Announcements for July 18-July 25, 2021

BCMC Offering for July 4, 2021:  General Fund $6,654; MCC Sale $200; Living Stones $835; Women’s Fellowship $250.  Attendance was 97.
BCMC Offering for July 11, 2021:  General Fund $8,683.30; Living Stones $155; Women’s Fellowship $130; Hartzel Schmidt Memorial $75.  Attendance was 93.

Budget Update
As of the end of June 2021, expenses exceed contributions by $29,302.48.  Contributions received stand at 42% of the amount expected for the year, and expenses are at 47% of the budget.  Please keep this information in mind as we begin the second half of the year.

Interested in singing in Chancel Choir this fall? If so, please complete this short survey by following this link.  Your participation in the survey will help choir directors plan for the coming year.


The WDC Annual Assembly will be held July 30-August 1. This will be a “hybrid” event – some parts will be only virtual, other parts will be only on-site, and much of it will be hybrid with people on-site and virtual sharing together. The on-site parts will be held at Faith Mennonite Church, 2100 North Anderson, Newton, KS.The Assembly theme will be “Woven Into God’s Story” using Scripture themes from Colossians 2:2-7. Michele Hershberger, Bible and Ministry Professor Hesston College, will be the keynote speaker and storyteller. Other storytellers will be sharing throughout the weekend, as well. For more Assembly info, go to:

BCMC is urgently seeking delegates for the WDC Delegate Session (held virtually) on Saturday, July 31, 8:30-10:30am.  If you would be willing to represent our congregation at this meeting, please contact Dale Schrag. Registration fees will be covered by BCMC. 

Upcoming memorials services are being planned to remember these loved ones among us:

Nancy Mueller:  Saturday, July 24, 3 pm, BCMC Sanctuary
Hartzel Schmidt:  Sunday, July 25, 2 pm, BCMC  Sanctuary
Miner Seymour:  Wednesday, July 28, 10 am, BCMC Sanctuary
Rosalind Andreas:  Saturday, Aug 21, 1:30 pm, BCMC Sanctuary

You are welcome to attend these services in-person. Services will also be recorded and/or live streamed. 

A memorial for Robert Waltner’s wife, Barbara, who died March 7, 2021,  will be Saturday, July 24,  11 am.   They are members of Lorraine Avenue Church, but the service will be held at the First Church of the Brethren, 1103 Jefferson in Wichita. (The air conditioning at Lorraine Avenue is not working).  Robert is John Waltner’s brother. 

The Prairie Bronze Handbell Ensemble will be in concert Sunday, August 1, 3 pm at the First Prebyterian Church, 900 Columbus, Newton.  See the poster here.

Everence to hold Gifts that give back webinar
Tuesday, August 3 at 6:30 p.m.
Many make charitable gifts to support their favorite causes and organizations. Some choose to extend their charitable giving further by designating dollars for charity in their end-of-life plans. But did you know there is another type of gift plan that generates income for the donor and then sends a gift to charity at a later date? Come to this workshop to learn more about “Gifts that give back” and whether it is a strategy for you!  This webinar will be hosted by Mitch Stutzman, Everence Stewardship Consultant. 
This webinar is free. Please register by contacting our office at 877-467-7294, 316-283-3800 or   
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The 2021 issue of Mennonite Life, Bethel College’s annual online journal, is now live at, with articles and reviews by Brad Born, Rachel Epp Buller, Peter Goerzen, Raylene Hinz-Penner, Mark Jantzen, Jim Juhnke, Nate Kroeker, Alec Loganbill, Jacob Miller, Bethany Powls, Rich Preheim, Darrin Snyder-Belousek, Tara Schwartz, Anne Marie Stoner-Eby and Melanie Zuercher.

Mennonite Mission Network News and Beyond link

For news from the Western District Conference go to this link

For the Mennonite Central Committee Washington E-Memo press here