Berkey Avenue Mennonite Fellowship
A Congregation of Mennonite Church USA
Berkey Avenue Mennonite Fellowship

June 9, 2013

Berkey Announcements | Our Schools | Community Announcements | Employment Opportunities | Sunday Service Info

Berkey Announcements

High School Tea Reception

This Sunday, June 9, during the Fellowship time there will be a Reception Tea for our high school graduates (Ben Rudy-Froese, Melinda Sherer, Morgan Short and Andrew Snyder). All are welcome to share in greeting the grads and enjoying the refreshments provided by the Fellowship Commission.

Church Renovation Volunteers Needed

Calling all volunteers! We need some help with the summer renovation project.  You will be able to sign up for some tasks that we will need right away and other tasks that we will need later in the summer. Some of the tasks will need to be accomplished before this Thursday. A sign up form will be available on Monday. Learn more.

2013-2014 Leadership Candidates

The Leadership Discernment Team (Steve Garboden, Bev Krabill, Anita Mounsithiraj, and Dan Schrock) recommend the following slate of candidates for 2013-14. On June 16 you will have a chance to affirm the following persons. (Terms are three years unless indicated otherwise.)
Spiritual Leadership Team/Elders: Shirley Dick
Caregiving Commission/Deacons: Doug Baker
Christian Education Commission: Ruth Miller Roth
Fellowship and Caring Commission: Connie Bauman, Lindsay Rheinheimer
Mission Commission: Pete Graber
Stewardship and Finance Commission: Patrick Buller
Worship Commission: Margaret Stoltzfus
Congregational Chair: Greg Smucker (1-year term)
Congregational Secretary: Steve Garboden (1-year term)
IN-MI Conference Delegates: Beth Berry (1-year term), Darin Short (1-year term)  

Kit Assembly: School Supplies Needed

School kitDuring our Discovering God Through Service Sunday School class on June 23, we will be filling school bags with school supplies for MCC.  Anyone interested in supporting this project is encouraged to bring supplies from the following list to the church anytime now until that day:
  • 4 spiral or perforated notebooks, 70 sheets
  • 8 unsharpened pencils
  • 1 flexible plastic ruler (30 cm and 12 in.)
  • 12 colored pencils in package
  • 1 large pencil eraser
Please look for the marked container in the foyer.  Thank you! - Ron Good and Melba Graber.

Fall College Assistance

Mennonite CollegesThis fall our congregation will have 15 young people attending Mennonite colleges. Each student is eligible for assistance of $500 for the fall semester from our college matching fund. Giving to this fund is financially prudent because the colleges match all contributions dollar for dollar—plus you get a tax deduction on your contribution. Very few investments double your money like this does. We hope to raise $7,500 by July 21. As of June 7, we have $7,043 in the college fund. Please mark your contribution for the college fund and place it in the offering. Thank you.

Intergenerational Sunday School Program

We're off and running with out summer Sunday School program. When you hear the drums, that’s your signal to head to your Sunday school class. Please also note that the Fiber Art class will now be meeting in the library.

Discovering God through service: Help needed hoeing potatoes

Berkey Garden

On May 8 we planted 10 long rows of potatoes to raise money for MCC. The potatoes are growing quite well, and so are the weeds. Please join us this Sunday for a time of pleasant conversation and moderate exercise in the form of hoeing. Bring your hoe,bring a friend and discover God through service.

Online Photo Directory

The BullersThe online photo directory is under construction and if you haven't signed up to get your photo taken, you can sign up online or email Renae Yoder. John Hooley will be taking the portraits. If you are interested in keeping your photo, let Rafael know and he will email it to you. Additionally, if you would like to include a link to your Facebook profile, please let Rafael know as well and he will add it to your entry.

Stephen Ministry

Transitions such as loss of a job, the loss of a loved one, hospitalization, graduation from college, retirement, a move or the birth of a child happen to all of us. When transitions come, it is helpful to have someone who walks with you. If you or someone you know is experiencing a transition, a Stephen Minister may be helpful. To find out more about Stephen Ministry or to receive a Stephen Minister's care, contact Marilyn Rudy‐Froese.

Are you interested in becoming a Stephen Minister? Find out how.

Get Your Copy of Mission Mosaic

A free copy of Mission Mosaic for 2013‐2014, is now available on the literature rack. If you would like the Mission Commission to get a copy for you, please sign your name on the clip board by June 9th. A directory will then be put in your church mailbox.

Wedding Reception Double Header

Wedding BellsFellowship Commission has scheduled “double” wedding showers for two of our couples.  On June 23 during Fellowship Hour, we will celebrate the May 25th marriage of Simon Smucker and Rebecca Weaver, and the June 15th marriage of  Daniel Mast and Ally Christner.   Both of these will be card/money showers.  Cards will again be available for anyone who needs one.  We invite everyone to join in celebrating these marriages.

Our Schools

Goshen College Goshen College

Goshen College seeks Host families to provide a living space for a student in their home. Contact Skip Barnett, International Student Adviser, at (574) 535‐7472 if you are interested in helping. It can be a wonderful learning experience! Learn more.

Bethany Christian Schools Bethany

Bethany Christian Schools invites applications for the coaching position of middle school girls soccer—email for more information. There are also staff openings for bus driver and evening custodian. View details and application procedures on these positions on the Bethany website.

Community Announcements

Goshen Farmers Market Plans Inaugural Tour de Farm

Tour de FarmThe first Tour de Farm will bring together Goshen Farmers Market customers and good food at one of its vendors farms. The market, operated by a non-profit corporation, is planning the first event locally to bike from the market to the Fritz Miller farm. After a farm tour, people will be able to enjoy strawberry shortcake.

Lancaster Children’s Choir Perform in Goshen

The Mennonite Children’s Choir of Lancaster will be in concert on Saturday, June 15, 7:00 p.m. at North Goshen Mennonite and on Sunday, June 16, 9:00 a.m. at Yellow Creek Mennonite Church. Both the Concert and Chamber choirs will be performing. Children range in age from 6th to 12th grade. Learn more.

ADNet Connections Mailing Party

You are invited to a Connections Mailing Party on Tuesday, June 11 at 7:00 p.m.! Come have fun while helping ADNet. You are invited to enjoy good company, entertaining guessing games, and delicious snacks while helping Anabaptist Disabilities Network. Learn more.

Become a Hospice Volunteer

Harbor Light Hospice is seeking individuals in Goshen to spend quality time with terminally ill patients or provide respite to their families. If interested in more information about becoming a hospice volunteer please contact Jamie Rhew at 800-662-8889 or Learn more.

The Elkhart County Clubhouse Open House

The Elkhart County Clubhouse is having an Open House June 7th, from 5:00 p.m. ‐ 9:00 p.m. to celebrate our 1 year anniversary. Contact Leah Garboden with questions.

The Window Seeks Donations

The Window is seeking several items for donation, as well as volunteers. Please contact Lisa Thompson, Executive Assistant and Meals on Wheels of Goshen Director at (574) 533‐9680, ext 203 if interested.

Griefshare Support Group

Silverwood Mennonite Church will be hosting Griefshare Support Group meetings beginning June 12. Griefshare is a friendly, caring group of people who will walk alongside you through one of life’s most difficult experiences. Call Leah Miller or Michelle Strite at (574) 533‐1922 for more information or to register. Learn more.

American Cancer Society Relay for Life of Elkhart County

Relay for LifeThe American Cancer Society Relay for Life of Elkhart County will be held at Goshen High school on June 15‐16. This event unites the community in celebrating those who’ve had cancer, and remembering loved ones. We encourage all cancer survivors to join. Volunteers are also needed to ensure the success of the year’s Relay For Life event. Call (574) 257‐9789, or email Juliana Newbill. Learn more.

Mennonite Healthcare Fellowship Meeting

Local registrations are still being accepted to the Mennonite Healthcare Fellowship (MHF) Annual Gathering, June 21-23, 2013 at Goshen College.  All healthcare professionals are welcomed to register for this weekend event with the theme, "Moral Dilemmas in Healthcare."  The general public is invited to two public sessions, June 21 & 22, 7:00-8:30 p.m. at College Mennonite Church.  For information on both options visit, write to, or call toll-free to 1-888-406-3643. A flyer is also posted on the bulletin board.

MCC Relief Sale Silent Auction

As we head into the summer months, plans are underway for the 2013 MCC Relief Sale Silent Auction. Relief Sale weekend is September 27‐28. We are looking for contributions. Please contact Stacey Farran with offers of help in these areas or any questions. Thanks for your consideration!

Employment / Volunteer Opportunities

Anabaptist Mennonite Biblical Seminary is seeking a professor of Peace Studies and Christian Social Ethics. Qualifications include a PhD with interdisciplinary competence in peace studies and Christian theology or social ethics, international and cross-cultural experience, and passion for the centrality of peace and justice in the Gospel. To apply, send letter of application, CV, and list of references by September 15 to Dr. Rebecca Slough, Academic Dean, 3003 Benham Avenue, Elkhart, IN  46517 or electronically to Learn more.
Shine curriculum seeks a half-time Managing Editor to oversee the production of a multicomponent children’s Sunday school curriculum. Shine is jointly owned and produced by Brethren Press and MennoMedia. Familiarity with the Church of the Brethren and/or Mennonite organization and belief strongly preferred. Position is located in Elkhart. See the full job posting at To apply, send resume and letter of intent to
The Center for Healing and Hope is seeking a .75 FTE Registered Nurse to oversee operations at two of its clinic locations in Elkhart County. Will include some evenings and an excellent benefits package. CHH is a non-profit, faith-based organization operating urgent care clinics providing quality medical care to low-income, uninsured patients. Please send inquiries, cover letter and resume to
The Center for Healing & Hope is aiming to establish a prayer network consisting of volunteers who are open to receiving prayer requests via email. Learn more.

 Sunday Service Information

Berkey Avenue Mennonite Fellowship

This Sunday:
June 9

Deb & Dan Williams, Sherry & Curt Wenger
Olivia & Elise Wenger
Offering Counters:  
Ron Good, Rick Hostetter
Phil Bauman, Dee Albrecht

Next Sunday:
June 16

Sherry & Curt Wenger, Deb & Dan Williams
Olivia & Elise Wenger
Offering Counters:  
Lowell Nafziger, Denise Risser
Phil Bauman, Dee Albrecht



This Week

Sunday: 8:45 a.m. High School Tea Reception

Saturday: Daniel Mast & Ally Christner Reception

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

For Greg and Barb Smucker as they grieve the loss of Barb's mother Evelyn.
Pray for members of Mennonite Mission Network Youth Venture teams, ages 14-22, and their leaders as they prepare for service and learning experiences with partner communities in Colombia, Ecuador, South Africa, and Fort Myers.
MMN Prayer Vine

Church Notes

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.

Statistical Report
Attendance: 158
Bethany Tuition: $4,940.00
General Fund: $5,391.00
Rejoice Devotional: $26.00
Agape: $60.00
Building Improvements: $3,000
College Matching: $870.00
MCC Penny Power: $11.00
House Rent: $750.00

Dan Schrock
Marilyn Rudy-Froese
Lois Stoltzfus Mast

Greg Smucker (Chairperson)
Lisa Short
Lee Roy Berry, Jr.
Jan Shetler
Roy Bergey

Renae Yoder (Chairperson)
Laura Horst
James Yoder
Richard Miller

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