This Sunday we begin a new worship series focusing on Music and Spirituality. As part of this worship series, we invite everyone to think about their “Heart Songs”. What songs have nurtured your faith, sustained you through celebration and hardship, helped you learn to follow Jesus, and drawn you into community with God’s people? You will have opportunity to submit your responses to these questions this Sunday morning and throughout the worship series.
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
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
The council Budget Workshop will take place on Tuesday, October 24 at 7:00 pm in the Fellowship Hall. All are encouraged to attend as this is where we will be discussing the budget for 2018.
Deacon Discernment: Deacons are in the process of discerning two new deacons who will begin in 2018. Carol Duerksen and Erica Stoltzfus have been discerned. Please pray for our continued discernment process leading up to the vote of affirmation at our congregational meeting on November 5.
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. Please let me know if you have any questions. ~Pastor Phil
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 or worship song, please either email the title to Pastor Katherine, or fill out a ‘Heart Song Stories’ sheet, which is available in the foyer and return to Pastor Katherine’s mailbox. We plan to sing these suggested hymns/songs during Sunday morning worship throughout this series. Thanks!
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.
Tabor Mennonite Women will meet Monday, October 30 at 1:00 p.m. in the church fellowship hall to tie comforters. MCC has a great need for comforters, so let’s try to get four done during this afternoon.
The Chicken BBQ put on by the Tabor Mennonite Men will be Nov 2 from 5-7 p.m. Bring your appetite and a donation. The money raised will go to the “Whale” playground structure at Camp Mennoscah and also to the Tabor church building fund. Men, please sign up on the sheet on the bulletin board in the foyer.
Tabor Youth Event: Tabor College Volleyball Game: Plan to meet at the church building on November 3 at 4pm so that we can travel together to go watch Olivia Duerksen play Volleyball at Tabor College at 4:30. We will then go out to eat together as a youth group afterwards.
Meat Canning this year will be on November 6 and 7 at the MCC Center in North Newton. Sign up on the bulletin board to volunteer. Checks can be made out to Tabor Mennonite Church, earmarked “MCC meat canning”, and placed in the truck in the foyer. Contact Kenton Nickel with any questions.
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. Register for the symposium through the Tabor Church office by Nov. 9 to be included with the church group discount.
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
Your invited to come out to a Christmas Hymn Sing at Tabor on December 3, 2017 at 6:30p.m. Please come out for an evening of singing and a cookie fellowship to follow. Any questions, please ask Elaine Unruh.
Rejoice is a daily devotional made available by our Christian Ed Commission to anyone who would like one. There are still copies of the Sept.– Nov. Issue available on the table in the foyer. Please feel free to take one for your personal use.
The McPherson Community Brass Choir under the direction of Jerry Toews will be part of the vocal and instrumental concert in the West Zion Church, Sunday, Oct. 22 at 7 pm which is part of t he Moundridge Arts Council Series.
Have a life-saving day and come donate blood on Monday, Oct. 30 between 2:00-6:00 at the Goessel Church. To make an appointment visit redcrossblood.org (Sponsor code: Goessel) or call 800-RED-CROSS (800-733-2767) Rapid Pass is now available for use on mobile devices so you can complete the pre-donation reading and health history questions at your convenience on your mobile device the day of donation. Another way to participate is to volunteer as receptionist, donor escort, or in the canteen. Sign up for these jobs on the bulletin board. Thanks for saving lives!!
Bethesda Pillars Banquet – November 5 at Cross Wind Conference Center. Punch bowl and informal social time begins at 5:30 p.m. and banquet begins at 6:00 p.m. Entertainment will feature “Sadie and the Larks” from Hesston College. All proceeds to toward the Benevolent Care Fund annual Medicaid deficit of approximately $350,000. Your attendance and generosity is appreciated. Call 367-2291 for reservations or contact Bonnie Janzen, Eileen Schmidt, or Jason Unruh.
The 5th Annual Goessel Community Thanksgiving Meal will be on Sunday, November 12, 5:00-6:30 p.m. at the Goessel Elementary School Gymnasium.
Everyone in the community is invited. The Alexanderwohl, Goessel and Tabor churches will again provide food for this event. The sign-up sheet for salads, bread or dessert, turkey or ham is posted on the bulletin board. Monetary donations are welcome to be used toward the expenses for the meal. Checks payable to “Goessel Ministerial Alliance”, place in sec. mailbox. Meal planning team: Keith and Barb Banman, Linda Peters, Kimberly Voth, Becky Wedel and Lynette Duerksen.
We are so grateful for your participation and support! – Goessel Ministerial Alliance
« Western District Conference: Pray for members of WDC Executive Board, Commissions, Gifts Discernment Committee, and staff as they attend Reference Council on October 28 to build relationships and share together in the work of WDC.
« Mennonite Mission Network: Today, 26 Mennonite Voluntary Service participants begin their five-day retreat at Rocky Mountain Mennonite Camp in Colorado. Mennonite Mission Network requests prayer for safe travels and a meaningful time of worship and fellowship.
« Mennonite Education Agency: Today, Wendy Chappell-Dick and the Anabaptist Singers will present Grace to You and Peace: Voices of the Martyrs as part of the Mirror of the Martyrs exhibit at Bluffton University. Pray for the performers who are tell the moving stories of the Anabaptist martyrs and, pray for the audience to share the message in their own lives.
The 2018 WDC Annual Assembly, scheduled for July 27-28, will be an opportunity to meet together and see the worship and fellowship spaces in several central Kansas locations! On Friday, July 27, the Annual Assembly will be at Tabor Mennonite Church, rural Newton, KS; and on Saturday, July 28, it will be at Eden Mennonite Church, Moundridge, KS. Then on Sunday, July 29, all are invited to worship at the Alexanderwohl Mennonite Church, Goessel, KS. Save these dates for the next WDC Annual Assembly!
Premier Production: On November 19, Faith Mennonite Church, Newton, in partnership with Western District Conference, MCC Central States, and Bethel College, is sponsoring the Kansas premier production of “Discovery: A Comic Lament” produced by Ted & Co. TheaterWorks. This is a play about the Doctrine of Discovery, the legal framework that justifies theft of land and oppression of Indigenous Peoples. It finds unexpected humor at the crossroads of justice, land use, and Indigenous experience and nudges us to question our stories with honesty and integrity. Several scenes in the show have their roots in Kansas locations. The production will take place in Krehbiel Auditorium on Bethel College Campus. Tickets are $10, available from the Bethel College Bookstore, 316-283-2500.
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.
Bethel College: The Worship and the Arts Festival Choir is calling on all interested singers to join the evening worship celebration Saturday, Nov. 18, in Bethel College’s Memorial Hall. Rehearsal is that evening from 5-6:30 p.m., with supper provided. The service begins at 7:30. Please contact Dr. William Eash at weash to reserve your place in the choir! For more information about the Worship and the Arts Symposium, on the Bethel campus during the day Nov. 18, see bethelks.edu/worshiparts.
Hesston College: The Hesston College Music Department invites alumni and friends to sing with the college choirs for the annual Masterworks Concert, Light Eternal, Saturday, December 9, 7 p.m., at Hesston Mennonite Church. Morten Lauridsen’s Lux Aeterna (Light Eternal) is the concert’s central work. In memory of lost loved ones, this performance is a reminder of the Light that comforts us during the holiday season. Singers should plan to attend Monday choral rehearsals beginning October 23. For more information and a complete schedule, visit russell.adrian.
Sexual Abuse Prevention Training: Who Speaks for Victims and Survivors. This training will be a panel discussion with Stephanie Krehbiel, survivor advocate and co-founder of IntoAccount. Lee Penner and Jeff Combs will also be on the panel. The training will be held at the MCC Center,1221 E 30th St. N Newton, October 26 from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. To register email: kathywiens59.
Snow Camp: Western District, South Central, and Mountain States Mennonite Conferences invite your youth groups to attend the annual Snow Camps at Rocky Mountain Mennonite Camp. Be inspired by singing and worshiping with other youth, slide down the tube run (hopefully!), play a competitive game of broom hockey, explore beautiful scenery around camp, and more! For more information, visit www.rmmc.org or call RMMC at 719-687-9506.
Jr High – January 19-21: “Be the Gospel” – John Murray (Mennonite Mission Network)
Sr High – February 16-18: “Do Justice. Love Mercy. Walk Humbly.” – Zach Martinez (Sojourn Mennonite Church)
Ten Thousand Village/Fair Trade International Gift Festival is coming to Newton in November and December. Fridays and Saturdays,10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Nov.24 & 25, Dec.1 & 2, 8 & 9, 15 & 16; Sundays, 1-4 p.m , Dec.3, 10, 17, at Mezzanine above Prairie Harvest 601 N. Maine, Newton, Kansas.