Jan. 15 announcements
The trustees are pleased to announce that Camille Adrian has accepted the job as church custodian. She will begin work on February 1.
Thank you for your generous donations to the Tabor Food Pantry this past year. The food pantry continues to be a source of hope for families who may be struggling financially. The Tabor Food Pantry has seen an increase in use recently. Supplies are running low and your donations of any non perishable items would be welcome. Especially needed: Cereal, peanut butter, applesauce and canned fruit, spaghetti and pasta, spaghetti sauce, boxed meals (like Hamburger Helper), pancake mix, canned tomatoes, laundry soap and paper bags. Monetary donations are also appreciated. Thank you for your continued support of the food pantry.
Commit a radical act of love this Valentine’s Day! Offender Victim Ministries (OVM)
is providing two opportunities to show kindness to inmates at Hutchinson Correctional Facility (HCF) in the spirit of Valentine’s Day and Jesus’ way of compassion:
1) They will be hosting Valentine’s Day letter writing events to send encouragement to HCF Inmates on Monday, February 13 and Tuesday, February 14.
2) In the weeks leading up to Valentine’s Day, OVM is inviting churches to support the work of Mennonite Central Committee (MCC) in reaching out to prisoners by collecting Men’s Prisoner Care Kits. A shopping list for these kits is listed below. We invite you to purchase the items for one or more kits and place them in the collection box in the foyer between Sunday, January 22 and Sunday, February 12.
1 pair white underwear (briefs), 1 bottle lotion (max. 2 oz.), 1 bar soap (min. 4 oz.), 1 tube toothpaste (min. 6 oz.), 1 deodorant (min. 2.25 oz.), 1 pair white crew socks, 1 white crewneck undershirt
Please choose men’s L or XL and buy all clothing in chosen size, new items only.
Tabor Mennonite Women 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: Join us on Wednesday evenings beginning on January 25 to study the Minor Prophets together! Come for the fellowship meal at 5:45 pm or just come to Bible study beginning at 6:45 pm. I hope to see you there and I look forward to how God will inspire us and challenge us through this study! ~Pastor Phil
Attention Young Adults! There will be an Area Wide PC-PF (Post College- Pre Family) Potluck and Game Night on Saturday, February 4 at 6:00 pm at Tabor Mennonite Church. This group is designed for young adults in similar life stages to socialize together. Please bring table service, a dish to share, and games to play. Drinks will be provided. If you have questions, please contact Kristin Unruh at kristin.unruh. We hope to see you there!
Faith Formation on February 5:
In three weeks, our Sunday morning worship service will focus on Sexual abuse and the scripture passage from 2 Samuel 13, the story of the rape of Tamar. Parents, you are invited to use your discretion on whether or not this would be appropriate for your children. There are alternate activities being planned by the Christian Education team. Children may go to the fellowship hall following the children’s story for these activities.
This service will also include a time of anointing for healing and deliverance. Pastors Phil, Rosie and Katherine will be available following the service to anyone who would like to visit more personally, and are always available for counseling by appointment. May God grant comfort and healing to all who suffer.
Faith Formation: Classes for children will meet as usual.
All adults are invited and encouraged to meet in the sanctuary with Kathy Wiens. Her presentation is titled, "Wisdom of the Wounded." Kathy is an author, speaker and survivor of childhood sexual abuse & neglect. She has her degree in clinical counseling and lives in Newton, KS.
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.)
Save the Date! We are excited to announce that Bryan Moyer Suderman (http://www.smalltallministries.com/) will be with us April 21-23 to lead community Bible Study sessions on Friday/Saturday, to provide a community concert for all ages, and to lead worship at Tabor on Sunday morning! If you haven’t heard Bryan’s music, be sure to check it out. This event will be hosted at Tabor and is sponsored by the Goessel Ministerial Alliance. Save the dates and plan to join us for this fun and enriching opportunity to study scripture, worship, and fellowship together! More information to come.
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.
The Mennonite Heritage and Agricultural Museum Annual Meeting is scheduled for Sunday afternoon, January 22, at 2:30 p.m. in the Alexanderwohl Mennonite Church Fellowship Hall. Following a short business meeting, Rod Ratzlaff, Alexanderwohl native, will be speaking on "Children of Przechowka: The Low German Mennonites of 19th Century Volhynia." Rod has been researching this topic for nearly 20 years to find his family roots All are invited to attend the program and the traditional faspa which will follow.
Please check your church mailbox for a flyer with ways to support the Museum this year.
Kansas MCC Sale April 7 & 8
Deadline for participating in the Fellowship Meals as a GUEST or a HOST with other congregations is February 13. If you want to participate in this please get your form from Kris & Archie Schmidt, Jerry & Leann Toews, or Eric Litwiller. If you want to participate in the Group Fellowship Meal at Tabor it will be March 12. There will be a signup sheet in February for this.
KS MCC Sale Children’s Offering will start January 29. Start saving your coins or bills. Tabor children Grades 1 thru 5 will be our ushers.
Please help with pre-sale expenses even if you haven’t before. We try and raise all expenses to put on the KS MCC Sale before the sale so all the proceeds at sale time go to MCC. It takes about $75,000, which sounds impossible, but if every KS Mennonite gives a little, it becomes an easy task. Please put your pre-sale expense checks made out to KS MCC Sale in Jerry and Leann Toews’ box.
« Western District Conference: Give thanks for chaplains in WDC, who minister with hospital patients, residents of retirement centers, college students, domestic violence victims, and others seeking God’s healing and hope.
« Mennonite Mission Network: School groups are celebrating the Martin Luther King, Jr. holiday with DOOR Atlanta and DOOR Miami this weekend. MMN requests prayer for participants as they return to their home communities tomorrow and begin to share what they learned about civil rights history and current social injustices, and how their faith calls them to respond.
« Mennonite Education Agency: Pray for the Hesston College community this week as they honor Martin Luther King, Jr’s, legacy. May King’s life and teachings inspire each of us to work for justice.
Western District Announcements:
—Preschool Story Hour at the Resource Library with Carol Flickinger begins Wednesday, February 15. Sign up today at https://goo.gl/forms/NNeiVbEyzpzLqksc2 or by calling the WDC offices at 316-283-6300.
—Save the date: Western District Women in Mission/South Central Women’s annual Spring Supper Thursday, March 23 at Bethel College Sudent Center/Fine Arts Center.
—Applications for Camp Mennoscah’s summer staff positions are now available. Find further information at campmennoscah.org/application
—Camp Mennoscah: Everyone is invited to a hymn sing and dessert auction fundraiser for the new playground structure on February 26 from 4-6pm at Eden Mennonite Church in Moundridge.
—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 kathynd or find a show clip at:
—Mon., Jan. 16 –Bethel College annual Martin Luther King Jr. Day celebration, 7 p.m., with scheduled speaker Regina Shands Stoltzfus, Krehbiel Auditorium. Due to the forecast of ice and other wintry weather, please check the Bethel College web page, www.bethelks.edu, and Facebook page for possible changes or cancellations.
—The Centering Prayer group that meets every Monday at Bethel College, North Newton, KS, is coordinating a special prayer event for Inauguration Day, Friday, Jan. 20. Anyone is invited to come and go between 11 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. to the Administration Building chapel on the Bethel campus to pray for our country, its leaders and the world. Come when you can and stay for as long or short a time as you like. There will be no agenda other than silence, prayer and candle-lighting if desired. If you have questions, please e-mail Melanie Zuercher, mzuercher.
—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., 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.
The Hesston College music faculty will perform a recital at 2 p.m., Sun., 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.