Berkey Avenue Mennonite Fellowship
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May 18, 2014

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Berkey Announcements

May 18 Congregational Meeting

SharingThis 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

BaptismPlease 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

GraduationAs 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

Lost & FoundDid 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

The LibraryA 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.

Free Books!

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

KnittingThe 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 TroyerJoan 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

EverencePlease 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


MailboxesPlease 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 WindowThe 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

Model StudentsHelp 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

ConstructionYou 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

VBSFamilies 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.

Throwback Thursdays

Throwback ThursdaysHead 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

Bethany Christian Schools Bethany Christian Schools

Spring Concerts

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 or (574) 534-2567.

Goshen College Goshen College

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.

AMBS 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.

Community Announcements

Family Dance

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

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 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 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 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 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 or call Colettia at (606) 633-5065.


Getting to Know

Worship Commission

Deb Brubaker

Deb Brubaker

Deb was born in Goshen and grew up in Elkhart.  She has spent her life immersed in music, playing violin and piano as a youngster and embracing choral music in college and beyond. She and her family have lived in Colorado, Ohio, and Kansas before returning full circle to teach at Goshen College, where she’s been for the last 15 years.  An avid quilter, gardener, runner and hiker, she is a proud momma to Martin, Andy, and daughter-in-law Ali.

Whether you are new or a charter member, we are continually learning to know each other and we want to get to know you more. It can be very simple, your name, what you do for a living and what you are interested in. You can view our newsletter archive for some examples. Interested in being featured? Let us know!

We will no longer be printing and distributing calendars each month.  They are however, available for download.
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This Week
May 18: Congregational Meal and Meeting, 12:00 p.m.
May 19: SLT Meeting, 7:00 p.m.
May 20: Stewardship & Finance Meeting, 7:00 p.m.
May 21: MYF Frisbee/Mini Golf and faith Statements, 7:00 p.m.

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

Steve Garboden's cousin, Nancy Beamer, is entering hospice soon. She has been struggling with lymphoma for a year. Please pray for God's spirit to surround Nancy.  
Annelise Goldschmidt serves as the logistics coordinator for Mission Inter Senegal, a Mission Network partner and the largest national mission organization in the country. Pray for Annelise and MIS’s more than 60 national mission workers in agriculture, community development, evangelism, and health in this predominately Muslim region.
Church of the Brethren leaders in the US are joining Nigeria’s largest church network, the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN), to call for prayer and fasting for the safe release of hundreds of teenage school girls abducted April 14. The girls were kidnapped from a school in Chibok, Nigeria. Most of the affected families are part of the Church of the Brethren in Nigeria (EYN--Ekklesiyar Yan’uwa a Nigeria). Learn more.
Please pray for Kern Road Mennonite Church in South Bend, IN, as they explore ideas to move toward becoming a regional network of faith and ministry communities, as well as for a number of staff and volunteer transitions coming this summer.
 Please pray for Howard-Miami Mennonite Church, in Kokomo, IN. Pray for Bible school coming up in June, for the many volunteers and children who are a part of it, that God would use this time to teach children and adults alike more about the love of God. 

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Church Notes
Sunday Service Info

This Sunday: May 18

Denise Risser, Renae Yoder

John Mast

Lisa and Darin Short

Offering Counters: 
Lowell Nafziger, Denise Risser

Nicholas Schrock / Roxanna Sommers

Susan and Steve Garboden

Next Sunday: May 25

Lorriane Pflederer, Nancy & Dick Yoder

Eleanor Nafziger, Ruth Hathaway

Lisa and Darin Short

Offering Counters: 
Dick Ramer, Karl Sommers

Nicholas Schrock / Roxanna Sommers

Elijah and Priscillah Metekai

Statistical Report 
(May 11)

Attendance: 171
General Fund: $5,371.90
Bethany Tuition: $25.00
College Matching: $125.00
MYF: $50.00
Rejoice Devotional: $26.95
Agape: $10.00
Building: $5.00

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.

Dan Schrock
Marilyn Rudy-Froese
Lois Stoltzfus Mast

Greg Smucker (Chairperson)
Roy Bergey
Lee Roy Berry, Jr.
Shirley Dick
Jan Shetler

Renae Yoder (Chairperson)
Doug Baker
Laura Horst
Richard Miller
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