Parsonage Open House: Come join us anytime between 3 and 5pm this Sunday, 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
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.
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. 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. 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 is in in the December Newsletter.
Annual Report: Fiscal year end reports are due in the church office by the end of December. Please submit reports to the church office, email preferred: kfunk. Directory Updates and changes to the church directory are also requested at this time.
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: Tags are available on the tree at the Citizen’s State Bank and gifts are to be returned by December 15. Here is an opportunity to help everyone have a blessed and happy Christmas!
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.
« Western District Conference: Pray for the WDC Church Planting Commission meeting this week, as they seek God’s leading in supporting new and emerging congregations in WDC.
« Mennonite Mission Network: MMN requests prayer for the Colorado Springs Service Adventure unit as participants work alongside Beth-El Mennonite Church to live out an Anabaptist perspective in a community with a large military population. Pray for David Borbely, Nora Charles, Marle Moellenbruck and Kate Unruh, and leaders Daniel and Meg Smeltzer Miller.
« Mennonite Education Agency: Pray with the Bethel College community for the peace and light of Christ to come into the world as faculty, staff, students and friends participate in the 31st annual Lighting of the Green on campus this evening.
Western District Announcements:
Best Choice Labels for Camp Mennoscah! We understand that grocery stores in Harvey County and surrounding areas are beginning to carry Best Choice items. Collect the UPC code off Best Choice items, give them to Camp Mennoscah, and we will send them to Best Choice. We receive a $30 check for every 1000 labels we send in. Contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org or 620-297-3290. More information at http://campmennoscah.org/how-to-help/donate/
The Mennonite Women USA Housewarmer Project continues to donate quilted wall hangings to Mennonite Disaster Service (MDS) to give to the homeowner when their home is completed and a dedication takes place. MDS is hard at work rebuilding after flooding in West Virginia, Detroit, Michigan, Lafayette, Louisiana, a typhoon in Saipan, and will soon begin rebuilding after wildfires in California. We are getting very low on quilted wall hangings. If quilting is your gift, please consider sharing. See the link for more information – https://mennonitewomenusa.org/housewarmer/
A revised version of the Israel-Palestine resolution first brought to delegates at the Mennonite Church USA assembly in 2015 is now available for review. Visit www.mennoniteusa.org/menno-snapshots/seeking-peace-israel-palestine to view the document and provide feedback by Dec. 20.
Each year, the Intercollegiate Peace Fellowship, or ICPF, holds its annual conference at one of the Mennonite or affiliated colleges or universities in North America. This year, the conference will be at Bethel College, Feb. 10-12, 2017. Since 1953, ICPF has aimed to “promote the cause of biblical nonresistance by providing various channels for sharing ideas among college peace groups,” according to its constitution. ICPF conference participants will work in small groups and through plenary discussions with several leaders in racial, environmental and LGBT justice to examine how these affect our church institutions. Bethel senior Jacob Miller has the following request: “I am the food planning coordinator for the ICPF conference that will meet at Bethel. 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 or skniss), at any time with questions or for more information.”
Mennonite Central Committee:
You’re invited to the MCC Christmas Soiree! Please join MCC for a delicious and fun holiday celebration on Thursday, December 15 from 5pm-7pm at the MCC Center in North Newton (121 E. 30th). At 6pm we will hear from MCC International Volunteer Exchange Participants about the work they are doing in Kansas and to hear about Christmas traditions from their home countries of Laos and Egypt. Good food, live music and great fellowship – everyone is welcome to join in the fun!
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Ten Thousand Village Fair Trade International Gift Festival: Friday-Saturday, Dec. 9-10,Hours: 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. at Western District Conference Office Complex, 2500 North Main Street, North Newton, Kansas.
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 N. 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!
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.
The Kidron Bethel Parkinson’s Support Group will meet Dec. 6 at 2 pm in Menno Hall. Hannah McBeth, Director of Dining Services at Kidron Bethel, will share nutrition information as it relates to Parkinson’s Disease.
Prairie View Lunch & Learn – January 17, 12-1:15 pm, 1901 E 1st St, Newton. Come learn about “Warning Signs of Post-Holiday Stress” and enjoy lunch (free will donations accepted). Hear about the chaplaincy ministry, other resources, and take a tour of the campus.
Retirement income seminar: Everence Financial will present an informational seminar, Creating your retirement income strategy, at 7 p.m. on the following Monday, 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 darlene.buller.