July 23 announcements
Mennonite Church USA Reporting: 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.
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, August 6 at 2:00 p.m., as part of Country Threshing Days.
The museum would like to record stories from students that attended the South Bloomfield One-Room School. 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 .
Help raise money for New Hope Shelter on Wednesday, July 26 from 5-8 pm by eating at Newton Wendy’s. 20% of all sales during these three hours will be donated to the shelter.
« Western District Conference: Pray for the WDC Church Planting Commission as they support church planters, emerging congregations and sister-church relationships within WDC.
« Mennonite Mission Network: Tomorrow, MMN’s Youth Venture participants from Northern Ireland will arrive in Detroit to work with host congregation, Community Christian Fellowship. Pray for them as they do house repairs, prepare meals in a soup kitchen, work at a homeless shelter, and interact with neighborhood children.
« Mennonite Education Agency: Remember the Hesston College staff who work through the summer to get ready for another academic year. Pray that they would find opportunities for renewal. Pray for new students who will be coming to Bethel College from far away, and for Bethel’s Host Family Program, that there will be “matches” made to benefit all.
« Mennonite Church USA: Pray for Anabaptists and other Christian communities around the world as they face a variety of challenges and seek to share the light of Christ with the needs of their local contexts.
Western District Conference
WDC Annual Assembly: All are welcome to attend the two worship services at the WDC Annual Assembly without preregistering or payment. These will be held on Friday, August 4 at 7 pm and on Sunday, August 6 at 9:30 am at the Doubletree Hotel Arlington DFW South, in Arlington, TX.
Registration is now open for the Womens/Girls Retreat (3rd grade and up) at Camp Mennoscah September 8-10. Our theme is “Together: Rooted and Reaching” with Barb Krehbiel Gehring as our featured speaker. Retreat schedules and registration forms are on the bulletin board in the foyer or available to print at: http://mennowdc.org/calendar/. We will celebrate 100 years of Mennonite Women organizations through stories and a hymn sing Friday evening. There will be no separate girls programming this year, so girls should register for Saturday morning and afternoon activities and seminars. Hope to see you all at Camp Mennoscah!
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! We’re gathering for a weekend of relaxing and fun on July 29-30. Maybe you thought it was too late, but we’ll accept registrations until we’re full. Call your family and friends, grab your sleeping bag, and spend a weekend with us!
—Calling all youthful adults! The Young Adult Weekend at Camp Mennoscah is August 4-6 and will be a hootin’ good time. Like definitely more fun than whatever else you might be doing. We’ll be expecting you and all your chums to join us. But maybe–just maybe–register online so we know how to plan for food. Scholarships available as part of the registration process. We’ll see you there!
—Camp Mennoscah Bridge Out — The Smoots Creek bridge to the south of Hwy 54 will be closed beginning July 17 for replacement. Alternate routes to Camp Mennoscah will be posted on the website and Facebook. The closure is expected to last until June 2018.
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 www.MennoniteWorshipAndSongCollection.org to be active throughout 2017. More information at: http://mennoniteworshipandsongcollection.org/.
Contact 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
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.