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 will have their Sister Care evening on November 5 at 7 p.m. Come out to hear Erica Stolzfus share her faith story and hear how we can support our Christian sisters.
Come enjoy a free thanksgiving meal with many others from the Goessel Community on Sunday, November 11, 5-6:30 pm, in the Goessel Elementary School Gymnasium! Invite your family and friends! Please feel free to pick up several postcard invitations from the church foyer to spread the word. If you would like to contribute to the meal or help serve, sign-up sheets are posted in the foyer. If you are able to help set up for the event, please come to the Elementary School at 9am on Saturday, Nov. 10. ~Goessel Ministerial Alliance
Would you like to join us for Thanksgiving dinner? A noon meal is being planned at Tabor, Thursday Thanksgiving day at noon. More details will follow. If you have any questions please talk to Erica Stoltzfus, Emil and Vickie Schmidt or John and Elaine Unruh.
Are you interested in joining the Worship Planning Team or the Fellowship Planning Team at Tabor? If yes, please speak with a Pastor.
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.
The Mennonite Heritage and Agricultural Museum will have a old-fashioned hymn sing Sunday, November 4, at 3:00 p.m. in the 1906 Prep School on the museum grounds. Arlin Buller will lead the hymns. Everyone is welcome to the hymn sing and the faspa after.
Giving Tree: The Goessel Ministerial Alliance is excited to announce that the Christmas Giving Tree project will be happening again this year. The tree will be at the Citizen’s State Bank this year. Details on how you can help make it a great Christmas for children in our community are in your mailboxes today.
Blood Drive: A bonus for the 28 donors and 12 volunteers at the recent blood drive were the good cookies made by the Nutrition and Wellness class at GHS. With harvest, most farmers were unable to donate, but much appreciation to others who came to fill the open spots. Our next blood drive is Dec. 26 and everyone is invited to share cookies for that drive. Having a drive the day after Christmas in inconvenient, but the need for blood takes no holiday, so try to schedule a time to donate between 1:00-6:00.
« Western District Conference: Give thanks for congregations who have used WDC Mustard Seed grants to reach out to their neighbors to promote health initiatives, share food and hospitality, and welcome children!
« Mennonite Mission Network: MMN requests prayer for Petrus and Yuliana Handoyo and their two sons who minister through educational ministries in Cambodia. May they share the good news of Jesus’ love among Buddhist students through words and through modeling healthy family relationships.
« Mennonite Education Agency: Eastern Mennonite University, Harrisonburg, Virginia: We pray for high school students visiting EMU for a special overnight admissions open house. May they feel nurtured and supported in their discernment of future educational opportunities.
« Mennonite Church USA: Pray for those gathered for the Women Doing Theology conference at Anabaptist Mennonite Biblical Seminary in Elkhart, Indiana, Nov. 8-10.
International Mission Workers Wayne & Jeannie Larson in Newton to share about their work. You are invited to join MC USA staff in the Newton offices (718 N Main) to hear from Mennonite Mission Network worker Wayne and Jeannie Larson on Wed., Nov. 14th from 2-3 pm. We will have coffee, and hear a presentation from Wayne about work in the Middle East and other parts of the world.
César García, General Secretary of Mennonite World Conference, will visit in Kansas in November. All are welcome to meet him at a reception on Tuesday, Nov 20, at the Mennonite Church USA offices at 718 North Main Street, Newton. Refreshments will be served from 9:30 – 11:30 am. César will speak about Mennonite World Conference. Over 100 Anabaptist/Mennonite-related national churches, including Mennonite Church USA, are members or associate members of Mennonite World Conference.
MennoCon19 (Mennonite Church USA convention) news – The first newsletter is out for the 2019 convention in Kansas City! Do you have a great idea for an Equipping Seminar at MennoCon19? The deadline to submit seminar ideas is November 5. For more information and to submit ideas, see https://convention.mennoniteusa.org/the-experience/worship-equipping-seminars/
—Celebrating 10 Years of Scrapbooking at Camp Mennoscah! Renetta Gooden, Eileen Stucky and Sharon Stucky have led our Scrapbook and Craft Retreats for 10 wonderful years. Renetta leads in crafty-ness and devotions; Eileen and Sharon feed us incredibly tasty meals and keep us entertained with conversation and fellowship. We love these folks! Tell them thanks for us when you see them!
—Christmas Gathering for all Camp Mennoscah volunteers! December 15 at 2:30 pm for conversation, cookies, games and great fun. Families invited to join.
Information for all retreats at Camp Mennoscah or to register:
Online at www.campmennoscah.org
Attention Couples! Mennonite Central Committee wants YOU to join the canning crew this year! This opportunity is a fully-supported short-term volunteer position that will travel in the United States and Canada between January and May 2019. For more information and/or to apply for the Canner Operator position, visit heidihuber or by phone at 316-283-2720.
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.
—Sun., Nov. 4 – The KIPCOR Film Series presents Digital Disconnect: How Capitalism is Turning the Internet Against Democracy, 2 p.m.; talkback follows with Jennifer Cole, co-founder of depICT Media, Wichita; Krehbiel Auditorium in Luyken Fine Arts Center at Bethel College. NOTE EARLIER START TIME
—Sun., Nov. 4 – Bethel Sings, featuring the Women’s Chorus, Men’s Ensemble, Woven, Open Road, Concert Choir, and soloists, 4 p.m., BC Mennonite Church
—Sun., Nov. 4 – Staley Lecture with Safwat Marzouk, Anabaptist Mennonite Biblical Seminary, 7 p.m., Krehbiel Auditorium in Luyken Fine Arts Center (2nd lecture Mon., Nov. 5, 11 a.m. in Krehbiel Auditorium)
Nov 14 Service Night at Hesston Mennonite Church (sponsored by Mennonite Mission Network) – Come join youth groups from across South Central Kansas to prepare Thanksgiving meal boxes that will be distributed to families in our area. We are partnering with New Hope Shelter in Newton to provide a special meal for folks who have recently transitioned from the shelter to homes of their own and are still getting established. Let us know you’re coming so you can sign up for food to bring for the Thanksgiving meal boxes. We will also meet young adults in Service Adventure to be inspired by their stories. RSVP to Del Hershberger at delh.
Everence will hold an informative workshop on Mon., Nov. 5, at 6:30 p.m. Social Security and retirement income planning will cover when to begin taking Social Security, risks that can impact your savings and strategies to help your income last throughout retirement. The workshops are presented by Everence staff and held at the Everence office at 3179 N. Main St., North Newton. Reserve your spot soon by contacting Michelle Ramer at (316) 283-3800; (877) 467-7294 or michelle.ramer.
Community Event: Goessel High School will present Disney’s Beauty and the Beast this Friday and Saturday, November 9 and 10, at 7 pm at the GHS Auditorium. Tickets are $5.00 for all ages and are available at the door each evening of the production. If you are planning to attend the musical on Friday, November 9, you are also welcome to arrive early for a meal. The meal, consisting of a stacked taco plate, sheets cakes and drinks, will be served from 5:30-6:30 pm in the GHS cafeteria. Suggested donation price is $6 per plate. The proceeds of the evening will benefit the 2019 GHS After Prom activities. Please contact Maggie Schroeder at 316-772-3854 for more information.
Kidron Bethel Parkinson’s Support Group will meet Tuesday, November 6, at 2 p.m. Nick Sharp, physical therapist, will discuss strategies and resources that individuals with Parkinson’s Disease can utilize to optimize their lifestyle for the foreseeable future.