Berkey Avenue Mennonite Fellowship
A congregation of Mennonite Church USA
Berkey Avenue Mennonite Fellowship
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September 11, 2016

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Berkey Announcements


Playground and Parking Project

PlaygroundThanks to all who have pledged and donated so far to the Parking Lot/Playground Capital Campaign. We have received $27,970 in pledges and donations which is 34% of the total cost of the project. Given the limited amount of time we've had under the campaign so far, we feel this is a good start and appreciate the strong support for the project.

However, due to the short time frame, we would ask again for your consideration and prompt reply. We will have pledge forms available at church this Sunday or you can respond directly via email to Jason, Karl or Laura. Thanks for your prayerful response.

MYF Day Away

MYFThe MYF, sponsors (Lavonn and Eric Hostetler, Alisha Snyder, Leah Garboden, Sim Dlova and Mollie Nebel) and Marilyn will be at Ox Bow Park for a Day Away on Sunday. They will spend time in worship, welcoming the new youth and sponsors, planning for the year, and building relationships.

A Note From the Derstines

Thank youThank you! Once again we have been overwhelmed with care (in the best possible way) thanks to our Berkey community. Thank you to everyone who brought meals, gave gifts, sent up prayers, and cared for us in other ways as we welcomed Sally to the world. We are so grateful! -- Elise, Adam, Abram, and Sally Derstine

Fall Fest

Fall FestBerkey's annual Fall Fest is just one week away! Plan to come on Saturday, September 17, 5:00 p.m. for this fun event. The Straight A's will be providing music. Grilled pork sausage and drinks will be provided. Invite family, friends, and extend a special welcome to college students that you know. You should bring:
  • A salad and a desert to share.
  • Your own picnic service.
  • Lawn chairs or a blanket.
  • Lawn games (if you would like).

New Sunday School Class

Spiritual GiftsDiscovering Your Spiritual Gifts Sunday School class will start this coming Sunday morning. If you are wondering where best to serve in the church, have tried a few things but don't feel like you have found your niche, this class may be of help. Each Sunday will involve input and guided exploration that will help you discover your personal gifts. We will meet in the sanctuary. Feel free to come this Sunday.

Cheese & More!

cheeseThe 49th annual Michiana Mennonite Relief Sale is September 23-24, 2016, at the Elkhart County 4H Fairgrounds. The sale begins Friday, September 23, 5:00 - 9:00 p.m. and continues Saturday, 7:00 a.m. through early afternoon. Once again Berkey Avenue will host the cheese booth and your participation is important! Look for the Relief Sale table and sign-up sheets in the fellowship hall to volunteer for a slot. For more information about the sale or to download printable forms, visit the Relief Sale website.

Photo Directory Updates

picturesDo you have new glasses, a different haircut, more children....? Then you should have a new photo taken for the online directory! Photographers will be available on September 18, 25, and October 2 here at the church. If you would like your picture taken, please sign-up on the poster by the mailboxes. You may also submit your own photographs to the office any time. Photos should be in a landscape format for optimal fit.

Meals for Students

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. Follow this link; username: students, password: bamf. For more information, contact Ruth Roth. Thank you so much for your meals and friendship to our students!

Son Catchers

Son CatcherLast Sunday the theme for our next year was introduced, Circle of Grace. In the service everyone received a Son Catcher symbol to keep and put in a visible place as a daily reminder of God's unfailing light and love. If you did not receive one, there are more in a basket in the fellowship hall.

Small Group Invitation

Small GroupsAre you interested in joining a small group this fall? Berkey offers a wide variety of groups, including:  inter-generational, family, women's, and similar life stages. Please email Marilyn by September 16, and the small group committee will provide you with information and help to connect you with a group. Feel free to reach out to one of us if you have questions!       
-Marilyn, Grant Miller, Laura Horst, Steph Wieand

Note from the Leichtys

Paul & TwilaWe are making plans for a move from Goshen to Williamsport, Pennsylvania, likely sometime this fall. We are marketing and selling our home ourselves and thus would appreciate leads from our church and community networks. We are happy to answer any questions. -- Paul & Twila Leichty
(View a more detailed discription of their house under Classifieds.)

Throwback Thursday

tbtHead 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!

Do you have an announcement for the Newsletter? Submit your announcement to the office by noon on Thursday. Announcements received after the deadline will be printed the following week.


Our Schools

icon_bcs Bethany Christian

Alumni Reunions Bethany Christian Schools in Goshen will be hosting class reunions and activities for its alumni and their families on Saturday, September 24. The following graduating classes will hold their reunions Saturday: 1956, 1961, 1971, 1976, 1981, 1986, 1991, 1996, 2001, 2006, and 2011. Reunion classes will meet Saturday afternoon/evening at Bethany for visiting and a catered dinner. Alumni interested in attending should register by September 15. Read more details.

Goshen College Goshen College

Afternoon Sabatical

You are invited to an Afternoon Sabatical on Tuesday, September 13, 1:00 p.m. in Sauder Concert Hall, Music Center:  “Evolving With Language: When the Rules on Courtesy, Profanity and Other Usage Give Way.” Duane Stoltzfus, GC professor of communication will talk about navigating standards in a shifting landscape. Communication is more important than rules, but standards also have their place. He’ll reflect on his own journey with language and engage his students, former professors and others in a conversation about how we best say what we want to say. This community program is free. If you have questions please call 574-535-7565 or email the Afternoon Sabbatical office.

Weekend Spotlight for High School Students

Academic Spotlight Weekend at Goshen College: On Sept. 16-17, high school students have an opportunity to visit the Goshen College campus to learn more about four of GC's top programs: American Sign Language, music, environmental science/sustainability and pre-medicine. Learn more and sign up at

AMBS Anabaptist Mennonite Biblical Seminary

The 2016-17 library staff is trained and ready to serve! Did you know that you can access all of the library's online resources and receive guidance from our librarians and peers? Our Research for Ministry online seminar is a six-month, non-credit seminar featuring e-books and online journal articles available from the AMBS library. Read more.

Mennonite Church USA

Daily Prayer Practice

September is a good time to renew your daily practice of prayer! Find recommendations for daily devotional podcasts or emails at the Anabaptist Faith Formation website. The site is sponsored by Central Plains Mennonite Conference, an area conference of Mennonite Church USA.

Scholarships for Theology Conference

Partial scholarships for women of color are available for the Women Doing Theology Conference, I've got the power: Naming and reclaiming power as a force for good, to be held Nov. 4–6 at the National Conference Center in Leesburg, Virginia. Sponsor: Women in Leadership Project of Mennonite Church USA. The full cost is $425, which includes a private room and all meals and snacks. Apply for a partial scholarship by Sept. 23.


mccMennonite Central Committee

New Children's activities at the Relief Sale are available this year including crafts, a bounce house, barrel train ride, a magic show and more. Look for a complete list of child activities on the bulletin board by the mailboxes.

Community Announcements

Menno-Hof Hymn Sing

Come and enjoy a cappella singing of familiar hymns on the Menno-Hof lawn in Shipshewana, this Sunday, September 11, 5:00 p.m. Bring lawn chairs for seating. There will be ice cream and pretzels following the singing. Rain location: Farmstead Inn pavilion.

Pathways Retreat

You are invited to a monthly Iona Healing Prayer Service on September 12, 7:00 p.m.
This service of prayers for healing, which takes place every second Monday, September—May at Pathways, is the same service that happens every Tuesday evening at Iona Abbey (Scotland). In this service, we name particular
people, places, and situations for which prayers have been specifically asked. There is also opportunity for those who wish to receive or share in the ministry of the laying-on of hands for oneself or for another person or situation. Read more.

Center for Healing & Hope Event

You are invited to a "Dessert First" event on Wednesday, September 14, 4:30 – 6:30 p.m. to support the Center for Healing & Hope (CHH). Enjoy a free dessert and buy $20 EAT•SHOP•GIVE certificates to Goshen area restaurants and businesses. Half of the value of these certificates will go to CHH to support health care for the medically homeless in our community. Come to the event at 902 S. Main Street, Goshen, or purchase certificates online at, September 14 - October 19 or until sold out.

MEDA Event

Join Michiana Mennonite Economic Development Associates (MEDA) on Saturday, September 17, at 4:00 p.m. for our event "The Lean Farm" -- a tour of Clay Bottom Farm (located at 11434 CR 34, Goshen). Farm co-owner Ben Hartman will lead our tour and share how they apply lean, a production system originally developed by the Japanese automotive industry, to drastically cut waste and make their farm more environmentally and economically sustainable.

Our tour will be followed by dinner at Rachel's Bread in Goshen, featuring ingredients sourced from Clay Bottom Farm.

Please RSVP by Monday, September 12, by email or call 574-355-3607. Cost is $5 for students, $15 for Michiana MEDA members, and $20 for others, payable at the door.

Meserete Kristos College Fundraiser

The Indiana Friends of Meserete Kristos College (MKC) invite you to enjoy an Ethiopian meal here at Berkey on Monday, September 26, 6:30 p.m. You will meet and hear from Beliju Hailu, a lecturer at MKC for the past 17 years and is a student at AMBS. The cost is $12.50 per person. The event will serve as a fundraiser to help with the construction of the women's dormitory. A generous donor from Canada will match any gift received dollar for dollar up to $150,000.00 U.S. dollars given by September 30. Please RSVP to Peter Shetler (574-849-5116) by September 19. For more information see the poster on the bulletin board by the mailboxes.


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!

Childcare request from the Derstines:  We are looking for some part-time babysitting for Sally when Elise goes back to work in October. The hours/days we would like to cover are Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays from approximately 10:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. Care can take place in our home or elsewhere. Please email Elise if you are interested and available for all or some of these hours. Thanks!

Leichty house for sale: Single family home at 1406 S. 14th St. on a spacious corner lot in pleasant neighborhood in Southeast Goshen. Three bedrooms on main floor plus 1.5 bathrooms. New roof in 2010. Major kitchen renovation in 2012 opened up kitchen to attractive dining area. Basement has an enclosed apartment with its own eat-in kitchen, living room, and two bedrooms. There is also a half bath within the apartment and a separate shower located in another enclosed area of the basement that includes laundry facilities, workbench, furnace, etc. Property also includes a shed, a number of shade trees, and areas for flower gardens. Convenient location within walking distance of neighborhood Rieth Park, Goshen College, Goshen Hospital, Greencroft, two credit unions, several churches, and a grocery store. It is listed along with pictures on the web by doing a Google search on our address. We are happy to answer any questions. Contact Paul Leichty, 574-238-1853.

Mennonite Mission Network is seeking a Constituent Information Manager and a Church Relations Coordinator. These two full time positions are located in Elkhart, IN. Position descriptions can be seen at thier website. For more information or to submit a resumé contact Linda Krueger.

Paid college internship opportunity with the Mennonite Church USA Communications Team! Beginning in January and culminating in July 2017 at the Mennonite Church USA convention in Orlando, Florida, these paid internships will include positions for writers, editors, photographers, social media managers and graphic designers. Students of color are especially encouraged to apply. If selected students wish to receive credit from their college or university, Mennonite Church USA staff will work with the appropriate faculty representative to determine whether this can be arranged. Contact Janie Beck Kreider for more information.


Joel Yoder
Joel Yoder

I began my MVS placement in Chicago!  Following a week of orientation which included getting to know my six housemates and an interesting tour of the Pilsen neighborhood, I officially started my placement on September 6 with Chicago Run. I have received a list of eight schools in which I will lead in-classroom physical activity sessions as a part of my role in the Chicago Runners program.
My community here is amazing and I truly could not be any happier with my placement and physical location in Pilsen. I am excited about the opportunities for this year and aware of how fast I know it will fly by! Thank you for your blessing, prayers, and financial support.
If you would like to financially contribute to MVS on my behalf please go to their website, select MVS and designate the gift for Joel Yoder. You may also give by sending a check made out to Berkey Avenue Mennonite Fellowship and writing MVS:JOELYODER in the Memo line.


Sunday, September 11
Coordinating Council Meeting, 12:00 noon

Monday, September 12
Fellowship Commission, 7:00 p.m.
Intercessory Prayer, 7:00 p.m.
Stewardship & Finance Commission, 7:00 p.m.

Tuesday, September 13
Christian Ed. Commission, 8:00 p.m.

Wednesday, September 14
Worship Commission, 7:00 p.m.

Saturday, September 17
Fall Fest

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Anniversaries This Week
Neil Richer and Elizabeth Miller

Birthdays This Week
Isaac Buller
Lorraine Pflederer
Lydia Martin

PrayerPlease contact the office by noon on Thursday with prayer requests.

Pray for Bethel College students who are adjusting to a new community. For many, this includes finding a new church home — pray also for the local congregations who will welcome them.

Bishop Leonard Dow and Oxford Circle Mennonite Church in Philadelphia will host an African-American leadership gathering on September 16-17. Pray for the inspiration of God’s Spirit as African-American Mennonite Association and Mennonite Mission Network collaborate to deepen relationships and respond to God’s call to mission.

DownloadSeptember MMN Prayer Vine

Church Notes
Sunday Service Info

This Sunday:  September 11

Clare & Merrill Krabill
Richard & Pat Miller

Aaron Wieand

John & Lois Mast

Jason Moshier

Elisabeth & Rafael Barahona

Infants:  Angela Shenk, Lindsy Locke
Toddlers:  Brenda Grimes, Clare & Merrill Krabill

Offering Counters:
Ron Good, Rick Hostetter

Next Sunday:  September 18

Clare & Merrill Krabill
Mark & Jenny Yoder

Aaron Wieand

John & Lois Mast

Jason Moshier

Elisabeth & Rafael Barahona

Infants:  Sim Dlova, Bev & Dave Krabill
Toddlers:  Nate Shenk, Jan & Peter Shetler

Offering Counters:
Lowell Nafziger, Denise Risser

Statistical Report 
(September 4)

Attendance:  213
General Fund:  $6,188.88
Bethany 2016/17:  $865.00
College:  $70.00
New Construction Fund (parking lot, playground):  $10,820.00
Model School Fund (sale of potatoes):  $65.00
Coffee:  $80.00

General Fund Income 2016-17 YTD
Actual:  $6,188.88
Budget:  $6,118.00

Berkey Avenue
Mennonite Fellowship

2509 Berkey Avenue
Goshen, IN 46526
(574) 534-2398

Office Hours
Monday - Friday
Hours vary

Interim Communications and Office Manager, Jenny Hooley:
Tuesday - Friday
10:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.

Marilyn Rudy-Froese
Dan Schrock

Greg Smucker (Chairperson)
Richard Aguirre
Sherm Kauffman
Anita Mounsithiraj
Margaret Stoltzfus

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Judy Weaver
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