Dec. 9 Bulletin and Announcements

Advent Giving: Items may be placed under the Christmas tree in the sanctuary. Help mothers give their infants a good start. Mennonite Central Committee (MCC) kits are given to families displaced by war or disaster and are used in a number of other settings to help support mothers who lack the supplies they need for a new baby. Kits include 3 gowns/sleepers (flannel or similar warm, soft material); 1 cap; 3 undershirts/onesies (short or long sleeves); 1 pair of socks; 4 large, heavy-duty safety pins; 1 large bar mild soap (leave in wrapper); 1 receiving blanket (lightweight fleece or flannel, min. 30”x30”, larger preferred). New items only, size 3 to 12 mo. Items can be purchased or hand sewn. Contact MCC’s material resources centers for a pattern for hand-sewn gowns.

Note of Thanks

"How can we thank God enough for you…" (I Thessalonians 3:9) From the museum’s earliest beginnings, this congregation has been a cornerstone of faithful support and continues to do so today. We were again blessed by your generosity at our recent pizza fundraiser meal on November 28. Contributions of nearly $1,000 were received. These gifts will be used as vital operating funds to close the year. We have also been blessed by the individual contributions of church members, both financially and through volunteer time. We are deeply appreciative of each and every one of these gifts and ask for your ongoing prayers and support.

With sincere gratitude, The Board and Staff of the Mennonite Heritage & Agricultural Museum

Congregational Announcements

The Tabor Trading Post will be back on December 9 and 16 following Sunday morning Worship and Faith Formation. Bring your projects to sell and come purchase items to benefit the Tabor Building Fund. The Trading Post will be located in the fellowship hall. If you have questions, please ask Carol Duerksen.

Night in the Barn: This weekend, December 8 and 9, is your last chance to experience Night in the Barn at Papa’s Pumpkin Patch from 5 – 8pm. Come and interact with the characters, animals, sights, and sounds of the timeless tale. Enjoy this walking tour of the Nativity with family and friends. The suggested donation of $5 per person includes a hot drink and snack (part of the proceeds raised will go towards the Tabor Building Fund). Come and share in the wonder of the Christmas Story!

Brass Christmas: Come join us at Alexanderwohl Mennonite Church on Sunday, December 9 at 7pm for an evening filled with Christmas music! The evening will feature the McPherson Brass Choir under the direction of Jerry Toews along with the Elbiata Singers from Goessel High School under the direction of Braden Unruh. A freewill offering will be received to support the ministries of the Goessel Ministerial Alliance. We hope to see you there.

Wednesday Evening Schedule for December 12:

5:20: Faithful Fitness

5:45 – 6:30 pm: Supper

6:30 – 7:30 pm: Christmas Eve Practice no regular Children’s activities

7:00 pm: TMYF caroling

7:30 pm: Adult Choir

No Adult Bible Study. Resume Jan. 2.

Tabor Wellness: Thank you to everyone who participated in the "Climb The Mountain" wellness challenge! Recording has come to a close and you are encouraged to turn in your log sheet no matter how much you completed. Logs should be totaled and placed in the wellness box or turned into Kevin by Sunday, December 16.

Giving Tree: The Goessel Ministerial Alliance Christmas Giving Tree is at the Citizen’s State Bank this year. Gift tags are available on the tree now and gifts will need to be at the bank by Dec. 14. Thank you for using this opportunity to help make a child’s Christmas more joyful.

Instrument for Fellowship Hall: If you are a church accompanist or are interested in discussing what might be an ideal instrument (e.g. piano, keyboard, etc…) for the new Fellowship Hall, please join us in the Sanctuary on Sunday, January 6 during Faith Formation. If you have any questions, please contact a pastor.

Commodities will be distributed on Friday December 21, at Goessel Mennonite Church from 5-6 p.m. If you know anyone that is struggling to make ends meet please direct them here! For any questions please contact Jenny at 367-8492.

Blood Drive: This fall Hurricane Michael and Hurricane Florence forced the cancellation of about 250 drives, causing 7,500 units of blood to go uncollected. In this season of giving please consider donating blood (800-733-2767 or redcrossblood.org), sign up to work at the drive, or provide a doz. Christmas cookies (sign up on bulletin board) on Dec. 26. Thanks for saving lives!!

Annual Report: Please submit your report now. Fiscal year end reports are due in the church office (email preferred: kfunk) by the end of December. Directory Updates and changes to the church directory are also requested at this time.

Volunteer Opportunity: Would you be interested in joining the team of volunteer drivers who deliver daily noon meals from Bethesda to homes in and around Goessel? If so, please contact Ruth Goertzen at Alexanderwohl (367-8192, alexmenno) for more information and to sign up.

Conference Announcements

Prayer Requests:

« Western District Conference: Give thanks for volunteers who share their time and energy to support the work of WDC.

« Mennonite Mission Network: MMN’s Service Adventure unit in Jackson, Mississippi, includes Gabe Graham, Alexa Rathscheck, Jakob Seiferth, and leaders Cynthia and Roger Neufeld Smith. Pray for them as they worship with the Open Door Mennonite congregation, and as they volunteer with a community soup kitchen and a transition home.

« Mennonite Education Agency: Join the Bethel College community in giving thanks for the light of Christ that has come into the world as students, faculty, staff and friends observe the 33rd annual Lighting of the Green this evening.

Nurture children’s faith at home this Advent and Christmas through family worship. Find a free, downloadable guide at AnabaptistFaithFormation.org with daily scriptures, songs, activities and questions to ponder together.

Christmas Gathering for Volunteers of All Years! Volunteers of all sorts from all years are invited to come to Camp Mennoscah on December 15 at 2:30pm-ish for a time to have conversation and cookies! If you have been a summer staffer, a cook, a nurse, counselor, program staff, part of Work and Play Camp or a service day, this is you! In fact, if you think you might have volunteered, it’s you! We’ll provide cookies and hot drinks. Bring a gift for a white elephant exchange or watch the crazy unwrapping of who knows what. It’s both a celebration and a time of relaxation. Join us!

You’re invited to the annual MCC Christmas Soiree at MCC in North Newton on Thursday, December 13 from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Join us for this holiday party to enjoy festive food and fellowship! We’ll pause at 6 p.m. to hear from International Volunteer Exchange Participants share about their current work and Christmas traditions from their home countries. Everyone is welcome for this come and go holiday event. MCC is located at 121 E. 30th in North Newton. Call us with questions, 316.283.2720.

Looking for that next great adventure? MCC SALT positions now available! Take chances. Make mistakes. Get messy. Be challenged. Learn some things. Teach some things. Spend a year living somewhere that you never dreamed you’d go… Serving and Learning Together (SALT) is a year-long, cross-cultural service experience. Through SALT, Christian young adults from Canada and the U.S. serve internationally in a wide variety of positions in fields like education, agriculture, health care, information technology, peace and more! Start now at salt.mcc.org, to find answers to frequently asked questions, assignment options and to apply, don’t delay the deadline to sign up is Feb. 15.

This Christmas, consider giving alternative gifts through Mennonite Central Committee! With 25 ways to give, you can find something for everyone in your family! Give chickens, provide hope, education, tools and new skills to help build up communities. These are gifts that easily fit under the tree and can fit within any budget, but have the power to bring joy for years to come! Visit mcc.org/christmas or call our office for details, 316.283.2720.

Bethel College:

—Sun., Dec. 9 – 33rd annual Lighting of the Green at Bethel College, 8 p.m.

Kauffman Museum is open through the holidays (closed Mondays, plus Tues., Christmas Day, and Tues., New Year’s Day): hours 9:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. weekdays, Sat.-Sun., 1:30-4:30 p.m. Visit the current special exhibit “Better Choose Me: Collecting and Creating with Tobacco Fabric Novelties, 1880-1920,” featuring the collection of the late Ethel Ewert Abrahams. See www.bethelks.edu/kauffman/ or the Kauffman Museum Facebook page for more information.

Bethel College’s peacebuilding institute, KIPCOR, has seen a recent uptick in churches requesting help in resolving various conflicts. Because our own resources are limited, we’re offering an opportunity for congregations to help address this need themselves – KIPCOR’s semi-regular training course “Managing Differences within Faith Communities.” The two-day course runs Jan. 3-4, 2019, 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m., at KIPCOR’s North Newton office. Lead instructor is Sharon Kniss, KIPCOR director of education and training. Cost is $300 per person, or $250 with a non-refundable deposit of $75 made by Dec. 12. For congregations who send three or more people, the cost is $200 per person with a $225 deposit made by Dec. 12. Please register soon so we’ll know if we have the numbers to run the course. Online registration is at kipcor.org (Managing Differences within Faith Communities link), or call KIPCOR at 316-284-5217.

The Neuf Memorial Run: The Neuf 9K and 2 mile run returns to the campus of Bethel College on Jan. 12, 2019 to honor the memory of Russ Neufeld, a former MC USA and and Hesston College employee. The race will start at 10 a.m. outside of Mojo’s Coffee Shop on the campus of Bethel College, N. Newton. The Neuf will raise funds for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, and the Russ Neufeld memorial scholarship at Hesston College. Register & read other details about the race at www.runtheneuf.neuf.ca. We would love to have you join us for this fun community event!

Come to Rocky Mountain Mennonite Camp for the annual Men’s Retreat to spend time with God and other men in the beauty of creation, March 1-3, 2019. Men’s Retreat is planned each year by a committee from Mountain States Mennonite Conference church members. The festivities for the weekend include worship times, foosball, ping pong, chess, human curling, snowshoeing, great fellowship and more! Register online at rmmc.org or call camp with questions (719-687-9506).

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Dec. 2 announcements

Congregational Announcements

Night in the Barn: Everyone is invited to attend and experience Night in the Barn at Papa’s Pumpkin Patch from 5 – 8pm during the first two weekends in December (Dec. 1 & 2 and Dec. 8 & 9). Come and interact with the characters, animals, sights, and sounds of the timeless tale. Enjoy this walking tour of the Nativity with family and friends. The suggested donation of $5 per person includes a hot drink and snack (part of the proceeds raised will go towards the Tabor Building Fund). Come and share in the wonder of the Christmas Story!

Parsonage Open House: Everyone is invited to swing by the parsonage on Sunday, December 2 anytime between 3:30-5:30pm. We’ll have plenty of snacks and drinks to share, and look forward to good fellowship!

~Phil, Mary, Ethan, Noah, and Doodle

Advent Giving: Help mothers give their infants a good start. Mennonite Central Committee (MCC) kits are given to families displaced by war or disaster and are used in a number of other settings to help support mothers who lack the supplies they need for a new baby. Kits include 3 gowns/sleepers (flannel or similar warm, soft material); 1 cap; 3 undershirts/onesies (short or long sleeves); 1 pair of socks; 4 large, heavy-duty safety pins; 1 large bar mild soap (leave in wrapper); 1 receiving blanket (lightweight fleece or flannel, min. 30”x30”, larger preferred). New items only, size 3 to 12 mo. Items can be purchased or hand sewn. Contact MCC’s material resources centers for a pattern for hand-sewn gowns. Items may be placed in the basket in the foyer.

Tabor Mennonite Women, girls and guests: The annual Christmas Breakfast is on Saturday, Dec. 8 at 9:00 a.m. Please sign up by Dec. 2. Sign up sheet is on the bulletin board. Program is by JoAnn Nickel.

The Mennonite subscriptions: If you are interested in subscribing to The Mennonite at a reduced rate, please let Barb Abrahams know by next Sunday, December 2. The annual rate will be $39 if we have 3-5 subscribers, or $37 if we have 6-49 subscribers.

The Tabor Trading Post will be back on December 9 and 16 following Sunday morning Worship and Faith Formation. Bring your projects to sell and come purchase items to benefit the Tabor Building Fund. The Trading Post will be located in the fellowship hall. If you have questions, please ask Carol Duerksen.

Brass Christmas: Come join us at Alexanderwohl Mennonite Church on Sunday, December 9 at 7pm for an evening filled with Christmas music! The evening will feature the McPherson Brass Choir under the direction of Jerry Toews along with the Elbiata Singers from Goessel High School under the direction of Braden Unruh. A freewill offering will be received to support the ministries of the Goessel Ministerial Alliance. We hope to see you there.

Giving Tree: The Goessel Ministerial Alliance Christmas Giving Tree is at the Citizen’s State Bank this year. Gift tags are available on the tree now and gifts will need to be at the bank by Dec. 14. Thank you for using this opportunity to help make a child’s Christmas more joyful.

Instrument for Fellowship Hall: If you are a church accompanist or are interested in discussing what might be an ideal instrument (e.g. piano, keyboard, etc…) for the new Fellowship Hall, please join us in the Sanctuary on Sunday, January 6 during Faith Formation. If you have any questions, please contact a pastor.

Genealogy Group to meet: Monday, December 10, 7:00 p.m., in the Goessel City Building Community Room. Denise Goossen will be sharing about life and Christmas in Ukraine where she and her husband live. This will be followed by a Christmas-memory sharing time. There will be no meeting in January.

Commodities will be distributed on Friday December 21, at Goessel Mennonite Church from 5-6 p.m. If you know anyone that is struggling to make ends meet please direct them here! For any questions please contact Jenny at 367-8492.

Annual Report: Please begin thinking about submitting your report now. Fiscal year end reports are due in the church office (email preferred: kfunk) by the end of December. Directory Updates and changes to the church directory are also requested at this time.

Conference Announcements

Prayer Requests:

« Western District Conference: Pray for WDC’s Ministerial Leadership Commission as they support credentialed ministers and offer leadership training and resources.

« Mennonite Mission Network: Praise God for Linda Oyer, who retired this year after three decades of service in France through Mennonite Mission Network. Pray for a smooth transition as she moves to the United States and speaks in churches. In “retirement,” she plans to return to France twice a year to teach and lead workshops.

Looking for a unique Christmas gift this year? Consider buying one of the resources on our wish list in honor of your loved one! The Resource Library is excited to partner with Faith & Life Bookstore for this project. Visit our list & purchase online OR visit the wishing tree in the store. All items purchased will be delivered to the library and added to the collection in January.

http://faithandlifebookstore.net/wdc-resource-library-wish-list/

Christmas Gathering for Volunteers of All Years! Volunteers of all sorts from all years are invited to come to Camp Mennoscah on December 15 at 2:30pm-ish for a time to have conversation and cookies! If you have been a summer staffer, a cook, a nurse, counselor, program staff, part of Work and Play Camp or a service day, this is you! In fact, if you think you might have volunteered, it’s you! We’ll provide cookies and hot drinks. Bring a gift for a white elephant exchange or watch the crazy unwrapping of who knows what. It’s both a celebration and a time of relaxation. Join us!

You’re invited to the annual MCC Christmas Soiree at MCC in North Newton on Thursday, December 13 from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Join us for this holiday party to enjoy festive food and fellowship! We’ll pause at 6 p.m. to hear from International Volunteer Exchange Participants share about their current work and Christmas traditions from their home countries. Everyone is welcome for this come and go holiday event. MCC is located at 121 E. 30th in North Newton. Call us with questions, 316.283.2720.

Volunteer with SWAP: Sharing With Appalachian People (SWAP), a program of MCC Great Lakes, has openings for volunteer groups. Groups of all ages are an essential component of SWAP’s ministry, addressing multiple challenges of low-income families in Appalachia, including home repair and personal need. If your church has never been to one of our SWAP locations, or if it has been a while since you have been to SWAP, please consider forming a group to come and experience a week at one of the locations in West Virginia or Kentucky. For more information go to https://mcc.org/get-involved/serve/volunteer/swap or call Angela Maggard at 606-633-5065. You can also check out the latest newsletter at https://mcc.org/media/resources/8302 .

Nurture children’s faith at home this Advent and Christmas through family worship. Find a free, downloadable guide at AnabaptistFaithFormation.org with daily scriptures, songs, activities and questions to ponder together.

Bethel College:

—Wed., Dec. 5 – Annual sing-along to Christmas portions of Handel’s Messiah, with Bethel College instrumentalists, soloists and student conductors, 11 am, Bethel College Mennonite Church; scores provided.

—Thurs., Dec. 6 – Bethel College Steel Drum Band Christmas concert, 7 p.m., Memorial Hall

—Fri., Dec. 7 – Christmas Gala jazz concert with Bethel College Jazz Ensembles I & II, 8 p.m., Krehbiel Auditorium in Luyken Fine Arts Center

—Sun., Dec. 9 – 33rd annual Lighting of the Green at Bethel College, 8 p.m.

Hesston College: What should we do about the asylum-seekers and their caravan? Join the community in a prayer vigil and informational meeting about the Central American Caravan Sunday evening, December 2, 8-9:00 pm at Hesston College, Bontrager Worship Center in the basement of Keim Center

Join Hesston College students as they…tell real stories from Mennonites working with asylum seekers, explain the “why” of the caravan, and outline ways to help our sisters and brothers. In the middle of our time together, we will pray in a variety of ways….with song, movement, drawing, writing and lighting candles.

Hesston College Performing Arts will celebrate the Christmas season with "Peace on Earth," a music and theatre performance at 7 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 8, at Hesston Mennonite Church on the Hesston College campus. The concert is free and open to the public. A free-will offering will be collected for Mennonite Central Committee hygiene kits. Monetary donations or donations of hygiene kit items are welcome. Hygiene kit items should be new and in original packaging: adult-sized toothbrush, bar of bath soap, nail clipper, hand towel (approx. 16" x 26", medium-weight in dark or bright colors), wide-toothed comb (6" to 8").

Domestic Violence Education Opportunity: Fr. Charles Dahm, O.P., Director of the Archdiocese of Chicago Domestic Violence Outreach program, will be in Newton to speak about what we can do as community organizations and individuals to respond to those in abusive situations. Open to anyone interested! Join us at The Gathering on Monday, December 3rd from 12-1:00 pm. Questions? Contact Anna Rusche at 316.284.3628.

Kidron Bethel Parkinson’s Support Group will meet Tuesday, December 4, at 2:00 p.m. A short inspirational video, “Tips for Living Well With Parkinson’s Disease,” will be shown, followed by small groups sharing on a number of topics. All are welcome.

Hopeful Blues Christmas Concert : You are invited to begin your Christmas season with us, Sunday, December 9, 4 pm at Hope Mennonite Church, 868 N. Maize Rd, in Wichita. Refreshments served.

Bethel College’s peacebuilding institute, KIPCOR, has seen a recent uptick in churches requesting help in resolving various conflicts. Because our own resources are limited, we’re offering an opportunity for congregations to help address this need themselves – KIPCOR’s semi-regular training course “Managing Differences within Faith Communities.” The two-day course runs Jan. 3-4, 2019, 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m., at KIPCOR’s North Newton office. Lead instructor is Sharon Kniss, KIPCOR director of education and training. Cost is $300 per person, or $250 with a non-refundable deposit of $75 made by Dec. 12. For congregations who send three or more people, the cost is $200 per person with a $225 deposit made by Dec. 12. Please register soon so we’ll know if we have the numbers to run the course. Online registration is at kipcor.org (Managing Differences within Faith Communities link), or call KIPCOR at 316-284-5217.

The Neuf Memorial Run: The Neuf 9K and 2 mile run returns to the campus of Bethel College on Jan. 12, 2019 to honor the memory of Russ Neufeld, a former MC USA and and Hesston College employee. The race will start at 10 a.m. outside of Mojo’s Coffee Shop on the campus of Bethel College, N. Newton. The Neuf will raise funds for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, and the Russ Neufeld memorial scholarship at Hesston College. Register & read other details about the race at www.runtheneuf.neuf.ca. We would love to have you join us for this fun community event!

Come to Rocky Mountain Mennonite Camp for the annual Men’s Retreat to spend time with God and other men in the beauty of creation, March 1-3, 2019. Men’s Retreat is planned each year by a committee from Mountain States Mennonite Conference church members. The festivities for the weekend include worship times, foosball, ping pong, chess, human curling, snowshoeing, great fellowship and more! Register online at rmmc.org or call camp with questions (719-687-9506).

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Nov. 25 announcements

Congregational Announcements

If you count the Mennonite Heritage & Agricultural Museum a blessing for our community, come join us for supper in the fellowship hall from 5:45 to 6:30 pm, Wednesday, November 28. You’ll enjoy good company, plus a meal of Menno Bros. Pizza, fresh tossed salad, and delicious cookies. We’ve received wonderful support for the Schroeder Barn restoration, slated to begin in November, but the general operating budget could use a boost to finish out the year well. All proceeds will benefit the museum; your contribution will be gratefully accepted.

Night in the Barn: Everyone is invited to attend and experience Night in the Barn at Papa’s Pumpkin Patch from 5 – 8pm during the first two weekends in December (Dec. 1 & 2 and Dec. 8 & 9). Come and interact with the characters, animals, sights, and sounds of the timeless tale. Enjoy this walking tour of the Nativity with family and friends. The suggested donation of $5 per person includes a hot drink and snack (part of the proceeds raised will go towards the Tabor Building Fund). Come and share in the wonder of the Christmas Story!

Christmas Piano Prelude: Plan to come to worship at 9am on Sunday, Dec. 2, when Jerry Toews will play Christmas hymns and carols.

Parsonage Open House: Everyone is invited to swing by the parsonage on Sunday, December 2 anytime between 3:30-5:30pm. We’ll have plenty of snacks and drinks to share, and look forward to good fellowship! ~Phil, Mary, Ethan, Noah, and Doodle

Tabor Mennonite Women, girls and guests: The annual Christmas Breakfast is on Saturday, Dec. 8 at 9:00 a.m. Please sign up by Dec. 2. Sign up sheet is on the bulletin board. Program is by JoAnn Nickel.

The Mennonite subscriptions: If you are interested in subscribing to The Mennonite at a reduced rate, please let Barb Abrahams know by next Sunday, December 2. The annual rate will be $39 if we have 3-5 subscribers, or $37 if we have 6-49 subscribers.

Library Remodel Update: Thanks to everyone for being patient with the Library remodel. The Library Committee is meeting for a few hours every week to sort, purge, dust, organize and replace the books to the shelves. This process is taking longer than we thought! The plan is to have the purged books available for purchase (by donation) at the Tabor Trading Post (December 9 & 16).

The Tabor Trading Post will be back on December 9 and 16 following Sunday morning Worship and Faith Formation. Bring your projects to sell and come purchase items to benefit the Tabor Building Fund. The Trading Post will be located in the fellowship hall. If you have questions, please ask Carol Duerksen.

Brass Christmas: Come join us at Alexanderwohl Mennonite Church on Sunday, December 9 at 7pm for an evening filled with Christmas music! The evening will feature the McPherson Brass Choir under the direction of Jerry Toews along with the Elbiata Singers from Goessel High School under the direction of Braden Unruh. A freewill offering will be received to support the ministries of the Goessel ministerial Alliance. We hope to see you there.

Giving Tree: The Goessel Ministerial Alliance Christmas Giving Tree will be at the Citizen’s State Bank this year. Gift tags are available on the tree now and gifts will need to be at the bank by Dec.14. Thank you for using this opportunity to help make a child’s Christmas more joyful.

Instrument for Fellowship Hall: If you are a church accompanist or are interested in discussing what might be an ideal instrument (e.g. piano, keyboard, etc…) for the new Fellowship Hall, please join us in the Sanctuary on Sunday, January 6 during Faith Formation. If you have any questions, please contact a pastor.

Annual Report: Please begin thinking about submitting your report now. Fiscal year end reports are due in the church office (email preferred: kfunk) by the end of December. Directory Updates and changes to the church directory are also requested at this time.

Conference Announcements

Prayer Requests:

« Western District Conference: Give thanks for all the congregations of WDC, and the unique gifts and perspectives that each one brings to our conference.

« Mennonite Mission Network: Participants with Journey International, a MMN program, are serving in Benin and Ecuador. Pray for God’s love to flow through Requiyah Johnson, working with children at La Casa Grande, and for Maura Longenecker and Samantha Miller, working with refugees and children in Quito.

« Mennonite Education Agency: Give thanks for AMBS President Sara Wenger Shenk, who plans to retire at the end of June, and for how God has used and is using her leadership gifts, strengths, experience and expertise in carrying out AMBS’s mission. Pray for the Spirit’s guidance in this upcoming transition.

Giving Tuesday is November 27 – Western District Conference invites you to join this global giving initiative! Share a gift with WDC during this season, to help our congregations Witness & invite others to faith in Jesus Christ, Dwell in just & loving relationships, and Connect to God’s mission in the world. You may make an online contribution at http://mennowdc.org or send a check to Western District Conference, PO Box 306, N Newton, KS 67117. Thank you for your generosity!

Looking for a unique Christmas gift this year? Consider buying one of the resources on our wish list in honor of your loved one! The Resource Library is excited to partner with Faith & Life Bookstore for this project. Visit our list & purchase online OR visit the wishing tree in the store. All items purchased will be delivered to the library and added to the collection in January. http://faithandlifebookstore.net/wdc-resource-library-wish-list/

Virtual author "visit" at the Conference Resource Library on December 4. Hear from author Jacqueline Woodson as she shares her about new picture book "The Day You Begin" at 10:00 am and her novel "Harbor Me" at 12:00 pm. These presentations are geared for children and youth but everyone is welcome! 2517 N. Main in North Newton. (Newton area churches, please consider running this announcement on 11/25 and 12/2.)

MCC and WDC are co-sponsoring a Texas Borderlands Learning Tour May 5-10, 2019. The WDC Immigration Task Force encourages every congregation to send someone, and financially and spiritually support this individual.

Christmas Gathering for Volunteers of All Years! Volunteers of all sorts from all years are invited to come to Camp Mennoscah on December 15 at 2:30pm-ish for a time to have conversation and cookies! If you have been a summer staffer, a cook, a nurse, counselor, program staff, part of Work and Play Camp or a service day, this is you! In fact, if you think you might have volunteered, it’s you! We’ll provide cookies and hot drinks. Bring a gift for a white elephant exchange or watch the crazy unwrapping of who knows what. It’s both a celebration and a time of relaxation. Join us!

Looking to serve in a mentoring role to young adults? Service Adventure is seeking leaders for its unit location in beautiful Anchorage, Alaska. This is a unique opportunity to serve as a mentor and to foster community with a household of young adults through faith formation, daily living, and house activities. For more information, contact Susan Nisly at Mennonite Mission Network: susann.

Ten Thousand Village Fair Trade Gift Festival will be held at two locations in the Newton area for shorter time this year:

1) November 23-25 Prairie Harvest Mezzanine, 601 North Main, Newton. A variety of Fair Trade items will be sold from artisans around the world.

2) Saturday, December 1 ( 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.) Kidron Bethel Marketplace, 3001 Ivy Drive, Newton. We will have Fair Trade coffee, tea chocolate along with Christmas Ornaments and small nativities.

Bethel College Women’s Association (BCWA) invites you to enjoy Five Places of Christmas to be held Dec. 1 from 10 am – 4 pm Located at Bethel College, Luyken Fine Art Center. BCWA’s theme is “Star of Bethlehem “. Children (and those young at heart) can make their own star ornaments. All can find homemade candies, peppernuts, baked goods, and handcrafted gifts. Other locations this year are Warkentine House, Carriage Factory Gallery, Kaufman Museum and the Harvey County Historical Society Museum and Archives. Please help with your presence and donations of baked goods, including peppernuts and candies. Donations can be delivered to Luyken Fine Art Center Friday, Nov. 30 from 3-5 pm or Saturday, Dec. 1 from 8-10 am.

Bethel College: Wed., Dec. 5 – Annual sing-along to Christmas portions of Handel’s Messiah, with Bethel College instrumentalists, soloists and student conductors, 11 am, Bethel College Mennonite Church; scores provided.

Hesston College: What should we do about the asylum-seekers and their caravan? Join the community in a prayer vigil and informational meeting about the Central American Caravan Sunday evening, December 2, 8-9:00 PM at Hesston College, Bontrager Worship Center in the basement of Keim Center

Join Hesston College students as they…tell real stories from Mennonites working with asylum seekers, explain the “why” of the caravan, and outline ways to help our sisters and brothers. In the middle of our time together, we will pray in a variety of ways….with song, movement, drawing, writing and lighting candles.

CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocate) is doing a StepUp fundraiser. On November 27th individuals will come together to take 1,000,000 steps to help create awareness about CASA and the need to be a voice for children in the foster care system. To be a part of this important mission and learn more about StepUp visit: https://www.mightycause.com/team/Stepupforcasa or call CASA board member Kathy Wiens at 316-587-7244.

Everence® will host an all-inclusive retirement planning workshop on Saturday, Dec. 1, 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 MCC Central States Office, 121 E. 30th, North Newton. Reserve your spot soon by contacting Michelle Ramer at (316) 283-3800; (877) 467-7294 or michelle.ramer.

Domestic Violence Education Opportunity: Fr. Charles Dahm, O.P., Director of the Archdiocese of Chicago Domestic Violence Outreach program, will be in Newton to speak about what we can do as community organizations and individuals to respond to those in abusive situations. Open to anyone interested, this message will be especially valuable to those in organizational leadership roles such as pastors, work supervisors, administrators, and local agencies. Join us at The Gathering on Monday, December 3rd from 12-1:00 pm. Questions? Contact Anna Rusche at 316.284.3628 or arusche

Hopeful Blues Christmas Concert : You are invited to begin your Christmas season with us, Sunday, December 9, 4 pm at Hope Mennonite Church, 868 N. Maize Rd, in Wichita. Refreshments served.

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Nov. 18 announcements

Congregational Announcements

If you should find yourself without plans for Thanksgiving Day, we would love to have you join us here at the church for the noon meal. We are planning to have turkey, stuffing, and whatever side dish you would like to bring. If you would like to come, please sign up on the bulletin board or let one of us know: Elaine Unruh, Emil and Vicki Schmidt, Erica Stoltzfus.

Thanksgiving Testimonies: Do you or does someone you know have a thanksgiving testimony to share? If yes, please contact a pastor. We are hoping to incorporate several thanksgiving testimonies into our Worship Service on November 25.

If you count the Mennonite Heritage & Agricultural Museum a blessing for our community, come join us for supper in the fellowship hall from 5:45 to 6:30 pm, Wednesday, November 28. You’ll enjoy good company, plus a meal of Menno Bros. Pizza, fresh tossed salad, and delicious cookies. We’ve received wonderful support for the Schroeder Barn restoration, slated to begin in November, but the general operating budget could use a boost to finish out the year well. All proceeds will benefit the museum; your contribution will be gratefully accepted.

Night in the Barn: Everyone is invited to attend and experience Night in the Barn at Papa’s Pumpkin Patch from 5 – 8pm during the first two weekends in December (Dec. 1 & 2 and Dec. 8 & 9). Come and interact with the characters, animals, sights, and sounds of the timeless tale. Enjoy this walking tour of the Nativity with family and friends. The suggested donation of $5 per person includes a hot drink and snack (part of the proceeds raised will go towards the Tabor Building Fund). Come and share in the wonder of the Christmas Story!

Christmas Piano Prelude: Plan to come to worship at 9am on Sunday, Dec. 2, when Jerry Toews will play Christmas hymns and carols.

Parsonage Open House: Everyone is invited to swing by the parsonage on Sunday, December 2 anytime between 3:30-5:30pm. We’ll have plenty of snacks and drinks to share, and look forward to good fellowship!

~Phil, Mary, Ethan, Noah, and Doodle

Tabor Mennonite Women, girls and guests: The annual Christmas Breakfast is on Saturday, Dec. 8 at 9:00 a.m. Please sign up by Dec. 2. Sign up sheet is on the bulletin board. Program is by JoAnn Nickel.

Library Remodel Update: Thanks to everyone for being patient with the Library remodel. The Library Committee is meeting for a few hours every week to sort, purge, dust, organize and replace the books to the shelves. This process is taking longer than we thought! The plan is to have the purged books available for purchase (by donation) at the Tabor Trading Post (December 9 & 16).

The Tabor Trading Post will be back on December 9 and 16 following Sunday morning Worship and Faith Formation. Bring your projects to sell and come purchase items to benefit the Tabor Building Fund. The Trading Post will be located in the fellowship hall. If you have questions, please ask Carol Duerksen.

Brass Christmas: Come join us at Alexanderwohl Mennonite Church on Sunday, December 9 at 7pm for an evening filled with Christmas music! The evening will feature the McPherson Brass Choir under the direction of Jerry Toews along with the Elbiata Singers from Goessel High School under the direction of Braden Unruh. A freewill offering will be received to support the ministries of the Goessel ministerial Alliance. We hope to see you there.

Giving Tree: The Goessel Ministerial Alliance Christmas Giving Tree will be at the Citizen’s State Bank this year. Applications for families who need a little help with gifts for their children are due Nov. 19. Gift tags will be available on the tree Nov. 27 and gifts will need to be at the bank by Dec. 14. Thank you for using this opportunity to help make a child’s Christmas more joyful.

Annual Report: Please begin thinking about submitting your report now. Fiscal year end reports are due in the church office (email preferred: kfunk) by the end of December. Directory Updates and changes to the church directory are also requested at this time.

Conference Announcements

Prayer Requests:

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

« Mennonite Mission Network: Mary Raber, serving with MMN, is seeking temporary resident status in Ukraine. Pray for patience with the bureaucratic process and that God will open the way for a document that gives her greater freedom for ministry.

« Mennonite Education Agency: Pray for college students, faculty, staff and families who are on Thanksgiving break. May their time away refresh them for the final weeks of the semester.

Giving Tuesday is November 27 – Western District Conference invites you to join this global giving initiative! Share a gift with WDC during this season, to help our congregations Witness & invite others to faith in Jesus Christ, Dwell in just & loving relationships, and Connect to God’s mission in the world. You may make an online contribution at http://mennowdc.org or send a check to Western District Conference, PO Box 306, N Newton, KS 67117. Thank you for your generosity!

The WDC office and the Conference Resource Library will be closed on November 22 and 23 for Thanksgiving.

Looking for a unique Christmas gift this year? Consider buying one of the resources on our wish list in honor of your loved one! The Resource Library is excited to partner with Faith & Life Bookstore for this project. Visit our list & purchase online OR visit the wishing tree in the store. All items purchased will be delivered to the library and added to the collection in January. http://faithandlifebookstore.net/wdc-resource-library-wish-list/

MCC and WDC are co-sponsoring a Texas Borderlands Learning Tour May 5-10, 2019. The WDC Immigration Task Force encourages every congregation to send someone, and financially and spiritually support this individual.

César García, General Secretary of Mennonite World Conference (MWC), will visit in Kansas in November. All are welcome to meet him at a reception on Tues., Nov. 20, at the Mennonite Church USA offices at 718 North Main, Newton. Refreshments will be served from 9:30 – 11:30 am. César will speak about MWC. Over 100 Anabaptist/Mennonite-related national churches, including Mennonite Church USA, are members or associate members of MWC.

Camp Mennoscah: Online summer staff applications now open! For all you snazzy folks interested in being a full-summer staffer at Camp Mennoscah, the time to apply is NOW! Grab your quick-typing fingers and fill out an application at campmennoscah.org under Summer Youth Camps. This is for the positions of music, nature, office, crafts, lifeguard, and grounds. (Counselors and cooks, we’ll be in touch later.)

Ten Thousand Village Fair Trade Gift Festival will be held at two locations in the Newton area for shorter time this year:

1) November 23-25 Prairie Harvest Mezzanine, 601 North Main, Newton. A variety of Fair Trade items will be sold from artisans around the world.

2) Saturday, December 1 ( 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.) Kidron Bethel Marketplace, 3001 Ivy Drive, Newton. We will have Fair Trade coffee, tea chocolate along with Christmas Ornaments and small nativities.

Bethel College Women’s Association (BCWA) invites you to enjoy Five Places of Christmas to be held Dec. 1 from 10 am – 4 pm Located at Bethel College, Luyken Fine Art Center. BCWA’s theme is “Star of Bethlehem “. Children (and those young at heart) can make their own star ornaments. All can find homemade candies, peppernuts, baked goods, and handcrafted gifts. Other locations this year are Warkentine House, Carriage Factory Gallery, Kaufman Museum and the Harvey County Historical Society Museum and Archives. Please help with your presence and donations of baked goods, including peppernuts and candies. Donations can be delivered to Luyken Fine Art Center Friday, Nov. 30 from 3-5 pm or Saturday, Dec. 1 from 8-10 am.

Bethel College:

—TODAY (Sun., Nov. 18) – Bethel College Women’s Chorus Fall Concert, 4 p.m., Administration Building chapel

—Fri., Nov. 30 – Bethel College Wind Ensemble concert, 7:30 p.m., with music celebrating the 100th birthday of Leonard Bernstein, Memorial Hall

Winter Luminary Walk: All area churches are invited to attend “The Prairie Sleeps” at Dyck Arboretum of the Plains in Hesston. The Luminary Walk will be from 5:30 to 8 p.m. on November 23, 24 & 30, and December 1. Admission to the event is $6 for Adults and $3 for children ages 3 to 15, or advanced tickets can be purchased at dyckarboretum.org or at the Arboretum office for $5 for adults and $2 for children ages 3 to 12.

CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocate) is doing a StepUp fundraiser. On November 27th individuals will come together to take 1,000,000 steps to help create awareness about CASA and the need to be a voice for children in the foster care system. To be a part of this important mission and learn more about StepUp visit: https://www.mightycause.com/team/Stepupforcasa or call CASA board member Kathy Wiens at 316-587-7244.

Everence® will host an all-inclusive retirement planning workshop on Saturday, Dec. 1, 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 MCC Central States Office, 121 E. 30th, North Newton. Reserve your spot soon by contacting Michelle Ramer at (316) 283-3800; (877) 467-7294 or michelle.ramer.

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Nov. 11 announcements

Congregational Announcements

Junior High Service Event: Next Wednesday (Nov. 14), Junior Highers (6th-8th graders) will leave from Tabor Church at 6:30pm after supper to go to the MCC Center in North Newton for a time of service. We will be there from about 6:45-7:30 and will return to Tabor by 7:45pm, our regular dismissal time. Please contact Pastor Phil (pschmidt, 620-386-0779) if you have any questions.

If you should find yourself without plans for Thanksgiving Day, we would love to have you join us here at the church for the noon meal. We are planning to have turkey, stuffing, and whatever side dish you would like to bring. If you would like to come, please sign up on the bulletin board or let one of us know: Elaine Unruh, Emil and Vicki Schmidt, Erica Stoltzfus.

Library Remodel Update: Thanks to everyone for being patient with the Library remodel. The Library Committee is meeting for a few hours every week to sort, purge, dust, organize and replace the books to the shelves. This process is taking longer than we thought! The plan is to have the purged books available for purchase (by donation) at the Tabor Trading Post (December 9 & 16).

Tabor Mennonite Women: Ladies you may still hand in your evaluation sheet until Wednesday, Nov. 14. A couple of you asked to be added to the prayer sisters, or would like to be off this year, but didn’t sign your name. You may drop a note in my mailbox with that information. Thanks. Barb Banman.

The Tabor Trading Post will be back on December 9 and 16 following Sunday morning Worship and Faith Formation. Bring your projects to sell and come purchase items to benefit the Tabor Building Fund. The Trading Post will be located in the fellowship hall. If you have questions, please ask Carol Duerksen.

Acts Reading Challenge: If you read through all of Acts in one sitting or at least over the course of 1 week, not only will you receive treasure in heaven, but if you let Pastor Phil know that you have completed the challenge, he will give you an organic, fairly traded chocolate bar! This challenge is for all ages. Younger children may choose to read (or have their parents read to them) all of the Acts stories in the Shine Story Bible to complete the challenge. If you really want a challenge, compete for the grand prize by reading through Acts multiple times in multiple translations! May God challenge and inspire us through the reading of the Word.

Faith Testimonies: How are you living out or sharing your faith? How does your faith impact how you spend your time and other resources? We would love for many Tabor members and attenders to respond to one of these questions by sharing a brief (3-5 minute) Faith Testimony during a Sunday morning worship service. Please contact a Pastor if you are interested in sharing.

The Heritage and Agricultural Museum Store will have an Open House on Saturday November 17, 10am-4pm. Come see what kind of handmade items we have, along with gift certificates, or give a membership to someone special. Enjoy hot chocolate, and learn how to make a professional ribbon bow that you make and take home. Come see items that you can’t see in the big city stores. Thanks so much for your support of the museum.

Brass Christmas: Come join us at Alexanderwohl Mennonite Church on Sunday, December 9 at 7pm for an evening filled with Christmas music! The evening will feature the McPherson Brass Choir under the direction of Jerry Toews along with the Elbiata Singers from Goessel High School under the direction of Braden Unruh. A freewill offering will be received to support the ministries of the Goessel ministerial Alliance. We hope to see you there.

Giving Tree: The Goessel Ministerial Alliance Christmas Giving Tree will be at the Citizen’s State Bank this year. Applications for families who need a little help with gifts for their children are due Nov. 19. Gift tags will be available on the tree Nov. 27 and gifts will need to be at the bank by Dec. 14. Thank you for using this opportunity to help make a child’s Christmas more joyful.

Mennonite Church USA Special Meeting update: Based on the feedback we have received, MC USA Executive Board has decided to retain both the corporate shell and mission of The Mennonite, Inc. – and will not be “terminating an entity.” Because there is no longer need for an immediate change to the MC USA bylaws, and there is no formal agreement of merger to discuss at this time, we are canceling the special Delegate Assembly meeting scheduled for November 26, 2018.

The Second Monday Family History & Genealogy Group will be meeting Mon., Nov. 12, 7pm, in the Goessel City Building Community Room. Ladene (Janzen) Herrick will share the variety of resources she uses in researching history and genealogy and information from a recent genealogy conference she attended. For further information, call either the museum (620-367-8200) or Anna Beth (620-367-8135.) The meeting is free and open to the public.

Conference Announcements

Prayer Requests:

« Western District Conference: Pray for the WDC Executive Board meeting next Saturday, as they lead WDC in its mission of empowering congregations to Witness and invite others to faith in Jesus Christ, Dwell in just and loving relationships, and Connect to God’s mission in the world.

« Mennonite Mission Network: Join MMN in praising God for the joy Alisha and Joshua Garber find as they participate in the ministries of the Barcelona Mennonite Church and share the good news of Jesus with the wider community in Spain. Pray that they may find a balance between serving others and nurturing family relationships.

« Mennonite Education Agency: Join the Bethel College community in prayer during the annual fall 24 Hours of Prayer today.

« Mennonite Church USA: Pray for the MC USA Racial Ethnic Council as they hold their gathering in Kansas City on Nov. 15-17.

The WDC Israel-Palestine Task Force encourages you to get to know your Jewish neighbors as our MC USA delegate resolution, "Seeking Peace in Israel and Palestine" invites us to do. If you live near Wichita, you have an opportunity to take a fun first step by attending Congregation Emmanu-El’s Deli Day. Enjoy some New York-style Jewish cuisine, take a tour of the synagogue, and maybe make a new friend. Nov 11, 11 am – 5 pm (dine-in 11 am-2 pm), 7011 E Central, Wichita. Questions? Call 316-684-5148.

International Mission Workers: You are invited to join MC USA staff in the Newton offices (718 N Main) to hear from Mennonite Mission Network worker Wayne and Jeannie Larson on Wed., Nov. 14th from 2-3 pm. We will have coffee, and hear a presentation about work in the Middle East and other parts of the world.

MCC and WDC are co-sponsoring a Texas Borderlands Learning Tour May 5-10, 2019. The WDC Immigration Task Force encourages every congregation to send someone, and financially and spiritually support this individual.

César García, General Secretary of Mennonite World Conference (MWC), will visit in Kansas in November. All are welcome to meet him at a reception on Tues., Nov. 20, at the Mennonite Church USA offices at 718 North Main, Newton. Refreshments will be served from 9:30 – 11:30 am. César will speak about MWC. Over 100 Anabaptist/Mennonite-related national churches, including Mennonite Church USA, are members or associate members of MWC.

“Seeking Peace in Israel and Palestine”: Whitestone Mennonite Church, Hesston, will host three presentations on Wednesday evenings from 6:45-7:45 pm with WDC members Kathy Neufeld Dunn, WDC Associate Conference Minister (Kansas-Based) and Esther Koontz as they examine some of the issues related to the Israel-Palestine conflict. Nov. 7 – Israel-Palestine 101; Nov. 14 – The Bible and Whose Land Is It? Nov. 28 – Israel-Palestine Justice & What Does It Matter to Us? You are also invited for an evening meal, served 5:30-6:30, cost by donation.

Camp Mennoscah:

—Christmas Gathering for all Camp Mennoscah volunteers! December 15 at 2:30 pm for conversation, cookies, games and great fun. Families invited to join.

—Online summer staff applications now open for the positions of music, nature, office, crafts, lifeguard, and grounds. (Counselors and cooks will be later. In addition, everyone interested in being on summer staff is invited to Papa John’s in Newton at 6:15 pm-ish, Nov. 14 to talk about opportunities to join summer staff.

—Skate Night with Mennonite Camping Association (MCA)! Those interested in being on summer staff or counseling for the 2019 summer at any of the MCA camps are invited to Skate South in Wichita on Tues., Nov. 13, from 7-9 pm. Raffle drawing for camp swag at 8 pm! Sponsored by Camp Mennoscah, Rocky Mountain Mennonite Camp, Crooked Creek Christian Camp, Camp Friedenswald, Menno Haven and Amigo Centre.

Information for all retreats at Camp Mennoscah or to register:

Online at www.campmennoscah.org

Telephone: 620-297-3290.

Email: office.

Contact: olivia.bartel.

Attention Couples! Mennonite Central Committee wants YOU to join the canning crew this year! This opportunity is a fully-supported short-term volunteer position that will travel in the United States and Canada between January and May 2019. For more information and/or to apply for the Canner Operator position, visit heidihuber or by phone at 316-283-2720.

Ten Thousand Village Fair Trade Gift Festival will be held at two locations in the Newton area for shorter time this year:

1) November 23-25 Prairie Harvest Mezzanine, 601 North Main, Newton. A variety of Fair Trade items will be sold from artisans around the world.

2) Saturday, December 1 ( 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.) Kidron Bethel Marketplace, 3001 Ivy Drive, Newton. We will have Fair Trade coffee, tea chocolate along with Christmas Ornaments and small nativities.

Bethel College Women’s Association (BCWA) invites you to enjoy Five Places of Christmas to be held Dec. 1 from 10 am – 4 pm Located at Bethel College, Luyken Fine Art Center. BCWA’s theme is “Star of Bethlehem “. Children (and those young at heart) can make their own star ornaments. All can find homemade candies, peppernuts, baked goods, and handcrafted gifts. Other locations this year are Warkentine House, Carriage Factory Gallery, Kaufman Museum and the Harvey County Historical Society Museum and Archives. Please help with your presence and donations of baked goods, including peppernuts and candies. Donations can be delivered to Luyken Fine Art Center Friday, Nov. 30 from 3-5 pm or Saturday, Dec. 1 from 8-10 am.

Nov. 14 Service Night at Hesston Mennonite Church (sponsored by Mennonite Mission Network) – Come join youth groups from across South Central Kansas to prepare Thanksgiving meal boxes that will be distributed to families in our area. We are partnering with New Hope Shelter in Newton to provide a special meal for folks who have recently transitioned from the shelter to homes of their own and are still getting established. Let us know you’re coming so you can sign up for food to bring for the Thanksgiving meal boxes. We will also meet young adults in Service Adventure to be inspired by their stories. RSVP to Del Hershberger at delh.

German Dinner & Bake Sale at First Mennonite Church, 1161 E. Ave A, McPherson, on Saturday Dec. 1 from 5-7 pm. The menu will be verenika with ham gravy, bohne berrogi with cream sauce, sausage, green beans, homemade sauerkraut, zwieback and cherry moos. The dinner is by donation and the baked goods are priced.

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Nov. 4 Announcements

Congregational Announcements

Tabor Congregational Meeting: The Youth Group will be serving a fundraiser meal before the Congregational Meeting on November 4. Your donations will help with expenses in attending MC USA Convention this summer. All are invited! Thanks for the prayers, support, and encouragement for the young people in our congregation! Stay for our annual meeting at 12:30 p.m. During the meeting, we will affirm those willing to serve in the ministries of Tabor Church, the 2019 budget will be presented for adoption, and the finance and building committees will give updates.

Tabor Mennonite Women will have their Sister Care evening on November 5 at 7 p.m. Come out to hear Erica Stolzfus share her faith story and hear how we can support our Christian sisters.

Come enjoy a free thanksgiving meal with many others from the Goessel Community on Sunday, November 11, 5-6:30 pm, in the Goessel Elementary School Gymnasium! Invite your family and friends! Please feel free to pick up several postcard invitations from the church foyer to spread the word. If you would like to contribute to the meal or help serve, sign-up sheets are posted in the foyer. If you are able to help set up for the event, please come to the Elementary School at 9am on Saturday, Nov. 10. ~Goessel Ministerial Alliance

Would you like to join us for Thanksgiving dinner? A noon meal is being planned at Tabor, Thursday Thanksgiving day at noon. More details will follow. If you have any questions please talk to Erica Stoltzfus, Emil and Vickie Schmidt or John and Elaine Unruh.

Are you interested in joining the Worship Planning Team or the Fellowship Planning Team at Tabor? If yes, please speak with a Pastor.

Acts Reading Challenge: If you read through all of Acts in one sitting or at least over the course of 1 week, not only will you receive treasure in heaven, but if you let Pastor Phil know that you have completed the challenge, he will give you an organic, fairly traded chocolate bar! This challenge is for all ages. Younger children may choose to read (or have their parents read to them) all of the Acts stories in the Shine Story Bible to complete the challenge. If you really want a challenge, compete for the grand prize by reading through Acts multiple times in multiple translations! May God challenge and inspire us through the reading of the Word.

Faith Testimonies: How are you living out or sharing your faith? How does your faith impact how you spend your time and other resources? We would love for many Tabor members and attenders to respond to one of these questions by sharing a brief (3-5 minute) Faith Testimony during a Sunday morning worship service. Please contact a Pastor if you are interested in sharing.

The Mennonite Heritage and Agricultural Museum will have a old-fashioned hymn sing Sunday, November 4, at 3:00 p.m. in the 1906 Prep School on the museum grounds. Arlin Buller will lead the hymns. Everyone is welcome to the hymn sing and the faspa after.

Giving Tree: The Goessel Ministerial Alliance is excited to announce that the Christmas Giving Tree project will be happening again this year. The tree will be at the Citizen’s State Bank this year. Details on how you can help make it a great Christmas for children in our community are in your mailboxes today.

Blood Drive: A bonus for the 28 donors and 12 volunteers at the recent blood drive were the good cookies made by the Nutrition and Wellness class at GHS. With harvest, most farmers were unable to donate, but much appreciation to others who came to fill the open spots. Our next blood drive is Dec. 26 and everyone is invited to share cookies for that drive. Having a drive the day after Christmas in inconvenient, but the need for blood takes no holiday, so try to schedule a time to donate between 1:00-6:00.

Conference Announcements

Prayer Requests:

« Western District Conference: Give thanks for congregations who have used WDC Mustard Seed grants to reach out to their neighbors to promote health initiatives, share food and hospitality, and welcome children!

« Mennonite Mission Network: MMN requests prayer for Petrus and Yuliana Handoyo and their two sons who minister through educational ministries in Cambodia. May they share the good news of Jesus’ love among Buddhist students through words and through modeling healthy family relationships.

« Mennonite Education Agency: Eastern Mennonite University, Harrisonburg, Virginia: We pray for high school students visiting EMU for a special overnight admissions open house. May they feel nurtured and supported in their discernment of future educational opportunities.

« Mennonite Church USA: Pray for those gathered for the Women Doing Theology conference at Anabaptist Mennonite Biblical Seminary in Elkhart, Indiana, Nov. 8-10.

International Mission Workers Wayne & Jeannie Larson in Newton to share about their work. You are invited to join MC USA staff in the Newton offices (718 N Main) to hear from Mennonite Mission Network worker Wayne and Jeannie Larson on Wed., Nov. 14th from 2-3 pm. We will have coffee, and hear a presentation from Wayne about work in the Middle East and other parts of the world.

César García, General Secretary of Mennonite World Conference, will visit in Kansas in November. All are welcome to meet him at a reception on Tuesday, Nov 20, at the Mennonite Church USA offices at 718 North Main Street, Newton. Refreshments will be served from 9:30 – 11:30 am. César will speak about Mennonite World Conference. Over 100 Anabaptist/Mennonite-related national churches, including Mennonite Church USA, are members or associate members of Mennonite World Conference.

MennoCon19 (Mennonite Church USA convention) news – The first newsletter is out for the 2019 convention in Kansas City! Do you have a great idea for an Equipping Seminar at MennoCon19? The deadline to submit seminar ideas is November 5. For more information and to submit ideas, see https://convention.mennoniteusa.org/the-experience/worship-equipping-seminars/

Camp Mennoscah:

—Celebrating 10 Years of Scrapbooking at Camp Mennoscah! Renetta Gooden, Eileen Stucky and Sharon Stucky have led our Scrapbook and Craft Retreats for 10 wonderful years. Renetta leads in crafty-ness and devotions; Eileen and Sharon feed us incredibly tasty meals and keep us entertained with conversation and fellowship. We love these folks! Tell them thanks for us when you see them!

—Christmas Gathering for all Camp Mennoscah volunteers! December 15 at 2:30 pm for conversation, cookies, games and great fun. Families invited to join.

Information for all retreats at Camp Mennoscah or to register:

Online at www.campmennoscah.org

Telephone: 620-297-3290.

Email: office.

Contact: olivia.bartel.

Attention Couples! Mennonite Central Committee wants YOU to join the canning crew this year! This opportunity is a fully-supported short-term volunteer position that will travel in the United States and Canada between January and May 2019. For more information and/or to apply for the Canner Operator position, visit heidihuber or by phone at 316-283-2720.

Ten Thousand Village Fair Trade Gift Festival will be held at two locations in the Newton area for shorter time this year:

1) November 23-25 Prairie Harvest Mezzanine, 601 North Main, Newton. A variety of Fair Trade items will be sold from artisans around the world.

2) Saturday, December 1 ( 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.) Kidron Bethel Marketplace, 3001 Ivy Drive, Newton. We will have Fair Trade coffee, tea chocolate along with Christmas Ornaments and small nativities.

Bethel College

—Sun., Nov. 4 – The KIPCOR Film Series presents Digital Disconnect: How Capitalism is Turning the Internet Against Democracy, 2 p.m.; talkback follows with Jennifer Cole, co-founder of depICT Media, Wichita; Krehbiel Auditorium in Luyken Fine Arts Center at Bethel College. NOTE EARLIER START TIME

—Sun., Nov. 4 – Bethel Sings, featuring the Women’s Chorus, Men’s Ensemble, Woven, Open Road, Concert Choir, and soloists, 4 p.m., BC Mennonite Church

—Sun., Nov. 4 – Staley Lecture with Safwat Marzouk, Anabaptist Mennonite Biblical Seminary, 7 p.m., Krehbiel Auditorium in Luyken Fine Arts Center (2nd lecture Mon., Nov. 5, 11 a.m. in Krehbiel Auditorium)

Nov 14 Service Night at Hesston Mennonite Church (sponsored by Mennonite Mission Network) – Come join youth groups from across South Central Kansas to prepare Thanksgiving meal boxes that will be distributed to families in our area. We are partnering with New Hope Shelter in Newton to provide a special meal for folks who have recently transitioned from the shelter to homes of their own and are still getting established. Let us know you’re coming so you can sign up for food to bring for the Thanksgiving meal boxes. We will also meet young adults in Service Adventure to be inspired by their stories. RSVP to Del Hershberger at delh.

Everence will hold an informative workshop on Mon., Nov. 5, 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.ramer.

Community Event: Goessel High School will present Disney’s Beauty and the Beast this Friday and Saturday, November 9 and 10, at 7 pm at the GHS Auditorium. Tickets are $5.00 for all ages and are available at the door each evening of the production. If you are planning to attend the musical on Friday, November 9, you are also welcome to arrive early for a meal. The meal, consisting of a stacked taco plate, sheets cakes and drinks, will be served from 5:30-6:30 pm in the GHS cafeteria. Suggested donation price is $6 per plate. The proceeds of the evening will benefit the 2019 GHS After Prom activities. Please contact Maggie Schroeder at 316-772-3854 for more information.

Kidron Bethel Parkinson’s Support Group will meet Tuesday, November 6, at 2 p.m. Nick Sharp, physical therapist, will discuss strategies and resources that individuals with Parkinson’s Disease can utilize to optimize their lifestyle for the foreseeable future.

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Oct. 28 announcements

Congregational Announcements

Meat Canning: October 30 – November 1 at the MCC Center in North Newton. Tabor has been assigned the following shifts: Tues., Oct. 30, 12-3 pm and 3-6pm; and Thurs., Nov. 1, 3-6 pm. Sign up on the bulletin board to volunteer. If you would like to contribute towards the cost of meat, please place your donation in the can on the table in the foyer. Make checks payable to Tabor Mennonite Church, earmarked “MCC meat canning”. Contact Kenton Nickel with questions.

Tabor Mennonite Men Chicken BBQ: Thurs., Nov. 1, 5-7 pm. Serving the BEST BBQ Chicken, Baked Beans, Slaw & Ice Cream in Marion County. Donations go to Mennonite Men Join Hands Program & Tabor Building Project. You will NOT be disappointed with the GOOD food & fellowship.

ATTENTION All Tabor Males: PLEASE help where you can. Wed., Oct. 31, 3 to 6 pm help skin the chicken at Keith’s Grocery Store. Thurs. There are set up, kitchen and grilling jobs starting at 1 pm. Serving jobs starting at 5 pm. Washing dishes and general cleanup, putting away chairs and tables starting around 6 and later. We need all of you to make it successful. PLEASE put your name on the sign up sheet or just show up and help with the FUN activity.

Tabor Congregational Meeting: The Youth Group will be serving a fundraiser meal before the Congregational Meeting on November 4. Your donations will help with expenses in attending MC USA Convention this summer. All are invited! Thanks for the prayers, support, and encouragement for the young people in our congregation! Stay for our annual meeting at 12:30 p.m. During the meeting, we will affirm those willing to serve in the ministries of Tabor Church, the 2019 budget will be presented for adoption, and the finance and building committees will give updates.

Would you like to join us for Thanksgiving dinner? A noon meal is being planned at Tabor, Thursday Thanksgiving day at noon. More details will follow. If you have any questions please talk to Erica Stoltzfus, Emil and Vickie Schmidt or John and Elaine Unruh.

The Goessel Community Thanksgiving Meal will be on Sunday, November 11 in the Goessel Elementary School Gymnasium. Come anytime between 5-6:30pm. This is a free event. Invite your neighbors, family, and friends! There will be an opportunity to donate to the ministries of the Goessel Ministerial Alliance if you desire. If you would like to contribute to the meal, a sign-up sheet is posted in the foyer. If you have any questions, please contact your pastor. ~Goessel Ministerial Alliance

Acts Reading Challenge: If you read through all of Acts in one sitting or at least over the course of 1 week, not only will you receive treasure in heaven, but if you let Pastor Phil know that you have completed the challenge, he will give you an organic, fairly traded chocolate bar! This challenge is for all ages. Younger children may choose to read (or have their parents read to them) all of the Acts stories in the Shine Story Bible to complete the challenge. If you really want a challenge, compete for the grand prize by reading through Acts multiple times in multiple translations! May God challenge and inspire us through the reading of the Word.

Faith Testimonies: How are you living out or sharing your faith? How does your faith impact how you spend your time and other resources? We would love for many Tabor members and attenders to respond to one of these questions by sharing a brief (3-5 minute) Faith Testimony during a Sunday morning worship service. Please contact a Pastor if you are interested in sharing.

The Mennonite Heritage and Agricultural Museum will have a old-fashioned hymn sing Sunday, November 4, at 3:00 p.m. in the 1906 Prep School on the museum grounds. Arlin Buller will lead the hymns. Everyone is welcome to the hymn sing and the faspa after.

Giving Tree: The Goessel Ministerial Alliance is excited to announce that the Christmas Giving Tree project will be happening again this year. The tree will be at the Citizen’s State Bank this year. Watch your mailbox for details on how you can help make it a great Christmas for children in our community.

Special meeting of the MC USA Delegate Assembly November 26 at the Mennonite Church USA offices, Elkhart, Ind. Electronic access for delegates who cannot attend in person will be provided. The purpose of the meeting is to give counsel and advice to the Executive Board regarding the termination of The Mennonite as a program entity of Mennonite Church USA. The proposed action is to: “Authorize the Executive Board to update the MC USA bylaws as needed to reflect the change in status of The Mennonite as a churchwide program entity.” If you are interested in serving as a Tabor Delegate for this special meeting, please let Kim or a Pastor know by Sunday, October 28.

Invitation

"It is with great joy and excitement we announce our special day of marriage! The ceremony for Nick Schroeder and Melissa Funk will take place Saturday, December 1, 2pm at Rainbow Mennonite Church in Kansas City. If you would like to attend, please contact Nick at 913-283-5568 or email nick.schroeder11

@gmail.com. You can also go to https://www.theknot.com/us/address-collection/z73qqp to submit your contact info, then you will be sent an email invitation to the wedding site. Thanks be to God for His amazing gift of love!"

Conference Announcements

Prayer Requests:

« Western District Conference: Pray for WDC’s Stewardship Commission as they meet this week, and give thanks for the generosity of congregations, donors and volunteers who support conference and congregational ministries through gifts of time, prayer and financial contributions.

« Mennonite Mission Network: MMN requests prayer for a new conference in Ecuador, Iglesia Cristiana Anabautista Menonita de Ecuador. Pray for members as they establish healthy leadership patterns to respond to the needs of their congregations and the many refugees who seek to build a new future.

« Mennonite Education Agency: Seminario Bíblico Anabautista Hispano (SeBAH)Pray that God bless SeBAH by raising up dedicated brothers and sisters who will serve our churches as pastors and leaders.

« Mennonite Church USA: the MC USA Executive Board as they meet in Kansas City on Nov. 1-3, and for Franconia and Eastern District Conferences’ joint assembly on Nov. 2-3 in Souderton, Pennsylvania.

The WDC Israel-Palestine Task Force encourages you to get to know your Jewish neighbors as our MC USA delegate resolution, “Seeking Peace in Israel and Palestine” invites us to do. If you live near Wichita, you have an opportunity to take a fun first step by attending Congregation Emmanu-El’s Deli Day. Enjoy some New York-style Jewish cuisine, take a tour of the synagogue, and maybe make a new friend. November 11, 11 am-5 pm (dine-in 11 am-2 pm), 7011 E Central, Wichita. Questions? Call 316-684-5148.

Camp Mennoscah:

—Fall Scrapbook and Crafts Retreats, November 2-4.

—Christmas Gathering for all Camp Mennoscah volunteers! December 15 at 2:30 pm for conversation, cookies, games and great fun. Families invited to join.

Information for all retreats at Camp Mennoscah or to register:

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

Email: office.

Contact: olivia.bartel.

Attention Couples! Mennonite Central Committee wants YOU to join the canning crew this year! This opportunity is a fully-supported short-term volunteer position that will travel in the United States and Canada between January and May 2019. For more information and/or to apply for the Canner Operator position, visit heidihuber or by phone at 316-283-2720.

Ten Thousand Village Fair Trade Gift Festival will be held at two locations in the Newton area for shorter time this year:

1) November 23-25 Prairie Harvest Mezzanine, 601 North Main, Newton. A variety of Fair Trade items will be sold from artisans around the world.

2) Saturday, December 1 ( 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.) Kidron Bethel Marketplace, 3001 Ivy Drive, Newton. We will have Fair Trade coffee, tea chocolate along with Christmas Ornaments and small nativities.

Bethel College

—Sun., Nov. 4 – The KIPCOR Film Series presents Digital Disconnect: How Capitalism is Turning the Internet Against Democracy, 2 p.m.; talkback follows with Jennifer Cole, co-founder of depICT Media, Wichita; Krehbiel Auditorium in Luyken Fine Arts Center at Bethel College. NOTE EARLIER START TIME

—Sun., Nov. 4 – Bethel Sings, featuring the Women’s Chorus, Men’s Ensemble, Woven, Open Road, Concert Choir, and soloists, 4 p.m., BC Mennonite Church

—Sun., Nov. 4 – Staley Lecture with Safwat Marzouk, Anabaptist Mennonite Biblical Seminary, 7 p.m., Krehbiel Auditorium in Luyken Fine Arts Center (2nd lecture Mon., Nov. 5, 11 a.m. in Krehbiel Auditorium)

The Trail of Death: A Pilgrimage of Remembrance, Lament and Transformation: June 3-13, 2019. Participants in this nine-day pilgrimage will trace the route of the US military’s 1838 forced removal of Potawatomi people from their ancestral homeland in northern Indiana to present-day Osawatomie, Kansas. This AMBS offering can be taken for credit or Audit. ambs.edu/trailofdeath

Social Security and retirement income workshop scheduled for November

Everence will hold an informative workshop on Monday, Nov. 5, 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.ramer.

Community Event: If you are planning to attend the Goessel High School musical production, "Beauty and the Beast," on Friday, November 9, you are also welcome to arrive early for a meal. The meal, consisting of a stacked taco plate, sheets cakes and drinks, will be served from 5:30-6:30 pm in the GHS cafeteria. Suggested donation price is $6 per plate. The proceeds of the evening will benefit the 2019 GHS After Prom activities. Please contact Maggie Schroeder at

316-772-3854 for more information.

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