Tabor Mennonite Church

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Oct. 22 announcements

This Sunday we begin a new worship series focusing on Music and Spirituality. As part of this worship series, we invite everyone to think about their “Heart Songs”. What songs have nurtured your faith, sustained you through celebration and hardship, helped you learn to follow Jesus, and drawn you into community with God’s people? You will have opportunity to submit your responses to these questions this Sunday morning and throughout the worship series.

Wednesdays Evening Ministries

5:20-6:20 p.m.—Faithful Fitness

5:45-6:30 p.m.—Supper

6:30-6:45 p.m.—Children’s Choirs

6:30-7:30 p.m.—Adult Bible Study

6:45-7:30 p.m.—Faith Friends (3 yrs-gr 2)

6:45-7:45 p.m.—Faith Adventures (gr 3-5)

Youth Explorers (gr 6-8)

7:00-8:00 p.m.—Youth Group

7:30-8:30 p.m.—Adult Choir

Congregational Announcements

The council Budget Workshop will take place on Tuesday, October 24 at 7:00 pm in the Fellowship Hall. All are encouraged to attend as this is where we will be discussing the budget for 2018.

Deacon Discernment: Deacons are in the process of discerning two new deacons who will begin in 2018. Carol Duerksen and Erica Stoltzfus have been discerned. Please pray for our continued discernment process leading up to the vote of affirmation at our congregational meeting on November 5.

Wednesday Evening Adult Bible Study: Come join us for Adult Bible Study on Wednesday evenings right after supper from 6:30-7:30pm. We will begin with a time of prayer, followed by a study of the upcoming Sunday’s scripture passages. We will be meeting upstairs in the South Rooms. Please let me know if you have any questions. ~Pastor Phil

Singing and Spirituality: During our Musical Worship Series (October 22-November 19), we want to sing some of your favorite hymns! If you have a favorite hymn or worship song, please either email the title to Pastor Katherine, or fill out a ‘Heart Song Stories’ sheet, which is available in the foyer and return to Pastor Katherine’s mailbox. We plan to sing these suggested hymns/songs during Sunday morning worship throughout this series. Thanks!

Caring Group Potluck. On October 29, everyone is invited to potluck following Faith Formation in the fellowship hall. Our purpose for this potluck is to gather existing caring groups as well as invite anyone curious about joining a caring group. Pastors Rosie Jantz and Phil Schmidt will lead this time of discussion and fellowship. Hope to see you there.

Tabor Mennonite Women will meet Monday, October 30 at 1:00 p.m. in the church fellowship hall to tie comforters. MCC has a great need for comforters, so let’s try to get four done during this afternoon.

The Chicken BBQ put on by the Tabor Mennonite Men will be Nov 2 from 5-7 p.m. Bring your appetite and a donation. The money raised will go to the “Whale” playground structure at Camp Mennoscah and also to the Tabor church building fund. Men, please sign up on the sheet on the bulletin board in the foyer.

Tabor Youth Event: Tabor College Volleyball Game: Plan to meet at the church building on November 3 at 4pm so that we can travel together to go watch Olivia Duerksen play Volleyball at Tabor College at 4:30. We will then go out to eat together as a youth group afterwards.

Meat Canning this year will be on November 6 and 7 at the MCC Center in North Newton. Sign up on the bulletin board to volunteer. Checks can be made out to Tabor Mennonite Church, earmarked “MCC meat canning”, and placed in the truck in the foyer. Contact Kenton Nickel with any questions.

Worship and the Arts Symposium: “Seasons of the Soul: Enacting the Mystery of Faith”, Saturday, November 18 at Bethel College. Registration fee is $40 or $25 per person when 3 or more people from the same congregation register and pay as a group. Fee includes Friday evening performance “Slightly Left of Normal” by resource person Ted Swartz, and Saturday lunch and supper. Register for the symposium through the Tabor Church office by Nov. 9 to be included with the church group discount.

Getting to know one another: You have received a list of questions to help us get to know each other better. When you’ve completed your answers, return them to Diana Schmidt’s mailbox (or email to her at jd77schmidt). Please return them by October 29th. We will put them into a booklet that everyone will receive. Thank you for your participation! If you have any questions, please feel free to contact one of us. ~Diana Schmidt and Carol Duerksen

Your invited to come out to a Christmas Hymn Sing at Tabor on December 3, 2017 at 6:30p.m. Please come out for an evening of singing and a cookie fellowship to follow. Any questions, please ask Elaine Unruh.

Rejoice is a daily devotional made available by our Christian Ed Commission to anyone who would like one. There are still copies of the Sept.– Nov. Issue available on the table in the foyer. Please feel free to take one for your personal use.

The McPherson Community Brass Choir under the direction of Jerry Toews will be part of the vocal and instrumental concert in the West Zion Church, Sunday, Oct. 22 at 7 pm which is part of t he Moundridge Arts Council Series.

Have a life-saving day and come donate blood on Monday, Oct. 30 between 2:00-6:00 at the Goessel Church. To make an appointment visit redcrossblood.org (Sponsor code: Goessel) or call 800-RED-CROSS (800-733-2767) Rapid Pass is now available for use on mobile devices so you can complete the pre-donation reading and health history questions at your convenience on your mobile device the day of donation. Another way to participate is to volunteer as receptionist, donor escort, or in the canteen. Sign up for these jobs on the bulletin board. Thanks for saving lives!!

Bethesda Pillars Banquet – November 5 at Cross Wind Conference Center. Punch bowl and informal social time begins at 5:30 p.m. and banquet begins at 6:00 p.m. Entertainment will feature “Sadie and the Larks” from Hesston College. All proceeds to toward the Benevolent Care Fund annual Medicaid deficit of approximately $350,000. Your attendance and generosity is appreciated. Call 367-2291 for reservations or contact Bonnie Janzen, Eileen Schmidt, or Jason Unruh.

The 5th Annual Goessel Community Thanksgiving Meal will be on Sunday, November 12, 5:00-6:30 p.m. at the Goessel Elementary School Gymnasium.

Everyone in the community is invited. The Alexanderwohl, Goessel and Tabor churches will again provide food for this event. The sign-up sheet for salads, bread or dessert, turkey or ham is posted on the bulletin board. Monetary donations are welcome to be used toward the expenses for the meal. Checks payable to “Goessel Ministerial Alliance”, place in sec. mailbox. Meal planning team: Keith and Barb Banman, Linda Peters, Kimberly Voth, Becky Wedel and Lynette Duerksen.

We are so grateful for your participation and support! – Goessel Ministerial Alliance

Conference Announcements

Prayer Requests:

« Western District Conference: Pray for members of WDC Executive Board, Commissions, Gifts Discernment Committee, and staff as they attend Reference Council on October 28 to build relationships and share together in the work of WDC.

« Mennonite Mission Network: Today, 26 Mennonite Voluntary Service participants begin their five-day retreat at Rocky Mountain Mennonite Camp in Colorado. Mennonite Mission Network requests prayer for safe travels and a meaningful time of worship and fellowship.

« Mennonite Education Agency: Today, Wendy Chappell-Dick and the Anabaptist Singers will present Grace to You and Peace: Voices of the Martyrs as part of the Mirror of the Martyrs exhibit at Bluffton University. Pray for the performers who are tell the moving stories of the Anabaptist martyrs and, pray for the audience to share the message in their own lives.

The 2018 WDC Annual Assembly, scheduled for July 27-28, will be an opportunity to meet together and see the worship and fellowship spaces in several central Kansas locations! On Friday, July 27, the Annual Assembly will be at Tabor Mennonite Church, rural Newton, KS; and on Saturday, July 28, it will be at Eden Mennonite Church, Moundridge, KS. Then on Sunday, July 29, all are invited to worship at the Alexanderwohl Mennonite Church, Goessel, KS. Save these dates for the next WDC Annual Assembly!

Premier Production: On November 19, Faith Mennonite Church, Newton, in partnership with Western District Conference, MCC Central States, and Bethel College, is sponsoring the Kansas premier production of “Discovery: A Comic Lament” produced by Ted & Co. TheaterWorks. This is a play about the Doctrine of Discovery, the legal framework that justifies theft of land and oppression of Indigenous Peoples. It finds unexpected humor at the crossroads of justice, land use, and Indigenous experience and nudges us to question our stories with honesty and integrity. Several scenes in the show have their roots in Kansas locations. The production will take place in Krehbiel Auditorium on Bethel College Campus. Tickets are $10, available from the Bethel College Bookstore, 316-283-2500.

MCC is responding to disasters taking place around the world. Even before the most recent natural disasters from hurricanes, earthquakes and floods, MCC was running extremely low on comforters and relief kits. Our goal is to ship 83,000 relief kits by March 2018 and we need 7,000 comforters by November.

Visit mcc.org/mrc/kits for full kit information and from there click through to our Amazon Wish List for easier shopping and shipping. Just bring or ship kit items to MCC Central States 121 E. 30th St. North Newton, KS 67117. It’s not too early to start thinking about holiday giving projects like a relief kit collection drive! Call MCC with questions at 316-283-2720.

Bethel College: The Worship and the Arts Festival Choir is calling on all interested singers to join the evening worship celebration Saturday, Nov. 18, in Bethel College’s Memorial Hall. Rehearsal is that evening from 5-6:30 p.m., with supper provided. The service begins at 7:30. Please contact Dr. William Eash at weash to reserve your place in the choir! For more information about the Worship and the Arts Symposium, on the Bethel campus during the day Nov. 18, see bethelks.edu/worshiparts.

Hesston College: The Hesston College Music Department invites alumni and friends to sing with the college choirs for the annual Masterworks Concert, Light Eternal, Saturday, December 9, 7 p.m., at Hesston Mennonite Church. Morten Lauridsen’s Lux Aeterna (Light Eternal) is the concert’s central work. In memory of lost loved ones, this performance is a reminder of the Light that comforts us during the holiday season. Singers should plan to attend Monday choral rehearsals beginning October 23. For more information and a complete schedule, visit russell.adrian.

Sexual Abuse Prevention Training: Who Speaks for Victims and Survivors. This training will be a panel discussion with Stephanie Krehbiel, survivor advocate and co-founder of IntoAccount. Lee Penner and Jeff Combs will also be on the panel. The training will be held at the MCC Center,1221 E 30th St. N Newton, October 26 from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. To register email: kathywiens59.

Snow Camp: Western District, South Central, and Mountain States Mennonite Conferences invite your youth groups to attend the annual Snow Camps at Rocky Mountain Mennonite Camp. Be inspired by singing and worshiping with other youth, slide down the tube run (hopefully!), play a competitive game of broom hockey, explore beautiful scenery around camp, and more! For more information, visit www.rmmc.org or call RMMC at 719-687-9506.

Jr High – January 19-21: “Be the Gospel” – John Murray (Mennonite Mission Network)

Sr High – February 16-18: “Do Justice. Love Mercy. Walk Humbly.” – Zach Martinez (Sojourn Mennonite Church)

Ten Thousand Village/Fair Trade International Gift Festival is coming to Newton in November and December. Fridays and Saturdays,10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Nov.24 & 25, Dec.1 & 2, 8 & 9, 15 & 16; Sundays, 1-4 p.m , Dec.3, 10, 17, at Mezzanine above Prairie Harvest 601 N. Maine, Newton, Kansas.

Oct. 22 annc.pdf

Oct. 15 announcements

Wednesdays Evening Ministries

5:20-6:20 p.m.—Faithful Fitness

5:45-6:30 p.m.—Supper

6:30-6:45 p.m.—Children’s Choirs

6:30-7:30 p.m.—Adult Bible Study

6:45-7:30 p.m.—Faith Friends (3 yrs-gr 2)

6:45-7:45 p.m.—Faith Adventures (gr 3-5)

Youth Explorers (gr 6-8)

7:00-8:00 p.m.—Youth Group

7:30-8:30 p.m.—Adult Choir

Dates to Remember:

Oct. 19: Stories & Stuff

Oct. 24: Budget Workshop

Oct. 29: Caring Group Potluck

Nov. 2: Mennonite Men’s

Chicken BBQ

Nov. 5: Congregational meeting

during Faith Formation hour

-College Task Force Fundraiser Meal

Nov. 12: Community Thanksgiving Meal

Nov. 22: Tabor Church Thanksgiving

Meal and Service

Dec. 3: Parsonage Open House

-Hymn Sing

Congregational Announcements

Hayrack Ride to the Pumpkin Patch: Come join us today, Oct. 15 for our church trip to the Pumpkin Patch! Meet at the church park at 3:30 pm to ride the hayrack to the patch or just meet us at the patch around 4. Please bring money for activities and supper at the patch. We will plan for the hayrack to depart the patch when they close at 6pm. Let us know if you have any questions. ~Tabor Fellowship Planning Team

Commitment sheets have been compiled. Thanks to everyone who filled out a commitment sheet. We had 124 responses from adults and children. These reports have been made available to the church commissions teams. If you did not receive the report, and feel that you need it, please contact the church office. Also, if you don’t hear back about something you specifically marked on your commitment sheet, please contact one of the Pastors. Thanks again for your service to Tabor and we look forward to another fruitful year of ministry ahead!

The council Budget Workshop has been changed to Tuesday, October 24 at 7:00 pm in the Fellowship Hall. All are encouraged to attend as this is where we will discussing the budget for 2018.

Deacons are in the process of discerning two deacons. Carol Duerksen has been discerned as one of the deacons and we ask for your prayers for her as well as one more deacon to be discerned.

Stories & Stuff: All are welcome to come to Stories & Stuff for food and fellowship on October 19 at 10 a.m. Hope to see you there!

Wednesday Evening Adult Bible Study: Come join us for Adult Bible Study on Wednesday evenings right after supper from 6:30-7:30pm. We will begin with a time of prayer, followed by a study of the upcoming Sunday’s scripture passages. We will be meeting upstairs in the South Rooms. Please let me know if you have any questions. ~Pastor Phil

Tabor Mennonite Women will meet on Monday, Oct. 16 at 7 p.m. for a Sister Care evening. Evelyn (Evie) Schmidt will share her story.

Singing and Spirituality: During our Musical Worship Series (October 22-November 19), we want to sing some of your favorite hymns! If you have a favorite hymn (from Hymnal: A Worship Book, Sing the Journey, Sing the Story, or the Companion Songbook) please email this to Pastor Katherine and we will include as many of these during this series as we can. Please include a brief note about why this hymn is important to you. Thanks!

Caring Group Potluck. On October 29, everyone is invited to potluck following Faith Formation in the fellowship hall. Our purpose for this potluck is to gather existing caring groups as well as invite anyone curious about joining a caring group. Pastors Rosie Jantz and Phil Schmidt will lead this time of discussion and fellowship. Hope to see you there.

Meat Canning this year will be on November 6 and 7 at the MCC Center in North Newton. Sign up on the bulletin board to volunteer. Checks can be made out to Tabor Mennonite Church, earmarked “MCC meat canning”, and placed in the truck in the foyer. Contact Kenton Nickel with any questions.

Getting to know one another: You have received a list of questions to help us get to know each other better. When you’ve completed your answers, return them to Diana Schmidt’s mailbox (or email to her at jd77schmidt). Please return them by October 29th. We will put them into a booklet that everyone will receive. Thank you for your participation! If you have any questions, please feel free to contact one of us. ~Diana Schmidt and Carol Duerksen

Rejoice is a daily devotional made available by our Christian Ed Commission to anyone who would like one. There are still copies of the Sept.– Nov. Issue available on the table in the foyer. Please feel free to take one for your personal use.

The McPherson Community Brass Choir under the direction of Jerry Toews will be part of the vocal and instrumental concert in the West Zion Church,

Sunday, Oct. 22 at 7 pm which is part of t he Moundridge Arts Council Series.

The Goessel FCCLA (Family, Career, Community Leaders of America) chapter is working on a service project this fall of making pillowcase dresses for young girls through “Real Hope for Haiti”. The chapter is collecting NEW standard-size, brightly colored pillowcases to use for this project and is inviting the community to donate pillowcases or monetary donations (checks payable to Goessel High School—memo: FCCLA pillowcase project) towards this effort. Donations can be dropped off at the Goessel high school office or given to Brooke Nafziger (FCCLA member) by Mon. Oct. 23. The community will be invited to join the FCCLA members in a community sewing event to be held on Sat. Nov. 4 from 9 am-12 noon in the Goessel High School Family Consumer Science classroom. Please RSVP for this event by Oct. 27 to Brooke Nafziger at brooke.nafziger.)

Have a life-saving day and come donate blood on Monday, Oct. 30 between 2:00-6:00 at the Goessel Church. To make an appointment visit redcrossblood.org (Sponsor code: Goessel) or call 800-RED-CROSS (800-733-2767) Rapid Pass is now available for use on mobile devices so you can complete the pre-donation reading and health history questions at your convenience on your mobile device the day of donation. Another way to participate is to volunteer as receptionist, donor escort, or in the canteen. Sign up for these jobs on the bulletin board. Thanks for saving lives!!

Bethesda Pillars Banquet – November 5 at Cross Wind Conference Center. Punch bowl and informal social time begins at 5:30 p.m. and banquet begins at 6:00 p.m. Entertainment will feature “Sadie and the Larks” from Hesston College. All proceeds to toward the Benevolent Care Fund annual Medicaid deficit of approximately $350,000. Your attendance and generosity is appreciated. Call 367-2291 for reservations or contact Bonnie Janzen, Eileen Schmidt, or Jason Unruh.

The 5th Annual Goessel Community Thanksgiving Meal will be on Sunday, November 12, 5:00-6:30 p.m. at the Goessel Elementary School Gymnasium.

Everyone in the community is invited. The Alexanderwohl, Goessel and Tabor churches will again provide food for this event. The sign-up sheet for salads, bread or dessert, turkey or ham is posted on the bulletin board. Monetary donations are welcome to be used toward the expenses for the meal. Checks payable to “Goessel Ministerial Alliance”, place in sec. mailbox. Meal planning team: Keith and Barb Banman, Linda Peters, Kimberly Voth, Becky Wedel and Lynette Duerksen.

We are so grateful for your participation and support! – Goessel Ministerial Alliance

Conference Announcements

Prayer Requests:

« Western District Conference: Pray for WDC representatives Ryan Koch, Anita Kehr and Heidi Regier Kreider attending Mennonite Church USA Constituency Leaders Council this week in Kansas City.

« Mennonite Mission Network: Laura Schlabach of MMN serves JCS, an umbrella organization for mission agencies in Mongolia, through administrative support. She is also a voice for people in the countryside. Pray that God would help her perfect her language skills for good communication.

« Mennonite Education Agency: Anabaptist Mennonite Biblical Seminary board members are meeting Oct. 19–21. Pray that God’s Spirit would guide their conversations and bless them with wisdom and clarity as they give direction to the ongoing work of the seminary.

Responding to Disasters: In the past four weeks, people have experienced devastating loss due to natural disasters – hurricanes, fires – and by human hands. There is no greater time than right now for God’s people to pray for the healing balm and love of our Almighty God, and to work toward peace. Mennonite Mission Network, along with Mennonite Education Agency, partner with Academia Menonita Betania, a Mennonite school in Puerto Rico that was badly damaged by Hurricane Maria. For the story or to contribute to their recovery efforts go to https://www.mennonitemission.net/news/features/Mennonites-respond-through-partnership-to-hurricane-Maria.

MCC is responding to disasters taking place around the world. Even before the most recent natural disasters from hurricanes, earthquakes and floods, MCC was running extremely low on comforters and relief kits. Our goal is to ship 83,000 relief kits by March 2018 and we need 7,000 comforters by November.

Visit mcc.org/mrc/kits for full kit information and from there click through to our Amazon Wish List for easier shopping and shipping. Just bring or ship kit items to MCC Central States 121 E. 30th St. North Newton, KS 67117. It’s not too early to start thinking about holiday giving projects like a relief kit collection drive! Call MCC with questions at 316-283-2720.

Bethel College: The Worship and the Arts Festival Choir is calling on all interested singers to join the evening worship celebration Saturday, Nov. 18, in Bethel College’s Memorial Hall. Rehearsal is that evening from 5-6:30 p.m., with supper provided. The service begins at 7:30. Please contact Dr. William Eash at weash to reserve your place in the choir! For more information about the Worship and the Arts Symposium, on the Bethel campus during the day Nov. 18, see bethelks.edu/worshiparts. Register for the symposium through the Tabor Church office by Nov. 9 to be included with the church group discount.

Hesston College: The Hesston College Music Department invites alumni and friends to sing with the college choirs for the annual Masterworks Concert, Light Eternal, Saturday, December 9, 7 p.m., at Hesston Mennonite Church. Morten Lauridsen’s Lux Aeterna (Light Eternal) is the concert’s central work. In memory of lost loved ones, this performance is a reminder of the Light that comforts us during the holiday season. Singers should plan to attend Monday choral rehearsals beginning October 23. For more information and a complete schedule, visit russell.adrian.

Annual Mission Supper at Hoffnungsau Mennonite Church (43 13th Ave, Inman, KS) Saturday, October 21 from 5-7 pm. Proceeds will benefit Mennonite Disaster Service and Camp Mennoscah playground replacement project. For a free will donation, menu is baked sausage, mashed potatoes, creamed peas, applesauce, rolls and homemade pie.

WDC End Death Penalty Task Force: see flyer on bulletin board

“The Kansas Death Penalty: What a Waste, 2017” will take place Oct. 21,1-3:30 pm at McPherson Church of the Brethren, 200 N. Carrie, McPherson, Kansas. Speakers include: Roger Werholtz, retired Secretary of the Kansas Department of Corrections; Senator Carolyn McGinn, Chair of Senate Ways and Means Committee; Celeste Dixon, murder victim family member. Free and open to the public. To Register email info or call 785-235-2237.

Chairishing CASA Kids will be held on Saturday Oct 21, 6 to 8 p.m. at the Carriage Factory Art Gallery, 128 E 6th in Newton. This event is a fundraiser for CASA.

Chairs transformed into works of art by local artists will be auctioned and there will also be a silent auction with gift baskets from local businesses. CASA provides advocates to be a voice for abused and neglected children in the pursuit of safe and permanent families in Harvey County. For more information visit: 9thcasa.org.

Oct. 15 annc.pdf

October 8 announcements

Note of Thanks

The 2017 Goessel Area Harvest Giving Walk took place this past Sunday afternoon at Alexanderwohl Mennonite Church. Fifty participants braved the wind and completed a route between 2 and 6 miles, and included 35 adults walking or running, 9 children biking or walking, and 6 young ones in strollers or carriers! Over $5,000 was raised for the event and will be dispersed to MCC’s water projects and the Tabor Church Food Pantry. Additionally 22 non-perishable items for the Tabor Food Pantry were collected. Thank you for your support of this community event – by walking, donating money or food pantry items, providing cookies, and praying for us! ~Kevin & Yvette Nickel, area coordinators

Congregational Announcements

Wednesdays Evening Ministries

5:20-6:20 p.m.—Faithful Fitness

5:45-6:30 p.m.—Supper

6:30-6:45 p.m.—Children’s Choirs

6:30-7:30 p.m.—Adult Bible Study

begins Oct. 18

6:45-7:30 p.m.—Faith Friends (3 yrs-gr 2)

6:45-7:45 p.m.—Faith Adventures (gr 3-5)

Youth Explorers (gr 6-8)

7:00-8:00 p.m.—Youth Group

7:30-8:30 p.m.—Adult Choir

Narrative Budget Reports are due TODAY, October 8. Please submit to church office. Email preferred: kfunk.

Tabor Celebration Smoke-In: Tabor Celebration Smoke-In in the park Oct 8, 5:00 p.m. Bring lawn chairs and table service. The meal will be provided, so plan to come join our Tabor family as we celebrate our fundraising for our new facility and enjoy an evening of fellowship together.

Wednesday Evening Adult Bible Study: Come join us for Adult Bible Study on Wednesday evenings right after supper from 6:30-7:30pm. We will begin with a time of prayer, followed by a study of the upcoming Sunday’s scripture passages. We will be meeting upstairs in the South Rooms. Important Note: Due to the children’s trip to the Pumpkin Patch this Wednesday, October 11, we will not begin Adult Bible Study until Wednesday, October 18. Please let me know if you have any questions. ~Pastor Phil

Hayrack Ride to the Pumpkin Patch: Come join us next Sunday, October 15 for our church trip to the Pumpkin Patch! Meet at the church park at 3:30 pm to ride the hayrack to the patch or just meet us at the patch around 4. Please bring money for activities and supper at the patch. We will plan for the hayrack to depart the patch when they close at 6pm. Let us know if you have any questions. ~Tabor Fellowship Planning Team

Singing and Spirituality: During our Musical Worship Series (October 22-November 19), we want to sing some of your favorite hymns! If you have a favorite hymn (from Hymnal:A Worship Book, Sing the Journey, Sing the Story, or the Companion Songbook) please email this to Pastor Katherine and we will include as many of these during this series as we can. Please include a brief note about why this hymn is important to you. Thanks!

Tabor Mennonite Women will meet on Monday, Oct. 16 at 7 p.m. for a Sister Care evening. Evelyn (Evie) Schmidt will share her story.

Getting to know one another: You have received a list of questions to help us get to know each other better. When you’ve completed your answers, return them to Diana Schmidt’s mailbox (or email to her at jd77schmidt). Please return them by October 29th. We will put them into a booklet that everyone will receive. Thank you for your participation! If you have any questions, please feel free to contact one of us. ~Diana Schmidt and Carol Duerksen

The Goessel FCCLA (Family, Career, Community Leaders of America) chapter is working on a service project this fall of making pillowcase dresses for young girls through an international program called “Real Hope for Haiti”. The chapter is collecting NEW standard-size, brightly colored pillowcases to use for this project and is inviting the community to donate pillowcases or monetary donations (checks can be payable to Goessel High School—memo: FCCLA pillowcase project) towards this effort. Donations can be dropped off at the Goessel high school office or given to Brooke Nafziger (FCCLA member) by Mon. Oct. 23. The community will be invited to join the FCCLA members in a community sewing event to be held on Sat. Nov. 4 from 9 am-12 noon in the Goessel High School Family Consumer Science classroom. More information will be coming out soon!

Mennonite Heritage & Agricultural Museum seeking barn wood: After a busy summer spent residing the Krause House, the Board of Directors has decided to postpone repainting the Schroeder Barn till next year. In the meantime, we want to replace some of the barn siding with original full dimension wood. We are looking for 1 x 12’s in as long of lengths as possible. If you have wood that is stored or if it is still on a barn that you are looking to dismantle, and would like to donate to the museum (or need more information), please call the Museum Director, Fern Bartel at 367-8200, or board members, Steve Banman at 367-4610 or Nelson Voth at 283-8603.

Bethesda needs your help: The Board and Administration are looking at ways to be more efficient with the funds that you contribute. In the last 8 newsletters we have stated, “Please send us your email address if you would like to receive the newsletter and other communications electronically.” You will get the Bethesda news sooner and you won’t have to recycle the hard copy. Either send an email with your address to Pete Flaming pflaming or call Pete or Shari Wiens 620-367-2291. Several have already done so, but if you prefer a hard copy we will provide it to you as we have in the past. The newsletters (current and past) can also be viewed on our web site www.bethesdahome.org . Newsletter archives are under the “About” heading.

Dates to Remember:

Oct. 17: Budget Workshop

Oct. 19: Stories & Stuff

Oct. 29: Caring Group Potluck

Nov. 2: Mennonite Men’s

Chicken BBQ

Nov. 5: Congregational meeting

during Faith Formation hour

-College Task Force

Fundraiser Meal.

Conference Announcements

Prayer Requests:

« Western District Conference: Give thanks for the generous financial support received by WDC to assist congregations in Houston to reach out to members and neighbors following Hurricane Harvey.

« Mennonite Mission Network: Tomorrow is Indigenous Peoples Day. MMN confesses the complicity many in our church have had in land theft and oppression. Pray for repentance, restitution, and for the many mission workers who support marginalized people groups to reclaim their land, their language, and their dignity.

« Mennonite Education Agency: Today is Clergy Appreciation Day. Pray that pastors, the world over, will interpret Christ’s love to young children through enriching healthy family relationships, supporting high quality education and care for all children, protecting them from exploitation, violence and discrimination, thus promoting peace.

« Mennonite Disaster Service: Pray for Kevin King, MDS executive director, Larry Stoner, MDS regional operations coordinator and the MDS Puerto Rico Unit as they work together to evaluate the impact of Hurricane Maria on the island and assess how MDS should respond. Continue to remember those impacted by Hurricane Harvey and Irma and the MDS volunteer teams responding. Remember in prayer all the continuing projects MDS has ongoing that were started before this current hurricane season.

“Thank you so very much for your generous contributions given to us for Hurricane Harvey.” This recent message from pastor Simon Tlumang of Chin Emmanuel Church in Houston also expresses WDC’s gratitude! As of today, $16,050 has been received by WDC and distributed to our four congregations in Houston. Pastors report that funds are being used to pay for expenses such as temporary lodging, construction materials, furnishings, rent, utilities, medical expenses, and other needs for families displaced from their homes by flooding or dealing with loss of work income due to the storm. Pastor Alberto Parchment of Iglesia Menonita Casa del Alfarero says, “The needs are not over. We as pastors are working hard, trying to help all whom we can. The whole congregation is very grateful for your kind contribution to their needs.” WDC continues to welcome contributions for this purpose. Send checks, designated for Hurricane Relief, to WDC at PO Box 306, North Newton, KS 67117 or give online at mennowdc.org. All designated contributions will be sent directly to Houston congregations to assist them as the continue to help members and neighbors in the community. Thank you for your generosity!

Mark your calendars for the Year of Evangelism kick off event, sponsored by the WDC Resource Commission, January 19-20, 2018 at the Alexanderwohl church in Goessel, KS. We’ll gather for this two-day event starting Friday evening for vibrant worship, inspiring teaching from Marvin Lorenzana and Heidi Rolland Unruh, and practical workshops meant to equip your congregation for outreach. On Saturday, congregational leaders will have a chance to brainstorm outreach ideas with a coach so that they can return to their mission fields with a practical plan for sharing the good news. All of this great resourcing is only $30 per person! (Registration info to follow.) Join us as we’re equipped to spread God’s healing and hope in the world!

Camp Mennoscah:

—Thank you to all our Work & Play Camp and Annual Meeting attendees! You gave generously of your time, skills, and money. Your support of our camping ministry keeps us reaching out to so many people.

—Scrapbook & Crafts Retreats: Nov. 3-5 and Nov. 15-17.

Information for all retreats at Camp Mennoscah or to register:

Online at www.campmennoscah.org Telephone: 620-297-3290.

Email: office.

Contact: olivia.bartel.

From Mennonite Central Committee Washington Office: On the night of October 1, at least 59 people were killed and more than 500 wounded at an outdoor music festival in Las Vegas, making it the deadliest mass shooting in modern U.S. history. Our prayers and thoughts are with all those affected, as we affirm our commitment to work toward common-sense gun policies. Here are links to several resources related to the prevention of gun-violence:

– From MCC: https://washingtonmemo.files.wordpress.com/2014/08/mcc-u-s-gun-violence-prevention-guide.pdf

– From Menno Media: http://thirdway.com/the-right-to-safety/

MCC is responding to disasters taking place around the world. Even before the most recent natural disasters from hurricanes, earthquakes and floods, MCC was running extremely low on comforters and relief kits. Our goal is to ship 83,000 relief kits by March 2018 and we need 7,000 comforters by November.

Visit mcc.org/mrc/kits for full kit information and from there click through to our Amazon Wish List for easier shopping and shipping. Just bring or ship kit items to MCC Central States 121 E. 30th St. North Newton, KS 67117. It’s not too early to start thinking about holiday giving projects like a relief kit collection drive! Call MCC with questions at 316-283-2720.

Bethel College:

-Sun., Oct. 8 – Bethel College Philharmonia Orchestra concert, 3 p.m., Memorial Hall, featuring music by von Weber, Debussy and Sibelius

-Fall Festival Oct. 12-15; see www.bethelks.edu/fallfest/

-The Bethel College Women’s Association is asking for donations of baked goods for the Market in the Round and Pie by the Slice booth at Fall Festival, Saturday, Oct. 14. Baked goods of any kind may be dropped off at Luyken Fine Arts Center Friday, Oct. 13, 3 pm-5 pm, or Saturday morning. Pies can be dropped off at Schultz Student Center, Seminar Room A near the cafeteria entrance, on Friday, Oct. 13, 4 p.m.-6:30 p.m., or Saturday morning at the Pie by the Slice booth. The request is for 9” pies; no cream pies, please. Please use an aluminum pie tin. If you have questions, contact Cindy Erb, cindy.l.erb.

Thank you from BCWA!

Hesston College: You are invited to Living Water, presented by the Hesston College Bel Canto Singers, at Hesston Mennonite Church at 2 p.m., Sunday, October 8. The program is created in partnership with the Hesston Common Read and will feature the work of Mennonite Central Committee, with an offering collected to support an MCC water project.

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Oct. 1 announcements

Congregational Announcements

Wednesdays at Tabor

Opening Night Schedule

October 4, 2017

5:45 pm — Supper for everyone

6:30 pm — Skit [Detective Diego and friends]

Parents & children sign the Covenant

Meet the teachers & go to classrooms

3 Choirs: Age 3-4; K-grade 2; Grade 3-5

Parents sign release forms &

wait for dismissal from choirs

7:15 pm — Dismissal

Today is the Harvest Giving Walk! You can still sign up to walk (or run) and you can still make a donation, payable to Harvest Giving Walk. Find a walker today for your generous giving to help MCC respond to many needs for water around the world, as well as the expenses of our local Tabor Food Pantry. Walkers, please be at Alexanderwohl Mennonite Church by 1:15 p.m. to sign in, and remember to bring an item for the Food Pantry, as well as your donation envelope. Walkers from our church are: Brent Abrahams, Russ & Camille Adrian, Lindsey Buller, Carol Duerksen, Duane & Janna Duerksen, Mandy Funk, Lee & Phyllis Goertzen, Les Goerzen, Peter Goerzen, Cleo & Faye Koop, Brian Lightner, Elton & Denise Nickel, Kenton Nickel, Kevin Nickel, Katy Schmidt, Kristin Schmidt, Phil & Mary Schmidt, Jerry Toews, Anna Unruh, and Keri Unruh.

Getting to know one another: You have received a list of questions to help us get to know each other better. When you’ve completed your answers, return them to Diana Schmidt’s mailbox (or email to her at jd77schmidt). Please return them by October 29th. We will put them into a booklet that everyone will receive. Thank you for your participation! If you have any questions, please feel free to contact one of us. -Diana Schmidt and Carol Duerksen

Narrative Budget Reports are due next Sunday, October 8. Please submit to church office. Email preferred: kfunk.

Tabor Celebration Smoke-In: Tabor Celebration Smoke-In in the park Oct 8, 5:00 p.m. Bring lawn chairs and table service. The meal will be provided, so plan to come join our Tabor family as we celebrate our fundraising for our new facility and enjoy an evening of fellowship together. Contact Doris Unruh, Elaine Unruh, or Carol Duerksen if you are interested in being a meat smoker for this celebration.

Bethesda needs your help: The Board and Administration are looking at ways to be more efficient with the funds that you contribute. In the last 8 newsletters we have stated, “Please send us your email address if you would like to receive the newsletter and other communications electronically.” You will get the Bethesda news sooner and you won’t have to recycle the hard copy. Either send an email with your address to Pete Flaming pflaming or call Pete or Shari Wiens 620-367-2291. Several have already done so, but if you prefer a hard copy we will provide it to you as we have in the past. The newsletters (current and past) can also be viewed on our web site www.bethesdahome.org . Newsletter archives are under the “About” heading.

Conference Announcements

Prayer Requests:

« Western District Conference: Give thanks & pray for WDC pastors & chaplains who offer leadership in congregations and other institutions across WDC.

« Mennonite Mission Network: Delicia Bravo and Peter Wigginton of MMN serve alongside communities in Ecuador to help Vida Juvenil become a thriving, locally organized project. Pray for them as they help mothers, children and youth become grounded in a better quality of life. This is the same ministry where Karina Brandt is currently serving.

« Mennonite Education Agency: Instituto Bíblico Anabautista (IBA)- Pray for students and tutor Lilian Flores at the new IBA Study Center at Evangelical Garifuna Mennonite Church in Bronx, New York. They will be starting the course Introduction to Bible Study. Pray that this course will be of blessing for the students, their congregations and their communities as these leaders learn new tools to spread God’s word to expand God’s kingdom.

WDC End Death Penalty Task Force: see flyer on bulletin board

“The Kansas Death Penalty: What a Waste, 2017” will take place Oct. 21,1-3:30 pm at McPherson Church of the Brethren, 200 N. Carrie, McPherson, Kansas. Speakers include: Roger Werholtz, retired Secretary of the Kansas Department of Corrections; Senator Carolyn McGinn, Chair of Senate Ways and Means Committee; Celeste Dixon, murder victim family member. Free and open to the public. To Register email info or call 785-235-2237.

Announcing Great Day of Singing Events – The Mennonite Worship and Song Committee, working under the name Resonate Team, has invited congregations to hold a “Great Day of Singing” this fall and has scheduled a series of regional hymn sings. In WDC, on Sunday, December 3 at 6:30pm at Bethel College Mennonite Church, N. Newton, will host a hymn sing led by project director and general editor Bradley Kauffman. Detail to follow.

Camp Mennoscah:

—Scrapbook & Crafts Retreats: Nov. 3-5 and Nov. 15-17.

Information for all retreats at Camp Mennoscah or to register:

Online at www.campmennoscah.org

Telephone: 620-297-3290.

Email: office.

Contact: olivia.bartel.

Urgent! MCC Mobile Meat Cannery Volunteer Needed! MCC urgently seeks a volunteer that is at least 21 years old to work with the meat canner! Truck driving skills are ideal, but MCC is willing to provide training as well. The meat canning season starts up in October, please help MCC fill this vital need. For more information, please contact John Hillegass at johnhillegass or (717) 859-1151.

From hurricanes and flooding, to conflict and drought, MCC is responding to many disasters around the world. Learn more about our relief projects and give today to help provide assistance and to support communities as they rebuild by visiting centralstates or call 316.283.2720.

Save this date! November 19 – Faith Mennonite Church, Newton, in partnership with Western District Conference (MCUSA), MCC Central States and Bethel College is sponsoring the Kansas premier production of “DISCOVERY: A Comic Lament” produced by Ted & Co. TheaterWorks. This is a play about the Doctrine of Discovery, the legal framework that justifies theft of land and oppression of Indigenous Peoples. It finds unexpected humor at the crossroads of justice, land use, and Indigenous experience and nudges us to question our stories with honesty and integrity. Several scenes in the show have their roots in Kansas locations. The production will take place in Krehbiel Auditorium on Bethel College Campus on November 19, 2017 at 7:00 pm. Ticket information will be released soon.

Workshop: On Thursday, October 12, 2017, Kimberly Schmidt, author of Magpie’s Blanket historical novel about two women who survived the massacres of Plains Indians, will lead a workshop on “Book Crafting and Research Methods,”

3:00-5:00 at MCC Center, Newton. Cost $20 now sent to Barb Orsi, 7217 E. Oxford St., Wichita KS 67226 or PayPal.me/barborsi or $25 at the door.

Sponsored by StoryTellers of the Great Plains. Contact Kathy Goering for more information at kjgo. All are welcome.

Bethel College:

-Sun., Oct. 8 – Bethel College Philharmonia Orchestra concert, 3 p.m., Memorial Hall, featuring music by von Weber, Debussy and Sibelius

-Fall Festival Oct. 12-15; see www.bethelks.edu/fallfest/

-The Bethel College Women’s Association is asking for donations of baked goods for the Market in the Round and Pie by the Slice booth at Fall Festival, Saturday, Oct. 14. Baked goods of any kind may be dropped off at Luyken Fine Arts Center Friday, Oct. 13, 3 pm-5 pm, or Saturday morning. Pies can be dropped off at Schultz Student Center, Seminar Room A near the cafeteria entrance, on Friday, Oct. 13, 4 p.m.-6:30 p.m., or Saturday morning at the Pie by the Slice booth. The request is for 9” pies; no cream pies, please. Please use an aluminum pie tin. If you have questions, contact Cindy Erb, cindy.l.erb. Thank you from BCWA!

Hesston College: You are invited to Living Water, presented by the Hesston College Bel Canto Singers, at Hesston Mennonite Church at 2 p.m., Sunday, October 8. The program is created in partnership with the Hesston Common Read and will feature the work of Mennonite Central Committee, with an offering collected to support an MCC water project.

Getting ready to retire? Everence® Financial will present informational seminars this fall to help you make informed decisions. An overview of Medicare will go over what’s covered (and what’s not), enrollment deadlines and plans that supplement Medicare. It will be offered at 6:30 p.m. Nov. 6. Retirement income strategy will help you think through your retirement income and expenses, discuss risks than can impact your savings, and strategies to help your income last throughout retirement. It will be offered at 6:30 p.m. Oct. 2 and Dec. 4. All seminars will be at Everence Financial Advisors, 3179 N. Main St., North Newton. To reserve your spot, contact Michelle Ramer at (316) 283-3800, (877) 467-7294 or michelle.ramer.

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Sept. 24 announcements

Congregational Announcements

Call to Prayer: I invite everyone to come pray with me on either Tuesday morning at 9:15am or Thursday morning at 7am (choose whichever day/time works best with your schedule). We will be praying through the Anabaptist Prayer Book. If you have a copy, please bring it. If not, please come anyway (we have extra copies at church). My hope is that these two times will be conducive for most people. That being said, if you would like to join in community prayer, but these times don’t work for you, please let me know and we can either adjust times or add a third option on Fridays. I look forward to seeing how God’s Spirit moves as we pray together! ~Pastor Phil

1st Sunday Potluck: Starting in October, the Young Adult Faith Formation class will be hosting 1st Sunday potluck. We will be using this time to talk, get to know each other, and learn more about our Confession of Faith. Each month we will study a different article. October 1 we will be discussing Article 1: God.

The Harvest Giving Walk will take place at Alexanderwohl Mennonite Church Sunday, October 1 at 1:30 p.m. Pick up a Walk envelope from Yvette Nickel today if you’d like to participate or find someone who is walking and generously support the Tabor Food Pantry and the MCC Water Programs that “are helping to build irrigation systems, wells and piped water systems.” Current walkers from our congregation include: Brent Abrahams, Russ & Camille Adrian, Lindsey Buller, Carol Duerksen, Duane & Janna Duerksen, Mandy Funk, Lee & Phyllis Goertzen, Les Goerzen, Peter Goerzen, Cleo & Faye Koop, Brian Lightner, Elton & Denise Nickel, Kenton Nickel, Kevin Nickel, Phil & Mary Schmidt, Jerry Toews, Anna Unruh, and Keri Unruh. Walkers are invited to bring an item for the Tabor Food Pantry. (Please make checks payable to Harvest Giving Walk.)

Wednesdays at Tabor

Opening Night Schedule

October 4, 2017

5:45 pm — Supper for everyone

6:30 pm — Skit [Detective Diego and friends]

Parents & children sign the Covenant

Meet the teachers & go to classrooms

3 Choirs: Age 3-4; K-grade 2; Grade 3-5

Parents sign release forms &

wait for dismissal from choirs

7:15 pm — Dismissal

Narrative Budget Reports are due October 8. Please submit to church office. Email preferred: kfunk.

Attention women: I am planning on having a women’s chorus sing at church on October 8. Rehearsals will be on Sept. 27 at 7:30 p.m. and October 4 at 7:00 p.m.​ If you are interested in participating or have any questions, please contact me. —Marcene Entz

Tabor Celebration Smoke-In Tabor Celebration Smoke-In in the park Oct 8, 5:00 p.m. Bring lawn chairs and table service. The meal will be provided, so plan to come join our Tabor family as we celebrate our fundraising for our new facility and enjoy an evening of fellowship together. Contact Doris Unruh, Elaine Unruh, or Carol Duerksen if you are interested in being a meat smoker for this celebration.

Pastor Rosie Jantz Sabbatical: In May, Pastor Rosie completed her 4th year as our associate Pastor which, according to her memo of understanding, makes her eligible for a sabbatical. Pastor Rosie has submitted sabbatical plans to the Deacon board which will take place December 1, 2017 – March 1, 2018. The deacons support her plans which Pastor Rosie will share in the November Newsletter. ~Ron Schroeder, Deacon Chair.

The Wee Wonders class is looking for several items to add to the wee wonders classroom. We are wondering if you have any of these around your house that you would be willing to donate. Items may be brought to the supply room in the basement. Please talk to Pam Abrahams if you have questions. Items: Full length mirror, 2 plastic dish tubs, play food in good condition, doctor’s kit, large plastic eggs. In addition, please contact Pam if you would be interested in making/donating doll blankets. Thanks!

Conference Announcements

Prayer Requests:

« Western District Conference: Pray for WDC’s Executive Board meeting this week to further WDC’s mission of empowering congregations to witness and invite others to faith in Jesus Christ, dwell in just and loving relationships, and connect to God’s mission in the world.

« Mennonite Mission Network: Staff from DOOR, a MMN partner that provides service opportunities, are traveling to Austin, Texas, for a gathering that starts tomorrow. Pray for them as they fellowship, share best practices, and prepare for the future.

« Mennonite Education Agency: Mennonite Early Childhood Network: Pray for participants in Journey, Anabaptist Mennonite Biblical Seminary’s distance-friendly non-degree leadership development program. May God use the program’s focus on spiritual disciplines, theological and biblical studies, character development, mentoring and gifts development to deepen their faith and strengthen their leadership.

« Mennonite Disaster Service: Please pray for our sisters and brothers in Puerto Rico who now face the daunting task of clean up after Hurricane Maria. We ask that you continue to pray for those impacted by Hurricanes Harvey and Irma. Thank you for your continued prayer for the work of MDS and those we serve.

"Fall into a Good Book" with the Conference Resource Library’s Fall Story Hour. Starts this week! Join leader Carol Flickinger for stories, rhymes, and fun Thursdays Sept. 28 through November 16 at 10:00am. Sign up by Sept. 25 at crlib or (316)283-6300.

WDC End Death Penalty Task Force: see flyer on bulletin board

What: “The Kansas Death Penalty: What a Waste, 2017” KCADP Abolition Conference

When: October 21,1:00-3:30 pm

Where: McPherson Church of the Brethren, 200 N. Carrie, McPherson, Kansas

Who: Speakers include: Roger Werholtz, retired Secretary of the Kansas Department of Corrections; Senator Carolyn McGinn, Chair of Senate Ways and Means Committee; Celeste Dixon, murder victim family member

Cost: Free and open to the public

To Register: To RSVP, email info or call 785-235-2237

Announcing Great Day of Singing Events – The Mennonite Worship and Song Committee, working under the name Resonate Team, has invited congregations to hold a “Great Day of Singing” this fall and has scheduled a series of regional hymn sings. In WDC, on Sunday, November 19 (time TBD), Bethel College Mennonite Church, N. Newton, will host a hymn sing led by project director and general editor Bradley Kauffman. Detail to follow.

Camp Mennoscah:

—Work & Play Camp: Sept. 29-Oct. 3. For folks of all ages. No cost for this retreat! Please let us know you’re coming.

—Camp Mennoscah’s Annual Meeting: Oct. 1 at 5:30pm. Everyone is invited. RSVP.

—Celebration for Kelly! Kelly Stucky, long-time program director of Senior High Camp, has announced that he is retiring. We will celebrate his 19 years as program director at the Camp Mennoscah annual meeting on October 1st and welcome all to attend. We also invite everyone to share pictures, notes of gratitude, and memories. These will be gathered into a scrapbook of sorts for Kelly. Email to Camp Mennoscah at address below or by mail to Olivia Bartel, PO Box 65, Murdock, KS 67111. You are welcome to bring them with you to the annual meeting, too!

—Scrapbook & Crafts Retreats: Nov. 3-5 and Nov. 15-17.

Information for all retreats at Camp Mennoscah or to register:

Online at www.campmennoscah.org Telephone: 620-297-3290.

Email: office.

Contact: olivia.bartel.

Urgent! MCC Mobile Meat Cannery Volunteer Needed! MCC urgently seeks a volunteer that is at least 21 years old to work with the meat canner! Truck driving skills are ideal, but MCC is willing to provide training as well. The meat canning season starts up in October, please help MCC fill this vital need. For more information, please contact John Hillegass at johnhillegass or (717) 859-1151.

From hurricanes and flooding, to conflict and drought, MCC is responding to many disasters around the world. Learn more about our relief projects and give today to help provide assistance and to support communities as they rebuild by visiting centralstates or call 316.283.2720.

MCC Mini Comforter Blitz, Sept. 29 from 9am-5pm and Sept. 30 from 8am-4pm at MCC in North Newton! MCC needs 7000 comforters by November to meet requests from MCC partner organizations in Iraq, North Korea and Syria. We need your help to fulfill requests and spread God’s love and warmth to children and families around the world! Come and go as you are able and bring your friends and family! You are welcome to bring a snack to share. Please bring a sack lunch/supper. Drinks will be provided. RSVP for childcare to Comforter Blitz committee member Kara Klingenberg (text or call) katemast, 316.283.2720.

The Leadership Development office of Mennonite Church USA is seeking applications for an office manager, currently a two-thirds time position. Primary responsibilities of this position includes maintaining the national database (MennoData) and technical support for the “calling system” which assists pastors, congregations and conferences in the pastoral search process. Successful candidates will be detail oriented with strong computer skills and able to work in a confidential environment. We are committed to diversity among staff and welcome people of diverse backgrounds and abilities to apply. To request a copy of the job description and an application form, contact HR@MennoniteUSA.org or call 316-281-4257.

Bethel College: Today (Sun., Sept. 24) – Anyone interested is invited to a public come-and-go reception, 4:30-6 p.m., for Bethel College’s provisional presidential candidate, Jon Gering, and his wife, Deborah, in the atrium of Will Academic Center.

Fall Festival at Bethel College – Oct. 12-15 with most events Sat., Oct. 14; see www.bethelks.edu/fallfest/

Getting ready to retire? Everence® Financial will present informational seminars this fall to help you make informed decisions. An overview of Medicare will go over what’s covered (and what’s not), enrollment deadlines and plans that supplement Medicare. It will be offered at 6:30 p.m. Nov. 6. Retirement income strategy will help you think through your retirement income and expenses, discuss risks than can impact your savings, and strategies to help your income last throughout retirement. It will be offered at 6:30 p.m. Oct. 2 and Dec. 4. All seminars will be at Everence Financial Advisors, 3179 N. Main St., North Newton. To reserve your spot, contact Michelle Ramer at michelle.ramer.

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September 16-17 Campout Schedule & Announcements

Next Sunday, September 24

Next Sunday we will continue our worship series, “Vision: Shared Stories of Future Hope” by reflecting on visions focused on “Everlasting Joy” (Isaiah 35:1-10; Revelation 7:13-17). It is also Bethel College Sunday and we look forward to hosting the Bethel College Concert Choir and hearing their wonderful music. Peter Goerzen, Bethel College Campus Pastor, will be preaching.

10:45 a.m.—Faith Formation for everyone. Regular classes will take place. Anyone is welcome to join the Young Adult class meeting in the sanctuary for a hymn sign with the Bethel College Concert Choir.

11:45 a.m.—Potluck meal in the Fellowship Hall. Please bring a large dish to share as we will be hosting Bethel’s Concert Choir (about 60 hungry college students)! Bring your own table service.

Dates to Remember:

September 29: Norma Martinez memorial service

October 1: World Communion, World Potluck k

Goessel Area Harvest Giving Walk

October 4: Wednesday Evening Ministries begin

October 8: The Great Tabor Celebration Smoke-In

October 15: Fellowship Event: Papa’s Pumpkin Patch

October 29: Caring Group Potluc

November 2: Mennonite Men’s Chicken BBQ

November 5: Congregational meeting

Notes of Appreciation

Thanks to all who supported Mom’s estate “sale” Labor Day weekend, whether you were able to do this in person or in spirit. All proceeds went to MCC, and totaled $2,701, with unsold items going to Et Cetera and Quilters Corner. A special thanks to Maynard Knepp for dropping off a MCC trailer for this purpose, and to Maynard and Duane Unruh for moving larger furniture items to Et Cetera. Our family appreciated how this event gave us the opportunity to connect with Tabor members and the larger community, as well as the time to savor all that Mom has given to our family and community. ~The Elma Goertz Family

Congregational Announcements

Pastor Rosie Jantz Sabbatical: In May, Pastor Rosie completed her 4th year as our associate Pastor which, according to her memo of understanding, makes her eligible for a sabbatical. Pastor Rosie has submitted sabbatical plans to the Deacon board which will take place December 1, 2017 – March 1, 2018. The deacons support her plans which Pastor Rosie will share in the November Newsletter. ~Ron Schroeder, Deacon Chair.

Wednesday Night Ministries is on the horizon and there is still a need for teachers for our youngest children. Please prayerfully consider teaching either the 3 year old class or the 4 yr old – Kindergarten class. Contact Doris Unruh or one of the pastors with your “yes” response to this calling.

Opportunity to help refugees: Lorraine Avenue Mennonite Church in Wichita currently owns a house that is being used as short-term housing for refugee families that are between homes, need a little respite from rent while paying medical bills, etc. Lorraine Avenue expressed an openness to having help with some of the upkeep of the house. Erica Stoltzfus is coordinating a team of 3 people to work on the back/side yard with removing weeds, chopping volunteer trees, etc. on the morning of September 23. To volunteer, or for more information, please contact Erica.

Attention women: I am planning on having a women’s chorus sing at church on October 8. Rehearsals will be on Sept. 27 at 7:30 p.m. and October 4 at 7:00 p.m.​If you are interested in participating or have any questions, please contact me. —Marcene Entz

The 5th annual 2 and 6 mile Goessel Area Harvest Giving Walk will be Sunday, October 1 at 1:30 p.m. leaving from Alexanderwohl Mennonite Church. Mark your calendars and see your recruiters Kevin and Yvette Nickel to sign up to participate. Donations will once again go to support MCC and the local Tabor Church Food Pantry. Please make checks payable to Harvest Giving Walk.

The Great Tabor Celebration Smoke-In is coming the evening of October 8, and we need smokers! If you would like to participate as a meat smoker, please sign up on the bulletin board. This will be a congregational celebration of Tabor’s fundraising for the new building. More details to come, but for now, please sign up if you are interested in smoking some meat. If you have questions, contact Elaine Unruh or Doris Unruh.

Caring Group Potluck. On October 29, everyone is invited to a potluck following Faith Formation in the fellowship hall. Our purpose for this potluck is to gather existing caring groups as well as invite anyone curious about joining a caring group. Pastors Rosie Jantz and Phil Schmidt will lead this time of discussion and fellowship. Hope to see you there.

The Wee Wonders class is looking for several items to add to the wee wonders classroom. We are wondering if you have any of these around your house that you would be willing to donate. Items may be brought to the supply room in the basement. Please talk to Pam Abrahams if you have questions. Items: Full length mirror, 2 plastic dish tubs, play food in good condition, doctor’s kit, large plastic eggs. In addition, please contact Pam if you would be interested in making/donating doll blankets. Thanks!

The Tabor Food Pantry needs your help! Groceries on the shelves are running low and so are funds to purchase gift cards for perishable foods. When you do your grocery shopping, buy a little extra for the food pantry. Every item helps. All items are needed, but immediate needs include Hamburger Helper type meals, spaghetti and spaghetti sauce, pancake mix, applesauce and fruits and much more. There is a box under the table in the foyer where you may place your items, or simply place them in the food pantry room, 113. Thanks for your continued support.

Worship and the Arts Symposium: “Seasons of the Soul: Enacting the Mystery of Faith”, Saturday, November 18 at Bethel College. Registration fee is $40 or $25 per person when 3 or more people from the same congregation register and pay as a group. Fee includes Friday evening performance “Slightly Left of Normal” by resource person Ted Swartz, and Saturday lunch and supper. If you plan to attend and want to be included in the group rate, please contact the church office for details.

The Mennonite Heritage and Agricultural Museum in Goessel is please to have Pastor Willmar T. Harder as the featured speaker for our annual Heritage Lecture. He is currently the pastor of Buhler Mennonite Church (Buhler, KS). Starting at 9:00 a.m. he will present two sessions. 1) “Vivir Bien: Low German Mennonites in Bolivia” and 2) “Kjenn Jie Noch Plautdietsch : Is Mennonite Low German a Dead Language?” There will be a short break in between sessions. The lecture will be held at the Alexanderwohl Mennonite Church Fellowship Hall on Saturday morning Sept. 23, 2017, at 9:00 a.m. This event is free to the public and all are invited to attend.

Conference Announcements

Prayer Requests:

« Western District Conference: Pray for WDC’s Resource Commission as they meet this week to discern ministry goals and direction for the coming year.

« Mennonite Mission Network: Yesterday, the Argentina Mennonite Church began celebrating their centennial anniversary. Pray that God will be glorified as church members and guests worship and remember God’s faithfulness. Pray also that today’s mission rally in the greater Buenos Aires area will introduce people to Jesus in new ways.

« Mennonite Education Agency: Pray for Goshen College students and faculty as the new school year begins.

Western District Conference invites contributions to support our churches in the Houston, TX, area following the hurricane there. 100% of the contributions to the WDC Harvey Relief fund will be distributed directly to WDC congregations in the Houston area, to assist them as they help members and neighbors in their communities. Please make checks payable to WDC, designated for Hurricane Relief, and send to WDC at PO Box 306, North Newton, KS 67117. Contributions may also be made online at mennowdc.org. Thank you for your generosity!

“Fall into a Good Book” with the Conference Resource Library’s Fall Story Hour. Join leader Carol Flickinger for stories, rhymes, and fun Thursdays, Sept. 28 through Nov. 16 at 10:00am. Sign up at crlib or (316)283-6300. Please sign up by September 21

Camp Mennoscah:

—Celebration for Kelly! Kelly Stucky, long-time program director of Senior High Camp, has announced that he is retiring. We will celebrate his 19 years as program director at the Camp Mennoscah annual meeting on October 1st (meeting begins at 5:30pm) and welcome all to attend. Please RSVP online or call us. We also invite everyone to share pictures, notes of gratitude, and memories. These will be gathered into a scrapbook of sorts for Kelly. Send them to via email or mail to Olivia Bartel at Camp Mennoscah. Or, you are welcome to bring them with you!

—Work & Play Camp: Sept. 29-Oct. 3. For folks of all ages. No cost for this retreat! Please let us know you’re coming.

—Scrapbook & Crafts Retreats: Nov. 3-5 and Nov. 15-17.

Information for all retreats at Camp Mennoscah or to register:

Online at www.campmennoscah.org Telephone: 620-297-3290.

Email: office. PO Box 65, Murdock, KS 67111

Contact: olivia.bartel.

The Leadership Development office of Mennonite Church USA is seeking applications for an office manager, currently a two-thirds time position. Primary responsibilities of this position includes maintaining the national database (MennoData) and technical support for the “calling system” which assists pastors, congregations and conferences in the pastoral search process. Successful candidates will be detail oriented with strong computer skills and able to work in a confidential environment. We are committed to diversity among staff and welcome people of diverse backgrounds and abilities to apply. To request a copy of the job description and an application form, contact HR or call 316-281-4257.

MCC Mini Comforter Blitz, Sept. 29 from 9am-5pm and Sept. 30 from 8am-4pm at MCC in North Newton! MCC needs 7000 comforters by November to meet requests from MCC partner organizations in Iraq, North Korea and Syria. We need your help to fulfill requests and spread God’s love and warmth to children and families around the world! Come and go as you are able and bring your friends and family! You are welcome to bring a snack to share. Please bring a sack lunch/supper. Drinks will be provided. RSVP for childcare to Comforter Blitz committee member Kara Klingenberg (text or call) 620.983.9003. Check katemast, 316.283.2720.

Urgent! MCC Mobile Meat Cannery Volunteer Needed! MCC urgently seeks a volunteer that is at least 21 years old to work with the meat canner! Truck driving skills are ideal, but MCC is willing to provide training as well. The meat canning season starts up in October, please help MCC fill this vital need. For more information, please contact John Hillegass at johnhillegass or (717) 859-1151.

MCC responds to Hurricane Irma damage in Cuba and Haiti: Hurricane Irma tore roofs from houses in Cuba and dashed houses to the ground. In Haiti, Irma’s rain turned into flash floods that rushed into houses and caused families to escape in waist-high water. In both countries, crops, gardens and livestock were destroyed. Your gift to Mennonite Central Committee helps people in Cuba to rebuild and people in Haiti to recover. You can donate online at donate.mcc.org/cause/hurricane-irma-response. Contributions can also be made by calling 1-888-563-4676 or sending a check to MCC, 21 S. 12th St., PO Box 500, Akron, PA 17501.

Jesus calls us to visit the prisoner! At Hutchinson Correctional Facility there are over 50 inmates who are waiting for a visit. Through Offender/Victim Ministries’ M-2 Program, you have the opportunity to visit an inmate one evening a month. New volunteer training for M-2 will be on Monday, Sept. 18 at 12:00pm at Hutch Correctional Facility or Tuesday, Sept. 19 at 6:30pm at Bethel College Mennonite Church, North Newton. Please contact Ben Kreider for more information at ben or (316) 281 5244.

Hesston College: Come to Hesston College for A Hesston College Homecoming, Sept. 22 to 24. The weekend is full of events celebrating the college’s community and international presence, including a children’s festival, Global Tastings meal, and international music concert,

Sept. 23. Go tohesston.edu/homecoming for a full weekend schedule, event descriptions and registration.

You are Invited! Come to the Grace Hill Mennonite Church for our 2nd Annual Hog Roast – Sunday, September 24, 5-8pm. Come for Food, Yard Games, Fellowship, & Music. Free will donation for area food banks. See you there!

Sept. 17 annc.pdf

Church Campout Schedule 2017.pdf

Sept. 10 Announcements and Tabor Campout Schedule

Church Campout: Come to Camp Mennoscah on September 16-17 for our church retreat focusing on the theme: “Stories of Hope.” Michael Unruh will lead campfire on Saturday evening, Michelle Unruh will lead music throughout the weekend, and Cleo Koop and others will share stories of Hope on Sunday morning. Please return registration forms (found in mailboxes or on the table in the foyer) to the box in the foyer by this Sunday, September 10. We hope that everyone can join us, even if just for Sunday morning. If you need a ride to Camp Mennoscah church Campout on Sunday morning, please contact Keith Banman. He has room for up to 5 people.

Call to Prayer: I invite everyone to come pray with me on either Tuesday morning at 9:15am or Thursday morning at 7am (choose whichever day/time works best with your schedule). We will be praying through the Anabaptist Prayer Book. If you have a copy, please bring it. If not, please come anyway (we have extra copies at church). My hope is that these two times will be conducive for most people. That being said, if you would like to join in community prayer, but these times don’t work for you, please let me know and we can either adjust times or add a third option on Fridays. I look forward to seeing how God’s Spirit moves as we pray together! ~Pastor Phil

Congregational Announcements

Tabor Trading Post: Thanks to everyone who made and offered items, and purchased items at the Tabor Trading Post! The Facilities Fund graph in the bulletin reflects an additional $813 raised by the children! Please see the Trading Post bulletin board in the foyer for more opportunities to donate. Anyone is welcome to post additional items and services.

Stories & Stuff: Welcome to another year of Stories & Stuff. Our first gathering will include a demonstration of water dowsing with Paul Graber. Meet in the south rooms on Thursday, September 14 at 10 a.m. Everyone is welcome!

Wednesday Night Ministries is on the horizon and there is still a need for teachers for our youngest children. Please prayerfully consider teaching either the 3 year old class or the 4 yr old – Kindergarten class. Contact Doris Unruh or one of the pastors with your “yes” response to this calling.

Opportunity to help refugees: Lorraine Avenue Mennonite Church in Wichita currently owns a house that is being used as short-term housing for refugee families that are between homes, need a little respite from rent while paying medical bills, etc. Lorraine Avenue expressed an openness to having help with some of the upkeep of the house. Erica Stoltzfus is coordinating a team of 3 people to work on the back/side yard with removing weeds, chopping volunteer trees, etc. on the morning of September 23. To volunteer, or for more information, please contact Erica.

The 5th annual 2 and 6 mile Goessel Area Harvest Giving Walk will be Sunday, October 1 at 1:30 p.m. leaving from Alexanderwohl Mennonite Church. Mark your calendars and see your recruiters Kevin and Yvette Nickel to sign up to participate. Donations will once again go to support MCC and the local Tabor Church Food Pantry. Please make checks payable to Harvest Giving Walk.

Attention women: I am planning on having a women’s chorus sing at church on October 8. Rehearsals will be on Sept. 27 at 7:30 p.m. and October 4 at 7:00 p.m.​If you are interested in participating or have any questions, please contact me. —Marcene Entz

The Great Tabor Celebration Smoke-In is coming the evening of October 8, and we need smokers! If you would like to participate as a meat smoker, please sign up on the bulletin board. This will be a congregational celebration of Tabor’s fundraising for the new building. More details to come, but for now, please sign up if you are interested in smoking some meat. If you have questions, contact Elaine Unruh or Doris Unruh.

Caring Group Potluck. On October 29, everyone is invited to potluck following Faith Formation in the fellowship hall. Our purpose for this potluck is to gather existing caring groups as well as invite anyone curious about joining a caring group. Pastors Rosie Jantz and Phil Schmidt will lead this time of discussion and fellowship. Hope to see you there.

Help Needed: 4 Tractor Drivers to drive the Parking Lot Shuttle at the State Fair Thurs., Sept. 14. Times needed: 4-7 pm; and 7-9:30 pm. FREE TICKET. To volunteer, see Jerry Toews.

The Wee Wonders class is looking for several items to add to the wee wonders classroom. We are wondering if you have any of these around your house that you would be willing to donate. Items may be brought to the supply room in the basement. Please talk to Pam Abrahams if you have questions. Items: Full length mirror, 2 plastic dish tubs, play food in good condition, doctor’s kit, large plastic eggs. In addition, please contact Pam if you would be interested in making/donating doll blankets. Thanks!

Saint Francis Community Services is in need of new or gently used clothing for kids of all ages entering foster care. If you have some hand-me-downs you’d be willing to donate, please get them to Mandy Funk.

The Tabor Food Pantry needs your help! Groceries on the shelves are running low and so are funds to purchase gift cards for perishable foods. When you do your grocery shopping, buy a little extra for the food pantry. Every item helps. All items are needed, but immediate needs include Hamburger Helper type meals, spaghetti and spaghetti sauce, pancake mix, applesauce and fruits and much more. There is a box under the table in the foyer where you may place your items, or simply place them in the food pantry room, 113. Thanks for your continued support.

The Second Monday Family History and Genealogy Group will be meeting Mon, Sept. 11, 7:00 p.m., in the Goessel museum Preparatory School. Steve Fast, will share information on which version of the Mennonite genealogical database to choose and how to use each one. The meeting is free and open to the public.

Worship and the Arts Symposium: “Seasons of the Soul: Enacting the Mystery of Faith”, Saturday, November 18 at Bethel College. Registration fee is $40 or $25 per person when 3 or more people from the same congregation register and pay as a group. Fee includes Friday evening performance “Slightly Left of Normal” by resource person Ted Swartz, and Saturday lunch and supper. If you plan to attend and want to be included in the group rate, please contact the church office for details.

Conference Announcements

Prayer Requests:

« Western District Conference: Pray for a meeting hosted by WDC next weekend in Dallas, TX, to promote the Seminario Bíblico Anabautista Hispano (SeBAH) theological training program for accreditation purposes.

« Mennonite Mission Network: MMN requests prayer for Mennonite Church Nigeria’s youth who will begin gathering Wednesday for their five-day national camp. Pray for Psalmist Ekpedeme Jackson, their president, as he leads the young people in worship, Bible study, training in peacebuilding and reconciliation, and in business development principles.

« Mennonite Education Agency: Pray for Goshen College students and faculty as the new school year begins.

« Mennonite Disaster Service: Remember and pray for those impacted by Hurricane Harvey as well as those being threatened by Hurricane Irma. Pray also for those affected by the wildfires in the western U.S. Dozens of fires are burning across eight western states, including the largest ever recorded in the Los Angeles area.

Western District Conference invites contributions to support our churches in the Houston, TX, area following the hurricane there. 100% of the contributions to the WDC Harvey Relief fund will be distributed directly to WDC congregations in the Houston area, to assist them as they help members and neighbors in their communities. Please make checks payable to WDC, designated for Hurricane Relief, and send to WDC at PO Box 306, North Newton, KS 67117. Contributions may also be made online at mennowdc.org. Thank you for your generosity!

West Zion Mennonite Church, Moundridge, will host a benefit concert for Mennonite Disaster Service, at 2 pm on September 10. No admission. Free-will offering entirely for MDS to aid in recovery efforts in Texas & Louisiana.

“Fall into a Good Book” with the Conference Resource Library’s Fall Story Hour. Join leader Carol Flickinger for stories, rhymes, and fun Thursdays, Sept. 28 through Nov. 16 at 10:00am. Sign up at crlib or (316)283-6300. Please sign up by September 21

Camp Mennoscah:

—Work & Play Camp: Sept. 29-Oct. 3. For folks of all ages. No cost for this retreat! Please let us know you’re coming.

—Camp Mennoscah’s Annual Meeting: Oct. 1 at 5:30pm. Everyone is invited. RSVP.

—Scrapbook & Crafts Retreats: Nov. 3-5 and Nov. 15-17.

Information for all retreats at Camp Mennoscah or to register:

Online at www.campmennoscah.org

Telephone: 620-297-3290.

Email: office.

Contact: olivia.bartel.

#ActionAlert from MCC – All the Mennonite Central Committee Material Resource Centers in the U.S. need a combined total of 7000 comforters by November! Yes, you read that right, 7000 comforters are needed to fulfill the requests from MCC partner organizations in Iraq, North Korea and Syria!

MCC is providing relief assistance in Nepal, India and Bangladesh after two weeks of severe monsoon rains displaced more than 1.7 million people and killed 1,246 in the region. We are working with partners to provide emergency food, water, tarps, mosquito nets and hygiene kits to those affected. MCC welcomes your support for our relief work in the area. www.mcc.org/south-asia-flood-relief

Save the Dates for the MCC Mini Comforter Blitz September 29 & 30 at the MCC Material Resources Center in North Newton, Kansas! MCC is in need of 7000 comforters to meet our partner requests by November. Requests for comforters from areas affected by current natural disasters will make that number climb higher. Check katemast, 316.283.2720.

IBA Benefit Dinner: The annual Instituto Bíblico Anabautista (IBA) benefit dinner will take place Fri., Sept. 15, 6:30 pm at First Mennonite Church in Newton. Dinner is by donation. IBA is a program of Mennonite Education Agency’s Hispanic Ministries for Leadership Development and Pastoral Education. For any inquires contact Violeta Ajquejay at:VioletaA or call 316-281-4342

Jesus calls us to visit the prisoner! At Hutchinson Correctional Facility there are over 50 inmates who are waiting for a visit. Through Offender/Victim Ministries’

M-2 Program, you have the opportunity to visit an inmate one evening a month. New volunteer training for M-2 will be on Monday, Sept. 18 at 12:00pm at Hutch Correctional Facility or Tuesday, Sept. 19 at 6:30pm at Bethel College Mennonite Church, North Newton. Please contact Ben Kreider for more information at ben or (316) 281 5244.

Bethel College:

Sun., Sept. 10 – Rachel Waltner Goossen, professor of history at Washburn University, will speak on “The Great War and Legacies of Peace Witness,” to introduce the special exhibit “Voices of Conscience: Peace Witness in the Great War,” 3 p.m., Kauffman Museum. Opening reception for the exhibit is at 4 p.m.

Tues., Sept. 12 – KIPCOR 30th-anniversary celebration continues with Leonard Pitts Jr., 7 p.m., Memorial Hall at Bethel College. Pitts will speak on “What Now? America in the Age of Trump,” and sign copies of his books.

Hesston College: Registration closes Sept. 11 for A Hesston College Homecoming, Sept. 22 to 24. Don’t miss the 26th annual two-mile run/walk: The Manickam Mosey, typically a Thanksgiving weekend tradition, now moved to Homecoming on Sept. 23. Race registration available athesston.edu/2mile. See the full weekend schedule, event descriptions and registration athesston.edu/homecoming.

Getting ready to retire? Everence® Financial will present informational seminars this fall to help you make informed decisions. An overview of Medicare will go over what’s covered (and what’s not), enrollment deadlines and plans that supplement Medicare. It will be offered at 6:30 p.m. Sept. 11 and Nov. 6. Retirement income strategy will help you think through your retirement income and expenses, discuss risks than can impact your savings, and strategies to help your income last throughout retirement. It will be offered at 6:30 p.m. Oct. 2 and Dec. 4. All seminars will be at Everence Financial Advisors, 3179 N. Main St., North Newton. To reserve your spot, contact Michelle Ramer at (316) 283-3800, (877) 467-7294 or michelle.ramer.

Sept. 10 annc.pdf

Tabor Campout 2017 Schedule.pdf

Sept. 3 announcements

Congregational Announcements

MCC Benefit: Elma Goertz is dispersing household “stuff” (furniture, kitchen items, books, yard, workshop, etc. etc. etc.) through an open house/benefit at her home at 205 Wheat Street in Goessel. Everything will be available by donation and all proceeds will benefit Mennonite Central Committee. Dorothy, Naomi and Emily will be home to do this over Labor Day weekend, so please stop by to say “hi” and perhaps pick up a few things. Hours for this event are: Fri, Sept 1, 9am-8pm; Sat, Sept 2, 9am-6pm; Sun, Sept 3, 1-6pm; Mon, Sept 4, 9am-6pm. -the family of Elma Goertz

Women’s Community Bible Study: Starting August 31, all women are invited to the Goessel Mennonite Church for an 11 week long video series bible study called Breaking Free by Beth Moore. We will start at 6:30. Childcare is available for $5 per hour per child.

Stories & Stuff: Welcome to another year of Stories & Stuff. Our first gathering will include a demonstration of water dowsing with Paul Graber. Meet in the south rooms on Thursday, September 14 at 10 a.m. Everyone is welcome!

Help Needed: 6 Tractor Drivers to drive the Parking Lot Shuttle at the State Fair Thurs., Sept. 14. Times needed: 1-4 pm; 4-7 pm; and 7-9:30 pm. FREE TICKET. To volunteer, see Jerry Toews.

Church Campout: Come to Camp Mennoscah on September 16-17 for our church retreat focusing on the theme: “Stories of Hope.” Please return registration forms (found in mailboxes or on the table in the foyer) to the box in the foyer by September 10. We hope that everyone can join us, even if just for Sunday morning.

Saint Francis Community Services is in need of new or gently used clothing for kids of all ages entering foster care. If you have some hand-me-downs you’d be willing to donate, please get them to Mandy Funk.

Thank you for your donations to the Tabor Food Pantry this summer. Every time our shelves seemed to empty, groceries were donated to replenish in time for the next client. The pantry has seen frequent use throughout the summer and needs of our clients and new clients continue. Most needed are: oatmeal, boxed meals (Hamburger Helper/Rice-a-Roni type meals), canned tuna and chicken, soups, mashed and boxed potatoes, rice, cereal, pancake mix, syrup, cake mix, canned fruits, apple sauce, spaghetti and spaghetti sauce, tomatoes, mixed vegetables (we have plenty of green beans, corn and peas), dish soap, laundry soap, shampoo, and paper grocery bags. Our checking account to purchase gift cards to Keith’s Foods for perishable grocery items is also running low. Cash donations are appreciated as well. Thank you for your continued support of this community ministry. Those who use the Food Pantry are very appreciative.

The Second Monday Family History and Genealogy Group will be meeting Monday, September 11, 7:00 p.m., in the Goessel museum Preparatory School. Steve Fast, director of museums in Hillsboro, will speak on “The Battle of the Grandmas.” He will share information on which version of the Mennonite genealogical database to choose and how to use each one. The meeting is free and open to the public.

Worship and the Arts Symposium: “Seasons of the Soul: Enacting the Mystery of Faith”, Saturday, November 18 at Bethel College. Registration fee is $40 or $25 per person when 3 or more people from the same congregation register and pay as a group. Fee includes Friday evening performance “Slightly Left of Normal” by resource person Ted Swartz, and Saturday lunch and supper. If you plan to attend and want to be included in the group rate, please contact the church office for details.

Garden Produce: If you have extra garden produce that you would like to share, please leave it on the table in the foyer. Anyone may take some home. You may leave a donation for the food pantry ministry.

Conference Announcements

Prayer Requests:

« Western District Conference: Pray for WDC congregations in Texas, as they cope with the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey, and for all who are responding with assistance and support for flood victims.

« Mennonite Mission Network: Janie and Neal Blough of Mennonite Mission Network have committed most of their adult lives to ministry in France. Pray for them as they continue to share the good news of Jesus through lectures, workshops, and in worshiping with their multicultural congregation, a visible witness to the “healing of the nations.”

Western District Conference

Responding to aftermath of Hurricane Harvey: Please pray for WDC’s 14 congregations and church plants in Texas, particularly for those most impacted by flooding in the Houston area. Associate Conference Minister Byron Pellecer is keeping in contact with WDC pastors and with Mennonite Disaster Service (MDS), as we continue to assess how WDC can best offer support. MDS is accepting financial donations for hurricane response at https://www.mds.mennonite.net. See also this article from The Mennonite at https://themennonite.org/daily-news/reports-houston-mennonites-path-tropical-storm-harvey/

The Upside-Down King Bible Study – Several years ago The Upside-Down King musical by Doug and Jude Krehbiel and Carol Duerksen was presented in several locations in Western District and also the Mennonite Church USA convention in Columbus, Ohio. Carol Duerksen has now written a Bible study that continues to share Jesus’ message as found in Luke’s gospel.

Camp Mennoscah:

—Work & Play Camp: Sept. 29-Oct. 3. For folks of all ages. On Sunday, Oct. 1, we’ll break from our routine with worship and the annual meeting. Come for a day or for the full camp. NO COST for this retreat! Please let us know you’re coming.

Camp Mennoscah’s Annual Meeting is Oct. 1 at 5:30pm in the Camp Mennoscah dining hall. Everyone is invited. Please RSVP. More information coming soon!

—Scrapbook & Crafts Retreats: Nov. 3-5 and Nov. 15-17.

Information for all retreats at Camp Mennoscah or to register:

Online at www.campmennoscah.org Telephone: 620-297-3290.

Email: office.

Contact: olivia.bartel.

#ActionAlert from MCC – All the Mennonite Central Committee Material Resource Centers in the U.S. need a combined total of 7000 comforters by November! Yes, you read that right, 7000 comforters are needed to fulfill the requests from MCC partner organizations in Iraq, North Korea and Syria! Save the dates to join the effort at the MCC Mini Comforter Blitz at the MCC Center in North Newton on September 29 and 30. Check katemast, 316.283.2720.

MCC has heard a call from many churches and individuals to work at gun violence prevention, in all of its forms. Suicide is among other parts of this work, as 2/3 of all gun deaths in the US are suicide. MCC is anxious to hear from others as we begin to work at this. Please share your voice with us in this survey, about your experiences with and perspectives of gun violence, so that we can understand how best to work with churches and communities on this topic. ike AND/OR ​Jessica Buller at​ jessicabuller

In recognition of the 100th anniversary of the “war to end all wars,” the National World War I museum in Kansas City is hosting a symposium on resistance and conscientious objection leading up to and during WWI. “Remembering Muted Voices” is Oct. 19-22 and explores the whole range of people who objected to and resisted WWI, from religious persons to socialists to suffragists. Registration is $125, with $99 early bird registration available through Sept. 8. Co-sponsors for the symposium include Mennonite Central Committee, Mennonite Historical Society, The Mennonite Quarterly Review, and Rainbow Mennonite Church. For more information, see https://www.theworldwar.org/learn/remembering-muted-voices

The annual MCC Flatlander Bike Ride will be held on Saturday, September 16, originating at the Mennonite Central Committee (MCC) offices, 121 East 30th, N. Newton. The registration brochure is available in the church office or on the MCC website: mcc.org/get-involved/events/mcc-flatlander-bicycle-ride. Contributions for this MCC project from non-bikers should be made payable to MCC; “Flatlander Bike Ride” written on the memo line; and sent to: MCC, PO Box 235, N. Newton, KS 67117.

Save the Date—IBA Benefit Dinner: The annual Instituto Bíblico Anabautista (IBA) benefit dinner will take place Fri., Sept. 15, 6:30 pm at First Mennonite Church in Newton. Dinner is by donation. IBA is a program of Mennonite Education Agency’s Hispanic Ministries for Leadership Development and Pastoral Education. For any inquires contact Violeta Ajquejay at:VioletaA or call 316-281-4342

Jesus calls us to visit the prisoner! At Hutchinson Correctional Facility there are over 50 inmates who are waiting for a visit. Through Offender/Victim Ministries’ M-2 Program, you have the opportunity to visit an inmate one evening a month. New volunteer training for M-2 will be on Monday, Sept. 18 at 12:00pm at Hutch Correctional Facility or Tuesday, Sept. 19 at 6:30pm at Bethel College Mennonite Church, North Newton. Please contact Ben Kreider for more information at ben or (316) 281 5244.

Bethel College:

Centering Prayer will not meet Mon., Sept. 4 (Labor Day), but continues most Mondays from noon-1 p.m. in Agape Center in Richert House on the Bethel College campus. For more information, contact Nathan Koontz, 2nathankoontz, or Melanie Zuercher, mzuercher.

Sun., Sept. 10 – Rachel Waltner Goossen, professor of history at Washburn University, will speak on “The Great War and Legacies of Peace Witness,” to introduce the special exhibit “Voices of Conscience: Peace Witness in the Great War,” 3 p.m., Kauffman Museum. Opening reception for the exhibit is at 4 p.m.

Tues., Sept. 12 – KIPCOR 30th-anniversary celebration continues with Leonard Pitts Jr., 7 p.m., Memorial Hall at Bethel College. Pitts will speak on “What Now? America in the Age of Trump,” and sign copies of his books.

Hesston College:

Don’t miss out on the fun and learning planned for all ages and the whole community during A Hesston College Homecoming Sept. 22 to 24. The “Grounded in Community, Globally Engaged” weekend will speak to the tradition of a strong campus community, the college’s role in the larger community, and the global perspectives and connections Hesston College maintains. The inauguration of Hesston’s ninth president, Dr. Joseph A. Manickam, will also take place. Go to hesston.edu/homecoming for a full weekend schedule, event descriptions and registration.

Getting ready to retire? Everence® Financial will present informational seminars this fall to help you make informed decisions. An overview of Medicare will go over what’s covered (and what’s not), enrollment deadlines and plans that supplement Medicare. It will be offered at 6:30 p.m. Sept. 11 and Nov. 6. Retirement income strategy will help you think through your retirement income and expenses, discuss risks than can impact your savings, and strategies to help your income last throughout retirement. It will be offered at 6:30 p.m. Oct. 2 and Dec. 4. All seminars will be at Everence Financial Advisors, 3179 N. Main St., North Newton. To reserve your spot, contact Michelle Ramer at (316) 283-3800, (877) 467-7294 or michelle.ramer.

Parkinson’s Support Group: The Parkinson’s Support Group will meet at Kidron Bethel Tuesday, September 5, at 2:00 p.m. All are invited to hear Jim Schrag share his journey with Parkinson’s Disease.

The FloraKansas Fall Native Plant Sale will be held September 8 to 10 at Dyck Arboretum of the Plains in Hesston. Kansas’ largest native plant sale offering many species of wildflowers and grasses many of which are rare in cultivation. Memberships to the Arboretum can be obtained on the day of the sale. Arboretum members receive a 10% discount at all arboretum plant sales and may participate in the members only pre-sale on Thursday, September 7 from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. For more information, call 620-327-8127 or visit www.dyckarboretum.org.

Sept. 3 annc.pdf

Aug 27 announcements

The Tabor Trading Post will be open August 27 immediately following faith formation. Anyone may make something to sell or may offer a service. Children have already made flower pots, jewelry, artwork and more. Proceeds from this event support our building fund.

Mennograss will take place this Sunday, August 27. Food will be served beginning at 5:30 pm and live music will begin around 6 pm. We invite everyone who comes to bring lawn chairs, table service and a side dish or dessert to share.

Notes of Appreciation

Thank you so much to everyone who helped fund my up coming trip to Ecuador. Last weeks potato meal raised $2,394. ~Karina Brandt

Thanks to the cheery, hard-working folks from Tabor who volunteered at Camp Mennoscah this summer. Some of these generous people gave a few days. Some gave weeks of their summer. We are grateful to these folks and the many others not listed here who have donated time, skills and money to Camp Mennoscah. Some of our volunteers asked not to be acknowledged, others left the church information blank, and we may have missed a few; here are the names we have from Tabor: Karina Brandt, Mark Schmidt, Sarah Booth, Sarahanne Unruh, Carrie Unruh. ~The Camp Mennoscah Staff

Congregational Announcements

"Followers Retreat": Join Tabor’s "followers (of Jesus) retreat" on Wednesday, August 30 from 6-9:30 p.m. in the Fellowship Hall. Please eat supper before you come. Snacks will be provided. Our focus will be group discussion on the theme of "Commitment to the Body of Christ." Everyone is encouraged and welcome to attend! Outlines for the evening were emailed to you or placed in mailboxes. Additional copies are available on the table in the foyer.

Two deacon positions to fill: The deacons are asking you to submit names of persons whom we could invite into a discernment process to consider serving in the role of deacon for Tabor Church. Send your suggestions to deacon chair Ron Schroeder (nanron), 620-345-8703, or any of the deacons, by August 31.

MCC Benefit: Elma Goertz is dispersing household “stuff” (furniture, kitchen items, books, yard, workshop, etc. etc. etc.) through an open house/benefit at her home at 205 Wheat Street in Goessel. Everything will be available by donation and all proceeds will benefit Mennonite Central Committee. Dorothy, Naomi and Emily will be home to do this over Labor Day weekend, so please stop by to say “hi” and perhaps pick up a few things. Hours for this event are: Fri, Sept 1, 9am-8pm; Sat, Sept 2, 9am-6pm; Sun, Sept 3, 1-6pm; Mon, Sept 4, 9am-6pm.

-the family of Elma Goertz

Help Needed: 6 Tractor Drivers to drive the Parking Lot Shuttle at the State Fair Thurs., Sept. 14. Times needed: 1-4 pm; 4-7 pm; and 7-9:30 pm. FREE TICKET. To volunteer, see Jerry Toews.

Church Campout: Come to Camp Mennoscah on September 16-17 for our church retreat focusing on the theme: "Stories of Hope." Please return registration forms (found in mailboxes or on the table in the foyer) to the box in the foyer.

We hope that everyone can join us, even if just for Sunday morning.

Thank you for your donations to the Tabor Food Pantry this summer. Every time our shelves seemed to empty, groceries were donated to replenish in time for the next client. The pantry has seen frequent use throughout the summer and needs of our clients and new clients continue. Most needed are: oatmeal, boxed meals (Hamburger Helper/Rice-a-Roni type meals), canned tuna and chicken, soups, mashed and boxed potatoes, rice, cereal, pancake mix, syrup, cake mix, canned fruits, apple sauce, spaghetti and spaghetti sauce, tomatoes, mixed vegetables (we have plenty of green beans, corn and peas), dish soap, laundry soap, shampoo, and paper grocery bags. Our checking account to purchase gift cards to Keith’s Foods for perishable grocery items is also running low. Cash donations are appreciated as well. Thank you for your continued support of this community ministry. Those who use the Food Pantry are very appreciative.

Garden Produce: If you have extra garden produce that you would like to share, please leave it on the table in the foyer. Anyone may take some home. You may leave a donation for the food pantry ministry.

Conference Announcements

Prayer Requests:

« Western District Conference: Pray for Stephen Wilcox as he is installed today at First Mennonite Church in Halstead, that God will bless his ministry as a new pastor in WDC.

« Mennonite Mission Network: Deb Byler, based in the Indiana office, has served MMN in worker care for many years. Now, she is returning to Guatemala to minister alongside women leaders in the Kekchi Mennonite Church. Pray for Deb as she renews relationships and encourages women to use their gifts.

« Mennonite Disaster Service: Please pray for those in the path Hurricane Harvey. The storm is projected to stall across southeast Texas and dump 10 to 20 inches of rain over portions of the state for several days after it makes landfall. Pray for safety and limited flooding for those in the path of the storm.

Western District Conference

It’s not too late to register for the womens/girls retreat at Camp Mennoscah September 8-10! Find the schedule and registration forms on the bulletin board in the foyer or online at mennowdc.org/calendar/. Offering on Sunday morning will go to Mennonite Women USA. We’ll be celebrating 100 years of Mennonite Women Friday evening with a drama and hymn sing, lots of fun seminars and activities for girls age 3rd grade on up and women of all ages, swimming and water aerobics, campfire, giant coloring sheets, catered meals, spiritual directors available and Barb Krehbiel Gehring as our featured speaker on "Together: Rooted and Reaching." Come join us!

Camp Mennoscah:

—What a roof-raising success! The annual Camp Sing for Camp Mennoscah event raised $3465 for upgrading the sound system at Camp Mennoscah. Thank you for your generosity, your smiles, your prayers, and for supporting Camp Mennoscah!

—Camp Mennoscah invites you to our Mental Health Spiritual Retreat, September 3-4. The retreat will have time to relax, sessions on the theme of Branching Out, a hayrack ride, crafts, and great conversations. All affected by mental illness–including family, friends, and advocates–are welcome! It’s going to be a wonderful time!

—It’s an adventure! Camp Mennoscah’s Work & Play Camp is gearing up for 5 days of adventuresome projects and people. From Sept. 29-Oct. 3, we’ll be conquering mountains (of tasks) and facing down hordes (during coffee breaks) and having a grand time. The only thing that could make it better is if you were there, too! This camp is for all ages, all people who love Camp Mennoscah, and for anyone who likes the satisfaction of completing projects. There is no cost for this retreat and attendees are welcome to come for a day or the whole adventure. Please let us know that you are coming.

—Scrapbook and Crafts Retreats at Camp Mennoscah! There are two retreats this fall, Nov. 3-5 and Nov. 17-19, for those who are yearning for time to crop and craft. These retreats sometimes fill up and we’d be sad not to see you there. Register online or contact us for a paper form. It’s always a great time!

Here’s what’s up with the new playground structure at Camp Mennoscah. We’re going with a wooden structure similar to the previous "whale" structure because we think it better fits the Camp Mennoscah ambiance and natural setting. Our artistic architect Aaron is working with a structural engineer and things are moving forward. We do not have a timeline yet, but we will have a whale of a party when we finally have our fishy friend back. (Yes, we do know that a whale is not a fish.)

Information for all retreats at Camp Mennoscah or to register:

Online at www.campmennoscah.org

Telephone: 620-297-3290.

Email: office.

Contact: olivia.bartel.

Save the Date—IBA Benefit Dinner: The annual Instituto Bíblico Anabautista (IBA) benefit dinner will take place Fri., Sept. 15, 6:30 pm at First Mennonite Church in Newton. A smothered pork burrito dinner will be prepared and served by Chef Carlos Lujano. A short program will follow, featuring testimony from IBA students Vicky Velazquez and Jose Suastegui, a dance performance by the children of Iglesia Menonita Casa Betania and some words and greetings from our new director, Marco Güete. Dinner is by donation. This is a great opportunity for a Sunday School class, small group or individuals to come and hear how IBA is equipping 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 at:VioletaA@MennoniteEducation.org or call 316-281-4342

The Mennonite, Inc. welcomes your original submissions and contributions for our Nov. 2017 print magazine issue and corresponding online content focusing on Transition. Submissions are due to Editor@TheMennonite.org no later than Sept. 8. More details can be found online: https://themennonite.org/november-transitions/

Join us for MCC Lunch & Learn TOMORROW Monday, August 28 at MCC in North Newton! Historian Ben Goossen will discuss how narratives of Mennonite identity and history can help align Anabaptists with mainstream American culture and white privilege. To what extent do stories of martyrdom and separation from the world prevent us from engaging inequality in our own churches and beyond? Unfortunately, the RSVP deadline for lunch has passed, but please join us and bring your own lunch along! This informal talk will go from 12pm-1pm with further discussion going past 1pm if there’s interest. Questions? Call Patsy at 316.283.2720. Please plan to join us!

The annual MCC Flatlander Bike Ride will be held on Saturday, September 16, originating at the Mennonite Central Committee (MCC) offices, 121 East 30th, N. Newton. This year’s ride will raise funds for a MCC water development project in India. Rides of approximately 35, 45, and 65 miles, as well as a shorter family ride, are planned. Informational brochures are available through the church office. The brochure is also available on the MCC website: mcc.org/get-involved/events/mcc-flatlander-bicycle-ride. Or, you can register on-line at that website. Both bikers and contributors are needed! Contributions for this MCC project from non-bikers should be made payable to MCC; “Flatlander Bike Ride” written on the memo line; and sent to: MCC, PO Box 235, N. Newton, KS 67117. A brochure is posted on the bulletin board. Additional brochures available upon request from the church office.

Bethel College:

The Life Enrichment Program at Bethel College for Fall semester 2017 begins on August 30 and ends November 15. This program is designed especially for persons 60 and above. A brochure has been posted on the bulletin board.

Today (Sun., Aug. 27) – Ben Goossen will speak on “Are Mennonites German? Religion and Nationalism in the Global Diaspora,” and sign his book Chosen Nation: Mennonites and Germany in a Global Era (2017), 3 p.m., Kauffman Museum (books will be available for purchase in the museum store).

Sat., Sept. 2 – Kauffman Museum First-Saturday Bird Walk. Join experienced birders Gregg Friesen and Rod Wedel at 7 a.m. in the museum parking lot for a walk of 1 to 1.5 hours. Please be aware this is mostly on an unpaved trail and the terrain is sometimes sloping or steep.

Over Labor Day weekend, Rocky Mountain Mennonite Camp is having the annual Labor Day Work & Play Retreat at no monetary cost to you – only your time! The retreat begins Fri. evening, Sept. 1 around 7pm. On Sat., Sept. 2 all participants help with projects around camp for the day. These projects include helping prepare meals/doing dishes, working with the spruce beetle trees, cleaning the dining hall chairs after a very busy summer, and other winterizing projects to prepare camp for the coming snow season. Sun., Sept. 3 will be the day to play and enjoy camp. Stay till Monday morning if you’re able, as we will offer breakfast before your departure. Register online for the retreat or call camp to register or with questions (719-687-9506). We hope you can join us!

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August 20 Announcements

The road west of the church from K-15 to the east corner of the church is currently in the process of being paved. You may drive this road to come to Tabor Church. Lanes and shoulders may be uneven and drop off, so please drive with caution.

THIS SUNDAY:

Karina’s Journey to Ecuador: Karina Brandt will be traveling to Ecuador to do missionary work with Mennonite Mission Network in 2017-2018. Plan to stay for the noon fundraiser meal on Sunday, August 20. Your generous donations to help with expenses for this mission experience will be greatly appreciated!

All Teacher In-Service: All Sunday morning and Wednesday evening teachers for adults and children will meet on Sunday, August 20, 3:30-5 p.m. Pastor Phil Schmidt will lead the input with others contributing. Faspa will be served.

Congregational Announcements

The Tabor Trading Post will be open August 27 immediately following faith formation. Anyone may make something to sell or may offer a service. Children have already made flower pots, jewelry, artwork and more. Proceeds from this event support our building fund. Adults who want table space at the Trading Post should contact Carol Duerksen.

Mennograss will take place on Sunday, August 27. Food will be served beginning at 5:30 pm and live music will begin around 6 pm. We invite everyone who comes to bring lawn chairs, table service and a side dish or dessert to share.

“Followers Retreat”: Join Tabor’s “followers (of Jesus) retreat” on Wednesday, August 30 from 6-9:30 p.m. in the Fellowship Hall. Please eat supper before you come. Snacks will be provided. Our focus will be group discussion on the theme of “Commitment to the Body of Christ.” Everyone is encouraged and welcome to attend!

Two deacon positions to fill: The deacons are asking you to submit names of persons whom we could invite into a discernment process to consider serving in the role of deacon for Tabor Church. Send your suggestions to deacon chair Ron Schroeder (nanron), 620-345-8703, or any of the deacons, by August 31.

Church Campout: Come to Camp Mennoscah on September 16-17 for our church retreat focusing on the theme: “Stories of Hope.” Please return registration forms (found in mailboxes or on the table in the foyer) to the box in the foyer.

We hope that everyone can join us, even if just for Sunday morning.

Thank you for your donations to the Tabor Food Pantry this summer. Every time our shelves seemed to empty, groceries were donated to replenish in time for the next client. The pantry has seen frequent use throughout the summer and needs of our clients and new clients continue. Most needed are: oatmeal, boxed meals (Hamburger Helper/Rice-a-Roni type meals), canned tuna and chicken, soups, mashed and boxed potatoes, rice, cereal, pancake mix, syrup, cake mix, canned fruits, apple sauce, spaghetti and spaghetti sauce, tomatoes, mixed vegetables (we have plenty of green beans, corn and peas), dish soap, laundry soap, shampoo, and paper grocery bags. Our checking account to purchase gift cards to Keith’s Foods for perishable grocery items is also running low. Cash donations are appreciated as well. Thank you for your continued support of this community ministry. Those who use the Food Pantry are very appreciative.

Garden Produce: If you have extra garden produce that you would like to share, please leave it on the table in the foyer. Anyone may take some home. You may leave a donation for the food pantry ministry.

Conference Announcements

Prayer Requests:

« Western District Conference: Pray for the WDC Stewardship Commission and Ministerial Leadership Commission, each gathering this week for their first meeting in the new organizational year.

« Mennonite Mission Network: Dan and Kathryn Smith Derksen and their sons spent July in North America speaking on behalf of MMN. Pray for them as they return to South Africa, working with Southern African Development and Reconstruction Agency to achieve 2020 vision: 20 trained conflict mediators in 20 communities by 2020.

« Mennonite Church USA: We call all of Mennonite Church USA to pray for justice and mercy in our nation, that we may grant to all the dignity and respect which they deserve as people loved by God, and for whom Christ died. For full article go to: http://mennoniteusa.org/menno-snapshots/call-prayer-action-response-violence-charlottesville/

Western District Conference

It’s not too late to register for the womens/girls retreat at Camp Mennoscah September 8-10! Find the schedule and registration forms on the bulletin board in the foyer or online at mennowdc.org/calendar/. Offering on Sunday morning will go to Mennonite Women USA. We’ll be celebrating 100 years of Mennonite Women Friday evening with a drama and hymn sing, lots of fun seminars and activities for girls age 3rd grade on up and women of all ages, swimming and water aerobics, campfire, giant coloring sheets, catered meals, spiritual directors available and Barb Krehbiel Gehring as our featured speaker on “Together: Rooted and Reaching.” Come join us!

Camp Mennoscah:

—The Mental Health Spiritual Retreat is September 3-4 and everyone is invited. The theme for the weekend is Branching Out and will include sessions, activities, a hayrack ride, swimming, and time to catch up with friends both old and new.

—Work & Play Camp for all ages at Camp Mennoscah! This service-oriented retreat will take place Sept. 29-Oct. 3 in the wild prairie on the Ninnescah River. We’ll be working on projects that have popped up and having coffee and conversation, too. It’s a great opportunity to be part of our camping ministry and to see Camp Mennoscah in the fall. We’ll have plenty of hot chocolate or iced tea–whatever the weather calls for–and lots of good fellowship. There is no cost for this retreat. Come for one day or for all days!

—Scrapbook and Crafts Retreats are just a couple of months away! All crafty, scrappy, and croppy people are invited to join us for a weekend of creativity, relaxation, conversations with friends, and maybe productivity. It’s whatever you want! Two weekends are offered this fall, Nov. 3-5 and Nov. 17-19.

Information for all retreats at Camp Mennoscah or to register:

Online at www.campmennoscah.org Telephone: 620-297-3290.

Email: office.

Contact: olivia.bartel.

4th biennial Worship and the Arts Symposium: Registration is now open: Sat., Nov. 18, at Bethel College, North Newton, KS, “Seasons of the Soul: Enacting the Mystery of Faith,” with special guest presenter and resource person Ted Swartz. Symposium registration includes Swartz’s performance of “Slightly Left of Normal,” Fri., Nov. 17, in Krehbiel Auditorium (admission charge for non-symposium registrants). Registration discount for groups of 3 or more from a single congregation – for a complete schedule and online registration, see bethelks.edu/worshiparts

The annual MCC Flatlander Bike Ride will be held on Saturday, September 16, originating at the Mennonite Central Committee (MCC) offices, 121 East 30th, N. Newton. This year’s ride will raise funds for a MCC water development project in India. Rides of approximately 35, 45, and 65 miles, as well as a shorter family ride, are planned. Informational brochures are available through the church office. The brochure is also available on the MCC website: mcc.org/get-involved/events/mcc-flatlander-bicycle-ride. Or, you can register on-line at that website. Both bikers and contributors are needed! Contributions for this MCC project from non-bikers should be made payable to MCC; “Flatlander Bike Ride” written on the memo line; and sent to: MCC, PO Box 235, N. Newton, KS 67117. A brochure is posted on the bulletin board. Additional brochures available upon request from the church office.

Circle of Grace training at the Mennonite Central Committee Resource Center: August 24 from 6:30-8:30 p.m. The training helps those working with children understand the Circle of Grace curriculum and how to implement this important resource for child protection. Cost: $20.00 per person. To register email: kathywiens59 or call 316-587-7244.

Earn an MDiv without relocating! Anabaptist Mennonite Biblical Seminary’s Master of Divinity (MDiv) Connect program offers you the chance to pursue a seminary degree right where you live. By taking 13–14 credit hours per year in online and hybrid formats, you can complete the 80-hour program in six years. Scholarships and financial aid are available. www.ambs.edu/mdivconnect

AMBS online short course: Exploring Anabaptist History and Theology: Sept. 13 – Oct. 24, 2017. This Anabaptist Mennonite Biblical Seminary online short course taught by Jamie Pitts, Ph.D., covers the birth and development of 16th-century Anabaptist movements and looks at various interpretations of the meaning of “Anabaptism” today. Cost: $200 before Aug. 23; $250 after. CEUs available. www.ambs.edu/lifelong-learning/anabaptist-short-courses

Bethel College:

—Sun., Aug. 27 – Ben Goossen will speak on “Are Mennonites German? Religion and Nationalism in the Global Diaspora,” and sign his book Chosen Nation: Mennonites and Germany in a Global Era (2017), 3 p.m., Kauffman Museum (books will be available for purchase in the museum store).

Change of Venue – Tues., Sept. 12, 7 p.m.: Leonard Pitts Jr., will speak in Bethel College’s Memorial Hall, a change from previous announcements and some printed material. Pitts will speak on “What Now? America in the Age of Trump,” and sign copies of his books.

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