Category Archives: This week at BCMC

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

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September 20, 2020
Peace Sunday

Welcome and Lighting the Christ Candle—Nathan Koontz

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

Call to Worship and Prayer—Jake Friesen

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

Scripture—Leviticus 25:1-24—Karen Penner

Sermon—Climate Justice—Christy Miller Hesed

Prayers of God’s People—Elaine Schurr

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

Benediction—Nathan Koontz

Congregational Conversation on Climate Justice—Christy Miller Hesed

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


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

Lyrics to Look at the world by John Rutter

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Bethel College Mennonite Church
September 13, 2020

Prelude—Brett and Collin Gaeddert

Welcome and Lighting the Christ Candle—Renee Reimer

Call to Worship and Prayer—Adam Robb          

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

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

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

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

Sermon—God for the oppressed—Nathan Koontz

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

Prayers of God’s people—Heather Zerger

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

Benediction—Nathan Koontz

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


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

Nathan Koontz
Renee Reimer

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

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September 6, 2020
A Time Such as This

Prelude—Pat Friesen                                                                                                                       

Welcome and Lighting the Christ Candle—Mary Ann Boschmann                                                 

Children’s conversation—Gering Family                                                                                          

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

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

Hymn—Holy Spirit, come with Power—Andrew Thiesen                                                                

Reflections—Nadine Peters, Adam Kroeker, Esther Koontz                                                            

Hymn—Lead me, Lord—Pat Friesen                    

Prayers of God’s people—Sara Dick                                                                                                

Sending hymn—The Lord Lift You Up—STJ 73

Benediction—Renee Reimer                                                                                                            

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

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

August 30, 2020
A Time Such as This

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

Welcome and Lighting the Christ Candle—Nathan Koontz                                                               

Call to worship and Prayer—Nathan Koontz                                                                                   

Gathering hymn—God is here among us—HWB 16

Children’s conversation—Esther Kreider Eash                                                                                    

Scripture—Acts 5:12-16—Barbara Thiesen         

Sermon—When even the shadows can heal—Eric Massanari

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

Prayers of God’s people—Nathan Koontz                                                                                         

Sending hymn—Thou true vine—HWB 373        

Benediction—Eric Massanari                              


Audio visual technician:  Ben Lichti

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

Eric Massanari

Nathan Koontz
Renee Reimer

The Welcoming Prayer

Welcome, welcome, welcome.

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

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

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

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

-Mary Mrozowski (1925-1993)

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


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

August 23, 2020
A Time Such as This

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

Welcome and Lighting the Christ Candle—Cynthia Linscheid                                                         

Call to worship and Prayer—Dave Linscheid                                                                                   

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

Children’s conversation—Cynthia Linscheid                                                                           

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

Sermon—At a loss for words—Renee Reimer     

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

Prayers of God’s people—Dave Linscheid                                                                                         

Sending hymn—In lonely mountain ways—HWB 560                                                                     

Benediction—Renee Reimer                               


Audio visual technician:  Ken Lamp

Ben Lichti
Bethany Schrag
Tim Schrag
Renee Reimer
Verlene Garber

Worship Leaders
Cynthia Linscheid
Dave Linscheid

Nathan Koontz
Renee Reimer

COVID-19 Update

Given that the US Center for Disease Control currently recommends that gatherings of 50 people or more be postponed or cancelled for the next eight weeks, BCMC will be cancelling worship services and church activities until April 5, at which point the situation will be reassessed.  Cancellations include Wednesday evening suppers, choirs, and children’s clubs.  It is up to the discretion of commission and committees as to whether or not they will meet.
We have made this decision out of concern for our congregation (a vulnerable demographic), as well as for our community, as we work together to slow the spread of the virus (help flatten the curve of the pandemic) so as not to overwhelm health care systems.  This is a step we can take now for the greater good.
This is an anxious time for many of us and we will miss gathering together for support.  However, this is also a time for slowing down, intentionally connecting with friends, family, and members of the church community via phone or other technology, going for walks, and enjoying the signs of spring emerging around us.
It is also time for creativity!  The pastoral team is currently working on ways to help us to stay connected and spiritually nourished during this very unusual time.  Look for an email later this week with plans and ideas for interacting together as church community at a distance. We are looking forward to the possibilities!
In the meantime, if you need support or care along the way, please don’t hesitate to be in touch with any of the pastors.  We are available by phone or email.  We are also glad to share your prayer requests with BCMC’s prayer network.
Our prayers are holding you all during this unsettled time. May the peace of God that transcends all understanding guard your hearts and minds in Christ Jesus.
Pastor Dawn
(on behalf of the Pastoral Team)

January 6, 2019–Epiphany Sunday

9:30 am      Worship with sermon by Dawn Yoder Harms; music by Andrew Thiesen, trombone
10:30 am   Fellowship time in the Gathering Place
10:50 am   Faith Formation
4:00 pm     New Year Memorial Service to remember those BCMC members and friends who died in 2018—Sanctuary


December 30, 2018-Christmas Sunday

10:00 am  Note the later time for the beginning of worship this Sunday

Worship with sharing by Nathan Toews and Leidy Muñoz, Mennonite Central Committee country representatives in Bolivia; music by Suzy Burch and Howard Glanton, classical guitars

11:00 a.m. Fellowship and coffeebring goodies to share

No Sunday school


December 23, 2018 – Advent 4

December 23, 2018—Advent 4:  The Story for all Time
9:00 am Prelude by the Garber family
9:30 am Children’s Christmas Program; music by Junior Choir, and Cherub Choir
No Sunday School

December 24, 2018—Christmas Eve
11:00 pm Candlelight service of Lessons and Carols with music by
Chancel Choir, Chancel Bells and congregational singing—BCMC Sanctuary