June 4 announcements
Youth Fundraiser: Wall to Orlando: The Youth Group "Wall to Orlando" fundraiser has been moved to the wall beside the church office. If all of these envelopes were filled, we would have enough funds to reach our goal. Thank you for prayerfully considering to give above and beyond that which you have already given on behalf of our congregation’s youth.
Church Leadership Retreat will take place on Sunday, June 4 from 4:30-8:30pm. Our focus will be reflecting on new ways to work together and empower new leaders to more fully embody our collective mission. Supper will be a hotdog roast in the park. Hotdogs, buns, condiments and drinks will be provided. Please bring a side or dessert to share as well as your own table service. All are welcome.
Summer Faith Formation begins Sunday June 18:
Children, we have exciting things planned for you that you don’t want to miss! Carol Duerksen will be telling the Bible stories in creative ways. I’ve heard something about a talking donkey! Really? Krista Graber and Pam Abrahams are heading up activities, arts and crafts that reinforce these stories of faith in our daily lives. We hope to see you there!
Adults: "Jesus is the center of our faith; Community is the center of our lives; Reconciliation is the center of our work." What does it mean to live out these "Anabaptist Essentials" in our daily lives? This will be the topic of our conversation in the elective class offered this summer. Some books have already been ordered as we anticipate your attendance. Please sign up on the bulletin board by June 4, to reserve your book! The books are paid for by the Christian Education Commission. Will you join us this summer?
Finger Food Fellowship: Once a month the Tabor community (children and adults) will join for finger foods and fellowship during the Faith Formation hour. The first date is Sunday, June 4, followed by July 9 and August 6. Bring finger foods (fruit, veggies, crackers, trail mix, etc.) to share. Everyone is invited to gather for food, fun and fellowship.
Lost & Found items have been placed on a table in the basement. Please claim your items by June 4. Unclaimed items will be donated EtCetera.
VBS Snacks: The sign-up sheet for snack items for VBS is posted on the bulletin board and there are still a few items needed. Please sign-up if you would like to help out. Pay attention to which day the items are needed for and when they need to be at church. Thank-you!
Tabor Mennonite Women: Summer Updates
-Tabor Mennonite Women have purchased a "candy red" tea kettle for the kitchen and have donated $170 to the Building Project Fellowship Hall for new kitchen equipment in memory of the faithful Tabor Women who have died this past year.
-TMW did not need the entire amount collected for the Mystery Supper evening so it was included in the May offering. The total was $169.00 and it was donated to the "Whale" recreation project at Camp Mennoscah.
-TMW will not have regular meetings during the summer except for the July workday at the MCC Center on Tuesday, July 18, 9-12 noon, so please put your summer offerings in Denise Nickel’s mailbox. The checkbook is low after making some donations this spring, so remember TMW in your giving.
The youth in our congregation have certainly gotten much good use out of the couches in our youth room and it is fun to think about who all has used these couches over the years! However, because they have been so well-used, it may be time to consider finding new couches so that new generations can enjoy them for a long time to come. If any of you have gently used couches that you’re hoping to get rid of, or if you’d like an excuse to buy new furniture for your house, please consider donating your gently used couches to the TMYF. If interested, please talk to Pastor Katherine. Thanks for prayerfully considering this!
Attention Young Adults! There will be an Area Wide PC-PF (Post College- Pre Family) Hot Dog Roast and Outdoor Game Night on Sunday, June 25 at 6:00 PM at the Tabor Mennonite Church Park, Rural Newton, KS. This group is designed for young adults in similar life stages to socialize together. Please bring table service, lawn chair, a side dish to share, and lawn games to play. Hot dogs, buns, drinks, and s’mores will be provided. If you have questions, please contact Kristin Unruh- kristin.unruh. We hope to see you there!
« Western District Conference: Pray for God’s guidance as preparations are made for WDC Assembly, August 4-6 in Arlington, TX.
« Mennonite Mission Network: Mary Beyler began her ministry with MMN in Kushiro, Japan, in 1974. Now, after working many years in Obihiro, she has returned to Kushiro for the final term of her mission career. Praise God for the relationships she has built for more than four decades, and pray for much joy as she serves.
« Mennonite Education Agency: Thank God for the faithful support of Bethel College alumni and friends, and for the lives being remembered in the annual Heritage Roll of Honor worship service and memorial this morning.
« Mennonite Church USA: Be in prayer for the students at the various Mennonite related schools around the country and the world this month as they finish up another academic year. Pray that they would have a good summer of fun and renewal as they build on what they have learned.
The WDC Annual Assembly will be August 4-6 in Arlington, TX.
—Sandbar Cabin Dedication! Camp Mennoscah will dedicate the new cabin (Sandbar) on June 4 at 2:30pm. You are invited to come for a short and simple dedication at the cabin (next to the new boys bath house). You can "tour" the building, baptize it with sand from your feet, and join with us as we offer prayer for the cabin and those who will enjoy it.
—Camp Scholarships available! Do you know someone who needs a week of camp? Maybe they’ve never been to Camp Mennoscah before or maybe this would be a great way for them to grow in God’s Kingdom. We absolutely know that a week of camp is life-changing. (It’s also gobs of fun!) Give someone a nudge or invite a friend or send a grandkid to camp! We love making new friends!
—Join the fun! Camp Mennoscah now has more space for kitchen volunteers for July 30-Aug. 4 and for a nurse for July 16-22. Be part of our camping ministry!
— Camp Mennoscah started a Go Fund Me, gf.me/u/hmes8, campaign to help fund the new playground structure. Gifts of any size are welcome.
Information for Camp Mennoscah or to register:
Online at www.campmennoscah.org
Do you enjoy mentoring young adults and living in community? Service Adventure is looking for unit leaders for the Jackson, Miss., unit. The term begins late July with orientation and participants begin their service term in August. If you or someone you know is interested, please contact Susan Nisly at SusanN@MennoniteMission.net or visit us at www.MennoniteMission.net
MCC Central States is hiring a Donor Relations Associate. The Donor Relations Associate is responsible for assisting in implementation of the donor relations strategy for MCC Central States by stewarding major donors involving face-to face contact in order to meet the budgeted income goals and generate the necessary resources to accomplish the mission of MCC. This position is open within the 16-state MCC CS region. To see a full job description and to apply, please visit https://mcc.org/get-involved/serve/openings.
The Newton Et Cetera Shop is hiring a Donations Manager for 30-40 hours/week. The manager, in cooperation with the management team, receives and processes donations; trains and supervises volunteers; prepares volunteer projects and work spaces; helps manage the sales floor; and participates in regular system evaluation and store planning. The full job description and applications are available at the store (619 N. Main in Newton) or via e-mail at generalmanager@
newtonetceterashop.com. Applications are due Monday, June 12, and can be submitted in person or by e-mail.
Seminars simplify Medicare and Social Security: Everence Financial will provide a retirement income seminar, held on June 5, 7 p.m. to help you determine if you have enough money to retire, what to do if the market doesn’t cooperate and how to know if your savings will last. Seminars are held at the Everence office in Hesston. To reserve your spot, contact Michelle Ramer at michelle.ramer.
—Centering Prayer continues to meet most Mondays from noon-1 p.m. in Agape Center in Richert House on the Bethel College campus. Try it once, come occasionally or join us regularly – all are welcome, with no previous experience with Centering Prayer required. For more information, contact Nathan Koontz, 2nathankoontz, or Melanie Zuercher, mzuercher.
—Sun., June 11 –Book signing, 3 p.m., with authors Marci Penner and WenDee Rowe, for The Kansas Guidebook 2, beginning with a slide show of interesting Kansas places encountered on visits to all 626 incorporated cities in Kansas in a four-year journey; Kauffman Museum
Hesston College alumni and friends are invited to Explore KS! June 24 and 25. The overnight tour includes Saturday at the Nelson Atkins Museum of Art and Kansas City Royals game. Sunday worship service will be at Kansas City’s Frank Lloyd Wright designed Community Christian Church with professional baritone Anthony Brown performing, and the Kansas Mennonite Men’s Chorus concert at Grace Episcopal Cathedral in Topeka. Details available at
The Sustainability Circle at Hesston Mennonite Church exists to create community while promoting sustainability. Next Meeting: June 22nd, 5:30 p.m. Pot-luck and Rain Barrel presentation by James Wenger in the NE Wing of Hesston Mennonite Church. Come for all or part of the evening. (Presentation begins at 6:15). For more info or to schedule childcare please contact Paula Miller, lovelocalfood
The Parkinson’s Support Group at Kidron Bethel will meet June 6 at 2:00 p.m. in Menno Hall. Dr. Pamela McCullough will share on “Dental Management of Parkinson’s Disease.” All are welcome.
West Zion Mennonite Church Concert, Sunday, June 11 at 7 pm at 101 South Washington Ave., Moundridge. Performers will include Gabriel’s Trumpets, a trumpet choir whose members include Kyle Unruh, Eric Schrag, Tim Regier, Evan Koch, Pat Flaming, Paul Epp, Connor Born and Arlin Buller; Christopher Shaw, Organ; Ellen Neufeld, Oboe; Louisa Nickel, Vocalist; and Donna Stucky, Piano. No admission, but a free-will offering will be received. Fellowship and refreshments to follow.
You are invited to a forum on PEACE IS POSSIBLE – June 17, 7 pm at Mennonite Church of the Servant, 23rd & Woodland, Wichita. Presenters: Mel Lehman – in 2009, he founded Common Humanity to build better understanding about the people of the Middle East. Common Humanity has organized some 20 exhibits of Iraqi refugee art to help Iraqi artists by selling their paintings and to help Americans better understand the beauty and humanity of the Arab and Muslim world. Ranya Taha was born and raised in Damascus, Syria. In recent years she has lived in Wichita, where she owns the Byblos and Petra restaurants. Shafiq Hasan was born in historic Palestine and was forced to flee his home as a boy in 1948 when the State of Israel was established. He now lives in Newton, and works as a medical lab specialist. For more information, call 316-371-8274.