Announcements for July 16-23, 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:

July 16, 2023
Prelude—Voluntary on Tallis’ Third Tune (David Lasky)
Praise to the Lord, The Almighty (arr. Jason Payne)—Will Wiebe-Friesen
Christ Candle Lighting
Welcome and Prayer—Elizabeth Schmidt
*Hymn—We Are One in the Spirit—VT 387
Children’s Conversation—Nadine Peters and Carol Peters
Kin-dom Report— MCUSA Delegate Assembly—Steve and Jeanette Stucky, Tim and Mary Ellen Hodge
*Hymn—My Love Colors Outside the Lines–Suzy Burch and Lucy Burch
Scripture Reading—Matthew 25:34-40; Hebrews 13:1-3; Isaiah 43:18-19a—Lotti Boschmann, Erich Boschmann
Message—Our Extended Family—Al and Nadine Peters
*Hymn of Response— Amazing Grace—VT 163
Prayers of God’s People
*Hymn—In the Bulb There is a Flower—VT 670
Postlude—Psalm XIX (Marcello)—Will Wiebe-Friesen
* You are invited to stand
VT—Voices Together
Keyboard- Will Wiebe-Friesen
Audio visual— John Thiesen
YouTube Link:

This Week at BCMC:  July 16-23, 2023
Sun., July 16, 2023
9:30 a.m.  Worship with reflections by Al and Nadine Peters on their work with Prison Fellowship, a prison ministries in Nebraska, and a report on the MCUSA Delegate Assembly from BCMC delegates Steve Stucky,
Jeanette Stucky, Tim Hodge, Mary Ellen Hodge
YouTube Link for this Sunday is:
The church nursery is staffed during worship and Sunday School
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)
Wed., July 19, 2023
6 p.m.  Indigenous Task Group meeting in Room 14
Sun., July 23, 2023
9:30 a.m.  Our worship will be getting more acquainted with Voices Together. If you have a favorite in VT that you would like to sing, please, contact Monica Lichti in the church office with your request. NOTE: Requests may not all be used because of time limits.
Pastor Nathan Koontz will be on vacation July 12-21, 2023.

Roger’s Whereabouts 
:  Roger is out of town for vacation through July 18. He will be checking text messages and email occasionally during this time. Roger will be back in the BCMC office on Wednesday, July 19. 
BCMC Offering for July 9, 2023:  General Fund $11,104.37; Living Stones $200; Kitchen Fund $11.

You did it again!  June was a great month with a positive balance of about $3000.  That’s three in a row!  Congratulations! If this trend continues we will wind up with a fantastic year.  Finance Committee
We offer sympathy to Lotti and Harald and Erich Boschmann and their extended family on the death of Lotti’s youngest sister Marlene Zenau.  Marlene died in Germany on July 7, 2023.
“Growing Up in Gaza—Bringing Peace and Justice to Israel-Palestine” will be presented by Tareq Abuhalima, Sun., Aug. 6, 10:45-11:45 a.m. at BCMC.  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.  The presentation and following dialogue will also address antisemitism and other issues that surround this intractable conflict.

BCMC Prayer Network: The Prayer Network is an email-based prayer network comprised of Deacon Commission members and  BCMC congregants.  Participants make a one-year commitment to this prayer ministry which is coordinated by Pastors and the Office and Facilities Manager. Pastors respond to prayer requests and determine when and how these requests are distributed.  Specific prayer requests are shared only with the permission of the person(s) involved. If you would like to join the BCMC prayer network, please email your interest to  Thanks to all who serve BCMC in the Prayer Network. 
Care Connections Opportunity:  Volunteers are needed to provide transportation for BCMCers to medical appointments, including appointments in Wichita.   If you’re available and can provide loving care for one another in this way at this time, please call Elizabeth at the church office, or send an email to “By this all people will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another.”  (John 13:35 ESV)

MCC School Kits—Lincoln and Lawrence Kohlman have joined the MCC School Kit Challenge! Their goal is to pack and donate 100 school kits by the end of August. We estimate that they will need about $850 (plus 100 bags) to meet this goal, although we will use the money we raise to make as many kits as we can! We hope that we can do more with the money when school supplies go on sale.  How can you help?  To donate, see Lincoln or Lawrence. To make bags for the school kits we want to pack, use the MCC website for directions and let us know how many you plan to make.   We will plan to host a time to pack school kits. Let us know if you want to be invited! 
Children and Youth of BCMC:  Read a book.  Earn a Book
.  This summer, you can earn a book for the New Hope Shelter for each book checked out, read, and returned. Visit the table outside the door to the children’s room of the BCMC church library for more information.  The challenge is to fill a whole shelf of books for homeless children and youth.
The Library Theme for June and July are Library Committee suggestions for Everybody/Junior books for the summer reading contest. As has been noted, this contest is for anybody who checks out a book from our library, reads it independently, reads it with someone or someone reads it to a child, and then returns it. We are excited to see how many books will be purchased for New Hope Shelter.   —The Library Committee

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. 

Newton Community Theatre and Bethel College Academy of Performing Arts (BCAPA) will present The Sound of Music musical July 21-23. Join us for this beloved musical and support your community members, including Caleb Garber and Lucy Burch in the orchestra pit, Riley King is the music director, and Renee Reimer is one of the actors.  Fri., July 21 at 7:30 p.m.; Sat., July 22 at 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.; Sun., July 23 at 2 p.m.  Tickets are on sale now at You can also purchase tickets at the door or reserve in advance at the Newton Rec Center (starting July 1). All ticket sales are final. No refunds or exchanges.

The 2023 issue of the Bethel College journal Mennonite Life is now live at and includes a poem by Cheryl Denise and prose poems by Abigail Carl-Klassen; a sermon by Sheri Hostetler; Brad Gregory’s Menno Simons Lectures from 2022; articles by Johnny Wideman and Nathan Garber; and reviews by Ben Woodward-Breckbill, Hannah Neufeld, Willmar Harder, Brad Born, Josue Coy Dick, Daniel Shank Cruz, Rachel Waltner Goossen, Joe Smucker, Kimberly Schmidt and Melanie Springer Mock.

Greetings from Faith Formation!  
Faith Formation is asking that ALL who are interested in being a part of building intergenerational relationships within the church fill out the attached survey.

If you are a parent of a youth who will attend the Intergenerational Sunday school class or who will be a part of Jr High Club or Senior High Youth Group, you may fill out the following Release Form for the 2023-24 school year.

Intergenerational Sunday school will follow this format from week to week.  Teachers may decide to switch up the weeks to fit their needs.

Week 1:  Introduction of the Bible story. Activity related to the Bible story.

Week 2:  Reader’s Theatre or continuation of the Bible story.

Week 3: Craft or games

Week 4: Interview an adult who has joined us for the month (ask the week prior to interview)

The weekly schedule will follow the format below:

Following the service until 10:45 am

  • Arrival and snack (groups will be mixed ages at each table)
  • Questions of the day to discuss at table groups
  • Opening prayer and announcements

10:45 am – 11:15 am

  • Bible Story/Activity

11:15 am – 11:30 am

  • Clean up, Journal, or other activity with the teachers
  • Closing prayer and dismissal

Mark your calendar for the Sunday School Orientation/Safe Sanctuaries Date:  August 20 from 12:00-1:00 pm.  We will have a pizza lunch.

Intergenerational Survey:

Youth Release Form:

2023-24 Faith Formation Calendar:

Thank you and have a wonderful summer!

Faith Formation Sunday School team
Jill Robb, Kathy Stucky,Rebecca Tschetter, Deb Gering, Mary Ellen Hodge


Western District Conference invites you to visit our website to read the latest news, stories and announcements.

BCMC needs delegates for the WDC Assembly.  Delegates can also attend virtually. BCMC would be eligible to send 15 delegates to the Assembly.  If you would like to be a delegate contact the BCMC office.


Continental Breakfast with our ministry partners! Come talk with reps from MCC, our colleges, Camp Mennoscah, MDS, and more on Saturday morning. Learn how you and your congregation can do ministry together with others in new and exciting ways. Local Druber’s donuts, gluten free oatmeal, coffee and more to enjoy.

 Visit:  for more info on this summer’s Assembly!
WDC Assembly 2023 Registration is now open below!
Register Here! 

For Mennonite Mission Network News and Beyond July 5 press here
For Mennonite Mission Network News and Beyond July 12 press here

Prairie View, Inc. is hosting a FREE MENTAL HEALTH FIRST AID TRAINING.  Learn how to identify, understand and respond to signs of mental illnesses and substance use disorders on July 26, 8:30 a.m. – 5 p.m. Prairie View Auditorium 1901 E. First St., Newton.  See the church bulletin board for more details or call Prairie View at 316-284-6365.  There is also a free Youth Mental Health First Aid Training on July 17 at 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Mennonite Church USA Announcements

“Conectados,” which translates to “Connected,” was the name given to the Iglesia Menonita Hispana (Hispanic Mennonite Church – IMH) Conference. The gathering took place on May 5-6, 2023, at Iglesia Sonido de Alabanza (Sound of Praise Church) in Cicero, Illinois. Read more here:

Menno Snapshots

In recognition of National Gun Violence Awareness Day, June 3, Krista Dutt, Mennonite Central Committee Chicago (Illinois) program coordinator, discusses her work in the areas of gun violence prevention and mass incarceration. Read more about her work here: 


Robert Brenneman, director of criminal justice and restorative justice and professor of sociology at Goshen (Indiana) College and a seminar leader at MennoCon23, shares about the impact Mennonite congregations have in urban Central America. Read his blog here: 

“Nonviolence is central to the story of Jesus and his teaching about loving enemies, and it is also visible in surprising ways in the secular world, when we have eyes to see it,” writes J. Denny Weaver, a member of Madison (Wisconsin) Mennonite Church, in his Menno Snapshots blog. Read it here: 

Mennonite Mission Network Prayer Request:  Mennonite Mission Network requests prayer for the Youth Venture teams that are spending two weeks in Benin and Indonesia. Pray for the seven participants at each location, their group leaders and their hosts. Pray that this experience will help build the global body of Christ.
Western District Conference Prayer Request:   Pray for WDC congregations that are supporting refugees and asylum seekers, as they join God’s work of justice and care for all people.