Sept. 25 announcements

Congregational Announcements

Wednesday Evenings at Tabor

Join us for Wednesday evening activities beginning October 5

Supper for everyone at 5:45 p.m.

Orientation for children and parents: 6:30-7:15 p.m.

Adult Choir: 7:30 p.m.

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. Come join us. For questions, please talk to Leann Toews or Pastors Phil Schmidt, Katherine Goerzen or Rosie Jantz.

The Tabor Trading Post is an opportunity to buy and sell products and services in the Tabor Church family, a place to do some Christmas shopping, and a way to contribute to the Building Fund.

Children and adults are invited to consider what they would like to sell or buy. The kick-off event is November 6 after the church business meeting.

But that’s just the beginning. There will be a bulletin board—a Trading Post—up that day and ongoing in the church lobby for people to post their offerings and their desires. The seller sets a price for the product or service, or comes to an agreement with the buyer. The seller collects the money, and agrees to give no less than 50% of it to the Building Fund. The money is placed in the box on the Trading Post, with a note of who it’s from. The person who made the money would be credited with the donation.

Come to the kick-off November 6, prepared to offer something you make or do, and/or to buy.

Contact Carol Duerksen if you will be there to sell, so we know how much vendor space to set up. Ask Carol if you have questions. Dream, brainstorm, create, share, have fun!

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.

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 this Wednesday, September 28 at 6:30 p.m. to the next What’s Cookin’? and experience authentic Mexican cooking. Please RSVP at 367-2318 or kfunk.

The Harvest Giving Walk will take place at Tabor Church Sunday, October 9 at 1:30 p.m. It’s not too late to sign up to participate or to donate. Find someone who is walking and generously support the Tabor Food Pantry and the MCC Food Programs that work with “local partners around the world to make sure there is food for today, food for tomorrow and food for all.” Current walkers from our congregation include: Brent Abrahams, Carol Duerksen, Eric & Jill Litwiller, Elton & Denise Nickel, and Carrie Unruh. Walkers are invited to bring an item for the Tabor Food Pantry. (Please make checks payable to Harvest Giving Walk.)

Papa’s Pumpkin Patch needs help with their season. Paid positions include tractor driver, cashier, activity help or kitchen help on Friday afternoons 1-6 pm and Saturday’s from 10 am – 7 pm. Talk to Brandon or Kristi Unruh or call 367-2721 if interested.

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, September 30, from 6-8 pm.

On Sunday, October 2, 3-5 p.m., there will be an appreciation event at the Bethel College Mennonite Church fellowship hall for John and Mary Gaeddert. Everyone is invited to come to this event.

Invitation: You are invited to the 90th Birthday Party of Galen Rudiger on Sept. 25 from 2-4 p.m. 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 pastor peer groups who meet regularly for sharing, counsel, encouragement and prayer together.

« Mennonite Mission Network: Pray for Jonathan Brenneman of MMN as he begins a one-year Mennonite Voluntary Service assignment helping implement the Israel-Palestine Partners in Peacemaking resolution adopted by Mennonite Church USA delegates at the Kansas City convention.

« Mennonite Education Agency: Pray for Adam Fontana, new director of instrumental music at Bethel College, as he leads the Wind Ensemble in concert this afternoon for the first time.

Fall Story Hour (ages 3-5) begins Thursday, September 29 at 10:00am at the Western District Conference Resource Library. Story Hour will run through Thursday, November 17. Come join Carol Flickinger for stories, activities, and lots of fun. Please let us know if you’re planning to attend at or (316)283-6300.

Camp Mennoscah

-Camp Mennoscah sends the biggest and huge-est thanks to everyone who volunteered during our Work & Play Camp. Fences were built, name tags created, towels and rags sorted, river shoes winnowed down into a manageable number, picnic tables fixed, brush cleared, and so much more. It was a blast. We really enjoyed having you at Camp Mennoscah!

-Come see us! Camp Mennoscah will be at Bethel College’s Fall Festival on October 1st. The booth will be a hot spot of great wonderfulness. Stop by, say hi, and wear your Camp Mennoscah gear!

-Fall Scrapbook and Crafts Retreats are almost here! Sort of. It’s a bit over a month, but we are antsy to have you at Camp Mennoscah. These are fun retreats! Grab a friend for a discount, grab your photos or computer, and be prepared for inspiration from your fellow scrappers and crafters. Retreats are October 28-30 and November 4-6.

Information for all of the above or to register:

Online at

Telephone: 620-297-3290.

Email: office.

Contact: olivia.bartel.

Farewell Reception: John C. Murray will be completing his term of service as one of the pastors at Hesston Mennonite Church at the end of September after 17 years. A Farewell Reception that is open to the entire community will be held on Sunday, September 25 from 2:30-4:00 p.m. in the church’s community center, 309 S. Main Street.

Lawrence and Betty Hart will be honored at a celebration dinner on Oct. 8, from 5 to 8 p.m. CDT for their faithfulness in their work with Mennonite Indian Leaders Council (GC), Native Mennonite Ministries of Mennonite Church USA and Mennonite Central Committee. Those who know Lawrence and Betty Hart are invited to join the celebration at the Frisco Center (101 S. 4th St.) in Clinton, Oklahoma. Cheryl Bear from the Nadleh Whut’en First Nation Community in northern British Columbia will perform. Howard Zehr will also be attending and will speak on the work Lawrence and he did together in the repatriation of Cheyenne remains that were brought back to Clinton, Oklahoma, to be buried. This was part of MCC’s work with the Return to the Earth project. There will be many others sharing their stories about Lawrence and Betty. For more information and to register, go to:

The Mennonite magazine welcomes your original submissions of feature articles, poems, original artwork and photos for our November 2016 print magazine issue and corresponding online content focusing on the idea “Fidelity of Place.” You can read the full details online at

Submissions are due to by October 3.

Partners in Peacemaking: Israel-Palestine. Jonathan Brenneman has begun a one-year assignment with Mennonite Voluntary Service in Elkhart, Indiana, as Partners in Peacemaking Coordinator for Mennonite Church USA’s Executive Board staff. The new position was created as one way of implementing a statement of support for our Palestinian and Israeli partners in peacemaking, a resolution adopted unanimously by the Delegate Assembly in July 2015. Jonathan will facilitate education, conversation, prayer and action for peace with justice in Israel-Palestine in local settings across the denomination. To learn more or to contact Jonathan, see

MCC Material Resource need Update: Thank you for all your generous contributions, MCC school kits and other supplies keep rolling into the Workroom in North Newton and we are thrilled! We have a few gaps that we need your help filling so that complete kits can be packed and sent out around the world for distribution. Current needs are: rulers (flat, flexible plastic; indicating both 30 cm and 12 in), hand towels (dark color), dressmaker’s scissors, bar soap (packaged, not boxed) and infant sleepers. Your donation of these items in person, via Amazon Smile or check (designated MCC Kits) is appreciated. Questions? Call 316.283.2720.

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.

New MCC Staff! We are excited to announce that Sarah Fleming and Kate Mast have joined our staff! Sarah is the new MCC Central States Thrift Shop Coordinator, providing support and services to the 11 thrift shops in the Central States region as well as seeking out future thrift opportunities in the region. Sarah will work from her home in Iola, Kan. Kate Mast is the new MCC Central States Workroom Supervisor, overseeing the processing of material aid donations and coordination of collecting, assembling and distribution of MCC kits, which includes providing educational opportunities and volunteer management. Please join us in welcoming both Sarah and Kate to MCC Central States!

Save the Date: Instituto Biblico Anabautista (Anabaptist Biblical Institute) Benefit Dinner, October 14, 6:30 p.m. at First Mennonite Church of Newton. Details to come.

Fall Festival at Bethel College, September 29-October 2; for a complete schedule, see

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!

Hesston College: Hesston College, Hesston High School and the larger community will celebrate “Home Sweet Hesston” homecoming this week. See the talent of our high school and college students as well as dual alumni of HHS and HC during the Promise of Living Gala at 8 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 1, at Hesston Mennonite Church on the Hesston College campus. This is a free event for everyone to enjoy. For a full weekend schedule, visit

How do we respond to tragedy in our midst? AMBS-Kansas Center and Hesston College are joining together to offer two events on responding to trauma.
-This fall beginning October 18, join AMBS-Kansas Center for a short course entitled Communities in Trauma: Responding Biblically, Theologically, and Ethically. This continuing education course will explore trauma from a theological lens and will include testimony, biblical study, and practical and ethical ways to respond in the midst of tragedy.
-Then this February, join Hesston College for their Anabaptist Vision and Discipleship Series (AVDS) for When the Unthinkable Happens, a resourcing event on trauma and resilience.
Anyone who registers for both events will receive a $60 discount off the price of AVDS.
For more information and registration, see:

Money webinar for Millennials: Everence® encourages young adults to join Darryl Dahlheimer, Program Director for LSS Financial Counseling, for a live chat designed to help people think about how their faith affects their financial decisions. Conquering your debt: the overlooked key to faith and finances will be at 8 p.m. (EDT) Sept. 28.

Visit for more information or to register.

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