Worship service and announcements for May 5-19, 2024

Sixth Sunday of Easter

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/S2lqTJoFE4Q?feature=share

May 5, 2024
Sixth Sunday of Easter

Christ Candle Lighting
Centering Music–At the River (Aaron Copeland)—Riley King, bass; Will Wiebe-Friesen, piano
Land Acknowledgement, Welcome & Prayer—Nathan Koontz
*Hymn—Be Thou My Vision—VT 549
Kin-dom Report—Heather Zerger, Pastoral Search Committee Chair
Children’s Conversation—Joanna Harader
Anthem—I Sing the Mighty Power of God (Mark Patterson)—Chancel Choir; Riley King, director; Will Wiebe-Friesen, accompanist
Scripture Reading—John 15:9-17—Dale Schrag
Sermon—The More Things Change. . . Joanna Harader
*Hymn—O God in Heaven—VT 720
Prayers of God’s People
*Hymn—Heart With Loving Heart United—VT 813
Choral Benediction—Peace I Leave With You (Amy Beach)—Chancel Choir
Postlude—Prelude in Classic Style (G. Young)—Will Wiebe-Friesen
* You are invited to stand
VT—Voices Together
Audio visual—Ken Lamp

The Next Two Weeks at BCMC:  May 5—19, 2024

Sunday, May 5, 2024
9:30 a.m. Worship Service
YouTube Link for this Sunday:
4 p.m.          Woven and Open Road (a cappella women’s and men’s
ensembles from Bethel College) Concert in the Sanctuary

Monday, May 6, 2024
10 a.m.   Solar Panel Sub-committee meeting in Room 14
7 p.m.     Facilities Committee meeting in Fellowship Hall
Tuesday,  May 7, 2024
11 a.m.   Staff Meeting
Thursday, May 9, 2024
10 a.m.   Library Committee meeting in Room 14
Sunday, May 12, 2024—Bethel College Baccalaureate
There will be no worship service in the BCMC Building—Bethel College
Baccalaureate begins at 10 a.m. in Memorial Hall—All are invited

Tuesday, May 14, 2024
9 a.m.       Women’s Fellowship Executive Board meeting in Room 14
7:30 p.m.  Finance Committee meeting in Room 14
Thursday, May 16, 2024
4 p.m.       Witness Commission meeting in Room 14
Sunday, May 19, 2024—Pentecost Sunday
9:30 a.m.  Worship with sermon by Nathan Koontz; communion will be served
10:45 a.m.  Congregational Meeting in the Sanctuary
11:45 a.m.  Fundraiser Lunch served by the Senior High Youth Group

VBS is coming up! Newton Mennonite Vacation Bible School will meet at Shalom Mennonite Church, 5:30-7:30pm, May 28-31. On Sunday Morning, June 2, all our congregations will worship together on the Bethel College Green. VBS is open to all students from age 4 to grade 4, and we also need adult, high school, and junior high volunteers! To register students, visit https://bit.ly/newtonvbskids   and to register as a volunteer, please visit https://bit.ly/newtonvbsvols . Our congregation’s contact people for VBS are Jill Robb and Mary Ellen Hodge. 
BCMC Offering for April 25 General Fund $4,802; Plant Fund $50; Columbarium Fund $1,000; Caring Fund $25; Solar Fund $3,000.

Thank you, Riley King! A heartfelt THANK YOU to Riley King for his two years as BCMC Chancel Choir Director. Riley and Malinda are moving to Virginia this summer. Riley, best wishes to you in the next chapter of your life.  Come to the Gathering Place after the worship service to wish Riley and Malinda well and have a piece of cake!
Land Acknowledgement 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.   

–The KAW Nation Intertribal Powwow on June 21-22 as part of Council Grove Washunga Days 2024 will be held at Allegawaho Park, outside Council Grove on the site of Kaw homelands and includes the return of the sacred Red Rock to the Kaw people from Lawrence.
–Join the Annual Gathering of the Coalition to Dismantle the Doctrine of Discovery June 28-30, 2024, in St. Paul, Minnesota and the Repair Network Training on July 1.  The three-day gathering includes:  June 28–Makoce Ikikcupi field trip to Zani Otunwe. June 29-30– Annual gathering in person or on Zoom. July 1–Decolonization and Organizing for Systems Change (in-person only).  RSVP at this link by June 15.
Roger Neufeld Smith will be driving back to Newton Sunday afternoon (5/5). He will be back in Newton on Wednesday, May 22 Roger checks his email and phone regularly.  Feel free to contact him via email, text or phone (785-220-1968.)
Future Events at BCMC:
· This is Candidating Sunday for our pastoral candidate, Joanna Harader.  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.
   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.

Thank you, Barbara Thiesen!   A huge THANK YOU to Barbara Thiesen for her eight years as BCMC Music Coordinator (the last two as co-coordinator with Verlene Garber). We have appreciated your attention to detail as you gave leadership and scheduling oversight to special music, organists, ensembles, maintenance of instruments, and so much more. Barbara will be leaving this position as of May 31.
Music Co-Coordinator Position at BCMC — BCMC is looking for a Music Co-Coordinator. This is a 12-month part-time position that is shared with Music Co-Coordinator Verlene Garber. This position is responsible for overseeing and scheduling keyboard maintenance, music ensembles, organists, special music, etc. We hope to have the position filled by June 1. Inquiries may be addressed to Esther Kreider Eash, Chair, BCMC Worship Commission at ekeash@gmail.com. Application forms are available from Monica Lichti, BCMC Office/Facilities Manager at 316-283-3667 or office@bethelcollegemennonitechurch.org  

 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

Bethel College Announcements
· TODAY (Sun., May 5) – Sunday-Afternoon-at-the-Museum with Stan Senner of the National Audubon Society, 3 p.m., Kauffman Museum auditorium. Senner will speak on “Birds and Birding Connect Kansas to the World.” 
· TODAY (Sun., May 5) – Woven and Open Road joint concert, 4 p.m., Bethel College Mennonite Church (NOTE TIME CHANGE) 
· Fri., May 10 – Artist reception for Senior Art Exhibit II, Morgan Marsh, 7-9 p.m., Regier Art Gallery in Luyken Fine Arts Center. Gallery hours are 9 a.m.- 4 p.m. Mon.-Fri., Sun. 2-4 p.m. 
· Bethel College commencement weekend is Sat.-Sun., May 11-12. Events: Nurse Pinning Ceremony, 2 p.m., May 11, Krehbiel Auditorium in Luyken Fine Arts Center; Baccalaureate, 10 a.m., and Commencement, 4 p.m., May 12, both in Memorial Hall.

Janet Harder Stucky has returned to Mercy Ships, a surgical ship currently docked in Toamasina, Madagascar.  Janet has joined the medical team as a clinical dietitian collaborating with the medical staff to treat local surgical patients. In this role she is responsible for the overall nutrition management of the patients in preparation for surgery, during hospitalization, and as outpatients during their healing process. Her assignment continues through mid August 2024.

Hesston College Announcements
· May 10 and 11 – Student Recitals and Theatre Showcase  Hesston College’s performing arts programs will be on display. Sophomore students involved in choral activities will perform recitals at 2 and 4 p.m., Fri., May 10, as well as 2:30 p.m. on Sat., May 11. The annual theatre showcase will be performed Sat.at 1 p.m.
· May 10, 7 p.m.- International Chorale Farewell Concert, Hesston Mennonite Church. Hesston College Chorale presents a concert titled “Veni, Sancte Spiritus.” The chorale will travel to Europe tour from May 14 to June 4, performing at churches in the Netherlands, Germany and Switzerland. 
· May 11 – 114th Commencement Ceremony, Sat., May 11, 4 p.m. This year’s commencement speaker is Dr. Rebecca Hernandez.

Living With Loss Support Group
Living with Loss support group will be offered May 7th through June 11th.  The support group is open to all who have experienced the death of a loved one, divorce, unemployment or any other life experience that has created grief.
Living with Loss support group is co-facilitated by Elizabeth Schmidt, Pastor for Congregational Care at Bethel College Mennonite Church, and Dr. Gary Blaine.  Dr. Blaine is a retired chaplain and certified in grief counseling and grief group facilitation, as well as palliative care and hospice care.
The meetings will last six weeks, beginning at 5:30 P.M. at Bethel College Mennonite Church.  The support group is open to anyone and requires a minimum of six participants for the group to form.  The cost is $10.00 per week.  The group will gather for six weeks.  The group will be closed to new participants after the second session.
To register, please call Pastor Schmidt at (316) 283-3667 or Dr. Blaine at (316) 239-5474.
— Elizabeth Schmidt

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.

Camp Mennoscah Announcements

The Retreat Center HVAC project will not be finished by the start of the summer.  There have been unexpected discoveries that have extended the time line for completion.  The Facilities Committee and Camp Mennoscah board are reviewing the next steps.  Camp Mennoscah staff will be in communication with groups with Retreat Center reservations.  Work will continue on the project with a brief hiatus to get campgrounds and the pool ready for Summer Youth Camps.  Please keep the board, camp staff and the project in your prayers.  Questions can be directed to olivia.bartel@campmennoscah.org or call 620-297-3290

Other events and happenings:

  • Want more information about the 2024 Summer Youth Camps?  Scroll through this information for summer youth camp information and scriptures.  Send a child, grandchild or invite a friend to come to a week of fun-filled faith in the midst of creation.  The theme for the summer is Linked By Love and looks at how God’s love teaches us about faith and commitment.  Register online! 
  • Tasty Treat Makers Needed!  Parents can receive a discount up to full camp fees as kitchen staff for a week of summer youth camp.  Willing hands and hearts are all that is needed.  The head cook will direct you in what needs to be done to make yummy meals for campers and staff.  Kitchen staff are needed for June 9-14, June 23-28, July 7-12, July 14-19, and July 21-26!  Contact olivia.bartel@campmennoscah.org or call 620-297-3290.  Free camp tee shirt and tasty meals provided, as well as the hearty thank yous of well-fed campers.
  • Bandaid Appliers needed for the weeks of Junior High 2 (July 7-12) and Junior 2 (July 14-19).  Nurses must be an RN and can receive a stipend or a full parent discount.  Contact us at 620-297-3290 or olivia.bartel@campmennoscah.org if you are interested.  The care you share gives campers a fun and safe camp week!
  • All sorts of camp volunteer fun! Tasks to keep Camp Mennoscah moving along smoothly are many.  Volunteers are needed for a variety of tasks–mowing, clearing trails, weeding the flower beds.  Contact us at 620-297-3290, 316-293-7313 (text) or olivia.bartel@campmennoscah.org.  Thank you to the many volunteers who have already volunteered!

For Mennonite Mission Network “News and Beyond” press here

For Mennonite Church USA Climate Justice Ministry Webinar:  “Faith, Food, Soil and Climate” press here

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

Mennonite Church USA Announcements

For the months of April and May, Mennonite Church USA will focus on addressing climate justice concerns, through its Learn, Pray, Join initiative, “Climate Justice: Seeking Shalom.” Learn more here: mennoniteusa.org/lpj/climate-shalom View the PowerPoint slide here: mennoniteusa.org/slide/lpj-climate View the PDF here: mennoniteusa.org/pdf/lpj-climate 

MC USA’s Climate Justice Ministry is hosting a webinar titled, “Faith, Food, Soil and Climate,” on Monday, May 13. 2024, at 2 p.m. ET/11 a.m. PT. Five panelists will explore how growing and sharing food can provide nourishment for mind, body and spirit, while building healthy soils, lowering greenhouse gas emissions and creating more just and resilient communities. The webinar is part of MC USA’s current Learn, Pray, Join initiative, Climate Justice: Seeking Shalom. Register here: mennoniteusa.org/webinar/registration-climate-may13 View the PowerPoint slide here: mennoniteusa.org/slide/lpj-climate3 View the PDF here: mennoniteusa.org/pdf/lpj-climate3

Menno Snapshots

Pastor Suzette Shreffler, White River Cheyenne Mennonite Church, Busby, Montana, and Pastor Sandy Drescher-Lehman, Wild Church gatherer, share a prayer and a blessing, respectively, crying out for better stewardship of God’s creation. These resources are part of MC USA’s Learn, Pray, Join initiative, Climate Justice: Seeking Shalom series. Read it here: mennoniteusa.org/cries-for-better-stewardship

Jenny Gehman, spiritual director and east coast representative for Mennonite Women USA, reflects on her own journey to spiritual direction and the holy hospitality she has experienced. Read her Menno Snapshots blog here: mennoniteusa.org/spiritual-holy-hospitality

Mennonite Mission Network Prayer Request:  Robin Gingerich, of MMN has served as an administrator and teacher at LCC International University in Lithuania since 2001. She requests prayer for wisdom, patience and kindness among faculty, staff and students, as they complete the school year. Pray also for an end to the war in neighboring Ukraine.

Western District Conference Prayer Request:  Give thanks for youth ministers, sponsors and mentors in WDC congregations, and pray for them as they accompany young people in the journey of faith.  

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.