Tabor Mennonite Church

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April 22 announcements

Congregational Announcements

Elevator out of commission: Demolition around the elevator has begun. We will not have access to an elevator until the new one is installed. In addition, we may not always have access to the west entry door. Park on the east side, or west of the trees and use the north or east doors.

Membership: Are you interested in learning more about church membership at Tabor? If yes, please contact a pastor.

Tabor Church’s week at New Hope Shelter begins April 25 through May 1. We all have the privilege to do outreach here and the rewards are unmeasurable. We can help feed the hungry, listen to stories and encourage residents. There is a sign up sheet on the bulletin board. Contact Austin Unruh or Barb Abrahams if you have questions.

The McPherson Community Brass Choir, under the direction of Jerry Toews, will give a concert in the Brethren Church, 200 N. Carrie, McPherson, Sun., Apr. 29 at 3 pm.

Summer Camps at Mennoscah: Early Registration Discount ends May 1! Don’t miss your chance to save on your summer youth camp registration at Camp Mennoscah! Register and pay in full by May 1. Questions? Contact us at 620-297-3290 or office. Tabor’s Education Committee will award a $50 scholarship to each camper. Please sign up on the bulletin board.

Spring work day is set for Saturday May 5th, 8am – 12 noon. On the agenda:

—Cemetery- See Dale & Nate. Please bring shovels, pry bars, couple of wheelbarrows.

—Moving out old Safe and bringing in new safe – See Kenton, Justin

—Landscape – See Shannon – General maintenance around church building / grounds. —Dig up and cap sprinkler system due to construction.

—Tree trimming TBD, based on weather.

—Change out furnace filters

—General church housekeeping: vacuum under pew cushions, clean the cross in sanctuary, replace lightbulbs in sanctuary, clean out vents under back pews

Attention Young Adults! There will be an Area Wide PC-PF (Post College- Pre Family) event- Evening @ the Pond on Saturday, May 5. We will meet at 5:30 PM at Duerksen’s pond. Please bring $3 to help cover the cost of hot dogs/s’mores, a side dish to share, lawn chair, and any outdoor games to play. 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 Unruh- kristin.

unruh. Hope to see you there!

Save the Date: We are tentatively planning a groundbreaking service during the Faith Formation Hour on Sunday, May 6. Look for more details to come.

Support Tabor Mission Partners: The Outreach Team invites everyone to a potluck meal on May 6 following the Faith Formation hour. Donations will be accepted to support our Mission Partners, Dan and Kathryn Smith Derksen, and sons John-Clair and Jacob, serving in South Africa.

Commodities available in Goessel: Commodities distribution will be Friday, April 27,(note change of date for this month) at Goessel Mennonite Church from 5-6 pm. For questions call Jenny Girard, 620-747-0046

Give Blood: Less than 38% of the population is eligible to give blood, so patients really need generous people like you to save their lives. The next drive is Monday, April 30, from 2:00-6:00. All donors who give blood by May 13 will be entered in a sweepstakes to win one of three $1000 gift cards to the Home Depot. To schedule your life-saving appointment visit redcrossblood.org (sponsor code: Goessel) or call 800-RED-CROSS. Another way to give is to volunteer your time – sign up on the bulletin board for registration, escort, or canteen.

Conference Announcements

Prayer Requests:

« Western District Conference: Pray for credentialed leaders in WDC attending Healthy Boundaries training next weekend in Dallas, TX.

« Mennonite Mission Network: For the past four decades, Janie and Neal Blough of MMN have planted Anabaptist seeds through their teaching and lecturing from their base at the Paris Mennonite Center in France. Pray for good fruit to continue to grow from their ministry in Europe and throughout the French-speaking world.

« Mennonite Education Agency: Mennonite Early Childhood Network: Today we celebrate Earth Day. Pray that adults will engage children in developing habits to care for God’s good earth. The current campaign to end plastic pollution includes rejecting, reducing, reusing and recycling plastic materials.

Camp Mennoscah: Details for the following are posted on the bulletin board.

—Kitchen equipment for sale for highest offer.

—”Rebuilding the Whale!” construction begins mid-April, volunteers needed.

—Men and Boys Retreat: April 20-22

—New Kitchen Dedication: April 22, 2:30pm

—Funds needed for camp scholarships

—Kitchen staff needed for summer camps

—Retirees Retreat: April 23-25

Information for all events at Camp Mennoscah or to register:

Online at www.campmennoscah.org

Telephone: 620-297-3290.

Email: office.

Contact: olivia.bartel.

Join the upcoming MCC Haiti Learning Tour from September 22 to 27. Learn from Haitian farmers, artisans, community organizers and human rights advocates about how they – with your support – are building a brighter future for their communities. Contact Jordan Penner at jordanpenner or 316-727-6837 for more information.

Updates to MCC kits: after a recent evaluation of material resources, including input from our partners around the world, MCC has made updates to each kit. Please visit mcc.org/mrc/kits for all the updated lists and contact katemast@

mcc.org or call 316.283.2720 with questions. New printed kit cards are available from the MCC Central States office in North Newton. Thank you for your continued donations that bring dignity and hope to people around the world.

MCC’s SWAP (Sharing With Appalachian People) home repair program has summer positions open in both West Virginia and Kentucky. The assignments run from May 30 – approximately August 11. Applicants should be at least 19 years old, but positions are not limited to young adults. More information about SWAP and an application are available at swap.mcc.org or by calling 606-633-5065. In both positions, an exceptional 18-year-old might be considered. A stipend, room and board and travel expenses are provided.

Job Site Coordinators – Will be the liaison between homeowners and volunteers. Carpentry skills are helpful but not required. Must be willing to learn, follow instruction and work well with others, both homeowners and volunteers, youth and adults.

Meals Coordinators – Will assist the Location Coordinator with menu planning, meal preparation, kitchen duties and other. Should be able to work well with staff and volunteers, both youth and adults.

Prairie View, Inc., invites the public to a Spring Vespers musical event on Sunday, April 22, at 5 pm at Prairie View’s Chapel, 1901 E. First St., Newton. The event is a fundraiser for Prairie View’s chaplaincy and pastoral care programs. Musical group “Dunns Plus One” of McPherson will perform a variety of bluegrass, contemporary and sacred selections. Members include Rev. Kathy Neufeld Dunn, Michael Dunn, Ann Dunn and Faith Wenger. There is no charge to attend. Freewill donations will be accepted.

Bethel College

—Thurs., April 26 – Closing reception for annual Student Art exhibit, 6-8 p.m., Regier Gallery in Luyken Fine Arts Center at Bethel College. Tabor’s Sarah Booth has work in this exhibit.

—Fri., April 27 & Sat., April 28 – The Bethel College theater department presents

Clybourne Park by Bruce Norris, winner of the Pulitzer Prize, a revisiting of Lorraine Hansberry’s classic A Raisin in the Sun; 7:30 p.m., Krehbiel Auditorium in Luyken Fine Arts Center (ticket purchase required). A talk-back session will follow each performance. Please note: The play contains strong language and adult themes and is not suitable for young audiences. Tabor’s Luke Unruh is one of the actors in this performance.

—Bethel College Masterworks Concert, Sunday, May 6, 3 p.m., Memorial Hall

Tickets are on sale at Thresher Shop in Schultz Student Center on the Bethel campus during regular business hours, Mon.-Fri., 8 a.m.-5 p.m., or credit-card orders at 316-284-5205. Tickets will also be available at the door. All seating is general admission.

Hesston College will host the second annual “Pen to Paper to Performance” playwriting festival with a production of the eight selected original plays at 7 p.m., April 27 and 28 in the Keim Center Black Box Theatre on the Hesston College campus. Tickets will be sold at the door starting at 6:15 p.m. with doors to open at 6:30 p.m. Seating is limited, so early arrival is encouraged. Each playwright will receive a portion of the box office earnings. Go to hesston.edu to see a list of plays and playwrights.

You are invited to dinner and a concert on Saturday, May 5 at Leatherman’s Barn in Hesston. A free-will offering will be collected with all proceeds to benefit Mariana Martinez, an international student from Honduras seeking sponsorship to continue her education at Hesston College. Featuring traditional Honduran foods and a variety show by music students from Hesston College, the meal begins at 5:30 pm with music to follow at 7 pm. More information about Mariana can be found on the Facebook event “Mission through Music.”

The FloraKansas Fall Native Plant Festival will be held April 27 to 30 at Dyck Arboretum of the Plains in Hesston. As Kansas’ largest native plant sale, FloraKansas offers many species of wildflowers and grasses many of which are rare in cultivation. Memberships to the Arboretum can be obtained on the day of the sale. Arboretum members receive a 10% discount at all arboretum plant sales and may participate in the members only pre-sale on Thursday, April 26 from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. For more information, call 620-327-8127 or visit www.dyckarboretum.org.

Rocky Mountain Mennonite Camp:

RMMC working with Mennonite Disaster Service again this season to remove dead and dying trees. May 20 -25 MDS leaders will be at RMMC and needs volunteers to help fell and cut up trees and use the chipper to turn slash (branches) into mulch. The current count is 12 trees that need to be cut, but more may be identified. This continues the ongoing effort to minimize the spread of the spruce beetle and also ensure the safety of campers and facilities. If you can help for some or all of those days, visit rmmc.org for more information and to sign up online. Thanks for considering this way to help.

Spend your Memorial Day weekend at RMMC for the annual Work and Play Retreat, May 25-28! The weekend begins at 7pm on Friday and ends after breakfast on Monday. On Saturday, participants will help camp get ready for summer (Spruce Beetle tree clean up from MDS Crew May 20-25, spring cleaning projects, helping in the kitchen, etc). Sunday is the “play” part of the weekend including a morning worship service and brunch, leaving the afternoon for hiking, playing on the pond, or taking a nap! Register online (info) to let us know you can come!

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April 8 announcements

Congregational Announcements

Work has begun! The first phase of installing the pitched roof over the foyer and offices, and installing the elevator has started. We will not always have access to the West door. If the door is blocked, park on the East side, or West of the trees and walk around to the doors on the North or East. Thanks for your patience as we begin our building project!

New Office for Pastor Phil… at least for a little while. Due to construction, Pastor Phil has relocated his office to the room behind the organ. Feel free to stop in and say hello!

Review forms in mailboxes: Please find the pastoral/congregational constructive feedback forms in your church mailbox. There should be a form for everyone high school age and up who are members and regular attenders. Extra forms are available on the table in the foyer. Please review the cover sheet before filling out the form.

Luke Reading Challenge Grand Prize: No one has yet claimed the grand prize for the Luke reading challenge. If you read through the Gospel of Luke 2+ times in 2018 and would like to claim the prize, please let me know! Peace, Pastor Phil.

Membership: Are you interested in learning more about church membership at Tabor? If yes, please contact a pastor.

Tabor Mennonite Women Salad Supper Monday, April 9 at 6:00 pm. Bring a salad & come for an enjoyable evening with our guest Rachel Bachman from Hesston.

Pine Car Derby!! Weigh in for the cars is at 6:30 pm with the Race to follow at approximately 7pm on April 11 in the Fellowship Hall. There will be a cookie social following the race. Cookies are still needed. Please bring a dozen or two to share if you can. Everyone is welcome to come for the fun!

TMYF: The Youth Group has finished our dessert fundraiser on Sunday mornings. Thank you to all of you who purchased desserts on behalf of TMYF!

—Youth Group Mystery Meal at Pastor Katherine’s house, 6pm on Wed., April 18.

Stories & Stuff: Come for food and fellowship on Thursday, April 19!

Designing the New Kitchen! The reception committee, funeral committee, and anyone interested in contributing ideas for the layout for the kitchen in Tabor’s new addition, are invited to come a meal at noon, on Sunday, April 22. Please let Keith Banman know if you plan to come.

Mennonite Heritage and Agricultural Museum: Goessel High School Advanced Art Class will display works of art at the 1906 Prep School, Monday April 9, 5-7 p.m. Members of the Leroy and Alice Funk family will also show things that they make with their hands. Birdhouses, barn quilts, quiet books, baby quilts, weather afghan, etc. Other works such as jewelry, and paintings will also be on display. The works of art will be up till the end of the week if you can’t make it on Monday. Free admission to the Prep School and open to the public. ~Fern Bartel, Museum Director.

Tabor Church’s week at New Hope Shelter begins April 25 through May 1. We all have the privilege to do outreach here and the rewards are unmeasurable. We can help feed the hungry, listen to stories and encourage residents. If you are interested in taking part in this ministry, New Hope has an orientation for volunteers on the third Monday each month. April 16 is orientation at New Hope from 6:30 – 8:00 p.m. Please let Austin Unruh or Barb Abrahams know which shift you would like or if you have questions.

The Second Monday Family History & Genealogy Group will meet on Monday, April 9, 7:00 p.m., in the Goessel City Building Community Room. Darrell and Judy Unruh will tell about their trip to Poland some years ago. Poland, previously known as Prussia, is the ancestral home of the Alexanderwohl Mennonites. The meeting is free and open to the public.

Conference Announcements

Prayer Requests:

« Western District Conference: In this Year of Evangelism, pray that WDC congregations grow in their willingness and capacity to share the gospel – the good news of God’s kingdom breaking into the world through Jesus!

« Mennonite Mission Network: Pray for many leaders from across Mennonite Church USA who will gather in Lansdale, Pennsylvania on April 12-14 for joint Executive Board and Constituency Leaders Council meetings.

« Mennonite Education Agency: Pray for participants in AMBS’s online short course, Transforming Congregational Conflict and Communication, led by Betty Pries in April and May. May they be empowered to help congregations courageously engage their differences in ways that glorify God and bring healing and hope.

« 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.

Camp Mennoscah: Details for the following are posted on the bulletin board.

—Dam Going In! Sunday, April 8, at approx. 2pm-ish.

—Help prepare the new kitchen for use: April 6-8.

—Kitchen equipment for sale for highest offer.

—"Rebuilding the Whale!" construction begins mid-April, volunteers needed.

—Men and Boys Retreat: April 20-22

—New Kitchen Dedication: April 22, 2:30pm

—Funds needed for camp scholarships

—Retirees Retreat: April 23-25

Information for all events at Camp Mennoscah or to register:

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

Email: office.

Contact: olivia.bartel.

Mennonite Church USA: Take the plunge into a year of exploration, discipleship, and service with Journey International. We are currently accepting applications to join the work of the local church in England, Indonesia, and Tanzania. For more information, visit www.MennoniteMission.net/JourneyInternational .

Sexualized violence and the church: Mennonite Central Committee is offering three free webinars this spring for churches who want to learn more about how to address sexualized violence within their congregation and how to encourage healthy sexuality and healthy masculinity among members. The webinars will be led by church leaders and others with expertise in the topics. All three webinars will start at 2 pm and end at 3 pm CST. The first webinar, Healthy sexuality in our congregations will be on April 11. Kathrine Goerzen and Benjamin Reynolds will lead the discussion focusing on what role the church can play in fostering and supporting healthy views of sexuality. May 9: Sexualized violence – how should churches respond? June 13: Healthy masculinity. Learn more and register for the webinars at karinkaufmanwall with questions.

Kansas Institute for Peace and Conflict Resolution (KIPCOR):

—The Bethel College Department of Bible and Religion and KIPCOR will sponsor Jalane Schmidt, associate professor of religious studies at the University of Virginia, Charlottesville, and a Black Lives Matter activist, for two public lectures at Krehbiel Auditorium, Bethel College. Sunday, April 15, 7:30 p.m.: “Huck Finn Moments: Using White Privilege to Dismantle White Supremacy.” Monday, April 16, Bethel convocation at 11 a.m.: “Holding Space in #Charlottesville: Confronting ‘Alt-Right’ White Supremacists.” Jalane was an organizer for actions countering the white supremacist and alt-right demonstrations in Charlottesville in August 2017.

—KIPCOR will host “Restorative Kansas” on the Bethel campus Thurs.-Fri., April 19-20 – the first-ever statewide conference on restorative justice in Kansas.

For more information and to register online, go to kipcor.org

—KIPCOR wraps up a year-plus-long celebration of its 30th anniversary April 22 by hosting author and storyteller Rafe Martin, Rochester, New York, 3 pm, Memorial Hall, Bethel College. Martin is known for his children’s books on making peace and celebrating differences, and his storytelling performances for audiences of all ages.

Bethel College

—Sun., April 8 – Newton Mid-Kansas Symphony Orchestra spring concert, 4pm, Memorial Hall at Bethel College; part of the Hesston-Bethel Performing Arts series and the NMKSO 2017-18 season (ticket purchase required)

—Sun., April 15 – Bethel College Women’s Ensemble spring concert, 4 p.m., Bethel College Mennonite Church

Kansas Mennonite Relief Sale: Praising God Through Service

Sale Dates: April 13 – 14, 2018

www.kansas.mccsale.org

REMEMBERING 50 years of the Relief Sale in Kansas

—The 40th Anniversary of the Kansas Mennonite Relief Sale took place in 2008. It was a memorable event. Apple butter was available and 500 pints quickly sold out. The Kansas Mennonite Men’s Choir gave a fantastic program that was presented to a full house. The Greensburg Mennonite Church was richly involved in the 2008 sale after the devastating tornado hit their community. A “mangled” barrel, two salvaged church comforters, and generous financial support provided an inspiration to many people. It was again a chance to marvel and witness what can happen when a group of people come together to serve God in so many different ways. May God continue to bless and use MCC for His honor and glory.

—From Chairman Rod Chrystie’s Report after the 2010 sale: “As I take a minute to reflect on items noteworthy of this report, I recognize the challenge of coming away with the feeling that things went well, really that things went Very well, and that we enjoyed a pretty ‘normal’ Relief Sale. But when I look at the website and see the theme of ‘Offering Hope to a world in need’ and when I consider the countless hours so many of you gave to make the Sale possible, it is anything but ‘normal’. Taking time off of work and making the Sale your family project is not ‘normal’. Working together with people from all over, hauling in just about everything we need until the buildings are full and ready for people isn’t ‘normal’. Pouring yourselves into doing what you can to be part of the solution – helping feed, clothe, and care for people you will likely never see and never know—to offer Hope—is strikingly abnormal in our day and age. Your efforts are noticed, are meaningful, do make a difference and are appreciated!” All in the name of Christ.

Sale Announcements

—Harvest has FINALLY arrived. PLEASE plan on EATING OUT at the Sale both Fri. and Sat. This is the greatest place to meet old friends and have a FUN time putting our Christian faith into action. GO and have FUN serving others.

—PLEASE take a 2 hour shift helping ANYWHERE. Try something you have never done before. Some Tabor folks still need help on their sign ups.

—Join 400 volunteers helping make 25,000 verenike on TUES., Apr. 10 at the Parkview MB Church Hillsboro – help needed morning or afternoon. A FUN time.

—We would like to have more pies and zweibach. They are ALWAYS strong sellers.

—PLEASE help taking pictures of Tabor folks at the MCC Sale and send them to: unruh.sherry. These are pictures for the Power Point NEXT Sunday, Apr. 15. WE NEED YOUR HELP. Kids you can help with this. This can include pictures of folks working on things BEFORE the sale; DURING the sale and AT the sale. Those of you in charge of the Jr Hi and HS youth PLEASE help us.

—EVERYTHING except pies MUST be at the church by 9 am on Friday. A caravan of vehicles will be transporting those items to the sale at that time. There will be tables in the foyer so you do not need to take them to the basement.

—ALL pies MUST be at the church by 7 am Sat. for transport to the sale.

—IF you have a truck and trailer and you are willing to help haul the 18 vehicles to the sale this year talk to Jerry. We will haul Wed., Thurs., and or Friday depending on weather.

—Children’s Coin Offering was $96.56!! AWESOME. Last one TODAY. THANKS!!!

—Support the Tabor 5K Team by sponsoring the following: Isabelle and Elizabeth Alderfer, Elton & Denise Nickel, Kristin Unruh, Rene Kaufman, Michelle Unruh, Jason Unruh, Austin Unruh, Dylan, Gunner Davis, David Johnson, Nick Johnson, Katie Wright, Veronica Raymundo, Cory & Keri Unruh, Lee & Phyllis Goertzen, Les Goerzen, Jerry Toews.

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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April newsletter

In this issue:

Reading the Bible with Jesus
Rosie’s sabbatical reflections
Commentary on Luke 22:35-38
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April 1 bulletin

April 1 web.pdf

April announcements

Easter Sunday – April 1

9 a.m.– Easter Breakfast.

Come together in the Fellowship Hall to share breakfast in joyful anticipation of our celebratory Easter Worship Service!

10 a.m.– Easter Worship. Share the joy of Easter as we worship together and celebrate the Resurrection of Christ!

Faith Formation classes will not meet

Congregational Announcements

Equipment is rolling in! The building committee met with Max Fuqua of Fuqua Construction on Monday. We were a bit surprised to hear that Max wanted to start on the project on the Monday after Easter. The first phase will be installing the pitched roof over the foyer and offices, and installing the elevator. We will be seeing changes very soon. Max will fence off the entire West side of the church for access to the roof. For some of this time we will not have access to the West door. If the door is blocked, we will need to park on the East side, or West of the trees and walk around to the doors on the North or East. Elevator installation may begin on the following Monday, April 9. Before this can start we need to clean out all the rooms adjacent to the elevator shaft. This means three Sunday School rooms in the basement, the food pantry room, and Phil’s office need to be cleaned out. With so much to do in such a short time, there will be lots of opportunities to help. Hopefully, we can do the bulk of the moving Thursday April 5th. We know that there will be inconveniences for everyone. Thanks for your patience and help.

Designing the New Kitchen! The reception committee, funeral committee, and anyone interested in contributing ideas for the layout for the kitchen in Tabor’s new addition, are invited to come a meal at noon, on Sunday, April 22. Please let Keith Banman know if you plan to come.

Membership: Are you interested in learning more about church membership at Tabor? If yes, please contact a pastor.

Pine Car Derby: The annual Tabor Pine Car Derby is coming!! Following supper (5:45pm) on April 4, children will meet for pine car construction and to make crafts for the MCC Relief Sale. The Pine Car Derby will take place at 7pm on April 11 in the Fellowship Hall. Everyone is welcome to come for the fun!

Museum Heritage Fundraiser Dinner : The deadline for the tickets is Monday, April 2. Call the museum 620-367-8200, to reserve a seat at the table. The Dinner will be Friday April 6, starting 6:30 p.m. at the Tabor Mennonite Church with the featured speakers Marci Penner and WenDee Rowe. $50 per person and $25 for first timers. Thank you for your support.

The Kansas Mennonite Men’s Chorus will be in concert at Central Community Church in Wichita on Sunday, April 8, 7pm. They will also be in concert at Bethel College in North Newton on Sunday, April 15, 7pm.

Tabor Mennonite Women Salad Supper Monday, April 9 at 6:00 pm. Bring a salad & come for an enjoyable evening with our guest Rachel Bachman from Hesston. Her authentic faith and honesty, along with her gifts of music and speaking will have you laughing, crying, and discovering God’s ultimate calling on our lives!

Conference Announcements

Prayer Requests:

« Western District Conference: Pray that congregations across WDC may embody the living presence of Christ in their communities, on this Easter Sunday and throughout the year.

« Mennonite Mission Network: On this Easter Sunday, meditate on the words of Clarence Jordan, co-founder of Koinonia Farm in Georgia (a MMN SOOP placement): “The good news of the resurrection is not [only] that we shall die and go home to be with [Jesus], but that he has risen and comes home with us, bringing all his hungry, naked, thirsty, sick prisoner brothers [and sisters] with him.”

« Mennonite Education Agency: Eastern Mennonite University, Harrisonburg, Virginia: Pray for the Zehr Institute as they embark on a series of webinars this month and seek to transform a culture of sexual harm through restorative justice.

“Hope and Mission in God’s Country”. Join pastor and author Brad Roth at Buhler Mennonite Church as we explore how the rural church can understand its context and live God’s kingdom mission with hope and vibrancy. Wednesday nights in April (6:45-7:45 PM), Roth will lead us in a series of interactive discussion around the themes of Seeing, Befriending, Evangelizing, and Kneeling.

Mennonite Church of the Servant, Wichita, will have its next Movie Night on immigration topics on Friday, April 6, at 7 pm, featuring the film, “Hawo’s Dinner Party”. The film shows the experiences of several Somali residents in Shelbyville, including, Hawo, who are making this small town their new, permanent home. Discussion and information about refugees in Wichita will follow.

Camp Mennoscah

—Dam Going In! Sunday, April 8, at approx. 2pm-ish. Be prepared for whatever weather we have. Come early on Friday or Saturday to help us move things back into the new kitchen!

—”Rebuilding the Whale!” Camp Mennoscah plans to start construction of the new playground, in mid-April, and we’ll be looking for volunteers to come out and help! Stay tuned for details.

—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.

Information for all events at Camp Mennoscah or to register:

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

Email: office.

Contact: olivia.bartel.

Lunch & Learn at MCC with Joanna Shenk! Join us on Thursday, April 5 from noon to 1 pm at MCC in North Newton, to hear Joanna share about her new book, “The Movement Makes Us Human an Interview with Dr. Vincent Harding on Mennonites, Vietnam and MLK.” Lunch will be provided by Mojo’s Coffee Bar. Please RSVP for lunch by April 3. For the first time, we’re offering an opportunity for you to join this event virtually, on any computer or device. Visit patsydirksen.

Sexualized violence and the church: Mennonite Central Committee is offering three free webinars this spring for churches who want to learn more about how to address sexualized violence within their congregation and how to encourage healthy sexuality and healthy masculinity among members. The webinars will be led by church leaders and others with expertise in the topics. All three webinars will start at 2 pm and end at 3 pm CST. The first webinar, Healthy sexuality in our congregations will be on April 11. Kathrine Goerzen and Benjamin Reynolds will lead the discussion focusing on what role the church can play in fostering and supporting healthy views of sexuality. May 9’s webinar will focus on Sexualized violence – how should churches respond? And then on June 13, Healthy masculinity. Learn more and register for the webinars at mcc.org/wwso.

Contact karinkaufmanwall with questions.

Kansas Institute for Peace and Conflict Resolution (KIPCOR):

—The Bethel College Department of Bible and Religion and KIPCOR will sponsor Jalane Schmidt, associate professor of religious studies at the University of Virginia, Charlottesville, and a Black Lives Matter activist, for two public lectures. Both are in Krehbiel Auditorium in Luyken Fine Arts Center on the Bethel campus. The first is Sunday, April 15, 7:30 p.m.: “Huck Finn Moments: Using White Privilege to Dismantle White Supremacy.” The second is Monday, April 16, for Bethel’s convocation at 11 a.m.: “Holding Space in #Charlottesville: Confronting ‘Alt-Right’ White Supremacists.” Jalane was an organizer for actions countering the white supremacist and alt-right demonstrations in Charlottesville in August 2017.

—KIPCOR will host “Restorative Kansas” on the Bethel campus Thurs.-Fri., April 19-20 – the first-ever statewide conference on restorative justice in Kansas. For more information and to register online, go to kipcor.org

—KIPCOR wraps up a year-plus-long celebration of its 30th anniversary April 22 by hosting author and storyteller Rafe Martin, Rochester, New York, at 3 pm in Memorial Hall on the Bethel campus. Martin is known for his children’s books on making peace and celebrating differences, and his storytelling performances for audiences of all ages

Bethel College

—Sun., April 8 – Newton Mid-Kansas Symphony Orchestra spring concert with special guest Berta Rojas, guitar, 4 p.m., Memorial Hall at Bethel College; part of the Hesston-Bethel Performing Arts series and the NMKSO 2017-18 season (ticket purchase required)

—This year’s Masterworks at Bethel College will be Mozart’s Requiem, Sun., May 6. The chorus is open to any interested singers. Contact Dr. William Eash, weash, for more information, including a complete rehearsal schedule.

Everence to hold Medicare workshop in April: Everence will continue its popular retirement workshop series this spring, starting with Your Medicare options on Tuesday, April 3, 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 will be presented by Everence staff and will be held at the Everence office at 3179 N. Main St., North Newton. Reserve your spot soon by contacting Michelle Ramer at michelle.ramer.

Kansas Mennonite Relief Sale: Praising God Through Service

Sale Dates: April 13 – 14, 2018

www.kansas.mccsale.org

REMEMBERING 50 years of the Relief Sale in Kansas

The Sale in 2006 was marked by many firsts. Following the Kansas State Fair’s Master Plan, the KMRS was able to stay in the same buildings they had been in the year before. In the Sunflower South building a “Silent Auction” was held for the first time…it was hailed as a great success. In Sunflower North, the MCC booth was expanded to include an area to assemble School Kits. The Domestic Arts building became home to “Caps Central”, and Carnival games were set up by the Pretty Prairie Youth Group in the Tech Building. The Sale bought two construction trailers and converted them into kitchens for the Domestic Arts Building. A change of State Fair policy led to this need. The total monies donated to MCC was $450,000. A great spirit of volunteerism and good will was present as the Sale’s theme, “Extreme World Makeover!!” was center stage.

Sale Announcements

Children’s Coin Offering was $70.97. EXCELLENT!! ONLY one more Sunday after today. How many more coins and paper can we put in the cans.

PLEASE take a 2 hour shift SOMEWHERE at the Sale. IF your children are old enough have them help along with you. Especially SIGN UP to help the TABOR folks who are in charge of the following:

Louis and Carrie with Selling Meat Products in the Domestic Arts Building

Jason and Anna, and Jared and Laura with Cooking and Cutting Sausage in the trailer southeast of Cottonwood Court

Brent and Pam with New Years Cookies in the trailer East of Domestic Arts

Support the Tabor 5K Team by sponsoring the following: Isabelle and Elizabeth Alderfer, Kristin Unruh, Rene Kaufman, Michelle Unruh, Jason Unruh, Austin Unruh, Dylan, Gunner Davis, David Johnson, Nick Johnson, Katie Wright, Veronica Raymundo, Cory & Keri Unruh, Lee & Phyllis Goertzen, Les Goerzen, Jerry Toews.

PLEASE VIEW THE WEBSITE FOR NEW ITEMS BEING ADDED ALMOST DAILY. The quilts are now all on the Quilt Gallery. Check General Auction for large items including vehicles. LOTS of GREAT items this year celebrating the 50th Anniversary.

PLEASE let your friends and fellow work friends about the FREE EVENT and invite them to EAT OUT with Great Ethnic Food Choices and LOTS of pie and ice cream.

Go to the basement and look at ALL the wonderful items that Tabor folks have made to be sold.

Harvest is nearly here!! HAVE FUN!!!

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

April 1 annc.pdf

March 25 announcements

Congregational Announcements

Membership: Are you interested in learning more about church membership at Tabor? If yes, please contact a pastor.

Jackets for Ecuador: The project to collet jackets to be distributed through Karina Brandt, serving in Ecuador with Mennonite Mission Network, is coming to a close. Jackets need to be to placed in the suitcases in the church library by Sunday March 25 so Jill and Eric can get them packed for their trip to Ecuador on the 30th. Well over 100 jackets have been received, but with compact packing there is still quite a bit of suitcase space for more. Thanks for your support of this project!

You are invited to LeRoy and Alice Funk’s 70th Wedding Anniversary on Sat., March 31, a come and go event from 3 – 5 pm at Bethesda Chapel, Goessel.

Pine Car Derby: The annual Tabor Pine Car Derby is coming!! Following supper (5:45pm) on April 4, children will meet for pine car construction and to make crafts for the MCC Relief Sale. The Pine Car Derby will take place at 7pm on April 11 in the Fellowship Hall. Everyone is welcome to come for the fun!

Mennonite Heritage and Agricultural Museum will have our annual Heritage Fundraiser Dinner on Friday, April 6, at the Tabor Mennonite Church Fellowship Hall. Meal served at 6:30 p.m. and the program featuring the Super Stars of Kansas Tourism – Marci Penner and WenDee Rowe -.will follow meal. Call the Museum at 620-367-8200 by Monday April 2,to reserve $50 ticket. per person and for first timers $25 per person, children 12 and under; $5. Email: mhmuseum and www.goesselmuseum.com, or keep in touch on our Facebook page. Thank you for your support.

Tabor Mennonite Women Salad Supper Monday, April 9 at 6:00 pm. Bring a salad & come for an enjoyable evening with our guest Rachel Bachman from Hesston. Her authentic faith and honesty, along with her gifts of music and speaking will have you laughing, crying, and discovering God’s ultimate calling on our lives!

Designing the New Kitchen! The reception committee, funeral committee, and anyone interested in contributing ideas for the layout for the kitchen in Tabor’s new addition, are invited to come a meal at noon, on Sunday, April 22. Please let Keith Banman know if you plan to come.

The Kansas Mennonite Men’s Chorus will be in concert at Central Community Church in Wichita on Sunday, April 8, 7pm. They will also be in concert at Bethel College in North Newton on Sunday, April 15, 7pm.

Conference Announcements

Prayer Requests:

« Western District Conference: Pray for WDC pastor peer groups that meet regularly to share, pray and support one another in the joys and challenges of ministry.

« Mennonite Mission Network: Last month, soon after Deb Byler began a MMN assignment in Guatemala, she had a medical emergency that necessitated surgery in Chicago. Pray for health and energy for Deb as she prepares to return to work with women’s leadership development in the Kekchi Mennonite Church.

« Mennonite Education Agency: Seminario Bíblico Anabautista Hispano (SeBAH) • Pray for SeBAH students and Professor Tony Brun, as they reach the halfway point in the course “Pastoral Project.” May God continue to inspire and encourage the students and Prof. Burn through this course.

Buhler Mennonite Church hosts series: “Hope and Mission in God’s Country”. Join pastor and author Brad Roth as we explore how the rural church can understand its context and live God’s kingdom mission with hope and vibrancy. Wednesday nights in April (6:45-7:45 PM), Roth will lead us in a series of interactive discussion around the themes of Seeing, Befriending, Evangelizing, and Kneeling. April 4 – Seeing: Understanding Rural and Why It Matters; April 11 – Befriending: Caring for People and Community; April 18 – Evangelizing: Sharing our Hope in Jesus; April 25 – Kneeling: Praying Our Lives up to God.

Mennonite Church of the Servant, Wichita, will have its next Movie Night on immigration topics on Friday, April 6, at 7 pm, featuring the film, “Hawo’s Dinner Party”. The film shows the experiences of several Somali residents in Shelbyville, including, Hawo, who are making this small town their new, permanent home. Discussion and information about refugees in Wichita will follow.

Thank you to the women of Western District Women in Mission and SCC Mennonite Women for their generosity in the offering at their Spring Supper March 15 in Hesston KS. Thanks to your gifts, we were able to send more than $2,000 to the women’s literacy project in the Democratic Republic of Congo.

Camp Mennoscah

—Thank you, Youth Volunteers, for the hours of service you did for Camp Mennoscah! We had a blast with you–worship, campfire, s’mores, and so much more. What you did for us was a blessing and absolutely wonderful. Thank you!

—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.

Information for all events at Camp Mennoscah or to register:

Online at www.campmennoscah.org

Telephone: 620-297-3290.

Email: office.

Contact: olivia.bartel.

Mennonite Education Agency is requesting assistance as they prepare to re-open the Hopi Mission School in Kykotsmovi, Arizona. They are seeking a person or couple willing to live onsite for two to three months to help clean up and organize the facilities and to coordinate volunteers who may be interested in helping as well. Those interested should contact info.

Young adult opportunity to serve with MCC: Looking for ways to actively engage in issues around justice and equity, with the support of a community? Are you a Spanish speaker? Perhaps the Seed Central America Program is for you! Seed, a global two-year program, is being implemented and led by MCC with young adults between 20 and 30 years of age. The Seed Central America program focuses on the crossroads of place and ecologies of peace — in Guatemala, Honduras, and Nicaragua. Visit heidihuber.

Lunch & Learn at MCC with Joanna Shenk! Join us on Thursday, April 5 from noon to 1 pm at MCC in North Newton, to hear Joanna share about her new book, “The Movement Makes Us Human an Interview with Dr. Vincent Harding on Mennonites, Vietnam and MLK.” Lunch will be provided by Mojo’s Coffee Bar. Please RSVP for lunch by April 3. For the first time, we’re offering an opportunity for you to join this event virtually, on any computer or device. Visit patsydirksen.

The Hesston College Bel Canto Singers, under the direction of Dr. Russell Adrian, will perform their final home concert of the 2017-18 year at 7 p.m., Tuesday, March 27, at Hesston Mennonite Church on the Hesston College campus. Following the concert, everyone is invited to a reception with informal performances by group members in the church’s community center.

Bethel College

—March 25 – Closing reception for “The Chisholm Trail: Driving the American West” at Kauffman Museum, 1:30-5 p.m. Admission is free.

— March 25 – Jim Hoy, professor of English, Emporia State University, 3 p.m., “Kansas Legends and Folktales,” Krehbiel Auditorium at Bethel College

—The Kansas Institute for Peace and Conflict Resolution (KIPCOR) at Bethel College will host “Restorative Kansas” on the Bethel campus Thurs.-Fri., April 19-20 – the first-ever statewide conference on restorative justice in Kansas. For more information and to register online, go to kipcor.org

—This year’s Masterworks at Bethel College will be Mozart’s Requiem, Sun., May 6. The chorus is open to any interested singers. Contact Dr. William Eash, weash, for more information, including a complete rehearsal schedule.

Everence to hold Medicare workshop in April: Everence will continue its popular retirement workshop series this spring, starting with Your Medicare options on Tuesday, April 3, 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 will be presented by Everence staff and will be held at the Everence office at 3179 N. Main St., North Newton. Reserve your spot soon by contacting Michelle Ramer at (316) 283-3800; (877) 467-7294 or michelle.ramer.

Offender Victim Ministries in Newton, Kan., seeks a full-time executive director. Qualifications include excellent communication, management and organizational skills, and a strong commitment to restorative justice principles. Send resumes and inquires to Becky Nickel, board chair offendervictimministries by April 20.

Kansas Mennonite Relief Sale: Praising God Through Service

Sale Dates: April 13 – 14, 2018

www.kansas.mccsale.org

REMEMBERING 50 years of the Relief Sale in Kansas

The 1998 Sale was held with nice weather and a good crowd on both Friday night and Saturday. The Friday evening musical program was enjoyed by a l arge crowd. The theme for the sale was “Feed My Lambs”. It was observed and reported that most of the workers and volunteers were smiling and enjoying their work. The “House Against Hunger” was being constructed in Hutchinson. The project was not completed but was on its way by Sale date. Both auctions were blessed with good donations and successful auctions. The quilt auction was deemed a success because it was apparent people were bidding because they supported the cause of MCC. Items for sale in Building #4 ranged from a child’s play house that brought over $3,000 to 15 loads of hedge wood averaging $100 per load. 80 volunteers met at Moundridge High School to make bohne berogie. 504 pies were sold during the course of the Sale. The quilt auction sale total was $150,472. Many volunteers and many smiles enabled the proceeds of the Sale to feed many lambs.

Sale Announcements

FANTASTIC JOB signing up on the sign up table in the Foyer!!! There are still some slots open for those of you that haven’t signed up to take a 2 hour shift somewhere. IT TAKES 1000 VOLUNTEERS TO PUT ON THE KS MCC SALE EACH YEAR. Please do your part to keep the INCREDIBLE tradition of CHRISTIAN SERVICE alive and going strong.

Support the Tabor 5K Team by sponsoring the following: Kristin Unruh, Rene Kaufman, Michelle Unruh, Jason Unruh, Austin Unruh, Dylan, Gunner Davis, David Johnson, Nick Johnson, Katie Wright, Veranica Raymundo, Cory & Kari Unruh, Lee & Phyllis Goertzen, Les Goerzen, Jerry Toews.

As part of the 50th Anniversary Celebration each church is asked to put something into a time capsule that will be opened at the MCC Sale in 25 years. Lois Voth and Sharon Unruh have made a mini-quilt to go into this time capsule. PLEASE VIEW IT ON THE DISPLAY TABLES DOWNSTAIRS. This time capsule will be on display at the Sale this year.

FANTASTIC job bringing in your projects that are on display downstairs!!! Keep them coming. AWESOME!!! Tabor is amazing. THANKS for your continued support and your strong efforts.

We need more pies and zweibach. PICK UP pie tins and plastic bags on the sign up table.

PLEASE HELP TAKE PICTURES OF TABOR FOLKS HELPING AT THE MCC SALE OR WORKING ON PROJECTS AT HOME FOR OUR POWER POINT THE SUNDAY AFTER THE SALE, Apr. 15. Please email these photos anytime to:

unruh.billsherry. In the subject line put: Tabor power point

More items are added to the website frequently. Quilts will be added this week or next. Go to: kansas.mccsale.org

Children’s Coin Offering was $38.13. ONLY 2 Sunday’s left!!

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

March 25 insert.pdf

March 25 Annc.pdf

March 25 bulletin

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