August 19 announcements

Congregational Announcements

Faith Testimonies: Beginning on August 19, we will dive into a study of Acts, which focuses on the birth of the Christian church and includes many stories of faith and conversion throughout. As we reflect on the spreading faith in Acts and as we participate in Western District Conference’s "Year of Evangelism," we invite anyone who has a faith testimony that they would like to share in church to please contact one of the Tabor pastors. We would love to include a faith testimony for many of the Sundays of our Acts Worship Series, which will continue until Lent 2019.

MennoGrass 2018: Plan to join us in the Tabor park on Sunday evening, August 26 for MennoGrass! Supper will be served beginning at 5:30pm and music will be from 6-8pm. Our two groups this year are Hopeful Blues and the Smoky Valley Bluegrass Band. Please bring lawn chairs, table service, and a side or dessert. Let someone on the Fellowship Team know if you have any questions. We look forward to seeing you there!

Karina Brandt to Share: During Faith Formation on September 2, we invite all Youth through Adults to remain in the sanctuary to hear from Karina about her year of service with Mennonite Mission Network in Ecuador.

Tabor Church is sponsoring a Community Service Sunday the morning of September 16. If you or someone you know needs help with a certain project, place a note in Kim Funk’s mailbox or send your request by email to:

tabor or phone 620-367-2318 no later than September 1. The time allotment for any project will be 2-3 hours (9:00-noon). Final decisions on all requests will be made on Sept. 5.

All teachers, helpers and anyone involved with children at Tabor. There will be an in service on September 5 from 7 – 8 pm for all adults who help with children including those adults who help in the nursery. Please plan to attend to not only sign the Safe Sanctuary Covenant, but also learn more about what will be happening this year.

Bible Study: Everyone is invited to join the Tabor weekly Bible study, which continues on Wednesday evenings from 8-9pm. Each week, we will study the passage from Acts that will be the focus during the following Sunday worship. If you have any questions, please visit with Pastor Phil. We hope to see you there!

You are invited for dessert at Alexanderwohl, Sunday, August 19 at 7pm as we hear Rosie Epp share experiences at the Texas/Mexico border. Rosie is pastor at Zion Mennonite Church in Elbing and traveled to the border with an MCC Learning Tour this summer. Alexanderwohl’s Peace Committee organized this event as an opportunity to hear first-hand experiences when news sources offer conflicting narratives. Please join us in the Fellowship Hall to enjoy refreshments and learn together.

Garden Produce: There is a table in the foyer where you may leave your donation of excess produce from your garden. If you would like to use the produce, help yourself. You are welcome to leave a donation for the food pantry.

Be Brave, Be Bold, Be You! Women & Girls Retreat 2018 – The schedule and registration forms for the 2018 Women & Girls Retreat, September 7-9 at Camp Mennoscah, are now available on the table in the foyer. Rachel Ringenberg Miller, pastor of Shalom Mennonite Church in Newton, will be the featured speaker. Many interesting and fun seminars are planned, along with plenty of time to relax and connect with nature and friends. This retreat is open to all women and girls grade 3 and older. Registration forms are due August 27.

Every 2 seconds someone in the U.S. needs blood. If you can help supply this life-saving resource please schedule an appointment between 1:00-6:00 on Mon. Aug. 27 at www.redcrossblood.org or call 1-800-733-2767. Workers are needed at the reception desk, donor escort, or in the canteen and you can sign up in the lobby. THANKS

Conference Announcements

Prayer Requests:

« Western District Conference: Pray for the WDC Stewardship Commission as they meet this week to review the WDC’s financial activity, and encourage generous support and participation in the ministries of WDC.

« Mennonite Mission Network: Robin Gingerich of MMN has served with LCC International University in Lithuania through teaching and administration ministries for 16 years. Pray for her as she continues in this role and as she gives hope to refugees through educational opportunities.

« Mennonite Education Agency: Pray for students, faculty and staff at Hesston College in the first week of the new academic year. Pray for Bethel College fall athletes as they begin their seasons – for good health and safety in travel, hot-weather practices and competition.

Western District Conference:

Jennie Wintermote, Conference Resource Library Director, will have new hours starting August 27: Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday 2:00-3:15 pm and Tuesday/Thursday 8:00-9:15 am. As always, the library is open Monday through Friday 8am-5pm; other WDC staff can assist you when Jennie is not in the library.

Camp Mennoscah:

—Mental Health Spiritual Retreat at Camp Mennoscah, Sept. 2-3! This retreat is for individuals affected by mental illness, including family members and friends. Come support each other, have fun and enjoy being at camp.Register online or call us for a brochure.

—This is our 70th anniversary! The Camp Mennoscah Annual Meeting is Sunday, September 23, at Camp Mennoscah, again part of our Work & Play camp (Sept. 21-25). Add it to your calendar, folks, and join in the celebration of 70 years of camping ministry on the Ninnescah River!

—Camp Mennoscah Scrapbook and Crafts Retreats coming up soon! The Fall Scrapbook and Crafts Retreats are October 26-28 and November 2-4.

Information for all events at Camp Mennoscah or to register:

Online at www.campmennoscah.org

Telephone: 620-297-3290.

Email: office.

Contact: olivia.bartel.

Mennonite Church USA:

—Potential Giving Project: Is your Sunday School or another group in your church looking for a giving project for fall? Does your family have a tradition of giving to an organization instead of giving gifts to each other each Christmas? Prairie View, one of WDC’s Institutional Partners, has a wish list of recreation equipment. They would appreciate it if you would donate cash, so they may purchase the items to "appropriate need and specifications." Please go to www.prairieview.org. Thank you!

—Calling practitioners of creation care, scholars, food justice activists, urban gardeners, environmental justice practitioners, farmers and church members! You’re warmly invited to the fourth Rooted and Grounded: A Conferenec on Land and Christian Discipleship: September 27-29 at AMBS in Elkhart, IN. The event will weave together worship, theology, biblical study and praxis. If three or more undergraduate students register from the same college or university, their registration is free! ambs.edu/rootedandgrounded

—Graduate Certificate in Theological Studies. Develop a plan of study that matches your interests in this 27-credit-hour AMBS program, which can be done fully online or with a combination of online, hybrid and campus courses. Ideal for international church leaders, bivocational pastors and other professionals. ambs.edu/certificate

MCC needs your help to gather 75 more prisoner care kits by August 24 so our local partner Offender/Victim Ministries, Inc. can distribute kits to men at the Hutchinson Correctional Facility. These kits are tangible reminders to inmates that they are loved and not forgotten. The most needed items are: men’s deodorant (2.25 oz or more), men’s white crewneck t-shirts (size L or XL- new only), men’s white briefs (size L or XL- new only). Please bring these items or completed kits (full list of kit contents, katemast, 316.283.2720.

The Annual MCC Flatlander Bike Ride will be held on Sat. Sept. 15, originating at the Mennonite Central Committee (MCC) offices, 121 East 30th, N. Newton. This year’s ride will raise funds for an MCC water development project in Guatemala. Rides of approx. 35, 45, and 65 miles, as well as a shorter family ride, are planned. Contact the church office for informational brochures, or go to the MCC website: mcc.org/get-involved/events/mcc-flatlander-bicycle-ride for information and to register on-line. Both bikers and contributors are needed! If you are not a biker but wish to contribute to this MCC project, make your check payable to MCC; write “Flatlander Bike Ride” on the memo line; and send to: MCC, PO Box 235, N. Newton, KS 67117.

Mennonite Disaster Service: The fall season will soon be upon us! This fall we plan to work in the following locations:

Pine Ridge, South Dakota (2015 and 2016 Windstorms)

Lake County, California (2015 and 2016 Wildfires)

Victoria County, Texas (2017 Hurricane Harvey)

La Grange, Texas (2017 Hurricane Harvey)

West Virginia Bridges (2015 and 2016 Flooding)

Puerto Rico (2017 Hurricane Maria)

Fort Myers, Florida (2017 Hurricane Irma)

Citrus County, Florida (RV Project, 2017 Hurricane Irma)

Please consider becoming an MDS volunteer by applying for one of the opportunities.

Offender Victim Ministries is offering a FREE training for new and current volunteers to learn more about Neighborhood Accountability Boards in Harvey and McPherson counties. Join us Saturday, September 8 from 9:30am-4pm at the Harvey County Courthouse Community Room (lower level), 800 N. Main, Newton. Lunch included.

Safehope Information Nights: Safehope provides comprehensive services to survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault in Harvey, Marion, and McPherson counties. Come learn more about the agency, and how you can support survivors in your community. Marion Co: Aug 27, 7pm. See poster for details. Call 800-487-0510 or email volunteer for information or to rsvp.

Kauffman Museum: Sun., Aug. 26, 1:30-4:30 p.m.– Grand opening (open house and reception) of special exhibit “Better Choose Me: Collecting and Creating with Tobacco Fabric Novelties, 1880-1920,” featuring the collection of the late Ethel Ewert Abrahams.

Saturday morning retirement workshop to be held in September:

Everence will host an all-inclusive retirement planning workshop on Saturday, Sept. 8, from 9 to 11:30 a.m. Topics will include Medicare, Social Security and retirement income planning. The workshop will be presented by Everence staff and will take place at MCC Central States Office, 121 E. 30th, North Newton. Reserve your spot soon by contacting Michelle Ramer at (316) 283-3800; (877) 467-7294 or michelle.ramer.

Aug 19 annc.pdf

August 12 announcements

Congregational Announcements

Faith Testimonies: Beginning on August 19, we will dive into a study of Acts, which focuses on the birth of the Christian church and includes many stories of faith and conversion throughout. As we reflect on the spreading faith in Acts and as we participate in Western District Conference’s “Year of Evangelism,” we invite anyone who has a faith testimony that they would like to share in church to please contact one of the Tabor pastors. We would love to include a faith testimony each Sunday of our Acts Worship Series, which will continue until Lent 2019.

Tabor Mennonite Women will meet at Bethesda on Thursday, August 16 at 7:00 p.m. Please come and join the residents as we worship and sing about “Joy.” Ladies, if you are able, please bring a snack of cookies, crackers, etc. Drink is provided.

MennoGrass 2018: Plan to join us in the Tabor park on Sunday evening, August 26 for MennoGrass! Supper will be served beginning at 5:30pm and music will be from 6-8pm. Our two groups this year are Hopeful Blues and the Smoky Valley Bluegrass Band. Please bring lawn chairs, table service, and a side or dessert. Let someone on the Fellowship Team know if you have any questions. We look forward to seeing you there!

All teachers, helpers and anyone involved with children at Tabor. There will be an in service on September 5 from 7 – 8 pm for all adults who help with children including those adults who help in the nursery. Please plan to attend to not only sign the Safe Sanctuary Covenant, but also learn more about what will be happening this year.

Karina Brandt to Share: During Faith Formation on September 2, we invite all Youth through Adults to remain in the sanctuary to hear from Karina about her year of service with Mennonite Mission Network in Ecuador.

Bible Study: Everyone is invited to join the Tabor weekly Bible study, which continues on Wednesday evenings from 8-9pm. Each week, we will study the passage from Acts that will be the focus during the following Sunday worship. If you have any questions, please visit with Pastor Phil. We hope to see you there!

Bid on the old Tabor elevator! Now’s your chance to own a part of Tabor history. Bid sheets are on the bulletin board. Submit your sealed bid to Brent Abrahams by August 5. Proceeds go to the building project. For more information contact Brent Abrahams or Kenton Nickel.

Last Chance! This Sunday will be your last chance to pick up garage sale items located at the north end of the fellowship hall. You are welcome to leave a donation for the building fund in the marked can.

Commodity Distribution will take place August 17, at Goessel Mennonite Church from 5 – 6 p.m. If you are in need of a little help, or if someone you know is, please come by. There is no need for proof of income or any paperwork involved. If you have any questions please contact Jenny Girard @ 367- 8492 or 747-0046.This is an equal opportunity program.

You are invited for dessert at Alexanderwohl, Sunday, August 19 at 7pm as we hear Rosie Epp share experiences at the Texas/Mexico border. Rosie is pastor at Zion Mennonite Church in Elbing and traveled to the border with an MCC Learning Tour this summer. Alexanderwohl’s Peace Committee organized this event as an opportunity to hear first-hand experiences when news sources offer conflicting narratives. Please join us in the Fellowship Hall to enjoy refreshments and learn together.

Garden Produce: There is a table in the foyer where you may leave your donation of excess produce from your garden. If you would like to use the produce, help yourself. You are welcome to leave a donation for the food pantry.

Be Brave, Be Bold, Be You! Women & Girls Retreat 2018 – The schedule and registration forms for the 2018 Women & Girls Retreat, September 7-9 at Camp Mennoscah, are now available on the table in the foyer. Rachel Ringenberg Miller, pastor of Shalom Mennonite Church in Newton, will be the featured speaker. Many interesting and fun seminars are planned, along with plenty of time to relax and connect with nature and friends. This retreat is open to all women and girls grade 3 and older. Registration forms are due August 27.

Every 2 seconds someone in the U.S. needs blood. If you can help supply this life-saving resource please schedule an appointment between 1:00-6:00 on Mon. Aug. 27 at www.redcrossblood.org or call 1-800-733-2767. Workers are needed at the reception desk, donor escort, or in the canteen and you can sign up in the lobby. THANKS

Conference Announcements

Prayer Requests:

« Western District Conference: Pray for Peace Mennonite Church, a WDC congregation in Lawrence, KS, as they dedicate a new sanctuary and building expansion today.

« Mennonite Mission Network: Praise God for Mennonite Mission Network’s 11-year partnership with Refugee and Immigrant Center for Education and Legal Services (RAICES) in Texas. Pray for Katrina Kniss with Mennonite Voluntary Service who is currently helping the agency provide free legal work to unaccompanied minors and mothers with children.

« Mennonite Education Agency: Hispanic Pastoral and Leadership Education (HPLE). Pray for students, tutors and professors who are teaching and learning through Instituto Bíblico Anabautista (IBA) and Seminario Bíblico Anabautista Hispano (SeBAH).

« Mennonite Church USA: Prayers are requested for the Executive Board as they gather for meetings in Elkhart, Indiana on August 16-18, 2018.

Camp Mennoscah:

—Camp Mennoscah’s Annual Camp Sing is August 12th! We’re celebrating 70 years of camp, and an amazing summer of over 600 campers, at our annual Camp Sing at Hesston Mennonite Church on August 12 at 6:30pm. A freewill offering will be taken to sponsor our 2019 summer youth campers as part of our extravaganza of singing, popcorn, generic pop, and fun times with friends. We’ll see you there!

—Mental Health Spiritual Retreat at Camp Mennoscah, Sept. 2-3! This retreat is for individuals affected by mental illness, including family members and friends. Come support each other, have fun and enjoy being at camp. Register online or call us for a brochure.

—An extra huge thanks to the many generous and amazing people who came out to Camp Mennoscah this summer! We had a stunning group of volunteers who greatly contributed to the amount of fun and faith shared this summer with our incredible number of campers. Thank you so much–and we’ll see you soon!

—This is our 70th anniversary! The Camp Mennoscah Annual Meeting is Sunday, September 23, at Camp Mennoscah, again part of our Work & Play camp (Sept. 21-25). Add it to your calendar, folks, and join in the celebration of 70 years of camping ministry on the Ninnescah River!

Information for all events at Camp Mennoscah or to register:

Online at www.campmennoscah.org

Telephone: 620-297-3290.

Email: office.

Contact: olivia.bartel.

Mennonite Church USA:

—The installation for Glen Guyton as the incoming executive director of MC USA will take place on Saturday, August 18, 2-4 p.m. at College Mennonite Church in Goshen, Indiana. All are invited. A livestream will be available for viewing online at http://collegemennonite.org/watch-online/.

—MC USA invites you to Learn, Pray, Join for Immigration Justice. Register for the webinar on August 13, join in church wide prayer on September 23 (Peace Sunday) and support work for immigration justice at mennoniteusa.org/IJ.

The Annual MCC Flatlander Bike Ride will be held on Sat. Sept. 15, originating at the Mennonite Central Committee (MCC) offices, 121 East 30th, N. Newton. This year’s ride will raise funds for an MCC water development project in Guatemala. Rides of approx. 35, 45, and 65 miles, as well as a shorter family ride, are planned. Contact the church office for informational brochures, or go to the MCC website: mcc.org/get-involved/events/mcc-flatlander-bicycle-ride for information and to register on-line. Both bikers and contributors are needed! If you are not a biker but wish to contribute to this MCC project, make your check payable to MCC; write “Flatlander Bike Ride” on the memo line; and send to: MCC, PO Box 235, N. Newton, KS 67117.

Take an AMBS course this fall! Online courses include Christian Attitudes Toward War, Peace and Revolution; Christian Theology 1; and Spiritual Practices: Prayer and Scripture. Campus courses include Biblical Spirituality; Preaching; Human Sexuality and Christian Ethics; Spiritual Practices: Money; and more! Courses start Sept 4; sign up by Aug 28. ambs.edu/onecourse

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

Schowalter Villa’s new addition: Join us for the grand opening and dedication of Mullet Place in Hesston, on Sept. 7 at 10 a.m. (200 W. Cedar, Hesston, KS 67062) Schowalter Villa is also now taking reservations for assisted living homes in Mullet Place. Call 888-388-7445 for more information about living options. Schowalter Villa belongs to Bluestem Communities, a nonprofit organization in central Kansas made up of several retirement communities and programs dedicated to serving individuals 55 and better.

Offender Victim Ministries is offering a FREE training for new and current volunteers to learn more about Neighborhood Accountability Boards in Harvey and McPherson counties. Join us Saturday, September 8 from 9:30am-4pm at the Harvey County Courthouse Community Room (lower level), 800 N. Main, Newton. Lunch included.

Safehope provides comprehensive services to survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault in Harvey, Marion and McPherson counties. Learn how you can support survivors in your community and become a volunteer today! Volunteer training Sept. 7, 6-10pm and Sept 8, 8-4:30 pm, 316 N. Oak, Newton. Call 316-803-1800 or email volunteer for information or to rsvp.

Aug 12 annc.pdf

Aug. 5 announcements

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Congregational Announcements

Faith Testimonies: Beginning on August 19, we will dive into a study of Acts, which focuses on the birth of the Christian church and includes many stories of faith and conversion throughout. As we reflect on the spreading faith in Acts and as we participate in Western District Conference’s “Year of Evangelism,” we invite anyone who has a faith testimony that they would like to share in church to please contact one of the Tabor pastors. We would love to include a faith testimony each Sunday of our Acts Worship Series, which will continue until Lent 2019.

MennoGrass 2018: Plan to join us in the Tabor park on Sunday evening, August 26 for MennoGrass! Supper will be served beginning at 5:30pm and music will be from 6-8pm. Our two groups this year are Hopeful Blues and the Smoky Valley Bluegrass Band. Please bring lawn chairs, table service, and a side or dessert. Let someone on the Fellowship Team know if you have any questions. We look forward to seeing you there!

Bid on the old Tabor elevator! Now’s your chance to own a part of Tabor history. Bid sheets are on the bulletin board. Submit your sealed bid to Brent Abrahams by August 5. Proceeds go to the building project. For more information contact Brent Abrahams or Kenton Nickel.

Bible Study: Everyone is invited to join the Tabor weekly Bible study, which began on Wednesday, August 1, from 8-9pm. The Bible study will continue on upcoming Wednesday evenings, and we will study the scripture text(s) for the upcoming Sunday. If you have any questions, please visit with John Unruh or Pastor Phil. We hope to see you there!

Summer Faith Formation for children: craft/activity leaders are still open for the month of August. Please volunteer on the sign up sheet on the bulletin board in the foyer. Thank you for all you do to help Tabor children grow in their Christian faith.

Commodity Distribution will take place August 17,at Goessel Mennonite Church from 5 – 6 p.m. If you are in need of a little help, or if someone you know is, please come by. There is no need for proof of income or any paperwork involved. If you have any questions please contact Jenny Girard @ 367- 8492 or 747-0046.This is an equal opportunity program.

You are invited for dessert at Alexanderwohl, Sunday, August 19 at 7pm as we hear Rosie Epp share experiences at the Texas/Mexico border. Rosie is pastor at Zion Mennonite Church in Elbing and traveled to the border this summer with an MCC Learning Tour this summer. Our church’s Peace Committee organized this event as an opportunity to hear first-hand experiences when news sources offer conflicting narratives. Please join us in the Fellowship Hall to enjoy refreshments and learn together.

Garden Produce: There is a table in the foyer where you may leave your donation of excess produce from your garden. If you would like to use the produce, help yourself. You are welcome to leave a donation for the food pantry.

Be Brave, Be Bold, Be You! Women & Girls Retreat 2018 – The schedule and registration forms for the 2018 Women & Girls Retreat, September 7-9 at Camp Mennoscah, are now available on the table in the foyer. Rachel Ringenberg Miller, pastor of Shalom Mennonite Church in Newton, will be the featured speaker. Many interesting and fun seminars are planned, along with plenty of time to relax and connect with nature and friends. This retreat is open to all women and girls grade 3 and older. Registration forms are due August 27.

Conference Announcements

Prayer Requests:

« Western District Conference: Give thanks for the learning, fellowship, worship and inspiration that participants experienced at WDC Annual Assembly last weekend.

« Mennonite Mission Network: Join Mennonite Mission Network in thanking God for Benin Bible Institute’s 25 years of training church leaders from more than 70 denominations. Pray for faith-filled and dynamic teachers to step into the positions of those who are retiring.

« Mennonite Education Agency: Anabaptist Mennonite Biblical Seminary: Pray for students who are beginning online coursework for a new semester this week. May God grant them space, time and the ability to focus on their seminary studies.

« Mennonite Church USA: Pray for Allegheny Mennonite Conference as they gather for their annual assembly in Mount Pleasant, Pennsylvania, and for Mountain States Mennonite Conference during their annual assembly in Taos, New Mexico, both the weekend of August 3-5.

« Mennonite Disaster Service: Please join us in keeping our thoughts and prayers with homeowners in Lake County, CA. Homes that MDS rebuilt after the 2016 fires are currently being threatened by the 2018 fires and those same homeowners who went through the devastation in 2016 have been evacuated, again, due to more forest fires burning in the area.

Camp Mennoscah:

—Camp Mennoscah’s Annual Camp Sing is August 12th! We’re celebrating 70 years of camp and an amazing summer of over 600 campers at our annual Camp Sing at Hesston Mennonite Church on August 12 at 6:30pm. A freewill offering will be taken to sponsor our 2019 summer youth campers as part of our extravaganza of singing, popcorn, generic pop, and fun times with friends. We’ll see you there!

—Coming soon to Camp Mennoscah! The playground equipment (2 slides and a climbing net) will be arriving at the end of August. Thank you to our generous donors! We’ll get them installed as soon as possible!

—Mental Health Spiritual Retreat at Camp Mennoscah, Sept. 2-3! This retreat is for individuals affected by mental illness, including family members and friends. Come support each other, have fun and enjoy being at camp. Register online or call us for a brochure.

—Work & Play Camp at Camp Mennoscah! Everyone is invited to join us September 21-25 (or any part of those days) as we work on fun projects and spend time building up camp and our community of faithful volunteers. No fee required, donations welcome!

Information for all events at Camp Mennoscah or to register:

Online at www.campmennoscah.org

Telephone: 620-297-3290.

Email: office.

Contact: olivia.bartel.

Mennonite Church USA:

—The installation for Glen Guyton as the incoming executive director of MC USA will take place on Saturday, August 18, 2-4 p.m. at College Mennonite Church in Goshen, Indiana. All are invited. A livestream will be available for viewing online at http://collegemennonite.org/watch-online/.

—MC USA invites you to Learn, Pray, Join for Immigration Justice. Register for the webinar on August 13, join in church wide prayer on September 23 (Peace Sunday) and support work for immigration justice at mennoniteusa.org/IJ.

—The 2018 issue of Mennonite Life, Bethel College’s annual online journal, is now live at ml.bethelks.edu. It includes John Thiesen’s article on Exploring Race and ethnicity in Western District Conference (a workshop at WDC Assembly, August 5, 2017), several papers from the conference Crossing the Line: Women of Anabaptist Traditions Encounter Borders and Boundaries, held at Eastern Mennonite University in June 2017, and from the Mennonites and the Holocaust conference at Bethel in March 2018; a senior seminar paper on 50 years of the Kansas Mennonite Men’s Chorus; a look at the closing of Grace University in Omaha, Nebraska; book reviews; and much more.

— The Mennonite, Inc., invites your original submissions for our October 2018 print magazine issue and corresponding online content focusing on Putting ‘love your enemies’ into action. For more info, see: https://themennonite.org/october-2018-call-submissions-putting-love-enemies-action/

The Annual MCC Flatlander Bike Ride will be held on Sat. Sept. 15, originating at the Mennonite Central Committee (MCC) offices, 121 East 30th, N. Newton. This year’s ride will raise funds for an MCC water development project in Guatemala. Rides of approx. 35, 45, and 65 miles, as well as a shorter family ride, are planned. Contact the church office for informational brochures, or go to the MCC website: mcc.org/get-involved/events/mcc-flatlander-bicycle-ride for information and to register on-line. Both bikers and contributors are needed! If you are not a biker but wish to contribute to this MCC project, make your check payable to MCC; write “Flatlander Bike Ride” on the memo line; and send to: MCC, PO Box 235, N. Newton, KS 67117.

Opportunities to learn about immigration and respond with MCC.

MCC works with the issue of migration around the world and walks with people who migrate, people who struggle not to migrate and people who provide hospitality to migrants in many places.

Learn: Consider participating in the MCC Migration Learning Tour to Guatemala and Honduras on November 7-17.

Pray: Pray for the migrants who made the difficult choice to leave their home communities in the hope of a better life, for the detained immigrants as they wait in detention and for the border portal agents to execute their job justly and humanely.

Advocate: Contact your elected officials to express your desire for more humane immigration policies.

Serve: Become an immigration court watcher through the Interfaith Community for Detained Immigrants.

Give: Support our work to support the reunification of families on the South Texas Border. Within the coming weeks, 1500-2000 families are expected to be released from detention. MCC is working with local partners to support families with locally purchased grocery gift cards, clothing and housing assistance. Checks made out to MCC with “Central States Immigration” in the memo line will go directly to support this response. Checks should be sent to MCC U.S., PO Box 500, Akron, PA 17501. Or you can Donate money to MCC for ongoing work with issues surrounding immigration.

For more information on how you can get involved, visit mcc.org/immigration.

Social Security and retirement income workshop coming in August:

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

The Kidron Bethel Parkinson’s Support Group will meet in Menno Hall August 7. Several brief inspirational videos will be viewed followed by small group discussion. All are invited.

Schowalter Villa’s new addition: Join us for the grand opening and dedication of Mullet Place in Hesston, on Sept. 7 at 10 a.m. (200 W. Cedar, Hesston, KS 67062) Schowalter Villa is also now taking reservations for assisted living homes in Mullet Place. Call 888-388-7445 for more information about living options. Schowalter Villa belongs to Bluestem Communities, a nonprofit organization in central Kansas made up of several retirement communities and programs dedicated to serving individuals 55 and better.

Offender Victim Ministries is offering a FREE training for new and current volunteers to learn more about Neighborhood Accountability Boards in Harvey and McPherson counties. Join us Saturday, September 8 from 9:30am-4pm at the Harvey County Courthouse Community Room (lower level), 800 N. Main, Newton. Lunch included.

Safehope provides comprehensive services to survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault in Harvey, Marion and McPherson counties. Learn how you can support survivors in your community and become a volunteer today! Volunteer training Sept. 7, 6-10pm and Sept 8, 8-4:30 pm, 316 N. Oak, Newton. Call 316-803-1800 or email volunteer for information or to rsvp.

Aug 5 annc.pdf

July 29 Announcements

Congregational Announcements

Bible Study: Everyone is invited to join the Tabor weekly Bible study, which will begin again on Wednesday, August 1, from 8-9pm and continue on following Wednesday evenings. We will study the scripture text(s) for the upcoming Sunday. If you have any questions, please visit with John Unruh or Pastor Phil. We hope to see you there!

School Kits for MCC: During the month of August we will be collecting school kit items for distribution by MCC. Shopping lists are in your mailboxes. In addition to collection during the offering time on Sunday mornings, the large MCC basket will again be located in the foyer to collect your donations. August 5 donation: 4 spiral or perforated-pages notebooks (8.5 in. x 10.5 in and 70 sheets).

Bid on the old Tabor elevator! Now’s your chance to own a part of Tabor history. Bid sheets are on the bulletin board. Submit your sealed bid to Brent Abrahams by August 5. Proceeds go to the building project. For more information contact Brent Abrahams or Kenton Nickel.

Task Force Visits: Reminder: Your Finance Task Force is hoping to visit with each family and donor in the congregation during the summer and fall. As construction and spending ramp up, we are interested in talking with you about some opportunities and needs. Please sign up on the sheets in the foyer to pick the time that works for your family.

Tabor Mennonite Women is in charge of the Bethesda program on August 16 at 7 p.m. I’m looking for one or more of you to plan a 30 minute program for that evening. After the program we will have cookies/crackers that all ladies may bring for a snack with the residents. Please let Barb Banman know if you can plan this program. Thank you!

Your help needed: Remember to sign up for Summer Faith Formation for children. Be a craft/activity leader or helper, and/or provide a snack. Thank you for all you do to help Tabor children grow in their Christian faith.

Goessel Threshing Days:

—“I’m Farming and I Grow It: An AgVocating Success Story” featuring Greg Peterson of Peterson Farm Bros, Friday, August 3, at 7pm. A benefit for the Mennonite Heritage and Agricultural Museum, admission is free, donations are welcome. A portion of the proceeds will go to the Tabor Food Pantry.

—For the 45th time, would you please help us (The Mennonite Heritage and Agricultural Museum) host our family, friends, and guests coming for Threshing Days? Bakers, servers, and cashiers are needed for food service on Saturday, August 4. Please see the volunteer sheet in your mailbox and respond by July 22. For further questions, contact Aileen Esau (367-2358 or daesau). Response sheets may be placed in the secretary mailbox here at Tabor.

MennoGrass 2018: Plan to join us in the Tabor park on Sunday evening, August 26 for MennoGrass! Supper will be served beginning at 5:30pm and music will be from 6-8pm. Our two groups this year are Hopeful Blues and the Smoky Valley Bluegrass Band. Please bring lawn chairs, table service, and a side or dessert. Let someone on the Fellowship Team know if you have any questions. We look forward to seeing you there!

Be Brave, Be Bold, Be You! Women & Girls Retreat 2018 – The schedule and registration forms for the 2018 Women & Girls Retreat, September 7-9 at Camp Mennoscah, are now available on the table in the foyer. Rachel Ringenberg Miller, pastor of Shalom Mennonite Church in Newton, will be the featured speaker. Many interesting and fun seminars are planned, along with plenty of time to relax and connect with nature and friends. This retreat is open to all women and girls grade 3 and older. Registration forms are due August 27.

Conference Announcements

Prayer Requests:

« Western District Conference: Give thanks for persons elected to new leadership roles in WDC at the annual assembly this weekend, and pray for God’s guidance for them in the year ahead.

« Mennonite Mission Network: Praise God with the Sicite people of Burkina Faso who can now read the New Testament in their heart language. Pray for Anne Garber Kompaoré of Mennonite Mission Network, who helped to launch this translation three decades ago, and for her husband, Daniel, as they continue God’s work in Burkina.

« Mennonite Education Agency: Pray for Zack Shinkle, new coordinator of student activities and engagement, and all the Student Life staff at Bethel College, as they prepare for new student orientation.

« Mennonite Church USA: It’s been estimated that one in five people sitting in church pews on Sunday morning struggle with mental health problems.” Find reflections and resources on addressing mental health in church from Denise Reesor on the Menno Snapshots blog. Visit: http://mennoniteusa.org/menno-snapshots/its-time-to-start-shouting/.

Camp Mennoscah:

—Young Adult Retreat at Camp Mennoscah, August 3-5! All young adults (18 years old and older) are invited to spend a few days at Camp Mennoscah, doing favorite camp activities and luxuriating in nature and the camp community. Register online at campmennoscah.org and pick your own level of scholarship! It’s a grand time for all!

—Camp Sing: Celebrating Camp Mennoscah! We’re celebrating 70 years of camp and an amazing summer of over 600 campers at our annual Camp Sing at Hesston Mennonite Church on August 12 at 6:30pm. A freewill offering will be taken to sponsor our 2019 summer youth campers as part of our extravaganza of singing, popcorn, generic pop, and fun times with friends. We’ll see you there!

—Women’s and Girl’s Retreat at Camp Mennoscah September 7-9.

Information for all events at Camp Mennoscah or to register:

Online at www.campmennoscah.org

Telephone: 620-297-3290.

Email: office.

Contact: olivia.bartel.

July 29 Announcements.pdf

July 22 announcements

Congregational Announcements

Worship next Sunday, July 29 will take place at Alexanderwohl Mennonite Church at 10 am, and the morning offering will go to support Western District Conference. Since we will not be receiving an offering for Tabor’s budget that morning, you may leave your offering in Bonnie Janzen’s (Sunday morning offering treasurer) mailbox, or increase your giving the following Sunday.

Bid on the old Tabor elevator! Now’s your chance to own a part of Tabor history. Bid sheets are on the bulletin board. Submit your sealed bid to Brent Abrahams by August 5. Proceeds go to the building project. For more information contact Brent Abrahams or Kenton Nickel.

Bible Study: Everyone is invited to join the Tabor weekly Bible study, which will begin again on Wednesday, August 1, from 8-9pm and continue on following Wednesday evenings. We will study the scripture text(s) for the upcoming Sunday. If you have any questions, please visit with John Unruh or Pastor Phil. We hope to see you there!

Task Force Visits: Reminder: Your Finance Task Force is hoping to visit with each family and donor in the congregation during the summer and fall. As construction and spending ramp up, we are interested in talking with you about some opportunities and needs. Please sign up on the sheets in the foyer to pick the time that works for your family.

Tabor Mennonite Women is in charge of the Bethesda program on August 16 at 7 p.m. I’m looking for one or more of you to plan a 30 minute program for that evening. After the program we will have cookies/crackers that all ladies may bring for a snack with the residents. Please let Barb Banman know if you can plan this program. Thank you!

Your help needed: Remember to sign up for Summer Faith Formation for children. Be a craft/activity leader or helper, and/or provide a snack. Thank you for all you do to help Tabor children grow in their Christian faith.

An all-ages concert with Bryan Moyer Suderman is an interactive and inspirational experience that get toes tapping, bodies moving, and hearts and voices singing. Everyone is invited to this concert on July 22 at 4 pm at Whitestone Mennonite Church, Hesston. An Ice Cream social will follow in the Fellowship Hall! A freewill offering will be taken.

WDC Assembly features a free concert for the whole family on Saturday evening, July 28 at 7 pm at Eden Mennonite Church, Moundridge. Bryan Moyer Suderman, folk singer/song-writer, connects with all ages through his simple, but profound, scripture songs. Invite your friends and neighbors for a relaxing evening.

Garden Produce: There is a table in the foyer where you may leave your donation of excess produce from your garden. If you would like to use the produce, help yourself. You are welcome to leave a donation for the food pantry.

Goessel Threshing Days:

—Here comes Country Threshing Days ! The Mennonite Heritage and Agricultural Museum is very happy to announce our guest entertainer, Greg Peterson, Aug. 3, Friday evening at 7:30 p.m.at the Goessel High School Auditorium. He is part of the Peterson Farm Bros whose motto is "I’m Farming and I Grow it: An AgVocating Success Story." Their story includes how the Peterson’s got started making videos and the lessons learned in advocating for agriculture online. Admission by donation. Proceeds go to the museum and the Tabor Food Pantry.

—Sat. Aug. 4, after the Country Threshing Days parade, come enjoy the Low German noon meal at the Goessel Elementary School. Serving starts at 10:30 a.m. till 1:30 p.m. Featured ethnic foods will be: country sausage, verenika with ham gravy, bierocks, zwieback, New Years cookies, and cherry moos. Enjoy good food and visiting with your neighbors. Proceeds from the meal benefit the Mennonite Heritage and Agricultural Museum.

—For the 45th time, would you please help us (The Mennonite Heritage and Agricultural Museum) host our family, friends, and guests coming for Threshing Days? Zwieback bakers, servers, and cashiers are needed for food service on Saturday, August 4. Please see the volunteer sheet in your mailbox and respond by TODAY. For further questions, contact Aileen Esau (367-2358 or daesau). Thank you!

Be Brave, Be Bold, Be You! Women & Girls Retreat 2018 – The schedule and registration forms for the 2018 Women & Girls Retreat, September 7-9 at Camp Mennoscah, are now available on the table in the foyer. Rachel Ringenberg Miller, pastor of Shalom Mennonite Church in Newton, will be the featured speaker. Many interesting and fun seminars are planned, along with plenty of time to relax and connect with nature and friends. This retreat is open to all women and girls grade 3 and older. Registration forms are due August 27.

Conference Announcements

Prayer Requests:

« Western District Conference: Pray for the fellowship, wisdom and joy of the Spirit to be with all who gather for WDC’s annual assembly next weekend.

« Mennonite Mission Network: This month, Jane and Jerrell Ross Richer and their four children leave Ecuador to begin the North American portion of their two-way mission through Mennonite Mission Network. Pray for them as they transition between cultures and bring God’s call to faithfulness to churches in the United States.

« Mennonite Education Agency: Pray for the young people who will be attending camps and conferences at Goshen College this month, including Know Jesus conference, Write on Sports camp and basketball camps.

Western District Conference:

Music Library Volunteer: Do you love church music and have 2-3 hours a month to spare? The WDC Music Library needs you! The Music Library Volunteer would communicate with patrons who have scores checked out, sort through music donations, deciding which to integrate into the collection, and return borrowed music to the files. Ask Jennie Wintermote for more information at crlib.

Invitation for peace witness: WDC recently learned that the National Commission on Military, National and Public Service, an independent federal agency, is conducting a review of military selective service registration in the U.S. The agency invites public comment through September 30, online or at public meetings. For more information see http://inspire2serve.gov/news-events/national-commission-military-national-and-public-service-announces-locations-public. Within WDC geography, a meeting will take place Thursday, July 19 in Waco, TX – see http://inspire2serve.gov/news-events. This is an opportunity for people of faith to witness for peace and advocate for alternatives to war and military service. For talking points, contact the Center on Conscience and War at at 202-483-2220 or http://centeronconscience.org/co/conscientious-objection-and-the-draft/353-commission-on-military-national-and-public-service.html. (The CCW is a non-profit organization that advocates for the rights of conscience, opposes military conscription, and serves conscientious objectors to war) Other resources on conscientious objection and militarism can be found at Peace and Justice Support Network of Mennonite Mission Network at https://www.pjsn.org/resources/the-military/

Camp Mennoscah:

—Young Adult Retreat August 3-5! All young adults (18 years old and older) are invited to spend a few days at Camp Mennoscah, doing favorite camp activities and luxuriating in nature and the camp community. Register online and pick your own level of scholarship! We want everyone to be able to attend.

—Camp Sing: We already know we have a lot to celebrate this summer at Camp Mennoscah! On August 12 at 6:30pm, we’ll gather together at Hesston Mennonite to sing and celebrate a summer of friends and faith with our annual Camp Sing. There will be joyous singing followed by popcorn and generic pop– a camp standard!

—Women’s and Girl’s Retreat at Camp Mennoscah September 7-9.

Information for all events at Camp Mennoscah or to register:

Online at www.campmennoscah.org

Telephone: 620-297-3290.

Email: office.

Contact: olivia.bartel.

Mennonite Church USA:

—The convention website now has updated info about #MennoCon19! It includes dates and schedule, "what’s new," registration fees, hotel information and Menno’s Best coffee fundraiser for youth groups. Visit https://convention.mennoniteusa.org/

—We’re inviting folks from across MC USA to reflect on our Journey Forward and consider how they’ve seen Renewed Commitments at work in their lives, their congregation or community. Read reflections at mennoniteusa.org/menno-snapshots. If you’d like to contribute, email JenniferC@MennonitesUSA.org.

Opportunities to learn about immigration and respond with MCC.

MCC works with the issue of migration around the world and walks with people who migrate, people who struggle not to migrate and people who provide hospitality to migrants in many places.

Learn: Consider participating in the MCC Migration Learning Tour to Guatemala and Honduras on November 7-17.

Pray: Pray for the migrants who made the difficult choice to leave their home communities in the hope of a better life, for the detained immigrants as they wait in detention and for the border portal agents to execute their job justly and humanely.

Advocate: Contact your elected officials to express your desire for more humane immigration policies.

Serve: Become an immigration court watcher through the Interfaith Community for Detained Immigrants.

Give: Support our work to support the reunification of families on the South Texas Border. Within the coming weeks, 1500-2000 families are expected to be released from detention. MCC is working with local partners to support families with locally purchased grocery gift cards, clothing and housing assistance. Checks made out to MCC with “Central States Immigration” in the memo line will go directly to support this response. Checks should be sent to MCC U.S., PO Box 500, Akron, PA 17501. Or you can Donate money to MCC for ongoing work with issues surrounding immigration.

For more information on how you can get involved, visit mcc.org/immigration.

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

Curious About Hosting a Hesston College International Student?

Get Answers Here. The office of International Student Support invites you to an informational reception at 4 p.m. on Sunday, July 29 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 who have first-hand experience. The occasional challenges of hosting are greatly outweighed by the many rewards. Often the student-host relationship continues beyond graduation. Current international student host families will be on hand to share their experiences with each other and with prospective individuals/families. All previous, current and prospective host family members are encouraged to attend. For more information and to RSVP, contact Carlota Ponds, Director of International Student Support at 620-327-8210 or carlota.ponds.

July 22 annc.pdf

July 15 announcements

Melon and Crullers Fellowship Event: Come join us in the church park on Sunday, July 15 at 3 p.m. for refreshing watermelon, ice cold water and tasty crullers. Please bring table service and lawn chairs.

Congregational Announcements

Bid on the old Tabor elevator! Now’s your chance to own a part of Tabor history. Bid sheets are on the bulletin board. Submit your sealed bid to Brent Abrahams by August 5. Proceeds go to the building project. For more information contact Brent Abrahams or Kenton Nickel.

Bible Study: Everyone is invited to join the Tabor weekly Bible study, which will begin again on Wednesday, August 1, from 8-9pm and continue on following Wednesday evenings. We will study the scripture text(s) for the upcoming Sunday. If you have any questions, please visit with John Unruh or Pastor Phil. We hope to see you there!

Task Force Visits: Reminder: Your Finance Task Force is hoping to visit with each family and donor in the congregation during the summer and fall. As construction and spending ramp up, we are interested in talking with you about some opportunities and needs. Please sign up on the sheets in the foyer to pick the time that works for your family.

Tabor Mennonite Women:

—Tabor Mennonite Women will work at the MCC Resource Center on Tuesday, July 17 from 9:00-12:00. Bring snack items to share for the morning coffee break.

—Ladies: TMW is in charge of the Bethesda program on August 16 at 7 p.m. I’m looking for one or more of you to plan a 30 minute program for that evening. After the program we will have cookies/crackers that all ladies may bring for a snack with the residents. Please let Barb Banman know if you can plan this program. Thank you!

Your help needed: Remember to sign up for Summer Faith Formation for children. Be a craft/activity leader or helper, and/or provide a snack. Thank you for all you do to help Tabor children grow in their Christian faith.

An all-ages concert with Bryan Moyer Suderman is an interactive and inspirational experience that get toes tapping, bodies moving, and hearts and voices singing. Everyone is invited to this concert on July 22 at 4 pm at Whitestone Mennonite Church, Hesston. An Ice Cream social will follow in the Fellowship Hall! A freewill offering will be taken.

Western District Annual Assembly: Everyone is encouraged to attend opening worship here at Tabor Mennonite on Friday, July 27 at 7pm, as well as Sunday worship at Alexanderwohl Mennonite on July 29 at 10am. Worship services will not take place at Tabor that Sunday.

Goessel Threshing Days:

—“I’m Farming and I Grow It: An AgVocating Success Story” featuring Greg Peterson of Peterson Farm Bros, Friday, August 3, at 7pm. A benefit for the Mennonite Heritage and Agricultural Museum, admission is free, donations are welcome. A portion of the proceeds will go to the Tabor Food Pantry.

—For the 45th time, would you please help us (The Mennonite Heritage and Agricultural Museum) host our family, friends, and guests coming for Threshing Days? Bakers, servers, and cashiers are needed for food service on Saturday, August 4. Please see the volunteer sheet in your mailbox and respond by July 22. For further questions, contact Aileen Esau (367-2358 or daesau). Response sheets may be placed in the secretary mailbox here at Tabor.

Conference Announcements

Prayer Requests:

« Western District Conference: Pray for Bible teacher and singer Bryan Moyer Suderman, as he prepares to lead WDC participants in “reading the Bible with Jesus” at the annual assembly, July 27-28.

« Mennonite Mission Network: Eric and Kelly Frey Martin of MMN are working with the Mennonite seminary in Bogotá to provide online courses that prepare Mennonite youth in Colombia for leadership in the church. Pray for them as they travel to each region to provide personal encouragement to those studying in their home communities.

« Mennonite Education Agency: Pray for the four Hesston College Disaster Management students serving in a field experience term with Mennonite Disaster Service at Pine Ridge (South Dakota) Indian Reservation. Pray that their work and presence would help bring hope and healing to those with whom they work and serve.

« Mennonite Church USA: Pray for Virginia Mennonite Conference as they meet for their annual gathering in Hampton, Virginia, and for South Central Mennonite Conference as they meet in Yoder, Kansas, both the weekend of July 19-21.

Western District Conference: Western District Annual Assembly features a free concert for the whole family on Saturday evening, July 28 at 7 pm at Eden Mennonite Church, Moundridge. Bryan Moyer Suderman, folk singer/song-writer, connects with all ages through his simple, but profound, scripture songs. Invite your friends and neighbors for a relaxing evening. Come for the whole Annual Assembly July 27-28!

Music Library Volunteer: Do you love church music and have 2-3 hours a month to spare? The WDC Music Library needs you! The Music Library Volunteer would communicate with patrons who have scores checked out, sort through music donations, deciding which to integrate into the collection, and return borrowed music to the files. Ask Jennie Wintermote for more information at crlib.

The WDC Church Planting Commission Retreat will be held on July 13-15, at Iglesia Menonita Monte Horeb, 427 N. Marlborough Ave. Dallas, TX 75208. “In response to God’s call and commission, emerging and established communities of faith seeking the wellbeing of their community by living and sharing God’s shalom understand that a biblical foundation and theological identity are crucial.” RSVP Sandram / (214) 907-6309 (Poster attached.)

Invitation for peace witness: WDC recently learned that the National Commission on Military, National and Public Service, an independent federal agency, is conducting a review of military selective service registration in the U.S. The agency invites public comment through September 30, online or at public meetings. For more information see http://inspire2serve.gov/news-events/national-commission-military-national-and-public-service-announces-locations-public. Within WDC geography, a meeting will take place Thursday, July 19 in Waco, TX – see http://inspire2serve.gov/news-events. This is an opportunity for people of faith to witness for peace and advocate for alternatives to war and military service. For talking points, contact the Center on Conscience and War at at 202-483-2220 or http://centeronconscience.org/co/conscientious-objection-and-the-draft/353-commission-on-military-national-and-public-service.html. (The CCW is a non-profit organization that advocates for the rights of conscience, opposes military conscription, and serves conscientious objectors to war) Other resources on conscientious objection and militarism can be found at Peace and Justice Support Network of Mennonite Mission Network at https://www.pjsn.org/resources/the-military/

Mennonite Church USA: The convention website now has updated info about #MennoCon19! It includes dates and schedule, "what’s new," registration fees, hotel information and Menno’s Best coffee fundraiser for youth groups. Visit https://convention.mennoniteusa.org/

Camp Mennoscah:

—Camp Sing: We already know we have a lot to celebrate this summer at Camp Mennoscah! On August 12 at 6:30pm, we’ll gather together at Hesston Mennonite to sing and celebrate a summer of friends and faith with our annual Camp Sing. There will be joyous singing followed by popcorn and generic pop– a camp standard!

—Young Adult Retreat August 3-5! All young adults (18 years old and older) are invited to spend a few days at Camp Mennoscah, doing favorite camp activities and luxuriating in nature and the camp community. Register online and pick your own level of scholarship! We want everyone to be able to attend.

—Women’s and Girl’s Retreat at Camp Mennoscah September 7-9.

Information for all events at Camp Mennoscah or to register:

Online at www.campmennoscah.org

Telephone: 620-297-3290.

Email: office.

Contact: olivia.bartel.

Join MCC on a Learning Tour to Explore the Root Causes of Migration in Guatemala and Honduras, November 7-17. Guatemala and Honduras, are countries from which the US, and increasingly Mexico, are receiving the majority of its immigrants. Honduras and Guatemala are both within the top 10 most violent countries in the world, plagued by gang presence, political corruption, and lack of economic opportunity that permit the realities to exist that drive people from their homeland. MCC seeks to educate and expose Learning Tour participants to the realities that many people face that result in migration, internally and to foreign countries. This Learning Tour will provide firsthand stories, opportunities to meet the people as well as the organizations that are walking with them, participate in the rich culture, and witness the efforts of Guatemalans and Hondurans who are striving for positive change in their communities. Throughout the course of the tour, we hope to explore various perspectives on the topic, learn about how our decisions impact migrants, plant the seeds for ongoing connections, and learn about practical ways to support and advocate for the people and communities that we encounter. Approximate cost will be $700 (plus airfare). For more information or to sign up for this trip please contact chrislandes.

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

Living with Dementia: Bluestem Communities invites you and your family to the Innovations in Living with Dementia Community Forum on July 18 at 6 p.m. at Hesston Mennonite Church (309 S. Main). The event will feature interactive booths, resources for caregivers and a Q&A session with a gentleman who has been diagnosed with early dementia and his wife.

July 15 annc.pdf

July 8 Announcements

Congregational Announcements

Bible Study: Everyone is invited to join the Tabor weekly Bible study, which will begin again on Wednesday, August 1, from 8-9pm and continue on following Wednesday evenings. We will study the scripture text(s) for the upcoming Sunday. If you have any questions, please visit with John Unruh or Pastor Phil. We hope to see you there!

Task Force Visits: Reminder: Your Finance Task Force is hoping to visit with each family and donor in the congregation during the summer and fall. As construction and spending ramp up, we are interested in talking with you about some opportunities and needs. Please sign up on the sheets in the foyer to pick the time that works for your family.

Food Pantry Needs: Due to high use in the past weeks, we have seen a rapid decline in our food supplies. If you would like to contribute, most items would be welcome. We still have plenty of green beans and a large variety of pork’n beans, black beans, kidney beans, etc. Most helpful at this time would be canned meats, canned fruit, cereal, peanut putter, jelly, applesauce, pancake mix, syrup, cake mixes, pudding, spaghetti and spaghetti sauce, laundry soap, dish soap, shampoo, toothpaste. Any donation is welcome. Thanks for your continued support.

Melon and Crullers Fellowship Event: Come join us in the church park on Sunday, July 15 at 3 p.m. for refreshing watermelon, ice cold water and tasty crullers.

Tabor Mennonite Women:

—Tabor Mennonite Women will work at the MCC Resource Center on Tuesday, July 17 from 9:00-12:00. Bring snack items to share for the morning coffee break.

—Ladies: TMW is in charge of the Bethesda program on August 16 at 7 p.m. I’m looking for one or more of you to plan a 30 minute program for that evening. After the program we will have cookies/crackers that all ladies may bring for a snack with the residents. Please let Barb Banman know if you can plan this program. Thank you!

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

Summer Faith Formation for children: Remember to sign up as a craft/activity leader, helper and/or snack provider! Thank you for all you do to help Tabor children grow in their Christian faith.

An all-ages concert with Bryan Moyer Suderman is an interactive and inspirational experience that get toes tapping, bodies moving, and hearts and voices singing. Everyone is invited to this concert on July 22 at 4 pm at Whitestone Mennonite Church, Hesston. An Ice Cream social will follow in the Fellowship Hall! A freewill offering will be taken.

Registration for Western District Annual Assembly on July 27-29 is now open. Please sign up on the bulletin board if you are planning to attend on Saturday, July 28, at Eden Mennonite Church, and please check the box if you are willing to be a delegate. Registration expenses will be covered by Tabor’s Worship Planning Team. Deadline to sign up is Sunday, July 8. Everyone is encouraged to attend opening worship here at Tabor Mennonite on Friday, July 27 at 7pm, as well as Sunday worship at Alexanderwohl Mennonite on July 29 at 10am. Worship services will not take place at Tabor that Sunday.

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

The Second Monday Family History & Genealogy Group will meet on Monday, July 9, 2018, at 7:00 p.m. in the Goessel City Building Community Room. Kris Schmucker will speak on early Goessel and efforts to bring a railroad and later the Arkansas Valley Interurban to the community. The meeting is free and open to the public.

Goessel Threshing Days: For the 45th time, would you please help us (The Mennonite Heritage and Agricultural Museum) host our family, friends, and guests coming for Threshing Days? Bakers, servers, and cashiers are needed for food service on Saturday, August 4. Please see the volunteer sheet in your mailbox and respond by July 22. For further questions, contact Aileen Esau (367-2358 or daesau). Thank you! Response sheets may be placed in the secretary mailbox here at Tabor.

Conference Announcements

Prayer Requests:

« Western District Conference: Pray for members of the WDC Resource Commission as they meet this week to encourage congregations in faith formation, evangelism, justice, peacemaking, and youth ministry.

« Mennonite Mission Network: Soon after Connie and Dennis Byler began their retirement from four decades of ministry with MMN, Dennis was diagnosed with cancer. Dennis underwent surgery last month. Pray for signs of God’s presence and peace for the Byler family in Spain as they discern treatment protocols.

« Mennonite Education Agency: Anabaptist Mennonite Biblical Seminary. Pray for our newly admitted international students as they prepare for student visa appointments this month with U.S. Consulate or Embassy offices in five different countries. The interview process can be stressful and confusing; pray that students can remain relaxed and will be granted visas to study at AMBS.

Western District Conference: Western District Annual Assembly features a free concert for the whole family on Saturday evening, July 28 at 7 pm at Eden Mennonite Church, Moundridge. Bryan Moyer Suderman, folk singer/song-writer, connects with all ages through his simple, but profound, scripture songs. Invite your friends and neighbors for a relaxing evening. Come for the whole Annual Assembly July 27-28!

All women are invited to the Western District Women in Mission annual meeting at WDC’s 2018 Annual Assembly. We will share lunch together ($12) from 12:30-1:30 pm on Saturday, July 28 at Eden Mennonite Church, 401 18th Ave, Moundridge. Following a brief business meeting, we will hear from Karen Mascho as well as have the opportunity to meet the incoming Executive Director of Mennonite Women USA. To register, send your name and $12 to WDC, PO Box 306, North Newton, KS 67117 by July 13.

Camp Mennoscah:

—Mark your calendars for the 2018 Women’s and Girl’s Retreat at Camp Mennoscah September 7-9. Rachel Ringenberg Miller, Pastor at Shalom Mennonite in Newton, will be our featured speaker. Many fun and meaningful activities and seminars are being planned for women and girls 3rd grade and older. Program details along with registration materials will be sent out in Mid-July.

—Urgent need for a nurse! Camp Mennoscah is looking for a nurse for the week of July 15-21. Please contact us. Contact information below. We’d love to have a nurse for the full week, but let us know if you’d be able to do a partial week, too.

—Camp Mennoscah’s Annual Camp Sing will take place on August 12, at 6:30 pm at Hesston Mennonite Church. We’ll have popcorn, our beloved generic pop, singing, and many camp friends. It’s a time to rejoice in all the good friends and good times at Camp Mennoscah!

—The Whale Playground at Camp Mennoscah is complete! Thanks to Jordan Miller of Miller Construction, lots of volunteers, and your support, campers are currently playing on the new structure. It’s amazing! A generous donation is allowing us to add the slides and climbing net much sooner that we expected. We’ll get those in as soon as possible!

—Still space for you at Camp Mennoscah! We’re at our almost halfway point of the summer, but there’s still room for more campers. We’re thrilled to help more campers experience the amazing things that happen. Our theme this summer is Beyond Belief: The Universe of God.

—To our Senior High Wait List campers: We are working diligently to get hopefully all of you to Camp Mennoscah. We’ll notify campers as spaces are found. We have great hope and faith that everything will fall into place, but cannot yet guarantee this. Email us with any questions.

Information for all events at Camp Mennoscah or to register:

Online at www.campmennoscah.org

Telephone: 620-297-3290.

Email: office.

Contact: olivia.bartel.

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

Join MCC on a Learning Tour to Explore the Root Causes of Migration in Guatemala and Honduras, November 7-17. Guatemala and Honduras, are countries from which the US, and increasingly Mexico, are receiving the majority of its immigrants. Honduras and Guatemala are both within the top 10 most violent countries in the world, plagued by gang presence, political corruption, and lack of economic opportunity that permit the realities to exist that drive people from their homeland. MCC seeks to educate and expose Learning Tour participants to the realities that many people face that result in migration, internally and to foreign countries. This Learning Tour will provide firsthand stories, opportunities to meet the people as well as the organizations that are walking with them, participate in the rich culture, and witness the efforts of Guatemalans and Hondurans who are striving for positive change in their communities. Throughout the course of the tour, we hope to explore various perspectives on the topic, learn about how our decisions impact migrants, plant the seeds for ongoing connections, and learn about practical ways to support and advocate for the people and communities that we encounter. Approximate cost will be $700 (plus airfare). For more information or to sign up for this trip please contact chrislandes.

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

Living with Dementia: Bluestem Communities invites you and your family to the Innovations in Living with Dementia Community Forum on July 18 at 6 p.m. at Hesston Mennonite Church (309 S. Main). The event will feature interactive booths, resources for caregivers and a Q&A session with a gentleman who has been diagnosed with early dementia and his wife.

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