Sept. 8 announcements

Congregational Announcements

Healing Testimonies: As part of our Fall Worship Series focused on "Healing," anyone who has experienced healing in their life (physical, mental, spiritual, relational, etc…) is invited to consider sharing a faith testimony during one of the worship services. If you are open to sharing a healing testimony, please let Pastor Phil know.

Tabor Mennonite Women, come for an enjoyable evening crafting with Brandy Ashley on Monday, Sept 16 at 7pm. The project will be a yarn embellished wood sign to make and take. If you have some extra yard in your stash that you want to get rid of, bring it. Otherwise, all materials will be provided. Sign up on the bulletin board or email Sharon Adrian sladrian49 if you will plan to attend so we can gather enough supplies. See you there!

Tabor Church Retreat: Tabor Church Campout is coming up on September 21-22! Our theme will be "Healing Water," and Dawson Duerksen will be baptized on Sunday morning. Registration forms and a campout schedule were in your church mailboxes. Please fill one out and return to the box in the foyer by Sunday, September 8. Additional forms are on the shelf below the mailboxes. We look forward to seeing you there!

We are needing help with the meals at campout. If you can help with a meal, please talk to Carrie Smith, Mary Schmidt, or Pastor Phil.

Camp Scholarships are available for anyone who may need help with expenses. Please contact a pastor or the church office.

Pictorial Directory: LifeTouch will be at Tabor on Sept. 26-27 from 2-9 pm, and on Sept. 28 from 10 am – 5 pm. Sign up for your photo session in the foyer this Sunday during Faith Formation. If you have any questions, please contact Mary Schmidt, Kara Swartzendruber, or Nancy Funk.

Church Mailboxes were recently reassigned. Be sure to check the name on the box before picking up your mail. If, for some reason, your box was lost in the shuffle, please let us know! Thank you to Marcene Entz for her assistance with cleaning the boxes and removing and inserting names in slots.

Education Supply Room Clean Out: Some serious work has been done to clean up the education supply room downstairs. Many items that have been collecting dust for some time are up for grabs on the tables in the northeast corner of the basement fellowship hall. Please come take a look at the treasures and take something(s) home with you. If you are a teacher and see things on the tables that you have used and plan to use again soon, feel free to place those items back on the table in the supply room and they will continue to be stored there. The items will be left out through the month of September, and may be added to throughout that time, so check back often. Donations are not required, but if you feel guilty for finding that hidden gem and need to contribute, money will go for buying new supplies for the education department.

Help Needed: Tabor’s Day for Tractor Drivers at the KS State Fair is Thurs., Sept 12. Two drivers from 1 to 4 pm; two drivers from 4 to 7 pm and one driver from 7 to 9:30 pm. If you can help PLEASE let Jerry know at 620-367-8257. FREE ADMISSION to the Fair.

TIME to Celebrate Russian Mennonite Clocks and more at the Mennonite Heritage and Agricultural Museum. 3 Clocks from the museum collection and 4 owned by Jerry and Leann Toews (that are operating). Also on display are several Kitchen/mantel clock from the ’20’s and ’30’s. along with four clocks handcrafted by Orie D. Voth. This special exhibit will be going till the end of Sept. Regular admission applies. Free admission to Museum members. Hours are Tues. – Sat. 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

The 7th annual Goessel Area Harvest Giving Walk is less than a month away. This year’s route (between 1 and 6 miles) will begin at Tabor Mennonite Church on Sunday, October 6 at 1:30 p.m. Find your HGW recruiter today to get a donation envelope and start fundraising. Donations this year will go to support MCC’s immigration programs and the local Tabor Church Food Pantry.

The coffee bar between worship and Sunday School has been enjoyed by many since the fellowship hall has been completed. A sign up sheet is on the bulletin board for those that would like to help make the coffee and clean up after the Sunday School hour. A coffee cup for donations is located on the coffee bar for the coffee.

If you have any questions, please talk with one of the reception committee members.

Conference Announcements

Prayer Requests:

« Western District Conference: Pray for WDC Executive Board, Commissions, Gifts Discernment Committee and staff as they gather for Fall Reference Council meetings next Saturday.

« Mennonite Mission Network: MMN praises God for Mary Beyler’s 45 years of ministry in Japan. Pray for her in these final weeks of teaching, preaching, and saying good-bye. Ask God for a happy transition to Greencroft, a retirement community in Indiana.

« Mennonite Education Agency: Today on National Grandparents Day, give thanks for grandparents, both biological and surrogate, who lovingly nurture, pass on beliefs, values and distilled wisdom to the next generation. Pray that God may grant special blessings of strength and hope-filled courage to the grandparents who have the responsibility of raising grandchildren.

« Mennonite Church USA: Pray for New York Mennonite Conference as they hold their celebration gathering on Sept. 14.

Western District Conference: WDC Annual Assembly delegate session minutes, approved 2020 budget, election results, and certified delegate list are now posted at: http://mennowdc.org/2019-wdc-annual-assembly-2/

Mennonite Church USA: Peace Academic Center, formerly Hopi Mission School, began classes for pre-K and kindergarten students in August. “We are very thankful and grateful for everyone who has been involved and sent us their prayers, past and present. It’s with their support that they are able to open the school again,” said Lance Polingyouma, cultural liaison. Read more:

mennoniteusa.org/news/peace-academic-center-begins-prek-kindergarten-classes.

Camp Mennoscah:

—September 14 is the next Work & Play Day at Camp Mennoscah. Join us for service, a simple lunch, and some free time in the afternoon (your choice). Please register online or call us at 620-297-3290! We love our volunteers!

—Sunday, September 22, for Camp Mennoscah’s Annual Meeting! All are welcome to attend. Self-guided camp activities available beginning at 2:00 p.m., with a BBQ chicken supper beginning at 5:30. After supper, staff will share about the past year, and campers will reflect on their camp experiences. Also, enter your name to win one of several Camp Mennoscah prizes! Register to let us know you’re coming!

— Scrapbook and Crafts Retreats at Camp Mennoscah are November 1-3 and November 15-17. Register online.

Contact and registration for Camp Mennoscah:

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

Email: office.

Contact: olivia.bartel.

Instituto Biblico Anabautista (IBA) The Hispanic Ministries program of Mennonite Education Agency, is raising funds to train leaders for the Hispanic Churches in the US. Marco Güete, director of IBA is hiking El Camino de Santiago beginning on September 9. Marco’s goal is to raise $31,200 to support IBA at a rate of $120 per kilometer. See attached flyer or the bulletin board in the foyer for more information.

Mennonite Central Committee:

—Comforter Mini Blitz, September 27 & 28 at MCC in North Newton! Hours for the event are Friday, Sept. 27, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Saturday, Sept. 28, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Find out more at mcc.org/comforter-blitz.

—Get involved with something BIG – record breaking BIG! MCC is celebrating our 100th anniversary and attempting to collect 6500 comforters to deliver to people in need all around the world. Get involved by tying a comforter on January 18, 2020 (mark your calendars now!). We are looking for people to host a comforter tying event in their community. Contact Kate Mast at 316.283.2720 or katemast for details, supplies and resources. It’s more than a warm blanket – it’s a message

of love and compassion.

—Bikers and Contributors Needed! The annual MCC Flatlander Bike Ride will be held on Saturday, September 21, originating at the MCC offices, 121 East 30th, N. Newton. This year’s ride will raise funds for a MCC water development project in Nigeria. Rides of approximately 35, 45, and 65 miles, as well as a shorter family ride, are planned. The brochure is posted on the bulletin board or can be found on the MCC website: mcc.org/get-involved/events/mc-flatlander-bicycle-ride. If you are not a biker but wish to contribute to this MCC project, make your check payable to MCC; write “Flatlander Bike Ride” on the memo line; and send to: MCC, PO Box 235, N. Newton, KS 67117.

Mennonite Disaster Service: A greater number of weekly volunteers are needed this fall to respond to storm, flood and fire damage across Canada and the United States. Please consider serving if you are able to offer a week of your time to help people get back home in places like S. Dakota, Texas and California. MDS is excited to launch a new online scheduling system for the fall season (September through December). Please visit the Weekly Volunteer Calendar, emailing dfrey, or calling 800-241-8111. And, if you are unable to serve, but would like to support the efforts of MDS volunteers, a financial gift will give them a place to stay, food to eat and the tools and equipment needed to get the job done.

Gain peacebuilding skills at AMBS. Do you have a burning theological question, or is there a particular ministry you’d like to pursue? Through AMBS’s MA: Theology and Peace Studies program, you can explore and engage a topic of your choice from multiple angles and design a peacebuilding internship in your area of interest. ambs.edu/matps

Hesston College: In recognition of International Day of Peace, Hesston College Bel Canto Singers and Hesston High School Singers will present a Global Voice concert, Saturday, Sept. 21, at 7 p.m., at Hesston Mennonite Church on the Hesston College campus. The concert is free and open to the public.

Bethel College:

—Sun., Sept. 8 – KIPCOR Film Series, Lost Angels: Skid Row is My Home, 3 pm, Krehbiel Auditorium in Luyken Fine Arts Center at Bethel College. Talk-back follows with James Wilson, director of New Hope Shelter, Newton, and a member of the Wichita Police Department’s Homeless Outreach Team.

—The Kansas Institute for Peace and Conflict Resolution (KIPCOR) at Bethel College will be organizing a series of free public events, Sept. 8-22, on campus and in the Newton community, in connection with the 2019 Campaign Nonviolence Week of Action. Activities include film screenings, “swords into plowshares” demonstrations by Colorado Springs-based RawTools, and a lecture by Palwasha Kakar. See kipcor.org or call 316-284-5217 for more information.

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Sept. 1 announcements

Congregational Announcements

Church Mailboxes were reassigned this past week. Be sure to check the name on the box before picking up your mail. If, for some reason, your box was lost in the shuffle, please let us know! Thank you to Marcene Entz for her assistance with cleaning the boxes and removing and inserting names in slots.

Healing Testimonies: As part of our Fall Worship Series focused on "Healing," I invite anyone who has experienced healing in their life (physical, mental, spiritual, relational, etc…) to consider sharing a faith testimony during one of the worship services. If you are open to sharing a healing testimony, please let me know. ~Pastor Phil

Education Supply Room Clean Out: Some serious work has been done to clean up the education supply room downstairs. Many items that have been collecting dust for some time are up for grabs on the tables in the northeast corner of the basement fellowship hall. Please come take a look at the treasures and take something(s) home with you. If you are a teacher and see things on the tables that you have used and plan to use again soon, feel free to place those items back on the table in the supply room and they will continue to be stored there. The items will be left out through the month of September, and may be added to throughout that time, so check back often. Donations are not required, but if you feel guilty for finding that hidden gem and need to contribute, money will go for buying new supplies for the education department.

Tabor Church Retreat: Tabor Church Campout is coming up on September 21-22! Our theme will be "Healing Water." Michael Unruh will share at campfire on Saturday evening. Dawson Duerksen will be baptized on Sunday morning. Michelle Unruh will lead music. Registration forms were in your church mailboxes. Please fill one out and return to the box in the foyer by Sunday, September 8. Additional forms are on the shelf below the mailboxes. A more detailed schedule for campout is in your boxes this week. We look forward to seeing you there! (Also, if you are interested in helping with one of the meals at campout, please talk to Carrie Smith, Mary Schmidt, or Pastor Phil.) Camp Scholarships are available for anyone who may need help with expenses. Please contact a pastor or the church office.

Pictorial Directory: Please check your calendars for September 26-28. LifeTouch will be at Tabor on Thursday and Friday from 2-9 pm, and on Saturday from 10 am – 5 pm. Nancy Funk will be available in the foyer this Sunday during Faith Formation to sign people up for photo sessions. If you have any questions, please contact Mary Schmidt, Kara Swartzendruber, or Nancy Funk.

The coffee bar between worship and Sunday School has been enjoyed by many since the fellowship hall has been completed. A sign up sheet is on the bulletin board for those that would like to help make the coffee and clean up after the Sunday School hour. A coffee cup for donations is located on the coffee bar for the coffee. If you have any questions, please talk with one of the reception committee members.

Mennonite Women & Girls Retreat 2019 is coming soon! The theme is "Fearless!" based on II Timonthy 1:7 and features retreat speaker Tammy Duvenal Unruh. Camp dates are September 6 to 8 at Camp Mennoscah. Pick up your registration form in the foyer. Registration is due by mail. Late fee of $10 applies to all registrations postmarked on/after August 26. Direct questions to Barb Banman.

Help Needed: Tabor’s Day for Tractor Drivers at the KS State Fair is Thurs., Sept 12. Two drivers from 1 to 4 pm; two drivers from 4 to 7 pm and one driver from 7 to 9:30 pm. If you can help PLEASE let Jerry know at 620-367-8257. FREE ADMISSION to the Fair, $10 value.

The Second Monday Family History & Genealogy Group will meet at the Alexanderwohl Church Cemetery on Monday, September 9, 6:45 p.m. Information about cemetery renovation and the kiosk will be shared. Several personal historical life sketches of individuals who are buried in the cemetery will also be shared. Please note the time change (allowing for sunset time.) Also, bring an outdoor chair and mosquito spray, if needed.

Conference Announcements

Prayer Requests:

« Western District Conference: Pray for all who gather at the Women and Girls’ Retreat next weekend at Camp Mennoscah, and give thanks for women and girls who lead and participate in so many creative ways in WDC congregations.

« Mennonite Mission Network: Ruben Fellmann, Carissa Mast, Delia Mielke, and Cindy Headings (unit leader) make up MMN’s Service Adventure unit in Colorado Springs. Pray for them as they work with people with disabilities, families in homeless situations, and affordable housing organizations.

« Mennonite Education Agency: As a new semester begins this week, give thanks for God’s work in the lives of AMBS students — calling them to ministry and theological study and providing a community in which they can learn, grow, be mentored, and explore the passions and questions they are being drawn to.

« Mennonite Church USA: Pray for the MC USA Executive Board as they meet Sept. 5-7 in Dallas, Texas.

Mennonite Church USA: Join the MC USA Faith Formation fall webinar series: Putting People on the Ballot: Anabaptism and American Politics. The first session, Foundations: Setting Our Theological Bearings, will take place on Tues. Sept. 17. Sign up and find more information at thegatheringplace.us.

Camp Mennoscah:

—September 14 is the next Work & Play Day at Camp Mennoscah. Join us for service, a simple lunch, and some free time in the afternoon (your choice). Please register online or call us at 620-297-3290! We love our volunteers!

—Mark your calendars for Sunday, September 22, for Camp Mennoscah’s Annual Meeting! All are welcome to attend. Self-guided camp activities available beginning at 2:00 p.m., with a BBQ chicken supper beginning at 5:30. After supper, staff will share about the past year, and campers will reflect on their camp experiences. Also, enter your name to win one of several Camp Mennoscah prizes! Please register online at campmennoscah.org to let us know you’re coming!

Contact and registration for Camp Mennoscah:

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

Email: office.

Contact: olivia.bartel.

Mennonite Mission Network Workers Mark & Mary Hurst will share about their work in Australia. You are invited to join MC USA staff in the Newton offices (718 N Main) to hear from Mennonite Mission Network International Service Workers, Mark & Mary Hurst, on Wednesday Sept 4th from 2-3 pm. Mark and Mary will share about their work with the Anabaptist Association of Australia and New Zealand, whom they have served with since 1990.

Mennonite Central Committee:

—New Storage Building Dedication, September 4 at 10 a.m. – It’s not everyday that MCC gets a new building! Please plan to join us as we give thanks for the generous gifts that made the building possible and to bless the ongoing work that takes place at MCC by dedicated volunteers. A warehouse can seem boring at first glance, but it is actually an essential part of making MCC’s work happen around the world. Donuts and coffee will be served the dedication service. Questions? Please call 316.283.2720.

—Comforter Mini Blitz, September 27 & 28 at MCC in North Newton! If you can tie a knot, you can tie a comforter! Come and join in the fun at this relaxed, come-and-go event. Bring your friends and family! Before you know it, you’ll have helped to spread warmth and love around the world to people in situations far out of their control. Hours for the event are Friday, Sept. 27 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Saturday, Sept. 28 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Find out more at katemast, 316.283.2720.

—Get involved with something BIG – record breaking BIG! MCC is celebrating our 100th anniversary and attempting to collect 6500 comforters to deliver to people in need all around the world. Get involved by tying a comforter on January 18, 2020 (mark your calendars now!). We are looking for people to host a comforter tying event in their community. Contact Kate Mast at 316.283.2720 or katemast for details, supplies and resources. It’s more than a warm blanket – it’s a message of love and compassion.

—Bikers and Contributors Needed! The annual MCC Flatlander Bike Ride will be held on Saturday, September 21, originating at the MCC offices, 121 East 30th, N. Newton. This year’s ride will raise funds for a MCC water development project in Nigeria. Rides of approximately 35, 45, and 65 miles, as well as a shorter family ride, are planned. The brochure is posted on the bulletin board or can be found on the MCC website: mcc.org/get-involved/events/mc-flatlander-bicycle-ride. If you are not a biker but wish to contribute to this MCC project, make your check payable to MCC; write “Flatlander Bike Ride” on the memo line; and send to: MCC, PO Box 235, N. Newton, KS 67117.

Mennonite Disaster Service: A greater number of weekly volunteers are needed this fall to respond to storm, flood and fire damage across Canada and the United States. Please consider serving if you are able to offer a week of your time to help people get back home in places like S. Dakota, Texas and California. MDS is excited to launch a new online scheduling system for the fall season (September through December). Please visit the Weekly Volunteer Calendar, emailing dfrey, or calling 800-241-8111. And, if you are unable to serve, but would like to support the efforts of MDS volunteers, a financial gift will give them a place to stay, food to eat and the tools and equipment needed to get the job done.

Kidron Bethel Parkinson’s Support Group will meet Tuesday, September 3, at 2:00 p.m. in Menno Hall. Marwa Buser, PharmD, BCPS, will give an overview of Parkinson’s Disease including medications. All are welcome.

Bethel College:

—Sun., Sept. 8 – KIPCOR Film Series, Lost Angels: Skid Row is My Home, 3 pm, Krehbiel Auditorium in Luyken Fine Arts Center at Bethel College. Talk-back follows with James Wilson, director of New Hope Shelter, Newton, and a member of the Wichita Police Department’s Homeless Outreach Team.

—The Kansas Institute for Peace and Conflict Resolution (KIPCOR) at Bethel College will be organizing a series of free public events, Sept. 8-22, on campus and in the Newton community, in connection with the 2019 Campaign Nonviolence Week of Action. Activities include film screenings, “swords into plowshares” demonstrations by Colorado Springs-based RawTools, and a lecture by Palwasha Kakar. See kipcor.org or call 316-284-5217 for more information.

Tabor College Worship Arts Seminar: Saturday, September 7, 9am-4:30 pm. For All Seasons in concert at 7:30 pm. $25 per person, $125 per group. For more information, go to tabor.edu/WorshipArtsSeminar

Everence® will hold an all-inclusive retirement planning workshop on Saturday, Sept. 7, from 9 to 11:30 a.m. Topics will include Medicare, Social Security and retirement income planning. The workshop will be presented by Everence staff and will take place at Everence Financial Advisors, 3179 N. Main St., N. Newton. Reserve your spot soon by contacting Michelle Ramer at 316-283-3800, 877-467-7294 or michelle.ramer.

Bierocks: First Mennonite Church, McPherson, KS is offering bierocks for sale, available for pick up on Saturday, September 21 from 1-4 pm. Cost: $30 per dozen / $15 per half dozen. A portion of the proceeds goes to a local mission. Preorder by Saturday, September 14 – e-mail firstmennonitemac or phone 620-241-4040. Please leave your name, number ordered, and a contact phone number.

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Congregational Announcements

Church Mailboxes: Church mailboxes were relocated with the remodel of our new facility. Boxes will be reassigned next week. It would be helpful if you would pick up your mail before that. Thanks for your help.

Tabor Church Retreat: Tabor Church Campout is coming up on September 21-22! Our theme will be “Healing Water.” Michael Unruh will share at campfire on Saturday evening. Dawson Duerksen will be baptized on Sunday morning. Michelle Unruh will lead music. Registration forms are in your church mailboxes (and attached to this email). Please fill one out and return to the box in the foyer by Sunday, September 8. A more detailed schedule for campout will be available soon. We look forward to seeing you there! (Also, if you are interested in helping with one of the meals at campout, please talk to Carrie Smith, Mary Schmidt, or Pastor Phil.)

Pictorial Directory: Please check your calendars for September 26-28. LifeTouch will be at Tabor on Thursday and Friday from 2-9pm, and on Saturday from 10 am – 5 pm. You will be invited to sign up for a photo session time-slot beginning this Sunday, August 25 in the conference room on the south side of the foyer. If you have any questions, please contact Mary Schmidt, Kara Swartzendruber, or Nancy Funk.

Mennonite Women & Girls Retreat 2019 is coming soon! The theme is “Fearless!” based on II Timonthy 1:7 and features retreat speaker Tammy Duvenal Unruh. Camp dates are September 6 to 8 at Camp Mennoscah. Pick up your registration form in the foyer. Registration is due by mail. Late fee of $10 applies to all registrations postmarked on/after August 26. Direct questions to Barb Banman.

Help Needed: Tabor’s Day for Tractor Drivers at the KS State Fair is Thurs., Sept 12. Two drivers from 1 to 4 pm; two drivers from 4 to 7 pm and one driver from 7 to 9:30 pm. If you can help PLEASE let Jerry know at 620-367-8257. FREE ADMISSION to the Fair, $10 value.

Save the date… the 2019 Goessel Area Harvest Giving Walk will be held on Sunday, October 6 at 1pm, beginning at Tabor Mennonite Church. Walker envelopes will be available in September.

Blood Mobile: It was great to have 25 donors and 9 workers who, despite the extremely hot weather, came to the blood drive on Tuesday! It was very exciting to have 3 new donors, so if you have been considering coming to donate give it a try!! The next chance to share is between 1:00-6:00 on Oct. 15.

Dates to Remember:

August 28 – Sept. 3: Tabor serves at New Hope Shelter

September 21-22: Tabor Church Campout at Camp Mennoscah

September 26-28: Pictorial Directory Photo Sessions

October 6: Goessel Area Harvest Giving Walk

Conference Announcements

Prayer Requests:

« Western District Conference: Give thanks for the Tabor Mennonite Church congregation as they dedicate a new fellowship hall today, and for pastor Stephen Wilcox at First Mennonite Church in Halstead, as they celebrate his ordination this afternoon.

« Mennonite Mission Network: MMN requests prayer for Benin where post-election violence has killed more than a dozen people. Pray for peace and for the well-being of all citizens as the economy worsens. Pray also for Mission Network partners – Benin Bible Institute, Bethesda Hospital, and La Casa Grande children’s village.

« Mennonite Education Agency: Pray for all who support and invest in Anabaptist/ Mennonite education. As another school year begins, give thanks for all who are generous with their time, energy, prayers and finances to make quality education grounded in Anabaptist faith available and accessible to so many.

Western District Conference:

—Immigration Justice and You: WDC Immigration Task Force invites 1-2 people from every congregation to share in an immigration networking event Thursday, August 29, 7-8:30 pm at 2517 N Main St, North Newton (WDC offices). Share what your congregation is doing toward immigration justice. What do you wish you were doing? What kind of resources does your congregation want and need on this topic? If you are at a distance, contact Nancy Funk to receive a link to join via Zoom.

—Beth Yoder, WDC Business Manager, is on maternity leave, but we still have her favorite books in the library! Stop by the Conference Resource Library or check out her list at Beth Yoder (Business Manager).

Camp Mennoscah:

—The Mental Health Spiritual Retreat will be September 1-2. The theme for the retreat is Living Peacefully! Come support each other and enjoy fellowship, music, and worship. This retreat is for individuals affected by mental illness, including family and friends.

—September 14 is the next Work & Play Day at Camp Mennoscah. Join us for service, a simple lunch, and some free time in the afternoon (your choice). Please register online or call us at 620-297-3290! We love our volunteers!

—Come Celebrate Another Great Year at Camp Mennoscah! Mark your calendars for Sunday, September 22, for Camp Mennoscah’s Annual Meeting! All are welcome to attend. Self-guided camp activities available beginning at 2:00 p.m., with a BBQ chicken supper beginning at 5:30. After supper, staff will share about the past year, and campers will reflect on their camp experiences. Also, enter your name to win one of several Camp Mennoscah prizes! Please register online at campmennoscah.org to let us know you’re coming!

Contact and registration for Camp Mennoscah:

Online at www.campmennoscah.org

Telephone: 620-297-3290.

Email: office.

Contact: olivia.bartel.

Mennonite Mission Network Workers Mark & Mary Hurst in Newton to share about their work in Australia. You are invited to join MC USA staff in the Newton offices (718 N Main St, Newton KS) to hear from Mennonite Mission Network International Service Workers, Mark & Mary Hurst, on Wednesday Sept 4th from 2-3 pm. Mark and Mary will share about their work with the Anabaptist Association of Australia and New Zealand, whom they have served with since 1990.

Mennonite Central Committee:

—New Storage Building Dedication, September 4 at 10 a.m. – It’s not everyday that MCC gets a new building! Please plan to join us as we give thanks for the generous gifts that made the building possible and to bless the ongoing work that takes place at MCC by dedicated volunteers. A warehouse can seem boring at first glance, but it is actually an essential part of making MCC’s work happen around the world. Donuts and coffee will be served the dedication service. Questions? Please call 316.283.2720.

—Comforter Mini Blitz, September 27 & 28 at MCC in North Newton! If you can tie a knot, you can tie a comforter! Come and join in the fun at this relaxed, come-and-go event. Bring your friends and family! Before you know it, you’ll have helped to spread warmth and love around the world to people in situations far out of their control. Hours for the event are Friday, Sept. 27 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Saturday, Sept. 28 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Find out more at katemast, 316.283.2720.

—Get involved with something BIG – record breaking BIG! MCC is celebrating our 100th anniversary and attempting to collect 6500 comforters to deliver to people in need all around the world. Get involved by tying a comforter on January 18, 2020 (mark your calendars now!). We are looking for people to host a comforter tying event in their community. Contact Kate Mast at 316.283.2720 or katemast for details, supplies and resources. It’s more than a warm blanket – it’s a message of love and compassion.

—Bikers and Contributors Needed! The annual MCC Flatlander Bike Ride will be held on Saturday, September 21, originating at the MCC offices, 121 East 30th, N. Newton. This year’s ride will raise funds for a MCC water development project in Nigeria. Rides of approximately 35, 45, and 65 miles, as well as a shorter family ride, are planned. The brochure is posted on the bulletin board or can be found on the MCC website: mcc.org/get-involved/events/mc-flatlander-bicycle-ride. If you are not a biker but wish to contribute to this MCC project, make your check payable to MCC; write “Flatlander Bike Ride” on the memo line; and send to: MCC, PO Box 235, N. Newton, KS 67117.

Rocky Mountain Mennonite Camp: Labor Day Work & Play Retreat is Friday, Aug. 30, after 7pm to Monday, Sept. 2, after breakfast. The retreat is at no cost to you, just your time! On Saturday, all participants help with projects around camp. These projects include helping prepare meals/doing dishes, pulling noxious weeds, refinishing/fixing picnic tables and patio benches, cleaning cabins and facilities, and other winterizing projects to prepare for the coming snow season. Sunday is your day to play and enjoy camp (hiking, kayaking, disc golf, napping, etc). Register online or call (719-687-9506). We hope you can join us!

Bethel College:

—Sun., Sept. 8 – KIPCOR Film Series, Lost Angels: Skid Row is My Home, 3 pm, Krehbiel Auditorium in Luyken Fine Arts Center at Bethel College. Talk-back follows with James Wilson, director of New Hope Shelter, Newton, and a member of the Wichita Police Department’s Homeless Outreach Team.

—The Kansas Institute for Peace and Conflict Resolution (KIPCOR) at Bethel College will be organizing a series of free public events, Sept. 8-22, on campus and in the Newton community, in connection with the 2019 Campaign Nonviolence Week of Action. Activities include film screenings, “swords into plowshares” demonstrations by Colorado Springs-based RawTools, and a lecture by Palwasha Kakar. See kipcor.org or call 316-284-5217 for more information.

Tabor College Worship Arts Seminar: Saturday, September 7, 9am-4:30 pm. For All Seasons in concert at 7:30 pm. $25 per person, $125 per group. For more information, go to tabor.edu/WorshipArtsSeminar

Everence® will hold an all-inclusive retirement planning workshop on Saturday, Sept. 7, from 9 to 11:30 a.m. Topics will include Medicare, Social Security and retirement income planning. The workshop will be presented by Everence staff and will take place at Everence Financial Advisors, 3179 N. Main St., N. Newton. Reserve your spot soon by contacting Michelle Ramer at 316-283-3800, 877-467-7294 or michelle.ramer.

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Aug 18 announcements

Congregational Announcements

Come celebrate! Wilma Schmidt’s 90th birthday open house will be from to 2 – 4 p.m. on Sunday, August 18, 2019, at Tabor Mennonite Church Fellowship Hall. Cards may be sent to 3001 Ivy Drive, Apt. #108, North Newton, KS, 67117.

Children’s Faith Formation: We conclude our summer series of "Jesus was a kid like me" and we realize that families have both ups and downs in their relationships with each other. Parents are invited to come celebrate the love they share with their children as we have a party together!

The coffee bar between worship and Sunday School has been enjoyed by many since the fellowship hall has been completed. A sign up sheet is on the bulletin board for those that would like to help make the coffee and clean up after the Sunday School hour. A coffee cup for donations is located on the coffee bar for the coffee. If you have any questions, please talk with one of the reception committee members.

We will be celebrating the dedication of our new Fellowship Hall on Sunday, August 25. Our Worship Service will begin at 10am and we will have a catered meal in the Fellowship Hall after the service. All are welcome to join the celebration!

MennoGrass 2019: Come join us at the Tabor Church Park on Sunday evening, August 25 for MennoGrass! Supper service will begin at 5:30pm. Music by the Hopeful Blues and the Flannelbacks will be between 6-8pm. Meat and condiments will be provided, but please bring a side AND a second side or dessert to share. If possible, please bring your food a little before 5:30pm. Please also bring table service and lawn chairs. We look forward to a wonderful evening!

What old is new again! The art and visuals team would like to upcycle a collection of canning jars for use as centerpieces in fellowship hall. We hope to use them for the first time at the dedication on August 25. If you have quart or larger canning jars (lids are optional) you would be willing to donate to this project please bring them to the church by Wednesday August 21. Be sure to leave your name so we can thank you for your gift. Canning jars of all ages are welcome– we hope to get a wide range of styles, but don’t buy new ones–only recylced!– Et Cetera Shops and other 2nd hand shops are a good resource if you want to make purchases to give to this project.

Commodities will be distributed on Friday August 23 from 5-6 p.m. at Goessel Mennonite Church. Please come if you are in need of a little help or if you know someone who is please let them know. For questions or info call Jenny Girard @ 620-367-8492.

Mennonite Women & Girls Retreat 2019 is coming soon! The theme is "Fearless!" based on II Timonthy 1:7 and features retreat speaker Tammy Duvenal Unruh. Camp dates are September 6 to 8 at Camp Mennoscah. Pick up your registration form in the foyer. Registration is due by mail. Late fee of $10 applies to all registrations postmarked on/after August 26. Direct questions to Barb Banman.

Help Needed: Tabor’s Day for Tractor Drivers at the KS State Fair is Thurs., Sept 12. Two drivers from 1 to 4 pm; two drivers from 4 to 7 pm and one driver from 7 to 9:30 pm. If you can help PLEASE let Jerry know at 620-367-8257. FREE ADMISSION to the Fair, $10 value.

Blood Drive: August 20, 1:00-6:00 pm. at Goessel Mennonite Church.

Save the date… the 2019 Goessel Area Harvest Giving Walk will be held on Sunday, October 6 at 1pm, beginning at Tabor Mennonite Church. Walker envelopes will be available in September.

Dates to Remember:

August 25: Dedication of Tabor’s new facility

Mennograss

August 28 – Sept. 3: Tabor serves at New Hope Shelter

September 21-22: Tabor Church Campout at Camp Mennoscah

September 26-28: Pictorial Directory Photo Sessions

October 6: Goessel Area Harvest Giving Walk

Conference Announcements

Prayer Requests:

« Western District Conference: As a new school year approaches, give thanks for the WDC Resource Library and the materials it offers for teachers, mentors, youth sponsors and pastors as they nurture faith formation in their congregations.

« Mennonite Mission Network: MMN is grateful to God and to Laura Schlabach who has served as interim executive director for JCS in Mongolia for the past year. Pray for Elisabeth Mensert who assumed executive responsibilities on July 1 and for Laura as she returns to former roles in the country where she has worked since 1993.

« Mennonite Education Agency: Pray for students, faculty and staff at Hesston College as they anticipate the first day of the new academic year tomorrow. May they be energized, challenged and inspired by their work and studies.

Western District Conference:

—First Mennonite Church, 427 W. 4th St, Halstead, KS will celebrate the ordination of Pastor Steve Wilcox on Sunday, August 25 at 5 pm. Pastor Wilmer Harder will be the guest speaker and the choir and bell choir will provide special music. A meal will follow in the fellowship hall beginning at 6 pm. All are welcome.

—Family Fun Night!! Mark your calendars for an evening of light-hearted fun at Hoffnungsau Mennonite Church (43 13th Ave., rural Inman, KS) on Saturday, August 31! All sorts of entertainment are in the works: A car show will begin at 5 pm. Children will enjoy playing in large inflatables (for free!) and have a good time with water games! At 5:30 pm a corn hole tournament will get underway (come at 5 pm to get your 2-person team registered to play with a $20 entry fee). Half of entry costs will be awarded back in prizes and half the proceeds will go to Mennonite Central Committee’s school kit project. Food trucks and booths will be selling tasty eats for supper and snacks. And while this much fun might seem “inconceivable" (hint, hint!), at 8:30 pm, we also invite you to bring your lawn chairs and blankets for a family friendly evening movie projected on the big screen outside, “as you wish”… Bring friends and come for a relaxing evening of entertainment! Check Hoffnungsau Mennonite Church’s Facebook page for more information.

—Attention High School Youth and Church Leaders: The WDC/SCC Youth Ministry Committee is excited to announce the start of a new discipleship and leadership initiative for high school youth called Youth Lead Now. We invite churches to send youth to this one day workshop at Hesston College (Hesston, KS) on September 7, that integrates faith and leadership gifts. Using the Kansas Leadership Center’s framework and spiritual disciplines, we hope to encourage passion and increase competence in leadership for the sake of the church and the world. See bulletin board for details and registration information. Please contact Isaac Landis (isaac) with any questions.

—Immigration Justice and You: WDC Immigration Task Force invites 1-2 people from every congregation to share in an immigration networking event Thursday, August 29, 7-8:30 pm at 2517 N Main St, N. Newton (WDC offices). Share what your congregation is doing toward immigration justice. What do you wish you were doing? What kind of resources does your congregation want and need on this topic? If you are at a distance, contact Nancy Funk to receive a link to join via Zoom.

Mennonite Mission Network Workers Mark & Mary Hurst in Newton to share about their work in Australia. You are invited to join MC USA staff in the Newton offices (718 N Main, Newton) to hear from MMN International Service Workers, Mark & Mary Hurst, on Wednesday, Sept. 4th from 2-3 pm. Mark and Mary will share about their work with the Anabaptist Association of Australia and New Zealand, whom they have served with since 1990.

Camp Mennoscah:

—The Mental Health Spiritual Retreat will be September 1-2. The theme for the retreat is Living Peacefully! Come support each other and enjoy fellowship, music, and worship. This retreat is for individuals affected by mental illness, including family and friends.

—September 14 is the next Work & Play Day at Camp Mennoscah. Join us for service, a simple lunch, and some free time in the afternoon (your choice). Please register online or call us at 620-297-3290! We love our volunteers!

Contact and registration for Camp Mennoscah:

Online at www.campmennoscah.org

Telephone: 620-297-3290.

Email: office.

Contact: olivia.bartel.

Mennonite Central Committee:

—Are you looking for a summer sewing project? Mennonite Central Committee is running low on school kit bags! You can review the guidelines and instructions at katemast or 316-283-2720.

—MCC is now collecting Immigration detainee care kits. When people who have been placed in immigration detention centers are released, they often have nothing more than the clothes on their backs. Kits containing clothing and hygiene products can help to rebuild their dignity as they are taken to bus stations and airports to reconnect with their families in the U.S. Please visit mcc.org/immigrationkit for all the details of what goes into the kit and how the kits will be distributed. It is one small way we can share Christ’s love with our neighbors. All kit supplies should be sent to MCC Central States 121 E. 30th, PO Box 235, N Newton, KS 67117. Questions? Please contact MCC at 316.283.2720.

—Bikers and Contributors Needed! The annual MCC Flatlander Bike Ride will be held on Saturday, September 21, originating at the MCC offices, 121 East 30th, N. Newton. This year’s ride will raise funds for a MCC water development project in Nigeria. Rides of approximately 35, 45, and 65 miles, as well as a shorter family ride, are planned. The brochure is posted on the bulletin board or can be found on the MCC website: mcc.org/get-involved/events/mc-flatlander-bicycle-ride. If you are not a biker but wish to contribute to this MCC project, make your check payable to MCC; write “Flatlander Bike Ride” on the memo line; and send to: MCC, PO Box 235, N. Newton, KS 67117.

Kauffman Museum: Opening reception for Kauffman Museum’s award-winning “K is for Kansas: An Exhibit Exploring Kansas from A to Z,” 1:30-4:30 p.m. This is a come-and-go event on Sunday, August 18, with introductory remarks at 2 and 3:30 p.m., refreshments and “Kansas lawn games” inside the museum. “K is for Kansas” is at the museum through Feb. 2, 2020; see kauffman.bethelks.edu or the Kauffman Museum Facebook page.

You’re invited to Just Desserts, Offender/Victim Ministries’ summer fundraiser. Join us Saturday, August 24 from 7-9pm at Carriage Factory Art Gallery park (128 E 6th St, Newton) for an evening of sweet treats, live music, and good company. Come meet current volunteers and learn more about OVM’s work in our community. Tickets available online or through our office. Call (316) 283-2038 or visit our Facebook page for more information. https://www.eventbrite.com/e/just-desserts-tickets-64393594976

Tabor College Worship Arts Seminar: Saturday, September 7, 9am-4:30 pm. For All Seasons in concert at 7:30 pm. $25 per person, $125 per group. For more information, go to tabor.edu/WorshipArtsSeminar

Aug 18 annc.pdf

August 11 announcements

Congregational Announcements

We will be celebrating the dedication of our new Fellowship Hall on Sunday, August 25. Our Worship Service will begin at 10am and we will have a catered meal in the Fellowship Hall after the service. All are welcome to join the celebration!

Tabor Mennonite Women will be giving the program at Bethesda on Thursday, August 15 at 7 p.m. Ladies, please bring a favorite "heart" song to share and why it is special to you. Also bring finger food to share with the residents after the program.

Come celebrate! Wilma Schmidt’s 90th birthday open house will be from to 2 – 4 p.m. on Sunday, August 18, 2019, at Tabor Mennonite Church Fellowship Hall. Cards may be sent to 3001 Ivy Drive, Apt. #108, North Newton, KS, 67117.

Children’s Faith Formation this Sunday is all about "Jesus had dirty feet too." We would appreciate having at least one parent of pre-schoolers on hand (or foot) to help out with our activities! There will be special personalized gifts for the children, so ya’ll come!

Next Sunday we conclude our summer series of "Jesus was a kid like me" and we realize that families have both ups and downs in their relationships with each other. Parents are invited to come celebrate the love they share with their children as we have a party together!

The Tabor Food Pantry needs your help! Groceries on the shelves are running very low. When you do your grocery shopping, buy a little extra for the food pantry. Every item helps. All foods are needed, especially canned meats, applesauce, fruits, pancake mix and syrup, jelly, ramen noodles, spaghetti sauce, rice, instant potatoes, mixed vegetables, cake mixes, cereal and oatmeal, as well as bathroom tissue, laundry soap, dish soap and shampoo. You may leave items in the church office or place them on the table north of the basement kitchen where the food pantry shelves are now located. Thanks for your continued support.

Commodities will be distributed on Friday August 23 from 5-6 p.m. at Goessel Mennonite Church. Please come if you are in need of a little help or if you know someone who is please let them know. For questions or info call Jenny Girard @ 620-367-8492.

Mennonite Women & Girls Retreat 2019 is coming soon! The theme is "Fearless!" based on II Timonthy 1:7 and features retreat speaker Tammy Duvenal Unruh. Camp dates are September 6 to 8 at Camp Mennoscah. Pick up your registration form in the foyer. Registration is due by mail. Late fee of $10 applies to all registrations postmarked on/after August 26. Direct questions to Barb Banman.

Blood Drive: Dn’t frget ug. 20 is the next ld drive. Sign up t dnte r help etween 1:00-6:00. The supply f ll types is very lw nd yu cn see the impct of the missing letters, so sign up tdy!

Dates to Remember:

August 20: Red Cross blood drive at Goessel Mennonite Church

August 25: Dedication of Tabor’s new facility

Mennograss

August 28 – Sept. 3: Tabor serves at New Hope Shelter

September 21-22: Tabor Church Campout at Camp Mennoscah

September 26-28: Pictorial Directory Photo Sessions

Conference Announcements

Prayer Requests:

« Western District Conference: Pray for the WDC Immigration Task Force and WDC congregations offering support, legal counsel and advocacy for immigrants and refugees.

« Mennonite Mission Network: MMN requests prayer for Jane and Jerrell Ross Richer and their family as they serve in North America. The Ross Richers engage in two-way mission that has them living six months in Ecuador and six months in North America, where they share their journey of mutual conversion with congregations.

« Mennonite Education Agency: AMBS’s noncredit Anabaptist Short Courses are online and last six weeks each. Give thanks for varied options for theological education and pray for those who are taking the courses to deepen their understanding of Anabaptist history, thought and witness.

Western District Conference:

—WDC congregations and members: Let us join others across the church and nation in prayer and action in response to the tragedy of gun violence. To read a statement issued this week by Mennonite Church USA along with resources for prayer, conversation and action, see http://mennoniteusa.org/menno-snapshots/call-to-prayer-and-action-gun-violence/

—Thanks to all who attended WDC annual assembly July 26-27! We were blessed in worship, inspired by sermons from Glen Guyton, Mennonite Church USA Executive Director, challenged to learn through a rich variety of workshops, celebrated over 40 years of women’s ordination in WDC, and and enjoyed good music, food, fun and fellowship at Saturday evening’s family festival! In addition, the delegate session included the following actions:

– Affirmed reception of Iglesia Camino de Santidad (Liberal, KS) as a member congregation of WDC.

– Approved a budget of $608,327 for 2020, with encouragement to seek creative fundraising initiatives to support the mission and ministry of WDC.

– Approved nominees presented by the Gifts Discernment Committee for new elected positions in WDC: Executive Board: Lee Lever, Jim Stucky; Gifts Discernment Committee: Eldon Epp, Eric J. Jantzen, Dwight Mueller; Church Planting Commission: Tim Amor, Alberto Parchmont; Ministerial Leadership Commission: Rachel Ringenberg Miller, Todd Schlosser, Dave Stevens; Resource Commission: Valerie Klaassen, Steve Wilcox; Stewardship Commission: Dick Koontz, Darlene Powers.

– Affirmed a resolution of thanks for all who helped plan, lead and host assembly.

– Next year’s WDC annual assembly will be July 31 – Aug 2, 2002, at Camp Copass in Denton, TX. Mark your calendars now!

—Transitional Ministry Training: Camp Mennoscah will host a Transitional Ministry Training, October 21-23, sponsored by Amigo Centre with trainers Gary Martin and Paula Killough. For more information and registration form see the attached brochure or go to http://tmt.amigocentre.org.Registration due-date is September 1. WDC encourages persons who sense a call to this specialized ministry to take this training. We affirm the value of transitional ministry in the mission of the church, and seek to equip leaders to guide congregations through the process of preparing to enter a new chapter of leadership and ministry. Registration for the training requires a letter of recommendation for training from a conference minister. If you are discerning whether to take this training, feel free to contact WDC Conference Minister Heidi Regier Kreider at 316-283-6300 for further conversation.

— Zion Mennonite Church, Elbing, KS will be celebrating Pastor Rosie Epp’s 40th year of ordination on Sunday, August 25. Pastor Rosie was ordained by the WDC on August 26, 1979 at Lorraine Ave. Mennonite Church, Wichita. The celebration begins at 9:45 with a presentation on Mennonite women in ministry, followed by a worship celebration at 10:45 am and a taco bar lunch. All are invited to join.

Mennonite Church USA:

—Save the date – Bethel College worship and arts symposium focusing on multi-cultural worship – November 21-23. More information at: https://www.bethelks.edu/academics/convocation-lectures/worship-arts-symposium.

— Find MennoCon19 post-convention resources, including worship speaker videos and worship songs: convention.mennoniteusa.org/post-convention-resources.

— At MennoCon19, delegates approved the addition of youth delegates and passed the Churchwide Statement on the Abuse of Child Migrants resolution. Catch up on our compiled MennoCon19 news, photos and highlights at mennoniteusa.org/kcsauce.

Camp Mennoscah:

—Sing a song for camp! Camp Mennoscah’s annual celebration of the summer youth camps is Sunday, August 11, at Hoffnungsau Mennonite Church in Inman, at 6:30pm. The evening starts with an optional storytime from 5:45 – 6:05 pm followed by gobs of singing. After this time of worship and fun, we’ll share in popcorn, pop, and conversation. All are invited, whatever your age or skill!

—The Mental Health Spiritual Retreat will be September 1-2. The theme for the retreat is Living Peacefully! Come support each other and enjoy fellowship, music, and worship. This retreat is for individuals affected by mental illness, including family and friends.

Contact and registration for Camp Mennoscah:

Online at www.campmennoscah.org

Telephone: 620-297-3290.

Email: office.

Contact: olivia.bartel.

Mennonite Central Committee (MCC): Are you looking for a summer sewing project? MCC is running low on school kit bags! You can review the guidelines and instructions at katemast or 316-283-2720 with any questions.

RSVP now for MCC Lunch & Learn on August 15: Come to MCC for lunch and to hear from participants who recently went on the MCC South Texas Borderlands Learning Tour. They will share about their experiences and reflections on the trip. Lunch is served at noon and the presentation will start shortly after. A suggested donation of $10 is welcome to help cover the cost of lunch. Please plan to join us for lunch, all are welcome. RSVP by Monday, Aug. 12 to patsydirksen or 316.283.2720, MCC Central States, 121 E. 30th St., North Newton, KS 67117.

You’re invited to Just Desserts, Offender/Victim Ministries’ summer fundraiser. Join us Saturday, August 24 from 7-9pm at Carriage Factory Art Gallery park (128 E 6th St, Newton) for an evening of sweet treats, live music, and good company. Come meet current volunteers and learn more about OVM’s work in our community. Tickets available online or through our office. Call (316) 283-2038 or visit our Facebook page for more information. https://www.eventbrite.com/e/just-desserts-tickets-64393594976

Aug 11 annc.pdf

Aug 4 announcements

Congregational Announcements

Children’s Faith Formation:

—Please sign up to help with opening, snacks, and crafts during the month of August.

—August 4 is Finger Food Fellowship

—August 11, the children in faith formation will discover that Jesus was a kid like them and he got dirty feet too. We would appreciate having at least one parent there with their preschool child(ren) to assist us in this. There will be a special personalized gift for each child, so come experience this with us!

The Tabor Food Pantry needs your help! Groceries on the shelves are running very low. When you do your grocery shopping, buy a little extra for the food pantry. Every item helps. All foods are needed, especially canned meats, applesauce, fruits, pancake mix and syrup, jelly, ramen noodles, spaghetti sauce, rice, instant potatoes, mixed vegetables, cake mixes, cereal and oatmeal, as well as bathroom tissue, laundry soap, dish soap and shampoo. You may leave items in the church office or place them on the table north of the basement kitchen where the food pantry shelves are now located. Thanks for your continued support.

Building Dedication: For our dedication service on August 25, the worship planning team would like to have a volunteer choir share music that morning. This choir is open to all who would like to participate. You do not need to be a regular choir member to be a part of this choir. In fact we encourage anyone, including 5th graders on up, to join us! We will rehearse again on August 4 during finger food fellowship time. If you have further questions, please contact Marcene Entz.

Come enjoy Country Threshing Days Aug. 2,3,& 4, Food, Parade, and Farming Demonstrations On Sunday Aug. 4 at 2:00 p.m. help “Celebrate the Schroeder Barn Face Lift” Bring stories of this barn (playing in the hay loft) or (Maybe even how you helped move it to the museum or painted it at one time ) We also would like stories of the barn that you grew up with. The Schroeder Barn is located at the Mennonite Heritage and Agricultural Museum. Refreshments follow.

Commodities will be distributed on Friday August 23 from 5-6 p.m. at Goessel Mennonite Church. Please come if you are in need of a little help or if you know someone who is please let them know. For questions or info call Jenny Girard @ 620-367-8492

Dates to Remember:

August 20: Red Cross blood drive at Goessel Mennonite Church

August 25: Dedication of Tabor’s new facility

Mennograss

August 28 – Sept. 3: Tabor serves at New Hope Shelter

September 21-22: Tabor Church Campout at Camp Mennoscah

September 26-28: Pictorial Directory Phot Sessions

Conference Announcements

Prayer Requests:

« Western District Conference: Pray for WDC congregations in pastoral transition, as they seek the Holy Spirit’s guidance in times of change and uncertainty.

« Mennonite Mission Network: Marisa Smucker, who has been working for MMN’s Church Relations team, began serving as the Mennonite Voluntary Service program director in June. Pray that God will provide wisdom, energy and joy for Marisa as she serves in this capacity.

« Mennonite Education Agency: Mennonite Early Childhood Network. In this time when academic skills seem to be favored, pray that young children may encounter caring adults who also attend to the spiritual, social, emotional and physical development of the early years.

Western District Conference:

—Get away from BUSY and relax! Sound great? Come join us at the 2019 Women & Girls Retreat September 6-8 at Camp Mennoscah. YOU choose what you want to do: Bible study, singing, art, yoga, mental health and spirituality, swimming, refugee reflections, games, or free time! Friday night we will decorate cookies! The schedule and registration forms are available at http://mennowdc.org/women-girls-retreat/ (and also attached). Tammy Duvenal Unruh, debate/forensics coach from Newton, will speak on the topic of being Fearless (II Tim. 1:7). This retreat is open to all women and girls grade 3 and older. Register by August 26.

—One of Southern Hills Mennonite Church’s outreach ministries in Topeka is active membership in an interfaith ministry called JUMP, Justice and Unity Ministry Project. 25 faith groups in Topeka work together each year to identify and respond together to a particular issue of injustice affecting low income , marginalized people—school resources for at-risk children, mental health support for county jail inmates, safe and affordable housing, accessible public transportation, etc. A special focus for JUMP this year is predatory, payday lending—loans that end up trapping low income families in a debilitating downward financial spiral. Because this is a statewide problem with significant lobbying resources defending this lucrative business, JUMP and Southern HIlls MC are partnering with several other advocacy organizations to coordinate an effort to reform Payday Loan regulations in state statutes. Friday, August 23, from 8:30-11:30 am these groups will gather in Topeka at Grace Episcopal Church, 701 SW. 8th, Topeka, to discuss and formulate advocacy strategies. Individuals from Mennonite congregations in Kansas with an interest in participating are invited to attend. For details you can communicate with Doug Penner (dougpenn) or topeka.jump. Also, see two documents attached for more information.

Mennonite Church USA: At MennoCon19, delegates approved the addition of youth delegates and passed the Churchwide Statement on the Abuse of Child Migrants resolution. Catch up on our compiled MennoCon19 news, photos and highlights at mennoniteusa.org/kcsauce.

Camp Mennoscah:

—Sing a song for camp! Camp Mennoscah’s annual celebration of the summer youth camps is Sunday, August 11, at Hoffnungsau Mennonite Church in Inman, at 6:30pm. The evening starts with an optional storytime from 5:45 – 6:05 pm followed by gobs of singing. After this time of worship and fun, we’ll share in popcorn, pop, and conversation. All are invited, whatever your age or skill!

—Young Adult Retreat Cancelled. Due to low numbers, the Young Adult Retreat at Camp Mennoscah from August 2-4 has regretfully been cancelled. We’ll see you at another event!

—The Mental Health Spiritual Retreat will be September 1-2. The theme for the retreat is Living Peacefully! Come support each other and enjoy fellowship, music, and worship. This retreat is for individuals affected by mental illness, including family and friends.

Contact and registration for Camp Mennoscah:

Online at www.campmennoscah.org

Telephone: 620-297-3290.

Email: office.

Contact: olivia.bartel.

Mennonite Central Committee (MCC): Are you looking for a summer sewing project? MCC is running low on school kit bags! You can review the guidelines and instructions at katemast or 316-283-2720 with any questions.

RSVP now for MCC Lunch & Learn on August 15: Come to MCC for lunch and to hear from participants who recently went on the MCC South Texas Borderlands Learning Tour. They will share about their experiences and reflections on the trip. Lunch is served at noon and the presentation will start shortly after. A suggested donation of $10 is welcome to help cover the cost of lunch. Please plan to join us for lunch, all are welcome. RSVP by Monday, Aug. 12 to patsydirksen or 316.283.2720, MCC Central States, 121 E. 30th St., North Newton, KS 67117.

The Parkinson’s Support Group will meet in Menno Hall at Kidron Bethel in N. Newton Tuesday, August 6, at 2:00 p.m. Chaplain Eric Massanari will introduce a meditation on gratitude and living with Parkinson’s (copies will be available). All are welcome.

Everence will hold retirement planning workshops at its Hutchinson and North Newton locations in August. Specifics will include when to begin taking Social Security benefits, risks that can impact your savings, and strategies to help your income last throughout retirement. The North Newton workshop will be presented on Thursday, Aug. 8 (6:30 p.m.) at the Everence office, 3179 N. Main St. The Hutchinson workshop will be held on Thursday, Aug. 15 (6:30 p.m.) at the Everence office, 524 E. 30th Ave. Register by contacting Michelle Ramer at 316-283-3800; 877-467-7294 or michelle.ramer

Aug 4 annc.pdf

July 28 announcements

Congregational Announcements

Children’s Faith Formation:

—Please sign up to help with opening, snacks, and crafts during the month of August.

—July 28 our taste buds will find out what Jesus ate!

—August 4 is Finger Food Fellowship

The Tabor Food Pantry needs your help! Groceries on the shelves are running very low. When you do your grocery shopping, buy a little extra for the food pantry. Every item helps. All foods are needed, especially canned meats, applesauce, fruits, pancake mix and syrup, jelly, ramen noodles, spaghetti sauce, rice, instant potatoes, mixed vegetables, cake mixes, cereal and oatmeal, as well as bathroom tissue, laundry soap, dish soap and shampoo. You may leave items in the church office or place them on the table north of the basement kitchen where the food pantry shelves are now located. Thanks for your continued support.

Building Dedication: For our dedication service on August 25, the worship planning team would like to have a volunteer choir share music that morning. This choir is open to all who would like to participate. You do not need to be a regular choir member to be a part of this choir. In fact we encourage anyone, including 5th graders on up, to join us! We will rehearse again on August 4 during finger food fellowship time. If you have further questions, please contact Marcene Entz.

Come enjoy Country Threshing Days Aug. 2,3,& 4, Food, Parade, and Farming Demonstrations On Sunday Aug. 4 at 2:00 p.m. help "Celebrate the Schroeder Barn Face Lift" Bring stories of this barn (playing in the hay loft) or (Maybe even how you helped move it to the museum or painted it at one time ) We also would like stories of the barn that you grew up with. The Schroeder Barn is located at the Mennonite Heritage and Agricultural Museum. Refreshments follow.

Commodities will be distributed on Friday August 23 from 5-6 p.m. at Goessel Mennonite Church. Please come if you are in need of a little help or if you know someone who is please let them know. For questions or info call Jenny Girard @ 620-367-8492

Dates to Remember:

August 25: Dedication of Tabor’s new facility

Mennograss

August 28 – Sept. 3: Tabor serves at New Hope Shelter

September 21-22: Tabor Church Campout at Camp Mennoscah

September 26-28: Pictorial Directory Phot Sessions

Conference Announcements

Prayer Requests:

« Western District Conference: Give thanks for the WDC Annual Assembly gathering that took place this weekend on the theme "We are Witnesses," and pray that all WDC congregations and members will give witness to God’s good news of healing, hope, justice and peace in Christ.

« Mennonite Mission Network: MMN serves in Mongolia through JCS International, a consortium of mission agencies. Rejoice with Laura Schlabach, interim executive director, that the long search for a new executive director has borne fruit. Pray for the rapidly growing church in this country.

« Mennonite Education Agency: Pray for Bethel College staff who have been serving meals, running sound and taking care of logistics for the annual meeting of Western District Conference, that was held on campus this weekend.

« Mennonite Church USA: Pray for Allegheny Mennonite Conference and Mountain States Mennonite Conference as they each hold their annual assemblies August 2-4.

Camp Mennoscah:

— We need more! Your registration for the Young Adult Weekend on August 2-4 is needed immediately if you plan on attending. Numbers are low and the retreat is at risk of being cancelled. Young adults (18 and older) are invited to spend a weekend enjoying camp activities, worship, and fellowship. Attendees will share in preparing simple meals. Scholarships are available online in the registration process.

—Sing for Joy, Sing for Camp! We’re having our annual Camp Sing celebration of what has been an astoundingly fun and amazing summer of youth camps on August 11 at Hoffnungsau Mennonite Church in Inman, KS. We’ll start with a storytime from 5:45pm – 6:05pm, followed by joyous singing at 6:30pm. After joyfully worshiping in camp songs and hymns, we’ll share in popcorn, pop and conversation. All are invited, whatever your age or skill!

—The Mental Health Spiritual Retreat at Camp Mennoscah will be September 1-2. The theme for the retreat is Living Peacefully! Come support each other and enjoy fellowship, music, and worship. This retreat is for individuals affected by mental illness, including family and friends.

Contact and registration for Camp Mennoscah:

Online at www.campmennoscah.org

Telephone: 620-297-3290. Email: office.

Contact: olivia.bartel.

Mennonite Central Committee (MCC): Are you looking for a summer sewing project? MCC is running low on school kit bags! You can review the guidelines and instructions at katemast or 316-283-2720 with any questions.

Mennonite Disaster Service (MDS): Experience the sights and sounds of a virtual tornado, and learn how MDS brings hope to survivors of disasters. Hesston College will host MDS’s The Storm Encounter mobile theatre on Sunday, July 28, from 3 to 7 p.m. on the northeast area of the Hesston College campus near Keim Center. The “encounter” experience takes about 30 minutes with groups of 8 rotating into the exhibit every 15 minutes. Reserve a spot for your family, friends, youth group, Sunday School class or any other group by calling Cleo Koop at 316-282-0797. Walk ups are also welcome.

Mennonite Mission Network is searching for a Marketing and Communication Assistant. If you love organization and are naturally gifted at customer service, we’d love to hear from you! And if you aren’t but you know someone who is please encourage them to contact us. This position is for .75 FTE. Check out the job description here or send your resumé to StaffRecruitment@MennoniteMission.net.

July 28 annc.pdf

July 21 announcements

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Congregational Announcements

Christmas in July: This event has been cancelled due to the visitation taking place here that evening for Alice Funk. You may still sing Christmas carols and play Christmas music on July 25!

Serving Popcorn: Are you interested in making and serving popcorn at Bethel College as part of the Western District Conference Annual Assembly Family Festival anytime between 6-8pm on Saturday, July 27? If yes, please let me know at your earliest convenience. Pastor Phil

Children’s Faith Formation:

—Please sign up to help with opening, snacks, and crafts during the month of July.

—July 21 we realize Jesus played in the sand, and as an adult, he told a story about wise and foolish builders. Children will have fun experiencing the difference between wise and foolish building.

—July 28 our taste buds will find out what Jesus ate!

Children’s Day Camp:

—We are looking for two people to help assist with our day camp on Tuesday, July 23. If interested, please contact Michelle Unruh, 747-0991.

—Donations requested: Our theme for July 23 is “Service,” and the children will assemble Hygiene Kits for Mennonite Central Committee. Please consider donating any of the following items:

adult-size toothbrush (in package) large bar bath soap (in wrapper),

nail clipper (good quality) wide-toothed comb (6-8 in),

hand towel (medium weight, dark or bright colors; approx. 16 in. x 26 in).

We are also collecting gently used children’s books and puzzles (25-100 pieces) to donate to the Et Cetera Shop. Place hygiene kit items and puzzles and books in the blue tubs, both located beneath the coat rack.

Delicious Coffee for Sale: The Youth Group still has coffee available for purchase: Medium Roast, Dark Roast, and Decaf, all in both ground and whole bean varieties. These are $15 a bag, with over half of the proceeds going to TMYF. Thanks so much for your continued support of our youth!

The Tabor Food Pantry needs your help! Groceries on the shelves are running very low. When you do your grocery shopping, buy a little extra for the food pantry. Every item helps. All foods are needed, especially canned meats, applesauce, fruits, pancake mix and syrup, jelly, ramen noodles, spaghetti sauce, rice, instant potatoes, mixed vegetables, cake mixes, cereal and oatmeal, as well as bathroom tissue, laundry soap, dish soap and shampoo. You may leave items in the church office or place them on the table north of the basement kitchen where the food pantry shelves are now located. Thanks for your continued support.

Building Dedication: For our dedication service on August 25, the worship planning team would like to have a volunteer choir share music that morning. This choir is open to all who would like to participate. You do not need to be a regular choir member to be a part of this choir. In fact we encourage anyone, including 5th graders on up, to join us! We will rehearse again on August 4 during finger food fellowship time. If you have further questions, please contact Marcene Entz.

Friends, family, and guests will be coming to Goessel for Threshing Days! Would you help us (The Mennonite Heritage & Agricultural Museum) feed them on Saturday, August 3? Zwieback bakers and servers for the second shift are especially needed. Please see the volunteer sheet in your mailbox and respond by July 21. For further questions, contact Aileen Esau (367-2358 or daesau). Thank you!

Come celebrate the Schroeder Barn face lift at the museum Sunday Aug. 4 at 2:00 p.m. Event will be held on the east side of the Barn with refreshments served. A special welcome goes out to any Schroeder Family descendants able to attend. Bring stories of this barn or indeed any barn stories are welcomed to share. Enjoy all of the Country Threshing Days events Aug. 2,3, 4, 2019.

Dates to Remember:

July 26-27: Western District Conference Annual Assembly

August 25: Dedication of Tabor’s new facility

Mennograss

August 28 – Sept. 3: Tabor serves at New Hope Shelter

September 21-22: Tabor Church Campout at Camp Mennoscah

September 26-28: Pictorial Directory Phot Sessions

Conference Announcements

Prayer Requests:

« Western District Conference: Pray for safe travels and a Spirit-filled gathering for all who attend the WDC Annual Assembly next weekend at Bethel College on the theme “We are Witnesses.”

« Mennonite Mission Network: MMN requests prayer for Elena Buckwalter and Freddy Satalaya, recently married and serving in Iquitos, Peru. Pray for them as they give leadership to the Isla Bonita ministry, sharing God’s love and care with children and adolescents.

« Mennonite Education Agency: Give thanks for God’s work through the scholarship of AMBS faculty and students and the Institute of Mennonite Studies! In 2018–19, they were involved in producing or presenting 4 books, 8 journals, 25 articles and essays, 10 lectureships and academic presentations, and numerous articles, podcasts and workshops.

Western District Conference:

—If you haven’t registered yet for Western District Conference Annual Assembly, you can still register, but please make your own meal arrangements, as the catering headcount has been finalized. Please join us July 26-27 at Bethel College, N. Newton for “We Are Witnesses!”. For more information, go to http://mennowdc.org/annual-assembly/#2019annualAssembly

—Tom and Lois Harder and their three daughters (“Five Times Harder”) will perform a concert of folk and bluegrass music at First Mennonite Church of Hillsboro on Wednesday, July 24, at 7:30.

—Christopher Shaw will present an organ recital at Bethel College Mennonite Church, North Newton, on Sunday, July 28, at 3pm.

Camp Mennoscah:

—Young Adult Weekend on August 2-4! Young adults (18 and older) are invited to spend a weekend enjoying camp activities, worship, and fellowship. Attendees will share in preparing simple meals. Scholarships are available online.

—Sing for Camp Mennoscah! We’re having our annual Camp Sing celebration of a stunning summer of youth camps on August 11 at Hoffnungsau Mennonite Church in Inman. We’ll start with a storytime from 5:45pm – 6:05pm, followed by joyous singing at 6:30pm. After joyfully worshiping in camp songs and hymns, we’ll share in popcorn, pop and conversation. All are invited, whatever your age or skill!

—The Mental Health Spiritual Retreat at Camp Mennoscah will be September 1-2. The theme for the retreat is Living Peacefully! Come support each other and enjoy fellowship, music, and worship. This retreat is for individuals affected by mental illness, including family and friends.

Contact and registration for Camp Mennoscah:

Online at www.campmennoscah.org

Telephone: 620-297-3290.

Email: office.

Contact: olivia.bartel.

Mennonite Central Committee (MCC): Are you looking for a summer sewing project? MCC is running low on school kit bags! You can review the guidelines and instructions at katemast or 316-283-2720 with any questions.

Mennonite Disaster Service (MDS): Experience the sights and sounds of a virtual tornado, and learn how MDS brings hope to survivors of disasters. Hesston College will host MDS’s The Storm Encounter mobile theatre on Sunday, July 28, from 3 to 7 p.m. on the northeast area of the Hesston College campus near Keim Center. The “encounter” experience takes about 30 minutes with groups of 8 rotating into the exhibit every 15 minutes. Reserve a spot for your family, friends, youth group, Sunday School class or any other group by calling Cleo Koop at 316-282-0797. Walk ups are also welcome.

Mennonite Mission Network is searching for a Marketing and Communication Assistant. If you love organization and are naturally gifted at customer service, we’d love to hear from you! And if you aren’t but you know someone who is please encourage them to contact us. This position is for .75 FTE. Check out the job description here or send your resumé to StaffRecruitment.

July 21 annc.pdf

July 14 announcements

Congregational Announcements

Children’s Faith Formation:

—Please sign up to help with opening, snacks, and crafts during the month of July.

—July 14 we find out that Jesus played with rocks, which gives children the opportunity to see and experience some really special rocks.

—July 21 we realize Jesus played in the sand, and as an adult, he told a story about wise and foolish builders. Children will have fun experiencing the difference between wise and foolish building.

Children’s Day Camp:

—We are looking for two people to help assist with our day camp on Tuesdays, July 16, and 23. If interested, please contact Michelle Unruh, 747-0991.

—Donations requested: Our theme for July 23 is “Service,” and the children will assemble Hygiene Kits for Mennonite Central Committee. Please consider donating any of the following items:

adult-size toothbrush (in package) large bar bath soap (in wrapper),

nail clipper (good quality) wide-toothed comb (6-8 in),

hand towel (medium weight, dark or bright colors; approx. 16 in. x 26 in).

We are also collecting gently used children’s books and puzzles (25-100 pieces) to donate to the Et Cetera Shop. Place hygiene kit items and puzzles and books in the blue tubs, both located beneath the coat rack.

Tabor Mennonite Women will be working at the MCC Center in N. Newton on Tuesday, July 26, fro 9 am to noon. Please bring snacks to share.

Delicious Coffee for Sale: The Youth Group still has coffee available for purchase: Medium Roast, Dark Roast, and Decaf, all in both ground and whole bean varieties. These are $15 a bag, with over half of the proceeds going to TMYF. Thanks so much for your continued support of our youth!

The Tabor Food Pantry needs your help! Groceries on the shelves are running very low. When you do your grocery shopping, buy a little extra for the food pantry. Every item helps. All foods are needed, especially canned meats, applesauce, fruits, pancake mix and syrup, jelly, ramen noodles, spaghetti sauce, rice, instant potatoes, mixed vegetables, cake mixes, cereal and oatmeal, as well as bathroom tissue, laundry soap, dish soap and shampoo. You may leave items in the church office or place them on the table north of the basement kitchen where the food pantry shelves are now located. Thanks for your continued support.

Building Dedication: For our dedication service on August 25, the worship planning team would like to have a volunteer choir share music that morning. This choir is open to all who would like to participate. You do not need to be a regular choir member to be a part of this choir. In fact we encourage anyone, including 5th graders on up, to join us! We will rehearse again on August 4 during finger food fellowship time. If you have further questions, please contact Marcene Entz.

The children’s activities of Uncle Milt’s Shed at Threshing Days is in need of a large number of empty Pringles chip cans and tractor calendars (especially John Deere) for craft projects. 125-150 kids are anticipated. If you have these items to donate, please drop them off at the Mennonite Heritage and Agricultural Museum in Goessel during business hours by Friday, July 12. Contact Susan Nafziger (620-367-4623 or nafziger) if you have questions. Thanks!

Friends, family, and guests will be coming to Goessel for Threshing Days! Would you help us (The Mennonite Heritage & Agricultural Museum) feed them on Saturday, August 3? Bakers, servers, and cashiers are needed. Please see the volunteer sheet in your mailbox and respond by July 21. For further questions, contact Aileen Esau (367-2358 or daesau). Thank you!

New Address:

Loren and Leona Brandt

217 Lake Vista Circle,

Hesston, KS 67062

Ph: 620-869-8028

Conference Announcements

Prayer Requests:

« Western District Conference: Pray for deacons, councils, boards and other leadership teams in WDC congregations who work with pastors to equip, guide, and care for our church communities.

« Mennonite Mission Network: MMN has two Youth Venture teams currently in service. Pray for leader Jill Schlabach and participants in Benin, at La Casa Grande, a Christian home for more than 30 children, and for Katja Norton and participants tutoring blind students, working with preschool children, teaching English, and supporting Mennonite Diakonal Service in Indonesia.

« Mennonite Education Agency: Anabaptist Mennonite Biblical Seminary: Give thanks for the participants in the Journey Missional Leadership Development Program and for how God is using it to equip them for ministry. Pray for those who are considering joining the distance-friendly program.

« Mennonite Church USA: Prayers are requested for Virginia Mennonite Conference and South Central Mennonite Conference as they each meet for their annual assemblies July 18-20.

Western District Conference:

—Celebrate the lives and stories of women in ministry at Western District Conference Annual Assembly: We Are Witnesses!, July 26-27 at Bethel College, N. Newton. There will be a reception to honor our pioneers, WDC’s earliest ordained women, where registrants can join for the celebration. For more information, go to http://mennowdc.org/annual-assembly/#2019annualAssembly.

—The Resource Library will be OPEN, Saturday, July 27 during Annual Assembly from 2:30-5:30pm. Everyone is invited (whether attending assembly or not) to stop by for a scoop of ice cream and to tour the library. It’s also a great opportunity to check out the beautiful artwork on loan from WDC congregations!

Camp Mennoscah:

—More camps on the horizon! Summer Youth Camps at Camp Mennoscah are stunning and we still have some amazing camp weeks left. Campers are welcome to register for a week of faith, fun, and fellowship on the theme of Peace Works: Empowering Peacemakers. It’s an awesome time with worship, swimming, crafts, nature, and lots of friends!

Young Adult Weekend on August 2-4! Young adults (18 and older) are invited to spend a weekend enjoying camp activities, worship, and fellowship. Attendees will share in preparing simple meals. Scholarships are available.

— Sing for Camp Mennoscah! We’re having our annual Camp Sing celebration of a stunning summer of youth camps on August 11 at Hoffnungsau Mennonite Church in Inman. We’ll start with a storytime from 5:45pm – 6:05pm, followed by joyous singing at 6:30pm. After joyfully worshiping in camp songs and hymns, we’ll share in popcorn, pop and conversation. All are invited, whatever your age or skill!

—The Mental Health Spiritual Retreat at Camp Mennoscah will be September 1-2. The theme for the retreat is Living Peacefully! Come support each other and enjoy fellowship, music, and worship. This retreat is for individuals affected by mental illness, including family and friends.

Contact and registration for Camp Mennoscah:

Online at www.campmennoscah.org

Telephone: 620-297-3290.

Email: office.

Contact: olivia.bartel.

Mennonite Central Committee is now collecting Immigration detainee care kits. When people who have been placed in immigration detention centers are released, they often have nothing more than the clothes on their backs. Kits containing clothing and hygiene products can help to rebuild their dignity as they are taken to bus stations and airports to reconnect with their families in the U.S. Please visit mcc.org/immigrationkit for all the details of what goes into the kit and how the kits will be distributed. It is one small way we can share Christ’s love with our neighbors. All kit supplies should be sent to MCC Central States 121 E. 30th, PO Box 235, North Newton, KS 67117. Questions? Please contact MCC at 316.283.2720.

Newton Et Cetera Shop is hiring a bilingual clothing sorter & receiver and a donations receiver, both for 38 hours/week. The full job descriptions and applications are available at the store (619 N. Main in Newton), via e-mail at generalmanager

@newtonetceterashop.com, or at newtonetceterashop.com. Applications and résumés are due Saturday, July 20, and can be submitted in person to the store or by e-mail. Newton Et Cetera Shop is an equal opportunity employer, committed to employment equity. Newton Et Cetera Shop values diversity and encourages all qualified candidates to apply.

July 14 annc.pdf

July 7 announcements

Congregational Announcements

Helen Schmidt passed away on Tuesday. A memorial service will take place at Tabor on July 13 at 2pm. Faspa and visitation will follow until 4:00. Inurnment will take place prior to the service, at 1.

Children’s Faith Formation:

—Please sign up to help with opening, snacks, and crafts during the month of July.

—July 14 we find out that Jesus played with rocks, which gives children the opportunity to see and experience some really special rocks.

Children’s Day Camp:

—We are looking for two people to help assist with our day camp on all three Tuesdays: July 9, 16, and 23. If interested, please contact Denise Nickel, 345-6873.

—Donations requested: Our theme for July 23 is “Service,” and the children will assemble Hygiene Kits for Mennonite Central Committee. Please consider donating any of the following items:

adult-size toothbrush (in package) large bar bath soap (in wrapper),

nail clipper (good quality) wide-toothed comb (6-8 in),

hand towel (medium weight, dark or bright colors; approx. 16 in. x 26 in).

We are also collecting gently used children’s books and puzzles (25-100 pieces) to donate to the Et Cetera Shop. Place hygiene kit items and puzzles and books in the blue tubs, both located beneath the coat rack.

—There is still time to register children entering 1st-5th grade for this Free Day Camp, sponsored by area churches. Brochures with dates and complete

information can be found on the shelf beneath the mailboxes.

Building Dedication: For our dedication service on August 25, the worship planning team would like to have a volunteer choir share music that morning. This choir is open to all who would like to participate. You do not need to be a regular choir member to be a part of this choir. In fact we encourage anyone, including 5th graders on up, to join us! We will rehearse on July 7 and August 4 during the finger food fellowship times. If you have further questions, please contact Marcene Entz.

Western District Conference Annual Assembly is coming up on July 26-27 at Bethel College! If you are interested in attending as a Tabor Delegate, sign up on the page in the foyer by July 9. Tabor Deacons will cover half of the $95 registration fee.

Please see http://mennowdc.org/annual-assembly/#2019annualAssembly for more information.

The children’s activities of Uncle Milt’s Shed at Threshing Days is in need of a large number of empty Pringles chip cans and tractor calendars (especially John Deere) for craft projects. 125-150 kids are anticipated. If you have these items to donate, please drop them off at the Mennonite Heritage and Agricultural Museum in Goessel during business hours by Friday, July 12. Contact Susan Nafziger (620-367-4623 or nafziger) if you have questions. Thanks!

Friends, family, and guests will be coming to Goessel for Threshing Days! Would you help us (The Mennonite Heritage & Agricultural Museum) feed them on Saturday, August 3? Bakers, servers, and cashiers are needed. Please see the volunteer sheet in your mailbox and respond by July 21. For further questions, contact Aileen Esau (367-2358 or daesau). Thank you!

The Second Monday Family History & Genealogy Group will meet on Monday, July 8, 7 p.m., in the Goessel City Building. Ilona Abrahams will present a short history of the beginning of education in Goessel, including pictures. She will also explain how and why the alumni room began and show some of the artifacts. Information will be given about the alumni partnership program and how to access alumni information on the school website. The meeting is free and open to the public.

Conference Announcements

Prayer Requests:

« Western District Conference: Pray for the WDC Gifts Discernment Committee as they conclude selection of nominees for leadership roles in WDC, and give thanks for persons who have agreed to serve in these roles.

« Mennonite Mission Network: Anne Garber Kompaoré of MMN travels around the world as a Bible-translation consultant. She is based in Burkina Faso, where she and her husband, Daniel, provide leadership for congregations and schools. Pray for an end to persecution against Christians and to terrorist attacks in the country.

« Mennonite Education Agency: Anabaptist Mennonite Biblical Seminary. Pray for our newly admitted international students as they prepare for student visa appointments with U.S. Consulate or Embassy offices in their countries, and that they would be granted visas to study at AMBS.

Western District Conference:

—Family Festival: As a wrap-up to WDC Annual Assembly, Saturday, July 27, 5:30-9 pm we are offering our neighbors a gift of food, inflatables for the young and young of heart, music, and more. Invite your Central Kansas friends! See flyer on bulletin board for details.

—We’re connecting with our friends from the broader Mennonite Church through service projects and tours of Mennonite Central Committee Central States, Kauffman Museum, Everence, Mennonite Disaster Service and others. Please come hear about and participate in the work of these ministry partners at the Western District Conference Annual Assembly, July 26-27 at Bethel College. For information: http://mennowdc.org/annual-assembly/#2019annualAssembly

—Imperfect Peace Witness Tour: As part of Assembly on Saturday, July 27, 2:30-5 pm, tour participants will learn about Central Kansas “peace heroes” who stood up to nationalist neighbors during WWI. All tour-goers will gather in the Kauffman Museum parking lot and travel together in an air-conditioned charter bus. $10 for those who also register for WDC Annual Assembly. $20 for those who just plan to go on the afternoon tour. We are raising money for Mennonite Library and Archives after expenses, so more stories like this may be told.

Camp Mennoscah:

—The fun is just beginning! Summer Youth Camps at Camp Mennoscah are stunning and we are thrilled we have 5 amazing camp weeks left. Campers are welcome to register for a week of faith, fun, and fellowship on the theme of Peace Works: Empowering Peacemakers. It’s an awesome time with

worship, swimming, crafts, nature, and lots of friends!

— Young Adult Weekend on August 2-4! Young adults (18 and older) are invited to spend a weekend enjoying camp activities, worship, and fellowship. Attendees will share in preparing simple meals. Scholarships are available online in the registration process or contact Camp Mennoscah.

— Sing for Camp Mennoscah! We’re having our annual Camp Sing celebration of a stunning summer of youth camps on August 11 at Hoffnungsau Mennonite Church in Inman. We’ll start with a storytime from 5:45pm – 6:05pm, followed by joyous singing at 6:30pm. After joyfully worshiping in camp songs and hymns, we’ll share in popcorn, pop and conversation. All are invited!

Contact and registration for Camp Mennoscah:

Online at www.campmennoscah.org

Telephone: 620-297-3290.

Email: office.

Contact: olivia.bartel.

Mennonite Central Committee is now collecting Immigration detainee care kits. When people who have been placed in immigration detention centers are released, they often have nothing more than the clothes on their backs. Kits containing clothing and hygiene products can help to rebuild their dignity as they are taken to bus stations and airports to reconnect with their families in the U.S. Please visit mcc.org/immigrationkit for all the details of what goes into the kit and how the kits will be distributed. It is one small way we can share Christ’s love with our neighbors. All kit supplies should be sent to MCC Central States 121 E. 30th, PO Box 235, North Newton, KS 67117. Questions? Please contact MCC at 316.283.2720.

Anabaptist Mennonite Biblical Seminary: AMBS Spiritual Direction: Foundations. Cultivate your ministry of spiritual direction through Spiritual Direction: Foundations, the first level of our supervised program. This hybrid course (with classwork online and on campus at AMBS) will help you grow in confidence and competence as a spiritual director. Early registration deadline: July 12. ambs.edu/seminars

Everence will hold informative Medicare workshop at its office in North Newton at 3179 N. Main St. on Monday, July 8 (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. Space is limited. Reserve your spot soon by contacting Michelle Ramer at (316) 283-3800; (877) 467-7294 or michelle.ramer.

July 7 annc.pdf