Berkey Avenue Mennonite Fellowship
A congregation of Mennonite Church USA
Berkey Avenue Mennonite Fellowship
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July 24, 2016

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Berkey Announcements

Goshen Interfaith Hospitality Network

IHNBerkey will be hosting GIHN guests this coming week, July 24-31. Thank you to the many Berkey volunteers who are part of hosting the families, creating a space and presence for them to feel cared for and welcome.

Childcare for Young Berkey Families

childcareA resource list is being created for young Berkey families who are looking for childcare. If you enjoy taking care of children and would like to learn to know young Berkey families better, you are invited to join this list. To be included or for questions, contact Elisabeth Barahona.

House Rented

house rentedThe red house beside our church building has been rented. We extend a warm welcome to our new neighbors Danae Miller, Amanda Hunsberger, and Kristin Yoder.

Lost Bible

bible Jordan Miller has lost a blue leather bound Bible. This is a bible that he has had for a long time which contains many underlined passages and is very special to him. Jordan thinks that he left the bible here at Berkey earlier this spring. If you find it, please contact Jeannie Krabill Miller.

Lost & Found

lost&foundThere are many nice items in Lost & Found that might be yours. Items include bibles, kitchen dishes, winter coats, etc. You will find the Lost & Found in the north coatroom.

Fall College Assistance

college fundThis fall our congregation will have 9 young people attending Mennonite colleges and seminaries. Each student is eligible for assistance of $500 for the fall semester from our college matching fund. Giving to this fund is financially prudent because the colleges match all contributions dollar for dollar—plus you get a tax deduction on your contribution. Very few investments double your money like this does. Please mark your contribution for the college fund and place it in the offering. Thank you.

Electronic Fund Form

offeringFor several years Berkey has been providing a service that gives attendees the ability to electronically transfer their contributions from their checking/savings account directly to Berkey. If you have interest in signing up for this option or would like to read more about it, updated forms are now available on the literature rack by the mailboxes for you to take and read.

Membership Transfer

membership transferBill and Edith Hooley transferred their membership to Pleasant View Mennonite on July 3. We wish them the best as they worship with their new church family.

Series on Intercessory Prayer

prayerThis is the second Sunday on a 6-week series of sermons on intercessory prayer. Numerous texts in the Bible either are themselves intercessory prayers or tell stories about people who engage in intercession. For this series, Dan Schrock has selected texts that take different approaches to intercession.
  • July 24:  Numbers 14:1-4, 11-23
  • July 31:  Daniel 10:2-6, 11-14, 18-21
  • August 7:  Ephesians 6:10-18
  • August 14:  Luke 8:1-8 (this one is technically petition)
  • August 21:  Romans 8:18-27
You are invited to read the sermons on the Berkey website as they become available.

Summer Nurture Hour Schedule

Summer Sunday SchoolJuly 24 - August 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).

Pastor on Vacation

Prince Edward IslandMarilyn Rudy-Froese is on vacation from July 13 through August 1. She will be back in the office on Tuesday, August 2.

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. Read about their programs and activities online.

Goshen College Goshen College

Merry Lea, an environmental learning center of Goshen College, invites you to visit them to experience its natural beauty and varied ecosystems. Visitors are welcome to view exhibits in the Learning Center Building, hike the trails, participate in public programs, and purchase nature-related materials at the bookstore. For directions and to learn more, visit their website.

AMBS Anabaptist Mennonite Biblical Seminary

Did you miss one of the AMBS webinars from last year? You can still order a recording. The webinars are perfect for Sunday school, study groups as well as personal and professional enrichment. View their newsletter for a list of webinars and for purchase options.

Mennonite Church USA

Culture Shock, a leadership conference for youth of color, will be held Aug. 26–28 at Calvary Community Church, Hampton, Virginia. Geared to high school youth, college students and young adults, the event will help participants strengthen their leadership skills and provide a space for them to connect with elders and mentors who can provide ongoing guidance, teaching and support in their journey as leaders. Registration: $10/person. A travel stipend of $600 per group is also available to youth groups. The conference is sponsored by Mennonite Church USA. You are invited to read more and register on their website.

mccMennonite Central Committee

The Michiana Mennonite Relief Sale is this September 24 and 25. Mark your calendars and plan to bring your family and friends. Your participation helps raise money for those suffering from natural disasters. You may help by bidding generously, donating new and gently used items and enjoy all the delicious variety of foods. To view a complete schedule, visit their website.

Community Announcements

The Elkhart County 4-H fair is this week, July 22-30. You are encouraged to stay hydrated, wear plenty of sunscreen, and look for your Berkey friends. See you there!


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!

Custodial Opening: Bethany Christian Schools invites applications for the position of evening custodian beginning August 2016. The successful applicant will have the aptitude to work independently, perform minor repairs on equipment, and supervise student cleaning crews during the summer. The position is approximately three-quarters time and eligible for partial benefits. Applications are being accepted until the position has been filled. For information about the position and an application form, visit the school's website or contact Head of School Tim Lehman.


Sunday, July 24 - Sunday, July 31
Hosting Goshen Interfaith Hospitality Network

Monday, July 25
Intercessory Prayer, 7:00 p.m.

Wednesday, July 27
SLT, 7:00 p.m.
DownloadDownload July Calendar

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Anniversaries This Week
Paul & Twila Leichty
Tavi & Anita Mounsithiraj
Tom & Dee Albrecht

Birthdays This Week
Curt Wenger
Quinn Brenneman
Ben Mast
Adelyn Wieand
Ezra Hochstetler
Kahlan Bontrager Yoder
Thiago Barahona
Brenda Grimes
Richard E.W. Aguirre

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

Pray for our church as we begin the search process for a Pastor of Faith Formation to join our pastoral team in the spring. We have experienced the joy of growth in the areas of children, families and young adults, and the challenges of space as a result of this growth. Also pray that we will embrace both the joys and the challenges with grace and good humor, and that as we prepare to welcome a new pastor, we will feel the presence of God's Spirit leading and guiding us.

Pray for members of the incoming class at Anabaptist Mennonite Biblical Seminary as they prepare to transition to seminary study. May they sense God’s peace and presence as they make space in their lives for new academic challenges, transformative experiences and relationships that will play a part in shaping their calling.

Praise God for the courage of the persecuted Christians in Sidi, Burkina Faso, who overcame violence with acts of love. Join Mennonite Mission Network in praying that the crops they planted this year will produce a plentiful harvest, even as their seeds of faith help grow the church.

DownloadJuly MMN Prayer Vine

Church Notes
Sunday Service Info

This Sunday:  July 24

Brenda Grimes
Sawatzky Family

Pete & Melba Graber

Dan & Deb Williams

Michael Sherer

Elisabeth Barahona

Infants:  Sim Dlova, Brenda & Daniel Grimes
Toddlers:  Rafael Barahona, Rita & Jud Gingrich

Offering Counters:
Dick Ramer, Karl Sommers

Next Sunday:  July 31

Aaron Wieand
Curt Wenger
Elise Wenger

Laverne Nafziger

Dan & Deb Williams

Michael Sherer

Elisabeth Barahona

Infants:  Linda Liechty, Anna Sawatzky, Jenny Yoder
Toddlers: Grant Miller, Laura Moshier, Renae Yoder

Offering Counters:
Thelma Ramer, Diane Nafziger

Statistical Report 
(July 17)

Attendance:  127
General Fund:  $6,558.71
Agape Fund:  $10.00
Bethany 2016/17:  $55.00
College:  $1,075.00
Church Publication:  $28.30

General Fund Income 2015-16 YTD
Actual:  $281,939.01
Budget:  $259,405.00

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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