Oct. 29 announcements
Have you noticed the pictorial timeline high on the wall of Pastor Rosie and Katherine’s office? If not, take a look. The first pictures were drawn by Kylee Unruh.
Then we went to the archives and to our 75th anniversary book Peace, Progress, Promise. Now the FTF is looking for pictures of the park (any time period but mainly from before 1990) and of the early years of the parsonage. If you can help us out, please let Carol Duerksen or Doris Unruh know. Thanks for helping us travel down memory lane!
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 meet upstairs in the South Rooms. Please let me know if you have any questions. ~Pastor Phil
Singing and Spirituality: During our Musical Worship Series (Oct.22-Nov. 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 on the worship bulletin board 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!
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. Please help the get the word out about the BBQ among your friends and at work. Posters are available in the foyer. If some of you can post on social media please do so. Men, please sign up on the sheet on the bulletin board in the foyer to help, or just show up.
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.
Our "Getting to Know Each Other" project has been extended until the end of November, so please join the 20 people who have already shared a little bit about themselves. When we put the booklet together, we will give copies to those who sent in responses or others who request it, and there will be another copy in the library available for everyone to read. You received a list of questions regarding this project. When you’ve completed your answers, return them to Diana Schmidt’s mailbox (or email to her at jd77schmidt).
Your invited to come out to a Christmas Hymn Sing at Tabor on December 3 at 6:30p.m. Please come out for an evening of singing and a cookie fellowship to follow. Any questions, please ask Elaine Unruh.
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.
It is only two more weeks until the Goessel Community Thanksgiving meal on Sunday, November 12, 5:00-6:30 p.m. Please consider signing up to bring a salad, bread or dessert, or a ham or turkey. The deadline to sign up is Sunday, November 5. Bring your turkey or ham to the church kitchen and put it in the refrigerator on November 5. Monetary donations are also welcome to help cover expenses. Write your check out to “Goessel Ministerial Alliance” and give it to the church office. We hope you will join us for this community meal and opportunity to fellowship together. Invite your friends and neighbors to join us!
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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!
Looking for that next great adventure? MCC SALT positions now available! Take chances. Make mistakes. Get messy. Be challenged. Learn some things. Teach some things. Spend a year living somewhere that you never dreamed you’d go… Serving and Learning Together (SALT) is a year-long, cross-cultural service experience. Through SALT, Christian young adults from Canada and the U.S. serve internationally in a wide variety of positions in fields like education, agriculture, health care, information technology, peace and more! Start now at salt.mcc.org, to find answers to frequently asked questions, assignment options and to apply!
You’re invited to Lunch & Learn at MCC on Thurs., Nov. 9. Mennonite Central Committee is excited to host Doug Hostetter, director of the MCC United Nations office, and Thien Phoc, an intern from Vietnam, for this lunch! Their talk will focus on the Vietnam War sharing about "Living Peace in Time of War: reflections on MCC service in the war zone during the Vietnam War" and about MCC’s work in post-war Vietnam. Lunch will be provided by Mojo’s Coffee Bar. Please RSVP by Mon., Nov. 6 to patsydirksen or 316.283.2720. Go to mcc.org/lunch-learn for more information.
Calling all volunteers! The remodeling of the Camp Mennoscah kitchen will begin this December, and we will need volunteers! Here is a beginning tentative schedule: December 2 – 9: Remove all present equipment and fixtures in kitchen. Remove ceiling and all plumbing pipes and electric as needed. December 11: Have kitchen area ready for plumbing and electrical contractors. Further dates will be advertised as we progress. If you are interested in working on the remodel project, please contact Jim Yoder at jdyoder, or to Camp Mennoscah at office. Include your name, address, phone, and e-mail address. Thanks for considering this opportunity!
—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.
—Sat., Nov. 4 – Bethel College Wind Ensemble concert, 7:30 p.m., special guests, composers Jenkins and Meechan and conductor Joseph Parisi; Memorial Hall
—Sun., Nov. 5 – Bethel College Sings, featuring the Women’s Chorus and the Men’s Ensemble, Woven and Open Road, the Concert Choir, and soloists, 3 p.m., Bethel College Mennonite Church
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.
Ten Thousand Village/Fair Trade International Gift Festival is coming to Newton at the Mezzanine above Prairie Harvest, 601 N Main. It will be open on November 24-25, December 1-3, 8-10, 15-17. Hours on Fridays and Saturdays: 10 am-5 pm. Hours on Sundays: 1-4 pm.
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. 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. Dec. 4. All seminars will be at Everence Financial Advisors, 3179 N. Main St., North Newton. To reserve your spot, contact Michelle Ramer at michelle.ramer.
Seminar to help people prepare for long-term care costs: Many families face the high cost of long-term care at some point, and most of the costs are not covered by Medicare or private health insurance. Everence® is presenting a seminar, Current strategies for long-term care, at 6:30 p.m. Nov. 16 at Meridian Center, 1420 E. Broadway Court, Newton. Information will focus on handling costs of long-term care without wiping out your life savings. Coffee and desserts will be served. Please RSVP by Nov. 9 to Sandy Popp at sandy.popp.