Berkey Avenue Mennonite Fellowship
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March 16, 2014

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Berkey Announcements


GIHNThis past week we hosted GIHN families at our church. We extend huge thanks to all the Berkey volunteers who are helped with set up, meals, over nights and clean up. We’re so grateful for all the support you have given over the years. ~ The GIHN committee (Ruth, Sue, Linda and Lorraine).

Moral Circus Concert

Moral CircusThe entire congregation is invited to an evening of music with Moral Circus in the Berkey  Avenue meetinghouse on March 19th, a Wednesday, at 7:00 p.m.  You can read about Moral Circus on the Goshen Commons blog or access their music at The band is made up of three talented Goshen College Seniors.  Feel free to contact Dan or Evie Nafziger by phone or email with questions.  Feel free to bring a friend.  We hope to see you there.

Nooma Series Sunday School Class

Nooma This Sunday we begin a series entitled Nooma. Rob Bell leads us through various topics in this film/DVD series that explores our world from a Jesus perspective. This week, Allan Rudy-Froese will facilitate the conversation. See an overview video of Nooma.

Prayer Shawl Small Group

KnittingThe Prayer Shawl Group will meet at Laverne's on March 18, at 4:15 p.m.  We will knit, then have supper together.  Kindly RSVP to Laverne Nafziger at

Communications and Office Manager

Office ManagerWe’d like to hire a Communications and Office Manager to work in the church office for 20 hours a week, beginning in late August. This person will focus on communications (maintaining and further developing our website, posting on social media, preparing bulletins and newsletters, etc.) and on general office management. See a complete job description. If you want to apply, please contact Dan Schrock by Sunday, March 23.

Fundraiser Tea for Kenya

TeaThe Mission Commission and the Metekai family's small group invite you to join us on Sunday, March 16, for fellowship and a fundraiser tea between worship and nurture hour. We will be collecting free-will donations for the Metekai family to purchase textbooks and supplies for a school in their home village in Kenya.  Cookies, drinks, and Kenyan treats will be provided.  Please help us support this worthwhile effort! Kimuka Primary School is the only school in Kimuka village with approximately 350 students. Each family with a child at the school has to sell a goat, sheep or cow, every three months for uniforms, school supplies and textbooks for his/her child. These items cost each parent an estimated $120 a year for each child in school. Parents have to provide textbooks for their children. The report we received from the teachers is that lack of enough textbooks is a major setback for the children’s performance. Few textbooks have to be shared among many children. Here is an opportunity for you to help out these children who yearn for an education: $7 buys 1 textbook, $14 will buy 2 textbooks and $20 will buy 3 textbooks.

Community Garden Update

Coffee groundsCoffee grounds are high in nitrogen and great for garden plants.  There is a 5 gallon pail with a lid under the serving counter at BAMF that I would like for the coffee makers to put the coffee grounds in.  Would also invite others from the congregation to put your coffee grounds in it.  If it is easier to put the strainer in with the grounds, that is ok, I will take them out when we put the coffee grounds on the garden.  I will keep the grounds in the barn when the pail gets full for the gardeners to use this summer. ~ Lowell Nafziger

Marriage Retreat: You, Me, We and God

Marriage RetreatThe last chance to register is TODAY! All married couples are invited  to join us on March 15 from 9:00 a.m. to noon at Waterford Mennonite Church for an enriching time featuring candid panel discussion and engaging break-out time for couples. You can register by emailing or on Facebook.

Throwback Thursdays

Throwback ThursdayHead 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

Bethany Visit

Students in grades 3-11 interested in exploring Bethany Christian Schools can shadow a Bethany student on Monday, March 24, 8:50 a.m. - 3:30 p.m. Parents are invited to a 8:45 a.m. - 9:15 a.m. coffee and conversation. Parent tours are available at 9:15 a.m. This is a great way for prospective students and families to discover Bethany! For more information, to register, or to schedule a visit on another date see

John McCutcheon Concert

Internationally-renowned folksinger John McCutcheon will be in concert at Bethany Christian Schools on March 29. Reserved-seat tickets are $20 and may be purchased online.

Goshen Community Schools

Goshen High School will be performing Willy Wonka the Musical.  Performance dates are March 13, 14 and 15 at 7:30 p.m.; and March 15 and 16 at 2:30 p.m.  Tickets can be reserved by calling (574) 971-4150 or emailing Cost is $7.00 for students and $9.00 for adults. Annika Bontreger, Natalie Neufeld, Christy Sessa, Mason Short, and Mathew Williams are part of the production.

Goshen College Goshen College

Career Development Open House

Ready to advance your career? The Goshen College Graduate and Continuing Studies program is hosting an open house on Friday, March 28 from 4:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. in Newcomer Center Room 19 (on Main Street, across from IU Goshen Hospital). Learn about earning your bachelor’s degree in social work, business administration, organizational leadership or RN to BSN. Learn more.

Public Lecture

You are invited to a public lecture on Thursday, March 20, 7:00 p.m. at Goshen College, Newcomer Center 17. Merry Lea Environmental Learning Center of Goshen College is sponsoring this public lecture by Dr. Mark Bredin who is visiting from the U.K.  Dr. Bredin will look at the use and place of the New Testament in relationship to the ecological crisis we face.  Dr. Bredin combines biblical scholarship with gardening and providing care for people with disabilities. He is the author of The Ecology of the New Testament and Jesus: Revolutionary of Peace.

AMBS Anabaptist Mennonite Biblical Seminary

Prayers for the Church

Instead of eating lunch on Fridays, some in the seminary community are gathering for prayers for Mennonite Church USA and Mennonite Church Canada as leaders discern issues related to sexuality. David Miller, associate professor, has shaped this time of prayer with praise, confession and intercession, based on Scripture. We invite others to join in the prayers in their own setting, using this guide.

Mark S. Smith Presentation

Mark S. Smith, Ph.D., Theological Lectureship presenter at Anabaptist Mennonite Biblical Seminary, brings the Bible into conversation with our time and our questions. He will explore some of those questions in his presentations on March 19 at 1:30 p.m., and March 20 at 10:15 and 1:30 p.m. Learn more.

Community Announcements

Haystack Dinner to Benefit The Window

Waterford Mennonite Church will host a Haystack Dinner to benefit The Window on Thursday, March 20 from  4:30 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. (or until food runs out!) Join us! Learn more.

Michiana Anabaptist Historians Meeting

The Spring 2014 Meeting of Michiana Anabaptist Historians will be on Saturday, March 22, at Shore Mennonite Church in Shipshewana. Coffee and Registration begins at 8:30 a.m. At 9:00 a.m., our meeting begins.  Please contact Helene Hoover at or check the MAH website for more details.

MCC Great Lakes Events

Mennonite Central Committee Great Lakes invites you to join us for meetings with Rachelle Lyndaker Schlabach, March 27 and 28. Rachelle is the Director of the Mennonite Central Committee U.S. Washington Office. A Peace Forum and Advocacy Day event are scheduled. Learn more.

Woodcutting Days at Amigo

Amigo Centre's firewood supply is totally gone in the aftermath of the hard winter, and two woodcutting days will be scheduled this spring to help replenish it. People to cut, carry and stack wood are needed. Dates are March 29 and May 17.  We will begin around 8:00 a.m. and break for brunch at 10:00 a.m.  Cutters are welcome to leave at the schedule that works best for them.  If you have a chainsaw, please bring it along.  Gas and oil are furnished.  Your help will be greatly appreciated! Please let us know you are coming at or (269) 651-2811.

Prairie Street Funk Fest

“Can a Potawatomi teach Mennonites to Dance” will be the theme of a Prairie Street and prairie people encounter at Prairie Street Mennonite Church in Elkhart (1316 Prairie Street) on Saturday, May 10, 2014, 9:00 a.m.– 3:00 p.m. This fifth annual Funk Fest features Potawatomi speaker and storyteller George Godfrey, with a variety of short presentations by others and opportunity for discussion. No advance registration required. Cost is $10 ($5 students/retirees/unemployed). Bring a sack lunch or pay $5 extra at registration for pizza and fruit lunch. For more information, call (574) 293-0377 or email

Celebrate Mennonite Central Committee

Please plan on joining us to Celebrate Mennonite Central Committee in May 6-9, 2014 when we are excited to offer a special update from Haiti. Kristen & Wawa Chege, MCC Haiti Policy Analyst & Advocacy Coordinators, and Garly Michel, Executive Director of MCC partner Wozo, will be sharing stories of how your contributions to MCC have made a difference to Haitians recovering from the devastating 2010 earthquake. For more information, contact Les Gustafson-Zook at or call (574) 534-4133. Learn more.

Spring VORP Training

Do you have a few extra hours to give to your community a year? The Center for Community Justice/VORP needs volunteer mediators committed to peace and justice principles, who have a passion for working with people and the community. The Victim Offender Mediation Training for the Victim Offender Reconciliation Program (VORP) will be on Thursday April 3rd from 4:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. and Friday April 4th-Saturday April 5th from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. The training has been approved for: 14.5 hours of continuing education credits for social workers; Pending Continuing Education Credits (CLE Non-Legal Subject Matter) for Judges and Attorneys; and Pending Continuing Education Credits (CME) for mediators. All registration information and fees are to be submitted by April 1st (March 21st for early bird discount). Please contact Anne Lehman at (574) 295-6149 or to register or with questions. Learn more.

Oaklawn Lecture: Adolescents and Substance Abuse

Michelle Olson, LCSW,CADAC II, LCAC, and Janelle Roberts, LAC, CADAC IV, will be leading our presentation on adolescents, substance abuse and the effect that addiction can have on further development. This breakfast will be offered on March 18 in Elkhart. Register online.

Totally Tropical Luau

Grace Community Church is holding its annual Totally Tropical Luau on Saturday, March 15, from 11:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. This is a free event focusing on families affected by disabilities. Kindly RSVP by March 11 at ( 574) 533-7546.  Additional questions can go to Connie Walters at (574) 370-9866. View the Facebook promo video (featuring our own Ellie and Emma getting down with some percussion).

Center for Healing & Hope’s Fiesta Feast

Tickets are on sale now for the Center for Healing & Hope’s Fiesta Feast featuring a Puerto Rican Meal by Rolling Scones. Join us on Saturday, March 22, from 5:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. at College Mennonite Church Fellowship Hall (1900 S. Main St. Goshen). Eat in or carry out will be available. The family friendly fundraising dinner supports the Center for Healing & Hope, which provides urgent medical care and advocacy to those in need in our community. The Puerto Rican meal includes savory chicken & pork, rice & beans, salad, bread, & dessert. Tickets are $20 Adults, $10 Children 12 & under and are available until March 19 or until sold out. You may order them online at, by calling (574) 534-4744 ext. 201, emailing, or mailing a check to Center for Healing & Hope, P.O. Box 195, Goshen, IN 46527.

Menno-Hof Series

You’re invited to attend Creating a safe place: let the children come led by Merlin Miller from The Haven, White Pigeon, MI on March 16 at 6:00 p.m. at Menno-Hof. Prompted by God’s leading, The Haven was started in 2009 as an after school hangout for elementary students. Come hear how God is using love in the form of positive interaction to change a community. This is the third event in Menno-Hof’s “Coffee, cookies and community: Part II” winter series. Bring cookies to share – coffee will be provided. RSVP is requested to or 260-768-4117 as seating is limited.

Living our Faith in the Workplace

MEDA invites you to Living our Faith in the Workplace on Thursday, March 20 at 6:30 p.m. This event will be held at Clinton Frame Mennonite Church (63846 County Road 35, Goshen). Lavon Detweiler has been in business for 17 years developing three different areas of business: machinery, trucking, and recycling. He’ll share his story of connecting faith with his work. Kindly RSVP by Monday, March 17 by (If you don’t receive a confirmation email or phone call, please let us know.) Meal and program costs are $15 for members and $20 for non-members.

Senior Tuesday Luncheon

You are invited to the next Senior Tuesday Luncheon at Yellow Creek Mennonite Church on Tuesday, March 18, noon in the Fellowship Hall. Invite your friends and neighbors to join us! The program will feature local author Patricia Hochstetler. She will speak about her Amish background and have her books available for purchase. The cost is $5.00 per person, paid at the door and our menu features chicken rice casserole, California blend vegetables, tossed salad, and sherbet/cookies for dessert. Rolls and coffee/tea will also be available. For reservations, call Yellow Creek Mennonite church office at (574) 862-2595 by Monday, March 10.

LaCasa Annual Luncheon Meeting

Save the date for LaCasa's Annual Luncheon Meeting, March 26, 2014 at noon.  We will gather in the Crystal Ballroom at the Lerner Theater in Elkhart. Annual meeting seats are $30 each or $225 for a table of eight. Reservations can be made by calling (574) 533-4450 ext 16 or emailing LaCasa has been helping Families and improving neighborhoods for 44 years.  We want to share what we are doing now!


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!

There is currently an opening for a part time Administrative Assistant at the College Avenue Everence office in Goshen. The Administrative Assistant would support the sales efforts of the (College Avenue) Everence office in Michiana, provide clerical, administrative support and sales assistance to designated advisors.  Must be able to deliver excellent customer service to current policyholders, members, prospects, and staff. Learn more.
Jennifer Schrock is looking for a woman, ages 47 to 57, to act as a control for her in a medical trial related to restless leg syndrome. If you know anyone who could benefit from a free round trip to Baltimore, MD and an extra $400, see Jennifer for more details.
Bethany Christian High School is seeking a girls tennis coach for spring 2014. Position begins in early March. To apply or ask questions, contact athletic director Gary Chupp at
Bethany Christian Schools invites applications for the position of food service manager. The position begins March 31, 2014, and continues in the 2014-15 school year. For details and application procedures, see
Be intentional. Be transformed! Serve with “DOOR: Dwell” in urban areas like Atlanta, Chicago, Denver, L.A., Miami, or San Antonio. Dwell is a yearlong opportunity for young adults, ages 19-30, to live together, serve, study, reflect, worship, and learn individually and as a team. Participants serve in matched agency placements and together in joint service projects. Learn more.
Mennonite Mission Network has an immediate opening for a full-time Church Relations Associate.  Work will be based in Elkhart, Indiana, or Newton, Kansas, with regular travel to U.S. locations in the mid-states and West coast, approximately 35% of the time. Candidates need a passion for God’s mission, and the ability to build relationships, listen carefully, and inspire participation. The position description can be read online at Interested persons please send a letter of interest and résumé to Linda Krueger, Human Resources Coordinator, at Mennonite Mission Network is an antiracist organization and welcomes applications from people of all races and nationalities.
Food Services Director opening at College MennoniteCollege Mennonite Church seeks a full-time person to continue the food services ministry at CMC. Prior experience in food service is required. This position requires regular attendance at College Mennonite Church in order to perform essential job duties. For more information and a job description, contact Willie Kanagy at 535-7262 or; or Geof Landis at 831-3613 or

Getting to Know

Education Commission

Deb Williams

Deb Williams

I grew up in Shipshewana and moved to Texas after graduation from Goshen College.  I lived and taught school in Laredo and San Antonio. I met my husband, Dan, at San Antonio Mennonite Church.  We lived in San Antonio for seventeen years before moving to Goshen in 2002.  We have been attending Berkey Avenue ever since.  We have two sons, Jonathan and Matthew.  I have taught school  for 33 years, currently teaching second grade at Meadowview Elementary, part of the Westview School Corp.  Bonus trivia: My maiden name was Berkey.

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!

Did You Know?
Celtic Cross
A St. Patrick's Day Edition: Celtic Christianity strongly illustrates this through its use of the visual arts. For instance, they used the famous “Celtic Knot,” whose spirals intertwine endlessly to symbolize God’s encircling protection of his people, to symbolize eternity, and to suggest the movement, pilgrimage and progress that is essential in the Christian’s life. Taken from the MennoNerds blog.

Do you have an interesting fact about Berkey to share?  Let us know!

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

This Week
March 15: Marriage Retreat at Waterford,9:00 a.m.
March 17: Group Spiritual Direction,12:30 p.m.
March 19: Moral Circus Concert, 7:00 p.m.
March 19: Stewardship & Finance Committee, 7:00 p.m.
March 19: Worship Committee, 7:30 p.m.

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

Mennonite Mission Network thanks you for praying for the Evangelical Mennonite Church of Congo mediation process that took place in December. Praise God for a good outcome and for the cooperation among the three Mennonite denominations in the country. Pray that church unity would continue to grow.

DownloadMar. MMN Prayer Vine

Church Notes
Sunday Service Info

This Sunday: March 16

Brenda Grimes, Sara Alvarez, Hannah Canaviri

Rita Gingrich

Dan and Deb Williams

Offering Counters: 
Lowell Nafziger, Denise Risser

Ben Buckwalter / Roxanna Sommers

Anita and Tavi Mounsithiraj

Next Sunday: March 23

Brenda Grimes, Sara Alvarez, Hannah Canaviri

Rita Gingrich

Dan and Deb Williams

Offering Counters: 
Dick Ramer, Karl Sommers

Ben Buckwalter / Roxanna Sommers

Joanna Epp and Seth Krabill

Statistical Report 
(March 9)

Attendance: 186
General Fund: $4,875.79
Bethany Tuition: $165.00
College Matching: $20.00
House Rent: $750.00

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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