March 6 announcements

Notes of Appreciation

Friends are a blessing, and we were graciously blessed with your presence and generous donations at our pizza fundraiser meal on February 24th. The contributions of nearly $650 will be used for operating expenses as we officially opened again for visitors at the beginning of March. It was a pleasure to introduce our new curator/archivist, Benjamin Schmidt. Please feel free to stop by the museum to say “hello” and extend a warm welcome! ~With sincere gratitude,

The Mennonite Heritage & Agricultural Museum Board and Staff

Congregational Announcements

A letter from Mission Partners Dan and Kathryn Smith Derksen is posted on the bulletin board.

The Goessel Ministerial Alliance pastors are pleased to announce that Laura Unrau and Michelle Unruh will be the new Co-Directors of Camp WaShunGa, an annual camp experience for all 7th and 8th grade youth in our churches and the community. You can meet them at the Community Fundraiser for Camp WaShunGa.

Camp WaShunGa Fundraiser Meal: The Goessel area 7th and 8th grade youth invite you to their Camp WaShunGa community fundraiser meal on Sunday, March 6, at the Goessel High School Cafeteria. We will begin serving at 11:45 am. The meal will include sloppy joes, potato salad, chips, carrots and celery and dessert bar. Your donations will be much appreciated.

Pi Faspa: Sunday, March 6, join us in the Tabor Fellowship Hall at 4pm for faspa and fellowship with pie as we look ahead to pi day (March 14 = 3.14). You are welcome to bring a pie to enter in the pie baking contest (not required). There will also be a pie eating contest for children and youth. And, bring your donations for MCC for the chance to see the pastor of your choice with a pie in his/her face! You are welcome to come even if you didn’t sign up.

Tabor Mennonite Women: Monday, March 7 at 7pm Exchange Students will be sharing about their experiences and dessert will be served. Everyone is welcome to attend.

The 2016 MCC Comforter Blitz: March 7-9 at Journey Mennonite Church at Yoder Campus. Sign up if you would like to car pool.

WDC/SCC Women’s Spring Supper will be at Whitestone Mennonite Church, Hesston on Thursday, March 17, at 6pm. Reservation, with name(s), need to be made by March 10 to: ksmennonitewomen or 620-327-8201 (Angie at Hesston College). Sign up sheet for attending the event and carpooling is on the bulletin board.

Tabor Wellness

-The February Salt Challenge participants were surprised to see how much sodium was in their food! Congratulations to Gayle Funk for winning the $20 Prairie Harvest Gift Card in the random drawing. In March you can participate with a partner in the Superfoods Challenge to see how many Superfoods you can try. Forms are located on the Wellness display board in the foyer.

-The weather is warming up! Join the Tabor Goes Mobile activity challenge and log your daily activity. Details are on the Wellness display.

KS MCC SALE: April 8 and 9

Please go to the basement this Sunday (today only) and look at the quilts, wall hangings, and comforters that Tabor folks have made and donated for the MCC Sale.

Sign up by Thursday, March 10 for the Tabor Church MCC Fellowship Lasagna Meal on March 13. Minimum donation: $20 per adult, $6 per child 6-12 years, under 6 are free.

Another EXCELLENT week of pre-sale expense dollars. Make checks out to MCC and put in Jerry and Leann Toews or Archie and Kristin Schmidt’s mailboxes.

Another INCREDIBLE Children’s Offering of $92.54.

Bring items you have made for the sale to the fellowship hall for display. Tables will be available after we take the quilts down this Sunday.

Sign-up sheets and Run for Relief forms are on the table in the foyer. Sign up to take a 2 hour shift somewhere. More sheets will be added as we get them.


Community Announcements

Mennonite Heritage and Agricultural Museum: The 2016 Heritage Dinner will take place at Tabor Mennonite Church, Saturday, March 19, 6:30 p.m. Special Entertainment: The Sunflower Trio. Ticket price: $50 per person. First time attendees $25, ages 12 and under $5. Reserve your tickets by calling the museum, 367-8200, by Monday, March 14.

Conference Announcements

Prayer Requests:

« Western District Conference: Pray for God’s strength and peace for families, congregations, pastors and community leaders in the Hesston/Newton area as they continue to respond to the recent shootings.

« Mennonite Mission Network: Alisha and Josh Garber of MMN teach and mentor students at LCC International University in Lithuania. Throughout the winter, Josh has battled bronchitis. Pray for renewed energy for Josh and for the health of Alisha and their first child expected in May.

« Mennonite Education Agency: Eastern Mennonite University, Harrisonburg, Virginia. We pray for the EMU Young People’s Christian Association students as they embark on spring break trips to serve in communities across the east coast and South.

Harvey County Homeless Shelter: Volunteer training, 900 W. Broadway, Building #7, Newton on Tuesday, March 8, 6:30pm. Gain knowledge of available volunteer opportunities, meet the volunteer coordinator, learn about the shelter and the residents that we serve.

International Mission Worker Janet Stucky in Newton to share about her work.

You are invited to join MC USA staff in the Newton offices,718 N Main, to hear from Mennonite Mission Network worker Janet Stucky on Tuesday March 8th from 9:30-10:30am. We will have coffee, and hear a presentation from Janet about her work. Janet recently returned from spending 2 years in Benin, West Africa as a Mission Network International Worker. She worked with community nutrition and related to the Benin Bible Institute. Her home congregation is Bethel College Mennonite Church in N. Newton.

Camp Mennoscah Retreats and Opportunities:
—We have space for you! Camp Mennoscah has room for many summer youth campers and openings for group reservations. There are summer weekends and weekdays openings at all of our facilities. We want to share the fun times and wonderful creation with you! Summer youth campers can register online at or using the paper form in the camp catalog. Scholarships are available. Tabor’s Christian Ed team offers a $50 scholarship to Tabor campers. Please sign up on the bulletin board if you are attending camp.

—Hey, artists and idea-makers! Pull together your best design for a Camp Mennoscah tee shirt and send it to us by March 15. We’ve got some options for this year’s tee, but maybe there’s something better out there. Show us your humdingers and fancy pants designs!

—Youth Volunteer Weekend at Camp Mennoscah on March 11-12.

—Scrapbook and craft-making March 11-13

—Retirees Relaxation Retreat April 25-27. Theme: Mennonites in Early Kansas.

—Kitchen helpers needed for summer youth camps. Parent discount available.

For all of the above: Register online at or call Camp Mennoscah at 620-297-3290.

For more information contact olivia.bartel.

House Bill to End Death Penalty: Kansas lawmakers have a bill before them that would repeal the death penalty. House Bill 2515 was introduced by Representative Steven Becker, a member of Buhler Mennonite Church. But the bill has yet to receive a hearing. Contact your legislators and House Speaker Ray Merrick to express your support for death penalty repeal. Find their contact information at For more information, see

Being Formed By God Through Scripture: Prayer and Scripture Continuing Ed. Opportunity Available from AMBS-Kansas Center: AMBS-Kansas Center will host a short course on prayer and Scripture entitled “Being Formed by God through Scripture.” This course is open to anyone interested in learning how Scripture shapes our prayer practices. This course will be led by Kathryn Damiano, a spiritual director of 33 years and adjunct professor for AMBS-Great Plains. The course will meet on April 9, 16, 23, and 30 from 9:30-11:30 am at Mennonite Church of the Servant in Wichita, KS (2401 N. Woodland, Wichita, KS 67204). If interested in taking this course for masters-level credit or if you have any questions, please contact Katherine Goerzen (kgoerzen) for more information. The cost of this continuing education course is only $50 for WDC participants who register before March 19. Registration is now available at:

Bethel College

-Tues., March 8 – Friends of the MLA presentation: Rachel Waltner Goossen, “Mennonite Women Challenge John Howard Yoder’s Sexual Abuse,” 7 p.m., Kauffman Museum auditorium

-Fri., March 11 and Sun., March 13 – Bethel College spring opera, Iphigenia in Tauris by Christoph Willibald Gluck. Friday performance, 7:30 p.m.; Sunday performance, 3 p.m. Krehbiel Auditorium in Luyken Fine Arts Center; tickets on sale at Thresher Shop in Schultz Student Center.

Mennonite Central Committee Central States is hiring for an Office Manager/Bookkeeper. This position is available starting on April 1 at the MCC office in North Newton. The Office Manager provides public relations, completes bill paying, bookkeeping and other financial tasks, assists volunteers and other departments as needed, maintains CS information in MCC databases and completes general office management tasks. The work schedule is 32 hours per week. The full job description is available at For more information, please contact Heidi Huber at

heidihuber .

Mennonite Mission Network is now accepting applications for the role of Global Ministries Senior Executive to provide leadership and oversight to the Global Ministries division, to participate in organizational leadership, and to work with the Executive Director in cultivating healthy relationships with international and local partners. The anticipated start date is August 2016.

To receive a position description or to send a letter of interest please address Human Resources Senior Executive Rachel Stoltzfus (RachelS) and Executive Director Stanley Green (StanleyG).

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