May 19 announcements

Congregational Announcements

Rejoice! The devotional books for June-Aug. can be found on the shelf below the mailboxes. These are provided by Christian Education for anyone wishing to use them.

Tabor Mennonite Women: If you signed up for the Tabor Women’s Mystery Trip on Thursday, May 23, 2019, please note the following details:

—Meet at Tabor Church at 5 pm. Please be prepared to pay $20 before you are assigned to your ride. We will leave the church promptly at 5:30 p.m., so please be on time. We will return to Tabor between 8-8:30 p.m.

—What if I need to cancel? We recognize cancellations may be necessary. If you need to cancel your reservation, please do so by contacting Ruby Graber or Pastor Rosie Jantz as soon as possible or on Tuesday, May 21, to avoid a $10 cancellation fee (the restaurant policy).

—We’re looking forward to fun, food and fellowship with you!

Final Cleaning for the new addition will be on Wednesday, May 29! Come for supper at 5:30 with cleaning starting at 6:00. Everyone is welcome to come help with this final step of the project!

Vacation Bible School:

—61 hungry children are registered for Bible School! Please sign up to provide food for snacks during VBS! If you have questions, please contact Camille Adrian.

— Newspapers are needed for the craft sessions at VBS. Put them on the table in the supply room.

—Bible School Monday Lunch: This year, a noon meal will be offered free of charge to all children, families, and volunteers on Monday, June 3. This is provided by Tabor’s Outreach Commission. If you want to attend this lunch (and didn’t already RSVP on the Bible School registration form), please email Pastor Phil (pschmidt) by Friday, May 31.

Free Books! If you would like a red hymnal or a Tabor Church Centennial photo book, feel free to pick one up from the table in the church foyer.

Tabor Church doors have been rekeyed: Anyone having keys to the church, outside and inside, please turn them in to the church office as soon as possible. If you need a key, we will issue a new, numbered key to you.

Needing Dishwashers for New Kitchen: If you are willing to be a committed dishwasher for our new kitchen, we Need You! There will be a training with our new dishwasher system the last week of May (exact time to be determined) and if you are willing to train and then be a regular dishwasher for Tabor events, please see Gayle Funk or Kenton Nickel. Thank you for your consideration!

Coming this Summer for the children! “Jesus was a kid like me” will be the theme of our summer faith formation time. Come on out, Detectives, and discover the really cool things that you have in common with Jesus as a boy. There is a sign up sheet posted on the bulletin board with opportunities for you to help.

Summer Day Camp: Sponsored by area churches, this is a Free Day Camp in July for children entering 1st-5th Grade. Brochures with dates and complete information can be found on the table in the foyer. Sign up today!!

Bethesda Home Annual Meeting May 30, 7 p.m. in the Bethesda Chapel. Join us to celebrate an excellent year of fiscal responsibility, generous donor support, and a dedicated staff caring for our residents. A pie social will follow the meeting. We look forward to seeing you there.

Tabor Church is on AmazonSmile! Use the direct link

com/ch/48-0877687 or search for “Tabor Mennonite Church” in the list of charities at to support Tabor’s building project every time you shop. See the April newsletter for more information or ask Yvette Nickel if you have questions.

Conference Announcements

Prayer Requests:

« Western District Conference: Pray for Camp Mennoscah staff and board, as they plan for the summer camping season, as well as ongoing projects and priorities for the future.

« Mennonite Mission Network: Tomorrow through Friday, the JCS International board of directors and other administrators are gathered for meetings. Pray for safe travel, smooth logistical arrangements, and fruitful discussions so that God will be honored through the ministries that take place in Mongolia. Mennonite Mission Network partners with JCS International.

« Mennonite Education Agency: Pray for Bethel’s graduating seniors and their families as they celebrated baccalaureate and commencement at Bethel College. Give thanks for commencement speaker Dwight Krehbiel, professor of psychology, who will retire from Bethel after more than 40 years.

Meet the MennoCon19 worship speakers through video and hear a bit about what they are preparing for worship at There’s still time to register to attend MennoCon19 in Kansas City this summer at

Camp Mennoscah:

—Work & Play Day will be May 25 at Camp Mennoscah from 8:30am to 2:30pm. These single work days replace our fall Work & Play Camp. Projects will vary based on skill and ages. A simple lunch will be served. All ages welcome; those under 18 must have an adult with them.

—Nurses needed for June 9-15 and June 23-29! Camp Mennoscah is seeking a nurse for Junior High I Camp (June 9-15) and Junior I Camp (June 23-29). These positions come with either a stipend or a full camper discount. Nurses need to be licensed in Kansas and be a RN (or equivalent).

—Kitchen staff needed! Contact us for dates. Kitchen helpers only need to be able to follow directions and have willing hearts & hands!

Contact and registration for Camp Mennoscah:

Online at

Telephone: 620-297-3290.

Email: office.

Contact: olivia.bartel.

Mennonite Central Committee (MCC)

—MCC needs your help to replenish supplies in our Material Resources Center! The following items are running low: black and white spools of all-purpose thread, minimum 250 yards, for Sewing Kits (each kit has 3 spools of each color in it). Lotion, minimum 10 oz, for Returning Citizen Care Kits, and sanitary napkins, thin maxi, any count, for Relief Kits. MCC only distributes complete kits, so when we are low on one item the processing of the entire kit comes to a halt. Items for kits can be dropped off or shipped to MCC Central States, 121 E. 30th, PO Box 235, North Newton, KS 67117. Questions? Check out the kits page at katemast.

—Opportunities to serve with MCC in Haiti – Tired of ‘cubicle-based’ work? Here’s a chance to use your storytelling, writing, photography, creativity, listening and learning in a different setting! MCC Haiti is looking for a communications coordinator to use their multi-media skills to share the context, challenges and solutions of local partners more broadly. For more info about the role and to see what MCC Haiti is doing currently with their communications work, visit Then, dust off your language learning skills and apply today!! The close date for this position is July 26, with a starting date of October 28, 2019.

Hesston College:

Mennonite Economic Development Associates (MEDA) Kansas Network Hub and Hesston College Aviation will partner for an evening learning event and catered meal on Tuesday, June 4, at the Hesston College hangar at the Newton City/County Airport, 502 N. Oliver. The programming and meal are free though donations are welcome to help with expenses. Reservations are required by Friday, May 31 or until maximum capacity is reached. RSVP at sballard or 620-896-7381. The evening’s programming will include tours of the Hesston College Aviation facility and airplane fleet, meeting the instructors, information about the flight training program and the recent addition of a four-year bachelor degree, and demonstrations on the simulated advanced training device.

Bethel College:

—Sun., May 19 – Bethel College celebrates its 126th commencement this afternoon. Say a prayer of thanksgiving, and hope for the future, for the Class of 2019 and their families and friends.

—Sat., June 1 – This year on National Trails Day® (a program of the American Hiking Society), the city of North Newton has also declared Jacob D. Goering Trail Day. Goering died Jan. 12, on his 101st birthday. He was a founder and a driving force behind the development of Sand Creek Trail on the Bethel College campus. June 1, members of the Sand Creek Trail Committee will have water available for walkers at the Memorial Grove trailhead of Sand Creek Trail from dawn to dusk.

Offender/Victim Ministries: We’re in search of a new Program Director for Prison Ministries! This part-time position coordinates our M-2 Prison Visitation and Prison Arts programs at Hutchinson Correctional Facility. Check out the complete job listing on our website at Reviewing applications until position is filled.

Everence® will hold an all-inclusive retirement planning workshop on Saturday, June 1, from 9-11:30 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 Everence Financial Advisors, 3179 N. Main St., N. Newton. Reserve your spot soon by contacting Michelle Ramer at 316-283-3800, 877-467-7294 or michelle.ramer.

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May 5 announcements

Congregational Announcements

Camp Washunga is getting closer! Junior Highers love to eat and we are looking for snack donations. Examples could include, but are not limited to: fresh fruit (bananas, cuties, apples), crackers, snack mixes, cookies. If you would be interested in donating snacks for the junior highers while we are at camp, please contact Michelle Unruh (michellerunruh) or Laura Unrau (lauraelaine25).

You can still register for Vacation Bible School! Our theme is “Who is My Neighbor?” Please register by completing a paper registration form and placing it in Pam Abrahams’ mailbox or completing the online registration by following this link. Thanks so much! Paper forms are also available on the table in the foyer.

There will be a VBS orientation meeting for everyone helping with Bible School on May 8 at 7:15 pm in the fellowship hall.

Tabor Mennonite Women: Save the date! The annual mystery trip is planned for May 23. Please sign up on the bulletin board by May 15. Projected cost is $20. If you need to cancel, must do so before May 21 or 50% will be charged.

Coming this Summer for the children! “Jesus was a kid like me” will be the theme of our summer faith formation time. Come on out, Detectives, and discover the really cool things that you have in common with Jesus as a boy.

Summer Day Camp . . . July 9, 10, 11, 16, 17, 18, 23, 24, 25 from 11:45 am to 3:30 pm, including lunch. Sponsored by area churches, this is a free Day Camp for children entering 1st-5th Grade. Transportation from Goessel provided to area churches.

Conference Announcements

Prayer Requests:

« Western District Conference: Pray for leaders and participants in the South Texas Borderlands Learning Tour sponsored jointly by WDC and Mennonite Central Committee May 6-11. Some of the truths that the people will hear will likely be quite sobering. Please pray for those who are listening and learning, as well as those who seek safety in the midst of a very complex situation.

« Mennonite Mission Network: South Africa’s presidential election is scheduled to take place on Tuesday. Pray for Dan and Kathryn Smith Derksen of MMN as they work with Oscar Siwali and Southern African Development and Reconstruction Agency Conflict Transformation to minimize violence and monitor the elections.

« Mennonite Education Agency: Eastern Mennonite University, Harrisonburg, Virginia. Today nearly 500 undergraduate, graduate, seminary, and Center for Justice and Peacebuilding students will be graduating at EMU’s 101st Commencement Ceremony. Pray for our students as they move into the world to serve and lead in organizations and communities around the world.

Western District Conference:

—April is ending, but there’s still time to check out these book favorites from Kathy Neufeld Dunn (Associate Conference Minister-KS Based). Check out the display in the Conference Resource Library or contact us to mail resources to you! Here’s the link to Kathy’s List: Kathy Neufeld Dunn (Associate Conference Minister-KS Based)

—Now on display at the Conference Resource Library: Pentecost/Holy Spirit, Earth Day/Creation Care and Spring resources. To explore the online catalog, go to:

—Thank you to First Mennonite Church, Halstead for loaning a beautiful wood carving created by John Gaeddert, who was pastor there in the 1980’s. This piece is now on display in the WDC office in North Newton for the next six months. You are invited to come and see it – and consider loaning an art piece from your congregation!

Camp Mennoscah:

—Nurses and kitchen helpers needed at Camp Mennoscah! Nurses: June 9-15 and June 23-29. Kitchen: June 23-29. We also have a few single openings for kitchen staff on some weeks. Nurses can receive a stipend or a full camper discount. Kitchen staff can receive a camper discount up to full fees. Free tee shirts for all nurses and kitchen staffers!

—Thank you to all our Work & Play Day volunteers who helped build bunk beds and put sealant on the boardwalk! Spread the word! Our next Work & Play Day is May 25!

—Summer Youth Camps at Camp Mennoscah still have openings! Gather your friends and tell them about the great things we do–campfire, river play, crafts, singing, nature, friendship bracelets, and more fun stuff! Camp is the sort of thing to share with everyone. Our summer theme is Peace Works: Empowering Peacemakers.

Contact and registration for Camp Mennoscah:

Online at

Telephone: 620-297-3290.

Email: office.

Contact: olivia.bartel.

Mennonite Central Committee (MCC)

—Save the Date: June 26 for our annual Volunteer Appreciation event at MCC in North Newton from 5-7. We will celebrate all the work our volunteers do by enjoying an indoor summer picnic together!

—Attention all MCC Alumni! Are you interested in connecting with other MCC alumni? Have you wondered about attending an MCC alumni gathering or even hosting one yourself? If so, please contact us at centralstates to start the conversation.

—Save the Date: MCC is celebrating 100 years of working for relief, development and peace in the name of Christ in 2020. Mark your calendars to join us for the evening of February 29 at Tabor College in Hillsboro. More details to come!

—Support MCC via AmazonSmile: This is not a plug to begin or continue to shop at maynardknepp or jordanpenner.

Mennonite Church USA: Check out the latest MennoCon19 newsletter for info on featured seminar speakers, squads, special events and activities:

The Kansas Mennonite Relief Sale Annual Meeting is scheduled for Thursday, May 23, 6:00pm, at First Mennonite Church, McPherson. The cost for the meal is $15/person and you will pay at the door. Please RSVP to our MCC Sale Liaison, Jerry and Leann Toews, Kristin and Archie Schmidt, Eric Litwiller, or Barb Reeves at bj.reeves or 620-543-6863. RSVP deadline is May 19.

The Parkinson’s Support Group at Kidron Bethel Village will meet Tuesday, May 7, at 2:00 p.m. in Menno Hall. Carole Stevens, head nutritionist for Bluestem Community, will present the program. All are welcome.

Bethel College:

—TODAY (Sun., May 5) – Bethel College Masterworks concert with the Bethel Oratorio Chorus and Philharmonia orchestra: Gounod, Saint-Saens, selections from Bach’s Christ lag in Todes Banden, Faure’s Requiem, 3 p.m., Memorial Hall (tickets available at the door)

—Weds., May 8 – Jazz on the Green at Bethel College, 8 p.m. (Krehbiel Auditorium if rain), featuring Bethel Jazz Ensembles I and II

—Thurs., May 9 – Acting Showcase by Bethel College students, 7 p.m., Krehbiel Auditorium in Luyken Fine Arts Center

—Sun., May 12 – Woven (women) and Open Road (men) joint a cappella concert, 7 p.m., Memorial Hall at Bethel College

Everence will hold retirement planning workshops. Specifics will include when to begin taking Social Security benefits, risks that can impact your savings, and strategies to help your income last throughout retirement. The workshop will be presented on Monday, May 6 (6:30 p.m.) at the Everence office, 3179 N. Main St. Newton. Those interested in attending can register by contacting Michelle Ramer at 316-283-3800; 877-467-7294 or michelle.ramer.

The Center for Justice and Peacebuilding will celebrate its 25th anniversary, June 5-7, 2020. You will not want to miss this extraordinary gathering of CJP alumni, students, faculty, staff, donors and friends! Please mark your calendar now. The theme for CJP’s silver jubilee is celebrate, reflect and dream. The weekend will integrate plenary sessions, panels, great food and lots of conversation as we celebrate the accomplishments and global impact of more than 600 CJP graduates; reflect on what we have done well and what we could have done better; and dream of what is possible in the next 25 years!

Learning Tour — Encountering Egypt: Past and Present: Jan. 25 – Feb. 8, 2020

Explore history and experience the present in Egypt with AMBS teaching faculty members and tour co-leaders Safwat Marzouk, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Old Testament/Hebrew Bible, and Drew Strait, Ph.D, Assistant Professor of New Testament and Christian Origins. Visit unforgettable historic sites and learn about current challenges and triumphs of people who call Egypt home. The estimated cost per person is $3,700 to $4,000, which includes all transportation (round trip from Chicago). To express interest in participating (not a firm commitment), contact AMBS CFO Ron Ringenberg by May 31 at rringenb or 800-964-2627 ext. 212.

Mennonite Mission Network, an international faith-based mission agency, is seeking a full-time interim (1 year) program director for Mennonite Voluntary Service. This position requires a collaborative leader who will work closely with young adults, hosting congregations and MVS staff in financial and unit administration. A bachelor’s degree and prior inter-cultural experience in service is preferred. Fluency in Spanish language is a plus. View the position description at StaffRecruitment

“I was a stranger and you took me in.” Matthew 25:35. The International Guest House in Washington DC (under the auspices of Allegheny Mennonite Conference) seeks to put these words into action through its mission of Christian hospitality. Volunteers are needed for short stints of four to six weeks this summer and beginning in January to help the hosts in cleaning, cooking, gardening, and interacting with guests who may come from all parts of the world. Room and board provided with two days off each week. The house is located near bus routes, bike paths, and there are ample parking spaces. For inquiries or an application, please call IGH (202-726-5808) or sfretzgoering.

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