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, this Sunday (October 7) World Communion Sunday. 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.
Today – October 7 – is the Goessel Area Harvest Giving Walk! You can still sign up to walk (or run) two or six miles and you can still make a donation, payable to Harvest Giving Walk. Find a walker today for your generous giving to help MCC support school mediators in Colombia, as well as the expenses of our local Tabor Food Pantry. Participants from our church are: Brent Abrahams, Russell Adrian, Duane and Janna Duerksen and family, Denise and Elton Nickel, Kevin Nickel, Phil Schmidt, and Keri Unruh. Walkers, please be at Goessel Mennonite Church by 1:15 p.m. to sign in and remember to bring an item for the Food Pantry, as well as your donation envelope. (An indoor option has been arranged this year if the weather deems that necessary. Please check in with your church recruiter Sunday morning for final weather-related details.)
Tabor Mennonite Women: Mon, Oct 8, 7 pm, Tabor Mennonite Women’s Meeting topic will be Book Reviews/Book Shares. We would like each one of you to think about who your favorite author is, and bring 1 or 2 books along with you that you have enjoyed or read recently. It can be an inspirational book, a book you read for entertainment, or even a kid’s book that your grandchild enjoys your reading to them. I think it will be an interesting evening of sharing our books, and passing them around for reading enjoyment. -Lois Voth
-This is the time to get a subscription to Timbrel, the Mennonite Women USA magazine. Group rate is $13.00 for one year. Checks payable to TMW and put in Denise Nickel’s mailbox by Oct. 7. If you would like the Bible Study Guide that MWUSA puts out each year, 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.
Wednesday Evening Trip to the Pumpkin Patch: Following supper, children will ride hayracks to Papa’s Pumpkin Patch this Wednesday evening. Please dress appropriately. Younger children will return to church by 7:30, older children will return by 7:45, and Jr. Highers will return by 8:15. Jr. Highers, please bring flashlights to do the maze. Other Wednesday activities will take place at regular times, including faithful fitness, youth group, adult choir and adult Bible study.
Hayrack Ride to the Pumpkin Patch: Come join us on Sunday, October 21 for our church trip to the Pumpkin Patch! Meet at the church park at 3:30 pm to ride the hayrack to the patch or just meet us at the parch around 4. Please bring money for activities and supper at the patch. We will plan for the hayrack to depart the patch when they close at 6pm. Let us know if you have any questions.
~Tabor Fellowship Planning Team
Tabor Congregational Meeting: TMYF will provide a fundraiser meal on November 4 followed by our annual meeting at 12:30 p.m. The fundraiser is to support our youth attending MC USA Convention this summer. During the meeting, we will affirm those willing to serve in the ministries of Tabor Church, the 2019 budget will be presented for adoption, and the finance and building committees will give updates.
Save the Date: The 6th Annual Goessel Community Thanksgiving Meal will be on Sunday, November 11 in the Goessel Elementary School Gymnasium. Come anytime between 5-6:30pm. This is a free event. Invite your neighbors, family, and friends! There will be an opportunity to donate to the ministries of the Goessel Ministerial Alliance if you desire. If you would like to contribute to the meal, a sign-up sheet is posted in the foyer. If you have any questions, please contact your pastor. ~Goessel Ministerial Alliance
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.
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.
Mennonite Heritage & Agricultural Museum: The Fall 2018 Heritage Lecture will feature Peggy Goertzen. The Lecture will be held on Sat., Oct. 13, 9:30 am, at the Alexanderwohl Mennonite Church Fellowship Hall. She will speak about Dr. Peter Richert -Migration, Ministry and Medicine, a man that had a big influence on the history of Goessel. Peggy Goertzen is the director and archivist of the Center for Mennonite Brethren Studies, Tabor College, Hillsboro. This event is free and open to the public.
Commodity Distribution will take place on Friday October 19, from 5-6 p.m. at Goessel Mennonite Church. If you are in need of a little help, or if someone you know is, please come by. There is no need for proof of income or any paperwork involved. If you have any questions please contact Jenny Girard @ 367-8492 or 747-0046. This is an equal opportunity program.
Bethesda Pillars Banquet – November 4 at Cross Wind Conference Center. Punch bowl and informal social time begins at 5:30 p.m. and banquet begins at 6:00 p.m. Entertainment will feature Earnest Alexander, internationally known inspirational performer through music and word, challenging both the young and mature in age to strive for a closer walk with Christ and to answer the question: “How would you like to be remembered”. For more info see the flyer on the bulletin board. All proceeds to toward the Resident Life Enrichment campaign. Reservation deadline is October 21. Your attendance and generosity is appreciated and you will be rewarded by the inspiration of the evening. Call 367-2291 for reservations or contact Bonnie Janzen, Eileen Schmidt, or Jason Unruh.
« Western District Conference: Pray for Bethel College as it celebrates president Jonathan Gering’s inauguration today, and give thanks for WDC’s longstanding partnership with Bethel in nurturing church-related higher education.
« Mennonite Mission Network: Tomorrow is Indigenous Peoples Day. MMN requests prayer for the descendants of White settlers to understand their complicity in the oppression of the original inhabitants of this land. Pray also for mission workers who support marginalized people groups in reclaiming their land, their language, and their dignity.
« Mennonite Education Agency: Goshen College. Pray for all involved in the production and in the audience of the Goshen College Peace Play.
« Mennonite Church USA: Prayers are requested for the MC USA Constituency Leaders Council as they gather in Chicago, Illinois on Oct. 11-13. Ray Reimer (WDC Moderator), Heidi Regier Kreider (WDC Conference Minister) and Damian Rodriguez are WDC representatives to CLC, appointed by the WDC Executive Board.
Announcing — the 2019 WDC Annual Assembly will be held on July 26-27 at Bethel College in North Newton, KS. Put it on your calendars!
Fall Scrapbook and Crafts Retreats are filling up quickly! These retreats at Camp Mennoscah are October 26-28 and November 2-4. Work on your scrapbook or your favorite craft–or just spend time relaxing with friends! Register online at campmennoscah.org! Further questions? Call 620-297-3290.
"Kits are for Caring" New Resource: MCC has a new resource for churches to get children (and people of all ages) excited about collecting relief kits! Designed to be ready to use, the resource includes curriculum to guide a group of children toward a celebration of sharing God’s gifts by collecting humanitarian aid for those in need around the world. Whether you use the curriculum in Sunday School classes, during the children’s story or in a Bible camp, there are games, stories and activity sheets that will engage children of all ages. But there are also resources to use with adult groups, including prayer cards and in-depth info sheets. Would you consider collecting relief kits this Thanksgiving or Christmas season? Contact tinaschrag or call 316.283.2720 if you need help downloading the PDF files or for more information. https://mcc.org/stories/kits-are-caring-resource
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 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.
Hesston College’s Fall Cultures Fair: Delicious food and beverage samples from around the world, singing, dancing, storytelling (en español) and lots of fun for all ages, this 27-year tradition, will highlight the 22 countries students call home. Bring the family for this free event and celebrate our global community. Monday, Oct. 8, 7 p.m. at Hesston Mennonite Church on the Hesston College campus. Contact Carlota Ponds, Director of International Student Support, for more information: 620-327-8210 or carlota.ponds.
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.
The Hesston College Bel Canto Singers will present a pre-fall tour concert entitled "Grant Us Peace" at Whitestone Mennonite Church, Hesston, on Thurs., Oct. 18, at 7 p.m. The concert is free and open to the public.
The annual Instituto Bíblico Anabautista (IBA) benefit dinner will be held Friday, Oct. 19 at 6:30 pm at First Mennonite Church of Newton fellowship hall. Join us to enjoy a Smothered Pork Burrito dinner by Chef Carlos Lujano.(Meatless burritos available by request). A program will follow: a dance performed by Iglesia Casa Betania’s children, IBA graduation, student testimony and some words by IBA Director, Marco Güete. You will also have an opportunity to participate in a free will offering to support the program financially. For more information contact Violeta at: VioletaA@MennoniteEducation.org or call 316-281-4342.
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.
Anabaptist History: Trachselwald Castle and Other Events in the Emmental is the topic and the title of their message is “Schloss Trachselwald: The Conversion of a Prison Tower of Anabaptist Persecution into and Anabaptist Museum” at the Swiss Mennonite Cultural and Historical Association fall banquet at Bethel College Mem Hall on Thursday, Oct. 18, at 6:00 p.m. by speakers Don and Joanne Hess Siegrist, PA. Dinner is $20 per plate. RSVP by phone or text to Barbara Stucky at 620-386-0186 before Fri., Oct. 12. All wanting to learn more about the early Anabaptist story are welcome.
The Siegrists will speak the next day, Fri., Oct. 19, at Bethel College Convocation at 11:00 at Krehbiel Auditorium on “Building a Bridge Back to Switzerland.” Free and open to all students and the public.