REMINDERS for Sunday, December 3:
–Jerry Toews will have a Christmas Piano Prelude beginning at 9am
–We will be receiving items for MCC Relief kits during the offering throughout Advent. This week: 4 large bars bath soap, 1 plastic bottle shampoo (13-24 oz; place bottle in a resealable plastic bag); 4 large bars laundry soap (some stores carry Fels Naptha, Sunlight, or Zote brands)
–There will be a coffee bar served following the worship service. Proceed to benefit the Facilities Fund.
–Parsonage Open House between 3:30 and 5:30pm. There will be snacks, drinks, and plenty of good fellowship.
–Christmas Hymn Sing at 6:30 p.m. Please bring cookies for the social to follow.
–Tabor Trading Post will be open for business after church, after Cynthis Goerzen’s piano recital, and during the parsonage open house.
The Board of Trustees is pleased to welcome Justin Sommerfeld to their team for the new term. Thanks be to God for Justin’s commitment.
A coffee bar is coming to church on Sunday, December 3 between worship and faith formation. In addition to offering coffee, we will have some non-coffee drinks and baked goods for sale. Proceeds from the coffee bar will go towards the building fund. Please bring your own mug and come check it out!
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 by December 6. A sign up sheet can be found on the bulletin board in the foyer.
Tags for the Goessel Ministerial Alliance Christmas Giving Tree project are available on the tree at the Crossroads Credit Union. Gifts should be wrapped and brought back to the Credit Union by Friday, December 15.
Christmas Brass: 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
Annual reports are due in December. If you are responsible for submitting a report, please do so in December. Send to: kfunk. Thanks!
MCC Harvest Giving envelopes continue to be available in the literature rack in the foyer. Your support through giving commodities can save you tax dollars and increase the effectiveness of your donation. The needs continue to be great as MCC partners with other organizations to share the fruits of your labor with others around the world.
Tabor Wellness: Journals Due. Great job to everyone who participated in this year’s “A Journal Journey” by logging their activity and accumulating points. A reminder that journals are due in the Wellness Mailbox by Wednesday, Dec. 6th. You are encouraged to turn it in no matter how much activity you were able to log to be included in participation prizes! Journals will be returned to you to keep.
—Christmas Lights Walk Date: Everyone is invited to join the Faithful Fitness class for our annual Lights Walk (2-3 miles) in Newton on Monday, December 11th, at 7pm. Location will be announced closer to event or talk to Kevin for details.
The Second Monday Family History & Genealogy Group will meet on Monday, December 11, 7:00 pm., in the Goessel City Building Community Room, 101 So. Cedar St. Arlin Buller will speak on “Immigration Ships, Related Stories, Community, and Witness.” The meeting is free and open to the public. For more information, call the Mennonite Heritage & Agricultural Museum, 620-367-8200.
Tabor Ladies Lunch Bunch at Bethesda has been cancelled for the month of December.
Alexanderwohl invites all older adults at Tabor and Goessel churches to join the older adults at our church for a special Christmas event on Friday, December 15, at 9:00 a.m. JoAnn Nickel will give a program telling the Christmas story with scripture reading, congregational singing and piano solos with visual images on a power point. We will begin with the program at 9:00 in the sanctuary, followed by a time of fellowship and food in the Fellowship Hall. A small donation for the food is welcomed. It promises to be a wonderful morning of Christmas inspiration and sharing with one another. Please call the Alexanderwohl church office, 367-8192, by Monday,
December 11, to let us know you will be coming.
« Western District Conference: As we anticipate holiday celebrations, let us pray for WDC’s Hispanic pastors in Dallas, TX, as they gather this week for a Christmas dinner.
« Mennonite Mission Network: Asher and Lindsey Fast, serving through MMN and Virginia Mennonite Missions, are helping to build the after-school program at the Mother Theresa Resource Centre in Botswana. They are also assisting in a local elementary school. Pray for wisdom and energy, and healing for Lindsey’s back and neck.
« Mennonite Education Agency: Anabaptist Mennonite Biblical Seminary. Give thanks for a new publication, Where Are We? Pastoral Environments and Care for Migrants, edited by Daniel Schipani, Dr.Psy., Ph.D. Published by the Society for Intercultural Pastoral Care and Counseling, the book includes contributions from AMBS faculty members who participated in a recent collaborative faculty scholarship project.
« Mennonite Church USA: Pray for the Executive Director Search Committee as they continue to discern the leadership needs and evaluate candidates for the next executive director of Mennonite Church USA. The committee has received denomination-wide survey feedback and is giving careful consideration to those who have been nominated.
Do you feel called to pray for the Year of Evangelism Kick Off workshop January 19-20? Please contact Kathy Neufeld Dunn at kathynd. In addition to encouraging speakers, gifted coaches, and dialogue among congregations, we pray that this initiative is strengthened and led by the Holy Spirit. Be part of the prayer team. Learn more about Year of Evangelism Kick-Off: Anabaptist Witness at: http://mennowdc.org/year-of-evangelism/.
The WDC office will be closed from December 22 through January 1.
Advent At Home! Download the free guide for Advent family worship at www.anabaptistfaithformation.org. “Yes! Let It Be!” will help you slow down with your children to ponder and prepare for what it means to receive Jesus. These guides were placed in mailboxes here at Tabor for families with children. If you did not receive a copy and would like one, additional booklets are on the table in the foyer.
—Christmas Gathering at Camp Mennoscah! December 16 at 2:30pm-ish for conversation, games (indoor or outdoor), and cookies!
Information for all events at Camp Mennoscah or to register:
Online at www.campmennoscah.org
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!
You’re invited to the annual MCC Christmas Soiree on Thursday, December 14 from 5-7pm at the MCC Center in North Newton (121 E. 30th St.). Join us for this annual come-and-go event to enjoy food, drinks and great conversation. At 6pm we’ll have a short program to hear about MCC’s work with refugees in Jordan. Bring your family and friends, we look forward to seeing you!
Contact patsydirksen with questions.
New music supports Syrian refugees through MCC! The Midnight Hymn Sing is a collection of hymns performed and reimagined by a new generation of Mennonites from San Francisco. The Midnight Hymn Sing was made to call us all to come back around the piano, and to find something that speaks to our hearts in the 21st century. CD’s are available at MCC in patsydirksen or tinaschrag or 316.283.2720 with questions or to get your CD!!
TODAY (Sun., Dec. 3) – NOTE CORRECTED TIME (sent in error previously): Bethel College Steel Drum Band and Steel Paradise Christmas concert, 7 p.m., Memorial Hall
Weds., Dec. 6 – Annual sing-along to Christmas portions of Handel’s Messiah, with Bethel College instrumentalists, soloists and student conductors, 11 a.m., Bethel College Mennonite Church; scores provided
Thurs., Dec. 7 – Closing day for “Jerry Holsopple: 7×7: Lament for an Age of Sexualized Power” in the Regier Art Gallery in Luyken Fine Arts Center; hours: Sun., 2-4 p.m., weekdays 9 a.m.-5 p.m.
Fri., Dec. 8 – Christmas Gala jazz concert with Bethel College Jazz Ensembles I & II, 8 p.m., Krehbiel Auditorium in Luyken Fine Arts Center
Sun., Dec. 10 – 32nd annual Lighting of the Green at Bethel College, 8 p.m.
Hesston College Music and Theater will present its annual masterworks performance at 7 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 9, at Hesston Mennonite Church on the Hesston College campus. The program, Morten Lauridsen’s Lux Aeterna (Light Eternal), acknowledges the light that Christ brings to our world. Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for students, and can be purchased at the door, in advance at the Hesston College Bookstore in person or by calling 620-327-8104.
The Parkinson’s Disease Support Group will meet at Kidron Bethel Tuesday, December 5, at 2:00 p.m. in Menno Hall. Michelle Hilger, M.A. CCC-SLP, will give a presentation, “LSVT LOUD” (Lee Silverman Voice Treatment), which is an effective speech/voice treatment for individuals with Parkinson’s Disease and other neurological conditions. She will review Parkinson’s Disease and how the speech/voice is affected, including some symptoms and available treatment options.