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.
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.
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. Thank you so much for your meals and friendship to our students!
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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Mennonite Central Committee
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.
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
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.
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.