Supporting our Mission Partners: Last Sunday we received a special offering to support our Mission Partners, Dan and Kathryn Smith Derksen and sons John-Clair and Jacob. We have committed a minimum of $1,500 to our Mission Partners and still need to collect a little over $400 to meet our commitment. If you would like to contribute, you may place a donation in Bonnie Janzen’s mailbox labeled as such. Make checks payable to Tabor Mennonite Church with Mission Partners on the memo line.
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 Mennonite Men Chicken BBQ: Thurs., Nov. 1, 5-7 pm. Serving the BEST BBQ Chicken, Baked Beans, Slaw & Ice Cream in Marion County. Donations go to Mennonite Men Join Hands Program & Tabor Building Project. You will NOT be disappointed with the GOOD food & fellowship.
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
Tabor Mennonite Women: The Christmas breakfast for all women and girls is on Saturday, December 8. There will be a sign up sheet later on, but right now we need volunteer(s) to decorate the tables. Please let Barb Banman know if you are interested.
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.
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.
Tabor Food Pantry: Current needs are: canned fruits, mixed vegetables, meats, tomatoes, pasta, cereal, oatmeal, rice, instant potatoes, cake mix. Also needed: toilet paper, laundry soap, dish soap, toothpaste, paper towels. Monetary donations are welcome. Thank you for your continued support of the Tabor Food Pantry.
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.
Blood Drive: During Oct. the Red Cross is giving 5 lucky donors a $500 gift card valid at hundreds of merchants. Give blood and you could win! The many people in need of blood will be even bigger winners when your blood saves their lives!! So schedule an appointment at redcrossbood.org or call 800-RED-CROSS for an appointment at Goessel Mennonite Church on Oct. 29 between 1:00-6:00. The usual workers are also needed so sign up on the bulletin board for the time that suits you best to help as receptionist, escort, or in the canteen.
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 pastors beginning a variety of new ministry assignments in WDC congregations this fall.
« Mennonite Mission Network: Join MMN in praising God for Southern African Development and Reconstruction Agency’s Conflict Transformation program and its success in training peer mediators in high schools. Pray for the youth who build peace in violent situations, and for trainers Dan and Kathryn Smith Derksen as they work alongside SADRA’s director, Oscar Siwali.
« Mennonite Education Agency: Pray for Bethel College students on fall break, especially for safety for athletes and those who are traveling.
« Mennonite Church USA: Prayers are requested for New York Mennonite Conference as they gather for their annual gathering in Auburn, New York on Oct. 20 and for Atlantic Coast Conference’s Annual Assembly in Akron, Pennsylvania on Oct. 26-27.
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!
The Western District Conference Immigration Task Force would like to thank you for your participation in our survey earlier this year. We hope to use the information we gathered to engage with congregations and support them however we can as they work through issues surrounding immigration in their communities and the United States at large. You can view a brief report of our survey’s findings here: ryan.goertzen.
Many warm thanks to everyone who braved the chilly weather and the possible rain to visit the Camp Mennoscah booth at Bethel College’s Fall Fest and to the really brave souls who helped take out the dam! It was cold water and gray skies, but delightful people. Thank you so much!
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.
Ever wanted to be a Camp Mennoscah host? Now’s your chance! We’re looking for people to help host weekends. This could mean helping with dishes, starting the campfire, making popcorn, or any number of other delightful things we do when groups are at camp. Contact olivia.bartel or call 620-297-3290. We’d love to help you attain your dream of hosting!
A Loaded Conversation an invitation to talk about guns: Guns are part of our lives, whether or not we own or use them. With encouragement and input from pastors and others in the church, MCC U.S. has created this resource to help congregations stay at the table to address the topic of guns. This print resource includes a conversation guide, ways to engage, Bible studies and worship resources. Download the resource and find more ways to engage on the topic at mcc.org/loaded-conversations.
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.
—Sun., Oct. 21, 3 p.m. – Bethel College Philharmonia concert, Memorial Hall
—Sun., Oct. 21, 7 p.m. – Menno Simons Lecture with Rachel Waltner Goossen, Washburn University. The series topic is “Sexual Identities and Leaders in the Faith,” with additional lectures Mon., Oct. 22, at 11 a.m. and 7 p.m.; Krehbiel Auditorium in Luyken Fine Arts Center at Bethel College.
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.
Mennonite Mission Network is seeking to fill three positions. You can read more about the Donor Relations Director, Recruitment Coordinator and Personnel Counselor on our website. If interested, please send a cover letter and resumé to StaffRecruitment@MennoniteMission.net or call Linda Krueger at 574-523-3009
Enjoy BBQ & Bluegrass at the First Mennonite of Halstead’s Annual Hog Roast Sunday evening October 21 from 5-7 pm at the Gazebo in the Scout Park in Halstead (3rd & Locust Street). Bring lawn chairs for the come and go event featuring music by ‘Kilometer 81’ (the Ken & Amy Regier Family) and a pulled pork dinner. Proceeds will support New Hope Shelter in Newton & ongoing relief efforts at Academia Menonita Betania in Puerto Rico which serves children kindergarten thru 10th grade and was severely damaged by hurricanes in 2017. In case of inclement weather, the event will be held in the church directly South of the Park at 427 W 4th