Berkey Avenue Mennonite Fellowship
A congregation of Mennonite Church USA
Berkey Avenue Mennonite Fellowship
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November 30, 2014

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Berkey Announcements

Attention Parents of Preschoolers!

childcare for preschoolersWhat: Childcare Available for Young Parents
Where: Berkey
Who: babies - age 5
When: Saturday December 13, 9-12 a.m.
Why: To give young moms and dads a break to go Christmas shopping or whatever else you'd like to do. :)
 RSVP by November 30 to Laura Horst ((574) 747-2473 or Ruth Roth (574) 533-8955.

Our Advent Worship Series

AdventAdvent begins this Sunday, and our focus will be on Mary. Each week we'll look through a different "window" onto Mary's experience as an astonished yet willing participant in God's mission. The "windows" or aspects of Mary include:
  • Advent 1:  Perplexed
  • Advent 2:  Breaker of Codes
  • Advent 3:  Friend
  • Advent 4:  Theologian
  • Christmas Eve:  Mother
  • 1st Sunday After Christmas:  Political Threat
  • 2nd Sunday After Christmas:  Refugee
In several ways, Mary's consent to collaborate with God turned her life upside down. To help us get a very small taste of upside down living, the planning committee has decided not to provide bulletins during this series. Worship and song leaders will simply announce the next part of the worship service. We live in a literate culture whereas Mary lived in an oral culture, so going without bulletins is a small way to leave our written papers and enter into a more oral mode. Thanks to Deb Brubaker, Jenae Longenecker, Judy Weaver, David Zehr, and Dan Schrock for planning these services.

Berkey Hosting GIHN

Berkey hosting IHNOur congregation will be hosting families who are homeless and part of GIHN from November 30 - December 6. Thank you so much to all the many volunteers at Berkey for your ongoing commitment in serving with GIHN.
~ Sue Byler, Linda Liechty, Lorraine Pflederer, Ruth Roth (Berkey GIHN committee)

Christmas Caroling

Christmas CarolingOn Wednesday December 10th, the Mission Commission is planning an evening of singing Christmas carols to shut ins in our church community and to others as time permits.The MYF will be decorating cookies for distribution at each stop. Both young and old families are invited to join in singing. We will plan to arrange for car pooling and route planning at 7:00 p.m.  Please dress for singing outside and bring a flashlight if you have one. Light refreshments will be available upon return to the church.

Membership Exploration Sessions

membership exploration classesAre you interested in becoming a member at Berkey? Beginning January 11, Marilyn and Dan will begin hosting membership exploration sessions for adults during the Christian education hour. Our purpose is to become better acquainted with each other and with the congregation. It's fine if you want to participate in the sessions but aren't sure yet if you want to become a member. By the first of the year, please let Dan Schrock know if you want to come so the church office can copy enough materials.

Winter Sunday School Dates

Sunday schoolPlease note the beginning of winter quarter Sunday school classes.
November 30 - for children's classes
December 7 -  for JYF, MYF and Adult classes
December 28 and January 4, there will be no nurture hour.

More Sanctuary Chairs

more chairs for the sanctuaryThe Coordinating Council is offering the congregation an opportunity to buy more new chairs for the sanctuary and to replace at least some of the older brown chairs. These new chairs will be identical to the 107 chairs that are currently in the front of the sanctuary. Our chair fund already has about $4,500, enough to buy 32 new chairs. The Council is accepting further donations into the chair fund until the last Sunday of January. Learn more.

Creation Care Class

creation care ss classDuring the winter quarter (December-February), Jennifer and Dan Schrock will be teaching a class on creation care using the new curriculum "Every Creature Singing: Embracing the Good News for Plant Earth." Each session blends biblical-theological perspectives with circle conversations which focus on our community within 5-25 miles of the church building. This approach seeks to transform environmental problems from one big, hopeless morass to many small, manageable problems. Participants in the class will develop a greater love for our community and know how to make it better. You can see the curriculum here.

Stephen Ministry Training

Stephen Ministry TrainingAre you being called to provide one to one Christian care to a brother or sister who is experiencing a transition in life? If so, you might want to consider applying to be a Stephen Minister for our congregation. Stephen Ministry is a program for 1:1 lay Christian caregiving. You would receive 50 hours of training, and be part of a twice monthly peer supervision group after you finish training. The training begins on January 7, 2015 and will run every Wednesday evening through mid-April, including 2 Saturdays. It will be hosted by Waterford Mennonite, College Mennonite and Berkey Avenue, and take place at Waterford Mennonite Church. The application can be found here. If you have questions, please contact Shirley Dick or Marilyn Rudy-Froese.

Our Schools

Goshen College Bethany Christian Schools

Christmas Choral Concert

A Christmas Choral Concert will be held at 7 p.m. Tuesday, December 2. Instrumental concerts will be held on Tuesday, December 9, with beginning instrument groups performing at 6:30 p.m. and the middle school band and orchestra at 7:30. The concerts are in the school’s chapel and open to the public. There is no admission charge.

Shop Ten Thousand Villages

On Thursday, December 11, Ten Thousand Villages in Goshen (206 S. Main St.) will donate 20 percent of sales to Bethany Christian Schools. Your loved ones will enjoy the creative handcrafted gifts you purchase and artisans will receive vital, fair income as you support Bethany. Store hours for this benefit are 3-7 p.m.

Christmas Concert

The annual Christmas concert will be held at 7:30 p.m. Friday, December 12, in Goshen College’s Sauder Concert Hall. Come hear choral and instrumental groups as they celebrate the birth of Christ in music and join them on stage for their concluding song “The Hallelujah Chorus” from Handel’s Messiah. There will be a reception following the concert in honor of retiring head of school Allan Dueck.

Goshen College Goshen College

A Festival of Carols

GC presents its tenth annual A Festival of Carols, ushering in this sacred season with music by four choirs and the Goshen College Symphony Orchestra, and with gathered audience participation in traditional carols. Performances are December 5 and 6 at 7:30 p.m. and December 9 at 4 p.m. Reserved seating tickets ($15) are available now online or by calling the GC Welcome Center at (574) 535-7566.

AMBS Anabaptist Mennonite Biblical Seminary

Leading in Anxious Times

In her latest Practicing Reconciliation post, "Leading in Anxious Times," Sara Wenger Shenk writes, "Jesus, the early Christians, and the Anabaptists lived in times of great anxiety and conflict. They modeled for us how staying rooted in the rich tradition of the Scriptures empowered them to become innovative leaders of revitalization. Read more.

Community Announcements

Center for Healing & Hope

This holiday season, Ten Thousand Villages in Goshen is hosting holiday shopping benefits for local nonprofit agencies. On Thursday, December 4, 3-7 p.m. Ten Thousand Villages will donate 20 percent of net sales to Center for Healing & Hope.  Join us, together we can make a difference near and far. The Center for Healing & Hope provides medical care and advocacy for uninsured in our community. 

The Window Open for First Friday

The Window's kitchen will be open for December's First Friday. Friday's meal runs from 5:00 p.m. - 7:30 p.m. or until the food runs out. We will feature baked chicken, green beans, mashed potatoes with garlic, dinner roll and assorted Amish pastries.  Drinks will also be served (coffee, water and cranberry drink). This event is hosted by One Community. The suggested donation is $8.00.


Hans Weaver of Goshen, Ind. and Niles Graber-Alvarez, now of Chicago, were two of the winners of MEDA’s 20 under 35 award.  Weaver and Graber-Alvarez launched the Menno Tea business from their Goshen College dorm rooms in 2010. Menno Tea is currently available in over 400 stores across the eastern half of the United States and incorporates values of simplicity, community and sustainability in its business operations.  MEDA’s 20 under 35 award recognizes young professionals who embody an entrepreneurial spirit and embrace a desire to make a difference in the world.


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 wants to hire two people: (1) a medical assistant (40 hours/week) and (2) a Spanish/English interpreter (20-40 hours/week (negotiable). A medical assistant measures blood pressure and other vitals, collects specimens, and records information. Please send a resume, cover letter, and contact information for three professional references to
Indiana-Michigan Mennonite Women are looking for a woman possessing leadership skills to serve as President of the organization. This person would become president-elect for a year, beginning in January 2015, followed by a 3-year term of service. To nominate a woman or to seek further information, please contact Heidi McHugh at 574-370-7502.




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

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This Week:

November 30-December 6: Host GIHN
December 2: Fellowship Commission, 6:30 p.m.
December 3: MYF - cookie decoration, 7:00 p.m.
December 4: Ladies Lunch Bunch, 11:30 a.m, RSVP Laverne Nafziger
December 6: Men's Breakfast, 7:00 a.m.
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PrayerPlease contact the office by 9:00 a.m. Thursday with prayer requests.

 With heavy hearts we are making known the death of Martha Krabill, grandmother of Elisabeth Barahona.  She passed quickly and painlessly. Prayers are welcome for our family as we celebrate and grieve her life
Pray for the transition government in Burkina Faso after violent demonstrations forced Blaise Compaoré to relinquish presidential power. Anne Garber Kompaoré of Mennonite Mission Network, requests us to pray “that the Lord will lead to a wide consensus for a person full of integrity and wisdom and courage to lead the country to elections next year.”

DownloadDecember MMN Prayer Vine

Church Notes
Sunday Service Info

This Sunday: November 30

Deb Brubaker, Julie and Phil Zimmerman

Rita Gingrich

Lisa and Darin Short

Phil Bauman & Jenae Longenecker

Infants: Anita and Tavi Mounsithiraj
Toddlers: Jane Wang and Shirley Dick

Offering Counters:
Thelma Ramer and Diane Nafziger

Next Sunday: December 7

Joanna Epp, Pat Darling and Richard Miller

Melba and Pete Graber

Lois and John Mast

Phil Bauman & Jenae Longenecker

Infants: Evie and Dan Nafziger
Toddlers: Abby and Allan Rudy-Froese

Offering Counters:
Greg Smucker
Statistical Report 
(November 23)

Attendance: 198
General Fund: $4,409.50
College Fund : $20.00
Bethany Tuition:  $55.00
Agape Fund: $10.00
Chairs: $560.00

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

Greg Smucker (Chairperson)
Roy Bergey
Shirley Dick
Sherm Kauffman
Elizabeth Miller

Doug Baker
Richard Miller
Laverne Nafziger
Judy Weaver
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