Berkey Avenue Mennonite Fellowship
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Berkey Avenue Mennonite Fellowship
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September 8, 2013

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Berkey Announcements

Fall Fest

Fall Fest  Dancing Our Fall Fest is right around the corner!  Join us next Saturday the 14th at 5:00 p.m. for great time featuring a hog roast, potluck, and contra dancing with Barry Dupen, a caller from Ft. Wayne. This is a great way to welcome college students, neighbors who use our garden plots, and others in a context of fun and fellowship. Please bring a large salad or dessert to share with others, lawn chairs or blankets, and your own picnic service. Buns, condiments, and drinks will be provided. View last year's photos. Learn more.

Dem Bones

There are a few pork stew bones on the bottom shelf of the BAMF freezer, free for the taking on a first-come, first-served basis. The bones came from the hogs butchered for next Saturday's Fall Festival.

Dem Taters

The white potatoes raised by the Discovering God through Service Sunday School class will available for purchase this Sunday.  The suggested donation is $3 for 5 lbs. and $5 for 10 lbs. Proceeds from this project will go to the Kenyan Mennonite Church for the Generations at Risk-HIV support groups and education.  

Penny Power September

Please note that we plan to have the Penny Power collection each of the remaining three Sundays leading up to the relief sale.  This Sunday Dteban and Maija will be collecting the coins. Last year the sale had its best year ever with Penny Power raising $50,180 to be used to provide clean, safe and accessible water to people around the world through Mennonite Central Committee and its partners

Church Mailboxes

Church MailboxesOur congregation continues to shift and grow with comings and goings.  Please note that mailboxes has been shuffled in order to accommodate new attendees. If you do not have a mailbox and would like one, please let Rafael Barahona know.

Upcoming Celebrations

Charity Grimes Bauman and Matt BaumanThis Sunday, September 8, during the fellowship time between worship and Christian education, we will have a card and money shower for Charity Grimes Bauman and Matt Bauman, who were married this summer in Pittsburgh. Charity is the daughter of Brenda and Daniel, and grew up in our congregation. Matt is the nephew of Phil and Connie Bauman. The Fellowship Commission will provide blank cards and envelopes if you want to use them.

Neil, Elizabeth and AbbyOn Sunday, September 22, during the fellowship time between worship and Christian education, we will have a baby shower for Neil, Elizabeth, and Abigail Miller Richer, who have recently returned to the States after serving in Colombia under Mennonite Central Committee. This will be a card and money shower. The Fellowship Commission will have blank cards and envelopes available.

Amigo Center Thanks

Alisha SnyderAlisha Snyder has completed a summer of service at Amigo Centre and was part of a staff that lived and shared the good news of Jesus with more than 300 campers this summer. The staff at Amigo Centre thanks both Alisha and the congregation that helped prepare her. Amigo Centre is located near Sturgis, Michigan and is a Camp and Retreat Center that belongs to the Indiana-Michigan Conference.

Berkey Avenue Small Groups

Small groups help us to deepen our relationships with each other and with God. In addition to the traditional, intergenerational groups that currently exist, we would like to offer small groups formed around a theme, eg. book club, dinner and a movie, biking, walking, food justice, etc. Would you be willing to offer leadership, either alone or with someone else? Please speak to one of the Small Group Co-ordinating Committee members: Jan Shetler, Ron Good, Lois Mast or Marilyn Rudy-Froese. Learn more and sign up.

Take A Seat

You might not notice right away, but we've added more chairs to the sanctuary to accommodate our higher attendance. When you can, we encourage you to sit in the center of your row so people who come afterward can fill in the ends. Thank you!

The 46th Michiana Mennonite Relief Sale

Michiana Mennonite Relief SaleThe MCC Relief Sale Silent Auction committee is requesting donations of themed gift baskets to include in this year's sale, September 27-28.  Some themes from last year included gourmet popcorn, baby baskets, specialty foods, games, etc.  The possibilities are endless!  We ask that all baskets contain new items only and carry a value of at least $25.  These were very popular at last year's sale. Volunteers are also needed during the sale to assist with online bidding and technical support. Please contact Stacey Farran at if you have a gift basket to donate or are willing to volunteer.  Deadline for gift baskets is September 17. If you are interested in learning more about the relief sale, contact Diane Beam at or visit our website.

Throwback Thursdays

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!

Online Photo Directory Status Report

D. Richard Miller & Pat Darling MillerWe are getting close but there are still several portraits missing. If you have not yet gotten your picture taken, please sign up online or email Renae Yoder to schedule your appointment. Getting your photo taken only takes a few minutes.You can access the online directory at The online registration is now working, so you can create your own user name or continue to use the church username. If you have had your photo taken, please take a moment to review your information.

Our Schools

Bethany Christian SchoolsBethany Christian Schools

Bethany Christian Schools, Goshen, will host class reunions and activities for its alumni and their families on Saturday, September 28. All Bethany alumni will receive free admission to the Bethany-Westview girls soccer game at 7:00 p.m. The following graduating classes will hold their reunions: 1958, 1963, 1968, 1973, 1978, 1983, 1988, 1993, 1998, 2003, and 2008. Reunion classes will meet Saturday afternoon/evening for visiting and a catered dinner. Alumni interested in attending should register by September 20.  Find more details about each class reunion and register a

Goshen CollegeGoshen College

Organ Recital

An Organ Recital by Carrie Groenewold will be held Sunday, September 15th, at 4:00 p.m. in Rieth Recital Hall of the Goshen College Music Center. Organist and choir director at First Presbyterian Church of Lawrence, Kansas, Ms. Groenewold will perform works by by J.S. Bach, Sweelinck, Mendelssohn, Reincken, and Francisco Correa de Arauxo. Admission is $10, with tickets available in advance at the GC Welcome Center, (574) 533-7566, or at the door before the concert.

Afternoon Sabbatical

You are invited to the upcoming Goshen College Afternoon Sabbatical on Tuesday, September 10, 1:00 p.m. at the Sauder Concert Hall (Goshen College Music Center). The presentation is entitled "Protecting our Children - A Broad Perspective" by Candy Yoder, President/CEO of CAPS. Child maltreatment is an issue that evokes either a strong response or a quick change of topic in a conversation. This presentation will explore the topic through a variety of lenses including economic, neuroscience, and medical. Proven strategies for preventing child abuse and neglect will be presented, and local examples and resources will be shared. For Afternoon Sabbatical information or questions please contact or call (574) 535-7565.

AMBSAnabaptist Mennonite Biblical Seminary

On September 18 AMBS will join a virtual fair with other seminaries and theological schools across North America. If you know someone with questions about seminary study, encourage her or him to participate. It's a great way to learn about AMBS from home, office or coffee shop--at no cost. Learn more.

Community Announcements

Community Events at Merry Lea

Naming NatureSunday September 8, 3:30 to 5:00 p.m. is the third in a Sabbath Hike series at Merry Lea Environmental Learning Center of Goshen College, Wolf Lake, IN. These hikes are for adults or youth seeking a reflective approach and a change of pace from their busy lifestyles the rest of the week. This week, we'll meet at the Learning Center Site and hike around the Onion Bottom wetland, stopping at the bird observation tower. We'll also ponder what it means to be a creature that compulsively names things and learn names for a few of our familiar species.

Native Place: Disruption and Healing is the theme of Merry Lea's 2013 Autumn Hope Conference, September 20 to 22. This faith-based event helps indoor people reconnect with creation and reflect on the intersections between their faith and the earth.  On our hikes, we will examine the disruptions that Merry Lea’s 1,189 acres have experienced in the past 250 years, and the varied communities that have shared this land over time. Learn more.

“Trusting in God (even on Friday the 13th)” at Waterford

Waterford Mennonite Church invites you to  an intercultural evening of proverbs and storytelling around the theme of trusting in God. This event will be held at 7:00 p.m. at the church building (65975 SR 15, Goshen) on Friday, September 13. Our time will feature the sharing of common West African proverbs and stories from our visiting guests from Benin Bible Institute—Theophane Boko and Orobiyi Gansa. Also sharing from a North American perspective will be Wilmer Hollinger and Lorraine Reinford. Discussion will follow exploring our intercultural learnings about this biblical theme, as well as learnings about our respective cultures.

Damascus Road Antiracism Analysis Training

Have you been confused by the George Zimmerman trial? Have you had a conversation about "race" and found that you kept talking past each other? You are not alone, and on Nov. 8-10, 2013, in Goshen, Ind., the Damascus Road Antiracism Analysis Training, presented by Roots of Justice, can help you and your church or organization have more productive conversations about race and racism. Learn more.

Menno-Hof 25th Anniversary Celebration

Menno-Hof is celebrating 25 years! You’re invited to the 25th Anniversary Celebration Dinner on October 3, 6:30 p.m., at the Shipshewana Event Center. Make your reservations for a table or individual tickets by September 19 to (260) 768-4117 or You can also see the flier on our bulletin board for additional information. Learn more.

Farm to Market - A Faith and Stewardship Experience

MEDA invites you to Farm to Market - A Faith and Stewardship Experience on September 19, 6:30 p.m., at Bread & Chocolate (3rd floor of the Old Bag Factory, 1100 Chicago Avenue, Goshen). Kate Lind, a local food grower and owner of Sustainable Greens in Three Rivers, Mich, will talk with our group about her farm-to-market experience. Meal and program costs are $15 for members and $20 for non-members. Kindly RSVP by Monday, September 16 by emailing or by calling (574) 355-3607. Learn more.

Michiana Mennonite Relief Sale Men’s Choir

All men who love to sing are invited to join the Michiana Mennonite Relief Sale Men’s Choir for 2013. Rehearsals will be held at Bethany Christian Schools, on Sunday, September 1, 8, 15 and 22, from 4:00 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.  Dress rehearsal will be Thursday evening, September 26, also at Bethany at 7:00 p.m.  We sing Friday, September 27 at 7:00 p.m. in the quilt building at the sale, and Sunday evening at 7:00 p.m. at Sauder Hall, Goshen College. For more information, contact Lee Hochstetler at or Dan Steiner at (574) 534-2717.

Observing Peace Sunday

Last May the Peace Commission of Mennonite World Conference (MWC) sent out the following communication: We are writing to invite you and your congregation to observe Peace Sunday together with brothers and sisters in the global Anabaptist church family on September 22, 2013. Read the full letter. As we all know, maintaining our Anabaptist peace witness requires constant attention. In this regard, Peace Sunday can be one important stepping stone in helping us hone what to us is an essential part of the way and message of Jesus. MWC has also provided some suggestions for celebrating peace (for 2012, which may be adapted for 2013).

Peace Sunday Event

West Goshen COB is inviting your congregation to a Peace Day event at the home of members Dan & Yvonne Schwartz at 20292 CR 36, Goshen on Sunday September 22 at 5:30 p.m. We will be having a campfire, food and song. Please bring lawn chairs , meat to roast on the open fire, a dish to share, musical instruments and your favorite songs of peace or songs that give you peace. The music will be handled in an open mic format. Lemonade, table service, condiments and a fire will be provided.

Center For Community Justice Mediation Training

Are you interested in being involved in your community's response to crime? VORP at the Center for Community Justice will offer its annual training September 18-20, from 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. Register before August 30 to receive an early registration discount. Topics include: victim-offender mediation, principles of restorative justice and an overview of our local criminal justice system. to register, call (574) 295-6149 and as for VORP staff.

MCC's Fear Not Campaign

Mennonite Central Committee (MCC) encourages churches to work to address the issues surrounding militarism through the third year of MCC’s Fear Not campaign. The goal is to help churches grapple with the questions of militarism from a biblical/theological perspective and in a practical way. There are many MCC resources available which can be adjusted for each congregational context and need. Learn more.

Yellow Creek Mennonite Church Senior Event

The next Yellow Creek Mennonite Church Senior Tuesday luncheon is being replaced by a bus trip to Shipshewana on Thursday, September 19. Plan now to join us. Brochures are available in the BAMF church office from Rafael. Contact the Yellow Creek Mennonite Church office at (574) 862-2595 for more information.


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!

MOVING SALE: Joan Troyer's moving/garage sale is this weekend, from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. on both Friday and Saturday. Stop by at 1514 White Pine Court to see what's for sale.
Register now for your DOOR 2014 week by Oct. 1 and lock in the early registration rate of $295 per person.  You know that we keep our weeks small out of respect to our urban neighborhoods. Send in your registration and deposit to guarantee your preferred week and city. College groups serve for $275 per week.
Join a global community of people responding to basic human needs and working for peace and justice in the name of Christ. If you want to make a difference and you have a few hours of spare time or a few years to commit to service, MCC has a variety of volunteer and employment options for you to explore. Learn more.
Foster parents needed:  If you feel called to help a child or sibling group in need and are interested in learning more about foster care please call Janie Gonzales at the Indiana Department of Child Services, 1659 Mishawaka St., Elkhart, 266-2465.  There is more information on the bulletin board or at
FOR RENT: 2-3 bedroom, newly renovated house on Wilson Avenue, a quiet street less than a mile from the college. $700/month plus utilities. Near playground and millrace. Parkside school district. For more information, contact Dale or Trish Shenk at (574) 535-3537 or (574) 971-0293.

 Sunday Service Information

Berkey Avenue Mennonite Fellowship

This Sunday:
September 8

Ruth Hathaway, Eleanor Nafziger and Denise Risser.
Evie Nafziger
Offering Counters:  
Ron Good, Rick Hostetter
Michael Sherer, Laura Horst

Next Sunday:
September 15

Abbe & Patrick Buller
Melba & Pete Graber
Offering Counters:  
Lowell Nafziger, Denise Risser
Michael Sherer, Laura Horst


Getting to Know

Hannah Canaviri

Hannah Canaviri

My name is Hannah Canaviri.  I attended Berkey Avenue during my time at Goshen College, and spent a year in Nepal with MCC's SALT program after graduating last May. I appreciated all your prayers and support while I was away, and I'm excited to be back in Goshen again. I'm currently teaching 7th grade social studies at Goshen Middle School.

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!


Please note we will no longer be printing and distributing monthly calendars.  They are however, available for download.

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This Week
September 8: MYF, 6:15 p.m.
September 9: Christian Education Commission Meeting, 7:00 p.m.
September 11: Stephen Ministry, 6:45 p.m.
September 11: Caregiving Commission Meeting, 7:00 p.m.
September 11: MYF, 7:00 p.m.
September 14: Fall Festival, 5:00 p.m.

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

To find a peaceful resolution in Syria.
Participants with Mennonite Voluntary Service, a Mennonite Mission Network program, are beginning their service assignments this month. Pray that as they learn to live in community in a new city, their relationships with Jesus and the church will grow deeper.
September MMN Prayer Vine

Church Notes

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.

Statistical Report
Attendance: 157
Bethany Tuition: $865.00
General Fund: $6,333.05
Building Improvements: $2,630.00
College Matching: $370.00
MCC Penny Power: $18.00
Agape: $10.00

Berkey Avenue
Mennonite Fellowship

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

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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