Nov. 22 announcements

Notes of Appreciation

Thank You to the Goessel Community: The Goessel community gathered together for our third annual Community Thanksgiving event on Sunday, November 15. Approximately 350 people enjoyed a traditional Thanksgiving meal and fellowship in the Goessel Elementary School gymnasium. The meal was free—and delicious—as many compliments were received! Donations of $1,653.00 were received for Goessel Ministerial Alliance for the continuing care and support of families in this community. “Thank you very much” to the Goessel community! ~Goessel Ministerial Alliance

Thank you for your contributions of $1,615 to the Mennonite College Scholarship Fund at our recent fund raiser meal. If you did not get a chance to contribute or would like to help the Scholarship Task Force meet budget, we still need $700 before the end of November. Please make checks out to Tabor Church with MCSTF in memo line and place in Gayle Funk’s box.

Congregational Announcements

Thanksgiving Celebration Service! Plan to join us at Tabor this Wednesday, November 25 at 6 p.m. for a special Thanksgiving Celebration Meal and Service! We will meet down in the Fellowship hall for a time of food, fellowship, singing, and sharing. Please come prepared to share a Thanksgiving story with those at your table. Our Thanksgiving offering will go to support our Mission Partners, Wes and Deb Bergen.

Christmas Eve Celebration Service! Plan to join us at Tabor on December 24 at 7pm for a special Christmas Eve Celebration Service! The Celebration will include music from the Sonbeams, Children of Light, and Adult Choir, dramatic scripture readings, and an intergenerational reenactment of the Christmas story! We will end the service with candle-lighting. (There will not be a service at Tabor on Christmas morning this year.)

Advent Devotionals: During the week before each Sunday of Advent, the worship planning team invites you to read and reflect on the upcoming Sunday’s scripture passages. If you have email, you will receive scripture references and questions on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday. If you do not have email, a weekly devotional booklet will be placed in your church mailbox. Extra copies will be available on the table in the foyer.

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

What’s Cookin’? will meet on December 10 at 6:30 p.m. in the Tabor Church Fellowship Hall to share Christmas cookie recipes. Everyone is invited to bring their favorite recipe along with samples to share. (Or just come for ideas and enjoy tasting!) We will demonstrate a few recipes along with tips for quick and economical Christmas goodies. What’s Cookin’? is sponsored by the Tabor Food Pantry and is open to anyone in the community. RSVP requested but not required.

Tabor Mennonite Women: The Christmas Breakfast is December 19 at 9:00 a.m. Norma Peters Duerksen will be talking about “Lessons from our Dolls”. There is a sign up sheet on the bulletin board. Please sign up by December 13.

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”.

Community Announcements

On the Bulletin Board: A letter from MC USA responding to the attacks in Paris and a letter from WDC responding to the recent Conference Assembly.

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: Give thanks for God’s faithfulness to WDC through times of transition, challenge and new opportunity.

« Mennonite Mission Network: Colleen and Pablo Fast of MMN are rejoicing because of church growth in Brazil! Pray for continued commitment of six members of a small group who all made a decision to follow Christ this summer.

« Mennonite Education Agency: Pray for students from the Mennonite higher education institutions who are not able to spend the Thanksgiving holiday with their families this year.

Congratulations to the WDC End Death Penalty Task Force, which was honored as the Kansas Coalition Against the Death Penalty (KCADP) Champion Group of the Year! The task force has worked to keep this issue before our congregations and our legislative leaders, advocating for greater justice and more effective responses to crime and violence in our society. Peter Goerzen accepted the award on behalf of the Task Force at the KCADP Abolition Conference and Champions for Change Dinner in Topeka, KS on November 7.

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.

Mennonite Central Committee Central States is accepting applications for a Director of Programs. The Director of Programs will be responsible for the direction and oversight of all of MCC Central States Programs. Find more details at heidihuber.

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.

Winter Luminary Walk: All area churches are invited to attend this year’s walk 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. There will also be opportunity to give donations to several local Harvey County organizations. Call 620-327-8127 or visit for more information.

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.

Rocky Mountain Mennonite Camp welcomes your help as we look to finish the interior of the Pleiades building project and complete outside porches. Skilled volunteers are great and if you have an interest in learning, there’s work and opportunities for you too! Please give us a call at 719/687-9506 if you’re interested in helping for a day or for a week of good work, good food and good fellowship!

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. Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for students, and can be purchased at the door or in advance through the Hesston College Bookstore.

Bethel College:

Annual sing-along to Christmas portions of Handel’s Messiah, Wed., Dec. 2, 11 a.m., – with Bethel College orchestra and vocal soloists,

Bethel College Mennonite Church; scores provided.

Christmas Gala Jazz, Fri., Dec. 4 –8 p.m., featuring Bethel College Jazz Ensembles I and II, Krehbiel Auditorium in Luyken Fine Arts Center.

The Nativities are back! As part of Five Places of Christmas, Sat., Dec. 5, the Bethel College Women’s Association will have a display of Nativity sets from around the world, set up “around the circle” in Luyken Fine Arts Center on the Bethel campus. At Kauffman Museum, director Annette LeZotte, an art historian, will speak on “Day or Night? Two Paintings of Christ’s Nativity” at 11 a.m. Other places are Warkentin House, Carriage Factory Gallery and the Harvey County Historical Museum. All are open 10 a.m.-4 p.m.; admission is free.

30th annual Lighting of the Green at Bethel College, Sun., Dec. 6, 8 pm.

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 – 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


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