May 20 announcements

Congregational Announcements

Camp Washunga is getting closer and we’re looking for a few items from you. We are looking for some hammers for a craft project. If you would be willing to let us borrow one of your hammers, let us know. We are also looking for people to provide snacks. Examples could include, but are not limited too: fresh fruit (bananas, cuties, apples), crackers, snack mixes, cookies. If you would be interested in donating snacks for the junior highers while we are at camp, please contact Michelle Unruh (michellerunruh) or Laura Unrau (lauraelaine25).

Vacation Bible School: 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.

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. 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.

Summer FF begins June 17:

For such a time as this! You are here. You belong to Tabor. You can offer your presence and gifts to our children. Sign up on the bulletin board to help with summer faith formation for our children. Activity/craft leaders and helpers are needed as well as snack provisions. Carol Duerksen will be the storyteller for the summer. If you would like to help coordinate the schedule and make sure enough people are present each Sunday to help out, that would be wonderful. Just let the Christian Ed committee know. Thanks for sharing your gifts with our children.

—All high school youth through adults will meet together using Mennonite Central Committee’s curriculum, Preventing Gun Violence.

Rejoice! A devotional booklet for the months of June/July/August and published by MennoMedia, is now available on the literature table in the foyer and also in the north facing mailboxes. The Education committee provides these for anyone who wishes to have one.

Bethesda Home Annual Meeting: Wednesday, May 30 at 7:00 p.m. The meeting will include Sara Hiebert, CEO/Administrator, sharing of plans for the future of Bethesda, election of board members, financial report, an offering, AND a pie social following with wide variety of pies to select from. It’s a time to celebrate good changes at Bethesda. Please join us to be informed about this ministry that you support.

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: As WDC’s Year of Evangelism continues, pray that WDC congregations and members will find practical ways to share the gospel in their everyday lives and communities.

« Mennonite Mission Network: This week, JCS, the consortium of mission agencies through which MMN serves in Mongolia, will celebrate its 25th anniversary following the close of their annual board meetings. Pray for JCS as they remember God’s faithfulness over the years and follow Jesus into the future.

« Mennonite Education Agency: Pray for Bethel College’s Class of 2018 and their families and friends during today’s baccalaureate service and commencement ceremonies. Pray for Francisca Méndez-Harclerode, biology professor, as she speaks to the graduates.

Western District Conference:

Save the date – the 2018 Western District Conference Annual Assembly will be held July 27-28 in South Central Kansas. More details and registration information will be emailed to pastors and churches and will be posted at: during the last week of May.

Summer Story Hour: Join us for Summer Story Hour at the Conference Resource Library! This summer, children ages 3-8 will have fun with the theme of Creepy Crawlies: Bugs and More! Led by Marjie Warkentine, we’ll meet at the library in North Newton on Mondays June 4-July 9 at 10:00am. Register by May 31 at or by calling the library at (316) 283-6300.

Language Interpretation Ministry Team: WDC seeks to establish a ministry team of persons located in different areas of the conference, who can provide language interpretation for WDC meetings and events in order to enhance participation by individuals who speak different languages. Assessment, orientation and training will be provided for Team members, as well as some financial compensation through grant funds WDC has received. Please contact WDC at wdc or 316-283-6300 if you have skills in a second language and are interested in applying or learning more about this ministry opportunity!

Camp Mennoscah:

—Construction of the Whale playground at Camp Mennoscah began on May 18! Volunteers are needed to make this possible. Work days are May 25-26, June 1-2, and during the week of June 3. Let us know which days you can be there, and we’ll get back to you with more details. We’re really excited to get this project started and hope you are, too!

—New kitchen needs friends! Camp Mennoscah’s new kitchen needs some friends (i.e., kitchen staff) for the weeks of June 24-30 and July 15-21. The new space is wonderfully shiny and ready for adventures. Parents can receive a camper discount up to full camp fees. You only need to be able to follow instructions and enjoy being part of a camp community. Contact us to set up a "play date" with the new kitchen!

—Whoa, horses! We’re less than a month away from our summer youth camps and gobs of fun at Camp Mennoscah. Our summer theme is Beyond Belief: The Universe of God, and we’ll be seeking God in creation, community, and in our own hearts. Friends are welcome! Register online. Scholarships are available.

Information for all events at Camp Mennoscah or to register:

Online at

Telephone: 620-297-3290.

Email: office.

Contact: olivia.bartel.

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.

Associated Mennonite Biblical Seminary:

Vision is online — for free! The Spring 2018 issue of Vision: A Journal for Church and Theology — on the theme, “The church and young adults” — is now available for free online. You can select individual articles or open the entire issue. Check it out!

Saturday morning retirement workshop to be held in June: Everence will host an all-inclusive retirement planning workshop on Saturday, June 2, from 9 to 11:30 a.m. Topics will include Medicare, Social Security and retirement income planning. The workshop will be presented by Everence staff and will take place 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 ormichelle.ramer.

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