Berkey Avenue Mennonite Fellowship
A congregation of Mennonite Church USA
Berkey Avenue Mennonite Fellowship
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May 3, 2015

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Berkey Announcements


NametagsIn the past, we had nametags made for everyone in the congregation. We are planning on making more for the new people and also for those who are missing theirs. Please let Priscillah know if you will need one.

Ladies Lunch Bunch

Ladies are invited to to a lunch bunch Thursday, May 7 at the Rolling scones at 11:30 a.m. Please, RSVP to Laverne Nafziger.

Church and Berkey Ave. Spring Cleanup Projects

Spring cleanupThe Mission Commission has scheduled a spring cleanup at the church on Wednesday May 6th. Pizza and drinks will be provided for those coming to work at 5:30 pm with the work beginning around 6:00 p.m.  One group will work on the church grounds while another group will pick up debris along Berkey Avenue. Cleaning supplies will be provided, although you may wish to bring your own gloves (some will be provided). We do need a count of those coming to order the right amount of food and drinks for everyone; so please sign the signup sheet posted by the mailbox bulletin board by May 4th. Hope to see you there!

Subscriptions Renewal

This is a reminder that it is time to renew the following subscriptions:
Rejoice @ 27.75 and Purpose @ 26.30. Please submit your payments to Ruth Hathaway.

Bible School

Summer Vacation Bible SchoolEveryone should have received forms in their mailboxes for participating in Bible School this summer. The dates are June 8-11 from 9:00 - 11:30 a.m. each day.  All forms are due back to Deb Williams by May 3. There are forms for registering children age 3 - grade 6. There are also many volunteer opportunities (free childcare is offered for volunteers). Let Deb Williams know if you have any questions or did not get forms to complete. Thanks in advance for supporting this learning opportunity for our children!

MYF: Help-A-House Program

Lacasa Help a house programPlease consider joining our MYF to help with LaCasa’s Help-A-House project  on Saturday, May 9.  Through the Help-A-House program LaCasa organizes volunteers to repair the homes and  improve neighborhoods in Goshen. Last year our group from Berkey helped clean out a house that LaCasa was preparing to remodel. The day begins with a pancake breakfast served by the Goshen Exchange club from 7:00 a.m. - 8:00 a.m. The work project usually goes through early afternoon. Please let Curt Wenger know by April 19 if you will join us or if you have questions, or call (574) 534-3931.

Our Schools

Goshen College Bethany Christian Schools

Visit Bethany

Students in grades K-4 are invited on May 7 to visit class with a parent for the morning (9:30 a.m.-12:00 p.m.). For more information, to register, or to schedule a visit on another date see

Host Families Needed

Bethany Christian Schools is in need of host families for serving international students who would like to attend Bethany. This opportunity to gain cross cultural experience in your own home often becomes a rewarding experience for the host family, as well as a blessing to the student. Families receive monetary compensation. One school year commitment. For more information, contact admissions director Sarah Kraybill Lind or 534-2567.

Goshen College Goshen College

Student Recitals

The Community School of the Arts will present student recitals on Saturday, May 9 at 11:00 a.m.,1:00 p.m., and 3:00 p.m. in Rieth Recital Hall. The concerts are free and open to the public, and will​ ​feature string, woodwind, and piano students. Doors open 30 minutes prior to performance time.​

AMBS Anabaptist Mennonite Biblical Seminary

Millard Lind Remembered

Millard Lind, scholar, pastor, writer and professor emeritus of Old Testament at Anabaptist Mennonite Biblical Seminary, is described in two ways by former colleagues and student: gentle and passionate. Learn more.

Course on Muslim-Christian Relation

In light of the rise of the Islamic State, a course at Anabaptist Mennonite Biblical Seminary examines the Qur’an and Muslim-Christian relations today June 1-12.  Jacqueline Hoover has taught in the Middle East, Africa and the U.S.

Community Announcements

Help People in Nepal

Mennonite Central Committee (MCC) is requesting donations to support its response to the 7.8-magnitude earthquake that shook Nepal April 25. Focusing its initial emergency response on hard-hit rural communities, MCC is providing food, tarps, blankets and cooking pots and utensils. A longer-term response will be determined as MCC and its partners assess the situation. Please pray for the people of Nepal and the work of MCC. Donations can be made online or by calling 888-563-4676. Checks may be sent to MCC U.S., PO Box 500, Akron, PA, 17501-0500.

Women's Sewing Fellowship Guest Day

You are invited for a day of fellowship and renewing acquaintances while stitching on long and short quilts and knotting comforters. This event will take place May 6 at 9:00 a.m. at Clinton Frame Mennonite in the fellowship hall.  Guest speaker will be Gloria Martin at 10:30 a.m. Lunch will be provided by the Clinton Frame ladies. Please contact the church at (574) 642-3165.

Stamp Out Hunger

The Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive is the largest one-day food drive in the nation and its easy. Simply put non-perishable food items in a bag or box next to your mailbox by 9:30 a.m. on Saturday, May 9.  The food will be collected, weighed and delivered to the pantries by the end of the day. It is simple, effective and local.

Golfers Needed!

Enjoy a round of golf at the beautiful Klinger Lake Country Club (Sturgis MI) and help a youth experience a life-changing week of summer camp. The 18th annual Amigo camp scholarship Golf Scramble will be held on June 6.  Interested in golfing or in sponsoring the event? Please find more information on the bulletin board in the fellowhship hall or visit Amigo's website or call (574) 651-2811. Amigo is a camp and retreat facility that belongs to the congregations of the IN-MI Mennonite Conference.

Senior Luncheon

You are invited to the next Senior Tuesday Luncheon at Yellow Creek Mennonite Church on Tuesday, May 19 at noon in the Fellowship Hall. Invite your friends and neighbors to join us! $5.00 per person, paid at the door. The program features John Begly.  For over 20 years John has been using the Art of Illusion to spread the Gospel of Jesus Christ. Because each one of us has sinned, Christ came, died and rose again to pay the price for our sins, so that we could spend eternity with the LORD in heaven.  For reservations, call Yellow Creek Mennonite Church office at (574) 862-2595 by Tuesday, May 12.


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!
The Depot MCC Thrift Shops is seeking a full-time Assistant Warehouse/Workshop Manager. Applicants must have commitment to personal Christian faith and discipleship, active church membership, good organization, supervisory and communication skills with ability to work with volunteers. Responsibilities include working with staff, general oversight of incoming donations and processing, maintaining stocking warehouse and recycling. Must be able to operate forklift and truck. Applicants may send resume to: The Depot MCC Thrift Shops (Attention Doug Hernley), 1013 Division Street, Goshen IN 46528, or by email resumes to
Dale and Trish Shenk are looking for a very tall extension ladder. Does anyone in the congregation have one they would loan or rent? Please, contact them at (574) 534-3537
Yellow Creek Day Care is looking for full time teachers in the 2 yr. olds and infant classrooms. If interested please call 862.1045.



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

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This Week:

May 5: Fellowship Commission, 6:30 p.m.
May 6: MYF - Berkey Ave. Clean up, 6:00 p.m.
May 7: Ladies Lunch Bunch, 11:30 a.m.
May 9: MYF - Lacasa Help-A-House Project, 8:00 a.m.

CalendarView Calendar Online

Anniversaries and Birthdays Next Week:

Curt and Sherry  Wenger

Roxanna Sommers
Trish Shenk
Vanessa Adcock
Janie Sohar

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

Dale Snyder's father died on Thursday morning. Please pray for him and his family.
Please pray for the people of Nepal, for all those that were affected by the earthquake devastation and consider supporting the relief response with a donation.
The deadline to apply for Mennonite Mission Network’s Mennonite Voluntary Service program is May 31. Pray that those whom God is calling to live out their faith will respond affirmatively.

DownloadMay MMN Prayer Vine

Church Notes
Sunday Service Info

This Sunday: May 3

Neil Richer Miller, Nancy and Dick Yoder

Thelma Ramer

Bev and Dave Krabill

Mathew Williams, Randy Horst

Infants: Anne Berry, Lois and John Mast
Toddlers: Annie Hu, Joy Hostetter and Dee Albrecht

Offering Counters:
John Hooley, Greg Smucker

Next Sunday: May 10

Greeters: Clare, Elise and Curt Wenger

Laverne Nafziger

Diane and Lowell Nafziger

Mathew Williams, Randy Horst

Infants: Hannah and Jacob Geyer
Toddlers: Jacob Rudy Froese, Barb and Greg Smucker

Offering Counters:
Ron Good, Rick Hostetter
Statistical Report 
(April 26)

Attendance: 184
General Fund: $5,871.01
Bethany Tuition: $155.00
Church Publications (The Mennonite, Rejoice): $64.75
College Matching Fund: $20.00 
Agape Fund: $10.00
Coffee: $38.40

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.

Marilyn Rudy-Froese
Dan Schrock

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

Doug Baker
Richard Miller
Laverne Nafziger
Judy Weaver
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