Berkey Avenue Mennonite Fellowship
A Congregation of Mennonite Church USA
Berkey Avenue Mennonite Fellowship

June 23, 2013

Berkey Announcements | Our Schools | Community Announcements | Employment Opportunities | Sunday Service Info
We've had just a couple of submissions but are looking for more name submissions for the newsletter! Submit your entry on our website.  Deadline to submit entries is July 1. Voting will begin on July 2nd and run for one week.  Get those creative juices going! Good luck!

What's up with the YouTube link? Well, we have a channel, but haven't posted videos -- yet.  Hopefully in the coming weeks, we can begin to video record our sermons and begin posting them on the channel for all to see!

- Rafael.

Berkey Announcements

Church Mailboxes

Church MailboxesOur congregation is growing! In addition to the resuscitated nametag evidence, please note that mailboxes has been shuffled in order to accommodate new attendees. If you do not have a mailbox and would like one, please let Rafael Barahona know.

Church Renovation Volunteers Needed

ConstructionThanks to all that helped so far with our clean up and construction efforts. We continue to ask for your assistance with the project. Check out the photos on Facebook. Learn more.

Also, please note that due to the construction, our summer sunday school classes have slight alterations. Discovering God Through Service will meet on the Front Porch and Discovering God Through Nature/Earthcare will meet in Jubilee Hall, while Discovering God Through Fiber Art will continue to meet in the library, and Discovering God Through Journaling/Writing in the Sanctuary.

Kit Assembly: School Supplies Needed

School kitThis Sunday we will be filling school bags with school supplies for MCC.  Anyone interested in supporting this project is encouraged to bring supplies from the following list to the church anytime now until that day. Please look for the marked container in the foyer.
  • 4 spiral or perforated notebooks, 70 sheets
  • 8 unsharpened pencils
  • 1 flexible plastic ruler (30 cm and 12 in.)
  • 12 colored pencils in package
  • 1 large pencil eraser

Volunteer at the MCC Peace Booth

PeaceHow can our churches give witness to Jesus’ message of peace in a world saturated with the myth of redemptive violence? Join MCC Great Lakes and others in volunteering at the Peace Booth at the Elkhart County Fair. The fair runs from July 19-27. Organizers will supply the booth with a variety of information.If you are interested in volunteering to staff the booth, please speak to Marilyn Rudy-Froese by July 1.

Fellowship Commission Housekeeping

The Fellowship Commission has a collection of items from potluck dinners, etc. left in the kitchen, which have been placed on a table in the Fellowship Area. Please remember to check that out to see if any of those items belong to you.  It is helpful in keeping our kitchen tidy.  Thank you. If any items remain after a couple Sundays, they will be donated to The Depot.

Wedding Shower Double Header

Wedding BellsThis Sunday we will celebrate the May 25th marriage of Simon Smucker and Rebecca Weaver, and the June 15th marriage of  Daniel Mast and Ally Christner.   Both of these will be card/money showers.  Cards will again be available for anyone who needs one.  We invite everyone to join in celebrating these marriages.

Online Photo Directory

The BullersThe online photo directory is under construction and if you haven't signed up to get your photo taken, you can sign up online or email Renae Yoder. John Hooley will be taking the portraits. If you are interested in keeping your photo, let Rafael know and he will email it to you. Additionally, if you would like to include a link to your Facebook profile, please let Rafael know as well and he will add it to your entry.

Our Schools

Goshen CollegeGoshen College

Follow along with the GC biology students who are spending part of their summer taking a class called "Conservation and Research Methods in Savannas" in Kenya with professor Ryan Sensenig in partnership with Kenyan students and researchers:

Bethany Christian SchoolsBethany Christian Schools

1987 grad Gary Chupp has been named Bethany's new athletic director. Congratulations and welcome Gary! Bethany Christian Schools continues to invite applications for the coaching position of middle school girls soccer—email for more information. There are also staff openings for bus driver and evening custodian. View details and application procedures on these positions on the Bethany website.

AMBSAnabaptist Mennonite Biblical Seminary

AMBS President Sara Wenger Shenk and Professor of New Testament Loren L. Johns and 41 other pilgrims are visiting the places where the Apostle Paul traveled in the Mediterranean area. Visit the Cruisetour 2013 blog for regular photos and updates from each stop on the tour:

Community Announcements

Mac Minis Available through has always strived to provide services that are affordable and appropriate for churches and organizations with a limited budget.  Now, we also are announcing the first offering of refurbished computer equipment through our new CodePurple program. Want one? Learn more.

Phoenix Convention Live Stream

If you're not planning to go to Phoenix, you can still see what's going on in the delegate sessions with a live stream at

The Window Seeks Additional Volunteers

The Window is not short on donations. However, the volunteer base that needs additional help. Since summer began, many regular volunteers have gone on vacations. In addition, the Meals on Wheels drivers have been stretched to the limit, with some having to come in multiple days a week. Volunteering need only take an hour of your time. Meals on Wheels drivers are needed during the lunch hour. Please consider giving of your time.

A Quiet Place Prayer Center Retreat Days

A Quiet Place, located on Waubee Lake near Camp Mack, offers a variety of Creating Community groups which center around topics of spirituality. These groups meet once a month from September through May. This year’s offerings include three groups for women and one for men. Learn more.

True Vine Tabernacle’s 9th Anniversary

You are invited to come celebrate with True Vine Tabernacle's 9th anniversary service/celebration on Sunday, June 30th at 10:30 a.m.  The service will include guest speaker Prophetess Sherrilyn Mahiri-Hunt as well as special music and skits.  Following the service you are welcome to enjoy food and fellowship with us at the Mennonite Church USA Office, 3145 Benham Ave. in Elkhart.  Learn more.

Goldenrod Gene Van Accordion Orchestra Concert

Join MDC Goldenrod on Friday, June 28th at 7:00 p.m. for an evening of family friendly musical entertainment at the Gene Van Accordion Orchestra Concert, featuring 1972 World Cup Silver Medalist Mr. Joseph Natoli and vocal soloist Janeen Bertsche Johnson. There is a suggested donation of $10 per person and proceeds will benefit MDC Goldenrod. Learn more.

Become a Hospice Volunteer

Harbor Light Hospice is seeking individuals in Goshen to spend quality time with terminally ill patients or provide respite to their families. If interested in more information about becoming a hospice volunteer please contact Jamie Rhew at 800-662-8889 or Learn more.

Mennonite Healthcare Fellowship Meeting

Local registrations are still being accepted to the Mennonite Healthcare Fellowship (MHF) Annual Gathering, June 21-23, 2013 at Goshen College.  All healthcare professionals are welcomed to register for this weekend event with the theme, "Moral Dilemmas in Healthcare."  The general public is invited to two public sessions, June 21 & 22, 7:00-8:30 p.m. at College Mennonite Church.  For information on both options visit, write to, or call toll-free to 1-888-406-3643. A flyer is also posted on the bulletin board.

MCC Relief Sale Silent Auction

As we head into the summer months, plans are underway for the 2013 MCC Relief Sale Silent Auction. Relief Sale weekend is September 27‐28. We are looking for contributions. Please contact Stacey Farran with offers of help in these areas or any questions. Thanks for your consideration!

Employment / Volunteer Opportunities

MCC’s SWAP (Sharing With Appalachian People) program is seeking a Location Coordinator(s) to plan and direct all aspects of the SWAP program in Elkhorn, West Virginia. SWAP provides week-long service opportunities for young people and adults, with a primary focus on housing repair for low-income individuals and families. The SWAP Elkhorn Location Coordinator(s) has overall responsibility for the implementation of the SWAP program within McDowell County, working with local partners, overseeing staff, coordinating jobs and volunteers, and promoting communication and understanding between volunteers and local residents. Learn more.
The Center for Healing and Hope is seeking a .75 FTE Registered Nurse to oversee operations at two of its clinic locations in Elkhart County. Will include some evenings and an excellent benefits package. CHH is a non-profit, faith-based organization operating urgent care clinics providing quality medical care to low-income, uninsured patients. Please send inquiries, cover letter and resume to
The Center for Healing & Hope is aiming to establish a prayer network consisting of volunteers who are open to receiving prayer requests via email. Learn more.

 Sunday Service Information

Berkey Avenue Mennonite Fellowship

This Sunday:
June 23

Trish Yoder, Ruth Hathaway, Denise Risser, Eleanor Nafziger
Laverne Nafziger
Offering Counters:  
Dick Ramer, Karl Sommers
Phil Bauman, Dee Albrecht

Next Sunday:
June 30

Denise Risser, Eleanor Nafziger, Abby & Patrick Buller, Ruth Hathaway
Laverne Nafziger
Offering Counters:  
Shawna Born, Diane Nafziger
Phil Bauman, Dee Albrecht



This Week

Sunday: Double Wedding Shower

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

Safety for all of our Berkey families doing summer vacation traveling
Barbara and Tad Wulliman serve in the Philippines through Mennonite Mission Network. Praise God for their 29 years at Faith Academy, a Christian school. Pray for many staffing positions yet to be filled for the 2013-2014 academic year.
MMN Prayer Vine

Church Notes

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.

Statistical Report
Attendance: 134
* Correction:
6/9 attendance: 161

Bethany Tuition: $265.00
General Fund: $3,659.00
Building Improvements: $1,000.00
College Matching: $270.00
Rejoice Devotional: $158.40
Purpose: $25.00
The Mennonite: $37.00

Dan Schrock
Marilyn Rudy-Froese
Lois Stoltzfus Mast

Greg Smucker (Chairperson)
Lisa Short
Lee Roy Berry, Jr.
Jan Shetler
Roy Bergey

Renae Yoder (Chairperson)
Laura Horst
James Yoder
Richard Miller

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