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June 17 announcements

Congregational Announcements

Technology Updates: Tabor recently received an upgrade in internet speed, which allows us to more easily upload our sermons and worship services to the internet. Sermons can be found on our church website soon after the worship service. The entire service video will be uploaded, but kept as an unlisted link. If you would like to watch an entire worship service, simply send an email to Kim Funk (kfunk) and she will email you a link to the service. From now on, we will only make DVDs and CDs of the worship service by request. We will no longer make copies to be checked out. Please visit with Pastor Phil if you have any questions.

Summer FF: There is still opportunity to help with Summer Faith Formation for children. Activity/craft leaders and helpers are needed as well as snack provisions. Please sign up on the bulletin board. Thanks for sharing your gifts with our children.

Book Club: To go along with our summer faith formation series, I am reading the book, Disarming the Church: Why Christians Must Forsake Violence to Follow Jesus and Change the World by Eric A Seibert. If you are interested in reading this book and getting together to discuss it, please email me or sign up on the bulletin board. Once I know who all is interested, we will coordinate a reading schedule and times to get together. Cost of the book is $40 for paperback or $10 for kindle. ~Pastor Phil

World Refugee Day: Everyone is invited to attend World Refugee Day 2018 on June 20 from 4-8pm at Saint Christopher’s Episcopal Church (2211 S. Bluff St., Wichita, KS). This event will include booths, games, food, free activities for all ages, live music, and soccer games for the kids. It is sponsored by Saint Francis Migration Ministries. For more information, see poster in foyer or call (316) 977-9276.

TMYF will participate in service at Rocky Mountain Mennonite Camp this summer from June 24-30. Those participating are: Elizabeth Alderfer, Dawson Duerksen, Justice Johnson, Audessi Unruh, Porclein Unruh, Phil and Sarahanne Unruh, and Pastor Katherine. Thank your continued prayers and encouragement!

Registration for Western District Annual Assembly on July 27-29 is now open. See sign up sheet on the bulletin board. Deadline to sign up is Sunday, July 8. If you would like to attend, registration expenses will be covered by Tabor’s Worship Planning Team. Assembly will be held at Tabor Mennonite on July 27, Eden Mennonite on July 28 and Alexanderwohl Mennonite on July 29. If you would like to serve as a Tabor Delegate, please check that box on the sign up sheet.

Do you or someone you know need a little help? If so, there will be a commodity distribution on June 22, 2018 at Goessel Mennonite Church from 5- 6 p.m. If you have any questions regarding qualifications or income guidelines please contact Jenny Girard @ 620-747-0046 or 367-8492. (If someone you know is housebound, arrangements can be made for someone else to get commodities for them).

Give Blood. Help save lives. Goessel Community Blood Drive is Monday, June 25, 1-6pm at the Goessel Mennonite Church. To schedule your lifesaving appointment visit redcrossblood.org (Sponsor code: Goessel) or call 800-RED-CROSS. Save time at your appointment by completing RapidPass on your cell phone or visit www.redcrossblood.or/rapidpass. Sign up on the bulletin board to help as a receptionist, escort, or to work in the canteen that day.

Affordable Housing Available in Goessel: One bedroom units are available for rent at the Sunflower Village located in Goessel. These units are income

structured where rental assistance is available. For more information, contact Cindy Gaddis, Site Manager at 316-217-3178.

Conference Announcements

Prayer Requests:

« Western District Conference: Pray for Southern Hills Mennonite Church today as they celebrate Roger and Cynthia Neufeld Smith’s 30 years of pastoral ministry there.

« Mennonite Mission Network: Laura Schlabach of MMN is transitioning into the interim executive director’s role with JCS, the consortium of mission agencies through which Mennonite Mission Network serves in Mongolia. Pray for wisdom and peace for Laura as she takes on these new responsibilities.

« Mennonite Education Agency: Pray for the seven Bethel College students awarded 2018 Summer Research Grants as they explore topics in Bible and religion, communication arts, English, history and peace studies, natural sciences and psychology.

« Mennonite Church USA: Pray for these Mennonite Conferences as they travel and fellowship at their annual gatherings the weekend of June 21-23: Central Plains Mennonite Conference in Lincoln, Nebraska, Central District Conference in Goshen, Indiana, and Pacific Northwest Mennonite Conference in Boise, Idaho.

Western District Conference: Come with “Burning Hearts,” as we listen, discuss and learn deeper biblical connections with scholar/musician Bryan Moyer Suderman, your fellow delegates, and friends at the July 27-28 Western District Annual Assembly. Friday evening worship is at Tabor Mennonite Church, Newton, and Saturday activities are at Eden Mennonite Church, Moundridge. For more information and to register, go to:

http://mennowdc.org/annual-assembly/#2018annualAssembly.

Camp Mennoscah:

—The Whale playground at Camp Mennoscah is so very close to completion! Work continues to finish the wood structure next Friday and Saturday, June 22-23, at 9:00 a.m. with final dirt preparation, landscape fabric, and spreading mulch. Please bring a sack lunch. If you have already helped or even if you have not, contact camp at 620-297-3290 if you’re interested and let us know you’ll be there!

—Summer youth camps at Camp Mennoscah are in full swing! We’re having a blast with our summer theme of Beyond Belief: The Universe of God and all the wonderful campers. There are still openings for most of our camps! Senior Highers–keep registering on the wait list so that we know you want to come. We’re busy finding more places for you. If we can’t find you a space, we will return all fees paid. Register online at campmennoscah.org! Our summer youth camps are a hoot!

—Kitchen staff needed for July 15-21. Camp Mennoscah still needs 2-3 people for the week of July 15-21. Kitchen helpers do things like scoop pudding into bowls, peel potatoes, discuss deep and meaningful topics over making bierocks, laugh uproariously, and help make a great camp week with amazingly good meals. Contact us at 620-297-3290 orolivia.bartel! This is a fun time!

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:

—Smart Living, Simple Money is a new podcast produced by and for young adults, sponsored by The Mennonite, Inc., and Everence. It focuses on how financial decisions impact – and are impacted by – our faith, values and daily lives. Each episode is built around personal stories, expert information and practical tips for managing everyday finances. The podcast’s first season features 4 episodes. Topics include debt, budgeting, big purchases, and retirement savings. For more information see smartlivingsimplemoney.com

—Conference planners for the third Women Doing Theology (WDT) conference are taking submissions for both papers and workshops on the WDT18 webpage through July 16. The conference takes place Nov. 8-10 in Elkhart, Indiana. Find guidelines and submission forms at http://mennoniteusa.org/wdt18/.

Empowering Women: Girls ages 13–18 and women of all ages, please join Mennonite Women USA and Dove’s Nest July 26-27, 2018, in Omaha for “Empowering Women: Claiming Healthy Personal Boundaries,” an intergenerational gathering to provide practical resources and support on healthy boundary management. Find out more at https://dovesnest.net/Claiming-Healthy-Personal-Boundaries or call 402-577-0866.

Mennonite Central Committee:

—MCC Mini Comforter Blitz, June 22 & 23 at MCC in North Newton! Join in the fun at this Mini Comforter Blitz on Friday, June 22 from 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. and Saturday, June 23 from 8 a.m. – 4 p.m.. Come and go as you are able, bring your friends and family! Bring snacks to share if you’d like. Please bring a sack lunch/supper, drinks will be provided. Contact katemast with questions and visit mcc.org/comforter-blitz for details!

—Supplies are running low in the MCC Material Resources Center in North Newton and we could use your help! The current material resources needs are: shampoo for relief kits (1-2 bottles, totaling more than 20 oz), toothbrushes for relief and hygiene kits (in originally packaging), small, metal pencil sharpeners (one or two holes) for school kits, dark colored hand or bath towels for hygiene and relief kits. Visit katemast or call with questions at 316-283-2720.

Dove’s Nest and Mennonite Women USA are joyfully partnering to sponsor a unique summer event: Empowering Women: Claiming Healthy Personal Boundaries July 26-27 in Omaha, Nebraska. We are excited about this opportunity to resource both women and girls (age 13-18) and are grateful for supporting funds from the Schowalter Foundation. For more information and registration: https://dovesnest.net/Claiming-Healthy-Personal-Boundaries

Bethel College: Mon., June 18 – The Bethel College Women’s Association invites everyone to “An Evening with the President,” 7 p.m., Administration Building chapel at Bethel College. Come meet Bethel President Jon Gering and his wife, Deborah. President Gering will speak on his vision for the college, followed by refreshments and conversation.

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June 10 announcements

Congregational Announcements

Technology Updates: Tabor recently received an upgrade in internet speed, which allows us to more easily upload our sermons and worship services to the internet. Sermons can be found on our church website soon after the worship service. The entire service video will be uploaded, but kept as an unlisted link. If you would like to watch an entire worship service, simply send an email to Kim Funk (kfunk) and she will email you a link to the service. From now on, we will only make DVDs and CDs of the worship service by request. We will no longer make copies to be checked out. Please visit with Pastor Phil if you have any questions.

Summer FF begins June 17: Sign up on the bulletin board to help with summer faith formation for our children. Activity/craft leaders and helpers are needed as well as snack provisions. Carol Duerksen will be the storyteller for the summer. Thanks for sharing your gifts with our children.

—All high school youth through adults will meet together using Mennonite Central Committee’s curriculum, Preventing Gun Violence.

A schedule for Summer Faith Formation for adults and children is in the June Newsletter.

Registration for Western District Annual Assembly on July 27-29 is now open. See sign up sheet on the bulletin board. Deadline to sign up is Sunday, July 8. If you would like to attend, registration expenses will be covered by Tabor’s Worship Planning Team. Assembly will be held at Tabor Mennonite on July 27, Eden Mennonite on July 28 and Alexanderwohl Mennonite on July 29. If you would like to serve as a Tabor Delegate, please check that box on the sign up sheet.

Mennonite Heritage and Agricultural Museum: Free admission on Saturday, June 16, 2018. So bring your father out to enjoy a car show and a free day at the Museum. We will have Cool-cars and Cool-trucks to enjoy and Hot-dogs available for lunch. If you or your father would like to exhibit a car or truck there is a $10 fee. Museum parking lot from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Come on down.

Do you or someone you know need a little help? If so, there will be a commodity distribution on June 22, 2018 at Goessel Mennonite Church from 5- 6 p.m. If you have any questions regarding qualifications or income guidelines please contact Jenny Girard @ 620-747-0046 or 367-8492. (If someone you know is housebound, arrangements can be made for someone else to get commodities for them).

Affordable Housing Available in Goessel: One bedroom units are available for rent at the Sunflower Village located in Goessel. These units are income

structured where rental assistance is available. For more information, contact Cindy Gaddis, Site Manager at 316-217-3178.

Conference Announcements

Prayer Requests:

« Western District Conference: Pray today for Iglesia Menonita Casa Betania in Newton, as they celebrate their 10th anniversary, and for First Mennonite Church in McPherson, as they install Rose Marie Zook Barber as their new pastor.

« Mennonite Mission Network: MMN requests prayer for Service Adventure participants who are ending their assignments in Albuquerque (New Mexico), Anchorage (Alaska), Colorado Springs (Colorado), Jackson (Mississippi), and Johnstown (Pennsylvania). Praise God for all they gave and received during the past 10 months. Pray for them as they integrate this year’s learnings into their life choices.

« Mennonite Education Agency: Bethel College: Pray for the seven Bethel College students awarded 2018 Summer Research Grants as they explore topics in Bible and religion, communication arts, English, history and peace studies, natural sciences and psychology.

« Mennonite Disaster Service: This week we rejoice with the community of La Grange, Texas where new homes will be constructed for Hurricane Harvey survivors in an area called Hope Hill. We pray for those organizing the work and for enough volunteers to bring people home. We ask God for hearts to be moved and hammers to ring. We also pray for those suffering because of the volcanos in Hawaii and Guatemala. MDS is monitoring the situation in Hawaii.

Western District Conference:

—Everyone is invited to the WDC Annual Assembly 2018, July 27-28! Complete information is posted at: http://mennowdc.org/annual-assembly/#2018annualAssembly. Read all about it and register online by July 13.

Language Interpretation Ministry Team: WDC seeks to establish a ministry team of persons located in different areas of the conference, who can provide language interpretation for WDC meetings and events in order to enhance participation by individuals who speak different languages. Assessment, orientation and training will be provided for Team members, as well as some financial compensation through grant funds WDC has received. Please contact WDC at wdc or 316-283-6300 if you have skills in a second language and are interested in applying or learning more about this ministry opportunity!

Camp Mennoscah:

– We are in search of tin cans for crafts this summer! Any empty can (only one lid removed) from canned foods would work. “Normal” sized cans (~14-20oz) are best; little cans from items like tuna and chicken are too small. We need approximately 60 by the first week of camp, and about 120 total for the summer. Any help collecting these cans would be greatly appreciated!

– Send a camper to camp or bring a friend with you! Camp Mennoscah has both room and scholarships for more campers. Grab your friendly neighborhood friend, a cousin, or someone who would benefit from a week of worship and fun!

– Kitchen staff for the week of July 15-21 are still needed. We have this amazing new kitchen and we’d love to share it with you. Our fearless head cooks will be there to help you create great meals! Contact camp to volunteer. Parent discounts are available for up to full camp fees.

– Family Weekend is June 30-July 1! It’s a weekend focused on giving you the most time to spend with your family and friends. Our time together is loosely scheduled and you can choose what to do–worship, river play, swimming, crafts, or even just talking with each other!

Information for all events at Camp Mennoscah or to register:

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

Email: office.

Contact: olivia.bartel.

Resources are available to continue to #LearnPrayJoin for the Korean Peninsula.

– Read blog reflections from people who have lived and served on the Korean peninsula: mennoniteusa.org/korea-posts

– Listen to Peace Lab Podcast #33 with Joy Yoon: mennoniteusa.org/plp33

– Watch the webinar recorded with Dr. Inyeop Lee: mennoniteusa.org/dr-lee

– Support the ongoing peacemaking efforts of MCC and Mission Network: mennoniteusa.org/give-lpj

Service Adventrue: Thinking about taking a gap year after high school? Serve, learn, and develop your leadership skills through Service Adventure. For more info, visit www.MennoniteMission.net/ServiceAdventure or contact SusanN@MennoniteMission.net.

Mennonite Central Committee:

—Calling all MCC volunteers!! Join us for our annual Volunteer Appreciation Celebration on June 13, 5 pm – 7 pm at MCC in North Newton, Kansas! All relief sale volunteers, all meat canning volunteers, participants in the Flatlander Bicycle Ride or the Harvest Giving Walk, all of you who make comforters on your own or at a Comforter Blitz, if you’ve packed a kit at MCC or volunteered your time at an MCC thrift shop or in the MCC Warehouse – YOU’RE INVITED! We want you to join us, enjoy a delicious meal of burgers, hot dogs, salads, chips and ice cream for dessert! Please RSVP by June 11 to patsydirksen, 316.283.2720.

—MCC Mini Comforter Blitz, June 22 & 23 at MCC in North Newton! Join in the fun at this Mini Comforter Blitz on Friday, June 22 from 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. and Saturday, June 23 from 8 a.m. – 4 p.m.. Come and go as you are able, bring your friends and family! Bring snacks to share if you’d like. Please bring a sack lunch/supper, drinks will be provided. Contact katemast with questions and visit mcc.org/comforter-blitz for details!

—Supplies are running low in the MCC Material Resources Center in North Newton and we could use your help! The current material resources needs are: shampoo for relief kits (1-2 bottles, totaling more than 20 oz), toothbrushes for relief and hygiene kits (in originally packaging), small, metal pencil sharpeners (one or two holes) for school kits, dark colored hand or bath towels for hygiene and relief kits. Visit katemast or call with questions at 316-283-2720.

—Sexualized violence and the church webinar, June 13 2 pm – 3 pm: Mennonite Central Committee is offering the third webinar in our three-part series this spring for churches and individuals to learn about addressing sexualized violence within the church. This webinar focusing on Healthy masculinity will cover how the church can prepare men to talk to their sons about healthy masculinity and what men should tell boys about sexual violence. Speakers will be Glen Guyton, the new Executive Director for MCUSA and Isaac Villegas, pastor at Chapel Hill (North Carolina) Mennonite Fellowship. Learn more and register for the webinar at karinkaufmanwall with questions.

Dove’s Nest and Mennonite Women USA are joyfully partnering to sponsor a unique summer event: Empowering Women: Claiming Healthy Personal Boundaries July 26-27 in Omaha, Nebraska. We are excited about this opportunity to resource both women and girls (age 13-18) and are grateful for supporting funds from the Schowalter Foundation. For more information and registration: https://dovesnest.net/Claiming-Healthy-Personal-Boundaries

Bethel College: Mon., June 18 – The Bethel College Women’s Association invites everyone to “An Evening with the President,” 7 p.m., Administration Building chapel at Bethel College. Come meet Bethel President Jon Gering and his wife, Deborah. President Gering will speak on his vision for the college, followed by refreshments and conversation.

Associated Mennonite Biblical Seminary:

—Exploring Anabaptist History and Theology (noncredit): Sept. 12 – Oct. 23. This online AMBS short course taught by Jamie Pitts, Ph.D., covers the birth and development of 16th-century Anabaptist movements and looks at various interpretations of the meaning of “Anabaptism” today. Cost: $200 before Aug. 22; $250 after. CEUs available. ambs.edu/shortcourses

—Seminary scholarships for VSers. AMBS offers tuition discounts and scholarships ($1,500 per academic year) to current and former voluntary service workers. Enrollment must occur within five years of completion of the VS assignment.

Apply now, or tap a shoulder! ambs.edu/admissions/voluntary-service-scholarships

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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!

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Note of Thanks

Once again, we had an amazing weekend at Camp Washunga! The weather was really hot but it was nice to cool off in the pool! The food and snacks were delicious and the discussion was life-giving. Please ask the junior highers for more highlights and memories from their time at camp! Thank you to all who prayed for our junior highers leading up to and during that weekend. And a big thank you to those who donated snacks or hammers, or money to allow us to attend. We are blessed to be a part of a community that supports its youth! ~ Laura Unrau and Michelle Unruh, camp directors

Congregational Announcements

I (Pastor Phil) have been invited by the Western District Conference (WDC) Gift’s Discernment team to join the WDC Executive Board for a 3-year term. With the affirmation of Tabor Deacons, I have accepted this invitation and will be on the ballot of people to be affirmed at WDC Annual Assembly on Saturday, July 28 at Eden Mennonite Church. If you would like to read more about the Executive Board, please visit http://mennowdc.org/executive-board-commissions/

Technology Updates: Tabor recently received an upgrade in internet speed, which allows us to more easily upload our sermons and worship services to the internet. Sermons can be found on our church website soon after the worship service. The entire service video will be uploaded, but kept as an unlisted link. If you would like to watch an entire worship service, simply send an email to Kim Funk (kfunk) and she will email you a link to the service. From now on, we will only make DVDs and CDs of the worship service by request. We will no longer make copies to be checked out. Please visit with Pastor Phil if you have any questions.

Vacation Bible School: There are a few items still needed for snack time during VBS. Please sign up. Your help is appreciated.

Summer FF begins June 17: Sign up on the bulletin board to help with summer faith formation for our children. Activity/craft leaders and helpers are needed as well as snack provisions. Carol Duerksen will be the storyteller for the summer. Thanks for sharing your gifts with our children.

—All high school youth through adults will meet together using Mennonite Central Committee’s curriculum, Preventing Gun Violence.

A schedule for Summer Faith Formation for adults and children is in the June Newsletter.

Registration for Western District Annual Assembly on July 27-29 is now open. See sign up sheet on the bulletin board. Deadline to sign up is Sunday, July 8. If you would like to attend, registration expenses will be covered by Tabor’s Worship Planning Team. Assembly will be held at Tabor Mennonite on July 27, Eden Mennonite on July 28 and Alexanderwohl Mennonite on July 29. If you would like to serve as a Tabor Delegate, please check that box on the sign up sheet.

Do you or someone you know need a little help? If so, there will be a commodity distribution on June 22, 2018 at Goessel Mennonite Church from 5- 6 p.m. If you have any questions regarding qualifications or income guidelines please contact Jenny Girard @ 620-747-0046 or 367-8492. (If someone you know is housebound, arrangements can be made for someone else to get commodities for them).

Conference Announcements

Prayer Requests:

« Western District Conference: Give thanks for God’s faithfulness with Manhattan Mennonite Church, as they celebrate their 40th anniversary today.

« Mennonite Mission Network: Addressing violence on the Colombia-Ecuador border, the three Mennonite conferences in Ecuador are calling their national government to work for peace and to respect the human rights of all people. Delicia Bravo Aguilar and Peter Wigginton of Mennonite Mission Network ask us to join our brothers and sisters in praying for peace.

« Mennonite Education Agency: Eastern Mennonite University, Harrisonburg, VA • Pray for those who are exploring a faith-rooted approach to social activism at the Summer Peacebuilding Institute. May their spiritual formation practices nurture a life of community leadership, engaged ministry and social action.

Western District Conference:

—The 2018 WDC Annual Assembly will be held on July 27-28 in Kansas. Detailed information, including an online registration form, is now posted at: http://mennowdc.org/annual-assembly/#2018annualAssembly.

—Summer Reading for All Ages in All Places! The Conference Resource Library invites everyone to participate in the summer reading challenge! Grow in faith this summer as you read. Summer reading programs for children and adults with prizes. If you live at a distance, we will mail books to you, or start the Box of Books program at your church! Kids (ages 0-12) sign up at: https://goo.gl/forms/uDbWczCjQqZ1Mo6t1. Adults (ages 12 and up) sign up and download your reading challenge at: https://goo.gl/forms/uUVW6calQ1s7sN632.

—Sunday, June 17, Southern Hills Mennonite Church of Topeka will host a celebration of 30 years of joint ministry by Cynthia and Roger Neufeld Smith, who began ministry at SHMC September 1988 and will take new positions summer of 2018 with Mennonite Mission Network as Service Adventure leaders in Jackson, MS. All are welcome to attend the special worship service at 9:30 am, noon meal, and 1 pm program by representatives of community and WDC. Friends from a distance are encouraged to send notes of appreciation for the Neufeld Smiths’ ministry to: SHMC, POB 5067, Topeka KS 66605, Attn: Lila Bartel.

—Mennonite Church of the Servant will show the video, “Hawo’s Dinner Party: The New Face of Southern Hospitality” on Friday, June 22, at 7 pm. The story of Hawo, a Somali refugee and former nurse, and the handful of local residents who come together to help create a more integrated and thriving community, puts a human face on the complex issues we face in this time of increasing globalization and changing demographics. The church is located at 2401 N. Woodland, Wichita.

Camp Mennoscah:

—Construction on the Camp Mennoscah playground is continuing, and we need your help! June 1-2 will be playground assembly at camp, and the week of June 3 will continue the work. Contact the camp to let us know which days you can be there, and we’ll get back to you with more details.

—I am in search of tin cans for one of the crafts this summer!! Any empty can (only one lid removed) from canned foods would work! Preferably the “normal” sized cans (~14-20oz) would be best. Little cans from items like tuna and chicken are too small. I will need approximately 60 by the first week of camp, and about 120 plus, total for the summer. Any help collecting these cans would be greatly appreciated!! Thanks, Carley Sullivan (Camp Mennoscah Crafts Leader)

—Still room at the camp! Camp Mennoscah has both room and scholarships for more campers. Grab your friendly neighborhood friend, a cousin, or someone who would benefit from a week of worship and fun! Register online at office with questions.

— We have two weeks of camp that need kitchen helpers: June 24-30 and July 15-21, two of our biggest weeks of camp, need 2-3 more people each week. You do not need to be a professional chef or have more than a basic understanding of cooking/baking.

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 Central Committee:

—Calling all MCC volunteers!! Join us for our annual Volunteer Appreciation Celebration on June 13, 5 pm – 7 pm at MCC in North Newton, Kansas! All relief sale volunteers, all meat canning volunteers, participants in the Flatlander Bicycle Ride or the Harvest Giving Walk, all of you who make comforters on your own or at a Comforter Blitz, if you’ve packed a kit at MCC or volunteered your time at an MCC thrift shop or in the MCC Warehouse – YOU’RE INVITED! We want you to join us, enjoy a delicious meal of burgers, hot dogs, salads, chips and ice cream for dessert! Please RSVP by June 11 to patsydirksen, 316.283.2720.

—MCC Mini Comforter Blitz, June 22 & 23 at MCC in North Newton! Join in the fun at this Mini Comforter Blitz on Friday, June 22 from 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. and Saturday, June 23 from 8 a.m. – 4 p.m.. Come and go as you are able, bring your friends and family! Bring snacks to share if you’d like. Please bring a sack lunch/supper, drinks will be provided. Contact katemast with questions and visit mcc.org/comforter-blitz for details!

—Supplies are running low in the MCC Material Resources Center in North Newton and we could use your help! The current material resources needs are: shampoo for relief kits (1-2 bottles, totaling more than 20 oz), toothbrushes for relief and hygiene kits (in originally packaging), small, metal pencil sharpeners (one or two holes) for school kits, dark colored hand or bath towels for hygiene and relief kits. Visit katemast or call with questions at 316-283-2720 .

—Sexualized violence and the church webinar, June 13, 2 pm – 3 pm: Mennonite Central Committee is offering the third webinar in our three-part series this spring for churches and individuals to learn about addressing sexualized violence within the church. This webinar focusing on Healthy masculinity will cover how the church can prepare men to talk to their sons about healthy masculinity and what men should tell boys about sexual violence. Speakers will be Glen Guyton, the new Executive Director for MCUSA and Isaac Villegas, pastor at Chapel Hill (North Carolina) Mennonite Fellowship . Learn more and register for the webinar at karinkaufmanwall with questions.

Dove’s Nest and Mennonite Women USA are joyfully partnering to sponsor a unique summer event: Empowering Women: Claiming Healthy Personal Boundaries July 26-27 in Omaha, Nebraska. We are excited about this opportunity to resource both women and girls (age 13-18) and are grateful for supporting funds from the Schowalter Foundation. For more information and registration: https://dovesnest.net/Claiming-Healthy-Personal-Boundaries

Summer is here and the Newton Et Cetera Shop is a great place to spend your time! You’re invited to become a summer volunteer if you’ve got a few hours to give back to our community once a month or once a week. Students, educators and everyone else is welcome to pick up a volunteer application, download one at newtonetceterashop.com/volunteer, or fill one out at our new volunteer orientation on Tuesday, June 5, 6 p.m. We need volunteers to help with clothing, dolls, electronics, bikes, housewares and as clerks. Evening and Saturday spots are available, as well as weekday shifts. Newton Et Cetera Shop is an MCC Thrift Shop, and gives away 100% of its proceeds.

Associated Mennonite Biblical Seminary:

—Earn an MDiv at a distance! Develop your leadership abilities from an Anabaptist perspective while staying in your current vocation. AMBS’s MDiv Connect program offers you in-depth biblical and theological study, spiritual formation and vocational internships — right where you live. Generous need-based financial aid is available. ambs.edu/mdivconnect

—Journey: A Missional Leadership Development Program. Explore your call to ministry in this 2-1/2-year distance-friendly nondegree AMBS program that features a five-unit online curriculum, biweekly mentor-mentee meetings and one visit to the AMBS region per year. Participants receive a certificate upon completion. Register by Aug. 7. ambs.edu/journey

The West Zion Mennonite Church, Moundridge, will continue their Concert Series with an event on Sunday evening, June 10 at 7 pm. Performers will include Christopher Shaw, Organ; Joey Menninger, Viola; RoJean Loucks, Celtic Harp; the Flannelbacks, a men’s vocal ensemble; and Donna Stucky, Piano.

During the free concert a free-will offering will be received. After the concert, there will be a time of fellowship, with refreshments served.

Kidron-Bethel Parkinson’s Support Group will meet Tuesday, June 5, at

2 pm in Menno Hall. Dennis Schmidt will share “My Journey with Parkinson’s.” All are welcome.

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Congregational Announcements

Vacation Bible School: There is a sign up list on the bulletin board with items that we will need for snack time during VBS. Please sign up. Your help is appreciated. If anyone has questions, please contact Sarahanne Unruh or Pam Abrahams.

Summer FF begins June 17:

For such a time as this! You are here. You belong to Tabor. You can offer your presence and gifts to our children. Sign up on the bulletin board to help with summer faith formation for our children. Activity/craft leaders and helpers are needed as well as snack provisions. Carol Duerksen will be the storyteller for the summer. If you would like to help coordinate the schedule and make sure enough people are present each Sunday to help out, that would be wonderful. Just let the Christian Ed committee know. Thanks for sharing your gifts with our children.

—All high school youth through adults will meet together using Mennonite Central Committee’s curriculum, Preventing Gun Violence.

A schedule for Summer Faith Formation for adults and children will be in the June Newsletter.

Rejoice! A devotional booklet for the months of June/July/August and published by MennoMedia, is now available on the literature table in the foyer and also in the north facing mailboxes. The Education committee provides these for anyone who wishes to have one.

Bethesda Home Annual Meeting: Wednesday, May 30 at 7:00 p.m. The meeting will include Sara Hiebert, CEO/Administrator, sharing of plans for the future of Bethesda, election of board members, financial report, an offering, AND a pie social following with wide variety of pies to select from. It’s a time to celebrate good changes at Bethesda. Please join us to be informed about this ministry that you support.

Tabor Garage Sale: A few new items, including used computer monitors, have been added along with the remaining ‘treasures’ in the fellowship hall. Please leave a donation for the building fund if you find something that you want to take home.

Conference Announcements

Prayer Requests:

« Western District Conference: Pray for God’s wisdom for WDC’s Gifts Discernment Committee as they seek nominees for leadership positions in WDC.

« Mennonite Mission Network: Diana Cruz and Felipe Preciado, serving with MMN, are on their way to La Casa Grande children’s village in Benin. Pray for them as they transition from their life in Colombia and participate in orientation in the United States and Spain in the coming weeks.

« Mennonite Education Agency: Eastern Mennonite University, Harrisonburg, Virginia • We ask your prayers for students coming from across the country and around the globe to study peacebuilding, trauma resilience and conflict transformation every week at the Summer Peacebuilding Institute from May 14 – June 20. Give them renewed spirit and enhanced skills for promoting positive change in their home communities.

« Mennonite Disaster Service: Prayer of thanksgiving. MDS gives thanks for all of the volunteers and the new hope homeowners experienced through MDS. Join us in giving thanks for the ministry of MDS to respond, rebuild and restore. Consider being an MDS volunteer by applying for one of these opportunities.

Western District Conference:

Save the date – the 2018 Western District Conference Annual Assembly will be held July 27-28 in South Central Kansas. More details and registration information will be emailed to pastors and churches and will be posted at: http://mennowdc.org/annual-assembly/#2018annualAssembly during the last week of May.

Summer Story Hour: Join us for Summer Story Hour at the Conference Resource Library! This summer, children ages 3-8 will have fun with the theme of Creepy Crawlies: Bugs and More! Led by Marjie Warkentine, we’ll meet at the library in North Newton on Mondays June 4-July 9 at 10:00am. Register by May 31 at https://goo.gl/forms/wlzeX9FZbFoNYBW32 or by calling the library at (316) 283-6300.

Camp Mennoscah:

—Come volunteer to help rebuild The Whale! Construction is continuing, and we need your help! May 25-26 will be cutting and staining the wood in Newton. June 1-2 will be platform and decking installation at camp, and the week of June 3 will be installing the railings and spreading mulch. If you’d like to be a part of the action, contact the camp, let us know which days you can be there, and we’ll get back to you with more details. We’re really excited to have this up by the time summer youth camps begin on June 10 and hope you are, too!

—Party in the kitchen! Kitchen staff at Camp Mennoscah this summer will enjoy the delightful new kitchen with shiny stainless steel, temperate temperatures (courtesy of A and C), and fun folks. Camp Mennoscah needs kitchen helpers for June 24-30 and July 15-21. Parent discounts are available up to full camp fees. Bring a friend, your swimsuit (for the pool), and make tasty meals for amazing campers and staff! Contact us at to get your piece of the fun!

—Bring a Friend! We love sharing Camp Mennoscah with others! It’s a time of fun, making friends, and growing in your relationship with Jesus. Surely those things are well worth sharing with others. Returning campers and their first time friend each get a free camp tee shirt and a week of great and amazing activities!

—Want to spend a little extra time at Camp Mennoscah? We’re always looking for volunteers and weekend hosts to help our staff. There will be a staff person around to lead in tasks or direct a visiting group and all levels of skill are welcome.

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 Central Committee:

New guidelines for making comforters: MCC has recently reviewed feedback from our partners around the world and some changes have been made to the guidelines for new comforters that we’re sharing with you:

https://mcc.org/sites/mcc.org/files/media/common/documents/2017-10-04_

comforter_making_guideline_us.pdf.

If you have questions or concerns please contact Kate Mast in the MCC Central States Material Resources Center in North Newton, KS: katemast 316.283.2720.

Join the upcoming MCC Haiti learning tour from September 22nd to 29th. 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. Limited spots are available, registration closes June 20th. Contact Jordan Penner at jordanpenner or 316-727-6837 for more information.

Mennonite Mission Network is seeking young adults to serve with the Tanzania Mennonite Church in its National Youth Ministry Team. Young adults will work with a team helping to facilitate Bible studies, discipleship training, and children’s ministries. Successful candidates will be willing to share about their faith and be open to working closely with others on the National Youth Ministry Team. For more information, check out our website at Journey International Tanzania or contact Sharon Norton at SharonN.

Dove’s Nest and Mennonite Women USA are joyfully partnering to sponsor a unique summer event: Empowering Women: Claiming Healthy Personal Boundaries July 26-27 in Omaha, Nebraska. We are excited about this opportunity to resource both women and girls (age 13-18) and are grateful for supporting funds from the Schowalter Foundation. For more information and registration: https://dovesnest.net/Claiming-Healthy-Personal-Boundaries

Summer is here and the Newton Et Cetera Shop is a great place to spend your time! You’re invited to become a summer volunteer if you’ve got a few hours to give back to our community once a month or once a week. Students, educators and everyone else is welcome to pick up a volunteer application, download one at newtonetceterashop.com/volunteer, or fill one out at our new volunteer orientation on Tuesday, June 5, 6 p.m. We need volunteers to help with clothing, dolls, electronics, bikes, housewares and as clerks. Evening and Saturday spots are available, as well as weekday shifts. Newton Et Cetera Shop is an MCC Thrift Shop, and gives away 100% of its proceeds.

Bethel College

—Centering Prayer will not meet Mon., May 28 (Memorial Day), but 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.

—Sat., June 2 – The public is invited to Walk Sand Creek Trail Day, part of National Trails Day®. Water will be available for people and dogs at the trailhead at Memorial Grove on the Bethel College campus, dawn to dusk (6 a.m.-8 p.m.), courtesy of the Sand Creek Trail Committee.

—Sat., June 2 – Kauffman Museum First-Saturday Bird Walk. Join experienced birders at 6:30 a.m. in the museum parking lot for a walk of 1 to 1.5 hours. Please be aware this is mostly on an unpaved trail and the terrain is sometimes sloping or steep.

Saturday morning retirement workshop to be held in June: Everence will host an all-inclusive retirement planning workshop on Saturday, June 2, from 9 to 11:30 a.m. Topics will include Medicare, Social Security and retirement income planning. The workshop will be presented by Everence staff and will take place 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 ormichelle.ramer.

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