Announcements for February 20-27, 2022

Please pray for safe travels and exciting experiences for the youth and sponsors traveling to Rocky Mountain Mennonite Camp this weekend (February 18-20) for Snow Camp. Renee is the input speaker for the weekend and the BCMC youth are joining together with the First Mennonite Church (Newton) as a joint youth group for this weekend. 

This week at BCMC
(Meetings and times can sometimes change–
be sure to watch your emails for possible changes)
Sunday, February 20, 2022 
9:30 am    Worship Service (in person and live streamed)
Children and youth Sunday School classes! 10:30-11:30 am
Preschoolers – Room B4        Middlers (3rd-8th graders) – Room 26
The Agape Class will meet in Room B8
Adult Classes (If meeting):  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)
No High School or Koinonia classes this Sunday
Monday,  February 21, 2022
Tuesday,  February 22, 2022

9—11 am  Community Playschool
12 pm        Mid Kansas Investment Club meets in Fellowship Hall
4 pm          Reopening Church Task Force meeting
7 pm          Abuse Prevention and Response Committee meeting
Wednesday, February 23, 2022
7 pm          Menno Ringers in B7
7 pm          Youth Group
7:30 pm     Chancel Choir rehearsal in the sanctuary
Thursday, February 24, 2022 
9—11 am  Community Playschool
2 pm          Hospitality Commission meeting in Fellowship Hall
6:15 pm     Chancel Bells in Room B7
Friday-Saturday February 25 and 26
Sunday, February 27

9:30 am    Worship Service (in person and live streamed)
10:30 am  Children and Youth Sunday School
2-4 pm      BookReviews Reception for Vern Preheim in Fellowship Hall

BookReviews Recognition for Vern Preheim
You are invited to a come and go reception for Vern Preheim who has retired from BookReviews.   This event to recognize Vern’s contributions to BookReviews will be Sunday, February 27 from 2 to 4 pm in the Bethel College Mennonite Church Fellowship Hall.  

Chancel Choir Rehearsals to Resume
Chancel Choir rehearsal will resume Wednesday, February 23, at 7:30 pm in the sanctuary.  Rehearsals will be from 7:30 to 8:30 pm.

Name Tags
As we are returning to church in person
Februrary 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

BCMC Kaleidoscope
The Bethel College Mennonite Church newsletter The Kaleidoscope is ready to read.  Click on the following link:  Kaleidoscope link
There are paper copies available  on the ledge between the mailboxes at the church.

Circles of Grace Opportunities
With our recently adopted APRC policy,  BCMC has committed to being a safe and victim centered community. Everyone in the congregation is responsible for safety and increasing victim awareness. Children are learning about these things through the Circles of Grace curriculum.  During this special education time participants will learn about the Circles of Grace curriculum and reflect on what it means to be a trusted adult. Join us via zoom February 23 at 7pm to learn how to be a trusted adult for all persons in our congregation.  

Circles of Grace will be offered to children and youth during their in-person Sunday School hour on February 27th and March 6th. 

Thank you
Thank you for your prayers, cards, calls and care.  I am doing well now.  
Willye Hinz

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
The Hospitality Commission needs your help and your smiles to complete the task of compiling a new church pictorial directory. ANYONE who wants to be included in the BCMC Photo Directory is welcomed to participate.  Official membership is NOT required.  If you want to be included in the BCMC community, shine up that smile!

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
2.     Call Doris Whillock at (316) 283-5561 to set up your appointment date
3.     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!

Lent 2022:  Seeking God’s Way
For the Lent 2022 Devotional press here

Lent Prayers

Pastoral staff at BCMC will be facilitating prayers during lent on Tuesday and Thursday afternoons at 4 pm.  This is a time to take a break from the day and let evening come.  We will pray together via Zoom for about 15-20 minutes using the daily prayer book from the Corrymeela Community, northern Ireland’s longest running peace and reconciliation organization: Daily Prayer with the Corrymeela Community by Padraig O Tuama. Please contact Pastor Nathan if you would like to receive the Zoom link.  Purchase of the prayer book will be helpful, but is not necessary.  Prayers will begin on Tuesday, March 8. 


TODAY (Sun., Feb. 20) – KIPCOR Film Series, Citizen Ashe, 2 p.m., Krehbiel Auditorium in Luyken Fine Arts Center. Audience discussion follows with Bethel College head football coach A.B. Stokes. Current Bethel COVID protocols require masking indoors regardless of vaccination status.

TODAY (Sun., Feb. 20) – Senior recital by Bethel College student Trae Gehring, tuba, 4 p.m., featuring works by Dowling, Williams, Haddad, Lebedev, Meador and Baadsvik. Administration Building chapel. Current Bethel COVID protocols require masking indoors regardless of vaccination status.

Tues., Feb. 22 – Bethel College Orchestra concert under the direction of Kristopher Hilding, 7:30 p.m., Memorial Hall. Current Bethel COVID protocols require masking indoors regardless of vaccination status.

Thurs., Feb. 24 – Closing reception for Ernest Vincent Wood III and “Do Not Despise the Day of Small Things,” 6-8 p.m., Regier Gallery in Luyken Fine Arts Center at Bethel College. Current Bethel COVID protocols require masking indoors regardless of vaccination status.

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.

Sun., Feb. 27 – Junior recital by Bethel College student Julianna Schrag, soprano, 4 p.m., Administration Building chapel. Current Bethel COVID protocols require masking indoors regardless of vaccination status.

Mon., Feb. 28 – Bethel College Wind Ensemble concert under the direction of Joel Boettger, 7 p.m., featuring works by Erickson, Ticheli, Mackey, Standridge and Sousa; Krehbiel Auditorium in Luyken Fine Arts Center. Current Bethel COVID protocols require masking indoors regardless of vaccination status.

Fri., March 4 – Bethel College presents the 2nd Annual Ada Schmidt-Tieszen Lecture with Dr. Rebecca Thomas, professor and director for international social work studies at the University of Connecticut’s School of Social Work, 11 a.m., Memorial Hall. Livestream option available on Bethel’s YouTube channel.


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

Get ready for the Kansas Mennonite Relief Sale, a benefit for Mennonite Central Committee, April 8 & 9 at the Kansas Fairgrounds in Hutchinson

KMRS’s purpose is to raise funds for Mennonite Central Committee ( It takes a whole host of individuals playing their part in order that we might carry out the Lord’s bidding to care for the “least of these” found in Matt. 25. We call upon our supporting churches to donate toward the sale budget so that every dollar raised at the sale is donated to MCC. We call upon quilters to complete their quilts and to gather extra supplies to donate to Quilters’ Corner. Consider donating items to the General, Silent and even our Kid’s Auction. During the cool winter months, divide house plants and start vegetable plants to sell at Plants &Things and tea towel sets completed for Kansas Crafts. Challenge yourself to participate in the Run for Relief, a 5K run/walk the Saturday of the sale and spend the winter months gathering your pledges. Go to: or like us on Facebook at Kansas Mennonite Relief Sale.

All are welcome to join the fun at 14th annual MCC Comforter Blitz on March 7, 8 and 9 at the Journey  Yoder Campus, one mile north of Yoder, KS.  Times are Monday and Tuesday 9-5, and Wednesday 9-4. Come and have a good time while helping others.  No sewing skills required.  Lunch is available by donation each day, or you may bring your own sack lunch.  You can bring snacks to share during work day.  Masks are highly encouraged and plan to practice social distancing.  This event is hosted by Kansas Friends of MCC, to make good quality, beautiful comforters for MCC to send for warmth, comfort, and love all around the world. Please contact the MCC Central States office with questions at #316-283-2720, or check the Comforter Blitz Facebook Page, “MCC Comforter Blitz for Kansas”.

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On the Level

Learn about “A Resolution for Repentance and Transformation,” which will be presented at Mennonite Church USA’s Special Session of the Delegate Assembly, May 27-30. Members of the Inclusive Mennonite Pastors leadership team, who authored the resolution, will discuss it with other church leaders during a webinar on Monday, Feb. 21 at 7 p.m. ET. Read the resolution and register for the webinar on the delegate resource page:

Mennonite Church USA (MC USA) has partnered with the Kineo Center to offer renewal and retreat options for ministry leaders. This partnership offers many benefits to MC USA minsters, including a cohort option for leaders experiencing ministry burnout. Learn more here:

Mennonite Church USA, Mennonite Church Canada and Herald Press are partnering to encourage every Mennonite to read carefully selected books chosen to equip the church. Join authors Regina Shands Stoltzfus and Tobin Miller Shearer for a CommonRead Conversation about their new book, “Been in the Struggle: Pursuing an Antiracist Spirituality,” on Tuesday, February 22 at 7 p.m. EST/6 p.m. CST. Register here:

Please join Mennonite Church USA (MC USA) in praying that the hybrid Pastors & Leaders | Deep Faith 2022 Conference, a joint conference by MC USA and Anabaptist Mennonite Biblical Seminary, provides encouragement and insight for pastors and leaders across the denomination. The conference will be held Feb. 21-24 both online and in person on the AMBS campus.

Menno Snapshots
Kyle Rodgers felt the call to ministry as a young child, but he did not receive encouragement to pursue this calling. As an adult, he felt the calling again, and he became a pastor with the mission of encouraging youth and adults to pursue God’s call. Read his blog, “Never too young for God,” here:

Menno Snapshots
In retirement, spiritual director, Leslie James, found a new passion: creating worship art. Read her blog, “In the place just right,” to find out how this passion turned into a spiritual practice for her.


Mountain States Mennonite Conference Men’s Retreat at Rocky Mountain Mennonite Camp is just around the corner on March 4-6, 2022. The incorporated Friday workday (breakfast through supper) projects includes burn piles and siding for the Sky-Hi-View shower addition. For the retreat, John Sharp will join us and lead our weekend theme of “Bearing Witness in Places of Violence and Other Stories”. Retreat sessions include: “The MJ Sharp story” (visit for the book, “Disarmed: The Radical Life and Legacy of Michael Mj Sharp”), “Stories of Humor, Humanity and Humility: Laughing so we don’t cry”, and concluding Sunday morning with “The Stories We Become”. Additionally, good music, food, fellowship and play will be part of our time together. While we look forward to gathering again in person with precautions, a virtual registration option ( is also offered (via Zoom links) for the worship sessions only.

Colorado Roots Music Camp I & II at Rocky Mountain Mennonite Camp is looking to return this summer June 5-11 & August 7-13. Now in its 16th year, RMMC has been the setting for great bluegrass instructors leading daytime classes and performing evening concerts. Class descriptions have just been finalized and are listed on the web page ( Both weeks are filling up fast and accommodations are made on a first register, first choice basis. Hoping to hold both camps this summer which hasn’t happened since before the coronavirus pandemic in 2019. Anabaptist musicians with a guitar, mandolin, fiddle, banjo, bass or voice of all levels of play (beginner to expert) are encouraged to come!