Thank you to the Spiritual Leadership Team and you, the congregation, for the wonderful gift of a sabbatical! The last 3.5 months were indeed refreshing, renewing and (mostly) restful. I am so grateful for the space and time this gave me to teach and reflect on ministry and leadership, to connect with family and friends in Kitchener-Waterloo, and to nurture my soul through quilting, reading and singing. It is good to be back, and I look forward to re-connecting with you!
Berkey's Meat Canning Day
Each year, through Mennonite Central Committee’s mobile canning operation, more than half a million cans of meat are prepared by thousands of volunteers. MCC then sends this meat to crisis locations around the world. The Depot (1013 Division St., Goshen) will be hosting the MCC canner for the next two weeks: January 9-13 and January 16-19.
Berkey's day to help with canning is Thursday, January 12. If the 12th doesn't work for you, MCC would welcome your help on another day. Volunteers may come from 7:00 a.m. - 8:30 p.m., with a particular need for workers in the afternoon. Jobs include cutting turkey, labeling and cleaning cans, boxing cans, and cleaning up. Bring a sharp knife with you. A lunch is provided for volunteers, as well as some generous coffee breaks. Money is also needed to pay for the meat itself. Donations can be send to: MCC Great Lakes, 1013 Division St., Goshen, IN 46526. Designate "MCC Goshen Meat Canning."
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. 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. To sign up follow this link
; username: students, password: bamf. For more information, contact Ruth Roth
. Thank you so much for your meals and friendship to our students!
Change in electronic offerings
In January we are transitioning from the current Vanco system for electronic offerings to a system provided by our bank, First State Bank of Middlebury. Households which currently give through the Vanco system should have received an email this past week with information about the transition. The new "Donations" tab on the Berkey home page can be used to make one time or re-occurring offerings to Berkey and to access information about past offerings made only through this system. Please contact Curt Wenger or Thelma Ramer if you have questions about the new system or the transition.
New to Our Library
Meditations for Weary Parents
, by Sandra Drescher-Lehman. Moms, dads, and single parents will find renewed energy from these very short, daily mediations. The author proves herself to be a sympathetic companion because she too has lived through these weary moments.
Parent Trek: Nurturing creativity and care in our children
, by Jeanne Jantzi Zimmerly. Some of the chapter titles include: Building Self-esteem, Caring for Creation, Deciding About TV, Sharing Faith, plus a number of table graces and other resources in the appendix.
Christianity After Religion: The End of Church and the Brith of a New Spiritual Awakening
, by Diana Butler Bass explains how experience, connection, and service are replacing theology as keys to the next Great Awakening.
Finding Our Way Again: The Return of the Ancient Practices
, by Brian McLaren serves as guide to a wide variety of spiritual disciplines such as fixed-hour prayer, fasting, sacred meals, observing the Sabbath, and pilgrimage to create an everyday sacredness or rhythm for living in the workaday life.
Missional: Joining God in the Neighborhood
, by Alan J. Roxburgh calls you to re-enter your community to discover what the Spirit is doing there--to start with God's mission--and join in, shaping your local church around that mission.
Soul Survivor: How Thirteen Unlikely Mentors Helped My Faith Survice the Church
, by Philip Yancey tells the story of the author's own struggle to reclaim belief, powerfully rendering his own experiences among those of several notable figures whom he calls spiritual directors.
News and Menno Snapshots Featuring Dan Schrock
In a recent blog post, Dan Schrock discusses apophatic spirituality. He writes, "In my roles as a pastor, seminary teacher, and spiritual director, I sometimes work with people who have an apophatic spirituality. A good way to understand an apophatic spirituality is by contrasting it to a kataphatic spirituality." Read 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!
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Bethany Alumni Night Rescheduled
Bethany Christian alumni will receive free admission and be eligible for prizes at the boys and girls basketball games on Saturday, January 7. The Bruins host Bremen with both JV boys and girls contests beginning at 4:00 p.m., varsity girls at 6:00 p.m., and varsity boys at 7:30 p.m.
Martin Luther King, Jr. Day
The Goshen College community will honor the life of Martin Luther King, Jr. with events on January 15 and 16. All are invited to a concert on Sunday, January 15 at 7:00 p.m. in the Umble Center. Then, join us on Monday, January 16 for a community breakfast (tickets required), workshops, lectures and other activities, and guest speaker Sarah Thompson, Executive Director of Christian Peacemaker Teams. This year’s theme, "It Is Time," reminds the Goshen community that it is time to tell your truth, time to speak, time to tend to trauma, time for restoration, and time for compassion. Visit their website for more information and the full schedule
Women's Spirituality Retreat
Merry Lea Environmental Learning Center will be hosting a Women’s Spirituality Retreat in late January. The annual retreat includes biblical input, time outdoors connecting with creation, conversation with other women, and quiet time alone. The weekend is based within Christian assumptions, language, and stories, but women who stand outside that circle are welcome as well. This year the focus will be on how women have often lived in the shadows - or moved in and out of them. The retreat will be held from January 27, 7:00 p.m. - January, 28, 4:00 p.m. at Merry Lea’s Farmstead Barn Site (2152 S 425 W, Albion, IN 46701). The cost is $50.00 and includes input, lodging, and meals. Registration is required by January 24th. Learn more and register.
Anabaptist Mennonite Biblical Seminary
As Christian congregations, organizations and movements in the United States and Canada become increasingly diverse, being able to lead wisely in the context of difference is becoming more and more crucial. Pastor's week at AMBS (January 23 - 26) will focus on developing intercultural competency. Read more
Mennonite Church USA
Conversations on Racism with The Gathering Place
This month, The Gathering Place will dive into a series of conversations on Race(ism) and the Church. Join Drew Hart’s live webinar on January 24 at 7:30 p.m. and/or read and discuss his book, Trouble I’ve Seen
, in the study circle. Listen to podcast interviews with Iris de Leόn-Hartshorn and Sue Park-Hur, and blog with Chantelle Todman-Moore. Blog posts are new each Friday. Let’s gather together!
Coming this summer: MennoTalks!
A new feature for the Mennonite Church USA Convention 2017, the talks will feature 20 slides for 20 seconds each in a fast-paced presentation on topics such as “Celebrating Women,” “Race, Religion and Justice” and “Global and Local Peacemaking.” Come to Orlando July 4-7 to experience this and much more. View additional information.
Mennonite World Conference
As Anabaptist-Mennonite Christians, our mission is closely linked to the identity we have recognized and confessed. For this reason, What We Believe Together: Exploring the Shared Convictions of Anabaptist related Churches
, comprises what is needed to communicate to faith communities who we are and the work the Lord has entrusted us to carry out. Read more.
Mennonite Central Committee
Wayne and Anamarie Joosse did not grow up knowing about MCC, but that hasn’t stopped them from becoming fervent supporters. “God has blessed us with more than we need, but we need organizations like MCC to use those resources in God-pleasing ways,” said Wayne. Read how partnering with MCC has allowed the Joosses to put their faith into action
Mennonite Mission Network
Youth Venture is a short-term service and learning trip offered in the summer to students ages 14-22. For two weeks or so, participants will have the chance to join a team of other students and adult leaders to explore the world and experience how God is at work. This year trips are being offered to Benin, Peru, Detroit, and a special exchange between Belfast and Detroit. Learn more
First Friday Meal
The Window's head cook, Ron Dove, is their January First Friday host. The menu for this event includes Turkey Manhattan, green beans, salad and pineapple upside-down cake. Hot cocoa or coffee will be available to drink. This meal guarantees to hit the spot on a chilly January evening. The suggested price of the meal is $9.00, and as always, all proceeds benefit their programs.
Start a great new year with Michiana MEDA on Thursday, January 19, at 6:30 p.m. by attending their dinner program event, "Young Entrepreneurs Making Their Mark." Numerous panelists, age 40 and younger, will share their stories: why and how they started their business, challenges they've faced, and why they love running their own business in our community. The event will be in the Koinonia Room at College Mennonite Church; a catered meal will be provided by AVI. Please RSVP
by Monday, January 16, 574-355-3607. Cost is $5 for students, $15 for Michiana MEDA members, and $20 for others, payable at the door.
Pathways Retreat Workshop
The workshop Heart of Centering Prayer,
will be held on Mondays beginning January 23, 7:00-8:30 p.m. Those who would like to learn about and engage in the ancient Christian practice of centering prayer are invited to join in this study of Cynthia Bourgeault's newest book, The Heart of Centering Prayer
, and the spiritual classic, The Cloud of Unknowing
. The workshop will be facilitated by Nina Lanctot. For more information or to register, go to their website
or contact Nina
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!
Volunteers are needed on January 14, 7:00 - 5:00 p.m. in Chicago, Illinois. Chicago Mennonite Learning Center (CMLC) has a facility at 4647 W 47th Street leased to a Charter School which is a division of Chicago Public Schools. The CMLC board wants to reduce its carbon footprint and to do so it wants to install LED lamps in the building. Approximately 10-15 volunteers from Goshen area churches will assist in changing the fixtures from florescent to LED bulbs. An electrician has been hired to supervise the process. Climbing a ladder is not a prerequisite for volunteering. CMLC will pay mileage and food costs for the volunteers.
Since CMLC closed in 2008, the CMLC Corporation has continued to maintain and lease the building. The income generated from the facility has provided over $200,000 in grants for peace, justice and restorative justice programs in the city.
Please contact James Yoder if you would like to participate in this project.
Mennonite Central Committee is seeking Location Coordinators for the Sharing With Appalachia People (SWAP) site in West Virginia. The Location Coordinators have overall responsibility for the implementation of the SWAP program within McDowell County. SWAP provides week-long service opportunities for young people and adults, mainly during the summer months, but also some in the spring and fall. The primary focus of SWAP is housing repair for low-income individuals and families who don't qualify for other low-cost housing programs, with an important secondary focus on mentoring volunteers and staff in Christian service. The SWAP Location Coordinators will work with local partners in West Virginia to organize and implement the program, as well as promote communication and understanding between volunteers and local residents. For a full job description, visit the MCC website
. Individuals interested in this position should send a cover letter and current resume when they apply online. For more information or questions, contact Amber Falcón