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Announcements for February 5-12, 2023

February 5, 2023 – Youth Sunday
 

Based on CDC Guidelines Harvey County is still in green status indicating
low risk for COVID. You are invited to choose whether you wear a mask or social distance.  Both are optional.

To livestream the worship service:
On Sunday morning, around 9:20, go to BCMC’s webpage at bethelcollegemennonitechurch.org and click the green button labeled LIVE STREAM on the right side of the screen, which will take you to the worship service. If you get a message in the black box that the video is unavailable, click the gray box belows that says “View Live Stream on YouTube”.   Anytime after the service concludes, you can watch a recording of the service at your convenience by clicking the same green LIVE STREAM button.  Again, you will probably have to go to the gray box that says “View Live Stream on YouTube”.  That will transfer you to the BCMC YouTube Channel.  You will have to click on the tab “Videos” to see all of the BCMC videos. Click the red button to see the bulletin/order of service. 
OR – click on this link for this Sunday: https://youtube.com/live/MbpQ2h1bhzM?feature=share
 


 BETHEL COLLEGE MENNONITE CHURCH
February 5, 2023
Church b changin’

 
Prelude—Lucy Burch, Will Wiebe-Friesen
 
Christ Candle Lighting—Maisie Brubacher, Payne Claassen
 
Land Acknowledgement—Lily Schloneger
 
Welcome and Prayer—Justin Zerger
 
*Hyrs—Here in This Place—VT 10
 
Children’s Conversation—Adah Hodge, Abram Wall
 
*Hyrs—Guide My Feet—VT 816
 
Scripture Reading—Galatians 3:26-28—Emma Gering
 
Reflections—Ani Koontz, Mara Oswald
 
*Hyrs—Rain Down—VT 703— Ani Koontz, solo- verse 1; Lucy Burch, flute; Chancel Choir- verses 2,3; Congregation-chorus
 
Prayers of God’s People—Ani Koontz
 
*Hyrs—You Shall Go Out with Joy—VT 847
 
*Benediction—Mara Oswald
 
Postlude—Lily Schloneger
 


* You are invited to stand
VT = Voices Together
Chancel Choir Director—Riley King; accompanist—Will Wiebe-Friesen
Keyboard- Will Wiebe-Friesen
Audio visual— Ben Lichti
Pastor—Nathan Koontz
Youtube Link:  https://youtube.com/live/MbpQ2h1bhzM?feature=share


This Week at BCMC:  February 5-February 12, 2023
Sun., Feb. 5,  2023—Senior High Youth Group Leads Worship
9:30 am     Worship Service
10:30 am   Faith Formation
2:30 pm     Kansas Mennonite Men’s Chorus rehearsal in the sanctuary

The church nursery is staffed during worship and Sunday School
10:30 am  Faith Formation—Intergenerational class meets in  Fellowship Hall;   High School – Room 24 
Adult Classes:  Agape Class meets in the nursery; Bible Study (Rm 14);
Catacombs (Rm B5);  Fellowship (B7); Fine Arts (Rm 22); Issues and Christianity (Rm 23); Mosaic (Rm 20); Open Circle (Room 21);  Seekers (Rm 28)
Mon., Feb. 6, 2023
7 pm       Facilities Committee meeting in Fellowship Hall
Wed., Feb. 8, 2023

6 pm        BCMC Decolonization Task Group meeting in Room 14
6:30 pm   Menno Ringers Rehearsal in Room B7
7 pm         Youth Group meets
7:30 pm   Chancel Choir Rehearsal in the Sanctuary
Thurs., Feb. 9, 2023

6:30 pm   Chancel Bell Rehearsal in Room B7
Fri., Feb. 10, 2023
11 am       Memorial service for Vel Teichroew in the Sanctuary
Sun., Feb. 12,  2023
9:30 am    Worship Service with sermon by Roger Neufeld Smith;
prelude by Erich Boschmann; music by Chancel Bells
10:30 am   Faith Formation
10:30 am   Pastoral Search Committee meeting in the Agape House
 
Roger’s Whereabouts – Roger traveled back to Topeka this past Friday, but will return to Newton this coming Thursday, February 9, and will preach on February 12. 
 
After the worship service next Sunday, February 12, the members of the Junior High Club will be selling an assortment of Super Bowl snacks.  Snacks will be sold by donation.  Donations go toward the Junior High Fund which is used to support activities like Snow Camp.
 


February 26 has been designated as “Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner” Sunday! “Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner” is a way for BCMC folks to get acquainted with other BCMC folks that they might not know very well. The Hospitality Commission will match people who sign up as hosts with people who sign up as guests.  Guests: You will receive your food assignment next Sunday, February 19.  Hosts: Next Sunday, February 19, you will receive the number of guests you will host.


Thank you to the Senior High Youth Group for leading the worship service Sunday morning!
 
Thank you for your support on our January 29th soup luncheon fundraiser.  We appreciate your generosity and your company.  A special thanks to Ben Lichti for his help behind the scenes.  We lived through the cold, we laughed in your company, and we loved being with our congregation.  The BCMC Senior High Youth Group. #LiveLaughLove 
 
Menno Ringers—All students 3rd grade through 8th grade interested in ringing handbells are welcome!  Rehearsals are each Wednesday, 6:30 pm in Room B7. 
 
BCMC Offering for  January 29:  General Fund $5,717; Sr Hi Youth $2,892; Living Stones $50; Kitchen Fund $21.
 
Please remember in your prayers the members of the BCMC Sunday School class The Sojourners.  Sojourners have met in various places in the church over the years and more recently in the Chapel.  Due to declining attendance they have found it necessary to disband.  They will be having a lunch together at BCMC on Friday, Feb. 17 at 11:30 am. 
 
The Library Theme for the next couple of months is Black History. The Library Committee pulled part of the books that we have in our collection which are displayed either in back of the library desk or on the shelving in the Children’s Room. Please come see what we have to offer! Also, don’t forget that we still have puzzles for your puzzling pleasure right outside of the library door and more on the west wall of the library. Please come browse and place a donation in the envelope if you find one that catches your fancy.
 
There are three upcoming memorial services planned at BCMC:
· Memorial service for Vel Teichroew, Friday, Feb. 10 at 11 am
· Memorial service for Marilyn Loeffler, Saturday, Feb. 18 at 1 pm
· Memorial service for Grace Schroeder, Saturday, March 25 at 11 am


Life Enrichment for Feb. 9—Krehbiel Auditorium in Luyken Fine Arts Center, Bethel College
9:30 am    “The HMC Way,” Sara Kelly, outreach coordinator, and Re’An Will, outreach assistant, Health Ministries, Newton
10:35 am   “The Miracle of Chase Kear,” Paul and Paula Kear, Colwich
11:30 am   “On Two Wheels at 15,000 Feet (an MCC Learning Tour in Bolivia),” Joe Smucker, Goessel



Camp Mennoscah Announcements
 

Click to register Summer youth camp registration is open and Camp Mennoscah is receiving registrations.  The summer theme is FruitFULL Faith.  Get ready to learn and sing about the Fruit of the Spirit this summer–it’s not a coconut!

 
Other events and happenings: 
 

  • Youth Volunteer Weekend is March 24-25!  Youth in Grades 6-12 are invited to come to this retreat focused on worship and service.  The retreat begins on Friday at 7pm with registration followed by snacks, games, and campfire.  Rachel and Isaac, the Senior High program directors, will lead activities.  Register in the Summer Youth Camp section by adding a person or session, if you have already registered for camp.  
     
  • Interviews for Summer Staff In Progress!We are seeking stunning summer staff to fill the following leadership positions for the 2023 summer:  crafts, lifeguard, music, nature, office, and grounds.  These positions are typically filled by college-age students, are summer-long and receive a stipend.  Lifeguards and grounds are especially needed.  It’s a summer of fun, service and faith formation!
     
  • Spring Scrapbook and Craft Retreat registration is open!Online registration can be found here.  Croppers and crafters of all skill levels are welcome.  Participants at the Scrapbook and Crafts Retreats will have lodging in the Retreat Center and work space at the Dining Hall.  Grade 3 and above are welcome with an accompanying adult.   Further details available on the website or at 620-297-3290.  See you in March!
     
  • Do you have a hankering for a giant bonfire? Camp Mennoscah has several burn piles and tall grass areas that need to be burned.This takes several people, a full day and cooperating weather.  Burning hasn’t been done for a few years and we’d like to have the piles and tall grass done for safety reasons.  Call 620-297-3290 or email office@campmennoscah.org to volunteer.
     
  • Or maybe dirt is your thing?  The last few rows and the side aisles of the amphitheater still need to have dirt added. Call 620-297-3290 or email office@campmennoscah.org to help move dirt.  Many hands make light work–invite a friend!
     
  • Help us Plan for the Future!  A seven-question survey will help us know how camp is used and what you would like to see in the future.  This survey will close at the end of February.  Click here to tell us what you think!

We are so excited to share with you the catalog for the 2023 Camp Mennoscah season! Fun-filled summer days await you at Camp Mennoscah where we are ready to welcome campers new and old to come build their house upon the Rock while they play in the sand.

Attached to this email you will find a digital copy of our catalog, and we welcome you to register here for the upcoming summer season!  Detailed information about our Summer Youth Camps and our Program Directors can be found here, on the Camp Mennoscah website.

Registration is also open for our two Spring Scrapbooking and Crafts Retreats, which we will be hosting on March 10-12 and March 17-19. Folks of all crafts and skill levels are welcome to join us, and you can register online here to save yourself a spot!

We’re looking forward to a fantastic and joy-filled 2023 and hope that you will be able to join us.

If you have any questions about any of our upcoming retreats, the registration process, or Camp Mennoscah in general, don’t hesitate to reach out! We would love to hear from you and hope to see you soon.

Men and Boys Retreat, March 31-April 2 – Come to Camp Mennoscah for this long-standing, guys-only retreat! Enjoy time fishing, canoeing, worshiping, sitting by the fire, or visiting with friends in fellowship. The official beginning to the weekend is Saturday morning, but many arrive on Friday. There will be a worship service on Sunday morning. Meals can be purchased for Saturday night, Sunday morning and lunch. No pre-registration. Registration and payment will take place upon arrival. For more information contact Kevin Neufeld at 316-322-5515.  


Bethel College Announcements
· Tues., Feb. 7 – Bethel College Organ Recital Series presents David Pickering, organ, and Audrey Pickering, cello and organ, 7 p.m., in a program featuring works by J.S. Bach, Lübeck, Alain, Bloch and Gawthrop, Administration Building chapel 
· Sun., Feb. 19 – KIPCOR Film Series presents No Time to Waste: The Urgent Mission of Betty Reid Soskin, 2 p.m., Krehbiel Auditorium in Luyken Fine Arts Center. This film looks at the legendary 101-year-old park ranger’s inspiring life, work and determination to restore critical missing chapters of America’s story. An audience talkback will follow the screening. Free and open to the public, with a freewill offering taken to support KIPCOR and the film series. 
· Now in the Regier Gallery in Luyken Fine Arts Center at Bethel College – “Farm to Table,” ceramics by Stacey Stanhope Dundon, through Fri., Feb. 24. Gallery hours are Mon.-Fri., 9 a.m.-4 p.m., Sun. 2-4 p.m. 
· SAVE THE DATE: Sun., Feb. 26 – Bethel College Concert Choir Tour Send-off Concert (please note the change in date from some previously printed calendars)


SAVE THE DATE! Come join the fun at 15th annual MCC Comforter Blitz on March 6, 7 and 8 on the Journey Yoder Campus, one mile north of Yoder, KS. Times are Monday and Tuesday 9-5 and Wednesday 9-4.  No sewing skills are required, we will teach you.  Lunch is available by donation each day, or you may bring your own sack lunch.  Bring snacks to share during the workday.  This event is hosted by Kansas Friends of MCC to make comforters for relief to be sent to refugees or places after natural disasters. Please contact the MCC Central States office with questions at #316-283-2720, or check the Comforter Blitz Facebook Page, “Kansas MCC Comforter Blitz”.


February 6 – Sunflower Performing Arts: Our Song, Our Story: The New Generation of Black Voices
Join Hesston College’s Sunflower Performing Arts on February 6 at 7 p.m. in Hesston Mennonite Church
 for a great performance, Our Song, Our Story. Performing opera, art song, spirituals and jazz these world class black artists will pay homage to Marian Anderson and Jessye Norman who were at the vanguard of black classical singers. Tickets can be purchased online at hesston.edu/sunflower-performing-arts/ or by calling 620-327-8158.


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

MCC and MCUSA are partnering in a new webinar seriesBeyond incarceration: A hard look at dismantling the prison system and building healthy communities. Join us to learn about the ways the faith community is actively understanding and working against these complex systems of confinement. The webinars will take place on Feb. 7, Feb. 21, March 7, and March 21 at 6:30 p.m. CST/5:30 p.m. MST. They will be followed by learning tour opportunities in different parts of the U.S. Registration link: mcc.org/beyond-incarceration-webinars Download Flyer here.


Mennonite Central Committee Announcements
MCC is seeking a Donor Relations Associate: 
This role is responsible for assisting in the implementation of the donor relations strategy for MCC Central States by stewarding major donors involving face-to-face contact to meet the budgeted income goals and generate the necessary resources to accomplish the mission of MCC. This is a full-time position; office location is flexible. Apply online by February 24 at mcc.org/donor-relations-associate. For more information contact Amber Falcón at 574-534-4133 or amberfalcon@mcc.org
 
MCC Central States annual meeting, March 4 from 1-3 p.m. at MCC in North Newton, Kansas. This will primarily be an in-person event, but if you would like a link to join via Zoom please email tinaschrag@mcc.org for the link.
 
Volunteer with MCC Thrift today! You can support the relief development and peace work of Mennonite Central Committee AND your local community when you volunteer at your local MCC Thrift shop! By volunteering, you’ll make friends, gain work experience, and help make a difference in your community and around the world. From sorting to pricing to working the cash register, we’ve got a job that’s right for you. Sign up to volunteer thrift.mcc.org/volunteer!

Mennonite Central Committee Annual Run for Relief
Mark your calendars and plan to join us for the 26th Annual KS MCC Run for Relief on Saturday, April 15, 2023.  We would love to see you all again at this event.  The entry form and sponsor form are attached, and as in years passed, we also have the online registration option…the link is below.  We also have a Facebook page (Kansas Mennonite Relief Sale-Run/Walk for Relief 5K), where you can see updates.  https://runsignup.com/Race/KS/Hutchinson/KMRSRunWalkForRelief5k


For Mennonite Men press here
For Mennonite Mission Network News and Beyond press here
 
Mennonite Church USA Announcements

It is with great sadness that Mennonite Church USA announces the passing of James (“Jim”) Frederick Schrag, 78, pastor, leader and first executive director of the denomination, on Saturday, Jan. 7, 2023, in North Newton, Kansas. Read more about his life of service here: mennoniteusa.org/news/mourns-first-executive

February is Black History Month. Be sure to check out Mennonite Church USA’s timeline honoring “Black History in the Mennonite Church.” mennoniteusa.org/resource/black-history

Mennonite Church USA and Mennonite Central Committee are partnering in a new, four-part webinar series on mass incarceration, beginning Feb. 7 at 7:30 ET/4:30 PT. Join us to learn about the ways the faith community is actively understanding and working against these complex systems of confinement. Learn more and register here: mcc.org/beyond-incarceration-webinars 

#MennoCon23
Registration for MennoCon23 will open on March 1. Mennocon23 will be held in Kansas City, Mo., July 3-6, immediately followed by the Mennonite Church USA Delegate Assembly and the new Youth and Young Adult Climate Summit. Subscribe to MC USA’s PeaceMail weekly newsletter for the latest updates. Mennoniteusa.org/peacemail View a slide for PeaceMail: mennoniteusa.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/11/PeaceMail-slide.pptx View a MennoCon23 slide: mennoniteusa.org/wp-content/uploads/2023/01/MennoCon23.pptx
 


Mennonite Mission Network Prayer Request:  Today, Hope for the Future’s three-day conference concludes in Atlanta,  Georgia.  Mennonite Mission
Network requests prayer for the Mennonite Black, Indigenous and People of Color leaders, as they return to their congregations and communities, strengthened by worship and fellowship. Pray also for White allies to work toward God’s justice.
 
Western District Conference Prayer Request:  Pray for God’s guidance and blessing for WDC youth and their sponsors, pastors and families, in their journey of growing faith and discipleship.

View the worship service for January 29, 2023

BETHEL COLLEGE MENNONITE CHURCH
January 29, 2023
Fourth Sunday after the Epiphany

Prelude— “Together”  (Nathan Grieser); “Untitled Hymn”  (Chris Rice); “Will You Let me Be Your Servant”  (Richard Gillard)—Meghann Rogers

Christ Candle Lighting

Welcome and Prayer—Sondra Koontz

*Hymn—Holy Spirit, Come with Power—VT 57

Children’s Conversation—Rebecca Schloneger

*Hymn—I Sought the Lord—VT 161

Scripture Reading—Matthew 5:1-12; 1 Corinthians 1:18-25—Brad Born

Sermon—After— Nathan Koontz

*Hymn—One is the Body—VT 386

Prayers of God’s People

*Hymn—Move in Our Midst— VT 827

People with January birthdays come forward for a blessing, please bring a hymnal

*Birthday Blessing & Benediction— Nathan Koontz

Postlude—”Savior, Like a Shepherd Lead Us” (arr. by Chris Rice)—Meghann Rogers

* You are invited to stand

VT = Voices Together

Audio visual— Francis Toews

Pastor—Nathan Koontz

YouTube link:  https://youtu.be/ejtrkdcphfA

View the worship service for January 22, 2023

BETHEL COLLEGE MENNONITE CHURCH

January 22, 2023

Anabaptist World Fellowship Sunday

Prelude— O, When Shall I See Jesus  (arr. Hustad);  The Kingsfold Trumpet  (arr. Fedak)— 

Will Wiebe-Friesen

Christ Candle Lighting

Welcome and Prayer—Doug Siemens

*Hymn—We Are People of God’s Peace—VT 797

Children’s Conversation—Glen Ediger

Anthem— Let All the World  (K. Lee Scott)—Chancel Choir; Riley King, director; Will Wiebe-Friesen, accompanist

Scripture Reading— Psalm 62:1-6; Luke 18:35-43 Jane Goering

Sermon—Anabaptist or Mennonite: Whose Choice? —Nathan Koontz

*Hymn—I Bind My Heart This Tide—VT 556

Prayers of God’s People

*Hymn—We, Your People, Sing Your Praises—VT 849

*Benediction—VT 850

Postlude— Wer nur den lieben Gott läßt walten (J.S. Bach)—Will Wiebe-Friesen

* You are invited to stand

VT = Voices Together

Audio visual— Ben Lichti

Pastor—Nathan Koontz

YouTube link:  https://youtu.be/kqA26fB2hP8

Announcements for January 29 – February 5, 2023

 January 29, 2023 – Fourth Sunday After the Epiphany
 

Based on CDC Guidelines Harvey County is still in green status indicating
low risk for COVID. You are invited to choose whether you wear a mask or social distance.  Both are optional.

To livestream the worship service:
On Sunday morning, around 9:20, go to BCMC’s webpage at bethelcollegemennonitechurch.org and click the green button labeled LIVE STREAM on the right side of the screen, which will take you to the worship service. If you get a message in the black box that the video is unavailable, click the gray box belows that says “View Live Stream on YouTube”.   Anytime after the service concludes, you can watch a recording of the service at your convenience by clicking the same green LIVE STREAM button.  Again, you will probably have to go to the gray box that says “View Live Stream on YouTube”.  That will transfer you to the BCMC YouTube Channel.  You will have to click on the tab “Videos” to see all of the BCMC videos. Click the red button to see the bulletin/order of service. 
OR – click on this link for this Sunday: https://youtu.be/ejtrkdcphfA
 


BETHEL COLLEGE MENNONITE CHURCH
January 29, 2023
Fourth Sunday after the Epiphany

 
Prelude— “Together”  (Nathan Grieser); “Untitled Hymn”  (Chris Rice); “Will You Let me Be Your Servant”  (Richard Gillard)—Meghann Rogers
 
Christ Candle Lighting
 
Welcome and Prayer—Sondra Koontz
 
*Hymn—Holy Spirit, Come with Power—VT 57
 
Children’s Conversation—Rebecca Schloneger
 
*Hymn—I Sought the Lord—VT 161
 
Scripture Reading—Matthew 5:1-12; 1 Corinthians 1:18-25—Brad Born
 
Sermon—After— Nathan Koontz
 
*Hymn—One is the Body—VT 386
 
Prayers of God’s People
 
*Hymn—Move in Our Midst— VT 827
People with January birthdays come forward for a blessing, please bring a hymnal
 
*Birthday Blessing & Benediction— Nathan Koontz
 
Postlude—”Savior, Like a Shepherd Lead Us” (arr. by Chris Rice)—Meghann Rogers
 
* You are invited to stand
VT = Voices Together
Audio visual— Francis Toews
Pastor—Nathan Koontz


This Week at BCMC:  January 29-February 5, 2023
Sun., Jan. 29, 2023
9:30 am    Sermon by Nathan Koontz
11:45 am  Fundraiser Soup Lunch served by the Senior High Youth Group in the Fellowship Hall—Everyone is invited!
12:45 pm   Congregational Meeting in the Sanctuary

YouTube Link for this Sunday is:  https://youtu.be/ejtrkdcphfA
The church nursery is staffed during worship and Sunday School
10:30 am  Faith Formation—Intergenerational class meets in  Fellowship Hall;   High School – Room 24 
Adult Classes:  Agape Class meets in the nursery; Bible Study (Rm 14);
Catacombs (Rm B5);  Fellowship (B7); Fine Arts (Rm 22); Issues and Christianity (Rm 23); Mosaic (Rm 20); Open Circle (Room 21);  Seekers (Rm 28);
Sojourners (Chapel)
Tues., Jan. 31, 2023
1 pm         Staff meeting in Room 14
Wed., Feb. 1, 2023
6 pm        BCMC Repair Task Group meeting in Room 14
6:30 pm   Menno Ringers Rehearsal in Room B7
7 pm         Youth Group meets
7:30 pm   Chancel Choir Rehearsal in the Sanctuary
Thurs., Feb. 2, 2023
6:30 pm   Chancel Bell Rehearsal in Room B7
7 pm         Church Board meets in Room 14
Sun., Feb. 5,  2023—Senior High Youth Group Leads Worship
9:30 am    Worship Service
10:30 am   Faith Formation
2:30 pm     Kansas Mennonite Men’s Chorus rehearsal in the sanctuary
 


Youth Group Soup Lunch is in Fellowship Hall at 11:45 am.  Table service will be provided.

Congregational Meeting Announcement

The congregational meeting will be on Sunday, January 29, at 12:45 in the sanctuary.  You may watch on YouTube at the time of the meeting only; it will not be recorded for later viewing.  Although there will not be a way to participate in discussion, you may vote on an item during the meeting by texting  “yes” or “no” to the following number:  620 747-0185.  If there are several people in the household, you may send a vote for each person represented by the text.
.   YouTube Link for the congregational meeting is:
https://youtu.be/Ye0dtKEB4n0
 


Menno Ringers—All students 3rd grade through 8th grade interested in ringing handbells are welcome!  Rehearsals are each Wednesday, 6:30 pm in Room B7. 
 
Pastoral Search Committee
The Search Committee has begun their work with an orientation from Western District Conference pastor Kathy Neufeld Dunn.  Search Committee members are Heather Zerger (chair), Megan Kohlman, Doug Penner, Lois Preheim, and John Waltner.  Thank you to all these members for the important work they will be doing!  The Search Committee’s work will be informed by and run parallel to the work of the Credence Report Task Group which will oversee decisions and implementation of recommendations from the Credence and Company consultants.  Thank you for your support and prayers as these dual processes move forward.
 
BCMC Offering for  January 22:  General Fund $9,360.33; Senior High Youth Group $100; Living Stones $48.33; Kitchen Fund $29; Women’s Fellowship $563.47. 
 
The Library Theme for the next couple of months is Black History. The Library Committee pulled part of the books that we have in our collection which are displayed either in back of the library desk or on the shelving in the Children’s Room. Please come see what we have to offer! Also, don’t forget that we still have puzzles for your puzzling pleasure right outside of the library door and more on the west wall of the library. Please come browse and place a donation in the envelope if you find one that catches your fancy.

February 26 has been designated as “Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner” Sunday! “Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner” is a way for BCMC folks to get acquainted with other BCMC folks that they might not know very well. The Hospitality Commission will match people who sign up as hosts with people who sign up as guests.  Sunday there will be sign up sheets at the back of the church, for being either a host or a guest for a dinner.
 
Pastor Roger Neufeld Smith will be in North Newton Sunday for worship and the congregational meeting
 and later in the week in order to attend meetings.  He will travel back to Topeka Friday morning, February 3. He is available by voice mail or text when necessary at 785-220-1968 or by email:  roger@bethelcollegemennonitechurch.org 
 
Message from Elizabeth Schmidt, Congregational Care Coordinator
“Behold, I am doing a new thing!”   I am excited about coordinating new ways of welcoming, caring and connecting in our congregation!   I’ve begun care visits and visiting Faith Formation classes to gather wisdom and get to know you better.   I am working with Deacons on visitation and welcoming visitors and new members.   Be watching for announcements about new caring opportunities to arise, and be emboldened to share your ideas –  in person, by email to elizabeth@bethelcollegemennonitechurch.org, and by calling the church office.  Office hours:   I plan to be in the office on Wednesdays, with half days on Tuesday afternoons and Thursday mornings.   


The memorial service for Vel Teichroew will be Friday February 10, 11 am at BCMC.

The memorial service for Grace Schroeder will be Saturday, March 25.  Exact time of the service will be announced later.

 


Life Enrichment for Feb. 2—Krehbiel Auditorium in Luyken Fine Arts Center, Bethel College
9:30 am    “Faithful Journeys,” A.B. Stokes, Bethel College head football coach
10:35 am   “The Impact of Social Media on Youth and the Classroom,” Brian Skinner, 2022 Kansas Techer of the Year
11:30 am   “KanCare Expansion-The Movement Too Urgent to Be Ignored,” April Holman, executive director, Alliance for a Healthy Kansas, Topeka


Mennonite Central Committee and Mennonite Church USA are partnering in a new webinar series, Beyond incarceration: A hard look at dismantling the prison system and building healthy communities.Join us to learn about the ways the faith community is actively understanding and working against these complex systems of confinement. The webinars will take place on Feb. 7, Feb. 21, March 7, and March 21 at 6:30 p.m. CST/5:30 p.m. MST. They will be followed by learning tour opportunities in different parts of the U.S. Registration link: mcc.org/beyond-incarceration-webinars
 


Bethel College Announcements
· Now in the Regier Gallery in Luyken Fine Arts Center at Bethel College – “Farm to Table,” ceramics by Stacey Stanhope Dundon, through Fri., Feb. 24 (artist lecture and reception Feb. 23). Gallery hours are Mon.-Fri., 9 a.m.-4 p.m., Sun. 2-4 p.m. 
· Sat., Feb. 4 – Kauffman Museum bird walk, 8 a.m. start time in the museum parking lot at the corner of Main and 27th streets (2801 N. Main St., North Newton 67117). Experienced birders lead a walk of 1-1.5 hours in Chisholm Park and on Sand Creek Trail (terrain is mostly wood-chip path and sometimes uneven/sloping). 
· Tues., Feb. 7 – Bethel College Organ Recital Series presents David Pickering, organ, and Audrey Pickering, cello and organ, 7 p.m., in a program featuring works by J.S. Bach, Lübeck, Alain, Bloch and Gawthrop, Administration Building chapel


New Hope Shelter Announcement:   Please contact Valetta Seymour if you can consider becoming a New Hope Shelter volunteer.  Generally, we have people to provide meals, but evening volunteers are needed.  Contact: seymour2314@gmail.com  620-217-7536


SAVE THE DATE! Come join the fun at 15th annual MCC Comforter Blitz on March 6, 7 and 8 on the Journey Yoder Campus, one mile north of Yoder, KS. Times are Monday and Tuesday 9-5 and Wednesday 9-4.  No sewing skills are required, we will teach you.  Lunch is available by donation each day, or you may bring your own sack lunch.  Bring snacks to share during the workday.  This event is hosted by Kansas Friends of MCC to make comforters for relief to be sent to refugees or places after natural disasters. Please contact the MCC Central States office with questions at #316-283-2720, or check the Comforter Blitz Facebook Page, “Kansas MCC Comforter Blitz”.


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

As we approach the end of the last month of our fiscal year, Western District Conference invites you to share a gift with WDC to help our congregations Witness & invite others to faith in Jesus Christ, Dwell in just & loving relationships, and Connect to God’s mission in the world. Current projections suggest that WDC income will fall short of expenses for the current year. Your generous gifts are invited to help close the gap towards WDC’s 2022 budget goal! You may make an online contribution HERE (credit card, PayPal, Google Pay accepted) or send a check to Western District Conference, PO Box 306, North Newton KS  67117. We are grateful for your generosity! 
 


Camp Mennoscah Announcements

Spring Scrapbook and Craft Retreat registration is open!Online registration can be found here.  Croppers and crafters of all skill levels are welcome.  Participants at the Scrapbook and Crafts Retreats will have lodging in the Retreat Center and work space at the Dining Hall.  Grade 3 and above are welcome with an accompanying adult.   Further details available on the website or at 620-297-3290.  See you in March!

 Other events and happenings: 

  • Summer Youth Camp Registration will open at the beginning of February.  We’re excited, too!
     
  • Interviews for Summer Staff In Progress!We are seeking stunning summer staff to fill the following leadership positions for the 2023 summer:  crafts, lifeguard, music, nature, office, and grounds.  These positions are typically filled by college-age students, are summer-long and receive a stipend.  Let us know who you think would make a great summer staffer at Camp Mennoscah.  It’s a summer of fun, service and faith formation!
     
  • Do you have a hankering for a giant bonfire? Camp Mennoscah has several burn piles and tall grass areas that need to be burned.This takes several people, a full day and cooperating weather.  Burning hasn’t been done for a few years and we’d like to have the piles and tall grass done for safety reasons.  Call 620-297-3290 or email office@campmennoscah.org to volunteer.
     
  • Help us Plan for the Future!  A seven-question survey will help us know how camp is used and what you would like to see in the future.  This survey will close at the end of February.  Click here to tell us what you think!

Mark your calendars and plan to join us for the 26th Annual KS MCC Run for Relief on Saturday, April 15, 2023.  We would love to see you all again at this event.  The entry form and sponsor form are attached, and as in years passed, we also have the online registration option…the link is below.  We also have a Facebook page (Kansas Mennonite Relief Sale-Run/Walk for Relief 5K), where you can see updates.  Photos will be posted here of race-day activities.  Please let me or another member of our committee know if you have any questions.


For Mennonite World Conference press here

For Mennonite Mission Network News from around the world press here

For Mennonite Creation Care Network press here

For Mennonite Mission Network News and Beyond press here

 


Hesston College Announcements
February 4 – The Small Glories

Join the Dyck Arboretum Feb. 4 at 7 p.m. to hear The Small Glories. They have stage banter that strikes a unique balance between slapstick and sermon and are veteran singer-songwriters. Crust & Crumb will be serving during intermission. Learn more at dyckarboretum.org/events.

February 4 to 5 – Know Jesus
The junior high event, Know Jesus, will return to Hesston College Feb. 4 and 5 after its break due to COVID. The HC Bible Department works with two Mennonite Church USA area conferences: South Central and Western District to provide a weekend of Christian formation for students in grades 5 through 8. Register at mennowdc.org/know-jesus-registration-is-open/.

February 6 – Sunflower Performing Arts: Our Song, Our Story: The New Generation of Black Voices
Join Hesston College’s Sunflower Performing Arts on February 6 at 7 p.m. in Hesston Mennonite Church for a great performance, Our Song, Our Story. Performing opera, art song, spirituals and jazz these world class black artists will pay homage to Marian Anderson and Jessye Norman who were at the vanguard of black classical singers. Tickets can be purchased online at hesston.edu/sunflower-performing-arts/ or by calling 620-327-8158.


Mennonite Church USA Announcements
Mennonite Church USA has released the MennoCon23 block schedule and registration rates. Learn more about MennoCon23 here: mennoniteusa.org/mennocon23-schedule

Menno Snapshots
Sarah Augustine, co-founder and executive director of the Dismantling the Doctrine of Discovery Coalition, is both Indigenous and a Mennonite, two identities that she believes complement one another. In her blog post, “I am Indigenous and an Anabaptist,” she shares how she incorporates her cultural heritage into her faith journey. Read it here: mennoniteusa.org/i-am-indigenous-and-an-anabaptist
 


Mennonite Mission Network Prayer Request:   Mennonite Mission Network requests prayer for the Tucson, Arizona, Mennonite Voluntary Service unit, made up of Michaela Esau, Cade Fisher, Jessie Landis and Andrea Troyer. The MVSers help extend the ministries of their host congregation, Shalom Mennonite Fellowship, by working with the Dismantling the Doctrine of Discovery Coalition and adult literacy, immigration and refugee rights, and environmental protection programs.
 
Western District Conference Prayer Request:  Pray for wisdom and insight for the WDC Executive Board, as it implements action steps growing out of its anti-racism audit completed last year.

Announcements for January 22-29, 2023

 January 22, 2023 – Anabaptist World Fellowship Sunday
 

Based on CDC Guidelines Harvey County is still in green status indicating
low risk for COVID. You are invited to choose whether you wear a mask or social distance.  Both are optional.

To livestream the worship service:
On Sunday morning, around 9:20, go to BCMC’s webpage at bethelcollegemennonitechurch.org and click the green button labeled LIVE STREAM on the right side of the screen, which will take you to the worship service. If you get a message in the black box that the video is unavailable, click the gray box belows that says “View Live Stream on YouTube”.   Anytime after the service concludes, you can watch a recording of the service at your convenience by clicking the same green LIVE STREAM button.  Again, you will probably have to go to the gray box that says “View Live Stream on YouTube”.  That will transfer you to the BCMC YouTube Channel.  You will have to click on the tab “Videos” to see all of the BCMC videos. Click the red button to see the bulletin/order of service. 
OR – click on this link for this Sunday:  https://youtu.be/kqA26fB2hP8
 


BETHEL COLLEGE MENNONITE CHURCH
January 22, 2023
Anabaptist World Fellowship Sunday

 
Prelude— O, When Shall I See Jesus  (arr. Hustad);  The Kingsfold Trumpet  (arr. Fedak)— 
Will Wiebe-Friesen
 
Christ Candle Lighting
 
Welcome and Prayer—Doug Siemens
 
*Hymn—We Are People of God’s Peace—VT 797
 
Children’s Conversation—Glen Ediger
 
Anthem— Let All the World  (K. Lee Scott)—Chancel Choir; Riley King, director; Will Wiebe-Friesen, accompanist
 
Scripture Reading— Psalm 62:1-6; Luke 18:35-43 Jane Goering
 
Sermon—Anabaptist or Mennonite: Whose Choice? —Nathan Koontz
 
*Hymn—I Bind My Heart This Tide—VT 556
 
Prayers of God’s People
 
*Hymn—We, Your People, Sing Your Praises—VT 849
 
*Benediction—VT 850
 
Postlude— Wer nur den lieben Gott läßt walten (J.S. Bach)—Will Wiebe-Friesen
 
* You are invited to stand
VT = Voices Together
Audio visual— Ben Lichti
Pastor—Nathan Koontz


This Week at BCMC:  January 22-29, 2023
Sun., Jan. 22, 2023—Anabaptist World Fellowship Sunday
9:30 am    Sermon by Nathan Koontz; music by Chancel Choir  
YouTube Link for this Sunday is:  https://youtu.be/kqA26fB2hP8
 
The church nursery is staffed during worship and Sunday School
10:30 am  Faith Formation—Intergenerational class meets in  Fellowship Hall;   High School – Room 24 
Adult Classes:  Agape Class meets in the nursery; Bible Study (Rm 14);
Catacombs (Rm B5);  Fellowship (B7); Fine Arts (Rm 22); Issues and Christianity (Rm 23); Mosaic (Rm 20); Open Circle (Room 21);  Seekers (Rm 28);
Sojourners (Chapel)
Mon., Jan. 23, 2023
10 am        Library Committee meets in Room 14
Wed., Jan. 25, 2023
6:30 pm   Menno Ringers Rehearsal in Room B7
7:30 pm   Chancel Choir Rehearsal in the Sanctuary
Thurs., Jan. 26, 2023
4 pm         Hospitality Commission meets in Room 14
6:30 pm   Chancel Bell Rehearsal in Room B7
7 pm         Deacon Commission meets in Room 14
Sun., Jan. 29, 2023
9:30 am    Sermon by Nathan Koontz
11:45 am  Fundraiser Soup Lunch served by the Senior High Youth Group in the Fellowship Hall
12:45 pm   Congregational Meeting in the Sanctuary


BCMC Offering for January 15:  General Fund $13,230.33; Library Reserve Fund $15; Living Stones $33.33; Kitchen Fund $15; Paul Harder Memorial $1,025. 


A Slight Change in Roger’s Travel Schedule  
In order to be able to attend meetings during the week following the congregational meeting, Roger has adjusted his travel schedule to Newton from the dates previously announced. The next time Roger will travel to Newton will be Sat., Jan. 28. He will travel back to Topeka Fri. morning, Feb. 3. Roger is still available by email:  roger@bethelcollegemennonitechurch.org or by voice mail or text when necessary (785-220-1968).  


Congregational Meeting Set for January 29
The next congregational meeting will take place on Sun., Jan. 29, at 12:45 following a soup lunch prepared by the Youth Group.  The meeting will be held in the sanctuary and made available live on YouTube only while the meeting is in progress; it will not be recorded.  Votes from remote viewers can be texted to a number available in Sunday’s bulletin and announced at the beginning of the meeting.  Agenda items will include a finance report from 2022 as well as approval of the budget for 2023, reports from several committees and commissions, and updates on the Search Committee and Credence and Company process. 
 
There will be a fundraising soup lunch before the meeting at 11:45 am in Fellowship Hall, prepared and served by the Senior High Youth Group. 


Menno Ringers—All students 4th grade through 8th grade interested in ringing handbells are welcome!  Rehearsals are each Wednesday, 6:30 pm in Room B7. 
 


Pastoral Search Committee
The Search Committee has begun their work with an orientation from Western District Conference pastor Kathy Neufeld Dunn.  Search Committee members are Heather Zerger (chair), Megan Kohlman, Doug Penner, Lois Preheim, and John Waltner.  Thank you to all these members for the important work they will be doing!  The Search Committee’s work will be informed by and run parallel to the work of the Credence Report Task Group which will oversee decisions and implementation of recommendations from the Credence and Company consultants.  Thank you for your support and prayers as these dual processes move forward.


Thank you BCMC for accepting the financial challenge and getting the job done. When the church’s books closed at the end of December, all financial obligations were met and there was a $14,000 surplus that was distributed among the churches benevolent partners.  You made this possible and we thank you for accepting the challenge and for your great effort.   –  Finance Committee.
 


February 26 has been designated as “Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner” Sunday! “Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner” is a way for BCMC folks to get acquainted with other BCMC folks that they might not know very well. The Hospitality Commission will match people who sign up as hosts with people who sign up as guests.  There will be sign up sheets at the back of the church for the next two Sundays, for being either a host or a guest for a dinner.



Message from Elizabeth Schmidt, Congregational Care Coordinator
“Behold, I am doing a new thing!”   I am excited about coordinating new ways of welcoming, caring and connecting in our congregation!   I’ve begun care visits and visiting Faith Formation classes to gather wisdom and get to know you better.   I am working with Deacons on visitation and welcoming visitors and new members.   Be watching for announcements about new caring opportunities to arise, and be emboldened to share your ideas –  in person, by email to elizabeth@bethelcollegemennonitechurch.org, and by calling the church office.  Office hours:   I plan to be in the office on Wednesdays, with half days on Tuesday afternoons and Thursday mornings.   
 
Call for gently-used gift bags and baskets!  
While you are doing post-holiday clean-up, or New Year’s de-cluttering, here is a creation care and caring connection opportunity!  Your donations of gently-used gift bags and baskets may be deposited on pews in the back of the sanctuary, for future repurposing as care packages.  “The Lord loveth a cheerful giver!” 


 
The Library Theme for the next couple of months is Black History. The Library Committee pulled part of the books that we have in our collection which are displayed either in back of the library desk or on the shelving in the Children’s Room. Please come see what we have to offer! Also, don’t forget that we still have puzzles for your puzzling pleasure right outside of the library door and more on the west wall of the library. Please come browse and place a donation in the envelope if you find one that catches your fancy.


 Bethel College Announcements
· (Sun., Jan. 22) – Bethel College Music Department Honors Recital, 4 p.m., Administration Building chapel, featuring vocal and instrumental students who performed exceptionally during the fall 2022 semester, including piano, oboe, trumpet, saxophone, violin and voice. 
· Sat., Jan. 28 – Kauffman Museum annual Kansas Day event, “Kansans Create!,” noon-4 p.m., museum parking lot and grounds. Featuring local artists and artisans, a community art project, food trucks and much more. For more information, see the Kauffman Museum Facebook page or kauffmanmuseum.org, or call 316-283-1612.


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

As we enter the last month of our fiscal year, Western District Conference invites you to share a gift with WDC to help our congregations Witness & invite others to faith in Jesus Christ, Dwell in just & loving relationships, and Connect to God’s mission in the world.
 Current projections suggest that WDC income will fall short of expenses for the current year. Your generous gifts are invited to help close the gap towards WDC’s 2022 budget goal! You may make an online contribution HERE (credit card, PayPal, Google Pay accepted) or send a check to Western District Conference, PO Box 306, North Newton KS  67117. We are grateful for your generosity! 



New Hope Shelter Announcement  We greatly need to increase our volunteer base as we head into the new year and with the new building only one year away, do as much as we can to provide two volunteers each evening per shift.  If you have anyone who is interested in volunteering, please let me know. My volunteer training sessions are normally planned at the end of each month based on availability and need.  — Shonda M Suddeth, Shelter/Volunteer Coordinator  (316) 283-7711, shonda@newhope-shelter.org  Please contact Valetta Seymour if you can consider becoming a New Hope Shelter volunteer.  Generally, we have people to provide meals, but evening volunteers are needed.  Contact: seymour2314@gmail.com  620-217-7536


SAVE THE DATE! Come join the fun at 15th annual MCC Comforter Blitz on March 6, 7 and 8 on the Journey Yoder Campus, one mile north of Yoder, KS. Times are Monday and Tuesday 9-5 and Wednesday 9-4.  No sewing skills are required, we will teach you.  Lunch is available by donation each day, or you may bring your own sack lunch.  Bring snacks to share during the workday.  This event is hosted by Kansas Friends of MCC to make comforters for relief to be sent to refugees or places after natural disasters. Please contact the MCC Central States office with questions at #316-283-2720, or check the Comforter Blitz Facebook Page, “Kansas MCC Comforter Blitz”. 
 


WANTED:  Your stories. To share at the “Schweitzers and Friends” 150th celebration of Swiss Volhynian Mennonites coming to the U.S. in 1874, planned for Aug. 23-25, 2024.  Everyone loves the stories told about days gone by.  This event gives us opportunity to collect ancestor stories.  Brian Adams from Massachusetts would like to edit stories for a Swiss Volhynian book with the help of his daughter Casey Adams (cpadams992@gmail.com).  Brian says no stories are too small or inconsequential.  He has heard stories from his Grandfather Jacob (Red Jake) Krehbiel from Moundridge.  Think of a story you could share and send to Brian.  Themes could be family, faith, agriculture, language.  We would all love to read those stories at the celebration event in 2024.  Brian’s contacts:  smolts123@yahoo.com.  Phone: 413-586-3063 and he could interview you by phone.     — Kathy Goering for the planners


WANTED — Cars, Trucks, Motorcycles, RVs, Campers, Tractors, Modern Farm Equipment, etc. for the Kansas Mennonite Central Committee Sale.  Items you no longer need can help Feed and Clothe thousands in desperate living conditions.  ALL donations are Tax Deductible.  Call Jerry Toews for info: 620 367 8257. Help make a difference.


Everence Opportunities:  Everence makes it easy to find ways to give back and support your favorite charity.  My Neighbor Card:  Everence donates 1.50% of every purchase you make to the charity of your choice.  Donor Advised Funds allows you to grow funds intended for charitable giving at any time.


College scholarships available:   Everence offers college scholarships for Everence members and their children. Eligible students receive scholarships up to $3,000 for the 2023-2024 academic year. Applications are accepted Jan. 1 through Feb. 28.Visit everence.com/scholarships for eligibility guidelines and application.  Information is also available by contacting Jim Robb.


For Mennonite Disaster Service On the Level press here
For MennoCon23 Seminar Suggestions press here
For Mennonite Mission Network News and Beyond press here
For Mennonite World Conference press here

 


Dyck Arboretum Announcements
January 23 – Nature Book Club

Join the Dyck Arboretum January 23 at 6:30 p.m. via Zoom to participate in their Nature Book Club. Books this month will be “How the Penguins Saved Veronica” by Hazel Prior and “Horizon” by Barry Lopez. Register and learn more at dyckarboretum.org/events.

January 29 – The Barefoot Movement
Join the Dyck Arboretum January 29 at 4 p.m. to hear The Barefoot Movement. They are an acclaimed Americana group that has carved out a space in the acoustic scene. Crust & Crumb will serve sweet and savory treats during intermission. Learn more at dyckarboretum.org/events.

January 31 – Attracting Bees & Beneficial Insects with Native Plants
Join the Dyck Arboretum January 31 at 7 p.m. via Zoom to be a part of their presentation Attracting Bees & Beneficial Insects with Native Plants. Heather Halm will present. Register and learn more at dyckarboretum.org/events.


Mennonite Church USA Announcements
This Friday and Saturday, please pray for the Mennonite Church USA Executive Board, as they meet online by Zoom. May God grant them wisdom and clarity during their time together.

In November 2022, the National Faith Leaders Climate Roundtable, which is made up of 16 U.S. denominational leaders — including Glen Guyton, Mennonite Church USA’s Executive Director — gathered to discuss climate justice. They acknowledged the importance of engaging local congregations and communities to reach their climate goals. Read more here: mennoniteusa.org/accelerate-climate-action

Menno Snapshots
What does it take for a rural church to install solar panels? For Metamora (Illinois) Mennonite Church, it required a team with a vision, a lot of planning and some flexibility, along with some help from the Mennonite Creation Care Network. Karla Kauffman, a therapist who is developing expertise in climate grief work, outline’s Metamora Mennonite’s process in “A rural congregation goes solar: Metamora (Illinois) Mennonite Church.” Read more here: mennoniteusa.org/metamora-illinois-mennonite-church
 


Mennonite Mission Network Prayer Request:  Pray, with Africa Inter-Mennonite Mission and Mennonite Mission Network, for the Mennonite churches in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, which continue to bring the message of God’s healing and love to those who were injured and traumatized by the Kamuina Nsapu rebellion four years ago. 
 
Western District Conference Prayer Request:  Pray for WDC pastors, chaplains and other credentialed ministers, and give thanks for the important ministries and leadership they offer. 

View the worship service for January 15, 2023

 BETHEL COLLEGE MENNONITE CHURCH
January 15, 2023
Martin Luther King Jr. Sunday

Prelude— His Eye Is on the Sparrow and Just a Closer Walk With Thee—(Two gospel song settings by Jack Schrader)—Karen Unruh, piano

Christ Candle Lighting

Welcome and Prayer—Dave Linscheid

*Hymn—Guide My Feet—VT 816—Ron Garber, soloist on first phrase of each verse

Children’s Conversation—Margaret Goering

Anthem—Celebrate With Joy (Cynthia Dobrinski) and ‘Tis So Sweet to Trust in Jesus (arr. Sandra Eithun)—Chancel Bells; Verlene Garber, director

Scripture Reading—Micah 4:1-4—Zona Galle

Sermon—Martin Luther King’s Challenge to Peaceful Mennonites—Roger Neufeld Smith

*Hymn—Christ is Alive! Let Christians Sing—VT 359

Prayers of God’s People

*Hymn—Lift Every Voice and Sing—VT 611

*Benediction—Roger Neufeld Smith

Postlude—Soon and Very Soon–(Andraé Crouch)—Karen Unruh


* You are invited to stand

VT—Voices Together

Audio visual—John Thiesen

Pastor—Nathan Koontz

View the worship service for January 8, 2023

BETHEL COLLEGE MENNONITE CHURCH
January 8, 2023
Epiphany

Prelude—We three kings of orient are (arr. D. Bish); Nun ist sie erschienen (arr. S. Vincent)—Will Wiebe-Friesen

Christ Candle Lighting

Welcome and Prayer—Esther Kreider Eash

*Hymn—Arise, Your Light Is Come! —VT 273

Anthem—See Whose Glory Fills the Skies (arr. Evelyn Simposon-Currenton) [VT 274]—

Chancel Choir—Riley King, director; Will Wiebe-Friesen, accompanist

Scripture Reading— Matthew 2:1-12—William Eash

Children’s Conversation—Judy Harder

*Hymn—On This Great Day of Days—VT 260

Sermon—Divine Incognito—Keith Harder

*Hymn—Unexpected and Mysterious—VT 229

Installation—Roger Neufeld Smith, Interim Pastor; Elizabeth Schmidt, Congregational Care Coordinator—VT 965

Prayers of God’s People

*Hymn—Love Came Down at Christmas—VT 255

*Benediction—Keith Harder

Postlude—Praise Ye the Lord of Hosts (Saint-Saëns)—Will Wiebe-Friesen

* You are invited to stand

VT = Voices Together

Audio visual— Ken Lamp

Pastor—Nathan Koontz

Announcements for January 15-22, 2023

January 15, 2023 – Martin Luther King Jr. Sunday
 

Based on CDC Guidelines Harvey County has returned to green status indicating
low risk for COVID. You are invited to choose whether you wear a mask or social distance.  Both are optional.

To livestream the worship service:
On Sunday morning, around 9:20, go to BCMC’s webpage at bethelcollegemennonitechurch.org and click the green button labeled LIVE STREAM on the right side of the screen, which will take you to the worship service. If you get a message in the black box that the video is unavailable, click the gray box belows that says “View Live Stream on YouTube”.   Anytime after the service concludes, you can watch a recording of the service at your convenience by clicking the same green LIVE STREAM button.  Again, you will probably have to go to the gray box that says “View Live Stream on YouTube”.  That will transfer you to the BCMC YouTube Channel.  You will have to click on the tab “Videos” to see all of the BCMC videos. Click the red button to see the bulletin/order of service. 
OR – click on this link for this Sunday: https://youtu.be/3bSEgO4ci6Y
 


 BETHEL COLLEGE MENNONITE CHURCH
January 15, 2023
Martin Luther King Jr. Sunday

 
Prelude— His Eye Is on the Sparrow and Just a Closer Walk With Thee—(Two gospel song settings by Jack Schrader)—Karen Unruh, piano
 
Christ Candle Lighting
 
Welcome and Prayer—Dave Linscheid
 
*Hymn—Guide My Feet—VT 816—Ron Garber, soloist on first phrase of each verse
 
Children’s Conversation—Margaret Goering
 
Anthem—Celebrate With Joy (Cynthia Dobrinski) and ‘Tis So Sweet to Trust in Jesus (arr. Sandra Eithun)—Chancel Bells; Verlene Garber, director
 
Scripture Reading—Micah 4:1-4—Zona Galle
 
Sermon—Martin Luther King’s Challenge to Peaceful Mennonites—Roger Neufeld Smith
 
*Hymn—Christ is Alive! Let Christians Sing—VT 359
 
Prayers of God’s People
 
*Hymn—Lift Every Voice and Sing—VT 611
 
*Benediction—Roger Neufeld Smith
 
Postlude—Soon and Very Soon–(Andraé Crouch)—Karen Unruh
 


* You are invited to stand
VT—Voices Together
Audio visual—John Thiesen
Pastor—Nathan Koontz
 


 This Week at BCMC:  January 15-22, 2023
Sunday, Jan. 15, 2023-Martin Luther King, Jr. Sunday
9:30 am    Worship with sermon by Roger Neufeld Smith; music by
Chancel Bells
YouTube Link for this Sunday is:  https://youtu.be/3bSEgO4ci6Y
The church nursery is staffed during worship and Sunday School
10:30 am  Faith Formation—Intergenerational class meets in  Fellowship Hall;   High School – Room 24 
Adult Classes:  Agape Class meets in the nursery; Bible Study (Rm 14);
Catacombs (Rm B5);  Fellowship (B7); Fine Arts (Rm 22); Issues and Christianity (Rm 23); Mosaic (Rm 20); Open Circle (Room 21);  Seekers (Rm 28);
Sojourners (Chapel)
Mon., Jan. 16, 2023—Martin Luther King Jr. Day—office will be closed and church building will be locked
4 pm       Pastor Search Committee meet in Room 14
Wed., Jan. 18, 2023
6:30 pm   Menno Ringers Rehearsal in Room B7
7:30 pm   Chancel Choir Rehearsal in the Sanctuary
Thurs., Jan. 19, 2023
6:30 pm   Chancel Bell Rehearsal in Room B7
7 pm         Bethel College Women’s Association meeting in Fellowship Hall
Sun., Jan. 22, 2023—Anabaptist World Fellowship Sunday
9:30 am    Sermon by Nathan Koontz; music by Chancel Choir  

Pastor Nathan Koontz will be away January 14-16, 2023.  
 
BCMC Offering for January 8:  General Fund $14,068.27; Living Stones $1,150; Kitchen Fund $21; Women’s Fellowship $90. 
 


February 26 has been designated as “Guess Who’s Coming to
Dinner” Sunday! “Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner” is a way for BCMC folks to get acquainted with other BCMC folks that they might not know very well. The Hospitality Commission will match people who sign up as hosts with people who sign up as guests. There will be sign up sheets at the back of the church, for being either a host or a guest for a dinner, for the next two Sundays. 

 



FROM THE NEWTON COMMUNITY FOR RACIAL JUSTICE AND THE HARVEY COUNTY HISTORICAL SOCIETY
Mon., Jan. 16, 2 p.m., Harvey County Historical Museum & Archives, 203 N. Main St., Newton (next door to Petersen’s Funeral Home) – The public is invited to an afternoon of storytelling and learning with members of Newton’s Black community. Co-sponsored by the Harvey County Historical Society and Newton Community for Racial Justice.


We offer sympathy to the family of Grace Schroeder.  Grace died Jan. 10 at Schowalter Villa, Hesston.  Following is a note from Elaine Prouty:

“ I’m writing to inform you that Hank’s dear aunt Grace Schroeder, a long time BCMC member, passed away peacefully this afternoon at Schowalter Villa.  She’d been struggling with pneumonia and had been failing; the last two weeks have been difficult.  Her daughter Cathy Holdeman (of Wichita) and her son Jeff Schroeder (of Los Alamos, New Mexico) were with her at the time she passed.
Her children have requested services at a later time, probably in the spring when her grandchildren (who are scattered across the United States) can be here.”


Menno Ringers—All students 4th grade through 8th grade interested in ringing handbells are welcome to come tonight at 6:30 pm in Room B7. 
 


Thank you to the characters creating a scene on Epiphany Sunday: Adah Hodge, Glen Ediger, David Kreider, Dale Schrag and last but not least, plus appearing twice, the camel crew stars – Miles Brubacher, Collin and Brett Gaeddert, Justin and Addison Zerger guided by Tim Hodge and Adam Robb.


Roger will be driving back to Topeka this afternoon but will be checking his BCMC email regularly while in Topeka. (roger@bethelcollegemennonitechurch.org). He is also available by voice mail or text when necessary (785-220-1968). Roger will be back in the BCMC office from Wednesday, January 26 at 1:00 p.m., and staying in Newton through the annual meeting on Sunday, January 29.  His schedule for his days in Newton beyond January 29 is still a “work in progress”. Thanks for your patience and your prayers. 


Message from Elizabeth Schmidt, Congregational Care Coordinator
“Behold, I am doing a new thing!”  

I am excited about coordinating new ways of welcoming, caring and connecting in our congregation!   I’ve begun care visits and visiting Faith Formation classes to gather wisdom and get to know you better.   I am working with Deacons on visitation and welcoming visitors and new members.   Be watching for announcements about new caring opportunities to arise, and be emboldened to share your ideas –  in person, by email to elizabeth@bethelcollegemennonitechurch.org, and by calling the church office.  Office hours:   I plan to be in the office on Wednesdays, with half days on Tuesday afternoons and Thursday mornings.   

Call for gently-used gift bags and baskets!  
While you are doing post-holiday clean-up, or New Year’s de-cluttering, here is a creation care and caring connection opportunity!  Your donations of gently-used gift bags and baskets may be deposited on pews in the back of the sanctuary, for future repurposing as care packages.  “The Lord loveth a cheerful giver!” 


Marvin and Ruthann Dirks have moved to Assisted Living in Ft. Collins, CO.  Their new address is:  1002 Rule Dr., Apt. 205, Fort Collins, CO 80525   Phone: 316-772-0618; Email: dirksrut@gmail.com


The Library Theme for the next couple of months is Black History. The Library Committee pulled part of the books that we have in our collection which are displayed either in back of the library desk or on the shelving in the Children’s Room. Please come see what we have to offer! Also, don’t forget that we still have puzzles for your puzzling pleasure right outside of the library door and more on the west wall of the library. Please come browse and place a donation in the envelope if you find one that catches your fancy.


Bethel College Announcements
· Mon., Jan. 16 – Bethel College celebration of the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday, featuring Dr. Marché Fleming-Randle from Wichita State University, “Together We Can Be THE Dream,” 7 p.m., Memorial Hall 
· Sun., Jan. 22 – Bethel College Music Department Honors Recital, 4 p.m., Administration Building chapel, featuring freshman, sophomore and junior vocal and instrumental students who performed exceptionally during the fall 2022 semester. 
· Sat., Jan. 28 – Kauffman Museum annual Kansas Day event, “Kansans Create!,” noon-4 p.m., museum parking lot and grounds (corner of Main & 27th Streets, North Newton). Featuring local artists and artisans, a community art project, food trucks and much more. For more information, see the Kauffman Museum Facebook page or kauffmanmuseum.org


New Hope Shelter Announcement  We greatly need to increase our volunteer base as we head into the new year and with the new building only one year away, do as much as we can to provide two volunteers each evening per shift.  If you have anyone who is interested in volunteering, please let me know. My volunteer training sessions are normally planned at the end of each month based on availability and need.  — Shonda M Suddeth, Shelter/Volunteer Coordinator
(316) 283-7711, shonda@newhope-shelter.org  Please contact Valetta Seymour if you can consider becoming a New Hope Shelter volunteer.  Generally, we have people to provide meals, but evening volunteers are needed.  Contact: seymour2314@gmail.com  620-217-7536


Registration is beginning for the 2023 season of Kansas Mennonite Men’s Chorus (KMMC).  Those who sang last year will find a registration form in your church mail box.  We are working to recover after the pandemic.  Numbers were significantly down last year.  Please consider joining this year.  Please contact Joe Peters for registration forms.  We sing that others may live.


WANTED:  Your stories. To share at the “Schweitzers and Friends” 150th celebration of Swiss Volhynian Mennonites coming to the U.S. in 1874, planned for Aug. 23-25, 2024.  Everyone loves the stories told about days gone by.  This event gives us opportunity to collect ancestor stories.  Brian Adams from Massachusetts would like to edit stories for a Swiss Volhynian book with the help of his daughter Casey Adams (cpadams992@gmail.com).  Brian says no stories are too small or inconsequential.  He has heard stories from his Grandfather Jacob (Red Jake) Krehbiel from Moundridge.  Think of a story you could share and send to Brian.  Themes could be family, faith, agriculture, language.  We would all love to read those stories at the celebration event in 2024.  Brian’s contacts:  smolts123@yahoo.com.  Phone: 413-586-3063 and he could interview you by phone.     — Kathy Goering for the planners


WANTED — Cars, Trucks, Motorcycles, RVs, Campers, Tractors, Modern Farm Equipment, etc. for the Kansas Mennonite Central Committee Sale.  Items you no longer need can help Feed and Clothe thousands in desperate living conditions.  ALL donations are Tax Deductible.  Call Jerry Toews for info: 620 367 8257. Help make a difference.


Everence Opportunities:  Everence makes it easy to find ways to give back and support your favorite charity.  My Neighbor Card:  Everence donates 1.50% of every purchase you make to the charity of your choice.  Donor Advised Funds allows you to grow funds intended for charitable giving at any time.

College scholarships available:   Everence offers college scholarships for Everence members and their children. Eligible students receive scholarships up to $3,000 for the 2023-2024 academic year. Applications are accepted Jan. 1 through Feb. 28.Visit everence.com/scholarships for eligibility guidelines and application.  Information is also available by contacting Jim Robb.


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


Hesston College Announcements
Missional Leadership Class

The “M” word. You’ve heard it, you’re intrigued, but what does it really mean? Join Michele Hershberger to learn what the word “missional” means and how a proper understanding of this concept can transform your congregation! As part of the class, Missional Leadership, you will see the Bible through a missional lens and learn great tips for starting your church on a journey of spiritual renewal and growth! You can join the class in person on Hesston’s campus or online via Zoom on Monday evenings starting January 16 through May 8, 6:30 to 8:45 p.m. central time. Contact Michele Hershberger at michele.hershberger@hesston.edu for more information.

January 14 – Masterworks Performance
Join Hesston College Performing Arts for a celebration of Martin Luther King Jr. Day weekend on January 14 at Hesston Mennonite Church. The performance will feature music by African American composers and is titled “I Believe.” Find more information at hesston.edu/masterworks or join the concert virtually at hesston.edu/livestream.

January 15 – Lindsay Lou
Join the Dyck Arboretum January 15 at 4 p.m. to hear Lindsay Lou. She is a singer, songwriter, musician, and performer who demands the listener’s attention. Crust & Crumb will serve sweet and savory treats during intermission. Learn more at dyckarboretum.org/events.


For MennoCon23 Seminars press here
For Mennonite Mission Newtwork News and Beyond press here
For Mennonite Creation Care Network press here

Mennonite Church USA Announcements

The Kineo Center, a ministry partner of Mennonite Church USA, offers cohort programs for pastors and leaders experiencing burnout, and a new cohort begins Feb. 5. The program features a 24-week, online discussion group and a four-day trip to the Kineo retreat center in Puerto Rico. Learn more about this opportunity here: mennoniteusa.org/kineo-center-cohort

Menno Snapshots
From a young age, Cristian Alemán, outreach coordinator and bilingual music director for College Mennonite Church in Goshen, Indiana, knew he might one day lose his sight, but he did not know the lessons that he would learn from the experience. Adriana Celis, a writer for MenoTicias, the Spanish-language newsletter published by Mennonite Church USA and Hispanic Ministries of Mennonite Education Agency, shares Alemán’s story in “Learning to value the colors of life.” Read more here: mennoniteusa.org/learning-to-value-the-colors-of-life/ (Lea la versión en español aquí: mennoniteusa.org/learning-to-value-the-colors-of-life-spanish


Mennonite Mission Network Prayer Request:  Mennonite Mission Network requests prayer for Jane and Jerrell Ross Richer, and their son, Jordan, who are spending the next several months renewing relationships in Ecuador. Due to complications from the pandemic, deaths of loved ones and illness, the Ross Richers had not been able to return to Ecuador for more than two years. Pray that God’s Spirit will guide and bless their ministry.

Western District Conference Prayer Request:  Pray for the WDC Gifts Discernment Committee as it begins work to prepare nominations of conference leaders for election at WDC annual assembly in 2023.  

View the worship service for January 1, 2023

 BETHEL COLLEGE MENNONITE CHURCH

New Year’s Day                        January 1, 2023

Do Justice, Love Mercy, Walk Humbly

Prelude—Verlene Garber

Land Acknowledgement Statement

Welcome and Prayer—Nathan Koontz

*Hymn—The First Noel, the Angel Did Say—VT 250

Children’s Conversation                                                                                                                  

*Hymn—Joy to the World—VT 240

*Hymn—O Beautiful Star of Bethlehem—VT 275

Common Purpose Statement—Nathan Koontz

Scripture Reading—Micah 6:8 –Dwight Platt

Meditation—Doug Penner

*Hymn—Healer of Our Every Ill—VT 644

Prayers of God’s People

*Hymn—There’s a Wild Hope in the Wind—VT 828

*Benediction—Nathan Koontz

Postlude—Verlene Garber


* You are invited to stand

VT = Voices Together

Audio visual— Francis Toews

Pastor—Nathan Koontz

View the worship service for December 25, 2022

BETHEL COLLEGE MENNONITE CHURCH

Christmas Day December 25, 2022

Sing for joy: Your God reigns

Prelude— Mark Kreider

Advent Candle Lighting—Rebecca, Aaron, and Theo Tschetter

*Hymn—Hark! the Herald Angels Sing—VT 247

Welcome—Matt Schloneger

Call to Worship

Leader: Sing and shout; how great is our God!   The heavens praise your name; the earth proclaims your glory!

People: How beautiful are the feet on the mountain of those who bring good news.

Leader: Great is your peace, and great are your promises.

People: Your good news brings comfort to my soul. In my heart a new song cries out.

Leader: Sing hallelujah!

All: Our God reigns!

*Hymn—Oh, How Joyfully—VT 254

Hymn—Infant Holy, Infant Lowly—VT 243

Children’s Conversation—Esther Koontz

 *Hymn— O Come, All Ye Faithful—VT 241

Piano Solo—Mark Kreider

Scripture Readings—Isaiah 52:7-10; John 1:1-14—Adah Hodge, Barb Koontz

Meditation—Nathan Koontz

*Hymn—In the Beginning—VT 270

Prayers of God’s People

*Hymn—Angels We Have Heard on High—VT 249

*Benediction—Nathan Koontz

Postlude—Verlene Garber

* You are invited to stand

VT = Voices Together

Audio visual—Ben Lichti

Pastor—Nathan Koontz