Nov. 1 announcements

Daylight Savings Time Ends at 2am on Sunday. Remember to turn your clocks back 1 hour.

Congregational Announcements

Tabor Church will be featured in Crossroads of Faith, the series that KWCH Channel 12 TV recently filmed to explore responses to trends of shrinking church membership and attendance in the U.S. It will air during the 6 p.m. newscast on Tues., Nov. 3 on Channel 12, or on shortly after.

TMYF: MCC Meat Canning—This Wednesday, Nov. 4, the Youth Group will be traveling to North Newton to participate in the MCC Meat Canning. We will plan to leave around 6:40. If youth plan to meet us there, please let Pastor Katherine know. Thanks!

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

Congregational Meeting: On November 8 the Mennonite College Task Force will host a fundraiser meal following Faith Formation. 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!

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.

Tabor Mennonite Women: All women are welcome to come out on Monday, November 16 at 7:00p.m. we will be having Berni Kaufman come and talk about “Sister Care International and her trip to South America”.

Coming Soon! “Stories & Stuff”: a gathering to share tasty treats, stories and stuff. Read Pastor Rosie’s Reflections article in the November Newsletter for a taste of what’s to come.

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: or, shopping lists are posted on the bulletin board for you to take.

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”.

Harvey County Homeless Shelter volunteer appreciation event at Hesston Mennonite Church on Saturday, November 14th, 6pm. RSVP to Pam and Brent Abrahams if you plan to attend.

Save the Date: Marriage Enrichment Retreat facilitated by Phil and Mary Schmidt. February 5-6, 2016. More information to come.

Community Announcements

Give Your Family a Gift: Learn about creating family security, wills living trusts, financial planning, estate planning and more. Family Gift presentation and free pizza on November 7. Pizza at 5:45 and presentation at 6:30. Child care provided. RSVP to 367-2291 no later than November 2.

Bethesda Home Pillars Banquet: Tuesday, November 3rd is the deadline for reserving your place for this year’s Pillars banquet on Sunday, November 8.

We would love to have you join us and support the ministry at Bethesda Home. The Pillar’s Banquet is Bethesda’s largest fundraiser. This year the event will again be at the Dyck Arboretum with the punch bowl beginning at 4:30, dinner at 5:30 and entertainment by the McKinney Sisters to follow. If interested please contact or give your check to Pete, Eric or Terri at Bethesda Home or talk with or give your check to one of the members of our board: Karl Brubaker, Patrick Flaming, Marjean Harris, Bonnie Janzen, Jared Jost, Morgan Kaufman, Pat Rupp, Eileen Schmidt, Duane Unruh, Jason Unruh, and Verney Voth. Thank you for the ways that you continue to enhance and support the ministry at Bethesda.

Goessel Community Thanksgiving: It is only two more weeks until the meal on Sunday, Nov. 15, 5:00-6:30 p.m. Please consider signing-up to bring a salad, bread or dessert, or a ham or turkey. The sign-up deadline is Sunday, November 8. Please bring your turkey or ham to the church kitchen and put it in the refrigerator on November 8. Salads, breads and desserts may be brought to the church kitchen by noon on Sunday, Nov. 15 or to the Goessel Elementary school by 4:00 p.m. on that day. If you have questions, please contact a member of the Meal Planning Team: Keith and Barb Banman, Linda Peters, Janice Funk Voth, Becky Wedel, Lynette Duerksen. Monetary donations are welcome to help cover expenses. Write your check out to “Goessel Ministerial Alliance” and give it to the church office. There will be an opportunity at this event to give a donation to the Goessel Ministerial Alliance (GMA) so we can continue to help families in our community. Thank you, everyone, for helping to make this event possible. Invite your friends and neighbors to join us for a great Thanksgiving meal!

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: Give thanks for God’s presence at the WDC Assembly this past weekend, and pray for congregation members and leaders as they return home to continue God’s work in their own communities.

« Mennonite Mission Network: Siaka Traoré, president of Evangelical Mennonite Church of Burkina Faso, thanks you for praying for the country after a coup d’état in September. MMN requests continued prayers for peaceful elections and for a spirit of reconciliation between political factions.

« Mennonite Education Agency: Pray that students, faculty and staff at Eastern Mennonite Seminary, Harrisonburg, Va., would continue to be formed in Christ for leadership in the world.

WDC in the news: Crossroads of Faith is the title of a 6-story series that KWCH Channel 12 TV (Wichita, KS) will air to explore responses to trends of shrinking church membership and attendance in the U.S. As part of the series, co-anchor Scott Evans interviewed a variety of church representatives in the area, including WDC Conference Minister Heidi Regier Kreider and Tabor Mennonite Church Pastor Phil Schmidt. Excerpts from these interviews will air during the 6 p.m. newscast on Tuesday, November 3 on Channel 12, or on shortly after.

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.

2016 Cornelius Krahn Mennonite Multimedia Contest for High Schoolers: The Mennonite Life journal invites high school scholars and artists to submit historical essays, creative writing, multimedia projects, or original works of art or music on topics related to Mennonite and Anabaptist history, identity, or theology. Cash prizes awarded, as well as matching scholarship from Bethel, Hesston, and Tabor Colleges. Submissions to mennonite-life by April 1, 2016. For more information, see

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.

Hesston College Alumni/Community Basketball: You are invited to the games at 2 and 4 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 14. Come to see the new season’s teams play Sterling College JV, entertainment, gifts, AND admission is free!. The Lark Men are 2014-15 Region VI champions and advanced to NJCAA Championship play and currently ranked 13th in pre-season polls this year.

Bethel College:

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

Bethel College’s Menno Simons Lectures: First of three lectures by Jeff Gundy in series, Sun., Nov. 1, 7 p.m.; Mon., Nov. 2, 11 a.m & 7 p.m., Overall theme is “Wrestling with Mennonite/s Writing.” All lectures are in Krehbiel Auditorium in Luyken Fine Arts Center and are free and open to the public.

KIPCOR Film Series continues with Chasing Ice, Sun., Nov. 8, 3 pm., Krehbiel Auditorium in Luyken Fine Arts Center at Bethel College. This National Geographic documentary shows the efforts of nature photographer James Balog and his Extreme Ice Survey to publicize the effects of climate change. Talk-back session with David Braaten, deputy director of the Center for Remote Sensing of Ice Sheets at the University of Kansas, to follow.

“Worship & Community: Cultivating the Practices that Sustain Us,” Saturday, Nov. 21 the 3rd biennial Worship and the Arts Symposium at Bethel College with Christine Pohl, Asbury Theological Seminary, and Michael Driscoll, University of Notre Dame. Registration information at, or call Denise Krase at 316-284-5239.

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