Stories & Stuff – Thursday, February 18: Do you know the history behind Valentine’s Day? Do you remember your first Valentine? What are your traditions surrounding Valentine’s day? Bring a story to share, and join in the fun as we reminisce, eat and share stories. See you at 10 am in Tabor’s South Rooms! ~Pastor Rosie
Potluck! Plan to bring a favorite dish for a Fellowship Potluck after church on Sunday, February 21.
All Ladies are invited to come to a daytime meeting for tying comforters and embroidering tea towels. We will meet 1-4 pm on Monday, February 22.
What’s Cookin’? will meet on February 25 at 6:30 pm in the Tabor Church Fellowship Hall. We’ll be baking bread, so the kitchen will be warm and filled with the aroma of baking. What’s Cookin’? is sponsored by the Tabor Food Pantry and is open to anyone in the community. RSVP requested but not required. 367-2318.
Save the date: Pi Faspa. On Sunday, March 6, the Fellowship Planning Team invites you to come join us in the Tabor Fellowship Hall at 4pm for a time of faspa and fellowship with pie as we look ahead to pi day (March 14 = 3.14). There will be a pie baking contest, a pie eating contest, and even a chance to put a pie on a pastor’s face! You won’t want to miss it! A flyer and sign-up sheet are posted on the bulletin board. Please talk to someone on the Fellowship Planning Team if you have any questions.
Camp WaShunGa Fundraiser Meal: Plan to come to the Goessel High School Cafeteria on Sunday, March 6 at noon, to support our Jr. High students who will be attending Camp WaShunGa this year.
The 2016 MCC Comforter Blitz will be held on March 7-9 at Journey Mennonite Church at Yoder Campus. Check the bulletin board for more information. Sign up if you would like to car pool.
KS MCC SALE: April 8 and 9
-The Children’s Coin offering last Sunday was $34.84.
-Fellowship Meals: If you want to be a host or guest, forms are due this week. Either mail in or give to Jerry and Leann Toews or Kristin and Archie Schmidt.
-The Tabor Fellowship Meal will be held in the Fellowship Hall on March 13.
-Plant seeds and grow plants for the Plants and Things sales. This is a great activity to do with your children.
-Please continue to put your checks in the mailboxes of Jerry and Leann or Kristin and Archie for Pre-Sale Expenses.
-Build projects to sell at the sale. BE CREATIVE.
Blood Mobile: Show your respect, regard, appreciation (synonyms for love) to those who faithfully donate blood by signing up to volunteer for an hour to register, escort, or serve sloppy joes and pies at the blood drive at Goessel Church on Feb.16 from 2:00-6:00 pm. Volunteer sheets are on the bulletin board. Donors can get an appointment at redcross.org or by calling 1-800-REDCROSS. You can answer the questions earlier that day on line to shorten the time needed in the donation process. Thanks for participating and sharing the gift of life!
Take a Walk with God at Garden Getaway! Looking for time away from the busyness of life – time to “stop and smell the roses,” as you relax with friends, share laughter and stories, and spend time with God? Come to our Women’s Retreat in Goessel to experience all this and more! Our Garden Getaway will be Saturday, February 27, at the Goessel Elementary School from 8:30 – 4:00. Registration made payable to “Women’s Retreat in Goessel” is $35 and due by Feb. 20. Registration forms are available in your church lobby, Keith’s Foods or at The Citizens State Bank in Goessel. Invite a friend or neighbor because all women are invited to join us. Scholarships are available upon request to help defray the cost of the day if needed. You may return your registration to Janice Voth at The CSB or to her address: 1004 Alamo, Newton, KS 67114. If you have questions you may contact Janice Voth at 620-367-8152 or Rachel Boden at 620-327-4198.
« Western District Conference: Pray for Byron Pellecer as he prepares for a transition to a new role as Associate Conference Minister in Texas beginning in May.
« Mennonite Mission Network: Many weddings occur this time of year in Cambodia due to the cooler, dry season. On this Valentine’s Day, pray for Petrus and Yuliana Handoyo of MMN as they mentor young Christian couples and model Christ-centered relationships.
Not Just On Sunday features a Saturday evening Celebration Concert with Bluegrass music by Hesston College alumnus Dave Miller, and The Book of Jebb at 7 p.m. Feb. 20 at Hesston Mennonite Church auditorium. Tickets are $7.50 for adults and available at the Hesston College Bookstore at 620-327-8104 or at the door. Conference registrants and youth of all ages are free.
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.
—Kitchen Helpers Unite! Camp Mennoscah is calling you–both new and returning–to cut and stir your way through a week of summer youth camps. No great skill needed, just the willingness to follow instructions, a helpful heart, and the desire to be part of our camping ministry. Parents can receive up to a full camper discount.
—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!
For more information contact olivia.bartel.
Mennonite Central Committee:
Have you always wanted to experience another culture while growing professionally, spiritually, and personally? Then MCC’s SALT program is for you! We have upwards of 120 diverse assignments in over 35 countries waiting for the perfect applicants to fill them. Deadline to apply is Feb. 15. Make 2016 the year you will step out in faith and do it. Apply today at mcc.org/salt!
You’re Invited to join the MCC Central States Board and Staff at our annual Community Engagement Event on Saturday, Feb. 27. Our event this year will be held in the chapel at Tabor College in Hillsboro from 8:30-10:45am focusing on Mass Incarceration. We will have a variety of speakers share with the group and time for questions and answers. Please call our office to let us know if you’ll be attending at 316.283.2720. All our welcome to attend this informative event with opportunity to engage with MCC board and staff!
You can be a friend to someone in need. CIRCLES Marion County is recruiting people to be an intentional friend to someone looking for a way out of poverty. CIRCLES offers training and support to make a difference in someone else’s life, your life and the life of our community. Call or text Mark Rogers (6200-877-0899)
Mennonite Agri-Urban: Anyone interested in learning Agri-Urban 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. 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.
Offender/Victim Ministries’ Annual Dinner and Meeting on Thursday, February 25 at 6:30 pm at the d’Veers Family Center, 227 N. Main, in Elbing. Traditional German Buffet Dinner is $15 per person and can be paid at the door. RSVP to ovm.ks
by Thursday, February 18.
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 pm Monday-Friday); volunteers to check electronics, tag clothing, shoes, housewares, other. Times are flexible. For more information call 316-283-9461.
KIPCOR Film Series continues with Groundswell Rising, a film about citizen opposition to fracking. Sun., Feb. 21, 3 pm, Krehbiel Auditorium in Luyken Fine Arts Center at Bethel College. Talk-back session with a panel including filmmaker Renard Cohen, and a reception with music, to follow.
Verenike Supper: First Mennonite Church, 427 W 4th, Halstead, on February 20 from 5-7 pm. Menu: verenike, ham gravy, sausage, green beans, zweiback, cherry moos, pie, relishes and beverages. Cost by donation, proceeds go to church missions.
WDC/SCC Women’s Spring Supper will be at Whitestone Mennonite Church, Hesston on Thursday, March 17, at 6:00 pm. Reservation, with name(s), need to be made by March 10 to: ksmennonitewomen or 620-327-8201 (Angie at Hesston College).
Story Matters Workshop! There is still space left for the February 19-20 event. Your life story is an unrepeated journey that only YOU can tell! First Mennonite Church, 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 am-3:30 pm Saturday) and April 1-2, and are open to the community. 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.
A benefit dinner to support scholarships for Iglesia Menonita Casa Betania members participating in IBA (Instituto Biblico Anabautista) classes will take place Sat., March 19, 5:30 pm at Bethel College Mennonite Church, N. Newton. The meal is by donation, and is sponsored by the BCMC Witness Commission as part of a project supported by a WDC “Loaves and Fishes” grant used to facilitate conversational Spanish classes. Members of the Spanish class will prepare and serve the meal. If you plan to attend, please RSVP by March 14 to Margaret Goering at mrgoering or 316-283-5034.