Berkey Avenue Mennonite Fellowship
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January 12, 2014

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Berkey Announcements

The Work of Christmas Begins

Howard Thurman (1899-1981)

When the song of the angels is stilled,
When the star in the sky is gone,
When the kings and princes are home,
When the shepherds are back with their flock,
The work of Christmas begins:
To find the lost,
To heal the broken,
To feed the hungry,
To release the prisoner,
To rebuild the nations,
To bring peace among people,
To make music in the heart.

Square Dance at Berkey Tonight!

Square DancingTonight, Friday, January 10 at 6:30 p.m., we'll have a square dance in the fellowship hall. Shake off those snow days and cabin fever by square dancing! Our caller will be Les Gustafson-Zook. Please bring a snack to share (drinks will be provided).

Thank You

Thank YouWe want to thank our loving church family for all your prayers, words of encouragement and your monetary gifts during our green cards application process. We are deeply touched by your generosity and your kindness. May God bless you all abundantly. Thank you once again. ~ Elijah, Priscillah, Lillian and Sarina

Take Them A Meal

Take Them A MealOver 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. Thank you so much for your meals and friendship to our students! Sign up online using the last name "Students" and the password "Berkey". 

Berkey Teacher Appreciation Meal

DessertThe Education Commission is planning a special noon meal on Sunday, January 26, to say thank you to our Berkey Sunday School teachers (and their families) for serving our congregation this year in nurturing our children, youths and adults. Please join us for a simple meal and lots of delicious desserts from the congregation!

Celebrating the Gift

Sexuality SeriesHow can we celebrate our sexuality as a gift from God? This is the core question we’ll consider in a series of 6 Sunday mornings in January and February 2014.Our purpose in this series is to offer the congregation a chance to talk about a range of topics in human sexuality in conversation with scripture, Anabaptist-Mennonite theology and practice, cultural patterns, and our own experience as humans created in God’s image. View the brochure.

Support for Model School

Model StudentsFollowing up on our last member's meeting and preliminary work by Lowell Nafziger, the Mission Commission is exploring ways we as a church can support staff and students at Model School.  A list of ideas is on the mission bulletin board or you can view it online.  Please let one of the Mission Commission members know if you are interested in being part of a group to organize this effort, if you have additional ideas or are willing to help implement some of these ideas. The Mission Commission: Curt Wenger, Lori Good, Clare Krabill, Pete Graber and Marilyn Rudy-Froese

New to the Library

LibraryThis week we feature two new titles. The first is I Am Malala: The girl who stood up for education and was shot by the Taliban by Malala Yousafzai: When the Taliban took control of the Swat Valley in Pakistan, one girl spoke out. Malala Yousafzai refused to be silenced and fought for her right to an education. At sixteen, she has become a global symbol of peaceful protest and the youngest nominee ever for the Nobel Peace Prize.OUr second selection, Good Enough to Eat by Lizzy Rockwell (Kdg - 4th Gr.) is a guide to kids' nutrition written especially for kids. A practical, hands-on tool for families who want to eat a healthy diet, this book explains nutrition from carrots to cookies.

Animate: Faith Sunday School Class

Animate: FaithCome ponder, reflect on, and discuss topics of faith in the Animate:Faith class. Each week we will watch a DVD portion with one of these leading voices, spend time in personal reflection and journaling (the journal will be provided: a donation of $15 is suggested), and engage in conversation. Marilyn Rudy-Froese will facilitate this class. This week, Lauren Winner explores, "Bible: A Book Like No Other." Learn more and hear excerpts.

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 SchoolsBethany Christian Schools

After 3 days off for snow Bethany was finally able to start classes on Thursday, beginning the year with J-Term. During the first two weeks of January, students in grades 6-11 participate in hands-on, experiential-learning focused courses (receive 1 credit). All courses are on campus (possible short day trips) during the first week with high school courses having the option to travel during the second week. Seniors will participate one week each in job shadowing and a class trip.

Goshen CollegeGoshen College

Mennonite Historical Society Public Lecture

Author, quilt maker and Goshen College graduate Janneken Smucker will be on campus on January 13 and 14 to speak about her new book, “Amish Quilts: Crafting an American Icon,” which explores how Amish quilts evolved from practical bed linens to contemporary art. The book was included in the New York Times Holiday Gift Guide for 2013. Learn more.

Anthony Brown Concert

On Sunday, January 19 at 7:00 p.m. Anthony Brown, musician, peace activist, counselor and professor, and 1971 Goshen College graduate, will kick off the college’s annual Martin Luther King Jr. celebration events with a performance centered around the life of Paul Robeson. The show will take place on in the Music Center’s Sauder Concert Hall, and features spirituals and broadway tunes, with original arrangements of Robeson favorites like “Ol’ Man River,” “Shenandoah,” “Deep River” and many others. Tickets cost $10 for adults, $5 for students. For tickets, visit, or contact the Welcome Center at (574) 535-7566. Find out more about MLK Day events at

AMBSAnabaptist Mennonite Biblical Seminary

Local leaders will address issues of racism, violence and poverty in our communities at a Martin Luther King Jr Day event at Anabaptist Mennonite Biblical Seminary. Join in the conversation on Monday, January 20, from 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. in the chapel at 3003 Benham Avenue, Elkhart.

Community Announcements

Face2Face Women's Retreat 2014

Join us on March 7-9 for the 2014 Face2Face Women's Retreat! This guided retreat for women of all ages is prepared by Patricia Ebersole Zwier and Susan Berends Medendorp, who have been doing women's retreats for 20 years. Susan is seminary trained in the Christian Reformed Church and Patricia is a therapist at Oaklawn and is active in Assembly Mennonite Church. Each session begins with corporate worship led by musicians from Assembly Mennonite Church and a brief introduction to the topic. Then it moves into the centerpiece of guided face-to-face times with God, ending with processing in small groups. For more information and to register, go to the website of host congregation, River Terrace Church, or call Blythe (517) 351-9059. Learn more.

The Church and Business Doing Kingdom Work

Join us on Thursday, January 16 at 6:30 p.m. at Belmont Mennonite Church (925 Oxford Street, Elkhart) for "The Church and Business Doing Kingdom Work." Pastor Larry Rohrer and a business leader in the Belmont congregation will dialogue over how one incorporates their faith and values in the business world, and the role the church should play in that setting. This presentation anticipates a sabbatical study next summer of the same nature. Pastor Rohrer will describe both congregational and personal dynamics which led to the pursuing of this theme. Kindly RSVP by Monday, January 13 by emailing or by calling (574) 355-3607. (If you don’t receive a confirmation email or phone call, please let us know.) Meal and program costs are $15 for members and $20 for non-members.

John D. Roth Speaks At Mennohof

You’re invited to attend “A cup of cold water: service in the Amish-Mennonite tradition” led by John D. Roth, Goshen College professor of history, on January 19, 6:00 p.m. at Menno-Hof, Shipshewana, Ind.Drawing on lots of examples, this program will summarize the theological and historical basis for the Anabaptist commitment to service. This is the first event in Menno-Hof’s “Coffee, cookies and community: Part II” winter series. Bring cookies to share – coffee will be provided. RSVP is requested as seating is limited. Contact us at (260) 768-4117 or to reserve your spot.

Witness Through Storytelling: A Women's Spirituality Retreat at Merry Lea

Women of all ages are invited to Merry Lea Environmental Learning Center on the evening of Friday, January 31 through Saturday, February 1 for a weekend getaway that will include time outdoors, time to reflect on biblical texts related to nature, guided contemplative prayer and storytelling workshops. Jackie Wyse-Rhodes, Karla Minter, and Janie Beck Kreider will provide input. The retreat will begin at 7:30 p.m. on Friday evening and end mid-afternoon on Saturday. After the hectic holiday season fades, this retreat aims to provide spiritual rejuvenation and spark creative, worshipful expression. Come, bring a friend, and enjoy delicious food, creative workshops, crisp winter hikes, time to relax, and insightful input from the presenters. The cost of $45 includes two meals and lodging; $25 students. To register, email Janie Beck Kreider at The registration deadline is January 21. 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!

Anabaptist Mennonite Biblical Seminary in Elkhart has openings for custodial responsibilities with early morning or evening hours. These positions can be combined if desired. See job descriptions and how to apply at, or contact Norm Cender,
MCC seeks a Server/Network Specialist in Akron, PA (preferred); or Philadelphia, PA with weekly visits to Akron, PA. The Server/Network Specialist will provide support to MCC’s IT infrastructure. Specific responsibilities will include server management and management of network devices such as switches, routers, and firewalls. This position also participates in the day-to-day activities of the department. Learn more.
MCC International Affairs Intern. This is a 3-4 month internship, providing research and monitoring on several international domestic policy issues, as identified by supervisor. The intern will also provide logistical support for a variety of office projects. Internships are offered throughout the year during the following time frames: Winter/Spring (Jan-Apr), Summer (June-Aug), Fall (Sept-Dec). The FTE is 0.5-1. Learn more.

Getting to Know

Our Stephen Ministry Team

Diana Paz-Earnhart

Diana Paz-Earhart

My name is Diana Paz-Earnhart.  I live in Milford with my husband Randy.  We have been married 32 years.  We have 3 children. Ryan, the oldest, is married and lives in South Carolina finishing up chiropractic school.  Jennifer, also married, lives close to home and working for a chiropractor in Goshen.  And, Miranda, the youngest, is currently studying music education at Goshen College.  I was involved in the Stephen Ministry program at our old church some 20+ years ago.   Shirley told me about going to FL with Marilyn to train as Stephen Leaders and I told her I had been through the program before and would like to have a refresher.  I enjoy sewing, quilting, card making, painting and COOKING.  I have a sense of humor that is dry as toast! I have a degree in bookkeeping but am currently working as a part time receptionist for a chiropractor.  

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!

Did You Know?

Last Sunday's Snowpocalypse forced us to cancel our Sunday service. The last time Berkey Avenue Mennonite Fellowship suspended a Sunday service was just over 6 years ago, on the third week of Advent, December 16, 2007.

Do you have an interesting fact about Berkey to share?  Let us know!

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

This Week
January 10-12: JYF Winter Camp
January 13SLT Meeting, 7:00 p.m.
January 14: Christian Education Commission Meeting, 7:00 p.m.
January 15: Stewardship and Finance Commission Meeting, 7:00 p.m.
January 17-19: MYF Winter Camp

CalendarView Events Calendar

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

Pray for Mennonite Mission Network’s Mike and Teresa Sherrill and their three children in Japan. Mike works as chaplain and associate professor of Christian Studies at a women’s junior college. Teresa, co-pastor at West Tokyo Union Church, also ministers through hospitality and family ministries.

DownloadJan. MMN Prayer Vine

Church Notes
Sunday Service Info
This Sunday: January 12

Lydia and Andy Martin, Julie and Phil Zimmerman
Eli and Anja Martin
Krabill/Sessa Family
Offering Counters: 
Ron Good, Rick Hostetter
Phil Bauman, Lana Smucker

Next Sunday: January 19

Clare and Merrill Krabill, Jenny and Mark Yoder
Krabill/Sessa Family
Krabill/Sessa Family
Offering Counters: 
Lowell Nafziger, Denise Risser
Phil Bauman, Lana Smucker
Statistical Report 
(January 5 - Church Canceled Due to Snowstorm)

Attendance: --
Bethany Tuition: $--
General Fund: $--
Agape: $--
College Matching: $--
MCC Relief Kits for Congo Christmas Project: $--
Sunday School Books: $--

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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