It is time to renew subscriptions for The Mennonite
. If you would like to receive this monthly magazine, you will need to turn in your payment by April 2. The cost is $37.00. Checks should be made out to Berkey Avenue Mennonite Fellowship and handed to Ruth Hathaway or placed in the treasurer's mailbox.
You are invited to submit recipes for Berkey's first cookbook. The project will raise funds for Berkey and for a community agency. All recipes should be put in Leah Garboden's mailbox by April 9. With your recipes:
- Share why they are your favorite (50 words or less).
- Type or print the recipes on 8 1/2" x 11" paper. Use only one side of the paper; do not fold.
- Specify which category you would like your recipes to be listed under. (ex. salads, desserts, etc.)
- Put your first & last name on the recipes.
Model School Appreciation Project
We are still collecting empty glass bottles to use as vases for Model School. Please bring them to the kitchen by Sunday, April 9. There is a box near the microwave to place them. Unique sizes and shapes are good. Glass bottles from Menno tea, Starbucks coffee, soy sauce, olive oil, taco sauce, are some examples of what we are using. You do not need to remove the labels. We can do that. If you have questions, please contact Susan Garboden or Diane Nafziger.
Good Friday Service
In light of the suffering in our community and the need for solidarity during this season of Lent, Berkey along with other representatives from the Goshen Ministerial Association are planning a community-wide, ecumenical worship service for Good Friday. The service will take place April 14, noon - 1:00 p.m. at College Mennonite Church.
Berkey Volunteer Event
Now is the time to sign up to volunteer to work at the LaCasa Help-A- House Community Work Day event being held in Goshen on Saturday, May 13. Berkey Avenue Mennonite will have a group volunteering at this event. See details and sign up on the bulletin board by the church mailboxes. Alternatively, sign up by calling/texting Dale Snyder at 574-238- 6956 or send him an email
before April 15.
Join us at 8:00 a.m. (location to be confirmed next week) for an Easter Sunrise walk to the church. This walk will remember not just Jesus' journey to the cross, but the journey many refugees around the world make. The walk will end at the church, where we will celebrate Jesus' resurrection through sharing breakfast together (9:00 a.m.) and joining in worship with communion (10:00 a.m.).
Don't forget to add Bible School, June 5-9, to your calendar. There will be classes for children age 4 (by August 1) through grade 5. Be thinking how you can volunteer your gifts to help with this week. Volunteer forms were in your mailboxes last Sunday. See Deb Williams or Laura Moshier with any questions you may have.
Parking Lot Update
Yaw Construction is planning to begin expanding our parking lot around late April or early May. Plans are posted in the Fellowship Hall if you want to see the design.
Friends, here are some guidelines for the church newsletter and emails. Hopefully these will be helpful the next time you have an announcement to share with the congregation:
The Owl Newsletter is the perfect space for you to share announcements. The newsletter goes out to more than 200 inboxes and is also posted on Facebook and on the Berkey website
. To submit an announcement, email the office
before Thursday noon. Anything received after that will be posted the following week. Announcements run between 1-3 weeks.
Emails sent to the whole congregation are restricted to Berkey's church life.They include prayer requests, death announcements, and occasional reminders about whole church functions such as a congregational meal or meeting.
Berkey Prayer Circle
The Prayer Circle of three to five people meets routinely on Monday nights at 7:00 p.m. in the church offices. We pray for Berkey members who have shared joys and concerns during the worship service, by using the blue prayer cards, or through individual concerns specifically expressed to us. All prayer requests are kept confidential. Additionally, we pray for the life of Berkey Ave, the community surrounding it, and the wider world.
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!
On Thursday, April 13, the fourth grade class at Bethany Christian Schools will be presenting skits to help others learn about the Trail of Death, the forced removal of the Potawatomi from Indiana in 1838. The program begins at 6:30 p.m., is open to the public, and is in preparation for another public event on Saturday, April 22. Last fall the class visited historical sites associated with the Trail of Death as part of studying Indiana History and peace and justice issues. Subsequently, leaders of the Trail of Death Association and the Fulton County Historical Society asked the class to assist them in planning a public gathering to remember, lament, and apologize for the forced removal. This public gathering will be held Saturday, April 22, in Rochester. Mennonite Church USA has accepted an invitation to send a representative to speak on behalf of its constituency.
The Junior Class Fish Fry will be held Friday, April 21, 4:30–8:00 p.m. Carryout will open at 4:00 p.m. Tickets at $11 for adults/ carryout and $6 for students in grades 1 through 6 can be purchased from any junior. Proceeds help the junior class cover costs for their senior class trip and senior gift. Come support them in this activity. Please see Abby Rudy-Froese if you would like a ticket
The Women’s World Choir will be presenting their program, “Creating, Sustaining, Disrupting
,” directed by Debra Detwiler Brubaker, GC professor of music, on April 4 at 1:00 p.m. in Sauder Concert Hall. In its 13 years of music-making, the college’s Women’s World Music Choir continues to celebrate the strength and energy of women from a diversity of cultures. Through singing, movement and spoken word, this program will embrace the themes of: sustaining individuals through hard times; creating joy as a response of gratitude to life’s gifts; and disrupting the attitudes held towards women. This community program is free.
Morgan Short's Senior Recital Invitation
I, Morgan Short, will be having my Senior Voice recital on Saturday, April 8 at 4:00 p.m. This event is free and open to the public. I would greatly value attendance from members of our church, as Berkey has been influential in my development as a musician. I'd like for you to see what, as a community, you have helped me achieve. Music will include works from the styles of baroque, cabaret, musical theater, and Eastern European folk music. It will be held in Rieth Recital hall at Goshen College with a reception following.
Anabaptist Mennonite Biblical Seminary
Transforming Congregational Conflict, taught by Betty Pries, CMed, MTS, Ph.D. candidate, is scheduled for April 12 – May 23. Through this course explore the possibilities and pitfalls of courageously engaging in differences within congregational life. Cost: $250. CEUs available. Learn more
Mennonite Central Committee
Pledge forms for MCC's My Coins Count (previously Penny Power) are on the literature rack by the mailboxes. This year, 2017, marks MCC's 50th annual celebration of the Michiana Relief Sale. Pick up a pledge form to help raise $500,000.00.
Bangladesh Girls' Access to Education
Girls face quite a few barriers to education in Bangladesh including, sexual harassment on their way to and from school. In recent times, the alarming number of suicides committed by young girls shook the nation. This brought the safety and security of girls attending school into question.
MCC Bangladesh, for many years, has partnered with Catholic Sisters. Parents living in remote areas, often Indigenous families, are eager to admit their girls into boarding schools because of the safe environment for education. However, often they are not able to pay full boarding fees and education expenses. MCC grants funds to the sisters to ensure girls are able to access education. Learn more through this YouTube video
Mennonite World Conference
Songs, Sermons and Saucers
Music from other cultures, scripture readings on a common theme, shared food and special offerings characterized World Fellowship Sunday, a celebration of Anabaptist family in Mennonite and Brethren in Christ churches around the world this past January 22. Read more
The Window's First Friday Meal
Chili with all the fixings, cornbread and strawberry shortcake are on the menu for The Window's April First Friday meal prepared and hosted by The Maples at Waterford Crossing. The fundraiser is from 4:30 - 7:00 p.m., unless the food runs out! The suggested price of the meal is $9.00 and as always, all proceeds benefit The Window's programs.
Center for Community Justice invites you to a program to better understand and learn how to help the formerly incarcerated. This event will be held at Sunnyside Mennonite Church on April 8, 8:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m. Register by April 7. More information is available on the bulletin board by the mailboxes.
CCJ's 2nd Annual Walk for Peace
Center for Community Justice will hold its Annual Walk for Peace at Walker Park, Elkhart on Wednesday, April 19, 5:00 - 6:30 p.m. Click here to register
or call Connie Caiceros 295-6149, ext. 201. More information is available on the bulletin board by the mailboxes.
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!
Bethany Christian Schools invites applications for bus driver for the daily Elkhart-Bethany route, before and after school. Applicants must have or be willing to obtain a commercial driver’s license with school endorsement, a safe driving record, physical health to operate a 28-passenger van safely, first-aid certification, and interpersonal skills to relate well to students and parents. Position can begin as soon as candidate is available. Applicants should submit a letter of application and a completed application form (available online
) to Head of School Tim Lehman
The Window, Inc. a faith-based, non-profit organization that helps people with limited income. They are currently in desperate need of volunteers to help serve the community. If you are willing to volunteer, you will find more information on the bulletin board by the mailboxes. Or, visit their website