Announcements for March 6-March 13, 2022

March 6, 2022-First Sunday in Lent
Masks will be required.  We encourage you to wear your name tags so Pastor Todd Schlosser can learn to know you.  The service will also be live streamed.

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.

March 6, 2022
Lent 1: From security to generosity
Prelude—Blessed Jesus, at Thy Word  (Manz) 
Rhosymedre (Vaughn Williams)—Verlene Garber, organ                                                                                                                                                    
Introit—Calm me Lord [VT 680]—Chancel Choir; director William Eash; accompanist Verlene Garber                                                                                                                                                                       
Lighting the Christ Candle—Raylene Hinz-Penner

Land Acknowledgement 
Land Acknowledgement compiled by Florence Schloneger from words by Mark Charles and VT #878
As we do on the first Sunday of each month,  
  we acknowledge that we worship  
  on the land of the Kanza, Osage, and Wichita.   
We thank them for their care and respect for this land      
  and acknowledge the injustice of their forced removal. 
We ask the Spirit to heal our histories 
  and find new paths of right relationships with them 
  and all of creation.
Welcome and Prayer                                                                                                                                         
*Hymn—Holy Spirit, Come with Power— VT 57

Kin-dom Report—Janeen Bertsche Johnson

Children’s Conversation—Bethany Schrag, Jill Robb, Yolanda Kauffman                                                       
Worship Music—God so Loved the World (Stainer)—Chancel Choir

Scripture Reading—Luke 4:1-13—Carol Flickinger                                                                                                                                
Sermon—Found in the Wilderness—Janeen Bertsche Johnson

*Hymn—Fill Us with Your Feast—VT 309                                                                                                                                                                                               
Communion—Renee Reimer and Todd Schlosser

Prayers of God’s people—Raylene Hinz-Penner

*Hymn—We, Your People, Sing Your Praises—VT 849                                                                                      Benediction Response—We are Often Tossed and Driven [VT 311]—Chancel Choir

Postlude—Trumpet Tune (Johnson)—Verlene Garber

VT = Voices Together
Audio visual—Ken Lamp
Pastors—Renee Reimer, Nathan Koontz, and Todd Schlosser

Janeen Bertsche Johnson (Director of Campus Ministries; Admission Associate; Development Associate; Alumni Director; Core Adjunct Faculty) from Anabaptist Mennonite Biblical Seminary (AMBS) joins BCMC for worship this Sunday.  Janeen will share about AMBS during the kinship time and offers the morning sermon on this upcoming first Sunday of Lent.  The following is from her short biography on the AMBS website.
“Janeen brings to her ministry a passion for worship, music, community, and encouraging the gifts of others. She graduated from Bluffton College (now University), then entered seminary at AMBS, graduating with the MDiv in 1989. 
After serving six years on the pastoral team of Lorraine Avenue Mennonite Church in Wichita, KS., she returned to AMBS as campus pastor. She also has roles in admissions, alumni relations, and teaching. Janeen has been a member of the Executive Board of Mennonite Church USA from 2003 to 2011, and has served on many other conference and denominational committees and boards.”

You are invited to a discussion:  “Land Acknowledgement:  Then What?” Sunday, March 6, after the Worship Service in the sanctuary.   Hosted by Raylene Hinz-Penner, Karin Kaufman Wall, Florence Schloneger and Nathan Koontz.  In February Florence described a land acknowledgement as a reminder, a call, a recognition, a desire to seek out those harmed in acts of restorative justice.  Nikki Sanchez speaks to those of us who are part of the settler legacy:  where you find yourself today may not be your fault, but it is absolutely your responsibility (response-ability). If thinking about the land acknowledgement read each first Sunday of the month at BCMC has led you to wish to talk to other seekers, join us for an open discussion, sharing questions, responses, ideas, and ways to move forward.

This week at BCMC
(Times and events can change, please look for emails with possible changes)Sunday, March 6—1st Sunday in Lent
9:30 am    Worship Service (in person and live streamed)
After the worship service there will be a Land Acknowledgement Discussion in the sanctuary
10:30 am  Children and Youth Sunday School Classes!
Circles of Grace will be offered to children and youth during their in-person
Sunday School hour , today, March 6. 

Preschoolers – Room B4        Middlers (3rd-8th graders) – Room 26
High School – Room 24   Koinonia (college students welcome!) – The Agape House
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)
Tuesday,  March 8, 2022
9—11 am  Community Playschool
12 noon    Mid Kansas Investment Club meeting in Fellowship Hall
4 pm          Lent Prayers by Zoom
Wednesday, March 9, 2022
4:30 pm    Visual Arts Committee meeting in Room 14
7 pm          Youth Group
7:30 pm    Chancel Choir in the Sanctuary
Thursday, March 10, 2022 
9—11 am  Community Playschool
4 pm          Lent Prayers by Zoom
6:15 pm    Chancel Bells in Room B7
7 pm         Finance Committee meeting by Zoom
Sunday, March 13—2nd Sunday of Lent—Daylight Savings Time Begins—Set your clocks forward one hour
9:30 am    Worship Service (in person and live streamed)
10:30 am  Children and Youth Sunday School

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.Prayers will be March 8 and 10.
Below is the link for our lent prayers via zoom using Daily Prayer with the Corrymeela Community as our guide. 
 This same link should work for each prayer time.  We are looking forward to connecting and praying together! 

Bethel College Mennonite Church is inviting you to a lent prayer Zoom meeting on Tuesdays and Thursdays at 4.

Join Zoom Meeting

Meeting ID: 857 5141 4152
Passcode: 834612

We offer sympathy to Glen and Karen Ediger and their family on the death of Glen’s sister-in-law, Linda Ediger, February 28, McPherson, Kansas.  Linda was the wife of Glen’s brother, LaVon Ediger.  A memorial service has been scheduled for Friday, March 4, in McPherson.

Wednesday Night Club (open to 3rd-8th graders) will begin Wednesday, March 23 from 7-8pm and continue weekly through the end of April. Look for more information from club leaders in the coming weeks. 

Sign Up now for BCMC Pictorial Directory!

Our church directory won’t be complete without your participation. You can still sign-up March 23, 24, 25, and 26. 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 23, 24, 25, and 26.  The photo sessions on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday will run from 2:00 to 8:30 pm and on Saturday from 10:00 am to 4:30 pm.

Please note this change: There will be same day proofing of pictures.  You will have a professional photography session, and afterwards be able to view your proofs and have the opportunity to purchase extra portraits for family and friends.

Three options for making an appointment March 23, 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!

Library Announcement
A couple of beautiful 2000 piece puzzles have been donated to the library. The committee has decided to use them as a small fundraiser to help buy books on our wish list. The puzzles will be outside the library on Sundays. If you choose to buy one, we are asking for a minimum donation of $5. Just hand your donation to the librarian on duty.

Also, several books that were checked out right before COVID and the shutdown have not been returned or were not checked out properly. If you recognize a title that you might have checked out, please double check your own books to make sure that you haven’t inadvertently forgotten to return it. Titles that we are missing are:
  The Witch of Blackbird Pond by Elizabeth Speare
The Minor Adjustment Beauty Salon by Alexander McCall Smith
  The Wounded Healer by Henri J. M. Nouwen
Their Eyes Were Watching God by Zora Neale Hurston
 The Boys in the Boat by Daniel James Brown
 Ida and Martha by Sara Fretz Goering
The Time is Now by Joan Chittister
  Option B by Sheryl Sandberg

  Please continue to use or come in and check out our wonderful library. We appreciate your support.


NOTE: Bethel College is on spring break March 5-13. Most offices and services are open but some may be on reduced hours.

(Sun., March 6) – Sunday-Afternoon-at-the-Museum program, Reinhild K. Janzen, “Ritual Markers of Life and Death in Uganda and Taiwan,” 3 p.m.Kauffman Museum auditorium. This program is associated with the current special exhibit marking 125 years of Kauffman Museum, and Janzen will be talking about items included in the exhibit. Current Bethel COVID protocols require face coverings to be worn indoors regardless of vaccination status.

Sun., March 20 – Bethel College’s Staley Lecture Series presents Karen González, 7 p.m., Administration Building chapel. González is the author of The God Who Sees: Immigrants, the Bible and the Journey to Belong (Herald Press, 2019). She will also speak in Bethel College’s convocation on Mon., March 21, 11 a.m., Memorial Hall.

Save the date: March 25-27, spring musical at Bethel College, Bright Star by Steve Martin and Edie Brickell (for mature audiences).

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

 For a pdf of the Newton Et Cetera Shop’s Local Giving Grants press here

Kidron Bethel Village invites you to share notes of dedication and prayer for the new chapel and classroom spaces that are currently being constructed as a part of the Live Forward capital project. We welcome a written or emailed response as we honor these new spaces and look forward to using them in the near future. 
Please submit your words of dedication by Friday, March 25, so they can be written and/or attached to the walls and framing meant to be left as a symbolic “blessing” of the space.

  • Prayers and dedications can be emailed to
  • There will also be a collection box at the Kidron Bethel Village welcome desk.
  • Notes can be signed or anonymous and will not be shared with others. 

For Kidron Bethel Village residents, there will be a service to participate in this way on Wednesday, March 23. The service will focus on the building project and will invite people to write/share prayers and dedications. The schedule for the day will be as follows: 2 p.m. in assisted living, 3 p.m. in health care, and 4 p.m. for independent living.  More information will be shared with residents as we get closer to this date.

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


Youth Volunteer Weekend is April 9-10!  This weekend of service and worship for grades 6-12 returns with vigor.  Start your weekend of fun on Saturday at the MCC Sale in Hutchinson (on your own or with your youth group) and then bring the fun with you to Camp Mennoscah in the afternoon.Register at!  (Registration is under Summer Camps.)  Keep looking for more information available soon.

Other events and happenings: 

  • Kitchen helpersneeded 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 and the ability to follow directions.  Kitchen staff is needed for June 19-23, July 3-9 and July 17-23.  Contact us at 620-297-3290 or
  • Summer Youth Camp Registration Open!  Register now for your week of faith, friends, and gobs of fun!  The theme of “What’s in a Name?” focuses on how God knows us beyond any name we may be called.  While we hope for a summer with minimal restrictions, the pandemic may change by June and camp guidelines will change with it. Register at!
  • New Volunteer Projects every month!  This month we’ve added cleaning gutters, lubricating locks, and deep-cleaning the oven and hood–plus more!There are volunteer projects for every group size, skill set and length of project.  Email or call 620-297-3290 to volunteer.  See the Wish List for other ways to support Camp Mennoscah!
  • Getting ready for outside fun!  Camp Mennoscah needs to replace some outdoor sports equipment, including inner tubes, 4-square/Gaga balls, frisbees for ultimate, and inner tubes.  Check out the Camp Mennoscah Wish List on or the Wish List.  Challenge your Sunday School class or youth group to help meet camp needs!  We’ve got many more ideas. Contact us by replying to this email.

April 2 – Bohnne Berroggi making, Moundridge
March 26 – Verenike Making, Hillsboro
April 8 – 9 – MCC Sale

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.

Respond to the crisis in Ukraine
Mennonite Central Committee will be responding to the crisis in Ukraine through its local partners. Russian military forces have invaded the country with missiles striking major cities and casualties continuing to grow. Your prayers and donations will help partners scale up their work providing relief and trauma healing for vulnerable and displaced people. “Ukraine is experiencing major upheaval, but our partners have supplies ready to help vulnerable and displaced people,” says Rebecca Hessenauer, MCC representative for Ukraine.  Donate today at
Here is a link to a brand new MCC video that is a prayer for Ukraine:

For Mennonite Creation Care Network Newsletter press here
For Mennonite Creation Care Network correct link for spruce beetle story press here
For Mennonite World Conference Info press here
For Mennonite Mission Network News and Beyond press here

The Rocky Mountain March newsletter is here!


Mennonite Education Agency of Mennonite Church USA has released its free Lent at Home 2022 worship guide and calendar for download. The annual guide provides options for individuals and households to follow daily or weekly rituals, which include guided Scripture readings, prayers and special activities for the Lenten season. Download it here: [Download PPT slide here.]

Learn about the Accessibility Resolution that will be voted on at the Mennonite Church USA (MC USA) Special Session of the Delegate Assembly, May 27-30. Clare Krabill, COO of MHS (an agency of MC USA), and Jeanne Davies, executive director of Anabaptist Disabilities Network, will discuss this resolution during a webinar on March 7 at 7 p.m. ET / 4 p.m. PT. Se ofrecerá servicio de intérprete al español. Register today:

Registration is open for Mennonite Church USA’s Special Session of the Delegate Assembly, May 27-30, 2022, in Kansas City, Missouri. Lodging information will be included in the registration confirmation email. To register and for all other information related to the Special Session, visit [Download PPT slide here.]

Menno Snapshots
Katie Graber and Anneli Loepp Thiessen of the Voices Together hymnal project discuss why representation matters in music and how churches can be intentional about singing with the voices that have been missing from published worship collections for too long.  Read their blog, “Who writes the songs?” here:

Record your family’s births, marriages and deaths for free, using Mennonite Church USA Archives’ vital records form on the Archives home page here:

Mennonite Mission Network Prayer Request:  Mennonite Mission Network praises God for the safety of its personnel and partners in Burkina Faso during January’s coup d’état. Pray for peace, both on the national level and in the increasing number of communities impacted by Islamist militant violence. May Mennonite churches witness to God’s peace.
Western District Conference Prayer Request:  Pray for WDC congregational delegates planning to attend the special session of MC USA assembly in May, and for the Holy Spirit’s guidance in this week’s zoom forum hosted by WDC in preparation for the assembly.

The Bethel College Mennonite Church Peace Garden is getting a makeover with some landscape work in the area adjacent to the columbarium on the west side of the church building.  The Peace Garden also has a new sign.  Photo by Duane Friesen, Peace Garden Care Committee