Tabor Mennonite Women
—Coming to your mailbox soon! A schedule of events that we hope many of you would love to attend. And, a sign up sheet for you to help in a variety of ways.
—Our first event will be a fun evening of hearing Carol Duerksen interview exchange students from Spain and Germany. This event will be on Monday, Feb. 12 at 7 p.m.
—We are looking for a couple volunteers to join Violeta on the social committee.
Please contact Barb Banman for more information.
Tabor Church’s week of service at New Hope Shelter is February 14 to 20.
We are asked to fill the 5-11 schedule each day and also the 11 pm to 8 am schedule on Friday and Saturday, February 16 & 17. We need 2 volunteers for each shift.
Please sign-up on the sheet posted in the foyer. Your help is appreciated so very much and shelter residents will tell you that when you are with them. They are all very appreciative. If you have questions, please let Austin Unruh or Barb Abrahams know. We have a sheet that can guide you through the evening activities and tells you what to do when, during your shift. If anyone is interested, we can give you a copy of that. This can be helpful when you are volunteering. Thanks to all of you!
2018 Tabor Church Directory will be printed soon. Please email udates/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.
The Tabor Deacons approved an addition to Pastor Phil’s job description. Under the “Community Development” heading, a new point reads, “The pastor will be available to coach members and attenders of the congregation in order to help inspire them to maximize their personal, professional, and spiritual potential.” This addition enables Pastor Phil to coach Tabor members and attenders without additional charge while still counting hours toward a certification with the International Coach Federation. If you are interested in helping Pastor Phil gain coaching experience, please contact him directly.
What can one person do to stand against “the troubles of this world?” The challenges are monumental: economic injustice, gender inequity, race relations, water and land conflicts. Hesston College’s 2018 Anabaptist Vision and Discipleship Series (AVDS) will explore these questions and their answers with the theme “Before the unthinkable happens: Confronting our role in injustice,” Feb. 23 to 25 on the Hesston College campus. See more information and register at hesston.edu/avds.
Please sign up on the bulletin board if you plan to attend. Cost for registration is $75 but Tabor Deacons will help offset registration costs.
Red Cross has a URGENT need for all blood types! More than 500 drives have been cancelled due to weather and on top of that, illness has kept people from donating. Currently, blood donations are put to use as soon as they are collected. The next drive at Goessel Church is Wed. Feb. 21 from 2:00-6:00. Make an appointment on line at redcrossblood.org (sponsor code: Goessel), by talking to Rosi (367-2418), or calling 1-800-RED-CROSS (800-733-2767). Thanks for saving lives!
« Western District Conference: Give thanks for the energy and participation of members from congregations across WDC at the recent kick-off event for WDC’s Year of Evangelism.
« Mennonite Mission Network: MMN requests prayer for Juliet Kilpin of the Anabaptist Network in the United Kingdom. Pray for her as she serves among refugees in Calais, France, through advocacy, presence, and training in nonviolence.
« Mennonite Education Agency: Anabaptist Mennonite Biblical Seminary. This week, students from a distance are meeting with students and professors on campus at AMBS for a week of face-to-face learning. May they sense the Spirit’s presence in their study and conversations
« Mennonite Disaster Service: Please pray for communities in Texas, Florida and Puerto Rico as they work to organize and establish their long term recovery programs. Also pray for MDS as we support these communities through this process. We ask for prayer for safe travels for those attending the All Unit Meeting in Winkler, Manitoba on February 9-10, 2018.
Year of Evangelism: Listen to presentations given by Heidi Roland Unruh and Marvin Lorenzana at the WDC Year of Evangelism Kickoff: Anabaptist Witness event held January 19-20 at: http://mennowdc.org/year-of-evangelism/. Presentation links are also on Facebook. Be sure to LIKE us on Facebook – look for: Western District Conference (Mennonite Church USA).
The 2018 WDC Annual Assembly will be held July 27-28. Resolutions must be submitted a minimum of 120 days prior to the Annual Assembly, which is March 29. Send resolutions to: WDC Executive Board, PO Box 306, North Newton KS 67117.
— Recruiting for AMAZING young adults for summer staff! We will be at Hesston, Tabor, Bethel, and McPherson Colleges on Feb. 12-15 respectively. Summer staff applications are available online at campmennoscah.org/application. Pizza gathering will be held at Papa John’s in Newton on Feb. 14 at 6:15pm-ish. Please let us know you’re coming!
— Camp Mennoscah’s annual Youth Volunteer Weekend for grades 7-12 is March 16-17. There will be music, worship, counselors, and projects for all.
— It’s Beyond Belief that our summer youth camps are already looming in the future! Register online today! Our summer theme is “Beyond Belief! The Universe of God” and we’ll be learning how God’s endless love launches amazing adventures.
—Spring Scrapbook and Crafts Retreats are here! Feb. 23-25 and March 2-4.
—Hymn Sing and Dessert Auction for “Creation, Craftiness, and Cooling Off”! Camp Mennoscah invites everyone to join us from 4-6 p.m. on Sunday, February 25, at Whitestone Mennonite Church in Hesston. We’ll sing our favorite hymns, bid on delectable desserts, and hear about how, with your help, camp provides afternoon activities for campers to stay cool, be crafty, and learn about God’s creation. Funds raised will go toward the Camp Mennoscah general fund. Come and join us!
Information for all events at Camp Mennoscah or to register:
Online at www.campmennoscah.org
The Mennonite, Inc. welcomes your original submissions and contributions for our April 2018 print magazine issue and corresponding online content focusing on Technology. Submissions are due by February 17 to Editor. Read a full description of the April 2018 theme here: https://themennonite.org/april-2018-technology/
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, KS 67117).
MCC SALT positions now available! Serving and Learning Together (SALT) is a year-long, cross-cultural service experience. Through SALT, Christian young adults from Canada and the U.S. serve internationally in a wide variety of positions in fields like education, agriculture, health care, information technology, peace and more! Start now at salt.mcc.org, to find answers to frequently asked questions, assignment options and to apply, don’t delay the deadline to sign up is Feb. 15!
—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
—Bethel College Alumni Choir. 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.
—Italian organist Davide Mariano will perform as part of the Andover Organ Series at 7 p.m., Tuesday Feb. 6, at Hesston Mennonite Church. The concert is free and open to the public.
—Hesston-Bethel Performing Arts will feature the British a cappella ensemble, VOCES8 at 7:30 p.m., Friday, Feb. 9, at Hesston Mennonite Church. Tickets can be purchased at hesstonbethel.org or by calling 620-327-8105.
Parkinson’s Support Group – This month’s meeting of the Parkinson’s Support Group at Kidron Bethel will meet Tuesday, February 6, at 2:00 p.m. in the Chapel. Robert Schmidt will share his experience with Deep Brain Stimulation. All are welcome.
Kansas Mennonite Relief Sale
Praising God Through Service
Sale Dates: April 13 – 14, 2018
REMEMBERING 50 years of the Relief Sale in Kansas
April 14 was the date of the 1973 Sale held in Hutchinson at the Fairgrounds. After the devotional service and the welcome by Chairman Rudy Schmidt, the Sale began with the sale of a “fluffy kitten”. The second ring started selling at 10:00 AM and included the auctioning of a combine as well as a refrigerator. The sale of sausage was completed with the donation of 22 hogs, the purchase of 5 hams, and the donation of eight additional hams. The quilt auction raised $10,595 with the highest price paid for a quilt being $1,020. The radio and television outlets in Hutchinson supported the Sale by providing interviews for the local viewing and listening market. The Friday night open house included eleven churches each providing a 15-minute program. This was the second year for the information booth. This booth provided information and a telephone was available for use if needed. The theme for the 1973 Sale is found in Matthew 25, …”whatever you have done for these my brethren…you have done for me.”
—PLEASE sign up for the Lasagna Fellowship Meal at Tabor Sun., Feb. 25, Signup sheet is on bulletin board.
—PLEASE help with Pre-Sale Expense by putting checks in our boxes.
—Plant seeds for the Plants and Things Booth. This is a great way for Parents with young children to teach your children about sharing and helping others..
—What can YOU build that can be sold at the General Auction? GOOD quality items ALWAYS sell well. Wood working items, artistic items, fabric creations, craft items–think about what YOU can create that you can donate and get started.
—We are ALWAYS looking for GOOD quality used items of any kind for the General Auction–tools, small kitchen appliances, toys, Quilters Corner items, vehicles and most anything of GOOD quality.
—Quilts and related items for the Quilt auction need to be turned in by March 12.
URGENT NEED: The Kansas Mennonite Relief Sale Board of Directors is asking for 2 volunteers to perform the task of being the Building Superintendents in the Domestic Arts Building and Sunflower North respectively. These are important positions. The individuals/couples to do this job are located in our churches, our sale constituency, and among the people who have participated in the Sale for many years. Please prayerfully consider and contact Jim Robb, Board Chair
For more information on any sale announcements, please see Tabor liaisons, Kristin and Archie Schmidt, Eric Litwiller, or Jerry and Leann Toews.