Nov. 11 announcements

Congregational Announcements

Junior High Service Event: Next Wednesday (Nov. 14), Junior Highers (6th-8th graders) will leave from Tabor Church at 6:30pm after supper to go to the MCC Center in North Newton for a time of service. We will be there from about 6:45-7:30 and will return to Tabor by 7:45pm, our regular dismissal time. Please contact Pastor Phil (pschmidt, 620-386-0779) if you have any questions.

If you should find yourself without plans for Thanksgiving Day, we would love to have you join us here at the church for the noon meal. We are planning to have turkey, stuffing, and whatever side dish you would like to bring. If you would like to come, please sign up on the bulletin board or let one of us know: Elaine Unruh, Emil and Vicki Schmidt, Erica Stoltzfus.

Library Remodel Update: Thanks to everyone for being patient with the Library remodel. The Library Committee is meeting for a few hours every week to sort, purge, dust, organize and replace the books to the shelves. This process is taking longer than we thought! The plan is to have the purged books available for purchase (by donation) at the Tabor Trading Post (December 9 & 16).

Tabor Mennonite Women: Ladies you may still hand in your evaluation sheet until Wednesday, Nov. 14. A couple of you asked to be added to the prayer sisters, or would like to be off this year, but didn’t sign your name. You may drop a note in my mailbox with that information. Thanks. Barb Banman.

The Tabor Trading Post will be back on December 9 and 16 following Sunday morning Worship and Faith Formation. Bring your projects to sell and come purchase items to benefit the Tabor Building Fund. The Trading Post will be located in the fellowship hall. If you have questions, please ask Carol Duerksen.

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 Heritage and Agricultural Museum Store will have an Open House on Saturday November 17, 10am-4pm. Come see what kind of handmade items we have, along with gift certificates, or give a membership to someone special. Enjoy hot chocolate, and learn how to make a professional ribbon bow that you make and take home. Come see items that you can’t see in the big city stores. Thanks so much for your support of the museum.

Brass Christmas: Come join us at Alexanderwohl Mennonite Church on Sunday, December 9 at 7pm for an evening filled with Christmas music! The evening will feature the McPherson Brass Choir under the direction of Jerry Toews along with the Elbiata Singers from Goessel High School under the direction of Braden Unruh. A freewill offering will be received to support the ministries of the Goessel ministerial Alliance. We hope to see you there.

Giving Tree: The Goessel Ministerial Alliance Christmas Giving Tree will be at the Citizen’s State Bank this year. Applications for families who need a little help with gifts for their children are due Nov. 19. Gift tags will be available on the tree Nov. 27 and gifts will need to be at the bank by Dec. 14. Thank you for using this opportunity to help make a child’s Christmas more joyful.

Mennonite Church USA Special Meeting update: Based on the feedback we have received, MC USA Executive Board has decided to retain both the corporate shell and mission of The Mennonite, Inc. – and will not be “terminating an entity.” Because there is no longer need for an immediate change to the MC USA bylaws, and there is no formal agreement of merger to discuss at this time, we are canceling the special Delegate Assembly meeting scheduled for November 26, 2018.

The Second Monday Family History & Genealogy Group will be meeting Mon., Nov. 12, 7pm, in the Goessel City Building Community Room. Ladene (Janzen) Herrick will share the variety of resources she uses in researching history and genealogy and information from a recent genealogy conference she attended. For further information, call either the museum (620-367-8200) or Anna Beth (620-367-8135.) The meeting is free and open to the public.

Conference Announcements

Prayer Requests:

« Western District Conference: Pray for the WDC Executive Board meeting next Saturday, as they lead WDC in its mission of empowering congregations to Witness and invite others to faith in Jesus Christ, Dwell in just and loving relationships, and Connect to God’s mission in the world.

« Mennonite Mission Network: Join MMN in praising God for the joy Alisha and Joshua Garber find as they participate in the ministries of the Barcelona Mennonite Church and share the good news of Jesus with the wider community in Spain. Pray that they may find a balance between serving others and nurturing family relationships.

« Mennonite Education Agency: Join the Bethel College community in prayer during the annual fall 24 Hours of Prayer today.

« Mennonite Church USA: Pray for the MC USA Racial Ethnic Council as they hold their gathering in Kansas City on Nov. 15-17.

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. Nov 11, 11 am – 5 pm (dine-in 11 am-2 pm), 7011 E Central, Wichita. Questions? Call 316-684-5148.

International Mission Workers: 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 about work in the Middle East and other parts of the world.

MCC and WDC are co-sponsoring a Texas Borderlands Learning Tour May 5-10, 2019. The WDC Immigration Task Force encourages every congregation to send someone, and financially and spiritually support this individual.

César García, General Secretary of Mennonite World Conference (MWC), will visit in Kansas in November. All are welcome to meet him at a reception on Tues., Nov. 20, at the Mennonite Church USA offices at 718 North Main, Newton. Refreshments will be served from 9:30 – 11:30 am. César will speak about MWC. Over 100 Anabaptist/Mennonite-related national churches, including Mennonite Church USA, are members or associate members of MWC.

“Seeking Peace in Israel and Palestine”: Whitestone Mennonite Church, Hesston, will host three presentations on Wednesday evenings from 6:45-7:45 pm with WDC members Kathy Neufeld Dunn, WDC Associate Conference Minister (Kansas-Based) and Esther Koontz as they examine some of the issues related to the Israel-Palestine conflict. Nov. 7 – Israel-Palestine 101; Nov. 14 – The Bible and Whose Land Is It? Nov. 28 – Israel-Palestine Justice & What Does It Matter to Us? You are also invited for an evening meal, served 5:30-6:30, cost by donation.

Camp Mennoscah:

—Christmas Gathering for all Camp Mennoscah volunteers! December 15 at 2:30 pm for conversation, cookies, games and great fun. Families invited to join.

—Online summer staff applications now open for the positions of music, nature, office, crafts, lifeguard, and grounds. (Counselors and cooks will be later. In addition, everyone interested in being on summer staff is invited to Papa John’s in Newton at 6:15 pm-ish, Nov. 14 to talk about opportunities to join summer staff.

—Skate Night with Mennonite Camping Association (MCA)! Those interested in being on summer staff or counseling for the 2019 summer at any of the MCA camps are invited to Skate South in Wichita on Tues., Nov. 13, from 7-9 pm. Raffle drawing for camp swag at 8 pm! Sponsored by Camp Mennoscah, Rocky Mountain Mennonite Camp, Crooked Creek Christian Camp, Camp Friedenswald, Menno Haven and Amigo Centre.

Information for all retreats at Camp Mennoscah or to register:

Online at

Telephone: 620-297-3290.

Email: office.

Contact: olivia.bartel.

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.

Bethel College Women’s Association (BCWA) invites you to enjoy Five Places of Christmas to be held Dec. 1 from 10 am – 4 pm Located at Bethel College, Luyken Fine Art Center. BCWA’s theme is “Star of Bethlehem “. Children (and those young at heart) can make their own star ornaments. All can find homemade candies, peppernuts, baked goods, and handcrafted gifts. Other locations this year are Warkentine House, Carriage Factory Gallery, Kaufman Museum and the Harvey County Historical Society Museum and Archives. Please help with your presence and donations of baked goods, including peppernuts and candies. Donations can be delivered to Luyken Fine Art Center Friday, Nov. 30 from 3-5 pm or Saturday, Dec. 1 from 8-10 am.

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.

German Dinner & Bake Sale at First Mennonite Church, 1161 E. Ave A, McPherson, on Saturday Dec. 1 from 5-7 pm. The menu will be verenika with ham gravy, bohne berrogi with cream sauce, sausage, green beans, homemade sauerkraut, zwieback and cherry moos. The dinner is by donation and the baked goods are priced.

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