Tabor Mennonite Church

Offering hospitality, healing and hope in the name of Christ.

September 16-17 Campout Schedule & Announcements

Next Sunday, September 24

Next Sunday we will continue our worship series, “Vision: Shared Stories of Future Hope” by reflecting on visions focused on “Everlasting Joy” (Isaiah 35:1-10; Revelation 7:13-17). It is also Bethel College Sunday and we look forward to hosting the Bethel College Concert Choir and hearing their wonderful music. Peter Goerzen, Bethel College Campus Pastor, will be preaching.

10:45 a.m.—Faith Formation for everyone. Regular classes will take place. Anyone is welcome to join the Young Adult class meeting in the sanctuary for a hymn sign with the Bethel College Concert Choir.

11:45 a.m.—Potluck meal in the Fellowship Hall. Please bring a large dish to share as we will be hosting Bethel’s Concert Choir (about 60 hungry college students)! Bring your own table service.

Dates to Remember:

September 29: Norma Martinez memorial service

October 1: World Communion, World Potluck k

Goessel Area Harvest Giving Walk

October 4: Wednesday Evening Ministries begin

October 8: The Great Tabor Celebration Smoke-In

October 15: Fellowship Event: Papa’s Pumpkin Patch

October 29: Caring Group Potluc

November 2: Mennonite Men’s Chicken BBQ

November 5: Congregational meeting

Notes of Appreciation

Thanks to all who supported Mom’s estate “sale” Labor Day weekend, whether you were able to do this in person or in spirit. All proceeds went to MCC, and totaled $2,701, with unsold items going to Et Cetera and Quilters Corner. A special thanks to Maynard Knepp for dropping off a MCC trailer for this purpose, and to Maynard and Duane Unruh for moving larger furniture items to Et Cetera. Our family appreciated how this event gave us the opportunity to connect with Tabor members and the larger community, as well as the time to savor all that Mom has given to our family and community. ~The Elma Goertz Family

Congregational Announcements

Pastor Rosie Jantz Sabbatical: In May, Pastor Rosie completed her 4th year as our associate Pastor which, according to her memo of understanding, makes her eligible for a sabbatical. Pastor Rosie has submitted sabbatical plans to the Deacon board which will take place December 1, 2017 – March 1, 2018. The deacons support her plans which Pastor Rosie will share in the November Newsletter. ~Ron Schroeder, Deacon Chair.

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.

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 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.

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 a 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.

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!

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.

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.

The Mennonite Heritage and Agricultural Museum in Goessel is please to have Pastor Willmar T. Harder as the featured speaker for our annual Heritage Lecture. He is currently the pastor of Buhler Mennonite Church (Buhler, KS). Starting at 9:00 a.m. he will present two sessions. 1) “Vivir Bien: Low German Mennonites in Bolivia” and 2) “Kjenn Jie Noch Plautdietsch : Is Mennonite Low German a Dead Language?” There will be a short break in between sessions. The lecture will be held at the Alexanderwohl Mennonite Church Fellowship Hall on Saturday morning Sept. 23, 2017, at 9:00 a.m. This event is free to the public and all are invited to attend.

Conference Announcements

Prayer Requests:

« Western District Conference: Pray for WDC’s Resource Commission as they meet this week to discern ministry goals and direction for the coming year.

« Mennonite Mission Network: Yesterday, the Argentina Mennonite Church began celebrating their centennial anniversary. Pray that God will be glorified as church members and guests worship and remember God’s faithfulness. Pray also that today’s mission rally in the greater Buenos Aires area will introduce people to Jesus in new ways.

« Mennonite Education Agency: Pray for Goshen College students and faculty as the new school year begins.

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!

“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

Camp Mennoscah:

—Celebration for Kelly! Kelly Stucky, long-time program director of Senior High Camp, has announced that he is retiring. We will celebrate his 19 years as program director at the Camp Mennoscah annual meeting on October 1st (meeting begins at 5:30pm) and welcome all to attend. Please RSVP online or call us. We also invite everyone to share pictures, notes of gratitude, and memories. These will be gathered into a scrapbook of sorts for Kelly. Send them to via email or mail to Olivia Bartel at Camp Mennoscah. Or, you are welcome to bring them with you!

—Work & Play Camp: Sept. 29-Oct. 3. For folks of all ages. No cost for this retreat! Please let us know you’re coming.

—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 Telephone: 620-297-3290.

Email: office. PO Box 65, Murdock, KS 67111

Contact: olivia.bartel.

The Leadership Development office of Mennonite Church USA is seeking applications for an office manager, currently a two-thirds time position. Primary responsibilities of this position includes maintaining the national database (MennoData) and technical support for the “calling system” which assists pastors, congregations and conferences in the pastoral search process. Successful candidates will be detail oriented with strong computer skills and able to work in a confidential environment. We are committed to diversity among staff and welcome people of diverse backgrounds and abilities to apply. To request a copy of the job description and an application form, contact HR or call 316-281-4257.

MCC Mini Comforter Blitz, Sept. 29 from 9am-5pm and Sept. 30 from 8am-4pm at MCC in North Newton! MCC needs 7000 comforters by November to meet requests from MCC partner organizations in Iraq, North Korea and Syria. We need your help to fulfill requests and spread God’s love and warmth to children and families around the world! Come and go as you are able and bring your friends and family! You are welcome to bring a snack to share. Please bring a sack lunch/supper. Drinks will be provided. RSVP for childcare to Comforter Blitz committee member Kara Klingenberg (text or call) 620.983.9003. Check katemast, 316.283.2720.

Urgent! MCC Mobile Meat Cannery Volunteer Needed! MCC urgently seeks a volunteer that is at least 21 years old to work with the meat canner! Truck driving skills are ideal, but MCC is willing to provide training as well. The meat canning season starts up in October, please help MCC fill this vital need. For more information, please contact John Hillegass at johnhillegass or (717) 859-1151.

MCC responds to Hurricane Irma damage in Cuba and Haiti: Hurricane Irma tore roofs from houses in Cuba and dashed houses to the ground. In Haiti, Irma’s rain turned into flash floods that rushed into houses and caused families to escape in waist-high water. In both countries, crops, gardens and livestock were destroyed. Your gift to Mennonite Central Committee helps people in Cuba to rebuild and people in Haiti to recover. You can donate online at donate.mcc.org/cause/hurricane-irma-response. Contributions can also be made by calling 1-888-563-4676 or sending a check to MCC, 21 S. 12th St., PO Box 500, Akron, PA 17501.

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.

Hesston College: Come to Hesston College for A Hesston College Homecoming, Sept. 22 to 24. The weekend is full of events celebrating the college’s community and international presence, including a children’s festival, Global Tastings meal, and international music concert,

Sept. 23. Go tohesston.edu/homecoming for a full weekend schedule, event descriptions and registration.

You are Invited! Come to the Grace Hill Mennonite Church for our 2nd Annual Hog Roast – Sunday, September 24, 5-8pm. Come for Food, Yard Games, Fellowship, & Music. Free will donation for area food banks. See you there!

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Church Campout Schedule 2017.pdf

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