Faith Formation on Sunday: Erica Stoltzfus and James Goerzen will share about their recent trip to Standing Rock, North Dakota to join the peaceful protests or the Dakota Access Pipeline and stand in solidarity with the Sioux people. High school through adults are invited to come to the fellowship hall to join in the discussion.
Women and Girls Christmas Breakfast: All Tabor women and girls are invited to celebrate Christmas in the fellowship hall on Saturday, December 17 at 9am. Come for a festive breakfast, listen to harpist Judy Mace, and enjoy warm fellowship with one another. Please sign up.
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.
Please join us for Stories & Stuff on Thursday, December 15 at 10 a.m. We’ll celebrate the season with food, stories and fun. Come listen to Loren Brandt as he shares his creative work with wood, and Kim Funk as she shares about writing her book, Christmas at the Stable! See you on the 17th!
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.
Prayer and Visioning Retreat: Come join us at church from 8-11:30am on Saturday, January 14 for a prayer and visioning retreat. Rolls and fruit will be served at 8am and then we will spend the rest of the morning praying and reflecting on how God has been at work in this past year and how we hope to join God at work in 2017. We strongly encourage all who are part of the Deacon, Trustee, Worship/Fellowship, Education, Outreach, and Finance teams to come participate in this retreat and we invite all members and attenders of the congregation to come as well. Let us embrace this opportunity to pray and discern together as a community! ~Peace, Pastor Phil
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.
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.
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!
Support Bethesda Home: Just a bit of news to make your holiday even brighter!! Information received after newsletter was printed. There is no need to re-enroll in the Dillons Community Rewards program … it’s automatic!
No additional action needed. Take this opportunity to encourage others to enroll and see how easy it is to sign up! The Bethesda account number is 10035. The more participants, the more Kroger donates to Bethesda. Contact either Terri Walker or Pete Flaming for assist with enrollment 620-367-2291.
Just visit www.dillons.com/communityrewards for details. Joining Community Rewards does not affect fuel points or coupon discounts!
It really is easy, costs you nothing, and benefits Bethesda Home.—Kim
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Western District Announcements:
Know Jesus 2017, organized by the Western District and South Central Conference Youth Ministry Committee and hosted by Hesston College, is a weekend-long retreat for Jr. High (6th – 8th grade) students to worship together and learn more about their Anabaptist roots. The goal is to help young people learn about their rich heritage and also to promote growth in their lives now.
Our hope is to provide an environment for our 6th-8th graders to grow in relationship with Jesus Christ. Complete information attached or available online at: http://mennowdc.org/know-jesus-2017/
Know someone who’s hard to shop for? Celebrate Christmas by donating a book in their honor to the Resource Library. A registry list of Resource Library wishes can be found on Amazon at http://a.co/jasaOal (or call the library). Order straight from Amazon and have it shipped to the library, or buy local and mark the book on the Amazon site as “buying this gift elsewhere.” Also welcome are any Spanish language or bi-lingual resources. We would love new, or like new/excellent condition books. All Christmas gifts will be acknowledged with a special bookplate inside the book, just let us know who to honor.
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.
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 office@
Opportunity to Volunteer at Camp! Join us! Camp Mennoscah is seeking volunteers to come to camp for the day on Tuesday, December 20 to assist with a number of projects, including the salvage and demolition of “The Whale” playground and the old boys’ bathhouse. “The Whale” playground has become an iconic feature at Camp Mennoscah since it was completed in the mid 90’s. It has served camp well, but with repairs needed and updates to construction material codes, “The Whale” has reached the end of its lifetime. While we are disappointed to see it go, we are excitedly planning the new structure to come. The boys’ bathhouse has also served camp well for many years, but with the completion of the new bathhouse, the old bathhouse will be taken down. We will also be working on a few other projects we wish to complete by the end of the year. Please contact camp at 620-297-3290 or office by Wednesday December 14 if you are interested in helping with these projects!
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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Mennonite Church Announcements:
Coming this summer: MennoTalks! A new feature for the Mennonite Church USA Convention 2017, the talks will feature 20 slides for 20 seconds each in a fast-paced presentation on topics such as “Celebrating Women,” “Race, Religion and Justice” and “Global and Local Peacemaking.” Come to Orlando July 4-7 to experience this and much more. For additional information, visit: http://convention.mennoniteusa.org/mennotalks/.
College Internship Opportunity with Mennonite Church USA:
The Mennonite Church 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.
Bethel College is offering many of its classes for community audit. You pay $50 per credit hour (compared to the normal audit rate of $85 per hour) OR, if you’re age 62 and older, a flat rate of $30. For more information, go to www.bethelks.edu/audit, where there are links for interterm 2017 course schedule (enrollment deadline Jan. 4) and spring 2017 course schedule (enrollment deadline Feb 13).
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 (620) 327-4043, (877) 467-7294 or darlene.buller.