Berkey Avenue Mennonite Fellowship
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February 8, 2015

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Berkey Announcements

Congregational Meeting

The agenda for our congregational meeting on February 22 includes:
  1. Approve the minutes of the November 16 and December 21 congregational meetings.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.

Food Containers

Did you share a meal with Anna and Joe Sawatzky? Your food containers are on the kitchen counter between the two stoves. Thank you for this ministry of care!

Everence Sharing Fund

Everence sharing fundsThe Everence Sharing Funds provided $1,604 in matching funds to support special needs in our church last year.  Phil Bauman serves as the Everence advocate for our congregation.  Please contact Phil for more information.

Movie Discussion - Selma

This Sunday, February 8, a discussion will take place in the Jubilee hall to discuss the movie, Selma. If you watched it on your own or with a group, please join in for lunch and sharing. Email Ginny Martin if you plan to attend from 12 noon to 1:00 p.m. so we know how much food to prepare.

An Invitation to the Table

Invitation to the tableThe release of the Mennonite Community Cookbook Monday got me thinking about my own background in Mennonite cooking. My grandparents’ house, just a mile away from where I grew up in Goshen, has been an extension of home for as long as I can remember, and at the center of our home is food. While Dad could whip up a mean stir fry and Mom was famous for her oatmeal dinner rolls and chocolate crinkle cookies, through my childhood it was Grandma and Grandpa Mast who were at the center of my food universe. Read more of Ben Mast recent post related to his work at Herald Press, on the recently issued new edition of Mennonite Community Cookbook.

Missing Keys

A bunch of keys have been found in the coat area.  If you are missing your keys, stop by the office and check them out.

Menno's Best Coffee

Menno'sBest CoffeeWe ordered some extra Menno's Best coffee in last month's order so there will be bags available for purchase in the fellowship hall. Cost is $12 per bag of which MYF will receive $5, and MCC or MMN $1. Available in ground or whole bean; first come first served!

Mission Commission

Mission Commission ProjectThe Habitat For Humanity store, located at 2526 Peddler's Village Rd., is moving one block north into the vacated Michiana Furniture Gallery Building on Rt. 33. This move will provide more space and visibility for the store. The Mission Commission has scheduled an evening service project to assist the Habitat Staff in preparing for this move on Wednesday, February 11th from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. We plan to meet at the church at 5:45 p.m. and car pool to the store. There will be a signup sheet in the Fellowship Hall on Sunday. Please plan to join us to help with this project and to learn more about Habitat's work in Elkhart County.

Meals for College Students

College students mealOver 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!

Throwback Thursday

Throwback ThursdayHead 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

Radium Girls

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.

Visit Bethany

Students in grades 6-10 interested in exploring Bethany Christian Schools can shadow a Bethany student on Monday, February 16, (President’s Day) 8:50 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Parents are invited to a 8:45-9:15 a.m. coffee and conversation. Parent tours are available at 9:15 a.m. This is a great way for prospective students and families to discover Bethany! For more information or to register, visit.

Goshen College Goshen College

Taize Worship

Do you long for quiet, meditative, prayerful, musical worship? Join GC students and College Mennonite Church for our monthly TAIZE worship service. Modeled after the worship at the Taize Community in France, this hour long service of worship combines instrumental music and repetitive singing along with scripture and prayer to enable all who are present to rest in the presence of God and each other. Come be restored. 8:00 p.m. at the GC Newcomer Center  on Sunday, February 8, 2015.

Afternoon Sabbatical

You are invited to the afternoon sabbatical on Tuesday, February 17 at 1:00 p.m. in the Sauder Concert Hall, Music Center featuring Elkhart County: Transformed Through Education. Horizon Education Alliance aims to improve the quality of life in Elkhart County by providing world-class learning opportunities for all levels of care. Come hear Brian Wiebe, executive director of Horizon Education Alliance, share how lives are already being changed. This event is free and open to the public. For information on Afternoon Sabbatical programming email or call (574) 535-7565.

International Coffeehouse

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.

AMBS Anabaptist Mennonite Biblical Seminary

Pastors Week asks "What is an Anabaptist Christian?"

Answering the question “What is an Anabaptist Christian?,” Pastors Week participants pondered metaphors of rhizomes, a flame, a midwife and mestizos, and they heard challenges to trust God more fully and to share authority more widely. Learn more.

What a bloody mess! Birth.

What is the Spirit birthing? I wonder.
We don’t know what the baby will look like. We do know that birthing is wracked with pain; that labor is exhausting, sometimes terrifying. Read more of Sara Wenger's post on Practicing Reconciliation.

Community Announcements

Ash Wednesday Service

In anticipation of the season for Lent, all in the Goshen community are invited to a Bilingual Ash Wednesday Service on Wednesday, February 18th at 7:00 p.m. in the College Mennonite Church Sanctuary. This service of worship is being planned by Goshen College students and College Mennonite Church Hispanic Ministries representatives and will be thoroughly bilingual with all aspects of worship conducted in Spanish and English. The hope is to provide space for us all to acknowledge our frailty and humble ourselves before God as we begin this season of reflection and solidarity with all who suffer.

Global Divestment Day

Join Goshen College’s ECO-PAX club and Transition Goshen on February 14 at 6:00 p.m. in Goshen College’s Newcomer Center, rm. 17 for a potluck and activities. The evening includes a diverse variety of speakers, live music, short films and discussion. Bring a dish to share. Students are eager to get in touch with community members. For more information, email Noemi Salvador.

New Executive Director of MDC Goldenrod

We are excited to announce that MDC Goldenrod has a new Executive Director.  Tammy Friesen joined the MDC Goldenrod community on January 5th, 2015.  Formerly the Executive Director of the Elkhart County Council on Aging, Tammy brings an exciting blend of experience and talent to MDC.  Please join us for an Open House on Sunday February 15th, 2015 to meet Tammy.  Hosted at Silverwood Mennonite Church (1712 West Clinton Street, Goshen, IN 46526), the Open House will run from 3:00 - 5:00 p.m.  Stop in, meet Tammy and learn about where MDC Goldenrod is headed in 2015.  If you need additional information please contact Colin Rusel at (574) 202-7397.


You’re invited to attend “How Jesus and voluntary service messed me up!” Sunday, Feb. 22 at 6:00 p.m. with presenter Andre’ Gingerich Stoner, Director of Interchurch Relations, Director of Holistic Witness, Mennonite Church USA, Elkhart. How do we handle time and money in the “Kingdom-of-God movement?” How do we resist the busyness and materialism of our culture so that we can better love the Lord and love our neighbor? Andre’ will share stories from his own experience and from Anabaptist communities to reflect with us on these questions. This is the second event in Menno-Hof’s “Simple Treats, Stewardship & Servanthood” winter series. Bring finger foods to share – coffee will be provided. RSVP or (260) 768-4117.

Mennonite World Conference

Hundreds of persons from Africa, Asia, Latin America and Europe have already registered for PA 2015, the next Mennonite World Conference Global Assembly to be held in Harrisburg, PA July 21-26, 2015. This will be an opportunity to make new friends, listen to the stories of their lives and congregations, pray for each other, and take courage from these fellow believers from around the world. Five days of great music, workshops, small sharing groups, tours, inspirational sermons from many lands, and much more! Register online.


On Thursday, February 12, Oaklawn will be offering Youth Mental Health First Aid which is designed to teach parents, family members, caregivers, teachers, school staff, peers, neighbors, health and human services workers, and other caring citizens how to help an adolescent (age 12-18) who is experiencing a mental health or addiction challenge or is in crisis.
The program covers: common mental health challenges for youth, reviews typical adolescent development teaches a 5-step action plan for how to help young people in both crisis and non-crisis situations. The program's cost is $60 which includes program handbook, certificate, coffee, snacks, and lunch. Learn more.


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!
The Center for Community Justice (CCJ) announces a part-time opening
in the Victim Offender Reconciliation Program (VORP). Caseworker position is 30 hours per week. Position requirements include BA/BS, strong communication skills, interest in restorative justice, and ability to work constructively as part of a team. Spanish language skills are a plus. CCJ is an equal opportunity employer. Resumes and cover letters are accepted through February 13 by mail, email or fax. For more information contact Anne Lehman or (574) 295-6149 ext. 241.
The Window has an opening for a full-time Cook/Administrator to provide simple, inexpensive and nutritious meals to people with inadequate diets and funds. The ideal candidate will possess commercial food prep experience, Board of Health requirements (ServSafe) preferred and have strong organizational and communication skills. If you know of anyone who would be interested in applying for this position please have them send their resume to:The Window, Inc. 223 S. Main St. Goshen, IN 46526.
 MDC Goldenrod is looking to hire the following administrative positions.
Care Manager to be responsible for the coordination of programs in residential sites both provided by MDC Goldenrod and individuals who live in their own or family homes and to assure excellent quality of life for all individuals being supported. DSP Manager, responsible for oversight of all Direct Support Professionals (DSPs) in compliance with all MDC Goldenrod policies. This position will work to ensure that applicants are interviewed and processed as needed for the agency to provide adequate quality of care for all MDC Goldenrod Community Members as well as new hire and on-going training as defined in IAC 460 and MDC Goldenrod policies. Scheduling Coordinator, responsible for the development and creation of the schedule for all Direct Support Professionals (DSPs) to ensure staff is assigned to meet approved budgeted hours of service for all MDC Goldenrod Community Members in compliance with all MDC Goldenrod policies.  Groundskeeper/Maintenance Assistant, responsible to oversee upkeep and maintenance of the MDC Goldenrod grounds in both Goshen and Middlebury also to provide back up to the Maintenance Director when needed. For additional information and applications please visit.  Applications can be dropped off at the MDC offices; 1514 College Ave. Goshen or emailed to



Getting to Know
Ron Good

Getting to Know
I am the 2nd of 5 children and was born in Valparaiso, Indiana.  However, from age 8 I grew up in Blountstown, Florida in the Panhandle of North Florida.  I accepted Christ into my life during a revival meeting conducted by Rev. Fly from Pennsylvania in my early teens.  I met my wife, Lori, in London, Ontario when we both served in Voluntary Service.  We have two children and 5 grandchildren.  I spent nearly 30 years as a scientist in the seed corn industry.  Thus my front car tag reads “Corn Doc”.  We relocated nearly every 5 years during my career.  However, we have lived in Goshen since 1999.  I currently work with my brother, Mark, on a 900 acre farm.  I enjoy gardening, golf, and reading as well as volunteering at the Depot and watching sports live and on TV.

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:
February 9: Stewardship and Finance, 7:00 p.m.
February 10: SLT, 7:00 P.M.
February 11: MYF Chopped, 7:00 p.m.
February 12: Mission Commission, 7:00 p.m.

CalendarView Calendar Online

Anniversaries and Birthdays Next Week:

Eli Martin
Micah Wieand
Anne Berry

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

Please pray for the students at Model School, that they will experience the joy of learning, and receive the support they need to grow and develop intellectually, socially and emotionally.
Pray for Waterford Mennonite, (pastors: Neil Amstutz, Lyle Miller, Velma Swartz, Cindy Voth) as Waterford moves through the second half of its current Year of the Bible, may the congregation continue to be strengthened and shaped by this emphasis on biblical literacy and pulling together the larger salvation history.  Pray also for Wawasee Lakeside Chapel, Syracuse,  (pastor, Harlan Steffen).
Mennonite Mission Network partners, DOOR Denver and DOOR Hollywood, are hosting local junior and senior high youth groups next weekend. Pray that students and leaders will be open to seeing the face of God in the people they encounter.

DownloadFebruary MMN Prayer Vine

Church Notes
Sunday Service Info

This Sunday: February 8

Barbara Eichorn, Curt and Elise Wenger

Laverne Nafziger

Missy and John Schrock and MYF

Mathew Williams and Elisabeth Barahona

Infants: Anita and Dale Snyder and Annie Hu
Toddlers: Nancy and Dick Yoder and Jacob Rudy-Froese

Offering Counters:
Ron Good and Rick Hostetter

Next Sunday: February 15

Diane Beam, Julie and Phil Zimmerman

Rita Gingrich

Missy and John Schrock

Michael Sherer and Elisabeth Barahona

Infants: Sherry and Curt Wenger and Annie Hu
Toddlers: Lydia Hartman-Keiser, Elisabeth Barahona and Jacob Rudy-Froese

Offering Counters:
Lowell Nafziger and Denise Risser
Statistical Report 
(February 1)

General Fund: $5,724.91
College Fund: $370.00
Bethany Tuition: $955.00
Agape Fund: $10.00

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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