Additions to Annual Report Book:
Births – Watson Kent, born to Daniel and Melissa Unruh on Sept. 26, 2015
Faith Formation Teachers – High School – Nathan and Brandy Ashley
Please let the office of know of other additions / corrections.
This Sunday the Youth Group will be providing the noon meal. We will be serving Cheesy Potato Soup and Southwest Chicken Soup (which is gluten and dairy free). Following the meal we will be holding a dessert auction. The money will go towards our Summer Service Trip in Kansas City this July.
There will be a special presentation for the children (and all adults in attendance) from the Financial Task Force at 6:30 p.m. in the fellowship hall on Wednesday evening, January 27. The children’s choirs will not meet that night but the rest of the evening will remain the same.
January 31 is Tabor Mission Sunday: The Outreach Committee welcomes Wes and Deb Bergen, our Mennonite Mission Network partners, who will be sharing their experiences in Ghana during the Worship Service and Faith Formation time. Following FF, we invite everyone to stay for a potluck noon
meal. A basket will be set out to collect donations for our commitment to our new mission partners, Dan and Kathryn Smith Derksen and family, who will soon begin their service opportunity in Capetown, South Africa. Read more about this partnership which was emailed to you or placed in your mailbox. The information is also posted on the church bulletin board.
College Care Packages: The High School Youth will be assembling care packages for Tabor’s college students on February 3. If you would like to include some goodies for these, please speak with Pastor Katherine. Thanks for your support of our congregation’s young adults!
Mark your calendars! Tabor Mennonite Women will be meeting Monday,
February 8, at 5:00 p.m., here at the church. We will be tying comforters, creating MCC crafts, and of course coloring! More details to come.
Potlucks! In addition to the Mission Potluck on January 31st, plan to bring a favorite dish for a Fellowship Potluck after church on Sunday, February 21.
Anabaptist Vision and Discipleship Series: Nationally known Christian speaker and Author Shane Claiborne will be featured at the Hesston College Anabaptist Vision and Discipleship (AVDS) conference February 19-21. Not Just On Sunday will explore what it’s like to live a vibrant 24/7 faith by discovering spiritual practices that bring transformation. Registrations are due February 12. Please sign up on the bulletin board if you would like to go. Christian Education Commission and Worship Fellowship Commission are each contributing to the cost of this conference, so the total for you will be only $25! Information is posted and brochures can be found on the table in the foyer.
« Western District Conference: Pray for youth leaders, mentors, Sunday school teachers, pastors and others who nurture faith formation within WDC congregations
« Mennonite Mission Network: Lauren Baer, Laura Haar, Malte Kaliske, Jessica Lindsay, and Pablo Lorenzana make up MMN’s Service Adventure unit in Albany, Oregon. Pray for them as they work with Habitat for Humanity, care for older adults, help in the local school system, and engage in ministries with homeless people.
Sister Care: You can still register for Sister Care to be held at Bethel College Mennonite Church on January 29-30. For more information, see the information posted on the bulletin board along with registration forms.
Hold the dates! “Held Together in Mission” is the theme the WDC Executive Board has identified for Annual Assembly, July 29-30, 2016, at Bethel College in North Newton. Reference Council sessions in 2016 will also explore this theme in both rural and urban settings, as opportunity to share worship, stories, and conversation about how God is at work in the diverse contexts of WDC.
The Camp Mennoscah Board of Directors is pleased to announce that we have hired Jerry Kroeker as our next executive director. He is currently the executive director at Swan Lake Christian Camp and will begin his service with Camp Mennoscah on February 1 in a part time capacity while completing critical projects in his current position. Kroeker brings nearly two decades of camping experience to this position and will be an incredible asset in continuing the momentum of Camp Mennoscah in providing a place where people of all ages come to renew themselves, their relationships and their connection with God. Our current staff will continue in their responsibilities and will be integral to a successful transition process. The board is grateful to John Stoesz for his leadership over the past year and a half and wish him well as he pursues Indigenous Justice work.
Camp Mennoscah Retreats and Opportunities:
—Hey, summer campers and youth! There’s a retreat just for those of you in grades 7-12–the Youth Volunteer Weekend–on March 11-12. We’ll be singing and having fun as part of this time of service.
—Scrapbook and Crafts Retreats! March 4-6 or March 11-13. It’s a chance to finish up that project you’ve been working on!
—Camp Mennoscah will be recruiting for summer staff at Hesston, Tabor, and Bethel Colleges on Feb. 8, 9, and 10 respectively. There will be a pizza meal/gathering on Feb.10 at 6:15pm-ish at Papa John’s in Newton for those interested in being on summer staff and all former summer staff.
For more information contact olivia.bartel.
Save the Date – Trinity Mennonite Church, Hillsboro, is celebrating their 50th anniversary on May 29. RSVP to: trinit67063 or
Life Stories Workshops: Your life story is an unrepeated journey that only YOU can tell! First Mennonite Church in Newton is sponsoring two life stories workshops this year called “Story Matters” led by Laurie Oswald Robinson which will provide tools to help people write their own stories or the stories of a loved one. The workshops will be held February 19-20 (6:30 – 9 pm Friday and 8:30 – 3:30 Saturday) and April 1-2. Choose the one that best fits your schedule. The cost is $60 per person which includes workshop materials, snacks and lunch. The workshops are partially funded by a Loaves & Fishes Grant from Western District Conference. To register, send an e-mail to Wendy Funk Schrag at pwschrag. Registration is due February 1
for the February workshop.
Et Cetera Shop: Serve Mennonite Central Committee and your local community by volunteering at Newton Et Cetera Shop! Currently needed: volunteer clerks (especially 5:30 – 7:30 p.m. Monday-Friday); volunteers to check electronics, tag clothing, shoes, housewares, other. Times are flexible. For more information call 316-283-9461.
Kauffman Museum’s annual Celebrate Kansas Day! Sat., Jan. 30 – To go along with the special exhibit “Root For the Home Team,” will have a sports theme. 11 a.m., “The Common and Quirky Mascots of Kansas,” Krehbiel Auditorium in Luyken Fine Arts Center; 1-4 p.m., events on the museum grounds, including wagon rides and corn popped over an open fire (weather permitting), along with make-it-take-it crafts, silent auction, flea market, bake sale and more. Lecture and museum events are free; charge for the special Kansas Day meal in the Bethel cafeteria at noon.
Prison Theater Project, a Bethel College 2016 interterm class, presents
Inside Story, directed by John McCabe-Juhnke, Fri., Feb. 5, and Sat., Feb. 6-7pm, Krehbiel Auditorium in Luyken Fine Arts Center. Tickets are $6 for adults and $4 for senior citizens and non-Bethel students. A dollar of every ticket sold goes to Offender Victim Ministries, Newton, to support its Prison Ministries that include arts projects and M-2. (Please note Inside Story is rated PG for language.)
Informative webinar: Everence Financial will present an informative webinar, Understanding long-term care insurance, on Monday, Jan. 25, at 12 noon and 7 p.m. (CDT). Financial Advisor Scott Luty will discuss how you can cover the high cost of long-term care – without wiping out your life savings. He’ll also talk about ensuring quality of care and maintaining your independence. You’ll get the information you need to make informed decisions. There will be time for your questions. To participate, contact Sandy Popp at (620) 662-7900, (877) 893-8647 or sandy.popp. Or visit everence.com/kansas.
Mennonite Agri-Urban has just finished another successful year and you are invited to help us celebrate. Anyone interested in learning about our organization and everyone who donated feed and worked with Agri-Urban cattle is invited to a faspa on Sunday, February 21 at Eden Mennonite Church, rural Moundridge. Drop in between 3:30 and 5:00 pm. Information about the organization, a financial report and written reports from our beneficiaries will be available. A special thanks to all those who raised cattle and donated feed again this year. Proceeds from the cattle sales benefit Western District Conference, Mennonite Church USA and Bethel College.