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Jan 21 announcements

Congregational Announcements

Congregational Meeting: The Building and Finance task forces invite and encourage everyone to attended the Congregational Consensus-building meeting next Sunday, January 28. Following a process of receiving and responding to questions from the congregation over the past months about the building project, it is now time to make the decision about how to move forward based on the current financial reality of having raised over $900,000. We look forward to everyone’s presence as we enter this next discernment phase.

Olympic Couple’s Competition: Come join us on February 18 from 3-5pm in the Tabor Fellowship Hall for a fun couple’s competition featuring olympic style minute-to-win-it games! Sign up on the bulletin board with your partner. Couples of all ages and stages are welcome, whether married, engaged, dating, single friends, etc… Childcare will be provided in the parsonage basement. Olympic medals will be awarded for each event! We look forward to seeing you there!

~Tabor Fellowship Planning Team

2018 Tabor Church Directory: Now is the time to submit updates for the church directory. This includes all updates for commission and ministry team positions listed in the directory. Please email changes to kfunk or place in the secretaries mailbox.

Position open: If you would be interested in coordinating meals for people recovering from illness or grieving loss, please call the church office for more information or to volunteer. 367-2318.

2018 Tabor Wellness – “Climb the Mountain”: The 2018 Wellness Challenge details are on a poster in the foyer along with a take home sheet for recording your wellness points. This year you will earn points climbing your own mountain by dedicating to the various challenges assigned. There are more “Climbing the Mountain” logs in the wellness box please help yourself. Also, if you are needing to track steps any fitness app will do it on your smartphone phone, just be sure to keep it on you. If you would like a regular pedometer let Kevin know for his order. Your cost share will be $5. See Kevin Nickel with questions and good luck climbing!

Living in a Porn-Filled Culture: What Parents, Teens, and Kids Need to Know

Dove’s Nest representative Brenda L. Yoder will be speaking to children, youth, parents, and youth workers at Tabor on Jan. 31 and Feb. 3 & 4 on the realities of today’s culture and technology, the dangers of pornography on behavioral health and relationships, and how children and youth can develop healthy, faith-based responses to the culture in which they live. Brenda Yoder is a licensed mental health counselor, speaker, author, and parent who has worked with teens and youth for over twenty-five years.

NEEDED: Someone to loan a car with tank of gas Jan 31-Feb 4 for Brenda Yoder (our visiting speaker from Dove’s Nest) to use. Thanks so much to Kyle & Mandy Funk for providing a place for Brenda to stay in their shouse. Please see Gayle Funk 316/772-1186 gayle67114

The Mennonite Heritage and Agricultural Museum annual meeting will be held on Jan. 21 at 2:30 p.m. in the Goessel Mennonite Church with a short business meeting followed by our featured speaker Rachel Waltner Goossen. Her topic will be “Rural Healthcare on the Great Plains: Nurses’ Training and the Mennonite Deaconess Movement.” This event is free and open to the public, with a faspa to follow the program. Childcare will be provided.

Pizza Night! Recently described as “a gem sitting in the middle of Goessel,” join us in celebrating one of the treasures of Kansas, our own Mennonite Heritage & Agricultural Museum. 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. in the Fellowship Hall on Wednesday, January 31. All proceeds from the meal will benefit the museum; your donations will be gratefully accepted.

Believe it or not, Camp Washunga is only four months away! Brochures with registration forms were sent out to all junior high parents. If you know of a junior higher in the community, encourage them to sign up! Scholarships are available. Put these dates on your calendar: registration is due February 1 and our annual fundraiser will be March 5. If you need an extra brochure, have questions or want to support this ministry feel free to contact Michelle Unruh, myself or one of the local churches. -Laura Unrau

Conference Announcements

Prayer Requests:

« Western District Conference: Pray for health and strength for WDC church planters and their families, and that God would to continue to open doors as they reach out into their communities.

« Mennonite Mission Network: A family with two young children is sharing Jesus’ love through teaching and community art projects in a Middle Eastern country that is predominantly Muslim. They are serving with MMN and Eastern Mennonite Missions. Pray for meaningful social and spiritual relationships.

« Mennonite Education Agency: Mennonite Early Childhood Network. Pray for parents, teachers and all who interact with young children. May these adults provide understanding and tools needed for children to learn cooperation and peacemaking in God’s all-inclusive family.

« Mennonite Disaster Service: Please pray for volunteers who will be arriving in Puerto Rico this weekend. Also during this winter season, please lift up homeowners we work with as they continue to adjust to life after experiencing a natural disaster, and for good health for our leadership volunteers and their families as they serve at MDS projects.

Western District Conference (Mennonite Church USA) seeks 3/4-time business manager: accounting experience desirable; computer and organizational skills; ability to work independently and set goals; effective communicator – team player; committed to WDC mission. See mennowdc.org for further information.

Save the date! All women are invited to the Western District Women in Mission/

South Central Women’s Spring Supper, Thursday March 15, 2018 at 6 pm at Whitestone Mennonite Church in Hesston. Program (7 pm) to follow the $10 supper (fundraiser for the youth).

Camp Mennoscah:

—Hymn Sing and Dessert Auction: Camp Mennoscah invites everyone to join us from 4-6 pm on Sunday, February 25, at Whitestone Mennonite Church in Hesston. Funds raised will go toward the Camp Mennoscah general fund.

— Volunteers needed Saturday, January 20, to remove shingles for remodel construction of the kitchen/dining hall and entrance. Start time is 9:00am. If you can help, call the camp office at 620-297-3014 or Jim Yoder at phone 316-284-3890 or email jdyoder.

Information for all events at Camp Mennoscah or to register:

Online at www.campmennoscah.org

Telephone: 620-297-3290.

Email: office.

Contact: olivia.bartel.

Mennonite Central Committee (MCC): Thank you so much for your continued support in making and donating comforters for MCC. MCC continues to receive more requests for comforters from our partners around the world. Save the date for the upcoming Comforter Blitz in Yoder, Kansas, taking place on March 5th-7th as we work together to bring comfort to our brothers and sisters around the world, mcc.org/comforter-blitz!

Bethel College:

—TODAY (Sun., Jan. 21) is the final chance to see “Voices of Conscience: Peace Witness in the Great War,” the special traveling exhibit at Kauffman Museum on conscientious objection by Mennonites and others during the First World War. Museum hours are 1:30-4:30 p.m. There is an admission charge for non-museum members.

—Jan. 27 – Kauffman Museum’s Kansas Day event, 1-4 p.m., theme is “On the Trail Again,” rounding out a year-long celebration of 150 years of the Chisholm Trail.

—Sun., Jan. 28 – Bethel College Concert Choir home concert 7 p.m., Mem. Hall

—Bethel College Alumni Bowling Night! Thursday, February 1, 7 p.m. – 9 p.m. Play-Mor Lanes, Newton. First 25 RSVP’s will bowl for free! $7 per person after the first 25. RSVP by Monday, January 29. For information and to RSVP contact Brad Kohlman (316) 284-5357 or bkohlman.

2018 Anabaptist Vision and Discipleship Series (AVDS) : Attend AVDS conference Feb. 23 to 25 at Hesston College to become an effective change agent. You’ll find or create a small group that shares your passion and begin to learn strategies for fighting injustice alongside others in your congregation and community. The Kansas Leadership Center and Dr. Drew G. I. Hart of Messiah College will help to clarify our purposes and strengthen our Biblical theology of justice while small groups will engage to develop meaningful responses. Register now at hesston.edu/avds.

Young Adult Snow Camp February 23-25, at Rocky Mountain Mennonite Camp.

Mike Martin, Executive Director of RAWtools, will share during the worship times on the topic “Under the vine and fig.” There will be group games, singing, and opportunities to be outside enjoying the beauty of creation. Cost is only $80. Anyone ages 18-30+ is welcome to come! Online registration available at www.rmmc.org or call 719-687-9506.

The Newton Et Cetera Shop is hiring a clothing manager for 30-40 hours/week. The full job description and applications are available at the store (619 N. Main, Newton) or via e-mail at generalmanager. Applications are due Mon, Jan. 29 and can be submitted in person to the general manager or by e-mail.

Scholarship Opportunity: There is a special opportunity for individuals connected to Everence who plan to attend college in the fall. Full time students who have a relationship with Everence are eligible to apply for Everence college scholarships. After completing a scholarship application, students may be selected to receive scholarships ranging from $750 to $2000. This scholarship is available to students who are Everence members or students whose parents are members of Everence. Scholarship applications will be accepted now through February 28, 2018. You can find a scholarship application form along with more information about the scholarship and grant programs at https://www.everence.com/financial-services/financial-planning/college

Kansas Mennonite Relief Sale

Praising God Through Service

Sale Dates: April 13 – 14, 2018

www.kansas.mccsale.org

REMEMBERING 50 years of the Relief Sale in Kansas

Relief Sales are the result of grass roots movements across the United States to promote and raise funds for Mennonite Central Committee. A group of Kansans organized and formed the Mid-Kansas Relief Sale. This was in 1968 and the first sale was in Hillsboro at the Marion County Fairgrounds. The space was deemed too small and crowded for all of the activities people wanted to provide. After two years the sale was moved to Newton mostly outside and using tents. It rained the week before the sale and the tents and the area flooded, making it a less than worthwhile experience. Because of a connection with the Kansas State Fair, the Sale was moved to the Kansas State Fairgrounds. Approximately 70 churches across Kansas are on the roster. The purpose at the beginning, and still today, is to support and raise funds for MCC and MCC alone. This year we celebrate 50 years of successful fundraising to support the work of Mennonite Central Committee.

Sale Announcements

—You’re invited to host, be a guest or organize a Fellowship Meal at your church. Annually, these simple meals help support the Relief Sale by raising funds towards the sale budget. Meals, in area homes, are scheduled Feb. 25 & March 4.

—The Kansas Mennonite Relief Sale invites you to join our family. By tithing a little bit of your time each year, you have an amazing opportunity to impact your world by furthering the work of Mennonite Central Committee. There are variety of committee openings.

—Stay up-to-date on all things relating to Kansas Mennonite Relief Sale by liking us on Facebook at Kansas Mennonite Relief Sale or our website at www.kansas.mccsale.org. Also, download the new Kansas MCC sale app by clicking on the link on our homepage.

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

Jan 21 annc.pdf

Jan. 14 announcements

Congregational Announcements

Stories & Stuff: Come in from the cold for warm fellowship and tasty treats. Join Stories & Stuff on Thursday, January 18 at 10 a.m. in the south rooms at Tabor. Bring a friend and enjoy the morning together. (note: Jan. calendar date is incorrect!)

Save the Date: Olympic Couple’s Competition: Come join us on February 18 from 3-5pm in the Tabor Fellowship Hall for a fun couple’s competition featuring olympic style minute-to-win-it games! Sign up on the bulletin board with your partner. Couples of all ages and stages are welcome, whether married, engaged, dating, single friends, etc… Childcare will be provided in the parsonage basement. Olympic medals will be awarded for each event! We look forward to seeing you there! ~Tabor Fellowship Planning Team

Year of Evangelism Kick-Off: Anabaptist Witness. The Year of Evangelism Kick-off event will take place at Alexanderwohl on January 19 (7-9pm) and January 20 (9am-3pm). This event will take the place of our January Followers Retreat. Lunch will be provided on January 20.

2018 Tabor Church Directory: Now is the time to submit updates for the church directory. This includes all updates for commission and ministry team positions listed in the directory. Please email changes to kfunk or place in the secretaries mailbox.

Position open: If you would be interested in coordinating meals for people recovering from illness or grieving loss, please call the church office for more information or to volunteer. 367-2318.

Tabor Mennonite Women will meet January 15 from 6:30-8:30 p.m. in the fellowship hall to cut fabric into squares for comforters. Bring cotton fabric if you have it and a scissor or rotary cutter. We will also take time to brainstorm/plan events for 2018. Anyone is welcome to come that evening with input, or let Barb Banman or Denise Nickel know your programming ideas. New Sister Prayer Partners will be formed and if you are currently a Prayer Partner, your name will be put in again unless you let us know. If you are not currently part of the Prayer Partners and would like to have one, let Denise know. Also, if you need childcare for the evening, let Denise know.

Orientation at New Hope Shelter is the third Monday of each month, which is this coming Monday, January 15 at 6:30 p.m. at New Hope. The training goes for 1 to 1 ½ hours and New Hope is located at 900 W Broadway, Bldg 7. If you have questions please talk to Austin Unruh or Barb Abrahams.

2018 Tabor Wellness – "Climb the Mountain": Congratulations to the 2017 wellness challenge champions Kristin Schmidt, Carol Duerksen, and Katy Schmidt and all other participants of last years "Journal Journey" who logged over 50,000 minutes of activity!

The 2018 Wellness Challenge details are on a poster in the foyer along with a take home sheet for recording your wellness points. This year you will earn points climbing your own mountain by dedicating to the various challenges assigned. All participants will be invited to the year end wellness retreat and the 2018 wellness champion who climbs the highest on their mountain will earn an all expenses paid weekend getaway in the COLORADO ROCKY MOUNTAINS! See Kevin Nickel with questions and good luck climbing!

Living in a Porn-Filled Culture: What Parents, Teens, and Kids Need to Know

Today’s youth live in an age where hypersexuality is part of their culture and pornography is readily available, even to young eyes. Dove’s Nest representative Brenda L. Yoder will be speaking to children, youth, parents, and youth workers at Tabor on Jan. 31 and Feb. 3 & 4 on the realities of today’s culture and technology, the dangers of pornography on behavioral health and relationships, and how children and youth can develop healthy, faith-based responses to the culture in which they live. Brenda Yoder is a licensed mental health counselor, speaker, author, and parent who has worked with teens and youth for over twenty-five years.

The Mennonite Heritage and Agricultural Museum annual meeting will be held on Jan. 21at 2:30 p.m. in the Goessel Mennonite Church with a short business meeting followed by our featured speaker Rachel Waltner Goossen. Her topic will be "Rural Healthcare on the Great Plains: Nurses’ Training and the Mennonite Deaconess Movement." This event is free and open to the public, with a faspa to follow the program.

Please check your closet! A women’s knee length black dress coat was taken by mistake from the coat rack on Christmas Eve after the evening service. The coat that was left in it’s place is still hanging on the south coat rack. The missing coat has brown, fuzzy gloves in the pockets. If you discover you or a family member has the missing coat, please exchange it for the one at church.

Conference Announcements

Prayer Requests:

« Western District Conference: Pray for the joy, wisdom and energy of the Holy Spirit at the WDC Year of Evangelism kick-off next weekend, January 19-20, at Alexanderwohl Mennonite Church.

« Mennonite Mission Network: Kristin and Mike Sharp of MMN serve as community hosts for Round Chapel in the East End of London. Pray for them and their two daughters as they engage the congregational vision of “living out God’s warm embrace” in an area with many homeless people.

« Mennonite Education Agency: Anabaptist Mennonite Biblical Seminary: In honor of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Dr. Daniel White Hodge, Ph.D. will speak on “No Church in the Wild: Christianity, White Supremacy, Black Liberation and Hip Hop.” May seeds be sown to bring about changes to unjust power systems and structures.

« Mennonite Church USA: Journey Forward Writing Team. The five-person Journey Forward writing team met for the first time on Dec. 11-13 to begin their work with Journey Forward, a churchwide process for following God’s calling for MC USA. The team invites prayers for their second Face-to-Face in Philadelphia on Jan. 25-27.

Today, Jan 14:

-3 pm, Luyken Fine Arts Center @ Bethel, MCC and KIPCOR event: film: Awake: A Dream from Standing Rock

-4 pm, Shalom Mennonite Church: Offender/Victim annual meeting.

For details about these events, please see last weeks announcement sheet.

Celebrate Martin Luther King Day on January 15 by taking a local history walk! Racial Justice in Newton: Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow is a walking tour to hear the stories of Newton’s racial and ethnic diversity, to celebrate our accomplishments, and to seek positive change in the community. Tours start at 3:00 and 3:30 p.m. at the Newton Recreation Commission (415 N. Poplar) and last around 90 minutes. Bus transportation is available for those needing assistance getting to the two other sites and back to the Rec. This event is free and open to the public.

Western District Conference (Mennonite Church USA) seeks 3/4-time business manager: accounting experience desirable; computer and organizational skills; ability to work independently and set goals; effective communicator – team player; committed to WDC mission. See mennowdc.org for further information.

Camp Mennoscah:

—Thank you for the numerous year-end gifts Camp Mennoscah received! It was a bounteous year of generous volunteers, donors, and campers. We can’t wait to see the great things that happen in 2018. God is good!

—Hymn Sing and Dessert Auction: Camp Mennoscah invites everyone to join us from 4-6 pm on Sunday, February 25, at Whitestone Mennonite Church in Hesston. Funds raised will go toward the Camp Mennoscah general fund.

—We need your help! As we continue remodeling the Camp Mennoscah kitchen and dining hall, we need your help on several projects. These include removing and replacing the roofing, painting in the final stages, and help moving everything back into the kitchen. The first project is to remove shingles on Sat. Jan. 20 starting at 9 am. Tools: Single forks, hammers, flat bars. Bring a lunch. If you can help, please call the camp or Jim Yoder at jdyoder.

Information for all events at Camp Mennoscah or to register:

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

Email: office.

Contact: olivia.bartel.

Mennonite Central Committee (MCC): Thank you so much for your continued support in making and donating comforters for MCC. This past year, MCC sent 49,223 blankets and comforters to people experiencing war, displacement, and natural disasters in Bosnia, Iraq, Jordan, North Korea, Somalia, and Ukraine. 1,958 of those came from the Central States region! MCC continues to receive more requests for comforters from our partners around the world. Save the date for the upcoming Comforter Blitz in Yoder, Kansas, taking place on March 5th-7th as we work together to bring comfort to our brothers and sisters around the world, mcc.org/comforter-blitz!

Kansas Mennonite Relief Sale

THANKS for all the offers to go pick up the old Tractor at Bakersfield, CA for the KS MCC Sale. The tractor will be delivered soon. Still looking donations of cars, trucks, motorcycles, tractors, farm machinery and GOOD items for the KS MCC Sale. Call Jerry Toews, 620-367-8257

Bethel College:

—Mon., Jan. 15 – Bethel College annual Martin Luther King Jr. Day celebration, with Ken E. Nwadike Jr., a peace activist, inspirational speaker and video journalist popularly known as “the Free Hugs Guy,” and poetry reading by Bethel students, 7 p.m, Krehbiel Auditorium

—Last chance to view – “Voices of Conscience: Peace Witness in the Great War,” the special traveling exhibit at Kauffman Museum on conscientious objection by Mennonites and others during the Second World War. The exhibit closes at 4:30 p.m. Sun., Jan. 21. Kauffman Museum hours are: Tues.-Fri., 9:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m., Sat.-Sun., 1:30-4:30 p.m. (closed Mondays). There is an admission charge for non-museum members.

2018 Anabaptist Vision and Discipleship Series (AVDS) : Attend AVDS conference Feb. 23 to 25 at Hesston College to become an effective change agent. You’ll find or create a small group that shares your passion and begin to learn strategies for fighting injustice alongside others in your congregation and community. The Kansas Leadership Center and Dr. Drew G. I. Hart of Messiah College will help to clarify our purposes and strengthen our Biblical theology of justice while small groups will engage to develop meaningful responses. Register now at hesston.edu/avds.

The Newton Et Cetera Shop is hiring a clothing manager for 30-40 hours/week. The clothing manager, in cooperation with the management team, receives and processes donations; trains and supervises clothing and accessory volunteers; prepares volunteer projects and work spaces; helps manage the sales floor; and participates in regular system evaluation and store planning. The full job description and applications are available at the store (619 N. Main in Newton) or via e-mail at generalmanager. Applications are due Mon, Jan. 29 and can be submitted in person to the general manager or by e-mail.

Jan. 14 annc.pdf

Jan. 7 announcements

Congregational Announcements

Year of Evangelism Kick-Off: Anabaptist Witness. Please sign up on the bulletin board by Tuesday, January 9 if you are able to attend the Year of Evangelism Kick-off event, which will take place at Alexanderwohl on January 19 (7-9pm) and January 20 (9am-3pm). We strongly encourage all Tabor members and attenders to sign up for this event, which will take the place of our January Followers Retreat. Lunch will be provided on January 20. Your registration costs are being covered, so please sign up, even if you can only attend part of the event. See http://mennowdc.org/year-of-evangelism/ for more details.

~Pastor Phil

Annual Report: Fiscal year end reports were due in the church office by the end of December. Please submit reports to the church office, email preferred: kfunk.

2018 Tabor Church Directory: Now is the time to submit updates for the church directory. Please email changes to kfunk or place in the secretaries mailbox.

Tabor Mennonite Women (TMW):

—TMW will meet January 15 at 6:30-8:30pm in the fellowship hall to cut fabric into squares for comforters. Bring cotton fabric if you have it and a scissor or rotary cutter. If you need childcare, let Denise know.

—TMW will be meeting Thursday, January 11 at 7 p.m. at Church to brainstorm/plan events for 2018. Anyone is welcome to come that evening with input or let Barb B. or Denise know your programming ideas. New Sister Prayer Partners will be formed and if you are currently a Prayer Partner, your name will be put in again unless you let us know. If you are not currently part of the Prayer Partners and would like to have one, let Denise know by January 14.

Please check your closet! A women’s knee length black dress coat was taken by mistake from the coat rack across from the secretaries office on Christmas Eve after the evening service. The coat that was left in it’s place is still hanging on that coat rack towards the foyer side. The missing coat has brown, fuzzy gloves in the pockets. Please double-check that you have the proper winter coat in your possession, check with family members who may have been at our church that evening but do not attend regularly, or look at the coat that remains on the rack and see if that one is yours. If you discover you have the missing coat, please exchange it for the one at church. No questions asked. Thank you!

The Mennonite Heritage and Agricultural Museum annual meeting will be held on January 21, 2018 at 2:30 p.m. in the Goessel Mennonite Church. There will be a short business meeting followed by our featured speaker Rachel Waltner Goossen. Her topic will be “Rural Healthcare on the Great Plains: Nurses’ Training and the Mennonite Deaconess Movement.” This event is free and open to the public, with a faspa to follow the program.

Kansas Mennonite Men’s Chorus is recruiting for the 50th season – praising the Lord while raising funds for MCC worldwide relief. Rehearsals will begin on January 28. Please see Donavon Schmidt if you are interested in joining this season. More information is posted on the bulletin board.

Letter from WDC Israel-Palestine Task Force: Posted on the bulletin board is a letter in response to the recent announcement to move the US Embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem. Please pray that a peaceful, just solution can be made between Palestinians and Israelis.

Conference Announcements

Prayer Requests:

« Western District Conference: Pray for WDC’s Israel-Palestine Relations Task Force, as they meet this week and discern ways to join God’s work of justice and peace-making.

« Mennonite Mission Network: MMN partners Juanita and Lawrence Coetzee lead Grace Community Church in Cradock, Eastern Cape, South Africa. Pray for them as they also work in a local prison for juveniles and help the young men there find new meaning in their lives.

« Mennonite Education Agency: Seminario Bíblico Anabautista Hispano (SeBAH). Pray for SeBAH students who will start their Pastoral Project course and for Professor Tony Brun. Pray that God’s presence be with them and may wisdom be upon throughout this course.

« Mennonite Disaster Service: As the New Year begins, please pray for our volunteers as they return to MDS projects in Canada and the U.S. and continue their commitment to respond, rebuild and restore. We ask for prayer for the ongoing hurricane response, five project sites in Texas responding to Hurricane Harvey, one project in Florida responding to Hurricane Irma and volunteers heading to Puerto Rico in response to Hurricane Maria.

« Mennonite Church USA: Prayer for the new year : As Mennonite Church USA, we’re embarking on our Journey Forward in this new year. We invite prayers that we may seek the beauty and hope of God’s spirit drawing us into this community of faith. Let us continue joining our voices in song, in prayer, in fellowship—that even the mountains and the hills may join.

Western District Conference (Mennonite Church USA) seeks 3/4-time business manager: accounting experience desirable; computer and organizational skills; ability to work independently and set goals; effective communicator – team player; committed to WDC mission. See mennowdc.org for further information.

Worship at WDC’s Year of Evangelism Kick Off: Anabaptist Witness will be a blend of ancient spiritual practices and upbeat bluegrass style with Bethany Amstutz, Gene Thieszen, and friends. Everyone’s invited to worship our God of healing love, justice and welcome on January 19-20. Learn more and register by January 11 at: http://mennowdc.org/year-of-evangelism/

We’re cleaning out the archives! Back issues of The Mennonite, The Christian Century, Christianity Today, Group, Children’s Ministry, and more and available (first come, first served) at the WDC Resource Library in North Newton, KS. Stop by and take some home today! (Donations welcome)

Mennonite Central Committee: Save the Date – Sunday, January 14: for a special screening of the film Awake: A Dream from Standing Rock at 3pm in the Luyken Fine Arts Center at Bethel College in North Newton, Kansas. The film captures the story of Native-led defiance that forever changed the fight for clean water, our environment and the future of our planet. A talk-back session will follow the film featuring film Co-Director Myron Dewey. MCC is teaming up with Kansas Institute for Peace & Conflict Resolution (KIPCOR) for this free event. Please join us!

Memorial Benefit Run – The Neuf: Join friends & family of Russ Neufeld on January 13, 2018 by participating in the inaugural running of The Neuf 9K & 2 mile run. The run starts at 10:00am outside Mojo’s Coffee Shop on the Bethel College campus. Russ was a former Mennonite Church USA and Hesston College employee. The run will raise funds for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, and a scholarship is Russ’ name at Hesston College. Register online through Jan 10, or in person on the day of the race. Read other details about the race at www.runtheneuf.neuf.ca.

The Mennonite, Inc. welcomes your original submissions and contributions for our March 2018 print magazine issue and corresponding online content focusingon Spiritual resilience. Submissions are due by January 20 to Editor@TheMennonite.org. You can read a full description of the March 2018 theme here: https://themennonite.org/march-2018-call-submissions-spiritual-resilience/

Kansas Mennonite Relief Sale—Looking for someone to haul a small John Deere Tractor from Bakersfield, CA to Goessel, KS for the KS MCC Sale. Contact, Jerry Toews, 620-367-8257 or jtoews62 —WANTED: Good cars, trucks, tractors, motorcycles, farm machinery, etc. to donate to the KS MCC Sale – new to antique. If you are thinking of getting a new car, consider donating your trade-in to the MCC Sale as a tax deductible donation. Contact Jerry Toews for more info at 620-367-8257 or jtoews62

Offender/Victim Ministries is celebrating 45 years of restorative justice and prison ministries! Join us for our 2018 annual meeting will be Sunday, January 14 at 4:00 at Shalom Mennonite Church. Come hear stories from the past year and learn about exciting initiatives to come in 2018. A light meal (faspa) will be served.

Bethel College:—TODAY (Sun., Jan. 7) – Sunday-Afternoon-at the-Museum, 3 p.m.: Andrew Bolton, “Is the Community of Christ Becoming Anabaptist?”; Kauffman Museum.

—Centering Prayer resumes tomorrow, Mon., Jan. 8. Centering Prayer meets most Mondays from noon-1 p.m. in Agape Center in Richert House on the Bethel College campus. Try it once, come occasionally or join us regularly – all are welcome, with no previous experience with Centering Prayer required. For more information, contact Nathan Koontz, 2nathankoontz, or Melanie Zuercher, mzuercher.

—Mon., Jan. 15 – Bethel College annual Martin Luther King Jr. Day celebration, with Ken E. Nwadike Jr., a peace activist, inspirational speaker and video journalist popularly known as “the Free Hugs Guy,” and poetry reading by Bethel students, 7 p.m, Krehbiel Auditorium

—Registration is now open for the academic conference “Mennonites and the Holocaust,” to be held on the Bethel College campus March 16-17, 2018, with speakers and scholars from Canada, Germany, the Netherlands, Ukraine and the United States. See mla.bethelk.edu/MennosandHolocaust for more information or to register online.

2018 Anabaptist Vision and Discipleship Series (AVDS) conference Feb. 23 to 25 at Hesston College. With the theme “Before the Unthinkable Happens: Confronting our role in injustice,” the conference will explore how you can become an effective change agent in your church and community as you stand against “the troubles of this world.” Watch for details.

Everence to continue series of workshops: Everence will continue its popular retirement workshop series in 2018, starting with Your Medicare options on Monday, Jan. 8, at 6:30 p.m. Attendees will learn about the various Medicare plans and what they cover; plans that supplement Medicare; and enrollment details and deadlines. The workshop will be presented by Everence staff and will be held at the Everence office at 3179 N. Main St., North Newton. Reserve your spot soon by contacting Michelle Ramer at (316) 283-3800; (877) 467-7294 or michelle.ramer.

Jan 7 annc.pdf

Dec. 24 announcements and Christmas Eve Celebration Service bulletin

Congregational Announcements

Christmas Fellowship Time: Next Sunday, December 31, we will meet in the Fellowship Hall following worship for visiting and refreshments. Please bring Christmas goodies to share. Faith Formation classes will not meet. Note: Worship will begin at 10 a.m.

Annual Report: Fiscal year end reports are due in the church office by the end of December. Please submit reports to the church office, email preferred: kfunk.

2018 Tabor Church Directory: Now is the time to submit updates for the church directory. Please email changes to kfunk or place in the secretaries mailbox.

Year of Evangelism Kick-Off: Anabaptist Witness. Please sign up on the bulletin board if you are able to attend the Year of Evangelism Kick-off event, which will take place at Alexanderwohl on January 19 (7-9pm) and January 20 (9am-3pm). We strongly encourage all Tabor members and attenders to sign up for this event, which will take the place of our January Followers Retreat. Lunch will be provided on January 20. Your registration costs are being covered, so please sign up, even if you can only attend part of the event. See http://mennowdc.org/year-of-evangelism/ for more details. ~Pastor Phil

Kansas Mennonite Men’s Chorus is recruiting for the 50th season – praising the Lord while raising funds for MCC worldwide relief. Rehearsals will begin on January 28. Please see Donavon Schmidt if you are interested in joining this season. More information is posted on the bulletin board.

Red Cross Blood Mobile: Christmas is a time of gift-giving and you are invited to give a gift of life when you donate blood on Dec. 26 between 2:00-6:00 at Goessel Church. It is a busy week, but most of us have extra days off at Christmas and it is hoped you can use 1 hour to either donate blood or work at the drive. The sign up to work or bring cookies is on the bulletin board.

Conference Announcements

Prayer Requests:

« Western District Conference: As we celebrate the birth of Jesus, let us give thanks for the ways Christ’s presence is made visible through WDC congregations.

« Mennonite Mission Network: MMN requests prayer for all those who have left homes and families for the sake of the gospel. May they be embraced by the global family of God and be blessed by discovering fresh insights into the meaning of Christmas.

« Mennonite Education Agency: May God renew and refresh all educators, faculty and staff during the holidays, filling them with energy and creativity for the second half of the school year.

« Mennonite Church USA: During this Christmas season, MC USA invites your prayers for peace to come to the earth: for creative peacemaking that can disrupt cycles of violence and oppression; for communities to find ways to support and love one another; for past wounds to begin healing; for the people of the church to continue seeking the peace of Christ.

As Western District Conference concludes its 125th anniversary year, we invite members and friends of WDC to send in an extra gift of $125 (or more!) to help WDC meet its 2017 budget (fiscal year ending Jan 31, 2018). Your contributions allow WDC to equip pastors, encourage church planters, resource congregations, energize ministries of peace, justice and evangelism, and connect to God’s work in the wider church and world. Thank you for your generous support!

Everyone’s invited to the Year of Evangelism Kick Off: Anabaptist Witness event January 19-20, 2018, sponsored by the Western District Conference Resource Commission! Want to give someone in your congregation a Christmas gift? Pay for their registration to attend this event. It’s only $30/person, or $25/person when groups of four or more register together at: http://mennowdc.org/year-of-evangelism/

Looking for a unique gift idea? Give a book to the WDC Resource Library in honor of your loved one this Christmas! A book given in their name can enrich the faith of individuals all over the conference. The library’s wishlist can be found at Faith & Life Bookstore in Newton or on their website at www.faithandlifebookstore.net (when ordering online, make "store pick up" to avoid paying shipping).

The WDC office and Resource Library in North Newton, KS will be closed December 22 through January 1 for the Christmas holiday.

In February 2018, The Mennonite magazine will celebrate its 20th anniversary in its current form as the official publication of Mennonite Church USA and we want to hear from you. Send us your memories of The Mennonite: reflections on your favorite stories, authors that have been important or reasons you’ve relied on this publication. You can send your short reflections (200 words or less) to Editor@TheMennonite.org. Responses received by Jan. 1 may be included in the February 2018 issue of the magazine.

The Mennonite, Inc. welcomes your original submissions and contributions for our March 2018 print magazine issue and corresponding online content focusing on Spiritual resilience. Submissions are due by January 20 to Editor@TheMennonite.org. You can read a full description of the March 2018 theme here: https://themennonite.org/march-2018-call-submissions-spiritual-resilience/

Camp Mennoscah:

—Many merry blessings of Christmas to all! Camp Mennoscah sends hope, joy, and peace to all this Christmas season. We have been thoroughly blessed by your gifts and prayers throughout the year and pray you have been blessed by Camp Mennoscah’s ministry, too. Check out our webpage campmennoscah.org or our Facebook page to see the many things you have made possible. Thank you for sharing generously with the many campers and people who experience God’s love and creation at Camp Mennoscah!

Information for all events at Camp Mennoscah or to register:

Online at www.campmennoscah.org

Telephone: 620-297-3290.

Email: office.

Contact: olivia.bartel.

Kansas Mennonite Relief Sale:

—Looking for someone to haul a small John Deere Tractor from Bakersfield, CA to Goessel, KS for the KS MCC Sale. Contact, Jerry Toews, jtoews62

—WANTED: Good cars, trucks, tractors, motorcycles, farm machinery, etc. to donate to the KS MCC Sale – new to antique. If you are thinking of getting a new car, consider donating your trade-in to the MCC Sale as a tax deductible donation. Contact Jerry Toews for more info at jtoews62

Five Times Harder will perform a “Songs of the Season” concert on Friday, December 29, 7:30 p.m. at the Lorraine Avenue Mennonite Church in Wichita. A free-will offering will be collected to support the work of MCC.

Memorial Benefit Run – The Neuf: Join friends & family of Russ Neufeld on January 13, 2018 by participating in the inaugural running of The Neuf 9K & 2 mile run. The run starts at 10:00am outside Mojo’s Coffee Shop on the Bethel College campus. Russ was a former Mennonite Church USA and Hesston College employee. The run will raise funds for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, and a scholarship is Russ’ name at Hesston College. Register online through Jan 10, or in person on the day of the race. Read other details about the race at www.runtheneuf.neuf.ca.

Bethel College:

—Centering Prayer will not meet Mon., Dec. 25, or Mon., Jan. 1, but resumes Jan. 8. Centering Prayer meets most Mondays from noon-1 p.m. in Agape Center in Richert House on the Bethel College campus. Try it once, come occasionally or join us regularly – all are welcome, with no previous experience with Centering Prayer required. For more information, contact Nathan Koontz, 2nathankoontz@mzuercher.

—Kauffman Museum is open regular hours through the holidays: Tues.-Fri., 9:30 am – 4:30 pm, Sat.-Sun., 1:30-4:30 pm. Visit “Voices of Conscience: Peace Witness in the Great War,” extended through Jan. 21, 2018, and the newest special exhibit, “Chisholm Trail: Driving the American West” (through April 1, 2018). See www.bethelks.edu/kauffman/ or the Kauffman Museum Facebook page for more information.

—Registration is now open for the academic conference “Mennonites and the Holocaust,” to be held on the Bethel College campus March 16-17, 2018, with speakers and scholars from Canada, Germany, the Netherlands, Ukraine and the United States. See mla.bethelk.edu/MennosandHolocaust for more information or to register online.

Everence to continue series of workshops: Everence will continue its popular retirement workshop series in 2018, starting with Your Medicare options on Monday, Jan. 8, at 6:30 p.m. Attendees will learn about the various Medicare plans and what they cover; plans that supplement Medicare; and enrollment details and deadlines. The workshop will be presented by Everence staff and will be held at the Everence office at 3179 N. Main St., North Newton. Reserve your spot soon by contacting Michelle Ramer at michelle.ramer.

Dec. 24 annc.pdf

Christmas Eve 2017.pdf

Dec. 17 announcements

Congregational Announcements

Stories & Stuff: Come celebrate Christmas season on Thursday, December 21, 10 am in the south rooms. Bring a friend to share in the food and fellowship.

Annual Report: Fiscal year end reports are due in the church office by the end of December. Please submit reports to the church office, email preferred: kfunk.

2018 Tabor Church Directory: Now is the time to submit updates for the church directory. Please email changes to kfunk or place in the secretaries mailbox.

Year of Evangelism Kick-Off: Anabaptist Witness. Please sign up on the bulletin board if you are able to attend the Year of Evangelism Kick-off event, which will take place at Alexanderwohl on January 19 (7-9pm) and January 20 (9am-3pm). We strongly encourage all Tabor members and attenders to sign up for this event, which will take the place of our January Followers Retreat. Lunch will be provided on January 20. Your registration costs are being covered, so please sign up, even if you can only attend part of the event. See http://mennowdc.org/year-of-evangelism/ for more details. ~Pastor Phil

Kansas Mennonite Men’s Chorus is recruiting for the 50th season – praising the Lord while raising funds for MCC worldwide relief. Rehearsals will begin on January 28. Please see Donavon Schmidt if you are interested in joining this season. More information is posted on the bulletin board.

Commodity distribution will take place on Friday, December 22, 5-6 pm at the Goessel Mennonite Church. Call Jenny Girard at 620-747-0046 with questions.

Red Cross Blood Mobile: Christmas is a time of gift-giving and you are invited to give a gift of life when you donate blood on Dec. 26 between 2:00-6:00 at Goessel Church. It is a busy week, but most of us have extra days off at Christmas and it is hoped you can use 1 hour to either donate blood or work at the drive. The sign up to work or bring cookies is on the bulletin board.

Conference Announcements

Prayer Requests:

« Western District Conference: As we anticipate the giving of Christmas gifts, let us thank God for the many different multicultural expressions and gifts in WDC congregations.

« Mennonite Mission Network: Mennonite Mission Network’s Youth Venture program invites teens and young adults (ages 16-22) to participate in a short-term learning and service experience during the summer of 2018. Pray for open hearts in those whom God is calling to Benin, Ecuador, Japan, Peru or Spain.

« Mennonite Education Agency: Instituto Bíblico Anabautista (IBA) Pray for the 40 IBA volunteer tutors who serve at study centers across the country. May God bless them as they give of their time for this ministry and contribute to the training of new leaders for the Hispanic churches of Mennonite Church USA. May God grant them wisdom, patience and lots of energy as they continue to serve with IBA in the coming year.

« Mennonite Disaster Service: Please pray for our operations team as they plan for new projects in Florida and Texas and their continued evaluation of Puerto Rico. Continue to remember those impacted by Hurricanes Harvey and Irma. Remember in prayer those who have been affected by disasters as they enter the Christmas season. Pray for safe travels as volunteers return home from projects during the holiday break. Lift up in prayer volunteers at the Lititz office as they prepare the necessary materials to send to project sites before reopening in January.

Year of Evangelism Kick Off: Anabaptist Witness has a host of great workshop leaders who will offer practical ideas to take home to your church and neighborhood. Here are just a few: James Krabill, Joe Sawatzky, Brad Roth, Byron Pellecer, Kathy Neufeld Dunn, and keynote speakers Heidi Roland Unruh and Marvin Lorenzana

The Upside-Down King Bible Study: Several years ago The Upside-Down King musical by Doug and Jude Krehbiel and Carol Duerksen was presented in several locations in Western District and also the Mennonite Church USA convention in Columbus, OH. Carol Duerksen has written a Bible study that continues to share Jesus’ message as found in Luke’s gospel. This online Bible study, written for high school age through adult, is a combination teacher/student package. The Upside-Down King songs are important elements in the sessions. The study is available for $10 on the Western District Conference website at: mennowdc.org/resources-for-congregations/

Mennonite Church USA: Take some time to engage with Menno Snapshots, reflections and stories written by people across the church that are regularly posted on MC USA’s website. Recent blog posts have featured topics including contemplative prayer, reviving civility, new motherhood and digitizing the MC USA Archives. If you are interested in contributing to the Menno Snapshot blog, email JenniferC. Find Menno Snapshots at: http://mennoniteusa.org/category/menno-snapshots/

Camp Mennoscah:

—We’re looking for you, summer staffers! Camp Mennoscah has started the "round-up" process for the 2018 summer staff. Find the information online and then fill out the application! Our summer staff are dedicated to giving campers, staff, and guests a great, God-filled experience at Camp Mennoscah.

Information for all events at Camp Mennoscah or to register:

Online at www.campmennoscah.org

Telephone: 620-297-3290.

Email: office.

Contact: olivia.bartel.

Spread cozy, colorful warmth around the world! All you have to do is tie knots! Mennonite Central Committee has a generous number of comforter tops, and now we need your help tying them! MCC has paired tops and backs that are ready to be tied, and we are inviting you or your church group to pick some up (or we can ship them to you)! If you are interested, please either stop by the MCC Material Resources Center in N. Newton, or contact Kate Mast at katemast, or 316-283-2720. We ask that you provide the batting and the crochet tying thread if possible. Thank you in advance for helping to spread warmth and love to our brothers and sisters around the world!

New music supports Syrian refugees through MCC! The Midnight Hymn Sing is a collection of hymns performed and reimagined by a new generation of Mennonites from San Francisco. The Midnight Hymn Sing was made to call us all to come back around the piano, and to find something that speaks to our hearts in the 21st century. CD’s are available at MCC in patsydirksen or tinaschrag or 316.283.2720 with questions or to get your CD!!

Bethel College:

Kauffman Museum at Bethel College is open regular hours through the holidays: Tues.-Fri., 9:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m., Sat.-Sun., 1:30-4:30 p.m. (closed Monday). Visit “Voices of Conscience: Peace Witness in the Great War,” extended through Jan. 21, 2018, and the newest special exhibit, “Chisholm Trail: Driving the American West,” opening Dec. 19, through April 1, 2018, as well as the permanent exhibits “Of Land and People” and “Mennonite Immigrant Furniture.” See www.bethelks.edu/kauffman/ or the Kauffman Museum Facebook page for more information.

Dec. 17 annc.pdf

Dec. 10 announcements

Congregational Announcements

Are you looking for delicious dessert options for your Sunday meals or to satisfy your sweet tooth? If so, the Tabor Mennonite Youth Group will be selling homemade desserts on the 2nd and 4th Sunday of every month to help raise money for our summer service trip to Rocky Mountain Mennonite Camp in 2018. Suggested donations for the desserts are $10. Thank you, as always, for your support, prayers, and encouragement for our youth group!

Christmas Brass: Come join us at Alexanderwohl Mennonite Church on Sunday, December 10 at 6:30pm 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 Andrew Voth. A freewill offering will be received to support the ministries of the Goessel Ministerial Alliance. We hope to see you there! ~Goessel Ministerial Alliance

Tags for the Goessel Ministerial Alliance Christmas Giving Tree project are available on the tree at the Crossroads Credit Union. Gifts should be wrapped and brought back to the Credit Union by Friday, December 15.

Stories & Stuff: Come celebrate Christmas season on Thursday, December 21, 10 am in the south rooms. Bring a friend to share in the food and fellowship.

Annual reports are due in December. If you are responsible for submitting a report, please do so in December. Send to: kfunk. Thanks!

2018 Tabor Church Directory: Now is the time to submit updates for the church directory. Please email changes to kfunk or place in the secretaries mailbox.

MCC Harvest Giving envelopes continue to be available in the literature rack in the foyer. Your support through giving commodities can save you tax dollars and increase the effectiveness of your donation. The needs continue to be great as MCC partners with other organizations to share the fruits of your labor with others around the world.

The Second Monday Family History & Genealogy Group will meet on Monday, Dec. 11, 7 pm., in the Goessel City Building Community Room, 101 S Cedar St. Arlin Buller will speak on “Immigration Ships, Related Stories, Community, and Witness.” The meeting is free and open to the public. For more information, call the Mennonite Heritage & Agricultural Museum, 620-367-8200.

Tabor Ladies Lunch Bunch at Bethesda has been cancelled for the month of December.

Alexanderwohl invites all older adults at Tabor and Goessel churches to join the older adults at our church for a special Christmas event on Friday, December 15, at 9:00 a.m. JoAnn Nickel will give a program telling the Christmas story with scripture reading, congregational singing and piano solos with visual images on a power point. We will begin with the program at 9:00 in the sanctuary, followed by a time of fellowship and food in the Fellowship Hall. A small donation for the food is welcomed. It promises to be a wonderful morning of Christmas inspiration and sharing with one another. Please call the Alexanderwohl church office, 367-8192, by Monday, December 11, to let us know you will be coming.

Year of Evangelism Kick-Off: Anabaptist Witness. Please sign up on the bulletin board if you are able to attend the Year of Evangelism Kick-off event, which will take place at Alexanderwohl on January 19 (7-9pm) and January 20 (9am-3pm). We strongly encourage all Tabor members and attenders to sign up for this event, which will take the place of our January Followers Retreat. Lunch will be provided on January 20. Your registration costs are being covered, so please sign up, even if you can only attend part of the event. see http://mennowdc.org/year-of-evangelism/ for more details ~Pastor Phil

Kansas Mennonite Men’s Chorus is recruiting for the 50th season; Praising the Lord, raising funds for MCC worldwide relief. Rehearsals will begin on January 28. Please see Donavon Schmidt if you are interested in joining this season.

Commodity distribution will take place on Friday, December 22, 5-6 pm at the Goessel Mennonite Church. Call Jenny Girard at 620-747-0046 with questions.

Conference Announcements

Prayer Requests:

« Western District Conference: As we prepare a place for the Christ-child in this Advent season, let us pray for WDC congregations undergoing construction projects to better serve their communities and members.

« Mennonite Mission Network: MMN’s Youth Venture program invites teens and young adults (ages 16-22) to participate in a short-term learning and service experience during the summer of 2018. Pray for open hearts in those whom God is calling to Benin, Ecuador, Japan, Peru or Spain.

« Mennonite Education Agency: The light of Christ has come into the world — join the Bethel College community in praising God for the gift of the Son, as students, faculty, staff and friends observe the 32nd annual Lighting of the Green.

« Mennonite Church USA: The writing team for Journey Forward will meet this month to complete a draft of the Journey Forward identity document, incorporating feedback from the Future Church Summit, Executive Board, Constituency Leaders Council, and MC USA national staff. This document is part of the visioning process of describing who we are and who God is calling us to be as 21st century Anabaptists. The writing team and a reference council will play an important role in gathering feedback and updating this draft over the two-year process to culminate at the 2019 MC USA Convention.

The WDC office will be closed from December 22 through January 1.

Looking for a unique gift idea? Give a book to the WDC Resource Library in honor of your loved one this Christmas! A book given in their name can enrich the faith of individuals all over the conference. The library’s wishlist can be found at Faith & Life Bookstore in Newton or on their website at www.faithandlifebookstore.net (when ordering online, make "store pick up" to avoid paying shipping).

Camp Mennoscah:

—Christmas Gathering at Camp Mennoscah! December 16 at 2:30pm-ish for conversation, games (indoor or outdoor), and cookies!

—We’re looking for you, summer staffers! Camp Mennoscah has started the "round-up" process for the 2018 summer staff. Find the information online and then fill out the application! Our summer staff are dedicated to giving campers, staff, and guests a great, God-filled experience at Camp Mennoscah.

—Oh no! We discovered that the Camp Mennoscah donor list in our recent newsletter is incomplete! We’re rather embarrassed to have missed these wonderful folks to thank. An updated donor list is online. Please let us know if you are a missing person. Thank you to all our donors for the great experiences you help create at Camp Mennoscah!

Information for all events at Camp Mennoscah or to register:

Online at www.campmennoscah.org

Telephone: 620-297-3290.

Email: office.

Contact: olivia.bartel.

Spread cozy, colorful warmth around the world! All you have to do is tie knots! Mennonite Central Committee has a generous number of comforter tops, and now we need your help tying them! MCC has paired tops and backs that are ready to be tied, and we are inviting you or your church group to pick some up (or we can ship them to you)! If you are interested, please either stop by the MCC Material Resources Center in N. Newton, or contact Kate Mast at katemast, or 316-283-2720. We ask that you provide the batting and the crochet tying thread if possible. Thank you in advance for helping to spread warmth and love to our brothers and sisters around the world!

You’re invited to the annual MCC Christmas Soiree on Thursday, December 14 from 5-7pm at the MCC Center in North Newton (121 E. 30th St.). Join us for this annual come-and-go event to enjoy food, drinks and great conversation. At 6pm we’ll have a short program to hear about MCC’s work with refugees in Jordan. Bring your family and friends, we look forward to seeing you! Contact patsydirksen with questions.

New music supports Syrian refugees through MCC! The Midnight Hymn Sing is a collection of hymns performed and reimagined by a new generation of Mennonites from San Francisco. The Midnight Hymn Sing was made to call us all to come back around the piano, and to find something that speaks to our hearts in the 21st century. CD’s are available at MCC in patsydirksen or tinaschrag or 316.283.2720 with questions or to get your CD!!

Bethel College:

TODAY, Sun., Dec. 10

—Bethel College Alumni Choir performs a short Christmas concert, 3 p.m., Trinity Heights United Methodist Church, Newton; punch/cookie reception follows.

—32nd annual Lighting of the Green at Bethel College, 8 p.m.

The board of The Mennonite, Inc. is accepting applications for the position of Executive Director. The Executive Director functions as chief executive officer for The Mennonite, Inc. The Mennonite is a multimedia and print publication and organization connected to Mennonite Church USA. To read the full description and to apply, visit: https://themennonite.org/mennonite-inc-seeks-next-executive-director/.

Dec. 10 annc.pdf

Dec. 3 Announcements

REMINDERS for Sunday, December 3:
–Jerry Toews will have a Christmas Piano Prelude beginning at 9am

–We will be receiving items for MCC Relief kits during the offering throughout Advent. This week: 4 large bars bath soap, 1 plastic bottle shampoo (13-24 oz; place bottle in a resealable plastic bag); 4 large bars laundry soap (some stores carry Fels Naptha, Sunlight, or Zote brands)

–There will be a coffee bar served following the worship service. Proceed to benefit the Facilities Fund.

–Parsonage Open House between 3:30 and 5:30pm. There will be snacks, drinks, and plenty of good fellowship.

–Christmas Hymn Sing at 6:30 p.m. Please bring cookies for the social to follow.

–Tabor Trading Post will be open for business after church, after Cynthis Goerzen’s piano recital, and during the parsonage open house.

Congregational Announcements

The Board of Trustees is pleased to welcome Justin Sommerfeld to their team for the new term. Thanks be to God for Justin’s commitment.

A coffee bar is coming to church on Sunday, December 3 between worship and faith formation. In addition to offering coffee, we will have some non-coffee drinks and baked goods for sale. Proceeds from the coffee bar will go towards the building fund. Please bring your own mug and come check it out!

1st Sunday Potluck will not take place on December 3, but will resume on January 7. Details to follow.

Parsonage Open House: Come join us at the church parsonage on December 3 anytime between 3:30 and 5:30pm. There will be snacks, drinks, and plenty of good fellowship. We look forward to seeing you then! ~Phil, Mary, Ethan, Noah, and Doodle

You are invited to come out to a Christmas Hymn Sing at Tabor on December 3 at 6:30 p.m. Please bring cookies for the social to follow.

The Tabor Trading Post is Back! Some of you will create something wonderful to sell, and hopefully all of you will come buy! (Think Christmas). The Trading Post will be open for business Sunday, Dec. 3 after church, and then after Cynthia’s piano recital and during the parsonage open house. Sellers collect the money for their products and then give a minimum of 50% to the building fund. Contact Carol Duerksen if you will be participating as a seller and if you have questions.

Women and Girls Christmas Breakfast: The Christmas Breakfast is Saturday December 9 at 9:00 am. Karen Andres & Marcene Entz will bring the program. Please sign up for the breakfast by December 6. A sign up sheet can be found on the bulletin board in the foyer.

Tags for the Goessel Ministerial Alliance Christmas Giving Tree project are available on the tree at the Crossroads Credit Union. Gifts should be wrapped and brought back to the Credit Union by Friday, December 15.

Christmas Brass: Come join us at Alexanderwohl Mennonite Church on Sunday, December 10 at 6:30pm 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 Andrew Voth. A freewill offering will be received to support the ministries of the Goessel Ministerial Alliance. We hope to see you there! ~Goessel Ministerial Alliance

Annual reports are due in December. If you are responsible for submitting a report, please do so in December. Send to: kfunk. Thanks!

MCC Harvest Giving envelopes continue to be available in the literature rack in the foyer. Your support through giving commodities can save you tax dollars and increase the effectiveness of your donation. The needs continue to be great as MCC partners with other organizations to share the fruits of your labor with others around the world.

Tabor Wellness: Journals Due. Great job to everyone who participated in this year’s “A Journal Journey” by logging their activity and accumulating points. A reminder that journals are due in the Wellness Mailbox by Wednesday, Dec. 6th. You are encouraged to turn it in no matter how much activity you were able to log to be included in participation prizes! Journals will be returned to you to keep.

—Christmas Lights Walk Date: Everyone is invited to join the Faithful Fitness class for our annual Lights Walk (2-3 miles) in Newton on Monday, December 11th, at 7pm. Location will be announced closer to event or talk to Kevin for details.

The Second Monday Family History & Genealogy Group will meet on Monday, December 11, 7:00 pm., in the Goessel City Building Community Room, 101 So. Cedar St. Arlin Buller will speak on “Immigration Ships, Related Stories, Community, and Witness.” The meeting is free and open to the public. For more information, call the Mennonite Heritage & Agricultural Museum, 620-367-8200.

Tabor Ladies Lunch Bunch at Bethesda has been cancelled for the month of December.

Alexanderwohl invites all older adults at Tabor and Goessel churches to join the older adults at our church for a special Christmas event on Friday, December 15, at 9:00 a.m. JoAnn Nickel will give a program telling the Christmas story with scripture reading, congregational singing and piano solos with visual images on a power point. We will begin with the program at 9:00 in the sanctuary, followed by a time of fellowship and food in the Fellowship Hall. A small donation for the food is welcomed. It promises to be a wonderful morning of Christmas inspiration and sharing with one another. Please call the Alexanderwohl church office, 367-8192, by Monday,

December 11, to let us know you will be coming.

Conference Announcements

Prayer Requests:

« Western District Conference: As we anticipate holiday celebrations, let us pray for WDC’s Hispanic pastors in Dallas, TX, as they gather this week for a Christmas dinner.

« Mennonite Mission Network: Asher and Lindsey Fast, serving through MMN and Virginia Mennonite Missions, are helping to build the after-school program at the Mother Theresa Resource Centre in Botswana. They are also assisting in a local elementary school. Pray for wisdom and energy, and healing for Lindsey’s back and neck.

« Mennonite Education Agency: Anabaptist Mennonite Biblical Seminary. Give thanks for a new publication, Where Are We? Pastoral Environments and Care for Migrants, edited by Daniel Schipani, Dr.Psy., Ph.D. Published by the Society for Intercultural Pastoral Care and Counseling, the book includes contributions from AMBS faculty members who participated in a recent collaborative faculty scholarship project.

« Mennonite Church USA: Pray for the Executive Director Search Committee as they continue to discern the leadership needs and evaluate candidates for the next executive director of Mennonite Church USA. The committee has received denomination-wide survey feedback and is giving careful consideration to those who have been nominated.

Do you feel called to pray for the Year of Evangelism Kick Off workshop January 19-20? Please contact Kathy Neufeld Dunn at kathynd. In addition to encouraging speakers, gifted coaches, and dialogue among congregations, we pray that this initiative is strengthened and led by the Holy Spirit. Be part of the prayer team. Learn more about Year of Evangelism Kick-Off: Anabaptist Witness at: http://mennowdc.org/year-of-evangelism/.

The WDC office will be closed from December 22 through January 1.

Advent At Home! Download the free guide for Advent family worship at www.anabaptistfaithformation.org. “Yes! Let It Be!” will help you slow down with your children to ponder and prepare for what it means to receive Jesus. These guides were placed in mailboxes here at Tabor for families with children. If you did not receive a copy and would like one, additional booklets are on the table in the foyer.

Camp Mennoscah:

—Christmas Gathering at Camp Mennoscah! December 16 at 2:30pm-ish for conversation, games (indoor or outdoor), and cookies!

Information for all events at Camp Mennoscah or to register:

Online at www.campmennoscah.org

Telephone: 620-297-3290.

Email: office.

Contact: olivia.bartel.

Spread cozy, colorful warmth around the world! All you have to do is tie knots! Mennonite Central Committee has a generous number of comforter tops, and now we need your help tying them! MCC has paired tops and backs that are ready to be tied, and we are inviting you or your church group to pick some up (or we can ship them to you)! If you are interested, please either stop by the MCC Material Resources Center in N. Newton, or contact Kate Mast at katemast, or 316-283-2720. We ask that you provide the batting and the crochet tying thread if possible. Thank you in advance for helping to spread warmth and love to our brothers and sisters around the world!

You’re invited to the annual MCC Christmas Soiree on Thursday, December 14 from 5-7pm at the MCC Center in North Newton (121 E. 30th St.). Join us for this annual come-and-go event to enjoy food, drinks and great conversation. At 6pm we’ll have a short program to hear about MCC’s work with refugees in Jordan. Bring your family and friends, we look forward to seeing you!

Contact patsydirksen with questions.

New music supports Syrian refugees through MCC! The Midnight Hymn Sing is a collection of hymns performed and reimagined by a new generation of Mennonites from San Francisco. The Midnight Hymn Sing was made to call us all to come back around the piano, and to find something that speaks to our hearts in the 21st century. CD’s are available at MCC in patsydirksen or tinaschrag or 316.283.2720 with questions or to get your CD!!

Bethel College:

TODAY (Sun., Dec. 3) – NOTE CORRECTED TIME (sent in error previously): Bethel College Steel Drum Band and Steel Paradise Christmas concert, 7 p.m., Memorial Hall

Weds., Dec. 6 – 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

Thurs., Dec. 7 – Closing day for “Jerry Holsopple: 7×7: Lament for an Age of Sexualized Power” in the Regier Art Gallery in Luyken Fine Arts Center; hours: Sun., 2-4 p.m., weekdays 9 a.m.-5 p.m.

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

Sun., Dec. 10 – 32nd annual Lighting of the Green at Bethel College, 8 p.m.

Hesston College Music and Theater will present its annual masterworks performance at 7 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 9, at Hesston Mennonite Church on the Hesston College campus. The program, Morten Lauridsen’s Lux Aeterna (Light Eternal), acknowledges the light that Christ brings to our world. Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for students, and can be purchased at the door, in advance at the Hesston College Bookstore in person or by calling 620-327-8104.

The Parkinson’s Disease Support Group will meet at Kidron Bethel Tuesday, December 5, at 2:00 p.m. in Menno Hall. Michelle Hilger, M.A. CCC-SLP, will give a presentation, “LSVT LOUD” (Lee Silverman Voice Treatment), which is an effective speech/voice treatment for individuals with Parkinson’s Disease and other neurological conditions. She will review Parkinson’s Disease and how the speech/voice is affected, including some symptoms and available treatment options.

Dec. 3 annc.pdf

Nov. 26 announcements

Congregational Announcements

Christmas in Ecuador: The program that Karina Brandt is working with this year in Ecuador is hoping to receive some financial donations to go toward the purchase of toys for children of refugee families and other children connected to the local church. Please consider giving money for this purpose. November 26 is the third and last Sunday we will be collecting donations during the worship service. Make checks payable to Tabor Mennonite Church, with Ecuador on the memo line, and place in the Christmas gift bags during the offering.

Are you looking for delicious dessert options for your Sunday meals or to satisfy your sweet tooth? If so, the Tabor Mennonite Youth Group will be selling homemade desserts on the 2nd and 4th Sunday of every month to help raise money for our summer service trip to Rocky Mountain Mennonite Camp in 2018. Suggested donations for the desserts are $10. Thank you, as always, for your support, prayers, and encouragement for our youth group!

Is Nun Ist Sie Erschienen one of your heart songs? If yes, and if you are willing to share briefly about it during church on a Sunday morning in December, please let Pastor Phil and Pastor Katherine know! We would like to have at least one person share about this hymn each Sunday of Advent before we sing it together. Also, if you have other Advent or Christmas heart songs, please fill out another heart song sheet and return to Pastor Katherine’s church mailbox or simply send her an email. Thanks!

1st Sunday Potluck will not take place on December 3, but will resume on January 7. Details to follow.

Parsonage Open House: Come join us at the church parsonage on December 3 anytime between 3:30 and 5:30pm. There will be snacks, drinks, and plenty of good fellowship. We look forward to seeing you then! ~Phil, Mary, Ethan, Noah, and Doodle

You are invited to come out to a Christmas Hymn Sing at Tabor on December 3 at 6:30 p.m. Please bring cookies for the social to follow.

The Tabor Trading Post is Back! Some of you will create something wonderful to sell, and hopefully all of you will come buy! (Think Christmas). The Trading Post will be open for business Sunday, Dec. 3 after church, and then after Cynthia’s piano recital and during the parsonage open house. Sellers collect the money for their products and then give a minimum of 50% to the building fund. Contact Carol Duerksen if you will be participating as a seller and if you have questions.

Women and Girls Christmas Breakfast: The Christmas Breakfast is Saturday December 9 at 9:00 am. Karen Andres & Marcene Entz will bring the program. Please sign up for the breakfast. A sign up sheet can be found on the bulletin board in the foyer.

Tags for the Goessel Ministerial Alliance Christmas Giving Tree project will be available on the tree at the Crossroads Credit Union beginning on Tuesday, November 28. Gifts should be wrapped and brought back to the Credit Union by Friday, December 15.

Brass Christmas: Come join us at Alexanderwohl Mennonite Church on Sunday, December 10 at 6:30pm 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 Andrew Voth. A freewill offering will be received to support the ministries of the Goessel Ministerial Alliance. We hope to see you there!

~Goessel Ministerial Alliance

Night in the Barn: Please note that TMYF will be taking a year off from Night in the Barn this year due to poor weather and attendance last year as well as the busyness of the season. If you have questions or concerns about this, please speak with Pastor Katherine. We will then reevaluate and seek to discern whether or not to host this event in 2018.

Our “Getting to Know Each Other” project has been extended until the end of November, so please join the people who have already shared a little bit about themselves. When we put the booklet together, we will give copies to those who sent in responses or others who request it, and there will be another copy in the library available for everyone to read. You received a list of questions regarding this project. When you’ve completed your answers, return them to Diana Schmidt’s mailbox (or email to her at jd77schmidt).

Rejoice is a daily devotional made available by our Christian Ed Commission to anyone who would like one. Dec.– Feb. issue is now available on the table in the foyer or on north mailbox shelf. Please feel free to take one for your personal use.

Yes! Let it Be! Advent At-Home 2017 is a booklet made available to families through MennoMedia. Copies for families with children were placed in mailboxes. Additional copies are available on the table in the foyer.

Annual reports are due in December. If you are responsible for submitting a report, please do so in December. Send to: kfunk. Thanks!

Conference Announcements

Prayer Requests:

« Western District Conference: Thank God for the many ways WDC congregations support and join God’s work of mission in local communities and around the world.

« Mennonite Mission Network: Kendra Selzer serves through MMN’s Mennonite Voluntary Service in Puerto Rico. Pray for her and the Academia Menonita Betania in Aibonito, where she works with pre-kindergarten – grade 10 students and also helps with community clean-up after the September hurricanes.

« Mennonite Education Agency: Instituto Bíblico Anabautista (IBA) Pray for energy and stamina for both students and tutors participating in the many IBA study centers across the country.

Camp Mennoscah:

—Christmas Gathering at Camp Mennoscah! December 16 at 2:30pm-ish for conversation, games (indoor or outdoor), and cookies!

—We need your help! Camp Mennoscah is seeking volunteers to help prepare the kitchen for renovations beginning Saturday, December 2, and continuing Mon.-Sat. Dec. 4-9 until the kitchen is completely gutted. Both women and men are welcome to come out and help, and we will have a variety of tasks to complete. All work will be inside, so don’t worry about cold temperatures! If you wish to volunteer multiple days, that’s great! We can arrange lodging and meals for you. Carpooling to camp may be available on some or all of the days. If you have questions or are interested in volunteering, please contact Jim Yoder at 316-284-3890 (call or text), jdyoder, or Camp Mennoscah. Bring a friend, or bring multiple friends! Thank you for considering this opportunity!

—Looking for fun and caring staffers filled with God’s love for others! Online applications for Camp Mennoscah summer staff positions will be accepted beginning December 1. Positions are naturalist, crafts leader, lifeguard, grounds/maintenance, music leader, office, and all-round/media. These positions receive a stipend, as well as meals and lodging. We also are looking for someone to catalogue the species of snakes at Camp Mennoscah. This summer-long position receives meals and lodging and requires the same paperwork and background check as all camp staff. Apply online at campmennoscah.org/application!

Information for all events at Camp Mennoscah or to register:

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

Email: office.

Contact: olivia.bartel.

Spread cozy, colorful warmth around the world! All you have to do is tie knots! Mennonite Central Committee has a generous number of comforter tops, and now we need your help tying them! MCC has paired tops and backs that are ready to be tied, and we are inviting you or your church group to pick some up (or we can ship them to you)! If you are interested, please either stop by the MCC Material Resources Center in N. Newton, or contact Kate Mast at katemast, or 316-283-2720. We ask that you provide the batting and the crochet tying thread if possible. Thank you in advance for helping to spread warmth and love to our brothers and sisters around the world!

Many people do their Christmas shopping at the Newton Et Cetera Shop! Please bring us your clean, gently-used toys, shoes, jewelry and children’s coats. Your donated items might end up as cherished gifts under someone’s Christmas tree! Support MCC Thrift Shops because you care . . . about your family, your community, and beyond. Thank you!

Ten Thousand Village/Fair Trade International Gift Festival is coming to Newton at the Mezzanine above Prairie Harvest, 601 N Main. It will be open on

November 24-25, December 1-3, 8-10, 15-17. Hours on Fridays and Saturdays: 10 am-5 pm. Hours on Sundays: 1-4 pm.

Hesston College—Are you looking to do “something different” this holiday season? Consider opening your heart and home to an International Student! Hesston College has several students from other countries who need someplace to stay when the dorms are closed for Christmas break. This is a fun way to get to know international student(s) who are part of the Hesston College family…and to share your holiday traditions with them. Host families are needed from Dec. 15 through Jan. 9. Even if your family is only available part of the time, you may still be able to help. Contact Carlota Ponds, Director of International Student Support, at 620-327-8210 or carlota.ponds.

Bethel College:

—“Jerry Holsopple: 7×7: Lament for an Age of Sexualized Power” is in the Regier Art Gallery in Luyken Fine Arts Center through Dec. 7; hours: Mon.-Fri., 9 a.m.-5 p.m., Sun., 2-4 p.m.; closed Nov. 22-24 and Nov. 26 for Thanksgiving break

—Sat., Dec. 2 – Five Places of Christmas, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.: Bethel College Women’s Association offers the rare chance to see the decorated main floor of Goerz House, traditionally the president’s residence, with baked goods, home-made candy (by the pound) and Bethel gift items for sale. Kauffman Museum offers free admission (including the special exhibit “Voices of Conscience: Peace Witness in the Great War”), refreshments, sale items in the museum store, and Karen Bauman Schlabaugh playing Christmas music at 3 p.m. on the historic Teschemacher-Deknatel-van der Smissen parlor organ.

—Sun., Dec. 3 – Bethel College Steel Drum Band Christmas concert, 3 p.m., Mem. Hall

Bethel College Women’s Association is hosting “5 Places of Christmas” at the historic Goerz House in North Newton on Dec. 2, and has an urgent need for donations of baked items. These may be dropped off at Goerz House, 2512 College Ave., Sat., Dec. 2, before 10 a.m. All proceeds from the bake sale are used to benefit Bethel College students, faculty and staff. Questions: contact Cindy Erb, cindy.l.erb.

Nov. 26 annc.pdf

Nov. 19 announcements

Notes of Thanks

We would like to thank everyone who joined us for the Community Thanksgiving Meal on Nov. 12. Attendance was near 425 and the largest ever in the five years we have gathered together. Much gratitude for all the food and monetary donations for the meal. A special “thank you” to the Food Planning Team: Keith and Barb Banman, Lynette Duerksen, Linda Peters, Kim Voth and Becky Wedel. We enjoyed beautiful decorations provided by Tabor Mennonite Church. We are so grateful for all who set up tables, served the meal and helped clean up afterward. Wonderful things happen when we all work together! Donations received for the ongoing care and support of our community was $2,439.05. Praise God from whom all blessings flow! Thank you so much! ~ Goessel Ministerial Alliance

Congregational Announcements

Christmas in Ecuador: The program that Karina Brandt is working with this year in Ecuador is hoping to receive some financial donations to go toward the purchase of toys for children of refugee families and other children connected to the local church. Please consider giving money for this purpose during one of our special offerings that will be collected on Sunday mornings, November 12, 19, and 26. Make checks payable to Tabor Mennonite Church, with Ecuador on the memo line, and place in the Christmas gift bags during the offering.

Tabor Thanksgiving Meal and Service: Plan to join us on Wednesday evening, November 22 for a Thanksgiving meal provided by the Reception Committee followed by a Thanksgiving service in which we will share and sing heart songs and receive a special offering to support our Mennonite Mission Network Mission Partners, Dan and Kathryn, John-Clair, and Jacob Smith Derksen. (Please make checks payable to Tabor Mennonite Church with ‘mission partners’ on the memo line). The meal will be in the Fellowship hall beginning at 5:45 p.m. and the service will be up in the sanctuary following the meal. Everyone is welcome!

A coffee bar is coming to church on Sunday, November 26 between worship and faith formation. In addition to offering coffee, we will have some non-coffee drinks and baked goods for sale. Proceeds from the coffee bar will go towards the building fund. Please bring your own mug and come check it out!

Is Nun Ist Sie Erschienen one of your heart songs? If yes, and if you are willing to share briefly about it during church on a Sunday morning in December, please let Pastor Phil and Pastor Katherine know! We would like to have at least one person share about this hymn each Sunday of Advent before we sing it together. Also, if you have other Advent or Christmas heart songs, please fill out another heart song sheet and return to Pastor Katherine’s church mailbox or simply send her an email. Thanks!

Parsonage Open House: Come join us at the church parsonage on December 3 anytime between 3:30 and 5:30pm. There will be snacks, drinks, and plenty of good fellowship. We look forward to seeing you then! ~Phil, Mary, Ethan, Noah, and Doodle

You are invited to come out to a Christmas Hymn Sing at Tabor on December 3 at 6:30 p.m. Please bring cookies for the social to follow.

The Tabor Trading Post is Back! Some of you will create something wonderful to sell, and hopefully all of you will come buy! (Think Christmas). The Trading Post will be open for business Sunday, Dec. 3 after church, and then after Cynthia’s piano recital and during the parsonage open house. Sellers collect the money for their products and then give a minimum of 50% to the building fund. Contact Carol Duerksen if you will be participating as a seller and if you have questions.

Are you looking for delicious dessert options for your Sunday meals or to satisfy your sweet tooth? If so, the Tabor Mennonite Youth Group will be selling homemade desserts on the 2nd and 4th Sunday of every month to help raise money for our summer service trip to Rocky Mountain Mennonite Camp in 2018. Suggested donations for the desserts are $10. Thank you, as always, for your support, prayers, and encouragement for our youth group!

Night in the Barn: Please note that TMYF will be taking a year off from Night in the Barn this year due to poor weather and attendance last year as well as the busyness of the season. If you have questions or concerns about this, please speak with Pastor Katherine. We will then reevaluate and seek to discern whether or not to host this event in 2018.

Our "Getting to Know Each Other" project has been extended until the end of November, so please join the 20 people who have already shared a little bit about themselves. When we put the booklet together, we will give copies to those who sent in responses or others who request it, and there will be another copy in the library available for everyone to read. You received a list of questions regarding this project. When you’ve completed your answers, return them to Diana Schmidt’s mailbox (or email to her at jd77schmidt).

Rejoice is a daily devotional made available by our Christian Ed Commission to anyone who would like one. Dec.– Feb. issue is now available on the table in the foyer or on north mailbox shelf. Please feel free to take one for your personal use.

Please Help: A Meal Train website has been set up for the Ben Davis family. Ben is a young father diagnosed with Stage 4 colon cancer. He and his wife have four children in the Goessel schools. Tabor is encouraged to sign up for at least 3 meals: https://www.mealtrain.com/trains/98omlo

Conference Announcements

Prayer Requests:

« Western District Conference: Pray that gratitude, wisdom and generosity would flow through WDC and its congregations, helping us to be faithful stewards of the spiritual gifts and financial resources God has entrusted to us.

« Mennonite Mission Network: Robin Gingerich of MMN has added helping Middle Eastern students adapt to life at LCC International University in Lithuania to her administrative and teaching load. Pray for Robin and the students as they study STAR (Strategies for Trauma, Awareness and Resilience) – English-learning through a curriculum of emotional healing.

« Mennonite Education Agency: Pray for Goshen College students, especially those who will celebrate the Thanksgiving Holiday far away from their families.

Discovery: A Comic Lament: On November 19 at 7 pm, Faith Mennonite Church, Newton, KS, in partnership with Western District Conference, MCC Central States, and Bethel College, is sponsoring the Kansas premier production of "Discovery: A Comic Lament" produced by Ted & Co. TheaterWorks. The production will take place in Krehbiel Auditorium on Bethel College Campus. Tickets are $10.

Register now for the Year of Evangelism Kick Off: Anabaptist Witness, January 19-20, 2018. Reconnect ancient spiritual practices, social justice, and authentic Anabaptist evangelism for today. You’ll find a poster, schedule and online registration about this exciting workshop for church groups and individuals at: http://mennowdc.org/year-of-evangelism/.

Camp Mennoscah:

—Christmas Gathering at Camp Mennoscah! December 16 at 2:30pm-ish for conversation, games (indoor or outdoor), and cookies!

—We need your help! Camp Mennoscah is seeking volunteers to help prepare the kitchen for renovations beginning Saturday, December 2, and continuing Mon.-Sat. Dec. 4-9 until the kitchen is completely gutted. Both women and men are welcome to come out and help, and we will have a variety of tasks to complete. All work will be inside, so don’t worry about cold temperatures! If you wish to volunteer multiple days, that’s great! We can arrange lodging and meals for you. Carpooling to camp may be available on some or all of the days. If you have questions or are interested in volunteering, please contact Jim Yoder at jdyoder, or Camp Mennoscah. Bring a friend, or bring multiple friends! Thank you for considering this opportunity!

Information for all events at Camp Mennoscah or to register:

Online at www.campmennoscah.org

Telephone: 620-297-3290.

Email: office.

Contact: olivia.bartel.

Spread cozy, colorful warmth around the world! All you have to do is tie knots! Mennonite Central Committee has a generous number of comforter tops, and now we need your help tying them! MCC has paired tops and backs that are ready to be tied, and we are inviting you or your church group to pick some up (or we can ship them to you)! If you are interested, please either stop by the MCC Material Resources Center in N. Newton, or contact Kate Mast at katemast, or 316-283-2720. We ask that you provide the batting and the crochet tying thread if possible. Thank you in advance for helping to spread warmth and love to our brothers and sisters around the world!

Many people do their Christmas shopping at the Newton Et Cetera Shop! Please bring us your clean, gently-used toys, shoes, jewelry and children’s coats. Your donated items might end up as cherished gifts under someone’s Christmas tree! Support MCC Thrift Shops because you care . . . about your family, your community, and beyond. Thank you!

Ten Thousand Village/Fair Trade International Gift Festival is coming to Newton at the Mezzanine above Prairie Harvest, 601 N Main. It will be open on

November 24-25, December 1-3, 8-10, 15-17. Hours on Fridays and Saturdays: 10 am-5 pm. Hours on Sundays: 1-4 pm.

Hesston College—Are you looking to do "something different" this holiday season? Consider opening your heart and home to an International Student! Hesston College has several students from other countries who need someplace to stay when the dorms are closed for Christmas break. This is a fun way to get to know international student(s) who are part of the Hesston College family…and to share your holiday traditions with them. Host families are needed from Dec. 15 through Jan. 9. Even if your family is only available part of the time, you may still be able to help. Contact Carlota Ponds, Director of International Student Support, at carlota.ponds.

Bethel College:

—TODAY (Sun., Nov. 19) – Mid-Kansas Jazz Ensemble and Bethel College Jazz Combo I in concert, 4:30 p.m., featuring guest artists and student compositions, Memorial Hall

—“Jerry Holsopple: 7×7: Lament for an Age of Sexualized Power” is in the Regier Art Gallery in Luyken Fine Arts Center through Dec. 7; hours: Mon.-Fri., 9 a.m.-5 p.m., Sun., 2-4 p.m.; closed Nov. 22-24 and Nov. 26 for Thanksgiving break

—Sat., Dec. 2 – Five Places of Christmas, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.: Bethel College Women’s Association offers the rare chance to see the decorated main floor of Goerz House, traditionally the president’s residence, with baked goods, home-made candy (by the pound) and Bethel gift items for sale. Kauffman Museum offers free admission (including the special exhibit “Voices of Conscience: Peace Witness in the Great War”), refreshments, sale items in the museum store, and Karen Bauman Schlabaugh playing Christmas music at 3 p.m. on the historic Teschemacher-Deknatel-van der Smissen parlor organ.

Bethel College Women’s Association is hosting “5 Places of Christmas” at the historic Goerz House in North Newton on Dec. 2, and has an urgent need for donations of baked items. These may be dropped off at Goerz House, 2512 College Ave., Sat., Dec. 2, before 10 a.m. All proceeds from the bake sale are used to benefit Bethel College students, faculty and staff. Questions: contact Cindy Erb, cindy.l.erb.

Rocky Mountain Mennonite Camp’s 2018 camps and retreats are now open to register online! Log in to RMMC’s registration page (rmmc.campbrainregistration.com) to register for: Summer Youth Camps, Family Camps, Junior High Snow Camp, Senior High Snow Camp, Young Adult Snow Camp, Men’s Retreat, Quilters Retreats, Work & Play Retreats. For the summer Wilderness and Resident Youth Camps, remember to take advantage of the “Better” (register before May 15) and “Best” rates (register before March 1st). Registration for all programs will stay open until the week prior to each camp. Hope to see you at RMMC soon!

Nov. 19 annc.pdf

Nov. 12 announcements

Congregational Announcements

Bethesda Hymn Sing: Tabor will be leading a chapel service at Bethesda on Sunday morning, November 12 from 11-11:30 am. For this chapel service, Pastor Katherine will be leading a hymn sing with Bethesda residents, and we hope that others from Tabor will also head to Bethesda to join in this service! If you would like to participate in the hymn sing that morning, please plan to drive to Bethesda right after our morning worship service. Please let Pastor Phil or Pastor Katherine know if you have any questions and let Pastor Katherine know if you plan to attend.

Christmas in Ecuador: The program that Karina Brandt is working with this year in Ecuador is hoping to receive some financial donations to go toward the purchase of toys for children of refugee families and other children connected to the local church. Please consider giving money for this purpose during one of our special offerings that will be collected on Sunday mornings, November 12, 19, and 26. Make checks payable to Tabor Mennonite Church, with Ecuador on the memo line, and place in the Christmas gift bags during the offering.

Everyone is invited to join us for the Community Thanksgiving Meal this evening, at the Goessel Elementary Gymnasium. The meal is free. If you wish, you may give a donation to support the ministries of Goessel Ministerial Alliance. Thank you for sharing with us in this community event! ~Goessel Ministerial Alliance

Stories & Stuff: Come celebrate the season of Thanksgiving on Thursday, November 16, at 10:00 a.m. Bring a friend to share in the food and fellowship!

MCC Youth Group Event: BBQ, Beans and Bikes: Plan to meet at the church building on November 15 at 5:50 (or as close to this as possible) to travel together to attend MCC’s Youth event at their North Newton offices from 6-8pm. Pizza supper will be served. We will also pack school kits and hear from Alli and Ben Rudeen Kreider about their recent service experiences.

Tabor Thanksgiving Meal and Service: Plan to join us on Wednesday evening, November 22 for a Thanksgiving meal provided by the Reception Committee followed by a Thanksgiving service in which we will share and sing heart songs and receive a special offering to support our Mennonite Mission Network Mission Partners, Dan and Kathryn, John-Clair, and Jacob Smith Derksen. The meal will be in the Fellowship hall beginning at 5:45pm and the service will be up in the sanctuary following the meal. Everyone is welcome!

You are invited to come out to a Christmas Hymn Sing at Tabor on December 3 at 6:30p.m. Please come out for an evening of singing and a cookie fellowship to follow. Any questions, please ask Elaine Unruh.

The Tabor Trading Post is Back! Some of you will create something wonderful to sell, and hopefully all of you will come buy! (Think Christmas). The Trading Post will be open for business Sunday Dec 3 after church, and then after Cynthia’s piano recital and during the parsonage open house. Sellers collect the money for their products and then give a minimum of 50% to the building fund. Contact Carol Duerksen if you will be participating as a seller and if you have questions.

Are you looking for delicious dessert options for your Sunday meals or to satisfy your sweet tooth? If so, the Tabor Mennonite Youth Group will be selling homemade desserts on the 2nd and 4th Sunday of every month to help raise money for our summer service trip to Rocky Mountain Mennonite Camp in 2018. Suggested donations for the desserts are $10. Thank you, as always, for your support, prayers, and encouragement for our youth group!

Our “Getting to Know Each Other” project has been extended until the end of November, so please join the 20 people who have already shared a little bit about themselves. When we put the booklet together, we will give copies to those who sent in responses or others who request it, and there will be another copy in the library available for everyone to read. You received a list of questions regarding this project. When you’ve completed your answers, return them to Diana Schmidt’s mailbox (or email to her at jd77schmidt).

Please Help: A Meal Train website has been set up for the Ben Davis family. Ben is a young father diagnosed with Stage 4 colon cancer. He and his wife have four children in the Goessel schools. Tabor is encouraged to sign up for at least 3 meals: https://www.mealtrain.com/trains/98omlo

A Museum Christmas: Get “Red”ey for Christmas Open House on Saturday, November 18, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. We’re decked out in RED at the store. Come enjoy a cup of hot chocolate and receive a lesson from Fern on how to make a professional bow and take it home. Stop in and see what the store has to offer. Think about a museum membership for that person that has everything. Shop local first. Store open Tuesdays through Saturdays, 12 to 4 p.m. until December 16 (closed Thanksgiving Day) www.goesselmuseum.com

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. There is a box under the table in the foyer where you may place your items, or simply place them in the food pantry room, 113. 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.

Conference Announcements

Prayer Requests:

« Western District Conference: Pray for the WDC Church Planting Commission as they meet next week, and in their support of church planters and emerging congregations in WDC.

« Mennonite Mission Network: For the past months, Connie and Dennis Byler have been visiting congregations in the United States. Pray for them as they return to Spain for the final weeks of their 45-year ministry through MMN and as they continue to share the gospel in “retirement” in Spain.

« Mennonite Education Agency: Give thanks for those who contributed to the development of a new free app for Take Our Moments and Our Days: An Anabaptist Prayer Book. Pray that this app would reach users worldwide with this resource for morning and evening prayer from AMBS’s Institute of Mennonite Studies.

Discovery: A Comic Lament: On November 19 at 7 pm, Faith Mennonite Church, Newton, KS, in partnership with Western District Conference, MCC Central States, and Bethel College, is sponsoring the Kansas premier production of “Discovery: A Comic Lament” produced by Ted & Co. TheaterWorks. The production will take place in Krehbiel Auditorium on Bethel College Campus. Tickets are $10, available from the Bethel College Bookstore, 316-283-2500.

Anabaptist Witness, the Year of Evangelism kick-off event, sponsored by the WDC Resource Commission, will be January 19-20, 2018 at the Alexanderwohl Church in Goessel. We’ll gather for this two-day event starting Friday evening for vibrant worship, inspiring teaching from Marvin Lorenzana and Heidi Roland Unruh, and practical workshops meant to equip your congregation for outreach. On Saturday, congregational leaders will have a chance to brainstorm outreach ideas with a coach so that they can return to their mission fields with a practical plan for sharing the good news. All of this great resourcing is only $30/person ($25/person for groups of 4 or more from the same congregation). To register, go to: http://mennowdc.org/year-of-evangelism/. Join us as we’re equipped to spread God’s healing and hope in the world!

The WDC Israel Palestine Task Force is encouraging members across the Western District to show solidarity and support for one of our members, Esther Koontz, who has been denied employment by the State of Kansas because of her Anabaptist convictions. Find out more and support Esther at http://mennoniteusa.org/menno-snapshots/support-esther-koontz/.

Camp Mennoscah:

—Scrapbook and Crafts retreat, Nov. 17-19

—Christmas Gathering at Camp Mennoscah! December 16 at 2:30pm-ish for conversation, games (indoor or outdoor), and cookies!

—Remodeling of the Camp Mennoscah kitchen begins this December, and we will need volunteers! Contact Jim Yoder at 316-284-3890 (call or text), jdyoder.

Information for all events at Camp Mennoscah or to register:

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

Email: office.

Contact: olivia.bartel.

The Mennonite Worship and Song Committee is developing a new collection designed to succeed Hymnal: A Worship Book, Sing the Journey, and Sing the Story. The Committee calls on authors (of worship resources and hymn texts), songwriters (who compose words and music as a unit), and composers (of hymn tunes) to submit original work intended to enhance congregational worship in Anabaptist-Mennonite faith communities. We welcome submissions for consideration in this new collection. We expect the submissions portal at http://www.Mennonite

WorshipAndSongCollection.org to be active throughout 2017. More information at: http://mennoniteworshipandsongcollection.org/. Contact Resonate@Menno

Media.org with questions.

Fundraiser for refugee resettlement! On Sunday, November 12, at 12 noon, there will be a lunch featuring Congolese food served at the Hesston Mennonite Church. All proceeds will benefit the Hesston Area Refugee Resettlement Committee and Episcopal Migration Ministries, our supporting organization.

Sexual Abuse Prevention Training at the MCC Center will be held on Nov. 16, at 6:30 p.m. Offenders in the Church: Who They Are and How They Operate. Charissa Sloan Dvorak, attorney and investigator for GRACE (Godly Response to Abuse in Christian Environments) will give a presentation based on her experience prosecuting abuse cases and her extensive knowledge of sexual offenders. For information about the workshop or to register call 316-587-7244 or email kathywiens59. This training is free and open to the public. Registration is helpful, but don’t let that stop you from coming.

Ten Thousand Village/Fair Trade International Gift Festival is coming to Newton at the Mezzanine above Prairie Harvest, 601 N Main. It will be open on

November 24-25, December 1-3, 8-10, 15-17. Hours on Fridays and Saturdays: 10 am-5 pm. Hours on Sundays: 1-4 pm.

Hesston College Talent Show on November 18 at 8 p.m. in the Hesston Mennonite Church sanctuary. Many of our students, and maybe even some faculty and staff, will showcase their talents, quirks and sense of humor. Join us before the show for cookies and refreshments in the church Community Center from 7:15 to 7:45. This event is free for the whole family.

The Hesston-Bethel Performing Arts series welcomes the internationally-acclaimed Vienna Boys Choir Thursday, Nov. 9 at 7:30 p.m. at Hesston Mennonite Church in the second performance of this season’s concert series. Tickets $25-$29, online tickets, 620-327-8158

Bethel College: Sun., Nov. 12

—The KIPCOR Film Series presents the Kansas premiere of Healing Justice, addressing the school-to-prison pipeline and the need for comprehensive criminal justice reform, 2 p.m., Krehbiel Auditorium in Luyken Fine Arts Center.

—“The Organ in Ensembles,” a recital with Karen Bauman Schlabaugh, organ, Richard Tirk, trumpet, Suzanne Tirk, clarinet, and Donna Hetrick, organ, 4:30 p.m., Administration Building chapel at Bethel College

German Supper: First Mennonite Church in McPherson will be hosting a German Supper December 2nd, 2017 from 4:30p – 7pm. This will be a free will donation dinner. We will be serving verenika with ham gravy, sausage, green beans, bohne beroggi, zweiback, and cherry moos. In addition to the dinner, we will be having a bake sale so you can get some goodies to enjoy after the dinner. We will have poppy seed rolls, and peppernuts, and a variety of other goodies for sale at the bake sale. First Mennonite Church in McPherson is located at 1161 E Ave A (Corner of Maxwell and Ave A).

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