Announcements for August 21 – 28, 2022

Announcement about the Faith Formation Sunday School Parent Orientation Meeting Change of Date

The Sunday school parent orientation meeting  has been postponed until August 28 (10:30 to 11:30 in the sanctuary) due to the unexpected unavailability of the presenters.  We are sorry for any inconvenience.  The meeting will still be recorded for any parents who are unable to attend in person.   All documents requiring signatures will be emailed to those who are unable to attend.  We encourage attendance for those who are interested in hearing about the new way Sunday school will function this year!

August 21, 2022

Prelude—Machs mit mir, Gott, nach deiner Güt (Johann Gotfried Walther) and Liebster Jesu, wir sind hier (Walther)—Karen Schlabaugh, organ

Christ Candle Lighting

Welcome and Prayer—Dave Linscheid

*Hymn—Healer of Our Every Ill—VT 644

Kin-dom Reports—Riley King, Raylene Hinz-Penner

Children’s Conversation—Esther Koontz

Scripture Reading—Luke 13:10-17

Sermon—Standing with the Woman—Nathan Koontz

*Hymn—There Is a Line of WomenVT 546

Prayers of God’s People

*Hymn—For the Healing of the Nations—VT 705

*BenedictionNathan Koontz

Postlude—Toccata in F Major (Buxtehude)—Karen Schlabaugh, organ

* You are invited to stand
VT = Voices Together
Audio visual—Ben Lichti
Pastors—Nathan Koontz, Todd Schlosser

This Week at BCMC: August 21—28, 2022

Sunday, August 21—Live stream (YouTube) link for this Sunday is:

10:30 am  #Church Too Discussion in Fellowship Hall

10:30 am    Faith Formation—Everyone is welcome! 
Adult Classes (If meeting):  Agape Class (Rm B8) Bible Study (Rm 14); Catacombs (Rm B5); Fellowship (B7); Fine Arts (Rm 22); Issues and Christianity (Rm 23);  Mosaic (Rm 20); Open Circle (Room 21); Seekers (Rm 28);
Sojourners (Chapel)
Monday, August 22
3 pm       Springs Forth meeting in Room 14
Wednesday, August 24
7:30 pm  Chancel Choir Rehearsal in the Sanctuary Chancel area
Thursday, August 25
2 pm       Hospitality Commission meeting in Room 14
7 pm       Deacon Commission meeting in Room 14
Sunday, August 28

9:30 am  Worship Service with sermon by Sara Dick
We welcome BCMC member and Et Cetera Shop General Manager, Sara Dick, who will bring us the sermon on Sunday, August 28.  The title of her sermon will be, “Push/Pull/Welcome!” 

10:30 am  Faith Formation

The Abuse Prevention and Response Committee will  continue in the month of August to read the book, #Church Too.  Sunday, August 21, will be spent sharing reactions to the book, in Fellowship Hall.  On August 28 guiding questions will be used to help us discuss how we as a congregation can use the information from the book to help us create a healthy culture around sexuality at BCMC that supports survivors, our children/youth and ourselves.   – Jill Robb, APRC chair

New Task Group:
The Church Board has approved the formation of a task group to lead the church in finding ways for our congregation to move beyond land acknowledgement to tangible actions seeking justice for the harms which Indigenous peoples have suffered and continue to suffer today.  We will discuss joining the Repair Network of Mennonite congregations for education, solidarity and reparative action alongside Indigenous peoples.  The first action of the BCMC task group will be to help support MCC’s “Loss of Turtle Island” experience for members of our congregation.  If you would like to join the task group, contact Nathan Koontz or Ada Schmidt-Tieszen.  Raylene Hinz-Penner will convene the task group.  

BCMC Youth Group (high schoolers) will begin the year with games and snacks in the fellowship hall on Wednesday, August 31st from 7:30-8:30! 

Address changes for your BCMC Directories:
· Esther Thieszen is in Kidron Bethel healthcare: 3054 Ivy Ct., Room 27W, North Newton, KS 67117
· Nancy Hilty will be moving to Kidron Bethel Assisted Living: 3056 Ivy Court, Apt. 22, North Newton, KS 67117

If you are willing to help in the nursery during worship this fall please email Margaret Toews at   One Sunday or several, all help is welcome!

The Chancel Choir is beginning a new year. Rehearsals will be on Wednesday, at 7:30 pm and will begin on August 24th. Riley King will be directing. Anyone, from HS Freshmen to seasoned singers are welcome.
When Harvey County is in red status indicating high risk for COVID, BCMC requires that we wear masks when in the presence of others in the church building. The church staff monitors this on a weekly basis and adjusts masking and other policies accordingly.”

The Chancel Hand Bell Choir will begin ringing with a rehearsal on Thursday, September 8. We meet at 6:30 pm in room B7.   We welcome anyone who has musical note reading ability to ring. No prior ringing experience is necessary. A smile and a willingness to learn is required.

The Church Pictorial Directories Have Arrived! If you had your picture taken or submitted a picture for the directory, you can pick up your copy of the pictorial directory in the Gathering Place before or after church Sunday morning during the month of August. Thank you for your participation and patience during the completion of this project. -The Hospitality Commission

Life Enrichment returns to Bethel College with the start of the fall 2022 semester – but  It will be on a different day. Life Enrichment resumes Thursday, Aug. 25, and will be on Thursdays thereafter. Place and time: Krehbiel Auditorium, 9:30 am.  This Thursday, August 25
9:30 am “The Thresher Way” by Jon C. Gering, president, and Megan Kershner, dean of vocational experiences, Bethel College
10:30 am   Coffee Break
10:50 am  “Learning from the Kansas People” with Larry Hatteberg

Africa Inter-Mennonite Mission (AIMM), a partner of Mennonite Mission Network, will share ministry updates, Sunday,  August 21, 6:30 pm at First Mennonite Church, 429 E. 1st Street, Newton.  Co-executive Coordinator John Fumana and his wife Lucie from Democratic Republic of Congo are the presenters.  For info contact or 574-535-0077.

Subscription to Anabaptist World
It is time to renew our group subscription to Anabaptist World, a monthly magazine featuring voices from across the Anabaptist-Mennonite world.   If you sign up with the congregation’s plan, you receive this publication at the discounted rate of $39.   If interested in joining the group plan, please contact Monica Lichti in the church office by August 29.   New subscribers can also receive a one-year subscription for the discounted rate of $39.  
Email the church office at:
Bring in or mail your $39.00 payment to the office or place it in the offering plate on Sunday.  Be sure to mark your checks with “Anabaptist World” in the memo line.
If you are currently receiving Anabaptist World through the BCMC group subscription plan it will expire November 25, 2022.  Anabaptist World would like us to renew the subscription now so that you will receive the magazine without interruption.

Kauffman Museum at Bethel College is seeking a graphic designer who has experience with digital and print design, as well as social media, web and IT. Interest or experience in museum exhibition design and fabrication preferred. This is a full-time, benefits-eligible position. To see the complete job description and to apply, go to the For more information, contact Andi Andres at Kauffman Museum: or 316-283-1612. 

Camp Mennoscah Announcements

Women and Girls Retreat on September 10-11 at Camp Mennoscah!  All women are invited!  The theme is Women’s Voices. Girls in Grade 5 and up are also invited to come, although there will not be any separate programming for them.Click here for the Retreat Brochure and Registration Form. Deadline for registration is August 31. Contact Darlene Powers, for questions or more information.  Come have a fun and relaxing weekend! 

Other events and happenings: 

  • Camp Mennoscah Annual Meeting and Dedication of the Renovated Campfire Amphitheater on September 18!  Join us for an evening of song, popcorn, and generic pop, as well as updates and information on the year at Camp Mennoscah.  Time is yet to be determined.  (It’s like a mini-Camp Sing!)
  • Fall Scrapbook and Crafts Retreat on Oct. 28-30!   Crafters and scrapbookers are all invited to come for a weekend of creativity and friends.  Lodging will be in the Retreat Center and cropping/crafting will be in the Main Camp dining hall.  Space heaters will be available for both areas since the repairs for the furnaces will not be completed.  Register here!
  • Pardon the Mess!  Camp Mennoscah is cleaning out and organizing maintenance sheds and other buildings.  Items in the front “yard” will slowly find new homes.  Thank you for your understanding!
  • Camp staff work hours vary depending on scheduled events for the week. The office assistant also works part-time from home. (Whenever a group is at camp, a staff person will be on duty.)  Thank you for understanding!  We will be in touch as soon as possible.

Newton Et Cetera Shop Announcements

Newton Et Cetera Shop
 invites you to become a volunteer! Help us to share God’s love with all creation by volunteering in clothing, clerking, recycling, linens, housewares or one of our other departments. If you’d like to join us, please stop by, call us at 316.283.9461, or attend one of our upcoming volunteer orientations to tell us what interests you: Thursday 9/15/22 5-6 PM or Thursday 10/20/22 6-7 PM. We hope to hear from you soon!

Newton Et Cetera Shop invites you to attend the Loss of Turtle Island Event at Bethel College’s Memorial Hall on Sunday, October 23, 4:00-5:30 PM. Please join us to learn more about the historic relationship between European settlers and the Indigenous nations, the original inhabitants, of the land we now call the United States of America. Blankets represent the land and participants represent distinct Indigenous nations who experience colonization, genocide, broken treaties, forced removal, assimilation and termination — all in the spirit of the Doctrine of Discovery. This event is in-person only, and is also sponsored by Mennonite Central Committee, Bethel College, and Bethel College Mennonite Church.

Shop to support MCC’s work with welcome and migration on Saturday, November 12, 10-5:30 PM! Proceeds at Newton Et Cetera Shop support Mennonite Central Committee and our local partners year-round. On Nov. 12 we’re doing something different: Every single dime and dollar you spend at the shop will go to MCC, not just the proceeds! We’ll also have someone from MCC here to talk more about the work they’re doing, and how shopping, donating and volunteering at MCC Thrift Shops helps to support this work. Mark your calendars now for some holiday shopping to support MCC and to learn more about their work with people on the move!

Western District Conference invites you to visit our website to read the latest news, stories and announcements and share them with your congregation!

For Mennonite Disaster Service On the Level click here

Mennonite Disaster Service Volunteer Updates
In early August, torrential rains fell in Eastern Kentucky, washing out homes and roads forcing people to seek shelter on rooftops. MDS is seeking early response volunteers to serve in Hindman, KY starting August 21. Learn more and sign up to volunteer by calling 800-241-8111 or emailing!
Weekly Volunteer Opportunities

Hindman, KY – 2022 Flooding Early Response
Aug 21-27; up to 10 people
Aug 28-Sept 3; up to 10 people
Sept 4-10; up to 10 people
Sep 11-17; up to 10 people
Sep 18-24; up to 10 people
Sep 25-Oct 1; up to 10 people 

Jennings, LA – 2020 Hurricanes
Aug 21-27; up to 12 people
Aug 28-Sep 3; up to 12 people
Sep 11-17; up to 9 people
Sep 18-24; up to 10 people
Sep 25-Oct 1; up to 12 people
Oct 2-8; up to 12 people
Oct 9-15; up to 12 people
Oct 16-22; up to 12 people
Oct 23-29; up to 10 people
Oct 30-Nov 5; up to 12 people
Nov 6-12; up to 12 people
Nov 20-26; up to 12 people
Nov 27-Dec 3; up to 12 people
Dec 11-17; up to 12 people

Monte Lake, BC – 2021 Fire
Aug 28-Sept 3; up to 5 people
Sept 4-10; up to 4 people
Sept 11-17; up to 9 people
Sept 18-24; up to 10 people
Sept 24-Oct 1; up to 6 people

Paradise, CA – 2018 Camp Fire
Oct 2-8; up to 12 people
Oct 9-15; up to 4 people
Oct 16-22; up to 12 people
Oct 23-29; up to 12 people
Oct 30-Nov 5; up to 9 people
Nov 20-26; up to 12 people
Nov 27-Dec 3; up to 12 people

McAllen, TX – 2018 Storms
Oct 16-22; up to 12 people
Oct 23-29; up to 12 people
Oct 30-Nov 5; up to 12 people
Nov 6-12; up to 12 people
Nov 13-19; up to 12 people
Nov 20-26; up to 12 people
Nov 27-Dec 3; up to 12 people
Dec 4-10; up to 12 people
Dec 11-17; up to 12 people

For more information or to serve, please contact:
Canadian projects: Clara Flores at 866-261-1274 or email

U.S. projects: Deanna Frey at 800-241-8111 or email dfrey@mds.orgView Weekly Volunteer Opportunities
Leadership Volunteer Opportunities

Hindman, KY – 2022 Flooding Early Response
Investigator (signing up jobs), Aug 27-Sep 3
Investigator (signing up jobs), Sep 3-24
Assistant Cook, Sep 3-24

Jennings, LA – 2020 Hurricanes
Three Crew Leaders, Aug 13-27
Two Crew Leaders, Aug 27-Sep 24
Head Cook, Aug 27-Sep 24
Project Director, Oct 26-Nov 26
Project Director, Nov 23-Dec 17

Paradise, CA – 2018 Camp Fire
Construction Supervisor, Nov 23-Dec 17

Crisfield, MD – 2021 Flooding
Project Director, Aug 14-27
Project Director, Aug 27-Sep 30

Monte Lake, BC – 2021 White Rock Fire
Crew Leader, Aug 14-27
Crew Leader, Aug 14-Sep 3
Head Cook, Sep 11-Oct 1
Assistant Cook, Sep 4-Oct 1
Two Crew Leaders, Sep 4-Oct 1
Project Director, Oct 12-29
Office Manager, Oct 15-29
Head Cook, Oct 1-29
Assistant Cook, Oct 1-29
Two Crew Leaders, Oct 1-29

For more information or to serve, please contact: Canadian residents: Kelsey Friesen at 866-261-1274 or email

U.S. residents: Josh Carson at 800-241-8111 or email

For Mennonite Mission Network News and Beyond click here

Kidron Bethel Village, a Bluestem community located in North Newton, KS, is seeking an individual to serve as its full-time chaplain. 
The primary responsibilities of this position include:
Provide spiritual support for residents, their families, and staff members. 
Provide ongoing opportunities and leadership for residents’ spiritual growth
Support resident, families and staff during times of transition or special need
Provide services for the bereaved
Act as a staff liaison and resident advocate
Contribute to the planning and decision-making process at Kidron Bethel Village and Bluestem Communities, Inc.
Serve as liaison and resource person in the wider church and local community

Qualifications and Experience:
Hold a Bible or Seminary degree
Have a minimum of one unit of Clinical Pastoral Education
Hold ministerial credentials in good standing within a recognized denominational body
Prefer three (3) years of pastoral leadership experience

Interested persons should contact Linda Peters, Executive Director of Kidron Bethel Village at:

For Mennonite Women USA – A Women’s Leadership Conference September 29-October 2 click here

Mennonite Church USA Announcements

Mennonite Church USA Executive Director Glen Guyton was one of many faith leaders to sign a statement calling for President Biden to re-enter the Iran nuclear deal. Read the statement here:

Menno Snapshots
Earlier this year, Linda Gehman Peachey and Sue Park-Hur of Mennonite Church USA’s Women in Leadership project led nine women in a training on the “Laboring Toward Wholeness” anti-patriarchy curriculum. The women discussed why women and their welfare are often overlooked. Read their reflections in, “What about the women?”

Menno Snapshots
What is peace and where is it found? Chidi Ihezuoh, associate pastor with Los Angeles Faith Chapeladdresses this question in his blog, “The peace of God is not of this world.”

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Mennonite Mission Network Prayer Request:   Mennonite Mission Network began a new Enviados (Sent) cohort on Friday. Pray for participants in this Spanish-language, 12-module course for church planters. Pray, also, for the facilitator, Mauricio Chenlo, Mission Network’s training and resourcing specialist for church planting.

Western District Conference Prayer Request:  Pray for God’s strength and joy to be with all those who are serving in WDC leadership roles, as they begin a new year of service following the recent WDC Annual Assembly.