Berkey Avenue Mennonite Fellowship
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Berkey Avenue Mennonite Fellowship
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March 29, 2015

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Berkey Announcements

Bethany Fund

Bethany FundIn the coming year, four students from Berkey will be attending Bethany Christian Schools. The estimated tuition cost for these students will be $41,763. Since we already have $37,594.72 in the Bethany fund, we only need $4,169 by April 30. If you'd like to contribute, write your check to Berkey Avenue Mennonite and mark it for "Bethany Fund."

Chair Fund

chair fundYou're probably wondering where our new chairs are for the sanctuary. A few months ago, Sauder Church Furniture, the manufacturer, learned their textile supplier went bankrupt. This put our chair order on hold. Sauder has just partnered with a new textile supplier who can replicate the fabric on our chairs. However, we will have to buy a full roll of fabric (50 yards). Our current order of 52 chairs will only use 37 yards of that roll. Sauder says they will ship us the extra 13 yards of fabric so we can store it here at the church for a future order.  

Rather than storing 13 yards of fabric for several years, the Coordinating Council thinks it would be better to gather enough money to use up the entire 50-yard roll. Would you like to contribute to this effort? The extra 13 yards of fabric are enough to make 18 chairs. If we can raise an extra $2,550, then we can order 71 new chairs. With the 108 new chairs we already have, our total would then be 179 new chairs in the sanctuary. 

A side benefit of this plan is that all of our adult classrooms can then use brown chairs instead of metal folding chairs, which in turn leaves more metal chairs for fellowship meals. The Council is soliciting contributions until Easter Sunday, April 5. If you want to help buy these 18 extra chairs, mark your gift for the "Chair Fund."

Thank You

Thank you - HostsThank you so much for the wonderful responses. We now have enough lodging spots for all our guests. If you really still want to host, some groups of 4 can be broken into groups of 2. Brenda Grimes will be in touch with all the host homes with more details as she gets them. Please feel free to contact Brenda with any questions.  Tickets can be purchased on the Goshen College website for the Sunday 3:00 p.m. concert.

Garden Plots

Need a garden plot?If you want a garden plot this year let Lowell Nafziger know.  Each plot is 12’ x 24’, there is a fence around it, and there is water piped out to the garden.  A load of manure was put on last fall. Thanks to Sherm Kauffman who is having his brother do soil tests for us to get the best results. You are not limited to one plot. A $5.00 donation per plot is suggested for manure and preparation of the garden. Plots should be ready the first part of May.

Maundy Thursday Meal

Maundy Thursday mealAll are invited to a family-friendly, experiential meal and journey with Jesus to the cross on April 2. The meal begins at 6:00 p.m. Please bring bread, cheese and fruit to share.

Berkey Treasurer

treasurer volunteerAt the November 16 congregational meeting, a motion was approved to hire a lead treasurer from outside Berkey for the current fiscal year. However, the Stewardship and Finance Commission was also asked to find out whether a qualified person inside the congregation is willing to do this work on a volunteer basis. The commission is now fulfilling this request by advertising for this role. See the candidate's qualification.

Menno's Best Coffee

Menno's BestGet your coffee fix and benefit Berkey's MYF! Menno's Best coffee will be available during fellowship time this Sunday. This is your last chance for a few weeks - coffee won't be for sale Easter Sunday or April 12. For each bag sold, the MYF receives $5 to help fund our trip to the convention in Kansas City next summer. ($1 per bag is also split between MMN and MCC). Menno's Best is one of your coffee choices on Sunday morning, so sample it if you haven't already. Cost is $12 per bag, available in whole bean or ground.

The Mennonite

It is time to renew subscriptions to The Mennonite.  Let Ruth Hathaway know if you would like to renew or if you would like your name removed from the list. The price is $37 and checks can be made out to BAMF and mark it “The Mennonite” on the memo line. The renewal notice with payment needs to be sent in Monday 3/30.

Fish Fry

Bethany Fish FryBethany Christian's biannual Fish Fry will be happening on April 24, 2015 from 4:30 - 8:00 p.m. in the High School Gym. Adult tickets cost $10 and children's tickets (grades K-6) cost $5, while children pre-school and younger get in free. Carryout is from 4:00 - 8:00 p.m. in the High School Cafeteria and each Carryout ticket costs $10. Tickets will be available every Sunday from Nick Schrock, Jane Wang, and Kyle Snyder.

Report from our Indiana-Michigan Conference

In-Michigan Conference ReportBeth and Lee Roy Berry and Dan Schrock recently attended a gathering for delegates to the conference. We learned that because some churches have left conference and some others may leave soon, the conference is resizing itself accordingly. In the coming year, the conference budget will be lowered by about $100,000. Join us in praying for the employees who will lose their jobs. Learn more.

Our Schools

Goshen College Bethany Christian Schools

Mennonite Choir Festival

The 53rd annual Mennonite Schools Council Choral Festival concert will be at 3:00 p.m. Sunday, April 12, at Sauder Concert Hall in the Goshen College Music Center. The festival, hosted by Bethany Christian High School this year, will bring more than 450 choir members together from 15 Mennonite high schools across the United State and Canada. Tickets are $5 and can be purchased online.

Job Openings

Bethany Christian High School is seeking to hire a varsity head coach for boys basketball next season, effective immediately. Interested applicants should send resumes and contact information to Athletic Director Gary Chupp.
BCS seeks a part-time cafeteria aide (no food prep required). Further information and application details are available online.

Goshen College Goshen College

CEO shares insights at GC

Shawn Riegsecker, founder and CEO of Chicago-based tech company Centro, will present insights from his entrepreneurial journey during the Business Innovators Luncheon on Monday, April 6. Hosted by the Goshen College Business Department, the luncheon will take place in the Church-Chapel Fellowship Hall from 12:00 -1:00 p.m. The cost is $12. Learn more.

Merry Lea - Sustainable Open House

Merry Lea Environmental Learning Center of GC will host an open house for its Sustainable Farm on Friday, April 10 at 4:00 p.m. until dark, providing the public a chance to see the property and learn about its programs.The Farm developed as a teaching site for undergraduates studying agroecology – small scale, sustainable agriculture with an emphasis on making farming compatible with natural ecosystems. Learn more.

AMBS Anabaptist Mennonite Biblical Seminary

Passion Week Prayer Walk

On Saturday, April 4, 10:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m., come walk, sing and pray as we journey with Jesus to the cross on a two-mile walk in downtown and south central Elkhart. We will stop along the way to recognize Jesus in the "least of these" (Matt. 25:40), to lament violence and injustice in our community, and to hear from people who, like Simon of Cyrene, are helping Christ bear the load of the cross. AMBS, St. James African Methodist Episcopal Church and People's History of Elkhart are partners in coordinating  this event. To begin, meet in front of the County Courts Building, 315 S. 2nd St., Elkhart.

Community Announcements

Blood Donation

You can donate whole blood at American Red Cross, 123 South Indiana Avenue, across from the Goshen Middle School Monday through Wednesday 12:00 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. and Friday and Saturday from 7:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.  No appointment is needed. If you want to donate platelets you will need to call 533-8083 for an appointment.

Invitation from MCC

Join us for the 2015 Celebrate MCC Great Lakes Annual Gathering on Sunday, May 3 at Silverwood Mennonite Church (1712 W. Clinton St. in Goshen). Come worship and fellowship with other MCC supporters, and hear updates on MCC's work both locally and around the world. Special guest speakers Deb & Jim Fine, recently returned MCC service workers in Iraq, will share stories from their experiences. The event begins at 5:30 p.m. with a soup meal, followed by the program at 7:00 p.m. Please RSVP to Les Gustafson-Zook or 574-534-4133. For More information visit.

Spring VORP Training

You are invited to an upcoming Victim Offender Mediation Training (VORP) April 15-17, 2015 from 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. each day at Prairie Street Mennonite Church. Basic Principles of Restorative Justice and how VORP works in the criminal justice world are some of the topics that you will learn. Call (574) 295-6149 or email. For more information, visit our website.

MCC IVEP Hosts Needed

Consider opening your home to an international young adult through MCC's International Volunteer Exchange Program (IVEP). Hosts are needed in the Goshen/Elkhart area starting in August 2015 for 4-11 months. Check out IVEP for more details or contact Amber or call (574) 534-4133.

Fiesta Feast

Tickets are still available for the Center for Healing & Hope’s Fiesta Feast Saturday, April 11, 5:00-7:00 p.m. at  College Mennonite Church Fellowship Hall. Eat in or carry out available. The family friendly fundraising dinner supports medical care and advocacy for the medically underserved in our community. The dinner includes authentic Puerto Rican meal, dessert, door prizes and a short program at 6:00 p.m. Tickets: $25 Adults, $10 Children 12 & under. Order tickets online, call 574-534-4744 ext. 201or email


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!
Anabaptist Disabilities Network (ADNet) of Elkhart seeks a half-time director. ADNet resources faith communities to be inclusive for persons with disabilities. Director role includes donor development, office management, communications. More information online. Contact Jim Smith.
LaCasa is seeking a Resident Manager for our Supportive Housing residential community in Goshen.  Candidate will live in a new 1 bedroom apartment within a 16 unit apartment building for homeless individuals referred for housing by Oaklawn.  Primary responsibility is to be eyes and ears for LaCasa and Oaklawn while being a friend and support to tenants.  Compensation is in the form of rent reduction.  Income restrictions apply.  Contact Alan Greaser at or at (574) 533-4450 for more information.


did you know
Palm Sunday
Palm Sunday commemorates Jesus Christ’s triumphal entry into Jerusalem. It marks the beginning of Holy Week and always falls on the Sunday before Easter Sunday.  In many Christian churches, Palm Sunday  includes a procession of the assembled worshipers carrying palms, representing the palm branches the crowd scattered in front of Jesus as he rode into Jerusalem.
Other names for this day include Passion Sunday, Fig Sunday, Willow Sunday, Branch Sunday, or Blossom Sunday.

Do you have an interesting fact about Berkey to share?  Let us know!


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

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This Week:

April 2: Ladies Lunch Bunch at Rolling Scones,11:30 a.m.
April 2: Maundy Thursday Meal, 6:00 p.m.
April 4: Men's Breakfast, 7:00 a.m.

CalendarView Calendar Online

Anniversaries and Birthdays Next Week:

Denise Risser
Allan Rudy-Froese
Edith Hooley
Luke Yoder
Sherry Hug
Benjamin Miller
Elizabeth Miller Richer

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

In the next two months, hundreds of people in Zimbabwe, India, Colombia, Indonesia and many other countries will apply and interview for their US visas so they can participate in PA 2015, the global Assembly of Mennonite World Conference, Pray that the visa process will go smoothly for them, so that PA 2015 can be a truly global Anabaptist gathering! Please pray with us about this.
Janet Stucky of Mennonite Mission Network serves as a nutritional consultant at Bethesda Hospital in Benin. Pray for funding to implement a program to improve the diets of pregnant women, children under 5 years old, and people living with HIV/AIDS.

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Church Notes
Sunday Service Info

This Sunday: March 29

Rafael Barahona, Pat and Richard Miller

Lindsay Rheinheimer

Lorraine and Bob Pflederer

Nicholas Schrock and Clare and Merrill Krabill

Infants: Alisha Snyder, Annie Hu
Toddlers: Janice and Amos Hostetler, Jacob Rudy-Froese

Offering Counters:
Thelma Ramer, Diane Nafziger


Next Sunday: April 5

Rafael Barahona, Ruth Hathaway and Eleanor Nafziger

Abbe and Patrick Buller

Ron & Lori Good

Phil Bauman and Clare and Merrill Krabill

Infants: Denise Risser, Vanessa and Dan Adcock
Toddlers: Abby Rudy-Froese, Lavonne Bixler and Jacob Rudy-Froese

Offering Counters:
Ruth Hathaway, Greg Smucker
Statistical Report 
(March 22)

Attendance: 196
General Fund: $7,356.20
College Fund: $120.00
Bethany Tuition: $15.00
Coffee: $78.30
Church Publications (The Mennonite): $370.00

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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