Berkey Avenue Mennonite Fellowship
A congregation of Mennonite Church USA
Berkey Avenue Mennonite Fellowship
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June 19, 2016

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Berkey Announcements

Invitation from Ben and Laurel Woodward Breckbill

piePlease join us this Sunday, June 19, from 6:00-8:00 p.m. for an open house & farewell party in the Berkey fellowship hall. We will have homemade pie slices for all, and around 7:00 p.m. we will share some of what we will be doing next year in Belfast, Northern Ireland. Pre-ordered pies will be available for pickup after worship Sunday morning and also during the evening event.

Bible School Report

thank youWe had a wonderful week of Bible School! Our themes of “Catch the Spirit” and “Come and See” were lived out in many active ways during the week. Nineteen Berkey Avenue children participated--making new friends, using their talents, and offering money and many items to complete relief kits for refugees in Syria. We couldn’t have had a successful week without the help of many volunteers. A HUGE thank you goes out to:
  • Jenny Miller
  • Alex Miller
  • Shirley Dick
  • Judy Weaver
  • Laura Moshier
  • Patty Lehman
  • Patti MacGregor
  • Jenny Yoder
  • Beth Berry
  • Anita Mounsithiraj
  • Laverne Nafziger
  • Ruth Hathaway
  • Elizabeth Miller
  • Sarah Morrison
  • Dick/Nancy Yoder
  • Sue Byler
  • Janice Hostetler
  • Betty Kauffman
  • Denise Risser
  • Lavonn Hostetler
  • Diane Nafziger
  • Isaac Sawatzky
  • Angela Shenk
  • Deb Williams

Custodian Position

custodianWe have an opening for a custodian at Berkey. Tracy and Tim Thorne have been our custodians for a long time and are moving to Fort Wayne. We are looking for a replacement. This custodian would be responsible for cleaning church each week. Cleaning could be done on Thursdays, Fridays, or Saturdays. If you’re interested in this paid position, please contact Patrick Buller.—The Stewardship and Finance Commission

Note From the AV Team

avWe are looking for anyone interested in helping out with the operation of the church Audio and Video system on Sunday mornings.

Following is a list of things to consider -
  • No previous experience or special knowledge necessary.
  • We will train you, until you are comfortable operating the equipment.
  • AV operators take turns working one month rotations.
  • Current AV operators have been doing this for many years and enjoy the job.
  • Our system is easy to operate.
  • You will be making your contribution to the success of our service.
  • We need more volunteers.
  • We can use any age, male or female.
If interested, contact Ben Buckwalter, Michael Sherer, or Phil Bauman to volunteer or discuss further details of the job.

New to the Library

libraryTraces of Guilt, by Dee Henderson is a novel featuring detective Evie Blackwell who is turning up the heat on Illinois' Carin County cold cases.

Sins of the Past:  A Romatic Suspense Novella Collection, by Dee Henderson, Dani Pettrey and Lynette Eason.  The collection displays secrets, lies and danger that will never go away. Join three beloved masters of romatic suspense for novellas where the past will not stay buried.

Berkey Sermons on the Web

sermonsIf you would like to read a sermon from one of our Sunday morning worship services, including Jim Brenneman's sermon from last week, visit our website. On the home page you will find a tab for sermons and can read any sermon posted in the last three years. Simply click on a title, then the Sermon text button to read the pdf version. Recent audio recordings are also available for self check-out in the office.

Summer Nurture Hour Schedule & Classes

Summer Sunday SchoolSchedule

June 19 - Inter-generational classes for everyone.
June 26 - Inter-generational classes for everyone.
July 3 - Holiday, worship only (No Nurture Hour classes).
July 10 - All Church Picnic (No Nurture Hour classes).
July 17 - Inter-generational classes for everyone.
July 24 - Inter-generational classes for everyone.
July 31 - Inter-generational classes for everyone.
Aug. 7 - Inter-generational classes for everyone.
Aug. 14 - Inter-generational classes for everyone.
Aug. 21 - All Church Fellowship Meal and Congregational Meeting (No Nurture Hour classes).
Aug. 28 - Celebration Sunday/Refreshments (No Nurture Hour classes).

Intergenerational Classes

The theme for our summer program is Building Relationship/Building Community for ages 5-95. We hope you can join us for some fun and relaxing congregational picnics and intergenerational classes this summer that include:
  • Art (hands-on projects everyone can do and enjoy).
  • Music (music and movement for all ages).
  • Games (activities that build community and bring joy).
  • Sermon response class.
All the classes require no prior experiences. Just come and be ready to enjoy each other!

Pastor on Vacation

vacationDan Schrock is on vacation from June 11 through July 10 and will return to work on Monday, July 11.

Throwback Thursday

tbtHead 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!

Do you have an announcement for the Newsletter? Submit your announcement to the office by noon on Thursday. Announcements received after the deadline will be printed the following week.


Our Schools

icon_bcs Bethany Christian

Bethany Christian Schools is a dynamic learning community that integrates faith development with academic excellence. Grounded in Mennonite values, Bethany equips students for Christian discipleship in the church and around the world. To learn more about the school, visit their website.

Goshen College Goshen College

 The 2016-17 season of the Goshen College Performing Arts Series will again bring world-class performers to Goshen College’s Music Center, with a diverse and international lineup that represents new and returning artists from many countries, including England, South Africa, Ireland, Ukraine, Norway and Argentina, along with celebrated musicians from the United States. Read more online.

AMBS Anabaptist Mennonite Biblical Seminary

The Anabaptist Mennonite Biblical Seminary community grieves the horrific violence perpetrated against Pulse Orlando Nightclub. You are invited to read President Sara Wenger Shenk's letter on behalf of the AMBS learning community.

Community Announcements

Retirement Party for Zenebe Abebe

You're invited to join Mennonite Central Committee (MCC) for a retirement party to honor Zenebe Abebe, MCC Great Lakes Executive Director. The celebration will take place on July 23, 2:00 p.m., at College Mennonite Church. Please RSVP by email or call 574-534-4133. We hope you will join us in thanking Zenebe for his five years of service to MCC and wishing him well.


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!
Hannah Canaviri is moving back to Goshen in July and is looking for a place to rent. If you are looking for a renter, please email Hannah.

A wonderful young family from Rick and Joy Hostetter's church in Minneapolis is moving to the Goshen area this summer. Marcos and Jess Stolzfus are Goshen College graduates who have an 18 month old daughter and another child on the way. Marcos will join the leadership team at the Merry Lea Environmental Center mid-July. Because the schedule is very tight, they are looking for temporary housing or house sitting options beginning early July.  Any ideas or introductions are appreciated; please contact Rick or Joy Hostetter.

AMBS has several job openings. Visit their website to learn more.

Bethany Christian Schools invites applications for the position of evening custodian. For information about the position and an application form, go online or contact Head of School Tim Lehman.



June 19
Ben & Laurel Woodward Breckbill Fundraiser, 6:00-8:00 p.m.

June 20
Intercessory Prayer, 7:00 p.m.

June 22
MYF, 7:00 p.m.

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Anniversaries This Week
Marion and Meredith Yoder
Dan and Jennifer Schrock
Dick and Nancy Yoder
Joe and Anna Sawatzky

Birthdays This Week
Sarah Higley Morrison
Andrew Snyder
Anita Mounsithiraj

PrayerPlease contact the office by noon on Thursday with prayer requests.

Love is a Verb: Planning for Orlando 2017, to be held July 4–8, is underway! We invite your prayers for the Convention Planning staff members and the Worship Planning Committee as they make decisions that will give shape to this gathering.

Pray for Mennonite Mission Network’s Mennonite Voluntary Service workers who are serving with agencies to empower refugees and immigrants. These organizations provide food, clothing and housing, and also offer long-term assistance such as language classes, legal referrals, and employment services, and promote structural change through advocacy.

DownloadJune MMN Prayer Vine

Church Notes
Sunday Service Info

This Sunday:  June 19

Ruth Hathaway
Susan & Steve Garboden

Sara Alvarez

James &Trish Yoder

Ben Buckwalter

Lana Smucker

Infants:  Judy Weaver, Anita & Dale Snyder
Toddlers:  Ruth Hathaway, Evie & Dan Nafziger

Offering Counters:
Lowell Nafziger, Karl Sommers

Next Sunday:  June 26

Ruth Hathaway
Susan & Steve Garboden

Sara Alvarez

Merrill and Clare Krabill Family

Ben Buckwalter

Lana Smucker

Infants:  Denise Risser, Deb & Dan Williams
Toddlers:  Janice Hostetler, Jeannie & Phil Miller

Offering Counters:
Dick Ramer, Denise Risser

Statistical Report 
(June 12)

Attendance:  168
General Fund:  $6,993.50
Bethany 2016/17:  $15.00
College:  $20.00
Model School Fund:  $65.00
Parking Lot:  $50.00
Church Publications:  $140.05
Coffee:  $79.80

General Fund Income 2015-16 YTD
Actual: $249,718.69
Budget: $231,209.00

Berkey Avenue
Mennonite Fellowship

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

Office Hours
Monday - Friday
Hours vary

Interim Communications and Office Manager, Jenny Hooley:
Tuesday - Friday
10:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.

Marilyn Rudy-Froese
Dan Schrock

Greg Smucker (Chairperson)
Shirley Dick
Sherm Kauffman
Anita Mounsithiraj
Richard Aguirre

Doug Baker
Richard Miller
Laverne Nafziger
Judy Weaver
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