Daylight Savings time ends at 2:00 a.m. Sunday morning. Remember to change your clocks before going to bed.
The 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.
The 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.
We are happy to announce that our new copier has arrived. If you need assistance with the machine, please contact Jenny Hooley or Dan Schrock.
We 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
Our next congregational meal and meeting will happen on Sunday, November 20. The meeting's agenda includes:
Approve minutes of the August meeting.
Receive a financial update from the Stewardship and Finance Commission.
Discuss (and perhaps approve) the child abuse policy and the guidelines for dealing with alleged sexual harassment.
Update from the SLT on conversations about growth.
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.
Ron 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.
Paul & 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,
or call 574-238-1853. Their new address is in the online directory.
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!
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 (www.bethanycs.net) or contact the admissions office (534-2657 or email@example.com) so we can plan for the meal.
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 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.
Anabaptist Mennonite Biblical Seminary
Questions on Faith and Politics with Daniel Grimes
Berkey 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.
Mennonite Central Committee
MCC has published a recipe on YouTube for making Canadian Butter Tarts. Find the recipe here.
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
For Sale: Jazzy Select 6 Powerchair,
bought 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.