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. There will be a potluck next Sunday, Feb. 4, with Brenda. Please bring food to share and your own table service.
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. Please see Gayle Funk 316/772-1186 gayle67114
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.
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.
Church Ministry Positions Open:
-Contact person for Mennonite College Task Force. Coordinate annual fund raiser meal, Mennonite College visits, Chair meetings with the Task Force when needs arise, communicate with the Scholarship Coordinator (Gayle Funk). Contact Gayle Funk or the church office with questions or to volunteer.
-Coordinator of meals for people recovering from illness or grieving loss. Please call the church office for more information or to volunteer. 367-2318.
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 WDC pastor John Tyson, as his ordination is celebrated this morning at Bethel College Mennonite Church, where he serves as Associate Pastor for Faith Formation.
« Mennonite Mission Network: Today, MMN’s Service Adventure leaders are concluding a retreat in San Diego. Pray that the spiritual and physical renewal they experienced through worship and fellowship will inspire and sustain them in the coming months of mentoring the participants in their units.
« Mennonite Education Agency: Thank God for the gift of music as the Bethel College Concert Choir presents their home concert this evening, following their every-four-years interterm tour to Europe.
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: Join us from 4-6 pm on Sunday, Feb. 25, at Whitestone Mennonite Church in Hesston. Funds raised will go toward the Camp Mennoscah general fund.
—2018 Retreat Registration is open! Those coming up soon are the Scrapbook and Crafts Retreats (Feb. 23-25 and March 2-4) and the Youth Volunteer Weekend (March 16-17). We’re looking forward to seeing you!
Information for all events at Camp Mennoscah or to register:
Online at www.campmennoscah.org Telephone: 620-297-3290.
MCC Annual Meeting: Everyone is invited to join the board and staff of Mennonite Central Committee Central States for our annual meeting on Friday, February 23 at 10:30am at the MCC Center (121 E. 30th, North Newton).
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. The upcoming Comforter Blitz in Yoder, KS, will take place on March 5th-7th as we work together to bring comfort to our brothers and sisters around the world, mcc.org/comforter-blitz!
Raise the Roof in Song – a Hymn Sing and Fundraiser for Mennonite Disaster Service – Sunday, February 18, 4 pm at Southern Hills Mennonite Church, 511 SE 37th Street, Topeka. Join us in a fun way to raise funds for Mennonite Disaster Service with an old fashioned hymn sing and silent auction. Special music by The Flannelbacks from N Newton.
The Women in Leadership Project is excited to announce the publication on Jan. 31 of I’ve got the power! Naming and reclaiming power as a force for good, a collection of essays based on presentations from the 2016 Women Doing Theology Conference. Visit http://mennoniteusa.org/wlp for details.
—Sun., Jan. 28 – Bethel College Concert Choir home concert 7 p.m., Mem. Hall
—Thurs., Feb. 8 & Fri., Feb. 9 – The Bethel College interterm class Prison Theater Project presents Inside Story, the on-campus version of the collaboration with inmates at Hutchinson Correctional Facility; 7:30 p.m., Krehbiel Auditorium in Luyken Fine Arts Center
—The Bethel College Alumni Choir is looking for more singers interested in getting together for music, fun and fellowship. The next concert will be Sunday, Feb. 11, 3 p.m., at Trinity Heights United Methodist Church in Newton. There will be one rehearsal: Sat., Feb. 10, 10 a.m.-3 p.m., with lunch provided. If you are a Bethel choir alumnus and want to be involved, contact Andrew Voth at votha, or check out the Bethel College Alumni Choir page on Facebook for more information.
2018 Anabaptist Vision and Discipleship Series (AVDS) : Ted & Company Theaterworks will present “Discovery: A Comic Lament” at 7 p.m., Saturday, Feb. 24, at Hesston Mennonite Church on the Hesston College campus. Starring Ted Swartz and Michelle Milne, this newest production of Ted & Co., is a play about the Doctrine of Discovery, the legal framework that justifies the theft of land and oppression of Indigenous Peoples. It weaves through time and geography, offering both comic and challenging glimpses into the absurdity of white settler oppression of Indigenous Peoples and the land we live on. Tickets are $12 for adults and can be purchased at the door or in advance at the Hesston College Bookstore, 620-327-8104. Youth through high school age are free. Participants in Hesston College’s AVDS weekend receive a ticket through their conference registration.
Do you know high-school students with gifts for leadership and ministry? AMBS’s
!Explore program gives students in grades 10–12 the opportunity to explore ministry and theology, grow in spiritual practices and biblical engagement and listen for God’s call. The program includes a 100-hour congregational internship and a Group Experience July 3–18. Apply by Feb. 15. www.ambs.edu/explore
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
Everence will hold its second retirement workshop of 2018 on Tuesday, Feb. 6, at 6:30 p.m. Social Security and retirement income planning will cover when to begin taking Social Security, risks that can impact your savings and strategies to help your income last throughout retirement. The workshops are presented by Everence staff and 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.
Kansas Mennonite Relief Sale
Praising God Through Service
Sale Dates: April 13 – 14, 2018
REMEMBERING 50 years of the Relief Sale in Kansas
The Kansas Mennonite Relief Sale was known originally as the Mid-Kansas Mennonite Relief Auction Association. They organized and sponsored what was known as the MCC Sale. There had been an on-going debate concerning the collection of Kansas sales tax at the Sale. At the 1969 sale, held in Hillsboro, sales tax was collected. Levi Goossen, our Attorney at that time, appealed this circumstance and asked for an exemption. The Sale was incorporated on Jan. 23, 1971 and we received the initial tax exemption letter from the IRS on Dec. 10, 1971 with final confirmation under IRC 509 on March 22, 1973. This exemption continues, although we have had to handle a challenge or two along the way. The act of charity in the name of Jesus is the on-going purpose of the Kansas Mennonite Relief Sale. A community coming together to promote “Praising God through Service”.
—Quilts and related items for the Quilt auction need to be turned in by March 12.
—If you want to be a Guest or Host a Fellowship Meal on Feb. 25 or March 4, from outside our congregation, the forms are on the table in the foyer. Deadline to turn in forms is Feb. 1
—Tabor will HOST our Lasagna Fellowship Meal Sun., Feb 25.
—PLEASE put your checks for Pre-Sale expenses in Jerry & Leann Toew’s; or Kris & Archie Schmidt’s mailbox. It takes $80,000 to put on the KS MCC Sale. With ALL KS Mennonites each contributing a little it is an easy task. PLEASE do your part.
—Children will start passing the cans Sun., Feb. 4. PLEASE bring your loose change and paper money to help along with “Coins Count”.
For more information on any sale announcements, please see Tabor liaisons, Kristin and Archie Schmidt, Eric Litwiller, or Jerry and Leann Toews.