Berkey Avenue Mennonite Fellowship
A congregation of Mennonite Church USA
Berkey Avenue Mennonite Fellowship
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July 31, 2016

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Berkey Announcements

Goshen Interfaith Hospitality Network

IHNBerkey hosted GIHN guests this past week, July 24-31. Thank you to the many Berkey volunteers who were part of hosting the families, creating a space and presence for them to feel cared for and welcome.

Reece Orion Bontrager Yoder

ReeceOur new son Reece Orion, arrived July 27 at 3:05 p.m.! We are doing well and had a really good first night of sleep. Very glad for our mothers/mothers-in-law to help support Evan and Kahlan through this transition as we re-learn how to have a newborn in our midst and get to know this newest addition to our family.
                         ~ Andrea, Brandon, Evan, and Kahlan

Childcare for Young Berkey Families

childcareA resource list is being created for young Berkey families who are looking for childcare. If you enjoy taking care of children and would like to learn to know young Berkey families better, you are invited to join this list. To be included or for questions, contact Elisabeth Barahona.

Fall College Assistance

college fundOur fall goal for the college and seminary assistance fund is $4,500, which will benefit 9 young people from Berkey. To date we've received $3,865, leaving $635 to meet our goal. This fund is one of the few ways you can double your investment--our colleges and seminaries match all contributions dollar for dollar. In addition, you get a tax deduction on your contribution. Please mark your contribution for the "college fund" and place it in the offering. Thank you.

Series on Intercessory Prayer

prayerThis is the third Sunday on a 6-week series of sermons on intercessory prayer. Numerous texts in the Bible either are themselves intercessory prayers or tell stories about people who engage in intercession. For this series, Dan Schrock has selected texts that take different approaches to intercession.
  • July 31:  Daniel 10:2-6, 11-14, 18-21
  • August 7:  Ephesians 6:10-18
  • August 14:  Luke 8:1-8 (this one is technically petition)
  • August 21:  Romans 8:18-27
You are invited to read the sermons on the Berkey website as they become available.

Summer Nurture Hour Schedule

Summer Sunday SchoolJuly 31 - August 14:  Inter-generational classes for everyone.
Aug. 21:  All-Church Fellowship Meal and Congregational Meeting (No Nurture Hour classes).
Aug. 28 - Celebration Sunday/Refreshments (No Nurture Hour classes). There will be a meeting at 11:00 a.m. in the sanctuary regarding church building issues.

Pastor on Vacation

Prince Edward IslandMarilyn Rudy-Froese is on vacation from July 13 through August 1. She will be back in the office on Tuesday, August 2.

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

icon_bcs Bethany Christian

The fall semester begins next Friday, August 5. Berky wishes a joyful beginning to all students and teachers as they transition into the new school year.

Goshen College Goshen College

The final "Little Leafs" Basketball Camp for children age 6-13 is August 1-3. The program provides each camper with excellent instruction in the fundamentals of basketball to help them improve, regardless of the campers previous experience. The program stresses a great attitude, developing the confidence and character of young campers in a safe and positive atmosphere. See the bulletin board by the mailboxes for more information.

AMBS Anabaptist Mennonite Biblical Seminary

Did you miss one of the AMBS webinars from last year? You can still order a recording. The webinars are perfect for Sunday school, study groups as well as personal and professional enrichment. View their newsletter for a list of webinars and for purchase options.

Mennonite Church USA

Mennonite Church USA is contributing to the work of the Doctrine of Discovery (DoD) Coalition, a group that is working systematically to dismantle the DoD, a 15th-century philosophical framework that gives “Christian governments” moral and legal authority to dominate Indigenous peoples and to invade and take over Indigenous lands. The group brings together representatives from Mennonite Church USA, Mennonite Central Committee, Mennonite Creation Care Network, the Watershed Discipleship movement and members and leaders from congregations and conferences across the denomination. Learn more on their website.

mccMennonite Central Committee

The Michiana Mennonite Relief Sale is September 24 and 25. Mark your calendars and plan to bring your family and friends. Your participation helps raise money for those suffering from natural disasters. You may help by bidding generously, donating new and gently used items and enjoy all the delicious variety of foods. To view a complete schedule, visit their website. Brochures are also available on the literature rack by the mailboxes.

Community Announcements

The Window Events and Needs

You are invited to The Window on August 5, 4:30-7:00 p.m. for their First Friday meal hosted by Clinton Frame Church. The host will be serving a tasty pulled pork sandwich, chips, coleslaw and yummy brownies with ice cream for dessert. The cost for this meal is $8.00; all proceeds will help support The Window's programs.

Show your support for The Window, Inc. by participating in their Outrunning Hunger 5k Run/Walk and Family Fun Mile on Saturday, September 3 at Shanklin Park. The event kicks off at 8:00 a.m. with registration beginning at 7:30 a.m. You can also register on their website or pick up a form on the literature rack by the mailboxes. If you fill out a form and drop it off at a First Friday event, you will receive $2 off your meal. This event is a wonderful way for families and businesses to enjoy a day together while helping to raise money for The Window. For more information contact Scarlett Garrison at (574)533-9680.

The August list of needs for The Window is posted on the bulletin board by the mailboxes.

Hymn Sing in the Country

Come worship with the music of the voice on Sunday evening, August 7, 6:00 p.m. at the Helmuths, 4760W 100S, Lagrange. Bring chairs, blankets and finger foods to share. Popcorn and ice cream will be provided. See the bulletin board by the mailboxes to view the invitation.


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!

Goshen College seeks a full-time Assistant Controller/Student Accounts Manager. Responsible for student billing and collection, office management, general ledger accounting tasks, account reconciliations and analyses and supervision of two staff. Bachelor’s Degree required (in Accounting preferred). Minimum 3-5+ years related experience, familiar with automated systems, and Microsoft Word and Excel experience preferred. For further details and to apply, see the job announcement on their website.


Monday, August 1
Intercessory Prayer, 7:00 p.m.

Tuesday, August 2
Fellowship Commission, 6:30 p.m.

Thursday, August 4
Ladies Lunch Bunch, 11:30 a.m. Meet at House of India which is located close to the Concord Mall. RSVP to Laverne Nafziger.

Saturday, August 6
Men's Breakfast, 7:00 a.m.

DownloadDownload August Calendar

CalendarView Calendar Online

Anniversaries This Week
Daryl and Jennifer Miller
Richard R Aguirre and Judy Weaver
Jonathan and Terri Neufeld
John and Jenny Hooley
Randy and Laura Horst

Birthdays This Week
Phil Hostetler
Andrew Krabill
Simon Moshier
Diane Nafziger
Evie Nafziger

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

Robin Gingerich is taking a leave of absence from the LCC International University campus in Lithuania, where she has worked through Mennonite Mission Network for 19 years. Pray for her as she begins to work with a new LCC program in Georgia, assisting refugees toward a hopeful future.

Give thanks for the many teachers, staff and administrators who work hard to show God’s love to students and provide them with encouraging learning environments.

DownloadAugust MMN Prayer Vine

Church Notes
Sunday Service Info

This Sunday:  July 31

Aaron Wieand
Curt Wenger
Elise Wenger

Laverne Nafziger

Dan & Deb Williams

Michael Sherer

Elisabeth Barahona

Infants:  Linda Liechty, Anna Sawatzky, Jenny Yoder
Toddlers: Grant Miller, Laura Moshier, Renae Yoder

Offering Counters:
Thelma Ramer, Diane Nafziger

Next Sunday:  August 7

Aaron Wieand
Curt Wenger
Elise Wenger

Laverne Nafziger

Ron & Lori Good

Phil Bauman

Elisabeth & Rafael Barahona

Infants:  Sara Alvarez, Mariah Martin
Toddlers:  Mark Yoder, Tavi & Anita Mounsithiraj

Offering Counters:
John Hooley, Greg Smucker

Statistical Report 
(July 24)

Attendance:  151
General Fund: $3,502.43
Bethany 2016/17: $115.00
College: $520.00

General Fund Income 2015-16 YTD
Actual:  $285,441.44
Budget:  $265,044.00

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
Dan Schrock

Greg Smucker (Chairperson)
Shirley Dick
Sherm Kauffman
Anita Mounsithiraj
Richard Aguirre

Doug Baker
Richard Miller
Laverne Nafziger
Judy Weaver
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