Wednesday Evening Ministries
5:20-6:20 p.m. Faithful Fitness
5:45-6:30 p.m. Supper
6:30-6:45 p.m. Children’s Choirs
6:45-7:30 p.m. Faith Friends age 3-gr. 2
6:45-7:45 p.m. Faith Adventure gr. 3-5
Youth Explorers gr. 6-8
7:00-8:00 p.m. Youth Group
7:00-8:00 p.m. Adult Choir
8:00-9:00 p.m. Adult Bible Study
Supporting our Mission Partners: 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 less than $200 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 patch 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
Meat Canning: October 30 – November 1 at the MCC Center in North Newton. Tabor has been assigned the following shifts: Tues., Oct. 30, 12-3 pm and 3-6pm; and Thurs., Nov. 1, 3-6 pm. Sign up on the bulletin board to volunteer. If you would like to contribute towards the cost of meat, please place your donation in the can on the table in the foyer. Make checks payable to Tabor Mennonite Church, earmarked “MCC meat canning”. Contact Kenton Nickel with questions.
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.
Men: A sign up sheet to help with the BBQ is posted. Please sign up.
Tabor Congregational Meeting: The Youth Group will be serving a fundraiser meal before the Congregational Meeting on November 4. Your donations will help with expenses in attending MC USA Convention this summer. All are invited! Thanks for the prayers, support, and encouragement for the young people in our congregation! Stay for our annual meeting at 12:30 p.m. 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.
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.
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
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.
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 bulletin board. All proceeds go toward the Resident Life Enrichment campaign. Reservation deadline is today, 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.
Special meeting of the MC USA Delegate Assembly November 26 at the Mennonite Church USA offices, Elkhart, Ind. Electronic access for delegates who cannot attend in person will be provided. The purpose of the meeting is to give counsel and advice to the Executive Board regarding the termination of The Mennonite as a program entity of Mennonite Church USA. The proposed action is to: “Authorize the Executive Board to update the MC USA bylaws as needed to reflect the change in status of The Mennonite as a churchwide program entity.” If you are interested in serving as a Tabor Delegate for this special meeting, please let Kim or a Pastor know by Sunday, October 28.
« Western District Conference: Pray for God’s blessing and inspiration for all who gather at the WDC Year of Evangelism event, Telling the Jesus Story – Testimony Seminar, next weekend in Dallas, TX.
« Mennonite Mission Network: MMN’s Journey International program has participants in Benin, Requiyah Johnson, and in Ecuador, Maura Longenecker and Samantha Miller. Pray for these three young women as they adapt to new cultures, languages and communities. May God use their gifts to build the global church.
« Mennonite Education Agency: Eastern Mennonite University. Pray for awareness and compassion as we learn from the stories of conscientious objectors who oppose war in all its forms. Give thanks for exhibits like Voices of Conscience: Peace Witness in the Great War, on tour from the Kauffman Museum in Kansas, as we continue to grapple with issues surrounding human displacement and racebased nationalism.
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 first MennoCon19 newsletter is out now with lots of great details about what to expect at the MC USA convention in Kansas City, Missouri. Read it at mennoniteusa.org/ConventionLetter1.
The WDC Israel-Palestine Task Force encourages you to get to know your Jewish neighbors as our MC USA delegate resolution, “Seeking Peace in Israel and Palestine” invites us to do. If you live near Wichita, you have an opportunity to take a fun first step by attending Congregation Emmanu-El’s Deli Day. Enjoy some New York-style Jewish cuisine, take a tour of the synagogue, and maybe make a new friend. November 11, 11 am-5 pm (dine-in 11 am-2 pm), 7011 E Central, Wichita. Questions? Call 316-684-5148.
—We can fill your empty hours! Camp Mennoscah would be happy to share projects with you, if the recent rain is keeping you from work you would otherwise be doing. Give us a call. No hour will be lost and no project forgotten!
—Fall Scrapbook and Crafts Retreats, October 26-28 and November 2-4.
—Christmas Gathering for all Camp Mennoscah volunteers! December 15 at 2:30 pm for conversation, cookies, games and great fun. Families invited to join.
—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. We’d love to help you attain your dream of hosting!
Information for all retreats at Camp Mennoscah or to register:
Online at www.campmennoscah.org
—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. 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, Luyken Fine Arts Center, Bethel College.
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.
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
Ten Thousand Village Fair Trade Gift Festival will be held at two locations in the Newton area for shorter time this year:
1) November 23-25 Prairie Harvest Mezzanine, 601 North Main, Newton. A variety of Fair Trade items will be sold from artisans around the world.
2) Saturday, December 1 ( 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.) Kidron Bethel Marketplace, 3001 Ivy Drive, Newton. We will have Fair Trade coffee, tea chocolate along with Christmas Ornaments and small nativities.
Service Assignment Openings at MCC’s Washington Office:
—Legislative and Communications Assistant (2 year assignment, starting Jan 2, 2019). This position will involve working on public policy advocacy (focusing primarily on mass incarceration and needed reforms to the U.S. criminal justice system, with a secondary focus on gun violence) and the MCC Washington office’s public communications. Here’s the link to the full assignment description: https://mcc.org/get-involved/serve/openings/legislative-communications-assistant Deadline for receiving letters and resumes is November 9, 2018.
—Internships (3-4 months, starting Jan 14, 2019) The MCC Washington Office is also offering 2 unpaid, half time (.5FTE) internships a Domestic Affairs Intern and an International Affairs Intern. To read more about internships in general, click on this link: http://washington.mcc.org/advocate/internships These Winter/Spring internships would run from January to April.
Contact heidihuber with questions or for more information.
The Trail of Death: A Pilgrimage of Remembrance, Lament and Transformation: June 3-13, 2019. Participants in this nine-day pilgrimage will trace the route of the US military’s 1838 forced removal of Potawatomi people from their ancestral homeland in northern Indiana to present-day Osawatomie, Kansas. This AMBS offering can be taken for credit or Audit. ambs.edu/trailofdeath