Berkey Avenue Mennonite Fellowship
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Berkey Avenue Mennonite Fellowship
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October 19, 2014

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Berkey Announcements

Young Families Potluck

Young Families PotluckJoin us at the church this Sunday, October 19 at 4:00 p.m. for food and fellowship with other young families from Berkey. Bring a dish to share and your own table service.

Third Pastor Search Update

Update for Third Pastor PositionThe Search committee for the third Pastor position (Lois Mast's old position) has completed our informational paperwork necessary for the Conference to post our position and vetted it with the elders and pastors. Those two forms are the Congregational Information form and the Twenty Pastoral Tasks form. The committee includes Deb Williams, Lindsay Rheinheimer, Randy Horst, Abbe Buller, and Roy Bergey. We hope to be begin the process of looking at candidates in the near future.

The Prayer Shawl Group

Prayer Shawl GroupThe next prayer shawl meeting will  be on October 21 at 4:15 pm at Laverne Nafziger's at 1728 Wildwood Ct. RSVP to Laverne or call (574) 533-8025 if you can come.

Thank You

Thank youWe want to say a huge thank you to all of you for your loving support of our Peruvian Cookbook. The Ayacuchan community, where both of us did voluntary service, was unbelievably welcoming to both of us and we are so happy to be able to give back to them. We sold nearly 200 cookbooks and thus we will be donating over $1,000. Because of the overwhelming support we decided to split the donations between the comedor, the soup kitchen where Gretchen volunteered, as well as the hogar, an orphanage where another student volunteered. You are all a blessing in our lives and we are forever grateful for your support. If you have any feedback or suggestions on the recipes we'd love to hear them. If you would like to order more for extra Christmas gifts or anything, let us know. Thanks!
  ~ Gretchen Geyer & Jake Smucker

College Meals

college mealsOver the years, Berkey has been a wonderful, welcoming church home for many college/young adult students. One of the highlights for the 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. 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. You can go online directly to sign up for a meal (username: students and password: bamf) or contact Ruth Roth.

Throwback Thursday

Thursday ThrowbacksHead 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!

Our Schools

Goshen College Bethany Christian Schools

Fish Fry

The high school’s senior class fish fry on Friday, October 31, is less than two weeks away! Come between the hours of 4:30 and 8:00 p.m. for an evening of fellowship, homemade pie, and all the fish you can eat. Tickets are available from all Bethany seniors or at the door. The cost is $10 for adults and $5 for children in grades 1-6. Preschool age is free. Carryout is also available with adult tickets only.

Host Families

We are seeking host families for students from Paraguay and South Korea. Two new students will attend Bethany beginning in January 2015. Bethany is seeking host families in the community for a ninth-grade boy from South Korea and a sophomore girl from Paraguay (who speaks Spanish and German fluently). Host families receive compensation for room and board. Contact Bethany admissions director Sarah Lind for further information or to recommend a possible host family.

Goshen College Goshen College

The Globe

Goshen College's award winning radio station is ranked the best college radio station in Indiana and the Nation. The Globe provides students with the opportunity to develop their broadcasting skills. At the same time, students bring coverage of events, quality programming and culturally progressive music to the community and region. Learn more.

AMBS Anabaptist Mennonite Biblical Seminary

Anabaptist Witness journal invites submissions that explore Anabaptist and Mennonite understandings of and relationships to communities that do not share Christian faith. Co-editors welcome submissions from a variety of genres, from academic papers and interviews to sermons and photo essays. The deadline is November 1, 2014. Learn more.

Community Announcements

Night of Worship

Youth and youth groups/sponsors are invited for fellowship and learning at Night of Worship, at 7:00 p.m., Wednesday, November 5, sponsored by Hesston College and hosted by Silverwood Mennonite Church, Goshen. The Worship will feature Hesston Bible faculty member Michele Hershberger sharing a message about Jesus' love for us and how our unique stories fit into the Kingdom of God. There will also be worship music by area musicians, snacks and door prizes. Everyone is welcome! Indicate your plans to attend in advance by contacting Silverwood pastor Eric Martin or 574-533-1922.

Michiana Anabaptist Historians

On Saturday, October 25, the Michiana Anabaptist Historians will meet at Eighth Street Mennonite Church in Goshen for their fall meeting. The varied program will include an introduction to Harmonia Sacra and Sacred Harp singing and an opportunity to bring and interpret–show and tell–artifacts that embody, in some way, aspects of Mennonite history or culture. Learn more.

Amigo Centre

Amigo Centre will be hosting Open Gym again this fall and winter. The first open gym will be Monday, November 3. We are planning to host open gym on Mondays and Thursdays as our calendar allows. The gym will be open from 7-9:00 p.m. and the cost is $3.00/person/night. There is a flyer with exact dates posted on your church information board. Please call the main office if you have any questions at 269-651-2811. We hope to see you there!

The Window

On October 23rd, The Window Board of Directors will be hosting the Haystack Dinner fundraiser at St. Mark's United Methodist Church located at 502 North Main St. Goshen. Tickets are available at the presale price of $7.00 for adults, $4.00 for children 4-13 and children 0-3 admission is free.


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!

Mennonite Central Committee (MCC) Great Lakes is seeking a Program Coordinator/Church Relations Associate in Illinois. This person will be responsible for programming in Chicago and relationships with constituent groups and congregations throughout Illinois. This includes speaking in churches, representing MCC Great Lakes in various settings and making connections between MCC and constituents. This salaried position has responsibility for church relations, peace and justice education, MCC Great Lakes programs and representing MCC in the Chicago metropolitan area. See full job description. If interested, send a letter of intent and current resume to Amber Falcón.
Bethany Christian Schools (grades 4-12; enrollment 280) in Goshen, Indiana, invites applications for the part-time position of bus driver. The position is available immediately and continues until the end of the school year. For details and application procedures, see
Little Eden Camp, located in beautiful northern Michigan, has openings for a full-time maintenance director and a part-time office manager. These positions could be filled by a married couple desiring to minister together at a Mennonite camp or by individuals applying for one of the positions. If interested, please send a resume to or call 231-889-4294. Learn more.

Getting to Know

Anita Mounsithiraj

Getting to know

I grew up the first daughter of Bud and Romaine Stuckey in Archbold, Ohio.  My family spent many hours traveling and camping together. Weekends were always family time with cousins or grandparents. I would often ride my bike with my dad over to visit Aunt Jean (Eleanor Nafziger) and Uncle Gerald in the summer evenings.  My mom's family in Pennsylvania is extensive and first cousins come by the dozens. Diane Beam is one of them. We spent many summers in the mountains of PA. Attending Lockport Mennonite Church, I was one of many who ended up going to Goshen College. There I earned a B.A. in elementary education.  On a whim I interviewed with the principals from Academia Menonita and ended up teaching in Puerto Rico the year following college. I continued on in education when I returned to the states, receiving my special education degree and then later my science degree. Somehow I squeezed in about 6 years of coaching swim with the NASA team in Middlebury. I have taught science now for many years at Middlebury Community Schools. When life finally slowed down a bit, I up and moved to the place where the grass was greener, Portland,Oregon. I taught for a year in the farming community of Aurora and soon spent hours talking on the phone with this guy with an accent who lived back in Goshen. One year away was enough. Tavi and I were married a year after that, the summer of 2000. Time has flown since! Dteban came to us in a whirlwind in 2008 and we couldn't be more blessed. I often feel truly blessed. We have so much to be thankful for simply living where we do and being part of a caring community at Berkey Avenue and the city of Goshen. I really do believe that God blesses us in many ways both extremely small and grander than our imaginations.

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!


We will no longer be printing and distributing calendars each month.  They are however, available for download.

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This Week:
October 19: Young Families Potluck, 4:00 p.m.
October 21: Prayer Shawl Group, 4:15 p.m.
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PrayerPlease contact the office by 9:00 a.m. Thursday with prayer requests.
Please remember Lindsay Rheinheimer and her family in your prayers, as they grieve the death of her grandfather, Ralph Springer. He passed away peacefully, and she was able to see and talk to him last weekend before he passed. The funeral is on Saturday in Illinois.
Today, DOOR’s city directors and national staff are gathering in Chicago for a week of meetings and fellowship. Pray for them as they reflect on last year’s programs and plan for 2015. Thank God for the DOOR program through which Mennonite Mission Network and Presbyterian Church USA’s Young Adult Volunteers partner.
Pray for Parkview Mennonite, Kokomo and the transitional pastor, Frank Kandel. Pray also for their Pastoral Search team.
Pray for the 7 priorities of MC USA. This month pray for Christian Community.

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Church Notes
Sunday Service Info

This Sunday: October 19

Lisa Short, Clare and Merrill Krabill

Laverne Nafziger

Dan & Matthew Williams

Nicholas Schrock
Elisabeth Barahona

Infants: Sherry and Lyman Hug
Toddlers: Jill Eigsti and Matt Diller

Next Sunday: October 26

Margaret Stoltzfus, P Darling and Richard Miller

Thelma Ramer

Dan & Matthew Williams

Nicholas Schrock
Elisabeth Barahona

Infants: Lois and John Mast
Toddlers: Shirley and John Dick
Statistical Report 
(October 12)

General Fund: $4418.10
College Fund: $20.00
Bethany Tuition: $55.00
Mission Fund, Model School (potatoes): $10.00
Coffee: $39.90
Agape Fund: $20.00

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

Greg Smucker (Chairperson)
Roy Bergey
Shirley Dick
Sherm Kauffman
Elizabeth Miller

Doug Baker
Richard Miller
Laverne Nafziger
Judy Weaver
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