Berkey Avenue Mennonite Fellowship
A congregation of Mennonite Church USA
Berkey Avenue Mennonite Fellowship
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September 21, 2014

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Berkey Announcements

A New Sanctuary Roof

New RoofAs you will recall, this summer's storm damaged the roof over our sanctuary. Using insurance money and money already set aside in our budget for roof repairs, the trustees, along with the Stewardship and Finance Commission, are planning to hire Bulldog Construction and Master Steel Roofing to install a 24-gauge steel roof over the sanctuary portion of our building. The price will be $16,403. Because the current asphalt roof is nearing the end of its life, we want to install an entirely new roof on the sanctuary. And because steel lasts for at least 50 years and can be recycled, the plan is to install steel instead of asphalt. The color of the new roof is called Cityscape, which is a medium gray. If you have questions or concerns about this plan, please contact Greg Smucker, congregational chairperson, by Friday, September 26.

Two Nurseries

Childcare during worshipOur congregation is blessed with many infants and toddlers--so many, in fact, that the Christian Education Commission has decided we need to provide two nurseries during the worship service instead of one. Beginning this Sunday, September 21, the nursery for children under 2 years of age will continue in the room called Cherub Corner. A new nursery for children aged 2 and 3 will be held during worship in the MYF room. (Toys will be stored in the large cabinet on the left as you enter the room.) All adults who have attended for at least a year will automatically participate in nursery staffing unless they specifically opt out by contacting Priscillah Metekai in the church office.

Thank You

Thank YouWe're grateful to Pete Graber for keeping the church lawns mowed and trimmed throughout the summer. He's been doing a fine job!

Croquet Set

The owner of the croquet set used at the Fall Fest can pick it up in Dan Schrock's office.


FirewoodThere is a stack of firewood on the west lot line of the church house, close to the children’s play set.  This is wood that has been cut to fire wood length from the trees that were taken down.  It is available for anyone who would like to have some of it.  We would ask that you make a donation to the Model School fund raiser.

Prayer Shawl Group

Prayer ShawlWe will meet at Laverne Nafziger`s home on September 23.  Come at 4:00 p.m. to knit together and then later, have a light supper.  RSVP to Laverne.

From the Deacons and Pastors

congregation sharing timeHere at Berkey, sharing time is an important way in which we connect with each other. It is a highly valued part of our congregational life by many people. Over the last number of years, the deacons (Caregiving Commission) have talked about sharing time: what its purpose is, how to improve it, how to best lead it. Two years ago, we surveyed the congregation to receive your input on sharing time, and to experiment with different ways of leading sharing time. Learn more.

College Meals

college mealsOver the years, Berkey has been a wonderful, welcoming church home for many college/young adult students. One of the highlights for the students is having a meal each Sunday after church. This allows them to get to know our church family in a more informal setting and learn to know a wider range of people. You don’t need to make anything fancy – just a simple meal of food you enjoy making. You can host in your home or at the church, using the church kitchen. You may sign up individually, with someone else or as a small group. You can go online directly to sign up for a meal (username: students and password: bamf) or contact Ruth Roth.

Small Groups

small groupsSmall groups are an important part of our life together as a congregation. They help us to deepen our relationships with each other and with God. If you are currently not in a small group, and would like to join one, or if you are interested in changing small groups, you can fill this form. If you have questions, please speak to one of the Small Group Co-ordinating Committee members: Stephanie Wieand, Ron Good, or Marilyn Rudy-Froese.

The 47th Michiana Mennonite Relief Sale

Relief SaleRelief Sale is September 26-27, 2014 at the Elkhart County 4-H Fairgrounds. The sale begins Friday from 5:00-9:00 p.m. Saturday opens at 7:00 a.m. until mid-afternoon. Come and make this weekend a family event! For more information about the sale, or to download printable forms, see our website. If you are interested in learning more or with questions, contact Bev Krabill.

Throwback Thursday

Thursday throwbacksHead 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

Goshen College Bethany Christian Schools

The work on the installation of Bethany's new geothermal field continues. The unit pictured will tie into the 60 wells drilled over the summer and connect through underground pipes to the school building to supply most of the heating and air conditioning. See additional photos.

Goshen College Goshen College

Student-Created Cookbook

This summer, two students created a Peruvian cookbook, “Los Sabores del Peru,” to sell for charity. Gretchen Geyer, a senior social work major from Parnell, Iowa, went to Peru for Study-Service Term (SST) in the spring of 2014.
During the service portion of her time, she lived in Ayacucho, in southern Peru, where she worked to prepare food at the local comedor, a free soup kitchen hosted by the church Luz Y Vida. There, she and two other chefs worked, “essentially making food for 50 to 60 little children from the ages of 3 to 14,” said Geyer. Learn more.

AMBS Anabaptist Mennonite Biblical Seminary

"Patient Vigor" for Interesting Times

"Patient vigor," Sara Wenger Shenk writes, "means a willingness to listen calmly to each other, to the Scriptures, and to God’s Spirit." "We recognize that as a church, we’ve allowed competing claims about what the Bible says to divide rather than unite us," she notes, suggesting that patience, practiced vigorously can help us live and minister through the tensions. Learn more.

Community Announcements

Art in the Barn

Elise Derstine helps to organize Art in the Barn, an annual community art show that is taking place this weekend (Friday and Saturday) at historic Red Tail Farm on the Mill Race. The art show, featuring more than 30 local artists, is from 4-10 PM, September 19 & 20. A variety show featuring live music and aerial performance takes place from 7:00 - 9:00 p.m. both evenings. Learn more.

Disabilities Awareness Banquet

Anabaptist Disabilities Network (ADNet) is holding a special fund raising banquet, Friday, October 3, 2014 at Das Dutchman Essenhaus at 6:00 p.m. We are excited to feature Richard Propes as our speaker and help promote his 25th Anniversary Tenderness Tour. Banquet tickets are $25. For reservations email, or call 574-361-3446. Learn more.


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!

Mennonite Central Committee (MCC) has an urgent opening for MCC Representative in Nigera. The representative oversees all aspects of the MCC Nigeria program, including building on annual and strategic program direction, budgeting, supporting national staff and expatriate volunteers, overseeing partnership relationships/grants and maintaining key relationships and networks. This position can be held by one person or shared by spouses, but due to the challenges of placing children in this location this position requires single persons or couples without dependent children. For more information, visit or


Getting to Know

Fellowship Commission

Lindsay Rheinheimer

  Getting to Know - Lindsay Rheinheimer

I am in my second year of teaching Kindergarten at West Goshen Elementary School.   Before that I taught 1st grade at Chamberlain and 1st - 4th grade English in Costa Rica.  I love traveling, because I get to learn about new cultures and get to meet new people. I also enjoy photography. At Berkey, I am a JYF sponsor and on the Fellowship Commission.

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
September 23: Prayer Shawl, 4:00 p.m.
September 23: Worship Commission, 7:30 p.m.
September 26-27: Cheese Booth at Relief Sale

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

Lisa Showalter's mother suffered a massive stroke and several heart attacks on Saturday evening.  She fainted a few times at home that morning and her dad took her to the ER at Elkhart because she felt “off.”  That is where she suffered the stroke and heart attacks.  We are so relieved that she listened to her body and got to the hospital.  She has always been so strong and healthy (working circles around me!) and she has made it through.  Her mental facilities seem to be completely intact, for which we are immensely thankful.  But her vision is impaired and she is extremely weak, fatigued, and miserably uncomfortable.  We have a long road of rehab and recovery ahead.  She has always embodied Jesus to us and we hope we can be that for her now. My parents’ pastor (Ruben Chupp) anointed her on Monday and she complained to me that it didn’t seem to be taking.  We are heartbroken and are asking for prayers for her healing, and especially for her comfort would be so appreciated.
David Shenk, serving through Mennonite Mission Network, is representing Quito Mennonite Church’s ministry among refugees at a forum that includes not-for-profit organizations and government officials who are working on a city ordinance about the social inclusion of migrant groups. Pray that David and his colleagues will be able to promote justice in Ecuador through this process.

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Church Notes
Sunday Service Info

This Sunday: September 21

Lorraine Pflederer, Renae Yoder & Denise Risser

Anita & Dteban Mounsithiraj

Lori & Ron Good

Offering Counters: 
Lori & Ron Good

Audio / Visual:
Michael Sherer & Elisabeth Barahona

Ruth Hathaway and Brianne Brenneman (Infants - Cherub Corner)
Ruth Roth and Barb Smucker (Toddlers - MYF Room)


Next Sunday: September 28

Rafael Barahona, Richard and Pat Darling Miller

Lindsay Rheinheimer

Lori & Ron Good

Offering Counters: 
Dick Ramer and Karl Sommers

Audio / Visual:
Michael Sherer & Elisabeth Barahona

Denise Risser & Lindsay Rheinheimer
Statistical Report 
(September 14)

Attendance: 166
General Fund - $6127.00
Bethany Tuition - $55.00
College Fund - $520.00
MCC Penny Power - $21.00
BAMF Fall Fun Fest - $178.55
Agape Fune - $10.00
Mission Fund (Model School Fund - potatoes) $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

Greg Smucker (Chairperson)
Roy Bergey
Shirley Dick
Sherm Kauffman

Doug Baker
Richard Miller
Laverne Nafziger
Judy Weaver
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