Berkey Avenue Mennonite Fellowship
A congregation of Mennonite Church USA
Berkey Avenue Mennonite Fellowship
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April 17, 2016

Berkey Announcements | Our Schools | Community Announcements | Classifieds

Berkey Announcements

Berkey Volunteer Event

LaCasaNow is the time to sign up to volunteer to work at the LaCasa Help-A-House Community Work Day event being held in Goshen on Saturday, May 14. Berkey Avenue Mennonite will have a group volunteering at this event. See details and sign up on the bulletin board by the church mailboxes. Alternatively, sign up by calling/texting Dale Snyder at 574-238-6956 or send him an email before April 15.

Summer Camp Fund for Youth

youthPlease consider making a contribution to the newly established Youth Summer Camp designated fund by Sunday, April 24. We anticipate several requests for financial assistance to help church youth experience a week of camp this summer at either Camp Amigo or Camp Friedenswald and would like to be able to give generously. A week of summer camp represents an investment of $300. Please contact Dale Snyder, Berkey Avenue’s Mennonite Camp Representative, by email or call/text 574-238-6956 with any questions regarding this fund.

Thank You Note

thank youThank you so much for your cards, e-mails and texts in response to the death of James’ father, David L. Yoder. It is comforting to have the love and support of our church community as we remember him and process this loss in our lives. The gift of the beautiful green planter serves as a reminder of your support and care for us. --James and Trish Yoder

Stephen Ministry Training Continues:  First Visit

stephen ministriesThis coming week the Stephen Ministry training class will be considering the subject of "How to Make a First Caring Visit". In this presentation they will be receiving the nuts-and-bolts information on how to get a visit with a care receiver off to a good start. As the Stephen Ministry training continues, we get closer to commissioning Trish Yoder for her ministry among us. Continue to keep her in your prayers.

Online Directory

Online DirectoryYou are encouraged to save a link to the Berkey Online Directory in an easily accessible place such as your desktop or task bar. The directory is updated frequently. It features the most current information available about our members and attenders including emails, phone numbers and much more. And, the photos aid us in learning to know each other. At the bottom of the directory you will also find a list of commission members and appointments. Contact the office if you need the username and password.

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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Fish Fry

The junior class fish fry is 4:30-8:00 p.m. on Friday, April 22. Come for an evening of fellowship, homemade pie, and all the fish you can eat. Tickets are $10 for adults and carryout; $5 for children K-6. Preschool-age is free. Tickets may be purchased in advance from Carissa Hostetler or at the school (534-2567). You may also purchase tickets when you arrive at the event.

Middle School Play 

Bethany Christian Middle School will perform The Willow Street Mysteries at 7:00 p.m. on May 6 and 7. The Willow Street Mysteries is a light-hearted mystery about kids and families, missing items and confusion, and neighbors, and sometimes-friends. Watch as friends and neighbors work together—and against each other—to try to sort out the clues and quickly solve their mystery in time to celebrate Father’s Day. Tickets ($5 for adults and $3 for students) may be purchased online beginning April 18.

Summer Camp

Bright Time Summer Camp, June 6-10, has more than 50 athletic, fine arts, science, and all kinds of fun camps for age 4 through rising grade 8. Camps are $30-$40. Additionally, Shine On Campcare will provide a place for children for before, between, and after their camps. View camp listings and register online.

Goshen College Goshen College

Community School of the Arts Choral Showcase Concert will be Sunday, May 1, 4:00 p.m. at Sauder Concert Hall. Tickets are $7 for adults or $5 for seniors/students, online or call (574) 535-7566. The concert features performances by three CSA youth choirs: Rejoice (grades 3-5), directed by Kristin Kauffman; Shout for Joy (grades 6-8), directed by Sandy Hill; and Sommo Voci (grades 9-12), directed by Marcia Yost.

AMBS Anabaptist Mennonite Biblical Seminary

AMBS seeks a full-time admissions counselor. For more information see the Classified section below.

Community Announcements

Center for Community Justice Mediator Training

Do you have a few extra hours to give to your community a year? The Center for Community Justice needs volunteer mediators committed to peace and justice principles and who have a passion for working with people and the community. If you’d like to learn how crime affects victims, offenders and the community and effective ways to address conflict, please contact us to sign up for our volunteer mediator training. The training will be on Thursday and Friday, April 29-30, 2016 from 8:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m. at Sunnyside Mennonite Church. There is a $50 fee to reserve your space. Please contact Anne Lehman by email or call (574)295-6149 for further questions and to register.

Center For Community Justice Peace Walk

Please join us for a friend-raising, fund-raising event on Wednesday, April 20, 6:00-8:00 p.m. at Walker Park in Elkhart. All are welcome. The Center for Community Justice (CCJ), founded in the Mennonite community, is a local not-for-profit organization specializing in the application of Restorative Justice. Much of our funding comes from grants and donations, and in the recent years, we have seen a decrease in both of these areas. What CCJ does is an integral part of a safe and vibrant community and so we are reaching out to the community in an effort to share more about who we are and why funding this organization is so important. Registration is $20 per adult, $10 per child 12 and under, and the price per person for groups of 4 or more drops to $15 each. To register visit the CCJ website or call 574-295-6149.

MCC Alumni & Friends Gathering

As alumni or interested friends of Mennonite Central Committee, you are warmly invited to join us for an MCC Alumni and Friends International Potluck at 6:00 p.m. on Saturday, April 30, at North Goshen Mennonite Church. Special guest speakers will be Ben & Beth Weisbrod, current MCC Area Directors for Central and West Africa. Please RSVP at 574-534-4133 or by email.

Flint Water Drive

The Elkhart County Interdenominational Ministerial Alliance is calling the community to come together to help support the water crisis in Flint, Michigan. For Goshen residents, monetary donations or cases of bottled water can be sent or delivered to Waterford Mennonite Church, 65975 State Road 15, Goshen, IN 46526.  All donations must be delivered by May 2. 

Mennonite Healthcare Annual Gathering

Healthcare professionals, students, retirees:  The registration deadline has been extended to April 30 for the Mennonite Healthcare Fellowship (MHF) 2016 Annual Gathering, June 17-19, 2016 at the YMCA of the Rockies, Estes Park, Colorado. The theme is "Wholeness and Holiness: Views from the Mountaintop." Topics include the spirituality of illness, international healthcare, end of life ethics, public health, trauma, and gun violence. The weekend includes vibrant worship, stimulating speakers, and a variety of workshops. This event is open to anyone interested, especially persons from medical, mental health, therapy, and chaplaincy professions, including students and retirees. A children and youth program is provided. Register online, by email, or call 1-888-406-3643 for a mailed brochure.

Oaklawn Conference on Suicide

On May 5 and 6, Oaklawn will host a day-long conference featuring Kevin Hines, suicide survivor; and Dr. Thomas Joiner, psychology professor at Florida State University and suicide expert, and three break-out sessions focusing on practical application. The seminar will be held from 8:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. at the Century Center in South Bend. The event is repeated over two days, so attendees may choose which day works best. Cost is $60, and includes lunch. See more information online

MDC Goldenrod Chicken BBQ

Please come to the MDC Goldenrod Chicken BBQ fundraiser for Project Promise on Friday, May 6 from 4:00 - 7:30 p.m. at Fairhaven Amish Mennonite Church. Fairhaven is located 5½ miles east of Goshen on the north side of State Road 4 (13513 Indiana 4, Middlebury). Enjoy High’s chicken with potato, broccoli, bacon bits, sour cream, and home-made pie (fruit cups for carry-out orders). The suggested donation is $10 for the dine-in or carry-out meal. Proceeds will support the work of Project Promise, a program of MDC Goldenrod that aims to meet the spiritual and social needs of persons with disabilities.


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!

Anabaptist Mennonite Biblical Seminary, located in Elkhart, Ind., seeks a full-time admissions counselor to recruit prospective students and help oversee the admissions and enrollment process. Engaging communication skills and bachelor’s degree required. Experience in recruitment, sales or fundraising highly desired. Knowledge of Mennonite Church USA and Mennonite Church Canada and/or United Methodist structures a plus.  A full description is online. To apply, send letter of application and resume to Daniel Grimes. Review of applications begins immediately. 

Bethany Christian Schools invites applications for the position of evening custodian beginning June 2016. Successful applicants will have the aptitude to work independently, perform minor repairs on equipment, and supervise student cleaning crews during the summer. The position is approximately three-quarters time and eligible for partial benefits. Applications are being accepted until the position has been filled. For information about the position and an application form, go online or contact Head of School Tim Lehman.

The Center for Healing and Hope, a faith based urgent care clinic, has an opening for a Bookkeeper. This position is responsible for accounts receivable, accounts payable, financial reporting and development support. This is a 6-8 hour a week position. More information is available online.


April 17
College Graduation Reception, 10:45 a.m.
Leadership Discernment Team,  noon

April 18
Intercessory Prayer, 7:00 p.m.

April 19
Mission Commission, 7:00 p.m.

April 20
MYF Progressive Supper, 7:00 p.m.
SLT, 7:00 p.m.

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Anniversaries This Week
Peter and Jan Shetler

Birthdays This Week
Deb Brubaker
Barbara Eichorn
Rafael Barahona
Jeannie Miller

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

 Pray for Ellie Wenger as she recovers from open heart surgery at U of MI Mott Children's Hospital. Pray for comfort and peace for Ellie  and her family.

The Samuelito daycare center in Bolivia is reaching out to children’s parents. Pray for the center’s director, Yuneth Vargas, and for Freddy and Margrit Kipfer Barrón of Mennonite Mission Network who lead Alpha courses that engage 15-18 parents in examining the spiritual aspects of their lives.

Pray for Holdeman Mennonite, Wakarusa, IN (Randy Detweiler, and Bj Leichty, pastors). They celebrated new life on Easter with a baptism of one of their teens, and have several more who have indicated a desire to pursue baptism. Pray for them as they nurture and disciple these young Christians to become mature followers of Jesus who impact the world for the Kingdom.  Pray for parents, pastors, MYF sponsors, teachers, and mentors as they have direct contact and influence in this process of Christian discipleship.

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Church Notes
Sunday Service Info

This Sunday:  April 17

Rafael Barahona
Dick and Nancy Yoder

Laverne Nafziger

Dick and Nancy Yoder

Nick Schrock/Elisabeth Barahona

Infants:  Megan Martin, Elizabeth Miller, Jenny Miller
Toddlers:  Dee Albrecht, Patrick Buller, Jane Wang

Offering Counters:
Lowell Nafziger/Denise Risser

Next Sunday:  April 24

Rafael Barahona
Dick and Nancy Yoder

Thelma Ramer

Dick and Nancy Yoder

Nick Schrock/Elisabeth Barahona

Infants:  Patty Lehman, Trish and James Yoder
Toddlers:  Cindy Baker, Isaac Daniels, Jane Wang

Offering Counters:
Dick Ramer, Karl Sommers

Statistical Report 
(April 10)

Attendance:  183
General Fund:  $5,078.87
Agape Fund:  $335.00
Bethany 2015/16:  $55.00
College:  $50.00

General Fund Income 2015-16 YTD
Actual:  $196,042.43
Budget:  $180,456 .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
Ben Woodward Breckbill - Pastoral Intern

Greg Smucker (Chairperson)
Shirley Dick
Sherm Kauffman
Anita Mounsithiraj
Richard Aguirre

Doug Baker
Richard Miller
Laverne Nafziger
Judy Weaver
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