Tabor Mennonite Church

Offering hospitality, healing and hope in the name of Christ.

Feb. 25 announcements

Build Tabor 2018! Planning has begun for our building addition and construction will start this year! If you want to be involved in some way, or have ideas for the new space, please talk to a member of the building committee: Kenton Nickel, chr., Brent Abrahams, Gayle Funk, Donavon Schmidt, and Emil Schmidt. Let’s build Tabor together!

Note of Thanks

“How can we thank God enough for you…” (I Thessalonians 3:9) From the museum’s earliest beginnings, this congregation has been a cornerstone of faithful support and continues to do so today. We were again blessed by your generosity at our recent pizza fundraiser meal on January 31. Contributions of nearly $800 were received and will be used as vital operating funds as we officially open for 2018 on March 1st. ~With sincere gratitude, the board & staff of the Mennonite Heritage & Agricultural Museum

Congregational Announcements

Camp WaShunGa: The annual fundraiser meal for our Jr Highers to attend Camp WaShunGa will take place on March 4 at the Goessel High School cafeteria. Serving will begin at 11:30 am. Support our Jr. Highers!

The Youth Group will be assembling College Care Packages on Wed., March 7 to offer a little encouragement as students approach the middle of the semester. Everyone is invited to bring something for us to include, such as a non-perishable snack or small trinket. We will assemble 9] care packages. Thank you for your generous support of our young adults!

Tabor Mennonite Women: The next event is Saturday, March 3 from 9:00 a.m. until noon. We will tie comforters and do other crafts, all for the MCC Sale.

Help is needed! There are 4 bags of squares that are ready to be sewn together into tops. They are on the table across from the church office door. Sharon Adrian would like these finished by Wednesday, Feb. 28 (and returned to church) so she can match the backing to the tops. Your help is greatly appreciated.

If you are planning to go to the Comforter Blitz in Yoder March 5, 6 or 7, please sign up on your preferred time and we will try to have a car pool. See Barb Banman if you have questions.

Conference Announcements

Prayer Requests:

« Western District Conference: Pray for WDC’s Immigration Task Force, and congregations in WDC discerning a faithful response to immigration concerns.

« Mennonite Mission Network: Linda Oyer of MMN is bringing closure to her 30-year ministry in France. Pray that the seeds she planted through teaching and mentoring will continue to bear fruit. Pray also that she will find joy in writing more of the books that have been percolating in her spirit.

« Mennonite Education Agency: Pray that Anabaptist Mennonite Biblical Seminary’s Pastors and Leaders conference would help prepare participants for the crucial work of helping form the people of God “for such a time as this,” as they explore Christian practices that nurture, sustain and animate faith.

The WDC/SCC Women’s Spring Supper will be at 6 pm on Thurs., March 15, at Whitestone Mennonite Church, 629 Crescent Drive in Hesston. Meal, $10, program 7 pm. Offering for AIMM, Women’s Literacy training in the Congo. Checks made to WDWM and memo line AIMM. Reservations due by March 8 to Marlene Faul, westerndistrictwomen

Camp Mennoscah

—We feel the need to thank you all for your help as work continues at Camp, whether you’ve been out to volunteer with the kitchen and entrance work or held Camp Mennoscah in your thoughts and prayers in these past weeks. The roof construction on the new entrance is about to be finished! We are again in need of your help to shingle the roof if the elements allow. The next day for work will be SATURDAY FEBRUARY 24 starting 8:30 am. Bring your favorite left-handed hammer and lunch! Other tools will be provided. If you’re interested in helping, please call camp jdyoder. If there is a doubt regarding weather and you have not heard from us, please call to check whether or not we have canceled.

—Spring Scrapbook and Crafts Retreats March 2-4.

—Hymn Sing and Dessert Auction 4-6 p.m. on Sunday, February 25,Whitestone Mennonite Church, Hesston. Funds raised go to Camp Mennoscah general fund.

—Youth Volunteer Weekend for grades 7-12 is March 16-17!

—Kitchen helpers needed for our summer youth camps. Parents receive a camper discount up to full camp fees.

Information for all events at Camp Mennoscah or to register:

Online at Telephone: 620-297-3290.

Email: office.

Contact: olivia.bartel.

A Child Protection/Sexual Abuse Prevention training will be held at the MCC Center on March 1, at 6:30. “Beyond Good Touch/Bad Touch” is the topic and the presenter is Kathy Wiens. This workshop will explore how education on consent, respect, listening, and empowerment helps protect children against sexual perpetrators. The cost is $20.00. For more information email kathywiens59 or visit

Newton Community Chorale will give “A World Cup Tour” concert Sunday, March 4 at BCMC at 7 pm.

Bethel College

—Sun., Feb. 25 – Sunday-Afternoon-at-the-Museum with Christy Davis, executive director, Symphony in the Flint Hills, 3 p.m., on “The Other Chisholm Trail: Little-Known Facts About the Great Cattle Drives,” Kauffman Museum

—Sun., Feb. 25 – Staley Lecture with Malinda Elizabeth Berry, a professor of theology and ethics at Anabaptist Mennonite Biblical Seminary, 7 p.m., on “Practicing and Embodying Nonviolence,” Krehbiel Auditorium in Luyken Fine Arts Center at Bethel College. Berry will also speak in convocation, Mon., Feb. 26, 11 a.m., Krehbiel Auditorium.

—Sun., March 4 – KIPCOR Film Series presents The Empathy Gap: Masculinity and the Courage to Change, 3 p.m., Krehbiel Auditorium in Luyken Fine Arts Center at Bethel College

Hesston College spring musical production: “Hands on a Hardbody.” Performances at AGCO Corp. auditorium, Communication Center, 420 W. Lincoln Blvd., Hesston. Shows: 7 p.m., Feb. 28 to March 3, and 2 p.m., March 4. Tickets $10 for adults, $5 for students and children, and can be purchased in advance through the Hesston College Bookstore in person, online at, or by calling 620-327-8104. Tickets will also be available at the door 45 minutes prior to show time and are subject to availability. The show is rated PG for mild language.

The Newton Et Cetera Shop is hiring a housewares sorter/receiver for 20-30 hours/week. The sorter/receiver maintains an active presence in the processing area, in both receiving and sorting donations. S/he will be primarily responsible for sorting through houseware donations, placing items in appropriate price categories, recycling and discarding, as needed. 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 Monday, March 5, and can be submitted in person to the general manager or by e-mail.

Everence will host an all-inclusive retirement planning workshop on Saturday, March 3, from 9 to 11:30 a.m. Topics will include Medicare, Social Security and retirement income planning. The workshop will be presented by Everence staff and will take place at the Everence office at 3179 N. Main St., North Newton. Reserve your spot soon by contacting Michelle Ramer at 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

In 1976, the Sale was still using the State Fair Bison Arena on the State Fairgrounds, Hutchinson, as the main building for auctions and sales. According to the annual report it was the first time that soft ice cream was sold and it sold very well. Fifty-nine bales of wood shavings were used to cover the dirt floor and control the dust around the quilt display. Approximately 1,100 pies were sold. The annual report for 1976 recognizes the contributions of many volunteers who “Work in the name of Christ”. As we celebrate our 50th year, may we remember those who have made the Sale successful through Service to God.

1980 is the year when the sales tax exemption was put behind us. Visitors from 11 different states contributed to the attendance of 13,500. Griselda Shelly, MCC Central States Regional Director, set up a multi-media program to show Sale attenders the MCC programs that benefited from the Relief Sale. The Quilt and Comforter Committee auctioned 367 items totaling a financial benefit of $47,356.50. Verenike with ham gravy sold for 75 cents each, and borscht sold for 85 cents a bowl. This was the year that began the central location for collecting pies. Using the method of counting cars and multiplying by 4 estimated attendance at the Sale at 15,452. The Kansas Mennonite Men’s Chorus brought in $5,434.02 from their concerts and $206,711.67 was sent to MCC in the name of Christ.

Sale Announcements

—LOTS of special activities at the 50th Year Anniversary of the KS MCC Sale.

—Check out the website; for NEW items added frequently.

—PLEASE help take pictures of any one making items for the KS MCC Sale and email them to Sherry who puts together the slide show for the Sunday after the sale. Email to: unruh.sherry

—Children’s Coin Offer brought in $69.51. EXCELLENT!! Keep collecting the coins during the week and bring them to church on Sundays. THANKS!

—IF you are disgusted with the daily news DO SOMETHING ABOUT IT and get involved with the KS MCC Sale where YOUR actions help others which makes the world a better place!! It is easy to feel that our actions are so small, BUT when we put them together with all the other gifts; they become something BIG and help thousands who are hurting around the world where the WORST humanitarian crisis are happening. 5 to 6 MILLION DOLLARS are collected EACH year at the MCC Sales in the US and Canada!! This is a gift from God.

—Parents be creative and think of things you can do with your children before and at the Sale to help TEACH them how God wants us to help others who are hurting.

—Keep putting your checks for Pre-Sale Expenses in our boxes. THANKS

—Plant seeds for Plants and Things. Start Collecting Cook Books and things for Quilters Corner and the Children’s Auction. Collection Boxes will be put up the First Sunday in March.

—IF your items are ready to photograph PLEASE contact Jerry. We want to get your items on the website as soon as possible.

New for the 50th Annual Kansas Mennonite Relief Sale. As we meet for our 50th anniversary Sale to raise money for the Mennonite Central Committee, the Sale Board is providing a few new events. One of those events is a program with Mini Auction on Friday night, April 13, and featuring the vocals of the Kansas Mennonite Men’s Chorus. A scavenger hunt for all ages is being organized to help you find things and learn about the workings of the sale. We are providing a time capsule for each Church and Sale Committee to have the opportunity to put a memory into the capsule. The capsule will be opened at the Sale in 25 years. Finally, our brothers and sisters with MDS will be putting on their MCC hats and building a tool shed on the Fairgrounds during the Sale weekend. Construction will start on Friday at noon and the blitz build will be completed by Saturday noon. Sale attendees of all ages will be encouraged to pick up a hammer or a paint brush to help with the construction. The tool shed will be auctioned as part of the General Auction. Please mark your calendars for April 13 and 14 for the 50th Annual MCC Sale!

For more information on any sale announcements, please see Tabor liaisons, Kristin and Archie Schmidt, Eric Litwiller, or Jerry and Leann Toews.

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