September 18 announcements

Note of Appreciation

Facility Fund Garage Sale Update: As of Monday evening, the total sales have topped $2000! A huge thank you to all who participated in any way. YOU helped make it a success! Thanks also to all of you who have picked up your leftover items from fellowship hall. If you haven’t done that yet, please do so TODAY.

-Vickie Schmidt

Congregational Announcements

Did You Know that Tabor has Caring Groups, sometimes called “small groups,” as part of our ministry to nurture spiritual friendship and growth? Most groups meet monthly to share joys, concerns, ideas, meals, bible study, life experiences, etc. If you are interested in getting connected or in forming a new Caring Group here at Tabor, please talk to Pastor Rosie Jantz or Deacon Shelley Buller.

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.

The High School Youth Group will be serving at Papa’s Pumpkin Patch this Saturday, Sept. 24, from 8 am – noon. Plan to meet there. Lunch will be provided.

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.

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!

“Revelations in Wood: The Sculpture of John Gaeddert, 1950-2015,” will be the featured exhibit in the Robert W. Regier Art Gallery in the Luyken Fine Arts Center of Bethel College from September 30 – October 28. The public is invited to the opening reception Friday, September 30, from 6-8 pm.

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 the late Pastor H.B. Schmidt and he attended Tabor for many years.

Conference Announcements

Prayer Requests:

« Western District Conference: Pray for WDC’s Dallas-area congregations, hosting a Texas Family Fellowship Festival, this coming Saturday at Iglesia Luz del Evangelio.

« Mennonite Mission Network: Today, Mennonite Church USA congregations are invited to celebrate Peace Sunday with resources created by MMN’s Peace and Justice Support Network. Pray for God’s wisdom as we challenge the violence that continues to be our culture’s all-too-frequent response to conflict.​​

« Mennonite Education Agency: Recognizing Sept. 21 as the International Day of Peace, pray that adults may bless children by interpreting Christ’s love through promoting peaceful environments especially as children encounter violence, exploitation, discrimination and other injustices. Pray that people of the world will recognize children as a blessing entrusted to them.

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:

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.

Hesston College: Don’t miss out on five days of fun and events during “Home Sweet Hesston,” the shared homecoming celebration for Hesston College, Hesston High School and the larger community, Sept. 28 to Oct. 2. Events will be spread across campus and the community, including an evening of free fun with a tailgate meal, kids’ festival, and Lark athletics starting at 5 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 1, on the Hesston College campus.

Bethel College Fall Fest is just around the corner and BCWA Council is jumping in to something new this year! Due to popular demand, we are hosting a Pie By the Slice Booth as part of our fundraising efforts that benefits our beloved college. Our goal is to get 100 delicious pies for this booth, and we are seeking your contributions! Would you be willing to contribute pies for this endeavor? We are asking for 9” pies, in disposable containers, no cream pies, of course. Pies can be brought to the Student Center on Friday evening, September 30th or Saturday morning, October 1st.

There are some other changes that you might be interested in checking out! Our Market on the Green is moving in to the Luyken Fine Arts Center and will become Market in the Round. If you are not a pie baker and would like to contribute other baked goodies, BCWA will gladly accept donations. Thank you always for your ongoing support of Bethel College!

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.

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

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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