June 11 announcements

Congregational Announcements

WDC Annual Assembly is coming! It will be held August 4-6 in Arlington, TX. If you are interested in being a delegate, please contact a Pastor soon. Deacons will provide financial assistance to help cover registration costs for Tabor delegates. Registration is now open! Information and online registration is available at: http://mennowdc.org/annual-assembly/#2017annualAssembly. A brochure is posted on the bulletin board (and attached to emailed 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.

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 life; 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 next dates are 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.

Tabor Mennonite Women 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!

The annual Goessel Community Picnic is on Sunday, June 25, at 5:30 p.m. at the Goessel Park. Hamburgers and hotdogs will be served between 5:30 and 6:30 p.m. Drinks will be provided. Please bring a side dish or dessert to share, table service and lawn chairs. The Bethesda Singers will offer some music for us, beginning at 6:30. Come join us for food, fellowship, music and fun in the park! It’s a great way to connect with friends and neighbors. Spread the word! Sponsored by the Goessel Ministerial Alliance.

Conference Announcements

Prayer Requests:

« Western District Conference: Pray for God’s strength and travel safety for WDC conference ministers as they visit congregations and pastors across WDC.

« Mennonite Mission Network: MMN’s partner, DOOR, is in a busy season of hosting youth groups through the Discover program. Ask God to give energy, patience and wisdom to summer staff. Pray also for participants as they experience God in U.S. cities and as they share new ideas with their home congregations.

« Mennonite Education Agency: Mennonite Early Childhood Network – Let this Children’s Day prompt us to pray for Christ-like love to reach out to children who are neglected or abused, for children who are homeless or who live in war-torn rubble, in ghettos, in migrant and refugee camps, orphanages and hospitals. Pray that parents/caregivers may have strength, courage, insight and a generous portion of God’s love to offer hope to all children.

Western District Conference

Going to WDC Annual Assembly? Leave the driving to someone else! A bus has been chartered from N. Newton to Arlington, TX for the Assembly August 4-6. Bus departs from Kauffman Museum in N. Newton on the morning of August 4, and can also pick up riders at the Best Western in Park City. Anticipated return to N. Newton is 8 pm on August 6. Information about Annual Assembly, chartered bus option, and online registration is at: http://mennowdc.org/annual-assembly/#2017annualAssembly. Register early to secure your seat on the deluxe motorcoach! Seats will only be available until filled.

Jennie Wintermote, Director of the Conference Resource Library, returns to work tomorrow, June 7, after her maternity leave. Her schedule in the library will be Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays from 8:30-11:30 am, and other WDC staff can assist you when she is not here. Email your requests to Jennie anytime at: crlib. Thank you to Jeanette Roberts who filled in while Jennie was gone!

Come explore the “Wonderful World of Books” this summer at Story Hour at the Conference Resource Library! We’ll read books about books & reading, share some old favorites and do some fun activities too. Registration extended to Monday, June 12. Sign up today at https://goo.gl/forms/kQwNSzl9Bw8rr1q03

Camp Mennoscah:

-Branching Out at Camp Mennoscah! We are connecting with Christ, trying new things, and growing in our faith at our summer youth camps. It’s a great theme for a place where you can meet new friends, experience God in nature, and have a blast! It’s not too late to register. Scholarships are available.

-You betcha! Returning campers bringing a first-time friend to Camp Mennoscah this summer get a free tee shirt–and so do your first-time friends! It’s a great way to share the amazing times you have at Camp Mennoscah with others. There’s the river, tasty meals, crafts, nature, music, worship, campfire and any number of amazing things you can do! Don’t let your friends miss out!

-Camp Mennonscah has open weekends for groups of almost all sizes. Contact us for available weekends at 620-297-3290 or office. We are excited to see you!

Information for Camp Mennoscah or to register:

Online at www.campmennoscah.org Telephone: 620-297-3290.

Email: office.

Contact: olivia.bartel.

Curious about MCC’s work around the world? It’s not too late to sign up for a MCC Learning Tour! Join us as we travel to Haiti, Oct 21-28 and Palestine/Israel, Nov 3-14, 2017. For more information contact Anna Yoder at annayoder or 316.283.2720.

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​.

Bethel College:

—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

—Uncle Carl’s Camps, day camps at Kauffman Museum, have a few openings left for Prairie Animals, mornings June 19-23, with Carol Dilts of the Harvey County Parks Department, and Home Sweet Home Ceramics Workshop, mornings July 11-14 and July 21, with David Long, Bethel College professor of art. Prairie Animals is for ages 6-8 (finished kindergarten through Grade 2) and the ceramics workshop for teenagers 13-18 (finished Grades 7-12). Information and registration forms are available at the museum (corner of Main and 27th streets in North Newton) or on its website, asa.

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

hesston.edu/explore-kansas or call 620-327-8147 to register by June 12.

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, 316-217-2984, lovelocalfood

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.