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.
Thanksgiving Testimonies: Do you or does someone you know have a thanksgiving testimony to share? If yes, please contact a pastor. We are hoping to incorporate several thanksgiving testimonies into our Worship Service on November 25.
If you count the Mennonite Heritage & Agricultural Museum a blessing for our community, come join us for supper in the fellowship hall from 5:45 to 6:30 pm, Wednesday, November 28. You’ll enjoy good company, plus a meal of Menno Bros. Pizza, fresh tossed salad, and delicious cookies. We’ve received wonderful support for the Schroeder Barn restoration, slated to begin in November, but the general operating budget could use a boost to finish out the year well. All proceeds will benefit the museum; your contribution will be gratefully accepted.
Night in the Barn: Everyone is invited to attend and experience Night in the Barn at Papa’s Pumpkin Patch from 5 – 8pm during the first two weekends in December (Dec. 1 & 2 and Dec. 8 & 9). Come and interact with the characters, animals, sights, and sounds of the timeless tale. Enjoy this walking tour of the Nativity with family and friends. The suggested donation of $5 per person includes a hot drink and snack (part of the proceeds raised will go towards the Tabor Building Fund). Come and share in the wonder of the Christmas Story!
Christmas Piano Prelude: Plan to come to worship at 9am on Sunday, Dec. 2, when Jerry Toews will play Christmas hymns and carols.
Parsonage Open House: Everyone is invited to swing by the parsonage on Sunday, December 2 anytime between 3:30-5:30pm. We’ll have plenty of snacks and drinks to share, and look forward to good fellowship!
~Phil, Mary, Ethan, Noah, and Doodle
Tabor Mennonite Women, girls and guests: The annual Christmas Breakfast is on Saturday, Dec. 8 at 9:00 a.m. Please sign up by Dec. 2. Sign up sheet is on the bulletin board. Program is by JoAnn Nickel.
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).
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.
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.
Annual Report: Please begin thinking about submitting your report now. Fiscal year end reports are due in the church office (email preferred: kfunk) by the end of December. Directory Updates and changes to the church directory are also requested at this time.
« Western District Conference: Pray for WDC congregations in pastoral transition, as they seek God’s direction for the future.
« Mennonite Mission Network: Mary Raber, serving with MMN, is seeking temporary resident status in Ukraine. Pray for patience with the bureaucratic process and that God will open the way for a document that gives her greater freedom for ministry.
« Mennonite Education Agency: Pray for college students, faculty, staff and families who are on Thanksgiving break. May their time away refresh them for the final weeks of the semester.
Giving Tuesday is November 27 – Western District Conference invites you to join this global giving initiative! Share a gift with WDC during this season, to help our congregations Witness & invite others to faith in Jesus Christ, Dwell in just & loving relationships, and Connect to God’s mission in the world. You may make an online contribution at http://mennowdc.org or send a check to Western District Conference, PO Box 306, N Newton, KS 67117. Thank you for your generosity!
The WDC office and the Conference Resource Library will be closed on November 22 and 23 for Thanksgiving.
Looking for a unique Christmas gift this year? Consider buying one of the resources on our wish list in honor of your loved one! The Resource Library is excited to partner with Faith & Life Bookstore for this project. Visit our list & purchase online OR visit the wishing tree in the store. All items purchased will be delivered to the library and added to the collection in January. http://faithandlifebookstore.net/wdc-resource-library-wish-list/
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.
Camp Mennoscah: Online summer staff applications now open! For all you snazzy folks interested in being a full-summer staffer at Camp Mennoscah, the time to apply is NOW! Grab your quick-typing fingers and fill out an application at campmennoscah.org under Summer Youth Camps. This is for the positions of music, nature, office, crafts, lifeguard, and grounds. (Counselors and cooks, we’ll be in touch later.)
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.
—TODAY (Sun., Nov. 18) – Bethel College Women’s Chorus Fall Concert, 4 p.m., Administration Building chapel
—Fri., Nov. 30 – Bethel College Wind Ensemble concert, 7:30 p.m., with music celebrating the 100th birthday of Leonard Bernstein, Memorial Hall
Winter Luminary Walk: All area churches are invited to attend “The Prairie Sleeps” at Dyck Arboretum of the Plains in Hesston. The Luminary Walk will be from 5:30 to 8 p.m. on November 23, 24 & 30, and December 1. Admission to the event is $6 for Adults and $3 for children ages 3 to 15, or advanced tickets can be purchased at dyckarboretum.org or at the Arboretum office for $5 for adults and $2 for children ages 3 to 12.
CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocate) is doing a StepUp fundraiser. On November 27th individuals will come together to take 1,000,000 steps to help create awareness about CASA and the need to be a voice for children in the foster care system. To be a part of this important mission and learn more about StepUp visit: https://www.mightycause.com/team/Stepupforcasa or call CASA board member Kathy Wiens at 316-587-7244.
Everence® will host an all-inclusive retirement planning workshop on Saturday, Dec. 1, from 9 to 11:30 a.m. Topics will include Medicare, Social Security and retirement income planning. The workshop will be presented by Everence staff and will take place at the MCC Central States Office, 121 E. 30th, North Newton. Reserve your spot soon by contacting Michelle Ramer at (316) 283-3800; (877) 467-7294 or michelle.ramer.