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Announcements for December 4-11, 2022

December 4, 2022 — Second Sunday of Advent

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

To livestream the worship service:
On Sunday morning, around 9:20, go to BCMC’s webpage at bethelcollegemennonitechurch.org and click the green button labeled LIVE STREAM on the right side of the screen, which will take you to the worship service. If you get a message in the black box that the video is unavailable, click the gray box belows that says “View Live Stream on YouTube”.   Anytime after the service concludes, you can watch a recording of the service at your convenience by clicking the same green LIVE STREAM button.  Again, you will probably have to go to the gray box that says “View Live Stream on YouTube”.  That will transfer you to the BCMC YouTube Channel.  You will have to click on the tab “Videos” to see all of the BCMC videos. Click the red button to see the bulletin/order of service. 
OR – click on this link for this Sunday’s worship service:https://youtu.be/zi_2zGcvyMs
 


BETHEL COLLEGE MENNONITE CHURCH
Second Sunday of Advent December 4, 2022
Prepare the way of the Lord

 
Prelude— O Come, O Come Emmanuel (arr. Tom Fettke); Come, Thou Long Expected Jesus (arr. Robert Harkness)        ; Scripture Reading; Joy To The World (arr. Gordon Young); Infant Holy, Infant Lowly (Polish Carol; arr. W. Lezy)— Schowalter Singers, Hesston, KS; Leland Flickenger, director                              
 
Advent Candle Lighting—Megan, Brad, Lincoln, & Lawrence Kohlman
 
Hymn—O Come, O Come, Immanuel—VT 210—Congregation sings verses 1 & 2 during processional and lighting
 
Candle lighting liturgy
Leader: John the Baptist proclaimed, “Repent, for the kingdom of heaven has come near.”
People: Prepare the way of the Lord, make God’s paths straight.
Leader: As we prepare, these candles are a sign of hope and peace.
People: Bring your restoration to your people, we pray. Amen.
 
Welcome—Margaret Toews
 
Land Acknowledgement
Land Acknowledgement compiled by Florence Schloneger from words by Mark Charles and VT #878 
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.   
 
Call to Worship^
Leader: In this season of prophecy, promise, and preparation, we come to be renewed and refreshed.
People: We come to be inspired by stories of a messiah who will change the world–and change us.
Leader: We come to listen for words of hope and joy, promise and challenge.
People: We come with open ears, open minds, and open hearts. We come to receive the blessings God has in store for us in this season of waiting.
Leader: Come! Let us worship our God–the One who brings all things to fulfillment.
 
*Hymn—Poor of the Earth—VT 213
 
Children’s Conversation—Adam Robb
 
Anthem—The Lord Is My Light (Music: Lillian Bouknight)—(Setting arr. Martha Hershberger)
 
Scripture Readings—Isaiah 11:1-11; Romans 15:4-13; Matthew 3:1-12— Abby Koontz, Ani Koontz
 
Sermon—From These Stones—Nathan Koontz
 
*Hymn—The Angel Gabriel Called Mary Blessed—VT 221
 
Prayers of God’s People—Congregational Response:  Lord, hear our prayer.
 
*Hymn—Come, Thou Long-Expected Jesus—VT 218
 
*Benediction—Nathan Koontz
 
Postlude— Praise God From Whom (Music: Lowell Mason)
 
* You are invited to stand
^from Ministry Matters (https://www.ministrymatters.com)
VT = Voices Together
Keyboard- Verlene Garber
Audio visual— Ken Lamp
Pastor—Nathan Koontz


“Restoration is Near!” is the theme of the Advent at Home 2022 worship guide which can be found at the Mennonite Church USA (MC USA) website: https://mennoniteusa.org/adventathome. Using the theme developed for Leader magazine, the guide offers weekly and daily Scriptures from the lectionary texts, worship rituals, prayers, activities, and background information to help individuals and households of all ages prepare for Advent through Epiphany.  If you prefer printed copies of the worship guide, these are located on the ledge between the mailboxes in the Gathering Place.


It’s Beginning to Look Like Christmas: Thanks!
Many people have contributed to the Advent and Christmas visuals at BCMC this year as we prepare for the birth of Jesus!  A special thanks goes to Susie and Bill Swartley for the sanctuary and entryway decorations; to Carol Peters for the outside Advent banners; to Kathy Stucky for the sanctuary poinsettias; to Matt Koontz and Josh Brubacher for hanging the Sanctuary banners each week; to Brenda Turner for the Gathering Space window decorations; and Glen Ediger for the Gathering Space nativity scene.  Thank you so much for your contributions to enrich our holiday season! 


The Witness Commission has selected The Salvation Army as our Advent project. We will be collecting non perishable food items for the pantry and monetary donations. A table will be set up in The Gathering Place for food donations. A recent article in the Newton Now showed the shelves empty in the food pantry.


The Deacons Commission is working on a “Thinking of You” campaign for people who are isolated due to health concerns. For the next few Sundays, we will have a table at the back of the sanctuary with pages for your comments to members of our church whom we haven’t been able to see for a while. Please stop by and write a short greeting or sign your name to let them know we are thinking about them. For those of you who are unable to attend worship but can stop by the church during the week, these letters will be in the library during the week for anyone to write a note before we send them out. Thank you! 
 Deacon Commission
 


BCMC Offering for November 27:  General $6,982; Gen. Fund 2023 $145; Living Stones $130; Flower Fund $70; Kitchen Fund $10.
 
Stewardship Campaign Update:  As things stand, we are in big trouble.  As of yesterday, we had about $346,000 in pledges of support.  That comes out to about 65% of the proposed 2023 budget of $524,000.  Historically we generally get about 12% more in contributions than we pledge.  Assuming that, we can reasonably assume another 40 to 42 thousand dollars of income. That brings us, in the neighborhood of $390,000.  That’s a shortfall of $135,000.  In order to close that gap we need your help now!  If you haven’t pledged, please do.  If you feel like you could do more, please do.
Also as a reminder, we are into the final month of the 2022 budget.  While the final tabulations are not completed, Mike tells me that we had a positive balance again last month and we have whittled down our deficit to about $16,000.  Congratulations on this string of positive months.  We need one more big one to get us over the hump to finish our year in the black.
The finance committee is grateful for all that you do and have done to help our church meet its financial obligations and goals.  Please do what you can to make the proposed budget work and the current year a financial success. Thank you very much!      The Finance Committee
 


The Library Theme for the month of December is Advent and or Christmas.

Adult books are displayed behind the Library desk and Everybody/Junior books are displayed on the cart in the Children’s Library. 
Speaking of the cart, all the puzzles are currently located on the west wall of the library. So, come on in and check them out.
And, we’ve received a large donation of books recently. Look for new books added to our collection in the next couple of weeks and displayed on the west wall. 
Happy Holiday Reading!


You are invited to share a poinsettia for the sanctuary for the Christmas season.

The Worship Decorating Committee will purchase the poinsettias, and have them delivered to the church.  To contribute, email the following to the office:
Donor’s: name:                                                                                                                 
In memory of:                    
Or in honor of.:
Make a payment of $10.00 (made out to BCMC and designated “Flower Fund”) place in the offering plate or bring to church office by Dec. 4.  There will be forms at a table in the back of the sanctuary this Sunday, Dec. 4, if you wish to fill out a form in person.  Contributors may pick up a poinsettia Dec. 24 after the 5 pm Christmas program or after the Christmas Eve, 9 pm program; or, if you can, leave them for the service on Dec. 25.

Email:  office@bethelcollegemennonitechurch.org


This Week at BCMC:  December 4—December 11, 2022
Sun., Dec. 4—Second Sunday of Advent
9:15 am      Prelude by Hesston Seniors Choir; Leland Flickinger, director
9:30 am      Worship with sermon by Nathan Koontz
10:15 am    Coffee/Water/Fellowship in the Gathering Place
10:30 am     Faith Formation—Intergenerational class of pre-school through high school meets in Fellowship Hall — Adult Classes:  Agape Class (Nursery); Bible Study (Rm 14); Catacombs (Rm B5); Fellowship (B7); Fine Arts (Rm 22); Issues and Christianity (Rm 23);  Mosaic (Rm 20); Open Circle (Room 21); Seekers (Rm 28);  Sojourners (Chapel)   
YouTube link for today’s service:  https://youtu.be/zi_2zGcvyMs
Mon., Dec. 5
7 pm       Facilities Committee meeting in Fellowship Hall
Tues, Dec. 6
9-11 am  Community Playschool
Wed., Dec. 7
9-11 am   Community Playschool
11 am       Bethel College Messiah Sing Through in the Sanctuary
6:30 pm   Chancel Bell practice in Room B7
7:30 pm   Chancel Choir practice in the sanctuary
Thurs., Dec. 8
9-11 am  Community Playschool
6:30 pm  Chancel Bell practice in Room B7
6:30 pm  Abuse Prevention & Response Committee meeting in Fellowship Hall
7:00 pm  Finance Committee meeting in Room 14
Friday, Dec. 9
9-11 am  Community Playschool
Sun., Dec. 11—Third Sunday of Advent
9:15 am   Prelude by  Chancel Bells
9:30 am   Sermon by Patty Shelly
10:15 am Coffee/Tea/Water/Fellowship in the Gathering Place
10:30 am Faith Formation


Raylene Hinz-Penner’s book East of Liberal released December 1.  
“Through elements of memoir, history, and philosophy of land use, a lover of her Mennonite farm childhood looks critically at farming’s impact on the land, comparing settler values of land ownership to those of first people who see themselves as owned by the sacred homeland.”  East of Liberal is published by Cascadia Publishing House.  It is available through Amazon and hopefully will be available at local retailers soon.  


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


Bethel College Announcements
· Tues., Dec. 6 – Bethel College Steel Drum Ensemble concert, directed by Brad Shores, 7 p.m., Krehbiel Auditorium in Luyken Fine Arts Center 
· Weds., Dec. 7 – Singalong to Christmas portions of Handel’s Messiah, 11 a.m., with chamber orchestra and soloists, Bethel College Mennonite Church. Scores provided. 
· Fri., Dec. 9 – Christmas Gala Jazz concert, directed by Joel Boettger, 8 p.m., Krehbiel Auditorium in Luyken Fine Arts Center
·  Sun., Dec. 11 – 37th annual Lighting of the Green, 8 p.m. on the Bethel College campus 
· Now in the Regier Gallery in Luyken Fine Arts Center at Bethel College – annual Senior Art Exhibit, featuring the work of Capri Bisom, through Fri., Dec. 15. Gallery hours are Mon.-Fri., 9 a.m.-5 p.m., Sun. 2-4 p.m.


The Newton Treble Clef Annual Vespers will be Sun., Dec. 4, 3 p.m. at First Presbyterian Church, 900 Columbus, Newton.  The prelude will begin at 2:45 with Vada Snider, flute; and Karen Loucks, piano.  Program includes the prelude; Treble Clef Chorus; Hearts 4 Him–Men’s Ensemble; Josue Coy Dick, violin solo;  Prairie Bronze Handbell Ensemble.  A freewill offering  will be taken for the scholarship fund that will be awarded to high school seniors pursuing a music major. 


Roots of Justice Anti-Racism Training  
Newton Community for Racial Justice invites you to join in the work of building racial understanding, justice, and equity in our local community by participating in our next Roots of Justice Anti-Racism training coming during the MLK weekend , January 13-15. The goal of the training is to be exposed to an analysis of racism and build a common understanding of racism, to work together as a team to develop team relationships, and to deepen the philosophical foundations for antiracism work. Bethel College Mennonite Church is happy to financially sponsor your participation. Please contact Pastor Nathan if you would like more details. Early registration is December 1.


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

For Mennonite World Conference Info press here

For Mennonite Mission Network News and Beyond press here

For Mennonite Mission Network Seeds of Peace press here


Mennonite Church USA Announcements

The denominational Advent at Home worship guide is now available. The guide is designed for families and people of all ages, offering weekly Scriptures, background information, prayers, activities and rituals around this year’s theme from Leader magazine, “Restoration is Near.” Look for it here: mennoniteusa.org/lentathome

The African American Mennonite Association (AAMA), a recognized racial ethnic group of Mennonite Church USA, and Eastern Mennonite Seminary, Harrisonburg, Virginia, have teamed up to provide scholarships for Black ministry leaders interested in completing EMS’ new graduate certificate in faith-based peacebuilding. The deadline for the spring semester is Dec. 31, 2022. Learn more here: mennoniteusa.org/news/aama-ems

Mennonite Church USA (MC USA) Executive Board staff has posted the new “Guidelines for Developing Organizational Resolutions and Church Statements in Mennonite Church USA” on the MC USA website. The guidelines are effective immediately and apply to proposed organizational resolutions or church statements submitted for consideration by the 2023 Delegate Assembly (Kansas City, Missouri, July 7-8, 2023). Learn more here: mennoniteusa.org/news/resolutions-processLearn, Pray, Join: Mass Incarceration

Read a prayer of lamentation about mass incarceration by writer Kayla Berkley. The prayer is part of Mennonite Church USA’s “Learn, Pray, Join: Mass Incarceration” initiative, which examines the injustices in our criminal legal system through an Anabaptist lens. Read the prayer here: mennoniteusa.org/complacency-prayer-incarceration

As members of Mennonite Church USA, let us look ahead to the new year and to focus on living into our Renewed Commitments to follow Jesus, witness to God’s peace and help our communities experience transformation. Your financial gifts to Mennonite Church USA help to equip and empower our conferences, congregations and our diverse body of believers to tell the transformative story of the birth, life and resurrection of Jesus Christ. MennoniteUSA.org/give 


Mennonite Mission Network Prayer Request:   Cassidy Bush, Anna Lubbers, Rachel Miller and Eli Reimer make up Mennonite Mission Network’s San Francisco (California) Mennonite Voluntary Service unit. Pray for them as they join First Mennonite Church of San Francisco in ministries that work toward reducing poverty and homelessness and promoting social justice, education, and health.

Western District Conference Prayer Request:    In this Advent season, give thanks for God’s gifts of wisdom, vision and hope for WDC congregations navigating transitions and other discernment processes.

Announcements for November 27-December 4, 2022

November 27, 2022 – First Sunday of Advent

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

To livestream the worship service:
On Sunday morning, around 9:20, go to BCMC’s webpage at bethelcollegemennonitechurch.org and click the green button labeled LIVE STREAM on the right side of the screen, which will take you to the worship service. If you get a message in the black box that the video is unavailable, click the gray box belows that says “View Live Stream on YouTube”.   Anytime after the service concludes, you can watch a recording of the service at your convenience by clicking the same green LIVE STREAM button.  Again, you will probably have to go to the gray box that says “View Live Stream on YouTube”.  That will transfer you to the BCMC YouTube Channel.  You will have to click on the tab “Videos” to see all of the BCMC videos. Click the red button to see the bulletin/order of service. 
OR – click on this link for this Sunday’s worship service: https://youtu.be/xSz3N8vYlJ8

BETHEL COLLEGE MENNONITE CHURCH

First Sunday of Advent November 27, 2022
Watch: The Day is Almost Here
Prelude—Rebecca & Matt Schloneger

Advent Candle Lighting—Justina Neufeld

Hymn—O Come, O Come, Immanuel—VT 210
Congregation sings verses 1 & 6 during processional and lighting

Candle lighting liturgy
Leader: Watch! You know what time it is, how it is now the moment for you to wake from sleep.
People: The night is far gone, the day is near.
Leader: As we watch, we light this candle as a sign of our hope.
People: Bring your restoration to your people, we pray.

Welcome—Brad Kohlman
Leader: Hear us, O Shepherd of Israel; you who sit on the mercy seat between the cherubim, we stand in your presence, seeking your face.
People: Shine forth, O Lord, in the sight of your people, that we may see you clearly. Stir up your strength in us; come, rescue us.
Leader: The time is near, we are watching; restore us again, O God. People: Cause your face to shine and we shall be saved,made whole by your gracious love and kindness.
All: We are watching and waiting for you, O Lord.

*Hymn—Hark! The Glad Sound!—VT 217

Children’s Conversation & Christmas Ornaments—Jill Robb

Scripture Readings—Psalm 122; Matthew 24:36-44—Lincoln Kohlman and Megan Kohlman

Sermon—Watch, Pray, Believe—Jim Robb

*Hymn—Comfort, Comfort, O My People—VT 212

Communion—Megan Kohlman, Carolyn Penner, Nathan Koontz

Prayers of God’s People

*Hymn—Now the Heavens Start to Whisper—VT 237
People with November birthdays come forward for a blessing, please bring a hymnal

*Birthday Blessing & Benediction—Jim Robb

Postlude—Wake, Wake, for Night Is Flying  (Paul Manz)—Karen Schlabaugh

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

This Week at BCMC:  November 27—December 4, 2022
Sun., Nov. 27—First Sunday of Advent
9:15 am      Prelude by Rebecca and Matt Schloneger
9:30 am      Worship with sermon by Jim Robb; November birthday recognition
10:15 am    Coffee/Water/Fellowship in the Gathering Place
10:30 am     Faith Formation—Intergenerational class of pre-school through high school meets in Fellowship Hall — Adult Classes:  Agape Class (Nursery); Bible Study (Rm 14); Catacombs (Rm B5); Fellowship (B7); Fine Arts (Rm 22); Issues and Christianity (Rm 23);  Mosaic (Rm 20); Open Circle (Room 21); Seekers (Rm 28);  Sojourners (Chapel)   
YouTube link for today’s service:  https://youtu.be/xSz3N8vYlJ8
Tues, Nov. 29
7 pm       Deacon Commission meeting in Room 14
Wed., Nov. 30
7:30 pm  Chancel Choir practice in the sanctuary
Thurs., Dec. 1
6:30 pm   Chancel Bell practice in Room B7
7 pm         Church Board meeting in Room 14
Sun., Dec. 4—Second Sunday of Advent

9:15 am    Prelude by the Schowalter Villa Choir; Leland Flickinger, director
9:30 am    Worship with sermon by  Nathan Koontz
10:15 am  Coffee/Water/Fellowship in the Gathering Place
10:30 am  Faith Formation

The 2022 Stewardship Campaign needs your attention!  As of 2PM Tuesday we had 88 pledges of support for a total of about $260,000.  That is about HALF the proposed budget.  Last year we had about 170 pledges.  We desperately need people to get their pledges in; we need people who have pledged to take a second look.  We are ever grateful for your support.  Please pray fully consider what your responsibility to support BCMC is.  We thank you for all you have done and we wish for each of you a happy Thanksgiving holiday season.  The Finance Committee

To Make your Pledge

 You can access the online form  here.
 


“Restoration is Near!” is the theme of the Advent at Home 2022 worship guide which can be found at the Mennonite Church USA (MC USA) websitehttps://mennoniteusa.org/adventathome. Using the theme developed for Leader magazine, the guide offers weekly and daily Scriptures from the lectionary texts, worship rituals, prayers, activities, and background information to help individuals and households of all ages prepare for Advent through Epiphany.  If you prefer printed copies of the worship guide, these are located on the ledge between the mailboxes in the Gathering Place.



You are invited to share a poinsettia for the sanctuary for the Christmas
season.  The Worship Decorating Committee will purchase the poinsettias, and have them delivered to the church.  To contribute, email the following to the office or fill it out and put it in the offering plate: 
Donor’s: name:                                                                                                                              
In memory of:                     
Or in honor of.:
Make a payment of $10.00 (made out to BCMC and designated “Flower Fund”) place in the offering plate or bring to church office by Dec. 4.  There will be forms at a table in the back of the sanctuary this Sunday, Nov. 27, if you wish to fill out a form in person.  Contributors may pick up a poinsettia Dec. 24 after the 5 pm Christmas program or after the Christmas Eve, 9 pm program; or, if you can, leave them for the service on Dec. 25.

Everence and MCC to host hygiene kit-making event on Nov. 29 
You can help make the world a better place by joining Everence® and MCC to assemble hygiene kits on Tuesday, Nov. 29, 6:30-8:30 p.m. The kits will be distributed through worldwide relief organizations to places like crowded refugee camps where unclean conditions can lead to the spread of serious diseases. The event will take place at Hesston Mennonite Church Community Center. 
You can also help by donating supplies to MCC or your Everence office in North Newton or by making a financial contribution to MCC. For more details, contact MCC at 316-283-2720 or Everence at 316-283-3800.
 



The Newton Treble Clef Annual Vespers will be Sun., Dec. 4, 3 p.m. at First Presbyterian Church, 900 Columbus, Newton.  The prelude will begin at 2:45 with Vada Snider, flute; and Karen Loucks, piano.  Program includes the
prelude; Treble Clef Chorus; Hearts 4 Him–Men’s Ensemble; Josue Coy Dick, violin solo;  Prairie Bronze Handbell Ensemble.  A freewill offering  will be taken for the scholarship fund that will be awarded to high school seniors pursuing a music major.


Change in COVID-19 Protocol
The Church Board has changed its policy regarding open windows in the sanctuary during gatherings.  The windows will no longer be opened during worship or other gatherings in the sanctuary unless Harvey County moves into Red status for COVID-19 based on the CDC guidelines.  As long as Harvey County is in green or yellow status, windows will remain closed.     
 
BCMC Library Announcements
Sixteen books have been recently added to our collection either through our budget or donation. Come find your next new read. As always, Sondra Koontz has written a brief summary of each book to help you make your decision. The book summaries are near the library computer.
Also, the Library Committee will be highlighting books added to our collection though the Dismantling the Doctrine of Discovery study group. These books, along with the handouts from the Loss of Turtle Island activit, are or will be on the north wall of the library. Come check us out!
 
BCMC Offering for November 20:  General $10,357.67; MCC $25; Wed. Supper $322.10; MCC Meat Canning $200; Gen. Fund 2023 $1,525; Caring Fund $50; Living Stones $108.33; Kitchen Fund $1; Women’s Fellowship $417. 
 

From the Board:
Applications Sought for Congregational Care Coordinator:  Closing December 1
 The half-time Congregational Care Coordinator, a new lay position, will develop ways we can support each other, coordinate visitation for those in need of care, and work at welcoming and integrating those new to our congregation and at all stages of life.  The person will work in collaboration with pastors and their visitation plans.  The position is set to begin January 1.  Please contact the church office for application and job description. Applications for the position will be taken through December 1.  
 


Roots of Justice Anti-Racism Training  
Newton Community for Racial Justice invites you to join in the work of building racial understanding, justice, and equity in our local community by participating in our next Roots of Justice Anti-Racism training coming during the MLK weekend ,January 13-15. The goal of the training is to be exposed to an analysis of racism and build a common understanding of racism, to work together as a team to develop team relationships, and to deepen the philosophical foundations for antiracism work. Bethel College Mennonite Church is happy to financially sponsor your participation. Please contact Pastor Nathan if you would like more details. Early registration is December 1.
 


Safe Sanctuary Video

You are encouraged to watch this year’s safe sanctuary video created by Jill Robb and Bethany Schrag from BCMC’s Abuse Prevention and Response Committee.  Those who work directly with children and youth are required to watch this video as part of their yearly training, but this resource is helpful for all in our church as we seek to create a culture of safety within our congregation.  Click here to watch the video.  For those of you who work with youth and are required to watch this video, please contact jill@bethelcollegemennonitechurch.org, for follow-up material.  



Bethel College Announcements

Sat., Dec. 3 – Kauffman Museum bird walk,  8 a.m. start time
 in the museum parking lot at the corner of Main and 27th streets (2801 N. Main St., North Newton 67117). Experienced birders lead a walk of 1-1.5 hours in Chisholm Park and on Sand Creek Trail (terrain is mostly wood-chip path and sometimes uneven/sloping).

Sat., Dec. 3 – Five Places of Christmas, the annual holiday open house, includes Kauffman Museum and Goerz House on the Bethel College campus, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. No charge for admission. The Bethel College Women’s Association (BCWA) is the host at Goerz House, where there will be baked goods, candy by the pound and other items for sale. Kauffman Museum features Ten Thousand Villages and many other gift items in the museum store, a Weave Your Own Ornament activity, the special exhibition “Reeds and Wool: Patterned Screens of Central Asia” and the permanent exhibits indoors and out. (Other Five Places of Christmas locations: Warkentin House, Harvey County Historical Museum and Carriage Factory Gallery, all in Newton.)
 
All bakers and craft makers are invited to make items for 5 Places of Christmas on Saturday, December 3 at Goerz House, Bethel College, Bethel College Women’s Association will again be selling baked goods, candy, craft items and poinsettias. Christmas candy, cookies, zwieback, peppernuts, poppyseed rolls and cinnamon rolls are always great sellers. Please bring your items on Friday, December 2 from 1:30-4:30pm or Saturday, December 3, from 8:30-10:00am to Goerz House. Thank you for your support of Bethel College.

Tues., Dec. 6 – Bethel College Steel Drum Ensemble concert, directed by Brad Shores, 7 p.m., Krehbiel Auditorium in Luyken Fine Arts Center
 
Weds., Dec. 7 – Singalong to Christmas portions of Handel’s Messiah, 11 a.m., with chamber orchestra and soloists, Bethel College Mennonite Church. Scores provided.
 
Fri., Dec. 9 – Christmas Gala Jazz concert, directed by Joel Boettger, 8 p.m.Krehbiel Auditorium in Luyken Fine Arts Center
 
Sun., Dec. 11 – 37th annual Lighting of the Green , 8 p.m. on the Bethel College campus


Invitation to support our sister church:  Iglesia Menonita Casa Betania in Newton plans to welcome a Mennonite pastoral couple from Mexico to provide transitional ministry beginning Jan. 2023, for up to 6-12 months. Casa Betania is working with Western District Conference to seek affordable lodging and transportation for the pastoral couple, and to invite financial contributions to help cover expenses during this time.  If you know of a small, low-cost apartment (e.g. one that is part of someone’s home) or a car available for loan, please contact WDC at 316-283-6300 or wdc@mennowdc.org.  Financial contributions
may be sent to Iglesia Menonita Casa Betania, Box 102, Newton, KS, 67114.  Thank you for sharing in support for this Anabaptist ministry among Spanish-speaking members of our community!
Graciela Tijerina, the pastor of Casa Betania, is retiring and moving back to her home community in Texas. Her last Sunday at Casa Betania is this Sunday, Nov 27, with a 3 pm reception, 4 pm worship with release/blessing, and supper following.  All are welcome to attend.  Translation services are provided.


Everence® to hold December 6 Medicare webinar
 
Everence will hold an informative Medicare webinar on Tuesday, Dec. 6, starting at 6:30 p.m. Topics will include, when and where to sign up for Medicare, what Medicare does (and doesn’t) cover, Medicare Parts A, B, C and D in clear, understandable language plus budgeting for health care costs in retirement. There will also be time for your questions.
 
Information will be presented by staff from the Everence offices in Central Kansas.
To register contact Everence at 316-283-3800, 877-467-7294 or central.kansas@everence.com.
 
Attendance recommended for those approaching retirement or those ready to sign up for Medicare.
 
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Western District Conference invites you to visit our website to read the latest news, stories and announcements and share them with your congregation!


Hesston College Announcements

December 2 to 4 – Prairie Lights
Experience the quiet beauty of Kansas at Prairie Lights at Dyck Arboretum of the Plains December 2 to 4: native grasses shifting in the wind, lights reflecting in the pond and leafless trees lit like living sculptures. Observing tens of thousands of twinkle lights adorning the arboretum and illuminating the grounds is a great way to kick off the Christmas season and find renewed appreciation for the prairie landscape. Tickets available online at dyckarboretum.org.

December 3 – Nursing Open House
If you are considering a career in nursing, you will not want to miss the Hesston College Nursing Open House on December 3 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. You can learn about the BSN or LPN to BSN program, hear from current students and faculty and tour the college’s wonderful facilities. Hesston College is proud to offer a strong tradition in nursing. Register at hesston.edu/nursingopenhouse.

December 3 – Holly Jolly Community Day
Join Hesston College for Holly Jolly Community Day on December 3 at Yost Center. Guests receive free admission to the Lark women’s and men’s basketball games that day. At 1 p.m. the Lark women will take on Bethel College JV and at 3 p.m. the Lark men will take on Haskell Indian Nations University. The day includes free popcorn for all in attendance, Christmas activities for kids, a holiday photo booth and performances by the HC dance team.

December 3 – It’s a Wonderful Life
Get in the holiday spirit with Hesston College’s Performing Arts department’s presentation of It’s a Wonderful Life: The Live Radio Play. The performance will be on December 3 at 7 p.m. in Hesston Mennonite Church. Join Hesston College performing arts for this holiday classic. Admissions is free to the public and will also be live streamed at hesston.edu/livestream.

December 6 – Sunflower Performing Arts presents Calmus: Christmas A Cappella
This outstanding vocal quintet based in Leipzig, Germany, comes to Hesston College to bring a concert featuring Christmas songs from around the world. Hesston College Bel Canto Singers will perform with Calmus on select nuhttps://mailchi.mp/mennonitemission.net/mmn-news-from-around-the-world-aug22-312417?e=cf5db278e4mbers. Join us on December 6 at 7pm in Hesston Mennonite Church for a great Christmas performance. Tickets can be purchased online at sunflowerarts.org or by calling 620-327-8158.
 


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Camp Mennoscah Announcements

Application and further details for summer staffers here!We are seeking stunning summer staff to fill the following leadership positions for the 2023 summer:  crafts, lifeguard, music, nature, office, and grounds.  These positions are typically filled by college-age students, are summer-long and receive a stipend.A summer of fun, service and faith formation!
Other events and happenings: 

  • Giving Tuesday is November 29!  Help us celebrate faith formation and camping with a gift to Camp Mennoscah.  Support with a donation, prayers or by volunteering–all are needed to make this program successful for the approximately 400 campers and almost 50 groups.  Your donation is a gift not only to Camp Mennoscah, but also to every person who visits!Donate here! 
     
  • Help us Plan for the Future!  A seven-question survey will help us know how camp is used and what you would like to see in the future.  Click here to tell us what you think!
     
  • Thank you to those who helped with the amphitheater in November!  The work is not yet finished, but we are closer!  Keep looking for the next opportunity to help out!
     
  • Camps that run from Sunday to Saturday will now end on Friday. This is only a change for Junior and Junior High Camps. It will not affect First Camp, PreJunior, or Senior High Camps. Weekend groups will not be affected either.For several weeks, the Programming Committee requested thoughts and comments on ending a full-week camp on Friday instead of Saturday.  While responses were both for and against a switch to a Friday checkout, responses weighed more heavily to the positive.  There are benefits to both campers and staff when staff is better rested.  Groups and families will also have additional opportunities to spend time at camp with the change.  The checkout time on the last day of Junior/Junior High camps will move to 10:30-11:30am (previously 9-10am) to allow for a more relaxed checkout.
     

Mennonite Church USA Announcements

#MennoCon23

The worship planning committee for Mennonite Church USA’s MennoCon23 convention has officially begun preparing for the event, which will take place at the Kansas City (Missouri) Convention Center, July 3-8, 2023. The committee spends the year prior to the event organizing the worship services for MennoCon. Read more here: mennoniteusa.org/news/mennocon23-worship-planning-committee

Save the date! Hope for the Future, an annual gathering of Black, Indigenous and people of color leaders from across Mennonite Church USA, will be held February 3-5, 2023, in Atlanta, Georgia. Learn more here: 
mennoniteusa.org/hopeforthefuture

#BeTransformed 
Dirt and composting are powerful tools for learning how to serve. Just ask Melissa Marquez Weaver of Immanuel Mennonite Church, who was recently inspired to dig through mud. “At the bottom of my muck pile was the brown gold I’d been searching for. Soft and rich and ready to help our plants and flowers thrive.” Read more in her #BeTransformed blog here: 
mennoniteusa.org/compost-canned-goods

Cincinnati Mennonite Fellowship artist Christian Dallas painted a mural that makes a powerful statement to the church’s neighborhood. Titled (by a church vote) “The Beauty of Peace,” the approximately 500 sq. ft. mural spans three walls. See a photo and learn more here: mennoniteusa.org/peaceful-scene

This Giving Tuesday, Mennonite Church USA thanks you for your support and gifts throughout the year. Every gift to the General Fund helps to support the work and ministries of the Mennonite Church USA Executive Board and staff, which in turn, supports area conferences, congregations and members. Learn more here. https://www.mennoniteusa.org/give/


Mennonite Mission Network Prayer Request:   Austin Roberts, who is serving through Mennonite Mission Network, requests prayer for Northern Ireland, where Queen Elizabeth’s death has fueled tensions between Catholics and Protestants. Inflation and the rise in heating oil prices and electricity, a result of Russia’s war in Ukraine, add to the unrest. He asks us to join him in his plea for “a swift and peaceful end to this aggression,” for the benefit of the people of Ukraine, all of Europe and the world.

Western District Conference Prayer Request:    We are about to finish this year 2022, I surely believe that our God has led us, and care in the process and stages of life within the kingdom of God. And we continue to face each challenge, but God has also opened doors, relationships and many more things, the work was not only of one, but all in unity and harmony of the Spirit of God. We present to God the new challenges that will come, so that He may take care of all of us, in this Church Plant Commission and the other WDC Commissions. In the name of Jesus, Amen. -WDC Church Planting Commission


November 20-27, 2022

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November 20, 2022Based on CDC Guidelines Harvey County is in green status indicating low risk for COVID. You are invited to choose whether you wear a mask or social distance.  Both are optional.To livestream the worship service:
On Sunday morning, around 9:20, go to BCMC’s webpage at bethelcollegemennonitechurch.org and click the green button labeled LIVE STREAM on the right side of the screen, which will take you to the worship service. If you get a message in the black box that the video is unavailable, click the gray box belows that says “View Live Stream on YouTube”.   Anytime after the service concludes, you can watch a recording of the service at your convenience by clicking the same green LIVE STREAM button.  Again, you will probably have to go to the gray box that says “View Live Stream on YouTube”.  That will transfer you to the BCMC YouTube Channel.  You will have to click on the tab “Videos” to see all of the BCMC videos. Click the red button to see the bulletin/order of service. 
OR – click on this link for this Sunday’s worship servicehttps://youtu.be/UBHFNUCm4A8
  BETHEL COLLEGE MENNONITE CHURCH
November 20, 2022
All Abilities Belong in the Kin-dom of God 
Prelude—The Thanksgiving Suite (Callahan)—Verlene Garber, organ
 
Christ Candle Lighting
 
Welcome and Prayer—Todd Schlosser
 
*Hymn— We Praise You, O God, Our Redeemer—VT 34
 
Children’s Conversation—Barb Koontz
 
Anthem—Hark the Glad Sound—Chancel Choir
 
Scripture Reading—2 Samuel 4:4, 9:1-13—Todd Schlosser
Luke 5:17-26—Emma Gering
Matthew 11:1-6 Metta Lieb
 
Sermon—The Accessible Kin-dom—Elizabeth Schmidt
 
*Hymn— Summoned by the God Who Made Us—VT 1—(Verses 3 & 5 in unison)
 
Prayers of God’s People
 
Litany of Release and Blessing for Todd Schlosser—See Insert—Ada Schmidt-Tieszen,
Nathan Koontz
 
*Hymn—The Lord Lift You Up (3 times)—VT 832
 
*BenedictionTodd Schlosser
 
Postlude—Nettleton (Steffen)—Verlene Garber
 
* You are invited to stand
VT = Voices Together
 
Audio visual— Ken Lamp
Pastors—Nathan Koontz, Todd Schlosser
        Litany of Release and Blessing for Todd Schlosser 
Church Board Chair:  As sisters and brothers in this faith community, today we give thanks for your interim ministry among us, Todd.  We say farewell to you and we ask God to bless the journey ahead – yours and this congregation’s work to move forward.
 
Congregation:  All praise be to our God.  In God there is one Body, one Spirit.  There is one hope in God’s call to us all.
 
Todd:  We have shared much significant ministry together in the time I have been your Interim Pastor.
 
Church Board Chair:  Because of this, the goodbyes are hard.  Be assured we are grateful for all that we’ve accomplished together.  We thank God for you and your vital Interim Ministry among us.
 
Todd: I leave with cherished memories, as well as gratitude.  You took a chance on me, when I had been out of pastoral ministry for several years.  Thank you for your trust in me. 
 
Nathan:  God has blessed us richly through your ministry. I will personally miss you as a ministry partner. We now bless you as you begin a new chapter in your life and ministry journey.
 
Church Board Chair:  Do we now release Todd as our Interim Pastor?
 
Congregation:  With the help of God, we do.  We give thanks for Todd’s faithful leadership and now acknowledge this transition in the life of our congregation.  We will pray for God’s continued guidance in his life.
 
Church Board Chair:  Todd, do you release us from our loyalty to you as our Interim Pastor?  Do you release the members from turning to you and depending on you to provide the pastoral ministries they seek?  
 
Todd:  With the help of God, I do.  When we meet in the future, we will be brothers and sisters in Christ, not Interim Pastor and church members.  I will hold the congregation and its ministries in my prayers.
 
Church Board Chair:  Todd, may God bless and guide you on the next steps of your journey. May you ultimately form new, caring relationships in a new and beloved faith community.  May God bless you and guide you in your next ministry. May God bless and guide this congregation into a hopeful future as it continues kingdom work and seeks new leadership.  May God bless and guide each of us in the new relationship that we now will share.  Amen.Welcome Elizabeth Schmidt and the Accessibility Resolution
 
We are glad to have Elizabeth Schmidt preaching this Sunday and introducing the MCUSA Accessibility Resolution.  This resolution passed unanimously in May of 2022 at the Special Delegate Assembly and gives specific suggestions on how MCUSA communities can grow in grace, joy and peace without barriers that prevent individuals with disabilities from participating in church life.  Elizabeth has a passion for promoting accessibility and affirmation of all people of all abilities.  Elizabeth recently stepped down from being Executive Director of Harvey-Marion County Community Developmental Disability Organization (CDDO) and currently serves as a part-time Quality Assurance Specialist for the organization.  We are glad she can share with us this Sunday!  Stewardship Week
A reminder that today we need to be wrapping up the bcmcXpress Stewardship Campaign for 2022.   Be assured that your pledge of support will ‘OPEN DOORS’   Remember the challenges and needs are great.  Mother Teresa said “Give, but give until it hurts.”  Remember Mark 12:44 and the story of the poor widow giving her last cent. If you have not yet pledged, please do so. No amount is too small or too large. If you have returned your pledge, Thank you very very much! The Finance CommitteeThanks and Farewell for Pastor Todd:
We have greatly appreciated Pastor Todd Schlosser for his strong and collaborative leadership, wise counsel, optimistic and calm steadiness during transition, and the warm relationships he has built during his time as our interim pastor.  He will be missed, but we wish him well as he moves down the road to Tabor Mennonite Church.  There will also be an extended coffee time with refreshments in the Gathering Place with a basket for cards or notes.  Thank you so much, Todd!

A note to all of you! 
As we begin this week of Thanksgiving and as we part ways, it is appropriate for me to voice my gratitude and appreciation for the time we have spent together. BCMC is a wonderful place with dear people and a future full of potential. Please know, these last many months as your interim pastor have been a life-giving blessing to me. Thank you! As you continue your journey of faith 
together, may God’s presence rest gently among you and may the Holy Spirit stir within and guide you as you continue to engage the calling of being followers of Jesus. Until we meet again… 
 This Week at BCMC:  November 20—November 27, 2022Sunday, November 20
9:30 am  Worship with sermon by Elizabeth Schmidt;  music by Chancel Choir; this is Pastor Todd Schlosser’s last Sunday at BCMC, there will be a cookie reception in the Gathering Place after the worship service
11 am  Faith Formation—Intergenerational class of pre-school through high school meets in Fellowship Hall — Adult Classes:  Agape Class (Nursery); Bible Study (Rm 14); Catacombs (Rm B5); Fellowship (B7); Fine Arts (Rm 22); Issues and Christianity (Rm 23);  Mosaic (Rm 20); Open Circle (Room 21); Seekers (Rm 28);  Sojourners (Chapel)
YouTube link for today’s service:  https://youtu.be/UBHFNUCm4A8
Mon.-Tues., Nov. 21- 22—Community Playschool is not in session this week. 
Wed., Nov. 23—No Choir practice or other events this week
Thurs., Nov. 24—Thanksgiving Day   Church will be locked and office closed
Fri., Nov. 25—Office will be closed today
Sun., Nov. 27—First Sunday of Advent
9:30 am      Worship with sermon by Jim Robb; November birthday recognition; communion will be served; Advent prelude by Rebecca Schloneger
10:30 am     Faith Formation

“Restoration is Near!” is the theme of the Advent at Home 2022 worship guide which can be found at the Mennonite Church USA (MC USA) websitehttps://mennoniteusa.org/adventathome. Using the theme developed for Leader magazine, the guide offers weekly and daily Scriptures from the lectionary texts, worship rituals, prayers, activities, and background information to help individuals and households of all ages prepare for Advent through Epiphany.  If you prefer printed copies of the worship guide, these are located on the ledge between the mailboxes in the Gathering Place.

It will soon be time to share a poinsettia for the sanctuary during the Christmas season.  Look for an announcement in next week’s emails and bulletin.
 Children and Youth Ornaments, November 27!

During worship on the first Sunday of Advent, November 27, we will be inviting each child and youth in our congregation to put a custom ornament with their name engraved, onto the Christmas tree in the front of the sanctuary. Please encourage children and youth and their caregivers to come on this Sunday to participate in this special event! All Mentors/Mentees are invited to a Newton Salvation Army Food Pantry food drive on Nov. 20, 2-4 p.m. Meet at Frank and Kathy Stucky’s house at 721 Bobtail Court.  If possible, bring a wagon.  We will be collecting nonperishable items from the Sand Creek Station neighborhoods.Bethel College Announcements
Mon., Nov. 21 – Bethel College Wind Ensemble concert, directed by Joel Boettger, 7 p.m., featuring works by Bernstein, Vaughn Williams, Sweeney, Sparke and Ticheli, Krehbiel Auditorium, Luyken Fine Arts Center
Sat., Dec. 3 – Five Places of Christmas, the annual holiday open house, includes Kauffman Museum and Goerz House on the Bethel College campus, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. No charge for admission. The Bethel College Women’s Association (BCWA) is the host at Goerz House, where there will be baked goods, candy by the pound and other items for sale. Kauffman Museum features Ten Thousand Villages and many other gift items in the museum store, a Weave Your Own Ornament activity, the special exhibition “Reeds and Wool: Patterned Screens of Central Asia” and the permanent exhibits indoors and out. (Other Five Places of Christmas locations: Warkentin House, Harvey County Historical Museum and Carriage Factory Gallery, all in Newton.)

All bakers and craft makers are invited to make items for 5 Places of Christmas on Saturday, December 3 at Goerz House, Bethel College, 
Bethel College Women’s Association will again be selling baked goods, candy, craft items and poinsettias. Christmas candy, cookies, zwieback, peppernuts, poppyseed rolls and cinnamon rolls are always great sellers. 
Please bring your items on Friday, December 2 from 1:30-4:30pm or Saturday, December 3, from 8:30-10:00am to Goerz House. 
Thank you for your support of Bethel College.Invitation to support our sister church:  Iglesia Menonita Casa Betania in Newton plans to welcome a Mennonite pastoral couple from Mexico to provide transitional ministry beginning Jan. 2023, for up to 6-12 months. Casa Betania is working with Western District Conference to seek affordable lodging and transportation for the pastoral couple, and to invite financial contributions to help cover expenses during this time.  If you know of a small, low-cost apartment (e.g. one that is part of someone’s home) or a car available for loan, please contact WDC at 316-283-6300 or wdc@mennowdc.org.  Financial contributions
may be sent to Iglesia Menonita Casa Betania, Box 102, Newton, KS, 67114.
Thank you for sharing in support for this Anabaptist ministry among Spanish-speaking members of our community!The Newton Treble Clef Annual Vespers will be Sun., Dec. 4, 3 p.m. at First Presbyterian Church, 900 Columbus, Newton.  The prelude will begin at 2:45 with Vada Snider, flute; and Karen Loucks, piano.  Program includes the prelude; Treble Clef Chorus; Hearts 4 Him–Men’s Ensemble; Josue Coy Dick, violin solo;  Prairie Bronze Handbell Ensemble.  A freewill offering  will be taken for the scholarship fund that will be awarded to high school seniors pursuing a music major. 
 Mennonite Central Committee Announcements
· Mennonite Central Committee Buckets of Thanks – This Thanksgiving season, show your gratitude and provide hope to those in need by collecting relief supplies for MCC. The supplies you donate will fill a Bucket of Thanks (aka an MCC relief kit) for people affected by conflict or disaster around the world. For more information, including supply lists and a ready-to-use curriculum for children, visit: mccbuckets.org.
· MCC Material Resources Center in North Newton critically low on inventory:  Supplies for MCC kits are so low that kits cannot be processed for shipping. You can help by helping to fill the following needs: New infant onesies and sleepers (3-12 month sizes); shampoo (20 oz or more), thin sanitary pads (28 count minimum) and dark colored bath and hand towels. Buy online and ship it to MCC or bring item to MCC in North Newton (121 E. 30th St, North Newton, KS 67117). Questions are always welcome, contact katemast@mcc.org or 316.283.2720. A full list of MCC kit contents can be found at mcc.org/kits
· MCC is seeking a Constituency Engagement Manager: This new role is designed to help the MCC’s in the U.S. plan and implement a cohesive engagement strategy for specific priority audiences including alumni, churches, congregations of color, plain communities and young adults. With a focus on convening and strategizing, this person will be part of the Communications and Donor Relations network and will work in close collaboration with other departments and regional MCC’s. This full-time position will preferably be located in Akron, Pa., but location is flexible within any MCC office in the U.S. Apply online by Nov. 18 at mcc.org/constituency-engagement-manager. For more information contact Amber Falcón at 574-534-4133 or AmberFalcon@mcc.org.
 
Everence and MCC to host hygiene kit-making event on Nov. 29 
You can help make the world a better place by joining Everence® and MCC to assemble hygiene kits on Tuesday, Nov. 29, 6:30-8:30 p.m. The kits will be distributed through worldwide relief organizations to places like crowded refugee camps where unclean conditions can lead to the spread of serious diseases. The event will take place at Hesston Mennonite Church Community Center. 
You can also help by donating supplies to MCC or your Everence office in North Newton or by making a financial contribution to MCC. For more details, contact MCC at 316-283-2720 or Everence at 316-283-3800.
 Dear Bethel College Mennonite,When Charles Baraka and his family arrived in Madison, Wisconsin, in December 2018, they weren’t sure what their future would hold. “From the refugee camp to the USA is something that makes everyone very happy because it’s like from death to life.”The realities of resettlement in the United States, however, were very difficult to navigate. Step by step, Baraka and his family overcame obstacle after obstacle as they adjusted to a new culture, endured Wisconsin winters and formed new relationships. Within a few months, Baraka and his wife, Gilbertine, began finding ways to help other newly arrived refugees adapt to the U.S. Over the past four years, they have developed a community of welcomers to assure newly arrived refugees that they are not alone in Madison.Join us for this month’s Newcomer Hospitality Network virtual meetup to hear more about Baraka’s journey and his advice for those engaged in welcoming work.What is the Newcomer Hospitality Network?The Newcomer Hospitality Network is a virtual meetup space for those welcoming newcomers to connect with one another in a small group setting, Participants can share their experiences and discuss topics relevant to welcoming refugees and asylum seekers in their communities.When?To accommodate welcomers with different work schedules, we offer the same meeting twice – once in the morning and once in the evening:Register for Tuesday, November 29 from 10:30 – 11:45 AM ESTRegister for Tuesday, November 29 from 7:30 – 8:45 PM ESTIf you’d like to join us, register for the day and time that works best for you!Peace,Charity Stowell
Newcomer Connections Coordinator
MCC U.S. National Peace & Justice MinistriesWestern District Conference invites you to visit our website to read the latest news, stories and announcements.
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For Mennonite Disaster Service On the Level click here

For Mennonite Mission Network News and Beyond click here

Rocky Mountain Mennonite Camp Announcements
Jr. High (Jan. 20-22) and Sr. High (Feb. 17-19) Snow Camps are coming again in 2023! – The time has come to enjoy the beauty and chill of RMMC in the winter once again. Come play in the snow and on the ice and then be ready to come inside for good food, fellowship and worship together. For Jr. High, Brett Klingenberg (KS farmer/rancher/pastor) will provide the input for the weekend and Eli Regier will lead music. For Sr. High, Luke Unruh (First Mennonite Church Newton, KS) will be sharing and Rachel Miller will be leading our worship music. Visit the camp web page (www.rmmc.org) for additional snow camp details and to register that you’re headed to the Colorado Rockies to start the new year!Young Adult Snow Camp (Feb. 17-19) is again sharing the weekend of activities, worship and meals with Sr. High Snow Camp participants. Last year, participants with Service Adventure units along with college students, joined in to volunteer and help facilitate and participate in the retreat. Visit the camp web page (www.rmmc.org) for additional information.Scrapbook Retreat, Jan. 27-29 is your opportunity to create paper or digital photo books and share ideas and good conversation with other scrapbook participants. Lisa Longacher will return as our program resource for the retreat and help facilitate a variety of activities. Please come for retreat and community in God’s creation here at Rocky Mountain Mennonite Camp. Register online (www.rmmc.org) and save a space to join in.
  Mennonite Church USA Announcements
#MennoCon23

MennoCon23, Mennonite Church USA’s largest faith formation gathering, will be held July 3-8, 2023, in Kansas City, Missouri. There will be programming for all ages, including a one-day Climate Summit for youth and young adults. See the tentative block schedule here: mennoniteusa.org/dates-location-mennocon23

Menno Snapshots
In this blog, Glen Guyton, executive director of Mennonite Church USA, speaks out against the tokenization of immigrants and people of color. “Over and over in our system, those in the dominant culture have used immigrants and other people of color as political pawns to justify their bias, insecurity and phobias.” Read his reflection here: mennoniteusa.org/tokenizing

Artist Mandy Martin of Salford (Pennsylvania) Mennonite Church created “Justice Grows in the Garden” for Salford 2022 Gardening for Peace event, featuring RAWtools, a ministry partner of Mennonite Church USA. See Mandy’s art and video here: mennoniteusa.org/justice-grows-garden

Learn, Pray, Join: Mass Incarceration
Casa Alterna, is a ministry of hospitality that serves asylum seekers who have recently arrived in the U.S. It’s co-founder, Anton Flores-Maisonet, reflects on the story of one of the asylum seekers that he had the privilege of welcoming to his house. His story is part of Mennonite Church USA’s Learn, Pray, Join: Mass Incarceration” initiative. Read it here: mennoniteusa.org/b-attitude

Stay in the know about what’s happening in Mennonite Church USA (MC USA) by subscribing to PeaceMail, MC USA’s official news source. Subscribe to the weekly newsletter here: mennoniteusa.org/peacemail
 Mennonite Mission Network Prayer Request:   Alfonsina and José Oyanguren, who are serving through Mennonite Mission Network, have lived among Indigenous communities in Argentina’s Chaco region since 2004. Pray for them as they promote Indigenous culture and languages through Bible-study materials and educational opportunities, among other ministries of presence.

Western District Conference Prayer Request:   In this Thanksgiving week, offer a prayer of gratitude for members of WDC congregations and communities who care for the land, grow and harvest food, prepare meals, and share generously with a hungry world.

November 13-20, 2022

November 13, 2022
 

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

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

 BETHEL COLLEGE MENNONITE CHURCH
November 13, 2022
Joining Voices Together

 
Prelude—Now Thank We All Our God— (Sigfrid Karg-Elert)–Karen Schlabaugh, organ
 
Christ Candle Lighting                                                                                                      
                                                                                                                                           
Welcome and Prayer—Nathan Koontz                                                                             
 
Introit—Let All Things Now Living (Mark Shepperd)—Chancel Bells; Verlene Garber, director      
 
*Hymn—Joyful, Joyful, We Adore Thee—VT 103
 
Children’s Conversation—Katie Graber—Song and Artwork: Mountain of God & Tree of Life—(VT 11 & 12)
 
Responsive Scripture Reading—Revelation 7:9-12—VT 110
 
Reflection—What is Worship?—Katie Graber
Could It Be That God is Singing—VT 42
Abana Alathi (Abana in Heaven)—VT 675
When Israel Was in Egypt’s Land—VT 193
 
Prayers of God’s People
 
*Hymn—God, Be the Love—VT 43                                                                                                                                                         
*BenedictionVT 1050                                                                                          
                                                                                    
Postlude—Celtic Farewell (Linda R. Lamb)—Chancel Bells


* You are invited to stand
VT—Voices Together
 
Audio visual—Francis Toews
Pastors—Nathan Koontz, Todd Schlosser    


This Week at BCMC:  November 13—November 20, 2022
Sunday, November 13
9:30 am          Worship with sermon by Dr. Katie Graber
As part of the Joining Voices Together Worship and Arts Symposium on Nov. 12 at Bethel College, BCMC will be hosting on of the lecturers, Dr. Katie Graber for our Sunday morning worship.  She will be leading a tour of Voices Together through hymn sing and reflections.  Please plan to attend this music-filled worship service as we raise our voices together!
10:30-11:30 am  Faith Formation—Intergenerational class of pre-school through high school meets in Fellowship Hall — Adult Classes:  Agape Class (Nursery); Bible Study (Rm 14); Catacombs (Rm B5); Fellowship (B7); Fine Arts (Rm 22); Issues and Christianity (Rm 23);  Mosaic (Rm 20); Open Circle (Room 21); Seekers (Rm 28);  Sojourners (Chapel)
YouTube link for today’s worship service:  https://youtu.be/kJYEvzrxznI
 
Monday, November 14
5 pm         Faith Formation Commission meeting in Fellowship Hall
Tuesday, November 15
9 to 11 am   Community Playschool
7 pm         Women’s Fellowship meeting in Fellowship Hall
Wednesday, November 16
9 to 11 am    Community Playschool
6 pm          Wednesday Supper serving line starts at 6-6:15 pm and a     welcome and blessing will be at 6:20 pm.             
7:00 pm     Senior High Youth Group
7:30 pm     Chancel Choir Rehearsal in the Sanctuary Chancel area
Thursday, November 17
9 to 11 am     Community Playschool
6:30 pm    Chancel Bells rehearsal in room B7
7 pm          Bethel College Women’s Association meeting in Fellowship Hall
Friday, November 18
9 to 11 am     Community Playschool
Sunday, November 20
9:30 am         Worship with sermon by Elizabeth Schmidt;  music by Chancel Choir; this is Pastor Todd Schlosser’s last Sunday at BCMC, there will be a cookie reception in the Gathering Place after the worship service
11:00 am        Faith Formation


Women’s Fellowship meets Tuesday, November 15 at 7:00 pm in Fellowship Hall to embrace and release thoughts on gratitude. Please use the south-east door.
 


From the Board:

Thanks and Farewell for Pastor Todd:

We have greatly appreciated Pastor Todd Schlosser for his strong and collaborative leadership, wise counsel, optimistic and calm steadiness during transition, and the warm relationships he has built during his time as our interim pastor.  He will be missed, but we wish him well as he moves down the road to Tabor Mennonite Church.  We will be able to acknowledge and celebrate his contributions during Todd’s last Sunday worship with us on November 20.  There will also be an extended coffee time with refreshments in the Gathering Place with a basket for cards or notes.  Thank you so much, Todd!

Staffing for 2023:  Welcome Roger Neufeld Smith!
We are grateful that Western District Conference has identified a highly qualified half-time interim pastor for our church beginning January 1.  Roger Neufeld Smith was a pastor for many years at Southern Hills in Topeka and comes with strong reviews from Beatrice Mennonite in Nebraska where he has been an interim for the last two years.  Roger will preach about once per month, work with committees and commissions, and will be available to assist with pastoral care.  The board is excited to have him join us.  Look for more introductions in the coming weeks. For a link to his  job description press here.

Staffing for 2023:  New Position
A new half-time lay position has been developed entitled the Congregational Care Coordinator.  The recent Credence report suggested that we need more pastoral care and Todd Schlosser, who has been ably stepping in to do some visitation, is leaving.  So this position will give more focus and time to care within our congregation.  Please note the separate announcement of this open position.

Staffing for 2023: Continuing Roles
In addition to the continuing roles of George Leary and Jill Robb with Youth and Faith Formation, Nathan Koontz will also continue for 2023 in his expanded ¾ time position with the new title of Pastor for Community and Worship.  This title better reflects what he is already doing.  He will continue to preach twice per month and make arrangements for guest pastors and coordination of worship, work with congregation and community around peace and justice issues,  and work with some committees and commissions.  Pastor Nathan will also continue to provide pastoral care during times of crisis, end-of-life, and funerals.  The expanded time and new title are for the interim until settled pastors have been found.  We owe Nathan our profound thanks for being flexible and adapting his work to changing circumstances.  A link to Nathan’s job description can be found here.  

Applications Sought for Congregational Care Coordinator
 The half-time Congregational Care Coordinator, a new lay position, will develop ways we can support each other, coordinate visitation for those in need of care, and work at welcoming and integrating those new to our congregation and at all stages of life.  The person will work in collaboration with pastors and their visitation plans.  The position is set to begin January 1.  Please contact the church office for applications.  The job description can be viewed at this here.


WE’RE MAKING PROGRESS, SLOW BUT SURE.  We now have had four months of positive balances and we have whittled the deficit down to $18,500.  One good month and we could have that gone.  The finance committee is so happy with your response! While we know that its not easy, but you are responding to the churches call. Thank you very much.  Remember Monday the 14th, you should have the bcmcXpress forms in your hands in order to commit your pledge of support for the 2023 year.  Please prayerfully consider what your can do to help BCMC meet its budgetary needs.  The Finance Committee thanks you in advance for your pledged support

BCMC Offering for November 6, 2022
:  General Fund $8,210; Wed. Supper $364; MCC Meat Canning $450; Caring fund $100; Living Stones $440; Kitchen Fund $7


All Mentors/Mentees are invited to a Newton Salvation Army Food Pantry food drive on Nov. 20, 2-4 p.m. Meet at Frank and Kathy Stucky’s house at 721 Bobtail Court.  If possible, bring a wagon.  We will be collecting nonperishable items from the Sand Creek Station neighborhoods.
 


BCMC Library Announcement
16 books have been recently added to our collection either through our budget or donation. Come find your next new read. As always, Sondra Koontz has written a brief summary of each book to help you make your decision. The book summaries are near the library computer.

Also, the Library Committee will be highlighting books added to our collection though the Dismantling the Doctrine of Discovery study group. These books, along with the handouts from the Loss of Turtle Island activit, are or will be on the north wall of the library. Come check us out!


Wednesday Evening Meals at BCMC!  Please RSVP even if you have signed up for all of the meals.   Nov. 16, 6 pm, in Fellowship Hall.   Serving line starts at 6-6:15 pm and a welcome and blessing will be at 6:20 pm. For reservations for supper, complete this form and place in the offering or email the office. Cost is $6/person or $18/family per meal. Please bring your own table service.  Menu for Nov. 16 is Turkey pot pie, peaches, pumpkin cheesecake bars.  To RSVP press here.


Bethel College Announcements
Sun., Nov. 13 – KIPCOR Film Series presents John Lewis – Get in the Way, 2 p.m.
Krehbiel Auditorium in Luyken Fine Arts Center. This film by Kathleen Dowdey tells the story of the late Congressman and civil rights icon. Free and open to the public, with a freewill offering taken to support KIPCOR and the film series. An audience talkback will follow the film screening.
 
Thurs., Nov. 17 – Artist reception for Julia Olson and “Hidden Conversations through Portraiture,” 6-8 p.m., Regier Art Gallery in Luyken Fine Arts Center at Bethel College. Olson will be drawing live portraits in the gallery during the reception. Exhibit closes Fri., Nov. 18. Gallery hours are 9 a.m.-5 p.m. weekdays.
 
Mon., Nov. 21 – Bethel College Wind Ensemble concert, directed by Joel Boettger, 7 p.m.Krehbiel Auditorium in Luyken Fine Arts Center
 
This is the last week to see Voices of Conscience: Peace Witness in the Great War, a traveling exhibit developed and toured by Kauffman Museum at Bethel College, at the McPherson Museum and Arts Foundation, 1111 E. Kansas Ave. in McPherson, closing Sat., Nov. 19. This exhibit lifts up the prophetic insights and the personal courage of peace protesters during World War I and suggests parallels to the culture of war and violence in our world today. Museum hours are Mon.- Sat., 1-5 p.m., and admission is free. For more information, visit VoicesOfConscienceExhibit.org
 


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


Mennonite Central Committee Announcements

For MCC In Touch press here

MCC’s Buckets of Thanks are filling up, but keep the supplies coming, we’ve got A LOT of buckets to fill! 
After making your donation of relief kit supplies to MCC, make sure you sign up to track MCC’s next shipment of relief kits as it travels the world! You will receive updates at each check point, including when the kits reach their final destination to be distributed by an MCC local partner in Jordan to Syrian refugee families and vulnerable Jordanians. Donate all the items in a relief kit or pick just a few items to donate – all items are helpful and necessary to complete a relief kit bucket. Kit supplies can be dropped off or shipped to: MCC Central States, 121 E. 30th St., North Newton, KS 67117. Find out more at mccbuckets.org.
 
 
MCC is seeking a Human Resources Assistant: This role is designed for someone to grow their human resources skills and assist the department in recruiting, human resources information systems, orientation, as well as a variety of administrative services. The position requires advanced proficiency in Spanish, a basic proficiency in English, and the candidate to be able to commit eight weeks a year of orientation support in Akron. This full-time position will preferably be located in Akron, PA, but can accommodate employment in any state that MCC is currently registered as an employer. Apply online for this opening by November 19 at Human Resources Assistant | Mennonite Central Committee U.S. (mcc.org). For more information contact Wesley Wilder at 316-836-5055 or wesleywilder@mcc.org
 

 
MCC Material Resources Center in North Newton critically low on inventory: An MCC kit cannot be shipped until every single item for the kit is assembled, but some supplies are so low that kits cannot be processed for shipping. You can help by helping to fill the following needs: New infant onesies and sleepers (3-12 month sizes); shampoo (20 oz or more), thin sanitary pads (28 count minimum) and dark colored bath and hand towels. Buy online and ship it to MCC or bring item to MCC in North Newton (121 E. 30th St, North Newton, KS 67117). Questions are always welcome, please contact katemast@mcc.org or 316.283.2720. A full list of MCC kit contents can be found at mcc.org/kits.
 
Free resource: Learning about generosity with MCC! Make talking about generosity with your children easy by using this free resource. The printable worksheets help kids explore the basics of generosity at an elementary school level. The resource contains downloadable worksheets, activity ideas, a story about how generosity makes a difference, make-your-own bookmark craft and alternative Christmas gift ideas. Click here to sign up: MCC generosity resource.
 
MCC is seeking a Constituency Engagement Manager: This new role is designed to help the MCC’s in the U.S. plan and implement a cohesive engagement strategy for specific priority audiences including alumni, churches, congregations of color, plain communities and young adults. With a focus on convening and strategizing, this person will be part of the Communications and Donor Relations network and will work in close collaboration with other departments and regional MCC’s. This full-time position will preferably be located in Akron, Pa., but location is flexible within any MCC office in the U.S. Apply online for this opening by November 18 at mcc.org/constituency-engagement-manager. For more information contact Amber Falcón at 574-534-4133 or AmberFalcon@mcc.org.

Give back on Giving Tuesday with an evening of Service & Snacks, Nov. 29 6:30-8:30 p.m. at Hesston College Mennonite Church! Join Everence® and MCC for an evening of service! We’ll make MCC hygiene kits, tie comforters, write holiday cards to incarcerated people with MCC partner organization Offender Victim Ministries (OVM) and enjoy snacks! Bring your family and friends to this opportunity to give back on this Giving Tuesday! Find out more!

MCC invites you to learn more about SWAP, a service and learning program through Mennonite Central Committee. 
What is SWAP?
SWAP is home repair program that uses the efforts of volunteers to address substandard housing needs in poverty stricken areas of Pike County, Kentucky and McDowell, West Virginia (poorest counties in US). SWAP is not only a service program but is also a cultural exchange program. Your group will not only serve vulnerable populations but also get an opportunity to learn more about the people, places and events that shaped this region. 
How Much Does it Costs and What Does My Trip Include?
This week-long service from Monday evening to Saturday morning costs $375 per person. The trip includes lodging, *3 meals a day, and a complimentary t-shirt. You should also know that 50% of these costs go directly to the building materials of the homeowner.
(* On Wednesday or Thursday, we encourage groups to experience a local restaurant and attraction. It supports the local economy in the area and allows your group to experience the culture directly).
Where will I stay? 
SWAP has two service and learning locations: McDowell County, WV and Pike County, KY. (SEE PAGE 4 on attachment). 
What if my group has limited home repair skills? 
SWAP offers a variety of options for service-work based on your group’s skill level. We also try to teach “new skills” to volunteers that come. 
More Information
So, if your group is looking for a service project in 2023, we encourage you to check out our website below. We offer week long service opportunities, throughout the year, but shorter terms are also available. All ages are welcome!
Or on our website at: https://mcc.org/get-involved/serve/volunteer/swap
 


See The RMMC News & Stories From October

Take a look at the latest/greatest happenings here at RMMC. Feel free to have a view this information which can also be found on:


Mennonite Church USA is seeking a full-time
Director of Constituent Engagement

 
This newly created position will maintain relationships with donors (individuals and congregations), track engagement metrics, and oversee several pieces of the churchwide convention. 

To request an application form, contact HR@MennoniteUSA.org 
or call 316-281-4257.
View the job description
Visit the Employment page

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For Anabapitst Disabilities Network press here
 


Mennonite Church USA Announcements
The Executive Board of Mennonite Church USA gathered in San Antonio, Texas, Sept. 29-Oct. 1, 2022, for its first meeting since the Special Session of the Delegate Assembly this spring. Executive Board members adopted a new resolutions process, responded to the actions of the Delegate Assembly and proposed a new three-year cycle for future Delegate Assemblies. Read about more of their actions here: mennoniteusa.org/executive-board-takes-action

Open enrollment for the Corinthian Plan is from Nov. 1-Dec. 31. All Mennonite Church USA-affiliated congregations can enroll their eligible staff for coverage. For more information, please visit mennoniteusa.org/tcp

Menno Snapshots
When Anneli Loepp Thiessen of Anabaptist Worship Network took another look at submissions for Voices Together, the new Mennonite hymnal, she made an exciting discovery. This resulted in the birth of the song “Still My Soul,” No. 603 in Voices Together. Read more about her process here: mennoniteusa.org/tune-finds-words

Learn, Pray, Join: Mass Incarceration
Painting a full picture of mass incarceration in the United States requires a reckoning with how Indigenous peoples in the U.S. are disproportionately arrested and sentenced in comparison to the broader population. “The inequities within our legal system are evident not only in statistics but also in comparison of specific cases,” writes Lorraine Stutzman Amstutz, Mennonite Church USA’s denominational minister for peace and justice. Read more here: mennoniteusa.org/indigenous-mass-incarceration

Duncan Smith, director of Mennonite Church USA’s The Corinthian Plan, reflects on his time as a pastor and what it felt like to be recognized and appreciated. “Take a moment and thank your pastor and other church staff members in your congregation.” Read more in his blog here: mennoniteusa.org/thank-your-pastor
 


Mennonite Mission Network Prayer Request:   Robin Gingerich serves at LCC International University in Klaipeda, Lithuania, through Mennonite Mission Network. This year, LCC has 780 students from 58 different countries, with many of the students coming from Ukraine. Pray for Robin and all the students, faculty, and staff as they work for peace on many levels.

Western District Conference Prayer Request:   Pray for credentialed ministers in WDC, as they provide leadership, guidance and care for congregations, church institutions and community ministries.

Announcements for November 6-13, 2022

November 6, 2022

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

To livestream the worship service:
On Sunday morning, around 9:20, go to BCMC’s webpage at bethelcollegemennonitechurch.org and click the green button labeled LIVE STREAM on the right side of the screen, which will take you to the worship service. If you get a message in the black box that the video is unavailable, click the gray box belows that says “View Live Stream on YouTube”.   Anytime after the service concludes, you can watch a recording of the service at your convenience by clicking the same green LIVE STREAM button.  Again, you will probably have to go to the gray box that says “View Live Stream on YouTube”.  That will transfer you to the BCMC YouTube Channel.  You will have to click on the tab “Videos” to see all of the BCMC videos. Click the red button to see the bulletin/order of service. 
OR – click on this link for this Sunday’s worship service:  https://youtu.be/jvi2G_K4DeE
 


BETHEL COLLEGE MENNONITE CHURCH
November 6, 2022
Stewardship Sunday
 

Prelude—O God, Thou Faithful God (Peeters) and Trumpet in Dialogue (Clerambault)—
Verlene Garber, organ
 
Christ Candle Lighting—Heather Zerger
 
Welcome and Prayer
Land Acknowledgement
 
*Hymn—Let Us Build a House–VT 36
 
Children’s Conversation—Kathy Stucky
 
Kin-dom Report—LaVern Stucky
 
Choral Music—We Walk by Faith— (M arty Haugen)—Chancel Choir; Riley King, director; Verlene Garber, accompanist
 
Scripture Reading—Mark 12:41-44; 2 Corinthians 9:6-8; 1Peter 4:7-11—Doug Penner
 
Sermon—“Faithful Giving”—Todd Schlosser
 
*Hymn—God, Whose Giving—VT 745
 
Prayers of God’s People—Heather Zerger
 
*Hymn—Here I Am, Lord—VT 545
 
BenedictionTodd Schlosser
 
Choral Benediction—God be in My Head (John Rutter)—Chancel Choir
 
Postlude—Hornpipe (Handel)—Verlene Garber
 
* You are invited to stand
VT = Voices Together
 
Audio visual—Ken Lamp
Pastors— Nathan Koontz, Todd Schlosser


This Week at BCMC:  November 6—November 13, 2022
Sunday, November 6—Stewardship Sunday
9:30 am         Worship Service with sermon by Todd Schlosser; music by       Chancel Choir; Kin-dom report by Lavern Stucky, Finance Committee chair
10:30-11:30 am  Faith Formation—Intergenerational class of pre-school through high school meets in Fellowship Hall — Adult Classes:  Agape Class (Nursery); Bible Study (Rm 14); Catacombs (Rm B5); Fellowship (B7); Fine Arts (Rm 22); Issues and Christianity (Rm 23);  Mosaic (Rm 20); Open Circle (Room 21); Seekers (Rm 28);  Sojourners (Chapel)

Sunday, November 6 “Can We Sing the Darkness to Light?”: Bethel Sings, a concert featuring all Bethel College vocal groups, Henry Waters, director, 3 p.m., at  Bethel College Mennonite Church.  Free and open to the public.
  
Monday, November 7

9 am         Women’s Fellowship Executive Board meets in Fellowship Hall
7 pm         Facilities Committee meeting in Fellowship Hall
Tuesday, November 8
9 to 11 am   Community Playschool
12 pm           Mid-Kansas Investment Club meets in Fellowship Hall
Wednesday, November 9
9 to 11 am    Community Playschool
6 pm             Wednesday Supper serving line starts at 6-6:15 pm and a     welcome and blessing will be at 6:20 pm.             
7:00 pm          Senior High Youth Group
7:30 pm          Chancel Choir Rehearsal in the Sanctuary Chancel area
Thursday, November 10
9 to 11 am     Community Playschool
6:30 pm         Chancel Bells rehearsal in room B7
Friday, November 11
9 to 11 am     Community Playschool
Sunday, November 13
9:30 am          Worship with sermon by Dr. Katie Graber
As part of the Joining Voices Together Worship and Arts Symposium on Nov. 12 at Bethel College, BCMC will be hosting on of the lecturers, Dr. Katie Graber for our Sunday morning worship.  She will be leading a tour of Voices Together through hymn sing and reflections.  Please plan to attend this music-filled worship service as we raise our voices together!
10:30 am             Faith Formation


The Women’s Fellowship Executive Board will meet Monday morning November 7 at 9:00 am in Fellowship Hall.


Thank you to those who have already contributed to the Meat Canning 2022 fund. The meat canning is ongoing and you are still welcome to contribute to this important MCC project. Write a check to BCMC with “Meat Canning” in the memo line. You may use the envelope placed in your mailbox if you wish to. Thank you.
– Hugo Boschmann


We offer sympathy to Boots and Merrill Raber on the death of Boots’ sister, Lelia Schlabaugh, October 26, at the age of 96 years, in Phoenix, Arizona.  


BCMC Offerings:  October 16 General Fund $10,248.67; Wed. Supper $751; MCC Meat Canning $610; Library Reserve Fund $5; Living Stones $38.33 Kitchen Fund $12; Screen Project $50
October 23 General Fund $6,342; Wed. Supper $293; MCC Meat Canning $1,025; Library Reserve Fund $10; Living Stones $55; Kitchen Fund $15
October 30 General Fund $5,676.01; Community Play School $1,000; Wed. Supper $413.50; MCC Meat Canning $1,765; Caring Fund $200; Library Reserve Fund $10; Living Stones $55; Kitchen Fund $12.80; Women’s Fellowship $253; Keith Sprunger Memorial $1,000; James Yoder Memorial $175.


Nov. 10 Life Enrichment:  Place and time: Krehbiel Auditorium, 9:30 am. 
9:30 a.m. “He saw… She saw… – Travel photography from two different perspectives, Mars vs. Venus,” Paul and Gail Bowen
10:15 a.m.        Coffee break
10:35 a.m.  “Wildlife and Wild Weather in Kansas,” Eldon Clark, photographer
11:30 a.m.  “How Has Music Enriched Our Lives?,” the Brain Flowers (Kenna Graber, flute, Rebecca Schloneger, violin, and Seth Girton, cello) 


Bethel College Announcements

Tues., Nov. 8 – Bethel College Organ Recital Series presents Tyler Boehmer, Bethany College, performing works by J.S. Bach, Max Reger, Petr Eben and Johann Kaspar Kerll, 7 p.m.Administration Building chapel

Sat., Nov. 12 – The public is invited to a Community Evensong service, 7 p.m.Memorial Hall on the Bethel College campus, the conclusion of the Worship and the Arts Symposium. The service will consist entirely of congregational singing from the Voices Together hymnal, arranged around the 12 artworks found in the hymnal. Please bring your copy of Voices Together if you have one; there will be copies to borrow or to buy at the service. (For more information on the symposium, see https://www.bethelks.edu/academics/convocation-lectures/worship-arts-symposium)

Sun., Nov. 13 – KIPCOR Film Series presents John Lewis – Get in the Way, 2 p.m.Krehbiel Auditorium in Luyken Fine Arts Center. This film by Kathleen Dowdey tells the story of the late congressman and civil rights icon. Free and open to the public, with a freewill offering taken to support KIPCOR and the film series.

Now in the Regier Gallery in Luyken Fine Arts Center at Bethel College – “Hidden Conversations through Portraiture,” paintings by Julia Olson, through Fri., Nov. 18. Gallery hours are Mon.-Fri., 9 a.m.-5 p.m., Sun. 2-4 p.m.

Voices of Conscience: Peace Witness in the Great War, a traveling exhibit developed and toured by Kauffman Museum at Bethel College, is on display at the McPherson Museum and Arts Foundation, 1111 E. Kansas Ave. in McPherson, through Nov. 19. This exhibit lifts up the prophetic insights and the personal courage of peace protesters during World War I and suggests parallels to the culture of war and violence in our world today. Museum hours are Mon.- Sat., 1-5 p.m., and admission is free. For more information, visit VoicesOfConscienceExhibit.org

Have you registered for “Joining Voices Together”? Bethel College’s Worship and the Arts Symposium, Sat., Nov. 12, on campus, features resource people Bradley Kauffman, Rachel Epp Buller, Katie Graber, SaeJin Lee, Cynthia Neufeld Smith, Adam Tice and Isaac Villegas. Register at www.bethelks.edu/worship-arts-registration-2022; discount for 3 or more people from the same congregation.   Inform the church office if you would like to attend this symposium. 


Camp Mennoscah Announcements

Camps that run from Sunday to Saturday will now end on Friday. This is only a change for Junior and Junior High Camps. It will not affect First Camp, PreJunior, or Senior High Camps. Weekend groups will not be affected either.

For several weeks, the Programming Committee requested thoughts and comments on ending a full-week camp on Friday instead of Saturday.  While responses were both for and against a switch to a Friday checkout, responses weighed more heavily to the positive.  There are benefits to both campers and staff when staff is better rested.  Groups and families will also have additional opportunities to spend time at camp with the change.  The checkout time on the last day of Junior/Junior High camps will move to 10:30-11:30am (previously 9-10am) to allow for a more relaxed checkout.

Share your thoughts on this change here. We’d like to hear from you.

Other events and happenings: 
Camp Mennoscah is recruiting for summer staff at Mennonite colleges in November! We’ll have a booth at Goshen on Nov. 4, and Hesston, Tabor, and Bethel on November 7, 8, and 9, respectively.  Stop by in the morning and say howdy.  Booths are located in the Connector (Goshen), the Larks Nest (Hesston) and by the cafeteria (Tabor and Bethel).  Summer staff applications will be available when recruiting starts.  Check out the attached poster.  See you there!

  • On Saturday, November 12, we will be playing in the dirt at Camp Mennoscah!  It’s the last step (we think) in finishing up the newly renovated amphitheater.  Dirt needs to be moved by hand between the rows of limestone seating.  We’ll start at 9am and work until the last tablespoon of dirt is in place.  Stay for as long as you are able.  Bring your water bottle, weather appropriate gear and we’ll provide a lunch.  (Call us at 620-297-3290 and let us know of any dietary considerations.)
     
  • What additional programming (events, camps, retreats, etc.) would you like to see at camp?We want to know what you’d like find on Camp Mennoscah’s schedule.  Contact us at olivia.bartel@campmennoscah.org or 620-297-3290 to let us know what variation of a camp, retreat or stunning event would be exciting to discover at camp.
     
  • There are a great many things for volunteers to do–come be one!  Any of the following are great options for groups of one or more:  cleaning after groups, cutting firewood, weekend hosting, being a committee member, mowing or other maintenance/grounds tasks, making a meal for a volunteer group, or recruiting people to volunteer at camp.  These are just some of the possibilities!  Call us at 620-297-3290 for more information.
     
  • Don’t miss out on festive celebrations at Camp Mennoscah!  Holidays are “blacked out” two weeks before the holiday, if no one has made a reservation.  Contact us to inquire about available holiday dates!  

Mennonite Central Committee Announcements
MCC Material Resources Center in North Newton critically low on inventory: 
An MCC kit cannot be shipped until every single item for the kit is assembled, but some supplies are so low that kits cannot be processed for shipping. You can help by helping to fill the following needs: New infant onesies and sleepers (3-12 month sizes); shampoo (20 oz or more), thin sanitary pads (28 count minimum) and dark colored bath and hand towels. Buy online and ship it to MCC or bring item to MCC in North Newton (121 E. 30th St, North Newton, KS 67117). Questions are always welcome, please contact katemast@mcc.org or 316.283.2720. A full list of MCC kit contents can be found at mcc.org/kits.

Free resource: Learning about generosity with MCC! Make talking about generosity with your children easy by using this free resource. The printable worksheets help kids explore the basics of generosity at an elementary school level. The resource contains downloadable worksheets, activity ideas, a story about how generosity makes a difference, make-your-own bookmark craft and alternative Christmas gift ideas. Click here to sign up: MCC generosity resource.

MCC is seeking a Constituency Engagement Manager: This new role is designed to help the MCC’s in the U.S. plan and implement a cohesive engagement strategy for specific priority audiences including alumni, churches, congregations of color, plain communities and young adults. With a focus on convening and strategizing, this person will be part of the Communications and Donor Relations network and will work in close collaboration with other departments and regional MCC’s. This full-time position will preferably be located in Akron, Pa., but location is flexible within any MCC office in the U.S. Apply online for this opening by November 18 at mcc.org/constituency-engagement-manager. For more information contact Amber Falcón at 574-534-4133 or AmberFalcon@mcc.org.


Everence and MCC to host hygiene kit-making event on Nov. 29
 You can help make the world a better place by joining Everence® and MCC to assemble hygiene kits on Tuesday, Nov. 29, 6:30-8:30 p.m. The kits will be distributed through worldwide relief organizations to places like crowded refugee camps where unclean conditions can lead to the spread of serious diseases. The event will take place at Hesston Mennonite Church Community Center. 
You can also help by donating supplies to MCC or your Everence office in North Newton or by making a financial contribution to MCC. For more details, contact MCC at 316-283-2720 or Everence at 316-283-3800.


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


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Mennonite Disaster Service Volunteer Updates

Greetings Bethel College Mennonite Church,

There are still ways to make a difference in the lives of disaster survivors before the end of the year! MDS has several volunteer opportunities at this time including early response work in Southwest FL and Nova Scotia, repairs in Eastern KY, and long-term rebuilding and repairs in locations such as Paradise, CA and McAllen, TX
MDS Canada is currently organizing a response in Nova Scotia following Hurricane Fiona. For more information on volunteer opportunities please contact the MDS Canada Office at 204-261-1274 or by emailing cflores@mds.org.
Hurricane Fiona Response
For the months of October – December 2022, MDS is offering financial travel assistance for anyone who serves for a week or more in McAllen, TX. Contact dfrey@mds.org (US) or cflores@mds.org (CA) for more information.
Weekly Volunteer Opportunities

McAllen, TX – 2018 Storms
Nov 6-12; up to 8 people
Nov 13-19; up to 8 people
Nov 20-26; up to 12 people

Southwest FL ERT – 2022 Hurricane Ian
Nov 6-12; up to 8 people

Eastern KY – 2022 Flooding
Nov 27-Dec 3; up to 5 people
Dec 4-10; up to 10 people
Dec 11-17; up to 10 people

Paradise, CA – 2018 Camp Fire
Nov 20-26; up to 12 people
Nov 27-Dec 3; up to 3 people
Feb 5-11; up to 4 people
Mar 19-25; up to 12 people
Mar 26-Apr 1; up to 12 people

Bastrop, TX – 2022 Tornadoes
Jan 22-28; up to 1 person
Jan 29-Feb 4; up to 3 people
Feb 5-11; up to 3 people
Feb 19-25; up to 2 people
Mar 12-18; up to 2 people

Crisfield, MD – 2021 Flooding
Jan 15-21; up to 3 people
Feb 5-11; up to 3 people
Feb 12-18; up to 3 people
Feb 26-Mar 4; up to 5 people
Mar 19-25; up to 15 people
Mar 26-Apr 1; up to 15 people

Dawson Springs, KY – 2021 Tornado
Jan 8-14; up to 4 people

Jennings, LA – 2020 Hurricanes
Feb 12-18; up to 3 people
Mar 19-25; up to 6 people

For more information or to serve, please contact:
Canadian projects: Clara Flores at 866-261-1274 or email cflores@mds.org.

U.S. projects: Deanna Frey at 800-241-8111 or email dfrey@mds.orgView Weekly Volunteer Opportunities
Leadership Volunteer Opportunities

Eastern KY – 2022 Flooding
Two Crew Leaders, Nov 5-19
Crew Leader, Nov 26-Dec 17
Two Crew Leaders, Jan 4-Mar 4
Crew Leader, Mar 4-Apr 1
Office Manager, Mar 1-Apr 1

Crisfield, MD – 2021 Flooding
Project Director, Nov 5-Dec 17
Three Crew Leaders, Jan 4-Feb 4
Office Manager, Feb 4-Mar 4
Three Crew Leaders, Mar 4-Apr 1

Jennings, LA – 2020 Hurricanes
Two Crew Leaders, Nov 5-Dec 3
Crew Leader, Dec 3-17
Crew Leader, Feb 4-Mar 4
Assistant Cook, Feb 4-Mar 4
Crew Leader, Feb 4-Apr 1
Assistant Cook, Feb 4-Apr 1

Paradise, CA – 2018 Camp Fire
Crew Leader, Nov 5-Dec 17
Construction Supervisor, Nov 23-Dec 17
Two Crew Leaders, Jan 4-Apr 1
Construction Supervisor, Jan 4-Apr 1

McAllen, TX – 2018 Storms
Crew Leader, Nov 26-Dec 3

Dawson Springs, KY – 2021 Tornado
Crew Leader, Jan 4-21
Crew Leader, Feb 4-Mar 4

Bastrop, TX – 2022 Tornadoes
Office Manager, Mar 1-Apr 1

For more information or to serve, please contact:
Canadian residents: Kelsey Friesen at 866-261-1274 or email kfriesen@mds.org

U.S. residents: Josh Carson at 800-241-8111 or email jcarson@mds.orgView Leadership Volunteer Opportunities

Mennonite Church USA Announcements

Glen Guyton, executive director of Mennonite Church USA, is one of 33 leaders of churches and faith-based organizations who signed a letter to President Joe Biden, in support of his recent efforts to pursue negotiations on nuclear arms control. Read the full letter here: mennoniteusa.org/news/nuclear-arms-control 

The denominational Advent at Home worship guide will soon be available. The guide is designed for families and people of all ages, offering weekly Scriptures, background information, prayers, activities and rituals around this year’s theme from Leader magazine, “Restoration is Near.” Look for it here: mennoniteusa.org/adventathome 

Mennonite Church USA’s Women in Leadership Steering Committee wrote a statement in response to the recent Supreme Court decision that overturned Roe v. Wade. Read their statement here: mennoniteusa.org/wil-statement-roe-wade

Learn, Pray, Join: Mass Incarceration
As one of the original writers of the “For Justice in the U.S. Criminal Justice Legal System” resolution, Eli Reimer discusses a class that they participated in Goshen College, called “Inside-Out.” Reimer’s blog is part of Mennonite Church USA’s “Learn, Pray, Join: Mass Incarceration” initiative: mennoniteusa.org/friends-on-inside

Menno Snapshots
Beryl Jantzi, Everence director of stewardship education, discusses his take on financial policies and practices through the example of the late theologian Dietrich Bonhoeffer. For Bonhoeffer, dying to self and the idols of culture was a daily practice of discipleship. Read more about his teachings here: mennoniteusa.org/bonhoeffer-discipleship-money


Mennonite Mission Network Prayer Request:   Josia Kaemper, Anna Millsap and unit leader Rachel Musselman make up Mennonite Mission Network’s Service Adventure unit in Jackson, Mississippi. Pray for them as they participate in the ministries of Open Door Mennonite Church, by working with people experiencing homelessness and an after-school program.

Western District Conference Prayer Request:   Pray for WDC congregations and members participating in the Worship and the Arts Symposium at Bethel College next weekend, as they share in singing and worship together using resources in the MC USA Hymnal, Voices Together.

Announcements for October 30 to November 6, 2022


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

To livestream the worship service:
On Sunday morning, around 9:20, go to BCMC’s webpage at bethelcollegemennonitechurch.org and click the green button labeled LIVE STREAM on the right side of the screen, which will take you to the worship service. If you get a message in the black box that the video is unavailable, click the gray box belows that says “View Live Stream on YouTube”.   Anytime after the service concludes, you can watch a recording of the service at your convenience by clicking the same green LIVE STREAM button.  Again, you will probably have to go to the gray box that says “View Live Stream on YouTube”.  That will transfer you to the BCMC YouTube Channel.  You will have to click on the tab “Videos” to see all of the BCMC videos. Click the red button to see the bulletin/order of service. 
OR – click on this link for this Sunday’s worship service: https://youtu.be/_JwdlgUK9w8


BETHEL COLLEGE MENNONITE CHURCH
October 30, 2022

 
Prelude— Partita on Puer Nobis Nascitur (Raymond H. Haan)—Karen Schlabaugh, organ
 
Christ Candle Lighting
 
Welcome and Prayer—Bill Swartley
 
 *Hymn—Summoned by the God Who Made Us—VT 1
 
Children’s Conversation—Esther Koontz
 
*Hymn—O Worship Our God—VT 129
 
Scripture Reading—Isaiah 1:10-18; Luke 19:1-10—Mary Ann Boschmann
 
Sermon—Salvation has come to this house—Nathan Koontz
 
*Hymn—Beloved, God’s ChosenVT 164
 
Prayers of God’s People
 
*Hymn—I Come with Joy—VT 478
People with October birthdays come forward for a blessing, please bring a hymnal
 
*Birthday Blessing & BenedictionNathan Koontz
 
Postlude—Praise the Almighty, My Soul, Adore Him (Jan Bender)—Karen Schlabaugh
 
* You are invited to stand
 
VT = Voices Together
 
Audio visual—John Thiesen
Pastors—Nathan Koontz, Todd Schlosser


This Week at BCMC:  October 30—November 6, 2022

Sunday, October 30
9:30 am         Worship with sermon by Nathan Koontz
10:15 am       Fellowship Time in the Gathering Place
10:30-11:30 am  Faith Formation—Intergenerational class of pre-school through high school meets in Fellowship Hall — Adult Classes:  Agape Class (Nursery); Bible Study (Rm 14); Catacombs (Rm B5); Fellowship (B7); Fine Arts (Rm 22); Issues and Christianity (Rm 23);  Mosaic (Rm 20); Open Circle (Room 21); Seekers (Rm 28);  Sojourners (Chapel)
YouTube link for today’s worship service:  https://youtu.be/_JwdlgUK9w8
 
5:30 pm         Meal and discussion hosted by BCMC Task Group
                        for Decolonization

Come to eat, share and learn! Many BCMC members attended the Loss of Turtle Island exercise this past Sunday in Memorial Hall. However, even if you didn’t attend, please come to today’s event.  Sunday at 5:30 in Fellowship Hall, a BCMC task group is hosting a sampling of foods similar to ones eaten by many Indigenous peoples. We will continue the discussion from last Sunday’s event and ask ourselves what we learned and how our church can move forward. No reservation is needed.  BCMC Task Group for Decolonization
 
Monday, October 31
10 am              Library Committee meets in library
Wednesday, November 2
6 pm               Wednesday Supper serving line starts at 6-6:15 pm and a                 welcome and blessing will be at 6:20 pm.             
6:30—7:30 pm   Wednesday Night Club
7:00 pm          Senior High Youth Group
7:30 pm          Chancel Choir Rehearsal in the Sanctuary Chancel area
Thursday, November 3
9 to 11 am     Community Playschool
6:30 pm         Chancel Bells rehearsal in room B7
7 pm               Church Board meets in Room 14
Friday, November 4
9 to 11 am     Community Playschool
5 pm               Dinner event in Fellowship Hall
Sunday, November 6—Stewardship Sunday

9:30 am         Worship Service with sermon by Todd Schlosser; music by Chancel Choir; Kin-dom report by Lavern Stucky,  Finance Committee chair


Staff Absences:  Todd Schlosser is on vacation on October 29-30.
Mike Crawford will be on vacation November 2-6.


Wednesday Evening Meal at BCMC!  Nov. 2, 6 pm, in Fellowship Hall.   Serving line starts at 6-6:15 pm and a welcome and blessing will be at 6:20 pm. For reservations for supper, complete this form and place in the offering or email the office. Cost is $6/person or $18/family per meal. Please bring your own table service.  Menu for Nov. 2 is  Jambalaya, Tropical fruit, Pudding dessert bar.  RSVP here:  office@bethelcollegemennonitechurch.org
 


November 13: As part of the Joining Voices Together Worship and Arts Symposium on Nov. 12 at Bethel College, BCMC will be hosting on of the lecturers, Dr. Katie Graber for our Sunday morning worship.  She will be leading a tour of Voices Together through hymn sing and reflections.  Please plan to attend this music-filled worship service as we raise our voices together!
 


Much Gratitude!
Thank you so much to Bill Swartley and members of the Public Address System Committee (Ken Lamp, Ben Lichti, John Thiesen, and Francis Toews) for their many hours of competent work in overseeing the installation of our new screen and for much problem-solving and practice with our system for communicating with the Credence and Company team of consultants on October 16.  You are appreciated!


We offer sympathy to Marci Andres and her mother Reitha Klaassen and their family on the death of Marci’s  husband, Steven Andres October 24, 2022.  Please keep Reitha, Marci, and all the family in your prayers as they grieve their loss.


Congratulations to Kate Seymour and Todd Lawrence, Nashville, TN, on the birth of Jack Warren Seymour, October 8 2022.  Also congratulations to Jack’s sister Ruth and Grandmother Valetta Semour! 


Have you registered for “Joining Voices Together”? Bethel College’s Worship and the Arts Symposium, Sat., Nov. 12, on campus, features resource people Bradley Kauffman, Rachel Epp Buller, Katie Graber, SaeJin Lee, Cynthia Neufeld Smith, Adam Tice and Isaac Villegas. Register at www.bethelks.edu/worship-arts-registration-2022; discount for 3 or more people from the same congregation.   Inform the church office if you would like to attend this symposium.
 


 
The Library Theme for October/November is Selected Biographies. The Library Committee chose biographies that we thought you would find interesting in both the adult and children/youth sections. As always, the adult highlighted books are shelved in back of the library desk while the Everybody/Youth books are shelved on the south wall of the children/youth room. Please come in and check these out or to see what new to you puzzles are available for a donation on the west wall of the check out room or on the cart outside of the library. Happy Reading! 
 


Do Justice, Love Mercy:  Fundraising Opportunity for Peace Connections and Circle of Hope
BCMC supports the local agency Peace Connections and Circle of Hope, their relationship-based initiative that seeks to improve the financial health of community members with fewer resources.  You can support this program financially by attending the annual “Celebrity  Server” meal at Waters Edge in Hesston on Saturday, November 5, between 5:00 and 8:00 p.m.  The three-course meal is $25, but all tips will go to the Circle of Hope program.  Although not a “celebrity”, Ada Schmidt-Tieszen from our congregation has agreed to be a Celebrity Server for the evening.  See menu and details and make reservations by October 31 by calling 316 284-0000, emailing info@peaceconnections.org or going to the following link:  https://www.peaceconnections.org/events
 


Fundraiser for New Hope Shelter

The Kiko’s Mexican Restaurant 1728 North Main Newton, KS is holding a Fundraiser for the New Hope Shelter of Newton, KS.  The Fundraiser will take place on Saturday and Sunday October 29 and 30 from 11AM to 7PM.  Kiko’s is giving 100% of its sales from those two days to the Shelter.  In addition if you bring an item off the Shelter’s Needs list on their Facebook page, you  will receive a 10% discount on your total order.

Kiko’s has a full menu of authentic Mexican Food.  You can eat in, drive through, or pick-up.  Please call 316-847-1957.
 


Ted and Co. Appearances

Drama starring Ted Swartz and Michelle Milne, We Own This Now 

Showing 4 times

    Sat.,  Oct. 29,  7:00, at Theatre Lawence, Lawence, Ks.

   Wed.,  Nov. 2,   7:00, at Tabor College, Hillsboro, Ks.

   Thurs., Nov. 3,  7:00, at McPherson Church of the Brethren, McPherson, Ks.

    Sat.,  Nov. 5,    3:00, at Hope Mennonite Church, Wichita, Ks..

“Chris has farmed the land his grandmother found as a home in Kansas after fleeing Russia almost 100 years ago; his daughter Riley is learning more about who was on that land before her Oma arrived, and the jarring connections she has to the fate of those people. Diving into historical documents, absurd situations, and extended metaphors, the audience discovers alongside Riley and Chris how the Doctrine of Discovery (the legal framework that justifies theft of land and oppression of Indigenous Peoples) is still being used and causing harm.”

Proceeds above cost will go to the Kanza Heritage Society in SOME of the venues.
 


Nov. 3 Life Enrichment:  Place and time: Krehbiel Auditorium, 9:30 am. 
9:30 am “Brief Overview of Disease in Harvey Co.”, Skip Cowan
10:15 am  Coffee Break    10:35 am  “Pioneer Bluffs: Center for Flint Hills Ranching Heritage,” Lynn Smith   11:30 am  “Scenic Harvey County,” Bruce Regier    
 


Bethel College Announcements
Mon., Oct. 31 – Bethel College Chamber Orchestra concert, featuring works by Grieg, Handel, Musial and more, directed by Kris Hilding, 7 p.m.
Krehbiel Auditorium in Luyken Fine Arts Center

Fri.-Sat., Nov. 4-5 – “Old Books Made New – The Surprising Wisdom of Erasmus for Today,” an intercollegiate symposium honoring the Mennonite Library & Archives at Bethel College and libraries everywhere. Keynote address by Greta Kroeker, Ph.D., Friday, Nov. 4, 6:30 p.m.Krehbiel Auditorium in Luyken Fine Arts Center. Saturday events in Krehbiel Auditorium and via technology at Conrad Grebel University College, Eastern Mennonite University and Goshen College. See marpeck-fund.bethelks.edu/events/old-books-made-new/

Sat., Nov. 5 – Kauffman Museum bird walk, 8 a.m. start time in the museum parking lot at the corner of Main and 27th streets (2801 N. Main St., North Newton 67117). Experienced birders lead a walk of 1-1.5 hours in Chisholm Park and on Sand Creek Trail (terrain is mostly wood-chip path and sometimes uneven/sloping).

Sun., Nov. 6 – “Can We Sing the Darkness to Light?”: Bethel Sings, a concert featuring all Bethel College vocal groups, Henry Waters, director, 3 p.m.Bethel College Mennonite Church (2600 College Ave., North Newton 67117)

Tues., Nov. 8 – Bethel College Organ Recital Series presents Tyler Boehmer, Bethany College, 7 p.m.Administration Building chapel

Have you registered for “Joining Voices Together”? Bethel College’s Worship and the Arts Symposium, Sat., Nov. 12, on campus, features resource people Bradley Kauffman, Rachel Epp Buller, Katie Graber, SaeJin Lee, Cynthia Neufeld Smith, Adam Tice and Isaac Villegas. Register at www.bethelks.edu/worship-arts-registration-2022; discount for 3 or more people from the same congregation.

Sat., Nov. 12 – The public is invited to a Community Evensong service, 7 p.m.Memorial Hall on the Bethel College campus, the conclusion of the Worship and the Arts Symposium. The service will consist entirely of congregational singing from the Voices Together hymnal, arranged around the 12 artworks found in the hymnal.

Sun., Nov. 13 – KIPCOR Film Series presents John Lewis – Get in the Way, 2 p.m.Krehbiel Auditorium in Luyken Fine Arts Center. This film by Kathleen Dowdey tells the story of the late congressman and civil rights icon. Free and open to the public, with a freewill offering taken to support KIPCOR and the film series.

Now in the Regier Gallery in Luyken Fine Arts Center at Bethel College – “Hidden Conversations through Portraiture,” paintings by Julia Olson, through Fri., Nov. 18 (artist reception Nov. 17). Gallery hours are Mon.-Fri., 9 a.m.-5 p.m., Sun. 2-4 p.m.


The Kansas MDS (Mennonite Disaster Service) Unit is sponsoring a Learning and Service trip to Jennings Louisianna, January 28-February 4, 2023. Participants will leave on Saturday traveling to New Orleans, staying over night, learning about long term recovery from disasters and visitng Laura Plantation on Sunday. Your cost will be one night lodging, two tours we will take and meals on the days we travel. MDS is covering the transportation, meals and lodging while on the MDS project in Jennings. We will be rebuilding homes with MDS from Monday through Friday. To make your reservations or for more information contact Cleo Koop at cleohkoop@gmail.com or call 316-282-0797.


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


Camp Mennoscah Announcements

What additional programming (events, camps, retreats, etc.) would you like to see at camp?We want to know what you’d like find on Camp Mennoscah’s schedule.  Contact us at olivia.bartel@campmennoscah.org or 620-297-3290 to let us know what variation of a camp, retreat or stunning event would be exciting to discover at camp.

Other events and happenings: 

  • Camp Mennoscah will be recruiting at Mennonite colleges in November! We’ll have a booth at Goshen on Nov. 4, and Hesston, Tabor, and Bethel on November 7, 8, and 9, respectively.  Stop by in the morning and say howdy.  Booths are located in the Connector (Goshen), the Larks Nest (Hesston) and by the cafeteria (Tabor and Bethel).  Summer staff applications will be available when recruiting starts.  Check out the attached poster.  See you there!
     
  • On Saturday, November 12, we will be playing in the dirt at Camp Mennoscah!  It’s the last step (we think) in finishing up the newly renovated amphitheater.  Dirt needs to be moved by hand between the rows of limestone seating.  We’ll start at 9am and work until the last tablespoon of dirt is in place.  Stay for as long as you are able.  Bring your water bottle, weather appropriate gear and we’ll provide a lunch.  (Call us at 620-297-3290 and let us know of any dietary considerations.)
     
  • There are a great many things for volunteers to do–come be one!  Any of the following are great options for groups of one or more:  cleaning after groups, cutting firewood, weekend hosting, being a committee member, mowing or other maintenance/grounds tasks, making a meal for a volunteer group, or recruiting people to volunteer at camp.  These are just some of the possibilities!  Call us at 620-297-3290 for more information.
     
  • Holidays are “blacked out” two weeks before the holiday, if no one has made a reservation.  Contact us to inquire about available holiday dates!  We don’t want you to miss out on festive times at camp.

Quilter’s Corner is gladly accepting donations for the Mennonite Central Committee sale which is April 14 and 15, 2023.  Bring your fabric, notions, quilts and quilting supplies to the MCC Center in North Newton clearly labeled for Quilter’s Corner.  If questions, contact Ann Yoder Smith at 919-604-3282. 


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Mennonite Church USA Announcements
Join host Bonita Croyle in the newest episode of the “Holding it(,) Together” podcast, “Bodies and Anger.” Listen on your favorite podcast streaming service or at mennoniteusa.org/hit

Menno Snapshots
According to Addie Banks, the CEO of the Groundswell Group, peace and prayer are interdependent and must be practiced together. In her blog “Peace joined with prayer,” she shares several examples of how this practice is played out. Read it here: mennoniteusa.org/peace-joined-with-prayer

#BeTransformed
Amy Gingerich, publisher and executive director of Herald Press, is an avid reader, but the events of 2020 made it difficult for her to pursue this passion. Read her blog, “The transformative power of books,” to hear how she got back into the habit of reading and see a list of 12 Herald Press books that she recommends. mennoniteusa.org/menno-snapshots/read-a-book


Mennonite Mission Network Prayer Request:   Akiko Aratani and Ray Epp are stepping back from the day-to-day responsibilities of managing the Menno Village farm in Japan and focusing on preparing the next generation of leaders and lay people in the church to practice a biblically-based theology of land stewardship. Mennonite Mission Network requests prayer for them as they write and present in workshops and conferences.

Western District Conference Prayer Request:   Pray for everyone reading this to have eyes to see where God is working in the hearts of our friends and neighbors, the wisdom to ask, “In what hospitable way can I help them connect with God?” and the heart to reach out with opportunities to connect on matters of faith. – Pastor Karen Mascho

Announcements for October 16-23, 2022

LOOK UP EVERYONE! 
Our new screen is in place.  The projector, monitors, software and switching devices are all in place and working.  Only one small problem…we were sent the wrong screen.  The screen we ordered will descend much lower than the present one and will be installed when it arrives (in several months).  Thanks to everyone for your support and patience.


This Week at BCMC:  October 16—October 23, 2022
Sunday, October 16
9:30 am          Worship Service with Credence Consultation Report
Monday, October 17
7 pm                Task Group for Decolonization meeting in Room 14
Tuesday, October 18
9 to 11 am      Community Playschool
7 pm                Women’s Fellowship Meeting in Fellowship Hall
Wednesday, October 19—Wednesday Night Suppers
5:30-7 pm   Faith Formation is hosting a community building event at P and M Pumpkin Ranch Come for a hot dog meal by at the Willow campfire site located at P and M.  Food and drink will be provided!
 
There will be Wednesday night supper at the church this week

6 pm    Wednesday Supper serving line starts at 6-6:15 pm and a welcome and blessing will be at 6:20 pm—Menu for tonight is  Chicken Cordon Bleu, broccoli; mashed potatoes;  and M&M chocolate brownies  

7:30 pm  Chancel Choir Rehearsal in the Sanctuary Chancel area

Thursday, October 20
9 to 11 am  Community Playschool
4 pm       Witness Commission meeting in Room 14
6:30 pm  Chancel Bells rehearsal in room B7
6:30 pm  Abuse Prevention and Response Committee meeting in Room 14
7 pm       Bethel College Women’s Association meeting in Fellowship Hall
Sunday, October 23
9:30 am         Worship with sermon by Todd Schlosser
10:15 am       Fellowship Time in the Gathering Place
10:30 am       Faith Formation

 BCMC Women’s Fellowship meets Tuesday, October 18 at 7:00 pm. Weldon and Florence Schloneger will present a program of poetry accompanied by photos of nature. The South east door will be open.

Staff Absence:  Monica Lichti will be on vacation from Oct. 17-21, 2022.


It’s Supper Time at BCMC!  Oct. 19, 6 pm, in Fellowship Hall.   Serving line starts at 6-6:15 pm and a welcome and blessing will be at 6:20 pm. To make reservations for supper, email office@bethelcollegemennonitechurch.org by, Oct. 17. Cost is $6/person or $18/family per meal. Please bring your own table service.  Menu for Oct. 19 is Chicken Cordon Bleu, broccoli, mashed potatoes, M&M chocolate brownies


Update from the Church Board:
Worship Commission Task Group: 
At the end of the last program year (May 2022), the Church Board agreed to put the Worship Commission on hiatus for one year to offer a time for discussion and reflection concerning its purpose and process.  The board has appointed a task group to explore possibilities for the future.  They are currently gathering information from pastors, former Worship Commission members, and others.  If you’d like to offer input, you may contact Dorothy Nickel Friesen, Patty Shelly, Dale Schrag, or Adam Robb. 

Interim Pastor Possibility:
Western District Conference has contacted the church board with news that there is someone who is interested in exploring an interim pastor position with our church. Within the next few weeks the church board plans to interview this person and then share more information with the congregation.  


Kathy Stucky is offering 20 free tickets to the special exhibit at Botanica in Wichita, “Washed Ashore—Art to Save the Sea.”  The exhibit which features “14 oversized amazing sculptures made completely by ocean debris” will be at Botanica until Oct. 23, 2022.  The tickets are in Kathy Stucky’s mailbox here at the church.  Feel free to help yourself.  It’s an exhibit well worth seeing!


Heartfelt thanks go to all who remembered my mother, Anna Grace (Wiens) Flickinger, both for her 100th birthday celebration, and at the time of her death.  It was certainly a rich, full month for our family, and the support and encouragement we received is gratefully acknowledged.  A special thank you to the Prayer Network for the prayers on our behalf.  Carol Flickinger and Roger Juhnke


BCMC Oct. 9 Offering:  General Fund  $9,714.85; Caring Fund $150; Library Reserve Fund $5; Living Stones $940; Screen Project $1,000


October 23 and October 30:  What is Loss of Turtle Island? (Don’t miss it! It hasn’t been offered for three years!). Many Native People called the North American continent “Turtle Island.”  In this interactive simulation event created by MCC to be held in Mem Hall at 4 p.m. on Sunday October 23 (no registration! Just show up before 4 p.m.!), you will experience a re-creation of how Native People lost their land.  You will feel what it is like to be evicted from your homeland.  You will learn about the Doctrine of Discovery, American and Mennonite history.  You will be changed by what you learn.  . . . And a week later, participants from BCMC have a unique opportunity to share together about what the experience was like on Sunday, October 30 at 5:30 p.m. in Fellowship Hall at a Sampler of Native foods–wild rice, the Three Sisters (corn, beans, squash) as we talk about what we learned and what we can do today in acts of restorative justice and repair.  BCMC Task Group for Decolonization


The Library Theme for October/November is Selected Biographies. The Library Committee chose biographies that we thought you would find interesting in both the adult and children/youth sections. As always, the adult highlighted books are shelved in back of the library desk while the Everybody/Youth books are shelved on the south wall of the children/youth room. Please come in and check these out or to see what new to you puzzles are available for a donation on the west wall of the check out room or on the cart outside of the library. Happy Reading!


Quilter’s Corner is gladly accepting donations for the Mennonite Central Committee sale which is April 14 and 15, 2023.  Bring your fabric, notions, quilts and quilting supplies to the MCC Center in North Newton clearly labeled for Quilter’s Corner.  If questions, contact Ann Yoder Smith at 919-604-3282. 


After two years of not meeting, we are excited to announce plans for the Swiss Mennonite Cultural and Historical Association Fall banquet.  It will be held at the Eden Mennonite Church near Moundridge on Thursday, October 27, 2022 at 6:00 p.m.  The keynote speaker will be Brian Stucky, a 1971 graduate of Moundridge High School and currently living in Goessel..  As a descendant of the family who operated the Alta Mill near Moundridge, he will give a program about “Mennonite Mills in Central Kansas”.   Knackie’s will cater the meal. The cost to attend is $25 per person payable at the door. RSVP by texting or calling Nancy Stucky, 620-532-5693 by October 24. 


The Newton Mid-Kansas Symphony Orchestra presents “The Magic Flute in Concert” with Opera Kansas, today,  Oct. 16 at 4 p.m. in the Newton High School Auditorium. Chris David Westover-Muñoz leads orchestra and vocal soloists on a concert adaptation of Mozart’s classic opera. Tickets are Adults $18 at the door/$15 advance; Students $7; twelve and under are free with an adult. Purchase at Faith & Life Bookstore, or online at www.nmkso.org


The Intergenerational Sunday School class which meets in the Fellowship Hall, is in need of old or unused crayons.  If you have crayons to donate, please put them in the box by the mailboxes. We will be collecting crayons until October 23.


Abuse Prevention and Response Committee (APRC) is looking for persons to volunteer as a Care Team member. If you would like more information or feel a call to serve in this roll, email Jill Robb at adamandjillrobb@gmail.com


Mennonite Central Committee Buckets of Thanks: This Thanksgiving season, show your gratitude and provide hope to those in need by collecting relief supplies for MCC. The supplies you donate will fill a Bucket of Thanks (aka an MCC relief kit) for people affected by conflict or disaster around the world. For more information, including supply lists and a ready-to-use curriculum for children, visit: mccbuckets.org.


Bethel College Announcements
TODAY (Sun., Oct. 16) & Mon., Oct. 17 – Annual Menno Simons Lectures with Brad Gregory, Reformation scholar from the University of Notre Dame, 7 p.m. both eveningsKrehbiel Auditorium in Luyken Fine Arts Center at Bethel College; overall topic is “The Radical Reformation and Religious Freedom: A Historical Retrospective.”

Thurs., Oct. 20 – The inaugural Senses & Aging Symposium, 6-8:30 p.m., Krehbiel Auditorium in Luyken Fine Arts Center at Bethel College, with Karen Kendrick speaking on “Hearing Loss and Fall Prevention” and Angela Loucks Alexander presenting from Australia on “Auditory Processing Disorder in Adults.” The symposium is free but registration is requested at www.bethelks.edu/academics/convocation-lectures/senses-aging-symposium

Last week to see “Environmental Exposure,” sculpture by Glen Ediger, in the Regier Gallery in Luyken Fine Arts Center at Bethel College, through Fri., Oct. 21. The gallery is closed Oct. 16-18 for Bethel’s fall break, and open 9 a.m.-5 p.m., Wednesday, Thursday and Friday.

Sun., Oct. 23 – Sunday-Afternoon-at-the-Museum program with oral historian Ina Navazelskis from the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum, 4 p.m.Krehbiel Auditorium in Luyken Fine Arts Center at Bethel College (note change from usual time and location). Followed by the museum’s annual Living Endowment Dinner, featuring Justina Neufeld and Janine Wedel, for which reservations are required by Oct. 18; e-mail kauffman@bethelks.eduor call 316-283-1612.

Fri.-Sat., Nov. 4-5 – “Old Books Made New – The Surprising Wisdom of Erasmus for Today,” an intercollegiate symposium honoring the Mennonite Library & Archives at Bethel College and libraries everywhere. Keynote address by Greta Kroeker, Ph.D., Friday, Nov. 4, 6:30 p.m.Krehbiel Auditorium in Luyken Fine Arts Center. Saturday events in Krehbiel Auditorium and via technology at Conrad Grebel University College, Eastern Mennonite University and Goshen College. See marpeck-fund.bethelks.edu/events/old-books-made-new/


Everence® to hold Social Security and retirement income workshop in October

Everence will hold the popular Social Security and retirement income workshop at its office in North Newton on Tuesday, Oct. 18 at 6:30 p.m.

The workshop will cover, Social Security strategies including when to begin taking benefits, strategies to help your retirement income last, and risks that can impact your retirement savings.

The in-person workshop will be held at the Everence office: 3179 N. Main St. Suite 1B, North Newton. Those interested in attending should contact the Everence office at 316-283-3800, 877-467-7294 or central.kansas@everence.com.

Securities offered through Concourse Financial Group Securities, Inc., Member FINRA/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 Concourse Financial Group Securities, or its affiliates.


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

Hoffnungsau Mennonite Church, 43 13th Avenue, Inman, will hold its annual Sausage Mission Supper on Saturday, October 22, 5:00 – 6:30.  This will be a curbside pick up meal featuring our traditional menu of German sausage, mashed potatoes with gravy, creamed peas, zwiebach, applesauce and pie.  Cost will be a free will offering with all proceeds going to support The Mary Magdalene House, Hutchinson.  This is a ministry to taste the goodness of God and specializes in pastoral counseling with families dealing with mental illness, working through addiction, adoption issues, marital problems, etc.  Check out their website at www.marymagdalenehouse.com  Call or text Barb (620-543-6863) or Teresa (620-242-2357) NOW to order meals.  


Camp Mennoscah Announcements
There are two opportunities to get your Camp Mennoscah fix this weekend!
  Come out on Saturday, spend some time volunteering and then take one last kayak ride this year.  Sunday is river-focused.  Watch or help take out the dam.  The weather looks great!  See below for details.

Other events and happenings: 

  • Work and Play Day on October 15!  Share a few hours of your time for the satisfaction of improving camp grounds and enjoy some free time wandering the trails, fishing, or whatever your favorite camp activity is.  The day starts at 8:30am at the maintenance shed.  If you are coming from a distance, ask about an overnight stay.  Let us know you’re coming, so we can plan for you and your friends.  Bring a lunch and water bottle.  Call 620-297-3290 or email olivia.bartel@campmennoscah.org!
     
  • We’re taking out the dam on October 16 at approx. 2:30pm!  Everyone is welcome to join in or to watch.  Gather at the shelter. (The actual removal of the boards is not for young ages.)  The event will go forward, whatever the weather, unless deemed unsafe.  Call Camp Mennoscah at 620-297-3290, if uncertain.
     
  • There are a great many things for volunteers to do–come be one!  Any of the following are great options for groups of one or more:  cutting firewood, cleaning after groups, weekend hosting, being a committee member, mowing or other maintenance/grounds tasks, making a meal for a volunteer group, or recruiting people to volunteer at camp.  These are just some of the possibilities!  Call us at 620-297-3290 for more information.
     
  • Camp Mennoscah will be recruiting at Mennonite colleges in November!  We’ll have a booth at Goshen on Nov. 4, and Hesston, Tabor, and Bethel on November 7, 8, and 9 respectively.  Stop by in the morning and say howdy.  Booths are located in the Connector (Goshen), the Larks Nest (Hesston) and by the cafeteria (Tabor and Bethel).  Summer staff applications will be available when recruiting starts.  See you there!
     
  • Camp Mennoscah is considering moving camps to a Sunday to Friday schedule.  We’d be interested in hearing your thoughts–parents, campers, weekend groups, everyone!  Please reply to olivia.bartel@campmennoscah.org or call 620-297-3290.

Rocky Mountain Mennonite Camp News
See The RMMC News & Stories From September

Take a look at the latest/greatest happenings here at RMMC. This month marks the official transition from our traditional monthly newsletter to individual posts over the course of the month which are shared on the following platforms:


For Anabaptist Disabilities Network press here

For Mennonite Mission Network News and Beyond press here


Dear Bethel College Mennonite, 

If you’re connected to the world of welcoming refugees, asylum seekers or other newcomers, you have probably heard the word “empowerment” tossed around. But what does empowerment look like in practice? 

Join us for this month’s virtual Newcomer Hospitality Network meeting where we will discuss how to welcome in a way that promotes growth, confidence and self-agency. This will be an interactive time for us to learn about some practical adult learning principles, share experiences and brainstorm about tricky situations that may come up as we welcome!

Register for Wednesday, October 19 from 7:30 PM EDT – 8:45 PM 

Register for Thursday, October 20 from 10:30 AM EDT – 11:45 AM 

What is the Newcomer Hospitality Network?
The Newcomer Hospitality Network is a virtual meetup for those welcoming newcomers to connect with one another in a small group setting where they can share their experiences and discuss topics relevant to welcoming refugees and asylum seekers in their communities.  

When?
To accommodate welcomers with different work schedules, we offer the same meeting twice – once in the morning and once in the evening:

Register for Wednesday, October 19 from 7:30 PM – 8:45 PM EDT 

Register for Thursday, October 20 from 10:30 AM – 11:45 AM EDT  

If you’d like to join us, register for the day and time that works best for you!

Peace,
Charity Stowell
Newcomer Connections Coordinator
MCC U.S. National Peace & Justice Ministries
 


Mennonite Mission Network Announcements
MennoMedia is working on creating the first Anabaptist Bible in time for the 500th anniversary of Anabaptism in 2025. The project’s advisory group gathered for a retreat in August to kick off the project. Read more here: mennoniteusa.org/news/anabaptism-at-500-project

#BeTransformed
While gearing up for the creation of the Anabaptist Bible, John D. Roth, the project director for MennoMedia’s “Anabaptist at 500” initiative, wrote the blog, “The transformative Anabaptist hermeneutic.” In this blog, he reflects on how he became acquainted with the difficulty of biblical interpretation and how it affected the trajectory of his faith. Read more here: mennoniteusa.org/anabaptist-hermeneutic

Menno Snapshots
Seattle (Washington) Mennonite Church had a dream of creating sustainable and affordable housing for their community, and that dream is finally coming to fruition. Read Pastor Amy Epp’s blog, “Seattle Mennonite Church partners to create affordable housing,” to learn more. mennoniteusa.org/snapshots/affordable-housing


Mennonite Mission Network Prayer Request:   Deb Byler has concluded her Mennonite Mission Network ministry with the Kekchi Mennonite Church in Guatemala, where she worked since 2018. (Previously, she served with Eastern Mennonite Missions from 1984-1996.) Praise God for Deb’s ministry of walking alongside the women leaders of the church. Ask God to strengthen the Kekchi women, and pray for Deb as she retires at Greencroft Communities, a retirement community in Goshen, Indiana.
Western District Conference Prayer Request:   Give thanks for the WDC Resource Library, and pray for congregations, members and leaders to experience growth in faith and ministry through use of library materials.

Announcements for October 9-16, 2022

October 9, 2022 – Fall Fest Sunday

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

To livestream the worship service:
On Sunday morning, around 9:20, go to BCMC’s webpage at bethelcollegemennonitechurch.org and click the green button labeled LIVE STREAM on the right side of the screen, which will take you to the worship service. If you get a message in the black box that the video is unavailable, click the gray box belows that says “View Live Stream on YouTube”.   Anytime after the service concludes, you can watch a recording of the service at your convenience by clicking the same green LIVE STREAM button.  Again, you will probably have to go to the gray box that says “View Live Stream on YouTube”.  That will transfer you to the BCMC YouTube Channel.  You will have to click on the tab “Videos” to see all of the BCMC videos. Click the red button to see the bulletin/order of service. 
OR – click on this link for this Sunday’s worship servicehttps://youtu.be/yOSpkGydC04


Fall Festival Worship Service
“You Are The Light of the World”
 

 
Prelude          Pièce d’Orgue in G Major, BWV 572     Johann Sebastian Bach
 
Lighting the Christ Candle
 
 Welcome and Prayer Michael Unruh,
 Bethel College Campus Pastor

*Gathering Hymns              Here In This Place        Voices Together 10
                                       You Are Salt For The Earth                    VT 297
 
Scripture                           Matthew 5:14-16                   Gabby Fields
                                                                                               Student Chaplain

Reflections              Julianna Schrag, Bethel College senior
 
Choral Response               O Lux Beatissima               Howard Helvey       
                    Bethel College Chamber Choir;  Henry S. Water, director
 
Reflection Tanner Wallace, Bethel College Senior
 
Choral Response          You Do Not Walk Alone             Dominick DiOrio
   Bethel College Concert Choir
 
Prayers of God’s People  Todd Schlosser
        Bethel College Mennonite Church Pastor
 
*Hymn           Be Thou My Vision VT 549                
 
*Spoken Benediction Michael Unruh
 
*Choral Benediction    The Lord Bless You and Keep You   Peter C. Lutkin
   Concert Choir
 
Postlude             Nun danket alle Gott               arr. Egil Hovland

 
*All who are able are invited to stand


Accompanists:   organ – Christopher Shaw, Class of 2005
 guitar – Eli Regier, Current Bethel College junior

Choral Texts

You Do Not Walk Alone (Dominick DiOrio)

May you see the light on the path ahead
When the road you walk is dark.
May you always hear,
E’en in your hour of sorrow,
The gentle singing of the lark.

When times are hard may hardness
Never turn your heart to stone,
May you always remember
when the shadows fall –
You do not walk alone.

(Traditional Irish Blessing)

O Lux Beatissima  (Howard Helvey     
Translation:

O lux beatissima, O Light most blessed,
Reple cordis intima Fill the inmost heart
Tuorum fidelium. Of all thy faithful.

Sine tuo numine, Without your grace,
Nihil est in homine, There is nothing in us,
Nihil est innoxium. Nothing that is not harmful.

(From the Whitsundtide sequence Veni Sancte Spiritus
attr. Stephan Langton (d. 1228), Archbishop of Canterbury)

Bethel College Concert Choir: Director – Henry Waters, D.M.A.
Members – Elizabeth Alderfer, Phillip Balzer,  Emily Brandt, Peter Buller,
Sophia Chindamo, Shayla Dao+, Isabela Diaz+, Angelika Donaldson,
Tristan England, Schyler Entz, Josie Epp+, Eddie Gaeddert, Caleb Garber,
 Rachel Geyer, Sophie Girtz, Andrew Graber+, Aubry Grame+, Angel Hernandez, Kendall Hiebert, Hayden Honomichl+, Claira Janssen, Daniel Kaufman,
John Mark Koontz+, Halle Krehbiel, Stephany Meyer+, Edel Miller+,
Miguel Molina Chavez, April Powls, Bethany Regehr, Eli Regier+, Ben Rudeen, Seth Rudeen, Lizzie Schmucker, Jacob Schrag, Julianna Schrag+, Timothy Schrag, Kaitlyn Shima, Christopher Strecker+, Isaac Tice, Corbin Unruh+, Gabe Villegas+, Zach Watson, Allison Weaver+, Bryce Wilson+, Dylan Yoder
+ Indicates Bethel College Chamber Choir member


This Week at BCMC:  October 9—October 16, 2022

Sunday, October 9—Fall Fest Sunday
10 am              Worship Service planned by Bethel College and the Bethel College Campus Ministries.  There is no Sunday school today.

Monday, October 10—Projector and screen will be installed in the sanctuary
9 am   Women’s Fellowship Executive Board meeting in Fellowship Hall
Tuesday, October 11—Projector and screen work in sanctuary
9 to 11 am      Community Playschool
12 pm              Mid Kansas Investment Club meeting in Fellowship Hall
Wednesday, October 12—Wednesday Night Suppers Start!
6 pm    Wednesday Supper serving line starts at 6-6:15 pm and a welcome and blessing will be at 6:20 pm.              
6:30—7:30 pm   Wednesday Night Club
7:00 pm          Senior High Youth Group
7:30 pm          Chancel Choir Rehearsal in the Sanctuary Chancel area
Thursday, October 13
9 to 11 am     Community Playschool
4 pm               Staff Congregation Relations Committee meeting in Room 14
6:30 pm         Chancel Bells rehearsal in room B7
Friday, October 14
9-11 am          Schowalter Villa Gathering in Day Spring Room, Water’s Edge
Sunday, October 16
9:30 am          Worship Service with Credence Consultation Report


Wednesday night suppers start!  October 12 Serving line starts at 6-6:15 pm and a welcome and blessing will be at 6:20 pm.  The suppers will be October 12 to November 16.  Cost:  $6 per person or $18 per family.  Bring your own table service.
It is time to please RSVP to the church office so that we can get a count to know how much food to make. Email: office@bethelcollegemennonitechurch.org or call 316-283-3667.  We hope to see you on October 12 at the first Wednesday night supper!

Menu for the first supper, October 12 is:  
Taco bar with all the fixings…
Cake


We’re still on a roll!  For 3 months we have had positive income balances.  Wow! and a great big thank you for all your effort!!  The harsh realities are that while we raised $7,000 more than our expenses last month we are still $22,000 short for the year plus being several months behind in paying our  benevolent accounts.  While we are so grateful for your efforts and we hate to keep asking for more, we must.  Facts are that we have lived 75% of the year but only raised 65% of the budget.  That means we are still in a hole but the light at the end of the tunnel is getting brighter.  Keep up the good work!  – Finance Committee


The BCMC Task Group for Indigenous Justice encourages members of the congregation to take advantage of the chance to participate in the Loss of Turtle Island experience on Sunday, October 23, 4 p.m. in Memorial Hall, Bethel College, a unique learning experience demonstrating how Native people lost the land.  The Task Group will be hosting a follow-up discussion on October 30 at 5:30 p.m.  to sample Native foods, talk about what we learned, and think about how we go forward.  You are welcome to come whether you were able to attend Loss of Turtle Island or not.


Credence Consultation Process Update…The time of interviews and information gathering has largely come to an end for our consultants and it is time for us to see some of the results and provide some final feedback. Over these last many months, Credence has reviewed the congregational surveys we sent in, completed one-on-one interviews with 35 of our church members, spent time talking with staff and various external individuals, and examined pages and pages of congregational documents. The goal has been to gain a better understanding of who we are as BCMC, what we wish to work on together as a congregation, and the type of pastoral leadership model that fits us best. Credence has shared they have a “meaty” report awaiting us. This upcoming week the BCMC Reference Group, Church Board, and some of the leadership from various commissions and committees will hear an overview of what Credence has found. On October 16th Credence will share with the congregation and ask for our feedback. Following the October 16th time together, Credence will prepare a final report to be delivered to BCMC in November. We ask you to keep BCMC in your prayers as we engage this period of time together and explore God’s direction and purpose for us as a congregation.


Faith Formation is hosting a community building event at P and M Pumpkin Ranch, October 19 from 5:30-7 pm.  Come for a hot dog meal by at the Willow campfire site located at P and M.  Food and drink will be provided! Please RSVP by October 18 to Jill Robb (jill@bethelcollegemennonitechurch.org


The Intergenerational Sunday School class (meets in the Fellowship Hall ) is in need of old or unused crayons.  If you have crayons to donate, please put them in the box by the mailboxes. We will be collecting crayons until October 23.


The Library Theme for October/November is Selected Biographies. The Library Committee chose biographies that we thought you would find interesting in both the adult and children/youth sections. As always, the adult highlighted books are shelved in back of the library desk while the Everybody/Youth books are shelved on the south wall of the children/youth room. Please come in and check these out or to see what new to you puzzles are available for a donation on the west wall of the check out room or on the cart outside of the library. Happy Reading!


 
Abuse Prevention and Response Committee (APRC) is looking for persons to volunteer as a Care Team member. If you would like more information or feel a call to serve in this roll, email Jill Robb at adamandjillrobb@gmail.com


Quilter’s Corner is gladly accepting donations for the Mennonite Central Committee sale which is April 14 and 15, 2023.  Bring your fabric, notions, quilts and quilting supplies to the MCC Center in North Newton clearly labeled for Quilter’s Corner.  If questions, contact Ann Yoder Smith at 919-604-3282. 
 
After two years of not meeting, we are excited to announce plans for the Swiss Mennonite Cultural and Historical Association Fall banquet.  It will be held at the Eden Mennonite Church near Moundridge on Thursday, October 27, 2022 at 6:00 p.m.  The keynote speaker will be Brian Stucky, a 1971 graduate of Moundridge High School and currently living in Goessel..  As a descendant of the family who operated the Alta Mill near Moundridge, he will give a program about “Mennonite Mills in Central Kansas”.   Knackie’s will cater the meal. The cost to attend is $25 per person payable at the door. RSVP by texting or calling Nancy Stucky, 620-532-5693 by October 24. 


The Newton Mid-Kansas Symphony Orchestra presents “The Magic Flute in Concert” with Opera Kansas, on Sunday, Oct. 16 at 4 p.m. in the Newton High School Auditorium. Chris David Westover-Muñoz leads orchestra and vocal soloists on a concert adaptation of Mozart’s classic opera. Tickets are Adults $18 at the door/$15 advance; Students $7; twelve and under are free with an adult. Purchase at Faith & Life Bookstore, or online at www.nmkso.org


Bethel College Announcements
Now in the Regier Gallery in Luyken Fine Arts Center at Bethel College – “Environmental Exposure,” sculpture by Glen Ediger, through Fri., Oct. 21. Gallery hours are Mon.-Fri., 9 a.m.-5 p.m., Sun. 2-4 p.m.

Sun., Oct. 16 & Mon., Oct. 17 – Annual Menno Simons Lectures with Brad Gregory, Reformation scholar from the University of Notre Dame, 7 p.m. both eveningsKrehbiel Auditorium in Luyken Fine Arts Center at Bethel College; overall topic is “The Radical Reformation and Religious Freedom: A Historical Retrospective.”

Thurs., Oct. 20 – The inaugural Senses & Aging Symposium, 6-8:30 p.m., Krehbiel Auditorium in Luyken Fine Arts Center at Bethel College, with Karen Kendrick speaking on “Hearing Loss and Fall Prevention” and Angela Loucks Alexander presenting from Australia on “Auditory Processing Disorder in Adults.” The symposium is free but registration is requested at www.bethelks.edu/academics/convocation-lectures/senses-aging-symposium

Sun., Oct. 23 – Sunday-Afternoon-at-the-Museum program with oral historian Ina Navazelskis from the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum, 4 p.m.Krehbiel Auditorium in Luyken Fine Arts Center at Bethel College (note change from usual time and location). Followed by the museum’s annual Living Endowment Dinner, featuring Justina Neufeld and Janine Wedel, for which reservations are required; e-mail kauffman@bethelks.eduor call 316-283-1612.

Registration is now open for “Joining Voices Together,” Bethel College’s Worship and the Arts Symposium, Sat., Nov. 12, on campus, featuring resource people Bradley Kauffman, Rachel Epp Buller, Katie Graber, SaeJin Lee, Cynthia Neufeld Smith, Adam Tice and Isaac Villegas. Register at www.bethelks.edu/worship-arts-registration-2022; discount for 3 or more people from the same congregation. In addition, the public is invited to a Community Evensong service, Nov. 12 at 7 p.m. in Memorial Hall, which will consist entirely of congregational singing from the Voices Together hymnal, arranged around the 12 artworks found in the hymnal.


Everence® to hold Social Security and retirement income workshop in October

Everence will hold the popular Social Security and retirement income workshop at its office in North Newton on Tuesday, Oct. 18 at 6:30 p.m.

The workshop will cover, Social Security strategies including when to begin taking benefits, strategies to help your retirement income last, and risks that can impact your retirement savings.

The in-person workshop will be held at the Everence office: 3179 N. Main St. Suite 1B, North Newton. Those interested in attending should contact the Everence office at 316-283-3800, 877-467-7294 or central.kansas@everence.com.

Securities offered through Concourse Financial Group Securities, Inc., Member FINRA/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 Concourse Financial Group Securities, or its affiliates.


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

After two years of not meeting, we are excited to announce plans for the Swiss Mennonite Cultural and Historical Association Fall banquet.  It will be held at the Eden Mennonite Church near Moundridge on Thursday, October 27, 2022 at 6:00 p.m.  The keynote speaker will be Brian Stucky, a 1971 graduate of Moundridge High School and currently living in Goessel..  As a descendant of the family who operated the Alta Mill near Moundridge, he will give a program about “Mennonite Mills in Central Kansas”.  Knackie’s will cater the meal. The cost to attend is $25 per person payable at the door. RSVP by texting or calling Nancy Stucky, 620-532-5693 by October 24. 


Hoffnungsau Mennonite Church, 43 13th Avenue, Inman, will hold its annual Sausage Mission Supper on Saturday, October 22, 5:00 – 6:30.  This will be a curbside pick up meal featuring our traditional menu of German sausage, mashed potatoes with gravy, creamed peas, zwiebach, applesauce and pie.  Cost will be a free will offering with all proceeds going to support The Mary Magdalene House, Hutchinson.  This is a ministry to taste the goodness of God and specializes in pastoral counseling with families dealing with mental illness, working through addiction, adoption issues, marital problems, etc.  Check out their website at www.marymagdalenehouse.com  Call or text Barb (620-543-6863) or Teresa (620-242-2357) NOW to order meals.  


Camp Mennoscah Announcements

  • Work and Play Day on October 15!  Share a few hours of your time for the satisfaction of improving camp grounds and some free time wandering the trails, fishing, or whatever your favorite camp activity is.  The day starts at 8:30am at the maintenance shed.  If you are coming from a distance, ask about an overnight stay.  Let us know you’re coming, so we can plan for you and your friends.  Call 620-297-3290 or email olivia.bartel@campmennoscah.org!
     
  • We’re taking out the dam on October 16 at approx. 2:30pm!  Everyone is welcome to join in or to watch.  Gather at the shelter. (The actual removal of the boards is not for young ages.)  The event will go forward, whatever the weather, unless deemed unsafe.  Call Camp Mennoscah at 620-297-3290, if uncertain.
     
  • There are a great many things for volunteers to do–come be one!  Any of the following are great options for groups of one or more:  cutting firewood, cleaning after groups, weekend hosting, being a committee member, mowing or other maintenance/grounds tasks, making a meal for a volunteer group, or recruiting people to volunteer at camp.  These are just some of the possibilities!  Call us at 620-297-3290 for more information.
     
  • Let us know if your camper/you have not received the summer youth camp photos and address sheets for your camp week. The summer is a busy time and sometimes things are missed.
     
  • Camp Mennoscah is considering moving camps to a Sunday to Friday schedule.  We’d be interested in hearing your thoughts–parents, campers, weekend groups, everyone!  Please reply to olivia.bartel@campmennoscah.org or call 620-297-3290.

For Mennonite World Conference click here
For Mennonite Central Committe “In Touch” click here

For Mennonite Mission Network “News and Beyond” click here
For Anabaptist Disabilities Network Connections Fall 2022 click here


Mennonite Church USA Announcements
The Mennonite Church USA Executive Board has changed how it will divide donations directed to “Mennonite Church USA” among its agencies and affiliated Racial/Ethnic Council groups. The changes to the denominational unified giving formula were implemented to address evolving ministry needs. Read more here: mennoniteusa.org/news/giving-formula

Learn, Pray, Join: Mass Incarceration
In her blog, “Mass incarceration and restorative justice,” Loraine Stutzman Amstutz, Mennonite Church USA denominational minister of Peace and Justice, writes, ”Restorative justice principles hold transformation as a value — transformation of people, systems and structures that oppress.” Read the rest of her blog here: mennoniteusa.org/snapshots/restorative-justice

Menno Snapshots
When our beliefs feel like they are unraveling, it may feel like we are losing our faith in God altogether. Sherill Hostetter, a spiritual director with the Mennonite Spiritual Directors Network, shares how her crisis of faith led her to explore her spiritual journey through writing. Read her blog, “Knowing and unknowing,” here: mennoniteusa.org/snapshots/knowing-unknowing


Mennonite Mission Network Prayer Request:   Tomorrow is Indigenous Peoples’ Day. Mennonite congregations around the world are growing in their awareness of the need for healing, both in white settler communities and in Indigenous communities. Mennonite Mission Network requests prayer that this awareness will lead to action that addresses the wounds of all who live with injustice.

Western District Conference Prayer Request:   Give thanks for boards, councils, elders and other church leadership teams in WDC congregations, and pray for God’s guidance as they care for their communities of faith.



Don’t forget to sign up for the Wednesday night meal at BCMC!  Click on this email link:

office@bethelcollegemennonitechurch.org

Announcements for October 2-9, 2022

October 2, 2022

Based on CDC Guidelines Harvey County is in green status indicating low risk for COVID. You are invited to choose whether you wear a mask or social distance.  Both are optional.
 
To livestream the worship service:
On Sunday morning, around 9:20, go to BCMC’s webpage at bethelcollegemennonitechurch.org and click the green button labeled LIVE STREAM on the right side of the screen, which will take you to the worship service. If you get a message in the black box that the video is unavailable, click the gray box belows that says “View Live Stream on YouTube”.   Anytime after the service concludes, you can watch a recording of the service at your convenience by clicking the same green LIVE STREAM button.  Again, you will probably have to go to the gray box that says “View Live Stream on YouTube”.  That will transfer you to the BCMC YouTube Channel.  You will have to click on the tab “Videos” to see all of the BCMC videos. Click the red button to see the bulletin/order of service. 
OR – click on this link for this Sunday’s worship service https://youtu.be/7vAGuchW1b8

Worldwide Communion Sunday
October 2, 2022
BETHEL COLLEGE MENNONITE CHURCH

 
Prelude—Holy Manna  (arr. Stearns/Cherwien/Held)—Verlene Garber
 
Christ Candle Lighting/Land Acknowledgement—Elizabeth Schmidt
 
Welcome and Prayer
 
*Hymn— Here in this Place—VT #10
 
Children’s Conversation— Carolyn Penner and Wes Schmidt-Tieszen
 
Kin-dom Report—Credence Consultation Reference Group—Megan Kohlman
 
Chancel Choir—Do Not Be Afraid (Philip Stopford)—Chancel Choir; Riley King, director; Verlene Garber, accompanist
 
Scripture Reading—Luke 17:1-10—Readers’ Theatre
 
Sermon—Faith and the Mustard Seed—Todd Schlosser
 
 *Hymn—I’m Gonna Eat at the Welcome Table—VT #801
 
Service of Communion—Nathan Koontz and Elizabeth Schmidt
 
*Hymn—The Love of God—VT 162
 
Prayers of God’s People—Elizabeth Schmidt
 
Choral Benediction—Amen –(John Rutter)—Chancel Choir
 
Benediction— Todd Schlosser
 
Postlude—Sent Forth by God’s Blessing (Wold)—Verlene Garber
 
* You are invited to stand
VT = Voices Together
Audio visual—Ben Lichti
Pastors— Nathan Koontz, Todd Schlosser


Land Acknowledgement compiled by Florence Schloneger from words by Mark Charles and VT #878 
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
.


Do Not be Afraid  lyrics by Philip Stopford
Do not be afraid, for I have redeemed you. 
I have called you by your name; you are mine. 
When you walk through the waters,  I’ll be with you;
you will never sink beneath the waves. 
When the fire is burning all around you,
you will never be consumed by the flames. 
Do not be afraid, for I have redeemed you.
I have called you by your name; you are mine. 
When the fear of loneliness is looming, then remember I am at your side.
When you dwell in the exile of a stranger,
remember you are precious in my eyes.
Do not be afraid, for I have redeemed you.
I have called you by your name; you are mine.
You are mine, O my child, I am your Father,
and I love you with a perfect love.
Do not be afraid, for I have redeemed you.
I have called you by your name; you are mine.


This Week at BCMC:  October 2—October 9, 2022

Sunday, October 2—World Communion Sunday
9:30 am          Worship Service with sermon by Todd Schlosser; music by Chancel Choir; communion will be served; The church nursery is staffed during worship
10:30 am      Faith Formation—Children’s Sunday school classes meet in
Fellowship Hall
Adult Classes:  Agape Class (Church Nursery); Bible Study (Rm 14); Catacombs (Rm B5); Fellowship (B7); Fine Arts (Rm 22); Issues and Christianity (Rm 23);  Mosaic (Rm 20); Open Circle (Room 21); Seekers (Rm 28);
Sojourners (Chapel)
Monday, October 3
12 to 1 pm      Bethel College Concert Choir rehearsal in sanctuary
7 pm                Facilities Committee meeting in Fellowship Hall
Tuesday, October 4—On Oct. 4 and 5, Marlene Faul is hosting an event for a group of which she is a member—they will be meeting at times in Fellowship Hall and the Sanctuary
9 to 11 am      Community Playschool
Wednesday, October 5
12 to 1 pm      Bethel College Concert Choir rehearsal in sanctuary
6:30—7:30 pm   Wednesday Night Club
7:00 pm          Senior High Youth Group
7:30 pm          Chancel Choir Rehearsal in the Sanctuary Chancel area
Thursday, October 6
9 to 11 am     Community Playschool
12 to 1 pm     Bethel College Concert Choir rehearsal in sanctuary
6:30 pm         Chancel Bells rehearsal in room B7
7 pm               Church Board meeting in Room 14
Friday, October 7
12 to 1 pm      Bethel College Concert Choir rehearsal in sanctuary
Saturday, October 8—Fall Fest at Bethel College
Sunday, October 9—Fall Fest Sunday
10 am              Worship Service planned by Bethel College and the Bethel College Campus Ministries.  Everyone is invited!  Please note that the worship service begins at 10 am.


We offer sympathy to the family of James D. Yoder who died September 22 at Kidron Bethel Village.  The memorial service for James will be Friday, October 7, 11 a.m. at BCMC and will be live streamed.


We offer sympathy to Vernabelle Stayrook (Kermit Gingerich) and Mary Ann (Hugo) Boschmann on the death of Vernabelle’s sister and Mary Ann’s sister-in-law, Marilyn Faye (Siemens) Krehbiel on Sept. 23.  The funeral service was Sept. 27 at Journey @South Hutchinson.   


We offer sympathy to Carol Flickinger and Roger Juhnke and family on the death of Carol’s mother, Anna Grace (Wiens) Flickinger, Sept. 28, at 100 years old, Pleasant View Homes, Inman. The memorial service will be held at 11:00 a.m., Saturday, October 1, 2022 at Bethel Mennonite Church, Inman. Services can be livestreamed at www.bethelinman.org. Private graveside services will be held at Inman North Cemetery. Visitation will take place from 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m., Friday, September 30, at the church, with family present from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. Memorial gifts may be given to MCC or Pleasant View Home in care of Buhler Mortuary, PO Box 589, Buhler, KS 67522. For the obituary click here


Fall Fest Sunday is October 9 at BCMC.  The worship service will begin at 10 am and is being planned by Bethel College and the Bethel College Campus Ministries.  Everyone is invited!


Al, Nadine, Nathan and Esther are excited to host many of you for a BCMC fall party Sunday, October 2, at 5:30.  We will provide some seating, but if you’d like, bring a lawn chair.  Also consider carpooling or walking to make parking easier.  


Caring Fund Contribution Opportunity Sunday October 2. The Caring Fund is an above budget benevolent fund administered by the Deacon Commission for the purpose of assisting our congregation’s members and community persons in need. The fund is generated by above budget offerings made payable to Bethel College Mennonite Church and designated “caring fund.” Everence also provides some matching funds each year. Besides the financial help that can be provided to our own members, in the past year contributions from the Caring Fund have been made to our local Salvation Army, New Hope Shelter, Safe Hope, Harvest of Love, the Community Playschool, and several individuals to help with housing rent and utilities. Please consider making a donation to the Caring Fund Sunday morning October 2.


BCMC Sept. 25 Offering:  General Fund  $5,485; Caring Fund $500; Library Reserve Fund $5; Living Stones $55; Kitchen Fund $26; Women’s Fellowship $377; Orletta Wiebe Memorial $50.


The Senior High Youth Group sends a “thank you” to Susie and Bill Swartley for hosting a pool party at their home last Sunday afternoon.  We learned a lesson on hospitality as we experienced community with one another and the Swartleys.  Thank you for an awesome time!


The Intergenerational Sunday School class (the class meets in Fellowship Hall) is in need of old or unused crayons.  If you have crayons to donate, please put them in the box by the mailboxes. We will be collecting crayons until October 23.


Abuse Prevention and Response Committee (APRC) is looking for persons to volunteer as a Care Team member. If you would like more information or feel a call to serve in this roll, email Jill Robb at adamandjillrobb@gmail.com


Credence Consultation Process Update…The time of interviews and information gathering has largely come to an end for our consultants and it is time for us to see some of the results and provide some final feedback. Over these last many months, Credence has reviewed the congregational surveys we sent in, completed one-on-one interviews with 35 of our church members, spent time talking with staff and various external individuals, and examined pages and pages of congregational documents. The goal has been to gain a better understanding of who we are as BCMC, what we wish to work on together as a congregation, and the type of pastoral leadership model that fits us best. Credence has shared they have a “meaty” report awaiting us. This upcoming week the BCMC Reference Group, Church Board, and some of the leadership from various commissions and committees will hear an overview of what Credence has found. On October 16th Credence will share with the congregation and ask for our feedback. Following the October 16th time together, Credence will prepare a final report to be delivered to BCMC in November. We ask you to keep BCMC in your prayers as we engage this period of time together and explore God’s direction and purpose for us as a congregation.


Wednesday night suppers are coming back to BCMC!  Mark your calendars for the first Wednesday night supper on October 12.  Serving line starts at 6-6:15 pm and a welcome and blessing will be at 6:20 pm.  The suppers will be October 12 to November 16.  Cost:  $6 per person or $18 per family.  Bring your own table service.
Closer to the start of the suppers you will be asked to RSVP to the church office so that we can get a count to know how much food to make. We hope to see you on October 12 at the first Wednesday night supper!

Menus

October 12
Taco bar with all the fixings…
Cake

October 19
Chicken Divan with Broccoli
Mashed potatoes
M&M chocolate brownies

October 26
BBQ meatballs
Macaroni and Cheese
Carrots
Applesauce
Rice Krispies

November 2
Jambalaya
Tropical fruit
Pudding dessert bar

November 8
Lasagna
Salad
Garlic bread
Apple crisp

November 15
Turkey pot pie
Peaches
Pumpkin cheesecake bars


Faith Formation is hosting a community building event at P and M Pumpkin Ranch, October 19 from 5:30-7 pm.  Come for a hot dog meal by at the Willow campfire site located at P and M.  Food and drink will be provided! Please RSVP by October 18 to Jill Robb (jill@bethelcollegemennonitechurch.org


The Library Theme for October/November is Selected Biographies. The Library Committee chose biographies that we thought you would find interesting in both the adult and children/youth sections. As always, the adult highlighted books are shelved in back of the library desk while the Everybody/Youth books are shelved on the south wall of the children/youth room. Please come in and check these out or to see what new to you puzzles are available for a donation on the west wall of the check out room or on the cart outside of the library. Happy Reading!


Bethel College Women’s Association will appreciate donations of homemade baked goods for Market-in-the-Round and Pie-By-the-Slice at Fall Festival. Zwieback, cinnamon rolls, fruit pies and poppyseed rolls are especially needed. Please bring to Room 141 in Luyken Fine Arts Center 2-5 pm on Friday  Oct 7, or 7-9 am on Saturday Oct 8. Pies may be delivered to Seminar A in Schultz Student Center. Email bcwa@bethelks.edu with questions.


Bethel College Announcements
No Life Enrichment on October 6 due to BC Fall Fest week 

Bethel College’s Fall Festival is Oct. 6-9, with most activities taking place Saturday, Oct. 8, on campus. Features include music, food, class reunions, football, Children’s Park, the play Quiet in the Land by Anne Chislett and the STEM Symposium honoring Professor Emeritus of Psychology Paul Lewis. See www.bethelks.edu/alumni/events/fall-festival for the complete schedule.

Call for Fall Fest Volunteers – The Bethel College Alumni Association is looking for volunteers to help with Taste of Newton and Fall Fest. Shifts are 1.5-2 hours long and need to be filled on Thursday, Oct. 6, 5-9 p.m., and Saturday, Oct. 8, 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Contact Brad Schmidt at 316-285-5252 or bschmidt@bethelks.edu for more information.

Fri., Oct. 7 – Artist reception for “Environmental Exposure,” sculpture by Glen Ediger, 6-8 p.m.Regier Art Gallery in Luyken Fine Arts Center at Bethel College. The exhibit is open through Fri., Oct. 21. Gallery hours are Mon.-Fri., 9 a.m.-5 p.m., Sun. 2-4 p.m. (extended hours Sat., Oct. 8, 9 a.m.-4 p.m.).

Sat., Oct. 8 – Kauffman Museum bird walk, 8 a.m. start time in the museum parking lot at the corner of Main and 27th streets (2801 N. Main St., North Newton 67117). Experienced birders lead a walk of 1-1.5 hours in Chisholm Park and on Sand Creek Trail (terrain is mostly wood-chip path and sometimes uneven/sloping).

Sat., Oct. 8 – As part of Fall Festival, Larry Dunn and Christine Crouse-Dick will present “Grieving, Celebrating and Loving Seth: Exploring Unexpected Paths and Connections on the Mysterious Journey of Remembering,” poetry reading and reflections, 10:30 a.m., on the lawn south of Luyken Fine Arts Center. Seth Dunn died in an accident in 2011 right before starting his senior year at Bethel College.

Sun., Oct. 16 & Mon., Oct. 17 – Annual Menno Simons Lectures with Brad Gregory, Reformation scholar from the University of Notre Dame, 7 p.m. both eveningsKrehbiel Auditorium in Luyken Fine Arts Center at Bethel College; overall topic is “The Radical Reformation and Religious Freedom: A Historical Retrospective.”

Thurs., Oct. 20 – The inaugural Senses & Aging Symposium, 6-8:30 p.m., Krehbiel Auditorium in Luyken Fine Arts Center at Bethel College, with Karen Kendrick speaking on “Hearing Loss and Fall Prevention” and Angela Loucks Alexander presenting from Australia on “Auditory Processing Disorder in Adults.” The symposium is free but registration is requested at www.bethelks.edu/academics/convocation-lectures/senses-aging-symposium

Sun., Oct. 23 – Sunday-Afternoon-at-the-Museum program with oral historian Ina Navazelskis from the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum, 4 p.m.Krehbiel Auditorium in Luyken Fine Arts Center at Bethel College (note change from usual time and location). Followed by the museum’s annual Living Endowment Dinner, featuring Justina Neufeld and Janine Wedel, for which reservations are required; e-mail kauffman@bethelks.eduor call 316-283-1612.

Registration is now open for “Joining Voices Together,” Bethel College’s Worship and the Arts Symposium, Sat., Nov. 12, on campus, featuring resource people Bradley Kauffman, Rachel Epp Buller, Katie Graber, SaeJin Lee, Cynthia Neufeld Smith, Adam Tice and Isaac Villegas. Register at www.bethelks.edu/worship-arts-registration-2022; discount for 3 or more people from the same congregation. In addition, the public is invited to a Community Evensong service, Nov. 12 at 7 p.m. in Memorial Hall, which will consist entirely of congregational singing from the Voices Together hymnal, arranged around the 12 artworks found in the hymnal.

Voices of Conscience: Peace Witness in the Great War, a traveling exhibit developed and toured by Kauffman Museum at Bethel College, is on display at the McPherson Museum and Arts Foundation, 1111 E. Kansas Ave. in McPherson, through Nov. 19. This exhibit lifts up the prophetic insights and the personal courage of peace protesters during World War I and suggests parallels to the culture of war and violence in our world today. Museum hours are Mon.- Sat., 1-5 p.m., and admission is free. For more information, visit VoicesOfConscienceExhibit.org


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

“We Own This Now” is coming to Kansas for several showings! This Ted & Company play will be performed at several dates and locations. Created in partnership with the Dismantling the Doctrine of Discovery Coalition, “We Own This Now” is a benefit for the Kanza Heritage Society. This play looks at love of land and loss of land. What does it mean to “own” something? What is the relationship between “owning” and “taking” — and what is the relationship between “ownership” and (taking) responsibility? Click here for more information about the showings.

“Chief Lucy,” a one-woman show by Pauline Sharp about her grandmother, “Chief Lucy” Tayiah Eads, the first female Kaw tribal chief, is also being presented at 3pm on Sunday, Oct 2, at Unity of Lawrence, 900 Madeline Ln #2630, Lawrence, KS 66049. Freewill offering received for Kanza Heritage Society. Please note that the Oct 6 showing at Hope Mennonite Church in Wichita has been cancelled.

Among other congregations, several WDC churches in Kansas are sponsoring these events, including Hope Mennonite Church, Lorraine Avenue Mennonite Church, Mennonite Church of the Servant, and Peace Mennonite Church. The WDC Resource Commission also encourages you to attend and join the conversation about justice for Native Americans.
 


Camp Mennoscah Announcements

  • Visit the Camp Mennoscah Fall Fest booth on October 8!  Stop by, say hi, and enter a drawing for a tee shirt.  We’re ready for some good visits and fun times!
     
  • Let us know if your camper/you have not received the summer youth camp photos and address sheets for your camp week. The summer is a busy time and sometimes things are missed.
     
  • There are a great many things for volunteers to do–come be one!  Any of the following are great options for groups of one or more:  cleaning after groups, weekend hosting, being a committee member, mowing or other maintenance/grounds tasks, making a meal for a volunteer group, or recruiting people to volunteer at camp.  These are just some of the possibilities!  Call us at 620-297-3290 for more information.
     
  • Work and Play Day on October 15!  Share a few hours of your time for the satisfaction of improving camp grounds and some free time wandering the trails, fishing, or whatever your favorite camp activity is.  The day starts at 8:30am at the maintenance shed.  If you are coming from a distance, ask about an overnight stay.  Let us know you’re coming, so we can plan for you and your friends.  Call 620-297-3290 or email olivia.bartel@campmennoscah.org!
     
  • We’re taking out the dam on October 16 at approx. 2:30pm!  Everyone is welcome to join in or to watch.  Gather at the shelter.  (The actual removal of the boards is not for young ages.)  The event will go forward, whatever the weather, unless deemed unsafe.  Call Camp Mennoscah at 620-297-3290, if uncertain.
     
  • Camp Mennoscah is considering moving camps to a Sunday to Friday schedule.  We’d be interested in hearing your thoughts–parents, campers, weekend groups, everyone!  Please reply to olivia.bartel@campmennoscah.org or call 620-297-3290.

For Mennonite Mission Network Zoom Bible Study “Meeting Jesus in Sacred Spaces” press here
For Mennonite Mission Network News and Beyond press here

For Anabaptist Disabilities Network press here


Mennonite Church USA Announcements
Learn, Pray, Join: Mass Incarceration
Mennonite Church USA launched the “Learn, Pray, Join: Mass Incarceration” initiative in September. This initiative, in conjunction with the “For Justice in the U.S. Criminal Legal System” resolution, seeks to raise awareness of injustices in the U.S. criminal legal system, especially those that disproportionately affect people of color and people without financial security. The initiative will continue through the end of October. Read more here: mennoniteusa.org/news/lpj-mi

Menno Snapshots
Several years ago, when the congregants of College Mennonite Church in Goshen, Indiana, agreed to follow strategic priorities that included embracing diversity and practicing active inclusion, they knew they were taking a big step, but they didn’t know how deeply it would affect their church. Read Marty Lehman’s blog, “The dangers of strategic planning,” to learn more about how these priorities led to a robust immigrant resettlement ministry in their community. mennoniteusa.org/dangers-strategic-planning

#BeTransformed
Like most other Americans alive on Sept. 11, 2001, Drew Strait has strong memories attached to the tragedies that occurred that day. This day set him down a path toward Anabaptism, nonviolence and a professional focus on combatting Christian nationalism. Read his story here: mennoniteusa.org/neverforget

#MennoCon23
MennoCon23
, Mennonite Church USA’s largest faith formation gathering, will be held July 3-8, 2023, in Kansas City, Missouri. There will be programming for all ages, including a one-day Climate Summit for youth and young adults. See the tentative block schedule here: mennoniteusa.org/mennocon-schedule


Mennonite Mission Network Prayer Request:   Today, the women’s leadership conference led by African American women and co-sponsored by Mennonite Women USA and Mennonite Mission Network, concludes with worship in Elkhart, IN. Pray that all participants will receive new tools to work for diversity, equity and inclusion in the church.

Western District Conference Prayer Request:   Pray for God’s wisdom and strength for WDC staff members as they work to sustain ministry leaders, resource congregations and nurture church-planting partnerships.

Announcements for September 25–October 2, 2022

September 18, 2022

Based on CDC Guidelines Harvey County is in green status indicating low risk for COVID. You are invited to choose whether you wear a mask or social distance.  Both are optional.
 
To livestream the worship service:
On Sunday morning, around 9:20, go to BCMC’s webpage at bethelcollegemennonitechurch.org and click the green button labeled LIVE STREAM on the right side of the screen, which will take you to the worship service. If you get a message in the black box that the video is unavailable, click the gray box belows that says “View Live Stream on YouTube”.   Anytime after the service concludes, you can watch a recording of the service at your convenience by clicking the same green LIVE STREAM button.  Again, you will probably have to go to the gray box that says “View Live Stream on YouTube”.  That will transfer you to the BCMC YouTube Channel.  You will have to click on the tab “Videos” to see all of the BCMC videos. Click the red button to see the bulletin/order of service. 
OR – click on this link for this Sunday’s worship service:  
https://youtu.be/2-V8QRFz5jo

BETHEL COLLEGE MENNONITE CHURCH
September 25, 2022
 
Prelude—Great Is Thy Faithfulness (arr. Moklebust)—Chancel Bells; Verlene Garber, director
 
Christ Candle Lighting
 
Welcome and Prayer—Bill Swartley
 
*Hymn— What Is This Place—VT 22
 
Children’s Conversation—Esther Koontz
 
Scripture Reading—Luke 16:19-31—Michael Claassen
 
Sermon—Moses and the Prophets—Nathan Koontz
 
*Hymn—Will You Let Me Be Your ServantVT 778
 
Prayers of God’s People
 
*Hymn—Sing a New World into Being—VT 809
People with September birthdays come forward for a blessing, please bring a hymnal
 
*Birthday Blessing & Benediction—Nathan Koontz
 
Postlude—Joyful, Joyful, We Adore Thee (arr. Wagner)—Chancel Bells         
 
* You are invited to stand
VT = Voices Together
Keyboard—Verlene Garber
Audio visual—John Thiesen, Francis Toews
Pastors—Nathan Koontz, Todd Schlosser


Harvey County United Way Chili Cook-Off is this Saturday, Sept. 24 from 11 am-1:30 pm at 6th and Main.  Tickets are $8 at the gate.  Community Playschool will have a booth.  Come taste our great chili and vote for best booth, chili, and feel free to make a donation at the Community Playschool booth.  Proceeds of this event provides grants to non-profits in our community, including Community Playschool.  Thank you for your support and we look forward to seeing you there.
Visit harveyunitedway.org/chili-cook-off for more information. 
– Jeanette Leary and Kasey Newell, Community Playschool co-directors

And — more from the Community Playschool directors……

Community Playschool would like to say a huge “Thank You!” to the youth group and their sponsors for helping clean up the playground area before school started several weeks ago! George Leary worked on trimming dead branches from the trees and the BCMC youth group made quick work of getting them picked up and loaded onto a trailer to be hauled away. We appreciate the efforts they put forth for picking up even the smallest of sticks keeping them out of the hands of our students! What a great bunch of youth we have here at BCMC!
– Kasey Newell and Jeanette Leary co-directors


This Week at BCMC:  September 25—October 2, 2022
Sunday, September 25
9:30 am        Worship Service with sermon by Nathan Koontz
10:15 am      Fellowship time with coffee and water in the Gathering Place
10:30 am      Faith Formation—Children’s Sunday school classes meet in
Fellowship Hall
Adult Classes:  Agape Class (Rm B8); Bible Study (Rm 14); Catacombs (Rm B5); Fellowship (B7); Fine Arts (Rm 22); Issues and Christianity (Rm 23); 
Mosaic (Rm 20); Open Circle (Room 21); Seekers (Rm 28);
Sojourners (Chapel)
 
Monday, September 26
10 am              Library Committee meeting in Room 14
12 to 1 pm      Bethel College Concert Choir rehearsal in sanctuary
Tuesday, September 27
9 to 11 am      Community Playschool
Wednesday, September 28
12 to 1 pm      Bethel College Concert Choir rehearsal in sanctuary
6:30—7:30 pm   Wednesday Night Club
7:00 pm          Senior High Youth Group
7:30 pm          Chancel Choir Rehearsal in the Sanctuary Chancel area
Thursday, September 29
9 to 11 am     Community Playschool
12 to 1 pm     Bethel College Concert Choir rehearsal in sanctuary
6:30 pm         Chancel Bells rehearsal in room B7
7 pm               Deacon Commission meeting in Room 14
Friday, September 30
12 to 1 pm      Bethel College Concert Choir rehearsal in sanctuary
Saturday, October 1—Leadership Retreat by Zoom—9:30 am to 11:30 am
Leadership Retreat is a special annual retreat for those involved with commissions, committees, or the Board.  This year, we will hear the report from Credence and Company Consultants and have time to process its meaning for our work together. 
Sunday, October 2—World Communion Sunday
9:30 am          Worship Service with sermon by Todd Schlosser; music by Chancel Choir; communion will be served
 
Fall Fest Sunday is October 9 at BCMC.  The worship service will begin at 10 am and is being planned by Bethel College and the Bethel College Campus Ministries.  Everyone is invited!


You are welcome to participate in the Wichita Pride Parade on Sunday, September 25. We will have pizza at 11:30 and carpool to the event at noon, leaving from the south doors at BCMC.  The parade begins at 1 from the Old County Courthouse in Wichita.  Contact Pastor Nathan to let us know how much pizza to order and for carpooling. 


You are invited to a fall church party hosted by Al and Nadine Peters and Nathan and Esther Koontz in the Koontz backyard (1 Jasper Court, North Newton) Sunday, October 2 at 5:30 pm.  We will provide Nuway sandwiches and chips.  If you’d like, you can bring a side dish or dessert to share.  Please RSVP to Nadine or Al at 316-804-7141 or 38aldene39@gmail.com


Caring Fund Contribution Opportunity Sunday October 2. The Caring Fund is an above budget benevolent fund administered by the Deacon Commission for the purpose of assisting our congregation’s members and community persons in need. The fund is generated by above budget offerings made payable to Bethel College Mennonite Church and designated “caring fund.” Everence also provides some matching funds each year. Besides the financial help that can be provided to our own members, in the past year contributions from the Caring Fund have been made to our local Salvation Army, New Hope Shelter, Safe Hope, Harvest of Love, the Community Playschool, and several individuals to help with housing rent and utilities. Please consider making a donation to the Caring Fund Sunday morning October 2.


Wednesday night suppers are coming back to BCMC!  Mark your calendars for the first Wednesday night supper on October 12.  Serving line starts at 6-6:15 pm and a welcome and blessing will be at 6:20 pm.  The suppers will be October 12 to November 16.  Cost:  $6 per person or $18 per family.  Bring your own table service.
Closer to the start of the suppers you will be asked to RSVP to the church office so that we can get a count to know how much food to make. We hope to see you on October 12 at the first Wednesday night supper!


Faith Formation is hosting a community building event at P and M Pumpkin Ranch, October 19 from 5:30-7 pm.  Come for a hot dog meal by at the Willow campfire site located at P and M.  Food and drink will be provided! Please RSVP by October 18 to Jill Robb (jill@bethelcollegemennonitechurch.org


Abuse Prevention and Response Committee (APRC) is looking for persons to volunteer as a Care Team member. If you would like more information or feel a call to serve in this roll, email Jill Robb at adamandjillrobb@gmail.com


Credence Consultation Process Update…The time of interviews and information gathering has largely come to an end for our consultants and it is time for us to see some of the results and provide some final feedback. Over these last many months, Credence has reviewed the congregational surveys we sent in, completed one-on-one interviews with 35 of our church members, spent time talking with staff and various external individuals, and examined pages and pages of congregational documents. The goal has been to gain a better understanding of who we are as BCMC, what we wish to work on together as a congregation, and the type of pastoral leadership model that fits us best. Credence has shared they have a “meaty” report awaiting us. This upcoming week the BCMC Reference Group, Church Board, and some of the leadership from various commissions and committees will hear an overview of what Credence has found. On October 16th Credence will share with the congregation and ask for our feedback. Following the October 16th time together, Credence will prepare a final report to be delivered to BCMC in November. Next Sunday (October 2nd), the Reference Group will offer a kin-dom report to give more specifics regarding what to look forward to on October 16th. We ask that you mark that special date on your calendar. We also ask you to keep BCMC in your prayers as we engage this period of time together and explore God’s direction and purpose for us as a congregation.


Bethel College Announcements
 Tues., Sept. 27 – Bethel College Chamber Orchestra concert, directed by Kristopher Hilding, 7 p.m.Memorial Hall
 
Starting Fri., Sept. 30, “Environmental Exposure,” sculpture by Glen Ediger, is on display in the Regier Gallery in Luyken Fine Arts Center at Bethel College, 9 a.m.-5 p.m., Mon.-Fri., 2-4 p.m. Sunday.
 
Registration is now open for “Joining Voices Together,” Bethel College’s Worship and the Arts Symposium, Sat., Nov. 12, on campus, featuring resource people Bradley Kauffman, Rachel Epp Buller, Katie Graber, SaeJin Lee, Cynthia Neufeld Smith, Adam Tice and Isaac Villegas. Register at https://www.bethelks.edu/worship-arts-registration-2022; discount for 3 or more people from the same congregation. In addition, the public is invited to a Community Evensong service, Nov. 12 at 7 p.m. in Memorial Hall, which will consist entirely of congregational singing from the Voices Together hymnal, arranged around the 12 artworks found in the hymnal.
 
Bethel College’s Fall Festival is Oct. 6-9, with most activities taking place Saturday, Oct. 8, on campus. Features include music, food, class reunions, football, Children’s Park, the play Quiet in the Land by Anne Chislett and the STEM Symposium honoring Professor Emeritus of Psychology Paul Lewis. See https://www.bethelks.edu/alumni/events/fall-festival for the complete schedule.
 
The Kauffman Museum October bird walk will be on the second Saturday to coincide with Fall Festival (Sat., Oct. 8, 8 a.m. start time).
 
Sat., Oct. 8 – As part of Fall Festival, Larry Dunn and Christine Crouse-Dick will present “Grieving, Celebrating and Loving Seth: Exploring Unexpected Paths and Connections on the Mysterious Journey of Remembering,” poetry reading and reflections, 10:30 a.m., on the lawn south of Luyken Fine Arts Center. Seth Dunn died in an accident in 2011 right before starting his senior year at Bethel College.

Voices of Conscience: Peace Witness in the Great War, a traveling exhibit developed and toured by Kauffman Museum at Bethel College, is on display at the McPherson Museum and Arts Foundation, 1111 E. Kansas Ave. in McPherson, through Nov. 19. This exhibit lifts up the prophetic insights and the personal courage of peace protesters during World War I and suggests parallels to the culture of war and violence in our world today. Museum hours are Mon.- Sat., 1-5 p.m., and admission is free. For more information, visit VoicesOfConscienceExhibit.org


Bethel College Women’s Association will appreciate donations of homemade baked goods for Market-in-the-Round and Pie-By-the-Slice at Fall Festival. Zwieback, cinnamon rolls, fruit pies and poppyseed rolls are especially needed. Please bring to Room 141 in Luyken Fine Arts Center 2-5 pm on Friday  Oct 7, or 7-9 am on Saturday Oct 8. Pies may be delivered to Seminar A in Schultz Student Center. Email bcwa@bethelks.edu with questions.


Camp Mennoscah Announcements

Buy your Camp Mennoscah merch today!  http://camp-mennoscah-store.square.site/  The Camp Mennoscah online store has been refreshed and is ready for you to fill your need for that newest Camp Mennoscah tee shirt or water bottle.  We suggest wearing camp gear to every event and outing!  Only water bottles and stickers will be at Bethel College’s Fall Fest.   

Other events and happenings: 

  • Visit the Camp Mennoscah Fall Fest booth on October 8!  Stop by, say hi, and enter a drawing for a tee shirt.  We’re ready for some good visits and fun times!
     
  • Let us know if your camper/you have not received the summer youth camp photos and address sheets for your camp week. The summer is a busy time and sometimes things are missed.
     
  • There are a great many things for volunteers to do–come be one!  Any of the following are great options for groups of one or more:  cleaning after groups, weekend hosting, being a committee member, mowing or other maintenance/grounds tasks, making a meal for a volunteer group, or recruiting people to volunteer at camp.  These are just some of the possibilities!  Call us at 620-297-3290 for more information.
     
  • Work and Play Day on October 15!  Share a few hours of your time for the satisfaction of improving camp grounds and some free time wandering the trails, fishing, or whatever your favorite camp activity is.  The day starts at 8:30am at the maintenance shed.  If you are coming from a distance, ask about an overnight stay.  Let us know you’re coming, so we can plan for you and your friends.  Call 620-297-3290 or email olivia.bartel@campmennoscah.org!
     
  • We’re taking out the dam on October 16 at approx. 2:30pm!  Everyone is welcome to join in or to watch.  Gather at the shelter.  (The actual removal of the boards is not for young ages.)  The event will go forward, whatever the weather, unless deemed unsafe.  Call Camp Mennoscah at 620-297-3290, if uncertain.
     
  • Camp Mennoscah is considering moving camps to a Sunday to Friday schedule.  We’d be interested in hearing your thoughts–parents, campers, weekend groups, everyone!  Please reply to olivia.bartel@campmennoscah.org or call 620-297-3290.

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

SAVE THE DATE: On Nov. 4-5, Bethel College will host  “Old Books Made New: The Surprising Wisdom of Erasmus for Today.” an intercollegiate symposium with a keynote address by Dr. Greta Kroeker, University of Waterloo, Ontario, on Nov. 4. This will also be accessible virtually. The WDC Historical Committee invites you to attend. More details coming soon.


“We Own This Now” is coming to Kansas for several showings! This Ted & Company play will be performed at several dates and locations. Created in partnership with the Dismantling the Doctrine of Discovery Coalition, “We Own This Now” is a benefit for the Kanza Heritage Society. This play looks at love of land and loss of land. What does it mean to “own” something? What is the relationship between “owning” and “taking” — and what is the relationship between “ownership” and (taking) responsibility? Click here for more information about the showings.

“Chief Lucy,” a one-woman show by Pauline Sharp about her grandmother, “Chief Lucy” Tayiah Eads, the first female Kaw tribal chief, is also being presented at 3pm on Sunday, Oct 2, at Unity of Lawrence, 900 Madeline Ln #2630, Lawrence, KS 66049. Freewill offering received for Kanza Heritage Society. Please note that the Oct 6 showing at Hope Mennonite Church in Wichita has been cancelled.

Among other congregations, several WDC churches are sponsoring these events, including Hope Mennonite Church, Lorraine Avenue Mennonite Church, Mennonite Church of the Servant, and Peace Mennonite Church. The WDC Resource Commission also encourages you to attend and join the conversation about justice for our Native American kin.
 



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Mennonite Healthcare Fellowship (MHF) invites healthcare providers in all disciplines, including allied health, and all interested in the intersection of health and faith to our Annual Gathering at MCC’s Welcoming Place in Akron, PA, October 14th-16th, 2022. The theme is: Coming Together at the Well – Renewal Through Exploring the Five Life Standards. Participants will have the opportunity to explore and discuss the Five Life Standards from More-With-Less and how they apply to health and healing as well as hear from keynote speaker Malinda Elizabeth Berry, PhD, professor at AMBS. Commuter registration is available for local participants. Registration information at mennohealth.org/annual-gathering-2022/.


Greetings!
I’m writing with the news that the fall 2022 issue of Intersections: MCC Theory and Practice Quarterly is available now on-line here and here.
 Compiled by Paul Shetler Fast, the issue is centered on the theme of “Community-led maternal and child health care groups in Africa.” MCC staff and partner representatives write about their experiences with using the care groups model to improve maternal and child health outcomes, with articles examining projects in Kenya, Tanzania, Somaliland, Burundi, and Nigeria.
As always, we welcome any feedback you have about this or other issues of Intersections! Send any thoughts, affirmations, critiques, and counsel you might have to intersections@mcc.org. Thanks for being a loyal reader!
Warm regards, Alain Epp Weaver
 


Mennonite Central Committee Announcements
Nov 6-11: Puerto Rico Peace Camp: Young adults are invited to join MCC on November 6-11 on the beautiful island of Puerto Rico as we discover new ways to live and proclaim the gospel of peace. This week-long experience will be filled with practical learning about deconstructing oppressive systems, building community, participating in spaces of healing and commitment to hospitality. This experience will be facilitated in Spanish; a minimum of conversational Spanish is expected from all participants. Registration fee is $200; sign up now at mcc.org/campamento-de-paz. More information about peace camps: mcc.org/peace-campsOur prayers are with the people of Puerto Rico after the devastation from Hurricane Fiona this past weekend. After speaking with peace camp organizers on the ground there, we are glad to know that they are managing okay, and that the peace camp location was not impacted. As of today, we expect the peace camp to take place as planned.

Jan 2-7, 2023: Peace for the Weary at Camp Deerpark: Calling young adults living in metropolitan areas to take a break from daily life and join MCC for a transformational week of connection and learning. During this experience, you will gain tools for understanding trauma and develop strategies for self-care and healing through the lens of restorative justice to bring back to your city. Registration fee is $200; sign up now at mcc.org/peace-for-the-weary. More information about peace camps: mcc.org/peace-camps.


Mennonite Church USA Announcements
The Mennonite Church USA Executive Board will be meeting Sept. 29-Oct. 1 in San Antonio, Texas. Pray for God’s guidance, wisdom and support in their discussions and decision making. 

Menno Snapshots
Mental health issues affect a large portion of the population, and Christians are not exempt from this reality. Carlene Hill Byron, author of “Not Quite Fine: Mental Health, Faith, and Showing Up for Each Other,” explores how church goers can be more involved in supporting one another’s mental health in her blog, “Not quite fine.” Read it here: mennoniteusa.org/not-quite-fine

#MennoCon23
As we look ahead to MennoCon23 (Kansas City, July 3-8, 2023), please consider contributing to the Convention Scholarship fund. Scholarships to attend MennoCon are available for groups, individuals or families who are unable to raise enough funds to cover all convention expenses. Donate here: mennoniteusa.org/give/mennocon-scholarships


Mennonite Mission Network Prayer Request:   Praise God for the new partnership program created by Anabaptist Mennonite Biblical Seminary (AMBS), Meserete Kristos Seminary and Mennonite Mission Network, which offers a master’s level curriculum in theology to Ethiopian students. Pray for the students, as well as for Henok Mekonin and Joe Sawatzky, who are jointly supported by AMBS and Mission Network, as they provide leadership.

Western District Conference Prayer Request:   Please pray for Summit Street Church, our church replant in Beatrice, NE, as we come up to our 1-year anniversary of replanting. May we continue to prayerfully re-imagine what it means for us to follow Jesus’ call to become something new. We are especially thankful for the 10 people who participated in our new members class this summer. 
 -Pastor Tim Amor