Dec. 17 announcements

Congregational Announcements

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 Report: Fiscal year end reports are due in the church office by the end of December. Please submit reports to the church office, email preferred: kfunk.

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.

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 http://mennowdc.org/year-of-evangelism/ for more details. ~Pastor Phil

Kansas Mennonite Men’s Chorus is recruiting for the 50th season – praising the Lord while raising funds for MCC worldwide relief. Rehearsals will begin on January 28. Please see Donavon Schmidt if you are interested in joining this season. More information is posted on the bulletin board.

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.

Red Cross Blood Mobile: Christmas is a time of gift-giving and you are invited to give a gift of life when you donate blood on Dec. 26 between 2:00-6:00 at Goessel Church. It is a busy week, but most of us have extra days off at Christmas and it is hoped you can use 1 hour to either donate blood or work at the drive. The sign up to work or bring cookies is on the bulletin board.

Conference Announcements

Prayer Requests:

« Western District Conference: As we anticipate the giving of Christmas gifts, let us thank God for the many different multicultural expressions and gifts in WDC congregations.

« Mennonite Mission Network: Mennonite Mission Network’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: Instituto Bíblico Anabautista (IBA) Pray for the 40 IBA volunteer tutors who serve at study centers across the country. May God bless them as they give of their time for this ministry and contribute to the training of new leaders for the Hispanic churches of Mennonite Church USA. May God grant them wisdom, patience and lots of energy as they continue to serve with IBA in the coming year.

« Mennonite Disaster Service: Please pray for our operations team as they plan for new projects in Florida and Texas and their continued evaluation of Puerto Rico. Continue to remember those impacted by Hurricanes Harvey and Irma. Remember in prayer those who have been affected by disasters as they enter the Christmas season. Pray for safe travels as volunteers return home from projects during the holiday break. Lift up in prayer volunteers at the Lititz office as they prepare the necessary materials to send to project sites before reopening in January.

Year of Evangelism Kick Off: Anabaptist Witness has a host of great workshop leaders who will offer practical ideas to take home to your church and neighborhood. Here are just a few: James Krabill, Joe Sawatzky, Brad Roth, Byron Pellecer, Kathy Neufeld Dunn, and keynote speakers Heidi Roland Unruh and Marvin Lorenzana

The Upside-Down King Bible Study: Several years ago The Upside-Down King musical by Doug and Jude Krehbiel and Carol Duerksen was presented in several locations in Western District and also the Mennonite Church USA convention in Columbus, OH. Carol Duerksen has written a Bible study that continues to share Jesus’ message as found in Luke’s gospel. This online Bible study, written for high school age through adult, is a combination teacher/student package. The Upside-Down King songs are important elements in the sessions. The study is available for $10 on the Western District Conference website at: mennowdc.org/resources-for-congregations/

Mennonite Church USA: Take some time to engage with Menno Snapshots, reflections and stories written by people across the church that are regularly posted on MC USA’s website. Recent blog posts have featured topics including contemplative prayer, reviving civility, new motherhood and digitizing the MC USA Archives. If you are interested in contributing to the Menno Snapshot blog, email JenniferC. Find Menno Snapshots at: http://mennoniteusa.org/category/menno-snapshots/

Camp Mennoscah:

—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.

Information for all events at Camp Mennoscah or to register:

Online at www.campmennoscah.org

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!

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:

Kauffman Museum at Bethel College is open regular hours through the holidays: Tues.-Fri., 9:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m., Sat.-Sun., 1:30-4:30 p.m. (closed Monday). Visit “Voices of Conscience: Peace Witness in the Great War,” extended through Jan. 21, 2018, and the newest special exhibit, “Chisholm Trail: Driving the American West,” opening Dec. 19, through April 1, 2018, as well as the permanent exhibits “Of Land and People” and “Mennonite Immigrant Furniture.” See www.bethelks.edu/kauffman/ or the Kauffman Museum Facebook page for more information.

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