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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











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.