Announcements for March 19-March 26, 2021

March 21, 2021 —  Worship at 9:30 am
On Sunday morning, around 9:20, go to BCMC’s webpage at and click the green button labeled LIVE 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 button. Click the red button to see the bulletin/order of service.

March 21, 2021, 9:30 am
Lent 5
Deep in the earth: Called to deep growth

Prelude—Verlene Garber

Lighting the Christ Candle– Florence Schloneger

Welcome and prayer       

Hymn—How Great Thou Art—VT 436

Children’s Conversation–Carol Flickinger

Scripture Reading—Jeremiah 31:31-34 and Psalm 51: 1-12 

Sermon–Who are we now?–Renee Reimer

Hymn–I Saw a Tree by the Riverside–VT 514

Prayers of God’s people

Sending Hymn—Rain Down—VT 703

Benediction—Renee Reimer 

VT  =  Voices Together
Musicians—Verlene Garber, Bethany Schrag, Tim Schrag, Renee Reimer, Ben Lichti

Audio visual—Francis Toews

Pastors—Renee Reimer, Nathan Koontz, Dawn Yoder Harms

In-person worship schedule  for Sunday, March 21: This Sunday, the Catacombs and Fellowship Sunday School classes and their family members are invited to attend. Please RSVP at the church office if you plan to be there!
For those Catacombs and Fellowship members (and their families) who are attending this Sunday, you can enter by the front doors (west) or the south automatic doors.  All other doors to the church will be locked.

If you would like to bring an offering on the Sunday you attend in-person worship, there will be an offering plate on a table at the back of the sanctuary where you can place your offering as you enter or exit the sanctuary.  If writing a check, please indicate its intended destination in the memo line: for example, general fund, special fund (please name), or Sunday School.  You can also support BCMC and its work beyond this congregation by sending a check into the office, contributing electronically (–see red “Support BCMC” tab), or by working with Finance Manager Mike Claassen to set up an electronic deposit system.

Pastor Renee Reimer will be away March 22-28 for rest and renewal. Please contact pastors, Dawn Yoder Harms or Nathan Koontz, if you need assistance during those dates. 

Crystal Gaeddert’s mother, Mary Enz, of Newton passed away on Monday morning.  Please keep Crystal, Joel, and their two sons, Brett and Collin from our congregation in your prayers along with the rest of Crystal’s family as they grieve her loss.  Family visitation will be at the First Mennonite Church, 429 E. 1st Street, Newton, Sunday, March 21, from 5-7.
Mary’s Celebration of life will be March 22 at 2 pm at Grace Community Church, 1600 S. Anderson Road, Newton. 

We offer our sympathies to the family of Rosalind Andreas, who died March 15. A private service for Rosalind was held Tuesday, March 16, in the BCMC Peace Garden. A larger memorial gathering is being planned for when Covid restrictions are lifted.  

We offer sympathy to John and Mary Jane Waltner and the extended family on the death of their sister-in-law, Barbara Waltner, March 7, Wichita.  Barbara’s husband was Robert (Bob) Waltner, John’s brother.

BCMC Camp Mennoscah Weekend Retreat
Dust off your tents, string your fishing poles, and prepare your hearts for worship at one of the best settings south-central Kansas has to offer! That’s right… its the BCMC Camp Mennoscah Weekend Retreat! This year’s event will be held May 15-16, and will only include BCMC – not Halstead First Mennonite as has been the case in the past (due to COVID). We plan on eating, fellowshipping, playing, worshiping, and seeing each other – safely, outdoors – as a way to be in community with each other. We’ll follow Camp’s safety protocol as we do this, of course, but would love to have as many folks out as can come – whether for Saturday evening, Sunday morning and lunch, or a whole weekend of fun! If you/your family is interested in attending, please fill out the link here: And, if you have questions about the retreat, pricing, COVID-friendly protocol, etc. OR would like to help out in some way, please reach out to Adam Robb ( or Pastor Renee and they’ll do their best to be helpful! Looking forward to being together, in nature, to worship our God!

Greetings from Bethel College!
While we work ourselves through the sometimes tumultuous month of March and also a tumultuous year dealing with a pandemic, it is important to keep a positive eye on the future. Spring and Easter are right around the corner, and vaccines will hopefully provide a return to normal soon. Our students are eager to return full in-person classes and gatherings, as I’m sure you congregants are as well. God is still working in the world through many amazing followers.
I would like to share with you the link below to our annual Staley Lecture. These lectures are presented as part of our Convocation series and are always free and open to the public. This year, Convocation has been held in an online format, which gives me the opportunity to share this with you.
The speaker this year was Dr. Wilma Ann Bailey, Professor Emerita at Central Theological Seminary. She spoke on “Biblical Laments in the Age of COVID.”
Click this link to see the video,, and feel free to share the link as you wish.
Grace and peace, Benjamin Lichti, Coordinator, Alumni & Church Relations

New Hope Shelter 
BCMC and Faith Mennonite Church provide volunteers to provide meals as well as evening and overnight volunteers.  We answer the call every 9 weeks.  New Hope is asking for a list of volunteers who might be willing to be on an on call list to serve during a week when BCMC is not responsible but when other churches are unable to find volunteers.  Please let Valetta Seymour (620-217-7536 or know if you would be willing to be on call to serve as an evening volunteer (5-midnight), overnight volunteer (midnight to 8AM), or to provide a meal.  If you wish to specify that you do not wish to do so now but would be willing to serve when the pandemic is behind us, please feel free to do so.  BCMC also needs to replenish our pool of regular volunteers, so please consider this important mission and contact Valetta with any questions.  

Card Shower!
Esther Thieszen, will be 90 on April 1. Her family would like to have a card shower for her.  The address for cards or notes is: 606 W Bluestem St., North Newton KS 67117
Supportive Communities Network (SCN)
Carol Wise, Director of the Supportive Communities Network, (SCN) gave a presentation to BCMC  Sunday afternoon, March 14.  You can view the presentation by clicking on the following link: Survey
BCMC Joining Supportive Communities Network
Dear Congregant:

The Church Board has commissioned this survey to gauge where BCMC as a congregation stands on the issue of Bethel College Mennonite Church becoming part of the Supportive Communities Network (SCN). SCN is a program of the Brethren Mennonite Council for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Interests. It is a network of Mennonite and Church of the Brethren communities who are publicly affirming of gay, lesbian, transgender, and bisexual members. BCMC’s welcoming statement is printed below for your reference. The annual network membership fee is $200. More information can be found at:

This survey is being sent to people who attend and participate in the life of BCMC. It is not restricted to voting BCMC church members. People who do not communicate electronically will have an opportunity to participate by mail. Survey returns are due and the survey will be closed on March 29, 2021. Following the survey the Church Board will review survey results. If the number of YES responses is 75% or more of the total response, the Board will take action to join the SCN.

Please click here to submit your response:

Sincerely from the survey task group members,

Karen Ediger
Megan Kohlman
John Kliewer
Nathan Koontz
Karen Penner
BCMC Welcoming Statement
Bethel College Mennonite Church welcomes into fellowship and membership all persons who confess faith in Jesus Christ, without regard to their race, ethnic background, gender, age, sexual orientation, education, ability, and other factors which give rise to discrimination and marginalization.

PLANTS AND THINGS…Mark your calendars for the Annual KMRS Plants and Thing Sale. Because of the move of the MCC Sale to July, we are selling plants, seedlings, flowers, vegetables and many more items on Saturday, April 10, starting at 9:00 AM and running through the day, closing at 6:00 PM.  The Sale will be held at the MCC Building in North Newton, Kansas and will utilize the MCC Buildings as well as the parking lot to allow for proper social distancing and having plenty of room to spread out the flats brought in from greenhouses for the Sale and the many donations by our local gardeners.  This is your opportunity to prepare for your gardening year, and to support the great work of the Mennonite Central Committee. Credit Cards will be accepted.   If you have donations of plants to make, please bring them to the MCC Building on Friday afternoon, April 9.  This will be a drive through donation with volunteers greeting you and collecting your donations of tomato plants, cabbage sets, etc.  If you wish to make a donation and can’t make this time frame, please contact Kristi at 1-620 367-2721 or email
Volunteers are needed to help Friday to accept plants and help set up.  On Saturday volunteers are needed to help with organization and cashiers.  Please check out the Sign-up Genius below or KMRS website at 
Theresa Klassen will also have a table present at the Plants and Things Sale area selling recycled jewelry. As with Plants and Things all profits go to support the work of MCC. 
Get a start on participating in the 2021 KMRS, by planning to attend the Plants and Things Booth and some recycled jewelry.  Here is the link to the Plants and Things Sign-Up Genius:

 WDC announcements

1.  The Western District Conference, First Mennonite Church (Beatrice, NE), and Beatrice Mennonite Church are hosting a virtual event with featured speaker Pastor Natalie Frisk. Zoom info for March 21st @ 7pm, plus info for all the videos are available via the links below, and there are some PDF handouts attached. If you have any questions or technical difficulties, please email Pastor Tim Amor at
The Raising Disciples series includes:Sunday evening, March 21, 7:00 p.m. – “Jesus Centered Parenting: Q & A” – a live/interactive zoom gathering with Natalie to conclude our event. Zoom Link
Meeting ID: 811 7635 4895
Passcode: 9783291st message from Sunday morning, March 14th – “Kids in the Kingdom” (see attached handout)Session 1 – Anchors and Waves – see attached handout.Session 2 – Journeying on Sacred Pathways – see attached handout.Fun interview to get to know NatalieWait Wait Don’t Tell Me – a game show where we test Natalie’s knowledge on Nebraska and the Midwest!Facebook event info: Raising Disciples – Natalie Frisk
 Full YouTube Playlist: Raising Disciples with Natalie FriskNatalie Frisk is the curriculum pastor at The Meeting House Church in Toronto, Canada, where she and an education team create kids’ and youth curricula for ages 0–18 used by churches worldwide. Frisk is a sought-after speaker on topics of youth and children’s ministry, spiritual formation, and discipleship, and is the author of the book Raising Disciples: How to Make Faith Matter for Our Kids, published by Herald Press.
 2.  RECONNECTING HOPE FOR IMMIGRANTS:  Thursday, March 25  7:00 p.m. ZOOM networking meeting hosted by WDC Immigration Task Force.  Reconnect with other churches to hear about their advocacy on behalf of immigrants.  Hear from MCC’s National Advocacy Director Tammy Alexander.  How should our work go forward?  What is your church doing or what do they hope to do?  Ask a representative from your church to contact for the ZOOM invitation. 
3.  A Conversation About Justice & Peace for Palestine & Israel:  The Western District Conference Israel – Palestine Task Force is hosting an informal Conversation About Justice & Peace for Palestine & Israel.  The one-hour Zoom meeting will occur on April 13 at 7 pm CDT.  The purpose of the meeting is to create a safe space where informal dialogue can occur with WDC Mennonite Churches.  The agenda will include a welcome & overview, reflections on Gaza Twinning, a report on current conditions in Gaza and the West Bank, followed by breakout groups where discussions will take place.  There is no cost to participate.  To register for the meeting please e-mail to  A Zoom link will be provided.  Additional information may be obtained by contacting Kathy Nuefeld Dunn at  
4. Sarah Augustine, from the steering committee of the Dismantling the Doctrine of Discovery Coalition is preaching at Peace Mennonite Church, Dallas, TX, on Sunday April 11 at 11 am, and staying for a discussion after worship. You can join at the Peace Mennonite Facebook page, or on zoom at Sarah is a leader in the Indigenous rights movement, and author of the book “The Land is not Empty: Following Jesus in Dismantling the Doctrine of Discovery.” She will speak on how Texas Mennonites can support justice for native people. Everyone is invited to come and learn with us!

Camp Mennoscah announcements
1.  A double-decker of thanks to everyone who participated in the Verenike Casserole fundraiser meal for Camp Mennoscah!  Over $8500 was raised with the dedicated work of 22 volunteers who made 330 meals for hungry camp people.  Extra thanks go to Leslie Schrag for organizing the event and Moundridge High School for allowing us to use their facilities!  Your generosity supports the faith formation of the youth in your congregation and community.

2.  Looking for HUGE tents!  Camp Mennoscah is looking for at least 2 more tents that hold approx. 8-10 bunk beds for summer youth camps (18′ X 36′).  These would be (similar) to the ones used for Senior High Camp (military tents repurposed for peace).  The cost to purchase one is approximately $2600.  If you have one stored away and are willing to lend it to Camp Mennoscah for the summer, please contact us at 620-297-3290.

3.  One Day Event for Grades 7-12!  Camp Mennoscah’s Youth Volunteer Day on March 20 is a full day of service projects, worship, lunch & socially distanced fellowship.  Register online, email or call 620-297-3290 by March 18 to take part in the fun!  Masks are required.

4.  We need volunteers for the dam!  Camp Mennoscah is currently seeking a team of 5 to 10 volunteers to install the dam in the river. Completing this project will provide the opportunity for much fishing, boating and swimming for the upcoming season. We are excited to get in the water and encourage you to join us on Sunday, March 21, from 3:00 pm to 5:00 pm. Dress according to the weather conditions that day, and we’ll have a snack ready to enjoy after we are done. Let us know you are coming or just head on out, see you then!  Connect with us at 620-297-3290 or

5.  We are ready to rock! Preparation for the Amphitheater Improvement project was completed in the Summer of 2020 and we are ready to finish this project up. Work days are scheduled for the following days: March 26 to 27, April 2 to 3, April 9 to 10, May 14-15.  These opportunities to get involved are on Fridays and Saturday, come on out for one or both days, and part or all day. Ask about lodging if you would like to stay overnight. A team of five volunteers will work from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm each day installing the new stone benches. There will be stone to cut, move, clean and set along with a whole lot of mortar to mix up.  Bring a lunch and water bottle with you when you come, and plan to arrive at the North cabin area to check in around 9:00 am. Email or call 620-297-3290 to volunteer for this project.

6.  There are volunteer opportunities for you! Camp Mennoscah continually has year-round work to support the maintenance and upkeep of the campus and facilities. We can accommodate every group size, skill set and length of project you would like to tackle. Check out these ways to Get Involved!  Email or call 620-297-3290 to volunteer.

7.  Looking for kitchen staff and nurses!  Camp Mennoscah is filling volunteer and stipend positions for kitchen staff and nurses for the upcoming 2021 summer.  Contact Camp Mennoscah at or call 620-297-3290 for available weeks and details.  Kitchen staff can receive a scholarship up to full camp fees for their camper.

 Mennonite church announcements
1.  Combine your faith with action and join MVS! Serve with the Center for Restorative Programs in Alamosa, Colorado, where you will assist in empowering and uplifting the community through restorative justice practices. Visit today to learn more and sign up!

2.  Save the date for the Sent Conference 2021! Join us on Thursday, April 22 at 7-8:30 p.m. and Friday, April 23 at 2:30-4 p.m. ET for two webinars from peace church planters. They will share stories of hope and resilience in birthing new communities of faith. Keep your eyes on  for how to register!

3.  Turn donated firearms into garden tools and art as part of Mennonite Church USA’s new collaboration with RAWtools, Inc. Learn how your congregation can get involved.
4.  Do you have questions about MennoCon21? Mennonite Church USA leaders provide an update and address questions in this recorded webinar:

5.  This month marks five years since Pastor Max Villatoro of Torre Fuerte Mennonite Church, Iowa City, Iowa, was detained and deported to Honduras. He now lives in Mexico, separated from his family. Read his story here: En español:

6.  In his blog, “Let us create communities of resistance to militarism in all its forms,” Titus Peachey recounts his experiences dealing with the aftermath of U.S. military engagements in Vietnam and Laos and calls us to create communities of resistance to militarism. Read it here:

7.  Through the experiences of her own family, Ingrid Friesen Moser reflects on how Mennonite congregations have evolved in the way they support the health of pastors and their families in her blog, “With gratitude for health and pastoral well-being.” She encourages congregations to use The Corinthian Plan’s Pastor Well-being Checklist to support their pastor(s). Read more: