Feb. 12 announcements
We ❤ Grace Potluck! Plan to stay after church on Sunday, February 12 for a potluck celebrating Grace Regier’s many years of service as Tabor Church Custodian! Bring a potluck dish to share along with table service. You are also welcome to bring a card, note of appreciation, or personalized valentine for Grace. We look forward to seeing you there and celebrating together!
Reminders: -This will be the last Sunday to bring items for prisoner care kits.
-Wednesday, Feb. 13 is the deadline to bring college care package items.
It’s time to put together College Student Care Packages! The youth group will be assembling the Care Packages on Wed., Feb. 15. Goodies can be placed in the decorated box in the foyer anytime between now and Feb. 15. Please bring home-baked goods to the church on Wed., Feb. 15 and put on the back table in the Fellowship Hall by the kitchen. Our current college students are Reece Hiebert, Luke Unruh, Sarah Booth, Carson Voth and Mark Schmidt. Let’s show them our love!
Tabor Mennonite Women will enjoy an evening with Carol Duerksen and several high school exchange students who are currently living in the community and attending school here. We invite you to join us on Mon., Feb. 13, at 7pm in the fellowship hall as we listen to the students each share a little about their lives back home and special experiences during their time here. Contact Diana Schmidt if you have any questions. For those who are taking part in 2017 TMW Prayer Partners, you will find your new partner’s name in your mailbox.
2017 Tabor Wellness: In 2017 we will be taking on a 44 week activity points challenge called the “Journal Journey” in which church members can earn points by completing different activities. Everyone is invited to participate and details can be found on the bulletin board. Whether you choose to participate in the points challenge or not, everyone is also welcome to pick up their own FREE WELLNESS JOURNAL found in the wellness mail box. Use it to track your points, activity, nutrition, weight, or any other goals you may have this year. Talk to Kevin Nickel if you have any questions.
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 Tues., Feb. 14, 9-11am, MCC Central States Offices in N. Newton.
2) 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. We invite you to purchase the items for one or more kits and place them in the collection basket in the foyer by 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, alcohol free (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 Youth Fellowship is going to Orlando to attend the Mennonite Church USA Convention this summer! 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. Then please put the envelope in Pastor Katherine’s mailbox or Phil and Sarahanne Unruh’s mailbox. And all donations that exceed the cost of Convention will go towards the Tabor Building Fund. Thank you 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.
2017 MCC Comforter Blitz: Monday March 6, 10am-5pm, Tues. March 7, 9am-5pm; Wed. March 8, 9am-4pm at Journey Mennonite Church at Yoder Campus, 3605 E. Longview Rd., Haven. Noon meal available each day for a donation.
Kansas Mennonite Central Committee (MCC) Sale ~ April 7 & 8
-Children’s Coin Offering last Sunday was $40.57. Please collect your coins and paper this week for the cans.
-Deadline for Quilts is March 13 to get into the Quilt Booklet.
-If you want to participate in the Fellowship Meals outside the Tabor Fellowship Meal the deadline for letting your contact persons know is TODAY.
-Kansas Mennonites have raised approximately $47,000 toward presale expenses. Please help us raise the remaining $29,000 before the sale. Many $50 and $100 checks can make it happen again. Put your checks in Jerry and Leann Toews, Archie and Kristin Schmidt, or Eric Litwiller’s mailbox. THANKS
-One of MCC’s primary goals is to give those suffering HOPE. Hope comes when people are given a chance to learn how to sustain themselves. Giving farmers seed, animals, and education are ALL methods that MCC uses to give HOPE to the World.
Women’s Retreat in Goessel: Be refreshed at Sweet Life Café! Invite your friends and neighbors to the 3rd Annual Women’s Retreat in Goessel, February 25 at Bethesda Home & Lincoln Perk. Registration of $35 is due by February 18. Scholarships are available upon request and FREE childcare will be provided by FCCLA. If you have questions, talk to Rachel Boden, Susan Nafziger, Lynette Duerksen, Michelle Unruh, Anna Beth Birky and Janice Voth.
The next commodity distribution for low income families will take place on February 17, 5-6pm, at the Goessel Mennonite Church.
« Western District Conference: Pray for WDC pastor peer groups which meet regularly for sharing, support and prayer together.
« Mennonite Mission Network: Alfonsina and José Luis Oyanguren, serving through Mennonite Mission Network, praise God for the first year of ministry through a radio station that transmits news, music, and educational and biblical programs to Toba/Qom communities in the Argentine Chaco. Pray that lives will be transformed through this ministry.
« Mennonite Education Agency: Pray for Drew G.I. Hart as he delivers Staley Lectures at Bethel College, and for receptive ears to hear his message of inclusion, transformation and dismantling racism.
« Mennonite Disaster Service: A severe thunderstorm hit southern Louisiana on Tuesday (Feb. 7) afternoon unleashing at least seven tornadoes which wreaked havoc from Baton Rouge to New Orleans. Eastern New Orleans suffered some of the heaviest damage in the storm as a half a mile wide funnel cloud touched down in the neighborhood causing massive damage for nearly two miles. Please pray for all the individuals, families, and communities impacted by the devastating tornadoes.
Western District Conference:
A Kansas death penalty repeal bill (HB 2167) is scheduled for a hearing in the House Correction and Juvenile Justice Committee on Monday, February 13, at 1:30pm, in room 572-N at the Kansas State Capitol. Those who are able to attend the hearing are encouraged to do so. Contact Peter Goerzen for more information: 316-284-5356, pgoerzen.
Join us at What’s So Funny about Money on February 19 at 7 pm at the McPherson (KS) Opera House (219 S Main St.). This Ted and Company show will cause you to think even as it tickles your financial funny bone. Cost? By donation to benefit the WDC Matching Fund, assisting pastors with financial challenges. Sponsored by Everence.
All women in Western District and South Central Conferences are invited to attend the annual Mennonite Women Spring Supper on March 23 at 6 pm at Bethel College. Supper provided by Bethel College Women’s Association (BCWA). Stories shared by Leah Mueller, Christine Schweitzer, Barbara Krehbiel Gehring and Mary Herr about “Living Faithfully in our Communities”. Cost for meal: $12 payable at the door for BCWA. Make your reservation by March 16 to: westerndistrictwomen@
gmail.com or 316-283-3342 (Marlene V. Faul). Offering will be received for a
Mennonite Central Committee women’s project (make checks payable to MCC).
Welcoming Immigrants and Refugees as Neighbors: Mennonite Central Committee (MCC) U.S. decries the executive actions on immigration enforcement taken this week by President Trump as well as actions on refugee resettlement expected later. In our society, rejection of the immigrant—“the other”—still runs deep. By building walls and turning away refugees we ignore Christ’s call to care for those in need and to love the newcomer. We encourage you to consider new ways you can welcome immigrants and refugees as neighbors in your community, and to make your voice heard by contacting the White House and your members of Congress. Pray with us for hearts of love toward one another.
MCC Statement on Welcoming Immigrants: https://mcc.org/stories/statement-welcoming-immigrants-refugees-neighbors
Bulletin insert, 7 ways to support refugees: (See attached file: 2017-01-26_7_ways_to_support_refugees_web.pdf)
MCC U.S. Immigration Policy Principles: https://mcc.org/media/resources/664
MCC Washington Office Action Alert: https://mcc.org/get-involved/advocacy/alerts/more/migration
MCC’s Sharing With Appalachia People (SWAP) program is seeking volunteer groups and summer staff. Groups or individuals can volunteer to serve as week-long volunteers. Summer staff serve as job site coordinators and meals coordinators/cooks for three month assignments. For more information visit AppalachiaAdmin or 606-633-5065.
Everyone is invited to the MCC Community Engagement event at Hesston Mennonite Church in Hesston, Kan., Saturday, Feb. 25, 9-11 am. The focus of the event will be immigration, including an in-depth look at MCC Central State’s new Immigration program. More details will follow!
-Hymn Sing & Dessert Auction: February 26 at Eden Mennonite Church, 4-6pm.
Funds raised will go towards the new playground structure.
-Youth Volunteer Weekend: Youth grades 7-12 are invited to join us on March 10-11 for a time of worship, service, fun! We’ll begin with worship and singing on Friday evening and end with the same on Saturday evening. If youth sponsors are interested in attending, please contact us.
-Scrapbook and Crafts Retreats: March 3-5 and March 17-19.
Information for all of the above or to register:
Online at www.campmennoscah.org Telephone: 620-297-3290.
Young Adult Snow Camp: February 24-26, 2017 at Rocky Mountain Mennonite Camp. Hannah Heinzekehr, Executive Director of The Mennonite, will share during the worship times on the topic “This is Us: The faith- filled stories we tell.” There will be group games, broomball, human curling, singing, and many opportunities to be outside enjoying the beauty of creation. The cost is only $80. Online registration available at www.rmmc.org or call 719-687-9506.
“Beyond Buried Treasure: Turning Hidden Resources into Assets”: 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 http://mhaelgconference.wordpress.com.
—Sun., Feb. 12 (today)– Staley Lecture with Drew G.I. Hart, 7 p.m., “Trouble I’ve Seen: Better Frameworks for Discussing Race and Racism Together,” Krehbiel Auditorium in Luyken Fine Arts Center at Bethel College. Hart also speaks Feb. 13, 11 a.m., “Who Can be Trusted?: Breaking the Cycle of 400 Years of Bad Racial Intuition,” Krehbiel Auditorium
—Sun., Feb. 19 – KIPCOR Film Series presents Do Not Resist, a documentary about police militarization in the U.S. since 9/11, 3 p.m., Krehbiel Auditorium in Luyken Fine Arts Center; talk-back follows with scheduled resource people DJuan Wash and AJ Bohannon, community organizers from Wichita.
—Call for singers – Sunday, May 7, at Bethel College, the Masterworks Chorus and Orchestra will perform Haydn’s Missa in Angustiis, also known as the Lord Nelson Mass. If interested in joining the choir, contact Dr. William Eash, weash or 316-284-5316, for rehearsal and performance information.