Berkey Avenue Mennonite Fellowship
A congregation of Mennonite Church USA
Berkey Avenue Mennonite Fellowship
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July 10, 2016

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Berkey Announcements

All-Church Picnic

picnicTo kick off our summer quarter we are planning an All-Church picnic after the worship service this Sunday, July 10. Please bring along your favorite summer picnic dishes of salads, finger foods and desserts to share. Also, bring along lawn chairs, blankets, and lawn games. Weather permitting we'll eat outside on the side lawn and enjoy sunshine, food, lawn games and fellowship time together. The Good/Sherer Small Groups are hosting.

 Summer Nurture Hour Schedule

Summer Sunday SchoolJuly 10:  All-Church Picnic (No Nurture Hour classes).
July 17 - August 14:  Inter-generational classes for everyone.
Aug. 21:  All-Church Fellowship Meal and Congregational Meeting (No Nurture Hour classes).
Aug. 28 - Celebration Sunday/Refreshments (No Nurture Hour classes).

Sally Ruth Derstine

babySally Ruth was born at 3:04 a.m., July 5, at the Goshen Birth Center, weighing 8 lbs, 4 oz at 20 inches long. Everyone is doing great, including big brother Abram who woke up to the news of his baby sister.

Welcome Basket

welcomeBerkey will be creating a welcome basket for a new Goshen College international student. If you would like to help welcome the student, please sign up for an item on the sign-up sheet in the fellowship hall. Items should be brought to church by August 1 and placed on the table near the mailboxes. All items should be new. See Beth Berry with any questions.

To complete the basket, we need:
  • a regular sized bed pillow
  • a single bed set ( 80 inch, extra long twin) containing a top sheet, bottom sheet, and a pillowcase
  • an alarm clock
  • a wastebasket
  • a laundry basket
  • ten clothes hangers
  • a bath towel and face cloth
Ruth Hathaway and her small group are finishing up a single bed comforter. A study lamp has also been donated. 

New to the Library

librarySeek Me with all Your Heart, by Beth Wiseman:  A Christian fiction romance novel about an Amish family who moves to Colorado, leaving family and friends behind.

Call the Midwife:  Farewell to the East End, Vol. III, by Jennifer Worth:  The last book in the trilogy about nurses and nuns working as midwives in the poorest section of post-war London.

Lost Dish

dishA couple of dishes and lids were mismatched after the baptism breakfast earlier this spring. If you brought food in a 9 x 13" Pyrex glass dish, please make sure it matches your lid. Contact Jenny Yoder to correct the pair.

Pastor on Vacation

vacationDan Schrock is on vacation from June 11 through July 10 and will return to work on Monday, July 11.

Custodian Position

custodianWe have an opening for a part-time custodian at Berkey. The position includes flexible hours, a great employer, quiet work setting, and hopefully a clean work environment. The pay is $160/week for 8-10 hrs/week, and starts with two weeks of vacation per year. If you're interested, please contact Patrick Buller.

Throwback Thursday

tbtHead 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.


Our Schools

icon_bcs Bethany Christian

Helping youth become more biblically literate and develop practices they can continue as adults is a significant benefit of Bethany’s Bible curriculum. Read more online.

Goshen College Goshen College

Host Families Needed

Host families are needed for Goshen College international students: If you have a spare bedroom and live within a mile of campus, think about hosting a Goshen College international student in your home this coming year. For more information, contact Skip Barnett.

Open House

July 18 is Goshen College's Summer Open House and kicks off Indiana Private College Week. Nothing is going to tell you more about the right college fit than taking a campus tour, learning about our top academic programs and housing options, and meeting with a financial aid expert. Come join us any day from July 18-22, at either 9:45 a.m. or 1:45 p.m., for a campus tour and to meet our admissions team. Learn more online.  

AMBS Anabaptist Mennonite Biblical Seminary

AMBS is a learning community with an Anabaptist vision, educating followers of Jesus Christ to be leaders for God’s reconciling mission in the world. View upcoming events on their website.

mccMennonite Central Committee Great Lakes

You are invited to read the latest issue of In Touch online. This issue discusses school kits, refugees and much more.

Community Announcements

Invitation from College Mennonite

Professor Lisa Schirch of Eastern Mennonite University Center for Justice and Peacebuilding will be speaking at College Mennonite Church on Sunday evening, July 10, 7:00 p.m. Prof. Schirch’s topic is: Taking Peace to the Pentagon: Reflections on Mennonite Peacebuilding. More information is posted on the bulletin board by the mailboxes.


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!

Convention social media ambassador volunteers sought! Are you a youth or young adult who loves Mennonite Church USA conventions? Do you use Facebook, Twitter and/or Instagram? If you’d be willing to spend about an hour per month sharing content from convention social media accounts that interest you — from now through the Orlando 2017 convention (July 4–8) — consider applying to become a convention social media ambassador. People serving in this role will receive a reduced registration fee and will also assist with social media during convention. To learn more, go online see or contact Sarah Chase.

An immediate part-time position is open for an LPN, RN, or Medical Assistant at the Center for Healing and Hope. Applicants who are bilingual in Spanish and English are preferred. If interested, contact Rebecca Gascho, Executive Director.

Mennonite Mission Network is currently seeking a full-time Christian Service Recruiter, who will also resource and visit Mennonite Voluntary Service units. Go online to see the full position description or email Linda Krueger, Human Resources Coordinator for more information.


Sunday, July 10
All-church picnic, 11:00 a.m.

Monday, July 11
Intercessory Prayer, 7:00 p.m.

Wednesday, July 13
Worship Commission, 7:00 p.m.

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Anniversaries This Week
Aaron & Stephanie Wieand
Ezra & Pat Hochstetler
Phil & Julie Zimmerman
Dan & Deb Williams
Lee Roy & Beth Berry
Phil & Connie Bauman

Birthdays This Week
Lana Smucker
Marcia Weaver

PrayerPlease contact the office by noon on Thursday with prayer requests.

Pray for College Mennonite Church, Goshen, IN (Phil Waite, Marty Lehman, Pamela Yoder, Gwen Gustafson-Zook, Talashia Keim Yoder and Daniel Yoder pastors). Pray for their pastor-in- residence, Alix Lozano, from Bogota, Columbia, who will be with them July 1-29. While with them, she will preach each Sunday and find ways to connect with the congregation and community.

Pray for Benton Mennonite Church, Goshen, IN (Brenda Meyer and Doug Kaufman, pastors). Pray for faithfulness and vision as they face decisions about their organizational structure and building. They are excited to live into invigorating, yet challenging, changes in the months ahead. These include a new church operating structure and an anticipated second pastor.

Pray for youth, young adults, and leaders as they plan to travel to Anabaptist Mennonite Biblical Seminary in Elkhart, Indiana for Deep Faith: a formation conference for and by Anabaptist formation leaders. May their travel be safe and their time together be fruitful.

Pray for Youth Venture participants and leaders as they learn from, serve alongside, and worship with host communities in Lithuania and Los Angeles this month. This is a Mennonite Mission Network program for youth, ages 14-22.

DownloadJuly MMN Prayer Vine

Church Notes
Sunday Service Info

This Sunday:  July 10

Patrick & Abbe Buller
Phil & Julie Zimmerman

Rita Gingrich

Dick & Nancy Yoder

Michael Sherer

Elisabeth Barahona

Infants:  Abbe Buller, Sue Byler
Toddlers:  Jason Lehman, Beth & Lee Roy Berry Jr.

Offering Counters:
Ron Good, Rick Hostetter

Next Sunday:  July 17

Brenda Grimes
Sawatzky Family

Pete & Melba Graber

Dan & Deb Williams

Michael Sherer

Elisabeth Barahona

Infants:  Lindsy Locke, Sherry & Lyman Hug
Toddlers:  Anna Sawatzky, Barb & Greg Smucker

Offering Counters:
Lowell Nafziger, Denise Risser

Statistical Report 
(July 3)

Attendance:  164
General Fund:  $6,166.39
Agape Fund:  $10.00
Bethany 2016/17:  $905.00
Coffee:  $5.90
College:  $100.00
Model School Fund:  $128.00

General Fund Income 2015-16 YTD
Actual:  $268,759.89
Budget:  $248,127.00

Berkey Avenue
Mennonite Fellowship

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

Office Hours
Monday - Friday
Hours vary

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

Marilyn Rudy-Froese
Dan Schrock

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

Doug Baker
Richard Miller
Laverne Nafziger
Judy Weaver
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