Mennograss: Save the date for Mennograss, which will take place on Sunday, August 27. Food will be served beginning at 5:30 pm and live music will begin around 6 pm. We invite everyone who comes to bring lawn chairs and a side dish or dessert to share. Look for more information coming soon!
Church Campout: Plan to join us at Camp Mennoscah on September 16-17 for our church retreat focusing on the theme: “Stories of Hope.” Registration forms will be available next week! We hope that everyone can join us, even if just for Sunday morning.
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.
Goessel Threshing Days: August 5-6 on the Mennonite Heritage and Agricultural Museum grounds.
—Ventriloquist Greg Claassen, Friday August 4, 7:30 pm in the High School Auditorium. Donations Welcomed (no admission fee). Benefit performance for the Museum.
—The 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.
Bethesda Volunteer Opportunity: A volunteer is needed to count the money from the pop machine. This is a weekly duty for approximately ½ hr. Bethesda has been blessed to have a long time, faithful volunteer for this task, but is unable to continue those duties. Please contact Gayle Voth if interested – 620-367-2291 or galev.
« Western District Conference: Pray for all who will travel to WDC Annual Assembly in Arlington, TX, next weekend, and for all who are planning and leading assembly activities.
« Mennonite Mission Network: MMN’s Missional Discipleship Initiative uses small groups to encourage spiritual growth in congregations. Because of its relational nature, transformation spreads to the entire church. Pray for Marvin Lorenzana, the coordinator, and all who open themselves to the Holy Spirit’s work through this ministry.
« Mennonite Education Agency: In the last academic year, Anabaptist Mennonite Biblical Seminary faculty and students and the Institute of Mennonite Studies (AMBS’s research agency) produced and/or presented five books, four journals, 13 articles and essays, for lectureships and one dissertation. Give thanks for God’s work through this scholarship!
« Mennonite Church USA: Pray for next month’s Mennonite Health Services board meetings as that agency prepares for leadership transition and works toward its goals for the health ministries of the church. CEO/President Rick Stiffney has announced his retirement effective in spring 2018.
« Mennonite Disaster Service: We ask you continue praying for safety as wildfires remain a big problem in Canada and the United States. In total, there have been more than 36,000 large fires this year, which have burned more than 5 million acres. Pray that all these will be contained and that no lives will be lost. Also pray for those in the Kansas City metro area who experienced torrential rains that caused major flash flooding in the early hours of Thursday morning. A number of water rescues were made but no deaths were reported.
Western District Conference
WDC Annual Assembly: is coming up soon on August 4-6 in Arlington, TX. Nearly 140 persons have registered to attend. Remember, anyone may attend the worship services (Friday evening and Sunday morning), as well as the Mini-Festival on Saturday evening at Luz del Evangelio (Dallas), without registration or payment.
The WDC Office and the Conference Resource Library will be closed on Friday through Monday, August 4-7, for Annual Assembly weekend 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!
—Young Adult Friends and Folks! We say you should come to the Young Adult Weekend at Camp Mennoscah on August 4-6. It’s a blast. It’s a hoot. It’s a great time to be in God’s creation and bum around with your fellow folks. This weekend is for you to do (almost) anything you please. Register online at campmennoscah.org! Scholarships are available as part of the online registration process.
—Detour to Camp Mennoscah–We know this sounds like a great summer theme, but it’s sadly the truth. Smoots Creek Bridge, located directly south of US-54, is being replaced. Alternate routes take you east or west of NE 100 Ave. The bridge will be closed until June 2018.
—Mental Health Spiritual Retreat at Camp Mennoscah on Sept. 3-4–Join us, all people affected by mental issues, including friends and families! We will have sessions on the theme of Branching Out. Also part of our time together are crafts, a hayrack ride, worship, swimming, and time to visit with old and new friends! Scholarships are available. Contact us with questions.
Information for Camp Mennoscah or to register:
Online at www.campmennoscah.org
Mennonite church announcements
The Mennonite, Inc. welcomes your original submissions and contributions for our October 2017 print magazine issue and corresponding online content focusing on Scripture: Texts that move and shape you. Submissions are due no later than August 1, 2017. We welcome written reflections—personal stories, biblical or theological reflections, poetry and more (800-1200 words), as well as original photography, multimedia products (including, but not limited to, original song or music recordings, music playlists, videos and vlogs) and artwork on the theme. For more info: https://themennonite.org/october-call-submissions-scripture/
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 Parkinson’s Support Group at Kidron Bethel will meet in Menno Hall August 1 at 2:00 p.m. for small group sharing. All are welcome.
Have you heard? Everence is moving to new offices in North Newton!
Finishing touches are now being made and we’ll be in our new building starting Aug. 21, 2017. Everence will now be located at 3179 N. Main St., North Newton – just north of the Mennonite Central Committee offices. Feel free to stop by anytime! Our phone numbers are the same: (316) 283-3800; (877) 467-7294. And for your convenience, we’re maintaining a satellite office at Schowalter Villa, 200 W. Cedar, Hesston – in addition to our Hutchinson office.
Circle of Hope Annual Picnic, scheduled for next Tuesday, August 1st at King Park in Hesston, KS. We plan to enjoy a potluck meal together and inform community members about the Circle of Hope program and our new Getting Ahead class starting this Fall in Hesston.