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June 25 announcements

Congregational Announcements

To celebrate the ministry and dedication of Eric Schrag as administrator/CEO of Bethesda Home, the board and administrators of Bethesda are hosting a Farewell/Blessing Party for Eric on Sunday, June 25th from 2:30 – 3:30 pm in the Bethesda Chapel. Please join us in wishing Eric well as he assumes the role of Vice President of Advancement at Bethel College.

Attention Young Adults! There will be an Area Wide PC-PF (Post College – Pre Family) Hot Dog Roast and Outdoor Game Night on Sunday, June 25 at 6pm at the Tabor Mennonite Church Park, Rural Newton. This group is designed for young adults in similar life stages to socialize together. Please bring table service, lawn chair, a side dish to share, and lawn games to play. Hot dogs, buns, drinks, and s’mores will be provided. If you have questions, please contact Kristin Unruh-kristin.unruh. We hope to see you there!

The annual Goessel Community Picnic is on Sunday, June 25, at 5:30 p.m. at the Goessel Park. Hamburgers and hotdogs will be served between 5:30 and 6:30 p.m. Drinks will be provided. Please bring a side dish or dessert to share, table service and lawn chairs. The Bethesda Singers will offer some music for us, beginning at 6:30. Come join us for food, fellowship, music and fun in the park! It’s a great way to connect with friends and neighbors. Spread the word! Sponsored by the Goessel Ministerial Alliance.

Pets in the Park Ice Cream Social: Sunday, July 2 at 6:30pm, come to the church park and bring your favorite dessert or ice cream topping to go along with ice cream that will be provided!! Don’t come alone! Bring your four-footed, furry friends with you if you would like (leashed and people-friendly animals only please). We will have an evening of fun and ice cream for all!

Building Committee Appointed: After the June 4th leadership retreat the Church Council had a short meeting to approve the following people to serve on the building committee: Brent Abrahams, Gayle Funk, Kenton Nickel, Donavon Schmidt, and Emil Schmidt. They will serve as a liaison between the congregation and the contractor. If you would like to make any suggestions for the upcoming building project, they would be willing to visit with you. –Jim Schmidt, church chairperson

We are looking for volunteers! There are opportunities to lead games and crafts, provide snack, as well as be a helper for Children’s Faith Formation this summer. Please check out the sign-up sheets in the foyer.

We are also looking for some supplies for children’s summer Faith Formation crafts. If you have scrapbook paper (they do not have to be full sheets; scraps are okay!) or beads (for jewelry) that you would be willing to donate, you could put them on the table in the supply room by July 2. Also, we are looking for #6 plastic (such as the clear lids that come with aluminum baking pans); please also put those in the supply room. Talk with Krista Graber if you have questions.

Tabor Church Food Pantry: Summer is here! With children spending more time at home, there is greater need for non perishable food donations in our community food pantry. Most needed: boxed meals, boxed potatoes, canned meat, cereal, spaghetti and sauce, ramen noodles, canned fruit, applesauce, corn, peanut butter, jelly, pancake mix, syrup, laundry soap, dish soap, shampoo, and toilet paper. (We have plenty of green beans and peas at this time.) Cash donations are also welcome for gifts cards to Keith’s Foods, to be used for perishable food items. If no one is available when you bring your food donations, you may leave them in the foyer beneath the coat racks across from the church office. Thank you for your continued support of this vital ministry.

WDC Annual Assembly will be held August 4-6 in Arlington, TX. If you are interested in being a delegate, please contact a Pastor soon. Deacons will provide $100 of financial assistance to help cover registration costs for Tabor delegates. Read all about Assembly and register by July 19 at: http://mennowdc.org/annual-assembly/#2017annualAssembly. A brochure is posted on the bulletin board.

Youth Fundraiser: Wall to Orlando: The Youth Group “Wall to Orlando” fundraiser has been moved to the wall beside the church office. If all of these envelopes were filled, we would have enough funds to reach our goal. Thank you for prayerfully considering to give above and beyond that which you have already given on behalf of our congregation’s youth.

It’s time to celebrate! “Uncle Milt’s Shed” will be celebrating its 15th year of providing kids with make-it-take-it crafts at Threshing Day this August. We are looking to replenish our crafting supplies and need approximately 100 empty/clean tin cans (15-20 oz. sizes—the kinds that come from vegetable/fruit/soups) and calico print fabric. All donated items can be delivered to the Mennonite Heritage & Agricultural Museum (Tuesday-Saturday, 10 am-5 pm) or to Susan Nafziger by Friday, July 14. If you have questions, feel free to contact Susan at 367-4623. Thanks for your support!

Dates to Remember:

July 4-8: Mennonite Church USA Convention in Orlando, FL

July 18: Tabor Mennonite Women at MCC Center

July 19-25: Tabor serves at New Hope Shelter

August 4-6: Western District Conference Annual Assembly

August 27: Mennograss

September 8-10: Women’s Retreat at Camp Mennoscah

September 16-17: Tabor Church Campout at Mennoscah

Conference Announcements

Prayer Requests:

« Western District Conference: Pray for delegates, youth, and others from WDC traveling to Orlando, FL, for Mennonite Church USA convention in early July.

« Mennonite Mission Network: Eid al Fitr begins at sundown today. This Muslim holiday marks the end of the fasting month of Ramadan, which emphasizes empathy for the poor and focuses on the spiritual life. Mennonite Mission Network requests prayer for workers who are building bridges between Christians and Muslims in many countries.

« Mennonite Education Agency: Anabaptist Mennonite Biblical Seminary. This summer, five youth are serving in their home congregations for 100 hours – working alongside their pastor in a mentoring relationship – as part of !Explore: A Theological Program for High School Youth, an AMBS program. Pray that God would use these experiences to help shape and form them as Christ-followers and strengthen their leadership skills.

« Mennonite Church USA: Surround the Mennonite Church USA 2017 Convention in prayer as it begins July 4 in Orlando, Florida. More than 3,000 youth, delegates and others are expected to attend.

Western District Conference

Annual Assembly: A bus has been chartered from N Newton to Arlington, TX for the WDC Annual Assembly August 4-6. Bus departs from Kauffman Museum in North Newton on the morning of August 4, and can also pick up riders at the Best Western in Park City, KS. Anticipated return to North Newton is 8 pm on August 6. Register early to secure your seat on the deluxe motorcoach! Seats available until filled. Complete information about Annual Assembly, the chartered bus option, and online registration is at: http://mennowdc.org/annual-assembly/#2017annualAssembly.

WDC delegates to the Mennonite Church USA convention in Orlando are: Norma Duerksen, Rosie Epp, Anita Kehr, Heidi Regier Kreider, Byron Pellecer, Terry Rediger, Ray Reimer and Kristen Swartley. Three persons from WDC have also been appointed to participate in the Step Up program for senior high youth attending delegate sessions: Erick J. Martinez, Magdalena Ramer Wenger and Andrew Moore. Please pray for these folks as they represent Western District Conference at the delegate assembly and Future Church Summit.

Summer Reading Program–for all ages in all places! Children AND adults, sign up for the WDC Resource Library’s summer reading program at http://www.mennowdc.

org/library or contact the library (crlib or 316-283-6300). Fun prizes for all ages and we mail books to those at a distance.

Camp Mennoscah:

-Camp is a place where we are reminded that being a Christian is fun. Youth camps run through the last week of July and we have openings for those going into grade 3 through senior high. Limited scholarship funds are available.

-Family Weekend at Camp Mennoscah! July 29-30: worship, swimming, crafts, campfire, and fun with others. We will provide meals, lifeguards, craft materials, and music–all for you!

-Young Adult Weekend, August 4-6! We’ve planned a weekend of time for you to be unstructured and relaxed. There will be worship, swimming, time to play games or go for walks, be in solitude or with friends.

Thank you to everyone who supports our summer staff, counselors, and program staff who spend time at Camp Mennoscah! The letters and packages you send are special treats during a week that is rewarding and fun but often exhausting. Thank you also to all the parents, friends and relatives who send letters to our campers! We all love to get mail and these notes are a good pick-me-up and a hug through words. Emails can be sent to office with the camper’s name in the subject line.

Information for Camp Mennoscah or to register:

Online at www.campmennoscah.org

Telephone: 620-297-3290.

Email: office.

Contact: olivia.bartel.

Service Adventure is in need of unit leaders for the Jackson, Mississippi, unit. The term begins late July with orientation, and participants begin their service term in August. If you or someone you know is interested, please contact Susan Nisly at SusanN or visit us at www.MennoniteMission.net

Towels & Cloth Diapers Needed! The MCC Material Resources Center in North Newton, is currently running very low on towels for MCC relief kits and hygiene kits. Dark colored bath towels, dark colored hand towels and cloth diapers for infant care kits (flat fold preferred) are needed at this time. Donations can be brought to 121 E. 30th in North Newton, or you can purchase items from katemast, 316.283.2720.

Mennonite Disaster Updates:

-Ashland, KS – 2017 Wildfires. We are working on removing barbed wire fencing that was damaged. Volunteers are needed to remove clips and staples from the posts, and then pick up the posts off the ground and load them onto utility vehicles. Many hands are needed and no prior experience is required. Lodging & meals are being provided at the Hardesty House in Ashland. Individuals or groups can volunteer for 1-5 days at a time Monday to Friday. We are looking for groups to fill the weeks of June 26, July 3 and July 10. For more information check out https://mds.mennonite.net/unit/kansas-unit/ and the latest video posted https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RfViZ8YHO6I

-Eureka, KS – 2016 Tornado. We are working on several repair jobs which include roofing, and replacing flooring & drywall. We will also be building one new house starting in the next several weeks! Individuals or groups can volunteer on Saturdays. Transportation, lunch, tools and a skilled crew leader will all be provided. We will be working June 24, July 1 and July 8 for starters.

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June 18 announcements

Congregational Announcements

Building Committee Appointed: After the June 4th leadership retreat the Church Council had a short meeting to approve the following people to serve on the building committee: Brent Abrahams, Gayle Funk, Kenton Nickel, Donavon Schmidt, and Emil Schmidt. They will serve as a liaison between the congregation and the contractor. If you would like to make any suggestions for the upcoming building project, they would be willing to visit with you.

–Jim Schmidt, church chairperson

Summer Faith Formation begins this Sunday June 18:

Children:

—The children will all be meeting together for summer faith formation. We are looking for volunteers! There are opportunities to lead games and crafts as well as be a helper. There are also opportunities to provide snacks. Please check out the sign-up sheets in the foyer.

—Next Sunday, June 25, we will have a field trip to Carol Duerksen and Maynard Knepp’s farm. Parents are welcome and encouraged to come, especially with the younger children. Please contact Pam Abrahams if you have any questions!

—For children’s summer Faith Formation crafts, we are looking for some supplies. If you have scrapbook paper (they do not have to be full sheets; scraps are okay!) or beads (for jewelry) that you would be willing to donate, you could put them on the table in the supply room by July 2. Talk with Krista Graber if you have questions.

Adults: “Jesus is the center of our faith; Community is the center of our life; Reconciliation is the center of our work.” What does it mean to live out these “Anabaptist Essentials” in our daily lives? This will be the topic of our conversation in the elective class offered this summer. If you have signed up for this class, you will find a copy of the book in your mailbox. If you plan to attend but did not sign up, please pick up a book from Pastor Phil. Please read the introduction and chapter 1 for June 25.

Tabor Church Food Pantry: Summer is here! With children spending more time at home, there is greater need for non perishable food donations in our community food pantry. Most needed: boxed meals, boxed potatoes, canned meat, cereal, spaghetti and sauce, ramen noodles, canned fruit, applesauce, corn, peanut butter, jelly, pancake mix, syrup, laundry soap, dish soap, shampoo, and toilet paper. (We have plenty of green beans and peas at this time.) Cash donations are also welcome for gifts cards to Keith’s Foods, to be used for perishable food items. If no one is available when you bring your food donations, you may leave them in the foyer beneath the coat racks across from the church office. Thank you for your continued support of this vital ministry.

Commodities will be distributed at Goessel Mennonite Church on Friday, June 23 from 5 – 6pm. Enter through the north door to room 8. For more information contact Jenny Girard at 747-0046.

WDC Annual Assembly is coming! It will be held August 4-6 in Arlington, TX. If you are interested in being a delegate, please contact a Pastor soon.

Deacons will provide $100 of financial assistance to help cover registration costs for Tabor delegates. Registration is now open! Information and online registration is available at: http://mennowdc.org/annual-assembly/#2017annual

Assembly. A brochure is posted on the bulletin board (and emailed last week).

Youth Fundraiser: Wall to Orlando: The Youth Group “Wall to Orlando” fundraiser has been moved to the wall beside the church office. If all of these envelopes were filled, we would have enough funds to reach our goal. Thank you for prayerfully considering to give above and beyond that which you have already given on behalf of our congregation’s youth.

Attention Young Adults! There will be an Area Wide PC-PF (Post College – Pre Family) Hot Dog Roast and Outdoor Game Night on Sunday, June 25 at 6pm at the Tabor Mennonite Church Park, Rural Newton. This group is designed for young adults in similar life stages to socialize together. Please bring table service, lawn chair, a side dish to share, and lawn games to play. Hot dogs, buns, drinks, and s’mores will be provided. If you have questions, please contact Kristin Unruh

– kristin.unruh. We hope to see you there!

The annual Goessel Community Picnic is on Sunday, June 25, at 5:30 p.m. at the Goessel Park. Hamburgers and hotdogs will be served between 5:30 and 6:30 p.m. Drinks will be provided. Please bring a side dish or dessert to share, table service and lawn chairs. The Bethesda Singers will offer some music for us, beginning at 6:30. Come join us for food, fellowship, music and fun in the park! It’s a great way to connect with friends and neighbors. Spread the word! Sponsored by the Goessel Ministerial Alliance.

Conference Announcements

Prayer Requests:

« Western District Conference: Pray for Marshall Anderson who is being installed today as Associate Pastor at Faith Mennonite Church, Newton.

« Mennonite Mission Network: On this Father’s Day, thank God for all the men who have cared for you and shared God’s love with you. Mennonite Mission Network requests prayer for all the fathers in the world so they can provide food and homes for their children.

« Mennonite Education Agency: Pray fro the new Instituto Biblico Anabautista students at IglesiaMennonita Casa del Alfarero’s Study Center in Pasadena, Texas, who are studying the course “Introduction to Biblical Study.” Pray for their tutor, Alberto Parchmont. May God’s wisdom and guidance be with him as he leads the students in their weekly meetings. May God continue to bless him as he gives his time to this ministry.

Western District Conference

Going to WDC Annual Assembly? Leave the driving to someone else! A bus has been chartered from N. Newton to Arlington, TX for the Assembly August 4-6. Bus departs from Kauffman Museum in N. Newton on the morning of August 4, and can also pick up riders at the Best Western in Park City. Anticipated return to N. Newton is 8 pm on August 6. Information about Annual Assembly, chartered bus option, and online registration is at: http://mennowdc.org/annual-assembly/#2017

annualAssembly. Register early to secure your seat on the deluxe motorcoach! Seats will only be available until filled.

Camp Mennoscah:

-Summer Youth Camps have started–and we have room for you! Camp Mennoscah has summer youth camps for youth in grades 3-12. It’s a blast with worship, crafts, recreation, river play, interest groups, and lots of neat folks! The theme this year is Branching Out: Connecting Through Christ. Register and we’ll sign you up for a week of fun!

-Thank you to everyone who attended the dedication for Sandbar cabin! We saw the work of dedicated volunteers, enjoyed hearing stories, and offered a prayer for Sandbar and the many campers who will enjoy the new space. The first campers are in the cabin this week.

-Camp Mennoscah, a place of faith and fun, is looking for you! We need a nurse for the week of July 16-22 and kitchen helpers for our Family Weekend, July 29-30, and our Senior High Camp, July 30-Aug. 3. Nurses need a valid license, but kitchen staff need only smiling faces and the ability to follow directions! It’s a grand time, however you spend your time!

Information for Camp Mennoscah or to register:

Online at www.campmennoscah.org

Telephone: 620-297-3290.

Email: office.

Contact: olivia.bartel.

Seeking Peace in Israel and Palestine Resolution Webinar put on by Mennonite Church USA, in coordination with MCC, will be on June 20, 8 pm eastern / 7 pm central / 6 pm mountain / 5 pm pacific – Join us for a 1-hour webinar to learn more about the “Seeking Peace in Israel-Palestine” resolution that will be considered by delegates at Orlando 2017. Andre Gingerich Stoner who helped lead the writing process will offer a short overview of the resolution. The webinar will have extensive question and answer time. Whether you read the resolution beforehand and come with questions, or use this as an introduction to the resolution, you are welcome to join the conversation. Please RSVP.

Curious about MCC’s work around the world? It’s not too late to sign up for a MCC Learning Tour! Join us as we travel to Haiti, Oct 21-28 and Palestine/Israel, Nov 3-14, 2017. For more information contact Anna Yoder at annayoder or 316.283.2720.

MCC Central States is hiring a Donor Relations Associate. The Donor Relations Associate is responsible for assisting in implementation of the donor relations strategy for MCC Central States by stewarding major donors involving face-to face contact in order to meet the budgeted income goals and generate the necessary resources to accomplish the mission of MCC. This position is open within the 16-state MCC CS region. To see a full job description and to apply, please visit https://mcc.org/get-involved/serve/openings.

Child Protection Training at the MCC Center: There will be a Safe Sanctuaries training on June 22 from 6:30 – 8:30 at the MCC Center in North Newton. The training is lead by Kathy Wiens and will help congregations understand childhood sexual abuse and ways to avoid the risk. This workshop will help congregations develop a new child protection plan or revise an existing one. Cost: $20. To register email kathywiens59 or call 316-587-7244.

The Sustainability Circle at Hesston Mennonite Church exists to create community while promoting sustainability. Next Meeting: June 22nd, 5:30 p.m. Pot-luck and Rain Barrel presentation by James Wenger in the NE Wing of Hesston Mennonite Church. Come for all or part of the evening. (Presentation begins at 6:15). For more info or to schedule childcare please contact Paula Miller, 316-217-2984, lovelocalfood

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June 18 annc.pdf

June 11 announcements

Congregational Announcements

WDC Annual Assembly is coming! It will be held August 4-6 in Arlington, TX. If you are interested in being a delegate, please contact a Pastor soon. Deacons will provide financial assistance to help cover registration costs for Tabor delegates. Registration is now open! Information and online registration is available at: http://mennowdc.org/annual-assembly/#2017annualAssembly. A brochure is posted on the bulletin board (and attached to emailed announcements).

Youth Fundraiser: Wall to Orlando: The Youth Group “Wall to Orlando” fundraiser has been moved to the wall beside the church office. If all of these envelopes were filled, we would have enough funds to reach our goal. Thank you for prayerfully considering to give above and beyond that which you have already given on behalf of our congregation’s youth.

Summer Faith Formation begins Sunday June 18:

Children, we have exciting things planned for you that you don’t want to miss! Carol Duerksen will be telling the Bible stories in creative ways. I’ve heard something about a talking donkey! Really? Krista Graber and Pam Abrahams are heading up activities, arts and crafts that reinforce these stories of faith in our daily lives. We hope to see you there!

Adults: “Jesus is the center of our faith; Community is the center of our life; Reconciliation is the center of our work.” What does it mean to live out these “Anabaptist Essentials” in our daily lives? This will be the topic of our conversation in the elective class offered this summer. Some books have already been ordered as we anticipate your attendance. Please sign up on the bulletin board by June 4, to reserve your book! The books are paid for by the Christian Education Commission. Will you join us this summer?

Finger Food Fellowship: Once a month the Tabor community (children and adults) will join for finger foods and fellowship during the Faith Formation hour. The next dates are July 9 and August 6. Bring finger foods (fruit, veggies, crackers, trail mix, etc.) to share. Everyone is invited to gather for food, fun and fellowship.

Tabor Mennonite Women will not have regular meetings during the summer except for the July workday at the MCC Center on Tuesday, July 18, 9-12 noon, so please put your summer offerings in Denise Nickel’s mailbox. The checkbook is low after making some donations this spring, so remember TMW in your giving.

The youth in our congregation have certainly gotten much good use out of the couches in our youth room and it is fun to think about who all has used these couches over the years! However, because they have been so well-used, it may be time to consider finding new couches so that new generations can enjoy them for a long time to come. If any of you have gently used couches that you’re hoping to get rid of, or if you’d like an excuse to buy new furniture for your house, please consider donating your gently used couches to the TMYF. If interested, please talk to Pastor Katherine. Thanks for prayerfully considering this!

Attention Young Adults! There will be an Area Wide PC-PF (Post College – Pre Family) Hot Dog Roast and Outdoor Game Night on Sunday, June 25 at 6:00 PM at the Tabor Mennonite Church Park, Rural Newton, KS. This group is designed for young adults in similar life stages to socialize together. Please bring table service, lawn chair, a side dish to share, and lawn games to play. Hot dogs, buns, drinks, and s’mores will be provided. If you have questions, please contact Kristin Unruh- kristin.unruh. We hope to see you there!

The annual Goessel Community Picnic is on Sunday, June 25, at 5:30 p.m. at the Goessel Park. Hamburgers and hotdogs will be served between 5:30 and 6:30 p.m. Drinks will be provided. Please bring a side dish or dessert to share, table service and lawn chairs. The Bethesda Singers will offer some music for us, beginning at 6:30. Come join us for food, fellowship, music and fun in the park! It’s a great way to connect with friends and neighbors. Spread the word! Sponsored by the Goessel Ministerial Alliance.

Conference Announcements

Prayer Requests:

« Western District Conference: Pray for God’s strength and travel safety for WDC conference ministers as they visit congregations and pastors across WDC.

« Mennonite Mission Network: MMN’s partner, DOOR, is in a busy season of hosting youth groups through the Discover program. Ask God to give energy, patience and wisdom to summer staff. Pray also for participants as they experience God in U.S. cities and as they share new ideas with their home congregations.

« Mennonite Education Agency: Mennonite Early Childhood Network – Let this Children’s Day prompt us to pray for Christ-like love to reach out to children who are neglected or abused, for children who are homeless or who live in war-torn rubble, in ghettos, in migrant and refugee camps, orphanages and hospitals. Pray that parents/caregivers may have strength, courage, insight and a generous portion of God’s love to offer hope to all children.

Western District Conference

Going to WDC Annual Assembly? Leave the driving to someone else! A bus has been chartered from N. Newton to Arlington, TX for the Assembly August 4-6. Bus departs from Kauffman Museum in N. Newton on the morning of August 4, and can also pick up riders at the Best Western in Park City. Anticipated return to N. Newton is 8 pm on August 6. Information about Annual Assembly, chartered bus option, and online registration is at: http://mennowdc.org/annual-assembly/#2017annualAssembly. Register early to secure your seat on the deluxe motorcoach! Seats will only be available until filled.

Jennie Wintermote, Director of the Conference Resource Library, returns to work tomorrow, June 7, after her maternity leave. Her schedule in the library will be Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays from 8:30-11:30 am, and other WDC staff can assist you when she is not here. Email your requests to Jennie anytime at: crlib. Thank you to Jeanette Roberts who filled in while Jennie was gone!

Come explore the “Wonderful World of Books” this summer at Story Hour at the Conference Resource Library! We’ll read books about books & reading, share some old favorites and do some fun activities too. Registration extended to Monday, June 12. Sign up today at https://goo.gl/forms/kQwNSzl9Bw8rr1q03

Camp Mennoscah:

-Branching Out at Camp Mennoscah! We are connecting with Christ, trying new things, and growing in our faith at our summer youth camps. It’s a great theme for a place where you can meet new friends, experience God in nature, and have a blast! It’s not too late to register. Scholarships are available.

-You betcha! Returning campers bringing a first-time friend to Camp Mennoscah this summer get a free tee shirt–and so do your first-time friends! It’s a great way to share the amazing times you have at Camp Mennoscah with others. There’s the river, tasty meals, crafts, nature, music, worship, campfire and any number of amazing things you can do! Don’t let your friends miss out!

-Camp Mennonscah has open weekends for groups of almost all sizes. Contact us for available weekends at 620-297-3290 or office. We are excited to see you!

Information for Camp Mennoscah or to register:

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

Email: office.

Contact: olivia.bartel.

Curious about MCC’s work around the world? It’s not too late to sign up for a MCC Learning Tour! Join us as we travel to Haiti, Oct 21-28 and Palestine/Israel, Nov 3-14, 2017. For more information contact Anna Yoder at annayoder or 316.283.2720.

MCC Central States is hiring a Donor Relations Associate. The Donor Relations Associate is responsible for assisting in implementation of the donor relations strategy for MCC Central States by stewarding major donors involving face-to face contact in order to meet the budgeted income goals and generate the necessary resources to accomplish the mission of MCC. This position is open within the 16-state MCC CS region. To see a full job description and to apply, please visit https://mcc.org/get-involved/serve/openings.

The Newton Et Cetera Shop is hiring a Donations Manager for 30-40 hours/week. The manager, in cooperation with the management team, receives and processes donations; trains and supervises volunteers; prepares volunteer projects and work spaces; helps manage the sales floor; and participates in regular system evaluation and store planning. The full job description and applications are available at the store (619 N. Main in Newton) or​ via​ e-mail​ at generalmanager@

newtonetceterashop.com​. Applications​​ are due Monday, June 12, and can be submitted in person or ​by e-mail​.

Bethel College:

—Sun., June 11 –Book signing, 3 p.m., with authors Marci Penner and WenDee Rowe, for The Kansas Guidebook 2, beginning with a slide show of interesting Kansas places encountered on visits to all 626 incorporated cities in Kansas in a four-year journey; Kauffman Museum

—Uncle Carl’s Camps, day camps at Kauffman Museum, have a few openings left for Prairie Animals, mornings June 19-23, with Carol Dilts of the Harvey County Parks Department, and Home Sweet Home Ceramics Workshop, mornings July 11-14 and July 21, with David Long, Bethel College professor of art. Prairie Animals is for ages 6-8 (finished kindergarten through Grade 2) and the ceramics workshop for teenagers 13-18 (finished Grades 7-12). Information and registration forms are available at the museum (corner of Main and 27th streets in North Newton) or on its website, asa.

Hesston College alumni and friends are invited to Explore KS! June 24 and 25. The overnight tour includes Saturday at the Nelson Atkins Museum of Art and Kansas City Royals game. Sunday worship service will be at Kansas City’s Frank Lloyd Wright designed Community Christian Church with professional baritone Anthony Brown performing, and the Kansas Mennonite Men’s Chorus concert at Grace Episcopal Cathedral in Topeka. Details available at

hesston.edu/explore-kansas or call 620-327-8147 to register by June 12.

The Sustainability Circle at Hesston Mennonite Church exists to create community while promoting sustainability. Next Meeting: June 22nd, 5:30 p.m. Pot-luck and Rain Barrel presentation by James Wenger in the NE Wing of Hesston Mennonite Church. Come for all or part of the evening. (Presentation begins at 6:15). For more info or to schedule childcare please contact Paula Miller, 316-217-2984, lovelocalfood

West Zion Mennonite Church Concert, Sunday, June 11 at 7 pm at 101 South Washington Ave., Moundridge. Performers will include Gabriel’s Trumpets, a trumpet choir whose members include Kyle Unruh, Eric Schrag, Tim Regier, Evan Koch, Pat Flaming, Paul Epp, Connor Born and Arlin Buller; Christopher Shaw, Organ; Ellen Neufeld, Oboe; Louisa Nickel, Vocalist; and Donna Stucky, Piano. No admission, but a free-will offering will be received. Fellowship and refreshments to follow.

You are invited to a forum on PEACE IS POSSIBLE – June 17, 7 pm at Mennonite Church of the Servant, 23rd & Woodland, Wichita. Presenters: Mel Lehman – in 2009, he founded Common Humanity to build better understanding about the people of the Middle East. Common Humanity has organized some 20 exhibits of Iraqi refugee art to help Iraqi artists by selling their paintings and to help Americans better understand the beauty and humanity of the Arab and Muslim world. Ranya Taha was born and raised in Damascus, Syria. In recent years she has lived in Wichita, where she owns the Byblos and Petra restaurants. Shafiq Hasan was born in historic Palestine and was forced to flee his home as a boy in 1948 when the State of Israel was established. He now lives in Newton, and works as a medical lab specialist. For more information, call 316-371-8274.

June 4 announcements

Congregational Announcements

Youth Fundraiser: Wall to Orlando: The Youth Group "Wall to Orlando" fundraiser has been moved to the wall beside the church office. If all of these envelopes were filled, we would have enough funds to reach our goal. Thank you for prayerfully considering to give above and beyond that which you have already given on behalf of our congregation’s youth.

Church Leadership Retreat will take place on Sunday, June 4 from 4:30-8:30pm. Our focus will be reflecting on new ways to work together and empower new leaders to more fully embody our collective mission. Supper will be a hotdog roast in the park. Hotdogs, buns, condiments and drinks will be provided. Please bring a side or dessert to share as well as your own table service. All are welcome.

Summer Faith Formation begins Sunday June 18:

Children, we have exciting things planned for you that you don’t want to miss! Carol Duerksen will be telling the Bible stories in creative ways. I’ve heard something about a talking donkey! Really? Krista Graber and Pam Abrahams are heading up activities, arts and crafts that reinforce these stories of faith in our daily lives. We hope to see you there!

Adults: "Jesus is the center of our faith; Community is the center of our lives; Reconciliation is the center of our work." What does it mean to live out these "Anabaptist Essentials" in our daily lives? This will be the topic of our conversation in the elective class offered this summer. Some books have already been ordered as we anticipate your attendance. Please sign up on the bulletin board by June 4, to reserve your book! The books are paid for by the Christian Education Commission. Will you join us this summer?

Finger Food Fellowship: Once a month the Tabor community (children and adults) will join for finger foods and fellowship during the Faith Formation hour. The first date is Sunday, June 4, followed by July 9 and August 6. Bring finger foods (fruit, veggies, crackers, trail mix, etc.) to share. Everyone is invited to gather for food, fun and fellowship.

Lost & Found items have been placed on a table in the basement. Please claim your items by June 4. Unclaimed items will be donated EtCetera.

VBS Snacks: The sign-up sheet for snack items for VBS is posted on the bulletin board and there are still a few items needed. Please sign-up if you would like to help out. Pay attention to which day the items are needed for and when they need to be at church. Thank-you!

Tabor Mennonite Women: Summer Updates

-Tabor Mennonite Women have purchased a "candy red" tea kettle for the kitchen and have donated $170 to the Building Project Fellowship Hall for new kitchen equipment in memory of the faithful Tabor Women who have died this past year.

-TMW did not need the entire amount collected for the Mystery Supper evening so it was included in the May offering. The total was $169.00 and it was donated to the "Whale" recreation project at Camp Mennoscah.

-TMW will not have regular meetings during the summer except for the July workday at the MCC Center on Tuesday, July 18, 9-12 noon, so please put your summer offerings in Denise Nickel’s mailbox. The checkbook is low after making some donations this spring, so remember TMW in your giving.

The youth in our congregation have certainly gotten much good use out of the couches in our youth room and it is fun to think about who all has used these couches over the years! However, because they have been so well-used, it may be time to consider finding new couches so that new generations can enjoy them for a long time to come. If any of you have gently used couches that you’re hoping to get rid of, or if you’d like an excuse to buy new furniture for your house, please consider donating your gently used couches to the TMYF. If interested, please talk to Pastor Katherine. Thanks for prayerfully considering this!

Attention Young Adults! There will be an Area Wide PC-PF (Post College- Pre Family) Hot Dog Roast and Outdoor Game Night on Sunday, June 25 at 6:00 PM at the Tabor Mennonite Church Park, Rural Newton, KS. This group is designed for young adults in similar life stages to socialize together. Please bring table service, lawn chair, a side dish to share, and lawn games to play. Hot dogs, buns, drinks, and s’mores will be provided. If you have questions, please contact Kristin Unruh- kristin.unruh. We hope to see you there!

Conference Announcements

Prayer Requests:

« Western District Conference: Pray for God’s guidance as preparations are made for WDC Assembly, August 4-6 in Arlington, TX.

« Mennonite Mission Network: Mary Beyler began her ministry with MMN in Kushiro, Japan, in 1974. Now, after working many years in Obihiro, she has returned to Kushiro for the final term of her mission career. Praise God for the relationships she has built for more than four decades, and pray for much joy as she serves.

« Mennonite Education Agency: Thank God for the faithful support of Bethel College alumni and friends, and for the lives being remembered in the annual Heritage Roll of Honor worship service and memorial this morning.

« Mennonite Church USA: Be in prayer for the students at the various Mennonite related schools around the country and the world this month as they finish up another academic year. Pray that they would have a good summer of fun and renewal as they build on what they have learned.

The WDC Annual Assembly will be August 4-6 in Arlington, TX.

Camp Mennoscah:

—Sandbar Cabin Dedication! Camp Mennoscah will dedicate the new cabin (Sandbar) on June 4 at 2:30pm. You are invited to come for a short and simple dedication at the cabin (next to the new boys bath house). You can "tour" the building, baptize it with sand from your feet, and join with us as we offer prayer for the cabin and those who will enjoy it.

—Camp Scholarships available! Do you know someone who needs a week of camp? Maybe they’ve never been to Camp Mennoscah before or maybe this would be a great way for them to grow in God’s Kingdom. We absolutely know that a week of camp is life-changing. (It’s also gobs of fun!) Give someone a nudge or invite a friend or send a grandkid to camp! We love making new friends!

—Join the fun! Camp Mennoscah now has more space for kitchen volunteers for July 30-Aug. 4 and for a nurse for July 16-22. Be part of our camping ministry!

— Camp Mennoscah started a Go Fund Me, gf.me/u/hmes8, campaign to help fund the new playground structure. Gifts of any size are welcome.

Information for Camp Mennoscah or to register:

Online at www.campmennoscah.org

Telephone: 620-297-3290.

Email: office.

Contact: olivia.bartel.

Do you enjoy mentoring young adults and living in community? Service Adventure is looking for unit leaders for the Jackson, Miss., unit. The term begins late July with orientation and participants begin their service term in August. If you or someone you know is interested, please contact Susan Nisly at SusanN@MennoniteMission.net or visit us at www.MennoniteMission.net

MCC Central States is hiring a Donor Relations Associate. The Donor Relations Associate is responsible for assisting in implementation of the donor relations strategy for MCC Central States by stewarding major donors involving face-to face contact in order to meet the budgeted income goals and generate the necessary resources to accomplish the mission of MCC. This position is open within the 16-state MCC CS region. To see a full job description and to apply, please visit https://mcc.org/get-involved/serve/openings.

The Newton Et Cetera Shop is hiring a Donations Manager for 30-40 hours/week. The manager, in cooperation with the management team, receives and processes donations; trains and supervises volunteers; prepares volunteer projects and work spaces; helps manage the sales floor; and participates in regular system evaluation and store planning. The full job description and applications are available at the store (619 N. Main in Newton) or​ via​ e-mail​ at generalmanager@

newtonetceterashop.com​. Applications​​ are due Monday, June 12, and can be submitted in person or ​by e-mail​.

Seminars simplify Medicare and Social Security: Everence Financial will provide a retirement income seminar, held on June 5, 7 p.m. to help you determine if you have enough money to retire, what to do if the market doesn’t cooperate and how to know if your savings will last. Seminars are held at the Everence office in Hesston. To reserve your spot, contact Michelle Ramer at michelle.ramer.

Bethel College:

—Centering Prayer continues to meet 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.

—Sun., June 11 –Book signing, 3 p.m., with authors Marci Penner and WenDee Rowe, for The Kansas Guidebook 2, beginning with a slide show of interesting Kansas places encountered on visits to all 626 incorporated cities in Kansas in a four-year journey; Kauffman Museum

Hesston College alumni and friends are invited to Explore KS! June 24 and 25. The overnight tour includes Saturday at the Nelson Atkins Museum of Art and Kansas City Royals game. Sunday worship service will be at Kansas City’s Frank Lloyd Wright designed Community Christian Church with professional baritone Anthony Brown performing, and the Kansas Mennonite Men’s Chorus concert at Grace Episcopal Cathedral in Topeka. Details available at

hesston.edu/explore-kansas or call 620-327-8147 to register by June 12.

The Sustainability Circle at Hesston Mennonite Church exists to create community while promoting sustainability. Next Meeting: June 22nd, 5:30 p.m. Pot-luck and Rain Barrel presentation by James Wenger in the NE Wing of Hesston Mennonite Church. Come for all or part of the evening. (Presentation begins at 6:15). For more info or to schedule childcare please contact Paula Miller, lovelocalfood

The Parkinson’s Support Group at Kidron Bethel will meet June 6 at 2:00 p.m. in Menno Hall. Dr. Pamela McCullough will share on “Dental Management of Parkinson’s Disease.” All are welcome.

West Zion Mennonite Church Concert, Sunday, June 11 at 7 pm at 101 South Washington Ave., Moundridge. Performers will include Gabriel’s Trumpets, a trumpet choir whose members include Kyle Unruh, Eric Schrag, Tim Regier, Evan Koch, Pat Flaming, Paul Epp, Connor Born and Arlin Buller; Christopher Shaw, Organ; Ellen Neufeld, Oboe; Louisa Nickel, Vocalist; and Donna Stucky, Piano. No admission, but a free-will offering will be received. Fellowship and refreshments to follow.

You are invited to a forum on PEACE IS POSSIBLE – June 17, 7 pm at Mennonite Church of the Servant, 23rd & Woodland, Wichita. Presenters: Mel Lehman – in 2009, he founded Common Humanity to build better understanding about the people of the Middle East. Common Humanity has organized some 20 exhibits of Iraqi refugee art to help Iraqi artists by selling their paintings and to help Americans better understand the beauty and humanity of the Arab and Muslim world. Ranya Taha was born and raised in Damascus, Syria. In recent years she has lived in Wichita, where she owns the Byblos and Petra restaurants. Shafiq Hasan was born in historic Palestine and was forced to flee his home as a boy in 1948 when the State of Israel was established. He now lives in Newton, and works as a medical lab specialist. For more information, call 316-371-8274.

June 4 annc.pdf

June 28 annoucements

Congregational Announcements

Youth Convention Meeting: This coming Wednesday (May 31) all youth planning to come to convention and their parents are invited to a Convention Information meeting at the church building at 6:00pm (pizza supper provided). Please plan to bring your questions regarding Convention and your insurance information for the medical release form. See you there!

Youth Fundraiser: Wall to Orlando: The Youth Group “Wall to Orlando” fundraiser has been moved to the wall beside the church office. If all of these envelopes were filled, we would have enough funds to reach our goal. Thank you for prayerfully considering to give above and beyond that which you have already given on behalf of our congregation’s youth.

Church Leadership Retreat will take place on Sunday, June 4 from 4:30-8:30pm. Our focus will be reflecting on new ways to work together and empower new leaders to more fully embody our collective mission. Supper will be a hotdog roast in the park. Hotdogs, buns, condiments and drinks will be provided. Please bring a side or dessert to share as well as your own table service. All are welcome.

Summer Faith Formation begins Sunday June 18:

Children, we have exciting things planned for you that you don’t want to miss! Carol Duerksen will be telling the Bible stories in creative ways. I’ve heard something about a talking donkey! Really? Krista Graber and Pam Abrahams are heading up activities, arts and crafts that reinforce these stories of faith in our daily lives. We hope to see you there!

Adults: “Jesus is the center of our faith; Community is the center of our lives; Reconciliation is the center of our work.” What does it mean to live out these “Anabaptist Essentials” in our daily lives? This will be the topic of our conversation in the elective class offered this summer. Some books have already been ordered as we anticipate your attendance. Please sign up on the bulletin board by June 4, to reserve your book! The books are paid for by the Christian Education Commission. Will you join us this summer?

Finger Food Fellowship: Once a month the Tabor community (children and adults) will join for finger foods and fellowship during the Faith Formation hour. The first date is Sunday, June 4, followed by July 9 and August 6. Bring finger foods (fruit, veggies, crackers, trail mix, etc.) to share. Everyone is invited to gather for food, fun and fellowship.

Lost & Found items have been placed on a table in the basement. Please claim your items by June 4. Unclaimed items will be donated EtCetera.

VBS Snacks: The sign-up sheet for snack items for VBS is posted on the bulletin board. Please sign-up for what you would like to bring. Pay attention to which day the items are needed for and when they need to be at church. Thank-you!

The youth in our congregation have certainly gotten much good use out of the couches in our youth room and it is fun to think about who all has used these couches over the years! However, because they have been so well-used, it may be time to consider finding new couches so that new generations can enjoy them for a long time to come. If any of you have gently used couches that you’re hoping to get rid of, or if you’d like an excuse to buy new furniture for your house, please consider donating your gently used couches to the TMYF. If interested, please talk to Pastor Katherine. Thanks for prayerfully considering this!

Mennonite Youth Census: Mennonite Education Agency is asking for record updates for children/students in the Mennonite Church. The purpose of the Mennonite Education Agency Youth Census is to give Mennonite Church USA students of all ages access to the programs and activities of the church. On behalf of the institutions and agencies of Mennonite Church USA, MEA gathers demographic information about students — name, contact information (such as address and phone number), birth date, gender, race and school information. This information is then made available to Mennonite-related groups upon request. The information is not available to groups outside Mennonite Church USA. The data is not used for fund-raising purposes and may not be posted on the internet. If you do not want information for your child/children given to MEA, please contact Kim Funk before May 31 to let her know.

Save the Date! The annual Women’s/Girls Retreat at Camp Mennoscah will be held September 8-10. The theme this year is “Together: Rooted and Reaching” led by Barb Krehbiel Gehring. We will also be celebrating 100 years of Mennonite Women. Watch for more details and registration in July.

Community Announcements

The Bethesda Home annual meeting will be Wednesday, May 31 at 7:30 p.m. in the Bethesda chapel. All are welcome. Business meeting will be followed with a pie social.

Conference Announcements

Prayer Requests:

« Western District Conference: Pray for the WDC Ministerial Leadership Commission meeting this week, as they provide support and accountability to leaders in our congregations.

« Mennonite Mission Network: MMN requests prayer for Margrit Kipfer Barrón as she compiles a book-study of Luke’s Gospel to introduce non-Christian readers to Jesus. She wants this current project to be available to people living in remote areas of Bolivia where her pastor-husband, Freddy, helps to organize book fairs.

« Mennonite Education Agency: Pray for Hesston College Interim President Ben Sprunger as he completes his last day of service on May 31. Thank God for his dedicated leadership of the college in a year of transition and pray for incoming President Joe Manickam as he prepares to take office in July.

« Mennonite Church USA: Please be in prayer for the MHS Board meetings taking place this week.

The WDC Annual Assembly will be August 4-6 in Arlington, TX. A bus may be chartered from the Newton, KS area, the cost of which would be dependent upon the number of passengers. Please let us know BY MAY 30 if you have interest in traveling to Assembly by bus. A bus will only be chartered if enough interest is expressed, so it is important that you let us know! Thanks!

Camp Mennoscah:

— Camp Mennoscah started a Go Fund Me, gf.me/u/hmes8, campaign to help fund the new playground structure. Gifts of any size are welcome.

—Family Weekend – July 29-30

—Young Adult Weekend – August 4-6.

Information for Camp Mennoscah or to register:

Online at www.campmennoscah.org

Telephone: 620-297-3290.

Email: office.

Contact: olivia.bartel.

Mennonite Church USA Convention 2017: Come to Orlando July 4-8 to celebrate “Love is a Verb” with fellowship, worship and activities with Mennonites from around the country. Learn more at convention.mennoniteusa.org/registration/.

A Mini Comforter Blitz will be held on June 2 and 3 at MCC Central State Material Resource Center at 121 East 30th Street in North Newton. Pieced comforter tops will be tied and bound, and then distributed by MCC to those displaced by or seeking refuge from political unrest or natural disasters. The blitz will be open on Friday, June 2, from 1 – 8 pm, and on Saturday, June 3, from 8 am – noon. Bring a snack to share with others, and bring a sack lunch if you are staying over a mealtime. Drinks will be furnished. Need childcare? Please RSVP to Kara Klingenberg at 620-983-9003. Every age is welcome, from youths to senior citizens. See bulletin board for more information

The MCC Material Resources Center in North Newton is running particularly low on the following items: bottles of shampoo (13-24 oz.), bars of infant friendly/mild soap, infant sleepers/onesies (sizes 3-9 months), men’s crew socks (white). Without these items, various kits cannot be completed so we need your help! Kit items can be dropped off at 121 E. 30th in North Newton or purchased online (Amazon Smile or other online retailers) and shipped directly to MCC. Questions? Please contact Kate Mast 316.283.2720, katemast.

MCC Central States is hiring a Donor Relations Associate. The Donor Relations Associate is responsible for assisting in implementation of the donor relations strategy for MCC Central States by stewarding major donors involving face-to face contact in order to meet the budgeted income goals and generate the necessary resources to accomplish the mission of MCC. This position is open within the 16-state MCC CS region. To see a full job description and to apply, please visit https://mcc.org/get-involved/serve/openings.

Community Conversation on Immigration hosted by Shalom Mennonite Church (800 E First, Newton, KS) on Saturday, June 3 at 10-11:30 am. It will be a moderated panel discussion with a question and answer time to follow. The discussion will focus on the panelists’ general perspectives on issues that affect refugees and immigrants in Kansas and Harvey County. The confirmed panel participants are Bob Myers (Newton City Manager) and Tim Hodge (State Representative). If you have questions about the event, contact Shalom at office

Seminars simplify Medicare and Social Security: Everence Financial will provide information about Medicare and retirement income at three upcoming seminars. The Medicare seminars will be held on April 17 and May 1 and will include what Medicare covers, the differences between plans that supplement Medicare, and enrollment deadlines. The retirement income seminar, held on June 5, will help you determine if you have enough money to retire, what to do if the market doesn’t cooperate and how to know if your savings will last. Seminars are held at 7 p.m. at the Everence office in Hesston. To reserve your spot, contact Michelle Ramer at (620) 327-4043 or michelle.ramer.

History Channel Program Includes Mennonite Immigration: On Monday and Tuesday, May 29 and 30, at 8:00 pm, the History Channel will broadcast a two-part special on “America: The Promised Land,” and on Tuesday a segment of the program will focus on Bernhard Warkentin, Turkey Red Wheat, and the 1870s Mennonite immigration to Kansas. The Warkentin story is featured as one important example of why different immigrants came to the United States and their impact. Link to further information regarding the television show: http://www.history.com/shows/america-promised-land

A wooden trunk that was brought to Kansas with an Immigrant family’s belongings and a sack of Turkey Hard Red Winter Wheat (to be planted here), was filmed in Dec. for this History Channel program. This very trunk is on display and can be seen at the Mennonite Heritage and Ag. Museum.

Bethel College:

—Sun., May 28. 3pm – Impromptu special Sunday-Afternoon-at-the-Museum event. David Moon, professor of history, University of York (United Kingdom), will present “The Amerikan Steppe: Influences from Russia and Ukraine on the Great Plains, 1870s-1930s,” as a ‘prequel’ to “America: Promised Land” (see above annc.)

—Sat., June 3–Walk Sand Creek Trail Day, 6am-8pm.

—Sat., June 3–Kauffman Museum First-Saturday Bird Walk, 6:30am. Meet in the museum parking lot.

Hesston College alumni and friends are invited to Explore KS! June 24 and 25. The overnight tour includes Saturday at the Nelson Atkins Museum of Art and Kansas City Royals game. Sunday worship service will be at Kansas City’s Frank Lloyd Wright designed Community Christian Church with professional baritone Anthony Brown performing, and the Kansas Mennonite Men’s Chorus concert at Grace Episcopal Cathedral in Topeka. Details available at

hesston.edu/explore-kansas or call 620-327-8147 to register by June 12.

May 28 annc..pdf

May 21 announcements

Congregational Announcements

The TMYF are excited for the opportunity to attend the MC USA Convention. To meet our goal for funds this year, the Youth Group will host a Russian Pancake Breakfast on Sunday, May 21 beginning at 8:30am (following our Lock-in at the church building the night before). We also are continuing our “Wall to Orlando” envelope fundraiser. Thank you to all of you who have already donated! As always, thank you for your support, your prayers, your encouragement, and your generosity. They are deeply appreciated!

Membership Meal: Several people interested in Tabor Church Membership will gather at the Parsonage on Sunday, May 21 for a meal and conversation to explore the meaning of membership and share brief faith testimonies with each other. New members will be received during the worship service on June 25.

Lost & Found items have been placed on a table in the basement. Please claim your items by June 4. Unclaimed items will be donated EtCetera.

Reminder: Free Shipping until Sunday (May 21) for Karina Brandt’s Fundraiser for her year in Ecuador. Use code “karina” and it will be shipped to her to deliver to you May 28. Check out the link. https://onemission.fund/support/karinas-journey-to-ecuador/ to purchase cards, candles, jewelry and meaningful t-shirts—all benefitting Karina’s service with MMN.

VBS Snacks: The sign-up sheet for snack items for VBS is posted on the bulletin board. Please sign-up for what you would like to bring. Pay attention to which day the items are needed for and when they need to be at church. Thank-you!

Summer Intern: We are excited to host Jayce Yoder, a current Bethel College Student, for his summer Ministry Inquiry Program experience. Jayce will be with us from May 22 through August 13. He will be staying with Pastor Phil and Mary and family for the first half of the summer and then will stay with Carol and Maynard for the second half of the summer. Jayce will be exploring many different aspects of pastoral ministry throughout the summer. We look forward to officially welcoming Jayce in church on May 28 as well as in the June newsletter.

Leadership Retreat: Save the Date for a Church Leadership Retreat on Sunday, June 4 from 4:30-8:30pm. All are welcome. More information to come.

Summer Elective: Adult Faith Formation will be offering an elective following our summer worship series using the book Anabaptist Essentials by Palmer Becker. Classes will begin June 18 and continue through August. So that books can be ordered, please sign up on the bulletin board by May 28 if you plan to attend this class.

Camp Washunga is only a week away! The Snack Shack at Camp Washunga is not open for business this year. If you would like to donate food or funds to help cover the cost of snacks, please let us know. Examples could include, but are not limited to: fresh fruit, crackers, snack mixes, cookies.

The youth in our congregation have certainly gotten much good use out of the couches in our youth room and it is fun to think about who all has used these couches over the years! However, because they have been so well-used, it may be time to consider finding new couches so that new generations can enjoy them for a long time to come. If any of you have gently used couches that you’re hoping to get rid of, or if you’d like an excuse to buy new furniture for your house, please consider donating your gently used couches to the TMYF. Thanks for prayerfully considering this!

Mennonite Youth Census: Mennonite Education Agency is asking for record updates for children/students in the Mennonite Church. The purpose of the Mennonite Education Agency Youth Census is to give Mennonite Church USA students of all ages access to the programs and activities of the church. On behalf of the institutions and agencies of Mennonite Church USA, MEA gathers demographic information about students — name, contact information (such as address and phone number), birth date, gender, race and school information. This information is then made available to Mennonite-related groups upon request. The information is not available to groups outside Mennonite Church USA. The data is not used for fund-raising purposes and may not be posted on the World Wide Web. If you do not want information for your child/children given to MEA, please contact Kim Funk before May 31 to let her know.

Community Announcements

Mennonite Research Findings: Two distinguished scientists will be coming to Alexanderwohl Mennonite Church to speak and present their findings on their research and its connection to Mennonites. Dr. Michael Crawford of the University of Kansas has been collaborating with the Mennonite communities of Kansas on biological aging and the history of Alexanderwohl. Dr. Francis McMahon has conducted research on the genetics of depression and schizophrenia and will give an address and explain his research and clinical diagnoses of mood disorders. The public is invited to attend on Sunday evening, May 21, 7:00 p.m. for this free lecture. More information is posted on the bulletin board.

The Bethesda Home annual meeting will be Wednesday, May 31 at 7:30 p.m. in the Bethesda chapel. All are welcome. Business meeting will be followed with a pie social.

Conference Announcements

Prayer Requests:

« Western District Conference: As the school year concludes, give thanks for WDC youth pastors and sponsors, and pray for youth groups preparing to attend Mennonite Church USA convention and other activities this summer.

« Mennonite Mission Network: MMN’s Service Adventure program is looking for unit leaders for households in Colorado Springs, Colorado, and Jackson, Mississippi. Pray that those whom God is calling to these positions will say yes.

« Mennonite Education Agency: Pray for God’s spirit to be with Bethel College commencement speaker Aaron Austin and with the 2017 graduates, their families and friends who gather to celebrate with them.

« Mennonite Disaster Service: Pray for the communities struck by tornadoes in Oklahoma and Wisconsin earlier this week. At least two people were killed and dozens injured during the Tuesday storms. We also ask prayers for the folks in Ontario and Quebec who are experiencing severe flooding in both those provinces. The MDS Ontario Unit is on the ground and is gearing up for a response. Please continue remembering the residents and families impacted by these disasters in both the U.S. and Canada.

The WDC Annual Assembly will be August 4-6 in Arlington, TX. A bus may be chartered from the Newton, KS area, the cost of which would be dependent upon the number of passengers. Please let us know BY MAY 30 if you have interest in traveling to Assembly by bus. A bus will only be chartered if enough interest is expressed, so it is important that you let us know! Thanks!

Children ages 3-8 are invited to Summer Story Hour at the WDC Resource Library June 14 through July 26 (not July 5). Register TODAY (space is limited) at crlib or 316-283-6300. Due to limited space, children should be able to attend at least 4 of the 6 weeks offered.

Camp Mennoscah:

—Needed: two kitchen volunteers for July 16-22 and two for July 30-August 4. No great skills are needed, just a kind and willing heart and the ability to follow directions.

—Looking down the Road! Our Family Weekend is July 29-30 and our Young Adult Weekend is August 4-6.

Information for Camp Mennoscah or to register:

Online at www.campmennoscah.org

Telephone: 620-297-3290.

Email: office.

Contact: olivia.bartel.

Mennonite Church USA Convention 2017: Come to Orlando July 4-8 to celebrate “Love is a Verb” with fellowship, worship and activities with Mennonites from around the country. Learn more at convention.mennoniteusa.org/registration/. The convention planning office has arranged discounts at Orlando-area attractions. Visit: mennolove.orlandomeetinginfo.com.

A Mini Comforter Blitz will be held on June 2 and 3 at MCC Central State Material Resource Center at 121 East 30th Street in North Newton. Pieced comforter tops will be tied and bound, and then distributed by MCC to those displaced by or seeking refuge from political unrest or natural disasters. The blitz will be open on Friday, June 2, from 1 – 8 pm, and on Saturday, June 3, from 8 am – noon. Bring a snack to share with others, and bring a sack lunch if you are staying over a mealtime. Drinks will be furnished. Need childcare? Please RSVP to Kara Klingenberg at 620-983-9003. Every age is welcome, from youths to senior citizens. See bulletin board for more information

We LOVE our volunteers! Calling ALL Mennonite Central Committee volunteers (workroom, warehouse, meat canning, Kansas Relief Sale, Et Cetera Shop and more) to join us for our Volunteer Appreciation BBQ on June 7 from 5-7pm in the MCC Material Resources Center in N. Newton. Check patsydirksen. We hope to see you on June 7!

The MCC Material Resources Center in North Newton, Kansas is running particularly low on the following items: bottles of shampoo (13-24 oz.), bars of infant friendly/mild soap, infant sleepers/onesies (sizes 3-9 months), men’s crew socks (white). Without these items, various kits cannot be completed so we need your help! Kit items can be dropped off at 121 E. 30th in North Newton or purchased online (Amazon Smile or other online retailers) and shipped directly to MCC. Questions? Please contact Kate Mast katemast.

Bethel College:

Bethel College seeks a full-time director of development. Bachelor’s degree required with 3-5 years’ experience in funds solicitation or a combination of transferable experience. See full job description at www.bethelks.edu/why-bethel/people/career-opportunities/

Sat., June 3 – The public is invited to “Walk Sand Creek Trail Day,” part of National Trails Day®. Water will be available for people and dogs at the trailhead at Memorial Grove on the Bethel College campus, dawn to dusk (6 a.m.-8 p.m.), courtesy of the Sand Creek Trail Committee.

Harvey County Habitat for Humanity is sponsoring a special aluminum can drive through June 6. Drop off locations are located at both Newton Dillon’s store parking lots in the Habitat for Humanity Houses. Please take large amounts of cans and or metal to All Metals at 401 W. first, Newton, Mon. – Fri, 9am – 4:30pm. Be sure to designate that the donation is for Harvey County Habitat for Humanity.

History Channel Program Includes Mennonite Immigration: On Monday and Tuesday, May 29 and 30, at 8:00 pm , the History Channel will broadcast a two-part special on “America: The Promised Land,” and on Tuesday a segment of the program will focus on Bernhard Warkentin, Turkey Red Wheat, and the 1870s Mennonite immigration to Kansas. The Warkentin story is featured as one important example of why different immigrants came to the United States and their impact. Link to further information regarding the television show:

http://www.history.com/shows/america-promised-land

May 21 annc.pdf

May 14 announcements

Congregational Announcements

Tabor Mennonite Women mystery evening is May 17. Meet at the church by 5:20 p.m. to share rides and leave by 5:30 p.m. Cost is $20.

Tabor Building Project Fundraiser at the White Owl Barn, May 20 at 6:30 p.m. Come for some pulled pork and brisket and wonderful fellowship. Please sign up by May 14 on the bulletin board. Cost is $50.00 per person, minimum donation.

The TMYF wishes to thank all of you for your tremendous generosity, support, encouragement and prayers for us this year! It has been a meaningful year for us so far and we look forward to what lies ahead. We are excited for the opportunity to attend the MCUSA Convention, to engage in meaningful worship with others from around the country, to hear speakers and attend seminars that help to deepen our faith, to grow in our love and understanding of God and God’s will for our lives, and to grow together in fellowship as a youth group. As Convention approaches, however, we find ourselves about $2,500 short. This is due in part to poor weather, canceling one night, and low attendance for Night in the Barn. To meet our goal for funds this year, the Youth Group will host a Russian Pancake Breakfast on Sunday, May 21. This will begin at 8:30am (following our Lock-in at the church building the night before). We also are continuing our “Wall to Orlando” envelope fundraiser. Thank you to all of you who have already donated! As always, thank you for your support, your prayers, your encouragement, and your generosity. They are deeply appreciated!

Membership Meal: Several people interested in Tabor Church Membership will gather at the Parsonage on May 21 for a meal to explore the meaning of membership and share brief faith testimonies with each other. New members will be received during the worship service on June 25.

Summer Intern: We are excited to host Jayce Yoder, a current Bethel College Student, for his summer Ministry Inquiry Program experience. Jayce will be with us from May 22 through August 13. He will be staying with Pastor Phil and Mary and family for the first half of the summer and then will stay with Carol and Maynard for the second half of the summer. Jayce will be exploring many different aspects of pastoral ministry throughout the summer. We look forward to officially welcoming Jayce in church on May 28 as well as in the June newsletter.

Leadership Retreat: Save the Date for a Church Leadership Retreat on Sunday, June 4 from 4:30-8:30pm. All are welcome. More information to come.

Summer Elective: Adult Faith Formation will be offering an elective following our summer worship series using the book Anabaptist Essentials by Palmer Becker. Classes will begin June 18 and continue through August. So that books can be ordered, please sign up on the bulletin board by May 28 if you plan to attend this class.

MCC Coffee Mugs: The next few Sundays there will be a small table in the foyer by the church office with the Mennonite Central Committee (MCC) coffee mugs on it. This years mugs had a picture of Tabor church. If you are interested, leave $10 in the money bag and make your own change. If you write a check, make it to MCC.

Camp Washunga is only a couple weeks away! The Snack Shack at Camp Washunga is not open for business this year. If you would like to donate food or funds to help cover the cost of snacks, please let us know. Examples could include, but are not limited to: fresh fruit, crackers, snack mixes, cookies.

Community Announcements

MCC Sale Banquet: Enjoy a GREAT meal and see the BIG check given to Maynard from the KS MCC Sale at the MCC Sale Banquet Thurs., May 18, 6:30pm at Eden Mennonite Church. $15 donation for the meal. PLEASE let Jerry know this Sun., May 14 if you would like to attend.

Mennonite Research Findings: Two distinguished scientists will be coming to Alexanderwohl Mennonite Church to speak and present their findings on their research and its connection to Mennonites. Dr. Michael Crawford of the University of Kansas has been collaborating with the Mennonite communities of Kansas on biological aging and the history of Alexanderwohl. Dr. Francis McMahon has conducted research on the genetics of depression and schizophrenia and will give an address and explain his research and clinical diagnoses of mood disorders. The public is invited to attend on Sunday evening, May 21, 7:00 p.m. for this free lecture. More information is posted on the bulletin board.

The Bethesda Home annual meeting will be Wednesday, May 31 at 7:30 p.m. in the Bethesda chapel. All are welcome. Business meeting will be followed with a pie social.

Conference Announcements

Prayer Requests:

« Western District Conference: Give thanks for the diverse geography in which WDC congregations are located, and pray that we may care faithfully for God’s creation through stewardship of land, facilities, and other resources.

« Mennonite Mission Network: On this Mother’s Day, Mennonite Mission Network gives thanks for the women who have modeled God’s love and helped to shape the church. Ask God to bless all the mothers in the world with food and homes for their children.

« Mennonite Education Agency: Pray for the Hesston College Bel Canto Singers as they depart for a two-week tour through the Midwest and minister to their audiences through music. Pray that God would give them safety as they travel and stay with host families along the way.

Summer camps at Rocky Mountain Mennonite Camp are just weeks away (first youth camp begins June 11). This summer’s theme, “Freedom” is based on Galatians 5:13. Campers will explore their faith in God focusing on a relationship with Jesus that gives us freedom to fully enjoy life. While many of our Wilderness camps are filled, there is still space to register for Resident Camp (3rd grade to Senior High)! Resident camp weeks are filled with hikes, games, great camp songs, worship times, arts and crafts and much more. To learn more, visit our website (www.rmmc.org) or check out a camp brochure at your church.

Camp Mennoscah:

Schedules change and with that so do our kitchen staff needs! Camp Mennoscah is restarting the search for 1-2 volunteer kitchen staff for both July 16-22 (Junior High II) and July 30-August 4 (Senior High). These are great weeks filled with energy, enthusiasm, and bits of entropy! Kitchen staff can receive a parent discount up to full camp fees. The only skills needed are willing hands, cheerful hearts, and the ability to follow directions. It’s a fun time!

Bring a Friend! Hey, returning campers! Did you know that if you bring a first time friend that you both get a free tee shirt? You do! So find that lucky friend and ask them to come to Camp Mennoscah with you. We’ll make sure that both of you get that free camp tee.

Information for Camp Mennoscah or to register:

Online at www.campmennoscah.org

Telephone: 620-297-3290.

Email: office.

Contact: olivia.bartel.

Is the Mennonite Church USA Convention 2017 on your calendar? Registration remains open. Come to Orlando July 4-8 to celebrate “Love is a Verb” with fellowship, worship and activities with Mennonites from around the country. The convention will feature top speakers, including Mark DeVries and Rachel Held Evans, along with a wide range of workshops and a chance to enjoy the Orlando sunshine. Learn more at convention.mennoniteusa.org/registration/.

We LOVE our volunteers! Calling ALL Mennonite Central Committee volunteers (workroom, warehouse, meat canning, Kansas Relief Sale, Et Cetera Shop and more) to join us for our Volunteer Appreciation BBQ on June 7 from 5-7pm in the MCC Material Resources Center in N. Newton. Check patsydirksen. We hope to see you on June 7!

Bethel College:

—Today, Sun., May 14– Open Road concert, 7 p.m., Memorial Hall at Bethel College

—Mon., May 15 – Woven concert, 7 p.m., Memorial Hall at Bethel College

—Fri., May 20 – Annual Senior Art Exhibit reception, 7-9 p.m., featuring the work of Kate Fry, Regier Art Gallery in Luyken Fine Arts Center at Bethel College

The Trail of Death: A Pilgrimage of Remembrance, Lament and Transformation: June 1–9, 2017. This nine-day pilgrimage traces the route of the 1838 forced removal of Potawatomi people by the U.S. military from their ancestral homeland in northern Indiana to present-day Osawatomie, Kansas. This Anabaptist Mennonite Biblical Seminary course can be taken for credit or audit. Sign up by tomorrow, May 15! ambs.edu/trailofdeath

Harvey County Habitat for Humanity is sponsoring a special aluminum can drive through June 6. Drop off locations are located at both Newton Dillon’s store parking lots in the Habitat for Humanity Houses. Please take large amounts of cans and or metal to All Metals at 401 W. first, Newton, Mon. – Fri, 9am – 4:30pm. Be sure to designate that the donation is for Harvey County Habitat for Humanity.

Offender/Victim Ministries: Want to visit someone in prison!? There is an upcoming training for new volunteers on Monday, May 15 from 12-4pm at the Hutchinson Correctional Facility, "Old School House." We are searching for more volunteers to begin visiting inmates through Offender Victim Ministries M-2

program. We are also forming a choir at the HCF East Unit. Would you like to sing in this? Do you know someone who could help provide musical leadership? Contact Ben Kreider at ben for more info on getting involved in M-2 or the choir.

Mennonite Mission Network is seeking a full time Senior Executive for Human Resources who is passionate about God’s reconciling mission to the world, committed to Jesus Christ, and active in a local congregation. Anticipated start date is July, 2017. Read the full position description at www.MennoniteMission.net. Please send resumé and cover letter to StaffRecruitment@MennoniteMission.net.

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May 7 announcements

Notes of Appreciation

Thank you so much for your recent donation of Relief Kits to Mennonite Central Committee (MCC)! We are receiving many requests form our partners for these kits, and many are going to refugee camps in Jordan, as well as disaster areas in Haiti. Thank you for your generosity! -Kate Mast, workroom supervisor

Congregational Announcements

Teacher Appreciation: All teachers and helpers of Sunday morning and Wednesday evenings are deeply appreciated. Your commitment to Tabor’s young people, youth, and adults is heartfelt and worthy of recognition. Please stop by the table in the foyer this Sunday, May 7 and choose your gift from the Education Committee. Know that your work and dedication is valued not only by the committee but also by the children and adults you teach or lead.

The TMYF wishes to thank all of you for your tremendous generosity, support, encouragement and prayers for us this year! It has been a meaningful year for us so far and we look forward to what lies ahead. We are excited for the opportunity to attend the MCUSA Convention, to engage in meaningful worship with others from around the country, to hear speakers and attend seminars that help to deepen our faith, to grow in our love and understanding of God and God’s will for our lives, and to grow together in fellowship as a youth group.

As Convention approaches, however, we find ourselves about $2,500 short. This is due in part to poor weather, canceling one night, and low attendance for Night in the Barn. To meet our goal for funds this year, the Youth Group will host a Russian Pancake Breakfast on Sunday, May 21. This will begin at 8:30am (following our Lock-in at the church building the night before). We also are continuing our “Wall to Orlando” envelope fundraiser. Thank you to all of you who have already donated! As always, thank you for your support, your prayers, your encouragement, and your generosity. They are deeply appreciated!

MCC Coffee Mugs: The next few Sundays there will be a small table in the foyer by the church office with the Mennonite Central Committee (MCC) coffee mugs on it. This years mugs had a picture of Tabor church. If you are interested, leave $10 in the money bag and make your own change. If you write a check, make it to MCC.

Summer Intern: We are excited to announce that we will be hosting Jayce Yoder, a current Bethel College Student, for his summer Ministry Inquiry Program experience. More information to come in the near future.

Camp Washunga is only a couple weeks away!

1) The facilities that the Goessel Community Junior Highers use at Camp Washunga no longer have a piano. Because worship is such a large part of our experience at camp, we are in search of an electric keyboard to take along with us! If you or someone you know would have one we could borrow for the weekend, please let us know.

2) The Snack Shack at Camp Washunga is not open for business this year. If you would like to donate food or funds to help cover the cost of snacks, please let us know. Examples could include, but are not limited to: fresh fruit, crackers, snack mixes, cookies.

Vacation Bible School: Do you have preschool through 6th graders living in your house? Have you signed them up for VBS yet? If not, please dig out your paper copy and fill it out or register online. Plans are being made, and we hope your child will attend! Completed copies can go in Eunice Nickel or Sarahanne Unruh’s mailbox. Extra registration forms can be found in the church foyer.

Kansas Mennonite Men’s Chorus concert will take place on Sunday, May 7, 7pm at Hesston High School, Hesston. A free will offering will be taken for the work of Mennonite Central Committee. Singers from Tabor are: Lewis Unruh, Steve Janzen, Lee Goertzen and Donavon Schmidt.

Tabor Mennonite Women: The mystery evening is planned for May 17. Meet at the church by 5:20 p.m. to share rides and leave by 5:30 p.m. Cost is $20. Please sign up on the sheet on the bulletin board by May 10.

Tabor Building Project Fundraiser at the White Owl Barn, May 20 at 6:30 p.m. Come for some pulled pork and brisket and wonderful fellowship. Please sign up by May 14 on the bulletin board. Cost is $50.00 per person, minimum donation.

Pioneer & Indian Trails in the Goessel Area: The Mennonite Heritage and Agricultural Museum is excited to announce that they will be hosting a session on trails presented by Brian Stucky. Brian is an avid trail researcher who will share some of the knowledge he has gained from his own work dowsing the path of nearby trails. The Mennonite Heritage and Agricultural Museum invites the public to this free presentation to learn about these trails. This will be on May 13 at 7 p.m. in the 1906 Preparatory School Building on the museum campus.

Kansas Mennonite Relief Sale: You are all invited to celebrate this success of the relief sale at the annual meeting scheduled for Thursday, May 18, 6:30 pm at Eden Mennonite Church, Moundridge. The meal is $15 a plate and you will pay at the door. Please RSVP to Jerry and Leann Toews, Archie and Kristin Schmidt, or Eric Litwiller by May 14.

Blood Drive: Working around busy spring schedules 24 donors and 8 volunteers helped the recent blood drive meet our goal! Mark your calendar for the next opportunity between 2:00-6:00 on Friday, June 23. Remember you are eligible to donate if you are at least 17 years of age and weigh 110 lbs.

Conference Announcements

Prayer Requests:

« Western District Conference: Pray for WDC congregational and conference delegates planning to attend Mennonite Church USA assembly in Orlando this summer, as they prepare and discern action on the Seeking Peace in Israel-Palestine resolution.

« Mennonite Mission Network: MMN requests prayer for thousands of Mennonites in Democratic Republic of Congo who have gone into hiding to escape the violence that has claimed hundreds of lives. Pray that God would provide for those who have fled, for stable national leadership, and for an end to the fighting.

« Mennonite Education Agency: Pray for Bethel College instrumentalists and choirs performing the annual Masterworks concert this afternoon, and especially for piano soloist Karen Bauman Schlabaugh, Bethel music professor, who will retire at the end of the school year.

« Mennonite Church USA: Be in prayer for all the graduates of the various Mennonite-related colleges, universities and seminaries who are finishing their academic work this month. Pray that they would be open to God’s leading as they follow their call on the next steps of their journeys.

« Mennonite Disaster Service: We ask you pray for the communities in the South and Midwest impacted by the storms last week. We want you to especially think of the areas in Texas, Missouri, and Arkansas that have been hit particularly hard and have left at least 20 dead. Yet, we are also thankful for the protection God provided to parishioners of St. John the Evangelist Church in Emory, TX. A twister destroyed all of the building except for the hallway where church-goers were huddled together for the duration of last Sunday’s storm. Thanks be to God.

Western District Conference: To fulfill the goals of the 2015 Mennonite Church USA delegate assembly resolution, a statement of support for our Palestinian and Israeli partners in peacemaking, and to prepare delegates and congregations for the 2017 resolution at the upcoming convention in Orlando, a WDC Israel-Palestine Task Force has been developed. The letter posted on the bulletin board from the Task Force gives reference to information to help Orlando delegates prepare to vote on the resolution.

Camp Mennoscah:

Hello, Nurse! Camp Mennoscah is looking for a nurse with a valid license for June 11-17. This position comes with a stipend or camper discount. Campers needs are usually bandages, a listening ear for homesickness, and medications dispensed. It’s going to be a fun time!

Thank you to our many presenters and attendees and committee members for the Camp Mennoscah Retirees Relaxation Retreat! It was a great time with great food made by Becky. We will see you all next year!

Brave souls! What fun it was to see men and boys traipsing through the rain and mud at Camp Mennoscah this past weekend! We’re so glad you visited Camp Mennoscah and hope your socks have dried out. There surely can’t be two years of that much rain during Men & Boys Retreat, so we’ll be expecting sun and warm weather in 2018. See you soon!

Information for all of the above or to register:

Online at www.campmennoscah.org

Telephone: 620-297-3290.

Email: office.

Contact: olivia.bartel.

The Hesston College Bel Canto Singers will present their final concert of the year at 4 p.m., Saturday, May 13, at Hesston Mennonite Church on the Hesston College campus. The program, entitled "God is Near," is the first of a 12-concert tour throughout the Midwest. "God is Near" is inspired by our call to seek out faith in our lives.

You are invited to a concert, Mission through Music, with proceeds to benefit Mariana Martinez, an international student seeking sponsorship to attend Hesston College. The performance will feature Hesston College music students on Tuesday, May 9 at 7:00 p.m. at Whitestone Mennonite Church, Hesston, Kan. A free-will offering will be collected, with all proceeds going to benefit the Martinez family. More information on the event and the Martinez family can be found at horizon.hesston.edu.

Harvey County Habitat for Humanity is sponsoring a special aluminum can drive May 6 through June 6. Drop off locations are located at both Newton Dillon’s store parking lots in the Habitat for Humanity Houses. Please take large amounts of cans and or metal to All Metals at 401 W. first, Newton, Mon. – Fri, 9am – 4:30pm. Be sure to designate that the donation is for Harvey County Habitat for Humanity. Now is an excellent time to clean our the garage and sheds for aluminum cans and metal and help this deserving organization.

Offender/Victim Ministries: Want to visit someone in prison!? There is an upcoming training for new volunteers on Monday, May 15 from 12-4pm at the Hutchinson Correctional Facility, "Old School House." We are searching for more volunteers to begin visiting inmates through Offender Victim Ministries M-2 program. We are also forming a choir at the HCF East Unit. Would you like to sing in this? Do you know someone who could help provide musical leadership? Contact Ben Kreider at ben for more info on getting involved in M-2 or the choir.

Mennonite Mission Network is seeking a full time Senior Executive for Human Resources who is passionate about God’s reconciling mission to the world, committed to Jesus Christ, and active in a local congregation. Anticipated start date is July, 2017. Read the full position description at www.MennoniteMission.net. Please send resumé and cover letter to StaffRecruitment@MennoniteMission.net.

The Swiss Mennonite Cultural and Historical Association is sponsoring “Goodwill Tour to Freeman, South Dakota”. This is a 3day tour starting July 18. We will be busing to Freeman, learning about their culture and sites. We will be visiting a Hutterite Colony and having dinner there. We will view the site and learn about the events that led to five young boys freezing to death during the blizzard of 1888. We are working to make this an exciting tour. Currently there is room available. If you have an interest in either of these trips, contact LaVern Stucky, lavern.

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Announcements for April 30

Congregational Announcements

Summer Intern: We are excited to announce that we will be hosting Jayce Yoder, a current Bethel College Student, for his summer Ministry Inquiry Program experience. More information to come in the near future.

Card Shower: Tabor Church family, we are having a birthday card shower for Mildred Franzen. She will turn 88 on May 5. Her address is 3001 N. Ivy Drive, North Newton, Ks. 67117. Thank You! ~Doyle & Nancy Franzen

Vacation Bible School: Do you have preschool through 6th graders living in your house? Have you signed them up for VBS yet? If not, please dig out your paper copy and fill it out or register online. Plans are being made, and we hope your child will attend! Completed copies can go in Eunice Nickel or Sarahanne Unruh’s mailbox. Extra registration forms can be found in the church foyer.

Save the Date: VBS staff orientation will be Wednesday, May 10. If you are helping with VBS this year, put this evening on your calendar. Invitations and more information to follow in coming weeks.

The formation of the building committee is nearing completion. If anyone else is interested in being considered for this committee, please let me know by the end of April. I will be making contact with these people soon. –Jim Schmidt

Kansas Mennonite Men’s Chorus concerts will take place on Sunday, April 30, 4:30pm at Presser Hall, Bethany College, Lindsborg and on Sunday, May 7, 7pm at Hesston High School, Hesston. A free will offering will be taken for the work of Mennonite Central Committee. Singers from Tabor are: Lewis Unruh, Steve Janzen, Lee Goertzen and Donavon Schmidt.

Tabor Mennonite Women: The mystery evening is planned for May 17. Meet at the church by 5:20 p.m. to share rides and leave by 5:30 p.m. Cost is $20. Please sign up on the sheet on the bulletin board by May 10.

Church Membership: Are you interested in learning more about church membership at Tabor? If yes, please talk to a Pastor by the end of April.

The McPherson Community Brass Choir under the direction of Jerry Toews will give a concert Mon., May 1 at 7 pm in the Church of the Brethren, 200 N. Carrie St., McPherson.

Spring Work Day: Please plan to participate in our annual work day on Saturday, May 6, beginning at 8 am and working until noon. There will be outside landscape work and inside cleaning and maybe some painting. It would be appreciated if volunteers could bring snacks for mid-morning break and fellowship. Thank you.

Fundraiser for the Tabor Building Project at The White Owl Barn, May 20 at 6:30 p.m. Come for an evening of food and fellowship. Please sign up by May 14 on the South Bulletin board. Cost is a $50.00 per person, minimum donation.

Register now for Summer Camps: Scholarships of $50 are again available through the Tabor Mennonite Church Education Committee for children attending either Camp Mennoscah or Rocky Mountain Mennonite Camp. Sign up on the bulletin board with your name and the dates you will be attending camp. When registering, mark the box on the form indicating that you are receiving a scholarship from Tabor and a check will be mailed to Camp Mennoscah. Register with Camp Mennoscah before May 1 to receive a $10 discount.

Conference Announcements

Prayer Requests:

« Western District Conference: Pray for WDC pastors and chaplains, that they would sense the guidance and power of the Holy Spirit as they provide leadership within their congregations, communities and other organizations.

« Mennonite Mission Network: The Centro de Estudios, a ministry of the Spanish-speaking Mennonite congregations in Uruguay, develops church leaders and strengthens their Anabaptist identity. MMN requests prayer for this mobile study program that travels to bivocational leaders’ locations and permits them to study evenings after work.

« Mennonite Education Agency: Give thanks for the work of photographer Sharon Hoogstraten (Citizen Potawatomi Nation), who has generously loaned 22 large-scale photographs of Potawatomi people in regalia to AMBS for an exhibit on campus this spring, in connection with the Rooted and Grounded Conference and the Trail of Death pilgrimage course. May the images move viewers to honor the resilience and flourishing of First Nations people as they also remember the traumas they have endured in this land.

Camp Mennoscah: -There are still openings for kitchen staff and nurse for the week of June 11-17. Email: office.

Step Up – Youth wanted for participation in the Future Church Summit in Orlando: About 40 spots remain open for the Step Up program – an opportunity for high school age youth to participate in the Future Church Summit at this summer’s Mennonite Church USA Convention in Orlando. This opportunity was initially open to only three youth per conference. Now, any interested youth attending convention may participate. Participants will attend an orientation seminar and be included in table groups during the July 6-8 Future Church Summit. Additional information and a link to registration can be found at http://convention.mennoniteusa.org/registration/youth/.

Coming to a church near you! Mark your calendar for Saturday, May 6, 7 pm when the Theatre of the Beat, from Stouffville, Ontario, is coming to the Lorraine Avenue Mennonite Church (655 S. Lorraine, Wichita) with the play “This Will Lead to Dancing.” The play follows two teens from a Mennonite congregation’s youth group who go on a hunger strike until their church decides to accept LGBT people as members. In her hunger, one of the girls begins to hallucinate the ghost of Menno Simons, who becomes a central character in the play. The writer, and theatre’s artistic director, Johnny Wideman, conducted interviews with LGBT Mennonites and two allies who work within the community and incorporated some of their reflections and stories. In discussions of church policy over sexuality and church membership, there has been much discussion over “forbearance”. Wideman wanted his play to represent those who, he believes, have shown the most forbearance, the LGBT community. Tickets are $10 and available at the door. Refreshments will be served after the play.

Mennonite Central Committee: April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month and Mennonite Central Committee U.S. is offering four booklets that could help you and your congregation create a community of care for those affected by sexual violence and to find ways to act against it.

Understanding sexual abuse by a church leader or caregiver

Abuse: Response and prevention – A guide for church leaders

Created Equal: Women and Men in the Image of God

Pornography: Lies, Truth and Hope.

To order these free booklets, email resources or call toll free, 888.563.4676.

As immigration enforcement tightens in the U.S., women, children and teens from Central America who are fleeing domestic and sexual violence in their home countries encounter quick deportation or harsher legal processes and extended detention when they seek refuge in the U.S. To learn more about this issue, including how to speak with your legislators about acting compassionately, read this Action Alert from the MCC U.S. Washington Office,

mcc.org/protect-women-children

Mennonite Disaster Service: We need volunteers in Ashland along with skid steers and A/UTV’s. Work will consist of cleaning up barbed wire fence. Transportation, lunch, water and tools will all be provided. Also, there is a need for several skid steers and A/UTV’s to be used in the area for the next 6-8 weeks. If you know of an individual or company that would be will to provide this please let me know. Volunteers should call, text or email with their availability. Jordan Miller jordanmiller795 316-217-4570.

Bethel College Wind Ensemble concert, Today, April 30, 3 p.m., Memorial Hall

Seminars simplify Medicare and Social Security: Everence Financial will provide information about Medicare and retirement income at two upcoming seminars. The Medicare seminars will be held on May 1 and will include what Medicare covers, the differences between plans that supplement Medicare, and enrollment deadlines. The retirement income seminar, held on June 5, will help you determine if you have enough money to retire, what to do if the market doesn’t cooperate and how to know if your savings will last. Seminars are held at 7 p.m. at the Everence office in Hesston. To reserve your spot, contact Michelle Ramer at michelle.ramer.

Harvey County Habitat for Humanity is sponsoring a special aluminum can drive May 6 through June 6. Drop off locations are located at both Newton Dillons store parking lots in the Habitat for Humanity Houses. Please take large amounts of cans and or metal to All Metals at 401 W. first, Newton, Mon. – Fri, 9am – 4:30pm. Be sure to designate that the donation is for Harvey County Habitat for Humanity. Now is an excellent time to clean our the garage and sheds for aluminum cans and metal and help this deserving organization.

Offender/Victim Ministries: Want to visit someone in prison!? There is an upcoming training for new volunteers on Monday, May 15 from 12-4pm at the Hutchinson Correctional Facility, "Old School House." We are searching for more volunteers to begin visiting inmates through Offender Victim Ministries M-2 program. We are also forming a choir at the HCF East Unit. Would you like to sing in this? Do you know someone who could help provide musical leadership? Contact Ben Kreider at ben for more info on getting involved in M-2 or the choir.

Parkinson’s Support Group: Kidron Bethel will host the next Parkinson’s Support Group meeting Tuesday, May 2, at 2:00 p.m. in Menno Hall. Susie and Jim Wickhiser will share on the topic “Partners Reflecting on Parkinson’s Disease.” All interested persons are welcome.

Do you live for a good story? Are you passionate about God’s presence and work in the world? If so, work for Mennonite Mission Network as our writer and multimedia content producer. This full time position will be located in the Newton, KS or Elkhart, IN office. Learn more at www.MennoniteMission.Net/about/Employment. If interested, please send a résumé to StaffRecruitment@MennoniteMission.net.

Kansas Mennonite Relief Sale is blessed with a Board of Directors that seeks to fulfill the mission of our Sale. Several of our very enthusiastic Board Members have asked to be replaced. We thank them for their past service. We need to nominate 4 or 5 people to our election ballot to be considered at our annual meeting. Please don’t hesitate to volunteer to serve on the Board or help our nominating committee by suggesting potential nominees. Please send all suggestions to Arlin Buller at ambuller. Thanks!

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April 23 announcements

Congregational Announcements

Vacation Bible School: Do you have preschool through 6th graders living in your house? Have you signed them up for VBS yet? If not, please dig out your paper copy and fill it out or register online. Plans are being made, and we hope your child will attend! Completed copies can go in Eunice Nickel or Sarahanne Unruh’s mailbox. Extra registration forms can be found in the church foyer.

Save the Date: VBS staff orientation will be Wednesday, May 10. If you are helping with VBS this year, put this evening on your calendar. Invitations and more information to follow in coming weeks.

The formation of the building committee is nearing completion. If anyone else is interested in being considered for this committee, please let me know by the end of April. I will be making contact with these people soon. –Jim Schmidt

Sister Care: Wed., April 26, 6:30 p.m. — For those signed up for MWUSA Sister Care II, Sister Care I is strongly suggested. We will have a crash course and refresher course at Goessel Elementary Library on May 5-7. If you can’t take the course, you can check out the DVD or Manual from Denise Nickel. (367-2226)

Kansas Mennonite Men’s Chorus concerts will take place on Sunday, April 30, 4:30pm at Presser Hall, Bethany College, Lindsborg and on Sunday, May 7, 7pm at Hesston High School, Hesston. A free will offering will be taken for the work of Mennonite Central Committee. Singers from Tabor are: Lewis Unruh, Steve Janzen, Lee Goertzen and Donavon Schmidt.

Tabor Mennonite Women- Save the Date! The mystery evening is planned for May 17 at 5:30 p.m. Be watching for more information and sign-up sheets soon.

Church Membership: Are you interested in learning more about church membership at Tabor? If yes, please talk to a Pastor by the end of April.

The McPherson Community Brass Choir under the direction of Jerry Toews will give a concert Mon., May 1 at 7 pm in the Church of the Brethren, 200 N. Carrie St., McPherson.

Register now for Summer Camps: Scholarships of $50 are again available through the Tabor Mennonite Church Education Committee for children attending either Camp Mennoscah or Rocky Mountain Mennonite Camp. Sign up on the bulletin board with your name and the dates you will be attending camp. When registering, mark the box on the form indicating that you are receiving a scholarship from Tabor and a check will be mailed to Camp Mennoscah. Register with Camp Mennoscah before May 1 to receive a $10 discount.

Spring Work Day: Please plan to participate in our annual work day on Saturday, May 6, beginning at 8 am and working until noon. There will be outside landscape work and inside cleaning and maybe some painting. It would be appreciated if volunteers could bring snacks for mid-morning break and fellowship. Thank you.

Conference Announcements

Prayer Requests:

« Western District Conference: Pray for God’s wisdom and grace to surround WDC participants gathering this next Saturday for a resourcing event on congregational ministry in the face of sexual abuse and domestic violence.

« Mennonite Mission Network: Ben and Laurel Woodward Breckbill serve as MMN interns in Belfast alongside peacebuilders at Mediation Northern Ireland (Ben) and WAVE Trauma Centre (Laurel). Pray for them as they learn to share the good news with people who have experienced trauma, and to work together with them for justice.

« Mennonite Education Agency: We thank God for over 400 graduates who will celebrate commencement exercises April 29. Bless them as they move into the world to serve and lead for the common good.

« Mennonite Disaster Service: In the next few weeks MDS will begin its project at the Pine Ridge Reservation in South Dakota. MDS and its volunteers will be partnering with the Pine Ridge Long Term Recovery Committee to build four new homes this spring and summer. Severe weather 2015, and again 2016 destroyed hundreds of homes in the community. This compounded an already existing shortage of housing in the area. We ask for prayers as we begin this project and bring some hope back to individuals impacted by this disaster. Pray also for the volunteers as they serve and share the love of Christ in word and deed.

Western District Announcements:

Jeanette Roberts is filling in for Jennie Wintermote, WDC Library Director, while she is on maternity leave. Jeanette is in the library on Mondays and Fridays from 8 am-12 pm, and Wednesdays from 12-1 pm; other WDC staff can assist you when she is not here. Jeanette may be contacted at crlib.

Shalom Mennonite Church (800 E First, Newton, KS) will host a Community Conversation on Immigration on Saturday, June 3 at 10-11:30 am. The moderated panel discussion will focus on the panelists’ general perspectives on issues that affect refugees and immigrants in Kansas and Harvey County. A question and answer time to follow. If you have questions about the event, contact Shalom at office

Camp Mennoscah:

-The Retirees Relaxation Retreat is April 24-26! You are invited to join us to hear stories of courage, faith, and enrichment. Amanda Rempel will lead us in music and Stan & Marlene Smucker will lead us in Bible Study. Coffee breaks and as much nature as you want included!

-Men and Boys Retreat is April 28-30. The first meal provided is Saturday supper, so if you come sooner than that, bring your own food. Saturday evening will feature a performance by the Flannelbacks, a bluegrass band from the Bethel area. Michael Unruh will be our speaker for the weekend. No pre-registration is necessary, but if you have questions contact Kevin Neufeld at kevinneufeld2 or 316-322-5515.

-There are still openings for kitchen staff for the weeks of June 11-17, July 9-13, and July 30-Aug. 4.

Information for all of the above or to register:

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

Email: office.

Contact: olivia.bartel.

Coming to a church near you! Mark your calendar for Saturday, May 6, 7 pm when the Theatre of the Beat, from Stouffville, Ontario, is coming to the Lorraine Avenue Mennonite Church (655 S. Lorraine, Wichita) with the play “This Will Lead to Dancing.” The play follows two teens from a Mennonite congregation’s youth group who go on a hunger strike until their church decides to accept LGBT people as members. In her hunger, one of the girls begins to hallucinate the ghost of Menno Simons, who becomes a central character in the play. The writer, and theatre’s artistic director, Johnny Wideman, conducted interviews with LGBT Mennonites and two allies who work within the community and incorporated some of their reflections and stories. In discussions of church policy over sexuality and church membership, there has been much discussion over “forbearance”. Wideman wanted his play to represent those who, he believes, have shown the most forbearance, the LGBT community. Tickets are $10 and available at the door. Refreshments will be served after the play.

Mennonite Central Committee: April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month and Mennonite Central Committee U.S. is offering four booklets that could help you and your congregation create a community of care for those affected by sexual violence and to find ways to act against it.

Understanding sexual abuse by a church leader or caregiver

Abuse: Response and prevention – A guide for church leaders

Created Equal: Women and Men in the Image of God

Pornography: Lies, Truth and Hope.

To order these free booklets, email resources or call toll free, 888.563.4676.

As immigration enforcement tightens in the U.S., women, children and teens from Central America who are fleeing domestic and sexual violence in their home countries encounter quick deportation or harsher legal processes and extended detention when they seek refuge in the U.S. To learn more about this issue, including how to speak with your legislators about acting compassionately, read this Action Alert from the MCC U.S. Washington Office,

mcc.org/protect-women-children

The FloraKansas Spring Plant Sale will be held April 28 to May 1 at Dyck Arboretum of the Plains in Hesston. Kansas’ largest native plant sale offering many species of wildflowers and grasses many of which are rare in cultivation. A large selection of adaptable perennials is also available. Memberships can be purchased on the day of the sale. Arboretum members receive a 10% discount at all arboretum plant sales and may participate in the members only pre-sale on Thursday, April 27 from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. For more information, call 620-327-8127 or visit www.dyckarboretum.org.

Bethel College: Sun., April 30 – Bethel College Wind Ensemble concert, 3pm, featuring Copland’s Lincoln Portrait and the premiere of a commissioned work by Pulitzer Prize-winner Zhou Long; Memorial Hall

Seminars simplify Medicare and Social Security: Everence Financial will provide information about Medicare and retirement income at two upcoming seminars. The Medicare seminars will be held on May 1 and will include what Medicare covers, the differences between plans that supplement Medicare, and enrollment deadlines. The retirement income seminar, held on June 5, will help you determine if you have enough money to retire, what to do if the market doesn’t cooperate and how to know if your savings will last. Seminars are held at 7 p.m. at the Everence office in Hesston. To reserve your spot, contact Michelle Ramer at michelle.ramer.

Blood Mobile

The next drive is Thursday, April 27 from 2:00-6:00. To help us meet our goal call Rosi (367-2418), Red Cross (1-800-733-2767) or register on-line at redcrossblood.org/givemore

One of the recent options when you donate blood is the Power Red, where an automated process separates your red blood cells from the other blood components, then returns your plasma and platelets to you. Donors with blood type O negative, O positive, A or B negative are the blood types required for this. This process maximizes your donation and helps more patients. However, it does takes patience as it’s slower. It takes close to an hour, and the times to come for a Power Red this drive are at 2:00, 4:00 and 5:00. After a Power Red Donation you can’t donate for 112 days, so you could only donate every other blood drive. There are additional requirements to give a Power Red Donation. Females must be at least 5”5” and weigh 150 lbs. Males must be at least 5’1” and weigh at least 130 lbs. The usual volunteers will be needed, so watch for that sign up sheet .

At blood drives held between April 17-May 14, all donors are eligible to win one of 3 prizes for a $1000 gift card shopping spree. The drawing will be on June 1. Whether or not you win the sweepstakes, when you donate it saves lives, which is an even bigger reward.

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