May 6 announcements and Groundbreaking Service insert

Congregational Announcements

Fellowship Event: Tabor Church attendees and friends are invited to an Ice Cream Social on Wednesday, May 9, 6:30 p.m. at the Tabor Church Park. Please bring lawn chairs, lawn games, and your favorite ice cream topping. Ice cream will be provided.

CHANGE OF DATE–Tabor Mennonite Women: The mystery evening is planned for May 22 (not May 23 as previously announced). Meet at the church by 5:20 p.m. to share rides and leave by 5:30 p.m. Cost is $20.00. Please sign up on the sheet on the bulletin board by May 14. For any questions please contact Elaine Unruh at 620-386-0424, or Eileen Schmidt at 620-345-6771.

Membership: Are you interested in learning more about church membership at Tabor? If yes, please contact a pastor.

Final figures from the KS MCC Sale are in at $585,000. Tabor items that were displayed in the basement sold for approximately $4700. The Annual MCC Sale Banquet will be at Tabor Church on May 30 at 6:30 p.m. Cost: $15 payable at the door. RSVP to Jerry and Leann Toews, Kristin and Archie Schmidt, or Eric Litwiller, by May 23. This will be a Fundraiser for the Tabor Building Project. Come and support the Tabor Building Fund, get a good meal, and witness the check given to Maynard Knepp, representing Mennonite Central Committee, to further the work of God’s Kingdom, remembering WHY we do this.

The Second Monday Family History & Genealogy Group will meet on Monday, May 14, 7 pm., at the Alexanderwohl Mennonite Church Cemetery. Matt Voth, cemetery historian, will share history and interesting stories about the cemetery. Bring a lawn chair and mosquito spray, if needed. The meeting is free and open to the public. For more information, call the Mennonite Heritage & Agricultural Museum, 620-367-8200.

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.

Conference Announcements

Prayer Requests:

« Western District Conference: Pray for youth ministers from WDC congregations attending The Gathering Live this weekend in Kansas City, joining others from across Mennonite Church USA for fellowship, worship and practical resourcing for faith formation.

« Mennonite Mission Network: Today, “Sent 2018” is concluding a three-day conference in Chicago where church planters worshiped and learned about resources for birthing missional congregations in the peace church tradition. MMN requests prayer for participants as they implement what they learned in their communities.

« Mennonite Education Agency: Pray for the more than 550 graduates at Eastern Mennonite University’s 100th Commencement Ceremony. We give special thanks for the presence of speaker, Nobel Peace Laureate Leymah Gbowee (’07).

Camp Mennoscah:

—Camp Mennoscah’s new kitchen is open and ready for our summer youth camps. We’re looking for cooks for the weeks of June 24-30 and July 15-21.

—Bring a friend to Camp Mennoscah! We love having new campers at Camp Mennoscah and you can help us share camp by bringing a friend. Bring a first-time friend to camp and each of you will get a free tee shirt. (And a week of fun activities at camp with delicious food and happy people.)

Information for all events at Camp Mennoscah or to register:

Online at

Telephone: 620-297-3290.

Email: office.

Contact: olivia.bartel.

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.

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 for all the updated lists and contact 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.

Bethel College

—Bethel College Masterworks Concert, Sunday, May 6, 3 p.m., Memorial Hall

Tickets will also be available at the door. All seating is general admission.

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.

You’re invited to join Manhattan (KS) Mennonite Church in celebrating their 40th anniversary on June 2-3. The celebration begins on Saturday, June 2 with an ice cream social at 7 pm. It continues with special events starting at 9:30 am on Sunday, June 3 – including worship at 10:45 followed by a meal and time for sharing. Anyone interested in attending is invited to let us know by May 18 at: office or 785-539-4079.

The International Guest House in Washington DC is seeking short term volunteers to do service of hospitality with strangers near and far. For information, see: flyer2018

May is Mental Health Month, and Prairie View is focused on how a healthy lifestyle may help prevent the onset or worsening of mental health conditions, as well as heart disease, diabetes, obesity and other chronic health problems. It can also help people recover from these conditions. Eating healthy foods, managing stress, exercising, and getting enough sleep can go a long way in making you both physically and mentally healthy. Follow Prairie View on Facebook (@PrairieViewInc) to learn more about the connection between physical and mental health.

Join the West Coast Mennonite Men’s Chorus ( on May 6 at 6 pm at Tabor College, Hillsboro, KS for beautiful music in support of Mennonite Disaster Service’s Midwest fire relief efforts. Free Admission! A free-will offering will be taken and proceeds will go toward efforts to assist those affected by the wildfires in Oklahoma last year.

May 6 annc.pdf

May 6 insert.pdf