Our Fall Fest will happen on Saturday, September 5, at 5:00 p.m. on the lawn, featuring a meat roast of both lamb and pork. Please bring a large salad and dessert to share with others, your own picnic service, and lawn chairs or blankets. Buns, chips, condiments, and drinks will be provided. You are also encouraged to bring a favorite lawn game to do with others. See the flier.
Fall Fest Music/Dance
Our initial plans for music for this year's fall fest (September 5) have once again, fallen through. The idea of gathering musicians from the congregation was presented to Andy Martin, the premise not being a contra dance with a caller, but to just play whatever songs we think are fun & if people want to dance they can dance. Coordinating folks for rehearsal & such would be easiest for Andy via email
Online Directory Update
We are currently in the process of updating our directory! If you have a family photo you would like to use, or have a new address, phone number or email, please email it to the office
New to the Library
This week, we have one book added to the library: Broken and Blessed
: Writings from Heidi Siemens-Rhodes
edited by Jessica Baldanzi and Bethany Swope and inscribed by Jan Siemens, mother of Heidi "to BAMF for support for Heidi during the years she was with us". The writings are taken from Heidi's Caring Bridge blogs as well as sermons given at various places and times.
New Men's Group at Berkey
There has been a growing interest to explore the possibility of a men's group which would provide a safe space to discuss various sensitive issues from a man's perspective. Possible topics could include marriage, sexuality, pornography, being a parent/role model, being a provider, self image as well as other topics. Content will be driven in large part by those who participate. The only prerequisites would be men who can commit to some regularity and who have willingness to strive for honesty, vulnerability and accountability. Doug Baker would serve as the initial contact point and would be part of the group, but likely not the facilitator. Please let Doug
know if you are interested and what topics would be most relevant to you.
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
NInth graders are spending two days and one night at Camp Friedenswald for a class retreat. In addition to Bible, English, and Science outdoor learning activities, they participate in team building activities, worship, play together, cook supper over a fire, and sleep in tents. Photos are from some of their team building exercises Thursday morning. See pictures
The Elkhart County Youth Honors Orchestras (YHO) will be holding a fundraiser dinner and Fiddle Jam on Saturday, August 22 from 5 p.m. – 7 p.m. at the Goshen Farmer’s Market. Participants will be treated to a meal featuring Miller Amish Country chicken sausage, fresh corn on the cob, homemade potato salad and homemade pie. The Fiddle Jam will feature the members of the Elkhart County Youth Honors Orchestras, conducted by Kyle Miller. Learn more
Anabaptist Mennonite Biblical Seminary
AMBS alumnus SeongHan Kim (Master of Arts: Peace Studies, 2005) has posted his Mennonite World Conference 2015 presentation, "Conscientious Objection in the Korean Context" on Peace Signs, the website of Mennonite Church USA's Peace and Justice Support Network. In this article, he looks at the ways ethnic nationalism, anti-communism and militarism in that region limits movements toward conscientious objection to military service and Christian pacifism, despite the substantial Christian presence there. Read his presentation here
Join us September 18-20, 2015 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 Syrian Refugee Relief.
Mission to Ecuador
Sheryl Hostetler (Amos' niece) will be leaving on October 15th to work for 5 years with children at risk at the Shekinah Foundation located in Manta, Ecuador. She will be in charge of overseeing the spiritual care for children who come to stay at "My Refuge", a home for children who are experiencing neglect or abuse. She will also work with the families of these children. On August 16th, Maple City Chapel will be hosting a Haystack fundraiser meal to help raise funds to support her. Lunch will be served starting after 1st service (10:30 a.m.) and continue until 12:45 p.m. On September 21st, there will be a fundraiser at Culver's in Goshen from 5:00-8:00 p.m. Sheryl will receive a percentage of money from all purchases during this time. No ticket necessary. Just come on in and enjoy a meal and a dessert!
Pathways Retreat, 309 Hackett Road, Goshen, is breaking ground to expand the Retreat House on Saturday, August 22 at 4:00 p.m. Come recognize, celebrate and bless this building project. Light refreshments will be served. More information available online
or call (574) 333-1822.
Mennonite Women Fall Retreat
IN-MI Mennonite Women will host their Fall Women and Girls Retreat on October 9-11 at Amigo Centre. The theme is Growing (up) together in Christ. Reading the Bible is especially exciting and enlightening when we do it with people from other generations, congregations, and cultures. This year's retreat invites girls third grade and up to come and enjoy an intergenerational time of worship and fellowship. Check out the website
for more information including online registration or call Amigo Centre at 269.651.2811.
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!
Gather around the Amish Table: Treasured Recipes and Stories from Plain Communities
is a beautiful cookbook compiled by Amish author, Lucy Leid. The book includes lovely food photography plus numerous fascinating stories submitted by various "plain" women in an earlier volume, Cooking and Chatting: Traditional Recipes and Wisdom from the Amish and Mennonites. Snap up the new book now for just $14.99 USD (sale price ends September 1).
At MDC Goldenrod, we are now hiring direct support staff, groundskeeper, and a receptionist. More information and applications are available online
The Michiana MEDA chapter is seeking a part-time staff person for administrative support for approximately 10 hours per month. Duties include membership and contributions database management, registration and check-in for five events per year, producing email newsletters, and updating the chapter website. Most of the work can be done from home. Interested candidates please contact Board Chair Jonathan Geiser