Goessel Ministerial Alliance invites the entire community to eat and give thanks together. The 7th Annual Goessel Community Thanksgiving Meal is will take place Sunday, November 10 in the Goessel Elementary School Gymnasium between 5-6:30pm. Come with your neighbors, family, and friends to this free event! There will be an opportunity to donate to the ministries of GMA. If you have any questions, please contact the church office. ~Goessel Ministerial Alliance
Rejoice! The winter issue of this devotional book is available in the foyer on the shelf below the mailboxes. Please feel free to pick one up for your personal use.
The Tabor Food Pantry needs your help! Groceries on the shelves are running low. When you do your grocery shopping, buy a little extra for the food pantry. Every item helps. You may place your groceries on the island in the basement kitchen. We also need non food items such as toilet paper, laundry soap and shampoo and paper grocery bags. Monetary donations are also welcome. Thanks for your continued support.
Tabor Mennonite Women: Our next meeting is Monday, November 11 at 7 pm. This will be our annual Sister Care event with our Pastors Rosie and Katherine giving us personal stories and sharing of their Sister Care experiences. We look forward to this evening together! If you have questions, contact Denise.
Women’s and girls annual Christmas breakfast is Saturday, Dec. 14 at 9am. We are needing three or four ladies to volunteer to help with the food. Please consider, and contact Barb Banman with questions and intent.
Basement Remodel: There will be a meeting to discuss the remodel of the basement fellowship hall on November 12 at 7:00 p.m. All are welcome to attend.
Fundraiser Meal and Congregational Meeting will be November 17 following Faith Formation. Stay for the noon fundraiser meal to help with expenses for our Junior High kids to attend Snow Camp at Rocky Mountain Mennonite Camp in January. Tabor’s congregational meeting will follow and we will affirm individuals to serve, set budget for fiscal 2020, and hear a final report from the Facilities Finance Committee.
Coming to Stories & Stuff on Thursday, November 21! "Major and Minor Motifs and Musings by Marcene”. Come and bring a friend!
The Tabor Trading Post is back this year on December 1 and 8. See November newsletter for more details.
The Great Winter Warm UP! Tabor Church will be hosting a Mennonite Central Committee Comforter Blitz on January 18. You can start now to make comforter tops for this event. Use your own fabric or fabric available from MCC. Contact Sharon Adrian (620-877-7239; sladrian49), Kim Funk (; 620-747-0408; kfunk) or Ruth Goertzen (alexmenno; 620-747-0074) with question, to pick up a kit to sew or for instructions to make a 60” X 80“ top. A donation box can be found in the foyer if you would like to help purchase batting and supplies for the comforters.
The Goessel Ministerial Alliance Christmas Giving Tree project is happening again this year. The tree will be at the Crossroads Credit Union. See the flyer which was in your mailbox for details on how you can help make it a great Christmas for children in our community.
The Second Monday Family History & Genealogy Group will meet Monday, Nov. 11, 7pm, in the Goessel City Building Community Room. Elaine McAllister of Hillsboro and author of her recently published book, Celebrate Grandparenting, will give practical tips for sharing family history information with family members.
« Western District Conference: Pray for the WDC Resource Commission as it equips congregations for faith formation, justice and peacemaking, safe sanctuaries, evangelism and community connections, historical storytelling, and other aspects of congregational ministry and outreach.
« Mennonite Mission Network: A delegation of MMN alumni and staff are on a service-learning tour in Arizona. Pray for participants this week as they worship with Shalom and Trinity Mennonite congregations, learn about immigration, walk along the border wall, visit Peace Academic Center, and participate in a SOOP workday.
« Mennonite Education Agency: Anabaptist Mennonite Biblical Seminary. Pray for participants in AMBS’ new Transition to Leadership program, which provides guidance for new pastors in their first years of ministry, and give thanks for the grant funding that makes it free of charge for those beginning in 2019–20.
Western District Conference:
Byron Pellecer has submitted his resignation as WDC Associate Conference Minister (Texas) effective January 31, 2020, so that he and his wife can move to live closer to family in Virginia. “During my years of ministry and service to the church and to WDC, I experienced God’s blessings and joy,” Byron wrote, “I am very grateful for the opportunity to serve the conference.” Byron has served as an Associate Conference Minister for WDC since May 2016, following three years as a church planter in Wichita, Kansas. WDC has been enriched by Byron’s missional vision as he has nurtured connections across ethnic and cultural differences, supported pastors and congregations in Texas, and promoted church planting. We pray for God’s guidance and blessing for Byron as he prepares for this transition. – Heidi Regier Kreider, WDC Conference Minister
—Thank you for your financial contributions for Western District Conference’s ministries of supporting ministerial leaders, resourcing congregations, and nurturing church planting. Current projections suggest that WDC income will fall short of expenses for the current year, so your generous gifts are invited to help close the gap towards WDC’s 2019 budget goal! Please send to WDC at PO Box 306, North Newton, KS 67117
—The Youth Ministry Committee of Western District and South Central conferences presents… Youth Lead Now, a one-day workshop designed for high school youth to enrich their leadership skills and deepen faith. Using the adaptive leadership framework from the Kansas Leadership Center and well known spiritual practices, we will equip youth with skills to be leaders among their peers, in their churches, and in their communities. Our hope is that congregations would partner with us by sending youth who have been affirmed for their leadership gifts or potential. Date: January 11, 2020. Time: 9am to 4pm. Location: Faith Mennonite Church, Newton. Registration Fee: $50 (scholarships available upon request). High School Youth can register through the link: https://forms.gle/fWQ2BVjybMVtzKsC8
—Western District Women in Mission will host the event "Let’s Talk…Women, Money & Faith" on January 24 and 25 at Tabor Mennonite Church, Newton, featuring speakers from Everence who will address money and faith topics for women of all ages and stages of life. Look for more information soon on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/WesternDistrictWomen/?modal=admin_todo_tour or at our web page https://communicationswdwm.wixsite.com/wdwm
Mennonite Church USA:
—"Waiting and Wondering," this year’s Advent At Home booklet for families and people of all ages, is available now at mennoniteusa.org/resource/advent-at-home.
—Tap some shoulders and spread the news! Camp Mennoscah is recruiting at Hesston, Tabor, Bethel, and McPherson Colleges on Nov. 11-14 respectively. Stop by, pick up information, and say hi! A pizza gathering for all interested in summer staff positions will be on Nov. 13 at 6:15pm at Papa John’s in Newton. Response needed! Please let us know you plan to come at 620-297-3290 or
olivia.bartel. (No responses = no pizza gathering.)
—Christmas for Volunteers! Camp Mennoscah is hosting a gathering for all who have volunteered–this year, last year, or many years ago–on December 14 at 2:30pm. We’ll have cookies and snacky items, hot drinks, games, and whatever reasonable activity you can think of–it’s a time to enjoy camp and other camp folks.
Mennonite Central Committee (MCC):
—RSVP now for the next MCC Lunch & Learn! Please join us on Thursday, Nov. 14, noon-1 p.m. at MCC in N. Newton as we enjoy lunch and hear from Rosie Epp about her recent trip to Ukraine. Epp traveled with the boards from MCC U.S. and MCC Canada to see where MCC’s work began nearly 100 years ago and to visit the work currently happening in Ukraine. Please RSVP by November 11 by calling 316.283.2720, patsydirksen, suggested donation for lunch is $10 and please let us know if you have a food allergy. Find out more at mcc.org/lunchandlearn.
Ten Thousand Village Christmas: We will NOT be selling Ten Thousand Village items at Prairie Harvest this fall, but will have a booth at the Kidron Holiday Marketplace on Saturday, December 7 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. This will be a great opportunity to stock up on Fair Trade coffee, tea, chocolate and small nativities and Christmas ornaments. Place Saturday, December 7 from 9 to 1 at Kidron Bethel Village in North Newton on your Holiday shopping schedule.
—The Andover Organ Series at Hesston College, Monday, November 11, 7pm. Featuring Pierre Queval of Paris, France. Free admission, reception to follow.
—Masterworks 2019: Hesston College choirs, community members and orchestra present “Song of Wisdom from Old Turtle. Saturday, November 16, 7 pm, Hesston Mennonite Church. Free admission. A free-will offering will be collected.
—Final chance to register for the 5th biennial Worship & the Arts Symposium at Bethel College, “Many Cultures, One Worship: A Foretaste of a Reconciled Heaven in a Broken World,” Nov. 22-23, with David M. Bailey and Urban Doxology of Richmond, Va. See www.bethelks.edu/worshiparts for more information and online registration;
fee reduction when 3 or more members of one congregation register as a group.
Registrations requested by Nov. 11.
—Fri., Nov. 15 – Bethel College Wind Ensemble concert, “Star Wars,” 7:30 p.m., Krehbiel Auditorium in Luyken Fine Arts Center
—Sun., Nov. 17 – KIPCOR Film Series: Dawnland, 3 p.m., Krehbiel Auditorium in Luyken Fine Arts Center at Bethel College; talkback follows with Dan Wildcat of Haskell Indian Nations University, Lawrence
Mission Supper at First Mennonite Church, Halstead, Sat., Nov. 16, 5-7 pm. Menu: Smoked German Sausage, Chicken Borscht, Sauerkraut, Fried Potatoes, Green Beans, Zwieback, homemade Pie or CakeCost is by donation. Proceeds will go to Safehope, advocacy and outreach services for domestic violence and sexual assault victims, and MMN workers Dan & Kathryn Smith Derksen family and Dave and Rebekka Stutzman Family.
Messiah Presentation: Every three years, First Mennonite Church in Newton presents Handel’s Messiah with an 80 voice choir, orchestra and soloists. We can’t do this without help from community singers! Please consider this opportunity to sing. The schedule is as follows: Rehearsals are Sundays, November 17, 24, December 1, and 8 from 2:00-3:30 pm in the First Mennonite Church Sanctuary. Bring your Messiah books or there will be books to check out and return. Dress rehearsal on Saturday, December 14 from 10:00 am – 12:00 pm. Presentation on Sunday, December 15 at 7:00 pm. Our director this year is Matthew Graber. Thank you for considering singing with us.