Category Archives: Current Happenings

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











Advent 2017 — Epiphany 2018

Yes!  Let it Be!
Advent 2017 – Epiphany 2018
Bethel College Mennonite Church

This year our Advent worship will draw from Mennonite Church USA Advent resources, focused on the theme: Yes! Let it be!  With Mary, we voice our desire to pursue God’s peace-making, justice-seeking, life-giving work around us.  With Mary, we commit ourselves to be bearers of God’s radical love to the world. 

Here’s what you can anticipate in the weeks ahead:  

December 3, 2017—Advent 1:  Let it be
Isaiah 64:1-9; Psalm 80:1-7, 17-19; I Corinthians 1:3-9; Mark 13:24-37
9:00 am Prelude by Hesston College Chamber Orchestra
9:30 am Worship with Communion, Sermon by Dawn Yoder Harms; music by Chancel Choir
6:30 pm Hymn Sing to introduce the new hymnal with Bradley Kauffman,
project director and general editor for the new hymnal—BCMC Sanctuary

December 10, 2017—Advent 2:  Let it be so
Isaiah 40:1-11; Psalm 85:1-2, 8-13; 2 Peter 3:8-15a; Mark 1:1-8
9:00 am Prelude by Joel Boettger, Bethel College Instructor of Music
9:30 am Worship with sermon by John Tyson; music by Chancel Choir

December 17, 2017—Advent 3:  Yes, let it be whole
Isaiah 61:1-4, 8-11; Psalm 126 or Luke 1:46b-55; 1 Thessalonians 5:16-24; John 1:6-8, 19-28
9:00 am Prelude by Christopher Shaw, organ
9:30 am Worship with sermon by Dawn Yoder Harms;  music by Chancel Bells
4:00 pm  Amahl and the Night Visitors presented by Music On Site, a production company of which Matthew Schloneger  is a member
Free with a free-will offering taken—BCMC Sanctuary

December 24, 2017—Advent 4:  Yes!  Let it be now
2 Samuel 7:1-11, 16; Luke 1:46b-55 or Psalm 89:1-4, 19-26; Romans 16:25-27; Luke 1:26-38
9:00 am Prelude
9:30 am Children’s Christmas Program; music by Menno Ringers,
Junior Choir, and Cherub Choir
10:45 am  Gathering for children during the Sunday school hour
No Sunday school
11:00 pm Candlelight service of Lessons and Carols with anthems by
Chancel Choir, Chancel Bells and congregational singing—BCMC Sanctuary
No Sunday School

*Fellowship Time on Sundays is at 10:30 am and Faith Formation at 10:50 am unless otherwise stated

December 31, 2017—Christmas:  Yes, let it be new
Isaiah 61:10-62:3; Psalm 148; Galatians 4:4-7; Luke 2:22-40
9:30 am    Worship with sermon by Dawn Yoder Harms; Christmas
Carol Singing
10:30 am  Fellowship and coffee—bring goodies to share
No Sunday School 

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
4 pm  Candle-lighting in memory of BCMC members and friends who died in 2017 — BCMC Sanctuary

Pastor John Tyson will be facilitating a conversation on the book,
Trouble I’ve Seen: Changing the Way the Church Views Racism by Drew G. I. Hart. Working at the intersections of Black and Anabaptist theology, Drew Hart is Professor of Theology at Messiah College (PA) and is a frequent speaker at Mennonite institutions. In Trouble I’ve Seen, Hart places everyday acts of racism within the larger framework of white supremacy, while offering concrete practices for churches that seek solidarity with the oppressed and are committed to racial justice. The book conversation will take place Thursdays, Dec. 7, 14, & 21 (9-10 am). Trouble I’ve Seen is available on Amazon at the price of $13.59 ($6.99 Kindle). If you want to join the conversation, please contact John Tyson!


Special events at BCMC and Bethel College: 

  • Saturday, December 2, 10 am to 4 pm—Five Places of Christmas, Bethel College Women’s Association offers the rare chance to see the decorated main floor of Goerz House, traditionally the president’s residence, with baked goods, home-made candy (by the pound) and Bethel gift items for sale. Kauffman Museumoffers free admission (including the special exhibit “Voices of Conscience: Peace Witness in the Great War”), refreshments, sale items in the museum store, and Karen Bauman Schlabaugh playing Christmas music at 3 pm on the historic Teschemacher-Deknatel-van der Smissen parlor organ.
  • Sunday, December 3, 3 pm—BC Steel Drum Band Christmas concert—
    Memorial Hall
  • Wednesday, December 6, 11 am—Bethel College Messiah-sing
    Community members are welcome to come sing or listen—BCMC Sanctuary
  • Friday, December 8, 8 pm Christmas Gala jazz concert with Bethel College Jazz Ensembles I & II, 8 pm—Krehbiel Auditorium
  • Sunday, December 10, 8 pm—32nd annual Lighting of the Green at Bethel College












Hospitality begins in North Newton!

The Hospitality Commission, represented by Al Peters, would like to know whether you have a new North Newton neighbor!  As the only church in North Newton, BCMC has a tradition of welcoming new North Newton neighbors with an informational brochure and a tasty goody. If you know of a new neighbor, please contact Al at 316-804-7141 or  The Hospitality Commission would greatly appreciate it.


Summer of Small Things

June 18 – September 3

Life is busy. This is not breaking news. Our lives are full of important

responsibilities: work that needs to be done, people to care for, bills to pay, homes to maintain, meetings at church, medical visits to attend, kids to visit in far off places, and a culture that always expects MORE. When time is of the essence, what can we do to integrate our faith meaningfully into our daily lives? Let’s start small. This summer our worship at BCMC will focus on a different “small” spiritual practice or idea each Sunday that is relevant to the here and now and connected to the roots of our faith. Come and join the conversation!

June 18: In Tune With God / Dawn Yoder Harms /

SS hour:  discussion of “Seeking Peace in Israel and Palestine:  A

Resolution for Mennonite Church USA”

June 25: Just Living / Rev. Oscar Siwali

July 2: Hill Climbing / Dawn Yoder Harms

July 9: Covenantal Friendship / John Tyson

July 16: Planted in Community / Dawn Yoder Harms /

SS Elective: MCUSA Convention Reporting

July 23: Stuff / John Tyson / SS Elective: What is Faith Formation?

July 30: Sustaining Creation / Dawn Yoder Harms/SS Elective: What is Creation Care?

August 6: Unselfish Self-Care / Susan Wheeler

August 13: Dying Well / Dawn Yoder Harms

August 20: Entering a Strange Land / John Tyson;  Welcoming New Bethel College Students; Children/Youth Sunday School resumes

August 27:  Holy Time / Eric Massanari

Sept 3:  Work / Dawn Yoder Harms

Additional Reading:

The Year of Small Things: Radical Faith for the Rest of Us by Sarah Arthur and Erin Wasinger 

Seamless Faith: Simple Practices for Daily Family Life (The Young Clergy Women Project) by Traci Smith 

In the Midst of Chaos: Caring for Children as Spiritual Practice (The Practices of Faith Series) by Bonnie J. Miller-McLemore 

Practicing our Faith (The Practices of Faith Series), edited by Dorothy C. Bass


The 2017 Western District Conference Annual Assembly

The 2017 Western District Conference Annual Assembly with the theme, Rooted and Built Up in Christ (Colossians 2:6-7), held Aug. 4-6 at the Doubletree by Hilton Hotel Arlington DFW South, in Arlington, TX. Information about Annual Assembly is posted at:  BCMC is eligible for 18 delegates; registration fee is reimbursed to delegates. The WDC is considering chartering a bus for transportation to the assembly.  The Gifts Discernment Committee has appointed nine delegates but needs nine more!  If interested in serving as a delegate, contact Vern Preheim, Gifts Discernment Committee chair, as soon as possible, at or 316-283-4018.


VBS 2017

All children and emerging youth are invited to a week-long VBS each summer!

The theme of VBS this year is Digging for Treasure: Parables Revealed! 

At VBS, children and emerging youth learn more about the Bible through creative teaching, arts, music, and active play. All participants enjoy spending time with one another and making new friends!

Please fill out the registration form: Registration-Form-2017.docx. It is due to the church office by May 15.

Church Retreat – May 6 & 7, 2017

Camp Mennoscah Church Retreat 2017

Date: Saturday, May 6 – Sunday, May 7

Times: Arrive anytime after 1 PM on Saturday; Departure following lunch on Sunday afternoon

Location: Camp Mennoscah (9458 SE 40 St, Murdock, KS 67111)

Lodging and cost: Information about lodging and costs are available on the registration forms in the Gathering Place and in mailboxes.

To register on-line, click on this link:

Retreat Schedule

Saturday, May 6:

1 – 5:30 PM: Arrive, settle in, optional activities (canoeing, fishing, disc golf, archery)

2 – 4:00 PM: Optional service activity

5:30 – 6:30 PM: Cookout

6:50 – 8:15 PM: Hayrack Ride

8:30 PM: Popcorn under the shelter

9:00 PM: Camp songs under the shelter

9:30 PM: Campfire @ Campfire Pit

Sunday, May 7:

8 – 9:00 AM: Breakfast

9:45 AM: Hymn sing prelude

10 – 11:00 AM: Worship

12:00 PM: Lunch

1:00 PM: Clean up and head home (or stay and play disc golf)!

Hospitality – February 2017

 HOSPITALITY: A Space where change can take place

During month of February, the focus of our worship turns to “hospitality.”  While the word “hospitality” is often associated with images of “entertaining guests,” we will reflect on hospitality as the spiritual practice of welcome.    We begin by remembering that our welcome of “the other” is rooted in God’s unconditional welcome of us.

Anchoring our reflection these coming weeks are these words from Henri Nouwen (in Reaching Out):  “Hospitality means primarily the creation of a free space where the stranger can enter and become a friend instead of an enemy.  Hospitality is not to change people, but to offer space where change can take place.”   

Looking ahead…

February 5:  Hospitality:  God’s Welcome

Sermon: Dawn Yoder Harms;  Psalm 36:5-9; Luke 7:36-50;   Romans 15:7

Reflection question:  When have you met God in the stranger?

Communion;   Worship music: Chancel choir


February 12:  Life-Changing Hospitality 

Sermon: John Tyson;  Acts 10:1-48

Reflection question:  When have you experienced hospitality as “a space where change takes place?”

Worship music:  Chancel Bells

Noon:  Guess who’s coming to dinner?


February 19:  Obstacles to hospitality

Sermon:  Dawn Yoder Harms;  Luke 10:38-42

Reflection question:  What gets in the way of your extending welcome/hospitality to others?


February 26:  Welcoming “strangers in the land

Sermon:  John Tyson;   Deuteronomy 10:12-13, 17-19;  Exodus 23:9

Reflection question:  How might we extend God’s welcome as we interact with migrants in our community?

Worship music:   Jr. Choir


December 24, 2016 – Christmas Eve



Saturday, December 24—Christmas Eve


7:00 p.m.   Peace Before Us—Worship led by children and youth—Sanctuary

11:00 p.m.  Candlelight service of Lessons and Carols with anthems by the Chancel Choir, Chancel Bells and congregational singing—Sanctuary