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

October 12, 2014

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Berkey Announcements

Missing Coffee Airpots

Missing Coffee PotsWe need our coffee airpots back! Please check at home to make sure you don't have one of the church's airpots. Also please remember that if you borrow something from the kitchen to sign it out on the sheet taped to the refrigerator.

Third Pastor Search Update

Update for Third Pastor PositionThe Search committee for the third Pastor position (Lois Mast's old position) has completed our informational paperwork necessary for the Conference to post our position and vetted it with the elders and pastors. Those two forms are the Congregational Information form and the Twenty Pastoral Tasks form. The committee includes Deb Williams, Lindsay Rheinheimer, Randy Horst, Abbe Buller, and Roy Bergey. We hope to be begin the process of looking at candidates in the near future.

MCC Relief Sale

Thank YouThank you for your generosity. Because of you $497,000 was raised during the Mennonite Relief Sale. The quilt auction raised $113,000, up about $5,000 from last year. Penny Power's total was $144,000 which consisted of $54,000 from churches and a $90,000 matching gift. The Silent Auction raised around $28,000.  The Board of Directors is very grateful for the many volunteers and the generous giving which made this all possible.

College Meals

college mealsOver 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. 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. You can go online directly to sign up for a meal (username: students and password: bamf) or contact Ruth Roth.

Small Groups

small groupsSmall groups are an important part of our life together as a congregation. They help us to deepen our relationships with each other and with God. If you are currently not in a small group, and would like to join one, or if you are interested in changing small groups, you can fill this form. If you have questions, please speak to one of the Small Group Co-ordinating Committee members: Stephanie Wieand, Ron Good, or Marilyn Rudy-Froese. Michiana Mennonite Relief Sale

Throwback Thursday

Throwback ThursdaysHead 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!

Our Schools

Goshen College Bethany Christian Schools

Fish Fry

The high school’s senior class fish fry on Friday, October 31, is less than two weeks away! Come between the hours of 4:30 and 8:00 p.m. for an evening of fellowship, homemade pie, and all the fish you can eat. Tickets are available from all Bethany seniors or at the door. The cost is $10 for adults and $5 for children in grades 1-6. Preschool age is free. Carryout is also available with adult tickets only.

Host Families

We are seeking host families for students from Paraguay and South Korea. Two new students will attend Bethany beginning in January 2015. Bethany is seeking host families in the community for a ninth-grade boy from South Korea and a sophomore girl from Paraguay (who speaks Spanish and German fluently). Host families receive compensation for room and board. Contact Bethany admissions director Sarah Lind for further information or to recommend a possible host family.

Goshen College Goshen College

GC Lecture

Jeff Gundy, a writer on the cutting edge of poetry and creative nonfiction, and a central figure in Mennonite creative writing, will present a lecture on “Poetry, the Sleeping King, and Creative Doubt” on Tuesday, October 21 at 7:30 p.m. in the Rieth Recital Hall. The event is free and open to the public. Please contact Ann Hostetler or 535-7469 for more information.

International Luncheon

You are invited to the luncheon on October 14, at noon in the College Mennonite Church, fellowship hall featuring Spanish and Portuguese food and culture. "Portugal and Spain: Common Neighbors with an Uncommon Past", by Dean Rhodes and Annette Johnson. Come and discover how the nearly 800 year Muslim presence in medieval Portugal and Spain contributed to a past unlike any other country in Western Europe. Learn more. Tickets are $ 20, call (574)535-7565 to register before October. 3.

AMBS Anabaptist Mennonite Biblical Seminary

Father Thomas P. Doyle, an ordained priest, addictions counselor and canon lawyer, has been directly involved in clergy sexual abuse issues since 1984. On Sunday, October 19, at 7:00 p.m., he will present “The Once and Future Church” for New Perspectives on Faith at College Mennonite Church, 1900 S. Main St., Goshen. On Monday, October 20, at 3:30 p.m., he will speak about creating safe spaces in congregations for pastors, Sunday School teachers, elders, youth sponsors and other church leaders at Anabaptist Mennonite Biblical Seminary. Learn more.

Community Announcements

Michiana Anabaptist Historians

On Saturday, October 25, the Michiana Anabaptist Historians will meet at Eighth Street Mennonite Church in Goshen for their fall meeting. The varied program will include an introduction to Harmonia Sacra and Sacred Harp singing and an opportunity to bring and interpret–show and tell–artifacts that embody, in some way, aspects of Mennonite history or culture. Learn more.

Amigo Centre

Enjoy the beautiful setting! Support Amigo Centre's future ministry! Celebrate the ways God has used Amigo in the past year as a place where people can connect with God, Creation and others. Celebrate Amigo 2014 will happen October 17-19. Fun activities for the children, a variety of work projects for the adults, good food, worship, and the auction are all waiting for you!   If you have items you could contribute to Amigo's auction, please bring them to Amigo or let us know about what you have. Learn more or call (269) 651.2811. Amigo Centre is a camp and retreat center that belongs to the churches of the IN-MI Mennonite Conference, and is located near Sturgis, MI.

Goshen Farmers Market

The Goshen Farmers Market is excited to announce its second annual Farm to Table Fundraising Dinner (a non-profit organization) on Saturday, October 18, 2014. The meal will be hosted at Merry Lea Sustainable Farm. Luke Gascho, Jon Zirkle, and Dale Hess will be our hosts. Jesse Shoemaker of Goshen, our chef for the evening, will create a menu based on food grown at Merry Lea and from other market vendors. Guests are welcome to explore Merry Lea facilities before the event, which begins at 5:00 p.m. on October 18th, and will include a tour of the farm. Learn more. Tickets cost $50 per person and can be purchased at the farmer's market on Tuesday or Saturday or by calling 574-533-4747

Michiana MEDA

This year's annual business tour program on Saturday, October 18, 2014
will feature Riegsecker Marketplace, Shipshewana, IN. The tour will begin with a buffet breakfast at 8:30 a.m. at the Blue Gate Restaurant, followed by an overview of the Marketplace presented by Ryan Riegsecker and Phil Heyerly, and ending with a tour of two Marketplace businesses.  RSVP by Wednesday, October 15  or call (574) 355-3607. Meal and program costs are $15 for members and $20 for non-members.

The Window

On October 23rd, The Window Board of Directors will be hosting the Haystack Dinner fundraiser at St. Mark's United Methodist Church located at 502 North Main St. Goshen. Tickets are available at the presale price of $7.00 for adults, $4.00 for children 4-13 and children 0-3 admission is free.


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!

Waterford Mennonite Church is seeking to fill the following positions related to the administrative ministry of the congregation. Two administrative assistants (each 16 hours per week) who would share in providing the first face of the congregation to guests. Candidates for these positions must be committed Christians with an active life of discipleship and be in agreement with the vision and ministries of Waterford Mennonite Church. View job descriptions. To apply, submit a cover letter and resume to Veronica Berkey,
MDC Goldenrod, a faith-based provider of services to adults with developmental and other disabilities, seeks an Executive Director in Goshen, IN.  Preferred candidate requirements include: Bachelor’s degree, 5 years experience in a health/human services field, strong administrative skills, interest/ability to raise funds, board experience, and an appreciation for the Anabaptist heritage/faith. Direct inquiries to Kirk Stiffney with MHS Consulting,  or 574-537-8736.


Getting to Know

Jenny Miller

Getting to Know
My father is a German Mennonite and I spent most of my childhood in Germany until I came to the USA to attend Goshen College. Daryl and I were both psychology majors and got married one year after we graduated. I got my Master's in Social Work and worked for Oaklawn for 8 years on the outpatient family intervention team. For the last 10 years I have been in private practice counseling children and families. I love children of all ages and enjoy attending my boys' theater, choir, diving, piano, band, and soccer events! I myself play coed soccer and enjoy rollerblading and walks on the Pumpkinvine. I also like scrapbooking, photography and traveling. I look forward to finding my niche here at Berkey!

Whether you are new or a charter member, we are continually learning to know each other and we want to get to know you more. It can be very simple, your name, what you do for a living and what you are interested in. You can view our newsletter archive for some examples. Interested in being featured? Let us know!


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

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This Week:
October 12: Mentor/Mentee Lunch, 12:00 p.m.
October 14: IN-MI Conference (Staff Retreat)
     October 14: Mission Commission, 7:00 p.m.
October 15: MYF, work at the depot, 7:00 p.m.
October 18: Private Event, 9:00 a.m.

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

Today, DOOR’s city directors and national staff are gathering in Chicago for a week of meetings and fellowship. Pray for them as they reflect on last year’s programs and plan for 2015. Thank God for the DOOR program through which Mennonite Mission Network and Presbyterian Church USA’s Young Adult Volunteers partner.
Pray for Parkview Mennonite, Kokomo and the transitional pastor, Frank Kandel. Pray also for their Pastoral Search team.

DownloadOctober MMN Prayer Vine

Church Notes
Sunday Service Info

This Sunday: October 12

Deb Williams, Jenny & Mark Yoder

Laverne Nafziger

Dan & Matthew Williams

Nicholas Schrock
Elisabeth Barahona

Infants: Priscillah & Elijah Metekai
Toddlers: Diane Beam & Jim Alvarez

Next Sunday: October 19

Lisa Short, Clare and Merrill Krabill

Laverne Nafziger

Dan & Matthew Williams

Nicholas Schrock
Elisabeth Barahona

Infants: Sherry and Lyman Hug
Toddlers: Jill Eigsti and Matt Diller
Statistical Report 
(October 5)

Attendance: 193
General Fund: $5,985.02
College Fund: $370.00
Bethany Tuition: $965.00
MYF: $49.00
MYF (MCC cheese t-shirts): $52.00
House Rent: $750.00

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.

Dan Schrock
Marilyn Rudy-Froese

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

Doug Baker
Richard Miller
Laverne Nafziger
Judy Weaver
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