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June 17 announcements

Congregational Announcements

Technology Updates: Tabor recently received an upgrade in internet speed, which allows us to more easily upload our sermons and worship services to the internet. Sermons can be found on our church website soon after the worship service. The entire service video will be uploaded, but kept as an unlisted link. If you would like to watch an entire worship service, simply send an email to Kim Funk (kfunk) and she will email you a link to the service. From now on, we will only make DVDs and CDs of the worship service by request. We will no longer make copies to be checked out. Please visit with Pastor Phil if you have any questions.

Summer FF: There is still opportunity to help with Summer Faith Formation for children. Activity/craft leaders and helpers are needed as well as snack provisions. Please sign up on the bulletin board. Thanks for sharing your gifts with our children.

Book Club: To go along with our summer faith formation series, I am reading the book, Disarming the Church: Why Christians Must Forsake Violence to Follow Jesus and Change the World by Eric A Seibert. If you are interested in reading this book and getting together to discuss it, please email me or sign up on the bulletin board. Once I know who all is interested, we will coordinate a reading schedule and times to get together. Cost of the book is $40 for paperback or $10 for kindle. ~Pastor Phil

World Refugee Day: Everyone is invited to attend World Refugee Day 2018 on June 20 from 4-8pm at Saint Christopher’s Episcopal Church (2211 S. Bluff St., Wichita, KS). This event will include booths, games, food, free activities for all ages, live music, and soccer games for the kids. It is sponsored by Saint Francis Migration Ministries. For more information, see poster in foyer or call (316) 977-9276.

TMYF will participate in service at Rocky Mountain Mennonite Camp this summer from June 24-30. Those participating are: Elizabeth Alderfer, Dawson Duerksen, Justice Johnson, Audessi Unruh, Porclein Unruh, Phil and Sarahanne Unruh, and Pastor Katherine. Thank your continued prayers and encouragement!

Registration for Western District Annual Assembly on July 27-29 is now open. See sign up sheet on the bulletin board. Deadline to sign up is Sunday, July 8. If you would like to attend, registration expenses will be covered by Tabor’s Worship Planning Team. Assembly will be held at Tabor Mennonite on July 27, Eden Mennonite on July 28 and Alexanderwohl Mennonite on July 29. If you would like to serve as a Tabor Delegate, please check that box on the sign up sheet.

Do you or someone you know need a little help? If so, there will be a commodity distribution on June 22, 2018 at Goessel Mennonite Church from 5- 6 p.m. If you have any questions regarding qualifications or income guidelines please contact Jenny Girard @ 620-747-0046 or 367-8492. (If someone you know is housebound, arrangements can be made for someone else to get commodities for them).

Give Blood. Help save lives. Goessel Community Blood Drive is Monday, June 25, 1-6pm at the Goessel Mennonite Church. To schedule your lifesaving appointment visit redcrossblood.org (Sponsor code: Goessel) or call 800-RED-CROSS. Save time at your appointment by completing RapidPass on your cell phone or visit www.redcrossblood.or/rapidpass. Sign up on the bulletin board to help as a receptionist, escort, or to work in the canteen that day.

Affordable Housing Available in Goessel: One bedroom units are available for rent at the Sunflower Village located in Goessel. These units are income

structured where rental assistance is available. For more information, contact Cindy Gaddis, Site Manager at 316-217-3178.

Conference Announcements

Prayer Requests:

« Western District Conference: Pray for Southern Hills Mennonite Church today as they celebrate Roger and Cynthia Neufeld Smith’s 30 years of pastoral ministry there.

« Mennonite Mission Network: Laura Schlabach of MMN is transitioning into the interim executive director’s role with JCS, the consortium of mission agencies through which Mennonite Mission Network serves in Mongolia. Pray for wisdom and peace for Laura as she takes on these new responsibilities.

« Mennonite Education Agency: Pray for the seven Bethel College students awarded 2018 Summer Research Grants as they explore topics in Bible and religion, communication arts, English, history and peace studies, natural sciences and psychology.

« Mennonite Church USA: Pray for these Mennonite Conferences as they travel and fellowship at their annual gatherings the weekend of June 21-23: Central Plains Mennonite Conference in Lincoln, Nebraska, Central District Conference in Goshen, Indiana, and Pacific Northwest Mennonite Conference in Boise, Idaho.

Western District Conference: Come with “Burning Hearts,” as we listen, discuss and learn deeper biblical connections with scholar/musician Bryan Moyer Suderman, your fellow delegates, and friends at the July 27-28 Western District Annual Assembly. Friday evening worship is at Tabor Mennonite Church, Newton, and Saturday activities are at Eden Mennonite Church, Moundridge. For more information and to register, go to:

http://mennowdc.org/annual-assembly/#2018annualAssembly.

Camp Mennoscah:

—The Whale playground at Camp Mennoscah is so very close to completion! Work continues to finish the wood structure next Friday and Saturday, June 22-23, at 9:00 a.m. with final dirt preparation, landscape fabric, and spreading mulch. Please bring a sack lunch. If you have already helped or even if you have not, contact camp at 620-297-3290 if you’re interested and let us know you’ll be there!

—Summer youth camps at Camp Mennoscah are in full swing! We’re having a blast with our summer theme of Beyond Belief: The Universe of God and all the wonderful campers. There are still openings for most of our camps! Senior Highers–keep registering on the wait list so that we know you want to come. We’re busy finding more places for you. If we can’t find you a space, we will return all fees paid. Register online at campmennoscah.org! Our summer youth camps are a hoot!

—Kitchen staff needed for July 15-21. Camp Mennoscah still needs 2-3 people for the week of July 15-21. Kitchen helpers do things like scoop pudding into bowls, peel potatoes, discuss deep and meaningful topics over making bierocks, laugh uproariously, and help make a great camp week with amazingly good meals. Contact us at 620-297-3290 orolivia.bartel! This is a fun time!

Information for all events at Camp Mennoscah or to register:

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

Email: office.

Contact: olivia.bartel.

Mennonite Church USA:

—Smart Living, Simple Money is a new podcast produced by and for young adults, sponsored by The Mennonite, Inc., and Everence. It focuses on how financial decisions impact – and are impacted by – our faith, values and daily lives. Each episode is built around personal stories, expert information and practical tips for managing everyday finances. The podcast’s first season features 4 episodes. Topics include debt, budgeting, big purchases, and retirement savings. For more information see smartlivingsimplemoney.com

—Conference planners for the third Women Doing Theology (WDT) conference are taking submissions for both papers and workshops on the WDT18 webpage through July 16. The conference takes place Nov. 8-10 in Elkhart, Indiana. Find guidelines and submission forms at http://mennoniteusa.org/wdt18/.

Empowering Women: Girls ages 13–18 and women of all ages, please join Mennonite Women USA and Dove’s Nest July 26-27, 2018, in Omaha for “Empowering Women: Claiming Healthy Personal Boundaries,” an intergenerational gathering to provide practical resources and support on healthy boundary management. Find out more at https://dovesnest.net/Claiming-Healthy-Personal-Boundaries or call 402-577-0866.

Mennonite Central Committee:

—MCC Mini Comforter Blitz, June 22 & 23 at MCC in North Newton! Join in the fun at this Mini Comforter Blitz on Friday, June 22 from 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. and Saturday, June 23 from 8 a.m. – 4 p.m.. Come and go as you are able, bring your friends and family! Bring snacks to share if you’d like. Please bring a sack lunch/supper, drinks will be provided. Contact katemast with questions and visit mcc.org/comforter-blitz for details!

—Supplies are running low in the MCC Material Resources Center in North Newton and we could use your help! The current material resources needs are: shampoo for relief kits (1-2 bottles, totaling more than 20 oz), toothbrushes for relief and hygiene kits (in originally packaging), small, metal pencil sharpeners (one or two holes) for school kits, dark colored hand or bath towels for hygiene and relief kits. Visit katemast or call with questions at 316-283-2720.

Dove’s Nest and Mennonite Women USA are joyfully partnering to sponsor a unique summer event: Empowering Women: Claiming Healthy Personal Boundaries July 26-27 in Omaha, Nebraska. We are excited about this opportunity to resource both women and girls (age 13-18) and are grateful for supporting funds from the Schowalter Foundation. For more information and registration: https://dovesnest.net/Claiming-Healthy-Personal-Boundaries

Bethel College: Mon., June 18 – The Bethel College Women’s Association invites everyone to “An Evening with the President,” 7 p.m., Administration Building chapel at Bethel College. Come meet Bethel President Jon Gering and his wife, Deborah. President Gering will speak on his vision for the college, followed by refreshments and conversation.

June 17 annc.pdf

June 10 announcements

Congregational Announcements

Technology Updates: Tabor recently received an upgrade in internet speed, which allows us to more easily upload our sermons and worship services to the internet. Sermons can be found on our church website soon after the worship service. The entire service video will be uploaded, but kept as an unlisted link. If you would like to watch an entire worship service, simply send an email to Kim Funk (kfunk) and she will email you a link to the service. From now on, we will only make DVDs and CDs of the worship service by request. We will no longer make copies to be checked out. Please visit with Pastor Phil if you have any questions.

Summer FF begins June 17: Sign up on the bulletin board to help with summer faith formation for our children. Activity/craft leaders and helpers are needed as well as snack provisions. Carol Duerksen will be the storyteller for the summer. Thanks for sharing your gifts with our children.

—All high school youth through adults will meet together using Mennonite Central Committee’s curriculum, Preventing Gun Violence.

A schedule for Summer Faith Formation for adults and children is in the June Newsletter.

Registration for Western District Annual Assembly on July 27-29 is now open. See sign up sheet on the bulletin board. Deadline to sign up is Sunday, July 8. If you would like to attend, registration expenses will be covered by Tabor’s Worship Planning Team. Assembly will be held at Tabor Mennonite on July 27, Eden Mennonite on July 28 and Alexanderwohl Mennonite on July 29. If you would like to serve as a Tabor Delegate, please check that box on the sign up sheet.

Mennonite Heritage and Agricultural Museum: Free admission on Saturday, June 16, 2018. So bring your father out to enjoy a car show and a free day at the Museum. We will have Cool-cars and Cool-trucks to enjoy and Hot-dogs available for lunch. If you or your father would like to exhibit a car or truck there is a $10 fee. Museum parking lot from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Come on down.

Do you or someone you know need a little help? If so, there will be a commodity distribution on June 22, 2018 at Goessel Mennonite Church from 5- 6 p.m. If you have any questions regarding qualifications or income guidelines please contact Jenny Girard @ 620-747-0046 or 367-8492. (If someone you know is housebound, arrangements can be made for someone else to get commodities for them).

Affordable Housing Available in Goessel: One bedroom units are available for rent at the Sunflower Village located in Goessel. These units are income

structured where rental assistance is available. For more information, contact Cindy Gaddis, Site Manager at 316-217-3178.

Conference Announcements

Prayer Requests:

« Western District Conference: Pray today for Iglesia Menonita Casa Betania in Newton, as they celebrate their 10th anniversary, and for First Mennonite Church in McPherson, as they install Rose Marie Zook Barber as their new pastor.

« Mennonite Mission Network: MMN requests prayer for Service Adventure participants who are ending their assignments in Albuquerque (New Mexico), Anchorage (Alaska), Colorado Springs (Colorado), Jackson (Mississippi), and Johnstown (Pennsylvania). Praise God for all they gave and received during the past 10 months. Pray for them as they integrate this year’s learnings into their life choices.

« Mennonite Education Agency: Bethel College: Pray for the seven Bethel College students awarded 2018 Summer Research Grants as they explore topics in Bible and religion, communication arts, English, history and peace studies, natural sciences and psychology.

« Mennonite Disaster Service: This week we rejoice with the community of La Grange, Texas where new homes will be constructed for Hurricane Harvey survivors in an area called Hope Hill. We pray for those organizing the work and for enough volunteers to bring people home. We ask God for hearts to be moved and hammers to ring. We also pray for those suffering because of the volcanos in Hawaii and Guatemala. MDS is monitoring the situation in Hawaii.

Western District Conference:

—Everyone is invited to the WDC Annual Assembly 2018, July 27-28! Complete information is posted at: http://mennowdc.org/annual-assembly/#2018annualAssembly. Read all about it and register online by July 13.

Language Interpretation Ministry Team: WDC seeks to establish a ministry team of persons located in different areas of the conference, who can provide language interpretation for WDC meetings and events in order to enhance participation by individuals who speak different languages. Assessment, orientation and training will be provided for Team members, as well as some financial compensation through grant funds WDC has received. Please contact WDC at wdc or 316-283-6300 if you have skills in a second language and are interested in applying or learning more about this ministry opportunity!

Camp Mennoscah:

– We are in search of tin cans for crafts this summer! Any empty can (only one lid removed) from canned foods would work. “Normal” sized cans (~14-20oz) are best; little cans from items like tuna and chicken are too small. We need approximately 60 by the first week of camp, and about 120 total for the summer. Any help collecting these cans would be greatly appreciated!

– Send a camper to camp or bring a friend with you! Camp Mennoscah has both room and scholarships for more campers. Grab your friendly neighborhood friend, a cousin, or someone who would benefit from a week of worship and fun!

– Kitchen staff for the week of July 15-21 are still needed. We have this amazing new kitchen and we’d love to share it with you. Our fearless head cooks will be there to help you create great meals! Contact camp to volunteer. Parent discounts are available for up to full camp fees.

– Family Weekend is June 30-July 1! It’s a weekend focused on giving you the most time to spend with your family and friends. Our time together is loosely scheduled and you can choose what to do–worship, river play, swimming, crafts, or even just talking with each other!

Information for all events at Camp Mennoscah or to register:

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

Email: office.

Contact: olivia.bartel.

Resources are available to continue to #LearnPrayJoin for the Korean Peninsula.

– Read blog reflections from people who have lived and served on the Korean peninsula: mennoniteusa.org/korea-posts

– Listen to Peace Lab Podcast #33 with Joy Yoon: mennoniteusa.org/plp33

– Watch the webinar recorded with Dr. Inyeop Lee: mennoniteusa.org/dr-lee

– Support the ongoing peacemaking efforts of MCC and Mission Network: mennoniteusa.org/give-lpj

Service Adventrue: Thinking about taking a gap year after high school? Serve, learn, and develop your leadership skills through Service Adventure. For more info, visit www.MennoniteMission.net/ServiceAdventure or contact SusanN@MennoniteMission.net.

Mennonite Central Committee:

—Calling all MCC volunteers!! Join us for our annual Volunteer Appreciation Celebration on June 13, 5 pm – 7 pm at MCC in North Newton, Kansas! All relief sale volunteers, all meat canning volunteers, participants in the Flatlander Bicycle Ride or the Harvest Giving Walk, all of you who make comforters on your own or at a Comforter Blitz, if you’ve packed a kit at MCC or volunteered your time at an MCC thrift shop or in the MCC Warehouse – YOU’RE INVITED! We want you to join us, enjoy a delicious meal of burgers, hot dogs, salads, chips and ice cream for dessert! Please RSVP by June 11 to patsydirksen, 316.283.2720.

—MCC Mini Comforter Blitz, June 22 & 23 at MCC in North Newton! Join in the fun at this Mini Comforter Blitz on Friday, June 22 from 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. and Saturday, June 23 from 8 a.m. – 4 p.m.. Come and go as you are able, bring your friends and family! Bring snacks to share if you’d like. Please bring a sack lunch/supper, drinks will be provided. Contact katemast with questions and visit mcc.org/comforter-blitz for details!

—Supplies are running low in the MCC Material Resources Center in North Newton and we could use your help! The current material resources needs are: shampoo for relief kits (1-2 bottles, totaling more than 20 oz), toothbrushes for relief and hygiene kits (in originally packaging), small, metal pencil sharpeners (one or two holes) for school kits, dark colored hand or bath towels for hygiene and relief kits. Visit katemast or call with questions at 316-283-2720.

—Sexualized violence and the church webinar, June 13 2 pm – 3 pm: Mennonite Central Committee is offering the third webinar in our three-part series this spring for churches and individuals to learn about addressing sexualized violence within the church. This webinar focusing on Healthy masculinity will cover how the church can prepare men to talk to their sons about healthy masculinity and what men should tell boys about sexual violence. Speakers will be Glen Guyton, the new Executive Director for MCUSA and Isaac Villegas, pastor at Chapel Hill (North Carolina) Mennonite Fellowship. Learn more and register for the webinar at karinkaufmanwall with questions.

Dove’s Nest and Mennonite Women USA are joyfully partnering to sponsor a unique summer event: Empowering Women: Claiming Healthy Personal Boundaries July 26-27 in Omaha, Nebraska. We are excited about this opportunity to resource both women and girls (age 13-18) and are grateful for supporting funds from the Schowalter Foundation. For more information and registration: https://dovesnest.net/Claiming-Healthy-Personal-Boundaries

Bethel College: Mon., June 18 – The Bethel College Women’s Association invites everyone to “An Evening with the President,” 7 p.m., Administration Building chapel at Bethel College. Come meet Bethel President Jon Gering and his wife, Deborah. President Gering will speak on his vision for the college, followed by refreshments and conversation.

Associated Mennonite Biblical Seminary:

—Exploring Anabaptist History and Theology (noncredit): Sept. 12 – Oct. 23. This online AMBS short course taught by Jamie Pitts, Ph.D., covers the birth and development of 16th-century Anabaptist movements and looks at various interpretations of the meaning of “Anabaptism” today. Cost: $200 before Aug. 22; $250 after. CEUs available. ambs.edu/shortcourses

—Seminary scholarships for VSers. AMBS offers tuition discounts and scholarships ($1,500 per academic year) to current and former voluntary service workers. Enrollment must occur within five years of completion of the VS assignment.

Apply now, or tap a shoulder! ambs.edu/admissions/voluntary-service-scholarships

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June 3announcements

Note of Thanks

Once again, we had an amazing weekend at Camp Washunga! The weather was really hot but it was nice to cool off in the pool! The food and snacks were delicious and the discussion was life-giving. Please ask the junior highers for more highlights and memories from their time at camp! Thank you to all who prayed for our junior highers leading up to and during that weekend. And a big thank you to those who donated snacks or hammers, or money to allow us to attend. We are blessed to be a part of a community that supports its youth! ~ Laura Unrau and Michelle Unruh, camp directors

Congregational Announcements

I (Pastor Phil) have been invited by the Western District Conference (WDC) Gift’s Discernment team to join the WDC Executive Board for a 3-year term. With the affirmation of Tabor Deacons, I have accepted this invitation and will be on the ballot of people to be affirmed at WDC Annual Assembly on Saturday, July 28 at Eden Mennonite Church. If you would like to read more about the Executive Board, please visit http://mennowdc.org/executive-board-commissions/

Technology Updates: Tabor recently received an upgrade in internet speed, which allows us to more easily upload our sermons and worship services to the internet. Sermons can be found on our church website soon after the worship service. The entire service video will be uploaded, but kept as an unlisted link. If you would like to watch an entire worship service, simply send an email to Kim Funk (kfunk) and she will email you a link to the service. From now on, we will only make DVDs and CDs of the worship service by request. We will no longer make copies to be checked out. Please visit with Pastor Phil if you have any questions.

Vacation Bible School: There are a few items still needed for snack time during VBS. Please sign up. Your help is appreciated.

Summer FF begins June 17: Sign up on the bulletin board to help with summer faith formation for our children. Activity/craft leaders and helpers are needed as well as snack provisions. Carol Duerksen will be the storyteller for the summer. Thanks for sharing your gifts with our children.

—All high school youth through adults will meet together using Mennonite Central Committee’s curriculum, Preventing Gun Violence.

A schedule for Summer Faith Formation for adults and children is in the June Newsletter.

Registration for Western District Annual Assembly on July 27-29 is now open. See sign up sheet on the bulletin board. Deadline to sign up is Sunday, July 8. If you would like to attend, registration expenses will be covered by Tabor’s Worship Planning Team. Assembly will be held at Tabor Mennonite on July 27, Eden Mennonite on July 28 and Alexanderwohl Mennonite on July 29. If you would like to serve as a Tabor Delegate, please check that box on the sign up sheet.

Do you or someone you know need a little help? If so, there will be a commodity distribution on June 22, 2018 at Goessel Mennonite Church from 5- 6 p.m. If you have any questions regarding qualifications or income guidelines please contact Jenny Girard @ 620-747-0046 or 367-8492. (If someone you know is housebound, arrangements can be made for someone else to get commodities for them).

Conference Announcements

Prayer Requests:

« Western District Conference: Give thanks for God’s faithfulness with Manhattan Mennonite Church, as they celebrate their 40th anniversary today.

« Mennonite Mission Network: Addressing violence on the Colombia-Ecuador border, the three Mennonite conferences in Ecuador are calling their national government to work for peace and to respect the human rights of all people. Delicia Bravo Aguilar and Peter Wigginton of Mennonite Mission Network ask us to join our brothers and sisters in praying for peace.

« Mennonite Education Agency: Eastern Mennonite University, Harrisonburg, VA • Pray for those who are exploring a faith-rooted approach to social activism at the Summer Peacebuilding Institute. May their spiritual formation practices nurture a life of community leadership, engaged ministry and social action.

Western District Conference:

—The 2018 WDC Annual Assembly will be held on July 27-28 in Kansas. Detailed information, including an online registration form, is now posted at: http://mennowdc.org/annual-assembly/#2018annualAssembly.

—Summer Reading for All Ages in All Places! The Conference Resource Library invites everyone to participate in the summer reading challenge! Grow in faith this summer as you read. Summer reading programs for children and adults with prizes. If you live at a distance, we will mail books to you, or start the Box of Books program at your church! Kids (ages 0-12) sign up at: https://goo.gl/forms/uDbWczCjQqZ1Mo6t1. Adults (ages 12 and up) sign up and download your reading challenge at: https://goo.gl/forms/uUVW6calQ1s7sN632.

—Sunday, June 17, Southern Hills Mennonite Church of Topeka will host a celebration of 30 years of joint ministry by Cynthia and Roger Neufeld Smith, who began ministry at SHMC September 1988 and will take new positions summer of 2018 with Mennonite Mission Network as Service Adventure leaders in Jackson, MS. All are welcome to attend the special worship service at 9:30 am, noon meal, and 1 pm program by representatives of community and WDC. Friends from a distance are encouraged to send notes of appreciation for the Neufeld Smiths’ ministry to: SHMC, POB 5067, Topeka KS 66605, Attn: Lila Bartel.

—Mennonite Church of the Servant will show the video, “Hawo’s Dinner Party: The New Face of Southern Hospitality” on Friday, June 22, at 7 pm. The story of Hawo, a Somali refugee and former nurse, and the handful of local residents who come together to help create a more integrated and thriving community, puts a human face on the complex issues we face in this time of increasing globalization and changing demographics. The church is located at 2401 N. Woodland, Wichita.

Camp Mennoscah:

—Construction on the Camp Mennoscah playground is continuing, and we need your help! June 1-2 will be playground assembly at camp, and the week of June 3 will continue the work. Contact the camp to let us know which days you can be there, and we’ll get back to you with more details.

—I am in search of tin cans for one of the crafts this summer!! Any empty can (only one lid removed) from canned foods would work! Preferably the “normal” sized cans (~14-20oz) would be best. Little cans from items like tuna and chicken are too small. I will need approximately 60 by the first week of camp, and about 120 plus, total for the summer. Any help collecting these cans would be greatly appreciated!! Thanks, Carley Sullivan (Camp Mennoscah Crafts Leader)

—Still room at the camp! Camp Mennoscah has both room and scholarships for more campers. Grab your friendly neighborhood friend, a cousin, or someone who would benefit from a week of worship and fun! Register online at office with questions.

— We have two weeks of camp that need kitchen helpers: June 24-30 and July 15-21, two of our biggest weeks of camp, need 2-3 more people each week. You do not need to be a professional chef or have more than a basic understanding of cooking/baking.

Information for all events at Camp Mennoscah or to register:

Online at www.campmennoscah.org

Telephone: 620-297-3290.

Email: office.

Contact: olivia.bartel.

Mennonite Central Committee:

—Calling all MCC volunteers!! Join us for our annual Volunteer Appreciation Celebration on June 13, 5 pm – 7 pm at MCC in North Newton, Kansas! All relief sale volunteers, all meat canning volunteers, participants in the Flatlander Bicycle Ride or the Harvest Giving Walk, all of you who make comforters on your own or at a Comforter Blitz, if you’ve packed a kit at MCC or volunteered your time at an MCC thrift shop or in the MCC Warehouse – YOU’RE INVITED! We want you to join us, enjoy a delicious meal of burgers, hot dogs, salads, chips and ice cream for dessert! Please RSVP by June 11 to patsydirksen, 316.283.2720.

—MCC Mini Comforter Blitz, June 22 & 23 at MCC in North Newton! Join in the fun at this Mini Comforter Blitz on Friday, June 22 from 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. and Saturday, June 23 from 8 a.m. – 4 p.m.. Come and go as you are able, bring your friends and family! Bring snacks to share if you’d like. Please bring a sack lunch/supper, drinks will be provided. Contact katemast with questions and visit mcc.org/comforter-blitz for details!

—Supplies are running low in the MCC Material Resources Center in North Newton and we could use your help! The current material resources needs are: shampoo for relief kits (1-2 bottles, totaling more than 20 oz), toothbrushes for relief and hygiene kits (in originally packaging), small, metal pencil sharpeners (one or two holes) for school kits, dark colored hand or bath towels for hygiene and relief kits. Visit katemast or call with questions at 316-283-2720 .

—Sexualized violence and the church webinar, June 13, 2 pm – 3 pm: Mennonite Central Committee is offering the third webinar in our three-part series this spring for churches and individuals to learn about addressing sexualized violence within the church. This webinar focusing on Healthy masculinity will cover how the church can prepare men to talk to their sons about healthy masculinity and what men should tell boys about sexual violence. Speakers will be Glen Guyton, the new Executive Director for MCUSA and Isaac Villegas, pastor at Chapel Hill (North Carolina) Mennonite Fellowship . Learn more and register for the webinar at karinkaufmanwall with questions.

Dove’s Nest and Mennonite Women USA are joyfully partnering to sponsor a unique summer event: Empowering Women: Claiming Healthy Personal Boundaries July 26-27 in Omaha, Nebraska. We are excited about this opportunity to resource both women and girls (age 13-18) and are grateful for supporting funds from the Schowalter Foundation. For more information and registration: https://dovesnest.net/Claiming-Healthy-Personal-Boundaries

Summer is here and the Newton Et Cetera Shop is a great place to spend your time! You’re invited to become a summer volunteer if you’ve got a few hours to give back to our community once a month or once a week. Students, educators and everyone else is welcome to pick up a volunteer application, download one at newtonetceterashop.com/volunteer, or fill one out at our new volunteer orientation on Tuesday, June 5, 6 p.m. We need volunteers to help with clothing, dolls, electronics, bikes, housewares and as clerks. Evening and Saturday spots are available, as well as weekday shifts. Newton Et Cetera Shop is an MCC Thrift Shop, and gives away 100% of its proceeds.

Associated Mennonite Biblical Seminary:

—Earn an MDiv at a distance! Develop your leadership abilities from an Anabaptist perspective while staying in your current vocation. AMBS’s MDiv Connect program offers you in-depth biblical and theological study, spiritual formation and vocational internships — right where you live. Generous need-based financial aid is available. ambs.edu/mdivconnect

—Journey: A Missional Leadership Development Program. Explore your call to ministry in this 2-1/2-year distance-friendly nondegree AMBS program that features a five-unit online curriculum, biweekly mentor-mentee meetings and one visit to the AMBS region per year. Participants receive a certificate upon completion. Register by Aug. 7. ambs.edu/journey

The West Zion Mennonite Church, Moundridge, will continue their Concert Series with an event on Sunday evening, June 10 at 7 pm. Performers will include Christopher Shaw, Organ; Joey Menninger, Viola; RoJean Loucks, Celtic Harp; the Flannelbacks, a men’s vocal ensemble; and Donna Stucky, Piano.

During the free concert a free-will offering will be received. After the concert, there will be a time of fellowship, with refreshments served.

Kidron-Bethel Parkinson’s Support Group will meet Tuesday, June 5, at

2 pm in Menno Hall. Dennis Schmidt will share “My Journey with Parkinson’s.” All are welcome.

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May 27 announcements

Congregational Announcements

Vacation Bible School: There is a sign up list on the bulletin board with items that we will need for snack time during VBS. Please sign up. Your help is appreciated. If anyone has questions, please contact Sarahanne Unruh or Pam Abrahams.

Summer FF begins June 17:

For such a time as this! You are here. You belong to Tabor. You can offer your presence and gifts to our children. Sign up on the bulletin board to help with summer faith formation for our children. Activity/craft leaders and helpers are needed as well as snack provisions. Carol Duerksen will be the storyteller for the summer. If you would like to help coordinate the schedule and make sure enough people are present each Sunday to help out, that would be wonderful. Just let the Christian Ed committee know. Thanks for sharing your gifts with our children.

—All high school youth through adults will meet together using Mennonite Central Committee’s curriculum, Preventing Gun Violence.

A schedule for Summer Faith Formation for adults and children will be in the June Newsletter.

Rejoice! A devotional booklet for the months of June/July/August and published by MennoMedia, is now available on the literature table in the foyer and also in the north facing mailboxes. The Education committee provides these for anyone who wishes to have one.

Bethesda Home Annual Meeting: Wednesday, May 30 at 7:00 p.m. The meeting will include Sara Hiebert, CEO/Administrator, sharing of plans for the future of Bethesda, election of board members, financial report, an offering, AND a pie social following with wide variety of pies to select from. It’s a time to celebrate good changes at Bethesda. Please join us to be informed about this ministry that you support.

Tabor Garage Sale: A few new items, including used computer monitors, have been added along with the remaining ‘treasures’ in the fellowship hall. Please leave a donation for the building fund if you find something that you want to take home.

Conference Announcements

Prayer Requests:

« Western District Conference: Pray for God’s wisdom for WDC’s Gifts Discernment Committee as they seek nominees for leadership positions in WDC.

« Mennonite Mission Network: Diana Cruz and Felipe Preciado, serving with MMN, are on their way to La Casa Grande children’s village in Benin. Pray for them as they transition from their life in Colombia and participate in orientation in the United States and Spain in the coming weeks.

« Mennonite Education Agency: Eastern Mennonite University, Harrisonburg, Virginia • We ask your prayers for students coming from across the country and around the globe to study peacebuilding, trauma resilience and conflict transformation every week at the Summer Peacebuilding Institute from May 14 – June 20. Give them renewed spirit and enhanced skills for promoting positive change in their home communities.

« Mennonite Disaster Service: Prayer of thanksgiving. MDS gives thanks for all of the volunteers and the new hope homeowners experienced through MDS. Join us in giving thanks for the ministry of MDS to respond, rebuild and restore. Consider being an MDS volunteer by applying for one of these opportunities.

Western District Conference:

Save the date – the 2018 Western District Conference Annual Assembly will be held July 27-28 in South Central Kansas. More details and registration information will be emailed to pastors and churches and will be posted at: http://mennowdc.org/annual-assembly/#2018annualAssembly during the last week of May.

Summer Story Hour: Join us for Summer Story Hour at the Conference Resource Library! This summer, children ages 3-8 will have fun with the theme of Creepy Crawlies: Bugs and More! Led by Marjie Warkentine, we’ll meet at the library in North Newton on Mondays June 4-July 9 at 10:00am. Register by May 31 at https://goo.gl/forms/wlzeX9FZbFoNYBW32 or by calling the library at (316) 283-6300.

Camp Mennoscah:

—Come volunteer to help rebuild The Whale! Construction is continuing, and we need your help! May 25-26 will be cutting and staining the wood in Newton. June 1-2 will be platform and decking installation at camp, and the week of June 3 will be installing the railings and spreading mulch. If you’d like to be a part of the action, contact the camp, let us know which days you can be there, and we’ll get back to you with more details. We’re really excited to have this up by the time summer youth camps begin on June 10 and hope you are, too!

—Party in the kitchen! Kitchen staff at Camp Mennoscah this summer will enjoy the delightful new kitchen with shiny stainless steel, temperate temperatures (courtesy of A and C), and fun folks. Camp Mennoscah needs kitchen helpers for June 24-30 and July 15-21. Parent discounts are available up to full camp fees. Bring a friend, your swimsuit (for the pool), and make tasty meals for amazing campers and staff! Contact us at to get your piece of the fun!

—Bring a Friend! We love sharing Camp Mennoscah with others! It’s a time of fun, making friends, and growing in your relationship with Jesus. Surely those things are well worth sharing with others. Returning campers and their first time friend each get a free camp tee shirt and a week of great and amazing activities!

—Want to spend a little extra time at Camp Mennoscah? We’re always looking for volunteers and weekend hosts to help our staff. There will be a staff person around to lead in tasks or direct a visiting group and all levels of skill are welcome.

Information for all events at Camp Mennoscah or to register:

Online at www.campmennoscah.org

Telephone: 620-297-3290.

Email: office.

Contact: olivia.bartel.

Mennonite Central Committee:

New guidelines for making comforters: MCC has recently reviewed feedback from our partners around the world and some changes have been made to the guidelines for new comforters that we’re sharing with you:

https://mcc.org/sites/mcc.org/files/media/common/documents/2017-10-04_

comforter_making_guideline_us.pdf.

If you have questions or concerns please contact Kate Mast in the MCC Central States Material Resources Center in North Newton, KS: katemast 316.283.2720.

Join the upcoming MCC Haiti learning tour from September 22nd to 29th. Learn from Haitian farmers, artisans, community organizers and human rights advocates about how they – with your support – are building a brighter future for their communities. Limited spots are available, registration closes June 20th. Contact Jordan Penner at jordanpenner or 316-727-6837 for more information.

Mennonite Mission Network is seeking young adults to serve with the Tanzania Mennonite Church in its National Youth Ministry Team. Young adults will work with a team helping to facilitate Bible studies, discipleship training, and children’s ministries. Successful candidates will be willing to share about their faith and be open to working closely with others on the National Youth Ministry Team. For more information, check out our website at Journey International Tanzania or contact Sharon Norton at SharonN.

Dove’s Nest and Mennonite Women USA are joyfully partnering to sponsor a unique summer event: Empowering Women: Claiming Healthy Personal Boundaries July 26-27 in Omaha, Nebraska. We are excited about this opportunity to resource both women and girls (age 13-18) and are grateful for supporting funds from the Schowalter Foundation. For more information and registration: https://dovesnest.net/Claiming-Healthy-Personal-Boundaries

Summer is here and the Newton Et Cetera Shop is a great place to spend your time! You’re invited to become a summer volunteer if you’ve got a few hours to give back to our community once a month or once a week. Students, educators and everyone else is welcome to pick up a volunteer application, download one at newtonetceterashop.com/volunteer, or fill one out at our new volunteer orientation on Tuesday, June 5, 6 p.m. We need volunteers to help with clothing, dolls, electronics, bikes, housewares and as clerks. Evening and Saturday spots are available, as well as weekday shifts. Newton Et Cetera Shop is an MCC Thrift Shop, and gives away 100% of its proceeds.

Bethel College

—Centering Prayer will not meet Mon., May 28 (Memorial Day), but 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.

—Sat., June 2 – 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.

—Sat., June 2 – Kauffman Museum First-Saturday Bird Walk. Join experienced birders at 6:30 a.m. in the museum parking lot for a walk of 1 to 1.5 hours. Please be aware this is mostly on an unpaved trail and the terrain is sometimes sloping or steep.

Saturday morning retirement workshop to be held in June: Everence will host an all-inclusive retirement planning workshop on Saturday, June 2, from 9 to 11:30 a.m. Topics will include Medicare, Social Security and retirement income planning. The workshop will be presented by Everence staff and will take place at the Everence office at 3179 N. Main St., North Newton. Reserve your spot soon by contacting Michelle Ramer at (316) 283-3800; (877) 467-7294 ormichelle.ramer.

May 27 annc.pdf

May 20 announcements

Congregational Announcements

Camp Washunga is getting closer and we’re looking for a few items from you. We are looking for some hammers for a craft project. If you would be willing to let us borrow one of your hammers, let us know. We are also looking for people to provide snacks. Examples could include, but are not limited too: fresh fruit (bananas, cuties, apples), crackers, snack mixes, cookies. If you would be interested in donating snacks for the junior highers while we are at camp, please contact Michelle Unruh (michellerunruh) or Laura Unrau (lauraelaine25).

Vacation Bible School: There is a sign up list on the bulletin board with items that we will need for snack time during VBS. Please sign up. Your help is appreciated. If anyone has questions, please contact Sarahanne Unruh or Pam Abrahams.

Tabor Mennonite Women: The mystery evening is planned for May 22. Meet at the church by 5:20 p.m. to share rides and leave by 5:30 p.m. Cost is $20.00. For any questions please contact Elaine Unruh at 620-386-0424, or Eileen Schmidt at 620-345-6771.

Final figures from the KS MCC Sale are in at $585,000. Tabor items that were displayed in the basement sold for approximately $4700. The Annual MCC Sale Banquet will be at Tabor Church on May 30 at 6:30 p.m. Cost: $15 payable at the door. RSVP to Jerry and Leann Toews, Kristin and Archie Schmidt, or Eric Litwiller, by May 23. This will be a Fundraiser for the Tabor Building Project. Come and support the Tabor Building Fund, get a good meal, and witness the check given to Maynard Knepp, representing Mennonite Central Committee, to further the work of God’s Kingdom, remembering WHY we do this.

Summer FF begins June 17:

For such a time as this! You are here. You belong to Tabor. You can offer your presence and gifts to our children. Sign up on the bulletin board to help with summer faith formation for our children. Activity/craft leaders and helpers are needed as well as snack provisions. Carol Duerksen will be the storyteller for the summer. If you would like to help coordinate the schedule and make sure enough people are present each Sunday to help out, that would be wonderful. Just let the Christian Ed committee know. Thanks for sharing your gifts with our children.

—All high school youth through adults will meet together using Mennonite Central Committee’s curriculum, Preventing Gun Violence.

Rejoice! A devotional booklet for the months of June/July/August and published by MennoMedia, is now available on the literature table in the foyer and also in the north facing mailboxes. The Education committee provides these for anyone who wishes to have one.

Bethesda Home Annual Meeting: Wednesday, May 30 at 7:00 p.m. The meeting will include Sara Hiebert, CEO/Administrator, sharing of plans for the future of Bethesda, election of board members, financial report, an offering, AND a pie social following with wide variety of pies to select from. It’s a time to celebrate good changes at Bethesda. Please join us to be informed about this ministry that you support.

Tabor Garage Sale: There are still some items remaining along the north wall in the fellowship hall. Please leave a donation for the building fund if you find something that you want to take home.

A letter from Camp Mennoscah, including pictures, updates and request for donations, is posted on the bulletin board.

Conference Announcements

Prayer Requests:

« Western District Conference: As WDC’s Year of Evangelism continues, pray that WDC congregations and members will find practical ways to share the gospel in their everyday lives and communities.

« Mennonite Mission Network: This week, JCS, the consortium of mission agencies through which MMN serves in Mongolia, will celebrate its 25th anniversary following the close of their annual board meetings. Pray for JCS as they remember God’s faithfulness over the years and follow Jesus into the future.

« Mennonite Education Agency: Pray for Bethel College’s Class of 2018 and their families and friends during today’s baccalaureate service and commencement ceremonies. Pray for Francisca Méndez-Harclerode, biology professor, as she speaks to the graduates.

Western District Conference:

Save the date – the 2018 Western District Conference Annual Assembly will be held July 27-28 in South Central Kansas. More details and registration information will be emailed to pastors and churches and will be posted at: http://mennowdc.org/annual-assembly/#2018annualAssembly during the last week of May.

Summer Story Hour: Join us for Summer Story Hour at the Conference Resource Library! This summer, children ages 3-8 will have fun with the theme of Creepy Crawlies: Bugs and More! Led by Marjie Warkentine, we’ll meet at the library in North Newton on Mondays June 4-July 9 at 10:00am. Register by May 31 at https://goo.gl/forms/wlzeX9FZbFoNYBW32 or by calling the library at (316) 283-6300.

Language Interpretation Ministry Team: WDC seeks to establish a ministry team of persons located in different areas of the conference, who can provide language interpretation for WDC meetings and events in order to enhance participation by individuals who speak different languages. Assessment, orientation and training will be provided for Team members, as well as some financial compensation through grant funds WDC has received. Please contact WDC at wdc or 316-283-6300 if you have skills in a second language and are interested in applying or learning more about this ministry opportunity!

Camp Mennoscah:

—Construction of the Whale playground at Camp Mennoscah began on May 18! Volunteers are needed to make this possible. Work days are May 25-26, June 1-2, and during the week of June 3. Let us know which days you can be there, and we’ll get back to you with more details. We’re really excited to get this project started and hope you are, too!

—New kitchen needs friends! Camp Mennoscah’s new kitchen needs some friends (i.e., kitchen staff) for the weeks of June 24-30 and July 15-21. The new space is wonderfully shiny and ready for adventures. Parents can receive a camper discount up to full camp fees. You only need to be able to follow instructions and enjoy being part of a camp community. Contact us to set up a "play date" with the new kitchen!

—Whoa, horses! We’re less than a month away from our summer youth camps and gobs of fun at Camp Mennoscah. Our summer theme is Beyond Belief: The Universe of God, and we’ll be seeking God in creation, community, and in our own hearts. Friends are welcome! Register online. Scholarships are available.

Information for all events at Camp Mennoscah or to register:

Online at www.campmennoscah.org

Telephone: 620-297-3290.

Email: office.

Contact: olivia.bartel.

Mennonite Central Committee is looking for new canner operators! This two year service term is unique and offers the opportunity to travel around the U.S. and Canada, working as a team while meeting new people! Check out heidihuber.

Associated Mennonite Biblical Seminary:

Vision is online — for free! The Spring 2018 issue of Vision: A Journal for Church and Theology — on the theme, “The church and young adults” — is now available for free online. You can select individual articles or open the entire issue. Check it out! mennovision.org

Saturday morning retirement workshop to be held in June: Everence will host an all-inclusive retirement planning workshop on Saturday, June 2, from 9 to 11:30 a.m. Topics will include Medicare, Social Security and retirement income planning. The workshop will be presented by Everence staff and will take place at the Everence office at 3179 N. Main St., North Newton. Reserve your spot soon by contacting Michelle Ramer at (316) 283-3800; (877) 467-7294 ormichelle.ramer.

May 20 annc.pdf

May 6 announcements and Groundbreaking Service insert

Congregational Announcements

Fellowship Event: Tabor Church attendees and friends are invited to an Ice Cream Social on Wednesday, May 9, 6:30 p.m. at the Tabor Church Park. Please bring lawn chairs, lawn games, and your favorite ice cream topping. Ice cream will be provided.

CHANGE OF DATE–Tabor Mennonite Women: The mystery evening is planned for May 22 (not May 23 as previously announced). Meet at the church by 5:20 p.m. to share rides and leave by 5:30 p.m. Cost is $20.00. Please sign up on the sheet on the bulletin board by May 14. For any questions please contact Elaine Unruh at 620-386-0424, or Eileen Schmidt at 620-345-6771.

Membership: Are you interested in learning more about church membership at Tabor? If yes, please contact a pastor.

Final figures from the KS MCC Sale are in at $585,000. Tabor items that were displayed in the basement sold for approximately $4700. The Annual MCC Sale Banquet will be at Tabor Church on May 30 at 6:30 p.m. Cost: $15 payable at the door. RSVP to Jerry and Leann Toews, Kristin and Archie Schmidt, or Eric Litwiller, by May 23. This will be a Fundraiser for the Tabor Building Project. Come and support the Tabor Building Fund, get a good meal, and witness the check given to Maynard Knepp, representing Mennonite Central Committee, to further the work of God’s Kingdom, remembering WHY we do this.

The Second Monday Family History & Genealogy Group will meet on Monday, May 14, 7 pm., at the Alexanderwohl Mennonite Church Cemetery. Matt Voth, cemetery historian, will share history and interesting stories about the cemetery. Bring a lawn chair and mosquito spray, if needed. The meeting is free and open to the public. For more information, call the Mennonite Heritage & Agricultural Museum, 620-367-8200.

Summer FF begins June 17:

—Adults will meet together using MCC’s curriculum on Preventing Gun Violence.

—Children will meet in the Fellowship hall with Carol Duerksen as storyteller and others helping lead activities. We are seeking a coordinator to make the schedule and help recruit activity/craft leaders. Please consider offering your gifts of organization and leadership during the summer months.

Conference Announcements

Prayer Requests:

« Western District Conference: Pray for youth ministers from WDC congregations attending The Gathering Live this weekend in Kansas City, joining others from across Mennonite Church USA for fellowship, worship and practical resourcing for faith formation.

« Mennonite Mission Network: Today, “Sent 2018” is concluding a three-day conference in Chicago where church planters worshiped and learned about resources for birthing missional congregations in the peace church tradition. MMN requests prayer for participants as they implement what they learned in their communities.

« Mennonite Education Agency: Pray for the more than 550 graduates at Eastern Mennonite University’s 100th Commencement Ceremony. We give special thanks for the presence of speaker, Nobel Peace Laureate Leymah Gbowee (’07).

Camp Mennoscah:

—Camp Mennoscah’s new kitchen is open and ready for our summer youth camps. We’re looking for cooks for the weeks of June 24-30 and July 15-21.

—Bring a friend to Camp Mennoscah! We love having new campers at Camp Mennoscah and you can help us share camp by bringing a friend. Bring a first-time friend to camp and each of you will get a free tee shirt. (And a week of fun activities at camp with delicious food and happy people.)

Information for all events at Camp Mennoscah or to register:

Online at www.campmennoscah.org

Telephone: 620-297-3290.

Email: office.

Contact: olivia.bartel.

Sexualized violence and the church: Mennonite Central Committee is offering a series of free webinars this spring for churches and individuals who want to learn more about how to address sexualized violence within the congregation and how to encourage healthy sexuality and healthy masculinity among members. Each webinar will be led by church leaders and others with expertise in the topics. All webinars are free and begin at 2 pm and end at 3 pm CST. Please join us on Wednesday, May 9 for Sexualized violence- How should churches respond? Speakers Cyneatha Millsaps and Silvia Rios will lead the discussion about what we mean when we talk about sexualized violence and what we can do when our congregations experience sexualized violence. The final webinar will be on June 13, Healthy masculinity. Learn more and register for the webinars at karinkaufmanwall with questions.

Celebrate Mother’s Day by supporting mothers around the world through MCC Infant Care Kits! Help mothers, who are displaced by war or disaster, give their infants a good start. The kit contents have changed recently, visit katemast or call 316.283.2720 with questions.

Updates to MCC kits: after a recent evaluation of material resources, including input from our partners around the world, MCC has made updates to each kit. Please visit mcc.org/mrc/kits for all the updated lists and contact katemast@mcc.org or call 316.283.2720 with questions. New printed kit cards are available from the MCC Central States office in North Newton. Thank you for your continued donations that bring dignity and hope to people around the world.

Bethel College

—Bethel College Masterworks Concert, Sunday, May 6, 3 p.m., Memorial Hall

Tickets will also be available at the door. All seating is general admission.

Social Security and retirement income workshop to be held in May:

Everence will hold an informative workshop on Monday, May 7, at 6:30 p.m. Social Security and retirement income planning will cover when to begin taking Social Security, risks that can impact your savings and strategies to help your income last throughout retirement. The workshops are presented by Everence staff and held at the Everence office at 3179 N. Main St., North Newton. Reserve your spot soon by contacting Michelle Ramer at (316) 283-3800; (877) 467-7294 or michelle.ramerm.

Offender Victim Ministries: On Tuesday, May 15 from 7-8:30pm the Offender Victim Ministries organized choir at the Hutchinson Correctional Facility East Unit will be giving a concert for outside guests! This is a great opportunity to hear choral music and support the volunteers and men at HCF who have been working hard on their music. Please contact Ben Kreider by Tuesday, May 1 if you would like to attend: ben or (316) 281 5244.

You’re invited to join Manhattan (KS) Mennonite Church in celebrating their 40th anniversary on June 2-3. The celebration begins on Saturday, June 2 with an ice cream social at 7 pm. It continues with special events starting at 9:30 am on Sunday, June 3 – including worship at 10:45 followed by a meal and time for sharing. Anyone interested in attending is invited to let us know by May 18 at: office or 785-539-4079.

The International Guest House in Washington DC is seeking short term volunteers to do service of hospitality with strangers near and far. For information, see: https://tinyurl.com/igh- flyer2018

May is Mental Health Month, and Prairie View is focused on how a healthy lifestyle may help prevent the onset or worsening of mental health conditions, as well as heart disease, diabetes, obesity and other chronic health problems. It can also help people recover from these conditions. Eating healthy foods, managing stress, exercising, and getting enough sleep can go a long way in making you both physically and mentally healthy. Follow Prairie View on Facebook (@PrairieViewInc) to learn more about the connection between physical and mental health.

Join the West Coast Mennonite Men’s Chorus (http://www.wcmmc.com) on May 6 at 6 pm at Tabor College, Hillsboro, KS for beautiful music in support of Mennonite Disaster Service’s Midwest fire relief efforts. Free Admission! A free-will offering will be taken and proceeds will go toward efforts to assist those affected by the wildfires in Oklahoma last year.

May 6 annc.pdf

May 6 insert.pdf

April 29 announcements

Congregational Announcements

Groundbreaking Service: May 6 is the date for the groundbreaking service for the new Tabor Church addition. Following the morning worship service we will gather where the new addition will be built. Following the groundbreaking service, we will continue to celebrate with a potluck meal in the “new” fellowship hall–outdoors where the new addition will stand. We are planning for a simple meal. Please bring food which may include sandwiches, chips, fresh fruit and veggies, and cookies. Also plan to bring lawn chairs and blankets and your own table service.

As previously planned, this potluck will extend the mission of Tabor Church by recognizing our partnership in the ministries of Dan and Kathryn Smith Derksen, and sons John-Clair and Jacob, serving in South Africa. Donations will be accepted to support our Mission Partners. Make checks payable to Tabor Mennonite Church with ‘Mission Partners’ on the memo line.

Membership: Are you interested in learning more about church membership at Tabor? If yes, please contact a pastor.

Tabor Mennonite Women: Looking for someone or a group of ladies to plan our May Mystery Trip. This is always a well attended event and we hope to continue it. Contact Barb Banman if you are interested. Thanks!

The McPherson Community Brass Choir, under the direction of Jerry Toews, will give a concert in the Brethren Church, 200 N. Carrie, McPherson, Sun., Apr. 29 at 3 pm.

Spring work day is set for Saturday May 5th, 8am – 12 noon. On the agenda:

—Cemetery- See Dale & Nate. Please bring shovels, pry bars, couple of wheelbarrows.

—Moving out old Safe and bringing in new safe – See Kenton, Justin

—Landscape – See Shannon – General maintenance around church building / grounds. —Dig up and cap sprinkler system due to construction.

—Tree trimming TBD, based on weather.

—Change out furnace filters

—General church housekeeping: vacuum under pew cushions, clean the cross in sanctuary, replace lightbulbs in sanctuary, clean out vents under back pews

Summer FF begins June 17:

—Adults will meet together using MCC’s curriculum on Preventing Gun Violence.

—Children will meet in the Fellowship hall with Carol Duerksen as storyteller and others helping lead activities. We are seeking a coordinator to make the schedule and help recruit activity/craft leaders. Please consider offering your gifts of organization and leadership during the summer months.

Attention Young Adults! There will be an Area Wide PC-PF (Post College- Pre Family) event- Evening @ the Pond on Saturday, May 5. We will meet at 5:30 PM at Duerksen’s pond. Please bring $3 to help cover the cost of hot dogs/s’mores, a side dish to share, lawn chair, and any outdoor games to play. This group is designed for young adults in similar life stages to socialize together. If you would like to attend or have questions, please contact Kristin Unruh- kristin.

unruh. Hope to see you there!

Give Blood: Less than 38% of the population is eligible to give blood, so patients really need generous people like you to save their lives. The next drive is Monday, April 30, from 2:00-6:00. All donors who give blood by May 13 will be entered in a sweepstakes to win one of three $1000 gift cards to the Home Depot. To schedule your life-saving appointment visit redcrossblood.org (sponsor code: Goessel) or call 800-RED-CROSS. Another way to give is to volunteer your time – sign up on the bulletin board for registration, escort, or canteen.

Conference Announcements

Prayer Requests:

« Western District Conference: Pray for the WDC Annual Assembly Planning team, as they prepare for our conference gathering July 27-28 in central Kansas.

« Mennonite Mission Network: Freddy and Margrit Kipfer Barrón of Mennonite Mission Network serve the Bolivia Mennonite Church in many capacities. Pray for them as they work with young congregations, coordinate Christian education ministries, provide pastoral leadership, and train church leaders.

« Mennonite Church USA: Prayers are requested for transitions in denominational leadership. Pray for Ervin Stutzman as he retires on April 30 after eight years of serving as the executive director for MC USA. Pray for Glen Guyton as he begins serving as the new executive director on May 1.

Camp Mennoscah:

—To everyone who attended the dedication of the new kitchen at Camp Mennoscah (in person or in spirit), we thank you. Many hours of hard work have gone into this project to improve this much used space and many of you have given generously. Thank you over and over! We can’t wait to start the next phase of the kitchen/dining hall renovations.

—Ends April 30! Camp Mennoscah will give the following items to the person with the highest offer: two upright freezers, the stove/griddle with 2 convection ovens, and the double-decker conventional oven. As is and you are responsible for transporting the item(s). Contact us at 620-297-3290 or office to make an offer or get an update on the current bid. Photos of the items are on Facebook.

—Grab your paring knives and aprons! Camp Mennoscah has a brand new kitchen and we’re looking for kitchen helpers to test it out. We need kitchen staff for June 24-30, July 15-21, and July 29-Aug. 3. No great skills are needed–just a willing heart, listening ears, and a love of camp and youth. Parent discounts up to full camp fees are available. Free tee shirt, too!

—”Rebuilding the Whale!” Camp Mennoscah plans to start construction of the new playground, “The Whale,” by the end of April, and we’ll be looking for volunteers to come out and help! Stay tuned to your church bulletins, e-mail, and social media for the types of work we’ll be doing, dates, and times. With your help, we’ll have it ready to go for summer youth camps!

Information for all events at Camp Mennoscah or to register:

Online at www.campmennoscah.org

Telephone: 620-297-3290.

Email: office.

Contact: olivia.bartel.

Sexualized violence and the church: Mennonite Central Committee is offering a series of free webinars this spring for churches and individuals who want to learn more about how to address sexualized violence within the congregation and how to encourage healthy sexuality and healthy masculinity among members. Each webinar will be led by church leaders and others with expertise in the topics. All webinars are free and begin at 2 pm and end at 3 pm CST. Please join us on Wednesday, May 9 for Sexualized violence- How should churches respond? Speakers Cyneatha Millsaps and Silvia Rios will lead the discussion about what we mean when we talk about sexualized violence and what we can do when our congregations experience sexualized violence. The final webinar will be on June 13, Healthy masculinity. Learn more and register for the webinars at karinkaufmanwall with questions.

Celebrate Mother’s Day by supporting mothers around the world through MCC Infant Care Kits! Help mothers, who are displaced by war or disaster, give their infants a good start. The kit contents have changed recently, visit katemast or call 316.283.2720 with questions.

Calling all MCC volunteers!! Please save the date for our Volunteer Appreciation event on Wednesday, June 13 5-7 pm at MCC Central States in North Newton!

Join the upcoming MCC Haiti Learning Tour from September 22 to 27. Learn from Haitian farmers, artisans, community organizers and human rights advocates about how they – with your support – are building a brighter future for their communities. Contact Jordan Penner at jordanpenner or 316-727-6837 for more information.

Updates to MCC kits: after a recent evaluation of material resources, including input from our partners around the world, MCC has made updates to each kit. Please visit mcc.org/mrc/kits for all the updated lists and contact katemast@mcc.org or call 316.283.2720 with questions. New printed kit cards are available from the MCC Central States office in North Newton. Thank you for your continued donations that bring dignity and hope to people around the world.

MCC’s SWAP (Sharing With Appalachian People) home repair program has summer positions open in both West Virginia and Kentucky. The assignments run from May 30 – approximately August 11. Applicants should be at least 19 years old, but positions are not limited to young adults. More information about SWAP and an application are available at swap.mcc.org or by calling 606-633-5065. In both positions, an exceptional 18-year-old might be considered. A stipend, room and board and travel expenses are provided.

Job Site Coordinators – Will be the liaison between homeowners and volunteers. Carpentry skills are helpful but not required. Must be willing to learn, follow instruction and work well with others, both homeowners and volunteers, youth and adults.

Meals Coordinators – Will assist the Location Coordinator with menu planning, meal preparation, kitchen duties and other. Should be able to work well with staff and volunteers, both youth and adults.

You are invited to the 10th anniversary celebration of Iglesia Menonita Casa Betania, Newton, KS on June 10 at 4 pm at First Mennonite Church, 429 E First in Newton. A reception meal will be included – please RSVP by June 3 to Pastor Jaime Cazares: jscazares; 316-212-1824.

Bethel College

—Bethel College Masterworks Concert, Sunday, May 6, 3 p.m., Memorial Hall

Tickets are on sale at Thresher Shop in Schultz Student Center on the Bethel campus during regular business hours, Mon.-Fri., 8 a.m.-5 p.m., or credit-card orders at 316-284-5205. Tickets will also be available at the door. All seating is general admission.

Anabaptist Mennonite Biblical Seminary: Want training for ministry without relocating? Journey is a 2-1/2-year nondegree leadership development program for people exploring a call to ministry. The distance-friendly AMBS program features a five-unit online curriculum, biweekly mentor-mentee meetings and one visit to the AMBS region per year. Participants receive a certificate upon meeting program requirements. Register by Aug. 7. ambs.edu/journey

Kidron-Bethel Parkinson’s Support Group will meet in Menno Hall Tues., May 1, at 2:00 p.m. Emilie Rains and Vernon Lohrentz will share treatment experiences in PACE (Program of All-Inclusive Care of the Elderly). All are welcome.

Social Security and retirement income workshop to be held in May:

Everence will hold an informative workshop on Monday, May 7, at 6:30 p.m. Social Security and retirement income planning will cover when to begin taking Social Security, risks that can impact your savings and strategies to help your income last throughout retirement. The workshops are presented by Everence staff and held at the Everence office at 3179 N. Main St., North Newton. Reserve your spot soon by contacting Michelle Ramer at (316) 283-3800; (877) 467-7294 or michelle.ramerm.

Offender Victim Ministries: On Tuesday, May 15 from 7-8:30pm the Offender Victim Ministries organized choir at the Hutchinson Correctional Facility East Unit will be giving a concert for outside guests! This is a great opportunity to hear choral music and support the volunteers and men at HCF who have been working hard on their music. Please contact Ben Kreider by Tuesday, May 1 if you would like to attend: ben or (316) 281 5244.

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April 22 announcements

Congregational Announcements

Elevator out of commission: Demolition around the elevator has begun. We will not have access to an elevator until the new one is installed. In addition, we may not always have access to the west entry door. Park on the east side, or west of the trees and use the north or east doors.

Membership: Are you interested in learning more about church membership at Tabor? If yes, please contact a pastor.

Tabor Church’s week at New Hope Shelter begins April 25 through May 1. We all have the privilege to do outreach here and the rewards are unmeasurable. We can help feed the hungry, listen to stories and encourage residents. There is a sign up sheet on the bulletin board. Contact Austin Unruh or Barb Abrahams if you have questions.

The McPherson Community Brass Choir, under the direction of Jerry Toews, will give a concert in the Brethren Church, 200 N. Carrie, McPherson, Sun., Apr. 29 at 3 pm.

Summer Camps at Mennoscah: Early Registration Discount ends May 1! Don’t miss your chance to save on your summer youth camp registration at Camp Mennoscah! Register and pay in full by May 1. Questions? Contact us at 620-297-3290 or office. Tabor’s Education Committee will award a $50 scholarship to each camper. Please sign up on the bulletin board.

Spring work day is set for Saturday May 5th, 8am – 12 noon. On the agenda:

—Cemetery- See Dale & Nate. Please bring shovels, pry bars, couple of wheelbarrows.

—Moving out old Safe and bringing in new safe – See Kenton, Justin

—Landscape – See Shannon – General maintenance around church building / grounds. —Dig up and cap sprinkler system due to construction.

—Tree trimming TBD, based on weather.

—Change out furnace filters

—General church housekeeping: vacuum under pew cushions, clean the cross in sanctuary, replace lightbulbs in sanctuary, clean out vents under back pews

Attention Young Adults! There will be an Area Wide PC-PF (Post College- Pre Family) event- Evening @ the Pond on Saturday, May 5. We will meet at 5:30 PM at Duerksen’s pond. Please bring $3 to help cover the cost of hot dogs/s’mores, a side dish to share, lawn chair, and any outdoor games to play. This group is designed for young adults in similar life stages to socialize together. If you would like to attend or have questions, please contact Kristin Unruh- kristin.

unruh. Hope to see you there!

Save the Date: We are tentatively planning a groundbreaking service during the Faith Formation Hour on Sunday, May 6. Look for more details to come.

Support Tabor Mission Partners: The Outreach Team invites everyone to a potluck meal on May 6 following the Faith Formation hour. Donations will be accepted to support our Mission Partners, Dan and Kathryn Smith Derksen, and sons John-Clair and Jacob, serving in South Africa.

Commodities available in Goessel: Commodities distribution will be Friday, April 27,(note change of date for this month) at Goessel Mennonite Church from 5-6 pm. For questions call Jenny Girard, 620-747-0046

Give Blood: Less than 38% of the population is eligible to give blood, so patients really need generous people like you to save their lives. The next drive is Monday, April 30, from 2:00-6:00. All donors who give blood by May 13 will be entered in a sweepstakes to win one of three $1000 gift cards to the Home Depot. To schedule your life-saving appointment visit redcrossblood.org (sponsor code: Goessel) or call 800-RED-CROSS. Another way to give is to volunteer your time – sign up on the bulletin board for registration, escort, or canteen.

Conference Announcements

Prayer Requests:

« Western District Conference: Pray for credentialed leaders in WDC attending Healthy Boundaries training next weekend in Dallas, TX.

« Mennonite Mission Network: For the past four decades, Janie and Neal Blough of MMN have planted Anabaptist seeds through their teaching and lecturing from their base at the Paris Mennonite Center in France. Pray for good fruit to continue to grow from their ministry in Europe and throughout the French-speaking world.

« Mennonite Education Agency: Mennonite Early Childhood Network: Today we celebrate Earth Day. Pray that adults will engage children in developing habits to care for God’s good earth. The current campaign to end plastic pollution includes rejecting, reducing, reusing and recycling plastic materials.

Camp Mennoscah: Details for the following are posted on the bulletin board.

—Kitchen equipment for sale for highest offer.

—”Rebuilding the Whale!” construction begins mid-April, volunteers needed.

—Men and Boys Retreat: April 20-22

—New Kitchen Dedication: April 22, 2:30pm

—Funds needed for camp scholarships

—Kitchen staff needed for summer camps

—Retirees Retreat: April 23-25

Information for all events at Camp Mennoscah or to register:

Online at www.campmennoscah.org

Telephone: 620-297-3290.

Email: office.

Contact: olivia.bartel.

Join the upcoming MCC Haiti Learning Tour from September 22 to 27. Learn from Haitian farmers, artisans, community organizers and human rights advocates about how they – with your support – are building a brighter future for their communities. Contact Jordan Penner at jordanpenner or 316-727-6837 for more information.

Updates to MCC kits: after a recent evaluation of material resources, including input from our partners around the world, MCC has made updates to each kit. Please visit mcc.org/mrc/kits for all the updated lists and contact katemast@

mcc.org or call 316.283.2720 with questions. New printed kit cards are available from the MCC Central States office in North Newton. Thank you for your continued donations that bring dignity and hope to people around the world.

MCC’s SWAP (Sharing With Appalachian People) home repair program has summer positions open in both West Virginia and Kentucky. The assignments run from May 30 – approximately August 11. Applicants should be at least 19 years old, but positions are not limited to young adults. More information about SWAP and an application are available at swap.mcc.org or by calling 606-633-5065. In both positions, an exceptional 18-year-old might be considered. A stipend, room and board and travel expenses are provided.

Job Site Coordinators – Will be the liaison between homeowners and volunteers. Carpentry skills are helpful but not required. Must be willing to learn, follow instruction and work well with others, both homeowners and volunteers, youth and adults.

Meals Coordinators – Will assist the Location Coordinator with menu planning, meal preparation, kitchen duties and other. Should be able to work well with staff and volunteers, both youth and adults.

Prairie View, Inc., invites the public to a Spring Vespers musical event on Sunday, April 22, at 5 pm at Prairie View’s Chapel, 1901 E. First St., Newton. The event is a fundraiser for Prairie View’s chaplaincy and pastoral care programs. Musical group “Dunns Plus One” of McPherson will perform a variety of bluegrass, contemporary and sacred selections. Members include Rev. Kathy Neufeld Dunn, Michael Dunn, Ann Dunn and Faith Wenger. There is no charge to attend. Freewill donations will be accepted.

Bethel College

—Thurs., April 26 – Closing reception for annual Student Art exhibit, 6-8 p.m., Regier Gallery in Luyken Fine Arts Center at Bethel College. Tabor’s Sarah Booth has work in this exhibit.

—Fri., April 27 & Sat., April 28 – The Bethel College theater department presents

Clybourne Park by Bruce Norris, winner of the Pulitzer Prize, a revisiting of Lorraine Hansberry’s classic A Raisin in the Sun; 7:30 p.m., Krehbiel Auditorium in Luyken Fine Arts Center (ticket purchase required). A talk-back session will follow each performance. Please note: The play contains strong language and adult themes and is not suitable for young audiences. Tabor’s Luke Unruh is one of the actors in this performance.

—Bethel College Masterworks Concert, Sunday, May 6, 3 p.m., Memorial Hall

Tickets are on sale at Thresher Shop in Schultz Student Center on the Bethel campus during regular business hours, Mon.-Fri., 8 a.m.-5 p.m., or credit-card orders at 316-284-5205. Tickets will also be available at the door. All seating is general admission.

Hesston College will host the second annual “Pen to Paper to Performance” playwriting festival with a production of the eight selected original plays at 7 p.m., April 27 and 28 in the Keim Center Black Box Theatre on the Hesston College campus. Tickets will be sold at the door starting at 6:15 p.m. with doors to open at 6:30 p.m. Seating is limited, so early arrival is encouraged. Each playwright will receive a portion of the box office earnings. Go to hesston.edu to see a list of plays and playwrights.

You are invited to dinner and a concert on Saturday, May 5 at Leatherman’s Barn in Hesston. A free-will offering will be collected with all proceeds to benefit Mariana Martinez, an international student from Honduras seeking sponsorship to continue her education at Hesston College. Featuring traditional Honduran foods and a variety show by music students from Hesston College, the meal begins at 5:30 pm with music to follow at 7 pm. More information about Mariana can be found on the Facebook event “Mission through Music.”

The FloraKansas Fall Native Plant Festival will be held April 27 to 30 at Dyck Arboretum of the Plains in Hesston. As Kansas’ largest native plant sale, FloraKansas offers many species of wildflowers and grasses many of which are rare in cultivation. Memberships to the Arboretum can be obtained on the day of the sale. Arboretum members receive a 10% discount at all arboretum plant sales and may participate in the members only pre-sale on Thursday, April 26 from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. For more information, call 620-327-8127 or visit www.dyckarboretum.org.

Rocky Mountain Mennonite Camp:

RMMC working with Mennonite Disaster Service again this season to remove dead and dying trees. May 20 -25 MDS leaders will be at RMMC and needs volunteers to help fell and cut up trees and use the chipper to turn slash (branches) into mulch. The current count is 12 trees that need to be cut, but more may be identified. This continues the ongoing effort to minimize the spread of the spruce beetle and also ensure the safety of campers and facilities. If you can help for some or all of those days, visit rmmc.org for more information and to sign up online. Thanks for considering this way to help.

Spend your Memorial Day weekend at RMMC for the annual Work and Play Retreat, May 25-28! The weekend begins at 7pm on Friday and ends after breakfast on Monday. On Saturday, participants will help camp get ready for summer (Spruce Beetle tree clean up from MDS Crew May 20-25, spring cleaning projects, helping in the kitchen, etc). Sunday is the “play” part of the weekend including a morning worship service and brunch, leaving the afternoon for hiking, playing on the pond, or taking a nap! Register online (info) to let us know you can come!

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April 8 announcements

Congregational Announcements

Work has begun! The first phase of installing the pitched roof over the foyer and offices, and installing the elevator has started. We will not always have access to the West door. If the door is blocked, park on the East side, or West of the trees and walk around to the doors on the North or East. Thanks for your patience as we begin our building project!

New Office for Pastor Phil… at least for a little while. Due to construction, Pastor Phil has relocated his office to the room behind the organ. Feel free to stop in and say hello!

Review forms in mailboxes: Please find the pastoral/congregational constructive feedback forms in your church mailbox. There should be a form for everyone high school age and up who are members and regular attenders. Extra forms are available on the table in the foyer. Please review the cover sheet before filling out the form.

Luke Reading Challenge Grand Prize: No one has yet claimed the grand prize for the Luke reading challenge. If you read through the Gospel of Luke 2+ times in 2018 and would like to claim the prize, please let me know! Peace, Pastor Phil.

Membership: Are you interested in learning more about church membership at Tabor? If yes, please contact a pastor.

Tabor Mennonite Women Salad Supper Monday, April 9 at 6:00 pm. Bring a salad & come for an enjoyable evening with our guest Rachel Bachman from Hesston.

Pine Car Derby!! Weigh in for the cars is at 6:30 pm with the Race to follow at approximately 7pm on April 11 in the Fellowship Hall. There will be a cookie social following the race. Cookies are still needed. Please bring a dozen or two to share if you can. Everyone is welcome to come for the fun!

TMYF: The Youth Group has finished our dessert fundraiser on Sunday mornings. Thank you to all of you who purchased desserts on behalf of TMYF!

—Youth Group Mystery Meal at Pastor Katherine’s house, 6pm on Wed., April 18.

Stories & Stuff: Come for food and fellowship on Thursday, April 19!

Designing the New Kitchen! The reception committee, funeral committee, and anyone interested in contributing ideas for the layout for the kitchen in Tabor’s new addition, are invited to come a meal at noon, on Sunday, April 22. Please let Keith Banman know if you plan to come.

Mennonite Heritage and Agricultural Museum: Goessel High School Advanced Art Class will display works of art at the 1906 Prep School, Monday April 9, 5-7 p.m. Members of the Leroy and Alice Funk family will also show things that they make with their hands. Birdhouses, barn quilts, quiet books, baby quilts, weather afghan, etc. Other works such as jewelry, and paintings will also be on display. The works of art will be up till the end of the week if you can’t make it on Monday. Free admission to the Prep School and open to the public. ~Fern Bartel, Museum Director.

Tabor Church’s week at New Hope Shelter begins April 25 through May 1. We all have the privilege to do outreach here and the rewards are unmeasurable. We can help feed the hungry, listen to stories and encourage residents. If you are interested in taking part in this ministry, New Hope has an orientation for volunteers on the third Monday each month. April 16 is orientation at New Hope from 6:30 – 8:00 p.m. Please let Austin Unruh or Barb Abrahams know which shift you would like or if you have questions.

The Second Monday Family History & Genealogy Group will meet on Monday, April 9, 7:00 p.m., in the Goessel City Building Community Room. Darrell and Judy Unruh will tell about their trip to Poland some years ago. Poland, previously known as Prussia, is the ancestral home of the Alexanderwohl Mennonites. The meeting is free and open to the public.

Conference Announcements

Prayer Requests:

« Western District Conference: In this Year of Evangelism, pray that WDC congregations grow in their willingness and capacity to share the gospel – the good news of God’s kingdom breaking into the world through Jesus!

« Mennonite Mission Network: Pray for many leaders from across Mennonite Church USA who will gather in Lansdale, Pennsylvania on April 12-14 for joint Executive Board and Constituency Leaders Council meetings.

« Mennonite Education Agency: Pray for participants in AMBS’s online short course, Transforming Congregational Conflict and Communication, led by Betty Pries in April and May. May they be empowered to help congregations courageously engage their differences in ways that glorify God and bring healing and hope.

« Mennonite Disaster Service: MDS has many urgent volunteer needs and several job opportunities. Please pray for those considering service with MDS and for the volunteers as they travel to and from locations, handle tools, repair and build homes and bring hope to disaster survivors.

Camp Mennoscah: Details for the following are posted on the bulletin board.

—Dam Going In! Sunday, April 8, at approx. 2pm-ish.

—Help prepare the new kitchen for use: April 6-8.

—Kitchen equipment for sale for highest offer.

—"Rebuilding the Whale!" construction begins mid-April, volunteers needed.

—Men and Boys Retreat: April 20-22

—New Kitchen Dedication: April 22, 2:30pm

—Funds needed for camp scholarships

—Retirees Retreat: April 23-25

Information for all events at Camp Mennoscah or to register:

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

Email: office.

Contact: olivia.bartel.

Mennonite Church USA: Take the plunge into a year of exploration, discipleship, and service with Journey International. We are currently accepting applications to join the work of the local church in England, Indonesia, and Tanzania. For more information, visit www.MennoniteMission.net/JourneyInternational .

Sexualized violence and the church: Mennonite Central Committee is offering three free webinars this spring for churches who want to learn more about how to address sexualized violence within their congregation and how to encourage healthy sexuality and healthy masculinity among members. The webinars will be led by church leaders and others with expertise in the topics. All three webinars will start at 2 pm and end at 3 pm CST. The first webinar, Healthy sexuality in our congregations will be on April 11. Kathrine Goerzen and Benjamin Reynolds will lead the discussion focusing on what role the church can play in fostering and supporting healthy views of sexuality. May 9: Sexualized violence – how should churches respond? June 13: Healthy masculinity. Learn more and register for the webinars at karinkaufmanwall with questions.

Kansas Institute for Peace and Conflict Resolution (KIPCOR):

—The Bethel College Department of Bible and Religion and KIPCOR will sponsor Jalane Schmidt, associate professor of religious studies at the University of Virginia, Charlottesville, and a Black Lives Matter activist, for two public lectures at Krehbiel Auditorium, Bethel College. Sunday, April 15, 7:30 p.m.: “Huck Finn Moments: Using White Privilege to Dismantle White Supremacy.” Monday, April 16, Bethel convocation at 11 a.m.: “Holding Space in #Charlottesville: Confronting ‘Alt-Right’ White Supremacists.” Jalane was an organizer for actions countering the white supremacist and alt-right demonstrations in Charlottesville in August 2017.

—KIPCOR will host “Restorative Kansas” on the Bethel campus Thurs.-Fri., April 19-20 – the first-ever statewide conference on restorative justice in Kansas.

For more information and to register online, go to kipcor.org

—KIPCOR wraps up a year-plus-long celebration of its 30th anniversary April 22 by hosting author and storyteller Rafe Martin, Rochester, New York, 3 pm, Memorial Hall, Bethel College. Martin is known for his children’s books on making peace and celebrating differences, and his storytelling performances for audiences of all ages.

Bethel College

—Sun., April 8 – Newton Mid-Kansas Symphony Orchestra spring concert, 4pm, Memorial Hall at Bethel College; part of the Hesston-Bethel Performing Arts series and the NMKSO 2017-18 season (ticket purchase required)

—Sun., April 15 – Bethel College Women’s Ensemble spring concert, 4 p.m., Bethel College Mennonite Church

Kansas Mennonite Relief Sale: Praising God Through Service

Sale Dates: April 13 – 14, 2018

www.kansas.mccsale.org

REMEMBERING 50 years of the Relief Sale in Kansas

—The 40th Anniversary of the Kansas Mennonite Relief Sale took place in 2008. It was a memorable event. Apple butter was available and 500 pints quickly sold out. The Kansas Mennonite Men’s Choir gave a fantastic program that was presented to a full house. The Greensburg Mennonite Church was richly involved in the 2008 sale after the devastating tornado hit their community. A “mangled” barrel, two salvaged church comforters, and generous financial support provided an inspiration to many people. It was again a chance to marvel and witness what can happen when a group of people come together to serve God in so many different ways. May God continue to bless and use MCC for His honor and glory.

—From Chairman Rod Chrystie’s Report after the 2010 sale: “As I take a minute to reflect on items noteworthy of this report, I recognize the challenge of coming away with the feeling that things went well, really that things went Very well, and that we enjoyed a pretty ‘normal’ Relief Sale. But when I look at the website and see the theme of ‘Offering Hope to a world in need’ and when I consider the countless hours so many of you gave to make the Sale possible, it is anything but ‘normal’. Taking time off of work and making the Sale your family project is not ‘normal’. Working together with people from all over, hauling in just about everything we need until the buildings are full and ready for people isn’t ‘normal’. Pouring yourselves into doing what you can to be part of the solution – helping feed, clothe, and care for people you will likely never see and never know—to offer Hope—is strikingly abnormal in our day and age. Your efforts are noticed, are meaningful, do make a difference and are appreciated!” All in the name of Christ.

Sale Announcements

—Harvest has FINALLY arrived. PLEASE plan on EATING OUT at the Sale both Fri. and Sat. This is the greatest place to meet old friends and have a FUN time putting our Christian faith into action. GO and have FUN serving others.

—PLEASE take a 2 hour shift helping ANYWHERE. Try something you have never done before. Some Tabor folks still need help on their sign ups.

—Join 400 volunteers helping make 25,000 verenike on TUES., Apr. 10 at the Parkview MB Church Hillsboro – help needed morning or afternoon. A FUN time.

—We would like to have more pies and zweibach. They are ALWAYS strong sellers.

—PLEASE help taking pictures of Tabor folks at the MCC Sale and send them to: unruh.sherry. These are pictures for the Power Point NEXT Sunday, Apr. 15. WE NEED YOUR HELP. Kids you can help with this. This can include pictures of folks working on things BEFORE the sale; DURING the sale and AT the sale. Those of you in charge of the Jr Hi and HS youth PLEASE help us.

—EVERYTHING except pies MUST be at the church by 9 am on Friday. A caravan of vehicles will be transporting those items to the sale at that time. There will be tables in the foyer so you do not need to take them to the basement.

—ALL pies MUST be at the church by 7 am Sat. for transport to the sale.

—IF you have a truck and trailer and you are willing to help haul the 18 vehicles to the sale this year talk to Jerry. We will haul Wed., Thurs., and or Friday depending on weather.

—Children’s Coin Offering was $96.56!! AWESOME. Last one TODAY. THANKS!!!

—Support the Tabor 5K Team by sponsoring the following: Isabelle and Elizabeth Alderfer, Elton & Denise Nickel, Kristin Unruh, Rene Kaufman, Michelle Unruh, Jason Unruh, Austin Unruh, Dylan, Gunner Davis, David Johnson, Nick Johnson, Katie Wright, Veronica Raymundo, Cory & Keri Unruh, Lee & Phyllis Goertzen, Les Goerzen, Jerry Toews.

For more information on any sale announcements, please see Tabor liaisons, Kristin and Archie Schmidt, Eric Litwiller, or Jerry and Leann Toews.

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April announcements

Easter Sunday – April 1

9 a.m.– Easter Breakfast.

Come together in the Fellowship Hall to share breakfast in joyful anticipation of our celebratory Easter Worship Service!

10 a.m.– Easter Worship. Share the joy of Easter as we worship together and celebrate the Resurrection of Christ!

Faith Formation classes will not meet

Congregational Announcements

Equipment is rolling in! The building committee met with Max Fuqua of Fuqua Construction on Monday. We were a bit surprised to hear that Max wanted to start on the project on the Monday after Easter. The first phase will be installing the pitched roof over the foyer and offices, and installing the elevator. We will be seeing changes very soon. Max will fence off the entire West side of the church for access to the roof. For some of this time we will not have access to the West door. If the door is blocked, we will need to park on the East side, or West of the trees and walk around to the doors on the North or East. Elevator installation may begin on the following Monday, April 9. Before this can start we need to clean out all the rooms adjacent to the elevator shaft. This means three Sunday School rooms in the basement, the food pantry room, and Phil’s office need to be cleaned out. With so much to do in such a short time, there will be lots of opportunities to help. Hopefully, we can do the bulk of the moving Thursday April 5th. We know that there will be inconveniences for everyone. Thanks for your patience and help.

Designing the New Kitchen! The reception committee, funeral committee, and anyone interested in contributing ideas for the layout for the kitchen in Tabor’s new addition, are invited to come a meal at noon, on Sunday, April 22. Please let Keith Banman know if you plan to come.

Membership: Are you interested in learning more about church membership at Tabor? If yes, please contact a pastor.

Pine Car Derby: The annual Tabor Pine Car Derby is coming!! Following supper (5:45pm) on April 4, children will meet for pine car construction and to make crafts for the MCC Relief Sale. The Pine Car Derby will take place at 7pm on April 11 in the Fellowship Hall. Everyone is welcome to come for the fun!

Museum Heritage Fundraiser Dinner : The deadline for the tickets is Monday, April 2. Call the museum 620-367-8200, to reserve a seat at the table. The Dinner will be Friday April 6, starting 6:30 p.m. at the Tabor Mennonite Church with the featured speakers Marci Penner and WenDee Rowe. $50 per person and $25 for first timers. Thank you for your support.

The Kansas Mennonite Men’s Chorus will be in concert at Central Community Church in Wichita on Sunday, April 8, 7pm. They will also be in concert at Bethel College in North Newton on Sunday, April 15, 7pm.

Tabor Mennonite Women Salad Supper Monday, April 9 at 6:00 pm. Bring a salad & come for an enjoyable evening with our guest Rachel Bachman from Hesston. Her authentic faith and honesty, along with her gifts of music and speaking will have you laughing, crying, and discovering God’s ultimate calling on our lives!

Conference Announcements

Prayer Requests:

« Western District Conference: Pray that congregations across WDC may embody the living presence of Christ in their communities, on this Easter Sunday and throughout the year.

« Mennonite Mission Network: On this Easter Sunday, meditate on the words of Clarence Jordan, co-founder of Koinonia Farm in Georgia (a MMN SOOP placement): “The good news of the resurrection is not [only] that we shall die and go home to be with [Jesus], but that he has risen and comes home with us, bringing all his hungry, naked, thirsty, sick prisoner brothers [and sisters] with him.”

« Mennonite Education Agency: Eastern Mennonite University, Harrisonburg, Virginia: Pray for the Zehr Institute as they embark on a series of webinars this month and seek to transform a culture of sexual harm through restorative justice.

“Hope and Mission in God’s Country”. Join pastor and author Brad Roth at Buhler Mennonite Church as we explore how the rural church can understand its context and live God’s kingdom mission with hope and vibrancy. Wednesday nights in April (6:45-7:45 PM), Roth will lead us in a series of interactive discussion around the themes of Seeing, Befriending, Evangelizing, and Kneeling.

Mennonite Church of the Servant, Wichita, will have its next Movie Night on immigration topics on Friday, April 6, at 7 pm, featuring the film, “Hawo’s Dinner Party”. The film shows the experiences of several Somali residents in Shelbyville, including, Hawo, who are making this small town their new, permanent home. Discussion and information about refugees in Wichita will follow.

Camp Mennoscah

—Dam Going In! Sunday, April 8, at approx. 2pm-ish. Be prepared for whatever weather we have. Come early on Friday or Saturday to help us move things back into the new kitchen!

—”Rebuilding the Whale!” Camp Mennoscah plans to start construction of the new playground, in mid-April, and we’ll be looking for volunteers to come out and help! Stay tuned for details.

—Refresh and Renew! Camp Mennoscah’s Retirees Retreat invites retirees and interested persons of all ages to join us April 23-25 for several days of renewal.

Information for all events at Camp Mennoscah or to register:

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

Email: office.

Contact: olivia.bartel.

Lunch & Learn at MCC with Joanna Shenk! Join us on Thursday, April 5 from noon to 1 pm at MCC in North Newton, to hear Joanna share about her new book, “The Movement Makes Us Human an Interview with Dr. Vincent Harding on Mennonites, Vietnam and MLK.” Lunch will be provided by Mojo’s Coffee Bar. Please RSVP for lunch by April 3. For the first time, we’re offering an opportunity for you to join this event virtually, on any computer or device. Visit patsydirksen.

Sexualized violence and the church: Mennonite Central Committee is offering three free webinars this spring for churches who want to learn more about how to address sexualized violence within their congregation and how to encourage healthy sexuality and healthy masculinity among members. The webinars will be led by church leaders and others with expertise in the topics. All three webinars will start at 2 pm and end at 3 pm CST. The first webinar, Healthy sexuality in our congregations will be on April 11. Kathrine Goerzen and Benjamin Reynolds will lead the discussion focusing on what role the church can play in fostering and supporting healthy views of sexuality. May 9’s webinar will focus on Sexualized violence – how should churches respond? And then on June 13, Healthy masculinity. Learn more and register for the webinars at mcc.org/wwso.

Contact karinkaufmanwall with questions.

Kansas Institute for Peace and Conflict Resolution (KIPCOR):

—The Bethel College Department of Bible and Religion and KIPCOR will sponsor Jalane Schmidt, associate professor of religious studies at the University of Virginia, Charlottesville, and a Black Lives Matter activist, for two public lectures. Both are in Krehbiel Auditorium in Luyken Fine Arts Center on the Bethel campus. The first is Sunday, April 15, 7:30 p.m.: “Huck Finn Moments: Using White Privilege to Dismantle White Supremacy.” The second is Monday, April 16, for Bethel’s convocation at 11 a.m.: “Holding Space in #Charlottesville: Confronting ‘Alt-Right’ White Supremacists.” Jalane was an organizer for actions countering the white supremacist and alt-right demonstrations in Charlottesville in August 2017.

—KIPCOR will host “Restorative Kansas” on the Bethel campus Thurs.-Fri., April 19-20 – the first-ever statewide conference on restorative justice in Kansas. For more information and to register online, go to kipcor.org

—KIPCOR wraps up a year-plus-long celebration of its 30th anniversary April 22 by hosting author and storyteller Rafe Martin, Rochester, New York, at 3 pm in Memorial Hall on the Bethel campus. Martin is known for his children’s books on making peace and celebrating differences, and his storytelling performances for audiences of all ages

Bethel College

—Sun., April 8 – Newton Mid-Kansas Symphony Orchestra spring concert with special guest Berta Rojas, guitar, 4 p.m., Memorial Hall at Bethel College; part of the Hesston-Bethel Performing Arts series and the NMKSO 2017-18 season (ticket purchase required)

—This year’s Masterworks at Bethel College will be Mozart’s Requiem, Sun., May 6. The chorus is open to any interested singers. Contact Dr. William Eash, weash, for more information, including a complete rehearsal schedule.

Everence to hold Medicare workshop in April: Everence will continue its popular retirement workshop series this spring, starting with Your Medicare options on Tuesday, April 3, at 6:30 p.m. Attendees will learn about the various Medicare plans and what they cover; plans that supplement Medicare; and enrollment details and deadlines. The workshop will be presented by Everence staff and will be held at the Everence office at 3179 N. Main St., North Newton. Reserve your spot soon by contacting Michelle Ramer at michelle.ramer.

Kansas Mennonite Relief Sale: Praising God Through Service

Sale Dates: April 13 – 14, 2018

www.kansas.mccsale.org

REMEMBERING 50 years of the Relief Sale in Kansas

The Sale in 2006 was marked by many firsts. Following the Kansas State Fair’s Master Plan, the KMRS was able to stay in the same buildings they had been in the year before. In the Sunflower South building a “Silent Auction” was held for the first time…it was hailed as a great success. In Sunflower North, the MCC booth was expanded to include an area to assemble School Kits. The Domestic Arts building became home to “Caps Central”, and Carnival games were set up by the Pretty Prairie Youth Group in the Tech Building. The Sale bought two construction trailers and converted them into kitchens for the Domestic Arts Building. A change of State Fair policy led to this need. The total monies donated to MCC was $450,000. A great spirit of volunteerism and good will was present as the Sale’s theme, “Extreme World Makeover!!” was center stage.

Sale Announcements

Children’s Coin Offering was $70.97. EXCELLENT!! ONLY one more Sunday after today. How many more coins and paper can we put in the cans.

PLEASE take a 2 hour shift SOMEWHERE at the Sale. IF your children are old enough have them help along with you. Especially SIGN UP to help the TABOR folks who are in charge of the following:

Louis and Carrie with Selling Meat Products in the Domestic Arts Building

Jason and Anna, and Jared and Laura with Cooking and Cutting Sausage in the trailer southeast of Cottonwood Court

Brent and Pam with New Years Cookies in the trailer East of Domestic Arts

Support the Tabor 5K Team by sponsoring the following: Isabelle and Elizabeth Alderfer, Kristin Unruh, Rene Kaufman, Michelle Unruh, Jason Unruh, Austin Unruh, Dylan, Gunner Davis, David Johnson, Nick Johnson, Katie Wright, Veronica Raymundo, Cory & Keri Unruh, Lee & Phyllis Goertzen, Les Goerzen, Jerry Toews.

PLEASE VIEW THE WEBSITE FOR NEW ITEMS BEING ADDED ALMOST DAILY. The quilts are now all on the Quilt Gallery. Check General Auction for large items including vehicles. LOTS of GREAT items this year celebrating the 50th Anniversary.

PLEASE let your friends and fellow work friends about the FREE EVENT and invite them to EAT OUT with Great Ethnic Food Choices and LOTS of pie and ice cream.

Go to the basement and look at ALL the wonderful items that Tabor folks have made to be sold.

Harvest is nearly here!! HAVE FUN!!!

For more information on any sale announcements, please see Tabor liaisons, Kristin and Archie Schmidt, Eric Litwiller, or Jerry and Leann Toews.

April 1 annc.pdf

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