We are pleased to welcome Ervin R. Stutzman, who will preach at Berkey Avenue Mennonite Fellowship this Sunday. Ervin is Executive Director for Mennonite Church USA. Before taking on this role in January 2010, he served for nearly 12 years as Dean and Professor of Church Ministries at Eastern Mennonite Seminary, Harrisonburg, Va.
This Sunday we will enjoy the first of three summer picnics that take the place of the Sunday School hour. On "Second Sundays," the fellowship commission will provide drinks and desserts. Please bring picnic foods to share and lawn chairs or blankets to sit on. For the June "Second Sunday" dessert we will have cake to celebrate the graduation of our high school seniors. Please plan to come and enjoy the celebration rain or shine!
Last Sunday, the nominees for the Servant Leadership Ballot was approved at a 97% rate. Additionally, many of you completed the yellow BAMF volunteer forms. For the individuals who did not complete these forms, please return them to Rafael Barahona in the church office as soon as possible.
We will be honoring Lois Mast's service to Berkey Avenue during worship on Sunday, June 29. If you have a memory about Lois you are willing to share,
or to Deb Williams, Lana Smucker, or Denise Risser. All ages are welcome to contribute! If you have a picture you would like to share, give it to Denise or send it to
Since January 2013, Berkey has had Stephen Ministers who have been active behind the scenes, confidentially providing one-to-one lay Christian caregiving. Stephen Ministry is a program of care for people facing one of life's transitions or challenges. We would like to expand the number of Stephen Ministers we have, and so will be offering training again, beginning in late August. Stephen Ministers receive 50 hours of training, and then on-going peer supervision in order to provide quality Christian care to one person for about an hour a week. Watch the newsletter and your mailboxes for more information on what Stephen Ministers do and how to apply. Prayerfully consider whether God might be calling you to this ministry. If you have questions, you can contact one of our Stephen Leaders, Shirley Dick or Marilyn Rudy-Froese.
Thank you for the responses to the requests from Model School of gym shoes and drums. Eight pairs of shoes were delivered to Model for their shoe exchange program and the Worship Commission consented to transfer the drum set from our storage closet to Model for use in Kent Dutchersmith's music classroom.
Safe Kids Elkhart County works to prevent injuries to children in Elkhart County. Dan Nafziger has tickets to sell for a Nelson’s chicken BBQ fundraiser on June 7th from 10:00 a.m. - noon (or until sold out). The tickets are $5 for a half chicken (advance sale price). Please see him this Sunday if you would like tickets, or contact him at
Head 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!
Bethany Christian Schools
Bethany Christian Schools is seeking a Head of School. For more information, see www.bethanycs.net/head_of_school
or contact Kirk Stiffney at email@example.com
or (574) 537-8736.
Bethany Christian Schools also invites applications for the following part-time positions: teaching assistant, assistant food service manager, cafeteria aide, and bus driver. All positions are available for the 2014-15 school year, beginning on about August 4. For details and application procedures, see www.bethanycs.net/jobs
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 at firstname.lastname@example.org or (574) 534-2567).
Goshen Community Schools
Goshen High School soccer is selling discount cards as a fundraiser this year. Cards provide discounts at Paesello’s Pizzeria, El Camino, Ben’s Pretzels, The Electric Brew plus lots of others. The cost is $10.00 a card. Money/orders need to be turned in on Monday, June 9th. If you would like to purchase one please see Mason Short this Sunday, June 8th or email him at email@example.com.
Get a Master’s Degree in Intercultural Leadership from Goshen College, an 18-month unique and transformative program. Spots are still available for classes that begin June 23, 2014. Learn more
Anabaptist Mennonite Biblical Seminary
Locally Focused Course
AMBS is pleased to offer a new course designed specifically for people in this region. The course is called, "Theology in Context: Elkhart." Elkhart will be a case study to explore how theology might be put to work in a specific context. Readings, discussions, and conversations with community leaders will encourage an integration of theological and missiological reflection with sociological investigation and practical engagement. Register
Bookstore Summer Hours
Mennonite Cooperative Bookstore on the campus of Anabaptist Mennonite Biblical Seminary announces new summer hours: Monday through Friday, 10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. See www.ambs.edu/bookstore
for information about the resources available at the bookstore.
Interterm in Guatemala
Study theology in a Latin American context with the Anabaptist Mennonite Biblical Seminary course at SEMILLA in Guatemala City in January. Classroom discussion, readings and field-trips will help students explore issues of poverty and conflict, peace and justice. Learn more
Troupe Svatura Fundraiser
The Elkhart County Clubhouse will be having a fundraiser on June 14th at 8:00 p.m. at Ignition Garage. The fundraiser is "Troupe Svatura Raqs The Roof" and will feature Music, Dance with special guests from the Elkhart Civic Theater. Tickets are $16 and are available at the door, at the Elkhart County Clubhouse (114 S 5th St.) or online at http://ignitionmusic.net
MCC Relief Sale Fund Raising Dinner
Join us for an MCC Relief Sale fund raising dinner as a way to help defray costs incurred to put on the Relief Sale. You will also hear about MCC's work in Colombia. The event will take place on August 14 at the Essenhaus in Middlebury. Additional details are forthcoming.
Recent Floods in Balkans
, relief kits
and cash contributions are all needed for MCC's response to the worst flooding recorded in Bosnia and Herzegovina in the last 120 years. Read more
about the devastation experienced by many of the same people who survived the civil war.
The Window Open Again for First Friday
The Window's kitchen will be open for June's First Friday. There will be a ribbon cutting ceremony to celebrate the reopening of the kitchen on June 6 at 11:00 a.m. First Friday's meal runs from 4:30 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. or until the food runs out. We will feature an Indian Meal with chicken vegetable curry or vegetarian curry served with white rice, french bread and a fruit dessert. This event is hosted by Waterford Mennonite Church's Seekers Sunday School Class and the suggested price is $9.00.
IN-MI Mennonite Women’s Luncheon
Please join us for the Indiana-Michigan Mennonite Women's luncheon on Saturday, June 21 at College Mennonite Church. Janna Hunter-Bowman, formerly involved with Justapaz in Bogota, Colombia, will share her faith journey. Registration is required for the luncheon. The cost is $12.50 before June 7 ($15.00 after June 7). Register and pay online
or mail your name and a check to: Indiana-Michigan Mennonite Conference, 109 E. Clinton St., Suite 100, Goshen, IN 46528. For more information, contact Shirley Bustos at (219) 462-0526.
Come on out for a fun event for the whole family, from teens down to the youngest in a carrier! On Saturday, June 7 from 6:00 p.m. to 7:15 p.m. we will be having an night of old fashioned dancing such as circle dances and square dance type moves at First United Methodist Church (corner of 5th St. and Jefferson Ave, Goshen). The cost is only $1 admission per person. Please join us for a relaxed, enjoyable evening! Stay for part or all of the Regular Contra dance following at 7:30 p.m. and get half off admission for that! Learn more
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 Center for Healing & Hope, a faith-based urgent care clinic, has an opening for a Patient Advocate. Position involves advocating for patients within the healthcare system, networking with medical and social service providers, working with volunteers and managing the non-medical aspect of the clinic. Applicants must be Spanish/English bilingual and have a bachelor’s degree: social work or related job experience required. Position is .75 FTE with generous benefits and requires some evening hours. More information at www.CHHclinics.org
Scooter needed: From June 17 through July 3 I will be hosting Carlos Martinez, a Mennonite pastor/journalist from Mexico City. Carlos has severe rheumatoid arthritis and will need a scooter during his time in Goshen. If anyone might have a chair available for loan or rent during this time, please contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org
or 535-7433. Thanks! ~ John D. Roth
Ruth and John Roth have a couple of items that need a good home. There is no cost, just come pick it up. We have a maple bunk bed (including mattresses) and an antique wardrobe (23"x33"x68"). Contact Ruth
if you are interested.