Dec. 20 announcements

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Notes of Appreciation

The Community Christmas Celebration with the McPherson Community Brass Choir and the ElBiata Singers from Goessel High school was enjoyed by approximately 278 people from our community and the surrounding area on Sunday evening, December 13. The music was wonderful, joyful and inspiring. An offering of $1,229.43 was received. We are so grateful for this gift of support to help families in our community in the coming year. Thank you for sharing with others in the spirit of Christmas! -Goessel Ministerial Alliance

As we begin to reflect on the year 2015, we can’t help but be awed and thankful for the support of the Tabor community. You have volunteered your time and food items for events such as Bike Across Kansas and Threshing Days, mowed the grounds, and served as docents for tour groups or on weekends. Equally as important have been your monetary donations. This support was once again evident at our pizza night fundraiser on December 9, where your contributions amounted to approximately $900.

~With sincere gratitude,

the board and staff of the Mennonite Heritage and Agricultural Museum

The Camp Mennoscah staff wish all of you–our friends and campers, guests and volunteers–many blessings for this holiday season. You have given so generously and blessed us with prayers and support. We hope that you have the time to renew yourself during this Advent season and draw near to God and those around you. Merry Christmas!

Congregational Announcements

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.

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. An offering for MCC Infant Care Kits will be received. Please make checks payable to Tabor Mennonite Church with MCC Kits on the memo line. (There will not be a service at Tabor on Christmas morning this year.)

Tabor Church will serve at the Harvey County Homeless Shelter Dec. 30 to Jan. 5. Please sign up on the bulletin board to help.

Tabor Leadership Retreat: “Anyone can lead, anytime, anywhere.” This is one of the leadership principles promoted by the Kansas Leadership Center, and it is true of our congregation. We are all leaders in the church. Therefore, I invite everyone to mark January 15-16 (Friday evening & Saturday morning) on your calendars and plan to attend our annual Leadership Retreat at Tabor Mennonite Church. At the retreat, we will spend time reflecting, praying, and dreaming together. I hope to see you there! ~Pastor Phil

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!

Annual Reports and Directory updates will be due in the church office by January 3. Email your updates and reports to kfunk or place in the secretary mailbox.

Community Announcements

This holiday season plan to donate blood – a very meaningful gift with the increased need during winter. The blood mobile will be at Goessel Church on Monday, Dec. 21 from 2:00-6:00 p.m. Remember that you can answer the questions earlier that day at to get through the process quicker. Call 1-800-733-2767 or schedule online at We need volunteers at registration, as escort, and in the canteen, so sign up soon. Another way to show support is to bring1dozen Christmas cookies, and you can add your name to the volunteer sheet for that. In October we had less than 10 donors, so let the charity of Goessel be evident at Christmas and plan to donate blood!

Attention all Dillons Community Rewards Program participants –

It is time for the annual renewal for Dillons shoppers to re-enroll in the

program on January 1, 2016, or ASAP thereafter, for purchases to be

credited to Bethesda Home and for Dillons to contribute to the Bethesda

Benevolent Care Fund. As of midnight 12/31/15 everyone currently enrolled will be deleted. DO NOT reenroll before January 1. You will need to log on to and sign in with your user name and password that you created for this account and enter 10035 (or select Bethesda Home) as your organization of choice to receive the Dillons donation. If you have not already enrolled in this program, log on to the same Dillons web site and “Create an account”, then follow the steps. Please contact either Pete Flaming or Terri Walker if you need assistance in re-enrolling or creating an account for this easy way for Bethesda to receive contributions from Dillons at no cost to you – but by just swiping your “Plus Shoppers Card”.

Conference Announcements

Prayer Requests:

« Western District Conference: Give thanks for the gift of Christ’s birth, and for WDC congregations embodying the presence of Christ in their local communities.

« Mennonite Mission Network: Pray for safe travels for MMN’s Christian Service participants going home for Christmas. Remember in a special way those who are not able to travel home and who will celebrate far from their families. May they experience the love and support of the communities they serve.

« Mennonite Education Agency: Lezha (Albania) Academic Center Pray for Lezha Academic Center as they enter the holiday season. This time of year gives many opportunities to talk about topics of faith and celebrate the grace and gift of salvation. Please pray that they will make the most of the opportunities to share this “Good News” with their students.

The Camp Mennoscah Board of directors has accepted the resignation of John Stoesz, executive director. John will be available to continue assisting Camp with marketing and advancement initiatives until the next executive director is hired. John shared “Camp Mennoscah is a wonderful organization and everyone – board, staff and volunteers – have been great. However, I would like to spend more time on Native American justice issues, particularly Dakota land return in my home state of Minnesota. I wish camp all the best in the future”. If you are interested in the Executive Director position at Camp Mennoscah, please contact David Weaver, recruiting consultant at Career 1 Source at 620-327-0371 or DavidWeaver@career1source .com. Please keep Camp in your prayers as we search for a new Executive Director to focus on advancement and marketing.

Mennonite Women USA has been providing Sister Care weekends the last few years. We are excited to announce that the program is now going onto College campuses, one being held on Bethel College Campus on Feb. 6, 2016. We feel this is an important venture to help young adult women manage their own concerns, while also developing skills and ideas that they can use in supporting each other. This is also an investment to the future leadership of Mennonite Women locally and beyond. Marlene Bogard, Exec. Director of MWUSA, will be the main presenter, along with some local women. Obviously college students do not have extra funds available for an opportunity like this, so we are asking whether your Womens Group, Church or individual can give towards a student’s registration. Please make your check payable to Mennonite Women USA and place in Denise Nickel’s mailbox here at Tabor or send to Berni Kaufman, 718 N. Main Street, Newton, KS 67114. If you have any questions, feel free to contact Denise Nickel, Board Member at oreo.

Centering Prayer continues to meet every Monday from noon -1 p.m. in Agape Center in Richert House on the Bethel College campus. Please note our December schedule: We will meet Dec. 21; we will not meet Dec. 28

(regular schedule resumes Jan. 4). Try it once, come occasionally or join us regularly – all are welcome, with no previous experience required. For more information, contact Nathan Koontz, 2nathankoontz, or Melanie Zuercher, mzuercher. (For help locating Agape Center in Richert House, see

Syrian Refugee Crisis: Over 4 million refugees have fled Syria over the course of the nation’s civil war. Mennonite Church USA encourages three ways to help extend the love of Jesus to these sisters and brothers:

1. Pray for an end to the violence that creates refugees. Until that time, pray for refugees to be welcomed into places of safety, where they can live in peace.

2. Urge Congress and state officials to support and welcome Syrian refugees. MCC Washington has compiled contact information for national and state officials. See and for more information.

3. Support organizations that assist with refugee resettlement, and consider how your congregation or community can participate. Church World Service ( and World Relief ( are two such organizations.

Longest Night Service: For the last number of years, Shalom Mennonite Church has recognized the role of pain, grief and darkness in the Christian faith journey at a Longest Night Service. The longest night of the year is always on December 21. We invite you to join with us in a service of remembrance December 21 at 7 pm at 800 E. First Street in Newton. All are welcome.

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