October 18 announcements

Changes at the Tabor Church Nursery

With the expanding of the toddler nursery and addition of a nursing room above, we have developed some new guidelines to help.

The nursing room is available via the stairs at the back of the sanctuary. Upstairs you will find

  • · A changing table (some diapers and wipes are in the drawers, if needed)
  • · Nursing rocking chairs
  • · A crib for sleeping babies

The newly expanded toddler nursery is available for children 3 years old and younger. Some changes/additions include

  • · A fold out changing table in the bathroom (wipes are available to clean the table after use)
  • · Some diapers and wipes on the bathroom counter for guests or in case parents need an extra
  • · Ceiling fan (with a wall switch)
  • · A mesh bag located in the bathroom for dirty/chewed on toys so that they can be cleaned
  • · Coming Soon: storage space for toys and diapers bags, drink cups, etc. so that they can be off the floor.

Congregational Announcements

Pledge Cards: The Finance Task Force has placed a secured mailbox in the foyer to receive your pledge cards. We also remind everyone that donations to the Facility Fund are best placed in the offering with a memo note indicating “Facility Fund”.

Toys! The nursery toys were sorted and toys which are no longer needed were removed. If you would like any of the toys, you are welcome to take them from the tub in the fellowship hall. Any toys which are left will be donated to the St. Francis Foster Care program.

Playing at the Patch: Plan to join us for a fun afternoon at Papa’s Pumpkin Patch TODAY, Sunday, October 18. Meet at the church park at 3:30 p.m. if you would like to ride the hayrack or head directly to the Patch and meet there at 4:00 p.m. Please bring money for paid activities as well as for supper.

Tabor Mennonite Women: Tuesday, October 20th we will meet at the MCC Center in North Newton for a work day from 9:30 am to 3:00 pm. Please bring a sack lunch, and also something for our break time. If you are willing to provide devotions, please contact Elaine Unruh.

What’s Cookin’? Soup! Come to the Tabor Church fellowship hall on October 29, 6:30 p.m. to cook and taste a variety of soups. What’s Cookin’? is offered by the Tabor Church Food Pantry and is open to anyone in the community who is interested in coming for menu ideas, cooking fun, and fellowship. RSVP is requested but not required. (367-2318 or email: tabor)

Mennonite Men Chicken BBQ: Make plans to eat at the Mennonite Men’s Chicken BBQ on November 5, 5-7 pm. Men, please sign up on the bulletin board to help.

Meat Canning this year will be on November 9 and 10. Sign up on the bulletin board to volunteer. If you wish to make a monetary contribution, checks can be made out to Tabor Mennonite Church, earmarked “MCC meat canning”, and placed in the truck in the foyer. Contact Kenton Nickel with any questions.

Community Announcements

Blood Mobile: The individuals who take time out of their busy schedules to donate their blood are very much appreciated!! The need of blood continues to be high, so Red Cross is trying something new this drive on October 20. It is an Express Drive with only 2 beds and 1 nurse. You are asked to try RapidPass. Before you arrive at the church visit redcrossblood.org/RapidPass. There you can read the information and answer the questions. Print the pass and bring it with you, or show it on your mobile device. This will eliminate the question time at the drive. RapidPass cannot be completed prior to the date of the drive. If you do not have it with you in paper or on your mobile device you will have to complete the questions again. RapidPass will speed up the blood donation process, but it does not take the place of scheduling an appointment. Call 1-800-733-2767 or visit redcrossblood.org to schedule your appointment for the Express Drive.

An old-fashioned hymn-sing, where a chorister helps participants make the program, will be held Sunday, Oct. 25, in the Preparatory School at Mennonite Heritage & Agricultural Museum in Goessel. The event will begin at 3 p.m. Faspa, a traditional light Mennonite Low German meal, will be served at 4 p.m. The Mennonite Hymnal will be used. The hymn-sing will end with this hymnbook’s most-loved hymn, Number 606, sometimes informally called “the Mennonite anthem.” This event is free and open to the public.

Hesston College Bel Canto Singers and Goessel High School Elbiata Singers will perform a collaborative concert at the historic Basilica of St. Fidelis Church: The Cathedral on the Plains in Victoria, Kan., at 6 p.m.,Sunday, October 25. Don’t miss an evening of music in a grand space!

Bethesda Home Pillars Banquet: Please mark your calendar and plan to join us for the Bethesda Home Pillar’s Banquet this year on Sunday afternoon, November 8 at the Dyck Arboretum in Hesston. Punch bowl will begin at 4:30, dinner at 5:30, with entertainment by the McKinney Sisters following.Please call Bethesda Home 620-367-2291, or talk to a Bethesda board member to reserve a spot. This is Bethesda’s largest fundraiser of the year. We encourage a ticket price of $150, but don’t want that to limit your attendance, and would be happy for contributions of $50 or more to help offset food and entertainment costs. This event is hosted by the Bethesda Board of Trustees which include Karl Brubaker, Patrick Flaming, Marjean Harris, Bonnie Janzen, Jared Jost, Morgan Kaufman, Pat Rupp, Eileen Schmidt, Duane Unruh, Jason Unruh, and Verney Voth .

The 3rd Annual Goessel Community Thanksgiving Meal will be Sunday, November 15, 5:00-6:30pm at the Goessel Elementary School Gymnasium.

Everyone in the community is invited. The Alexanderwohl, Goessel and Tabor churches provide food and volunteers to make this event possible. Signup sheets for salads, bread or desserts, turkey or ham are posted on the bulletin board. Monetary donations are also welcome to be used toward the expenses for the meal. Checks payable to “Goessel Ministerial Alliance”, turn in to church office. We are so grateful for your participation and support!

Job Opening: The Mennonite Heritage & Agricultural Museum in Goessel is seeking qualified applicants for the positions of Store Manager and Curator/Archivist. We are looking for persons who are interested in museum work and have a passion for preserving the history of Mennonites in the Goessel area and the broader Mennonite community.Candidates must have a strong ability to prioritize multiple projects independently and be well-organized and detail oriented. Persons interested in either of these as part-time positions, or as one full-time position, are encouraged to contact Steve Banman, Board President, for a job description and more information at 620-367-4610.

Conference Announcements

Prayer Requests:

« Western District Conference: Pray for Richard Gehring, Byron Pellecer and Heidi Regier Kreider as they travel this week to represent WDC at meetings of the Mennonite Church USA Constituency Leaders Council, October 19-21 in Archbold, OH.

« Mennonite Mission Network: Deb and Wes Bergen of MMN live at Good News Theological College and Seminary in Ghana. Pray for Wes as he teaches Bible classes, and for Deb as she works with a team to help people in West African countries process trauma.

« Mennonite Education Agency: Pray for Bethel College, North Newton students on fall break this weekend through Oct. 20. Pray especially for rest, good health and safe travel.

Circle of Marion County presents Paycheck to Paycheck: The Life and Times of Katrina Gilbert on Tuesday, October 20, 7pm, at the Hillsboro MB Church,300 Prairie Point, Hillsboro, KS. All are invited.

The Annual meeting for Mennonite Disaster Service Region III will be held October 30-31, 2015 at: The Ark on Table Rock Lake, Conference Center, 1190 State Hwy. East, Eagle Rock, Missouri 65641. You are invited to attend. Check with your Church office for a registration form.

Camp Mennoscah: Scrappy Happy! Camp Mennoscah still has a few spots open at the Fall Scrapbooking Retreats. We think you ought to come out with all your pictures and spend some time with some nifty folks and do some nifty things. Crafters are also welcome; contact us about space requirements. Retreats are Oct. 30-Nov. 1 and Nov. 6-8. Register online at www.campmennoscah.org or call us at 620-297-3290.

Harvey County Habitat for Humanity Annual Fundraiser Dinner: November 12, 6:30 p.m. at the Bethel College Mennonite Church, N. Newton. Come enjoy great food and fellowship, a live auction and entertainment. RSVP to 316-215-2746. Donations and pledges will be greatly appreciated.

Bethel College:

Oct. 25-26 – Bethel College Bible Lectures with Tom Yoder Neufeld

(Conrad Grebel University College). Sun., Oct. 25, 7:30 p.m., “Anabaptists, the Bible and Violence”; Mon., Oct. 26, 11 a.m., “Romans 12: Paul’s Sermon on the Mount.”Krehbiel Auditorium in Luyken Fine Arts Center

Mon., Oct. 26 – Bethel College Philharmonia Orchestra and Honors Orchestra concert, 7 p.m., Memorial Hall, featuring an all-Beethoven program

Oct. 29-30 – Staley Lectures at Bethel College with Safwat Marzouk(Anabaptist Mennonite Biblical Seminary). Thurs., Oct. 29, 7 p.m., “The Nations Marching to the Mount of Zion: A Postcolonial Reading Beyond Imperialism and Universalism”; Fri., Oct. 30, 11 a.m., “Thinking Theologically about the Character of the Monsters in the Bible.” Krehbiel Auditorium in Luyken Fine Arts Center

The Hesston College Music Department will present Joseph Haydn’s The Creation for the annual Thanksgiving celebration on Thursday, Nov. 26, at 7:30 p.m. Community members are invited to join the college choirs,under the direction of Russell Adrian, by singing in the chorus. Participants must use the red New Novello choral score, ed. Pilkington, which can be purchased at the first rehearsal for $25. Six weekly rehearsals will begin on Thursday, Oct. 15, from 7 to 9 p.m. at Hesston Mennonite Church on the Hesston College campus. More information and a complete rehearsal schedule can be found at

Russell.Adrian, 620-327-8143.

Dyck Arboretum of the Plains: The first concert of the 2015-16 Prairie Window Concert Series, featuring Nashville fiddling duo 10 String Symphony,

will be Sunday, October 18 at 4 p.m. at the Dyck Arboretum of the Plains in Hesston. Join us for an evening of great music and good food in a prairie garden setting. Tickets: $20 adults/$10 kids, plus tax. Arboretum members receive a 10% discount. Call 620-327-8127 to reserve your seats.

Advantages of long-term care insurance: Statistics show that many of us will need some sort of long-term care as we get older. Long-term care insurance can help you cover the high costs without wiping out your life savings. Everence is presenting a seminar, Understanding long-term care insurance, Oct. 20 in Hutchinson, Nov. 3 in Hesston and Nov. 5 in South Hutchinson. All three will start at 7 p.m. Contact Sandy Popp at (620) 662-7900, (877) 893-8647 or

sandy.popp for more information or to reserve your spot.

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