December 24, 7pm: Christmas Eve Celebration Service
(children participating in the service, meet in the fellowship hall at 6:30pm)
December 25, 10am: Jesus is Born! Christmas Day Service
Notes of Appreciation
Dear Friends at Tabor Mennonite Church,
Thank you for your recent gift to MCC!! As always, we are blessed by your generosity. You are making a difference in places like Haiti, where MCC is supporting a seed bank program for the farmers in the remote community of Kabay. This place helps improve food security by providing farmers a safe, dry place to store their seeds for next year’s harvest. Thank you for being a part of MCC’s work around the globe! Merry Christmas!
-Anna Yoder, Donor Relations Coordinator, MCC Central States
With Grace’s retirement approaching we are starting the search for a new church custodian. Please let a trustee know if you would be interested in the position. If you have questions or are interested please talk to one of the trustees. —Kenton, Les, Nate, & Shannon
Colossians 3:23-24: Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for human masters,since you know that you will receive an inheritance from the Lord as a reward. It is the Lord Christ you are serving.
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
Save the Date for KNOW JESUS – January 28-29, 2017 – an overnight event for Junior High youth groups and youth (6-8th grades).
Location: Hesston College campus. Being planned by Western District Conference and South Central Conference Youth Ministry Committee.
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.
It’s Transition Time at the Museum!
The Mennonite Heritage and Agricultural Museum Board of Directors is pleased to announce that Fern Bartel, long-time board member, will be our next Museum Director! She has an intimate knowledge of the museum, a passion for history, and a love for our community. We know that she will bring a lot of experience and insight into her new role with the museum. Please wish her well as she starts this new role at the beginning of the year.
Red Cross Blood Drive: In this season of giving, remember to sign up to donate blood by calling 800-RED-CROSS (800-733-2767) or visiting redcrossblodd.org. Another way to give is to sign up to help at the drive between 12:00-4:00 at Goessel Church on Wed. Dec. 28. All donors will receive a long-sleeve Red Cross T-shirt.
« Western District Conference: As we celebrate the birth of Jesus, give thanks for the congregations of WDC as local communities of faith where God’s Word becomes flesh.
« Mennonite Mission Network: On this Christmas day, pray for Nazareth Village near where Jesus grew up 20 centuries ago. Mennonite Mission Network partners with Nazareth Village in peeling away the layers that distort Jesus’ message of peace in a world torn apart by conflict.
« Mennonite Education Agency: Merry Christmas from all the schools of Mennonite Education Agency. We invite you to join us today in praying for the continued coming of the light of Jesus Christ into our world.
Western District Announcements:
—Save the Date! The 2017 WDC Annual Assembly will be held August 4-6 at the Doubletree by Hilton Hotel Arlington DFW South, in Arlington, TX. Information about Annual Assembly is posted as it becomes available at: http://mennowdc.org/annual-assembly/#2017annualAssembly.
—Invitation for stories: Rooted and Built Up in Christ (Colossians 2:6-7), will be the WDC theme for 2017, selected by the Executive Board to celebrate WDC’s 125th anniversary year. As a way to kick off the year, the first issue of the WDC newsletter Garden in 2017 will plant some "seeds" by featuring several short stories from WDC congregations. Does your congregation have a creative idea to share, or have you recently been present for an interesting experience in witness, worship, faith formation or community building in another congregation? If so, please send in a 100-word story or description to the WDC office at wdc, by January 18, for consideration for the Feb/Mar issue of Garden.
—The WDC Office and Conference Resource Library are closed beginning December 23 through January. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!
Mennonite Church Announcements:
—In this season of Christmas, Mennonite Church USA invites you to remember all those around the world working on behalf of the church for peace and justice to make the light and love of Jesus Christ real for all those seeking hope.
—Sunday, January 8 – Register now for Hesston College’s 2017 Anabaptist Vision and Discipleship Series conference, Feb. 17 to 19, with a bonus STAR-Lite training event on Monday, Feb. 20. The conference theme, When the Unthinkable Happens, will address a congregational and community response of dealing with trauma in its many forms. Register and see a full weekend schedule online at hesston.edu/avds. Registration discounts are available for members of sponsor congregations and groups of two or more from the same church or organization.
—Yard signs with a neighborly welcome message written in Spanish, English and Arabic, are available (suggested donation $10) at Kansas Institute for Peace and Conflict Resolution (kipcor; 316-284-5217) in North Newton. This sign originated at Immanuel Mennonite Church, in Harrisonburg, VA.
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).