Nov. 10 Announcements

Congregational Announcements

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Conference Announcements

Prayer Requests:

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

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

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

Western District Conference:

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

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

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

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

Mennonite Church USA:

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

Camp Mennoscah:

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

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

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

Mennonite Central Committee (MCC):

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

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

Hesston College:

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

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

Bethel College:

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

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

Registrations requested by Nov. 11.

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

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

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

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

Nov. 11 annc.pdf

Nov. 3 announcements

Congregational Announcements

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Conference Announcements

Prayer Requests:

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

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

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

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

Mennonite Church USA:

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

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

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

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

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

Mennonite Mission Network (MMN):

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

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

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

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

Mennonite Central Committee (MCC):

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

—Looking for that next great adventure? MCC SALT positions now available! Take chances. Make mistakes. Get messy. Be challenged. Learn some things. Teach some things. Spend a year living somewhere that you never dreamed you’d go… Serving and Learning Together (SALT) is a year-long, cross-cultural service experience. Through SALT, Christian young adults from Canada and the U.S. serve internationally in a wide variety of positions in fields like education, agriculture, health care, information technology, peace and more! Start now at salt.mcc.org, to find answers to frequently asked questions, assignment options and to apply. Application close date 02/15/20.

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

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

Bethel College:

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

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

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

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

Registrations requested by Nov. 11.

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

Nov. 3 annc.pdf

Oct. 27 announcements

Congregational Announcements

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

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

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

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

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

Carol Duerksen, willowspringdowns13, 386-0709.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Dates to Remember:

November 7: Tabor Mennonite Men Chicken BBQ

November 6-12: Tabor serves at New Hope Shelter

November 10: Goessel Community Thanksgiving

November 12: Basement Remodel Meeting

November 17: Junior High Fundraiser Meal

Tabor Congregational Meeting

November 21: Stories & Stuff

December 1: First Sunday of Advent

Trading Post

December 8: Trading Post

Parsonage Open House

Christmas Brass at Alexanderwohl

Conference Announcements

Prayer Requests:

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

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

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

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

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

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

Hesston College:

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

Bethel College:

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

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

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

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

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

Oct. 27 annc.pdf

October 20 announcements

Congregational Announcements

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

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

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

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

Carol Duerksen, willowspringdowns13, 386-0709.

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

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

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

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

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

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

Conference Announcements

Prayer Requests:

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

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

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

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

Camp Mennoscah

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

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

Hesston College:

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

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

Bethel College:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

620-327-8127 to reserve your seats.

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

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Oct. 13 announcements

Congregational Announcements

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Conference Announcements

Prayer Requests:

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

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

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

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

Mennonite Central Committee:

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

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

Mennonite Disaster Service (MDS)

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

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

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

Hesston College:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Oct. 6 announcements

Congregational Announcements

The Goessel Area Harvest Giving Walk is October 6! You can still sign up to walk and you can still make a donation, payable to Harvest Giving Walk. Find a walker on Sunday for your generous giving to help MCC’s Central American Migrants program, as well as the expenses of our local Tabor Food Pantry. Walkers, please be at Tabor Church by 1:15 p.m. to sign in and remember to bring an item for the Food Pantry and/or Immigration Detainee Care Kit, as well as your donation envelope.

Circles Ally: Are you interested in learning more about being a Circles Ally in Goessel? If yes, please talk to Pastor Phil and plan to attend a special class that will be taught by Mark Rogers in October. On October 6 and 20, the class will be at 11am. On October 13 and 27, the class will be at 9 am. The class will meet at Bethesda.

Wednesday Evenings at Tabor: On October 9 we will have a cookout in the church park (please bring roasting sticks and chairs). We will take a hayrack ride to Brandon and Kristi Unruh’s to eat s’mores and drink hot chocolate. Everyone is invited to attend this event! Our regular programming will start October 16. All are invited for supper and helpers are always needed! New this year are free guitar lessons! Adult Bible Study will begin on October 16 at 6:30 pm (note change in date and time). If you have any questions, please contact Doris Unruh or one of the pastors.

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

Artist reception for Kathy Schroeder, “Read the Pictures: Notes from a Visual Learner,” Thurs., Oct. 10, 6-8 p.m., Regier Gallery in Luyken Fine Arts Center at Bethel College.

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

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

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

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

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

Carol Duerksen, willowspringdowns13, 386-0709.

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

Conference Announcements

Prayer Requests:

« Western District Conference: Give thanks for Bethel College as it celebrates annual Fall Festival next weekend, and pray for college students, faculty, staff, administrators, and board members.

« Mennonite Mission Network: Kate Widmer is preparing for ministry in France through Mennonite Mission Network. Pray that Kate will be guided by the Holy Spirit in language learning and building relationships as she assists at Paris Mennonite Center and serves alongside La Prairie Mennonite Church in community outreach programs in Montbéliard (Alsace region).

« Mennonite Education Agency: Peace Academic Center, Kykotsmovi, AZ. Pray for teachers, administrators, staff and students at Peace Academic Center (formerly Hopi Mission School) as they re-open and continue to build programs and capacity. Give thanks especially for the pre-K and kindergarten students who began classes this fall.

Mennonite Church USA:

—Introducing PeaceMail from Mennonite Church USA! PeaceMail will deliver all of MC USA’s news and blogs in one weekly e-newsletter. Those who have been subscribed to the news and Menno Snapshots emails will begin receiving this in their place. Subscribe at mennoniteusa.org/PeaceMailSubscribe.

—Service Adventure is seeking leaders for unit locations across the U.S.! This is an opportunity for individuals or couples 24 and up to foster community with a household of young adults and serve in a non-traditional pastoral role through faith formation, daily living, and house activities. For more information, contact Susan Nisly at Mennonite Mission Network: SusanN@MennoniteMission.net

Camp Mennoscah:

— 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.

Mennonite Central Committee:

—The MCC Mobile Meat Cannery will be at MCC in N Newton from Oct. 24-Nov. 5. Sign up and more information will be coming soon.

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

—Doctrine of Discovery training – Oct 14 (7-9 pm) at Bethel College Memorial Hall (public event); Oct 15 (9 am-5 pm) at MCC Central States office; Oct 16 (9 am-4:30 pm) at MCC Central States office. MCC is committed to the ongoing work of education and awareness-raising to engage the legacy of colonialism and understand the intersecting history between Native people and European settlers. This training will introduce an analysis of the Doctrine of Discovery – the theological, philosophical and legal framework established by the Christian Church that gave European governments moral and legal rights to invade and seize Indigenous lands and dominate Indigenous peoples. Using the framework of the Doctrine of Discovery we will explore the taking of land from Indigenous peoples which led to the justification of the global slave-trade of the 15th and 16 centuries and the Age of Imperialism. Participants will gain educational tools which they can utilize to further educate others on the Doctrine of Discover, including: The Loss of Turtle Island – a participatory learning experience that depicts the historic relationship between European settlers – including Mennonites – and the Indigenous nations, the original inhabitants, of the land we now call the United States of America. Registration: https://mcc_us.formstack.com/forms/dod_training.

Hesston College:

—On Monday, October 7, the students of Hesston College invite you to “their house” to share food, music, dance, games and other aspects of culture. The campus boasts students from 26 countries and U.S. territories – many of whom will be sharing their hearts during the 2019 Cultures Fair. The event begins at 7 p.m. in the Community Center of Hesston Mennonite Church, 309 S. Main St. Contact Carlota Ponds, 620-327-8210 for more information.

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

Bethel College:

—Fall Festival at Bethel College – Oct. 10-13 with most events Sat., Oct. 12; see www.bethelks.edu/fallfest/ or Fall Fest 2019 on Facebook.

—Bethel College Theater presents A Shayna Maidel by Barbara Lebow – Fri., Oct. 11, 7:30 p.m., Sat., Oct. 12, 3:30 p.m., Sun., Oct. 13, 2 p.m., Krehbiel Auditorium in Luyken Fine Arts Center. Tickets at Thresher Shop in Schultz Student Center, Mon.-Fri., 8 a.m.-5 p.m., or a minimum of one hour before showtime in the LFAC ticket office, subject to availability.

—Calling all Bethel College Concert Choir alumni! The Bethel College Alumni Choir will again be meeting during Fall Festival on Saturday, Oct. 12. The choir will rehearse from 10-11:30 a.m. and perform during the hymn sing at 2 p.m. Come join for great music with good friends! If you have questions, please contact Braden Unruh at bradensunruh

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

equips Hispanic leaders in Mennonite Church USA for ministry. IBA is a program of Mennonite Education Agency’s Hispanic Ministries for Leadership Development and Pastoral Education. For any inquires contact Violeta Ajquejay Suastegui at: VioletaA or call 316-281-4342. Hope to see you there!!

Everence will hold informative Medicare workshops at its offices in North Newton at 3179 N. Main St. on Thursday, Oct. 10 (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.

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Sept. 29 announcements

Note of Thanks

Thank you, our Tabor family, for the beautiful flowers we received to celebrate our 50th wedding anniversary. The arrangement was such a lovely display of colors and blossoms. ~Keith and Barb Banman

Congregational Announcements

Supporting our Mission Partners: Please note that we will receive special offerings on October 6 and 13 to support the work of our Mission Partners, the Smith Derksen family.

Wednesday Evenings at Tabor: We are one week from starting our Wednesday night activities at Tabor Church! We will start the year off on October 2 with a cookout and an Amazing Race Tabor Style Activity in the church park. Please bring roasting sticks and chairs. Everyone is invited to attend. On October 9 after supper, we will take a hayrack ride to Brandon and Kristi Unruh’s to eat s’mores and drink hot chocolate. Everyone is invited to attend this event too! Our regular programming will start October 16. All are invited for supper and helpers are always needed! New this year are free guitar lessons! There will be a follow up email for anyone who hasn’t enrolled to do so. If you don’t have time for that, there will be papers to sign at the first meeting. In order to go on the hayrack ride on October 9, we will need a transportation permission signed. If you have any questions, please contact Doris Unruh or one of the pastors at Tabor.

Please consider helping on Wednesday evenings this year. We are still in need of teachers for the 3 and 4 year old class and the 1st and 2nd grade class. Contact one of the pastors or Doris Unruh if you are interested.

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.

Community Junior High Event: Junior High Youth (6th-8th grade) along with parents and families are invited to an evening of S’mores and Fellowship on Sunday, September 29 at 7pm at the home of Ben and Tina Schrag (715 29th Ave., Canton). Please bring lawn chairs. This will be the first of several community Junior High events that will take place throughout the year.

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

Circles Graduation Celebration: You are invited to join in celebrating the first group of Goessel graduates who completed the Circles "Getting Ahead" class with Mark Rogers. Circles USA is focused on "Building Communities to End Poverty” (see https://www.circlesusa.org/ for more information). The graduation celebration will be on Sunday, September 29 at 5pm at the Bethesda Chapel in Goessel. We hope to see you there!

Circles Ally: Are you interested in learning more about being a Circles Ally in Goessel? If yes, please talk to Pastor Phil and plan to attend a special class that will be taught by Mark Rogers in October. On October 6 and 20, the class will be at 11am. On October 13 and 27, the class will be at 9am. The class will meet at Bethesda.

The Kansas MDS Unit is working on a long term recovery project in Eureka KS. This community experienced severe tornadoes in 2016 and 2018. MDS is responding by reshingling homes damaged in the storms. We are in need of volunteers on Saturday, Oct. 5 leaving at 6:00 a.m. from First Mennonite church in Newton. If you can help out please contact Cleo Koop at 316-282-0797.

The Harvest Giving Walk will take place at Tabor Mennonite Church Sunday,

October 6 at 1:30 p.m. Pick up a Walk envelope today or find someone who is walking and generously support the Tabor Food Pantry and the MCC’s Central American Migrants program. Walkers from our church are: Brent Abrahams & family, Russell Adrian, Janna Duerksen, Lee Goertzen, Peter Goerzen, Elton & Denise Nickel, Kevin Nickel, Phil Schmidt & family, Keri Unruh, and Myron Voth. Walkers are invited to bring an item for the Tabor Food Pantry and/or MCC’s Immigration Detainee Care Kits. Please make checks payable to Harvest Giving Walk.

The Mennonite Heritage and Agriculture Museum:

—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. Also on display are Kitchen/mantel clock from the ’20’s and ’30’s along with clocks handcrafted by Orie D. Voth. This special exhibit will run through Sept. Regular admission applies to non members. Hours: Tues. – Sat. 10 am to 5 pm.

— The stories of the "Seagoing Cowboys and Tractors to Poland" will be the topic of the Fall 2019 Heritage Lecture on Saturday, October 5, 2019 starting at 9:30 a.m. Hear their stories of bringing cattle and tractors to a starving and war-torn Europe during the years of ’45-’47. The location is the Alexanderwohl Mennonite Church Fellowship Hall. This event is sponsored by Mennonite Heritage and Agricultural Museum and is free and open to the public. Donations to the museum are welcome.

Artist reception for Kathy Schroeder, “Read the Pictures: Notes from a Visual Learner,” Thurs., Oct. 10, 6-8 p.m., Regier Gallery in Luyken Fine Arts Center at Bethel College.

Save the Date – November 3, 2019 for the Bethesda Pillars Banquet featuring the Ring Theory men’s barbershop quartet, and a celebration of 120 years of ministry with photos, trivia questions with prizes, and more. Tabor Mennonite Church fellowship hall. More details to follow.

Conference Announcements

Prayer Requests:

« Western District Conference: Give thanks for the many ways WDC congregations reach out to serve their communities through ministries of peace, justice, evangelism and hospitality.

« Mennonite Mission Network: Pray for the ministry of MMN’s newly launched Sent Network that equips peace church planters to be mission workers in the context of the United States.

« Mennonite Education Agency: Pray for director John McCabe-Juhnke and student actors and crew preparing A Shayna Maidel by Barbara Lebow for this year’s Fall Festival at Bethel College.

Camp Mennoscah:

—October 5, 8:30am. Work and Play Day at Camp. Morning projects, simple lunch, finish last details, and then the rest of the day is yours for camp fun and relaxation! Call us to let us know you are coming.

—The annual removal of the dam at Camp Mennoscah will take place on October 6. The activities typically start at 2pm often with some preparations before this time. Everyone is welcome to help or watch the process. Dress appropriately for the weather and your choice of activity!

— 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.

Mennonite Central Committee:

—Join MCC for a South Texas Borderlands learning tour, November 3-8. This learning tour will be packed with opportunities for learning about immigration. From talking with MCC partners who work in legal representation, to those that do water drops, to providing shelter to those recently released. You will also connect with people who have lived the immigrant experience, visit Mennonite churches on the border, hear perspectives from south of the border, and visit a detention center. You will have a first-hand learning experience on the impact of policy and see the hope of incredible people working to extend God’s love and compassion for all. The cost for the trip is $700, plus airfare. Please contact anahinojosa or jordanpenner for more information.

New Hope: Do you have a passion to help others? Join our team! New Hope is in search of or next Shelter Coordinator. Duties include, but not limited to: bookkeeping (Quickbooks experience a plus), volunteer coordination, course teaching, and some resident duties. Email resume to: james

Hesston College:

—Hesston College’s annual Cultures Fair will be from 7 to 9 p.m., Monday, Oct. 7 in the Hesston Mennonite Church Community Center on the Hesston College campus. In fall 2019, the campus boasts students from 25 countries – many of whom will share their hearts through food, games, dance, vocal and instrumental music. A family-friendly event. Free and open to the public.

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

Bethel College:

—Sun., Oct. 6 – Bethel College Wind Ensemble and Philharmonia Orchestra joint concert, 3 p.m., Memorial Hall

—Fall Festival at Bethel College – Oct. 10-13 with most events Sat., Oct. 12; see www.bethelks.edu/fallfest/ or Fall Fest 2019 on Facebook.

—Bethel College Theater presents A Shayna Maidel by Barbara Lebow – Fri., Oct. 11, 7:30 p.m., Sat., Oct. 12, 3:30 p.m., Sun., Oct. 13, 2 p.m., Krehbiel Auditorium in Luyken Fine Arts Center. Tickets at Thresher Shop in Schultz Student Center, Mon.-Fri., 8 a.m.-5 p.m., or a minimum of one hour before showtime in the LFAC ticket office, subject to availability.

—Help support Bethel College Women’s Association by donating pies for their Pie-By-The-Slice booth at Fall Festival 2019. Bring your pies to Seminar A in Schultz Student Center from 3:30-6:30 pm on Friday, October 11 or 8-11 am on Saturday, October 12. (no custard pies please) Also, your donations of baked goods, crafts, plants and vegetables are requested (pies, bierocks, zwieback, peppernuts and cinnamon rolls are always great sellers). Bring these items to the Fine Arts Center Rm 140 beside Box Office on Friday October 11 from 1:30-4:30 pm or Saturday from 7-8:00 am. All proceeds go to Bethel College.

Thinking about seminary? Strengthen your leadership skills and prepare for future ministry through one of Anabaptist Mennonite Biblical Seminary’s academic programs. Distance-friendly options are available! We offer scholarships and need-based financial aid to help make your education affordable. Apply today!

ambs.edu/academics

The annual Instituto Bíblico Anabautista (IBA) benefit dinner will take place Friday, October 18, 2019 at 6:00 pm at First Mennonite Church in Newton. A smothered pork burrito dinner will be prepared and served by Chef Carlos Lujano. (Chicken and Meatless burritos available by request). There will be a short program with some words and greetings from Marco Güete, Director. Dinner is by donation. This is a great opportunity for you to come to support IBA that equips Hispanic leaders in Mennonite Church USA for ministry. IBA is a program of Mennonite Education Agency’s Hispanic Ministries for Leadership Development and Pastoral Education. For any inquires contact Violeta Ajquejay Suastegui at: VioletaA or call 316-281-4342.

Hope to see you there!!

Sept. 29 annc.pdf

Sept. 22 announcements

Congregational Announcements

Supporting our Mission Partners: Please note that we will receive special offerings on October 6 and 13 to support the work of our Mission Partners, the Smith Derksen family.

Please consider helping on Wednesday evenings this year. We are still in need of teachers for the 3 and 4 year old class and the 1st and 2nd grade class. Contact one of the pastors or Doris Unruh if you are interested. For Wednesday evening schedule please see the attached flyer.

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.

Community Junior High Event: Junior High Youth (6th-8th grade) along with parents and families are invited to an evening of S’mores and Fellowship on Sunday, September 29 at 7pm at the home of Ben and Tina Schrag (715 29th Ave., Canton). Please bring lawn chairs. This will be the first of several community Junior High events that will take place throughout the year.

Circles Graduation Celebration: You are invited to join in celebrating the first group of Goessel graduates who completed the Circles "Getting Ahead" class with Mark Rogers. Circles USA is focused on "Building Communities to End Poverty” (see https://www.circlesusa.org/ for more information). The graduation celebration will be on Sunday, September 29 at 5pm at the Bethesda Chapel in Goessel. We hope to see you there!

Circles Ally: Are you interested in learning more about being a Circles Ally in Goessel? If yes, please talk to Pastor Phil and plan to attend a special class that will be taught by Mark Rogers in October. On October 6 and 20, the class will be at 11am. On October 13 and 27, the class will be at 9am. The class will meet at Bethesda.

The Harvest Giving Walk will take place at Tabor Church Sunday, October 6 at 1:30 p.m. Pick up a Walk envelope today or find someone who is walking and generously support the Tabor Food Pantry and MCC’s Central American Migrants program. “With many Central American families fleeing violence and poverty in their home countries, MCC is providing food, shelter, legal assistance and psychosocial support to vulnerable migrants. MCC also provides vocational training to returning migrants and supports projects to address the root causes of migration.” Walkers are invited to bring an item for the Tabor Food Pantry or MCC’s Immigration Detainee Care Kits. (Detainee kit information is inside the walk envelopes. Please make checks payable to Harvest Giving Walk.)

The Mennonite Heritage and Agriculture Museum:

—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. Also on display are Kitchen/mantel clock from the ’20’s and ’30’s along with clocks handcrafted by Orie D. Voth. This special exhibit will run through Sept. Regular admission applies to non members. Hours: Tues. – Sat. 10 am to 5 pm.

—The Mennonite Heritage and Ag Museum is sponsoring the Fall 2019 Heritage Lecture on Saturday, October 5 at 9:30 am at Alexanderwohl Mennonite Church. The topic is: Seagoing Cowboys and Tractors to Poland. Hear their stories of bringing cattle and tractors to a starving and war-torn Europe ’45-’47. This event is free and open to the public. Donations to the museum are welcome.

Save the Date – November 3, 2019 for the Bethesda Pillars Banquet featuring the Ring Theory men’s barbershop quartet, and a celebration of 120 years of ministry with photos, trivia questions with prizes, and more. Tabor Mennonite Church fellowship hall. More details to follow.

Conference Announcements

Prayer Requests:

« Western District Conference: Pray for WDC youth pastors, mentors, sponsors and other leaders as they nurture faith formation and support young people in our congregations and communities.

« Mennonite Mission Network: Today is Peace Sunday. Join MMN in praying for and working toward A Peace that surpasses all understanding.

« Mennonite Education Agency: Goshen College – Pray for the Goshen College community as we celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month and recognize the heritage, culture and contributions of Hispanic and Latinx people.

Camp Mennoscah:

—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!

—The annual removal of the dam at Camp Mennoscah will take place on October 6. The activities typically start at 2pm often with some preparations before this time. Everyone is welcome to help or watch the process. Dress appropriately for the weather and your choice of activity!

— 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.

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.

—Join MCC for a South Texas Borderlands learning tour, November 3-8. This learning tour will be packed with opportunities for learning about immigration. From talking with MCC partners who work in legal representation, to those that do water drops, to providing shelter to those recently released. You will also connect with people who have lived the immigrant experience, visit Mennonite churches on the border, hear perspectives from south of the border, and visit a detention center. You will have a first-hand learning experience on the impact of policy and see the hope of incredible people working to extend God’s love and compassion for all. The cost for the trip is $700, plus airfare. Please contact anahinojosa or jordanpenner for more information.

New Hope: Do you have a passion to help others? Join our team! New Hope is in search of or next Shelter Coordinator. Duties include, but not limited to: bookkeeping (Quickbooks experience a plus), volunteer coordination, course teaching, and some resident duties. Email resume to: james

Hesston College:

—Hesston College invites alumni and friends to campus for Homecoming 2019, Sept. 26 to 29. The weekend offers activities for all ages, including dedications for facilities part of the Be Greater campaign – Bess Mullet Softball Field, Yost Center and the Bonnie Sowers Nursing Center, The Manickam Mosey Two-Mile Run/Walk, a disc golf tournament, a kids’ festival, picnic meal and athletic events. See the full weekend schedule at hesston.edu/homecoming.

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

Bethel College:

—Fall Festival at Bethel College – Oct. 10-13 with most events Sat., Oct. 12; see www.bethelks.edu/fallfest/ or Fall Fest 2019 on Facebook.

—Help support Bethel College Women’s Association by donating pies for their Pie-By-The-Slice booth at Fall Festival 2019. Bring your pies to Seminar A in Schultz Student Center from 3:30-6:30 pm on Friday, October 11 or 8-11 am on Saturday, October 12. (no custard pies please) Also, your donations of baked goods, crafts, plants and vegetables are requested (pies, bierocks, zwieback, peppernuts and cinnamon rolls are always great sellers). Bring these items to the Fine Arts Center Rm 140 beside Box Office on Friday October 11 from 1:30-4:30 pm or Saturday from 7-8:00 am. All proceeds go to Bethel College.

Grace Hill Mennonite Church (10218 SE 12th St, Whitewater, KS) invites you to our 4th Annual Hog Roast on Sunday, September 22. Food served from 5-7 pm, entertainment until 8 pm. Come for food, yard games, fellowship and music by the Flannel Folks! Freewill donation accepted for area food banks.

The annual Instituto Bíblico Anabautista (IBA) benefit dinner will take place Friday, October 18, 2019 at 6:00 pm at First Mennonite Church in Newton. A smothered pork burrito dinner will be prepared and served by Chef Carlos Lujano. (Chicken and Meatless burritos available by request). There will be a short program with some words and greetings from Marco Güete, Director. Dinner is by donation. This is a great opportunity for you to come to support IBA that equips Hispanic leaders in Mennonite Church USA for ministry. IBA is a program of Mennonite Education Agency’s Hispanic Ministries for Leadership Development and Pastoral Education. For any inquires contact Violeta Ajquejay Suastegui at: VioletaA or call 316-281-4342.

Hope to see you there!!

Sept 22 annc.pdf

Sept. 15 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. If you have not returned your form, please fill one out and return to the box in the foyer by Sept. 15. Additional forms are on the shelf below the mailboxes. We look forward to seeing you there! 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. If you have any questions, please contact Mary Schmidt, Kara Swartzendruber, or Nancy Funk.

Community Junior High Event: Junior High Youth (6th-8th grade) along with parents and families are invited to an evening of S’mores and Fellowship on Sunday, September 29 at 7pm at the house of Ben and Tina Schrag (715 29th Ave., Canton). Please bring lawn chairs. This will be the first of several community Junior High events that will take place throughout the year.

Circles Graduation Celebration: You are invited to join in celebrating the first group of Goessel graduates who completed the Circles “Getting Ahead” class with Mark Rogers. Circles USA is focused on “Building Communities to End Poverty” (see https://www.circlesusa.org/ for more information). The graduation celebration will be on Sunday, September 29 at 5pm at the Bethesda Chapel in Goessel. We hope to see you there!

Circles Ally: Are you interested in learning more about being a Circles Ally in Goessel? If yes, please talk to Pastor Phil and plan to attend a special class that will be taught by Mark Rogers in October. On October 6 and 20, the class will be at 11am. On October 13 and 27, the class will be at 9am. Location will likely be Bethesda Home since this is a community effort to train allies to help support Circles graduates.

Coming soon….an extraordinary opportunity for girls in the 6th, 7th, and 8th grades! Goessel Mennonite Church will host “The Diamond Girls” event, an inner and outer beauty charm course, on Sept. 20-22. The dates and times include: Friday, Sept. 20 from 7-9 pm, Saturday, Sept. 21 from 9 am-4 pm and Sunday, Sept. 22 from 1:30-4:30 pm. This event will feature speakers on tasteful fashion and styles that look best for you, posture, hair, nails, nutrition, safety, fear, etiquette, inner and physical strength, journaling, and to find out how God makes a difference in our lives. Food and special touches will be included! Bring your friends!! To RSVP or for more information, please contact Kirsten Solberg at 620-367-2361.

The Mennonite Heritage and Agriculture Museum:

—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. Also on display are Kitchen/mantel clock from the ’20’s and ’30’s along with clocks handcrafted by Orie D. Voth. This special exhibit will run through Sept. Regular admission applies to non members. Hours: Tues. – Sat. 10 am to 5 pm.

—The Mennonite Heritage and Ag Museum is sponsoring the Fall 2019 Heritage Lecture on Saturday, October 5 at 9:30 am at Alexanderwohl Mennonite Church. The topic is: Seagoing Cowboys and Tractors to Poland. Hear their stories of bringing cattle and tractors to a starving and war-torn Europe ’45-’47. This event is free and open to the public. Donations to the museum are welcome.

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.

Save the Date – November 3, 2019 for the Bethesda Pillars Banquet featuring the Ring Theory men’s barbershop quartet, and a celebration of 120 years of ministry with photos, trivia questions with prizes, and more. Tabor Mennonite Church fellowship hall. More details to follow.

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.

Education Supply Room Clean Out: Many items are up for grabs on the tables in the basement fellowship hall through the month of September. Take a look and take something(s) home. If you are a teacher and see things on the tables that you feel should be kept, place those items on the table in the supply room and they will continue to be stored there. Donations are not required, but if you wish to leave one, money will go for buying new supplies for the education department.

Conference Announcements

Prayer Requests:

« Western District Conference: Pray for interim and transitional pastors in WDC as they provide leadership for congregations in the midst of change.

« Mennonite Mission Network: Freddy and Margrit Kipfer Barrón serve the Bolivia Mennonite Church in many capacities through MMN. Pray for them as they work with young congregations, coordinate Christian education ministries, provide pastoral care, and train church leaders.

« Mennonite Education Agency: Bethel College’s annual Service Day, held on Wednesday of this week, will look at connections between poverty and violence/nonviolence, with the help of RawTools of Colorado Springs. Pray for students telling and listening to stories, asking questions and learning from those they serve.

Mennonite Church USA: 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.

Camp Mennoscah:

— Thank you to the many women and girls who attended the Women and Girls Retreat at Camp Mennoscah! There were many generous hands helping with dishes and cleaning. We appreciate the wonderful help–and the chance to host such an amazing inter-generational group! See you next year!

—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.

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.

—The annual MCC Flatlander Bike Ride will be held on Saturday, September 21, originating at the MCC offices, 121 East 30th, N. Newton. 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.

—Looking for a way to serve as the hands and feet of God? MCC has vacancies that could be just right for you!
*MCC Representative(s) for Northeast Asia: This position maintains relationships with MCC partners in Democratic People Republic of Korea and South Korea and represents MCC to churches, agencies, community groups and their leaders, and the government.

*MCC Representative(s) for Ukraine: This position provides leadership and programmatic direction to the Ukraine program. MCC Ukraine currently works in the areas of Material Resources, Education, Health, Sustainable Livelihoods, and Peace.

For more information about these opportunities — and more! — visit serve.mcc.org!

The Board of Directors of Anabaptist Mennonite Biblical Seminary has announced the appointment of David W. Boshart as the next president of the seminary, beginning January 1, 2020. For more information see https://www.ambs.edu/about/president-search

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.

—Hesston College invites alumni and friends to campus for Homecoming 2019, Sept. 26 to 29. The weekend offers activities for all ages, including dedications for facilities part of the Be Greater campaign – Bess Mullet Softball Field, Yost Center and the Bonnie Sowers Nursing Center, The Manickam Mosey Two-Mile Run/Walk, a disc golf tournament, a kids’ festival, picnic meal and athletic events. See the full weekend schedule at hesston.edu/homecoming.

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

Bethel College:

—The Kansas Institute for Peace and Conflict Resolution (KIPCOR) at Bethel College will be organizing a series of free public events, Sept. 16-22, 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.

—Sun., Sept. 22 – Bethel College Bible and religion department lecture by Palwasha Kakar, senior program officer for religion and inclusive societies at the U.S. Institute of Peace in Washington, D.C., 7 p.m., Krehbiel Auditorium in Luyken Fine Arts Center

Grace Hill Mennonite Church (10218 SE 12th St, Whitewater, KS) invites you to our 4th Annual Hog Roast on Sunday, September 22. Food served from 5-7 pm, entertainment until 8 pm. Come for food, yard games, fellowship and music by the Flannel Folks! Freewill donation accepted for area food banks.

Found: A stack of MCC coloring postcards and Crayola twistables were left at Camp Mennoscah this past weekend after Women & Girls Retreat. They can be claimed at the WDC offices in North Newton or westerndistrictwomen.

Sept. 15 annc.pdf