Berkey Avenue Mennonite Fellowship
A congregation of Mennonite Church USA
Berkey Avenue Mennonite Fellowship
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June 1, 2014

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Berkey Announcements

Intergenerational Summer Sunday School

Sunday SchoolOur first Sunday of intergenerational summer classes begins on June 1. There is no prior experience needed or expected for any of the classes. Just come and be ready to enjoy each other and experience God in unexpected ways. The classes are not sequential. Each Sunday stands alone in design, however, all Sundays are held together with a larger theme and some common goals. We hope you take the opportunity to join a class that may be completely new to you -- and have fun! Learn more.

Servant Leadership Ballot

BallotThis Sunday, the list of nominees on the Servant Leadership Ballot for 2014-2015 will be presented for affirmation. Thank you for your prayerful consideration of the individuals listed.


StrawberriesThe past several years Lowell Nafziger has purchased flats of strawberries at the produce auction, letting people from the church pick them. After an initial email a few days ago, the response has been overwhelming, making coordination vital. There are already 20 people who have signed up to pick strawberries. If you are still interested in picking strawberries, please be sure to contact Lowell at so he can see about availability and scheduling. Strawberries should be picked every other day and people will be allowed to pick in the order that they have signed up. There is no need for compensation, though a contribution to the general fund at BAMF would be appreciated.

Ervin R. Stutzman to Preach at Berkey

Ervin StutzmanWe are pleased to welcome Ervin R. Stutzman, who will preach at Berkey Avenue Mennonite Fellowship on Sunday, June 8.  Ervin R. Stutzman is Executive Director for Mennonite Church USA. Before taking on this role in January 2010, he served for nearly 12 years as Dean and Professor of Church Ministries at Eastern Mennonite Seminary, Harrisonburg, Va. He has also served the Mennonite Church in the roles of pastor, district overseer, missions administrator, conference moderator and, from 2001 to 2003, as moderator for Mennonite Church USA. Learn more.

Safe Kids Elkhart County Fundraiser

Safe KidsSafe Kids Elkhart County works to prevent injuries to children in Elkhart County.  Dan Nafziger has tickets to sell for a Nelson’s chicken BBQ fundraiser on June 7th from 10:00 a.m. - noon (or until sold out).  The tickets are $5 for a half chicken (advance sale price).  Please see him this Sunday if you would like tickets, or contact him at

IN-MI Mennonite Conference Annual Sessions

Mennonite Church USAIN-MI Mennonite Conference Annual Sessions, June 20-22, 2014. As part of the area council that is hosting the Annual Sessions, Berkey has been asked to provide 4 ushers (2 more still needed) for the Saturday evening worship service (arrive at 6:30 p.m., worship from 7:00 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.) and 2 people for childcare during the Saturday afternoon session (arrive 12:30 p.m., session from 1:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.). Please let Marilyn know by June 1 if you are available.

Everence Medicare Supplement Plans

EverencePlease see Missy Kauffman Schrock to learn more about a special Everence offer that benefits our congregation for people who purchase an Everence Medicare supplement plan by July 31, 2014. Your participation not only helps you meet a personal need but creates funding that helps people experiencing financial hardships in our congregation as well as other congregations throughout the U.S. The benefit to our congregation comes through a referral program, so if you are planning to purchase a Medicare Supplement plan before July 31, please contact Missy Kauffman Schrock at (574) 849-9753 or

High School Open Houses

GraduationAs graduation approaches, several of our high school seniors will be having Open Houses.  Below is a listing of open houses you would be welcome to attend. We wish all of our graduates the Lord's richest blessings as they prepare for another chapter in their lives.
  • Rachel Schrock: Friday, May 30, from 5:00 p.m. - 8:00  p.m. at Berkey Avenue Mennonite Fellowship.
  • Corey Hostetler: Saturday, May 31, from 1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. at 25179 State Rd 119, Goshen.
  • Lana Smucker: Saturday, May 31, from 4:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m. at 1619 S 8th St, Goshen.
  • Quinn Brenneman: Saturday, June 7, from 2:00 p.m. - 4:30 p.m. at 64368 Limberlost Drive, Goshen.
  • Karis Neufeld: Saturday, June 7, from 11:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. at 1838 Greenwood Dr., Goshen.

MYF Summer Service Trip

ConstructionYou are invited to join the MYF's summer service trip to Colorado! The MYF is looking for several people to join our trip to Jamestown, CO (near Boulder) where we will be working with MDS the week of June 29-July 5. Construction experience is helpful but not necessary. Funds are available from the Mission Service Project fund to cover your transportation costs to Colorado and everything else - food, lodging, etc. - is provided for you. This is a great opportunity to get to know some of the awesome youth in our congregation! Talk to Lois Mast if you are interested.

Throwback Thursdays

Throwback ThursdaysHead 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 Christian High School will hold its 60th annual commencement Sunday, June 1 at 3:00 p.m.


Bethany Christian Schools is seeking a Head of School. For more information, see or contact Kirk Stiffney at or (574) 537-8736.

Bethany Christian Schools also invites applications for the following part-time positions: teaching assistant, assistant food service manager, cafeteria aide, and bus driver. All positions are available for the 2014-15 school year, beginning on about August 4. For details and application procedures, see

Host Families Needed

Bethany Christian Schools is in need of host families for serving international students who would like to attend Bethany. This opportunity to gain cross cultural experience in your own home often becomes a rewarding experience for the host family, as well as a blessing to the student. Families receive monetary compensation. One school year commitment. For more information, contact admissions director Sarah Kraybill Lind at or (574) 534-2567).

Goshen College Goshen College

The Goshen College Women’s World Music Choir has released a new CD of world choral music, now available for purchase through the Goshen College Music Center main office.The CD, titled “Songline,” was recorded last winter in the Goshen College Music Center’s Sauder Concert Hall and Rieth Recital Hall. The 12 tracks feature songs in a variety of languages and from a variety of countries and cultures, including Appalachia, Iraq, Yemen, New Zealand, Russia, Turkey, Mali, Bulgaria, Spain and African-American spirituals. Learn more.

AMBS Anabaptist Mennonite Biblical Seminary

Thirty-five graduates of Anabaptist Mennonite Biblical Seminary were reminded of the “the simple yet not so simple four-letter word: Love” by speaker James Logan, PhD, at the commencement service on Saturday, May 24, at College Mennonite Church. Learn more.

Community Announcements

Initial Coach Training

Do you have a desire to significantly impact your community? Would you like to help someone discover their strengths and develop them? The Transitional Coaching Program, at the Center for Community Justice,  invites you to join an Initial Coach Training (ICT) will be held June 7, 2014, in the Lambright Center on the AMBS campus. The event gets underway at 8:30 a.m. and concludes at 3:30 p.m.

The Window Open Again for First Friday

The Window's kitchen will be open for June's First Friday. There will be a ribbon cutting ceremony to celebrate the reopening of the kitchen on June 6 at 11:00 a.m. First Friday's meal runs from 4:30 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. or until the food runs out.  We will feature an Indian Meal with chicken vegetable curry or vegetarian curry served with white rice, french bread and a fruit dessert. This event is hosted by Waterford Mennonite Church's Seekers Sunday School Class and the suggested price is $9.00.

IN-MI Mennonite Women’s Luncheon

Please join us for the Indiana-Michigan Mennonite Women's luncheon on Saturday, June 21 at College Mennonite Church. Janna Hunter-Bowman, formerly involved with Justapaz in Bogota, Colombia, will share her faith journey. Registration is required for the luncheon. The cost is $12.50 before June 7 ($15.00 after June 7). Register and pay online or mail your name and a check to: Indiana-Michigan Mennonite Conference, 109 E. Clinton St., Suite 100, Goshen, IN 46528. For more information, contact Shirley Bustos at (219) 462-0526.

Protecting Our Children Workshop

There will be a workshop on Saturday, June 7, from 8:30 a.m. - 10:30 a.m. at North Goshen Mennonite Church. This workshop will include a review of child abuse and neglect prevention practices, tips for policy implementation, and the basic components of a strong policy. It will also connect participants with local professionals who can be of help in these areas. This workshop will serve to train your church leaders and teachers in safe practices as well as provide a good overview of the church’s role in child safety.

Family Dance

Come on out for a fun event for the whole family, from teens down to the youngest in a carrier! On Saturday, June 7 from 6:00 p.m. to 7:15 p.m. we will be having an night of old fashioned dancing such as circle dances and square dance type moves at First United Methodist Church (corner of 5th St. and Jefferson Ave, Goshen). The cost is only $1 admission per person. Please join us for a relaxed, enjoyable evening! Stay for part or all of the Regular Contra dance following at 7:30 p.m. and get half off admission for that! Learn more.


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!

Scooter needed:  From June 17 through July 3 I will be hosting Carlos Martinez, a Mennonite pastor/journalist from Mexico City. Carlos has severe rheumatoid arthritis and will need a scooter during his time in Goshen. If anyone might have a chair available for loan or rent during this time, please contact me at or 535-7433. Thanks!  ~ John D. Roth
Ruth and John Roth have a couple of items that need a good home. There is no cost, just come pick it up. We have a maple bunk bed (including mattresses) and an antique wardrobe (23"x33"x68"). Contact Ruth if you are interested.

Getting to Know

Sue Byler

Sue Byler

I was born and grew up on a farm at Shipshewana with 4 brothers and 3 sisters and was number 7 of the 8, given the name Priscilla Sue Ann Miller. Over the many years I "cut it down" to Sue!  I graduated from Shipshewana High School and got a Secretarial Certificate from Goshen College, later graduating from Ontario Mennonite Bible Institute in Kitchener, ON. I met and married Ezra Byler in Indianapolis in 1963.  During our 39 years of marriage we lived in 6 different cities: Indianapolis, W. Lafayette, IN, Erlanger, KY, Harrisonburg, VA, Kent, OH, & Normal, IL.  We have 3 children: Jay, born in W. Lafayette (now living in Berlin, Germany with his wife & 2 children); Jennifer born in Erlanger, KY (now living in Goshen with her 3 children); and Janine, born in Harrisonburg, VA (now living in Kalamazoo, MI with her husband, Jason, and son).  Ezra died 3 months after suffering a massive heart attack in Oct. 2002, when we lived in Normal.  During most of those 3 months he was in a hospital in St. Louis, and only knew 2 of our 6 grandchildren.  In August of 2005 I moved to Goshen to be close to Jennifer and her children and some siblings.  My life has truly been a big journey in many ways, including geographically, and I have lived in 15 different houses/apartments. Jobs included secretarial at Wolfe Grain Co. in Shipshe;  St. Vincent Hospital Surgery in Indy; Orthopedic Dr.'s office, W. Lafayette; then homemaker, wife and mother, and child care in my home.  A very full life for which I am grateful.  .

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!

We will no longer be printing and distributing calendars each month.  They are however, available for download.
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This Week
June 5: Ladies Lunch Bunch, 11:30 a.m.
June 7: Men's Breakfast, 7:00 a.m.

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

Laura Sue Dueck had open heart surgery at Johns Hopkins Medical Center in Baltimore on Thursday to replace her mitral valve. The surgery went well. Please keep Laura Sue and Allan in your prayers as she heals from surgery.
Lisa Nussbaum's mother, Maryln Miller, passed away earlier this week. The calling hours will be from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. on Friday at Yoder Culp with the funeral at Dunlap United Methodist Church at 1:00 p.m. on Saturday.  There will be viewing for 1 hour before the service as well.
Please pray for the parents of the children at Model School, as they balance the demands of work and home, that they may be given the wisdom they need to manage the demands, the strength and stamina they need to meet the demands, and the love and courage to guide and care for their children.
Steve Garboden's cousin, Nancy Beamer, has decided to try a third type of chemo for treating her lymphoma (before entering hospice). Two others have failed. This chemo is causing severe side effects.   Please continue to pray for Nancy, for physical comfort and a calm spirit.  
Please keep the Indiana-Michigan Mennonite Conference in prayer as they prepare for Annual Sessions at College Mennonite Church June 20-22. Annual Sessions is an opportunity for church delegates to connect with other churches in shared worship, fellowship, and discussion. If you have questions or feedback, please take those to one of our delegates to conference.
Pray for Holdeman Mennonite Church in Wakarusa; for Pastors Randy Detweiler and BJ Leichty and Elders as they lead the congregation in a process to develop their future ministry priorities and goals.
Praise God for the 107 people who have made a decision to follow Jesus and be baptized into the Evangelical Mennonite Church of Burkina Faso, a Mennonite Mission Network partner. Pray for courage and faithfulness for these new believers who may face derision and persecution by a Muslim majority.

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Church Notes
Sunday Service Info

This Sunday: June 1

Denise Risser, Nancy and Dick Yoder

Eleanor Nafziger, Ruth Hathaway

Rita Gingrich

Offering Counters: 
Barbara Eichorn, Greg Smucker

Audio / Visual:
Phil Bauman / Roxanna Sommers

Bev and Dave Krabill

Next Sunday: June 8

Lydia and Andy Martin, D. Richard Miller and  Pat Darling Miller

Eli Martin, Anja Martin

Rita Gingrich, Laura Horst

Offering Counters: 
Barbara Eichorn, Greg Smucker

Audio / Visual:
Phil Bauman / Roxanna Sommers

Ruth and John Roth

Statistical Report 
(May 25)

Attendance: 145
General Fund: $5,169.75
Bethany Tuition: $25.00
College Matching: $25.00
Building: $5.00
MYF: $50.00
Rejoice Devotional: $161.70
Purpose: $25.50
Agape: $10.00


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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