Berkey Avenue Mennonite Fellowship
A congregation of Mennonite Church USA
Berkey Avenue Mennonite Fellowship
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August 30, 2015

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Berkey Announcements

Celebration Sunday

Celebrate end of SummerThis Sunday marks the last Sunday of our summer nurture hour program. Our celebration includes a slide show highlighting the different intergenerational classes offered throughout the summer and there will be refreshments for everyone.

Kick Off Sunday for New SS Year

Next Sunday, September 6 marks the beginning of our new year for Nurture classes. We'll introduce the new classes, recognize teachers and give a blessing to all our students.  

Bible Blessings

Bible BlessingsWe invite you to share a favorite Bible passage or Bible story for our five 2nd graders (Dteban, Jacob, Sarina, Elijah, Levi) who will receive Bibles from the congregation on September 6. Book marks for the Bibles will be available in the Fellowship Hall for you to sign. Christian Ed. Commission.

Congregational Field Trip

St. John's ExhibitWho doesn't love a field trip?! And who doesn't love the Bible?! You can combine both of these loves on Sunday, September 13, at 1:45 p.m. Meet at the church to travel together to see the Saint John's Bible Exhibit at AMBS. The exhibit, in addition to being open during the week, will be open on this Sunday only, from 2:00-6:00 p.m. Rebecca Slough is hosting this time and available to talk about the project, the Bible and to answer any questions. Let Marilyn know if you are planning on participating.

Goldie's Birthday

Goldie's BirthdayOn Wednesday, September 16, 2015, Goldie Hostetler will be turning 95 years old. God has graciously extended her life, restoring her health after she had a massive heart attack in December of 2014. Mari Glick (Goldie’s daughter) would like to help Goldie celebrate God’s goodness in her life with a card shower. Would you be willing to send her a birthday card? If you have a blessing, a Scripture, a memory, or something else that you would like to share with her, that would be great but not required. Her address is:
Goldie Hostetler
1225 Greencroft Dr., Room 203W
Goshen, IN 46528.

Fall Fest

Fall FestOur Fall Fest will happen on Saturday, September 5, at 5:00 p.m. on the lawn, featuring a meat roast of both lamb and pork. Please bring a large salad and dessert to share with others, your own picnic service, and lawn chairs or blankets. Buns, chips, condiments, and drinks will be provided. You are also encouraged to bring a favorite lawn game to do with others. The Straight A's will provide an hour of music starting at 6:00 PM. See the flier.

Small Group

Small GroupWould you like to be part of a small group? The Small Group Coordinating Committee will be happy to find a small group for you to join. Please complete the request form, so we know what kind of group you are interested in. If you have questions, please contact Steph Wieand or Marilyn Rudy-Froese.

Model School Project

Potato ProjectWe have Red Norland potatoes for sale to support our Model School Project. The potatoes are in 5lb bags and are stacked along the west side of the fellowship space. Last year the money raised supplemented field trips for students who could not afford to pay for the activity. We are suggesting a $5 donation for a 5lb bag of potatoes. On Sunday mornings you can put your money in the container by the potatoes.  If you pick up potatoes during the week please place the money in an envelope in James Yoder's mailbox. Checks can be made to Berkey Avenue Mennonite Fellowship. Thank you for your support!

MCC Relief Sale

MCC Relief SaleDo you enjoy eating donuts, running, observing the details of fine stitches in quilts, singing with the masses, visiting old friends and finally helping out in the cheese booth? Then you can hardly wait for the Annual MCC Relief Sale coming September 25-26. Some information was placed in mailboxes earlier this month, but there are a few items worth mentioning. Bake sale items are sold quickly as people are able to buy these items Friday night. The annual choir program is on Saturday at 7:00 p.m. at College Mennonite Church. Machine quilted quilts will be added to the auction as well as a new format, Faithful Giving Auction (formerly new and used) is underway. Pennies of Thanks will be collected each Sunday after worship. If you have any questions, please see  Anita and Tavi Mounsithiraj, Michael and Patsy Sherer, Tom and Megan Martin.

Our Schools 

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Alumni Nights and Reunions

Bethany Christian Alumni will receive free admission to HS soccer on Saturday, Sept. 5, (5:00 JV start) and to tennis and volleyball matches on Thursday Sept. 17 (5:30 starts for varsity tennis and JV volleyball).Alumni reunions will be on Saturday, Sept. 26 for the following classes: 1955, 1960, 1965, 1970, 1975, 1980, 1985, 1990, 1995, 2005, and 2010. For more details or to register, see.

Softball and Girls Soccer Coaches

Bethany Christian High School (Goshen) seeks varsity coaches for softball (spring 2016) and girls soccer (fall 2016). Both positions would begin in January 2016 to begin working with athletes for their upcoming seasons. For more information or to apply, contact athletic director Gary Chupp at or 574 534-2567.

Support Christian Education

Your regular shopping can support Christian education when you buy gift cards/certificates to over 75 national and Goshen-area businesses restaurants, which donate a percentage of your purchases to benefit a student through the Bethany Association for Reducing Tuition. The benefit can go to support a specific student, to Bethany’s general fund, or to a congregation’s partnership plan. For more information, visit our website or contact Lisa Weaver (574) 361-1587.

Goshen College Goshen College

Afternoon Sabbatical

Historic Downtown Goshen, a New Direction for a Neighborhood - with Eric Kanagy, president and CEO, Redpost and Gina Leichty, Co-owner, Eyedart Creative Studio.
In 1983 the National Register of Historic Places added Goshen's Historic district to their register. Since that time, the district has undergone significant revitalization with more exciting changes to come. Both Eric and Gina serve on Downtown Goshen, Incorporated. Eric as board president and Gina with management by Eyedart Creative Studio. On September 8 at 1:00 p.m. come hear the latest updates on the feasibility of developing the second stories of downtown buildings, railroad overpass, the Hawks Building, millrace canal development and Goshen Theater plans. This event event is free and open to the public in the GC Music Center, Sauder Hall. For information or questions call 574-535-7565 or email.

AMBS Anabaptist Mennonite Biblical Seminary


AMBS is pleased to host an exhibit of 20 prints from the Saint John's Bible, illuminated to present the Word of God in a contemporary, engaging and inspirational way. The exhibit is available weekdays from September 1 to 18 in the gallery and library, and Sunday, September 13, from 2:00-6:00 p.m. Come discover afresh the power of the Word of God. Visit our website for more information.

Job and the Mystery of Suffering

A Bible short course, will be held on six Monday evenings in September and October on the campus of Anabaptist Mennonite Biblical Seminary (AMBS) in Elkhart. Safwat Marzouk, PhD, assistant professor of Old Testament, will teach the course, which meets Monday evenings, Sept. 21 to Oct. 26.  For information and to register, visit.

Community Announcements

The Window

You are invited to September first Friday meal at the Window from 4:30-7:00 p.m or until food runs out. Featured meal is chilli and chicken noodle soup, assorted desserts, lemonade and water. The meal is hosted by the Goshen City Church of the Brethren. Suggested donation is $8.

Menno-Hof Singspiration

You’re invited to the annual Menno-Hof Singspiration on the front lawn, Sunday, September 13, at 5:00 p.m. Come and enjoy a cappella singing of familiar hymns, ice cream, pretzels and more singing inside following the worship service. Bring lawn chairs for seating. Rain location: Farmstead Inn pavilion, Shipshewana (just north of Menno-Hof).


Join Michiana Mennonite Economic Development Associates for a dinner and program on Thursday, September 17, 2015 at 6:30 p.m. at Belmont Mennonite Church in Elkhart. Pastors Ray Bair and Russell Jensen will present on “Defeating the Cycle of Poverty among the Youth of the Belmont Neighborhood,” sharing about the Youth Stewards ministry.  Dinner will be provided by Belmont Mennonite Church. Please RSVP by Friday, September 11 or call (574) 355-3607. Cost is $5 for students, $15 for Michiana MEDA members, and $20 for others, payable at the door.

MCC Relief Sale Men's and Women's Choir

You're invited to join the 2015 Michiana Mennonite Relief Sale Men's and Women's Choirs. The choirs will perform on Saturday, September 26, at 7:00 p.m. at College Mennonite Church in Goshen. For more information, contact Dan Steiner or call 574-312-1888.

Goshen Community Chorale

The Goshen Community Chorale will begin rehearsals for its fall season at 7:00 p.m. on Tuesday, September 1st, at College Mennonite Church. The Chorale's fall program will include a Bach cantata and a selection of Slavic and Orthodox choral music. The Chorale welcomes new members. Interested persons should contact the music director, William Mateer or call (574) 533-2562.

MDC Goldenrod

MDC Goldenrod is planning an afternoon/early evening carnival for our community members at our Middlebury campus (CR 16 and CR 43) on Thursday, September 17. We are looking for volunteers to help by hosting games, including corn hole, ladder ball, bowling (beach ball and plastic pop bottles), etc. Would members of your church, including the youth group, be available to help? MDC Goldenrod can supply some of the games, but it would also be very great for volunteers to bring their own games/craft/activity. Contact Greg Sommers at (574) 533-9720 ext 6 if you have any questions.


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 Depot MCC Thrift Shops is seeking a full time Assistant Warehouse Manager. Applicants must have commitment to personal Christian faith and discipleship, active church membership, good organization, supervisory and communication skills with ability to work with volunteers. Responsibilities include working with staff, general oversight of incoming donations and processing for retail areas, maintain stocking warehouse and recycling. Must be able to operate forklift and truck. Applicants may send resume to: The Depot MCC Thrift Shops at 1013 Division St., Goshen, IN 46528 (Attention Doug Hernley) or email.
The Michiana MEDA chapter is seeking a part-time staff person for administrative support for approximately 10 hours per month. Duties include membership and contributions database management, registration and check-in for five events per year, producing email newsletters, and updating the chapter website. Most of the work can be done from home. Interested candidates please contact Board Chair, Jonathan Geiser.


Getting to know

Brandon & Andrea Bontrager-Yoder

getting to know
Brandon and Andrea are GC graduates and spent 9+ years in Wisconsin (mostly Madison). We will celebrate 11 years of marriage this fall, and for 9 of those 11 years, one or both of us had been in school! (We plan to leave all future schooling for our children).  We left Wisconsin to return to Goshen last fall for Brandon to take a job with DVMS, a dairy veterinary practice, which has been a dream of his since his last year of GC. In addition to dairy cows, Brandon enjoys working with goats and sheep, and the four chickens in our backyard.
Our children are Evan (now 3) and Kahlan (now 1) and we felt warmly welcomed back to the Goshen community by friends from our college days. We are enjoying reconnecting with those friends and making many new connections.  Andrea recently began a new position with Bristol Street Pediatrics as a part-time clinical dietitian. She hopes to finding her niche combining her professional interests and skills in nutrition/dietetics, research, and music. Beyond work as a dietitian, she also sings with the area choir Camerata and plans to return to teaching voice lessons. She hopes these skills will also serve well in her more hands-on parenting role than she's been able to do until now.
Outside of work, we enjoy doing projects in and around our home, singing, traveling, vegetable gardening, exploring new recipes, and dreaming about what it will feel like to regularly get more than 2 consecutive hours of sleep. We also enjoy watching our children grow and learn, trying to capture in our minds the hilarious things they do and say.  We look forward to getting to know the BAMF congregation - to becoming involved, to supporting others, and to having a church community to help us all grow and learn!

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.

This week:
September 3: Lunch Bunch, 12 noon at Trolley Cafe. RSVP to Laverne Nafziger.
September 5: Men's Breakfast, 7:00 p.m.
September 5: Fall Fest, 5:00 p.m.

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Anniversaries and Birthdays This Week:

John and Shirley Dick

Loren Schrock
Margaret Stoltzfus
Kyle Snyder
Diane Beam
Ben Rudy-Froese
Bobby Sessa
Evan Grimes

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

Pray for Benton Mennonite Church as they embark on a year of focusing their vision and listening to each other’s stories (pastors: Brenda Meyer, Doug Kaufman).
Pray for the Unity & Variance Task Force: Mark Schloneger, Mandy Yoder, Joe Leichty and Will Fitzgerald
Tomorrow, Mennonite Mission Network’s DOOR Dwell participants will arrive in the cities they will call home for the coming year. Pray for them as they reflect on the challenges they will encounter and as they celebrate life in community.

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Church Notes
Sunday Service Info

This Sunday: August 30

Brenda Grimes, Ginny and Armand Martin

Melba and Pete Graber

Lois and John Mast

Nicholas Schrock, Clare and Merrill Krabill

Infants: Shirley Dick, Laura and Randy Horst
Toddlers: Alisha Snyder, Sherry and Curt Wenger

Offering Counters:
Thelma Ramer and Diane Nafziger

Next Sunday: September 6

Brenda Grimes, Ginny and Armand Martin

Melba and Pete Graber

Phil Bauman

Infants: Betty Kauffman, Linda and Joe Liechty
Toddlers: Denise Risser, Evie and Dan Nafziger

Offering Counters:
John Hooley and Greg Smucker
Statistical Report 
(August 23)

Attendance: 194
General Fund: $4,305.00
Bethany Tuition: $15.00
College Matching: $20.00
Model School Fund: $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)
Shirley Dick
Sherm Kauffman
Anita Mounsithiraj
Richard Aguirre

Doug Baker
Richard Miller
Laverne Nafziger
Judy Weaver
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