Bible Study: Everyone is invited to join the Tabor weekly Bible study, which will begin again on Wednesday, August 1, from 8-9pm and continue on following Wednesday evenings. We will study the scripture text(s) for the upcoming Sunday. If you have any questions, please visit with John Unruh or Pastor Phil. We hope to see you there!
Task Force Visits: Reminder: Your Finance Task Force is hoping to visit with each family and donor in the congregation during the summer and fall. As construction and spending ramp up, we are interested in talking with you about some opportunities and needs. Please sign up on the sheets in the foyer to pick the time that works for your family.
Food Pantry Needs: Due to high use in the past weeks, we have seen a rapid decline in our food supplies. If you would like to contribute, most items would be welcome. We still have plenty of green beans and a large variety of pork’n beans, black beans, kidney beans, etc. Most helpful at this time would be canned meats, canned fruit, cereal, peanut putter, jelly, applesauce, pancake mix, syrup, cake mixes, pudding, spaghetti and spaghetti sauce, laundry soap, dish soap, shampoo, toothpaste. Any donation is welcome. Thanks for your continued support.
Melon and Crullers Fellowship Event: Come join us in the church park on Sunday, July 15 at 3 p.m. for refreshing watermelon, ice cold water and tasty crullers.
Tabor Mennonite Women:
—Tabor Mennonite Women will work at the MCC Resource Center on Tuesday, July 17 from 9:00-12:00. Bring snack items to share for the morning coffee break.
—Ladies: TMW is in charge of the Bethesda program on August 16 at 7 p.m. I’m looking for one or more of you to plan a 30 minute program for that evening. After the program we will have cookies/crackers that all ladies may bring for a snack with the residents. Please let Barb Banman know if you can plan this program. Thank you!
Book Club: To go along with our summer faith formation series, I am reading the book, Disarming the Church: Why Christians Must Forsake Violence to Follow Jesus and Change the World by Eric A Seibert. If you are interested in reading this book and getting together to discuss it, please email me or sign up on the bulletin board. Once I know who all is interested, we will coordinate a reading schedule and times to get together. Cost of the book is $40 for paperback or $10 for kindle. ~Pastor Phil
Summer Faith Formation for children: Remember to sign up as a craft/activity leader, helper and/or snack provider! Thank you for all you do to help Tabor children grow in their Christian faith.
An all-ages concert with Bryan Moyer Suderman is an interactive and inspirational experience that get toes tapping, bodies moving, and hearts and voices singing. Everyone is invited to this concert on July 22 at 4 pm at Whitestone Mennonite Church, Hesston. An Ice Cream social will follow in the Fellowship Hall! A freewill offering will be taken.
Registration for Western District Annual Assembly on July 27-29 is now open. Please sign up on the bulletin board if you are planning to attend on Saturday, July 28, at Eden Mennonite Church, and please check the box if you are willing to be a delegate. Registration expenses will be covered by Tabor’s Worship Planning Team. Deadline to sign up is Sunday, July 8. Everyone is encouraged to attend opening worship here at Tabor Mennonite on Friday, July 27 at 7pm, as well as Sunday worship at Alexanderwohl Mennonite on July 29 at 10am. Worship services will not take place at Tabor that Sunday.
Technology Updates: Tabor recently received an upgrade in internet speed, which allows us to more easily upload our sermons and worship services to the internet. Sermons can be found on our church website soon after the worship service. The entire service video will be uploaded, but kept as an unlisted link. If you would like to watch an entire worship service, simply send an email to Kim Funk (kfunk) and she will email you a link to the service. From now on, we will only make DVDs and CDs of the worship service by request. We will no longer make copies to be checked out. Please visit with Pastor Phil if you have any questions.
The Second Monday Family History & Genealogy Group will meet on Monday, July 9, 2018, at 7:00 p.m. in the Goessel City Building Community Room. Kris Schmucker will speak on early Goessel and efforts to bring a railroad and later the Arkansas Valley Interurban to the community. The meeting is free and open to the public.
Goessel Threshing Days: For the 45th time, would you please help us (The Mennonite Heritage and Agricultural Museum) host our family, friends, and guests coming for Threshing Days? Bakers, servers, and cashiers are needed for food service on Saturday, August 4. Please see the volunteer sheet in your mailbox and respond by July 22. For further questions, contact Aileen Esau (367-2358 or daesau). Thank you! Response sheets may be placed in the secretary mailbox here at Tabor.
« Western District Conference: Pray for members of the WDC Resource Commission as they meet this week to encourage congregations in faith formation, evangelism, justice, peacemaking, and youth ministry.
« Mennonite Mission Network: Soon after Connie and Dennis Byler began their retirement from four decades of ministry with MMN, Dennis was diagnosed with cancer. Dennis underwent surgery last month. Pray for signs of God’s presence and peace for the Byler family in Spain as they discern treatment protocols.
« Mennonite Education Agency: Anabaptist Mennonite Biblical Seminary. Pray for our newly admitted international students as they prepare for student visa appointments this month with U.S. Consulate or Embassy offices in five different countries. The interview process can be stressful and confusing; pray that students can remain relaxed and will be granted visas to study at AMBS.
Western District Conference: Western District Annual Assembly features a free concert for the whole family on Saturday evening, July 28 at 7 pm at Eden Mennonite Church, Moundridge. Bryan Moyer Suderman, folk singer/song-writer, connects with all ages through his simple, but profound, scripture songs. Invite your friends and neighbors for a relaxing evening. Come for the whole Annual Assembly July 27-28!
All women are invited to the Western District Women in Mission annual meeting at WDC’s 2018 Annual Assembly. We will share lunch together ($12) from 12:30-1:30 pm on Saturday, July 28 at Eden Mennonite Church, 401 18th Ave, Moundridge. Following a brief business meeting, we will hear from Karen Mascho as well as have the opportunity to meet the incoming Executive Director of Mennonite Women USA. To register, send your name and $12 to WDC, PO Box 306, North Newton, KS 67117 by July 13.
—Mark your calendars for the 2018 Women’s and Girl’s Retreat at Camp Mennoscah September 7-9. Rachel Ringenberg Miller, Pastor at Shalom Mennonite in Newton, will be our featured speaker. Many fun and meaningful activities and seminars are being planned for women and girls 3rd grade and older. Program details along with registration materials will be sent out in Mid-July.
—Urgent need for a nurse! Camp Mennoscah is looking for a nurse for the week of July 15-21. Please contact us. Contact information below. We’d love to have a nurse for the full week, but let us know if you’d be able to do a partial week, too.
—Camp Mennoscah’s Annual Camp Sing will take place on August 12, at 6:30 pm at Hesston Mennonite Church. We’ll have popcorn, our beloved generic pop, singing, and many camp friends. It’s a time to rejoice in all the good friends and good times at Camp Mennoscah!
—The Whale Playground at Camp Mennoscah is complete! Thanks to Jordan Miller of Miller Construction, lots of volunteers, and your support, campers are currently playing on the new structure. It’s amazing! A generous donation is allowing us to add the slides and climbing net much sooner that we expected. We’ll get those in as soon as possible!
—Still space for you at Camp Mennoscah! We’re at our almost halfway point of the summer, but there’s still room for more campers. We’re thrilled to help more campers experience the amazing things that happen. Our theme this summer is Beyond Belief: The Universe of God.
—To our Senior High Wait List campers: We are working diligently to get hopefully all of you to Camp Mennoscah. We’ll notify campers as spaces are found. We have great hope and faith that everything will fall into place, but cannot yet guarantee this. Email us with any questions.
Information for all events at Camp Mennoscah or to register:
Online at www.campmennoscah.org
Mennonite Church USA: Conference planners for the third Women Doing Theology (WDT) conference are taking submissions for both papers and workshops on the WDT18 webpage through July 16. The conference takes place Nov. 8-10 in Elkhart, Indiana. Find guidelines and submission forms at http://mennoniteusa.org/wdt18/.
Join MCC on a Learning Tour to Explore the Root Causes of Migration in Guatemala and Honduras, November 7-17. Guatemala and Honduras, are countries from which the US, and increasingly Mexico, are receiving the majority of its immigrants. Honduras and Guatemala are both within the top 10 most violent countries in the world, plagued by gang presence, political corruption, and lack of economic opportunity that permit the realities to exist that drive people from their homeland. MCC seeks to educate and expose Learning Tour participants to the realities that many people face that result in migration, internally and to foreign countries. This Learning Tour will provide firsthand stories, opportunities to meet the people as well as the organizations that are walking with them, participate in the rich culture, and witness the efforts of Guatemalans and Hondurans who are striving for positive change in their communities. Throughout the course of the tour, we hope to explore various perspectives on the topic, learn about how our decisions impact migrants, plant the seeds for ongoing connections, and learn about practical ways to support and advocate for the people and communities that we encounter. Approximate cost will be $700 (plus airfare). For more information or to sign up for this trip please contact chrislandes.
Dove’s Nest and Mennonite Women USA are joyfully partnering to sponsor a unique summer event: Empowering Women: Claiming Healthy Personal Boundaries July 26-27 in Omaha, Nebraska. We are excited about this opportunity to resource both women and girls (age 13-18) and are grateful for supporting funds from the Schowalter Foundation. For more information and registration: https://dovesnest.net/Claiming-Healthy-Personal-Boundaries
Living with Dementia: Bluestem Communities invites you and your family to the Innovations in Living with Dementia Community Forum on July 18 at 6 p.m. at Hesston Mennonite Church (309 S. Main). The event will feature interactive booths, resources for caregivers and a Q&A session with a gentleman who has been diagnosed with early dementia and his wife.