Reminder: This Sunday, January 1, worship begins at 10am. Following worship, we will have a fellsowhip time. Please bring Christmas goodies to share.
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.
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 all WDC congregations during this coming year, that God may empower us to witness and invite others to faith in Jesus Christ, dwell in just and loving relationships, and connect to God’s mission in the world.
« Mennonite Mission Network: Linda Oyer, serving with MMN, is waiting for surgery to remove her gallbladder after severe attacks of cholecystitis last month. Pray for rest and peace as she regains health in her home near Paris, France, so she can be ready for the operation this month.
Western District Announcements:
—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.
—Registration for “Beyond Buried Treasure: Turning Hidden Resources into Assets” is now open. This second joint MHS Mennonite Health Assembly and Mennonite Education Agency Education Leaders Gathering takes place March 9-12 in Jacksonville, Florida. For more information or to register, visit mhaelgconference.wordpress.com.
The Parkinson’s Support Group will meet Tuesday, January 3, at 2:00 p.m. in Menno Hall at Kidron Bethel Village. The program will include time for sharing in small groups on topics related to Parkinson’s Disease.
—Sat., Jan. 7 – Kauffman Museum First-Saturday Bird Walk. Join experienced birders Gregg Friesen and Rod Wedel at 9 a.m. in the museum parking lot for a walk of 1 to 1.5 hours. Please be aware this is mostly on an unpaved trail and the terrain is sometimes sloping or steep. (For help locating Kauffman Museum, see www.bethelks.edu/why-bethel/location/campus-map/)
—Centering Prayer continues to meet every Monday from noon-1 p.m. in Agape Center in Richert House on the Bethel College campus. Try it once, come occasionally or join us regularly – all are welcome, with no previous experience required. For more information, contact Nathan Koontz, 2nathankoontz, or Melanie Zuercher, mzuercher. (For help locating Agape Center in Richert House, see www.bethelks.edu/why-bethel/location/campus-map/)
—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).
—The Bethel College Alumni Choir is looking for more singers interested in getting together for music, fun and fellowship. The next concert will be Sun., Feb. 5, 3 p.m. (you’ll be out in time for football!), with one rehearsal, Sat., Feb. 4, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. If you’re a Bethel choir alumnus and want to be involved, contact Andrew Voth, votha; see “Bethel College Alumni Choir” on Facebook for more information.
—Tues., Jan. 10 – Friends of the MLA presentation, 7 p.m., Ben Goossen, “Mennonites at War: Military Service, Ethnic Cleansing and Global Migrations During and After the First World War,” Kauffman Museum