Playground and Parking Project
Berkey Family, your generous and quick response to the campaign for funds to build the new parking lot and playground has been exceptional. You have pledged enough for work to begin. Thank you! There remains only $13,000 to be raised for all costs to be covered. Please direct your questions or additional pledges to Laura Horst
, Karl Sommers
or Jason Lehman
. Thank you again for your generous support of the project.
Berkey's annual Fall Fest is this Saturday
, September 17! Plan to come at 5:00 p.m. for this fun event. The Straight A's will be providing music. Grilled pork sausage and drinks will be provided. Invite family, friends, and extend a special welcome to college students that you know. You should bring:
- A salad and a desert to share.
- Your own picnic service.
- Lawn chairs or a blanket.
- Lawn games (if you would like).
The 49th annual Michiana Mennonite Relief Sale is next weekend at the Elkhart County 4H Fairgrounds. The sale begins Friday, September 23, 5:00 - 9:00 p.m. and continues Saturday, 7:00 a.m. through early afternoon. Here are two ways to help:
Berkey will host the cheese booth and your participation is important! Look for the Relief Sale table and sign-up sheets in the fellowship hall to volunteer for a slot.
Baked items may be dropped off at the church on Friday (September 23) before
1:00 p.m. As part of the relief sale committee, Vanessa Adcock will be taking the baked goods over to the fairgrounds for anyone who needs help transporting their items. For questions, contact Vanessa.
Photo Directory Updates
Do you have new glasses, a different haircut, more children....? Then you should have a new photo taken for the online directory! Photographers will be available on September 18, 25, and October 2 here at the church. If you would like your picture taken, please sign-up on the poster by the mailboxes. You may also submit your own photographs to the office any time. Photos should be in a landscape format for optimal fit.
Marilyn Rudy-Froese will be on sabbatical September 19 - January 2. She writes, "Thank you for the opportunity to take a sabbatical leave. It feels like a gift from you, and I receive it as such. Many of you have asked about my sabbatical plans. You can see them here
. I leave knowing that congregational life is in good hands and trusting God's Spirit to renew and sustain us."
Note from the Hostetters
Joy and Rick Hostetter want to say a deep felt thanks to all those who prayed, shared, mailed, and demonstrated their love and support of us during this time of celebrating Grace Hostetter's passing. There will continue to be a big hole in our world without her but we truly do celebrate the person she was and the gifts that she has shared during her blessed 97 years with us and many others.
Model School Note
A thank you note from the Model school staff is on the bulletin board by the mailboxes for you to read. Their note thanks us for the meal that was served to teachers and staff on the first day of school.
New to the Library
A CD entitled Good News! A Celebration of the Gospel
, consisting of original a cappella recordings by Mennonite Hour Men's Quartets. The collection includes hymns and anthems, Christmas and Easter songs, gospel songs and Men's Quartet favorites.
Enchantment and Despair: Montana Childhood Stories, 1925-1937
, by Calvin Wall Redekop. dipicts the background forces of hardship and wonder which constituted Redekop's earliest memories. In retrospective vision of these remembrances, he finds the subtle basis for his subsequent personal development and orientation.
by David Morrison. displays "A powerful statement of a truly Christian struggle to deal with homosexual attraction." --Fr. Benedict J. Groeschel.
Meals for Students
Over 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. Follow this link
; username: students, password: bamf. For more information, contact Ruth Roth
. Thank you so much for your meals and friendship to our students!
Head 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.
Bethany Christian Schools alumni and their family will receive free admission to the boys soccer game vs. Westview on Friday, September 23. An alumni night for volleyball will be on Tuesday, October 4, vs. Goshen.
You're invited to Homecoming Weekend activities at Goshen College. Homecoming is all about the Goshen College family. That’s why, this year for the first time, we’re incorporating Grandparents Day into the Homecoming activities. Along with alumni, grandparents, parents and siblings of current students are invited to campus for this exciting reunion weekend! See the full schedule
Anabaptist Mennonite Biblical Seminary
AMBS shares that it's been an exciting few weeks on their campus as they've welcomed new students. The enrollment headcount now stands at 105 graduate students. Perhaps the most exciting news is that they have 22 international students studying with them, representing 15 countries: Nepal, Ethiopia, Chile, Kenya, Japan, Tanzania, Zimbabwe, Germany, Nigeria, South Africa, South Korea, Honduras, India, Australia and Canada.
Mennonite Church USA
MennoTalks at Orlando 2017:
Not quite TED, and not exactly Pecha Kucha, MennoTalks will explore a different topic each day, featuring seven speakers from diverse perspectives. We’ll hear about celebrating women (the 100-year anniversary of Mennonite Women USA); race, religion and justice; and global and local peacemaking. The 20x20 presentation format — 20 slides for 20 seconds each — facilitates presentations that are dynamic, fast-paced and concise. If you would like to be considered for MennoTalks, complete the form on this webpage
and submit a 2–3 minute video (YouTube preferred) of your presentation by October 1, 2016. Submissions without video will not be considered.
Mennonite Central Committee
Keith Butler spent his summer showing kids in his Detroit neighborhood that they can have fun while learning important life skills. Butler was part of MCC's Summer Service program, where he also learned that you can sometimes have the most impact by building up other leaders. Read the entire Q & A with Butler
about his experience.
Meserete Kristos College Fundraiser
The Indiana Friends of Meserete Kristos College (MKC) invite you to enjoy an Ethiopian meal here at Berkey on Monday, September 26, 6:30 p.m. You will meet and hear from Beliju Hailu, a lecturer at MKC for the past 17 years and is a student at AMBS. The cost is $12.50 per person. The event will serve as a fundraiser to help with the construction of the women's dormitory. A generous donor from Canada will match any gift received dollar for dollar up to $150,000.00 U.S. dollars given by September 30. Please RSVP to Peter Shetler
(574-849-5116) by September 19. For more information see the poster on the bulletin board by the mailboxes.
Mennonite and Catholic in Ecumenical Dialogue
A one-day colloquium will be held Saturday, October 1 at the University of Notre Dame on the topic, "Intercessory Prayer: Catholic and Mennonite Perspectives." Presenters include Marlene Kropf (Anabaptist Mennonite Biblical Seminary) and Karl Koop (Canadian Mennonite University). The colloquium will be held in the Geddes Hall Auditorium on the Notre Dame campus, from 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. There is no charge for the event. Refreshments will be provided. Contact Margie Pfeil
for more information.
Mennonite Women and Girls Retreat
Jane Ross Richer will be the featured speaker at the IN-MI Mennonite Fall Retreat at Amigo Centre, October 7-9, entitled “Side by Side: Walking by Faith in the Midst of the Jungle
.” Jane along with her husband and four children have been serving with Mennonite Mission Network in Ecuador. She will share stories from the Ecuadorian rain forest of indigenous women’s perceived connections between the physical and spiritual worlds. There will be inspiring worship sessions for the women and fun activities for the girls. Online registration can be found here
Life Thresholds Retreat
Interested in a day-long retreat? The Quiet Place at Camp Mack in Milford is hosting a day-long retreat on life thresholds, October 5. The leader will be Marlene Kropf, Professor Emerita of Spiritual Formation and Worship at Anabaptist Mennonite Biblical Seminary. The cost is $50 and includes lunch. Register here
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!
The Berkey office has many well used and broken crayons. If you would like them, please contact Jenny Hooley