Announcements for October 15-22, 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 below 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:

The worship service for Sunday was planned by Bethel College.  All are welcome to come to this Fall Fest Sunday service!  There will be a reception in the Fellowship Hall after the service with coffee, water, and cookies.  All are welcome to come to the reception!   We do not have an order of service to print here.  There will be no Sunday School this Sunday.

This Week at BCMC:  October 15—22, 2023
Sun., October 15, 2023—Fall  Fest Sunday

10 a.m.       Note the change of time for worship this Fall Fest Sunday;  You are invited to  a reception in Fellowship Hall following the service with coffee, water, and cookies.   There is no Sunday School October 15.

Tues., October 17, 2023
11 a.m. Staff meeting
7 p.m.   Women’s Fellowship meeting in Fellowship Hall
BCMC Women’s Fellowship is meeting Tuesday at 7 in Fellowship Hall for a presentation about Bangladesh.  Cliff Dick and Marlene Ewert will share information and their experiences with us. Brenda Turner will provide refreshments. Please join us!

Wed., October 18, 2023—Wednesday Night Suppers 
5:30 p.m.   Wednesday night supper in Fellowship Hall—Menu is:  Enchilada Casserole; salad; cinnamon pie—Please sign up—
The cooks would like an idea of how much food to make so we are asking you to make reservations for supper by emailing the office by Mon., Oct. 16. Cost is $6/person or $18/family per meal. To facilitate the clean-up, please bring your own table service.  Email: with how many people in your party will attend the supper.

7 p.m.         Youth Group meeting
7:30 p.m.   Chancel Choir Rehearsal in the Sanctuary Chancel area
Thurs., October 19, 2023
6:30 p.m.   Chancel Bell rehearsal in Room B7
7:30 p.m.   Hospitality Commission meeting in Fellowship Hall
Sat., October 21, 2023
5 p.m.         Wedding rehearsal in the sanctuary followed by rehearsal dinner in Fellowship Hall
Sun., October 22, 2023
9:30 a.m.     Worship service with sermon by Nathan Koontz; music by Chancel Choir
2 p.m.          Charlie Gibson and Nathan Garber wedding in the BCMC Sanctuary

Reformation Sunday (always the last Sunday in October) is marked in Protestant churches for the reformers like Zwingli, Luther, Calvin, etc.  However, the Anabaptists did not want to reform the church but declared that believer’s baptism, separation of church and state, and holy living were the true marks of the church, hence called the “Radical Reformation”. Lois Barrett, ordained pastor and retired professor of theology and Anabaptist studies at Anabaptist Mennonite Biblical Seminary (Elkhart, IN) will preach on October 29.  She and Dorothy Nickel Friesen will lead the elective Sunday School with a presentation and discussion of the book they co-edited, Proclaiming the Good News:  Mennonite Women’s Voices 1972-2006, recently published by AMBS/Institute of Mennonite Studies.

BCMC Offering for October 8, 2023:  General Fund $8,841.37; MCC Meat Canning $620; Plant Fund $250; Caring Fund $150; Kitchen Fund $26.25; Women’s Fellowship $50; Patty Shelly Memorial $675.  

Congratulations! We are moving into the final quarter of 2023 in one of the strongest financial positions since 2016. We were about $850 short last month and we are down about $10,000 for the year, but with the intents/pledges that remain to be filled we should make it. With a bit of extra effort we could bring in dollars above budget which would go to support the churches list of benevolences.   This seems like a laudable goal.  — Finance Committee

Our Mennonite Central Committee (MCC) Meat Canning dates are October 24 and 25 (Tuesday and Wednesday.)  Make checks out to BCMC with “MCC Meat Canning” in the memo line.  We also need volunteers to help with the canning.  The link for work signup is:  If this doesn’t work, just show up—they’ll probably need you.  Let’s help feed the hungry people in our world!  —Lowell Stucky, BCMC Meating Canning Representative

 You are invited to the Pumpkin Patch!
Saturday, October 21, 

3:00-7:00 p.m.
Hotdogs and S’mores,  Cottonwood Campfire Site, located at P and M Pumpkin PatchPlease RSVP to Brad Kohlmanby October

Bethel College Announcements
Sun., Oct. 22 – Guest recital: Dr. Jeffrey Savage, piano, 4 p.m.
Ad Building chapel at Bethel College

Sun., Oct. 29 & Mon., Oct. 30 – Annual Menno Simons Lectures, “The Mennonites in Revolutionary Ukraine,” with Dr. Aileen Friesen, professor of Mennonite studies at the University of Winnipeg, 7 p.m. Sunday, 11 a.m. and 7 p.m. MondayKrehbiel Auditorium in Luyken Fine Arts Center at Bethel College. Lecture 1: “Violence Among Neighbors: Revolution and Tragedy in Southern Ukraine”; Lecture 2: “Beyond the Red Gate: Mennonites and Emigration from Soviet Ukraine”; Lecture 3: “In Love, We Remain: Family and Loss under Stalin.”

Last week to see “Bold Color: Acrylic paintings by Virgil Penner,” in the Regier Gallery in Luyken Fine Arts Center at Bethel College, through Fri., Oct. 20. The gallery is closed Oct. 16-17 for Bethel’s fall break, and open 9 a.m.-4 p.m., Wednesday, Thursday and Friday.

Life Enrichment for October 18 in Krehbiel Auditorium, Bethel College
9:30 a.m.  “The Fascinating and Sexy World of Kansas Fireflies,” Larry Buschman, Ph.D., Kansas State University Department of Entomology (retired)
10:35 a.m. “Helping Students Discover the Relevance of Art History in the Classroom and Beyond,” Rachel Epp Buller, Ph.D., professor of visual arts and design, Bethel College
11:30 a.m. “Harvey County Road Adventure,” Forrest and Nora Miller, Newton

Harold Regier will be speaking onMonday, October 23, 3 pm, at Kidron Bethel Villagein North Newton about the experience he and his wife Rosella had with aphasia-therapy, and ongoing connections with the Wichita State University Communication Sciences and Disorders Department.   This is in preparation for a presentation Harold will make at the national American Speech-Language Hearing Association (ASHA) Convention in Boston in November. 
Harold welcomes members of the local community to attend his presentation on October 23. 
From Harold:  “I will be giving a presentation at Kidron telling the story of how Rosella and I discovered and practiced a technique we called “Aphasia-Friendly Reading.” As you know, Rosella had a stroke that left her with this speech disorder. I’ve been invited to tell our story at the national “American Speech-Language Hearing Association (ASHA)” Convention in Boston in November. For my presentation  at Kidron, Life Enrichment staff welcomes community people interested in hearing this story to attend this program at Kidron Hall at 3 p.m. on Monday, October 23.  Of course, I’m shy about promoting my own story that has now gotten national attention. You’re probably rightly guessing it’s Rosella’s and my more than a decade of aphasia therapy and my continuing connection with WSU’s “Communication Sciences and Disorders Department that has picked up on our technique and has given it national exposure. They now want me to tell our story of how we happened onto the technique that researchers are now testing as a possible additional aphasia therapy tool. My presentation at Boston will be followed by SLP researchers describing their follow-up testing and work being done with this technique. Perhaps it would be of interest to the church community that one of what I call “indicators” that led me to this technique is our experience with church liturgy, in our cases specifically with our tradition of the responsive reading of “Calls to Worship.”

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

For Mennonite Mission Network “News and Beyond” press here

Mennonite Central Committee responding to the Palestine and Israel conflict – As conflict has escalated in the region, MCC laments the violence and mourns all lives lost in Palestine and Israel. MCC remains committed to a just peace for all, and we invite you to join us in praying for an end to the violence.

MCC is planning an emergency response to the current crisis with existing partners. Our response will focus on the humanitarian needs in Gaza, given the vulnerability of the population and lack of resources available to families. MCC’s work will build on previous responses to the ongoing conflict, including the distribution of food and bedding. We are also planning to offer trauma healing support and housing reconstruction. Donate online at

For Anabaptist Disabilities Network Fundraiser press here
For Anabaptist Disabilities Network “Opening Doors Blog” press here

Mennonite Church USA Announcements
Mennonite Church USA Executive Board staff has named Karla Stoltzfus Detweiler as the new climate justice coordinator. She began the half-time position on September 5, 2023, working remotely as part of MC USA’s Transformative Peacemaking department. Read more here:

Menno Snapshots

David Maldonado, who works both as a pastor of College Mennonite Church and a construction worker, shares what life is like in bivocational ministry and why someone might choose that path, in his interview with Adriana Celis of MenoTicias. Read more here:

The Swiss Mennonite Cultural and Historical Association Fall banquet will be at Faith Mennonite Church, 2100 N. Anderson Ave., Thurs., Oct. 26, 6 p.m.  Speaker will be Jerry Juhnke who has been researching Swiss Volhynian Mennonite genealogy and history, with a program entitled “Interesting Happenings Over Our Last 500 Years”.   An ethnic German meal will be catered by the Breadbasket.  Bohne beroggi will be made by authentic Schweitzer cooks.  Cost to attend is $25 per person payable at the door. RSVP by texting or calling Nancy Stucky, 620-532-5693 by October 23.

Hoffnungsau Mennonite Church, 43 13th Avenue, Inman, will hold its annual Sausage Mission Supper Sat., Oct., 21, 5– 6:30 p.m.  This is a curbside pick up meal featuring our traditional menu of German sausage, mashed potatoes with gravy, creamed peas, zwiebach, applesauce and pie.  This year we will have picnic tables out for anyone wanting to stay and eat their meal.  Cost will be a free will offering with all proceeds going to support Camp Mennoscah M & M project.  Call or text Barb (620-543-6863) or Eric (620-899-6972) to order meals.

Mennonite Mission Network Prayer Request:   Today, Ecuador is holding run-off presidential elections. Mennonite Mission Network requests prayers for peace, as the country has been experiencing increasing violence. In August, an anti-corruption candidate, Fernando Villavicencio, was killed at a campaign event, and nine others were injured.

Western District Conference Prayer Request:  Pray for WDC congregations as they nurture followers of Christ through faith formation, preparation for baptism and church membership, and ongoing discipleship and service.