June 5 announcements
Surprise! Stories of Discovering Jesus
Vacation Bible School begins tomorrow! There are still some snack items that are needed. Please sign up on the bulletin board. If you would like to be a prayer partner, please contact Sarahanne Unruh or Eunice Voth.
Next Sunday, June 12, there will be a VBS Celebration Service beginning at 10am with an open house of classrooms after the service. A picnic in the Tabor Church Park will follow. Bring food, table service and lawn chairs. The reception committee could use some help with set up and serving. Contact Elaine Unruh if you can help.
Bike to Church: Next Sunday, June 12, you are invited to Bike to Church as part of our June Wellness Challenge. In addition to being entered into the monthly prize drawing all cyclists will be rewarded with breakfast, available after 9:15am in the fellowship hall! Remember to ride on the right, use bike lights, and wear a helmet.
Summer Faith Formation for children: There are opportunities to help with children’s Faith Formation this summer: storytellers, music leaders, activity and craft leaders, and helpers for the two year old children. Please sign up on the bulletin board.
Stories and Stuff will not meet in June.
Men’s Bible Study will begin a new twelve week series entitled “Why I Believe.” The group meets at The Ratzlaff Building in Goessel on Tuesday evenings from 7-9 pm. All men are welcome to join at any time. Contact Kyle Funk for more information.
Home-Delivered Meals provides a vital ministry in the Goessel community. Meals are prepared by Bethesda Home. Monday through Friday, a homebound person may receive a meal delivered to their home at noon. Receiving this meal and the human contact it provides, makes such a difference in the life of an elderly or disabled person. Approximately ten to twelve persons from our community have been delivering these meals in the Goessel community. A few of these volunteers are no longer able to do it, due to changes in their lives. New volunteers are needed. It only takes about 45 minutes on any one day. You can do it once a week, once a month, whatever works for you. Call Ruth Goertzen, Adm. Asst. at Alexanderwohl, 367-8192, to ask questions and offer to volunteer. Thank you!
« Western District Conference: Pray for WDC pastors traveling to a Hispanic ministers’ educational gathering next weekend in Goshen, IN, sponsored by Mennonite Education Agency.
« Mennonite Mission Network: Lauren Francisco of MMN works as an expressive arts counselor at Eastwood Primary School in Pietermaritzburg, South Africa. Pray for her as she listens to stories of victims of neglect and trauma, and empowers them to be creators.
« Mennonite Education Agency: Pray for Bethel College Director of Alumni Relations Dave Linscheid as the annual Alumni Weekend draws to a close and he retires after more than two decades in the position.
WDC Annual Assembly will take place July 29-30, Friday evening -Saturday, on the Bethel College campus in North Newton, KS. Schedule and registration information is posted on the bulletin board. Information also posted at: http://mennowdc.org/annual-assembly/#2016annualAssembly. Please let the pastor’s or Kim know if you plan to represent Tabor as a delegate. If you need a registration form, contact the church office. Registrations are due July 15.
WDC Proposed Amendment: In an attempt to clarify the relationship between WDC and several other organizations, on March 15, 2016, the Executive Board approved an amendment to Bylaw 5 of the WDC Constitution and is bringing it to the July 30, 2016 Delegate Assembly for approval. A two-thirds vote by delegates is required for such an amendment. The proposed amendment is posted at: rbgehring. A copy of the proposed amendment is posted on the bulletin board.
Derek King’s ordination will be celebrated on Sunday, June 12, 3 p.m. at Eden Mennonite Church, rural Moundridge, KS.
Palestine/Israel tour report: On Tuesday, June 7, at 7 pm, central Kansas participants from a recent Come and See Learning Tour to Palestine and Israel will present a program of reflections and pictures from their experience. The program will be at First Mennonite Church, 429 E. 1st Street, Newton. Refreshments will be served, and all are welcome to attend. The presenters are among 13 persons who traveled in April on an 11-day Come and See learning tour sponsored by Mennonite Church USA and Mennonite Central Committee at the invitation of Palestinian Christians. Approximately 75 persons from across Mennonite Church USA have now participated in Come and See tours, to increase awareness of issues surrounding the Israeli/Palestinian conflict and promote peace and social justice.
Summer Story Time, for children ages 3-8, begins Tuesday, June 14 with Marjie Warkentine, Storyteller. Summer Story Times will be at 10-10:45 am on June 14, 21, July 4, 12, 19 and 26, in the WDC children’s library. Register NOW at crlib or 316-283-6300. There’s still space!
WDC Resource Library Open House! – Friday, June 17, 8:00 am-8:00 pm. Come explore our new Makerspace Creation Station where you can: make your own stickers, turn bananas into a piano with out new Makey Makey, build with the Legos or handmade Lincoln Logs. Come at 8, 10, 12, 2, 4, or 6 o’clock for a read aloud, enjoy snacks, sign up for the summer reading
program (adults too) and take a poster home with you.
Camp Mennoscah Retreats and Opportunities:
-Camp Mennoscah can’t wait to see you! The summer staff is ready to greet you and to set you on your camp adventure. Camps are still open for all ages. We’ll be courageous and finding our Fearless Faith this summer with stories of how living in community as God’s people strengthens us. Grab a friend, your sleeping bag, a toothbrush and find your way to Camp Mennoscah!
-Hey, all youthful adults! Camp Mennoscah is having a Young Adult Weekend on July 29-31. It’s a chance for you to get back to your “camp roots” and spend some time relaxing under the shelter or galumphing through the river. You’ll be roasting your own marshmallows and gathering for campfire worship. Scholarships are available.
-Save a place on the calendar! The annual Camp Sing will be August 7 at 6:30pm at Grace Hill Mennonite Church in Whitewater. Camp Mennoscah summer staff will lead us in hymns and camp songs–all ages, all voices invited! We’ll end our time together with popcorn and pop. You can hardly go wrong with that. The Camp Sing will be here in no time at all!
-Mental Health Spiritual Retreat–This retreat at Camp Mennoscah is for all affected by mental illness–family, friends, supporting congregation members, everyone! We’ll be gathering on September 4-5 for fellowship, music, worship, and to support each other in fun! Scholarships of $50 are available (total fees are $60).
-Camp Mennoscah announced that Jerry Kroeker has officially resigned from his post as executive director of Camp Mennoscah. The Board of Directors at Camp Mennoscah is currently accepting applications to fill Kroeker’s position. For more information contact David Weaver at 620-327-0371. For complete details please see the letter posted on the bulletin board.
Coming up at Camp Mennoscah! Women and Girls Retreat: September 9-11
For all of the above: Online at www.campmennoscah.org
For more information contact olivia.bartel.
Mennonite Central Committee and WillowSpring Downs are hosting two events the weekend of June 11-12.
-June 11, 1-5 p.m. Fun on the Farm: In the tradition of Day on the Farm, but different, Fun on the Farm features interaction with animals, relays, snacks, games, nature scavenger hunt, obstacle course, stick horse race, rides, and crafts for children of all ages. Come at 1:00 for all the fun, and you just might learn a little bit about MCC’s work around the world in the process!
-June 12, 5-8 p.m. Song on the Lawn: This year’s mini-music festival features the Book of JEBB, Cottonwood River Band, Newton Men’s Quarter, Senior Jammers, and Elaine Unruh/Emil Schmidt and Friends. Meal catered by Keith Banman. Bring your lawn chairs, table service, friends and family.
Admission is free, donations accepted for MCC. In case of rain, event will be at Goessel Elementary School.
-Directions to WillowSpring Downs for both events: From Goessel:
3 miles north on Hwy K-15, 4 miles east on 150th, ¾ north on Falcon.
Youth Venture is still accepting applications for the July 15-25 Los Angeles team! Partner with Mountain View Mennonite Church and ReconciliAsian as they minister to their community through vacation Bible school, a peace center, and other various services. Ages 14-22 can apply by June 15 at MennoniteArloaB for inquiries.
Mennonite Voluntary Service is accepting applications for the 2016-2017 year! Opportunities to serve and live in community with others are still open in a variety of placements and locations, including teaching in Puerto Rico. Ages 20+ can apply at NeilR for inquiries.
Bethel College: Centering Prayer continues to meet every Monday from noon-1 p.m. in Agape Center in Richert House on the Bethel College campus. 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 www.bethelks.edu/why-bethel/location/campus-map/)
Movie Screening: “No Asylum: The Untold Chapter of Anne Frank’s Story” A brief discussion of issues related to refugee resettlement to follow. When: Sunday, June 12, 4:00 p.m. Where: Hesston Mennonite Church, 309 S. Main Street, Hesston. Cost: A free will offering will be received. All money received will be given to the Refugee Resettlement Fund established at Hesston Mennonite Church to support receiving refugees in the Hesston community with Episcopal Migration Ministry—Wichita.