Announcements for February 13-20, 2022

This week at BCMC (Meetings and times sometimes change–please watch your emails for changes)
Sunday, February 13, 2022 
9:30 am    Worship service will be live streamed only
Monday,  February 14, 2022
2 pm          Women’s Fellowship meeting in Room 14
Tuesday,  February 15, 2022
9—11 am  Community Playschool
7 pm          Worship Commission meeting
7 pm          Church Board
Wednesday, February 16, 2022
7 pm          Menno Ringers in B7
7 pm          Youth Group
Thursday, February 17, 2022
9—11 am  Community Playschool
4 pm         Witness Commission meeting in Room 14
6:15 pm    Chancel Bells in Room B7
7 pm          Deacon Commission meeting by Zoom
7 pm          Bethel College Women’s Association meeting in Fellowship Hall
Friday-Saturday February 18-19, 2022 
Senior High Youth Group at Rocky Mountain Mennonite Snow Camp
Sunday, February 20, 2022 
Hopefully, in person worship—be sure to check your emails

BCMC Offerings
January 30, 2022  General Fund $8,135; Adult Choir $25; Living Stones $2,155; Women’s Fellowship $120; Howard Lohrentz Memorial $891.
February 6, 2022  General Fund $9,327; Living Stones $365; Howard Lohrentz Memorial $25

Save the date! 
Circles of Grace for children and youth will be offered during the Sunday School hour on February 27th and March 6th. Adults have the opportunity to learn about Circles of Grace this year too! The abuse prevention and response committee will be offering a time for adults on Wednesday, February 23rd at 7pm on zoom. 

Name Tags
As we are returning to church in person
 (we hope by February 20), we would like to encourage you to once again wear name tags.  There will be a clipboard on the table at the back of the sanctuary to sign up if you need a name tag or have lost your name tag.  Thank you!  Hospitality Commission

Quilts Displayed
The BCMC Mission Quilters will be displaying quilts February 27 at the back of the sanctuary.  These quilts will be offered for sale at the Mennonite Central Committee Relief Sale, April 8 and 9.  If you have quilts you would like to display, the Mission Quilters will need them by February 25.  (Call Elaine Schurr for more information.)  The quilts are due at Mennonite Central Committee by March 1.

BCMC Pictorial Directory!

A church pictorial directory is a powerful tool to help us know each other better. Our last directory is now 7 years old, and it is time for a new one! The Hospitality Commission needs your help and your smiles to get this task completed.
All photography sessions will be held in Fellowship Hall, March 24, 25, and 26.  The photo sessions on Thursday and Friday will run from 2:00 to 8:30 pm and on Saturday from 10:00 am to 4:30 pm.
When you sign-up for an appointment, you will have a professional photography session, schedule a ZOOM meeting to see your proofs on computer at a later date where you’ll have the opportunity to purchase extra portraits for family and friends.  A computer will be available at the church, along with assistance, to hold the scheduled ZOOM meeting for those Individuals that do not have computer access.

Three options for making an appointment March 24, 25, or 26:

  1. Click on the link below and make your appointment yourself on-line

  1. Call Doris Whillock at (316) 283-5561 to set up your appointment date
  2. Sign up before or after the worship service on Sunday (when in-person worship resumes)

Make an appointment to have your picture taken today. Every family photographed for the directory will receive a copy of the directory and an 8×10 portrait at no cost. So please, sign-up today!

Save the date for the BCMC all church retreat May 7-8th at Camp Mennoscah! Everyone is invited to spend the night, join for the day activities, or come up for Sunday morning. More information will be coming soon! 

We are looking for people who would be willing to give rides to BCMC people to medical appointments.  If this is something you could do occasionally, please contact the BCMC office.


  • Now in the Regier Gallery in Luyken Fine Arts Center at Bethel College – Ernest Vincent Wood III, “Do Not Despise the Day of Small Things,” through Feb. 24. Gallery hours: Mon.-Fri., 9 a.m.-4 p.m. 
  • Sat., Feb. 19 – Grand opening of Kauffman Museum’s 125th-anniversary exhibit, “The Magic of Things,” come-and-go, 2:30-4:30 p.m., with remarks by lead curator Reinhild K. Janzen at 3 p.m.
  • Sun., Feb. 20 – KIPCOR Film Series, Citizen Ashe, 2 p.m., with audience discussion to follow, Krehbiel Auditorium in Luyken Fine Arts Center
  • Sun., Feb. 20 – Senior recital by Bethel College student Trae Gehring, tuba, 4 p.m., Administration Building chapel.
  • Tues., Feb. 22 – Bethel College Orchestra concert under the direction of Kristopher Hilding, 7:30 p.m., Memorial Hall.
  • Fri., Feb. 25 – Bethel College presents its first in-person forensics showcase since 2019, 11 a.m.Memorial Hall (part of the regular convocation series). Livestream option on Bethel’s YouTube channel.

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


Sunflower Performing Arts presents: VOCES8 – Feb. 22, 7:30 p.m., Hesston Mennonite Church
Based in the United Kingdom, this world-famous vocal octet will present a program titled “Choral Dances” which explores the interweaving of dance and music through the ages. Info and tickets at

Spring musical: James and the Giant Peach – March 2 to 6, Black Box Theater, Keim Center
The musical, based on Roald Dahl’s 1961 children’s book, traces the life of the orphan, James Trotter. When he leaves the orphanage to live with his two horrible aunts, he soon discovers a peach growing outside their home and ventures inside of it to befriend five insects. Through a series of odd adventures, James gains an unexpected, unconventional understanding of what it means to be a family. Info and tickets at


Summer Youth Camp Registration Open!  Register now for your week of faith, friends, and gobs of fun!  We do not know exactly what to expect for the 2022 summer, but once again we will build on the Rock and play in the sand!  While we hope for a summer with minimal restrictions, the pandemic may change by June and camp guidelines will change with it. Register at!

Other events and happenings: 

  • Cooks needed for Summer Youth Camps!  Your time and skill give campers a week of growing in Christian fellowship and experiencing God’s great creation.  Cooks need only willing hands.  Contact Camp Mennoscah for available weeks at 620-297-3290 or Be part of an important time of faith formation for people of all ages!
  • Online Registration for the March 18-20 Scrapbook and Crafts Retreat is open!  There is only one retreat in spring and only one in fall.  Cropping and crafting will happen in the Dining Hall and lodging will be in the Retreat Center.  As of Feb. 10, masks are recommended inside per CDC guidelines; guidelines will depend on the state of the pandemic in March.  Call 620-297-3290 with questions.  Register at!
  • Volunteering opportunities continue through the winter months!  There are volunteer projects for every group size, skill set and length of project.  These items and projects help with the faith formation that happens at Camp Mennoscah.  The list has more wishes and there are more projects to do.  Email or call 620-297-3290 to volunteer.  See the Wish List for other ways to support Camp Mennoscah!

For Mennonite Central Committee In Touch press here
For Mennonite Mission Network News and Beyond press

Learn about “Clarification on Mennonite Church USA Polity and the Role of the Membership Guidelines,” a resolution that will be voted on at Mennonite Church USA’s Special Session of the Delegate Assembly, May 27-30. Michael Danner, MC USA associate executive director, and Linda Dibble, MC USA moderator, will discuss it during a webinar on Tuesday, Feb. 15 at 7 p.m. ET. Read the resolution and register for the webinar on the delegate resource page:

Mennonite Church USA and Mennonite Church Canada are partnering to create a new guidebook that addresses the prevention of abuse by church leaders, as well as providing guidance for leadership accountability. The project is expected to be presented to the delegate assemblies in 2023. Read more here:

Listen to Mennonite Church USA’s Women in Leadership podcast, “Holding It(,) Together,” hosted by Bonita Croyle. In Season 2, episode 3, Erica Littlewolf discusses “Bodies and Grief.” Available here or any podcasts can be heard:

Join Mennonite Men and men from around the country on a week-long eco-excursion in Oregon, June 11-19. Explore nature, learn about forest ecosystems and help nurture newly planted trees along the Zena Forest. Find more details and register at

Subscribe to Mennonite Education Agency’s monthly prayer list for Mennonite schools across the country. Subscribe here:

Menno Snapshots
Martin Luther King Jr. Day is celebrated every January, but his legacy can be celebrated and honored throughout the year. Ann Jacobs, in her blog, “Some reflections on MLK Jr.,” provides several ideas for how to live out King’s peacemaking vision during Black History Month and all year.

Mennonite Mission Network Prayer Request:  Praise God for the opportunities that Mennonite Mission Network’s SOOP program offers for learning and service. February is a busy month for SOOP, with more than 60 participants working in Arizona (three locations), Colorado, Florida (two locations), New Mexico and Texas. Pray that each participant will be blessed, as they bless others.
Western District Conference Prayer Request:  Pray for health and strength for WDC pastors, chaplains and other ministers as they continue to offer leadership and compassionate care for others in the midst of the ongoing pandemic.