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Bethel College to host WEB Day

September 11th, 2017

NORTH NEWTON, KAN. -Bethel College Women's Association will sponsor Welcome to Education at Bethel (WEB) Day from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., Saturday, Jan. 18 on the Bethel College campus in North Newton. This event, open to the public, celebrates education through a day of mini-courses for non-students. The day's schedule begins at 8:15 a.m. with registration and coffee in the Fine Arts Center lobby and a short meeting at 9 a.m. in Krehbiel Auditorium, Fine Arts Center.

Classes and Workshops

Four classes and two workshops will be offered. Participants can choose to attend several one-hour class sessions or two-hour workshops.

WEB Day classes include:

Bird Watching

Bob Regier, North Newton, studies birds. His slide presentation will show Kansas birds as seen by a backyard bird watcher. He will offer resources on attracting birds to the home landscape. Regier taught art at Bethel College from 1960 to 1992 and is a design consultant for Kauffman Museum at Bethel College. Offered at 9:15 a.m., 2:30 p.m.

Exploring Kansas

Mil Penner, Inman, will present a multi-media show "Exploring Kansas." Since 1985 he has made four journeys through the state with camera and notepad, visiting every county. One of the founders of the Kansas Sampler Festival, Penner has coauthored several books about Kansas. His most recent is "Section 27: A Century on a Family Farm" (The University Press of Kansas, 2002). Offered at 10:30 a.m., 2:30 p.m.

The Rest of the Story

John C. Murray, Hesston, will present a narrative approach to scripture by reflecting on biblical personalities who are often overlooked. Participants will be encouraged to connect the spiritual journeys from scripture with their own spiritual journeys of today. Murray has pastored Hesston Mennonite Church since 1999.

Offered at 10:30 a.m., 1:15 p.m.

Wood Sculpture (Releasing the Character and Beauty in Wood)

John W. Gaeddert, North Newton, has a fascination for wood. He will show some of his art pieces and demonstrate the processes he uses to create sculptures from walnut, cedar, Osage orange and other woods. A Bethel College graduate, Gaeddert is retired from pastoral ministry. Offered at 9:15 a.m, 1:15 p.m.

Get Hot with MCC (Millers Cooking Curry)

Vince and Priscilla Miller, Wichita, are a cooking combo. Participants will learn cooking techniques from India, sample its foods and take home some quick curry recipes. The Millers are both graduates of Bethel College. A native of India, Priscilla Miller is interim nursing supervisor and nurse coordinator for immunization and continuing nursing education at the Wichita-Sedgwick County Health Department. Vince Miller is a research analyst for Wichita State University.

Offered at 9:15 a.m., 1:15 p.m.

Transition into New Decorating through Change of Accessories

Gayle Funk, Newton, will lead a workshop offering ideas for wall and table arrangements that use existing collectibles. Participants will be guided in new trends in accessories, new and old trends in fabrics and textiles, fiber selection, window fashion ideas, wall and floor ideas and other design techniques to create a personal decorating style. A Bethel College graduate, Funk is senior designer at Decorator's Touch in Newton and is completing a specialist level certification in window fashion design with Window Fashions, a national organization. Offered at 9:15 a.m., 1:15 p.m.


WEB Day participants are invited to a luncheon in the Fellowship Hall, Bethel College Mennonite Church. Musicians Tom and Lois Harder, co-pastors of Lorraine Avenue Mennonite Church in Wichita, will perform. Reservations are required for the luncheon.

Registration, information

Cost is $4 for each class, $5 for each workshop, $7 for the luncheon. Because some class sizes are limited, early registration is encouraged. Registrations are due Jan. 7.

To register for WEB Day, contact Joretta Martens at (620) 465-2380 or For information only, call Cloris Enns at (620) 662-2005.

About Bethel

As the first Mennonite college founded in North America, Bethel College celebrates a tradition of progressive Christian liberal arts education, diversity within community, and lifelong learning.