Berkey Avenue Mennonite Fellowship
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Berkey Avenue Mennonite Fellowship
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January 10, 2016

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Berkey Announcements

MCC Infant Care Kits

Infant Care Kits70 Infant Care Kits plus a few odds & ends were delivered this week to MCC. Thank you to all who participated and a special thanks to Abbe Buller who made it happen!

Trustees at Work

Amos, trusteeDuring the week it is a common sight to see Amos Hostetler lugging a ladder through the church hallways. In the past month he has replaced light bulbs, installed light fixtures, hung clocks, added name holders to mailboxes, and much more. Thank you Amos for all your work!

New Nurture Hour Class

bible classA new Nurture Hour class entitled “Bible Alive” will start on Sunday, January 17 and run through the end of February. This class will be based on Bible passages in various translations. The goal is to involve persons with varying gifts and abilities to read and listen, meditate and study, visualize and act out, and most of all, to share learnings and insights with each other as the Word of God comes alive to us individually and in community. The class will meet in the music room directly after the children are finished with their singing time. Persons who are interested are encouraged to contact Paul Leichty.  He will facilitate the class and provide the scripture ahead of time to those who wish to have it.

Appreciation Meal for Teachers and Sponsors

Thank you, teachersThe Christian Education Commission is planning a special appreciation meal on Sunday, January 24, to say thank you to all our Berkey Sunday School teachers and youth sponsors (and their families). We're so very grateful for all they do in nurturing our children, youth and adults during this 2015-16 year. More information will be coming soon. - Christian Ed. Commission (Denise, Joe, Laura, Marilyn, Nate and Ruth)

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

icon_bcs Bethany Christian

Internationally-renowned folksinger John McCutcheon will be in concert at Bethany Christian Schools on Sunday, January 31, at 6:00 p.m. Reserved-seat tickets are now available to purchase. Tickets are $20 for reserved seating; $22 at the door. Go online for more information and to reserve seating.

Goshen College Goshen College

You are invited to celebrate the life of Martin Luther King, Jr. at Goshen College as we explore the theme "Trouble I’ve Seen:  Naming the Nightmare; Re-imagining the Dream," January 16-18. Speakers include Sofia Samatar, a 1994 GC graduate and award-winning fantasy author, and Drew Hart, an author, activist and Black Anabaptist theologian. Events include musical performances, lectures, workshops and a community breakfast on Monday, January 18. Tickets are required for the community breakfast and can be purchased online or by calling (574) 535-7566. For a full schedule and more information, visit us online.

AMBS Anabaptist Mennonite Biblical Seminary

The AMBS Intercultural Competence and Undoing Racism team invites you to save the dates of January 16-18. During these three days the seminary will host a series of public and campus community events to honor and continue the legacy of Martin Luther King, Jr. The featured presenter is Ewuare Xola Osayande, educator, activist and Mennonite Central Committee US antiracism coordinator. View the schedule and more details online.

Community Announcements

Taize Worship Invitation

Join Goshen College students and College Mennonite Church for the January Taize Worship this Sunday, January 10 at 8:00 p.m. This reflective service of music, prayer, reflection and silence will take place in Newcomer 19. All are welcome on the campus of Goshen College. 

Mennonite Disaster Service Project

On Wednesday, January 13, 6:30, p.m. College Mennonite Church invites you to hear Lawrence Matthews, Mennonite Disaster Service (MDS) coordinator for Detroit, report on the continuing MDS work in response to the disastrous flood in Detroit in 2014. College Mennonite is planning to coordinate teams of volunteers from our area to join in this MDS project on February 22-26 and April 4-8, 2016.

Baseball Camp

Spend your Martin Luther King holiday with professional baseball catcher Erik Kratz who will speak at a dinner and host a baseball camp. Erik will share his story, including how he maintained faith and perseverance from his days at Christopher Dock Mennonite High School, Eastern Mennonite University and through a minor league career that began in 2002 before reaching the pinnacle of success—playing with the 2015 World Series champion Kansas City Royals the past two years. The dinner of Kansas City BBQ and ballpark food will be held at Waterford Mennonite Church; gates open at 5:30 p.m. Tickets for dinner are $25 for adults ($20 for students) or $200 per table of 10 and may be reserved at Waterford Mennonite Church by email or by calling 533-5642. The Erik Kratz Baseball Camp will run 1:00 - 4:00 p.m. at Goshen College and is open to any youth high school age or under. Cost for the camp and evening dinner is $60, with additional dinner tickets $20 each. Cost of camp only is $50. To register for the baseball camp, contact Goshen College baseball coach Alex Childers by email or call 535-7748. The events are sponsored by Goshen College and Waterford Mennonite Church youth as a fundraiser for their summer service trip.

Finance and Stewardship Workshops

This winter College Mennonite Church will host a series of one-hour workshops focusing on financial management, giving, and stewardship. Beginning January 20 each workshop will be led by an Everence staff person with expertise in that area. For more information visit the College Mennonite Church website.

MEDA Program

Join Michiana Mennonite Economic Development Associates (MEDA) for dinner and a program on Thursday, January 21, 6:30 p.m. at First Mennonite Church of Middlebury. Brian Wiebe, Executive Director of Horizon Education Alliance (HEA), will be presenting a program "Transforming Elkhart County into a world-class place!" HEA believes that Elkhart County can be a world-class place to learn, live, work, and play. It oversees programs for local residents ranging from newborns to senior adults. Come learn more about HEA programs and the ways Elkhart County is working together to improve the quality of life and economic outcomes for its 200,000 citizens. Please RSVP by Monday, January 18 online or call 574-355-3607. Cost is $5 for students, $15 for Michiana MEDA members, and $20 for others, payable at the door.



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!

Financial ministry opportunity:  MDC Goldenrod is looking for an accountant to provide oversight to their financial operations. If you are an accountant and are willing to volunteer 4-8 hours per month, please contact Tammy Friesen, (574) 533-9720.




This week:

January 11
 Stewardship and Finance Commission, 7:00 p.m.
January 12
Christian Education Commission, 7:00 p.m.
January 13
Worship Commission, 7:00 p.m.
January 16
SLT Retreat, 8:30 a.m.

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Birthdays This Week:

Shirley Dick
Natalie Neufeld

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

Pray for Mennonite Fellowship of Bloomington (Frank Kandel, transitional pastor) as they explore where they have come and where God is calling them during their next chapter. Pray that God may open a shared and compelling vision before their eyes that they may embrace with all their hearts.

Odessa Theological Seminary is closed for four months during the winter to save on heating costs. Pray for Mary Raber of Mennonite Mission Network as she prepares courses for classes scheduled to resume in March.

Download January MMN Prayer Vine

Church Notes
Sunday Service Info

This Sunday:  January 10

Patrick and Abbe Buller
Dick and Nancy Yoder

Thelma Ramer

Deb and Dan Williams

Phil Bauman/Leah Garboden

Infants:  Lavonne Shetler, Lori and Ron Good
Toddlers:  Patrick Buller, Megan and Tom Martin

Offering Counters:
Ron Good, Rick Hostetter

Next Sunday:  January 17

Neil Miller Richer
Renae Yoder
Denise Risser

Anita Mounsithiraj
Dteban Mounsithiraj

Deb and Dan Williams

Phil Bauman/Leah Garboden

Infants:  Elizabeth Miller, Ruth and John Roth
Toddlers:  Missy Schrock, Anna and Joe Sawatzky

Offering Counters:
Lowell Nafziger, Denise Risser

Statistical Report 
(January 3)

Attendance:  161
General Fund: $8,122.80
Agape: $10.00
Bethany 2015/16: $905.00
College: $100.00
Mission Fund: $62.50
JYF Winter Retreat: $30.00

General Fund Income 2015-16 YTD
Actual:  $112,454.19
Budget:  $101,506.00

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
Ben Woodward Breckbill - Pastoral Intern

Greg Smucker (Chairperson)
Shirley Dick
Sherm Kauffman
Anita Mounsithiraj
Richard Aguirre

Doug Baker
Richard Miller
Laverne Nafziger
Judy Weaver
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