Congregational Meal and Meeting
Everyone is invited to stay for a congregational meal and meeting this Sunday, August 21. For the meal please bring a main dish and a salad or dessert to share as well as your own table service. The meeting's agenda is:
1) Approve minutes of the May 15 meeting.
2) Discuss and vote on the budget for 2016-17.
3) Discuss and vote on the following motion from the SLT: "The Spiritual Leadership Team moves that we change term lengths for the SLT and the commissions from three years to two years, with a possibility of serving up to three consecutive terms. People who are currently serving three year terms will continue to do so. These changes will begin in the 2017-18 church year for all new persons who join the SLT or a commission." Approving this motion will require changes to Berkey's Constitution. To see how the Constitution would change, click here
Thank you for generously contributing to Berkey's college and seminary fund. For the fall we're able to support all our full-time students to a MC USA college or seminary.
Playground and Parking Project
In your church mailbox you'll find an invitation (on purple paper) from our Capital Campaign Committee to contribute toward our playground and parking project. If the fundraising and the planning go well, we still hope to have the parking and playground installed before winter. If you choose to contribute, write your check to Berkey Avenue Mennonite Fellowship and mark it for the Playground/Parking Fund. Thank you.
My Coins Count
As you exit the sanctuary after worship, look for the MCC collection jars for your coins (or bills). My Coins Count
will be collected for the 2016 Michiana Mennonite Relief Sale coming up on September 23 & 24. The collected money will help provide water resources to people around the world.
If you enjoy taking care of children and would like to learn to know young Berkey families better, you are invited to join a resource list. This list is being created to help young Berkey families find childcare. To be included or for questions, contact Elisabeth Barahona
Series on Intercessory Prayer
This is the final Sunday on a 6-week series of sermons on intercessory prayer. Numerous texts in the Bible either are themselves intercessory prayers or tell stories about people who engage in intercession. The text for this service is Romans 8:18-27. You are invited to read the sermons on the Berkey website
Summer Nurture Hour Schedule
Aug. 21: All-Church Fellowship Meal and Congregational Meeting (No Nurture Hour classes).
Aug. 28 - Celebration Sunday/Refreshments (No Nurture Hour classes). There will be a meeting at 11:00 a.m. in the sanctuary regarding church building issues.
New Fall Sunday School Class
Are you looking for ......
- A way to become involved in a meaningful ministry?
- Fulfillment and satisfaction in your life?
- An opportunity to experience personal and spiritual growth?
One of the fall Sunday school offerings will be Discovering God's Vision for your Life: You and Your Spiritual Gifts
. We will study spiritual gifts and identify clues to our spiritual gifts. We can apply the discovery to knowing where best to serve including getting permission to say no to a request that doesn't fit.
Save the Date
Berkey's annual Fall Fest will be Saturday, September 17. Mark your calendars now and plan for the fun. More information will be coming soon.
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!
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.
First-day enrollment for 2016-17 is 293 students, up from 282 a year ago—with fourth and fifth grade classes full to capacity! Read more
Goshen College is calling for applications from high school students to participate in the new Study-Service Theology Term (SSTT), a two-week study tour in Guatemala in June 2017. Thanks to a grant from Lilly Endowment, Inc., the cost for SSTT is only $100 per participant. The deadline to apply is October 2016. Participants are selected through a competitive application process and will be drawn from students from any Christian denominational group in the United States who have completed their sophomore, junior or senior year by June 2017, with priority given to Latino and African-American students. For more information or to apply, visit their website
Anabaptist Mennonite Biblical Seminary
AMBS is excited to announce a new Church Leadership Center membership program that allows you to save substantially on individually priced events and programs and gives you the option to share benefits with others. While many of the resources are designed for active church leaders, they are valuable for lay learners, as well. You don’t need to be ordained or in a ministry role to take advantage of this opportunity. Learn more here
Mennonite Church USA
Attention pastors, administrators, business leaders and not-for-profit leaders: Are you looking for a fresh perspective on leadership? The Values-based Leadership Program (VBLP) will not only strengthen your leadership practice from an Anabaptist perspective, but also provide opportunities for self-discovery of the strengths and weaknesses of your personal leadership style. VBLP participants will meet for two sessions at Laurelville Mennonite Church Center in Mount Pleasant, Pennsylvania (Oct. 18–20, 2016, and Feb. 21–23, 2017), and also explore leadership practices and theory in their own context. Sponsors include Anabaptist Mennonite Biblical Seminary, Everence, Laurelville Mennonite Church Center, Mennonite Church USA, Mennonite Economic Development Associates, Mennonite Education Agency, MHS, and Schmucker Training and Consulting. The registration deadline for 2016–17 is Aug. 31. Learn more at the VBLP website
Mennonite Central Committee
Relief Sale Choir
You are invited to join the Relief Sale Choir. The first practice is August 21, 4:00 - 6:00 p.m. at College Mennonite. See the the bulletin board by the mailboxes for more details.
Preparing Comforters: You are invited to the Material Handling Center at The Depot on Friday, August 26 and September 30, 9:00 - noon to prepare comforters for the October Comforter Bash (see details below).
Save the date for a Comforter Bash! Make plans to join us on October 21 and 22 for the Mennonite Central Committee (MCC) Great Lakes Comforter Bash in Goshen. People of all ages are invited to knot comforters at Pleasant View Mennonite Church (58529 County Road 23). We also need precision sewers to piece and sew comforter tops for the event. Free fabric is available from Nadine Zook Miller, Material Resources Coordinator at The Depot. Contact her by email
or call 574-534-4071. A handmade comforter provides not only warmth but also a tangible message to people that their needs are not forgotten. More information see the bulletin board by the mailboxes or visit the MCC website
Are you interested in spiritual direction? Sally Weaver Glick is a seasoned spiritual director in Goshen who offers both group and individual direction. The registration deadline to participate in one of her groups is September 1. See her brochure on the bulletin board for details. If you want to explore other spiritual directors in the area, please contact Dan Schrock
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!
From Hannah Canaviri: I recently relocated to Goshen again because I got a job at Goshen College. I will be moving into my own apartment this weekend. Unsurprisingly, I have found myself scrambling around trying to find the necessary furniture and household goods. I am currently most in need of a small couch/futon, and 2-4 chairs for a kitchen table. If anyone has any of these items just lying around in need of a good home, I would be more than happy to take them! Feel free to contact me by email
Dan and Evie Nafziger have a 2003 Honda minivan with about 155,000 miles on it that can be purchased later this month for $2000 or even less for a Berkey family. You can contact Dan by email
or call 574-537-1997.
If anyone grew too many butternut squash this year, Trish Shenk would love to buy some from you. Contact her by email
or call 534-3537.