Announcements for August 6-13, 2023



To livestream the worship service:
On Sunday morning, around 9:20, go to BCMC’s webpage at and click the green button labeled LIVE STREAM on the right side of the screen, which will take you to the worship service. If you get a message in the black box that the video is unavailable, click the gray box belows that says “View Live Stream on YouTube”.   Anytime after the service concludes, you can watch a recording of the service at your convenience by clicking the same green LIVE STREAM button.  Again, you will probably have to go to the gray box that says “View Live Stream on YouTube”.  That will transfer you to the BCMC YouTube Channel.  You will have to click on the tab “Videos” to see all of the BCMC videos. Click the red button to see the bulletin/order of service. 
OR – click on this link for this Sunday:

BCMC Worship Service
August 6, 2023
Prelude—Prelude and Fugue in C (JS Bach)—Will Wiebe-Friesen
Christ Candle Lighting
Welcome and Prayer—Raylene Hinz-Penner
*Hymn—Here in This Place—v.1,2,4—VT 10
Kin-dom Report—MCC School Kit Challenge-Lincoln Kohlman
Children’s Conversation—Esther Koontz
Land Acknowledgement—Raylene Hinz-Penner
*Hymn—By the Waters of Babylon—VT 695
Scripture Reading—VT 13—and VT 783—Darlene Dick
John 4:3-7, 9-10,19-24—Darlene Dick and Raylene Hinz-Penner
Sermon—Finding a Place in the World–Roger Neufeld Smith
*Hymn—Let Us Build a House—v.1,2,5–VT 36  
Prayers of God’s People
*Hymn—Be Thou My Vision—v. 1,2,5—VT 549
Benediction—The Lord Lift You Up—VT 832 
Postlude—The Kingsfold Trumpet (Alfred Fedak)—Will Wiebe-Smith
Audio-visual – Ken Lamp
Guitar—Roger Neufeld Smith
Scripture Reader—Darlene Dick
Keyboard—Will Wiebe-Friesen

Land Acknowledgement compiled by Florence Schloneger from words by Mark Charles and VT #878 
As we do on the first Sunday of each month,  
  we acknowledge that we worship  
  on the land of the Kanza, Osage, and Wichita.   
We thank them for their care and respect for this land      
  and acknowledge the injustice of their forced removal. 
We ask the Spirit to heal our histories 
  and find new paths of right relationships with them 
  and all of creation.   

                              This Week at BCMC:  August 6—13, 2023
Sun., August 6, 2023
9:30 a.m. Worship with sermon by Roger Neufeld Smith
YouTube Link for this Sunday is:
10:45 a.m.  Faith Formation—High School (Room 24)   Adult Classes:  Agape Class meets in the nursery; Fellowship (B7); Fine Arts (Rm 22);
Issues and Christianity (Rm 23); Open Circle (Room 21)  Seekers (Rm 28)
The church nursery is staffed during worship and Sunday School
10:45 a.m.  “Growing Up in Gaza—Bringing Peace and Justice to Israel-Palestine” will be presented by Tareq Abuhalima, today, 10:45-11:45 a.m. in the sanctuary.  The purpose of this event is to create a safe space for education and dialogue about the Israel-Palestine conflict.  Tareq, a graduate student with Bluffton University, will share his experiences growing up in Gaza, working for the Youth Vision Society, and his “Gaza Twinning” relationship with Manhattan Mennonite Church.  Bob Atchison from the Manhattan Mennonite Church will be present for the discussion.  Bob serves with Menno PIN (Mennonite Palestine Israel Network) and also with the Western District Conference Israel-Palestine Task Force.   The presentation and following dialogue will also address antisemitism and other issues that surround this intractable conflict.
Bob and Tareq will also be presenting a workshop, “ Creating Relationships and Understanding in Gaza” at the Western District Conference Assembly August 12.
Mon., August 7, 2023
10 a.m.  Staff Meeting in Room 14
Tue., August 8, 2023

12 noon  Mid-Kansas Investment Club meets in Fellowship Hall
Wed., August 9, 2023
4 p.m.     Creation Care Committee meeting in Room 14
Sun., August 13, 2023—Worship will be at 10 a.m.
10 a.m.  Worship with sermon by Pastor Nathan Koontz
August 13 BCMC worship with BC New Students
Next Sunday worship will begin at 10 a.m. on August 13 as we welcome new students from Bethel to our church.  The new students will join us for worship and then for a time of fellowship afterwards.  Please come and welcome our new neighbors! 

 Please join us Sunday, August 6 during the Sunday School hour to help pack MCC School Kit bags in Fellowship Hall.  Because of your generous
 donations, enough supplies were able to be purchased for approximately 200 school supply bags!  Supplies for the bags are set up in an assembly style to facilitate easy assembly.  
Roger’s Whereabouts :  Pastor Roger will be in Newton until Sunday afternoon. Then Roger (and Cynthia) will be helping their daughter move from Durham, North Carolina to Los Angeles, CA. So Roger will be “on the road” for a couple of weeks. He will probably NOT have internet access for much of this time. But he will try to check his email and text messages when he can. Email or text or call (785-220-1968.)  Roger plans to be back in the BCMC office on Wednesday, August 23.
Congratulations to Pastor Elizabeth Schmidt
Elizabeth Schmidt, Congregational Care Coordinator here at BCMC, received a License for Special Ministry from the Western District Conference Ministerial Leadership Commission on August 2.  We will be celebrating this milestone of pastoral ministry on September 3 during worship.  We are so thankful for Elizabeth’s call and gifts in ministry.
BCMC Offering for July 30, 2023:  General Fund $2,707; MCC $25; Living Stones $175; Kitchen Fund $14; Women’s Fellowship $50.

My thanks to the many of you for the get well cards, telephone calls, food, even a Prayer Shawl, John cooking so many meals and taking me to every appointment.  As promised recovery is slow!  —Bernice Esau

A Message from the BCMC Church Board
On the advice of the Faith Formation Commission, the BCMC board renewed contracts for Jill Robb, our Faith Formation Coordinator (.2 FTE), and George Leary, our Youth Coordinator (.3 FTE), for an additional year.  The contracts offer continuity through the summer as well as the coming program year.  The church is so fortunate to have the inspired and dedicated work of each of these fine staff; please offer your appreciation to them!

Senior High Youth Group 23-24.  As we begin a new year of youth group activities, our first task is to renovate our meeting space (room 24).  Plans include painting the walls, increasing/improving the seating, and adding technology.  We need your help.  We are searching for good quality two person love seats.  If you have a love seat to donate, please contact George at 316-587-6910 or, or catch me in person.  Thank you.

Mennonite Central Committee is looking for a driver with a semi tractor that would be willing to transport cardboard paper bales for recycling from the MCC warehouse in North Newton to Wichita. This is an immediate need, but MCC anticipates needing help like this 4-5 times per year. If you can help or have questions, please reach out to Duane Unruh at MCC at 785.760.1390 or

AUGUST 20/AUGUST 27 Repair Network Discussions:
The BCMC Task Group for Indigenous Justice, in its continuing work on dismantling the Doctrine of Discovery as a call for the Christian Church, invites the congregation to two post-worship discussions in the Fellowship Hall on August 20 and August 27.  We will discuss the Repair Network, a coalition of 30 churches across the U.S. that supports church communities in education, solidarity and reparative action alongside Indigenous Peoples.  We will share the seven steps recommended by the Repair Network to join and how BCMC has been working on those the past couple of years.  We will also talk about what it would mean for BCMC to become a part of the Coalition.  Please join our discussions with your ideas, comments, and questions.

The August/September Library theme is called “What’s For Dinner?” In the doldrums of this extreme heat, come check out one of the library’s books on food: either to find a new dish to prepare or sit back and enjoy a new read in the cool comfort of your own home. We’d love to help you find your next read.

Children and Youth of BCMC:  Read a book.  Earn a Book on or before August 27:  Summer vacation is almost over, but you can still earn a book for the New Hope Shelter for each BCMC library book you check out, read, and return. And parents, grandparents, and friends of youth, you can help by checking out a book from the children’s collection and reading it too, or with a child. The challenge is to fill a whole shelf of books for homeless children and youth.  Visit the table outside the door to the children’s room of the BCMC church library for more information.  

The Mennonite Central Committee School Kit Challenge is going strong, thank you for helping us meet our goal of gathering 10,000 school kits in the month of August!  School kits now include four new blue or black ballpoint pens. The MCC material resources center in North Newton is very low on pens and notebooks. Please keep these needs in mind as you see these items for sale this month. Buy online and ship it to MCC or bring items to MCC in North Newton (121 E. 30th St, North Newton, KS 67117). Questions are always welcome, please contact or 316-283-2720. A full list of MCC kit contents and other challenge resources can be found at

The Women’s & Girls Retreat will be Sept. 9 & 10 at Camp Mennoscah sponsored by Western District Women in Mission. Retreat theme is “Women Talking, Listening and Creating.” Come for a time of friendship, fellowship, and story-telling with Tammy Duvanel Unruh, Wendy Funk Schrag and others. Registration information and more details will be on the Western District Conference website, in the church bulletin, on the church bulletin board.  Follow the Western District Women in Mission on Facebook. 

You’re invited to the Camp Mennoscah celebration of a summer of faith formation with some of your favorite camp songs.  All ages, campers and others–everyone is invited  Saturday, August 5, at 2 p.m. at Hope Mennonite Church in Wichita. There will be a freewill offering and iced coffee for purchase. Free pop will be available, but no popcorn this time. Singing will be held inside. Tell all your camp friends and come sing (or listen) your heart out!

Western District Conference invites you to visit our website to read the latest news, stories and announcements
Fund Development Coordinator:
  Western District Conference is pleased to announce that Mike Lamb will begin September 1 as Fund Development Coordinator for WDC.  In this new role, he will promote resource development for congregations and encourage congregational and individual giving to support WDC’s ministries of resourcing congregations, of sustaining ministers, and cultivating church planting partnerships. Mike recently retired as Vice President responsible for planned giving, annual giving and regional development with the Wichita (KS) State University Foundation, and previously served as Director of Admissions at Bethel College. He is active in community and Mennonite organizations, and he and his wife Susan are members of Hesston Mennonite Church where he has held a variety of leadership roles. We welcome Mike as he joins WDC’s mission of empowering Anabaptist Mennonite congregations to witness and invite others to faith in Jesus Christ, dwell in just and loving relationships, and connect to God’s mission in the world!

Registration for our WDC Annual Assembly has been extended through Thursday, Aug 3! If you haven’t had a chance yet, be sure to get registered and join us next week Aug 11-13 at Tabor Mennonite Church, Newton, KS. Virtual registration is also available! There are so many fun and faithful workshops, intergenerational faith formation (fun, really!), MennoGrass concert, worship, and much more! Register here:

 For general Assembly Information Visit:
For Delegate Information visit: -note that the delegate session now starts at 9:30am on Sat, Aug 12
Register Here!

Tabor Mennonite Church’s annual MennoGrass Concert will be on Saturday, August 12 as a part of WDC’s Annual Assembly! Everyone is welcome to come (even if you’re not registered for the Assembly)! The meal will begin at 5:30 and will be catered by Carlos’ Kitchen & Cater. Musical performances by Michelle & Friends, The Hopeful Blues and The Flannelbacks will begin at 6pm. Please bring lawn chairs or blankets to sit on. Donations to help cover the cost of the meal are welcome.

For Mennonite Mission Network News and Beyond press here

Mennonite Church USA Announcements
The Mennonite Church USA Delegate Assembly acted on three proposed organizational resolutions at its meeting on July 7-8, 2023, in Kansas City, Missouri. The assembly of more than 300 registered delegates approved resolutions to clarify the MC USA bylaws and streamline its agency structure, while narrowly voting down a proposal to meet less frequently. Read more here:

The Mennonite Church USA Delegate Assembly installed Jon Carlson as the moderator for the new biennium and provided strong affirmation for a slate of new Executive Board members and other nominees, including incoming Moderator-elect Marty Lehman. Read more here:

Mennonite Church USA Executive Director Glen Guyton used a surprising pop culture reference to launch his state of the denomination report to delegates at the MC USA Delegate Assembly, held in Kansas City, Missouri, on July 7-8, 2023. Read more about his address here: View the PowerPoint slide here: 

Catch up on all the happenings at MennoCon23 and the Youth & Young Adult Climate Summit by reading the KC Sauce, MC USA’s daily convention newsletter, here:

Subscribe to our Convention Newsletter for exciting news and updates about future MennoCons here: View the PowerPoint slide here:

Mennonite Mission Network Prayer Request:  Mennonite Mission Network requests prayer for staff at Northeast Asia Regional Peacebuilding Institute (NARPI) as they prepare to begin their two-week summer training session in South Korea. Pray for fruitful relationship building and learning as NARPI brings together peacemakers from China, Japan, Mongolia, Russia, South Korea and Taiwan.
Western District Conference Prayer Request:   Pray for all who will participate in the WDC Annual Assembly next weekend, Aug 11-13, as we gather for worship, work and fellowship around the theme Holy (Wholly) Listening / Escuchar con Atención a Dios y al Pueblo.