Berkey Avenue Mennonite Fellowship
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April 20, 2014

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Berkey Announcements

SST Reflections

Malaina WeldyRecently, several Berkey college student attendees returned from their Study Service Term. Below are some reflections from Malaina Weldy, who was in Peru:

It’s so hard to sum up SST in a few sentences, or even a few paragraphs. There were a lot of ups and downs, but overall the experience was incredible and one that I wouldn’t change for the world. The other students in the group were so supportive and we really grew very close through sharing our joys and struggles. Making these sorts of relationships not only with other students but with Peruvian host families and friends, made the entire experience worthwhile for me. Read more.

Dan Schrock Sabbatical

Dan SchrockWe neglected to make an announcement on Sunday, but please note that Dan Schrock will be out of the office until August 11 to take time for a sabbatical as well as a well deserved vacation. We wish Dan well and hope his time is both fruitful and relaxing. Please contact Rafael or Marilyn with any office questions.

Baby Dedication and Shower

Paul HorstOn Sunday, May 4, we will be having a baby dedication for Paul Horst during our morning service. Additionally, during the fellowship time (between worship and Christian education), we will have a baby shower for Karissa and Russell Horst in celebration of Paul's arrival. The Fellowship Commission will have blank cards and envelopes available for you to sign at the shower.

Bryan Moyer Suderman

Bryan Moyer SudermanWe are pleased to have  Bryan Moyer Suderman joining us on Sunday, May 4. Bryan has a gift for writing songs for all ages that are at once simple, catchy, profound, and fun! Bryan will join us for morning worship and Sunday School.

MYF Summer Service Trip

ConstructionYou are invited to join the MYF's summer service trip to Colorado! The MYF is looking for several people to join our trip to Jamestown, CO (near Boulder) where we will be working with MDS the week of June 29-July 5. Construction experience is helpful but not necessary. You would be responsible to cover your transportation costs to Colorado but everything else - food, lodging, etc. - is provided for you. This is a great opportunity to get to know some of the awesome youth in our congregation! Talk to Lois Mast if you are interested.

Events for Women

Ladies Lunch Bunch

Sharing Food

The Ladies Lunch Bunch will meet at Culver's at 2019 Lincoln Way East, Goshen, at 11:30 a.m., on May 1.  Bring some May Day ideas and stories. Kindly RSVP to Laverne Nafziger by Tuesday, April 29.

Women's Gathering

Mennonite DoveThe Annual Spring Gathering of Indiana-Michigan Mennonite Women is at Pleasant View Mennonite Church (58529 CR 23) on May 3 from 8:30 a.m. to noon. Brunch will be served, donations accepted.  An offering will also be taken to help cover costs of the event.  The speaker is Gladys Mania.  Child care will also be provided. Please call (219) 462-0526 if you need childcare.  If anyone needs a ride, please call Laverne  Nafziger at (574) 533-8025.

Free Firewood

FirewoodThere is a dead tree (it hasn't fallen yet) on the east side of the parking lot that needs to be taken down. The trustees will help take it down and cut it up. If you are interested in helping and getting some of the wood, please let Lowell Nafziger asap.  We would like to have it done by the end of May.

Vacation Bible School

VBSPlease consider how you might volunteer to help with Summer Bible School on June 10-13 from 9:00 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.  We are in need of many helping hands.  Thank you to those who have already filled out and returned the volunteer forms.  The green volunteer forms were in your mailboxes and are due to Deb Williams by May 4. There will be volunteer opportunities for youth also available. Also, those families with children ready to turn 4 years - grade six will find student registration forms in your church mailboxes.  These will be due by May 25, but are welcomed earlier than that. Also, if you need registration forms for friends, relatives, or neighbors, or with any other questions, please talk to Deb Williams.

Throwback Thursdays

Brenda GrimesHead 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

Bethany Christian Schools Bethany Christian Schools

Bright Time Summer Camp

Bright Time Summer Camp, held June 9-13, has more than 40 athletic, fine arts, and academic enrichment camps for age 3 through rising grade 8. Camps are just $15-$40. Additionally, Shine On Campcare will provide a place for children for before, between, and after their camps. View camp listings and register online at

Open House at Bethany

Bethany Christian Schools will host a drop-in open house noon to 2:30 p.m. Sunday, May 4, for anyone considering enrolling for fall 2014. Bring your family and invite others from your church or neighborhood who may have interest in Bethany. Stop by after church for lunch, and faculty and staff will be available to answer questions and give tours. So we know to expect you for the meal, please register online or RSVP to Sarah Kraybill Lind in the admissions office at (574) 534-2657 or

Charlotte’s Web

Bethany Christian Middle School will present the stage version of E.B. White’s children’s classic Charlotte’s Web at 7:00 p.m. Friday and Saturday, May 9 and 10, 2014. Tickets are $4 for adults and $2 for students, and may be purchased online at, or by calling the school at (574) 534-2567. The production will feature Abby Rudy-Froese and Evie Nafziger (director).

Goshen College Goshen College

Julia Kasdorf Poetry Reading 

Award-winning poet Julia Spicher Kasdorf will offer a poetry reading in the College Mennonite Church Koinonia Room on Wednesday, April 30 at 7:30 p.m. Kasdorf is an associate professor of English and women’s studies at Penn State University, where she teaches creative writing and oversees the Writer in the Community project. She also serves as poetry editor for Christianity and Literature. The event is free and open to the public. For more information, contact Ann Hostetler.

Rieth Chamber Series

Goshen College's Reith Chamber Series features Ft. Wayne Philharmonic Freimann Chamber Ensembles in concert Thursday, May 1 at 7:30 p.m. in Rieth Recital Hall. The concert will feature strings, clarinet, piano and percussion players from the Philharmonic in chamber works by Mozart, Kitzke and Schoenberg. Tickets are $15 and will be available at the door one hour before the concert begins.

Community School of the Arts Showcase Concert

Goshen College Music Center welcomes you to its Community School of the Arts Showcase Concert Sunday, May 4 at 4:00 p.m. in Sauder Concert Hall. It will feature 100 singers from grades 3-12 in three choirs singing individually and also as a combined choir. Directed by Kristin Kauffman, Sandy Hill and Marcia Yost, the choral selections include classical, folk and gospel repertoire. Also included in this annual spring program is CSA’s featured student soloist Karis Neufeld, performing on flute. Tickets are $7, and $5 for students and seniors. They will be available at the door one hour before the concert begins. Please call 535-7361 or email if you have any questions.

AMBS Anabaptist Mennonite Biblical Seminary

Lois Barrett Lecture

AMBS is pleased to have Lois Barrett, PhD, professor of theology and Anabaptist studies at Anabaptist Mennonite Biblical Seminary. She will present a special lecture on Friday, May 2, at 11:45 a.m. In “Beyond beliefs and practices” she will examine how the church defines itself. AMBS invites guests to attend the lecture in the seminary’s chapel or to watch the lecture online.

Anabaptist Short Course: Mennonite Polity

Join us for this six week, online course to take place
May 7 - June 17, featuring Dr. David Boshart and Janeen Bertsche Johnson, M.Div.  Study the structure, organizations, governance, foundational documents, vision and goals, decision-making processes, leadership and identity markers of Mennonite Church USA and Mennonite Church Canada. Get details and register by April 16.

CMU Choir Presentation

Canadian Mennonite University’s Women’s Ensemble and Men’s Octet will perform at 7:30 p.m., April 30, in the Chapel of the Sermon on the Mount at Anabaptist Mennonite Biblical Seminary. CMU, in Winnipeg, Man., hopes to make connections with friends, alumni, congregations and potential students through this evening of music. President Cheryl Pauls and Vice President Terry Schellenberg will accompany the singers and choir director Janet Brenneman!

Community Announcements

MDC Goldenrod Fundraiser Concert

Save the date! On Friday May 23rd world class guitarist, Phil Keaggy will be performing a benefit concert at Sauder Music Hall.  Proceeds go to support the MDC Goldenrod Community! The concert starts at 7:30 p.m. and all tickets are $30.00 and are general admission. Tickets can be purchased by calling Goshen College Welcome Center at (574) 535-7566 or by visiting the Goshen College website.  For additional information please visit or call the MDC Goldenrod Office at (574) 533-9720.

John L. Ruth Book Signing

Celebrated Anabaptist-Mennonite storyteller John L. Ruth will be sharing stories and photos from his new book Branch: A Memoir with Pictures at Menno-Hof, (510 S. Van Buren St., Shipshewana) on Tuesday April 29 at 7:00 p.m. The public is welcome to attend. Ruth will also be hosting a book signing that same day from 10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. at Menno-Hof.

NatureFest 2014

Join us from Friday, May 9, 6:30 p.m. to Saturday, May 10, 3:00 p.m. at Merry Lea Environmental Learning Center of Goshen College for NatureFest! This is a great way to spend time in God's creation. Paddle a canoe, hunt for wild edibles, make a birdhouse out of a gourd, hunt for frogs, run the Turtle Trot 5-K and camp overnight if you wish. Kids through college students are $5 anytime. Adults pay $5 half day, $10 Saturday, $15 Friday and Saturday. 
See for a schedule of hikes and activities. Please register in advance online.

Faith Lutheran Celebration Service

Faith Lutheran Church invites you to celebrate with them as the begin a journey. Faith Lutheran Church is the recent consolidation of First English Lutheran Church and Trinity Lutheran Church. Faith will operate as one congregation with two locations for worship and mission in Goshen. On May 4th at 3:00 p.m. there will be a celebration worship service at Faith: Greene Road (202 South Greene Rd, formerly Trinity), including the installation of Pastor John Hickey who has been called as Senior Pastor of Faith Lutheran. The Rev. Emlyn Ott, professor of pastoral leadership at Trinity Seminary in Columbus, OH and Director of Healthy Congregations, will preach. A meal will follow. All are invited and welcome.

Help with new edition of Simply in Season

You can help choose the recipes to go in the next edition of Simply in Season! You will receive a 30% discount code for the new edition when it comes out in Spring 2015, plus the satisfaction of helping create the kind of book that so many have come to love. If you complete the survey by May 1, you'll be entered into a drawing for some nice cooking-related prizes. Find the survey in a mennobytes blog post with more information.

Celebrate MCC

Please plan on joining us at the Celebrate MCC (Mennonite Central Committee) Indiana Gathering at Friday, May 9 at Griner Mennonite Church (12418 County Road 20, Middlebury), beginning with a soup supper at 5:30 p.m. and at 7:00 p.m. when we are excited to offer a special update from Haiti. Kristen and Wawa Chege, MCC Haiti Policy Analyst and Advocacy Coordinators, and Garly Michel, Executive Director of MCC partner Wozo, will be sharing stories of how your contributions to MCC have made a difference to Haitians recovering from the devastating 2010 earthquake. For more information, contact Les Gustafson-Zook at or call 574-534-4133.

MDC Goldenrod Hacienda Day

Help support the MDC Goldenrod community and enjoy some good food and fun! On Tuesday, May 6th, the Goshen Hacienda (located in Linway Plaza) will give MDC Goldenrod 20% of their sales.  All food orders, both dine in and carry out, as well as gift cards purchased on May 6th count toward the 20%!  In order for your purchase to count you will have to have a Hacienda coupon to present at the time of purchase. Learn more.

An Evening With MEDA

The Michiana chapter of MEDA will in May host a presentation by Gerald Morrison, Chief Financial Office at MEDA on May 8, at 6:30 p.m. in the Greencroft Senior Center (1721 Greencroft Blvd). Gerald joined MEDA in 1997, serving as Finance Manager and then Controller prior to his appointment as CFO in 2010. If you're curious to learn more about the organization's economic develop work around the world - and more specifically about work in Ghana - please join us! Kindly RSVP by Monday, May 5 to or by calling (574) 355-3607. Meal and program costs are $15 for members and $20 for non-members. Learn more.

Using Energy Prudently

Interfaith Power and Light is organizing a free workshop for congregations who want to work at energy efficiency.This engaging, interactive presentation will offer practical tools for helping congregations (and households) significantly reduce their utility bills. You’ll leave with a community to support you as you save your congregation money for mission work. Learn more.

National Day Of Prayer

There are several events in Goshen for the national Day of Prayer on Thursday,  May 1. The Prayer Breakfast at the Salvation Army, sponsored by Maple City Kiwanis Club, will run from 6:30 a.m. - 7:30 a.m. Reservations are required and the cost is $5:00. Please call Dean DeVoe at (574) 533-5330 for more information. The noon event on West Lawn of County Court House, runs from 11:45 a.m. - 1:00 p.m., while the evening event on West Lawn of County Court House goes from 6:45 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.

A Mexican Dinner to benefit IBA

On behalf of Iglesia Menonita del Buen Pastor, you are invited to a Mexican Dinner to benefit IBA (Anabaptist Biblical Institute). This event will be held at Iglesia Menonita del Buen Pastor (523 S. 6th Street, Goshen) on Saturday, April 26 from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.   The cost is your generous donation!  Please mark your calendars and come enjoy a delicious Mexican meal while supporting the Anabaptist Biblical Institute (IBA), a program of Mennonite Education Agency, that has been impacting the lives of Hispanic Mennonites by providing access to affordable leadership education with an Anabaptist theological foundation.

Amigo Centre Summer Camp

We are once again preparing for one of the most exciting times of the year at Amigo Centre – Summer Camp! Our theme for 2014 is “Crooked Paths Made Straight,” from Luke 3:4b-6. Our early registration discount is available through May 1 – so don’t delay to register your children or grandchildren. More information is available at: We still have openings for several summer staff positions including camp nurse, lifeguards, two male counselors, and kitchen/dining room staff. Applicants should be at least 16 years old for lifeguard and kitchen positions, all others should be at least 18 years old. More information is available at

Prairie Street Funk Fest

“Can a Potawatomi teach Mennonites to Dance” will be the theme of a Prairie Street and Prairie People encounter at Prairie Street Mennonite Church in Elkhart (1316 Prairie Street) on Saturday, May 10, 2014 (9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.). This fifth annual Funk Fest features Potawatomi speaker and storyteller George Godfrey, with a variety of short presentations by others and opportunity for discussion. No advance registration. Cost: $10 ($5 for non-wage earners/students). Bring sack lunch or pay $5 extra at registration for pizza and fruit lunch. More information, please call us at (574) 293-0377 or email

Broken ...beloved.

You are invited to worship and fellowship during IN-MI Mennonite Conference Annual Sessions on the Goshen College campus, June 20-22. Early registration discount ends May 9. Learn more.

GIHN's Annual Fundraiser Dinner

Goshen Interfaith Hospitality Network invites you to save the date for Thursday, May 8, for our Annual Fundraiser Dinner: "A Place at the Table."   Tickets for the dinner and program are $50.00 per person and are available now in person, or by mail at 105 S. 3rd Street, Goshen IN 46526.


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!

Mennonite Mission Network has an immediate opening for a full-time Church Relations Associate.  Work will be based in Elkhart, Indiana with regular travel to U.S. locations in the mid-states and West coast, approximately 35% of the time. Candidates need a passion for God’s mission, and the ability to build relationships, listen carefully, and inspire participation. The position description can be read online at Interested persons please send a letter of interest and résumé to Linda Krueger, Human Resources Coordinator, at
The Michiana Mennonite Relief Sale Board appreciates the way so many of you volunteer.  As we look forward to the 2014 sale on September 26 and 27. We have several key positions to fill, including: Marketing coordinator, Penny Power coordinator and Parking coordinator. If you feel called to help serve in this way or know someone who has gift s in these areas please contact us at   (888­) 503­-8559.
Bethany Christian High School is seeking a girls soccer coach for fall 2014. To apply or ask questions, contact athletic director Gary Chupp at
Jessica Gotwals is looking for a house/apartment to rent that could accommodate 3 people beginning in July or August. A location that is dog-friendly and within biking distance of downtown Goshen and the hospital would be ideal. Please contact her if you know of anything.
Anabaptist Mennonite Biblical Seminary in Elkhart seeks an innovative, energetic and service-oriented individual for the part-time position of library services technician. This .7 FTE position includes responsibility for circulation, interlibrary loan, and acquiring and preparing new materials for the collection. For information visit
To prepare for new clinic and registration hours that will start May 1, the Center for Healing & Hope will have several volunteer opportunities available at our Elkhart Clinics: Interpreters (Fluent in Spanish & English) and Patient Registration (Data entry). Interpreters must be available Mondays (4:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.) or Wednesdays (8:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.) or (4:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.). Patient Registration Volunteers must be available Mondays (4:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.) or Wednesdays (8:30 a.m. – 9:30 a.m.) or (4:30 p.m. - 5:30 p.m.). Learn more online or call (574) 534-4744 if you have any questions.
Patrick and Abbe Buller are looking for a backyard swingset / playset. If anyone has one they would like to get rid of, they would love to chat!

Getting to Know

Fellowship Commission

Marcia Weaver

Marcia Weaver
I moved to Goshen from Ohio in 2010, but I have also lived in Virginia, Iowa, and Kentucky. I currently work at MDC Goldenrod and have previously worked as a Montessori preschool teacher and a restaurant manager. I love visits with my three grown children, pets, gardening, mystery TV shows and a good cup of coffee.

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
April 29: Model School Support Committee, 7:00 p.m.
April 30: MYF Amazing Race, 7:00 p.m.
April 30: Worship Commission Meeting, 7:30 p.m.
May 1: Ladies Lunch Bunch at Culver's, 11:30 a.m.

CalendarView Calendar Online

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

Adam and Jeanette Strode of Mennonite Mission Network are beginning full-time language and culture study in preparation for an assignment with a community-based ministry in Bangkok, Thailand. Pray for them in this time of transition and intense learning as they build relationships.
For Valparaiso Mennonite Church and Pastor Mario Bustos. Pray for an increased witness of Jesus in the community and the ministries in which they work. They want to move in the power of God’s Spirit to love and serve God and those He died to save.
 For Yellowcreek Mennonite Church, and its leadership (Wes Bontreger, Harold Yoder, Jason Ramer, Adam Hartman). Pray that the leadership restructuring process that they are in the midst of will continue to go smoothly and result in a more efficient and effective instrument of the work of God’s kingdom in their community.
Please remember in prayer the youth attending baptism / membership exploration classes: Bobby Sessa, Evan Krabill, Kyle Snyder and Loren Schrock.

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Church Notes
Sunday Service Info

This Sunday: April 27

Jenny and Mark Yoder, Julie and Phil Zimmerman

Nancy and Dick Yoder

Diane and Lowell Nafziger

Offering Counters: 
Dick Ramer, Karl Sommers

Michael Sherer / Roxanna Sommers

Lisa and Darin Short

Next Sunday: May 4

Jenny and Mark Yoder, Julie and Phil Zimmerman

Nancy and Dick Yoder

Lisa and Darin Short

Offering Counters: 
Barbara Eichorn, Greg Smucker

Nicholas Schrock / Roxanna Sommers

Laverne Nafziger and Leah Garboden

Statistical Report 
(April 20)

Attendance: 224
General Fund: $5,530.00
Bethany Tuition: $15.00
College Matching: $770.00
The Mennonite: $770.00

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
Lois Stoltzfus Mast

Greg Smucker (Chairperson)
Roy Bergey
Lee Roy Berry, Jr.
Shirley Dick
Jan Shetler

Renae Yoder (Chairperson)
Doug Baker
Laura Horst
Richard Miller
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