July 16 announcements
Mennonite Church USA Reporting: Sunday, July 16, Tabor Youth will share reflections from convention during the worship service. Tabor delegates will share some reflections from the Future Church Summit in the Anabaptist Essentials Faith Formation class. Additionally, all Tabor people who attended convention will write reflections to be included in the August newsletter. Please see the following link for an article about the delegate response to the Future Church Summit, which includes a link to the Future Church Summit Outcomes Report: http://mennoniteusa.org/convention-news/delegates-accept-future-church-summit-results-guide-discernment/
Garden Produce: If you have extra garden produce that you would like to share, please leave it on the table in the foyer. Anyone may take some home. You may leave a donation for the food pantry ministry.
The Tabor Trading Post will be open August 27 immediately following faith formation. The children are busy at work creating items to sell. Adults are welcome and encouraged to sell their items and services as well that day. There will be some great gift items and possibly some yummy ones! Remember, all proceeds from this event support our building fund. Adults who want table space at the Trading Post should contact Carol Duerksen.
The Tabor Mennonite Women will be going to the MCC Center in North Newton on Tuesday, July 18 to have a work morning from 9:00am – 12pm. Please bring snacks for the mid-morning break.
New Hope Shelter: Tabor will be serving at New Hope Shelter July19 – 25. We could still use volunteers for the evening shift on July 22, 23 and 25. Please contact John and Ruth Peters now if you are able to volunteer.
WDC Annual Assembly is Aug 4-6, in Arlington, TX. Register now to participate in worship services, workshops, delegate assembly, and a mini-festival on Saturday evening at Iglesia Luz del Evangelio with food, music, other activities and fellowship! For more information and to register, see http://mennowdc.org/annual-assembly/#2017annualAssembly. Those serving as Tabor delegates include: Pastor Phil Schmidt, Pastor Katherine Goerzen, Peter Goerzen, Eric Litwiller, Carol Duerksen, and Maynard Knepp. Jayce Yoder will also attend. If you are interested in being a delegate, please contact a Pastor before July 19. Deacons will provide $100 of financial assistance to help cover registration costs for Tabor delegates.
Friends, family, and guests will be coming to Goessel for Threshing Days! Would you help us (The Mennonite Heritage & Agricultural Museum) feed them on Saturday, August 5? Bakers, servers, and cashiers are needed. Please see the volunteer sheet in your mailbox and respond by July 23. For further questions, contact Aileen Esau (367-2358 or daesau). Thank you!
The Mennonite Heritage & Agricultural Museum will be hosting a South Bloomfield School Reunion and “homecoming” of the school’s stage curtain on Sunday, Aug. 6 at 2:00 p.m., as part of Country Threshing Days. The celebration will be in the South Bloomfield School on the museum grounds, where the recently donated curtain will be on display. This event is open to the public, and refreshments will be served. Former students are especially invited to come to this time of reminiscing.
The museum would like to record stories from students that attended the South Bloomfield One-Room School. Any pranks you remember? Any memorable events? What did you have for lunch? What was recess like in the dead of winter? Consider interviewing a grandparent and submit their memories.
Please send memories to The Mennonite Heritage & Agricultural Museum, P.O. Box 231, Goessel, KS 67053, or email the museum at mhmuseum .
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:
August 4-6: Western District Conference Annual Assembly
August 27: Mennograss
Tabor Trading Post open
September 8-10: Women’s Retreat at Camp Mennoscah
September 16-17: Tabor Church Campout at Mennoscah
October 1: Goessel Area Harvest Giving Walk
« Western District Conference: Pray for our sister conference, South Central Mennonite Conference, meeting next weekend for annual assembly at Hesston (KS) Mennonite Church.
« Mennonite Mission Network: Nancy Frey and Bruce Yoder, serving with MMN in Burkina Faso, request prayer for Ouagadougou Mennonite Church members as they discern if God is leading them to begin a new ministry with children in Sapouy, a village about 60 miles from the capital city where they live.
« Mennonite Education Agency: Pray for participants in Journey, Anabaptist Mennonite Biblical Seminary distance-friendly non-degree leadership development program. May God use the program’s focus on spiritual disciplines, theological and biblical studies, character development, mentoring and gifts development to deepen their faith and strengthen their leadership.
« Mennonite Church USA: Be in prayer for the various area conference assemblies happening around the country this month. Five area conferences are meeting during the second half of July.
« Mennonite Disaster Service: Fueled by the summer heat and dry conditions, wildfires are continuing to burn hundreds of acres and forcing thousands to evacuate their homes across the western United States and Canada. Let us continue remembering and praying for those in harm’s way as well as the firefighters and folks helping to contain them. Pray also that no deaths will result from these devastating fires.
Western District Conference
WDC Annual Assembly…
…will be held in Arlington, TX on August 4-6. Please register by next Wednesday, July 19. After this date meals are not included in the registration price. Food is a fun part of the fellowship, so don’t miss out! Register and pay online at: http://mennowdc.org/annual-assembly/#2017annualAssembly.
…Make your lodging reservations for the WDC Annual Assembly at the Doubletree Hotel Arlington DFW South by this Friday, July 14. (A reduced rate is available until the 14th.) Call before it’s too late: 1-800-HILTONS; ask for the “Mennonite Western District Conference” group rate, Group Code MWD.
…Seats are still available for the charter bus from North Newton, KS to Arlington, TX for the WDC Annual Assembly August 4-6. Complete information about Annual Assembly, the chartered bus option, and online registration is at: http://mennowdc.org/annual-assembly/#2017annualAssembly.
Scholarships for WDC Women studying theology! Western District Women in Mission is offering scholarships for the Fall 2017 semester for those enrolled at AMBS, EMS, IBA, SeBAH, etc. These scholarships are being made available through Memorial funds, please apply at westerndistrictwomen. Deadline
August 15. Scholarship amounts depend on number of applicants.
—Family Camp at Camp Mennoscah, July 29-30! All families of all assortments and sizes are invited to enjoy a weekend of time together. There will be campfire and singing, swimming, crafts, river play, and amazing opportunities to be in God’s creation. What a great way to experience worship!
—The Young Adults are GATHERING! Come to Camp Mennoscah for the Young Adult Weekend, August 4-6. We’ll be hanging out and having worship, swimming, playing board games, and breaking bread together (though it may look more like grilling and ice cream). Request a scholarship as part of the online registration. It’s going to be a blast!
—Sneak Peek at Fall Events! Thinking about fall already? Camp Mennoscah has Scrapbook and Craft Retreats, Mental Health Spiritual Retreat, Work & Play Camp, and lots of fun times coming up. Make a group reservation for your family, church, or small group! We love to have groups at Camp Mennoscah!
Information for Camp Mennoscah or to register:
Online at www.campmennoscah.org
In 2016, the Mennonite Worship and Song Committee began developing a new collection designed to succeed Hymnal: A Worship Book (1992), and supplements Sing the Journey (2005), and Sing the Story (2007). The Committee calls on authors (of worship resources and hymn texts), songwriters (who compose words and music as a unit), and composers (of hymn tunes) to submit original work intended to enhance congregational worship in Anabaptist-Mennonite faith communities. We welcome submissions for consideration in this new collection. We expect the submissions portal at Resonate with questions.
Mennonite Central Committee Relief Kits Needed: Excited to buy MCC school kit supplies when all the back-to-school supplies show up in stores? Consider helping refugee families in Jordan and Ukraine meet their basic hygiene needs with an MCC relief kit instead! Our partners in the Middle East and Ukraine are asking for more relief kits than MCC has on-hand so we need your help! Our goal is to ship 83,000 relief kits by March 2018. Visit katemast, 316-283-2720 with questions or to schedule a kit packing event at your church!
The 2017 issue of Mennonite Life, Bethel College’s annual online journal, is now live at ml.bethelks.edu. This special issue is almost completely devoted to a consideration of “500 years of Anabaptism,” with an essay by Ben Goossen, “Why 500 Years?: A Critique of Anabaptism’s Upcoming Anniversary Celebration,” and 13 responses from Anabaptists in the United States and Canada, as well as Colombia and South Korea.
Save the date: Sat., Nov. 18, 4th biennial Worship and the Arts Symposium at Bethel College; “Seasons of the Soul: Enacting the Mystery of Faith,” with special guest presenter and resource person Ted Swartz. Symposium registration includes Swartz’s performance of “Slightly Left of Normal,” Fri., Nov. 17, in Krehbiel Auditorium (admission charge for non-symposium registrants). For a complete schedule and online registration, see bethelks.edu/worshiparts
!Explore: A Theological Program for High School Youth: This week, five youth are participating in the !Explore program of Anabaptist Mennonite Biblical Seminary as they share a 16-day group experience of worship, service and study. We invite your prayers that they might sense the presence and leading of the Holy Spirit as they explore ministry and build relationships with each other. Know someone who might be interested? Encourage him or her to apply for 2018. www.ambs.edu/explore
Achieving your dreams and goals: Everence® will present an informational seminar, Your dreams, your goals: How a financial plan can help you achieve them, at 7 p.m. on Monday, July 24. Representatives from Everence will speak about aligning your finances with your life mission, ways to increase generosity, and avoiding costly financial mistakes. The seminar will take place at Everence Financial Advisors, 371 North Old Highway 81, Hesston. To reserve your spot, contact Darlene Buller at darlene.buller.