May 13 announcements

Congregational Announcements

Vacation Bible School:

—Staff orientation will take place on Wednesday, May 16th, at 6:30 for all that are helping with VBS.

—There is a sign up list on the bulletin board with items that we will need for snack time during VBS. Please sign up. Your help is appreciated.

—If anyone has questions, please contact Sarahanne Unruh or Pam Abrahams.

Stories & Stuff: Join your friends at Stories & Stuff at 10 a.m. on May 17. Come for fun, food and fellowship.

Tabor Mennonite Women: The mystery evening is planned for May 22. 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.

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.

Tabor Garage Sale: There are still some items remaining along the north wall in the fellowship hall. Please leave a donation for the building fund if you find something that you want to take home.

A letter from Camp Mennoscah, including pictures, updates and request for donations, is posted on the bulletin board.

Conference Announcements

Prayer Requests:

« Western District Conference: Pray for WDC member Glen Guyton from San Antonio, TX, as he begins in his new role as Executive Director of Mennonite Church USA.

« Mennonite Mission Network: Mennonites in Venezuela teach peacemaking in the Caracas school system. MMN requests prayer for the more than 500 children, 68 teachers, and 30 administrators who received this training. May they practice these skills to make a difference in their communities.

« Mennonite Education Agency: Mennonite Early Childhood Network–On this Mother’s Day pray especially for single mothers who have to work to provide for their families, often earning 20 percent less than men with equivalent education and experience.

Camp Mennoscah:

1. Be a part of our new kitchen crew! Camp Mennoscah is looking for people to help break in the new kitchen as kitchen volunteers for the weeks of June 24-30 and July 15-21. No special skills are needed, just willing hands and the ability to follow directions. Parent discounts are available.

2. 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.)

3. New Look, Same Address! The Camp Mennoscah website ( is looking brand new. It has the same address and information, but a different format and image. Take a look and let us know what you can’t find or what doesn’t work well. Tell us, too, all the great things about the website! The switch was made possible by a generous donation by Dan K. and the Foundation for Educational Services/SOCS. Amy W. did all the hard work of designing the website and entering all the information. Thank you, Amy and Dan!

4. Soon and very soon! Camp Mennoscah plans to start construction of the new playground, “The Whale,” soon 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!

5. Looking for Hair Dryers! You really don’t need more than one, but we’re going to use them for a nifty craft this fall with our Mental Health Spiritual Retreat. (We’re going to melt crayons into designs.) If you have a working hair dryer that you no longer want, contact Camp Mennoscah. Just in case you’re a hair dryer collector or have connections with the cosmetology community, please note that we do not need more than 10.

Information for all events at Camp Mennoscah or to register:

Online at

Telephone: 620-297-3290.

Email: office.

Contact: olivia.bartel.

Mennonite Church USA invites congregations to be part of the “Learn, Pray, Join” initiative for the Korean Peninsula. Commit to learning more about the history of the Korean Peninsula and the dynamics of tension and conflict there. Pray for peace and clear minds for all leaders engaged in historic talks regarding the future of North and South Korea, and nuclear disarmament using MCC’s “A prayer for peace in North Korea”. Consider ways you can actively promote peace in this region. Learn more:

Mennonite Central Committee is looking for new canner operators! This two year service term is unique and offers the opportunity to travel around the U.S. and Canada, working as a team while meeting new people! Check out heidihuber.

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.

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.

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.

Mennonite Men: How Then Shall We Live? A week-long immersion in the wild to bring out the deep wisdom, fierce joy and sacred strength of men. Come wade into the wilds of New Mexico! Highlights include homemade meals in an adobe hacienda, visiting Taos Pueblo, plunging into the waters and canyons of the Rio Grande Gorge, wilderness solos, songs and campfires, morning meditations and biblical analysis in wild places—all designed to open radically new possibilities for men seeking a wilder way of fierce love for God, humanity and our precious earth. Guided by Todd Wynward for adventurous men 18+ in Taos, New Mexico, September 8-15, 2018. For registration information on this Mennonite Men experience, visit

Hesston College alumni and friends are invited to take part in a relaxing day of art, commerce, history, cuisine, architecture, culture and more at the college’s annual Explore Kansas! trip, Saturday, June 2. The 2018 excursion will venture slightly beyond the state lines with stops at destinations in both northern Kansas and southern Nebraska. Go to for more information. The cost for the trip is $95 per person. Reservations encouraged ASAP, and no later than Friday, May 25 (no refunds past this date). To register, call 620-327-8147 or 866-437-7866. First come, first served!

Bethel College

—Sun., May 13 – Sunday-Afternoon-at-the-Museum program with Reinhild Kauenhoven Janzen and Renae Stucky, “The Czar Comes to Breakfast: Celebrating 200 Years,” with faspa hosted by descendants of Agatha and David Hiebert to follow, 3 p.m., Kauffman Museum.

—Sun., May 13 – Woven concert, 7 p.m., Memorial Hall at Bethel College.

Museum Director: Kauffman Museum, an affiliate of Bethel College, North Newton, seeks an inter-disciplinary, entrepreneurial full-time director. Non-profit or private sector leadership experience required, museum and/or appropriate teaching, library or business experience preferred. Minimum Masters degree in related field. Reviews begin May 8 and continue until position filled. EOE/AA For job description and application go to

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