Berkey Avenue Mennonite Fellowship
A congregation of Mennonite Church USA
Berkey Avenue Mennonite Fellowship
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November 6, 2016

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Berkey Announcements

Fall Back

fall backDaylight Savings time ends at 2:00 a.m. Sunday morning. Remember to change your clocks before going to bed.

SLT Minutes

SLT minutesThe August SLT minutes are now on our Berkey website for you to read. To view the page, use the same password that you use for the online directory.

Berkey Prayer Circle

PrayerThe Prayer Circle of three to five people meets routinely on Monday nights at 7:00 p.m. in the church offices. We pray for Berkey members who have shared joys and concerns during the worship service, by using the blue prayer cards, or through individual concerns specifically expressed to us. All prayer requests are kept confidential. Additionally, we pray for the life of Berkey Ave, the community surrounding it, and the wider world.

New to the Office

copierWe are happy to announce that our new copier has arrived. If you need assistance with the machine, please contact Jenny Hooley or Dan Schrock.

Data entry volunteer

dataWe need assistance entering data for the development a database that will be used by the church office. If you are interested in helping, please contact Greg Smucker, 574-536-1996.

Congregational Meal and Meeting

Fellowship HallOur next congregational meal and meeting will happen on Sunday, November 20. The meeting's agenda includes:

1.  Approve minutes of the August meeting.
2.  Receive a financial update from the Stewardship and Finance Commission.
3.  Discuss (and perhaps approve) the child abuse policy and the guidelines for dealing with alleged sexual harassment.
4.  Update from the SLT on conversations about growth.
5.  SLT's clarification on the term limits proposal passed at the August congregational meeting:
Beginning September 1, 2017, all new terms for SLT and commission members will last for 2 years, whether the person is starting a term in that position for the first, second, or third time.  A person may serve up to three 2-year terms (i.e., 6 years) before ending their service in that role.
  Persons who accepted a 3-year term beginning either on 9-1-2015 or on 9-1-2016 may continue that 3-year term until it expires, even if it means they will serve 7, 8, or 9 continuous years in that role.
  If persons complete a term of service on 8-31-2017 and have served 5 years in that role, they may be eligible to begin a 1-year term on 9-1-2017 if the Leadership Discernment Team needs a 1-year term to balance term lengths within a commission.
  If persons complete a term of service on 8-31-2017 and have served 6 years in that role, they will have reached their limit for serving in that role.

Holiday Nurture Hour Schedule

bellsWe will have Worship but no Nurture Hour on the following dates:
  • November 27 (Thanksgiving)
  • December 25  (Christmas)
  • January 1 (New Year)


CubaRon Guengerich, substitue pastor, will be on vacation from November 4 - 17. He will be with a tour group in Cuba learning about the history and culture of the Cuban people. For an emergency needing pastoral care, contact Dan Schrock.

Note from Paul & Twila Leichty

Twila & PaulPaul & Twila will be loading up a truck at their Goshen home on Wednesday, November 16 in anticipation of driving to Pennsylvania on Thursday, the 17th. If you are able to help on that Wednesday, contact Paul by email or call 574-238-1853. Their new address is in the online directory.

Throwback Thursday

tbtHead 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 an 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

icon_bcs Bethany Christian

Open House at Bethany 

Bethany Christian Schools will host a drop-in open house noon to 2:30 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 6, for anyone considering attending Bethany. Bring your family for a visit in a laid back and friendly atmosphere. A casual lunch will be provided. Please RSVP by registering online ( or contact the admissions office (534-2657 or so we can plan for the meal.

Hacienda Day

A Hacienda Day to benefit Bethany Christian Schools will be held Thursday, November 10. Hacienda will donate 20% of purchases for food, gift cards, and carryouts all that day with presentation of a coupon. Coupons may NOT be distributed inside or outside the restaurant that day. Note that you can't pay with a gift card to have Bethany receive the credit. More information and coupons are posted on the bulletin board by the mailboxes.


Bethany Christian Schools will perform “the great American play,” Our Town, November 18-20. The play chronicles stages of life in a family in small-town America and calls us all to recognize the beauty of the simplicity of everyday life. Tickets may be reserved online beginning Monday, October 31: $9 for adults; $7 for students. Performances are at 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday; 3:00 p.m. Sunday. Berkey attender Abbe Rudy-Froese is participating in this play. 

Host Family Needed

Bethany Christian Schools is in need of a host family for a new male student from China who will enter the 9th grade in January 2017. The student enjoys basketball and comes from a rural background. He is coming to Bethany through a personal connection with a local professor; hosting will be arranged by Bethany’s admissions director, Sarah Kraybill Lind. Host families receive monetary compensation. This one-semester commitment is a great way to try hosting for the first time. Email for more information or call 534-2567. 

Goshen College Goshen College

Goshen College Afternoon Sabbatical

You are invited to learn about El Sistema on Tuesday, November 8, 1:00 p.m. at Sauder Concert Hall. With El Sistema, a grassroots music education program, children of all ages and walks of life have learned to play instruments; neighborhoods and lives have been transformed. Interspersed with a cello performance, Jose Rocha, associate professor of music, will share the history of this movement, his experience with El Sistema in his home country, Mexico, and how GC is collaborating with Longy School of Music with an emphasis on music for social change. This community program is free. If you have questions please email or call 574-535-7565.

College Goal Sunday

On Sunday, Nov. 13, from 2-4 p.m. in Goshen College’s Union Building, financial aid professionals and other volunteers will be available to offer free assistance to local students and their families in completing the 2016-17 Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) for College Goal Sunday. This event is free and open to anyone who would like help with completing the FAFSA. 

AMBS Anabaptist Mennonite Biblical Seminary

Questions on Faith and Politics with Daniel Grimes

Daniel GrimesBerkey member Daniel Grimes who is the AMBS director of enrollment and financial aid is featured on The Mennonite's website. In this blog post Daniel reflects on his involvement in local politics in Goshen where he served on the city council for eight years. He initially got involved in advocacy work when the city’s school board was considering restructuring the elementary schools; he also played a role in bringing an anti-mask ordinance to the city council when the Ku Klux Klan was holding rallies in Goshen. Read more.


A webinar, Planting Peace Churches, will be Thursday, November 17, 2:00–3:30 p.m. Moderated by Mauricio Chenlo, MAPS, with James Krabill, Ph.D., and Sara Wenger Shenk, Ed.D. Read more.

Mennonite Church USA

Mennonite Church USA Convention 2017 is coming up July 4-8 in Orlando, with the theme “Love Is a Verb.” One way you can show love: Consider donating to the Convention Scholarship Fund.  Learn more or find the convention on Facebook or Twitter.

mccMennonite Central Committee

MCC has published a recipe on YouTube for making Canadian Butter Tarts. Find the recipe here.

Community Announcements

The Window First Friday Invitation

You are invited to join us for our November First Friday meal. Our Office and Volunteer Coordinator, Millie Hernandez along with her daughters are the hosts for this event. They will be serving an authentic Puerto Rican dish that sounds absolutely delicious! For all the juicy details check out the flyer on the bulletin board by the mailboxes.

CMI International Bazaar 

Plan to do your Christmas shopping at the CMI Bazaar, Saturday, November 5, 10:30-2:30 at Waterford Crossing’s downstairs Meeting Room. International gifts, jewelry, handmade items, holiday foods, and many other unique gifts are available. 100% of the profits from this event will go towards coaching and leadership development for cross cultural missions. Stop by the table this Sunday in the fellowship hall to see some of the international and fair trade items you can purchase to support coaching and leader development for missions. See Margaret Stoltzfus for more information.

Taize Worship Service

When the noise around you keeps you from hearing the sound of the rustling leaves, it's time to create some space for silence. Come join us for TAIZE Worship this Sunday evening, 8:00 p.m. in Newcomer 19 on the Goshen College campus. All are welcome to this one hour service of silence, song and reflective prayer.

Senior Tuesday Luncheon

Seniors are invited to a luncheon at Yellow Creek Mennonite Church on Tuesday, November 15, 11:30 a.m. The cost is $5, to be paid at the door. Todd Gongwer will be speaking on leadership and team dynamics. His books will be available for sale and there will be a time to have them autographed. Make reservations by calling the church office, 862-2595, by November 7. More information is available on the bulletin board by the mailboxes.

MEDA at Berkey

Join Michiana Mennonite Economic Development Associates (MEDA) on Thursday, November 17, at 6:30 p.m. for a dinner program event, "The Tilmor Project." Dallas Steiner of Ventrac Tractors (Orrville, Ohio) will share about equipment they are designing for the global market, which will have applications for small to medium farmers throughout the world. The event will be hosted by Berkey Avenue Mennonite Fellowship; a Puerto Rican meal will be catered by Rolling Scones. RSVP by Friday, November 11, by email or call 574-355-3607. Cost is $5 for students, $15 for Michiana MEDA members, and $20 for others, payable at the door.


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!

Mark and Jenny Yoder have a partially furnished one bedroom basement apartment that will be available for rent at the beginning of December. It is near Goshen College and can house up to two people. Utility costs and washer and dryer usage are included in the rent cost - $500 for one person, $575 for two. Please contact Jenny if interested.

For Sale:  Jazzy Select 6 Powerchair, chairbought new in 2010. It has had very limited use, is like new condition, and has new batteries. Contact Dale Snyder at 574-238-6956 for more information, to make an offer, or to make a referral.

A two bedroom upstairs apartment is for rent. It is located behind Goshen Hospital. For more information call Phil and Connie Bauman, 533-0755.

AMBS. Anabaptist Mennonite Biblical Seminary (AMBS), Elkhart, Indiana, is looking for a part-time Caterer in Residence to work as needed for catered events. Learn more.

AMBS is seeking a full-time Business Office Manager to support the CFO and the Business Office in the areas of accounts payable, accounts receivable, student billing, general ledger journal entries, and year-end preparation of certain U.S. and Canadian forms for individuals’ income tax reporting. Learn more.

Model School needs volunteers to help 2nd grade students practice their reading skills. Ideal candidates are people of all ages, who have a passion for kids and reading. You can volunteer once a week, twice a week or as a substitute. If you are interested, contact Michelle Kercher, Coordinator of Volunteers, 535-3086. See the bulletin board by the mailboxes for more information.

Bethany Christian Schools is looking for a Media Center Coordinator beginning second semester or mid-December if available. Find more information.

The Depot MCC Thrift Shops need your help. Currently we are looking for volunteer truck drivers for our furniture department. This would require a standard driver’s license and some heavy lifting. There are several shifts that need filled. Please contact Doug Hernley at 574-534-1828 or stop in at 1013 Division St in Goshen.

Anabaptist Disabilities Network, a small non-profit linking congregations, families, and persons touched by disabilities with resources and support services within the community of faith, seeks a part-time Volunteer Bookkeeper for 1-2 hours per week to assist with accounts payable, payroll for two employees, financial recordkeeping and reporting. QuickBooks required. Contact Kathy Nofziger Yeakey, 574-343-1362 for additional information.


Monday, November 7
Intercessory Prayer, 7:00 p.m.

Tuesday, November 8
Christian Ed. Commission, 8:00 p.m.

Wednessday, November 9
Worship Commission, 7:00 p.m.

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Birthdays This Week
Chelsea Krabill
Clare Krabill
Anna Sawatzky
Jennifer Schrock
Priscillah Metekai
Please contact the office by noon on Thursday with prayer requests.

From IN-MI Mennonite Conference:
Pray for Mennonite Fellowship of Bloomington, Bloomington, IN (Frank Kandel, Interim pastor). They are at a critical point in their transition time and would appreciate prayers as they seek an agreement over several primary goals. They have created a mission statement and now hope to cast that vision in the direction of Mission.

From Mennonite Education Agency:
Thank God for the gifts of Bethel College (Kansas) vocalists – all five choral ensembles present “Bethel College Sings” Sunday afternoon for the campus and community.

From Mennonite Church USA:
Lift up prayers for the women of the church and especially those who have been participating this weekend in the Women Doing Theology Conference, I've got the power: Naming and reclaiming power as a force for good, at the National Conference Center in Leesburg, Virginia. Read more Information on the conference.
Be in prayer for the meetings of the Mennonite Church USA Executive Board, taking place November 10-12 in Newton, Kansas; the MHS Board meeting November 17-18 in Columbus, Ohio; and for all the work of the churchwide staff.

From Mennonite Mission Network:
Pray for Mennonite Voluntary Service participants Stefan Baumgartner, Laura Hassel, Meg Short and two associate house members as they live in community and work alongside their neighbors to share God’s love in San Francisco.

DownloadNovember MMN Prayer Vine

Church Notes

Our Worship

This Sunday:  November 6
Membership Sunday:  Patti &Terry MacGregor and Megan & Tom Martin will be sharing their stories.

Next Sunday:  November 13
Sermon title:   "Beyond Anxiety"
Scripture:   Isaiah 6:1-4

Sunday Service Info

This Sunday:  November 6
Brenda Grimes
Joe & Anna Sawatzky

Pete & Melba Graber

Dan & Deb Williams

Michael Sherer

Susan Garboden

Infants:  Elizabeth Miller, Ruth Roth, Patsy Sherer
Toddlers:  Brenda Grimes, Marcia Weaver, Mark Yoder

Offering Counters:
John Hooley, Greg Smucker

Next Sunday:  November 13

Brenda Grimes
Joe & Anna Sawatzky

Pete & Melba Graber

Dan & Deb Williams

Michael Sherer

Susan Garboden

Infants:  Elisabeth Barahona, Julie & Phil Zimmerman
Toddlers:  Jason Lehman, Lavonne Shetler & Gregg Beitler

Offering Counters:
Ron Good, Rick Hostetter

Statistical Report 
(October 30)

Attendance:  187
General Fund: $4,304.20
Bethany 2016/2017: $865.00
Coffee: $35.40
College Matching: $70.00
Playground/Parking lot: $750.00

General Fund Income 2016-17 YTD
Actual:  $53,226.03
Budget:  $55,059.00

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 (on sabbatical)
Dan Schrock
Ron Guengerich

Greg Smucker (Chairperson)
Richard Aguirre
Sherm Kauffman
Anita Mounsithiraj
Margaret Stoltzfus

Doug Baker
Richard Miller
Laverne Nafziger
Judy Weaver
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