April 14 announcements

Congregational Announcements

Congratulations to Carol Duerksen, Kristin Schmidt, Denise Nickel, Eunice Nickel, Krista Abrahams and Barb Abrahams for completing the 10 week "Step or Stroke" challenge and earning a Dicks Sporting Goods gift card! Together they logged nearly 4 million steps and strokes! Great job!

Silent Auction: Thanks to the planning and oversight of Brent Abrahams, Tabor Junior Highers made a wooden train over the past several Wednesday evenings. The train is on display in the church foyer and is up for silent auction (proceeds going toward Mennonite Central Committee). Simply write your name and bid on the paper next to the train. The silent auction will conclude on Sunday, April 14 at 9:30am.

Tabor Mennonite Women and girls are invited to the annual Spring Salad Supper on Monday, April 15. Please bring a salad for our meal which will begin at 6:00 p.m. Kim Funk, our speaker for the evening, will present "My Life in Shoes". Walk with Kim as she shares memories evoked by ordinary shoes in an everyday life of hopes, challenges, and dreams. It will be a fantastic evening for all ladies and girls! Invite a friend! Contact Barb Banman if you have questions.

Share an Easter Lily in honor of a loved one on Easter Sunday. Names of those to be honored, along with names of those sharing the lilies need to be turned in to the church office by Wednesday, April 17 to be listed in the bulletin. Lilies need to be brought to the church, clearly marked on the bottom with the name of the donor, and left in the foyer by noon on Saturday, April 20.

Last Supper: Come join us for our Holy Week meal and service at 6pm on Thursday, April 18. As we observe the last supper that Jesus shared with his disciples before his death and resurrection, we also acknowledge that this will be one of the last suppers that we eat in the basement fellowship hall. During the service, as we remember the life and ministry of Jesus, we will also take time to remember many meaningful times of fellowship and worship that have taken place in the space.

Spring Work Day: May 4 is the date set for work day at Tabor. Make plans to help with cleaning and clean-up both indoors and outdoors.

It’s time to register for Vacation Bible School! Our theme is "Who is My Neighbor?" Please register by completing a paper registration form and placing it in Pam Abrahams’ mailbox or completing the online registration by following this link. https://forms.gle/KKisSBpjUgGtZvYU6 Thanks so much! Paper forms are also available on the table in the foyer.

Coming this Summer for the children! "Jesus was a kid like me" will be the theme of our summer faith formation time. Come on out, Detectives, and discover the really cool things that you have in common with Jesus as a boy.

Ministry Map: Everyone is invited to participate in the Ministry Map activity hanging on the wall in the foyer! Simply follow the color-key to place a sticker dot where you live, where you work, where you learn, and where you serve (only put one dot per household, per place of employment, per place of learning, and per place of service). Please ask church staff if you have any questions. Also, feel free to ask anyone for help with handling the tiny dots :).

Tabor Church is on AmazonSmile! Use the direct link https://smile.amazon.com/ch/48-0877687 or search for “Tabor Mennonite Church” in the list of charities at smile.amazon.com to support Tabor’s building project every time you shop. See the April newsletter for more information or ask Yvette Nickel if you have questions.

Summer Day Camp . . . July 9, 10, 11, 16, 17, 18, 23, 24, 25 from 11:45 am to 3:30 pm, including lunch. Sponsored by area churches, this is a free Day Camp for children entering 1st-5th Grade. Transportation from Goessel provided to area churches. More information and enrollment to follow later in April.

Conference Announcements

Prayer Requests:

« Western District Conference: Pray for the WDC Annual Assembly planning team as they envision and prepare for this gathering scheduled for July 26-27, 2019 at Bethel College.

« Mennonite Mission Network: Mary Beyler has spent most of her adult life serving in Japan with MMN. Though she is bringing closure to her ministry there, new doors are still opening for her to point people toward Jesus. Pray God’s blessing on Mary as she says her good-byes in the six months that remain before her retirement..

« Mennonite Education Agency: Give thanks for the generous gifts over the years to establish the Peace Lecture fund at Bethel College’s peacebuilding institute, KIPCOR, making possible this afternoon’s screening of the film This Little Light on the Bethel campus.

Western District Conference:

Save the date! The WDC Annual Assembly will be held July 26-27 at Bethel College in N Newton. Mennonite Church USA Executive Director, Glen Guyton, will be our keynote speaker! More information will be available in May. Everyone’s invited!

Do you know of someone who has gifts, skills, and perspectives to share in the ministry of Western District Conference? The WDC Gifts Discernment Committee invites your suggestions as they consider nominees to fill positions on the four WDC commissions (Church Planting Commission, Ministerial Leadership Commission, Resource Commission and Stewardship Commission). Nominees will be presented for affirmation by delegates at WDC Annual Assembly, July 26-27, 2019 at Bethel College. For more information about the work and current members of WDC commissions, see wdc or 316-283-6300 to offer your suggestions for future nominees. Thanks!

Camp Mennoscah:

—Two nurses needed for Summer Youth Camps! Camp Mennoscah is looking for a camp nurse for the weeks of June 9-15 and June 23-29. Nurses receive a stipend or a full camper discount. Contact us to become one of our much adored nurses!

—Camp Mennoscah is looking for kitchen helpers for the weeks of June 9-15, June 23-29, and July 14-20. Parents receive a camper discount up to full camp fees!

—Retirees Retreat at Camp Mennoscah, April 22-24.

—Work and Play Day, April 27.

Contact and registration for Camp Mennoscah:

Online at www.campmennoscah.org

Telephone: 620-297-3290.

Email: office.

Contact: olivia.bartel.

Mennonite Disaster Service: We are now scheduling for our spring & summer projects! Please consider becoming a MDS volunteer.

Mennonite Church USA

The Mennonite, Inc., invites your original submissions for our June 2019 print magazine issue and corresponding online content focusing on Congregational peace witness. https://themennonite.org/june-2019-call-submissions/

Bethel College:

—Sun., April 14 – The KIPCOR Film Series presents This Little Light, 3 p.m., Krehbiel Auditorium in Luyken Fine Arts Center at Bethel College

—All interested singers are invited to join the Bethel College Masterworks performance of Faure’s Requiem, Sun., May 5. First rehearsal: Mon., April 22, 6:30 p.m. in the choir room in Luyken Fine Arts Center on the Bethel campus (other evenings are April 23, 25, 29 & 30, May 2 & 3; dress rehearsal May 4, 2:30 p.m.).

Fully online graduate certificate seminary program. Strengthen the biblical and theological foundation for your work through Anabaptist Mennonite Biblical Seminary’s fully online Graduate Certificate in Theological Studies. Develop a plan of study that matches your interests. Ideal for church leaders, bivocational pastors and other professionals. ambs.edu/certificate

Rocky Mountain Mennonite Camp: Spend the day on Saturday, April 27 working in the woods at Rocky Mountain Mennonite Camp to care for the spruce trees. We need your help to hang small packets of spruce beetle repellent to keep beetles from attacking more trees this spring and summer. Bring your hiking boots and a T50 stapler, if you have one. There’s a chance we might need snowshoes and camp has some, but bring yours if you have them. We’ll begin at 8:30 am. You can sign up online at www.rmmc.org or call the camp at 719.687.9506. Thank you for considering this way to help.

The Center for Mennonite Brethren Studies at Tabor College

—A Heritage Tour "Cross-cultural Intersections: Dr. C.A. Flippin and the German Mennonites" will begin at the Historic Church on Tabor campus, Sat. May 4, 11:45 to 5 pm with a faspa lunch and circle through Marion County, visiting Gnadenau, Ebenfeld, Peabody, Alexanderwohl, main street Hillsboro and various homesteads (cost $35).

—The CMBS Annual Spring Dinner Meeting, May 4, Franz Heritage Room (former Wohlgemuth Lobby), Shari Flaming Center for the Arts, Tabor College, 6:30 pm will feature "Being a Mennonite Filmmaker in America." by Burton Buller, documentary filmmaker, Massanutten, VA. (cost $18). Please RSVP to Peggy Goertzen, CMBS, (620) 947.3121 ext 1211/1212 or peggyg by April 29.

April 14 annc.pdf

April 7 announcements

Congregational Announcements

Tabor Wellness: Please turn in your 10 Week “Step Or Stroke” challenge log by Sunday, April 7, to the Wellness Box, or email to Kevin at nickel.kevinj,

in order to be eligible for your Dicks Sporting Goods gift card!

Silent Auction: Thanks to the planning and oversight of Brent Abrahams, Tabor Junior Highers made a wooden train over the past several Wednesday evenings. The train is on display in the church foyer and is up for silent auction (proceeds going toward Mennonite Central Committee). Simply write your name and bid on the paper next to the train. The silent auction will conclude on Sunday, April 14 at 9:30am.

New Hope Shelter: Tabor Church’s week to serve at New Hope Shelter is April 10-16. Serving at the shelter is a great way to prep for, or wind down from the MCC Sale! If interested, please speak with Barb Abrahams or Austin Unruh. Thanks!

Tabor Mennonite Women and girls are invited to the annual Spring Salad Supper on Monday, April 15. Please bring a salad for our meal which will begin at 6:00 p.m. Kim Funk, our speaker for the evening, will present “My Life in Shoes”. Walk with Kim as she shares memories evoked by ordinary shoes in an everyday life of hopes, challenges, and dreams. It will be a fantastic evening for all ladies and girls! Invite a friend! Contact Barb Banman if you have questions.

Share an Easter Lily in honor of a loved one on Easter Sunday. Names of those to be honored, along with names of those sharing the lilies need to be turned in to the church office by Wednesday, April 17 to be listed in the bulletin. Lilies need to be brought to the church, clearly marked on the bottom with the name of the donor, and left in the foyer by noon on Saturday, April 20.

Last Supper: Come join us for our Holy Week meal and service at 6pm on Thursday, April 18. As we observe the last supper that Jesus shared with his disciples before his death and resurrection, we also acknowledge that this will be one of the last suppers that we eat in the basement fellowship hall. During the service, as we remember the life and ministry of Jesus, we will also take time to remember many meaningful times of fellowship and worship that have taken place in the space.

Ministry Map: Everyone is invited to participate in the Ministry Map activity hanging on the wall in the foyer! Simply follow the color-key to place a sticker dot where you live, where you work, where you learn, and where you serve (only put one dot per household, per place of employment, per place of learning, and per place of service). Please ask church staff if you have any questions. Also, feel free to ask anyone for help with handling the tiny dots :).

Tabor Church is on AmazonSmile! Use the direct link

https://smile.amazon.com/ref=smi_ext_ch_48?_encoding=UTF8&ein=48-0877687&ref_=smi_chpf_redirect&ref_=smi_ext_ch_48-0877687_cl

or search for “Tabor Mennonite Church” in the list of charities at smile.amazon.com to support Tabor’s building project every time you shop. See the April newsletter for more information or ask Yvette Nickel if you have questions.

Summer Day Camp . . . July 9, 10, 11, 16, 17, 18, 23, 24, 25 from 11:45 am to 3:30 pm, including lunch. Sponsored by area churches, this is a free Day Camp for children entering 1st-5th Grade. Transportation from Goessel provided to area churches. More information and enrollment to follow later in April.

The Second Monday Family History & Genealogy Group will meet on Monday, April 8, 7 p.m., in the Goessel City Building. Don and Elnor Stutzman of Hesston will tell the story of the Catlin Church and Cemetery near Florence, Kansas. The meeting is free and open to the public.

Kansas Mennonite Relief Sale

April 12 & 13, 2019

www.kansas.mccsale.org

—Due to MANY calls to State Representatives and your prayers our Non-Taxable Status has been restored for this year sale!!! THANKS to all of you and many other Mennonites from around the state who made your calls. WE DO STILL HAVE A VOICE WHEN WE WORK TOGETHER!!! By noon on Monday this had changed!!! We now have a year to try and restore permanent tax free status.

—Plan on attending the 2nd largest event at the KS State Fairgrounds with 20,000-25,000 attending from all over. Plan on spending money. 93 Cents of every dollar spent there goes to help bring Healing & Hope to God’s Children. Enjoy the ethnic foods.

—FRIDAY: ALL booths OPEN including Feeding the Multitude at 4 pm.

—SATURDAY:

-5K starts at 8am, Rice Park (Great for Families, join 350 participants)

Tabor Jr. Highers, along with others from Tabor will be participating

in the 5K. Find someone to sponsor financially.

-Breakfast 8-10:30am

-ALL auctions start at 8:45am

-Children’s Auction 10am (Pride of KS Bldg)

-Feeding the Multitude starts 10:30am

-Chicken BBQ starts 10:45am

-Silent Auction ends at 1 pm

-Selling Cars, Tractors & Trucks starts 1 pm (Sunflower North)

—LAST CHANCE TO BRING YOUR COINS AND PAPER!! Children’s Coin Offering was $51.82 Sunday. Awesome!!

—Tuesday, April 9: We need more help making 23,000 Verenike at Parkview MB Church both shifts: 8 – 12 and the 12 – 4. Just show up. No training needed. All ages welcome. LOTS of FUN!!

—WEDNESDAY and THURSDAY we will be moving the Cars, Trucks, and Tractors.

—Tables will be set up in Foyer on Thursday morning for BAKED GOODS. Bring them anytime after that. We will check Freezer in Basement if you brought yours early.

—FRIDAY We will Leave the Church with EVERYTHING IN THE BASEMENT by 9:30am. Please have all your donations in basement by then.

—SATURDAY, Pies will leave the church. at 7:30 am. Make certain they are there before then.

—Check the signup sheets to make certain you know where to report to HELP the other 1000 volunteers make it all happen.

For more information on all of the above, please see our sale contact persons: Jerry and Leann Toews, Archie and Kristin Schmidt and Eric Litwiller.

Conference Announcements

Prayer Requests:

« Western District Conference: Pray for WDC pastors and church members gathering at Camp Mennoscah this week for a retreat on “Who Cares About Climate Change? Pastoral Responses to Denial and Despair.”

« Mennonite Mission Network: Paul and Serena Manickam of MMN have been working with the Mennonite churches in the area around Iquitos, Peru. Recently, their request for visa renewal was denied. Pray for God’s comfort and guidance as they discern next steps.

« Mennonite Education Agency: Pray for Hesston College students, faculty and staff as they anticipate and prepare for the busyness that accompanies the final few weeks of the school year.

Mennonite Disaster Service, Your Gifts at Work: Flooding in the Midwest, primarily Nebraska, Iowa and Wisconsin, has resulted in massive flooding. 80 cities/towns and 67 counties in Nebraska and 42 counties in Iowa have issued emergency declarations. Local MDS volunteers are actively responding with cleanup/muck out crews in Nebraska. Please consider making a donation to support hardworking MDS volunteers and the long term recovery effort.

Mennonite Central Committee: Explore the global issue of fast fashion by watching the documentary film True Cost at MCC in N. Newton on April 9 at 7 p.m. Directed by Andrew Morgan, the film looks at environmental, social and psychological aspects of consumerism and mass media focused on the global garment industry. Also hear briefly from MCC about how our thrift shop network is working to reduce the harms caused by fast fashion, here and around the world. Light snacks will be provided while you watch the movie. Questions? Contact sarahfleming.

Love Crosses Borders: A Mennonite Men immersion experience with immigrants. Love is the greatest of all virtues. But what does love look like in times of cynicism and polarization? Borders are not only social constructs, they’re also spiritual ones. Who’s included? Who’s excluded? How do we reconcile God’s call to welcome the stranger with so much fear-filled rhetoric and policies? What can unwelcomed immigrants teach the Church about love? How can the legacy of the Civil Rights Movement inform and inspire us to a love that crosses borders? July 28 to August 3, Mennonite Men will provide a week-long immersion experience with immigrants to engage these issues. To register or for more information, visit SteveT.

Mennonite Mission Network is looking to fill the following Service Adventure positions. Youth ages 17-20 can apply today at MennoniteMission.net/SERVE: Art store assistant in Anchorage, Ak: Anchorage re:MADE is a resale store, helping people help themselves by repurposing donated and landfill-recued items. Come volunteer with others to sort, clean, repurpose, paint or repair items to be sold. Easter Seals assistant in Johnstown, PA: Easter Seals is a non-profit organization that works with hearing impaired persons. Volunteer responsibilities would include administrative office duties, customer service, event planning and development. Mentorship program assistant in Albuquerque, NM: First Nations Community Healthsource is a clinic that is committed to providing health services to American Indian families and other under-served populations residing in Albuquerque and surrounding areas. Volunteers will help to facilitate the mentorship program at First Nations.

Camp Mennoscah:

—Camp Mennoscah is looking for kitchen helpers for the weeks of June 9-15, June 23-29, and July 14-20. Parents receive a camper discount up to full camp fees!

—Retirees Retreat at Camp Mennoscah, April 22-24.

—Work and Play Day, April 27.

Information for all retreats at Camp Mennoscah or to register:

Online at www.campmennoscah.org

Telephone: 620-297-3290.

Email: office.

Contact: olivia.bartel.

Newton Et Cetera Shop is hiring an outdoor gear & clerk manager for 35-40 hours/week. Full job description and application are available at the store (619 N. Main, Newton), via e-mail generalmanager, or at newtonetceterashop.com. Applications are due Monday, April 15, and can be submitted in person to the general manager or by e-mail. Newton Et Cetera Shop is an equal opportunity employer, committed to employment equity. Newton Et Cetera Shop values diversity and encourages all qualified candidates to apply.

Bethel College:

—Sun., April 7 – Sunday-Afternoon-at-the-Museum: “Down to the Countryside: Perspectives on the Chinese Cultural Revolution,” a panel of Zhuojin Jiang, Jim Goering and Esther Kreider Eash, moderated by Raylene Hinz Penner, 3 p.m., Kauffman Museum; in connection with the special exhibit “Campaign for a New China”

—Sun., April 7 – Bethel College Women’s Chorus spring concert, 4 p.m., Bethel College Mennonite Church

—Sun., April 14 – The KIPCOR Film Series presents This Little Light, 3 p.m., Krehbiel Auditorium in Luyken Fine Arts Center at Bethel College

April 7 annc.pdf

March 31 announcements

Congregational Announcements

Tabor Church is on AmazonSmile! Use the direct link https://smile.amazon.com/ch/48-0877687 or search for “Tabor Mennonite Church” in the list of charities at smile.amazon.com to support Tabor’s building project every time you shop. See the April newsletter for more information or ask Yvette Nickel if you have questions.

Ministry Map: Everyone is invited to participate in the Ministry Map activity hanging on the wall in the foyer! Simply follow the color-key to place a sticker dot where you live, where you work, where you learn, and where you serve (only put one dot per household, per place of employment, per place of learning, and per place of service). Please ask church staff if you have any questions. Also, feel free to ask anyone for help with handling the tiny dots :).

A membership meal is being planned for Sunday, April 7, from 12-3 pm. Please let a pastor know by the end of March if you are interested in joining Tabor as a member.

New Hope Shelter: Tabor Church’s week to serve at New Hope Shelter is April 10-16. Serving at the shelter is a great way to prep for or wind down from the MCC Sale! If interested, please speak with Barb Abrahams or Austin Unruh. Thanks!

SUMMER DAY CAMP . . . July 9, 10, 11, 16, 17, 18, 23, 24, 25 from 11:45 am to 3:30 pm, including lunch. Sponsored by area churches, this is a free Day Camp for children entering 1st-5th Grade. Transportation from Goessel provided to area churches. More information and enrollment to follow later in April.

Camp Mennoscah is accepting registrations for summer camps. Register at campmennoscah.org. Receive an early registration discount until May 1 when full camp fees are paid! Tabor Christian Ed Co will again be offering $50 scholarships to Camp Mennoscah and Rocky Mountain Mennonite Camp campers. Sign up on the bulletin board indicating the week of camp your child will attend.

MennoCon19: The following persons have responded to the call to be delegates to the MCUSA convention July 2-6 in Kansas City this summer: Eric Litwiller, Emil Schmidt, Pastor Phil Schmidt, and Leann Toews.

The Second Monday Family History & Genealogy Group will meet on Monday, April 8, 7 p.m., in the Goessel City Building. Don and Elnor Stutzman of Hesston will tell the story of the Catlin Church and Cemetery near Florence, Kansas. The meeting is free and open to the public.

Conference Announcements

Prayer Requests:

« Western District Conference: Pray for WDC members attending adaptive leadership training at Kansas Leadership Center, Wichita, in 2019, as they apply this learning to a variety of different ministry contexts and leadership challenges.

« Mennonite Mission Network: Today, MMN’s Service Adventure units from Albuquerque, New Mexico; Anchorage, Alaska; Colorado Springs, Colorado; Jackson, Mississippi; and Johnstown, Pennsylvania; are beginning a week of team-building and service with Mennonite Disaster Service in Bloomington, Texas. Pray for God’s love to flow through them.

« Mennonite Church USA: Pray for the Executive Board as they meet March 31-April 2 in Kansas City, Missouri.

Western District Conference encourages your regular financial support for your congregation and for WDC as we share together in God’s work in 2019. In his book A spirituality of fundraising, Henri Nouwen writes "Fundraising is a very concrete way to help the kingdom of God come about…The kingdom is where God provides for all that we need. It is the realm of sufficiency where we are no longer pulled here and there by anxiety about having enough… Even a seemingly small act of generosity can grow into something far beyond what we could ever ask or imagine." Contributions to WDC may be made online at http://menno

wdc.org or sent to PO Box 306, North Newton, KS 67117. Thank you for your generosity!

Camp Mennoscah:

—Camp Mennoscah is looking for kitchen helpers for the weeks of June 9-15, June 23-29, and July 14-20. Parents receive a camper discount up to full camp fees!

—Men and Boys Retreat, April 5-7.

—Retirees Retreat at Camp Mennoscah, April 22-24.

—Work and Play Day, April 27.

Information for all retreats at Camp Mennoscah or to register:

Online at www.campmennoscah.org

Telephone: 620-297-3290.

Email: office.

Contact: olivia.bartel.

Mennonite Disaster Service, Your Gifts at Work: Flooding in the Midwest (primarily Nebraska, Iowa and Wisconsin) came on the heels of a massive storm, being referred to as a ‘bomb cyclone’. It brought with it heavy rain and snow. This, mixed with a sudden warm up, has resulted in rapid snow and ice melt causing massive flooding. 80 cities/towns and 67 counties in Nebraska and 42 counties in Iowa have issued emergency declarations. Local MDS volunteers are actively responding with cleanup/muck out crews in Nebraska. Please consider making a donation to support hardworking MDS volunteers and the long term recovery effort.

Mennonite Central Committee:

—MCC Lunch & Learn on April 2, at MCC in North Newton! Together with Mennonite Mission Network, we will host Willi Hugo Perez director of SEMILLA Latin American Anabaptist Seminary in Guatemala City, Guatemala. SEMILLA’s a school that emerged as a beacon of peace, justice and community building in the context of systemic violence and oppression. Join us to learn more! Lunch will be provided, by donation, please RSVP by March 28 to patsydirksen or 316.283.2720; let Patsy know if you have food allergies.

—Explore the global issue of fast fashion by watching the documentary film True Cost at MCC in North Newton on April 9 at 7 p.m. Directed by Andrew Morgan, the film looks at environmental, social and psychological aspects of consumerism and mass media focused on the global garment industry. Also hear briefly from MCC about how our thrift shop network is working to reduce the harms caused by fast fashion, here and around the world. Light snacks will be provided while you watch the movie. Questions? Contact sarahfleming.

—SWAP volunteers urgently needed: MCC’s Sharing With Appalachia People (SWAP) program has an urgent need for volunteer groups and individuals. Summer will be here before we know it, so make your summer plans now to join SWAP in Kentucky or West Virginia. Don’t miss out on your chance to serve with this home repair ministry while learning about life in Appalachia. Individuals or groups, including families, adults or youth can volunteer to serve for week-long opportunities. For more information about bringing a group to SWAP, visit AppalachiaAdmin or 606-633-5065.

Love Crosses Borders: A Mennonite Men immersion experience with immigrants. Love is the greatest of all virtues. But what does love look like in times of cynicism and polarization? Borders are not only social constructs, they’re also spiritual ones. Who’s included? Who’s excluded? How do we reconcile God’s call to welcome the stranger with so much fear-filled rhetoric and policies? What can unwelcomed immigrants teach the Church about love? How can the legacy of the Civil Rights Movement inform and inspire us to a love that crosses borders? July 28 to August 3, Mennonite Men will provide a week-long immersion experience with immigrants to engage these issues. To register or for more information, visit MennoniteMen.org or contact Steve Thomas at SteveT@Mennonites.org.

Mennonite Church USA

—Attention Youth ages 15-22: Wishing your summer looked a little more global? Join a team of peers to explore and engage in the movement of God in Peru, Benin, and Indonesia. Youth Venture still has openings available for trips in July. Ready to jump in? Check out MennoniteMission.Net/YouthVenture, or contact Lauren at 574-523-3022 for more information. Hurry! Application deadline is April 1.

—Your graduate’s first year after high school is crucial, and Service Adventure is a sure way to make it count. Service Adventure is a 10-month program where young adults gain real-world experience through placements with nonprofit organizations, and learn to live and grow in household community with peers and a mentor. Call Lauren at 574-523-3022 or visit the web to find out more: MennoniteMission.net/ServiceAdventure

Hesston-Bethel Performing Arts presents The Ruth Moody Band at 7:30 p.m., April 9, at Bethel College’s Memorial Hall. Purchase tickets at holly.swartzendruber by April 1. If you have an original song you would like to perform at the workshop, please include a video file or link to the song to be considered.

Hesston College: Nancy Sprowell Geise, author of the biography, Auschwitz #34207: The Joe Rubinstein Story, will share about the Holocaust survivor’s story and her relationship with him, at Hesston College on Tuesday, April 2, at 7 p.m., at Hesston Mennonite Church. A reception and chance to meet the author will follow the presentation.

Bethel College: All interested singers are invited to join the Bethel College Masterworks production of Faure’s Requiem, Sun., May 5. Rehearsals begin Monday, April 22. For more information, contact William Eash, 316-284-5316, weash

The Kidron Bethel Parkinson’s Support Group will meet Tues., April 2, at 2:00pm. in Menno Hall. Chaplain Eric Massanari will facilitate a reflection and discussion on making room for grief as we live with the realities of chronic, debilitating illness.

Everence Medicare workshop: Everence will hold informative Medicare workshops at its offices in North Newton at 3179 N. Main St. on Tuesday, April 2, 6:30 p.m. Attendees will learn about the various Medicare plans and what they cover; plans that supplement Medicare; and enrollment details and deadlines. Space is limited. Reserve your spot soon by contacting Michelle Ramer at (316) 283-3800; (877) 467-7294 or michelle.ramer.

Newton Et Cetera Shop is hiring an outdoor gear & clerk manager for 35-40 hours/week. In cooperation with the larger management team, this person receives and processes donations, trains and supervises volunteers, prepares volunteer projects and work spaces, helps manage the sales floor, and participates in regular system evaluation and store planning. Full job description and application are available at the store (619 N. Main, Newton), via e-mail generalmanager, or at newtonetceterashop.com. Applications are due Monday, April 15, and can be submitted in person to the general manager or by e-mail. Newton Et Cetera Shop is an equal opportunity employer, committed to employment equity. Newton Et Cetera Shop values diversity and encourages all qualified candidates to apply.

Kansas Mennonite Relief Sale

April 12 & 13, 2019

www.kansas.mccsale.org

—Children’s Coin Offering an amazing $97.40. Thanks for collecting those coins and paper. Your generosity is much appreciated!!

—Please bring your donations to the basement (northwest corner) for display. We will transport your donations to the sale.

—The date on the verenike making fay sheet was wrong. We will be making 23,000 verenike on Tuesday, April 9. Lots of fun! You will not be disappointed. Bring your friends and work together at one table.

—If you enjoy Low German, sign up for the Sat. morning 7-9am shift of helping make New Years Cookies. Anyone can help, but folks that enjoy speaking or being around Low German are encouraged to sign up for that shift.

—PLEASE take a 2 hour shift anytime Friday or Saturday. It takes 1000 volunteers to put on the festivities. Yes, we want you to go and enjoy the Festivities; but we also want you to help somewhere. Plan on spending the weekend there and spending money helpin MCC Bring healing and hope to Thousands of Gods Children Around the World. MCC is one of the most efficiently run humanitarian organizations in the World, where 93 Cents of every dollar spent at the MCC Sale goes to where the problem is. That is a LOT of Bang for your Buck!!

For more information on all of the above, please see our sale contact persons: Jerry and Leann Toews, Archie and Kristin Schmidt and Eric Litwiller.

March 31 annc.pdf

March 24 announcements

Congregational Announcements

Tabor Church is on AmazonSmile! Use the direct link https://smile.amazon.com/ch/48-0877687 or search for “Tabor Mennonite Church” in the list of charities at smile.amazon.com to support Tabor’s building project every time you shop. See the April newsletter for more information or ask Yvette Nickel if you have questions.

Ministry Map: Everyone is invited to participate in the Ministry Map activity hanging on the wall in the foyer! Simply follow the color-key to place a sticker dot where you live, where you work, where you learn, and where you serve (only put one dot per household, per place of employment, per place of learning, and per place of service). Please ask church staff if you have any questions. Also, feel free to ask anyone for help with handling the tiny dots :).

The youth are close to reaching our monetary goal for Convention this summer. If you’d like to continue to support the youth, we are selling bags of fairly traded One Village Coffee (comes in dark roast, medium roast, and decaf as well as whole and ground bean varieties). These are $15 a bag (with 40% of profits going to our youth group, and $1 for every bag sold goes toward peace and justice work). If you are interested, please be in touch with a youth or sponsor. Thank you for your support!

Building Dedication: We are planning to have a Building Dedication Service on Sunday, August 25, 2019. We hope that everyone can attend this celebration! More information to come as the date draws near.

A membership meal is being planned for Sunday, April 7, from 12-3 pm. Please let a pastor know by the end of March if you are interested in joining Tabor as a member.

Camp Mennoscah is accepting registrations for summer camps. Register at campmennoscah.org. Receive an early registration discount until May 1 when full camp fees are paid! Tabor Christian Ed Co will again be offering $50 scholarships to Camp Mennoscah and Rocky Mountain Mennonite Camp campers. Sign up on the bulletin board indicating the week of camp your child will attend.

MennoCon19: The following persons have responded to the call to be delegates to the MCUSA convention July 2-6 in Kansas City this summer: Eric Litwiller, Emil Schmidt, Pastor Phil Schmidt, and Leann Toews

.

Come one, come all to the Alexanderwohl Pancake and Sausage Supper on Saturday, March 30. The all-you-can-eat meal will be served from 5:30 to 7:00pm at the Goessel Elementary School. Donations will be accepted for the church elevator project.

Bethesda Home is excited to announce that they have partnered with Goessel High School and Hutch Community College to offer a Certified Nurse Aide (CNA) Training at Bethesda this summer. Please see posted flyer for details.

Conference Announcements

Prayer Requests:

« Western District Conference: Pray for students and tutors in WDC congregations participating in IBA (Instituto Bíblico Anabautista) and SeBAH (Seminario Bíblico Anabautista Hispano), grassroots theological education programs sponsored by Hispanic Ministries of Mennonite Education Agency.

« Mennonite Mission Network: Today, MMN’s Service Adventure units from Albuquerque, New Mexico; Anchorage, Alaska; Colorado Springs, Colorado; Jackson, Mississippi; and Johnstown, Pennsylvania; are beginning a week of team-building and service with Mennonite Disaster Service in Bloomington, Texas. Pray for God’s love to flow through them.

« Mennonite Education Agency: Thank God for the gift of music and the willingness to share it as the Bethel College Concert Choir wraps up their spring break tour this evening in Memorial Hall.

Camp Mennoscah:

—Thank you to our many volunteers who were part of our Youth Volunteer Weekend and those who helped put in the dam! Branches were picked up from the recent winds, the "tree farm" was tended and prepared for spring, mulch was spread, and fun times were had. Our numbers were small for putting in the dam, but it was a beautiful day for both watching and being in the river. You are the greatest!

—We know you’re out there, cookie bakers and potato peelers! Camp Mennoscah is looking for kitchen helpers for the weeks of June 9-15, June 23-29, and July 14-20. No great skills are needed; following directions is all that is necessary (a fun-loving heart helps). Contact Olivia at olivia.bartel or 620-297-3290. Parents receive a camper discount up to full camp fees! (PS–The kitchen is now air-conditioned.)

—Men and Boys Retreat, April 6-7.

—Retirees Retreat at Camp Mennoscah, April 22-24.

—Work and Play Day, April 27.

Information for all retreats at Camp Mennoscah or to register:

Online at www.campmennoscah.org

Telephone: 620-297-3290.

Email: office.

Contact: olivia.bartel.

Mennonite Central Committee:

—MCC Lunch & Learn on April 2, at MCC in North Newton! Together with Mennonite Mission Network, we will host Willi Hugo Perez director of SEMILLA Latin American Anabaptist Seminary in Guatemala City, Guatemala. SEMILLA’s a school that emerged as a beacon of peace, justice and community building in the context of systemic violence and oppression. Join us to learn more! Lunch will be provided, by donation, please RSVP by March 28 to patsydirksen or 316.283.2720; let Patsy know if you have food allergies.

—Explore the global issue of fast fashion by watching the documentary film True Cost at MCC in North Newton on April 9 at 7 p.m. Directed by Andrew Morgan, the film looks at environmental, social and psychological aspects of consumerism and mass media focused on the global garment industry. Also hear briefly from MCC about how our thrift shop network is working to reduce the harms caused by fast fashion, here and around the world. Light snacks will be provided while you watch the movie. Questions? Contact sarahfleming.

Attention Youth ages 15-22: Wishing your summer looked a little more global? Join a team of peers to explore and engage in the movement of God in Peru, Benin, and Indonesia. Youth Venture still has openings available for trips in July. Ready to jump in? Check out MennoniteMission.Net/YouthVenture, or contact Lauren at 574-523-3022 for more information. Hurry! Application deadline is April 1.

Hesston College:

—Bel Canto Singers will collaborate with internationally-acclaimed baritone Tony Brown ’69, who is a Hesston College Development Officer and former faculty member and artist in residence. Performances are Sunday, March 31, at 10:45 a.m., First Presbyterian Church (525 S. Broadway, Wichita) and that afternoon at 3 p.m. at Mark Arts (1307 N. Rock Rd., Wichita). The two performances are in tribute to the slave experience and African American spirituals.

—Nancy Sprowell Geise, author of the biography, Auschwitz #34207: The Joe Rubinstein Story, will share about the Holocaust survivor’s story and her relationship with him, at Hesston College on Tuesday, April 2, at 7 p.m., at Hesston Mennonite Church. A reception and chance to meet the author will follow the presentation.

Bethel College:

Sunday, March 24 – Bethel College Concert Choir Home Concert, 7 p.m., Memorial Hall.

Anabaptist Mennonite Biblical Seminary:

The Trail of Death: A Pilgrimage of Remembrance, Lament and Transformation: June 3–13. Participants in this nine-day pilgrimage will trace the route of the U.S. military’s 1838 forced removal of Potawatomi people from their ancestral homeland in northern Indiana to present-day Osawatomie, Kansas. This AMBS course can be taken for credit, audit or no credit (trip only). Limit: 15 participants. Sign up by May 1. ambs.edu/trailofdeath

Mennonite Mission Network is currently seeking to fill three full time positions: Donor Relations Representative (western region), Editor and Marketing Associate. You can see the position descriptions at www.MennoniteMission.net. Please send a cover letter and resumé to StaffRecruitment@MennoniteMission.net.

Everence Medicare workshop: Everence will hold informative Medicare workshops at its offices in North Newton at 3179 N. Main St. on Tuesday, April 2, 6:30 p.m. Attendees will learn about the various Medicare plans and what they cover; plans that supplement Medicare; and enrollment details and deadlines. Space is limited. Reserve your spot soon by contacting Michelle Ramer at (316) 283-3800; (877) 467-7294 or michelle.ramer.

Kansas Mennonite Relief Sale

April 12 & 13, 2019

www.kansas.mccsale.org

—CHILDREN’s Coin Offering was $60.70. Excellent. Keep collecting your coins and paper.

—You will have received an email this week to sign up if you would like to help make New Years Cookies at the Sale. It is a much easier way to sign up for those organizing the making of 35,000 New Years Cookies at the sale. If you go to the website: kansas.mccsale.org there are a few other events you can sign up for on computer, rather than signing up at the table in the hallway. It is easy and quick. If you need help please ask your Tabor Contact persons. EITHER WAY IS OK–sign up on computer OR table in hallway.

—Additional Sign Up Sheets are on the table today.

—Bohne Broggie Making Day at Moundridge HS Sat., Apr. 6 morning. Help make 8,000 Bohne Beroggie

—Verenike Making Day, Parkview MB Church, Hillsboro, Tues., Apr. 9. Please sign up for morning OR afternoon shift or clean up shift. Help make 23,000 Verenike

—Help bake zweibach, bread, and pies. Sign-up sheets on table. Many requests for Rhubarb Pies.

—Please take pictures of you or you kids making things for the MCC Sale and send them to: Sherry Unruh for the Tabor MCC Slide Show:

unruh.billsherry

For more information on all of the above, please see our sale contact persons: Jerry and Leann Toews, Archie and Kristin Schmidt and Eric Litwiller.

March 24 annc.pdf

March 17 announcements

Congregational Announcements

Ministry Map: Everyone is invited to participate in the Ministry Map activity hanging on the wall in the foyer! Simply follow the color-key to place a sticker dot where you live, where you work, where you learn, and where you serve (only put one dot per household, per place of employment, per place of learning, and per place of service). Please ask church staff if you have any questions. Also, feel free to ask anyone for help with handling the tiny dots :).

Tabor Mennonite Women: Western District Mennonite Women Spring Supper is on Thursday, March 21 at 6 p.m. 1st Mennonite Church in McPherson. The deadline for signing up is March 14! For more information on the program check out the flyer posted on the bulletin board (note: our own Michelle Unruh and Laura Unrau are providing the special music). Also, make a note on the sign up sheet if you would like to be a driver. Questions? Ask Barb Banman

Progressive Dinner: March 24, 5 – 7 p.m. Please sign up on the bulletin board by March 17. Ask Mary Schmidt or Carrie Smith if you have any questions.

The youth are close to reaching our monetary goal for Convention this summer. If you’d like to continue to support the youth, we will be selling bags of fairly traded One Village Coffee (comes in dark roast, medium roast, and decaf as well as whole and ground bean varieties). These are $15 a bag (with 40% of profits going to our youth group, and $1 for every bag sold goes toward peace and justice work). If you are interested, please be in touch with a youth or sponsor. Thank you for your support!

Building Dedication: We are planning to have a Building Dedication Service on Sunday, August 25, 2019. We hope that everyone can attend this celebration! More information to come as the date draws near.

A membership meal is being planned for Sunday, April 7, from 12-3 pm. Please let a pastor know by the end of March if you are interested in joining Tabor as a member.

Camp Mennoscah is accepting registrations for summer camps. Register at campmennoscah.org. Receive an early registration discount until May 1 when full camp fees are paid! Tabor Christian Ed Co will again be offering $50 scholarships to Camp Mennoscah and Rocky Mountain Mennonite Camp campers. Sign up on the bulletin board indicating the week of camp your child will attend.

Bethesda Home is excited to announce that they have partnered with Goessel High School and Hutch Community College to offer a Certified Nurse Aide (CNA) Training at Bethesda this summer. Please see posted flyer for details.

Do you wash dishes? If so, please save your dish soap bottles for Vacation Bible School 2019. They can be placed in the box in the Faith Formation Supply Room or given to Pam Abrahams.

Conference Announcements

Prayer Requests:

« Western District Conference: Give thanks for Western District Women in Mission (WDWM), as they resource women by promoting spiritual growth, nurture women’s gifts and leadership, build relationships and support the mission of WDC.

« Mennonite Mission Network: Do you know someone aged 15-22 who might benefit from Mennonite Mission Network’s Youth Venture programs in Benin, Indonesia, Japan or Peru? Pray for participants who want to build the global church through relationships with God’s people around the world.

« Mennonite Education Agency: Anabaptist Mennonite Biblical Seminary, Elkhart, Indiana. Pray that church leaders across the world who desire Anabaptist biblical and theological training would connect with AMBS’s online distance education offerings.

Camp Mennoscah:

—We will be putting in the dam at Camp Mennoscah on March 17 at 2 pm. Gather at the maintenance shed with appropriate helping or spectating clothing! If we’re not there, check by the dam. Whatever the weather, we’ll be there (unless deemed unsafe).

—Retirees Retreat at Camp Mennoscah, April 22-24.

—Work and Play Day, April 27.

— We will be putting in the dam at Camp Mennoscah no later than March 30.

Information for all retreats at Camp Mennoscah or to register:

Online at www.campmennoscah.org

Telephone: 620-297-3290.

Email: office.

Contact: olivia.bartel.

Returning Citizen Care Kits Needed: MCC Central States is seeking items for Returning Citizen Care kits. The full list of contents can be found on the Material Resources page of our website or by visiting our wish list on Amazon (although not all items for all kits are available on Amazon), making shipping items directly to our Material Resource Center easier. Returning Citizen Care kits are distributed to MCC partner organization Working Men of Christ in Wichita, KS where the kits help men and women feel supported and loved as they transition to life outside of prison. Items for kits should be sent to MCC Central States, 121 E. 30th N. Newton, KS 67117. Questions? Please contact katemast or 316.283.270. Thank you for your generous support!

Hesston College:

—Hesston College piano instructor Dr. Mei Li, a dynamic pianist who was born in Chengdu, China, will present a lecture recital, “The Key Characteristics of Franz Liszt’s Late Piano Works,” at 7 p.m., Monday, March 18, at Hesston Mennonite Church on the Hesston College campus. Dr. Li is a Liszt scholar who completed her doctoral research on the works of Liszt’s late period under the direction of distinguished Liszt authority, Alan Walker. Her recital will be a presentation of a group of piano music of Liszt’s final period and discussion of two main categories – death and despair – into which Liszt’s late works often fall.

—Hesston College has been selected as one of 37 cities for Shane Claiborne (nationally recognized Christian activist and author) and Mike Martin’s national Beating Guns Tour, which offers commentary and hope on the tragedy of gun violence in America. Inspired by the biblical prophets’ call to “beat swords into plowshares,” the free 90-minute event weaves music, art and stories of people whose lives have been changed by gun violence, culminating with an invitation for the audience to take the hammer and transform a gun into garden tools. The event will take place at Hesston Mennonite Church on the Hesston College campus Thursday, March 21, 7 p.m. In order to get an idea of audience size, those planning to attend the event are asked to register.

Anabaptist Mennonite Biblical Seminary:

—!Explore 2019 still has openings! Through !Explore, students in grades 10–12 can explore ministry and theology, grow in spiritual practices and listen for God’s call through a summer congregational internship and a Group Experience (July 9-25). The AMBS program is open to youth from all backgrounds. Apply now! ambs.edu/explore

—Scholarships available! Ready to pursue seminary studies? Anabaptist Mennonite Biblical Seminary in Elkhart, Indiana, offers both need-based financial aid and scholarships for students learning both on campus and at a distance. Apply for ministry scholarships by April 1. ambs.edu/scholarships

Kansas Mennonite Relief Sale

April 12 & 13, 2019

www.kansas.mccsale.org

—NEW RECORD SET for Children’s Coin Offering last Sunday of an AMAZING $201.27. THANKS to 2 quart jars of coins that were brought in. I (Jerry) got a few coins passed out last Sunday so you could have the pleasure of helping make a joyful noise. THANKS and keep collecting those coins at home. It is kind of amazing how they can count up to make something great!!

—We will be adding sign up sheets to our table in the hall this week. PLEASE joyfully volunteer to help somewhere for a shift either Fri. or Sat. It takes 1000 volunteers to put on the HAPPY event. More jobs are using "online" signup. Go to the website to sign up for these. IF you need help with this please ask one of the Tabor Contact Persons to help you. More instructions can be found on the signup table also.

—Pickup or Signup "online" for the 5K Run/Walk Sat. morning at 8am so you can eat with a clear conscience. Get folks to sponsor you to help raise more money for MCC. This is a GREAT event for families to plug into. It is MUCH FUN to run/walk with 350 others who come together from all over, and all ages.

—You can bring the items you have made to donate to the MCC Sale and put them on the tables or in the North West Corner of the Basement anytime.

—Bring material scraps, etc. for QUILTERS CORNER and put them in a Box under the Signup Table. Last year approx. $20,000 was raised with these scraps that were brought in.

—Bring items for the Children’s Auction and put in box under the Signup Table. ANYTHING that children would like to bid on should go in here. New or Nice Used Toys, Games, Dolls, etc. Plan to take your children to the Children’s Auction and let them have FUN bidding on items they like. Children’s Auction is 10 am on Sat. in Meadowlark Building.

For more information on all of the above, please see our sale contact persons: Jerry and Leann Toews, Archie and Kristin Schmidt and Eric Litwiller.

March 17.pdf

March 17 annc.pdf

March 10 announcements

Congregational Announcements

Ministry Map: Everyone is invited to participate in the Ministry Map activity hanging on the wall in the foyer! Simply follow the color-key to place a sticker dot where you live, where you work, where you learn, and where you serve (only put one dot per household, per place of employment, per place of learning, and per place of service). Please ask church staff if you have any questions. Also, feel free to ask anyone for help with handling the tiny dots :).

Act Reading Challenge: Congratulations to the 29 people (according to my records: 21 Adults and 8 children) who completed the Acts Bible Reading Challenge! It is always inspiring to read and study scripture together! A huge congrats to Diane Loewen, who read through Acts 5 times over these past months!! Diane wins the grand prize: a meal out at her restaurant of choice! May God continue to inspire and challenge us through the reading of God’s Word.

The Finance Task Force has noted that there have been many volunteers working on the building project. Our thanks go out to all. Some of the greatest moments of the project come from working together for goals bigger than ourselves. We have had some questions about the value of the donated work. In communication with the building committee, we have estimated that the value of the work to date is over $35,000. In addition to this amount, contractors within the church have donated their services and their hours are represented as a dollar amount toward their pledge fulfillment. There are still many variables in costs to calculate as various aspects of the project are completed and billed. When the project is completed, hopefully by the end of April, we will be able to specifically calculate the total cost and the giving needed to finish paying for the project. We are thankful for all of the gifts to this project and hope that everyone is still relying on God’s inspiration for guidance.

Tabor Mennonite Women: Western District Mennonite Women Spring Supper is on Thursday, March 21 at 6 p.m. 1st Mennonite Church in McPherson. The deadline for signing up is March 14! For more information on the program check out the flyer posted on the bulletin board (note: our own Michelle Unruh and Laura Unrau are providing the special music). Also, make a note on the sign up sheet if you would like to be a driver. Questions? Ask Barb Banman

Progressive Dinner: March 24, 5 – 7 p.m. Please sign up on the bulletin board by March 17. Ask Mary Schmidt or Carrie Smith if you have any questions.

The youth are close to reaching our monetary goal for Convention this summer. If you’d like to continue to support the youth, we will be selling bags of fairly traded One Village Coffee (comes in dark roast, medium roast, and decaf as well as whole and ground bean varieties). These are $15 a bag (with 40% of profits going to our youth group, and $1 for every bag sold goes toward peace and justice work). If you are interested, please be in touch with a youth or sponsor. Thank you for your support!

Building Dedication: We are planning to have a Building Dedication Service on Sunday, August 25, 2019. We hope that everyone can attend this celebration! More information to come as the date draws near.

A membership meal is being planned for Sunday, April 7, from 12-3 pm. Please let a pastor know by the end of March if you are interested in joining Tabor as a member.

Camp Mennoscah is accepting registrations for summer camps. Register at campmennoscah.org. Receive an early registration discount until May 1 when full camp fees are paid! Tabor Christian Ed Co will again be offering $50 scholarships to Camp Mennoscah and Rocky Mountain Mennonite Camp campers. Sign up on the bulletin board indicating the week of camp your child will attend.

Museum Heritage Dinner: The featured speaker this year will be Melissa Scheffler, KWCH 12 News Anchor. Melissa, a Newton native, will take us “behind the scenes” of the TV news business with stories and videos. Ticket price: $50 per person. First timers to a Heritage Dinner $25 per person (ages 12 and under $5). To reserve your tickets call 620-367-8200 or email mhmuseum by Monday, March 11. The Dinner will be Friday, March 15, 6:30 p.m. at the Alexanderwohl Mennonite Church. This is a fundraiser for the Mennonite Heritage & Agricultural Museum.

Attention Young Adults! There will be an Area Wide PC-PF (Post College- Pre Family) get together on Saturday, March 16. We will meet at 7:00 PM at The Pighouse (Howard Farm). Please bring a snack to share, games, and friends! This group is designed for young adults in similar life stages to socialize together. For questions, directions/address, or to RSVP, please contact Kristin Kaufman kristin.unruh. Hope to see you there!

Bethesda Home is excited to announce that they have partnered with Goessel High School and Hutch Community College to offer a Certified Nurse Aide (CNA) Training at Bethesda this summer. Please see posted flyer for details.

Conference Announcements

Prayer Requests:

« Western District Conference: Pray for WDC congregations experiencing pastoral transition, as they determine next steps in congregational discernment and pastoral search processes.

« Mennonite Mission Network: Alisha, Joshua and Asher Garber of MMN are looking for a new home in Catalonia as the building that housed Mennonite Evangelical Community of Barcelona’s residential program needs to be closed for repairs. Pray that each of the 18 people who lived there will find a place where they can flourish in the coming year.

« Mennonite Education Agency: Eastern Mennonite University, Harrisonburg, Virginia. Pray for students who are serving and learning during spring break with Y-Serve, the longest running student organization at EMU. They’ll be serving Florida, Puerto Rico, Georgia, D.C. and West Virginia..

MennoCon19 (Mennonite Church USA convention), is coming up July 2-6, 2019! WDC congregational delegates, youth groups, and other attenders are encouraged to register by the early registration due-date of March 19, after which registration cost increases. (Regular registration rates take effect March 20, and late registration begins May 1.) Also, note that congregations may each appoint one youth representative, age 16-21, to participate in the delegate sessions through the Step Up program. Let’s plan for a great turnout from WDC at MennoCon19! Be one of the first 2,000 people to register for MennoCon19 and receive a new Voices Together hymnal when it’s available. Registration is open now at convention.mennoniteusa.org/registration!

Mennonite Church USA: Join the Peace Church Planting webinar where church planters will share from their experience, and Mennonite Mission Network staff will introduce The Sent Network, a new online platform to support church planters. The webinar will take place on Wednesday, March 13, 5-6:15 p.m. and all are invited to attend. Visit mennoniteusa.org/churchplanting to register.

Camp Mennoscah:

—Youth Volunteer Weekend, March 15-16.

—Retirees Retreat at Camp Mennoscah, April 22-24.

—Work and Play Day, April 27.

— We will be putting in the dam at Camp Mennoscah no later than March 30.

Information for all retreats at Camp Mennoscah or to register:

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

Email: office.

Contact: olivia.bartel.

Returning Citizen Care Kits Needed: MCC Central States is seeking items for Returning Citizen Care kits. The full list of contents can be found on the Material Resources page of our website or by visiting our wish list on Amazon (although not all items for all kits are available on Amazon), making shipping items directly to our Material Resource Center easier. Returning Citizen Care kits are distributed to MCC partner organization Working Men of Christ in Wichita, KS where the kits help men and women feel supported and loved as they transition to life outside of prison. Items for kits should be sent to MCC Central States, 121 E. 30th N. Newton, KS 67117. Questions? Please contact katemast or 316.283.270. Thank you for your generous support!

Hesston College: Hesston College has been selected as one of 37 cities for Shane Claiborne (nationally recognized Christian activist and author) and Mike Martin’s national Beating Guns Tour, which offers commentary and hope on the tragedy of gun violence in America. Inspired by the biblical prophets’ call to “beat swords into plowshares,” the free 90-minute event weaves music, art and stories of people whose lives have been changed by gun violence, culminating with an invitation for the audience to take the hammer and transform a gun into garden tools. The event will take place at Hesston Mennonite Church on the Hesston College campus Thursday, March 21, 7 p.m. In order to get an idea of audience size, those planning to attend the event are asked to register.

Bethel College:

—TODAY (Sun., March 10) – Bethel College Wind Ensemble and Philharmonic Orchestra joint concert, 3 p.m., Memorial Hall.

—Tues., March 12 – Bethel College Jazz Ensemble I with special guest Clay Jenkins, 7:30 p.m., Krehbiel Auditorium in Luyken Fine Arts Center

Anabaptist Mennonite Biblical Seminary: Want to learn more about AMBS but can’t make it to our Elkhart, Indiana, campus? Connect with us at the Seminary and Theological Graduate School Virtual Fair on Thursday, March 28, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. EDT. At this free online event, you can get answers to your questions about AMBS from faculty, students and Admissions staff. Register today! ambs.edu/visit

Kansas Mennonite Relief Sale

April 12 & 13, 2019

www.kansas.mccsale.org

—PLEASE go to the basement to view the Quilts, Wall Hangings, and Comforters that Tabor folks have made for the MCC Sale. We will take them in Monday to get photographed so they can be put on the website.

—The Sign Up Table is in the hallway across from our mailboxes. PLEASE fill in the slots to help at the MCC Sale. It takes over 1000 volunteers to put on the Festive Fun Event. Additional sign up sheets will be added between now and sale time. Those of you in leadership positions that need volunteers, PLEASE add your sign up sheets to the table.

—MCC Bucks are available from Jerry & Leann. MCC Bucks can be spent like cash at the MCC Sale. They come in books of 10 each for $10. Each MCC Buck in the book has $1 value. You can give these books to friends or grandchildren, or whoever so they can have FUN spending them at the MCC Sale.

—PLEASE view what Tabor Women created last Sat. for the MCC Sale on the tables downstairs.

—CHILDREN’S COIN OFFERING was $33.59 last Sunday. THANKS for collecting your coins and paper and bringing them to church to drop in the cans.

For more information on all of the above, please see our sale contact persons: Jerry and Leann Toews, Archie and Kristin Schmidt and Eric Litwiller.

March 10 annc.pdf

March 3 announcements

Camp Washunga Fundraiser Meal! Join us at the Goessel High School cafeteria on March 3 for a delicious meal of lasagna, salad, green beans, bread and dessert. Cost of the meal is by donation and we will begin serving at 11:30 am. Thanks for your support!

Congregational Announcements

Ash Wednesday, the first day of the season of Lent, is this week. Come join us for supper, followed by a brief Ash Wednesday service before regular activities.

The Finance Task Force has noted that there have been many volunteers working on the building project. Our thanks go out to all. Some of the greatest moments of the project come from working together for goals bigger than ourselves. We have had some questions about the value of the donated work. In communication with the building committee, we have estimated that the value of the work to date is over $35,000. In addition to this amount, contractors within the church have donated their services and their hours are represented as a dollar amount toward their pledge fulfillment.

There are still many variables in costs to calculate as various aspects of the project are completed and billed. When the project is completed, hopefully by the end of April, we will be able to specifically calculate the total cost and the giving needed to finish paying for the project. We are thankful for all of the gifts to this project and hope that everyone is still relying on God’s inspiration for guidance.

The youth are close to reaching our monetary goal for Convention this summer. If you’d like to continue to support the youth, we will be selling bags of fairly traded One Village Coffee (comes in dark roast, medium roast, and decaf as well as whole and ground bean varieties). These are $15 a bag (with 40% of profits going to our youth group, and $1 for every bag sold goes toward peace and justice work). If you are interested, please be in touch with a youth or sponsor. Thank you for your support!

Tabor Directory: please note that the back of the Tabor directory provides a lot of information, including Deacon lists as well as a calendar of Tabor events for 2019. Please transfer these dates to your personal calendars.

Act Reading Challenge Grand Prize: If you have read through Acts multiple times over these past months, please let Pastor Phil know. The person who read through Acts the most times will receive the Grand Prize!

Sabbatical: The deacon board has approved a sabbatical for Pastor Katherine in August, September, and October of this year. She plans to use this time to journey through a reading list of books on justice issues, food justice, preaching, and the Bible. She will explore a number of creative avenues to experience and experiment with her learnings from the books, such as through prayer walks, journaling, and encountering God through meals.

Mennonite Church USA Convention: It’s time to register for the MC USA convention in Kansas City this summer. If you would like to be a delegate from Tabor, please let pastor Phil know by March 1.

Building Dedication: Considering another date. We are tentatively planning to have a Building Dedication Service on Sunday, August 25, 2019. We hope that everyone can attend this celebration! Please check your calendars and let church staff know if there are major conflicts with this date.

A membership meal is being planned for Sunday, April 7, from 12-3 pm. Please let a pastor know by the end of March if you are interested in joining Tabor as a member.

Camp Mennoscah is accepting registrations for summer camps. Register at campmennoscah.org. Receive an early registration discount until May 1 when full camp fees are paid! Tabor Christian Ed Co will again be offering $50 scholarships to Camp Mennoscah and Rocky Mountain Mennonite Camp campers. Sign up on the bulletin board indicating the week of camp your child will attend.

Food Commodities: Due to the inclement weather over the last 2 weeks commodities were cancelled for February. We will not be receiving commodities until April. It has not been determined if we will still receive the commodities for February and also April at that time. For more information please call Jenny Girard @ 620-367-8492

The Second Monday Family History & Genealogy Group will meet on Monday, March 11, 7:00 p.m., in the Goessel City Building. Bob Schroeder of Manhattan will share about his father John Schroeder, an orphaned child: “Five Orphans Come by Train from Pennsylvania to Newton, Kansas, in 1919.” The meeting is free and open to the public.

Museum Heritage Dinner: The featured speaker this year will be Melissa Scheffler, KWCH 12 News Anchor. Melissa, a Newton native, will take us “behind the scenes” of the TV news business with stories and videos. Ticket price: $50 per person. First timers to a Heritage Dinner $25 per person (ages 12 and under $5). To reserve your tickets call 620-367-8200 or email mhmuseum by Monday, March 11. The Dinner will be Friday, March 15, 6:30 p.m. at the Alexanderwohl Mennonite Church. This is a fundraiser for the Mennonite Heritage & Agricultural Museum.

Attention Young Adults! There will be an Area Wide PC-PF (Post College- Pre Family) get together on Saturday, March 16. We will meet at 7:00 PM at The Pighouse (Howard Farm). Please bring a snack to share, games, and friends! This group is designed for young adults in similar life stages to socialize together. For questions, directions/address, or to RSVP, please contact Kristin Kaufman kristin.unruh. Hope to see you there!

Bethesda Home is excited to announce that they have partnered with Goessel High School and Hutch Community College to offer a Certified Nurse Aide (CNA) Training at Bethesda this summer. Please see posted flyer for details.

Conference Announcements

Prayer Requests:

« Western District Conference: Pray for Hispanic pastors in WDC as they gather for a retreat next weekend in Texas.

« Mennonite Mission Network: Eric and Kelly Frey Martin are traveling from Colombia to Ecuador to join Mennonite Mission Network personnel for a retreat. Pray for a time of meaningful worship and renewal as long-term and short-term workers share experiences to equip them for continued ministry.

« Mennonite Church USA: Pray for Ohio Conference as they meet for their Annual Conference Assembly, March 8-9, in Kidron, Ohio.

Western District Conference:

—All women are invited to the Western District Women in Mission (WDWM) Spring Supper on Thursday, March 21 at First Mennonite Church in McPherson. Speaker: Sheryl Wilson, Executive Director of KIPCOR. See posted flyer for more information including how to RSVP.

—Now on display at the Conference Resource Library: Lent & Easter resources. From devotionals to worship resources, stories to poems, DVDs to family resources, we’ve got something for everyone. Lent starts Wednesday, March 6.

Mennonite Church USA:

—Lent begins this Wednesday, and the “Blessed Hunger, Holy Feast” downloadable at-home guide begins with activities to prepare on March 5 for Shrove or Pancake Tuesday. Select the activities that work best for you throughout Lent at mennoniteusa.org/lent2019.

—Job position: Mennonite Mission Network is seeking a full time Donor Relations Representative to represent Mission Network. Position available immediately. Send resumé and cover letter to Linda Krueger, Human Resources Coordinator at LindaK. Read the position description at www.MennoniteMission.net.

Camp Mennoscah:

—Thank you, thank you for everyone who took part in the Hymn Sing and Dessert Auction! The desserts were amazing (coming soon to Camp Mennoscah’s Facebook page), your singing was delightful, the musicians were wonderful, and those who helped with setup and cleanup were invaluable. Your generosity raised $1,663 for our summer staffers! Thank you! We’ll see you at the Camp Sing on August 11 for more singing and shenanigans.

—Youth Volunteer Weekend (grades 7-12) is March 15-16 at Camp Mennoscah!

Full scholarships available.

Information for all retreats at Camp Mennoscah or to register:

Online at www.campmennoscah.org

Telephone: 620-297-3290.

Email: office.

Contact: olivia.bartel.

Newton Et Cetera Shop invites organizations to apply for their annual Local Giving grants. Local Giving grants are made available each spring by the Newton Et Cetera Shop board of directors. Applications may be downloaded at newtonetceterashop.com and must be submitted by e-mail to localgiving@

newtonetceterashop.com by April 12, 2019. Multiple grants will be awarded to selected groups by June 2019 in amounts up to $5,000. Applicants for the Local Giving grants must hold legal nonprofit status and operate out of and serve Newton, North Newton, Hesston, Goessel, Moundridge, Whitewater, Elbing, Halstead or Walton. Applicants do not need to have a religious affiliation or mission, but they must function in a manner consistent with the mission of Mennonite Central Committee.

Bethel College: Sunday, March 10 – Bethel College Wind Ensemble and Philharmonia Orchestra joint concert, 3 p.m., Memorial Hall.

Hesston College: With an innovative approach to the classical-style of Mozart, the Berlin-based string ensemble, Armida Quartet, will take the Hesston-Bethel Performing Arts stage at 7:30 p.m., Tuesday, March 5, at Hesston Mennonite Church on the Hesston College campus, with their program, “Mozart Exploded.” Tickets can be purchased online at hesstonbethel.org, by calling 620-327-8105 or in person at the Hesston College Bookstore. HBPA season ticket holders are invited to a come-and-go pie reception in the Hesston Mennonite Church Community Center from 6:15 to 7:15 p.m., prior to the concert. Single ticket holders may attend the pie reception at an additional cost of $5.

The Kidron Bethel Parkinson’s Support Group will meet in Menno Hall Tuesday, March 5, at 2:00 p.m. Michelle Winter, Speech Therapist at Kidron Bethel, will address the various types of services a Speech Language Pathologist provides and some specific examples of therapy sessions. All are welcome.

Kansas Mennonite Relief Sale

April 12 & 13, 2019

www.kansas.mccsale.org

A few examples of how MCC spends part of the dollars raised at the KS MCC Sale:

1. $125 helps educate a young person in Burundi with an apprenticeship to learn carpentry & other trades. When they graduate they receive tools so they can start their own business and help sustain their families.

2. Learning is easier when bellies are full. MCC’s education projects often include funding ($10 per month) for nutritious meals or snacks for students in South Africa which improves concentration.

3. Latrines built through MCC are a powerful tool to prevent the spread of disease. $1500 is the full cost of a community toilet in Nepal which is maintained by locals and serves the community and travelers on a main road.

—CHILDREN’S COIN offering was $45.74 last Sunday. THANKS for continuing to collect your coins and paper during the week.

—Donations for the quilt auction are on display in the fellowship hall this Sunday and next Sunday. March 11 is the deadline for quilt donations to be turned in to be included in the buyers guide.

—Help. Do what you can to support Pre-Sale Expenses. PLEASE continue putting your checks in our boxes.

—BUILD PROJECTS for the KS MCC SALE

For more information on all of the above, please see our sale contact persons: Jerry and Leann Toews, Archie and Kristin Schmidt and Eric Litwiller.

March 3 annc.pdf