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

August 2, 2015

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Berkey Announcements

Ladies Lunch Bunch

Lunch Bunch will meet on Thursday, Aug 6, at 11:30 a.m. at Angel`s House of Pancakes, located in the Linway Plaza. RSVP to Laverne Nafziger.

Thank You

From Yasir Makki

Thank youThanks to those of you who donated money to help Yasir Makki get to Mennonite World Conference. (Yasir spoke about his work in the Sudan during our July 13 worship service.) "I can't thank you enough; this has been such a wonderful experience," Yasir reports. He was able to participate in a number of workshops led by David Shenk, who is well known in Mennonite circles for his work on Christian/Muslim relations. In fact, he led one of David's workshops on 2 hours' notice when David had a conflict! 

From Genie Kehr
Thank you for all your prayers and visits while in the hospital and health care. I am now home and recuperating after 3 months there.

Congregational Meeting

Congregational meetingThe agenda for the August 9 congregational meeting is to:
1.  Approve minutes of the July 12 meeting.
2.  Approve the 2015-16 budget.
3.  Hear a summary of the pastoral-congregational evaluation which was completed in the spring.
4.  Hear a summary of our ongoing conversation about space issues.

Berkey Worship Team

Worship TeamDo you play an instrument? Consider joining our new worship team. There has been a number of musicians, young and old, helping to accompany congregational singing during a few worship services this past month. Parts are available for your instrument and your level of experience - from beginners on up. If you are interested in joining us, please contact Greg Smucker or call 574-536-1996

Summer Schedule at Berkey

Aug. 2- Fifth Sunday Intergenerational Nurture Hour
Aug. 9 - Second Sunday All Church Picnic and Members Meeting - No Nurture Hour
Aug. 16 - Sixth Sunday Intergenerational Nurture Hour
Aug. 23 - Seventh Sunday Intergenerational Nurture Hour
Aug. 30 - Celebration Sunday - No Nurture Hour

Our Schools 

Goshen College Goshen College

The summer of grief

This has been an incredibly hard post to write. I teach about social identity and oppression, and I spend a fair amount of time reading, writing and talking about racism. It is something I care deeply about, and it is something that impacts my life and the lives of many people that I love. But I know that in order to be “hearable” I need to foster a somewhat dispassionate tone. I need to distance myself from my passion and my own pain. I need to take care to not put people on the defensive, not to offend. This summer, my capacity to do that has worn so very, very thin. Learn more.

AMBS Anabaptist Mennonite Biblical Seminary

Saint John's Bible exhibit 

AMBS will host an exhibit of 20 prints from the Saint John's Bible from September 1 to 18. The prints are from pages of the hand-lettered, hand-illustrated Saint John's Bible, which merges ancient techniques of calligraphy and illumination with a current ecumenical Christian approach to Scripture. AMBS invites all who are in our area or who are traveling nearby to stop in to see the exhibit and ponder anew the message in the Scriptures so exquisitely reproduced. Learn more about the St. John's Bible.

Be angry, but do not sin

The sun has not yet gone down on this day, and my soul cries out with a cleansing anger, born of grief! An intense grief that will not give up on hope," Sara Wenger Shenk says at the beginning of her blog post, Be angry, but do not sin. Join in her lament and prayer for patience and humility.

Community Announcements

The Window Open for First Friday

The Window's kitchen will be open for August's First Friday. Friday's meal runs from 4:30 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.or until the food runs out. We will feature pulled pork sandwich, coleslaw, chips and brownies and ice cream. This event is hosted by Clinton Frame Share and Care Sunday class. The suggested donation is $8.00.

MCC: Fabric for Comforter Tops

Wrap the world in warmth! Precision sewers are needed to piece and sew comforter tops for the upcoming MCC Comforter Bash on October 23-24 at Pleasant View Mennonite Church in Goshen. These handmade comforters will provide not only warmth but also a tangible message to people that their needs are not forgotten. Free fabric is available from Nadine Zook Miller, Material Resource Coordinator at The Depot. Contact her 574-534-4071. Completed comforter tops are needed by October 1.

Menno-Hof Singspiration

Come and enjoy a cappella singing of familiar hymns on the Menno-Hof lawn in the traditions of the Amish Church, Amish Mennonite Church, Conservative Mennonite Church and Mennonite Church USA. There will be ice cream and pretzels and more singing inside following the worship service. Rain location: Farmstead Inn pavilion, Shipshewana (just north of Menno-Hof) Sunday, September 13, 2015 at 5 p.m. Bring lawn chairs for seating.

The Window

We have two needs we would like to share with your congregation; the cargo van that was used for donation pickups is “officially” out of commission and our building needs the A/C replaced. We were given a quote of $5,371.00 for the A/C and we expect the cargo van to cost around $10,000.00. However, we are open to a vehicle donation as long as it is a reliable 2005 or newer cargo van. Many thanks for all that you do to help The Window fulfill its mission to serve those in need within the Goshen Community!

A life-changing MEDA experience in Nicaragua

On October 3-10, 2015, you can see the impact MEDA has on communities in rural Nicaragua, as well as meet employees and clients of MiCredito, a MEDA-founded microfinance institution helping entrepreneurs every day. The tour is designed with you in mind: a seven-day trip that will change the way you see the world and meet the people changed by MEDA’s business-minded approach to poverty. More information is available online or contact tour leader Bethany Nussbaum or (330)749-1847.

MCC Run for Relief

Register online for the 2015 Run for Relief.  The 5K run and 2K walk are September 26, 8 a.m. at the Elkhart County Fairgrounds.


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!

Maple City Health Care Center, a non-profit organization committed to providing affordable, accessible, and quality care, is looking for a Medical Assistant (high school graduate or GED), and a Front Office Team Member (high school graduate or GED). The positions require sufficient Spanish and cross-cultural skills to effectively function with the MCHCC patient population. For more information about Maple City Health Care Center or to see job descriptions, go to our website. Please contact Pamela Weishaupt  or (574) 534-3300 ext.114 for more information.




We will no longer be printing and distributing calendars each month.  They are however, available for download.

This week:
August 1: Men's Breakfast
August 4: SLT, 7:00 p.m.
August 6: Ladies Lunch Bunch, 11:30 a.m.

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Anniversaries and Birthdays This Week:
Jonathan and Terri Neufeld
John and Jenny Hooley
Randy and Laura Horst
Jason and Laura Moshier

Andrew Krabill
Simon Moshier
Diane Nafziger
Evie Nafziger
John Hooley

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

Mennonite Mission Network’s Anne Garber Kompaoré, based in Burkina Faso, is preparing for a follow-up biblical translation workshop in Democratic Republic of Congo this month. Pray for the translators as they build on what they learned during a March session, and pray for inspiration for Anne.
Pray for all the students and their teachers as they prepare to go back to school.  Pray that they will all have a smooth transition.
Thank God for our brothers and sisters at Buen Pastor (pastor, David Araujo) and bless them as they seek another conference affiliation in the coming months.

DownloadAugust MMN Prayer Vine

Church Notes
Sunday Service Info

This Sunday: August 2

Aaron Wieand, Julie and Phil Zimmerman

Rita Gingrich

Lois and John Mast

Nicholas Schrock, Elisabeth Barahona

Infants: Lindsay Rheinheimer, Megan and Tom Martin
Toddlers: Sim Dlova, Lavonn and Eric Hostetler

Offering Counters:
John Hooley, Greg Smucker

Next Sunday: August 9

Aaron Wieand, Steve and Allen Garboden

Rita Gingrich

Lois and John Mast

Nicholas Schrock, Clare and Merrill Krabill

Infants: Twila Liechty, Jill and Matt Diller
Toddlers: Priscillah Metekai and Lori Good

Offering Counters:
Ruth Hathaway and Rick Hostetter
Statistical Report 
(July 26)

Attendance: 108
General Fund: $2,156.50
Bethany Tuition: $15.00
College Matching: $20.00
MYF (transportation): $75.00

Berkey Avenue
Mennonite Fellowship

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

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.

Marilyn Rudy-Froese
Dan Schrock

Greg Smucker (Chairperson)
Roy Bergey
Shirley Dick
Sherm Kauffman
Elizabeth Miller

Doug Baker
Richard Miller
Laverne Nafziger
Judy Weaver
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