July 31 announcements
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.
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.
Tribute to John and Mary Gaeddert: Plans are underway for a Sunday afternoon of appreciation for the ministry of John and Mary Gaeddert on October 2 from 3-5pm at the Bethel College Mennonite Church. Anyone who wishes to submit a letter of appreciation to John and Mary is encouraged to do so. Letters may be sent as an email attachment to lfriesen or sent to Lauren Friesen, 555 S. Everett, E-6, Chicago, IL 60637. Letters must be received by August 15 to be included in the bound book that will be presented to the Gaedderts on October 2. Hosted by former members of Bethesda Mennonite Church, Henderson, NE. For more detail, see letter posted on bulletin board.
The Womens/Girls Retreat planned by Western District Conference and South Central Conference will be at Camp Mennoscah by Murdock, KS on September 9 – 11. Katherine Goerzen, pastor at Tabor Mennonite Church, will be the featured speaker on Blessed, Beautiful, and Beloved. New this year are giant coloring sheets (bring your crayons, colored pencils, or markers) and catered meals. Music will be provided by Cousins Four. Activities are available for girls age 3rd grade through high school. Registration forms and a retreat flyer are attached and also available from your church office. Deadline for registration is August 22. Come for part or all of the retreat which begins Friday evening and ends Sunday after lunch.
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.
Mennonite Women USA 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!
« Western District Conference: Give thanks for WDC pastors, youth sponsors and Sunday school teachers who are preparing for a new season of learning and growing in discipleship, as another school year approaches.
« Mennonite Mission Network: Robin Gingerich is taking a leave of absence from the LCC International University campus in Lithuania, where she has worked through MMN for 19 years. Pray for her as she begins to work with a new LCC program in Georgia, assisting refugees toward a hopeful future.
« Mennonite Education Agency: Give thanks for the many teachers, staff and administrators who work hard to show God’s love to students and provide them with encouraging learning environments.
-Camp Mennoscah Camp Sing at Grace Hill Mennonite Church at 6:30pm on August 7. There will be popcorn and pop and all sorts of people to talk to and meet. Donations for new tableware (plates, glasses, etc.) as part of the kitchen renovation project will be accepted–bring your dollars, coins, and checkbooks!
-Mental Health Spiritual Retreat. On Sept. 4-5, all those who are affected by mental illness including family, friends, and community members are invited to come to Camp Mennoscah for a time of relaxation, worship, and fellowship. The theme this year is Courage in Community. Scholarships are available.
-Thank you to all our many campers and volunteers! What a wonderful time, what a blessing to have so many people at Camp Mennoscah this summer! Our summer would have been bland and boring without you–and we would have missed you! Thank you for making this a great summer of worship and community. We look forward to seeing you all at the Camp Sing on August 7!
Information for all of the above or to register:
Online at www.campmennoscah.org