April 3 announcements
Memorial Services for Virginia Voth: All are welcome to attend memorial services for Virginia Voth at Bethesda April 5 at 2:30 p.m., and at St. Mary’s Catholic Church April 11, Rosary at 9:30 a.m. and Funeral Mass at 10 a.m., with a lunch following. Memorials are to Bethesda Home and Catholic Charities c/o Miller-Ott Funeral Home.
The next What’s Cookin’? class will be on April 7 at 6:30pm. Come to the Tabor Church Fellowship Hall for meal ideas, fun, and tasty samples of what is cooked! RSVP requested but not required. 367-2318.
“No one would have been invited to dinner as often as Jesus was unless he was interesting and had a sense of humor.” -Charles M. Schultz
Youth Group at MCC Sale: The Youth Group will be helping to make New Years Cookies at the MCC Sale on Saturday, April 9, from 9-11am. Please plan to meet at the Sale at 8:45. If you need a ride, please let Pastor Katherine know. We will then plan to eat lunch together following our shift.
Just a reminder to all youth to return your service trip forms by Wednesday, April 13. Thanks!
Camp Mennoscah wants as many kids and youth as possible to have a summer youth camp experience. It’s a great way to help faith grow and to find God in creation and in friends. The summer youth camp theme is Fearless Faith: Courage in Community. Scholarships from Camp Mennoscah 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.
For information on Pastor Phil’s upcoming sabbatical please see Ron Schroeder’s article in the April newsletter.
“Remind each other daily that we all are Easter people
living in a Good Friday world…
Hope triumphs over fear every time, because of the Resurrection!”
—Dr. Rich Bimler, Lutheran Education Association
KS MCC SALE: April 8 and 9
-Most of the work has been done and it is time to enjoy the Largest Mennonite Party in Kansas. Come, bring your friends and enjoy all the wonderful German, Swiss, and Russian Ethnic Foods as well as viewing all the wonderful donations from Mennonites from around the State. Over 1000 volunteers are helping to put the event on. There are many wonderful quilts; unique vehicles; woodworking and metal working projects; fabric projects; children’s items; garden plants; Ten Thousand Villages; and many unique and unusual items that folks have been working on through the winter months to donate to this fun and exciting event. We normally have 20,000-25,000 in attendance to help us generate funds for the work of MCC in the most desperate situations around the world.
Tabor has a VERY large 5K Team this year. Pick a name and help sponsor that young person. Those on the Tabor Team this year are: Phyllis Goertzen, Lee Goertzen, Les Goerzen, Jerry Toews, Phil Schmidt, Mary Schmidt, Ethan Schmidt, Denise Nickel, Duane Duerksen, Adriana Duerksen, Elizabeth Alderfer, Emily Brandt, Porclein Unruh, Dawson Duerksen, Katie Wright, Zach Duerksen, Anna Unruh, Jason Unruh, Michael Unruh, Lina Unruh, Michelle Unruh, Kristin Unruh.
-Fantastic Children’s Coin Offering of $126.35. This Sunday is the last one—help make it good!!!
-For Spiritual Renewal help make 23,000 Verenike Tuesday, April 5, at the Fairground in Hillsboro. For more Spiritual Renewal attend the Sale Fri. and Sat. It is very easy to see God working!!!
-Tables will be set up in the foyer AFTER Wednesday to put your items on that need transportation to the Sale.
-ALL items MUST be at the church BEFORE 9 am Friday for us to transport them to the sale.
-ALL pies MUST be at the church BEFORE 8 am on Saturday for us to transport them to the sale.
-Tabor needs 15 MORE dozen Zweibach; 10 MORE pies; and 5 loaves of bread. There is a special request for Rhubarb and Rhubarb mixed with fruit pies as they sell out early.
-If some of you are willing to help take pictures of Tabor folks at the MCC Sale, please email them to Sherry Unruh unruh.sherry so we can have them on the Power Point next Sunday.
MAKE CERTAIN TO LOOK AT THE SIGNUP SHEETS SO YOU KNOW WHERE TO REPORT AND WHAT TIME YOU SIGNED UP TO HELP!!!
“A cheerful heart is a good medicine,
but a downcast spirit dries up the bones”
April Commodities: Do you or someone you know need a little help making ends meet? If so Commodities will be distributed at the Goessel Mennonite Church on Friday April 22 from 5-6pm. Income guidelines are as follows: Household Size 1 Monthly gross income $1,287; 2 – $2736;
3 – $2184; 5 – $3082; 6 – $3530; for additional family add 450 for each one.
“He will yet fill your mouth with laughter, and your lips with shouts of joy.”
« Western District Conference: Give thanks for the Easter season! Pray for WDC congregations, that they might embody Jesus’ good news of life and hope.
« Mennonite Mission Network: Today, the Anabaptist youth and young adults in Burgos, Spain, are concluding their fifth annual Origen youth conference weekend. Pray with Brian and Noelia Fox of Mennonite Mission Network that lives will be Redesigned (conference theme) as God takes fragmented lives and makes them whole and beautiful.
« Mennonite Education Agency: Pray for students returning from the long holiday weekend, that they might be refreshed and ready to finish the school year.
Everyone is invited! The Western District Conference Reference Council will be on April 23 from 9 am-3 pm at the First Mennonite Church in Beatrice, NE. Panel discussion, story telling, table conversations and more – how can rural and urban congregations learn from one another as partners in God’s mission? Refreshments and lunch provided. Please RSVP by April 14 to: 316-283-6300 or wdc. Let us know if you want to carpool.
“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.
Camp Mennoscah Retreats and Opportunities:
Kitchen helpers for Camp Mennoscah’s summer youth camps are needed for the weeks of June 19-25, June 26-30, July 17-23, and July 24-29. No great skill is needed, only willing hands and a giving heart. Parents can receive a camper discount of up to full camp fees. Free camp tee for all volunteers!
For more information contact olivia.bartel.
Hesston College Theatre will present the musical drama Working, at 7:30 p.m., April 8 and 9, and at 2:30 p.m., April 10. All performances are in the Helmuth Studio Theatre in the Northlawn Center for Performing Arts Education. Tickets can be purchased through the Hesston College Bookstore in person, by phone at 620-327-8104 or online at books.hesston.edu. Seating is limited.
Webinar: Greg Boyd on Anabaptism: Engaging Mauricio Chenlo on Mennonite Church Planting: Thursday, April 14, 2–3:30 p.m. EDT. Boyd, senior pastor of Woodland Hills Church in St. Paul, Minnesota, and Chenlo, denominational minister of church planting for Mennonite Church USA, will discuss Neo-Anabaptist church planting efforts and innovative church planting in the Mennonite world. Learn more and register online by noon on April 13 at www.ambs.edu/churchleadershipcenter/Webinars.cfm. Your first webinar is free if you register at least five days in advance. Successive webinars cost is $20 (at least five days in advance) or $30 (if less than five days in advance).
-Newton Et Cetera Shop seeks full-time general manager, available May 16. Responsibilities include office administration, store promotion, supervision of large volunteer and staff team. Retail experience helpful. Application deadline: April 15, 2016. Contact: katherineclaassen
-MCC Central States has an opening for the position of Executive Director. The Executive Director promotes and encourages support of MCC. The Director works hand-in-hand with a management team which includes the Program Director and the Director of Donor Relations to provide vision and leadership to MCC program in the region and to develop and maintain strong relationships between MCC and its constituents in the region. This full-time position, based in North Newton, Kan., requires considerable cooperation and coordination with MCC US and the other regional MCCs and considerable travel in the region and beyond. The full job description is available at http://mcc.org/get-involved/serve/openings/executive-director-cs.
“May the Son of God, who is already formed in you,
become immeasurable for you, and that in you
he will become laughter, exaltation, and the fullness of joy
which no one can take away from you.”
-Isaac of Stella (12th century)