Berkey Avenue Mennonite Fellowship
A congregation of Mennonite Church USA
Berkey Avenue Mennonite Fellowship
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August 7, 2016

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Berkey Announcements

Fall College Assistance

college fundOur fall goal for the college and seminary assistance fund is $4,500, which will benefit 9 young people from Berkey. To date we've received $4,095, leaving $405 to meet our goal. This fund is one of the few ways you can double your investment--our colleges and seminaries match all contributions dollar for dollar. In addition, you get a tax deduction on your contribution. Please mark your contribution for the "college fund" and place it in the offering. Thank you.

My Coins Count

coinsAs you exit the sanctuary after worship, look for the MCC collection jars for your coins (or bills). My Coins Count, formerly known as Penny Power, will be collected for the 2016 Michiana Mennonite Relief Sale coming up on September 23 & 24 to support the relief, development and peace work of the Mennonite Central Committee. The focus again this year will be on providing water resources to people around the world. This work involves drilling wells, sand dams, cisterns, and more - all to provide better access to those who don't have clean water for their critical daily sustenance.

Prayer Circle

prayerThe Prayer Circle of three to five people meets routinely on Monday nights at 7:00 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.

GIHN Appreciation Event

GIHNVolunteer Appreciation Event for all Goshen Interfaith Hospitality Network (GIHN) Volunteers will be Sunday, August 14, 3:00-5:00 p.m., at St. Mark's Church. You do not need an invitation this year.

Congregational Meeting

meetingAfter a potluck on August 21, we'll have a congregational meeting with only three agenda items. Since Greg Smucker needs to be out of town that weekend, Anita Mounsithiraj will lead the meeting.

1)  Approve minutes of the May 15 meeting.

2)  Discuss and vote on the budget for 2016-17.

3)  Discuss and vote on the following motion from the SLT:  "The Spiritual Leadership Team moves that we change term lengths for the SLT and the commissions from three years to two years, with a possibility of serving up to three consecutive terms. People who are currently serving three year terms will continue to do so. These changes will begin in the 2017-18 church year for all new persons who join the SLT or a commission." Approving this motion will require changes to Berkey's Constitution. To see how the Constitution would change, click here.                         

--The Spiritual Leadership Team

Pastoral Sabbatical Coverage

SabbaticalThe Spiritual Leadership Team (SLT) has approved a sabbatical for Marilyn Rudy-Froese from September 19, 2016 to January 2, 2017. To work with Dan Schrock during her sabbatical, the SLT has hired Ron Guengerich, who recently retired as one of the pastors at Silverwood Mennonite Church here in Goshen. Ron will work on a half-time basis. He will preach once a month and work with the Caregiving and Worship Commissions, along with doing some pastoral care. This arrangement means that for the fall our congregation will have less pastoral time available than we normally have had (equivalent to one-half time less). We'll introduce Ron more fully in a future issue of the newsletter.

New to Our Library

librarySpirituality with Clothes On:  Examining What Makes Us Who We Are, by Gareth Brandt. This tour through the frameworks and forces that make us who we are, 'clothed in Christ' but also in the garments of family and culture, enables us to locate ourselves in a deeper way.

Bear in Mind:  Stories of the Troubles, by An Crann. Taken from the archives of The Tree, this book gathers together interviews, written memoirs, letters and poems to provide an illuminating and poignantly moving light into lives shaped by conflict in Northern Ireland.

Full Disclosure, by Dee Henderson. Special agent Paul Falcon expected key evidence from Investigator Ann Silver--not a desire to know her better. Is he prepared for both the case's and her secrets?

Youth Ministry and Disabilities

Cindy & Doug BakerBerkey member Cindy Warner Baker has written an article, "Youth Ministry and Disabilities", which has been published in the most recent Anabaptist Disabilities Network newsletter. In her article, Baker shares insights about youth ministry that welcomes persons with disabilities. It also includes a photo of our youth group from many years ago! You are invited to read the article here.

Online Directory Updates

Online DirectoryThe online directory has several new updates including Anne Berry's new address. You are encouraged to create a link on your desktop to our directory for quick access to the most up-to-date information on our Berkey family. More updates are coming soon! To view the directory now, follow this link.

Series on Intercessory Prayer

prayerThis is the fourth Sunday on a 6-week series of sermons on intercessory prayer. Numerous texts in the Bible either are themselves intercessory prayers or tell stories about people who engage in intercession. For this series, Dan Schrock has selected texts that take different approaches to intercession.
  • August 7:  Ephesians 6:10-18
  • August 14:  Luke 8:1-8 (this one is technically petition)
  • August 21:  Romans 8:18-27
You are invited to read the sermons on the Berkey website as they become available.

Summer Nurture Hour Schedule

Summer Sunday SchoolAugust 7 & 14:  Inter-generational classes for everyone.
Aug. 21:  All-Church Fellowship Meal and Congregational Meeting (No Nurture Hour classes).
Aug. 28 - Celebration Sunday/Refreshments (No Nurture Hour classes). There will be a meeting at 11:00 a.m. in the sanctuary regarding church building issues.

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

icon_bcs Bethany Christian

The school year begins today (August 5). Please keep all students and teachers in your prayers as they transition into this new year.

Goshen College Goshen College

Opportunities for Musicians of all Ages

1) Auditions for Youth Choirs at the Community School of the Arts:
Sunday, Aug.14, 2:00 – 3:30 p.m.
Sunday, Aug. 21, 2:00 – 3:30 p.m.

Open Auditions will take place at the Goshen College Music Center for 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. No registration necessary.​ Visit their website for more information.​

2) Auditions for Youth Orchestras at the Community School of the Art​s:
Week of August 22-25
Call or text Rosalyn Troiano for an audition at: (574) 536-9795

Scheduled Auditions will take place at the Goshen College Music Center for two CSA orchestras: Youth Honors Concert Orchestra (grades 7-9), directed by Kyle Miller; and Youth Honors Symphony Orchestra (grades 9-12), directed by José Rocha. Visit their website for more information.

3) Join the Jennings Adult Orchestra , now accepting new members:
The Goshen College Community School of the Arts is pleased to announce openings for the newly renamed Jennings Adult Orchestra. Formerly the New Horizons Orchestra, Jennings Adult Orchestra is open to adults who play string instruments (violin, viola cello, bass) or who are returning to music after playing earlier in life. Rehearsals start August 11, and are held Thursdays from 9:30-11a.m. at the Jennings Auditorium at the Greencroft Community Center. Call director Brook Bennett at (574) 312-4610 for more information.

AMBS Anabaptist Mennonite Biblical Seminary

Explore Anabaptist History and Theology through an online short course with Dr. Jamie Pitts, Assistant Professor of Anabaptist Studies, September 14 - October 25. Early registration deadline is August 24. In this short course learn about the birth and development of the Anabaptist movements in the sixteenth century, giving special attention to their theological, social and political contexts. In addition to surveying the history and theology of the first Anabaptists, the course looks at various interpretations of "Anabaptism" and its meaning today. Students will be challenged to draw connections between the sixteenth century and their own life and ministry. Learn more and sign up here.

Mennonite Church USA

Mennonite Church USA is contributing to the work of the Doctrine of Discovery (DoD) Coalition, a group that is working systematically to dismantle the DoD, a 15th-century philosophical framework that gives “Christian governments” moral and legal authority to dominate Indigenous peoples and to invade and take over Indigenous lands. The group brings together representatives from Mennonite Church USA, Mennonite Central Committee, Mennonite Creation Care Network, the Watershed Discipleship movement and members and leaders from congregations and conferences across the denomination. Learn more on their website.

mccMennonite Central Committee

Goats, Hope and Drought

Former CBC journalist Julie Bell traveled deep into the Ethiopian desert to see how pastoralists are adapting to the worst drought in 30 years, and to see the difference MCC support makes. This is the story of what she found.

Community Announcements

The Window Events

You are invited to The Window on August 5, 4:30-7:00 p.m. for their First Friday meal hosted by Clinton Frame Church. The host will be serving a tasty pulled pork sandwich, chips, coleslaw and yummy brownies with ice cream for dessert. The cost for this meal is $8.00; all proceeds will help support The Window's programs.

Show your support for The Window, Inc. by participating in their Outrunning Hunger 5k Run/Walk and Family Fun Mile on Saturday, September 3 at Shanklin Park. The event kicks off at 8:00 a.m. with registration beginning at 7:30 a.m. You can also register on their website or pick up a form on the literature rack by the mailboxes. If you fill out a form and drop it off at a First Friday event, you will receive $2 off your meal. This event is a wonderful way for families and businesses to enjoy a day together while helping to raise money for The Window. For more information contact Scarlett Garrison at (574)533-9680.

Hymn Sing in the Country

Come worship with the music of the voice on Sunday evening, August 7, 6:00 p.m. at the Helmuths, 4760W 100S, Lagrange. Bring chairs, blankets and finger foods to share. Popcorn and ice cream will be provided. See the bulletin board by the mailboxes to view the invitation.

Everence Seminar

Join us for an informative evening to learn from an expert about sharing your legacy and hear from a panel about how to share your passion for giving and community service on August 25, 7:00-9:00 p.m. What you'll learn:
  • Effective ways to leave your legacy to your children, grandchildren and community
  • How to inspire giving with the next generation
  • Ideas for getting multiple generations engaged in voluntary service
Please RSVP by August 11 by email or call (574) 533-9515 ext. 3307.

Spiritual Direction

Are you interested in spiritual direction? Sally Weaver Glick is a seasoned spiritual director in Goshen who offers both group and individual direction. See her brochure on the bulletin board for details. If you want to explore other spiritual directors in the area, please contact Dan Schrock.


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!

An immediate part-time position is open for a Patient Advocate at the Center for Healing and Hope, a faith-based urgent care clinic. This 20-hour a week position advocates for our patients within the healthcare system and networks with medical and social service providers. Must have excellent communication and writing skills, and be able to work one morning and three evenings per week. Applicants who are bilingual in Spanish and English are preferred. . If interested please send inquiries and resumes to Sharon Miller, Clinic Manager of the Center for Healing and Hope.


Sunday, August 7
Private event, 5:00 p.m.

Monday, August 8
Intercessory Prayer, 7:00 p.m.
Stewardship & Finance Commission, 7:00 p.m.

Tuesday, August 9
Christian Ed. Commission 7:00 p.m.

Wednesday, August 10
Worship Commission, 7:00 p.m.

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Anniversaries This Week
Jason and Laura Moshier
Daniel and Brenda Grimes
John and Lois Mast
Phil and Jeannie Miller

Birthdays This Week
John Hooley
James Yoder

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

Pray for Bethel College (Newton, Kansas) faculty, staff and administrators as they gather for the “First Supper” and meet new colleagues, including five new head coaches and new faculty in social work and music.

Mennonite Mission Network’s Journey International participants are processing the anti-racism component of their orientation, recently held at Community Mennonite Church in Markham, Illinois. Pray for them as they integrate this cross-cultural learning and as they prepare to travel to assignment locations in Ecuador and Indonesia.

Pray for North Goshen Mennonite (Mark Schloneger and Izaete Nafziger, pastors). Pray for their new ministry program at the Elkhart County Work Release Center. Pray that God will give wisdom as the congregation accompanies people living in fear about the outcome of the presidential election.

DownloadAugust MMN Prayer Vine

Church Notes
Sunday Service Info

This Sunday:  August 7

Aaron Wieand
Curt Wenger
Elise Wenger

Laverne Nafziger

Ron & Lori Good

Phil Bauman

Elisabeth & Rafael Barahona

Infants:  Sara Alvarez, Mariah Martin
Toddlers:  Mark Yoder, Tavi & Anita Mounsithiraj

Offering Counters:
John Hooley, Greg Smucker

Next Sunday:  August 14

Rafael Barahona
Dick & Nancy Yoder

Thelma Ramer

Ron & Lori Good

Phil Bauman

Elisabeth & Rafael Barahona

Infants:  Dee Albrecht, Dick & Nancy Yoder
Toddlers:  Shirley Dick, Cindy Baker, Isaac Daniels

Offering Counters:
Ron Good
Rick Hostetter

Statistical Report 
(July 31)

Attendance:  177
General Fund:  $6,209.46
Bethany 2016/17:  $865.00
College:  $230.00

General Fund Income 2015-16 YTD
Actual:  $291,650.90
Budget:  $270,684.00

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)
Shirley Dick
Sherm Kauffman
Anita Mounsithiraj
Richard Aguirre

Doug Baker
Richard Miller
Laverne Nafziger
Judy Weaver
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