Evaluation of the Congregation and Pastors
Sometime during the day on Friday, February 20, you should receive an email with a link to an on-line evaluation of the congregation and the pastors. If you don't receive this email, please contact someone in the church office, who will send it to you. The last major evaluation was 5 years ago, but since then much about our congregation has changed. Your responses will be important in helping us to assess and improve our life together. Please complete your evaluation by Sunday, March 8.
We estimate it will take about 20-25 minutes of your time. This survey is open to everyone who participates in congregational life, whether you are a member or attender. JYFers, MYFers, and adults are all welcome to fill one out. In the final reports to the commissions, congregation, and pastors, individual respondents will not be identified. The SLT will be responsible to interpret results from the pastoral parts of the evaluation directly to the pastors.
The agenda for our congregational meeting this Sunday, February 22 includes:
- Approve the minutes of the November 16 and December 21 congregational meetings.
- Review financial reports for the last fiscal year (September 2013 to August 2014) and for the first third of the current fiscal year (September to December 2014). Paper copies of these reports are in your mailbox.
- Conversation about our facility and the size of our congregation. How do we respond to being at capacity? What are the important questions we need to ask about our facility? We'd love to have a representative from each household to help us arrive at the right questions for this point in our congregation's life. Members and attenders, as well as MYFers and JYFers are welcome to participate in this conversation.
This coming Sunday, February 22 we'll have a congregational meal. As you prepare food for this potluck, please remember that we do not have a working refrigerator--you will need to store cold foods in your car from the time you arrive at church until the beginning of the meal. As usual, please bring one or two dishes to share with others, along with your own table service. A congregational meeting follows.
Lent begins this Sunday, February 22. During this time, we will have a worship series on "The Rituals of Loss and Remembrance
" in which we will examine our practices around loss, grief and death and dying. We recognize that each one of us experiences losses of many kinds throughout our lives, some of which mark us permanently and affect us deeply. We also recognize that hearing stories of loss and grief can open up old wounds and bring back a loss in new ways. If you find that you are struggling in a new way with grief, or experiencing difficulty in carrying your grief, please talk to Dan, Marilyn or a trusted friend. Learn more
During Lent, the deacons will be available in the small office off of Jubilee Hall during Sunday School, if you would like to share your stories of grief and loss with a couple other people.
To the Junior High Youth Group
It was exciting to have you at the February 13-15 Winter Youth Retreat at Amigo Centre! You were a great group that gave your attention, and you were fun to have! Thanks to the sponsors for your part in helping this retreat happen! You did a great job, and it couldn’t have been done without you. A special thank you, Berkey Avenue Mennonite Church for your part in making it possible for your outstanding youth group and sponsors to attend, and for praying and expecting God to be at work in their lives during the weekend and now! We look forward to having you back next year!
--Kenzie Intemann, Youth Program Coordinator
Sunday School Classes
The current adult Christian education classes will continue through March 1 to make up for the snow day on February 15. Watch for more information about new classes to begin on March 8.
On Sunday, March 15, Missions Commission is inviting you to come to the Civil Rights Heritage Center in South Bend to learn about the history of segregation and the Civil Rights movement. The Heritage Center is located in the natatorium and contains Anne Berry's graphic design depictions of this history of segregation and those who led the movement to desegregate the public swimming pool. Anne Berry, along with George Garner, the Tours and Collections Coordinator at the Civil Rights Heritage Center, will lead this time. We will car pool from the church, so plan to bring a brown bag lunch; we will leave from the church in time to arrive at the Heritage Center at 1:30 pm. Please sign up on the Mission bulletin board (across from the restrooms) if you plan to attend.
Maple City Chamber Orchestra
Maple City Chamber Orchestra will present a concert on Saturday, March 28th, at 7:30 p.m. at Goshen College Sauder Hall. The concert is titled Triumphant Trumpets
. It will feature guest soloists Greg Smucker and Chloe Holmes. Admission is free.
Volunteer Cookie Makers Wanted!
James Loewen's presentation Monday evening, March 2, at the College Mennonite Church, will be followed by a book signing/fellowship time. Beth Berry agreed to provide cookies for this fellowship time. She would welcome volunteers to help her make and donate a total of 30 dozen bars or cookies. They can be brought to church Sunday morning, March 1. There will be a sign-up sheet on one of the tables in the fellowship area this Sunday. Thanks!
Update from Marion Yoder
Several things are now falling into place. On Wednesday after my consultation with Dr. Hafron in MI, I decided on Beaumont Hospital as the place for my surgery. There is a firm date of March 2nd for the surgery with a possibility of moving that date up to February 25th. The procedure will be complete removal of my L kidney along with the tumor, lymph nodes and whatever else is necessary. There's a possibility that the spleen will have to go too. Recovery time in the hospital will likely be 3-4 days with an additional 10-14 days before any travel will be permitted. If everything goes well that puts our return to AZ for the remainder of the season around March 20th at the earliest. Will send another update after surgery.
As part of our support of Model Elementary School, we, along with Faith Lutheran Church, have been providing monthly treats for the teachers and staff. We are looking for someone to provide treats in March and in May. The treats can be delivered anytime during the month; they can be individual treats, or big bowls of trail mix or other such treat. There are about 70 teachers and staff employed at Model School. You can work alone, or a few people can provide treats together. Please speak with Lowell Nafziger
or Marilyn Rudy-Froese
if you would like to do this.
Meals for College Students
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. If you can help in hosting a meal, please go to the website
(usarname: students password: bamf) or contact Ruth Roth
or (574) 533-8955). 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. Thank you so much for your meals and friendship to our students!
Head 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!
Bethany Christian Schools
Bethany Christian High School will be performing Radium Girls, Feb. 26, 28 and March 1. Performances are on Thursday and Saturday evenings at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday at 3 p.m. Tickets are $8 for adults and $6 for students. Ticket sales begin Monday, February 9, and may be purchased online
or call the school at (574) 534-2567 on school days, 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.). This empowering play is based on the true story of the women who worked at the US Radium Corporation in New Jersey. Touted by everyone from Marie Currie to business men, radium was thought to be a miracle cure until the girls who painted dials with it began getting deathly ill. This deeply personal play takes us on the journey of all sides in the legal and ethical battle that followed. Abby Rudy-Froese, Jacob Rudy-Froese and Kyle Snyder are in the cast participating in the play.
Norell Piano Duo Concert
The rescheduled Norell Piano Duo concert will be held on Sunday, February 22, at 4:00 p.m. in Sauder Concert Hall in the Music Center. Luke and Mary Rose Norell, piano faculty at the GC Community School of the Arts, will be performing works for two piano by Mozart, Lutoslawski, and Rachmaninov. Admission to the concert is $10, with tickets available at the door one hour in advance of the concert.
The annual GC International Coffeehouse dinner and show is Saturday, March 14. Dinner will be at 5:00 p.m. in the College Mennonite Church Fellowship Hall and the show will be at 7:00 p.m. in the Music Center's Sauder Concert Hall. Adults: $18 dinner & show; $10 show only. Kids & youth: $10 dinner & show; $5 show only. Tickets are available through the Welcome Center (574) 535-7566 or online
. This family and community-friendly event showcases the culinary and entertainment skills of the college's international students.
Anabaptist Mennonite Biblical Seminary
Engaging our History of Segregation
James Loewen, Ph.D. will give three free public presentations to help listeners understand how our history of racial segregation has shaped the present. He is a leading expert on “sundown towns” (including Goshen) that excluded African Americans and other groups by ordinances or social means, and author of Sundown Towns: A Hidden Dimension of American Racism
. Dr. Loewen will speak on Sunday, March 1, 7:00-8:30 p.m. at St. James African Methodist Episcopal Church, 122 Martin Luther King Dr., Elkhart; on Monday, March 2, noon-1:00 p.m. at the Mennonite Church USA offices, 3145 Benham Ave., Elkhart; and on Monday, March 2, 7:00-8:30 p.m. at the Goshen College Church-Chapel. For details, visit
Christian Faith and Healthcare
Mennonite Healthcare Fellowship (MHF) Annual Gathering 2015 will be held on July 19-21, 2015, in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania just prior to Mennonite World Conference Global Assembly. The theme is "Walking Together for Healthy Communities.
" Membership in MHF is not required to attend. A limited number of grants are available, especially for students, volunteers, persons traveling from outside of the U.S. and Canada, and others with limited income. Among the presentations this year are Ted & Company (thought-provoking comedy), Shane Claiborne (community activist from Philadelphia) and Ann Thyle (physician from India). Workshops will be on diverse topics such as AIDS in Kenya, climate change and health, and congregational health ministries.
MCC: Pray for Egyptian Christians
Mennonite Central Committee (MCC) joins with Christian partners and others in Egypt, and worldwide, to mourn the senseless killings of 21 Egyptian young men in Libya by the Islamic State group. Pray with us:
- For Egyptian Christians, especially Coptic Christians, as they lament the loss of sons, brothers, fathers and friends.
- For the Christian church in Egypt as it witnesses to the nation and the world of Jesus’ love in times of great suffering.
- For those who carried out this terrible act, that they would be moved to repentance.
- For an end to terror and brutality.
- For unity among all Egyptians, with gratitude for how this tragedy has served to bond Christians and Muslims in grief, in striving to forgive and in the desire to build a stronger and more compassionate country together.
Michiana Mennonite Relief Sale
The Michiana Mennonite Relief Sale will be accepting machine quilted quilts this year for the quilt auction. This year's sale dates are September 25-26. We are anticipating a great auction made up of both hand and machine quilted quilts.
Benton Mennonite Church (one block east of US 33 in Benton) will host a haystack breakfast to benefit the Millersburg-based Sonshine Children's Ministry, on Saturday, February 28 at 7:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. (or until food runs out). Food to be served include scrambled egg haystacks, biscuits and gravy, pastries, fruit, juice, coffee, tea. Everyone is invited. No tickets--breakfast by donation only.
We are looking for young people with disabilities who will attend the Kansas City Mennonite Church USA convention this summer and might be willing to participate in a youth seminar telling others about life with a disability. If you know someone who fits this description, please be in touch or have them contact Christine Guth
, (574) 343-1362.
You are invited to attend a hymn sing at Pine Grove Mennonite Church in Battle Creek, March 22 at 3:00 p.m. We will be singing out of the 1992 Mennonite Hymn book (Hymnal: A Worship Book) and other hymnbooks. We will sing for approximately an hour and a half. We will have a "finger-food-only" potluck, so please bring finger foods (sandwiches, etc.) to share.
Habitat for Humanity
You are invited to a grand opening of our store in the new location at the corner of US 33 & Peddlers Village Rd. on Saturday February 28 at 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. We will have great bargains and treasures for your home, repurposing projects, or renovation. Tour our new home, enjoy our live repurposing demonstration, meet the company behind everybody's paint, and more! The Donation Center will also be open if you want to drop off items before you shop. To learn what items we will take, visit
Senior Tuesday Luncheon
You are invited to the next Senior Tuesday Luncheon at Yellow Creek Mennonite Church on Tuesday, March 10, noon in the Fellowship Hall. Invite your friends and neighbors to join us! $5.00 per person, paid at the door. The program is Sandy Weatherwax, author of Dancing In the Wind, will share her Christian testimony of God’s grace. Her family are the founders of LoveWay therapeutic equine riding school in Bristol. Please call the church office, 862.2595, by Tuesday, March 3 to make reservations.
Annual Dan's Fish & Chicken Dinner
West Goshen Church of the Brethren is hosting their annual Dan's fish and chicken dinner on Saturday, February 28, from 3:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Suggested cost is $10 (adults), ages 6-12 ($6) and under 6- free. Convenient drive-thru carry-out ($10) which includes dessert is also available. Proceeds go to missions and outreach.
The Window's kitchen will be open for March's first Friday Back by Popular Demand. Friday's meal will run from 4:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m. or until the food runs out. We will feature Ed’s Famous Chicken Enchiladas, Green beans with Bacon, Dessert bars and choice of beverage. Suggested Donation is $8:00.
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!
Bethany Christian Schools invites applications for high school Spanish teacher (full-time), beginning August 1, 2015. Further information and application details are available on their website
Girls Tennis Coach: Bethany Christian High School is seeking a girls tennis coach for spring 2015. Position begins in early March. To apply or ask questions, contact athletic director Gary Chupp at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Mennonite Mission Network seeks a full time Marketing and Communication Director who is responsible to lead in developing vision and strategies for constituent engagement. The ideal candidate will hold a deep passion for God’s mission globally, excel at collaboration and team leadership, and possess a high level of skill in communication across diverse media platforms. A bachelor’s degree in marketing, public relations, or communications is preferred. Must be committed to denominational and agency goals of intercultural diversity initiatives. Mission Network seeks to employ a diverse staff and welcomes all inquiries. This position will be based in Elkhart, Indiana. For a detailed position description view our website
or contact Linda Krueger
, HR Coordinator.
Mark and Jenny Yoder have a partially furnished one bedroom basement apartment available for rent near Goshen College. The apartment can house up to two people. Utility costs and washer and dryer usage are included in the rent cost. Please contact Jenny
Goshen Health & Wellness Foundation is seeking a half-time Executive Assistant/Communications Coordinator. Be a part of building healthy lives for children and families in the greater Elkhart County area through the provision of grants to area non-profits and scholarships and 0% student loans for health professionals. Bachelor’s degree in Business or Communications preferred. For more information or a position description please email Clare Krabill