April 2 Announcements
Notes of Appreciation
Heartfelt thanks to you from Offender/Victim Ministries, Inc.!
Thank you SO MUCH for joining with OVM in our Commit a Radical Act Valentine’s letter writing and prisoner care kit campaign. You showed up, put pens to paper, filled ziploc bags with toothpaste, socks and more. Because of you, with you, 1100 letters were written and delivered to Hutchinson Correctional Facility. Because of you, 236 Prisoner Care Kits are ready to deliver to indigent men. We’d love to see you next year, same time, same place!
April 13: 6 pm – Holy Week Meal and Service, Communion
April 15: 10 am – Easter Egg Hunt, Tabor Church Park
April 16: 9 am – Breakfast, 10 am – Easter Worship, Life Feast Faith Formation classes will not meet.
Share an Easter Lily in honor/memory of a loved one on Easter Sunday. Names of those to be honored, along with names of those sharing the lilies need to be turned in to the church office by Wednesday evening, April12 to be listed in the bulletin. Lilies need to be brought to the church, clearly marked on the bottom with the name of the donor, and left in the foyer by noon on Saturday, April 15.
In hopeful anticipation of meeting the financial goal for the proposed building project, the council has decided it’s time to put together a building committee. If you feel this is something you would be interested in and would like to be considered as a member of the committee, please contact Jim Schmidt. A committee of five people will be chosen from those who have expressed an interest.
Listen up! Dig deep! VBS 2017 will be searching for treasures buried in Jesus’ parables, and 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 7 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 High School students with vocal and instrumental selections. Please bring a generous salad, as the guests who provide the program will be eating with us.
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.
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.
Harvey County Habitat for Humanity is sponsoring a special aluminum can drive May 6 through June 6. Drop off locations are located at both Newton Dillons store parking lots in the Habitat for Humanity Houses. Please take large amounts of cans and or metal to All Metals at 401 W. first, Newton, Mon. – Fri, 9am – 4:30pm. Be sure to designate that the donation is for Harvey County Habitat for Humanity. Now is an excellent time to clean our the garage and sheds for aluminum cans and metal and help this deserving organization.
Kansas Mennonite Central Committee (MCC) Sale ~ April 7 & 8
—PLEASE attend the sale Fri. eve and Sat. We want everyone at Tabor to feel that they were a part of this great event in some way.
—Cookies for Verenike Making day should be at church or Jerry and Leann’s place by Monday evening.
—Zweibach and bread need to be at the church by 9 Friday morning. We will check the freezer for those bringing them early.
—Pies need to be at the church by 7 on Saturday morning.
—There will be extra tables set up in the foyer next week for any items that need transporting to the sale (baked goods, plants, misc.)
—Pick someone to support for the 5K. Tabor 5K Team is : Lee Goertzen, Phyllis Goertzen, Phil Schmidt, Mary Schmidt, Les Goerzen, Jerry Toews, Michelle Unruh, Kristin Unruh, Keri Unruh, Michael Unruh, Lina Unruh, Denise Nickel, Dawson Duerksen, Jill Brandt, Emily Brandt, Benni Conses, David Johnson, Katie Wright.
—PLEASE help take pictures of Tabor folks at the sale and text them to: unruh.sherry.
—HELP NEEDED: New Years Cookies desperately needs volunteers Fri., 4-6 pm and Sat., 7-9am. If you can help please email Becky at: crblough or call 345-3088.
—Boxes are under sign up table for items for Children’s Auction (toys, games, etc.) and Quilters Corner.
—VIEW the website, Facebook, and the KS MCC Sale app on your smartphone (free).
« Western District Conference: Pray for immigrants and refugees within WDC congregations and communities, and for congregations seeking faithful response to their needs and concerns.
« Mennonite Mission Network: Ministries among refugees are a significant part of Mennonite Mission Network’s engagement in Australia, Turkey, the United States, Southeast Asia, and Western Europe. Pray for peace in the world, safe places for all people, and that mission workers will continue to share Jesus’ love in culturally appropriate ways.
« Mennonite Education Agency: Pray for Eastern Mennonite University in Harrisonburg, Virginia, as new president Susan Schultz Huxman is officially inaugurated on Friday, April 7.
« Mennonite Church USA: Please be in prayer for the “Sent” gathering taking place April 6-8 in Fort Myers, Florida. Church planters and others will come together to talk about creating new “Jesus-centered communities” in Mennonite Church USA.
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.
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
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.
-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
Parkinson’s Support Group: The Kidron Bethel Parkinson’s Support Group will meet Tuesday, April 4, at 2:00 p.m. in Menno Hall. Paul Unruh, retired social worker, will lead a discussion on the topic: “What It’s Like to Live With Parkinson’s Disease.” Caregivers and participants living with Parkinson’s will be invited to share their experiences.
Bethel College Women’s Chorus spring concert, 4 p.m., Bethel College Mennonite Church.
The Hesston College Chamber Orchestra, Women’s Chorus and Men’s Chorus will be featured in a concert at 7 p.m, Tuesday, April 4, at Hesston Mennonite Church. The concert is free and open to the public.