Nov. 3 announcements

Congregational Announcements

MCC Meat Canning continues until November 5 at the MCC Center in North Newton. Please consider volunteering. Donations are also requested.

Please make checks payable to Tabor Mennonite Church and place them in the truck in the foyer. Contact Kenton Nickel with any questions.

The Tabor Food Pantry needs your help! Groceries on the shelves are running low. When you do your grocery shopping, buy a little extra for the food pantry. Every item helps. You may place your groceries on the island in the basement kitchen. We also need non food items such as toilet paper, laundry soap and shampoo and paper grocery bags. Monetary donations are also welcome. Thanks for your continued support.

For 45 years, the Mennonite Heritage & Agricultural Museum has been telling the migration story and sharing the faith of the Mennonites who settled in the Goessel area. In celebration and with gratitude, museum board members will be serving Menno Bros. pizza, along with fresh tossed salad and delicious cookies, between 5:45 and 6:30 p.m. on Wednesday, November 6. All proceeds from the meal will benefit the museum; your donations will be gratefully accepted. Please join us!

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 JoinHands.

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

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.

Fundraiser Meal and Congregational Meeting will be November 17 following Faith Formation. Stay for the noon fundraiser meal to help with expenses for our Junior High kids to attend Snow Camp at Rocky Mountain Mennonite Camp in January. Tabor’s congregational meeting will follow and we will affirm individuals to serve, set budget for fiscal 2020, and hear a final report from the Facilities Finance Committee.

Coming to Stories & Stuff on Thursday, November 21! "Major and Minor Motifs and Musings by Marcene”. Come and bring a friend!

The Tabor Trading Post is back this year on December 1 and 8. See November newsletter for more details.

Women’s and girls annual Christmas breakfast is Saturday, Dec. 14 at 9am. We are needing three or four ladies to volunteer to help with the food. Please consider, and contact Barb Banman with questions and intent.

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!

The Second Monday Family History & Genealogy Group will meet Monday, Nov. 11, 7pm, in the Goessel City Building Community Room. Elaine McAllister of Hillsboro and author of her recently published book, Celebrate Grandparenting, will give practical tips for sharing family history information with family members.

Conference Announcements

Prayer Requests:

« Western District Conference: Pray for Prairie View, a regional mental health center and institutional partner of WDC, as it nurtures healing and hope and offers resources for members of our communities and congregations.

« Mennonite Mission Network: When Ecuador’s president, Lenín Moreno, ended fuel subsidies last month, unrest erupted. Indigenous and other marginalized people seized the opportunity to protest inequalities in government policies. MMN requests prayer for negotiations as the government and indigenous people work to create a just policy that will lead to peace.

« Mennonite Education Agency: “Read Now – Read Forever” is the theme of the 100th anniversary of National Children’s Book Week, November 4-10. Mennonite Early Childhood Network encourages us to pray that adults may model this theme by reading carefully selected books with children. Please check with your church, school and community libraries for events.

« Mennonite Central Committee: Please pray for the MCC Mobile Cannery as it travels through Kansas, Nebraska, South Dakota, Minnesota, Oklahoma and Iowa this fall. Please pray for the four MCC canners, the volunteers who donate money and time at each canning site and the recipients of canned meat. Find out more at

Mennonite Church USA:

—"Waiting and Wondering," this year’s Advent At Home booklet for families and people of all ages, is available now at

—See a report from the recent meeting of the MC USA Constituency Leaders Council, a denominational advisory group of conference, agency and constituency leaders, in Glendale, AZ at:

—You can still join in the Mennonite Church USA Faith Formation fall webinar series on Anabaptism and American Politics. The third session, Vision: Policy & Possibility When Jesus is Lord, will take place on Tuesday, November 19. Sign up and find more information at

—MC USA has issued a statement commemorating 1619 and the ongoing impact of slavery. This year marks 400 years since 1619, the year when a ship carried enslaved people from West Africa to the British colony of Virginia for the first time. This is a season to grieve for all those who have been dehumanized in our country’s particularly brutal system of slavery, and it’s a time for action. Learn more at:

—Join the conversation on faith and health! Mennonite Healthcare Fellowship (MHF) invites any Anabaptist working or interested in any healthcare field to join MHF! Students, practitioners, retirees–-you are all welcome! Write to info, call 888-406-3643 or go to

Mennonite Mission Network (MMN):

— Workers Delicia Bravo and Peter Wigginton in Newton to share about their work in Ecuador. You are invited to join MC USA staff in the Newton offices (718 N Main, Newton) to hear from MMN International Service Workers, Delicia Bravo and Peter Wigginton, on Friday, Nov. 8th at 10am. They will share about the ministries in which they are involved in Ecuador. Peter and Delicia coordinate Ecuador Partnership roles with intercultural and indigenous churches, and ministries like the Quito’s church refugee program and after-school support for children.

-MMN is seeking a full-time coordinator for the Church Relations department. Responsibilities include assisting the Church Relations department in peace church planting, discipleship, mission education and partnerships. MMN has a full-time position available for a finance assistant. Qualified applicants will have a minimum of a two-year business degree or equivalent work experience in finance. See the complete position descriptions at or send a resumé to

Camp Mennoscah: We’re so glad you’re interested in being on Summer Staff! Camp Mennoscah is recruiting at Hesston, Tabor, Bethel, and McPherson Colleges on Nov. 11-14 respectively. Stop by, pick up information, and say hi! A pizza gathering for all interested in summer staff positions will be on Nov. 13 at 6:15pm at Papa John’s in Newton. Response needed! Please let us know you plan to come at olivia.bartel or 620-297-3290. (No responses = no pizza gathering.)

Mennonite Central Committee (MCC):

—RSVP now for the next MCC Lunch & Learn! Please join us on Thursday, Nov. 14, noon-1 p.m. at MCC in N. Newton as we enjoy lunch and hear from Rosie Epp about her recent trip to Ukraine. Epp traveled with the boards from MCC U.S. and MCC Canada to see where MCC’s work began nearly 100 years ago and to visit the work currently happening in Ukraine. Please RSVP by November 11 by calling 316.283.2720, patsydirksen, suggested donation for lunch is $10 and please let us know if you have a food allergy. Find out more at

—Looking for that next great adventure? MCC SALT positions now available! Take chances. Make mistakes. Get messy. Be challenged. Learn some things. Teach some things. Spend a year living somewhere that you never dreamed you’d go… Serving and Learning Together (SALT) is a year-long, cross-cultural service experience. Through SALT, Christian young adults from Canada and the U.S. serve internationally in a wide variety of positions in fields like education, agriculture, health care, information technology, peace and more! Start now at, to find answers to frequently asked questions, assignment options and to apply. Application close date 02/15/20.

—Mennonite Central Committee has a new service opportunity called Seek! It’s an intentional discipleship program which focuses on exposing young adults in what it means to be a follower of Jesus Christ, from an Anabaptist faith perspective. We’re looking for a coordinator to provide leadership for the program in East Jerusalem, Israel. The Seek Coordinator will provide leadership and assume responsibility for the spiritual direction, development and implementation of the program. See vacancy online for more details! Application close date 11/30/19.

—Looking for a way to connect with people and engage with Mennonite Central Committee’s supporters? We’re hiring an Alumni Engagement Coordinator! The person in this salaried position will coordinate the alumni experience and support colleagues in strategic engagement of alumni. Application close date 11/18/19. For more information and to apply, please visit:

Bethel College:

—Sun., Nov. 3 – Bethel Sings, featuring the Women’s Chorus, Men’s Ensemble, Woven, Open Road, Concert Choir, and soloists, 4 p.m., Bethel College Mennonite Church

—Thurs., Nov. 7 – Jasmyn Story, KIPCOR Peace Lecture, “From the Deep South to the World: What Social Justice Can Tell Us Today,” 7 p.m., Krehbiel Auditorium in Luyken Fine Arts Center at Bethel College. Story is deputy director of the Office of Social Justice and Racial Equity for the Birmingham (Ala.) mayor’s office.

—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 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.

Mission Supper at First Mennonite Church, Halstead, Sat., Nov. 16, 5-7 pm. Menu: Smoked German Sausage, Chicken Borscht, Sauerkraut, Fried Potatoes, Green Beans, Zwieback, homemade Pie or CakeCost is by donation. Proceeds will go to Safehope, advocacy and outreach services for domestic violence and sexual assault victims, and MMN workers Dan & Kathryn Smith Derksen family and Dave and Rebekka Stutzman Family.

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