Berkey Avenue Mennonite Fellowship
A congregation of Mennonite Church USA
Berkey Avenue Mennonite Fellowship
the OWL

April 2, 2017

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Berkey Announcements

The Mennonite

The MennoniteIt 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.

​Berkey Cookbook

cookbookYou are invited to submit recipes for Berkey's first cookbook. The project will raise funds for Berkey and for a community agency. A​ll recipes​ should be put in Leah Garboden's mailbox by April 9. With your recipes:
  • Share why the​y are your favorite (50 words or less).
  • ​T​ype 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

bottleWe 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

Crown of ThornesIn 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

LaCasaNow 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.

Easter Sunday

EasterJoin 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.).

Bible School

Bible SchoolDon'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

ParkingYaw 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.

Announcement Guidelines

From the OfficeFriends, 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

Prayer CircleThe 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.

Throwback Thursday

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!


Our Schools

icon_bcs Bethany Christian

Historical Events

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.

Fish Fry

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.

Goshen College Goshen College

Afternoon Sabbatical

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

Morgan ShortI, 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.

AMBS Anabaptist Mennonite Biblical Seminary

Short Course

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.

MCCMennonite Central Committee

Pledge Forms

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.

world conferenceMennonite 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.

Community Announcements

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.

Volunteer Training

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.




Sunday, April 2
Private Event, 3:00 p.m.

Monday, April 3
Funeral Service for Myrl Nafziger, 11:00 a.m.
Intercessory Prayer, 7:00 p.m.

Tuesday, April 4
Caregiving Commission, 7:00 p.m.

Thursday, April 6
Private Event, 10:00 a.m.
Ladies Lunch Bunch will meet at the Cabin Coffee CO, 707 Lincolway East, Goshen,
11:30 a.m.

DownloadDownload April Calendar

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Birthdays This Week
Luke Yoder
Sherry Hug
Benjamin Miller
Elizabeth Miller Richer
Please contact the office by noon on Thursday with prayer requests.

Berkey Family
Colossian WayThe Colossian Way study group is meeting weekly on Sunday mornings. Please be in prayer for those involved: Facilitators, Hannah Canaviri and Joe Liechty, and Participants, Cindy Baker, Gregg Beitler, Abbe Buller, Adam Derstine, Ruth Hathaway, Bev Krabill,Seth Krabill, Jenny Miller, Richard Miller, and Sarah Morrison.

IN-MI Mennonite Conference
Pray for Sunnyside Mennonite, Elkhart, IN (Randy Miller, Amy Kratzer, pastors). Pray for them as they head into a time of transition. Their pastor, Terry Zehr, has resigned, and Randy Miller will begin as transitional minister in mid-May. Pray that their congregational life will be vibrant and that they will listen well to the guidance of the Holy Spirit as they do the work of transition.

Mennonite Church USA
Please be in prayer for the “Sent” gathering taking place April 6-8 in Fort Myers, Florida. Church planters and others will come together to talk about creating new “Jesus-centered communities” in Mennonite Church USA.
Pray for Eastern Mennonite University in Harrisonburg, Virginia, as new president Susan Schultz Huxman is officially inaugurated on Friday, April 7.

Mennonite Mission Network
Ministries among refugees are a significant part of Mennonite Mission Network’s engagement in Australia, Turkey, the United States, Southeast Asia, and Western Europe. Pray for peace in the world, safe places for all people, and that mission workers will continue to share Jesus’ love in culturally appropriate ways.

Download April MMN Prayer Vine

Church Notes

Our Worship

This Sunday:  April 9
Palm/Passion Sunday:  Restore us, O God! We Hope.
Triumphal Procession with cross and palm branches.
Focus statement: Our human society values status, power, wealth, and success. God turns things upside down by becoming one of us, taking the role of a humble servant. In hope, we shout praise that God can deliver us, even while we ask, “Who is this?”

Next Sunday:  April 16
Easter: Restore us, O God! We Live.
8:00 a.m. Easter Sunrise Walk; 9:00 a.m. Easter Breakfast.
Focus statement:  When our hopes for what will bring life are shattered, we come to the tomb feeling lost, confused, disillusioned, and afraid. But it is precisely there that God meets us—revealed in the mystery of the risen Christ. God, the Author of life, empowers us to live fully and enables us to praise once again. We dance, we sing, we proclaim: Christ is risen! Christ is risen, indeed! Alleluia!

Sunday Service Info

This Sunday:  April 2

Julie Zimmerman
John & Jenny Hooley

Vanessa Adcock

Ron & Lori Good

Phil Bauman

Merrill Krabill

Infants:  Missy Kauffman Schrock, Anita & Dale Snyder
Toddlers:  Ruth Hathaway, Stephanie Wieand, Jenny Yoder

Offering Counters:
John Hooley
Greg Smucker

Next Sunday:  April 9

John & Lois Mast
Merrill & Clare Krabill

Lindsay Rheinheimer

Ron & Lori Good

Phil Bauman

Merrill Krabill

Infants: Diane Nafziger, Dan & Evie Nafziger
Toddlers: Joy Hostetter, Jan Shetler, Nancy Yoder

Offering Counters:
Ron Good
Rick Hostetter

Statistical Report 
(March 26)

Attendance:  189
General fund: $5442.32
Bethany tuition:  $435.00
Coffee:  $38.40
College fund:  $15.00
Playground:  $100.00
Summer camp:  $325.00
The Mennonite:  $259.00

General Fund Income 2016-17 YTD
Actual:  $201,228.41
Budget:  $183,530.00

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Berkey Avenue
Mennonite Fellowship

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

Office Hours
Monday - Friday
Hours vary

Communications and Office Manager, Jenny Hooley,
Tuesday - Friday
10:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.


Marilyn Rudy-Froese
Dan Schrock

Greg Smucker (Chairperson)
Richard Aguirre
Sherm Kauffman
Anita Mounsithiraj
Margaret Stoltzfus

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Richard Miller
Laverne Nafziger
Judy Weaver
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