Berkey Avenue Mennonite Fellowship
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June 5, 2016

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Berkey Announcements

All-Church Picnic

picnicTo kick off our summer quarter we are planning an All-Church picnic after the worship service this Sunday, June 5. Please bring along your favorite summer picnic dishes of salads, finger foods and desserts to share. Also, bring along lawn chairs, blankets, and lawn games. Weather permitting we'll eat outside on the side lawn and enjoy sunshine, food, lawn games and fellowship time together. The Roth/Moshier Small Groups are hosting.

Commission Candidates

ldtThe Leadership Discernment Team (Dan Williams, Lavonn Hostetler, Abbe Buller, and Dan Schrock) is pleased that the following persons have agreed to serve on our commissions and in other roles. We will vote to affirm these during the June 12 worship service.

BAMF Servant Leadership Ballot for 2016-2017
(Terms are 3 years unless otherwise noted.)
Spiritual Leadership Team/Elders:                                   
        Margaret Stoltzfus          
Caregiving Commission/Deacons:
        Doug Baker         
Christian Education Commission:
        Ruth Roth                
Fellowship Commission:
        Sherry Wenger            
        Sherry Hug                        
Mission Commission:
        Anna Sawatzky   
Stewardship and Finance Commission:
        Dale Snyder      
Worship Commission:
        Merrill Krabill  
Congregational Chairperson:
        Greg Smucker (1-year term)        
Congregational Secretary:
        Denise Risser (1-year term)   
IN-MI Conference Delegates:       
        Beth Berry (1-year term)     
        Darin Short (1-year term)   
 MC USA Delegate:
        John Roth          
        (Dan Schrock will also be a delegate)

Summer Nurture Hour Schedule & Classes

Summer Sunday SchoolSchedule

June 5 - All-Church Picnic (No Nurture Hour classes)
June 12 - Inter-generational classes for everyone
June 19 - Inter-generational classes for everyone
June 26 - Inter-generational classes for everyone
July 3 - Holiday, worship only (No Nurture Hour classes)
July 10 - All Church Picnic (No Nurture Hour classes)
July 17 - Inter-generational classes for everyone
July 24 - Inter-generational classes for everyone
July 31 - Inter-generational classes for everyone
Aug. 7 - Inter-generational classes for everyone
Aug. 14 - Inter-generational classes for everyone
Aug. 21 - All Church Fellowship Meal and Congregational Meeting (No Nurture Hour classes)
Aug. 28 - Celebration Sunday/Refreshments (No Nurture Hour classes)

Intergenerational Classes

The theme for our summer program is Building Relationship/Building Community for ages 5-95. We hope you can join us for some fun and relaxing congregational picnics and intergenerational classes this summer that include:
  • Art (hands-on projects everyone can do and enjoy).
  • Music (music and movement for all ages).
  • Games (activities that build community and bring joy).
  • Sermon response class.
All the classes require no prior experiences. Just come and be ready to enjoy each other!

Note From the AV Team

avWe are looking for anyone interested in helping out with the operation of the church Audio and Video system on Sunday mornings.

Following is a list of things to consider -
  • No previous experience or special knowledge necessary.
  • We will train you, until you are comfortable operating the equipment.
  • AV operators take turns working one month rotations.
  • Current AV operators have been doing this for many years and enjoy the job.
  • Our system is easy to operate.
  • You will be making your contribution to the success of our service.
  • We need more volunteers.
  • We can use any age, male or female.
If interested, contact Ben Buckwalter, Michael Sherer, or Phil Bauman to volunteer or discuss further details of the job.

Magazine Renewals

magazineIt is time to renew subscriptions to Rejoice and Purpose magazines. Checks should be given to Ruth Hathaway. See prices and descriptions below:
  • Rejoice ($28.30): Nurture your soul through the quarterly devotional magazine Rejoice! Each day's entry includes a Scripture reading, a short inspirational message, and a prayer response. The magazine also includes touching stories, poems, and daily prayer requests representing Mennonite mission workers, schools, and church agencies.
  • Purpose ($26.85): Let Purpose fill your heart and enrich your daily Christian walk with inspirational stories, columns, and verse. This magazine regularly features articles on food, peace, humor, and includes resources for faithful living.

New to Our Library

We have two new books in the library:

libraryCall the Midwife, by Jennifer Worth is a non-fiction account of the author's experiences as a young nurse when she leaves her comfortable home to move into a convent and become a midwife in postwar London's East End slums (as seen on PBS).

Give a Goat, by Jan West Schrock is for ages 4 - 8. In this true story young readers will discover that even the smallest goodwill efforts are rewarded with positive results when a fifth grade class decides they want to give a goat through Heifer International. 

Graduation Open Houses

open house Invitation from Loren, Missy and John Schrock

You are invited to celebrate Loren Schrock's graduation from Northridge High School at an open house on Saturday, June 4, 5:00 - 8:00 p.m. at 58150 Conor Ct, Goshen.

open house Invitation from Kyle, Anita and Dale Snyder

You are invited to Kyle Snyder's graduation open house on Saturday, June 4, 6:00-8:00 p.m. at 12476 County Road 36, Goshen.

Homemade Pie Fundraiser Invitation from Ben and Laurel Woodward Breckbill

pieWe will be hosting a pie fundraiser to help raise money for our study in Belfast, Northern Ireland. If you are interested in ordering a homemade pie, contact us after church or email Laurel. Flavors include apple, rhubarb ginger, peanut butter, fresh strawberry, and *gluten free* chocolate coconut. Lard or butter crust options. Suggested donation is $25.

Most importantly, we would like to thank our BAMF community for the love and support we have received these last two years! Please join us on Sunday, June 19 from 6:00-8:00 p.m. for an open house & farewell party in the Berkey fellowship hall. We will have homemade pie slices for all, and around 7:00 p.m. we will share some of what we will be doing next year. Pre-ordered pies will be available for pickup during this time.

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

Bright Time Summer Camp, June 6-10, has more than 50 athletic, fine arts, science, and all kinds of fun camps for age 4 through rising grade 8. Most camps are $30-$40. Additionally, Shine On Campcare provides a place for children before, between, and after their camps. View camp listings and register online. Online registration closes May 25.

Goshen College Goshen College

GC basketball "Little Leaf" camps are available for boys and girls age 6-13. See details on the bulletin board by the mailboxes or go online.

AMBS Anabaptist Mennonite Biblical Seminary

Each spring at AMBS, we celebrate the scholarly accomplishments of our students, faculty, and the Institute of Mennonite Studies at the annual IMS Book Celebration. Want to learn more about our latest publications? Here's the detailed list, and here's the IMS 2016 catalog.

Community Announcements

First Friday Menu for The Window

The Window's executive director, Ed Swartley, will be serving his famous enchiladas along with a side vegetable and Pennsylvania Dutch Surprise for dessert. The suggested donation for this meal is only $9.00.

Mennonite-Lutheran Reconciliation

Singers are wanted to help celebrate Mennonite-Lutheran dialogue and reconciliation, Saturday morning, June 11, 10:30 a.m. - 12:00 noon at the Century Center in South Bend. We, as Mennonites, have been invited to share our hymnody and help lead worship at the IN-KY Synod Assembly of the ELCA. Scott Hochstetler, choir director at Goshen College, will lead a Mennonite group in singing half a dozen familiar hymns before and during worship. If you can come at 9:00 a.m., you will hear the story of Mennonite-Lutheran reconciliation and share in song during that session. Contact André Gingerich Stoner, Mennonite Church USA, by email or by calling 574-523-3060 for more information and to register.

Oaklawn Education Seminar

Join us June 16 on the Goshen Oaklawn campus, 8:00-11:00 a.m., for a discussion about how minimizing certain aspects of biblical scripture may only be inhibiting our ability to relate to those who have experienced trauma. Speaker Corinna Guerrero will share her perspective on how Scriptures that contain murder (Genesis 4), rape (Genesis 34) or social desolation (the Prophets) are necessary components to helping those who have experienced trauma. Recovering a biblical history laced with loss helps us bridge the gap between trauma thousands of years ago and trauma today. Register online.

Volunteer Mediator Training

In your everyday life, do you find yourself trying to help others deal with wrongdoing or conflict? If so, consider attending the Center for Community Justice’s volunteer mediator training provided by VORP (Victim Offender Reconciliation Program) and CMP (Community Mediation Program). Attendees will learn how to proactively address the effects of crime and wrongdoing in a manner that meets the needs of both parties. If you are interested in being a positive force in the community, please contact us. The training will be on Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday, June 21, 23, and 25 from 4:00-8:00 p.m. on Tuesday/Thursday and 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. on Saturday. There is a $50 fee to reserve your space. Please visit to register or contact Anne Lehman, (574)295-6149 with further questions.

GriefShare Support Group

Silverwood Mennonite Church will be hosting a GriefShare support group Wednesday evenings, June 22 – August 31, 6:30-8:30 p.m. GriefShare is a special weekly seminar/support group for people grieving the death of someone close. It’s a place where you can be around people who understand how you feel and the pain of your loss. At GriefShare, you’ll learn valuable information that will help you through this difficult time in your life. Registration is $20 and $30 for couples which includes a workbook and supplies. There is no cost for previous attenders. Scholarships are available. For more information contact the Silverwood church office, 533-1922 or go online. To sign-up call 533-1922 or email Ms. Strite. RSVP is requested and registration will take place at the first session you attend. Anyone is welcome at any time during this 11-week series as each session is self-contained.


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!
A cafeteria aide is needed at Bethany Christian Schools. The position is 2-3 hours per day during the school year starting August 2016. Duties may vary, but primary responsibilities consist of serving students and cafeteria cleanup with occasional food preparation. The capacity to work effectively in a team setting and good people skills are helpful.

Anabaptist Mennonite Biblical Seminary is now hiring a full time Recruitment and Admissions Coordinator. For more information, visit them online.

Anabaptist Mennonite Biblical Seminary seeks a half-time administrative assistant for enrollment and financial aid. Qualifications include strong organizational and communication skills, ability to work accurately with details and confidentiality, ability to work independently and with a team, and strong computer skills. For a job description, visit their website. To apply, send letter of application and resume to Daniel Grimes, director of enrollment and financial aid.

The Depot is seeking a Facilities Manager. This full-time position will manage the day-to-day operations of The Depot in Goshen, which houses the Mennonite Central Committee (MCC) thrift shop, material resource center, MCC Great Lakes office and several other organizations. Duties include building maintenance, grounds upkeep, equipment management, administrative duties and relationships with tenants. The Facilities Manager is accountable to The Depot Board of Directors. For more information, contact Ben Shirk, 574-536-8716. Send resumes to: Ben Shirk, 63341 CR 33, Goshen, IN 46528. Deadline to apply is June 30.




June 5
All-Church Picnic, 11:00 a.m.
Peace Club, 12:00 noon.

June 6
Bible School, 9:00-11:30 a.m.
Private Event (CAPS), 2:00-8:30 p.m.
Intercessory Prayer, 7:00 p.m.

June 7
Bible School, 9:00-11:30 a.m.
Fellowship Commission, 6:30 p.m.
Christian Ed. Commission, 7:00 p.m.

June 8
Bible School, 9:00-11:30 a.m.
MYF Game Night, 7:00 p.m.
Worship Commission, 7:00 p.m.

June 9
Bible School, 9:00-11:30 a.m.
Private Event, 5:00-10:00 p.m.

June 10
Bible School, 9:00-11:30 a.m.
Private Event, 5:00-10:00 p.m.

June 11
Private Event, 8:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.

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Anniversaries This Week
Allan and Marilyn Rudy-Froese
Rick and Joy Hostetter
Karl and Roxanna Sommers

Birthdays This Week
Landon Mosier
Sherm Kauffman
Annie Aguirre
Merrill Krabill
Pat Hochstetler
Cindy Baker
Trish Yoder

PrayerPlease contact the office by noon on Thursday with prayer requests.

Love is a Verb: Planning for Orlando 2017, to be held July 4–8, is underway! We invite your prayers for the Convention Planning staff members and the Worship Planning Committee as they make decisions that will give shape to this gathering.

Lauren Francisco of Mennonite Mission Network works as an expressive arts counselor at Eastwood Primary School in Pietermaritzburg, South Africa.  Pray for her as she listens to stories of victims of neglect and trauma, and empowers them to be creators.

DownloadJune MMN Prayer Vine

Church Notes
Sunday Service Info

This Sunday:  June 5

John and Lois Mast
Richard and Pat Miller

Lindsay Rheinheimer

Merrill and Clare Krabill Family

Michael Sherer/Lana Smucker

Infants:  Diane Nafziger, Laura and Randy Horst
Toddlers:  Joe Locke, Lori and Ron Good

Offering Counters:
John Hooley, Greg Smucker

Next Sunday:  June 12

John and Lois Mast
Richard and Pat Miller

Lindsay Rheinheimer

Merrill and Clare Krabill Family

Ben Buckwalter/Lana Smucker

Infants:  Joy Hostetter, Angela Shenk, Alisha Snyder
Toddlers:  Sim Dolva, Eric & Lavonn Hostetler

Offering Counters:
Ron Good, Rick Hostetter

Statistical Report 
(May 29)

Attendance:  170
General Fund:  $5,240.40
Bethany 2016/17:  $915.00
College:  $120.00
Building Equipment:  $415.00

General Fund Income 2015-16 YTD
Actual: $234,304.08
Budget: $219,931.00

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.

Marilyn Rudy-Froese
Dan Schrock

Greg Smucker (Chairperson)
Shirley Dick
Sherm Kauffman
Anita Mounsithiraj
Richard Aguirre

Doug Baker
Richard Miller
Laverne Nafziger
Judy Weaver
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