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Announcements for September 18-25, 2020

Hello! This week’s “Hello” video comes from Julianna Schrag, BCMC’s 2020-2021 Faith Formation Intern. Watch this video to learn more about who Julianna is and what her responsibilities will be at BCMC.   The link for the video is https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BeX7x9kxl24&feature=youtu.be

Peace Sunday
Sunday, September 20, we will be celebrating Peace Sunday with Dr. Christine Miller Hesed as a guest speaker.  Miller Hesed is an environmental anthropologist and conservation biologist whose work focuses on engaging underrepresented communities in climate change adaptation planning. She was the project director of Engaging Faith Communities for Coastal Resilience, an applied research project that brought together rural church communities with county and state government employees to address climate change on the Chesapeake Bay. Her work involves cultural consensus analysis and ethnographic methods to understand differences and similarities in cultural knowledge within and across stakeholder groups. Her doctoral research focused on rural African American communities on the Chesapeake Bay in order to understand environmental justice, vulnerability, adaptation, and resilience to sea-level rise. Miller Hesed is a former EPA STAR Fellow. She currently lives in Hesston, Kansas with her husband and young children.

Pastor Renee Reimer will be on vacation September 21-25.

Keith Sprunger writes the following:  “We received word that Janet Sprunger, Harrisonburg, VA, died Sunday, September 13. She was the wife of Hugh David Sprunger (died in 1998), Keith’s brother. Hugh and Janet were General Conference missionaries in Taiwan and Hong Kong for many years. They lived in Newton for several years in the 1980s and attended our church and were active members of the Sojourners Sunday School class.”  Please pray for Keith and Aldine Sprunger as they mourn the loss of their sister-in-law, Janet Sprunger.

Jerry Friesen died September 11 at Kidron Bethel Village with his spouse Donna by his side.  Jerry had been put on hospice earlier in the week.  Please pray for Donna and the Friesen family as they mourn his loss.

A message from the family of Larry Friesen
We deeply appreciate the many expressions of kindness and support during the illness and death of our dear husband, father, and brother, Larry Friesen.  Donna June, Katy June Friesen & Christian Samaniego, Duane & Liz Friesen

A message from Pete Janzen, Wichita about his mother Dotty’s birthday
On October 4, 2020 my mom, Dotty Janzen, will reach the age of 90. Kidron Bethel is still on 100% quarantine, so we had to cancel our proposed big bash in her honor. Some of mom’s friends are putting the word out to have a card shower for her. You are invited to participate.  If you want to include a snapshot, that is also encouraged because Mom has an easier time remembering people when she has a picture for reference.  Send cards to her at this address:  Dotty Janzen, Kidron Bethel Health Care, Room 23, 3001 Ivy Drive, North Newton, Kansas 67117  

The Library Committee reminds you that our wonderful library is open whenever the church is. Please feel free to come and explore our collection-either at home through TinyCat or on the computer here at church. As an added incentive, we have begun choosing genres/themes that will change every other month or so. Currently, we have pulled the books that share the theme “Racial Justice”. This healthy collection is on the shelves in back of the library check out desk. Also, those of you that have had books checked out since February or before, please return them as soon as possible. If you still don’t feel comfortable bringing them back yourselves, one of us will be glad to pick it up.   You can access the church library catalog by going to the BCMC website, click on Resources, then click on Library.  Happy Reading! Kathryn Simmons, Margaret Goering, Rose Haury, Barb Koontz, Sondra Koontz, LaVonne Sawatsky

Mennonite Mission Network Prayer Request:  Diana Cruz and Felipe Preciado of Mennonite Mission Network request prayer for the increasing number of COVID-19 cases in Benin since quarantine ended in June. Pray especially for the protection of the children and staff at La Casa Grande and that the children will not fall behind in their education.

Western District Conference Prayer Request:  Pray for the WDC Executive Board, Commissions, Gifts Discernment Committee and staff as they meet online next Saturday for Reference Council, a time for orientation and reflection together on common mission and priorities for the coming year. 

Western District Conference Announcements:
· The WDC Immigration Task Force introduces its second installment in a series of thought pieces, mindful of immigrants among us without a voice this election season.  They seek to make visible what is too often invisible with regard to immigrant lives and immigration issues.  Watch for these topics in the coming weeks: “Positions on Immigration Issues of the 2020 Presidential Candidates;” and “Voices of Our Immigrant Brothers and Sisters.”   
· You are invited to read the September/October/November issue of WDC’s quarterly newsletter, WDC Garden, now available at:  https://mennowdc.org/wdc-garden-september-october-november-2020/. 
· The Israel Palestine Relations Task Force of Western District Conference Israel Palestine Task Force/Mennonite Church USA is sponsoring a webinar on September 21, 7 to 8 pm (CT). UN’s International Day of Peace entitled Racial Justice from US to Palestine features Jonathan Kuttab, Alex Awad and Sarah Thompson Nahar.  Instructions for registration and more information about this free webinar attached.
· Include a gift to Western District Conference in your will or estate plan, as a great way to support WDC’s work of sustaining pastors, resourcing congregations and nurturing church planting into the future!  To learn more about basic tools of creating an estate plan, see a recording of the recent Everence webinar What to do with your stuff: basic estate planning (https://www.everence.com/everence-articles/core-markets/national-advisors-and-representatives/webinars/20200129-ww-basic-estate-planning). This is part of an 11-week “Webinar Wednesday” series by Everence.    

Mennonite Central Committee announcements:
· If you can tie a knot you can help MCC! There are lots of comforters at MCC in North Newton that need to be tied and we’re looking for volunteers! If you would be interested in borrowing a set of sticks/stands from the MCC Workroom to set up and tie comforters at home, please contact Kate Mast at (katemast@mcc.org, ‪316-804-8432).
· Mennonite Central Committee invites you join Celebration 2020: MCC at 100, a livestreamed event commemorating a century of MCC’s ministry on Saturday, Oct. 17, starting at 6:50 pm. (EDT). The event will feature photos, videos and storytelling that highlight MCC’s work over the years. Former MCC leader and pastor Leonard Dow of Philadelphia will inspire participants to walk boldly into the next century of MCC’s ministry while talented musicians will lead in prayer and thanksgiving. You can find more information about MCC’s centennial and log in for the livestreamed event at mcc.org/celebration-2020. 
· “FORGOTTEN.” This is the word that Ana Alicia Hinojosa, an MCC immigration education coordinator, said has been on her mind since South Texas/Rio Grande Valley was hit with Hurricane Hanna in late July. Read her powerful call to action in her blog, “Do something bold for immigration justice.” https://www.mennoniteusa.org/do-something-bold
· Register NOW for the MCC Flatlander Bicycle Ride! Due to COVID-19, the ride is a “virtual” event this year and open to EVERYONE.  Riders may register any time until September 29. Register online at Bikereg.com. Join us in raising money for MCC to fund the construction of new wells and repair existing water and sanitary systems at schools in Nicaragua. With these improvements, students will have safe water to drink and wash their hands. In this global pandemic, access to clean water is more essential than ever. Donations from non-riders are welcome! Checks to MCC Flatlander Bike Ride may be sent to MCC Central States, PO Box 235, North Newton, KS 67117.

The Kansas Mennonite Relief Sale is sponsoring an online auction at this time.  Here is the Acutria Auction site.  https://charityauction.bid/KMRS
Bidding began last week on September 1 with bidding to close at 5 pm, September 26. This auction will feature donations that would have been sold at the silent or general auction at the KMRS event last April.  Currently there are over 20 donations and items will continue to be added through the time period of the auction so check out the auction site often.  There will not be any quilts sold at this auction but the quilt committee is putting together a quilt online auction for October.  More details will follow as those details are worked out.  This is an opportunity to contribute to the continuing needs of the Mennonite Central Committee. The auction site is easy to use and is geared for non-profit charitable organizations.  Items purchased may be picked up at a distribution points in North Newton, Topeka and Hutchinson.  Shipping or delivery will be considered upon request.  Again, here is the Acutria Auction website  https://charityauction.bid/KMRS  Please check out the items on the auction site and bid.  If you have something you would like to donate or have questions, please contact me at jimandbeatyrobb@gmail.com or 620-747-0186. You have been very generous in your donations and contributions to KMRS and MCC.  For this we are thankful.  But in this centennial year we should consider stretching ourselves as the original supporters of MCC did.  The best way to celebrate is to “give in the name of Christ.”  Jim Robb,  KMRS Chair

Camp Mennoscah announcements
· Limited number of openings! Camp Mennoscah’s Scrapbook and Crafts Retreats will take place on Oct. 30-Nov. 1 and Nov. 6-8.  Masks and physical distancing guidelines will be followed and the facility used has been changed.  More spaces will be opened as determined safe and feasible, so put your name on the waitlist!  Register online at campmennoscah.org!  Call 620-297-3290 for further information.
· Camp Mennoscah welcomes guests!  Camping areas and cabins are open to guests/groups for overnight stays and day visits.  Spend time in the river, have a campfire cookout, and enjoy the open spaces of the tallgrass prairie and the Ninnescah River!  Contact Camp Mennoscah at 620-297-3290 to make a reservation and to inquire about use of additional facilities.  We can’t wait to see you!
· Camp Mennoscah’s annual meeting is September 27.  An online link will be shared soon! 

Now at Kauffman Museum (through Nov. 29) – “Sorting Out Race: Examining Racial Identity and Stereotypes in Thrift Store Donations.” Regular hours are Tues.-Fri. 9:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m., Sat.-Sun. 1:30-4:30 p.m., closed Mondays and major holidays, but with ever-changing COVID-19 protocols, you are advised to check the museum website, kauffmanmuseum.org, or Facebook page or call 316-283-1612 before planning a visit.

Wurst Fundraiser Ever: You’re invited to a German-themed drive-through carryout meal fundraiser to benefit Mennonite Central Committee Sept. 26 held at Shalom Mennonite Church in Newton, Kan. Tim and Heidi Huber’s family will be offering bratwurst, sides, dessert and drinks, with an RSVP deadline of Sept. 19 or 300 reservations at https://forms.gle/ASndjK9AQPa3BLRS7 or by calling 316-217-1932.  Hope to see you there!

Bethel College Announcements:
· Last week to see work by three seniors from the Class of 2020, Georgia Anderson, Blayne Stump and Anna Wiens, in the Regier Gallery in Luyken Fine Arts Center at Bethel College. The exhibit closes Friday, Sept. 25. Hours are Mon.-Fri., 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Receptions will be individual and by invitation only. Face masks must be worn on the Bethel College campus.
· Join Kansas Institute for Peace and Conflict Resolution ONLINE for KIPCOR’s 2020 Nonviolence Week Presentation on Friday, September 25, at 11:00 am.   KIPCOR will be hosting a ZOOM TED-talk style presentation by the Rev. Dr. Stephany Rose Spaulding.  In these turbulent times, this is a unique opportunity to support one another, to learn from one another, and to add your voice to the ongoing dialogue about race in society.
KIPCOR will host a Q & A session after her presentation. In order to receive the email with the Zoom link, you MUST preregister on the KIPCOR website no later than Noon on Thursday, September 24.  Simply go to KIPCOR’s website at  http://kipcor.org/  and click on the event, then click on the green “Register Here” button.
· Fall Festival at Bethel College is not canceled but will look different this year. While there won’t be a “Fall Festival fair” on campus Oct. 3, there will be a homecoming football game, an art exhibit by David Long, and a virtual play written by Karen Robu, among other events. The Bethel College Women’s Association is taking orders for baked goods at www.bcwamarketonline.com/shop/preorderforfallfest/9 (ordering deadline: Sept. 30). See www.bethelks.edu/alumni/events/fall-festival for a detailed schedule.
· Bethel College Women’s Association is inviting area churches and former BCWA members to help with Fall Fest Baking.  Check out items needed and sign up here:  https://www.signupgenius.com/go/70a0e4ca8a72fa3f58-fall/. Thank you for your continued support of Bethel College!  
· Bethel College Women’s Association has worked to raise money for Bethel for many years.  This August we are opening our first online store, www.bcwamarketonline.com.  We invite you to help us support Bethel by checking this online market for crafts, jewelry, Bethel-themed items and much more. Our inventory will change over time so please check in to find that special gift or item for your home.  If circumstances allow, on September 1 we will begin accepting orders for baked goods to be picked up on Fall Fest weekend, October 1-3.  Please check the website for updated information.

SAVE THE DATE—IBA BENEFIT DINNER:  The annual Instituto Bíblico Anabautista (IBA) benefit fundraiser will beFri., Oct. 16 at First Mennonite Church in Newton. A burrito order to go will take place instead of the usual dinner.  (You can order Pork, Chicken or Meatless burritos. Sold by ½ dozen-6 burrito and a dozen-12 burritos)  Pick up between 4:30-6:30 pm,  instructions will be sent later.  Sale by donation.  If you are not able to order you are invited to give a donation. Your generous gift will help ensure the future of this vital ministry.  IBA is a program of Mennonite Education Agency’s Hispanic Ministries for Leadership Development and Pastoral Education. For any inquiries or to ORDER contact Violeta Ajquejay Suastegui at: VioletaA@MennoniteEducation.org or call 316-281-4342.  DEADLINE to order: Thursday Oct. 9. 

Mennonite Church USA Announcements:
· Mennonite Church USA staff invites you to join them in supporting the Mennonite World Conference Global Sharing Fund to provide COVID-19 relief to congregations with less access to aid and resources, especially in parts of Africa, Latin America and Asia. For more information: https://www.mennoniteusa.org/word-conference-relief-fund
· Mennonite Church USA is offering Justice Fund grants to congregations that are actively addressing racial justice, poverty, police brutality/reimagining policing and immigration or are seeking start-up money to engage in these areas. For more information on how to apply or donate: https://www.mennoniteusa.org/news/applications-for-justice-fund/
· In his blog, “Building stamina for anti-racism,” Goshen student Cade Fisher talks about the need for young people to prepare for the long, hard work of anti-racism. Read it here: https://www.mennoniteusa.org/menno-snapshots/building-stamina-for-anti-racism/  

Worship Service for September 20, 2020 — to access the worship service you will have to press “Read More

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BETHEL COLLEGE MENNONITE CHURCH
September 20, 2020
Peace Sunday

Welcome and Lighting the Christ Candle—Nathan Koontz

Gathering Hymn—Jesus, stand among us—HWB 25—BCMC Chancel Choir from February 7, 2016

Call to Worship and Prayer—Jake Friesen

Children’s Conversation—Freedom to Breathe Ep. 1:  Social Justice is Climate Justice—PBS video on climate justice

Scripture—Leviticus 25:1-24—Karen Penner

Sermon—Climate Justice—Christy Miller Hesed

Prayers of God’s People—Elaine Schurr

Sending Hymn—Look at the world (John Rutter)—BCMC Chancel, Junior, and Cherub Combined Choirs from May 12, 2019

Benediction—Nathan Koontz

Congregational Conversation on Climate Justice—Christy Miller Hesed

All are welcome to join the conversation via Zoom, Nathan Koontz will facilitate

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Zoom and YouTube audio visual technicians:  Ben Lichti and Renee Reimer

Lyrics to Look at the world by John Rutter

Look at the world: Everything all around us
Look at the world: and marvel everyday
Look at the world: So many joys and wonders
So many miracles along our way

Praise to thee o lord for all creation
Give us thankful hearts that we may see
All the gifts we share and every blessing
All things come of thee

Look at the earth: Bringing forth fruit and flower
Look at the sky: The sunshine and the rain
Look at the hills, look at the trees and mountains,
Valley and flowing river field and plain.

Praise to thee o lord for all creation
Give us thankful hearts that we may see
All the gifts we share and every blessing
All things come of thee

Think of the spring, Think of the warmth of summer
Bringing the harvest before the winters cold
Everything grows, everything has a season
Til’ it is gathered to the fathers fold

Praise to thee o lord for all creation
Give us thankful hearts that we may see
All the gifts we share and every blessing
All things come of thee

Every good gift, all that we need and cherish
Comes from the lord in token of his love
We are his hands, stewards of all his bounty
His is the earth and his the heavens above

Praise to thee, o lord for all creation.
Give us thankful hearts that we may see
All the gifts we share, and every blessing,
All things come of thee
All things come of thee

Worship Service for September 13, 2020 — to access the worship service you will have to press “Read More

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This Sunday we will begin a new worship series using liberation theology as a lens to help interpret the lectionary texts.  Liberation theology begins with the assumption that God is on the side of the oppressed and seeks freedom for all.  This series will go through the first Sunday of November. However, next Sunday, September 20, will be Peace Sunday, hosted by the Witness Commission with guest speaker Christy Miller Hesed (see her bio below), and Sunday, October 4 will be a worship service in partnership with Bethel College as part of their Fall Fest celebration.  We pray that these various worship services over the next few months will help to open our eyes to see where God is at work and to join in God’s path of liberation.   

Bethel College Mennonite Church
September 13, 2020
Liberation

Prelude—Brett and Collin Gaeddert

Welcome and Lighting the Christ Candle—Renee Reimer

Call to Worship and Prayer—Adam Robb          

Gathering Hymns—Holy Spirit, come with power—HWB 26

Children’s Conversation—Blessing of the backpacks—Jill Robb

Scripture—Exodus 14:19-31; Matthew 18:21-35—Heather and Addison Zerger

Hymn—When Israel was in Egypt’s land—HWB 164

Sermon—God for the oppressed—Nathan Koontz

Hymn of response—Lord, you give the great commission—STJ 63

Prayers of God’s people—Heather Zerger

Sending Hymn—Lead on, O cloud of Presence—HWB 419

Benediction—Nathan Koontz

HWB = Hymnal: A Worship Book STJ= Sing the Journey

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Audio visual technician:  Ken Lamp
Musicians:
Matthew Schloneger
Crystal Gaeddert
Sara Dick
Alahna Wheat
Adam Robb
Jill Robb
Esther Koontz
Renee Reimer
Erich Boschmann
Rebecca Schloneger

Pastors:
Nathan Koontz
Renee Reimer

Announcements for September 11-18, 2020

Peace Sunday
Next Sunday we will be celebrating Peace Sunday with Dr. Christine Miller Hesed as a guest speaker.  Miller Hesed is an environmental anthropologist and conservation biologist whose work focuses on engaging underrepresented communities in climate change adaptation planning. She was the project director of Engaging Faith Communities for Coastal Resilience, an applied research project that brought together rural church communities with county and state government employees to address climate change on the Chesapeake Bay. Her work involves cultural consensus analysis and ethnographic methods to understand differences and similarities in cultural knowledge within and across stakeholder groups. Her doctoral research focused on rural African American communities on the Chesapeake Bay in order to understand environmental justice, vulnerability, adaptation, and resilience to sea-level rise. Miller Hesed is a former EPA STAR Fellow. She currently lives in Hesston, Kansas with her husband and young children.

Zoom practice sessions
Renee will be holding 2 Zoom practice/tutorial sessions before the Zoom September 20th worship service. Please note, Renee does not know everything but can help you get started on a few things. If you have never used Zoom before you will need to download the application onto your computer. You can do this here: https://zoom.us/download You will also need a microphone and camera on your computer/tablet/smartphone to fully participate and interact with others during the discussion session following the service. If you’d like to practice getting on Zoom before this worship service, please let Renee know at renee@bethelcollegemennonitechurch.org. The two drop in Zoom practice sessions will be Monday, September 14th from 4-5pm and Thursday, September 17th from 1-2pm. This service will also be recorded and uploaded to YouTube (like we normally do on Sunday mornings). 

Hello!
This week’s “Hello” video comes from Monica Lichti. Click here to join Monica, Lucy, and Faith on a tour of the Fellowship Hall remodel to see what’s being done while we’ve been away.  You can see the video at:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4XtI4NBH3Og&feature=youtu.be

Donna and Jerry Friesen who live at Kidron Bethel Village ask for your prayers as Jerry is in hospice care.  We pray for strength for Donna and others as they provide physical and emotional support, and for patience, comfort, and love as Donna and Jerry enter into this last stage of life together.

BCMC is responsible for meals and volunteers at New Hope Shelter this week from Sept. 9 through Sept. 15.  Please remember our volunteers as they serve the homeless in our community. 

Porch Portraits 
We love seeing your pictures and want to keep seeing more! Please send your porch portraits to Renee at renee@bethelcollegemennonitechurch.org so we can include your smiles to our collection. View photos by following this link: https://cruxphotos.smugmug.com/BCMC-Porch/ New photos have been added and will continue to be added in this ongoing project. 

Updating Church Directory
Monica Lichti is working hard at updating our church directory for this coming year. Please take a look at your contact information and your families contact information from the yellow 2019 directory. If anything is incorrect, please let Monica know by September 16.

This is a gentle reminder from the Library Committee that our wonderful library is open whenever the church is. Please feel free to come and explore our collection-either at home through TinyCat or on the computer here at church. As an added incentive, we have begun choosing genres/themes that will change every other month or so. Currently, we have pulled the books that share the theme “Racial Justice”. This healthy collection is on the shelves in back of the library check out desk. Also, those of you that have had books checked out since February or before, please return them as soon as possible. If you still don’t feel comfortable bringing them back yourselves, one of us will be glad to pick it up.   You can access the church library catalog by going to the BCMC website, click on Resources, then click on Library.  Happy Reading! Kathryn Simmons, Margaret Goering, Rose Haury, Barb Koontz, Sondra Koontz, LaVonne Sawatsky

Mennonite Mission Network Prayer Request:  Join Mennonite Mission Network in praising God that no students, staff, or faculty of the Near East School of Theology were injured when last month’s explosion rocked Beirut, Lebanon. Pray for wisdom for George Sabra, the school’s president, and for the necessary resources to repair the extensive damage done to the eight-floor building. Pray also for all who have lost loved ones and homes.
Western District Conference Prayer Request:  Pray for the Holy Spirit’s wisdom, guidance and joy for Lois Barrett, as she begins serving as the new moderator for WDC.

Join KIPCOR ONLINE for their 2020-2021 Peace Lecture Series kickoff
Thank you so much for your patience since the beginning of the year when we announced Sarah Smarsh as our 2020 Peace Lecturer.   After much discussion with her team, we have decided that the best way to safely host the event is to do it virtually.  Therefore, we will be live-streaming the event on Thursday evening, November 5, 2020.  The author, speaker, and journalist will present, “Bridging the Cultural Divide in Difficult Times.”     Sarah focuses on socioeconomic class and rural America. Her book Heartland: A Memoir of Working Hard and Being Broke in the Richest Country on Earth, an instant New York Times bestseller and a finalist for the National Book Award, examines economic inequality through her upbringing among the working poor on a Kansas farm.
Sarah has reported on socioeconomic class for The Guardian, the New York Times, The New Yorker, Harper’s, and many other publications.  Heartland was named a “best of 2018” by NPR, Fresh Air, the Boston Globe, Amazon, Buzzfeed, Barnes and Noble, and Publishers Weekly.  In addition to being short-listed for the National Book Award, Heartland was a finalist for the Kirkus Prize, the Lukas Prize, the Indie Choice Award, and an Audie Award for Smarsh’s reading of her audiobook.  Actor-producer Sarah Jessica Parker selected the title for the American Library Association’s Book Club Central. Sarah is a regular political commentator in national media and has spoken internationally on poverty, rural issues, and cultural divides at venues ranging from small-town libraries to Sydney Opera House. Sarah was recently a Fellow at Harvard’s Shorenstein Center on Media, Politics and Public Policy.  In 2019, Sarah released a podcast entitled The Homecomers, which focuses on how a national blind spot toward rural and working-class America is driving misleading headlines, broken politics, and dangerous fissures in our social fabric.  The podcast showcases stories of people who, as residents or advocates, remain committed to their complex, embattled homes.  This event is a fundraiser.  Registration details will be provided at a later date. For the most up to date information, please see our website at www.KIPCOR.org.

Sunday, Sept. 13– KIPCOR, the Kansas Institute for Peace and Conflict Resolution at Bethel College, is hosting a Zoom call, starting at 2 pm, featuring Selma: The Bridge to the Ballot, a 40-minute documentary about a group of Alabama students and teachers who nonviolently resisted a century of Jim Crow in a segregationist state to win voting rights for Blacks, followed by a talk-back session with Larry Burks Sr., president of the Wichita branch of the NAACP. If you signed up, don’t forget to tune in!

Now in the Regier Art Gallery in Luyken Fine Arts Center at Bethel College: work by three seniors from the Class of 2020 — Georgia Anderson, Blayne Stump and Anna Wiens. Gallery hours are Mon.-Fri., 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Receptions will be individual and by invitation only. Face masks must be worn on the Bethel College campus.

You are invited to read the September/October/November issue of WDC’s quarterly newsletter, WDC Garden, now available at:  https://mennowdc.org/wdc-garden-september-october-november-2020/. 

Everence will host its workshopMake Medicare an easy step, as a webinar on Tuesday, Sept. 15 at 6:30 p.m. Attendees will learn about the various Medicare plans and what they cover; plans that supplement Medicare; and enrollment details and deadlines. This webinar is free. Please register by contacting our office at 877-467-7294, 316-283-3800 or central.kansas@everence.com

Bethel College Women’s Association has worked to raise money for Bethel for many years.  This August we are opening our first online store, www.bcwamarketonline.com.  We invite you to help us support Bethel by checking this online market for crafts, jewelry, Bethel-themed items and much more. Our inventory will change over time so please check in to find that special gift or item for your home.  If circumstances allow, on September 1 we will begin accepting orders for baked goods to be picked up on Fall Fest weekend, October 1-3.  Please check the website for updated information.

Mennonite Central Committee announcements:

If you can tie a knot you can help MCC! There are lots of comforters at MCC in North Newton that need to be tied and we’re looking for volunteers! If you would be interested in borrowing a set of sticks/stands from the MCC Workroom to set up and tie comforters at home, please contact Kate Mast at (katemast@mcc.org, ‪316-804-8432).
Mennonite Central Committee invites you join Celebration 2020: MCC at 100, a livestreamed event commemorating a century of MCC’s ministry on Saturday, Oct. 17, starting at 6:50 pm. (EDT). The event will feature photos, videos and storytelling that highlight MCC’s work over the years. Former MCC leader and pastor Leonard Dow of Philadelphia will inspire participants to walk boldly into the next century of MCC’s ministry while talented musicians will lead in prayer and thanksgiving. You can find more information about MCC’s centennial and log in for the livestreamed event at mcc.org/celebration-2020. 
Register NOW for the MCC Flatlander Bicycle Ride! Due to COVID-19, the ride is a “virtual” event this year and open to EVERYONE.  Riders may register any time until September 29. Register online at Bikereg.com. Join us in raising money for MCC to fund the construction of new wells and repair existing water and sanitary systems at schools in Nicaragua. With these improvements, students will have safe water to drink and wash their hands. In this global pandemic, access to clean water is more essential than ever. Donations from non-riders are welcome! Checks to MCC Flatlander Bike Ride may be sent to MCC Central States, PO Box 235, North Newton, KS 67117.

The Kansas Mennonite Relief Sale is sponsoring an online auction at this time.  Here is the Acutria Auction site.  https://charityauction.bid/KMRS
Bidding began last week on September 1 with bidding to close at 5 pm, September 26. This auction will feature donations that would have been sold at the silent or general auction at the KMRS event last April.  Currently there are over 20 donations and items will continue to be added through the time period of the auction so check out the auction site often.  There will not be any quilts sold at this auction but the quilt committee is putting together a quilt online auction for October.  More details will follow as those details are worked out.  This is an opportunity to contribute to the continuing needs of the Mennonite Central Committee. The auction site is easy to use and is geared for non-profit charitable organizations.  Items purchased may be picked up at a distribution points in North Newton, Topeka and Hutchinson.  Shipping or delivery will be considered upon request.  
Again, here is the Acutria Auction website  https://charityauction.bid/KMRS 
Please check out the items on the auction site and bid.  If you have something you would like to donate or have questions, please contact me at jimandbeatyrobb@gmail.com or 620-747-0186.
You have been very generous in your donations and contributions to KMRS and MCC.  For this we are thankful.  But in this centennial year we should consider stretching ourselves as the original supporters of MCC did.  The best way to celebrate is to “give in the name of Christ.”  Jim Robb,  KMRS Chair

Camp Mennoscah announcements
· Limited number of openings! Camp Mennoscah’s Scrapbook and Crafts Retreats will take place on Oct. 30-Nov. 1 and Nov. 6-8.  Masks and physical distancing guidelines will be followed and the facility used has been changed.  More spaces will be opened as determined safe and feasible, so put your name on the waitlist!  Register online at campmennoscah.org!  Call 620-297-3290 for further information.
· Camp Mennoscah welcomes guests!  Camping areas and cabins are open to guests/groups for overnight stays and day visits.  Spend time in the river, have a campfire cookout, and enjoy the open spaces of the tallgrass prairie and the Ninnescah River!  Contact Camp Mennoscah at 620-297-3290 to make a reservation and to inquire about use of additional facilities.  We can’t wait to see you!

Women’s Retreat 2020:  And now for something completely different!  After much discussion and prayer, the Retreat Committee has decided not to meet in person at Camp Menoscah this year.  We will miss all of you and the energy and joy you bring to camp.  However we WILL gather virtually on Saturday night, September 12 from 7-8:30 pm via Zoom for a worship service.  Our goal is to connect to and encourage each other through Christ and His love for us.  Susan Jantzen (interim pastor of Worship/Visitation at First Mennonite in Newton) will lead us on “Reflections on God as Keeper”.  Bethany Martin from Faith and Life Bookstore will review a few books.  Annelle Claassen (Retreat Committee Chair) will lead singing, and Karen Mascho (Pastor and Retreat Committee) will lead communion together.  No masks required!  For free registration or questions, send your email to Tammy Duvanel Unruh at 2020womensretreat.rsvp@gmail.com by Thursday, September 10.  Save the date and we look forward to seeing your whole face!

The Mennonite Heritage and Cultural Museum in Goessel, has an ongoing display of Marie and Martha Voth’s Wheat Marquetry Art till the end of September. Over 25 larger works (both paintings and wheat art) and many, many smaller items and greeting cards. Museum Hours are Tues. through Sat. 10 am – 5 pm. Regular admission applies and free admission for museum members. 

Now at Kauffman Museum (through Nov. 29) – “Sorting Out Race: Examining Racial Identity and Stereotypes in Thrift Store Donations.” Regular hours are Tues.-Fri. 9:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m., Sat.-Sun. 1:30-4:30 p.m., closed Mondays and major holidays, but with ever-changing COVID-19 protocols, you are advised to check the museum website, kauffmanmuseum.org, or Facebook page or call 316-283-1612 before planning a visit.

The Israel Palestine Relations Task Force of Western District Conference Israel Palestine Task Force/Mennonite Church USA is sponsoring a webinar on September 21, 7 to 8 pm (CT). UN’s International Day of Peace entitled Racial Justice from US to Palestine features Jonathan Kuttab, Alex Awad and Sarah Thompson Nahar.  Click here for instructions for registration and more information about this free webinar. Celebrate%20International%20Day%20of%20Peace.pdf

Wurst Fundraiser Ever: You’re invited to a German-themed drive-through carryout meal fundraiser to benefit Mennonite Central Committee Sept. 26 held at Shalom Mennonite Church in Newton, Kan. Tim and Heidi Huber’s family will be offering bratwurst, sides, dessert and drinks, with an RSVP deadline of Sept. 19 or 300 reservations at https://forms.gle/ASndjK9AQPa3BLRS7 or by calling 316-217-1932.  Hope to see you there!

From the Mennonite Creation Care Network
Jim Musselman, creation care liaison from First Mennonite Church of San Francisco Mennonite Church writes:
September 13, 2020. 
Please pause for a moment to grieve the devastation and suffering from the forest fires in California right now. For those of us with some understanding of climate change, it is a double grief. See what Jim has to say below. Lament and beg for God’s mercy, respond with advocacy and action as you can; leave the rest in God’s hands. 
The Day the Sun Did Not Come Up
For those of us in Northern California, September 9, 2020, was “The Day The Sun Didn’t Come Up.” As I write this at 2:20 pm, the sun still had not risen here in San Francisco. 
Yesterday the NY Times reported that wildfires in California have now burned more acreage than in any prior year in recorded history, plus we still have four months left in our fire season. Amy Goodman, on the Democracy Now news show, reported not only that the acreage burned this year exceeded all prior recorded years, but also that these record breaking wildfires are caused by global warming. Thank you, Amy Goodman, and thank you to all the news agencies that have had the integrity to link these record-breaking fires to climate change instead of regarding global warming as a radical leftist hoax. 
My friends and family in Dublin California, 60 miles to the southeast; Aptos California, 70 miles south; and Salinas California 105 miles south, have all reported today that the sun did not come up there either.
I cannot help but take this phenomenon as a warning that we must alter how we live and begin to de-grow our human enterprise across the planet. We seem to have completely lost touch with the natural world and forgotten that we are an integral part of it. 

Worship Service for September 6, 2020 — to access the worship service you will have to press “Read More

Press here to access the worship service. September 6, 2020

BETHEL COLLEGE MENNONITE CHURCH
September 6, 2020
A Time Such as This

Prelude—Pat Friesen                                                                                                                       

Welcome and Lighting the Christ Candle—Mary Ann Boschmann                                                 

Children’s conversation—Gering Family                                                                                          

Scripture—Acts 6:1-7—Faith and Lucy Burch     

Reflection—Julianna Schrag, Vern Preheim & Norma Johnson, Elizabeth Schmidt, Al Peters                  

Hymn—Holy Spirit, come with Power—Andrew Thiesen                                                                

Reflections—Nadine Peters, Adam Kroeker, Esther Koontz                                                            

Hymn—Lead me, Lord—Pat Friesen                    

Prayers of God’s people—Sara Dick                                                                                                

Sending hymn—The Lord Lift You Up—STJ 73

Benediction—Renee Reimer                                                                                                            

Announcements for September 4-11, 2020

Welcome to BCMC’s new Faith Formation College Intern, Julianna Schrag! Julianna is a sophomore at Bethel College and will be joining our community this year in the area of Faith Formation. She will work under the leadership of the Faith Formation Commission as she teaches preschool Sunday School and coordinates Journey Club. Keep an eye out to learn more about her eagerness to learn and creative spirits! 

Friends:  Unbelievable!  Thank you for all your birthday wishes and notes.  It was greatly appreciated. ~ Dorothy Harder

Congratulations to Kate (Katherine Seymour) and her husband Todd Lawrence and  grandparents Valetta and Miner Seymour on the birth of a baby girl,  Ruth Linden Seymour, August 10 in Nashville, TN!

Announcement about Karen and Glen Ediger’s Grandson
Greyson Ediger, grandson of Glen and Karen Ediger, is recovering at Wesley Regional Medical Center from surgery for Hirschsprung’s Disease, and expects to go home this weekend. Greyson William Ediger was born August 7 to Brandan and Megan Ediger. Brandan and Megan live in Wichita. Brandan is a an Interventional Radiological Technologist at Wesley Regional Medical Center. Megan is the Office Manager for Andover Central High School.

Porch Portraits 
We love seeing your pictures and want to keep seeing more! Please send your porch portraits to Renee at renee@bethelcollegemennonitechurch.org so we can include your smiles to our collection. View photos by following this link: https://cruxphotos.smugmug.com/BCMC-Porch/ New photos have been added and will continue to be added in this ongoing project. 

Updating Church Directory
Monica Lichti is working hard at updating our church directory for this coming year. Please take a look at your contact information and your families contact information from the yellow 2019 directory. If anything is incorrect, please let Monica know by September 12.

Church Office Closed
The church office will be closed Monday, September 7th for Labor Day. 

Hello!
This week’s “Hello” video comes from the chair of the Faith Formation Commission, Mary Ellen Hodge. Watch this video to learn about the new curriculum Faith Formation Commission bought for the whole church to use.  Link is https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dHnAnUqin0E&feature=youtu.be
Check out https://www.godsstorygodssong.com/#/ to explore the curriculum on your own. If you’d like to use this curriculum with your Sunday School class, partner, friends, on your own, or by creating a small group, please let Renee Reimer know. All ages, Bible knowledge, and Sunday School attendance records accepted!

From the BCMC Financial Manager, Mike Claassen
According to the latest numbers, we still need $5,291.12 to cover the elevator repair.  Based on the estimate from Regier Construction, we need $39,631.03 to cover the kitchen/fellowship hall renovation.
Contributions from January 1 through July 31 were $249,106 and expenses were $275,461, leaving a shortfall of $26,355.

Mennonite Mission Network Prayer Request:  Mennonite Mission Network’s Service Adventure participants began their assignments in the Jackson, Mississippi, unit this week. Pray that God will provide wisdom for Debbie and Rick Lee, new unit leaders, and for all as they transition into community living and learning.

Western District Conference Prayer Request:  Pray for Gabriel Pennington as he is installed today as pastor at Southern Hills Mennonite Church, a WDC congregation in Topeka, KS.

Offering at BCMC for August 30-September 6, 2020:  General Fund $4,537; Peace Garden Fund $6,000; Living Stones $40.

Other Announcements

You are invited to read the September/October/November issue of WDC’s quarterly newsletter, WDC Garden, now available at:  https://mennowdc.org/wdc-garden-september-october-november-2020/. 

Everence will host its popular workshopMake Medicare an easy step, as a webinar on Tuesday, Sept. 15 at 6:30 p.m. Attendees will learn about the various Medicare plans and what they cover; plans that supplement Medicare; and enrollment details and deadlines. This webinar is free. Please register by contacting our office at 877-467-7294, 316-283-3800 or central.kansas@everence.com

Bethel College Women’s Association has worked to raise money for Bethel for many years.  This August we are opening our first online store, www.bcwamarketonline.com.  We invite you to help us support Bethel by checking this online market for crafts, jewelry, Bethel-themed items and much more. Our inventory will change over time so please check in to find that special gift or item for your home.  If circumstances allow, on September 1 we will begin accepting orders for baked goods to be picked up on Fall Fest weekend, October 1-3.  Please check the website for updated information.

If you can tie a knot you can help MCC! 
There are lots of comforters at MCC in North Newton that need to be tied and we’re looking for volunteers! If you would be interested in borrowing a set of sticks/stands from the MCC Workroom to set up and tie comforters at home, please contact Kate Mast at (katemast@mcc.org, ‪316-804-8432). Thank you!

The 2020 issue of Mennonite Life, Bethel College’s online journal, is live at ml.bethelks.edu, with articles and reviews by Alain Epp Weaver, Ben Nobbs-Thiessen, Ben Woodward-Breckbill, Cheryl Denise, Christopher Reed, Emma Beachy, Jason Schmidt, Joanne Lehman, Joyce Zuercher, Julia Kasdorf, Keith Sprunger, Lisa Schirch, Marc Gopin, Melanie Zuercher and Raylene Hinz-Penner.

Preschool Story Hour at the Conference Resource Library returns this fall with VIRTUAL LIVE story hours full of stories, rhymes, and craft ideas on Tuesdays at 10:00am and Thursdays at 3:30pm. Tuesday and Thursday sessions will be different, join us for one or both sessions each week.  Story Hour will start Tuesday, September 8 and be geared toward ages 3-5.  Story Hour will be led by Library Director Jennie Wintermote and will be shorter than our Summer Story Hour.  Register at https://forms.gle/vpk7DXRwwHAbSo5A7 and contact Jennie with any questions at crlib@mennowdc.org.   

Camp Mennoscah announcements
· Mental Health Spiritual Retreat at Camp Mennoscah will be a one-day event on Monday, September 7.  This retreat is for those affected by mental illness, including friends and family.  Activities will be outside.  We will follow social distancing and mask guidelines.  Please bring a mask with you.  Those interested in attending the retreat should contact Camp Mennoscah at 620-297-3290.
· Limited number of openings! Camp Mennoscah’s Scrapbook and Crafts Retreats will take place on Oct. 30-Nov. 1 and Nov. 6-8.  Masks and physical distancing guidelines will be followed and the facility used has been changed.  More spaces will be opened as determined safe and feasible, so put your name on the waitlist!  Register online at campmennoscah.org!  Call 620-297-3290 for further information.
· Camp Mennoscah welcomes guests!  Camping areas and cabins are open to guests/groups for overnight stays and day visits.  Spend time in the river, have a campfire cookout, and enjoy the open spaces of the tallgrass prairie and the Ninnescah River!  Contact Camp Mennoscah at 620-297-3290 to make a reservation and to inquire about use of additional facilities.  We can’t wait to see you!

Women’s Retreat 2020:  And now for something completely different!  After much discussion and prayer, the Retreat Committee has decided not to meet in person at Camp Menoscah this year.  We will miss all of you and the energy and joy you bring to camp.  However we WILL gather virtually on Saturday night, September 12 from 7-8:30 pm via Zoom for a worship service.  Our goal is to connect to and encourage each other through Christ and His love for us.  Susan Jantzen (interim pastor of Worship/Visitation at First Mennonite in Newton) will lead us on “Reflections on God as Keeper”.  Bethany Martin from Faith and Life Bookstore will review a few books.  Annelle Claassen (Retreat Committee Chair) will lead singing, and Karen Mascho (Pastor and Retreat Committee) will lead communion together.  No masks required!  For free registration or questions, send your email to Tammy Duvanel Unruh at 2020womensretreat.rsvp@gmail.com by Thursday, September 10.  Save the date and we look forward to seeing your whole face!

Mennonite church announcements
· Curious about church planting or re-planting? Join the next Sent Network cohort and learn how to explore, equip, and be sent to spread the word of God! Visit MennoniteMission.net/SentNetwork to learn more and save your spot!
· The Mennonite Heritage and Cultural Museum in Goessel, has an ongoing display of Marie and Martha Voth’s Wheat Marquetry Art till the end of September. Over 25 larger works (both paintings and wheat art) and many, many smaller items and greeting cards. Museum Hours are Tues. through Sat. 10 am – 5 pm. Regular admission applies and free admission for museum members. 

Join KIPCOR ONLINE for their 2020-2021 Film Series
On Sunday, September 13, at 2:00 PM KIPCOR will be hosting a ZOOM call featuring the film “Selma: The Bridge to the Ballot”, produced by the group Teaching Tolerance.
This film tells the story of a courageous group of Alabama students and teachers who fought nonviolently against a century of Jim Crow in a segregationist state to win voting rights for African Americans. These change-makers overcame violence, arrest, and even murder to achieve one of the most significant victories of the civil rights era. 
The talk-back session after the film will feature Larry Burks, Sr., the President of the Wichita Branch of the NAACP.  
You can find out more, and register to participate, on the KIPCOR website at   http://kipcor.org/  
Advance registration is required.

Now in the Regier Art Gallery in Luyken Fine Arts Center at Bethel Collegework by three seniors from the Class of 2020, Georgia Anderson, Blayne Stump and Anna Wiens. Gallery hours are Mon.-Fri., 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Receptions will be individual and by invitation only. Face masks must be worn on the Bethel College campus.

Now at Kauffman Museum (through Nov. 29) – “Sorting Out Race: Examining Racial Identity and Stereotypes in Thrift Store Donations.” Regular hours are Tues.-Fri. 9:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m., Sat.-Sun. 1:30-4:30 p.m., closed Mondays and major holidays, but with ever-changing COVID-19 protocols, you are advised to check the museum website, kauffmanmuseum.org, or Facebook page or call 316-283-1612 before planning a visit.

Good news from Rocky Mountain Mennonite Camp! Labor Day Work and Play Retreat, September 4-7 2020 is a “go” all while following existing guidelines to wear a mask inside and/or when within 6′ of participants not from your own place of residence. The weekend is a time for individuals and families of all ages to enjoy a day of work (Saturday) along with a day of “play” (Sunday). Camp operations/projects continue to abound including food service, housekeeping, and maintenance projects (i.e. Spruce beetle mitigation, painting, etc.) With 11 already registered, only 9 more spaces remain so please sign-up online at rmmc.org.

The Israel Palestine Relations Task Force of Western District Conference/Mennonite Church USA is sponsoring a webinar on September 21, UN’s International Day of Peace entitled Racial Justice from US to Palestine.  The Webinar features Jonathan Kuttab, Alex Awad and Sarah Thompson Nahar.  

For a quick snapshot of what’s happening around WDC or what Keynote Speaker Danny Carroll had to say at the WDC Assembly,  go to “WDC Assembly 2020” on YouTube:  https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL6aO7e884ZT5d9gHzyrfAucccOFYYd_M5.  There are many creative Assembly videos still available for viewing!  

In an open letter to the denomination, Michael Danner, Mennonite Church USA’s associate executive director of Church Vitality, invites fellow white Christians to “engage in proactive, deliberate efforts to oppose and dismantle racism in all of its forms.” Read more: https://www.mennoniteusa.org/letter-danner

Wurst Fundraiser Ever: You’re invited to a German-themed drive-through carryout meal fundraiser to benefit Mennonite Central Committee Sept. 26 held at Shalom Mennonite Church in Newton, Kan. Tim and Heidi Huber’s family will be offering bratwurst, sides, dessert and drinks, with an RSVP deadline of Sept. 19 or 300 reservations at https://forms.gle/ASndjK9AQPa3BLRS7. Hope to see you there!

Announcements for August 28-September 4, 2020


Hello!
This week’s “Hello” video comes from Pastor Nathan Koontz. Click here to join Nathan on a tour of his orbit. 

Porch Portraits 
We love seeing your pictures and want to keep seeing more! Please send your porch portraits to Renee at renee@bethelcollegemennonitechurch.org so we can include your smiles to our collection. View photos by following this link: https://cruxphotos.smugmug.com/BCMC-Porch/ New photos have been added and will continue to be added in this ongoing project. 

Prayers for Lee Suderman
Over the past number of months, Lee has struggled with pericarditis.  It is a condition that progressively constricts the heart, making the heart less and less able to pump blood.  One possible option to aleve the pericarditis would be to have a pericardiectomy.   Di and Lee will be traveling to the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, MN for an appointment on September 7 in order to see if Lee is eligible for such an invasive open heart surgery.  If the pericardiectomy is advised, Di and Lee would likely be staying in Rochester for most of September in order to stay safe from COVID 19 both before and after the surgery.   Please pray for peace and calm and wisdom for both Lee and Di and their doctors as they discern the best path forward. 

From the BCMC Financial Manager, Mike Claassen
According to the latest numbers, we still need $5,291.12 to cover the elevator repair.  Based on the estimate from Regier Construction, we need $39,631.03 to cover the kitchen/fellowship hall renovation.
Contributions from January 1 through July 31 were $249,106 and expenses were $275,461, leaving a shortfall of $26,355.

Mennonite Mission Network Prayer Request:  Thank God for how the youth of the Barcelona Mennonite community in Catalonia are flourishing in their spiritual growth despite pandemic restrictions. Pray for Alisha and Joshua Garber, serving with Mennonite Mission Network, as they explore best practices to mentor and teach online.

Western District Conference Prayer Request:  Pray for God’s wisdom and guidance for WDC as we seek to understand more deeply the structural racism of our own church life and history, and to be faithful to God’s vision for justice in today’s world. 

Offering at BCMC for August 23-30, 2020:  General Fund $6,312; Memorial Fund $200.29; Columbarium Fund $2,000; Living Stones $45; Elevator Repair $200.

Other Announcements

For the health and safety of participants and the wider community, Life Enrichment at Bethel College is canceled for the fall 2020 semester.

Bethel College Women’s Association has worked to raise money for Bethel for many years.  This August we are opening our first online store, www.bca marketonline.com.  We invite you to help us support Bethel by checking this online market for crafts, jewelry, Bethel-themed items and much more. Our inventory will change over time so please check in to find that special gift or item for your home.  If circumstances allow, on September 1 we will begin accepting orders for baked goods to be picked up on Fall Fest weekend, October 1-3.  Please check the website for updated information.

The 2020 issue of Mennonite Life, Bethel College’s online journal, is live at ml.bethelks.edu, with articles and reviews by Alain Epp Weaver, Ben Nobbs-Thiessen, Ben Woodward-Breckbill, Cheryl Denise, Christopher Reed, Emma Beachy, Jason Schmidt, Joanne Lehman, Joyce Zuercher, Julia Kasdorf, Keith Sprunger, Lisa Schirch, Marc Gopin, Melanie Zuercher and Raylene Hinz-Penner.

Preschool Story Hour at the Conference Resource Library returns this fall with VIRTUAL LIVE story hours full of stories, rhymes, and craft ideas on Tuesdays at 10:00 am and Thursdays at 3:30 pm. Tuesday and Thursday sessions will be different, join us for one or both sessions each week.  Story Hour will start Tuesday, September 8 and be geared toward ages 3-5.  Story Hour will be led by Library Director Jennie Wintermote and will be shorter than our Summer Story Hour.  Register at https://forms.gle/vpk7DXRwwHAbSo5A7 and contact Jennie with any questions at crlib@mennowdc.org.   

Camp Mennoscah announcements
· Mental Health Spiritual Retreat at Camp Mennoscah will be a one-day event on Monday, September 7.  This retreat is for those affected by mental illness, including friends and family.  Activities will be outside.  We will follow social distancing and mask guidelines.  Please bring a mask with you.  Those interested in attending the retreat should contact Camp Mennoscah at 620-297-3290.
· Limited number of openings! Camp Mennoscah’s Scrapbook and Crafts Retreats will take place on Oct. 30-Nov. 1 and Nov. 6-8.  Masks and physical distancing guidelines will be followed and the facility used has been changed.  More spaces will be opened as determined safe and feasible, so put your name on the waitlist!  Register online at campmennoscah.org!  Call 620-297-3290 for further information.
· Camp Mennoscah welcomes guests!  Camping areas and cabins are open to guests/groups for overnight stays and day visits.  Spend time in the river, have a campfire cookout, and enjoy the open spaces of the tallgrass prairie and the Ninnescah River!  Contact Camp Mennoscah at 620-297-3290 to make a reservation and to inquire about use of additional facilities.  We can’t wait to see you!

Western District Women’s Retreat 2020:  And now for something completely different! After much discussion and prayer, the Western District Women in Mission Retreat Committee has decided not to meet in person at Camp Mennoscah this year. We will miss all of you and the energy and joy you bring to camp. However, we WILL gather virtually on Saturday night, September 12 from 7:00-8:30 PM via Zoom for a worship service. Our goal is to connect to and encourage each other through Christ and His love for us. Susan Jantzen (interim pastor of Worship/Visitation at First Mennonite in Newton) will lead us on “Reflections on God as Keeper.” Bethany Martin from Faith and Life Bookstore will review a few books. Annelle Claassen (Retreat Committee Chair) will lead singing, and Karen Mascho (Pastor and Retreat Committee) will lead communion together. No masks required! For free registration or questions, send your email to Tammy Duvanel Unruh at 2020womensretreat.rsvp@gmail.com   Save the date and we look forward to seeing your whole face! 

Mennonite church announcements
· Curious about church planting or re-planting? Join the next Sent Network cohort and learn how to explore, equip, and be sent to spread the word of God! Visit MennoniteMission.net/SentNetwork to learn more and save your spot!
· The Mennonite Heritage and Cultural Museum in Goessel, has an ongoing display of Marie and Martha Voth’s Wheat Marquetry Art till the end of September. Over 25 larger works (both paintings and wheat art) and many, many smaller items and greeting cards. Museum Hours are Tues. through Sat. 10 am – 5 pm. Regular admission applies and free admission for museum members. 

Join KIPCOR ONLINE for their 2020-2021 Film Series
On Sunday, September 13, at 2:00 PM KIPCOR will be hosting a ZOOM call featuring the film “Selma: The Bridge to the Ballot”, produced by the group Teaching Tolerance.
This film tells the story of a courageous group of Alabama students and teachers who fought nonviolently against a century of Jim Crow in a segregationist state to win voting rights for African Americans. These change-makers overcame violence, arrest, and even murder to achieve one of the most significant victories of the civil rights era. 
The talk-back session after the film will feature Larry Burks, Sr., the President of the Wichita Branch of the NAACP.  
You can find out more, and register to participate, on the KIPCOR website at   http://kipcor.org/  Advance registration is required.

Now at Kauffman Museum (through Nov. 29) – “Sorting Out Race: Examining Racial Identity and Stereotypes in Thrift Store Donations.” Regular hours are Tues.-Fri. 9:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m., Sat.-Sun. 1:30-4:30 p.m., closed Mondays and major holidays, but with ever-changing COVID-19 protocols, you are advised to check the museum website, kauffmanmuseum.org, or Facebook page or call 316-283-1612 before planning a visit.

Good news from Rocky Mountain Mennonite Camp! Labor Day Work and Play Retreat, September 4-7 2020 is a “go” all while following existing guidelines to wear a mask inside and/or when within 6′ of participants not from your own place of residence. The weekend is a time for individuals and families of all ages to enjoy a day of work (Saturday) along with a day of “play” (Sunday). Camp operations/projects continue to abound including food service, housekeeping, and maintenance projects (i.e. Spruce beetle mitigation, painting, etc.) With 11 already registered, only 9 more spaces remain so please sign-up online at rmmc.org.

Worship Service for August 30, 2020 — to access the worship service you will have to press “Read More


This week our worship focus during A Time Such as This will be Acts 5:12-16. Eric Massanari will be preaching a sermon entitled, When even the shadows can heal.  Press here for the service: August 30, 2020

BETHEL COLLEGE MENNONITE CHURCH
August 30, 2020
A Time Such as This

Prelude— Herr Jesu Christ, Dich Zu uns Vend –(Bach/Walther)—Verlene Garber, organ              

Welcome and Lighting the Christ Candle—Nathan Koontz                                                               

Call to worship and Prayer—Nathan Koontz                                                                                   

Gathering hymn—God is here among us—HWB 16

Children’s conversation—Esther Kreider Eash                                                                                    

Scripture—Acts 5:12-16—Barbara Thiesen         

Sermon—When even the shadows can heal—Eric Massanari

Hymn of response—Lord, thou hast searched me—HWB 556                                                        

Prayers of God’s people—Nathan Koontz                                                                                         

Sending hymn—Thou true vine—HWB 373        

Benediction—Eric Massanari                              

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Audio visual technician:  Ben Lichti

Musicians:
William Eash
Esther Kreider Eash
John Mark Koontz
Barbara Thiesen
Renee Reimer
Ron Garber
Verlene Garber

Preacher:
Eric Massanari

Pastors:
Nathan Koontz
Renee Reimer

The Welcoming Prayer

Welcome, welcome, welcome.

I welcome everything that comes to me in this moment
because I know it is for my healing.

I welcome all thoughts, feelings, emotions,
persons, situations and conditions.

I let go of my demand for security.
I let go of my hunger for approval.
I let go of my insistence on control.
I let go of my blind desire to change any
situation, condition, person, or myself.

I open to the love and presence of God and
the healing action and grace within. Amen.

-Mary Mrozowski (1925-1993)

Announcements for August 21-28, 2020

Hello!
This week’s “Hello” video comes from Barbara Thiesen. Barbara has taken on more worship responsibility during Pastor Dawn Yoder Harms sabbatical and is filling the role of Worship Planning Coordinator. Hear more from her about her responsibilities in her 1 minute hello video!

Sympathy notices
Please hold Helen Nachtigal and family in your prayers as they mourn the sudden death of Frank Nachtigal on August 17.  Funeral arrangements are pending. 

We share with you the sad news that Nancy Jo Mueller died , August 20, after being put on hospice care on August 19 in Colorado Springs, CO.  Please keep her parents, Jim and Melanie Mueller, and her sister Rebecca Mueller, in your prayers and care during this very difficult time.  Arrangements are pending and will be shared when they become available.   ~ Pastor Renee Reimer

Porch Portraits
We love seeing your pictures and want to keep seeing more! Please send your porch portraits to Renee at renee@bethelcollegemennonitechurch.org so we can include your smiles to our collection. View photos by following this link: https://cruxphotos.smugmug.com/BCMC-Porch/ New photos have been added and will continue to be added in this ongoing project. 

Mennonite Mission Network Prayer Request:  This is a month of change for Mennonite Mission Network’s Mennonite Voluntary Service participants. Pray for those who are transitioning from their completed assignments to study or work. Pray also for those who are beginning to learn and serve in Alamosa (Colorado), San Francisco, and Washington, D.C.

Western District Conference Prayer Request:  Pray for the WDC Stewardship Commission as they meet this week, tending to the financial health of the conference, and promoting generosity and sharing of resources to further the mission of WDC.

Offering at BCMC for August 16-23, 2020:  General Fund $8,955.33; Living Stones $15; Elevator Repair $600.

Bethel College Student Donations
The Bethel College Relations Team is seeking nonperishable items to give to Bethel College students during their first week of class. We are looking for items such as: ramen noodles, microwavable meals (like mac and cheese), popcorn, etc. We would also welcome masks and travel size hand sanitizer to hand out to students who may need some. Please bring your donations to church and leave them by the white table outside of the church office. Contact Pastor Renee if you have questions. 

Other Announcements

The Bethel College Women’s Association (BCWA) is now online! See bcwamarketonline.com

The 2020 issue of Mennonite Life, Bethel College’s online journal, is live at ml.bethelks.edu, with articles and reviews by Alain Epp Weaver, Ben Nobbs-Thiessen, Ben Woodward-Breckbill, Cheryl Denise, Christopher Reed, Emma Beachy, Jason Schmidt, Joanne Lehman, Joyce Zuercher, Julia Kasdorf, Keith Sprunger, Lisa Schirch, Marc Gopin, Melanie Zuercher and Raylene Hinz-Penner.

Preschool Story Hour at the Conference Resource Library returns this fall with VIRTUAL LIVE story hours full of stories, rhymes, and craft ideas on Tuesdays at 10:00 am and Thursdays at 3:30 pm. Tuesday and Thursday sessions will be different, join us for one or both sessions each week.  Story Hour will start Tuesday, September 8 and be geared toward ages 3-5.  Story Hour will be led by Library Director Jennie Wintermote and will be shorter than our Summer Story Hour.  Register at https://forms.gle/vpk7DXRwwHAbSo5A7 and contact Jennie with any questions at crlib@mennowdc.org.   

Mennonite Central Committee announcements
· Mennonite Central Committee is accepting donations to support people in need of food and other assistance in Beirut, Lebanon. A massive explosion on Aug. 4 destroyed the country’s main port and silos filled with grain and worsened an existing economic crisis. You can donate online at mcc.org/beirut-response, by calling (888) 563-4676 or by sending a check earmarked for “Beirut response” to MCC, 21 S. 12th St., Akron PA 17501. 
· MCC is in need of school kits to fulfill requests from our partners around the world! Complete kits and/or supplies (find a full list of items at mcc.org/kits) can be shipped to MCC Central States (121 E. 30th St. North Newton, KS 67117) or dropped off in the 24-hour donation room at MCC. If you would like help unloading, please contact Kate at (katemast@mcc.org, ‪(316) 804-8432) to schedule a drop off time. Thank you for your continued support of MCC! 
· Mennonite Central Committee is looking to fill several essential positions in the U.S. and around the world. We hope you’ll consider applying or give encouragement to someone else who might be interested in serving with MCC. 
· Canner Operator: MCC is looking for new canner operators! This two year service term is unique and offers the opportunity to travel around the U.S. and Canada, working as a team while meeting new people! Check out https://mcc.org/get-involved/canning for details! 
· Director of MCC U.S. National Advocacy and Program: Are you a team leader ready to provide vision, develop strong relationships with diverse groups and engage in policy advocacy? MCC is currently looking for the Director of MCC U.S. National Advocacy and Program. The director is a senior management position in MCC U.S., responsible for the overall leadership and coordination of advocacy and national program. Find out more and apply at mcc.org/get-involved/serve/openings/director-mcc-us-national-advocacy-program 
· UN Office Program and Communications Coordinator: Are you, or someone you know, passionate about advocacy and raising the voice of the grassroots on a global level? MCC is currently searching for the UN Office Program and Communications Coordinator. The position carries significant advocacy, research, analysis, writing, speaking, networking, and event planning responsibilities, as well as office administration. Application deadline is Sept 7, 2020. For more information or to apply please visit mcc.org/get-involved/serve/openings/mcc-un-office-program-communications-coordinator 
· Seed Program: Hola! Estas interesado(a) en aprender o practicar tu español? MCC is looking for young adults for its Seed programs in Colombia and Guatemala/El Salvador which offer experiential learning and formation focused on Reflection, Service and Peacebuilding. Application deadline is October 19, 2020. For more information or to apply, please visit https://mcc.org/get-involved/serve/openings

Camp Mennoscah announcements
· Mental Health Spiritual Retreat at Camp Mennoscah will be a one-day event on Monday, September 7.  This retreat is for those affected by mental illness, including friends and family.  Activities will be outside.  We will follow social distancing and mask guidelines.  Please bring a mask with you.  Those interested in attending the retreat should contact Camp Mennoscah at 620-297-3290.
· Limited number of openings! Camp Mennoscah’s Scrapbook and Crafts Retreats will take place on Oct. 30-Nov. 1 and Nov. 6-8.  Masks and physical distancing guidelines will be followed and the facility used has been changed.  More spaces will be opened as determined safe and feasible, so put your name on the waitlist!  Register online at campmennoscah.org!  Call 620-297-3290 for further information.
· Camp Mennoscah welcomes guests!  Camping areas and cabins are open to guests/groups for overnight stays and day visits.  Spend time in the river, have a campfire cookout, and enjoy the open spaces of the tallgrass prairie and the Ninnescah River!  Contact Camp Mennoscah at 620-297-3290 to make a reservation and to inquire about use of additional facilities.  We can’t wait to see you!
· Camp Mennoscah’s main phone number (620-297-3290) will be answered between the hours of 8:30 am and 5:00 pm on weekdays.  Emails will also be answered within the same basic time frame, depending on staff work hours.  Outside of these hours, you may be able to reach camp staff, but there are no guarantees.  Please leave a message or send an email and we’ll be in touch as soon as possible.

Western District Conference announcements:
· Report from a Review of Western District Conference Culture and Responsibilities – In September 2018 the WDC Executive Board directed WDC leadership to conduct an internal review of WDC Culture and Responsibilities — to learn from the experience of processing ministerial misconduct and sexual abuse responses and to understand and strengthen WDC’s accountability and ministry practices. This review focused on how WDC engages with credentialed ministers as well as congregations and their leaders when responding to complex challenges and crises and how this is shaped by WDC practices, polity and programs and by expectations, support and accountability for WDC conference ministry staff.  These areas of concern were identified for the review: 1) Relationship between WDC and its congregations; 2) Leadership relationships within WDC; 3) Resourcing, support and accountability for credentialed ministers, congregations and congregational leaders for prevention of and response to sexual abuse; 4) Support, accountability and resources for WDC Conference Minister and Associate Conference Ministers; 5) Specific issues regarding MC USA’s Ministerial Sexual Misconduct Policy and Procedure and implications for future implementation of the policy and procedure in WDC. The Executive Board has now concluded the review process, which will provide ongoing guidance and priorities for WDC’s work in the future.  A summary report from the review is posted on the WDC website at https://mennowdc.org/identity/.  Questions or comments may be directed to Heidi Regier Kreider, Conference Minister. 
· Racial Justice from the US to Palestine:  The WDC Israel-Palestine Task Force invites you to celebrate the International Day of Peace with a virtual conversation on racial justice. Palestinians Alex Awad and Jonathan Kuttab join US citizen Sarah Nahar.  They’ll share their own experiences of injustice and hope and discuss the similarities in both contexts.  Join us for this free live event sponsored by WDC Resource Commission on WDC’s Facebook page on September 21, 7 pm Central Time.  You’re welcome to donate to WDC at:  mennowdc.org. 
· Western District Women’s Retreat 2020:  And now for something completely different! After much discussion and prayer, the Western District Women in Mission Retreat Committee has decided not to meet in person at Camp Mennoscah this year. We will miss all of you and the energy and joy you bring to camp. However, we WILL gather virtually on Saturday night, September 12 from 7:00-8:30 PM via Zoom for a worship service. Our goal is to connect to and encourage each other through Christ and His love for us. Susan Jantzen (interim pastor of Worship/Visitation at First Mennonite in Newton) will lead us on “Reflections on God as Keeper.” Bethany Martin from Faith and Life Bookstore will review a few books. Annelle Claassen (Retreat Committee Chair) will lead singing, and Karen Mascho (Pastor and Retreat Committee) will lead communion together. No masks required! For free registration or questions, send your email to Tammy Duvanel Unruh at 2020womensretreat.rsvp@gmail.com   Save the date and we look forward to seeing your whole face! 
· What seeds are growing in WDC?  Each issue of the WDC Garden (quarterly newsletter) in 2020 will feature some “seeds” – brief highlights from congregations about new initiatives, creative ideas, missional practices and connections within WDC.  If you have some “seeds” to suggest for consideration in the Garden, please send a note to WDC at wdc@mennowdc.org!  

Mennonite church announcement
Join the growing culture of discipleship in the church! Save your spot in the next Missional Discipleship Initiative cohort. Visit MennoniteMission.net/MDI and sign up for the next MDI cycle, starting Sept. 1.  

Worship Service for August 23, 2020 — to access the worship service you will have to press “Read More”

Worship

This week our worship focus centers on Acts 4:23-31. Renee will be preaching this second sermon in our month long worship series, A Time Such as This.  Press here for the August 23, 2020 Worship Service

BETHEL COLLEGE MENNONITE CHURCH
August 23, 2020
A Time Such as This

Prelude—Kum Ba Yah (Behnke)—Verlene Garber, organ                                                  

Welcome and Lighting the Christ Candle—Cynthia Linscheid                                                         

Call to worship and Prayer—Dave Linscheid                                                                                   

Gathering hymn—Holy, holy, holy!—HWB 120  

Children’s conversation—Cynthia Linscheid                                                                           

Scripture—Acts 4:23-31—Dave and Cynthia Linscheid                                                                   

Sermon—At a loss for words—Renee Reimer     

Hymn of response—Here I am, Lord—HWB 395

Prayers of God’s people—Dave Linscheid                                                                                         

Sending hymn—In lonely mountain ways—HWB 560                                                                     

Benediction—Renee Reimer                               

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Audio visual technician:  Ken Lamp

Musicians
Ben Lichti
Bethany Schrag
Tim Schrag
Renee Reimer
Verlene Garber

Worship Leaders
Cynthia Linscheid
Dave Linscheid

Pastors
Nathan Koontz
Renee Reimer