Berkey Avenue Mennonite Fellowship
A congregation of Mennonite Church USA
Berkey Avenue Mennonite Fellowship
the OWL

November 24, 2013

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Berkey Announcements

Office Holiday Hours

Thanksgiving TurkeyPlease note that office will be closed on Thursday, November 29 and Friday, November 29.  Next week's newsletter will still be distributed on Friday the 29th.  However, any items that need to be publicized should be sent to the office by Tuesday, November 26.

Jubilee Hall Celebration

Jubliee HallWe're celebrating the end of our Jubilee Renovation Project! On December 8 during the fellowship break between worship and Christian education, we invite you to bring finger food snacks to help us celebrate the successful completion of our Jubilee renovations. Gluten-free and dairy-free snacks will be provided, along with drinks.

Filming this Sunday

This coming Sunday during the fellowship time, Leah Garboden is planning to have a friend of hers come to church to video some of her interaction with different people at church for a personal project. He will not use any individuals' names in this short video. Leah would be happy to show anyone the video when it is done. If you have any questions before hand please feel free to contact her.

Derstine Baby Shower

Elise, Adam and AbramBerkey will host a baby shower this coming Sunday, November 24, for Elise and Adam Derstine.  They have plenty of clothes and books, but would appreciate gifts of money which would go towards the purchase of a crib and a supply of cloth diapers.  They are very appreciative for all that Berkey has been doing for their family!

New Adult SS Option beginning Dec. 1

Animate: FaithWould you like to ponder, reflect on, and discuss topics of faith such as God, Religion, Jesus, Salvation, the cross, the Bible and the Church? Come to Animate:Faith and hear some leading voices of the Christian faith--Brian McLaren, Shane Hipps, Nadia Bolz-Weber and others--talk about these central aspects of Christianity. Marilyn Rudy-Froese will facilitate this class. Each week we will watch a DVD portion with one of these leading voices, spend time in personal reflection and journaling (the journal will be provided: a donation of $15 is suggested), and engage in conversation. Learn more and hear excerpts.

Advent Choir

SingersThanks to all who have joined the Advent Choir! This Year's choir is directed by Paul Leichty. The next rehearsal will be Sunday, November 24 at 8:15 a.m. If you have questions, please contact Jenny Hooley at

Final Fundraising Updates

Jubliee UpdateSo close! We are just $382 short of our funding goal for the Jubilee Renovation Project!  We celebrate this good news and invite you to give in a final push to fund the remaining amount needed to meet our goal.  Additionally, Thank you for your generous contributions into the college matching fund! We've met our goal for the spring semester! Thank you all!

Cleaning Supplies Needed

Cleaning SuppliesThe Mission Commission has been asked by Cora Brown from The Church Without Walls to collect the following items for their shelter: paper towels, toilet paper, laundry soap, dishwasher soap, and other cleaning items. A container will be placed in the Fellowship Hall. This will be the final Sunday for collections. The shelter serves single women and households headed by women, to help them obtain stable and sustainable housing, giving them opportunities to improve basic life skills and training to become economically independent. Thank you for your help with this need.

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 SchoolsBethany Christian Schools

Bethany Christian Schools invites applications for the part-time position of biology and environmental science teacher. This 70% term position commences January 21 and ends June 2, 2014. For details and application procedures, see

Goshen CollegeGoshen College

Goshen College Offers Online Advent Devotions

As churches and individual Christians around the world prepare to celebrate Christ’s birth, Goshen College will again offer an online spiritual resource at to help believers make time and space in their hearts and minds to welcome Advent and celebrate Christmas. Learn more.

A Festival of Carols

Goshen College 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 Friday, December 6 and Saturday, December 7 at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday, December 8 at 4:00 p.m. Reserved seating tickets ($15) are now available online at or by calling the GC Welcome Center at 535-7566. Please call 535-7361 or email with questions.

AMBSAnabaptist Mennonite Biblical Seminary

Anabaptist Mennonite Biblical Seminary seeks a full-time Executive Assistant for Business Services to serve as receptionist and switchboard operator, manage the mail center, coordinate campus housing and serve as cashier. For information visit Learn more.

Community Announcements

Michiana Meda Prepares 1st Friday Meal At The Window

Michiana MEDA is an organization connecting faith and work. The receipts from tonight’s meal will go directly to the work of The Window. We have prepared for you a meal centered about a Groundnut Stew similar to one that would be served in the West African country of Ghana. We are keynoting Ghana because the Michiana chapter of MEDA is also raising funds for a MEDA project called Grow (Greater Rural Opportunities for Women). This project in Ghana is to improve food security by helping women to learn better farming techniques so they may increase their yields and grow more nutritious food, as well. Learn more.

United Way Reading Camp at Goshen Community Schools

In partnership with United Way of Elkhart County, the Goshen Community Schools will again be offering Reading Camps to 20 children at Model, Waterford, West Goshen, and Parkside for 8 weeks (February 5-March 28th, 2014). The children attending Reading Camps will be 2nd graders in need of extra reading and language arts practice. Reading Camps will be held every Tuesday and Thursday at 3:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. (You may commit to one or two days or substitute on predetermined dates). Volunteers of all ages are needed, willing to spend one hour per week reading with a child. All volunteers will be given a limited background check and will participate in a training session to be held the last week of January. Learn more.

Emma Mennonite Church Christmas Programs

Emma Mennonite Church's Men's Chorus will give two special Christmas programs on Sunday, December 8. North Goshen Mennonite Church (501 N Eighth St, Goshen) will host the first event at 2:30 p.m., then at 6:30 p.m., the group will sing at their home church in Emma Town (1900 S 600 W, Topeka). Finger food will be served following the 6:30 p.m. program. For directions or for more information, go to or call 260-593-2036.

MCC Responding to Urgent Need in Philippines

MCC has committed $200,000 to help meet urgent needs through a partner, Church World Service (CWS), including providing emergency food packages and nonfood items to improve sanitation and hygiene for about 3,750 families. Plans for a longer-term response are in development. Donations are welcome.

Community Thanksgiving Eve Worship

Community Thanksgiving Eve Worship will be held at First English Lutheran (corner of 5th and Madison) on Wednesday November 27 at 6:30 p.m.  All are welcome to come and join us in giving thanks to God for the many blessings we have.  An offering will be taken for the Goshen Ministerial Association Emergency Assistance Fund to help those in need.  Fellowship will follow with free Pumpkin Pie!

Mentors Still Needed

Want to invest in the life of young men? If you are a male, 18 years or older, who lives in the Goshen, IN area and has interest in mentoring, we still need 6 mentors for the E3 - Survival Skills for Life Program that is being offered at Goshen Middle School. The program is led by staff from Amigo Centre, and mentors for the program sign up through Big Brothers Big Sisters. Become an “Amigo Big” and make a difference in a young man's life! Sign up today at

Give Joy to the World

Sixty years ago, MEDA’s founders were inspired to share of themselves to help people struggling in poverty in Paraguay. They believed that every person has the right to an opportunity to earn a livelihood. Today, we continue in their footsteps. And we invite you to share the joy you experience at Christmas by reaching out to your neighbors in developing countries around the world. Learn more.

Handel's Messiah Concert

It's not too early to start thinking about the Christmas Season! Musical Arts Indiana is pleased to present Handel's Messiah on Saturday, December 14 at 7:30 p.m. (preconcert lecture at 7:00 p.m.) at Kern Road Mennonite Church, South Bend.  The presentation will also take place on Sunday, December 15 at 3:00 p.m. (preconcert lecture at 2:30 p.m.) at St. Joseph Chapel (Holy Cross College), Notre Dame.  Our concert will feature Vesper Chorale, Vesper Chamber Orchestra, Vesper Festival Chorus and the Children's Choir of Michiana. 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!

Do you have skills in the building trades and maintenance and a desire to put your talents and gifts into a ministry committed to helping people connect with God, with creation and with each other? Amigo Centre seeks a Maintenance Director to assume responsibility for the maintenance and care of Amigo's grounds and facilities. This full-time year-around position gives opportunity to utilize building and maintenance skills while working with a committed and caring staff and connecting with guests and campers of all ages. More information is available at or by calling Cliff Brubaker at (269) 651-2811. Amigo Centre, located near Sturgis, MI, is a 400 acre year-around camp and retreat facility which belongs to the Indiana Michigan Mennonite Conference.
Walnut Hill Early Childhood Center unexpectedly lost a teacher and is seeking a new lead teacher for the Pre-Kindergarten Classroom.  The candidate must have a B.A. in Elementary Education or Early Childhood Education.  Candidates with Associates Degrees in Early Education will be considered.  Experience is preferred.  Send resume to or bring/mail to 1201 S. 11th Street, Goshen.  References should be included please.  Candidate will demonstrate a genuine love for young children in need and a knowledge of kindergarten readiness skills.
Jennifer Youngberg (daughter to Sue Byler), recently graduated, does Swedish relaxation massage including pregnancy, as well as deeper tissue work.  In addition to massage therapy, she studied nutrition, body systems, iridology, and is a certified natural health professional.  She has training in Cranio Sacral Therapy, which releases tension in the body to encourge the body to self correct and heal. She will be starting her practice at 1119 South Indiana Avenue, sharing an office with Kathy Stiffney, LMT.  She will be giving a discounted rate of $50 through the end of November.  Anyone who gets a massage will receive a coupon for a complimentary Cranio Sacral Session as well.  Contact her at 574-238-7641 to schedule your massage.

Getting to Know

David Zehr

David Zehr
Hi! My name's David Zehr and I'm a second-year student at Goshen. I enjoy learning about history and religion. I'm originally from Elkhart. I enjoy playing music, good company involving laughing, and making personal connections with folks. Also, I lead a weekly event on my floor called Thinking on Thursdays because I'm the floor Ministry Leader. So if you feel the nudge, every week I'm always looking for people to come speak with about 20 guys about their life stories, specific topics, or things going on in the world around us.  And while I don't have the love for baking which a lot of the previous getting to know you spotlights expressed, I do enjoy eating their culinary creations. Looking forward to getting to know many of you better as the year goes along!

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?Goshen Interfaith Hospitality Network provides an opportunity for our community to be actively involved in caring for the needs of homeless families. Berkey’s involvement with GIHN grew out of a small group that included Rita and Jud Gingrich, Tracy and Tim Thorne, Trish and Dale Shenk, Renae and Brian Campbell and Ruth and John Roth.

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.
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This Week
November 24: MCC Great Lakes Alumni Potluck, 6:00 p.m.
November 26: Group Direction, 7:00 p.m.
November 27: Stephen Ministry, 6:45 p.m..

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

For Pat Darling Miller, as she recovers from surgery and works through physical and occupational therapy.
Corin Wenger is participating in the mission training program of PROMINOA, a mission program of the Argentina Mennonite Church, and helping with youth ministry. Pray for him as he serves through a partnership that also includes North Central Mennonite Conference and Mennonite Mission Network.

DownloadNov. MMN Prayer Vine

Church Notes
Sunday Service Info
This Sunday: November 24

Brenda Grimes, Richard Miller, Pat Darling Miller
Laverne Nafziger
Offering Counters: 
Dick Ramer, Karl Sommers
Phil Bauman, Randy Horst

Next Sunday: December 1

Brenda Grimes, Richard Miller, Pat Darling Miller
Armand Martin
Offering Counters: 
Barbara Eichorn, Greg Smucker
Matthew Williams, Randy Horst

Statistical Report 
(November 17)

Attendance: 170
Bethany Tuition: $15.00
General Fund: $5,463.54
Building Improvements: $2,560.00
College Matching: $940.00
Mission Emphasis: $10.00

Jubilee Renovation

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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