Berkey Avenue Mennonite Fellowship
A congregation of Mennonite Church USA
Berkey Avenue Mennonite Fellowship
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August 10, 2014

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Berkey Announcements

Second Sunday Summer Picnic

Second Summer PicnicThis Sunday, August 10, there will be a Second Sunday Summer Picnic instead of the nurture hour. We will plan to be outdoors on the lawn so bring blankets or lawn chairs and table service for your family. This will be an all finger foods meal. Suggested items to bring include: cold sandwiches, cheese and crackers, raw veggies, fruit pieces, relish trays, cookies, brownies. Please do not bring crockpots for this carry-in. Drinks will be provided.

Update from the Third Pastor Search Committee

PrayerThe process to hire a replacement for Lois Mast has begun. This 1/3-time job is being called the Third Pastor position and will focus on Faith Formation, particularly as it relates to youth and young adults. This is a slight expansion on the job description Lois had. The search committee includes Randy Horst (chair), Roy Bergey, Abbe Buller, Lindsay Rheinheimer, and Deb Williams. We have almost completed our Congregational Information Form, and once it is completed it will be submitted to the Indiana-Michigan Conference to be officially posted as a job. If anyone in the congregation is interested in applying for this position, they must fill out and file a Ministerial Leadership Information (MLI) form with Mennonite Church USA (that process begins by visiting Read the job description to learn more or contact Randy or any other member of the search committee.

Interview with John D. Roth

John RothAt its most recent meeting, the Executive Board asked Ervin Stutzman, executive director, to send a letter of greeting and Christian friendship to Rev. Elizabeth Eaton, Presiding Bishop of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America. The letter recounts with gratitude the remarkable developments in Mennonite-Lutheran relations in the past fifteen years. It acknowledges ways Anabaptists, too, have at times misrepresented Lutherans and Lutheran practices. John Roth, professor of history at Goshen (Ind.) College, was part of the formal dialogue with Lutherans both on behalf of Mennonite Church USA and later Mennonite World Conference. Read the full interview.

Online Photo Directory Status Report

Directory updateWe have recently been experiencing some difficulties with our online directory.  Additionally, many people have begun to wonder about a print version of the directory. In light of this, we will be putting together a printable PDF version of the directory which will also be available once it is completed; hopefully in a couple of weeks. We will send a preliminary draft out to the church mailing list in order to get the most up to date information.  Stay tuned in the next couple of weeks as we get this information together. IN the meantime, if you need a particular person's contact information, please contact the church office.

Fall College Assistance

Mennonite CollegesThis fall our congregation will have 14 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 financially prudent because the colleges match all contributions dollar for dollar—plus you get a tax deduction on your contribution. Very few investments double your money like this does. Please mark your contribution for the college fund and place it in the offering. Thank you.

Lost and Found

lost and foundHave you been missing on of your items lately? You might want to check it out on the lost and found shelf. It is located on the top of the north coat rack just off of the main entrance.  Everything that is not picked up will be taken to the depot at the end of each month.

The 47th Michiana Mennonite Relief Sale

MCC Relief SaleThe 47th Annual Michiana Mennonite Relief Sale is September 26-27, 2014 at the Elkhart County 4-H Fairgrounds. The sale begins Friday from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. Saturday opens at 7:00 a.m. until mid-afternoon. Come and make this weekend a family event! For more information about the sale, or to download printable forms, see our website: To preregister for an auction bid number, go to or email your request (please include name, address, telephone number and email address) to by September 19, 2014. If you are interested in learning more or with questions, contact Bev Krabill.

Seeking Volunteers

CleaningWe are again looking for some volunteers.The custodians will not be here the weekend of August 22-24 to do the cleaning. If you are able to help out with cleaning, please let Patrick Buller know.

Marriage Retreat: a Bicycle Built for Two

Marriage retreatA Bicycle Built for Two is a hard-hitting comedy that takes a playful look at marriage, commitment, and divorce. It follows three couples at various stages in their relationships: a young couple, bright-eyed, bushy-tailed with their recent engagement, an aging pair of empty nesters who are trying to rediscover their marriage after some-odd 30 years and a dueling duo just entering a divorce. Come on out on September 12 at 7:00 p.m., to Waterford Mennonite Church and catch the show. Tickets are $10 per person.  Additionally, the marriage retreat will continue on Saturday morning from 10:00 a.m. until noon.  There will be light refreshments at 9:45 a.m. and childcare will be provided. Learn more.

Box Tops For Education

Box TopsWe have 616 Box Tops for Education and 271 points for education ready to mail to Hopi Mission School. Our box is not full and will be mailed Sept 1. We would be happy to have more to include in that mailing. Please put coupons in Genie Kehr's mail box or in the place provided by Mission Commission by their bulletin board. They are no longer taking Betty Crocker points. Thanks for all your giving in the past.

Penny Power

Penny PowerThe Michiana Mennonite Relief Sale is right around the corner and our Penny Power drive is about to begin. Pennies are great, but remember you are not limited to pennies! Spare change of quarters and silver dollars adds up much more quickly than pennies. Dollar bills are acceptable, too! Last year the sale had its best year ever with Penny Power raising $138,335 to be used to provide clean, safe and accessible water to people around the world through Mennonite Central Committee and its partners.

Stephen Ministers

Stephen Ministers
Stephen Ministers are people of faith who are compassionate and trustworthy. Stephen Minister Training provides skills for one-to-one lay Christian caregiving. If you are feeling called to explore whether Stephen Ministry is for you, the application process will help you further understand what it means to be a Stephen Minister, the commitment involved, and help you discern if your gifts can best be used in this ministry at BAMF. Read the job description. Application forms are available here or on the literature rack by the mailboxes. Completed applications may be put in the mailbox marked Stephen Ministry, or e-mailed back to  If you have questions, please contact Shirley Dick or Marilyn Rudy-Froese.

Throwback Thursday

SnydersHead 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

School is back in session! We had several construction projects including a  new geothermal heating and cooling system, repair and repainting of the tennis courts, and a new roof! Several students also received new computers as they began the new year.

Goshen College Goshen College

Choir Auditions

Children's choir auditions will be held at the Goshen College Music Center on Sunday, August 17 from 2:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. and Monday, August 18 from 5:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m., for the Rejoice choir (gr. 3-5) and Shout for Joy (gr. 6-8). Auditions for Sommo Voci, the new high school honors choir led by Marcia Yost will be held on Monday, August 18 from 5:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m. at the Music Center. No appointments are needed. Contact the GC Music Center office at (574) 535-7361 with any questions.

GC Among Top Christian Colleges

Goshen College ranked third on a list of the best Christian colleges in the United States by Christian Universities Online, an independent online resource. Learn more.

AMBS Anabaptist Mennonite Biblical Seminary

Honey Collection

Honey has now been harvested from the AMBS beehive. James Nelson Gingerich, beekeeper in the Goshen area, brought his equipment to the AMBS campus. Several quarts of golden honey are the result and they will be used for the Rooted and Grounded Conference, Sept. 18-20. See photos

Rooted and Grounded Conference

Registration is open for Rooted and Grounded: A Conference on Land and Christian Discipleship, September 18-20, 2014. More than 50 presentations and workshops are planned, along with worship, immersion experiences and time to work in the AMBS gardens. Keynote speakers include Ellen Davis, S. Roy Kaufman, and Barbara Rossing. This conference will engage in theology that cares for God’s creation, for the land and all that lives on it. We invite pastors, scholars, creation care advocates and practitioners to join the discussion. Learn more.

Community Announcements

Project Promise Chicken BBQ Fundraiser

On Thursday, September 18, Project Promise will hold its annual Chicken BBQ fundraiser at Maple City Chapel in Goshen from 4:00 p.m. - 7:30 p.m. High's chicken will be served with potato, broccoli, bacon bits, sour cream, fruit cups, and ice cream. The suggested donation is $10 for the dine-in or carry-out meal. Proceeds will go to support the work of Project Promise, a MDC Goldenrod program, as it aims to meet the spiritual and community needs of men and women with developmental disabilities. Contact Colin Rusel for more information.

Oaklawn Fall Lineup

Oaklawn is excited to announce our fall education events. We are partnering together with other community organizations to offer three events during Mental Illness Awareness Week, October 5-11 to reduce the stigma that surrounds mental illness. In addition, there will be four mental health breakfasts and Mental Health First Aid training. Learn more.

Silent Auction Fundraiser

The Window Inc. will be having a silent auction on August, Tuesday 12, from 6:30-9:00 p.m.  The bidding closes at 8:30 p.m. More details are on the flier on the bulletin board.

Fundraiser for Kids Alive International

You are invited to an Open House for Joan Troyer and Kids Alive International at Community Church of Waterford on Saturday, August 16 from 10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. to hear about the 3 years mission service in Constanza, Dominican Republic. Come with questions and enter into prayer support for Joan's preparation. Light refreshments will be served. Then on Monday, September 8, Culver's Better Burgers will donate to Kids Alive International on behalf of Joan Troyer. Culver's Cares will give a percentage of all sales within the hours of 5:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. at Culver (2019 Lincoln Way E., Goshen). Learn more and donate online.

Michiana Mennonite Relief Sale Banquets

It is still not too late to attend the Michiana Mennonite Relief Sale banquets, which help raise money to offset the expenses of the sale. The first will be on August 14 at the Essenhaus and the next on August 21 in Fort Wayne at Don Hall's Guest House. For more information call (888) 503-8559 or (574) 215-6239.

Prayer and Fasting

August 17 to 24 is an international week of Prayer and Fasting directed towards the violence in Nigeria.  On April 14, 2014, nearly 300 schoolgirls were abducted in Nigeria by the Boko Haram. While 2/3rds of the girls were from the Church of the Brethren in Nigeria, we are well aware that the world concern goes far beyond the Brethren.  An example is the “Save our Girls” emphasis in the Peace Booth at the Elkhart County Fair.   You are receiving this invitation as a way to keep our focus on this atrocity by responding as Christians through prayer and fasting. Consider ending your fast with a Prayer and Fasting worship at one of the area Churches of the Brethren. For more information, contact Anika Roth at Goshen City Church of the Brethren.


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!

Maple City Health Care Center provides health care to a diverse population including low-income, Hispanic, and uninsured people in Goshen. We want to hire a full-time front office receptionist.  The receptionist needs cross-cultural experience and the ability to speak both English and Spanish.  A college degree is strongly preferred.  See our website at or for more information, contact Kellie O'Connell.
  LaCasa, Inc. currently has positions open in Property Management and Maintenance.  Please check our web site at for job descriptions and application or call (574) 533-4450 for more information. LaCasa is an equal opportunity employer.
   IN-MI Mennonite Conference is seeking candidates to fill for the half-time position for communications coordinator on an interim basis. Primary responsibilities are editing Gospel Evangel and Missional Seeds print newsletters, editing two e-newsletters (weLink and Events & Announcements) and maintaining the website. View the full job description. Interested parties should contact the Conference at
   Center for Healing & Hope (CHH), a compassionate, medical ministry, is seeking per-diem Nurse Practitioners to provide medical care at any of our 6 weekly clinic sessions of 2-3 hours in duration. CHH serves the uninsured, low-income community by providing affordable urgent medical care and then assisting patients in finding affordable medical care options for their ongoing medical needs. The ideal candidate will have at least 2 years’ experience in a primary care setting and will be Spanish/English bilingual. Morning and evening clinic sessions are available. This is a great position for someone who wishes to practice medicine as a vocation free of the stresses of health insurance. Please send inquiries and resumes to Clare Krabill, Executive Director, Center for Healing & Hope.

Getting to Know

Emily Grimes

Emily Grimes
My name is Emily Grimes, and I have been a part of Berkey Avenue since my family moved here when I was 4 years old.  I was born in Harrisburg, PA, but have spent the large majority of my life here in Goshen - many of you have seen me grow up!  I attended Bethany Christian Schools, and just recently graduated from Goshen College with a degree in music and an education concentration.   While in college, I enjoyed the opportunities to study abroad, and found myself in both South America and Europe.  This summer I also spent several weeks traveling in Central America with a friend.  I love to travel, which hopefully will serve me well in my next transition.

This week I will move away from my home community to venture into new territory.  I’ll be moving to Salem, Oregon, where I’ll take on the role of Music Director at Western Mennonite Schools. I’ll be responsible for middle and high school choir, as well as jazz band. I feel very blessed to have such an opportunity my first year out of college, and am excited for the challenge. In addition to various musical endeavors, in my free time I enjoy socializing, doing various types of puzzles, and salsa dancing. 

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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Sunday, August 10: Church Picnic, 11:00 a.m.
Tuesday, August 11: Dan Returns from Sabbatical

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

Please pray for Ginny Martin's mother, Miriam (Ebersole) Shank. She is in the hospital with an infection.  They have her on antibiotics; no life saving measures will be taken. Ginny expresses gratitude for her mother's long and beautiful life of over 96 yrs!
Alisha and Josh Garber, serving with Mennonite Mission Network, foster community life in the residence halls at LCC International University in Lithuania. Pray for them as they build relationships with the 53 Russian students and 69 Ukrainian students on campus, helping them listen to each other and develop conflict resolution skills.
Please keep First Mennonite in Indianapolis, IN and Ninth St. Community, Saginaw, MI.
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Church Notes
Sunday Service Info

This Sunday: August 10

Barbara Eichorn, Curt and Elise Wenger

Laverne Nafziger

Bob & Lorraine Pflederer

Offering Counters: 
Ron Good and Rick Hostetter

Audio / Visual:
Ben Buckwalter / Marilyn Rudy-Froese

Trish and James Yoder


Next Sunday: August 17

Brenda Grimes, Julie and Phil Zimmerman

Rita Gingrich

Bob & Lorraine Pflederer

Offering Counters: 
Lowell Nafziger and Denise Risser

Audio / Visual:
Ben Buckwalter /

Dee and Tom Albrecht
Statistical Report 
(August 3)

Attendance: 116
General Fund: $7,061.06
College Fund: $1,475.00
Bethany Tuition: $915.00
Building Fund: $5.00
Agape Fund: $10.00

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
Lee Roy Berry, Jr.
Shirley Dick
Jan Shetler

Renae Yoder (Chairperson)
Doug Baker
Laura Horst
Richard Miller
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