Advent Giving Project
Our Advent giving project raised $3,015 to help Goshen College students buy textbooks they otherwise could not afford. Thank you for your generosity.
Join the Worship Team
About once a month, the Worship Team (comprised of instrumentalists ranging from middle school students to some older people) leads singing during a Sunday morning worship service. If you play an instrument no matter whether you are a beginner, a pro, or someone that hasn't played for a while, there is a spot for you. For each Worship Team Sunday, parts are written and arranged tailored for each instrument and for each musician's skill level. For more details contact Greg Smucker by email
or by phone, 574-536-1996.
Meals for College Students
Over the years Berkey has been a wonderful, welcoming church home for many college/young adult students. One of the highlights for the students is having a meal each Sunday after church. This allows them to get to know our church family in a more informal setting and learn to know a wider range of people. You don’t need to make anything fancy – just a simple meal of food you enjoy making. You can host in your home or at the church, using the church kitchen. You may sign up individually, with someone else or as a small group. To sign up follow this link
; username: students, password: bamf. For more information, contact Ruth Roth
. Thank you so much for your meals and friendship to our students!
Model School Opportunity
Another opportunity is available to support our neighborhood school. Model Elementary, Berkey's adopted school, invites us to participate in Reading Camps with their students. Reading Camps are held every Tuesday and Thursday for eight weeks (January 31-March 23, 2017) from 3:00-4:00 p.m. If you enjoy reading to children, please consider this opportunity. More information is posted on the bulletin board by the mailboxes. You may volunteer online
. At this website you will need to:
- Create an account.
- Click on agencies located on the left side of the website.
- Click on Goshen Schools to see the Reading Camp opportunities (you may have to click "see more needs" to see all the schools).
- “Fan” Goshen Schools for updates of volunteer opportunities.
- Select a school and one or both days. If you wish to do both days, sign up on each day individually.
New to Our Library
Seasons of Solace: A Story of Healing through Photos and Poems
, by Janelle Shantz Hertzler. These moving poems about death are full of life. The author leads the reader to the depths of grief and lifts you with the healing power of poetry in a book you won't want to put down.
We Are Here Now: A Missional Journey of Spiritual Discovery
, by Patrick Keifert. The book leads the reader in a pursuit of spiritual discernment, deep transformation, and the creative deployment of churches as agents of God's love.
Holy Conversations: Strategic Planning as a Spiritual Practice for Congregations
, by Gil Rendle and Alice Mann is a resource for those seeking leadership and planning approaches that are theologically based and congregationally oriented rather than corporate management-based.
Missional Map-Making: Skills for Leading in Times of Transition
, by Alan J. Roxburgh describes how leaders are to be cartographers in a new terrain, shaping churches in which map-makers multiply as God is encountered in biblical texts and local contexts.
Generation to Generation: Family Process in Church and Synagogue
, by Edwin H. Friedman. In this book the author compares the emotional processes at work within individual families to those in church and synagogue, and he suggests that clergy can often do more to heal families by the way they work with the congregation than through separate counseling sessions.
The Church on the Other Side: Doing Ministry in the Postmodern Matrix
, by Brian McLaren. In this book the author sees wonderful opportunities for the church to be a voice, to tell a story and to connect with people who feel increasingly disconnected at many levels of life.
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!
Do you have an announcement for the Newsletter? Submit your announcement to the office by noon on Thursday. Announcements received after the deadline will be printed the following week.
Buckeye Donkey Ball will be at Bethany Christian Schools at 7:00 p.m. Friday, February 10. Advance tickets are $6 ($8 at the door) and can be purchased from any middle school student or online
. Come watch and laugh as teachers, students, and local pastors play basketball while riding (or trying to ride) their donkeys. A porkburger meal (Mishler’s pork patty sandwich, chips/veggies, drink) will be available for $6 beginning at 6:00 p.m. Concessions also available. Berkey pastor, Marilyn Rudy-Froese,will be riding one of the donkeys!
You are invited to sit with your Berkey friends to cheer her on together.
Martin Luther King, Jr. Day
The Goshen College community will honor the life of Martin Luther King, Jr. with events on January 15 and 16. All are invited to a concert on Sunday, January 15 at 7:00 p.m. in the Umble Center. Then, join us on Monday, January 16 for a community breakfast (tickets required), workshops, lectures and other activities, and guest speaker Sarah Thompson, Executive Director of Christian Peacemaker Teams. This year’s theme, "It Is Time," reminds the Goshen community that it is time to tell your truth, time to speak, time to tend to trauma, time for restoration, and time for compassion. Visit their website for more information and the full schedule
Women's Spirituality Retreat
Merry Lea Environmental Learning Center will be hosting a Women’s Spirituality Retreat in late January. The annual retreat includes biblical input, time outdoors connecting with creation, conversation with other women, and quiet time alone. The weekend is based within Christian assumptions, language, and stories, but women who stand outside that circle are welcome as well. This year the focus will be on how women have often lived in the shadows - or moved in and out of them. The retreat will be held from January 27, 7:00 p.m. - January, 28, 4:00 p.m. at Merry Lea’s Farmstead Barn Site (2152 S 425 W, Albion, IN 46701). The cost is $50.00 and includes input, lodging, and meals. Registration is required by January 24th. Learn more and register.
Anabaptist Mennonite Biblical Seminary
President Sara Wenger Shenk writes in a recent blog, "On a mostly sunny afternoon soon after moving to Indiana, with only possible thunderstorms predicted, my husband, Gerald, and I were biking through flat farm fields when a tornado siren blast reached us eight miles out of town. With no shelter nearby, we hightailed it back." Read more
Mennonite Church USA
Coming this summer: MennoTalks! A new feature for the Mennonite Church USA Convention 2017, the talks will feature 20 slides for 20 seconds each in a fast-paced presentation on topics such as “Celebrating Women,” “Race, Religion and Justice” and “Global and Local Peacemaking.” Come to Orlando July 4-7 to experience this and much more. Learn more
This Sunday is Stewardship Sunday. Consider ways that you can be part of the work of Mennonite Church USA and its various agencies and programs in the coming year.
Mennonite Central Committee
Alumni or interested friends of Mennonite Central Committee are warmly invited to join a MCC Alumni and Friends International Potluck at 6:00 p.m. on Friday, January 20, at Berkey Avenue Mennonite Fellowship. Special guest speaker will be Amela Puljek Shank, current MCC Area Director for Europe and Middle East, bringing an update on MCC's response to the Syrian crisis. Please RSVP by email
or call 574-534-4133.
Start a great new year with Michiana MEDA on Thursday, January 19, at 6:30 p.m. by attending their dinner program event, "Young Entrepreneurs Making Their Mark." Numerous panelists, age 40 and younger, will share their stories: why and how they started their business, challenges they've faced, and why they love running their own business in our community. The event will be in the Koinonia Room at College Mennonite Church; a catered meal will be provided by AVI. Please RSVP
by Monday, January 16, 574-355-3607. Cost is $5 for students, $15 for Michiana MEDA members, and $20 for others, payable at the door.
Prayer Gathering For Country
Berkey members are invited to take part in a 30-minute community gathering outside the Elkhart County Courthouse in Goshen at noon on Friday, January 20 -- exactly as Donald J. Trump will be sworn in as our 45th president. We will celebrate such positive community values as tolerance, diversity and unity and will pray for all of the nation's leaders. For more information, contact Richard Aguirre
Pathways Retreat Workshop
The workshop Heart of Centering Prayer,
will be held on Mondays beginning January 23, 7:00-8:30 p.m. Those who would like to learn about and engage in the ancient Christian practice of centering prayer are invited to join in this study of Cynthia Bourgeault's newest book, The Heart of Centering Prayer
, and the spiritual classic, The Cloud of Unknowing
. The workshop will be facilitated by Nina Lanctot. For more information or to register, go to their website
or contact Nina
Everence college scholarship
A college scholarship for you or your children is one of the potential benefits of doing business with Everence. To apply for an Everence scholarship, the student or the student’s parent or legal guardian must own or be using an Everence product. The application must be completed by February 28; previous recipients may apply again. This is for all college students, not just incoming freshmen. Read 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!
Mennonite Mission Network is seeking a Senior Executive for Advancement to provide leadership and oversight to the Development, Church Relations, Marketing and Communication departments. Read the full position description