Sept. 11 announcements

Call to Commitment 2017! Commitment Sheets for this next year are now available. We encourage everyone to take time to read through this form, recognize the many ways that our church embodies our mission of extending God’s hospitality, healing, and hope, and check the places where you would like to serve in this coming year. Please fill out the online form or turn in your paper form by October 2.

Deacon Discernment: The Tabor Deacons are beginning to discern a new person to serve as Deacon beginning in December for a three year term. If you are interested in this possibility, or if you have someone to suggest, please talk to a Pastor or Deacon by Sunday, September 18th.

Tabor Wellness: Congratulations to Carol Duerksen for doing the most push-ups for our August challenge and to Denise Nickel for being the randomly drawn participant. Both will receive gift certificates for their efforts. September will wrap up our strength challenges for the summer with a crunch (partial sit-ups) challenge. The person with the most crunches logged and a randomly drawn participant will receive a prize! See the Wellness display for a tracking sheet.

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.

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.

Community Announcements

Bethesda Pillars Banquet! Save the Date for the evening of November 6 for Bethesda Home’s annual Pillars Banquet. The banquet will be held at the Crosswind Conference Center and will feature entertainment by the McPherson Brass under the direction of Jerry Toews. Please join us and support Bethesda’s ministry which began 117 years ago!

Invitation: You are invited to the 90th Birthday Party of Galen Rudiger on Sept. 25 from 2-4pm at Faith Mennonite Church. Postcard invitations are also on the literature table in the foyer. Galen is the son-in-law of Pastor H.B. Schmidt and attended Tabor for many years.

Conference Announcements

Prayer Requests:

« Western District Conference: Give thanks for participants and leaders who have gathered this weekend for the WDC Women and Girls’ retreat at Camp Mennoscah.

« Mennonite Mission Network: Bishop Leonard Dow and Oxford Circle Mennonite Church in Philadelphia will host an African-American leadership gathering on Sept 16-17. Pray for the inspiration of God’s Spirit as African-American Mennonite Association and Mennonite Mission Network collaborate to deepen relationships and respond to God’s call to mission.

« Mennonite Education Agency: Pray for Bethel College students who are adjusting to a new community. For many, this includes finding a new church home — pray also for the local congregations who will welcome them.

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. Please RSVP.

-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 to a Steel Wheels benefit concert, Tuesday, Sept. 20 at 7 pm, at Bethel College Memorial Hall. No advance ticket sales. Donations accepted at the door. Suggested amounts: Adults-$20, Students-$10, children 12 and under-your choice. All donations will be to the Shalom Mennonite Church Benevolent Fund for the Kendra and Russ Neufeld family. All services and expenses for this concert have been generously donated or underwritten! Russ is currently undergoing a bone marrow stem cell transplant requiring them both to be in Omaha for more than three months. Online donations:

September is a good time to renew your daily practice of prayer! Find recommendations for daily devotional podcasts or emails at The site is sponsored by Central Plains Mennonite Conference, an area conference of Mennonite Church USA.

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!

M2 Prison Visitation Volunteer Opportunity: Jesus calls us to visit the prisoner! At Hutchinson Correctional Facility there are over 80 prisoners who are waiting for a visit. Through Offender/Victim Ministries’ M-2 Program, you have the opportunity to visit an inmate one evening a month. New Volunteer training for M-2 will be on Monday, Sept. 19 at 12:00pm at Hutch Correctional Facility or Tuesday, Sept. 20 at 6:30pm at Hesston College, Kropf Center room 160. Please contact Ben Kreider for more information at ben or (316) 281 5244.

Retirement Income Seminar: Everence Financial will present an informational seminar, Creating your retirement income strategy, at 7 p.m. on the following Mondays: Sept. 12 and Oct. 10. Everence Financial Advisor Robert Wall will speak about having enough for retirement, making your savings last and coping with the financial markets. There will also be time for your questions. The seminars will take place at Everence Financial, 371 N. Old Highway 81, Hesston. To reserve your spot, contact Darlene Buller at (620) 327-4043, (877) 467-7294 or Darlene.buller.

Hesston College invites everyone to campus Sept. 29 to Oct. 2, for “Home Sweet Hesston,” a shared homecoming celebration for Hesston College, Hesston High School and the larger community. The weekend will highlight dual alumni of both HHS and HC, including noted conflict transformation author, Notre Dame professor and peace practitioner John Paul Lederach as keynote presenter at the college. A community-wide meal and parade kicks off the festivities onWednesday, Sept. 27. Registration for college events is due by Friday, Sept. 23. For more information, a full schedule or for college registration, visit

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, Sun., Sept. 18, 3 p.m. in Krehbiel Auditorium in Luyken Fine Arts Center at Bethel College; talk-back follows with Jennifer Doran-Pena, executive director, International Rescue Committee, Wichita

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

Kauffman Museum hosts, for one afternoon only, Sat., Sept. 24, 1:30 p.m.-4:30 p.m., 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.

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