Advent Giving Project
The 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.”
Lady 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
In 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
Our 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
Dan 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
The 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
The 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.
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.
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.
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.
Anabaptist Mennonite Biblical Seminary
A webinar, Changing the Way the Church Views Racism,
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.
Mennonite 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.
Mennonite 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
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.
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.