Berkey Avenue Mennonite Fellowship
A congregation of Mennonite Church USA
Berkey Avenue Mennonite Fellowship
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June 21, 2015

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Berkey Announcements

Welcome Berkey's Newest Babies!

Berkey is growing fast! Meet our newest addition to our church family, Lena and Ana.

Lena Ruth Buller

babyl Lena RuthLena Ruth Buller was born on Thursday morning, June 11. She arrived at 8 lbs14 oz and 19 3/4" long. Everyone is doing great, feeling well, and they are thankful that Isaac is currently very excited about his role as big brother. They are thankful for all your prayers and encouragement throughout this pregnancy.

Ana Sofia Barahona

Baby Ana Sofia BarahonaAna Sofia was born Friday, June 12 at 2:29 p.m. She weighed in at 6 lbs 14 oz. and is 18.5'' long. She came within an hour from when the parents arrived in the hospital. Mama and the baby are doing great! Thank you everyone for your thoughts and prayers.

Volunteer Janitors

Volunteer JanitorsWe need volunteer janitors to clean the church for July 5, 12 and 19 weekends, while our regular janitors are on vacation. Greg Smucker has volunteered to take care of the sanctuary, we still need help for the rest of the church. Families, small groups, or individuals are welcome to volunteer.  You may volunteer for one weekend or both. Please contact any one of us on the StewardShip and Finance committee, for additional information or to volunteer, Ben Buckwalter, Phil Miller, or Patrick Buller if interested.

New to the Library

New to the libraryThis week, we have two new books added to the library. Called to be Amish: My Journey from Head Majorette to the Old Order by Marlene Miller which is a first-hand tale of the trials and joys of nearly fifty years of life as an Amish convert from near Massillon, Ohio. Hutterite Diaries:  Wisdom from My Prairie Community by Linda Maendel, is an insightful look into Hutterite colony life from an insider who not only describes what life is like there but why things are done in particular ways.

Ride to PA

Ruth Roth is looking for a ride to Mennonite World Conference in Harrisburg, PA on July 20. She only need a ride one way. If you are going to World Conference and have extra space or know of anyone else going, she would appreciate hearing from you. You can contact Ruth Roth  or 574-215-4992.  

MCC Relief Sale News

Relief Sale dates:  September 25 – 26, 2015

MCC Relief Sale NewsThe Relief Sale is just around the corner and planning for the Faithful Giving Auction (formerly the New and Used Auction) has begun. The Live Auction will highlight new and quality used household, outdoor and antique items.  Bidding will start at 6:00 p.m. in the Quilt Building on Friday night.  If you or your business has items to donate, please contact Deanna King at 574-875-8987.

Attention Quilters

New this year, the Quilt Auction will include machine quilted quilts. Come ready to bid on these quality items! Quilt registration forms are located online or for a paper copy contact Mafra Maust at 574-875-6280. 

The Annual Choir Concert

The annual choir concert for the Michiana Relief Sale will take place this fall on Saturday evening, September 26, 2015. There will not be a choir concert on Friday night at the Relief Sale or Sunday evening at Sauder Hall. The Saturday evening concert will be at College Mennonite Church adjacent to the Goshen College campus. Practices for both the Men’s and Women’s choirs will take place at College Mennonite Church and will begin on Sunday, August 23rd. Additional details will follow at a later date.

Our Schools

Goshen College Bethany Christian Schools

Visit Bethany

You are invited to schedule a personal campus visit at your convenience, or to join us for an event. Annually scheduled visit events are listed online. Please contact the admissions office (574 534-2567 or ) to find out what type of visit would meet your needs or to learn more about Bethany.

Goshen College Goshen College

Marcy Hostetler "83 to Direct International Cast at MWC

Marcy Hostetler is a natural to lead the 19-member international ensemble of singers and instrumentalists at the Mennonite World Conference Assembly in Harrisburg next month. "I have a lot of experience abroad," said Hostetler, choral director at Lancaster Mennonite High School. Read more.

Host Family Needed!

If you have a spare bedroom and live within a mile of campus, think about hosting a Goshen College international student in your home this coming year. A great way to learn about the world! For more information please contact Skip Barnett or call 535-7872 if you are interested. Thank you!

AMBS Anabaptist Mennonite Biblical Seminary

With My Body I Thee Worship

Sara Wenger Shenk reflects on the dignity of our bodies--of each person--in a new blog post, "With my body I thee worship." She writes that this phrase, taken directly from a public liturgy--a marriage liturgy of the Anglican Book of Common Prayer, boldly declares for all to hear that marriage includes bodily devotion to one’s partner. Read more.

Community Announcements

Grief Support Group

Silverwood Mennonite Church will be hosting a GriefShare Support Group on Monday evenings, June 22 - September 21, 6:30-8:30 p.m.  Griefshare is a special weekly seminar/support group for people grieving the death of someone close. It's a place where you can be around people who understand how you feel and the pain of your loss. At Griefshare, you'll learn valuable information that will help you through this difficult time in your life.  The cost is $20 per person or $30 per couple. Registration will take place on the first evening.  Anyone is welcome to attend at any time during this session as each session is self-contained.  To sign-up or for questions, please call Silverwood at (574) 533-1922.

Lacasa Volunteers

All Lacasa volunteers are invited to an ice cream sundae treat June 27, at noon - 3:00 p.m at the Arts on the Millrace, Goshen to celebrate 25 years of volunteers. Wear your favorite Help-A-House shirt. For more information contact or call 574-533-4450.

Senior Adult Bus Trip

Yellow Creek Mennonite Church Senior Adults has planned a one day bus trip to Blue Gate Restaurant and Theatre, Thursday, September 3. Transportation, dinner and a show, “Josiah for President” are included in the $61 per person cost. If interested call the church office, 862.2595, for a brochure or more information. Reservations are due by July 27


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!
Bus driver is needed (before and after school) to begin in August 2015. Applicants must have or be willing to obtain a commercial driver’s license with school endorsement, a safe driving record, physical health to operate a 26-passenger bus safely, first-aid certification, and interpersonal skills to relate well to students and parents. For more information and to access an application, see.




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

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This Week:
June 21-28: Hosting GIHN
June 21: Young Mother's Potluck, 4:00 p.m.
June 23: Christian Ed. Commission, 12 p.m.
June 23: SLT, 7:00 p.m.

CalendarView Calendar Online

Anniversaries and Birthdays This Week:

Dan and Jennifer Schrock
Dick and Nancy Yoder
Joe and Anna Sawatzky

Andrew Snyder
Anita Mounsithiraj

PrayerPlease contact the office by 9:00 a.m. Thursday with prayer requests.
Pray for Church Without Walls, Elkhart, IN (Pastors: Jon & Cora Brown)
Pray for the Conference Program Planning Committee: Cheryl Beachey, Beth Bontrager, Bill Miller
As Justin Shenk and Valerie Showalter of Mennonite Mission Network near the end of their assignment in the United Kingdom, they request prayer for Clapton Park United Reformed Church in London where they have ministered since January 2013. Pray especially for a dynamic youth ministry.

DownloadJune MMN Prayer Vine

Church Notes
Sunday Service Info

This Sunday: June 21

Neil Richer, Amand Martin and Denise Risser

Anita and Dteban Mounsithiraj

Dan and Deb Williams

Ben Buckwalter, Lana Smucker

Infants: Cassie Sessa, Trish and James Yoder
Toddlers: Lane Miller, Clare and Merrill Krabill

Offering Counters:
Lowell Nafziger, Denise Risser

Next Sunday: June 28

Ruth Hathaway and Renae Yoder

Anita and Dteban Mounsithiraj

Dan and Deb Williams

Ben Buckwalter, Lana Smucker

Infants: Stephanie and Aaron Wieand
Toddlers: Trish Shenk, Deb and Dan Williams

Offering Counters:
Ruth Hathaway, Karl Sommers
Statistical Report 
(June 14)

Attendance: 144
General Fund: $4,959.30
Agape Fund: $10.00
Bethany Tuition: $55.00
College Matching Fund: $20.00 
Coffee: $38.40
Rental Income: $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.

Marilyn Rudy-Froese
Dan Schrock

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

Doug Baker
Richard Miller
Laverne Nafziger
Judy Weaver
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