Year of Evangelism Kick-Off: Anabaptist Witness. Please sign up on the bulletin board by Tuesday, January 9 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.
Annual Report: Fiscal year end reports were 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.
Tabor Mennonite Women (TMW):
—TMW will meet January 15 at 6:30-8:30pm in the fellowship hall to cut fabric into squares for comforters. Bring cotton fabric if you have it and a scissor or rotary cutter. If you need childcare, let Denise know.
—TMW will be meeting Thursday, January 11 at 7 p.m. at Church to brainstorm/plan events for 2018. Anyone is welcome to come that evening with input or let Barb B. or Denise know your programming ideas. New Sister Prayer Partners will be formed and if you are currently a Prayer Partner, your name will be put in again unless you let us know. If you are not currently part of the Prayer Partners and would like to have one, let Denise know by January 14.
Please check your closet! A women’s knee length black dress coat was taken by mistake from the coat rack across from the secretaries office on Christmas Eve after the evening service. The coat that was left in it’s place is still hanging on that coat rack towards the foyer side. The missing coat has brown, fuzzy gloves in the pockets. Please double-check that you have the proper winter coat in your possession, check with family members who may have been at our church that evening but do not attend regularly, or look at the coat that remains on the rack and see if that one is yours. If you discover you have the missing coat, please exchange it for the one at church. No questions asked. Thank you!
The Mennonite Heritage and Agricultural Museum annual meeting will be held on January 21, 2018 at 2:30 p.m. in the Goessel Mennonite Church. There will be a short business meeting followed by our featured speaker Rachel Waltner Goossen. Her topic will be “Rural Healthcare on the Great Plains: Nurses’ Training and the Mennonite Deaconess Movement.” This event is free and open to the public, with a faspa to follow the program.
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.
Letter from WDC Israel-Palestine Task Force: Posted on the bulletin board is a letter in response to the recent announcement to move the US Embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem. Please pray that a peaceful, just solution can be made between Palestinians and Israelis.
« Western District Conference: Pray for WDC’s Israel-Palestine Relations Task Force, as they meet this week and discern ways to join God’s work of justice and peace-making.
« Mennonite Mission Network: MMN partners Juanita and Lawrence Coetzee lead Grace Community Church in Cradock, Eastern Cape, South Africa. Pray for them as they also work in a local prison for juveniles and help the young men there find new meaning in their lives.
« Mennonite Education Agency: Seminario Bíblico Anabautista Hispano (SeBAH). Pray for SeBAH students who will start their Pastoral Project course and for Professor Tony Brun. Pray that God’s presence be with them and may wisdom be upon throughout this course.
« Mennonite Disaster Service: As the New Year begins, please pray for our volunteers as they return to MDS projects in Canada and the U.S. and continue their commitment to respond, rebuild and restore. We ask for prayer for the ongoing hurricane response, five project sites in Texas responding to Hurricane Harvey, one project in Florida responding to Hurricane Irma and volunteers heading to Puerto Rico in response to Hurricane Maria.
« Mennonite Church USA: Prayer for the new year : As Mennonite Church USA, we’re embarking on our Journey Forward in this new year. We invite prayers that we may seek the beauty and hope of God’s spirit drawing us into this community of faith. Let us continue joining our voices in song, in prayer, in fellowship—that even the mountains and the hills may join.
Western District Conference (Mennonite Church USA) seeks 3/4-time business manager: accounting experience desirable; computer and organizational skills; ability to work independently and set goals; effective communicator – team player; committed to WDC mission. See mennowdc.org for further information.
Worship at WDC’s Year of Evangelism Kick Off: Anabaptist Witness will be a blend of ancient spiritual practices and upbeat bluegrass style with Bethany Amstutz, Gene Thieszen, and friends. Everyone’s invited to worship our God of healing love, justice and welcome on January 19-20. Learn more and register by January 11 at: http://mennowdc.org/year-of-evangelism/
We’re cleaning out the archives! Back issues of The Mennonite, The Christian Century, Christianity Today, Group, Children’s Ministry, and more and available (first come, first served) at the WDC Resource Library in North Newton, KS. Stop by and take some home today! (Donations welcome)
Mennonite Central Committee: Save the Date – Sunday, January 14: for a special screening of the film Awake: A Dream from Standing Rock at 3pm in the Luyken Fine Arts Center at Bethel College in North Newton, Kansas. The film captures the story of Native-led defiance that forever changed the fight for clean water, our environment and the future of our planet. A talk-back session will follow the film featuring film Co-Director Myron Dewey. MCC is teaming up with Kansas Institute for Peace & Conflict Resolution (KIPCOR) for this free event. Please join us!
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 www.runtheneuf.neuf.ca.
The Mennonite, Inc. welcomes your original submissions and contributions for our March 2018 print magazine issue and corresponding online content focusingon Spiritual resilience. Submissions are due by January 20 to Editor@TheMennonite.org. You can read a full description of the March 2018 theme here: https://themennonite.org/march-2018-call-submissions-spiritual-resilience/
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, 620-367-8257 or 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 620-367-8257 or jtoews62
Offender/Victim Ministries is celebrating 45 years of restorative justice and prison ministries! Join us for our 2018 annual meeting will be Sunday, January 14 at 4:00 at Shalom Mennonite Church. Come hear stories from the past year and learn about exciting initiatives to come in 2018. A light meal (faspa) will be served.
Bethel College:—TODAY (Sun., Jan. 7) – Sunday-Afternoon-at the-Museum, 3 p.m.: Andrew Bolton, “Is the Community of Christ Becoming Anabaptist?”; Kauffman Museum.
—Centering Prayer resumes tomorrow, Mon., 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, or Melanie Zuercher, mzuercher.
—Mon., Jan. 15 – Bethel College annual Martin Luther King Jr. Day celebration, with Ken E. Nwadike Jr., a peace activist, inspirational speaker and video journalist popularly known as “the Free Hugs Guy,” and poetry reading by Bethel students, 7 p.m, Krehbiel Auditorium
—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 mla.bethelk.edu/MennosandHolocaust for more information or to register online.
2018 Anabaptist Vision and Discipleship Series (AVDS) conference Feb. 23 to 25 at Hesston College. With the theme “Before the Unthinkable Happens: Confronting our role in injustice,” the conference will explore how you can become an effective change agent in your church and community as you stand against “the troubles of this world.” Watch for details.
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 (316) 283-3800; (877) 467-7294 or michelle.ramer.