Stories & Stuff: Come in from the cold for warm fellowship and tasty treats. Join Stories & Stuff on Thursday, January 18 at 10 a.m. in the south rooms at Tabor. Bring a friend and enjoy the morning together. (note: Jan. calendar date is incorrect!)
Save the Date: Olympic Couple’s Competition: Come join us on February 18 from 3-5pm in the Tabor Fellowship Hall for a fun couple’s competition featuring olympic style minute-to-win-it games! Sign up on the bulletin board with your partner. Couples of all ages and stages are welcome, whether married, engaged, dating, single friends, etc… Childcare will be provided in the parsonage basement. Olympic medals will be awarded for each event! We look forward to seeing you there! ~Tabor Fellowship Planning Team
Year of Evangelism Kick-Off: Anabaptist Witness. The Year of Evangelism Kick-off event will take place at Alexanderwohl on January 19 (7-9pm) and January 20 (9am-3pm). This event will take the place of our January Followers Retreat. Lunch will be provided on January 20.
2018 Tabor Church Directory: Now is the time to submit updates for the church directory. This includes all updates for commission and ministry team positions listed in the directory. Please email changes to kfunk or place in the secretaries mailbox.
Position open: If you would be interested in coordinating meals for people recovering from illness or grieving loss, please call the church office for more information or to volunteer. 367-2318.
Tabor Mennonite Women will meet January 15 from 6:30-8:30 p.m. in the fellowship hall to cut fabric into squares for comforters. Bring cotton fabric if you have it and a scissor or rotary cutter. We will also take time to brainstorm/plan events for 2018. Anyone is welcome to come that evening with input, or let Barb Banman or Denise Nickel 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. Also, if you need childcare for the evening, let Denise know.
Orientation at New Hope Shelter is the third Monday of each month, which is this coming Monday, January 15 at 6:30 p.m. at New Hope. The training goes for 1 to 1 ½ hours and New Hope is located at 900 W Broadway, Bldg 7. If you have questions please talk to Austin Unruh or Barb Abrahams.
2018 Tabor Wellness – "Climb the Mountain": Congratulations to the 2017 wellness challenge champions Kristin Schmidt, Carol Duerksen, and Katy Schmidt and all other participants of last years "Journal Journey" who logged over 50,000 minutes of activity!
The 2018 Wellness Challenge details are on a poster in the foyer along with a take home sheet for recording your wellness points. This year you will earn points climbing your own mountain by dedicating to the various challenges assigned. All participants will be invited to the year end wellness retreat and the 2018 wellness champion who climbs the highest on their mountain will earn an all expenses paid weekend getaway in the COLORADO ROCKY MOUNTAINS! See Kevin Nickel with questions and good luck climbing!
Living in a Porn-Filled Culture: What Parents, Teens, and Kids Need to Know
Today’s youth live in an age where hypersexuality is part of their culture and pornography is readily available, even to young eyes. Dove’s Nest representative Brenda L. Yoder will be speaking to children, youth, parents, and youth workers at Tabor on Jan. 31 and Feb. 3 & 4 on the realities of today’s culture and technology, the dangers of pornography on behavioral health and relationships, and how children and youth can develop healthy, faith-based responses to the culture in which they live. Brenda Yoder is a licensed mental health counselor, speaker, author, and parent who has worked with teens and youth for over twenty-five years.
The Mennonite Heritage and Agricultural Museum annual meeting will be held on Jan. 21at 2:30 p.m. in the Goessel Mennonite Church with 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.
Please check your closet! A women’s knee length black dress coat was taken by mistake from the coat rack on Christmas Eve after the evening service. The coat that was left in it’s place is still hanging on the south coat rack. The missing coat has brown, fuzzy gloves in the pockets. If you discover you or a family member has the missing coat, please exchange it for the one at church.
« Western District Conference: Pray for the joy, wisdom and energy of the Holy Spirit at the WDC Year of Evangelism kick-off next weekend, January 19-20, at Alexanderwohl Mennonite Church.
« Mennonite Mission Network: Kristin and Mike Sharp of MMN serve as community hosts for Round Chapel in the East End of London. Pray for them and their two daughters as they engage the congregational vision of “living out God’s warm embrace” in an area with many homeless people.
« Mennonite Education Agency: Anabaptist Mennonite Biblical Seminary: In honor of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Dr. Daniel White Hodge, Ph.D. will speak on “No Church in the Wild: Christianity, White Supremacy, Black Liberation and Hip Hop.” May seeds be sown to bring about changes to unjust power systems and structures.
« Mennonite Church USA: Journey Forward Writing Team. The five-person Journey Forward writing team met for the first time on Dec. 11-13 to begin their work with Journey Forward, a churchwide process for following God’s calling for MC USA. The team invites prayers for their second Face-to-Face in Philadelphia on Jan. 25-27.
Today, Jan 14:
-3 pm, Luyken Fine Arts Center @ Bethel, MCC and KIPCOR event: film: Awake: A Dream from Standing Rock
-4 pm, Shalom Mennonite Church: Offender/Victim annual meeting.
For details about these events, please see last weeks announcement sheet.
Celebrate Martin Luther King Day on January 15 by taking a local history walk! Racial Justice in Newton: Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow is a walking tour to hear the stories of Newton’s racial and ethnic diversity, to celebrate our accomplishments, and to seek positive change in the community. Tours start at 3:00 and 3:30 p.m. at the Newton Recreation Commission (415 N. Poplar) and last around 90 minutes. Bus transportation is available for those needing assistance getting to the two other sites and back to the Rec. This event is free and open to the public.
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.
—Thank you for the numerous year-end gifts Camp Mennoscah received! It was a bounteous year of generous volunteers, donors, and campers. We can’t wait to see the great things that happen in 2018. God is good!
—Hymn Sing and Dessert Auction: Camp Mennoscah invites everyone to join us from 4-6 pm on Sunday, February 25, at Whitestone Mennonite Church in Hesston. Funds raised will go toward the Camp Mennoscah general fund.
—We need your help! As we continue remodeling the Camp Mennoscah kitchen and dining hall, we need your help on several projects. These include removing and replacing the roofing, painting in the final stages, and help moving everything back into the kitchen. The first project is to remove shingles on Sat. Jan. 20 starting at 9 am. Tools: Single forks, hammers, flat bars. Bring a lunch. If you can help, please call the camp or Jim Yoder at jdyoder.
Information for all events at Camp Mennoscah or to register:
Mennonite Central Committee (MCC): Thank you so much for your continued support in making and donating comforters for MCC. This past year, MCC sent 49,223 blankets and comforters to people experiencing war, displacement, and natural disasters in Bosnia, Iraq, Jordan, North Korea, Somalia, and Ukraine. 1,958 of those came from the Central States region! MCC continues to receive more requests for comforters from our partners around the world. Save the date for the upcoming Comforter Blitz in Yoder, Kansas, taking place on March 5th-7th as we work together to bring comfort to our brothers and sisters around the world, mcc.org/comforter-blitz!
Kansas Mennonite Relief Sale
THANKS for all the offers to go pick up the old Tractor at Bakersfield, CA for the KS MCC Sale. The tractor will be delivered soon. Still looking donations of cars, trucks, motorcycles, tractors, farm machinery and GOOD items for the KS MCC Sale. Call Jerry Toews, 620-367-8257
—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
—Last chance to view – “Voices of Conscience: Peace Witness in the Great War,” the special traveling exhibit at Kauffman Museum on conscientious objection by Mennonites and others during the Second World War. The exhibit closes at 4:30 p.m. Sun., Jan. 21. Kauffman Museum hours are: Tues.-Fri., 9:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m., Sat.-Sun., 1:30-4:30 p.m. (closed Mondays). There is an admission charge for non-museum members.
2018 Anabaptist Vision and Discipleship Series (AVDS) : Attend AVDS conference Feb. 23 to 25 at Hesston College to become an effective change agent. You’ll find or create a small group that shares your passion and begin to learn strategies for fighting injustice alongside others in your congregation and community. The Kansas Leadership Center and Dr. Drew G. I. Hart of Messiah College will help to clarify our purposes and strengthen our Biblical theology of justice while small groups will engage to develop meaningful responses. Register now at hesston.edu/avds.
The Newton Et Cetera Shop is hiring a clothing manager for 30-40 hours/week. The clothing manager, in cooperation with the management team, receives and processes donations; trains and supervises clothing and accessory volunteers; prepares volunteer projects and work spaces; helps manage the sales floor; and participates in regular system evaluation and store planning. The full job description and applications are available at the store (619 N. Main in Newton) or via e-mail at generalmanager. Applications are due Mon, Jan. 29 and can be submitted in person to the general manager or by e-mail.