Berkey Avenue Mennonite Fellowship
A congregation of Mennonite Church USA
Berkey Avenue Mennonite Fellowship
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September 15, 2013

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Berkey Announcements

Fall Fest

Fall Fest  Dancing Our Fall Fest is tomorrow!  Join us beginning at 5:00 p.m. for great time 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. There will also be several vegetarian/vegan dishes provided, so there will be plenty for the non-meat eaters in the congregation to enjoy. View last year's photos. Learn more.

Telling our Faith Stories

In this class we share our faith stories with each other as well as invite special guests to come and share their stories. This week we will share stories from our youth. Stories of rigid compliance with the church as well as stories of outright rebellion are welcome.

Take them a Meal

One of the highlights for our young adults and students is having a meal each Sunday after church. This allows them to get to know our church family in a more informal setting and learn to know a wider range of people. If you would like to host a meal for our students, please sign up below. You don’t need to make anything fancy – just a simple meal of food you enjoy making. You can host in your home or at the church, using the church kitchen. You may sign up individually, with someone else or as a small group. Thank you so much for your meals and friendship to our young adults and students! When you sign up the recipient last name is "College Students" and the password is "bamf."

Berkey Garden Plots

Berkey GardensPlanning is underway  for next year's garden plots. A plot is 12’ x 24’. If you would like one or more garden plots for next year, please contact Lowell Nafziger. He needs to make sure all the ground we need for next year is plowed this fall.

Discovering God Through Potatoes

Thanks to all who participated in the summer Sunday school project of planting, hoeing, bagging and buying potatoes.  Together we raised $385 for the MCC’s Generations at Risk project in Kisumu, Kenya. Through a network of church and community AIDS educators, each church diocese has created its own AIDS campaign that addresses local challenges and incorporates men, women, and children. People living with AIDS are counseled and accompanied as they seek out medical care and orphan children are cared for through assistance with schools fees and supplies. School-based youth are provided with AIDS education and supported through peer education groups. Community counseling centers and support groups for AIDS widows have also been established.

Sunday School Supplies

School SuppliesSunday School teachers, with new rooms and class arrangements the Christian Education Commission invites you to give us supply requests.  If you need a white board or bulletin board or other items for your classroom please let Lois Mast know by next Friday (September 20).

Penny Power September

Please note that we plan to have the Penny Power collection each of the remaining three Sundays leading up to the relief sale. Last year the sale had its best year ever with Penny Power raising $50,180 to be used to provide clean, safe and accessible water to people around the world through Mennonite Central Committee and its partners.

Baby Shower

Neil, Elizabeth and AbbyOn Sunday, September 22, during the fellowship time between worship and Christian education, we will have a baby shower for Neil, Elizabeth, and Abigail Miller Richer, who have recently returned to the States after serving in Colombia under Mennonite Central Committee. This will be a card and money shower. The Fellowship Commission will have blank cards and envelopes available.

Berkey Avenue Small Groups

Small groups help us to deepen our relationships with each other and with God. In addition to the traditional, intergenerational groups that currently exist, we are offering small groups formed around a theme or common interest: Praying with Scripture, Dinner and a Movie, Prayer Shawl Ministry, and Spirit Feast. If you are interested in joining the Praying with Scripture small group, please contact Dan or Jennifer Schrock directly, as the group wants to begin meeting in the next week or so. If you have questions, you can speak to one of the Small Group Co-ordinating Committee members: Jan Shetler, Ron Good, Lois Mast or Marilyn Rudy-Froese. Learn more and sign up.

The 46th Michiana Mennonite Relief Sale

Michiana Mennonite Relief SaleThe MCC Relief Sale Silent Auction committee is requesting donations of themed gift baskets to include in this year's sale, September 27-28.  Some themes from last year included gourmet popcorn, baby baskets, specialty foods, games, etc.  The possibilities are endless!  We ask that all baskets contain new items only and carry a value of at least $25.  These were very popular at last year's sale. Volunteers are also needed during the sale to assist with online bidding and technical support. Please contact Stacey Farran at if you have a gift basket to donate or are willing to volunteer.  Deadline for gift baskets is September 17. If you are interested in learning more about the relief sale, contact Diane Beam at or visit our website.

Throwback Thursdays

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!

Jubilee Fund Raising Update

Have you noticed something different about the chart that measures progress on our Jubilee fundraising efforts?  An image seems to be appearing.  Can you guess what it is?  It will become clearer the closer we are to reaching our goal.

Online Photo Directory Status Report

Brenda & DanielWe are getting close 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.You can access the online directory at The online registration is now working, so you can create your own user name or continue to use the church username. 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) 361-1587.

Goshen CollegeGoshen College

Organ Recital

An Organ Recital by Carrie Groenewold will be held Sunday, September 15th, at 4:00 p.m. in Rieth Recital Hall of the Goshen College Music Center. Organist and choir director at First Presbyterian Church of Lawrence, Kansas, Ms. Groenewold will perform works by by J.S. Bach, Sweelinck, Mendelssohn, Reincken, and Francisco Correa de Arauxo. Admission is $10, with tickets available in advance at the GC Welcome Center, (574) 533-7566, or at the door before the concert.

AMBSAnabaptist Mennonite Biblical Seminary

On September 18 AMBS will join a virtual fair with other seminaries and theological schools across North America. If you know someone with questions about seminary study, encourage her or him to participate. It's a great way to learn about AMBS from home, office or coffee shop--at no cost! Learn more.

Community Announcements

New MOPS Group Forming in Goshen

A new MOPS (Mothers of Preschoolers) group is forming in Downtown Goshen, chartered by First Presbyterian Church. MOPS International is dedicated to meeting the needs of every mother of preschoolers. MOPS strives to attain this vision through the local MOPS group. First Presbyterian Church has taken the first step by establishing the charter with MOPS International. We envision this ministry becoming a vital community ministry supported and led by members of multiple congregations. Learn more.

Goldenrod Benefit Auction Thanks

MDC Goldenrod wishes to give an enormous thank you to each of your church families for the amazing support you all provided for the MDC Goldenrod Benefit Auction.  The donations that were so freely given, the quilts and comforters so beautifully made, the uplifting prayers of support and the volunteering at the auction itself all helped to make this year’s Auction a success!  And of course thank you to all who attended the auction, purchased items and made donations.  It was a weekend of wonderful celebration of the MDC Goldenrod community and a time of refreshed relationships and shared stories of hope.   Thank you, thank you, thank you. Learn more.

Weekend Camping

Enjoy the fall weekends camping at Amigo Park!  Come indulge in the beauty of the remaining fall weather while enjoying the new beach, good fishing, and good conversations around a campfire.  Sites and cabins are still available on September 20-22, 27-29, October 4-6, 11-13, and 18-20.  Amigo Park, located near Sturgis, MI, is a family oriented RV campground that is part of Amigo Centre, which belongs to the IN-MI Mennonite Conference. 

Understanding Your Options with Medicare in 2014

You are invited to attend "Understanding Your Options with Medicare in 2014" on September 24, 30 or October 3. This informational seminar will cover what you need to know about Medicare, what’s covered, the differences between the plans that supplement Medicare, and enrollment deadlines. Bring a friend or family member!  Kindly RSVP to (574) 533-9515 ext. 4001 or anna.mast@everence.comLearn more.

True Vine tabernacle Seeks Your Support

True Vine Tabernacle is a culturally diverse and growing congregation located in Elkhart, IN, and is part of Mennonite Church USA and is part of IN-MI Conference. As it has continued to grow, the present facilities are becoming unable to serve the needs of the congregation due to limited space and resources. The community continues to be served yet they are unable to accommodate the growing needs.  For this reason , they are reaching out for help in order to accomplish their goals. Below is a video introducing the congregation. Learn more.

Community Event at Merry Lea

Native Place: Disruption and Healing is the theme of Merry Lea's 2013 Autumn Hope Conference, September 20 to 22. This faith-based event helps indoor people reconnect with creation and reflect on the intersections between their faith and the earth.  On our hikes, we will examine the disruptions that Merry Lea’s 1,189 acres have experienced in the past 250 years, and the varied communities that have shared this land over time. Learn more.

Damascus Road Antiracism Analysis Training

Have you been confused by the George Zimmerman trial? Have you had a conversation about "race" and found that you kept talking past each other? You are not alone, and on November 8-10, 2013, in Goshen, the Damascus Road Antiracism Analysis Training, presented by Roots of Justice, can help you and your church or organization have more productive conversations about race and racism. Learn more.

Menno-Hof 25th Anniversary Celebration

Menno-Hof is celebrating 25 years! You’re invited to the 25th Anniversary Celebration Dinner on October 3, 6:30 p.m., at the Shipshewana Event Center. Make your reservations for a table or individual tickets by September 19 to (260) 768-4117 or You can also see the flier on our bulletin board for additional information. Learn more.

Farm to Market - A Faith and Stewardship Experience

MEDA invites you to Farm to Market - A Faith and Stewardship Experience on September 19, 6:30 p.m., at Bread & Chocolate (3rd floor of the Old Bag Factory, 1100 Chicago Avenue, Goshen). Kate Lind, a local food grower and owner of Sustainable Greens in Three Rivers, Mich, will talk with our group about her farm-to-market experience. Meal and program costs are $15 for members and $20 for non-members. Kindly RSVP by Monday, September 16 by emailing or by calling (574) 355-3607. 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).

Peace Sunday Event

West Goshen COB is inviting your congregation to a Peace Day event at the home of members Dan & Yvonne Schwartz at 20292 CR 36, Goshen on Sunday September 22 at 5:30 p.m. We will be having a campfire, food and song. Please bring lawn chairs , meat to roast on the open fire, a dish to share, musical instruments and your favorite songs of peace or songs that give you peace. The music will be handled in an open mic format. Lemonade, table service, condiments and a fire will be provided.

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.


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!

MOVING SALE: Joan Troyer's moving/garage sale is this weekend, from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. on both Friday and Saturday. Stop by at 1514 White Pine Court to see what's for sale.
Register now for your DOOR 2014 week by Oct. 1 and lock in the early registration rate of $295 per person.  You know that we keep our weeks small out of respect to our urban neighborhoods. Send in your registration and deposit to guarantee your preferred week and city. College groups serve for $275 per week.
Join a global community of people responding to basic human needs and working for peace and justice in the name of Christ. If you want to make a difference and you have a few hours of spare time or a few years to commit to service, MCC has a variety of volunteer and employment options for you to explore. Learn more.
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
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.

Getting to Know

Jessie Gotwals

Hi, I'm Jessie Gotwals. I graduated from Goshen College in May with a degree in nursing and women's studies. After graduation I decided to stay in Goshen and just started a nursing position at Goshen hospital in August. I attended Berkey for 3 years throughout college and am glad to stay part of the community! When I'm not working I enjoy biking, canoeing, walking my dog, gardening, and spending time with my friends and siblings.

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?The delicious cuppa java you enjoy on Sunday mornings is fair trade coffee.

Fair Trade Coffee

We will no longer be printing and distributing calendars each month.  They are however, available for download.
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This Week
September 14:
Fall Festival, 5:00 p.m.
September 16:
Group Direction, 1:00 p.m.
September 17:
Group Direction, 7:00 p.m.
September 18:
Worship Commission Meeting, 7:00 p.m.
September 19:
Seniors for Peace, 9:30 a.m. (We will meet at the Greencroft Community Center, meeting room 1. Clare Krabill, Center for Healing & Hope Executive Director, is this month’s speaker.)

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

In a country where following Jesus is not authorized, a Christian counselor thanks God for a Mission Network woman whose ministry includes developing discipleship materials and translating Christian literature. Pray for safety and encouragement for mission workers and Christians who communicate God’s love in countries such as this one.
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Church Notes
Sunday Service Info
This Sunday: September 15

Abbe & Patrick Buller, Deb & Dan Williams
Melba & Pete Graber
Offering Counters: 
Lowell Nafziger, Denise Risser
Michael Sherer, Laura Horst

Next Sunday: September 22

Deb & Dan Williams, Abbe & Patrick Buller
Melba & Pete Graber
Offering Counters: 
Dick Ramer, Karl Sommers
Michael Sherer, Laura Horst

Statistical Report 
(September 8)

Attendance: 203
Bethany Tuition: $15.00
General Fund: $3,146.95
Building Improvements: $3,470.00
College Matching: $20.00
MCC Penny Power: $14.00
Coffee: $210.82
House rent: $750.00

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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