Announcements for October 2-9, 2022

October 2, 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

Worldwide Communion Sunday
October 2, 2022

Prelude—Holy Manna  (arr. Stearns/Cherwien/Held)—Verlene Garber
Christ Candle Lighting/Land Acknowledgement—Elizabeth Schmidt
Welcome and Prayer
*Hymn— Here in this Place—VT #10
Children’s Conversation— Carolyn Penner and Wes Schmidt-Tieszen
Kin-dom Report—Credence Consultation Reference Group—Megan Kohlman
Chancel Choir—Do Not Be Afraid (Philip Stopford)—Chancel Choir; Riley King, director; Verlene Garber, accompanist
Scripture Reading—Luke 17:1-10—Readers’ Theatre
Sermon—Faith and the Mustard Seed—Todd Schlosser
 *Hymn—I’m Gonna Eat at the Welcome Table—VT #801
Service of Communion—Nathan Koontz and Elizabeth Schmidt
*Hymn—The Love of God—VT 162
Prayers of God’s People—Elizabeth Schmidt
Choral Benediction—Amen –(John Rutter)—Chancel Choir
Benediction— Todd Schlosser
Postlude—Sent Forth by God’s Blessing (Wold)—Verlene Garber
* You are invited to stand
VT = Voices Together
Audio visual—Ben Lichti
Pastors— Nathan Koontz, Todd Schlosser

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

Do Not be Afraid  lyrics by Philip Stopford
Do not be afraid, for I have redeemed you. 
I have called you by your name; you are mine. 
When you walk through the waters,  I’ll be with you;
you will never sink beneath the waves. 
When the fire is burning all around you,
you will never be consumed by the flames. 
Do not be afraid, for I have redeemed you.
I have called you by your name; you are mine. 
When the fear of loneliness is looming, then remember I am at your side.
When you dwell in the exile of a stranger,
remember you are precious in my eyes.
Do not be afraid, for I have redeemed you.
I have called you by your name; you are mine.
You are mine, O my child, I am your Father,
and I love you with a perfect love.
Do not be afraid, for I have redeemed you.
I have called you by your name; you are mine.

This Week at BCMC:  October 2—October 9, 2022

Sunday, October 2—World Communion Sunday
9:30 am          Worship Service with sermon by Todd Schlosser; music by Chancel Choir; communion will be served; The church nursery is staffed during worship
10:30 am      Faith Formation—Children’s Sunday school classes meet in
Fellowship Hall
Adult Classes:  Agape Class (Church 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)
Monday, October 3
12 to 1 pm      Bethel College Concert Choir rehearsal in sanctuary
7 pm                Facilities Committee meeting in Fellowship Hall
Tuesday, October 4—On Oct. 4 and 5, Marlene Faul is hosting an event for a group of which she is a member—they will be meeting at times in Fellowship Hall and the Sanctuary
9 to 11 am      Community Playschool
Wednesday, October 5
12 to 1 pm      Bethel College Concert Choir rehearsal in sanctuary
6:30—7:30 pm   Wednesday Night Club
7:00 pm          Senior High Youth Group
7:30 pm          Chancel Choir Rehearsal in the Sanctuary Chancel area
Thursday, October 6
9 to 11 am     Community Playschool
12 to 1 pm     Bethel College Concert Choir rehearsal in sanctuary
6:30 pm         Chancel Bells rehearsal in room B7
7 pm               Church Board meeting in Room 14
Friday, October 7
12 to 1 pm      Bethel College Concert Choir rehearsal in sanctuary
Saturday, October 8—Fall Fest at Bethel College
Sunday, October 9—Fall Fest Sunday
10 am              Worship Service planned by Bethel College and the Bethel College Campus Ministries.  Everyone is invited!  Please note that the worship service begins at 10 am.

We offer sympathy to the family of James D. Yoder who died September 22 at Kidron Bethel Village.  The memorial service for James will be Friday, October 7, 11 a.m. at BCMC and will be live streamed.

We offer sympathy to Vernabelle Stayrook (Kermit Gingerich) and Mary Ann (Hugo) Boschmann on the death of Vernabelle’s sister and Mary Ann’s sister-in-law, Marilyn Faye (Siemens) Krehbiel on Sept. 23.  The funeral service was Sept. 27 at Journey @South Hutchinson.   

We offer sympathy to Carol Flickinger and Roger Juhnke and family on the death of Carol’s mother, Anna Grace (Wiens) Flickinger, Sept. 28, at 100 years old, Pleasant View Homes, Inman. The memorial service will be held at 11:00 a.m., Saturday, October 1, 2022 at Bethel Mennonite Church, Inman. Services can be livestreamed at Private graveside services will be held at Inman North Cemetery. Visitation will take place from 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m., Friday, September 30, at the church, with family present from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. Memorial gifts may be given to MCC or Pleasant View Home in care of Buhler Mortuary, PO Box 589, Buhler, KS 67522. For the obituary click here

Fall Fest Sunday is October 9 at BCMC.  The worship service will begin at 10 am and is being planned by Bethel College and the Bethel College Campus Ministries.  Everyone is invited!

Al, Nadine, Nathan and Esther are excited to host many of you for a BCMC fall party Sunday, October 2, at 5:30.  We will provide some seating, but if you’d like, bring a lawn chair.  Also consider carpooling or walking to make parking easier.  

Caring Fund Contribution Opportunity Sunday October 2. The Caring Fund is an above budget benevolent fund administered by the Deacon Commission for the purpose of assisting our congregation’s members and community persons in need. The fund is generated by above budget offerings made payable to Bethel College Mennonite Church and designated “caring fund.” Everence also provides some matching funds each year. Besides the financial help that can be provided to our own members, in the past year contributions from the Caring Fund have been made to our local Salvation Army, New Hope Shelter, Safe Hope, Harvest of Love, the Community Playschool, and several individuals to help with housing rent and utilities. Please consider making a donation to the Caring Fund Sunday morning October 2.

BCMC Sept. 25 Offering:  General Fund  $5,485; Caring Fund $500; Library Reserve Fund $5; Living Stones $55; Kitchen Fund $26; Women’s Fellowship $377; Orletta Wiebe Memorial $50.

The Senior High Youth Group sends a “thank you” to Susie and Bill Swartley for hosting a pool party at their home last Sunday afternoon.  We learned a lesson on hospitality as we experienced community with one another and the Swartleys.  Thank you for an awesome time!

The Intergenerational Sunday School class (the class meets in Fellowship Hall) is in need of old or unused crayons.  If you have crayons to donate, please put them in the box by the mailboxes. We will be collecting crayons until October 23.

Abuse Prevention and Response Committee (APRC) is looking for persons to volunteer as a Care Team member. If you would like more information or feel a call to serve in this roll, email Jill Robb at

Credence Consultation Process Update…The time of interviews and information gathering has largely come to an end for our consultants and it is time for us to see some of the results and provide some final feedback. Over these last many months, Credence has reviewed the congregational surveys we sent in, completed one-on-one interviews with 35 of our church members, spent time talking with staff and various external individuals, and examined pages and pages of congregational documents. The goal has been to gain a better understanding of who we are as BCMC, what we wish to work on together as a congregation, and the type of pastoral leadership model that fits us best. Credence has shared they have a “meaty” report awaiting us. This upcoming week the BCMC Reference Group, Church Board, and some of the leadership from various commissions and committees will hear an overview of what Credence has found. On October 16th Credence will share with the congregation and ask for our feedback. Following the October 16th time together, Credence will prepare a final report to be delivered to BCMC in November. We ask you to keep BCMC in your prayers as we engage this period of time together and explore God’s direction and purpose for us as a congregation.

Wednesday night suppers are coming back to BCMC!  Mark your calendars for the first Wednesday night supper on October 12.  Serving line starts at 6-6:15 pm and a welcome and blessing will be at 6:20 pm.  The suppers will be October 12 to November 16.  Cost:  $6 per person or $18 per family.  Bring your own table service.
Closer to the start of the suppers you will be asked to RSVP to the church office so that we can get a count to know how much food to make. We hope to see you on October 12 at the first Wednesday night supper!


October 12
Taco bar with all the fixings…

October 19
Chicken Divan with Broccoli
Mashed potatoes
M&M chocolate brownies

October 26
BBQ meatballs
Macaroni and Cheese
Rice Krispies

November 2
Tropical fruit
Pudding dessert bar

November 8
Garlic bread
Apple crisp

November 15
Turkey pot pie
Pumpkin cheesecake bars

Faith Formation is hosting a community building event at P and M Pumpkin Ranch, October 19 from 5:30-7 pm.  Come for a hot dog meal by at the Willow campfire site located at P and M.  Food and drink will be provided! Please RSVP by October 18 to Jill Robb (

The Library Theme for October/November is Selected Biographies. The Library Committee chose biographies that we thought you would find interesting in both the adult and children/youth sections. As always, the adult highlighted books are shelved in back of the library desk while the Everybody/Youth books are shelved on the south wall of the children/youth room. Please come in and check these out or to see what new to you puzzles are available for a donation on the west wall of the check out room or on the cart outside of the library. Happy Reading!

Bethel College Women’s Association will appreciate donations of homemade baked goods for Market-in-the-Round and Pie-By-the-Slice at Fall Festival. Zwieback, cinnamon rolls, fruit pies and poppyseed rolls are especially needed. Please bring to Room 141 in Luyken Fine Arts Center 2-5 pm on Friday  Oct 7, or 7-9 am on Saturday Oct 8. Pies may be delivered to Seminar A in Schultz Student Center. Email with questions.

Bethel College Announcements
No Life Enrichment on October 6 due to BC Fall Fest week 

Bethel College’s Fall Festival is Oct. 6-9, with most activities taking place Saturday, Oct. 8, on campus. Features include music, food, class reunions, football, Children’s Park, the play Quiet in the Land by Anne Chislett and the STEM Symposium honoring Professor Emeritus of Psychology Paul Lewis. See for the complete schedule.

Call for Fall Fest Volunteers – The Bethel College Alumni Association is looking for volunteers to help with Taste of Newton and Fall Fest. Shifts are 1.5-2 hours long and need to be filled on Thursday, Oct. 6, 5-9 p.m., and Saturday, Oct. 8, 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Contact Brad Schmidt at 316-285-5252 or for more information.

Fri., Oct. 7 – Artist reception for “Environmental Exposure,” sculpture by Glen Ediger, 6-8 p.m.Regier Art Gallery in Luyken Fine Arts Center at Bethel College. The exhibit is open through Fri., Oct. 21. Gallery hours are Mon.-Fri., 9 a.m.-5 p.m., Sun. 2-4 p.m. (extended hours Sat., Oct. 8, 9 a.m.-4 p.m.).

Sat., Oct. 8 – Kauffman Museum bird walk, 8 a.m. start time in the museum parking lot at the corner of Main and 27th streets (2801 N. Main St., North Newton 67117). Experienced birders lead a walk of 1-1.5 hours in Chisholm Park and on Sand Creek Trail (terrain is mostly wood-chip path and sometimes uneven/sloping).

Sat., Oct. 8 – As part of Fall Festival, Larry Dunn and Christine Crouse-Dick will present “Grieving, Celebrating and Loving Seth: Exploring Unexpected Paths and Connections on the Mysterious Journey of Remembering,” poetry reading and reflections, 10:30 a.m., on the lawn south of Luyken Fine Arts Center. Seth Dunn died in an accident in 2011 right before starting his senior year at Bethel College.

Sun., Oct. 16 & Mon., Oct. 17 – Annual Menno Simons Lectures with Brad Gregory, Reformation scholar from the University of Notre Dame, 7 p.m. both eveningsKrehbiel Auditorium in Luyken Fine Arts Center at Bethel College; overall topic is “The Radical Reformation and Religious Freedom: A Historical Retrospective.”

Thurs., Oct. 20 – The inaugural Senses & Aging Symposium, 6-8:30 p.m., Krehbiel Auditorium in Luyken Fine Arts Center at Bethel College, with Karen Kendrick speaking on “Hearing Loss and Fall Prevention” and Angela Loucks Alexander presenting from Australia on “Auditory Processing Disorder in Adults.” The symposium is free but registration is requested at

Sun., Oct. 23 – Sunday-Afternoon-at-the-Museum program with oral historian Ina Navazelskis from the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum, 4 p.m.Krehbiel Auditorium in Luyken Fine Arts Center at Bethel College (note change from usual time and location). Followed by the museum’s annual Living Endowment Dinner, featuring Justina Neufeld and Janine Wedel, for which reservations are required; e-mail kauffman@bethelks.eduor call 316-283-1612.

Registration is now open for “Joining Voices Together,” Bethel College’s Worship and the Arts Symposium, Sat., Nov. 12, on campus, featuring 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. In addition, the public is invited to a Community Evensong service, Nov. 12 at 7 p.m. in Memorial Hall, which will consist entirely of congregational singing from the Voices Together hymnal, arranged around the 12 artworks found in the hymnal.

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

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

“We Own This Now” is coming to Kansas for several showings! This Ted & Company play will be performed at several dates and locations. Created in partnership with the Dismantling the Doctrine of Discovery Coalition, “We Own This Now” is a benefit for the Kanza Heritage Society. This play looks at love of land and loss of land. What does it mean to “own” something? What is the relationship between “owning” and “taking” — and what is the relationship between “ownership” and (taking) responsibility? Click here for more information about the showings.

“Chief Lucy,” a one-woman show by Pauline Sharp about her grandmother, “Chief Lucy” Tayiah Eads, the first female Kaw tribal chief, is also being presented at 3pm on Sunday, Oct 2, at Unity of Lawrence, 900 Madeline Ln #2630, Lawrence, KS 66049. Freewill offering received for Kanza Heritage Society. Please note that the Oct 6 showing at Hope Mennonite Church in Wichita has been cancelled.

Among other congregations, several WDC churches in Kansas are sponsoring these events, including Hope Mennonite Church, Lorraine Avenue Mennonite Church, Mennonite Church of the Servant, and Peace Mennonite Church. The WDC Resource Commission also encourages you to attend and join the conversation about justice for Native Americans.

Camp Mennoscah Announcements

  • Visit the Camp Mennoscah Fall Fest booth on October 8!  Stop by, say hi, and enter a drawing for a tee shirt.  We’re ready for some good visits and fun times!
  • Let us know if your camper/you have not received the summer youth camp photos and address sheets for your camp week. The summer is a busy time and sometimes things are missed.
  • 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, 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.
  • Work and Play Day on October 15!  Share a few hours of your time for the satisfaction of improving camp grounds and some free time wandering the trails, fishing, or whatever your favorite camp activity is.  The day starts at 8:30am at the maintenance shed.  If you are coming from a distance, ask about an overnight stay.  Let us know you’re coming, so we can plan for you and your friends.  Call 620-297-3290 or email!
  • We’re taking out the dam on October 16 at approx. 2:30pm!  Everyone is welcome to join in or to watch.  Gather at the shelter.  (The actual removal of the boards is not for young ages.)  The event will go forward, whatever the weather, unless deemed unsafe.  Call Camp Mennoscah at 620-297-3290, if uncertain.
  • Camp Mennoscah is considering moving camps to a Sunday to Friday schedule.  We’d be interested in hearing your thoughts–parents, campers, weekend groups, everyone!  Please reply to or call 620-297-3290.

For Mennonite Mission Network Zoom Bible Study “Meeting Jesus in Sacred Spaces” press here
For Mennonite Mission Network News and Beyond press here

For Anabaptist Disabilities Network press here

Mennonite Church USA Announcements
Learn, Pray, Join: Mass Incarceration
Mennonite Church USA launched the “Learn, Pray, Join: Mass Incarceration” initiative in September. This initiative, in conjunction with the “For Justice in the U.S. Criminal Legal System” resolution, seeks to raise awareness of injustices in the U.S. criminal legal system, especially those that disproportionately affect people of color and people without financial security. The initiative will continue through the end of October. Read more here:

Menno Snapshots
Several years ago, when the congregants of College Mennonite Church in Goshen, Indiana, agreed to follow strategic priorities that included embracing diversity and practicing active inclusion, they knew they were taking a big step, but they didn’t know how deeply it would affect their church. Read Marty Lehman’s blog, “The dangers of strategic planning,” to learn more about how these priorities led to a robust immigrant resettlement ministry in their community.

Like most other Americans alive on Sept. 11, 2001, Drew Strait has strong memories attached to the tragedies that occurred that day. This day set him down a path toward Anabaptism, nonviolence and a professional focus on combatting Christian nationalism. Read his story here:

, Mennonite Church USA’s largest faith formation gathering, will be held July 3-8, 2023, in Kansas City, Missouri. There will be programming for all ages, including a one-day Climate Summit for youth and young adults. See the tentative block schedule here:

Mennonite Mission Network Prayer Request:   Today, the women’s leadership conference led by African American women and co-sponsored by Mennonite Women USA and Mennonite Mission Network, concludes with worship in Elkhart, IN. Pray that all participants will receive new tools to work for diversity, equity and inclusion in the church.

Western District Conference Prayer Request:   Pray for God’s wisdom and strength for WDC staff members as they work to sustain ministry leaders, resource congregations and nurture church-planting partnerships.