Announcements for September 26-October 3, 2021

The next week at BCMC
Monday, September 27
8 am to 10 am  Bethel College Classes in the Sanctuary
10 am                 Library Committee—Room 14
2 pm to 3 pm    Bethel College Class in the Sanctuary
Tuesday, September 28
9-11 am  Community Playschool
7 pm       Abuse Prevention and Reconciliation Committee
Wednesday, September 29
8 am to 10 am  Bethel College Classes in the Sanctuary
2 pm to 3 pm    Bethel College Class in the Sanctuary
7 pm   Wednesday Night Club
7 pm   Youth Group
Thursday, September 30
9-11 am  Community Playschool
Friday, October 1
8 am to 10 am  Bethel College Classes in the Sanctuary
2 pm to 3 pm    Bethel College Class in the Sanctuary
Saturday, October 2—Fall Fest at Bethel College
Sunday, October 3
10:00 am    Fall Fest Worship Service at Bethel College Memorial Hall— All are welcome to attend
Service will also be live-streamed on the Bethel College YouTube Channel
There will be no service at BCMC on October 3

October 3 is Bethel College Fall Fest Sunday.  This year there will be no worship service on October 3 at BCMC.  There will be a worship service at the Bethel College Memorial Hall at 10 a.m.  Everyone is welcome to attend.  The service will also be live-streamed.
Here is the link for Fall Fest Worship: It will be ready to view on Sunday, October 3 at 10 am.

Jazz and Charcuterie on the Lawn

The Sr High Youth Group will be hosting an evening of Jazz and Charcuterie on the Lawn on October 10th to raise funds for their 2022 Summer Trip. We invite you to enjoy an hour of Jazz music by Icy Tea Jazz (a jazz trio) from 5:30-6:30pm (bring your own chairs or blankets to sit on) while enjoying desserts and flavored lemonade. Pre-ordered charcuterie boxes will also be served beginning at 5:00 pm. Charcuterie boxes can feed 2 people a lite meal or fill one hungry person! The event itself will be outside on the lawn of the Bethel College Goerz House (2512 College Ave). Feel free to invite friends, family, college host students, or others to this event!

Please fill out this form by September 30th to reserve your charcuterie box (or boxes) for this fun event! Each box costs $50 and will need to be paid for by September 30th by dropping a check off in the BCMC church office (write sr high youth group in the memo line) or by making an online donation on the Bethel College Mennonite Church website. You can make your online donation here and click on Sr High Youth Group. Unpaid boxes will not be ordered.

Sr high youth will be in the back of the sanctuary after worship on September 19th and September 26th if you would like to order your box in person. 

Can’t stay for the jazz music but still want a charcuterie box to-go?! Feel free to still order one that can be picked up on October 10th between 5-7pm.

It’s time to start thinking about pumpkins and bonfires!  Faith Formation Commission would like to invite families and mentor/mentee pairs to spend some time at P&M Pumpkin Patch on October 17.  We have the Cedar campfire site reserved from 4:00-7:00 pm.  Hot dogs and smore’s will be provided.  Please email Mary Ellen Hodge at and give her the contact person’s name and the number of people in your party by October 10.  You will be asked to give your name at the admissions window when you arrive.

Budget update
As of the end of August 2021, expenses exceed contributions by $28,500.69.  Contributions received stand at 57% of the amount expected for the year, and expenses are at 63% of the budget.  Please keep this information in mind as we begin the final third of the year.

Offering at BCMC for September 19:  General Fund $12,866; Caring Fund $1,000; Living Stones $443.33; Peace Garden $2,000; Women’s Fellowship $150.

If you like to bake…..
Pastor Renee is looking for food goodies for college students this semester! There are two opportunities to give: The Red Tenants Bible study on Wednesday evenings or the Koininia Sunday School class on Sunday mornings. If you are interested in baking some goodies for either of these occasions, please reach out to Renee at

Safe Sanctuary Training will be offered 1 more time for volunteers working with children and youth (Sunday school teachers, sponsors, club leaders, and mentors): Sunday, September 26th at 7pm on zoom (Please email Renee for a link). While this 1 hour training is required for all people working with children and youth each year, others from BCMC are invited to attend this training as well to learn more about abuse prevention and how to model good boundaries in our relationships with one another. 

Wichita Pride Parade
BCMC will be participating in the Wichita Pride Parade hosted by Wichita Pride on Sunday, September 26 at 1:00 pm.  The Wichita Pride Parade follows an approximate one-mile route on Main Street from the Historic Sedgwick County Courthouse to Douglas Street, right on Douglas Street to Century II.  If you are interested in participating, meet at the BCMC east parking lot at 12:00 for carpooling options, or meet at the Historic Sedgwick County Courthouse in Wichita at 12:45. This parade is part of a wider weekend of events in Wichita celebrating LGBTQ+ communities.  If you would like more information about the entire schedule of events, go to  If you plan on participating in the parade, an email, text, or phone call to Nathan Koontz would be helpful but not necessary

BAKERS AND CRAFTERS NEEED! Help support the Bethel College Women’s Association by donating pies for BCWA’s Pie-By-The-Slice booth or any baked item or craft item for the Market in the Round at Fall Festival 2021.  Peppernuts, zwieback, cinnamon rolls, coffee cakes are popular items! Bring your pies (no refrigerated or custard pies please) to Seminar A in Schultz Student Center from 4:00-6:30pm on Friday, October 1, or 8:00-11:00am on Saturday, October 2. Baked goods and crafts can be dropped off at the Luyken Fine Arts Center Rm 140 on Friday 1-30-4-30pm or Saturday 7:00-8:00am. All proceeds go to Bethel College.

Everence to host informative webinars in October
Beginning Tuesday, Oct. 5, Everence Financial® will host three informative webinars. Topics include Making Medicare an easy stepMaximizing your year-end giving and Estate planning basics. The online events are free. To register, or for more information, visit or contact the Everence office at 316-283-3800, 877-467-7294, or
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Bethel College Announcements
– Tues., Sept. 28 – Bethel College Chamber Orchestra concert, 7:30 p.m.Memorial Hall
– Weds., Oct. 6 – Bethel College Wind Ensemble concert, 7 p.m.Krehbiel Auditorium in Luyken Fine Arts Center
– Thursday, Sept. 30 – KIPCOR Peace Lecture with Mark McCormick, “Peace: It’s a Choice,” 7 p.m., in Memorial Hall. McCormick is a former columnist for the Wichita Eagle and former executive director of The Kansas African American Museum in Wichita, and is currently director of strategic communications for the ACLU of Kansas.
–  Thurs., Sept. 30-Sun., Oct. 3 – Bethel College Fall Festival; most activities take place Saturday, Oct. 2, on campus. Features include music, food, class reunions, football, exhibits in the Regier Art Gallery and Kauffman Museum, the comedy The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (Abridged) [revised], and the STEM Symposium honoring Professor Emeritus of Chemistry Richard Zerger. See for the complete schedule and ways to buy tickets online.
Kidron Bethel Village in North Newton and Friends of Kidron will host its annual Country Breakfast on Saturday, October 2, from 7:30 to 9 a.m. This year’s event will be a drive-thru with to-go pick up for the menu of breakfast burritos and fruit. Pull up to the front door at 3001 Ivy Drive and breakfast will be delivered to your vehicle! Free will donations will support Friends of Kidron and the Health Care Benevolent Fund. 

Kauffman Museum Living Endowment Dinner
• Due to continued health concerns associated with the Delta variant we will host a pick-up/drive-by/delivered fall fundraising meal. 
• The museum will again collaborate with Elderslie Farm of Kechi to bring you a locally sourced meal.
• In anticipation of the spring museum exhibit celebrating 125 years of a museum on the Bethel College campus (now Kauffman Museum!), the dinner will reflect menus of 1896 when the museum first opened. 
• Reservations = $125 per person. (Get it?)
• Watch for an invitation in the United States mail and instructions for online reservations later in September. 

Camp Mennoscah Announcements
Camp Mennoscah’s Annual Meeting will be held September 26 at 3:30pm at Hope Mennonite Church (Wichita, KS)!  Join us on September 26 at 3:30pm for the Camp Mennoscah Annual Meeting!  You are invited to join in person at Hope Mennonite Church (Wichita, KS) or on Zoom.  Please bring a mask, if attending in person.  We welcome you to look back on our memorable past summer and look forward to where camp is going in the next year and beyond.  We invite you to support the many projects of Camp Mennoscah with your donation here!   Click here for Camp Mennoscah’s Annual Meeting!  Sept. 26, 2021 at 3:30pm Central Time (US and Canada)

Other events and happenings: 

  • Camp Mennoscah will be at Bethel College Fall Fest on October 2! Stop by the booth near the Schultz Student Center to say hi and howdy or to buy a sticker, tee shirt, or water bottle! Don’t miss out!
  • Fall Fun Volunteer Day!  Saturday, October 9, is a Work & Play Day for all ages. Come with your friends, your kids or grandkids and even your own work group! Let us know you’re coming so we have the best projects for your skills at 620-297-3290 or Please bring your water bottle and a sack lunch. Mask and distance at your own comfort level. Meet at the maintenance shed by the red apartment at 8:30am. Stick around afterwards for one last kayak or canoe ride or a hike around camp!
  • The dam at Camp Mennoscah will be removed on October 17! The fun will begin at approximately 2pm. All are welcome to help with removing and cleaning the boards or simply to watch. The dam will be removed whatever the weather, unless deemed dangerous. Contact Camp Mennoscah if you have questions.
  • Fall Scrapbook and Crafts Retreat, November 5-7, at Camp Mennoscah! Register at! There is only one Fall Scrapbook and Crafts Retreat. Lodging will be in the Retreat Center and cropping/crafting will be in the Main Camp dining hall. Space heaters will be available for both areas since the repairs for the furnaces will not be complete by the beginning of November. Fees for the Scrapbook and Crafts Retreat have increased to $150 to meet higher costs and the use of multiple facilities. There is an option to receive up to $25 in scholarship funds per person as part of the registration process.
  • There are volunteer opportunities for you (and a Wish List)! Camp Mennoscah has year-round work to support the maintenance and upkeep of the campus and facilities. We can accommodate every group size, skill set and length of project you would like to tackle. Check out these ways to Get Involved!  Email or call 620-297-3290 to volunteer.  See the Wish List for other ways to support Camp Mennoscah!
  • We need help mowing and burning brush piles!  The grass that is usually cut short is doing its best to compete with the tallgrass prairie in height.  Volunteer to mow (with a riding lawn mower) for whatever length of time you can offer or grab a string trimmer to chase back those wily weeds.  Or get a group together and schedule a day to burn (wind speed permitting) –we’ll keep trying until a day works!  Contact Camp Mennoscah at or 620-297-3290.
  • Camp Mennoscah has openings for a part-time custodial/housekeeping position (10 hours) and a part-time office/administrative position (30 hours).  Some of the office/administrative tasks can be done from home.  Contact Olivia at for more information.
  • Camp Mennoscah is seeking a full-time Director of Development, Marketing & Communications to lead our ongoing operational and advancement needs. This position reports directly to the Board of Directors while taking directive from the Executive Director when related to operational considerations. As a member of a small, very hands-on staff, the role is expected to be highly collaborative. This professional must embrace the mission of Camp Mennoscah, have an established background in coordinating nonprofit donation strategies, possess strong written, interpersonal, leadership and relationship building skills, and work as an independent contributor with good organization and follow-through. Most of the work will commence off campus, however some in-person time at camp is required.
    This role involves organizing broad-based fundraising initiatives, advocating for Camp Mennoscah through speaking engagements, promotional materials, and social media, as well as recruiting volunteers, and building relationships with board members, donors and staff.
    Our ideal candidate will have a bachelor’s degree, a minimum of five years of fund development experience, or equivalent experience in church relations, and a passion for Camp Mennoscah. They should also be familiar with office related applications, and other technology used for communication and social media. Experience with CampBrain and the associated donor database is a plus.
    Applications will be accepted until the position is filled and early submission is encouraged. Please send application materials (resume, cover letter, references and salary requirements) to

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

-WDC Hope Fund –

-WDC September Prayer Requests –

-Pastors or church representatives be sure to fill out the Google Form created by the Resource Commission giving your ideas on what has worked for your congregation during the pandemic-

-Hymnals for Donation –

Time for Celebration by Jennie Wintermote –
Marvin Penner Recognized with Everence Journey Award –

-Virtual Training: “Cuidando a los Cuidadores” (Caring for Caregivers) In Spanish only, Sep 27 & Oct 4 –

Mennonite Central Committee Announcements

Join Mennonite Central Committee (MCC) for the 3rd MCC Color of Compromise webinar featuring Sandra Maria Van Opstal on September 28th at 1:00 p.m. EDT. From the depth of her experience ministering to the Hispanic and Latino community, writer, speaker and co-founder of Chasing Justice movement, Sandra Maria Van Opstal will speak about the impact of the church’s complicity in racism on the Hispanic and Latino community here in the U.S. Register here: For more information on past webinars in the series, visit

Take action to advocate for Haitian asylum seekers by urging President Biden to immediately halt deportation flights to Haiti. Following the biblical call to welcome the stranger, MCC is asking that all deportation flights to Haiti be halted immediately and is seeking respect for basic human rights at the U.S./Mexico border. Take action today!

Mennonite Mission Network News and Beyond press here

Mennonite Men press here

Mennonite Mission Network New from Around the World press here

Hesston College Announcements
  Hesston College HomecomingWeekend – September 24-26 
Featuring Art a la Carte – September 24, 8:30 p.m.
Hesston College Campus, Keim Center Lawn
         Student performances featuring theatre, Global Voices, Bel Canto Singers and

         TheatreFest (for high school students) – September 29 
Hesston College Campus
          High school students are invited to spend the morning in acting and tech-based
          workshops followed by a matinee of the murder mystery comedy, The Game’s Afoot

           Fall Play – The Game’s Afoot – September 30 to Oct. 3
           Hesston College Campus, Keim Center
           Plan to see The Game’s Afoot by Ken Ludwig.  Murder mystery comedy. Presented
           in the Black Box Theater.  Showtimes: Sept. 30, 7:00 pm; Oct. 1, 7:00 pm; Oct.
 7:00 pm; and October 3, 2:00 pm.  Tickets are $10 per adults/seniors and $5 for
           students and can be purchased here.  Masks required for audience members.  

Mennonite Mission Network Prayer Request:  Rejoice with Brian and Noelia Fox of Mennonite Mission Network that COVID-19 cases in Spain are decreasing and in-person meetings for churches and schools are starting to resume. Pray for Brian and Noelia as they search for a place to hold their English classes, after a year of conducting online classes.
Western District Conference Prayer Request:   Pray for God’s strength for chaplains, medical providers and others in WDC who serve hospitals, health-care and hospice organizations, as they minister among those most impacted by the ongoing COVID pandemic.