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, 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 (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. 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.
Tabor Mennonite Women will be having a Salad Supper on April 10 at 6pm. Please sign up by Friday, April 8 on the bulletin board for yourself and the number of people in your party. The program will be a real treat! We will have a “recital” by Junior High and His School students with vocal and instrumental selections. Please bring a generous salad, as the guests who provide the program will be eating with us.
“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.
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.
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
—Parents with Children: The KS MCC Sale devotes one building to Children’s Activities. Inflatables, Miniature Golf, Assembling Care Kits, & Children’s Auction where children do the bidding with an auctioneer. This is geared to GS thru Jr Hi at 10am Sat. Bring your children & grandchildren & have FUN bidding on children’s items.
—Boxes are under sign up table for items for Children’s Auction (toys, games, etc.) and Quilters Corner.
—DESPERATELY needed: zweibach & pies (pie tins and plastic bags on table).
—HELP fill the sign up slots. LOTS of FUN volunteer positions. For MORE Fun try something you have never done before.
—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, Michelle Unruh, Kristin Unruh, Keri Unruh. Let Jerry Toews know if you will be participating.
—Bring your items to the basement for display.
—Plan to attend the FESTIVE EVENT and spend money cheerfully helping others in 60 Countries—April 7 starting at 4 pm and April 8 starting at 8 am.
—VIEW the website, Facebook, and the KS MCC Sale app on your smartphone (free).
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.
« Western District Conference: Pray for God’s guidance and wisdom for the WDC Ministerial Leadership Commission as they meet this Friday.
« Mennonite Mission Network: Beginning on Thursday of this week, local leaders of MMN’s Mennonite Voluntary Service program will gather in Tucson, Arizona, for four days of worship, fellowship, and to envision next steps. Pray for the Holy Spirit’s unity in relationships and in purpose.
« Mennonite Education Agency: Praise God for the generosity of Bethel College friends and donors, who will be honored with a reception Sunday afternoon, and for the gifts of the Concert Choir as they wrap up their tour with the Home Concert this evening.
« Mennonite Church USA: You are invited to pray for the Mennonite Church USA Executive Board as it meets March 30-April 1 in Kansas City, Missouri, to worship, discern and care for the business of the church.
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 (http://mennowdc.org/wdcs-125-year-anniversary-is-in-2017/) 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.
Ministry to refugees & immigrants – WDC is facilitating a meeting on March 30 at 7pm for congregations who are involved in or wish to be involved in ministries to refugees and/or immigrants. Local persons in the Newton area can gather in the WDC office, and those from a distance who want to participate can request a video conference link for this meeting (contact wdc). Refreshments provided!
Jewish and Palestinian Voices for Peace KS Tour – In preparation for this summer’s Israel-Palestine resolution in Orlando, join in conversation exploring diverse views on Israel-Palestine and prospects for peace in the current political climate. Laura Tillem, a local representative of Jewish Voice for Peace, will dialogue with Jonathan Kuttab, a Mennonite Palestinian human rights lawyer. This tour is sponsored by Mennonite Church USA and Western District, along with local funding. Freewill offerings will be received at each public event:
April 17 – 7 pm, Lorraine Avenue Mennonite Church, 655 S Lorraine Ave, Wichita
April 18 – 7 pm, Bethel College Chapel, Administration Bldg, North Newton
April 19 – 11 am, Bethel College Chapel
Calling all college students/young adults! Rainbow Mennonite Church in Kansas City, KS, hosts a summer enrichment program and we are looking for interns. This will be an eight week internship with a stipend, great for education majors or people interested in working with children/youth! For more information and to apply click here.
Call for submissions: In 2017, Mennonite Church USA celebrated the 15th anniversary of the merger between the old Mennonite Church and the General Conference Mennonite Church to form MC USA. MC USA turned 15 years old! The May issue of The Mennonite magazine will feature reflections on the last 15 years for this denomination and where we’re headed. The Mennonite, Inc. incites short 200-300 word reflections on one or more of the following questions, to be published alongside the larger reflections in the May issue. Please send your reflections, along with a picture of yourself and a one sentence bio statement to: editor by Monday, March 27.
-What has Mennonite Church USA meant for you or your congregation and conference?
-What hopes do you have for the future of MC USA?
-Where do you see the church heading?
-What stories stand out for you from the last 15 years?
Mennonite Women USA is celebrating its 100th birthday in 2017. Our theme for the year is Fruit from the Vine, based on John 15:5. We are seeking submissions of stories, prayers, poems, songs and readings to add to our Centennial Celebration resources. If selected, they will be posted to our website at marleneb
-Gather with Camp Mennoscah in community on Monday, April 3rd from 5:30 – 8:30 pm! We welcome all ages of camp folks to Mojo’s Coffee Bar for an evening full of conversation and laughter, all while supporting local business. Let us know you are coming on Facebook or join us whenever you decide! We will be collecting name suggestions for the new boys cabin throughout the evening and maybe singing some, too.
-We are putting in the dam! Come to Camp Mennoscah on Sunday, April 9th around 2:30 pm to help us prepare the river for the summer. Both spectators and helpers are welcome! Meet at the sports shack for instructions. The dam will go in regardless of the weather, unless it is unsafe to do so. We’ll see you there!
-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 www.campmennoscah.org
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 mcc.org/learn/what/relief, call 1-888-563-4676 or send a check to MCC, PO Box 500, Akron, PA 17501-0500.
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.