This week we are hosting families from our community who are homeless. Thank you to all the many Berkey volunteers who are helping throughout the week with set up, hosting meals, hosting overnight, and most of all just being a loving, caring presence with our guests in the midst of hard times. If you have interest in helping with any part of our hosting week in the future and would like some information about how you can help, please contact
You are invited to join the Lent choir that will sing during the March 26 and April 16 (Easter) worship services. We are also forming a Women’s choir for the April 2nd worship service. If you are interested in participating in one or more of the choirs,
The next Peace Club meeting is March 12 in Jubilee Hall after nurture time is concluded. All children in Kindergarten through 6th grade and their families are invited for lunch and activities. This meeting will focus on refugees and immigrants from Mexico. We are going to build a wall, and then KNOCK IT DOWN! We need Bio Builder cardboard bricks and shoe boxes to build the wall, and anyone who has either of these things is welcome to contribute them to the cause. Leave them in Jubilee Hall this coming Sunday and the following Sunday. Put your name on them if you want them back. Thanks! ~Patty Lehman and Beth Berry
The Mission Commission has organized a service project at the Depot on Wednesday, March 15, 7:00 - 9:00 p.m. The project will include sorting items. To volunteer, look for the sign-up sheet in the Fellowship Hall. If you have a question, contact Ron Good, 537-1978 (home) or 238-7930 (cell).
Please take the time to write a note of thanks to your Sunday School teachers, Nursery caretakers and leaders. There is special paper on a table in the Fellowship Hall for you to use. Please return your letters of appreciation to Ruth Roth or Laura Moshier. They will give the letters to teachers and leaders on March 19.
All Nurture Hour teachers, music leaders and class coordinators along with your families are invited to a special meal at noon on Sunday, March 19. We are blessed to have so many wonderful teachers and leaders in Christian Education from the Nursery to adult classes. This is our small way to say THANK YOU for all you do throughout the year.
As part of our Teacher Appreciation Meal we would like to have a table filled with delicious desserts from people in the congregation. If you would like to make a dessert for the meal, please sign up
. The username is desserts. The password is bamf. Or, contact
The Prayer Circle of three to five people meets routinely on Monday nights at 7:00 p.m. in the church offices. We pray for Berkey members who have shared joys and concerns during the worship service, by using the blue prayer cards, or through individual concerns specifically expressed to us. All prayer requests are kept confidential. Additionally, we pray for the life of Berkey Ave, the community surrounding it, and the wider world.
Mary Glick, Phil's sister, writes, "Thank you to all of you who prayed for Philip and for us over the past two weeks. We are rejoicing that Philip is with the Lord!" Phil died on March 1 after declining in health for the past six months. Family and friends may call Friday, March 10, 2:00 - 4:00 p.m. and 5:00 - 7:00 p.m. at the Meeting House, Greencroft Healthcare. Burial will be at the Townline Cemetery, Shipshewana, on Saturday, March 11, 9:30 a.m. followed by a memorial service at 11:00 a.m. also at the Meeting House.
There are only a couple of dates left to fill. Hosts are still needed for April 2 and April 16. If you would enjoy hosting a Sunday noon meal for the students,
; username: students, password: bamf. For more information, contact
. Thank you so much for your meals and friendship to our students!
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Bethany Christian Schools will host a drop-in open house noon - 2:30 p.m. Sunday, March 5, for anyone considering enrolling for fall 2017. Bring your family and invite others from your church or neighborhood who may have interest in Bethany. Stop by after church for lunch, and faculty and staff will be available to answer questions and give tours. So we know to expect you for the meal, please register online
or RSVP to Sarah Kraybill Lind
in the admissions office, 534-2657.
Students in grades 5-10 interested in exploring Bethany can shadow a Bethany student on Monday, March 20, 8:40 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Parents are invited to come between 8:45-9:15 a.m. for coffee and conversation followed by an optional tour at 9:15 a.m. This is a great way for prospective students and families to discover Bethany! Contact us to explore visit options for younger children as well. For more information, to register, or to schedule a visit on another date, visit the Bethany website
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Women's World Music Choir
The Goshen College Women's World Music Choir will present their home concert following a spring break tour, titled "Reflection of Light," on Sunday, March 5 at 7:30 p.m. in Sauder Concert Hall. Tickets are $7 adults, $5 seniors/students, available online
or by calling (574) 535-7566. Goshen College faculty, staff, and students are free with valid ID.
Hymn Club Fundraiser
Goshen College's Hymn Club is organizing a fundraiser event with a singing marathon to support Christian Peacemaker Teams (CPT). They plan to sing through the hymnal over the course of a week, singing on average a little more than 100 songs each night. Community members are invited to join in the event. They will be meeting on Sunday, March 12 through Thursday, March 16 from 6:00 - 11:00 p.m. in Newcomer Center room 19. The finale night will be Friday, March 17 in the Music Center choir room starting at 9:00 p.m. and singing until finished. For donations, make checks out to CPT with "hymn marathon" in the memo line; sent to CPT, PO Box 6508; Chicago IL 60680-6508. Cash or checks may also be brought to the hymn club event.
International Student Club Coffeehouse
The annual Goshen College International Coffeehouse is coming on Saturday, March 18. This student-run event features a dinner at 5:15 p.m. in the College Mennonite Church Fellowship Hall and a family-friendly international variety show at 7:30 p.m. in Sauder Hall. Tickets for this fund-raiser are available from the Welcome Center, 535-7566 or online
. Adults: $20 (dinner & show), $12 show only; students & children: $12 (dinner & show), $5 show only. This entertaining event promotes international friendship and also will be raising money for MCC Refugee Relief.
Anabaptist Mennonite Biblical Seminary
The Short Course, Transforming Congregational Conflict and Communication,
will be April 12 - May 23. Explore the possibilities and pitfalls of courageously engaging in differences within congregational life in this online, six-week short course offered by the Church Leadership Center of Anabaptist Mennonite Biblical Seminary. The instructor for the course is Betty Pries, CMed, MTS, Ph.D. candidate. The cost is $200 up to March 22; $250 after March 22. CEUs are available. Learn more
Mennonite Central Committee
Pledge forms for MCC's My Coins Count (previously Penny Power) are on the literature rack by the mailboxes. This year, 2017, marks MCC's 50th annual celebration of the Michiana Relief Sale. Pick up a pledge form to help raise $500,000.00.
Mennonite World Conference
The Bible Still Speaks
Regional Anabaptists and leaders from around the world gathered February 12 for “Transformed by the Word: Reading Scripture in Anabaptist Perspectives,” the first in a 10-year series of events called “Renewal 2027” organized by Mennonite World Conference (MWC) to commemorate the 500th anniversary of the Anabaptist-Mennonite tradition with appreciation and critical reflection on what is now a global movement within the larger body of Christ. Read more
The Window's First Friday Meal
Beef Stroganoff, Rice, Salad and Hawaiian Soufflé are on the menu for our March First Friday meal prepared and hosted by College Mennonite Church. The fundraiser is from 4:30 - 7:00 p.m., unless the food runs out! The suggested price of the meal is $9.00. All proceeds benefit The Window and its programs.
MEDA Spring Business Tour
Join Michiana MEDA for a spring business tour of Miller Poultry Pine Manor Hatchery on Saturday March 18, 2017, beginning at 8:30 a.m. The morning will start with a buffet breakfast at Maple Indian Cuisine, and then the group will head down Main Street to Pine Manor Hatchery for a tour and presentation about the Miller Poultry business. Please RSVP by March 10, by email
or call 574-355-3607. Cost is $5 for students, $15 for Michiana MEDA members, and $20 for others, payable at the door.
Music for Awhile
On Saturday, March 11, at 3:00 p.m. you are invited to a recital, Music for Awhile
, at the AMBS chapel. Musicians are Andrea Bontrager Yoder, Jamie Lake, and Anne Weaver. We will present piano works by Bach and Tchaikovsky, and opera and art songs from across the musical eras including Debussy, Brahms, Purcell, Puccini, Mozart, Rossini, and more. It is a family-friendly event, and we will have a short reception (healthy snacks appropriate for our own young kids at the right-before-dinner hour!) afterward. For questions, contact Andrea Bontrager Yoder
, 608-234-2870. Hope to see many of you there!
Senior Tuesday Luncheon
The next Senior Luncheon at Yellow Creek Mennonite Church will be on Tuesday, March 21 at noon. To make your reservations, call 862-2595 by Monday, March 13. See the bulletin board by the mailboxes for more information.
The Window Fundraiser
The Window's Haystack Supper fundraising event will be March 16, 4:30 - 7:00 p.m. at Waterford Mennonite Church. Pre-sale tickets are available at The Window for $8.00 or purchase tickets at the event for $9.00. All proceeds will benefit the work of The Window, Inc.
Bluffton Choir in Goshen
Bluffton University’s Camerata Singers will perform at two area churches during the group’s tour in March: Benton Mennonite Church on Thursday, March 16 at 7:00 p.m., and Eighth Street Mennonite Church on Friday, March 17 at 7:00 p.m. Both performances are free and open to the public. "Hymns and Songs of the Church” is the theme of the program, conducted by Dr. Mark Suderman, professor of music and director of choral activities at Bluffton. The program will feature sacred choral music from the Renaissance period to the present, including music from a variety of styles and genres: gospel music, choruses from major works, spirituals, hymn arrangements and more.
Christians and Immigration Event
What should Anabaptist-Mennonite Christians think about immigration and how should we engage the immigrants who are our neighbors? Daniel Carroll Rodas will help us unite around the biblical framework of "welcoming the stranger," in an event at Eighth Street Mennonite Church, on Sunday, March 19, at 6:30 p.m. Danny Carroll is author of Christians at the Border
and is an Old Testament professor at Wheaton College. His approach can help the whole church see how and why we must respond in compassion to the immigrants in our communities. For information contact Eighth Street, 574-533-6720, or cohost Hively Avenue Mennonite Church, 574-294-3423.
MCC Comforter Bash
Save the date for the Mennonite Central Committee (MCC) Great Lakes Comforter Bash, October 20 and 21, at Pleasant View Mennonite Church (58529 County Road 23). Precision sewers are needed to piece and sew comforter tops for the event. The top size should be 60"x80"; made of cotton fabric. Free fabric is available from Nadine Zook Miller, Material Resources Coordinator at The Depot. Contact her by email
or call 574-534-4071. For more information about the event contact Carol Honderich, 574-536-9062.
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!
The Mennonite Church USA Archives is seeking volunteers between now and mid-March to assist with packing up and moving collections from Goshen to Elkhart. Tasks include packing office supplies; flagging furniture to be moved; helping to stage collections (labeling, stretch-wrapping boxes, etc…); helping to manage the process of loading and unloading boxes in Goshen and Elkhart; and placing boxes on shelves in Elkhart. If you would be willing to help, please contact Jason Kauffman
Are you excited about developing a vibrant, local food system in Northern Indiana? Support the Elkhart County Food Council! The council hopes to add a part-time administrator to assist with coordination, communication, research, marketing and connecting with stakeholders. To make a tax deductible donation to assist with this staffing need, make checks payable to Elkhart County Food Council and send to 1400 Hudson Street Elkhart IN 46516. Contact Phyllis Miller