Berkey Avenue Mennonite Fellowship
A congregation of Mennonite Church USA
Berkey Avenue Mennonite Fellowship
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November 29, 2015

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Berkey Announcements

Advent Giving Project

hatOur theme for Advent this year is "Incarnation," and ways we experience God's presence among us. To celebrate with our giving the very real way God became human, the Mission Commission and Advent Committee invite you to donate supplies for MCC Infant Care Kits. Several women in our congregation have donated hand-knit hats for all the kits we assemble. The rest of the supplies needed PER KIT are as follows:  (Please donate new items only, purchased or hand-made, size 3-9 months.)
  • 2 gowns/sleepers (flannel or similar warm/soft material)
  • 2 undershirts/onesies (short or long sleeve)
  • 4 flat-fold cloth diapers (Village Variety on CR 40 has them locally)
  • 1 receiving blanket (lightweight fleece or flannel, 36" minimum)
  • 4 safety pins (2")
  • 1 large bar mild soap (leave in wrapper)
  • 1 pair socks
We will be collecting supplies all during Advent, and there will be a Christmas tree in the corner of the fellowship area with reminder cards & baby hats. All donated supplies can be placed under the tree. Please note that during the third Sunday of Advent, December 13, we will be having a special time during nurture hour to assemble kits from supplies we've received by then. If you have any questions, please contact Abbe Buller. Thank you for generously giving!

Note from Jared Liechty

praying handsDear church family, I find myself in some trouble and will be spending some time locked up at Westville. I would greatly appreciate any letters or cards. Anyone who wants a reply please use the following information at to send me an emailed letter. Please keep me in your thoughts and prayers.
             Jered Liechty
             DOC 255060  Location C2-N2-IU
             Indiana Department of Correction
             Westville Correctional Facility
             5501 South 1100 West
             Westville, IN 46391

Goshen Interfaith Hospitality Network

GIHNGIHN guests will be here at our church on December 6 - 13. Thank you to all the many volunteers who will be hosting our guests!

New Nurture Class

Women's classA new class entitled Women’s Circle: Tending Our Souls will be offered both winter and spring quarters. The focus of this nurture hour offering is on tending—listening to our souls, the Spirit, and each other—and through these practices, in a setting of safety and confidentiality, to grow as women of faith. The hour will begin with a time of quiet and centering: listening to our own souls. There will be time for each to share whatever they choose, and for praying together. The emphasis will be on listening and receiving, rather than on interacting and responding. In receiving what we hear in ourselves and from each other, we offer spiritual companionship in our daily walk. Because of the nature of this group, individuals are asked to commit to attending as consistently as possible. Cindy Baker will be facilitating the class. Feel free to contact Cindy directly for more information.

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

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Christmas Concert

Bethany Christian Middle School will hold a Christmas Choral Concert at 7:00 p.m. on Tuesday, December 1. Instrumental concerts will be held on Tuesday, December 8, with beginning instrument groups performing at 6:30 p.m.; the middle school band and orchestra at 7:30 p.m. The concerts will be in the school’s chapel and open to the public. There is no admission charge. 

Ten Thousand Village Sales for Bethany

Shop Ten Thousand Villages in Goshen on Thursday, December 10, and Ten Thousand Villages will donate 20 percent of sales to Bethany Christian Schools. Your loved ones will enjoy the creative handcrafted gifts you purchase and artisans will receive vital, fair income as you support Bethany. Store hours for this benefit are 3:00 - 7:00 p.m.

Goshen College Goshen College

On Tuesday, December 15 at 7:00 p.m. the Institute for the Study of Global Anabaptism and College Mennonite Church will host a public lecture by Peggy Faw Gish, “Learning to Love Boko Haram: A Nigerian Peace Church Responds.” The lecture will take place in the College Mennonite Church-Chapel on the campus of Goshen College (handicap parking available). Gish, born in northern Nigeria to American missionaries, has been active in peace and justice work all of her adult life. In the spring and summer of 2015, she worked closely with members of the Ekklesiyar Yan’uwa a Nigeria (EYN), the Church of the Brethren in Nigeria, who have suffered great violence and upheaval at the hands of Boko Haram, a radicalized group in northeastern Nigeria. Gish will share stories and insights based on her work among the EYN and their search for nonviolent responses in a context of intense persecution. 

AMBS Anabaptist Mennonite Biblical Seminary

In the current issue of The Mennonite, AMBS assistant professor of Anabaptist Studies Jamie Pitts reflects on Revelation 21-22 in light of US immigration policies, the plight of undocumented people, and his recent trip to the US Mexico-Border. He writes, "The United States turns away or hunts down and expels from its interior ordinary folks looking to work and reunite with their families. Many of these people are faithful Christians. Regardless, they lack the proper documentation and so are unwelcome." Read his article from The Mennonite.

Community Announcements

First Friday at The Window

The Window, Inc. will be hosting its December First Friday meal from 4:30 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. or until the food runs out. The menu includes African Groundnut Stew (Gluten-Free), Peas, Bread, and Pumpkin Bars. Suggested donation is $8.00.

Anabaptist Disabilities Network Event

Come join the board and friends of Anabaptist Disabilities Network to celebrate the publication of their newest book, Circles of Love: Stories of Congregations Caring for People with Disabilities and Their Families. The dinner will be on Thursday, December 3rd, at Pleasant View Mennonite Church, and will feature the story of the locally-renowned late artist, Chad Friesen, and ten of his God’s Eye Art paintings. Chad’s God’s Eye paintings will be available for purchase or auction. The dinner is free; and donations will be requested. All donations and purchases will benefit the work and mission of Anabaptist Disabilities Network to support Anabaptist congregations, families, and persons touched by disabilities to nurture inclusive communities of faith. To reserve your table seats, RSVP by email or call 574-343-1362.

College Mennonite Church Invitation

College Mennonite Church invites you to a Christmas worship service on Sunday, December 13, 3:00 - 4:00 p.m. The service will include carol singing, scripture readings, a handbell choir and a children’s musical, The Inn Crowd. Written by pastors Lee and Susan Dengler, the musical tells the story of the over-crowded inn at Bethlehem and the folks who might have been staying there when Jesus was born, noting that Jesus came for all people. The cast includes children from seven congregations across the community. There is no cost to attend, and all are welcome! Refreshments will follow the service.

Courier Magazine

Courier is a magazine published twice a year by Mennonite World Conference in English, Spanish, and French. The magazine is available free in print or electronic form. Click here to sign up to receive Courier.

Reading Camp Volunteers Needed

Goshen Community Schools will be offering United Way Reading Camps to 2nd graders. The Reading Camps will be held on Tuesdays and Thursdays (February 2 - March 24), 3;00 - 4:00 p.m. To volunteer, contact Michelle Kercher, 574-535-3086. See the bulletin board for more information.

MCC Survey

Does sexualized violence concern you? If so, Mennonite Central Committee (MCC) U.S. invites you to participate in an online survey about this issue. Your answers to the open-ended questions will be used to guide MCC U.S. in its creation of trainings and resources for pastors and leaders in the faith community. Log on to their website to complete the survey by the end of December.



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 Center for Healing and Hope, a faith-based urgent care clinic, is seeking a certified Medical Assistant to begin January 4, 2016. This 22-hour a week position involves back-office clinical duties as well as front-office administrative duties. Applicants must be bilingual in Spanish and English, have excellent communication and writing skills, and be able to work three evenings per week. If interested, send inquiries and resumes to Rebecca Gascho.



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

This week:

December 1
Fellowship Commission, 6:30 p.m.
December 3
Ladies Lunch Bunch will meet at Rachel's Bread, 11:30 a.m
December 5
Men's Breakfast, 7:00 a.m. 

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Birthdays This Week:

Lynelle Yoder
Ruth Roth
Abigail Miller Richer
Michael Locke
Patrick Buller
Jan Shetler
Jud Gingrich
Lisa Short
Emily Grimes
Patricia Lehman
Pat Darling Miller
Dave Krabill

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

Pray for the Ministry Credentialing Team & Michigan Subcommittee:  Kevin Yoder, Angy Moore, Marilyn Rudy-Froese, Anna Troyer and Janice Wagner.
Jason Boone of Mennonite Mission Network’s Peace and Justice Support Network requests prayer for soldiers experiencing pain of “moral injury as a result of what they have done or seen in combat.” Pray for Jesus’ peace in their lives as Mennonites share from “our deep history of peacemaking.”

Download December MMN Prayer Vine

Church Notes
Sunday Service Info

This Sunday:  November 29

Rafael Barahona
D. Richard Miller
P. Darling Miller

Rita Gingrich

Clare Krabill & family

Michael Sherer, Jenae Longenecker

Infants: Jenny Yoder, Priscillah and Elijah Metekai
Toddlers: Mark Yoder, Anita and Tavi Mounsithiraj

Offering Counters:
Diane Nafziger, Thelma Ramer

Next Sunday:  December 6

Brenda Grimes
Aaron Wieand

Melba Graber
Pete Graber

Ron and Lori Good

Nick Schrock/Richard Aguirre

Infants:  Diane Nafziger, Connie and Phil Bauman
Toddlers:  Gregg Beitler, Laura and Randy Horst

Offering Counters:
John Hooley, Greg Smucker
Statistical Report 
(November 22)

Attendance:  172
General Fund:  $5,575.09
Agape Fund:  $10.00
Bethany:  $155.00
College:  $550.00

General Fund Income YTD:
Actual:  $69,134.71
Budget:  $67,671.00

Berkey Avenue
Mennonite Fellowship

2509 Berkey Avenue
Goshen, IN 46526
(574) 534-2398

Office Hours
Monday - Friday
Hours vary

Interim Communications and Office Manager:
Tuesday - Friday
10:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.

Marilyn Rudy-Froese
Dan Schrock
Ben Woodward Breckbill - Pastoral Intern

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

Doug Baker
Richard Miller
Laverne Nafziger
Judy Weaver
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