Groundbreaking Service: May 6 is the date for the groundbreaking service for the new Tabor Church addition. Following the morning worship service we will gather where the new addition will be built. Following the groundbreaking service, we will continue to celebrate with a potluck meal in the “new” fellowship hall–outdoors where the new addition will stand. We are planning for a simple meal. Please bring food which may include sandwiches, chips, fresh fruit and veggies, and cookies. Also plan to bring lawn chairs and blankets and your own table service.
As previously planned, this potluck will extend the mission of Tabor Church by recognizing our partnership in the ministries of Dan and Kathryn Smith Derksen, and sons John-Clair and Jacob, serving in South Africa. Donations will be accepted to support our Mission Partners. Make checks payable to Tabor Mennonite Church with ‘Mission Partners’ on the memo line.
Membership: Are you interested in learning more about church membership at Tabor? If yes, please contact a pastor.
Tabor Mennonite Women: Looking for someone or a group of ladies to plan our May Mystery Trip. This is always a well attended event and we hope to continue it. Contact Barb Banman if you are interested. Thanks!
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.
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
Summer FF begins June 17:
—Adults will meet together using MCC’s curriculum on Preventing Gun Violence.
—Children will meet in the Fellowship hall with Carol Duerksen as storyteller and others helping lead activities. We are seeking a coordinator to make the schedule and help recruit activity/craft leaders. Please consider offering your gifts of organization and leadership during the summer months.
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!
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 the WDC Annual Assembly Planning team, as they prepare for our conference gathering July 27-28 in central Kansas.
« Mennonite Mission Network: Freddy and Margrit Kipfer Barrón of Mennonite Mission Network serve the Bolivia Mennonite Church in many capacities. Pray for them as they work with young congregations, coordinate Christian education ministries, provide pastoral leadership, and train church leaders.
« Mennonite Church USA: Prayers are requested for transitions in denominational leadership. Pray for Ervin Stutzman as he retires on April 30 after eight years of serving as the executive director for MC USA. Pray for Glen Guyton as he begins serving as the new executive director on May 1.
—To everyone who attended the dedication of the new kitchen at Camp Mennoscah (in person or in spirit), we thank you. Many hours of hard work have gone into this project to improve this much used space and many of you have given generously. Thank you over and over! We can’t wait to start the next phase of the kitchen/dining hall renovations.
—Ends April 30! Camp Mennoscah will give the following items to the person with the highest offer: two upright freezers, the stove/griddle with 2 convection ovens, and the double-decker conventional oven. As is and you are responsible for transporting the item(s). Contact us at 620-297-3290 or office to make an offer or get an update on the current bid. Photos of the items are on Facebook.
—Grab your paring knives and aprons! Camp Mennoscah has a brand new kitchen and we’re looking for kitchen helpers to test it out. We need kitchen staff for June 24-30, July 15-21, and July 29-Aug. 3. No great skills are needed–just a willing heart, listening ears, and a love of camp and youth. Parent discounts up to full camp fees are available. Free tee shirt, too!
—”Rebuilding the Whale!” Camp Mennoscah plans to start construction of the new playground, “The Whale,” by the end of April, and we’ll be looking for volunteers to come out and help! Stay tuned to your church bulletins, e-mail, and social media for the types of work we’ll be doing, dates, and times. With your help, we’ll have it ready to go for summer youth camps!
Information for all events at Camp Mennoscah or to register:
Online at www.campmennoscah.org
Sexualized violence and the church: Mennonite Central Committee is offering a series of free webinars this spring for churches and individuals who want to learn more about how to address sexualized violence within the congregation and how to encourage healthy sexuality and healthy masculinity among members. Each webinar will be led by church leaders and others with expertise in the topics. All webinars are free and begin at 2 pm and end at 3 pm CST. Please join us on Wednesday, May 9 for Sexualized violence- How should churches respond? Speakers Cyneatha Millsaps and Silvia Rios will lead the discussion about what we mean when we talk about sexualized violence and what we can do when our congregations experience sexualized violence. The final webinar will be on June 13, Healthy masculinity. Learn more and register for the webinars at karinkaufmanwall with questions.
Celebrate Mother’s Day by supporting mothers around the world through MCC Infant Care Kits! Help mothers, who are displaced by war or disaster, give their infants a good start. The kit contents have changed recently, visit katemast or call 316.283.2720 with questions.
Calling all MCC volunteers!! Please save the date for our Volunteer Appreciation event on Wednesday, June 13 5-7 pm at MCC Central States in North Newton!
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 firstname.lastname@example.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.
You are invited to the 10th anniversary celebration of Iglesia Menonita Casa Betania, Newton, KS on June 10 at 4 pm at First Mennonite Church, 429 E First in Newton. A reception meal will be included – please RSVP by June 3 to Pastor Jaime Cazares: jscazares; 316-212-1824.
—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.
Anabaptist Mennonite Biblical Seminary: Want training for ministry without relocating? Journey is a 2-1/2-year nondegree leadership development program for people exploring a call to ministry. The distance-friendly AMBS program features a five-unit online curriculum, biweekly mentor-mentee meetings and one visit to the AMBS region per year. Participants receive a certificate upon meeting program requirements. Register by Aug. 7. ambs.edu/journey
Kidron-Bethel Parkinson’s Support Group will meet in Menno Hall Tues., May 1, at 2:00 p.m. Emilie Rains and Vernon Lohrentz will share treatment experiences in PACE (Program of All-Inclusive Care of the Elderly). All are welcome.
Social Security and retirement income workshop to be held in May:
Everence will hold an informative workshop on Monday, May 7, 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.ramerm.
Offender Victim Ministries: On Tuesday, May 15 from 7-8:30pm the Offender Victim Ministries organized choir at the Hutchinson Correctional Facility East Unit will be giving a concert for outside guests! This is a great opportunity to hear choral music and support the volunteers and men at HCF who have been working hard on their music. Please contact Ben Kreider by Tuesday, May 1 if you would like to attend: ben or (316) 281 5244.