Berkey Avenue Mennonite Fellowship
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February 23, 2014

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Berkey Announcements

Dan Schrock's Sabbatical

DanFor at least 15 years, the congregation has offered its pastors a sabbatical of up to 12 weeks after every 4 years of service. The pastor is required to seek approval for a sabbatical from the Spiritual Leadership Team and to report the sabbatical's content to the congregation. At its last meeting, the SLT approved a proposal for a sabbatical from April 21 to August 10(this includes vacation). I'll focus on 3 main activities: 1) reading 3 biblical-theological books on Sabbath, 2) observing a 24-hour Sabbath each week (something I've never done), and 3) continuing to work on a book manuscript I started about 6 years ago, tentatively entitled The Perceptive Eye. I'm grateful to the congregation for its sabbatical policy. ~ Dan

Mennonite Mission Network Thanks

Thanks!Thank you, Berkey Avenue Mennonite Fellowship, for giving $8,105.00 to Mennonite Mission Network in 2013! Your donations, prayer, participation and enthusiasm for mission are felt across the street and around the world. because of your generosity, this year, we're able to respond to even more calls for ministry! ~ Gratefully, Stanley Green, Executive Director, and staff of Mennonite Mission Network.

Close to Home Pamphlets

Close to HomeThe Caregiving Commission has purchased Close to Home Pastoral Care pamphlets from MennoMedia. These pamphlets cover a wide range of topics that are "so close to home we don't like to talk about them." The pamphlets bring together therapy, Christian faith and congregational care for those struggling with issues such as addictions, depression, anxiety or eating disorders. You are free to take a pamphlet for yourself or someone else. They can be found on the newly installed pamphlet rack in the library.

Marriage Retreat: You,Me, We and God

Marriage RetreatJoin us on March 15 from 9:00 a.m. to noon at Waterford Mennonite Church for an enriching time featuring candid panel discussion and engaging break-out time for couples. Guided questions and materials will also be provided for couples, along with additional resources for further spiritual engagement following the conclusion of the retreat. Plan now on setting aside this time to work at nurturing your marriage relationship. This free retreat is jointly planned by and for Waterford Mennonite Church and Berkey Avenue Mennonite Fellowship. You can register by emailing or on Facebook.

Leadership Discernment

SurveyOn February 23rd, we will be taking a few minutes during the worship service to ask you to identify people in the congregation who might be well suited to serve on various church commissions. We ask that you consider your gifts and talents, as well as those of others in the congregation as we begin this discernment process. ~ The Leadership Discernment Team (Dan Williams, Anita Mounsithiraj, and Bev Krabill)

Celebrating the Gift

Sexuality SeriesTalking about our sexuality can stir up experiences and feelings that are painful and troubling. This is normal. So we encourage you to do what you need to do to care for yourself: talk to one of the pastors or a trusted friend, excuse yourself from parts of the service or Christian education sessions that you find disturbing or painful, or visit another church on a particular Sunday.This Sunday, February 23, our topic will be friendship and intimacy. View the brochure.

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

Musical Tickets

Bethany Christian High School will be performing the musical Just So! March 6-9. Performances are on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday evenings at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday at 3:00 p.m. Tickets are $8 for adults and $6 for students. Ticket sales begin Monday, February 17, and may be purchased online at (or call the school at 534-2567 on school days, 8:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.). Based on the stories of Rudyard Kipling, Just So takes the audience on a journey to the banks of Africa’s Limpopo River, where they meet a collection of colorful creatures. Connecting the stories of how the rhino got its baggy skin and how the giraffe got its spots, to name a few, is the quest of the Elephant’s Child to stop Pau Amma the Crab from playing with the ocean and threatening the lives of all the animals. Assisted by the Eldest Magician and the Kokokolo Bird, the Elephant’s Child shows us how one determined individual can make a real difference in the world. Created by the team behind the musical HONK!, this show is entertaining and inspiring for all ages.The production will feature our own Rachel Schrock and Kyle Snyder.

Goshen CollegeGoshen College

International Coffeehouse

The annual Goshen College Worldwide Culture (International) Coffeehouse is coming on Saturday, March 8. This student-run event features a dinner at 5:00 p.m. in the Church-Chapel Fellowship Hall and a family-friendly international variety show at 7:00 p.m. in the Music Center's Sauder Concert Hall. Tickets are available by calling the Welcome Center at (574) 535-7566, or online at ( Adults: $17 (dinner & show), $10 show only; students & children: $10 (dinner & show), $5 show only. This entertaining event promotes international friendship and also raises money for Rwandan orphans. Thank you for your support!

Summer camp

The Goshen College Music Department will offer a week-long summer camp for high school choral and instrumental students from June 15-21, 2014, on the Goshen College campus. Music Week will include individual and joint rehearsal times for up to 60 choral singers and instrumental players, culminating with a free public concert in the Music Center’s Sauder Concert Hall on June 20. Participants will have the opportunity to choose from global music electives in Brazilian drumming, Brazilian dance and world music singing. During the week, they will live in GC residence halls and participate in fun social activities as well as a trip to the Warren Dunes. To register, visit For more information, call (574) 535-7533.

AMBSAnabaptist Mennonite Biblical Seminary

Jubilee For Today

You are invited to participate to this special webinar entitled Jubilee For Today on Thursday, March 6, from 10:00 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. Our presenter is Kim Tan. Dr. Tan, a biochemist, venture capitalist and itinerant Bible teacher, will talk about the implications of the "Jubilee Gospel" for his impressive business pursuits. He will share how Jubilee principles guide his business ethics through socially responsible and environmentally sustainable development efforts around the world. Please register by March 2.

Community Announcements

Center for Healing & Hope’s Fiesta Feast

Tickets are on sale now for the Center for Healing & Hope’s Fiesta Feast featuring a Puerto Rican Meal by Rolling Scones. Join us on Saturday, March 22, from 5:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. at College Mennonite Church Fellowship Hall (1900 S. Main St. Goshen). Eat in or carry out will be available. The family friendly fundraising dinner supports the Center for Healing & Hope, which provides urgent medical care and advocacy to those in need in our community. The Puerto Rican meal includes savory chicken & pork, rice & beans, salad, bread, & dessert. Tickets are $20 Adults, $10 Children 12 & under and are available until March 19 or until sold out. You may order them online at, by calling (574) 534-4744 ext. 201, emailing, or mailing a check to Center for Healing & Hope, P.O. Box 195, Goshen, IN 46527.

Immigration Lunch and Learn

Interested in gaining Biblical perspectives on immigration? The Immigration Ministry of Kern Road Mennonite Church invites you to a Lunch & Learn video presentation on Sunday, February 23, from 12:30 p.m. - 2:00 p.m. at Kern Road Mennonite (18211 Kern Rd, South Bend). Come enjoy authentic Latin American food and hear Denver Seminary’s Old Testament professor Dr. Danny Carroll frame the stories of Abram, Joseph and Ruth as immigration stories. RSVP to Mabel Boyajian Migliaro is appreciated but not obligatory for attendance!

LaCasa Annual Luncheon Meeting

Save the date for LaCasa's Annual Luncheon Meeting, March 26, 2014 at noon.  We will gather in the Crystal Ballroom at the Lerner Theater in Elkhart. Annual meeting seats are $30 each or $225 for a table of eight. Reservations can be made by calling (574) 533-4450 ext 16 or emailing LaCasa has been helping Families and improving neighborhoods for 44 years.  We want to share what we are doing now!

Days of Prayer and Action (DOPA) for Colombia

We are encourage MCC constituents in our Great Lakes region to participate in the upcoming Days of Prayer and Action (DOPA) for Colombia! This annual event draws attention to issues currently impacting our brothers and sisters in Colombia and involves a day of prayer followed by a day of action. We are trying to involve as many U.S. churches as possible in this event. Learn more.

Donations for the Window

You make a difference! Without your generous donations, many of those in our community would be hungry and cold. Visit our website for a full list of items needed.

An Evening with Loren Hostetter

Michiana MEDA invites you to an evening with Loren Hostetter, MEDA’s Director of New Business Development on Monday, March 10 at 7:30 p.m. at College Mennonite Church. Loren will discuss MEDA’s innovative approach to reducing poverty through business development and will share stories from his extensive experience in agricultural value chains and agri-business development work in South America, Eastern Europe and Africa. This event is free and no reservations are required.

Sonshine Children's Ministry Fundraiser

Benton Mennonite Church once again will host a fundraiser at our facility, (15350 CR 44) for Sonshine Children's Ministry on Saturday, March 15, from 7:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. Our menu includes scrambled eggs with all the toppings, biscuits and gravy, homemade cinnamon rolls, muffins, coffee cake, juice, coffee, Tea.  Please call
telephone 574-642-3245 with questions.

City of Goshen Survey

Back in December you should have received by email the dates of the planned public meetings for the City of Goshen’s Comprehensive Plan update. There are two public meetings left—People, Neighborhoods & Housing, and Land Use, Transportation & Infrastructure. As part of public participation, there is an online survey available for citizens to provide input on the plan. Take the survey.

MDC Goldenrod's Project Promise Celebrates 40 years

Over the last 40 years Project Promise has been a gift in our community as it has created community together with men and women of all abilities through prayer, worship, crafts, drama, and fellowship. This year we celebrate our 40th year anniversary. Please join us as for 40th anniversary program at Clinton Frame Mennonite Church on March 29th at 4:00 p.m. Project Promise is a program to meet the spiritual and social needs of adults with disabilities. Project Promise meets two times a month for worship and craft activities. In addition to the worship and craft activities, Project Promise hosts an annual Easter play, a field day, a retreat, a chicken BBQ and various other activities. (This year the program will take the place of our annual Easter Play. Please join us for our Program and look forward to the play resuming in 2015.)

GIHN Newsletter

Goshen Interfaith Hospitality Network is a flexible, cooperative ministry providing an opportunity for our community to be actively involved in caring for the needs of homeless families. The most recent newsletter on the GIHN website. If you would like to be added to their mailing list, please contact Mindy Morehead at

Scrapbooking, Crafting, and Quilting Retreat 

March 14-16, is our first retreat of 2014. You may come as early as Tuesday, March 11! Amigo Centre invites you to a weekend of productivity along with the opportunity to rest, restore and refresh your body and soul. Whether you scrapbook, quilt, or have another craft that you love, we invite you to come and we will provide the space, lodging, great food and just the right amount of focused input to allow you time for your projects as well as fun and fellowship. Brochures have been mailed, and information and online registration is available at You may also reach us at (269) 651-2811 with questions.

Dan's Fish & Chicken Dinner

West Goshen Church of the Brethren is hosting its Annual Dan's Fish & Chicken Dinner on Saturday, February 22, from 3:30 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. Prices are $9 for adults, $6 for children (ages 6-12) and kids under 6 eat free! Enjoy all the fish and chicken strips you care to eat. including side dishes, beverages and choice of dessert.

Menno-Hof Lecture

You’re invited to attend “Reaching out to others: realizing and sharing gifts” led by Larry & Maxine Miller, Macon, Miss., on February 16, 6:00 p.m. at Menno-Hof. The Millers will share their experiences of living in rural Mississippi the past 44 years – stories of how the Lord led them to the South, reaching out to others.  This is the second event in Menno-Hof’s “Coffee, cookies and community: Part II” winter series. Bring cookies to share – coffee will be provided. Your reservation is requested as seating is limited. Kindly RSVP to or (260) 768-4117.

13th Annual Empty Bowl Project

Please join us on Saturday, February 22, for a soup and bread dinner to benefit Goshen Interfaith Hospitality Network.  As part of the event, you will receive a handmade bowl, filled with delicious soup of your choice, and bread - all for $15! Beverages will be provided by area restaurants and guild members. The event will take place from 5:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. at the Mill Race Center Farmers Market and is sponsored by the Clay Artists Guild.

Goshen’s Comprehensive Plan Public Meeting

Community members are invited to help set vision and goals for the city of Goshen. Public meetings are scheduled for February 27 and March 24. Contact the City Planning Office at (574) 534-3505 for details on time and place.

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.



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!

The International Guest House in Washington, DC needs volunteer staff (1 month to 1 year) for the ministry of hospitality. The guest house, owned by Allegheny Mennonite Conference, provides a “home away from home” for international and US travelers. There is a priority need for short term volunteers March - August. One year volunteer positions available beginning March and August 2014. All volunteers receive room and board. One year volunteers receive a stipend. Duties include baking, cleaning, laundry, maintenance, hosting breakfast & tea, and welcoming guests; sightseeing in free time. Contact the International Guest House at or (202) 726-5808.
MDC Goldenrod is seeking a qualified person for a 30-40 hour/week general maintenance position. This individual will perform maintenance duties for both the Goshen and Middlebury properties with responsibilities including such things as all general maintenance, overseeing facility projects and property improvements and vehicle upkeep.  We seek someone who not only wants to work in a faith based environment but is committed to living the mission of our agency each and every day.  The hiring process may include: a phone or e-mail screen, an initial interview and a final panel interview. Please submit an application online, via email to, via fax to (574) 534-9817 or stop in our office at 1514 College Ave. Goshen, IN.
Are you looking for child care? Trish Shenk knows someone who is looking for a child care job next summer. If you have school age children (or younger) and are interested in a nanny next summer, please contact Trish at
Amigo summer camp runs from June through July 2014. There are still many opportunities for young adults interested in having a positive impact in the life of a camper. Staff positions from kitchen assistants to lead counselors and lifeguards are still available. Refer friends or apply online at
Soup of Success staff is interviewing potential participants for the next Soup of Success group, which starts in just a few weeks. If you know of any women age 21+ interested in investing 5 months in a job and life skills training program, please ask them to contact us as soon as possible at (574) 523.1551 ext. 103 or ext. 126. This is an opportunity with the potential to change a woman's life.
Summer Staff Openings in Appalachia.  The SWAP (Sharing With Appalachian People) program will be hiring Job Site Leaders for 10 weeks beginning the last week of May and ending in mid August.  Applicants must be 19 year of age or older and have a willingness and aptitude to learn construction.  Experience is very helpful, but not necessary.  Working with SWAP is a transformational experience for one's Christian faith walk in developing your "servant's heart".  Contact Colettia Estep at (606) 633-5065, email or visit the website for more information.

Getting to Know

Caregiving Commission

Doug Baker

Doug Baker
I was raised in a Mennonite home and was baptized at a very young age.   Until after college I was a nominal Christian, or perhaps I should say - a functional non-believer.   In high school I was a Barry Goldwater supporter, in college I worked for Gene McCarthy in Wisconsin, and I was a draft resistor. When I was about 23 years old walking along a lonely road in Sarasota, Jesus met me in a powerful and unmistakeable way and my life has been changing ever since.   I moved to Evanston, IL to be part of a communal church called Reba Place Fellowship. During my 12 years there I taught in a day care center, and met and married Cindy.  Our first child was born prematurely and died the same day--7 months after we were married. Three weeks later our daughters joined our family as foster/adoptive children; we had known the family since before Didi's birth. We now have 5 living children and 7-9 grandchildren depending on how you count.   I am so very grateful that God gave me Cindy. Our life has had way too much drama, but I would not trade it for anything. We moved to Goshen in 1995 and have been members of Berkey since then. "Life is hard, but God is good" pretty much sums it up.

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.
DownloadFebruary Calendar

This Week
February 24: Group Spiritual Direction, 12:30 p.m.
February 26: MYF Worship Planning, 7:00 p.m.
February 26: Down Syndrome Speech Group, 3:30 p.m.

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

Pray for Caleb Yoder of Mennonite Mission Network who works with leadership development in Ecuador. Pray for wisdom, compassion and spiritual strength as he accompanies a young congregation in Calderón where most of the members are Colombian refugees.

DownloadFeb. MMN Prayer Vine

Church Notes
Sunday Service Info
This Sunday: February 23

John Mast, Ginny & Armand Martin
Thelma Ramer
Lori & Ron Good
Offering Counters: 
Dick Ramer, Karl Sommers
Matthew WIlliams/Anne Berry, Clare & Merrill Krabill
Sherry & Lyman Hug

Next Sunday: March 2

Neil Richer, Curt & Elise Wenger
Lindsay Rheinheimer
Lori & Ron Good
Offering Counters: 
Barbara Eichorn, Greg Smucker
Ben Buckwalter/Anne Berry, Clare & Merrill Krabill

Statistical Report 
(February 16)

Attendance: 179
General Fund: $4,617.75
Bethany Tuition: $5,025.00
College Matching: $25.00
Mission Emphasis: $20.00
Building: $5.00
Agape: $10.00
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
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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