Sept. 29 announcements

Note of Thanks

Thank you, our Tabor family, for the beautiful flowers we received to celebrate our 50th wedding anniversary. The arrangement was such a lovely display of colors and blossoms. ~Keith and Barb Banman

Congregational Announcements

Supporting our Mission Partners: Please note that we will receive special offerings on October 6 and 13 to support the work of our Mission Partners, the Smith Derksen family.

Wednesday Evenings at Tabor: We are one week from starting our Wednesday night activities at Tabor Church! We will start the year off on October 2 with a cookout and an Amazing Race Tabor Style Activity in the church park. Please bring roasting sticks and chairs. Everyone is invited to attend. On October 9 after supper, we will take a hayrack ride to Brandon and Kristi Unruh’s to eat s’mores and drink hot chocolate. Everyone is invited to attend this event too! Our regular programming will start October 16. All are invited for supper and helpers are always needed! New this year are free guitar lessons! There will be a follow up email for anyone who hasn’t enrolled to do so. If you don’t have time for that, there will be papers to sign at the first meeting. In order to go on the hayrack ride on October 9, we will need a transportation permission signed. If you have any questions, please contact Doris Unruh or one of the pastors at Tabor.

Please consider helping on Wednesday evenings this year. We are still in need of teachers for the 3 and 4 year old class and the 1st and 2nd grade class. Contact one of the pastors or Doris Unruh if you are interested.

Healing Testimonies: As part of our Fall Worship Series focused on "Healing," anyone who has experienced healing in their life (physical, mental, spiritual, relational, etc…) is invited to consider sharing a faith testimony during one of the worship services. If you are open to sharing a healing testimony, please let Pastor Phil know.

Community Junior High Event: Junior High Youth (6th-8th grade) along with parents and families are invited to an evening of S’mores and Fellowship on Sunday, September 29 at 7pm at the home of Ben and Tina Schrag (715 29th Ave., Canton). Please bring lawn chairs. This will be the first of several community Junior High events that will take place throughout the year.

Items for the taking: In the basement fellowship hall you will find items from the visual and education teams from their supply rooms which are no longer needed. If there is anything that you would find useful, please feel free to take it. If you want to make a donation, you may do so to the respective team. Any items left after October 14 will be taken to Et Cetera in Newton or otherwise disposed.

Circles Graduation Celebration: You are invited to join in celebrating the first group of Goessel graduates who completed the Circles "Getting Ahead" class with Mark Rogers. Circles USA is focused on "Building Communities to End Poverty” (see for more information). The graduation celebration will be on Sunday, September 29 at 5pm at the Bethesda Chapel in Goessel. We hope to see you there!

Circles Ally: Are you interested in learning more about being a Circles Ally in Goessel? If yes, please talk to Pastor Phil and plan to attend a special class that will be taught by Mark Rogers in October. On October 6 and 20, the class will be at 11am. On October 13 and 27, the class will be at 9am. The class will meet at Bethesda.

The Kansas MDS Unit is working on a long term recovery project in Eureka KS. This community experienced severe tornadoes in 2016 and 2018. MDS is responding by reshingling homes damaged in the storms. We are in need of volunteers on Saturday, Oct. 5 leaving at 6:00 a.m. from First Mennonite church in Newton. If you can help out please contact Cleo Koop at 316-282-0797.

The Harvest Giving Walk will take place at Tabor Mennonite Church Sunday,

October 6 at 1:30 p.m. Pick up a Walk envelope today or find someone who is walking and generously support the Tabor Food Pantry and the MCC’s Central American Migrants program. Walkers from our church are: Brent Abrahams & family, Russell Adrian, Janna Duerksen, Lee Goertzen, Peter Goerzen, Elton & Denise Nickel, Kevin Nickel, Phil Schmidt & family, Keri Unruh, and Myron Voth. Walkers are invited to bring an item for the Tabor Food Pantry and/or MCC’s Immigration Detainee Care Kits. Please make checks payable to Harvest Giving Walk.

The Mennonite Heritage and Agriculture Museum:

—TIME to Celebrate Russian Mennonite Clocks and more at the Mennonite Heritage and Agricultural Museum. 3 Clocks from the museum collection and 4 owned by Jerry and Leann Toews. Also on display are Kitchen/mantel clock from the ’20’s and ’30’s along with clocks handcrafted by Orie D. Voth. This special exhibit will run through Sept. Regular admission applies to non members. Hours: Tues. – Sat. 10 am to 5 pm.

— The stories of the "Seagoing Cowboys and Tractors to Poland" will be the topic of the Fall 2019 Heritage Lecture on Saturday, October 5, 2019 starting at 9:30 a.m. Hear their stories of bringing cattle and tractors to a starving and war-torn Europe during the years of ’45-’47. The location is the Alexanderwohl Mennonite Church Fellowship Hall. This event is sponsored by Mennonite Heritage and Agricultural Museum and is free and open to the public. Donations to the museum are welcome.

Artist reception for Kathy Schroeder, “Read the Pictures: Notes from a Visual Learner,” Thurs., Oct. 10, 6-8 p.m., Regier Gallery in Luyken Fine Arts Center at Bethel College.

Save the Date – November 3, 2019 for the Bethesda Pillars Banquet featuring the Ring Theory men’s barbershop quartet, and a celebration of 120 years of ministry with photos, trivia questions with prizes, and more. Tabor Mennonite Church fellowship hall. More details to follow.

Conference Announcements

Prayer Requests:

« Western District Conference: Give thanks for the many ways WDC congregations reach out to serve their communities through ministries of peace, justice, evangelism and hospitality.

« Mennonite Mission Network: Pray for the ministry of MMN’s newly launched Sent Network that equips peace church planters to be mission workers in the context of the United States.

« Mennonite Education Agency: Pray for director John McCabe-Juhnke and student actors and crew preparing A Shayna Maidel by Barbara Lebow for this year’s Fall Festival at Bethel College.

Camp Mennoscah:

—October 5, 8:30am. Work and Play Day at Camp. Morning projects, simple lunch, finish last details, and then the rest of the day is yours for camp fun and relaxation! Call us to let us know you are coming.

—The annual removal of the dam at Camp Mennoscah will take place on October 6. The activities typically start at 2pm often with some preparations before this time. Everyone is welcome to help or watch the process. Dress appropriately for the weather and your choice of activity!

— Scrapbook and Crafts Retreats at Camp Mennoscah are November 1-3 and November 15-17. Register online.

Contact and registration for Camp Mennoscah:

Online at

Telephone: 620-297-3290.

Email: office.

Contact: olivia.bartel.

Mennonite Central Committee:

—Join MCC for a South Texas Borderlands learning tour, November 3-8. This learning tour will be packed with opportunities for learning about immigration. From talking with MCC partners who work in legal representation, to those that do water drops, to providing shelter to those recently released. You will also connect with people who have lived the immigrant experience, visit Mennonite churches on the border, hear perspectives from south of the border, and visit a detention center. You will have a first-hand learning experience on the impact of policy and see the hope of incredible people working to extend God’s love and compassion for all. The cost for the trip is $700, plus airfare. Please contact anahinojosa or jordanpenner for more information.

New Hope: Do you have a passion to help others? Join our team! New Hope is in search of or next Shelter Coordinator. Duties include, but not limited to: bookkeeping (Quickbooks experience a plus), volunteer coordination, course teaching, and some resident duties. Email resume to: james

Hesston College:

—Hesston College’s annual Cultures Fair will be from 7 to 9 p.m., Monday, Oct. 7 in the Hesston Mennonite Church Community Center on the Hesston College campus. In fall 2019, the campus boasts students from 25 countries – many of whom will share their hearts through food, games, dance, vocal and instrumental music. A family-friendly event. Free and open to the public.

—All singers are invited to sing in the annual Hesston College Masterworks performance on Saturday, November 16. This year’s performance will be Song of Wisdom. Rehearsals begin October 7. For more information, go to russell.adrian or 620-327-8143.

Bethel College:

—Sun., Oct. 6 – Bethel College Wind Ensemble and Philharmonia Orchestra joint concert, 3 p.m., Memorial Hall

—Fall Festival at Bethel College – Oct. 10-13 with most events Sat., Oct. 12; see or Fall Fest 2019 on Facebook.

—Bethel College Theater presents A Shayna Maidel by Barbara Lebow – Fri., Oct. 11, 7:30 p.m., Sat., Oct. 12, 3:30 p.m., Sun., Oct. 13, 2 p.m., Krehbiel Auditorium in Luyken Fine Arts Center. Tickets at Thresher Shop in Schultz Student Center, Mon.-Fri., 8 a.m.-5 p.m., or a minimum of one hour before showtime in the LFAC ticket office, subject to availability.

—Help support Bethel College Women’s Association by donating pies for their Pie-By-The-Slice booth at Fall Festival 2019. Bring your pies to Seminar A in Schultz Student Center from 3:30-6:30 pm on Friday, October 11 or 8-11 am on Saturday, October 12. (no custard pies please) Also, your donations of baked goods, crafts, plants and vegetables are requested (pies, bierocks, zwieback, peppernuts and cinnamon rolls are always great sellers). Bring these items to the Fine Arts Center Rm 140 beside Box Office on Friday October 11 from 1:30-4:30 pm or Saturday from 7-8:00 am. All proceeds go to Bethel College.

Thinking about seminary? Strengthen your leadership skills and prepare for future ministry through one of Anabaptist Mennonite Biblical Seminary’s academic programs. Distance-friendly options are available! We offer scholarships and need-based financial aid to help make your education affordable. Apply today!

The annual Instituto Bíblico Anabautista (IBA) benefit dinner will take place Friday, October 18, 2019 at 6:00 pm at First Mennonite Church in Newton. A smothered pork burrito dinner will be prepared and served by Chef Carlos Lujano. (Chicken and Meatless burritos available by request). There will be a short program with some words and greetings from Marco Güete, Director. Dinner is by donation. This is a great opportunity for you to come to support IBA that equips Hispanic leaders in Mennonite Church USA for ministry. IBA is a program of Mennonite Education Agency’s Hispanic Ministries for Leadership Development and Pastoral Education. For any inquires contact Violeta Ajquejay Suastegui at: VioletaA or call 316-281-4342.

Hope to see you there!!

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