March 3 announcements

Congregational Announcements

Lent at Home: Families with children Jr. High age and younger will find a “Lent at Home” guide in your church mailbox. We encourage you to use these resources and activities with your family throughout the season of Lent. Extra copies are available in the foyer.

Relief Kits: We will be collecting Mennonite Central Committee Relief Kits throughout Lent. You will find a shopping list in your church mailbox, or there are extra lists in the foyer. You may purchase items for an entire kit or multiple kits, or simply pick an item or two and purchase several of that. Please place your donated items in the basket in the foyer.

WaShunGa Fundraiser for the Goessel area 7th and 8th grade youth is taking place this Sunday, March 5 at the Goessel High School cafeteria. Serving begins at 11:30. Menu: lasagna, green beans, salad, bread and a bar cookie. Cost of the meal is by donation. Thank you for your support! —Camp Washunga Planning Team and Youth

2017 MCC Comforter Blitz: March 6, 10am-5pm, March 7, 9am-5pm; March 8, 9am-4pm at Journey Mennonite Church at Yoder Campus, Haven. Noon meal available each day for a donation. There is a sign up sheet on the bulletin board or contact Sharon Adrian who will be the contact person for carpooling.

The Tabor Mennonite Women will meet Saturday morning, March 11, from 9:00-12:00 to tie comforters and make items for the MCC Sale. All women of the church are welcome to join in this time of fellowship. Childcare will be provided.

Stories and Stuff: Come to Stories and Stuff on March 16 at 10 am. Bruce Funk will be sharing his story.

St. Patrick’s Potato Potluck! Come join us in the Tabor Fellowship Hall on Sunday, March 19 at 4:30pm for a Potato Potluck in celebration of St. Patrick’s Day! Please plan to bring a potluck dish that highlights potatoes in some creative way. Also, bring your own decorated potato (think “Mr. Potato Head”). We will eat, fellowship, learn more about St. Patrick, award prizes for best decorated potatoes, have a potato toss, and more. Come enjoy a fun time!

Early registration for the Mennonite Church USA Convention 2017 has been extended to March 23! Early Registration includes a T-shirt, I-Ride trolley pass, servant project and a meal card. Come to Orlando July 4-8 to celebrate “Love is a Verb” with fellowship, worship and activities with Mennonites from around the country. Learn more at

If you are interested in attending the Orlando convention as a Tabor delegate, please talk to one of the pastors soon.

Kansas Mennonite Central Committee (MCC) Sale ~ April 7 & 8

—Quilt and wall hanging donations for this year’s sale are on display this morning and next Sunday in the fellowship hall.

—PLEASE sign up for the Tabor Home Made Lasagna MCC Fellowship Meal on March 12 before this Thurs., March 9.

—Tabor is hosting the MCC Sale planning meeting Thurs., March 9. Tabor provides cookies. We need 10 people to bring 3 doz. cookies. Please sign up. Please bring cookies to church kitchen by Thurs. afternoon.

—The MCC Sale Sign Up Table is in the Hall by the church office. PLEASE fill up the slots. The KS MCC Sale uses over 1000 volunteers. Most positions are for a 2 hour shift.

—Children’s Coin Offering brought in $55.09. Keep saving coins and paper during the week. THANKS.

—Carol Flickinger is making a Quilt with old Run for Relief Tee Shirts since this is the 20th year of the Run. She has all Tee Shirts except 1998,1999, 2000, & 2002. If you have one of those years and are willing to donate it let one of the contacts know.

—The 15 vehicles that have been donated to the MCC sale need to be detailed. If you are willing to help wash windows, vacuum interiors, and wax please let Jerry Toews know.

Community Announcements

The 2017 Museum Heritage Fundraiser Dinner will be held at the Alexanderwohl Church Fellowship Hall Friday, March 17 starting at 6:30. The Cosmosphere from Hutchinson will give the special program “Living in Space.” The presentation takes an inside look at how astronauts exist in space. Ticket price is $50 per person or first timers only $25 each. Children are welcome. Ages 12 and under : $5 each. Please call the Museum 620-367-8200 by Monday, March 13 to reserve your ticket. Your support for this event keeps the doors of the Museum open.

Conference Announcements

Prayer Requests:

« Western District Conference: Pray for pastor Jaime Cazares whose ordination will be celebrated at Iglesia Menonita Casa Betania, Newton, at 3 pm today.

« Mennonite Mission Network: A MMN family with two young children is serving in Turkey. Pray that this family may hold the light and hope of Jesus in an uncertain political environment, and that they may find friends and other believers to encourage them in difficult times.

« Mennonite Education Agency: Remember Hesston College students who will be leaving campus for spring break at the end of this week. Pray especially for student groups and athletic teams traveling during spring break.

« Mennonite Church USA: Please be in prayer for the joint Mennonite Health Assembly (MHS) and Mennonite Education Agency Education Leaders Gathering taking place March 9-12 in Jacksonville, Florida. Health care and education professionals from Anabaptist-related institutions across the country will be gathering to learn, network, and share. The MHS Board will also be meeting prior to and during the conference.

Make a Joyful Song: “Celebrating the Legacy of Walter Jost” is the theme of the Newton Chorale’s 40th season concert on Sunday, March 5, 6:30pm at Bethel College Mennonite Church in North Newton. Director Renae Schmidt Peters has included many of Jost’s favorite works, including Harold Moyer’s “Songs of Faith.” Admission is free with an offering taken to help cover concert expenses. Camille Adrian and Emil Schmidt from Tabor will be singing in this concert.

Anabaptist Mennonite Biblical Seminary and Western District Conference will host a reception on Sunday, March 12 from 3:30-4:30 p.m. to honor the ministry of the AMBS-Kansas Center. The reception will be held at the Western District Offices, 2517 N. Main Street, North Newton, Kansas. Words of gratitude and blessing will be offered at 4:00 p.m. The center provided numerous continuing education events for congregational and pastoral leaders over the last three years.

Mennonite Women Spring Supper, March 23, 6 pm, Bethel College. Make your reservation by March 16 to: westerndistrictwomen or 316-283-3342.

Camp Mennoscah:

-Thank you, everyone, for your over-whale-ming support! The Hymn Sing and Dessert Auction fundraiser last Sunday was a great success, raising $5470 for the new playground structure at Camp Mennoscah. You are ever-so-valuable to our camping ministry, sharing your time, gifts, and prayers with us. Read more about the fundraiser and see pictures on the Camp Mennoscah Facebook page!

-Youth Volunteer Weekend: Youth grades 7-12 are invited to join us on March 10-11 for a time of worship, service, fun! If youth sponsors are interested in attending, please contact us.

-Kitchen helpers needed! Men and women to help peel potatoes, stir pots, and basically follow directions.

-Retirees Relaxation Retreat: April 24-26.

Information for all of the above or to register:

Online at

Telephone: 620-297-3290.

Email: office.

Contact: olivia.bartel.

Spring cleaning? Please bring your clean, gently-used clothing to the Newton Et Cetera Shop! We welcome all styles and sizes of clothing, but could especially use children’s clothing. Your donated clothing (and other goods) get a second life in a new home, stay out of the landfill, and help us support those in need–nearby through our Local Giving grants, and around the world through Mennonite Central Committee. Every donation helps us keep the store fresh and fun! Thank you for your support!

Kidron Bethel Parkinson’s Support Group will meet March 7 at 2:00 p.m. in Menno Hall. Danika Bielek will lead the group in movement and music.

Bethel College: Sun., March 5 – Bethel College Wind Ensemble and Bethel College Philharmonic Orchestra joint concert, 8 p.m., Memorial Hall.

Thurs.-Sat., March 9-11 – Bethel College spring musical, The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, 7:30 p.m., Krehbiel Auditorium in Luyken Fine Arts Center (ticket purchase required)

Job Opening: Bethel College seeks a person for a three-quarter-time position as alumni administrative assistant and institutional researcher. Candidate must have strong interpersonal and communication skills, experience in Word and Excel, comfort using social media, proven accuracy in data entry and reporting, affinity for complex database management, interest in event planning, and familiarity with Bethel constituency, and must be able to maintain confidentiality. Details at AA/EOE

63rd Anniversary Dinner, Prairie View, Inc. – March 28, 2017 – 6:30 PM – 1901 E. First Newton, KS, Special Guests: Mark and Nanette Potter. Mr. and Mrs. Potter will present “Victory over Depression.” Mark Potter is entering his 19th year as the head coach of the Newman men’s basketball program. His passion is to share his story in hopes that people will pursue treatment and find a way to live productively with mental illness. Proceeds from ticket sales support the mission of Prairie View. Tickets – $20. RSVP – Brandy Beer 316-284-6443

Center for Mennonite Brethren Studies is hosting a third genealogy seminar, “Deciphering Old German Text and Hand-written Script”, Saturday, March 11, 10 a.m., in the Library Conference Room, Tabor College with presenter, Steve Fast.

The goal is to provide practical working sessions and instruction. Attendees are invited to bring personal examples and materials they would like to work on. The workshop is expected to last about an hour. The cost of the session is $15.00. Please RSVP by March 9 to Peggy Goertzen at 620.947.3121 ext 1211 or peggyg.

Rocky Mountain Mennonite Camp needs volunteers to help with food service during the following retreats:

March 24-26: a youth guest group

May 17-21: a quilt retreat and outdoor group

May 27-29: Memorial Day Work & Play retreat

June 4-10: Colorado Roots Music Camp

If any of these dates work for you, please contact Mary Yoder at mary.rmmc or call 719-687-9506. You can also sign up online by following the “Volunteer” link at

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