Berkey Avenue Mennonite Fellowship
A congregation of Mennonite Church USA
Berkey Avenue Mennonite Fellowship
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December 20, 2015

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Berkey Announcements

Christmas Eve Service

Christmas Eve. ServiceEveryone is invited to come to the church for a special evening of Lessons and Carols on December 24, 7:00 p.m.

Update on MCC Infant Care Kits

Infant Care KitsThank you so much for your overwhelming generosity thus far in providing supplies for our newborn kits! We were able to assemble 50 kits last Sunday during nurture hour. Check them out under the tree... it's a wonderful sight! Several of you have asked if we have more specific needs now, or how you can still help. Here are ways we're encouraging folks to continue giving to this wonderful project during the remaining weeks of Advent:
  • Donate specific items -- we still need sleepers/gowns and cloth diapers. With additional purchases of just these items, we can complete at least 18 more kits!
  • Donate money -- several church members are willing to go shopping for specific items as we need them, to either complete partial kits or make additional ones.
  • Donate complete kits -- shop for all kit items yourself, and bring items to church already assembled into a complete kit. (Hats and diaper pins specifically are still available under the tree, as they have been before.)
All of our completed kits will be brought forward by the children during worship during the sixth and final Sunday of Advent. Let's fill the front of the church to overflowing! If you have any questions, please contact Abbe Buller.

Note from Mike Genau

Mike GenauI will be volunteering this spring semester with Jubilee Partners in Comer, GA - a faith-based non-profit that serves incoming refugees and advocates for peace. My responsibilities will include teaching ESL classes, assisting in child care, working as a bike mechanic, cooking, tree work, and playing music. All these roles will be continuations of things I’ve kept myself busy with in the Goshen community and I’m happiest when I get to wear a bunch of hats. I also hear there are lots of opportunities for pick-up volleyball and soccer games and so am excited about that… and escaping the cold.  

To raise money I will be selling prints of some photographs during fellowship time that I have taken over the past year around Goshen. I’d also be happy to talk with you more about Jubilee and what they do.  

While away I can be reached at the following address:
Jubilee Partners Attn:  Mike Genau
P.O. Box 68
Comer, GA 30629

Worship Audio Recordings

Worship CDWorship services are now being recorded on CD's. They are available for check out in the office by the copy machine.


Nurture Hour Schedule

Sunday School ScheduleSunday School classes will not meet December 27 or January 3.  


Throwback Thursday

Throwback ThursdaysHead 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

icon_bcs Bethany Christian

Internationally-renowned folksinger John McCutcheon will be in concert at Bethany Christian Schools at 6:00 p.m. Sunday, January 31, 2016. Reserved-seat tickets are now available to purchase online for Christmas gifting—or for those wanting to reserve prime seating. Tickets are $20 for reserved seating; $22 at the door. Go online for more information and to reserve seating.

Goshen College Goshen College

The Fall/Winter issue of the Bulletin celebrates the legacies of Goshen College alumni, whether they are alumni awardees, potters, attendees of this year’s Homecoming Weekend or parents of current students. You are invited to read the Bulletin online.

AMBS Anabaptist Mennonite Biblical Seminary

This Spring Anabaptist Mennonite Biblical Seminary will offer two online, non-credit short courses: Exploring Peace and Justice in the Bible; and Participation, Power and Process: Why Polity Matters. For more information, visit the AMBS website.

Community Announcements

GriefShare Support Group

Silverwood Mennonite Church will be hosting a GriefShare support group Thursday afternoons, January 7 – March 31, 1:00 – 3:00 p.m. GriefShare is a special weekly seminar/support group for people grieving the death of someone close. It’s a place where you can be around people who understand how you feel and the pain of your loss. At GriefShare, you’ll learn valuable information that will help you through this difficult time in your life. Registration is $20 and $30 for couples which includes a workbook and supplies. There is no cost for previous attenders. Scholarships are available. For more information contact the Silverwood church office at 533-1922 or visit the GriefShare website. To register go online or call 533-1922. RSVP is requested and registration will take place at the first session you attend. Anyone is welcome at any time during this 13-week series as each session is self-contained. 

Advent message from Mennonite Central Committee

J Ron Byler, Executive Director at MCC calls us to generosity, hospitality, peace and love. Read his message online.



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!



MYF Sponsors:  Liz Core and Aaron Shenk

I started going to Berkey Avenue this summer after returning to Goshen after a year in MVS. After graduating from Goshen College in 2014, I spent a year in Seattle where I served as an editorial intern at, an environmental news website. Now, I work as a writer and media coordinator at a small marketing firm called Eyedart Creative Studio. In this job, among many other fun projects, I have the pleasure of editing and writing for the Good of Goshen campaign, a blog that tells the stories of people in town who are involved in inspiring/community-enhancing projects.

In my spare time, I love taking on all things tactile, as my day job is very computer-centric. I enjoy yoga, running, painting, knitting, sewing, cooking, and -- when I can get around more rugged terrain -- climbing, hiking, and general out-doorsing.

I have been attending Berkey Avenue since I was in early elementary school, and participated in JYF and MYF until I graduated from high school at Bethany Christian. I went to Goshen College and studied business/accounting, and graduated in 2011. After college, I started working at Crowe Horwath LLP, an accounting firm in Elkhart and I've been working there ever since. This past spring, I began serving as the treasurer of the Mennonite Relief Sale, and have enjoyed the new relationships that I've found through this experience.

In my spare time, I enjoy woodworking, ceramics, home-improvement projects, and watching sports with my friends.


This week:

December 24
 Christmas Eve Service, 7:00 p.m.

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Anniversaries This Week:
Dick and Thelma Ramer

Birthdays This Week:
Alisha Snyder
Phil Zimmerman

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

Pray for Lakeside Chapel, Syracuse, IN (Harlan Steffen, pastor). Pray that the youth groups will continue to grow. Pray for their new youth pastor, Mike Miller. Give thanks for the congregation's spirit of reaching out into the community.

Pray for safe travels for Mennonite Mission Network’s Christian Service participants going home for Christmas. Remember in a special way those who are not able to travel home and who will celebrate far from their families. May they experience the love and support of the communities they serve.

Download December MMN Prayer Vine

Church Notes
Sunday Service Info

This Sunday:  December 20

Aaron Wieand
Curt Wenger
Elise Wenger

Laverne Nafziger

Ron and Lori Good

Nick Schrock/Richard Aguirre

Infants:  Lindsy Locke, Lavonn and Eric Hostetler
Toddlers:  Joe Locke, Bev and Dave Krabill

Offering Counters:
Lowell Nafziger, Denise Risser

Next Sunday:  December 27

Aaron Wieand
Curt Wenger
Elise Wenger

Laverne Nafziger

Ron and Lori Good

Nick Schrock/Richard Aguirre

Infants:  Allan, Abby and Jacob Rudy-Froese
Toddlers:  Jenny Miller, Rafael Barahona

Offering Counters:
Dick Ramer, Karl Sommers
Statistical Report 
(December 13)

Attendance:  202
General Fund:  $3,934.73
Bethany 2015/16:  $15.00
College:  $20.00

General Fund Income YTD
Actual:  $88,325.13
Budget:  $$84,589.00

Berkey Avenue
Mennonite Fellowship

2509 Berkey Avenue
Goshen, IN 46526
(574) 534-2398

Office Hours
Monday - Friday
Hours vary

Interim Communications and Office Manager:
Monday, Wednesday, Thursday 
10:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.

Marilyn Rudy-Froese
Dan Schrock
Ben Woodward Breckbill - Pastoral Intern

Greg Smucker (Chairperson)
Shirley Dick
Sherm Kauffman
Anita Mounsithiraj
Richard Aguirre

Doug Baker
Richard Miller
Laverne Nafziger
Judy Weaver
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