Berkey Avenue Mennonite Fellowship
A Congregation of Mennonite Church USA
Berkey Avenue Mennonite Fellowship

June 2, 2013

Berkey Announcements | Our Schools | Community Announcements | Employment Opportunities | Sunday Service Info
Hello and welcome to the new Berkey Avenue newsletter! I hope you find the layout an easy read. We always have a whole lot of news and an attempt to keep this brief has been made. Longer articles and repeated items will have links to our newly launched website, which you are encouraged to explore and comment on. Also, don't forget that this Sunday we will have Penny Power offering. Enjoy!

- Rafael.

Berkey Announcements

2013-2014 Leadership Candidates

The Leadership Discernment Team (Steve Garboden, Bev Krabill, Anita Mounsithiraj, and Dan Schrock) recommend the following slate of candidates for 2013-14. On June 16 you will have a chance to affirm the following persons. (Terms are three years unless indicated otherwise.)
Spiritual Leadership Team/Elders: Shirley Dick
Caregiving Commission/Deacons: Doug Baker
Christian Education Commission: Ruth Miller Roth
Fellowship and Caring Commission: Connie Bauman, Lindsay Rheinheimer
Mission Commission: Pete Graber
Stewardship and Finance Commission: Patrick Buller
Worship Commission: Margaret Stoltzfus
Congregational Chair: Greg Smucker (1-year term)
Congregational Secretary: Steve Garboden (1-year term)
IN-MI Conference Delegates: Beth Berry (1-year term), Darin Short (1-year term)  

Kit Assembly: School Supplies Needed

School kitDuring our Discovering God Through Service Sunday School class on June 23, we will be filling school bags with school supplies for MCC.  Anyone interested in supporting this project is encouraged to bring supplies from the following list to the church anytime now until that day:
  • 4 spiral or perforated notebooks, 70 sheets
  • 8 unsharpened pencils
  • 1 flexible plastic ruler (30 cm and 12 in.)
  • 12 colored pencils in package
  • 1 large pencil eraser
Please look for the marked container in the foyer.  Thank you! - Ron Good and Melba Graber.

Fall College Assistance

This fall our congregation will have 15 young people attending Mennonite colleges. Each student is eligible for assistance of $500 for the fall semester from our college matching fund. Giving to this fund is financially prudent because the colleges match all contributions dollar for dollar—plus you get a tax deduction on your contribution. Very few investments double your money like this does. We hope to raise $7,500 by July 21. As of May 30, we have $6,173 in the college fund. Please mark your contribution for the college fund and place it in the offering. Thank you.

Berkey Hosting GIHN

Thank you so much, Berkey volunteers, for being part of hosting GIHN families this coming week! It takes the combined efforts of many people to make a successful hosting week. We're very grateful for each of you. Thank you! - Berkey GIHN committee (Linda, Llorraine, Sue, Ruth)

Intergenerational Sunday School Program

Today marks the beginning of our Summer Intergenerational Sunday School Program. Our Summer SS Goals include:
  1. Invite people of different ages in the congregation to interact and know each other by name.
  2. Affirm and encourage each other to take risks; everyone participates no matter what age or ability.
  3. Notice and name gifts of others.
  4. See attributes of God in new experiences and in each other.
If you are joining the service group, you will be picking up litter in our neighborhood and beyond. Dress appropriately and bring work gloves for yourself and another. Garbage bags are supplied by the City of Goshen! Wow - church and local government working together!

New to the Library

This week we are featuring three new books: Health, Healing and the Church’s Mission:  Biblical Perspectives and Moral Priorities by Willard M. Swartley, Relentless Goodbye:  Grief and love in the Shadow of Dementia by Ginnie Horst Burkholder and The Girl in the Orange Dress by Margot Starbuck. Read book descriptions.

Thank You from the Yoders

We would like to thank Berkey for the baby shower held for Luke earlier this month. We feel so blessed by your generosity. We are overwhelmed by the love and support you've shown us - words truly cannot express our gratitude!  Thank you for the many ways you've welcomed us into the Berkey family. We look forward to continuing to get to know everybody.

Open Houses

You are invited to Morgan Short’s Graduation Open House on Saturday June 1st from 11:00 a.m.‐1:30 p.m. at her house on 19112 Sandy Dr. Morgan will perform her senior solo at  Goshen High School’s Crimsonaire Spectacular on Saturday, June 1st at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday, June 2nd at 2:30 p.m. Tickets are available at the door, $7.00 (adults) and $5.00 (students). You are also invited to Ben Rudy‐Froese's Graduation Open House on Saturday, June 1, from 1:00 p.m.‐3:00 p.m. at his home at 610 Revere Dr.

Vacation Bible School Cancelled

It recently became apparent that there is not sufficient volunteer support to have a viable week of Bible School for this year. So the decision was made to NOT have VBS in June. Learn more on our website or contact Deb Williams with questions.

Online Photo Directory

As part of our new website, we a putting together an online photo directory. Renae Yoder will be helping to schedule your portraits. You can sign up online or email Renae Yoder. John Hooley will be taking the portraits.

Stephen Ministry

Transitions such as loss of a job, the loss of a loved one, hospitalization, graduation from college, retirement, a move or the birth of a child happen to all of us. When transitions come, it is helpful to have someone who walks with you. If you or someone you know is experiencing a transition, a Stephen Minister may be helpful. To find out more about Stephen Ministry or to receive a Stephen Minister's care, contact Marilyn Rudy‐Froese.

Are you interested in becoming a Stephen Minister? Find out how.

Get Your Copy of Mission Mosaic

A free copy of Mission Mosaic for 2013‐2014, is now available on the literature rack. If you would like the Mission Commission to get a copy for you, please sign your name on the clip board by June 9th. A directory will then be put in your church mailbox.

Greetings from Nepal

Stop by the Mission bulletin board to read a short letter from Hannah Canaviri, currently serving a with MCC in Nepal.

Our Schools

Goshen College Goshen College

Goshen College seeks Host families to provide a living space for a student in their home. Contact Skip Barnett, International Student Adviser, at (574) 535‐7472 if you are interested in helping. It can be a wonderful learning experience! Learn more.

Bethany Christian Schools Bethany

Bethany Christian High School will hold its 59th annual commencement on Sunday, June 2nd at 3:00 p.m.

Bethany Christian Schools is in need of host families for serving international students who would like to attend Bethany. Learn more.

Anabaptist Mennonite Biblical Seminary AMBS

Summer classes at AMBS welcome both auditors and credit students, especially two courses: Islam and Christian‐Muslim Relations and Faith Formation and Spirituality for Adults and Seniors. Learn more.

Community Announcements

ADNet Connections Mailing Party

You are invited to a Connections Mailing Party on Tuesday, June 11 at 7:00 p.m.! Come have fun while helping ADNet. You are invited to enjoy good company, entertaining guessing games, and delicious snacks while helping Anabaptist Disabilities Network. Learn more.

Emma Mennonite MYF Hacienda Gives Back Event

The Emma Mennonite MYF invites you to the Hacienda Gives Back Fiesta at the Goshen Hacienda on Wednesday, June 5. View and Print Token.

MCC Relief Sale Silent Auction

As we head into the summer months, plans are underway for the 2013 MCC Relief Sale Silent Auction. Relief Sale weekend is September 27‐28. We are looking for contributions. Please contact Stacey Farran with offers of help in these areas or any questions. Thanks for your consideration!

Become a Hospice Volunteer

Harbor Light Hospice is seeking individuals in Goshen to spend quality time with terminally ill patients or provide respite to their families. If interested in more information about becoming a hospice volunteer please contact Jamie Rhew at 800-662-8889 or Learn more.

The Elkhart County Clubhouse Open House

The Elkhart County Clubhouse is having an Open House June 7th, from 5:00 p.m. ‐ 9:00 p.m. to celebrate our 1 year anniversary. Contact Leah Garboden at with questions.

LaCasa Open House

An Open House will be held at 114-116 Chapman Ave. on Thursday, May 30 and Sunday, June 2, 2013 to celebrate the completion of the rehabilitation of the house, in the Historic Roosevelt Center Neighborhood of Elkhart. Learn more.

Resources for  Congregational  Leadership Event

The Samaritan Center of Elkhart is offering an all-day Congregational Leadership event on Thursday, June 6, hosted by the Matterhorn. Deadline for Registration is Monday, June 3. Learn more.

The Window Seeks Donations

The Window is seeking several items for donation, as well as volunteers. Please contact Lisa Thompson, Executive Assistant and Meals on Wheels of Goshen Director at (574) 533‐9680, ext 203 if interested.

IN‐MI Women’s Luncheon

Join us on June 8th for the IN‐MI Women’s Luncheon at College Mennonite Church, in conjunction with the IN‐MI Mennonite Conference held at Bethany Christian High School. Register online or obtain a paper form from the office.We hope to see women from all of our regions at the luncheon! Learn more.

Griefshare Support Group

Silverwood Mennonite Church will be hosting Griefshare Support Group meetings beginning June 12. Griefshare is a friendly, caring group of people who will walk alongside you through one of life’s most difficult experiences. Call Leah Miller or Michelle Strite at (574) 533‐1922 for more information or to register. Learn more.

American Cancer Society Relay for Life of Elkhart County

The American Cancer Society Relay for Life of Elkhart County will be held at Goshen High school on June 15‐16. This event unites the community in celebrating those who’ve had cancer, and remembering loved ones. We encourage all cancer survivors to join. Volunteers are also needed to ensure the success of the year’s Relay For Life event. Call (574) 257‐9789, or email Juliana Newbill. Learn more.

Mennonite Healthcare Fellowship Meeting

Is it possible for resource-rich North American Mennonites to develop true partnerships with their brother and sister healthcare workers in developing countries?  Physician leaders from three countries will discuss this question in one of eight workshops on the theme "Moral Dilemmas in Healthcare" during the Annual Gathering of Mennonite Healthcare Fellowship (MHF), June 21-23, 2013, on the campus of Goshen College in Goshen, Indiana. All healthcare workers (doctors, nurses, therapists of all types, nutritionists, social workers, educators, etc.) and other interested persons are warmly invited to come and bring the whole family for this weekend event.  Those who aren't already MHF members will receive free membership through Dec. 31 if they register for the full weekend by the early deadline of May 31. For full information and details on registration, visit, write to, or call toll-free to 1-888-406-3643. A flyer is also posted on the bulletin board.

Grafted In Softball Game

Grafted In, an adoption ministry, will host a 100‐inning softball game, along with a church league tourney, a 40‐and‐over game, and a homerun‐hitting contest on June 29 at the Topeka Diamonds. If interested, please contact Lynn Schrock at (574) 536‐6171. Learn more.

Employment / Volunteer Opportunities

The Depot MCC Thrift Shops is looking for volunteers in electronics and computer, receivers in the warehouse, and cashiers. Call Karen or Doug
at (574) 534‐1828.
The Center for Healing & Hope is aiming to establish a prayer network consisting of volunteers who are open to receiving prayer requests via email. Learn more.

 Sunday Service Information

Berkey Avenue Mennonite Fellowship

This Sunday:
June 2

Abbe & Patrick  Buller,
Richard & Richard E.W. Aguirre
Lorraine & Robert Pflederer
Offering Counters:  
Barbara Eichorn, Greg Smucker
Phil Bauman, Dee Albrecht, Anne Berry

Next Sunday:
June 9

Deb & Dan Williams,
Sherry & Curt Wenger
Olivia & Elise Wenger
Offering Counters:  
Ron Good, Rick Hostetter
Phil Bauman, Dee Albrecht



This Week

Saturday: 7:00 a.m. Men's Breakfast

8:45 a.m. Song Leader & Accompanist Breakfast
High School Recognition

Thursday: 12:15 p.m. Ladies Lunch Bunch at Rachel's Bread.  RSVP to Laverne Nafziger, at (574) 533-8025 by Tues, June 4.

All week: Host IHN

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

For Genie and Jesse Kehr, as they work with health issues.
Mary Raber of Mennonite Mission Network is dividing her time this year between classroom teaching in Ukraine and working from the United States while she cares for her parents. Pray for her as she finishes a three-month course at Odessa Theological Seminary and prepares to spend June through August in the United States.
MMN Prayer Vine

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: 121
Bethany Tuition: $15.00
General Fund: $1,797.51
College Matching: $20.00
The Mennonite: $74.00
Agape Fund: $10

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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