Sept. 30 announcements

Congregational Announcements

Faith Formation Class: If you are interested in reading and discussing Brad Roth’s book, God’s Country: Faith, Hope, and the Future of the Rural Church, please let me (Pastor Phil) know via email, phone, or in-person, or just come to Pastor Phil’s office during Faith Formation on Sunday.

Faith Testimonies: How are you living out or sharing your faith? How does your faith impact how you spend your time and other resources? We would love for many Tabor members and attenders to respond to one of these questions by sharing a brief (3-5 minute) Faith Testimony during a Sunday morning worship service. Please contact a Pastor if you are interested in sharing.

Wednesday Evening Ministries: Come enjoy supper on October 3 beginning at 5:45pm in the church park. Bring lawn chairs or blankets, and wiener sticks. Following supper there will be a family/small group photo scavenger hunt. Parents, please attend if at all possible. Bring a camera or phone. We plan to be finished between 7:15 and 7:30. Fellowship hall if raining. If anyone has hot dog sticks that could be used for supper, please contact Doris Unruh or Keith Banman.

Supporting our Mission Partners: We will receive a special offering to support our Mission Partners, Dan and Kathryn Smith Derksen and sons John-Clair and Jacob, on World Communion Sunday (October 7). We have committed a minimum of $1,500 to our Mission Partners and still need to collect a little over $1,000 to meet our commitment. During our worship service on October 7, we will also highlight the work of our Mission Partners during the Faith Testimony time.

Acts Reading Challenge: If you read through all of Acts in one sitting or at least over the course of 1 week, not only will you receive treasure in heaven, but if you let Pastor Phil know that you have completed the challenge, he will give you an organic, fairly traded chocolate bar! This challenge is for all ages. Younger children may choose to read (or have their parents read to them) all of the Acts stories in the Shine Story Bible to complete the challenge. If you really want a challenge, compete for the grand prize by reading through Acts multiple times in multiple translations! May God challenge and inspire us through the reading of the Word.

Tabor Food Pantry: Current needs are: canned fruits, mixed vegetables, meats, tomatoes, and spaghetti sauce; spaghetti noodles, pasta, cereal, oatmeal, pancake mix, syrup, rice, instant potatoes, cake mix, peanut butter, applesauce, jelly. Also needed: toilet paper, laundry soap, dish soap, toothpaste, paper towels, kleenex. Thank you for your continued support of the Tabor Food Pantry.

Tabor Mennonite Women: This is the time to get a subscription to Timbrel, the Mennonite Women USA magazine. It is a way to keep up with prophetic voices of Mennonite Women from all over the world. Issues include subjects such as worship, health, finance, balancing living, gratitude . . . and this fall issue is “Faith and Feminism”. Pastor Katherine is interviewed in this issue. The group rate is $13.00 for one year. If you are interested, make your check out to TMW and put in Denise Nickel’s mailbox by Oct. 7. If you have questions or would like to see a magazine, contact Denise. Also, the new Bible Study Guide that MWUSA puts out each year is by Carol Penner, “Everyday Worship”. TMW will be using this for devotions this year but if you would like your own copy, it is $10.00 and can be purchased at Faith and Life or MWUSA office.

—We haven’t had regular offerings throughout the summer. Please put your offering in Denise Nickel’s mailbox for our summer offerings.

The Harvest Giving Walk will take place at Goessel Mennonite Church Sunday, October 7 at 1:30 p.m. Pick up a Walk envelope today or find someone who is walking and generously support the Tabor Food Pantry and MCC’s Network of Peacebuilding Schools. Walkers from our church are: Brent Abrahams, Russell Adrian, Lee Goertzen, Denise and Elton Nickel, Kevin Nickel, and Phil Schmidt. Walkers are invited to bring an item for the Tabor Food Pantry. (Please make checks payable to Harvest Giving Walk.)

Position needing to be filled before Oct. 15: Mennonite College Scholarship Task Force Chairperson. Job description: Please see Sept. 9 or 16 announcements. See Gayle Funk if you have questions or think that this might be a mission for you!

Mennonite Youth Census: Mennonite Education Agency is asking for record updates for children/students in the Mennonite Church. The purpose of the Mennonite Education Agency Youth Census is to give Mennonite Church USA students of all ages access to the programs and activities of the church. On behalf of the institutions and agencies of Mennonite Church USA, MEA gathers demographic information about students — name, contact information (such as address and phone number), birth date, gender, race and school information. This information is then made available to Mennonite-related groups upon request. The information is not available to groups outside Mennonite Church USA. The data is not used for fund-raising purposes and may not be posted on the internet. If you do not want information for your child/children given to MEA, please contact Kim Funk before October 12 to let her know.

Conference Announcements

Prayer Requests:

« Western District Conference: Give thanks for the WDC Resource Library, and pray that it would be a source of inspiration, growth and learning throughout the conference.

« Mennonite Mission Network: MMN’s Service Adventure unit in Anchorage, Alaska, is made up of Brayden Thomas, Jasmin Tente, Jessica Porr, Max Janzen, and leader Monica Miller. Pray for them as they help expand the ministry of Prince of Peace Mennonite Church.

Join God’s work through WDC! Your financial gifts help WDC provide coaching for church planters, youth leadership training and discipleship initiatives, devotional and Bible study resources, support for pastors and congregations in transition, training for child and youth safety in congregations, response to immigration concerns, and much more. Please consider a contribution to WDC, online at, or sent to PO Box 306, North Newton, KS 67117. Thank you!

Several WDC congregations and members are featured in a recent issue of Mennonite World Review, in a series of articles about the experiences of immigrants in Texas. To read the online article, see Other articles are in the September 24, 2018, print version of MWR.

MennoMedia needs your help to make the new Voices Together hymnal a reality by Fall 2020. Before any copies of Voices Together are sold, MennoMedia will invest more than $700,000. Everence and Mennonite Central Committee U.S. have issued a matching grant challenge of up to $100,000 to help MennoMedia in this final fund-raising effort. Help ensure that Voices Together will be affordably priced for congregations. Make a gift today and have it doubled! Give at Every voice matters. Every dollar counts.

Join MCC and Bethel College in the Loss of Turtle Island as an alternative way to recognize Columbus Day on Monday, October 8 at 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at Bethel College’s Memorial Hall in N Newton, Kansas. The Loss of Turtle Island is a participatory experience that depicts the historic relationship between European settlers – including Mennonites – and the Indigenous nations, the original inhabitants, of the land we now call the United States of America. This event is free and open to the public. Questions, contact karinkaufmanwall.

Comforter Mini Blitz October 12 and 13: If you can tie a knot, you can tie a comforter! Join in the fun at this relaxed, come-and-go event at MCC in N Newton. Bring your friends and family, all ages are welcome. Friday, October 12, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. and Saturday, October 13, 8 a.m. – 4 p.m. Before you know it, you’ll have helped to spread warmth and love around the world! Check out katemast.

MDS Region 3 2018 Annual Meeting: October 26 & 27, 2018 at Swan Lake Christian Camp and Retreat Center 45474-288th St., Viborg, SD. Please see bulletin board for details.

Prayers for Peace, a service planned by the Newton Mennonite churches, will take place on Sunday, October 7, 7 pm at New Creation Mennonite Fellowship. You are all invited to this time of scripture, prayer, music, and reflection.

Hesston College Theatre presents it’s fall comedy, The Misanthrope, for four performances Oct. 4 to 7. The play, by Moliere, is a 17th century comedy with a playful 21st century twist. Showtime on Oct. 4 to 6 is 7 p.m. and 2 p.m. on Oct. 7. All performances are in the Keim Center Black Box Theatre on the Hesston College campus. Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for students, and can be purchased in advance through the Hesston College Bookstore at 620-327-8105.

Fall Festival at Bethel College in North Newton will be on October 4-7with most events on October 6.

-Bethel College Music and Theater present Little Women – Fri., Oct. 5, 7:30pm, Sat., Oct. 6, 3:30pm, Sun., Oct. 7, 3pm, Krehbiel Auditorium in Luyken Fine Arts Center. Tickets at Thresher Shop in Schultz Student Center, Mon.-Fri., 8am-5 pm, or a minimum of one hour before show time in the LFAC ticket office, subject to availability.

-The Bethel College Alumni Choir invites any interested choir alumni to join a rehearsal, Oct. 6, 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. (during Fall Festival), at Bethel College Mennonite Church, and sing in a short concert at 2 p.m., also at BCMC (part of the Fall Fest hymnsing). The alumni choir is an informal group that meets to sing and perform three times a year – see the choir Facebook page or e-mail Braden Unruh, unruhb, for more information.

-Bethel College invites you to the inauguration of Jonathan C. Gering as the 15th president of Bethel College, Sun., Oct. 7, 10 a.m., Memorial Hall, with a public reception to follow.

-Bethel College Women’s Association:

-Donations needed for baked goods for the Market in the Round

-The BCWA Council donations of pies

-The BCWA will again feature a Silent Auction in the Fine Arts Center.

For details on all BCWA, please see Sept. 16 announcement.

Everence will offer its popular retirement workshop, Your Medicare options, on Tues., Oct. 2, at 6:30 pm. Attendees will learn about the various Medicare plans and what they cover; plans that supplement Medicare; and enrollment details and deadlines. The workshop will be presented by Everence staff at MCC Central States Office, 121 E. 30th, N. Newton. Refreshments will be served. Reserve your spot soon by contacting Michelle Ramer at (316) 283-3800; (877) 467-7294 or michelle.ramer.

The Kansas Poor People’s Campaign will host a Kansas People’s Hearing on Mon, Oct. 8, 6:30 pm at the WSU Metroplex (5015 E 29th St N., Wichita). This event will be another opportunity to further lift up voices in our State that typically do not get heard. National Co-Chairs Revs. William Barber & Liz Theoharis will be present and supporting the continued work of combating Poverty, Racism, War Spending, & Destruction of Mother Earth! For more information, visit the Kansas People’s Hearing Facebook Event:

The Kidron Bethel Parkinson’s Support Group will meet Tuesday, October 2, at 2 pm. in Menno Hall. The program, “Caregivers Carousel,” will focus on the ups and downs of care giving and care receiving, sometimes referred to as partnering. Presenters include Susie Wickiser, member, Debra Voth, MSW, and Wanda Black from the Department of Aging.

Do you know high-school students with gifts for leadership and ministry? Through AMBS’s !Explore program, students in grades 10-12 can explore ministry and theology, grow in spiritual practices and listen for God’s call through a summer congregational internship and a Group Experience (July 9-25). Scholarships are available. Apply for 2019!

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