Berkey Avenue Mennonite Fellowship
A congregation of Mennonite Church USA
Berkey Avenue Mennonite Fellowship
the OWL

January 3, 2016

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Berkey Announcements

Church Keys

keyThe office has a shortage of church keys. If you have a key that you no longer need, please return it to the Office Manager's mailbox along with your name. Thank you!

Nurture Hour Schedule

Sunday School ScheduleSunday School classes will not meet on January 3.


Thank you from Mike Genau

Thank youThank you to everyone who bought a print or made a donation in support of my time at Jubilee. I've been overwhelmed by your support and encouragement. It's great to be prayed over and there's nothing quite like having the congregation sing "The Lord Bless You and Keep You." Please continue to keep me, the refugees, and all of Jubilee in your thoughts and prayers. While away I can be reached at the following address:  Jubilee Partners Attn:  Mike Genau, P.O. Box 68, Comer, GA 30629 or via email:

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

Join the campus for a Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration, January 16- 18 with guest speakers Sofia Samatar and Drew G. I. Hart. Learn more about the event 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

Come Dancing!

You are invited to a Family Contra Dance this Saturday, January 2, 6:00 p.m. at First United Methodist Church (215 South 5th St., Goshen). Barry Dupen will be calling. Providing music will be the Band O Goshen with Les Gustafson Zook, Ethan Setiawan, Josh Yoder, and more. Admission is $5; kids 12 and under are free. For more information call Jill:  533-7625.

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.

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.

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)  



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 7
 Ladies Lunch Bunch, 11:45 a.m., at Juniper Place.  RSVP to Laverne Nafziger

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Anniversaries This Week:
Ron and Lori Good
Dan and Vanessa Adcock

Birthdays This Week:
Marion Yoder
David Nussbaum

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

Pray for Leadership Development which is one of seven priorities in the Mennonite Church USA. This priority reflects the church's commitment to develop leaders at all levels of the church.

Praise God for the Toba/Qom radio station that was inaugurated last month in the Argentine Chaco. Pray that the Christian programming will touch many lives through this ministry that is facilitated by Alfonsina and José Oyanguren, serving with Mennonite Mission Network.

Download January MMN Prayer Vine

Church Notes
Sunday Service Info

This Sunday:  January 3

Rafael Barahona
Dick and Nancy Yoder

Thelma Ramer

Deb and Dan Williams

Phil Bauman/Richard Aguirre

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

Offering Counters:
John Hooley, Greg Smucker

Next Sunday:  January 10

Patrick and Abbe Buller
Dick Nancy Yoder

Thelma Ramer

Deb and Dan Williams

Phil Bauman/Elisabeth Barahona

Infants:  Liz Core, Aaron Shenk, Lavonne Shetler
Toddlers:  Patrick Buller, Megan and Tom Martin

Offering Counters:
Ron Good, Rick Hostetter
Statistical Report 
(December 27)

Attendance:  160
General Fund:  $5,875.96
Agape:  $50.00
Bethany 2015/16:  $15.00
Building Fund:  $1,000.00
College:  $70.00
MCC (Infant Kits):  $50.00
Model School (sale of popcorn):  $564.00

General Fund Income YTD
Actual:  $95,867.00
Budget:  $104,331.39

Berkey Avenue
Mennonite Fellowship

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

Office Hours
Monday - Friday
Hours vary

Interim Communications and Office Manager:
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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