As I announced a couple of Sundays ago, I have been feeling a bit unsettled within my soul lately. I believe part of that stirring is a call away from Youth Ministry at Berkey Avenue. I do not yet know how God is leading but am confident that this is a good decision and will offer opportunities for growth, both for myself and for the Berkey youth. I am very grateful to this congregation for the trust, support, and encouragement you have offered me over the last 10 years. I have been blessed! Thank you! While the timing of my leaving is yet to be determined, it appears I will be working through May and possibly into the summer. Some have asked whether John and I will continue to worship here at Berkey and my response is, "Absolutely!" I love this congregation and want to continue to be a part of the life of this church. Thank you again. My heart is full of gratitude.
** Editor's note: Last week's thank you note from Lois was accidentally truncated. The full note is included here.
The Window First Friday Meal
The Lunch Bunch Ladies from BAMF are serving the meal at The Window tonight
at First Fridays in downtown Goshen. The cost of producing the meal will be approximately $150. In order for this service project to be the most help to The Window, we would like to be able to pay for the entire cost so that The Window does not have to contribute to the cost of the food. Since the Lunch Bunch is providing the home-made dessert and rolls, as well as contributing some of the money for the rest of the meal (ham, potatoes, beets, salad), we are giving the congregation the opportunity to help us finance this service project. You may designate above budget money to The Window project, and any monies over the cost of the food for the meal will be given to The Window for their on-going program of providing food for families in need. Thank you for helping with this project, and hope you come and enjoy the meal at The Window this evening--serving from 4:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. The suggested donation for the meal is $8, and there will be seating available at the Window (long tables). Please contact Sue Byler
Soup & Bread Supper and Magic Show Rescheduled
Due to severe weather conditions, the Soup & Bread Supper and Magic Show that was planned for February 5th has been rescheduled for Wednesday, February 19. Our apologies to all of you who already prepared food. We look forward to seeing you all on the 19th!
On February 23rd, we will be taking a few minutes during the worship service to ask you to identify people in the congregation who might be well suited to serve on various church commissions. We ask that you consider your gifts and talents, as well as those of others in the congregation as we begin this discernment process. ~ The Leadership Discernment Team (Dan Williams, Anita Mounsithiraj, and Bev Krabill)
Stephen Minsitry is 1 Year Old!
It has been a year since we commissioned our Stephen Ministers for ministry. In the past year, our Stephen Ministers have provided 145.75 hours of care and 9 people have received/are receiving care from them. We thank God for this ministry! Stephen Ministry is one-to-one lay Christian caregiving. Stephen Ministers are trained to listen and help others sort through their feelings. The Stephen Ministers have added to Berkey's ability to be Christ's loving, caring, healing presence within our congregation and the community. If you feel a need for someone to walk with you through a transition or other challenging experience, please contact Marilyn Rudy-Froese, Referrals Coordinator, at 534-2398.
New to the Library
We are very happy to have two new people, Abbe Buller and Elizabeth Miller Richer, joining Lori Good on the Library Committee. This week, we feature two new titles. The first, Fifteen Minutes
by Karen Kingsbury tells the story of Zack Dylan, who made a promise to God and his college sweetheart as he left his family’s horse farm in Kentucky to compete on the popular reality television show. We also have Animate: Faith
(DVD), which was recently featured in one of our Sunday School classes.
We, at Mennonite Central Committee, want to express our sincere thanks to our friends and supporters at Berkey Avenue Mennonite Fellowship for the many ways you contributed to the work of MCC and our partners during 2013. Besides your energy and time at relief sales, thrift shops, meat canning, material resources and personal donations, your congregation contributed $2,108 toward MCC's work of relief, development and peacebuilding around the world. A frequent response we hear from our partners and the people they serve is that this support offers hope in what often feels like a hopeless situation. Thank you for your part in sharing hope in the name of Christ through MCC. ~ Les Gustafson-Zook, MCC Great Lakes.
Everence Annual Report
The Everence Sharing Funds provided $3,000 in matching funds to support special needs in our church last year. Missy Kauffman Schrock serves as the Everence Advocate for our congregation. Please contact her for more information.
The Mission Commission has planned an auction on Friday, February 21 at 6:00 p.m., to provide funds for the Goshen Ministerial Association Emergency Fund and other charities that provide support for low income families and homeless persons in Goshen. This first-time event will feature a live auction in which people attending can enjoy pizza and other refreshments during the evening. An auction flyer has been placed in the church mailboxes, along with two posted on the church bulletin boards with all the details of the event. Please plan to attend and participate in what should be an enjoyable evening of fellowship, while supporting the needy in our community.
Celebrating the Gift
Talking about our sexuality can stir up experiences and feelings that are painful and troubling. This is normal. So we encourage you to do what you need to do to care for yourself: talk to one of the pastors or a trusted friend, excuse yourself from parts of the service or Christian education sessions that you find disturbing or painful, or visit another church on a particular Sunday.This Sunday, February 9, our topic will be gay and lesbian relationships. View the brochure
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
Students in grades 3-11 interested in exploring Bethany Christian Schools can shadow a Bethany student on Monday, February 17, (President’s Day) from 8:50 a.m. - 3:30 p.m. Parents are invited to a 8:45 a.m. - 9:15 a.m. coffee and conversation. Parent tours are available at 9:15 a.m. This is a great way for prospective students and families to discover Bethany! For more information, to register, or to schedule a visit on another date see www.bethanycs.net.
An Organ Recital will be performed by Daniel Bayless on Sunday, February 9, at 4:00 p.m. in Rieth Recital Hall, Goshen College Music Center. Bayliss is organist at the University of Notre Dame's Basilica of the Sacred Heart and will perform works by J.S. Bach, Schumann, Krebs, Bolcom and Duruflé. Admission is $10, with tickets available at the door one hour before the concert.
Afternoon Sabbatical: The Globe - From Goshen to Times Square
Join us for our February Afternoon Sabbatical, The Globe - From Goshen to Times Square, with Jason Samuel, WGCS Station General Manager. This event will take place on Tuesday, February 11 at 1:00 p.m. in the Sauder Concert Hall. How does a small college in Indiana where the “leafy maples grow” make it all the way to Times Square to compete against every college and university of every size in the country? Goshen College’s student-operated radio station WGCS 91.1 The Globe has won Best College Station in the Nation and Indiana’s Radio School of the Year two of the last three years. Station General Manager Jason Samuel will share humorous and informative stories about the station. For questions please contact Goshen College at (574) 535-7565 or email email@example.com
Anabaptist Mennonite Biblical Seminary
You are invited to participate to this special webinar entitled Jubilee For Today
on Thursday, March 6, from 10:00 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. Our presenter is Kim Tan. Dr. Tan, a biochemist, venture capitalist and itinerant Bible teacher, will talk about the implications of the "Jubilee Gospel" for his impressive business pursuits. He will share how Jubilee principles guide his business ethics through socially responsible and environmentally sustainable development efforts around the world. Please register by March 2
Seniors For Peace Meeting
Rosemary Widmer will present “BorderLinks: Building Bridges of Solidarity Across US Borders” at the next Seniors For Peace meeting, February 20, 9:30 a.m., at Greencroft Goshen Community Center. Interested, but not a Senior? Come anyway!
Musical Arts Indiana presents a Winter Concert featuring Children's Choir of Michiana on Saturday, February 8, at 7:00 p.m. at the Good Shepherd Montessori School in South Bend. Children's Choir of Michiana is an organization of fourth through ninth graders from many different cultures, religious affiliations and economic backgrounds, brought together with the exclusive purpose of learning to sing together beautifully. Children study and perform a variety of music ranging from unison folk songs to more challenging and contemporary literature as well as music from chorale masters of all time periods. Repertoire also includes some popular forms such as vocal jazz.
Little Eden Youth Camps
Brochures are now available for the summer youth camps at Little Eden camp beautiful NW Michigan. Space is limited in each camp, so register early. Junior Youth Camp
(grades 6-8) is June 8-13, and Boys & Girls Camp
(grades 3-5) and High School Camp
(grades 9-11) is June 15-20. For additional information, see the brochure on the bulletin board or you can download one on the Little Eden website
or contact the camp at (231) 889-4294.
Sign Language Classes Available
Sign language classes are being offered at College Mennonite (1700 S. Main St, Goshen, IN) on Tuesday evenings, 6:30 p.m. - 8:00 p.m., March 11 through May 13. The instructors, Mark and Deb Gessinger, are both deaf and have taught sign language classes before. They are from Nappanee and Deb is a full-time Assisstant Professor of ASL at Goshen College. Two levels of classes are being offered, and the cost is $50. Childcare is available upon request. Kindly RSVP to Stephanie Yoder at (574) 971-0207 or firstname.lastname@example.org
ADNet Mailing Party
Come have fun while helping ADNet. You are invited to enjoy good company, entertaining games, and delicious snacks while helping Anabaptist Disabilities Network prepare our next newsletter for mailing. We will gather on Tuesday, February 10 at 7:00 p.m. at the ADNet Office (3145 Benham Avenue, Elkhart). The building is wheelchair accessible and has a big, plowed parking lot! Come to the Garden Level break room. You are welcome to invite your friends. Kindly RSVP to email@example.com
Dan's Fish & Chicken Dinner
West Goshen Church of the Brethren is hosting its Annual Dan's Fish & Chicken Dinner on Saturday, February 22, from 3:30 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. Prices are $9 for adults, $6 for children (ages 6-12) and kids under 6 eat free! Enjoy all the fish and chicken strips you care to eat. including side dishes, beverages and choice of dessert.
ADEC Seeks Volunteers
ADEC is recruiting and training volunteers to serve as Guardian Volunteer Advocates. Estimated time is two to four hours each month. Volunteers make a difference in the lives of adults who cannot speak for themselves or who need an advocate. Fore more information contact Cary Kelsey at firstname.lastname@example.org
or (574) 848-2442.
You’re invited to attend “Reaching out to others: realizing and sharing gifts” led by Larry & Maxine Miller, Macon, Miss., on February 16, 6:00 p.m. at Menno-Hof. The Millers will share their experiences of living in rural Mississippi the past 44 years – stories of how the Lord led them to the South, reaching out to others. This is the second event in Menno-Hof’s “Coffee, cookies and community: Part II” winter series. Bring cookies to share – coffee will be provided. Your reservation is requested as seating is limited. Kindly RSVP to email@example.com
or (260) 768-4117.
13th Annual Empty Bowl Project
Please join us on Saturday, February 22, for a soup and bread dinner to benefit Goshen Interfaith Hospitality Network. As part of the event, you will receive a handmade bowl, filled with delicious soup of your choice, and bread - all for $15! Beverages will be provided by area restaurants and guild members. The event will take place from 5:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. at the Mill Race Center Farmers Market and is sponsored by the Clay Artists Guild.
Goshen’s Comprehensive Plan Public Meeting
Community members are invited to help set vision and goals for the city of Goshen. Public meetings are scheduled for February 27 and March 24. Contact the City Planning Office at (574) 534-3505 for details on time and place.
Using Energy Prudently Workshop
Hoosier Interfaith Power and Light is sponsoring this workshop for faith communities on Saturday, February 1, from 2:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. at Waterford Mennonite Church. Hear how one congregation cut its energy use by 50% and is saving $10,000 a year. Learn about grants to install solar panels. Receive practical tools to save energy and engage your congregation. For more information, email firstname.lastname@example.org
or call (317) 654-1524.
Face2Face Women's Retreat 2014
Join us on March 7-9 for the 2014 Face2Face Women's Retreat! This guided retreat for women of all ages is prepared by Patricia Ebersole Zwier and Susan Berends Medendorp, who have been doing women's retreats for 20 years. Susan is seminary trained in the Christian Reformed Church and Patricia is a therapist at Oaklawn and is active in Assembly Mennonite Church. Each session begins with corporate worship led by musicians from Assembly Mennonite Church and a brief introduction to the topic. Then it moves into the centerpiece of guided face-to-face times with God, ending with processing in small groups. For more information and to register, go to the website of host congregation, River Terrace Church, or call Blythe (517) 351-9059. Learn more.
Benefit Chili Supper Rescheduled
Dan Danen, husband of Marcella Hershberger who pastors at Bonneyville, has been dealing with escalating health issues. Dan is in the process of significantly reducing his workload. In addition to reduced income, there are the increased costs of Dan’s medical treatments. Bonneyville Mennonite Church provides health insurance for Dan and Marcella, but they still have significant medical expenses. The planned meal that was to take place on January 25 has been rescheduled due to poor weather. Stay tuned to find out more.
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!
The IN-MI Mennonite Women Executive Committee is looking for a woman with good record-keeping skills to serve a three-year term as treasurer. For further information or to nominate a woman in your congregation, please call Shirley Bustos at (219) 462-0526 or email SABustos@comcast.net
Goshen Interfaith seeks to fill a part-time position as a House Parent. This person would regularly have weekend hours, but may also occasionally fill in during a week day. Any questions about the position can be directed to Phil or Mindy at (574) 534-2300.
LaCasa is seeking a Resident Manager for our new Supportive Housing residential community in Goshen. The successful candidate will live in a new 1 bedroom apartment within a 16 unit building for homeless individuals referred for housing by Oaklawn. Primary responsibility of the resident manager is to be eyes and ears for LaCasa and Oaklawn while being a friend and support to tenants. Compensation is in the form of rent reduction. Income restrictions apply. Contact Alan Greaser email@example.com
for more information. LaCasa is also seeking donations of new bedding (full size) and towels for the apartments.