Berkey Avenue Mennonite Fellowship
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February 15, 2015

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Berkey Announcements

Congregational Meeting

The agenda for our congregational meeting on February 22 includes:
  1. Approve the minutes of the November 16 and December 21 congregational meetings.
  2. Review financial reports for the last fiscal year (September 2013 to August 2014) and for the first third of the current fiscal year (September to December 2014). Paper copies of these reports are in your mailbox.
  3. Conversation about our facility and the size of our congregation. How do we respond to being at capacity? What are the important questions we need to ask about our facility? We'd love to have a representative from each household to help us arrive at the right questions for this point in our congregation's life. Members and attenders, as well as MYFers and JYFers are welcome to participate in this conversation.

Congregational Meal

Congregational mealOn Sunday, February 22 we'll have a congregational meal. As you prepare food for this potluck, please remember that we do not have a working refrigerator--you will need to store cold foods in your car from the time you arrive at church until the beginning of the meal. As usual, please bring one or two dishes to share with others, along with your own table service. A congregational meeting follows.


LentLent begins on February 22. During this time, we will have a worship series on "The Rituals of Loss and Remembrance" in which we will examine our practices around loss, grief and death and dying. We recognize that each one of us experiences losses of many kinds throughout our lives, some of which mark us permanently and affect us deeply. We also recognize that hearing stories of loss and grief can open up old wounds and bring back a loss in new ways. If you find that you are struggling in a new way with grief, or experiencing difficulty in carrying your grief, please talk to Dan, Marilyn or a trusted friend. 
The topics we will cover in this series are:
February 22:  The Ritual of Remembering: Funerals and Memorial Services
March 1:  The Journey of Grieving
March 8:  Stories of Loss
March 15: Responding to Loss
March 22: Preparing for our own dying and death
March 29: Jesus' Journey toward his own death
April 5: Easter Sunday: The meaning of resurrection

Please also note that on Thursday, April 2, we will have a family-friendly Maundy Thursday supper and service together, beginning at 6 pm. This will be a potluck of simple finger foods: bread, cheese and fruit.

Bilingual Ash Wednesday Service

LentIn anticipation of the season for Lent, all in the Goshen community are invited to a Bilingual Ash Wednesday Service on Wednesday, February 18th at 7:00 p.m. in the College Mennonite Church Sanctuary. This service of worship is being planned by Goshen College students and College Mennonite Church Hispanic Ministries representatives and will be thoroughly bilingual with all aspects of worship conducted in Spanish and English. The hope is to provide space for us all to acknowledge our frailty and humble ourselves before God as we begin this season of reflection and solidarity with all who suffer.

Mentor/Mentee Movie and Pizza Night

On Saturday, February 21, from 4:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m., mentors and mentees are invited to the church for a movie night. We will watch the movie, "The Good Lie", a Reese Witherspoon movie that follows a few Sudanese refugees from their home in war-torn Sudan to the US. There will be pizza and discussion after the movie.Please RSVP to either Priscillah, Cindy or Marilyn so we know how much pizza we need.

Thank You

Thank you - from MCCWe, at Mennonite Central Committee, want to express our sincere thanks to our friends and supporters at Berkey Ave. Mennonite for the many ways you've contributed to the work of MCC and our partners during 2014. In addition to your energy and time at relief sales, thrift shops, meat canning, material resources, prayers and personal donations, your congregation contributed $1,740 toward MCC's work of relief, development and peacebuilding around the world. Whether in Syria, Iraq, N. Korea, Nigeria, Colombia or 55 other countries around the world, your support shares hope in the name of Christ through MCC. Thank you! - Les Gustafson-Zook, MCC Great Lakes

New to the Library

New to the libraryThis week, we feature two new books to the library. Swords to Plowshares by Lisa Weaver, is a junior fiction picture book of interest to all ages that recounts how art teacher John P. Klassen collected bullets throughout his Ukrainnian village, melted them down and molded them into a lead medallion.  In the book, young Isaak assists Klassen with creation of the medallion, which was presented to MCC workers as a token of appreciation for sending food and relief supplies to the village following the Russian civil war. Travels with STAND by Steven R. Ramer, is the story of five college students who embarked on a seven month journey following their graduation from Hesston College. The book takes the readers along on a sometimes wild and adventurous journey, starting in Hesston Kansas, which takes them to the jungles of Ecuador, the high desert plateaus of Peru and Bolivia, the famous beaches of Rio De Janeiro, and as far south as San Carlos de Bariloche, Argentina.

Model Elementary

Model ElementaryAs part of our support of Model Elementary School, we, along with Faith Lutheran Church, have been providing monthly treats for the teachers and staff. We are looking for someone to provide treats in March and in May. The treats can be delivered anytime during the month; they can be individual treats, or big bowls of trail mix or other such treat. There are about 70 teachers and staff employed at Model School. You can work alone, or a few people can provide treats together. Please speak with Lowell Nafziger or Marilyn Rudy-Froese if you would like to do this.

Model ElementaryThis past Wednesday, Lowell Nafgizer, Marilyn Rudy-Froese, and Dan Schrock went to Model School and presented a check from the congregation for $967.00. Berkey raised this money from raising and selling potatoes, strawberries, and popcorn grown in the Berkey gardens. Lynne Peters, Model's principal, said, "Thank you for the amazing support you give to our students and staff." The money will go into a fund that pays field trip fees for students from families who cannot afford the extra cost. Thanks to everyone who made this project a success.

Faithfulness Under the Cross

If you missed "Faithfulness Under the Cross: Unity, Division and the Church," a gathering held last Sunday at East Goshen Mennonite Church and sponsored by the Indiana-Michigan Mennonite Conference, you can watch it here.

Meals for College Students

College students mealOver 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. If you can help in hosting a meal, please go to the website (usarname: students   password: bamf)  or contact Ruth Roth or (574) 533-8955). 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. Thank you so much for your meals and friendship to our students!

Throwback Thursday

Throwback ThursdaysHead 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!

Our Schools

Goshen College Bethany Christian Schools

Radium Girls

Bethany Christian High School will be performing Radium Girls, Feb. 26, 28 and March 1. Performances are on Thursday and Saturday evenings at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday at 3 p.m. Tickets are $8 for adults and $6 for students. Ticket sales begin Monday, February 9, and may be purchased online or call the school at (574) 534-2567 on school days, 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.). This empowering play is based on the true story of the women who worked at the US Radium Corporation in New Jersey. Touted by everyone from Marie Currie to business men, radium was thought to be a miracle cure until the girls who painted dials with it began getting deathly ill. This deeply personal play takes us on the journey of all sides in the legal and ethical battle that followed. Abby Rudy-Froese, Jacob Rudy-Froese and Kyle Snyder are in the cast participating in the play.

Goshen College Goshen College

Online Lenten devotions

GC continues to offer an online resource to help believers make time and space in their hearts and minds to reflect during the season of Lent.
Beginning February 18, (Ash Wednesday) and culminating on April 5 (Easter), GC students, faculty and staff will provide weekday reflections based on the upcoming Sunday’s lectionary Scripture passages, available online, by subscribing to the daily email. Many writers will reflect on the theme: “Upside Down and Inside Out,” taken from Mennonite Church USA and Mennonite Church Canada worship resources.

International Coffeehouse

The annual GC International Coffeehouse dinner and show is Saturday, March 14. Dinner will be at 5:00 p.m. in the College Mennonite Church Fellowship Hall and the show will be at 7:00 p.m. in the Music Center's Sauder Concert Hall. Adults: $18 dinner & show; $10 show only. Kids & youth: $10 dinner & show; $5 show only. Tickets are available through the Welcome Center (574) 535-7566 or online.  This family and community-friendly event showcases the culinary and entertainment skills of the college's international students.

AMBS Anabaptist Mennonite Biblical Seminary

Gatherings to Listen and Confess 

Alumni, former board members and employees, and current board members and employees are invited to several events at AMBS the weekend of March 21-22. March 21 will be the alumni reunion dinner with the opportunity to meet faculty and Sara Wenger Shenk, AMBS president. March 22 will include services to acknowledge the experiences of women who were sexually violated by John Howard Yoder while at AMBS, and for former and current AMBS leaders to apologize and join in lament, confession and commitment. Learn more.

Community Announcements

Habitat for Humanity

You are invited to a grand opening of our store in the new location at the corner of US 33 & Peddlers Village Rd. on Saturday February 29 at 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. We will have great burgains and treasures for your home, repurposing projects, or renovation. Tour our new home, enjoy our live repurposing demonstration, meet the company behind everybody's paint, and more! The Donation Center will also be open if you want to drop off items before you shop. To learn what items we will take, visit.

Jeremy Krempf Concert

Jeremy Kempf will be in concert and lead an evening of worship at First Mennonite of Middlebury on Sunday evening, February 22 at 6:30 p.m. If you are not aware, Jeremy has led the youth worship band at the Convention for the past 10 years or so. This is not just a youth event, but all are invited. Love offering will be taken. Thank you and God bless.

Annual Dan's Fish & Chicken Dinner

West Goshen Church of the Brethren is hosting their annual Dan's fish and chicken dinner on Saturday, February 28, from 3:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Suggested cost is $10 (adults), ages 6-12 ($6) and under 6- free.  Convenient drive-thru carry-out ($10) which includes dessert is also available. Proceeds go to missions and outreach.

Global Divestment Day

Join Goshen College’s ECO-PAX club and Transition Goshen on February 14 at 6:00 p.m. in Goshen College’s Newcomer Center, rm. 17 for a potluck and activities. The evening includes a diverse variety of speakers, live music, short films and discussion. Bring a dish to share. Students are eager to get in touch with community members. For more information, email Noemi Salvador.


You’re invited to attend “How Jesus and voluntary service messed me up!” Sunday, Feb. 22 at 6:00 p.m. with presenter Andre’ Gingerich Stoner, Director of Interchurch Relations, Director of Holistic Witness, Mennonite Church USA, Elkhart. How do we handle time and money in the “Kingdom-of-God movement?” How do we resist the busyness and materialism of our culture so that we can better love the Lord and love our neighbor? Andre’ will share stories from his own experience and from Anabaptist communities to reflect with us on these questions. This is the second event in Menno-Hof’s “Simple Treats, Stewardship & Servanthood” winter series. Bring finger foods to share – coffee will be provided. RSVP or (260) 768-4117.


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!
Mark and Jenny Yoder have a partially furnished one bedroom basement apartment available for rent near Goshen College. The apartment can house up to two people.  Utility costs and washer and dryer usage are included in the rent cost. Please contact Jenny or Mark if interested!
Goshen Health & Wellness Foundation is seeking a half-time Executive Assistant/Communications Coordinator. Be a part of building healthy lives for children and families in the greater Elkhart County area through the provision of grants to area non-profits and scholarships and 0% student loans for health professionals. Bachelor’s degree in Business or Communications preferred. For more information or a position description please email Clare Krabill.
The Center for Community Justice (CCJ) announces a part-time opening
in the Victim Offender Reconciliation Program (VORP). Caseworker position is 30 hours per week. Position requirements include BA/BS, strong communication skills, interest in restorative justice, and ability to work constructively as part of a team. Spanish language skills are a plus. CCJ is an equal opportunity employer. Resumes and cover letters are accepted through February 13 by mail, email or fax. For more information contact Anne Lehman or (574) 295-6149 ext. 241.
The Window has an opening for a full-time Cook/Administrator to provide simple, inexpensive and nutritious meals to people with inadequate diets and funds. The ideal candidate will possess commercial food prep experience, Board of Health requirements (ServSafe) preferred and have strong organizational and communication skills. If you know of anyone who would be interested in applying for this position please have them send their resume to:The Window, Inc. 223 S. Main St. Goshen, IN 46526.


Getting to Know

Lowell Nafziger

Getting to know
I grew up in the Archbold, Ohio area. After graduation I worked at Sauders for 10
years, 2 of those years I was in 1W service in Indianapolis, IN. Diane and I got
married during the middle of my 1W service. We have 2 children and 5
grandchildren.  Our daughter Lisa Short is a registered nurse and she and her
family are members at BAMF. Our son Tony is a corporate pilot and he and his
family attend Sugar Groove Church.
We moved to Goshen in 1973 as I joined my brother-in-law as a partner at
Leatherman Supply.  During that time I was on the Elkhart Township  Volunteer
Fire Department for 25 years.  In the early 80's I joined a service club, Exchange
Club of Elkhart County.  I am still active in the club. Since I retired I have been tutoring at West Goshen and Chamberlain Elementary Schools.  I volunteer at Goshen High School's home track meets and the Goshen Relays.  I have been volunteering driving for the American Red Cross the past 7 years.  In October the drivers had to go through orientation and become employed by the Red Cross.  Now I am driving two 12 hour days each week for the Red Cross transporting Amish to donate platelets. I have been donating whole blood every 8 weeks from 1975 to the present and platelets every two weeks since 1994 to the present.  Since 1994 I have been donating both whole blood and platelets.
I take responsibility for getting the garden plots ready at Berkey's garden. I raise a
large amount of sweet corn, strawberries, and popcorn as well as smaller
amounts of garden produce.  I have been a trustee for a number of years and enjoy working on different projects at the church.  I make sure everything is as it should be with the house next door that the church owns and rents. We enjoy high school athletics and attend many athletic events at Goshen Schools.  I really appreciate Marilyn and Dan and am grateful to be a member of BAMF.

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.

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This Week:
February 17: Prayer Shawl Group, 4:15 p.m.  Please RSVP to Laverne Nafziger.
February 17: Christian Ed. Commission, 7:00 p.m.
February 19: Caregiving Commission, 7:00 p.m.

CalendarView Calendar Online

Anniversaries and Birthdays Next Week:
Melinda Sherer
Lois Mast
Max Martin

PrayerPlease contact the office by 9:00 a.m. Thursday with prayer requests.
Please keep the JYF and sponsors (Lindsay Rheinheimer, Vanessa and Dan Adcock) in your prayers this weekend as they are at Winter Camp at Camp Amigo.
Pray for Marion Yoder as he works through his treatment procedures/process with his doctors. Pray for Meredith as well as she walks with him through this journey.
Please pray for the students at Model School, that they will experience the joy of learning, and receive the support they need to grow and develop intellectually, socially and emotionally.
C. Paul and Hildi Amstutz of Mennonite Mission Network request prayer for chaplains in businesses in Paraguay. May they encourage Christian employees to exercise their calling to be salt and light in the marketplace, thus creating a more favorable spiritual climate at their companies and among their families.
Pray for Yellow Creek Mennonite, Goshen, (pastors: Wes Bontreger, Harold Yoder and Jason Ramer).  Pray also for Ann Arbor Mennonite, Ann Arbor, MI (pastor: Chibuzor Ozor). Our prayer request includes health issues for a member that has knee replacement and recovery.

DownloadFebruary MMN Prayer Vine

Church Notes
Sunday Service Info

This Sunday: February 15

Diane Beam, Julie and Phil Zimmerman

Rita Gingrich

Missy and John Schrock

Michael Sherer and Elisabeth Barahona

Infants: Sherry and Curt Wenger and Annie Hu
Toddlers: Lydia Hartman-Keiser, Elisabeth Barahona and Jacob Rudy-Froese

Offering Counters:
Lowell Nafziger and Denise Risser

Next Sunday: February 22

Brenda Grimes, Julie and Phil Zimmerman

Rita Gingrich

Missy and John Schrock

Michael Sherer and Elisabeth Barahona

Infants:  Lavonn and Eric Hostetler and Annie Hu
Toddlers:  Anna and Joe Sawatzky and Jacob Rudy-Froese

Offering Counters:
Dick Ramer and Karl Sommers
Statistical Report 
(February 8)

Attendance: 224
General Fund: $4,706.65
College Fund: $20.00
Bethany Tuition: $15.00
JYF Snow Camp: $30.00
Model School (sale of popcorn): $20.00
 MYF - Mennos Best Coffee - Sales: $354.00, Fund raiser earnings - $325.00
 Rental Income: $750.00

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.

Dan Schrock
Marilyn Rudy-Froese

Greg Smucker (Chairperson)
Roy Bergey
Shirley Dick
Sherm Kauffman
Elizabeth Miller

Doug Baker
Richard Miller
Laverne Nafziger
Judy Weaver
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