Berkey Avenue Mennonite Fellowship
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May 24, 2015

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Berkey Announcements

Pre-convention Prayer Retreat

Pre-convention prayer retreatPastors, delegates and others interested in MCUSA are invited to a pre-convention prayer retreat on Saturday, June 6, 9:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. at Waterford Mennonite Church. The purpose of the retreat is to recognize that we are all part of God's church and because of that assurance, we can lay our fear and anxiety about the future of MCUSA at the foot of the cross. We will focus on the One who gives us life and to whom we belong. The retreat will take place in four parts: gathering worship, open prayer opportunities, praying through song, and a light meal. This retreat is sponsored by Berkey Avenue Mennonite Church and Waterford Mennonite Church. For more information, contact Marilyn Rudy-Froese at 574-534-2398 or Cindy Voth at 574-533-5642. If you plan to attend and stay for the meal, please RSVP to Missy Kauffman Schrock at 574-849-9753.

Update on Simon and Becca Smucker

Simon and Becca updatesGreetings from Santa Cruz, Bolivia! We hope you are all well and enjoying the warm spring weather. In contrast, our days here are cooling down as we enter the winter season. We are excited to share with you a short update on our lives here in Bolivia and hope to send similar updates every few months. Read more. You can also find all their updates on their blog.

Prayer and Discernment Guide

Prayer and Discernment guideWe invite you to be in prayer for our denomination during the next 6 weeks leading up to convention. If it is helpful to you, a six-week prayer and discernment guide has been prepared by Leo Hartshorn, a pastor and artist from Portland, Oregon. It includes six weeks of materials to help guide delegates and attendees in discernment before they arrive in Kansas City. The resource includes original art by Leo, as well as Scripture study, questions for reflection and more. You can download the guide for free online. The Spanish version will be available next week.

Mission Commission: Personal Items Drive

Elkhart county women shelter- items driveDuring the month of June, the Mission Commission is sponsoring a Personal Items Drive for the Elkhart County Women’s Shelter. The Elkhart County Women's Shelter is the only domestic violence shelter in Elkhart County. The shelter is open 24 hours a day, 365 days per year to provide crisis intervention and safe shelter for victims of domestic abuse. Items the Shelter currently needs include: deodorant, shampoo, toothpaste,
towels, pillows,twin sheets, razors, diapers (Size 4), baby wipes, baby shampoo and diaper rash cream.

High School Open Houses

High school open housesAs graduation approaches, several of our high school seniors will be having Open Houses. Below is a listing of open houses you would be welcome to attend. We wish all of our graduates God's guidance and blessings as they venture into new paths in their lives.
  • Jacob Rudy-Froese: Saturday, May 30, 12:00 - 2:00 p.m. at 610 Revere Dr., Goshen.
  • Mathew Williams: Saturday, June 6, 9:30 a.m.-12:00 p.m. at 65623 Buttercup Ave., Goshen.
  • Cassie Sessa and Emily Krabill: Saturday, June 6 at 11:00 a.m. at 309 Reservoir Place, Goshen.
  • Austin Hooley: Saturday, June 6, 1:00 - 4:00 p.m. at 18062 Aaron Dr., Goshen.
  • Olivia Wenger: Saturday, June 6, 3:30 p.m. - 6:00 p.m. at the Goshen College cabin.

Our Schools

Goshen College Bethany Christian Schools

Bright Time Summer Camp

June 8-12, has more than 50 athletic, fine arts, science, and all kinds of fun camps for age 4 through rising grade 8. Camps are $30-$40. Additionally, Shine On Campcare will provide a place for children for before, between, and after their camps. View camp listings and register online.

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Survival Skills for Life Program

The E3 - Survival Skills for Life Program that is helping develop the leadership skills of at-risk boys during their years at Goshen Middle School.  This partnership between GMS, Amigo Centre and Big Brothers Big Sisters in now completing its second year, and we would like to extend an invitation to you to come celebrate with us.
We will have nearly a dozen stations set up where the boys will be demonstrating some of the skills they have learned this past year.  Can we entice you by saying the boys will be demonstrating how to make homemade ice cream, hot fudge, dessert burritos and much more?  The Celebration will take place on May 29th from 4:45 - 6:30 pm at Goshen Middle School. Weather permitting we'll be outdoors on the east side of the building. If you have interest in being a mentor for one of the boys, this would be a great opportunity to get a better picture of what the program is all about.  We will soon be starting with another group of 6th graders and will need 18 mentors for them beginning in September. Even if you aren't interested in being a mentor we'd love to have you come celebrate with us!

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New Book Explores Biblical Lament and Grief in Youth

In a new book titled “Helping Youth Grieve: The Good News of Biblical Lament” (Resource Publications, May 2015. $19 U.S.), Goshen College Campus Pastor Bob Yoder explores the role of spiritual lament in the pastoral care and faith formation of adolescents. Learn more.

GC Honored as a ‘College of Distinction’

Goshen College is again among the nearly 350 colleges named to the Colleges of Distinction list for 2015-16. The college is one of only seven Indiana colleges and 55 Christian colleges listed. Learn more.

AMBS Anabaptist Mennonite Biblical Seminary

Climate Boot Camp

A day-long workshop for leaders in faith communities will be hosted June 1 to explore the scientific, theological and pastoral challenges of speaking about climate change. The workshop is free and lunch is provided at a small cost. To register, contact Trisha Tull and include your email address, location, and leadership role. The event is scheduled for 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. on the seminary campus.

Hymn Sing

You are invited to a hymn sing to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Sermon on the Mount Chapel. Join the singing in the chapel on  Wednesday, June 3, 7:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. The selection of hymns will represent favorites in the AMBS community over the last 50 years. 

Community Announcements

MDC Goldenrod Work Days

MDC Goldenrod Community Members will be heading to Camp Amigo on June 1-3 and the majority of our folks will be participating.  With that in mind, we are inviting any and all who are able to join us at either our Goshen or Middlebury Campus for some much needed helping hands with maintenance issues.  If your congregation would be interested in assisting, we would be happy to have you join us. We greatly appreciate how each congregation supports MDC Goldenrod and thank you for considering this opportunity. 

Church Community Services (CCS)

CCS invites you to an open house Sunday, May 31, at 2:00 -5:00 p.m. and dedication of the facility at 3:00 p.m. On Monday, June 1, at 2:00 -:7:00 p.m. we will have a Ribbon cutting at 4:00 p.m. CCS staff and board of directors look forward to giving you a tour. CCS is excited to show the results of their remodeling, which began before they moved to Oakland Ave. six years ago. Their facilities are an even better tool for service now. For more information, see.

Church Land Management

Waterford Mennonite Church will host a hike sponsored by the Indiana Native Plant and Wildflower Society in their 55-acre wetland area, Saturday, June 6, 3:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.  John Smith and Bill Minter will lead the hike. One featured plant is a rare flowering orchid. All are welcome, no registration is required.  Meet in the SW corner of the church parking lot.

Christian Faith and Healthcare

Come join with doctors, nurses, dieticians, therapists, chaplains, mental health workers, and many other healthcare workers and their families from around the world!  It's the Mennonite Healthcare Fellowship (MHF) Annual Gathering, July 19-21, 2015, immediately prior to Mennonite World Conference Global Assembly in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania. The theme is "Walking Together for Healthy Communities."  Plenary presenters include Ted & Company, Shane Claiborne, and Dr. Ann Thyle from India.  Grants available for students, volunteers, and those from outside of U.S. and Canada.  More information online, email, or call toll-free to 1-888-406-3643. Final registration deadline: June 28, 2015.

SEMILLA, Latin American Anabaptist Seminary

SEMILLA, Latin American Anabaptist Seminary, based in Guatemala City, serves over 650 students from Mexico to Panama and 250 students from North American Anabaptist colleges and universities.  Learn more, including information about a Guatemala Learning Tour, at the SEMILLA Update, with ambassadors Jerry and Leonor Kennell at 3:00 p.m., Sunday, June 14 at East Goshen Mennonite Church.

2015 Funk Fest at Prairie Street MC

John Bell of the Iona Community in Scotland—prolific composer, teacher on worship and music—will speak at Prairie Street Mennonite Church, Elkhart, on Saturday, June 13, 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. Topic: “The engaged spirituality of Jesus.” Cost: $20. Bring your own lunch or eat out. Registration at the door only, starting 8:30 a.m.

Christmas in June Concert by The Ripple Effect

On Sunday, June 14, the ground-breaking vocal group, The Ripple Effect, will be presenting a Christmas in June concert at Kern Road Mennonite Church in South Bend. The program begins at 4:00 p.m. with a variety of Christmas favorites, followed by a traditional carol sing-along, and Pepper Choplin's profound and masterful cantata, The Heart of Christmas (complete with orchestra).  A free-will offering will be taken, and 10% of the monetary proceeds will be donated to Christmas Commandos, who provide much needed emotional and financial support to families that have experienced the unexpected loss of a child or a parent with children still at home  (for details, see).  Attendees may also contribute to the organization by bringing gift cards to local restaurants and attractions. Immediately after the performance, there will be a Christmas Ice Cream Social!  The church is located at 18211 Kern Road, South Bend, IN 46614. Call 574-291-9044 or e-mail Sherry for more info.


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 help in the following volunteer positions: cashiers, housewares, clothing and local delivery. If you are seeking ways to serve others, build relationships and have fun, please contact Karen Lehman or Doug Hernley at The Depot MCC Thrift Shops at 1013 Division Street in Goshen. Call 574-534-1828 or email.
Gregg Beitler and Lavonne Shetler are looking for a place to rent that is cat friendly and located somewhere in the downtown/college area. They can move in anytime between now and late August. If you know of anything, please email Lavonne or call her at (574) 621-3295.



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

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Anniversaries and Birthdays This Week:

Mark and Jenny Yoder
Kirk and Susan Stiffney

Roy Bergey
Ginny Martin
Lane Miller
Moses Sawatzky
Lyman Hug
Ben Buckwalter
Lavonn Hostetler
Ruth Hathaway
Wilma Shank

PrayerPlease contact the office by 9:00 a.m. Thursday with prayer requests.
Pray for Simon and Becca Smucker who are in Bolivia for patience as they continue to learn Spanish
Nancy Frey and Bruce Yoder of Mennonite Mission Network request prayer for Mennonite Church members in Sidi, Burkina Faso, where village leaders withhold land to punish Christians. Pray for resolution and that Christians would be able to grow food for their families on the land.
Pray for Bolivian Mennonites who are applying to receive visas to attend Mennonite World Conference in July.

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Church Notes
Sunday Service Info

This Sunday: May 24

Aaron Wieand, Julie and Phil Zimmerman

Rita Gingrich

Diane and Lowell Nafziger

Mathew Williams, Lana Smucker

Infants: Annie Hu, Missy and John Schrock
Toddlers: Jacob Rudy-Froese, Connie and Phil Bauman
Offering Counters:
Dick Ramer, Karl Sommers

Next Sunday: May 31

Aaron Wieand, Julie and Phil Zimmerman

Rita Gingrich

Diane and Lowell Nafziger

Mathew Williams, Randy Horst

Infants: Annie Hu, Tavi and Anita Mounsithiraj
Toddlers: Renae Yoder and Laverne Nafziger

Offering Counters:
Thelma Ramer, Diane Nafziger
Statistical Report 
(May 24)

Attendance: 191
General Fund: $5,843.80
Agape Fund: $1,988.2.00
Bethany Tuition: $15.00
College Matching Fund: $20.00 
Church Publications: $148.00

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.

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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