Announcements for October 9-16, 2022

October 9, 2022 – Fall Fest Sunday

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

Fall Festival Worship Service
“You Are The Light of the World”

Prelude          Pièce d’Orgue in G Major, BWV 572     Johann Sebastian Bach
Lighting the Christ Candle
 Welcome and Prayer Michael Unruh,
 Bethel College Campus Pastor

*Gathering Hymns              Here In This Place        Voices Together 10
                                       You Are Salt For The Earth                    VT 297
Scripture                           Matthew 5:14-16                   Gabby Fields
                                                                                               Student Chaplain

Reflections              Julianna Schrag, Bethel College senior
Choral Response               O Lux Beatissima               Howard Helvey       
                    Bethel College Chamber Choir;  Henry S. Water, director
Reflection Tanner Wallace, Bethel College Senior
Choral Response          You Do Not Walk Alone             Dominick DiOrio
   Bethel College Concert Choir
Prayers of God’s People  Todd Schlosser
        Bethel College Mennonite Church Pastor
*Hymn           Be Thou My Vision VT 549                
*Spoken Benediction Michael Unruh
*Choral Benediction    The Lord Bless You and Keep You   Peter C. Lutkin
   Concert Choir
Postlude             Nun danket alle Gott               arr. Egil Hovland

*All who are able are invited to stand

Accompanists:   organ – Christopher Shaw, Class of 2005
 guitar – Eli Regier, Current Bethel College junior

Choral Texts

You Do Not Walk Alone (Dominick DiOrio)

May you see the light on the path ahead
When the road you walk is dark.
May you always hear,
E’en in your hour of sorrow,
The gentle singing of the lark.

When times are hard may hardness
Never turn your heart to stone,
May you always remember
when the shadows fall –
You do not walk alone.

(Traditional Irish Blessing)

O Lux Beatissima  (Howard Helvey     

O lux beatissima, O Light most blessed,
Reple cordis intima Fill the inmost heart
Tuorum fidelium. Of all thy faithful.

Sine tuo numine, Without your grace,
Nihil est in homine, There is nothing in us,
Nihil est innoxium. Nothing that is not harmful.

(From the Whitsundtide sequence Veni Sancte Spiritus
attr. Stephan Langton (d. 1228), Archbishop of Canterbury)

Bethel College Concert Choir: Director – Henry Waters, D.M.A.
Members – Elizabeth Alderfer, Phillip Balzer,  Emily Brandt, Peter Buller,
Sophia Chindamo, Shayla Dao+, Isabela Diaz+, Angelika Donaldson,
Tristan England, Schyler Entz, Josie Epp+, Eddie Gaeddert, Caleb Garber,
 Rachel Geyer, Sophie Girtz, Andrew Graber+, Aubry Grame+, Angel Hernandez, Kendall Hiebert, Hayden Honomichl+, Claira Janssen, Daniel Kaufman,
John Mark Koontz+, Halle Krehbiel, Stephany Meyer+, Edel Miller+,
Miguel Molina Chavez, April Powls, Bethany Regehr, Eli Regier+, Ben Rudeen, Seth Rudeen, Lizzie Schmucker, Jacob Schrag, Julianna Schrag+, Timothy Schrag, Kaitlyn Shima, Christopher Strecker+, Isaac Tice, Corbin Unruh+, Gabe Villegas+, Zach Watson, Allison Weaver+, Bryce Wilson+, Dylan Yoder
+ Indicates Bethel College Chamber Choir member

This Week at BCMC:  October 9—October 16, 2022

Sunday, October 9—Fall Fest Sunday
10 am              Worship Service planned by Bethel College and the Bethel College Campus Ministries.  There is no Sunday school today.

Monday, October 10—Projector and screen will be installed in the sanctuary
9 am   Women’s Fellowship Executive Board meeting in Fellowship Hall
Tuesday, October 11—Projector and screen work in sanctuary
9 to 11 am      Community Playschool
12 pm              Mid Kansas Investment Club meeting in Fellowship Hall
Wednesday, October 12—Wednesday Night Suppers Start!
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, October 13
9 to 11 am     Community Playschool
4 pm               Staff Congregation Relations Committee meeting in Room 14
6:30 pm         Chancel Bells rehearsal in room B7
Friday, October 14
9-11 am          Schowalter Villa Gathering in Day Spring Room, Water’s Edge
Sunday, October 16
9:30 am          Worship Service with Credence Consultation Report

Wednesday night suppers start!  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.
It is time to please RSVP to the church office so that we can get a count to know how much food to make. Email: or call 316-283-3667.  We hope to see you on October 12 at the first Wednesday night supper!

Menu for the first supper, October 12 is:  
Taco bar with all the fixings…

We’re still on a roll!  For 3 months we have had positive income balances.  Wow! and a great big thank you for all your effort!!  The harsh realities are that while we raised $7,000 more than our expenses last month we are still $22,000 short for the year plus being several months behind in paying our  benevolent accounts.  While we are so grateful for your efforts and we hate to keep asking for more, we must.  Facts are that we have lived 75% of the year but only raised 65% of the budget.  That means we are still in a hole but the light at the end of the tunnel is getting brighter.  Keep up the good work!  – Finance Committee

The BCMC Task Group for Indigenous Justice encourages members of the congregation to take advantage of the chance to participate in the Loss of Turtle Island experience on Sunday, October 23, 4 p.m. in Memorial Hall, Bethel College, a unique learning experience demonstrating how Native people lost the land.  The Task Group will be hosting a follow-up discussion on October 30 at 5:30 p.m.  to sample Native foods, talk about what we learned, and think about how we go forward.  You are welcome to come whether you were able to attend Loss of Turtle Island or not.

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.

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 Intergenerational Sunday School class (meets in the 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.

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!

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

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. 
After two years of not meeting, we are excited to announce plans for the Swiss Mennonite Cultural and Historical Association Fall banquet.  It will be held at the Eden Mennonite Church near Moundridge on Thursday, October 27, 2022 at 6:00 p.m.  The keynote speaker will be Brian Stucky, a 1971 graduate of Moundridge High School and currently living in Goessel..  As a descendant of the family who operated the Alta Mill near Moundridge, he will give a program about “Mennonite Mills in Central Kansas”.   Knackie’s will cater the meal. The cost to attend is $25 per person payable at the door. RSVP by texting or calling Nancy Stucky, 620-532-5693 by October 24. 

The Newton Mid-Kansas Symphony Orchestra presents “The Magic Flute in Concert” with Opera Kansas, on Sunday, Oct. 16 at 4 p.m. in the Newton High School Auditorium. Chris David Westover-Muñoz leads orchestra and vocal soloists on a concert adaptation of Mozart’s classic opera. Tickets are Adults $18 at the door/$15 advance; Students $7; twelve and under are free with an adult. Purchase at Faith & Life Bookstore, or online at

Bethel College Announcements
Now in the Regier Gallery in Luyken Fine Arts Center at Bethel College – “Environmental Exposure,” sculpture by Glen Ediger, through Fri., Oct. 21. Gallery hours are Mon.-Fri., 9 a.m.-5 p.m., Sun. 2-4 p.m.

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.

Everence® to hold Social Security and retirement income workshop in October

Everence will hold the popular Social Security and retirement income workshop at its office in North Newton on Tuesday, Oct. 18 at 6:30 p.m.

The workshop will cover, Social Security strategies including when to begin taking benefits, strategies to help your retirement income last, and risks that can impact your retirement savings.

The in-person workshop will be held at the Everence office: 3179 N. Main St. Suite 1B, North Newton. Those interested in attending should contact the Everence office at 316-283-3800, 877-467-7294 or

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Products and services offered through Everence Trust Company and other Everence entities are independent of and are not guaran­teed or endorsed by Concourse Financial Group Securities, or its affiliates.

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

After two years of not meeting, we are excited to announce plans for the Swiss Mennonite Cultural and Historical Association Fall banquet.  It will be held at the Eden Mennonite Church near Moundridge on Thursday, October 27, 2022 at 6:00 p.m.  The keynote speaker will be Brian Stucky, a 1971 graduate of Moundridge High School and currently living in Goessel..  As a descendant of the family who operated the Alta Mill near Moundridge, he will give a program about “Mennonite Mills in Central Kansas”.  Knackie’s will cater the meal. The cost to attend is $25 per person payable at the door. RSVP by texting or calling Nancy Stucky, 620-532-5693 by October 24. 

Hoffnungsau Mennonite Church, 43 13th Avenue, Inman, will hold its annual Sausage Mission Supper on Saturday, October 22, 5:00 – 6:30.  This will be a curbside pick up meal featuring our traditional menu of German sausage, mashed potatoes with gravy, creamed peas, zwiebach, applesauce and pie.  Cost will be a free will offering with all proceeds going to support The Mary Magdalene House, Hutchinson.  This is a ministry to taste the goodness of God and specializes in pastoral counseling with families dealing with mental illness, working through addiction, adoption issues, marital problems, etc.  Check out their website at  Call or text Barb (620-543-6863) or Teresa (620-242-2357) NOW to order meals.  

Camp Mennoscah Announcements

  • 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.
  • 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:  cutting firewood, 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.
  • 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.
  • 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 World Conference click here
For Mennonite Central Committe “In Touch” click here

For Mennonite Mission Network “News and Beyond” click here
For Anabaptist Disabilities Network Connections Fall 2022 click here

Mennonite Church USA Announcements
The Mennonite Church USA Executive Board has changed how it will divide donations directed to “Mennonite Church USA” among its agencies and affiliated Racial/Ethnic Council groups. The changes to the denominational unified giving formula were implemented to address evolving ministry needs. Read more here:

Learn, Pray, Join: Mass Incarceration
In her blog, “Mass incarceration and restorative justice,” Loraine Stutzman Amstutz, Mennonite Church USA denominational minister of Peace and Justice, writes, ”Restorative justice principles hold transformation as a value — transformation of people, systems and structures that oppress.” Read the rest of her blog here:

Menno Snapshots
When our beliefs feel like they are unraveling, it may feel like we are losing our faith in God altogether. Sherill Hostetter, a spiritual director with the Mennonite Spiritual Directors Network, shares how her crisis of faith led her to explore her spiritual journey through writing. Read her blog, “Knowing and unknowing,” here:

Mennonite Mission Network Prayer Request:   Tomorrow is Indigenous Peoples’ Day. Mennonite congregations around the world are growing in their awareness of the need for healing, both in white settler communities and in Indigenous communities. Mennonite Mission Network requests prayer that this awareness will lead to action that addresses the wounds of all who live with injustice.

Western District Conference Prayer Request:   Give thanks for boards, councils, elders and other church leadership teams in WDC congregations, and pray for God’s guidance as they care for their communities of faith.

Don’t forget to sign up for the Wednesday night meal at BCMC!  Click on this email link: