Building Committee Appointed: After the June 4th leadership retreat the Church Council had a short meeting to approve the following people to serve on the building committee: Brent Abrahams, Gayle Funk, Kenton Nickel, Donavon Schmidt, and Emil Schmidt. They will serve as a liaison between the congregation and the contractor. If you would like to make any suggestions for the upcoming building project, they would be willing to visit with you.
–Jim Schmidt, church chairperson
Summer Faith Formation begins this Sunday June 18:
—The children will all be meeting together for summer faith formation. We are looking for volunteers! There are opportunities to lead games and crafts as well as be a helper. There are also opportunities to provide snacks. Please check out the sign-up sheets in the foyer.
—Next Sunday, June 25, we will have a field trip to Carol Duerksen and Maynard Knepp’s farm. Parents are welcome and encouraged to come, especially with the younger children. Please contact Pam Abrahams if you have any questions!
—For children’s summer Faith Formation crafts, we are looking for some supplies. If you have scrapbook paper (they do not have to be full sheets; scraps are okay!) or beads (for jewelry) that you would be willing to donate, you could put them on the table in the supply room by July 2. Talk with Krista Graber if you have questions.
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. If you have signed up for this class, you will find a copy of the book in your mailbox. If you plan to attend but did not sign up, please pick up a book from Pastor Phil. Please read the introduction and chapter 1 for June 25.
Tabor Church Food Pantry: Summer is here! With children spending more time at home, there is greater need for non perishable food donations in our community food pantry. Most needed: boxed meals, boxed potatoes, canned meat, cereal, spaghetti and sauce, ramen noodles, canned fruit, applesauce, corn, peanut butter, jelly, pancake mix, syrup, laundry soap, dish soap, shampoo, and toilet paper. (We have plenty of green beans and peas at this time.) Cash donations are also welcome for gifts cards to Keith’s Foods, to be used for perishable food items. If no one is available when you bring your food donations, you may leave them in the foyer beneath the coat racks across from the church office. Thank you for your continued support of this vital ministry.
Commodities will be distributed at Goessel Mennonite Church on Friday, June 23 from 5 – 6pm. Enter through the north door to room 8. For more information contact Jenny Girard at 747-0046.
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 $100 of 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/#2017annual
Assembly. A brochure is posted on the bulletin board (and emailed last week).
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.
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 6pm at the Tabor Mennonite Church Park, Rural Newton. 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.
« Western District Conference: Pray for Marshall Anderson who is being installed today as Associate Pastor at Faith Mennonite Church, Newton.
« Mennonite Mission Network: On this Father’s Day, thank God for all the men who have cared for you and shared God’s love with you. Mennonite Mission Network requests prayer for all the fathers in the world so they can provide food and homes for their children.
« Mennonite Education Agency: Pray fro the new Instituto Biblico Anabautista students at IglesiaMennonita Casa del Alfarero’s Study Center in Pasadena, Texas, who are studying the course “Introduction to Biblical Study.” Pray for their tutor, Alberto Parchmont. May God’s wisdom and guidance be with him as he leads the students in their weekly meetings. May God continue to bless him as he gives his time to this ministry.
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/#2017
annualAssembly. Register early to secure your seat on the deluxe motorcoach! Seats will only be available until filled.
-Summer Youth Camps have started–and we have room for you! Camp Mennoscah has summer youth camps for youth in grades 3-12. It’s a blast with worship, crafts, recreation, river play, interest groups, and lots of neat folks! The theme this year is Branching Out: Connecting Through Christ. Register and we’ll sign you up for a week of fun!
-Thank you to everyone who attended the dedication for Sandbar cabin! We saw the work of dedicated volunteers, enjoyed hearing stories, and offered a prayer for Sandbar and the many campers who will enjoy the new space. The first campers are in the cabin this week.
-Camp Mennoscah, a place of faith and fun, is looking for you! We need a nurse for the week of July 16-22 and kitchen helpers for our Family Weekend, July 29-30, and our Senior High Camp, July 30-Aug. 3. Nurses need a valid license, but kitchen staff need only smiling faces and the ability to follow directions! It’s a grand time, however you spend your time!
Information for Camp Mennoscah or to register:
Online at www.campmennoscah.org
Seeking Peace in Israel and Palestine Resolution Webinar put on by Mennonite Church USA, in coordination with MCC, will be on June 20, 8 pm eastern / 7 pm central / 6 pm mountain / 5 pm pacific – Join us for a 1-hour webinar to learn more about the “Seeking Peace in Israel-Palestine” resolution that will be considered by delegates at Orlando 2017. Andre Gingerich Stoner who helped lead the writing process will offer a short overview of the resolution. The webinar will have extensive question and answer time. Whether you read the resolution beforehand and come with questions, or use this as an introduction to the resolution, you are welcome to join the conversation. Please RSVP.
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.
Child Protection Training at the MCC Center: There will be a Safe Sanctuaries training on June 22 from 6:30 – 8:30 at the MCC Center in North Newton. The training is lead by Kathy Wiens and will help congregations understand childhood sexual abuse and ways to avoid the risk. This workshop will help congregations develop a new child protection plan or revise an existing one. Cost: $20. To register email kathywiens59 or call 316-587-7244.
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