Berkey Avenue Mennonite Fellowship
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Berkey Avenue Mennonite Fellowship
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November 10, 2013

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Berkey Announcements

Advent Choir

SingersAttention, Singers! If you would like to join the Advent choir, you may still do so! The music is accessible to anyone with some experience singing 4-part harmony. Paul Leichty is the director. The choir will have its next rehearsal on Sunday, November 10, at 8:15 a.m. in the main worship area. If you have questions, please let Jenny Hooley know of your interest at

Eleni Update from the Martins

Medical UpdateWe are happy to report that the neck and knee surgery for Eleni went well. The surgeon was really pleased with the outcome. She does not have to have a halo! ...only a neck brace. The surgery began at 11:30 a.m. and was over at approximately 6:00 p.m. After being in the recovery room for a day and the ICU for a night, she was moved to a regular room. Thank you for all your prayers. ~ Ginny & Armand Martin

Berkey Congregational  Potluck

PotluckWe will be having a congregational potluck meal on November 17, following our morning worship! Bring a main dish, either a salad or a dessert, and your own table service. Drinks will be provided.

Berkey Congregational Meeting

We hope you will also be able to join us for the upcoming congregational meeting on November 17, which will follow the potluck. Our agenda for the meeting includes:
  • Approve minutes of the August 18 meeting
  • Report on the budget
  • Report on the renovations
  • Report on plans for a new sound system
  • Report on the SLT's appreciative inquiry process

Renovation Fundraising Update

Jubliee UpdateGood news!  We are just $3,452 short of our funding goal for the Jubilee Renovation Project.  Now that the costs are in, the goal has been reduced from $54,900 to $49,800.  The congregation has given a total of $46,348 as of last Sunday, which means we are much closer to completely funding the project.  We celebrate this good news and invite you to give in a final push to fund the remaining amount needed to meet our revised goal.  Thank you all! ~ The Fundraising Committee, Phil Zimmerman, Jim Brenneman and Barbara Eichorn.

Cleaning Supplies Needed

Cleaning SuppliesThe Mission Commission has been asked by Cora Brown from The Church Without Walls to collect the following items for their shelter: paper towels, toilet paper, laundry soap, dishwasher soap, and other cleaning items. A container will be placed in the Fellowship Hall for these items, starting this Sunday through Sunday, November 24. The shelter serves single women and households headed by women, to help them obtain stable and sustainable housing, giving them opportunities to improve basic life skills and training to become economically independent. Thank you for your help with this need.

Berkey College Fund Update

CollegeThis spring our congregation will have 13 young people attending Mennonite colleges. Each student is eligible for assistance of $500 for the fall semester from our college matching fund. Giving to this fund is wise because the colleges match all contributions dollar for dollar—and you get a tax deduction on your contribution. Very few investments double your money like this. We hope to raise $6,500 by December 1. As of November 3, we have $5,312 in the college fund. Please mark your contribution for the college fund and place it in the offering. Thank you!

Goshen Ministerial Fund Collection

The Mission Commission is requesting that you consider making a donation during the offering to the GMA Fund. By giving to this compassion Fund you will be providing  emergency financial assistance to our community members who otherwise would not be able to pay for such things as their heat and electricity, rent and other critical needs.  The GMA is an effective way of pulling together the resources of Goshen's churches to work together to meet some of the needs of our less fortunate neighbors.  Recipients may only use the Fund one time a year.  Each month the GMA turns away more people than it can help due to insufficient funding. Thank you for giving to those in need.

Throwback Thursdays

ThrowbackHead 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

Bethany Christian SchoolsBethany Christian Schools

November is a very busy month at Bethany! After a successful fish fry, and Hacienda Day, BCS will also be having an Open House on Sunday, November 10, a student shadowing day on November 18, and a staging of Neil Simon’s Pulitzer-Prize winning play, Lost in Yonkers, November 22-24, featuring our own Jacob Rudy-Froese, Rachel Schrock and Kyle Snyder. For full details on all of these events, please visit our website.

Goshen Community SchoolsGoshen Community Schools

Annual Fruit Sale

Goshen High School's Music Department is having their annual fruit sale going on right now.  From October 30 - November 15, you can order boxes of fruit in support of Berkey Avenue kids who participate in any of these award-winning music groups.  Fruit includes Florida red grapefruit and navel oranges, a mixture of Kercher apples, and pears.  See any GHS music student (Mason, Natalie, Evan, Cassie, Matthew, Olivia, Quinn, Isabela)  for more information.  Orders need to be turned in by November 15.  Thanks for your support!

Goshen CollegeGoshen College

Something quite grand is coming to the Goshen College Music Center this Saturday night at 7:30 p.m. The Goshen College choirs will be joined by the Goshen High School Advanced Crimson Choir in a performance of Carl Orff’s celebrated cantata “Carmina Burana.” Learn more.

AMBSAnabaptist Mennonite Biblical Seminary

Willi Hugo Perez and Victoria Montenegro from SEMILLA, the Latin American Anabaptist Seminary in Guatemala City, Guatemala, will share in the chapel service at Anabaptist Mennonite Biblical Seminary on Friday, November 15, beginning at from 11:45 a.m. An informal conversation follows over lunch in the seminary’s Lambright Center.

Community Announcements

MCC Great Lakes' Peace & Justice Focus

The MCC Great Lakes peace and justice focus for November and December is immigration. The holiday season is a good opportunity for our church communities to identify with  the immigration of God’s people from persecution into land security, then forced into exile. As we enter into Advent, we think about Christ’s immigration story, not only as a refugee in Egypt, but more importantly his willingness to identify immigrants as us rather than them. Learn more.

MCC Summer Service Program

The Mennonite Central Committee Great Lakes Summer Service Program is a short term leadership development program for young adult constituents of color between the ages of 18-30 who are from diverse ethnic backgrounds. Constituent churches and related organizations create and submit proposals to MCC about the kind of leadership engagement they foresee a young adult from their home church/community completing in that church/community during a period of six to ten weeks between the summer months of June-August. For more information visit or contact Jorge Vielman at or (574) 534-4133.

A Place At The Table Documentary

One in four Elkhart County children is food insecure, an alarming statistic that highlights the need here in our own community. We invite you to attend a showing of "A Place at the Table," a documentary exposing the harsh realities of hunger in America. Maple City Market is sponsoring the showing of this film as part of Goshen's Share the Bounty week (, and a special showing will take place Friday, November 22 in Elkhart. Join us at 7:00 p.m. at New Life Community Church (210 S Main St. Elkhart) to watch the film, and stay for a short discussion afterward. The film is free and open to the public, with donations accepted for Church Community Services.

Yellow Creek Mennonite Church Senior Tuesday Luncheon

Yellow Creek Mennonite Church invites you to its Senior Tuesday Luncheon and Program on Tuesday, November 19 at Noon. The cost is $5 per person to be paid at the door. The program is Laugh ‘til it Helps! Mary Labuzienski, a certified laughter leader, will be serving up a therapeutic dose of laughter after lunch. She will lead us through a lively session that includes the science behind laughter, practical tips to bring more humor and optimism into our lives and laughter exercises to help get the laughter flowing. Learn more.

A Musical Autumn concert

The Christian Performing Artists Fellowship presents a Second Sunday Series concert featuring guest artist Richard Swingle. Swingle has performed Off-Broadway, at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, in many places across the country and internationally, as well as performing in the 2008 and 2010 Olympics. The evening will end with a hymn sing. This concert is free and open to the public. It will be held at Rodeheaver Auditorium in Winona Lake, IN on November 10, 2013 at 7:30 p.m. For more information, call (574) 267-5973.

Give Joy to the World

Sixty years ago, MEDA’s founders were inspired to share of themselves to help people struggling in poverty in Paraguay. They believed that every person has the right to an opportunity to earn a livelihood. Today, we continue in their footsteps. And we invite you to share the joy you experience at Christmas by reaching out to your neighbors in developing countries around the world. Learn more.

Handel's Messiah Concert

It's not too early to start thinking about the Christmas Season! Musical Arts Indiana is pleased to present Handel's Messiah on Saturday, December 14 at 7:30 p.m. (preconcert lecture at 7:00 p.m.) at Kern Road Mennonite Church, South Bend.  The presentation will also take place on Sunday, December 15 at 3:00 p.m. (preconcert lecture at 2:30 p.m.) at St. Joseph Chapel (Holy Cross College), Notre Dame.  Our concert will feature Vesper Chorale, Vesper Chamber Orchestra, Vesper Festival Chorus and the Children's Choir of Michiana. Learn more.

MDC Goldenrod Seeks Pick Up Truck

MDC Goldenrod is in need of a pickup truck.  The current pickup that we use as our primary maintenance vehicle is not running and has aged to the point that putting more resources into keeping it on the road no longer seems like good stewardship.  If you or someone you know has a used pickup in good condition that you’d be willing to donate to MDC Goldenrod please contact Colin Rusel at (574) 202-7397.

Conflict Transformation Workshop

Hively Avenue Mennonite Church is hosting a Lombard Mennonite Peace Center (LMPC) workshop on Saturday, November 16. The theme is, "Conflict Transformation Skills for Churches." Thanks to LMPC, we are able to offer the workshop at a substantially reduced cost. There is a brochure posted on the bulletin board with registration information.

Center for Healing & Hope presents “Unnatural Causes”

The Center for Healing & Hope is presenting the documentary “Unnatural Causes: Is inequality making us sick?” as part of their ongoing volunteer enrichment series. The documentary will be shown on Monday, November 11 at 6:30 p.m. in the Arbor Conference Room at IU Health Goshen Hospital. A second showing is scheduled for Thursday, November 14 at 6:30 p.m. at Elkhart General Hospital in Auditorium A on the lower level. Admission is free, seating is limited. Reserve your seat at or 574-534-4744 ext 201. Learn more.

Gift Certificate Sales Benefit the Center for Healing & Hope

Individuals can support the Center for Healing & Hope by purchasing $20 gift certificates for Mattern’s Butcher Shop & Corner Deli or Pizzeria Venturi. The certificates are available from CHH by calling 574-534-4744 ext 201 or email thru October 31 and are valid through December 31, 2013. Proceeds will benefit the work of CHH in our community. The Center for Healing & Hope provides medical care and advocacy for those in need in our community. More information including clinic times, volunteer opportunities and ways to support the mission are available at the CHH website

MCC Alumni & Friends International Potluck

Please join us for an MCC Alumni & Friends International Potluck on Sunday evening, November 24th at 6:00 p.m. at Berkey Avenue Mennonite Fellowship. Sarah Adams, MCC Country Representative in Lebanon, will be the speaker for this very interesting and informative update on MCC's work in Syria and with Syrian refugee camps in Lebanon and Jordan. For questions or to RSVP, contact the MCC Great Lakes office at (574) 534-4133 or email Les Gustafson-Zook at


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 Elkhart unit of Mennonite Voluntary Service (Jubilee House) is seeking a vehicle donation of a small car to replace their mini-van that recently breathed its last. If you have a vehicle you would like to donate, please contact Art Stoltzfus at The Unit is supported locally by Fellowship of Hope and Prairie Street Mennonite Church. Volunteers are currently serving at the Center for Community Justice and the Church Community Services’ Seed to Feed program.
Little Eden Camp in Onekama, MI is looking for a full-time Food Service Director to manage the kitchen operations of the camp. Major areas of responsibilities would include administration of the kitchen, supervision of kitchen staff, menu planning and ordering, and food preparation. It includes coordinating all food service needs for guest groups, summer programs, and banquet events. Persons with five years cooking and management experience preferred. Experience in Christian ministry and camping is helpful.  For more information or to submit a resume, please email
Jennifer Youngberg (daughter to Sue Byler), recently graduated, does Swedish relaxation massage including pregnancy, as well as deeper tissue work.  In addition to massage therapy, she studied nutrition, body systems, iridology, and is a certified natural health professional.  She has training in Cranio Sacral Therapy, which releases tension in the body to encourge the body to self correct and heal. She will be starting her practice at 1119 South Indiana Avenue, sharing an office with Kathy Stiffney, LMT.  She will be giving a discounted rate of $50 through the end of November.  Anyone who gets a massage will receive a coupon for a complimentary Cranio Sacral Session as well.  Contact her at 574-238-7641 to schedule your massage.
Wendy (Lexi's mother) has a van for sale.  It is 2001 Dodge Caravan Sport, Navy Blue. 134,000 miles. Is drivable but has a damaged quarter panel in the back.  Also needs a battery.  Asking price is $1,000. Cash only. Please contact Wendy at (574) 533-4426 if interested.
MDC Goldenrod is currently hiring full and part time Direct Support Professionals (DSP).  DSPs work directly with the individual MDC Goldenrod community members; walking with them through their day, offering assistance where needed.  This is an opportunity to change a life for the better, to be a part of a caring community and to make a difference.  For more information and an application please stop by our office at 1514 College Ave. Goshen or visit our website,  If you have any questions please contact Colin Rusel at (574) 202-7397.

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Getting to Know

Karina Kreider

Karina Kreider
My name is Karina Kreider and I'm a senior biology major with a minor in Bible and religion and considering going into physical therapy. I am most recently from Akron, PA but lived in Halle, Germany before then. I love my job at Rachel's Bread and I also enjoy co-leading the environmental club on campus, as well as baking (especially with chocolate!) and running. Thank you all for making the college students a priority; I've really valued the wisdom you've shared with us and the care you've shown us!

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 dried flowers in the membership vase stretch back to the earliest days of the congregation. The ritual of new members placing a flower in the bouquet began early in the congregation's history and continues to this day.

Do you have an interesting fact about Berkey to share?  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
November 10: Coordinating Council Meeting, 12:00 p.m.
November 10: Peace Club Meeting, 12:00 p.m.
November 11: SLT Meeting, 7:00 p.m.
November 12: Stewardship & Finance Meeting, 7:00 p.m.
November 13: Stephen Ministry, 6:45 p.m.
November 13: MYF Small Groups, 7:00 p.m.
November 13: Caregiving Commission Meeting, 7:00 p.m.

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

Alisha and Joshua Garber of Mennonite Mission Network are serving as resident directors at LCC International University in Lithuania. Pray for them as they model Christian discipleship and share their faith with students from Eastern European countries in this one-year assignment.

DownloadNov. MMN Prayer Vine

Church Notes
Sunday Service Info
This Sunday: November 10

Lorraine Pflederer, Denise Risser, Renae Yoder
Laverne Nafziger
Offering Counters: 
Ron Good, Rick Hostetter
Phil Bauman, Randy Horst

Next Sunday: November 17

Lorraine Pflederer, Denise Risser, Renae Yoder
Laverne Nafziger
Offering Counters: 
Lowell Nafziger, Denise Risser
Phil Bauman, Randy Horst

Statistical Report 
(November 3)

Attendance: 188
Bethany Tuition: $865.00
General Fund: $6,215.00
Building Improvements: $1,110.00
College Matching: $370.00
Mission Emphasis (GMA): $250.00
Coffee: $150.60
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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