Circles Ally: Are you interested in learning more about being a Circles Ally in Goessel? If yes, please plan to attend a special class that will be taught by Mark Rogers on Saturday, October 12, 2-4 pm at Bethesda. If you missed this class, and are still interested, please talk to Pastor Phil.
Wednesday Evenings at Tabor: Our regular programming will start October 16. All are invited for supper and helpers are always needed! New this year are free guitar lessons! If you have any questions, please contact Doris Unruh or one of the pastors. Adult Bible Study begins at 6:30 p.m.
Last Chance! 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.
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.
MCC Meat Canning will take place from Oct. 24-Nov. 5 at the MCC Center in North Newton. Please consider volunteering during one of our scheduled times or a different time if you have a conflict. Donations are also requested. Please make checks payable to Tabor Mennonite Church and place them in the truck in the foyer. A sign-up sheet is on the bulletin board with volunteer time slots. Contact Kenton Nickel with any questions.
50th Anniversary Tabor Mennonite Men’s Chicken Barbeque, Thursday, November 7, 5-7 pm. Bring your appetite and a donation! Donations will go to Core Communities Marion County and Mennonite Men JOIN HANDS.
Please Mark Your Calendars: There will be a meeting to discuss the remodel of the basement fellowship hall on November 12 at 7:00 p.m. All are welcome to attend.
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 ti me 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.
Goessel Ministerial Alliance invites the entire community to eat and give thanks together. The 7th Annual Goessel Community Thanksgiving Meal is will take place Sunday, November 10 in the Goessel Elementary School Gymnasium between 5-6:30pm. Come with your neighbors, family, and friends to this free event! Please consider signing up on the bulletin board in the foyer to contribute to the meal. There will also be an opportunity to donate to the ministries of GMA. If you have any questions, please contact the church office. ~Goessel Ministerial Alliance
« Western District Conference: Give thanks for congregational leaders in churches across WDC, and pray for wisdom and joy for them as they work together with pastors to guide vision, mission and ministry.
« Mennonite Mission Network: This week, new Mennonite Church of Congo leaders officially begin their responsibilities. Mennonite Mission Network requests prayer for Pastor Fidele Yongo, president; Pastor Martin Musukisa, vice president; and Charles Kazadi, general secretary; as they begin to serve the denomination in these new capacities.
« Mennonite Education Agency: Pray for AMBS board members as they meet Oct. 17–18 — that God’s Spirit would guide them in listening well and wisely as they give direction to the ongoing work of the seminary.
« Mennonite Church USA: MC USA Constituency Leaders Council as they meet Oct. 16-18 in Phoenix, Arizona. Prayers are also requested for those who will participate in immigration learning days in Tucson, Arizona following the meetings.
Mennonite Central Committee:
—Volunteer with SWAP: Sharing With Appalachian People (SWAP) is a program of MCC Great Lakes, addressing multiple challenges of low-income families in Appalachia, including home repair and personal need. Groups of all ages are an essential component of SWAP’s ministry and can now sign up for 2020. Please consider forming a group, large or small, to come and experience a week at one of the locations in West Virginia or Kentucky. For more information go to swap.mcc.org or call Angela Maggard at 606-633-5065.
—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.
Mennonite Disaster Service (MDS)
—MDS has urgent need for volunteers in Florida, Texas, North Carolina and California. For more information call 1-800-241-8111 or visit https://mds.mennonite.net. Financial contributions are also welcome.
—The MDS Region 3 Annual Meeting will be held on Nov 8 & 9, 2019 at Faith Mennonite Church, Minneapolis, MN. An invitation with details and registration is available in the church office. This information can be found on this web site: https://mds.mennonite.net/region-3-annual-meeting-2019/
–Camp Mennoscah Scrapbook and Crafts Retreats are November 1-3 and November 15-17. Register online www.campmennoscah.org .
—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.
—Hesston College Theatre will present five performances of the play, The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time (rated PG-13), Oct. 23 to 27 in the Keim Center Black Box Theatre. Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for students, and can be purchased in advance at the Hesston College Bookstore or at hesston.edu/bookstore.
—Anabaptist Vision and Discipleship Series (AVDS): Save the date, February 21-23, 2020. Living More with More: Redefining the Good Life.
Bethel College: Register now for the 5th biennial Worship & the Arts Symposium at Bethel College, “Many Cultures, One Worship: A Foretaste of a Reconciled Heaven in a Broken World,” Nov. 22-23, with David M. Bailey and Urban Doxology of Richmond, Va. See www.bethelks.edu/academics/convocation-lectures/worship-arts-symposium for more information and online registration; fee reduction when 3 or more members of one congregation register as a group. Registrations requested by Nov. 11.
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!!
Goshen College Parables will perform a concert at Shalom Mennonite Church, Tuesday, October 15 at 7 PM. Parables is a student ensemble whose performances combine music, drama, and storytelling into a worshipful experience. Parables has been well-received by audiences of all ages. We hope you can come! 800 E. 1st St, Newton. The concert is free of charge, and a free-will offering will be taken to support the ensemble.
BBQ & Bluegrass: All are invited to First Mennonite Church of Halstead’s Annual Hog Roast October 20 from 5-7pm at the city park Gazebo at 3rd & Locust in Halstead. A pulled pork meal with fixings will be served and bluegrass music provided by Smokey Mountain Bluegrass Band. Cost will be by donation. Proceeds will go to Offender Victim Ministries in Newton and Mennonite Central Committee refugee relief/immigration welcome efforts. Bring lawn chairs. In case of inclement weather, the event will be held in the church at 4th and Santa Fe.
Harvey County Rural Schools: Annual Reunion, Sunday, Oct 27, 2019, 12:30 to 2:30 p.m., Grand Central Senior Center, 122 E. 6th Street, Newton, KS. With an inevitable decline in members, we want to invite anyone who attended any country school anywhere to join us. Please bring old school books and memorabilia for “Show and Tell”. Bring a covered dish and tableware. For more information contact: Ruth Jacob, 316-215-1170 or Janet Bair, 316-215-1288. There will be door prizes.
The annual Swiss Mennonite and Historical Association banquet this year features Patricia Goering Smith, a graduate of Moundridge High School, who will talk about her book, Revolution Revisited: Behind the Scenes in East Germany, 1989. It tells the inspiring story of East Germany’s non-violent revolution in 1989 and features a handful of mostly young activists in Leipzig, East Germany. The organization and actions of this small group of activists mobilized the movement for democratic reforms and ultimately brought down the East German state and the Berlin Wall and changed the world. The banquet will be held at the Pine Village Wellness Center in Moundridge on November 7, starting at 6:00 p.m.. The cost of the meal is $20 per plate payable at the door. RSVP by texting or calling Nancy Stucky, 620-532-5693, by November 2.