Feb. 23 announcements

Congregational Announcements

Another 100 for 100! Sunday, March 1, is the first Sunday in Lent. We will continue Tabor’s practice of collecting items for Mennonite Central Committee Relief Kits during the season of Lent again this year. However, this year we are adding a challenge. In celebration of 100 years of the work of MCC, let’s bring 100 of each item as designated on the shopping lists that can be found in your mailboxes this morning. Celebrate MCC by giving in the name of Christ.

Pastor Phil will be on sabbatical April 20-July 20. This is a slight adjustment in dates from the earlier schedule. More details about his sabbatical plans will be in the March newsletter.

Have you ever wondered what really happens when the adult choir gets together to rehearse? You have an opportunity to find out! On March 4 I am hosting an "Open Rehearsal." Anyone is welcome to join us that evening. You might be asked to join us in singing some hymns, but you won’t be asked to sing a solo! Very light refreshments might be served. We hope to see some of you at 7:30 that evening. We will meet in the Hospitality Hall. ~Marcene Entz, adult choir director

Support our Mission Partners Dan and Kathryn Smith Derksen. We have received $1,505 toward our $1,500 commitment. We will continue to receive special offerings throughout February. A donation box is in the foyer.

Camp Mennoscah’s Hymn Sing and Dessert Auction is March 1! Everyone is invited to join us for an afternoon of hymns, fellowship and desserts at Tabor Mennonite Church on March 1 from 4-6pm. Amazing desserts made by camp supporters will be auctioned off to raise funds to renovate our beloved amphitheater used for evening campfires. Bring your singing voices and open wallets!

Camp Mennoscah: We’re up and running! Our 2020 catalog is out and our online registration is open. We are eagerly looking forward to seeing everyone this summer! The BEST discount is for the summer camp registrations received and paid in full by March 1. Go to www.campmennoscah.org and click on Register Online! at the top of the page. Camp scholarships of $50 are available from Tabor Church Christian Education Co. Please sign up on the bulletin board and your scholarship will be sent directly to Camp Mennoscah. Also applies to Rocky Mountain Mennonite Camp.

The Newton Community Chorale presents Prelude to Spring, Sunday, March 8 at 7 pm at Bethel College Mennonite Church. Camille Adrian and Emil Schmidt are part of this choir — attend the concert and hear them sing!

To All Women – You are invited to the Western District Women in Mission Spring Supper on Thursday, March 12 at Faith Mennonite Church, Newton. The meal starts at 6 pm with the program at 7 pm. Our Special Guest Speaker, Patty Shelly, Professor of Bible and Religion at Bethel College, will present “My Journey through Scripture”. Reservations (due March 5) are required by calling Darlene @ 316-323-9762 or emailing westerndistrictwomen. Cost is $10 and payable at the door.

MDS Opportunity: Cleo Koop is organizing an MDS trip for Hesston College students. The dates are March 14-21. Cleo is needing someone willing to help with driving a 15 passenger van. Other volunteers would be welcome to join the group for this week. We will be serving in Wharton Tx., the same location the Tabor group will be going to in April. Contact Cleo if you have any questions at cleo.koop or 316-282-0797. Thanks for your help.

Tabor Mennonite Women will be having their annual Salad Supper on Thursday, March 26 at 6:00 p.m. at the Tabor Mennonite Church Hospitality Hall. The speaker is Kate Mast from the MCC Center in North Newton and she will be presenting "The Journey of an MCC Comforter". Please bring a salad to share and bring a guest. To coincide with the theme, we will be tying comforters Friday and Saturday, March 27 & 28 from 1:00-5:00 p.m. both days.

We also need two or three ladies who would be willing to work in the kitchen. If you are interested, please contact Sharon Adrian or Barb Banman.

Life-Size Foosball! Tabor Church will be hosting the entire Goessel Community Junior High, 6th-8th graders, for this fun interactive game. Come to the Tabor Church Park on March 29 at 3 pm to see what it’s all about.

LOST SOMETHING? Check the table of lost and found items in the foyer. Unclaimed items will be donated to the Etc Shop after March 1.

Opportunities to Help:

—Jerry and Leann Toews granddaughter, Emerson, who was born to Katrina and Aaron Aeschliman in September, has made amazing progress, but continues to receive medical care. While the family is working with their insurance company and the health providers to get as much financial assistance and relief as possible, bills to assist with her birth, care and follow-up treatment continue to mount and have totaled two million dollars. To view the GoFundMe campaign and contribute,

please visit the website listed here. Thank you for your compassion and generosity. https://fundrazr.com/d1cMU9?ref=ab_2a6ZwAbAHGn2a6ZwAbAHGn

If persons would prefer to give money directly to Katrina and Aaron for Emerson instead of giving on line, that would be wonderful. Make the check out to Katrina Toews and put it in Jerry and Leann’s box. They will see that the family receives the gift. Thanks for all the support.

—Braxton Church, preschool son of Kelcey and Amanda Church, is receiving on-going care for his medical conditions. The family will be traveling regularly to Boston Children’s Hospital for his medical treatment. Your prayers for Braxton and his family would be greatly appreciated! You can offer financial assistance to the family for their travel expenses. A fund for the Church Family has been set up at the Citizen’s State Bank in Goessel. Checks can be written out to the “Church Family Medical Travel Fund” and received at the bank. A paint party fundraiser is being planned on Sat. Feb. 29 at Asbury Park in Newton. See the “The Art of Giving: Paint Party Fundraiser” flier located on bulletin board. For more information, check out the Braxton’s Warrior Club Facebook page at fb.me/BraxtonMChurch or contact Susan Nafziger at 620-367-4623.

Kansas Mennonite Relief Sale

April 17 & 18, 2020

www.kansas.mccsale.org

—Coins for last Sunday: $88.37 Fantastic!

—Fellowship meals brought in $1915.00. We served about 80 persons. Many people gave more than the $20 donation. Thanks so much.

—Don’t forget to put your PRE SALE expense checks in the mailbox of a contact person.

—Quilt deadline is March 16. Get your forms on-line.

—5K race forms are on the internet or you can get one from a contact person here at Tabor.

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 church planters and emerging congregations in WDC, that God would bring growth to the seeds of faithful witness in their communities.

« Mennonite Mission Network: Jae Young Lee and Karen Spicher and their family have served with Mennonite Mission Network in South Korea since 2007. Pray for them as they work for God’s peace through organizations such as Korea Peacebuilding Institute and Northeast Asia Regional Peacebuilding Institute.

« Mennonite Education Agency: Tonight, the Bethel College and Hesston College choirs team up in a collaborative concert at a local church. Give thanks for strong relationships and partnerships between neighboring sister schools and that students can use their gifts to bless others.

Western District Conference:

—We Own This Now, a Ted and Company play, looks at love of the land, loss of land, and what it means to "own" something. What if the land you love was stolen? This question and many more address how the Doctrine of Discovery justified the theft of land and oppression of Indigenous Peoples and still has harmful implications for today. This show benefits the Kanza Heritage Society. Two performances are available to touch your heart and mind.

–April 19, 7 pm, University United Methodist Church, 2220 N Yale Ave, Wichita – sponsored by Lorraine Avenue Mennonite Church and Mennonite Church of the Servant of Wichita, WDC, and others.

–April 26, 4 pm, Flaming Performing Arts Center, Tabor College, Hillsboro – sponsored by First Mennonite Church and Trinity Mennonite Church and Tabor College, all of Hillsboro, Alexanderwohl Mennonite Church, Goessel, MCC Central States, and WDC.

–Tickets: Adults $20 donation (or pay what you can), Students $10 donation (or pay what you can), Indigenous people attend at no cost. Get tickets electronically at https://protectus.mimecast.com/s/UFxoCrkBgVt8LJ4Xf7z06J?domain=first-church-of-the-brethren. square.site or scan the attached QR code, or get paper tickets through a sponsoring church or organization. For questions, contact Kathy Neufeld Dunn at 316-283-6300.

Mennonite Central Committee:

—MCC Centennial Celebration, Feb. 29 at 7:30 p.m. Join MCC for an evening of centennial celebration and giving, We’ve Come This Far by Faith, at the Shari Flaming Center for the Arts at Tabor College in Hillsboro. Bid on silent auction items and join us for a program celebrating MCC’s past 100 years, present and future! Find out more at mcc.org/events.

—Gain work experience with world experience through MCC’s SALT (Serving and Learning Together) program! SALT is a year-long, cross cultural service experience for Christian young adults. The deadline for registration is fast approaching, take a look at the program descriptions available at abbyendashaw.

—You are invited to join the fun at the 13th annual MCC Comforter Blitz on

March 2, 3 and 4 at Journey Mennonite Church at the Yoder Campus, one mile north of Yoder. Monday and Tuesday, 9am – 5pm, and Wednesday, 9am – 4pm.

This event is hosted by Kansas Friends of MCC, an organization that supports the work of MCC. For more information check out mcc.org/comforter-blitz.

Camp Mennoscah:

—Scrapbook and Crafts Retreats Feb. 28-March 1 and March 6-8. Join in the cropping and crafting!

—Youth Volunteer Weekend is March 13-14! Registration is through our summer youth camp registration which opened the beginning of February. This retreat is for grades 7-graduating seniors.

—Kitchen staff for summer youth camps needed! Parents can receive a full camper discount for a full camp week–but you don’t need to be a parent to volunteer!

—Pre Junior II needs a nurse! July 5-9. We are thrilled with the number of people who volunteer or work for a stipend during the summer. Thank you!

Contact and registration for Camp Mennoscah:

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

Email: office Contact: olivia.bartel.

Hesston College:

Seeing Each Other’s Light, a program of story and song that provides understanding of diverse people, cultures and faith traditions of the Wichita community, will be held at Emanu-El Congregation Reform Synagogue, 7011 E. Central Ave., Wichita, 4 p.m. on Sunday, March 1. The event is part of Hesston College’s Peacing It Together Foundation and is also sponsored by Wichita’s Global Faith in Action. The program features Hesston College students and internationally-acclaimed baritone Tony Brown, as well as other members of the Wichita community, including the Emanu-El Klezmer band and congregation choir. The concert is free and open to the public.

Hesston College Music and Theatre will present six performances of the musical, Tuck Everlasting, in the Keim Center Black Box Theater. Show times are 7 p.m. March 4 to 7, with extra 2 p.m. showings on March 7 and 8. Tickets are $12 for adults and $5 for students. Seating is limited, so advanced ticket purchase is encouraged at hesston.edu/bookstore or by calling 620-327-8105. Tuck Everlasting is family-friendly and rated G, but due to length is recommended for ages 7 and up.

Dr. James Juhnke will be the speaker for the annual meeting of the Swiss Mennonite Cultural and Historical Association on March 8, 2:30 p.m., Bethel College Mennonite Church. “Mennonite Museum in Uzbekistan” will tell about the history of the Mennonite community that lived for fifty years near the city of Khiva, and how that community is now celebrated in a new museum in Khiva. The Handbell Choir of the Bethel College Mennonite Church will provide music. Election of SMCHA officers for 2020 will be held. Refreshments will be served.

Feb. 23 annc.pdf

Feb. 16 announcements



Congregational Announcements

The Council+ meetings have been cancelled unless they are brought back due to popular demand. (Contact Pastor Phil or Deacons Emil or Carol with questions or comments.) Regular council meetings are on hold until further notice or a church chairperson has been found.

Support our Mission Partners Dan and Kathryn Smith Derksen. We have received $1,290 toward our $1,500 commitment. We will continue to receive special offerings throughout February. A donation box is in the foyer.

Opportunity to Help: Jerry and Leann Toews granddaughter, Emerson, who was born to Katrina and Aaron Aeschliman in September, has made amazing progress, but continues to receive medical care. While the family is working with their insurance company and the health providers to get as much financial assistance and relief as possible, bills to assist with her birth, care and follow-up treatment continue to mount and have totaled two million dollars. To view the GoFundMe campaign and contribute, please visit the website listed here. Thank you for your compassion and generosity. https://fundrazr.com/d1cMU9?ref=ab_2a6ZwAbAHGn2a6ZwAbAHGn

If persons would prefer to give money directly to Katrina and Aaron for Emerson instead of giving on line, that would be wonderful. Make the check out to Katrina Toews and put it in Jerry and Leann’s box. They will see that the family receives the gift. Thanks for all the support.

100 for 100: This year Mennonite Central Committee (MCC) is celebrating 100 years of relief in the name of Christ. In celebration of those 100 years, the Goessel Community recently participated in the Great Winter Warm Up… a comforter blitz for MCC that spanned two continents and yielded 9,504 comforters. At the Goessel Community Blitz on January 18, we competed 33 comforters to help with that effort. Since then, another 3 comforters have been completed and we are continuing to work on more. Now we are wondering. Could the Goessel Community come together and grow that number of 33 comforters to 100? We believe we can! There will be special events planned, and there will be comforters in frames to work on at various times and in various places. Everyone can help — men, women, children. If you can tie a knot, you can tie a comforter. Watch for details and plan to be part of celebrating 100 for 100.

-The Goessel Area Comforter Blitz Team, Ruth Goertzen, Sharon Adrian, Kim Funk

Rejoice! daily devotional readings for Spring, is now available. Pick up your copy from the shelves below the mailboxes in the foyer.

The Youth Group will be preparing a fundraiser meal on February 23, for our summer service trip. All are welcome! Thank you for your support and prayers!

Camp Mennoscah: We’re up and running! Our 2020 catalog is out and our online registration is open. We are eagerly looking forward to seeing everyone this summer! The BEST discount is for the summer camp registrations received and paid in full by March 1. Go to www.campmennoscah.org and click on Register Online! at the top of the page. Camp scholarships of $50 are available from Tabor Church Christian Education Co. Please sign up on the bulletin board and your scholarship will be sent directly to Camp Mennoscah. Also applies to Rocky Mountain Mennonite Camp.

The seniors at Alexanderwohl extend an invitation to all who would like to join us on Friday, February 21at 9am. Pauline Sharp, grand-daughter of Lucy Tayiah Eads, the first female elected chief of the Kanza people in 1922 will be sharing stories about her life. Please call the church office (620.367.8192) or email alexmenno to sign up.

Commodities will be distributed at the Goessel Mennonite Church on Feb. 21,5-6 pm.

The Bethel College Concert Choir and the Hesston College Bel Canto Singers will unite for a joint concert, “How Firm a Foundation,” on Sunday, Feb. 23, at 7 pm at Alexanderwohl Mennonite Church. The choirs will perform individual selections from their respective repertoires, and will join together for other pieces, as well as being joined by members of the Alexanderwohl Mennonite Chancel Choir. Admission to the concert is free. An offering will be taken to benefit Mennonite Central Committee.

Camp Tawakoni Fundraiser! We will be serving a lasagna meal at the Goessel High School cafeteria on March 1 from 11:30 to 1. While only 7th and 8th graders will be helping with this event, all are invited to attend and help us raise funds to cover the cost of camp this year. More information will be emailed to 7th and 8th grade parents on what time to arrive and what to bring.

Camp Mennoscah’s Hymn Sing and Dessert Auction is March 1! Everyone is invited to join us for an afternoon of hymns, fellowship and desserts at Tabor Mennonite Church on March 1 from 4-6pm. Amazing desserts made by camp supporters will be auctioned off to raise funds to renovate our beloved amphitheater used for evening campfires. Bring your singing voices and open wallets!

Up to 72 lives may be saved from Monday’s generous blood donors! The next drive is April 13, the day after Easter. Most schools are still on vacation that day, so students can plan ahead to work at the drive, or donate blood if they are eligible.

Here’s an opportunity to support a Goessel community family in need–Braxton Church, preschool son of Kelcey and Amanda Church, is receiving on-going care for his medical conditions and the family will be traveling regularly to Boston Children’s Hospital for his medical treatment. Your prayers for Braxton and his family would be greatly appreciated! There are several ways that you can offer financial assistance to the family for their travel expenses—a fund for the Church Family has been set up at the Citizen’s State Bank in Goessel. Checks can be written out to the “Church Family Medical Travel Fund” and received at the bank. A paint party fundraiser is being planned on Sat. Feb. 29 at Asbury Park in Newton. See the “The Art of Giving: Paint Party Fundraiser” flier located on the church lobby bulletin board. For more information on Braxton and his medical conditions, check out the Braxton’s Warrior Club Facebook page at fb.me/BraxtonMChurch or contact Susan Nafziger at 620-367-4623.

Conference Announcements

Prayer Requests:

« Western District Conference: Praise God for the many ways that WDC congregations are involved with Mennonite Central Committee, as MCC celebrates its centennial this year.

« Mennonite Mission Network: MMN requests prayer for Sophie Miller as she works with an indigenous organization in Guatemala that teaches sustainability from the worldview of the Tz’utujil, a Mayan people.

« Mennonite Education Agency: Instituto Bíblico Anabautista (IBA). Pray for IBA Study Center at Encuenro de Renovacion Mennonite Church in Miami, Florida, and its tutors, Teresa Pérez-Soto and Andres Mendoza. Pray that their studies be a personal blessing and that God’s wisdom and patience be with the tutors as they teach this group of students. May this leadership training ministry in their church be a blessing for the congregation and community.

Western District Conference:

—WDC Gifts Discernment Committee seeks nominees: The Gifts Discernment Committee invites suggestions of names to consider as they select nominees for Moderator-Elect, and positions on WDC’s Executive Board and Commissions. For more information about the work and current members of these groups, see wdc or 316-283-6300 to offer your suggestions for future nominees. Thank you!

—Western District Women in Mission Spring Supper is on Thursday, March 12, 6 pm at Faith Mennonite Church, Newton. Our Special Guest Speaker will be Patty Shelly, Professor of Bible and Religion at Bethel College. Additional information coming soon!

Mennonite Central Committee:

—MCC Centennial Celebration, Feb. 29 at 7:30 p.m. You’re invited to join MCC for an evening of centennial celebration and giving, We’ve Come This Far by Faith at the Shari Flaming Center for the Arts at Tabor College in Hillsboro, Kansas. Bid on silent auction items, grab a reproduction Mennonite Feeding Station sign from our limited supply and join us for a program celebrating MCC’s past 100 years, present and future! Find out more at mcc.org/events.

—Sign up for monthly highlights from MCC’s 100 stories for 100 years!

Explore images and stories from the breadth of MCC’s work – from a graphic story on the 1920 trip that began MCC’s ministry to accounts of women peacemakers now. Go to mcc.org/centennial/100-stories/email to sign up for monthly emails highlighting stories from the project. Can you think of others who would be interested? Please share this announcement and encourage them to sign up for monthly email highlights too!

—You invited to join the fun at the 13th annual MCC Comforter Blitz on March 2, 3 and 4 at Journey Mennonite Church at the Yoder Campus, one mile north of Yoder, Kansas. Blitz times are Monday and Tuesday, 9:00am to 5:00pm, and Wednesday, 9:00am to 4:00pm. This event is hosted by Kansas Friends of MCC, an organization that supports the work of MCC. For more information check out mcc.org/comforter-blitz.

Camp Mennoscah:

—Scrapbook and Crafts Retreats Feb. 28-March 1 and March 6-8 and join in the cropping and crafting!

— Youth Volunteer Weekend is March 13-14! Registration is through our summer youth camp registration which opened the beginning of February. This retreat is for grades 7-graduating seniors.

Contact and registration for Camp Mennoscah:

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

Email: office Contact: olivia.bartel.

Hesston College: Seeing Each Other’s Light, a program of story and song that provides understanding of diverse people, cultures and faith traditions of the Wichita community, will be held at Emanu-El Congregation Reform Synagogue, 7011 E. Central Ave., Wichita, 4 p.m. on Sunday, March 1. The event is part of Hesston College’s Peacing It Together Foundation and is also sponsored by Wichita’s Global Faith in Action. The program features Hesston College students and internationally-acclaimed baritone Tony Brown, as well as other members of the Wichita community, including the Emanu-El Klezmer band and congregation choir. The concert is free and open to the public. For the full news release, go to www.hesston.edu.

Dr. James Juhnke will be the speaker at the March 8 annual meeting of the Swiss Mennonite Cultural and Historical Association held at 2:30 p.m. in the Fellowship Hall at Bethel College Mennonite Church. “Mennonite Museum in Uzbekistan” will tell about the history of the Mennonite community that lived for fifty years near the city of Khiva, and how that community is now celebrated in a new museum in Khiva.The Handbell Choir of the Bethel College Mennonite Church will provide music. Election of SMCHA officers for 2020 will be held. Refreshments will be served. No reservations are needed.

Everence® Financial will host a workshop, Maximizing giving through donor advised funds, in N Newton on Thurs., Feb. 20, 10am and again at 6:30pm. Attendees will learn about how a donor advised fund works, ways to increase your impact on causes you care about, how to minimize taxes and more. Reserve your spot by contacting Darlene Buller at 877-467-7294 or Darlene.buller.

Everyone is invited to the annual verenike supper at First Mennonite Church, 427 W 4th in Halstead, on February 29, 4:30-7pm. Cost by donation, proceeds go to church service trips and service projects.

Kansas Mennonite Relief Sale

April 17 & 18, 2020

www.kansas.mccsale.org

—CHILDREN’S COIN OFFERING was $35.83. THANKS keep collecting coins during the week.

—PLEASE join us for the MCC Fellowship Meal THIS SUNDAY at noon in New Hospitality Hall — Home Made Lasagna with LOTS of cottage cheese & Hamburger Filling!! Even if you have not signed up come and join in a delicious meal and help raise $$ for MCC. Suggested donation is $20. We have made plenty of Lasagna. All you can eat.

—PLEASE help with pre-sale expenses. It doesn’t have to be a big amount, just put what you can in our boxes. We need lots of involvement to pay for all expenses before the sale.

—Quilt deadline is: March 16

—Join the enthusiasm and help tie comforters ANYTIME.

—Website is started: Check it out at www.kansas.mccsale.org

—Verenike Making Day is Tuesday, April 14 at Parkview MB Church, Hillsboro.

—THANK YOU for those of you who brought cookies for the KS MCC Sale Meeting in our Hospitality Hall this past Thursday.

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

Feb. 16 annc.pdf

Feb. 9 announcements

Congregational Announcements

Mission Partner Sunday: Dan and Kathryn Smith Derksen will be at Tabor Church on February 9 to share during the worship service. We will receive special offerings throughout February to meet our $1,500 commitment. A donation box is in the foyer.

Valentine’s Day cards for Inmates in the Hutchinson Correctional Facility: There will be an opportunity to write Valentine’s cards for inmates in the Hutchinson Correctional Facility. On Sunday, Feb. 9, there will be cards (and suggestions for what to write) made available in the Hospitality Hall during the Faith Formation hour. Anyone is welcome to come and write a note of encouragement for these men. Thanks!

Decorate and eat cookies! Join us for this fellowship event on Sunday, February 9 at 3:00 pm in the Hospitality Hall. Everyone is welcome! Children need to have an adult with them.

Opportunity to Help: Jerry and Leann Toews granddaughter, Emerson, who was born to Katrina and Aaron Aeschliman in September, has made amazing progress, but continues to receive medical care. While the family is working with their insurance company and the health providers to get as much financial assistance and relief as possible, bills to assist with her birth, care and follow-up treatment continue to mount and have totaled two million dollars. To view the GoFundMe campaign and contribute, please visit the website listed here. Thank you for your compassion and generosity. https://fundrazr.com/d1cMU9?ref=ab_2a6ZwAbAHGn2a6ZwAbAHGn

Everyone is welcome to help tie comforters: Mennonite Central Committee (MCC) distributed more than 53,000 comforters worldwide last year. Every comforter tied goes to someone in need of warmth and love. There will be a comforter set up in the Hospitality Hall as long as there are those who would like to tie. People of all ages – men, women, children – are welcome to tie at anytime. If you want to come during the week and work at this, you are welcome… better yet bring a friend or two along. Every comforter we donate will mean one more person will receive the gift of love and warmth in the name of Christ!

Time to show off Tabor’s amazing baking skills! Camp Mennoscah Hymn Sing and Dessert Auction will be March 1, 4pm-6pm in our brand new Hospitality Hall. Since Tabor gets the opportunity to host the annual fundraiser, we would like to showcase our sweet creations. If you would like to donate a cake, pie or dessert, please contact Jill Litwiller before February 9. Mark your calendars to attend the event, sing a few hymns (including a bluegrass set), and get a great treat for your family and friends.

The Youth Group will be preparing a fundraiser meal on February 23, for our summer service trip. All are welcome! Thank you for your support and prayers!

Camp Mennoscah: We’re up and running! Our 2020 catalog is out and our online registration is open. We are eagerly looking forward to seeing everyone this summer! The BEST discount is for the summer camp registrations received and paid in full by March 1. Go to www.campmennoscah.org and click on Register Online! at the top of the page. Camp scholarships of $50 are available from Tabor Church Christian Education Co. Please sign up on the bulletin board and your scholarship will be sent directly to Camp Mennoscah.

Use your heart to share love and life on Feb. 10 by coming to Goessel Church between 1:00-6:00 to donate blood or volunteer at reception, escort, or canteen. Sign up in the lobby or talk to Rosi (367-2418) A BIG THANKS to the Goessel Goal Getters 4-H club for making cookies for this drive! Make appointments at 800-RED-CROSS or visit redcrossblood.org.

Commodities will be distributed at the Goessel Mennonite Church on Feb. 21 from 5-6 pm.

The seniors at Alexanderwohl get together monthly for coffee, conversation and a presentation. The January meeting with Pauline Sharp has been rescheduled for Friday, February 21at 9am. We would like to extend an invitation to all who would like to join us! Pauline is the grand-daughter of Lucy Tayiah Eads, the first female elected chief of the Kanza people in 1922 and will be sharing stories about her life. Please call the church office (620.367.8192) or email alexmenno to sign up.

The Bethel College Concert Choir and the Hesston College Bel Canto Singers will unite for a joint concert, “How Firm a Foundation,” on Sunday, Feb. 23, at 7 pm at Alexanderwohl Mennonite Church. The choirs will perform individual selections from their respective repertoires, and will join together for other pieces, as well as being joined by members of the Alexanderwohl Mennonite Chancel Choir. Admission to the concert is free. An offering will be taken to benefit Mennonite Central Committee.

Camp Tawakoni Fundraiser! We will be serving a lasagna meal at the Goessel High School cafeteria on March 1 from 11:30 to 1. While only 7th and 8th graders will be helping with this event, all are invited to attend and help us raise funds to cover the cost of camp this year. More information will be emailed to 7th and 8th grade parents on what time to arrive and what to bring.

Directory Updates for the 2020 Tabor Church Directory are due now. Please email the church office at kfunk with changes.

Conference Announcements

Prayer Requests:

« Western District Conference: Pray for WDC congregations struggling with conflict or painful situations, that God’s Spirit of wisdom, healing and hope would guide and sustain them.

« Mennonite Mission Network: Praise God for Annelise Goldschmidt’s three decades of service with MMN, most recently as a logistics coordinator with Mission Inter Senegal for 15 years. Pray for her as she discerns what God is calling her to when she returns home to France.

« Mennonite Education Agency: This week, Bluffton University will host Cyneatha Milsaps, executive director of Mennonite Women USA, as she leads a campus discussion on gun violence and its effects on family and community. Please pray for everyone impacted by gun violence.

Western District Conference:

-Heidi Regier Kreider has been reappointed to a second term as WDC Minister: During the fall of 2019 the WDC Executive Board conducted a term review of Heidi’s service over the past four and a half years. The feedback gathered from many segments of the Conference and partner institutions was broadly affirmative of Heidi’s leadership – Ray Reimer, Moderator, for the WDC Executive Board

-Mark your calendars for the Western District Women in Mission Spring Supper on Thursday, March 12, 6 pm at Faith Mennonite Church, Newton. Special Guest Speaker will be Patty Shelly, Professor of Bible and Religion at Bethel College. Additional information coming soon!

-Leadership Launch: Celebrating and Looking Ahead! A free dessert reception recognizing 5 years of joint partnership of Western District Conference and South Central Conference with Kansas Leadership Center (KLC) Monday, March 30, 6:30-8:00 pm at KLC, 325 E Douglas Avenue, Wichita. Refreshments and drinks, then a brief program at 7 pm featuring greetings and stories from KLC, WDC and SCC about how adaptive leadership strengthens the church and its ministry. For more information, see: http://mennowdc.org/grants/. Members of the Core Team for implementing WDC/SCC’s grant are Heidi Regier Kreider, Kathy Neufeld Dunn, Phil Schmidt, Howard Keim and Isaac Landis.

-WDC Resolutions Policy: Resolutions must be submitted a minimum of 120 days prior to Annual Assembly (in 2020, that date is April 3). Send to: WDC Executive Board, PO Box 306, North Newton KS 67117

Mennonite Central Committee Central States board of directors will meet on February 28 and 29 at MCC in North Newton. A brief annual meeting will take place at 2:30 p.m. on Saturday, February 29, you are welcome to attend.

MCC Centennial Celebration, Feb. 29 at 7:30 p.m. You’re invited to join MCC for an evening of centennial celebration and giving, We’ve Come This Far by Faith at the Shari Flaming Center for the Arts at Tabor College in Hillsboro, Kansas. Bid on silent auction items, grab a reproduction Mennonite Feeding Station sign from our limited supply and join us for a program celebrating MCC’s past 100 years, present and future! Find out more at mcc.org/events.

Camp Mennoscah:

—Scrapbook and Crafts Retreats on Feb. 28-March 1 and March 6-8! These retreats fill up fast–don’t miss out on your chance to spend a weekend relaxing through cropping and crafting.

— Youth Volunteer Weekend is March 13-14! Registration is through our summer youth camp registration which opens at the beginning of February. This retreat is for grades 7-graduating seniors.

Contact and registration for Camp Mennoscah:

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

Email: office Contact: olivia.bartel.

Rocky Mountain Mennonite Camp:

—Men’s Retreat: March 6-8: Celebrating God’s Love, Grace and Compassion in Our Everyday World.”

—Women’s Retreat: March 13-15: Living what is: holding the present moment.

Register online: www.rmmc.org

Mennonite Church USA:

—You are invited to join MC USA staff for “Coffee and Conversation” with returning Mennonite Mission Network (MMN) International Service Workers; Dan & Kathryn Smith Derksen. They are returning from serving in South Africa for the last 4 years with MMN’s partner agency, Southern African Development and Reconstruction Agency (SADRA). Come to the MC USA offices, located at 718 N Main Street in Newton on Monday, February 10 at 10:00 AM for this time to welcome back and hear from Dan and Kathryn about their time of service.

—The Executive Board of Mennonite Church USA recently met to discuss revisions to the church’s resolution policy, the Membership Guidelines Advisory Group’s report and more. Read about it at mennoniteusa.org/news/boardmeets

Hesston College: Better understand your financial resources and philanthropy in terms of your goals and your faith for both you and your church at the 2020 Anabaptist Vision and Discipleship Series (AVDS) conference, February 21 to 23 at Hesston College. In partnership with Everence Financial, weekend presentations will focus on understanding your personal history with money and resources, careers, hospitality, finances, generosity, trauma and economic injustice, health and wellness and more. Multiple registrants from the same congregation receive a registration discount, and clergy can attend at no cost. Register by February 10 at hesston.edu/avds.

Bethel College: Sun., Feb. 9 – KIPCOR Film Series: The Great White Hoax, 3 p.m.; talkback follows with Mark McCormick – Krehbiel Auditorium in Luyken Fine Arts Center.

Everence will host a Social Security and retirement income planning workshop, in N Newton on Monday, Feb. 10 at 6:30 p.m. Attendees will learn about Social Security strategies, risks that can impact retirement savings and strategies to help income last throughout retirement. The workshop is free, but space is limited! Reserve your spot by contacting Michelle Ramer at 316-283-3800, 877-467-7294 or michelle.ramer.

Kansas Mennonite Relief Sale

April 17 & 18, 2020

www.kansas.mccsale.org

—CHILDREN’S COIN OFFERING was $39.57. Thanks and keep those coins and paper coming.

—Tabor is hosting the KS MCC Sale meeting in our Hospitality Hall this Thurs., Feb.13. We need 20 dozen cookies. The sign-up sheet is on the bulletin board. THANKS for your help. PLEASE put your cookies in the kitchen or freezer and label them KS MCC Sale meeting.

—PLEASE sign up for the MCC Fellowship Lasagna Meal served NEXT Sun., Feb. 16 in our Hospitality Hall. Sign-up deadline is Thurs., morning, Feb. 13. We will eat at 12 noon to accommodate guests from area churches. Donation recommended is $20 to MCC. We would love to feed you.

—The budget for the 2020 Sale is $81,000. This covers ALL food products, rental of fairgrounds, etc. Do your part to help ensure we cover expenses before sale date. PLEASE put your donations for pre-sale expenses in our boxes. MANY folks each doing a little always gets us there.

—We are looking for good QUALITY items. We can sell ANYTHING at the MCC Sale from cookbooks, material scraps, mowers, campers, cars, tools, garden plants, quilts, woodworking projects, etc. What do you have laying around you no longer use? We will pick it up and get it to the sale. What a great way to downsize and clean up and help others.

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.

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Feb. 9 annc.pdf

Feb. 2 announcements

Congregational Announcements

Council+ Meeting: Everyone is welcome to join us in the Hospitality Hall on Tuesday, February 4 from 6:45-8:45pm for our second Council+ meeting of 2020. Council+ means everyone on Council, everyone on a church Commission, and anyone else who is interested. Our focus for this February meeting will be a "Hero’s Journey." Come to find out more!

Mission Partner Sunday: Dan and Kathryn Smith Derksen will be at Tabor Church on February 9 to share during the worship service. We will receive special offerings throughout February to meet our $1,500 commitment. A donation box is in the foyer.

Valentine’s Day cards for Inmates in the Hutchinson Correctional Facility: There will be an opportunity to write Valentine’s cards for inmates in the Hutchinson Correctional Facility. On Sunday, Feb. 2 and Sunday, Feb. 9, there will be cards (and suggestions for what to write) made available in the Hospitality Hall during the Faith Formation hour. Anyone is welcome to come and write a note of encouragement for these men. Thanks!

Everyone is welcome to help tie comforters: Mennonite Central Committee (MCC) distributed more than 53,000 comforters worldwide last year. Every comforter tied goes to someone in need of warmth and love. There will be a comforter set up in the Hospitality Hall as long as there are those who would like to tie. Anyone (men included!) is welcome to tie at anytime. If you want to come during the week and work at this, you are welcome… better yet bring a friend or two along. Every comforter we donate will mean one more person will receive the gift of love and warmth in the name of Christ!

Decorate and eat cookies! Join us for this fellowship event on Sunday, February 9 at 3:00 pm in the Hospitality Hall. Everyone is welcome! Children need to have an adult with them.

Time to show off Tabor’s amazing baking skills! Camp Mennoscah Hymn Sing and Dessert Auction will be March 1, 4pm-6pm in our brand new Hospitality Hall. Since Tabor gets the opportunity to host the annual fundraiser, we would like to showcase our sweet creations. If you would like to donate a cake, pie or dessert, please contact Jill Litwiller before February 9. Mark your calendars to attend the event, sing a few hymns (including a bluegrass set), and get a great treat for your family and friends.

Here’s an opportunity to support a Goessel community family in need–Braxton Church, preschool son of Kelcey and Amanda Church, is receiving on-going care for his medical conditions and the family will be traveling regularly to Boston Children’s Hospital for his medical treatment. Your prayers for Braxton and his family would be greatly appreciated! There are several ways that you can offer financial assistance to the family for their travel expenses—a fund for the Church Family has been set up at the Citizen’s State Bank in Goessel. Checks can be written out to the “Church Family Medical Travel Fund” and received at the bank. A paint party fundraiser is being planned on Sat. Feb. 29 at Asbury Park in Newton. See the “The Art of Giving: Paint Party Fundraiser” flier located on the church lobby bulletin board. For more information on Braxton and his medical conditions, check out the Braxton’s Warrior Club Facebook page at fb.me/BraxtonMChurch or contact Susan Nafziger at 620-367-4623.

A Giving Opportunity: Bethesda Home has had a contract for our emergency call system (nurse call system and duplex pendant call system) for nearly 20 years. We were recently notified that after January 1 the system will no longer be serviced if a problem arises. To replace the system will cost approximately $80,000 – an unexpected and unbudgeted expense. We invite individuals and/or Sunday School Classes, mission societies, etc. to adopt this as a special project to fund. Make your contribution to Bethesda Home with a note in the memo “call system”. Contact Sara Hiebert or Pete Flaming for more information.

Use your heart to share love and life on Feb. 10 by coming to Goessel Church between 1:00-6:00 to donate blood or volunteer at reception, escort, or canteen. Sign up in the lobby or talk to Rosi (367-2418) A BIG THANKS to the Goessel Goal Getters 4-H club for making cookies for this drive! Make appointments at 800-RED-CROSS or visit redcrossblood.org.

The seniors at Alexanderwohl get together monthly for coffee, conversation and a presentation. In January, we were going to host Pauline Sharp at the Sr. Coffee, but it was postponed due to inclement weather. It’s been rescheduled for Friday, February 21 – and we would like to extend an invitation (again) to all who would like to join us! Pauline is the grand-daughter of Lucy Tayiah Eads, the first female elected chief of the Kanza people in 1922. Pauline presents a monologue speaking as her grandmother, “Chief Lucy of the Kaw Indians”, sharing stories about her life. Please call the church office (620.367.8192) or email alexmenno to sign up. Coffee and refreshments served at 9:00 a.m. and Chief Lucy will appear when folks have settled into their seats (around 9:30).

The Bethel College Concert Choir and the Hesston College Bel Canto Singers will unite for a joint concert, "How Firm a Foundation," on Sunday, Feb. 23, at 7 p.m. at Alexanderwohl Mennonite Church near Goessel. The choirs will perform individual selections from their respective repertoires, and will join together for other pieces, as well as being joined by members of the Alexanderwohl Mennonite Chancel Choir. Admission to the concert is free. An offering will be taken to benefit Mennonite Central Committee.

Camp Tawakoni Fundraiser! We will be serving a lasagna meal at the Goessel High School cafeteria on March 1 from 11:30 to 1. While only 7th and 8th graders will be helping with this event, all are invited to attend and help us raise funds to cover the cost of camp this year. More information will be emailed to 7th and 8th grade parents on what time to arrive and what to bring.

Directory Updates for the 2020 Tabor Church Directory are due now. Please email the church office at kfunk with changes.

Conference Announcements

Prayer Requests:

« Western District Conference: Give thanks for the WDC Resource Library, and pray for God to nurture growth in faith and discipleship for all who use library resources.

« Mennonite Mission Network: MMN requests prayer for the Anabaptist youth in Burgos, Spain, as they prepare for their annual Origen conference. Over the years, many lives have been transformed through the Origen experience. Pray that God would use this year’s event to touch lives needing healing and hope.

« Mennonite Education Agency: Eastern Mennonite University, Harrisonburg, VA. Pray for student leaders as they plan events in celebration of Black History Month at EMU. May they be inspired and inspire us to work for a more just world. Also, pray that students visiting EMU during Honors and Scholarship weekend can discern whether this is the right place for them to study and grow.

Western District Conference:

—Iglesia Menonita Casa Betania, Newton, is having a fundraiser “Burrito Dinner” on January 29 from 5:30-6:30 pm (by donation) at the First Mennonite Church, Newton, basement fellowship hall. All are welcome!

—WDC congregation featured in article: San Antonio Mennonite Church was featured recently in an article in Faith and Leadership, a learning resource for Christian leaders and institutions from Leadership Education at Duke Divinity School. To read the article about SAMC’s caring for immigrants and response to trauma,, see shorturl.at/bhtuH.

Camp Mennoscah:

—Summer staff needed! Camp Mennoscah is looking for college-aged people to fill summer staff positions and someone 21 or older to fill the new position of director of support, a summer-long position to assist the camp director, summer staff, program and support staff through management, coordination, and communication. Complete your application for any of these positions at campmennoscahstaff.campbrainstaff.com!

—Scrapbook and Crafts Retreats on Feb. 28-March 1 and March 6-8! These retreats fill up fast–don’t miss out on your chance to spend a weekend relaxing through cropping and crafting.

— Youth Volunteer Weekend is March 13-14! Registration is through our summer youth camp registration which opens at the beginning of February. This retreat is for grades 7-graduating seniors.

Contact and registration for Camp Mennoscah:

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

Email: office Contact: olivia.bartel.

Mennonite Church USA:

—Service Adventure is looking for a leader for the Jackson, Mississippi unit. Unit leaders are 24 years old or older, and live in community with 3-5 young adults, serving as mentors. For more information contact LaurenEH@MennoniteMission.net.

—Calling all retirees, families, and adults 25+! Looking for a flexible service term that allows you to join the work of missional faith communities across North America? Learn more about SOOP at www.MennoniteMission.net/serve.

—Shine Curriculum: Want to know why and how MennoMedia’s Shine curriculum can be a valuable part of your children’s faith formation? Watch these videos: http://www.centralplainsmc.org/shine.html of webinars originally hosted by Joyce Peachey Lind, Content Editor for Shine. Shine combines age-appropriate music, worship, bible stories, spiritual practices, compassionate peacemaking and service in the faith community.

Mennonite Central Committee: Join us for We’ve Come This Far by Faith, an MCC Centennial Celebration on Saturday, Feb. 29 at 7:30 p.m. at the Shari Flaming Center for the Arts at Tabor College in Hillsboro, Kansas. We hope you’ll join us in celebrating the past 100 years and at the same time help us look forward to the next 100 years of serving in the name of Christ around the world. More information can be found at mcc.org/weve-come-far-faith and to learn more about MCC’s centennial, please visit mcc.org/centennial.

Aren’t we often looking for that perfect gift for our loved one on Valentine’s Day? This year, let New Hope provide you the perfect gift in a romantic venue with the gentle sounds of a string quartet floating through the air. There will be scrumptious Italian cuisine provided by KP Cuisine, Italian sodas and fine coffees, and even chocolate to make the evening even sweeter. This will be the one event of 2020 that you will not want to miss! Celebration of Love: Valentine’s Gala, Friday, February 14, 7pm at The Barn and Grace Hill, 678 S. Grace Hill Rd, Newton, KS. Tickets $60 per person. Details are posted on the bulletin board in the foyer.

Hesston College: Better understand your financial resources and philanthropy in terms of your goals and your faith for both you and your church at the 2020 Anabaptist Vision and Discipleship Series (AVDS) conference, February 21 to 23 at Hesston College.

In partnership with Everence Financial, weekend presentations will focus on understanding your personal history with money and resources, careers, hospitality, finances, generosity, trauma and economic injustice, health and wellness and more. Multiple registrants from the same congregation receive a registration discount, and clergy can attend at no cost. Register by February 10 at hesston.edu/avds.

Bethel College: Sun., Feb. 9 – KIPCOR Film Series: The Great White Hoax, 3 p.m.; talkback follows with Mark McCormick – Krehbiel Auditorium in Luyken Fine Arts Center.

Kidron Bethel Parkinson’s Support Group will meet Tuesday, February 4, at 2:00 p.m. in Menno Hall. The group will share their experiences with Parkinson’s and how they manage the symptoms All are invited.

Everence will host a Social Security and retirement income planning workshop, in N Newton on Monday, Feb. 10 at 6:30 p.m. Attendees will learn about Social Security strategies, risks that can impact retirement savings and strategies to help income last throughout retirement. The workshop is free, but space is limited! Reserve your spot by contacting Michelle Ramer at 316-283-3800, 877-467-7294 or michelle.ramer.

Kansas Mennonite Relief Sale

April 17 & 18, 2020

www.kansas.mccsale.org

—Children’s MCC Coin Offering was $28.34. THANKS and keep up the good work.

—FELLOWSHIP MEAL at Tabor will be Sun., Feb. 16. We will do our Traditional Lasagna Meal. By donation only. We would love to feed you. Sign up sheet is on the Bulletin Board.

—We encourage you to make and build special projects this year for the Centennial. Good Quality items ALWAYS sell well.

—Think of ways you can be involved this year. THANKS TABOR!!

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.

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Jan 26 announcements

Congregational Announcements

Camp Tawakoni (formerly Camp Washunga) will be here before we know it! Brochures have been mailed to all parents of 7th and 8th grade parents with information. Registration is due to the school office or one of the churches by February 1. Please encourage all you know to attend! Scholarships are available. If you have any questions, please contact Laura Unrau (lauraelaine25), Michelle Unruh (michellerunruh) or any of the area churches.

Mission Partner Sunday: Dan and Kathryn Smith Derksen will be at Tabor Church on February 9 to share during the worship service. We will receive special offerings throughout February to meet our $1,500 commitment. A donation box will be in the foyer.

Decorate and eat cookies! Join us for this fellowship event on Sunday, February 9 at 3:00 pm in the Hospitality Hall. Everyone is welcome! Children need to have an adult with them.

Time to show off Tabor’s amazing baking skills! Camp Mennoscah Hymn Sing and Dessert Auction will be March 1, 4pm-6pm in our brand new Hospitality Hall. Since Tabor gets the opportunity to host the annual fundraiser, we would like to showcase our sweet creations. If you would like to donate a cake, pie or dessert, please contact Jill Litwiller before February 9. Mark your calendars to attend the event, sing a few hymns (including a bluegrass set), and get a great treat for your family and friends.

A Giving Opportunity: Bethesda Home has had a contract for our emergency call system (nurse call system and duplex pendant call system) for nearly 20 years. We were recently notified that after January 1 the system will no longer be serviced if a problem arises. To replace the system will cost approximately $80,000 – an unexpected and unbudgeted expense. We invite individuals and/or Sunday School Classes, mission societies, etc. to adopt this as a special project to fund. Make your contribution to Bethesda Home with a note in the memo “call system”. Contact Sara Hiebert or Pete Flaming for more information.

Use your heart to share love and life on Feb. 10 by coming to Goessel Church between 1:00-6:00 to donate blood or volunteer at reception, escort, or canteen. Sign up in the lobby or talk to Rosi (367-2418) A BIG THANKS to the Goessel Goal Getters 4-H club for making cookies for this drive! Make appointments at 800-RED-CROSS or visit redcrossblood.org.

Directory Updates for the 2020 Tabor Church Directory are due now. Please email the church office at kfunk with changes.

Conference Announcements

Prayer Requests:

« Western District Conference: Pray for WDC congregations in pastoral transition, as they seek God’s guidance for future direction and leadership.

« Mennonite Mission Network: MMN requests prayer for Joanne Brandt as she teaches at Union Biblical Seminary in India this trimester. Pray for wisdom and grace as she adapts her teaching to a new context and as she builds relationships with faculty, staff and students.

« Mennonite Education Agency: Pray for the Hesston College community as they live, learn and work together in harmony, bridging differences that may otherwise divide.

Western District Conference:

Leadership Lunch: All are welcome to come for lunch and conversation on Thursday, January 30 from 12-1:30pm at the WDC offices. This will be our first Leadership Lunch of 2020 and it will be an opportunity for us to brainstorm what we would like Leadership Lunches to look like for this year. Bring your own lunch and bring ideas of how this monthly gathering can help inspire us to make progress on the adaptive challenges we face. Any questions, please contact Phil Schmidt (pschmidt) or Kathy Neufeld Dunn (kathynd).

Camp Mennoscah:

–Summer staff needed! Camp Mennoscah is looking for college-aged people to fill summer staff positions (lifeguard, nature, music, crafts, office) and someone 21 or older to fill the new position of "director of support." The director of support is a summer-long position to assist the camp director, summer staff, program and support staff through management, coordination, and communication. Complete your application for any of these positions at olivia.bartel or 620-297-3290.

–Retreat registration is open! Registration for all 2020 Camp Mennoscah retreats is now available at www.campmennoscah.org. Look for the Register Online link at the top of the page. Summer youth camp registration will open at the beginning of February. The fun has begun!

Mennonite Church USA:

There’s still time to sign up to join the Mennonite Mission Network Alumni & Friends Service-Learning Tour. From March 7-14, we will serve alongside our Service Adventure partners in Jackson, and our SOOP partners in Meridian and Mashulaville, MS. We will also be taking in Civil Rights experiences by hearing from an activist and going to the Mississippi Civil Rights Museum, as well as other sites. Email AlumniTrip@MennoniteMission.net for more information.

Mennonite Central Committee: Join us for We’ve Come This Far by Faith, an MCC Centennial Celebration on Saturday, Feb. 29 at 7:30 p.m. at the Shari Flaming Center for the Arts at Tabor College in Hillsboro, Kansas. We hope you’ll join us in celebrating the past 100 years and at the same time help us look forward to the next 100 years of serving in the name of Christ around the world. More information can be found at mcc.org/weve-come-far-faith and to learn more about MCC’s centennial, please visit mcc.org/centennial.

Mennonite Disaster Service (MDS): Boots, Buckets and Barrows. Ted & Co. TheaterWorks, MDS, and Hesston College are partnering for a unique fundraising opportunity on Jan. 31 and Feb. 1. The event will be at 7 p.m. on Fri., Jan. 31 at Hesston Mennonite Church (309 S. Main St, Hesston). Proceeds from this event will benefit both MDS and scholarships for Hesston College students in the Disaster Management Program. A second south central Kansas show will be at 7 p.m., Sat., Feb. 1 at Journey Mennonite Church (808 S. Poplar St., South Hutchinson).

Aren’t we often looking for that perfect gift for our loved one on Valentine’s Day? This year, let New Hope provide you the perfect gift in a romantic venue with the gentle sounds of a string quartet floating through the air. There will be scrumptious Italian cuisine provided by KP Cuisine, Italian sodas and fine coffees, and even chocolate to make the evening even sweeter. This will be the one event of 2020 that you will not want to miss! Celebration of Love: Valentine’s Gala, Friday, February 14, 7pm at The Barn and Grace Hill, 678 S. Grace Hill Rd, Newton, KS. Tickets $60 per person. Details are posted on the bulletin board in the foyer.

Hesston College:

—Better understand your financial resources and philanthropy in terms of your goals and your faith for both you and your church at the 2020 Anabaptist Vision and Discipleship Series (AVDS) conference, February 21 to 23 at Hesston College. In partnership with Everence Financial, weekend presentations will focus on understanding your personal history with money and resources, careers, hospitality, finances, generosity, trauma and economic injustice, health and wellness and more. Multiple registrants from the same congregation receive a registration discount, and clergy can attend at no cost. Register by February 10 at hesston.edu/avds.

The Life Enrichment program at Bethel College for the Spring semester 2020 begins on February 5 and ends on April 29. This program is designed especially for persons 60 and above. A brochure with information is posted on the community bulletin board in the foyer next to the elevator.

Anabaptist Witness 6.2, “Mission and Migration,” can be read online for free. In this issue, authors explore ways in which migration has shaped identity as well as how identity has shaped migration and ways of being and belief, both in the past and the present. anabaptistwitness.org

The first excerpt from Mennonite Church USA Archives’ oral history project, which features interviews of young people between the ages of 24-40 within MC USA, is now available. In this excerpt, Dona Park asks, "How do we bring people who are on the outside inside?" and challenges leaders to intentionally encourage students from marginalized communities. Visit: http://mennoniteusa.org/tag/oral-history-project/

Mennonite Mission Network is seeking a full-time assistant for Program Human Resources. Responsibilities include supporting the work of the Care Coordinator and Personnel Counselors, along with managing details for worker orientation and seminars. Strong attention to details, ability to manage and track people and processes. Some travel required. See the position description at www.MennoniteMission.net. Send

resumé to StaffRecruitment@MennoniteMission.net for consideration.

Kansas Mennonite Relief Sale

April 17 & 18, 2020

www.kansas.mccsale.org

—Help our Children out by bringing your coins and paper for the Children’s Coin Offering Sunday. Our Children will start passing the cans THIS Sunday morning. We will continue each Sunday until the sale. If you make a habit of collecting your coins during the week and putting them in a cup and then bring them to Church on Sunday it really adds up to a significant amount of money for MCC. In past years we have been bringing in around $25,000. THIS IS WHAT MCC IS WELL KNOWN FOR–MANY PEOPLE DOING SMALL THINGS ADDS UP TO MIRACLES.

—KS MCC Sale is April 17 and 18. PLEASE mark your calendars.

—2020 is the Centennial Year for MCC. MCC is 100 years old. MCC started as a one time deal to feed the thousands starving in Russia. Instead of a one time help, MCC has continued to help people in desperate need throughout the world thru the past 100 years. Pause a moment and think of the thousands and thousands MCC has helped in the Name of Christ. There are MANY special activities that MCC is planning THIS year throughout the USA and Canada. Follow along in the Mennonite World Review and local church bulletins for many special events. This will be a very special year of celebration and opportunity for giving.

—Think of ways you can plug in this year with special projects and fund raising ideas to commemorate 100 years.

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.

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Jan 19 announcements



Congregational Announcements

Directory Updates for the 2020 Tabor Church Directory are due now. Please email the church office at kfunk with changes.

Goessel Community Junior High Movie Night: Due to widespread illness in the surrounding community, we will be cancelling the movie night this Sunday, January 19. More information will be emailed to parents about our next event at a later date.

Tabor Church’s week at New Hope Shelter continues through January 21. If you can help, please let Barb Abrahams know. If you have never served before but are interested or have questions, please talk to Barb.

Decorate and eat cookies! Join us for this fellowship event on Sunday, February 9 at 3:00 pm in the Hospitality Hall. Everyone is welcome! Children need to have an adult with them.

Time to show off Tabor’s amazing baking skills! Camp Mennoscah Hymn Sing and Dessert Auction will be March 1 4pm-6pm in our brand new hospitality hall. Since Tabor gets the opportunity to host the annual fundraiser, we would like to showcase our sweet creations. If you would like to donate a cake, pie or dessert, please contact Jill Litwiller before February 9. And mark your calendars to attend the event, sing a few hymns (including a bluegrass set), and get a great treat for your family and friends.

The Mennonite Heritage and Agricultural Museum will hold its annual meeting on Sunday, January 19, 2020 at 2:30 p.m. at the Goessel Mennonite Church. There will be a short business meeting followed by a photo presentation of the tour to Poland taken by D. J. & Marilyn Unruh Flaming, Myron & Ruth Goertzen.

This event is free and the public is invited to attend. A “Faspa” follows the program. Museum memberships will be available or purchase beginning at 2pm.

Coming to Tabor: Western District Women in Mission in cooperation with Everence Financial will host a two-day conference “Let’s Talk…Women, Money & Faith” on January 24 and 25 at Tabor Mennonite Church. Featured speakers, Teresa Boshart Yoder and Rhoda Blough, from Everence Financial will address money and faith topics for women of all ages and stages of life. Registration forms can be found on the shelf beneath the mailboxes in the foyer and are due January 17.

First Impressions of Goessel: How do visitors from another community view the Goessel community? Recently a volunteer team from another community of similar size made a visit to Goessel to report their “First Impressions” of the community. The team acted as “secret shoppers” for the day to discover what they could about Goessel and documented their results. These results will be shared at a public meeting on Tues., Jan. 21, 6:00 p.m. at the Goessel City Building. Following the presentation, two or three project areas will be identified and time will be allowed for discussion and initial planning. Everyone is encouraged to attend to learn how a visitor sees your community. “First Impressions” is a program developed by K-State Research and Extension through the Community Vitality program. The focus of the program is to help communities learn about existing strengths and weaknesses through the eyes of visitor. The results from a “First Impressions” visit can serve as the basis for community action. For further information about the meeting on January 21, contact Brian Stucky at 620-367-2610.

Conference Announcements

Prayer Requests:

« Western District Conference: Pray for leaders and participants gathering January 24-25 for “Let’s Talk…Women, Money and Faith,” a conference sponsored by Western District Women in Mission in collaboration with Everence.

« Mennonite Mission Network: Thank God for Stanley W. Green’s faithful leadership of MMN since 1993. Pray for guidance and wisdom as a search committee looks for a new executive director to lead, mobilize, and equip the mission agency of Mennonite Church USA in holistic witness to Jesus Christ..

« Mennonite Education Agency: Pray for the Goshen, Bethel, and Hesston College communities as they celebrate the life of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. with activities and events.

« Mennonite Church USA: Please pray for Hope for the Future 2020, a MC USA people of color event being held January 24-26. Hope for the Future gathers leaders of color from church and related ministries to explore the ways that power, privilege and racism function in our denomination.

Western District Conference:

—All are invited to a farewell reception for WDC Associate Conference Minister Byron Pellecer on Wednesday, January 22, at 10-11 am (come-and-go, with remarks at 10:30 am) at the WDC conference room, 2517 North Main Street, North Newton, KS. Come and enjoy some refreshments, and join in as we offer our prayers and best wishes for Byron as he concludes his ministry with WDC at the end of January.

—Strangers in Town: WDC Immigration Task Force encourages you and others in your congregation to watch this 33-minute free film about how immigrants in Garden City, KS are shaping that town in positive ways. Find the film at: https://filmfreeway.com/ StrangersinTown. This would be an excellent resource to get a conversation started about immigration and our neighbors who have made this land their home, too.

Camp Mennoscah:

—Retreat registration is open! You are now able to register for 2020 retreats at Camp Mennoscah at www.campmennoscah.org. Summer youth camp registration will open at the beginning of February.

—Recruiting for summer staff continues! Camp Mennoscah continues to search for amazing young adults to be part of our 2020 summer youth camp leadership (nature, music, crafts, lifeguards, office, grounds/maintenance). The summer staff application can be found at campmennoscah.org.

Mennonite Church USA:

—Looking for adventure? Serve, learn and grow with Youth Venture! Locations: Spain, Colombia, Arizona, Peru, Nazareth Village, Benin. Age: 15–22; term: 2–3 weeks.  The application deadline is April 1. Learn more at www.MennoniteMission.net/Serve or email LaurenEH@MennoniteMission.net.

—Join a community. Serve others. Put your faith into action. Apply to serve with Mennonite Voluntary Service in places like Chicago; Washington, D.C.; San Francisco; and Alamosa. Age: 20+; term: 1–2 years. For more info, contact LaurenEH@MennoniteMission.net..

Mennonite Disaster Service (MDS): Boots, Buckets and Barrows. Ted & Co. TheaterWorks, MDS, and Hesston College are partnering for a unique fundraising opportunity on Jan. 31 and Feb. 1. In an event called Boots, Buckets and Barrows that is part theater show/part auction to support the ongoing work of MDS, Ted & Co. will present the original play The Jesus Stories: Faith, Forks & Fetuccine, which is interrupted two times to auction off buckets of home-related items. The event will be at 7 p.m. on Friday, Jan. 31 at Hesston Mennonite Church (309 S. Main St, Hesston). Proceeds from this event will benefit both MDS and scholarships for Hesston College students in the Disaster Management Program. A second south central Kansas show will be at 7 p.m., Saturday, Feb. 1 at Journey Mennonite Church (808 S. Poplar St., South Hutchinson).

Aren’t we often looking for that perfect gift for our loved one on Valentine’s Day? This year, let New Hope provide you the perfect gift in a romantic venue with the gentle sounds of a string quartet floating through the air. There will be scrumptious Italian cuisine provided by KP Cuisine, Italian sodas and fine coffees, and even chocolate to make the evening even sweeter. This will be the one event of 2020 that you will not want to miss! Celebration of Love: Valentine’s Gala, Friday, February 14, 7pm at The Barn and Grace Hill, 678 S. Grace Hill Rd, Newton, KS. Tickets $60 per person. Details are posted on the bulletin board in the foyer.

Young Adult Snow Camp at Rocky Mountain Mennonite Camp is Feb. 7-9. Join fellow young adults (anyone between ages 18 and 30) as we worship together, play broomball and group games, enjoy the beauty of the outdoors, and much more. During the worship sessions Tory Bonners will share with us on the topic of “Structuring Our Faith” and how we live out faith in the context of our lives. The cost is $100 to cover meals, lodging, and the program. Online registration is available at www.rmmc.org or call 719-687-9506.

Hesston College:

—Hesston College’s Martin Luther King (MLK) Day celebration will provide learning opportunities about diversity, equity and inclusion on-campus and in the community. Public events will take place leading up to and including MLK Day, Mon, Jan. 20.

Sun, Jan. 19, Glen Guyton, executive director of Mennonite Church USA will speak at Hesston Mennonite Church, in the 10:30 a.m. worship service and at a free community building workshop at 7 p.m. Visit www.hesston.edu/MLK for more information.

—Before Rosa Parks. Before Martin Luther King Jr. Before Nelson Mandela. There was Paul Robeson. Hesston College artist-in-residence and peace ambassador Tony Brown gives his MLK Day tribute to the 20th century civil rights activist Paul Robeson at 7 p.m., Sunday, Jan. 19, at Hesston Mennonite Church. I Go On Singing: Paul Robeson’s Life in Word and Song, will be narrated by Victor Hogstrom, President of KPTS Channel 8 in Wichita (PBS). Tickets are $12 for adults, available at the Hesston College Bookstore or at 620-327-8104, as well as at the door. Students college-age and younger are free. Visit www.hesston.edu/MLK for more information.

—Registration is now open for Hesston College’s Anabaptist Vision and Discipleship Series (AVDS) on February 21 to 23. This year’s conference, in partnership with Everence Financial, is Living More with More: Redefining the Good Life, and will focus on stewardship of finances, resources and hospitality. The weekend’s content will have interest points for all life stages from high school-age youth to retirement, as well as group-focused content relatable to congregations and other organizations. Go to hesston.edu/avds for more information and registration.

Bethel College:

—Mon., Jan. 20 — Bethel College’s annual Martin Luther King Jr. Day celebration takes place at a different place and time than previous years (also different from some previously printed calendars); starting at 2 p.m. (or come and go as your schedule allows), informal time of snacks and mingling, followed by special music by the Bethel Worship Center band, and a performance by the Junior People of Color (POC) Step Team from Leavenworth; 3 p.m., Michelle Vann, Ph.D., Wichita, author, teacher, speaker, radio show host, blogger and active church and community member; concluding reception, all in Memorial Hall.

—Centering Prayer will not meet Mon., Jan. 20, but resumes Jan. 27. For more information, contact Nathan Koontz, 2nathankoontz, or Melanie Zuercher, mzuercher.

—Sat., Jan. 25 — Celebrate Kansas Day! at Kauffman Museum: 1-4 p.m., activities, performances and demonstrations for all ages in and around Kauffman Museum.

The Life Enrichment program at Bethel College for the Spring semester 2020 begins on February 5 and ends on April 29. This program is designed especially for persons 60 and above. A brochure with information is posted on the community bulletin board in the foyer next to the elevator.

Do you know theologically minded youth? Through AMBS’s !Explore program, 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 (June 30 – July 16, 2020). Scholarships are available. Tap a shoulder! ambs.edu/explore

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January 12 announcements

Congregational Announcements

2019 Tabor Church Annual Reports were emailed or placed in mailboxes (those without email) this week. Additional paper copies can be found on the shelf below the mailboxes in the foyer. Please feel free to take one.

Directory Updates for the 2020 Tabor Church Directory are due now. Please email the church office at kfunk with changes.

Church Council Retreat: All Tabor members and attenders are invited to the Church Council Retreat meeting on Tuesday, January 14 from 6:30-8:30pm. Our focus for the retreat will be on the Ministries of Christ as described in Ephesians 4:11. If you are interested in attending this meeting (and are not on a church commission), please let me know so that we can plan for the right number of people. -Peace, Pastor Phil

The Great Winter Warm-UP is Almost Here! Mennonite Central Committee is celebrating its 100th anniversary by attempting to collect 6500 comforters to break the record for most blankets donated to a charity in 24 hours. Alexanderwohl and Tabor Mennonite Churches will host an MCC Comforter Blitz for everyone in the Goessel Community, at the Tabor Mennonite Church Hospitality Hall on Saturday, January 18, 2020, 9am – 4pm. Something for everyone—pin, tie, trim, sew. Lunch provided, donations accepted. Bring a scissors, large eye needle (if you have one) and thimble (if you use one), please label your supplies. A donation box can be found in the foyer if you would like to help purchase batting and supplies for the comforters. Contact Ruth Goertzen (620-747-0074; alexmenno), Sharon Adrian (620-877-7239; sladrian49), or Kim Funk (620-747-0408; kfunk) with questions. We look forward to seeing you at this Goessel Community Winter Warm-up!

Tabor Church’s week at New Hope Shelter is coming up soon, January 15 through January 21. We will be responsible to fill the evening shifts each of those days and the night shifts on January 17 and 18. If you can help, please let Barb Abrahams know. If you have never served before but are interested or have questions, please talk to Barb.

Goessel Community Junior High Movie Night: All Junior Highers are welcome to come to the Tabor Mennonite Church Hospitality Hall on Sunday, January 19 at 7pm for a movie and time of fellowship. Snacks will be provided. More information to come. Contact Michelle Unruh (michellerunruh) or Laura Unrau (lauraelaine25) with any questions.

The guest speaker for Senior Coffee at the Alexanderwohl Mennonite Church on Fri., Jan. 17 is Pauline Sharp, the granddaughter of Lucy Tayiah Eads, the first female elected chief of the Kanza people in 1922. Pauline will present a first-person performance of her own grandmother, “Chief Lucy of the Kaw Indians.” Come to hear this rich history about the Kanza (Kaw) people who first lived on this land. Coffee and refreshments will be served at 9:00 a.m. with Chief Lucy making her appearance as people are settled in their seats. All are welcome! Please rsvp by Mon., Jan. 13 to the Alexanderwohl Church office at: alexmenno or 620-367-8192.

The Mennonite Heritage and Agricultural Museum will hold its annual meeting on Sunday, January 19, 2020 at 2:30 p.m. at the Goessel Mennonite Church. There will be a short business meeting followed by a photo presentation of the tour to Poland taken by D. J. & Marilyn Unruh Flaming, Myron & Ruth Goertzen.

This event is free and the public is invited to attend. A "Faspa" follows the program. Museum memberships will be available or purchase beginning at 2pm.

Coming to Tabor: Western District Women in Mission in cooperation with Everence Financial will host a two-day conference "Let’s Talk…Women, Money & Faith" on January 24 and 25 at Tabor Mennonite Church. Featured speakers, Teresa Boshart Yoder and Rhoda Blough, from Everence Financial will address money and faith topics for women of all ages and stages of life. Registration forms can be found on the shelf beneath the mailboxes in the foyer and are due January 17.

First Impressions of Goessel: How do visitors from another community view the Goessel community? Recently a volunteer team from another community of similar size made a visit to Goessel to report their “First Impressions” of the community. The team acted as “secret shoppers” for the day to discover what they could about Goessel and documented their results. These results will be shared at a public meeting on Tues., Jan. 21, 6:00 p.m. at the Goessel City Building. Following the presentation, two or three project areas will be identified and time will be allowed for discussion and initial planning. Everyone is encouraged to attend to learn how a visitor sees your community. “First Impressions” is a program developed by K-State Research and Extension through the Community Vitality program. The focus of the program is to help communities learn about existing strengths and weaknesses through the eyes of visitor. The results from a “First Impressions” visit can serve as the basis for community action. For further information about the meeting on January 21, contact Brian Stucky at 620-367-2610.

Conference Announcements

Prayer Requests:

« Western District Conference: Pray for the WDC commissions in their ministries of equipping leaders, resourcing congregations, nurturing church planting, and encouraging generosity and stewardship.

« Mennonite Mission Network: MMN requests prayer for Hong Kong in this sixth month of unrest. Pray for the unity of all churches in the face of increasing repression by the Chinese government. Pray also for reconciliation between the authorities of China and Hong Kong and between the police and protesters.

« Mennonite Education Agency: Eastern Mennonite Seminary, Harrisonburg, VA. Join us in praying for the church leaders attending School for Leadership Training at Eastern Mennonite Seminary this week, as they explore the theme, “Shalom in the Streets.”

« Mennonite Church USA: Please pray for the MC USA Executive Board meeting on January 17-18. The Board will be reviewing the recommendations of the Membership Guidelines Advisory Group, among other agenda items. To learn more about the Membership Guidelines Advisory Group, visit http://mennoniteusa.org/news/mc-usa-membership-guidelines-advisory-group-meeting/

Western District Conference:

—All are invited to a farewell reception for WDC Associate Conference Minister Byron Pellecer on Wednesday, January 22, at 10-11 am (come-and-go, with remarks at 10:30 am) at the WDC conference room, 2517 North Main Street, North Newton, KS. Come and enjoy some refreshments, and join in as we offer our prayers and best wishes for Byron as he concludes his ministry with WDC at the end of January.

—Strangers in Town: WDC Immigration Task Force encourages you and others in your congregation to watch this 33-minute free film about how immigrants in Garden City, KS are shaping that town in positive ways. Find the film at: https://filmfreeway.com/ StrangersinTown. This would be an excellent resource to get a conversation started about immigration and our neighbors who have made this land their home, too.

Camp Mennoscah:

—Retreat registration is open! You are now able to register for 2020 retreats at Camp Mennoscah at www.campmennoscah.org. Summer youth camp registration will open at the beginning of February.

—Recruiting for summer staff continues! Camp Mennoscah continues to search for amazing young adults to be part of our 2020 summer youth camp leadership (nature, music, crafts, lifeguards, office, grounds/maintenance). The summer staff application can be found at campmennoscah.org.

Mennonite Church USA:

—Register now for Hope for the Future 2020, a Mennonite Church USA people of color event. Registration is open through January 15 for this Anabaptist networking and equipping event being held in Arlington, Texas on Jan. 24-26. Hope for the Future gathers leaders of color from church and related ministries to explore the ways that power, privilege and racism function in our denomination. For more information, visit https://cvent.me/lVENAm.

Mennonite Disaster Service (MDS):

—Work continues in Avant, OK repairing homes that were flooded in the spring of 2019 and the Oklahoma Unit is asking for volunteers. Please consider helping our neighbors in Oklahoma and bring additional helpers. The work will be repairing flood damaged homes and finishing a new home. The materials for the new home are sitting on the ground waiting on volunteers. This response can also use daily volunteers. There are accommodations to house volunteers or hookup for campers. Please call Jay Blough (405) 412-4414 or Bill Mast (405) 590-7747 for more information.

—Boots, Buckets and Barrows: Ted & Co. TheaterWorks, MDS, and Hesston College are partnering for a unique fundraising opportunity on Jan. 31 and Feb. 1. In an event called Boots, Buckets and Barrows that is part theater show/part auction to support the ongoing work of MDS, Ted & Co. will present the original play The Jesus Stories: Faith, Forks & Fetuccine, which is interrupted two times to auction off buckets of home-related items. The event will be at 7 p.m. on Friday, Jan. 31 at Hesston Mennonite Church (309 S. Main St, Hesston). Proceeds from this event will benefit both MDS and scholarships for Hesston College students in the Disaster Management Program. A second south central Kansas show will be at 7 p.m., Saturday, Feb. 1 at Journey Mennonite Church (808 S. Poplar St., South Hutchinson).

Offender/Victim Ministries will hold its Annual Meeting on Sun., Jan. 12, 2-5 pm, at the MCC Center, info.

Young Adult Snow Camp at Rocky Mountain Mennonite Camp is Feb. 7-9. Join fellow young adults (anyone between ages 18 and 30) as we worship together, play broomball and group games, enjoy the beauty of the outdoors, and much more. During the worship sessions Tory Bonners will share with us on the topic of “Structuring Our Faith” and how we live out faith in the context of our lives. The cost is $100 to cover meals, lodging, and the program. Online registration is available at www.rmmc.org or call 719-687-9506.

Hesston College:

—Hesston College’s Martin Luther King (MLK) Day celebration will provide learning opportunities about diversity, equity and inclusion on-campus and in the community. Public events will take place leading up to and including MLK Day, Mon, Jan. 20.

Sun, Jan. 19, Glen Guyton, executive director of Mennonite Church USA will speak at Hesston Mennonite Church, in the 10:30 a.m. worship service and at a free community building workshop at 7 p.m. Visit www.hesston.edu/MLK for more information.

—Before Rosa Parks. Before Martin Luther King Jr. Before Nelson Mandela. There was Paul Robeson. Hesston College artist-in-residence and peace ambassador Tony Brown gives his MLK Day tribute to the 20th century civil rights activist Paul Robeson at 7 p.m., Sunday, Jan. 19, at Hesston Mennonite Church. I Go On Singing: Paul Robeson’s Life in Word and Song, will be narrated by Victor Hogstrom, President of KPTS Channel 8 in Wichita (PBS). Tickets are $12 for adults, available at the Hesston College Bookstore or at 620-327-8104, as well as at the door. Students college-age and younger are free. Visit www.hesston.edu/MLK for more information.

—Registration is now open for Hesston College’s Anabaptist Vision and Discipleship Series (AVDS) on February 21 to 23. This year’s conference, in partnership with Everence Financial, is Living More with More: Redefining the Good Life, and will focus on stewardship of finances, resources and hospitality. The weekend’s content will have interest points for all life stages from high school-age youth to retirement, as well as group-focused content relatable to congregations and other organizations. Go to hesston.edu/avds for more information and registration.

Bethel College:

—Mon., Jan. 20 — Bethel College’s annual Martin Luther King Jr. Day celebration takes place at a different place and time than previous years (also different from some previously printed calendars); starting at 2 p.m. (or come and go as your schedule allows), informal time of snacks and mingling, followed by special music by the Bethel Worship Center band, and a performance by the Junior People of Color (POC) Step Team from Leavenworth; 3 p.m., Michelle Vann, Ph.D., Wichita, author, teacher, speaker, radio show host, blogger and active church and community member; concluding reception, all in Memorial Hall.

—Sat., Jan. 25 — Celebrate Kansas Day! at Kauffman Museum: 1-4 p.m., activities, performances and demonstrations for all ages in and around Kauffman Museum.

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Jan 5 announcements

 Congregational Announcements

Ministry Storytelling Sunday will take place on January 12. Come to reflect on how the ministries of Tabor Church were carried out in the past year and the ways in which we envision ministries to evolve in the coming year.

Church Council Retreat: All Tabor members and attenders are invited to the Church Council Retreat meeting on Tuesday, January 14 from 6:30-8:30pm. Our focus for the retreat will be on the Ministries of Christ as described in Ephesians 4:11. If you are interested in attending this meeting (and are not on a church commission), please let me know so that we can plan for the right number of people. -Peace, Pastor Phil

Tabor Church’s week at New Hope Shelter is coming up soon, January 15 through January 21. We will be responsible to fill the evening shifts each of those days and the night shifts on January 17 and 18. If you can help, please let Barb Abrahams know. If you have never served before but are interested or have questions, please talk to Barb.

The Great Winter Warm-UP is Almost Here! Mennonite Central Committee is celebrating its 100th anniversary by attempting to collect 6500 comforters to break the record for most blankets donated to a charity in 24 hours. Alexanderwohl and Tabor Mennonite Churches will host an MCC Comforter Blitz for everyone in the Goessel Community, at the Tabor Mennonite Church Hospitality Hall on Saturday, January 18, 2020, 9am – 4pm. Something for everyone—pin, tie, trim, sew, or help in the kitchen with snacks and the noon meal. If you have a top to donate, please turn those in by January 1. A donation box can be found in the foyer if you would like to help purchase batting and supplies for the comforters. Contact Ruth Goertzen (alexmenno; 620-747-0074), Sharon Adrian (sladrian49; 620-877-7239), or Kim Funk (kfunk; 620-747-0408) with questions. We look forward to seeing many of you at this Goessel Community Winter Warm-up!

Goessel Community Junior High Movie Night: All Junior Highers are welcome to come to the Tabor Mennonite Church Hospitality Hall on Sunday, January 19 at 7pm for a movie and time of fellowship. Snacks will be provided. More information to come. Contact Michelle Unruh (michellerunruh) or Laura Unrau (lauraelaine25) with any questions.

There will be a change for the Community Junior High group next summer. Rock Springs 4-H Camp has made the decision to shut down Camp WaShunGa due to expensive upkeep of aging buildings and low registration to stay at this part of their facilities. We spent the fall researching and looking into other summer camp options for our youth. We have booked Camp Tawakoni for Summer 2020. This is a camp that is associated with the Disciples of Christ Christian Church located between Andover and Augusta. We will continue to host our camp on Memorial Day Weekend. It is bittersweet to think that we will not be returning to Camp WaShunGa after almost fifty years, but we are looking forward to continuing old traditions and creating new memories at Camp Tawakoni.

The guest speaker for Senior Coffee at the Alexanderwohl Mennonite Church on Friday, January 17 is Pauline Sharp. Pauline is the granddaughter of Lucy Tayiah Eads, the first female elected chief of the Kanza people in 1922. Pauline will present a first-person performance of her own grandmother, “Chief Lucy of the Kaw Indians.” Come to hear this rich history about the Kanza (Kaw) people who first lived on this land. Coffee and refreshments will be served at 9:00 a.m. with Chief Lucy making her appearance as people are settled in their seats. All are welcome! Please rsvp by Monday, January 13 to the Alexanderwohl Church office at: alexmenno or 620-367-8192.

The Mennonite Heritage and Agricultural Museum will hold its annual meeting on Sunday, January 19, 2020 at 2:30 p.m. at the Goessel Mennonite Church. There will be a short business meeting followed by a photo presentation of the tour to Poland taken by D. J. & Marilyn Unruh Flaming, Myron & Ruth Goertzen.

This event is free and the public is invited to attend. A “Faspa” follows the program.

Directory Updates for the 2020 Tabor Church Directory are due now. Please email the church office at kfunk with changes.

Tabor Deacons have approved a sabbatical for Pastor Phil from May 1 to July 31, 2020.

Conference Announcements

Prayer Requests:

« Western District Conference: Pray for youth in WDC congregations, and the leaders who mentor, teach and accompany them in their faith journey.

« Mennonite Mission Network: Deb Byler of MMN has just returned to Guatemala after three months on North American Assignment. Pray for her as she continues to work with Mennonite women in Bible studies, trauma healing, and leadership training.

« Mennonite Education Agency: Lezha Academic Center, Albania–Please pray for healing for all who lost their loved ones and homes during the major earthquake that struck Albania in November. Approximately 51 people died and 3,000 were injured.

Western District Conference:

—The Youth Ministry Committee of Western District and South Central conferences presents… Youth Lead Now, a one-day workshop designed for high school youth to enrich their leadership skills and deepen faith. Using the adaptive leadership framework from the Kansas Leadership Center and well known spiritual practices, we will equip youth with skills to be leaders among their peers, in their churches, and in their communities. Our hope is that congregations would partner with us by sending youth who have been affirmed for their leadership gifts or potential. Date: January 11, 2020. Time: 9am to 4pm. Location: Faith Mennonite Church, Newton. Registration Fee: $50 (scholarships available upon request). High School Youth can register through the link: https://forms.gle/fWQ2BVjybMVtzKsC8

—Western District Women in Mission in cooperation with Everence Financial will host a two-day conference “Let’s Talk…Women, Money & Faith” on January 24 and 25 at Tabor Mennonite Church, Newton. Featured speakers, Teresa Boshart Yoder and Rhoda Blough, from Everence Financial will address money and faith topics for women of all ages and stages of life. Registration forms can be found on the shelf beneath the mailboxes in the foyer and are due January 17.

Mennonite Church USA:

—Register now for Hope for the Future 2020, a Mennonite Church USA people of color event. Registration is open through January 15 for this Anabaptist networking and equipping event being held in Arlington, Texas on Jan. 24-26. Hope for the Future gathers leaders of color from church and related ministries to explore the ways that power, privilege and racism function in our denomination. For more information, visit https://cvent.me/lVENAm.

—Mennonite Church USA has announced several staff transitions, welcoming Caleb Allen of Kansas and Camille Dager of Pennsylvania to its Communications team and Roberta Yoder of Indiana to the Archives. For more information, visit https://bit.ly/36eK3Ns.

Boots, Buckets and Barrows: In partnership with Mennonite Disaster Service, Ted & Co. presents the original play “The Jesus Stories: Faith, Forks & Fettuccine”, in conjunction with a unique auction of buckets filled with baked goods and home items, along with ‘flash auctions’ to fund the tools and volunteers MDS needs to help restore communities and rebuild homes ravaged by natural disaster. All proceeds benefit the continued work of MDS. Admission is free! Please come prepared to bid! Friday, January 31, 7 pm at Hesston Mennonite Church and Saturday, February 1, 7 pm at Journey Mennonite Church, South Hutchinson. Sponsored by Kansas MDS Unit, Hesston College Disaster Management Program, and Journey Mennonite S. Hutchinson.

The Neuf Memorial Run: The Neuf 9K and 2 mile run returns to the campus of Bethel College on Jan. 11, 2020 to honor the memory of Russ Neufeld, a former MC USA and and Hesston College employee. The race will start at 10 a.m. outside of Mojo’s Coffee Shop on the campus of Bethel College, North Newton, Kansas. The Neuf will raise funds for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, and the Russ Neufeld memorial scholarship at Hesston College. Register & read other details about the race at www.runtheneuf.neuf.ca. We would love to have you join us for this fun community event!

Newton Et Cetera Shop thanks you for your generous support in 2019! We invited you to SHOP, DONATE and VOLUNTEER, and YOU DID! With the help of 260 volunteers, we’ve sold over 500,000 items this year! If you’d like to join our volunteers, please attend an upcoming new volunteer orientation on Thursday, January 9, 6-7 PM or Tuesday, February 11, 6-7 PM. We’re currently seeking volunteers to help with costumes, greeting cards, holiday items and clerking. Blessings for the new year to you from Newton Et Cetera Shop board of directors, volunteers and employees!

Kidron Bethel Parkinson’s Support Group will meet January 7 at 2:00 p.m. in Menno Hall. Emily Schultze, dance instructor for Rhythm Connections for Parkinson’s Disease, will present the program. Everyone is invited.

Everence will host its popular workshop, Make Medicare an easy step, in North Newton on Tuesday, Jan. 7 and in Hutchinson on Thursday, Jan. 9. Both will begin at 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. The workshop is free, but space is limited! Reserve your spot by contacting Michelle Ramer at 316-283-3800 or michelle.ramer. *Attendance is recommended for those approaching retirement or those ready to sign up for Medicare.

Hesston College:

—Hesston College’s Martin Luther King (MLK) Day celebration will provide learning opportunities about diversity, equity and inclusion on-campus and in the community. Public events will take place leading up to and including MLK Day, Monday, January 20. Sunday, Jan. 19, Glen Guyton, executive director of Mennonite Church USA will speak at Hesston Mennonite Church, both in the 10:30 a.m. worship service and at a free community building workshop at 7 p.m. Visit www.hesston.edu/MLK for more information.

—Before Rosa Parks. Before Martin Luther King Jr. Before Nelson Mandela. There was Paul Robeson. Hesston College artist-in-residence and peace ambassador Tony Brown gives his MLK Day tribute to the 20th century civil rights activist Paul Robeson at 7 p.m., Sunday, Jan. 19, at Hesston Mennonite Church. I Go On Singing: Paul Robeson’s Life in Word and Song, will be narrated by Victor Hogstrom, President of KPTS Channel 8 in Wichita (PBS). Tickets are $12 for all adults, available at the Hesston College Bookstore in Erb Hall or at 620-327-8104, as well as at the door. Students college-age and younger are free. Visit www.hesston.edu/MLK for more information.

Bethel College: Centering Prayer resumes tomorrow, Mon., Jan. 6, after the Christmas and New Year’s holidays. Centering Prayer meets most Mondays from noon-1 p.m. in Agape Center in Richert House on the Bethel College campus. Try it once, come occasionally or join us regularly – all are welcome, with no previous experience with Centering Prayer required. For more information, contact Nathan Koontz, 2nathankoontz, or Melanie Zuercher, mzuercher. (For help locating Agape Center in Richert House, see www.bethelks.edu/why-bethel/location/campus-map/)

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Dec. 29 announcements

Congregational Announcements

You are invited! Tabor Wellness will be hosting a Christmas light walk Monday, December 30th beginning at the King Park shelter house in Hesston at 7 p.m. Refreshments will be provided following the walk and 2019 Wellness awards announced. Feel free to bring a friend, hope to see you there!

Ministry Storytelling Sunday will take place on January 12. Come to reflect on how the ministries of Tabor Church were carried out in the past year and the ways in which we envision ministries to evolve in the coming year.

Mennonite Disaster Service: Opportunity to help! April 5-11, 2020 is an option for Tabor to participate in a service trip. If you are interested in going please contact Dale Alderfer soon.

The Great Winter Warm-UP! Mennonite Central Committee is celebrating its 100th anniversary by attempting to collect 6500 comforters to break the record for most blankets donated to a charity in 24 hours. Alexanderwohl and Tabor Mennonite Churches will host an MCC Comforter Blitz for everyone in the Goessel Community, at the Tabor Mennonite Church Hospitality Hall on Saturday, January 18, 2020, 9am – 4pm. Something for everyone—pin, tie, trim, sew, or help in the kitchen with snacks and the noon meal. If you have a top to donate, please turn those in by January 1. A donation box can be found in the foyer if you would like to help purchase batting and supplies for the comforters. Contact Ruth Goertzen (alexmenno; 620-747-0074), Sharon Adrian (sladrian49; 620-877-7239), or Kim Funk (kfunk; 620-747-0408) with questions. We look forward to seeing many of you at this Goessel Community Winter Warm-up!

Directory Updates for the 2020 Tabor Church Directory are due now. Please email the church office at kfunk with changes.

Conference Announcements

Prayer Requests:

« Western District Conference: Pray for God’s joy and vision for WDC congregations, leaders, and staff as the New Year begins.

« Mennonite Mission Network: Praise God that the government in Mongolia has renewed JCS International’s registration for another two years. JCS is the consortium of mission agencies through which MMN ministers in this country. Pray for God’s light to brighten people’s lives in this season of extreme cold and short days.

« Mennonite Education Agency: Give thanks for !Explore, a summer program of Anabaptist Mennonite Biblical Seminary in which high school students explore ministry and theology, grow in spiritual practices and develop their leadership skills. Pray that leaders would encourage youth to apply for 2020.

Western District Conference:

—The Youth Ministry Committee of Western District and South Central conferences presents… Youth Lead Now, a one-day workshop designed for high school youth to enrich their leadership skills and deepen faith. Using the adaptive leadership framework from the Kansas Leadership Center and well known spiritual practices, we will equip youth with skills to be leaders among their peers, in their churches, and in their communities. Our hope is that congregations would partner with us by sending youth who have been affirmed for their leadership gifts or potential. Date: January 11, 2020. Time: 9am to 4pm. Location: Faith Mennonite Church, Newton. Registration Fee: $50 (scholarships available upon request). High School Youth can register through the link: https://forms.gle/fWQ2BVjybMVtzKsC8

—Western District Women in Mission in cooperation with Everence Financial will host a two-day conference “Let’s Talk…Women, Money & Faith” on January 24 and 25 at Tabor Mennonite Church, Newton. Featured speakers, Teresa Boshart Yoder and Rhoda Blough, from Everence Financial will address money and faith topics for women of all ages and stages of life. More information and registration coming soon.

Summer is only 6 months away! Camp Mennoscah is looking for amazing people to be our summer staff for 2020. We need lifeguards, office assistants, music and crafts leaders, a naturalist and grounds/maintenance. Further information is available online or contact us at olivia.bartel or 620-297-3290. Apply for a position online at campmennoscah.org under Summer Youth Camps!

Boots, Buckets and Barrows: In partnership with Mennonite Disaster Service, Ted & Co. presents the original play “The Jesus Stories: Faith, Forks & Fettuccine”, in conjunction with a unique auction of buckets filled with baked goods and home items, along with ‘flash auctions’ to fund the tools and volunteers MDS needs to help restore communities and rebuild homes ravaged by natural disaster. All proceeds benefit the continued work of MDS. Admission is free! Please come prepared to bid! Friday, January 31, 7 pm at Hesston Mennonite Church and Saturday, February 1, 7 pm at Journey Mennonite Church, South Hutchinson. Sponsored by Kansas MDS Unit, Hesston College Disaster Management Program, and Journey Mennonite S. Hutchinson.

Thank you for your generous giving to MCC in 2019. Your gifts help MCC continue work in 53 countries working on 648 projects and impacting countless people. If you’re looking for a year end gift, keep MCC giving projects in mind or collect school kit supplies with your family (mcc.org/kits)! Check out mcc.org/christmas for online giving options. Contact our office in North Newton, KS for giving in-person, 316.283.2720.

2020 is your year to go on an MCC Learning Tour! Travel to Haiti March 21-28 to learn about root causes of Haiti’s reality and see MCC projects in person. Join MCC Bolivia in celebrating 60 years with two learning tours, May 2-9 will focus on Eastern Bolivia and Oct. 10-17 will focus on Western Bolivia. Finally, you’re welcome to travel to Nicaragua, July 20-30, to celebrate the centennial of MCC, focusing on past and present MCC work in Nicaragua and Costa Rica. Contact jordanpenner and check mcc.org/events for more details.

Newton Et Cetera Shop thanks you for your generous support in 2019! We invited you to SHOP, DONATE and VOLUNTEER, and YOU DID! With the help of 260 volunteers, we’ve sold over 500,000 items this year! If you’d like to join our volunteers, please attend an upcoming new volunteer orientation on Thursday, January 9, 6-7 PM or Tuesday, February 11, 6-7 PM. We’re currently seeking volunteers to help with costumes, greeting cards, holiday items and clerking. Blessings for the new year to you from Newton Et Cetera Shop board of directors, volunteers and employees!

Everence will host its popular workshop, Make Medicare an easy step, in North Newton on Tuesday, Jan. 7 and in Hutchinson on Thursday, Jan. 9. Both will begin at 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. The workshop is free, but space is limited! Reserve your spot by contacting Michelle Ramer at 316-283-3800 or michelle.ramer. *Attendance is recommended for those approaching retirement or those ready to sign up for Medicare.

The Neuf Memorial Run: The Neuf 9K and 2 mile run returns to the campus of Bethel College on Jan. 11, 2020 to honor the memory of Russ Neufeld, a former MC USA and and Hesston College employee. The race will start at 10 a.m. outside of Mojo’s Coffee Shop on the campus of Bethel College, North Newton, Kansas.The Neuf will raise funds for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, and the Russ Neufeld memorial scholarship at Hesston College. Register & read other details about the race at www.runtheneuf.neuf.ca. We would love to have you join us for this fun community event!

Bethel College:

—Kauffman Museum is open through the holidays (closed Mondays New Year’s Day): weekdays, 9:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m., Sat.-Sun., 1:30-4:30 p.m. Visit the current special exhibit “K is for Kansas: exploring Kansas from A to Z.”

—Centering Prayer will not meet Mon., Dec. 30, but resumes Jan. 6. Centering Prayer meets most Mondays from noon-1 p.m. in Agape Center in Richert House on the Bethel College campus. Try it once, come occasionally or join us regularly – all are welcome, with no previous experience with Centering Prayer required. For more information, contact Nathan Koontz, 2nathankoontz, or Melanie Zuercher, mzuercher.

—Sat., Jan. 4 – Kauffman Museum First-Saturday Bird Walk. Meet at 8:15 a.m. in the museum parking lot, corner of Main and 27th streets, N Newton – experienced birders will lead 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.

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Congregational Announcements

Night in the Barn: Everyone is invited to come to Night in the Barn at Papa’s Pumpkin Patch (372 70th, Newton) on December 21 and/or 22 from 5 until 7pm (come and go). Come interact with the characters, sounds, lights, and animals of this timeless tale and enjoy this walking tour with family and friends. There is a suggested donation of $5 per person, which includes a hot drink and a snack. This is presented by Tabor Mennonite Church Youth, with part of the proceeds going to the Tabor Mennonite Youth Fellowship. Call 620-367-2721 with questions.

You are invited! Tabor Wellness will be hosting a Christmas light walk Monday, December 30th beginning at the King Park shelter house in Hesston at 7 p.m. Refreshments will be provided following the walk and 2019 Wellness awards announced. Feel free to bring a friend, hope to see you there!

Mennonite Disaster Service: Opportunity to help! April 5-11, 2020 is an option for Tabor to participate in a service trip. If you are interested in going please contact Dale Alderfer soon.

The Great Winter Warm-UP is a month away! Mennonite Central Committee is celebrating its 100th anniversary by attempting to collect 6500 comforters to break the record for most blankets donated to a charity in 24 hours. Alexanderwohl and Tabor Mennonite Churches will host an MCC Comforter Blitz for everyone in the Goessel Community, at the Tabor Mennonite Church Hospitality Hall on Saturday, January 18, 2020, 9am – 4pm. Something for everyone—pin, tie, trim, sew, or help in the kitchen with snacks and the noon meal. If you have a top to donate, please turn those in by January 1. A donation box can be found in the foyer if you would like to help purchase batting and supplies for the comforters. Contact Ruth Goertzen (alexmenno; 620-747-0074), Sharon Adrian (sladrian49; 620-877-7239), or Kim Funk (kfunk; 620-747-0408) with questions. We look forward to seeing many of you at this Goessel Community Winter Warm-up!

Directory Updates for the 2020 Tabor Church Directory are due now. Please email the church office at kfunk with changes.

KMMC 2020 We sing that others may live: Please consider joining Kansas Mennonite Men’s Chorus (KMMC) for their upcoming season. This is your opportunity to make a joyful noise while praising God and a way to make a difference in the world through Mennonite Central Committee (MCC) as all of the concert proceeds go to MCC. We have been singing in the states and across Europe for more than fifty years. We have raised over $700,000 for MCC that has helped many people around the world. Contact Donavon Schmidt to join if you have questions.

Conference Announcements

Prayer Requests:

« Western District Conference: As we celebrate the birth of Jesus, give thanks for the many ways WDC congregations embody the presence of Christ through ministries of hospitality, worship, compassion and justice.

« Mennonite Mission Network: MMN requests prayer for peace in Burkina Faso. When armed protest groups ambush symbols of Western opulence and colonialism, like hotels and gold mines, civilians get caught in the crossfire. May the Mennonite Church in Burkina Faso live the way of the Prince of Peace through word and deed.

« Mennonite Education Agency: Let us join Hesston College in giving thanks for host families who welcome international students into their homes for Christmas break.

« Mennonite Church USA: But the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid. I bring you good news that will cause great joy for all the people.” Luke 2:10. The Mennonite Church USA staff wishes you joy this Christmas, as we work together to continue sharing the good news of Jesus every day.

Western District Conference:

—Merry Christmas and Happy New Year from Western District Conference! The WDC office and the Resource Library will be closed December 23 through January 1.

—The Youth Ministry Committee of Western District and South Central conferences presents… Youth Lead Now, a one-day workshop designed for high school youth to enrich their leadership skills and deepen faith. Using the adaptive leadership framework from the Kansas Leadership Center and well known spiritual practices, we will equip youth with skills to be leaders among their peers, in their churches, and in their communities. Our hope is that congregations would partner with us by sending youth who have been affirmed for their leadership gifts or potential. Date: January 11, 2020. Time: 9am to 4pm. Location: Faith Mennonite Church, Newton. Registration Fee: $50 (scholarships available upon request). High School Youth can register through the link: https://forms.gle/fWQ2BVjybMVtzKsC8

—Western District Women in Mission in cooperation with Everence Financial will host a two-day conference “Let’s Talk…Women, Money & Faith” on January 24 and 25 at Tabor Mennonite Church, Newton. Featured speakers, Teresa Boshart Yoder and Rhoda Blough, from Everence Financial will address money and faith topics for women of all ages and stages of life. More information and registration coming soon.

The family band Five Times Harder will present a Christmas concert at 4 p.m. on December 22 at First Mennonite Church, Hillsboro (102 S. Ash). Their concerts feature an entertaining blend of voices and instruments, in bluegrass, folk, jazz, and classical styles. There is no admission fee; a free will offering will be collected to benefit the ongoing work of MCC.

Camp Mennoscah:

—Summer is only 6 months away! Camp Mennoscah is looking for amazing people to be our summer staff for 2020. We need lifeguards, office assistants, music and crafts leaders, a naturalist and grounds/maintenance. Further information is available online or contact us at olivia.bartel or 620-297-3290. Apply for a position online at campmennoscah.org under Summer Youth Camps!

—New Windows! Camp Mennoscah’s dining hall has new windows thanks to the generous work of volunteers. The windows have already proven to make a big difference in heating the dining hall. Our Volunteer Christmas was warm and cozy –the only thing “missing” was the cold drafts of air! Thank you to everyone who has volunteered, given gifts, and supported the continuing improvements to the kitchen and dining hall!

Boots, Buckets and Barrows: In partnership with Mennonite Disaster Service, Ted & Co. presents the original play “The Jesus Stories: Faith, Forks & Fettuccine”, in conjunction with a unique auction of buckets filled with baked goods and home items, along with ‘flash auctions’ to fund the tools and volunteers MDS needs to help restore communities and rebuild homes ravaged by natural disaster. All proceeds benefit the continued work of MDS. Admission is free! Please come prepared to bid! Friday, January 31, 7 pm at Hesston Mennonite Church and Saturday, February 1, 7 pm at Journey Mennonite Church, South Hutchinson. Sponsored by Kansas MDS Unit, Hesston College Disaster Management Program, and Journey Mennonite S. Hutchinson.

Mennonite Central Committee (MCC):

Thank you for your generous giving to MCC in 2019. Your gifts help MCC continue work in 53 countries working on 648 projects and impacting countless people. If you’re looking for a last minute Christmas gift keep MCC Christmas giving projects in mind or collect school kit supplies with your family (mcc.org/kits)! Check out mcc.org/christmas for online giving options. Contact our office in North Newton, KS for giving in-person, 316.283.2720.

2020 is your year to go on an MCC Learning Tour! Travel to Haiti March 21-28 to learn about root causes of Haiti’s reality and see MCC projects in person. Join MCC Bolivia in celebrating 60 years with two learning tours, May 2-9 will focus on Eastern Bolivia and Oct. 10-17 will focus on Western Bolivia. Finally, you’re welcome to travel to Nicaragua, July 20-30, to celebrate the centennial of MCC, focusing on past and present MCC work in Nicaragua and Costa Rica. Contact jordanpenner and check mcc.org/events for more details.

Anabaptist Mennonite Biblical Seminary: Do you know youth with gifts for leadership and ministry? Through AMBS’s !Explore program, 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 (June 30 – July 16, 2020). Scholarships are available. Tap a shoulder! ambs.edu/explore

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