Announcements for October 30 to 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:

October 30, 2022

Prelude— Partita on Puer Nobis Nascitur (Raymond H. Haan)—Karen Schlabaugh, organ
Christ Candle Lighting
Welcome and Prayer—Bill Swartley
 *Hymn—Summoned by the God Who Made Us—VT 1
Children’s Conversation—Esther Koontz
*Hymn—O Worship Our God—VT 129
Scripture Reading—Isaiah 1:10-18; Luke 19:1-10—Mary Ann Boschmann
Sermon—Salvation has come to this house—Nathan Koontz
*Hymn—Beloved, God’s ChosenVT 164
Prayers of God’s People
*Hymn—I Come with Joy—VT 478
People with October birthdays come forward for a blessing, please bring a hymnal
*Birthday Blessing & BenedictionNathan Koontz
Postlude—Praise the Almighty, My Soul, Adore Him (Jan Bender)—Karen Schlabaugh
* You are invited to stand
VT = Voices Together
Audio visual—John Thiesen
Pastors—Nathan Koontz, Todd Schlosser

This Week at BCMC:  October 30—November 6, 2022

Sunday, October 30
9:30 am         Worship with sermon by Nathan Koontz
10:15 am       Fellowship Time in the Gathering Place
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)
YouTube link for today’s worship service:
5:30 pm         Meal and discussion hosted by BCMC Task Group
                        for Decolonization

Come to eat, share and learn! Many BCMC members attended the Loss of Turtle Island exercise this past Sunday in Memorial Hall. However, even if you didn’t attend, please come to today’s event.  Sunday at 5:30 in Fellowship Hall, a BCMC task group is hosting a sampling of foods similar to ones eaten by many Indigenous peoples. We will continue the discussion from last Sunday’s event and ask ourselves what we learned and how our church can move forward. No reservation is needed.  BCMC Task Group for Decolonization
Monday, October 31
10 am              Library Committee meets in library
Wednesday, November 2
6 pm               Wednesday Supper serving line starts at 6-6:15 pm and a                 welcome and blessing will be at 6:20 pm.             
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, November 3
9 to 11 am     Community Playschool
6:30 pm         Chancel Bells rehearsal in room B7
7 pm               Church Board meets in Room 14
Friday, November 4
9 to 11 am     Community Playschool
5 pm               Dinner event in Fellowship Hall
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

Staff Absences:  Todd Schlosser is on vacation on October 29-30.
Mike Crawford will be on vacation November 2-6.

Wednesday Evening Meal at BCMC!  Nov. 2, 6 pm, in Fellowship Hall.   Serving line starts at 6-6:15 pm and a welcome and blessing will be at 6:20 pm. For reservations for supper, complete this form and place in the offering or email the office. Cost is $6/person or $18/family per meal. Please bring your own table service.  Menu for Nov. 2 is  Jambalaya, Tropical fruit, Pudding dessert bar.  RSVP here:

November 13: 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!

Much Gratitude!
Thank you so much to Bill Swartley and members of the Public Address System Committee (Ken Lamp, Ben Lichti, John Thiesen, and Francis Toews) for their many hours of competent work in overseeing the installation of our new screen and for much problem-solving and practice with our system for communicating with the Credence and Company team of consultants on October 16.  You are appreciated!

We offer sympathy to Marci Andres and her mother Reitha Klaassen and their family on the death of Marci’s  husband, Steven Andres October 24, 2022.  Please keep Reitha, Marci, and all the family in your prayers as they grieve their loss.

Congratulations to Kate Seymour and Todd Lawrence, Nashville, TN, on the birth of Jack Warren Seymour, October 8 2022.  Also congratulations to Jack’s sister Ruth and Grandmother Valetta Semour! 

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.

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! 

Do Justice, Love Mercy:  Fundraising Opportunity for Peace Connections and Circle of Hope
BCMC supports the local agency Peace Connections and Circle of Hope, their relationship-based initiative that seeks to improve the financial health of community members with fewer resources.  You can support this program financially by attending the annual “Celebrity  Server” meal at Waters Edge in Hesston on Saturday, November 5, between 5:00 and 8:00 p.m.  The three-course meal is $25, but all tips will go to the Circle of Hope program.  Although not a “celebrity”, Ada Schmidt-Tieszen from our congregation has agreed to be a Celebrity Server for the evening.  See menu and details and make reservations by October 31 by calling 316 284-0000, emailing or going to the following link:

Fundraiser for New Hope Shelter

The Kiko’s Mexican Restaurant 1728 North Main Newton, KS is holding a Fundraiser for the New Hope Shelter of Newton, KS.  The Fundraiser will take place on Saturday and Sunday October 29 and 30 from 11AM to 7PM.  Kiko’s is giving 100% of its sales from those two days to the Shelter.  In addition if you bring an item off the Shelter’s Needs list on their Facebook page, you  will receive a 10% discount on your total order.

Kiko’s has a full menu of authentic Mexican Food.  You can eat in, drive through, or pick-up.  Please call 316-847-1957.

Ted and Co. Appearances

Drama starring Ted Swartz and Michelle Milne, We Own This Now 

Showing 4 times

    Sat.,  Oct. 29,  7:00, at Theatre Lawence, Lawence, Ks.

   Wed.,  Nov. 2,   7:00, at Tabor College, Hillsboro, Ks.

   Thurs., Nov. 3,  7:00, at McPherson Church of the Brethren, McPherson, Ks.

    Sat.,  Nov. 5,    3:00, at Hope Mennonite Church, Wichita, Ks..

“Chris has farmed the land his grandmother found as a home in Kansas after fleeing Russia almost 100 years ago; his daughter Riley is learning more about who was on that land before her Oma arrived, and the jarring connections she has to the fate of those people. Diving into historical documents, absurd situations, and extended metaphors, the audience discovers alongside Riley and Chris how the Doctrine of Discovery (the legal framework that justifies theft of land and oppression of Indigenous Peoples) is still being used and causing harm.”

Proceeds above cost will go to the Kanza Heritage Society in SOME of the venues.

Nov. 3 Life Enrichment:  Place and time: Krehbiel Auditorium, 9:30 am. 
9:30 am “Brief Overview of Disease in Harvey Co.”, Skip Cowan
10:15 am  Coffee Break    10:35 am  “Pioneer Bluffs: Center for Flint Hills Ranching Heritage,” Lynn Smith   11:30 am  “Scenic Harvey County,” Bruce Regier    

Bethel College Announcements
Mon., Oct. 31 – Bethel College Chamber Orchestra concert, featuring works by Grieg, Handel, Musial and more, directed by Kris Hilding, 7 p.m.
Krehbiel Auditorium in Luyken Fine Arts Center

Fri.-Sat., Nov. 4-5 – “Old Books Made New – The Surprising Wisdom of Erasmus for Today,” an intercollegiate symposium honoring the Mennonite Library & Archives at Bethel College and libraries everywhere. Keynote address by Greta Kroeker, Ph.D., Friday, Nov. 4, 6:30 p.m.Krehbiel Auditorium in Luyken Fine Arts Center. Saturday events in Krehbiel Auditorium and via technology at Conrad Grebel University College, Eastern Mennonite University and Goshen College. See

Sat., Nov. 5 – 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).

Sun., Nov. 6 – “Can We Sing the Darkness to Light?”: Bethel Sings, a concert featuring all Bethel College vocal groups, Henry Waters, director, 3 p.m.Bethel College Mennonite Church (2600 College Ave., North Newton 67117)

Tues., Nov. 8 – Bethel College Organ Recital Series presents Tyler Boehmer, Bethany College, 7 p.m.Administration Building chapel

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.

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.

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 (artist reception Nov. 17). Gallery hours are Mon.-Fri., 9 a.m.-5 p.m., Sun. 2-4 p.m.

The Kansas MDS (Mennonite Disaster Service) Unit is sponsoring a Learning and Service trip to Jennings Louisianna, January 28-February 4, 2023. Participants will leave on Saturday traveling to New Orleans, staying over night, learning about long term recovery from disasters and visitng Laura Plantation on Sunday. Your cost will be one night lodging, two tours we will take and meals on the days we travel. MDS is covering the transportation, meals and lodging while on the MDS project in Jennings. We will be rebuilding homes with MDS from Monday through Friday. To make your reservations or for more information contact Cleo Koop at or call 316-282-0797.

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

Camp Mennoscah Announcements

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.

Other events and happenings: 

  • Camp Mennoscah will be recruiting 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.)
  • 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.
  • Holidays are “blacked out” two weeks before the holiday, if no one has made a reservation.  Contact us to inquire about available holiday dates!  We don’t want you to miss out on festive times at camp.

Quilter’s Corner is gladly accepting donations for the Mennonite Central Committee sale which is April 14 and 15, 2023.  Bring your fabric, notions, quilts and quilting supplies to the MCC Center in North Newton clearly labeled for Quilter’s Corner.  If questions, contact Ann Yoder Smith at 919-604-3282. 

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Mennonite Church USA Announcements
Join host Bonita Croyle in the newest episode of the “Holding it(,) Together” podcast, “Bodies and Anger.” Listen on your favorite podcast streaming service or at

Menno Snapshots
According to Addie Banks, the CEO of the Groundswell Group, peace and prayer are interdependent and must be practiced together. In her blog “Peace joined with prayer,” she shares several examples of how this practice is played out. Read it here:

Amy Gingerich, publisher and executive director of Herald Press, is an avid reader, but the events of 2020 made it difficult for her to pursue this passion. Read her blog, “The transformative power of books,” to hear how she got back into the habit of reading and see a list of 12 Herald Press books that she recommends.

Mennonite Mission Network Prayer Request:   Akiko Aratani and Ray Epp are stepping back from the day-to-day responsibilities of managing the Menno Village farm in Japan and focusing on preparing the next generation of leaders and lay people in the church to practice a biblically-based theology of land stewardship. Mennonite Mission Network requests prayer for them as they write and present in workshops and conferences.

Western District Conference Prayer Request:   Pray for everyone reading this to have eyes to see where God is working in the hearts of our friends and neighbors, the wisdom to ask, “In what hospitable way can I help them connect with God?” and the heart to reach out with opportunities to connect on matters of faith. – Pastor Karen Mascho