Berkey Avenue Mennonite Fellowship
A congregation of Mennonite Church USA
Berkey Avenue Mennonite Fellowship
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February 19, 2017

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Berkey Announcements

Congregational Meal

saladEveryone is invited to stay for a congregational meal after the nurture hour this Sunday. For the meal please bring a main dish and a salad or dessert to share as well as your own table service. Guests and college students are warmly invited to stay for the meal.

Congregational Meeting

meetingA brief congregational meeting will directly follow the worship service this Sunday. The meeting's agenda includes:
Financial report for the fiscal year to date.
Update on the safe church policies.
Update on Marilyn Rudy-Froese's visa.
Update regarding the Appreciative Inquiry (AI) group discussions and how we plan to use the results.

Liturgical Dancing

DanceAs a part of the Lenten Worship planning committee, Laura Moshier is forming a group of liturgical dancers to participate in at least two worship services during the season of Lent. Please contact Laura at home, 534-7886 or through email, if you are interested in dancing. All are welcome to participate regardless of experience.

Box Tops for Education 

box topsGenie and Jesse Kehr have processed over 550 Box Tops and Labels for Education that have been brought to the church this past year. For many years these have been sent to the Hopi Mission School in Arizona. Since this school is currently closed, they are now given to Model School. If you would like to donate box tops, you may put them in the bottom right-hand mailbox, labeled Box Tops or in the box attached to the Mission board in the hallway. We are only collecting box tops at this time.

Welcome Signs

welcome signThe "Welcome" yard signs are now available at the church for $9.00 each. Most of them have been reserved; there are only four left. If you would like one of these, you will find them in the fellowship hall.

Mentor-Mentee Event

soupMentors and Mentees are invited to a meeting and meal on February 26,11:00 a.m. -1:00 p.m. at the church.

Pastor's Note

noteDan Schrock will be on vacation until Sunday, February 26.


Meals for College Students

mealThere are only a couple of dates left to fill. If you would enjoy hosting a Sunday noon meal for the students, 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!

Free Books

booksThe library committee has set up a table in the Fellowship Hall with nonfiction books that have not been checked out for many years and are being discarded from the library to make room for new additions. You are welcome to take any of the books you want, and the rest will be donated to the Depot.

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

Honk! Musical Tickets

Bethany Christian High School will perform the musical, Honk! This musical is a lively and colorful re-telling of Hans Christian Andersen’s The Ugly Duckling. Tied through the duckling Ugly’s adventures, travels, and encounters is the thread of a mother and child’s love for each other. This musical is a great introduction to theater for children. Tickets are $9 for adults and $7 for students and may be purchased online beginning February 13. Performances are March 2-5; 7:00 p.m. on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday and 3:00 p.m. on Sunday. Berkey member, Abbe Rudy-Froese is part of the cast.

Goshen College Goshen College

Winter Choral Concert

The Goshen College Choirs will present their annual Winter Choral Concert on February 19, 7:30 p.m. in Sauder Concert Hall. Tickets are $7 adults, $5 seniors/students, available online or by calling (574) 535-7566. Goshen College faculty, staff, and students are free with valid ID.

Peace Oratorical Contest

Five Goshen College students will present speeches about peace and justice issues during the 2017 C. Henry Smith Peace Oratorical Contest on February 21, 7:00 p.m. in the Umble Center. This event is free and open to the public. The student speakers include Alma Rosa Carrillo, Yazan Meqbil, Dona Park, Noemi “Mimi” Salvador and Hitesh Sharma.

Both My Sons

Ken Reed, author of "Both My Sons," will be performing and speaking at Goshen College’s Newcomer Center on February 22, 7:30 p.m. “Both My Sons” tells the story of an immigrant Mennonite father who wants a peaceful life with his two sons, complicated by the outbreak of war in the early Pennsylvania forest. The event is free and open to the public.

AMBS Anabaptist Mennonite Biblical Seminary

Intercultural Reading of the Bible in the Congregation

A theological lectureship and workshop with Dr. Hans de Wit, professor emeritus of theology at VU University Amsterdam, The Netherlands, will draw from his three-year project that brought together committed and creative ordinary readers, Bible teachers, pastors and scholars from different countries in five continents to study a biblical text. His lectures on March 2–3 are free and open to the public. Read more information.
An interactive workshop on March 4 will delve into Luke 18 from global Christian perspectives and explore new ways for congregations to create diverse groups for Bible study. The workshop cost is $25. Register here.

mccMennonite Central Committee

The public is invited to view an MCC quilt from Tanzania on display in The Depot. In Tanzania, the rate of albinism, an inherited condition where people lack pigmentation or coloration in their skin, hair and eyes, is 10 times higher than in the United States, Canada and Europe. MCC works with partners in Tanzania, where people living with albinism are stigmatized and marginalized by their families and communities. In 2015, MCC partnered with Albino Peacemakers to conduct a camp for 91 students with visual impairments teaching them to protect their skin, encourage them to be peacemakers and model the love of Christ so they can know they are valued by God. Children drew on the quilt squares and women with albinism made this quilt for MCC. The quilt will be on display, along with literature, stories and other information, in the atrium of The Depot MCC Thrift Shops through March 18. Hours are Monday-Friday, 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m., and Saturday, 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

doveMennonite Church USA

ElisabethIn a recent Love is a Verb blog post titled, I am because we are, Elisabeth Barahona writes, "Marriage is a mysterious journey of learning how to consent to God in order to learn how to say “yes” to one’s spouse. It is a delicate interdependence of honoring both the I and the we in this journey towards marital togetherness." Read more.

MDSMennonite Disaster Service

You are invited to watch the YouTube video, Mennonite Disaster Service's 2016 year-in-review. The video features flood clean up and repair in Louisiana, Mississippi and West Virginia; MDS Unit stories across the U.S and Canada; the RV program; youth stories in Michigan, British Columbia, Manitoba, Ontario, Nebraska and Texas; and closings of the Jamestown, Colorado and Pateros, Washington projects.

Community Announcements

Black History Month on PBS

February is Black History Month. PBS has a film series covering the Black experience in the U.S. since Martin Luther King. You are invited to watch, Black America since MLK: And Still I Rise. Please note the films are in two segments, each approximately two hours long.

The BDS Movement

There has been a lot of talk about the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions Movement (BDS) called for by Palestinians. Join our panel including Garik Ruiz of the BDS National Committee, Mark Regier of Everence Financial, and Andre Gingrich Stoner of the “Seeking Peace in Israel and Palestine Resolution” writing committee as they discuss the movement, its political goals, its practicality, and how it relates to the Mennonite Church USA resolution. The conversation will be facilitated by Rachelle Lyndaker Schlabach of MCC on February 20, 1:00 p.m. at College Mennonite Church, room 143.

Goshen Community Chorale Invitation

The Goshen Community Chorale will begin rehearsing for its upcoming spring season on Tuesday, February 21, at College Mennonite Church, 7:00 p.m. The Chorale will be preparing for a May 13 joint performance with the Maple City Community Orchestra in Sauder Concert Hall, with the featured work to be the Mozart "Requiem." The Chorale welcomes new members who have a background in choral singing and who wish to commit themselves to regular attendance at rehearsals and to learning challenging repertoire. Interested persons should contact the music director, William Mateer, (574) 533-2562.

Israel-Palestine Book Discussion

Pastors Nelson Kraybill and Suella Gerber invite you to a discussion of My Promised Land: The Triumph and Tragedy of Israel, by Ari Shavit. Open to all, the group will meet at Prairie Street Mennonite Church at 10:30 am Saturday, February 25. Read the book in advance or simply come to hear a summary and join the discussion. Because of the books length we will be discussing chapters 1-9 only. For more information contact Jonathan Brenneman, 419-953-5304.

Everence College Scholarship

A college scholarship for you or your children is one of the potential benefits of doing business with Everence. To apply for an Everence scholarship, the student or the student’s parent or legal guardian must own or be using an Everence product. The application must be completed by February 28; previous recipients may apply again. This is for all college students, not just incoming freshmen. Read 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!

Anabaptist Disabilities Network is working with convention planners to facilitate increased Accessibility Services. They are seeking a Convention Accessibility Coordinator and On-site Volunteers. If you would like to learn more, contact Kathy Nofziger Yeakey.



Sunday, February 19
MYF Winter Camp
Congregational Meeting, after Worship.
Potluck Meal, noon.

Monday, February 20
Intercessory Prayer, 7:00 p.m.

Tuesday, February 21
Mission Commission, 7:00 p.m.
Christian Education Commission, 8:00 p.m.

Wednesday, February 22

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Anniversaries This Week
Dale & Anita Snyder

Birthdays This Week
Lois Mast
Max Martin

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

Berkey Family
Colossian WayThe Colossian Way study group is meeting weekly on Sunday mornings. Please be in prayer for those involved: Facilitators, Hannah Canaviri and Joe Liechty, and Participants, Cindy Baker, Gregg Beitler, Abbe Buller, Adam Derstine, Ruth Hathaway, Bev Krabill,Seth Krabill, Jenny Miller, Richard Miller, and Sarah Morrison.

Mennonite Education Agency
Bethel College's (Kansas) peacebuilding institute, KIPCOR, is hosting a film this afternoon about the militarization of America’s police force, followed by conversation with law enforcement officials and community activists. Pray for respectful dialogue and mutual learning.

Mennonite Mission Network
David and Rebekka Stutzman serve in post-Christian Germany through Mennonite Mission Network, South German Mennonite Conference, and Virginia Mennonite Missions. Pray for them as they join people on their life journeys and find relevant ways of being the church.

Download February MMN Prayer Vine

Church Notes

Our Worship

This Sunday:  February 19
Sermon title:  Kaleidoscope God
Scripture:  1 Cor 13:9-12 and Mark 12:28-34a
Themes:  What are some of the ancient names used throughout the millennia to call out to God? What do they mean and where did they come from? How does this help me to better understand who God is and to worship Him? And how does this fit into the beautiful, magnificent and eternal journey of knowing God? We will explore these together in the sermon.

Next Sunday:  February 26
Scripture:  Matthew 5:38-48
Theme:  Taking Jesus seriously and ourselves less seriously:  As we prepare for Lent, with its theme of "Restore us, O God", we want to name our shortcomings, those things that get in the way of our loving God and our neighbor (and enemy) well, so that they don't get in the way of how God longs to restore us.

Sunday Service Info

This Sunday:  February 19

Sherry Hug
Elijah, Lillian & Sarina Metekai

Patti MacGregor

Lowell & Diane Nafziger

Terry Macgregor

Elisabeth & Rafael Barahona

Infants:  Elisabeth Barahona, Brenda Grimes, Jenny Yoder
Toddlers:  Tom Martin, Lisa & Darin Short

Offering Counters:
Lowell Nafziger
Denise Rissser

Next Sunday:  February 26

Grant Miller
Dan & Deb Williams

Megan Martin

Lowell & Diane Nafziger

Ben Buckwalter, Terry Macgregor

Elisabeth & Rafael Barahona

Infants: Elizabeth Miller, Dan & Deb Williams
Toddlers:  Aaron Wieand, Aaron & Liz Shenk

Offering Counters:
Dick Ramer
Karl Sommers

Statistical Report 
(February 12)

Attendance:  198
General Fund:  $7,703.00
Bethany 2016/2017:  $10.00
College Matching:  $15.00
House Rent:  $752.00

General Fund Income 2016-17 YTD
Actual:  $159,142.52
Budget:  $146,824.00

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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

Doug Baker
Richard Miller
Laverne Nafziger
Judy Weaver
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