Feb. 17 announcements

How Firm a Foundation: The Hesston College Bel Canto Singers and the Bethel College Concert Choir will present a collaborative concert event this evening at 7 p.m., Sunday, Feb. 17, here at Tabor, in the new Fellowship Hall!! The program, "How Firm a Foundation" will feature the choirs individually and combined, and will also include the Tabor Church choir and hymn singing with the audience. Bringing these two choirs together for a concert is a dream come true for their directors, and it will be a very special evening indeed. The concert is free and open to the public. An offering will be collected for the Tabor Mennonite Church fellowship hall building fund.

Congregational Announcements

Building Dedication: We are tentatively planning to have a Building Dedication Service on Sunday, June 30, 2019. We hope that everyone can attend this celebration! Please check your calendars and let church staff know if there are major conflicts with this date.

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

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

Acts Reading Challenge: There’s still time to take on this 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.

Lost and Found items are located on a table by the coat racks. Please claim your items by February 17. Unclaimed items will be donated to Et Cetera Shop in Newton.

Rescheduled: On February 24, the Alexanderwohl peace committee invites you to our dessert potluck at 7:00 pm. Our speakers will have an environmental focus. Sarah Balzer, a junior at Bethel College, won the national C. Henry Smith Oration Contest. She will share her speech on how plastics create many environmental justice issues, and invite questions/discussion. Maynard Knepp will then share how the MCC Center works with recycling, and their dreams for expanding it. Everyone is invited to attend — bring your favorite dessert to share.

Blood Drive: Each year in Feb. we focus on love and one way you can show you care and use your heart on Mon. Feb. 25 is to donate blood between 1:00-6:00 at Goessel Church or volunteer for an hour at the drive. Reserve a time at redcrossblood.org or sign up on the sheet on the bulletin board.

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

Conference Announcements

Prayer Requests:

« Western District Conference: Pray for the WDC Church Planting Commission as they meet this week to work on guidelines for church planting, and for Byron Pellecer, WDC Associate Conference Minister who provides coaching and mentoring for church planters.

« Mennonite Mission Network: Diana Cruz and Felipe Preciado of Mennonite Mission Network are serving at La Casa Grande children’s home in Benin. Pray for good health and open hearts as Diana and Felipe teach English, assist with gardening, and share God’s love with each child.

« Mennonite Education Agency: Pray for AMBS Admissions Team members as they connect with prospective students who are exploring options for biblical and theological graduate studies and discerning where God might be calling them.

« Mennonite Church USA: Pray for Illinois Mennonite Conference as they hold their annual business meeting at Menno Haven Camp and Retreat Center on Saturday, Feb. 23.

Mennonite Central Committee:

—All are welcome to join the fun at the 12th annual MCC Comforter Blitz on March 4, 5 and 6 at the Journey Yoder Campus, one mile north of Yoder, Ks. Times are Monday, 9:00am to 5:00pm Tuesday, 9:00am to 5:00pm and Wednesday, 9:00am to 4:00pm. Come and have a good time while helping others. No sewing skills are required. Lunch is available by donation each day, or you may bring your own sack lunch. Bring snacks to share during the work day. This event is hosted by Kansas Friends of MCC.

—MCC’s Sharing With Appalachia People (SWAP) program is seeking volunteer groups, individuals and summer staff. Make your summer plans now to join SWAP in Kentucky or West Virginia. Don’t miss out on your chance to serve with this home repair ministry while learning about life in Appalachia. Groups or individuals can volunteer to serve as week-long volunteers. SWAP is also looking for summer staff to serve as job site coordinators and meals coordinators/cooks for three month assignments. For more information about bringing a group to SWAP or serving as summer staff, visit AppalachiaAdmin or 606-633-5065.

Mennonite Disaster Service: We will soon begin scheduling for our spring & summer projects. If you are available to serve from April – August 2019, please contact your Volunteer Coordinator and inform them of your availability.

Camp Mennoscah:

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

Full scholarships available.

—Spring Scrapbook and Crafts Retreats March 8-10 or March 15-17.

—Camp Mennoscah annual Hymn Sing and Dessert Auction at Bethel College

Mennonite Church, February 24 from 4-6pm.

—Online registration for Summer Youth Camps at Camp Mennoscah is open! In fact, registration is open for all upcoming camps and retreats, so power up your computer and register for all sorts of relaxation and fun! Call us at 620-297-3290 with questions.

Information for all retreats at Camp Mennoscah or to register:

Online at www.campmennoscah.org

Telephone: 620-297-3290.

Email: office.

Contact: olivia.bartel.

Women’s Retreat at RMMC: Plan to attend the new Women’s Retreat at Rocky Mountain Mennonite Camp, March 15-17. Retreat, hike, explore, rest, fellowship, laugh, and so much more. This weekend is geared towards women ages 18 and older. The worship sessions will be led by Anita Amstutz. She will guide each session along themes from her book, “Soul Tending: Journey into the Heart of Sabbath”, calling us back to the living waters that Jesus offered the Woman at the Well. Register online today (www.rmmc.org).

Bethel College: Sun., Feb. 17 – KIPCOR Film Series presents More Than a Word, which examines the controversy over Native American-themed sports mascots and nicknames, 3 pm., Krehbiel Auditorium in Luyken Fine Arts Center. Talk-back follows with Edward Valandra, Ph.D., Sicangu Titunwan (Lakota), and Sherman Padgett, former principal of Wichita North High School (the “Redskins”).

Hesston College: Recounting the tender, dynamic and familiar story of the parent-child relationship, Hesston College Theatre will present five performances of the musical Big Fish, Feb. 27 to March 3, in the Keim Center Black Box Theatre. Show times are at 7 p.m., Feb. 27 to March 2, and 2 p.m., on Sunday, March 3. Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for students. Purchasing tickets in advance is recommended as seating is limited. Tickets can be purchased online at hesston.edu/big-fish-tix or at the Hesston College Bookstore in Erb Hall during regular business hours or by calling 620-327-8105. Big Fish is a family-friendly musical for all ages.

Everence® will host an all-inclusive retirement planning workshop on Saturday, March 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 Everence Financial Advisors, 3179 N. Main St., N. Newton.

Reserve your spot soon by contacting Michelle Ramer at (316) 283-3800, (877) 467-7294 or michelle.ramer.

Kansas Mennonite Relief Sale

April 12 & 13, 2019

www.kansas.mccsale.org

—MCC is one of the MOST efficient run Humanitarian Air Organizations in the World where 93 Cents of every dollar donated goes to where the problems are. This can only be done with the help of the MANY volunteers who give several years of their lives to work for MCC around the world.

—Keep saving your coins and paper during the week to help the Children’s Coin Offering. Last Sunday $46.91 was collected.

—PLEASE call Jerry 620-367-8257 when you are ready to have photos taken of items you have made or want to donate to this years sale so we can get them advertised on the website. Scroll around the website or see us on facebook.

—Money raised at the MCC Sale provides desperate families BOTH Spiritual Hope as well as Hope for Survival. $10 provides a brood of chicks and training how to care for them. Chickens provide eggs and meat and can be sold to boost family income. $50 provides one goat. Goat herds are like savings accounts, giving families the capital that they need to pay school fees or medical bills or a failed harvest.

—Please help contribute to Pre-Sale Expenses. Make your checks out to MCC and put them in boxes of our contact persons.

—Looking for your donations of old cars, trucks, tractors, motorcycles, mowers and most ANYTHING of value for the KS MCC Sale this coming April. If you are thinking of buying a new car, consider donating your old car to the MCC Sale. Vehicles do not need to be running. We will pick them up, clean them up, and get them running. Your donations can change peoples lives and give them hope. Call Jerry Toews 620-367-8257.

—Quilters Corner Opportunities: Volunteers are welcome and needed each Tuesday evening 7-9 pm at the MCC Center in North Newton to help sort and price items for the Sale as well as each third Saturday of the month (Feb 15, Mar 15) any time between 9 am – 3 pm. Quilting donations are also welcome and needed i.e. quilting fabrics, quilting supplies, vintage linens, unfinished quilting projects, etc.

Questions, contact Ann Yoder Smith, 919-604-3282, rws.ays.

—Deadline for your quilt donations to be listed in buyers guide is March 11.

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

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Feb. 10 announcements

Congregational Announcements

The Tabor MCC Fellowship Meal, on February 17 at noon, is a great way to have a great meal and support the MCC Sale. Cost is a donation of $20 for adults and $6 for children 6-12. The menu will be lasagna, green beans, bread and dessert. Please sign up on the bulletin board by Sunday, Feb. 10. If you have questions, contact Kristin Schmidt or Leann Toews.

Coming to a church very near you! The Hesston College Bel Canto Singers AND the Bethel College Concert Choir will be performing here at Tabor on February 17 at 7:00 p.m. Bringing these two choirs together for a concert is a dream come true for their directors, and it will be a very special evening indeed. Save the date for this fundraising concert to support the building fund!

Tabor Mennonite Women: The 2019 calendar of programs and events is available for you on the table in the foyer. On the bulletin board is a calendar where you may sign up for a variety of things including devotions, snacks, and planning the food or decorating for Christmas breakfast . More than one person may sign up for any of these ways of participating in TMW. Our next program is Monday, Feb. 11 at 7pm. Exchange Students will share along with Carol Duerksen. Questions? Ask Barb Banman.

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

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

Lost and Found items are located on a table by the coat racks. Please claim your items by February 17. Unclaimed items will be donated to Et Cetera Shop in Newton.

Have you been to Camp Mennoscah? If so, your pictures would be appreciated to be used on the bulletin board in the basement. This will highlight our faith formation offering project for Camp Mennoscah. Pictures can be emailed to Pam Abrahams, brentnpam or placed in her mailbox. Thanks!

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

Rescheduled: On February 24, the Alexanderwohl peace committee invites you to our dessert potluck at 7:00 pm. Our speakers will have an environmental focus. Sarah Balzer, a junior at Bethel College, won the national C. Henry Smith Oration Contest. She will share her speech on how plastics create many environmental justice issues, and invite questions/discussion. Maynard Knepp will then share how the MCC Center works with recycling, and their dreams for expanding it. Everyone is invited to attend — bring your favorite dessert to share.

Blood Drive: Each year in Feb. we focus on love and one way you can show you care and use your heart on Mon. Feb. 25 is to donate blood between 1:00-6:00 at Goessel Church or volunteer for an hour at the drive. Reserve a time at redcrossblood.org or sign up on the sheet on the bulletin board.

Kansas Mennonite Relief Sale

April 12 & 13, 2019

www.kansas.mccsale.org

—Collect coins and paper during the week to help with the Children’s Coin Offering. Last Sunday brought in $24.79

—PLEASE SIGN UP FOR THE MCC FELLOWSHIP LASAGNA MEAL. Feb. 17. See announcement on front page for details.

—Please help contribute to Pre-Sale Expenses. Make your checks out to MCC and put them in boxes of our contact persons.

—Looking for your donations of old cars, trucks, tractors, motorcycles, mowers and most ANYTHING of value for the KS MCC Sale this coming April. If you are thinking of buying a new car, consider donating your old car to the MCC Sale. Vehicles do not need to be running. We will pick them up, clean them up, and get them running. Your donations can change peoples lives and give them hope. Call Jerry Toews 620-367-8257.

—Service Opportunities: By tithing a little bit of your time each year, you have an amazing opportunity to impact your world by furthering the work of Mennonite Central Committee. There are variety of committee openings:

– Urgent Need Vereniki Making Committee – 2 people

– Domestic Arts Verenike Booth Committee Members

– Feeding The Multitude Sausage Baking on Saturday

– New Year’s Cookie committee.

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

Conference Announcements

Prayer Requests:

« Western District Conference: Give thanks for the WDC Resource Library, and pray that the materials in the library may be used by congregations and leaders to nurture deeper faith, grow in discipleship, and foster life-long learning.

« Mennonite Mission Network: MMN requests prayer for DOOR city directors as they prepare for a busy season of hosting 179 students who will be serving in urban DOOR locations during their spring breaks.

« Mennonite Education Agency: Pray for the 37 Instituto Bíblico Anabautista IBA volunteer tutors who serve at 35 study centers. Pray blessings on them as they give of their time, knowledge and wisdom to train new leaders for the Hispanic church in the U.S. May God grant them patience and energy as they continue to serve in 2019.

Western District Conference:

—All women are invited to the Western District Women in Mission (WDWM) Spring Super on Thursday, March 21 at First Mennonite Church in McPherson. Speaker: Sheryl Wilson, Executive Director of KIPCOR.

—Resource Library News: Check out WDC Favorites in the Resource Library! The February display features favorites of Conference Minister, Heidi Regier Kreider. Her list of 12 really good reads can be found at https://mennowdc.booksys.net/opac/crl/index.html… under "Staff Favorites". Check back next month for Associate Conference Minister Kathy Neufeld Dunn’s Top Ten List! These and 12,000+ other resources are available for checkout Monday-Friday 8am-5pm in North Newton, KS or via mail anywhere in the conference!

Camp Mennoscah:

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

Full scholarships available.

—Spring Scrapbook and Crafts Retreats March 8-10 or March 15-17.

—Camp Mennoscah annual Hymn Sing and Dessert Auction at Bethel College

Mennonite Church, February 24 from 4-6pm.

Information for all retreats at Camp Mennoscah or to register:

Online at www.campmennoscah.org

Telephone: 620-297-3290.

Email: office.

Contact: olivia.bartel.

Mennonite Church USA:

—Registration for MennoCon19 is open now at convention.mennoniteusa.org/registration! Register by April 30 and receive a convention t-shirt, three days of lunch and servant project opportunities.

—The Delegate Assembly at MennoCon19 provides the opportunity for MC USA to assemble for worship, fellowship, and understanding and deepening our commitment to Christ and each other. Find resources for appointing delegates at http://mennoniteusa.org/resource/delegate-resources.

—"The Cost of Discipleship," a blog series based on a sermon given on MLK weekend by Iris de León-Hartshorn, associate director of Operations for MC USA, is up now on the Menno Snapshots blog: mennoniteusa.org/radicaldiscipleship.

Mennonite Disaster Service:

Volunteers are needed from 8am to 4pm in Eureka, KS. We will be roofing and completing exterior repairs. Tools and lunch will be provided. Work days are scheduled for February 22 & 23 and March 1 & 2. Please contact Jordan Miller for more details and to arrange transportation from the Newton area. Call, text or email 316-217-4570 or jordanmiller795

Mennonite Central Committee:

Sunday, Feb. 10, 4 p.m., join MCC at Bethel College Mennonite Church to hear, “On Second Thought: a family’s return to Chad.” Susan and Jim Jantzen will share the story and images from their return journey to Chad, Africa, where they served with Mennonite Central Committee 30 years ago. The January 2018 trip allowed Jim and Susan to deliver photos and recordings of members of the community whose lives were taken shortly after the Jantzen’s departed in 1987. Please gather in the fellowship hall.

Bethel College:

Sun., Feb. 17 – KIPCOR Film Series presents More Than a Word, which examines the controversy over Native American-themed sports mascots and nicknames, 3 p.m., Krehbiel Auditorium in Luyken Fine Arts Center at Bethel College. Talk-back follows with Edward Valandra, Ph.D., Sicangu Titunwan (Lakota), and Sherman Padgett, former principal of Wichita North High School (the “Redskins”).

First Mennonite Church, Halstead, will hold their annual Verenike Supper on Saturday, February 16 from 4:30-7 pm at 427 West 4th Street, Halstead, KS. The menu is verenike, ham gravy, sausage, green beans, cherry moos, zweiback, beverages, relishes, pie. Cost is by donation for church service trips and service projects. All are welcome!

Feb. 10 annc.pdf

Feb. 3 announcements

Congregational Announcements

The Tabor MCC Fellowship Meal, on January 17 at noon, is a great way to have a great meal and support the MCC Sale. Cost is a donation of $20 for adults and $6 for children 6-12. The menu will be lasagna, green beans, bread and dessert. Please sign up on the bulletin board by Sunday, Feb. 10. If you have questions, contact Kris Schmidt or Leann Toews.

Coming to a church very near you! The Hesston College Bel Canto Singers AND the Bethel College Concert Choir will be performing here at Tabor on February 17 at 7:00 p.m. Bringing these two choirs together for a concert is a dream come true for their directors, and it will be a very special evening indeed. Save the date for this fundraising concert to support the building fund!

Tabor Mennonite Women: The 2019 calendar of programs and events is available for you on the table in the foyer. On the bulletin board is a calendar where you may sign up for a variety of things including devotions, snacks, and planning the food or decorating for Christmas breakfast . More than one person may sign up for any of these ways of participating in TMW. Our next program is Monday, Feb. 11 at 7pm. Exchange Students will share along with Carol Duerksen. Questions? Ask Barb Banman.

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

Directory Updates and changes to the church directory are due this week. Please contact the church office at kfunk.

Have you been to Camp Mennoscah? If so, your pictures would be appreciated to be used on the bulletin board in the basement. This will highlight our faith formation offering project for Camp Mennoscah. Pictures can be emailed to Pam Abrahams, brentnpam or placed in her mailbox. Thanks!

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

Conference Announcements

Prayer Requests:

« Western District Conference: Pray for junior high youth and sponsors attending ‘Know Jesus’, a retreat next weekend organized by the WDC and South Central Conference Youth Ministry Committee and hosted by Hesston College for students to worship together and learn more about Anabaptist roots and faith.

« Mennonite Mission Network: Mary Raber requests prayer for pastors and their wives living in Ukraine’s militarized zone. MMN is helping sponsor a retreat for them this month. Pray for safety in travel and that church leaders would be physically and spiritually renewed for continued ministry in difficult conditions.

New for parents at the Conference Resource Library:

—Upside Down Living: Parenting by Katherine & Peter Goerzen (Tabor Authors!) Raising kids is hard enough. But raising kids to heed Jesus’ upside-down call away from status and power and toward service and sharing? It can seem almost impossible. So how can parents model countercultural choices? What habits can help families joyfully follow Christ instead of the latest trend?

—White Kids: Growing up with Privilege in a Racially Divided America

—Raising White Kids: Bringing up Children in a Racially Unjust America

—With all Due Respect: 40 Days to a more Fulfilling Relationship with Your Teens & Tweens

Stop by or contact the library to borrow these (or other great) parenting resources! crlib or 316-283-6300

Camp Mennoscah

—Camp Mennoscah’s online registration for summer youth camps opened February 1!

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

Full scholarships available.

—Spring Scrapbook and Crafts Retreats March 8-10 or March 15-17.

—Camp Mennoscah annual Hymn Sing and Dessert Auction at Bethel College

Mennonite Church, February 24 from 4-6pm.

—Camp Mennoscah is now accepting applicants for a quarter-time (10 hours/week)

custodial-housekeeping position.

Information for all retreats at Camp Mennoscah or to register:

Online at www.campmennoscah.org

Telephone: 620-297-3290.

Email: office.

Contact: olivia.bartel.

Young Adult Snow Camp at Rocky Mountain Mennonite Camp is February 22-24. Amy Zimbelman, pastor at Mountain Community Mennonite Church, will share during the worship times on the topic “Someone who looks the part: intersectional identities and vocation.” There will be group games, broomball, human curling, singing, and many opportunities to be outside enjoying the beauty of creation. The cost is only $95. Anyone ages 18-30 is welcome to come! Online registration available at www.rmmc.org or call 719-687-9506.

Mennonite Church USA:

—Early registration for MennoCon19 opens on Feb. 6, 2019. Visit convention. mennoniteusa.org/registration now to find rates, forms and additional information.

—New resources are available for exploring and engaging with MC USA’s structure. Read MC USA Executive Director Glen Guyton’s three-part series on "The Little Green Dove" at http://mennoniteusa.org/littlegreendove and watch the new video series at mennoniteusa.org/polityvideoseries.

Mennonite Disaster Service: Volunteers are needed from 8am to 4pm in Eureka, KS. We will be roofing and completing exterior repairs. Tools and lunch will be provided. Work days are scheduled for February 22 & 23 and March 1 & 2. Please contact Jordan Miller for more details and to arrange transportation from the Newton area. Call, text or email 316-217-4570 or jordanmiller795

Mennonite Central Committee:

—Join MCC on Sunday, February 10, 4 p.m. at Bethel College Mennonite Church Fellowship Hall to hear, “On Second Thought: a family’s return to Chad.” Susan and Jim Jantzen will share the story and images from their return journey to Chad, Africa, where they served with Mennonite Central Committee 30 years ago. The January 2018 trip allowed Jim and Susan to deliver photos and recordings of members of the community whose lives were taken shortly after the Jantzen’s departed in 1987.

—The Mennonite Central Committee Central States board of directors invites you to their Annual Meeting on February 23 at 10 a.m. at MCC in N. Newton (121 E. 30th).

Save the Date! All women are invited to the Western District Women in Mission spring supper Thurs., March 21 at First Mennonite Church, McPherson at 6:00 pm. Michelle Armster, Executive Director of MCC, speaker. Music by Michelle Unruh and Laura Unrau. More details coming soon.

Bethel College:

—The Life Enrichment program at Bethel College for Spring semester begins on February 6 and ends on May 1. This program is designed especially for persons 60 and above.

—Thurs., Feb. 7 — KIPCOR, the Kansas Institute for Peace and Conflict Resolution, offers “Building a Trauma-Informed Culture at Work and Beyond,” 6:30-8:30 pm, KIPCOR office (2515 College Ave., N Newton), with Joyce McEwen Crane, Ph.D., of Friends University. Cost: $25; come at 6 for snacks and networking. Register at kipcor.org (click the workshop link) or by calling 316-284-5217.

Social Security and retirement income workshop scheduled for February. Everence® will hold an informative workshop on Thurs., Feb. 7, at 6:30 pm. The workshop will cover when to begin taking Social Security benefits, risks that can impact your savings and strategies to help your income last throughout retirement. Presented by Everence staff and held at the Everence office at 3179 N. Main St., N. Newton. Reserve your spot by contacting Michelle Ramer at (316) 283-3800; (877) 467-7294 or michelle.ramer.

Kidron Bethel Parkinson’s Support Group will meet Tuesday, February 5, at 2 pm. in Menno Hall. Jake Snodgrass, Director of Advanced Physical Therapy at Hesston Wellness Center, will talk about the LSVT BIG program which helps improve mobility, walking and overall function. All are welcome.

First Mennonite Church, Halstead, will hold their annual Verenike Supper on Saturday, February 16 from 4:30-7 pm at 427 West 4th Street, Halstead, KS. The menu is verenike, ham gravy, sausage, green beans, cherry moos, zweiback, beverages, relishes, pie. Cost is by donation for church service trips and service projects. All are welcome!

Kansas Mennonite Relief Sale

April 12 & 13, 2019

www.kansas.mccsale.org

–Help our 1st thru 6th graders collect coins and paper for the MCC Sale. They will be helping our ushers pass the cans till sale time. Give them your smiles and your coins and paper money. Collect your pocket change during the week and bring it to church.

–Please help contribute to Pre-Sale Expenses. Make your checks out to MCC and put them in boxes of our contact persons.

–What items can you donate this year?? Make something; clean out the basement & closets. Your handcrafted & good used items always sell well. If you have questions ask your contact persons. Talk with Kristi & Brandon about how you and your children can start seeds for Plants & Things.

—Fellowship Meals, in area homes, are scheduled March 3 & 10. Registration deadline is Feb. 8. Please see the Fellowship Meal brochure for additional details.

—Looking for your donations of old cars, trucks, tractors, motorcycles, mowers and most ANYTHING of value for the KS MCC Sale this coming April. If you are thinking of buying a new car, consider donating your old car to the MCC Sale. Vehicles do not need to be running. We will pick them up, clean them up, and get them running. Your donations can change peoples lives and give them hope. Call Jerry Toews 620-367-8257.

—Quilters Corner Opportunities: Volunteers are welcome and needed each Tuesday evening 7-9 pm at the MCC Center in North Newton to help sort and price items for the Sale as well as each third Saturday of the month (Feb 15, Mar 15) any time between 9 am – 3 pm. Quilting donations are also welcome and needed i.e. quilting fabrics, quilting supplies, vintage linens, unfinished quilting projects, etc.

Questions, contact Ann Yoder Smith, 919-604-3282, rws.ays.

—Deadline for your quilt donations to be listed in buyers guide is March 11.

—Service Opportunities: By tithing a little bit of your time each year, you have an amazing opportunity to impact your world by furthering the work of Mennonite Central Committee. There are variety of committee openings:

– Urgent Need Vereniki Making Committee – 2 people

– Domestic Arts Verenike Booth Committee Members

– Feeding The Multitude Sausage Baking on Saturday

– New Year’s Cookie committee.

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

Feb. 3 annc.pdf

Jan 27 announcements

Congregational Announcements

Tabor Church’s week at New Hope Shelter is January 30 to February 5. The beginning of a new year is a good time to try something new! Join us in volunteering at the shelter. Training for volunteers happens the third Monday of each month from 6:30 to 8:00 pm at New Hope. If you are at all interested, or have any questions, please let Austin Unruh or Barb Abrahams know. It is truly a rewarding experience and you will get so much appreciation from the residents.

Coins for Mennonite Relief Sale: We will begin collecting coins on February 3, so bring all those coins you’ve been saving since last year!

The MCC fellowship meal at Tabor is scheduled for Sunday, February 17 at noon. Cost is a donation of $20 for adults and $6 for children 6-12. The menu will be lasagna, green beans, bread and dessert. There will be a sign up sheet and we would encourage persons to sign up by Sunday, Feb. 10. If you have questions contact Kris Schmidt or Leann Toews.

Coming to a church very near you! The Hesston College Bel Canto Singers AND the Bethel College Concert Choir will be performing here at Tabor on February 17 at 7:00 p.m. Bringing these two choirs together for a concert is a dream come true for their directors, and it will be a very special evening indeed. Save the date for this fundraising concert to support the building fund!

2019 Tabor Wellness Challenges: The 2019 Wellness Challenges have been posted and you can find a log sheet with details in the Wellness Mailbox. Challenge yourself to a 10 Week Step or Stroke challenge for a Dicks Gift Card or log healthy habits for a year at a chance for a free night stay at a Kansas Bed and Breakfast! See Kevin Nickel for any questions. Good Luck! Fruits and Veggies Clarifications: "New" fruits and vegetables are starting with a clean slate from the beginning date of this challenge, not what you’ve eaten in the past. Also, different varieties of fruits/veggies (i.e. gala, fugi, honeycrisp apples) DO count for different points but beverages do not. Please find attached to this email an excel spreadsheet for use as a DAILY tracker (instructions included) to this years challenge.

Got questions? The Men’s Community Bible Study in Goessel would like to invite men of any age to join us as we start a new 9 part series called Everyday Questions, a study aimed at helping us learn how to respond to questions that we may encounter as we share our faith with those around us. Some of these may be questions we have ourselves. We will be starting this series on Monday, January 28 at 7 p.m. in the southwest room of the Ratzlaff Building in Goessel. Please enter through the door on the west side of the building. If any questions please call Nate Ashley at 620-960-3114, or Austin Unruh at 620-386-4129. Thank you.

Reminder! Camp Washunga registrations are due on February 1. They can be turned in to the school office, any church office, or Michelle Unruh or Laura Unrau’s church mailboxes. Junior highers, invite your friends! Don’t have a Junior Higher? Tell one that you know how great camp is! Also, save the date – our annual spring fundraiser will be March 3. Thanks for your support!

Is there anything better than a Vacation Bible School package that helps children discover signs of God in the Bible and in their lives? Well, yes! What’s even better is making those discoveries available to all age groups in the church! Come to a launch event for Detectives of Divinity VBS PLUS on February 23, 9-10:30 a.m. at Bethel College Mennonite Church. VBS directors, pastors, teachers, leaders, and parents—all are invited to come, AND everyone who RSVPs by February 15 will receive a free devotional book, Now It Springs Up. Come see materials for preschoolers, children, youth and adults, featuring Bible stories and lots of games, crafts, activities, skits and ideas for you to make it happen in your congregation. RSVP to springsforthfaith

A membership meal is being planned for Sunday, April 7 or 14, from 12 – 3 pm. Please let a pastor know by the end of March if you are interested in joining Tabor as a member.

Directory Updates and changes to the church directory are requested at this time. Please contact the church office at kfunk.

Conference Announcements

Prayer Requests:

« Western District Conference: Pray for WDC’s Resource Commission meeting this week, as they promote faith formation resources for people of all ages and help congregations connect to God’s mission in the world.

« Mennonite Mission Network: Naomi Tice of MMN serves with Urban Light in the United Kingdom. Pray for wisdom and patience in this ministry of engaging with young adult volunteers who help lead youth and children’s clubs.

« Mennonite Education: Pray for all the Mennonite institutes, schools, colleges, universities, seminaries, particularly for SeBAH. Pray that they focus on new discoveries and the pursuit of wisdom in the word of God.

Western District Conference Year-End Snapshot: The WDC Resource Library now has almost 100 Spanish-language resources in the Texas branch in addition to the 12,400 resources in the Kansas branch to help individuals, families, small groups, and congregations grow in faith. The Resource Library is just one way your gifts to WDC empower 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! As we work together to meet WDC’s budget goal for the year, we request your donations online at http://mennowdc.org or sent to WDC at PO Box 306, N. Newton, KS 67117. Thank you for planting these seeds of hope!

Mennonite Church USA:

—Early registration for MennoCon19 opens on Feb. 6, 2019. Visit convention.

mennoniteusa.org/registration now to find rates, forms and additional information.

—Step Up 2019: Youth ages 16-21 are invited to join the MennoCon19 delegate sessions in Kansas City. Early delegate sessions will seek to approve these youth representatives as official voting delegates for the remaining sessions. Congregations may nominate one youth delegate. A “youth delegate” option will be available on the registration form. More programming to come for youth delegates to connect and to prepare for their delegate role!

Mennonite Central Committee:

—The MCC Comforter Blitz Committee is urgently seeking a kitchen coordinator and volunteers to prepare and serve lunch during the Blitz ( March 4, 5, & 6). If you are interested or willing, please contact Shirley Jost at (785) 250-7437 or jostshi. No sewing skills required!

—Join us for an MCC Lunch & Learn with John Sharp on Wed., Jan. 30 from 12pm-1pm at MCC in N. Newton (121 E. 30th St.). John will share his presentation, Changing the World One Life at a Time: the MJ Sharp Story. MJ and his colleague Zaida Catalán, part of a U.N. panel of experts investigating conflicts that have been ongoing in Congo since the mid-1990s, were abducted and killed in March 2017. MJ served with MCC in the Congo prior to his work with the U.N. John is passionate about telling MJ’s story and he and his wife Michelle’s journey with him. John will also share updates to the investigation that is ongoing in Congo. Please RSVP to this event by January 25 to patsydirksen. Lunch will be catered by Mojo’s Coffee Bar, please list food sensitivities when you RSVP.

—MCC welcomes alumni to host reunions at the Welcoming Place in Akron, Pennsylvania, in 2020 as we celebrate our 100th anniversary. To see if a reunion is already scheduled for the country where you served or to organize a reunion, contact alumni.

—The Mennonite Central Committee Central States board of directors invites you to their Annual Meeting on February 23 at 10 a.m. at MCC in North Newton, Kansas (121 E. 30th).

Bethel College:

—The Life Enrichment program at Bethel College for Spring semester begins on February 6 and ends on May 1. This program is designed especially for persons 60 and above.

—Sat., Jan. 26 – Kauffman Museum annual Kansas Day event: 11 am; 1-4 pm – special activities and programs. See Kauffman Museum website or Facebook page.

—Sat., Feb. 2 – 2019 High School Honor Band and Honor Orchestra joint concert, 7 pm, Memorial Hall at Bethel College

—Thurs., Feb. 7 — KIPCOR, the Kansas Institute for Peace and Conflict Resolution, offers “Building a Trauma-Informed Culture at Work and Beyond,” 6:30-8:30 pm, KIPCOR office (2515 College Ave., N Newton), with Joyce McEwen Crane, Ph.D., of Friends University. Cost: $25; come at 6 for snacks and networking. Register at kipcor.org (click the workshop link) or by calling 316-284-5217.

Hesston College’s annual Anabaptist Vision and Discipleship Series (AVDS) conference, Feb. 1 to 3, on the Hesston College campus. “Growing More Like Jesus from the Outside In: Transforming Heart and Mind.” Register before Jan. 28. Learn more and register now at hesston.edu/avds

Social Security and retirement income workshop scheduled for February. Everence® will hold an informative workshop on Thurs., Feb. 7, at 6:30 pm. The workshop will cover when to begin taking Social Security benefits, risks that can impact your savings and strategies to help your income last throughout retirement. Presented by Everence staff and held at the Everence office at 3179 N. Main St., N. Newton. Reserve your spot soon by contacting Michelle Ramer at (316) 283-3800; (877) 467-7294 or michelle.ramer.

Kansas Mennonite Relief Sale

April 12 & 13, 2019

www.kansas.mccsale.org

KMRS’s purpose is to raise funds for MCC (www.mcc.org). It takes a whole host of individuals playing their part in order that we might carry out the Lord’s bidding to care for the “least of these” found in Matt. 25. We call upon our supporting churches to donate toward the sale budget so that every dollar raised at the sale can go to MCC. We call upon quilters to complete their quilts and to gather extra supplies to donate to Quilters’ Corner. Consider donating items to the General, Silent and even our Kid’s Auction. During the cool winter months, divide house plants and start vegetable plants to sell at Plants & Things and tea towel sets completed for Kansas Crafts. Challenge yourself to participate in the Run for Relief, a 5K run/walk the Saturday of the sale and spend the winter months gathering your pledges. After the sale in May, Motorcyclists are invited to participate in the MCC Ride for Relief. Go to: www.kansas.mccsale.org or like us on Facebook at Kansas Mennonite Relief Sale.

—Fellowship Meals, in area homes, are scheduled March 3 & 10. Registration deadline is Feb. 8. Please see the Fellowship Meal brochure for additional details.

—Looking for your donations of old cars, trucks, tractors, motorcycles, mowers and most ANYTHING of value for the KS MCC Sale this coming April. If you are thinking of buying a new car, consider donating your old car to the MCC Sale. Vehicles do not need to be running. We will pick them up, clean them up, and get them running. Your donations can change peoples lives and give them hope. Call Jerry Toews 620-367-8257.

—Quilters Corner Opportunities: Volunteers are welcome and needed each Tuesday evening 7-9 pm at the MCC Center in North Newton to help sort and price items for the Sale as well as each third Saturday of the month (Feb 15, Mar 15) any time between 9 am – 3 pm. Quilting donations are also welcome and needed i.e. quilting fabrics, quilting supplies, vintage linens, unfinished quilting projects, etc. Questions, contact Ann Yoder Smith, 919-604-3282, rws.ays.

—Deadline for your quilt donations to be listed in buyers guide is March 11.

—Service Opportunities: By tithing a little bit of your time each year, you have an amazing opportunity to impact your world by furthering the work of Mennonite Central Committee. There are variety of committee openings:

– Urgent Need Vereniki Making Committee – 2 people

– Domestic Arts Verenike Booth Committee Members

– Feeding The Multitude Sausage Baking on Saturday

– New Year’s Cookie committee.

For more information on all of the above, please see Jerry and Leann Toews, Archie and Kristin Schmidt or Eric Litwiller.

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Tabor Fitness Challenge Daily Tracker.xlsx

Jan 20 announcements

Congregational Announcements

2019 Tabor Wellness Challenges: The 2019 Wellness Challenges have been posted and you can find a log sheet with details in the Wellness Mailbox and attached to this email. Challenge yourself to a 10 Week Step or Stroke challenge for a Dicks Gift Card or log healthy habits for a year at a chance for a free night stay at a Kansas Bed and Breakfast! See Kevin Nickel for any questions. Good Luck!

Mennonite Heritage and Agricultural Museum Annual Meeting, Sun., Jan. 20, 2:30 pm, Goessel Mennonite Church. Brian Stucky will be speaking on the Cherokee Trail that ran about 1 mile south of Goessel. Faspa follows Free and open to the public.

Coming to a church very near you! The Hesston College Bel Canto Singers AND the Bethel College Concert Choir will be performing here at Tabor on February 17 at 7:00 p.m. Bringing these two choirs together for a concert is a dream come true for their directors, and it will be a very special evening indeed. Save the date for this fundraising concert to support the building fund!

Directory Updates and changes to the church directory are requested at this time. Please contact the church office at kfunk.

Tabor Church’s week at New Hope Shelter is January 30 to February 5. The beginning of a new year is a good time to try something new! Join us in volunteering at the shelter. Training for volunteers happens the third Monday of each month from 6:30 to 8:00 pm at New Hope. If you are at all interested, or have any questions, please let Austin Unruh or Barb Abrahams know. It is truly a rewarding experience and you will get so much appreciation from the residents.

Alexanderwohl Peace Committee dessert potluck on Jan. 20 has been postponed.

Got questions? The Men’s Community Bible Study in Goessel would like to invite men of any age to join us as we start a new 9 part series called Everyday Questions, a study aimed at helping us learn how to respond to questions that we may encounter as we share our faith with those around us. Some of these may be questions we have ourselves. We will be starting this series on Monday, January 28 at 7 p.m. in the southwest room of the Ratzlaff Building in Goessel. Please enter through the door on the west side of the building. If any questions please call Nate Ashley at 620-960-3114, or Austin Unruh at 620-386-4129. Thank you.

Know Jesus, organized by the Western District and South Central Conference Youth Ministry Committee of Mennonite Church USA, and hosted by Hesston College, is a weekend-long retreat, Feb 9-10, for Jr. High (6th-8th grade) students to worship together and learn more about their Anabaptist roots. Our goal is help our young people learn about the rich heritage of their families and churches and also to promote growth in their lives now. Our hope is to provide an environment for our 6th-8th graders to grow in relationship with Jesus Christ. When they leave they will KNOW JESUS better than when they arrived. Please let Pastor Phil know this week if your Jr. Higher plans to attend.

Is there anything better than a Vacation Bible School package that helps children discover signs of God in the Bible and in their lives? Well, yes! What’s even better is making those discoveries available to all age groups in the church! Come to a launch event for Detectives of Divinity VBS PLUS on February 23, 9-10:30 a.m. at Bethel College Mennonite Church. VBS directors, pastors, teachers, leaders, and parents—all are invited to come, AND everyone who RSVPs by February 15 will receive a free devotional book, Now It Springs Up. Come see materials for preschoolers, children, youth and adults, featuring Bible stories and lots of games, crafts, activities, skits and ideas for you to make it happen in your congregation. RSVP to springsforthfaith

A membership meal is being planned for Sunday, April 14, from 12 – 3pm. Please let a pastor know by the end of March if you are interested in joining Tabor as a member.

Conference Announcements

Prayer Requests:

« Western District Conference: Give thanks for the diversity of cultural contexts and languages in which WDC congregations worship each week.

« Mennonite Mission Network: SOOP participants who like to work with fabric are needed to serve in Reedley, California, at the Nearly New Thrift Store and Mennonite Quilt Center. MMN requests prayer for volunteers willing to help at Fresno’s MCC relief sale held the first weekend in April.

« Mennonite Education: In honor of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., many students across the country are participating in a week of service, learning and action this week. Pray for all who participate — may they be challenged and grow through their experiences.

Mennonite Church USA:

—As you celebrate Martin Luther King Jr. Day on Jan. 21, we invite you to reflect on the words of the open letter to MC USA from 2018 Hope for the Future participants: "Love one another as Christ has loved us, despite our differences, acknowledging the reality of what our church is now, equally valuing the gifts of our diverse membership." Read the full letter: http://mennoniteusa.org/wp-contentuploads/2018/uploads/2018/03/2018_3_Hope-for-the-Future-Letter-to-MC-USA_Final.pdf.Mennonite church announcements

— The Mennonite, Inc., invites your original submissions for our March 2019 print magazine issue and corresponding online content focusing on Lent: Repentance and Transcendence. More information at: https://themennonite.org/march-2019-call-submissions-lent/

— Graduate Students in Healthcare Professions: Mennonite Healthcare Fellowship (MHF) offers educational grants for Anabaptist students to learn and serve in cross-cultural mission/service settings in developing countries. Deadline for 2019-20 academic year is May 15, 2019. For details and application form, see info, or call 1-888-406-3643.

— Calling everyone ages 15-22: Are you looking for a fun and meaningful way to serve this summer? There are spots left to join a 2019 Youth Venture team! See and join in the work God is doing in Indonesia, Peru, Japan, or Benin. Visit www.MennoniteMission.net/SERVE to learn more, or contact Lauren Eash Hershberger at LaurenEH@MennoniteMission.net.

Summer staff applications WELCOMED! Camp Mennoscah is searching for and reaching out to those folks 18 and older to be part of our summer leadership family. We’re looking for lifeguards, music leaders, crafts leaders, office and media assistants, naturalists, and grounds/maintenance. It will be a summer of fun times, meaningful relationship building, and leadership skills! Apply online at campmennoscah.org under Summer Youth Camps. This is an amazing way for young adults to serve and grow in faith!

Camp Mennoscah is now accepting applicants for a quarter-time (10 hours/week) custodial-housekeeping position. The position will remain open until filled. Contact Olivia at 620-297-3290 or olivia.bartel for further information.

Online registration for 2019 Camp Mennoscah Retreats opened January 12! Go to www.campmennoscah.org to register for retreats like Scrapbook and Crafts, Family Weekend, and Retirees Retreat.

Bethel College:

—Mon., Jan. 21 – Bethel College annual Martin Luther King Jr. Day celebration, with guest speaker Sherdeill H. Breathett Sr., Wichita, 7 p.m., Krehbiel Auditorium in Luyken Fine Arts Center

—Sat., Jan. 26 – Kauffman Museum annual Kansas Day event: 11 a.m. – program featuring middle-school history teacher Keil Hileman, Krehbiel Auditorium in Luyken Fine Arts Center; 1-4 pm – special activities and programs in and around the museum on “Collectors, Collecting, Collections”; 11:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. – food trucks, museum parking lot. See Kauffman Museum website or Facebook page for more information.

Join Offender/Victim Ministries (OVM) for our annual Reaching Out Letter Writing Event! Monday, January 21 from 1-5pm at OVM (900 N Poplar, Newton). Letters and cards will be delivered to individuals incarcerated at Hutchinson Correctional Facility on February 14. If you are interested in Reaching Out Letter Writing materials for your church or small group, contact ben@offendervictimministries to arrange for delivery.

Offender/Victim Ministries (OVM) presents The Prison Theater Project, a collaboration between Bethel College and Hutchinson Correctional Facility, on Friday, January 25, 7pm at HCF East Unit (400 S Halstead Rd, Hutchinson). RSVP to ben by Friday, January 11 to attend. Preceding this event at 5pm, all are welcome to join us for OVM’s Annual Meeting at St. Teresa Church (211 E 5th, Hutchinson). Soup supper provided.

Join us for an MCC Lunch & Learn with John Sharp on Wed., Jan. 30 from 12pm-1pm at MCC in N. Newton (121 E. 30th St.). John will share his presentation, Changing the World One Life at a Time: the MJ Sharp Story. MJ and his colleague Zaida Catalán, part of a U.N. panel of experts investigating conflicts that have been ongoing in Congo since the mid-1990s, were abducted and killed in March 2017. MJ served with MCC in the Congo prior to his work with the U.N. John is passionate about telling MJ’s story and he and his wife Michelle’s journey with him. John will also share updates to the investigation that is ongoing in Congo. Please RSVP to this event by January 25 to patsydirksen. Lunch will be catered by Mojo’s Coffee Bar, please list food sensitivities when you RSVP.

Hesston College’s annual Anabaptist Vision and Discipleship Series (AVDS) conference, Feb. 1 to 3, on the Hesston College campus. “Growing More Like Jesus from the Outside In: Transforming Heart and Mind” will be led by Christian spirituality experts Mark and Lisa Scandrette, referencing their practical Ninefold Path of the Beatitudes. Register before Jan. 28. Learn more and register now at hesston.edu/avds

Thinking about seminary? Anabaptist Mennonite Biblical Seminary offers scholarships and need-based financial aid to help make your education affordable. Complete your admissions application now so you can be eligible to apply for merit-based scholarships by March 1 and ministry scholarships by April 1. ambs.edu/scholarships

The next concert of the Prairie Window Concert Series, featuring Moors & McCumber, will be on Sunday, January 27th at 4 p.m. at the Dyck Arboretum in Hesston. Join us for an evening of great music and good food in a prairie garden setting. Tickets: $20 adults/$10 kids, plus tax. Purchase tickets online or call 620-327-8127 to reserve your seats.

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Tabor Strides Poster and Log.pdf

Jan. 13 announcements

Congregational Announcements

Coming to a church very near you! The Hesston College Bel Canto Singers AND the Bethel College Concert Choir will be performing here at Tabor on February 17 at 7:00 p.m. Bringing these two choirs together for a concert is a dream come true for their directors, and it will be a very special evening indeed. Save the date for this fundraising concert to support the building fund!

Tabor Church Auditors will be meeting soon. Church Treasurers, please submit your financial and bank statements to the church office as soon as possible. In addition, reports for the annual report book need to be submitted now. Electronic format preferred. Email to: kfunk.

Directory Updates and changes to the church directory are requested at this time. Please contact the church office at kfunk.

Tabor Mennonite Women will have a work day on Saturday, January 19 from 1:00 to 4:30 p.m. We will be tying comforters and embroidering tea towels. If you’ve never done either one of these, now would be a great time to come and learn and enjoy a great time of fellowship as we work together.

Tabor Church’s week at New Hope Shelter is January 30 to February 5. The beginning of a new year is a good time to try something new! Join us in volunteering at the shelter. Training for volunteers happens the third Monday of each month from 6:30 to 8:00 pm at New Hope. If you are at all interested, or have any questions, please let Austin Unruh or Barb Abrahams know. It is truly a rewarding experience and you will get so much appreciation from the residents.

The Mennonite Heritage and Agricultural Museum annual meeting will take place on Sunday, January 20, 2019 at 2:30 p.m. It will be held at the Goessel Mennonite Church and after a short business meeting our guest speaker will be Brian Stucky. His topic will be the Cherokee Trail in Kansas. A Faspa will follow the program.

On January 20 the Alexanderwohl Peace Committee invites you to our dessert potluck at 7:00 pm in the fellowship hall. Our speakers will have an environmental focus. Sarah Balzer, a junior at Bethel College, won the national C. Henry Smith Oration Contest. She will share her speech on how plastics create many environmental justice issues, and invite questions/discussion. Maynard Knepp will then share how the MCC Center works with recycling, and their dreams for expanding it. Everyone is invited to attend — bring your favorite dessert to share.

Is there anything better than a Vacation Bible School package that helps children discover signs of God in the Bible and in their lives? Well, yes! What’s even better is making those discoveries available to all age groups in the church! Come to a launch event for Detectives of Divinity VBS PLUS on February 23, 9-10:30 a.m. at Bethel College Mennonite Church. VBS directors, pastors, teachers, leaders, and parents—all are invited to come, AND everyone who RSVPs by February 15 will receive a free devotional book, Now It Springs Up. Come see materials for preschoolers, children, youth and adults, featuring Bible stories and lots of games, crafts, activities, skits and ideas for you to make it happen in your congregation. RSVP to springsforthfaith

Conference Announcements

Prayer Requests:

« Western District Conference: Pray for interim and transitional pastors guiding WDC congregations during times of change, visioning, and preparation for future leadership.

« Mennonite Mission Network: This week, the Council of International Anabaptist Ministries will gather at MCC’s Welcoming Place in Akron, Pennsylvania. MMN requests prayer for the leaders of North American and global mission agencies as they seek to collaborate in doing God’s work in the world.

« Mennonite Education: Pray for participants in AMBS’s Spiritual Guidance Seminars as they strengthen their skills in offering spiritual direction. May they and their directees be transformed as they listen for God together.

Western District Conference year-end snapshot: At Annual Assembly last July, WDC members gathered for worship and Bible study with guest teacher-singer-songwriter Bryan Moyer Suderman. We were enriched through workshops, sharing in the delegate session, and lots of good food and fellowship! Connecting churches through Annual Assembly is just one way your gifts to WDC empower 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. As we work together to meet WDC’s budget goal for the fiscal year (ending January 31, 2019), we request your donations online at http://mennowdc.org or sent to WDC at PO Box 306, North Newton, KS 67117. Thank you for planting these seeds of hope!

Summer staff applications WELCOMED! Camp Mennoscah is searching for and reaching out to those folks 18 and older to be part of our summer leadership family. We’re looking for lifeguards, music leaders, crafts leaders, office and media assistants, naturalists, and grounds/maintenance. It will be a summer of fun times, meaningful relationship building, and leadership skills! Apply online at campmennoscah.org under Summer Youth Camps. This is an amazing way for young adults to serve and grow in faith!

Camp Mennoscah is now accepting applicants for a quarter-time (10 hours/week) custodial-housekeeping position. The position will remain open until filled. Contact Olivia at 620-297-3290 or olivia.bartel for further information.

Online registration for 2019 Camp Mennoscah Retreats opened January 12! Go to www.campmennoscah.org to register for retreats like Scrapbook and Crafts, Family Weekend, and Retirees Retreat.

Medicare workshop scheduled for January: Everence will continue its popular retirement workshop series in 2019, starting with Make Medicare an easy step on Monday, Jan. 14, 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 (316) 283-3800; (877) 467-7294 or michelle.ramer.

The Parkinson’s Support Group at Kidron Bethel will meet Tuesday, January 15, at 2:00 p.m. in Menno Hall. Haylie Berning, director of the Bethel College Academy for Performing Arts dance program, will talk about the effectiveness of movement for Parkinson’s Disease and share a sample class of 15-20 minutes of movement.

All are welcome.

Bethel College: Mon., Jan. 21 – Bethel College annual Martin Luther King Jr. Day celebration, with guest speaker Sherdeill H. Breathett Sr., Wichita, 7 p.m., Krehbiel Auditorium in Luyken Fine Arts Center

Join Offender/Victim Ministries (OVM) for our annual Reaching Out Letter Writing Event! Monday, January 21 from 1-5pm at OVM (900 N Poplar, Newton). Letters and cards will be delivered to individuals incarcerated at Hutchinson Correctional Facility on February 14. If you are interested in Reaching Out Letter Writing materials for your church or small group, contact ben@offendervictimministries to arrange for delivery.

Offender/Victim Ministries (OVM) presents The Prison Theater Project, a collaboration between Bethel College and Hutchinson Correctional Facility, on Friday, January 25, 7pm at HCF East Unit (400 S Halstead Rd, Hutchinson). RSVP to ben by Friday, January 11 to attend. Preceding this event at 5pm, all are welcome to join us for OVM’s Annual Meeting at St. Teresa Church (211 E 5th, Hutchinson). Soup supper provided.

Join us for an MCC Lunch & Learn with John Sharp on Wed., Jan. 30 from 12pm-1pm at MCC in N. Newton (121 E. 30th St.). John will share his presentation, Changing the World One Life at a Time: the MJ Sharp Story. MJ and his colleague Zaida Catalán, part of a U.N. panel of experts investigating conflicts that have been ongoing in Congo since the mid-1990s, were abducted and killed in March 2017. MJ served with MCC in the Congo prior to his work with the U.N. John is passionate about telling MJ’s story and he and his wife Michelle’s journey with him. John will also share updates to the investigation that is ongoing in Congo. Please RSVP to this event by January 25 to patsydirksen. Lunch will be catered by Mojo’s Coffee Bar, please list food sensitivities when you RSVP.

Hesston College’s annual Anabaptist Vision and Discipleship Series (AVDS) conference, Feb. 1 to 3, on the Hesston College campus. “Growing More Like Jesus from the Outside In: Transforming Heart and Mind” will be led by Christian spirituality experts Mark and Lisa Scandrette, referencing their practical Ninefold Path of the Beatitudes. Register before Jan. 28. Learn more and register now at hesston.edu/avds

“Choices”, a play by Gretchen Eick will be presented at Lorraine Avenue Mennonite Church, Wichita, KS on Saturday, January 26, 7 pm, admission is free. It is a story that came to Gretchen during her time of teaching in Bosnia this past year, along with her husband, Rev. Mike Poage. They are active with the Peace Committee of Lorraine Avenue. In the play a young Bosnian woman with a university degree, who can’t find work, meets a Bosnian-American man wishing to be connected to his birth culture. Each must make choices including what religion and country mean to them. Additionally, a Hallal meal from Omar’s Kitchen will be available at 6 pm for a donation. To reserve your meal – contact

office@lorraine.church or call 316-682-4555.

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Jan. 6 Announcements

Congregational Announcements

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.

Wednesday Evening, January 9:

5:45 p.m.— Fellowship Meal

6:30-7:30p.m.—Preschool – Grade 2: Choir and Class with Circle of Grace Curriculum.

—Grades 3-8: Make MCC Sale Crafts

—the Education Committee encourages all adults, parents, teachers (especially everyone who signs the annual Safe Sanctuary Covenant) to attend a video conference in the sanctuary. Leah Schulte, guest speaker with Dove’s Nest will be speaking on the subject of Consent and what abuse prevention looks like for all ages groups. She will start with a Consent exercise, video, bring in the Genesis 34 story about Dinah and how this relates to rape culture. She will be talking about how to work against this culture in church by educating ourselves and teaching others about healthy boundaries in today’s society. Leah is the Director of Religious & Spiritual Life at Doan University, NE and works with college students on Consent Issues.

6:15-8:15 p.m.—The Youth Group will be going to the MCC Youth Night. We will assemble school kits, hear from someone who did service in Tanzania, and eat pizza with other area youth. We will plan to leave the church building at 6:15 and return around 8:15.

7:30-8:30—Adult Choir

8:00 p.m.—Adult Bible Study

Prayer and Visioning Retreat: The Church Council is hosting an Envisioning Retreat on Jan. 12th from 9am-12pm here at the church. We will spend most of the time looking ahead to the coming year and to all the possibilities that lay ahead. It’s our tendency to look at the new building and all that it offers, but we don’t want to limit our visions to that solely but rather look at Tabor Church as a whole. This is open to anyone that attends Tabor Church that has interest in this type of discussion. If you have any questions about this please feel free to contact Jim Schmidt.

Tabor Wellness: Everyone is invited to the year end wellness celebration Sunday, January 13th, at noon in the fellowship hall! Food will be provided along with an award presentation, door prizes and the an introduction of the 2019 challenges! Please RSVP on the bulletin board or with Kevin Nickel.

Tabor Mennonite Women will have a work day on Saturday, January 19 from 1:00 to 4:30 p.m. We will be tying comforters and embroidering tea towels. If you’ve never done either one of these, now would be a great time to come and learn and enjoy a great time of fellowship as we work together.

Tabor Church’s week at New Hope Shelter is January 30 to February 5. At the beginning of a new year is a good time to try something new! Join us in volunteering at the shelter. Training for volunteers happens the third Monday of each month from 6:30 to 8:00 pm at New Hope. If you are at all interested, or have any questions, please let Austin Unruh or Barb Abrahams know. It is truly a rewarding experience and you will get so much appreciation from the residents.

Directory Updates and changes to the church directory are requested at this time. Please contact the church office at kfunk.

Red Cross hopes one of your New Year’s resolutions was a commitment to give blood. Their situation is urgent and a heartfelt THANKS to the 29 donors who came the day after Christmas, and with 2 double donations we got 31 pints, which helps up to 93 people! Your next chance is Tuesday, Feb. 26, so schedule a time to use your heart to save a life.

The Mennonite Heritage and Agricultural Museum annual meeting will take place on Sunday, January 20, 2019 at 2:30 p.m. It will be held at the Goessel Mennonite Church and after a short business meeting our guest speaker will be Brian Stucky. His topic will be the Cherokee Trail in Kansas. A Faspa will follow the program.

Conference Announcements

Prayer Requests:

« Western District Conference: Pray for WDC staff as they gather for an annual staff retreat this week.

« Mennonite Mission Network: Tomorrow, Jane and Jerrell Ross Richer and their family are returning to Ecuador after six months in the United States. Their two-way mission with MMN requires many transitions. Pray for wisdom and patience. Pray especially for daughter, Sierra, who is remaining in the United States for college.

« Mennonite Education Agency: Hesston College: With construction underway on new nursing and athletic facilities, thank God for the generosity of donors who join Hesston College to nurture and educate students well within a Christ-centered environment.

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 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!

Peace Academic Center-Mattresses: Kay Neff will be taking a van to Hopi on January 16th. The teacher housing is still in need of several mattresses, full or queen size, in serviceable condition. If you have one or two to donate, please contact Kay by email: Kayn@mennoniteEducation.org or phone 316-281-4400 to arrange for pick up. ~Blessings, Peace Academic Center.

Be part of Hesston College’s Missional Leadership class during the Spring 2019 semester to explore the theology and leadership strategies of missional Christian congregations and empower yourself, your congregations and those with whom you worship in evangelism and “disciple-making.” Led by Bible and Ministry professor Michele Hershberger, the class will meet from 6 to 7:40 p.m. on Monday nights from Jan. 21 through May 6, on the Hesston College campus. The cost to audit the class is $225, and to take the course for credit is $1,653. Contact michele.hershberger with questions. Register for the class (Relg 122) by Jan. 15 at hesston.edu/apply. Click “Start your online application now,” then choose the “Community Student Application” from the available options.

Hesston College’s annual Anabaptist Vision and Discipleship Series (AVDS) conference, Feb. 1 to 3, on the Hesston College campus. “Growing More Like Jesus from the Outside In: Transforming Heart and Mind” will be led by Christian spirituality experts Mark and Lisa Scandrette, referencing their practical Ninefold Path of the Beatitudes. Learn more and register now at hesston.edu/avds

Bethel College:

—Sun., Jan. 6 – Rachel Pannabecker, “Remembering Ethel Ewert Abrahams: Collector and Artist,” program in connection with the special exhibit “Better Choose Me: Collecting and Creating with Tobacco Fabric Novelties, 1880-1920,” 3 p.m., Kauffman Museum

—Centering Prayer resumes Mon., Jan. 7, and meets most Mondays from noon-1 p.m. in Agape Center in Richert House on the Bethel College campus. For more information, contact Nathan Koontz, 2nathankoontz, or Melanie Zuercher, mzuercher.

—Mon., Jan. 21 – Bethel College annual Martin Luther King Jr. Day celebration, with guest speaker Sherdeill H. Breathett Sr., Wichita, 7 p.m., Krehbiel Auditorium in Luyken Fine Arts Center

Join Offender/Victim Ministries (OVM) for our annual Reaching Out Letter Writing Events! Thursday, January 10 from 7-9pm at MCC Central States (121 E 30th Street, N. Newton) and Monday, January 21 from 1-5pm at OVM (900 N Poplar, Newton). Letters and cards will be delivered to individuals incarcerated at Hutchinson Correctional Facility on February 14. If you are interested in Reaching Out Letter Writing materials for your church or small group, contact ben@offendervictimministries to arrange for delivery.

Offender/Victim Ministries (OVM) presents The Prison Theater Project, a collaboration between Bethel College and Hutchinson Correctional Facility, on Friday, January 25, 7pm at HCF East Unit (400 S Halstead Rd, Hutchinson). RSVP to ben by Friday, January 11 to attend. Preceding this event at 5pm, all are welcome to join us for OVM’s Annual Meeting at St. Teresa Church (211 E 5th, Hutchinson). Soup supper provided.

Medicare workshop scheduled for January: Everence will continue its popular retirement workshop series in 2019, starting with Make Medicare an easy step on Monday, Jan. 14, 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 (316) 283-3800; (877) 467-7294 or michelle.ramer.

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