Berkey Avenue Mennonite Fellowship
A congregation of Mennonite Church USA
Berkey Avenue Mennonite Fellowship
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April 9, 2017

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Berkey Announcements

​Berkey Cookbook

cookbookYou are invited to submit recipes for Berkey's first cookbook. A​ll recipes​ should be put in Leah Garboden's mailbox by April 9. With your recipes:
  • Share why the​y are your favorite (50 words or less).
  • ​T​ype or print ​the recipes ​on 8 1/2​"​ ​x 11​"​ paper. ​Use ​only ​one side of the paper; do not fold​.
  • Specify which category you would like your recipes to be​ listed under. (ex. salads, desserts, etc.) ​
  • ​Put your first & last name on the recipes.

Model School Appreciation Project

bottleWe are collecting empty glass bottles to use as vases for Model School. Please bring them to the kitchen by Sunday, April 9. There is a box near the microwave to place them. Unique sizes and shapes are good. Glass bottles from Menno tea, Starbucks coffee, soy sauce, olive oil, taco sauce, are some examples of what we are using. You do not need to remove the labels. We can do that. If you have questions, please contact Susan Garboden or Diane Nafziger.

Good Friday Service

Crown of ThornesThis year, we will not have our own Good Friday service, but everyone is encouraged to come to the community-wide, ecumenical worship service on April 14 at College Mennonite Church, 12:00 noon - 1:00 p.m.

Berkey Volunteer Event

LaCasaNow is the time to sign up to volunteer to work at the LaCasa Help-A- House Community Work Day event being held in Goshen on Saturday, May 13. Berkey Avenue Mennonite will have a group volunteering at this event. See details and sign up on the bulletin board by the church mailboxes. Alternatively, sign up by calling/texting Dale Snyder at 574-238- 6956 or send him an email before April 15.

Easter Sunday

EasterJoin us at 8:00 a.m. at Shanklin Park for an Easter Sunrise walk to the church. This walk will remember not just Jesus' journey to the cross, but the journey many refugees around the world make. The walk will begin in the park and follow the Shanklin Mullet Trail to Indiana Avenue and continue up Berkey Avenue to the church. It is 1.8 miles long. Following the walk, we will celebrate Jesus' resurrection through sharing breakfast together (9:00 a.m.) and joining in worship with communion (10:00 a.m.). Sunday School classes will not meet on Easter.

Easter Breakfast

Hot Cross BunsIf you are would like to bring a dish to share for Easter breakfast, please sign up through Perfect Potluck. (Username: Weaver Password: bamf Event name: Easter Breakfast). Please bring your dishes by 8:45, Easter morning.

Special Congregational Conversation on April 23

ConversationOn Sunday, April 23, the Spiritual Leadership Team will lead a special conversation in the sanctuary about our future. The regular adult classes will not meet that day, but classes for children and youth will continue as usual.

Bible School

Bible SchoolDon't forget to add Bible School, June 5-9, to your calendar. There will be classes for children age 4 (by August 1) through grade 5. Be thinking how you can volunteer your gifts to help with this week. See Deb Williams or Laura Moshier with any questions you may have.

New to the Library

libraryRewilding the Way, by Todd Wynward: Trek along with wilderness guide Wynward, as he rewilds the Jesus Way, seeking the feral foundations of scripture and the lessons that the prophets and disciples gleaned from wilderness testing. Through this book, learn from those who are recovering from affluenza and are restoring their humble place in the community of creation.

Throwback Thursday

tbtHead 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!

Submissions to Our Weekly Letter (The Owl)

owlDo you have an announcement for the Newsletter? Submit your announcement to the office by noon on Thursday. Announcements received after the deadline will be printed the following week. Announcements run between 1-3 weeks.


Our Schools

icon_bcs Bethany Christian

Historical Events

On Thursday, April 13, the fourth grade class at Bethany Christian Schools will be presenting skits to help others learn about the Trail of Death, the forced removal of the Potawatomi from Indiana in 1838. The program begins at 6:30 p.m., is open to the public, and is in preparation for another public event on Saturday, April 22. Last fall the class visited historical sites associated with the Trail of Death as part of studying Indiana History and peace and justice issues. Subsequently, leaders of the Trail of Death Association and the Fulton County Historical Society asked the class to assist them in planning a public gathering to remember, lament, and apologize for the forced removal. This public gathering will be held Saturday, April 22, in Rochester. Mennonite Church USA has accepted an invitation to send a representative to speak on behalf of its constituency.

Fish Fry

The Junior Class Fish Fry will be held Friday, April 21, 4:30–8:00 p.m. Carryout will open at 4:00 p.m. Tickets are $11 for adults/ carryout and $6 for students in grades 1 through 6 can be purchased from any junior. Proceeds help the junior class cover costs for their senior class trip and senior gift. Come support them in this activity. Please see Abby Rudy-Froese if you would like a ticket.

Registration Open for Summer Camps

Bright Time Summer Camp, June 5-9, has more than 50 athletic, fine arts, science, and all kinds of fun camps for age 4 through rising grade 8. Camps are $30-$40. Additionally, Shine On Campcare will provide a place for children for before, between, and after their camps. View camp listings and register.

Goshen College Goshen College

Morgan Short's Senior Recital Invitation

Morgan ShortI, Morgan Short, will be having my Senior Voice recital on Saturday, April 8 at 4:00 p.m. This event is free and open to the public. I would greatly value attendance from members of our church, as Berkey has been influential in my development as a musician. I'd like for you to see what, as a community, you have helped me achieve. Music will include works from the styles of baroque, cabaret, musical theater, and Eastern European folk music. It will be held in Rieth Recital hall at Goshen College with a reception following.

Mainstage Play

The Goshen College spring mainstage play "Kindertransport" will take place April 7 & 8 at 8:00 p.m. and April 9 at 3:00 p.m. in the Umble Center. This production centers around Eva, a young Jewish girl who escapes Germany on the Kindertransport. Now an adult with a daughter of her own, Eva (now Evelyn) is haunted by her past and tormented by deep-seated fears from long ago. Tickets cost $10 for adults, $5 students/seniors/GC employees, and can be purchased through the Welcome Center at (574) 535-7566 or online. Tickets can also be purchased at the Umble Center box office one hour before the show.

AMBS Anabaptist Mennonite Biblical Seminary

Faith in Action

AMBS Master of Divinity student Julia Schmidt of Newton, Kansas, has a big vision for supporting immigrants in the Goshen area. She's using her seminary studies to further explore this call: last summer she took a Mennonite Central Committee (MCC) learning tour to the U.S.-Mexico border as an independent study, and she's now working to create a local immigrant resource center as part of her current seminary internship with MCC Great Lakes. Read more about her efforts in this Mennonite Church USA news story.

MCCMennonite Central Committee

Pledge Forms

Pledge forms for MCC's My Coins Count (previously Penny Power) are on the literature rack by the mailboxes. This year, 2017, marks MCC's 50th annual celebration of the Michiana Relief Sale. Pick up a pledge form to help raise $500,000.00.

Columbia Storytelling Event in Goshen & Elkhart

Juana Alicia Ruiz is an Afro-Colombian community leader of Mampuján, a rural community on the Caribbean Coast of Colombia. Mampuján was forcefully displaced by paramilitary armed forces in 2000 and has since been working to rebuild their community. MCC, working in the region through an Anabaptist organization, Sembrandopaz, began the work of trauma healing with the evangelical church of Mampuján by teaching traditional quilting techniques and opening safe spaces for storytelling. This work evolved into the creation of large, community-made tapestries that tell the stories of violence and displacement, as well as the resilience and hope of Mampuján. This community process has grown in the past decade to now function as an organization called Women Weaving Dreams and Flavors of Peace, of which Juana is the leader.

Juana will be speaking on Tuesday, April 18, at 7:00 p.m. at College Mennonite Church. She will also be speaking at the Witness Colloquium at AMBS on Wednesday, April 26 at noon. Both events are free and open to the public. She will share some of the group's handiwork as well as the stories of the healing and peace that they are working to bring to Colombia's violent history.

Lifesaving Latrines in Haiti

Haiti WaterfallThe shortest way for the people of Wopisa-Gabriyèl to get medical help for cholera, vomiting and diarrhea, is through this waterfall. To help prevent cholera, MCC is working with this very rural Haitian community to build latrines. See how this simple but crucial MCC project will protect the health of Haitian families.

Put Your Faith in Action

MCC urgently needs relief and hygiene kits. Multiple situations of crisis around the world such as Syria, Iraq and Ukraine have depleted MCC's warehouse inventory. Please help MCC replenish its supply to continue responding to needs around the world. Learn how you can be part of a hands-on project that makes a difference.

Mennonite ChurchMennonite Church USA

Convention Program

This summer’s Mennonite Church USA Convention will feature a new way to involve high school youth and young adult representatives in the delegate sessions. Called “Step Up,” the goal is to prepare young people who have an interest in being involved with the broader church for future involvement as denominational delegates and leaders. The program will include interactive seminar sessions and attendance at and participation in delegate sessions. Conferences and constituency groups have been invited to nominate youth who are rising high school sophomores or older. For questions, contact Brook Musselman.

world conferenceMennonite World Conference

Congolese Counter Violence with Prayer and Workshops

In late 2016, leaders from the Mennonite national churches in DR Congo requested prayer from Mennonite World Conference because presidential elections had been postponed, exacerbating tensions between citizens and government. Some incidents of violence occurred before the intended election date, but destruction was less than had been anticipated. Read more.

Community Announcements

The Window's First Friday Meal

Chili with all the fixings, cornbread and strawberry shortcake are on the menu for The Window's April First Friday meal prepared and hosted by The Maples at Waterford Crossing. The fundraiser is from 4:30 - 7:00 p.m., unless the food runs out! The suggested price of the meal is $9.00 and as always, all proceeds benefit The Window's programs.

Volunteer Training

Center for Community Justice invites you to a program to better understand and learn how to help the formerly incarcerated. This event will be held at Sunnyside Mennonite Church on April 8, 8:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m. Register by April 7. More information is available on the bulletin board by the mailboxes.

Outdoor Stations of the Cross Walk...

This year marks the 10th anniversary of the Stations of the Cross walk at Pathways Retreat. Fourteen mosiac art pieces, created locally, will be on display along a wooded path during Holy Week, April 9-15, dawn to dusk. A golf cart is available. Visit their website or call 574-202-2864 for more information.

CCJ's 2nd Annual Walk for Peace

Center for Community Justice will hold its Annual Walk for Peace at Walker Park, Elkhart on Wednesday, April 19, 5:00 - 6:30 p.m. Click here to register or call Connie Caiceros 295-6149, ext. 201. More information is available on the bulletin board by the mailboxes.

Fiesta Feast

Support the work of Center for Healing & Hope (CHH) by purchasing tickets to Fiesta Feast, the Mexican meal that raises funds for CHH to continue providing medical care and advocacy for people who are uninsured or underinsured. Enjoy the festive event and the food, prepared by San Marcos Mexican Grill, on April 22, from 5:00-7:00 p.m. at College Mennonite Church. Tickets are $10 each, or a maximum of $40 for a family; or you can sponsor a table of eight for $200. Purchase tickets and make an additional donation or call 574-534- 4744 ext 201.


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!

One or two persons are needed to coordinate the Ten Thousand Villages area of the upcoming Michiana Mennonite Relief Sale. If interested or for more information, please contact Joy Kauffman King, 574-238-0734.

Bethany Christian Schools invites applications for bus driver for the daily Elkhart-Bethany route, before and after school. Applicants must have or be willing to obtain a commercial driver’s license with school endorsement, a safe driving record, physical health to operate a 28-passenger van safely, first-aid certification, and interpersonal skills to relate well to students and parents. Position can begin as soon as candidate is available. Applicants should submit a letter of application and a completed application form to Head of School Tim Lehman.



Monday, April 10
Private Event, 7:00 p.m.
Intercessory Prayer, 7:00 p.m.
Stewardship & Finance, 7:00 p.m.
Choir Rehearsal, 7:15 p.m.

Wednesday, April 12
Worship Commission, 7:00 p.m.

Saturday, April 15
Choir Rehearsal, 10:00 a.m.

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Anniversaries This Week
Joe & Lindsy Locke
Jud & Rita Gingrich

Birthdays This Week
Michael Sherer
Olivia Adcock
John Roth
Aaron Shenk
Dteban Mounsithiriaj
Lindsy Locke
Richard Aguirre
Please contact the office by noon on Thursday with prayer requests.

Berkey Family
thanksFrom Genie Kehr:  Thank you for all the prayers for Jesse and I the last three weeks as I struggled with a  bad bacterial infection.

thanksFrom Paul Leichty:  I am very grateful to all of you at Berkey Avenue for your prayers, emails, cards, and support after my heart attack in December.  This past week marks several milestones in my recovery.  I have been discharged from home health services. I am no longer on oxygen overnight.  I've taken my last dose of steroids.  And, the best news of the week is that a chest X-ray shows the bottom of my lungs are finally clearing out to the point where the fluid is "minimal."  I'm working in my upstairs office at the computer a few hours each day and taking walks in the neighborhood as weather permits. I am very grateful to have come this far!  Twila and I send our thanks to all of you for your prayers and support! 

Colossian WayThe Colossian Way study group is meeting weekly on Sunday mornings. Please be in prayer for those involved: Facilitators, Hannah Canaviri and Joe Liechty, and Participants, Cindy Baker, Gregg Beitler, Abbe Buller, Adam Derstine, Ruth Hathaway, Bev Krabill,Seth Krabill, Jenny Miller, Richard Miller, and Sarah Morrison.

IN-MI Mennonite Conference
Pray for True Vine Tabernacle, Elkhart, IN (Nancy Rodriguez-Lora, pastor).

Mennonite Education Agency
Pray for members of Bethel College’s (Kansas) Student Government Association as they co-host a chalk art celebration with Kauffman Museum Sunday afternoon, wrapping up a series of special activities for Bethel’s 2nd Annual Pride and Inclusion Week.

Mennonite Mission Network
Praise God for Mark and Mary Hurst’s years of service with Anabaptist Association of Australia and New Zealand through Mennonite Mission Network. Pray that the couple will be filled with God’s wisdom as they respond to seekers’ questions about prayer, faith, forgiveness and healing.

Download April MMN Prayer Vine

Church Notes

Our Worship

This Sunday:  April 9
Palm/Passion Sunday:  Restore us, O God! We Hope.
Triumphal Procession with cross and palm branches.
Focus statement: Our human society values status, power, wealth, and success. God turns things upside down by becoming one of us, taking the role of a humble servant. In hope, we shout praise that God can deliver us, even while we ask, “Who is this?”

Next Sunday:  April 16
Easter: Restore us, O God! We Live.
8:00 a.m. Easter Sunrise Walk; 9:00 a.m. Easter Breakfast.
Focus statement:  When our hopes for what will bring life are shattered, we come to the tomb feeling lost, confused, disillusioned, and afraid. But it is precisely there that God meets us—revealed in the mystery of the risen Christ. God, the Author of life, empowers us to live fully and enables us to praise once again. We dance, we sing, we proclaim: Christ is risen! Christ is risen, indeed! Alleluia!

Sunday Service Info

This Sunday:  April 9

John & Lois Mast
Merrill & Clare Krabill

Lindsay Rheinheimer

Ron & Lori Good

Phil Bauman

Merrill Krabill

Infants: Diane Nafziger, Dan & Evie Nafziger
Toddlers: Joy Hostetter, Jan Shetler, Nancy Yoder

Offering Counters:
Ron Good
Rick Hostetter

Next Sunday:  April 16

John & Lois Mast
Merrill & Clare Krabill

Lindsay Rheinheimer

Ron & Lori Good

Ben Buckwalter

Merrill Krabill

Infants: Sarah Morrison, Jud & Rita Gingrich
Toddlers: John Hooley, Laverne Nafziger

Offering Counters:
Lowell Nafziger
Denise Risser

Statistical Report 
(April 2)

Attendance:  139
General fund:  $6488.45
Bethany:  $410.00
College:  $115.00
Rent:  $564.00
The Mennonite:  $222.00
Coffee:  $15.20

General Fund Income 2016-17 YTD
Actual:  $208,280.86
Budget:  $189,648.00

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Berkey Avenue
Mennonite Fellowship

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

Office Hours
Monday - Friday
Hours vary

Communications and Office Manager, Jenny Hooley,
Tuesday - Friday
10:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.


Marilyn Rudy-Froese
Dan Schrock

Greg Smucker (Chairperson)
Richard Aguirre
Sherm Kauffman
Anita Mounsithiraj
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Laverne Nafziger
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