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Announcements for June 20-June 27, 2021


Pastor Dawn will be on vacation June 7-20.  If you have a pastoral concern during that time, please be in touch with Pastor Nathan (June 7-20). 


Any graduates out there?! This year BCMC celebrated 5 high school graduates, but we know there are others in our community who have graduated this year too. We’d love to hear from you! Whether you graduated from high school, college, or graduate level please let us know your accomplishment. Email Renee Reimer at renee@bethelcollegemennonitechurch.org with name, accomplishment, and school/program name. Click here for a current list. 


June 6 offering at BCMC:  General Fund $6,560; Transfer-General $83.65; Camp Mennoscah $30; Caring Fund $525; Living Stones $540; Transfer-Funeral $350; Helen Ruth Unruh Memorial $50; Phil Koontz Memorial $325.  
June 13 offering at BCMC:  General Fund:  $1,927; Sr Hi Youth $600; Living Stones $13.33 


Group Subscription Renewal NoticesAnabaptist World — If you wish to renew “Anabaptist World” with the church’s group subscription, send or bring $39.00 to the church office by June 25.  Rejoice Devotional Magazine — If you wish to renew the devotional magazine, “Rejoice” send or bring $32.10 to the church office by June 25.


Vacation Bible School
Bethel College Mennonite Church is teaming up with Casa Betania, Faith Mennonite Church, First Mennonite Church, New Creation Fellowship, and Shalom Mennonite Church to offer Vacation Bible School the week of June 28- July 2, 2021. At home VBS bags (filled with lessons, crafts, and activities) will be delivered to homes before the week of June 28, pre-recorded dramas and music with familiar faces will be available, and an in-person field day will take place on Friday, July 2nd from 9-11am. Sign-up here if your child ages 3-5th grade would like to participate.


Summer Sunday School for Children
Outdoor Summer Sunday School for Children and Youth will take place July 4, 11, 18, and 25 on the BCMC playground. All ages are welcome as we will be playing outdoor team building games together. 


Dedication of the Kitchen and Fellowship Hall
The kitchen and Fellowship Hall renovation project is completed!  In worship on Sunday, June 27, we will have a dedication for the new space and say thank you to those who helped bring this project to completion. Following worship, you will have a chance to wander through the basement and see the finished space, including a new accessible family restroom!  After your walk- through, enjoy refreshments out on the playground, compliments of the Hospitality Commission.


2021 Kansas MCC Sale is July 2 and 3!
Please take a moment to visit the KMRS table in the sanctuary at any time during the coming weeks.  A sign up for pies, zwieback and other baked goods will be available with bags and tins provided.  Anything is welcome! 
Run for Relief forms can be found at the table, or by visiting the KMRS website at kansas.mccsale.org.
Volunteers for working are needed and are being asked to sign up at the website kansas.mccsale.org.  Click on the volunteer link.
Contact people are Dale and Margo Schrag, 316-283-6031 and Dennis and Kathy Campbell, 316-416-5156.Urgent Need for the Kansas Mennonite Central Committee Relief SaleVolunteers needed to make this year’s Relief Sale possible. Please visit our sale website and plan to help a shift or two. Also, help is needed to make Verenika on Wednesday, June 30 in Hillsboro for the Feeding the Multitude meal: https://kansas.mccsale.org/volunteer/.

Craft Booth Announcement– Kansas Mennonite Central Committee Relief Sale
Attached is a bulletin/mailbox insert from the MCC Sale Kansas Craft booth about items needed for the sale.  Click here for the insert. 

 New Hope Shelter Announcement
For anyone considering becoming an evening volunteer at New Hope Shelter, this is a summary of the duties of evening volunteers:After arriving at 5:00, meet the New Hope staff evening coordinator and review the board that has photos of residents.Help prepare the serving area for the evening meal at 6:00, and help serve the meal.  Take care of any leftovers and wash the dishes in the dishwasher, clean up the kitchen area.Help residents prepare sack lunches for the following day.There will be time to interact with the residents, and this is encouraged.Anyone wanting to serve is asked to take a brief orientation.  Contact Valetta Seymour with questions:  620-217-7536, seymour2314@gmail.com

Bethel College Announcement
A team from Bethel College will participate this week (June 22-25) in the 2021 Institute for Truth, Racial Healing & Transformation (TRHT) Campus Centers. The American Association of Colleges & Universities sponsors the training institute, conducted virtually this year, which has as its goal to dismantle belief in a racial hierarchy based on skin color, physical characteristics and/or country of origin, as a way to eliminate racism. Bethel is one of 78 institutions (the only one from Kansas) that will be participating in the training in order to explore forming TRHT centers on their own campuses. Bethel’s team is Christine Crouse-Dick, Peter Goerzen, Robert Milliman, Sheryl Wilson and Kirsten Zerger.


Mennonite Central Committee Announcements
Virtual Borderlands Learning Tour, June 28 – July 2 from 2-5 p.m. CDT each day via Zoom Engage with the reality of immigration from a different perspective. Through virtual conversations, participants will hear first-hand from folks on the ground about the complexities of the U.S. immigration system, U.S. immigration policies that have worked to dismantle the asylum-seeking process, and the human factor on various sides of the spectrum. For more information and to register: mcc.org/gl-virtual-borderlands.

June 22 at 7 p.m. CDT join James Wheeler & Linda Herr, Area Directors for Europe & Middle East, to hear The Gift of Love: Doing our part for healing and wholeness in the world. Register for the webinar at mcc.org/mcc-webinar-series.

The MCC Alumni Gathering is July 9-11 and all MCC alumni and their families are invited to join us at Rocky Mountain Mennonite Camp. Please sign up by June 25!

Current openings at MCC can be found at mcc.org. Current open positions include Canning & Trucking Manager, Multimedia Producer, Meat Canner and many international service opportunities.

Bring dark colored hand towels for hygiene kits, or money for relief kits to the MCC booth at the Kansas Mennonite Relief Sale (July 2 & 3 in Hutchinson), to help replenish our supplies. Both of these kits have been used for COVID-19 relief efforts around the world and MCC needs more to fulfill requests from partners! You’ll find us in Sunflower North, where the General Auction takes place. See you at the sale!


Western District Conference Announcements 

1. WDC Annual Assembly, July 30-Aug 1 is by donation this year!  We’ll tell you what the cost of this hybrid event is, and you give as you can.  If you plan to be on-site, you’re welcome to order a box lunch on Saturday or bring your own.  Food trucks will offer a variety of supper options on Saturday to purchase for on-site participants.  For more Assembly info, go to:  https://mennowdc.org/2021-wdc-annual-assembly/ 

2.  Special Annual Assembly Storytelling Opportunity!  WDC’s Assembly theme July 30-August 1 is “Woven into God’s Story.” StoryCorps has invited WDC to partner with their storytelling project, One Small Step, to share and record our own stories within WDC. One Small Step is an initiative to facilitate conversations across differences, between people who may disagree politically. (Facilitators are bilingual in Spanish and English.)  It’s not a debate. It’s a chance to spend time virtually with someone different than you and discover the stories behind each other’s beliefs. To join another WDC member for an online conversation, sign up at https://onesmallstep.storycorps.org/wdc/. The registration deadline is June 25 and virtual recordings will be scheduled July 28-30 (space is limited). For more information about One Small Step see attached flyer.

3.  Staff position opening:  WDC seeks a full time Administrative Assistant to work out of its North Newton, KS office, beginning August 25.  Responsibilities include office management, communications, records management, scheduling, and administrative support for staff.  Qualifications include strong organizational, computer and communication skills, ability to collaborate as part of a team, and willingness to promote WDC’s mission and priorities.  For more information, position description and application materials, contact Heidi Regier Kreider, Conference Minister, at heidirk@mennowdc.org or 316-283-6300.


Camp Mennoscah announcements

1.  Family Weekend at Camp Mennoscah on July 17-18!  If you are looking for a weekend to escape, Family Weekend offers a smorgasbord of camp activities for you to choose from and plenty of time to roam the river and be with your family and friends.  Register at campmennoscah.org and contact 620-297-3290 with questions!

2.  Extra help and hands needed for summer youth camps!  Camp Mennoscah has paid and volunteer positions for grounds, maintenance and custodial positions.  For those of college age, there is a weekly stipend position that could be a lifeguard, grounds, or custodial position.  Contact Camp Mennoscah at 620-297-3290 or olivia.bartel@campmennoscah.org for details.  You will make camp an amazing experience for everyone!


Mennonite church announcements
1.  Interested in short-term service opportunities? Ask us about SOOP! We’d love to speak with your congregation about the awesome service opportunities that we can provide through SOOP. Contact LaurenEH@MennoniteMission.net for more information.

2.  Iris de León-Hartshorn, associate executive director of Mennonite Church USA, offers a response to the hatred and brutality that continues against the Asian American and Pacific Islander population in the United States. Read her call to action here: https://www.mennoniteusa.org/respond-to-hatred

3.  In “Reclaiming my Indonesian Heritage,” Syerafina Himawan, an Indonesian-American teenager, shares some of her experiences dealing with racism in high school. Himawan explores how her friends’ racist actions caused her to abandon her heritage, only to later have her love of her Indonesian culture reinvigorated. https://www.mennoniteusa.org/reclaiming-indonesian-heritage

4.  Have you heard that MennoCon21, Mennonite Church USA’s biennium convention, will be offering a Bible study each morning, led by Safwat Marzouk? Marzouk reflects on the themes that will be covered each morning, in his blog, “Peace and Justice Amid the Pandemics of COVID-19 and Racism.” https://www.mennoniteusa.org/peace-justice-amid-covid-racism

5.  Make the most of your Voices Together experience by exploring the depths of the Voices Together website. Read Katie Graber’s blog, “Best-kept Secrets of the Voices Together Website,” to ensure you don’t miss anything! https://www.mennoniteusa.org/secrets-voices-together-website

6.  Want to know more about the exciting things happening across our denomination? Subscribe to PeaceMail, Mennonite Church USA’s weekly news digest: mennoniteusa.org/peacemail

7.  Mennonite Heritage and Ag Museum in Goessel is having the 2021 Antique, Classic Car, Truck and Motorcycle Show at 200 N. Poplar in Goessel, KS on June 19 from 10 am – 3 pm.  Free admission to the museum all day, Museum “Garage” sale, Hot dog meal deal starts at 11 am, Free ice cream bars 1-2pm sponsored by Goessel Recreation Commission. $ 10 Exhibitor’s entry fee. 620-367-8200. Come “Fill Your Tank With Memories”.


KIPCOR’s Spring 2021 Newsletter
Read about our recent Peace Lecture featuring Leonard Pitts Jr., our new academic minor and the students who have completed it, our foray into online (via Zoom) training, our new staff member, and MORE!!
You can read the newsletter on online with pages that flip here: 
https://www.flipsnack.com/KIPCOR/kipcor-spring-2021-newsletter.html
(just click on the “+” sign at the bottom of the screen to expand the newsletter, and then ‘grab and drag’ the open page to se the article you’re interested in.)
or on KIPCOR’s website as a PDF here:
https://kipcor.org/wp-content/uploads/2021/06/Newsletter-Spring-2021-Individual-pages.pdf


Mennonite Mission Network Prayer Request:   On this Father’s Day, pray with Mennonite Mission Network that God, who makes all the people of world into one family, will bless the fathers in our world with the resources to help provide for their children, so they will have the joy of seeing their children blossom physically, mentally, socially and spiritually.

Western District Conference Prayer Request:  Pray for health and strength for pastors in WDC, as they work with congregational leaders to provide leadership, care and direction for church communities.

WORSHIP SERVICE FOR June 13, 2021–––YOU WILL HAVE TO PRESS READ MORE TO SEE THE LINK

BETHEL COLLEGE MENNONITE CHURCH
June 13, 2021
The Story of Jonah

Prelude—Verlene Garber                                                                                                               

Christ Candle Lighting—Tim Hodge

Welcome and Prayer                                                                                                                         

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

Children’s Conversation—Jill Robb

Scripture Reading—Jonah 1:1-16—Tim Hodge

Sermon—A Life Like Jonah’s—Renee Reimer

Here I Am, Lord—VT 545                                                                                                                

Prayers of God’s people—Tim Hodge

Hymn—Will You Come and Follow Me—VT 540

Benediction—Renee Reimer

Postlude—Verlene Garber


VT = Voices Together

Worship leader—Tim Hodge

Children’s conversation—Jill Robb

Musicians—Renee Reimer, Ron Garber, Barbara Thiesen, Aaron Tschetter, and Verlene Garber 

Audio visual—Ben Lichti

Pastors—Renee Reimer, Nathan Koontz, Dawn Yoder Harms

Announcements for June 13-June 20, 2021

Pastor Dawn will be on vacation June 7-20.  If you have a pastoral concern during that time, please be in touch with Pastors Nathan (June 7-20) or Renee (June 7-12).  


Any graduates out there?! This year BCMC celebrated 5 high school graduates, but we know there are others in our community who have graduated this year too. We’d love to hear from you! Whether you graduated from high school, college, or graduate level please let us know your accomplishment. Email Renee Reimer at renee@bethelcollegemennonitechurch.org with name, accomplishment, and school/program name. Click here for a current list. 


CARD SHOWER for Elizabeth Raid who celebrates her birthday on June 19 and begins treatment for newly diagnosed cancer of the pancreas. 
Please join friends and family to shower Elizabeth with special greetings.  Send cards to 2121 N. Anderson Ave., Newton, KS  67114.


Link to the Memorial for Esther Rinner
Here is the link to the June 10, 2021,  memorial service for Esther Rinner for those interested and unable to attend. 


Link to Pastor Renee Reimer’s Ordination Service
Here’s the link to Pastor Renee Reimer’s outdoor ordination service from June 6th for those interested and were unable to attend.


Address Changes for your BCMC Directory

  • Marles Preheim new phone number:  620-869-5252
  • Janet Stucky’s apartment number correction:  541 W. 78th Street, Apartment 410 (NOT 41), , Chanhassen, MN 55317
  • Jeanette and George Leary’s new address:  2913 Wildwood Way, North Newton, KS, 67117
  • Vern Preheim and Norma Johnson’s changes to their email addresses:  vpreheim1935@gmail.com and njjohnson1998@gmail.com

Vacation Bible School
Bethel College Mennonite Church is teaming up with Casa Betania, Faith Mennonite Church, First Mennonite Church, New Creation Fellowship, and Shalom Mennonite Church to offer Vacation Bible School the week of June 28- July 2, 2021. At home VBS bags (filled with lessons, crafts, and activities) will be delivered to homes before the week of June 28, pre-recorded dramas and music with familiar faces will be available, and an in-person field day will take place on Friday, July 2nd from 9-11am. Sign-up here if your child ages 3-5th grade would like to participate.


Summer Sunday School for Children
Outdoor Summer Sunday School for Children and Youth will take place July 4, 11, 18, and 25 on the BCMC playground. All ages are welcome as we will be playing outdoor team building games together. 


BCMC Senior High Youth Group Trip to Alabama
12 youth and sponsors are heading to Alabama at 1:00pm on Sunday, June 13th. The group is starting the first leg of their journey at the Kansas African American Museum in Wichita. The following days will include 2 12 hour drives to Alabama, a day trip to Selma to learn more about voter right activists, a day trip to Montgomery to visit the Legacy Museum: From Enslavement to Mass Incarceration, and time spent in Birmingham. We are looking forward to our time together and learning more about past and current civil rights activists. Thank you in advance for your prayers and support in this important learning experience together! 


Community Playschool Announcement
It’s been an interesting school year for Community Playschool as we have recently completed an online program in order to stay safe during the pandemic. We posted stories, circle times and activities every day for families to watch and do at their own convenience. Fourteen children of the Newton community have participated in this free program thanks to five area churches and United Way. We want to thank Bethel College Mennonite Church for being one of those supporting churches and are so grateful for your yearly pledge and matching Everence grant. BCMC Women’s Circle contributed a  generous donation this year. We also want to acknowledge the service of Clifferd Dick who is currently BCMC’s representative to our board and serves as the treasurer. We did not use our group of teachers, helpers and substitutes this year, however we want to thank Barb Voran and Stahli Claassen for their part in helping us prepare materials that were picked up by the families each month.
At this time, we are planning for an in person program to start up again in the fall. We solicit your prayers and continued support as we work toward a new model of leadership for the future of our organization. Current director, Jeanette Leary, will be taking a leave of absence for the fall semester. Current assistant director, Kasey Newell, will be acting director during this semester. In this time of change, we are also seeking new volunteer teachers and helpers for our classrooms. If you feel that you have an interest and are willing to commit to two mornings a week or would like more information about what we might need, please contact one of the directors at the number below.
With gratitude,
Jeanette Leary and Kasey Newell
316 283-3667


Dedication of the Kitchen and Fellowship Hall
The kitchen and Fellowship Hall renovation project is completed!  In worship on Sunday, June 27, we will have a dedication for the new space and say thank you to those who helped bring this project to completion. Following worship, you will have a chance to wander through the basement and see the finished space, including a new accessible family restroom!  After your walk- through, enjoy refreshments out on the playground, compliments of the Hospitality Commission.


MCC Relief Sale – Verenike Carry Out Meal needs volunteers.  Go to https://kansas.mccsale.org/sign-up-for-ftm-verenike-meal/ and click on “Click Here To Volunteer!”.  Email mctoews1@gmail.com with questions.   

2021 Kansas MCC Sale is July 2 and 3!
Please take a moment to visit the KMRS table in the sanctuary at any time during the coming weeks.  A sign up for pies, zwieback and other baked goods will be available with bags and tins provided.  Anything is welcome! 
Run for Relief forms can be found at the table, or by visiting the KMRS website at kansas.mccsale.org.
Volunteers for working are needed and are being asked to sign up at the website kansas.mccsale.org.  Click on the volunteer link.
Contact people are Dale and Margo Schrag, 316-283-6031 and Dennis and Kathy Campbell, 316-416-5156.
Let the Light Shine!Mennonite Central Committee Announcements
June 22 at 7 p.m. CDT
 join James Wheeler & Linda Herr, Area Directors for Europe & Middle East, to hear The Gift of Love: Doing our part for healing and wholeness in the world. Register for the webinar at mcc.org/mcc-webinar-series.
 
The MCC Alumni Gathering is July 9-11 and all MCC alumni and their families are invited to join us at Rocky Mountain Mennonite Camp. Please sign up by June 25!
 
Current openings at MCC can be found at mcc.org. Current open positions include Canning & Trucking Manager, Multimedia Producer, Meat Canner and many international service opportunities.

 New Hope Shelter Announcement
For anyone considering becoming an evening volunteer at New Hope Shelter, this is a summary of the duties of evening volunteers:After arriving at 5:00, meet the New Hope staff evening coordinator and review the board that has photos of residents.Help prepare the serving area for the evening meal at 6:00, and help serve the meal.  Take care of any leftovers and wash the dishes in the dishwasher, clean up the kitchen area.Help residents prepare sack lunches for the following day.There will be time to interact with the residents, and this is encouraged.Anyone wanting to serve is asked to take a brief orientation.  Contact Valetta Seymour with questions:  620-217-7536, seymour2314@gmail.com

Western District Conference announcements

1.  Michelle Hershberger, Bible Department Chair, Hesston College, will be our keynote speaker and storyteller for WDC Annual Assembly, July 30-August 1.  She is the author of God’s Story, Our Story.  Michelle never gets tired of telling how Jesus is at work in her life, church, and community!  For more hybrid Assembly info, go to https://mennowdc.org/2021-wdc-annual-assembly/.  You’re welcome to join us for worship or for the whole Assembly! 

2.  Special Annual Assembly Storytelling Opportunity!  WDC’s Assembly theme July 30-August 1 is “Woven into God’s Story.”  When was the last time you really listened to the story of someone who doesn’t see the world as you do? The folks at StoryCorps have invited WDC to partner with their storytelling project, One Small Step, to share and record our own stories within WDC. One Small Step is an initiative to facilitate conversations across differences, between people who may disagree politically. It’s not a debate. It’s a chance to spend time virtually with someone different than you and discover the stories behind each other’s beliefs. To join another WDC member for an online conversation, sign up at https://onesmallstep.storycorps.org/wdc/. The registration deadline is June 25 and virtual recordings will be scheduled July 28-30 (space is limited). For more information about One Small Step see the attached flyer. 

3.  Join others from across WDC to discuss “Why Do We Suffer and Where is God When We Do?” by Valerie G. Rempel on Thursday, June 24 at 7:00pm via Zoom.  Register for the online discussion or to borrow a copy at crlib@mennowdc.org

4.  Join us for a worship service sponsored by the Texas Mennonite Churches!   Everyone is welcome to come together in scripture, song and prayer at 6:00 pm this Saturday, June 12. Join us on zoom at https://us02web.zoom.us/j/86582197725 or on the Houston Mennonite Church facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/HoustonMennonite). There will be music from Casa Del Alfarero and Hope Fellowship, and a message from Associate Conference Minister Sandra Montes-Martinez. We look forward to seeing you there!

5.  Staff position opening:  WDC seeks a full time Administrative Assistant to work out of its North Newton, KS office, beginning August 25.  Responsibilities include office management, communications, records management, scheduling, and administrative support for staff.  Qualifications include strong organizational, computer and communication skills, ability to collaborate as part of a team, and willingness to promote WDC’s mission and priorities.  For more information, position description and application materials, contact Heidi Regier Kreider, Conference Minister, at heidirk@mennowdc.org or 316-283-6300.


Camp Mennoscah announcements
1.  Camp Mennoscah needs kitchen staff and maintenance volunteers!  We are looking for kitchen staff for June 13-17 and maintenance volunteers for all weeks.  For the kitchen, no professional cooking skills needed–just an ability to follow directions and some happiness to share!  Contact olivia.bartel@campmennoscah.org or 620-297-3290.


 2.  Congratulations!  Deborah, Camp Mennoscah’s dedicated and generous office assistant of over 7 years, is retiring!  She has reduced her hours and has graciously agreed to stay on while the next assistant is found.  Camp Mennoscah is seeking someone to share in office/support operations and guest services in a position with potential growth.  Contact olivia.bartel@campmennoscah.org for information. 

3.  There’s still time to register for camp!  Camp Mennoscah has a few openings at most camps.  Register online at campmennoscah.org!


 4.  Guidelines for summer youth camps have changed and Camp Mennoscah is working to change within the guidance of state and local agencies.  If you have questions or concerns about how the camp masking and distancing guidelines may have changed, please contact Camp Mennoscah at 620-297-3290 or olivia.bartel@campmennoscah.org.


Mennonite church announcements
1.  Mennonite Mission Network has openings for a Director of Finance and Director of Human  Resources, two new positions for the agency. You can find details on our website at www.MennoniteMission.net/employment . To begin the application process, send a resume to StaffRecruitment@MennoniteMission.net

2. Serve with the Immigrant Resource Center through MVS in Alamosa, Colorado! Serve others by connecting them with educational and legal resources. Visit MennoniteMission.net/MVS to learn more.    

3.  Mennonite Church USA has released a new Bible-based curriculum, entitled “Laboring Toward Wholeness: A Training on Dismantling Patriarchy.” It addresses the history and impact of systemic patriarchy — and looks at how God calls followers to respond through an intersectional lens. Learn more here: https://www.mennoniteusa.org/news/dismantling-patriarchy-curriculum/

4.  For the first time, Mennonite Church USA is hosting a hybrid convention on July 6-10, 2021. MennoCon21 participants may choose between attending in person in Cincinnati, Ohio, or virtually via Pheedloop, an interactive, online event platform. Learn more about MennoCon21 virtual offerings here: https://www.mennoniteusa.org/mennocon21-virtual-opportunity/

5.  Jon Carlson will be the July 9 worship speaker for MennoCon21, Mennonite Church USA’s biennial convention. Carlson reflects on his conference topic, “Trust the Peace,” through his experience with trust in the Mennonite church, in this blog: https://www.mennoniteusa.org/menno-snapshots/trust-the-peace/

6. In his blog, “An Afro-Latina Who Refused to be Made Invisible,” Mennonite Church USA’s Chief Communications Officer Wil LaVeist reflects on his mother’s life and her Afro-Latina heritage. Despite the racism that she, and countless other Afro-Latino people have experienced, she persisted and proudly represented her culture. Read more here: https://www.mennoniteusa.org/refused-to-be-made-invisible


The Rocky Mountain June 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”.
 


Mennonite Mission Network Prayer Request:   Christy Harrison and Peter Sensenig, and their three children, are preparing to return to the African continent to build bridges between Christians and Muslims. Pray for them during their time of orientation at the Paris Mennonite Center in France, where they will ground themselves in language study and in the ministries in French-speaking Africa. They are serving jointly through Eastern Mennonite Missions and Mennonite Mission Network.

Western District Conference Prayer Request:  Pray for God’s guidance and joy for the WDC Annual Assembly planning team, as they prepare for our hybrid (in-person and online) gathering July 30-Aug 1 with worship, delegate business, learning seminars and fellowship.

WORSHIP SERVICE FOR June 6, 2021–––YOU WILL HAVE TO PRESS READ MORE TO SEE THE LINK

BETHEL COLLEGE MENNONITE CHURCH
June 6, 2021, 9:30 am

Prelude                           “Amidst Life’s Storms”  a hymn medley of
                                             VT 128 “Wakantanka” 
                                         VT 286 “Fierce Raged the Tempest”
                                          VT 595 “When the storms of life are raging”
                                                             Pat Friesen, piano
                                       (Pat invites you to follow along in your hymnal)

Lighting the Christ Candle                                                                             Bill Swartley

Land Acknowledgement

Welcome and Prayer                                                                   

Hymn of praise                        Sing Praise to God Who Reigns                            VT 101

Children’s Conversation                                                                          Megan Kohlman

Scripture reading                      Excerpts from Psalm 107
                                                  Mark 4:35-41

Sermon                                       Great Storm, Great Calm               Dawn Yoder Harms

Hymns of response                         Calm me, Lord                                                 VT 680

                                          Calm us, Lord, as you calmed the storm;
                                           still us, Lord, and keep us from harm.
                                             Let all the tumult within us cease:
                                             enfold us, Lord, in your peace.
How firm a foundation                                           VT 592

Dedication of the New Church Year
     Dale Schrag (Gifts Discernment Committee and Church Board) and
     Dawn Yoder Harms

Congregation responds:

We pray for wisdom, patience, and hope in this calling.
May we share the gifts entrusted to us with confidence and humility.
May we grow into the mind and spirit of Christ through our service.
Prayers of God’s People                                                                     Bill Swartey

Sending hymn                                 Guide our feet                                                  VT 816
                                                  (please sing “our”, “we”)

Benediction                                                                                          Dawn Yoder Harms

Postlude

                                                 VT—Voices Together

___________________________________________________

Musicians—Pat Friesen, Renee Reimer, Esther Koontz, Ben Lichti,
Doug Harms, Bill Swartley
Audio Visual—Ken Lamp
Pastors—Renee Reimer, Nathan Koontz, Dawn Yoder Harms

LAND ACKNOWLEDGMENT for BCMC
created by Florence Schloneger
Feb 2021
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.   

Announcements for June 6-June 13, 2021

June 1 marks the beginning of the new program year at BCMC.  As we enter this new season, there will be a dedication in worship on June 6 for all who are investing their time energies, and skills on behalf of our congregation, including Commission, Committee, and Church Board members.  We hope you can be there to participate in-person!

Service of Ordination for Pastor Renee Reimer
Sunday, June 6th at 1:00 pm 

Over the past several months Pastor Renee has spent time discerning and preparing for her ordination. She met with a clearness committee of BCMC members and spent time reading and reflecting in preparation for her Ministerial Leadership Commission (MLC) interview on Friday, May 21st. The church board also voted to approve and support her into this call toward ordination. On Friday, the MLC offered their support of ordination following her interview. 
All are invited to an outdoor service of ordination on Sunday, June 6th beginning at 1:00 pm in the Peace Garden. Bring a blanket or a lawn chair. 


Pastor Dawn will be on vacation June 7-20.  If you have a pastoral concern during that time, please be in touch with Pastors Nathan (June 7-20) or Renee (June 7-12).  


Memorial Service for Esther Rinner
The memorial service for Esther Rinner will be on Thursday, June 10 at 11 am at BCMC.  All are welcome to attend the service in the sanctuary and a meal and time of fellowship afterwards at the Sand Creek Event Center, 1601 S. Anderson, Newton.  Due to COVID-19 precautions, windows will be open and masks required while we are gathered inside the church building.  If you are unable to attend in-person, the service will be live-streamed and recorded.  It can be accessed through the BCMC homepage on our website by clicking on the green live stream button. 


Vacation Bible School
Bethel College Mennonite Church is teaming up with Casa Betania, Faith Mennonite Church, First Mennonite Church, New Creation Fellowship, and Shalom Mennonite Church to offer Vacation Bible School the week of June 28- July 2, 2021. At home VBS bags (filled with lessons, crafts, and activities) will be delivered to homes before the week of June 28, pre-recorded dramas and music with familiar faces will be available, and an in-person field day will take place on Friday, July 2nd from 9-11am. Sign-up here if your child ages 3-5th grade would like to participate.


Summer Sunday School for Children
Outdoor Summer Sunday School for Children and Youth will take place July 4, 11, 18, and 25 on the BCMC playground. All ages are welcome as we will be playing outdoor team building games together. 


Abuse Prevention and Response Policy survey
June 8th is the last day to complete the Abuse Prevention and Response Policy survey using this electronic form. Hard copies of the policy proposal and survey can be found in the Gathering Space. Hard copies of the survey can be returned to the collection box found in the Gathering Space. Thank you for taking the time to read through the policy proposal!

Press the link below for the attached proposal.
Abuse Prevention and Response Policy Proposal 

BCMC Offering for May 30, 2021  General Fund $5,487.58; Transfer-General $100; Living Stones $5; Women’s Fellowship $50; Phil Koontz Memorial $2,145.


2021 Kansas MCC Sale is July 2 and 3!
Please take a moment to visit the KMRS table in the sanctuary at any time during the coming weeks.  A sign up for pies, zwieback and other baked goods will be available with bags and tins provided.  Anything is welcome! 
Run for Relief forms can be found at the table, or by visiting the KMRS website at kansas.mccsale.org.
Volunteers for working are needed and are being asked to sign up at the website kansas.mccsale.org.  Click on the volunteer link.
Contact people are Dale and Margo Schrag, 316-283-6031 and Dennis and Kathy Campbell, 316-416-5156.
Let the Light Shine!


New Hope Shelter Announcement
For anyone considering becoming an evening volunteer at New Hope Shelter, this is a summary of the duties of evening volunteers:

  • After arriving at 5:00, meet the New Hope staff evening coordinator and review the board that has photos of residents.
  • Help prepare the serving area for the evening meal at 6:00, and help serve the meal.  Take care of any leftovers and wash the dishes in the dishwasher, clean up the kitchen area.
  • Help residents prepare sack lunches for the following day.
  • There will be time to interact with the residents, and this is encouraged.

Anyone wanting to serve is asked to take a brief orientation.  Contact Valetta Seymour with questions:  620-217-7536, seymour2314@gmail.com


Western District Conference announcements

1.  Staff Announcement:  WDC Administrative Assistant Nancy Funk has announced her plans to retire August 31, 2021.  She writes, “I am so grateful for the opportunity that I’ve had to work at WDC for the last 17+ years. My decision to retire at this time comes with mixed feelings of excitement for what’s ahead and sadness for what will be left behind. I have enjoyed my work very much and felt valued in my role. Working with the various staff members over the years and learning to know many pastors and others has indeed been a blessing to me. I also look forward to a new chapter of life and the possibilities that it brings.”  We are grateful for Nancy’s faithful service to WDC, and will be making plans to recognize Nancy and prepare for this transition on the WDC staff.  More information will be announced later.

2.  Information about the WDC Annual Assembly (July 30-Aug 1) will be emailed to churches and pastors this week.  

3.  BIG NEWS from the Western District Women in Mission! The Women’s Retreat at Camp Mennoscah will happen in-person this September! Details are being discussed but please circle the dates of Saturday, September 11 and Sunday, September 12 and consider joining our fellowship and reconnecting. Of course, some things will look different including no programming for girls, only meeting on Saturday and Sunday, building use being limited, bodies being one year older, etc. We’ll send out more details and registration information later this summer; hope to see you there!


Mennonite church announcements

1.  Join Jerusalem Seminar this winter! Bethel College and Tabor College are again sponsoring a trip to Jordan, Palestine, and Israel, from December 26, 2021, to January 15, 2022. The four emphases of the trip are to (1) understand the Bible in its context, (2) learn about the three major religions of the area (Judaism, Islam, Eastern Christianity), (3) understand the Palestinian-Israeli conflict, and (4) take time for reflection, worship, and prayer together. There is currently room for additional persons to participate. If interested, contact Peter Goerzen (pgoerzen@bethelks.edu) immediately. Cost is estimated at $4700-$4900 per person.

2.  Mennonite Church USA has announced the list of in-person and online equipping seminars for youth and adults for this year’s hybrid MennoCon21 convention, to be held July 6-10 in Cincinnati, Ohio, and online. Learn more here: https://www.mennoniteusa.org/seminars-mennocon21

3.  Glen Guyton, the executive director of Mennonite Church USA, has partnered with Dove’s Nest to help churches keep children and youth safe. For tips, resources and to learn more about Guyton’s work with Dove’s Nest, read this news release: https://www.mennoniteusa.org/keep-boys-safe

4.  Mennonite Church USA responded to a proposed resolution from South Central Mennonite Conference (SCMC), calling for the dissolution of the conference. SCMC delegates will vote on the resolution at their assembly in July. “Our prayers are with the communities and people of SCMC,” said Glen Guyton, executive director of MC USA. Learn more here: https://www.mennoniteusa.org/responds-scmc-proposal

5.  When life gets hard, it is difficult to find the peace. In her blog, “Feel the Peace,” Ana Alicia Hinojosa, who will be the July 6 worship speaker at MennoCon21, reflects on her conference topic by grappling with where the peace goes when everything feels like it is falling apart. https://www.mennoniteusa.org/menno-snapshots/feel-the-peace/

6.  Retired Mennonite Church USA Executive Board staff member Carol Epp passed away April 24. Menno Snapshots re-shared the blog “Remembering Carol Epp: A Reflection on Her Service” as a tribute to her many years of service. Read it here: https://www.mennoniteusa.org/menno-snapshots/remembering-carol-epp/


Prayer Request for Mennonite Mission Network
Praise God with Mennonite Mission Network for the dedication of Service Adventure leaders who are transitioning into other ministries this month. Pray for Cindy Headings (four years), Michelle and Rudy Moyer-Litwiller (three years), and the Eric and Julie Yoder family (three years).

Prayer Request for Western District Conference
Pray for WDC children, youth and their leaders participating in vacation Bible School, and at Camp Mennoscah and other camps this summer.

WORSHIP SERVICE FOR May 30, 2021–––YOU WILL HAVE TO PRESS READ MORE TO SEE THE LINK

Bethel College Mennonite Church
May 30, 2021

Prelude—Come Holy Ghost, God and Lord (Armsdorf/Manz)

                  Beach Spring (Held)–Verlene Garber, organist

Christ Candle Lighting

Welcome and Prayer—Helen Nachtigal

Hymn of praise—Live-Giver, Maker, God of All—VT 38

Children’s Conversation—Dawn Yoder Harms

Scripture reading—John 3:1-17                           

Sermon—Rebirth?—Dawn Yoder Harms

Hymn of response—As the Wind Song Through the Trees—VT 373

Prayers of God’s People                                                                                                                   

Sending hymn—Move in Our Midst—VT 827

Benediction

Postlude—Holy God, We Praise Thy Name (Manz)

VT—Voices Together


Worship Leader—Helen Nachtigal

Children’s Conversation—Dawn Yoder Harms

Musicians—Susie Swartley, Renee Reimer, Barbara Thiesen, Dawn Yoder Harms, Ron Garber, Bill Swartley, Doug Harms, Verlene Garber

Audio Visual—Ben Lichti

Pastors—Renee Reimer, Nathan Koontz, Dawn Yoder Harms

Announcements for May 30-June 6, 2021

The Church library will be open and staffed on Sunday mornings following worship beginning this Sunday, May 30


The Church Office and Building will be closed Monday, May 31 for the Memorial Day Holiday.

New addresses for BCMC members:
Metta Lieb, 1722 Paddington Circle, Newton, KS 67114
Howard Lohrentz, Schowalter Villa, Mullet West, Room 1136, Hesston KS, 67062
Janet Harder Stucky, 541 W. 78th St., Unit 41, Chanhassen, MN 55317
Myron and Mildred Voran, Presbyterian Manor, 1200 E. 7th Street, Anderson Place, Suite 218, Newton, KS, 67114


Offering at BCMC for May 23, 2021:  General Fund $13,191; Caring Fund $500; Living Stones $85; Church Retreat $1,203; Mennonite Camp Scholarship $322; Women’s Fellowship $630.  


Service of Ordination for Pastor Renee Reimer
Sunday, June 6th at 1:00pm 

Over the past several months Pastor Renee has spent time discerning and preparing for her ordination. She met with a clearness committee of BCMC members and spent time reading and reflecting in preparation for her Ministerial Leadership Commission (MLC) interview on Friday, May 21st. The church board also voted to approve and support her into this call toward ordination. On Friday, the MLC offered their support of ordination following her interview. 

All are invited to an outdoor service of ordination on Sunday, June 6th beginning at 1:00 pm in the Peace Garden. Bring a blanket or a lawn chair. 


Quilts!
The Mennonites Central Committee Relief Sale deadline for quilts for the Relief Sale Auction is June 1. 
 If you have a quilt to donate, call Margo Schrag, BCMC Relief Sale Committee member, and she will pick up your quilt for the sale.


Bethel College Mennonite Church is teaming up with Casa Betania, Faith Mennonite Church, First Mennonite Church, New Creation Fellowship, and Shalom Mennonite Church to offer Vacation Bible School the week of June 28- July 2, 2021. At home VBS bags (filled with lessons, crafts, and activities) will be delivered to homes before the week of June 28, pre-recorded dramas and music with familiar faces will be available, and an in-person field day will take place on Friday, July 2nd from 9-11am. Sign-up here if your child ages 3-5th grade would like to participate.

Outdoor Summer Sunday School for Children and Youth will take place July 4, 11, 18, and 25 on the BCMC playground. All ages are welcome as we will be playing outdoor team building games together. 


Newton Et Cetera Shop thanks you for shopping, donating and volunteering at our community thrift shop! We’ve been able to send over $10,000 to Mennonite Central Committee so far this year, and have set aside over $1,000 for 2022 Local Giving Grants, as well as supporting our local nonprofit partners with gift cards for those in need. Thank you for making this possible! We also request your help letting folks know about three open positions at the shop: two full-time management positions and one part-time summer receiver position. More information is at newtonetceterashop.com and on Indeed.com. Newton Et Cetera shop is an equal opportunity employer, committed to employment equity. Newton Et Cetera Shop values diversity and invites all qualified candidates to apply. Thanks again from the Newton Et Cetera Shop board of directors and staff!


Art Show at Carriage Factory Art Gallery by Glen Ediger
You are invited to visit an art show entitled “Environmental Exposure” at the Carriage Art Gallery from May 29-July 16 featuring artwork by Glen Ediger
. Glen has created a unique new art medium.  Materials are placed on top of copper, steel or wood, which are then exposed to the environment for months to a year, then cleared off and mounted with framing made from reclaimed lumber, much of which, is salvaged oak shelving from our church remodeling projects. “Everything we do leaves an impression. Our actions, whether intended or not, create an effect on our environment and on our relationships.”


Bethel College announcements:

The summer day camp program at Kauffman Museum, Uncle Carl’s Camps, starts June 1 and runs through July 16
All camps still have some spaces available. Most camps will be in-person with reduced enrollment, masks required while indoors, and many activities held outdoors where campers will not be required to wear masks. Camps are: “Trash and Treasure” (9-12/completed 3rd-6th), archaeology with Monty Graber; “Watercolor My World” 1 (6-8/completed K-2nd) and 2 (9-12/3rd-6th) with LaDonna Unruh Voth; “The Prairie is ALIVE!” (6-8/K-2nd) with Kendall Smith; “Little Houses on the Prairie” (ages 4-5, not yet in kindergarten) with Kristin Neufeld Epp; “Pedal Power” (9/3rd through adult), biking camp with Karen and Stephen Kreider Yoder. See https://kauffmanmuseum.org/uncle-carls-camp/ for dates, cost and online registration.

Sat., June 5 – The public is invited to Walk Sand Creek Trail Day, part of National Trails Day®. Water will be available for people and dogs at the trailhead at Memorial Grove on the Bethel College campus, dawn to dusk (6 a.m.-8 p.m.), courtesy of the Sand Creek Trail Committee.
Sat., June 5, 7 a.m. – Kauffman Museum first-Saturday bird walk. Meet in the museum parking lot (corner of Main and 27th streets in North Newton) to join experienced birders for a walk of 1-1.5 hours in Chisholm Park and on Sand Creek Trail. Trails are mostly unpaved and sometimes steep or sloping.


Everence to hold Basics of investing webinar:
Everence will host a free, online webinar, Basics of investing, on Tuesday, June 8 at 6:30 p.m.  Register for this webinar to learn about:

  • The fundamentals of investing.
  • Different types of investments available.
  • How faith values can play a role in your investment decisions. 

To register, or learn more about this webinar event, please visit our webpage at everence.com/kansas
Securities offered through ProEquities Inc., a registered broker-dealer, member FINRA and SIPC. Investments and other products are not NCUA or otherwise federally insured, may involve loss of principal and have no credit union guarantee. 
Products and services offered through Everence Trust Company and other Everence entities are independent of and are not guaranteed or endorsed by ProEquities, Inc., or its affiliates.


WDC announcements

1.  The WDC Resource Library invites children ages 3-8 to join us for an outdoor Green Things Summer Story Hour.  On Thursdays starting June 3 at 10:00am, we will meet in front of the North Newton (KS) City Building at 2601 N. Main.  Register here or at mennowdc.org/library  If registration numbers are low, Story Hour will move to virtual format.  Please contact the library if you would be interested in a virtual Story Hour.  (Central Kansas-area churches please run this announcement and post the attached flier.) 

2.  Your Story, My Story:  “Woven into God’s Story” is our Annual Assembly theme and StoryCorps has invited WDC to partner with their storytelling project, One Small Step, to share and record our own stories within WDC. One Small Step is an initiative to facilitate conversations across differences.  Take time to listen to another WDC member and discover the stories behind each other’s beliefs.  Sign up at https://onesmallstep.storycorps.org/wdc/.  The deadline for registrations is June 25 and virtual recordings will be scheduled July 28-30 (space is limited). For more information about One Small Step see attached flyer.

3.  BIG NEWS from the Western District Women in Mission! The Women’s Retreat at Camp Mennoscah will happen in-person this September! Details are being discussed but please circle the dates of Saturday, September 11 and Sunday, September 12 and consider joining our fellowship and reconnecting. Of course, some things will look different including no programming for girls, only meeting on Saturday and Sunday, building use being limited, bodies being one year older, etc. We’ll send out more details and registration information later this summer; hope to see you there!

4.  The WDC office will be closed Friday, May 28 and Monday May 31.  

Camp Mennoscah announcements
1.  Kitchen staff needed!  Camp Mennoscah is still looking for kitchen staff for June 6-12 and July 18-24.  No professional cooking skills needed–just an ability to follow directions and some happiness to share!  Contact olivia.bartel@campmennoscah.org or 620-297-3290.

2.  Congratulations!  Deborah, Camp Mennoscah’s dedicated and generous office assistant of over 7 years, is retiring!  She has reduced her hours and has graciously agreed to stay on while the next assistant is found.  Camp Mennoscah is seeking someone to share in office/support operations and guest services in a position with potential growth.  Contact olivia.bartel@campmennoscah.org for information.

3.  There’s still time to register for camp!  Camp Mennoscah has a few openings at most camps.  Register online at campmennoscah.org!

4.  Camp Mennoscah campers and parents!  If your camper is fully vaccinated (2 weeks after the final shot) for COVID-19 before they come to camp, they will not have to quarantine (go home) if they are a close contact unless they have symptoms.  Preventative measures are being taken, but that virus can be sneaky.  Completed vaccination cards can be uploaded to the camper’s account. 

Mennonite church announcements
1.  The Kansas Institute for Peace and Conflict Resolution (KIPCOR) at Bethel College is offering its core mediation training (Practical Skills for Managing Interpersonal Conflict) via Zoom June 14-18. There is a fee discount if you register before May 28. See the attached flyer or visit kipcor.org for more information.

2.  Jen Helmuth Shenk felt the need to deepen her spiritual walk, so she began meeting with a spiritual director. Read about Shenk’s journey – from being a stay-at-home mom, to a photographer, to a pastor – in Evan J. Miller’s blog, “Where God’s Spirit is Already at Work.” https://www.mennoniteusa.org/menno-snapshots/gods-spirit-already-at-work/

3.  Tim Nafziger reflects on the power of stories in fighting against militarism in his blog, “The Courageous, Vulnerable, Improbable Story of Peace.” The blog is part of Mennonite Church USA’s Learn, Pray, Join: Cost of War initiative. Read more about Nafziger’s story here: https://www.mennoniteusa.org/menno-snapshots/courageous-story-peace/

5.  Authors Elain Enns and Ched Myers shared a presentation based on their new book, “Healing Haunted Histories: A Settler Discipleship of Decolonization” in a recorded webinar from Mennonite Church USA. View it here: https://www.mennoniteusa.org/webinars/


Book signing: Saturday, June 5, from 1-3 at Faith and Life Bookstore Kathy Wiens will be signing her new book, Please Don’t Send Me Back.  This is a sequel to her first book, Bars, Dumps and Other Childhood Hangouts


Hesston College announcements:

  • Attend prospective student visit events, like our summer Theatre Camp.

Join in a celebration of the “bare necessities” June 7 to 18 in a weekday camp from 12:30 to 4:30 p.m. with a public performance to follow. Auditions will take place during camp and everyone who wants a part in the show will get one! Participants may also help build set pieces, props and costumes. Registration closes June 1 Mail form and check to Hesston College Theatre Director, Box 3000, Hesston, KS 67062. More details at: www.hesston.edu/theatrecamp 
More details regarding admissions visits at www.hesston.edu/admissions/visit

  • Golf with a Purpose! Join us for the Lark Open Golf Benefit on June 12 at the Hesston Golf Park. More details at www. hesston.edu/lark-open
  • Watch the newest Peacing it Together interview, hosted by Tony Brown, Hesston College’s peace ambassador and artist in residence: www.hesston.edu/peace-interviews

The June 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 June issue of Prayers for Mennonite Education is below.

Prayers for Mennonite Education – June 2021

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 schools, undergraduate schools, graduate schools and seminaries, and MEA’s Hispanic Ministries’ Seminary and Bible Institute. By partnering with these schools and helping them flourish, MEA works to strengthen the church through education. Thank you for supporting the Anabaptist-Mennonite schools through prayer.


Mennonite Mission Network Prayer Request:   Jae Young Lee, Karen Spicher and their children serve with Mennonite Mission Network in South Korea. Pray for them as they promote peace ministries through organizations, such as Korea Peacebuilding Institute and Northeast Asia Regional Peacebuilding Institute.
Western District Conference Prayer Request:  Pray for WDC congregations in pastoral transition, and potential candidates considering ministry opportunities in WDC.

WORSHIP SERVICE FOR May 23, 2021––Pentecost Sunday–YOU WILL HAVE TO PRESS READ MORE TO SEE THE LINK

Image by Bob Regier

Bethel College Mennonite Church
May 23, 2021
Pentecost

Prelude— Trumpet Tune (Flor Peeters)—Karen Schlabaugh, organist

Christ Candle Lighting—Brad Kohlman

Welcome and Prayer

Hymn of praise—Holy Spirit, Come with Power—VT 57

Children’s Conversation—Mary Ellen Hodge

Scripture reading—Acts 2:1-21                           

Sermon—A 6-year-old’s Story of the Spirit—Renee Reimer

Hymn of response—Joys are Flowing like a River—VT 375

Prayers of God’s People                                                                                                                   

Sending hymn—We are One in the Spirit—VT 387

                             (Vs 1 English – Vs 1 Spanish – Vs 1 German – Vs 2 English)

Benediction

Postlude— Postludium (Flor Peeters)

VT—Voices Together


Worship Leader—Brad Kohlman

Children’s Conversation—Mary Ellen Hodge

Musicians—William Eash Esther Kreider Eash, Dawn Yoder Harms, Renee Reimer,

Mike Claassen, Barbara Thiesen, Karen Schlabaugh

Audio Visual—Francis Toews

Pastors—Renee Reimer, Nathan Koontz, Dawn Yoder Harms

Worship Visuals—Carol Buller

Announcements for May 23-May 30, 2021

PHIL KOONTZ MEMORIAL LINK
Phil’s memorial service was Thursday, May 20, 1:30 pm at BCMC.  To view the service click here.
To see the memorial service bulletin click here.


BCMC Offering for May 16, 2021
General Fund $7,855; MCC Meat Canning $500; MCC Sale $200; Sr Hi Youth $600; Living Stones $2,063.33; Women’s Fellowship $200


Last Sunday (May 16) our congregation gathered at Camp Mennoscah for church retreat and the baptism of Caleb Koontz in the Ninnescah River. Pastor Renee would like to invite the congregation to share an important or meaningful Bible passage to them with Caleb as he enters this new adventure of his faith journey. You can send or drop off a card for Caleb at church by May 24th

BCMC/Caleb Koontz
PO Box 364
North Newton, KS  67117

Below is Caleb’s faith statement: 
Being at the beginning of my journey of faith, I look forward to continuing to grow in my relationship to God. I’ve been a part of BCMC since I was born, attending with my grandparents, Dick and Barb Koontz, and my parents. My parents tell me I was dedicated here as a baby and I received my first bible in third grade. I’m very excited to become a full member of this church. One of the most significant experiences I’ve had as a Christian would be our youth group’s visit to Rehoboth in New Mexico. There, I was able to learn how much we are able to help people and the kind of positive influence joy and faith can bring to all types of communities. To be a part of the Anabaptist tradition means that I have the choice to continue in my faith journey and put my full trust in God. Following Christ in life to me means that you have an unconditional sense of caring for people and you serve your entire community. The people that have had the greatest influence on me would be my family as well as my mentor Russ Graber. Russ has taught me a lot and helped me improve as a person. Something he does that I admire is he lights a candle when he knows someone is in need of prayer. He has taught me to be happy for others and I’m thankful for his friendship and that he’s my mentor. I would also like to thank Renee for her help in teaching me on my faith journey. As I grow older, I hope to serve this church and grow in faith with our community.

Bethel College Announcements
The Kansas Institute for Peace and Conflict Resolution (KIPCOR) at Bethel College is offering its core mediation training (Practical Skills for Managing Interpersonal Conflict) via Zoom June 14-18. There is a fee discount if you register before May 28. Go to kipcor.org for more information and online registration.

Sat., June 5 – The public is invited to Walk Sand Creek Trail Day, part of National Trails Day®. Water will be available for people and dogs at the trailhead at Memorial Grove on the Bethel College campus, dawn to dusk (6 a.m.-8 p.m.), courtesy of the Sand Creek Trail Committee.  


The Mennonite Palestine-Israel Network (MennoPIN) shares with us two resources to help keep us current with what is happening on the ground in Palestine now. You can access them here.In addition, continue to keep your voices heard in Congress, your feet on the streets, your prayers lifted up and any other way you can in support of the ongoing suffering in Palestine (including Gaza).


Mennonite Central Committee Announcements

Chose Thrift First – Join MCC and take the Chose Thrift First pledge! Learn how you can care for our planet by making secondhand your first shopping choice. Find your nearest MCC thrift shop to shop, donate and volunteer to support the work of MCC.  


MCC Webinars on Wednesday, May 26!
May 26, 12-1:30 p.m. CDT The Color of Compromise series: Raymond Chang
By examining historical and present day examples, Chang will speak about how racism impacts Asian Americans in the church.
May 26, 7 p.m. CDT The Right to Stay and the Right to Go: Migration for Human Dignity
Join Bonnie Klassen and Anna Vogt to learn how MCC understands the different faces and forms of migration in Latin America. Explore the role of advocacy and community organization for supporting human dignity and enabling people to stay rooted within their local communities.
Register for these webinars and find upcoming webinars on mcc.org.


MCC Central States COVID-19 update: We look forward to re-opening the MCC office in North Newton on July 6. Please keep us in your prayers as we consider our protocols, processes and capacity. Material resources donations continue to be accepted in the 24-hour donation room. Financial donations can be made at mcc.org, mailed to the office (MCC Central States PO BOX 235 North Newton, KS 67117) or dropped off by appointment. Please call the MCC office at 316-283-2720 with any questions. Thank you for continuing to support the work of Mennonite Central Committee. 


SWAP summer staff needed! MCC’s Sharing With Appalachia People (SWAP) program is in need of Job Site Coordinators and Meals Coordinators to support home repair projects in Kimball, West Virginia or Harlan, Kentucky. Applicants should be at least 19 years old, but these paid 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) 634-4418 or AppalachiaAdmin@mcc.org


HR Generalist: MCC is looking for someone with excellent relational skills, intercultural competency and HR experience in recruitment/selection, benefits administration, onboarding or policy work to join our team as a full time HR Generalist. This position is open for someone to be based in the U.S. headquarters in Akron, PA or any regional office including North Newton, KS.  The deadline to express interest is May 31. For more information and to apply click here: HR Generalist application.


Western District Conference announcements

1.  The WDC Annual Assembly will be held July 30-August 1, focusing on the theme of “Woven Into God’s Story”, based on Colossians 2:2-7.  Some parts of it will be only virtual, and other parts will be only on-site at Faith Mennonite Church in Newton, KS.  Much of it will be hybrid with people on-site and virtual sharing together.  Information is posted as it becomes available, and online registration will be available at the beginning of June at:  https://mennowdc.org/2021-wdc-annual-assembly/

2.  Special Annual Assembly Storytelling Opportunity!  WDC’s Assembly theme July 30-August 1 is “Woven into God’s Story.”  When was the last time you really listened to the story of someone who doesn’t see the world as you do? The folks at StoryCorps have invited WDC to partner with their storytelling project, One Small Step, to share and record our own stories within WDC. One Small Step is an initiative to facilitate conversations across differences, between people who may disagree politically. It’s not a debate. It’s a chance to spend time virtually with someone different than you and discover the stories behind each other’s beliefs. To join another WDC member for an online conversation, sign up at https://onesmallstep.storycorps.org/wdc/. The registration deadline is June 25 and virtual recordings will be scheduled July 28-30 (space is limited). For more information about One Small Step see the attached flyer.

3.  The WDC Resource Library invites children ages 3-8 to join us for an outdoor Green Things Summer Story Hour.  On Thursdays starting June 3 at 10:00am, we will meet in front of the North Newton (KS) City Building at 2601 N. Main.  Register here or at mennowdc.org/library(Newton-area churches please run this announcement and post the flier attached to Sprouts)

4.  KLC Zoom Lunch:  “Uncertainty and Conflict” is our May 25, 12-1 pm topic and it’s appropriate as we say goodbye to Clayton Gladdish who’s been a faithful advocate for KLC through the years.  Join us whether you’ve been to a KLC training or are interested to learn more.  (Zoom link:  https://us02web.zoom.us/j/83458158470?pwd=TGpEdG8yWjg4MFpzcUJ0djVtK0QrQT09, Meeting ID: 834 5815 8470, Passcode: 760463)

5.  BIG NEWS from the Western District Women in Mission! The Women’s Retreat at Camp Mennoscah will happen in-person this September! Details are being discussed but please circle the dates of Saturday, September 11 and Sunday, September 12 and consider joining our fellowship and reconnecting. Of course, some things will look different including no programming for girls, only meeting on Saturday and Sunday, building use being limited, bodies being one year older, etc. We’ll send out more details and registration information later this summer; hope to see you there!


Camp Mennoscah announcements
1.  From not enough to overflowing!  Camp Mennoscah is grateful for all the nurses who have offered to be a camp nurse and for anyone who spoke with someone about being a camp nurse.  Over three days, the camps needing nurses had the positions filled–plus additional nurses willing to help!  What a blessing to have such support for Camp Mennoscah and the campers!

2. Still room at the inn!  Camp Mennoscah still has a few openings at most camps.  Register online at campmennoscah.org!

3.  Counselors, volunteers, and program staff!  Camp Mennoscah needs your information/application forms (parts 1 & 2) as soon as possible to prepare for a summer of grand fun and exceptional faith.  Difficulties?  Contact 620-297-3290!

4.  Kitchen staff needed!  Camp Mennoscah is still looking for kitchen staff for June 6-12 and July 18-24.  No professional cooking skills needed–just an ability to follow directions and some happiness to share!  Contact olivia.bartel@campmennoscah.org or 620-297-3290.

Mennonite church announcements

1.  Join author Sarah Augustine as she shares about her new book, “The Land is Not Empty, Following Jesus in Dismantling the Doctrine of Discovery,” in a webinar on June 3 a 7 p.m. EDT/6 p.m. CDT/5 p.m. MDT/4 p.m. PDT. A question-and-answer time will follow. Spanish interpretation provided. This webinar is cosponsored by Mennonite Church USA and MennoMedia. Register here: mennoniteusa.org/land-not-empty

2.  In her blog, “The Sacred Work of Holy Agitation,” Bonita Croyle shares what she hopes to accomplish as a member of Mennonite Church USA’s Women in Leadership Steering Committee. Read about her passions here: https://www.mennoniteusa.org/sacred-work-holy-agitation

3.  Hiro Katano writes about his experience as a peace educator with the Northeast Asia Regional Peacebuilding Institute in his blog, “Peace as Cultural Transformation in Northeast Asia.” The blog is part of Mennonite Church USA’s Learn, Pray, Join: Cost of War initiative to raise awareness of the destructive powers of militarization. Read more: https://www.mennoniteusa.org/peace-cultural-transformation

4.  In “Conference Minister’s Response to the Tragic Shooting near Boulder Mennonite Church,” Rev. Amy S. Zimbelman reflects on the prayer vigil held in the aftermath of the shooting that took place in Boulder, Colorado, in March. https://www.mennoniteusa.org/uncategorized/boulder-shooting/


Mennonite Mission Network Prayer Request:   Mennonite Mission Network
requests prayer for the board members of the Paris, France Mennonite
Center as they meet on Friday, May 28. May they discern God’s leading as they evaluate priorities and explore new global relationships.
Western District Conference Prayer Request:  Give thanks for the WDC Resource Library, as congregations and individuals use its materials for spiritual growth, sermon preparation, leadership development, Bible study, children’s stories, and many other forms of learning and faith formation.

Announcements for May 16-May 23, 2021

Baptism Worship and call for scripture passages!
Worship this week will take place at Camp Mennoscah beginning at 10:00 am on May 16th. There will be no in-person worship at BCMC and no live-streamed worship. All are welcome to attend worship at Camp Mennoscah as we join in celebrating the baptism of Caleb Koontz! 

Pastor Renee would like to invite the congregation to share an important or meaningful Bible passage to them with Caleb as he enters this new adventure of his faith journey. You can send or drop off a card for Caleb at church by May 24th: 

BCMC/Caleb Koontz
PO Box 364
North Newton, KS  67117


Sympathy Notice
Please hold Sondra Bandy Koontz and the Koontz family in your prayers as they mourn the death of Phil Koontz.  He had a heart attack early morning of May 13.  His sudden loss is deeply saddening. Press this link for the obituary on the Petersen Funeral Home website.  The memorial service for Phil Koontz will be live-streamed.

Sunday, May 16 Bethel College celebrates its 128th commencement (4 p.m.) with a Baccalaureate worship service at 10 a.m., both in Thresher Stadium, with Memorial Hall as a rain back-up. Because of COVID-19 protocols, admission is by ticket only, with graduates receiving a certain number each. Please keep the Class of 2021 and their families in your prayers.


BCMC has an ongoing commitment to provide volunteer help at New Hope Shelter, a shelter in Newton for the homeless.  We provide evening and overnight volunteers and meals for 1 week every 9 weeks.  Some of our most faithful volunteers have had to stop serving due to age and/or health problems.  We are always in need of replacements.  Our next week to serve is June 16-22.  There will be a volunteer training on May 18, from 7-8:30 PM.  Please consider this important volunteer opportunity to serve the homeless among us.  If you have questions or are willing to serve, please contact Valetta Seymour at seymour2314@gmail.com or 620-217-7536.   


BCMC Offerings
April 25, 2021
:  General Fund $2,674; MCC Sale $75; Sr Hi Youth $100; Living Stones $125; Peace Garden $2,000
May 2, 2021:  General Fund $10,484; Sr Hi Youth $300; Living Stones $415

Behind the Hammer is now available in digital format. Now you can choose to read BTH in print, on your phone or tablet, or on your computer.
Behind the Hammer is the quarterly publication of Mennonite Disaster Service. Each issue brings you compelling and inspiring stories of volunteers helping to give people hope after disaster strikes.
This new digital format offers an environmentally friendly alternative to print. It brings you additional content not found in the print version, offering you a robust and enjoyable reading experience.
Click here to view the digital version of Behind the Hammer.
Click below and select the version that best meets your needs. You will continue to receive only the print version unless you select one of the options below.

Western District Conference announcementThe WDC Resource Library is now open to the public – Library capacity will be limited to one household in the library at a time.  The self-checkout station & library catalog computer will remain off during this phase of reopening.  Please see library staff or WDC staff for assistance in looking up items (or browse the catalog on your smartphone).  Please plan to make your visit to the library quick and not linger (couches/chairs will be turned around for the time being).  Please stop at the WDC front lobby to check whether there is anyone in the library.  Questions? Contact the library at crlib@mennowdc.org    As in the rest of the WDC offices, masks are required while you are in the library.  The library continues to offer service to any individual or congregation in WDC via the United States Postal Service–check out the online catalog here.


Camp Mennoscah announcements1.  Help set up camp!  Volunteers are needed to help set up the HUGE tents used for this summer’s youth camps at Camp Mennoscah.  Setup will happen May 28 and 29.  Sign up by May 15 by contacting 620-297-3290 or olivia.bartel@campmennoscah.org. 2.  Camp Mennoscah is looking for additional staff to help with extra tasks necessary this summer.  The person should be at least 18 years old and will be paid the summer staff stipend.  A multiple-week/full summer commitment is preferred, but those with partial summer availability are invited to apply.  Complete the Summer Staff application at www.campmennoscah.org 3.  Nurses needed for summer youth camps!  Camp Mennoscah needs nurses for June 17-19 (First Camp), June 20-26 (Junior I) and July 25-30 (Senior High).  Nurses receive a stipend or a discount up to full camp fees for their camper (camper does not have to attend the same camp week).  Contact us at 620-297-3290 or olivia.bartel@campmennoscah.org for more information. 4.  Congratulations!  Deborah, Camp Mennoscah’s dedicated and generous office assistant of over 7 years, is retiring!  She has reduced her hours and has graciously agreed to stay on for a time while the next assistant is found.  Camp Mennoscah is seeking someone to share in office/support operations and guest services in a position with potential growth.  Contact olivia.bartel@campmennoscah.org for information.

5.  Camp Mennoscah has volunteer opportunities available both now and throughout the summer!

  • Amphitheater renovations (May 14-15)
  • Work Day (May 22)
  • Tent assembly (May 28-29)
  • Trail bridge (concrete work)
  • Mowing (weekly)
  • Cleaning/custodial (weekly)

…and so much more!  Check out this list of great ways to be involved!  Contact Camp Mennoscah at 620-297-3290 or office@campmennoscah.org to make arrangements.

Mennonite church announcements1.  Mennonite Mission Network, Elkhart, IN is seeking to fill two senior level positions: 

Senior Executive of Ventures – Help create, foster, and deliver collaborative programs and services to our constituents and partners. 

Senior Executive of Operations – Oversee administrative and operational functions of the organization. 

Detailed position descriptions are here.  Letters of interest and resumes should be emailed to StaffRecruitment@MennoniteMIssion.net.

2.  Have you been wondering whose faces you will see on stage at MennoCon21, Mennonite Church USA’s biennial convention on July 6-10? Read about who the worship speakers are and what topics they will be covering at this first hybrid (in-person and online) convention:  https://www.mennoniteusa.org/news/mennocon21-worship/.

3.  For a variety of reasons, regularly attending Sunday morning church services is just not feasible for many people. Beryl Jantzi, in his blog, “Revisioning Church: Sabbath Diaspora and Christian Synagogues,” addresses this issue by offering several ways that churches can accommodate a non-traditional Sabbath. https://www.mennoniteusa.org/diaspora-synagogues

4.  Jonathan Brenneman reflects on how the militarized state of Israel causes children to suffer and how our taxpayer dollars aid in causing that suffering. Read his blog, “Investing in Justice Rather Than Militarism at Home and Abroad,” here: https://www.mennoniteusa.org/justice-over-militarism

5.  In response to increased violence and hate crimes against Asian American Pacific Islander people, the Mennonite Church USA Women in Leadership Steering Committee made a statement urging the church to work together to call out anti-Asian rhetoric and abuse. Read more here: https://www.mennoniteusa.org/menno-snapshots/aapi-statement/.  Also, consider attending the Christian Faith & Anti-Asian Violence Workshop sponsored by Mennonite Church USA, Roots of Justice, and ReconciliAsian on Friday, May 28th, 2021 at 6:30 CDT.  To register, click HERE, or go to http://reconciliasian.org/new-events.


Mennonite Central Committee announcements
1.  MCC Central States COVID-19 update:
 We look forward to re-opening the MCC office in North Newton on July 6. Please keep us in your prayers as we consider our protocols, processes and capacity. Material resources donations continue to be accepted in the 24-hour donation room. Financial donations can be made at mcc.org, mailed to the office (MCC Central States PO BOX 235 North Newton, KS 67117) or dropped off by appointment. Please call the MCC office at 316-283-2720 with any questions. Thank you for continuing to support the work of Mennonite Central Committee.—

2.  SWAP summer staff needed! MCC’s Sharing With Appalachia People (SWAP) program is in need of Job Site Coordinators and Meals Coordinators to support home repair projects in Kimball, West Virginia or Harlan, Kentucky. Applicants should be at least 19 years old, but these paid 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) 634-4418 or AppalachiaAdmin@mcc.org.—

3.  HR Generalist: MCC is looking for someone with excellent relational skills, intercultural competency and HR experience in recruitment/selection, benefits administration, onboarding or policy work to join our team as a full time HR Generalist. This position is open for someone to be based in the U.S. headquarters in Akron, PA or any regional office including North Newton, KS.  The deadline to express interest is May 31. For more information and to apply click here: HR Generalist application.

Mennonite Creation Care Network E-News – click here


Mennonite Mission Network Prayer Request:  Join Mennonite Mission Network in praising God for Robin Gingerich’s 20 years of ministry at LCC International University in Lithuania. Pray for students from around the world, who persevere in learning despite the many difficulties caused by COVID-19 restrictions, which compound other trauma they may have experienced in their lives.

Western District Conference Prayer Request:  Pray for WDC’s Stewardship Commission, meeting this week to discern faithful use of resources, and give thanks for generous contributions that support conference ministry.