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WORSHIP SERVICE FOR March 7, 2021 You will have to press READ MORE to see the link

The service starts at about 7 minutes and 45 seconds into the video.

BETHEL COLLEGE MENNONITE CHURCH
March 7, 2021—Worship 9:30 am
Lent 3
Deep in the changing sky: Called to deep wisdom

FOCUS:  In the patterns and glory of God’s creation, in God’s commandments and promises, and in the person of Jesus, we are called to obtain deep wisdom. God’s wisdom undermines our assumptions and takes us deeper than our efforts can lead us.

Prelude—Dawn Yoder Harms

Christ Candle Lighting—Jim Robb

Welcome and prayer—Jim Robb

Hymn—Morning Has Broken—VT 495                                                    

Scripture Reading—Psalm 19:1-4, 6-14                                                                                        

                                John 2:13-22                                                                                                  

Children’s Conversation—Megan Kohlman

Sermon—Source of Wisdom—Nathan Koontz

Hymn—God, Who Stretched the Spangled Heavens—VT 529

Prayers of God’s people—Jim Robb

Hymn—Come and Seek the Ways of Wisdom—VT 196

Benediction—Nathan Koontz

Postlude—Dawn Yoder Harms


Worship leader—Jim Robb

Musicians—Sara Dick, Esther Koontz, Matt Schloneger, Erich Boschmann, John Mark Koontz

Ushers—Cliff Dick, Dale Schrag

Audio visual—Ken Lamp

Pastors—Renee Reimer, Nathan Koontz, Dawn Yoder Harms

Lent Visuals—Our Lenten Banners illustrate a progression created around the motif of the crown of thorns.  The series is about the contrasts, emotion, and movement of the Lenten season.  The artist, Anne Friesen Birky, lives in Denver, CO with her family and is the daughter of Duane and Elizabeth Friesen.

Thank you to Susie Swartley for hanging the banners and to Carol Buller for the centerpiece.

Announcements for March 5-March 12, 2021

If you signed up for soup for Sunday, March 7, don’t forget to pick it up!

Modified In-person worship begins this Sunday, March 7.  This Sunday, Agape and Mosaic Sunday School classes and their family members are invited to attend. Please RSVP at the church office if you plan to be there!  office@bethelcollegemennonitechurch.org.
For those Agape and Mosaic members (and their families) who are attending this Sunday, you can enter by the front doors (west) or the south automatic doors.  All other doors to the church will be locked.

Did you know?... Our new hymnal, Voices Togetherhas more than 1,000 pages containing 750 songs and 200-plus worship resources that seek to represent the theological breadth of the Mennonite church. It also includes 12 works of visual art by 12 Anabaptist artists!  If you’re interested in having a copy of your own, Voices Together can be purchased locally at Faith and Life Bookstore.

If you would like to bring an offering on the Sunday you attend in-person worship, there will be an offering plate on a table at the back of the sanctuary where you can place your offering as you enter or exit the sanctuary.  If writing a check, please indicate its intended destination in the memo line: for example, general fund, special fund (please name), or Sunday School.  
You can also support BCMC and its work beyond us by sending a check into the office, contributing electronically (https://bethelcollegemennonitechurch.org/–see red “Support BCMC” tab), or by working with Finance Manager Mike Claassen to set up an electronic deposit system.

SCN’s Carol Wise Zoom Call for BCMC, March 14 at 1:30–Details will follow with the Zoom Link
Supportive Communities Network (SCN) is a program of the Brethren Mennonite Council for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Interests (BMC). It is a network of Mennonite and Church of the Brethren communities who are publicly affirming of gay, lesbian, transgender, and bisexual members.  SCN’s goals are to offer support, resources and opportunities for dialogue among congregations which welcome gay, lesbian, transgender, and bisexual members; to encourage meaningful dialogue at the denominational level; to offer support and resources for individuals who are working toward welcome.  
The Inclusion Task Group of BCMC will be conducting a survey from March 15-29 to gage congregational interest in joining SCN.  The director of SCN and the Brethren Mennonite Council for LGBT Interests, Carol Wise, will be joining anyone interested from the BCMC community to a Zoom presentation and discussion about SCN on March 14 at 1:30.  We hope you will be able to attend this live event virtually or watch the recording at a later time.  As we continue to learn more about SCN and BMC, we encourage you to look at their website, and to read past communications from our task group regarding SCN.  To read the past communications, click on this link:  BCMC Inclusion Task Group Communications  

BCMC Land Acknowledgement
As part of our church’s desire to follow the Spirit in doing justice, loving mercy, and walking humbly with God, the Witness Commission recently affirmed the use of a land acknowledgement statement for BCMC to be read once a month during our worship service.  Many thanks go to Florence Schloneger for her work in research and writing the acknowledgement.  
As we do on the first Sunday of each month,
  we acknowledge that we worship 
  on the land of the Kanza, Osage, and Wichita.
We thank them for their care and respect for this land 
  and acknowledge the injustice of their forced removal.
We ask the Spirit to heal our histories 
  and find new paths of right relationships with them 
  and all of creation.  
If you are interested in digging deeper into the implications of this land acknowledgement for those who are here now and for those who are not, please contact Pastor Nathan Koontz or Elaine Shurr, chair of the Witness Commission. 


Bohne Berrogi Sales.  As with many things related to the Kansas Mennonite Relief Sale, the usual order of business will not be possible due to Covid-19.  To make sure that people have the opportunity to purchase and take home some bohne berrogi, the Bohne Berrogi Committee will be making and selling this ethnic delight at Moundridge High School on April 3.  The Bohne Berrogi will be sold, by the dozen, from 9:30 AM to 10:30 AM . The cost will be $20.00 a dozen, NO sauce will be provided.  No advance orders will be taken. This will be the only opportunity to purchase Bohne Berrogi unless some are not sold.  Left overs will be froze and sold at a later date or at the Relief Sale in July.  Come to Moundridge High School between 9:30 AM and 10:30 AM on April 3 and support the MCC Relief Sale with your purchase.


 information for In Person Worship for March 14
 
Beginning March 7, BCMC will begin inviting small groups of people for in-person worship. Live streaming will continue to take place as usual.
Below is a schedule that includes an option to attend in-person worship during March or April, according to Sunday School class or age bracket. 
While the small group of gatherers for each Sunday is meant to keep numbers to a safe, socially-distanced capacity, we want to be able to monitor numbers initially and be able to contact trace if necessary. For those reasons, we ask that if your Sunday School group or age bracket is signed up for a specific date, that you also RSVP to the church office by noon on Friday. Email office@bethelcollegemennonitechurch.org or call 316-283-3667.  Entire households are invited to attend even if only one person fits into the listed small group. 

March 14: Bible Study and Seekers
March 21: Fellowship and Catacombs
March 28: Fine Arts and Sojourners
April 4: to be determined
April 11:     Issues in Christianity and Open Circle
April 18: 70 and younger not associated with a Sunday School Class
April 25: 71 + not associated with a Sunday School Class

Please RSVP by noon on Friday of the week you plan to attend. 

In addition: those attending in-person worship are expected to observe the Participant Commitments below:  

PARTICIPANT COMMITMENTS: 

  • Stay home if you are unwell and/or when in doubt.
  • Prioritize south entrance for those with accessibility/proximity needs. 
  • Prioritize front (west) entrance for those able to walk farther. 
  • Please do not arrive earlier than 9:20 am.
  • Wear masks on church grounds.
  • Keep 6 feet of space between households – indoors and out.
  • Sit in the main sanctuary. There will be no balcony seating.
  • Sit where there are blue pieces of tape on the pews, in order to maintain 6 feet of distance from other worship participants.  Family groupings: please sit together in the same pew.
  • Keep coats/hats/gloves/scarves together with you, and dress warmly, as sanctuary windows will be partially open for ventilation.
  • Refrain from congregational singing.
  • Refrain from gathering in Gathering Place and around mailboxes. (coffee will not be served).
  • Plan to use restrooms at home to minimize coming together with others in enclosed spaces. (Restrooms will be open for urgent need).
  • Exit the building promptly after the service ends, using the same door you entered. 
  • Visit with others outside, wearing masks, 6 feet apart. 
  • The nursery will be closed. Children may stay with family during worship service (including Children’s Conversation) and may exit to Gathering Place during service if needed.
  • Please stay clear of church office, balcony, basement.
  • Notify church office if you test positive for COVID 19 within 48 hours of attending worship.

We look forward to being together again for worship, even in this modified way!
WDC announcements
1.  SAVE THE DATE:Thursday, March 25, 7 pm ZOOM networking meeting hosted by WDC Immigration Task Force.  Reconnect with other churches to hear about their advocacy on behalf of immigrants.  Hear from MCC’s National Advocacy Director Tammy Alexander.  How should our work go forward?  What is your church doing or what do they hope to do?  Ask a representative from your church to contact wdc@mennowdc.org for the ZOOM invitation.
2.  All women and girls are invited to the Western District Women in Mission 2021 Spring Soiree Thursday, April 8 at 7:00 pm.  In lieu of attending our annual Spring Supper, gather with us for a virtual night of worship, music and a reflection on “Faith in Turbulent Times” offered by special guest speaker and freelance minister, Georgia Metz, M. Div. Special music will be provided by Erin Regier Graber and Addie Regier Kauffman. Email WDWM2021SpringSoiree@gmail.com to register by April 5. A zoom link will be sent to registered participants prior to the event.  Spring Soiree poster
3.  Wait! Where’s my latest issue of WDC Garden?   In 2021, Western District Conference plans to refresh its website and make it THE PLACE to go to for all WDC news, articles and information.  Content typically found in WDC Garden will now be exclusively available on the website.  As we transition to a more web-based approach for disseminating information and a refreshed website, you can already find the latest content at: www.mennowdc.org – check it out!
4.  Raising Disciples with Natalie Frisk –  With the Western District Conference, First Mennonite Church (Beatrice, NE) and Beatrice Mennonite Church will be hosting a virtual event with featured speaker Pastor Natalie Frisk. The series will include:

  • Sunday morning, March 14, 9:30 a.m. – “Kids in the Kingdom” – a pre-recorded message by Pastor Natalie Frisk that can be viewed as part of a regular Sunday worship service, or at any time.
     
  • Sunday evening, March 21, 7:00 p.m. – “Jesus Centered Parenting: Q & A” – a live/interactive zoom gathering with Natalie to conclude our event.
     
  • Two additional sessions and an interview will be pre-recorded and available for viewing starting March 14:
    • Session 1 – Anchors and Waves: Living the Life as a Disciple While Discipling Your Kid
    • Session 2 – Journeying on Sacred Pathways: How is Your Kid Wired?
    • Fun interview to get to know Natalie
       
  • Facebook event info: Raising Disciples – Natalie Frisk

Natalie Frisk is the curriculum pastor at The Meeting House Church in Toronto, Canada, where she and an education team create kids’ and youth curricula for ages 0–18 used by churches worldwide. Frisk is a sought-after speaker on topics of youth and children’s ministry, spiritual formation, and discipleship, and is the author of the book Raising Disciples: How to Make Faith Matter for Our Kids, published by Herald Press.   Videos will be available via a YouTube link, though we can make the sessions downloadable too if that’s helpful. For additional information, please email pastor@summitstreetchurch.com.

Camp Mennoscah announcements
1.  Verenike Casserole Fundraiser for Camp Mennoscah on March 13!Click here to reserve your meal of verenike casserole, seasoned green beans, zweiback, and peach crisp online before March 7.  You can also call 620-297-3290.  This fundraiser supports the vital faith formation for youth and young adults that happens at camps and retreats.  Pick up meals at Moundridge High School on March 13.  Join in the fun to help make this return to summer youth camps as smooth and amazing as possible!
2.  One Day Event for Grades 7-12!  Camp Mennoscah’s Youth Volunteer Weekend is one full day of service projects, worship, lunch & socially distanced fellowship.  Register online, email office@campmennoscah.org or call 620-297-3290.  Masks are required.
3.  We are ready to rock! Preparation for the Amphitheater Improvement project was completed in the Summer of 2020 and we are ready to finish this project up.  Work days are scheduled for the following days: March 12 to 13, March 26 to 27, April 2 to 3, April 9 to 10, May 14-15.  These opportunities to get involved are on Fridays and Saturday, come on out for one or both days, and part or all day. Ask about lodging if you would like to stay overnight.  A team of five volunteers will work from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm each day installing the new stone benches. There will be stone to cut, move, clean and set along with a whole lot mortar to mix up.  Bring a lunch and water bottle with you when you come, and plan to arrive at the North cabin area to check in around 9:00 am. Email office@campmennoscah.org or call 620-297-3290 to volunteer for this project. 
4.  Looking for kitchen staff and nurses!  Camp Mennoscah is filling volunteer and stipend positions for kitchen staff and nurses for the upcoming 2021 summer.  Contact Camp Mennoscah at office@campmennoscah.org or call 620-297-3290 for available weeks and details.  Kitchen staff can receive a scholarship up to full camp fees for their camper.
5.  There are volunteer opportunities for you! Camp Mennoscah continually has year-round work to support the maintenance and upkeep of the campus and facilities. We can accommodate every group size, skill set and length of project you would like to tackle. Check out these ways to Get Involved!  Email office@campmennoscah.org or call 620-297-3290 to volunteer.

Mennonite church announcements
1.  The Lenten season is upon us! Find Mennonite Church USA’s Lent at Home 2021 resource for home-based guided daily and weekly worship — for all ages — here: mennoniteusa.org/lentathome
2.  This month, Mennonite Church USA invites you to engage with the “Learn, Pray, Join: Cost of War” initiative to promote peacemaking and anti-militarism. Learn more: https://www.mennoniteusa.org/cost-of-war
3.  Mennonite Church USA Executive Board met in late January and discussed a resolution to retire the denomination’s Membership Guidelines. The resolution was forwarded to the Constituency Leaders Council for feedback. Read more about the meeting here: https://www.mennoniteusa.org/retire-mg. En español: https://www.mennoniteusa.org/quitar-los-lineamientos
4.  Please pray for the Constituency Leaders Council of Mennonite Church USA (MC USA), which is meeting virtually on March 12 and 13. The Constituency Leaders Council is an MC USA advisory group comprised of leaders from the area conferences, agencies and constituency groups that meets one or two times per year to counsel and advise the Executive Board, functioning as denominational elders. 
5.  Cyneatha Millsaps, co-pastor of Prairie Street Mennonite Church in Indiana and executive director of Mennonite Women USA, explains that, for some, including her niece, the military offers peace in ways that civilian life does not. How then, should the church respond? Read “When military creates peace” for Millsaps’ thoughts on the matter. https://www.mennoniteusa.org/military-peace
6.  The Center for Sustainable Climate Solutions is hiring a director of advancement (full time position).  For more information see https://sustainable climate solutions.org/2021/02/04/job-posting-cscs-advancement-officer/ . The Center for Sustainable Climate Solutions (CSCS) is a collaborative initiative of Eastern Mennonite University, Goshen College and Mennonite Central Committee to lead Anabaptist efforts to respond to the challenges of climate change.
7.  Do you have a heart for mentoring students and strong organizational skills? Freeman Academy in Freeman, South Dakota, is looking for a Resident Director to supervise and encourage 12 boarding students in on-campus housing. Salary plus benefits including health insurance, retirement, room and board.  Main responsibilities are building relationships with students and overseeing daily life at the dorm including cooking the evening meal, coordinating student activities, and communicating with parents.  Retirees and experienced parents are urged to apply. For more information visit FreemanAcademy.org/employment/ or contact Nathan Epp, Head of School, nepp@freemanacademy.org or 605-925-4237.
8.  The Center for Sustainable Climate Solutions will offer a new series of interactive webinars entitled “For the Beauty of the Earth:  A Series on Climate and Racial Justice”.  The interconnectedness of climate and racial justice will be explored, grounded in Anabaptist values and theology.  Sessions will feature speakers, Q&A, and discussion. Visit the facebook page for more details and registration information!  Contact Nicole Litwiller at nicole.litwiller@emu.edu with any questions!

The Rocky Mountain March newsletter is here!
Have a look at the latest/greatest happenings here at RMMC. For this and previous newsletters, please visit the camp website and click on the “News” tab under “About Us”. THANKS!
If you would like to be removed from our e-newsletter list, simply reply to this message.
Corbin Graber on behalf of the camp board and staff members

Announcement from Hesston College
Renewed Life with Bel Canto Singers will be presented at the Mullet Drive Parking Lot, Hesston College, Sunday, March 28, at 3 p.m. This is a community worship service with music of Lent, Holy Week and Easter. Join us in person or on the  Fine Arts Livestream

WORSHIP SERVICE FOR February 28, 2021 You will have to press READ MORE to see the link

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BETHEL COLLEGE MENNONITE CHURCH
February 28, 2021
Lent 2

Deep in the woods: Called to deep commitment

Prelude—Calvary (Billingham)—Verlene Garber, organ

Christ Candle Lighting—Cliff Dick and Marlene Ewert

Welcome and prayer                                                                                                                      

Hymn—We Sing to You, O God—VT 80

Children’s Conversation—Cliff Dick

Scripture Reading—Psalm 22:23-31—Cliff and Marlene

                                   Mark 8:27-38                       

Sermon—Lost and Found—Dawn Yoder Harms

Hymn—Lead Me, Guide Me—VT 601

Prayers of God’s people—Marlene Ewert

Hymn—God, Be the Love—VT 43

Benediction                                                                                                                                     

Postlude

VT = Voices Together


Worship leaders—Marlene Ewert and Cliff Dick

Musicians—Verlene Garber, Ron Garber, William Eash, Esther Kreider Eash,

John Mark Koontz, Barbara Thiesen, Dawn Yoder Harms

Audio visual—Ben Lichti

Pastors—Renee Reimer, Nathan Koontz, Dawn Yoder Harms

Announcements for February 26-March 5, 2021

Supportive Communities Network


Why Should BCMC Join SCN?

BCMC is discussing the possibility of joining the Supportive Communities Network. There are a number of reasons to join SCN and some advantages. We have had a Welcoming Statement in our church bulletin and on our website for almost 20 years, but there is more we can do to live up to that statement. The statement itself relates primarily to membership and it is time for us to think in terms of participation and how our language and the building itself reflects our affirmation of welcome.

Why should BCMC join SCN?
Because it matters. Unfortunately, many churches of all denominations, as well as some Mennonite churches, actively discriminate against lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer+ people in their congregational life and in the institutional practices of the denomination. Potentially, this means that the church is experienced as a harmful place by many LGBTQ+ people. As a result, they have to assume that church is not a safe place for them unless we specifically let them know that we are open and affirming of LGBTQ+ people. Joining SCN lets them know we are a safe place for them.

This is especially important for young people, including Bethel College students, who may be in the process of “coming out.”

These are the reasons suggested by SCN and others for church communities to join SCN:

  • “Coming out” as publicly affirming identifies the community as a “safe space” for LGBTQ+ individuals and their families. It provides LGBTQ+ people and the people who love them with some assurance that they will not be subjected to overt harm. It is an act of solidarity with the LGBTQ+ community. It is an invitation to those who may want to learn more about affirming LGBTQ+ persons within a Christian framework.
  • Being publicly affirming suggests that the community has educated itself about issues of sexuality, so that an openly LGBTQ+ person knows they will not suddenly become a topic of controversy and discussion or that their presence in the congregation or community will suddenly be questioned.
  • Being publicly affirming indicates to questioning or struggling youth, young adults, and Bethel College students that the church or community is a place where it is safe to discuss issues related to sexual identity. This is very important as LGBTQ+ youth have a statistically higher incidence of suicide because of their lack of mentors and support.
  • Being publicly affirming shifts the onus of responsibility for explaining their position away from the LGBTQ+ community and onto those who would challenge the inclusion of LGBTQ+ people in the community.
  • Being publicly affirming indicates a concern about the institutional church, MC-USA, and BCMC in particular. The level of hostility and fear that the church frequently exhibits towards LGBTQ+ people damages and diminishes the soul of the institution. Dissenting from the church’s fear and rejection of LGBTQ+ people is an act of faithfulness and hope because it witnesses to a more loving way of being church together.
  • Being publicly affirming is a symbolic act of prophetic witness to MC-USA and to the broader community, indicating a commitment to justice, hospitality, and the dignity of each human individual.
  • Being publicly affirming connects a community with other communities who are serious about welcome, creating a network of support and encouragement.
     
  • SCN provides experience, wisdom, and resources in advising us on how to become more open, affirming, and supportive to better understand LGBTQ+ perspectives, struggles and gifts. 
     
  • By partnering with SCN, we will better be able to network with other regional Mennonite churches who advocate for LGBTQ+ interests. 
     
  • By learning how to partner with SCN and its work with LGBTQ+ communities, BCMC will better be able to partner with other organizations and learn a fuller welcoming, affirming, and supportive stance towards other groups who have been marginalized by society and the church.
     
  • Being publicly affirming allows us to raise the youngest generation of our congregation to value all others and the gifts they bring.

Supportive Communities Network: https://www.bmclgbt.org/scn

With open and affirming heart, soul, and mind,

Inclusion Task Group—
Karen Ediger
Megan Kohlman
John Kliewer
Nathan Koontz
Karen Penner


Support the BCMC Sr High Youth Group in their annual Soup Fundraiser (COVID style) on Sunday, March 7th!
This year, we will be doing a drive-thru soup fundraiser between 11:30am-1:00pm. Two kinds of hot and ready to eat soup will be available as well as bread and dessert. Click here to pre-order your soup and support this year’s youth group on a civil rights learning tour this summer! Email Renee as renee@bethelcollegemennonitechurch.org if you have any questions. 

Thinking about Becoming a Member at BCMC?
If you have been thinking about becoming a member of Bethel College Mennonite Church, please contact Pastor Nathan or the church office. We simply want to gage interest and discuss possible timeframes and educational formats for new members.  I hope you will consider this small step towards possible membership.  As our Welcoming Statement says, “Bethel College Mennonite Church welcomes into fellowship and membership all persons who confess faith in Jesus Christ, without regard to their race, ethnic background, gender, age, sexual orientation, education, ability, and other factors which give rise to discrimination and marginalization. May you feel welcome here. 

Voices Together
As we get acquainted with our new hymnal, Voices Together, it’s natural to be curious about a few things. For example, where do the songs in Voices Together come from?  In case you are wondering:  293 songs have text and tune from the Hymnal Worship Book (HWB); 94 songs have text and tune from Sing the Journey and Sing the Story (STJ and STS); 63 songs have text or tune from HWB, STJ, or STS; 17 songs come from the Mennonite Hymnal; and 293 songs are new to Voices Together (from ecumenical hymnals, newly written, etc.)  Let Pastor Dawn and the Worship Commission know what you are wondering about!  

Library Announcement
Until the end of March, the Library Committee is highlighting books on Healthy/Unhealthy Relationships. New books have been purchased that fit into this category, some of which were recommended by our Pastors and will soon be ready for checkout. And, as a reminder, a Library Committee member will be staffing the Library every Tuesday from 10-Noon. New book titles, including donations are: When the Center Does NotHold by David Brubaker, Trauma and Grace by Serene Jones, Let’s Talk About Body Boundaries and My Body! What I Say Goes both by Jayneen Sanders, Walking the Bridgeless Canyon by Kathy Baldock, Caste by Isabel Wilkerson, When You Trap a Tiger by Tae Keller, If I Were You by Lynn Austin and The Bridge to Bell Island by Julie Klaassen. Happy reading everyone!

February 12, 2021 offering at BCMC:  General Fund $24,945; Jr Hi Fund $10; Living Stones $2,633.33
February 18, 2021 offering at BCMC:  General Fund $12,635; Living Stones $1,065


Final week to see “After the End of the End of the World,” a collaboration between Rachel Epp Buller and Derek Owens, in the Regier Art Gallery, Luyken Fine Arts Center, at Bethel College. The exhibition closes Friday, March 5. Gallery hours are 9 a.m.-5 p.m., Mon.-Fri. (Because of the pandemic, there will be no public reception for this exhibit.) Please note that face coverings must be worn and physical distancing practiced on the Bethel campus.

Weds., March 3, 7 p.m. – Bethel College’s two small a cappella ensembles, Open Road (men) and Woven (women) will be featured in the monthly concert series at Plymouth Congregational Church in Wichita, via livestream. To view, go to https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9NjlrPGFuTM (Plymouth Congregational Church, Wichita, on YouTube).

Western District Conference Announcements
1.  WDC  Gifts Discernment Committee seeks nominees: Do you know persons who can contribute to the ministry of WDC?  The Gifts Discernment Committee invites suggestions of names to consider for positions on the Executive Board and Commissions.  All suggestions are recorded for consideration in this or future years.  For more information about the work and current members of these groups, see http://mennowdc.org/executive-board-commissions/.  Nominees will be presented for affirmation by delegates at the WDC Annual Assembly, July 30-Aug. 1, 2021.  Please contact WDC at wdc@mennowdc.org or 316-283-6300 to offer suggestions.  Thank you!
2.  Now What?!  Post Pandemic Faith Formation:  Do you want to talk with other people who care about faith formation?  What have we learned about new ways of sharing the Jesus story in the past year?  What will we lay aside?  What questions remain unanswered?  Join Kathy Neufeld Dunn and Resource Library Director Jennie Wintermote for a virtual dialogue Saturday, February 27, 9 am CST.  To register, please email wdc@mennowdc.org for the Zoom link.
3.  First Mennonite Church, 1161 E Ave A, McPherson is having a drive-thru verenika (with ham gravy and sausage) dinner on March 6 from 1-7pm or until the food runs out. This will be a free-will donation event with the proceeds going to the McPherson Housing Coalition. Phone: 620-241-4040 
4.  Save the date! Mark your calendars for Thursday, April 8 at 7:00pm for the Western District Women in Mission 2021 Spring Soiree! In lieu of our annual Spring Supper, gather with us for a virtual night of worship, music and a reflection on “Faith in Turbulent Times” offered by special guest speaker and freelance minister, Georgia Metz, M. Div. More details to follow soon.    

Camp Mennoscah announcements
1.  Verenike Casserole Fundraiser for Camp Mennoscah on March 13!Reserve your meal of verenike casserole, seasoned green beans, zweiback, and peach crisp online before March 7.  You can also call 620-297-3290.  This fundraiser supports the vital faith formation for youth and young adults that happens at camps and retreats.  Pick up meals at Moundridge High School on March 13.  Join in the fun to help make this return to summer youth camps as smooth and amazing as possible!
2.  We are ready to rock! Preparation for the Amphitheater Improvement project was completed in the Summer of 2020 and we are ready to finish this project up.  Work days are scheduled for the following days: March 12 to 13, March 26 to 27, April 2 to 3, April 9 to 10, May 14-15.  These opportunities to get involved are on Fridays and Saturday, come on out for one or both days, and part or all day. Ask about lodging if you would like to stay overnight.  A team of five volunteers will work from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm each day installing the the new stone benches. There will be stone to cut, move, clean and set along with a whole lot mortar to mix up.  Bring a lunch and water bottle with you when you come, and plan to arrive at the North cabin area to check in around 9:00 am. Email office@campmennoscah.org or call 620-297-3290 to volunteer for this project. 
3.  There are volunteer opportunities for you! Camp Mennoscah continually has year-round work to support the maintenance and upkeep of the campus and facilities. We can accommodate every group size, skill set and length of project you would like to tackle. Check out these ways to Get Involved!  Email office@campmennoscah.org or call 620-297-3290 to volunteer.
4.  One Day Event for Grades 7-12!  Camp Mennoscah’s Youth Volunteer Weekend is one full day of service projects, worship, lunch & socially distanced fellowship.  Register online, email office@campmennoscah.org or call 620-297-3290.  Masks are required.
5.  Looking for kitchen staff and nurses!  Camp Mennoscah is filling volunteer and stipend positions for kitchen staff and nurses for the upcoming 2021 summer.  Contact Camp Mennoscah at office@campmennoscah.org or call 620-297-3290 for available weeks and details.  Kitchen staff can receive a scholarship up to full camp fees for their camper.     
Mennonite church announcements1.  Travel to three different locations all within the coastal region of Colombia with your Youth Venture team. Serve and play as you learn about history and peacemaking in Colombia. Visit MennoniteMission.net/YouthVenture for more information. 
2.  Service Adventure is accepting applications for the 2021-2022 service term! Grow in leadership and faith, as you spend a year serving and living in community with others your age and with unit leaders. Visit MennoniteMission.net/ServiceAdventure to learn more!

Rocky Mountain Mennonite Camp Summer Youth Camp Programs – Goodness, what will the coming summer camp season look like? Well, we know we will continue to follow state and local guidelines in ensuring the safety of our campers and staff today, tomorrow and for the coming summer. Based on our CO COVID dial color (blue), we should all plan for our resident and wilderness youth camps to operate at a reduced capacity (40 for resident, normal for 10 for wilderness), a reduced length (Sunday arrival to Friday morning departure), and with amended practices/activities (i.e. mask wearing when inside, meal time separations, etc). Thankfully, being outside is our friend related to the coronavirus pandemic (always has been hasn’t it?). And the good news is that there is plenty of God’s creation and sunshine in the outdoors here at Rocky Mountain to go around. So have your sunscreen and your rain gear at the ready and let’s all breathe in the fresh mountain air together! With MANY moving parts and coordinations involved in offering a summer camp program (i.e. health care, housekeeping, camp registration, transportation, etc.), join us in taking things one step at a time, hoping, praying and planning to offer a fun and meaningful experience to our youth campers this summer.

Rocky Mountain Mennonite Camp Summer Staff – Join us in looking forward to the summer ahead. Despite the unknowns of how the summer may play out, we know the safety of our campers, guests and staff will be a priority. We know camp will have sufficient funds to offer/subsidize our summer camp programs thanks to the Paying the Legacy Forward Campaign (only $15,000 more to go!), and we know those funds will allow us to hire the summer staff necessary to carry on the ministry of Rocky Mountain this summer. Join us staffers as we share the fruits of the Spirit of love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control with all who come, fulfilling our mission to be a place of retreat and community in God’s creation. Apply today and or encourage others to apply online (rmmc.org) by visiting “Summer Staff Opportunities” page on the camp website under the “About Us” tab.

Mennonite Central Committee Alumni Gathering, July 9-11 at Rocky Mountain Mennonite Camp! All MCC alumni are invited to Colorado to relax in the cool mountain air this summer. We realize there is still uncertainty about summer activities due to COVID-19. At this point, we are planning to have this gathering, all registrations will be refunded if the event gets cancelled. We ask that you still go ahead and register if you plan to attend. Find all the details, including COVID-19 protocols that the camp is following and REGISTER at mcc.org/alumni-gathering.

Dear Prayer Partners, 
The March 2021 Mennonite Mission Network PRAYER VINE is now available for download. The PDF is posted in theprayer resources section of our website and can also be downloaded directly by clicking the link below:
Download this month’s Prayer Vine (PDF)

The link to the March issue of Prayers for Mennonite Education is below.
 This is a monthly prayer resource prepared by Mennonite Education Agency (MEA), the education agency of Mennonite Church USA. These prayer requests were gathered from across Mennonite education, from early childhood – grade 12, undergraduate schools, graduate schools and seminaries, and MEA’s Hispanic Ministries Education programs. By partnering with these schools and helping them flourish, MEA works to strengthen the church through education. Thank you for joining us in prayer for our schools. 
Prayers for Mennonite Education – March 2021

Mennonite Mission Network Prayer Request:  Pray for Martine Audéoud as she teaches one of the first offerings in Mennonite Mission Network’s new online institute for peace studies in the French-speaking world.
Western District Conference Prayer Request:  Pray for WDC congregations reaching out to support members and neighbors suffering economic hardship during this time.

WORSHIP SERVICE FOR February 21, 2021 You will have to press READ MORE to see the link

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BETHEL COLLEGE MENNONITE CHURCH
February 21, 2021
Lent 1
Deep in the sea: Called to deep relationship

Prelude—My Shepherd Will Supply My Need—VT 640—John Mark and Esther Koontz

Welcome and Christ Candle Lighting—Carolyn Penner

Children’s Conversation—Megan Kohlman

Scripture Reading—Genesis 9:8-17 and Mark 1:9-15—Margaret Goering &

                                                                                        Dorothy Nickel Friesen

Sermon—Renee Reimer                                                                                                               

Hymn—Be thou my vision—VT 549—Bethel College Concert Choir

Communion—Nathan Koontz and Renee Reimer

Prayers of God’s people—Dorothy Nickel Friesen

Hymn—The Lord lift you up—VT 832—Pat Friesen

Benediction—Renee Reimer


Musicians— Bethel College Concert Choir, John Mark Koontz, Esther Koontz, and Pat Friesen

Audio visual—Renee Reimer

Pastors—Renee Reimer, Nathan Koontz, Dawn Yoder Harms

Announcements for February 19-February 26, 2021

Supportive Communities Network
Learning Opportunities and Upcoming Survey


 Church board chair and moderator Elizabeth Schmidt announced last week that BCMC is entering a process of learning about and possibly affiliating with the Supportive Communities Network (SCN). SCN is a network of Mennonite and Church of the Brethren communities who are publicly affirming of gay, lesbian, transgender, and bisexual members. The Network’s goals are:

            >to offer support, resources and opportunities for dialogue among congregations which welcome gay, lesbian, transgender, and bisexual members,

            >to encourage meaningful dialogue at the denominational level,

            >to offer support and resources for individuals who are working toward welcome.

More information about SCN will follow in the next weeks after which we will launch a survey of active BCMC congregants to determine our openness to affiliating with SCN. This survey will take place from March 15 through March 29. Based on the congregation’s consent, the Church Board will then make a decision about BCMC joining the Network.

For this initial learning opportunity you are invited to follow the two SCN links below. The first links to a video titled “One Congregation’s Story”. It is the story of why Assembly Mennonite Church in Goshen, Indiana chose to affiliate with Supportive Communities Network. The second links to the Supportive Communities Network page of the Brethren and Mennonite Council on LGBTQ interests. This page contains an abundance of information helpful to our exploration of SCN.

“One Congregation’s Story”: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GF2_yRzylIY&feature=youtu.be

Supportive Communities Network:  https://www.bmclgbt.org/scn

With open and affirming heart. soul and mind,

The Inclusion Task Group
Karen Ediger
Megan Kohlman
John Kliewer
Nathan Koontz
Karen Penner

SAVE THE DATE for the BCMC Youth Group Drive-Thru Soup Fundraiser – Sunday, March 7th from 11:30am-1:00pm. More info on how to sign up coming next week. 

We offer sympathy to Hank, Elaine, and Austin Prouty on the death of their nephew and cousin, Levi Minkevitch, Feb. 18, 2021. 

Thinking about Becoming a Member at BCMC?
If you have been thinking about becoming a member of Bethel College Mennonite Church, please contact Pastor Nathan or the church office. We simply want to gage interest and discuss possible timeframes and educational formats for new members.  I hope you will consider this small step towards possible membership.  As our Welcoming Statement says, “Bethel College Mennonite Church welcomes into fellowship and membership all persons who confess faith in Jesus Christ, without regard to their race, ethnic background, gender, age, sexual orientation, education, ability, and other factors which give rise to discrimination and marginalization. May you feel welcome here. 

In the Introduction to Lent email Tuesday, February 16, was the following paragraph:
Consider using the Lent at Home Worship Guide, provided by Mennonite Church US (attached).  This interactive guide is designed for people of all ages, including children! 

The link was not attached.  Here it is:  Lent at Home Worship Guide

Our new hymnal, Voices Together, has arrived! 
You can order your own copy
 through Faith and Life Bookstore (316-283-2210), or through MennoMedia (https://www.mennomedia.org/search-list/?category=MUS).  We will continue to show music on the screen during live-streamed worship so that you are able to sing along!

If you’re interested in Creation Care centered devotional material for Lent, consider the attached Lent Action and Reflection guide from Creation Care Ministries.  Press here for the guide.

The Everence Sharing Fund provided $6000 in matching funds to support special needs in our church last year. Jim Robb serves as the Everence advocate for our congregation. Please contact him for more information.Now on display in the Regier Art Gallery, Luyken Fine Arts Center, at Bethel College: “After the End of the End of the World,” a collaboration between Rachel Epp Buller and Derek Owens. Gallery hours are 9 a.m.-5 p.m., Mon.-Fri. (Because of the pandemic, there will be no public reception for this exhibit.) Please note that face coverings must be worn and physical distancing practiced on the Bethel campus.

Mennonite Central Committee Comforter Blitz: At Home update
We are half-way through the blitz and have received 193 completed comforters. The goal is to receive 300 completed comforters at MCC in North Newton by the end of March! All the details and information on getting comforter making supplies from MCC are at mcc.org/blitz-at-home. Share pictures of your work on the MCC Comforter Blitz Facebook page. Contact katemast@mcc.org or 316.804.8432 with questions. Need batting? Contact Charlotte’s Sew Natural for their special MCC batting price at 316.284.2547. And THANK YOU to everyone working to create beautiful comforters for MCC!


Mennonite Central Committee Webinar:International service worker Are you ready to step out and into service? To gain new skills and experiences while working for relief, development and peace in the name of Christ? Join MCC on February 25, 7:00 p.m. CST / 6:00 p.m. MST for a 30-minute information session to learn about MCC’s long-term service opportunities in relief, development and peace work. This webinar will include a short presentation and time for Q&A. Register today! More information can be found at https://mcc.org/mcc-me-webinar-series-service-opportunities.

Beginning in March, BCMC will begin inviting small groups of people for in-person worship. Live streaming will continue to take place as is.
Below is a schedule that includes an option to attend in-person worship for all people during March or April. We ask that if your Sunday School group or age bracket is signed up for a specific date, that you also RSVP to the church office by noon on Friday. Email office@bethelcollegemennonitechurch.org or call 316-283-3667.  Entire households are invited to attend even if only one person fits into the listed small group. While the small groups designated for each Sunday will hopefully keep numbers to a safe capacity that our sanctuary can seat everyone socially distantly, we want to be able to monitor that initially and be able to contact trace if necessary.

March 7:   Agape and Mosaic
March 14: Bible Study and Seekers
March 21: Fellowship and Catacombs
March 28: Fine Arts and Sojourners
April 4: to be determined
April 11:     Issues in Christianity and Open Circle
April 18: 70 and younger not associated with a Sunday School Class
April 25: 71 + not associated with a Sunday School Class

Please RSVP by noon on Friday of the week you plan to attend. 

In addition: those attending in-person worship are expected to observe the Participant Commitments below:  

PARTICIPANT COMMITMENTS:

Stay home if you are unwell and/or when in doubt.
Prioritize south entrance for those with accessibility/proximity needs. 
Prioritize front (west) entrance for those able to walk farther. 
Please do not arrive earlier than 9:20 am.
Wear masks on church grounds.Keep 6 feet of space between households – indoors and out.
Sit in the main sanctuary.
There will be no balcony seating.
Sit where there are blue pieces of tape on the pews, in order to maintain 6 feet of distance from other worship participants. 
Family groupings: please sit together in the same pew.
Keep coats/hats/gloves/scarves together with you, and dress warmly, as sanctuary windows will be partially open for ventilation.
Refrain from congregational singing.
Refrain from gathering in Gathering Place and around mailboxes. (coffee will not be served).
Plan to use restrooms at home to minimize coming together with others in enclosed spaces. (Restrooms will be open for urgent need).
Exit the building promptly after the service ends, using the same door you entered. 
Visit with others outside, wearing masks, 6 feet apart. 
The nursery will be closed. Children may stay with family during worship service (including Children’s Conversation) and may exit to Gathering Place during service if needed.
Please stay clear of church office, balcony, basement.
Notify church office if you test positive for COVID 19 within 48 hours of attending worship. 

We look forward to being together again for worship, even in this modified way!

Plants and Things
     Planning is now underway for the 2021 Kansas Mennonite Relief Sale (KMRS) to be held July 2 and 3 at the fairgrounds in Hutchinson.

     One of the most popular booths at the KMRS is “Plants and Things”.  As many of you know, this is the place to purchase a variety of things for your gardens. You traditionally have been able to buy flowers, shrubs, and garden plants.  Many people have counted on being able to get their tomato plants, cabbage starts, melon seedlings, annual flowers, bulbs, etc. at the KMRS.  Because July 2 and 3 is a bit late to be thinking about purchasing plants and starting or adding to a garden, the “Plants and Things” booth will be open on April 10,  the time our sale is regularly scheduled.  “Plants and Things” will be set up at the Mennonite Central Committee Building in North Newton utilizing the parking lot and the warehouse facilities.  Some things are yet to be decided such as opening and closing times, drop off hours, flat pick up, etc., but we wanted you to know that we will be accepting the plants that you wish to bring to the sale. So please start the seeds that will become a part of your contribution to MCC and the sale event.  More information will follow, but we want to encourage you to start those plants to donate to the KMRS Early Plants and Things Sale.
     For more information and answers to questions, please contact Kristi Unruh at 620-3456867or by email at kdunruh97@gmail.com or you can contact Jim Robb at 620-747-0186 or by email at   jimandbeatyrobb@gmail.com






 

 

WORSHIP SERVICE FOR February 14, 2021 You will have to press READ MORE to see the link

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BETHEL COLLEGE MENNONITE CHURCH
February 14, 2021, 9:30 am
Dedication of Voices Together

Prelude—Verlene Garber

Lighting the Christ Candle—Dale Schrag

Inviting God’s presence—As We Rise, O God, to Meet You—Voices Together (VT) 39                 

Welcome, call to worship, and prayer—Dale Schrag

Hymns of Gathering and Praise

     Uyai mose (Come All You People)—VT 2

     All People That on Earth Do Dwell—VT 5

Children’s Conversation—Renee Reimer

Scripture Reading—excerpts from 1 Corinthians 12—Dale Schrag

Meditation—Our voices together—Dawn Yoder Harms

Litany of dedication

Hymn of response—Summoned by the God Who Made Us—VT 1

Prayers of God’s people—Dale Schrag

Sending Hymn—Sing a new world into being—VT 809

Benediction—The Lord lift you up—VT 832                                                                                   

VT  =  Voices Together

Musicians—Verlene Garber, Bethany Schrag, Tim Schrag, Renee Reimer, Ben Lichti

Audio visual—Ken Lamp

Pastors—Renee Reimer, Nathan Koontz, Dawn Yoder Harms

Announcements for February 12-February 19, 2021


Sign up to attend Ash Wednesday Services on February 17, 2021 – (LINK NOW WORKING)
BCMC will offer several small Ash Wednesday services on February 17th. In order to ensure we have enough room to properly social distance, please sign up for only one time slot with this link. Time slots will disappear if they become full, so only sign up for the time that you will attend. The service will be less than 20 minutes in length and will include silence, music, scripture, and a time to receive ashes. 

Voices Together
The hymnal, Voices Together, is here!  We will begin using it in our BCMC worship services soon.  If you would like to have your own copy for home use, you can order it here:  http://voicestogetherhymnal.org/products/ordering-and-discounts/. We look forward to how this blend of old, familiar, and new will enrich our worship together!

Offerings at BCMC:  January 29, 2021  General Fund $3,454; Caring Fund $25; Jr Hi Fund $150; Living Stones $3,550; Women’s Fellowship $100
February 5, 2021  General Fund $14,997; Sr Hi Youth $50; Caring Fund $100; Jr Hi Fund $75; Living Stones $565; Bethel College Scholarship Fund $150

Read the letter from Church Board chair/moderator Elizabeth Schmidt on “A Resolution for Repentance and Transformation.” by clicking on this link:  A Resolution for Repentance and Transformation

A Note to Commissions and Committees
Given that Harvey County’s COVID-19 two week percent positivity rate is below 10%
 (currently 6.06%), commissions and commissions may meet at church, in the Gathering Space or front of the sanctuary, with masks, windows open for ventilation, and with members 6 feet apart. If you would like to have a meeting at the church, please be in touch with Monica for scheduling purposes. In the meantime, Zoom continues to be a great option for meeting safely!    If you would like to keep track of Harvey County’s positivity rate for future planning, you can access that information here:  https://www.harveycounty.com/covid19stats

Now on display in the Regier Art Gallery, Luyken Fine Arts Center, at Bethel College: “After the End of the End of the World,” a collaboration between Rachel Epp Buller and Derek Owens. Gallery hours are 9 a.m.-5 p.m., Mon.-Fri. (Because of the pandemic, there will be no public reception for this exhibit.) Please note that face coverings must be worn and physical distancing practiced on the Bethel campus.

Western District Conference announcements
1.  WDC  Gifts Discernment Committee seeks nominees:  Do you know persons who can contribute to the ministry of WDC?  The Gifts Discernment Committee invites suggestions of names to consider for positions on the Executive Board and Commissions.  All suggestions are recorded for consideration in this or future years.  For more information about the work and current members of these groups, see http://mennowdc.org/executive-board-commissions/.  Nominees will be presented for affirmation by delegates at the WDC Annual Assembly, July 30-Aug. 1, 2021.  Please contact WDC at wdc@mennowdc.org or 316-283-6300 to offer suggestions.  Thank you!
2.  Brad Roth, pastor at West Zion in Moundridge, Kansas, will be the featured speaker at the Ohio Mennonite Conference Annual Assembly, March 4-5.  Brad will speak on the context and mission of the rural church.  He’s the author of God’s Country: Faith, Hope, and the Future of the Rural Church and is working on a new book on the rural church for the Lexham Ministry Guides series.  You can register to join the conference online.

Camp Mennoscah announcements
1.  Camp Mennoscah is seeking names of persons interested in being program directors for a Junior week of summer youth camp.  This camp week is for 6-7th grades.  Program directors should strongly believe in the mission of Camp Mennoscah, have a good understanding of camping ministry, and be dedicated to creating an environment for youth to grow in Christian faith, leadership, and community.  Please contact Camp Mennoscah by February 13. Names received after the 13th will be considered for future years.
2.  Registration is open for the Spring Scrapbook and Crafts Retreats at Camp Mennoscah on March 5-7 and March 19-21!  Once the retreats are full, sign up on the waitlist.  Register at www.campmennoscah.org!
3.  Nothing’s better than a summer at camp!  Watch this video created by Mennonite Camping Association about why you should work at camp.  Applications for Camp Mennoscah Summer Staff positions are now being accepted! 
4.  Camp Mennoscah is an amazing space for families and groups to connect!  Facilities for differently sized groups are available with a variety of gathering areas.  Trails and fields are waiting to be hiked and used for fun activities, too!  Contact Camp Mennoscah at 620-297-3290 or office@campmennoscah.org to reserve.
Mennonite church announcements1.  Mennonite Church USA’s first Learn, Pray, Join initiative of 2021 will focus on the “Cost of War” to highlight a core peace church value: resistance to war, both in our neighborhoods and overseas. In a webinar on Thursday, February 25 at 6:30-7:30 pm Central Time / 7:30-8:30 pm Eastern Time, panelists will bring awareness to the economics of war and share the various ways they have resisted paying for war.  For more information and to register, go tohttps://www.mennoniteusa.org/ministry/peacebuilding/learn-pray-join/cost-of-war/webinar/2.  Join the Youth Venture Civil Rights Tour! Visit places of historical significance, hear stories and learn why our faith calls us to stand against injustice and with the oppressed. Visit MennoniteMission.net/YouthVenture for more information on this summer trip. 

Mennonite Mission Network Prayer Request
Praise God that travel restrictions were lifted, permitting Pablo Sanchez, from Argentina, to finally join the Service Adventure unit in Johnstown, Pennsylvania. Pray for him as he adapts to the household which is comprised of Lexie Coburn, Luisa Dutchersmith, leaders, Eric and Julie Yoder and their family.

Western District Conference Prayer Request
Pray for health care workers and chaplains in WDC congregations and communities, as they care compassionately for those in need.

WORSHIP SERVICE FOR February 7, 2021 You will have to press READ MORE to see the link

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BETHEL COLLEGE MENNONITE CHURCH
February 7, 2021
9:30 am
Season of Epiphany

Prelude—Karen Schlabaugh–Prelude in Classic Style (Gordon Young)

Candle lighting—Carol Flickinger

Welcome and prayer—Carol Flickinger

O let all who thirst—HWB 495                                                      

Children’s Conversation—Barb Koontz

Scripture Reading—Mark 1:29-39—William Eash

Sermon—Gathering steam—Nathan Koontz

Hark! The glad sound! —HWB 184

Prayers of God’s people—Carol Flickinger

We are people of God’s peace—HWB 407

Benediction—Nathan Koontz

Postlude—Karen Schlabaugh—Jordan – from The Sacred Harp (arr. Johnson)


Musicians–Karen Schlabaugh, William Eash, Esther Kreider Eash, Renee Reimer, Dawn Yoder Harms, Mike Claassen, John Mark Koontz, Barbara Thiesen

Audio visual—Francis Toews

Pastors—Renee Reimer, Nathan Koontz, Dawn Yoder Harms

Announcements for February 5-February 12, 2021

We extend our sympathies to Elaine and Steve Schurr upon the death of Elaine’s brother, Jerry Andersen, who died on January 31 in Beatrice, Nebraska. from complications from Parkinsonism. Your prayers are welcomed for Elaine and Steve, and Jerry’s family during this time of loss. 

Voices Together
The hymnal, Voices Together, is here!  We will begin using it in our BCMC worship services soon.  If you would like to have your own copy for home use, you can order it here:  http://voicestogetherhymnal.org/products/ordering-and-discounts/. We look forward to how this blend of old, familiar, and new will enrich our worship together!

A Note to Commissions and Committees
Given that Harvey County’s COVID-19 two week percent positivity rate is below 10%
 (currently 6.06%), commissions and commissions may meet at church, in the Gathering Space or front of the sanctuary, with masks, windows open for ventilation, and with members 6 feet apart. If you would like to have a meeting at the church, please be in touch with Monica for scheduling purposes. In the meantime, Zoom continues to be a great option for meeting safely!    If you would like to keep track of Harvey County’s positivity rate for future planning, you can access that information here:  https://www.harveycounty.com/covid19stats

Sign up to attend Ash Wednesday Services on February 17, 2021 – (LINK NOW WORKING)
BCMC will offer several small Ash Wednesday services on February 17th. In order to ensure we have enough room to properly social distance, please sign up for only one time slot with this link. Time slots will disappear if they become full, so only sign up for the time that you will attend. The service will be less than 20 minutes in length and will include silence, music, scripture, and a time to receive ashes. 



Announcements

Final Call for the 3rd film in KIPCOR’s 2020-2021 Film Series

KIPCOR is offering a second helping of “Cooked”,  originally screened in November 2020.  It was such a multi-layered, complex production that the audience discussion could have lasted for hours. They are bringing back the audience discussion leader, Dr. Christy Miller Hesed, who will be joined by other topic experts, including Chicagoans who lived through the deadly 1995 heat wave that serves as the film’s focal point, for our post-film discussion  on SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 7, AT 2:00 P.M.

The audience discussion on February 7 will once again be on Zoom, but KIPCOR is trying something new this time; you will be placed in small groups with one of our topic experts for a more intimate, in-depth discussion.  This is a chance to peel back the layers and dive deeper into what the film has to say about our nation’s response to natural disasters and the impact on our poorest and most-vulnerable citizens.
You need to view the film in advance, which you can do for FREE through Amazon Prime or at this website:  https://www.pbs.org/video/cooked-survival-by-zip-code-tilbr2/  So watch the film before Sunday afternoon, and register for the February 7 audience discussion by clicking on this link: 

Go HERE to register for the Talkback session.  

You can also find the links, including the link for the talkback session, on KIPCOR’s website at KIPCOR.ORG
 
Since the talkback session is on Zoom, and we need to send you the link, advance registration for the talkback session is required.


Now on display in the Regier Art Gallery, Luyken Fine Arts Center, at Bethel College: “After the End of the End of the World,” a collaboration between Rachel Epp Buller and Derek Owens. Gallery hours are 9 a.m.-5 p.m., Mon.-Fri. (Because of the pandemic, there will be no public reception for this exhibit.) Please note that face coverings must be worn and physical distancing observed on the Bethel campus.

FOR SALE:  The Kansas MCC Sale has 2 Steel Shipping Containers for sale.  These make excellent storage Buildings that can be moved to your farm or property.  They are rodent and moisture proof.   They are ALL steel construction with a heavy oak floor capable of handling a fork lift.  Size is: 40 fee long by 8 ft wide by 8 1/2 ft tall.   Donation of $2,500 requested which is below current value.  They come with heavy timbers to set on.  FREE Delivery close to Inman; additional mileage charged outside Inman area.  ONLY 2 AVAILABLE.  Call Jerry Toews at 620-367-8257

WDC announcements
1.  Now What?!  Post Pandemic Faith Formation:  Do you want to talk with other people who care about faith formation?  What have we learned about new ways of sharing the Jesus story in the past year?  What will we lay aside?  What questions remain unanswered?  Join Kathy Neufeld Dunn and Resource Library Director Jennie Wintermote for a virtual dialogue Saturday, February 27, 9 am CST.  To register, please email wdc@mennowdc.org for the Zoom link.
2.  WDC Fourth Thursday Book Discussion Continues:  Join us on Thursday, February 25 from 7:00-8:00pm to discuss Invited : The Power of Hospitality in an Age of Loneliness by Leslie Verner.  Contact Jennie at the WDC Resource Library to borrow a copy of the book or to register for the Zoom discussion.   crlib@mennowdc.org
3.  Let your stimulus check do justice!  If you need the $600 you recently received, we ask God to bless you.  If your stimulus check went into savings, the WDC Immigration Task Force encourages you to consider sharing part or all of it.  $600 is the approximate cost of one DACA application.  Here are two nonprofits assisting young people with their applications: United We Dream (unitedwedream.org) in Texas and Kansas Missouri Dream Alliance (www.ksmoda.org).  If you have questions, please contact Task Force Convener, Raylene Hinz-Penner at rhpenner@sbcglobal.net.
4.  First Mennonite Church, 427 W. 4th, Halstead, KS will have a drive-through verenike supper on February 20 from 4-7 pm.   This year they will offer a reduced menu of verenike, ham gravy and sausage.  The cost is by donation and proceeds will go to local Covid-19 relief.  (Poster attached.)

Camp Mennoscah announcements
1.  There are volunteer opportunities for you! Camp Mennoscah continually has year-round work to support the maintenance and upkeep of the campus and facilities. We can accommodate every group size, skill set and length of project you would like to tackle. Check out these ways to Get Involved!  Email office@campmennoscah.org or call 620-297-3290 to volunteer.
2.  Registration is open for the Spring Scrapbook and Crafts Retreats at Camp Mennoscah on March 5-7 and March 19-21!  Once the retreats are full, sign up on the waitlist.  Register at www.campmennoscah.org!
3.  Nothing’s better than a summer at camp!  Watch this video created by Mennonite Camping Association about why you should work at camp.  Applications for Camp Mennoscah Summer Staff positions are now being accepted! 
4.  Camp Mennoscah is an amazing space for families and groups to connect!  Facilities for differently sized groups are available with a variety of gathering areas.  Trails and fields are waiting to be hiked and used for fun activities, too!  Contact Camp Mennoscah at 620-297-3290 or office@campmennoscah.org to reserve. Mennonite church announcements1.  Mennonite World Conference is seeking a new Chief Operations Officer, starting in April 2021.  The COO must have competencies in accounting and financial reporting, maintaining corporate status in Canada and the USA, developing administrative policies for the North American offices, managing human resources and information technology for staff and participating in senior leadership. The COO participates in the senior leadership team, develops budgets in collaboration with other staff, and makes presentations to the Executive committee and General Council.   The position is based in Kitchener, Ontario, Canada.  The application closing date is 26 February 2021 with a 19 April 2021 start date.  Send resume and cover letter to jobs@mwc-cmm.org.  For more information about MWC, visit mwc-cmm.org.  See longer job description at mwc-cmm.org/coo. 2.   Youth Venture is accepting applications for summer 2021! Discover and experience the work that God is doing in the world with a team of other young people, as you serve, learn, worship, and build relationships. Visit MennoniteMission.net/YouthVenture to learn more! 3.  Looking for a non-traditional pastoral role? Become a unit leader for Service Adventure, a gap-year program for ages 17-20 from Mennonite Mission Network. Unit leaders, who are at least 24 years of age, serve as mentors to the young adults in the Service Adventure household. Leaders are needed in Johnstown, PA and Colorado Springs, CO. Learn more by contacting SusanN@MennoniteMission.net.

Everence to hold Social Security and retirement income planning webinar
Everence will host a Social Security and retirement income planning webinar, on Tuesday, Feb. 16 at 6:30 p.m. Attendees will learn about Social Security strategies, risks that can impact retirement savings and strategies to help income last throughout retirement. This online workshop is free. Register soon by contacting our office at 316-283-3800, 877-467-7294 or central.kansas@everence.com.   
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Mennonite Central Committee announcements
1.  You are invited to join the virtual MCC Central States annual meeting on Saturday, February 27 at 9 a.m. CST The meeting will include a reflection on MCC in pandemic times, details about what COVID-19 has meant for MCC thrift shops and a look at our financial statements. To join the meeting please email centralstates@mcc.org and then Zoom meeting information will be sent directly to you. 
2.  Use your skills or try something new! Join the summer staff of MCC’s Sharing With Appalachia People (SWAP) program to support home repair projects in Kimball, West Virginia or Harlan, Kentucky. Positions for Job Site Coordinators and Meals Coordinators are now open. Applicants should be at least 19 years old, but the roles are not limited to young adults. For more information and to apply, visit mcc.org/swap-summer-staff or contact the MCC Appalachia SWAP office at (606) 633-4008 or AppalachiaAdmin@mcc.org.

Mennonite Mission Network announcement
What: Webinar hosted by Ann Jacobs of Mission Network, with Pastors Kevin Himes and Vikki
Pruitte-Sorrells.

When:  Thursday, February 18, 2021
Time: 7 p.m. EST | 6 p.m. CST | 5 p.m. MST | 4 p.m. PST
Where: Zoom Meeting

How: Visit the registration page to sign up! 

In honor of Black History Month and in response to the Mennonite Church USA denominational mandate to support, build and cultivate peace across our denomination, Mennonite Mission Network is excited to host the Speak the truth in love webinar on February 18.
We desire to speak the truth in love, while celebrating relationships, to mend divides that caused primarily by fear and racial stereotyping. The leaders of this webinar claim this desire because of their commitment to the Gospel of peace.
In May 2020, shortly after the killing of George Floyd, Kevin Himes — a European-American pastor at Salem Mennonite Church, in Kidron, Ohio — called Vikki Pruitte-Sorrells. Pruitte-Sorrells is an African American pastor at Lee Heights Mennonite Church, in Cleveland, Ohio. Himes wanted to better understand the racial tension in United States. During the Speak the truth in love webinar, Himes and Pruitte-Sorrells will discuss the dialogue that ensued over the course of the following eight months, with regards to such racial tensions. They were guided by Latasha Morrison’s book, Be the Bridge and Ephesians 4:15: “But speaking the truth in love, may grow up into him in all things, which is the head, even Christ” (KJV).
Join us as we witness God’s peace that surpasses all understanding by working to bridge communities of faith.

Sign up today!

The Rocky Mountain February newsletter is here!
Have a look at the latest/greatest happenings here at RMMC. For this and previous newsletters, please visit the camp website and click on the “News” tab under “About Us”. THANKS!
Corbin Graber on behalf of the camp board and staff members