The Goessel Area Harvest Giving Walk is October 6! You can still sign up to walk and you can still make a donation, payable to Harvest Giving Walk. Find a walker on Sunday for your generous giving to help MCC’s Central American Migrants program, as well as the expenses of our local Tabor Food Pantry. Walkers, please be at Tabor Church by 1:15 p.m. to sign in and remember to bring an item for the Food Pantry and/or Immigration Detainee Care Kit, as well as your donation envelope.
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 9 am. The class will meet at Bethesda.
Wednesday Evenings at Tabor: On October 9 we will have a cookout in the church park (please bring roasting sticks and chairs). 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! Our regular programming will start October 16. All are invited for supper and helpers are always needed! New this year are free guitar lessons! Adult Bible Study will begin on October 16 at 6:30 pm (note change in date and time). If you have any questions, please contact Doris Unruh or one of the pastors.
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.
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.
All Women are invited to the October 14 Tabor Mennonite Women meeting at 7pm in the fellowship hall for the presentation by Jan Jones, executive director of Safehope and The Resiliency Center located at 215 S. Pine, Newton—serving Harvey, Marion, and McPherson Counties. Safehope has provided advocacy & support to survivors and secondary victims of domestic violence for 29 years. In 2016 The Resiliency Center was formed (as a result of the Newton & Hesston Excel Ind. tragedy) to promote healing from traumatic events. It can take years for healing to fully occur with the help of appropriate services. Please come to learn of the services offered by Safehope and be a support to women in our community.
The Second Monday Family History & Genealogy Group will meet on Monday, Oct. 14, 7pm, in the Goessel City Building Community Room. Lowell Ensey, a former school administrator in Colorado, will present research he has done on one-room schools in Marion County. The meeting is free and open to the public. For more information, contact the Mennonite Heritage & Agricultural Museum, 620-367-8200.
Why would you want to JUST SIT? Because you’ve heard that other people do it but you don’t have time. Because it will change your life. Because the pills aren’t working. Because you haven’t taken a deep breath since the last time you jumped into a pool. Because you think meditation isn’t for you. . .but you’re wrong.
What does it mean to JUST SIT? And why would you consider giving it just 20 minutes a day? Come find out! Come hear from some local folks who are just sitting, and how your life could be better if you did it too. See you Saturday, November 2, 8 am. at Bethesda’s Lincoln Perk and we will go from there. Questions? Contact Brenda Buller, brendasue.buller, phone 386-0581;
Rosie Jantz, rjantz, phone 316-772-8740;
Carol Duerksen, willowspringdowns13, 386-0709.
Bethesda Pillars Banquet – November 3 at Tabor Mennonite Church. Punch bowl and informal social time begins at 5:30 p.m. and banquet begins at 6 pm. Entertainment will feature “Ring Theory” men’s barbershop quartet and a celebration of Bethesda’s 120th anniversary. All proceeds go toward the Resident Life Enrichment campaign (for more information see flyer on bulletin board). Reservation deadline is October 20. Your attendance and generosity are appreciated and you will be rewarded by the fun/informational evening. Call 367-2291 for reservations or contact Bonnie Janzen, Eileen Schmidt, or Jason Unruh.
« Western District Conference: Give thanks for Bethel College as it celebrates annual Fall Festival next weekend, and pray for college students, faculty, staff, administrators, and board members.
« Mennonite Mission Network: Kate Widmer is preparing for ministry in France through Mennonite Mission Network. Pray that Kate will be guided by the Holy Spirit in language learning and building relationships as she assists at Paris Mennonite Center and serves alongside La Prairie Mennonite Church in community outreach programs in Montbéliard (Alsace region).
« Mennonite Education Agency: Peace Academic Center, Kykotsmovi, AZ. Pray for teachers, administrators, staff and students at Peace Academic Center (formerly Hopi Mission School) as they re-open and continue to build programs and capacity. Give thanks especially for the pre-K and kindergarten students who began classes this fall.
Mennonite Church USA:
—Introducing PeaceMail from Mennonite Church USA! PeaceMail will deliver all of MC USA’s news and blogs in one weekly e-newsletter. Those who have been subscribed to the news and Menno Snapshots emails will begin receiving this in their place. Subscribe at mennoniteusa.org/PeaceMailSubscribe.
—Service Adventure is seeking leaders for unit locations across the U.S.! This is an opportunity for individuals or couples 24 and up to foster community with a household of young adults and serve in a non-traditional pastoral role through faith formation, daily living, and house activities. For more information, contact Susan Nisly at Mennonite Mission Network: SusanN@MennoniteMission.net
— 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 www.campmennoscah.org
Mennonite Central Committee:
—The MCC Mobile Meat Cannery will be at MCC in N Newton from Oct. 24-Nov. 5. Sign up and more information will be coming soon.
—Youth/College Meat Canning Day, October 26, at MCC in North Newton! Calling all youth, youth groups and college-age young adults to sign up by calling Jason Unruh at 620.381.4328 by October 10. The times will be flexible depending on the needs of who signs up. In order to make this work, we need to make sure we have enough volunteers. If we don’t get enough signed up, we won’t can any meat that day. Bring your friends, come to meet new friends and help to make quality protein possible for people in our communities and around the world.
—Doctrine of Discovery training – Oct 14 (7-9 pm) at Bethel College Memorial Hall (public event); Oct 15 (9 am-5 pm) at MCC Central States office; Oct 16 (9 am-4:30 pm) at MCC Central States office. MCC is committed to the ongoing work of education and awareness-raising to engage the legacy of colonialism and understand the intersecting history between Native people and European settlers. This training will introduce an analysis of the Doctrine of Discovery – the theological, philosophical and legal framework established by the Christian Church that gave European governments moral and legal rights to invade and seize Indigenous lands and dominate Indigenous peoples. Using the framework of the Doctrine of Discovery we will explore the taking of land from Indigenous peoples which led to the justification of the global slave-trade of the 15th and 16 centuries and the Age of Imperialism. Participants will gain educational tools which they can utilize to further educate others on the Doctrine of Discover, including: The Loss of Turtle Island – a participatory learning experience that depicts the historic relationship between European settlers – including Mennonites – and the Indigenous nations, the original inhabitants, of the land we now call the United States of America. Registration: https://mcc_us.formstack.com/forms/dod_training.
—On Monday, October 7, the students of Hesston College invite you to “their house” to share food, music, dance, games and other aspects of culture. The campus boasts students from 26 countries and U.S. territories – many of whom will be sharing their hearts during the 2019 Cultures Fair. The event begins at 7 p.m. in the Community Center of Hesston Mennonite Church, 309 S. Main St. Contact Carlota Ponds, 620-327-8210 for more information.
—All singers are invited to sing in the annual Hesston College Masterworks performance on Sat., Nov. 16. This year’s performance will be Song of Wisdom. Rehearsals begin Oct. 7. For more information, go to russell.adrian or 620-327-8143.
—Fall Festival at Bethel College – Oct. 10-13 with most events Sat., Oct. 12; see www.bethelks.edu/fallfest/ 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.
—Calling all Bethel College Concert Choir alumni! The Bethel College Alumni Choir will again be meeting during Fall Festival on Saturday, Oct. 12. The choir will rehearse from 10-11:30 a.m. and perform during the hymn sing at 2 p.m. Come join for great music with good friends! If you have questions, please contact Braden Unruh at bradensunruh
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!!
Everence will hold informative Medicare workshops at its offices in North Newton at 3179 N. Main St. on Thursday, Oct. 10 (6:30 p.m.). Attendees will learn about the various Medicare plans and what they cover; plans that supplement Medicare; and enrollment details and deadlines. Space is limited. Reserve your spot soon by contacting Michelle Ramer at (316) 283-3800; (877) 467-7294 or michelle.ramer.