July 22 announcements

Congregational Announcements

Worship next Sunday, July 29 will take place at Alexanderwohl Mennonite Church at 10 am, and the morning offering will go to support Western District Conference. Since we will not be receiving an offering for Tabor’s budget that morning, you may leave your offering in Bonnie Janzen’s (Sunday morning offering treasurer) mailbox, or increase your giving the following Sunday.

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 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.

WDC 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.

Garden Produce: There is a table in the foyer where you may leave your donation of excess produce from your garden. If you would like to use the produce, help yourself. You are welcome to leave a donation for the food pantry.

Goessel Threshing Days:

—Here comes Country Threshing Days ! The Mennonite Heritage and Agricultural Museum is very happy to announce our guest entertainer, Greg Peterson, Aug. 3, Friday evening at 7:30 p.m.at the Goessel High School Auditorium. He is part of the Peterson Farm Bros whose motto is "I’m Farming and I Grow it: An AgVocating Success Story." Their story includes how the Peterson’s got started making videos and the lessons learned in advocating for agriculture online. Admission by donation. Proceeds go to the museum and the Tabor Food Pantry.

—Sat. Aug. 4, after the Country Threshing Days parade, come enjoy the Low German noon meal at the Goessel Elementary School. Serving starts at 10:30 a.m. till 1:30 p.m. Featured ethnic foods will be: country sausage, verenika with ham gravy, bierocks, zwieback, New Years cookies, and cherry moos. Enjoy good food and visiting with your neighbors. Proceeds from the meal benefit the Mennonite Heritage and Agricultural Museum.

—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? Zwieback bakers, servers, and cashiers are needed for food service on Saturday, August 4. Please see the volunteer sheet in your mailbox and respond by TODAY. For further questions, contact Aileen Esau (367-2358 or daesau). Thank you!

Be Brave, Be Bold, Be You! Women & Girls Retreat 2018 – The schedule and registration forms for the 2018 Women & Girls Retreat, September 7-9 at Camp Mennoscah, are now available on the table in the foyer. Rachel Ringenberg Miller, pastor of Shalom Mennonite Church in Newton, will be the featured speaker. Many interesting and fun seminars are planned, along with plenty of time to relax and connect with nature and friends. This retreat is open to all women and girls grade 3 and older. Registration forms are due August 27.

Conference Announcements

Prayer Requests:

« Western District Conference: Pray for the fellowship, wisdom and joy of the Spirit to be with all who gather for WDC’s annual assembly next weekend.

« Mennonite Mission Network: This month, Jane and Jerrell Ross Richer and their four children leave Ecuador to begin the North American portion of their two-way mission through Mennonite Mission Network. Pray for them as they transition between cultures and bring God’s call to faithfulness to churches in the United States.

« Mennonite Education Agency: Pray for the young people who will be attending camps and conferences at Goshen College this month, including Know Jesus conference, Write on Sports camp and basketball camps.

Western District Conference:

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.

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/

Camp Mennoscah:

—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.

—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!

—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

Telephone: 620-297-3290.

Email: office.

Contact: olivia.bartel.

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/

—We’re inviting folks from across MC USA to reflect on our Journey Forward and consider how they’ve seen Renewed Commitments at work in their lives, their congregation or community. Read reflections at mennoniteusa.org/menno-snapshots. If you’d like to contribute, email JenniferC@MennonitesUSA.org.

Opportunities to learn about immigration and respond with MCC.

MCC works with the issue of migration around the world and walks with people who migrate, people who struggle not to migrate and people who provide hospitality to migrants in many places.

Learn: Consider participating in the MCC Migration Learning Tour to Guatemala and Honduras on November 7-17.

Pray: Pray for the migrants who made the difficult choice to leave their home communities in the hope of a better life, for the detained immigrants as they wait in detention and for the border portal agents to execute their job justly and humanely.

Advocate: Contact your elected officials to express your desire for more humane immigration policies.

Serve: Become an immigration court watcher through the Interfaith Community for Detained Immigrants.

Give: Support our work to support the reunification of families on the South Texas Border. Within the coming weeks, 1500-2000 families are expected to be released from detention. MCC is working with local partners to support families with locally purchased grocery gift cards, clothing and housing assistance. Checks made out to MCC with “Central States Immigration” in the memo line will go directly to support this response. Checks should be sent to MCC U.S., PO Box 500, Akron, PA 17501. Or you can Donate money to MCC for ongoing work with issues surrounding immigration.

For more information on how you can get involved, visit mcc.org/immigration.

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

Curious About Hosting a Hesston College International Student?

Get Answers Here. The office of International Student Support invites you to an informational reception at 4 p.m. on Sunday, July 29 in the community center of Hesston Mennonite Church. If you’ve ever considered hosting a Hesston College international student, here’s a chance to learn more and hear from those who have first-hand experience. The occasional challenges of hosting are greatly outweighed by the many rewards. Often the student-host relationship continues beyond graduation. Current international student host families will be on hand to share their experiences with each other and with prospective individuals/families. All previous, current and prospective host family members are encouraged to attend. For more information and to RSVP, contact Carlota Ponds, Director of International Student Support at 620-327-8210 or carlota.ponds.

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