Berkey Avenue Mennonite Fellowship
A congregation of Mennonite Church USA
Berkey Avenue Mennonite Fellowship
the OWL

August 4, 2013

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Berkey Announcements

Survey on Our Starting Time

SurveyThank you to all who have participated in our survey. If you have not yet, please take minute to complete it. The purpose of the survey is to discover whether to keep the new start time of 9:30 a.m., or return to the old start time of 9:00 a.m. The Coordinating Council will review the results of this survey and bring a recommendation to the August 18 congregational meeting. Take Survey.

Sunday Morning Services

Musicians and worship leaders will be collaborating to finish the prelude and begin the call to worship at 9:30 a.m. Thank you for entering the sanctuary promptly on Sunday mornings.

Penny Power

PennyThe Michiana Mennonite Relief Sale is right around the corner and our Penny Power drive continues this Sunday. Pennies are great, but remember you are not limited to pennies! Spare change of quarters and silver dollars adds up much more quickly than pennies. Dollar bills are acceptable, too! Last year the sale had its best year ever with Penny Power raising $50,180 to be used to provide clean, safe and accessible water to people around the world through Mennonite Central Committee and its partners.

Intergenerational Sunday School

Earthcare: Time to Dig Potatoes

Red Noreland PotatoesThe Red Noreland potatoes that were planted in May are ready to dig. Help us dig potatoes on Sunday August 4.  Bring a potato fork or other suitable digging instrument and discover God through Service.  The potatoes will be available for purchase on August 11 with the funds going to an MCC project in Kenya.  More information regarding the project will be coming in the next few weeks.

Writing Class

This Sunday the intergenerational class on writing will try out a simple activity that combines writing, scripture, and prayer. If you can write words with a pen or pencil, you're qualified to join us. We meet in the sanctuary, led by Dan Schrock.

Fall Marriage Retreat

Plan now on setting aside this time to work at nurturing your marriage relationship.  This free retreat is jointly planned by and for Waterford Mennonite Church and Berkey Avenue Mennonite Fellowship. On Friday, September 6th, from 6:00 to 9:00 p.m. we will meet at Waterford Mennonite for a brief input before heading out on a date of your choice, equipped with questions for meaningful conversation over dinner.  Childcare will be provided. On Saturday, September 7th, from 9:00 a.m. until noon we will have input sessions. We will meet at Berkey Avenue Mennonite Fellowship where we will work at strengthening our methods of communication in our marriages. Look forward to a humor filled, content inspired, and interactive time set aside to engage the complexity of communication! Childcare will again be provided, with light refreshments provided for both children and adults. Please contact Elisabeth Barahona at  (215) 527-4774 or for additional information. View the Flyer. Learn more and register.

Of Special Note

Neil, Elizabeth & AbbyDear Berkey family - We've finally secured a place for us to live in Goshen! Thank you so much for all the sleuthing you did on our behalf. Your offers, advice, and contacts made us feel loved and more at ease in our transition. We look forward to seeing you all soon! ~ Elizabeth and Neil Miller Richer and Abby

Jubilee Renovation Update: Fundraising

Thanks to Anne Berry for creating the Jubilee Fundraising chart hanging across from the mailboxes and to those of you who have supported the Renovation Fund 2013 so far.  Each dot on the chart represents $100 that has been contributed. Progress can also be tracked every week in the OWL in the right column with the statistical report.  Let’s keep the contributions coming so that we can fully fund the classroom, nursery and office renovations as we work together to make the changes that increase effective use of our facility.  Designate your contribution to “Renovation 2013.”  Thanks! ~ The Jubilee Renovation 2013 Fundraising Committee (Phil Zimmerman, Barbara Eichorn and Jim Brenneman).

Spiritual Direction Available

Are you an older person looking for a spiritual director? Sara VonGunten, a member at 8th Street Mennonite here in Goshen, is available to offer direction. She received her training at AMBS. If you’re interested contact her directly at (574) 534-2050 or If you want to know a little more about Sara, you can also ask Dan Schrock. Learn more.

Online Photo Directory Status Report

Jud & RitaThe online photo directory continues to develop but there are still several portraits missing. If you have not yet gotten your picture taken, please sign up online or email Renae Yoder to schedule your appointment. Getting your photo taken only takes a few minutes. Let Rafael Barahona know if you would like to keep your photo. Additionally, if you would like to include a link to your Facebook profile, please let Rafael Barahona know as well and he will add it to your entry. You can access the online directory at Unfortunately, the online registration tool is malfunctioning, so in the meantime, please use the username and password left in your church mailbox. If you have had your photo taken, please take a moment to review your information.

Our Schools

Bethany Christian SchoolsBethany Christian Schools

Bethany Christian Schools invites applications for the full-time 11-month staff position of evening custodian. Position available August 1; comes with benefits package. For details and application procedures, see the Bethany website.

Goshen CollegeGoshen College

Friendship Families

As Goshen College prepares to welcome about 20 new international students to campus this fall, we are looking for a Friendship Family for each of them. A Friendship Family serves as a once-a-month social friend (coffee/tea, lunch, dinner) for a student to help them feel more at home here in the United States and Northern Indiana. It is a great opportunity to learn about another culture and country, as well as to extend God's love by offering hospitality and welcoming strangers. If you would like to know more, please contact GC's International Student Advisor Skip Barnett at

Children's Choir Auditions

Calling all children who like to sing! Children's choir auditions will be held at the Goshen College Music Center on Monday and Tuesday, August 19th and Wednesday the 20th. Rejoice choir for grades 3-5 and Shout for Joy choir for grades 6-8 meet weekly on Thursday evenings and perform in various settings, including Sauder Concert Hall. Tuition is $75 per semester, with financial aid available. Please call (574) 535-7361 to schedule an audition time.

AMBSAnabaptist Mennonite Biblical Seminary

AMBS professor Safwat Marzouk has a perspective on the unrest in Egypt that is helpful to hear. In a recent interview by the Elkhart Truth, he says, “I invite Americans to get to know Egypt and the Egyptians (Muslims and Christians). I invite you to know them as human beings who long for freedom, justice and peace.” Read more.

Community Announcements

Emerge Ministries Invites Your Participation in Goodwill Fundraiser

Emerge Minstries invites you to participate in our Goodwill Fundraiser. Please bring all of your gently used items that you no longer want and help us fill a Goodwill truck!The event will be held at 731 Wagner Avenue in Elkhart. Drop-offs can be made on Monday - Friday from 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. Please call (574) 293-0776 for more information.

MCC Aid in Syria

When Syrian children return to school this fall, many will carry a weight much heavier than a backpack – images of violence that forced them to leave their homes, friends and schools. Some worry about where they will live and what they will eat. Mennonite Central Committee seeks contributions to lighten the burden of these children and their families by providing cash for rent, kits to meet basic needs, locally bought food and supplies as well as social and educational support. Please donate online at or by calling 1-888-563-4676.

Save the date: Menno-Hof 25th Anniversary Celebration Dinner

Save the date for Menno-Hof's 25th Anniversary Celebration Dinner on Oct. 3, 6:30 p.m., at the Shipshewana Event Center. We are pleased to welcome our guest speaker Donald B. Kraybill, Ph.D., Elizabethtown (Pa.) College. More information will be available soon.

Free Music Together Classes

Parents of infants from birth through 8 mos. are invited to join a session of 6 free Music Together® classes, which are being offered in various Elkhart Co. locations. Classes are taught by Goshen College Music Together teachers and sponsored by the Horizon Education Alliance of Elkhart County. It's never to early to connect with your child through music!  To find out more or to sign up, call 535-6100 or email Learn more.

Bethel College Sustains Flood Damage

When the two-plus-year drought in south-central Kansas underwent a swift reverse at the end of July, Bethel College took a watery hit. The Kidron-Martin Canal on the north side of campus ran over the adjacent access road and flowed into the Memorial Hall basement and Thresher Gym. Read more.

ADNet Tenth Anniversary Open House

Join us on Friday, August 16 at the Mennonite Church USA Offices (3145 Benham Avenue, Elkhart) for the ADNet Tenth Anniversary Open House! The festivities begin from 4:30 p.m. We hope you can join us! Learn more.

MDC Goldenrod Auction

Mark your calendars for the MDC Goldenrod Auction on September 6 and 7, and get ready for a weekend of great company, good food and the chance to provide hope and empowerment to individuals with disabilities and their families!  Invite friends, family and church members to come along too.  The auction provides much needed financial support and makes the work of MDC Goldenrod possible. It is also a time of celebration to acknowledge the many people who are a part of the MDC Goldenrod community. Learn more.

Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness Canoe Trips

Wilderness Wind in Ely, MN has open canoe trips in the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness beginning in August and September. Contact Aubrey Helmuth Miller at (218) 365-5873 or by email at for questions or to register. Learn more.

Transitional Coaching Workshop

The Transitional Coaching Program of the Center for Community Justice is conducting a Transitional Coach Training on August 10 at College Mennonite Church (1900 S. Main St., Goshen). Training will begin at 9:00 a.m. and conclude at 4:00 p.m. The training is being offered free of charge. Lunch will be provided. To register or obtain additional information, contact Don French at (574) 295-6149 Ext.221 or email at Registration Deadline is August 8, 2013. Learn more.

MCC Bike Michiana 2013

This year the MCC Bike Michiana program at Amigo celebrates its 11th year raising funds for MCC. Over $150,000 has been raised so far for a variety of projects. This year’s event will support Sharing With Appalachian People (SWAP). Come join the bikers September 13-15 in riding between 70-100 miles over two days, pedaling the beautiful lake and farmland region of southern Michigan and northern Indiana. Brochure and additional information are available online.


FOR SALE: Gary Fisher Men's hybrid bike. 22 1/2" frame. Very good condition. $200.  Contact Phil Zimmerman   238-9316 or 533-0273
FOR RENT: 2-3 bedroom, newly renovated house on Wilson Avenue, a quiet street less than a mile from the college. $700/month plus utilities. Near playground and millrace. Parkside school district. For more information, contact Dale or Trish Shenk at (574) 535-3537 or (574) 971-0293.
FOR RENT: 2 bedroom, 1.5 bath Condo at College Green. Main floor laundry (washer/dryer furnished), 2 finished rooms with egress window on lower level. Stove and refrigerator furnished, gas heat and A/C. Available August 15th. For more information, contact Jesse or Genie Kehr at (574) 537-4643.
FOR RENT: 5 bedroom, 3 bath, family home two blocks from College Ave. Double attached garage, covered back patio/side porch. Finished basement with two bedrooms, bath, living/dining area and kitchen in laundry room. Lots of storage in house and garage. Plenty of parking. Available Sept 1 (one year lease, $875/month + $800.00 security deposit). No smokers/no pets. For more information, contact Rafael at (574) 238-7150.

 Sunday Service Information

Berkey Avenue Mennonite Fellowship

This Sunday:
August 4

Nancy & Dick Yoder, Bev & Dave Krabill
John Mast
Offering Counters:  
Barbara Eichorn, Greg Smucker
Ben Buckwalter, Laura Horst

Next Sunday:
August 11

Bev & Dave Krabill, Nancy & Dick Yoder
John Mast
Offering Counters:  
Ron Good, Rick Hostetter
Ben Buckwalter, Dee Albrecht


Getting to Know

Stephanie & Aaron Wieand

Stephanie & Aaron Wieand

Aaron, Steph, and Adelyn Wieand moved to Goshen last summer to be closer to family.  Aaron is  working as a division controller at Patrick Industries.  Outside of work Aaron enjoys playing cards, tennis, and trying to entertain Steph and Addie.  Steph enjoys staying home with Addie full time and has found a great group of moms to plug into in Goshen. She has enjoyed rediscovering the midwest's warm summer beaches and starting her first garden this year.  Addie just turned two and loves music, swimming, and seeing her grandparents regularly.   We have enjoyed Berkey and look forward to getting to know the community better!

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Please note we will no longer be printing and distributing monthly calendars.  They are however, available for download.

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This Week
August 4: Penny Power Sunday
August 5: IN-MI Conference Staff Retreat in the Library

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

Charity Grimes and Matt Bauman, as well as Lisa Horst and Isaac Yoder-Schrock, are being married this weekend. May the blessing of Christ be theirs as they begin covenanted living.
Pray for peace and hope among the people of South Africa in the uncertain times of Nelson Mandela’s passing from leadership. Remember especially Anna and Joe Sawatzky and their four sons with Mennonite Mission Network, and their colleagues in the Anabaptist Network in South Africa and at Bethany Bible School.
August MMN Prayer Vine
IN-MI Conference’s Prayer Newsletter

Church Notes

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.

Statistical Report
Attendance: 166
Bethany Tuition: $15.00
General Fund: $3,654.22
Building Improvements: $2,050.00
College Matching: $20.00
Coffee: $150.60

Renovation Update
Read the Fundraising Letter

Berkey Avenue
Mennonite Fellowship

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

Dan Schrock
Marilyn Rudy-Froese
Lois Stoltzfus Mast

Greg Smucker (Chairperson)
Lisa Short
Lee Roy Berry, Jr.
Jan Shetler
Roy Bergey

Renae Yoder (Chairperson)
Laura Horst
James Yoder
Richard Miller

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