Advent Offering: During Advent we will be receiving supplies for Infant Care Kits during our offering time. Shopping lists and giving schedule were in your mailboxes and can be found on the table in the foyer. The offering received on Christmas Eve will go toward additional supplies and shipping expenses for kits. Thank you for your generosity by participating in this project.
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!
“Five Mennonites and a Greek” help tell the stories that have shaped and molded the lives of six individuals who meet monthly. Five Mennonites and a Greek, is written by Ilona Abrahams. The book is filled with reflections, scriptures, gorgeous pictures, and recipes from three different ethnic groups. You will feel the warmth and hospitality of this group as you read their stories and enjoy the recipes. Faith and Life Bookstore, invites the public to a book signing of, “Five Mennonites and a Greek” from 10:00 a.m. to noon on Saturday, December 3. Samples of recipes from the book will be available.
Parsonage Open House: Come join us anytime between 3 and 5pm on December 4 at the Parsonage for an Open House! Much has changed in the house in the past months, especially the addition of a guest room in the basement. We would love for you to see the house and join us for some fellowship and refreshments during this festive season! ~Phil and Mary Schmidt
The Trading Post on November 6 was a great success, and people want another one, so we can do that! Trading Post part 2 will be December 4, after church and then again from 4-5 p.m. so people attending the parsonage open house and Cynthia Goerzen’s music recital can drop by and see what’s for sale. It will be in the upstairs south rooms again. If you have items you want to sell but can’t be there, leave a note stating your name, the price, and a container for the money. Just a reminder . . . these are not “garage sale” items to be sold, these are new items and services that could make great Christmas gifts. Contact Carol Duerksen with questions.
The Tabor Mennonite Youth Fellowship will share their annual living nativity, Night in the Barn, on December 17 and 18 from 6:00-8:00 p.m. The friendly goat, the large cow with her little calf, the peaceful sheep, and the baby and big donkeys that share their love of people—these are a few of the critters who will assemble in the barn of Maynard Knepp and Carol Duerksen between Goessel and Hillsboro. The story this year will be from the perspective of a sheep that witnessed the first Christmas, and is from a new book by Kim Funk called “Christmas at the Stable.” The come-and- go event includes Christmas carols around a bonfire, hot drinks and snacks. Admission is free and donations to the youth group will be accepted.
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.
Annual Report and Directory: Now is the time to be preparing year end reports Tabor’s annual report book. Updates and changes to the church directory are also requested at this time. Please submit reports and updates to the church office. email: kfunk.
Make a Comforter: In an effort to increase production and maximize volunteer help during the Comforter Blitz in March, the Blitz Committee is making packets of material available to KS Mennonite Churches. Each packet contains enough material for one comforter top and instructions. Tops can be your design and made as simple or complex as you like. Get packets and info from Jerry or Leann Toews. If you know of someone willing to help that is outside the Mennonite Church, please help get us connected. Thanks.
Christmas Brass: Plan to join us at Alexanderwohl Mennonite Church on December 11 at 7pm for a Christmas Celebration with the McPherson Community Brass Choir under the direction of Jerry Toews along with the Goessel High School Elbiata Singers under the direction of Andrew Voth! An offering will be received during the service to support the ministries of the Goessel Ministerial Alliance. Come enjoy a fun evening of fellowship and music!
The Goessel Ministerial Alliance Christmas Giving Tree project: 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!
« Western District Conference: Pray for WDC pastors and congregations in the midst of transition, challenge and opportunity.
« Mennonite Mission Network: Petrus and Yuliana Handoyo and their two sons are sent to Cambodia by an Indonesian Mennonite mission agency and Mennonite Mission Network. Pray for Petrus as he teaches religion and ethics in two universities, and for Yuliana as she directs an education ministry for children living on the edge of the city.
« Mennonite Education Agency: Thank God for Anabaptist Mennonite Biblical Seminary, serving for 58 years on the Elkhart, Indiana, campus. Give thanks for God’s faithfulness and the ministry of preparing leaders for God’s mission in the world.
Western District Announcements:
Advent at Home begins Nov. 27! Download the free guide for Advent family worship at www.anabaptistfaithformation.org. Don’t let advertisements define Christmas; invite your children to “Come, Walk in the Light of Day” with Jesus.
A revised resolution on Israel/Palestine had been prepared for consideration by delegates at the 2017 Mennonite Church USA Assembly in Orlando, with an invitation for church members to offer feedback and comments about it by Dec. 20. The resolution will be submitted to the MC USA Resolutions Committee in Jan. 2017. See http://mennoniteusa.org/menno-snapshots/seeking-peace-israel-palestine/ to read the resolution and find an online feedback form. The resolution seeks to speak in a distinctively Mennonite voice, embracing a restorative justice framework by naming ways Mennonites have participated in harms, committing to concrete steps to address these wrongs and outlining ways to implement and support these initiatives. The resolution pursues a “two-handed” approach, speaking clearly against injustice and violence and also extending a hand of understanding and relationship to all parties.
Camp Mennoscah at Mojo’s! We will be having a blast at Mojo’s Coffee Bar at Bethel College on Tuesday, Nov. 29, from 5:30-8:30pm and everyone is invited to join us. It’s a time to reconnect with friends, hear stories, maybe sing a few songs. Bring a friend who hasn’t been to Camp Mennoscah so we can meet them! This event is part of Giving Tuesday. Find more information at www.campmennoscah.org!
Mennonite Church USA Convention 2017 is coming up July 4-8 in Orlando, with the theme “Love Is a Verb.” A new flier provides more details on speakers and other events. Also consider donating to the Convention Scholarship Fund or partnering with a congregation that can’t afford to send people on its own, and think about ways you can show love to your family, friends and community. Learn more at http://convention.mennoniteusa.org or find the convention on Facebook or Twitter.
Join the #MennoLove fun! Participate in the Love is a Verb storytelling project by submitting a Love Your Selfie! Send us a photo of yourself practicing self-care and a brief explanation, and we will share it across the church online. Send emails to alyssabs
College Internship Opportunity with Mennonite Church USA: The MC USA Communications team is looking for interns! Beginning in January and culminating in July 2017 at Mennonite Church USA Convention in Orlando, these internships will include positions for writers, editors, photographers, social media and graphic design. Internships will be paid and prioritize students of color. Interested students should contact janiebk for more information.
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. – 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!
The Bethel College Women’s Association Council needs your help in providing Christmas cookies, peppernuts, cinnamon rolls, candy, and other Christmas baked goods to sell at the 5 Places of Christmas, December 3. Please bring your goodies to the Kauffman Museum on Friday, December 2 during museum hours or Saturday morning 8-10.
All area churches are invited to attend this year’s Winter Luminary Walk, focusing on the theme “The Prairie Sleeps” at Dyck Arboretum of the Plains in Hesston. 5:30 to 8 p.m. on November 25 & 26, and December 2 & 3. Admission $6 Adults, $3 children ages 3-15, advanced tickets at dyckarboretum.org or at the Arboretum office, $5 adults, $2 for children. Traditional outdoor highlights include the walking path lit up by hundreds of luminaries, a nativity scene in the leaf house, and roasting marshmallows at the fire pits and performances by local groups. Volunteers are also still needed! Call 620-327-8127 or www.dyckarboretum.org for more information.
The Newton Et Cetera Shop is seeking new volunteers! We have a fabulous crew at work every day, but need a little extra help. If you (or your Sunday school class or your small group) have a Saturday a month to help at the store, please let us know! If you have a Monday morning to spare, you’re welcome to join our volunteer rug crew working at Kidron-Bethel Village in North Newton. Our next “New Volunteer Orientation” is Tuesday, December 6, 6:30-7:30 at the store. Please call if you’d like to sign up: 316-283-9461. Thank you for 40 years of support for the Newton Et Cetera Shop and its mission!
Bethel College: Jacob Miller, a senior at Bethel, has the following request: “I am the food planning coordinator for the Intercollegiate Peace Fellowship Peace Conference that will meet at Bethel Feb. 10-12, 2017. Would members of your congregation be willing to donate snacks or breakfast items to supplement our conference’s food needs? Anyone interested should contact me (jacobmiller@ skniss), at any time with questions or for more information.”
Kidron Bethel Village: Come get some Christmas shopping done at Kidron Bethel Village’s 10th Annual Holiday Marketplace on Saturday, Dec. 3, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Kidron Bethel Village is located at 3001 Ivy Drive in North Newton. All proceeds will benefit residents who are unable to cover the full cost of their care.