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June 25 bulletin

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June 25 announcements

Congregational Announcements

To celebrate the ministry and dedication of Eric Schrag as administrator/CEO of Bethesda Home, the board and administrators of Bethesda are hosting a Farewell/Blessing Party for Eric on Sunday, June 25th from 2:30 – 3:30 pm in the Bethesda Chapel. Please join us in wishing Eric well as he assumes the role of Vice President of Advancement at Bethel College.

Attention Young Adults! There will be an Area Wide PC-PF (Post College – Pre Family) Hot Dog Roast and Outdoor Game Night on Sunday, June 25 at 6pm at the Tabor Mennonite Church Park, Rural Newton. This group is designed for young adults in similar life stages to socialize together. Please bring table service, lawn chair, a side dish to share, and lawn games to play. Hot dogs, buns, drinks, and s’mores will be provided. If you have questions, please contact Kristin Unruh-kristin.unruh. We hope to see you there!

The annual Goessel Community Picnic is on Sunday, June 25, at 5:30 p.m. at the Goessel Park. Hamburgers and hotdogs will be served between 5:30 and 6:30 p.m. Drinks will be provided. Please bring a side dish or dessert to share, table service and lawn chairs. The Bethesda Singers will offer some music for us, beginning at 6:30. Come join us for food, fellowship, music and fun in the park! It’s a great way to connect with friends and neighbors. Spread the word! Sponsored by the Goessel Ministerial Alliance.

Pets in the Park Ice Cream Social: Sunday, July 2 at 6:30pm, come to the church park and bring your favorite dessert or ice cream topping to go along with ice cream that will be provided!! Don’t come alone! Bring your four-footed, furry friends with you if you would like (leashed and people-friendly animals only please). We will have an evening of fun and ice cream for all!

Building Committee Appointed: After the June 4th leadership retreat the Church Council had a short meeting to approve the following people to serve on the building committee: Brent Abrahams, Gayle Funk, Kenton Nickel, Donavon Schmidt, and Emil Schmidt. They will serve as a liaison between the congregation and the contractor. If you would like to make any suggestions for the upcoming building project, they would be willing to visit with you. –Jim Schmidt, church chairperson

We are looking for volunteers! There are opportunities to lead games and crafts, provide snack, as well as be a helper for Children’s Faith Formation this summer. Please check out the sign-up sheets in the foyer.

We are also looking for some supplies for children’s summer Faith Formation crafts. If you have scrapbook paper (they do not have to be full sheets; scraps are okay!) or beads (for jewelry) that you would be willing to donate, you could put them on the table in the supply room by July 2. Also, we are looking for #6 plastic (such as the clear lids that come with aluminum baking pans); please also put those in the supply room. Talk with Krista Graber if you have questions.

Tabor Church Food Pantry: Summer is here! With children spending more time at home, there is greater need for non perishable food donations in our community food pantry. Most needed: boxed meals, boxed potatoes, canned meat, cereal, spaghetti and sauce, ramen noodles, canned fruit, applesauce, corn, peanut butter, jelly, pancake mix, syrup, laundry soap, dish soap, shampoo, and toilet paper. (We have plenty of green beans and peas at this time.) Cash donations are also welcome for gifts cards to Keith’s Foods, to be used for perishable food items. If no one is available when you bring your food donations, you may leave them in the foyer beneath the coat racks across from the church office. Thank you for your continued support of this vital ministry.

WDC Annual Assembly will be held August 4-6 in Arlington, TX. If you are interested in being a delegate, please contact a Pastor soon. Deacons will provide $100 of financial assistance to help cover registration costs for Tabor delegates. Read all about Assembly and register by July 19 at: http://mennowdc.org/annual-assembly/#2017annualAssembly. A brochure is posted on the bulletin board.

Youth Fundraiser: Wall to Orlando: The Youth Group “Wall to Orlando” fundraiser has been moved to the wall beside the church office. If all of these envelopes were filled, we would have enough funds to reach our goal. Thank you for prayerfully considering to give above and beyond that which you have already given on behalf of our congregation’s youth.

It’s time to celebrate! “Uncle Milt’s Shed” will be celebrating its 15th year of providing kids with make-it-take-it crafts at Threshing Day this August. We are looking to replenish our crafting supplies and need approximately 100 empty/clean tin cans (15-20 oz. sizes—the kinds that come from vegetable/fruit/soups) and calico print fabric. All donated items can be delivered to the Mennonite Heritage & Agricultural Museum (Tuesday-Saturday, 10 am-5 pm) or to Susan Nafziger by Friday, July 14. If you have questions, feel free to contact Susan at 367-4623. Thanks for your support!

Dates to Remember:

July 4-8: Mennonite Church USA Convention in Orlando, FL

July 18: Tabor Mennonite Women at MCC Center

July 19-25: Tabor serves at New Hope Shelter

August 4-6: Western District Conference Annual Assembly

August 27: Mennograss

September 8-10: Women’s Retreat at Camp Mennoscah

September 16-17: Tabor Church Campout at Mennoscah

Conference Announcements

Prayer Requests:

« Western District Conference: Pray for delegates, youth, and others from WDC traveling to Orlando, FL, for Mennonite Church USA convention in early July.

« Mennonite Mission Network: Eid al Fitr begins at sundown today. This Muslim holiday marks the end of the fasting month of Ramadan, which emphasizes empathy for the poor and focuses on the spiritual life. Mennonite Mission Network requests prayer for workers who are building bridges between Christians and Muslims in many countries.

« Mennonite Education Agency: Anabaptist Mennonite Biblical Seminary. This summer, five youth are serving in their home congregations for 100 hours – working alongside their pastor in a mentoring relationship – as part of !Explore: A Theological Program for High School Youth, an AMBS program. Pray that God would use these experiences to help shape and form them as Christ-followers and strengthen their leadership skills.

« Mennonite Church USA: Surround the Mennonite Church USA 2017 Convention in prayer as it begins July 4 in Orlando, Florida. More than 3,000 youth, delegates and others are expected to attend.

Western District Conference

Annual Assembly: A bus has been chartered from N Newton to Arlington, TX for the WDC Annual Assembly August 4-6. Bus departs from Kauffman Museum in North Newton on the morning of August 4, and can also pick up riders at the Best Western in Park City, KS. Anticipated return to North Newton is 8 pm on August 6. Register early to secure your seat on the deluxe motorcoach! Seats available until filled. Complete information about Annual Assembly, the chartered bus option, and online registration is at: http://mennowdc.org/annual-assembly/#2017annualAssembly.

WDC delegates to the Mennonite Church USA convention in Orlando are: Norma Duerksen, Rosie Epp, Anita Kehr, Heidi Regier Kreider, Byron Pellecer, Terry Rediger, Ray Reimer and Kristen Swartley. Three persons from WDC have also been appointed to participate in the Step Up program for senior high youth attending delegate sessions: Erick J. Martinez, Magdalena Ramer Wenger and Andrew Moore. Please pray for these folks as they represent Western District Conference at the delegate assembly and Future Church Summit.

Summer Reading Program–for all ages in all places! Children AND adults, sign up for the WDC Resource Library’s summer reading program at http://www.mennowdc.

org/library or contact the library (crlib or 316-283-6300). Fun prizes for all ages and we mail books to those at a distance.

Camp Mennoscah:

-Camp is a place where we are reminded that being a Christian is fun. Youth camps run through the last week of July and we have openings for those going into grade 3 through senior high. Limited scholarship funds are available.

-Family Weekend at Camp Mennoscah! July 29-30: worship, swimming, crafts, campfire, and fun with others. We will provide meals, lifeguards, craft materials, and music–all for you!

-Young Adult Weekend, August 4-6! We’ve planned a weekend of time for you to be unstructured and relaxed. There will be worship, swimming, time to play games or go for walks, be in solitude or with friends.

Thank you to everyone who supports our summer staff, counselors, and program staff who spend time at Camp Mennoscah! The letters and packages you send are special treats during a week that is rewarding and fun but often exhausting. Thank you also to all the parents, friends and relatives who send letters to our campers! We all love to get mail and these notes are a good pick-me-up and a hug through words. Emails can be sent to office with the camper’s name in the subject line.

Information for Camp Mennoscah or to register:

Online at www.campmennoscah.org

Telephone: 620-297-3290.

Email: office.

Contact: olivia.bartel.

Service Adventure is in need of unit leaders for the Jackson, Mississippi, unit. The term begins late July with orientation, and participants begin their service term in August. If you or someone you know is interested, please contact Susan Nisly at SusanN or visit us at www.MennoniteMission.net

Towels & Cloth Diapers Needed! The MCC Material Resources Center in North Newton, is currently running very low on towels for MCC relief kits and hygiene kits. Dark colored bath towels, dark colored hand towels and cloth diapers for infant care kits (flat fold preferred) are needed at this time. Donations can be brought to 121 E. 30th in North Newton, or you can purchase items from katemast, 316.283.2720.

Mennonite Disaster Updates:

-Ashland, KS – 2017 Wildfires. We are working on removing barbed wire fencing that was damaged. Volunteers are needed to remove clips and staples from the posts, and then pick up the posts off the ground and load them onto utility vehicles. Many hands are needed and no prior experience is required. Lodging & meals are being provided at the Hardesty House in Ashland. Individuals or groups can volunteer for 1-5 days at a time Monday to Friday. We are looking for groups to fill the weeks of June 26, July 3 and July 10. For more information check out https://mds.mennonite.net/unit/kansas-unit/ and the latest video posted https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RfViZ8YHO6I

-Eureka, KS – 2016 Tornado. We are working on several repair jobs which include roofing, and replacing flooring & drywall. We will also be building one new house starting in the next several weeks! Individuals or groups can volunteer on Saturdays. Transportation, lunch, tools and a skilled crew leader will all be provided. We will be working June 24, July 1 and July 8 for starters.

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June 18 bulletin

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June 18 announcements

Congregational Announcements

Building Committee Appointed: After the June 4th leadership retreat the Church Council had a short meeting to approve the following people to serve on the building committee: Brent Abrahams, Gayle Funk, Kenton Nickel, Donavon Schmidt, and Emil Schmidt. They will serve as a liaison between the congregation and the contractor. If you would like to make any suggestions for the upcoming building project, they would be willing to visit with you.

–Jim Schmidt, church chairperson

Summer Faith Formation begins this Sunday June 18:

Children:

—The children will all be meeting together for summer faith formation. We are looking for volunteers! There are opportunities to lead games and crafts as well as be a helper. There are also opportunities to provide snacks. Please check out the sign-up sheets in the foyer.

—Next Sunday, June 25, we will have a field trip to Carol Duerksen and Maynard Knepp’s farm. Parents are welcome and encouraged to come, especially with the younger children. Please contact Pam Abrahams if you have any questions!

—For children’s summer Faith Formation crafts, we are looking for some supplies. If you have scrapbook paper (they do not have to be full sheets; scraps are okay!) or beads (for jewelry) that you would be willing to donate, you could put them on the table in the supply room by July 2. Talk with Krista Graber if you have questions.

Adults: “Jesus is the center of our faith; Community is the center of our life; Reconciliation is the center of our work.” What does it mean to live out these “Anabaptist Essentials” in our daily lives? This will be the topic of our conversation in the elective class offered this summer. If you have signed up for this class, you will find a copy of the book in your mailbox. If you plan to attend but did not sign up, please pick up a book from Pastor Phil. Please read the introduction and chapter 1 for June 25.

Tabor Church Food Pantry: Summer is here! With children spending more time at home, there is greater need for non perishable food donations in our community food pantry. Most needed: boxed meals, boxed potatoes, canned meat, cereal, spaghetti and sauce, ramen noodles, canned fruit, applesauce, corn, peanut butter, jelly, pancake mix, syrup, laundry soap, dish soap, shampoo, and toilet paper. (We have plenty of green beans and peas at this time.) Cash donations are also welcome for gifts cards to Keith’s Foods, to be used for perishable food items. If no one is available when you bring your food donations, you may leave them in the foyer beneath the coat racks across from the church office. Thank you for your continued support of this vital ministry.

Commodities will be distributed at Goessel Mennonite Church on Friday, June 23 from 5 – 6pm. Enter through the north door to room 8. For more information contact Jenny Girard at 747-0046.

WDC Annual Assembly is coming! It will be held August 4-6 in Arlington, TX. If you are interested in being a delegate, please contact a Pastor soon.

Deacons will provide $100 of financial assistance to help cover registration costs for Tabor delegates. Registration is now open! Information and online registration is available at: http://mennowdc.org/annual-assembly/#2017annual

Assembly. A brochure is posted on the bulletin board (and emailed last week).

Youth Fundraiser: Wall to Orlando: The Youth Group “Wall to Orlando” fundraiser has been moved to the wall beside the church office. If all of these envelopes were filled, we would have enough funds to reach our goal. Thank you for prayerfully considering to give above and beyond that which you have already given on behalf of our congregation’s youth.

Attention Young Adults! There will be an Area Wide PC-PF (Post College – Pre Family) Hot Dog Roast and Outdoor Game Night on Sunday, June 25 at 6pm at the Tabor Mennonite Church Park, Rural Newton. This group is designed for young adults in similar life stages to socialize together. Please bring table service, lawn chair, a side dish to share, and lawn games to play. Hot dogs, buns, drinks, and s’mores will be provided. If you have questions, please contact Kristin Unruh

– kristin.unruh. We hope to see you there!

The annual Goessel Community Picnic is on Sunday, June 25, at 5:30 p.m. at the Goessel Park. Hamburgers and hotdogs will be served between 5:30 and 6:30 p.m. Drinks will be provided. Please bring a side dish or dessert to share, table service and lawn chairs. The Bethesda Singers will offer some music for us, beginning at 6:30. Come join us for food, fellowship, music and fun in the park! It’s a great way to connect with friends and neighbors. Spread the word! Sponsored by the Goessel Ministerial Alliance.

Conference Announcements

Prayer Requests:

« Western District Conference: Pray for Marshall Anderson who is being installed today as Associate Pastor at Faith Mennonite Church, Newton.

« Mennonite Mission Network: On this Father’s Day, thank God for all the men who have cared for you and shared God’s love with you. Mennonite Mission Network requests prayer for all the fathers in the world so they can provide food and homes for their children.

« Mennonite Education Agency: Pray fro the new Instituto Biblico Anabautista students at IglesiaMennonita Casa del Alfarero’s Study Center in Pasadena, Texas, who are studying the course “Introduction to Biblical Study.” Pray for their tutor, Alberto Parchmont. May God’s wisdom and guidance be with him as he leads the students in their weekly meetings. May God continue to bless him as he gives his time to this ministry.

Western District Conference

Going to WDC Annual Assembly? Leave the driving to someone else! A bus has been chartered from N. Newton to Arlington, TX for the Assembly August 4-6. Bus departs from Kauffman Museum in N. Newton on the morning of August 4, and can also pick up riders at the Best Western in Park City. Anticipated return to N. Newton is 8 pm on August 6. Information about Annual Assembly, chartered bus option, and online registration is at: http://mennowdc.org/annual-assembly/#2017

annualAssembly. Register early to secure your seat on the deluxe motorcoach! Seats will only be available until filled.

Camp Mennoscah:

-Summer Youth Camps have started–and we have room for you! Camp Mennoscah has summer youth camps for youth in grades 3-12. It’s a blast with worship, crafts, recreation, river play, interest groups, and lots of neat folks! The theme this year is Branching Out: Connecting Through Christ. Register and we’ll sign you up for a week of fun!

-Thank you to everyone who attended the dedication for Sandbar cabin! We saw the work of dedicated volunteers, enjoyed hearing stories, and offered a prayer for Sandbar and the many campers who will enjoy the new space. The first campers are in the cabin this week.

-Camp Mennoscah, a place of faith and fun, is looking for you! We need a nurse for the week of July 16-22 and kitchen helpers for our Family Weekend, July 29-30, and our Senior High Camp, July 30-Aug. 3. Nurses need a valid license, but kitchen staff need only smiling faces and the ability to follow directions! It’s a grand time, however you spend your time!

Information for Camp Mennoscah or to register:

Online at www.campmennoscah.org

Telephone: 620-297-3290.

Email: office.

Contact: olivia.bartel.

Seeking Peace in Israel and Palestine Resolution Webinar put on by Mennonite Church USA, in coordination with MCC, will be on June 20, 8 pm eastern / 7 pm central / 6 pm mountain / 5 pm pacific – Join us for a 1-hour webinar to learn more about the “Seeking Peace in Israel-Palestine” resolution that will be considered by delegates at Orlando 2017. Andre Gingerich Stoner who helped lead the writing process will offer a short overview of the resolution. The webinar will have extensive question and answer time. Whether you read the resolution beforehand and come with questions, or use this as an introduction to the resolution, you are welcome to join the conversation. Please RSVP.

Curious about MCC’s work around the world? It’s not too late to sign up for a MCC Learning Tour! Join us as we travel to Haiti, Oct 21-28 and Palestine/Israel, Nov 3-14, 2017. For more information contact Anna Yoder at annayoder or 316.283.2720.

MCC Central States is hiring a Donor Relations Associate. The Donor Relations Associate is responsible for assisting in implementation of the donor relations strategy for MCC Central States by stewarding major donors involving face-to face contact in order to meet the budgeted income goals and generate the necessary resources to accomplish the mission of MCC. This position is open within the 16-state MCC CS region. To see a full job description and to apply, please visit https://mcc.org/get-involved/serve/openings.

Child Protection Training at the MCC Center: There will be a Safe Sanctuaries training on June 22 from 6:30 – 8:30 at the MCC Center in North Newton. The training is lead by Kathy Wiens and will help congregations understand childhood sexual abuse and ways to avoid the risk. This workshop will help congregations develop a new child protection plan or revise an existing one. Cost: $20. To register email kathywiens59 or call 316-587-7244.

The Sustainability Circle at Hesston Mennonite Church exists to create community while promoting sustainability. Next Meeting: June 22nd, 5:30 p.m. Pot-luck and Rain Barrel presentation by James Wenger in the NE Wing of Hesston Mennonite Church. Come for all or part of the evening. (Presentation begins at 6:15). For more info or to schedule childcare please contact Paula Miller, 316-217-2984, lovelocalfood

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June 11 bulletin

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June 11 announcements

Congregational Announcements

WDC Annual Assembly is coming! It will be held August 4-6 in Arlington, TX. If you are interested in being a delegate, please contact a Pastor soon. Deacons will provide financial assistance to help cover registration costs for Tabor delegates. Registration is now open! Information and online registration is available at: http://mennowdc.org/annual-assembly/#2017annualAssembly. A brochure is posted on the bulletin board (and attached to emailed announcements).

Youth Fundraiser: Wall to Orlando: The Youth Group “Wall to Orlando” fundraiser has been moved to the wall beside the church office. If all of these envelopes were filled, we would have enough funds to reach our goal. Thank you for prayerfully considering to give above and beyond that which you have already given on behalf of our congregation’s youth.

Summer Faith Formation begins Sunday June 18:

Children, we have exciting things planned for you that you don’t want to miss! Carol Duerksen will be telling the Bible stories in creative ways. I’ve heard something about a talking donkey! Really? Krista Graber and Pam Abrahams are heading up activities, arts and crafts that reinforce these stories of faith in our daily lives. We hope to see you there!

Adults: “Jesus is the center of our faith; Community is the center of our life; Reconciliation is the center of our work.” What does it mean to live out these “Anabaptist Essentials” in our daily lives? This will be the topic of our conversation in the elective class offered this summer. Some books have already been ordered as we anticipate your attendance. Please sign up on the bulletin board by June 4, to reserve your book! The books are paid for by the Christian Education Commission. Will you join us this summer?

Finger Food Fellowship: Once a month the Tabor community (children and adults) will join for finger foods and fellowship during the Faith Formation hour. The next dates are July 9 and August 6. Bring finger foods (fruit, veggies, crackers, trail mix, etc.) to share. Everyone is invited to gather for food, fun and fellowship.

Tabor Mennonite Women will not have regular meetings during the summer except for the July workday at the MCC Center on Tuesday, July 18, 9-12 noon, so please put your summer offerings in Denise Nickel’s mailbox. The checkbook is low after making some donations this spring, so remember TMW in your giving.

The youth in our congregation have certainly gotten much good use out of the couches in our youth room and it is fun to think about who all has used these couches over the years! However, because they have been so well-used, it may be time to consider finding new couches so that new generations can enjoy them for a long time to come. If any of you have gently used couches that you’re hoping to get rid of, or if you’d like an excuse to buy new furniture for your house, please consider donating your gently used couches to the TMYF. If interested, please talk to Pastor Katherine. Thanks for prayerfully considering this!

Attention Young Adults! There will be an Area Wide PC-PF (Post College – Pre Family) Hot Dog Roast and Outdoor Game Night on Sunday, June 25 at 6:00 PM at the Tabor Mennonite Church Park, Rural Newton, KS. This group is designed for young adults in similar life stages to socialize together. Please bring table service, lawn chair, a side dish to share, and lawn games to play. Hot dogs, buns, drinks, and s’mores will be provided. If you have questions, please contact Kristin Unruh- kristin.unruh. We hope to see you there!

The annual Goessel Community Picnic is on Sunday, June 25, at 5:30 p.m. at the Goessel Park. Hamburgers and hotdogs will be served between 5:30 and 6:30 p.m. Drinks will be provided. Please bring a side dish or dessert to share, table service and lawn chairs. The Bethesda Singers will offer some music for us, beginning at 6:30. Come join us for food, fellowship, music and fun in the park! It’s a great way to connect with friends and neighbors. Spread the word! Sponsored by the Goessel Ministerial Alliance.

Conference Announcements

Prayer Requests:

« Western District Conference: Pray for God’s strength and travel safety for WDC conference ministers as they visit congregations and pastors across WDC.

« Mennonite Mission Network: MMN’s partner, DOOR, is in a busy season of hosting youth groups through the Discover program. Ask God to give energy, patience and wisdom to summer staff. Pray also for participants as they experience God in U.S. cities and as they share new ideas with their home congregations.

« Mennonite Education Agency: Mennonite Early Childhood Network – Let this Children’s Day prompt us to pray for Christ-like love to reach out to children who are neglected or abused, for children who are homeless or who live in war-torn rubble, in ghettos, in migrant and refugee camps, orphanages and hospitals. Pray that parents/caregivers may have strength, courage, insight and a generous portion of God’s love to offer hope to all children.

Western District Conference

Going to WDC Annual Assembly? Leave the driving to someone else! A bus has been chartered from N. Newton to Arlington, TX for the Assembly August 4-6. Bus departs from Kauffman Museum in N. Newton on the morning of August 4, and can also pick up riders at the Best Western in Park City. Anticipated return to N. Newton is 8 pm on August 6. Information about Annual Assembly, chartered bus option, and online registration is at: http://mennowdc.org/annual-assembly/#2017annualAssembly. Register early to secure your seat on the deluxe motorcoach! Seats will only be available until filled.

Jennie Wintermote, Director of the Conference Resource Library, returns to work tomorrow, June 7, after her maternity leave. Her schedule in the library will be Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays from 8:30-11:30 am, and other WDC staff can assist you when she is not here. Email your requests to Jennie anytime at: crlib. Thank you to Jeanette Roberts who filled in while Jennie was gone!

Come explore the “Wonderful World of Books” this summer at Story Hour at the Conference Resource Library! We’ll read books about books & reading, share some old favorites and do some fun activities too. Registration extended to Monday, June 12. Sign up today at https://goo.gl/forms/kQwNSzl9Bw8rr1q03

Camp Mennoscah:

-Branching Out at Camp Mennoscah! We are connecting with Christ, trying new things, and growing in our faith at our summer youth camps. It’s a great theme for a place where you can meet new friends, experience God in nature, and have a blast! It’s not too late to register. Scholarships are available.

-You betcha! Returning campers bringing a first-time friend to Camp Mennoscah this summer get a free tee shirt–and so do your first-time friends! It’s a great way to share the amazing times you have at Camp Mennoscah with others. There’s the river, tasty meals, crafts, nature, music, worship, campfire and any number of amazing things you can do! Don’t let your friends miss out!

-Camp Mennonscah has open weekends for groups of almost all sizes. Contact us for available weekends at 620-297-3290 or office. We are excited to see you!

Information for Camp Mennoscah or to register:

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

Email: office.

Contact: olivia.bartel.

Curious about MCC’s work around the world? It’s not too late to sign up for a MCC Learning Tour! Join us as we travel to Haiti, Oct 21-28 and Palestine/Israel, Nov 3-14, 2017. For more information contact Anna Yoder at annayoder or 316.283.2720.

MCC Central States is hiring a Donor Relations Associate. The Donor Relations Associate is responsible for assisting in implementation of the donor relations strategy for MCC Central States by stewarding major donors involving face-to face contact in order to meet the budgeted income goals and generate the necessary resources to accomplish the mission of MCC. This position is open within the 16-state MCC CS region. To see a full job description and to apply, please visit https://mcc.org/get-involved/serve/openings.

The Newton Et Cetera Shop is hiring a Donations Manager for 30-40 hours/week. The manager, in cooperation with the management team, receives and processes donations; trains and supervises volunteers; prepares volunteer projects and work spaces; helps manage the sales floor; and participates in regular system evaluation and store planning. The full job description and applications are available at the store (619 N. Main in Newton) or​ via​ e-mail​ at generalmanager@

newtonetceterashop.com​. Applications​​ are due Monday, June 12, and can be submitted in person or ​by e-mail​.

Bethel College:

—Sun., June 11 –Book signing, 3 p.m., with authors Marci Penner and WenDee Rowe, for The Kansas Guidebook 2, beginning with a slide show of interesting Kansas places encountered on visits to all 626 incorporated cities in Kansas in a four-year journey; Kauffman Museum

—Uncle Carl’s Camps, day camps at Kauffman Museum, have a few openings left for Prairie Animals, mornings June 19-23, with Carol Dilts of the Harvey County Parks Department, and Home Sweet Home Ceramics Workshop, mornings July 11-14 and July 21, with David Long, Bethel College professor of art. Prairie Animals is for ages 6-8 (finished kindergarten through Grade 2) and the ceramics workshop for teenagers 13-18 (finished Grades 7-12). Information and registration forms are available at the museum (corner of Main and 27th streets in North Newton) or on its website, asa.

Hesston College alumni and friends are invited to Explore KS! June 24 and 25. The overnight tour includes Saturday at the Nelson Atkins Museum of Art and Kansas City Royals game. Sunday worship service will be at Kansas City’s Frank Lloyd Wright designed Community Christian Church with professional baritone Anthony Brown performing, and the Kansas Mennonite Men’s Chorus concert at Grace Episcopal Cathedral in Topeka. Details available at

hesston.edu/explore-kansas or call 620-327-8147 to register by June 12.

The Sustainability Circle at Hesston Mennonite Church exists to create community while promoting sustainability. Next Meeting: June 22nd, 5:30 p.m. Pot-luck and Rain Barrel presentation by James Wenger in the NE Wing of Hesston Mennonite Church. Come for all or part of the evening. (Presentation begins at 6:15). For more info or to schedule childcare please contact Paula Miller, 316-217-2984, lovelocalfood

West Zion Mennonite Church Concert, Sunday, June 11 at 7 pm at 101 South Washington Ave., Moundridge. Performers will include Gabriel’s Trumpets, a trumpet choir whose members include Kyle Unruh, Eric Schrag, Tim Regier, Evan Koch, Pat Flaming, Paul Epp, Connor Born and Arlin Buller; Christopher Shaw, Organ; Ellen Neufeld, Oboe; Louisa Nickel, Vocalist; and Donna Stucky, Piano. No admission, but a free-will offering will be received. Fellowship and refreshments to follow.

You are invited to a forum on PEACE IS POSSIBLE – June 17, 7 pm at Mennonite Church of the Servant, 23rd & Woodland, Wichita. Presenters: Mel Lehman – in 2009, he founded Common Humanity to build better understanding about the people of the Middle East. Common Humanity has organized some 20 exhibits of Iraqi refugee art to help Iraqi artists by selling their paintings and to help Americans better understand the beauty and humanity of the Arab and Muslim world. Ranya Taha was born and raised in Damascus, Syria. In recent years she has lived in Wichita, where she owns the Byblos and Petra restaurants. Shafiq Hasan was born in historic Palestine and was forced to flee his home as a boy in 1948 when the State of Israel was established. He now lives in Newton, and works as a medical lab specialist. For more information, call 316-371-8274.

June 4 announcements

Congregational Announcements

Youth Fundraiser: Wall to Orlando: The Youth Group "Wall to Orlando" fundraiser has been moved to the wall beside the church office. If all of these envelopes were filled, we would have enough funds to reach our goal. Thank you for prayerfully considering to give above and beyond that which you have already given on behalf of our congregation’s youth.

Church Leadership Retreat will take place on Sunday, June 4 from 4:30-8:30pm. Our focus will be reflecting on new ways to work together and empower new leaders to more fully embody our collective mission. Supper will be a hotdog roast in the park. Hotdogs, buns, condiments and drinks will be provided. Please bring a side or dessert to share as well as your own table service. All are welcome.

Summer Faith Formation begins Sunday June 18:

Children, we have exciting things planned for you that you don’t want to miss! Carol Duerksen will be telling the Bible stories in creative ways. I’ve heard something about a talking donkey! Really? Krista Graber and Pam Abrahams are heading up activities, arts and crafts that reinforce these stories of faith in our daily lives. We hope to see you there!

Adults: "Jesus is the center of our faith; Community is the center of our lives; Reconciliation is the center of our work." What does it mean to live out these "Anabaptist Essentials" in our daily lives? This will be the topic of our conversation in the elective class offered this summer. Some books have already been ordered as we anticipate your attendance. Please sign up on the bulletin board by June 4, to reserve your book! The books are paid for by the Christian Education Commission. Will you join us this summer?

Finger Food Fellowship: Once a month the Tabor community (children and adults) will join for finger foods and fellowship during the Faith Formation hour. The first date is Sunday, June 4, followed by July 9 and August 6. Bring finger foods (fruit, veggies, crackers, trail mix, etc.) to share. Everyone is invited to gather for food, fun and fellowship.

Lost & Found items have been placed on a table in the basement. Please claim your items by June 4. Unclaimed items will be donated EtCetera.

VBS Snacks: The sign-up sheet for snack items for VBS is posted on the bulletin board and there are still a few items needed. Please sign-up if you would like to help out. Pay attention to which day the items are needed for and when they need to be at church. Thank-you!

Tabor Mennonite Women: Summer Updates

-Tabor Mennonite Women have purchased a "candy red" tea kettle for the kitchen and have donated $170 to the Building Project Fellowship Hall for new kitchen equipment in memory of the faithful Tabor Women who have died this past year.

-TMW did not need the entire amount collected for the Mystery Supper evening so it was included in the May offering. The total was $169.00 and it was donated to the "Whale" recreation project at Camp Mennoscah.

-TMW will not have regular meetings during the summer except for the July workday at the MCC Center on Tuesday, July 18, 9-12 noon, so please put your summer offerings in Denise Nickel’s mailbox. The checkbook is low after making some donations this spring, so remember TMW in your giving.

The youth in our congregation have certainly gotten much good use out of the couches in our youth room and it is fun to think about who all has used these couches over the years! However, because they have been so well-used, it may be time to consider finding new couches so that new generations can enjoy them for a long time to come. If any of you have gently used couches that you’re hoping to get rid of, or if you’d like an excuse to buy new furniture for your house, please consider donating your gently used couches to the TMYF. If interested, please talk to Pastor Katherine. Thanks for prayerfully considering this!

Attention Young Adults! There will be an Area Wide PC-PF (Post College- Pre Family) Hot Dog Roast and Outdoor Game Night on Sunday, June 25 at 6:00 PM at the Tabor Mennonite Church Park, Rural Newton, KS. This group is designed for young adults in similar life stages to socialize together. Please bring table service, lawn chair, a side dish to share, and lawn games to play. Hot dogs, buns, drinks, and s’mores will be provided. If you have questions, please contact Kristin Unruh- kristin.unruh. We hope to see you there!

Conference Announcements

Prayer Requests:

« Western District Conference: Pray for God’s guidance as preparations are made for WDC Assembly, August 4-6 in Arlington, TX.

« Mennonite Mission Network: Mary Beyler began her ministry with MMN in Kushiro, Japan, in 1974. Now, after working many years in Obihiro, she has returned to Kushiro for the final term of her mission career. Praise God for the relationships she has built for more than four decades, and pray for much joy as she serves.

« Mennonite Education Agency: Thank God for the faithful support of Bethel College alumni and friends, and for the lives being remembered in the annual Heritage Roll of Honor worship service and memorial this morning.

« Mennonite Church USA: Be in prayer for the students at the various Mennonite related schools around the country and the world this month as they finish up another academic year. Pray that they would have a good summer of fun and renewal as they build on what they have learned.

The WDC Annual Assembly will be August 4-6 in Arlington, TX.

Camp Mennoscah:

—Sandbar Cabin Dedication! Camp Mennoscah will dedicate the new cabin (Sandbar) on June 4 at 2:30pm. You are invited to come for a short and simple dedication at the cabin (next to the new boys bath house). You can "tour" the building, baptize it with sand from your feet, and join with us as we offer prayer for the cabin and those who will enjoy it.

—Camp Scholarships available! Do you know someone who needs a week of camp? Maybe they’ve never been to Camp Mennoscah before or maybe this would be a great way for them to grow in God’s Kingdom. We absolutely know that a week of camp is life-changing. (It’s also gobs of fun!) Give someone a nudge or invite a friend or send a grandkid to camp! We love making new friends!

—Join the fun! Camp Mennoscah now has more space for kitchen volunteers for July 30-Aug. 4 and for a nurse for July 16-22. Be part of our camping ministry!

— Camp Mennoscah started a Go Fund Me, gf.me/u/hmes8, campaign to help fund the new playground structure. Gifts of any size are welcome.

Information for Camp Mennoscah or to register:

Online at www.campmennoscah.org

Telephone: 620-297-3290.

Email: office.

Contact: olivia.bartel.

Do you enjoy mentoring young adults and living in community? Service Adventure is looking for unit leaders for the Jackson, Miss., unit. The term begins late July with orientation and participants begin their service term in August. If you or someone you know is interested, please contact Susan Nisly at SusanN@MennoniteMission.net or visit us at www.MennoniteMission.net

MCC Central States is hiring a Donor Relations Associate. The Donor Relations Associate is responsible for assisting in implementation of the donor relations strategy for MCC Central States by stewarding major donors involving face-to face contact in order to meet the budgeted income goals and generate the necessary resources to accomplish the mission of MCC. This position is open within the 16-state MCC CS region. To see a full job description and to apply, please visit https://mcc.org/get-involved/serve/openings.

The Newton Et Cetera Shop is hiring a Donations Manager for 30-40 hours/week. The manager, in cooperation with the management team, receives and processes donations; trains and supervises volunteers; prepares volunteer projects and work spaces; helps manage the sales floor; and participates in regular system evaluation and store planning. The full job description and applications are available at the store (619 N. Main in Newton) or​ via​ e-mail​ at generalmanager@

newtonetceterashop.com​. Applications​​ are due Monday, June 12, and can be submitted in person or ​by e-mail​.

Seminars simplify Medicare and Social Security: Everence Financial will provide a retirement income seminar, held on June 5, 7 p.m. to help you determine if you have enough money to retire, what to do if the market doesn’t cooperate and how to know if your savings will last. Seminars are held at the Everence office in Hesston. To reserve your spot, contact Michelle Ramer at michelle.ramer.

Bethel College:

—Centering Prayer continues to meet 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.

—Sun., June 11 –Book signing, 3 p.m., with authors Marci Penner and WenDee Rowe, for The Kansas Guidebook 2, beginning with a slide show of interesting Kansas places encountered on visits to all 626 incorporated cities in Kansas in a four-year journey; Kauffman Museum

Hesston College alumni and friends are invited to Explore KS! June 24 and 25. The overnight tour includes Saturday at the Nelson Atkins Museum of Art and Kansas City Royals game. Sunday worship service will be at Kansas City’s Frank Lloyd Wright designed Community Christian Church with professional baritone Anthony Brown performing, and the Kansas Mennonite Men’s Chorus concert at Grace Episcopal Cathedral in Topeka. Details available at

hesston.edu/explore-kansas or call 620-327-8147 to register by June 12.

The Sustainability Circle at Hesston Mennonite Church exists to create community while promoting sustainability. Next Meeting: June 22nd, 5:30 p.m. Pot-luck and Rain Barrel presentation by James Wenger in the NE Wing of Hesston Mennonite Church. Come for all or part of the evening. (Presentation begins at 6:15). For more info or to schedule childcare please contact Paula Miller, lovelocalfood

The Parkinson’s Support Group at Kidron Bethel will meet June 6 at 2:00 p.m. in Menno Hall. Dr. Pamela McCullough will share on “Dental Management of Parkinson’s Disease.” All are welcome.

West Zion Mennonite Church Concert, Sunday, June 11 at 7 pm at 101 South Washington Ave., Moundridge. Performers will include Gabriel’s Trumpets, a trumpet choir whose members include Kyle Unruh, Eric Schrag, Tim Regier, Evan Koch, Pat Flaming, Paul Epp, Connor Born and Arlin Buller; Christopher Shaw, Organ; Ellen Neufeld, Oboe; Louisa Nickel, Vocalist; and Donna Stucky, Piano. No admission, but a free-will offering will be received. Fellowship and refreshments to follow.

You are invited to a forum on PEACE IS POSSIBLE – June 17, 7 pm at Mennonite Church of the Servant, 23rd & Woodland, Wichita. Presenters: Mel Lehman – in 2009, he founded Common Humanity to build better understanding about the people of the Middle East. Common Humanity has organized some 20 exhibits of Iraqi refugee art to help Iraqi artists by selling their paintings and to help Americans better understand the beauty and humanity of the Arab and Muslim world. Ranya Taha was born and raised in Damascus, Syria. In recent years she has lived in Wichita, where she owns the Byblos and Petra restaurants. Shafiq Hasan was born in historic Palestine and was forced to flee his home as a boy in 1948 when the State of Israel was established. He now lives in Newton, and works as a medical lab specialist. For more information, call 316-371-8274.

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