Sept. 13 announcements

Church Campout! The deadline to turn in your campout registration forms is TODAY, September 13. A detailed schedule for campout was placed in your church mailboxes last Sunday. Come join the fun and invite your friends!

Fall Workday: The trustee’s are planning a workday on Saturday,

September 26th to do some improvements in the church park at the request of our insurance company. We will be excavating dirt out from under the jungle gym and swing set and installing a border which will contain rock or mulch. We will be doing some tree trimming with a bucket truck and will need some help to clean up limbs. Please talk with a trustee for more info and plan to help if you can.

Sexton Position: We are currently seeking an individual to fill the role of church sexton. This role requires a small amount of record keeping and marking plots in the cemetery as needs arise. If you feel like this is something you may be willing to consider, please talk to a trustee or mark it on your commitment sheet this fall.

The Tabor Food Pantry is running low on food and supplies. Your donations are welcome. Needed items: Boxed meals, Manwich, canned meats, canned fruits and vegetables (not green beans), applesauce, jell-o, pudding, pasta and pasta sauces, peanut butter, jelly, cereal, cake mixes, soups and chili, beans, tomatoes, ramen noodles, laundry soap, dish soap, toothpaste and tooth brushes, hand soap, paper bags. Monetary contributions are also welcome. Thank you for your generosity.

Christian Faith Formation: The need continues for teachers and helpers for Wednesday evening classes beginning September 30. Please prayerfully consider how you can be a part of this important ministry at Tabor. Contact Pastor Rosie Jantz for more information.

Faith Formation teachers & helpers: if you have not completed a new Safe Sanctuaries Covenant for this 2015-2016 education year, you should have received one in your mailbox. Please complete & return to Gayle Funk.

Tabor Mennonite Women Work Day: September 16 from 9:30am to 2:30pm is a project work day at the church. We are needing someone to do devotions. Please see sign up sheet on bulletin board, or talk to Elaine Unruh.

Faithful Fitness Class Time Change: Effective Wednesday, September 16th, Faithful Fitness class will begin meeting from 5:20-6:20pm. Come for strength training at 5:20pm in the basement and/or a group walk at 5:50pm. All are welcome to attend!

What’s Cookin’? will meet next on September 17 at 6:30 p.m. Come for meal ideas, tasty food samples, fellowship and fun!

Support for Michael Unruh: The Deacons are providing a way to contribute to Michael Unruh’s education expenses at Anabaptist Mennonite Biblical Seminary. Gifts may be placed in Ron Schroeder’s mailbox. Make checks payable to Tabor Mennonite Church Deacon Fund. The money will be sent on to AMBS in Elkart, Indiana.

Harvest Giving Walk: September 27, 1:30 p.m. is the date set for the

annual Harvest Giving Walk, which will leave from Goessel Mennonite Church. See Kevin Nickel to sign up to be a walker. We hope to exceed last year’s 51 walkers and $7,126.00 in donations. When you give, please make checks payable to Harvest Giving Walk; donations will then be dispersed to MCC and to the Tabor Church Food Pantry. MCC has much work to do. Check the MCC website for information on Global Family and Farmer Friday projects.

The Goessel Harvest Giving Walk Coordinators, Elton and Denise Nickel, are ready to retire from this position. If you are passionate about raising a large amount of money for MCC and for our local food pantry, contact them

(367-2226) with your interest in being the coordinator of the Goessel Area.

State Fair Tractor Drivers Needed: Thurs., Sept. 17, two drivers, 1-4 pm, one driver 4-7 pm, and two drivers 7-9:30 pm. Contact Kris or Archie Schmidt or Jerry or Leann Toews. FREE admission ticket for the day.

Western District Conference Annual Assembly: Information about the assembly on October 30-31 is posted on the bulletin board. Start thinking now about how you would like to be involved – as a delegate, attender, volunteer, or host home. There’s a place for every Western District congregation and every Western District person at the Annual Assembly! If you would like to serve as a Tabor Church delegate, please contact Pastor Phil or the church office.

Conference Announcements

Prayer Requests:

« Western District Conference: Pray for God’s joy and grace for Peter Emery as he is licensed for interim pastoral ministry at Alexanderwohl Mennonite Church today.

« Mennonite Mission Network: Pray for MMN’s Mennonite Voluntary Service households as they settle in to community life in Alamosa, Colorado; Elkhart, Indiana; Kansas City, Kansas; Madison, Wisconsin; Manhattan and Rochester, New York; San Antonio; San Francisco; Seattle; Tucson, Arizona; and Washington, D.C.

« Mennonite Education Agency: Anabaptist Mennonite Biblical Seminary, Elkhart, Ind., students and mentors in Journey, a conference-based undergraduate ministry program, gather this weekend for a semiannual learning session. Pray this will be enriching for their ministry and study.

Camp Mennoscah:

-The Annual Meeting: Sept. 20 at Camp Mennoscah has stuff for all ages–disc golf, a scavenger hunt, and bath house tours at 3:30pm,a brief business meeting at 5pm followed by a simple meal. Everyone invited!

Donations for the meal will be taken.

-Work & Play Camp: Registration, Sept. 20 at 3pm. Begin with Camp Mennoscah’s Annual Meeting. Monday morning we’ll be diving into projects of every size and shape, coffee breaks (and tea!), some devotions, and fun and games. Folks of all ages are invited to stay through Wed., Sept. 23, to build community, improve Camp Mennoscah, and bask in the prairielands.

No charge for this retreat; meal donation suggested.

-Fall Scrapbooking Retreats:Oct. 30-Nov. 1 and Nov. 6-8.

For all events: Register online at or call 620-297-3290.

Mennonite Central Committee:

-MCC Borderlands Learning Tour 2015 – you are invited to participate in a learning tour designed to bring awareness about the increasing migrant deaths, militarization and effects on sister communities by the border wall along the Mexico/U.S. Borderlands. Participants will increase their understanding of the social, economic, political and theological significance of migration in border communities. The tour is Oct. 28-Nov. 4, leaving from Tucson, AZ. For more information contact Saulo Padilla, MCC U.S. Immigration Education Coordinator at saulopadilla, or go online to learn more and register

-Leave or stay? Many Syrian families face that question as international humanitarian assistance dwindles and the patchwork of resources they used to rely on wears thin. Your gift of money helps Mennonite Central Committee

continue to provide food, water, rent assistance and winter supplies so families that decide to stay in the region can survive the cold weather ahead. Please give online at; by phone at 1-888-563-4676; or by check, sent to MCC U.S., P.O. Box 500, Akron, PA 17501. Thank you!

-The annual MCC Flatlander Bicycle Ride will be held on Saturday, Sept. 19, originating at the MCC offices,121 East 30th Street, N Newton. This year’s ride will raise funds for an MCC water development project in Tanzania. A copy of the brochure is posted on the bulletin board or, you can register on-line at:

Bethel College:

-Today (Sun., Sept. 13) – KIPCOR Film Series 2015-16 begins with Slavery by Another Name, 3 p.m., Krehbiel Auditorium in Luyken Fine Arts Center at Bethel College. This PBS documentary deals with the re-enslavement of black Americans from the Civil War to World War II. Talk-back session with Dr. Galyn Vesey to follow.

-Sun., Sept. 20 – Sunday-Afternoon-at-the-Museum program, 3 p.m.,

Kauffman Museum. Ben Chappell, a professor of American studies at the University of Kansas, will speak on softball as a cultural resource, using the example of Mexican-American fast-pitch softball and Newton’s annual summer tournament, the oldest in the country. Chappell will also speak in Bethel’s convocation Mon., Sept. 21, 11 a.m. in Krehbiel Auditorium in Luyken Fine Arts Center. (This is part of the “Root for the Home Team” special exhibit programming.)

A Hesston College Homecoming 2015: The third annual Hesston College Student Scholarship Golf benefit Sept. 24, is the kickoff event for Homecoming 2015: A campus transformation, Sept. 24 to 27. Sponsored by Excel Industries, the benefit will honor longtime Hesston College supporter, employee and alumnus, Larry Martin, who passed away Aug. 15, following a short battle with brain cancer. Proceeds will provide nursing scholarships in honor of Larry and his wife Donna as well as benefit the Hesston College Student Scholarship Fund, which provides institutional scholarships and grants for 99 percent of full-time students. For more information and registration, go to For a schedule of Homecoming Weekend events, go to

Getting ready to retire? Everence will present an informational seminar, “Retiring soon? Make sense of your Medicare and Social Security choices” at 11 a.m., 4 p.m. and 7 p.m. on four upcoming Mondays – Sept. 14, Oct. 5, Nov. 2 and Dec. 7. Everence Financial Advisor Robert Wall will speak on Medicare and Social Security, provide instructions on how to enroll, explain the options if you continue to work and answer related questions. The seminars will take place at the Everence office, 371 N. Old Highway 81, Hesston. To reserve your spot, contact Tanya Burns at (620) 327-4043, (877) 467-7294 or tanya.burns.

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