Berkey Avenue Mennonite Fellowship
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September 4, 2016

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Berkey Announcements


Playground and Parking Project

PlaygroundOur Capital Campaign Committee invites you to contribute toward our playground and parking project. If the fundraising and the planning go well, we still hope to have the parking and playground installed before winter. If you choose to contribute, write your check to Berkey Avenue Mennonite Fellowship and mark it for the Playground/Parking Fund. If you would like to make a pledge towards the project, you will find a pledge box in the fellowship hall under the "Getting to Know" board by the library.


PotatoesThank you to all who helped in digging, picking and rinsing approximately 500 pounds of potatoes for the Model School project. The potatoes are currently stored in the Berkey basement and will be available until they are gone. To date we have sold over 150 pounds.
We will continue to offer bags of potatoes for a $5 donation. We also have small potatoes and slightly damaged potatoes that are free for you to take.  We are near the end of the Purple potatoes and the Yukon Gold, but we will have Kennebecs (white)  and Red Norlands (red) for your consumption. If you have any questions regarding the potatoes please contact James Yoder.

Fall Fest

Fall FestBerkey's annual Fall Fest will be Saturday, September 17. The Straight A's will be providing music. Invite family and friends. If you know any college students, make it a point to bring them along. Grilled pork sausage and drinks will be provided. You should bring:
  • A salad and a desert to share.
  • Your own picnic service.
  • Lawn chairs or a blanket.
  • Lawn games (if you would like).

Cheese & More!

cheeseThe 49th annual Michiana Mennonite Relief Sale is September 23-24, 2016, at the Elkhart County 4H Fairgrounds. The sale begins Friday, September 23, 5:00 - 9:00 p.m. Saturday activities begin at 7:00 a.m. and conclude in the early afternoon. Once again Berkey Avenue will host the cheese booth and your participation is important! Look for the Relief Sale table and sign-up sheets in the fellowship hall to volunteer for a slot. Other ways to participate include the annual Run for Relief, donating change to ‘My Coins Count’, singing in a choir, or donating baked goods. For more information about the sale or to download printable forms, visit the Relief Sale website.

Photo Directory Updates

picturesIt's time to update the Berkey online directory. Please review your information in the directory. If anything should be changed, let the office know this week. You also have the opportunity to have your picture taken here at the church for the directory. Photographers will be available on September 18, 25, and October 2. If you would like your picture taken, please sign-up on the poster by the mailboxes. You may also submit your own photographs to the office any time. Photos should be in a landscape format for optimal fit.

Small Group Invitation

Small GroupsAre you interested in joining a small group? Fall is a great time to join. Berkey offers a wide variety of groups, including:  inter-generational, family, women's, and similar life stages. Please email Marilyn by September 16, and the small group committee will provide you with information and help to connect you with a group. Feel free to reach out to one of us if you have questions!       
-Marilyn, Grant Miller, Laura Horst, Steph Wieand

Christian Ed. Survey

surveyThe Christian Education Commission would appreciate your feedback about this summer's Inter-generational Sunday School. Please complete this short survey, no matter how much you participated. Go to this link. You can also talk to someone on the commission: Laura Moshier, Denise Risser, Ruth Roth, Joe Sawatzky, Nate Shenk, and Marilyn Rudy-Froese.

SLT Minutes

SLT minutesThe July SLT minutes are now on the Berkey website for you to read. To access the page, use the same password that you use for the Online Directory.

New Fall Sunday School Class

Spiritual GiftsA new Sunday school class, beginning September 11, will be Discovering God's Vision for your Life:  You and Your Spiritual Gifts. If you would like to be part of this class, please notify the office this week. You are welcome to come on September 11, even if you haven't signed up earlier.

Prayer Circle

prayerThe 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.

If you have a need, know that you are being prayed for on Mondays and onward! If you feel a nudging to join us on Monday nights, you are warmly welcomed.

Thank You from Model School

thanksBerkey received a thank you note from the Model school nurse, "Thank you so much for the donation of clothing items to the students at Model. We so appreciate your kindness and generosity to our school and all the support you give to us!" The thank you note is posted on the bulletin board by the mailboxes.

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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Alumni Nights at Bethany

Bethany Christian School's alumni and their families will receive free admission to the girls soccer game vs. South Bend Riley on Thursday, September 8. Other alumni nights this fall will be on September 23 for boys soccer vs. Westview and October 4 for volleyball vs. Goshen.

Alumni Reunions

Bethany Christian Schools in Goshen will be hosting class reunions and activities for its alumni and their families on Saturday, September 24. The following graduating classes will hold their reunions Saturday: 1956, 1961, 1971, 1976, 1981, 1986, 1991, 1996, 2001, 2006, and 2011. Reunion classes will meet Saturday afternoon/evening at Bethany for visiting and a catered dinner. Alumni interested in attending should register by September 15. Read more details.

Goshen College Goshen College


Goshen College will host a showing of the documentary “A Justice That Heals,” On September 6, 7:00 p.m., in the Umble Center, with a talkback session afterward with the producer and several people who appeared in the film. The one-hour documentary explores family, faith and forgiveness following a senseless murder in Chicago in 1996. The event is free and open to the public.


Ryan Claassen Ph.D., author, professor at Kent State University and a 1994 Goshen College graduate, will present the 2016 Yoder Public Affairs lecture titled “Godless Democrats and Pious Republicans? Party Activists, Party Capture and the ‘God Gap,’” on Tuesday, September 13 at 7:30 p.m. in Rieth Recital Hall. On Sunday, September 11 at 7:00 p.m., he will deliver "New Perspectives on Faith" presentation in the Church-Chapel. Both events are free and open to the public, and will be followed by a short question and answer session with the audience.


Artist Doug Unger’s paintings of Amish farmscapes in Holmes County, Ohio, will be on display in Goshen College’s Library Gallery starting with a public reception on September 11, from 3:00 - 5:00 p.m. in the gallery. The collection displays images of Charm, Ohio, a settlement of about 80 people in the Amish countryside south of Berlin in Holmes County, which is the largest Old Order Amish community in North America. Inspired by its serene beauty, Unger spent recent decades painting the landscapes.

AMBS Anabaptist Mennonite Biblical Seminary

You are invited to read President Sara Wenger Shenk reflections on her family's recent brush with the limelight when her father was interviewed for the Revisionist History podcast.


mccMennonite Central Committee

MCC Bike Michiana

Join us September 16-18, 2016 for MCC Bike Michiana. Enjoy a weekend of riding, fellowship and raising funds for Mennonite Central Committee. Come join the bikers in riding between 70-100 miles over two days pedaling the beautiful lake and farmland region of southern Michigan and northern  Indiana. Fellowship and worship included! If you are not a biker, consider donating on behalf of someone who is participating or become a sponsor. This year the project is raising funds for Palestine and Israel Project. Brochures and additional information available online.

Relief Sale Needs Help with Recycling

Cheese is not your only option. The Michiana Mennonite Relief Sale is one of just a few MCC sales working to implement sustainable waste disposal procedures. Volunteers are needed for this effort to succeed. Recycling volunteers are needed for two-hour shifts Friday evening, September 23 and Saturday, September 24 through mid-afternoon. You'll still have time to enjoy the sale. Contact David Gerber, 534-8408 for more information.

Last year the Relief Sale Board supplied food vendors with compostable serving containers and recyclable cups. In 2016, improved signage will facilitate separating waste into clearly labeled barrels for composting, recycling, and landfill. Compostable plates, paper, and food waste will be taken to a local duck yard where it decomposes in several months. Bags of trash and recycling are moved to dumpsters that are taken away by Bordon Waste-Away.

Community Announcements

First Friday Meal at The Window

River Oaks Community Church will be hosting the First Friday event. They are serving B.B.Q. chicken and Mexican fried rice with a vegetable, rolls and dessert. The suggested price for this meal is $8.00. All proceeds go toward The Window’s programs.

Seed to Feed Program

Church Community Services has a Seed to Feed program that provides fresh fruits and vegetables to the guests who use our food pantry. We extend our season by freezing our tomatoes, green beans and peppers. Last year we froze 550 pounds of green beans and tomatoes. Recently, a few women at Creekside Church of the Brethren processed 200 pounds of tomatoes in one session.
We need at least one group of 4-10 people each week for the next 4-5 weeks in the season to keep up with the tomato production.
If you can help us out, please contact Natasha Kauffmann at 574-295-3673 ext 122

 Kokomo Tornado Relief

The Interdenominational Ministerial Alliance (IMA) of Elkhart is calling on the Elkhart County community to come together to help those who have been displaced by the tornadoes in Kokomo. The Kokomo Rescue Mission is organizing donations for tornado relief and has suggested items that will be necessary in the coming weeks.
Once again, Kroger has generously offered to match a donation of 5,000 “Meals in a Can” (such as Spaghetti O’s, ravioli, beef stew, and hearty soups) with another 5,000 cans.  If the community can raise enough money to purchase those cans, Kroger will then deliver all 10,000 to Kokomo directly.  To donate to this drive in the Goshen area, please make checks payable to:  Waterford Mennonite Church, 65975 State Rd 15, Goshen, IN  46526, by noon on Friday September 9.  Please make sure checks are designated for Kokomo relief.

Contra Dancing

You are invited for Contra Dancing the first Saturday of every month, beginning September 3. The dances are held at First United Methodist Church in Goshen. For more information, see the bulletin board by the mailboxes.

Menno-Hof Hymn Sing

Come and enjoy a cappella singing of familiar hymns on the Menno-Hof lawn in Shipshewana, on Sunday, September 11, 5:00 p.m. Bring lawn chairs for seating. There will be ice cream and pretzels following the singing. Rain location: Farmstead Inn pavilion.

Goshen Community Chorale

The Goshen Community Chorale will begin rehearsing for its upcoming 2016-17 season on Tuesday evening, September 13th, at College Mennonite Church, beginning at 7:00 p.m. The Chorale will be preparing for a December performance of Hispanic Christmas music at St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church, with the featured work to be the Navidad Nuestra of the Argentinian composer Ariel Ramirez. The Chorale welcomes new members who have a background in choral singing and who wish to commit themselves to regular attendance at rehearsals and to learning challenging repertoire. Interested persons should contact the music director, William Mateer, (574) 533-2562.

Center for Healing & Hope Event

You are invited to a "Dessert First" event on Wednesday, September 14, 4:30 – 6:30 p.m. to support the Center for Healing & Hope (CHH). Enjoy a free dessert and buy $20 EAT•SHOP•GIVE certificates to Goshen area restaurants and businesses. Half of the value of these certificates will go to CHH to support health care for the medically homeless in our community. Come to the event at 902 S. Main Street, Goshen, or purchase certificates online at, September 14 - October 19 or until sold out.

MEDA Event

Join Michiana Mennonite Economic Development Associates (MEDA) on Saturday, September 17, at 4:00 p.m. for our event "The Lean Farm" -- a tour of Clay Bottom Farm (located at 11434 CR 34, Goshen). Farm co-owner Ben Hartman will lead our tour and share how they apply lean, a production system originally developed by the Japanese automotive industry, to drastically cut waste and make their farm more environmentally and economically sustainable.

Our tour will be followed by dinner at Rachel's Bread in Goshen, featuring ingredients sourced from Clay Bottom Farm.

Please RSVP by Monday, September 12, by email or call 574-355-3607. Cost is $5 for students, $15 for Michiana MEDA members, and $20 for others, payable at the door.

Meserete Kristos College Fundraiser

The Indiana Friends of Meserete Kristos College (MKC) invite you to enjoy an Ethiopian meal here at Berkey on Monday, September 26, 6:30 p.m. You will meet and hear from Beliju Hailu, a lecturer at MKC for the past 17 years and is a student at AMBS. The cost is $12.50 per person. The event will serve as a fundraiser to help with the construction of the women's dormitory. A generous donor from Canada will match any gift received dollar for dollar up to $150,000.00 U.S. dollars given by September 30. Please RSVP to Peter Shetler (574-849-5116) by September 19. For more information see the poster 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!

MDC Goldenrod is hiring. See the bulletin board by the mailboxes for a full job description or visit their website.

Calling all visual artists! Mennonite Church USA is looking for freelance visual artists to contribute to a paid upcoming project. E-mail Alyssa Bennett Smith if you’re interested or know someone who is!


Monday, September 5
Intercessory Prayer, 7:00 p.m.

Tuesday, September 6
Caregiving Commission, 7:00 p.m.

Wednesday, September 7
Private Event, 6:00 p.m.

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Anniversaries This Week
Bob and Lorraine Pflederer

Birthdays This Week
Evan Grimes
Bob Pflederer
Dick Yoder
Phil Miller
Julie Zimmerman
Mollie Nebel
Rachel Schrock
Allen Garboden

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

This Sunday, September 4, Hesston College alumni and friends will enjoy time reconnecting with one another on the Explore Kansas trip. Pray for their safe travels and thank God for their continued commitment to the college.

Mennonite Mission Network requests prayer for the UK Mennonite Trust (previously the London Mennonite Centre) as it provides resources for Anabaptism in the United Kingdom. Pray for chairperson Stuart Murray Williams as he mentors the next generation of Anabaptist leaders.

DownloadSeptember MMN Prayer Vine

Church Notes
Sunday Service Info

This Sunday:  September 4

Neil Miller Richer
Renae Yoder
Laverne Nafziger

Anita Mounsithiraj
Dteban Mounsithiraj

John & Lois Mast

Jason Moshier

Elisabeth & Rafael Barahona

Infants:  Sarah Morrison, Lisa & Maija Short
Toddlers:  John Hooley, Allan & Abby Rudy-Froese

Offering Counters:
John Hooley, Greg Smucker

Next Sunday:  September 11

Clare & Merrill Krabill
Mark & Jenny Yoder

Aaron Wieand

John & Lois Mast

Jason Moshier

Elisabeth & Rafael Barahona

Infants:  Liz Core, Aaron Shenk, Angela Shenk
Toddlers:  Jennifer Schrock, Clare & Merrill Krabill

Offering Counters:
Ron Good, Rick Hostetter

Statistical Report 
(August 28)

Attendance:  210
General Fund:  $3,116.16
Agape Fund:  $1,285.50
Bethany 2016/17:  $15.00
College:  $20.00
New Construction Fund (parking lot):  $3,450.00
Model School Fund:  $25.00

General Fund Income 2015-16 YTD
Actual:  $310,767.11
Budget:  $293,241.00

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
Dan Schrock

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

Doug Baker
Richard Miller
Laverne Nafziger
Judy Weaver
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