Sept. 4 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!

All Tabor Ladies: Our September event is one that is sure to satisfy your need to socialize, your appetite, and that ever-present dilemma of what to cook for supper! Join us on Monday, September 19 at 6:00 pm for a potluck and recipe exchange. We invite you to select a favorite recipe – maybe it’s your go-to for weeknight supper, or a special dish you fix on a certain occasion, or an old family favorite. Prepare your dish to share, and bring your recipe to exchange! If you would like assistance in printing or copying your recipe, please give it to Mary Schmidt or Carrie Smith prior to the event. Bring enough copies to share with your church sisters (30 copies) and be prepared to share why you selected that particular dish! Drinks and tableware provided.

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 ( 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.

What’s Cookin’? is back! We will begin meeting again this fall for food, fellowship and fun. Sponsored by the Tabor Food pantry, this community event is for anyone who enjoys cooking, needs meal ideas or wants to share cooking tips. Come on September 28 at 6:30pm to the next What’s Cookin’? and experience authentic Mexican cooking. Please RSVP by Sept. 23 to 367-2318 or kfunk.

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.

The 4th annual Goessel Area Harvest Giving Walk will be Sunday, October 9 at 1:30 p.m. leaving from Tabor Mennonite Church. Mark your calendars and see your recruiter Kevin Nickel to sign up to participate. Donations will once again go to support MCC and the local Tabor Church Food Pantry. Please make checks payable to Harvest Giving Walk.

Conference Announcements

Prayer Requests:

« Western District Conference: Pray for Alex Awad, Palestinian Christian leader hosted by WDC for a visit to central Kansas this weekend, speaking today at Zion Mennonite Church, Elbing, and Lorraine Avenue Mennonite Church, Wichita.

« Mennonite Mission Network: MMN requests prayer for the UK Mennonite Trust (previously the London Mennonite Centre) as it provides resources for Anabaptism in the United Kingdom. Pray for chairperson Stuart Murray Williams as he mentors the next generation of Anabaptist leaders.

« Mennonite Education Agency: Today, Hesston College alumni and friends will enjoy time reconnecting with one another and their Hesston Experience on the Explore Kansas trip. Pray for their safe travels and thank God for their continued commitment to the college.

Mennonite Disaster Service: Help is still needed in the Medicine Lodge area following the wildfires experienced in that area. A van will be leaving from FIrst Mennonite Church in Newton on September 10 to help restore fences in this area. Contact Dale Alderfer for more information.

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!

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.

Camp Mennoscah

Coming up:

-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.

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!

The Harvey County Homeless Shelter is anticipating some exciting changes within the next year! The first change, which was initiated on August 15th, was to become exclusive to residents from Harvey, Marion, and McPherson Counties.

One of our next changes is a move towards a curriculum based transitional program. This program will lead our residents through life skills, job skills, budgeting/money management, addictions recovery, and Biblical studies to help them grow in relationship with Christ and to find stability and hope in life.

Our goal is to find volunteers from the local area to lead these courses!

This would be a magnificent opportunity for leaders to speak into the lives of those in need of direction and hope. This would also be a tremendous way to build and strengthen our local communities. I would be very happy to speak to anyone who is interested in joining in our efforts of growth and hope.

James Wilson, Executive Director Harvey County Homeless Shelter


Villa Partners invites you to the annual Villa Days celebration at Schowalter Villa on Friday, Sept. 9 and Saturday, Sept. 10. Highlights of the event include a bake sale, Friday night dinner, homemade ice cream and entertainment at Water’s Edge, and breakfast and a live auction Saturday at Dyck Arboretum. Many vintage items, beautiful quilts and gift certificates will be available for bid. For a detailed schedule and more information, visit or call 620-327-3497.

Bethel College is currently hosting “Building Bridges” in the Regier Art Gallery in Luyken Fine Arts Center. The works by Iraqi and Palestinian refugee artists are for sale by silent auction, with proceeds going to support the artists. Gallery hours are Mon.-Fri., 9 a.m.-4 p.m., and Sun., 2-4 p.m. “Building Bridges” is an effort by New York City-based Common Humanity and local groups. Common Humanity director Mel Lehman speaks at Bethel Weds., Sept. 21, during Life Enrichment, and Fri., Sept. 23, 11 a.m. in Krehbiel Auditorium – the last day to place bids, and the date of the exhibit’s closing reception.

Sun., Sept. 18 – KIPCOR Film Series opens the 2016-17 year with On the Bride’s Side, which crosses genres to examine what faces those trying to escape Syria and Lebanon for Europe, 3 p.m. in Krehbiel Auditorium in Luyken Fine Arts Center; talk-back follows with Jennifer Doran-Pena, executive director, International Rescue Committee, Wichita

Mark your calendar for Sat., Sept. 24, 1:30 p.m.-4:30 p.m.: Kauffman Museum hosts, for one afternoon only, the traveling exhibit “A Place for All People” that celebrates the grand opening of the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture. At 3 p.m., director Annette LeZotte will present a program on how the national museum developed and how it changes the visual landscape of the National Mall in Washington, D.C.

Centering Prayer will not meet Mon., Sept. 5 (Labor Day), but continues most Mondays from noon-1 p.m. in Agape Center in Richert House on the Bethel College campus. Try it once, come occasionally or join us regularly – all are welcome, with no previous experience required. For more information, contact Nathan Koontz, 2nathankoontz, or Melanie Zuercher, mzuercher. (For help locating Agape Center in Richert House, see

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