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 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

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:
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

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
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. ( For more information contact Wesley Wilder at 316-836-5055 or

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 or 316.283.2720. A full list of MCC kit contents can be found at
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 For more information contact Amber Falcón at 574-534-4133 or

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:

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 
or call 316-281-4257.
View the job description
Visit the Employment page

For Mennonite Mission Network News and Beyond press here
For Anabaptist Disabilities Network Workcamps press here

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:

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

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:

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:

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:

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.