Berkey Avenue Mennonite Fellowship
A congregation of Mennonite Church USA
Berkey Avenue Mennonite Fellowship
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September 20, 2015

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Berkey Announcements

Peace Club

Peace ClubPeace Club will be meeting this Sunday, right after nurture time in Jubilee Hall. We will be learning about the difficult times being peacemakers when our ancestors came to where we live now. There were already people living here. What happened to those people?  Did anyone try to make peace with them? Children and their families from first through fifth grade are welcome and expected!

Note of thanks

Thank YouBarb and  I (Greg Smucker) are thankful for the many cards, gifts and kind words we received from many of you over that last few weeks. As we grieve the loss of my father, Ron Smucker, we continue to feel your love and support.  My father recognized the last weeks of his life as part of his spiritual journey. In turn, those weeks became a holy experience for our family as we surrounded and cared for him.  

Music Worship Team

Music Worship TeamDo you play an instrument?  Consider joining our music worship team.
There are a number of musicians, young and old, that helped accompany congregational singing during a few worship services this summer.  As a result, the Music Worship Team was formed.  The Music Worship Team will lead singing about once a month. Music parts will be tailored to the level of your experience, from beginners to accomplished musicians.  September 27th and October 25th are our next scheduled Sundays to lead singing.

Meals for College Students

College MealsOver the years, Berkey has been a wonderful, welcoming church home for many college/young adult students. One of the highlights for the students is having a meal each Sunday after church. This allows them to get to know our church family in a more informal setting and learn to know a wider range of people. You don’t need to make anything fancy – just a simple meal of food you enjoy making. You can host in your home or at the church, using the church kitchen. You may sign up individually, with someone else or as a small group. Thank you so much for your meals and friendship to our students!  You can sign up for the meals at Username: students  Password: bamf.

Stephen Ministry

Stephen MinistryThe next available Stephen Minister training will be this coming January through April on Tuesday afternoons from 1:00-4:00 p.m. at the Greencroft Community Center. Please contact Marilyn Rudy-Froese or Shirley Dick if you are interested in this opportunity to be trained.

Cheese Booth

Cheese BoothWe still need many volunteers at the cheese booth next Friday and Saturday, September 25-26. Please email Patsy Sherer if you are able to work during any of the following times: Friday 4:00 - 6:00, 7:30 - 9:30; Saturday 9:30 - 11:30, 11:30 - 1:30.

Small Group

Small GroupWould you like to be part of a small group? The Small Group Coordinating Committee will be happy to find a small group for you to join. Please complete the request form, so we know what kind of group you are interested in. If you have questions, please contact Steph Wieand or Marilyn Rudy-Froese.

MCC Relief Sale

MCC Relief SaleDo you enjoy eating donuts, running, observing the details of fine stitches in quilts, singing with the masses, visiting old friends and finally helping out in the cheese booth? Then you can hardly wait for the Annual MCC Relief Sale coming September 25-26. Some information was placed in mailboxes earlier this month, but there are a few items worth mentioning. Bake sale items are sold quickly as people are able to buy these items Friday night. The annual choir program is on Saturday at 7:00 p.m. at College Mennonite Church. Machine quilted quilts will be added to the auction as well as a new format, Faithful Giving Auction (formerly new and used) is underway. Pennies of Thanks will be collected each Sunday after worship. If you have any questions, please see  Anita and Tavi Mounsithiraj, Michael and Patsy Sherer, Tom and Megan Martin.

Our Schools 

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Class Reunions

Bethany Christian Schools, Goshen, will host class reunions and activities for its alumni and their families on Saturday. Sept. 26, for the following graduating classes: 1955, 1960, 1965, 1970, 1975, 1980, 1985, 1990, 1995, 2005, and 2010. Reunion classes will meet Saturday afternoon/evening at Bethany for visiting and a catered dinner. Alumni interested in attending should register by Sept. 17. More details are available online.

Alumni Night

Bethany Christian alumni will receive free admission to volleyball match on Thursday, Sept. 17 (5:30 JV start). The boys tennis match that night has been moved with no alternate alumni night for boys tennis scheduled.

Goshen College Goshen College

Afternoon Sabbatical - International Luncheon

Join us for a delicious Cuban meal and a presentation by Dr. David Ostergren, October 13, at 12 p.m. at College Mennonite Church Fellowship Hall. David Ostergren - director of Goshen College graduate program in environmental education has done research in Cuba and witnessed the changes happening there. Cuba guarantees medical care, education and water for its citizens, and its farmers grow high quality food with few pesticides and fertilizer. It also has one of the most extensively protected conservation areas in the world. Paradoxically, visits to parks and a steady diet of great food is a luxury for many Cuban citizens. The cost is: $22, $5 late fee after Oct. 3. For registration, information or questions call 574-535-7565 or email.

Public Speaking Events

Mike Tidwell, author and filmmaker who predicted in vivid detail the Hurricane Katrina disaster in his 2003 book “Bayou Farewell: The Rich Life and Tragic Death of Louisiana’s Cajun Coast,” will visit GC campus Sept. 29-30.  Tidwell, the founder and director of Chesapeake Climate Action Network, will present the 2015 Yoder Public Affairs lecture titled, “Will Indiana Overheat or Become a Clean Energy Paradise?” on Tuesday, Sept. 29 at 7:30 p.m. On Wednesday, Sept. 30, at 9 a.m. Tidwell will speak to GC first-year students about his book "Ponds of Kalambayi: A Peace Corps Memoir," followed by a convocation at 10 a.m. titled “Global Warming: How Young People Can Change an Old Debate."  All events are held in the Goshen College Church-Chapel and are free and open to the public. More information is available online.

Art Display

Artwork by ceramic artist and Goshen College alumnus Dennis Maust is currently on display in Goshen College’s Hershberger Art Gallery. The collection includes vessels and wall mounted pieces that reference historic pottery of the Middle East.A reception will take place Sunday, Sept. 27, from 2–3:30 p.m. with an artist talk from 3:30–4:30 p.m. The exhibit is free and open to the public.

AMBS Anabaptist Mennonite Biblical Seminary

Seminary Preview Day

Seminary preview day, September 25, gives people opportunities to sit in on classes and chapel, meet professors and students and learn about financial aid. Join the learning community at AMBS for the day. Register online.

2015 AMBS Alumni Recognition Recipient

AMBS will honor Obed Dashan of Nigeria, 1990 graduate, on Thursday, Sept. 24, at the noon Forum. Obed has been a church leader in Nigeria since 1986, and will share about his ministry in the context of BoKo Haram targeting Christians with violence. A light meal is available for $6.50 if you make a reservation by noon on Tuesday, Sept. 22; call the AMBS receptionist at 574.295.3726 ext. 0, or send a message.

Rooted and Grounded

Join the second annual Rooted and Grounded, a conference on land and Christian discipleship. Workshops, immersion experiences and keynote presentations will reflect many varied issues and practices of creation care. Registration for the event, October 1 to 3 at Anabaptist Mennonite Biblical Seminary is available online.

Community Announcements

Weekly Hymn Sing

A Weekly Hymn Sing is held at Plymouth United Church of Christ (the God Is Love church) at the corner of Main and Plymouth every Thursday at 6:30 p.m. Park in the 6th St. lot. 
Lead by Bobby Switzer, this is an ecumenical time of hymn singing, regardless of musical ability. Everyone is welcome.

Walnut Hill Benefit Dinner

You are invited to the 15th Annual Walnut Hill benefit dinner, Thursday, October 15, at Greencroft Community Center at 6:00 p.m. Tickets are $55 each or $400 for a table of 8.  Entertainment will be provided by the Goshen Crimsonaries.  Please reply by October 2.

Benefit Dinner

A benefit dinner for the Instituto Bíblico Anabautista, will take place Tuesday, Oct. 6 at 6:30 p.m. in the Fellowship Hall of College Mennonite Church, Goshen Ind. The event will feature a fajita dinner catered by Los Primos, a presentation by Ervin Stutzman, executive director of Mennonite Church USA, and a live music performance. The suggested donation is $50 per plate or $350 for a table of eight. This is a great opportunity for  a Sunday School, Small Group or individuals to come and hear how this program is equipping Hispanic leaders in Mennonite Church USA. IBA is a program of Mennonite Education Agency’s Hispanic Pastoral and Leadership Education Program. For reservation information contact Jo Helmuth  or call (574) 343-1319.

Elkhart County ClubHouse

Elkhart County Clubhouse will have an open house, October 2 ( First Friday), at 5:00 - 8:00 p.m. We are kicking off Mental Health awareness Week!!! We are located at 114 South 5th St. Goshen. .

CHH Newsletter

The Center for Healing & Hope provides urgent medical care to people in our community who are without a medical home. They have clinic locations in Goshen at the Plymouth United Church of Christ and in Elkhart at Grace Lutheran Church. Please read their fall newsletter to find out about the upcoming fundraising event and the mission and opportunities to volunteer.

Jail Ministry Volunteer Meeting

The Elkhart County Jail Ministry is hosting its second annual All Volunteers Meetings on Sunday, October 11 from 3:00-5:00 p.m. at Grace Community Church, 20076 Co Rd 36, Goshen, IN 46526. All registered jail volunteers are encouraged to attend, as well as potential volunteers. This will be an important time of vision casting, sharing, encouraging and supporting each other as jail volunteers. You can RSVP to Chaplain Cory Martin.

Conrad Grebel University College Visiting Goshen

Conrad Grebel University College is located in Waterloo, Ontario.  Grebel is a Mennonite liberal arts college situated on the University of Waterloo campus.  Our residence is home to142 students, studying across all 6 faculties. Waterloo is a mid-sized community with all the amenities of a large urban centre along with the charm and character of a smaller rural community.  Waterloo is home to 2 universities making our city active and vibrant with student life. On Tuesday, September 29th we will be at the Regional College Fair held at Goshen High School. Come to hear more about Conrad Grebel, how we are situated on the University of Waterloo campus and how you can apply to study here. On Wednesday, September 30th, Jessica Scott will be meeting with the seniors at Bethany Christian School. If you would like to set-up an individual appointment to learn more about Conrad Grebel and University of Waterloo, please contact Jessica Scott or 519-885-0220 ex. 24264.

MCC: Help Syrian families

Leave or stay? Many Syrian families face that question as international humanitarian assistance dwindles and the patchwork of resources they used to rely on wears thin. Your gift of money helps MCC continue to provide food, water, rent assistance and winter supplies so families that decide to stay in the region can survive the cold weather ahead. Please give online or by phone at 1-888-563-4676; or by check, sent to MCC U.S., P.O. Box 500, Akron, PA 17501. Thank you!

Retreat at Camp Amigo

Ladies, mark your calendars for the annual IN-MI Mennonite Women’s (and girls!) Fall Retreat, October 9-11 at Amigo Centre. The theme is “Growing (up) together in Christ” and the speaker will be Rachel Miller-Jacobs. This year we are encouraging young girls (grade 3 and above) to join us for a fun-filled weekend! Worship will be led by a Kim Schwartz along with Jen Gautsche and Sherry Beck from Locust Grove Mennonite Church. Information and registration is available online.

EAT•SHOP•GIVE for Center for Healing and Hope

You’re invited to enjoy your Dessert First on Wednesday, September 23rd  4-6:30p.m., at 902 S. Main St., Goshen, to support the CHH.  Attenders will enjoy a free dessert while purchasing $20 EAT•SHOP•GIVE certificates for participating Goshen area restaurants and businesses. All certificates are valid until December 31, 2015.  The businesses are generously giving 50% of the sales to support CHH. Matching funds are available for donations received at the Dessert First event.  Donations of $100 and over will also be eligible for door prize drawings. The CHH clinic will be open for tours as well. Unable to attend? You can still help. EAT•SHOP•GIVE certificates will be available for purchase by mail or via starting September 25th, and through October 12th or until sold out. Some exclusions apply. List of participating businesses and more information is available online.

Medicare: An Overview

Do you have questions about Medicare? Everence will host free seminars on Thursday, Sept. 24, Tuesday, Sept. 29, and Thursday, Oct 1 all at 6:30 p.m. at locations in Goshen, South Bend and Middlebury. RSVP one week before the event or call (574) 533-9515 ext. 3209. See the church bulletin board for more information.

MCC Great Lakes Comforter Bash

Join us for an MCC GL comforter bash in Goshen October 23-24, at Pleasant View Mennonite Church. Inspired by a similar even held each year in Kansas where they made 150+ comforters for MCC, we are gathering for the first one in northern Indiana/ southern Michigan.  A handmade comforter provides not only warmth but also a tangible message to people that their needs are not forgotten.  The comforters will be distributed by MCC around the world. For more information, contact Nadine Zook Miller or call (574) 534-4071.


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!

IN-MI Conference is looking for someone with knowledge and experience in WordPress that would be available to volunteer their time for occasional questions. If you are interested, please contact the conference office at 534-4006
Maple City Health Care Center, a non-profit organization providing affordable, quality care, is looking for a full time Billing Team Member to join our growing organization. This position requires sufficient Spanish skills to effectively function with the MCHCC patient population, strong computer skills and attention to detail.  Billing experience or college degree preferred. For more information or to see a job description, go to our website.  Please contact Pamela Weishaupt or 574-534-0088 ext. 421 for more information.




We will no longer be printing and distributing calendars each month.  They are however, available for download.

This week:
September 20: Young Mother's Potluck, 4:00 p.m.
September 22: Caregiving Commission, 7:00 p.m.
September 23: Stewardship and Finance, 7:00 p.m.
September 20-27: Berkey hosting GHIN

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Anniversaries and Birthdays This Week:

Adam and Elise Derstine
Armand and Ginny Martin
Dave and Bev Krabill

Beth Berry
Sherrt Wenger
Jason Moshier

Please contact the office by 9:00 a.m. Thursday with prayer requests.
Amos Hostetler's surgery went well.  Continue to keep him in prayers.
Wilma Shank moved into The Gables at Greencroft  on Wednesday, Room 505 to continue with rehabilitation after her knee replacement. Continue to pray for her recovery.
Today is Peace Sunday. Pray that materials created by Mennonite Mission Network’s Peace and Justice Support Network will help Mennonite congregations speak out against the violence of racism within the church and in our societies throughout the coming year.
Pray for North Goshen Mennonite Church, pastors, Mark Schlneger and Izaete Nafziger

DownloadSeptember MMN Prayer Vine

Church Notes
Sunday Service Info

This Sunday: September 20

Neil Miller Richer, Dick Yoder Nancy Yoder

Thelma Ramer

Phil & Julie Zimmerman

Michael Sherer, Susan Garboden

Infants: Susan Garboden, Trish Shenk, Laverne Nafziger
Toddlers: Ruth Hathaway, Roy Bergey and Barbara Eichorn

Offering Counters:
Lowell Nafziger and Denise Risser


Next Sunday: September 27

Rafael Barahona, Renae Yoder and Denise Risser

Anita and Dteban Mounsithiraj

Phil & Julie Zimmerman

Phil Bauman, Susan Garboden

Infants: Jeniffer Schrock, Betty Kauffman and Trish Shenk
Toddlers: Joe Locke, Leroy and Beth Berry

Offering Counters:
Dick Ramer, Karl Sommers
Statistical Report 
(September 13)

Attendance: 193
General Fund: $4,301.23
Agape Fund: $10.00
Bethany Tuition: $55.00
College Matching: $50.00
Fall Festival (sale of meat): $60.00

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.

Marilyn Rudy-Froese
Dan Schrock
Ben Woodward Breckbill - Pastoral Intern

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

Doug Baker
Richard Miller
Laverne Nafziger
Judy Weaver
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