Tabor Mennonite Church

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Jan announcements

Congregational Announcements

Wednesday Evening Ministries: January 11 Details

6:20-7:45 p.m.—All children dismissed to their classes for movie night or babysitting.

—Adults will meet in the Sanctuary to hear the following presentations.

6:25-6:55 p.m.— Presentation by Lisa Donnahue, Heart to Heart Advocacy Center for Children.

Heart to Heart serves children from Harvey, Marion, & McPherson Counties. Lisa will be explaining the process that they take in caring for children after an assault or abuse and will explain steps in keeping the child safe and

empowering them through the interview and court process.

7:00-7:45 p.m.—Presentation by Kathy Wiens, Newton, survivor of childhood abuse & neglect, author, speaker, degree in Clinical Counseling.

Kathy will be speaking about how do we as followers of Jesus speak up for children in our church and how do we view children in the church. She will share briefly of her experience as a survivor of childhood sexual abuse, the effect of childhood abuse and why survivors can’t “just get over it”, the losses experienced due to childhood sexual abuse, and power in relationships.

The Tabor Church Christian Education Commission strongly encourages everyone who works with the children at Tabor, who have signed the Safe Sanctuary Policy, to attend these presentations as continuing education for Safe Sanctuary. We also want to encourage all parents, pastors, and anyone else from the congregation to attend this evening’s seminar.

7:45 p.m.—Adult Choir practice

Prayer and Visioning Retreat: All Tabor members and attenders are invited and encouraged to come join us this coming Saturday, Jan. 14 from 8-11:30 am

at church for a prayer and visioning retreat. Those who are a part of a church commission are strongly encouraged to attend, but everyone is welcome. A light breakfast of rolls and fruit will be served at 8am. Following breakfast, we will take time to pray and dream together while reflecting on one of our 12 Scriptures, Romans chapter 12, and how we can live as a healthy body in 2017. If you are able to come, please sign your name and number of people attending on the sign-up sheet so that we can plan for food. We look forward to seeing you there! ~Pastors on behalf of Church Council.

Tabor Mennonite Women (TMW) will meet January 16 from 6:30-8:30 p.m. at church to cut fabric into squares for comforters. Bring cotton fabric and a rotary cutter and board or scissors. At this meeting there will also be sign up sheets to volunteer for devotions, etc.

TMW will be forming new Prayer Sisters in January. If you were a part of this group last year, we will put your name in again this year. If you do not want to be on the list this year to have a Prayer Sister or if you did not have one in 2016 but would like to in 2017, let Violeta or Denise know by Jan. 20.

Adult Bible Study: Come join us on Wednesday evenings beginning on January 25 to study the Minor Prophets together! Come for the fellowship meal at 5:45pm or just come to Bible study beginning at 6:45pm. I hope to see you there and I look forward to how God will inspire us and challenge us through this study! ~Pastor Phil

Tabor Mennonite Youth Fellowship is going to Orlando to attend the Mennonite Church USA Convention this summer! We have appreciated the support of this congregation and for the many ways that you support and encourage our youth group! Because of the costs of traveling to Orlando, we are trying a new fundraising idea this year (in addition to Night in the Barn and serving a congregational meal). Beside the Youth Room is a wall full of envelopes, each with a monetary value given to it from $1 to $100. If you would like to help us in our fundraising efforts, you are welcome to take any envelope and put in a donation for the amount printed on the envelope (For example, if you take 42, you would put $42 in the envelope). Then please put the envelope in Pastor Katherine’s mailbox or Phil and Sarahanne Unruh’s mailbox.

If you are able to give a little bit, wonderful! Every bit helps! If you are able to give a larger amount, wonderful! Every amount is appreciated! And all donations that exceed the cost of Convention will go towards the Tabor Building Fund. Thank you again for your generosity, your prayers, and your support!

Mennonite Church USA Convention in Orlando: Are you interested in attending the Orlando convention (July 4-8) as a Tabor delegate? If yes, please talk to one of the pastors soon.

With Grace’s retirement approaching we are in the process of looking 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

Hesston College’s 2017 Anabaptist Vision and Discipleship Series, Feb. 17 to 19. The theme, When the Unthinkable Happens, will address a congregational and community response of dealing with trauma in its many forms. Visit hesston.edu/avds to see a full weekend schedule. If you are interested in attending, please sign up on the bulletin board by February 8 and submit a $25 check payable to Tabor Mennonite Church with AVDS in the memo. Tabor will pay the remaining $50 of the registration fee. We hope you can join in this important conference! (If you are interested in attending the bonus STAR-Lite Training on February 20, we encourage you to register for this on your own at hesston.edu/avds.)

The Mennonite Heritage and Agricultural Museum Annual Meeting will be held on Sunday, January 22, 2017, at 2:30 pm in the Alexanderwohl Church Fellowship Hall. Rod Ratzlaff will speak on “Children of Przechowka: The Low German Mennonites of 19th Century Volhynia”. Faspa will follow. Everyone is invited to attend.

Conference Announcements

Prayer Requests:

« Western District Conference: Pray for WDC staff as they meet for a retreat this week at Camp Mennoscah.

« Mennonite Mission Network: Akiko Aratani and Ray Epp, long-term associates with MMN in Japan, have asked SOOP for help at Menno Village, an agricultural initiative of Mennonite churches in Hokkaido. Pray for volunteers to help with building projects and with farm work while enjoying cultural experiences.

« Mennonite Education Agency: Students in hybrid classes at AMBS are meeting on campus in Elkhart, Indiana, this coming week for the face-to-face portion of their classes. Give thanks for the relationships that are developing among students on campus, students from a distance and seminary faculty and staff members. Pray that God’s Spirit would guide them as they engage the Bible together.

Western District Announcements:

—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.

—What’s So Funny about Money?, a Ted and Company show, is coming to the McPherson Opera House, 219 S Main St, McPherson, KS on Sunday, February 19 at 7 pm. This show is open to the public by donation to benefit the WDC Matching Fund, assisting pastors with financial challenges. Thanks to Everence for their sponsorship. Invite your friends! For more information, contact Kathy at 316-283-6300 or kathynd or find a show clip at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uEw5FLfO4Pw.

—The WDC Staff from Newton and Dallas will gather for a Staff Retreat on January 10-11 at Camp Mennoscah. Note: WDC Office and the Conference Resource Library will be closed those days.

—Camp Mennoscah is welcoming 2017 with several projects and a full schedule of camps and retreats. Work on the kitchen renovation continues, a fifth boys cabin will be added, and the new playground structure will hopefully be in place before the summer youth camps start. We’ll keep you updated on Facebook and at www.campmennoscah.org!

Bethel College:

—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

—Mon., Jan. 16 – Bethel College annual Martin Luther King Jr. Day celebration, 7 p.m. Special history walk (two start times, 3 p.m. or 3:30 p.m.), starting at the Newton train station. with tour leaders Larry Lee and Michelle Armster.

—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.

Hesston College:

—Jan. 8 – The Hesston College music faculty will perform a recital at 2 p.m., Sunday, Jan. 15, at Hesston Mennonite Church on the Hesston College campus. A variety of instruments and voices will be featured. The recital is free and open to the public.

Kansas MCC Sale April 7 & 8.

What can YOU make this year to donate to help the bottom line??

Woodworking items, Metal Work items, Quilts, Crafts, Games, Plants, Food Items, etc. Good quality items always sell well. Last year the KS MCC Sale brought in over $565,000 in a 24 hour period. How can YOU help?? Many small items make for a BIG total. Join in the fun and be a part of the KANSAS MIRACLE!!!

WANTED: Cars, Trucks, Tractors, Farm Equipment (old and new) and large items of value for the Kansas MCC Sale. These are tax deductible donations that can benefit you as well as MCC. If you have items you don’t know what to do with, PLEASE consider donating them to the Kansas MCC Sale. We take your donations seriously and will make every effort possible to help it bring a good price. Call Jerry Toews 620-367-8257 for info and details.

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