As 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.
We 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)
On 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.
Last 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.
The 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!
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.
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
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
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
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 email@example.com
or (574) 349-7473. Visit www.biddingforgood.com/MCCAuction
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 www.peacefulliving.org
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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 www.margaretbauman.com
. Contact her at email@example.com
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 www.CHHclinics.org