Oct. 25 announcements

Congregational Announcements

Congregational Meeting: On November 8 the Mennonite College Task Force will host a fundraiser meal at noon. The annual congregational meeting will follow at 12:30. Come hear our college students share their experiences, learn about the ministries we will support through our annual budget which will be offered for approval, affirm those willing to serve in the ministries at Tabor and hear an update from the Financial Task Force. This is our church at work. Praise be to God!

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”.

The Youth Group will be traveling to the Corn Maze at Gaeddert Farms (in Buhler) on Wednesday. We will plan to leave at 7pm and return between 9 and 9:30. Please plan to bring $5 per youth to help cover the costs of the corn maze. If you have any questions, please see Pastor Katherine. Thanks!

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.

MCC Refugee Kits: Mid-November, the Youth Group will be assembling refugee kits for Syrian refugees. The congregation is warmly invited to provide items for these kits. Thank you! A list of items can be found at: http://mcc.org/get-involved/kits/relief or, shopping lists are posted on the bulletin board for you to take.

Community Announcements

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.

Today is the day – Sunday, October 25, if you’ve never seen the Cathedral on the Plains, don’t miss the Hesston College Bel Canto Singers and the Goessel High School Elbiata Singers in concert at the historic church in Victoria, Ks at 6 pm.

Bethesda Home Pillars Banquet: Transportation option: Bethesda will again use our activity bus to transport interested persons to this year’s Pillar’s Banquet on Sunday afternoon, November 8. The Pillar’s banquet will be at the Dyck arboretum in Hesston. Punch bowl will begin at 4:30, dinner at 5:30, and entertainment by the McKinney Sisters following. We hope that you will be able to join us. Please call Bethesda Home 620-367-2291, or talk to a member of the Bethesda board to reserve a spot and indicate if you wish to join the group traveling on the bus. 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 God’s wisdom, joy and safety for all who travel and gather for WDC Assembly next weekend on the Bethel College campus.

« Mennonite Mission Network: Praise God for the 27 Latin American women theologians who attended Mennonite World Conference and led in the formation of a global Anabaptist network of women theologians. Pray for many of them who partner with MMN in their local contexts.

« Mennonite Education Agency: The Hesston College student body will come together on Tuesday to celebrate the many different ethnicities and backgrounds in the annual Cultures Fair. Pray for a greater understanding and appreciation for diversity at Hesston College to emerge from this time together.

Western District Annual Assembly planners ask that you pray for God’s guidance during the event, October 30-31, especially if you are not able to attend in person. There is a list of prayer prompts at mennowdc.org/annual-assembly/ that will help you to pray about what is happening at the gathering when you are able to pray. Thank you!

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 still has a few spots open at the Fall Scrapbooking Retreats on 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 Philharmonia Orchestra and Honors Orchestra concert, Mon., Oct. 26, 7 p.m., Memorial Hall, featuring an all-Beethoven program

Bethel College Choral Extravaganza, featuring all Bethel choral groups, Sun., Nov. 1, 3 p.m., Bethel College Mennonite Church. Groups performing: Concert Choir, Women’s Chorus, Men’s Ensemble, Open Road and Woven.

The West Zion Mennonite Church Concert Series continues with a concert at the church on Sunday evening, November 1 at 7 p.m. The church is located at 101 S. Washington, Moundridge, KS. Featured performers include Rosewood Winds, a woodwind trio comprised of Amanda Friesen, Kristin Kliewer & Valerie Klaassen; Kenneth Rodgers, organ; Donna Stucky, piano; Sunflower Trio, which includes Matthew Schloneger, Rebecca Schloneger & Kenneth Rodgers; The Flannelbacks a vocal/acoustic band whose members are Chase Stucky, Matt Graber, Tim Regier & Braden Unruh. No admission will be charged, but a free-will offering will be received during the concert. After the concert there will be a time of fellowship with refreshments being served. Some of the performing groups will have CDs available for purchase during the fellowship time.

Prairie Window Concert Series: The second concert of 2015-16, featuring Grammy-nominated bluegrass group Claire Lynch Band, will be Sunday, November 1 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.

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 – 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


Peace Event: On Wednesday, November 4, at 7 pm, the Peace Group at the First Mennonite Church of Christian, 719 South Christian, Moundridge, will sponsor a presentation by Sister Mary Ellen Loch and Sister Dorothy LeBlanc, of the Sisters of St. Joseph in Wichita. They will be sharing with us and helping to educate us about human trafficking — What does it look like? How do we recognize it? What can we do about it? These topics and a few more will be addressed. All are welcome to attend.

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