Berkey Avenue Mennonite Fellowship
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Berkey Avenue Mennonite Fellowship
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May 31, 2015

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Berkey Announcements

Ladies Lunch Bunch

Lunch Bunch will meet at the Indian Restaurant in Goshen, Thursday, June 4 at 11:30 a.m. Please RSVP to Laverne Nafziger.

Welcome Karla Minter this Sunday

Karla MinterWelcome to Karla Minter our preacher/storyteller. Karla is a Church Relations Associate for Mennonite Mission Network. Her role is to help make mission happen by connecting congregations with people, stories, publications, resources, and service programs available through Mission Network. Karla worships at Open Table Mennonite Fellowship, an emerging house church in Goshen.

Servant Leadership Ballot

Ballot Sunday June 14, the list of nominees on the Servant Leadership Ballot for 2015-2016 will be presented for affirmation. We hope you will prayerfully consider the individuals listed on the ballot. Thank you.
~ Leadership Discernment Team.

Learning Tour to Bolivia

Learning tour to BoliviaMission Commission is in the early stages of planning a Learning Tour to Bolivia to visit Simon and Becca Smucker, Hannah Canaviri and Gretchen Geyer. We are planning for a June 2016 trip, specific dates and details to be determined. At this point, we wanted to make you aware of this so you can start planning and dreaming with us. If you would like to be on a team to plan this trip, please speak with someone from the Mission Commission--Pete Graber, Neil Richer, James Yoder, Clare Krabill or Marilyn Rudy-Froese.

Menno's Best Coffee

Menno's best coffeeGet it while you can!  A limited supply of Menno's Best coffee is available for purchase during fellowship time. If more is needed, a final order will be made, but the last day to order is June 14. After that, it will no longer be available. Cost is $12 per bag, available in ground or whole bean. The MYF receives $5 per bag sold. Thanks!

Pre-convention Prayer Retreat

Pre-convention prayer retreatPastors, delegates and others interested in MCUSA are invited to a pre-convention prayer retreat on Saturday, June 6, 9:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. at Waterford Mennonite Church. The purpose of the retreat is to recognize that we are all part of God's church and because of that assurance, we can lay our fear and anxiety about the future of MCUSA at the foot of the cross. We will focus on the One who gives us life and to whom we belong. The retreat will take place in four parts: gathering worship, open prayer opportunities, praying through song, and a light meal. This retreat is sponsored by Berkey Avenue Mennonite Church, Hively Avenue Mennonite Church and Waterford Mennonite Church. For more information, contact Marilyn Rudy-Froese at 574-534-2398 or Cindy Voth at 574-533-5642. If you plan to attend and stay for the meal, please RSVP to Missy Kauffman Schrock at 574-849-9753.

Prayer and Discernment Guide

Prayer and Discernment guideWe invite you to be in prayer for our denomination during the next 6 weeks leading up to convention. If it is helpful to you, a six-week prayer and discernment guide has been prepared by Leo Hartshorn, a pastor and artist from Portland, Oregon. It includes six weeks of materials to help guide delegates and attendees in discernment before they arrive in Kansas City. The resource includes original art by Leo, as well as Scripture study, questions for reflection and more. You can download the guide for free online.

Mission Commission: Personal Items Drive

Elkhart county women shelter- items driveDuring the month of June, the Mission Commission is sponsoring a Personal Items Drive for the Elkhart County Women’s Shelter. The Elkhart County Women's Shelter is the only domestic violence shelter in Elkhart County. The shelter is open 24 hours a day, 365 days per year to provide crisis intervention and safe shelter for victims of domestic abuse. Items the Shelter currently needs include: deodorant, shampoo, toothpaste, towels, pillows, twin sheets, razors, diapers (Size 4), baby wipes, baby shampoo and diaper rash cream.

High School Open Houses

High school open housesAs 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 God's guidance and blessings as they venture into new paths in their lives.
  • Jacob Rudy-Froese: Saturday, May 30, 12:00 - 2:00 p.m. at 610 Revere Dr., Goshen.
  • Mathew Williams: Saturday, June 6, 9:30 a.m.-12:00 p.m. at 65623 Buttercup Ave., Goshen.
  • Cassie Sessa and Emily Krabill: Saturday, June 6 at 11:00 a.m. at 309 Reservoir Place, Goshen.
  • Austin Hooley: Saturday, June 6, 1:00 - 4:00 p.m. at 18062 Aaron Dr., Goshen.
  • Olivia Wenger: Saturday, June 6, 3:30 p.m. - 6:00 p.m. at the Goshen College cabin.

Our Schools

Goshen College Bethany Christian Schools

Bright Time Summer Camp

June 8-12, has more than 50 athletic, fine arts, science, and all kinds of fun camps for age 4 through rising grade 8. Camps are $30-$40. Additionally, Shine On Campcare will provide a place for children for before, between, and after their camps. View camp listings and register online.

Bethany Teacher of the Year

Linda Hochstetler was named Bethany’s teacher-of-the-year for 2014-15. Linda, who was a significant leader behind Bethany's decision to add fourth and fifth grades several years ago, is lovingly called "Mrs. H" by her fifth-grade students. Learn more.

Goshen College Goshen College

New Book Explores Biblical Lament and Grief in Youth

In a new book titled “Helping Youth Grieve: The Good News of Biblical Lament” (Resource Publications, May 2015. $19 U.S.), Goshen College Campus Pastor Bob Yoder explores the role of spiritual lament in the pastoral care and faith formation of adolescents. Learn more.

AMBS Anabaptist Mennonite Biblical Seminary

Job Opening

AMBS seeks a half-time administrative assistant for enrollment and financial aid. Qualifications include strong organizational and communication skills, ability to work accurately with details and confidentiality, ability to work independently and with a team, and strong computer skills. For a job description, visit. To apply, send letter of application and resume to Daniel Grimes, director of enrollment and financial aid.

Hymn Sing

Join in singing favorite hymns from the last 50 years as AMBS celebrates the 50th anniversary of the Chapel of the Sermon on the Mount. Musicians leading the singing include Adam Tice, Ellen Kraybill, Laurie Blough, Ben Breckbill and Janeen Bertsche Johnson. The June 3 service begins at 7:00 p.m. in the chapel at 3003 Benham Avenue, Elkhart.

Community Announcements

Mennonite World Conference Global Assembly

The Global Church has registered – Have you?  Registration numbers from Africa, Asia, and Latin America are exceptionally strong.  It’s not too late to join the growing North American representation to welcome our international brothers and sisters.  Register today, the Assembly will be held July 21-26, 2015 in Harrisburg, PA.

The Window Open for First Friday

The Window's kitchen will be open for June's First Friday. Friday's meal runs from 4:30 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.or until the food runs out. We will feature deep dish pasta, green beans, tossed salad, dinner rolls and we will have a variety of cake for dessert. This event is hosted by Waterford Mennonite Church. The suggested donation is $8.00.

Goshen Community Contra Dance

The Goshen Community contra dance is hosting another family dance on Saturday June 6, 2015 from 6:30 to 7:30 pm, right before the monthly Contra dance. It is geared for any age, and the caller will adjust to whatever ages are there that night. Its going to be good wholesome fun to round out the school year!  We meet at the First United Methodist Church on the corner of 5th and Jefferson in downtown Goshen. The family dance will be $5 for age 13 and older. Children 12 and younger are free. If you come for the whole evening (family dance and the contra dance) you can get in to the family dance for free by paying the regular price of $8.

MDC Goldenrod Work Days

MDC Goldenrod Community Members will be heading to Camp Amigo on June 1-3 and the majority of our folks will be participating.  With that in mind, we are inviting any and all who are able to join us at either our Goshen or Middlebury Campus for some much needed helping hands with maintenance issues.  If your congregation would be interested in assisting, we would be happy to have you join us. We greatly appreciate how each congregation supports MDC Goldenrod and thank you for considering this opportunity.

Church Land Management

Waterford Mennonite Church will host a hike sponsored by the Indiana Native Plant and Wildflower Society in their 55-acre wetland area, Saturday, June 6, 3:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.  John Smith and Bill Minter will lead the hike. One featured plant is a rare flowering orchid. All are welcome, no registration is required.  Meet in the SW corner of the church parking lot.

Christian Faith and Healthcare

Come join with doctors, nurses, dieticians, therapists, chaplains, mental health workers, and many other healthcare workers and their families from around the world!  It's the Mennonite Healthcare Fellowship (MHF) Annual Gathering, July 19-21, 2015, immediately prior to Mennonite World Conference Global Assembly in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania. The theme is "Walking Together for Healthy Communities."  Plenary presenters include Ted & Company, Shane Claiborne, and Dr. Ann Thyle from India.  Grants available for students, volunteers, and those from outside of U.S. and Canada.  More information online, email, or call toll-free to 1-888-406-3643. Final registration deadline: June 28, 2015.

2015 Funk Fest at Prairie Street MC

John Bell of the Iona Community in Scotland—prolific composer, teacher on worship and music—will speak at Prairie Street Mennonite Church, Elkhart, on Saturday, June 13, 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. Topic: “The engaged spirituality of Jesus.” Cost: $20. Bring your own lunch or eat out. Registration at the door only, starting 8:30 a.m.


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!

Waterford Mennonite church seeks to hire a part-time custodian to assist in the ministry of providing welcoming, clean, and safe facilities for God’s work among members and visitors. This is a shared position between two part-time people, each ranging from 10 – 15 hours per week.  Schedule is somewhat flexible, but typically involves several days throughout the week. For a copy of the job description or to express interest, please contact the Waterford church office or call 533-5642.



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

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This Week:
June 3: MYF - Silverhawks baseball game,
June 4: Ladies Lunch Bunch, 11:30 a.m.
June 6: Men's Breakfast, 7:00 a.m.
June 6: Preconvention Prayer Retreat, 9:00 a.m.

CalendarView Calendar Online

Anniversaries and Birthdays This Week:

Lyman and Sherry Hug
Amos and Janice Hostetler
Allan and Marilyn Rudy-Froese
Rick and Joy Hostetter

Luke Nafziger
Nathan Hostetter
Tavi Mounsithiraj
Terri Neufeld
Neil Miller Richer
Landon Moshier
Sherm Kauffman

PrayerPlease contact the office by 9:00 a.m. Thursday with prayer requests.
Please pray for the parents of the children at Model School during this summer holiday, as they balance the demands of work and home, that they may be given the wisdom they need to manage the demands and the love and courage to guide and care for their children.
Pray for Burr Oak Mennonite Church, Rensselaer, IN (pastors: Phil and Virginia Leichty
and Debbie Voss)
Pray also for Hopewell MC, Kouts, IN (pastor: Joel Short)
Pray for: the Hopewell Preschool Ministry teachers, students and enrollment for next  year.  Pray for an area-wide youth group retreat July 6-12.
Thank God for Connie and Dennis Byler’s decades of ministry with Mennonite Mission Network in Spain. Pray for complete healing for Connie who has undergone several eye surgeries in the past year.

DownloadJune MMN Prayer Vine

Church Notes
Sunday Service Info

This Sunday: May 31

Aaron Wieand, Julie and Phil Zimmerman

Rita Gingrich

Diane and Lowell Nafziger

Mathew Williams, Lana Smucker

Infants: Annie Hu, Tavi and Anita Mounsithiraj
Toddlers: Renae Yoder, Laverne Nafziger and Jane Wang

Offering Counters:
Thelma Ramer, Diane Nafziger

Next Sunday: June 7

Brenda Grimes, Ginny and Armand Martin

Melba and Pete Graber

Dan and Deb Williams

Ben Buckwalter, Lana Smucker

Infants: Denise Risser, Abby and Allan Rudy-Froese
Toddlers: Jennifer Schrock, Susan and Steve Garboden

Offering Counters:
John Hooley, Greg Smucker
Statistical Report 
(May 24)

Attendance: 168
General Fund: $5,129.07
Agape Fund: $10.00
Bethany Tuition: $155.00
College Matching Fund: $20.00
Coffee: $11.80

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.

Marilyn Rudy-Froese
Dan Schrock

Greg Smucker (Chairperson)
Roy Bergey
Shirley Dick
Sherm Kauffman
Elizabeth Miller

Doug Baker
Richard Miller
Laverne Nafziger
Judy Weaver
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