Aug. 14 announcements

Stories of Service: The Worship Service this Sunday, August 14, 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, Mennonite Central Committee and Mennonite Disaster Service as well as opportunity to for sharing from Tabor individuals. 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. If you are unable to attend the potluck, you may leave a donation in Brent Abrahams’ mailbox. Please make checks payable to Tabor Mennonite church with ‘Mission Partners’ on the memo line.

Note of Thanks

To all the bakers, food platers, money takers and those with jobs at Threshing Days last weekend that don’t rhyme, we extend a huge THANK YOU! We were blessed by your service, and literally couldn’t have done it without you. We are also extremely grateful for those who provided financial support with their attendance at the Friday night concert, meals, and other activities on the museum grounds. It was a good weekend!

~With sincere appreciation,

Aileen Esau for the Mennonite Heritage & Agricultural Museum

Congregational Announcements

Mennograss will be held Sunday, August 28 in the Tabor Church Park with Jammin’ Biscuits and The Flannelbacks providing entertainment. Food serving begins at 5:30pm and the music will start at 6pm. Bring your lawn chairs and join us!

Attention to anyone teaching or helping with children on Sunday mornings and Wednesday Evenings: There will be an in-service on Wednesday, August 31 at 7:00p.m. in the fellowship hall. Topics covered will include safe sanctuaries, the discipline plan, curriculum, and other important topics.

Community Service: The Outreach Commission, along with our pastors, is sponsoring an Outreach Community Service event as our morning Worship Service on September 4. 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 Saturday night, September 3, there will be an option for camping out in the church park and to conclude the event on September 4, we will have a noon meal in the park with a sharing time to recap the days’ activities. Additional information and sign up sheets coming soon.

Annual Harvest Giving Drive for MCC: Donation envelopes were 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.

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.

The Women/Girls Retreat at Camp Mennoscah on September 9 – 11. Katherine Goerzen will be the featured speaker on “Blessed, Beautiful, and Beloved.” 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.

Tribute to John and Mary Gaeddert: 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. For more detail, see letter posted on bulletin board.

Community Announcements

Red Cross Blood Drive: The next blood drive will be at Goessel Church on August 19. A reminder to use RapidPass to reduce the time needed when you arrive. RapidPass allows you to complete the pre-reading and donation questions online. You just visit Pass, read the information, and answer the questions. Print the pass or email it to yourself to show when you arrive. It must be completed the date of the drive. RapidPass does not take the place of scheduling an appointment. Please do that as you have done in the past.

Conference Announcements

Prayer Requests:

« Western District Conference: Give thanks for Robert Yutzy, whose ordination service is this afternoon at First Mennonite Church, Halstead where he is interim pastor.

« Mennonite Mission Network: Mennonite Mission Network partners in Mongolia request prayer for a smooth government transition as the main opposition party, Mongolian People’s Party, won the parliamentary elections on June 30.

« Mennonite Education Agency: Pray for Hesston College students arriving on campus for a week of practices, team community building, orientation and a jump start on classes. May their interactions be blessed as they build friendships with each other.

Camp Mennoscah

Singing Success! The annual Camp Mennoscah Camp Sing celebrated the end of the 2016 summer camps with approximately 160 “choristers” and camp supporters. We sang and sang some more and then finished off the evening with popcorn and generic pop–a Camp Mennoscah tradition. Almost $1000 was raised for new dishes, glasses, and other tableware as part of the kitchen renovations. Thank you, everyone, for your generous gifts and support of Camp Mennoscah!

Coming up:

-Mental Health Spiritual Retreat–September 4-5. Scholarships available.

-Work & Play Camp on the Weekend! September 16-20, for all ages. Come for whatever time fits your schedule. No cost for this retreat. Suggested donation of $4 per meal per person.

-Camp Mennoscah Association Annual Meeting–September 18 at Camp Mennoscah. All are invited to attend! More details upcoming.

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 Sept. 2-6 in response to the Mennonite Church USA resolution on Palestine/Israel. All events free and open to the public.

—Sat., Sept 3, 9:00-11:30 a.m., Shalom Mennonite Church, Newton.

—Sun., Sept 4, 9:45 a.m. and 10:45 a.m., Zion Mennonite Church, Elbing

—Sun., Sept 4, 7 p.m., Lorraine Avenue Mennonite, Wichita.

—Rev. Awad will also visit Bethel, Hesston and Tabor colleges for presentations. Information:

MCC Central States is hiring a Workroom Supervisor in North Newton. The workroom supervisor oversees the processing of material aid donations and coordinates the collecting, assembling and distribution of relief kits, which requires the supervision of many volunteers. The position requires a person with energy, ideas, good organizational skills and people skills. To see a full job description and to apply, heidihuber.

Welcome Andrew Wright as MCC Central States Director of Programs! Andrew will be responsible for the direction and oversight of all MCC Central States Programs. He will connect with constituent churches and groups, as well as like-minded organizations to provide information about MCC. This is a new position for MCC Central States and we look forward to Andrew exploring ways to further develop relationships between program staff and partnerships within the Central States region to reflect the commitment to diverse constituent groups. He will work from the Minneapolis, MN area.

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, 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.

“Laughter is Sacred Space” presented by Ted & Co. is on tour and coming to Buhler, KS during Suicide Prevention Awareness Month on Sunday, September 4, 2016 at 7:00 pm at Buhler High School, 611 N Main St, Buhler. $2 admission, open to the public. Sponsored by Buhler Mennonite Church and NAMI-Reno County.

Bethel College is offering many of its classes for community audit. You pay $50 per credit hour (compared to the normal audit rate of $85 per hour) OR, if you’re age 62 and older, a flat rate of $30. For more information, go to, where there is also a “fall course schedule” link. Enrollment deadline is Aug. 30.

Everence job opening: Would you (or someone you know) be interested in a position that combines your professional skills and your faith values? If so, Everence Financial has an immediate opening for a Client Services Representative in Hesston. This position requires strong customer service skills along with superb attention to detail. For more information or to apply, visit

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