March 19 announcements

Congregational Announcements

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”), and table service. 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!

Listen up! Dig deep! VBS 2017 will be searching for treasures buried in Jesus’ parables, and this month we are searching for the staff volunteers to make Vacation Bible School happen. Please fill out the online survey emailed out to you, sign-up in the foyer after church on Sunday, March 26, or talk to Eunice Nickel or Sarahanne Unruh about how you can help. It takes a lot of people to make VBS a special week for our children. We look forward to hearing from you!

Coming Soon! Bryan Moyer Suderman ( 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. Plan to join us for this fun and enriching opportunity to study scripture, worship, and fellowship together! Informational brochures and registrations are in your mailboxes. Additional copies are available in the foyer.

“Lent at Home”: a booklet for families with children Jr. High age and younger has been made available. We encourage you to use these resources and activities with your family throughout the season of Lent. Extra copies for all are available in the foyer.

Relief Kits: We are collecting Mennonite Central Committee Relief Kits throughout Lent. You received a shopping list in your church mailbox, and 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.

Early registration for the Mennonite Church USA Convention 2017 has been extended to March 23! 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.

Heritage Museum: The outreach commission is offering you an opportunity to represent Tabor on the Mennonite Heritage and Agricultural Museum Board. If you would be interested in this position, please contact one of the Outreach Team members: James Goerzen, Jill Litwiller, Denise Nickel, Kim Funk or Pastor Phil.

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

Tabor Mennonite Church Building Fund: A fundraiser will be held in the White Owl Barn (Bruce & Eileen Schmidt’s farm) on May 20 at 6:30pm. More information and sign-up sheet will follow.

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

—Tabor donations for the Best Lasagna in the World Meal last Sunday were $1890. EXCELLENT, thanks.

—Children’s Coin Offering last Sunday was $48.88. Very Good.

—Please bring your projects for the MCC Sale to the basement for display, use table and floor space in northwest corner.

—Tabor is responsible for 35 doz. zweibach; and 20 pies. Pie Tins and Plastic bags for zweibach & bread are on Sign Up Table. Sign Up please.

—Tabor 5K Team is forming. Pick up Lime Green Forms on Sign Up Table and turn them in. Those participating: Lee and Phyllis Goertzen, Phil and Mary Schmidt, Les Goerzen, Jerry Toews. Let Jerry Toews know if you will be participating.

—PLEASE sign up to help at the MCC Sale—it takes over 1000 volunteers to pull it off. Take a 2 hour shift with your kids for a GREAT teaching moment; OR take a 2 hour shift to get away from your kids.

—Help make 8000 Bohne Beroggi at Moundridge HS Sat., Apr. 1. Come anytime between 7 am and 11 am.

Help make 25,000 Verenike at the Hillsboro Fairgrounds. 8 am to noon (morning shift); noon to 3:30 (afternoon shift). THIS IS A VERY FUN EXPERIENCE.

—Have you considered purchasing MCC Bucks? MCC Bucks are good for your kids, grandkids, neighbors, co-workers, friends, enemies, or anyone. They come in books of 10 one dollar bills for $10 and spend like cash at the MCC sale on April 7 and 8, 2017 and can be used to purchase anything. There is one more chance to get MCC Bucks before sale day. If you are interested, contact your church MCC Sale Liaison and they can pick them up at this Thursday’s meeting.

Community Announcements

Alexanderwohl Pancake and Sausage Supper: All you can eat pancakes and sausage for everyone! The meal will be served from 5:30 – 7:00 pm at the Goessel Grade School on Saturday April 1. Donations will be gratefully accepted for padded folding chairs, which will be used in the church’s fellowship hall.

Conference Announcements

Prayer Requests:

« Western District Conference: Pray for WDC board, commission and congregation members participating in adaptive leadership training programs at the Kansas Leadership Center, that God would use this experience to equip them more fully for effective ministry.

« Mennonite Mission Network: C. Paul and Hildi Amstutz have served with MMN since 1985. Pray for C. Paul as he works with more than 50 business chaplains in Paraguay who reach out to employees in the workplace, and pray for Hildi as she provides spiritual direction to help people deepen their faith.

« Mennonite Education Agency: Anabaptist Mennonite Biblical Seminary. Pray for high school students who are considering testing their gifts for ministry and developing their leadership skills this summer at AMBS through “!Explore: A Theological Program for High School Youth.” May their pastors, teachers, parents and other trusted adults provide encouragement and affirmation.

Western District Announcements:

This year is the 125th anniversary of Western District Conference. As we seek to tell the story of WDC, its congregations and God’s faithfulness in those years, we invite people to visit the WDC website ( and provide information about their congregations’ history. You’ll find several questions you may respond to. This ongoing project provides one way for all of us to learn more about our history and be inspired to live faithfully as we move on.

Want to learn more about Anabaptist Mennonite Biblical Seminary but can’t make it to our Elkhart, Indiana, campus? Connect with us at the Seminary and Theological School Virtual Fair on March 29. The fair is a free online event where you can interact with faculty, students and admissions staff. Register today to get answers to your questions.

Do you enjoy mentoring young adults and living in community? Service Adventure is looking for unit leaders for our Colorado Springs, Colo. and Jackson, Miss., units. The two year term begins late July. If you or someone you know is interested, please contact Susan Nisly at SusanN or visit us at

Camp Mennoscah:

-You are important! The kitchen staff at Camp Mennoscah are important to our summer youth camp program and are vital in helping us build relationships with campers. Many of our camp weeks still need kitchen helpers. Parents can receive a camper discount up to full camp fees for having fun with other kitchen staff.

-The Retirees Relaxation Retreat at Camp Mennoscah is April 24-26! You are invited to join us to hear stories of courage, faith, and enrichment. Amanda Rempel will lead us in music and Stan & Marlene Smucker will lead us in Bible Study. Coffee breaks and as much nature as you want included!

-Summer is around the bend! Sign up for Summer Youth Camp at Camp Mennoscah! It’s an amazing time to find friends and meet God!

Information for all of the above or to register:

Online at

Telephone: 620-297-3290.

Email: office.

Contact: olivia.bartel.

Rocky Mountain Mennonite Camp has begun the next project for the Vision 2020 Capital Campaign – renovating the boys’ bathhouse on the Chapel side of camp. Work is already underway to ensure the bathhouse will be ready to go for the summer camping season (June 2017). We need help to meet the completion goal! Please sign up to volunteer and/or donate online at info).

Mennonite Central Committee (MCC):

According to the United Nations, the world is facing the largest humanitarian crisis since the second world war. More than 20 million people across Yemen, Somalia, South Sudan and northeast Nigeria are facing or are at risk of famine. MCC is working in the area to provide emergency food assistance and increase its response to the crisis. Because of serious conflicts and concerns for safe, unimpeded access for humanitarian assistance, this process is slow and challenging. To donate to MCC’s relief fund, which supports MCC’s response to this disaster and others, visit, call 1-888-563-4676 or send a check to MCC, PO Box 500, Akron, PA 17501-0500.

Calling all young adults, youth pastors, youth sponsors, pastors and anyone who works with young adults! Come to the MCC Lunch & Learn on March 23 to learn about service opportunities with MCC! Do you know young adults who are interested in traveling internationally, building their resumes, and growing personally and spiritually? Then join us for lunch and hear Alli and Ben Rudeen Kreider, MCC Service And Learning Together (SALT) alumni, share about their experiences in Tanzania and Honduras and learn how you can help young adults get involved with MCC. Please RSVP by Tuesday, March 21 by calling 316.283.2720 or emailing heidihuber. A free will donation will be taken to help cover the cost of the lunch.

Bethel College: The Bethel College Concert Choir invites you to join them at their concert at 7pm on Sunday, March 26, at Bethel College, Memorial Hall. An offering will be taken to benefit the Bethel College Concert Choir Tour.

Hesston College will host the second of three concerts in the Andover Organ Series at Hesston College at 7 p.m., Tuesday, March 21, at Hesston Mennonite Church. The concert will feature Kevin J. Vaughn, director of music and organist at Gloria Dei Lutheran Church (South Bend, Ind.), instructor of organ at Goshen College, and adjunct assistant professor of piano and organ at the University of Notre Dame. The concert is free and open to the public, and a reception will follow the concert.

Iglesia Menonita Casa Betania (Newton) IBA students are planning to have their monthly fund raiser. Menu: Tamales. Chicken or Pork (not spicy). Place your order by March 22. Email Suhelen at suhelen_c or text her (316)227-0090. Pick up your order at 510 SE Second, Newton on March 25 between 4-7 pm.

Everence is offering 2 webinars that you might be interested in. The first one is on March 21 at either 2:00 or 8:00 pm, and is “Basics of Investing”. The next one is “Narrative Budgeting: Making Numbers Come Alive” and will be held on March 23 at either 2:00 or 8:00 pm. For information on registering for these webinars, please see the poster in the lobby on the south bulletin board. If you have questions, please ask Barb Abrahams.

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