Sept. 9 announcements

Congregational Announcements

Call to Commitment: 2019 Commitment Sheets are now available to be filled out online: or using a paper form. Please take time to read through the entire form, process and pray about how you would like to be involved in the ministries of Tabor Mennonite in this coming year, and then mark all the ways you are already committed to serving or are interested in serving in the coming fiscal year (Dec. 2018-Nov. 2019). If you have any questions, please contact a Pastor.

Deacon Discernment: Deacons are in the process of discerning two new persons to join the Deacon Team. If you are interested or know of someone who is interested in serving the congregation in this way, please speak with a current Deacon or Pastor.

Narrative Requests are due in the church office September 25. Reports by email are appreciated: kfunk

New Hope Shelter: Tabor’s week to serve at New Hope Shelter is coming up September 12-18. Contact Barb Abrahams or Austin Unruh to volunteer or if you have questions. Thanks for your continued support of the homeless shelter.

Tabor Mennonite Women:

TMW will have a project of tying comforters in the church fellowship hall on Wednesday, Sept. 19 from 1-4 p.m. Bring some goodies to share for our snack.

TMW haven’t had regular offerings throughout the summer. Please put your offering in Denise Nickel’s mailbox for our summer offerings.

Acts Reading Challenge: If you read through all of Acts in one sitting or at least over the course of 1 week, not only will you receive treasure in heaven, but if you let Pastor Phil know that you have completed the challenge, he will give you an organic, fairly traded chocolate bar! This challenge is for all ages. Younger children may choose to read (or have their parents read to them) all of the Acts stories in the Shine Story Bible to complete the challenge. If you really want a challenge, compete for the grand prize by reading through Acts multiple times in multiple translations! May God challenge and inspire us through the reading of the Word.

Faith Testimonies: We invite anyone who has a faith testimony that they would like to share in church to please contact one of the Tabor pastors. We would love to include a faith testimony for many of the Sundays of our Acts Worship Series, which will continue until Lent 2019.

Bible Study: Everyone is invited to join the Tabor weekly Bible study, which continues on Wednesday evenings from 8-9pm. Each week, we will study the passage from Acts that will be the focus during the following Sunday worship. If you have any questions, please visit with Pastor Phil. We hope to see you there!

Ray and Brenda Hurst plan to join us at noon on our Service Day, Sept.16. After lunch they will be at Russ and Barb Abrahams house until 4:00 if you want to stop by to chat.

Help Needed: Tractor drivers to pull the shuttle thru the parking lots at the KS State Fair on Thurs., Sept. 13. Shifts needed:1-4 pm or 4-7 pm. Because Mennonite churches in KS get drivers for all the days of the State Fair, a reduced price is given for renting the fairgrounds for the MCC sale. Contact Jerry Toews at 620-367-8257 or email: jtoews62 It’s a boring job, BUT very helpful.

Attention Young Adults! There will be an Area Wide PC-PF (Post College- Pre Family) Fall Get Together on Sunday, Sept. 30. We will meet at 5:30 pm at Rene and Kristin Kaufman’s home, near Moundridge. Please bring a side dish to share and a lawn chair. This group is designed for young adults in similar life stages to socialize together. If you would like to attend or have questions, please contact Kristin Kaufman- kristin.unruh. Hope to see you there!

The 6th annual 2 and 6 mile Goessel Area Harvest Giving Walk will be Sunday, October 7 at 1:30 p.m. leaving from Goessel Mennonite Church. Mark your calendars and see your recruiter Kevin Nickel to sign up to participate. Donations will go to support MCC and the local Tabor Church Food Pantry.

Position needing to be filled before October 15: Chairperson for the Mennonite College Scholarship Task Force. Job description: Coordinate annual fund raiser meal. Be the contact person for Sundays when Mennonite Colleges visit, which usually involves planning and hosting a brunch or potluck and asking college alumni to help. Chair meetings with the Task Force (parents of current college students and other volunteers to the Task Force) when needs arise or at fund raising times or to plan new goals and visions that the Task Force want to set. Communicate with the Scholarship Coordinator (Gayle Funk). SEE GAYLE FUNK IF YOU HAVE QUESTIONS or think that this might be a mission for you!

Conference Announcements

Prayer Requests:

« Western District Conference: Pray for WDC congregations and groups participating in the Mennonite Church USA Journey Forward process, as they engage the Renewed Commitments document through study, worship and feedback.

« Mennonite Mission Network: Brian and Noelia Fox and their daughters, serving with MMN, are beginning another school year in Spain. Pray for the girls as they relate to classmates, and for Brian and Noelia as they work with parents and students in the English school they established.

« Mennonite Education Agency: Lezha (Albania) Academic Center LAC educator Dini Shahini is traveling to the states to connect with donors and share the story of God’s work in Lezha in different churches. Pray for safe travel and meaningful connections..

Camp Mennoscah:

—Help us finish the playground! The new slides and cable climber for the Whale playground have arrived and we need your help! Upcoming work days are Sept. 7, 14, and 15, 9am-4pm. Volunteer for a day or half a day! Bring friends!

—Fun times at Work & Play Camp, Sept. 21-25! This is our service-oriented retreat with tasks for all skill levels and ability. All ages are invited to come for a full or partial retreat. No fees but donations are welcome.

—Come to camp on Sunday, Sept. 23, as we dedicate The Whale playground and celebrate Camp Mennoscah’s 70th Anniversary at the Annual Meeting! All are welcome to attend. Events are part of Work & Play Camp starting Sept. 21. Annual Meeting events begin with worship at 10am on Sunday with The Whale dedication at 5pm and annual meeting following. Register to let us know you’re coming to celebrate with us!

—Scrapbook and Crafts Retreats: October 26-28 and November 2-4.

Information for all events at Camp Mennoscah or to register:

Online at

Telephone: 620-297-3290.

Email: office.

Contact: olivia.bartel.

Become a Doctrine of Discovery trainer! Register now for the October 8-10 training taking place at MCC in North Newton. Using the framework of the Doctrine of Discovery we will explore taking of land from Indigenous people which led to the justification of the global slave-trade of the 15th and 16th centuries, and the Age of Imperialism. Participants will be equipped with the following educational tools which they can utilize to further educate others on the Doctrine of Discovery:

•The Loss of Turtle Island – a participatory learning experience that depicts the historic relationship between European settlers – including Mennonites – and the Indigenous nations, the original inhabitants, of the land we now call the United States of America.

• The Doctrine of Discovery – an analysis of the theological , philosophical and legal framework established by the Christian Church that gave European governments moral and legal rights to invade and seize Indigenous lands and dominate Indigenous peoples.


Questions? Please contact ericalittlewolf for more information.

Mennonite Disaster Service is seeking weekly volunteers for Oct., Nov. and Dec. 2018! Join us as individuals or groups to help those affected by disasters. We are working in the following locations: Lake County, CA; Pine Ridge, SD; Victoria County, TX; La Grange, TX; Fort Myers, FL; West Virginia; Williams Lake, BC; and Puerto Rico. Serve with a positive and Christ-like heart using your trade skills or learning new skills on the job. To serve with us, contact Deanna Frey by calling 1-800-241-8111 or emailing dfrey. For more information about our current projects, visit

MC USA encourages you to “Learn, Pray, Join” for immigration justice now. Watch a recording of our recent immigration justice webinar at and find ways to support immigration justice at

New Hope Shelter: Help raise money for New Hope Shelter by eating at Wendy’s in Newton on Wednesday, Sept. 12, 5-8pm. 20% of all sales during that time frame will be donated to New Hope. Last year, over $370 was received from this fundraising event.

M-2 Prison Visitation Volunteer Opportunity: Jesus calls us to visit the prisoner! At Hutchinson Correctional Facility (HCF) there are over 50 inmates who are waiting for a visit. Through Offender/Victim Ministries’ M-2 Program, you have the opportunity to visit an inmate one evening a month. New volunteer training for M-2 will be on Monday, Sept. 17 at 12 pm at HCF or Thursday, Sept. 20 at 7 pm at Bethel College Mennonite Church, N. Newton. Please contact Ben Kreider for more information at ben or (316) 281 5244.

Area singers are invited to join a mass choir for Hesston College’s Masterworks concert Saturday, Sept. 22. The concert, entitled “Grant Us Peace,” will be a performance of Vaughan William’s “Dona Nobis Pacem” in celebration of the International Day of Peace. The rehearsal schedule can be found at russell.adrian or 620-327-8143 to join the choir or for questions.

Bethel College:

—Sun., Sept. 9 – KIPCOR Film Series presents two short films about immigration, To Breathe Free and Locked in a Box, 3 p.m.; talkback follows with Harold Schlechtweg, advocacy director for the International Rescue Committee, and Sandrine Lisk, an attorney with Immigration Law Office, both in Wichita; Krehbiel Auditorium in Luyken Fine Arts Center at Bethel College

—Bethel College and Tabor College welcome WDC members to go on the study tour to Jordan, Palestine, and Israel, Jan. 2-22, 2019. Peter Goerzen (Bethel) and Doug Miller (Tabor), both WDC members, will lead the group. Please contact Peter (pgoerzen) or Doug (dougm) this week if interested.

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Sept. 9 insert.pdf

June Newsletter

In this issue:

–Summer Faith Formation: Pray for Peace – Act for Peace along with complete schedule for Adults and Chldren
–"JoinHands" Find out how you can help plant churches
–Reflections of a parent after reading John 15
–be sure to scroll down to page 2 of the calendar to see consruction pictures of Tabor’s building project!


March 11 announcements

Conference Announcements

Prayer Requests:

« Western District Conference: Pray for WDC congregations Beatrice Mennonite Church and First Mennonite Church of Beatrice, NE, as they host Faith, Hope, and the Mission of Rural and Small Town Churches, a study series with Brad Roth, Mar 18-19.

« Mennonite Mission Network: Last month, Taiwan experienced a powerful earthquake that killed at least nine people. MMN requests prayer for the people of Taiwan as they grieve the loss of loved ones and rebuild their lives.

« Mennonite Education Agency: Remember Hesston College students leaving campus for spring break. Pray especially for student groups and athletic teams who are traveling to do service and compete.

« Mennonite Disaster Service: MDS has many urgent volunteer needs and several job opportunities. Please pray for those considering service with MDS and for the volunteers as they travel to and from locations, handle tools, repair and build homes and bring hope to disaster survivors. Consider being an MDS volunteer or applying for one of the job opportunities.

WDC Year of Evangelism event: March 18-19: the Mennonite churches of Beatrice, NE will host “Faith, Hope, and the Mission of Rural and Small Town Churches.” Brad Roth, pastor at West Zion, Moundridge, KS and author of God’s Country: Faith, Hope, and the Future of the Rural Church will be the speaker. Detailed information can be found at:

Donate Bicycles: West Zion Mennonite Church, Moundridge, is hosting a bicycle drive, March 10, 8:00-10:00 AM in support of refugees who have settled in Wichita. Many newcomers to our country use bicycles to get to work and school, especially while they’re still getting established and don’t yet have a driver’s license. We’re accepting new or used bicycles for all ages. Bicycles needing light repairs are also okay. You can also make a monetary donation which will go toward the purchase of helmets. Questions? Contact the West Zion church office: 620-345-8143 or bradroth.

Looking for short-term housing in Kansas City for a weekend retreat? Rainbow Mennonite Church has developed a Rainbow Guest House that can be used for individuals or small groups. The house is located one block from Rainbow Mennonite Church in what used to be the Kansas City MVS house. During this past year the house has been transformed into a hybrid house that includes 2 full-time house managers and residents with private rooms available for short-term guests. Please visit Rainbow Guest House – Rainbow Mennonite Church for more information or to inquire about reservations.

Rainbow Summer Program (Rainbow Mennonite Church, Kansas City, KS) is hiring summer interns! Rainbow Summer Program is a six-week summer enrichment program for 100 children who have completed grades K – 8. Interns serve in the classrooms and are paid a stipend for the summer. For more information on how to apply, please visit

Camp Mennoscah

—Youth Volunteer Weekend for grades 7-12 is March 16-17!

—Refresh and Renew! Camp Mennoscah’s Retirees Retreat invites retirees and interested persons of all ages to join us April 23-25 for several days of renewal. Speakers will share about Vietnam, teen prison ministry, storm chasing and so much more! Coffee breaks will give you a chance to discuss further and enjoy a good chat. Contact Camp Mennoscah for a brochure or find it online at! We’ll see you there for an amazingly good time.

—Kitchen helpers needed for our summer youth camps. Parents receive a camper discount up to full camp fees.

Information for all events at Camp Mennoscah or to register:

Online at

Telephone: 620-297-3290.

Email: office.

Contact: olivia.bartel.

Darkness to Light: Stewards of Children, training will be held at the MCC Center on March 22 from 6:30 – 8:30. Bill Reynolds from CASA: A Voice for Children, is the presenter. Survivor stories and expert insight in child protection will be presented. This training may be of particular interest to youth organizations, parents, educators, childcare providers and those working with children in faith communities. The cost is $20.00. To register email kathywiens59 or call 316-587-7244.

Mennonite Voluntary Service: We have four great placement options in Kansas City, including a new placement at Rainbow Mennonite Church! Please spread the word and encourage people you know to look into it!

Bethel College

—Fri., March 16 – Doris Bergen, University of Toronto, “Neighbors, Killers, Enablers, Witnesses: The Many Roles of Mennonites in the Holocaust,” 11 a.m., Krehbiel Auditorium in Luyken Fine Arts Center at Bethel College (public presentation from the Mennonites and the Holocaust conference).

—Fri., March 16 – The Mennonites and the Holocaust conference presents a public screening of Friesennot, a 1935 Nazi propaganda film about a Mennonite village in Russia, 7:30 p.m., Krehbiel Auditorium in Luyken Fine Arts Center at Bethel College.

Andover Organ Series: Continuing to bring quality performing art from around the world to south central Kansas, the next concert in the 2017-18 Andover Organ Series will feature organist, Dr. Ryan Hebert at 7 p.m., Tuesday, March 13, at Hesston Mennonite Church on the Hesston College campus. The concert is free and open to the public. A reception will follow the concert.

Newton Et Cetera Shop invites organizations to apply for their annual Local Giving grants. Local Giving grants are made available each spring by the Newton Et Cetera Shop board of directors. Application forms may be downloaded at and must be submitted by e-mail to localgiving@ by April 13, 2018. Multiple grants will be awarded to selected groups by June 2018, in amounts up to $5,000. Applicants for the Local Giving grants must hold legal nonprofit status and operate out of and serve Newton, North Newton, Hesston, Goessel, Moundridge, Whitewater, Elbing, Halstead or Walton. Applicants do not need to have a religious affiliation or mission, but they must function in a manner consistent with Mennonite Central Committee (MCC) and be guided by purposes consistent with MCC’s.

Kansas Mennonite Relief Sale

Praising God Through Service

Sale Dates: April 13 – 14, 2018

REMEMBERING 50 years of the Relief Sale in Kansas

Over $10,000 was raised for MCC Relief through the collection of pennies and pocket change. The penny project gave people the opportunity to talk with people about the work of MCC. Friday and Saturday, April 10 and 11 of 1992 brought an estimated 31,000 people to Hutchinson to attend the 24th Annual Sale. At the Sale, 43,000 New Year’s Cookies were made; 1,280 pies collected; and a “House Against Hunger” was sold at auction. The Children’s Program ran from 10:00 AM until 1:00 PM with stories and skits. The Environmental Concerns Committee was responsible for asking difficult questions about how we handle the waste and trash from the Sale and how we can use the Sale to educate people about the benefits of recycling. The prices for food at the Feeding of the Multitude included verenike for $1.00, sausage for 75 cents, and zwieback for 25 cents. April 2 was the verenike making day in Hillsboro with 18,684 being made and frozen to be taken to the Sale. There were many buses that came from Emporia, Burdett, Lincoln, Colby, Concordia, Newton, Goessel, and Moundridge to the Sale. To God be the Glory.

Sale Announcements

—CONGRATS, KS Mennonites you have donated enough money to cover ALL pre-sale expenses of $77,000. This is 5 weeks BEFORE the sale starts and is a VERY positive sign for another GREAT KS MCC Sale. THANKS Tabor for all your contributions toward pre-sale expenses!!

—Much excitement and anticipation is being generated for the BIG 50th Anniversary of KS First MCC Sale. Many special events are being planned.

—These Large Group Activities of Everyone working together for one cause are RARE in today’s society. We are so fortunate to live so close to such a dynamic and powerful event. Invite your family and friends to meet you there. We have one entire building devoted to Children’s Activities with Children’s Auction at 10 am on Saturday.

—TODAY is the LAST day to look at the Tabor Quilts. PLEASE go to the basement and look them over. We will take them in to the MCC Center Monday to have them photographed to go on the website and booklet.

—PLEASE start bringing your projects to the northwest corner of the basement for display.

—Children’s Coin Offering was $58.31. Wonderful!! Keep bringing your change you collect during the week and your paper. THANKS to the Children Ushers. You are an important part.

—Tabor 5K Team is Les Goerzen, Lee and Phyllis Goertzen, Jerry Toews so far. PLEASE give your names to Jerry or Kim so we can add you to the list.

—GO TO THE WEBSITE AND SCROLL AROUND. More items being added frequently:

—Bohne berrogie bake day for the MCC sale will be on April 7 at Moundridge High School. The first shift starts at 7 and the second shift at 10. If you would be willing to help, please contact Marla Gillmore at 620-921-0428 or email bmg. It’s a good time of serving and fellowship. Please wear a head covering.

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

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Feb. newsletter

Attached is the February Tabor Church Newsletter. In this issue:

–Worship plans for the season of Lent
–Report from Pastor Phil from the Congregational Concensus Building Conversation held on Jan. 28
–Find out how to help Karina Brandt, serving with Mennonite Mission Network Journey International, by donating coats for the people she is serving
–and more……..

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