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. Please bring a snack to share and if you will be there for lunch, bring a can of soup. Drinks will be provided. 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.
Men: Please sign up on the bulletin board in the foyer to help out in the area and shift that works best for you.
Congregational Meeting: Plan to stay at church after the worship service and after Faith Formation on November 6! The Mennonite College Task Force will host a fundraising meal at noon, followed by our Annual Congregational Meeting. During this meeting, we will affirm people to serve through the ministries of the church commissions, we will discuss and approve a budget for 2017, and we will receive an update from the Finance Task Force. The Tabor Trading Post will also kick-off at that time (please see display in foyer for more information).
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.
The Mennonite Heritage and Agricultural Museum is sponsoring their annual Heritage Lecture on Saturday, October 29, 9a.m.-12p.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 at Crosswind Conference Center, Hesston — 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. The sign-up sheet for salads, bread and desserts, turkey or ham is 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 the church office. We appreciate your help so much! The meal planning team: Keith and Barb Banman, Linda Peters, Kimberly Voth, Becky Wedel, Lynette Duerksen and Goessel Ministerial Alliance.
« Western District Conference: Give thanks for WDC pastors who participated last week in training for prevention of clergy misconduct, and pray for congregations and leaders to practice healthy relationships in their life and ministry.
« Mennonite Mission Network: Marvin Lorenzana gives leadership to MMN’s Missional Discipleship Initiative. Pray for Marvin and the 200 participants in 18 congregations who learn to share their faith in ways that can be heard as good news. Pray for others to join this initiative.
« Mennonite Church USA: 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.
« Mennonite Education Agency: Pray for the world’s children who are marginalized through opportunity gaps of adequate food, water, health care, shelter and quality education. Pray that God will open the eyes of the family of faith to the inherent dignity and worth of these children and to extend love, justice and equality for all by meeting children’s needs to reach their God-given potential.
« Mennonite Disaster Service: Pray for all those impacted by Hurricane Matthew. The storm ravaged the east coast of the U.S. from Florida to North Carolina for several days in early October leaving behind severe flooding and wind damage, especially in the Carolinas. MDS Early Response Teams have been working in South Carolina cutting and clearing downed trees.
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
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 sends a waterfall of thanks to everyone who helped take out the dam and cheered our waterlogged volunteers. The river will now hopefully wash some of the sand and silt downstream, creating a better place for canoeing and fishing. The dam will be replaced in the spring.
Scrapbook and Crafts Retreats! There’s one week left for a couple of really lucky last minute folks to register for these retreats on October 28-30 and November 4-6. We can’t wait to see all you scrappers and crafters!
Summer Youth Camp Volunteer Christmas! On December 17 at 2:30pm-ish, all of our great summer youth camp volunteers throughout the years (including summer staff, nurses, cooks, counselors, program directors, etc.) are welcome to come out to Camp Mennoscah for a time of hanging out, eating cookies, and having a blast. We’ll have a white elephant gift exchange (grab something from the bottom of your closet and wrap it up) for anyone interested. Cookies and hot drinks will be provided. You are welcome to bring something snacky and tasty to share. Families are invited. We’ll see you at the dining hall!
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 October 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.
“Forum on Christian Faith and the Political Process” led by Lois Barrett, Pat Cameron and Jerry Truex will take place on October 25, 7:30 p.m., at Mennonite Church of the Servant, 2401 N. Woodland, Wichita. The event is free and open to the public.
The Hesston College Theatre Department will present four publicperformances of the fable “Fools,” directed by Rachel Jantzi, Oct. 26 to 30, in the Helmuth Studio Theatre in Keim Center on the Hesston College campus. Show times are at 7 p.m. Oct. 27, 28 and 29, and 2 p.m. Oct. 30. The play is rated G, running 90 minutes excluding intermission, and is suitable for the whole family. Ticket prices are $10 for adults and $5 for students and children. Tickets can be purchased through the Hesston College Bookstore in person, by phone at 620-327-8105 or online at books.hesston.edu. Purchasing tickets in advance is recommended. Tickets will also be available at the door 45 minutes prior to show time and are subject to availability.
Dyck Arboretum: On Monday, October 24th at 6 p.m., learn from spider expert, Dustin Wilgers, why spiders are actually not so creepy after all. Meet in the Prairie Pavilion at the Dyck Arboretum in Hesston for a presentation about the arachnids all around us followed by a night walk to find “glowing” spider eyes. This will be a fun way to expand your horizons about these fascinating creatures. ($2/person)
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!
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!