New Nurture Hour Class
A new Nurture Hour class entitled “Bible Alive” will start this Sunday, January 17 and run through the end of February. This class will be based on Bible passages in various translations. The goal is to involve persons with varying gifts and abilities to read and listen, meditate and study, visualize and act out, and most of all, to share learnings and insights with each other as the Word of God comes alive to us individually and in community. The class will meet in the music room directly after the children are finished with their singing time. Persons who are interested are encouraged to contact Paul Leichty
. He will facilitate the class and provide the scripture ahead of time to those who wish to have it.
Appreciation Meal for Teachers and Sponsors
All Berkey teachers and sponsors (and their families) are invited to a special meal on Sunday, January 24, to say thank you for serving our congregation this year in nurturing our children, youth and adults. Please join us for a simple meal and lots of delicious desserts from the congregation.
Desserts are needed for the appreciation meal for the Berkey teachers and sponsors. Christian Ed. commission is providing soups, salad, bread and drink. We're asking the congregation to contribute desserts for a special dessert bar that we will highlight in the meal. If you can provide a dessert (any kind!) for this appreciation event, please sign up
online or email Ruth Roth
and bring your dessert to church on Sunday, January 24. In your email, just let Ruth know what kind of dessert you plan to bring so she can make a label for it with your name. We're expecting 60 people at the meal so we're hoping for a nice spread of desserts! Thank you in advance for showing your love and support to our teachers in this way.
Stephen Ministry Training
An exciting adventure in learning and doing ministry began for 6 people from College Mennonite, Waterford Mennonite and Berkey Avenue on January 5. Trish Yoder is among these Stephen Minister trainees studying, discussing, experiencing, and trying out the skills involved in sharing God's love and compassion with those who especially need these gifts. Let us thank God for Trish and the other ministers and ask God’s continued help and blessing in their adventure.
The next training class will be a retreat day on January 23, in which they will be considering the subject of "The Art of Listening". In this presentation they will be honing their listening skills and finding out that listening well is extremely helpful and caring but is also hard work. They will also learn about "Distinctively Christian Caring", discovering more effective ways of using resources such as prayer and Scripture as tools in caring ministry. We ask your prayers for them and for God's blessings upon their ministries.
Bryan Moyer Suderman Concert
All are invited to join in a fun evening planned by AMBS and hosted here at Berkey on Tuesday, January 26, at 6:00 p.m. Join Mennonite singer/songwriter Bryan Moyer Suderman for an all-ages concert. Bryan has been described as an Anabaptist Pete Seeger, with a gift for writing and leading songs that are simple, profound, singable, and fun for all ages. A pizza supper at 5:00 p.m. is available with advance registration. Please e-mail the church
with the number of people who will be eating or sign-up at the church. The sign-up sheet is on the counter by the coffee. Please make your supper reservations by Sunday, January 24.
Meals for College Students
Over 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! A new schedule is ready. To sign up visit the Take Them a Meal site
, (username: students; password: bamf).
New to the Library
Four new books have been added to our library:
- 1. Reading the Bible as if Jesus Mattered, by Duane Beachey. The author calls us to read the Bible with Jesus as a plumb line. It is one of the most accessible and powerful manifestos on what it means to be a faithful, biblically grounded disciple of Jesus.
- Supportive Care in the Congregation: Providing a congregational network of care for persons with significant disabilities, by Dean Preheim-Bartel, Aldred Neufeldt, Paul D. Leichty and Christine Guth. This is a revised and updated edition of a 1986 version which includes three new chapters. Readers are offered ways to build supportive, caring and inclusive communities of faith.
- Accessible Gospel, Inclusive Worship, by Barbara J. Newman. This book gives practical hands-on strategies and hope-filled stories to help all of us see that inclusion of persons with disabilities is essential.
- Benefit of the Doubt: Breaking the Idol of Certainty, by Gregory A. Boyd. Presented in a Sunday School class at Berkey several months ago, this book is a help to doubters and non-doubters everywhere. Boyd invites you to embrace a faith that doesn't strive for certainty but rather for commitment to Christ in the midst of uncertainty.
Head 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!
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The January 31 John McCutcheon concert at Bethany Christian Schools has been cancelled. Anyone who has purchased tickets will be reimbursed; if you have questions, contact Kevin Miller
You are invited to celebrate the life of Martin Luther King, Jr. at Goshen College as we explore the theme "Trouble I’ve Seen: Naming the Nightmare; Re-imagining the Dream," January 16-18. Speakers include Sofia Samatar, a 1994 GC graduate and award-winning fantasy author, and Drew Hart, an author, activist and Black Anabaptist theologian. Events include musical performances, lectures, workshops and a community breakfast on Monday, January 18. Tickets are required for the community breakfast and can be purchased online
or by calling (574) 535-7566. For a full schedule and more information, visit us online
Anabaptist Mennonite Biblical Seminary
Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration
The AMBS Intercultural Competence and Undoing Racism (ICUR) team is excited to celebrate the call and continue the work for racial justice as demonstrated by Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. During an extended weekend, January 16-18, the ICUR team will host a series of public and on-campus events featuring activist, poet, educator and presenter, Ewuare Osayande. View the schedule and more details online
Many scholarships are available for AMBS. Visit their website
Interdenominational Martin Luther King, Jr. Worship Service
Too often MLK Day celebrations mirror our ongoing divide, with white and black groups holding separate events. This year, Christians in Goshen are encouraged to travel to Elkhart and attend the Elkhart County Interdenominational Ministerial Alliance (IMA) worship service celebrating the Life of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. It will be held on Sunday, January 17, 4:00 pm at Canaan Baptist Church, 933 Fieldhouse Ave., Elkhart (close to Hawthorne Elem School just off W. Lusher Ave.). Let us live into last year's Goshen City Council resolution acknowledging our city’s racist past as a “sundown town,” and declaring that “it’s a new day”!
Pathways Retreat Open House
All are invited to Pathways Retreat, Goshen, for an Open House to celebrate the newly expanded retreat house on Sunday, January 31. Tours and refreshments are from 3:00–5:30 p.m. with a liturgy of blessing at 4:00 p.m. See their website
or call/text 574-333-1822 for more information and directions.
Spend your Martin Luther King holiday with professional baseball catcher Erik Kratz who will speak at a dinner and host a baseball camp. Erik will share his story, including how he maintained faith and perseverance from his days at Christopher Dock Mennonite High School, Eastern Mennonite University and through a minor league career that began in 2002 before reaching the pinnacle of success—playing with the 2015 World Series champion Kansas City Royals the past two years. The dinner of Kansas City BBQ and ballpark food will be held at Waterford Mennonite Church; gates open at 5:30 p.m. Tickets for dinner are $25 for adults ($20 for students) or $200 per table of 10 and may be reserved at Waterford Mennonite Church by email
or by calling 533-5642. The Erik Kratz Baseball Camp will run 1:00 - 4:00 p.m. at Goshen College and is open to any youth high school age or under. Cost for the camp and evening dinner is $60, with additional dinner tickets $20 each. Cost of camp only is $50. To register for the baseball camp, contact Goshen College baseball coach Alex Childers by email
or call 535-7748. The events are sponsored by Goshen College and Waterford Mennonite Church youth as a fundraiser for their summer service trip.
Finance and Stewardship Workshops
This winter College Mennonite Church will host a series of one-hour workshops focusing on financial management, giving, and stewardship. Each workshop will be led by an Everence staff person with expertise in that area. The theme for the January 20 workshop is Finacial Planning/Money Management, presented by Steve Fath, Everence Financial Advisor. The class will be held from 6:30-7:30 p.m. A complete list of the workshops is on the bulletin board by the church mailboxes.
Community Classes in American Sign Language
Community classes in American Sign Language sponsored by the Deaf Christian Fellowship of College Mennonite Church will be offered Tuesday evenings, February 2 through April 12. Beginning class will meet from 6:30 – 7:30 p.m.; the intermediate class from 8:00 -9:00 p.m. at College Mennonite. The cost is $100 which includes the textbook. Preregistration is required. Deadline for registration is January 27th. Contact Sheila Yoder
Join Michiana Mennonite Economic Development Associates (MEDA) for dinner and a program on Thursday, January 21, 6:30 p.m. at First Mennonite Church of Middlebury. Brian Wiebe, Executive Director of Horizon Education Alliance (HEA), will be presenting a program "Transforming Elkhart County into a world-class place!" HEA believes that Elkhart County can be a world-class place to learn, live, work, and play. It oversees programs for local residents ranging from newborns to senior adults. Come learn more about HEA programs and the ways Elkhart County is working together to improve the quality of life and economic outcomes for its 200,000 citizens. Please RSVP by Monday, January 18 online
or call 574-355-3607. Cost is $5 for students, $15 for Michiana MEDA members, and $20 for others, payable at the door.
Center for Healing & Hope Thank You Note
In 2015, the Center for Healing & Hope provided medical care to 1,404 people. In addition, they did health screenings to identify chronic health conditions for 559 people at homeless shelters, food banks, and other nonprofits that serve people with little or no income. They also provided school physicals, diabetes education, and women’s physicals. In the fall, they began offering a new service: helping people apply for free or reduced prices for their prescriptions. One of the most essential parts of providing these services are volunteers. The estimate for hours served is 3,576 -- an amazing gift of time from a number of dedicated and talented people in this community. The Center expresses that they are blessed and humbled by their partners in this ministry.
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!
A two bedroom upstairs apartment is for rent located behind Goshen Hospital. For more information contact Phil and Connie Bauman, 533-0755