Berkey Avenue Mennonite Fellowship
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Berkey Avenue Mennonite Fellowship
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March 6, 2015

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Berkey Announcements

The Berkey Family Grows Some More

Nicholas Oberon Kennel was born at 12:55 p.m.on March 5 to Anna Mast and Jaron Kennel. He's 8 pounds and half an ounce. Both he and Anna are doing very well! Welcome to the Berkey family!

Springing Forward

This Sunday, please remember to spring forward one hour. Daylight Savings Time begins at 2:00 a.m. on Sunday, March 8.  Don't forget to set your clocks ahead 1 hour.

Berkey Hosting Volunteers

This coming week, Berkey will be hosting a group of college students from Michigan State University who will be coming to volunteer at LaCasa. They will arrive at the church on Sunday around 5:00 p.m. and will leave early on Saturday morning (March 14).  If you are in and out of the building during the week, please be aware of their presence.

Easter Flowers

You are invited to purchase potted tulips in memory of someone who has died. These flowers will be part of the visuals on Easter Sunday; following the service, you may take them home to enjoy. The person(s) you list "In Memory Of", along with your name, will be listed in the bulletin on Easter Sunday. The price for the potted tulips is $10. The order form will be on a table in the fellowship hall on March 8, 15 and 22. Please contact Clare Krabill with any questions.

Benefit of the Doubt

Benefit of the Doubt: Breaking the Idol of CertaintyBenefit of the Doubt: Breaking the Idol of Certainty, a provocative book by pastor, theologian, and best-selling author Greg Boyd, will be the subject of a new Sunday School class starting on March 8. Benefit of the Doubt invites readers "to embrace a faith that doesn't strive for certainty, but rather for commitment in the midst of uncertainty." Boyd makes the case that doubt can enhance faith and that seeking certainty is harming many in today's church. The class reading of Benefit of the Doubt will be led by Richard Aguirre and Lane Miller with occasional contributions by Joe Liechty. If you're interested in joining the class, see Dan Schrock about reserving a copy of Boyd's personal, poignant, and powerful book.

Parenting Sunday School Class

Parenting as a spiritual journey, making a home for faith, caring for children as a spiritual practice--all of these phrases are a good description for the kinds of conversations we hope to have in this Sunday school class. All who are in the midst of raising children, and want to share with others who are also at various points along the parenting and grandparenting journey, are invited to be part of this conversation. We will share the joys and challenges of parenting, our hopes and fears and questions about our role as parents, and explore spiritual practices for ourselves and our children. The class begins this Sunday, March 8.

New to the Library

We have added a few more selections to the library related to our Lenten theme of death, dying, and loss. Hope for the Flowers by Trina Paulus,
Tear Soup: A Recipe for Healing After Loss by Pat Schwiebert and Chuck DeKlyen, Accompany Them with Singing: The Christian Funeral by Thomas G. Long, The Good Funeral: Death, Grief, and the Community of Care by Thomas Long and Thomas Lynch, and Aging:The Fulfillment of Life by Henri Nouwen and Walter J. Gaffney.M. Learn more.

Easter Sunday Announcement

Please make a note that on Easter Sunday, April 5, we will have a worship service as usual, but no Sunday school classes.

Evaluation of the Congregation and Pastors

You have only a few days left to complete the online evaluation of the congregation and the pastors. If you didn't, please contact someone in the church office, who will send it to you. The last major evaluation was 5 years ago, but since then much about our congregation has changed. Your responses will be important in helping us to assess and improve our life together. Please complete your evaluation by Sunday, March 8. We estimate it will take about 20-25 minutes of your time. This survey is open to everyone who participates in congregational life, whether you are a member or attender. JYFers, MYFers, and adults are all welcome to fill one out. In the final reports to the commissions, congregation, and pastors, individual respondents will not be identified. The SLT will be responsible to interpret results from the pastoral parts of the evaluation directly to the pastors.


Lent During Lent, we will have a worship series on "The Rituals of Loss and Remembrance" in which we will examine our practices around loss, grief and death and dying. We recognize that each one of us experiences losses of many kinds throughout our lives, some of which mark us permanently and affect us deeply. We also recognize that hearing stories of loss and grief can open up old wounds and bring back a loss in new ways. If you find that you are struggling in a new way with grief, or experiencing difficulty in carrying your grief, please talk to Dan, Marilyn or a trusted friend. Learn more.

The deacons will be available in the small office off of Jubilee Hall during Sunday School, if you would like to share your stories of grief and loss with a couple other people. Additionally, There is a table in the fellowship hall with books and resources on grief. You are welcome to take any brochures, or to sign out any of the books.

Mission Commission

History of SegregationOn Sunday, March 15, Missions Commission is inviting you to come to the Civil Rights Heritage Center in South Bend to learn about the history of segregation and the Civil Rights movement. The Heritage Center is located in the natatorium and contains Anne Berry's graphic design depictions of this history of segregation and those who led the movement to desegregate the public swimming pool. Anne Berry, along with George Garner, the Tours and Collections Coordinator at the Civil Rights Heritage Center, will lead this time. We will car pool from the church, so plan to bring a brown bag lunch; we will leave from the church in time to arrive at the Heritage Center at 1:30 pm. Please sign up on the Mission bulletin board (across from the restrooms) if you plan to attend.

Our Schools

Goshen College Bethany Christian Schools

Host Families Needed

Bethany Christian Schools is in need of host families for serving international students who would like to attend Bethany. This opportunity to gain cross cultural experience in your own home often becomes a rewarding experience for the host family, as well as a blessing to the student. Families receive monetary compensation. One school year commitment. For more information, contact admissions director Sarah Kraybill Lind at or (574) 534-2567.

Visit Bethany on March 23

Students in grades 6-10 interested in exploring Bethany Christian Schools can shadow a Bethany student on Monday, March 23, 8:50 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Parents are invited to a 8:45-9:15 a.m. coffee and conversation. Parent tours are available 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 see

Goshen College Goshen College

Goshen College Afternoon Sabbatical: Creating a Legacy

The next afternoon Sabbatical will be on Tuesday, March 10 at 1:00 p.m.  at the Sauder Concert Hall, Music Center. Join Jep Hostetler, a retired medical educator, humorist and magician, and Glen Miller, a retired medical doctor, administrator and author, as they discuss ways to create a legacy through an intentional process of living. They will focus on how to emphasize personal gifts, priorities and dreams, and how to prepare for a graceful exit at the end of life. This event is free and open to the public For information on Afternoon Sabbatical programming email or call (574) 535-7565.

Free Lecture: The Professor as Peacemaker

On Monday, March 17 at 7:30 p.m., Bluffton University professor of history Perry Bush will present the 2015 C. Henry Smith Peace Lecture. He will speak on “The Professor as Peacemaker: C. Henry Smith and the Mennonite Intellectual Tradition, 1920-1948.” In light of the current struggles of the Mennonite Church, Bush argues, Smith’s voice and role as a leading church intellectual may be increasingly relevant for us today. The lecture will take place in the college's Administration Building Room 28 and is free and open to the public.

AMBS Anabaptist Mennonite Biblical Seminary

Invitation to Prayer

The next months are often gathering times for area churches, regional church conferences and denominations. To prepare prayerfully for these gatherings, the prayer team for Mennonite Church USA's convention and AMBS Kansas Center (based in North Newton) invite groups to plan prayer retreats this spring. Download prayer retreat resources from the AMBS website.

Community Announcements

Mennonite World Conference

Don't miss this once-in-a-generation event! Make plans now to attend PA 2015, the Global Assembly of Mennonite World Conference. Prepare to be transformed as you worship and fellowship with Anabaptist brothers and sisters from around the world. Experience the global Church through five days of great music, inspirational speakers from different countries, small sharing groups, tours, workshops, and much more. PA 2015 will be held July 21-26, 2015 in Harrisburg, PA. Please register online.

Retreat Through Song at Camp Friedenswald

Experience the spirit and community of singing together at a new Camp Friedenswald retreat on March 13-14. Singing sessions will express a variety of songs/hymns of faith with creative, skilled song leaders. Includes overnight lodging, meals and great fellowship. For more information and to register online or call 269-476-9744. There is also a flyer on the bulletin board.

CROP Hunger Walk

This year's Goshen CROP Hunger Walk will take place May 3 and will again start at Shanklin Park at 2:00 p.m. Funds from the Walk support hunger fighting efforts locally through The Window and globally through Church World Service. Ed Swartley, Executive Director of The Window, and the rest of the team is hoping to have a a representative from our congregation to serve as a recruiter. Anyone interested should contact Cindy Watson at or (574) 264-3102, ext. 441 or (574) 536-9640.

Mennohof Lecture

You’re invited to attend “Driven by mission: fostering community health” Sunday, March 22, 2015, 6:00 p.m. at Menno-Hof, with presenter Dr. James Nelson Gingerich of Maple City Health Care Center. Dr. Gingerich will share stories of transformation and discovery as the health care center has learned to operate out of a call to mission and a sense of abundance. This is the last event in Menno-Hof’s “Simple Treats, Stewardship & Servanthood” winter series. Bring finger foods to share – coffee will be provided.

Haystacks Benefit Dinner

Come and support The Window at the Haystacks Benefit Dinner Thursday, March 26th  from 4:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. This is a great way to enjoy good food with your family and friends while helping The Window raise funds for its programs. Waterford Mennonite Church is hosting the event and tickets are available in advance at The Window for Adult-$7 or $8 at the door, Children 4-13: $4 and Children 0-3: free.

MCC Peace Gathering in Chicago

You are invited to join Mennonite Central Committee (MCC) Great Lakes for an informative day of workshops, worship and dialogue on Saturday, March 28. In the morning, pastors are invited to a conversation with MCC staff and board. Beginning at 1:00 p.m., MCC U.S. staff will lead public workshops on immigration, military enlistment, gun violence and anti-oppression. Following the seminars, there will be a short worship service before the opportunity to engage in additional conversation over a light supper. The Peace Gathering will take place at Living Water Community Church (6808 N. Ashland Blvd.) in Chicago. More details, including a full schedule and workshop descriptions, can be found at Kindly RSVP to Jorge Vielman, Peace & Justice Coordinator, at or (574) 534-4133.

CAPS Training

CAPS is pleased to announce a training on Recognition and Reporting of Child Abuse on April 17 at Noon. This training is appropriate not only for front-line professionals in Elkhart County and the surrounding areas, but also for anyone whose daily interactions put them in contact with children.  There is no cost for this one-hour training, however it is limited to the first 50 registrants. Please contact Andrew Hershberger in our Marketing Department at or at (574) 295-2277 for more information.

Bluffton's Camerata Singers To Perform Locally

Bluffton University’s Camerata Singers will perform four times in the Goshen-Elkhart area during their annual spring break tour. The concert includes traditional sacred music, gospel music, spirituals, music from the Shaker and Iona communities, and a newly commissioned work. The public is invited to hear this 29-voice chamber choir at Eighth Street Mennonite Church in Goshen at 4:00 p.m., Sunday, March 1; at Anabaptist Mennonite Biblical Seminary in Elkhart at 11:45 a.m., Friday, March 6; and at Holdeman Mennonite Church near Wakarusa at 7:00 p.m., Friday, March 6. They will also sing Friday afternoon at Bethany Christian Schools.

Organ Recital

Shirley Sprunger King, former organ professor at Bethel College in Kansas, will be presenting an organ recital at 8th Street Mennonite Church in Goshen on Sunday, March 8. The program begins at 4:00 p.m. and is free of charge.  Her recital is titled “Looking Toward Easter” and will include Lenten, Palm Sunday, and Easter selections.

MEDA Dinner and Program

Join Michiana MEDA for a dinner and program, "Greening our institutions: How to do it and why we must," with Glenn Gilbert, Goshen College Utilities Manager and Sustainability Coordinator. We will gather on Thursday, March 19 at 6:30 p.m. at Waterford Mennonite Church (65975 SR 15).  Cost is $5 for students, $15 for Michiana MEDA members, and $20 for others, payable at the door. Kindly RSVP by Monday, March 16 to or (574) 355-3607.

Center for Healing & Hope

The Center for Healing and Hope specializes in creating a pathway to better health for individuals with few resources and are without a medical home. If you or someone you know is faced with this situation we can help you. Visit for clinic times and locations or call (574) 534-4744. Bi-lingual service available.

Project Promise Players' Easter Play

Join the Project Promise Players as they present their annual Easter play at Clinton Frame Mennonite Church on Saturday, March 28, at 3:00 and 6:00 p.m. During this live drama, the actors will interpret the events of Easter. Admission is free though a goodwill offering will be taken. The church is located at 63846 County Road 35, Goshen. Project Promise is a program of MDC Goldenrod that provides spiritual and social support for persons with disabilities.

Christian Faith and Healthcare

Mennonite Healthcare Fellowship (MHF) Annual Gathering 2015 will be held on July 19-21, 2015, in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania just prior to Mennonite World Conference Global Assembly. The theme is "Walking Together for Healthy Communities."  Membership in MHF is not required to attend.  A limited number of grants are available, especially for students, volunteers, persons traveling from outside of the U.S. and Canada, and others with limited income. Among the presentations this year are Ted & Company (thought-provoking comedy), Shane Claiborne (community activist from Philadelphia) and Ann Thyle (physician from India).  Workshops will be on diverse topics such as AIDS in Kenya, climate change and health, and congregational health ministries.  

Michiana Mennonite Relief Sale

The Michiana Mennonite Relief Sale will be accepting machine quilted quilts this year for the quilt auction. This year's sale dates are September 25-26.  We are anticipating a great auction made up of both hand and machine quilted quilts.


We are looking for young people with disabilities who will attend the Kansas City Mennonite Church USA convention this summer and might be willing to participate in a youth seminar telling others about life with a disability. If you know someone who fits this description, please be in touch or have them contact Christine Guth at (574) 343-1362.

Hymn Sing

You are invited to attend a hymn sing at Pine Grove Mennonite Church in Battle Creek, March 22 at  3:00 p.m. We will be singing out of the 1992 Mennonite Hymn book (Hymnal: A Worship Book) and other hymnbooks. We will sing for approximately an hour and a half. We will have a "finger-food-only" potluck, so please bring finger foods (sandwiches, etc.) to share.


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!

Position open for Administrative Assistant for Mennonite Healthcare Fellowship, an association of healthcare professionals based in Goshen.  Flexible .5 FTE. Requirements include familiarity with Microsoft Office and QuickBooks plus the ability to work via Internet, learn web applications, and travel several times a year. Send resume with references to Paul Leichty,  Resumes accepted until position is filled.
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.
Maple City Health Care Center, a non-profit organization committed to providing affordable, accessible, and quality care, is looking for three new staff members: a Front Office team member, a Billing Team Member Spanish fluency required for both positions, and a Facilities/Maintenance Team Member – Spanish fluency preferred. For more information about Maple City Health Care Center or to see job descriptions, go to our website at Please contact Pamela Weishaupt at or (574) 534-3300 ext.114 for more information.
Mark and Jenny Yoder have a partially furnished one bedroom basement apartment available for rent near Goshen College. The apartment can house up to two people.  Utility costs and washer and dryer usage are included in the rent cost. Please contact Jenny or Mark if interested!
Goshen Health & Wellness Foundation is seeking a half-time Executive Assistant/Communications Coordinator. Be a part of building healthy lives for children and families in the greater Elkhart County area through the provision of grants to area non-profits and scholarships and 0% student loans for health professionals. Bachelor’s degree in Business or Communications preferred. For more information or a position description please email Clare Krabill.



Getting to Know

Armand Martin

I was born and raised near Waterloo, Ontario, Canada in a concentrated Mennonite community. About half of the students in the two-room school that I attended from grades 1 through 8 were from various branches of the Mennonite denomination.

After Ginny and I had been married for almost a year, we went into Voluntary Service under the Mennonite Board of Missions. We served for two years in Maumee, Ohio as unit leaders and in various community projects in Toledo where our pastor was very involved in social organizations. This is where I first had opportunity to use my construction skills to work directly with low income families. About one year into our term we helped to establish a new VS unit in Toledo and the Maumee unit closed when we finished our term.

From there we moved to Goshen where I started working in the maintenance department at Goshen College. The major part of my career has been in constructing and maintaining houses and buildings. I am currently working for the Elkhart County Lead Hazard Control Program as Program Manager.

Ginny and I have been members at Berkey Avenue since 1997 and enjoy the fellowship of our church family here, although we frequently travel to visit our family. In addition to visiting Ginny's mom in Illinois, we also try to keep up with our son and his family in Lancaster, PA and our daughter and her family who live in Waterloo, Ontario, near where I grew up.

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.

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This Week:

March 10: Mission Commission, 7:00 p.m.
March 11: Game Night, 7:00 p.m.

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Anniversaries and Birthdays Next Week:

Betty Kauffman
Genie Kehr
Phil Bauman

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

Please keep Marion and Meredith Yoder in your prayers as Marion recovers from surgery this past Monday. He remains in ICU, but is showing improvement every day.
Please continue to keep Jim, Terri and Quinn Brenneman in prayer as they grieve for Jim's mother, Mary Brenneman, and give thanks for her life this weekend at the memorial service in Tampa, Florida.
Freddy and Margrit Kipfer Barrón of Mennonite Mission Network are using Alpha courses in Bolivia to strengthen existing Mennonite congregations and to lay the groundwork for new ones. Pray that God will water the seeds they are planting and that people will receive Jesus’ healing and hope in their lives.

DownloadMarch MMN Prayer Vine

Church Notes
Sunday Service Info

This Sunday: March 8

Abbe and Patrick Buller, Ginny and Armand Martin

Melba and Pete Graber

Lorraine and Bob Pflederer

Nicholas Schrock and Clare and Merrill Krabill

Infants: Roxanna and Karl Sommers, Annie Hu
Toddlers: Missy and John Schrock and Jacob Rudy-Froese

Offering Counters:
Barbara Eichorn, Greg Smucker


Next Sunday: March 15

Lorraine Pflederer, Renae Yoder, Denise Risser

Anita and Dteban Mounthisiraj

Lorraine and Bob Pflederer

Nicholas Schrock and Clare and Merrill Krabill

Infants: Patsy and Michael Sherer, Annie Hu
Toddlers:  Laura and Randy Horst, Jacob Rudy-Froese

Offering Counters:
Lowell Nafziger, Denise Risser

Statistical Report 
(March 1)

General: $8,076.03
Bethany: $865.00
College: $370.00
MYF: $192.00
Coffee: $20.00

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

Greg Smucker (Chairperson)
Roy Bergey
Shirley Dick
Sherm Kauffman
Elizabeth Miller

Doug Baker
Richard Miller
Laverne Nafziger
Judy Weaver
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