August 7 announcements

This Sunday during the Faith Formation hour: Finger Food Fellowship and games and activities for all ages in the Fellowship Hall. Please bring finger foods to share. Drinks provided.

Congregational Announcements

Today is the kickoff of our annual Harvest Giving Drive for MCC: Donation envelopes are in your mailboxes and are to be filled out and mailed directly to Mennonite Central Committee. The needs continue to be great. Please use this opportunity to share the fruits of your labors with others around the world.

Tabor Church Wellness: The August Push-Up Challenge is underway and you can participate by tracking how many push-ups you do in the month of August using the challenge form on the wellness display in the foyer. Also, please turn in your July Squat Challenge forms to the wellness mailbox by this Sunday, August 7.

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.

Worship Bulletin Board: How are you living your faith? Where do you see God? There is still room on our worship bulletin board to share your photos. Send photos to kfunk

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.

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 Women/Girls Retreat planned by Western District Conference and South Central Conference will be at Camp Mennoscah by Murdock 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. Retreat booklet with registration forms are on the table in the foyer. Deadline for registration is August 22. Come for part or all of the retreat which begins Friday evening and ends Sunday after lunch.

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.

Camp Mennoscah Announces Michael Unruh as New Executive Director: The board of the Camp Mennoscah Association is excited to announce the selection of Michael Unruh as its new executive director. “He brings a passion for youth and Christian camping . . . As part of a strong team, Michael will help Camp Mennoscah continue to provide people of all ages with the opportunity to renew themselves, their relationships, and their connection with God.” Michael will begin this position on September 6, 2016.

Community Announcements

The Red Cross is in an emergency need of blood. There is less than a 5-day supply on the shelves. As a token of appreciation for those who donate during this critical time all presenting donors receive a $5 Gift Card claim code. Donors must have a valid email address in their donor profile. They will receive an email post donation with instructions on how to redeem the gift card online. The next drive in Goessel is August 19. Call 1-800-RED-CROSS or visit and enter Goessel to schedule an appointment.

Conference Announcements

Prayer Requests:

« Western District Conference: Give thanks for WDC Annual Assembly last weekend, and all who gave their time and resources to plan, lead and participate in this special event.

« Mennonite Mission Network: MMN’s Journey International participants are processing the anti-racism component of their orientation, recently held at Community Mennonite Church in Markham, Illinois. Pray for them as they integrate this cross-cultural learning and as they prepare to travel to assignment locations in Ecuador and Indonesia.

« Mennonite Education Agency: Pray for Bethel College faculty, staff and administrators as they gather for the “First Supper” and meet new colleagues, including five new head coaches and new faculty in social work and music.

« Mennonite Church USA: The deadline for submitting a seminar proposal for the Orlando 2017 convention of Mennonite Church USA is Aug. 12! Seminars provided by people from across the church are a valued program component. Do you have a 60-minute seminar you’d like to share at the July 4–8, 2017, convention? Complete the seminar submission form at

Camp Mennoscah

Camp Sing this Sunday, August 7! The annual Camp Sing for Camp Mennoscah is at 6:30pm at Grace Hill Mennonite Churh, Whitewater, KS. Donations to help purchase new tableware–plates, bowls, glasses, etc.–will be accepted. We’ll be singing camp songs and hymns, snacking on popcorn and pop, and chatting away with anyone and everyone. Summer staff will be leading this time of music and community. See you there!

The Mental Health Spiritual Retreat at Camp Mennoscah is Sept. 4-5. Everyone is invited, including family, friends, and community members of those with mental illness. The theme is Courage in Community. We spend some time talking about the theme, have some time for worship and music, and enjoy some free time. Scholarships are available.

Two for One! This year Work & Play Camp and Camp Mennoscah Association’s Annual Meeting happen over the same weekend. Work & Play Camp runs from Sept. 16-20 and the Annual Meeting will be on Sunday, Sept. 18. Work & Play Camp is a time of fellowship and service for all ages and abilities. We can’t wait to share this fun time with you!

Information for all of the above or to register:

Online at

Telephone: 620-297-3290.

Email: office.

Contact: olivia.bartel.

Palestinian speaker to visit Western District Conference: WDC will host evangelical Christian Palestinian leader Rev. Alex Awad for presentations in central Kansas September 2-6, 2016, in response to the Mennonite Church USA resolution on Palestine/Israel. Rev. Awad will lead a session on Christian Zionism and Theology of the Land on Sat., Sept 3, 9:00-11:30 a.m. at Shalom Mennonite Church, Newton, KS. On Sun., Sept 4, he will speak in 9:45 a.m. Sunday school and 10:45 a.m. worship at Zion Mennonite Church, Elbing and at 7 p.m. at Lorraine Avenue Mennonite, Wichita. Rev. Awad will also visit Bethel, Hesston and Tabor colleges for presentations. All events free and open to the public. For more information see attached document or go to:

Bikers and Contributors Needed! The annual MCC Flatlander Bike Ride will be held on Saturday, September 17, originating at the Mennonite Central Committee (MCC) offices, 121 East 30th St., N. Newton. This year’s ride will raise funds for an MCC water development project in Mozambique. Rides of approximately 35, 45, and 65 miles, as well as a shorter family ride, are planned. Informational brochures are available through the church office. The brochure is also available on the MCC website, Or, register on-line at that website. Both bikers and contributors are needed! Contributions for this MCC project from non-bikers should be made payable to MCC; “Flatlander Bike Ride” written on the memo line; and sent to: MCC, PO Box 235, N. Newton, KS 67117.

The Life Enrichment Program at Bethel College for the Fall semester begins on August 24 and ends on November 16. This program is designed especially for persons 60 and above. A brochure with a complete schedule has been posted on the bulletin board.

Orchestra on the Oregon Trail Event: Alumni and friends of Hesston College are invited to participate in this event with the Topeka Symphony Orchestra and Hesston College choirs at Alcove Spring Historic Park in Marshall County, Kan., near Marysville, on Sunday, Sept. 4. OOOT is an afternoon experience with music and activities for all ages, with the concert following at 7 p.m. The orchestra and vocal guests span the musical spectrum of bluegrass, country western, Americana and more. A buffet dinner will also be served for an additional charge. Tickets are $60 for adults and $15 for children 12 and under and should be purchased as soon as possible. Go to to buy tickets and for more information.

Aug 7 annc.pdf

Camp Mennoscah Exec Dir press release Michael Unruh.pdf