Berkey Avenue Mennonite Fellowship
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March 2, 2014

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Berkey Announcements


Rafael BarahonaYou may or may not know that I have been running a business part time doing web and graphic design in addition to my role here at Berkey. This business, R3 Design, has seen substantial success as a start up, and in light of this, I have decided to pursue this venture full time. I will remain in the office until the end of the summer, as the search for a replacement begins, and also considering Dan's sabbatical. My family and I will continue to attend Berkey as we have definitely found a home here. I am grateful to Berkey for allowing me to serve in this role and implement many changes, and am very pleased to remain part of the Berkey family. ~ Rafael Barahona

Fundraiser Tea for Kenya

TeaThe Mission Commission and the Metekai family's small group invite you to join us on Sunday, March 16, for fellowship and a fundraiser tea between worship and nurture hour. We will be collecting free-will donations for the Metekai family to purchase textbooks and supplies for a school in their home village in Kenya.  Cookies, drinks, and Kenyan treats will be provided.  Please help us support this worthwhile effort!

Animate: Faith Sunday School Class

Animate: FaithWere you disappointed not to be able to discuss the 2 missed lessons in the Animate:Faith class? Come join us for the next 2 weeks as we ponder, reflect on, and discuss "Jesus" and "Church". We will watch a DVD portion by a leading voice who will set up the conversation, spend time in personal reflection and journaling, and engage in conversation. Marilyn Rudy-Froese will facilitate this class. This week, Mark Scandrette explores, "Jesus: The Revolution of Love." Learn more and hear excerpts.

New to the Library

LibraryDo you have kids? Grandkids? Are you leading children's time?  Do you just enjoy children's literature? If you said yes to any of these questions, the following titles may be of interest to you:
  • Little Stories for Little Children by Donna McKee Rhodes published by Herald Press
  • Stories for Telling by William R. White published by Augsburg Publishing House
  • Animals that Show & Tell by William L. Coleman published by Bethany House

Community Garden

Berkey GardenThe past five years we have had a community garden in the property that the church owns west of the parking lot.  We have at least 20 people having garden plots there, approximately 8 of those families that do not attend church at BAMF.  If you want a plot and haven’t told me, let me know soon.  Water is piped out to the middle of the plots.  The area is fenced in to keep rabbits out and the ground will be worked up and ready for planting. ~ Lowell Nafziger

Close to Home Pamphlets

Close to HomeThe Caregiving Commission has purchased Close to Home Pastoral Care pamphlets from MennoMedia. These pamphlets cover a wide range of topics that are "so close to home we don't like to talk about them." The pamphlets bring together therapy, Christian faith and congregational care for those struggling with issues such as addictions, depression, anxiety or eating disorders. You are free to take a pamphlet for yourself or someone else. They can be found on the newly installed pamphlet rack in the library.

Marriage Retreat: You, Me, We and God

Marriage RetreatJoin us on March 15 from 9:00 a.m. to noon at Waterford Mennonite Church for an enriching time featuring candid panel discussion and engaging break-out time for couples. Guided questions and materials will also be provided for couples, along with additional resources for further spiritual engagement following the conclusion of the retreat. Plan now on setting aside this time to work at nurturing your marriage relationship. This free retreat is jointly planned by and for Waterford Mennonite Church and Berkey Avenue Mennonite Fellowship. You can register by emailing or on Facebook.

Celebrating the Gift

Sexuality SeriesThank you to all who helped organize, lead or otherwise participate in the 2014 sexuality series.  Thank you also to everyone who completed the outgoing survey.  the results of the survey have been compiled and are available for your review.

Throwback Thursdays

Throwback ThursdaysHead 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

Bethany Christian Schools Bethany Christian Schools

Girls Tennis Coach

Bethany Christian High School is seeking a girls tennis coach for spring 2014. Position begins in early March. To apply or ask questions, contact athletic director Gary Chupp at

Food Service Manager

Bethany Christian Schools invites applications for the position of food service manager. The position begins March 31, 2014, and continues in the 2014-15 school year. For details and application procedures, see

Musical Tickets

Bethany Christian High School will be performing the musical Just So! March 6-9. Performances are on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday evenings at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday at 3:00 p.m. Tickets are $8 for adults and $6 for students. Ticket sales begin Monday, February 17, and may be purchased online at (or call the school at 534-2567 on school days, 8:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.). Based on the stories of Rudyard Kipling, Just So takes the audience on a journey to the banks of Africa’s Limpopo River, where they meet a collection of colorful creatures. Connecting the stories of how the rhino got its baggy skin and how the giraffe got its spots, to name a few, is the quest of the Elephant’s Child to stop Pau Amma the Crab from playing with the ocean and threatening the lives of all the animals. Assisted by the Eldest Magician and the Kolokola Bird, the Elephant’s Child shows us how one determined individual can make a real difference in the world. Created by the team behind the musical HONK!, this show is entertaining and inspiring for all ages.The production will feature our own Rachel Schrock and Kyle Snyder. Other Berkey folks involved in various ways include Corey Hostetler, Marilyn Rudy-Froese, Patrick Buller, Evie Nafziger, and Patsy Sherer.

Goshen Community Schools

Goshen High School will be performing Willy Wonka the Musical.  Performance dates are March 13, 14 and 15 at 7:30 p.m.; and March 15 and 16 at 2:30 p.m.  Tickets can be reserved by calling (574) 971-4150 or emailing Cost is $7.00 for students and $9.00 for adults. Annika Bontreger, Natalie Neufeld, Christy Sessa, Mason Short, and Mathew Williams are part of the production.

Goshen College Goshen College

Join us on Tuesday, March 11, at 1:00 p.m. in the Sauder Concert Hall as Dr. Christopher H. Fashun, assistant professor of music, and Ben Runkel, percussion present Percussion Á la Carte. During the first half of the 20thcentury, composers turned to the field of percussion because of the endless possibilities of experimentation and sounds.  Percussionists soon established their own solo and chamber repertoire.  Western Classical tradition opened to sounds of world percussion and other cultures as well as various combinations with non-percussion voices. Percussion Á la Carte is exactly what is says - an afternoon of sound combinations that include both Western and Brazilian percussion.  This event is free. For questions please contact Goshen College at (574) 535-7565 or email

AMBS Anabaptist Mennonite Biblical Seminary

AMBS is launching the Center for Faith Formation and Culture, to help not only foster faith development but also to help us see how our cultures affect our faith. Andy Brubacher Kaethler, assistant professor of faith formation and culture, will direct the center, which will focus on a different stage of life each year in a three-year cycle. Watch for more details as the Center begins its work. Learn more.

Community Announcements

The Window First Friday Meal

The Window invites you to our March 7 First Friday meal from 4:30 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.. River Oaks Community Church Gardeners will be hosting this event which features 1/2 BBQ Chicken, potatoes, green beans, relish (carrots/celery) with dip and dessert. There is a suggested donation of $ 9.00. Please call (574) 533-9680 for more information.

MCC Relief Sale Choir

We are very excited to announce that this year’s MCC Relief Sale Choir programs will involve two choirs: the men’s choir as we’ve had for many years, and a women’s choir. Debra Brubaker, professor of music at Goshen College will lead a Women’s Choir focusing on international music and Nathan Swartzendruber will again lead the Men’s Choir. Each choir will perform several songs separately and a few together. Learn more.

Center for Healing & Hope’s Fiesta Feast

Tickets are on sale now for the Center for Healing & Hope’s Fiesta Feast featuring a Puerto Rican Meal by Rolling Scones. Join us on Saturday, March 22, from 5:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. at College Mennonite Church Fellowship Hall (1900 S. Main St. Goshen). Eat in or carry out will be available. The family friendly fundraising dinner supports the Center for Healing & Hope, which provides urgent medical care and advocacy to those in need in our community. The Puerto Rican meal includes savory chicken & pork, rice & beans, salad, bread, & dessert. Tickets are $20 Adults, $10 Children 12 & under and are available until March 19 or until sold out. You may order them online at, by calling (574) 534-4744 ext. 201, emailing, or mailing a check to Center for Healing & Hope, P.O. Box 195, Goshen, IN 46527.

Help-A-House 2014

LaCasa is looking for Goshen homeowners for Help-A-House 2014. Don’t miss this opportunity to get the new roof, or windows your home needs. Help-A-Houses is income based and is provided on a first-come first-serve basis. Homes must be within the city limits of Goshen. Get your application in now! Call LaCasa at (574) 533-4450 for more information.

Menno-Hof Series

You’re invited to attend Creating a safe place: let the children come led by Merlin Miller from The Haven, White Pigeon, MI on March 16 at 6:00 p.m. at Menno-Hof. Prompted by God’s leading, The Haven was started in 2009 as an after school hangout for elementary students. Come hear how God is using love in the form of positive interaction to change a community. This is the third event in Menno-Hof’s “Coffee, cookies and community: Part II” winter series. Bring cookies to share – coffee will be provided. RSVP is requested to or 260-768-4117 as seating is limited.

Living our Faith in the Workplace

MEDA invites you to Living our Faith in the Workplace on Thursday, March 20 at 6:30 p.m. This event will be held at Clinton Frame Mennonite Church (63846 County Road 35, Goshen). Lavon Detweiler has been in business for 17 years developing three different areas of business: machinery, trucking, and recycling. He’ll share his story of connecting faith with his work. Kindly RSVP by Monday, March 17 by (If you don’t receive a confirmation email or phone call, please let us know.) Meal and program costs are $15 for members and $20 for non-members.

Senior Tuesday Luncheon

You are invited to the next Senior Tuesday Luncheon at Yellow Creek Mennonite Church on Tuesday, March 18, noon in the Fellowship Hall. Invite your friends and neighbors to join us! The program will feature local author Patricia Hochstetler. She will speak about her Amish background and have her books available for purchase. The cost is $5.00 per person, paid at the door and our menu features chicken rice casserole, California blend vegetables, tossed salad, and sherbet/cookies for dessert. Rolls and coffee/tea will also be available. For reservations, call Yellow Creek Mennonite church office at (574) 862-2595 by Monday, March 10.

LaCasa Annual Luncheon Meeting

Save the date for LaCasa's Annual Luncheon Meeting, March 26, 2014 at noon.  We will gather in the Crystal Ballroom at the Lerner Theater in Elkhart. Annual meeting seats are $30 each or $225 for a table of eight. Reservations can be made by calling (574) 533-4450 ext 16 or emailing LaCasa has been helping Families and improving neighborhoods for 44 years.  We want to share what we are doing now!

Days of Prayer and Action (DOPA) for Colombia

We are encourage MCC constituents in our Great Lakes region to participate in the upcoming Days of Prayer and Action (DOPA) for Colombia! This annual event draws attention to issues currently impacting our brothers and sisters in Colombia and involves a day of prayer followed by a day of action. We are trying to involve as many U.S. churches as possible in this event. Learn more.

Donations for the Window

You make a difference! Without your generous donations, many of those in our community would be hungry and cold. Visit our website for a full list of items needed.

An Evening with Loren Hostetter

Michiana MEDA invites you to an evening with Loren Hostetter, MEDA’s Director of New Business Development on Monday, March 10 at 7:30 p.m. at College Mennonite Church. Loren will discuss MEDA’s innovative approach to reducing poverty through business development and will share stories from his extensive experience in agricultural value chains and agri-business development work in South America, Eastern Europe and Africa. This event is free and no reservations are required.

Sonshine Children's Ministry Fundraiser

Benton Mennonite Church once again will host a fundraiser at our facility, (15350 CR 44) for Sonshine Children's Ministry on Saturday, March 15, from 7:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. Our menu includes scrambled eggs with all the toppings, biscuits and gravy, homemade cinnamon rolls, muffins, coffee cake, juice, coffee, Tea.  Please call telephone 574-642-3245 with questions.

MDC Goldenrod's Project Promise Celebrates 40 years

Over the last 40 years Project Promise has been a gift in our community as it has created community together with men and women of all abilities through prayer, worship, crafts, drama, and fellowship. This year we celebrate our 40th year anniversary. Please join us as for 40th anniversary program at Clinton Frame Mennonite Church on March 29th at 4:00 p.m. Project Promise is a program to meet the spiritual and social needs of adults with disabilities. Project Promise meets two times a month for worship and craft activities. In addition to the worship and craft activities, Project Promise hosts an annual Easter play, a field day, a retreat, a chicken BBQ and various other activities. (This year the program will take the place of our annual Easter Play. Please join us for our Program and look forward to the play resuming in 2015.)

Scrapbooking, Crafting, and Quilting Retreat 

March 14-16, is our first retreat of 2014. You may come as early as Tuesday, March 11! Amigo Centre invites you to a weekend of productivity along with the opportunity to rest, restore and refresh your body and soul. Whether you scrapbook, quilt, or have another craft that you love, we invite you to come and we will provide the space, lodging, great food and just the right amount of focused input to allow you time for your projects as well as fun and fellowship. Brochures have been mailed, and information and online registration is available at You may also reach us at (269) 651-2811 with questions.


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!

Mennonite Mission Network has an immediate opening for a full-time Church Relations Associate.  Work will be based in Elkhart, Indiana, or Newton, Kansas, with regular travel to U.S. locations in the mid-states and West coast, approximately 35% of the time. Candidates need a passion for God’s mission, and the ability to build relationships, listen carefully, and inspire participation. The position description can be read online at Interested persons please send a letter of interest and résumé to Linda Krueger, Human Resources Coordinator, at Mennonite Mission Network is an antiracist organization and welcomes applications from people of all races and nationalities.
Food Services Director opening at College MennoniteCollege Mennonite Church seeks a full-time person to continue the food services ministry at CMC. Prior experience in food service is required. This position requires regular attendance at College Mennonite Church in order to perform essential job duties. For more information and a job description, contact Willie Kanagy at 535-7262 or; or Geof Landis at 831-3613 or
The International Guest House in Washington, DC needs volunteer staff (1 month to 1 year) for the ministry of hospitality. The guest house, owned by Allegheny Mennonite Conference, provides a “home away from home” for international and US travelers. There is a priority need for short term volunteers March - August. One year volunteer positions available beginning March and August 2014. All volunteers receive room and board. One year volunteers receive a stipend. Duties include baking, cleaning, laundry, maintenance, hosting breakfast & tea, and welcoming guests; sightseeing in free time. Contact the International Guest House at or (202) 726-5808.
MDC Goldenrod is seeking a qualified person for a 30-40 hour/week general maintenance position. This individual will perform maintenance duties for both the Goshen and Middlebury properties with responsibilities including such things as all general maintenance, overseeing facility projects and property improvements and vehicle upkeep.  We seek someone who not only wants to work in a faith based environment but is committed to living the mission of our agency each and every day.  The hiring process may include: a phone or e-mail screen, an initial interview and a final panel interview. Please submit an application online, via email to, via fax to (574) 534-9817 or stop in our office at 1514 College Ave. Goshen, IN.

Getting to Know

Spiritual Leadership Team

Roy Bergey

Roy Bergey
I grew up 12 miles from the Chesapeake Bay near the VA-NC border on a dairy farm in a Mennonite community called Mt. Pleasant...which, ironically, is totally flat!  I attended all 12 grades in Mennonite schools. I have an AAS in Accounting and BS in Business Administration.  I worked 17 years in public and private accounting and taxes and worked the last 17 years as a financial advisor providing investment and insurance services.  Some other interesting tidbits about me include that I am an identical twin, I enjoy antiquing and gardening, and I am father of 2 and grandfather of 1.

Whether you are new or a charter member, we are continually learning to know each other and we want to get to know you more. It can be very simple, your name, what you do for a living and what you are interested in. You can view our newsletter archive for some examples. Interested in being featured? Let us know!

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

This Week
March 1: Men's Breakfast at Joanna's, 7:00 a.m.
March 4: Pancake Supper, 4:30 p.m.
March 6: Ladies Lunch Bunch, 11:30 a.m. Kindly RSVP to Laverne
March 8: Caregiving Commission Meeting,9:00 a.m.

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

This month, Mennonite Mission Network’s partner, DOOR, is hosting students on spring break. Pray that students will see the face of God in the cities as they work with local agencies, learn from local leaders, and reflect on the intersection of faith and service in their lives.

DownloadMar. MMN Prayer Vine

Church Notes
Sunday Service Info

This Sunday: March 2

Neil Richer, Curt & Elise Wenger

Lindsay Rheinheimer

Evan Krabill, Jacob Rudy-Froese

Offering Counters: 
Barbara Eichorn, Greg Smucker

Ben Buckwalter / Anne Berry, Clare & Merrill Krabill

Lois and John Mast

Next Sunday: March 9

Neil Richer, Curt & Elise Wenger

Lindsay Rheinheimer

Diane and Lowell Nafziger

Offering Counters: 
Ron Good, Rick Hostetter

Ben Buckwalter / Anne Berry, Clare & Merrill Krabill

Jeannie and Phil Miller

Statistical Report 
(February 23)

Attendance: 179
General Fund: $3,807.00
Bethany Tuition: $9,440.00
College Matching: $45.00
Coffee: $280.04
House: $220.00

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.

Dan Schrock
Marilyn Rudy-Froese
Lois Stoltzfus Mast

Greg Smucker (Chairperson)
Roy Bergey
Lee Roy Berry, Jr.
Shirley Dick
Jan Shetler

Renae Yoder (Chairperson)
Doug Baker
Laura Horst
Richard Miller
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