The October event for Tabor Mennonite Women can be as structured as you want to make it! The fellowship hall will be open with tables for you to come and set up your own work station to work on whatever creative project(s) you are working on. Please bring your sewing, journaling, coloring, scrap-booking, etc. Our TMW coloring poster will be available for you to work on. This event is designed to let you work and fellowship with others at the same time. We want you to have a block of time to exercise your creativity in an intentional way. It’s easy to put it off until tomorrow; let’s take that excuse off the table! There will also be some structured activities you can participate in such as making cinnamon rolls with Pastor Rosie! Saturday, October 29; come and go from 9am-5pm. Childcare offered in the parsonage basement 9-noon.
Annual Chicken BBQ: Tabor Mennonite Church, Thursday, November 3 from 5-7pm. Special secret recipe BBQ plus the best baked beans, coleslaw, roll and ice cream you have ever tasted. Donations go to Mission Partners Smith-Derksen Family, Africa, and Tabor Facilities Fund. Come for a great evening of food and fellowship.
Meat Canning this year will be on November 7 and 8 at the MCC Center in North Newton. Sign up on the bulletin board to volunteer. Donations are welcome. Checks can be made out to Tabor Mennonite Church, earmarked “MCC meat canning”, and placed in the truck in the foyer. Contact Kenton Nickel with any questions.
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: Come to the kick-off November 6, prepared to offer something you make or do, and/or to buy. For details see the October newsletter or flyer that was in mailboxes and emailed earlier and is also posted on the bulletin board with additional copies in the foyer.
The Mennonite Heritage and Agricultural Museum is sponsoring their annual Heritage Lecture on Saturday, October 29, 9-12 a.m., in the Alexanderwohl Mennonite Church fellowship hall with Dr. John Sharp speaking on “Orie O. Miller’s Tears for the Common Good” and “Orie O. Miller, the Founding of MCC, and its Mission.” There will be an intermission for refreshments and fellowship. Admission is free and open to the public.
Bethesda Pillars Banquet: November 6, 2016 Crosswind Conference Center, Hesston, Kansas — Recommended contribution $150 per person — First time attendees $75 — College age and younger $35 — Reservation deadline noon 10/31. Call (620) 367-2291 to make your reservation or contact Bethesda board members Bonnie Janzen, Eileen Schmidt, or Jason Unruh. All contributions go toward our annual Medicaid shortfall of $382,000 of which approximately $44,800 goes toward the care of Tabor Church member residents. Your support means a lot to the Bethesda ministry.
The 4th Annual Goessel Community Thanksgiving Meal will be on Sunday, November 13, 5:00-6:30 p.m. at the Goessel Elementary School Gymnasium. Everyone in the community is invited. The Alexanderwohl, Goessel and Tabor churches provide food and volunteers to make this event possible. The sign-up sheet for salads, bread or desserts, turkey or ham is posted on the bulletin board. Monetary donations are welcome to be used toward the expenses for the meal, such as paper goods and other food items. You may write your check out to “Goessel Ministerial Alliance” and give it to your church office. The meal planning team is Keith and Barb Banman, Linda Peters, Kimberly Voth, Becky Wedel and Lynette Duerksen. We are so grateful for your participation and support!
—The Goessel Ministerial Alliance
« Western District Conference: Pray for participants from across WDC gathering this Saturday in Dallas, TX, for Reference Council on the theme Held Together in Mission: Being Church in the Urban Context.
« Mennonite Mission Network: Praise God for Lillian and Norm Nicolson’s long-term commitment to share God’s word with the Siamou people of Burkina Faso through Mennonite Mission Network and Mennonite Church Canada. Pray for someone willing to be an educational child-care worker to help teach their children, Nadine (7) and Kenneth (4).
« Mennonite Church USA: “Beyond Buried Treasure: Turning Hidden Resources into Assets”. The second joint Mennonite Health Assembly and Mennonite Education Agency Education Leaders Gathering takes place March 9-12 in Jacksonville, Florida. Registration opens October 17. For more information or to register, visit mhaelgconference.wordpress.com.
« Mennonite Education Agency: Pray for participants in the Values Based Leadership Program who will gather later this week to continue their studies together. Pray that their time together would be enlightening, challenging and encouraging.
Walking together in Prayer – “The Mennonite World Conference prayer network is a wonderful opportunity to walk alongside other churches in compassion,” says César García, MWC General Secretary. “ Many things can be transformed in this way, starting with our own hearts. Let’s walk with God in prayer – together!” Join the MWC prayer network today at: http://mwc-cmm.org/prayernetwork
Mennonite Church USA Convention 2017 is coming up July 4-8 in Orlando, with the theme “Love is a Verb.” One way you can show love: Consider donating to the Convention Scholarship Fund or partnering with a congregation that can’t afford to send people on its own. Learn more at: http://convention.mennoniteusa.org/registration/ or find the convention on Facebook or Twitter.
KIPCOR : “Managing Differences within Faith Communities”, January 25-26. The polarization and division in our world often seeps into our congregations, but we don’t have to remain stuck in disagreement. This two-day course will offer skills and insights to help transform conflict into spiritual and community renewal. Consider coming as a team from your congregation. Registration and details available online: http://kipcor.org/Registration/Faith-Communities-2017/
Camp Mennoscah : October 28-30 or Nov. 4-6: Fall Scrapbook and Crafts Retreats are almost here! If you haven’t signed up, grab your laptop or phone and register now. It’s three days of cropping with some chatting and make-n-takes as a bonus. Bring a friend for a discount.
Information for all of the above or to register:
Online at www.campmennoscah.org
Mennonite Central Committee:
Mennonite Central Committee (MCC) welcomes donations of money for its disaster response in Haiti, where people are suffering the effects of Hurricane Matthew, which crossed the country Oct. 4. Matthew’s high winds and extensive flooding caused significant damage and increased already heightened cholera concerns in the Artibonite Valley, where MCC’s long-term reforestation program operates. To donate, visit mcc.org/hurricane-matthew; call 1-888-563-4676 or send a check to MCC, 21 S. 12th St., PO Box 500, Akron PA 17501.
Join MCC on a Learning Tour to Kenya Feb 27-March 11, 2017! Tour highlights include seeing a sand dam in action, learning more about sustainable food projects, meeting the kids at MCC supported education programs and enjoying a 1-day safari. Contact Anna Yoder annayoder or 316.283.2720 for more information.
Newton Et Cetera Shop is seeking your clean hand-me-downs! We accept all kinds of clothing and shoes–even your old t-shirts and your “unmentionables.”
Don’t let embarrassment get in the way of supporting Mennonite Central Committee and our local service organizations! Let us sort what gets recycled, what becomes a rug, and what ends up on our sales floor. The only things we turn away are smoky or moldy items. We keep your treasures from becoming trash, and upcycle your trash into treasures!
The Newton Mid-Kansas Symphony Orchestra opens its 60th anniversary season with the Fall Classics Concert at 4 p.m., Sunday Oct. 16, in Bethel College Memorial Hall. Featuring Kathryn Steely, viola; NMKSO Alumni players; and Dvorak’s “New World Symphony.” Tickets are $6-$15 and are available at Faith & Life Bookstore or online at www.nmkso.org.
You are invited to sing in the Hesston College Thanksgiving Masterworks Concert: A Downton Abbey Christmas. The performance will consist of holiday music by English composers with a fun theme of the popular British show. Thursday rehearsals begin October 20, 7-9 pm at Hesston Mennonite Church. Contact Russell Adrian at russell.adrian for more information.
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.
THIRD ANNUAL TEN THOUSAND VILLAGE FAIR TRADE
INTERNATIONAL GIFT FESTIVAL
WHEN: Friday-Saturday, November 25-26
Friday-Saturday, December 2-3
Friday-Saturday, December 9-10
HOURS: 10 A.M. TO 6 P.M.
WHERE: Western District Conference Office Complex
2500 North Main Street, North Newton, Kansas
Mark you calendars! Invite a friend! Prepare your Fair Trade Holiday Gift List!