Nov. 5 announcements

Notes of Thanks

THANKS to all the Tabor Men who helped make the Chicken BBQ a VERY successful event for our church. And THANKS to ALL for the VERY Generous Contributions of $5409. The proceeds will go to the Camp Mennoscah Playground Project and the Tabor Building Fund.

Congregational Announcements

Bethesda Hymn Sing: Tabor will be leading a chapel service at Bethesda on Sunday morning, November 12 from 11-11:30am. For this chapel service, Pastor Katherine will be leading a hymn sing with Bethesda residents, and we hope that others from Tabor will also head to Bethesda to join in this service! If you would like to participate in the hymn sing that morning, please plan to drive to Bethesda right after our morning worship service. Please let Pastor Phil or Pastor Katherine know if you have any questions and let Pastor Katherine know if you plan to attend.

Christmas in Ecuador: The program that Karina Brandt is working with this year in Ecuador is hoping to receive some financial donations to go toward the purchase of toys for children of refugee families and other children connected to the local church. Please consider giving money for this purpose during one of our special offerings that will be collected on Sunday mornings, November 12, 19, and 26.

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!

Are you looking for delicious dessert options for your Sunday meals or to satisfy your sweet tooth? If so, the Tabor Mennonite Youth Group will be selling homemade desserts on the 2nd and 4th Sunday of every month to help raise money for our summer service trip to Rocky Mountain Mennonite Camp in 2018. Suggested donations for the desserts are $10. Thank you, as always, for your support, prayers, and encouragement for our youth group!

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!

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.

Tabor Youth Event: Bethel College Football Game. Plan to meet at Pastor Katherine’s house on November 11 at noon for lunch. Then we will go together to watch Luke Unruh play Football at Bethel College at 1:30

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).

The Tabor Food Pantry needs your help! Groceries on the shelves are running low. When you do your grocery shopping, buy a little extra for the food pantry. Every item helps. 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. We also need non food items such as toilet paper, laundry soap and shampoo and paper grocery bags. Monetary donations are also welcome. Thanks for your continued support.

The Goessel Community Thanksgiving meal is next Sunday, Nov. 12, 5-6:30pm at the Goessel Elementary Gymnasium. It’s going to be a wonderful evening of good food and fellowship for all of us! Please remember to sign up to bring a food item to share. We want to make sure that there will be food for everyone who comes. Sign-up deadline is TODAY, Nov. 5. Bring your turkey or ham to the church kitchen and put in the refrigerator TODAY or ASAP. Salads, breads, and desserts may be brought to the church kitchen by noon next Sunday, Nov., 12, or to the Goessel Elementary School by 4:00 on that day. If you have questions, contact a member of the Meal Planning Team: Keith and Barb Banman, Becky Wedel, Linda Peters, Kim Voth, or Lynette Duerksen. Invite your friends and neighbors to join us for a great Thanksgiving dinner! The meal is free. There will be opportunity to give a donation to support the ministries of Goessel Ministerial Alliance. Thank you, everyone!

The Goessel Ministerial Alliance is excited to announce that the Christmas Giving Tree project will be happening again this year. The tree will be at the Crossroads Credit Union this year. Watch your mailbox for details on how you can help make it a great Christmas for children in our community.

Conference Announcements

Prayer Requests:

« Western District Conference: Give thanks for the participation of WDC church members in Mennonite Central Committee relief sales this weekend in Enid, OK, and next weekend in Houston, TX.

« Mennonite Mission Network: Eric and Kelly Frey Martin of MMN visit Mennonite churches and youth groups throughout Colombia. Pray for safe travels, good listening skills, and discernment as they facilitate the national committee’s decision–making process.

« Mennonite Education Agency: Pray for Sheryl Wilson, who begins today as the director of the Kansas Institute for Peace and Conflict Resolution (KIPCOR) at Bethel College.

« Mennonite Disaster Service: Please remember in prayer the MDS operations team as they continue to work on the MDS response to Puerto Rico. Continue to remember those impacted by and doing clean-up work after hurricanes Harvey and Irma. Many MDS projects from before the current hurricane season have restarted. Please remember the volunteers and leadership serving at these project sites.

The WDC Israel Palestine Task Force is encouraging members across the Western District to show solidarity and support for one of our members, Esther Koontz, who has been denied employment by the State of Kansas because of her Anabaptist convictions. Find out more and support Esther at

Lunch & Learn with MCC on Thursday, Nov. 9! Join us to hear from Doug Hostetter, director of the Mennonite Central Committee United Nations office and UN Office International Volunteer Exchange Program intern Tran Quang Thien Phuoc, son of a Vietnamese Mennonite pastor. They will share “Living Peace in Time of War: reflections on MCC service in the war zone during the Vietnam War.” Lunch will be provided by Mojo’s Coffee Bar for a donation. RSVP to this event by 5pm on Monday, Nov. 6 to patsydirksen or 316.283.2720.

Camp Mennoscah:

—Scrapbook and Crafts retreat, Nov. 17-19

—Christmas Gathering at Camp Mennoscah! December 16 at 2:30pm-ish for conversation, games (indoor or outdoor), and cookies!

—Remodeling of the Camp Mennoscah kitchen begins this December, and we will need volunteers! Contact Jim Yoder at 316-284-3890 (call or text), jdyoder.

Information for all events at Camp Mennoscah or to register:

Online at

Telephone: 620-297-3290.

Email: office.

Contact: olivia.bartel.

Fundraiser for refugee resettlement! On Sunday, November 12, at 12 noon, there will be a lunch featuring Congolese food served at the Hesston Mennonite Church. All proceeds will benefit the Hesston Area Refugee Resettlement Committee and Episcopal Migration Ministries, our supporting organization.

Sexual Abuse Prevention Training at the MCC Center will be held on Nov. 16, at 6:30 p.m. Offenders in the Church: Who They Are and How They Operate. Charissa Sloan Dvorak, attorney and investigator for GRACE (Godly Response to Abuse in Christian Environments) will give a presentation based on her experience prosecuting abuse cases and her extensive knowledge of sexual offenders. For information about the workshop or to register call 316-587-7244 or email kathywiens59. This training is free and open to the public. Registration is helpful, but don’t let that stop you from coming.

Hesston College Talent Show on November 18 at 8 p.m. in the Hesston Mennonite Church sanctuary. Many of our students, and maybe even some faculty and staff, will showcase their talents, quirks and sense of humor. Join us before the show for cookies and refreshments in the church Community Center from 7:15 to 7:45. This event is free for the whole family.

Bethel College:

—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

—Sun., Nov. 12 – The KIPCOR Film Series presents the Kansas premiere of Healing Justice, addressing the school-to-prison pipeline and the need for comprehensive criminal justice reform, 2 p.m., Krehbiel Auditorium in Luyken Fine Arts Center.

Parkinson’s Support Group: The next Kidron Bethel Parkinson’s Support Group will meet November 7 at 2:00 p.m. in Menno Hall at Kidron Bethel Village. Marwa Buser, PharmD, BCPS, will give a “General Overview on Parkinson’s Disease: What Parkinson’s Disease is and how it affects the brain, symptoms and disease progression, and the medications used to treat Parkinson’s Disease.” You are invited to bring a list of Parkinson’s medications and dosages. Everyone is welcome.

Everence® Financial informational seminars: An overview of Medicare will go over what’s covered (and what’s not), enrollment deadlines and plans that supplement Medicare. Nov. 6, 6:30 pm. 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. Dec. 4, 6:30 pm. All seminars will be at Everence Financial Advisors, 3179 N. Main St., N. Newton. To reserve your spot, contact Michelle Ramer at (316) 283-3800, (877) 467-7294 or 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, Nov. 16, 6:30 pm. 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 (620) 662-7900 or sandy.popp.

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