrag@mcc.org or by calling 316-283-2720 by Monday, Feb. 24.

Ash Wednesday worship will be on March 5. The family service is at 6:00 pm, followed by a contemplative service at 7:00 pm

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 achap@ku.edu.

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, February 23, 2014

Worship Leader: Sonja Kaufman; Song Leader: Joe Casad; Accompanist, Prelude & Offertory: Twila Schmidt; Children’s Time & Sermon: Joanna Harader; Scripture Reader: James Harader-Ellett; Table: Elinor Russo; Childcare: Gwen Wiens & Rosie Claassen; Snacks: Judy Johnson.

Volunteer Opportunities

  • 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
  • Assist Greg with the cleaning of our meeting place

Calendar of Events

  • Feb 21 ~ Gwen Wiens’ Birthday
  • Feb 21 ~ Sue Young’s Birthday
  • Feb 21-23 ~ Anabaptist Vision & Discipleship Series
  • Feb 23 ~ Interfaith Academy Project Session 3
  • Feb 24 ~ Ben Buller’s Birthday
  • Feb 26 ~ Nadine Koch’s Birthday
  • Feb 7 ~ Ministry Team Mtg
  • Feb 28 ~ Taizé Service at PMC
  • Feb 29 ~ Gary Brunk’s Birthday
  • Mar 2 ~ Interfaith Academy Project Session 4
  • Mar 5 ~ Ash Wednesday Services
  • Mar 7-8 ~ Lenten Retreat
  • Mar 30 ~ Congregation Meeting & Potluck
  • Apr 11 & 12 ~ MCC Relief Sale
  • Apr 25-27 ~ Women in Conversation Retreat

From Camp Mennoscah

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.