Berkey Avenue Mennonite Fellowship
A congregation of Mennonite Church USA
Berkey Avenue Mennonite Fellowship
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July 6, 2014

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Berkey Announcements

Surviving the Storm

Fallen Trees on the BuildingAs many individuals and families across the area still recover from the devastating effects of Monday's storm, we feel thankful for God presence and provision.  While the church building and the house next door were both significantly damaged by fallen trees, the damage could have been much worse. Thank you to all the church members and neighbors who came out to clear limbs, brush, who provided meals and offered support in many different ways. 

GIHN This Week

GIHNWe look forward to hosting three GIHN families this week, July 6-13. With the ins and outs of summer schedules we needed more subs than usual and did a lot more switching. THANK YOU so much to all the volunteers who were able to help. Berkey folks are known for being flexible and willing to help out when needed -- and this is yet another example of that! ~ Gratefully, Ruth, Sue, Linda, Lorraine (Berkey GIHN committee)

Second Sunday Summer Picnic

Summer PicnicOn Sunday, July 13, there will be a Second Sunday Summer Picnic instead of the nurture hour. We will plan to be outdoors on the lawn so bring blankets or lawn chairs and table service for your family. This will be an all finger foods meal. Suggested items to bring include: cold sandwiches, cheese and crackers, raw veggies, fruit pieces, relish trays, cookies, brownies. Please do not bring crockpots for this carry-in. Drinks will be provided.

Ladies Lunch Bunch

Ladies eating togetherLast week we made an error on the date of the Ladies Lunch Bunch.  The Ladies Lunch Bunch will all actually meet on meet at on Thursday, July 10 at  at the China Supreme Buffet (off Lincolnway East).  Ladies of the church are all welcome to join. Kindly RSVP to Laverne Nafziger by Tuesday, July 8.

Support for Model School

Model StudentsVolunteers are needed to prepare and/or serve a noon meal at the church for Model School staff on August 5 as they prepare for the start of the new school year.  Faith Lutheran church has agreed to join us and coordinate support activities with us for the coming year.  They will be serving a meal on August 6.  Please let Lowell Nafziger know if you can help with the August 5 meal.

Stephen Ministers

Stephen Ministers
Stephen Ministers are people of faith who are compassionate and trustworthy. Stephen Minister Training provides skills for one-to-one lay Christian caregiving. If you are feeling called to explore whether Stephen Ministry is for you, the application process will help you further understand what it means to be a Stephen Minister, the commitment involved, and help you discern if your gifts can best be used in this ministry at BAMF. Read the job description. Application forms are available here or on the literature rack by the mailboxes. Completed applications may be put in the mailbox marked Stephen Ministry, or e-mailed back to  If you have questions, please contact Shirley Dick or Marilyn Rudy-Froese.

 Throwback Thursday / Flashback Friday

Flashback FridayThe storm has us doing Flashback Friday instead of Throwback Thursday, and thinking about our building, which has changed, been repaired and added to over the years. Head on over to our Facebook page for a photographic collection of our early history -- complete with difficult to recognize building features, incredible hairstyles and clothing, and who knows what else we will dig up! Play along and see if you can spot anybody you know, and don't forget to like our page if you haven't already!

Our Schools

Bethany Christian Schools Bethany Christian Schools

Follow high school science teacher Calvin Swartzendruber's trip to Europe, retracing the steps of early chemists and physicists, and creating short video podcasts to use in the classroom. This past weekend he was in Switzerland! Read his blog.

Goshen College Goshen College

An interim leadership team for the Goshen College Athletic Program has been established and announced for the 2014-15 academic year. Josh Gleason, Josh Keister, and Doug Yoder offer a combined 30+ years of experience at Goshen College. Learn more.

AMBS Anabaptist Mennonite Biblical Seminary

Anabaptist short courses provide a way for new Anabaptists and people seeking to deepen their ministry in the way of Jesus to engage Anabaptist history, thought and witness. Followers of Jesus today discover each other and the early Anabaptists as kindred spirits through their study of theology and history. Participants explore the resources of the Anabaptist witness across five centuries as a source of inspiration and guidance in our witness today. Learn more.

Community Announcements

Letter from the Conference Pastor

On this first day (well, second day now) of July I greet you in the name of Jesus who lives and walks among us. I give thanks for your ministry and for the ministry of your congregation in the community where you are located. May you continue finding meaningful ways to engage with the community, your corner of the world God loves. Learn more.

Free Conference Seminar on July 24 and 26

IN-MI Mennonite Conference is sponsoring a free web/phone seminar on financial development for congregations. In just one hour, “Giving for a Change” will provide an overview of the current financial landscape, connect ministry to budgeting, and offer tips on the most productive steps for your congregation. Learn more.

Celebrate MCC Great Lakes

The Celebrate MCC Great Lakes events took place across the region on May 3-11, 2014. The tour included visits with thrift shop volunteers and community groups, as well as presentations in congregations. Keynote speakers for the events were Garly Michel, Executive Director for Wozo, an MCC partner in Haiti working with trauma-healing, and Kristen & Wawa Chege, MCC Haiti Policy Analysts and Advocacy Coordinators. Learn more

New Creation Care Curriculum: Every Creature Singing

Every Creature Singing: Embracing the Good News for Planet Earth is an adult curriculum prepared by Mennonite Creation Care Network. The sessions call users to vigorous Bible study, probe peace and justice issues and inspire appropriate lifestyle changes. Learn more.

Day Trip

Yellow Creek Mennonite Church will be having a Senior Adult Day Trip to Sauder Village on September 18. The cost is $50 per person due by August 4. Checks should be made payable to Yellow Creek Mennonite Church with Senior Bus Trip in the memo line. Registration forms are available in the Berkey office (see Rafael Barahona or Priscillah Metekai) and  checks should be given to Larry Stauffer,  Yellow Creek treasurer, or mailed to Larry at: 64953 SR 19, Wakarusa, IN 46573. Please contact Marilyn E. Miller at (574) 875-7642 or Marge Detweiler at (574) 534-3311 with any questions. 

Michiana Mennonite Relief Sale

The Michiana Mennonite Relief Sale Silent Auction is seeking donations such as: unique experiences, gift certificates, handmade artwork and furniture, collectibles, home décor, outdoor items, themed gift baskets, and other items and services. Items must be new (except unique collectibles and antiques), must have a minimum value of $40, and must be received by September 12. We also need volunteers to help secure donations, pick up auction items, promote the silent auction among bidders in your congregation and community, and help during the sale weekend.  Please contact or (574) 349-7473.  Visit for more information. All proceeds benefit Mennonite Central Committee.

Maple City Health Care Center 25th Anniversary

Maple City Health Care Center invites the public to attend our 25th anniversary celebration on Saturday, July 12, 2014 from 2:00 p.m. - 5:30 p.m. Activities include facility tours (a walk through history), children’s activities, refreshments, and a program of storytelling. The location for activities between 2:00 p.m. and 3:30 p.m. is Maple City Health Care Center at 213 Middlebury Street. The location for activities between 3:30 p.m. and 5:30 p.m. is the Boys and Girls Club at 306 Crescent Street. For information, call Kellie O’Connell at 574-534-3300 ext. 152.

MCC Reaching out to Iraqis Displaced by Armed Conflict

As armed conflict forces Iraqis from their homes, Mennonite Central Committee (MCC) is providing vital items for daily life and is planning with partner organizations for an ongoing response.  MCC also is calling on U.S. lawmakers to oppose military intervention in Iraq and instead to send humanitarian aid for the U.N.-estimated 1.9 million internally displaced persons (IDPs) in the country. Learn more.

First Friday at the Window

The Window will not be participating in July's First Friday due to the holiday.  Have a wonderful and safe 4th of July, and we hope to see you August 1st!

Senior Tuesday Luncheon

You are invited to the next Senior Tuesday Luncheon at Yellow Creek Mennonite Church on Tuesday, July 15, at noon in the Fellowship Hall. Invite your friends and neighbors to join us! The cost is $5.00 per person, paid at the door. Our menu will feature meat loaf, mashed potatoes and gravy, fresh green beans, and pineapple upside down cake for dessert.  Our program is entitled "Journey in Missions - Verda Weaver’s experiences in third world missions." For reservations, call the Yellow Creek church office at (574) 862-2595 by Monday, July 7.

Peaceful Living Conference

A Peaceful Living Conference will take place on Saturday, September 27, in Souderton, PA. The theme is "Co-Creating Caring Relationships to Navigate Life's Journey." This is a conference for families, caregivers, congregational leadership, and healthcare professionals.  The conference will feature Erik W. Carter, PhD, and Bill Gaventa, MDiv, as keynote speakers. For more details visit

Congregational Disabilities Awareness Golf Benefit

ADNet and MDC Goldenrod are collaborating on this Congregational Disabilities Awareness Golf Benefit to be held July 26, 2014 at Timber Ridge Golf Club in Millersburg, IN. We are modifying the usual golf scramble format in that we are planning for a maximum of 30 teams with 3 playing golfers and a fourth non-playing captain who has a disability (could be developmental, emotional, mental or physical) to primarily be the cheerleader. Learn more.


Have something to sell, rent or lend?  Want to buy or borrow something? Looking for a job or wanting to volunteer? This is the place to have it be known!

Maple City Health Care Center is a non-profit organization providing health care for low-income, Hispanic, and uninsured people . MCHCC is seeking to hire an administrative assistant and an interpreter. Please contact Nayla Jimémez Cabezas at (574) 534-3300 ext. 112 or with questions.
 Margaret Bauman, recent Purdue grad with a BS in Computer Graphics Technology, is seeking employment in Web Design/Development. Please visit her portfolio website at Contact her at or (219) 629-9809. Any information or ideas would be appreciated!
The Center for Healing & Hope, a faith-based urgent care clinic, has an opening for a Patient Advocate. Position involves advocating for patients within the healthcare system, networking with medical and social service providers, working with volunteers and managing the non-medical aspect of the clinic. Applicants must be Spanish/English bilingual and have a bachelor’s degree: social work or related job experience required. Position is .75 FTE with generous benefits and requires some evening hours. More information at

Getting to Know

Stewardship and Finance Commission

Pete Graber

Pete Graber

I was born in Bay City, Michigan, but lived most of my early years in Stryker, Ohio.  I attended Stryker Schools where I participated in the school’s sports programs. Following High School, I spent two years in I-W service in Denver Colorado and participated in the youth group at the First Mennonite Church in Denver. Following I-W service, I enrolled at Bethel College in North Newton, Kansas where I met Melba.  We have two daughters and four grandchildren all living in Goshen.  I’m a retired junior high school teacher and elementary school principal and am presently doing some volunteer work for Habitat For Humanity. Church has always been an important part of my life.  My father was a Mennonite pastor for many years and he, along with my mother, were good role models for me during my years at home and later in life. I enjoy singing and attending good concerts, refinishing furniture, attending auctions, gardening, and playing golf. I also enjoy doing activities with our grandkids.

Whether you are new or a charter member, we are continually learning to know each other and we want to get to know you more. It can be very simple, your name, what you do for a living and what you are interested in. You can view our newsletter archive for some examples. Interested in being featured? Let us know!

We will no longer be printing and distributing calendars each month.  They are however, available for download.
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This Week
July 10: Ladies Lunch Bunch, 11:30 a.m.

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PrayerPlease contact the office by 9:00 a.m. Thursday with prayer requests.

Caleb Yoder is teaching congregational and upper-level courses on biblical study and Anabaptist theology in Ecuador. Pray for energy and inspiration as Caleb helps provide leadership for a new church in Calderón and adds preaching and administration responsibilities to his normal course load.

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Church Notes
Sunday Service Info

This Sunday: July 6

Rafael Barahona, Nancy and Dick Yoder

Sara Alvarez

Anita & Tavi Mounsithiraj

Offering Counters: 
Barbara Eichorn, Greg Smucker

Audio / Visual:
Phil Bauman / Marilyn Rudy-Froese

Sherry and Curt Wenger

Next Sunday: July 13

Diane Beam, Nancy and Dick Yoder

Sara Alvarez

Anita & Tavi Mounsithiraj

Offering Counters: 
Ron Good, Rick Hostetter

Audio / Visual:
Phil Bauman / Marilyn Rudy-Froese

Tracy and Tim Thorne
Statistical Report 
(June 29)

Attendance: 136
General Fund: $5,697.70
Bethany Tuition: $865.00
College Matching: $370.00


Berkey Avenue
Mennonite Fellowship

2509 Berkey Avenue
Goshen, IN 46526
(574) 534-2398

Office Hours
8:30 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.

Tuesday - Friday
8:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.
12:00 noon - 2:00 p.m.

Dan Schrock
Marilyn Rudy-Froese
Lois Stoltzfus Mast

Greg Smucker (Chairperson)
Roy Bergey
Lee Roy Berry, Jr.
Shirley Dick
Jan Shetler

Renae Yoder (Chairperson)
Doug Baker
Laura Horst
Richard Miller
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