Nov. 15 announcements

Congregational Announcements

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.

TMYF: The Youth Group will plan to assemble MCC Refugee Kits on Wednesday night, November 18. The congregation is still invited to bring items until this Wednesday. Instead of assembling these at the church building, however, we will plan to leave at 6:45 to assemble these at the MCC offices in North Newton. We will plan to arrive back at the church around 8:30.

A list of items for kits can be found at:

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

Review for Pastor Rosie Jantz: The deacons have initiated a review process of Pastor Rosie. You should have received an electronic questionnaire in your email on November 1. Paper copies were placed in mailboxes for those without email and additional copies can be found on the table in the foyer. When completed, paper copies can be placed in the clearly marked box in the foyer. Please complete the questionnaire by November 22.

The Mennonite: You can receive The Mennonite at a discounted rate of $37.00 by subscribing through Tabor’s group subscription plan. If you would like to subscribe, please contact Lewis Unruh by November 23. Make check payable to Tabor Church Deacon Fund and place in Lewis’ mailbox.

Coming Soon! An hour of Stories & Stuff is being planned for Thursday, December 10, at 9:30 a.m. Come to the Tabor South rooms to share fun,

fellowship, stories and stuff! Sign up on the bulletin board so I have an idea of how many cinnamon rolls to make. Hope to see you here! ~Pastor Rosie

Do you have gently used Lego blocks that are needing a home? Donate them to the Financial Task Force by putting them in the basket in the foyer.

Blankets for MCC: Ladies, do you have fabric you are willing to give to make blankets for MCC? We can use any length as long as we can cut a 6 1/2 inch block. We will cut the blocks at our January meeting. We will need several quilt tops for tying at the following meeting. Bring the fabric to the basement north closet or the January meeting. For questions talk to Norma Graber or Sharon Adrian.

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”.

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

Community Announcements

Everyone is invited to the Goessel Community Thanksgiving Today, Sunday, November 15, 5:00-6:30 p.m. at the Goessel Elementary School. 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!

Christmas Brass: Plan to join us at Alexanderwohl Mennonite Church on Sunday, December 13 at 7pm for an evening of Christmas Brass, Carols,

and Goodies! The evening will feature the McPherson Community Brass Choir under the direction of Jerry Toews. Save the date. We hope to see you there! ~Goessel Ministerial Alliance

The Christmas Giving Tree project will once again be sponsored by the Goessel Ministerial Alliance. The tree will be at the Crossroads Credit Union.

Applications must be filled out and returned by Monday, Nov. 23. Refer to the flyer you received for more information.

Conference Announcements

Prayer Requests:

« Western District Conference: Pray for members of the Resource Commission as they meet this week to consider ways to support healthy, missional congregations in WDC.

« Mennonite Mission Network: Pray for Mennonite Mission Network’s Journey International participants in Indonesia, their host families and communities. May they all work together to build up the global body of Christ.

« Mennonite Education Agency: Pray for Marco Güete, the new director of the Hispanic Pastoral and Leadership Education office of MEA which includes the Instituto Bíblico Anabautista (IBA). May God grant him wisdom and guidance as he begins his new role.

The Newton Chorale will present its annual concert on Sunday, November 15 at 7 pm at the Bethel College Mennonite Church in North Newton. Under the direction of Renae Schmidt Peters, the program is entitled, “Psalm Settings: Gratitude for abundant life & yearning for the Divine Mystery.” Admission is free, an offering will be taken to help support the concert expenses. Join us for an evening of inspirational music.

Mennonite Central Committee: Does sexualized violence concern you? If so, MCC U.S. invites you to participate in an online survey about this issue. Your answers to the open-ended questions will be used to guide MCC U.S. in its creation of trainings and resources for pastors and leaders in the faith community. Log on to to complete the survey by the end of December.

International Mission Workers: You are invited to join MC USA staff in the Newton offices (718 N Main St, Newton) for coffee and to hear a presentation from Mennonite Mission Network (MMN) workers Wayne & Jeannie Larson on Nov. 17th from 9-10am. They are long time international workers, serving the last eight years in Dubai in the United Arab Emirates. Wayne and previous associates established the Creative Arts Community for teenagers in the Arabian Peninsula (CACtap). The goal of CACtap is to create constant connections with local Arab youth and build relationships for ongoing influence. Please join us. – MMN Newton Staff

The Harvey County Homeless Shelter asks that you would prayerfully consider how you can financially support the ministry of HCHS in 2016. HCHS accepts no governmental funding and relies solely on the generous donations from the community. Each dollar is supporting a ministry that provides sanctuary for those experiencing homelessness and a nurturing community for each person through our doors. Pledge cards for 2016 can be found on the table in the foyer.

2nd Annual Ten Thousand Village Festival Sale: Friday, November 27 through Saturday, December 5 (except Sunday) with daily hours of 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. We will be located at Peace Connections this year which is located at 612 North Main, Newton. NEW FAIR TRADE ITEMS will be displayed every day, including Fair Trade coffee, tea and chocolate. Please invite your friends and neighbor to join you for your Holiday Fair Trade Shopping.

Winter Luminary Walk: All area churches are invited to attend this year’s walk focusing on the theme “Tis the Season for Giving” at Dyck Arboretum of the Plains in Hesston. The Luminary Walk will be from 5:30 to 8 p.m. on November 27 and 28 and again on December 4 and 5. Admission to the event is $5 for adults, $4 for members, senior citizens and college students, and $2 for children ages 3 to 15. Traditional outdoor highlights include the walking path lit up by hundreds of luminaries, a nativity scene in the leaf house, and roasting marshmallows at the fire pits. There will also be opportunity to give donations to several local Harvey County organizations, including the Hesston Resource Center, CASA A Voice for Children, Inc. and the Harvey County Safe House. Call 620-327-8127 or visit for more information.

Hopeful Blues, a musical group from Hope Mennonite Church, Wichita, has recently compiled an instrumental CD of several musical numbers – many of which are from Sing the Journey and Sing the Story songbooks. The group, made up of 5 musicians, play an assortment of gospel, contemporary worship, and folk music. CDs can be purchased by calling Hope Mennonite at 316-722-0903. All proceeds from CD sales go to Camp Mennoscah.

Hesston College will host its annual Thanksgiving Weekend filled with activities for all ages Nov. 26 to 28. A complete schedule and registration information can be found at The opening event, the annual Thanksgiving evening Masterworks concert will be at 7:30 p.m.,Thursday, Nov. 26, in the Hesston Mennonite Church on the Hesston College campus, and will feature Joseph Haydn’s The Creation, under the direction of Russell Adrian. The 75-minute concert features an 85-voice student and community choir, orchestra, and soloists Holly Swartzendruber, Matthew Schloneger and Doyle Preheim. Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for students, and can be purchased at the door or in advance through the Hesston College Bookstore. A pre-concert talk on Haydn’s composition will be at 6:45.

Bethel College:

Readers theater presentation, I Have Not Forsaken the Word of God, Sun., Nov. 15, 3 p.m., Kauffman Museum, based on the confession of Jacques d’Auchy from the Mirror of the Martyrs Trust.

Mid-Kansas Jazz Ensemble and Bethel College Jazz Ensemble I concert, Mon., Nov. 16, 7 p.m., Krehbiel Auditorium in Luyken Fine Arts Center at Bethel College. MKJE is an auditioned honors group based at Bethel.

Worship and the Arts Symposium at Bethel College concludes with a hymn festival worship service open to all; Sat., Nov. 21, 7:30 p.m.,

Memorial Hall. Tabor’s choir is participating in this service along with other area church choirs. Non-perishable food items and monetary gifts accepted for Harvest of Love. (To register for the day-long symposium, visit, or call Denise Krase at 316-284-5239.)

Bethel College Wind Ensemble and 3rd annual Honors Band concert,

Mon., Nov. 23 – 7 p.m., Memorial Hall, with clinician and guest composer David Maslanka. Program includes Maslanka’s pieces “Tears,” “Letter to Martin” and “Give Us This Day,” as well as “Prelude, Fugue and Riffs” by Leonard Bernstein.

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