Berkey Avenue Mennonite Fellowship
A congregation of Mennonite Church USA
Berkey Avenue Mennonite Fellowship
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March 5, 2017

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Berkey Announcements

GIHN Hosting Week

GIHNThis 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 Ruth Roth.

Lent Choir

choirYou 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, follow this link.

Peace Club

peace clubThe 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

Service Project

missionThe 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).

Write a Note of Thanks to your Teacher

thanksPlease 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.

Teacher Appreciation Meal

teacherAll 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.

Desserts Needed

dessertAs 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 here. The username is desserts. The password is bamf. Or, contact Ruth Roth.

Berkey Prayer Circle

PrayerThe 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.

Death of Phil Hostetler

Phil HostetlerMary 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. You are invited to read the full obituary.

Bible School

bible schoolSave the date!! Summer Bible School will be June 5-9. More details are coming soon.


Weekly Peace and Justice Concerns Actions

peaceIf you would like to receive weekly updates regarding actions you can take related to social justice concerns please contact James Yoder. The updates will include information regarding organized efforts to communicate our concerns to federal, state and local representatives through phone calls, letter writing, attendance at town hall meetings and rallies. 

Meals for College Students

mealThere 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, follow this link; username: students, password: bamf. For more information, contact Ruth Roth. Thank you so much for your meals and friendship to our students!

Throwback Thursday

tbtHead 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!

Do you have an announcement for the Newsletter? Submit your announcement to the office by noon on Thursday. Announcements received after the deadline will be printed the following week.


Our Schools

icon_bcs Bethany Christian

Open House

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.

Visit Day

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.

Goshen College Goshen College

Lenten Devotions

Looking for a daily Lenten devotional in your inbox? Goshen College's daily Lenten devotions, written by students, faculty and staff, are based on the theme "Restore us, O God!" Read and subscribe to the devotions.

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.

AMBS Anabaptist Mennonite Biblical Seminary

Short Course

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.

MCCMennonite Central Committee

Pledge Forms

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.

MWCMennonite 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.

Community Announcements

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, 574-523-3059.

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 with questions.



Friends in Mission

Simon & Becca
Simon & Becca Smucker
In a recent blog post, Overalls and Buggies: Learning about Colony Mennonites, Simon and Becca write, "An interesting part of being a Mennonite here in Bolivia is the confusion from Bolivians about what Mennonite means. To most Bolivians, Mennonite means someone from a colony that wears traditional overalls or long dresses, doesn't drive cars, does not own a cell phone, and speaks Low German. We have had many conversations with Bolivians who have said "you aren't Mennonite" after looking at our modern clothing.Read more.


Sunday, March 5 - 12
Hosting IHN

Monday, March 6
Intercessory Prayer, 7:00 p.m.

Wednesday, March 8
Worship Commission, 7:00 p.m.

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Birthdays This Week
Austin Hooley
Elisabeth Barahona
Nicholas Schrock
Betty Kauffman
Genie Kehr
Please contact the office by noon on Thursday with prayer requests.

Berkey Family
Colossian WayThe Colossian Way study group is meeting weekly on Sunday mornings. Please be in prayer for those involved: Facilitators, Hannah Canaviri and Joe Liechty, and Participants, Cindy Baker, Gregg Beitler, Abbe Buller, Adam Derstine, Ruth Hathaway, Bev Krabill,Seth Krabill, Jenny Miller, Richard Miller, and Sarah Morrison.

IN-MI Mennonite Conference
Hopewell Mennonite in Kouts, IN (Joel Short, pastor), give praise to God for recent healings. They ask that we pray for their youth group, "HopenStone"  who will be going to Haiti on a mission trip in June to work and spread God's love.

Mennonite Church USA
Please be in prayer for the joint MHS Mennonite Health Assembly and Mennonite Education Agency Education Leaders Gathering taking place March 9-12 in Jacksonville, Florida. Health care and education professionals from Anabaptist-related institutions across the country will be gathering to learn, network, and share. The MHS Board will also be meeting prior to and during the conference.

Mennonite Education Agency
Pray for participants in the Goshen College Women's World Music Choir as they return from their spring break tour, and for all who are touched by their music.

Download March MMN Prayer Vine

Church Notes

Our Worship

This Sunday:  March 5
Lent 1:  Restore us, O God! We Hunger
Scripture:  Matthew 4:1-11
Sermon title:  "Hope for the Struggle"

Next Sunday:  March 12
Lent 2:  Restore us, O God! We Wonder
Scripture:  Matthew 17:1-9
Sermon title:  "Looking to Jesus"

Sunday Service Info

This Sunday:  March 5

Grant Miller
Dan & Deb Williams

Megan Martin

Jason Moshier and Dick Yoder

Michael Sherer, John Mast

Merrill Krabill

Infants: Lindsy Diener-Locke, Laura & Randy Horst
Toddlers:  Lavonne Bixler, Gregg Beitler & Lavonne Shetler

Offering Counters:
John Hooley
Greg Smucker

Next Sunday:  March 12

Aaron Wieand
Steve & Susan Garboden

Jason Moshier

Jason Moshier and Dick Yoder

Michael Sherer, John Mast

Merrill Krabill

Infants:  Susan Garboden, Lyman & Sherry Hug
Toddlers:  Beth Berry, Joe Locke, Deb Williams

Offering Counters:
Ron Good
Rick Hostetter

Statistical Report 
(February 26)

Attendance:  196
General fund:  $6281.67
Bethany fund:  $445.00
Coffee:  $115.80
College fund:  $30.00
Parking lot/playground:  $100.00
Summer camp fund:  $300.00

General Fund Income 2016-17 YTD
Actual:  $172,646.36
Budget:  $159,060.00

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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.


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