Berkey Avenue Mennonite Fellowship
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October 11, 2015

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Berkey Announcements

New To Our Library

booksA new DVD from Benin Bible Institute (BBI) is being added to the library which was created by the BBI staff and focuses on the July 2015 graduation ceremony, the multi-purpose agricultural training center near Oumako, and general news from the school.
Cultured for Service: Wilma Shank, a Long Life of Love compiled by Carol Troyer Shank.  Read about Wilma's pilgrimage in various countries and cultures, much of it taken from Wilma's journals and illustrated with an assortment of photos.
On the Anvil:  Stories on Being Shaped into God's Image by Max Lucado. This inspiring book provides guidance for making the journey from a life that feels useless to the challenges of God's anvil, to finally becoming one of "God's chosen instruments." Recommended by Stan Leichty.

Model School Shoe Drive

Model School is collecting used shoes until Friday, October 16. Brenda Grimes' class has brought in around 70 pairs of shoes and is one of the front runners to earning a pizza party! If anyone has some shoes to donate, please put them in a box near the mailboxes for collection and Brenda will take them to school.

MCC Relief Sale

MCC CoinsThank you very much for the Berkey Avenue Mennonite Church contribution of $280.05 to this year's My Coins Count drive! Congregations have raised over $43,000 this year. In addition we have a $60,000 donation which brings the total to approximately $103,000. All of this money will go toward feeding hungry families through MCC. Children will be healthier because of the fresh vegetables  from their family gardens in Congo, Syrian refugee families will have the food they need so they don't need to risk dangerous journeys across open waters, families in Gaza will have the food needed to survive this winter, farmers in Zimbabwe are getting drought resistant seeds so they can harvest good crops even in challenging climate conditions. Thank you again for your generosity and creativity in sharing the love of Christ around the world through Mennonite Central Committee, by providing food for the hungry through My Coins Count.

Mission Commission - Items for MCC

Items for MCCDuring the month of October, the Mission Commission will be collecting items for MCC refugee kits. This is an opportunity to respond to the ongoing refugee crisis which impact millions of people around the globe. Please purchase some or all of the items listed below. As a congregation we will combine our gifts and take them to the depot where they will be packaged for shipment.  
4 large bars bath soap 
1 plastic bottle shampoo (13–24 oz; place in resealable plastic bag)
4 large bars laundry soap (Some stores carry Fels Naptha®, Sunlight® or Zote® brands)
4 adult-size toothbrushes
4 new bath towels (medium weight, dark or bright colors)
2 wide-tooth combs (6–8 in)
1 fingernail clipper(good quality)
1 box adhesive bandages(minimum 40 count, assorted)
1 package sanitary pads (18–24 count thin maxi).

Our Schools

icon_bcs Bethany Christian

Fish Fry at Bethany: Bethany Christian High School’s Senior Class Fish Fry on Friday, Oct. 30, is less than two weeks away! Come between the hours of 4:30 and 8 p.m. for an evening of fellowship, homemade pie, and all the fish you can eat. Tickets are available from all Bethany seniors or at the door. The cost is $10 for adults and $5 for children in grades 1-6. Preschool age is free. Carryout is also available with adult tickets only.

Goshen College Goshen College

Zorá String Quartet will be performing on Sunday, October 11 at 4:00 p.m. at Rieth Recital Hall (Music Center). Tickets are $10 general admission, available online or by calling (574) 535-7566. (Prorated Season Tickets are still available for the Rieth Chamber Series!). Grand Prize and Gold Medal Winner of the 42nd Fischoff National Chamber Music Competition, Zorá Quartet has performed in the Kennedy Center, Lincoln Center, and Duke’s Hall at the Royal Academy of Music in England. Zorá’s distinguished career as a string quartet includes being selected for the Chamber Music Residency at Banff Centre and Norfolk Chamber Music Festival, performing at the Beethoven-Haus in Bonn, Germany, and being named the Graduate Quartet in Residence at the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music.

AMBS Anabaptist Mennonite Biblical Seminary

AMBS seeks a Director of Library Services to oversee the collection and staff, lead instructional programming, administer the library budget, plan cooperation with other libraries and information agencies, and assess the effectiveness of the library. Qualifications include a master’s degree in library science, administrative experience, intercultural competency, written and oral communication skills, abilities to use new technological applications and to work well with people. Graduate degree in a theological discipline, fluency in Spanish or other modern language, and prior experience in teaching/instruction and strategic planning preferred. To apply, send letter of application, CV and names and addresses of three references by November 15 to Dr. Rebecca Slough, academic dean.

Community Announcements

Michiana Anabaptist Historian Meeting

Saturday, Oct. 24, 2015 is the Fall Meeting of Michiana Anabaptist Historians at First Mennonite, 203 E Lawrence, Middlebury (one block east and three blocks south of middle of town). Coffee & Registration begins at 8:30 a.m. The meeting begins at 9:00 a.m.
Presentations by Rachel Nafziger Hartzler, "Searching for Stories and Strings" and Wanda Kauffman Hoffman,"Cemeteries: Though Silent, They Speak". The public is invited. For more information contact Helene Hoover at 574.522.7430.

Center for Healing and Hope Fundraiser

This weekend is your last opportunity this year to get $20 gift certificates through the Center for Healing and Hope's EAT•SHOP•GIVE fundraiser. There are 22 of your favorite Goshen area restaurants and businesses to choose from. The businesses are generously giving 50% of the sales to support CHH. (Certificates are valid until Dec. 31, 2015.) Venturi Pizza is also offering matching funds for direct donations during this fundraiser. Check out to purchase certificates, make a donation, or for more info. Sales end at midnight Monday, Oct. 12. CHH provides urgent medical care and advocacy at clinics in Elkhart and Goshen.

Caregiver's Navigation Event

Caregiver’s Navigation is a special event designed to help provide resources and education for caregivers. The event is brought to you by The Council on Aging, Firefly Homecare, Greencroft Goshen along with several IU Health Goshen Departments (Goshen Home Medical, Home Care & Hospice, the Retreat, Community Wellness and Education).  The cost is only $10 per person ($15 on the day of the event) and includes luncheon, sessions and materials. Register by calling 877-566-4660.

Joan Troyer Fundraiser

This Saturday, October 10 there will be a King's BBQ chicken fundraiser at Tractor Supply on US 33 in Goshen. The event starts at 10 am. Price for half chicken is $6.00. You'll love the chicken along with supporting the provision of healthcare to over 200 children in Constanza, DR through Kids Alive International. Joan is now in Constanza, DR serving a 3 year mission term. Joan is the nurse for four residential orphanage homes and the River in the Desert Christian School. Your support of this event will help provide for living expenses for Joan in this remote area of the Dominican Republic.

MDC Project Promise

The Project Promise MDC Goldenrod Chicken BBQ fundraiser will be on Thursday, October 15 from 4 to 7:30 p.m. at Fairhaven Amish Mennonite Church. Fairhaven is located 5½ miles east of Goshen on the north side of State Road 4 (13513 Indiana 4, Middlebury). Enjoy High’s chicken with potato, broccoli, bacon bits, sour cream, and home-made pie (fruit cups for carry-out orders). The suggested donation is $10 for the dine-in or carry-out meal. Proceeds will support the work of Project Promise, a program of MDC Goldenrod that aims to meet the spiritual and social needs of persons with disabilities.

EMU Invites Mennonite Students

Searching for a college? Visit EMU for free and check out our thriving campus located in the beautiful Shenandoah Valley! Attend the Oct. 15-17 visit planned especially for Mennonite students. Join Mennonites from across the country who are flying and driving in to learn more about EMU. Attend all or part of the events as your schedule suits. EMU will help with the travel costs. For questions, contact David Yoder, or see details online.

Nazareth Hospital Presentation

Leaders from Nazareth Hospital EMMS, the oldest hospital in the modern State of Israel, will be featured in an informational public presentation on Monday, October 19, at 7:00 p.m. at Berkey Avenue Mennonite Fellowship. Dr. Bishara Bisharat, head of Nazareth Hospital EMMS, and Ms. Samar Mansour-Samawi, Director of Public Relations, will lead in the discussion to which the public is invited. Also present will be Jason Allgire from Nazareth Project Inc., a U.S.-based organization which supports the hospital. The meeting will provide an opportunity for interested persons to learn more about the impact of Nazareth Hospital, School of Nursing, and related ministries such as Nazareth Village. More information is available online. Contact Paul Leichty at 1-888-406-3643 or John Lapp at 574-523-3075. 

Camerata choir concert

Our first concert of the year, Flights of Fancy, includes works from the Renaissance through the modern period that center on the themes of flight, heaven, and angels. The centerpiece is “Leonardo Dreams of his Flying Machine” by the wildly popular composer Eric Whitacre. Combining Renaissance and modern compositional styles, this piece will be accompanied by images of Da Vinci’s fantastical designs of his flying machines. Our highly eclectic program also includes selections from Haydn’sThe Creation, spirituals by Dawson and DeCormier, an anthem from Lady Diana’s funeral, bluegrass selections accompanied by traditional instruments, a Beatles tune, and more. Flights of Fancy will take place on Friday, October 16, 2015 at 7:30 p.m. in Sauder Hall on the campus of Goshen College in Goshen, IN.  Tickets are available online

Comforter Bash

You're invited to a Comforter Bash! Make plans to join us for the MCC Great Lakes Comforter Bash in Goshen on Friday and Saturday, October 23-24. People of all ages are invited to knot comforters at Pleasant View Mennonite Church (58529 County Road 23 in Goshen). A handmade comforter provides not only warmth but also a tangible message to people that their needs are not forgotten. The comforters will be distributed by MCC around the world. More information available online

Children’s Choir opportunity

Mennonite Youth Choir Festival  would like to invite children in grades 3-9 to join in a weekend of singing, March 5 - 6, 2016, in Goshen. The church has a long and deep tradition of praising God through singing. In order for this to continue it is up to parents and the faith community around them to encourage their children with opportunities that develop a love for music in worship. Youth of all denominations are encouraged to participate. 2016 festival dates are as follows: practice on Saturday, March 5, 2016; concert performance on Sunday, March 6, 2016, at 2 p.m. (free and open to the public. All children from Indiana, Ohio, Illinois, Michigan and beyond who love to sing—grades 3 through 9. The cost per Child is $35 early registration (ends November 1), $45 regular registration. This will take place at the Goshen College Music Center, Sauder Concert Hall, in Goshen, Indiana. Contact Brent Hyman for more information and to register, please visit


The Inn Crowd- Christmas Musical
Goshen community children and youth are invited to participate in this Christmas musical at College Mennonite Church on December 13 by Lee Dengler and Susan Naus Dengler.  Informational kickoff meeting is on Wednesday, Oct. 7 at 6:30 p.m. and the rehearsals begin on Wednesday, Oct. 14 at 6:30 p.m. For more information, contact Susan Dengler or (574) 849-5355.

MEDA Dinner and Program

Join Michiana Mennonite Economic Development Associates (MEDA) for dinner and a program on Thursday, October 15, 2015 at 6:30 p.m. at Silverwood Mennonite Church in Goshen. Len Geiser and Jonathan Geiser, father and son family business advisors, will be presenting a program "Succession Issues with Business Transitions." Family-owned businesses have many strengths and are a vital element of the US economy. But they also experience many unique challenges. Our October program will focus on one of the most important challenges that most family companies face, that of business succession.
Please RSVP by Monday, October 12, to or 574-355-3607. Cost is $5 for students, $15 for Michiana MEDA members, and $20 for others, payable at the door.


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!

LaCasa is seeking a Resident Manager for our Supportive Housing residential community in Goshen.  Candidate will live in a new 1 bedroom apartment within a 16 unit apartment building for homeless individuals referred for housing by Oaklawn.  Primary responsibility is to be eyes and ears for LaCasa and Oaklawn while being a friend and support to tenants.  Compensation is in the form of rent reduction.  Income restrictions apply.  Contact Alan Greaser at or at 574-533-4450 for more information.
 After five years of service as Executive Director at Amigo Centre, Cliff Brubaker has submitted his resignation to the Amigo Board.The Board and Cliff have targeted January 1, 2016 as the time of transition of leadership. The Search Committee seeks resumes from interested candidates, see the job description. Please send resume and letter of interest to


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

This week:
October 11: Young Mothers' Potluck, 4:00 p.m.
October 14:  Worship Commission, 7:00 p.m.

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Anniversaries and Birthdays This Week:

Eric and Lavonn Hostetler
Rafael and Elisabeth Barahona
Merrill and Clare Krabill

Evan Krabill
Jacob Rudy-Froese

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

Pray for Forks Mennonite, Middlebury, IN, Phil Yoder (interim).
 Mary Beyler of Mennonite Mission Network is attending a different Mennonite congregation in Hokkaido, Japan, each Sunday this month. Pray for her today as she preaches and engages through a music ministry of piano accompaniment and teaching new hymns.

DownloadOctober MMN Prayer Vine

Church Notes
Sunday Service Info

This Sunday: October 11

Krabill Family

Krabill Family

Lowell and Diane Nafziger

Phil Bauman, Elisabeth Barahona

Infants: Dee Albrecht, Nancy and Dick Yoder
Toddlers: Laura Moshier, John and Ruth Roth

Offering Counters:
Ron Good, Rick Hostetter

Next Sunday: October 18

Krabill Family

Krabill Family

Lowell and Diane Nafziger

Phil Bauman, Jenae Longenecker

Infants: Joy Hostetter, Barb and Greg Smucker
Toddlers: Vanessa and Dan Adcock

Offering Counters:
Lowell Nafziger, Denise Risser
Statistical Report 
(October 4)

Attendance: 170
General fund: $6,681.40
Bethany: $865.00
College matching: $70.00
Model School (potatoes): $106.00
Rent: $750.00

Berkey Avenue
Mennonite Fellowship

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

Office Hours
Monday - Friday

Interim Communications and Office Manager:
Tuesday - Friday
10:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.

Marilyn Rudy-Froese
Dan Schrock
Ben Woodward Breckbill - Pastoral Intern

Greg Smucker (Chairperson)
Shirley Dick
Sherm Kauffman
Anita Mounsithiraj
Richard Aguirre

Doug Baker
Richard Miller
Laverne Nafziger
Judy Weaver
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