Jan 5 announcements

 Congregational Announcements

Ministry Storytelling Sunday will take place on January 12. Come to reflect on how the ministries of Tabor Church were carried out in the past year and the ways in which we envision ministries to evolve in the coming year.

Church Council Retreat: All Tabor members and attenders are invited to the Church Council Retreat meeting on Tuesday, January 14 from 6:30-8:30pm. Our focus for the retreat will be on the Ministries of Christ as described in Ephesians 4:11. If you are interested in attending this meeting (and are not on a church commission), please let me know so that we can plan for the right number of people. -Peace, Pastor Phil

Tabor Church’s week at New Hope Shelter is coming up soon, January 15 through January 21. We will be responsible to fill the evening shifts each of those days and the night shifts on January 17 and 18. If you can help, please let Barb Abrahams know. If you have never served before but are interested or have questions, please talk to Barb.

The Great Winter Warm-UP is Almost Here! Mennonite Central Committee is celebrating its 100th anniversary by attempting to collect 6500 comforters to break the record for most blankets donated to a charity in 24 hours. Alexanderwohl and Tabor Mennonite Churches will host an MCC Comforter Blitz for everyone in the Goessel Community, at the Tabor Mennonite Church Hospitality 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. If you have a top to donate, please turn those in by January 1. 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!

Goessel Community Junior High Movie Night: All Junior Highers are welcome to come to the Tabor Mennonite Church Hospitality Hall on Sunday, January 19 at 7pm for a movie and time of fellowship. Snacks will be provided. More information to come. Contact Michelle Unruh (michellerunruh) or Laura Unrau (lauraelaine25) with any questions.

There will be a change for the Community Junior High group next summer. Rock Springs 4-H Camp has made the decision to shut down Camp WaShunGa due to expensive upkeep of aging buildings and low registration to stay at this part of their facilities. We spent the fall researching and looking into other summer camp options for our youth. We have booked Camp Tawakoni for Summer 2020. This is a camp that is associated with the Disciples of Christ Christian Church located between Andover and Augusta. We will continue to host our camp on Memorial Day Weekend. It is bittersweet to think that we will not be returning to Camp WaShunGa after almost fifty years, but we are looking forward to continuing old traditions and creating new memories at Camp Tawakoni.

The guest speaker for Senior Coffee at the Alexanderwohl Mennonite Church on Friday, January 17 is Pauline Sharp. Pauline is the granddaughter of Lucy Tayiah Eads, the first female elected chief of the Kanza people in 1922. Pauline will present a first-person performance of her own grandmother, “Chief Lucy of the Kaw Indians.” Come to hear this rich history about the Kanza (Kaw) people who first lived on this land. Coffee and refreshments will be served at 9:00 a.m. with Chief Lucy making her appearance as people are settled in their seats. All are welcome! Please rsvp by Monday, January 13 to the Alexanderwohl Church office at: alexmenno or 620-367-8192.

The Mennonite Heritage and Agricultural Museum will hold its annual meeting on Sunday, January 19, 2020 at 2:30 p.m. at the Goessel Mennonite Church. There will be a short business meeting followed by a photo presentation of the tour to Poland taken by D. J. & Marilyn Unruh Flaming, Myron & Ruth Goertzen.

This event is free and the public is invited to attend. A “Faspa” follows the program.

Directory Updates for the 2020 Tabor Church Directory are due now. Please email the church office at kfunk with changes.

Tabor Deacons have approved a sabbatical for Pastor Phil from May 1 to July 31, 2020.

Conference Announcements

Prayer Requests:

« Western District Conference: Pray for youth in WDC congregations, and the leaders who mentor, teach and accompany them in their faith journey.

« Mennonite Mission Network: Deb Byler of MMN has just returned to Guatemala after three months on North American Assignment. Pray for her as she continues to work with Mennonite women in Bible studies, trauma healing, and leadership training.

« Mennonite Education Agency: Lezha Academic Center, Albania–Please pray for healing for all who lost their loved ones and homes during the major earthquake that struck Albania in November. Approximately 51 people died and 3,000 were injured.

Western District Conference:

—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 in cooperation with Everence Financial will host a two-day conference “Let’s Talk…Women, Money & Faith” on January 24 and 25 at Tabor Mennonite Church, Newton. Featured speakers, Teresa Boshart Yoder and Rhoda Blough, from Everence Financial will address money and faith topics for women of all ages and stages of life. Registration forms can be found on the shelf beneath the mailboxes in the foyer and are due January 17.

Mennonite Church USA:

—Register now for Hope for the Future 2020, a Mennonite Church USA people of color event. Registration is open through January 15 for this Anabaptist networking and equipping event being held in Arlington, Texas on Jan. 24-26. Hope for the Future gathers leaders of color from church and related ministries to explore the ways that power, privilege and racism function in our denomination. For more information, visit https://cvent.me/lVENAm.

—Mennonite Church USA has announced several staff transitions, welcoming Caleb Allen of Kansas and Camille Dager of Pennsylvania to its Communications team and Roberta Yoder of Indiana to the Archives. For more information, visit https://bit.ly/36eK3Ns.

Boots, Buckets and Barrows: In partnership with Mennonite Disaster Service, Ted & Co. presents the original play “The Jesus Stories: Faith, Forks & Fettuccine”, in conjunction with a unique auction of buckets filled with baked goods and home items, along with ‘flash auctions’ to fund the tools and volunteers MDS needs to help restore communities and rebuild homes ravaged by natural disaster. All proceeds benefit the continued work of MDS. Admission is free! Please come prepared to bid! Friday, January 31, 7 pm at Hesston Mennonite Church and Saturday, February 1, 7 pm at Journey Mennonite Church, South Hutchinson. Sponsored by Kansas MDS Unit, Hesston College Disaster Management Program, and Journey Mennonite S. Hutchinson.

The Neuf Memorial Run: The Neuf 9K and 2 mile run returns to the campus of Bethel College on Jan. 11, 2020 to honor the memory of Russ Neufeld, a former MC USA and and Hesston College employee. The race will start at 10 a.m. outside of Mojo’s Coffee Shop on the campus of Bethel College, North Newton, Kansas. The Neuf will raise funds for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, and the Russ Neufeld memorial scholarship at Hesston College. Register & read other details about the race at www.runtheneuf.neuf.ca. We would love to have you join us for this fun community event!

Newton Et Cetera Shop thanks you for your generous support in 2019! We invited you to SHOP, DONATE and VOLUNTEER, and YOU DID! With the help of 260 volunteers, we’ve sold over 500,000 items this year! If you’d like to join our volunteers, please attend an upcoming new volunteer orientation on Thursday, January 9, 6-7 PM or Tuesday, February 11, 6-7 PM. We’re currently seeking volunteers to help with costumes, greeting cards, holiday items and clerking. Blessings for the new year to you from Newton Et Cetera Shop board of directors, volunteers and employees!

Kidron Bethel Parkinson’s Support Group will meet January 7 at 2:00 p.m. in Menno Hall. Emily Schultze, dance instructor for Rhythm Connections for Parkinson’s Disease, will present the program. Everyone is invited.

Everence will host its popular workshop, Make Medicare an easy step, in North Newton on Tuesday, Jan. 7 and in Hutchinson on Thursday, Jan. 9. Both will begin at 6:30 p.m. Attendees will learn about the various Medicare plans and what they cover; plans that supplement Medicare; and enrollment details and deadlines. The workshop is free, but space is limited! Reserve your spot by contacting Michelle Ramer at 316-283-3800 or michelle.ramer. *Attendance is recommended for those approaching retirement or those ready to sign up for Medicare.

Hesston College:

—Hesston College’s Martin Luther King (MLK) Day celebration will provide learning opportunities about diversity, equity and inclusion on-campus and in the community. Public events will take place leading up to and including MLK Day, Monday, January 20. Sunday, Jan. 19, Glen Guyton, executive director of Mennonite Church USA will speak at Hesston Mennonite Church, both in the 10:30 a.m. worship service and at a free community building workshop at 7 p.m. Visit www.hesston.edu/MLK for more information.

—Before Rosa Parks. Before Martin Luther King Jr. Before Nelson Mandela. There was Paul Robeson. Hesston College artist-in-residence and peace ambassador Tony Brown gives his MLK Day tribute to the 20th century civil rights activist Paul Robeson at 7 p.m., Sunday, Jan. 19, at Hesston Mennonite Church. I Go On Singing: Paul Robeson’s Life in Word and Song, will be narrated by Victor Hogstrom, President of KPTS Channel 8 in Wichita (PBS). Tickets are $12 for all adults, available at the Hesston College Bookstore in Erb Hall or at 620-327-8104, as well as at the door. Students college-age and younger are free. Visit www.hesston.edu/MLK for more information.

Bethel College: Centering Prayer resumes tomorrow, Mon., Jan. 6, after the Christmas and New Year’s holidays. Centering Prayer meets most Mondays from noon-1 p.m. in Agape Center in Richert House on the Bethel College campus. Try it once, come occasionally or join us regularly – all are welcome, with no previous experience with Centering Prayer required. For more information, contact Nathan Koontz, 2nathankoontz, or Melanie Zuercher, mzuercher. (For help locating Agape Center in Richert House, see www.bethelks.edu/why-bethel/location/campus-map/)

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Dec. 29 announcements

Congregational Announcements

You are invited! Tabor Wellness will be hosting a Christmas light walk Monday, December 30th beginning at the King Park shelter house in Hesston at 7 p.m. Refreshments will be provided following the walk and 2019 Wellness awards announced. Feel free to bring a friend, hope to see you there!

Ministry Storytelling Sunday will take place on January 12. Come to reflect on how the ministries of Tabor Church were carried out in the past year and the ways in which we envision ministries to evolve in the coming year.

Mennonite Disaster Service: Opportunity to help! April 5-11, 2020 is an option for Tabor to participate in a service trip. If you are interested in going please contact Dale Alderfer soon.

The Great Winter Warm-UP! Mennonite Central Committee is celebrating its 100th anniversary by attempting to collect 6500 comforters to break the record for most blankets donated to a charity in 24 hours. Alexanderwohl and Tabor Mennonite Churches will host an MCC Comforter Blitz for everyone in the Goessel Community, at the Tabor Mennonite Church Hospitality 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. If you have a top to donate, please turn those in by January 1. 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!

Directory Updates for the 2020 Tabor Church Directory are due now. Please email the church office at kfunk with changes.

Conference Announcements

Prayer Requests:

« Western District Conference: Pray for God’s joy and vision for WDC congregations, leaders, and staff as the New Year begins.

« Mennonite Mission Network: Praise God that the government in Mongolia has renewed JCS International’s registration for another two years. JCS is the consortium of mission agencies through which MMN ministers in this country. Pray for God’s light to brighten people’s lives in this season of extreme cold and short days.

« Mennonite Education Agency: Give thanks for !Explore, a summer program of Anabaptist Mennonite Biblical Seminary in which high school students explore ministry and theology, grow in spiritual practices and develop their leadership skills. Pray that leaders would encourage youth to apply for 2020.

Western District Conference:

—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 in cooperation with Everence Financial will host a two-day conference “Let’s Talk…Women, Money & Faith” on January 24 and 25 at Tabor Mennonite Church, Newton. Featured speakers, Teresa Boshart Yoder and Rhoda Blough, from Everence Financial will address money and faith topics for women of all ages and stages of life. More information and registration coming soon.

Summer is only 6 months away! Camp Mennoscah is looking for amazing people to be our summer staff for 2020. We need lifeguards, office assistants, music and crafts leaders, a naturalist and grounds/maintenance. Further information is available online or contact us at olivia.bartel or 620-297-3290. Apply for a position online at campmennoscah.org under Summer Youth Camps!

Boots, Buckets and Barrows: In partnership with Mennonite Disaster Service, Ted & Co. presents the original play “The Jesus Stories: Faith, Forks & Fettuccine”, in conjunction with a unique auction of buckets filled with baked goods and home items, along with ‘flash auctions’ to fund the tools and volunteers MDS needs to help restore communities and rebuild homes ravaged by natural disaster. All proceeds benefit the continued work of MDS. Admission is free! Please come prepared to bid! Friday, January 31, 7 pm at Hesston Mennonite Church and Saturday, February 1, 7 pm at Journey Mennonite Church, South Hutchinson. Sponsored by Kansas MDS Unit, Hesston College Disaster Management Program, and Journey Mennonite S. Hutchinson.

Thank you for your generous giving to MCC in 2019. Your gifts help MCC continue work in 53 countries working on 648 projects and impacting countless people. If you’re looking for a year end gift, keep MCC giving projects in mind or collect school kit supplies with your family (mcc.org/kits)! Check out mcc.org/christmas for online giving options. Contact our office in North Newton, KS for giving in-person, 316.283.2720.

2020 is your year to go on an MCC Learning Tour! Travel to Haiti March 21-28 to learn about root causes of Haiti’s reality and see MCC projects in person. Join MCC Bolivia in celebrating 60 years with two learning tours, May 2-9 will focus on Eastern Bolivia and Oct. 10-17 will focus on Western Bolivia. Finally, you’re welcome to travel to Nicaragua, July 20-30, to celebrate the centennial of MCC, focusing on past and present MCC work in Nicaragua and Costa Rica. Contact jordanpenner and check mcc.org/events for more details.

Newton Et Cetera Shop thanks you for your generous support in 2019! We invited you to SHOP, DONATE and VOLUNTEER, and YOU DID! With the help of 260 volunteers, we’ve sold over 500,000 items this year! If you’d like to join our volunteers, please attend an upcoming new volunteer orientation on Thursday, January 9, 6-7 PM or Tuesday, February 11, 6-7 PM. We’re currently seeking volunteers to help with costumes, greeting cards, holiday items and clerking. Blessings for the new year to you from Newton Et Cetera Shop board of directors, volunteers and employees!

Everence will host its popular workshop, Make Medicare an easy step, in North Newton on Tuesday, Jan. 7 and in Hutchinson on Thursday, Jan. 9. Both will begin at 6:30 p.m. Attendees will learn about the various Medicare plans and what they cover; plans that supplement Medicare; and enrollment details and deadlines. The workshop is free, but space is limited! Reserve your spot by contacting Michelle Ramer at 316-283-3800 or michelle.ramer. *Attendance is recommended for those approaching retirement or those ready to sign up for Medicare.

The Neuf Memorial Run: The Neuf 9K and 2 mile run returns to the campus of Bethel College on Jan. 11, 2020 to honor the memory of Russ Neufeld, a former MC USA and and Hesston College employee. The race will start at 10 a.m. outside of Mojo’s Coffee Shop on the campus of Bethel College, North Newton, Kansas.The Neuf will raise funds for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, and the Russ Neufeld memorial scholarship at Hesston College. Register & read other details about the race at www.runtheneuf.neuf.ca. We would love to have you join us for this fun community event!

Bethel College:

—Kauffman Museum is open through the holidays (closed Mondays New Year’s Day): weekdays, 9:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m., Sat.-Sun., 1:30-4:30 p.m. Visit the current special exhibit “K is for Kansas: exploring Kansas from A to Z.”

—Centering Prayer will not meet Mon., Dec. 30, but resumes Jan. 6. Centering Prayer meets most Mondays from noon-1 p.m. in Agape Center in Richert House on the Bethel College campus. Try it once, come occasionally or join us regularly – all are welcome, with no previous experience with Centering Prayer required. For more information, contact Nathan Koontz, 2nathankoontz, or Melanie Zuercher, mzuercher.

—Sat., Jan. 4 – Kauffman Museum First-Saturday Bird Walk. Meet at 8:15 a.m. in the museum parking lot, corner of Main and 27th streets, N Newton – experienced birders will lead a walk of 1 to 1.5 hours. Please be aware this is mostly on an unpaved trail and the terrain is sometimes sloping or steep.

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Dec. 22 announcements

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Congregational Announcements

Night in the Barn: Everyone is invited to come to Night in the Barn at Papa’s Pumpkin Patch (372 70th, Newton) on December 21 and/or 22 from 5 until 7pm (come and go). Come interact with the characters, sounds, lights, and animals of this timeless tale and enjoy this walking tour with family and friends. There is a suggested donation of $5 per person, which includes a hot drink and a snack. This is presented by Tabor Mennonite Church Youth, with part of the proceeds going to the Tabor Mennonite Youth Fellowship. Call 620-367-2721 with questions.

You are invited! Tabor Wellness will be hosting a Christmas light walk Monday, December 30th beginning at the King Park shelter house in Hesston at 7 p.m. Refreshments will be provided following the walk and 2019 Wellness awards announced. Feel free to bring a friend, hope to see you there!

Mennonite Disaster Service: Opportunity to help! April 5-11, 2020 is an option for Tabor to participate in a service trip. If you are interested in going please contact Dale Alderfer soon.

The Great Winter Warm-UP is a month away! Mennonite Central Committee is celebrating its 100th anniversary by attempting to collect 6500 comforters to break the record for most blankets donated to a charity in 24 hours. Alexanderwohl and Tabor Mennonite Churches will host an MCC Comforter Blitz for everyone in the Goessel Community, at the Tabor Mennonite Church Hospitality 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. If you have a top to donate, please turn those in by January 1. 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!

Directory Updates for the 2020 Tabor Church Directory are due now. Please email the church office at kfunk with changes.

KMMC 2020 We sing that others may live: Please consider joining Kansas Mennonite Men’s Chorus (KMMC) for their upcoming season. This is your opportunity to make a joyful noise while praising God and a way to make a difference in the world through Mennonite Central Committee (MCC) as all of the concert proceeds go to MCC. We have been singing in the states and across Europe for more than fifty years. We have raised over $700,000 for MCC that has helped many people around the world. Contact Donavon Schmidt to join if you have questions.

Conference Announcements

Prayer Requests:

« Western District Conference: As we celebrate the birth of Jesus, give thanks for the many ways WDC congregations embody the presence of Christ through ministries of hospitality, worship, compassion and justice.

« Mennonite Mission Network: MMN requests prayer for peace in Burkina Faso. When armed protest groups ambush symbols of Western opulence and colonialism, like hotels and gold mines, civilians get caught in the crossfire. May the Mennonite Church in Burkina Faso live the way of the Prince of Peace through word and deed.

« Mennonite Education Agency: Let us join Hesston College in giving thanks for host families who welcome international students into their homes for Christmas break.

« Mennonite Church USA: But the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid. I bring you good news that will cause great joy for all the people.” Luke 2:10. The Mennonite Church USA staff wishes you joy this Christmas, as we work together to continue sharing the good news of Jesus every day.

Western District Conference:

—Merry Christmas and Happy New Year from Western District Conference! The WDC office and the Resource Library will be closed December 23 through January 1.

—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 in cooperation with Everence Financial will host a two-day conference “Let’s Talk…Women, Money & Faith” on January 24 and 25 at Tabor Mennonite Church, Newton. Featured speakers, Teresa Boshart Yoder and Rhoda Blough, from Everence Financial will address money and faith topics for women of all ages and stages of life. More information and registration coming soon.

The family band Five Times Harder will present a Christmas concert at 4 p.m. on December 22 at First Mennonite Church, Hillsboro (102 S. Ash). Their concerts feature an entertaining blend of voices and instruments, in bluegrass, folk, jazz, and classical styles. There is no admission fee; a free will offering will be collected to benefit the ongoing work of MCC.

Camp Mennoscah:

—Summer is only 6 months away! Camp Mennoscah is looking for amazing people to be our summer staff for 2020. We need lifeguards, office assistants, music and crafts leaders, a naturalist and grounds/maintenance. Further information is available online or contact us at olivia.bartel or 620-297-3290. Apply for a position online at campmennoscah.org under Summer Youth Camps!

—New Windows! Camp Mennoscah’s dining hall has new windows thanks to the generous work of volunteers. The windows have already proven to make a big difference in heating the dining hall. Our Volunteer Christmas was warm and cozy –the only thing “missing” was the cold drafts of air! Thank you to everyone who has volunteered, given gifts, and supported the continuing improvements to the kitchen and dining hall!

Boots, Buckets and Barrows: In partnership with Mennonite Disaster Service, Ted & Co. presents the original play “The Jesus Stories: Faith, Forks & Fettuccine”, in conjunction with a unique auction of buckets filled with baked goods and home items, along with ‘flash auctions’ to fund the tools and volunteers MDS needs to help restore communities and rebuild homes ravaged by natural disaster. All proceeds benefit the continued work of MDS. Admission is free! Please come prepared to bid! Friday, January 31, 7 pm at Hesston Mennonite Church and Saturday, February 1, 7 pm at Journey Mennonite Church, South Hutchinson. Sponsored by Kansas MDS Unit, Hesston College Disaster Management Program, and Journey Mennonite S. Hutchinson.

Mennonite Central Committee (MCC):

Thank you for your generous giving to MCC in 2019. Your gifts help MCC continue work in 53 countries working on 648 projects and impacting countless people. If you’re looking for a last minute Christmas gift keep MCC Christmas giving projects in mind or collect school kit supplies with your family (mcc.org/kits)! Check out mcc.org/christmas for online giving options. Contact our office in North Newton, KS for giving in-person, 316.283.2720.

2020 is your year to go on an MCC Learning Tour! Travel to Haiti March 21-28 to learn about root causes of Haiti’s reality and see MCC projects in person. Join MCC Bolivia in celebrating 60 years with two learning tours, May 2-9 will focus on Eastern Bolivia and Oct. 10-17 will focus on Western Bolivia. Finally, you’re welcome to travel to Nicaragua, July 20-30, to celebrate the centennial of MCC, focusing on past and present MCC work in Nicaragua and Costa Rica. Contact jordanpenner and check mcc.org/events for more details.

Anabaptist Mennonite Biblical Seminary: Do you know youth with gifts for leadership and ministry? Through AMBS’s !Explore program, students in grades 10–12 can explore ministry and theology, grow in spiritual practices and listen for God’s call through a summer congregational internship and a Group Experience (June 30 – July 16, 2020). Scholarships are available. Tap a shoulder! ambs.edu/explore

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Dec. 15 announcements

Congregational Announcements

The Tabor Trading Post: Remember, this is where Tabor folks bring creative wonderful items and then Tabor folks buy them, and the proceeds go to a very good cause! In the past, the money went for our Tabor Building Fund. This year, the money will go to the Melody Hall Housing Fund, so someone from our Tabor family has a safe, warm place to spend the winter. So prepare to enjoy the Trading Post after Faith Formation, in the Hospitality Hall, on Dec. 15. See Carol Duerksen if you have questions.

Stories & Stuff: Everyone, men and women, are invited to join us for a Christmas Celebration! Come to the Hospitality Hall at Tabor on Dec. 19 at 10am and spread Christmas Cheer!!

Night in the Barn: Everyone is invited to come to Night in the Barn at Papa’s Pumpkin Patch (372 70th, Newton) on December 21 and/or 22 from 5 until 7pm (come and go). Come interact with the characters, sounds, lights, and animals of this timeless tale and enjoy this walking tour with family and friends. There is a suggested donation of $5 per person, which includes a hot drink and a snack. This is presented by Tabor Mennonite Church Youth, with part of the proceeds going to the Tabor Mennonite Youth Fellowship. Call 620-367-2721 with questions.

Mennonite Disaster Service: Opportunity to help! April 5-11, 2020 is an option for Tabor to participate in a service trip. If you are interested in going please contact Dale Alderfer soon.

Tabor Ladies Lunch Bunch that meets at Bethesda will not meet on December 17 due to a conflict at Bethesda. The group will meet again in January.

This Christmas give the gift of life between 1:00-6:00 on Dec. 16 by donating blood or donating time to volunteer, at the blood drive at Goessel Church. Have questions? Call Rosi (367-2418)

Commodity distribution will take place on December 20 from 5-6 p.m. at the Goessel Mennonite Church. Contact Jenny Girard with questions. 620-266-6939.

Coming! The Great Winter Warm-UP! Mennonite Central Committee (MCC) is collecting 6,500 comforters to deliver to people affected by disaster and conflict all around the world. 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!

Directory Updates for the 2020 Tabor Church Directory are due now. Please email the church office at kfunk with changes.

The Alexanderwohl coffee group invites anyone age 60 and over to join them for Senior Coffee and Conversation on Fri., Dec. 20, at 9 am in the Alexanderwohl Church Fellowship Hall. The entertainment will be the Goessel HS Elbiata Singers under the direction of Braden Unruh, followed by a time of food and fellowship. Donations are welcome.

Please call the Alexanderwohl Church office by Mon, Dec. 16, if you would like to join us.

KMMC 2020 We sing that others may live: Please consider joining Kansas Mennonite Men’s Chorus (KMMC) for their upcoming season. This is your opportunity to make a joyful noise while praising God and a way to make a difference in the world through Mennonite Central Committee (MCC) as all of the concert proceeds go to MCC. We have been singing in the states and across Europe for more than fifty years. We have raised over $700,000 for MCC that has helped many people around the world. Contact Donavon Schmidt to join of if you have questions.

Conference Announcements

Prayer Requests:

« Western District Conference: Give thanks for the generosity of WDC congregations and donors, and pray for financial contributions to support this year’s budget goals and ministry priorities.

« Mennonite Mission Network: MMN requests prayer for DOOR’s leadership development program, Discern, that works with local youth of color to help them expand their leadership skills through mentorship and workshops engaging justice issues. Pray for resources to broaden the current three-month program to nine months.

« Mennonite Education Agency: Pray that the Instituto Bíblico Anabautista program continues to be a blessing through the training of new leaders for the Hispanic congregations in Mennonite Church USA. Pray for the 37 volunteer tutors who meet weekly with the students in 35 study centers. May God fill them with wisdom, and may they continue to be important instruments for this ministry in their respective congregations.

Western District Conference:

—Western District Conference invites you to share a gift with WDC during this season, to help our congregations Witness & invite others to faith in Jesus Christ, Dwell in just & loving relationships, and Connect to God’s mission in the world. As of November 30 we were $111,000 short of meeting our expenses for the year to date, so your generous gifts are invited to help close the gap towards WDC’s 2019 budget goal! You may make an online contribution here or send a check to Western District Conference, PO Box 306, North Newton, KS 67117. Thank you for your generosity!

—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 in cooperation with Everence Financial will host a two-day conference "Let’s Talk…Women, Money & Faith" on January 24 and 25 at Tabor Mennonite Church, Newton. Featured speakers, Teresa Boshart Yoder and Rhoda Blough, from Everence Financial will address money and faith topics for women of all ages and stages of life. More information and registration coming soon.

Handel’s Messiah: First Mennonite Church, 429 E 1st, Newton KS, will present Handel’s Messiah on Sunday, December 15 at 7 pm with a community chorus, orchestra and soloists. The director is Matthew Graber.

The family band Five Times Harder will present a Christmas concert at 4:00 p.m. on December 22 at First Mennonite Church, Hillsboro (102 S. Ash). Their concerts feature an entertaining blend of voices and instruments, in bluegrass, folk, jazz, and classical styles. There is no admission fee; a free will offering will be collected to benefit the ongoing work of MCC.

Thanks to everyone who supported Camp Mennoscah on Giving Tuesday! Donations totaling a little over $8,300 were received, and all the jelly and zwieback were claimed! Because of this support, Camp Mennoscah will continue to help campers of all ages grow in their faith through experiences in creation, fellowship, and worship. If you missed your chance to give last Tuesday, you can still mail in a 2019 donation by December 31 or give online at campmennoscah.org. Thank you for being involved in this ministry!

New Hope Shelter Volunteer Training will take place Monday, December 16 at 6:30 p.m., 900 W. Broadway, Bldg 7. For more information Contact Ashli: ahli

Mennonite Church USA (MC USA):

—You are invited to join MC USA staff for “Coffee and Conversation” in the Newton offices (718 N Main, Newton) to hear from Mennonite Mission Network International Service Worker, Deb Byler, on Monday, December 16 at 11am. She will share about the ministries in which she is involved with Kekchi Mennonite women in Guatemala. A recent article on Deb’s ministry is available on-line: https://www.

mennonitemission.net/news/Spiritual-direction-in-Kekchi-context-brings-mutual-growth

—Youth Venture is a short-term service and learning experience offered in the summer to students age 15–22. For roughly two weeks, you will have the opportunity to join a team of other students and adult leaders to explore the world to see how God is at work. This year, we’re offering experiences in Benin, Colombia, Israel, Peru, Spain, and Kykotsmovi, Arizona. Application deadline is April 1, 2020. Contact us today https://www.mennonitemission.net/Serve/Youth%20Venture with your questions or to begin exploring these incredible opportunities!

—Join an intentional community with peers, serve with a local nonprofit, and plug into your neighborhood and local congregation in places like Washington, D.C.; Chicago; San Francisco; and Alamosa. Learn more at www.MennoniteMission.net/Serve. Age: 20+; term: 1–2 years.

—Need a change of scenery? Join SOOP and use your gifts and skills to work alongside others in a network of ministries across the church. Flexibility designed for retirees, families, and adults over 25. Explore opportunities at www.MennoniteMission.net/Serve.

The gift of nurture and belonging! Mennonite Healthcare Fellowship (MHF) is an interdisciplinary community of Anabaptist health professionals which seeks to nurture the integration of faith and practice, to provide opportunities for dialogue on health related issues, and to address specific needs through education, advocacy, and service. If you embrace Anabaptism and are involved in healthcare, we invite you to learn more and "Join the Conversation" at www.mennohealth.org/JoinTheConversation/.

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Dec. 8 announcements

Congregational Announcements

2019 Giving: Through email communications, the Tabor Church Council approved the disbursal of the over-budget monies to be disbursed proportionally to the 2019 Unified Budget. –Jim Schmidt, Congregational Chairperson

The Tabor Trading Post: Remember, this is where Tabor folks bring creative wonderful items and then Tabor folks buy them, and the proceeds go to a very good cause! In the past, the money went for our Tabor Building Fund. This year, the money will go to the Melody Hall Housing Fund, so someone from our Tabor family has a safe, warm place to spend the winter. So prepare to enjoy the Trading Post after Faith Formation, in the Hospitality Hall, on Dec. 8. See Carol Duerksen if you have questions.

Parsonage Open House: Everyone is welcome to stop by the church parsonage on Sunday afternoon between 3:30 and 5:30 pm for a time of fellowship and snacks!

The McPherson Community Brass Choir under the direction of Jerry Toews will be performing great Brass Christmas Music at Alexanderwohl Mennonite Church on Sunday, Dec. 8 at 7 pm. Also performing will be the Goessel High School Elbiata Singers under the direction of Braden Unruh. A free will offering for the Goessel Ministerial Alliance will be received with proceeds to help local needs. Everyone is invited for this Festive Event!

Calling all Tabor Women and Girls: You are invited to a Christmas Breakfast on Saturday, December 14 at 9 a.m. in the Hospitality Hall. Please sign up on the bulletin board across from the church office. After a delicious breakfast, Donna Becker will present the program. In her presentation titled “Did You Know?”, she will give a historical view of how our Christmas traditions have developed from the 1800s to the present. Donna will use story and interaction to connect the traditions of Christmases past with the way we honor the message of Jesus’ birth today. She invites you to think about Christmas traditions you observe and why you cherish them.

Deadline to sign up is Sunday, December 8.

Night in the Barn: Everyone is invited to come to Night in the Barn at Papa’s Pumpkin Patch (372 70th, Newton) on December 21 and 22 from 5 until 7pm (come and go). Come interact with the characters, sounds, lights, and animals of this timeless tale and enjoy this walking tour with family and friends. There is a suggested donation of $5 per person, which includes a hot drink and a snack. This is presented by Tabor Mennonite Church Youth, with part of the proceeds going to the Tabor Mennonite Youth Fellowship. Call 620-367-2721 with questions.

2020 Giving Project for Adult Faith Formation: Beginning December 1, Adult Faith Formation offerings will help fund the Wednesday evening fellowship meals. Meals are currently (and will continue to be) funded by a suggested donation from attendees. Christian Ed has assisted with funds from their budget when needed. While funds continue to fall short to cover meal expenses, we still feel that this fellowship time is an important part of our Wednesday evening ministry for all who attend. We encourage all adults to joyfully give to the weekly offering in fiscal 2020 for this outreach opportunity right here in our own community.

Tabor Ladies Lunch Bunch that meets at Bethesda will not meet on December 17 due to a conflict at Bethesda. Watch the announcements to see if and when it will be rescheduled in December. The group will meet again in January.

The Goessel Ministerial Alliance Christmas Giving Tree project is happening again this year. The tags will be available on the tree at the Crossroads Credit

Union on Tuesday, December 3. All the gifts will need to be brought back to the Credit Union by Friday, December 13. The gifts should be wrapped and the credit union personnel will assist with the “checking in” process. The gifts will then be delivered by the Ministerial Alliance.

The Second Monday Family History & Genealogy Group will meet Mon., Dec. 9, 7pm, in the Goessel City Building Community Room, 101 So. Cedar St., Goessel. Marcia (Nickel) Zuercher, a middle school teacher in Newton, will share a unique idea she has developed to tell family stories, which may be used for Christmas gift-giving!

This Christmas give the gift of life between 1:00-6:00 on Dec. 16 by donating blood or donating time to volunteer, at the blood drive at Goessel Church. Have questions? Call Rosi (367-2418)

The Alexanderwohl coffee group invites anyone age 60 and over to join them for Senior Coffee and Conversation on Fri., Dec. 20, at 9 am in the Alexanderwohl Church Fellowship Hall. The entertainment will be the Goessel HS Elbiata Singers under the direction of Braden Unruh, followed by a time of food and fellowship. Donations are welcome.

Please call the Alexanderwohl Church office by Mon, Dec. 16, if you would like to join us.

Commodity distribution will take place on December 20 from 5-6 p.m. at the Goessel Mennonite Church. Contact Jenny Girard with questions. 620-266-6939.

Coming! The Great Winter Warm-UP! Mennonite Central Committee (MCC) is collecting 6,500 comforters to deliver to people affected by disaster and conflict all around the world. 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!

KMMC 2020 We sing that others may live: Please consider joining Kansas Mennonite Men’s Chorus (KMMC) for their upcoming season. This is your opportunity to make a joyful noise while praising God and a way to make a difference in the world through Mennonite Central Committee (MCC) as all of the concert proceeds go to MCC. We have been singing in the states and across Europe for more than fifty years. We have raised over $700,000 for MCC that has helped many people around the world. Contact Donavon Schmidt to join of if you have questions.

Conference Announcements

Prayer Requests:

« Western District Conference: Give thanks for pastors, musicians, teachers, and others who coordinate and lead special activities in WDC congregations during the Christmas season.

« Mennonite Mission Network: David and Sophie Lapp Jost of MMN have moved from their ministry in the Middle East to Germany. Pray for them as they engage in language learning and a cross-cultural transition period. David serves with the German Mennonite Peace Committee and Sophie’s work is with the Bammental Mennonite community.

« Mennonite Education Agency: Anabaptist Mennonite Biblical Seminary. Give thanks for the free Anabaptist prayer app, Take Our Moments and Our Days, and for the technology that enables these Scripture-saturated morning and evening prayer services to be available to users worldwide.

Western District Conference:

—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 in cooperation with Everence Financial will host a two-day conference "Let’s Talk…Women, Money & Faith" on January 24 and 25 at Tabor Mennonite Church, Newton. Featured speakers, Teresa Boshart Yoder and Rhoda Blough, from Everence Financial will address money and faith topics for women of all ages and stages of life. More information and registration coming soon.

—As Christmas approaches, you’re invited to explore what’s happening today in Bethlehem. Resources selected by the Israel-Palestine Relations Task Force are now on display at the WDC Resource Library.

Christmas for Volunteers! Camp Mennoscah loves to celebrate our volunteers and Christmas. We’re throwing a party for everyone who has ever volunteered at Camp Mennoscah in any capacity on December 14 at 2:30pm. Help with a maintenance project? Play piano for a retreat? Host a weekend? Counsel at summer camp? This party’s for you! Spouses and families welcome. We’ll provide some snacky items and simple drinks. Come play games and talk with fellow volunteers!

Handel’s Messiah: First Mennonite Church, 429 E 1st, Newton KS, will present Handel’s Messiah on Sunday, December 15 at 7 pm with a community chorus, orchestra and soloists. The director is Matthew Graber.

Mennonite Church USA (MC USA):

—You are invited to join MC USA staff for “Coffee and Conversation” in the Newton offices (718 N Main, Newton) to hear from Mennonite Mission Network International Service Worker, Deb Byler, on Monday, December 16 at 11am. She will share about the ministries in which she is involved with Kekchi Mennonite women in Guatemala. A recent article on Deb’s ministry is available on-line: https://www.mennonitemission.net/news/Spiritual-direction-in-Kekchi-context-brings-mutual-growth

—The Mennonite, Inc., invites your original submissions for our February 2020 print magazine issue and corresponding online content focusing on The dignity of bodies. More information at: https://themennonite.org/february-2020- call-submissions/

—Thinking of pastoral ministry? Be a Service Adventure leader! Live in a unit house with a small group of youth and offer support as they serve and live in Christian community. Age: 24+; term: 2 years. For more info, contact LaurenEH@MennoniteMission.net.

—Experience the town of Jesus, meet its people, learn their language, join and experience local churches, and explore the rich and varied culture of Israel. Apply to join the Nazareth Village Youth Venture team at www.MennoniteMission.net/Serve. Age 18+; term: 2–3 weeks.

All MCC volunteers and alumni are invited to our annual come-and-go MCC Christmas Soiree on Thursday, December 12 from 5-7 p.m. at MCC in North Newton (121 E. 30th). We will have food, Christmas cheer and plenty of time for fellowship. At 6 p.m. we’ll pause for a short program about Christmas around the world from our International Volunteer Exchange Program (IVEP) participants. You don’t want to miss this annual event!

The gift of nurture and belonging! Mennonite Healthcare Fellowship (MHF) is an interdisciplinary community of Anabaptist health professionals which seeks to nurture the integration of faith and practice, to provide opportunities for dialogue on health related issues, and to address specific needs through education, advocacy, and service. If you embrace Anabaptism and are involved in healthcare, we invite you to learn more and "Join the Conversation" at www.mennohealth.org/JoinTheConversation/.

Bethel College:

—Today, Sun., Dec. 8 – 34th annual Lighting of the Green at Bethel College, 8pm.

—Kauffman Museum is open through the holidays (closed Mondays, plus Weds., Christmas Day, and Weds., New Year’s Day): weekdays, 9:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m., Sat.-Sun., 1:30-4:30 p.m. Visit the current special exhibit “K is for Kansas: exploring Kansas from A to Z.” See www.bethelks.edu/kauffman/ or the Kauffman Museum Facebook page for more information.

Mennonite Mission Network is seeking a full-time finance assistant and a half time recruiter. You can see the positions descriptions at www.mennonitemission.net under “employment opportunities”. To begin the application process for either of these positions, send your resumé to StaffRecruitment@MennoniteMission.net or call Linda Krueger, HR Coordinator (574-523-3009) for more information.

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Dec. 1 announcements

Congregational Announcements

Calling all Tabor Women and Girls: You are invited to a Christmas Breakfast on Saturday, December 14 at 9 a.m. in the Hospitality Hall. Please sign up on the bulletin board across from the church office. After a delicious breakfast, Donna Becker will present the program. In her presentation titled “Did You Know?”, she will give a historical view of how our Christmas traditions have developed from the 1800s to the present. Donna will use story and interaction to connect the traditions of Christmases past with the way we honor the message of Jesus’ birth today. She invites you to think about Christmas traditions you observe and why you cherish them.

The Mennonite Subscriptions: It is that time of the year to renew or subscribe to The Mennonite. We can get a special subscription rate by renewing/subscribing as a group from Tabor Church. The cost for a one year subscription is $37. Please let Barb Abrahams know if you want a subscription and put a $37 check made payable to Tabor Church Deacon Fund in her mail box by December 5.

2020 Giving Project for Adult Faith Formation: Beginning December 1, Adult Faith Formation offerings will help fund the Wednesday evening fellowship meals. Meals are currently (and will continue to be) funded by a suggested donation from attendees. Christian Ed has assisted with funds from their budget when needed. While funds continue to fall short to cover meal expenses, we still feel that this fellowship time is an important part of our Wednesday evening ministry for all who attend. We encourage all adults to joyfully give to the weekly offering in fiscal 2020 for this outreach opportunity right here in our own community.

The Tabor Trading Post: Remember, this is where Tabor folks bring creative wonderful items and then Tabor folks buy them, and the proceeds go to a very good cause! In the past, the money went for our Tabor Building Fund. This year, the money will go to the Melody Hall Housing Fund, so someone from our Tabor family has a safe, warm place to spend the winter. So prepare to enjoy the Trading Post after Faith Formation, in the Hospitality Hall, on Dec. 1 and 8. See Carol Duerksen if you have questions.

The Goessel Ministerial Alliance Christmas Giving Tree project is happening again this year. The tags will be available on the tree at the Crossroads Credit

Union on Tuesday, December 3. All the gifts will need to be brought back to the Credit Union by Friday, December 13. The gifts should be wrapped and the credit union personnel will assist with the “checking in” process. The gifts will then be delivered by the Ministerial Alliance.

Christmas Brass: The 17-piece McPherson Community Brass Choir under the direction of Jerry Toews will be performing great Brass Christmas Music in the Historic Alexanderwohl Mennonite Church on Sunday, Dec 8 at 7 pm. Also performing will be the Goessel High School Elbiata Singers under the direction of Braden Unruh. During the service, a free will offering for the Goessel Ministerial Alliance will be received with proceeds to help local needs. Everyone is invited for this Festive Event!

The Second Monday Family History & Genealogy Group will meet Mon., Dec. 9, 7pm, in the Goessel City Building Community Room, 101 So. Cedar St., Goessel. Marcia (Nickel) Zuercher, a middle school teacher in Newton, will share a unique idea she has developed to tell family stories, which may be used for Christmas gift-giving!

This Christmas give the gift of life between 1:00-6:00 on Dec. 16 by donating blood or donating time to volunteer, at the blood drive at Goessel Church. Have questions? Call Rosi (367-2418)

The Alexanderwohl coffee group invites anyone age 60 and over to join them for Senior Coffee and Conversation on Fri., Dec. 20, at 9 am in the Alexanderwohl Church Fellowship Hall. The entertainment will be the Goessel HS Elbiata Singers under the direction of Braden Unruh, followed by a time of food and fellowship. Donations are welcome.

Please call the Alexanderwohl Church office by Mon, Dec. 16, if you would like to join us.

KMMC 2020 We sing that others may live: Please consider joining Kansas Mennonite Men’s Chorus (KMMC) for their upcoming season. This is your opportunity to make a joyful noise while praising God with 200+ of your brothers. It is also a way to make a difference in the world through Mennonite Central Committee (MCC) as all of the concert proceeds go to MCC. We have been singing in the states and across Europe for more than fifty years. We have raised over $700,000 for MCC that has helped many people around the world. Contact Donavon Schmidt to join of if you have questions. Please see article in the upcoming December Tabor Church Newsletter for more information.

Conference Announcements

Prayer Requests:

« Western District Conference: Pray for God’s care and strength for members of WDC congregations and communities who struggle with grief, trauma or mental health concerns, especially during the winter and holiday season.

« Mennonite Mission Network: MMN requests prayer for the Argentina Mennonite Church as it enters its second century. May its vibrant ministries of preaching, teaching, planting churches, and running businesses to support missions flourish. Pray specifically for a brick-making enterprise in Villa Mercedes, San Luis, that combines income-generating work with church planting.

« Mennonite Education Agency: Join Mennonite Early Childhood Network (MECN) schools in prayer that God will help adults engage children in the joy, hope, peace and wonder of God’s extravagant love, as together they share with others the gift of music, freshly baked cookies, a warm hug, a carefully selected book, game, original story or more this Christmas season.

« Mennonite Church USA: Please pray for the Conference Ministers Gathering, a meeting of conference ministers from Mennonite Church USA and Mennonite Church Canada, on Dec. 4-7 in Banff, Alberta, Canada.

Western District Conference:

—Giving Tuesday is December 3 – Western District Conference invites you to join this global giving initiative! Share a gift with WDC during this season, to help our congregations Witness & invite others to faith in Jesus Christ, Dwell in just & loving relationships, and Connect to God’s mission in the world. 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! You may send a check to Western District Conference, PO Box 306, N Newton KS 67117. Thank you for your generosity!

—The WDC office and Resource Library will be closed November 28-29 for Thanksgiving, and December 23-January 1, 2020 for Christmas and New Years break.

Mennonite Church USA (MC 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.

—Mennonite Church USA relies on your support as we seek to follow Jesus, witness to God’s peace and help our communities experience transformation. Consider making a year-end, tax-deductible donation on or before #GivingTuesday, December 3, to support the ministries of MC USA at mennoniteusa.org/give.

—You are invited to join MC USA staff for “Coffee and Conversation” in the Newton offices (718 N Main, Newton) to hear from Mennonite Mission Network International Service Worker, Deb Byler, on Monday, December 16 at 11am. She will share about the ministries in which she is involved with Kekchi Mennonite women in Guatemala. A recent article on Deb’s ministry is available on-line: https://www.

mennonitemission.net/news/Spiritual-direction-in-Kekchi-context-brings-mutual-growth

Camp Mennoscah:

—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.

—Giving Tuesday is coming up on Tuesday, December 3, and on that day ONLY, if you give a new donation to Camp Mennoscah of at least $20 or $20 more than last year, you’ll receive a jar of sandplum jelly, from sandplums harvested at Camp Mennoscah! If you make that new donation at least $100 or $100 more than last year, you’ll receive a jar of sandplum jelly AND a dozen zwieback. There are only 30 jars and only 10 dozen zwieback, so give to camp on Tues., Dec. 3! Send a check to Camp Mennoscah with “Giving Tuesday” in a note, or give online at campmennoscah.org.

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.

All MCC volunteers and alumni are invited to our annual come-and-go MCC Christmas Soiree on Thursday, December 12 from 5-7 p.m. at MCC in North Newton (121 E. 30th). We will have food, Christmas cheer and plenty of time for fellowship. At 6 p.m. we’ll pause for a short program about Christmas around the world from our International Volunteer Exchange Program (IVEP) participants. You don’t want to miss this annual event!

Hesston College:

—Hesston College Music and Theatre will present a Christmas performance, “Still, Small Voice,” on Saturday, Dec. 7, at 7 p.m. in Hesston Mennonite Church. The concert is free and open to the public.

Bethel College:

—Weds., Dec. 4 – Annual sing-along to Christmas portions of Handel’s Messiah, with Bethel College instrumentalists, soloists and student conductors, 11 a.m., Bethel College Mennonite Church; scores provided

—Weds., Dec. 4 – Bethel College Steel Drum Band Christmas concert, 7 p.m., Memorial Hall (NOTE: different date from some printed calendars)

—Fri., Dec. 6 – Christmas Gala jazz concert with Bethel College Jazz Ensemble I and Jazz Combo, 8 p.m., Krehbiel Auditorium in Luyken Fine Arts Center

—Sat., Dec. 7 – Five Places of Christmas, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.: Kauffman Museum offers free admission, refreshments, and sale items in the museum store. Bethel College Women’s Association will have holiday food and gift items for sale in Luyken Fine Arts Center.

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

Kidron Bethel Parkinson’s Support Group will meet December 3 at 2 pm. in Menno Hall. Dr. Sam Claassen, a retired internal medicine physician, and Dennis Schmidt will present “How to Have a Successful Doctor Appointment.” All are welcome.

Mennonite Mission Network is seeking a full-time finance assistant and a half time recruiter. You can see the positions descriptions at StaffRecruitment or call Linda Krueger, HR Coordinator (574-523-3009) for more information.

Nov. 24 Announcements

Congregational Announcements

The Mennonite Subscriptions: It is that time of the year to renew or subscribe to The Mennonite. We can get a special subscription rate by renewing/subscribing as a group from Tabor Church. The cost for a one year subscription is $37. Please let Barb Abrahams know if you want a subscription and put a $37 check made payable to Tabor Church Deacon Fund in her mail box by December 5.

JUST SIT happens every Saturday morning at 9 a.m. at The Heritage Room in Bethesda. Come join us for 20 minutes of centering prayer, followed by hot drinks, some short teaching and discussion. We will always end by 10. If you have questions, contact Brenda Buller, brendasue.buller, phone 386-0581; Rosie Jantz, rjantz, phone 316-772-8740; Carol Duerksen, willowspringdowns13, 386-0709.

The Christian Education Comm. has designated a new giving project for the Adult Faith Formation weekly offering. Beginning December 1 these offerings will help fund the Wednesday evening fellowship meals. Currently, and will continue as so, the meals are funded by a suggested donation from attendees and have also been funded by a Christian Ed budget line. Funds continually come up short to pay for the meals but we feel that this fellowship time is an important part of our Wednesday evening ministry for all who attend. Therefore, we encourage all the adults to joyfully give more to the weekly offering for this outreach opportunity right here in our own community.

The Tabor Trading Post is coming Dec. 1 and 8!!! Remember, this is where Tabor folks bring creative wonderful items and then Tabor folks buy them, and the proceeds go to a very good cause! In the past, the money went for our Tabor Building Fund. This year, the money will go to the Melody Hall Housing Fund, so someone from our Tabor family has a safe, warm place to spend the winter. So prepare to enjoy the Trading Post after Faith Formation, in the Hospitality Hall, on Dec. 1 and 8. See Carol Duerksen if you have questions.

All Tabor women and girls are invited to the Christmas Breakfast on Saturday, December 14 at 9:00 a.m. A delicious breakfast will be followed by a program. There is a sign-up sheet for this event on the bulletin board in the foyer.

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 from MCC is available in the Tabor Church office. Comforter tops are due January 1. Contact Sharon Adrian (620-877-7239; sladrian49), Kim Funk (; 620-747-0408; kfunk) or Ruth Goertzen (alexmenno; 620-747-0074) with question. Instruction to make tops and a donation box if you would like to help purchase batting and supplies for the comforter can be found in the foyer.

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.

Christmas Brass: The 17-piece McPherson Community Brass Choir under the direction of Jerry Toews will be performing great Brass Christmas Music in the Historic Alexanderwohl Mennonite Church on Sunday, Dec 8 at 7 pm. Also performing will be the Goessel High School Elbiata Singers under the direction of Braden Unruh. During the service, a free will offering for the Goessel Ministerial Alliance will be received with proceeds to help local needs. Everyone is invited for this Festive Event!

The Alexanderwohl coffee group invites anyone age 60 and over to join them for Senior Coffee and Conversation on Friday, December 20, at 9:00 am in the Alexanderwohl Church Fellowship Hall. The entertainment will be the Goessel High School Elbiata Singers under the direction of Braden Unruh, followed by a time of food and fellowship. Donations are welcome. Please call the Alexanderwohl Church office by Monday, December 16, if you would like to join us.

This Christmas give the gift of life between 1:00-6:00 on Dec. 16 by donating blood or donating time to volunteer, at the blood drive at Goessel Church. Have questions? Call Rosi (367-2418)

KMMC 2020 We sing that others may live: Please consider joining Kansas Mennonite Men’s Chorus (KMMC) for their upcoming season. This is your opportunity to make a joyful noise while praising God with 200+ of your brothers. It is also a way to make a difference in the world through Mennonite Central Committee (MCC) as all of the concert proceeds go to MCC. We have been singing in the states and across Europe for more than fifty years. We have raised over $700,000 for MCC that has helped many people around the world. Contact Donavon Schmidt to join of if you have questions. Please see article in the upcoming December Tabor Church Newsletter for more information.

Conference Announcements

Prayer Requests:

« Western District Conference: Pray that we as WDC congregations and leaders will sense God’s peace and presence as we prepare for the season of Advent and enter the fullness of the holiday season.

« Mennonite Mission Network: MMN requests prayer for Marvin Lorenzana and his leadership of the Missional Discipleship Initiative. More than 45 leaders in eight “huddles” (learning groups) began training last month. Praise God for their willingness to reach out into their communities to share the good news about Jesus’ love.

« Mennonite Education Agency: Pray for Hesston College students who serve their peers in leadership positions. Ask God to give them the courage and wisdom to respond to their fellow students with love, compassion and understanding in all circumstances.

Western District Conference:

—Giving Tuesday is December 3 – Western District Conference invites you to join this global giving initiative! Share a gift with WDC during this season, to help our congregations Witness & invite others to faith in Jesus Christ, Dwell in just & loving relationships, and Connect to God’s mission in the world. 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! You may send a check to Western District Conference, PO Box 306, N Newton KS 67117. Thank you for your generosity!

—The WDC office and Resource Library will be closed November 28-29 for Thanksgiving, and December 23-January 1, 2020 for Christmas and New Years break.

—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 (MC 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.

—Mennonite Church USA relies on your support as we seek to follow Jesus, witness to God’s peace and help our communities experience transformation. Consider making a year-end, tax-deductible donation on or before #GivingTuesday, December 3, to support the ministries of MC USA at mennoniteusa.org/give.

—You are invited to join MC USA staff for “Coffee and Conversation” in the Newton offices (718 N Main, Newton) to hear from Mennonite Mission Network International Service Worker, Deb Byler, on Monday, December 16 at 11am. She will share about the ministries in which she is involved with Kekchi Mennonite women in Guatemala. A recent article on Deb’s ministry is available on-line: https://www.mennonitemission.net/news/Spiritual-direction-in-Kekchi-context-brings-mutual-growth

Camp Mennoscah:

—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.

—Recruiting is not over! Camp Mennoscah has finished visiting colleges for the season, but we are still on the lookout for many great and amazing young adults with leadership skills for our summer staff. The positions we fill are Crafts Leader, Grounds/Maintenance, Lifeguard, Media/Office, Music Leader, Naturalist, and Office. These positions receive a stipend of $250 per week. Apply online at campmennoscah.org under Summer Youth Camps!

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:

—Hesston College Music and Theatre will present a Christmas performance, "Still, Small Voice," on Saturday, Dec. 7, at 7 p.m. in Hesston Mennonite Church. The concert is free and open to the public.

Anabaptist Mennonite Biblical Seminary: This Advent, try out the free Anabaptist Prayer app! Let Jesus’ words pervade your day through morning and evening prayer services with a distinctive Anabaptist flavor. Take Our Moments and Our Days: An Anabaptist Prayer App includes Scripture-saturated prayers and space for communal reflection. The free, easy-to-navigate app covers Advent through Pentecost as well as Ordinary Time. Available for iPhone or Android. ambs.edu/publishing/anabaptist-prayer-book

Bethel College:

—Sunday, Nov. 24 – Friends of the MLA program, 3 p.m., “Remembering the Vietnam War” with Rachel Pannabecker (50-year anniversary of Bethel’s participation in the Moratorium to End the War in Vietnam), Kauffman Museum

—Sat., Dec. 7 – Five Places of Christmas, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.: Kauffman Museum offers free admission, refreshments, and sale items in the museum store. Bethel College Women’s Association will have holiday food and gift items for sale in Luyken Fine Arts Center.

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

Nov. 24 annc.pdf

Nov. 17 announcements

Congregational Announcements

Stories & Stuff Thursday, November 21! "Major and Minor Motifs and Musings by Marcene”. Come and bring a friend! Please sign up on the bulletin board.

JUST SIT happens every Saturday morning at 9 a.m. at The Heritage Room in Bethesda. Come join us for 20 minutes of centering prayer, followed by hot drinks, some short teaching and discussion. We will always end by 10. If you have questions, contact Brenda Buller, brendasue.buller, phone 386-0581; Rosie Jantz, rjantz, phone 316-772-8740; Carol Duerksen, willowspringdowns13, 386-0709.

All Adults are invited to join in the Hospitality Hall on Sunday, November 24 during Faith Formation for a time of sharing healing stories. Regular adult classes will not meet. If you have a healing story you would like to share with the whole group, please let a pastor know. Everyone, please reflect on how you have experienced healing in your life (physical, mental, spiritual, relational). See you then!

The Christian Education Comm. has designated a new giving project for the Adult Faith Formation weekly offering. Beginning December 1 these offerings will help fund the Wednesday evening fellowship meals. Currently, and will continue as so, the meals are funded by a suggested donation from attendees and have also been funded by a Christian Ed budget line. Funds continually come up short to pay for the meals but we feel that this fellowship time is an important part of our Wednesday evening ministry for all who attend. Therefore, we encourage all the adults to joyfully give more to the weekly offering for this outreach opportunity right here in our own community.

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.

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 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 from MCC is available in the Tabor Church office. Comforter tops are due January 1. Contact Sharon Adrian (620-877-7239; sladrian49), Kim Funk (; 620-747-0408; kfunk) or Ruth Goertzen (alexmenno; 620-747-0074) with question. Instruction to make tops and a donation box if you would like to help purchase batting and supplies for the comforter can be found in the foyer .

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.

Brass Christmas Concert: Come join us at Alexanderwohl Mennonite Church on Sunday, December 8 at 7pm for an evening filled with Christmas music! The evening will feature the McPherson Brass Choir under the direction of Jerry Toews along with the Elbiata Singers from Goessel High School under the direction of Braden Unruh. A freewill offering will be received to support the ministries of the Goessel Ministerial Alliance. We hope to see you there.

Conference Announcements

Prayer Requests:

« Western District Conference: Pray for Peter Emery, as his ordination is celebrated today at Southern Hills Mennonite Church in Topeka.

« Mennonite Mission Network: Loren and Rachel Johns are serving through MMN to offer hospitality at SEMILLA, the Anabaptist seminary in Guatemala. Pray for them as they welcome national and international guests, and for Loren as he also teaches seminary courses.

« Mennonite Education Agency: Pray for David M. Bailey and the Urban Doxology worship team from Richmond, Va., and for the participants in the 5th biennial Worship and the Arts Symposium at Bethel College.

Western District Conference:

—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: You can still join in the MC 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.

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.

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:

—Hesston College has a new and very special opportunity to offer. Our signature course – Biblical Literature – is now available as an online course and can be taken by anyone interested, whether or not they wish to pursue a degree. It’s a great way to learn the Bible story and begin to understand how Anabaptists approach biblical interpretation. See https://www.hesston.edu/2019/10/famous-bib-lit-course-going-online-for-a-wider-audience/ for details.

—Hosting a Hesston College International Student: The office of International Student Support invites you to an informational reception at 4 p.m. on Sunday, Nov. 17 in the community center of Hesston Mennonite Church. If you’ve ever considered hosting a Hesston College international student, here’s a chance to learn more and hear from those with first-hand experience. For more information and to RSVP, (or if interested and unable to attend) contact Carlota Ponds, Director of International Student Support at 620-327-8210 or carlota.ponds.

Bethel College:

—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.

—Registration deadline extended 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. Registration deadline: Nov. 18.

—Friday, Nov. 22 – All are invited to attend an Urban Doxology worship experience, 7 p.m., featuring the Urban Doxology worship band from Richmond, Va., Krehbiel Auditorium in Luyken Fine Arts Center at Bethel College. This part of the biennial Worship and the Arts Symposium requires no pre-registration and is free and open to everyone. A freewill offering will be taken for Harvest of Love.

—Sunday, Nov. 24 – Friends of the MLA program, 3 p.m., “Remembering the Vietnam War” with Rachel Pannabecker (50-year anniversary of Bethel’s participation in the Moratorium to End the War in Vietnam), Kauffman Museum

—All bakers and craft makers are invited to make items for 5 Places of Christmas December 7, at Bethel College Fine Arts Center. Bethel College Women’s Association will again be selling baked goods, and crafts and poinsettias. Christmas candy, zwieback, peppernuts, poppyseed roll and cinnamon rolls are always a great seller. Please bring your items on Friday, December 6 from 1:30-4:30 pm or on Saturday from 7-8 am in the Fine Arts Center Room 140 which is behind the Box Office.Thank you for your support of Bethel College!

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 1:30-3:00 pm in the First Mennonite Church Sanctuary. Please bring your own Messiah book or purchase one for $15 at the first rehearsal.

Dress rehearsal is on Saturday, December 14 from 10:00 am – 12:00 pm and the presentation is on Sunday, December 15 at 7:00 pm.Questions? Please contact Matthew Graber at 605-310-1656 or email mgraber2013.

Retirement Workshop: Get the information you need to make your best financial decisions: Everence Financial, michelle.ramer.

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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.

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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.

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