Berkey Avenue Mennonite Fellowship
A congregation of Mennonite Church USA
Berkey Avenue Mennonite Fellowship
the OWL

April 26, 2015

Berkey Announcements | Our Schools | Community Announcements | Classifieds

Berkey Announcements

Out of Office

Marilyn will be in Seattle Monday through Thursday this week, attending a workshop at Faith Trust Institute, "Teaching Healthy Boundaries" (  She is attending at the request of Indiana-Michigan Mennonite Conference. Thursday - Sunday Marilyn will be in Ontario. If you need pastoral care, please contact Dan.

Church and Berkey Ave. Spring Cleanup Projects

Spring cleanupThe Mission Commission has scheduled a spring cleanup at the church on Wednesday May 6th. Pizza and drinks will be provided for those coming to work at 5:30 pm with the work beginning around 6:00 p.m.  One group will work on the church grounds while another group will pick up debris along Berkey Avenue. Cleaning supplies will be provided, although you may wish to bring your own gloves (some will be provided). We do need a count of those coming to order the right amount of food and drinks for everyone; so please sign the signup sheet posted by the mailbox bulletin board by May 4th. Hope to see you there!

New to the Library

New to the LibraryThree booklets from Mennonite Women USA have been added to the library as follows:
Understanding Sexual abuse by a Church Leader or Caregiver by Heather Block,
Created Equal:  Women and Men in the Image of God by Linda Gehman Peachey, and Pornography:  Lies, Truth and Hope by Linda Gehman Peachey.
The Return of the Prodigal Son by Henri Nouwen has been donated to the library.

Update on Our New Chairs

After several delays, Sauder Worship Seating has provided us with the estimated delivery date of June 15-19 for our 71 new chairs.

Thank You

Thank YouThank you so much for the lovely flowers, many cards and kind visits remembering me when my dad died. I appreciated them all so much.
~ Trish Shenk

Subscriptions Renewal

This is a reminder that it is time to renew the following subscriptions:
Rejoice @ 27.75 and Purpose @ 26.30. Please submit your payments to Ruth Hathaway.

Bible School

Summer Vacation Bible SchoolEveryone should have received forms in their mailboxes for participating in Bible School this summer. The dates are June 8-11 from 9:00 - 11:30 a.m. each day.  All forms are due back to Deb Williams by May 3. There are forms for registering children age 3 - grade 6. There are also many volunteer opportunities (free childcare is offered for volunteers). Let Deb Williams know if you have any questions or did not get forms to complete. Thanks in advance for supporting this learning opportunity for our children!

MYF: Help-A-House Program

Lacasa Help a house programPlease consider joining our MYF to help with LaCasa’s Help-A-House project  on Saturday, May 9.  Through the Help-A-House program LaCasa organizes volunteers to repair the homes and  improve neighborhoods in Goshen. Last year our group from Berkey helped clean out a house that LaCasa was preparing to remodel. The day begins with a pancake breakfast served by the Goshen Exchange club from 7:00 a.m. - 8:00 a.m. The work project usually goes through early afternoon. Please let Curt Wenger know by April 19 if you will join us or if you have questions, or call (574) 534-3931.

Our Schools

Goshen College Bethany Christian Schools

Bethany Christian Middle School will perform Haphazardly Ever After at 7:00 p.m. Friday, May 1, and at 2:00 p.m. Saturday, May 2. Haphazardly Ever After is a fractured fairy tale farce in which a kind king and queen have trouble in their royal family—four obnoxious, bratty, adult children who do not live up to their royal titles. Tickets are $4 for adults and $2 for students and may be purchased online or in the school office.

Goshen College Goshen College

Choral Showcase

The Community School of the Arts will present a Choral Showcase on Sunday, May 3 at 4:00 p.m. in Sauder Concert Hall. The Showcase program will include performances by Rejoice Children's Choir (directed by Kristin Kauffman), Shout for Joy (directed by Sandy Hill), and Sommo Voci (directed by Marcia Yost). Tickets are $7 adults, and $5 seniors/students, available at the door one hour before the concert. GC faculty/staff/students free with valid ID.

Student Recitals

The Community School of the Arts will present student recitals on Saturday, May 9 at 11:00 a.m.,1:00 p.m., and 3:00 p.m. in Rieth Recital Hall. The concerts are free and open to the public, and will
​ ​feature string, woodwind, and piano students. Doors open 30 minutes prior to performance time.​

AMBS Anabaptist Mennonite Biblical Seminary

Prayers of Protest

Safwat Marzouk, guest writer for the Practicing Reconciliation blog, shares some of the challenges that he has been wrestling with as a Christian Egyptian who lives and teaches biblical studies in the US. The struggle focuses on the difference in dealing with violence and oppression between those who are in the midst of chaos and those who view these atrocities from a distance.  From Habakkuk he has learned words of lament that empower him to speak against cycles of injustice and violence, even from the distance. Read his post, "Prayers of Protest," on Practicing Reconciliation.

Community Announcements

Golfers Needed!

Enjoy a round of golf at the beautiful Klinger Lake Country Club (Sturgis MI) and help a youth experience a life-changing week of summer camp. The 18th annual Amigo camp scholarship Golf Scramble will be held on June 6.  Interested in golfing or in sponsoring the event? Please find more information on the bulletin board in the fellowhship hall or visit Amigo's website or call (574) 651-2811. Amigo is a camp and retreat facility that belongs to the congregations of the IN-MI Mennonite Conference.

Senior Luncheon

You are invited to the next Senior Tuesday Luncheon at Yellow Creek Mennonite Church on Tuesday, May 19 at noon in the Fellowship Hall. Invite your friends and neighbors to join us! $5.00 per person, paid at the door. The program features John Begly.  For over 20 years John has been using the Art of Illusion to spread the Gospel of Jesus Christ. Because each one of us has sinned, Christ came, died and rose again to pay the price for our sins, so that we could spend eternity with the LORD in heaven.  For reservations, call Yellow Creek Mennonite Church office at (574) 862-2595 by Tuesday, May 12.

The Window

The Window's kitchen will be open for May First Friday. Friday's meal runs from 5:00 p.m. - 7:30 p.m. or until the food runs out. We will feature Lasagna, tossed salad, garlic toast and Texas sheet cake. Drinks will also be served (coffee and water ). This event is hosted by First Baptist Churchy. The suggested donation is $8.00.

Michiana MEDA

Join us for an African-themed dinner and program with David Eagle, MEDA Senior Consultant/Project Manager for Agriculture Thursday, May 14, 2015 at 6:30 p.m. at College Mennonite Church. We will also hold our chapter annual business meeting. An African meal will be served. Cost is $5 for students, $15 for Michiana MEDA members, and $20 for others, payable at the door. Please RSVP by Monday, May 11 to or (574)355-3607. All are welcome.


Mennonite Central Committee (MCC) Great Lakes invites participants to join a learning tour to Palestine and Israel taking place November 9-21, 2015. Participants will learn about the current conflict and realities, meet with Palestinian and Israeli peacemakers, and return home prepared to engage in education and advocacy. For more information or to register, visit or contact Eric Kurtz or  or (574) 534-4133. Registration with a deposit is due by June 15.

Goshen Community Chorale

The spring performance of the Goshen Community Chorale will take place Sunday, May 3rd 7:30 p.m. at St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church in Goshen. Entitled "Una Celebración de la Música Choral de América Latina," this program will showcase the sacred choral music of Latin America. The Spanish folk Mass "Misa Criolla" of the Argentinean composer Ariel Ramirez will be the featured work. Guest artist and soloist for this event will be Nayo Ulloa. There is no charge, but a free will offering will be taken to help cover the costs.

Celebrate MCC Great Lakes

Join us for the 2015 Celebrate MCC Great Lakes Annual Gathering on Sunday, May 3 at Silverwood Mennonite Church. Worship and fellowship with other MCC supporters, and hear updates on MCC's work both locally and around the world. Special guest speakers Deb & Jim Fine, recently returned MCC service workers in Iraq, will share stories from their experiences. The event begins at 5:30 p.m. with a soup meal, followed by the program at 7:00 p.m. Please RSVP to Les Gustafson-Zook  or (574) 534-4133. More information online.


Merry Lea Environmental Learning Center of Goshen College, Wolf Lake, IN, welcomes children, ages 3 to 12 and their adult companions to experience NATUREFEST together. Learn to canoe on a quiet wetland, run the Turtle Trot 5-K race, taste wild edibles, make a gourd birdhouse, hike with trained naturalists, roast marshmallows, camp overnight if you wish. See the registration form for schedule and costs.

Safe Kids Fundraiser

Safe Kids of Elkhart County is holding a Nelson's BBQ Chicken Fundraiser on May 2, 2015 from 10 a.m. until they are sold out.  Advanced sale tickets are $5.50 for a half chicken and can be purchased from Dan Nafziger. Safe Kids works at injury and accident prevention which is the leading cause of death for children.


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!
Dale and Trish Shenk are looking for a very tall extension ladder. Does anyone in the congregation have one they would loan or rent? Please, contact them at (574) 534-3537
Yellow Creek Day Care is looking for full time teachers in the 2 yr. olds and infant classrooms. If interested please call 862.1045.
Bethany Christian High School is seeking an assistant soccer coach with primary responsibility to work with goalkeepers. Paid position. To apply or ask questions, contact head coach Mark Yoder.
Interested in connecting with Anabaptist churches from all over the world? An exciting new Serving and Learning Together (SALT) opportunity is available for a young adult to serve alongside Mennonite World Conference in Bogota, Colombia, as Web Communications Coordinator. Application closing date is May 1. More information about this year-long service opportunity is available online.



We will no longer be printing and distributing calendars each month.  They are however, available for download.

DownloadDownload Calendar

This Week:

April 27: Leadership Discernment Team, 6:00 p.m.
April 29: MYF - Small Groups
May 2: Men's breakfast, 7:00 a.m.

CalendarView Calendar Online

Anniversaries and Birthdays Next Week:

Andy Martin
Abigail Lehman
Joe Sawtazky
Shawna Born
Laura Horst
Alex Neufeld

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

Today, DOOR Denver is hosting its annual Cinco de Mayo festival fundraiser. Pray that relationships will deepen as three churches minister to their community through food, local performers, and children’s activities. DOOR is a Mennonite Mission Network partner.
Pray for New Hope Community, Midland, MI (pastor Dennis Heath).  Pray for major health issues within the congregation that are a challenge currently.
Pray also for Ninth St. Community Church, Saginaw, MI (pastor William Scott).
Pray with us, pray for us, pray for our world! Help us celebrate Mennonite Mission Network’s Day of Prayer on May 1 and join us in prayer for the mission and ministry of each person, congregation, conference and Mennonite Mission Network.

DownloadApril MMN Prayer Vine

Church Notes
Sunday Service Info

This Sunday: April 26

Neil Richer Miller, Nancy and Dick Yoder

Thelma Ramer

Lori and Ron Good

Phil Bauman, Randy Horst

Infants: Annie Hu, Diane and Jim Alvarez
Toddlers: Jacob Rudy-Froese, Pat and Ezra Hochstetler

Offering Counters:
Dick Ramer, Karl Sommers

Next Sunday: May 3

Neil Richer Miller, Nancy and Dick Yoder

Thelma Ramer

Diane and Lowell Nafziger

Phil Bauman, Randy Horst

Infants: Anne Berry, Lois and Lois Mast
Toddlers: Annie Hu, Joy Hostetter and Dee Albrecht

Offering Counters:
John Hooley, Greg Smucker
Statistical Report 
(April 19)

Attendance: 240
General Fund: $6,254.00
Bethany Tuition: $115.00
Church Publications (The Mennonite): $148.00
College Matching Fund: $70.00 
Mission Emphasis (Model School / garden): $25.00

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.

Marilyn Rudy-Froese
Dan Schrock

Greg Smucker (Chairperson)
Roy Bergey
Shirley Dick
Sherm Kauffman
Elizabeth Miller

Doug Baker
Richard Miller
Laverne Nafziger
Judy Weaver
Copyright © 2015 Berkey Avenue Mennonite Fellowship, All rights reserved.