Dec. 24 announcements and Christmas Eve Celebration Service bulletin

Congregational Announcements

Christmas Fellowship Time: Next Sunday, December 31, we will meet in the Fellowship Hall following worship for visiting and refreshments. Please bring Christmas goodies to share. Faith Formation classes will not meet. Note: Worship will begin at 10 a.m.

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 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.

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 celebrate the birth of Jesus, let us give thanks for the ways Christ’s presence is made visible through WDC congregations.

« Mennonite Mission Network: MMN requests prayer for all those who have left homes and families for the sake of the gospel. May they be embraced by the global family of God and be blessed by discovering fresh insights into the meaning of Christmas.

« Mennonite Education Agency: May God renew and refresh all educators, faculty and staff during the holidays, filling them with energy and creativity for the second half of the school year.

« Mennonite Church USA: During this Christmas season, MC USA invites your prayers for peace to come to the earth: for creative peacemaking that can disrupt cycles of violence and oppression; for communities to find ways to support and love one another; for past wounds to begin healing; for the people of the church to continue seeking the peace of Christ.

As Western District Conference concludes its 125th anniversary year, we invite members and friends of WDC to send in an extra gift of $125 (or more!) to help WDC meet its 2017 budget (fiscal year ending Jan 31, 2018). Your contributions allow WDC to equip pastors, encourage church planters, resource congregations, energize ministries of peace, justice and evangelism, and connect to God’s work in the wider church and world. Thank you for your generous support!

Everyone’s invited to the Year of Evangelism Kick Off: Anabaptist Witness event January 19-20, 2018, sponsored by the Western District Conference Resource Commission! Want to give someone in your congregation a Christmas gift? Pay for their registration to attend this event. It’s only $30/person, or $25/person when groups of four or more register together at:

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).

The WDC office and Resource Library in North Newton, KS will be closed December 22 through January 1 for the Christmas holiday.

In February 2018, The Mennonite magazine will celebrate its 20th anniversary in its current form as the official publication of Mennonite Church USA and we want to hear from you. Send us your memories of The Mennonite: reflections on your favorite stories, authors that have been important or reasons you’ve relied on this publication. You can send your short reflections (200 words or less) to Responses received by Jan. 1 may be included in the February 2018 issue of the magazine.

The Mennonite, Inc. welcomes your original submissions and contributions for our March 2018 print magazine issue and corresponding online content focusing on Spiritual resilience. Submissions are due by January 20 to You can read a full description of the March 2018 theme here:

Camp Mennoscah:

—Many merry blessings of Christmas to all! Camp Mennoscah sends hope, joy, and peace to all this Christmas season. We have been thoroughly blessed by your gifts and prayers throughout the year and pray you have been blessed by Camp Mennoscah’s ministry, too. Check out our webpage or our Facebook page to see the many things you have made possible. Thank you for sharing generously with the many campers and people who experience God’s love and creation at Camp Mennoscah!

Information for all events at Camp Mennoscah or to register:

Online at

Telephone: 620-297-3290.

Email: office.

Contact: olivia.bartel.

Kansas Mennonite Relief Sale:

—Looking for someone to haul a small John Deere Tractor from Bakersfield, CA to Goessel, KS for the KS MCC Sale. Contact, Jerry Toews, jtoews62

—WANTED: Good cars, trucks, tractors, motorcycles, farm machinery, etc. to donate to the KS MCC Sale – new to antique. If you are thinking of getting a new car, consider donating your trade-in to the MCC Sale as a tax deductible donation. Contact Jerry Toews for more info at jtoews62

Five Times Harder will perform a “Songs of the Season” concert on Friday, December 29, 7:30 p.m. at the Lorraine Avenue Mennonite Church in Wichita. A free-will offering will be collected to support the work of MCC.

Memorial Benefit Run – The Neuf: Join friends & family of Russ Neufeld on January 13, 2018 by participating in the inaugural running of The Neuf 9K & 2 mile run. The run starts at 10:00am outside Mojo’s Coffee Shop on the Bethel College campus. Russ was a former Mennonite Church USA and Hesston College employee. The run will raise funds for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, and a scholarship is Russ’ name at Hesston College. Register online through Jan 10, or in person on the day of the race. Read other details about the race at

Bethel College:

—Centering Prayer will not meet Mon., Dec. 25, or Mon., Jan. 1, but resumes Jan. 8. Centering Prayer meets most Mondays from noon-1 p.m. in Agape Center in Richert House on the Bethel College campus. Try it once, come occasionally or join us regularly – all are welcome, with no previous experience with Centering Prayer required. For more information, contact Nathan Koontz, 2nathankoontz@mzuercher.

—Kauffman Museum is open regular hours through the holidays: Tues.-Fri., 9:30 am – 4:30 pm, Sat.-Sun., 1:30-4:30 pm. 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” (through April 1, 2018). See or the Kauffman Museum Facebook page for more information.

—Registration is now open for the academic conference “Mennonites and the Holocaust,” to be held on the Bethel College campus March 16-17, 2018, with speakers and scholars from Canada, Germany, the Netherlands, Ukraine and the United States. See for more information or to register online.

Everence to continue series of workshops: Everence will continue its popular retirement workshop series in 2018, starting with Your Medicare options on Monday, Jan. 8, at 6:30 p.m. Attendees will learn about the various Medicare plans and what they cover; plans that supplement Medicare; and enrollment details and deadlines. The workshop will be presented by Everence staff and will be held at the Everence office at 3179 N. Main St., North Newton. Reserve your spot soon by contacting Michelle Ramer at michelle.ramer.

Dec. 24 annc.pdf

Christmas Eve 2017.pdf