Announcements for November 6-13, 2022

November 6, 2022

Based on CDC Guidelines Harvey County is in green status indicating low risk for COVID. You are invited to choose whether you wear a mask or social distance.  Both are optional.

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’s worship service:

November 6, 2022
Stewardship Sunday

Prelude—O God, Thou Faithful God (Peeters) and Trumpet in Dialogue (Clerambault)—
Verlene Garber, organ
Christ Candle Lighting—Heather Zerger
Welcome and Prayer
Land Acknowledgement
*Hymn—Let Us Build a House–VT 36
Children’s Conversation—Kathy Stucky
Kin-dom Report—LaVern Stucky
Choral Music—We Walk by Faith— (M arty Haugen)—Chancel Choir; Riley King, director; Verlene Garber, accompanist
Scripture Reading—Mark 12:41-44; 2 Corinthians 9:6-8; 1Peter 4:7-11—Doug Penner
Sermon—“Faithful Giving”—Todd Schlosser
*Hymn—God, Whose Giving—VT 745
Prayers of God’s People—Heather Zerger
*Hymn—Here I Am, Lord—VT 545
BenedictionTodd Schlosser
Choral Benediction—God be in My Head (John Rutter)—Chancel Choir
Postlude—Hornpipe (Handel)—Verlene Garber
* You are invited to stand
VT = Voices Together
Audio visual—Ken Lamp
Pastors— Nathan Koontz, Todd Schlosser

This Week at BCMC:  November 6—November 13, 2022
Sunday, November 6—Stewardship Sunday
9:30 am         Worship Service with sermon by Todd Schlosser; music by       Chancel Choir; Kin-dom report by Lavern Stucky, Finance Committee chair
10:30-11:30 am  Faith Formation—Intergenerational class of pre-school through high school meets in Fellowship Hall — Adult Classes:  Agape Class (Nursery); 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)

Sunday, November 6 “Can We Sing the Darkness to Light?”: Bethel Sings, a concert featuring all Bethel College vocal groups, Henry Waters, director, 3 p.m., at  Bethel College Mennonite Church.  Free and open to the public.
Monday, November 7

9 am         Women’s Fellowship Executive Board meets in Fellowship Hall
7 pm         Facilities Committee meeting in Fellowship Hall
Tuesday, November 8
9 to 11 am   Community Playschool
12 pm           Mid-Kansas Investment Club meets in Fellowship Hall
Wednesday, November 9
9 to 11 am    Community Playschool
6 pm             Wednesday Supper serving line starts at 6-6:15 pm and a     welcome and blessing will be at 6:20 pm.             
7:00 pm          Senior High Youth Group
7:30 pm          Chancel Choir Rehearsal in the Sanctuary Chancel area
Thursday, November 10
9 to 11 am     Community Playschool
6:30 pm         Chancel Bells rehearsal in room B7
Friday, November 11
9 to 11 am     Community Playschool
Sunday, November 13
9:30 am          Worship with sermon by Dr. Katie Graber
As part of the Joining Voices Together Worship and Arts Symposium on Nov. 12 at Bethel College, BCMC will be hosting on of the lecturers, Dr. Katie Graber for our Sunday morning worship.  She will be leading a tour of Voices Together through hymn sing and reflections.  Please plan to attend this music-filled worship service as we raise our voices together!
10:30 am             Faith Formation

The Women’s Fellowship Executive Board will meet Monday morning November 7 at 9:00 am in Fellowship Hall.

Thank you to those who have already contributed to the Meat Canning 2022 fund. The meat canning is ongoing and you are still welcome to contribute to this important MCC project. Write a check to BCMC with “Meat Canning” in the memo line. You may use the envelope placed in your mailbox if you wish to. Thank you.
– Hugo Boschmann

We offer sympathy to Boots and Merrill Raber on the death of Boots’ sister, Lelia Schlabaugh, October 26, at the age of 96 years, in Phoenix, Arizona.  

BCMC Offerings:  October 16 General Fund $10,248.67; Wed. Supper $751; MCC Meat Canning $610; Library Reserve Fund $5; Living Stones $38.33 Kitchen Fund $12; Screen Project $50
October 23 General Fund $6,342; Wed. Supper $293; MCC Meat Canning $1,025; Library Reserve Fund $10; Living Stones $55; Kitchen Fund $15
October 30 General Fund $5,676.01; Community Play School $1,000; Wed. Supper $413.50; MCC Meat Canning $1,765; Caring Fund $200; Library Reserve Fund $10; Living Stones $55; Kitchen Fund $12.80; Women’s Fellowship $253; Keith Sprunger Memorial $1,000; James Yoder Memorial $175.

Nov. 10 Life Enrichment:  Place and time: Krehbiel Auditorium, 9:30 am. 
9:30 a.m. “He saw… She saw… – Travel photography from two different perspectives, Mars vs. Venus,” Paul and Gail Bowen
10:15 a.m.        Coffee break
10:35 a.m.  “Wildlife and Wild Weather in Kansas,” Eldon Clark, photographer
11:30 a.m.  “How Has Music Enriched Our Lives?,” the Brain Flowers (Kenna Graber, flute, Rebecca Schloneger, violin, and Seth Girton, cello) 

Bethel College Announcements

Tues., Nov. 8 – Bethel College Organ Recital Series presents Tyler Boehmer, Bethany College, performing works by J.S. Bach, Max Reger, Petr Eben and Johann Kaspar Kerll, 7 p.m.Administration Building chapel

Sat., Nov. 12 – The public is invited to a Community Evensong service, 7 p.m.Memorial Hall on the Bethel College campus, the conclusion of the Worship and the Arts Symposium. The service will consist entirely of congregational singing from the Voices Together hymnal, arranged around the 12 artworks found in the hymnal. Please bring your copy of Voices Together if you have one; there will be copies to borrow or to buy at the service. (For more information on the symposium, see

Sun., Nov. 13 – KIPCOR Film Series presents John Lewis – Get in the Way, 2 p.m.Krehbiel Auditorium in Luyken Fine Arts Center. This film by Kathleen Dowdey tells the story of the late congressman and civil rights icon. Free and open to the public, with a freewill offering taken to support KIPCOR and the film series.

Now in the Regier Gallery in Luyken Fine Arts Center at Bethel College – “Hidden Conversations through Portraiture,” paintings by Julia Olson, through Fri., Nov. 18. Gallery hours are Mon.-Fri., 9 a.m.-5 p.m., Sun. 2-4 p.m.

Voices of Conscience: Peace Witness in the Great War, a traveling exhibit developed and toured by Kauffman Museum at Bethel College, is on display at the McPherson Museum and Arts Foundation, 1111 E. Kansas Ave. in McPherson, through Nov. 19. This exhibit lifts up the prophetic insights and the personal courage of peace protesters during World War I and suggests parallels to the culture of war and violence in our world today. Museum hours are Mon.- Sat., 1-5 p.m., and admission is free. For more information, visit

Have you registered for “Joining Voices Together”? Bethel College’s Worship and the Arts Symposium, Sat., Nov. 12, on campus, features resource people Bradley Kauffman, Rachel Epp Buller, Katie Graber, SaeJin Lee, Cynthia Neufeld Smith, Adam Tice and Isaac Villegas. Register at; discount for 3 or more people from the same congregation.   Inform the church office if you would like to attend this symposium. 

Camp Mennoscah Announcements

Camps that run from Sunday to Saturday will now end on Friday. This is only a change for Junior and Junior High Camps. It will not affect First Camp, PreJunior, or Senior High Camps. Weekend groups will not be affected either.

For several weeks, the Programming Committee requested thoughts and comments on ending a full-week camp on Friday instead of Saturday.  While responses were both for and against a switch to a Friday checkout, responses weighed more heavily to the positive.  There are benefits to both campers and staff when staff is better rested.  Groups and families will also have additional opportunities to spend time at camp with the change.  The checkout time on the last day of Junior/Junior High camps will move to 10:30-11:30am (previously 9-10am) to allow for a more relaxed checkout.

Share your thoughts on this change here. We’d like to hear from you.

Other events and happenings: 
Camp Mennoscah is recruiting for summer staff at Mennonite colleges in November! We’ll have a booth at Goshen on Nov. 4, and Hesston, Tabor, and Bethel on November 7, 8, and 9, respectively.  Stop by in the morning and say howdy.  Booths are located in the Connector (Goshen), the Larks Nest (Hesston) and by the cafeteria (Tabor and Bethel).  Summer staff applications will be available when recruiting starts.  Check out the attached poster.  See you there!

  • On Saturday, November 12, we will be playing in the dirt at Camp Mennoscah!  It’s the last step (we think) in finishing up the newly renovated amphitheater.  Dirt needs to be moved by hand between the rows of limestone seating.  We’ll start at 9am and work until the last tablespoon of dirt is in place.  Stay for as long as you are able.  Bring your water bottle, weather appropriate gear and we’ll provide a lunch.  (Call us at 620-297-3290 and let us know of any dietary considerations.)
  • What additional programming (events, camps, retreats, etc.) would you like to see at camp?We want to know what you’d like find on Camp Mennoscah’s schedule.  Contact us at or 620-297-3290 to let us know what variation of a camp, retreat or stunning event would be exciting to discover at camp.
  • There are a great many things for volunteers to do–come be one!  Any of the following are great options for groups of one or more:  cleaning after groups, cutting firewood, weekend hosting, being a committee member, mowing or other maintenance/grounds tasks, making a meal for a volunteer group, or recruiting people to volunteer at camp.  These are just some of the possibilities!  Call us at 620-297-3290 for more information.
  • Don’t miss out on festive celebrations at Camp Mennoscah!  Holidays are “blacked out” two weeks before the holiday, if no one has made a reservation.  Contact us to inquire about available holiday dates!  

Mennonite Central Committee Announcements
MCC Material Resources Center in North Newton critically low on inventory: 
An MCC kit cannot be shipped until every single item for the kit is assembled, but some supplies are so low that kits cannot be processed for shipping. You can help by helping to fill the following needs: New infant onesies and sleepers (3-12 month sizes); shampoo (20 oz or more), thin sanitary pads (28 count minimum) and dark colored bath and hand towels. Buy online and ship it to MCC or bring item to MCC in North Newton (121 E. 30th St, North Newton, KS 67117). Questions are always welcome, please contact or 316.283.2720. A full list of MCC kit contents can be found at

Free resource: Learning about generosity with MCC! Make talking about generosity with your children easy by using this free resource. The printable worksheets help kids explore the basics of generosity at an elementary school level. The resource contains downloadable worksheets, activity ideas, a story about how generosity makes a difference, make-your-own bookmark craft and alternative Christmas gift ideas. Click here to sign up: MCC generosity resource.

MCC is seeking a Constituency Engagement Manager: This new role is designed to help the MCC’s in the U.S. plan and implement a cohesive engagement strategy for specific priority audiences including alumni, churches, congregations of color, plain communities and young adults. With a focus on convening and strategizing, this person will be part of the Communications and Donor Relations network and will work in close collaboration with other departments and regional MCC’s. This full-time position will preferably be located in Akron, Pa., but location is flexible within any MCC office in the U.S. Apply online for this opening by November 18 at For more information contact Amber Falcón at 574-534-4133 or

Everence and MCC to host hygiene kit-making event on Nov. 29
 You can help make the world a better place by joining Everence® and MCC to assemble hygiene kits on Tuesday, Nov. 29, 6:30-8:30 p.m. The kits will be distributed through worldwide relief organizations to places like crowded refugee camps where unclean conditions can lead to the spread of serious diseases. The event will take place at Hesston Mennonite Church Community Center. 
You can also help by donating supplies to MCC or your Everence office in North Newton or by making a financial contribution to MCC. For more details, contact MCC at 316-283-2720 or Everence at 316-283-3800.

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

For Mennonite Mission Network News and Beyond press here

Mennonite Disaster Service Volunteer Updates

Greetings Bethel College Mennonite Church,

There are still ways to make a difference in the lives of disaster survivors before the end of the year! MDS has several volunteer opportunities at this time including early response work in Southwest FL and Nova Scotia, repairs in Eastern KY, and long-term rebuilding and repairs in locations such as Paradise, CA and McAllen, TX
MDS Canada is currently organizing a response in Nova Scotia following Hurricane Fiona. For more information on volunteer opportunities please contact the MDS Canada Office at 204-261-1274 or by emailing
Hurricane Fiona Response
For the months of October – December 2022, MDS is offering financial travel assistance for anyone who serves for a week or more in McAllen, TX. Contact (US) or (CA) for more information.
Weekly Volunteer Opportunities

McAllen, TX – 2018 Storms
Nov 6-12; up to 8 people
Nov 13-19; up to 8 people
Nov 20-26; up to 12 people

Southwest FL ERT – 2022 Hurricane Ian
Nov 6-12; up to 8 people

Eastern KY – 2022 Flooding
Nov 27-Dec 3; up to 5 people
Dec 4-10; up to 10 people
Dec 11-17; up to 10 people

Paradise, CA – 2018 Camp Fire
Nov 20-26; up to 12 people
Nov 27-Dec 3; up to 3 people
Feb 5-11; up to 4 people
Mar 19-25; up to 12 people
Mar 26-Apr 1; up to 12 people

Bastrop, TX – 2022 Tornadoes
Jan 22-28; up to 1 person
Jan 29-Feb 4; up to 3 people
Feb 5-11; up to 3 people
Feb 19-25; up to 2 people
Mar 12-18; up to 2 people

Crisfield, MD – 2021 Flooding
Jan 15-21; up to 3 people
Feb 5-11; up to 3 people
Feb 12-18; up to 3 people
Feb 26-Mar 4; up to 5 people
Mar 19-25; up to 15 people
Mar 26-Apr 1; up to 15 people

Dawson Springs, KY – 2021 Tornado
Jan 8-14; up to 4 people

Jennings, LA – 2020 Hurricanes
Feb 12-18; up to 3 people
Mar 19-25; up to 6 people

For more information or to serve, please contact:
Canadian projects: Clara Flores at 866-261-1274 or email

U.S. projects: Deanna Frey at 800-241-8111 or email dfrey@mds.orgView Weekly Volunteer Opportunities
Leadership Volunteer Opportunities

Eastern KY – 2022 Flooding
Two Crew Leaders, Nov 5-19
Crew Leader, Nov 26-Dec 17
Two Crew Leaders, Jan 4-Mar 4
Crew Leader, Mar 4-Apr 1
Office Manager, Mar 1-Apr 1

Crisfield, MD – 2021 Flooding
Project Director, Nov 5-Dec 17
Three Crew Leaders, Jan 4-Feb 4
Office Manager, Feb 4-Mar 4
Three Crew Leaders, Mar 4-Apr 1

Jennings, LA – 2020 Hurricanes
Two Crew Leaders, Nov 5-Dec 3
Crew Leader, Dec 3-17
Crew Leader, Feb 4-Mar 4
Assistant Cook, Feb 4-Mar 4
Crew Leader, Feb 4-Apr 1
Assistant Cook, Feb 4-Apr 1

Paradise, CA – 2018 Camp Fire
Crew Leader, Nov 5-Dec 17
Construction Supervisor, Nov 23-Dec 17
Two Crew Leaders, Jan 4-Apr 1
Construction Supervisor, Jan 4-Apr 1

McAllen, TX – 2018 Storms
Crew Leader, Nov 26-Dec 3

Dawson Springs, KY – 2021 Tornado
Crew Leader, Jan 4-21
Crew Leader, Feb 4-Mar 4

Bastrop, TX – 2022 Tornadoes
Office Manager, Mar 1-Apr 1

For more information or to serve, please contact:
Canadian residents: Kelsey Friesen at 866-261-1274 or email

U.S. residents: Josh Carson at 800-241-8111 or email jcarson@mds.orgView Leadership Volunteer Opportunities

Mennonite Church USA Announcements

Glen Guyton, executive director of Mennonite Church USA, is one of 33 leaders of churches and faith-based organizations who signed a letter to President Joe Biden, in support of his recent efforts to pursue negotiations on nuclear arms control. Read the full letter here: 

The denominational Advent at Home worship guide will soon be available. The guide is designed for families and people of all ages, offering weekly Scriptures, background information, prayers, activities and rituals around this year’s theme from Leader magazine, “Restoration is Near.” Look for it here: 

Mennonite Church USA’s Women in Leadership Steering Committee wrote a statement in response to the recent Supreme Court decision that overturned Roe v. Wade. Read their statement here:

Learn, Pray, Join: Mass Incarceration
As one of the original writers of the “For Justice in the U.S. Criminal Justice Legal System” resolution, Eli Reimer discusses a class that they participated in Goshen College, called “Inside-Out.” Reimer’s blog is part of Mennonite Church USA’s “Learn, Pray, Join: Mass Incarceration” initiative:

Menno Snapshots
Beryl Jantzi, Everence director of stewardship education, discusses his take on financial policies and practices through the example of the late theologian Dietrich Bonhoeffer. For Bonhoeffer, dying to self and the idols of culture was a daily practice of discipleship. Read more about his teachings here:

Mennonite Mission Network Prayer Request:   Josia Kaemper, Anna Millsap and unit leader Rachel Musselman make up Mennonite Mission Network’s Service Adventure unit in Jackson, Mississippi. Pray for them as they participate in the ministries of Open Door Mennonite Church, by working with people experiencing homelessness and an after-school program.

Western District Conference Prayer Request:   Pray for WDC congregations and members participating in the Worship and the Arts Symposium at Bethel College next weekend, as they share in singing and worship together using resources in the MC USA Hymnal, Voices Together.