Oct. 2 announcements
Join us for Wednesday evening activities beginning October 5.
—5:45 pm: Supper for everyone.
—6:30-7:15 pm: Children will meet their teachers, see their classrooms, hear from Doodle, sing and play games. Parents will enjoy fellowship with others, sign transportation and health releases, and also hear from Doodle!
—7:30 p.m. Adult choir will meet.
—October 12: Regular Wednesday evening programs for everyone will begin. If you can help transport Goessel area children to Tabor Church on Wednesday evenings, please contact Denise Nickel.
Adult Bible Study begins Wednesday, October 12. The Study Guides for our Colossians & Philemon study are here! Please stop by Pastor Rosie’s office to pick up your free copy. If you want to buy the accompanying commentary for $10, please sign up as soon as possible on the sheet on Pastor Rosie’s office door. If you want to order your own copy, we’ll be using “Paul, The Prison Letters For Everyone, Ephesians, Philippians, Colossians, and Philemon” by N.T. Wright. Let Pastor Rosie know if you have questions.
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.)
Mark your calendars! Stories & Stuff resumes Thursday, October 20, at 10:00 a.m. Come one – come all – bring a friend! Tabor’s second season of Stories & Stuff kicks off with a special presentation of “Swanky Swigs – Kraft Companys’ innovative merchandising premium,” by Donavon Schmidt! We’ll learn and have fun as we explore the varied examples of Kraft decorated tumblers of the 1930’s, 40’s and 50’s as well as some rare Australian and Canadian Swanky Swigs of the 1970’s. There’ll be time for questions, snacks, visiting and shopping of course! Hope to see you there!
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.
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!
In conjunction with Goessel High School’s 90th Anniversary and Alumni Weekend, the Mennonite Heritage and Agricultural Museum will be hosting a special exhibit highlighting the Preparatory School, which was the community’s predecessor to the high school from 1906 to 1926. Learn more about the beginnings of higher education in the area and the reasons for the building of our current public high school. The exhibit will be located in the Preparatory School on the museum grounds on Saturday, October 8 from 12 to 4 p.m. Admission to the exhibit (as well as the rest of the museum) will be by donation for the day.
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!
« Western District Conference: On this World Communion Sunday, give thanks that WDC is part of the global body of Christ, and pray for our sisters and brothers around the world.
« Mennonite Mission Network: Join MMN’s Jackson, Mississippi, Service Adventure unit in thanking God for a good start to their year living and serving in community. Pray for unit leaders Caleb and Hannah Hochstetler, and participants Susannah Epp, Valerie Haupt, Niklas Kugler, and Jenessa Woodrich.
« Mennonite Church USA: Please be in prayer for a gathering titled “Deep Faith: Anabaptist Faith Formation for All Ages.” The event, designed for pastors, teachers and other leaders to re-imagine faith formation ministry, takes place in Elkhart, Indiana, Oct. 6–8.
—Sunday, October 16: The dam will be removed at approximately 2pm.
—October 28-30 or Nov. 4-6.: Fall Scrapbook and Crafts Retreats
Information for all of the above or to register:
Online at www.campmennoscah.org
Mennonite Central Committee: Invitation to participate in the Loss of Turtle Island on Monday, Oct. 10 at 7 pm in the Dugan Conference Center at Newman University (3100 McCormick Ave, Wichita). This Doctrine of Discovery event is in conjunction with the Newman Studies course Stories of Home and Immigration. Erica Littlewolf and Karin Kaufman Wall from MCC Central States will facilitate the participatory exercise. RSVP for this event to Sonja Bontrager, Assistant Professor of Spanish at Newman University 316.942.4921 ex. 2158.
MCC Material Resource need Update: Thank you for all your generous contributions. 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.
IBA Benefit Dinner – The annual Instituto Bíblico Anabautista (IBA) benefit dinner will take place Friday, October 14 at 6:30 pm at First Mennonite Church in Newton. A smothered pork burrito dinner will be prepared and served by Chef Carlos Lujano. A short program will follow. Dinner is by donation. This is a great opportunity to come and hear how IBA is equipping Hispanic leaders in Mennonite Church USA for ministry. IBA is a program of Mennonite Education Agency’s Hispanic Ministries for Leadership Development and Pastoral Education. For any inquires contact Violeta Ajquejay at: VioletaA or call 316-281-4342.
The Hoffnungsau Mennonite Church annual Mission Supper is scheduled Saturday, Oct. 15 from 5-7 p.m. Benefits support Mobility Worldwide providers of Personal Energy Transportation Carts. Questions: call 620-585-6733 or visit Hoffnungsau Mennonite Church on Facebook.
Sunday-Afternoon-at-the-Museum program Sun., Oct. 9 with quilt historian Marla Jackson, “From Slavery to a Free State: The Story of Maria Rogers Martin,” 3 p.m., Kauffman Museum.
Kauffman Museum at Bethel College seeks artifacts, letters, photos and documents that tell the story of conscientious objectors during World War I. To learn more, or if you have an item for donation or long-term loan, please contact museum director Annette LeZotte at alezotte or 316-283-1612.
Hesston College: Joshua Davis, the author of the Hesston College and area community read, Spare Parts, will share with the community in a 7:30 p.m. presentation, Tuesday, Oct. 4, at Hesston Mennonite Church on the Hesston College campus. He will also speak at Hesston Public Library at 1 p.m., Wednesday, Oct. 5. The presentations are free and open to the public. Spare Parts is the true story of four undocumented teenagers from Mexico and living in Phoenix who were inspired by their high school science teachers to be greater than their adversity and be successful in building an underwater robot to compete against corporate-sponsored collegiate teams.
You are invited to attend a presentation and workshop with Aziza Hasan, founder of NewGround, a Muslim-Jewish Partnership for Change. Join us at Lorraine Avenue Mennonite Church, 655 South Lorraine, Wichita, KS, for our Peace Weekend presentation on Saturday, October 15. The presentation is at 2:30 with a faspa at 4:00. RSVP to secretary.
The West Zion Mennonite Church Concert Series continues with a concert on Sunday evening, October 9 at 7 p.m. Musicians scheduled to perform include the following: Ken Rodgers, Organ; Open Road, a male vocal group from Bethel College, North Newton; McPherson Brass Quintet; and Donna Stucky, Piano. No admission will be charged, but a free-will offering will be received.
Book of JEBB will be having a free concert at First Mennonite Church in Newton on Sunday, October 9, 7 pm in the Sanctuary. Come hear bluegrass, gospel and folk music played with taste and skill by Bethany Amstutz Schrag, Ben Regier, Eric Schrag and Tim Regier. An offering will be taken for the church Musical Instrument Fund.
A Parkinson’s Support Group meets at 2 pm on the first Tuesday of every month in Menno Hall at Kidron Bethel Village. North Newton. On Tuesday, October 4, Jim Dunn, retired pastor, will share his reflections on “My Personal Pilgrimage with Parkinson’s Disease.” The meeting is open to persons with Parkinson’s and their caregivers, and others who wish to increase their ability to support someone with Parkinson’s
The first concert of the 2016-17 Prairie Window Concert Series, featuring blues/soul, folk rock vocalist, guitarist and composer, Woody Russell, will be Sunday, October 9 at 4 p.m. at the Dyck Arboretum of the Plains in Hesston. Join us for an evening of great music and good food in a prairie garden setting. Tickets: $20 adults/$10 kids, plus tax. Arboretum members receive a 10% discount. Purchase tickets online or call 620-327-8127 to reserve your seats.