Tabor Food Pantry: Summer is a time when the food pantry is visited more frequently. The shelves of the food pantry are in need of restocking. Canned meats, fruits, tomatoes and vegetables (we do have plenty of corn and green beans,) cereal, box meals ( ex: hamburger helper,) spaghetti sauce, jell-o, applesauce, pancake mix, syrup, jelly, or any non-perishable items are welcome. Toiletries, laundry soap, and dish soap are also needed. Cash donations are also accepted. Thank you for your generosity.
The Tabor Mennonite Women will meet Tuesday, July 19 at the MCC work room at 9:00 am. for an all day work day. Bring snacks and a sack lunch for the noon meal. We will be cutting comforter blocks. There will be a quilt set up to hand quilt; please bring a quilting needle and thimble if you wish to work on it.
Living Your Faith: Summer is a time of harvest, vacations, and everyday living too. How are you living your faith? Where do you see God? Send photos to kfunk for use on our worship bulletin board in the foyer.
Summer Faith Formation for children. Please check the sign up sheet on the bulletin board for ways to help this summer.
Support Mennonite Central Committee: MCC is constantly in need of supplies for the various relief kits they distribute. In order to facilitate delivery of your donations to MCC, Tabor’s Outreach Team has placed a tub in the foyer where you may leave items. You may also donate as suggested in the most recent request from MCC:
The MCC Material Resource Center in North Newton is in need of the following items: full size Fiscars scissors, sew-on snaps (20-25 per package), large bars of laundry soap, full-size bath towels (medium weight, dark or bright color), and men’s briefs (sizes M, L, or XL). These items can be brought to 121 E. 30th St. in North Newton, Kan., purchased online via Amazon Smile or other retailers and shipped to MCC or we welcome your monetary donations designated Kit Supplies. Thank you for your ongoing support of the worldwide work of Mennonite Central Committee! If you have questions, please call 316.283.2720 or visit mcc.org/kits for more information.
MWUSA is sponsoring a resourcing event for all women in Denver, CO called PREP on August 12-13. Speakers and topics for the event are: Women, Money and Faith, Rhoda Blough, Let’s Talk Health: we are what we think, Teresa Boshart Yoder; Art and Spirituality Experience, Marlene Bogard and Becky Harder. There is more information on the bulletin board about registration (deadline Aug. 1), housing and signing up for carpooling. Consider a “ladies weekend” out!
A Voluntary Service Sunday on August 14 is planned by the pastors and Outreach Commission. The Worship Service will include some sharing by church members who have been in service. It will be extended to the Faith Formation time when we will have displays set up and opportunities for service shared by Mennonite Mission Network and Mennonite Central Committee. Following the Faith Formation time, we will have a potluck meal with a basket available to give donations to our Mission Partners, the Smith-Derksens.
Community Service: On September 4 the pastors and Outreach Commission are sponsoring an Outreach Community Service event as our morning Worship Service. Breakfast will be served, followed by a “sending out” of members doing community service. There will be a wide range of options that will be available. Outreach has a number of places lined up for service but if you have an opportunity that you would like to suggest, please put the suggestion in Denise Nickel’s mailbox. Prior to the Sunday event, on Sat. night, Sept. 3 there will be an option for camping out in the church park and, to conclude the event on September 4 in the evening, there will be a Sunday evening meal and “campfire” service, recapping the days’ activities. More information will follow.
Threshing Days weekend, August 5-7, is an opportunity to showcase our community and bring numerous visitors to Goessel. It is also a vital fundraiser for the Mennonite Heritage & Agricultural Museum, which depends on the hands of many volunteers. Bakers and food service workers are needed for the Low German Meal and at the Prep School. If you would be willing to help on August 6, please return the volunteer sheet that was placed in your mailbox last week to the church secretary’s box or call Aileen Esau at 367-2358 by next Sunday, July 24. Thank you!
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Western District Conference Annual Assembly:
Join us for inspired worship, communion, and new staff installation and recognition on Friday evening of our Western District Conference Annual Assembly, July 29-30 at Bethel College in North Newton, KS. Register by this Friday, July 15, to have meals included! For more information and to register, go to: www.mennowdc.org/annual-assembly/#2016annualAssembly.
Get ready to warble! Camp Mennoscah’s annual Camp Sing is August 7 at 6:30pm at Grace Hill Mennonite Church. Everyone is invited to head on over for some camp songs and hymns led by this year’s summer staff. It is always one of the best times to say howdy to other camp folks–new and old!
Grab your sleeping bag and sunscreen! It’s just about time for all you practiced procrastinators to sign up for the Young Adult Retreat at Camp Mennoscah on July 29-31. We’ll be roasting meals and marshmallows, worshiping in song and fellowship, and having a grand time.
The Mental Health Spiritual Retreat at Camp Mennoscah is Sept. 4-5. All who are affected by mental illness, including family and friends, are welcome to attend. The theme is Courage in Community. There will be time for getting to know new people and for spending time with long-time friends, as well as worship, swimming, and sessions on the theme. If you are unable to attend, see Ted & Company’s production of “Laughter is Sacred Space” at 7pm on Sept. 4 at Buhler High School Auditorium. The production explores the paradoxes, joys, and struggles of mental illness and suicide.
Information for all of the above or to register:
Online at www.campmennoscah.org
Mennonite Central Committee:
—MCC invites you on a Learning Tour to Haiti Oct 31-Nov 8, 2016. On this Soil to Table MCC Learning Tour, participants will meet Haitian farmers, marketers and cooks, and learn the importance of food in everyday life, from the soil up. Contact Anna Yoder at annayoder or at 316.283.2720 for more information.
—New staff at MCC Central States! We are happy to welcome two new people to the staff at MCC Central States and we hope you’ll help us welcome them as well! Patsy Dirksen started in June as our new Office Manager, please say “Hello!” the next time you’re at MCC in North Newton. We are also excited to introduce you to Ana Hinojosa, our new Immigration Education Coordinator! Ana started at the beginning of July and will work from Brownsville, Texas. Her work will focus on working with Latino/a populations, collaborating with churches and other faith-based organizations and she will network with MCC’s partners on the U.S./Mexico boarder as well as participate in the MCC Immigration network. Welcome Patsy and Ana!
You’re invited to the MCC Open House on Thursday, July 21 from 5:30-8:30pm at the MCC Center in North Newton, Kan. (121 E. 30th). Join us for an indoor picnic to celebrate the newly renovated MCC Material Resource Center, hear from new MCC partners and learn more about brand new kit options you can support. We will recognize the generous gifts shared by Wes and Donna Duerksen to make the renovation happen and enjoy a full picnic, plus self-serve frozen yogurt and toppings bar. Please join us for a fun evening! Questions? Call 316.283.2720 or email tinaschrag.
—In partnership with Crossroads Community Church in Winfield, Kan., MCC is making peaches available to you again this summer! Peaches come in 20 lb. cases for $35 each, from Noland Orchards in Palisade, Colorado. Please place orders with Patsy Dirksen at patsydirksen or 316.283.2720 by July 29. Pick-up date for peaches is Aug. 18 at MCC in North Newton.