Jan 27 announcements

Congregational Announcements

Tabor Church’s week at New Hope Shelter is January 30 to February 5. The beginning of a new year is a good time to try something new! Join us in volunteering at the shelter. Training for volunteers happens the third Monday of each month from 6:30 to 8:00 pm at New Hope. If you are at all interested, or have any questions, please let Austin Unruh or Barb Abrahams know. It is truly a rewarding experience and you will get so much appreciation from the residents.

Coins for Mennonite Relief Sale: We will begin collecting coins on February 3, so bring all those coins you’ve been saving since last year!

The MCC fellowship meal at Tabor is scheduled for Sunday, February 17 at noon. Cost is a donation of $20 for adults and $6 for children 6-12. The menu will be lasagna, green beans, bread and dessert. There will be a sign up sheet and we would encourage persons to sign up by Sunday, Feb. 10. If you have questions contact Kris Schmidt or Leann Toews.

Coming to a church very near you! The Hesston College Bel Canto Singers AND the Bethel College Concert Choir will be performing here at Tabor on February 17 at 7:00 p.m. Bringing these two choirs together for a concert is a dream come true for their directors, and it will be a very special evening indeed. Save the date for this fundraising concert to support the building fund!

2019 Tabor Wellness Challenges: The 2019 Wellness Challenges have been posted and you can find a log sheet with details in the Wellness Mailbox. Challenge yourself to a 10 Week Step or Stroke challenge for a Dicks Gift Card or log healthy habits for a year at a chance for a free night stay at a Kansas Bed and Breakfast! See Kevin Nickel for any questions. Good Luck! Fruits and Veggies Clarifications: "New" fruits and vegetables are starting with a clean slate from the beginning date of this challenge, not what you’ve eaten in the past. Also, different varieties of fruits/veggies (i.e. gala, fugi, honeycrisp apples) DO count for different points but beverages do not. Please find attached to this email an excel spreadsheet for use as a DAILY tracker (instructions included) to this years challenge.

Got questions? The Men’s Community Bible Study in Goessel would like to invite men of any age to join us as we start a new 9 part series called Everyday Questions, a study aimed at helping us learn how to respond to questions that we may encounter as we share our faith with those around us. Some of these may be questions we have ourselves. We will be starting this series on Monday, January 28 at 7 p.m. in the southwest room of the Ratzlaff Building in Goessel. Please enter through the door on the west side of the building. If any questions please call Nate Ashley at 620-960-3114, or Austin Unruh at 620-386-4129. Thank you.

Reminder! Camp Washunga registrations are due on February 1. They can be turned in to the school office, any church office, or Michelle Unruh or Laura Unrau’s church mailboxes. Junior highers, invite your friends! Don’t have a Junior Higher? Tell one that you know how great camp is! Also, save the date – our annual spring fundraiser will be March 3. Thanks for your support!

Is there anything better than a Vacation Bible School package that helps children discover signs of God in the Bible and in their lives? Well, yes! What’s even better is making those discoveries available to all age groups in the church! Come to a launch event for Detectives of Divinity VBS PLUS on February 23, 9-10:30 a.m. at Bethel College Mennonite Church. VBS directors, pastors, teachers, leaders, and parents—all are invited to come, AND everyone who RSVPs by February 15 will receive a free devotional book, Now It Springs Up. Come see materials for preschoolers, children, youth and adults, featuring Bible stories and lots of games, crafts, activities, skits and ideas for you to make it happen in your congregation. RSVP to springsforthfaith

A membership meal is being planned for Sunday, April 7 or 14, from 12 – 3 pm. Please let a pastor know by the end of March if you are interested in joining Tabor as a member.

Directory Updates and changes to the church directory are requested at this time. Please contact the church office at kfunk.

Conference Announcements

Prayer Requests:

« Western District Conference: Pray for WDC’s Resource Commission meeting this week, as they promote faith formation resources for people of all ages and help congregations connect to God’s mission in the world.

« Mennonite Mission Network: Naomi Tice of MMN serves with Urban Light in the United Kingdom. Pray for wisdom and patience in this ministry of engaging with young adult volunteers who help lead youth and children’s clubs.

« Mennonite Education: Pray for all the Mennonite institutes, schools, colleges, universities, seminaries, particularly for SeBAH. Pray that they focus on new discoveries and the pursuit of wisdom in the word of God.

Western District Conference Year-End Snapshot: The WDC Resource Library now has almost 100 Spanish-language resources in the Texas branch in addition to the 12,400 resources in the Kansas branch to help individuals, families, small groups, and congregations grow in faith. The Resource Library is just one way your gifts to WDC empower congregations to witness and invite others to faith in Jesus Christ, dwell in just and loving relationships and connect to God’s mission in the world! As we work together to meet WDC’s budget goal for the year, we request your donations online at http://mennowdc.org or sent to WDC at PO Box 306, N. Newton, KS 67117. Thank you for planting these seeds of hope!

Mennonite Church USA:

—Early registration for MennoCon19 opens on Feb. 6, 2019. Visit convention.

mennoniteusa.org/registration now to find rates, forms and additional information.

—Step Up 2019: Youth ages 16-21 are invited to join the MennoCon19 delegate sessions in Kansas City. Early delegate sessions will seek to approve these youth representatives as official voting delegates for the remaining sessions. Congregations may nominate one youth delegate. A “youth delegate” option will be available on the registration form. More programming to come for youth delegates to connect and to prepare for their delegate role!

Mennonite Central Committee:

—The MCC Comforter Blitz Committee is urgently seeking a kitchen coordinator and volunteers to prepare and serve lunch during the Blitz ( March 4, 5, & 6). If you are interested or willing, please contact Shirley Jost at (785) 250-7437 or jostshi. No sewing skills required!

—Join us for an MCC Lunch & Learn with John Sharp on Wed., Jan. 30 from 12pm-1pm at MCC in N. Newton (121 E. 30th St.). John will share his presentation, Changing the World One Life at a Time: the MJ Sharp Story. MJ and his colleague Zaida Catalán, part of a U.N. panel of experts investigating conflicts that have been ongoing in Congo since the mid-1990s, were abducted and killed in March 2017. MJ served with MCC in the Congo prior to his work with the U.N. John is passionate about telling MJ’s story and he and his wife Michelle’s journey with him. John will also share updates to the investigation that is ongoing in Congo. Please RSVP to this event by January 25 to patsydirksen. Lunch will be catered by Mojo’s Coffee Bar, please list food sensitivities when you RSVP.

—MCC welcomes alumni to host reunions at the Welcoming Place in Akron, Pennsylvania, in 2020 as we celebrate our 100th anniversary. To see if a reunion is already scheduled for the country where you served or to organize a reunion, contact alumni.

—The Mennonite Central Committee Central States board of directors invites you to their Annual Meeting on February 23 at 10 a.m. at MCC in North Newton, Kansas (121 E. 30th).

Bethel College:

—The Life Enrichment program at Bethel College for Spring semester begins on February 6 and ends on May 1. This program is designed especially for persons 60 and above.

—Sat., Jan. 26 – Kauffman Museum annual Kansas Day event: 11 am; 1-4 pm – special activities and programs. See Kauffman Museum website or Facebook page.

—Sat., Feb. 2 – 2019 High School Honor Band and Honor Orchestra joint concert, 7 pm, Memorial Hall at Bethel College

—Thurs., Feb. 7 — KIPCOR, the Kansas Institute for Peace and Conflict Resolution, offers “Building a Trauma-Informed Culture at Work and Beyond,” 6:30-8:30 pm, KIPCOR office (2515 College Ave., N Newton), with Joyce McEwen Crane, Ph.D., of Friends University. Cost: $25; come at 6 for snacks and networking. Register at kipcor.org (click the workshop link) or by calling 316-284-5217.

Hesston College’s annual Anabaptist Vision and Discipleship Series (AVDS) conference, Feb. 1 to 3, on the Hesston College campus. “Growing More Like Jesus from the Outside In: Transforming Heart and Mind.” Register before Jan. 28. Learn more and register now at hesston.edu/avds

Social Security and retirement income workshop scheduled for February. Everence® will hold an informative workshop on Thurs., Feb. 7, at 6:30 pm. The workshop will cover when to begin taking Social Security benefits, risks that can impact your savings and strategies to help your income last throughout retirement. Presented by Everence staff and held at the Everence office at 3179 N. Main St., N. Newton. Reserve your spot soon by contacting Michelle Ramer at (316) 283-3800; (877) 467-7294 or michelle.ramer.

Kansas Mennonite Relief Sale

April 12 & 13, 2019

www.kansas.mccsale.org

KMRS’s purpose is to raise funds for MCC (www.mcc.org). It takes a whole host of individuals playing their part in order that we might carry out the Lord’s bidding to care for the “least of these” found in Matt. 25. We call upon our supporting churches to donate toward the sale budget so that every dollar raised at the sale can go to MCC. We call upon quilters to complete their quilts and to gather extra supplies to donate to Quilters’ Corner. Consider donating items to the General, Silent and even our Kid’s Auction. During the cool winter months, divide house plants and start vegetable plants to sell at Plants & Things and tea towel sets completed for Kansas Crafts. Challenge yourself to participate in the Run for Relief, a 5K run/walk the Saturday of the sale and spend the winter months gathering your pledges. After the sale in May, Motorcyclists are invited to participate in the MCC Ride for Relief. Go to: www.kansas.mccsale.org or like us on Facebook at Kansas Mennonite Relief Sale.

—Fellowship Meals, in area homes, are scheduled March 3 & 10. Registration deadline is Feb. 8. Please see the Fellowship Meal brochure for additional details.

—Looking for your donations of old cars, trucks, tractors, motorcycles, mowers and most ANYTHING of value for the KS MCC Sale this coming April. If you are thinking of buying a new car, consider donating your old car to the MCC Sale. Vehicles do not need to be running. We will pick them up, clean them up, and get them running. Your donations can change peoples lives and give them hope. Call Jerry Toews 620-367-8257.

—Quilters Corner Opportunities: Volunteers are welcome and needed each Tuesday evening 7-9 pm at the MCC Center in North Newton to help sort and price items for the Sale as well as each third Saturday of the month (Feb 15, Mar 15) any time between 9 am – 3 pm. Quilting donations are also welcome and needed i.e. quilting fabrics, quilting supplies, vintage linens, unfinished quilting projects, etc. Questions, contact Ann Yoder Smith, 919-604-3282, rws.ays.

—Deadline for your quilt donations to be listed in buyers guide is March 11.

—Service Opportunities: By tithing a little bit of your time each year, you have an amazing opportunity to impact your world by furthering the work of Mennonite Central Committee. There are variety of committee openings:

– Urgent Need Vereniki Making Committee – 2 people

– Domestic Arts Verenike Booth Committee Members

– Feeding The Multitude Sausage Baking on Saturday

– New Year’s Cookie committee.

For more information on all of the above, please see Jerry and Leann Toews, Archie and Kristin Schmidt or Eric Litwiller.

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Jan 20 announcements

Congregational Announcements

2019 Tabor Wellness Challenges: The 2019 Wellness Challenges have been posted and you can find a log sheet with details in the Wellness Mailbox and attached to this email. Challenge yourself to a 10 Week Step or Stroke challenge for a Dicks Gift Card or log healthy habits for a year at a chance for a free night stay at a Kansas Bed and Breakfast! See Kevin Nickel for any questions. Good Luck!

Mennonite Heritage and Agricultural Museum Annual Meeting, Sun., Jan. 20, 2:30 pm, Goessel Mennonite Church. Brian Stucky will be speaking on the Cherokee Trail that ran about 1 mile south of Goessel. Faspa follows Free and open to the public.

Coming to a church very near you! The Hesston College Bel Canto Singers AND the Bethel College Concert Choir will be performing here at Tabor on February 17 at 7:00 p.m. Bringing these two choirs together for a concert is a dream come true for their directors, and it will be a very special evening indeed. Save the date for this fundraising concert to support the building fund!

Directory Updates and changes to the church directory are requested at this time. Please contact the church office at kfunk.

Tabor Church’s week at New Hope Shelter is January 30 to February 5. The beginning of a new year is a good time to try something new! Join us in volunteering at the shelter. Training for volunteers happens the third Monday of each month from 6:30 to 8:00 pm at New Hope. If you are at all interested, or have any questions, please let Austin Unruh or Barb Abrahams know. It is truly a rewarding experience and you will get so much appreciation from the residents.

Alexanderwohl Peace Committee dessert potluck on Jan. 20 has been postponed.

Got questions? The Men’s Community Bible Study in Goessel would like to invite men of any age to join us as we start a new 9 part series called Everyday Questions, a study aimed at helping us learn how to respond to questions that we may encounter as we share our faith with those around us. Some of these may be questions we have ourselves. We will be starting this series on Monday, January 28 at 7 p.m. in the southwest room of the Ratzlaff Building in Goessel. Please enter through the door on the west side of the building. If any questions please call Nate Ashley at 620-960-3114, or Austin Unruh at 620-386-4129. Thank you.

Know Jesus, organized by the Western District and South Central Conference Youth Ministry Committee of Mennonite Church USA, and hosted by Hesston College, is a weekend-long retreat, Feb 9-10, for Jr. High (6th-8th grade) students to worship together and learn more about their Anabaptist roots. Our goal is help our young people learn about the rich heritage of their families and churches and also to promote growth in their lives now. Our hope is to provide an environment for our 6th-8th graders to grow in relationship with Jesus Christ. When they leave they will KNOW JESUS better than when they arrived. Please let Pastor Phil know this week if your Jr. Higher plans to attend.

Is there anything better than a Vacation Bible School package that helps children discover signs of God in the Bible and in their lives? Well, yes! What’s even better is making those discoveries available to all age groups in the church! Come to a launch event for Detectives of Divinity VBS PLUS on February 23, 9-10:30 a.m. at Bethel College Mennonite Church. VBS directors, pastors, teachers, leaders, and parents—all are invited to come, AND everyone who RSVPs by February 15 will receive a free devotional book, Now It Springs Up. Come see materials for preschoolers, children, youth and adults, featuring Bible stories and lots of games, crafts, activities, skits and ideas for you to make it happen in your congregation. RSVP to springsforthfaith

A membership meal is being planned for Sunday, April 14, from 12 – 3pm. Please let a pastor know by the end of March if you are interested in joining Tabor as a member.

Conference Announcements

Prayer Requests:

« Western District Conference: Give thanks for the diversity of cultural contexts and languages in which WDC congregations worship each week.

« Mennonite Mission Network: SOOP participants who like to work with fabric are needed to serve in Reedley, California, at the Nearly New Thrift Store and Mennonite Quilt Center. MMN requests prayer for volunteers willing to help at Fresno’s MCC relief sale held the first weekend in April.

« Mennonite Education: In honor of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., many students across the country are participating in a week of service, learning and action this week. Pray for all who participate — may they be challenged and grow through their experiences.

Mennonite Church USA:

—As you celebrate Martin Luther King Jr. Day on Jan. 21, we invite you to reflect on the words of the open letter to MC USA from 2018 Hope for the Future participants: "Love one another as Christ has loved us, despite our differences, acknowledging the reality of what our church is now, equally valuing the gifts of our diverse membership." Read the full letter: http://mennoniteusa.org/wp-contentuploads/2018/uploads/2018/03/2018_3_Hope-for-the-Future-Letter-to-MC-USA_Final.pdf.Mennonite church announcements

— The Mennonite, Inc., invites your original submissions for our March 2019 print magazine issue and corresponding online content focusing on Lent: Repentance and Transcendence. More information at: https://themennonite.org/march-2019-call-submissions-lent/

— Graduate Students in Healthcare Professions: Mennonite Healthcare Fellowship (MHF) offers educational grants for Anabaptist students to learn and serve in cross-cultural mission/service settings in developing countries. Deadline for 2019-20 academic year is May 15, 2019. For details and application form, see info, or call 1-888-406-3643.

— Calling everyone ages 15-22: Are you looking for a fun and meaningful way to serve this summer? There are spots left to join a 2019 Youth Venture team! See and join in the work God is doing in Indonesia, Peru, Japan, or Benin. Visit www.MennoniteMission.net/SERVE to learn more, or contact Lauren Eash Hershberger at LaurenEH@MennoniteMission.net.

Summer staff applications WELCOMED! Camp Mennoscah is searching for and reaching out to those folks 18 and older to be part of our summer leadership family. We’re looking for lifeguards, music leaders, crafts leaders, office and media assistants, naturalists, and grounds/maintenance. It will be a summer of fun times, meaningful relationship building, and leadership skills! Apply online at campmennoscah.org under Summer Youth Camps. This is an amazing way for young adults to serve and grow in faith!

Camp Mennoscah is now accepting applicants for a quarter-time (10 hours/week) custodial-housekeeping position. The position will remain open until filled. Contact Olivia at 620-297-3290 or olivia.bartel for further information.

Online registration for 2019 Camp Mennoscah Retreats opened January 12! Go to www.campmennoscah.org to register for retreats like Scrapbook and Crafts, Family Weekend, and Retirees Retreat.

Bethel College:

—Mon., Jan. 21 – Bethel College annual Martin Luther King Jr. Day celebration, with guest speaker Sherdeill H. Breathett Sr., Wichita, 7 p.m., Krehbiel Auditorium in Luyken Fine Arts Center

—Sat., Jan. 26 – Kauffman Museum annual Kansas Day event: 11 a.m. – program featuring middle-school history teacher Keil Hileman, Krehbiel Auditorium in Luyken Fine Arts Center; 1-4 pm – special activities and programs in and around the museum on “Collectors, Collecting, Collections”; 11:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. – food trucks, museum parking lot. See Kauffman Museum website or Facebook page for more information.

Join Offender/Victim Ministries (OVM) for our annual Reaching Out Letter Writing Event! Monday, January 21 from 1-5pm at OVM (900 N Poplar, Newton). Letters and cards will be delivered to individuals incarcerated at Hutchinson Correctional Facility on February 14. If you are interested in Reaching Out Letter Writing materials for your church or small group, contact ben@offendervictimministries to arrange for delivery.

Offender/Victim Ministries (OVM) presents The Prison Theater Project, a collaboration between Bethel College and Hutchinson Correctional Facility, on Friday, January 25, 7pm at HCF East Unit (400 S Halstead Rd, Hutchinson). RSVP to ben by Friday, January 11 to attend. Preceding this event at 5pm, all are welcome to join us for OVM’s Annual Meeting at St. Teresa Church (211 E 5th, Hutchinson). Soup supper provided.

Join us for an MCC Lunch & Learn with John Sharp on Wed., Jan. 30 from 12pm-1pm at MCC in N. Newton (121 E. 30th St.). John will share his presentation, Changing the World One Life at a Time: the MJ Sharp Story. MJ and his colleague Zaida Catalán, part of a U.N. panel of experts investigating conflicts that have been ongoing in Congo since the mid-1990s, were abducted and killed in March 2017. MJ served with MCC in the Congo prior to his work with the U.N. John is passionate about telling MJ’s story and he and his wife Michelle’s journey with him. John will also share updates to the investigation that is ongoing in Congo. Please RSVP to this event by January 25 to patsydirksen. Lunch will be catered by Mojo’s Coffee Bar, please list food sensitivities when you RSVP.

Hesston College’s annual Anabaptist Vision and Discipleship Series (AVDS) conference, Feb. 1 to 3, on the Hesston College campus. “Growing More Like Jesus from the Outside In: Transforming Heart and Mind” will be led by Christian spirituality experts Mark and Lisa Scandrette, referencing their practical Ninefold Path of the Beatitudes. Register before Jan. 28. Learn more and register now at hesston.edu/avds

Thinking about seminary? Anabaptist Mennonite Biblical Seminary offers scholarships and need-based financial aid to help make your education affordable. Complete your admissions application now so you can be eligible to apply for merit-based scholarships by March 1 and ministry scholarships by April 1. ambs.edu/scholarships

The next concert of the Prairie Window Concert Series, featuring Moors & McCumber, will be on Sunday, January 27th at 4 p.m. at the Dyck Arboretum in Hesston. Join us for an evening of great music and good food in a prairie garden setting. Tickets: $20 adults/$10 kids, plus tax. Purchase tickets online or call 620-327-8127 to reserve your seats.

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Jan. 13 announcements

Congregational Announcements

Coming to a church very near you! The Hesston College Bel Canto Singers AND the Bethel College Concert Choir will be performing here at Tabor on February 17 at 7:00 p.m. Bringing these two choirs together for a concert is a dream come true for their directors, and it will be a very special evening indeed. Save the date for this fundraising concert to support the building fund!

Tabor Church Auditors will be meeting soon. Church Treasurers, please submit your financial and bank statements to the church office as soon as possible. In addition, reports for the annual report book need to be submitted now. Electronic format preferred. Email to: kfunk.

Directory Updates and changes to the church directory are requested at this time. Please contact the church office at kfunk.

Tabor Mennonite Women will have a work day on Saturday, January 19 from 1:00 to 4:30 p.m. We will be tying comforters and embroidering tea towels. If you’ve never done either one of these, now would be a great time to come and learn and enjoy a great time of fellowship as we work together.

Tabor Church’s week at New Hope Shelter is January 30 to February 5. The beginning of a new year is a good time to try something new! Join us in volunteering at the shelter. Training for volunteers happens the third Monday of each month from 6:30 to 8:00 pm at New Hope. If you are at all interested, or have any questions, please let Austin Unruh or Barb Abrahams know. It is truly a rewarding experience and you will get so much appreciation from the residents.

The Mennonite Heritage and Agricultural Museum annual meeting will take place on Sunday, January 20, 2019 at 2:30 p.m. It will be held at the Goessel Mennonite Church and after a short business meeting our guest speaker will be Brian Stucky. His topic will be the Cherokee Trail in Kansas. A Faspa will follow the program.

On January 20 the Alexanderwohl Peace Committee invites you to our dessert potluck at 7:00 pm in the fellowship hall. Our speakers will have an environmental focus. Sarah Balzer, a junior at Bethel College, won the national C. Henry Smith Oration Contest. She will share her speech on how plastics create many environmental justice issues, and invite questions/discussion. Maynard Knepp will then share how the MCC Center works with recycling, and their dreams for expanding it. Everyone is invited to attend — bring your favorite dessert to share.

Is there anything better than a Vacation Bible School package that helps children discover signs of God in the Bible and in their lives? Well, yes! What’s even better is making those discoveries available to all age groups in the church! Come to a launch event for Detectives of Divinity VBS PLUS on February 23, 9-10:30 a.m. at Bethel College Mennonite Church. VBS directors, pastors, teachers, leaders, and parents—all are invited to come, AND everyone who RSVPs by February 15 will receive a free devotional book, Now It Springs Up. Come see materials for preschoolers, children, youth and adults, featuring Bible stories and lots of games, crafts, activities, skits and ideas for you to make it happen in your congregation. RSVP to springsforthfaith

Conference Announcements

Prayer Requests:

« Western District Conference: Pray for interim and transitional pastors guiding WDC congregations during times of change, visioning, and preparation for future leadership.

« Mennonite Mission Network: This week, the Council of International Anabaptist Ministries will gather at MCC’s Welcoming Place in Akron, Pennsylvania. MMN requests prayer for the leaders of North American and global mission agencies as they seek to collaborate in doing God’s work in the world.

« Mennonite Education: Pray for participants in AMBS’s Spiritual Guidance Seminars as they strengthen their skills in offering spiritual direction. May they and their directees be transformed as they listen for God together.

Western District Conference year-end snapshot: At Annual Assembly last July, WDC members gathered for worship and Bible study with guest teacher-singer-songwriter Bryan Moyer Suderman. We were enriched through workshops, sharing in the delegate session, and lots of good food and fellowship! Connecting churches through Annual Assembly is just one way your gifts to WDC empower congregations to witness and invite others to faith in Jesus Christ, dwell in just and loving relationships, and connect to God’s mission in the world. As we work together to meet WDC’s budget goal for the fiscal year (ending January 31, 2019), we request your donations online at http://mennowdc.org or sent to WDC at PO Box 306, North Newton, KS 67117. Thank you for planting these seeds of hope!

Summer staff applications WELCOMED! Camp Mennoscah is searching for and reaching out to those folks 18 and older to be part of our summer leadership family. We’re looking for lifeguards, music leaders, crafts leaders, office and media assistants, naturalists, and grounds/maintenance. It will be a summer of fun times, meaningful relationship building, and leadership skills! Apply online at campmennoscah.org under Summer Youth Camps. This is an amazing way for young adults to serve and grow in faith!

Camp Mennoscah is now accepting applicants for a quarter-time (10 hours/week) custodial-housekeeping position. The position will remain open until filled. Contact Olivia at 620-297-3290 or olivia.bartel for further information.

Online registration for 2019 Camp Mennoscah Retreats opened January 12! Go to www.campmennoscah.org to register for retreats like Scrapbook and Crafts, Family Weekend, and Retirees Retreat.

Medicare workshop scheduled for January: Everence will continue its popular retirement workshop series in 2019, starting with Make Medicare an easy step on Monday, Jan. 14, 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.

The Parkinson’s Support Group at Kidron Bethel will meet Tuesday, January 15, at 2:00 p.m. in Menno Hall. Haylie Berning, director of the Bethel College Academy for Performing Arts dance program, will talk about the effectiveness of movement for Parkinson’s Disease and share a sample class of 15-20 minutes of movement.

All are welcome.

Bethel College: Mon., Jan. 21 – Bethel College annual Martin Luther King Jr. Day celebration, with guest speaker Sherdeill H. Breathett Sr., Wichita, 7 p.m., Krehbiel Auditorium in Luyken Fine Arts Center

Join Offender/Victim Ministries (OVM) for our annual Reaching Out Letter Writing Event! Monday, January 21 from 1-5pm at OVM (900 N Poplar, Newton). Letters and cards will be delivered to individuals incarcerated at Hutchinson Correctional Facility on February 14. If you are interested in Reaching Out Letter Writing materials for your church or small group, contact ben@offendervictimministries to arrange for delivery.

Offender/Victim Ministries (OVM) presents The Prison Theater Project, a collaboration between Bethel College and Hutchinson Correctional Facility, on Friday, January 25, 7pm at HCF East Unit (400 S Halstead Rd, Hutchinson). RSVP to ben by Friday, January 11 to attend. Preceding this event at 5pm, all are welcome to join us for OVM’s Annual Meeting at St. Teresa Church (211 E 5th, Hutchinson). Soup supper provided.

Join us for an MCC Lunch & Learn with John Sharp on Wed., Jan. 30 from 12pm-1pm at MCC in N. Newton (121 E. 30th St.). John will share his presentation, Changing the World One Life at a Time: the MJ Sharp Story. MJ and his colleague Zaida Catalán, part of a U.N. panel of experts investigating conflicts that have been ongoing in Congo since the mid-1990s, were abducted and killed in March 2017. MJ served with MCC in the Congo prior to his work with the U.N. John is passionate about telling MJ’s story and he and his wife Michelle’s journey with him. John will also share updates to the investigation that is ongoing in Congo. Please RSVP to this event by January 25 to patsydirksen. Lunch will be catered by Mojo’s Coffee Bar, please list food sensitivities when you RSVP.

Hesston College’s annual Anabaptist Vision and Discipleship Series (AVDS) conference, Feb. 1 to 3, on the Hesston College campus. “Growing More Like Jesus from the Outside In: Transforming Heart and Mind” will be led by Christian spirituality experts Mark and Lisa Scandrette, referencing their practical Ninefold Path of the Beatitudes. Register before Jan. 28. Learn more and register now at hesston.edu/avds

“Choices”, a play by Gretchen Eick will be presented at Lorraine Avenue Mennonite Church, Wichita, KS on Saturday, January 26, 7 pm, admission is free. It is a story that came to Gretchen during her time of teaching in Bosnia this past year, along with her husband, Rev. Mike Poage. They are active with the Peace Committee of Lorraine Avenue. In the play a young Bosnian woman with a university degree, who can’t find work, meets a Bosnian-American man wishing to be connected to his birth culture. Each must make choices including what religion and country mean to them. Additionally, a Hallal meal from Omar’s Kitchen will be available at 6 pm for a donation. To reserve your meal – contact

office@lorraine.church or call 316-682-4555.

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