Berkey Avenue Mennonite Fellowship
A congregation of Mennonite Church USA
Berkey Avenue Mennonite Fellowship
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November 27, 2016

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Berkey Announcements

Advent Giving Project

booksThe College Board estimates that the cost of textbooks and supplies for undergraduate students for 2016-17 at $1100 to $1200. Many minority students at Goshen College do not have the funds to absorb this expense. For our Advent 2016 giving project, the Mission Commission will collect money to assist Goshen College minority students who are unable to purchase required textbooks. To contribute funds for this cause please designate your giving in the Berkey offering to “textbooks for students.”

Berkey Popcorn

cornLady finger popcorn was raised in the church gardens this summer. Lady finger popcorn is the smallest popcorn available and it is hull less. There is popcorn for sale on the table in the fellowship hall. This would make nice gifts. All sales go to the Model School fund in Berkey's budget.    

Class on Spiritual Discernment

directionIn December, January, and February, Dan Schrock is offering a class on spiritual discernment. At many moments in life we face decisions. Now that college is over, which job should I pursue? Which of the two graduate schools that I’m thinking about fits better with God’s call? My spouse and I have been married for a while; is this the right time to try to have children? My current job no longer seems like a good fit, so should I make a change? Now that I’m retired, I spend a lot of time sitting around; what good things can I do for others? Has the time come for me to sell my house and move to a retirement community? Decisions like these invite us to practice spiritual discernment, which is the art of identifying God’s call and sifting out the things that work against God’s call.

This class will focus on helping you make big and small decisions like these. The class will be most useful if you bring a real decision that you’re currently facing. If not, you can come with a simple wish to learn more about spiritual discernment. We'll be using Living into the Answers: A Workbook for Personal Spiritual Discernment, by Valerie Isenhower and Judith Todd.

Christmas Eve. Service

candlesOur Christmas worship service this year will be Saturday, December 24 at 7:00 p.m. There will not be a worship service on Sunday, Christmas day.

Berkey Christmas Lunch

lunchDan and Jennifer Schrock will host a potluck lunch at the church on Christmas Day, 1:00 p.m. This lunch is for anyone at Berkey who wants to come. Jennifer and Dan will provide the meat and ask that you bring only yourself and a dish to share. To make our planning easier, please contact Dan (202-4888) or Jennifer (533-1729) if you'd like to come.

Bolivian Learning Tour

BoliviaThe Mission Commission is organizing a 10 day MCC learning tour to Bolivia. The possible dates for the tour are either the end of April/beginning of May or the last part of June. This tour will be able to accommodate 8 to 12 people and may include people from Waterford Mennonite Church. If you are interested in participating in the tour planning, or in going on the tour please contact James Yoder

Berkey Prayer Circle

prayerThe Prayer Circle of three to five people meets routinely on Monday nights at 7:00 p.m. in the church offices. We pray for Berkey members who have shared joys and concerns during the worship service, by using the blue prayer cards, or through individual concerns specifically expressed to us. All prayer requests are kept confidential. Additionally, we pray for the life of Berkey Ave, the community surrounding it, and the wider world.

Throwback Thursday

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!

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

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Music Concerts

Bethany Christian Middle School will hold a Christmas Choral Concert at 7:00 p.m. on November 29. Instrumental concerts will be held on December. 6, with beginning instrument groups performing at 6:30 p.m. and the middle school band and orchestra at 7:30 p.m. The concerts are in the school’s chapel and open to the public. There is no admission charge.

Ten Thousand Villages Event

Shop Ten Thousand Villages in Goshen (206 S. Main St.) on Thursday, December 8, and Ten Thousand Villages will donate 20 percent of sales to Bethany Christian Schools. Your loved ones will enjoy the creative handcrafted gifts you purchase and artisans will receive vital, fair income as you support Bethany. Store hours for this benefit are 3:00 - 7:00 p.m.

Goshen College Goshen College

Lecture featuring Jan Bender Shetler

Ellah Wakatama Allfrey, a leading London editor, critic and journalist, and Jan Bender Shetler, professor of history and a scholar on Tanzania, will share an interview-conversation titled "The Development of Sustainable Creative Economies: Telling Stories and Making Culture" on Tuesday, November 29, at 7:30 p.m. in the Goshen College Music Center’s Rieth Recital Hall. The presentation is sponsored by the Yoder Public Affairs Lecture series and is free and open to the public.

A Festival of Carols

Tickets are now on sale for Goshen College's 13th annual musical celebration of Christmas, “A Festival of Carols,” on Friday, December 2 and Saturday, December 3 at 7:30 p.m., and Sunday, December 4 at 4:00 p.m. in the Music Center’s Sauder Concert Hall. Tickets are available for $15 by calling the Goshen College Welcome Center at (574) 535-7566 or purchase them online. Patrons are strongly encouraged to purchase their tickets in advance.

AMBS Anabaptist Mennonite Biblical Seminary

A webinar, Changing the Way the Church Views Racism, on Thursday, December 1, 2–3:30 p.m. (EST) features Drew Hart, Ph.D., assistant professor in theology at Messiah College, will provide concrete practices for churches committed to journeying toward solidarity with the oppressed and committed to racial justice. Learn more.

Mennonite Church USA

Join the #MennoLove fun! Participate in the Love is a Verb storytelling project by submitting a Love Your Selfie! Send us a photo of yourself practicing self-care and a brief explanation, and we will share it across the church online.

MennoniteMennonite World Conference

You are invited to read the Mennonite World Conference's publication, Courier. This edition contains a word from the editor on what it means to be an anabaptist, a listing of the seven shared convictions of global anabaptists, an article written by Berkey's Elizabeth Miller, and much more.

mccMennonite Central Committee

What would happen if you found that your plate was empty? And you didn't know where your next meal was coming from? This is the situation for roughly 800 million people around the world. Food assistance programs provide food for people who are hungry because of emergency crisis situations like war, droughts, or floods. Through food assistance we help people survive through what might otherwise be devastating loss. Learn more.

Community Announcements

First Friday Meal at The Window

The Maples at Waterford Crossing willing be hosting the First Friday meal.The Maples very own Chef Michael and gang will be serving a gourmet Reubenesque Sandwich (Corned Beef, Swiss Cheese, Sauerkraut and Thousand Island Dressing on a Soft Sub Roll), Seasoned Potato Wedges  and Chocolate Mouse for dessert. Yummy, right?! The suggested price of the meal is $9.00, and as always, all proceeds benefit our programs.

Fall Concert

The Goshen Community Chorale will be presenting its fall concert at 7:00 p.m. on Sunday evening, December 4th at St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church in Goshen. This program will showcase Hispanic Christmas music, with the "Navidad Nuestra" of Ariel Ramirez to be the featured work. Goshen resident Nayo Ulloa will be a soloist for this event and the chorus will be accompanied by an instrumental ensemble of strings, guitars, recorders and percussion. There is no admission charge and all are welcome.

Soup of Success

Help Request: Soup of Success packages and sells soup, dip and cookie mixes to help support their program. The holiday season is their busiest time. They could use volunteers who would be able to help package mixes or attach labels for one or more hours, Monday-Thursday, 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. If you're interested please contact Gwen Hershberger, 574-295-3673, ext 112.


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!

A two bedroom upstairs apartment is for rent. It is located behind Goshen Hospital. For more information call Phil and Connie Bauman, 533-0755.

Chain Reaction Bicycle Project is looking for bike donations and volunteers to assist in the bike shop. Chain Reaction is a non-profit promoting bicycling in the Goshen community through its community bicycle repair shop and increased access to bicycles/repairs for people with low income.  For more information, email or call 574-903-3056.

The Mennonite Church USA Communications team is offering college internships. Beginning in January and culminating in July 2017 at Mennonite Church USA Convention in Orlando, these internships will include positions for writers, editors, photographers, social media and graphic design. Internships will be paid and prioritize students of color. Interested students should contact Janie for more information.



Monday, November 28
Intercessory Prayer, 7:00 p.m.

Wednesday, November 30
Private Event, 6:00 p.m.
SLT, 7:00 p.m.

Thursday, December 1
Ladies Lunch Bunch, Wasabi Steakhouse, 206 Johnston Street, 11:30 a.m. RSVP to Laverne Nafziger.

Saturday, December 3
Men's Breakfast, 7:00 a.m.


bellsHoliday Nurture Hour Schedule
Nurture Classes will not meet:
November 27 (Thanksgiving)
December 25 (Christmas)
January 1 (New Year)
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Birthdays This Week
Jim Brenneman
Ruth Miller Roth
Abigail Miller Richer
Michael Locke
Patrick Buller
Jan Shetler
Jud Gingrich
Lisa Short
Patty Lehman
Please contact the office by noon on Thursday with prayer requests.

From IN-MI Mennonite Conference:
Pray for Parkview Mennonite Church, Kokomo, IN. They give thanks for a unanimous vote to tweak their structure, continue with the pastoral team of Mary Jo VanSickel and Grace Whitehead, and have Russell Jensen as their congregational coach. God continues to show them the way as they pray for his guidance.

Shalom Mennonite Church, Indianapolis, IN (Gary Martin, transitional pastor; Brian Bither, pastor). They praise God for the Holy Spirit’s guidance of congregational conversations this fall which are leading them to greater clarity of mission. Please pray for continued Holy Spirit guidance as they gather in retreat on November 5, for Christian fellowship with a focus on helping each other clarify individual callings, and on November 13, as they discuss a proposed mission statement.

From Mennonite Education Agency:
Pray for Eastern Mennonite University as preparations are made for the School for Leadership Training, January 16-18, 2017. May those who attend hear God’s call to deepen relationships through “neighboring” rather than “othering.”

From Mennonite Mission Network:
Petrus and Yuliana Handoyo and their two sons are sent to Cambodia by an Indonesian Mennonite mission agency and Mennonite Mission Network. Pray for Petrus as he teaches religion and ethics in two universities, and for Yuliana as she directs an education ministry for children living on the edge of the city.

DownloadDecember MMN Prayer Vine

Church Notes

Our Worship

This Sunday:  November 27
Advent 1:  Peace
Sermon title:  "Living in the Present Moment"
Scripture:  Isaiah 2:1-5; Matthew 24:36-44

Next Sunday:  December 4
Advent 2:  Harmony
Scripture:  Isaiah 11:1-10; Matthew 3:1-12; Romans 15:4-13

Sunday Service Info

This Sunday:  November 27

Renae Yoder
Curt Wenger
Elise Wenger

Deb Williams

Dan & Deb Williams

Phil Bauman

Lana Smucker

Infants:  Sue Byler, Joe & Lindsy Locke
Toddlers:  Dee Albrecht, Cindy Baker, Isaac Daniels

Offering Counters:
Dick Ramer, Denise Risser

Next Sunday:  December 4

Rafael Barahona
Dick & Nancy Yoder

Thelma Ramer


Phil Bauman

Lana Smucker

Infants:  Linda Liechty, Denise Risser, Angela Shenk
Toddlers:  Janice Hostetler, Laura & Randy Horst

Offering Counters:
John Hooley, Greg Smucker

Statistical Report 
(November 20)

Attendance:  191
General Fund:  $8,678.10
Bethany 2016/2017:  $65.00
College Matching:  $20.00
Model School (potatoes, popcorn):  $310.00
Playground/Parking lot:  $500.00

General Fund Income 2016-17 YTD
Actual:  $77,639.53
Budget:  $73,412.00

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 (on sabbatical)
Dan Schrock
Ron Guengerich

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

Doug Baker
Richard Miller
Laverne Nafziger
Judy Weaver
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