Nov. 17 announcements

Congregational Announcements

Stories & Stuff Thursday, November 21! "Major and Minor Motifs and Musings by Marcene”. Come and bring a friend! Please sign up on the bulletin board.

JUST SIT happens every Saturday morning at 9 a.m. at The Heritage Room in Bethesda. Come join us for 20 minutes of centering prayer, followed by hot drinks, some short teaching and discussion. We will always end by 10. If you have questions, contact Brenda Buller, brendasue.buller, phone 386-0581; Rosie Jantz, rjantz, phone 316-772-8740; Carol Duerksen, willowspringdowns13, 386-0709.

All Adults are invited to join in the Hospitality Hall on Sunday, November 24 during Faith Formation for a time of sharing healing stories. Regular adult classes will not meet. If you have a healing story you would like to share with the whole group, please let a pastor know. Everyone, please reflect on how you have experienced healing in your life (physical, mental, spiritual, relational). See you then!

The Christian Education Comm. has designated a new giving project for the Adult Faith Formation weekly offering. Beginning December 1 these offerings will help fund the Wednesday evening fellowship meals. Currently, and will continue as so, the meals are funded by a suggested donation from attendees and have also been funded by a Christian Ed budget line. Funds continually come up short to pay for the meals but we feel that this fellowship time is an important part of our Wednesday evening ministry for all who attend. Therefore, we encourage all the adults to joyfully give more to the weekly offering for this outreach opportunity right here in our own community.

Rejoice! The winter issue of this devotional book is available in the foyer on the shelf below the mailboxes. Please feel free to pick one up for your personal use.

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.

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

The Great Winter Warm UP! Tabor Church will be hosting a Mennonite Central Committee Comforter Blitz on January 18. You can start now to make comforter tops for this event. Use your own fabric or fabric from MCC is available in the Tabor Church office. Comforter tops are due January 1. Contact Sharon Adrian (620-877-7239; sladrian49), Kim Funk (; 620-747-0408; kfunk) or Ruth Goertzen (alexmenno; 620-747-0074) with question. Instruction to make tops and a donation box if you would like to help purchase batting and supplies for the comforter can be found in the foyer .

The Goessel Ministerial Alliance Christmas Giving Tree project is happening again this year. The tree will be at the Crossroads Credit Union. See the flyer which was in your mailbox for details on how you can help make it a great Christmas for children in our community.

Brass Christmas Concert: Come join us at Alexanderwohl Mennonite Church on Sunday, December 8 at 7pm for an evening filled with Christmas music! The evening will feature the McPherson Brass Choir under the direction of Jerry Toews along with the Elbiata Singers from Goessel High School under the direction of Braden Unruh. A freewill offering will be received to support the ministries of the Goessel Ministerial Alliance. We hope to see you there.

Conference Announcements

Prayer Requests:

« Western District Conference: Pray for Peter Emery, as his ordination is celebrated today at Southern Hills Mennonite Church in Topeka.

« Mennonite Mission Network: Loren and Rachel Johns are serving through MMN to offer hospitality at SEMILLA, the Anabaptist seminary in Guatemala. Pray for them as they welcome national and international guests, and for Loren as he also teaches seminary courses.

« Mennonite Education Agency: Pray for David M. Bailey and the Urban Doxology worship team from Richmond, Va., and for the participants in the 5th biennial Worship and the Arts Symposium at Bethel College.

Western District Conference:

—The Youth Ministry Committee of Western District and South Central conferences presents… Youth Lead Now, a one-day workshop designed for high school youth to enrich their leadership skills and deepen faith. Using the adaptive leadership framework from the Kansas Leadership Center and well known spiritual practices, we will equip youth with skills to be leaders among their peers, in their churches, and in their communities. Our hope is that congregations would partner with us by sending youth who have been affirmed for their leadership gifts or potential. Date: January 11, 2020. Time: 9am to 4pm. Location: Faith Mennonite Church, Newton. Registration Fee: $50 (scholarships available upon request). High School Youth can register through the link:

—Western District Women in Mission will host the event "Let’s Talk…Women, Money & Faith" on January 24 and 25 at Tabor Mennonite Church, Newton, featuring speakers from Everence who will address money and faith topics for women of all ages and stages of life. Look for more information soon on Facebook at or at our web page

Mennonite Church USA: You can still join in the MC 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

Christmas for Volunteers! Camp Mennoscah is hosting a gathering for all who have volunteered–this year, last year, or many years ago–on December 14 at 2:30pm. We’ll have cookies and snacky items, hot drinks, games, and whatever reasonable activity you can think of–it’s a time to enjoy camp and other camp folks.

Ten Thousand Village Christmas: We will NOT be selling Ten Thousand Village items at Prairie Harvest this fall, but will have a booth at the Kidron Holiday Marketplace on Saturday, December 7 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. This will be a great opportunity to stock up on Fair Trade coffee, tea, chocolate and small nativities and Christmas ornaments. Place Saturday, December 7 from 9 to 1 at Kidron Bethel Village in North Newton on your Holiday shopping schedule.

Hesston College:

—Hesston College has a new and very special opportunity to offer. Our signature course – Biblical Literature – is now available as an online course and can be taken by anyone interested, whether or not they wish to pursue a degree. It’s a great way to learn the Bible story and begin to understand how Anabaptists approach biblical interpretation. See for details.

—Hosting a Hesston College International Student: The office of International Student Support invites you to an informational reception at 4 p.m. on Sunday, Nov. 17 in the community center of Hesston Mennonite Church. If you’ve ever considered hosting a Hesston College international student, here’s a chance to learn more and hear from those with first-hand experience. For more information and to RSVP, (or if interested and unable to attend) contact Carlota Ponds, Director of International Student Support at 620-327-8210 or carlota.ponds.

Bethel College:

—Sun., Nov. 17 – KIPCOR Film Series: Dawnland, 3 p.m., Krehbiel Auditorium in Luyken Fine Arts Center at Bethel College; talkback follows with Dan Wildcat of Haskell Indian Nations University, Lawrence.

—Registration deadline extended 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. Registration deadline: Nov. 18.

—Friday, Nov. 22 – All are invited to attend an Urban Doxology worship experience, 7 p.m., featuring the Urban Doxology worship band from Richmond, Va., Krehbiel Auditorium in Luyken Fine Arts Center at Bethel College. This part of the biennial Worship and the Arts Symposium requires no pre-registration and is free and open to everyone. A freewill offering will be taken for Harvest of Love.

—Sunday, Nov. 24 – Friends of the MLA program, 3 p.m., “Remembering the Vietnam War” with Rachel Pannabecker (50-year anniversary of Bethel’s participation in the Moratorium to End the War in Vietnam), Kauffman Museum

—All bakers and craft makers are invited to make items for 5 Places of Christmas December 7, at Bethel College Fine Arts Center. Bethel College Women’s Association will again be selling baked goods, and crafts and poinsettias. Christmas candy, zwieback, peppernuts, poppyseed roll and cinnamon rolls are always a great seller. Please bring your items on Friday, December 6 from 1:30-4:30 pm or on Saturday from 7-8 am in the Fine Arts Center Room 140 which is behind the Box Office.Thank you for your support of Bethel College!

Messiah Presentation: Every three years, First Mennonite Church in Newton presents Handel’s Messiah with an 80 voice choir, orchestra and soloists. We can’t do this without help from community singers! Please consider this opportunity to sing. The schedule is as follows: Rehearsals are Sundays, November 17, 24, December 1, and 8 from 1:30-3:00 pm in the First Mennonite Church Sanctuary. Please bring your own Messiah book or purchase one for $15 at the first rehearsal.

Dress rehearsal is on Saturday, December 14 from 10:00 am – 12:00 pm and the presentation is on Sunday, December 15 at 7:00 pm.Questions? Please contact Matthew Graber at 605-310-1656 or email mgraber2013.

Retirement Workshop: Get the information you need to make your best financial decisions: Everence Financial, michelle.ramer.

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