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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




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.


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.”



Vacation Bible School 2018 started May 29 and will conclude June 1 at BCMC from 8:45 am–11:45 am each morning. Once again, BCMC partners with New Creation Fellowship for the week. The theme of VBS 2018 is Peace Lab and is focusing on helping children become practical peacemakers in the way of Jesus. 

VBS is a fun-filled week of worship, learning, and play. We’re having a  great time together!



BCMC Retreat at Camp Mennoscah

The third annual BCMC Retreat at Camp Mennoscah will be May 5 and 6! There will again be all kinds of fun,  and this year, Halstead First Mennonite has been invited to join us in the fun. We’ll share worship, meals, and fellowship as we get together at Camp Mennoscah. Registration forms were in your mailbox with extra copies by the mailboxes.  Contact Adam Robb with any questions. Looking forward to seeing you there!


Lent 2018

Lent 2018
Covenant of Love

The season of Lent invites us into a time of reflection and renewal.

Beginning on Ash Wednesday (February 14) and ending on Easter Sunday (April 1), Lent summons us into the wilderness with Jesus, as he fasts and prays and prepares for the challenges that lie ahead.

In this wilderness space, we will reflect on year B lectionary texts focused on God’s covenant of love, a covenant that draws us into relationship with God and all of God’s creation.  As we hear the call to examine that which disrupts our covenant relationships with God and each other, we will also hear the call to renew our commitment to God’s ways of faithful love.  May it be a time of renewal for us all.

Here are some ways you can enter the season more deeply: 

†  Utilize the Lenten Devotional, created by SALT and provided by  BCMC,  centered around scripture and selected poetry by Mary Oliver (available in Gathering Place).

†  Participate in worship and these special services:

February 18: Lent 1
Genesis 9:8-17; Psalm 25:1-10; I Peter 3:18-22;
Mark 1:9-15
Sermon:  Dawn Yoder Harms
Music:  Chancel Choir
Communion will be served  (Because we are in the midst of flu season, juice will be served in individual cups.

February 25: Lent 2
Genesis 17:1-7, 15-16; Psalm 22:23-31; Romans 4:13-25; Mark 8:31-38
Sermon:  John Tyson
Music: Chancel Choir and Junior Choir

March 4: Lent 3
Exodus 20:1-17; Psalm 19; 1 Corinthians 1:18-25;
John 2:13-22
Sermon:  Dawn Yoder Harms
Music: Chancel Bells

March 11: Lent 4
Numbers 21:4-9; Psalm 107:1-3, 17-22; Ephesians 2:1-10;
John 3:14-21
Sermon:  Dawn Yoder Harms
Music:  Cherub Choir; Gabriel’s Trumpets

March 18: Lent 5
Jeremiah 31:31-34; Psalm 51:1-12; Hebrews 5:5-10;
John 12:20-33
Sermon:  John Tyson
Music:  Chancel Choir
+ Lent hymn sing in the Sunday School hour

March 25: Palm/Passion Sunday
Psalm 118:1-2, 19-29; John 12:12-16; Philippians 2:5-11;
Sermon:  Dawn Yoder Harms
Music:  Chancel Bells

March 29: 7 pm Maundy Thursday and Stations of the Cross service
Location to be determined

April 1: Easter Sunday
Acts 10:34-43; Psalm 118:1-2, 14-24;
I Corinthians 15:1-11; John 20:1-18 or Mark 16:1-8

7 am Sunrise Service led by the Senior High School Youth Group at the Prouty Home,
332 N. Hoover Road, Newton

Worship Service will begin at 10 am
Sermon:  John Tyson
Music:  Chancel Choir, Junior Choir, Cherub Choir
No Sunday School






Ash Wednesday Service February 14 at 7:15 p.m.

Join the BCMC community this Wednesday, February 14, for an Ash Wednesday Service, in the sanctuary, at 7:15 pm.  

Wednesday night suppers continue this Wednesday, February 14, 6 pm in Fellowship Hall.  

Join with others from the BCMC church community for food, fellowship and conversation.
Invite a new friend and meet long-time friends for the meal together in Fellowship Hall.

From 6:00 p.m. to 6:15 p.m. the meal serving line will be open for you to get your food, be seated and begin eating. There will be one basket at the food line to receive donations for supper. Suggested donation is $5 per person or $15 per family. (Proceeds above food expenses go to the Kitchen Fund for supplies and future improvements).  Please bring your own table service.
At 6:20 p.m. there will a welcome, announcements and a meal blessing.
From 6:30 – 7:30 p.m. there will be time for eating, conversation and fellowship, and clean-up.  There are no programs planned for this Spring session of suppers.   Come to fellowship and relax.  Feel free to bring a board game or card game to play with others afterwards.

Supper Menus: 

Feb. 7                Salisbury steak, mashed potatoes, corn,
                           cake with ice cream
                           Served by Mosaic Class 

Feb. 14             Baked ziti, salad, decadent chocolate
                         Served by Sojourners & Catacombs Classes

Feb. 21            Sweet and sour chicken, rice, stir fry vegetables,
                         Rice Krispie bars
                        Served by Open Circle & Issues & Christianity

Feb. 28           Chili, carrots and celery, cinnamon rolls
                       Served by Agape Class

March 7         Bacon and Swiss quiche, spinach and strawberry salad with poppyseed                                      dressing, cookies
                     Served by the Senior High Youth Group 

March 14     Homemade noodles and chicken, peas, dessert buckle
                    Served by Bible Study and Fine Arts Classes 

March 21    Ham balls, au gratin potatoes, green beans,
                    apple crisp
                   Served by Seekers & Fellowship Classes




Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner Event will be February 25

February 25 has been designated as “Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner” Sunday! Please consider signing up as either a host or guest to participate in a fun event to become better acquainted with fellow church attendees. Everyone contributes to the meal, but the goal is to get to know each other a little better—not a color coordinated meal. Sign up will begin  Feb. 4 at the back of the sanctuary and continue on Feb. 11. Food assignments will be in your church box on Feb. 18.  February 25 will be “reveal day” and you will finally find out where you are going for Sunday noon dinner. Let’s all step outside the box and sign up for a new adventure!

~ The Hospitality Commission


Congregational Meeting is January 28

Attend the congregational meeting on Jan 28 at 12:45 pm in the sanctuary.  There are two important motions on the agenda:  2018 budget and The Peace Garden.   The annual budget booklet with these motions will be in church boxes Jan 21.   There will be a fundraising soup lunch before the meeting at 11:45 am in Fellowship Hall, prepared and served by the Senior High Youth Group.

Also on January 28,  Pastor John Tyson will be ordained for congregational ministry during the Sunday morning worship service.


Epiphany 2018


January 7, 2018—Epiphany:  Yes!  Let it be declared
Isaiah 60:1-6; Psalm 72:1-7, 10-14, Ephesians 3:1-12; Matthew 2:1-12
9:30 am   Worship with sermon by John Tyson; music by Rebecca Schloneger, violin
4 pm  Candle-lighting in memory of BCMC members and friends who died in 2017 — BCMC Sanctuary