Mentors and their mentees are invited to lunch at the church on Sunday, October 12, from 12:00 p.m.-1:30 p.m.. Come and enjoy lunch together, and conversation with other mentor/mentee pairs. Please RSVP to either Marilyn
or Cindy Baker
or by calling the church office (574-534-2398).
Due to the resignations of two commission members, we will be bringing the following individuals to the congregation for affirmation on a ballot on
Elizabeth Miller Richer Spiritual Leadership Team (1 year term)
Becca Smucker Worship Commission (1 year term)
~ From the Leadership Discernment Team
Thank You GIHN Volunteers
A big thank you to all the many volunteers who helped host our GIHN guests this week. We continue to be so grateful for the ongoing commitment you have in serving people in our community who find themselves homeless. We had a great week.
Parables Worship Team
Parables, a worship ensemble from Goshen College, combines music, original drama and personal stories to create an engaging worship experience designed to inspire, comfort and challenge. The program for 2014-15 is developed by the eight student members, with direction and leadership from Professor of Music Dr. Deb Brubaker. Learn more
. This coming Sunday, the Parables will worship with us here at Berkey.
A New Sanctuary Roof
As you will recall, this summer's storm damaged the roof over our sanctuary. Using insurance money and money already set aside in our budget for roof repairs, the trustees, along with the Stewardship and Finance Commission, are planning to hire Bulldog Construction and Master Steel Roofing to install a 24-gauge steel roof over the sanctuary portion of our building. The price will be $16,403. Because the current asphalt roof is nearing the end of its life, we want to install an entirely new roof on the sanctuary. And because steel lasts for at least 50 years and can be recycled, the plan is to install steel instead of asphalt. The color of the new roof is called Cityscape, which is a medium gray. If you have questions or concerns about this plan, please contact Greg Smucker
, congregational chairperson, by Friday, September 26.
Our congregation is blessed with many infants and toddlers--so many, in fact, that the Christian Education Commission has decided we need to provide two nurseries during the worship service instead of one. Beginning this Sunday, September 21, the nursery for children under 2 years of age will continue in the room called Cherub Corner. A new nursery for children aged 2 and 3 will be held during worship in the MYF room. (Toys will be stored in the large cabinet on the left as you enter the room.) All adults who have attended for at least a year will automatically participate in nursery staffing unless they specifically opt out by contacting Priscillah Metekai
in the church office.
Thank you to all of you for the great response we have had in the last year for "labels for education" & "box top for education". On Sept 19, 2014 I mailed 1016 "Box Top for education and 408 "labels for education" to Hope Mission School for them to buy school supplies. We are still collecting for next year. ~ Genie Kehr
From the Deacons and Pastors
Here at Berkey, sharing time is an important way in which we connect with each other. It is a highly valued part of our congregational life by many people. Over the last number of years, the deacons (Caregiving Commission) have talked about sharing time: what its purpose is, how to improve it, how to best lead it. Two years ago, we surveyed the congregation to receive your input on sharing time, and to experiment with different ways of leading sharing time. Learn more
Over 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. You can go online
directly to sign up for a meal (username: students and password: bamf) or contact Ruth Roth
Small groups are an important part of our life together as a congregation. They help us to deepen our relationships with each other and with God. If you are currently not in a small group, and would like to join one, or if you are interested in changing small groups, you can fill this form
. If you have questions, please speak to one of the Small Group Co-ordinating Committee members: Stephanie Wieand, Ron Good, or Marilyn Rudy-Froese. Michiana Mennonite Relief Sale
Michiana Relief Sale
On Sunday, September 28 at 7:00 p.m., join us for a Michiana Relief Sale Men's and Women's Choir concert at Sauder Hall at Goshen College. A free will offering for the sale will be taken.
Head 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!
Bethany Christian Schools
Goshen and Bethany volleyball programs will team up in the fight against breast cancer as Bethany hosts Goshen on October 7 in what has become an annual Spike Out Cancer/Volley for a Cure night. Proceeds from the night will be donated to Goshen Center for Cancer Care and include; admission, silent auction of gift certificates and gift baskets, T-shirt sale and cash donations. T-shirts can be purchased online
by October 1.
You are invited to the luncheon on October 14, at noon in the College Mennonite Church, fellowship hall featuring Spanish and Portuguese food and culture. "Portugal and Spain: Common Neighbors with an Uncommon
Past", by Dean Rhodes and Annette Johnson. Come and discover how the nearly 800 year Muslim presence in medieval Portugal and Spain contributed to a past unlike any other country in Western Europe. Learn more
. Tickets are $ 20, call 574-535-7565 to register before Oct. 3.
Anabaptist Mennonite Biblical Seminary
"Patient Vigor" for Interesting Times
"Patient vigor," Sara Wenger Shenk writes, "means a willingness to listen calmly to each other, to the Scriptures, and to God’s Spirit." "We recognize that as a church, we’ve allowed competing claims about what the Bible says to divide rather than unite us," she notes, suggesting that patience, practiced vigorously can help us live and minister through the tensions. Learn more.
2015 Visit to Benin Bible Institute
Waterford Mennonite Church’s “Benin Bible Institute Planning Group” has delegated Lynda and Rod Hollinger-Janzen to organize a larger group visit to Benin in 2015. This one-time opportunity is an attempt to strengthen our North American congregational connections with BBI. We are planning a 16 day trip, leaving from Chicago on February 4, 2015, and returning to Chicago on February 19. Maximum group size will be 16 people, including Lynda and Rod. Currently we have 13 participants, and are looking for 3 more people to travel with us. Learn more
Join “Living Thoughtfully, Dying Well
” author Glen Miller at a book signing October 4th from 1:30 to 3:00 p.m. at the Goshen College Bookstore during the College Alumni Reunion weekend.
The Indiana-Michigan Women's Retreat takes place on October 10-12, at Amigo Centre near Sturgis, MI. The theme for the weekend is "Recovering Simplicity
" and the speaker is Shirley Hershey Showalter. Learn more
I (Sue Byler) have registered to attend the retreat and anyone interested and possibly car-pooling, can please contact me
so we can plan together. There are various levels of lodging fees, I have a brochure and can give you information on fees etc. Hopefully there will be other women interested in this weekend as well.
The Window Open for First Friday
The Window's kitchen will be open for October's First Friday. Friday's meal runs from 4:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m. or until the food runs out. We will feature chili and chicken noodle soup, cookies and lemonade. This event is hosted by Goshen City Church of the Brethren and the suggested donation is $8.00. There will also be live music by Joel Brovont.
Center for Community Justice
You are invited to our 30th anniversary and fundraiser dinner, October 10 at 5:30 - 8:30 p.m.The venue is at St. James AME, 122 Dr. Martin Luther King Jr, Dr, Elkhart. Single ticket purchase are $20 and available here
. For more information, contact Connie
Disabilities Awareness Banquet
Anabaptist Disabilities Network (ADNet) is holding a special fund raising banquet, Friday, October 3, 2014 at Das Dutchman Essenhaus at 6:00 p.m. We are excited to feature Richard Propes as our speaker and help promote his 25th Anniversary Tenderness Tour. Banquet tickets are $25. For reservations email, firstname.lastname@example.org
or call 574-361-3446. 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!
Mennonite Central Committee (MCC) has an urgent opening for MCC Representative in Nigera. The representative oversees all aspects of the MCC Nigeria program, including building on annual and strategic program direction, budgeting, supporting national staff and expatriate volunteers, overseeing partnership relationships/grants and maintaining key relationships and networks. This position can be held by one person or shared by spouses, but due to the challenges of placing children in this location this position requires single persons or couples without dependent children. For more information, visit serve.mcc.org