By following the life and teachings of Jesus Christ, we are an Anabaptist Mennonite church seeking community, peacemaking and compassionate service to others. We invite you to join us on our journey. All of us are created in the image of God, we are all children of God, and all are welcome.
Mennonite Ministries, our church office, is located at 324 Peterson Road. The office is open Monday-Friday, 9:00 a.m. - 12 noon, and by appointment.
This Advent season, with the theme "Freedom Bound," is a time of reflection on how God’s coming in Jesus releases us from personal, social, and historical chains that bind us. We live in the paradox that we are both bound and free, on a march to freedom but encumbered by the burden and sin we carry; we are carrying the scars of struggle but living with a new hope. God’s freedom takes us down pathways of justice, mercy, trust, love, service and inclusion.
"Freedom Bound" invites us to see with bifocal vision: to have one eye on ourselves and the world and another eye on the Scriptural stories that, with the Spirit’s help, can enliven and deepen our faith. Join us for worship on Sunday mornings at 10:30am.
The Anabaptist Study Center has started a gathering on Thursday evenings for worship and study. From 7:00-8:00pm, we will discuss scripture through the lens of Jesus, starting with Jesus' baptism in Matthew. From 8:00-9:00pm, we will look at issues of justice, studying the results of the Doctrine of Discovery and its implications for today.
People in many parts of the world have become disillusioned with institutional, politically-compromised forms of Christianity. And as this occurs, there is increased interest in learning more about Anabaptism and other Free Church traditions that have called for a radical return to New Testament faith.
In the booklet What is an Anabaptist Christian?, Palmer Becker, a lifelong Mennonite pastor and educator, attempts to summarize Anabaptist understandings in three key statements, namely that: (1) Jesus is the center of our faith; (2) Community is the center of our lives; and (3) Reconciliation is the center of our work.
By contrasting these affirmations with divergent views held within the broader Christian family, Becker challenges readers to take a new look at Jesus, to engage more fully in building the body of Christ, and to embrace more passionately the reconciling work of God in the world.
In the upcoming months, we will have a variety of guest speakers offering their wisdom and Biblical perspectives. To get more detailed information along with links to resources connected with the speakers, please view the Upcoming Worship Services page.
As a community we believe God is leading us to be involved in partnering together with First Baptist Church in Waukegan in ministering to neighborhood children. We encourage members of our community to consider in what ways the Spirit of God might be leading you to participate. The kind of commitment needed is about one (1) Wednesday night per month, from 6:30 pm - 8:45 pm.
First Baptist Church is at 401 N. Genesee Street in Waukegan. Park in the church parking lot off of Sheridan Road, one street east of Genesee behind the church (see Google map).
The weekly email sent out to NSMC family, called the NSMC Weekly News, is available online. The Weekly News has announcements and current information pertaining to the activities of the congregation. The current Weekly News is available from a link on the left side of this page under Weekly News and Brochures.