Bethesda Women's Ministries' Mission is to empower women as we nurture our life in Christ through studying the Bible, using our gifts, hearing each other, and engaging in missions and service.  Our vision invites women across generations, cultures and places to share and honor our stories, care for each other and express our prophetic voice boldly as we seek to follow Christ.


Do not remember the former things or consider the things of old.  I am about to do a new thing; now it springs forth, do you not perceive it?  I will make a way in the wilderness and rivers in the dessert.

Isaiah 43:18-19


Winter Sewing & Project Days take place on the 2nd and 4th Tuesdays in January, February and March, 9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.


January 11 & 25, 2022

February 8 & 22, 2022

March 8 & 24, 2022


Hand quilting, tying/stitching comforters, embroidering tea towels/pillowcases, crocheting/knitting prayer shawls, sewing projects for MCC

  • Lunch served @ 12:00 p.m. each sewing day
  • Cost of meal is $5 per person
  • A short devotional and announcements follow lunch
  • All are welcome to join us for the fellowship meal, even if you are unable to help with sewing
  • Come and go as your schedule permits
  • No sewing experience needed to share in spreading the Good News!
  • Bring a friend!!

first tuesday evening gatherings

Bethesda Women's Ministries meets on the "First Tuesday" of each month beginning in March @ 7:00 p.m. in the Fellowship Hall, with some exceptions.

MARCH 1: Bible Study & Feature by Marg Siebert: "Moses and the Ten Commandments"

APRIL 7: 6:30 p.m. Catered Meal by Sheila Huebert using recipes from "The Art of French Cooking" by Julia Child.

Special entertainment with Ken Rogers, Hesston College Music Professor, presenting his Julia Child impersonation, as well as providing us with piano music. 

(PLEASE NOTE: This is a Thursday.)  Tickets are available in the church office for $15 each.

APRIL 12:  All women are welcome to join the BWM group to travel to the MCC Resource Center and Workroom on Tuesday, April 12.  Time will be spent working with and learning about material aid items that are sent to people in need through MCC.  There will also be some time to explore downtown Newton during the lunch break.  We will be leaving the church parking lot at 6:00 a.m. and returning around 8:00 p.m.  Please sign up on the BWM bulletin board in the east hallway for transportation planning.  Any questions may be directed to Kathryn Goertzen or Carol Janzen.

MAY 3: Bible Study & Feature

JUNE/JULY: There will be no First Tuesday gatherings in June and July.

AUGUST 2: The Power of Sisterhood

SEPTEMBER 6: Sisterhood of Prayer

OCTOBER 4: Sisterhood of Embrace

NOVEMBER 3: Sisterhood by Choice

DECEMBER: To be determined

OFFERINGS support the many ministries of BWM and Bethesda, MC USA, as well as organizations and ministries across the community and wider church.

mennonite women usa

For more information on what is happening with Mennonite women's groups in the US and around the world go to

Join us September 17-18, 2022, at Swan Lake Christian Camp Retreat Center in Viborg, South Dakota for the Central Plains Mennonite Conference Women's Retreat.  Enjoy fellowship, nature walks, games, inspirational singing and Bible study and reflection with featured speaker, Pastor Chelsea Vaught.  Pastor Chelsea will be sharing on "Exploring the Intersection of Faith & Music."  Questions, contact Carol Janzen at 402-366-7984.


For over 20 years, Mennonite Women USA has been supporting women all over the world by giving them scholarships to pursue higher education in Bible Studies, Church Leadership, Theology, Peace Studies, etc.  About 140 women from over 30 countries have received scholarships.

birthday hostesses

January/February - Kathryn Goertzen

March/April - Virginia Peters

May/June - Marg Siebert

July/August - Rosella Goertzen

September/October - Velma Friesen

November/December - Arlyce Friesen

Watch the bulletin for announcements for your birthday month gathering!


Bethesda Women's Ministries prayer shawl ministry provides a tangible symbol of Bethesda's love and prayers for those who are hurting, facing health challenges or major life changes.

May each one who recieves a prayer shawl feel the warmth of the prayers from the church.

P.S. We have a large donation of yarn in the BWM material room if you knit or crochet prayer shawls.

cancellation & postponement

FUNERAL SERVICE:  Funeral services at Bethesda always take precedence.  If a funeral is scheduled for a Sewing/Project Day, BWM will be moved to the Thursday of that week.

INCLEMENT WEATHER: BWM will follow the lead of Heartland Community School.  If HCS is closed due to weather, BWM will not meet but plan to reschedule for the Thursday of the same week.  

Early dismissal will postpone evening events.  

A late start will not affect BWM meetings.  

Along with following school closing announcements, BWM postponement information will be shared through the church office, church website @ and school website


Chair, Publicity: Carol Janzen

Vice Chair: To be announced

Recorder: Carol Ott

Treasurer: JoAnne Buller

Program Planning Co-Chairs: *Lin Friesen, *Marg Siebert , Velma Friesen, Sheila Huebert, Marlene Thieszen

Sewing/Project Day: Quilts - Shar Michel, Iris Peters; Comforters - Dorothy Balaban, Becky Buller, Lois Roberts, Edda Schlund, Lindy Siebert; Embroidery - Wilma Dick, Inez Hiebner

Devotionals: Marlene Thieszen

Hospitality Co-Chairs: *Arlyce Friesen, *Darlene Janzen, Carrie Bergen, Joan Friesen, Brenda Hiebner, Carol Ott

Ministry Options Chair: To be announced

Birthday Coffees: Virginia Peters

Care Center Programs: Arlyce Friesen

Comforters Short-Term Mission Workers: Dorothy Balaban

Flowers: Kathy Siebert

Friendship Ministry: To be announced

Prayer Shawls: Marion Friesen

Transportation: JoAnne Buller, Linda Yoder, Carol Janzen