Church Campout: Come to Camp Mennoscah on September 16-17 for our church retreat focusing on the theme: “Stories of Hope.” Michael Unruh will lead campfire on Saturday evening, Michelle Unruh will lead music throughout the weekend, and Cleo Koop and others will share stories of Hope on Sunday morning. Please return registration forms (found in mailboxes or on the table in the foyer) to the box in the foyer by this Sunday, September 10. We hope that everyone can join us, even if just for Sunday morning. If you need a ride to Camp Mennoscah church Campout on Sunday morning, please contact Keith Banman. He has room for up to 5 people.
Call to Prayer: I invite everyone to come pray with me on either Tuesday morning at 9:15am or Thursday morning at 7am (choose whichever day/time works best with your schedule). We will be praying through the Anabaptist Prayer Book. If you have a copy, please bring it. If not, please come anyway (we have extra copies at church). My hope is that these two times will be conducive for most people. That being said, if you would like to join in community prayer, but these times don’t work for you, please let me know and we can either adjust times or add a third option on Fridays. I look forward to seeing how God’s Spirit moves as we pray together! ~Pastor Phil
Tabor Trading Post: Thanks to everyone who made and offered items, and purchased items at the Tabor Trading Post! The Facilities Fund graph in the bulletin reflects an additional $813 raised by the children! Please see the Trading Post bulletin board in the foyer for more opportunities to donate. Anyone is welcome to post additional items and services.
Stories & Stuff: Welcome to another year of Stories & Stuff. Our first gathering will include a demonstration of water dowsing with Paul Graber. Meet in the south rooms on Thursday, September 14 at 10 a.m. Everyone is welcome!
Wednesday Night Ministries is on the horizon and there is still a need for teachers for our youngest children. Please prayerfully consider teaching either the 3 year old class or the 4 yr old – Kindergarten class. Contact Doris Unruh or one of the pastors with your “yes” response to this calling.
Opportunity to help refugees: Lorraine Avenue Mennonite Church in Wichita currently owns a house that is being used as short-term housing for refugee families that are between homes, need a little respite from rent while paying medical bills, etc. Lorraine Avenue expressed an openness to having help with some of the upkeep of the house. Erica Stoltzfus is coordinating a team of 3 people to work on the back/side yard with removing weeds, chopping volunteer trees, etc. on the morning of September 23. To volunteer, or for more information, please contact Erica.
The 5th annual 2 and 6 mile Goessel Area Harvest Giving Walk will be Sunday, October 1 at 1:30 p.m. leaving from Alexanderwohl Mennonite Church. Mark your calendars and see your recruiters Kevin and Yvette Nickel to sign up to participate. Donations will once again go to support MCC and the local Tabor Church Food Pantry. Please make checks payable to Harvest Giving Walk.
Attention women: I am planning on having a women’s chorus sing at church on October 8. Rehearsals will be on Sept. 27 at 7:30 p.m. and October 4 at 7:00 p.m.If you are interested in participating or have any questions, please contact me. —Marcene Entz
The Great Tabor Celebration Smoke-In is coming the evening of October 8, and we need smokers! If you would like to participate as a meat smoker, please sign up on the bulletin board. This will be a congregational celebration of Tabor’s fundraising for the new building. More details to come, but for now, please sign up if you are interested in smoking some meat. If you have questions, contact Elaine Unruh or Doris Unruh.
Caring Group Potluck. On October 29, everyone is invited to potluck following Faith Formation in the fellowship hall. Our purpose for this potluck is to gather existing caring groups as well as invite anyone curious about joining a caring group. Pastors Rosie Jantz and Phil Schmidt will lead this time of discussion and fellowship. Hope to see you there.
Help Needed: 4 Tractor Drivers to drive the Parking Lot Shuttle at the State Fair Thurs., Sept. 14. Times needed: 4-7 pm; and 7-9:30 pm. FREE TICKET. To volunteer, see Jerry Toews.
The Wee Wonders class is looking for several items to add to the wee wonders classroom. We are wondering if you have any of these around your house that you would be willing to donate. Items may be brought to the supply room in the basement. Please talk to Pam Abrahams if you have questions. Items: Full length mirror, 2 plastic dish tubs, play food in good condition, doctor’s kit, large plastic eggs. In addition, please contact Pam if you would be interested in making/donating doll blankets. Thanks!
Saint Francis Community Services is in need of new or gently used clothing for kids of all ages entering foster care. If you have some hand-me-downs you’d be willing to donate, please get them to Mandy Funk.
The Tabor Food Pantry needs your help! Groceries on the shelves are running low and so are funds to purchase gift cards for perishable foods. When you do your grocery shopping, buy a little extra for the food pantry. Every item helps. All items are needed, but immediate needs include Hamburger Helper type meals, spaghetti and spaghetti sauce, pancake mix, applesauce and fruits and much more. There is a box under the table in the foyer where you may place your items, or simply place them in the food pantry room, 113. Thanks for your continued support.
The Second Monday Family History and Genealogy Group will be meeting Mon, Sept. 11, 7:00 p.m., in the Goessel museum Preparatory School. Steve Fast, will share information on which version of the Mennonite genealogical database to choose and how to use each one. The meeting is free and open to the public.
Worship and the Arts Symposium: “Seasons of the Soul: Enacting the Mystery of Faith”, Saturday, November 18 at Bethel College. Registration fee is $40 or $25 per person when 3 or more people from the same congregation register and pay as a group. Fee includes Friday evening performance “Slightly Left of Normal” by resource person Ted Swartz, and Saturday lunch and supper. If you plan to attend and want to be included in the group rate, please contact the church office for details.
« Western District Conference: Pray for a meeting hosted by WDC next weekend in Dallas, TX, to promote the Seminario Bíblico Anabautista Hispano (SeBAH) theological training program for accreditation purposes.
« Mennonite Mission Network: MMN requests prayer for Mennonite Church Nigeria’s youth who will begin gathering Wednesday for their five-day national camp. Pray for Psalmist Ekpedeme Jackson, their president, as he leads the young people in worship, Bible study, training in peacebuilding and reconciliation, and in business development principles.
« Mennonite Education Agency: Pray for Goshen College students and faculty as the new school year begins.
« Mennonite Disaster Service: Remember and pray for those impacted by Hurricane Harvey as well as those being threatened by Hurricane Irma. Pray also for those affected by the wildfires in the western U.S. Dozens of fires are burning across eight western states, including the largest ever recorded in the Los Angeles area.
Western District Conference invites contributions to support our churches in the Houston, TX, area following the hurricane there. 100% of the contributions to the WDC Harvey Relief fund will be distributed directly to WDC congregations in the Houston area, to assist them as they help members and neighbors in their communities. Please make checks payable to WDC, designated for Hurricane Relief, and send to WDC at PO Box 306, North Newton, KS 67117. Contributions may also be made online at mennowdc.org. Thank you for your generosity!
West Zion Mennonite Church, Moundridge, will host a benefit concert for Mennonite Disaster Service, at 2 pm on September 10. No admission. Free-will offering entirely for MDS to aid in recovery efforts in Texas & Louisiana.
“Fall into a Good Book” with the Conference Resource Library’s Fall Story Hour. Join leader Carol Flickinger for stories, rhymes, and fun Thursdays, Sept. 28 through Nov. 16 at 10:00am. Sign up at crlib or (316)283-6300. Please sign up by September 21
—Work & Play Camp: Sept. 29-Oct. 3. For folks of all ages. No cost for this retreat! Please let us know you’re coming.
—Camp Mennoscah’s Annual Meeting: Oct. 1 at 5:30pm. Everyone is invited. RSVP.
—Scrapbook & Crafts Retreats: Nov. 3-5 and Nov. 15-17.
Information for all retreats at Camp Mennoscah or to register:
Online at www.campmennoscah.org
#ActionAlert from MCC – All the Mennonite Central Committee Material Resource Centers in the U.S. need a combined total of 7000 comforters by November! Yes, you read that right, 7000 comforters are needed to fulfill the requests from MCC partner organizations in Iraq, North Korea and Syria!
MCC is providing relief assistance in Nepal, India and Bangladesh after two weeks of severe monsoon rains displaced more than 1.7 million people and killed 1,246 in the region. We are working with partners to provide emergency food, water, tarps, mosquito nets and hygiene kits to those affected. MCC welcomes your support for our relief work in the area. www.mcc.org/south-asia-flood-relief
Save the Dates for the MCC Mini Comforter Blitz September 29 & 30 at the MCC Material Resources Center in North Newton, Kansas! MCC is in need of 7000 comforters to meet our partner requests by November. Requests for comforters from areas affected by current natural disasters will make that number climb higher. Check katemast, 316.283.2720.
IBA Benefit Dinner: The annual Instituto Bíblico Anabautista (IBA) benefit dinner will take place Fri., Sept. 15, 6:30 pm at First Mennonite Church in Newton. Dinner is by donation. IBA is a program of Mennonite Education Agency’s Hispanic Ministries for Leadership Development and Pastoral Education. For any inquires contact Violeta Ajquejay at:VioletaA or call 316-281-4342
Jesus calls us to visit the prisoner! At Hutchinson Correctional Facility there are over 50 inmates who are waiting for a visit. Through Offender/Victim Ministries’
M-2 Program, you have the opportunity to visit an inmate one evening a month. New volunteer training for M-2 will be on Monday, Sept. 18 at 12:00pm at Hutch Correctional Facility or Tuesday, Sept. 19 at 6:30pm at Bethel College Mennonite Church, North Newton. Please contact Ben Kreider for more information at ben or (316) 281 5244.
Sun., Sept. 10 – Rachel Waltner Goossen, professor of history at Washburn University, will speak on “The Great War and Legacies of Peace Witness,” to introduce the special exhibit “Voices of Conscience: Peace Witness in the Great War,” 3 p.m., Kauffman Museum. Opening reception for the exhibit is at 4 p.m.
Tues., Sept. 12 – KIPCOR 30th-anniversary celebration continues with Leonard Pitts Jr., 7 p.m., Memorial Hall at Bethel College. Pitts will speak on “What Now? America in the Age of Trump,” and sign copies of his books.
Hesston College: Registration closes Sept. 11 for A Hesston College Homecoming, Sept. 22 to 24. Don’t miss the 26th annual two-mile run/walk: The Manickam Mosey, typically a Thanksgiving weekend tradition, now moved to Homecoming on Sept. 23. Race registration available athesston.edu/2mile. See the full weekend schedule, event descriptions and registration athesston.edu/homecoming.
Getting ready to retire? Everence® Financial will present informational seminars this fall to help you make informed decisions. An overview of Medicare will go over what’s covered (and what’s not), enrollment deadlines and plans that supplement Medicare. It will be offered at 6:30 p.m. Sept. 11 and Nov. 6. Retirement income strategy will help you think through your retirement income and expenses, discuss risks than can impact your savings, and strategies to help your income last throughout retirement. It will be offered at 6:30 p.m. Oct. 2 and Dec. 4. All seminars will be at Everence Financial Advisors, 3179 N. Main St., North Newton. To reserve your spot, contact Michelle Ramer at (316) 283-3800, (877) 467-7294 or michelle.ramer.