Dec. 10 announcements

Congregational Announcements

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!

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

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.

Stories & Stuff: Come celebrate Christmas season on Thursday, December 21, 10 am in the south rooms. Bring a friend to share in the food and fellowship.

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

2018 Tabor Church Directory: Now is the time to submit updates for the church directory. Please email changes to kfunk or place in the secretaries mailbox.

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.

The Second Monday Family History & Genealogy Group will meet on Monday, Dec. 11, 7 pm., in the Goessel City Building Community Room, 101 S 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.

Year of Evangelism Kick-Off: Anabaptist Witness. Please sign up on the bulletin board if you are able to attend the Year of Evangelism Kick-off event, which will take place at Alexanderwohl on January 19 (7-9pm) and January 20 (9am-3pm). We strongly encourage all Tabor members and attenders to sign up for this event, which will take the place of our January Followers Retreat. Lunch will be provided on January 20. Your registration costs are being covered, so please sign up, even if you can only attend part of the event. see for more details ~Pastor Phil

Kansas Mennonite Men’s Chorus is recruiting for the 50th season; Praising the Lord, raising funds for MCC worldwide relief. Rehearsals will begin on January 28. Please see Donavon Schmidt if you are interested in joining this season.

Commodity distribution will take place on Friday, December 22, 5-6 pm at the Goessel Mennonite Church. Call Jenny Girard at 620-747-0046 with questions.

Conference Announcements

Prayer Requests:

« Western District Conference: As we prepare a place for the Christ-child in this Advent season, let us pray for WDC congregations undergoing construction projects to better serve their communities and members.

« Mennonite Mission Network: MMN’s Youth Venture program invites teens and young adults (ages 16-22) to participate in a short-term learning and service experience during the summer of 2018. Pray for open hearts in those whom God is calling to Benin, Ecuador, Japan, Peru or Spain.

« Mennonite Education Agency: The light of Christ has come into the world — join the Bethel College community in praising God for the gift of the Son, as students, faculty, staff and friends observe the 32nd annual Lighting of the Green.

« Mennonite Church USA: The writing team for Journey Forward will meet this month to complete a draft of the Journey Forward identity document, incorporating feedback from the Future Church Summit, Executive Board, Constituency Leaders Council, and MC USA national staff. This document is part of the visioning process of describing who we are and who God is calling us to be as 21st century Anabaptists. The writing team and a reference council will play an important role in gathering feedback and updating this draft over the two-year process to culminate at the 2019 MC USA Convention.

The WDC office will be closed from December 22 through January 1.

Looking for a unique gift idea? Give a book to the WDC Resource Library in honor of your loved one this Christmas! A book given in their name can enrich the faith of individuals all over the conference. The library’s wishlist can be found at Faith & Life Bookstore in Newton or on their website at (when ordering online, make "store pick up" to avoid paying shipping).

Camp Mennoscah:

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

—We’re looking for you, summer staffers! Camp Mennoscah has started the "round-up" process for the 2018 summer staff. Find the information online and then fill out the application! Our summer staff are dedicated to giving campers, staff, and guests a great, God-filled experience at Camp Mennoscah.

—Oh no! We discovered that the Camp Mennoscah donor list in our recent newsletter is incomplete! We’re rather embarrassed to have missed these wonderful folks to thank. An updated donor list is online. Please let us know if you are a missing person. Thank you to all our donors for the great experiences you help create at Camp Mennoscah!

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!

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!!

Bethel College:

TODAY, Sun., Dec. 10

—Bethel College Alumni Choir performs a short Christmas concert, 3 p.m., Trinity Heights United Methodist Church, Newton; punch/cookie reception follows.

—32nd annual Lighting of the Green at Bethel College, 8 p.m.

The board of The Mennonite, Inc. is accepting applications for the position of Executive Director. The Executive Director functions as chief executive officer for The Mennonite, Inc. The Mennonite is a multimedia and print publication and organization connected to Mennonite Church USA. To read the full description and to apply, visit:

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