Congregational Meeting: The Building and Finance task forces invite and encourage everyone to attended the Congregational Consensus-building meeting next Sunday, January 28. Following a process of receiving and responding to questions from the congregation over the past months about the building project, it is now time to make the decision about how to move forward based on the current financial reality of having raised over $900,000. We look forward to everyone’s presence as we enter this next discernment phase.
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
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.
2018 Tabor Wellness – “Climb the Mountain”: 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. There are more “Climbing the Mountain” logs in the wellness box please help yourself. Also, if you are needing to track steps any fitness app will do it on your smartphone phone, just be sure to keep it on you. If you would like a regular pedometer let Kevin know for his order. Your cost share will be $5. See Kevin Nickel with questions and good luck climbing!
Living in a Porn-Filled Culture: What Parents, Teens, and Kids Need to Know
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.
NEEDED: Someone to loan a car with tank of gas Jan 31-Feb 4 for Brenda Yoder (our visiting speaker from Dove’s Nest) to use. Thanks so much to Kyle & Mandy Funk for providing a place for Brenda to stay in their shouse. Please see Gayle Funk 316/772-1186 gayle67114
The Mennonite Heritage and Agricultural Museum annual meeting will be held on Jan. 21 at 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. Childcare will be provided.
Pizza Night! Recently described as “a gem sitting in the middle of Goessel,” join us in celebrating one of the treasures of Kansas, our own Mennonite Heritage & Agricultural Museum. Museum board members will be serving Menno Bros. pizza, along with fresh tossed salad and delicious cookies between 5:45 and 6:30 p.m. in the Fellowship Hall on Wednesday, January 31. All proceeds from the meal will benefit the museum; your donations will be gratefully accepted.
Believe it or not, Camp Washunga is only four months away! Brochures with registration forms were sent out to all junior high parents. If you know of a junior higher in the community, encourage them to sign up! Scholarships are available. Put these dates on your calendar: registration is due February 1 and our annual fundraiser will be March 5. If you need an extra brochure, have questions or want to support this ministry feel free to contact Michelle Unruh, myself or one of the local churches. -Laura Unrau
« Western District Conference: Pray for health and strength for WDC church planters and their families, and that God would to continue to open doors as they reach out into their communities.
« Mennonite Mission Network: A family with two young children is sharing Jesus’ love through teaching and community art projects in a Middle Eastern country that is predominantly Muslim. They are serving with MMN and Eastern Mennonite Missions. Pray for meaningful social and spiritual relationships.
« Mennonite Education Agency: Mennonite Early Childhood Network. Pray for parents, teachers and all who interact with young children. May these adults provide understanding and tools needed for children to learn cooperation and peacemaking in God’s all-inclusive family.
« Mennonite Disaster Service: Please pray for volunteers who will be arriving in Puerto Rico this weekend. Also during this winter season, please lift up homeowners we work with as they continue to adjust to life after experiencing a natural disaster, and for good health for our leadership volunteers and their families as they serve at MDS projects.
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.
Save the date! All women are invited to the Western District Women in Mission/
South Central Women’s Spring Supper, Thursday March 15, 2018 at 6 pm at Whitestone Mennonite Church in Hesston. Program (7 pm) to follow the $10 supper (fundraiser for the youth).
—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.
— Volunteers needed Saturday, January 20, to remove shingles for remodel construction of the kitchen/dining hall and entrance. Start time is 9:00am. If you can help, call the camp office at 620-297-3014 or Jim Yoder at phone 316-284-3890 or email jdyoder.
Information for all events at Camp Mennoscah or to register:
Online at www.campmennoscah.org
Mennonite Central Committee (MCC): Thank you so much for your continued support in making and donating comforters for MCC. 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!
—TODAY (Sun., Jan. 21) is the final chance to see “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 First World War. Museum hours are 1:30-4:30 p.m. There is an admission charge for non-museum members.
—Jan. 27 – Kauffman Museum’s Kansas Day event, 1-4 p.m., theme is “On the Trail Again,” rounding out a year-long celebration of 150 years of the Chisholm Trail.
—Sun., Jan. 28 – Bethel College Concert Choir home concert 7 p.m., Mem. Hall
—Bethel College Alumni Bowling Night! Thursday, February 1, 7 p.m. – 9 p.m. Play-Mor Lanes, Newton. First 25 RSVP’s will bowl for free! $7 per person after the first 25. RSVP by Monday, January 29. For information and to RSVP contact Brad Kohlman (316) 284-5357 or bkohlman.
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.
Young Adult Snow Camp February 23-25, at Rocky Mountain Mennonite Camp.
Mike Martin, Executive Director of RAWtools, will share during the worship times on the topic “Under the vine and fig.” There will be group games, singing, and opportunities to be outside enjoying the beauty of creation. Cost is only $80. Anyone ages 18-30+ is welcome to come! Online registration available at www.rmmc.org or call 719-687-9506.
The Newton Et Cetera Shop is hiring a clothing manager for 30-40 hours/week. The full job description and applications are available at the store (619 N. Main, 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.
Scholarship Opportunity: There is a special opportunity for individuals connected to Everence who plan to attend college in the fall. Full time students who have a relationship with Everence are eligible to apply for Everence college scholarships. After completing a scholarship application, students may be selected to receive scholarships ranging from $750 to $2000. This scholarship is available to students who are Everence members or students whose parents are members of Everence. Scholarship applications will be accepted now through February 28, 2018. You can find a scholarship application form along with more information about the scholarship and grant programs at https://www.everence.com/financial-services/financial-planning/college
Kansas Mennonite Relief Sale
Praising God Through Service
Sale Dates: April 13 – 14, 2018
REMEMBERING 50 years of the Relief Sale in Kansas
Relief Sales are the result of grass roots movements across the United States to promote and raise funds for Mennonite Central Committee. A group of Kansans organized and formed the Mid-Kansas Relief Sale. This was in 1968 and the first sale was in Hillsboro at the Marion County Fairgrounds. The space was deemed too small and crowded for all of the activities people wanted to provide. After two years the sale was moved to Newton mostly outside and using tents. It rained the week before the sale and the tents and the area flooded, making it a less than worthwhile experience. Because of a connection with the Kansas State Fair, the Sale was moved to the Kansas State Fairgrounds. Approximately 70 churches across Kansas are on the roster. The purpose at the beginning, and still today, is to support and raise funds for MCC and MCC alone. This year we celebrate 50 years of successful fundraising to support the work of Mennonite Central Committee.
—You’re invited to host, be a guest or organize a Fellowship Meal at your church. Annually, these simple meals help support the Relief Sale by raising funds towards the sale budget. Meals, in area homes, are scheduled Feb. 25 & March 4.
—The Kansas Mennonite Relief Sale invites you to join our family. By tithing a little bit of your time each year, you have an amazing opportunity to impact your world by furthering the work of Mennonite Central Committee. There are variety of committee openings.
—Stay up-to-date on all things relating to Kansas Mennonite Relief Sale by liking us on Facebook at Kansas Mennonite Relief Sale or our website at www.kansas.mccsale.org. Also, download the new Kansas MCC sale app by clicking on the link on our homepage.
For more information on any announcements, please see Tabor liaisons, Kristin and Archie Schmidt, Eric Litwiller, or Jerry and Leann Toews.