Future Events–June 4 Worship Service on the Bethel College Lawn

On June 4th, all participating churches will come together for a joint VBS worship service. The children will showcase the songs they learned during VBS and take part in enjoyable activities. The service will be live streamed on First Mennonite Church starting at 10:00 am. Following the service, there will be a potluck. Please bring chairs, table services, and a food item to share. Drinks will be provided. Let’s mark this date and join in a gathering of love, faith, and community, creating cherished memories together.
The First Mennonite live-stream can be viewed at first mennonite newton.org, at the First Mennonite YouTube channel, YouTube.com/@firstmennonitechurchnewton7575, or at the First Mennonite Newton Facebook page.  The stream starts 20 minutes before the service.

In case you have not registered for Vacation Bible School:  For children in Pre-K (4 years) through entering 5th grade.   Please invite grandchildren and friends to fill out the form so they can attend.  We would love to have them!  If you have any questions, please email or talk to Mary Ellen Hodge (hodge_mar@yahoo.com

or Jill Robb (jill@bethelcollegemennonitechurch.org) or ).  The link to the Registration Form  is  https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSepSN8cyMISPivc5JTk2H_FYfqnJJVXO-E_NlmLJwDApBsHTg/viewform

Judy Friesen would like to invite church members to come share her space in the country with a potluck Sunday, June 11, starting at 6:00 pm.  Sloppy joes, drink and table service provided. Space to roam and visit as well as eat. 2101 W Dutch Ave. North on Hwy 15 to Hesston Road (Dutch Av), and 3/4 mile west.

BCMC Pride Month Activities

June is Pride month for LGBTQIA persons and our church plans to celebrate and raise awareness for those who identify as LGBTQIA in the following ways.

-Pride banners will be hung outside our church building during the month of June.  Thanks to Oscar Gonzalez, Graphic Design Coordinator at Bethel College, for his design!

-Nathan Koontz of BCMC will represent the local Supportive Communities Network (SCN) during worship at Faith Mennonite as they celebrate joining SCN.  SCN is part of the Brethren Mennonite Council for LGBT Interests.  Local SCN congregations include BCMC, Shalom, New Creation, and Lorraine Avenue.    

-In early June, the Bethel College Mennonite Church Inclusion Task Group will be sending a letter to the Mennonite Central Committee encouraging them to eliminate their discriminatory policies towards LGBTQIA persons.  If you would like to learn more about MCC’s lifestyle policy (HR 152) and our letter, please contact Karen Ediger, John Kliewer, Nathan Koontz, or Karen Penner of the Inclusion Task Group. 

-The congregation is invited to join in various Wichita Pride activities throughout the month of June.  Go to the wichitapride.org website for more details.  Of special note is the Pride Parade on June 25. The route will begin at the Old Courthouse and end at Century II.