Berkey Avenue Mennonite Fellowship
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January 17, 2016

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Berkey Announcements

New Nurture Hour Class

bible classA 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

Thank you, teachersAll 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 Needed

dessertDesserts 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

stephen ministriesAn 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

Bryan SudermanAll 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

mealsOver 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

library booksFour new books have been added to our library:
  1. 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.  
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.

Throwback Thursday

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!

Do you have 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

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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.

Goshen College Goshen College

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.

AMBS 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 for information.

Community Announcements

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.

Baseball Camp

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.

MEDA Program

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



MYF Sponsors:  Eric and Lavonn Hostetler

Eric grew up in Erie, PA. He attended and was baptized at Beaverdam Mennonite Church. Lavonn is from Phoenix, AZ and she attended and was baptized at Trinity Mennonite Church. We met our freshman year at Eastern Mennonite University. We became friends during our cross cultural the next year and began dating the year after that. We were married soon after graduation. Eric landed a job in the actuarial department at Everence so we moved to Goshen!  Lavonn found a job at a local accounting firm and we began attending North Goshen Mennonite Church.

Since then we have each held a variety of jobs. Eric transitioned into the IT profession and worked for Elkhart Hospital and Nappanee Window. Currently he is working for Kountry Wood Products in Nappanee. Lavonn has served as the Controller for Goshen College, LaCasa, Nappanee Window and currently for Hertzler Systems.  We started attending Berkey about 12 years ago.

We have two children; Corey is a sophomore at EMU and Carissa is a junior at Bethany. Eric enjoys playing soccer, reading and is also restoring his first car, a ’69 Buick Skylark. Lavonn enjoys trying new recipes and planning family trips to new places. We are both enjoying hanging out with the MYF as sponsors.


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Anniversaries This Week:
Doug and Cindy Baker

Birthdays This Week:

Steve Garboden
Asiko Dlova
Carissa Hostetler
Jenny Yoder
Peter Shetler
Aaron Stiffney
Seth Krabill

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

Pray for Morning Star, Muncie, IN (Gladys Maina, Simon Mungai, pastors). Praise & thanksgiving to God and those who have made it  possible for them at Morning Star,  to share food for the body & the bread of life with hundreds in their community. Their building is now too small & beginning to have structural challenges. Pray with them for a larger, multipurpose building. 

Pray for Parkview Mennonite, Kokomo, IN (Kelly Bates Oglesby, pastor). They offer praise and are thankful for the children who come with grandparents and friends into their fellowship. They ask for God's help and wisdom in meeting their needs through teaching and friendship. They are thankful for a successful Christmas dinner with residents and staff of Logansport State Hospital who gathered with Parkview members and friends. They sang Christmas carols together and visited while they enjoyed a home cooked meal.  Pray for their leaders and the congregation as they define leadership guidelines.

Janet Stucky of Mennonite Mission Network and her colleague, Rigobert Sossa, are working with a nutrition program in Benin. Pray for safety in their travels to train 400 community leaders in 100 villages about food health and hygiene. 

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Church Notes
Sunday Service Info

This Sunday:  January 17

Neil Miller Richer
Renae Yoder
Denise Risser

Anita Mounsithiraj
Dteban Mounsithiraj

Deb and Dan Williams

Phil Bauman/Leah Garboden

Infants:  Elizabeth Miller, Ruth and John Roth
Toddlers:  Missy Schrock, Anna and Joe Sawatzky

Offering Counters:
Lowell Nafziger, Denise Risser

Next Sunday:  January 24

Aaron Wieand
Renae Yoder
Denise Risser

Anita Mounsithiraj
Dteban Mounsithiraj

Deb and Dan Williams

Phil Bauman/Leah Garboden

Infants:  Leah Garboden, Lindsay Rheinheimer, Trish Shenk
Toddlers: Aaron Wieand, Trish and James Yoder

Offering Counters:
Dick Ramer, Karl Sommers

Statistical Report 
(January 10)

Attendance: 182
General Fund:  $7,312.82
Bethany 2015/16:  $15.00
College:  $20.00
Model School Fund, sale of popcorn:  $100.00
Rental Income:  $750.00

General Fund Income 2015-16 YTD
Actual:  $120,017.01
Budget:  $107,146.00 

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
Ben Woodward Breckbill - Pastoral Intern

Greg Smucker (Chairperson)
Shirley Dick
Sherm Kauffman
Anita Mounsithiraj
Richard Aguirre

Doug Baker
Richard Miller
Laverne Nafziger
Judy Weaver
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