Seating During Worship
When you seat yourself for worship, we encourage you to choose seats in the middle of the row, so those who come after you can find seats closer to the aisles. The front row of the center section also has open seats. The Worship Commission is considering different seating arrangements that might include more chairs, but meanwhile every chair is important.
World Fellowship Sunday Potluck
On Sunday, January 18, Mennonite congregations around the world will celebrate World Fellowship Sunday. Each year, on the Sunday closest to 21 January, Mennonite World Conference congregations are invited to remember the first Anabaptist baptism in 1525, an act of obedience and courage, which continues to shape our understanding of what it means to be disciples of Jesus Christ today. On this one Sunday of the year, we celebrate our global Anabaptist community in our worship together, in spirit and in body, and in praying for each other. Learn more
Thank you so much for your thoughts, prayers, condolences, and flowers at this time of sorrow and celebration with the death of my mother, Bertha Alma Plank. The outpouring of care is a gift of grace through a difficult transition and greatly appreciated.
~ Terri J. Brenneman (Jim and Quinn)
Women's Lunch Bunch Fundraiser
On February's First Friday (February 6), the Women's "Lunch Bunch" group will be preparing and serving the Meal served at The Window as a fund-raiser for The Window. Every First Friday of the month they ask a "service group" to provide the meal for them. Our Women's group did this last year and has again accepted this service project for next month.
Since the women in our group will be providing some of the items on the menu--making home-made items and absorbing the cost of those items--we are inviting the congregation to participate in the project by helping to fund the cost of the ham that will be used in the main dish, as well as the salad greens for the tossed salad on the menu. You may put your donation into the regular church offering and designate it for "The Window project". When we can cover the cost for the entire meal, ALL the proceeds from the meal will then go to the Window for the services they provide to the Goshen community. Another way to help with this fund-raiser would be to join in the First Friday downtown activities and enjoy the meal at The Window! Our menu is: Scalloped potatoes and ham, Harvard Beets, Tossed Salad with home-made dressings, Home-made Dinner Rolls, and a variety of home-made cakes to choose from for dessert. Hot drinks and water are provided by The Window. Serving begins at 5:00 p.m. and continues until the food runs out--which it often does. We appreciate any help from the congregation. Thank you.
Martin Luther King Jr. Day
Monday, January 19 is Martin Luther King Jr. Day. If you are interested in participating in some local events, there is a concert and other events at Goshen College Learn more
. Also, the AMBS Intercultural Competence and Undoing Racism team encourages the community to join in regional celebrations honoring Dr. King Jr. Learn more
The Education Commission is planning a special meal on Sunday, January 25 to say thank you and honor or teachers from nursery through adult classes. Please consider providing a dessert (any kind) for the appreciation event. Contact Ruth Roth
or (574) 533-8955.
Meals for College Students
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. 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!
On Wednesday, January 28 the MYF will be preparing care packages for Berkey Avenue College Students. Please bring individually wrapped treats to share with our students. Homemade baked items are fine, too. Please bring them to church on Sunday or have all items to the church by 6:00 p.m. on Wednesday 28. Thank you for your support!
~ MYF kids and sponsors
Creation Care Class
The Every Creature Singing class starts a new four-week unit this week on pursuing peace and justice with regard to creation. Read session 5, entitled, Slow Violence and the Gospel of Peace
. The curriculum is found online
More Sanctuary Chairs
The Coordinating Council is offering the congregation an opportunity to buy more new chairs for the sanctuary and to replace at least some of the older brown chairs. These new chairs will be identical to the 107 chairs that are currently in the front of the sanctuary. Our chair fund already has about $6,260, enough to buy 44 new chairs. The Council is accepting further donations into the chair fund until the last Sunday of January. Learn more
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
On behalf of the Bethany Christian Schools Board I am pleased to announce the appointment of Tim Lehman to the position of Head of School beginning July 1, 2015. Tim is no stranger to Bethany, having served in a range of positions from 2002 to 2014 as teacher, coach and assistant principal. As a previous member of Allan Dueck’s leadership team, Tim brings proven administrative skills and leadership capabilities. Learn more
Named Top Liberal Arts School
GC was recently named among the top liberal arts colleges in the state and the country for affordable and high-quality education, according to a national list released earlier this month. GC ranked 73rd among all liberal arts colleges and retained its place as second among Indiana liberal arts colleges, according to Kiplinger’s Personal Finance magazine. Learn more
What are your plans for Martin Luther King, Jr., Day? Why not come to GC and explore the theme “Be Brave, Show Grace: Advancing Intercultural Action
” during the annual MLK Day celebration events on January 18 and 19? The celebration will feature gospel choirs from GC and Notre Dame, workshops, a coffeehouse and guest speakers Ewauare Osayande, anti-oppression coordinator with Mennonite Central Committee U.S., and Reverend Kanyere Eaton, the pastor of Bronx-based Fellowship Covenant Church. See the full schedule and learn more about the events
Anabaptist Mennonite Biblical Seminary
If you know anyone considering study at AMBS this fall, please urge them to complete the scholarship application by the February 1 deadline. Full-tuition scholarships are available, but even those who aren’t selected for a scholarship may get additional financial aid. Visit
Without a _____, the people perish
Rather than our own ideas and ideals of what's best for the church, Sara Wenger Shenk confesses, "How I long for Jesus’ vision to transport and shake us all to the core." In her post on Practicing Reconciliation, Without a _____, the people perish
, she urges us to live into the biblical vision of caring for others and to remember that God's grace is sufficient. Learn more.
MCC: New Curriculum Relating to Veterans
Historic peace churches and veterans: a new Sunday school curriculum
Mennonite Central Committee (MCC), Mennonite Church USA and Mennonite Mission Network announce the release of Returning Veterans
. Returning Hope: Seeking Peace Together
,a six-week Sunday school curriculum inviting pacifists and veterans to walk with one another on a common journey toward peace. The curriculum, which is appropriate for churches with and without veterans, is available online
or at mcc.org/media/resources/1719
. For additional information, please contact Titus Peachey
or (717) 859-1152.
MCC: New immigration resources
From Old Testament exhortations to the words of Christ, the Bible calls us to welcome newcomers. There are many ways churches and individuals can respond to the needs of immigrants in their community, including by helping immigrants with legal paperwork. Churches looking for tangible ways to get involved can find useful resources like toolkits, guides and training opportunities at our website
Register now for PA 2015
Already making summer plans? Plan to attend Pennsylvania (PA) 2015, the 16th Assembly of MWC which will be held July 21-26, 2015 in Harrisburg, PA. Where else can you worship and fellowship with thousands of Anabaptist Christians in an international gathering? Come get inspired by the music of Zimbabwean and Kenyan choirs. Learn about the global Church by visiting the Global Church Village. Play or watch the Anabaptist World Cup soccer tournament. Get to know others through Friendship Groups. Take part in a service opportunity. See all that PA 2015 has to offer
You’re invited to attend “Paying it forward: joyful stewardship in the Anabaptist tradition”
Sunday, January 25, 2015, 6 p.m. at Menno-Hof with presenter John D. Roth, Professor of History, Goshen (Ind.) College. From the beginnings of the Anabaptist movement in the sixteenth-century, the principle of stewardship has been a central part of our understanding of Christian faith and practice. The gifts of wealth, time, and talents that God has generously given to us are meant to be shared with those around us. This is the first event in Menno-Hof’s “Simple Treats, Stewardship & Servanthood” winter series. Bring finger foods to share – coffee will be provided. RSVP is requested (seating is limited) email@example.com
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!
Anabaptist Disabilities Network (ADNet), a small non-profit in Elkhart, IN, is seeking a half-time Director. ADNet is dedicated to transforming faith communities when individuals with disabilities enjoy full inclusion in the Body of Christ. Director roles include focusing on donor development, overseeing office and staff, guiding organizational communications and relating to the board of directors. The director will work out of the ADNet office at 3145 Benham Ave., Suite 5 Elkhart, IN 46517. For more information and job description see website.Send resumes to firstname.lastname@example.org.