Dec. 15 announcements

Congregational Announcements

The Tabor Trading Post: Remember, this is where Tabor folks bring creative wonderful items and then Tabor folks buy them, and the proceeds go to a very good cause! In the past, the money went for our Tabor Building Fund. This year, the money will go to the Melody Hall Housing Fund, so someone from our Tabor family has a safe, warm place to spend the winter. So prepare to enjoy the Trading Post after Faith Formation, in the Hospitality Hall, on Dec. 15. See Carol Duerksen if you have questions.

Stories & Stuff: Everyone, men and women, are invited to join us for a Christmas Celebration! Come to the Hospitality Hall at Tabor on Dec. 19 at 10am and spread Christmas Cheer!!

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

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

Tabor Ladies Lunch Bunch that meets at Bethesda will not meet on December 17 due to a conflict at Bethesda. The group will meet again in January.

This Christmas give the gift of life between 1:00-6:00 on Dec. 16 by donating blood or donating time to volunteer, at the blood drive at Goessel Church. Have questions? Call Rosi (367-2418)

Commodity distribution will take place on December 20 from 5-6 p.m. at the Goessel Mennonite Church. Contact Jenny Girard with questions. 620-266-6939.

Coming! The Great Winter Warm-UP! Mennonite Central Committee (MCC) is collecting 6,500 comforters to deliver to people affected by disaster and conflict all around the world. Alexanderwohl and Tabor Mennonite Church will host an MCC Comforter Blitz for everyone in the Goessel Community, at the Tabor Mennonite Church Fellowship Hall on Saturday, January 18, 2020, 9am – 4pm. Something for everyone—pin, tie, trim, sew, or help in the kitchen with snacks and the noon meal. In the meantime, you can start now to make comforter tops for this event. Use your own fabric or contact Ruth, Sharon or Kim for fabric available from MCC and for instructions to make a 60” X 80“ top. A donation box can be found in the foyer if you would like to help purchase batting and supplies for the comforters. Contact Ruth Goertzen (alexmenno; 620-747-0074), Sharon Adrian (sladrian49; 620-877-7239), or Kim Funk(kfunk; 620-747-0408) with questions. We look forward to seeing many of you at this Goessel Community Winter Warm-up!

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

The Alexanderwohl coffee group invites anyone age 60 and over to join them for Senior Coffee and Conversation on Fri., Dec. 20, at 9 am in the Alexanderwohl Church Fellowship Hall. The entertainment will be the Goessel HS Elbiata Singers under the direction of Braden Unruh, followed by a time of food and fellowship. Donations are welcome.

Please call the Alexanderwohl Church office by Mon, Dec. 16, if you would like to join us.

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

Conference Announcements

Prayer Requests:

« Western District Conference: Give thanks for the generosity of WDC congregations and donors, and pray for financial contributions to support this year’s budget goals and ministry priorities.

« Mennonite Mission Network: MMN requests prayer for DOOR’s leadership development program, Discern, that works with local youth of color to help them expand their leadership skills through mentorship and workshops engaging justice issues. Pray for resources to broaden the current three-month program to nine months.

« Mennonite Education Agency: Pray that the Instituto Bíblico Anabautista program continues to be a blessing through the training of new leaders for the Hispanic congregations in Mennonite Church USA. Pray for the 37 volunteer tutors who meet weekly with the students in 35 study centers. May God fill them with wisdom, and may they continue to be important instruments for this ministry in their respective congregations.

Western District Conference:

—Western District Conference invites you to 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. As of November 30 we were $111,000 short of meeting our expenses for the year to date, so your generous gifts are invited to help close the gap towards WDC’s 2019 budget goal! You may make an online contribution here or send a check to Western District Conference, PO Box 306, North Newton, KS 67117. Thank you for your generosity!

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

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

Handel’s Messiah: First Mennonite Church, 429 E 1st, Newton KS, will present Handel’s Messiah on Sunday, December 15 at 7 pm with a community chorus, orchestra and soloists. The director is Matthew Graber.

The family band Five Times Harder will present a Christmas concert at 4:00 p.m. on December 22 at First Mennonite Church, Hillsboro (102 S. Ash). Their concerts feature an entertaining blend of voices and instruments, in bluegrass, folk, jazz, and classical styles. There is no admission fee; a free will offering will be collected to benefit the ongoing work of MCC.

Thanks to everyone who supported Camp Mennoscah on Giving Tuesday! Donations totaling a little over $8,300 were received, and all the jelly and zwieback were claimed! Because of this support, Camp Mennoscah will continue to help campers of all ages grow in their faith through experiences in creation, fellowship, and worship. If you missed your chance to give last Tuesday, you can still mail in a 2019 donation by December 31 or give online at campmennoscah.org. Thank you for being involved in this ministry!

New Hope Shelter Volunteer Training will take place Monday, December 16 at 6:30 p.m., 900 W. Broadway, Bldg 7. For more information Contact Ashli: ahli

Mennonite Church USA (MC USA):

—You are invited to join MC USA staff for “Coffee and Conversation” in the Newton offices (718 N Main, Newton) to hear from Mennonite Mission Network International Service Worker, Deb Byler, on Monday, December 16 at 11am. She will share about the ministries in which she is involved with Kekchi Mennonite women in Guatemala. A recent article on Deb’s ministry is available on-line: https://www.

mennonitemission.net/news/Spiritual-direction-in-Kekchi-context-brings-mutual-growth

—Youth Venture is a short-term service and learning experience offered in the summer to students age 15–22. For roughly two weeks, you will have the opportunity to join a team of other students and adult leaders to explore the world to see how God is at work. This year, we’re offering experiences in Benin, Colombia, Israel, Peru, Spain, and Kykotsmovi, Arizona. Application deadline is April 1, 2020. Contact us today https://www.mennonitemission.net/Serve/Youth%20Venture with your questions or to begin exploring these incredible opportunities!

—Join an intentional community with peers, serve with a local nonprofit, and plug into your neighborhood and local congregation in places like Washington, D.C.; Chicago; San Francisco; and Alamosa. Learn more at www.MennoniteMission.net/Serve. Age: 20+; term: 1–2 years.

—Need a change of scenery? Join SOOP and use your gifts and skills to work alongside others in a network of ministries across the church. Flexibility designed for retirees, families, and adults over 25. Explore opportunities at www.MennoniteMission.net/Serve.

The gift of nurture and belonging! Mennonite Healthcare Fellowship (MHF) is an interdisciplinary community of Anabaptist health professionals which seeks to nurture the integration of faith and practice, to provide opportunities for dialogue on health related issues, and to address specific needs through education, advocacy, and service. If you embrace Anabaptism and are involved in healthcare, we invite you to learn more and "Join the Conversation" at www.mennohealth.org/JoinTheConversation/.

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Dec. 8 announcements

Congregational Announcements

2019 Giving: Through email communications, the Tabor Church Council approved the disbursal of the over-budget monies to be disbursed proportionally to the 2019 Unified Budget. –Jim Schmidt, Congregational Chairperson

The Tabor Trading Post: Remember, this is where Tabor folks bring creative wonderful items and then Tabor folks buy them, and the proceeds go to a very good cause! In the past, the money went for our Tabor Building Fund. This year, the money will go to the Melody Hall Housing Fund, so someone from our Tabor family has a safe, warm place to spend the winter. So prepare to enjoy the Trading Post after Faith Formation, in the Hospitality Hall, on Dec. 8. See Carol Duerksen if you have questions.

Parsonage Open House: Everyone is welcome to stop by the church parsonage on Sunday afternoon between 3:30 and 5:30 pm for a time of fellowship and snacks!

The McPherson Community Brass Choir under the direction of Jerry Toews will be performing great Brass Christmas Music at Alexanderwohl Mennonite Church on Sunday, Dec. 8 at 7 pm. Also performing will be the Goessel High School Elbiata Singers under the direction of Braden Unruh. A free will offering for the Goessel Ministerial Alliance will be received with proceeds to help local needs. Everyone is invited for this Festive Event!

Calling all Tabor Women and Girls: You are invited to a Christmas Breakfast on Saturday, December 14 at 9 a.m. in the Hospitality Hall. Please sign up on the bulletin board across from the church office. After a delicious breakfast, Donna Becker will present the program. In her presentation titled “Did You Know?”, she will give a historical view of how our Christmas traditions have developed from the 1800s to the present. Donna will use story and interaction to connect the traditions of Christmases past with the way we honor the message of Jesus’ birth today. She invites you to think about Christmas traditions you observe and why you cherish them.

Deadline to sign up is Sunday, December 8.

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

2020 Giving Project for Adult Faith Formation: Beginning December 1, Adult Faith Formation offerings will help fund the Wednesday evening fellowship meals. Meals are currently (and will continue to be) funded by a suggested donation from attendees. Christian Ed has assisted with funds from their budget when needed. While funds continue to fall short to cover meal expenses, we still feel that this fellowship time is an important part of our Wednesday evening ministry for all who attend. We encourage all adults to joyfully give to the weekly offering in fiscal 2020 for this outreach opportunity right here in our own community.

Tabor Ladies Lunch Bunch that meets at Bethesda will not meet on December 17 due to a conflict at Bethesda. Watch the announcements to see if and when it will be rescheduled in December. The group will meet again in January.

The Goessel Ministerial Alliance Christmas Giving Tree project is happening again this year. The tags will be available on the tree at the Crossroads Credit

Union on Tuesday, December 3. All the gifts will need to be brought back to the Credit Union by Friday, December 13. The gifts should be wrapped and the credit union personnel will assist with the “checking in” process. The gifts will then be delivered by the Ministerial Alliance.

The Second Monday Family History & Genealogy Group will meet Mon., Dec. 9, 7pm, in the Goessel City Building Community Room, 101 So. Cedar St., Goessel. Marcia (Nickel) Zuercher, a middle school teacher in Newton, will share a unique idea she has developed to tell family stories, which may be used for Christmas gift-giving!

This Christmas give the gift of life between 1:00-6:00 on Dec. 16 by donating blood or donating time to volunteer, at the blood drive at Goessel Church. Have questions? Call Rosi (367-2418)

The Alexanderwohl coffee group invites anyone age 60 and over to join them for Senior Coffee and Conversation on Fri., Dec. 20, at 9 am in the Alexanderwohl Church Fellowship Hall. The entertainment will be the Goessel HS Elbiata Singers under the direction of Braden Unruh, followed by a time of food and fellowship. Donations are welcome.

Please call the Alexanderwohl Church office by Mon, Dec. 16, if you would like to join us.

Commodity distribution will take place on December 20 from 5-6 p.m. at the Goessel Mennonite Church. Contact Jenny Girard with questions. 620-266-6939.

Coming! The Great Winter Warm-UP! Mennonite Central Committee (MCC) is collecting 6,500 comforters to deliver to people affected by disaster and conflict all around the world. Alexanderwohl and Tabor Mennonite Church will host an MCC Comforter Blitz for everyone in the Goessel Community, at the Tabor Mennonite Church Fellowship Hall on Saturday, January 18, 2020, 9am – 4pm. Something for everyone—pin, tie, trim, sew, or help in the kitchen with snacks and the noon meal. In the meantime, you can start now to make comforter tops for this event. Use your own fabric or contact Ruth, Sharon or Kim for fabric available from MCC and for instructions to make a 60” X 80“ top. A donation box can be found in the foyer if you would like to help purchase batting and supplies for the comforters. Contact Ruth Goertzen (alexmenno; 620-747-0074), Sharon Adrian (sladrian49; 620-877-7239), or Kim Funk(kfunk; 620-747-0408) with questions. We look forward to seeing many of you at this Goessel Community Winter Warm-up!

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

Conference Announcements

Prayer Requests:

« Western District Conference: Give thanks for pastors, musicians, teachers, and others who coordinate and lead special activities in WDC congregations during the Christmas season.

« Mennonite Mission Network: David and Sophie Lapp Jost of MMN have moved from their ministry in the Middle East to Germany. Pray for them as they engage in language learning and a cross-cultural transition period. David serves with the German Mennonite Peace Committee and Sophie’s work is with the Bammental Mennonite community.

« Mennonite Education Agency: Anabaptist Mennonite Biblical Seminary. Give thanks for the free Anabaptist prayer app, Take Our Moments and Our Days, and for the technology that enables these Scripture-saturated morning and evening prayer services to be available to users worldwide.

Western District Conference:

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

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

—As Christmas approaches, you’re invited to explore what’s happening today in Bethlehem. Resources selected by the Israel-Palestine Relations Task Force are now on display at the WDC Resource Library.

Christmas for Volunteers! Camp Mennoscah loves to celebrate our volunteers and Christmas. We’re throwing a party for everyone who has ever volunteered at Camp Mennoscah in any capacity on December 14 at 2:30pm. Help with a maintenance project? Play piano for a retreat? Host a weekend? Counsel at summer camp? This party’s for you! Spouses and families welcome. We’ll provide some snacky items and simple drinks. Come play games and talk with fellow volunteers!

Handel’s Messiah: First Mennonite Church, 429 E 1st, Newton KS, will present Handel’s Messiah on Sunday, December 15 at 7 pm with a community chorus, orchestra and soloists. The director is Matthew Graber.

Mennonite Church USA (MC USA):

—You are invited to join MC USA staff for “Coffee and Conversation” in the Newton offices (718 N Main, Newton) to hear from Mennonite Mission Network International Service Worker, Deb Byler, on Monday, December 16 at 11am. She will share about the ministries in which she is involved with Kekchi Mennonite women in Guatemala. A recent article on Deb’s ministry is available on-line: https://www.mennonitemission.net/news/Spiritual-direction-in-Kekchi-context-brings-mutual-growth

—The Mennonite, Inc., invites your original submissions for our February 2020 print magazine issue and corresponding online content focusing on The dignity of bodies. More information at: https://themennonite.org/february-2020- call-submissions/

—Thinking of pastoral ministry? Be a Service Adventure leader! Live in a unit house with a small group of youth and offer support as they serve and live in Christian community. Age: 24+; term: 2 years. For more info, contact LaurenEH@MennoniteMission.net.

—Experience the town of Jesus, meet its people, learn their language, join and experience local churches, and explore the rich and varied culture of Israel. Apply to join the Nazareth Village Youth Venture team at www.MennoniteMission.net/Serve. Age 18+; term: 2–3 weeks.

All MCC volunteers and alumni are invited to our annual come-and-go MCC Christmas Soiree on Thursday, December 12 from 5-7 p.m. at MCC in North Newton (121 E. 30th). We will have food, Christmas cheer and plenty of time for fellowship. At 6 p.m. we’ll pause for a short program about Christmas around the world from our International Volunteer Exchange Program (IVEP) participants. You don’t want to miss this annual event!

The gift of nurture and belonging! Mennonite Healthcare Fellowship (MHF) is an interdisciplinary community of Anabaptist health professionals which seeks to nurture the integration of faith and practice, to provide opportunities for dialogue on health related issues, and to address specific needs through education, advocacy, and service. If you embrace Anabaptism and are involved in healthcare, we invite you to learn more and "Join the Conversation" at www.mennohealth.org/JoinTheConversation/.

Bethel College:

—Today, Sun., Dec. 8 – 34th annual Lighting of the Green at Bethel College, 8pm.

—Kauffman Museum is open through the holidays (closed Mondays, plus Weds., Christmas Day, and Weds., New Year’s Day): weekdays, 9:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m., Sat.-Sun., 1:30-4:30 p.m. Visit the current special exhibit “K is for Kansas: exploring Kansas from A to Z.” See www.bethelks.edu/kauffman/ or the Kauffman Museum Facebook page for more information.

Mennonite Mission Network is seeking a full-time finance assistant and a half time recruiter. You can see the positions descriptions at www.mennonitemission.net under “employment opportunities”. To begin the application process for either of these positions, send your resumé to StaffRecruitment@MennoniteMission.net or call Linda Krueger, HR Coordinator (574-523-3009) for more information.

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Dec. 1 announcements

Congregational Announcements

Calling all Tabor Women and Girls: You are invited to a Christmas Breakfast on Saturday, December 14 at 9 a.m. in the Hospitality Hall. Please sign up on the bulletin board across from the church office. After a delicious breakfast, Donna Becker will present the program. In her presentation titled “Did You Know?”, she will give a historical view of how our Christmas traditions have developed from the 1800s to the present. Donna will use story and interaction to connect the traditions of Christmases past with the way we honor the message of Jesus’ birth today. She invites you to think about Christmas traditions you observe and why you cherish them.

The Mennonite Subscriptions: It is that time of the year to renew or subscribe to The Mennonite. We can get a special subscription rate by renewing/subscribing as a group from Tabor Church. The cost for a one year subscription is $37. Please let Barb Abrahams know if you want a subscription and put a $37 check made payable to Tabor Church Deacon Fund in her mail box by December 5.

2020 Giving Project for Adult Faith Formation: Beginning December 1, Adult Faith Formation offerings will help fund the Wednesday evening fellowship meals. Meals are currently (and will continue to be) funded by a suggested donation from attendees. Christian Ed has assisted with funds from their budget when needed. While funds continue to fall short to cover meal expenses, we still feel that this fellowship time is an important part of our Wednesday evening ministry for all who attend. We encourage all adults to joyfully give to the weekly offering in fiscal 2020 for this outreach opportunity right here in our own community.

The Tabor Trading Post: Remember, this is where Tabor folks bring creative wonderful items and then Tabor folks buy them, and the proceeds go to a very good cause! In the past, the money went for our Tabor Building Fund. This year, the money will go to the Melody Hall Housing Fund, so someone from our Tabor family has a safe, warm place to spend the winter. So prepare to enjoy the Trading Post after Faith Formation, in the Hospitality Hall, on Dec. 1 and 8. See Carol Duerksen if you have questions.

The Goessel Ministerial Alliance Christmas Giving Tree project is happening again this year. The tags will be available on the tree at the Crossroads Credit

Union on Tuesday, December 3. All the gifts will need to be brought back to the Credit Union by Friday, December 13. The gifts should be wrapped and the credit union personnel will assist with the “checking in” process. The gifts will then be delivered by the Ministerial Alliance.

Christmas Brass: The 17-piece McPherson Community Brass Choir under the direction of Jerry Toews will be performing great Brass Christmas Music in the Historic Alexanderwohl Mennonite Church on Sunday, Dec 8 at 7 pm. Also performing will be the Goessel High School Elbiata Singers under the direction of Braden Unruh. During the service, a free will offering for the Goessel Ministerial Alliance will be received with proceeds to help local needs. Everyone is invited for this Festive Event!

The Second Monday Family History & Genealogy Group will meet Mon., Dec. 9, 7pm, in the Goessel City Building Community Room, 101 So. Cedar St., Goessel. Marcia (Nickel) Zuercher, a middle school teacher in Newton, will share a unique idea she has developed to tell family stories, which may be used for Christmas gift-giving!

This Christmas give the gift of life between 1:00-6:00 on Dec. 16 by donating blood or donating time to volunteer, at the blood drive at Goessel Church. Have questions? Call Rosi (367-2418)

The Alexanderwohl coffee group invites anyone age 60 and over to join them for Senior Coffee and Conversation on Fri., Dec. 20, at 9 am in the Alexanderwohl Church Fellowship Hall. The entertainment will be the Goessel HS Elbiata Singers under the direction of Braden Unruh, followed by a time of food and fellowship. Donations are welcome.

Please call the Alexanderwohl Church office by Mon, Dec. 16, if you would like to join us.

KMMC 2020 We sing that others may live: Please consider joining Kansas Mennonite Men’s Chorus (KMMC) for their upcoming season. This is your opportunity to make a joyful noise while praising God with 200+ of your brothers. It is also a way to make a difference in the world through Mennonite Central Committee (MCC) as all of the concert proceeds go to MCC. We have been singing in the states and across Europe for more than fifty years. We have raised over $700,000 for MCC that has helped many people around the world. Contact Donavon Schmidt to join of if you have questions. Please see article in the upcoming December Tabor Church Newsletter for more information.

Conference Announcements

Prayer Requests:

« Western District Conference: Pray for God’s care and strength for members of WDC congregations and communities who struggle with grief, trauma or mental health concerns, especially during the winter and holiday season.

« Mennonite Mission Network: MMN requests prayer for the Argentina Mennonite Church as it enters its second century. May its vibrant ministries of preaching, teaching, planting churches, and running businesses to support missions flourish. Pray specifically for a brick-making enterprise in Villa Mercedes, San Luis, that combines income-generating work with church planting.

« Mennonite Education Agency: Join Mennonite Early Childhood Network (MECN) schools in prayer that God will help adults engage children in the joy, hope, peace and wonder of God’s extravagant love, as together they share with others the gift of music, freshly baked cookies, a warm hug, a carefully selected book, game, original story or more this Christmas season.

« Mennonite Church USA: Please pray for the Conference Ministers Gathering, a meeting of conference ministers from Mennonite Church USA and Mennonite Church Canada, on Dec. 4-7 in Banff, Alberta, Canada.

Western District Conference:

—Giving Tuesday is December 3 – 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. Current projections suggest that WDC income will fall short of expenses for the current year, so your generous gifts are invited to help close the gap towards WDC’s 2019 budget goal! You may send a check to Western District Conference, PO Box 306, N Newton KS 67117. Thank you for your generosity!

—The WDC office and Resource Library will be closed November 28-29 for Thanksgiving, and December 23-January 1, 2020 for Christmas and New Years break.

Mennonite Church USA (MC USA):

—”Waiting and Wondering,” this year’s Advent At Home booklet for families and people of all ages, is available now at mennoniteusa.org/resource/advent-at-home.

—Mennonite Church USA relies on your support as we seek to follow Jesus, witness to God’s peace and help our communities experience transformation. Consider making a year-end, tax-deductible donation on or before #GivingTuesday, December 3, to support the ministries of MC USA at mennoniteusa.org/give.

—You are invited to join MC USA staff for “Coffee and Conversation” in the Newton offices (718 N Main, Newton) to hear from Mennonite Mission Network International Service Worker, Deb Byler, on Monday, December 16 at 11am. She will share about the ministries in which she is involved with Kekchi Mennonite women in Guatemala. A recent article on Deb’s ministry is available on-line: https://www.

mennonitemission.net/news/Spiritual-direction-in-Kekchi-context-brings-mutual-growth

Camp Mennoscah:

—Christmas for Volunteers! Camp Mennoscah is hosting a gathering for all who have volunteered–this year, last year, or many years ago–on December 14 at 2:30pm. We’ll have cookies and snacky items, hot drinks, games, and whatever reasonable activity you can think of–it’s a time to enjoy camp and other camp folks.

—Giving Tuesday is coming up on Tuesday, December 3, and on that day ONLY, if you give a new donation to Camp Mennoscah of at least $20 or $20 more than last year, you’ll receive a jar of sandplum jelly, from sandplums harvested at Camp Mennoscah! If you make that new donation at least $100 or $100 more than last year, you’ll receive a jar of sandplum jelly AND a dozen zwieback. There are only 30 jars and only 10 dozen zwieback, so give to camp on Tues., Dec. 3! Send a check to Camp Mennoscah with “Giving Tuesday” in a note, or give online at campmennoscah.org.

Ten Thousand Village Christmas: We will NOT be selling Ten Thousand Village items at Prairie Harvest this fall, but will have a booth at the Kidron Holiday Marketplace on Saturday, December 7 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. This will be a great opportunity to stock up on Fair Trade coffee, tea, chocolate and small nativities and Christmas ornaments. Place Saturday, December 7 from 9 to 1 at Kidron Bethel Village in North Newton on your Holiday shopping schedule.

All MCC volunteers and alumni are invited to our annual come-and-go MCC Christmas Soiree on Thursday, December 12 from 5-7 p.m. at MCC in North Newton (121 E. 30th). We will have food, Christmas cheer and plenty of time for fellowship. At 6 p.m. we’ll pause for a short program about Christmas around the world from our International Volunteer Exchange Program (IVEP) participants. You don’t want to miss this annual event!

Hesston College:

—Hesston College Music and Theatre will present a Christmas performance, “Still, Small Voice,” on Saturday, Dec. 7, at 7 p.m. in Hesston Mennonite Church. The concert is free and open to the public.

Bethel College:

—Weds., Dec. 4 – Annual sing-along to Christmas portions of Handel’s Messiah, with Bethel College instrumentalists, soloists and student conductors, 11 a.m., Bethel College Mennonite Church; scores provided

—Weds., Dec. 4 – Bethel College Steel Drum Band Christmas concert, 7 p.m., Memorial Hall (NOTE: different date from some printed calendars)

—Fri., Dec. 6 – Christmas Gala jazz concert with Bethel College Jazz Ensemble I and Jazz Combo, 8 p.m., Krehbiel Auditorium in Luyken Fine Arts Center

—Sat., Dec. 7 – Five Places of Christmas, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.: Kauffman Museum offers free admission, refreshments, and sale items in the museum store. Bethel College Women’s Association will have holiday food and gift items for sale in Luyken Fine Arts Center.

Retirement Workshop: Everence® will hold an all-inclusive retirement planning workshop on Saturday, Dec. 7, from 9 to 11:30 am. 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, 3179 N. Main, N Newton. Reserve your spot soon by contacting Michelle Ramer at 316-283-3800, 877-467-7294 or michelle.ramer.

Kidron Bethel Parkinson’s Support Group will meet December 3 at 2 pm. in Menno Hall. Dr. Sam Claassen, a retired internal medicine physician, and Dennis Schmidt will present “How to Have a Successful Doctor Appointment.” All are welcome.

Mennonite Mission Network is seeking a full-time finance assistant and a half time recruiter. You can see the positions descriptions at StaffRecruitment or call Linda Krueger, HR Coordinator (574-523-3009) for more information.

Nov. 24 Announcements

Congregational Announcements

The Mennonite Subscriptions: It is that time of the year to renew or subscribe to The Mennonite. We can get a special subscription rate by renewing/subscribing as a group from Tabor Church. The cost for a one year subscription is $37. Please let Barb Abrahams know if you want a subscription and put a $37 check made payable to Tabor Church Deacon Fund in her mail box by December 5.

JUST SIT happens every Saturday morning at 9 a.m. at The Heritage Room in Bethesda. Come join us for 20 minutes of centering prayer, followed by hot drinks, some short teaching and discussion. We will always end by 10. If you have questions, contact Brenda Buller, brendasue.buller, phone 386-0581; Rosie Jantz, rjantz, phone 316-772-8740; Carol Duerksen, willowspringdowns13, 386-0709.

The Christian Education Comm. has designated a new giving project for the Adult Faith Formation weekly offering. Beginning December 1 these offerings will help fund the Wednesday evening fellowship meals. Currently, and will continue as so, the meals are funded by a suggested donation from attendees and have also been funded by a Christian Ed budget line. Funds continually come up short to pay for the meals but we feel that this fellowship time is an important part of our Wednesday evening ministry for all who attend. Therefore, we encourage all the adults to joyfully give more to the weekly offering for this outreach opportunity right here in our own community.

The Tabor Trading Post is coming Dec. 1 and 8!!! Remember, this is where Tabor folks bring creative wonderful items and then Tabor folks buy them, and the proceeds go to a very good cause! In the past, the money went for our Tabor Building Fund. This year, the money will go to the Melody Hall Housing Fund, so someone from our Tabor family has a safe, warm place to spend the winter. So prepare to enjoy the Trading Post after Faith Formation, in the Hospitality Hall, on Dec. 1 and 8. See Carol Duerksen if you have questions.

All Tabor women and girls are invited to the Christmas Breakfast on Saturday, December 14 at 9:00 a.m. A delicious breakfast will be followed by a program. There is a sign-up sheet for this event on the bulletin board in the foyer.

The Great Winter Warm UP! Tabor Church will be hosting a Mennonite Central Committee Comforter Blitz on January 18. You can start now to make comforter tops for this event. Use your own fabric or fabric from MCC is available in the Tabor Church office. Comforter tops are due January 1. Contact Sharon Adrian (620-877-7239; sladrian49), Kim Funk (; 620-747-0408; kfunk) or Ruth Goertzen (alexmenno; 620-747-0074) with question. Instruction to make tops and a donation box if you would like to help purchase batting and supplies for the comforter can be found in the foyer.

The Goessel Ministerial Alliance Christmas Giving Tree project is happening again this year. The tree will be at the Crossroads Credit Union. See the flyer which was in your mailbox for details on how you can help make it a great Christmas for children in our community.

Christmas Brass: The 17-piece McPherson Community Brass Choir under the direction of Jerry Toews will be performing great Brass Christmas Music in the Historic Alexanderwohl Mennonite Church on Sunday, Dec 8 at 7 pm. Also performing will be the Goessel High School Elbiata Singers under the direction of Braden Unruh. During the service, a free will offering for the Goessel Ministerial Alliance will be received with proceeds to help local needs. Everyone is invited for this Festive Event!

The Alexanderwohl coffee group invites anyone age 60 and over to join them for Senior Coffee and Conversation on Friday, December 20, at 9:00 am in the Alexanderwohl Church Fellowship Hall. The entertainment will be the Goessel High School Elbiata Singers under the direction of Braden Unruh, followed by a time of food and fellowship. Donations are welcome. Please call the Alexanderwohl Church office by Monday, December 16, if you would like to join us.

This Christmas give the gift of life between 1:00-6:00 on Dec. 16 by donating blood or donating time to volunteer, at the blood drive at Goessel Church. Have questions? Call Rosi (367-2418)

KMMC 2020 We sing that others may live: Please consider joining Kansas Mennonite Men’s Chorus (KMMC) for their upcoming season. This is your opportunity to make a joyful noise while praising God with 200+ of your brothers. It is also a way to make a difference in the world through Mennonite Central Committee (MCC) as all of the concert proceeds go to MCC. We have been singing in the states and across Europe for more than fifty years. We have raised over $700,000 for MCC that has helped many people around the world. Contact Donavon Schmidt to join of if you have questions. Please see article in the upcoming December Tabor Church Newsletter for more information.

Conference Announcements

Prayer Requests:

« Western District Conference: Pray that we as WDC congregations and leaders will sense God’s peace and presence as we prepare for the season of Advent and enter the fullness of the holiday season.

« Mennonite Mission Network: MMN requests prayer for Marvin Lorenzana and his leadership of the Missional Discipleship Initiative. More than 45 leaders in eight “huddles” (learning groups) began training last month. Praise God for their willingness to reach out into their communities to share the good news about Jesus’ love.

« Mennonite Education Agency: Pray for Hesston College students who serve their peers in leadership positions. Ask God to give them the courage and wisdom to respond to their fellow students with love, compassion and understanding in all circumstances.

Western District Conference:

—Giving Tuesday is December 3 – 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. Current projections suggest that WDC income will fall short of expenses for the current year, so your generous gifts are invited to help close the gap towards WDC’s 2019 budget goal! You may send a check to Western District Conference, PO Box 306, N Newton KS 67117. Thank you for your generosity!

—The WDC office and Resource Library will be closed November 28-29 for Thanksgiving, and December 23-January 1, 2020 for Christmas and New Years break.

—Western District Women in Mission will host the event "Let’s Talk…Women, Money & Faith" on January 24 and 25 at Tabor Mennonite Church, Newton, featuring speakers from Everence who will address money and faith topics for women of all ages and stages of life. Look for more information soon on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/WesternDistrictWomen/?modal=admin_todo_tour or at our web page https://communicationswdwm.wixsite.com/wdwm

Mennonite Church USA (MC USA):

—"Waiting and Wondering," this year’s Advent At Home booklet for families and people of all ages, is available now at mennoniteusa.org/resource/advent-at-home.

—Mennonite Church USA relies on your support as we seek to follow Jesus, witness to God’s peace and help our communities experience transformation. Consider making a year-end, tax-deductible donation on or before #GivingTuesday, December 3, to support the ministries of MC USA at mennoniteusa.org/give.

—You are invited to join MC USA staff for “Coffee and Conversation” in the Newton offices (718 N Main, Newton) to hear from Mennonite Mission Network International Service Worker, Deb Byler, on Monday, December 16 at 11am. She will share about the ministries in which she is involved with Kekchi Mennonite women in Guatemala. A recent article on Deb’s ministry is available on-line: https://www.mennonitemission.net/news/Spiritual-direction-in-Kekchi-context-brings-mutual-growth

Camp Mennoscah:

—Christmas for Volunteers! Camp Mennoscah is hosting a gathering for all who have volunteered–this year, last year, or many years ago–on December 14 at 2:30pm. We’ll have cookies and snacky items, hot drinks, games, and whatever reasonable activity you can think of–it’s a time to enjoy camp and other camp folks.

—Recruiting is not over! Camp Mennoscah has finished visiting colleges for the season, but we are still on the lookout for many great and amazing young adults with leadership skills for our summer staff. The positions we fill are Crafts Leader, Grounds/Maintenance, Lifeguard, Media/Office, Music Leader, Naturalist, and Office. These positions receive a stipend of $250 per week. Apply online at campmennoscah.org under Summer Youth Camps!

Ten Thousand Village Christmas: We will NOT be selling Ten Thousand Village items at Prairie Harvest this fall, but will have a booth at the Kidron Holiday Marketplace on Saturday, December 7 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. This will be a great opportunity to stock up on Fair Trade coffee, tea, chocolate and small nativities and Christmas ornaments. Place Saturday, December 7 from 9 to 1 at Kidron Bethel Village in North Newton on your Holiday shopping schedule.

Hesston College:

—Hesston College Music and Theatre will present a Christmas performance, "Still, Small Voice," on Saturday, Dec. 7, at 7 p.m. in Hesston Mennonite Church. The concert is free and open to the public.

Anabaptist Mennonite Biblical Seminary: This Advent, try out the free Anabaptist Prayer app! Let Jesus’ words pervade your day through morning and evening prayer services with a distinctive Anabaptist flavor. Take Our Moments and Our Days: An Anabaptist Prayer App includes Scripture-saturated prayers and space for communal reflection. The free, easy-to-navigate app covers Advent through Pentecost as well as Ordinary Time. Available for iPhone or Android. ambs.edu/publishing/anabaptist-prayer-book

Bethel College:

—Sunday, Nov. 24 – Friends of the MLA program, 3 p.m., “Remembering the Vietnam War” with Rachel Pannabecker (50-year anniversary of Bethel’s participation in the Moratorium to End the War in Vietnam), Kauffman Museum

—Sat., Dec. 7 – Five Places of Christmas, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.: Kauffman Museum offers free admission, refreshments, and sale items in the museum store. Bethel College Women’s Association will have holiday food and gift items for sale in Luyken Fine Arts Center.

Retirement Workshop: Everence® will hold an all-inclusive retirement planning workshop on Saturday, Dec. 7, from 9 to 11:30 am. 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, 3179 N. Main, N Newton. Reserve your spot soon by contacting Michelle Ramer at 316-283-3800, 877-467-7294 or michelle.ramer.

Nov. 24 annc.pdf

Nov. 17 announcements

Congregational Announcements

Stories & Stuff Thursday, November 21! "Major and Minor Motifs and Musings by Marcene”. Come and bring a friend! Please sign up on the bulletin board.

JUST SIT happens every Saturday morning at 9 a.m. at The Heritage Room in Bethesda. Come join us for 20 minutes of centering prayer, followed by hot drinks, some short teaching and discussion. We will always end by 10. If you have questions, contact Brenda Buller, brendasue.buller, phone 386-0581; Rosie Jantz, rjantz, phone 316-772-8740; Carol Duerksen, willowspringdowns13, 386-0709.

All Adults are invited to join in the Hospitality Hall on Sunday, November 24 during Faith Formation for a time of sharing healing stories. Regular adult classes will not meet. If you have a healing story you would like to share with the whole group, please let a pastor know. Everyone, please reflect on how you have experienced healing in your life (physical, mental, spiritual, relational). See you then!

The Christian Education Comm. has designated a new giving project for the Adult Faith Formation weekly offering. Beginning December 1 these offerings will help fund the Wednesday evening fellowship meals. Currently, and will continue as so, the meals are funded by a suggested donation from attendees and have also been funded by a Christian Ed budget line. Funds continually come up short to pay for the meals but we feel that this fellowship time is an important part of our Wednesday evening ministry for all who attend. Therefore, we encourage all the adults to joyfully give more to the weekly offering for this outreach opportunity right here in our own community.

Rejoice! The winter issue of this devotional book is available in the foyer on the shelf below the mailboxes. Please feel free to pick one up for your personal use.

Women’s and girls annual Christmas breakfast is Saturday, Dec. 14 at 9am. We are needing three or four ladies to volunteer to help with the food. Please consider, and contact Barb Banman with questions and intent.

The Tabor Trading Post is back this year on December 1 and 8. See November newsletter for more details.

The Great Winter Warm UP! Tabor Church will be hosting a Mennonite Central Committee Comforter Blitz on January 18. You can start now to make comforter tops for this event. Use your own fabric or fabric from MCC is available in the Tabor Church office. Comforter tops are due January 1. Contact Sharon Adrian (620-877-7239; sladrian49), Kim Funk (; 620-747-0408; kfunk) or Ruth Goertzen (alexmenno; 620-747-0074) with question. Instruction to make tops and a donation box if you would like to help purchase batting and supplies for the comforter can be found in the foyer .

The Goessel Ministerial Alliance Christmas Giving Tree project is happening again this year. The tree will be at the Crossroads Credit Union. See the flyer which was in your mailbox for details on how you can help make it a great Christmas for children in our community.

Brass Christmas Concert: Come join us at Alexanderwohl Mennonite Church on Sunday, December 8 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.

Conference Announcements

Prayer Requests:

« Western District Conference: Pray for Peter Emery, as his ordination is celebrated today at Southern Hills Mennonite Church in Topeka.

« Mennonite Mission Network: Loren and Rachel Johns are serving through MMN to offer hospitality at SEMILLA, the Anabaptist seminary in Guatemala. Pray for them as they welcome national and international guests, and for Loren as he also teaches seminary courses.

« Mennonite Education Agency: Pray for David M. Bailey and the Urban Doxology worship team from Richmond, Va., and for the participants in the 5th biennial Worship and the Arts Symposium at Bethel College.

Western District Conference:

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

https://forms.gle/fWQ2BVjybMVtzKsC8

—Western District Women in Mission will host the event "Let’s Talk…Women, Money & Faith" on January 24 and 25 at Tabor Mennonite Church, Newton, featuring speakers from Everence who will address money and faith topics for women of all ages and stages of life. Look for more information soon on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/WesternDistrictWomen/?modal=admin_todo_tour or at our web page https://communicationswdwm.wixsite.com/wdwm

Mennonite Church USA: You can still join in the MC USA Faith Formation fall webinar series on Anabaptism and American Politics. The third session, Vision: Policy & Possibility When Jesus is Lord, will take place on Tuesday, November 19. Sign up and find more information at thegatheringplace.us.

Christmas for Volunteers! Camp Mennoscah is hosting a gathering for all who have volunteered–this year, last year, or many years ago–on December 14 at 2:30pm. We’ll have cookies and snacky items, hot drinks, games, and whatever reasonable activity you can think of–it’s a time to enjoy camp and other camp folks.

Ten Thousand Village Christmas: We will NOT be selling Ten Thousand Village items at Prairie Harvest this fall, but will have a booth at the Kidron Holiday Marketplace on Saturday, December 7 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. This will be a great opportunity to stock up on Fair Trade coffee, tea, chocolate and small nativities and Christmas ornaments. Place Saturday, December 7 from 9 to 1 at Kidron Bethel Village in North Newton on your Holiday shopping schedule.

Hesston College:

—Hesston College has a new and very special opportunity to offer. Our signature course – Biblical Literature – is now available as an online course and can be taken by anyone interested, whether or not they wish to pursue a degree. It’s a great way to learn the Bible story and begin to understand how Anabaptists approach biblical interpretation. See https://www.hesston.edu/2019/10/famous-bib-lit-course-going-online-for-a-wider-audience/ for details.

—Hosting a Hesston College International Student: The office of International Student Support invites you to an informational reception at 4 p.m. on Sunday, Nov. 17 in the community center of Hesston Mennonite Church. If you’ve ever considered hosting a Hesston College international student, here’s a chance to learn more and hear from those with first-hand experience. For more information and to RSVP, (or if interested and unable to attend) contact Carlota Ponds, Director of International Student Support at 620-327-8210 or carlota.ponds.

Bethel College:

—Sun., Nov. 17 – KIPCOR Film Series: Dawnland, 3 p.m., Krehbiel Auditorium in Luyken Fine Arts Center at Bethel College; talkback follows with Dan Wildcat of Haskell Indian Nations University, Lawrence.

—Registration deadline extended for the 5th biennial Worship & the Arts Symposium at Bethel College, “Many Cultures, One Worship: A Foretaste of a Reconciled Heaven in a Broken World,” Nov. 22-23, with David M. Bailey and Urban Doxology of Richmond, Va. See www.bethelks.edu/worshiparts for more information and online registration; fee reduction when 3 or more members of one congregation register as a group. Registration deadline: Nov. 18.

—Friday, Nov. 22 – All are invited to attend an Urban Doxology worship experience, 7 p.m., featuring the Urban Doxology worship band from Richmond, Va., Krehbiel Auditorium in Luyken Fine Arts Center at Bethel College. This part of the biennial Worship and the Arts Symposium requires no pre-registration and is free and open to everyone. A freewill offering will be taken for Harvest of Love.

—Sunday, Nov. 24 – Friends of the MLA program, 3 p.m., “Remembering the Vietnam War” with Rachel Pannabecker (50-year anniversary of Bethel’s participation in the Moratorium to End the War in Vietnam), Kauffman Museum

—All bakers and craft makers are invited to make items for 5 Places of Christmas December 7, at Bethel College Fine Arts Center. Bethel College Women’s Association will again be selling baked goods, and crafts and poinsettias. Christmas candy, zwieback, peppernuts, poppyseed roll and cinnamon rolls are always a great seller. Please bring your items on Friday, December 6 from 1:30-4:30 pm or on Saturday from 7-8 am in the Fine Arts Center Room 140 which is behind the Box Office.Thank you for your support of Bethel College!

Messiah Presentation: Every three years, First Mennonite Church in Newton presents Handel’s Messiah with an 80 voice choir, orchestra and soloists. We can’t do this without help from community singers! Please consider this opportunity to sing. The schedule is as follows: Rehearsals are Sundays, November 17, 24, December 1, and 8 from 1:30-3:00 pm in the First Mennonite Church Sanctuary. Please bring your own Messiah book or purchase one for $15 at the first rehearsal.

Dress rehearsal is on Saturday, December 14 from 10:00 am – 12:00 pm and the presentation is on Sunday, December 15 at 7:00 pm.Questions? Please contact Matthew Graber at 605-310-1656 or email mgraber2013.

Retirement Workshop: Get the information you need to make your best financial decisions: Everence Financial, michelle.ramer.

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Nov. 10 Announcements

Congregational Announcements

Goessel Ministerial Alliance invites the entire community to eat and give thanks together. The 7th Annual Goessel Community Thanksgiving Meal is will take place Sunday, November 10 in the Goessel Elementary School Gymnasium between 5-6:30pm. Come with your neighbors, family, and friends to this free event! There will be an opportunity to donate to the ministries of GMA. If you have any questions, please contact the church office. ~Goessel Ministerial Alliance

Rejoice! The winter issue of this devotional book is available in the foyer on the shelf below the mailboxes. Please feel free to pick one up for your personal use.

The Tabor Food Pantry needs your help! Groceries on the shelves are running low. When you do your grocery shopping, buy a little extra for the food pantry. Every item helps. You may place your groceries on the island in the basement kitchen. We also need non food items such as toilet paper, laundry soap and shampoo and paper grocery bags. Monetary donations are also welcome. Thanks for your continued support.

Tabor Mennonite Women: Our next meeting is Monday, November 11 at 7 pm. This will be our annual Sister Care event with our Pastors Rosie and Katherine giving us personal stories and sharing of their Sister Care experiences. We look forward to this evening together! If you have questions, contact Denise.

Women’s and girls annual Christmas breakfast is Saturday, Dec. 14 at 9am. We are needing three or four ladies to volunteer to help with the food. Please consider, and contact Barb Banman with questions and intent.

Basement Remodel: There will be a meeting to discuss the remodel of the basement fellowship hall on November 12 at 7:00 p.m. All are welcome to attend.

Fundraiser Meal and Congregational Meeting will be November 17 following Faith Formation. Stay for the noon fundraiser meal to help with expenses for our Junior High kids to attend Snow Camp at Rocky Mountain Mennonite Camp in January. Tabor’s congregational meeting will follow and we will affirm individuals to serve, set budget for fiscal 2020, and hear a final report from the Facilities Finance Committee.

Coming to Stories & Stuff on Thursday, November 21! "Major and Minor Motifs and Musings by Marcene”. Come and bring a friend!

The Tabor Trading Post is back this year on December 1 and 8. See November newsletter for more details.

The Great Winter Warm UP! Tabor Church will be hosting a Mennonite Central Committee Comforter Blitz on January 18. You can start now to make comforter tops for this event. Use your own fabric or fabric available from MCC. Contact Sharon Adrian (620-877-7239; sladrian49), Kim Funk (; 620-747-0408; kfunk) or Ruth Goertzen (alexmenno; 620-747-0074) with question, to pick up a kit to sew or for instructions to make a 60” X 80“ top. A donation box can be found in the foyer if you would like to help purchase batting and supplies for the comforters.

The Goessel Ministerial Alliance Christmas Giving Tree project is happening again this year. The tree will be at the Crossroads Credit Union. See the flyer which was in your mailbox for details on how you can help make it a great Christmas for children in our community.

The Second Monday Family History & Genealogy Group will meet Monday, Nov. 11, 7pm, in the Goessel City Building Community Room. Elaine McAllister of Hillsboro and author of her recently published book, Celebrate Grandparenting, will give practical tips for sharing family history information with family members.

Conference Announcements

Prayer Requests:

« Western District Conference: Pray for the WDC Resource Commission as it equips congregations for faith formation, justice and peacemaking, safe sanctuaries, evangelism and community connections, historical storytelling, and other aspects of congregational ministry and outreach.

« Mennonite Mission Network: A delegation of MMN alumni and staff are on a service-learning tour in Arizona. Pray for participants this week as they worship with Shalom and Trinity Mennonite congregations, learn about immigration, walk along the border wall, visit Peace Academic Center, and participate in a SOOP workday.

« Mennonite Education Agency: Anabaptist Mennonite Biblical Seminary. Pray for participants in AMBS’ new Transition to Leadership program, which provides guidance for new pastors in their first years of ministry, and give thanks for the grant funding that makes it free of charge for those beginning in 2019–20.

Western District Conference:

Byron Pellecer has submitted his resignation as WDC Associate Conference Minister (Texas) effective January 31, 2020, so that he and his wife can move to live closer to family in Virginia. “During my years of ministry and service to the church and to WDC, I experienced God’s blessings and joy,” Byron wrote, “I am very grateful for the opportunity to serve the conference.” Byron has served as an Associate Conference Minister for WDC since May 2016, following three years as a church planter in Wichita, Kansas. WDC has been enriched by Byron’s missional vision as he has nurtured connections across ethnic and cultural differences, supported pastors and congregations in Texas, and promoted church planting. We pray for God’s guidance and blessing for Byron as he prepares for this transition. – Heidi Regier Kreider, WDC Conference Minister

—Thank you for your financial contributions for Western District Conference’s ministries of supporting ministerial leaders, resourcing congregations, and nurturing church planting. Current projections suggest that WDC income will fall short of expenses for the current year, so your generous gifts are invited to help close the gap towards WDC’s 2019 budget goal! Please send to WDC at PO Box 306, North Newton, KS 67117

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

—Western District Women in Mission will host the event "Let’s Talk…Women, Money & Faith" on January 24 and 25 at Tabor Mennonite Church, Newton, featuring speakers from Everence who will address money and faith topics for women of all ages and stages of life. Look for more information soon on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/WesternDistrictWomen/?modal=admin_todo_tour or at our web page https://communicationswdwm.wixsite.com/wdwm

Mennonite Church USA:

—"Waiting and Wondering," this year’s Advent At Home booklet for families and people of all ages, is available now at mennoniteusa.org/resource/advent-at-home.

Camp Mennoscah:

—Tap some shoulders and spread the news! Camp Mennoscah is recruiting at Hesston, Tabor, Bethel, and McPherson Colleges on Nov. 11-14 respectively. Stop by, pick up information, and say hi! A pizza gathering for all interested in summer staff positions will be on Nov. 13 at 6:15pm at Papa John’s in Newton. Response needed! Please let us know you plan to come at 620-297-3290 or

olivia.bartel. (No responses = no pizza gathering.)

—Christmas for Volunteers! Camp Mennoscah is hosting a gathering for all who have volunteered–this year, last year, or many years ago–on December 14 at 2:30pm. We’ll have cookies and snacky items, hot drinks, games, and whatever reasonable activity you can think of–it’s a time to enjoy camp and other camp folks.

Mennonite Central Committee (MCC):

—RSVP now for the next MCC Lunch & Learn! Please join us on Thursday, Nov. 14, noon-1 p.m. at MCC in N. Newton as we enjoy lunch and hear from Rosie Epp about her recent trip to Ukraine. Epp traveled with the boards from MCC U.S. and MCC Canada to see where MCC’s work began nearly 100 years ago and to visit the work currently happening in Ukraine. Please RSVP by November 11 by calling 316.283.2720, patsydirksen, suggested donation for lunch is $10 and please let us know if you have a food allergy. Find out more at mcc.org/lunchandlearn.

Ten Thousand Village Christmas: We will NOT be selling Ten Thousand Village items at Prairie Harvest this fall, but will have a booth at the Kidron Holiday Marketplace on Saturday, December 7 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. This will be a great opportunity to stock up on Fair Trade coffee, tea, chocolate and small nativities and Christmas ornaments. Place Saturday, December 7 from 9 to 1 at Kidron Bethel Village in North Newton on your Holiday shopping schedule.

Hesston College:

—The Andover Organ Series at Hesston College, Monday, November 11, 7pm. Featuring Pierre Queval of Paris, France. Free admission, reception to follow.

—Masterworks 2019: Hesston College choirs, community members and orchestra present “Song of Wisdom from Old Turtle. Saturday, November 16, 7 pm, Hesston Mennonite Church. Free admission. A free-will offering will be collected.

Bethel College:

—Final chance to register for the 5th biennial Worship & the Arts Symposium at Bethel College, “Many Cultures, One Worship: A Foretaste of a Reconciled Heaven in a Broken World,” Nov. 22-23, with David M. Bailey and Urban Doxology of Richmond, Va. See www.bethelks.edu/worshiparts for more information and online registration;

fee reduction when 3 or more members of one congregation register as a group.

Registrations requested by Nov. 11.

—Fri., Nov. 15 – Bethel College Wind Ensemble concert, “Star Wars,” 7:30 p.m., Krehbiel Auditorium in Luyken Fine Arts Center

—Sun., Nov. 17 – KIPCOR Film Series: Dawnland, 3 p.m., Krehbiel Auditorium in Luyken Fine Arts Center at Bethel College; talkback follows with Dan Wildcat of Haskell Indian Nations University, Lawrence

Mission Supper at First Mennonite Church, Halstead, Sat., Nov. 16, 5-7 pm. Menu: Smoked German Sausage, Chicken Borscht, Sauerkraut, Fried Potatoes, Green Beans, Zwieback, homemade Pie or CakeCost is by donation. Proceeds will go to Safehope, advocacy and outreach services for domestic violence and sexual assault victims, and MMN workers Dan & Kathryn Smith Derksen family and Dave and Rebekka Stutzman Family.

Messiah Presentation: Every three years, First Mennonite Church in Newton presents Handel’s Messiah with an 80 voice choir, orchestra and soloists. We can’t do this without help from community singers! Please consider this opportunity to sing. The schedule is as follows: Rehearsals are Sundays, November 17, 24, December 1, and 8 from 2:00-3:30 pm in the First Mennonite Church Sanctuary. Bring your Messiah books or there will be books to check out and return. Dress rehearsal on Saturday, December 14 from 10:00 am – 12:00 pm. Presentation on Sunday, December 15 at 7:00 pm. Our director this year is Matthew Graber. Thank you for considering singing with us.

Nov. 11 annc.pdf

Nov. 3 announcements

Congregational Announcements

MCC Meat Canning continues until November 5 at the MCC Center in North Newton. Please consider volunteering. Donations are also requested.

Please make checks payable to Tabor Mennonite Church and place them in the truck in the foyer. Contact Kenton Nickel with any questions.

The Tabor Food Pantry needs your help! Groceries on the shelves are running low. When you do your grocery shopping, buy a little extra for the food pantry. Every item helps. You may place your groceries on the island in the basement kitchen. We also need non food items such as toilet paper, laundry soap and shampoo and paper grocery bags. Monetary donations are also welcome. Thanks for your continued support.

For 45 years, the Mennonite Heritage & Agricultural Museum has been telling the migration story and sharing the faith of the Mennonites who settled in the Goessel area. In celebration and with gratitude, museum board members will be serving Menno Bros. pizza, along with fresh tossed salad and delicious cookies, between 5:45 and 6:30 p.m. on Wednesday, November 6. All proceeds from the meal will benefit the museum; your donations will be gratefully accepted. Please join us!

50th Anniversary Tabor Mennonite Men’s Chicken Barbeque, Thursday, November 7, 5-7 pm. Bring your appetite and a donation! Donations will go to Core Communities Marion County and Mennonite Men JoinHands.

Goessel Ministerial Alliance invites the entire community to eat and give thanks together. The 7th Annual Goessel Community Thanksgiving Meal is will take place Sunday, November 10 in the Goessel Elementary School Gymnasium between 5-6:30pm. Come with your neighbors, family, and friends to this free event! Please consider signing up on the bulletin board in the foyer to contribute to the meal. There will also be an opportunity to donate to the ministries of GMA. If you have any questions, please contact the church office. ~Goessel Ministerial Alliance

Basement Remodel: There will be a meeting to discuss the remodel of the basement fellowship hall on November 12 at 7:00 p.m. All are welcome to attend.

Fundraiser Meal and Congregational Meeting will be November 17 following Faith Formation. Stay for the noon fundraiser meal to help with expenses for our Junior High kids to attend Snow Camp at Rocky Mountain Mennonite Camp in January. Tabor’s congregational meeting will follow and we will affirm individuals to serve, set budget for fiscal 2020, and hear a final report from the Facilities Finance Committee.

Coming to Stories & Stuff on Thursday, November 21! "Major and Minor Motifs and Musings by Marcene”. Come and bring a friend!

The Tabor Trading Post is back this year on December 1 and 8. See November newsletter for more details.

Women’s and girls annual Christmas breakfast is Saturday, Dec. 14 at 9am. We are needing three or four ladies to volunteer to help with the food. Please consider, and contact Barb Banman with questions and intent.

Coming! The Great Winter Warm-UP! In celebration of Mennonite Central Committee’s 100th anniversary, MCC is collecting 6,500 comforters to deliver to people affected by disaster and conflict all around the world. Join hundreds of others across the nation who are making comforters. Alexanderwohl and Tabor Mennonite Church will host an MCC Comforter Blitz for everyone in the Goessel Community, at the Tabor Mennonite Church Fellowship Hall on Saturday, January 18, 2020, 9am – 4pm. Something for everyone—pin, tie, trim, sew, or help in the kitchen with snacks and the noon meal. In the meantime, you can start now to make comforter tops for this event. Use your own fabric or contact Ruth, Sharon or Kim for fabric available from MCC and for instructions to make a 60” X 80“ top. A donation box can be found in the foyer if you would like to help purchase batting and supplies for the comforters. Contact Ruth Goertzen (alexmenno; 620-747-0074), Sharon Adrian (sladrian49; 620-877-7239), or Kim Funk (kfunk; 620-747-0408) with questions. We look forward to seeing many of you at this Goessel Community Winter Warm-up!

The Second Monday Family History & Genealogy Group will meet Monday, Nov. 11, 7pm, in the Goessel City Building Community Room. Elaine McAllister of Hillsboro and author of her recently published book, Celebrate Grandparenting, will give practical tips for sharing family history information with family members.

Conference Announcements

Prayer Requests:

« Western District Conference: Pray for Prairie View, a regional mental health center and institutional partner of WDC, as it nurtures healing and hope and offers resources for members of our communities and congregations.

« Mennonite Mission Network: When Ecuador’s president, Lenín Moreno, ended fuel subsidies last month, unrest erupted. Indigenous and other marginalized people seized the opportunity to protest inequalities in government policies. MMN requests prayer for negotiations as the government and indigenous people work to create a just policy that will lead to peace.

« Mennonite Education Agency: “Read Now – Read Forever” is the theme of the 100th anniversary of National Children’s Book Week, November 4-10. Mennonite Early Childhood Network encourages us to pray that adults may model this theme by reading carefully selected books with children. Please check with your church, school and community libraries for events.

« Mennonite Central Committee: Please pray for the MCC Mobile Cannery as it travels through Kansas, Nebraska, South Dakota, Minnesota, Oklahoma and Iowa this fall. Please pray for the four MCC canners, the volunteers who donate money and time at each canning site and the recipients of canned meat. Find out more at mcc.org/canning.

Mennonite Church USA:

—"Waiting and Wondering," this year’s Advent At Home booklet for families and people of all ages, is available now at mennoniteusa.org/resource/advent-at-home.

—See a report from the recent meeting of the MC USA Constituency Leaders Council, a denominational advisory group of conference, agency and constituency leaders, in Glendale, AZ at: mennoniteusa.org/news/clc-denomination-full-of-love

—You can still join in the Mennonite Church USA Faith Formation fall webinar series on Anabaptism and American Politics. The third session, Vision: Policy & Possibility When Jesus is Lord, will take place on Tuesday, November 19. Sign up and find more information at thegatheringplace.us.

—MC USA has issued a statement commemorating 1619 and the ongoing impact of slavery. This year marks 400 years since 1619, the year when a ship carried enslaved people from West Africa to the British colony of Virginia for the first time. This is a season to grieve for all those who have been dehumanized in our country’s particularly brutal system of slavery, and it’s a time for action. Learn more at: mennoniteusa.org/menno-snapshots/statement-1619-slaverys-ongoing-impact

—Join the conversation on faith and health! Mennonite Healthcare Fellowship (MHF) invites any Anabaptist working or interested in any healthcare field to join MHF! Students, practitioners, retirees–-you are all welcome! Write to info, call 888-406-3643 or go to www.mennohealth.org/JoinTheConversation.

Mennonite Mission Network (MMN):

— Workers Delicia Bravo and Peter Wigginton in Newton to share about their work in Ecuador. You are invited to join MC USA staff in the Newton offices (718 N Main, Newton) to hear from MMN International Service Workers, Delicia Bravo and Peter Wigginton, on Friday, Nov. 8th at 10am. They will share about the ministries in which they are involved in Ecuador. Peter and Delicia coordinate Ecuador Partnership roles with intercultural and indigenous churches, and ministries like the Quito’s church refugee program and after-school support for children.

-MMN is seeking a full-time coordinator for the Church Relations department. Responsibilities include assisting the Church Relations department in peace church planting, discipleship, mission education and partnerships. MMN has a full-time position available for a finance assistant. Qualified applicants will have a minimum of a two-year business degree or equivalent work experience in finance. See the complete position descriptions at www.mennonitemission.net or send a resumé to StaffRecruitment@MennoniteMission.net.

Camp Mennoscah: We’re so glad you’re interested in being on Summer Staff! Camp Mennoscah is recruiting at Hesston, Tabor, Bethel, and McPherson Colleges on Nov. 11-14 respectively. Stop by, pick up information, and say hi! A pizza gathering for all interested in summer staff positions will be on Nov. 13 at 6:15pm at Papa John’s in Newton. Response needed! Please let us know you plan to come at olivia.bartel

@campmennoscah.org or 620-297-3290. (No responses = no pizza gathering.)

Mennonite Central Committee (MCC):

—RSVP now for the next MCC Lunch & Learn! Please join us on Thursday, Nov. 14, noon-1 p.m. at MCC in N. Newton as we enjoy lunch and hear from Rosie Epp about her recent trip to Ukraine. Epp traveled with the boards from MCC U.S. and MCC Canada to see where MCC’s work began nearly 100 years ago and to visit the work currently happening in Ukraine. Please RSVP by November 11 by calling 316.283.2720, patsydirksen, suggested donation for lunch is $10 and please let us know if you have a food allergy. Find out more at mcc.org/lunchandlearn.

—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. Application close date 02/15/20.

—Mennonite Central Committee has a new service opportunity called Seek! It’s an intentional discipleship program which focuses on exposing young adults in what it means to be a follower of Jesus Christ, from an Anabaptist faith perspective. We’re looking for a coordinator to provide leadership for the program in East Jerusalem, Israel. The Seek Coordinator will provide leadership and assume responsibility for the spiritual direction, development and implementation of the program. See vacancy online for more details! Application close date 11/30/19. serve.mcc.org

—Looking for a way to connect with people and engage with Mennonite Central Committee’s supporters? We’re hiring an Alumni Engagement Coordinator! The person in this salaried position will coordinate the alumni experience and support colleagues in strategic engagement of alumni. Application close date 11/18/19. For more information and to apply, please visit: serve.mcc.org

Bethel College:

—Sun., Nov. 3 – Bethel Sings, featuring the Women’s Chorus, Men’s Ensemble, Woven, Open Road, Concert Choir, and soloists, 4 p.m., Bethel College Mennonite Church

—Thurs., Nov. 7 – Jasmyn Story, KIPCOR Peace Lecture, “From the Deep South to the World: What Social Justice Can Tell Us Today,” 7 p.m., Krehbiel Auditorium in Luyken Fine Arts Center at Bethel College. Story is deputy director of the Office of Social Justice and Racial Equity for the Birmingham (Ala.) mayor’s office.

—Register now for the 5th biennial Worship & the Arts Symposium at Bethel College, “Many Cultures, One Worship: A Foretaste of a Reconciled Heaven in a Broken World,” Nov. 22-23, with David M. Bailey and Urban Doxology of Richmond, Va. See www.bethelks.edu/worshiparts for more information and online registration;

fee reduction when 3 or more members of one congregation register as a group.

Registrations requested by Nov. 11.

Mission Supper at First Mennonite Church, Halstead, Sat., Nov. 16, 5-7 pm. Menu: Smoked German Sausage, Chicken Borscht, Sauerkraut, Fried Potatoes, Green Beans, Zwieback, homemade Pie or CakeCost is by donation. Proceeds will go to Safehope, advocacy and outreach services for domestic violence and sexual assault victims, and MMN workers Dan & Kathryn Smith Derksen family and Dave and Rebekka Stutzman Family.

Nov. 3 annc.pdf

Oct. 27 announcements

Congregational Announcements

MCC Meat Canning will take place from Oct. 24-Nov. 5 at the MCC Center in North Newton. Please consider volunteering. Donations are also requested.

Please make checks payable to Tabor Mennonite Church and place them in the truck in the foyer. Contact Kenton Nickel with any questions.

Why would you want to JUST SIT? Because you’ve heard that other people do it but you don’t have time. Because it will change your life. Because the pills aren’t working. Because you haven’t taken a deep breath since the last time you jumped into a pool. Because you think meditation isn’t for you . . . but you’re wrong.

What does it mean to JUST SIT? And why would you consider giving it just 20 minutes a day? Come find out! Come hear from some local folks who are just sitting, and how your life could be better if you did it too. See you Saturday, November 2, 8 am. at Bethesda’s Lincoln Perk and we will go from there. Questions? Contact Brenda Buller, brendasue.buller, phone 386-0581;

Rosie Jantz, rjantz, phone 316-772-8740;

Carol Duerksen, willowspringdowns13, 386-0709.

For 45 years, the Mennonite Heritage & Agricultural Museum has been telling the migration story and sharing the faith of the Mennonites who settled in the Goessel area. In celebration and with gratitude, museum board members will be serving Menno Bros. pizza, along with fresh tossed salad and delicious cookies, between 5:45 and 6:30 p.m. on Wednesday, November 6. All proceeds from the meal will benefit the museum; your donations will be gratefully accepted. Please join us!

50th Anniversary Tabor Mennonite Men’s Chicken Barbeque, Thursday, November 7, 5-7 pm. Bring your appetite and a donation! Donations will go to Core Communities Marion County and Mennonite Men JoinHands.

Basement Remodel: There will be a meeting to discuss the remodel of the basement fellowship hall on November 12 at 7:00 p.m. All are welcome to attend.

Coming to Stories & Stuff on Thursday, November 21! "Major and Minor Motifs and Musings by Marcene”. Come and bring a friend!

The Tabor Trading Post is back this year on December 1 and 8. See upcoming November newsletter for more details.

Goessel Ministerial Alliance invites the entire community to eat and give thanks together. The 7th Annual Goessel Community Thanksgiving Meal is will take place Sunday, November 10 in the Goessel Elementary School Gymnasium between 5-6:30pm. Come with your neighbors, family, and friends to this free event! Please consider signing up on the bulletin board in the foyer to contribute to the meal. There will also be an opportunity to donate to the ministries of GMA. If you have any questions, please contact the church office. ~Goessel Ministerial Alliance

Women’s and girls annual Christmas breakfast is Saturday, Dec. 14 at 9am. We are needing three or four ladies to volunteer to help with the food. Please consider, and contact Barb Banman with questions and intent.

The Goessel Ministerial Alliance is pleased to announce that the Christmas Giving Tree project will be happening again this year. The tree will be at the Crossroads Credit Union. Watch your mailbox for details on how you can help make it a great Christmas for children in our community.

Coming! The Great Winter Warm-UP! In celebration of Mennonite Central Committee’s 100th anniversary, MCC is collecting 6,500 comforters to deliver to people affected by disaster and conflict all around the world. Join hundreds of others across the nation who are making comforters. Alexanderwohl and Tabor Mennonite Church will host an MCC Comforter Blitz for everyone in the Goessel Community, at the Tabor Mennonite Church Fellowship Hall on Saturday, January 18, 2020, 9am – 4pm. Something for everyone—pin, tie, trim, sew, or help in the kitchen with snacks and the noon meal. In the meantime, you can start now to make comforter tops for this event. Use your own fabric or contact Ruth, Sharon or Kim for fabric available from MCC and for instructions to make a 60” X 80“ top. A donation box can be found in the foyer if you would like to help purchase batting and supplies for the comforters. Contact Ruth Goertzen (alexmenno; 620-747-0074), Sharon Adrian (sladrian49; 620-877-7239), or Kim Funk (kfunk; 620-747-0408) with questions. We look forward to seeing many of you at this Goessel Community Winter Warm-up!

Dates to Remember:

November 7: Tabor Mennonite Men Chicken BBQ

November 6-12: Tabor serves at New Hope Shelter

November 10: Goessel Community Thanksgiving

November 12: Basement Remodel Meeting

November 17: Junior High Fundraiser Meal

Tabor Congregational Meeting

November 21: Stories & Stuff

December 1: First Sunday of Advent

Trading Post

December 8: Trading Post

Parsonage Open House

Christmas Brass at Alexanderwohl

Conference Announcements

Prayer Requests:

« Western District Conference: Give thanks for Benjamin Woodward Breckbill, Associate Pastor at Shalom Mennonite Church, Newton, as they celebrate his ordination today.

« Mennonite Mission Network: Tomorrow, the International Central Council for ministries in Africa will begin a week of meetings in Burkina Faso. Mennonite Mission Network representatives will join members of seven other agencies and churches to evaluate last year’s work and formulate a vision for 2020. Pray that God’s Spirit will guide and provide all that is needed.

« Mennonite Education Agency: Give thanks for Anabaptist Mennonite Bbiblical Seminary’s 2,500+ alumni (those who have completed 12 or more credit hours of study) and for the ways in which they are applying their seminary learnings and making a difference across the world.

Mennonite Church USA: "Waiting and Wondering," this year’s Advent At Home booklet for families and people of all ages, is available now at

mennoniteusa.org/resource/advent-at-home.

Camp Mennoscah: Scrapbook and Crafts Retreats are November 1-3 and November 15-17. Register online www.campmennoscah.org .

Hesston College:

—Anabaptist Vision and Discipleship Series (AVDS): Save the date, February 21-23, 2020. Living More with More: Redefining the Good Life.

Bethel College:

—Sun., Oct. 27 – Menno Simons Lecture with Alain Epp Weaver, 7 p.m. The series topic is “In the Name of Christ: Missiological Reflections on Mennonite Central Committee’s Past, Present and Future,” with additional lectures Mon., Oct. 28, at 11 a.m. and 7 p.m., and Tues., Oct. 29, at 7 p.m.; Krehbiel Auditorium in Luyken Fine Arts Center at Bethel College.

—Fri., Nov. 1 – Bethel College instrumental ensembles concert, 7:30 p.m., Krehbiel Auditorium

—Sun., Nov. 3 – Bethel Sings, featuring the Women’s Chorus, Men’s Ensemble, Woven, Open Road, Concert Choir, and soloists, 4 p.m., Bethel College Mennonite Church

—Register now for the 5th biennial Worship & the Arts Symposium at Bethel College, “Many Cultures, One Worship: A Foretaste of a Reconciled Heaven in a Broken World,” Nov. 22-23, with David M. Bailey and Urban Doxology of Richmond, Va. See www.bethelks.edu/worshiparts for more information and online registration;

fee reduction when 3 or more members of one congregation register as a group. Registrations requested by Nov. 11.

Oct. 27 annc.pdf

October 20 announcements

Congregational Announcements

MCC Meat Canning will take place from Oct. 24-Nov. 5 at the MCC Center in North Newton. Please consider volunteering during one of our scheduled times or a different time if you have a conflict. Donations are also requested. Please make checks payable to Tabor Mennonite Church and place them in the truck in the foyer. A sign-up sheet is on the bulletin board with volunteer time slots. Contact Kenton Nickel with any questions.

Why would you want to JUST SIT? Because you’ve heard that other people do it but you don’t have time. Because it will change your life. Because the pills aren’t working. Because you haven’t taken a deep breath since the last time you jumped into a pool. Because you think meditation isn’t for you . . . but you’re wrong.

What does it mean to JUST SIT? And why would you consider giving it just 20 minutes a day? Come find out! Come hear from some local folks who are just sitting, and how your life could be better if you did it too. See you Saturday, November 2, 8 am. at Bethesda’s Lincoln Perk and we will go from there. Questions? Contact Brenda Buller, brendasue.buller, phone 386-0581;

Rosie Jantz, rjantz, phone 316-772-8740;

Carol Duerksen, willowspringdowns13, 386-0709.

50th Anniversary Tabor Mennonite Men’s Chicken Barbeque, Thursday, November 7, 5-7 pm. Bring your appetite and a donation! Donations will go to Core Communities Marion County and Mennonite Men JOIN HANDS.

Basement Remodel: There will be a meeting to discuss the remodel of the basement fellowship hall on November 12 at 7:00 p.m. All are welcome to attend.

Bethesda Pillars Banquet – November 3 at Tabor Mennonite Church. Punch bowl and informal social time begins at 5:30 p.m. and banquet begins at 6:00 p.m. Entertainment will feature “Ring Theory” men’s barbershop quartet and a celebration of Bethesda’s 120th anniversary. For more info see the bulletin board. All proceeds go toward the Resident Life Enrichment campaign (see flyer on bulletin board). Reservation deadline is TODAY, October 20. Your attendance and generosity are appreciated and you will be rewarded by the fun / informational evening. Call 367-2291 for reservations or contact Bonnie Janzen, Eileen Schmidt, or Jason Unruh or call Bethesda Monday morning.

The Tabor Trading Post is back this year on December 1 and 8. See upcoming November newsletter for more details.

Goessel Ministerial Alliance invites the entire community to eat and give thanks together. The 7th Annual Goessel Community Thanksgiving Meal is will take place Sunday, November 10 in the Goessel Elementary School Gymnasium between 5-6:30pm. Come with your neighbors, family, and friends to this free event! Please consider signing up on the bulletin board in the foyer to contribute to the meal. There will also be an opportunity to donate to the ministries of GMA. If you have any questions, please contact the church office. ~Goessel Ministerial Alliance

Coming! The Great Winter Warm-UP! In celebration of Mennonite Central Committee’s 100th anniversary, MCC is collecting 6,500 comforters to deliver to people affected by disaster and conflict all around the world. Join hundreds of others across the nation who are making comforters. Alexanderwohl and Tabor Mennonite Church will host an MCC Comforter Blitz for everyone in the Goessel Community, at the Tabor Mennonite Church Fellowship Hall on Saturday, January 18, 2020, 9am – 4pm. Something for everyone—pin, tie, trim, sew, or help in the kitchen with snacks and the noon meal. In the meantime, you can start now to make comforter tops for this event. Use your own fabric or contact Ruth, Sharon or Kim for fabric available from MCC and for instructions to make a 60” X 80“ top. A donation box can be found in the foyer if you would like to help purchase batting and supplies for the comforters. Contact Ruth Goertzen (alexmenno; 620-747-0074), Sharon Adrian (sladrian49; 620-877-7239), or Kim Funk (kfunk; 620-747-0408) with questions. We look forward to seeing many of you at this Goessel Community Winter Warm-up!

Conference Announcements

Prayer Requests:

« Western District Conference: Pray for participants and leaders from WDC and beyond, attending a transitional ministers’ training this week hosted by Camp Mennoscah and sponsored by Amigo Centre (associated with Indiana-Michigan Mennonite Conference).

« Mennonite Mission Network: MMN is grateful to Eric and Kelly Frey Martin who have worked as Colombia Mennonite Church youth leaders for nearly three years. Pray for a smooth transition back to the United States for Eric and Kelly, and confidence for the youth leaders as they take on more responsibilities.

« Mennonite Education Agency: Bluffton University. Please pray for our social work alumni and students during Bluffton’s 75th year of offering this major on campus. Please pray for Megan Gonyer ’10, who is moderating a Forum on social work this week, and pray for the health, safety and care of all social workers and their clients.

Western District Conference: Interested in history? WDC’s Historical Committee has selected some of their favorite titles from the Resource Library. Check out the list here: Historical Committee or stop by the library. We’d also be happy to mail resources to you! Contact Jennie at crlib

Camp Mennoscah

—What a great time we had at Fall Fest! Thank you to everyone who stopped by the Camp Mennoscah booth and said hi, bought a cookie, looked at the tee shirts, or even intended to stop by but got stuck somewhere on the other side of the Green as everyone stopped to talk with you. It was a great way to build community away from camp and we’re so glad you were part of the fun!

—Scrapbook and Crafts Retreats are November 1-3 and November 15-17. Register online www.campmennoscah.org .

Hesston College:

—Hesston College Theatre will present five performances of the play, The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time (rated PG-13), Oct. 23 to 27 in the Keim Center Black Box Theatre. Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for students, and can be purchased in advance at the Hesston College Bookstore or at hesston.edu/bookstore.

—Anabaptist Vision and Discipleship Series (AVDS): Save the date, February 21-23, 2020. Living More with More: Redefining the Good Life.

Bethel College:

—Now in the Regier Gallery in Luyken Fine Arts Center at Bethel College: “Read the Pictures: Notes from a Visual Learner,” works by Kathy Schroeder, through Oct. 25.

—Sun., Oct. 27 – Menno Simons Lecture with Alain Epp Weaver, 7 p.m. The series topic is “In the Name of Christ: Missiological Reflections on Mennonite Central Committee’s Past, Present and Future,” with additional lectures Mon., Oct. 28, at 11 a.m. and 7 p.m., and Tues., Oct. 29, at 7 p.m.; Krehbiel Auditorium in Luyken Fine Arts Center at Bethel College.

—Fri., Nov. 1 – Bethel College instrumental ensembles concert, 7:30 p.m., Krehbiel Auditorium

—Register now for the 5th biennial Worship & the Arts Symposium at Bethel College, “Many Cultures, One Worship: A Foretaste of a Reconciled Heaven in a Broken World,” Nov. 22-23, with David M. Bailey and Urban Doxology of Richmond, Va. See www.bethelks.edu/worshiparts for more information and online registration; fee reduction when 3 or more members of one congregation register as a group. Registrations requested by Nov. 11.

BBQ & Bluegrass: All are invited to First Mennonite Church of Halstead’s Annual Hog Roast October 20 from 5-7pm at the city park Gazebo at 3rd & Locust in Halstead. A pulled pork meal with fixings will be served and bluegrass music provided by Smokey Mountain Bluegrass Band. Cost will be by donation. Proceeds will go to Offender Victim Ministries in Newton and Mennonite Central Committee refugee relief/immigration welcome efforts. Bring lawn chairs. In case of inclement weather, the event will be held in the church at 4th and Santa Fe.

Harvey County Rural Schools: Annual Reunion, Sunday, Oct 27, 2019, 12:30 to 2:30 p.m., Grand Central Senior Center, 122 E. 6th Street, Newton, KS. With an inevitable decline in members, we want to invite anyone who attended any country school anywhere to join us. Please bring old school books and memorabilia for “Show and Tell”. Bring a covered dish and tableware. For more information contact: Ruth Jacob, 316-215-1170 or Janet Bair, 316-215-1288. There will be door prizes.

The annual Swiss Mennonite and Historical Association banquet this year features Patricia Goering Smith, a graduate of Moundridge High School, who will talk about her book, Revolution Revisited: Behind the Scenes in East Germany, 1989. It tells the inspiring story of East Germany’s non-violent revolution in 1989 and features a handful of mostly young activists in Leipzig, East Germany. The organization and actions of this small group of activists mobilized the movement for democratic reforms and ultimately brought down the East German state and the Berlin Wall and changed the world. The banquet will be held at the Pine Village Wellness Center in Moundridge on November 7, starting at 6:00 p.m.. The cost of the meal is $20 per plate payable at the door. RSVP by texting or calling Nancy Stucky, 620-532-5693, by November 2.

The next concert of the Prairie Window Concert Series, with The Steel Wheels, back by popular demand, will be on Saturday, October 26th at 7 p.m. at Memorial Hall on the Bethel College campus in North Newton. Join us for an evening of great music with this amazing group of roots musicians. Tickets: $25 adults/$15 kids, plus tax. Purchase tickets online at dyckarboretum.org or call

620-327-8127 to reserve your seats.

The West Zion Mennonite Church, Moundridge, Concert Series continues with an event on Sunday, October 27 at 7 pm. Featured performers include Ken Rodgers, Organ; Tropical Shores, a steel pan duo with Brad Shores & Erica Nance; The Brainflowers, an instrumental trio composed of Rebecca Schloneger, Violin; Seth Girton, Cello; and Kenna Graber, Flute. Donna Stucky, Piano, will also perform. A free-will offering will be received; fellowship and refreshments will follow the concert.

Oct. 20 annc.pdf

Oct. 13 announcements

Congregational Announcements

Circles Ally: Are you interested in learning more about being a Circles Ally in Goessel? If yes, please plan to attend a special class that will be taught by Mark Rogers on Saturday, October 12, 2-4 pm at Bethesda. If you missed this class, and are still interested, please talk to Pastor Phil.

Wednesday Evenings at Tabor: Our regular programming will start October 16. All are invited for supper and helpers are always needed! New this year are free guitar lessons! If you have any questions, please contact Doris Unruh or one of the pastors. Adult Bible Study begins at 6:30 p.m.

Last Chance! Items for the taking: In the basement fellowship hall you will find items from the visual and education teams from their supply rooms which are no longer needed. If there is anything that you would find useful, please feel free to take it. If you want to make a donation, you may do so to the respective team. Any items left after October 14 will be taken to Et Cetera in Newton or otherwise disposed.

All Women are invited to the October 14 Tabor Mennonite Women meeting at 7pm in the fellowship hall for the presentation by Jan Jones, executive director of Safehope and The Resiliency Center located at 215 S. Pine, Newton—serving Harvey, Marion, and McPherson Counties. Safehope has provided advocacy & support to survivors and secondary victims of domestic violence for 29 years. In 2016 The Resiliency Center was formed (as a result of the Newton & Hesston Excel Ind. tragedy) to promote healing from traumatic events. It can take years for healing to fully occur with the help of appropriate services. Please come to learn of the services offered by Safehope and be a support to women in our community.

MCC Meat Canning will take place from Oct. 24-Nov. 5 at the MCC Center in North Newton. Please consider volunteering during one of our scheduled times or a different time if you have a conflict. Donations are also requested. Please make checks payable to Tabor Mennonite Church and place them in the truck in the foyer. A sign-up sheet is on the bulletin board with volunteer time slots. Contact Kenton Nickel with any questions.

50th Anniversary Tabor Mennonite Men’s Chicken Barbeque, Thursday, November 7, 5-7 pm. Bring your appetite and a donation! Donations will go to Core Communities Marion County and Mennonite Men JOIN HANDS.

Please Mark Your Calendars: There will be a meeting to discuss the remodel of the basement fellowship hall on November 12 at 7:00 p.m. All are welcome to attend.

The Second Monday Family History & Genealogy Group will meet on Monday, Oct. 14, 7pm, in the Goessel City Building Community Room. Lowell Ensey, a former school administrator in Colorado, will present research he has done on one-room schools in Marion County. The meeting is free and open to the public. For more information, contact the Mennonite Heritage & Agricultural Museum, 620-367-8200.

Why would you want to JUST SIT? Because you’ve heard that other people do it but you don’t have time. Because it will change your life. Because the pills aren’t working. Because you haven’t taken a deep breath since the last ti me you jumped into a pool. Because you think meditation isn’t for you. . .but you’re wrong.

What does it mean to JUST SIT? And why would you consider giving it just 20 minutes a day? Come find out! Come hear from some local folks who are just sitting, and how your life could be better if you did it too. See you Saturday, November 2, 8 am. at Bethesda’s Lincoln Perk and we will go from there. Questions? Contact Brenda Buller, brendasue.buller, phone 386-0581; Rosie Jantz, rjantz, phone 316-772-8740; Carol Duerksen, willowspringdowns13, 386-0709.

Bethesda Pillars Banquet – November 3 at Tabor Mennonite Church. Punch bowl and informal social time begins at 5:30 p.m. and banquet begins at 6 pm. Entertainment will feature “Ring Theory” men’s barbershop quartet and a celebration of Bethesda’s 120th anniversary. All proceeds go toward the Resident Life Enrichment campaign (for more information see flyer on bulletin board). Reservation deadline is October 20. Your attendance and generosity are appreciated and you will be rewarded by the fun/informational evening. Call 367-2291 for reservations or contact Bonnie Janzen, Eileen Schmidt, or Jason Unruh.

Goessel Ministerial Alliance invites the entire community to eat and give thanks together. The 7th Annual Goessel Community Thanksgiving Meal is will take place Sunday, November 10 in the Goessel Elementary School Gymnasium between 5-6:30pm. Come with your neighbors, family, and friends to this free event! Please consider signing up on the bulletin board in the foyer to contribute to the meal. There will also be an opportunity to donate to the ministries of GMA. If you have any questions, please contact the church office. ~Goessel Ministerial Alliance

Conference Announcements

Prayer Requests:

« Western District Conference: Give thanks for congregational leaders in churches across WDC, and pray for wisdom and joy for them as they work together with pastors to guide vision, mission and ministry.

« Mennonite Mission Network: This week, new Mennonite Church of Congo leaders officially begin their responsibilities. Mennonite Mission Network requests prayer for Pastor Fidele Yongo, president; Pastor Martin Musukisa, vice president; and Charles Kazadi, general secretary; as they begin to serve the denomination in these new capacities.

« Mennonite Education Agency: Pray for AMBS board members as they meet Oct. 17–18 — that God’s Spirit would guide them in listening well and wisely as they give direction to the ongoing work of the seminary.

« Mennonite Church USA: MC USA Constituency Leaders Council as they meet Oct. 16-18 in Phoenix, Arizona. Prayers are also requested for those who will participate in immigration learning days in Tucson, Arizona following the meetings.

Mennonite Central Committee:

—Volunteer with SWAP: Sharing With Appalachian People (SWAP) is a program of MCC Great Lakes, addressing multiple challenges of low-income families in Appalachia, including home repair and personal need. Groups of all ages are an essential component of SWAP’s ministry and can now sign up for 2020. Please consider forming a group, large or small, to come and experience a week at one of the locations in West Virginia or Kentucky. For more information go to swap.mcc.org or call Angela Maggard at 606-633-5065.

—Youth/College Meat Canning Day, October 26, at MCC in North Newton! Calling all youth, youth groups and college-age young adults to sign up by calling Jason Unruh at 620.381.4328 by October 10. The times will be flexible depending on the needs of who signs up. In order to make this work, we need to make sure we have enough volunteers. If we don’t get enough signed up, we won’t can any meat that day. Bring your friends, come to meet new friends and help to make quality protein possible for people in our communities and around the world.

Mennonite Disaster Service (MDS)

—MDS has urgent need for volunteers in Florida, Texas, North Carolina and California. For more information call 1-800-241-8111 or visit https://mds.mennonite.net. Financial contributions are also welcome.

—The MDS Region 3 Annual Meeting will be held on Nov 8 & 9, 2019 at Faith Mennonite Church, Minneapolis, MN. An invitation with details and registration is available in the church office. This information can be found on this web site: https://mds.mennonite.net/region-3-annual-meeting-2019/

–Camp Mennoscah Scrapbook and Crafts Retreats are November 1-3 and November 15-17. Register online www.campmennoscah.org .

Hesston College:

—All singers are invited to sing in the annual Hesston College Masterworks performance on Sat., Nov. 16. This year’s performance will be Song of Wisdom. Rehearsals begin Oct. 7. For more information, go to russell.adrian or 620-327-8143.

—Hesston College Theatre will present five performances of the play, The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time (rated PG-13), Oct. 23 to 27 in the Keim Center Black Box Theatre. Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for students, and can be purchased in advance at the Hesston College Bookstore or at hesston.edu/bookstore.

—Anabaptist Vision and Discipleship Series (AVDS): Save the date, February 21-23, 2020. Living More with More: Redefining the Good Life.

Bethel College: Register now for the 5th biennial Worship & the Arts Symposium at Bethel College, “Many Cultures, One Worship: A Foretaste of a Reconciled Heaven in a Broken World,” Nov. 22-23, with David M. Bailey and Urban Doxology of Richmond, Va. See www.bethelks.edu/academics/convocation-lectures/worship-arts-symposium for more information and online registration; fee reduction when 3 or more members of one congregation register as a group. Registrations requested by Nov. 11.

The annual Instituto Bíblico Anabautista (IBA) benefit dinner will take place Friday, October 18, 2019 at 6:00 pm at First Mennonite Church in Newton. A smothered pork burrito dinner will be prepared and served by Chef Carlos Lujano. (Chicken and Meatless burritos available by request). There will be a short program with some words and greetings from Marco Güete, Director. Dinner is by donation. This is a great opportunity for you to come to support IBA that

equips Hispanic leaders in Mennonite Church USA for ministry. IBA is a program of Mennonite Education Agency’s Hispanic Ministries for Leadership Development and Pastoral Education. For any inquires contact Violeta Ajquejay Suastegui at:

VioletaA or call 316-281-4342. Hope to see you there!!

Goshen College Parables will perform a concert at Shalom Mennonite Church, Tuesday, October 15 at 7 PM. Parables is a student ensemble whose performances combine music, drama, and storytelling into a worshipful experience. Parables has been well-received by audiences of all ages. We hope you can come! 800 E. 1st St, Newton. The concert is free of charge, and a free-will offering will be taken to support the ensemble.

BBQ & Bluegrass: All are invited to First Mennonite Church of Halstead’s Annual Hog Roast October 20 from 5-7pm at the city park Gazebo at 3rd & Locust in Halstead. A pulled pork meal with fixings will be served and bluegrass music provided by Smokey Mountain Bluegrass Band. Cost will be by donation. Proceeds will go to Offender Victim Ministries in Newton and Mennonite Central Committee refugee relief/immigration welcome efforts. Bring lawn chairs. In case of inclement weather, the event will be held in the church at 4th and Santa Fe.

Harvey County Rural Schools: Annual Reunion, Sunday, Oct 27, 2019, 12:30 to 2:30 p.m., Grand Central Senior Center, 122 E. 6th Street, Newton, KS. With an inevitable decline in members, we want to invite anyone who attended any country school anywhere to join us. Please bring old school books and memorabilia for “Show and Tell”. Bring a covered dish and tableware. For more information contact: Ruth Jacob, 316-215-1170 or Janet Bair, 316-215-1288. There will be door prizes.

The annual Swiss Mennonite and Historical Association banquet this year features Patricia Goering Smith, a graduate of Moundridge High School, who will talk about her book, Revolution Revisited: Behind the Scenes in East Germany, 1989. It tells the inspiring story of East Germany’s non-violent revolution in 1989 and features a handful of mostly young activists in Leipzig, East Germany. The organization and actions of this small group of activists mobilized the movement for democratic reforms and ultimately brought down the East German state and the Berlin Wall and changed the world. The banquet will be held at the Pine Village Wellness Center in Moundridge on November 7, starting at 6:00 p.m.. The cost of the meal is $20 per plate payable at the door. RSVP by texting or calling Nancy Stucky, 620-532-5693, by November 2.

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