Nov. 26 announcements

Congregational Announcements

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. November 26 is the third and last Sunday we will be collecting donations during the worship service. Make checks payable to Tabor Mennonite Church, with Ecuador on the memo line, and place in the Christmas gift bags during the offering.

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!

Is Nun Ist Sie Erschienen one of your heart songs? If yes, and if you are willing to share briefly about it during church on a Sunday morning in December, please let Pastor Phil and Pastor Katherine know! We would like to have at least one person share about this hymn each Sunday of Advent before we sing it together. Also, if you have other Advent or Christmas heart songs, please fill out another heart song sheet and return to Pastor Katherine’s church mailbox or simply send her an email. Thanks!

1st Sunday Potluck will not take place on December 3, but will resume on January 7. Details to follow.

Parsonage Open House: Come join us at the church parsonage on December 3 anytime between 3:30 and 5:30pm. There will be snacks, drinks, and plenty of good fellowship. We look forward to seeing you then! ~Phil, Mary, Ethan, Noah, and Doodle

You are invited to come out to a Christmas Hymn Sing at Tabor on December 3 at 6:30 p.m. Please bring cookies for the social to follow.

The Tabor Trading Post is Back! Some of you will create something wonderful to sell, and hopefully all of you will come buy! (Think Christmas). The Trading Post will be open for business Sunday, Dec. 3 after church, and then after Cynthia’s piano recital and during the parsonage open house. Sellers collect the money for their products and then give a minimum of 50% to the building fund. Contact Carol Duerksen if you will be participating as a seller and if you have questions.

Women and Girls Christmas Breakfast: The Christmas Breakfast is Saturday December 9 at 9:00 am. Karen Andres & Marcene Entz will bring the program. Please sign up for the breakfast. A sign up sheet can be found on the bulletin board in the foyer.

Tags for the Goessel Ministerial Alliance Christmas Giving Tree project will be available on the tree at the Crossroads Credit Union beginning on Tuesday, November 28. Gifts should be wrapped and brought back to the Credit Union by Friday, December 15.

Brass Christmas: Come join us at Alexanderwohl Mennonite Church on Sunday, December 10 at 6:30pm for an evening filled with Christmas music! The evening will feature the McPherson Brass Choir under the direction of Jerry Toews along with the Elbiata Singers from Goessel High School under the direction of Andrew Voth. A freewill offering will be received to support the ministries of the Goessel Ministerial Alliance. We hope to see you there!

~Goessel Ministerial Alliance

Night in the Barn: Please note that TMYF will be taking a year off from Night in the Barn this year due to poor weather and attendance last year as well as the busyness of the season. If you have questions or concerns about this, please speak with Pastor Katherine. We will then reevaluate and seek to discern whether or not to host this event in 2018.

Our “Getting to Know Each Other” project has been extended until the end of November, so please join the 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).

Rejoice is a daily devotional made available by our Christian Ed Commission to anyone who would like one. Dec.– Feb. issue is now available on the table in the foyer or on north mailbox shelf. Please feel free to take one for your personal use.

Yes! Let it Be! Advent At-Home 2017 is a booklet made available to families through MennoMedia. Copies for families with children were placed in mailboxes. Additional copies are available on the table in the foyer.

Annual reports are due in December. If you are responsible for submitting a report, please do so in December. Send to: kfunk. Thanks!

Conference Announcements

Prayer Requests:

« Western District Conference: Thank God for the many ways WDC congregations support and join God’s work of mission in local communities and around the world.

« Mennonite Mission Network: Kendra Selzer serves through MMN’s Mennonite Voluntary Service in Puerto Rico. Pray for her and the Academia Menonita Betania in Aibonito, where she works with pre-kindergarten – grade 10 students and also helps with community clean-up after the September hurricanes.

« Mennonite Education Agency: Instituto Bíblico Anabautista (IBA) Pray for energy and stamina for both students and tutors participating in the many IBA study centers across the country.

Camp Mennoscah:

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

—We need your help! Camp Mennoscah is seeking volunteers to help prepare the kitchen for renovations beginning Saturday, December 2, and continuing Mon.-Sat. Dec. 4-9 until the kitchen is completely gutted. Both women and men are welcome to come out and help, and we will have a variety of tasks to complete. All work will be inside, so don’t worry about cold temperatures! If you wish to volunteer multiple days, that’s great! We can arrange lodging and meals for you. Carpooling to camp may be available on some or all of the days. If you have questions or are interested in volunteering, please contact Jim Yoder at 316-284-3890 (call or text), jdyoder, or Camp Mennoscah. Bring a friend, or bring multiple friends! Thank you for considering this opportunity!

—Looking for fun and caring staffers filled with God’s love for others! Online applications for Camp Mennoscah summer staff positions will be accepted beginning December 1. Positions are naturalist, crafts leader, lifeguard, grounds/maintenance, music leader, office, and all-round/media. These positions receive a stipend, as well as meals and lodging. We also are looking for someone to catalogue the species of snakes at Camp Mennoscah. This summer-long position receives meals and lodging and requires the same paperwork and background check as all camp staff. Apply online at!

Information for all events at Camp Mennoscah or to register:

Online at Telephone: 620-297-3290.

Email: office.

Contact: olivia.bartel.

Spread cozy, colorful warmth around the world! All you have to do is tie knots! Mennonite Central Committee has a generous number of comforter tops, and now we need your help tying them! MCC has paired tops and backs that are ready to be tied, and we are inviting you or your church group to pick some up (or we can ship them to you)! If you are interested, please either stop by the MCC Material Resources Center in N. Newton, or contact Kate Mast at katemast, or 316-283-2720. We ask that you provide the batting and the crochet tying thread if possible. Thank you in advance for helping to spread warmth and love to our brothers and sisters around the world!

Many people do their Christmas shopping at the Newton Et Cetera Shop! Please bring us your clean, gently-used toys, shoes, jewelry and children’s coats. Your donated items might end up as cherished gifts under someone’s Christmas tree! Support MCC Thrift Shops because you care . . . about your family, your community, and beyond. Thank you!

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.

Hesston College—Are you looking to do “something different” this holiday season? Consider opening your heart and home to an International Student! Hesston College has several students from other countries who need someplace to stay when the dorms are closed for Christmas break. This is a fun way to get to know international student(s) who are part of the Hesston College family…and to share your holiday traditions with them. Host families are needed from Dec. 15 through Jan. 9. Even if your family is only available part of the time, you may still be able to help. Contact Carlota Ponds, Director of International Student Support, at 620-327-8210 or carlota.ponds.

Bethel College:

—“Jerry Holsopple: 7×7: Lament for an Age of Sexualized Power” is in the Regier Art Gallery in Luyken Fine Arts Center through Dec. 7; hours: Mon.-Fri., 9 a.m.-5 p.m., Sun., 2-4 p.m.; closed Nov. 22-24 and Nov. 26 for Thanksgiving break

—Sat., Dec. 2 – Five Places of Christmas, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.: Bethel College Women’s Association offers the rare chance to see the decorated main floor of Goerz House, traditionally the president’s residence, with baked goods, home-made candy (by the pound) and Bethel gift items for sale. Kauffman Museum offers free admission (including the special exhibit “Voices of Conscience: Peace Witness in the Great War”), refreshments, sale items in the museum store, and Karen Bauman Schlabaugh playing Christmas music at 3 p.m. on the historic Teschemacher-Deknatel-van der Smissen parlor organ.

—Sun., Dec. 3 – Bethel College Steel Drum Band Christmas concert, 3 p.m., Mem. Hall

Bethel College Women’s Association is hosting “5 Places of Christmas” at the historic Goerz House in North Newton on Dec. 2, and has an urgent need for donations of baked items. These may be dropped off at Goerz House, 2512 College Ave., Sat., Dec. 2, before 10 a.m. All proceeds from the bake sale are used to benefit Bethel College students, faculty and staff. Questions: contact Cindy Erb, cindy.l.erb.

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