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July 22, 2018

9:30 am  Worship with sermon by Tim Hodge; music by Bell Ensemble

10:30 am  Fellowship Time in the Gathering Place

10:50 am  Faith Formation for Sunday schools which are meeting during the summer

Your Response to a Statement of Common Purpose and BCMC Summer Worship-2018–Things that make for peace

What is our purpose as a congregation? The church board invites your response to a proposed statement of common purpose that seeks to describe what unites and drives our activities. The drafted statement reads:  Our faith in a God of love leads us to follow Jesus in doing justice, loving mercy, and walking humbly with God. Read a related article in the July-August newsletter and share your reactions and comments at

by August 19. Hard copies are available near the church mailboxes.  You can place completed forms in the box in the Gathering Place.  All BCMC members and friends are encouraged to participate. Thank you!


Things that make for peace 

Our Vacation Bible School children began the summer by
exploring what it means to be a peacemaker.  Throughout the coming months, we all have opportunity to dive deeper into this theme through our summer worship.

Our congregation understands well that Jesus calls us to be peacemakers.  But concretely, what does peacemaking look like… within ourselves, in our families, in our congregational life, with neighbors and enemies, in situations of injustice in our community and world?

Each Sunday throughout the summer will focus on a different aspect of peacemaking. Our worship will be enriched by the new peace and reconciliation/humility and service prints
created by Bob Regier and by music and reflections from a variety of sources.

Peacemaking is at the core of the gospel, rooted in God’s love of the “enemy.” May we be both challenged and blessed as we engage this important theme.

July 22 Making peace with Polarized Neighbors–Tim Hodge

July 29 Making peace with Life Changes–Eric Massanari

Aug 5 Radical Reconciliation
Youth attending summer service trip

Aug 12 Making peace with forgiveness–Kathy Neufeld Dunn

Aug 19 Visions of peace–Dawn Yoder Harms
“Back to School Sunday”, with a
special welcome to Bethel College students

Aug 26 Worship theme and presenter to be announced




July 1, 2018

9:30 am  Worship with sermon and music by Chuck and Bonnie Neufeld–Peace–Piece by Piece!; also music by Rebecca Schloneger

10:30 am  Fellowship Time in the Gathering Place

10:50 am  Faith Formation




June 24, 2018

9:30 am  Worship with reflections by Duane Friesen, Dwight Platt and Doug Siemens; music by women’s trio of Anna Wedel, Colleen White, Dawn Yoder Harms

10:30 am Fellowship Time in the Gathering Place

10:50 am Faith Formation

2-4 pm Celebration in the Fellowship Hall in honor of Harold Thieszen’s 90th birthday — all are invited!

June is Torture Awareness Month

June is Torture Awareness Month. The National Religious Campaign Against Torture, a coalition of over 300 diverse religious organizations, mobilizes people of faith to end torture in U.S. policy, practice and culture. You can find more information about NRCAT and ideas for how to join in this work at www.ncrat/orange.


June 17, 2018

9:30 am     Worship with sermon by  Dawn Yoder Harms; music by Marvin and Ruthann Dirks family

10:30 am   Fellowship Time in the Gathering Place with cake; water, coffee and tea available

The Dirks family invites you to celebrate Marvin and Ruthann’s 65th wedding anniversary with cake in the Gathering Place!

10:50 am    Faith Formation


Deadline is June 10 to sign up for the BCMC Bulk Order of Rejoice

BCMC does a bulk order for Rejoice! the MennoMedia daily devotional magazine for those who pay the $29.50 annual subscription fee.  Copies are delivered to the church each quarter and put in church mailboxes. Subscription year is Sept. 2018-Aug. 2019.  To place an order for Rejoice!, remit your payment to the church office by Monday, June 10. 

Make checks payable to Bethel College Mennonite Church; on check memo line write “Rejoice subscription.”


June 10, 2018

Sunday, June 10–Things that make for peace:  Vulnerability

9:30 am     Worship with sermon by  Dawn Yoder Harms; music by Doyle and Mary Jo Preheim

10:30 am   Fellowship Time in the Gathering Place

10:50 am    Faith Formation