Community Service: Our Outreach Community Service event is next Sunday, 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; banner making by children for nursing home residents and card making for 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! We will conclude the event on September 4 with a noon meal in the park and 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.
Prior to the Sunday event, on Saturday night, September 3, come join us at 6pm for supper in the park followed by fellowship and camping if you would like. For supper please bring hot dogs, buns, a side dish, roasting sticks, table service and lawn chairs. S’mores, condiments and fire provided.
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 7pm in the fellowship hall. Topics covered will include safe sanctuaries, the discipline plan, curriculum, and other important topics.
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!
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. Late fee of $10 applies to all registrations postmarked on/after August 29. No registrations accepted day of retreat. Come for part or all of the retreat which begins Friday evening and ends Sunday after lunch.
Tractor Drivers Needed for MCC State Fair Shuttle Thursday, September 15: two for 1-4 pm shift: three for 4-7 pm shift; and one for 7-10 pm shift.
Contact Jerry Toews, 367-8257. Thanks for your help.
The Concert Across America to End Gun Violence: On Sunday, September 25, Tabor Mennonite Church will be hosting a hymn sing and faspa at 4 p.m.
Everyone is invited to come and sing songs of peace and lament together in memory of those who have died from senseless gun violence. The event is in cooperation with a national organization called Faiths United (http://concert.faithsunited.org/). This is a faith based group that is inviting all persons across America to sing/speak out against gun violence on that Sunday. Mark this date on your calendars and come join us. For questions, please talk to Leann Toews or Pastors Phil Schmidt, Katherine Goerzen or Rosie Jantz.
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. If you have questions, please call 316.283.2720 or visit mcc.org/kits for more information.
« Give thanks for Clayton Gladish, who was ordained at Hesston Mennonite church on August 27.
« Western District Conference: Give thanks for Derrick Ramer, who began as pastor at New Creation Fellowship Church, Newton this month.
« Mennonite Mission Network: The Argentina Mennonite Church, a MMN partner, operates Life School and Little Seeds Preschool in Neuquén. Pray for Andrea Pineda, the new director of the high school, and others who contribute to the school administration, as they seek to improve the financial status of their institutions.
« Mennonite Education Agency: Anabaptist Mennonite Biblical Seminary, Elkhart, Indiana. Pray for members of the incoming class at AMBS as they prepare to transition to seminary study. May they sense God’s peace and presence as they make space in their lives for new academic challenges, transformative experiences and relationships that will play a part in shaping their calling.
Urgent Need – Come to the MCC Kit Bag Assembly Party on Friday, Sept. 9, 9am-3pm at MCC in North Newton (121 E. 30th), lunch will be provided. Cutting, ironing and sewing stations will be set up to help meet the need. Call 316-283-2720 to RSVP. Please indicate if you can bring a sewing machine or serger that day. Donations of medium weight cotton fabric at least one yard in length and neutral thread are needed. Please no heavy denim or double knit. Bring your friends and come join in the fun!
-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 www.campmennoscah.org
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, mcc.org/get-involved/events/mcc-flatlander-bicycle-ride. 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 www.bethelks.edu/audit, 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.
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!