Berkey Avenue Mennonite Fellowship
A congregation of Mennonite Church USA
Berkey Avenue Mennonite Fellowship
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December 27, 2015

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Berkey Announcements

Spalted Hackberry Bowl

bowlSherm Kauffman recently donated a wooden bowl to the church which currently rests on the library table. About the bowl he says:
     This bowl is made of spalted (decaying) hackberry wood which is rarely used for construction or furniture. This tree was tipped over in a severe storm in June 2014 at BAMF. Most of the wood was used for firewood but a few pieces ended up on a lathe and several bowls were discovered inside the tree.
     The bowl is functional, with a food grade finish used inside. It is artistic in that the Creator vested it with unique qualities and beauty. I was privileged to uncover and put on display these unique and beautiful features.
     The black lines and white spaces are all part of the decaying process. Hackberry fruit was a nutritious and flavoring part of the Native American diet and loved by birds and some animals.
     The piece is titled "Redemption" in that it was salvaged from waste wood. It was also "redeemed" after blowing out one side that hit me full on the face during the turning process. The present bowl was salvaged from two broken pieces.

Update on MCC Infant Care Kits

Infant Care KitsThank you so much for your overwhelming generosity thus far in providing supplies for our newborn kits! Here are ways we're encouraging folks to continue giving to this wonderful project during the remaining weeks of Advent (through January 3):
  • Donate specific items -- we still need sleepers/gowns and cloth diapers. With additional purchases of just these items, we can complete at least 18 more kits!
  • Donate money -- several church members are willing to go shopping for specific items as we need them, to either complete partial kits or make additional ones.
  • Donate complete kits -- shop for all kit items yourself, and bring items to church already assembled into a complete kit. (Hats and diaper pins specifically are still available under the tree, as they have been before.)
All of our completed kits will be brought forward by the children during worship during the sixth and final Sunday of Advent. Let's fill the front of the church to overflowing! If you have any questions, please contact Abbe Buller.

Note from Mike Genau

Mike GenauI will be volunteering this spring semester with Jubilee Partners in Comer, GA - a faith-based non-profit that serves incoming refugees and advocates for peace. My responsibilities will include teaching ESL classes, assisting in child care, working as a bike mechanic, cooking, tree work, and playing music. All these roles will be continuations of things I’ve kept myself busy with in the Goshen community and I’m happiest when I get to wear a bunch of hats. I also hear there are lots of opportunities for pick-up volleyball and soccer games and so am excited about that… and escaping the cold.  

To raise money I will be selling prints of some photographs during fellowship time that I have taken over the past year around Goshen. I’d also be happy to talk with you more about Jubilee and what they do.  

While away I can be reached at the following address:
Jubilee Partners Attn:  Mike Genau
P.O. Box 68
Comer, GA 30629

Worship Audio Recordings

Worship CDWorship services are now being recorded on CD's. They are available for check out in the office by the copy machine.


Nurture Hour Schedule

Sunday School ScheduleSunday School classes will not meet December 27 or January 3.


Appreciation Meal for Teachers and Sponsors

teacher appreciation mealThe 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. Mark your calendars! More information is coming. - Christian Ed. Commission (Denise, Joe, Laura, Marilyn, Nate and Ruth) 

Throwback Thursday

ThrowbackThursdaysHead 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 at 6:00 p.m. Sunday, January 31, 2016. 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

The Fall/Winter issue of the Bulletin celebrates the legacies of Goshen College alumni, whether they are alumni awardees, potters, attendees of this year’s Homecoming Weekend or parents of current students. You are invited to read the Bulletin online.

AMBS Anabaptist Mennonite Biblical Seminary

Whether it is a sudden jolt that awakens the spirit to new possibilities, or a slow dawning of realization within the soul, inspiration moves us toward a deeper understanding of God's work in us and in the world. When students come to AMBS, they are inspired to learn and our faculty are inspired to teach in ways that illuminate the Bible, nurture the spirit, and enliven the mind. For more information about class offerings visit the AMBS website.

Community Announcements

GriefShare Support Group

Silverwood Mennonite Church will be hosting a GriefShare support group Thursday afternoons, January 7 – March 31, 1:00 – 3:00 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. Registration is $20 and $30 for couples which includes a workbook and supplies. There is no cost for previous attenders. Scholarships are available. For more information contact the Silverwood church office at 533-1922 or visit the GriefShare website. To register go online or call 533-1922. RSVP is requested and registration will take place at the first session you attend. Anyone is welcome at any time during this 13-week series as each session is self-contained.

Oaklawn Mental Health First Aid Training

Just as CPR helps you assist an individual having a heart attack - even if you have no clinical training - Adult Mental Health First Aid helps you assist someone experiencing a mental health related crisis. In the Mental Health First Aid course, you learn risk factors and warning signs for mental health and addiction concerns, strategies for how to help someone in both crisis and non-crisis situations, and where to turn for help. Each program is from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. and costs $30. Participants receive a certification and a training booklet. Click on the dates below to register.
           Wednesday, January 20 (Goshen)
           Wednesday, January 27 (South Bend)
           Wednesday, February 10  (Goshen)  

Advent message from Mennonite Central Committee

J Ron Byler, Executive Director at MCC calls us to generosity, hospitality, peace and love. Read his message online.



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!




This week:

January 2
 Men's Breakfast, 7:00 a.m.

DownloadDownload Calendar

CalendarView Calendar Online

Anniversaries This Week:
Andy and Lydia Martin
Darin and Lisa Short
Roy Bergey and Barbara Eichorn

Birthdays This Week:
Connie Bauman
John Dick
Patsy Sherer

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

Pray for Shore Mennonite Church, Shipshewana, IN (Carl Horner, pastor).

Alisha and Joshua Garber of Mennonite Mission Network request prayers for wisdom for LCC International University in Lithuania and for all Mission Network personnel in Europe as they try to find appropriate and Christ-centered responses to the massive influx of refugees.

Download December MMN Prayer Vine

Church Notes
Sunday Service Info

This Sunday:  December 27

Aaron Wieand
Curt Wenger
Elise Wenger

Laverne Nafziger

Ron and Lori Good

Nick Schrock/Richard Aguirre

Infants:  Allan, Abby and Jacob Rudy-Froese
Toddlers:  Jenny Miller, Rafael Barahona

Offering Counters:
Dick Ramer, Karl Sommers

Next Sunday:  January 3

Rafael Barahona
Dick Yoder and Nancy Yoder

Thelma Ramer

Deb and Dan Williams

Phil Bauman/Richard Aguirre

Infants:  Sim Dolva, Lori and Ron Good
Toddlers:  Grant Miller, Cindy Baker, Isaac Daniels

Offering Counters:
John Hooley, Greg Smucker
Statistical Report 
(December 20)

Attendance:  188
General Fund:  $10,130.30
Agape:   $10.00
Bethany 2015/16:  $155.00
College:  $50.00
MCC:  $100.00
Coffee:  $11.80

General Fund Income YTD
Actual:  $98,455.43
Budget:  $90,228.00

Berkey Avenue
Mennonite Fellowship

2509 Berkey Avenue
Goshen, IN 46526
(574) 534-2398

Office Hours
Monday - Friday
Hours vary

Interim Communications and Office Manager:
Monday - Thursday (Holiday Hours)
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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