Berkey Avenue Mennonite Fellowship
A congregation of Mennonite Church USA
Berkey Avenue Mennonite Fellowship
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July 27, 2014

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Berkey Announcements

Fall College Assistance

Mennonite CollegesThis fall our congregation will have 14 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. Please mark your contribution for the college fund and place it in the offering. Thank you.

Wedding Shower

wedding showerThis Sunday, July 27th, during our fellowship hour, we will be celebrating the wedding of Lynelle Yoder and Josh Hofer with a card/ money shower.

Seeking Volunteers

CleaningThe custodians will not be here the weekend of July 26-27 to do the cleaning. This is your last chance to volunteer! If you are able to help out with cleaning, please let Patrick Buller know.

Vacation Notes

Marilyn on vacationMarilyn will be on vacation from July 31-August 6. Please contact one of the deacons (Renae Yoder, Richard Miller, Laura Horst or Doug Baker) if you have a pastoral need, and they will be in touch with Ron Guengerich, pastor at Silverwood Mennonite Church, who is on call for pastoral emergencies.

Marriage Retreat: a Bicycle Built for Two

Marriage retreatA Bicycle Built for Two is a hard-hitting comedy that takes a playful look at marriage, commitment, and divorce. It follows three couples at various stages in their relationships: a young couple, bright-eyed, bushy-tailed with their recent engagement, an aging pair of empty nesters who are trying to rediscover their marriage after some-odd 30 years and a dueling duo just entering a divorce. Come on out on September 12 at 7:00 p.m., to Waterford Mennonite Church and catch the show. Tickets are $10 per person.  Additionally, the marriage retreat will continue on Saturday morning from 10:00 a.m. until noon.  There will be light refreshments at 9:45 a.m. and childcare will be provided. Learn more.

New to the Library

New to the libraryThis week we have three new selections to the library. It happened in Moscow by Maureen S. Klassen, a fascinating, non-fiction account not only about family relationships in the 1930's but also about a Mennonite leader, C. F. Klassen, and the apparent efforts to protect his reputation. Having Our Say: The Delaney Sister's First 100 Years by Sarah L. Delany and A. Elizabeth Delany  features two voices beautifully blended to evoke an epic history, often cruel and brutal, but always deeply humane. For the younger set,Grandma's Shoes by Pat Fisher is a story of grandma's only two pairs of shoes but is finally rewarded when a package arrives from Sears Roebuck.

Box Tops For Education

Box TopsWe have 616 Box Tops for Education and 271 points for education ready to mail to Hopi Mission School. Our box is not full and will be mailed Sept 1. We would be happy to have more to include in that mailing. Please put coupons in Genie Kehr's mail box or in the place provided by Mission Commission by their bulletin board. They are no longer taking Betty Crocker points. Thanks for all your giving in the past.

Support for Model School

Model StudentsVolunteers are needed to prepare and/or serve a noon meal at the church for Model School staff on August 5 as they prepare for the start of the new school year.  Faith Lutheran church has agreed to join us and coordinate support activities with us for the coming year.  They will be serving a meal on August 6.  Please let Lowell Nafziger know if you can help with the August 5 meal.

Stephen Ministers

Stephen Ministers
Stephen Ministers are people of faith who are compassionate and trustworthy. Stephen Minister Training provides skills for one-to-one lay Christian caregiving. If you are feeling called to explore whether Stephen Ministry is for you, the application process will help you further understand what it means to be a Stephen Minister, the commitment involved, and help you discern if your gifts can best be used in this ministry at BAMF. Read the job description. Application forms are available here or on the literature rack by the mailboxes. Completed applications may be put in the mailbox marked Stephen Ministry, or e-mailed back to  If you have questions, please contact Shirley Dick or Marilyn Rudy-Froese.

Everence Medicare Supplement Plans

EverencePlease see Missy Kauffman Schrock to learn more about a special Everence offer that benefits our congregation for people who purchase an Everence Medicare supplement plan by July 31, 2014. Your participation not only helps you meet a personal need but creates funding that helps people experiencing financial hardships in our congregation as well as other congregations throughout the U.S. The benefit to our congregation comes through a referral program, so if you are planning to purchase a Medicare Supplement plan before July 31, please contact Missy Kauffman Schrock at (574) 849-9753 or

 Throwback Thursday

MorganHead 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!

Our Schools

Goshen College Goshen College

United Way of Elkhart County provided a $2,500 Innovation Grant in support of the two-week Write on Sports camp for middle-school students this summer. The Write on Sports camp at Goshen College included interviews with journalists from The Goshen News, The Elkhart Truth and WNDU-TV; and with athletes like Errick McCollum, a Goshen College graduate who played for the Denver Nuggets team in the NBA’s Las Vegas Summer League before being recently signed by Chinese professional team Zhejiang Chouzhou Bank. Learn more

AMBS Anabaptist Mennonite Biblical Seminary

Registration is open for Rooted and Grounded: A Conference on Land and Christian Discipleship, September 18-20, 2014. More than 50 presentations and workshops are planned, along with worship, immersion experiences and time to work in the AMBS gardens. Keynote speakers include Ellen Davis, S. Roy Kaufman, and Barbara Rossing. This conference will engage in theology that cares for God’s creation, for the land and all that lives on it. We invite pastors, scholars, creation care advocates and practitioners to join the discussion. Learn more

Community Announcements

Audios from Annual Sessions

On Saturday morning at Annual Sessions, Mark Schloneger and Michael Gulker gave talks on unity, variance and conflict in the church. The audio from that session is now available on the conference website.

The Window Open again for First Friday

The Window's kitchen will be open for August's First Friday. Friday's meal runs from 4:30 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. or until the food runs out.  We will feature pulled pork sandwiches, Dan's baked beans, chips and Texas sheet cake with ice cream for dessert. This event is hosted by Clinton Frame Share & Care Sunday School Class and the suggested price is $8.00.

Mennonite Community Cookbook

Food stylist Cherise Harper and photographer Melissa Hess spent several days in July cooking and photographing for this legacy cookbook, originally published in 1951. Cherise was thrilled to work on these photos and wrote a blog post about her personal family connections. Learn more.

Help Central American Migrants

With an unprecedented number of Central American families fleeing violence and poverty in their home countries and arriving at the U.S. border, Mennonite Central Committee (MCC) has begun an initial response and is planning further assistance. For years MCC has provided services and resources as U.S. congregations welcome newcomers, and supported projects to address the root causes of migration so more people can choose not to leave home. Learn more and view video.

Ten Thousand Villages Tent Sale

Ten Thousand Villages in Mishawaka will be having a Fair-Trade Tent-Less Tent Sale on July 30 through August 2 at Kern Road Mennonite Church.  Support artisans around the world by purchasing gifts and other items at a fair-trade sale of unique and practical gifts, accessories, and home décor, as well as many fair-trade food goods!  Come to Kern Road Mennonite Church (18211 Kern Road, South Bend) Wednesday through Friday from 10:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m or Saturday from 8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. View the sales ad.

Works of John Howard Yoder Available Online

An online digital library containing nearly 250 unpublished, informally published and popular works by theologian John Howard Yoder is now available for scholars and students around the world. The digitization of John Howard Yoder material was funded by a collaborative grant (AMBS, Mennonite Church USA Archives, and the Mennonite Historical Library). Learn more.

Day Trip

Yellow Creek Mennonite Church will be having a Senior Adult Day Trip to Sauder Village on September 18. The cost is $50 per person due by August 4. Checks should be made payable to Yellow Creek Mennonite Church with Senior Bus Trip in the memo line. Registration forms are available in the Berkey office (see Rafael Barahona or Priscillah Metekai) and  checks should be given to Larry Stauffer,  Yellow Creek treasurer, or mailed to Larry at: 64953 SR 19, Wakarusa, IN 46573. Please contact Marilyn E. Miller at (574) 875-7642 or Marge Detweiler at (574) 534-3311 with any questions. 

Michiana Mennonite Relief Sale

The Michiana Mennonite Relief Sale Silent Auction is seeking donations such as: unique experiences, gift certificates, handmade artwork and furniture, collectibles, home décor, outdoor items, themed gift baskets, and other items and services. Items must be new (except unique collectibles and antiques), must have a minimum value of $40, and must be received by September 12. We also need volunteers to help secure donations, pick up auction items, promote the silent auction among bidders in your congregation and community, and help during the sale weekend.  Please contact or (574) 349-7473.  Visit for more information. All proceeds benefit Mennonite Central Committee.


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!

Mennonite Central Committee (MCC) U.S. is seeking a Director of Financial Services. This person will be the chief financial officer of MCC U.S., including the regions. The position will build the capacity of MCC U.S. Financial Services to provide accounting expertise, create financial systems and provide financial management needed by MCC U.S. and will offer financial expertise to the entire MCC system. Please send letter of intent and resume to by July 31. For more information call 717-859-1151 or visit the MCC website 


Getting to Know

Transitions: The Church Office

Rafael Barahona

Rafael Barahona
Rafael became the Communications and Office Manager at Berkey in April of 2013. Rafael was born and raised in Canada to parents in ministry, and spent much of his childhood moving around before arriving in Goshen in 1993. He is a Bethany and Goshen College graduate. After a year of Mennonite Voluntary Service in Montreal, Rafael spent over a year traveling around the US and Canada playing music on a musical tour that was partially supported by Mennonite Mission Network and Mennonite Central Committee. After several years in Charlottesville, VA, Rafael and Elisabeth sought to be closer to family and moved back to the area in August of 2012 with kids, Isabela and Thiago. At the end of this August, Rafael will be leaving the church office to pursue his own graphic design business (R3 Design) full time. He will be succeeded by Priscillah Metekai who has already begun to take on some responsibilities in the church office.

Whether you are new or a charter member, we are continually learning to know each other and we want to get to know you more. It can be very simple, your name, what you do for a living and what you are interested in. You can view our newsletter archive for some examples. Interested in being featured? Let us know!

We will no longer be printing and distributing calendars each month.  They are however, available for download.
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Sunday, July 27: Reception for Lynelle Yoder and Josh Hofer, 10:30 a.m. 

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

Moses Sawatzky (son of Joe and Anna) had his appendix out on Wednesday. Please keep him and his family in your prayers as he recovers.
Lindsay Rheinheimer is currently in Spain leading a Youth Venture Team with Scott Hartman. During this time participants focus on faith formation, service and cultural learning. They are half way through their service trip and would appreciate continued prayers as they learn and work with the youth who attend the Anabaptist church in Burgos, Spain.
Please remember Jud Gingrich as he recovers from 2 partial knee replacements.
This is a month of transitions for Mennonite Voluntary Service participants with some finishing their terms and others beginning. Pray that God would bless their coming out and their going in. Pray especially for Matthew Cordella, serving in Elkhart, as he recovers from back surgery.
Please hold up in prayer Naubinway Mennonite Church in Naubinway, MI and Pastor Tim Miller.

DownloadJuly MMN Prayer Vine

Church Notes
Sunday Service Info

This Sunday: July 27

Barbara Eichorn, Eleanor Nafziger, Ruth Hathaway

Thelma Ramer

Bev & Dave Krabill

Offering Counters: 
Dick Ramer, Karl Sommers

Audio / Visual:
Matthew Williams / Marilyn Rudy-Froese

Deb and Dan Williams


Next Sunday: August 3

Clare Krabill, Curt and Elise Wenger

Laverne Nafziger

Bev & Dave Krabill

Offering Counters: 
Dick Ramer, Karl Sommers

Audio / Visual:
Matthew Williams / Marilyn Rudy-Froese

Nancy and Dick Yoder

Statistical Report 
(July 20)

Attendance: 137
General Fund: $8,078.96
College Fund: $25.00
Bethany Tuition: $65.00
Building Fund: $5.00
Agape Fund: $643.00

Berkey Avenue
Mennonite Fellowship

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

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.

Dan Schrock
Marilyn Rudy-Froese

Greg Smucker (Chairperson)
Roy Bergey
Lee Roy Berry, Jr.
Shirley Dick
Jan Shetler

Renae Yoder (Chairperson)
Doug Baker
Laura Horst
Richard Miller
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