Berkey Avenue Mennonite Fellowship
A congregation of Mennonite Church USA
Berkey Avenue Mennonite Fellowship
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October 2, 2016

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Berkey Announcements

Update on Our Playground and Parking Lot Project

Playground     We regret to report that our playground and parking lot project will probably not happen this fall, due to three interwoven factors beyond our control. First, the city requires that we submit a detailed, engineered site plan before they will approve the project.
     Second, this site plan can only be drawn up by qualified engineers, but engineers in our area have been swamped with a backlog of construction projects. The earliest any engineer could visit our land as a first step in preparing a site plan for the city was this week.
     The third factor is that the city board which approves construction projects like ours only meets once a month, near the end of the month. However the proper paperwork, including the engineered site plan, must be submitted to the board one month before the meeting at which we seek approval.
     In other words, the submission deadline in September for plans to be considered at the October board meeting has already passed (because no engineer was available to finish the paperwork in time). We can and probably will submit our paperwork in late October in order to be approved in late November.
     But by late November, the weather will probably be too cold to cure concrete properly. While there is a slight chance we could have a stretch of unseasonably warm weather in late November and early December for Yaw Construction to do the work, we should not count on this possibility. However, it looks like we can count on this project going forward in early spring.
     We’re sorry for this disappointing news. So many of you have given generously to this project. The Capital Campaign Committee has worked hard. Lowell Nafziger and Greg Smucker have diligently stayed in touch with architectural and engineering firms, and with city officials. Thank you for your generous financial support, and now for your patience as we await the coming of spring.

Prayer Circle

Prayer CircleThe Prayer Circle of three to five people meets routinely on Monday nights at 7:00 p.m. in the church offices. We pray for Berkey members who have shared joys and concerns during the worship service, by using the blue prayer cards, or through individual concerns specifically expressed to us. All prayer requests are kept confidential. Additionally, we pray for the life of Berkey Ave, the community surrounding it, and the wider world.

Meals for Students

College MealsOver 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. 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!

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!

Do 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.


Our Schools

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UB Bruin Club

The UB Bruin Club is an opportunity for students in grades 3-5 who are planning to attend Bethany Christian Schools or wanting to explore that option. Children can make friends with future classmates and begin to have their own fun experiences at Bethany. The next meeting is Friday, October 7,  6:30 - 8:00 p.m. This month’s activity is creative technology. Read more information and register.

Fall Concert

Bethany Christian Middle School instrumental groups will present a fall concert on Friday, October 7, 7:00 p.m. The concert is free and open to the public.

Bethany Alumni Night/Volley for a Cure

Bethany Christian Schools alumni and their family will receive free admission to the October 4 volleyball match vs. Goshen. This is also the annual Volley for a Cure game in which Goshen and Bethany volleyball programs team up in the fight against breast cancer.

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Peace Play

All are invited to attend the Goshen College Homecoming Peace Play, Party Favors, by Cary Pepper, directed by Anna Kurtz Kuk. The show runs Friday, October 7, 8:00 p.m., Saturday, October 8, 4:00 p.m., and Sunday, October 9, 2:00 p.m. at the Goshen College Umble Center. Tickets are $5 at the door. This political drama tells the story of an independent candidate, Malcolm Wilkes, and his fight to run a clean campaign amidst the turbulent climate of modern politics.

Afternoon Sabbatical

Tuesday, October 11 at 12 noon at College Mennonite Church Fellowship Hall there will be an international luncheon. After a traditional Hungarian meal, Balazs Pirot, a recent Goshen College graduate and Hungarian citizen, will give a brief overview of the country’s history, economy, culture, famous personnel and sites such as capital, Budapest. The cost is $22. Call (574) 535-7565 to register, There is a $5 late fee after October 3.

AMBS Anabaptist Mennonite Biblical Seminary

You are invited to read President Sara Wenger Shenk's newest blog, Practicing Reconciliation:  But I've Seen Him do so Much Good, in which she reflects about abuse of power in virtue-driven organizations.

mccMennonite Central Committee

Youtube Tutorial

Learn how to sew the t-shirts for infant care kits. Infant care kits are given to families displaced by war or disaster and are used in a number of other settings to support mothers who lack the supplies they need for a new baby.

Comforter Bash

Make plans to join us on Friday and Saturday, October 21 and 22 for the Mennonite Central Committee (MCC) Great Lakes Comforter Bash in Goshen. People of all ages are invited to knot comforters at Pleasant View Mennonite Church. Drop in anytime between 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. both days. Lunch will be available for a donation. A handmade comforter provides not only warmth but also a tangible message to people that their needs are not forgotten. The comforters will be distributed by MCC around the world. Read more.

Community Announcements

Center for Healing & Hope

Certificates for EAT•SHOP•GIVE are now available. When you buy a $20 certificate to one of the participating businesses, half of the cost goes to the Center for Healing & Hope to help provide medical care for people in our community who are medically homeless. Visit the secure EAT•SHOP•GIVE page to purchase certificates online.

Children’s Choir

Mennonite Youth Choir Festival invites children in grades 3 - 9 to register now for the spring worship service. Hal Hess will be directing the 2017 service in Sauder Hall. For more information, see the bulletin board by the mailboxes or go to their website.

The Window Flu Shots

If you or someone you know has not gotten their flu shot yet, stop in at The Window, Inc. during the October First Friday meal, October 7. Representatives from IU Goshen Health will be offering flu shots for $25 or less with a donation. This is a great way to prepare for the upcoming flu season and help  those in need within our community. See the poster on the bulletin board by the mailboxes for more information.

Mennonite Women and Girls Retreat

Jane Ross Richer will be the featured speaker at the IN-MI Mennonite Fall Retreat at Amigo Centre, October 7-9, entitled “Side by Side: Walking by Faith in the Midst of the Jungle.” Jane along with her husband and four children have been serving with Mennonite Mission Network in Ecuador. She will share stories from the Ecuadorian rain forest of indigenous women’s perceived connections between the physical and spiritual worlds. There will be inspiring worship sessions for the women and fun activities for the girls. Online registration can be found here.

Life Thresholds Retreat

Interested in a day-long retreat? The Quiet Place at Camp Mack in Milford is hosting a day-long retreat on life thresholds, October 5. The leader will be Marlene Kropf, Professor Emerita of Spiritual Formation and Worship at Anabaptist Mennonite Biblical Seminary. The cost is $50 and includes lunch. Register here.

Seeking Safety, Oaklawn Breakfast

Seeking Safety is an evidence-based treatment model that focuses on treating substance use and trauma simultaneously, but does not require clients to provide their trauma narrative. Join Presenter Lachelle Barnett, October 11, 8:00 - 9:30 a.m. at the Elkhart Oaklawn campus to learn more about this model, how Oaklawn is applying it in their addictions department and ways you can utilize these skills in your setting. Register here.

Soup of Success Event: Silent No More

 The impact of sisterhood, skills training, and support that Soup of Success provides women in their life is invaluable. But don't take it from us-- come and hear for yourself. “Silent No More” is a stunning performance meant to give insight into women's lives through the powerful monologue style of storytelling. With each person's singular voice, we challenge you to hear the struggles, strength, and successes our women face on a daily basis. This event which supports the Soup of Success program is October 13, Trinity UMC’s Life Center, 2715 E. Jackson Blvd. Elkhart (South entrance). Doors open at 6:00 p.m. for shopping and visiting; performance at 7:00 p.m. with dessert and coffee reception to follow. Tickets are $20 (adults only – not appropriate for children); available at door, or by phone (574) 523-1551, ext. 105 or online.

A Place at the Table

Goshen Interfaith annual fundraiser will be October 13, 6:00 p.m. at College Mennonite Church. The Ramp Gas Candy Pop Band will be providing entertainment. Tickets are $50 and may be purchased at the GIHN office, (574) 534-2300.

MDC Goldenrod Auction

MDC Goldenrod will once again be hosting an auction. After a few years off, the auction is returning to bring the broader community together in support of our ministry to create community with people of all abilities. It will take place at the Shipshewana Auction Barn on Friday, October 14, from 4:00 - 9:00 p.m. Join the community members that we serve and enjoy a haystack dinner, bake sale, gift certificate silent auction, and a rousing live auction. If interested in donating items to the live auction, gift certificates, or bake sale items and need more information, please call or email Danae Miller, Executive Assistant, (574) 533-9720. Instructions for donating baked goods are on the bulletin board by the mailboxes.


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!

Abbe Buller is looking to build a list of possible childcare providers for Isaac and Lena, particularly people who are available on Wednesday morning (8:00-11:30 am). The Bullers have a regular sitter lined up for this fall semester, but are looking for additional folks to be "on call" when their sitter is sick or on school breaks. They'll also be looking for folks who may be interested in a regular Wednesday gig starting in January. Please contact Abbe, (574) 312-9868.

Doug and Cindy Baker are looking for a used compact electric dryer for use at Josh’s apartment.  If you know of one for sale, please call Doug, (574) 533-1952.



Saturday, October 1
Men's Breakfast, 7:00 a.m.

Monday, October 3
Intercessory Prayer, 7:00 p.m.

Tuesday, October 4
Caregiving Commission, 7:00 p.m.
Christian Ed. Commission, 8:00 p.m.

Thursday, October 6
Ladies Lunch Bunch, 11:30 a.m. at Rachel`s Bread;  RSVP to Laverne Nafziger.
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Anniversaries This Week
Patrick & Abby Buller
Jesse & Genie Kehr

Birthdays This Week
Aaron Wieand

PrayerPlease contact the office by noon on Thursday with prayer requests.

Join Mennonite Mission Network’s Jackson, Mississippi, Service Adventure unit in thanking God for a good start to their year living and serving in community. Pray for unit leaders Caleb and Hannah Hochstetler, and participants Susannah Epp, Valerie Haupt, Niklas Kugler, and Jenessa Woodrich.

Please be in prayer for a gathering titled “Deep Faith: Anabaptist Faith Formation for All Ages.” The event, designed for pastors, teachers and other leaders to re-imagine faith formation ministry, takes place at AMBS, October 6 - 8. Read more.

DownloadOctober MMN Prayer Vine

Church Notes
Our Worship
This Sunday:  October 2
Parables from Goshen College will be leading our worship.

Next Sunday:  October 9
Sermon:  "Singing the Lord's Songs"
Scripture:  Psalm 137:1-4, Jeremiah 29:1,4-11

Sunday Service Info

This Sunday:  October 2

John & Lois Mast
Richard & Pat Miller

Lindsay Rheinheimer

Pete & Melba Graber

Ben Buckwalter

Susan Garboden

Infants:  Diane Nafziger, Aaron & Liz Shenk
Toddlers:  Denise Risser,  James & Trish Yoder

Offering Counters:
John Hooley, Greg Smucker

Next Sunday:  October 9

Ruth Hathaway
Susan & Steve Garboden

Sara Alvarez

Pete & Melba Graber

Ben Buckwalter

Susan Garboden

Infants:  Renae Yoder, Evie & Dan Nafziger
Toddlers:  Laverne Nafziger, Deb & Dan Williams

Offering Counters:
Ron Good, Rick Hostetter

Statistical Report 
(September 25)

Attendance:  213
General Fund: $4,983.00
Bethany 2016/17: $65.00
College: $20.00
New Construction Fund (parking lot, playground): $1,900.00
Model School (sale of potatoes): $130.00

General Fund Income 2016-17 YTD
Actual:  $23,721.06
Budget:  $24,471.00

Berkey Avenue
Mennonite Fellowship

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

Office Hours
Monday - Friday
Hours vary

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

Marilyn Rudy-Froese (on sabbatical)
Dan Schrock
Ron Guengerich

Greg Smucker (Chairperson)
Richard Aguirre
Sherm Kauffman
Anita Mounsithiraj
Margaret Stoltzfus

Doug Baker
Richard Miller
Laverne Nafziger
Judy Weaver
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