Note of Thanks
The 2017 Goessel Area Harvest Giving Walk took place this past Sunday afternoon at Alexanderwohl Mennonite Church. Fifty participants braved the wind and completed a route between 2 and 6 miles, and included 35 adults walking or running, 9 children biking or walking, and 6 young ones in strollers or carriers! Over $5,000 was raised for the event and will be dispersed to MCC’s water projects and the Tabor Church Food Pantry. Additionally 22 non-perishable items for the Tabor Food Pantry were collected. Thank you for your support of this community event – by walking, donating money or food pantry items, providing cookies, and praying for us! ~Kevin & Yvette Nickel, area coordinators
Wednesdays Evening Ministries
5:20-6:20 p.m.—Faithful Fitness
6:30-6:45 p.m.—Children’s Choirs
6:30-7:30 p.m.—Adult Bible Study
begins Oct. 18
6:45-7:30 p.m.—Faith Friends (3 yrs-gr 2)
6:45-7:45 p.m.—Faith Adventures (gr 3-5)
Youth Explorers (gr 6-8)
7:00-8:00 p.m.—Youth Group
7:30-8:30 p.m.—Adult Choir
Narrative Budget Reports are due TODAY, October 8. Please submit to church office. Email preferred: kfunk.
Tabor Celebration Smoke-In: Tabor Celebration Smoke-In in the park Oct 8, 5:00 p.m. Bring lawn chairs and table service. The meal will be provided, so plan to come join our Tabor family as we celebrate our fundraising for our new facility and enjoy an evening of fellowship together.
Wednesday Evening Adult Bible Study: Come join us for Adult Bible Study on Wednesday evenings right after supper from 6:30-7:30pm. We will begin with a time of prayer, followed by a study of the upcoming Sunday’s scripture passages. We will be meeting upstairs in the South Rooms. Important Note: Due to the children’s trip to the Pumpkin Patch this Wednesday, October 11, we will not begin Adult Bible Study until Wednesday, October 18. Please let me know if you have any questions. ~Pastor Phil
Hayrack Ride to the Pumpkin Patch: Come join us next Sunday, October 15 for our church trip to the Pumpkin Patch! Meet at the church park at 3:30 pm to ride the hayrack to the patch or just meet us at the patch around 4. Please bring money for activities and supper at the patch. We will plan for the hayrack to depart the patch when they close at 6pm. Let us know if you have any questions. ~Tabor Fellowship Planning Team
Singing and Spirituality: During our Musical Worship Series (October 22-November 19), we want to sing some of your favorite hymns! If you have a favorite hymn (from Hymnal:A Worship Book, Sing the Journey, Sing the Story, or the Companion Songbook) please email this to Pastor Katherine and we will include as many of these during this series as we can. Please include a brief note about why this hymn is important to you. Thanks!
Tabor Mennonite Women will meet on Monday, Oct. 16 at 7 p.m. for a Sister Care evening. Evelyn (Evie) Schmidt will share her story.
Getting to know one another: You have received a list of questions to help us get to know each other better. When you’ve completed your answers, return them to Diana Schmidt’s mailbox (or email to her at jd77schmidt). Please return them by October 29th. We will put them into a booklet that everyone will receive. Thank you for your participation! If you have any questions, please feel free to contact one of us. ~Diana Schmidt and Carol Duerksen
The Goessel FCCLA (Family, Career, Community Leaders of America) chapter is working on a service project this fall of making pillowcase dresses for young girls through an international program called “Real Hope for Haiti”. The chapter is collecting NEW standard-size, brightly colored pillowcases to use for this project and is inviting the community to donate pillowcases or monetary donations (checks can be payable to Goessel High School—memo: FCCLA pillowcase project) towards this effort. Donations can be dropped off at the Goessel high school office or given to Brooke Nafziger (FCCLA member) by Mon. Oct. 23. The community will be invited to join the FCCLA members in a community sewing event to be held on Sat. Nov. 4 from 9 am-12 noon in the Goessel High School Family Consumer Science classroom. More information will be coming out soon!
Mennonite Heritage & Agricultural Museum seeking barn wood: After a busy summer spent residing the Krause House, the Board of Directors has decided to postpone repainting the Schroeder Barn till next year. In the meantime, we want to replace some of the barn siding with original full dimension wood. We are looking for 1 x 12’s in as long of lengths as possible. If you have wood that is stored or if it is still on a barn that you are looking to dismantle, and would like to donate to the museum (or need more information), please call the Museum Director, Fern Bartel at 367-8200, or board members, Steve Banman at 367-4610 or Nelson Voth at 283-8603.
Bethesda needs your help: The Board and Administration are looking at ways to be more efficient with the funds that you contribute. In the last 8 newsletters we have stated, “Please send us your email address if you would like to receive the newsletter and other communications electronically.” You will get the Bethesda news sooner and you won’t have to recycle the hard copy. Either send an email with your address to Pete Flaming pflaming or call Pete or Shari Wiens 620-367-2291. Several have already done so, but if you prefer a hard copy we will provide it to you as we have in the past. The newsletters (current and past) can also be viewed on our web site www.bethesdahome.org . Newsletter archives are under the “About” heading.
Dates to Remember:
Oct. 17: Budget Workshop
Oct. 19: Stories & Stuff
Oct. 29: Caring Group Potluck
Nov. 2: Mennonite Men’s
Nov. 5: Congregational meeting
during Faith Formation hour
-College Task Force
« Western District Conference: Give thanks for the generous financial support received by WDC to assist congregations in Houston to reach out to members and neighbors following Hurricane Harvey.
« Mennonite Mission Network: Tomorrow is Indigenous Peoples Day. MMN confesses the complicity many in our church have had in land theft and oppression. Pray for repentance, restitution, and for the many mission workers who support marginalized people groups to reclaim their land, their language, and their dignity.
« Mennonite Education Agency: Today is Clergy Appreciation Day. Pray that pastors, the world over, will interpret Christ’s love to young children through enriching healthy family relationships, supporting high quality education and care for all children, protecting them from exploitation, violence and discrimination, thus promoting peace.
« Mennonite Disaster Service: Pray for Kevin King, MDS executive director, Larry Stoner, MDS regional operations coordinator and the MDS Puerto Rico Unit as they work together to evaluate the impact of Hurricane Maria on the island and assess how MDS should respond. Continue to remember those impacted by Hurricane Harvey and Irma and the MDS volunteer teams responding. Remember in prayer all the continuing projects MDS has ongoing that were started before this current hurricane season.
“Thank you so very much for your generous contributions given to us for Hurricane Harvey.” This recent message from pastor Simon Tlumang of Chin Emmanuel Church in Houston also expresses WDC’s gratitude! As of today, $16,050 has been received by WDC and distributed to our four congregations in Houston. Pastors report that funds are being used to pay for expenses such as temporary lodging, construction materials, furnishings, rent, utilities, medical expenses, and other needs for families displaced from their homes by flooding or dealing with loss of work income due to the storm. Pastor Alberto Parchment of Iglesia Menonita Casa del Alfarero says, “The needs are not over. We as pastors are working hard, trying to help all whom we can. The whole congregation is very grateful for your kind contribution to their needs.” WDC continues to welcome contributions for this purpose. Send checks, designated for Hurricane Relief, to WDC at PO Box 306, North Newton, KS 67117 or give online at mennowdc.org. All designated contributions will be sent directly to Houston congregations to assist them as the continue to help members and neighbors in the community. Thank you for your generosity!
Mark your calendars for the Year of Evangelism kick off event, sponsored by the WDC Resource Commission, January 19-20, 2018 at the Alexanderwohl church in Goessel, KS. We’ll gather for this two-day event starting Friday evening for vibrant worship, inspiring teaching from Marvin Lorenzana and Heidi Rolland Unruh, and practical workshops meant to equip your congregation for outreach. On Saturday, congregational leaders will have a chance to brainstorm outreach ideas with a coach so that they can return to their mission fields with a practical plan for sharing the good news. All of this great resourcing is only $30 per person! (Registration info to follow.) Join us as we’re equipped to spread God’s healing and hope in the world!
—Thank you to all our Work & Play Camp and Annual Meeting attendees! You gave generously of your time, skills, and money. Your support of our camping ministry keeps us reaching out to so many people.
—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.
From Mennonite Central Committee Washington Office: On the night of October 1, at least 59 people were killed and more than 500 wounded at an outdoor music festival in Las Vegas, making it the deadliest mass shooting in modern U.S. history. Our prayers and thoughts are with all those affected, as we affirm our commitment to work toward common-sense gun policies. Here are links to several resources related to the prevention of gun-violence:
– From Menno Media: http://thirdway.com/the-right-to-safety/
MCC is responding to disasters taking place around the world. Even before the most recent natural disasters from hurricanes, earthquakes and floods, MCC was running extremely low on comforters and relief kits. Our goal is to ship 83,000 relief kits by March 2018 and we need 7,000 comforters by November.
Visit mcc.org/mrc/kits for full kit information and from there click through to our Amazon Wish List for easier shopping and shipping. Just bring or ship kit items to MCC Central States 121 E. 30th St. North Newton, KS 67117. It’s not too early to start thinking about holiday giving projects like a relief kit collection drive! Call MCC with questions at 316-283-2720.
-Sun., Oct. 8 – Bethel College Philharmonia Orchestra concert, 3 p.m., Memorial Hall, featuring music by von Weber, Debussy and Sibelius
-Fall Festival Oct. 12-15; see www.bethelks.edu/fallfest/
-The Bethel College Women’s Association is asking for donations of baked goods for the Market in the Round and Pie by the Slice booth at Fall Festival, Saturday, Oct. 14. Baked goods of any kind may be dropped off at Luyken Fine Arts Center Friday, Oct. 13, 3 pm-5 pm, or Saturday morning. Pies can be dropped off at Schultz Student Center, Seminar Room A near the cafeteria entrance, on Friday, Oct. 13, 4 p.m.-6:30 p.m., or Saturday morning at the Pie by the Slice booth. The request is for 9” pies; no cream pies, please. Please use an aluminum pie tin. If you have questions, contact Cindy Erb, cindy.l.erb.
Thank you from BCWA!
Hesston College: You are invited to Living Water, presented by the Hesston College Bel Canto Singers, at Hesston Mennonite Church at 2 p.m., Sunday, October 8. The program is created in partnership with the Hesston Common Read and will feature the work of Mennonite Central Committee, with an offering collected to support an MCC water project.