August 21 announcements

Congregational Announcements

Fall Faith Formation: This fall, beginning September 18, Pastor Katherine and Peter will be leading a Faith Formation class on Shane Clairborne and Chris Haw’s book Jesus for President. Anyone high school age and older is welcome to participate. If you would like to join this class, please sign up on the bulletin board so that we can plan accordingly when we order copies of the book. Thanks!

Tabor Church Wellness: Congratulations to our two winners for the July Wellness Squat Challenge. Kristin Schmidt performed over 2,000 squats to win the challenge and Gayle Funk was the recipient of our random participant drawing. Both will receive a $20 gift card to Prairie Harvest. Forms can be found in the lobby to join in the August Push-Ups Challenge.

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 7:00 p.m. in the fellowship hall. Topics covered will include safe sanctuaries, the discipline plan, curriculum, and other important topics.

Community Service: Our Outreach Community Service event is coming up on September 4. Breakfast will be served at 8:30 a.m. followed by a “sending out” of members doing community service. Options for service are: Bethesda Home worship service and visiting; visit residents at Presbyterian Manor and Kidron Bethel; card making by children for nursing home residents and food pantry meals; Bethesda Butterfly gardening; Goessel Heritage Museum painting and gardening; Goessel Elementary School Garden work; embroider tea towels for MCC; prepare frozen meals for Food Pantry clients; make trip to grocery store to purchase groceries for Food Pantry; prepare lunch for noon meal following service projects; photographers to document event and more! 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. Sign up sheets are posted next to the church office. Please sign up for the service you would like help with.

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.

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 Material Resource Center at MCC Central States is running low on the following items: large bars of laundry soap, infant gowns/sleepers (size 3-9 months), and good quality sewing scissors. Your generous donations of these items will allow volunteers in N. Newton to complete relief kits, infant care kits and sewing kits in a timely manner. These items can be brought to the N. Newton MCC Center, purchased online via Amazon Smile or other retailers and shipped to MCC (121 E. 30th St., PO Box 235 in N Newton, KS 67117) or we welcome your monetary donations designated Kit Supplies. Thank you for your ongoing support of the worldwide work of MCC! If you have questions, please call 316.283.2720 or visit for more information.

Conference Announcements

Prayer Requests:

« Western District Conference: Pray that WDC and its congregations might be open to the Spirit’s leading in planting new churches and strengthening sister-church partnerships.

« Mennonite Mission Network: This month, Mary Beyler is visiting congregations in the United States, sharing about her MMN ministry in Japan that spans 42 years. Pray that she will inspire many to increase their involvement in God’s mission across the street and around the world.

« Mennonite Education Agency: On the first day of classes at Hesston College, remember all the students, faculty and staff who are new to the community. Pray that they would feel welcomed and encouraged as they make a new start.

WDC’s Fall Reference Council gathering will be Sat., Oct 22, at Iglesia Luz del Evangelio in Dallas, TX, on the theme Held Together in Mission: Being Church in the Urban Context. Following last Spring’s Reference Council gathering focused on the rural church, the Oct 22 event will include story-telling and table conversation about urban opportunities and challenges, and how urban and rural congregations in WDC can learn from each other as partners in God’s mission. All WDC congregation members, commission/board members, and staff are invited! Plan now to attend, and watch for more information about the schedule. If you are interested in car-pooling, contact the WDC office.

Curious about “Love Is a Verb: A One-Year Spiritual Practices Resource” by Leo Hartshorn? We have a copy of this resource (highlighted in last week’s Sprouts by Associate Conference Minister Kathy Neufeld Dunn) available for preview in the Conference Resource Library.

Historic faith formation resources now available at the Resource Library. Copies of 1937 catechism, 1968 This We Believe (with study guide) and other catechism guides from the mid to late 20th-century. Stop by to take a look.

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.

-Fall Scrapbooking Retreats–Oct. 28-30 and Nov. 4-6.

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.


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.

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.

“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.

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

You are invited! Come to the Grace Hill Mennonite Church, Whitewater, Hog Roast – Sunday, September 25, 5-8pm. Come for Food, Yard Games, Fellowship, & Music. Free will donation for area food banks. See you there!

Mennonite Men, a bi­national organization working with Mennonite Church USA and Mennonite Church Canada is seeking a half­time Coordinator to begin immediately. A detailed job description may be found at: lonnie.bartel.

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