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.
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.
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.
Basement Remodel: 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.
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 6:00 p.m. Entertainment will feature “Ring Theory” men’s barbershop quartet and a celebration of Bethesda’s 120th anniversary. For more info see the bulletin board. All proceeds go toward the Resident Life Enrichment campaign (see flyer on bulletin board). Reservation deadline is TODAY, 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 or call Bethesda Monday morning.
The Tabor Trading Post is back this year on December 1 and 8. See upcoming November newsletter for more details.
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
Coming! The Great Winter Warm-UP! In celebration of Mennonite Central Committee’s 100th anniversary, MCC is collecting 6,500 comforters to deliver to people affected by disaster and conflict all around the world. Join hundreds of others across the nation who are making comforters. Alexanderwohl and Tabor Mennonite Church will host an MCC Comforter Blitz for everyone in the Goessel Community, at the Tabor Mennonite Church Fellowship Hall on Saturday, January 18, 2020, 9am – 4pm. Something for everyone—pin, tie, trim, sew, or help in the kitchen with snacks and the noon meal. In the meantime, you can start now to make comforter tops for this event. Use your own fabric or contact Ruth, Sharon or Kim for fabric available from MCC and for instructions to make a 60” X 80“ top. A donation box can be found in the foyer if you would like to help purchase batting and supplies for the comforters. Contact Ruth Goertzen (alexmenno; 620-747-0074), Sharon Adrian (sladrian49; 620-877-7239), or Kim Funk (kfunk; 620-747-0408) with questions. We look forward to seeing many of you at this Goessel Community Winter Warm-up!
« Western District Conference: Pray for participants and leaders from WDC and beyond, attending a transitional ministers’ training this week hosted by Camp Mennoscah and sponsored by Amigo Centre (associated with Indiana-Michigan Mennonite Conference).
« Mennonite Mission Network: MMN is grateful to Eric and Kelly Frey Martin who have worked as Colombia Mennonite Church youth leaders for nearly three years. Pray for a smooth transition back to the United States for Eric and Kelly, and confidence for the youth leaders as they take on more responsibilities.
« Mennonite Education Agency: Bluffton University. Please pray for our social work alumni and students during Bluffton’s 75th year of offering this major on campus. Please pray for Megan Gonyer ’10, who is moderating a Forum on social work this week, and pray for the health, safety and care of all social workers and their clients.
Western District Conference: Interested in history? WDC’s Historical Committee has selected some of their favorite titles from the Resource Library. Check out the list here: Historical Committee or stop by the library. We’d also be happy to mail resources to you! Contact Jennie at crlib
—What a great time we had at Fall Fest! Thank you to everyone who stopped by the Camp Mennoscah booth and said hi, bought a cookie, looked at the tee shirts, or even intended to stop by but got stuck somewhere on the other side of the Green as everyone stopped to talk with you. It was a great way to build community away from camp and we’re so glad you were part of the fun!
—Scrapbook and Crafts Retreats are November 1-3 and November 15-17. Register online www.campmennoscah.org .
—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.
—Now in the Regier Gallery in Luyken Fine Arts Center at Bethel College: “Read the Pictures: Notes from a Visual Learner,” works by Kathy Schroeder, through Oct. 25.
—Sun., Oct. 27 – Menno Simons Lecture with Alain Epp Weaver, 7 p.m. The series topic is “In the Name of Christ: Missiological Reflections on Mennonite Central Committee’s Past, Present and Future,” with additional lectures Mon., Oct. 28, at 11 a.m. and 7 p.m., and Tues., Oct. 29, at 7 p.m.; Krehbiel Auditorium in Luyken Fine Arts Center at Bethel College.
—Fri., Nov. 1 – Bethel College instrumental ensembles concert, 7:30 p.m., Krehbiel Auditorium
—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/worshiparts 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.
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.
The next concert of the Prairie Window Concert Series, with The Steel Wheels, back by popular demand, will be on Saturday, October 26th at 7 p.m. at Memorial Hall on the Bethel College campus in North Newton. Join us for an evening of great music with this amazing group of roots musicians. Tickets: $25 adults/$15 kids, plus tax. Purchase tickets online at dyckarboretum.org or call
620-327-8127 to reserve your seats.
The West Zion Mennonite Church, Moundridge, Concert Series continues with an event on Sunday, October 27 at 7 pm. Featured performers include Ken Rodgers, Organ; Tropical Shores, a steel pan duo with Brad Shores & Erica Nance; The Brainflowers, an instrumental trio composed of Rebecca Schloneger, Violin; Seth Girton, Cello; and Kenna Graber, Flute. Donna Stucky, Piano, will also perform. A free-will offering will be received; fellowship and refreshments will follow the concert.