Nov. 13 announcements

Reminders and Opportunities:

1 – Help set up for the Goessel Community Thanksgiving Meal. Come to the Goessel Elementary School at 9am on Saturday to help.

2 – Goessel Community Thanksgiving Meal on Sunday, November 13, serving from 5:00 – 6:30 p.m. Everyone is invited!!

3 – If there are a few people who can help with clean-up following the meal, that would be appreciated.

4 – Opportunity to buy tamales. Tabor’s former sister church, Potter House Mennonite Church, in Pasedena, Texas is selling tamales as a fundraiser. Please see announcement below for details. Orders are due this Sunday, Nov. 13.

Notes of Appreciation

A Big Thank You for your donations of $1,692 to the Mennonite College Scholarship Fund last Sunday. Also, thank you to alumni who helped make the meal, brought delicious desserts, and helped with cleanup.

Congregational Announcements

Tabor Mennonite Women will meet Monday, Nov. 14 at 7 p.m. All women are invited to come experience Sister Care as we hear Violeta Ajquejay share her faith story. TMW would like to continue to donate to important women’s ministries through Western District Conference and Mennonite Women USA, along with presale expenses for the Mennonite Central Committee Relief Sale, Camp Mennoscah or other local missions, so we welcome your offering at the meeting or you may put it in Denise Nickel’s mailbox.

Tabor Thanksgiving Service: Come join us on Wednesday evening, November 23, at 6pm for a Thanksgiving meal and service in the fellowship hall. During the service we will hear several stories of Thanksgiving. If you have a Thanksgiving testimony that your would like to share, please talk to one of the pastors. An offering will be received for our Mission Partners, Dan and Kathryn Smith Derksen, serving in South Africa.

What’s Cookin’? will next meet on December 1 at 6:30pm in the fellowship hall. We will be sharing Christmas cookies/goodies and recipes. Please bring your favorite recipe and samples to share if you like. Plan to join us!

Healthy Sexuality: Beginning in January, we will be engaging in a worship series focusing on healthy sexuality. The worship series will be in 6 parts: 1) Goodness of Bodies; 2) Healthy Intimacy; 3) Gift of Singleness; 4) Mutual Love and Respect in Marriage; 5) Lament of Sexual Abuse; 6) Church as God’s Family. This series will not speak to same-sex covenanted relationships, as has been the practice of the church when speaking of sexuality in the past few decades. We as pastors and deacons feel that it is important to have conversations around healthy sexuality within the church, especially given the prevalence of sexual abuse in the church and world. As people who know the Creator who created our bodies very good, it is important to speak to healthy sexuality within the church, to provide a witness that is different from that which we hear in the culture around us. More information on this series will come in the December Newsletter.

Wellness Challenge: The November NEAT Wellness Challenge is available on the bulletin board under the red wellness display. This month’s challenge is about improving your non-exercise activity or those things that require us to move throughout the day. Grab a log and find out what it’s all about! Our year-long fitness challenge “Tabor Goes Mobile” participants have logged over 7000 miles! Join the Tabor Church Group at

Community Announcements

The Fourth Annual Goessel Community Thanksgiving is November 13, 5:00-6:30 p.m. It’s going to be a wonderful evening of good food and fellowship for all of us! Invite your friends and neighbors to join us for a great Thanksgiving dinner! The meal is free. If you so wish, you may give a donation to support the ministries of Goessel Ministerial Alliance. If you can help with cleanup after the meal, the opportunity is there. Thank you, everyone!

Open House Today! The new Bethesda Home Independent Living Unit at 317 Meadowlane, Goessel will be open for you to view today from 3-5pm.

The Goessel Ministerial Alliance Christmas Giving Tree project: Applications are available from the Goessel schools, the Goessel area churches, Crossroads Credit Union and the Citizen’s State Bank. Applications need to be returned by November 21. Tags will be available on the tree at the Citizen’s State Bank on November 29 and gifts are to be returned by December 15. Here is an opportunity to help everyone have a blessed and happy Christmas!

Conference Announcements

Prayer Requests:

« Western District Conference: Pray for the Executive Board and staff to look and listen for God’s vision as they meet in retreat this Saturday.

« Mennonite Mission Network: Colombia is negotiating a complicated peace process, both on the official level and among people who have a long history of division and violence. MMN requests prayer for wisdom and courage for Colombia Mennonite Church members as they model the way of peace.

« Mennonite Education Agency: Pray for Annette LeZotte of Bethel College’s Kauffman Museum as she speaks this afternoon about another museum, the Museum of Modern Art’s work to develop programs for those with Alzheimer’s disease.

Western District Announcements:

-Tamales for sale! Iglesia Casa del Alfarero, Pasadena, TX, is taking orders for pork or chicken tamales. $15 per dozen, order by November 13 for delivery on November 19 in Newton, KS. This is a fund-raiser for a new roof on their church building. To order, call Suhelen Cazares at 316-227-0090. Please note: This is a fundraiser for our former sister church, Potter House Mennonite Church.

-At Home Family Devotions: Nurture children’s faith at home this Advent and Christmas through family worship. Find a free, downloadable guide at For use between November 27 and January 6, it includes a daily Bible reading, short litany, songs, hands-on activities and questions to ponder together. People of all ages enjoy this resource. Churches are encouraged to print copies for families with children ages 4-12. These daily lessons follow the scripture texts and themes for worship during this time

-Iglesia Menonita Casa Betania, Newton, will have a fundraiser brunch on November 15 from 8 am – 1 pm at the First Mennonite Church (Newton) fellowship hall. The menu: biscuits and gravy, eggs, sausage, potato soup, cinnamon rolls, fruit, coffee and juice.

Camp Mennoscah

-Coming in December: The Summer Youth Camp Volunteer Christmas Gathering is December 17 at 2:30pm-ish at Camp Mennoscah in the dining hall.

-Kitchen renovations are moving along! Check out the pictures on the Camp Mennoscah Facebook page to see all the activity going on.

The Facebook page can be accessed from the Camp Mennoscah webpage at if you do not have a personal Facebook account.

Information for all of the above or to register:

Online at Telephone: 620-297-3290.

Email: office.

Contact: olivia.bartel.

Mennonite Church USA Announcements

-Shine: Living in God’s Light, the Sunday school curriculum produced by MennoMedia and Brethren Press, is accepting applications for curriculum writers. The curriculum is for children age three through grade 8. Accepted writers must attend a Writers Conference in Virginia, March 2-5, 2017. Shine pays for meals and lodging during the conference and covers reasonable travel expenses. More details are available at Application and sample session deadline is Dec. 1, 2016.

-The staff of The Mennonite, Inc. magazine and website invite you to a meet and greet event next Friday November 18. Come join staff members Hannah Heinzekehr, Executive Director, and Gordon Houser, Editor of The Mennonite magazine, for a come and go event on Friday Nov. 18 from 2-4 p.m. Gordon and Hannah want to thank readers in the area for their support of The Mennonite and chat about what’s in store for the future of The Mennonite. Light refreshments, coffee and tea will be available in the upstairs community area in the Mennonite Church USA offices, 718 N Main St, Newton, Kansas. You’re welcome to stop any time during those hours to say hello. Feel free to bring along fellow readers and/or others who may just be interested in learning more about The Mennonite.

Et Cetera Shop: Many thanks to all the churches that ran our clothing announcement recently! Our clothing donations are up again, and we’re grateful for everyone who put the word out on our behalf! Thanks to your support, we’ve already given $212,426 to Mennonite Central Committee and $26,000 to local organizations this year.

Alumni/Community Basketball Night at Hesston College–Area alumni and friends are invited to Yost Center on campus for a free evening of basketball to kick off the 2016-17 season next Thursday, Nov. 17. The annual event begins at 5:30 p.m., with the Lark Women vs. Washburn University, Topeka.

JV and at 7:30 p.m. the Lark Men vs. Northern Oklahoma College-Enid. We look forward to continuing to partner with you in the new year!

Hesston College will host its annual Thanksgiving Weekend Nov. 24 to 26. Join in on events and activities for the whole family including a Thanksgiving evening Masterworks concert, A Downton Abbey Christmas, followed by the annual talent show. Friday will be the two-mile run/Walk, The Benjamin Bolt, as well as a concert featuring the college’s music ensembles. Men’s and women’s basketball plays on both the 25th and 26th. Go to for more information and a full weekend schedule

Consider being a Holiday Host Family for an International Student! Hesston College has several students from other countries who need a place to stay when the dorms are closed for Christmas break. This is a fun way to get to know international student(s) who are part of the Hesston College family and to share your holiday traditions with them. Host families are needed from December 16 through January 10. Even if your family is only available part of the time, you may still be able to help. If you have any questions or are interested in being a host family please contact Carlota Ponds, Director of International Student Services, at 620-327-8210 or carlota.ponds.

Retirement income seminar: Everence Financial will present an informational seminar, Creating your retirement income strategy, at 7 p.m. on the following Mondays: Nov.14 and Dec. 12. Everence Financial Advisor Robert Wall will speak about having enough for retirement, making your savings last and coping with the financial markets. There will also be time for your questions. The seminars will take place at Everence Financial,371 N. Old Highway 81, Hesston. To reserve your spot, contact Darlene Buller at (620) 327-4043,


Ten Thousand Village Fair Trade International Gift Festival:

Friday-Saturday, November 25-26, Friday-Saturday, December 2-3

Friday-Saturday, December 9-10,Hours: 10 a.m. TO 6 p.m.

At 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!

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