Announcements for April 12, 2020

This week at BCMC:  General Fund $13,293.04; Living Stones $680; Elevator Repair $500; Caring Fund $100.

New address for Larry Friesen:  Larry D. Friesen transitioned  to healthcare at Schowalter Villa.  His new address, for those who would like to send cards, notes, letters is: Larry D. Friesen, Schowalter Villa, West Gardens #207, 200 W. Cedar St., Hesston, KS 67062.  Email:
Mennonite Central Committee Relief Sale Announcements:

Dear Church Friends and Kansas Mennonite Relief Sale Supporters and Volunteers, 
We are excited to let you know that we will still be holding the 2020 Run for Relief, but that it will be a virtual event this year!  Although the larger Mennonite Central Committee Sale has been cancelled, many of us can still use our abilities and connections to help get funds to MCC for their vital work of relief and development throughout the world – support that is going to be desperately needed.  Many of you volunteer at the Sale, but many have not ever had time to take part in the Run – this is your opportunity!!  We are asking you to consider joining us in a virtual run on Saturday, April 18 and walk, jog, or run a 5K for MCC!  
· Put on your favorite MCC Sale t-shirt or Run for Relief t-shirt from a past year if you have one.
· Take your picture, post it on the Kansas Mennonite Relief Sale – Run for Relief Facebook page.
· Run or walk a 5K on your own (or 6 ft. away with a friend).
· Invite others to sponsor your walk/run to raise additional funds. 
· Feel free to post your time and amount of money you raised (if you invited others to sponsor your run)! 
· Send your entry fee and/or collected sponsor donations to Angie Teeter, 712 Charles Street, Hesston, KS  67062.
If you haven’t already please register yourself and ask family, friends, or neighbors if they would also consider signing up to participate on April 18 (online registration and printable form can be found HERE). There will be no late registration fee – that has been waived!
We are not going to be printing t-shirts to send out to all participants, nor mailing out medals – just too much of a logistical challenge.  We will still be offering a special shirt for those raising over $400 in additional funds, along with plaques for top fundraiser and oldest participant. 
Please check out the Run for Relief Facebook Page for additional information, business sponsor info, pictures, and to follow along with our amazing community of walkers and runners participating with you on April 18! This is a powerful way we can come together to support MCC’s work this year!  Sincerely,  The Run for Relief Committee

The almonds usually sold at the MCC Sale General Auction will be arriving at the beginning of next week.  Richard Ediger is the contact person and the almonds will be shipped to him in Buhler.  It is not known how many almonds will be available. There will be some of each kind of almond.  
Roasted Almonds will sell for $10 a bag. (at the sale they would bring $18 per bag) 
Almond clusters, a smaller bag, will sell for $5 per bag as will the spicy almonds and the sweet almonds.  
It will be up to you as congregational liaisons to let people in your congregations know to accept orders and collect payment for the orders.  You can contact Richard Ediger at 620-543-2787 or Jim Robb at 620-747-0186 or if using e-mail send to the following address:  to place orders and arrange a time for delivery.  Checks should be made out to the KMRS.  We will sell until we are out of almonds and cannot get any more.   Questions? Direct them to Jim Robb at the number already listed. This  is a good way to support KMRS in an unusual year.  Any additional donation would be appreciated.
Jim Robb, KMRS Chair

MCC Comforter Fabric Deliveries Available – Hello, Comforter-Makers! We hope you are all staying home and staying safe. We invite you to make comforter tops for MCC! There is a great need for comfort, warmth, and love in the world right now; MCC anticipates an increase in requests for comforters from MCC partners around the world as the COVID-19 pandemic impacts vulnerable and displaced people.

If you would like to work on making comforter tops for MCC and need fabric to do so, we will deliver it to your doorstep! MCC has bags of color coordinated cotton fabrics that can be made into 60 X 80 comforter tops. A limited amount of pre-cut squares are also available. If you would like a bag (or bags) delivered safely to your house, please email by Wednesday, April 15, to get on the delivery list. Already have fabric at home that you’d like to use? Please review the MCC Comforter Guidelines and instructional videos at Thank you in advance for your stitches!

As we celebrate the new life given to us through Jesus’ resurrection this Easter morning, we can’t escape the realities of COVID-19. In a time of uncertainty and social distancing, we offer you a selection of resources that Mennonite Central Committee has prepared over the years for congregations, families and individuals.  We pray for the many who are dealing with COVID directly and the many others who are impacted by our collective attempt to stop the spread of this virus. From prayers to recipes and cooking videos, from coloring pages to videos that give you a glimpse of life across the world, we hope we are able to offer something that may encourage or nourish you in an extraordinary time.

Everence® Financial will host a webinar, Exploring planned giving, on Tuesday, April 21. The event will be at 10 a.m. and again at 6:30 p.m. Attendees will discuss strategies to remember and support the causes and organizations that they are passionate about in their planning. Reserve your spot by contacting Darlene Buller at 316-283-3800, 877-467-7294 or

Reflecting on Faith and Fear:  “Time Such As This” is a FREE edition of the Rejoice devotional in the midst of a pandemic.  These are wonderful, thoughtful reflections by some gifted Anabaptist writers.  Find a copy of this at

Former WDC staff member, Marlene Bogard, is hosting a Zoom Story Hour at 11:30am (central time) on Mondays and Thursdays for the next several weeks. Children are invited! Stories will be geared to ages 3-8. In order to get the Zoom meeting link, please email Marlene at 

Dove’s Nest has resources for protecting and engaging children and teens while families are sheltering at home.  There are some creative ideas, as well as internet safety tips available at:  

Want to serve with your family?  Only have time for a short service term?  Then SOOP is perfect for you!  Age:  25+ and families; flexible term length.  Learn more at

The camp staff and board members at Rocky Mountain Mennonite Camp are responding to the challenges presented by the coronavirus pandemic (doing the best we can, with what we know, when we know it) in ensuring the safety of our staff, campers and guests during this time. While cancellations of programs and guest groups are part of our current response, we are planning and preparing for the day we return to our normal (or new normal) ministry offerings when permissible and appropriate. Regardless, we will continue to fulfill our mission statement of, “A place of retreat and community in God’s creation.” Please visit our web page ( for additional information about the financial impact or donating to the Rocky Mountain ministry in these challenging times.