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. Please bring table service and lawn chairs.
Bid on the old Tabor elevator! Now’s your chance to own a part of Tabor history. Bid sheets are on the bulletin board. Submit your sealed bid to Brent Abrahams by August 5. Proceeds go to the building project. For more information contact Brent Abrahams or Kenton Nickel.
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.
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!
Your help needed: Remember to sign up for Summer Faith Formation for children. Be a craft/activity leader or helper, and/or provide a snack. 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.
Western District Annual Assembly: 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.
Goessel Threshing Days:
—“I’m Farming and I Grow It: An AgVocating Success Story” featuring Greg Peterson of Peterson Farm Bros, Friday, August 3, at 7pm. A benefit for the Mennonite Heritage and Agricultural Museum, admission is free, donations are welcome. A portion of the proceeds will go to the Tabor Food Pantry.
—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). Response sheets may be placed in the secretary mailbox here at Tabor.
« Western District Conference: Pray for Bible teacher and singer Bryan Moyer Suderman, as he prepares to lead WDC participants in “reading the Bible with Jesus” at the annual assembly, July 27-28.
« Mennonite Mission Network: Eric and Kelly Frey Martin of MMN are working with the Mennonite seminary in Bogotá to provide online courses that prepare Mennonite youth in Colombia for leadership in the church. Pray for them as they travel to each region to provide personal encouragement to those studying in their home communities.
« Mennonite Education Agency: Pray for the four Hesston College Disaster Management students serving in a field experience term with Mennonite Disaster Service at Pine Ridge (South Dakota) Indian Reservation. Pray that their work and presence would help bring hope and healing to those with whom they work and serve.
« Mennonite Church USA: Pray for Virginia Mennonite Conference as they meet for their annual gathering in Hampton, Virginia, and for South Central Mennonite Conference as they meet in Yoder, Kansas, both the weekend of July 19-21.
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!
Music Library Volunteer: Do you love church music and have 2-3 hours a month to spare? The WDC Music Library needs you! The Music Library Volunteer would communicate with patrons who have scores checked out, sort through music donations, deciding which to integrate into the collection, and return borrowed music to the files. Ask Jennie Wintermote for more information at crlib.
The WDC Church Planting Commission Retreat will be held on July 13-15, at Iglesia Menonita Monte Horeb, 427 N. Marlborough Ave. Dallas, TX 75208. “In response to God’s call and commission, emerging and established communities of faith seeking the wellbeing of their community by living and sharing God’s shalom understand that a biblical foundation and theological identity are crucial.” RSVP Sandram / (214) 907-6309 (Poster attached.)
Invitation for peace witness: WDC recently learned that the National Commission on Military, National and Public Service, an independent federal agency, is conducting a review of military selective service registration in the U.S. The agency invites public comment through September 30, online or at public meetings. For more information see http://inspire2serve.gov/news-events/national-commission-military-national-and-public-service-announces-locations-public. Within WDC geography, a meeting will take place Thursday, July 19 in Waco, TX – see http://inspire2serve.gov/news-events. This is an opportunity for people of faith to witness for peace and advocate for alternatives to war and military service. For talking points, contact the Center on Conscience and War at at 202-483-2220 or http://centeronconscience.org/co/conscientious-objection-and-the-draft/353-commission-on-military-national-and-public-service.html. (The CCW is a non-profit organization that advocates for the rights of conscience, opposes military conscription, and serves conscientious objectors to war) Other resources on conscientious objection and militarism can be found at Peace and Justice Support Network of Mennonite Mission Network at https://www.pjsn.org/resources/the-military/
Mennonite Church USA: The convention website now has updated info about #MennoCon19! It includes dates and schedule, "what’s new," registration fees, hotel information and Menno’s Best coffee fundraiser for youth groups. Visit https://convention.mennoniteusa.org/
—Camp Sing: We already know we have a lot to celebrate this summer at Camp Mennoscah! On August 12 at 6:30pm, we’ll gather together at Hesston Mennonite to sing and celebrate a summer of friends and faith with our annual Camp Sing. There will be joyous singing followed by popcorn and generic pop– a camp standard!
—Young Adult Retreat August 3-5! All young adults (18 years old and older) are invited to spend a few days at Camp Mennoscah, doing favorite camp activities and luxuriating in nature and the camp community. Register online and pick your own level of scholarship! We want everyone to be able to attend.
—Women’s and Girl’s Retreat at Camp Mennoscah September 7-9.
Information for all events at Camp Mennoscah or to register:
Online at www.campmennoscah.org
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.