Berkey Avenue Mennonite Fellowship
A congregation of Mennonite Church USA
Berkey Avenue Mennonite Fellowship
the OWL

July 19, 2015

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Berkey Announcements

Summer Schedule at Berkey

July 19 - Third Sunday Intergenerational Nurture Hour
July 26 - Fourth Sunday Intergenerational Nurture Hour
Aug. 2- Fifth Sunday Intergenerational Nurture Hour
Aug. 9 – Second Sunday All Church Picnic and Members Meeting - No Nurture Hour
Aug. 16 - Sixth Sunday Intergenerational Nurture Hour
Aug. 23 - Seventh Sunday Intergenerational Nurture Hour
Aug. 30 – Celebration Sunday - No Nurture Hour

Model Elementary Announcements

Model Elem. AnnouncementsBAMF along with Faith Lutheran and Greene Road Churches are supporting staff at Model School this year. BAMF is furnishing a noon meal for the staff (approx. 70) on Tuesday, August 4 at BAMF. We need several people to help plan, fix, and serve the meal. If you can help with this please, contact Lowell Nafziger.
  • BAMF has been assigned to collect at least 25 pair of girls underwear, sizes XS/S/M sizes.  Bring to the church and place in box by the mailboxes.  They would like to have these by August 5.
  • We will be furnishing a treat for the staff (70) the months of October, January, and April.  These can be individual treats that are placed in their mailboxes or large servings in a bowl or two.  We encourage a note attached for the teachers such as: We are praying for you, or a Bible verse, etc.  If you would like to do this Lowell Nafziger.  This can be done by individuals or groups of people.

Convention Newsletter

Convention NewsletterIt's a wrap! The last convention newsletter for KC2015 contains highlights from the convention in Kansas City as well as a summary of decisions from the Delegate Assembly. Learn more.

Third Way Invitation

You are invited to subscribe to several free email subscriptions at Third Way website. The website was first launched in 1998 to give more information on Mennonites for the general public. It was recently updated with a new look and mobile-friendly platform. The website comes up frequently as the top hit in Google searches for topics such as "difference between Mennonites and Amish," and ranks #6 or 7 when Googling "Mennonites." We invite folks from your church, conference, agency or small group to sign up for daily, weekly, twice-monthly, or monthly FREE email subscriptions with helpful, inspiring, and even prophetic content. Visit the website.

Throwback Thursday

Throwback ThursdayHead 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

Boys basketball alumni

Former boys basketball players and coaches from 1979-2015 are invited to participate in a celebration honoring Coach Jim Buller's legacy, at 2:00-7:00 p.m. Saturday, July 25. The celebration will include 3-on-3 and pick-up games, supper, and a program. Jim would be honored if as many of you could attend (bring your families). More information and to RSVP is available online.

Goshen College Goshen College

A Church Known for Grace, Love and Forbearance

What if a significant number of members of Mennonite Church USA would say we’re sick and tired of being part of a denomination racked by conflict over same-sex issues? No, we’re not leaving, but we want to be part of a different kind of church—a church not shaped by the culture wars. What if we refuse to follow the old Mennonite impulse of splintering to keep the peace, and we also refuse to adopt political means of remaking the church the way we think it should be? Read Richard Kauffman's thoughts in the Mennonite.

AMBS Anabaptist Mennonite Biblical Seminary

Creating a Scene in Corinth

You are invited to six week online course to reclaim Paul's wisdom for leading a conflicted church today. Reta Halteman Finger, PhD offers us the opportunity to take a closer look at 1 Corinthians, a letter written to a group of house churches that had more conflict than any other church Paul planted. This study of Paul's letter will take the form of an online simulation of one house church troubled by factions and social tensions. Each student will role-play a character from a particular faction and will comment on Paul's controversial viewpoints, as well as interacting with the positions of other characters. Among other things, the course will also include a closer look at 1 Corinthians 11 and 14, passages that have historically silenced women. Register today.

Community Announcements


Do you have questions about Medicare? Everence will host a free seminar on Monday, August 3 at 6:30 p.m. RSVP by July 27 to or call (574) 533-9515 ext. 3209.

Center for Healing & Hope

The Center for Healing & Hope provides urgent medical care to people in our community who are without a medical home. They have clinic locations in Goshen at the Plymouth United Church of Christ and in Elkhart at Grace Lutheran Church. Please read our summer newsletter to find out about the mission and opportunities to volunteer.

Senior Tuesday Luncheon

You are invited to the next Senior Tuesday Luncheon at Yellow Creek Mennonite Church on Tuesday, July 21 at 12 p.m. in the fellowship hall. The suggested amount is $5 per person, paid at the door.  Anna Hagen will be performing a solo harp. Anna presents vibrant, original arrangements of beloved hymns. For reservations, call the church office at (574) 862-2595 by Tuesday, July 14.

Hymn Sing in the Country

You are all invited to a hymn sing in the country at the Helmuths, 4760W 100S Lagrange, August 2nd, at 6:00 p.m. Bring finger foods, chairs/blankets and friendship.

Goal-Driven Parenting Training for Professionals

CAPS is excited to have partnered with Oaklawn to provide their Goal-Driven Parenting Training for Professionals this fall. This training will help equip front-line professionals in Elkhart County to better help families who are struggling with parenting issues. Professionals will walk away from this training equipped with proven tools, activities, handouts, and access to all materials along with the knowledge and confidence needed to utilize them. The training costs $100 per participant and CEU's are available through our partnership with Oaklawn. For those interested in earning CEU's, an additional charge of $100 for 24 CEU's will be added to the training fee. For additional questions, please contact Gina Stone or call (574) 522-1998 ext. 287.


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!

LaCasa Inc. is seeking a carpenter for housing rehab projects. Professional experience in carpentry, plumbing, electrical and knowledge of building codes required. Successful applicant will demonstrate an ability to work with volunteer groups. Full job description and necessary qualifications are available at office. Apply in person at LaCasa Inc. 202 N. Cottage Ave. Goshen, IN 46528 or email resume to Brad Hunsberger. No phone calls will be accepted.  Lacasa is an equal opportunity employer
Mennonite Mission Network has opportunities for employment as Development Associate, Church Relations Associate and Human Resources Assistant.  Read the full position descriptions on our website.  All applicants must be committed to denominational and agency goals of anti-racist action. Interested persons should send a letter of interest and résumé to Linda Krueger, Human Resource Coordinator.




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

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This Week:
July 19: Young Mother's Potluck, 4:00 p.m.

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Anniversaries and Birthdays This Week:

Jim Alvarez and Diane Beam

Adam Derstine
Dick Ramer
Tom Albrecht
Curt Wenger
Quinn Brenneman
Ben Mast

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

Martine Audéoud and Gary Wittig engage in teaching ministries in Ivory Coast through Mennonite Mission Network. Pray that papers from a powerful symposium (presenting guidelines for the church’s witness during political elections) will be available to the public before October when national presidential elections are scheduled to take place.

DownloadJully MMN Prayer Vine

Church Notes
Sunday Service Info

This Sunday: July 19

Clare Krabill, Curt and Elise Wenger

Laverne Nafziger

Nancy and Dick Yoder

Michael Sherer, Sue Byler

Infants: Lavonne Bixler, Lorraine Pflederer
Toddlers: Seth Krabill, Jan and Peter Shetler

Offering Counters:
Lowell Nafziger, Denise Risser

Next Sunday: July 26

Clare Krabill, Curt and Elise Wenger

Laverne Nafziger

Nancy and Dick Yoder

Michael Sherer, Sue Byler

Infants: Beth Berry, Anna and Joe Sawatzky
Toddlers: Grant Miller, Sherry and Curt Wenger

Offering Counters:
Dick Ramer, Karl Sommers
Statistical Report 
(July 12)

Attendance: 145
General Fund: $3,501.41
Bethany Tuition: $15.00
College Matching: $20.00
Mission Emphasis: Model School (strawberries): $368.00
MYF funds raised from sale of Menno coffee: $55.00

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.

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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