Work has begun! The first phase of installing the pitched roof over the foyer and offices, and installing the elevator has started. We will not always have access to the West door. If the door is blocked, park on the East side, or West of the trees and walk around to the doors on the North or East. Thanks for your patience as we begin our building project!
New Office for Pastor Phil… at least for a little while. Due to construction, Pastor Phil has relocated his office to the room behind the organ. Feel free to stop in and say hello!
Review forms in mailboxes: Please find the pastoral/congregational constructive feedback forms in your church mailbox. There should be a form for everyone high school age and up who are members and regular attenders. Extra forms are available on the table in the foyer. Please review the cover sheet before filling out the form.
Luke Reading Challenge Grand Prize: No one has yet claimed the grand prize for the Luke reading challenge. If you read through the Gospel of Luke 2+ times in 2018 and would like to claim the prize, please let me know! Peace, Pastor Phil.
Membership: Are you interested in learning more about church membership at Tabor? If yes, please contact a pastor.
Tabor Mennonite Women Salad Supper Monday, April 9 at 6:00 pm. Bring a salad & come for an enjoyable evening with our guest Rachel Bachman from Hesston.
Pine Car Derby!! Weigh in for the cars is at 6:30 pm with the Race to follow at approximately 7pm on April 11 in the Fellowship Hall. There will be a cookie social following the race. Cookies are still needed. Please bring a dozen or two to share if you can. Everyone is welcome to come for the fun!
TMYF: The Youth Group has finished our dessert fundraiser on Sunday mornings. Thank you to all of you who purchased desserts on behalf of TMYF!
—Youth Group Mystery Meal at Pastor Katherine’s house, 6pm on Wed., April 18.
Stories & Stuff: Come for food and fellowship on Thursday, April 19!
Designing the New Kitchen! The reception committee, funeral committee, and anyone interested in contributing ideas for the layout for the kitchen in Tabor’s new addition, are invited to come a meal at noon, on Sunday, April 22. Please let Keith Banman know if you plan to come.
Mennonite Heritage and Agricultural Museum: Goessel High School Advanced Art Class will display works of art at the 1906 Prep School, Monday April 9, 5-7 p.m. Members of the Leroy and Alice Funk family will also show things that they make with their hands. Birdhouses, barn quilts, quiet books, baby quilts, weather afghan, etc. Other works such as jewelry, and paintings will also be on display. The works of art will be up till the end of the week if you can’t make it on Monday. Free admission to the Prep School and open to the public. ~Fern Bartel, Museum Director.
Tabor Church’s week at New Hope Shelter begins April 25 through May 1. We all have the privilege to do outreach here and the rewards are unmeasurable. We can help feed the hungry, listen to stories and encourage residents. If you are interested in taking part in this ministry, New Hope has an orientation for volunteers on the third Monday each month. April 16 is orientation at New Hope from 6:30 – 8:00 p.m. Please let Austin Unruh or Barb Abrahams know which shift you would like or if you have questions.
The Second Monday Family History & Genealogy Group will meet on Monday, April 9, 7:00 p.m., in the Goessel City Building Community Room. Darrell and Judy Unruh will tell about their trip to Poland some years ago. Poland, previously known as Prussia, is the ancestral home of the Alexanderwohl Mennonites. The meeting is free and open to the public.
« Western District Conference: In this Year of Evangelism, pray that WDC congregations grow in their willingness and capacity to share the gospel – the good news of God’s kingdom breaking into the world through Jesus!
« Mennonite Mission Network: Pray for many leaders from across Mennonite Church USA who will gather in Lansdale, Pennsylvania on April 12-14 for joint Executive Board and Constituency Leaders Council meetings.
« Mennonite Education Agency: Pray for participants in AMBS’s online short course, Transforming Congregational Conflict and Communication, led by Betty Pries in April and May. May they be empowered to help congregations courageously engage their differences in ways that glorify God and bring healing and hope.
« Mennonite Disaster Service: MDS has many urgent volunteer needs and several job opportunities. Please pray for those considering service with MDS and for the volunteers as they travel to and from locations, handle tools, repair and build homes and bring hope to disaster survivors.
Camp Mennoscah: Details for the following are posted on the bulletin board.
—Dam Going In! Sunday, April 8, at approx. 2pm-ish.
—Help prepare the new kitchen for use: April 6-8.
—Kitchen equipment for sale for highest offer.
—"Rebuilding the Whale!" construction begins mid-April, volunteers needed.
—Men and Boys Retreat: April 20-22
—New Kitchen Dedication: April 22, 2:30pm
—Funds needed for camp scholarships
—Retirees Retreat: April 23-25
Information for all events at Camp Mennoscah or to register:
Online at www.campmennoscah.org Telephone: 620-297-3290.
Mennonite Church USA: Take the plunge into a year of exploration, discipleship, and service with Journey International. We are currently accepting applications to join the work of the local church in England, Indonesia, and Tanzania. For more information, visit www.MennoniteMission.net/JourneyInternational .
Sexualized violence and the church: Mennonite Central Committee is offering three free webinars this spring for churches who want to learn more about how to address sexualized violence within their congregation and how to encourage healthy sexuality and healthy masculinity among members. The webinars will be led by church leaders and others with expertise in the topics. All three webinars will start at 2 pm and end at 3 pm CST. The first webinar, Healthy sexuality in our congregations will be on April 11. Kathrine Goerzen and Benjamin Reynolds will lead the discussion focusing on what role the church can play in fostering and supporting healthy views of sexuality. May 9: Sexualized violence – how should churches respond? June 13: Healthy masculinity. Learn more and register for the webinars at karinkaufmanwall with questions.
Kansas Institute for Peace and Conflict Resolution (KIPCOR):
—The Bethel College Department of Bible and Religion and KIPCOR will sponsor Jalane Schmidt, associate professor of religious studies at the University of Virginia, Charlottesville, and a Black Lives Matter activist, for two public lectures at Krehbiel Auditorium, Bethel College. Sunday, April 15, 7:30 p.m.: “Huck Finn Moments: Using White Privilege to Dismantle White Supremacy.” Monday, April 16, Bethel convocation at 11 a.m.: “Holding Space in #Charlottesville: Confronting ‘Alt-Right’ White Supremacists.” Jalane was an organizer for actions countering the white supremacist and alt-right demonstrations in Charlottesville in August 2017.
—KIPCOR will host “Restorative Kansas” on the Bethel campus Thurs.-Fri., April 19-20 – the first-ever statewide conference on restorative justice in Kansas.
For more information and to register online, go to kipcor.org
—KIPCOR wraps up a year-plus-long celebration of its 30th anniversary April 22 by hosting author and storyteller Rafe Martin, Rochester, New York, 3 pm, Memorial Hall, Bethel College. Martin is known for his children’s books on making peace and celebrating differences, and his storytelling performances for audiences of all ages.
—Sun., April 8 – Newton Mid-Kansas Symphony Orchestra spring concert, 4pm, Memorial Hall at Bethel College; part of the Hesston-Bethel Performing Arts series and the NMKSO 2017-18 season (ticket purchase required)
—Sun., April 15 – Bethel College Women’s Ensemble spring concert, 4 p.m., Bethel College Mennonite Church
Kansas Mennonite Relief Sale: Praising God Through Service
Sale Dates: April 13 – 14, 2018
REMEMBERING 50 years of the Relief Sale in Kansas
—The 40th Anniversary of the Kansas Mennonite Relief Sale took place in 2008. It was a memorable event. Apple butter was available and 500 pints quickly sold out. The Kansas Mennonite Men’s Choir gave a fantastic program that was presented to a full house. The Greensburg Mennonite Church was richly involved in the 2008 sale after the devastating tornado hit their community. A “mangled” barrel, two salvaged church comforters, and generous financial support provided an inspiration to many people. It was again a chance to marvel and witness what can happen when a group of people come together to serve God in so many different ways. May God continue to bless and use MCC for His honor and glory.
—From Chairman Rod Chrystie’s Report after the 2010 sale: “As I take a minute to reflect on items noteworthy of this report, I recognize the challenge of coming away with the feeling that things went well, really that things went Very well, and that we enjoyed a pretty ‘normal’ Relief Sale. But when I look at the website and see the theme of ‘Offering Hope to a world in need’ and when I consider the countless hours so many of you gave to make the Sale possible, it is anything but ‘normal’. Taking time off of work and making the Sale your family project is not ‘normal’. Working together with people from all over, hauling in just about everything we need until the buildings are full and ready for people isn’t ‘normal’. Pouring yourselves into doing what you can to be part of the solution – helping feed, clothe, and care for people you will likely never see and never know—to offer Hope—is strikingly abnormal in our day and age. Your efforts are noticed, are meaningful, do make a difference and are appreciated!” All in the name of Christ.
—Harvest has FINALLY arrived. PLEASE plan on EATING OUT at the Sale both Fri. and Sat. This is the greatest place to meet old friends and have a FUN time putting our Christian faith into action. GO and have FUN serving others.
—PLEASE take a 2 hour shift helping ANYWHERE. Try something you have never done before. Some Tabor folks still need help on their sign ups.
—Join 400 volunteers helping make 25,000 verenike on TUES., Apr. 10 at the Parkview MB Church Hillsboro – help needed morning or afternoon. A FUN time.
—We would like to have more pies and zweibach. They are ALWAYS strong sellers.
—PLEASE help taking pictures of Tabor folks at the MCC Sale and send them to: unruh.sherry. These are pictures for the Power Point NEXT Sunday, Apr. 15. WE NEED YOUR HELP. Kids you can help with this. This can include pictures of folks working on things BEFORE the sale; DURING the sale and AT the sale. Those of you in charge of the Jr Hi and HS youth PLEASE help us.
—EVERYTHING except pies MUST be at the church by 9 am on Friday. A caravan of vehicles will be transporting those items to the sale at that time. There will be tables in the foyer so you do not need to take them to the basement.
—ALL pies MUST be at the church by 7 am Sat. for transport to the sale.
—IF you have a truck and trailer and you are willing to help haul the 18 vehicles to the sale this year talk to Jerry. We will haul Wed., Thurs., and or Friday depending on weather.
—Children’s Coin Offering was $96.56!! AWESOME. Last one TODAY. THANKS!!!
—Support the Tabor 5K Team by sponsoring the following: Isabelle and Elizabeth Alderfer, Elton & Denise Nickel, Kristin Unruh, Rene Kaufman, Michelle Unruh, Jason Unruh, Austin Unruh, Dylan, Gunner Davis, David Johnson, Nick Johnson, Katie Wright, Veronica Raymundo, Cory & Keri Unruh, Lee & Phyllis Goertzen, Les Goerzen, Jerry Toews.
For more information on any sale announcements, please see Tabor liaisons, Kristin and Archie Schmidt, Eric Litwiller, or Jerry and Leann Toews.