To celebrate the ministry and dedication of Eric Schrag as administrator/CEO of Bethesda Home, the board and administrators of Bethesda are hosting a Farewell/Blessing Party for Eric on Sunday, June 25th from 2:30 – 3:30 pm in the Bethesda Chapel. Please join us in wishing Eric well as he assumes the role of Vice President of Advancement at Bethel College.
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.
Pets in the Park Ice Cream Social: Sunday, July 2 at 6:30pm, come to the church park and bring your favorite dessert or ice cream topping to go along with ice cream that will be provided!! Don’t come alone! Bring your four-footed, furry friends with you if you would like (leashed and people-friendly animals only please). We will have an evening of fun and ice cream for all!
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
We are looking for volunteers! There are opportunities to lead games and crafts, provide snack, as well as be a helper for Children’s Faith Formation this summer. Please check out the sign-up sheets in the foyer.
We are also looking for some supplies for children’s summer Faith Formation crafts. 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. Also, we are looking for #6 plastic (such as the clear lids that come with aluminum baking pans); please also put those in the supply room. Talk with Krista Graber if you have questions.
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.
WDC Annual Assembly 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. Read all about Assembly and register by July 19 at: http://mennowdc.org/annual-assembly/#2017annualAssembly. A brochure is posted on the bulletin board.
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.
It’s time to celebrate! “Uncle Milt’s Shed” will be celebrating its 15th year of providing kids with make-it-take-it crafts at Threshing Day this August. We are looking to replenish our crafting supplies and need approximately 100 empty/clean tin cans (15-20 oz. sizes—the kinds that come from vegetable/fruit/soups) and calico print fabric. All donated items can be delivered to the Mennonite Heritage & Agricultural Museum (Tuesday-Saturday, 10 am-5 pm) or to Susan Nafziger by Friday, July 14. If you have questions, feel free to contact Susan at 367-4623. Thanks for your support!
Dates to Remember:
July 4-8: Mennonite Church USA Convention in Orlando, FL
July 18: Tabor Mennonite Women at MCC Center
July 19-25: Tabor serves at New Hope Shelter
August 4-6: Western District Conference Annual Assembly
August 27: Mennograss
September 8-10: Women’s Retreat at Camp Mennoscah
September 16-17: Tabor Church Campout at Mennoscah
« Western District Conference: Pray for delegates, youth, and others from WDC traveling to Orlando, FL, for Mennonite Church USA convention in early July.
« Mennonite Mission Network: Eid al Fitr begins at sundown today. This Muslim holiday marks the end of the fasting month of Ramadan, which emphasizes empathy for the poor and focuses on the spiritual life. Mennonite Mission Network requests prayer for workers who are building bridges between Christians and Muslims in many countries.
« Mennonite Education Agency: Anabaptist Mennonite Biblical Seminary. This summer, five youth are serving in their home congregations for 100 hours – working alongside their pastor in a mentoring relationship – as part of !Explore: A Theological Program for High School Youth, an AMBS program. Pray that God would use these experiences to help shape and form them as Christ-followers and strengthen their leadership skills.
« Mennonite Church USA: Surround the Mennonite Church USA 2017 Convention in prayer as it begins July 4 in Orlando, Florida. More than 3,000 youth, delegates and others are expected to attend.
Western District Conference
Annual Assembly: A bus has been chartered from N Newton to Arlington, TX for the WDC Annual Assembly August 4-6. Bus departs from Kauffman Museum in North Newton on the morning of August 4, and can also pick up riders at the Best Western in Park City, KS. Anticipated return to North Newton is 8 pm on August 6. Register early to secure your seat on the deluxe motorcoach! Seats available until filled. Complete information about Annual Assembly, the chartered bus option, and online registration is at: http://mennowdc.org/annual-assembly/#2017annualAssembly.
WDC delegates to the Mennonite Church USA convention in Orlando are: Norma Duerksen, Rosie Epp, Anita Kehr, Heidi Regier Kreider, Byron Pellecer, Terry Rediger, Ray Reimer and Kristen Swartley. Three persons from WDC have also been appointed to participate in the Step Up program for senior high youth attending delegate sessions: Erick J. Martinez, Magdalena Ramer Wenger and Andrew Moore. Please pray for these folks as they represent Western District Conference at the delegate assembly and Future Church Summit.
Summer Reading Program–for all ages in all places! Children AND adults, sign up for the WDC Resource Library’s summer reading program at http://www.mennowdc.
org/library or contact the library (crlib or 316-283-6300). Fun prizes for all ages and we mail books to those at a distance.
-Camp is a place where we are reminded that being a Christian is fun. Youth camps run through the last week of July and we have openings for those going into grade 3 through senior high. Limited scholarship funds are available.
-Family Weekend at Camp Mennoscah! July 29-30: worship, swimming, crafts, campfire, and fun with others. We will provide meals, lifeguards, craft materials, and music–all for you!
-Young Adult Weekend, August 4-6! We’ve planned a weekend of time for you to be unstructured and relaxed. There will be worship, swimming, time to play games or go for walks, be in solitude or with friends.
Thank you to everyone who supports our summer staff, counselors, and program staff who spend time at Camp Mennoscah! The letters and packages you send are special treats during a week that is rewarding and fun but often exhausting. Thank you also to all the parents, friends and relatives who send letters to our campers! We all love to get mail and these notes are a good pick-me-up and a hug through words. Emails can be sent to office with the camper’s name in the subject line.
Information for Camp Mennoscah or to register:
Online at www.campmennoscah.org
Service Adventure is in need of unit leaders for the Jackson, Mississippi, 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 or visit us at www.MennoniteMission.net
Towels & Cloth Diapers Needed! The MCC Material Resources Center in North Newton, is currently running very low on towels for MCC relief kits and hygiene kits. Dark colored bath towels, dark colored hand towels and cloth diapers for infant care kits (flat fold preferred) are needed at this time. Donations can be brought to 121 E. 30th in North Newton, or you can purchase items from katemast, 316.283.2720.
Mennonite Disaster Updates:
-Ashland, KS – 2017 Wildfires. We are working on removing barbed wire fencing that was damaged. Volunteers are needed to remove clips and staples from the posts, and then pick up the posts off the ground and load them onto utility vehicles. Many hands are needed and no prior experience is required. Lodging & meals are being provided at the Hardesty House in Ashland. Individuals or groups can volunteer for 1-5 days at a time Monday to Friday. We are looking for groups to fill the weeks of June 26, July 3 and July 10. For more information check out https://mds.mennonite.net/unit/kansas-unit/ and the latest video posted https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RfViZ8YHO6I
-Eureka, KS – 2016 Tornado. We are working on several repair jobs which include roofing, and replacing flooring & drywall. We will also be building one new house starting in the next several weeks! Individuals or groups can volunteer on Saturdays. Transportation, lunch, tools and a skilled crew leader will all be provided. We will be working June 24, July 1 and July 8 for starters.