May 18 Congregational Meeting
This Sunday we will be having our Spring Congregational Meeting. We will have our worship service and nurture hour as usual, as well as a potluck meal together before the meeting. We hope you can join us! For the meeting, we will reference two documents that you will find in your mailboxes this Sunday, including a Pastor Job Description, and some proposed policies from the Stewardship and Finance Committee. Here is the proposed agenda:
Baptism Service Update
Please note that there is NO baptism service at the pond this year. Our date for that was May 25 but now we will have a regular service beginning at 9:30 a.m. at Berkey. Bobby Sessa will be joining the church through confession of faith. There will be NO SUNDAY SCHOOL hour on that date. However, there will be a celebratory snack after the service so people can enjoy some fellowship after church.
High School Open Houses
As graduation approaches, several of our high school seniors will be having Open Houses. Below is a listing of open houses you would be welcome to attend. We wish all of our graduates the Lord's richest blessings as they prepare for another chapter in their lives.
- Rachel Schrock: Friday, May 30, from 5:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. at Berkey Avenue Mennonite Fellowship.
- Corey Hostetler: Saturday, May 31, from 1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. at 25179 State Rd 119, Goshen.
- Lana Smucker: Saturday, May 31, from 4:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m. at 1619 S 8th St, Goshen.
- Quinn Brenneman: Saturday, June 7, from 2:00 p.m. - 4:30 p.m. at 64368 Limberlost Drive, Goshen.
Lost & Found
Did you know we have a lost and found? Because it is tucked around the corner of Jubilee Hall, not many people make it back there. There are several items in our Lost and Found that have not been claimed for some time. One key item is pair of glasses that has made its way to the church office. Please see Rafael if you think they are yours. In order to keep things clean and organized, the lost and found items that aren't identified at the end of each month will be taken to The Depot.
The Church Library
New to the Library
A new book to the library this week is Disunity in Christ
by Christena Cleveland. Despite Jesus' prayer that all Christians "be one," divisions have been epidemic in the body of Christ from the beginning to the present. We cluster in theological groups, gender groups, age groups, ethnic groups, educational and economic groups. We criticize freely those who disagree with us, don't look like us, don't act like us and don't even like what we like. Though we may think we know why this happens, Christena Cleveland says we probably don't. In this eye-opening book, learn the hidden reasons behind conflict and divisions and why even Christians who have a heart for unity have such a hard time actually uniting.
The Library Committee continues its work to tidy up the church library. This week, we have a table of free adult and young adult fiction books for the taking. These books haven't been checked out from the library in at least 6 years, so we're hoping you can give them a good home as we make room on our shelves for new books. Book table is located on the west side of the fellowship hall as you enter the sanctuary. If you have any questions, please see Lori Good, Elizabeth Miller, or Abbe Buller.
Prayer Shawl Group
The Prayer Shawl Group will meet at Laverne Nafziger`s at 4:00 p.m., Tuesday, May 20th. We will knit and have a light supper. We hope you can join us! Kindly RSVP to Laverne
Kids Alive International Fundraiser
Joan Troyer will be having a Culver's fundraiser for Kids Alive International on Monday, May 19, from 5:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. Culver's is located on US 33 in front of Maple City Chapel, next to Menards. Look for the bright orange "Code Kids" t-shirts. No coupon is needed and all sales during this time will give to Kids Alive International on behalf of Joan's 3 year mission term in Constanza, Dominican Republic.
Everence Medicare Supplement Plans
Please see Missy Kauffman Schrock to learn more about a special Everence offer that benefits our congregation for people who purchase an Everence Medicare supplement plan by July 31, 2014. Your participation not only helps you meet a personal need but creates funding that helps people experiencing financial hardships in our congregation as well as other congregations throughout the U.S. The benefit to our congregation comes through a referral program, so if you are planning to purchase a Medicare Supplement plan before July 31, please contact Missy Kauffman Schrock at (574) 849-9753 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Please take note that with the recent comings and goings of Berkey Avenue family members, the mailboxes have shifted. Please be careful when picking up your mail. If you do not already have a mailbox and are interested in having one, please contact the office manager
The Window Board of Directors
The Mission Commission is seeking a member of Berkey Avenue who has interest in being a Board of Directors member for the Window. Board meetings are on the 4th Monday of the month from 6:30 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. at The Window. Please speak to a Mission Commission member if you are interested (Lori Good, Clare Krabill, Marilyn Rudy-Froese, Curt Wenger and Pete Graber).
Opportunities to Support Model School
Help support Model school by providing new and gently used gym shoes for Model's shoe exchange. Students need the gym shoes for their PE classes. Shoes with laces or velcro are both okay. Slip on shoes are okay if they come up high on the foot and cannot easily fall off when running or kicking a ball. Sizes 13, 1, 2, and 3 are needed most but other sizes can be used as well. Place shoes in the box under the mailboxes by May 18 or deliver them to Ann Garl at Model.
MYF Summer Service Trip
You are invited to join the MYF's summer service trip to Colorado! The MYF is looking for several people to join our trip to Jamestown, CO (near Boulder) where we will be working with MDS the week of June 29-July 5. Construction experience is helpful but not necessary. Funds are available from the Mission Service Project fund to cover your transportation costs to Colorado and everything else - food, lodging, etc. - is provided for you. This is a great opportunity to get to know some of the awesome youth in our congregation! Talk to Lois Mast if you are interested.
Vacation Bible School
Families with children ready to turn 4 years - grade six will find student registration forms in your church mailboxes. These will be due by May 25, but are welcomed earlier than that. Also, if you need registration forms for friends, relatives, or neighbors, or with any other questions, please talk to Deb Williams.
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!
Bethany Christian Schools
Bethany Christian High School choirs and instrumental groups will present their spring concerts on TONIGHT - Friday, May 16, in the school chapel. The instrumental concert will begin at 6:30 p.m. with the choral concert to begin after a brief intermission at about 8:00 p.m. There is no admission charge and all are welcome to attend.
Emmaus' Final Performance
Bethany Christian High School’s performing arts troupe,Emmaus, will presents its final public program of the 2014 season on Sunday, May 18, at 6:00 p.m. in Bethany’s chapel. Shared in area elementary schools and other public venues, this year’s show is entitled “Bits and Pieces.” Rather than fearing, ignoring, or fighting differences, people should engage each other and learn to work together in harmony. The show will begin with discord, transition to trying different ways of solving the problem, and end with engagement and harmony. In other words, the discovery that we’re all bits and pieces of the whole.
Host Families Needed
Bethany Christian Schools is in need of host families for serving international students who would like to attend Bethany. This opportunity to gain cross cultural experience in your own home often becomes a rewarding experience for the host family, as well as a blessing to the student. Families receive monetary compensation. One school year commitment. For more information, contact admissions director Sarah Kraybill Lind at email@example.com
or (574) 534-2567.
Write on Sports
, which one Goshen seventh-grader described as the “best camp ever,” is accepting applications from students who will be entering seventh and eighth grades. The second annual Write on Sports camp will be held at Goshen College from July 7 through 18. Students will also learn interviewing techniques from journalists with The Goshen News and The Elkhart Truth. Learn more
Anabaptist Mennonite Biblical Seminary
House for Sale
Anabaptist Mennonite Biblical Seminary is selling a house at 57792 County Road 107, on the west edge of the campus in Elkhart. The three-bedroom house has one and three-quarter bathrooms, full (dry) basement, and attached garage. It is located on a 100 x 260-foot lot in the Concord Community School district. To request a showing or make an offer, please contact Jeff Marshall at (574) 298-2575. View the flyer
Commencement is set for Saturday, May 24, beginning at 2:30 p.m. at College Mennonite Church in Goshen. Dr. James Logan is the commencement speaker and 35 students will be honored in the service. The event will be streamed online; check the AMBS website next week for the link to the site where you can watch.
Come on out for a fun event for the whole family, from teens down to the youngest in a carrier! On Saturday, June 7 from 6:00 p.m. to 7:15 p.m. we will be having an night of old fashioned dancing such as circle dances and square dance type moves at First United Methodist Church (corner of 5th St. and Jefferson Ave, Goshen). The cost is only $1 admission per person. Please join us for a relaxed, enjoyable evening! Stay for part or all of the Regular Contra dance following at 7:30 p.m. and get half off admission for that! Learn more
ADNet Connections Mailing Party
Come have fun while helping ADNet! You are invited to enjoy good company, lots of laughter, and delicious snacks while helping Anabaptist Disabilities Network prepare our next newsletter for mailing. You are welcome to invite your friends. We will be having our Mailing Party on Tuesday, June 3, at 7:00 p.m. at the Mennonite Church USA office building, lower level (3145 Benham Avenue, Elkhart). The building is wheelchair accessible. Let us know if you can come; RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org
Aging Summer Series
The Council on Aging of Elkhart County, Inc., in partnership with the Middlebury Ministerial Association and many other community partners, is putting together a Series of Four Presentations on
Aging and End-of-Life Issues. Learn more
Little Eden Specialty Weeks
Do you like to golf or quilt with Mennonite friends? Consider coming to one of Little Eden Camp’s Specialty Weeks this year. Golf Week is August 30 – September 6, Quilt Week 1 is September 7-12, and Quilt Week 2 is September 14-19. We have openings in all three weeks. Visit www.littleeden.org
for information/brochures or call (231) 889-4294 to reserve your spot now.
Camp Amigo Woodcutters and Handlers Needed
Amigo Centre invites you to be part of its second Spring Woodcutting Day on May 17. In its effort to steward both its resources and the investment of its supporters, Amigo heats much of its three largest buildings with wood. Your help to replenish our depleted firewood stocks would be most appreciated. Cutters with chainsaws, people to split and people to stack wood are all needed. Bring saws, splitters and a strong back. The day will start around 8:00 a.m., with a break for brunch at 10:00 a.m. Kindly RSVP to email@example.com
or (269) 651-2811 as this help us plan.
MDC Goldenrod Fundraiser Concert
On Friday, May 23rd, world class guitarist Phil Keaggy
will be performing a benefit concert at Sauder Music Hall. Proceeds go to support the MDC Goldenrod Community! The concert starts at 7:30 p.m. and all tickets are $30.00 and are general admission. Tickets can be purchased by calling Goshen College Welcome Center at (574) 535-7566 or by visiting the Goshen College website
. For additional information please visit www.mdcgoldenrod.org
or call the MDC Goldenrod Office at (574) 533-9720.
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!
Lori Good is looking for someone to adopt her 6 month old male kitten for about 10 days, between May 29 and June 6 while she and Ron travel to PA. He is declawed, neutered and litter-box trained. Please call her at (574) 537-1978 if you are interested.
Elise and Adam Derstine are looking for additional childcare for their six-month-old son, Abram. Specifically, Elise needs some help caring for Abram on May 14 and 15 while she works from home. Generally, they are also interested in finding a babysitter who can come to their home one morning or afternoon per week. Please contact Elise if you are interested at firstname.lastname@example.org
or (574) 238-1441.
Sue Byler has a number of strawberry plants that are free for the digging. She is not sure of the variety, but they are from good stock and are very tasty. Just give her a call at (574) 534-7084 before coming to make sure she is home.
Mennonite Central Committee's SWAP (Sharing With Appalachian People) program is seeking six summer staff to help with job site coordination for their home repair projects in Kentucky and West Virginia. Some construction experience is helpful, but not a requirement if you have the ability to learn. Summer staff are a critical component of SWAP's successful ministry, as they help facilitate the weekly SWAP service groups working on housing repair for low-income persons. Summer staff vary in age from 19 to 70+, and they receive meals, lodging and a weekly stipend for their service. For more information go to swap.mcc.org
or call Colettia at (606) 633-5065.