Worship service and announcements for April 21, 2024



Our faith in a God of love leads us, by the power of the Spirit,
to follow Jesus in doing justice, loving mercy, 
and walking humbly with God

To livestream the worship service:
On Sunday morning, around 9:20 a.m., 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 below 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: https://youtube.com/live/ffrSFlZK_Ow?feature=share

April 21, 2024
“Creation Care Sunday”

Christ Candle Lighting
Centering Music—I Sing the Mighty Power of God (arr. La Plante)–Will Wiebe-Friesen
Welcome—Roger Neufeld Smith
*Hymn—For the Beauty of the Earth—VT 120 v.1-4
Children’s Conversation—Bill Swartley
*Hymn—All Things Bright and Beautiful—VT 177 v.1 & 4
Kin-dom Report—Plastic Recycling Project—Jane Goering
Anthem—Come unto me (Bernice Johnson Reagon)–Chancel Choir—Riley King, director; Will Wiebe-Friesen, accompanist
Scripture Reading—Psalm 104—VT 185
Celebrating the Earth and Life—Dwight Krehbiel 
What’s next for the Creation Care Task Group?—Creation Care Task Group
*Hymn of Response—This is God’s Wondrous World—VT 180
Prayers of God’s People
*Hymn—The Garden Needs Our Tending Now—VT 788
* You are invited to stand
VT—Voices Together
Audio visual— Ken Lamp

The Next Weeks at BCMC:  April 21-May 5, 2024
Sunday, April 21, 2024
9:30 a.m. Worship Service; 10:45 a.m. Faith Formation
YouTube Link for this Sunday:
Tuesday, April 23, 2024
11 a.m.   Staff Meeting
Wednesday, April 24, 2024
7:30 p.m.   Chancel Choir rehearsal in the Sanctuary
Thursday, April 25, 2024
3:45 p.m.    Worship Commission meeting by Zoom
7:00 p.m.    Deacon Commission meeting in Room 14
Saturday and Sunday, April 27-28, 2024—Camp Mennoscah Retreat
BCMC Retreat at Camp Mennoscah—There will be no worship service in the BCMC building on Sunday, April 28
Tuesday, April 30, 2024
4:30 p.m.    Abuse Prevention and Response Committee meeting in Rm 14
Wednesday, May 1, 2024
7:30 p.m.   Chancel Choir rehearsal in the Sanctuary
Thursday, May 2, 2024
4 p.m.         Staff Congregation Relations Committee meeting in Room 14
7 p.m.         Church Board meeting in Room 14
Saturday, May 4, 2024—Candidating Weekend—See insert for schedule
Sunday, May 5, 2024—Candidating Weekend Continues
9:30 a.m.    Worship with sermon by Joanna Harader; music by
Chancel Choir; Sharing and Q & A with Joanna 
4 p.m.          Woven and Open Road (a cappella women’s and men’s
ensembles from Bethel College) Concert in the Sanctuary

In celebration of the approval of our solar energy project, pick up an earth-shaped cookie in the Gathering Place after worship. 

We are fortunate to have excellent denominational resources for helping us care for the earth
. MC USA has the Climate Justice Ministry (formerly the Mennonite Creation Care Network) with newly appointed Coordinator Karla Stoltzfus Detweiler. Among many other things, this group offers Green Energy Grants for things like solar energy projects! See https://climatejustice.mennoniteusa.org/. Mennonite Central Committee also sponsors Climate Action for Peace to help support people around the world who suffer the effects of climate change. See https://mcc.org/what-we-do/initiatives/climate-change for their monthly calendar for daily creation care actions we all can take.  

Please join Kansas Mennonite Men’s Chorus at their concert today,  April 21, 4 p.m. at Tabor College.  The concert will include the Newton Children’s Community Choir, the Flannelbacks, and the Menno Brass. 
BCMC Offering for April 14: General Fund $18,035.47; MCC $500; MCC Sale $20; Caring Fund $100; Kitchen Fund $40; Solar Fund $18,200; Elizabeth Raid Memorial $40.

So far this year the at the end of March the church has had about $35,000 more expenses than it has had income. The congregations response to budget needs has ranged from mixed to disappointing.   However the month of March was a bit better with a deficit of only $3500.  While we have started out rather poorly, we have a lot of time to accept the challenge and get it turned around.   Finance Committee
The current library theme is Poetry! We want to highlight our new “Mennonite Poetry” corner as well as the many other fine poetry books we have in the library. Those are found behind the check out desk as well as the south wall of the children’s/youth room. Keep reading and keep puzzling!   Library Committee

Roger Neufeld Smith will be driving back to Topeka Sunday afternoon.  He will be back in Newton on Wed., May 1. Roger checks his email and phone regularly.  Feel free to contact him via email, text or phone (785-220-1968.)
Future Events at BCMC:
· Trip Report on a Visit to New BCMC Member Max Ediger on April 21: 
Max Ediger joined the BCMC fellowship in the last year to become our most distant member, currently living in Cambodia. Max has spent his life in service in Vietnam, Cambodia, and Thailand, much of it with MCC. Recently, his childhood friend, Dennis Loepp and wife Dori of Turpin, OK, traveled to visit Max and tour with him in Vietnam and Cambodia. They will give an informal report on  Max’s work, family and their travels together at BCMC Fellowship Hall today, Sun. Apr.21, at 3 p.m. Max’s cousins and friends in the area will join interested persons in our congregation to hear this report. You are welcome!
· The BCMC Mennoscah Retreat is approaching quickly, and there is still plenty of room to sign up! Come out on Saturday, Sunday, or stay for both – we’ll have a great time! If you don’t want to drive yourself… find a crew to carpool with! Worship will be at 10 AM on Sunday, April 28, if you just want to come for worship and lunch on Sunday. Please use the following link BCMC Retreat Registration to sign up, or visit with/email Adam Robb if you’d prefer. To help with meal planning, it would be appreciated if you can register by Monday, April 22. Please reach out to Adam if you have questions. Hope you can make it!
· Candidating weekend for our pastoral candidate, Joanna Harader, will be May 3-5. See below for a biography of Joanna Harader, and a schedule of candidating weekend events. We encourage all to participate in the opportunities to get to know Joanna and her husband, Ryan Ellett. The congregational vote on whether to call Joanna as our Co-Pastor will be May 19, during the congregational meeting. The vote has been scheduled for two weeks following Joanna’s candidating weekend because Sun., May 12 is Bethel College Baccalaureate at BCMC. 
   BCMC Pastor Search Committee
· Congregational Meeting and New Co-Pastor Vote:
The next congregational meeting will take place Sun., May 19, 10:45 a.m. during the Sunday School hour.  The meeting will be held in the sanctuary and made available live on YouTube only while the meeting is in progress; it will not be recorded.  Remote viewers can text their votes to a number available in the May 19 bulletin and announced at the beginning of the meeting.  Agenda items will include a vote for acceptance of the Search Committee’s and Board’s recommendation to approve Joanna Harader as our new full-time co-pastor; approval of new board members and officers; and reports from several committees and commissions.  Congregants can access report booklets in May.  The youth will host a fundraising luncheon following the meeting.

We offer sympathy to Ken and Annette, Katherine and Elizabeth Lamp , on the death of Ken’s mother, Wilda “Pat” Lamp, who died April 15, at 90 years old, in Katy, TX.  

We offer sympathy to Marilyn Schmidt and her extended family on the death of her husband, Howard, April 13, 2024, in Newton, KS.
Graveside committal service will be 10:00 a.m. Monday April 22nd at Greenwood Cemetery in Newton with Pastor Nathan Koontz presiding.  You are welcome to attend. 
Here is a link to Howard’s obituary:  https://www.petersenfamilyfuneralhome.com/obituaries/howard-schmidt

The memorial service for Howard will be at BCMC on June 1, 11 a.m. with a lunch in Fellowship Hall immediately following.

Candidating Weekend is May 3-5, 2024

Candidating weekend for our pastoral candidate, Joanna Harader, will be May 3-5. Below is a biography of Joanna Harader, and a schedule of candidating weekend events. We encourage all to participate in the opportunities to get to know Joanna and her husband, Ryan Ellett. The congregational vote on whether to call Joanna as our Co-Pastor will be May 19, during the congregational meeting. The vote has been scheduled for two weeks following Joanna’s candidating weekend because Sun., May 12 is Bethel College Baccalaureate at BCMC. 
BCMC Pastor Search Committee

Joanna Harader to Candidate at BCMC May 3-5, 2024
Joanna is currently the pastor at Peace Mennonite Church in Lawrence, Kansas where she’s served as its pastor since June 2006 – just shy of 18 years. She is a gifted preacher, teacher, and advocate for the marginalized, and skilled at making Scripture relevant to our lives today. Those who know her well describe Joanna as authentic, compassionate, and patient. She is well-grounded in Anabaptist beliefs and is an active and accomplished writer. Generating worship materials that echo Scripture in a contemporary setting gives her joy.

Joanna grew up in the American Baptist tradition, the child of two pastors. She was drawn to the Mennonite faith while in graduate school, when she and her husband became members of Peace Mennonite. It was her experience at this congregation, along with teaching Bible and theology classes at Ottawa University (Ottawa, KS), that drew her to Mennonites and to being a pastor. Joanna holds a BA in creative writing from Emory & Henry College (now Emory & Henry University at Emory, VA), a Master of Theological Studies from Eastern Baptist Theological Seminary (now Palmer Theological Seminary at St. David’s, PA), a Master in English Literature from the University of Kansas at Lawrence, KS, and a Master of Divinity from Central Baptist Theological Seminary at Shawnee, KS.

Joanna and her husband, Ryan Ellett, have served as foster parents and currently have three young adult children and one 3-year-old granddaughter. James and Jasmine, along with granddaughter Camilla, live and work in Lawrence. Grace is in her second year of college, currently studying abroad in Chile. Ryan, who holds a Ph.D. from the University of Kansas in curriculum and development, works with the Lawrence school system and plans to remain in his current position for the immediate future, which means Joanna and Ryan plan to maintain two households. If BCMC calls Joanna, she will be full-time with BCMC.

Joanna joyfully relates to college students and at the request of some students from KU formed a Bible study group on campus. She enjoys playing board games and has a soft spot for her cat and her dog, Toni, who would move with her to Newton. Joanna allows you to be yourself without being judged and without fear that your problems, personality, or questions will overwhelm her. She is grounded in prayer and has chosen the Mennonite expression of faith.  Below is a picture of Joanna and Ryan

Candidating Weekend Schedule
Joanna Harader at BCMC
May 3-5, 2024

Friday, May 3
7:00 p.m. Dessert with Indigenous Justice group at Doug and Raylene Penner’s 
(25 Lakewood Circle, North Newton)*

Saturday, May 4
7:30 a.m. Breakfast with Search Committee at Ron & Lois Preheim’s (3005 South Kansas Rd, Newton)*
9:15 a.m. Meet with Monica Lichti at Church Office, BCMC
9:45 a.m. Meet with church staff, Room 14, BCMC
10:30 a.m. Meet with Staff Congregation Relations Committee, Room 14, BCMC
11:15 a.m. Break
11:30 a.m. Meet with Worship Commission in Chapel, BCMC
12:15 p.m. Lunch with Church Board in Fellowship Hall
1:45 p.m. Tour church with John Waltner, Jeanette Leary (Community Playschool) and Facilities Committee representative*

Meet and Greet Sessions with Sunday School classes, Gathering Place, BCMC
2:30 p.m. Open Circle and Seekers SS Classes
3:15 p.m. Fine Arts and Fellowship SS Classes 
4:00 p.m. Break
4:15 p.m. Issues and Christianity and Catacombs SS Classes
5:00 p.m. Bible Study SS Class and anyone unaffiliated with a SS class 
6:00 p.m. Supper with Deacon Commission and spouses, at Wes and Ada Schmidt-Tieszen’s (209 SE 2nd St, Newton)* 
7:30 (ish) View potential housing option in North Newton 

Sunday, May 5
9:00 a.m. Mic check
9:30 a.m. Worship at BCMC, Joanna will preach and provide the Childrens’ Conversation
10:45 a.m. Sunday School elective, Joanna will share her faith journey and there will be a Q&A time, Sanctuary*
12:00 p.m. Lunch with Agape class and Youth, Fellowship Hall*
1:30 p.m. Meet and greet with BCMC members at Kidron (Classroom A)*
3:00 p.m. Closing session with Search Committee (Classroom A)*


*Ryan Ellett will join these sessions.
The vote to call Joanna to BCMC will take place during the congregational meeting on May 19, 2024.

Bethel College Announcements
· Sun., April 21 – Senior recital by Bethel College student Josie Epp, piano, 4 p.m., Krehbiel Auditorium in Luyken Fine Arts Center
· Sun., April 21 – Sunday-Evening-at-the-Museum with Dr. Kim Perez, Fort Hays State University, 7 p.m., Kauffman Museum auditorium. Perez’s topic is the role and impact of pioneering women in ornithology, particularly in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Perez will also speak in convocation at Bethel College Mon., April 22, 11 a.m., in Krehbiel Auditorium in Luyken Fine Arts Center. These lectures are supported by the Bethel College Women’s Association Carolyn Schultz Lectureship.
· Weds., April 24 – Bethel College Wind Ensemble, directed by Chris Miertschin, Krehbiel Auditorium in Luyken Fine Arts Center
· Fri., April 26 – Senior Art Exhibit II opens in the Regier Art Gallery in Luyken Fine Arts Center featuring the work of Morgan Marsh (reception May 10). Gallery hours are Mon.-Fri., 9 a.m.-5 p.m., Sun. 2-4 p.m.
· Sat., April 27 – “Walking the Talk: Listening Relationships in a Changing Climate,” symposium at Bethel College, 9 a.m.-4 p.m., Krehbiel Auditorium. Free and open to the public. Keynote speaker is Dr. Sheena Wilson, University of Alberta, along with others from across Kansas; see https://www.bethelks.edu/academics/convocation/walking-the-talk/walking-the-talk-listening-relationships-in-a-changing-climate/
· Sun., April 28 – Masterworks concert at Bethel College, 4 p.m., featuring the Bethel College Oratorio Chorus, orchestra and soloists, performing Britten’s Rejoice in the Lamb and Vaughan Williams’ Dona Nobis Pacem, with Dr. Henry S. Waters conducting; Memorial Hall 
· Tues., April 30 – Bethel College Voice Studio recital, Soyoun Chun, instructor, 7 p.m., Administration Building chapel 
· Weds., May 1 – Jazz on the Green at Bethel College, 7:30 p.m. (rain venue: Krehbiel Auditorium in Luyken Fine Arts Center) 
· Sun., May 5 – Sunday-Afternoon-at-the-Museum with Stan Senner of the National Audubon Society, 3 p.m., Kauffman Museum auditorium
· Sun., May 5 – Woven and Open Road joint concert, 4 p.m., Bethel College Mennonite Church (NOTE TIME CHANGE)

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Hesston College Announcements

April 21 – Prairie Window Concert: The Brother Brothers

Join Dyck Arboretum April 21 to hear The Brother Brothers. The Brother Brothers are the indie folk duo of Adam and David Moss. The identical twins were born and raised in Peoria, Ill. and originally based in Brooklyn, but have been ultimately and profoundly shaped by a life surrounded by travel and the web of community worldwide. The recently released January Album is a collection of songs that speak to the parts of oneself that want to up and throw sedentary worldly possessions in the trash and leave town. Crust & Crumb will serve at intermission. Learn more at dyckarboretum.org/events.

April 26 to 27 – Pen to Paper to Performance

Hesston College theatre’s playwriting festival is back! “Pen to Paper to Performance” brings to life nine winning 10-minute play submissions written by area playwrights and will be performed both nights at 7 p.m. A talkback with the playwrights will follow each performance. Read more about the festival at hesston.edu/theatre.

May 10 – International Chorale Concert 

The Hesston College International Chorale kicks off their biannual European tour with a performance at Hesston Mennonite Church on Friday, May 10 from 7 to 8:30 p.m. The chorale consists of members from the Bel Canto Singers and the Global Voices choir. The performance is free to the public and available via livestream at hesston.edu/livestream.

Mennonite Church USA Announcements

Mennonite Church USA is pleased to announce that the 2025 MC USA biennial national gathering and leading faith formation event, Follow Jesus ‘25, will take place July 8-12, 2025, at the Koury Convention Center in Greensboro, North Carolina. Shé Langley was named the new director of event planning. Read more here: mennoniteusa.org/convention-details-director

Mennonite Church USA’s Climate Justice Ministry is receiving applications for the Pam De Young Net Zero Energy Fund grant, from now through June 15, 2024. The Pam De Young Net Zero Energy Fund provides funds to assist MC USA congregations interested in forms of renewable energy. The term, “net zero energy,” describes buildings or communities that generate enough energy to meet their own needs. Learn more here: mennoniteusa.org/green-energy-grants

Menno Snapshots

Spiritual director Lester Lind of the Mennonite Spiritual Directors Network reflects on the beginning of his calling and career as he prepares to retire. Read his reflections here: mennoniteusa.org/reflections-calling-career

Karla Stoltzfus Detweiler, Mennonite Church USA’s climate justice coordinator, visited West Union Mennonite Church, Parnell, Iowa, and spoke about climate change. Read more here: mennoniteusa.org/menno-snapshots/rivels 

Mennonite Mission Network Prayer Request:  MMN praises God for Alfonsina and José Oyanguren’s two decades of ministry in the Argentine Chaco and for the exciting audio and visual ministries they are developing. Pray for the Christian radio programs, which help the Toba-Qom people better understand the biblical message, and for the impact that the Jesus Film is having in communities in the Chaco.
Western District Conference Prayer Request:  Pray for generous financial support for WDC congregations and their ministries, and for WDC as it equips and connects with congregations and ministry leaders across the conference.

Bethel College Mennonite Church is an open and affirming congregation
centered in the life and teachings of Jesus. Embracing the divine within each person, we warmly welcome any and all into fellowship without regard to race, ethnic background, gender identity, sexual orientation, ability,
economic status, marital status, or age.