Berkey Avenue Mennonite Fellowship
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Berkey Avenue Mennonite Fellowship
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September 27, 2015

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Berkey Announcements

Notes of Thanks

Note of thanksRoth's Family

Our family cannot begin to thank you adequately for all the love and support you have poured out to each of us. Saying goodbye to a dear mom, wife, sister, and aunt was filled with great pain and grief. And we know many of you, too, felt this deep sorrow and loss. Jenny touched many lives. She built relationships easily and had multiple and wide circles of friends. In the midst of our pain, we’ve always felt your love and support. You reached out to us with words of comfort, with food (Oh my! What wonderful food!), and offers of help in many ways. And for that we will be forever grateful. The outpouring of your words and love was, and will continue to be, a reminder that we are not alone. Thank you so much. John and Ruth Roth, Mark and Jenny Yoder, Jacob and Johanna Roth, Ryan Wengerd (and Doug, Benjamin, Isaiah)

Amos and Janice Hostetler

We would like to thank the congregation for all the flowers, cards and letters of concern we have received following Amos' surgey. Thank you.

Wilma Shank

Wilma is appreciative of the lovely cards and messages, greetings, prayers as well as remembering her as the congregation. She says it's important to her to be remembered.

New to the Library

New to the LibraryThis week, we have four books added to our library collection. Fully Engaged by Stanley Green and James Krabill, which offers an invitation to fully engage in God's mission and to inspire your church to move from doing business as usual to living out God's hope for your neighborhood and the world.
The End of Religion by Bruxy Cavey (speaker at Mennonite World Conference).  Cavey introduces spiritual seekers to the irreligious message of Jesus in a way that provokes thought and promotes action.  He writes, "What Jesus came to establish was a subversive spiritually outside the boundary markers of traditional religion, and in the process he made religion itself obsolete."
SummerHill Secrets 2 by Beverly Lewis is about a modern 16 year-old living in PA's Amish country, as she faces the true-to-life struggles and heartfelt triumphs of growing up to be the best she can be in God's eyes.  
Sacred Journeys:  A Woman's Book of Daily Prayer by Jan Richardson, features stories  of women that the author has encountered in her own journey, who have stretched her with their stories, questions, lives and sacred journeys. 

Mission Commission - Items for MCC

Items for MCCDuring the month of October, the Mission Commission will be collecting items for MCC refugee kits. This is an opportunity to respond to the ongoing refugee crisis which impact millions of people around the globe. Please purchase some or all of the items listed below. As a congregation we will combine our gifts and take them to the depot where they will be packaged for shipment.  
4 large bars bath soap 
1 plastic bottle shampoo (13–24 oz; place in resealable plastic bag)
4 large bars laundry soap (Some stores carry Fels Naptha®, Sunlight® or Zote® brands)
4 adult-size toothbrushes
4 new bath towels (medium weight, dark or bright colors)
2 wide-tooth combs (6–8 in)
1 fingernail clipper(good quality)
1 box adhesive bandages(minimum 40 count, assorted)
1 package sanitary pads (18–24 count thin maxi)

Art Potato Plow Demonstration

Potato plow demonstrationOn Saturday, October 3, at 10:00, Lowell Nafziger will be demonstrating his state of the art potato plow in the Berkey Community Gardens as it unearths 15 rows of potatoes. You are invited to view this demonstration and to help pick up and wash potatoes. Children accompanied by an adult are welcome. You could make it a mentor-mentee activity.  Unlike store purchased potatoes, these potatoes come in all shapes and sizes.  Enjoy the thrill of finding uniquely shaped potatoes while watching Lowell’s plow turn the Berkey soil.

Letters or Cards

Letters or cards for JeredDear church family,
I find myself in some trouble and will be spending some time locked up at Westville (4 years). I would greatly appreciate any letters or cards. Anyone who wants a reply, please use the following information at to send me an emailed letter. My DOC number is 255060, location C2-N2-1U. Please keep me in your thoughts and prayers.
~Jered Liechty

Music Worship Team

Music Worship TeamDo you play an instrument?  Consider joining our music worship team.
There are a number of musicians, young and old, that helped accompany congregational singing during a few worship services this summer.  As a result, the Music Worship Team was formed.  The Music Worship Team will lead singing about once a month. Music parts will be tailored to the level of your experience, from beginners to accomplished musicians.  September 27th and October 25th are our next scheduled Sundays to lead singing.

Meals for College Students

College MealsOver the years, Berkey has been a wonderful, welcoming church home for many college/young adult students. One of the highlights for the students is having a meal each Sunday after church. This allows them to get to know our church family in a more informal setting and learn to know a wider range of people. You don’t need to make anything fancy – just a simple meal of food you enjoy making. You can host in your home or at the church, using the church kitchen. You may sign up individually, with someone else or as a small group. Thank you so much for your meals and friendship to our students!  You can sign up for the meals at Username: students  Password: bamf.

Stephen Ministry

Stephen MinistryThe next available Stephen Minister training will be this coming January through April on Tuesday afternoons from 1:00-4:00 p.m. at the Greencroft Community Center. Please contact Marilyn Rudy-Froese or Shirley Dick if you are interested in this opportunity to be trained.

Small Group

Small GroupWould you like to be part of a small group? The Small Group Coordinating Committee will be happy to find a small group for you to join. Please complete the request form, so we know what kind of group you are interested in. If you have questions, please contact Steph Wieand or Marilyn Rudy-Froese.

Our Schools

Goshen College Goshen College

Zorá String Quartet will be performing on Sunday, October 11 at 4:00 p.m. at Rieth Recital Hall (Music Center). Tickets are $10 general admission, available online or by calling (574) 535-7566. (Prorated Season Tickets are still available for the Rieth Chamber Series!). Grand Prize and Gold Medal Winner of the 42nd Fischoff National Chamber Music Competition, Zorá Quartet has performed in the Kennedy Center, Lincoln Center, and Duke’s Hall at the Royal Academy of Music in England. Zorá’s distinguished career as a string quartet includes being selected for the Chamber Music Residency at Banff Centre and Norfolk Chamber Music Festival, performing at the Beethoven-Haus in Bonn, Germany, and being named the Graduate Quartet in Residence at the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music.

AMBS Anabaptist Mennonite Biblical Seminary

The second annual Rooted and Grounded conference offers three keynote addresses, ten opportunities for workshop and seminar presentations and a choice from eleven immersion experiences. These and the worship that will surround them are part of the three day event, October 1-3 at AMBS. Join the conversations with pastors, scholars, gardeners and creation care practitioners. Registration available online.

Community Announcements

The Window

The Window invites you for first Friday meal, October 2 from 4:30-7:00 p.m. or until the food runs out.  Featured meal includes Ed's famous chicken enchiladas, green beans with bacon, Pennsylvania Dutch side surprise dessert. This event is hosted by the Window's executive director Ed Swartely and board members. Suggested donation is $8

The Inn Crowd- Christmas Musical

Goshen community children and youth are invited to participate in this Christmas musical at College Mennonite Church on December 13 by Lee Dengler and Susan Naus Dengler.  Informational kickoff meeting is on Wednesday, Oct. 7 at 6:30 p.m. and the rehearsals begin on Wednesday, Oct. 14 at 6:30 p.m. For more information, contact Susan Dengler or (574) 849-5355

MEDA Dinner and Program

Join Michiana Mennonite Economic Development Associates (MEDA) for dinner and a program on Thursday, October 15, 2015 at 6:30 p.m. at Silverwood Mennonite Church in Goshen. Len Geiser and Jonathan Geiser, father and son family business advisors, will be presenting a program "Succession Issues with Business Transitions." Family-owned businesses have many strengths and are a vital element of the US economy. But they also experience many unique challenges. Our October program will focus on one of the most important challenges that most family companies face, that of business succession.
Please RSVP by Monday, October 12, to or 574-355-3607. Cost is $5 for students, $15 for Michiana MEDA members, and $20 for others, payable at the door.

MDC Goldenrod Fundraiser

Please come to the MDC Goldenrod Chicken BBQ fundraiser for Project Promise on Thursday, October 15 from 4 to 7:30 p.m. at Fairhaven Amish Mennonite Church. Fairhaven is located 5½ miles east of Goshen on the north side of State Road 4 (13513 Indiana 4, Middlebury). Enjoy High’s chicken with potato, broccoli, bacon bits, sour cream, and home-made pie (fruit cups for carry-out orders). The suggested donation is $10 for the dine-in or carry-out meal. Proceeds will support the work of Project Promise, a program of MDC Goldenrod that aims to meet the spiritual and social needs of persons with disabilities.

Kids Alive Fundraiser for Joan Troyer

On Saturday, October 10th, 2015 at Tractor Supply on 33 South of Goshen from 10 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., we will be having a Kings BBQ Chicken Fundraiser to help support Joan Troyer who is providing medical attention to children at orphanage and school in Constanza, Dominican Republic. Price for half chicken is $6.  Tickets can be purchased in advance from Dawn Troyer at 574-329-2730. Thank you for your support in helping Joan with her mission calling.

Walnut Hill Benefit Dinner

You are invited to the 15th Annual Walnut Hill benefit dinner, Thursday, October 15, at Greencroft Community Center at 6:00 p.m. Tickets are $55 each or $400 for a table of 8.  Entertainment will be provided by the Goshen Crimsonaries. Please reply by October 2.

Benefit Dinner

A benefit dinner for the Instituto Bíblico Anabautista, will take place Tuesday, Oct. 6 at 6:30 p.m. in the Fellowship Hall of College Mennonite Church, Goshen Ind. The event will feature a fajita dinner catered by Los Primos, a presentation by Ervin Stutzman, executive director of Mennonite Church USA, and a live music performance. The suggested donation is $50 per plate or $350 for a table of eight. This is a great opportunity for  a Sunday School, Small Group or individuals to come and hear how this program is equipping Hispanic leaders in Mennonite Church USA. IBA is a program of Mennonite Education Agency’s Hispanic Pastoral and Leadership Education Program. For reservation information contact Jo Helmuth  or call (574) 343-1319.

Elkhart County ClubHouse

Elkhart County Clubhouse will have an open house, October 2 ( First Friday), at 5:00 - 8:00 p.m. We are kicking off Mental Health awareness Week!!! We are located at 114 South 5th St. Goshen. .

Jail Ministry Volunteer Meeting

The Elkhart County Jail Ministry is hosting its second annual All Volunteers Meetings on Sunday, October 11 from 3:00-5:00 p.m. at Grace Community Church, 20076 Co Rd 36, Goshen, IN 46526. All registered jail volunteers are encouraged to attend, as well as potential volunteers. This will be an important time of vision casting, sharing, encouraging and supporting each other as jail volunteers. You can RSVP to Chaplain Cory Martin.


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 Mennonite Biblical Seminary seeks a full-time data services manager for the development office. Qualifications include experience with fund-raising software (Raiser’s Edge preferred); strong skills in database management, communication, attention to detail; and familiarity with tax regulations related to charitable contributions. Full description online. To apply, send letter of application, resume and three references to Missy Schrock. Review of applications begins immediately.



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

This week:
October 1: Lunch Bunch at El Camino Restaurant, 12 noon.  RSVP to Laverne Nafziger.
October 5: Men's Breakfast, 7:00 a.m.

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CalendarView Calendar Online

Anniversaries and Birthdays This Week:

Ben and Amy Buckwalter

Doug Baker
Jesse Sawatzky
Anita Snyder
Anja Martin
Andrew Shenk
Aaron Wieand

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

Pray for Walnut Hill Mennonite Church (pastors Jane Stoltzfus Buller, Brent Siegrist). Pray for our church as pastor Jane takes a sabbatical, as the congregation prepares for a retreat in October, and as they together seek to be in God’s plan during a time of change.
Mennonite Mission Network partners Annette and Paco Castillo are commissioned by the Mennonite Church in Burgos, Spain, to begin a children’s ministry in Ivory Coast. The Castillos, who began the La Casa Grande ministry in Benin, request prayer for the children’s health and for electricians and plumbers to mentor apprentices.

DownloadSeptember MMN Prayer Vine

Church Notes
Sunday Service Info

This Sunday: September 27

Neil Richer, Renae Yoder and Denise Risser

Anita and Dteban Mounsithiraj

Eric and Lavonn Hostetler

Phil Bauman, Susan Garboden

Infants: Jeniffer Schrock, Betty Kauffman and Trish Shenk
Toddlers: Joe Locke, Leroy and Beth Berry

Offering Counters:
Dick Ramer, Karl Sommers

Next Sunday: October 4

Rafael Barahona, Renae Yoder and Denise Risser

Anita and Dteban Mounsithiraj

Phil & Julie Zimmerman

Ben Buckwalter

Infants: Renae Yoder, Brenda and Daniel Grimes
Toddlers: Marcia Weaver, Lois and John Mast

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

Attendance: 162
General Fund: $6,677.00
Bethany Tuition: $15.00
College Matching: $20.00
Coffee:  $115.20
Fall Festival (sale of meat): $15.00

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
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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