Berkey Avenue Mennonite Fellowship
A congregation of Mennonite Church USA
Berkey Avenue Mennonite Fellowship
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January 18, 2015

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Berkey Announcements

Seating During Worship

Seating Arrangements in the SanctuaryWhen 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

world fellowship SundayOn 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

Thank YouThank 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

First Friday FundraiserOn 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

Martin Luther King Jr. DayMonday, 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.

Desserts Needed!

Desserts NeededThe 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

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!

Care Packages

care packagesOn 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

Creation Care ClassThe 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

more chairs for the sanctuaryThe 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.

Throwback Thursday

Throwback ThursdayHead 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

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

Goshen College Goshen College

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 .

AMBS Anabaptist Mennonite Biblical Seminary

Scholarship application

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 for details.

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.

Community Announcements

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 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) 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!
 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



Welcome Baby Caleb Philip Yoder

Baby Caleb
Please join Jenny, Mark and Luke Yoder in welcoming the newest member of their family, Caleb Philip Yoder.  Caleb was born on Monday, January 12 at 1:33 p.m. and weighed 7 lbs. 13oz, 20 in. long.  He is the first of the seven Berkey babies of 2015.
What a blessing!


We will no longer be printing and distributing calendars each month.  They are however, available for download.

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This Week:
January 18: Congregation Meal
January 19: Stewardship and Finance, 7:00 p.m.
January 20: Prayer Shawl Group, 4:00 p.m. at Laverne Nafziger's
January 20: Christian Education, 7:00 p.m.
January 21: MYF Small Groups, 6:30 p.m.

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Anniversaries and Birthdays Next Week:
Doug and Cindy Baker

Asiko Dlova
Carissa Hostetler
Jenny Yoder
Peter Shetler
Aaron Stiffney
Seth Krabill
JD Nafziger

PrayerPlease contact the office by 9:00 a.m. Thursday with prayer requests.

Continue to hold the Sawatzky family in your prayers. Joe was moved from ICU to the PCU (Progressive Care Unit) on Wednesday. He continues to heal from pneumonia and gain strength every day. If anyone has a portable DVD player or an extra laptop that you would be willing to lend to him, please let the church office know and we'll see that Joe gets it.
This year, Mennonite Mission Network’s Mennonite Voluntary Service program is restructuring to respond to current realities. Pray for Nathan Penner and Neil Richer as they oversee this change, for the 11 congregations and communities that will be hosting larger service households, and for the 10 congregations and communities that will be closing their MVS units.
Pray for Bonneyville Mennonite, Bristol, IN (pastors: Marcella Hershberger and Dale Shenk). We just put a new structure and leadership team in place. Pray that the new team will have wisdom as they begin their terms and set priorities for the congregation.

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Church Notes
Sunday Service Info

This Sunday: January 18

Neil Richer Miller and Ruth Hathaway

Thelma Ramer

Clare and Merrill Krabill

Ben Buckwalter and Elisabeth Barahona

Infants: Steph and Aaron Wieand
Toddlers: Brenda and Daniel Grimes

Offering Counters:
Lowell Nafziger and Denise Risser

Next Sunday: January 25

Rafael Barahona and Ruth Hathaway

Thelma Ramer

Clare and Merrill Krabill

Ben Buckwalter and Elisabeth Barahona

Infants: Stephanie and Aaron Wieand
Toddlers: Brenda and Daniel Grimes

Offering Counters:
Dick Ramer and Karl Sommers
Statistical Report 
(January 11)

Attendance: 214
General Fund: $4,185.01
College Fund: $20.00
Bethany Tuition: $4,915.00
Coffee: $38.40
Chairs: $1,000.00
House Rental: $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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