April 22 announcements
Elevator out of commission: Demolition around the elevator has begun. We will not have access to an elevator until the new one is installed. In addition, we may not always have access to the west entry door. Park on the east side, or west of the trees and use the north or east doors.
Membership: Are you interested in learning more about church membership at Tabor? If yes, please contact a pastor.
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. There is a sign up sheet on the bulletin board. Contact Austin Unruh or Barb Abrahams if you have questions.
The McPherson Community Brass Choir, under the direction of Jerry Toews, will give a concert in the Brethren Church, 200 N. Carrie, McPherson, Sun., Apr. 29 at 3 pm.
Summer Camps at Mennoscah: Early Registration Discount ends May 1! Don’t miss your chance to save on your summer youth camp registration at Camp Mennoscah! Register and pay in full by May 1. Questions? Contact us at 620-297-3290 or office. Tabor’s Education Committee will award a $50 scholarship to each camper. Please sign up on the bulletin board.
Spring work day is set for Saturday May 5th, 8am – 12 noon. On the agenda:
—Cemetery- See Dale & Nate. Please bring shovels, pry bars, couple of wheelbarrows.
—Moving out old Safe and bringing in new safe – See Kenton, Justin
—Landscape – See Shannon – General maintenance around church building / grounds. —Dig up and cap sprinkler system due to construction.
—Tree trimming TBD, based on weather.
—Change out furnace filters
—General church housekeeping: vacuum under pew cushions, clean the cross in sanctuary, replace lightbulbs in sanctuary, clean out vents under back pews
Attention Young Adults! There will be an Area Wide PC-PF (Post College- Pre Family) event- Evening @ the Pond on Saturday, May 5. We will meet at 5:30 PM at Duerksen’s pond. Please bring $3 to help cover the cost of hot dogs/s’mores, a side dish to share, lawn chair, and any outdoor games to play. This group is designed for young adults in similar life stages to socialize together. If you would like to attend or have questions, please contact Kristin Unruh- kristin.
unruh. Hope to see you there!
Save the Date: We are tentatively planning a groundbreaking service during the Faith Formation Hour on Sunday, May 6. Look for more details to come.
Support Tabor Mission Partners: The Outreach Team invites everyone to a potluck meal on May 6 following the Faith Formation hour. Donations will be accepted to support our Mission Partners, Dan and Kathryn Smith Derksen, and sons John-Clair and Jacob, serving in South Africa.
Commodities available in Goessel: Commodities distribution will be Friday, April 27,(note change of date for this month) at Goessel Mennonite Church from 5-6 pm. For questions call Jenny Girard, 620-747-0046
Give Blood: Less than 38% of the population is eligible to give blood, so patients really need generous people like you to save their lives. The next drive is Monday, April 30, from 2:00-6:00. All donors who give blood by May 13 will be entered in a sweepstakes to win one of three $1000 gift cards to the Home Depot. To schedule your life-saving appointment visit redcrossblood.org (sponsor code: Goessel) or call 800-RED-CROSS. Another way to give is to volunteer your time – sign up on the bulletin board for registration, escort, or canteen.
« Western District Conference: Pray for credentialed leaders in WDC attending Healthy Boundaries training next weekend in Dallas, TX.
« Mennonite Mission Network: For the past four decades, Janie and Neal Blough of MMN have planted Anabaptist seeds through their teaching and lecturing from their base at the Paris Mennonite Center in France. Pray for good fruit to continue to grow from their ministry in Europe and throughout the French-speaking world.
« Mennonite Education Agency: Mennonite Early Childhood Network: Today we celebrate Earth Day. Pray that adults will engage children in developing habits to care for God’s good earth. The current campaign to end plastic pollution includes rejecting, reducing, reusing and recycling plastic materials.
Camp Mennoscah: Details for the following are posted on the bulletin board.
—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
—Kitchen staff needed for summer camps
—Retirees Retreat: April 23-25
Information for all events at Camp Mennoscah or to register:
Online at www.campmennoscah.org
Join the upcoming MCC Haiti Learning Tour from September 22 to 27. Learn from Haitian farmers, artisans, community organizers and human rights advocates about how they – with your support – are building a brighter future for their communities. Contact Jordan Penner at jordanpenner or 316-727-6837 for more information.
Updates to MCC kits: after a recent evaluation of material resources, including input from our partners around the world, MCC has made updates to each kit. Please visit mcc.org/mrc/kits for all the updated lists and contact katemast@
mcc.org or call 316.283.2720 with questions. New printed kit cards are available from the MCC Central States office in North Newton. Thank you for your continued donations that bring dignity and hope to people around the world.
MCC’s SWAP (Sharing With Appalachian People) home repair program has summer positions open in both West Virginia and Kentucky. The assignments run from May 30 – approximately August 11. Applicants should be at least 19 years old, but positions are not limited to young adults. More information about SWAP and an application are available at swap.mcc.org or by calling 606-633-5065. In both positions, an exceptional 18-year-old might be considered. A stipend, room and board and travel expenses are provided.
Job Site Coordinators – Will be the liaison between homeowners and volunteers. Carpentry skills are helpful but not required. Must be willing to learn, follow instruction and work well with others, both homeowners and volunteers, youth and adults.
Meals Coordinators – Will assist the Location Coordinator with menu planning, meal preparation, kitchen duties and other. Should be able to work well with staff and volunteers, both youth and adults.
Prairie View, Inc., invites the public to a Spring Vespers musical event on Sunday, April 22, at 5 pm at Prairie View’s Chapel, 1901 E. First St., Newton. The event is a fundraiser for Prairie View’s chaplaincy and pastoral care programs. Musical group “Dunns Plus One” of McPherson will perform a variety of bluegrass, contemporary and sacred selections. Members include Rev. Kathy Neufeld Dunn, Michael Dunn, Ann Dunn and Faith Wenger. There is no charge to attend. Freewill donations will be accepted.
—Thurs., April 26 – Closing reception for annual Student Art exhibit, 6-8 p.m., Regier Gallery in Luyken Fine Arts Center at Bethel College. Tabor’s Sarah Booth has work in this exhibit.
—Fri., April 27 & Sat., April 28 – The Bethel College theater department presents
Clybourne Park by Bruce Norris, winner of the Pulitzer Prize, a revisiting of Lorraine Hansberry’s classic A Raisin in the Sun; 7:30 p.m., Krehbiel Auditorium in Luyken Fine Arts Center (ticket purchase required). A talk-back session will follow each performance. Please note: The play contains strong language and adult themes and is not suitable for young audiences. Tabor’s Luke Unruh is one of the actors in this performance.
—Bethel College Masterworks Concert, Sunday, May 6, 3 p.m., Memorial Hall
Tickets are on sale at Thresher Shop in Schultz Student Center on the Bethel campus during regular business hours, Mon.-Fri., 8 a.m.-5 p.m., or credit-card orders at 316-284-5205. Tickets will also be available at the door. All seating is general admission.
Hesston College will host the second annual “Pen to Paper to Performance” playwriting festival with a production of the eight selected original plays at 7 p.m., April 27 and 28 in the Keim Center Black Box Theatre on the Hesston College campus. Tickets will be sold at the door starting at 6:15 p.m. with doors to open at 6:30 p.m. Seating is limited, so early arrival is encouraged. Each playwright will receive a portion of the box office earnings. Go to hesston.edu to see a list of plays and playwrights.
You are invited to dinner and a concert on Saturday, May 5 at Leatherman’s Barn in Hesston. A free-will offering will be collected with all proceeds to benefit Mariana Martinez, an international student from Honduras seeking sponsorship to continue her education at Hesston College. Featuring traditional Honduran foods and a variety show by music students from Hesston College, the meal begins at 5:30 pm with music to follow at 7 pm. More information about Mariana can be found on the Facebook event “Mission through Music.”
The FloraKansas Fall Native Plant Festival will be held April 27 to 30 at Dyck Arboretum of the Plains in Hesston. As Kansas’ largest native plant sale, FloraKansas offers many species of wildflowers and grasses many of which are rare in cultivation. Memberships to the Arboretum can be obtained on the day of the sale. Arboretum members receive a 10% discount at all arboretum plant sales and may participate in the members only pre-sale on Thursday, April 26 from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. For more information, call 620-327-8127 or visit www.dyckarboretum.org.
Rocky Mountain Mennonite Camp:
RMMC working with Mennonite Disaster Service again this season to remove dead and dying trees. May 20 -25 MDS leaders will be at RMMC and needs volunteers to help fell and cut up trees and use the chipper to turn slash (branches) into mulch. The current count is 12 trees that need to be cut, but more may be identified. This continues the ongoing effort to minimize the spread of the spruce beetle and also ensure the safety of campers and facilities. If you can help for some or all of those days, visit rmmc.org for more information and to sign up online. Thanks for considering this way to help.
Spend your Memorial Day weekend at RMMC for the annual Work and Play Retreat, May 25-28! The weekend begins at 7pm on Friday and ends after breakfast on Monday. On Saturday, participants will help camp get ready for summer (Spruce Beetle tree clean up from MDS Crew May 20-25, spring cleaning projects, helping in the kitchen, etc). Sunday is the “play” part of the weekend including a morning worship service and brunch, leaving the afternoon for hiking, playing on the pond, or taking a nap! Register online (info) to let us know you can come!