Parent Child Dedication is a special time for parents to affirm their intention to raise their child in an environment where the child’s faith will flourish. In this act of consecration, we praise God and also bring the newborn/child into a relationship with the body of Christ.  In this service, parents commit themselves to this calling. 

Children are safe in the care of God.  When they are able to be accountable for their own actions, they are able to make the church's faith their own and declare their wish for baptism.

The next Parent Child Dedication will take place December 10, 2023.  Please call the church office if you would like your child dedicated.


Faith & Life Bookstore from Newton, Kansas, brings out a large selection of books and gifts for purchase at our Youth Christmas Market fundraiser in December.  Preorders are a great way to make sure you get the items you want! This year, Faith & Life Bookstore will be at Bethesda Sunday, December 3 and Monday, December 4.


June 3-7, 2024 8:30 - 11:30 a.m.

"Hometown Nazareth - Where Jesus was a Kid" 

Travel back into Bible times — without setting foot outside Henderson. Each day, your kids can become part of history as they see, hear, touch, and even taste what it was like to live in Jesus’ hometown!


Sunday, December 17, 2023 @ 7:00 p.m.

Featuring Chancel Choir, The A*MEN, & the Worship Band


The Nebraska Mennonite Relief Sale is a two-day charity event that takes place every year at the Hamilton County Fairgrounds in Aurora, Nebraska.  For over 40 years, Mennonite and Anabaptist churches from Nebraska and Colorado have worked together to raise funds for Mennonite Central Committee by selling food, quilts, craft items and more.

This year's sale takes place April 5 - 6, 2024.

Go to the site below for additional information.

Nebraska MCC Sale 2024


Memorial Day Services are held each year at the following cemeteries:

9:00 a.m. Friesen (West) Cemetery

10:00 a.m. Bethesda Mennonite Church Cemetery

11:00 a.m. Mennonite Cemetery

(In the event of inclement weather, services will be cancelled.)


"How can we know the way?"

Central Plains Annual Meeting will be hosted by the South East Iowa Mennonite Churches at the Sugar Creek Mennonite Church in Wayland, Iowa on June 20 - 23, 2024.  Michele Hershberger will be the Keynote Speaker. 

Visit the Central Plains Mennonite Conference website to learn more and to register.

CPMC Annual Meeting



Have you ever wondered what people are talking about when they say they are giving something up for Lent?

Lent is a season of 40 days, not including Sundays, which begins on Ash Wednesday and ends on Holy Saturday.  The 40 days represents the time Jesus spent in the wilderness, enduring the temptation of Satan and preparing to begin his ministry. 

Lent is often described as a time of preparation and an opportunity to go deeper with God.  This means that it's a time for personal reflection that prepares people's hearts and minds for Good Friday, Easter, and every day of the week.  The three main things people focus on during Lent are prayer, fasting (abstaining from something to reduce distractions and focus more on God) and giving.  

  • Prayer during Lent focuses on our need for God's forgiveness.  It's also about repenting from our sins and receiving God's mercy and love.
  • Fasting is a common practice during Lent.  The idea is that giving up something that's a regular part of life (like eating dessert or scrolling through social media) can be a reminder of Jesus' sacrifice.  That time can also be replaced with more time connecting with God.
  • Giving money or doing something good for others is a way to respond to God's grace, generosity and love.

It's important to note that doing these things can never make us earn or deserve Jesus' sacrifice.  People are flawed and will never be good enough for a perfect God.  But Jesus has the power to rescue us from ourselves by offering the free gift of salvation! 

Join us in the sanctuary Wednesday @ 12:00 p.m. for an Ash Wednesday service.


We believe the Lord's Supper is a sign by which the church remembers the new covenant which Jesus established by his death. The bread is a sign of Christ's body and the cup is a sign of the new covenant in his blood.  In this meal, the church renews its covenant to be the body of Christ in the world and to live the life of Christ on behalf of others.  In the communion meal, all are invited to the Lord's table to renew their covenant with God and with each other.

2023 Communion Dates:

April 6, 2023 Maundy Thursday

May 28, 2023 Pentecost Communion

October 1, 2023 Worldwide Communion

December 31, 2023 Sunday Worship Service/New Year's Eve


Every year in November, approximately 1,000 school kits are packed and sent to Mennonite Central Committee for children around the world.    


Every year MCC’s Mobile Meat Canner travels across the United States and Canada meeting volunteers who prepare cans of turkey, beef, chicken and pork to be sent around the world.  The MCC Canner will be at Bethesda November 13-15, 2023.

Over 30,000 people a year volunteer to fill, weigh, wash and label every can. The finished cans are shipped to our partners, providing important nutrients when meat is hard to purchase. In the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK, or North Korea), where meat is scarce, MCC shares canned meat with our partners to supplement meals for children as well as patients with tuberculosis or hepatitis. For more information go to


Join us on the last Sunday of every month as we share a potluck meal in the Fellowship Hall.  

Feel free to join us anytime - no need to bring a dish if you are not able.  

Remember, we're Mennonites!  There is never a shortage of food!