Berkey Avenue Mennonite Fellowship
A congregation of Mennonite Church USA
Berkey Avenue Mennonite Fellowship
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April 20, 2014

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Berkey Announcements

SST Reflections

Gretchen with JudyThis week saw the return of a few Berkey college student attendees from their Study Service Term. Gretchen Geyer, who was in Peru reflects:

For the past three months I have been living with two different host families studying and doing voluntary service in Peru. Prior to leaving I had some expectations that I would be pushed out of my comfort zone but these expectations were far exceeded; from understanding culturally differences, to language barriers or being removed from most familiarities. Read more.

Free Firewood

FirewoodCorrection from last week:
There is a dead tree (it hasn't fallen yet) on the east side of the parking lot that needs to be taken down. The trustees will help take it down and cut it up. If you are interested in helping and getting some of the wood, please let Lowell Nafziger asap.  We would like to have it done by the end of May.

The Mennonite Subscription

Mennonite LogoPlease note that subscriptions for The Mennonite are due this coming Sunday, April 20.  The cost of the subscription is $37.00. Please submit your payments to Ruth Hathaway.

Good Friday Service

CrossesWe hope you will join us tonight for our Good Friday worship service, beginning at 7:00 p.m. It will include optional foot washing, communion, and prayers around the cross.

Easter Sunday Schedule

Empty TombPlease note that our morning schedule on Easter will be different. We'll begin with a continental breakfast at 9:00 a.m. to which everyone is invited. If you can, please bring fruit already sliced, hard boiled eggs, breads, pastries, or coffee cakes to share. Worship begins at 10:00 a.m., one half-hour after our normal time. There are no Christian Education classes that day.

Thank You

Thank you for attending Hacienda's "Gives Back" to support Kids Alive International and my 3 year mission service in Constanza, Dominican Republic. In July, I will be attending 6 weeks of training at the Center for Intercultural Training in Union Hills, NC. It's the first step in getting to the DR. I will go on to language school in Guatemala when monthly pledges reach 100% of my monthly support. Thank you so much once again! ~ Joan Troyer

Vacation Bible School

VBSSummer Bible School will be held at College Mennonite Church on Tuesday through Friday, June 10 through 13, 2014, as a joint effort of six Mennonite congregations: Assembly, el Buen Pastor, College, Eighth Street, Faith, and Berkey Avenue. The coordinating committee of representatives from these congregations has begun planning for these four mornings from 9:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. The “Come and See” curriculum will again be used with children who will begin kindergarten in 2014 and 2015. Kindergarteners through sixth graders will experience the curriculum “Jesus: The Upside-Down Mission.” As always, it will take many people of different ages with many different gifts and skills to help make Bible school happen. Registration forms for adult and youth volunteers will be distributed on April 13, and registration forms for children in our congregations and guests will be distributed later in April. The coordinator from our congregation is Deb Williams.

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

Tuition Thank You

Next year 6 students from our congregation will be attending Bethany Christian Schools. Thanks to your overwhelming generosity, we have not only met our fundraising goal, but now have $821 to contribute to next year's tuition goal. We extend our most heartfelt thanks!

Spring Fish Fry

Bethany Christian High School’s junior class fish fry is 4:30 p.m. - 8:00 p.m., Friday, April 25. Come for an evening of fellowship, homemade pie, and all the fish you can eat. Tickets are $10 for adults and carryout and $5 for children K-6 (preschool-age free). Tickets may be purchased from Austin Hooley and Jacob Rudy-Froese or at the school.

Bright Time Summer Camp

Bright Time Summer Camp, held June 9-13, has more than 40 athletic, fine arts, and academic enrichment camps for age 3 through rising grade 8. Camps are just $15-$40. Additionally, Shine On Campcare will provide a place for children for before, between, and after their camps. View camp listings and register online at

Open House at Bethany

Bethany Christian Schools will host a drop-in open house noon to 2:30 p.m. Sunday, May 4, for anyone considering enrolling for fall 2014. 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 at (574) 534-2657 or

Charlotte’s Web

Bethany Christian Middle School will present the stage version of E.B. White’s children’s classic Charlotte’s Web at 7:00 p.m. Friday and Saturday, May 9 and 10, 2014. Tickets are $4 for adults and $2 for students, and may be purchased online at, or by calling the school at (574) 534-2567. The production will feature Abby Rudy-Froese and Evie Nafziger (director).

Goshen College Goshen College

John L. Ruth Lecture

Popular historian, author, storyteller and filmmaker John L. Ruth will give a reading from his recent memoir, "Branch: A Memoir with Pictures" onThursday, April 24 at 7:00 p.m. on the campus of Goshen College (Newcomer Center room 17). The memoir is not is only a story of Ruth's life, but a window into the wider Mennonite community during the course of the 20th century. The event is sponsored by the Goshen College English Department and the Mennonite Historical Society and is free and open to the public. For more information, contact John D. Roth.

Julia Kasdorf Poetry Reading 

Award-winning poet Julia Spicher Kasdorf will offer a poetry reading in the College Mennonite Church Koinonia Room on Wednesday, April 30 at 7:30 p.m. Kasdorf is an associate professor of English and women’s studies at Penn State University, where she teaches creative writing and oversees the Writer in the Community project. She also serves as poetry editor for Christianity and Literature. The event is free and open to the public. For more information, contact Ann Hostetler.

AMBS Anabaptist Mennonite Biblical Seminary

Webinar: Anabaptist Approaches to Scripture

In the 16th century, Anabaptists approached Scripture in ways that were both similar to and different from their fellow Catholics and other Protestants. This webinar will seek to understand those similarities and differences in light of today. Join us Wednesday, April 30, 2:00 p.m. - 3:30 p.m. Early registration deadline is April 24. Learn more and register.

Anabaptist Short Course: Mennonite Polity

Join us for this six week, online course to take place
May 7 - June 17, featuring Dr. David Boshart and Janeen Bertsche Johnson, M.Div.  Study the structure, organizations, governance, foundational documents, vision and goals, decision-making processes, leadership and identity markers of Mennonite Church USA and Mennonite Church Canada. Get details and register by April 16.

CMU Choir Presentation

Canadian Mennonite University’s Women’s Ensemble and Men’s Octet will perform at 7:30 p.m., April 30, in the Chapel of the Sermon on the Mount at Anabaptist Mennonite Biblical Seminary. CMU, in Winnipeg, Man., hopes to make connections with friends, alumni, congregations and potential students through this evening of music. President Cheryl Pauls and Vice President Terry Schellenberg will accompany the singers and choir director Janet Brenneman!

Community Announcements

Help with new edition of Simply in Season

You can help choose the recipes to go in the next edition of Simply in Season! You will receive a 30% discount code for the new edition when it comes out in Spring 2015, plus the satisfaction of helping create the kind of book that so many have come to love. If you complete the survey by May 1, you'll be entered into a drawing for some nice cooking-related prizes. Find the survey in a mennobytes blog post with more information.

MDC Goldenrod Hacienda Day

Help support the MDC Goldenrod community and enjoy some good food and fun! On Tuesday, May 6th, the Goshen Hacienda (located in Linway Plaza) will give MDC Goldenrod 20% of their sales.  All food orders, both dine in and carry out, as well as gift cards purchased on May 6th count toward the 20%!  In order for your purchase to count you will have to have a Hacienda coupon to present at the time of purchase. Learn more.

An Evening With MEDA

The Michiana chapter of MEDA will in May host a presentation by Gerald Morrison, Chief Financial Office at MEDA on May 8, at 6:30 p.m. in the Greencroft Senior Center (1721 Greencroft Blvd). Gerald joined MEDA in 1997, serving as Finance Manager and then Controller prior to his appointment as CFO in 2010. If you're curious to learn more about the organization's economic develop work around the world - and more specifically about work in Ghana - please join us! Kindly RSVP by Monday, May 5 to or by calling (574) 355-3607. Meal and program costs are $15 for members and $20 for non-members. Learn more.

Using Energy Prudently

Join us for Using Energy Prudently: A Free Workshop for Congregations and learn how an Indiana congregation is saving $9,000 a year on its church's utility bills. There are two presentations available, on May 31 and June 1. Learn more.

National Day Of Prayer

There are several events in Goshen for the national Day of Prayer on Thursday,  May 1. The Prayer Breakfast at the Salvation Army, sponsored by Maple City Kiwanis Club, will run from 6:30 a.m. - 7:30 a.m. Reservations are required and the cost is $5:00. Please call Dean DeVoe at (574) 533-5330 for more information. The noon event on West Lawn of County Court House, runs from 11:45 a.m. - 1:00 p.m., while the evening event on West Lawn of County Court House goes from 6:45 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.

The Window Updates

The kitchen renovation is not yet complete and there will not be a May First Friday meal. However, on Monday, April 21st the Hacienda in Goshen is donating a portion of the proceeds gained to The Window as part of their participation in the upcoming Crop Hunger Walk scheduled for May 4th. There are coupon copies by the bulletin board if you are interested.

A Mexican Dinner to benefit IBA

On behalf of Iglesia Menonita del Buen Pastor, you are invited to a Mexican Dinner to benefit IBA (Anabaptist Biblical Institute). This event will be held at Iglesia Menonita del Buen Pastor (523 S. 6th Street, Goshen) on Saturday, April 26 from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.   The cost is your generous donation!  Please mark your calendars and come enjoy a delicious Mexican meal while supporting the Anabaptist Biblical Institute (IBA), a program of Mennonite Education Agency, that has been impacting the lives of Hispanic Mennonites by providing access to affordable leadership education with an Anabaptist theological foundation.

Amigo Centre Summer Camp

We are once again preparing for one of the most exciting times of the year at Amigo Centre – Summer Camp! Our theme for 2014 is “Crooked Paths Made Straight,” from Luke 3:4b-6. Our early registration discount is available through May 1 – so don’t delay to register your children or grandchildren. More information is available at: We still have openings for several summer staff positions including camp nurse, lifeguards, two male counselors, and kitchen/dining room staff. Applicants should be at least 16 years old for lifeguard and kitchen positions, all others should be at least 18 years old. More information is available at

Celebrating MCC

Please plan on joining us to Celebrate Mennonite Central Committee in May 6-9, 2014 when we are excited to offer a special update from Haiti. Kristen & Wawa Chege, MCC Haiti Policy Analyst & Advocacy Coordinators, and Garly Michel, Executive Director of MCC partner Wozo, will be sharing stories of how your contributions to MCC have made a difference to Haitians recovering from the devastating 2010 earthquake. For more information, contact Les Gustafson-Zook at or call (574) 534-4133. Learn more.

Broken ...beloved.

You are invited to worship and fellowship during IN-MI Mennonite Conference Annual Sessions on the Goshen College campus, June 20-22. Early registration discount ends May 9. Learn more.

IN-MI Mennonite Women’s Day of Inspiration

The IN-MI Mennonite Women’s Day of Inspiration will be held on May 3, from 8:30 a.m. until noon at Pleasant View Mennonite Church, Goshen. Gladys Maina is the featured speaker. Her topic is She Said Yes! Overcoming Limits with a Limitless God. Morning snacks and a luncheon will be provided. An offering will also be taken. Child care is available upon request. For more information, contact President, Shirley Bustos, (219) 764-6043.

GIHN's Annual Fundraiser Dinner

Goshen Interfaith Hospitality Network invites you to save the date for Thursday, May 8, for our Annual Fundraiser Dinner: "A Place at the Table."   Tickets for the dinner and program are $50.00 per person and are available now in person, or by mail at 105 S. 3rd Street, Goshen IN 46526.

ADEC 42nd Annual Ride-A-Bike

ADEC invites you to support our 42nd annual Ride-A-Bike by encouraging your church to register teams. Think how much fun your youth and families will have riding bicycles or walking together to help children and adults with disabilities! This year’s Ride-A-Bike will be May 17 at Northridge High School. Top pledge raisers — individual and team win prizes. The prize awarded to the top youth pledge raiser is a new bicycle provided by Elkhart Bicycle Shop. Ride-A-Bike is ADEC’s main fundraiser and helps pay for the supports and services we offer to children and adults facing the challenges of life with disabilities.The more people get involved, the more money we raise. Please contact Rod Tackett, ADEC Communications Specialist at (574) 848-2443 or with questions.

Prairie Street Funk Fest

“Can a Potawatomi teach Mennonites to Dance” will be the theme of a Prairie Street and Prairie People encounter at Prairie Street Mennonite Church in Elkhart (1316 Prairie Street) on Saturday, May 10, 2014 (9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.). This fifth annual Funk Fest features Potawatomi speaker and storyteller George Godfrey, with a variety of short presentations by others and opportunity for discussion. No advance registration. Cost: $10 ($5 unwaged). Bring sack lunch or pay $5 extra at registration for pizza and fruit lunch. For more information, contact the office at (574) 293-0377 or

Celebrate Mennonite Central Committee

Please plan on joining us to Celebrate Mennonite Central Committee in May 6-9, 2014 when we are excited to offer a special update from Haiti. Kristen & Wawa Chege, MCC Haiti Policy Analyst & Advocacy Coordinators, and Garly Michel, Executive Director of MCC partner Wozo, will be sharing stories of how your contributions to MCC have made a difference to Haitians recovering from the devastating 2010 earthquake. For more information, contact Les Gustafson-Zook at or call (574) 534-4133. Learn more.


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!

Bethany Christian High School is seeking a girls soccer coach for fall 2014. To apply or ask questions, contact athletic director Gary Chupp at
Jessica Gotwals is looking for a house/apartment to rent that could accommodate 3 people beginning in July or August. A location that is dog-friendly and within biking distance of downtown Goshen and the hospital would be ideal. Please contact her if you know of anything.
Anabaptist Mennonite Biblical Seminary in Elkhart seeks an innovative, energetic and service-oriented individual for the part-time position of library services technician. This .7 FTE position includes responsibility for circulation, interlibrary loan, and acquiring and preparing new materials for the collection. For information visit
To prepare for new clinic and registration hours that will start May 1, the Center for Healing & Hope will have several volunteer opportunities available at our Elkhart Clinics: Interpreters (Fluent in Spanish & English) and Patient Registration (Data entry). Interpreters must be available Mondays (4:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.) or Wednesdays (8:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.) or (4:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.). Patient Registration Volunteers must be available Mondays (4:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.) or Wednesdays (8:30 a.m. – 9:30 a.m.) or (4:30 p.m. - 5:30 p.m.). Learn more online or call (574) 534-4744 if you have any questions.
Patrick and Abbe Buller are looking for a backyard swingset / playset. If anyone has one they would like to get rid of, they would love to chat!
Mennonite Education Agency (MEA) of Mennonite Church USA seeks a part time (.5 to .8 time) Event Coordinator/Staff Associate. This individual will be responsible for arranging and coordinating logistics for all MEA related events and meetings and will provide program and administrative support for all joint MEA-Mennonite School Council initiatives and the overall MEA as needed. Learn more.
Maple City Health Care Center, a non-profit organization, provides health care for low-income, Hispanic, and uninsured people in Goshen, Indiana. They seek an administrative assistant and a data manager.  Please contact Nayla Jimémez Cabezas at (574) 534-3300 ext. 112 or email if you are interested.

Getting to Know

Christian Education Commission

Allan Rudy-Froese

Allan Rudy-Froese
I grew up in the forests of British Columbia and the Saskatchewan prairies. I was a pastor in churches in Manitoba and Ontario for 16 years before starting my Ph D in homiletics (the art and theology of preaching) at the Toronto School of Theology. I am a professor at AMBS. I am passionate about humour, cooking, rituals of all sorts, classic rock & roll, theatre, and preaching. 

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!

Did You Know?

Easter Cross
The Easter Cross that hangs in the library is the handiwork of our own Dee Albrecht.  In her own words:

I made the cross for an Easter visual. When creating visuals, I usually read Dan's sermons ahead of time, along with the scripture to get inspired for an art piece. Because we each have a different cross to bear in our lives, I remember wanting to convey this by using a unique medium instead of the traditional wood cross.  And since I'm not a carpenter and I don't sew, the wire mesh was something I could form. I found the antique large nails and really liked how they conveyed the sharp, difficult thorns that we often need to endure, that Jesus bore upon His head. The cross was suspended high in the corner above the piano area for the Easter season, and was later moved to the library.

We will no longer be printing and distributing calendars each month.  They are however, available for download.
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PrayerPlease contact the office by 9:00 a.m. Thursday with prayer requests.

Mary Raber of Mennonite Mission Network requests prayer for the churches in Ukraine that are dividing over the current political conflict. In general, the north and west lean toward Ukraine while the east and south are sympathetic to Russia. Pray that churches will be able to live in Christian unity.
Please remember in prayer the youth attending baptism / membership exploration classes: Bobby Sessa, Evan Krabill, Kyle Snyder and Loren Schrock.

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Church Notes
Sunday Service Info

This Sunday: April 20

Lorraine Pflederer, Diane Beam and Jim Alvarez

Melba and Pete Graber

Diane and Lowell Nafziger

Offering Counters: 
Lowell Nafziger, Denise Risser

Michael Sherer / Roxanna Sommers

Evie and Dan Nafziger

Next Sunday: April 27

Jenny and Mark Yoder, Julie and Phil Zimmerman

Nancy and Dick Yoder

Diane and Lowell Nafziger

Offering Counters: 
Dick Ramer, Karl Sommers

Michael Sherer / Roxanna Sommers

Lisa and Darin Short

Statistical Report 
(April 13)

Attendance: 192
General Fund: $5,390.00
Bethany Tuition: $7,700.00
College Matching: $25.00
MYF Service Project: $350.00
Coffee: $285.14
Building: $5.00

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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