Nov. 29 announcements

Notes of Appreciation

Goessel Community Thanksgiving – We want to thank everyone for the food and monetary donations you gave for the Thanksgiving meal and for your participation in this event. Approximately 350 from our community and churches gathered to eat a delicious meal and fellowship together on Sunday, November 15, at the Goessel Grade School. A special “thank you” to the Food Planning Team: Keith and Barb Banman, Janice (Funk) Voth, Linda Peters, Becky Wedel, and Lynette Duerksen. “Thank you” to the decorating team, Susan Nafziger, Sandy Duerksen and LaNae Unruh from Alexanderwohl, for the beautiful seasonal decorations in the entry way and on the tables. “Thank you” to all who set up tables, served at the meal and helped clean-up afterward. Donations received for the ongoing care and support of families and the schools in our community was $1,653.00. Praise God from whom all blessings flow! Thank you so much! ~Goessel Ministerial Alliance

Congregational Announcements

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.

Stories & Stuff: 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.

The Tabor Mennonite Youth Fellowship will share their annual living nativity, Night in the Barn, on December 19 and 20 from 6:00-8:00 p.m. The llama that gives kisses, the big cow with her little calf, the sheep wearing bells, and the donkeys that share their love of people—these are a few of the critters who will assemble in the barn of Maynard Knepp and Carol Duerksen between Goessel and Hillsboro. The come-and-go event will feature a program in the barn, Christmas carols around a bonfire, hot drinks and snacks. Admission is free. Donations to the youth group will be accepted. From Goessel: 3 miles north on Hwy 15, 4 miles east on 150th, ¾ north on Falcon. Information, call 620-386-0709.

The 2016 Tabor Marriage Enrichment Retreat will be held on February 5-6

at Lorraine Avenue Mennonite Church and The Hotel at Waterwalk in Wichita.

Because we value Marriage Enrichment in our community, the Tabor Deacons are generously contributing about 30% of the total cost, making the cost to you only $140/couple. This includes Friday dinner, Friday night in a deluxe King room with a fireplace, continental breakfast, light lunch, inventory costs, and an honorarium for the presenters. Please talk to or email Pastor Phil to sign up for the retreat by January 3rd. Please do not let cost get in the way of you attending the retreat! Additional scholarships are available. Pastor Phil and Mary are facilitating this retreat, so please contact one of them if you have further questions. We look forward to this wonderful enrichment opportunity!

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.

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

Pizza Plus Trimmings: Mennonite Heritage & Agricultural Museum will serve the Wednesday Evening meal on December 9th. This is a fundraiser for the museum. Plan to attend and support the museum.

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!

Retirement Reception: Marjorie Shoemaker will be retiring as Director of the Mennonite Heritage & Agricultural Museum at the end of this year. We would like to invite friends in the community for a “come and go” reception honoring Marj on Saturday afternoon, December 19, 12-4 p.m., in the Museum Store.

The Christmas Giving Tree will be at the Crossroads Credit Union with tags available beginning on Tuesday, December 1. All gifts must be brought back to the Credit Union by Monday, December 14. Thank you for helping to make this a wonderful Christmas for families in our community. This project is sponsored by the Goessel Ministerial Alliance.

Conference Announcements

Prayer Requests:

« Western District Conference: Pray for chaplains in WDC who provide pastoral care in retirement communities and hospitals, and for all through whom God’s healing and hope flow to those who suffer in body, mind or spirit.

« Mennonite Mission Network: Jason Boone of MMN’s Peace and Justice Support Network requests prayer for soldiers experiencing pain of “moral injury as a result of what they have done or seen in combat.” Pray for Jesus’ peace in their lives as Mennonites share from “our deep history of peacemaking.”

« Mennonite Education Agency: Give thanks for the Thanksgiving weekend and time spent with loved ones. Pray for safe travel for students and their families returning to school or home today.

WDC Resource Library Director: Jennie Wintermote will begin as the new 1/4-time WDC Resource Library Director on December 1. She currently also serves as 1/2-time supply pastor at New Creation Fellowship Church in Newton, and has previously worked as a summer library assistant at the WDC Resource Library, and as a 1st grade teacher. Jennie graduated from Hesston College and Bethel College, and is pursuing her master’s degree in Library Science from Emporia State University. Welcome, Jennie!

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.

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 Monday – 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 tanya.burns.

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.

Conference Ministers’ comments regarding Syrian refugee concerns: Along with many in WDC and the wider church, I am deeply disturbed by the hostility toward refugees that has spread across our nation as a reaction to terrorist violence in France. While I share a concern for security for all people, I believe that as followers of Christ we must seek to honor scripture’s call to care for the most vulnerable, and to recognize that we serve Christ in “the least of these.” (Matthew 25). I am in conversation with Mennonite leaders, church-related groups and other organizations, to determine avenues for advocacy and support for refugees, and to discern further response and action within WDC. – Heidi Regier Kreider, Conference Minister, WDC

See also:

– A letter from Mennonite Church USA Executive Director Ervin Stutzman on the Paris attacks:

-Statement from Faith in Public Life (signed by MC USA Executive Director Ervin Stutzman along with over 1500 other faith leaders):

-Mennonite Central Committee:

Nov. 29 annc.pdf