Berkey Avenue Mennonite Fellowship
A congregation of Mennonite Church USA
Berkey Avenue Mennonite Fellowship
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August 25, 2013

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Berkey Announcements

Welcome to the Newest Member of the Berkey Family

Theo We wish to congratulate Anna and Jaron and are pleased to welcome Theodore Kennel.  He arrived on Sunday, August 18th at 2:06 p.m. weighing 9 pounds, 3 ounces. Other than exhaustion, everyone is doing just great. The induction that Anna had shared about the previous Sunday failed and they had been scheduled for a second try Sunday morning. Thankfully, labor started on its own at midnight. Thank you for all the notes of encouragement and prayers.

Ladies Lunch Bunch

The Ladies Lunch Bunch will meet at the Rolling Scones at 12:15 p.m. on Thursday September 5th.  Please RSVP to Laverne by Tuesday, September 3. What is Ladies Lunch Bunch? We meet for lunch on the first Thursday of the Month, at different locations, and often share about what is going on in our lives.  This has been a good way to become better acquainted. It is also a place where we can share prayer concerns. This year we have also included other gatherings, working on making school kit bags, visiting Calendar Gardens in New Paris and checking out some wildflowers on the way.  In August we were at Reith Center to watch the birds together.  We are open to other suggestions for activities to share and places to eat. Most of us have grey hair, but this is not a requirement!  All ladies are welcome to join us to come together and enjoy good fellowship.

Fall Marriage Retreat

Marriage RetreatPLEASE REGISTER! Whether you're a newlywed or have been married for years, this day is designed for you!This free retreat is jointly planned by and for Waterford Mennonite Church and Berkey Avenue Mennonite Fellowship. On Friday, September 6th, from 6:00 to 9:00 p.m. we will meet at Waterford Mennonite for a brief input before heading out on a date of your choice, equipped with questions for meaningful conversation over dinner.  Childcare will be provided. On Saturday, September 7th, from 9:00 a.m. until noon we will have input sessions. We will meet at Berkey Avenue Mennonite Fellowship where we will work at strengthening our methods of communication in our marriages. Look forward to a humor filled, content inspired, and interactive time set aside to engage the complexity of communication! Childcare will again be provided, with light refreshments provided for both children and adults. Please contact Elisabeth Barahona at  (215) 527-4774 or for additional information. View the Flyer. Learn more and register.

Fall Fest

Fall Fest  DancingSave the date! Saturday, September 14, at 5:00 p.m. is our Fall Fest on the lawn, featuring a hog roast, potluck, and contra dancing with Barry Dupen, a caller from Ft. Wayne. This is a great way to welcome college students, neighbors who use our garden plots, and others in a context of fun and fellowship. Please bring a large salad or dessert to share with others, lawn chairs or blankets, and your own picnic service. Buns, condiments, and drinks will be provided. Learn more.

Berkey Avenue Small Groups

Small groups are an important part of our life together as a congregation. They help us to deepen our relationships with each other and with God. In addition to the traditional, intergenerational groups that currently exist, we would like to offer small groups formed around a theme, eg. book club, dinner and a movie, biking, walking, food justice, etc. What is it that you like to do that offers you spiritual nurture, and might lend itself to a group experience? Would you be willing to offer leadership, either alone or with someone else? Please speak to one of the Small Group Co-ordinating Committee members: Jan Shetler, Ron Good, Lois Mast or Marilyn Rudy-Froese.

New to the Library

This week we have several new additions to the library, including Thrill of the Chaste by Valerie Weaver-Zercher, Crossing the Frontier:  Stories and Poems by Senior Writers of Elkhart and St. Joseph Counties, IN edited by John Bender, Journeys of the Muslim Nation and the Christian Church by David W. Shenk, Dictionary of Paul and His Letters edited by Gerald F. Hawthorne, Ralph P. Martin, and Daniel G. Reid, The Joy Factor by Jep Hostetler, A Light in Zion by Bodie Thoene: The sequel to The Return to Zion (already in the library), and of special note, What We Wear:  Dressing Up Around the World by Maya Ajmera, Elise Hofer Derstine, Cynthia Pon. Learn more.

Church Renovation Update: Fundraising

Have you decided what you plan to give to fund the renovations taking place in our church building?  NOW is the time to give what you can, above budget, so that the work is paid for.  The project is scheduled to be done by September and the financial goal to pay for it is $54,900.  Thank you for the $20,898 that you have given as of August 18; this means that an additional $34,000 needs to be raised.  What can you give?  ~ Fundraising Committee (Jim Brenneman, Barbara Eichorn, and Phil Zimmerman)

The 46th Michiana Mennonite Relief Sale

Michiana Mennonite Relief SaleThe 46th Michiana Mennonite Relief Sale will take place on September 27-28 at Elkhart County 4-H Fairgrounds.  The sale begins Friday from 5:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. Saturday hours are from 7:00 a.m. until mid-afternoon.  Come and make this weekend a family event!  For more information about the sale or to download printable forms, see website: To pre-register for an auction bid number, go to If you are interested in learning more or with questions, contact Diane Beam at or visit our website.

Throwback Thursdays

Guess Who!Head 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!

Update From Miriam Augsburger

I have safely made the transition from Goshen to my apartment in Iowa City!  I had great help on both ends to pack and unpack the U-Haul.  (Thanks again to my small group!)  My parents stayed for 2 days, so we were able to get everything unpacked and pictures hung.  Now I'm starting to ease into University life with various orientations and exams.  Classes start on Monday August 26th.  Thanks for your continued prayers!

Online Photo Directory Status Report

Jud & RitaThe online photo directory continues to develop but there are still several portraits missing. If you have not yet gotten your picture taken, please sign up online or email Renae Yoder to schedule your appointment. Getting your photo taken only takes a few minutes. Let Rafael Barahona know if you would like to keep your photo. Additionally, if you would like to include a link to your Facebook profile, please let Rafael Barahona know as well and he will add it to your entry. You can access the online directory at Unfortunately, the online registration tool is malfunctioning, so in the meantime, please use the username and password left in your church mailbox. If you have had your photo taken, please take a moment to review your information.

Our Schools

Bethany Christian SchoolsBethany Christian Schools

Your regular shopping can support Christian education when you buy gift cards/certificates to over 75 national and Goshen-area businesses restaurants, which donate a percentage of your purchases to benefit a student through the Bethany Association for Reducing Tuition The benefit can go support a specific student, to Bethany’s general fund, or to a congregation’s partnership plan. For more information, see or contact Lisa Weaver at or (574) 875-6825.

Goshen CollegeGoshen College

Community Garden

Tomatoes and peppers and rhubarb, oh my! Students and alumni have been putting lots of time and sweat into Trackside Community Garden, named for the railroad tracks that run alongside it. The garden was established near the college this summer with funds from the 2013 graduating class gift. Learn more.

AMBSAnabaptist Mennonite Biblical Seminary

Sara Wenger Shenk, AMBS president, has been reappointed for another four-year term, 2014-18. This action began with the AMBS board of directors and included actions from Mennonite Church Canada Christian Formation Council and Mennonite Education Agency of Mennonite Church USA. Learn more.

Community Announcements

Philips, Craig and Dean Perform at the Blue Gate Theater

Philips, Craig and Dean have been performing together since 1991, and their show is sure to be a wonderful evening praise and worship. They have been nominated for 9 Dove Awards, and have sold over two million records. They will be performing at the Blue Gate Theater on Thursday, August 29. Learn more.

MDC Goldenrod Auction

Come to the 15th Annual MDC Goldenrod  Auction September 6 at the Shipshewana Auction Barn! Proceeds benefit persons with disabilities served by MDC Goldenrod.  Bring the whole family! The festivities commence Friday, September 6th, beginning at noon. The Project Promise chicken BBQ dinner runs from 4:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. (or until sold out).  The silent auction is from 5:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. and the live auction (smaller items and several quilts) from 6:00 p.m. – 7:30 p.m., with the concert program beginning at 7:45 p.m. On Saturday, Sept 7th, we will have hot pancakes, sausages and coffee at 7:00 a.m.  Grilled pork burgers starting at 11:00 a.m. until sold out.  Live and silent auctions at 9:00 a.m.  Bid on handcrafted quilts and furniture; take home plants, fresh produce and baked goods.  Kettle Corn, homemade ice cream, snacks and drinks will also served. Learn more.

Michiana Mennonite Relief Sale Men’s Choir

All men who love to sing are invited to join the Michiana Mennonite Relief Sale Men’s Choir for 2013. Rehearsals will be held at Bethany Christian Schools, on Sunday, September 1, 8, 15 and 22, from 4:00 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.  Dress rehearsal will be Thursday evening, September 26, also at Bethany at 7:00 p.m.  We sing Friday, September 27 at 7:00 p.m. in the quilt building at the sale, and Sunday evening at 7:00 p.m. at Sauder Hall, Goshen College. For more information, contact Lee Hochstetler at or Dan Steiner at (574) 534-2717.

Observing Peace Sunday

Last May the Peace Commission of Mennonite World Conference (MWC) sent out the following communication: We are writing to invite you and your congregation to observe Peace Sunday together with brothers and sisters in the global Anabaptist church family on September 22, 2013. Read the full letter. As we all know, maintaining our Anabaptist peace witness requires constant attention. In this regard, Peace Sunday can be one important stepping stone in helping us hone what to us is an essential part of the way and message of Jesus. MWC has also provided some suggestions for celebrating peace (for 2012, which may be adapted for 2013).

The Window Seeks Your Donations

Thank you for inspiring hope in the Goshen Community! Visit our website where you will find our current needs for material donations or volunteering.

Center For Community Justice Mediation Training

Are you interested in being involved in your community's response to crime? VORP at the Center for Community Justice will offer its annual training September 18-20, from 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. Register before August 30 to receive an early registration discount. Topics include: victim-offender mediation, principles of restorative justice and an overview of our local criminal justice system. to register, call (574) 295-6149 and as for VORP staff.

MCC's Fear Not Campaign

Mennonite Central Committee (MCC) encourages churches to work to address the issues surrounding militarism through the third year of MCC’s Fear Not campaign. The goal is to help churches grapple with the questions of militarism from a biblical/theological perspective and in a practical way. There are many MCC resources available which can be adjusted for each congregational context and need. Learn more.

Menno-Hof Singspiration

You’re invited to the annual Menno-Hof Singspiration on the front lawn, Sunday evening September 8, at 5:00 p.m. Pre-service singing begins at 4:45 p.m. Come and enjoy a cappella singing, ice cream, pretzels and more singing inside following the worship service. Bring lawn chairs for seating. The rain location is the Farmstead Inn pavilion in Shipshewana (just north of Menno-Hof).

Yellow Creek Mennonite Church Senior Event

The next Yellow Creek Mennonite Church Senior Tuesday luncheon is being replaced by a bus trip to Shipshewana on Thursday, September 19. Plan now to join us. Brochures are available in the BAMF church office from Rafael. Contact the Yellow Creek Mennonite Church office at (574) 862-2595 for more information.


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!

Foster parents needed:  If you feel called to help a child or sibling group in need and are interested in learning more about foster care please call Janie Gonzales at the Indiana Department of Child Services, 1659 Mishawaka St., Elkhart, 266-2465.  There is more information on the bulletin board or at
There are currently several job openings (both support staff and certified positions) at Goshen Community Schools. Prior to an interview, all applicants must have an online application completed. Learn more.
FOR RENT: 2-3 bedroom, newly renovated house on Wilson Avenue, a quiet street less than a mile from the college. $700/month plus utilities. Near playground and millrace. Parkside school district. For more information, contact Dale or Trish Shenk at (574) 535-3537 or (574) 971-0293.
FOR RENT: 2 bedroom, 1.5 bath Condo at College Green. Main floor laundry (washer/dryer furnished), 2 finished rooms with egress window on lower level. Stove and refrigerator furnished, gas heat and A/C. Available August 15th. For more information, contact Jesse or Genie Kehr at (574) 537-4643.

 Sunday Service Information

Berkey Avenue Mennonite Fellowship

This Sunday:
August 25

Deb & Dan Williams, Abbe & Patrick Buller
Lorriane & Bob Pflederer
Offering Counters:  
Dick Ramer, Karl Sommers
Ben Buckwalter, Laura Horst

Next Sunday:
September 1

Offering Counters:  
Barbara Eichorn, Greg Smucker
Michael Sherer, TBA


Getting to Know

We want to know YOU!

Recently, we have been featuring newer folks of the Berkey family so people can get to know each other in a different way.  This is not limited to newer people only. 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!


Please note we will no longer be printing and distributing monthly calendars.  They are however, available for download.

* Download August Calendar

This Week
August 28: Down Syndrome Support Group, 4:00 p.m.

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

Joan Troyer will be having a garage/moving sale Sept 6-7 (Friday & Saturday) and will also be putting her house up for sale as she prepares to go on a 2-3 year assignment with Mennonite Mission Network. Depending on how quickly her house sells, she will need to rent an apartment or small condo/house. Please keep her in prayer during this waiting time.
Today, participants in Mennonite Mission Network’s Radical Journey program begin their 10-day orientation in Chicago. Pray for openness and a spirit of service for each person preparing for a year in Argentina, Paraguay or South Africa.
August MMN Prayer Vine
IN-MI Conference’s Prayer Newsletter

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: 206
Bethany Tuition: $15.00
General Fund: $5,476.53
Building Improvements: $1,433.00
College Matching: $220.00
Agape: $10.00

Jubilee Renovation Update
Read the Fundraising Letter

Berkey Avenue
Mennonite Fellowship

2509 Berkey Avenue
Goshen, IN 46526
(574) 534-2398

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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