Berkey Avenue Mennonite Fellowship
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October 25, 2015

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Berkey Announcements

Four-Week Bible Study

Bible StudyBen Woodward Breckbill is offering a Bible Study on Isaiah 53, a prophetic passage used extensively by the New Testament. The study will take place on Monday mornings at 10:00, beginning on October 26. Over the course of this study we will practice reading the Bible together, getting to know each other and the passage. We will read this passage in conversation with the rest of the Bible, seeing how it engages Isaiah, the rest of the Old Testament, and the New Testament. Child care will be available during this time. RSVPs are not necessary. Come as you are able! For questions or concerns, contact Ben or Laura Moshier regarding child care.

Potatoes for Model School

Potatoes for ModelMore Potatoes: The Kennebec potatoes dug at our recent “field trip” are now available in 5 pound bags and they are stacked along the west side of the fellowship space. We are suggesting a $5 donation for a 5 pd. bag of potatoes. On Sunday mornings you can put your money in the container by the potatoes. If you pick up potatoes during the week please place the money in an envelope in James Yoder's mailbox. Checks can be made to Berkey Avenue Mennonite Fellowship. Thank you for your support!

Caring Bridge Site

From Deb Brubaker: Dear Family and Friends, to keep you updated on my health journey, I created a Caring Bridge Site. Please visit my site often to stay connected and follow my progress. The site name is debbrubaker.

Meals for College Students

Meals for college studentsOver 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. Thank you so much for your meals and friendship to our students!  You can sign up for the meals at Username: students  Password: bamf. 

Learning Tour to Bolivia

Missions Commissions has been in conversation with Becca and Simon Smucker and MCC about a Learning Tour to Bolivia. We were hoping to go in June of 2016, but due to transitions in personnel at MCC Bolivia, we need to postpone the trip. It will most likely happen in 2017. In the meantime, we are exploring ways to connect with Simon and Becca, as well as Hannah Canaviri and Gretchen Geyer.

Custodian Position

We have an opening for a paid, part-time custodian at Berkey. Tracy and Tim Thorne have been our custodians for a long time and hope to continue in that role. However, their parents are ailing and when emergencies arise they want to be able to leave Goshen to help their parents. So we're looking for someone who could clean the church as the need arises, likely once or twice a month. Whenever possible, the Thornes would try to provide a week’s notice of when they would be gone, but in some situations it could be just a few days’ notice. Cleaning could be done on Thursdays, Fridays, or Saturdays. If you’re interested in this paid position, please contact Ben Buckwalter or call 971-5060.

Mission Commission - Items for MCC

Items for MCCDuring the month of October, the Mission Commission will be collecting items for MCC refugee kits. This is an opportunity to respond to the ongoing refugee crisis which impact millions of people around the globe. Please purchase some or all of the items listed below. As a congregation we will combine our gifts and take them to the depot where they will be packaged for shipment.  
4 large bars bath soap 
1 plastic bottle shampoo (13–24 oz; place in resealable plastic bag)
4 large bars laundry soap (Some stores carry Fels Naptha®, Sunlight® or Zote® brands)
4 adult-size toothbrushes
4 new bath towels (medium weight, dark or bright colors)
2 wide-tooth combs (6–8 in)
1 fingernail clipper(good quality)
1 box adhesive bandages(minimum 40 count, assorted)
1 package sanitary pads (18–24 count thin maxi).

Throwback Thursday

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

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Fish Fry

Bethany Christian High School’s Senior Class Fish Fry is Friday, Oct. 30. Come between the hours of 4:30 and 8:00 p.m. for an evening of fellowship, homemade pie, and all the fish you can eat. Tickets are available from all Bethany seniors or at the door. The cost is $10 for adults and $5 for children in grades 1-6. Preschool age is free. Carryout is also available with adult tickets only.

Tickets for MDC Goldenrod

The residents of MDC Goldenrod enjoy going to the Bethany Fish Fry every year but do not have money to pay for tickets. And in order for the residents to go, staff members need to accompany them. Goldenrod would be appreciative if people could donate tickets so their residents could attend the Fish Fry. Right now, they anticipate needing at least 20 tickets. If you'd like to donate tickets for Goldenrod, please contact Nicholas Schrock or call him at 533-1729.

Goshen College Goshen College


"The Songs of Edvard Grieg," a lecture-concert by celebrated Norwegian bass-baritone Njål Sparbo, will feature the breath-taking vocal music of Edvard Grieg. Sparbo, brings the music to life by introducing each song, with its drama and poetry, then singing it exquisitely. Among his many awards and accolades, Sparbo was given the 2009 Grieg Prize for his excellence in the interpretation and promotion of Grieg's music. With pianists Luke and Mary Rose Norell, Sparbo will perform many of Grieg's solo art songs, and will collaborate with the Goshen College Chamber Choir, conducted by Dr. Scott Hochstetler, on Grieg's final opus, the sacred a cappella work: Four Psalms. The lecture-concert will be Wednesday, November 4, 7:30 p.m. at Rieth Recital Hall. Tickets are $7 for adults and $5 for seniors and students. They are available online or by calling (574) 535-7566.

Harvest Hymn Sing and Potluck

Bring a harvest-themed seasonal potluck dish and enjoy an evening of agriculture and song. The evening events will be from 5:30 to 8:00 p.m., Wednesday, October 28, 2015 at the Rieth Village Site.

AMBS Anabaptist Mennonite Biblical Seminary

Anabaptist short courses provide a way for new Anabaptists and people seeking to deepen their ministry in the way of Jesus to engage Anabaptist history, thought and witness. Followers of Jesus today discover each other and the early Anabaptists as kindred spirits through their study of theology and history. Participants explore the resources of the Anabaptist witness across five centuries as a source of inspiration and guidance in our witness today. For more information, visit the AMBS website.

Community Announcements

Thank you from Joan Troyer

I would like to thank all who came out on October 10th for King's BBQ chicken fundraiser for Kids Alive International and support for me. If you would like more chicken, you may contact Community Church of Waterford. There are around 100 frozen halves left. They thaw well and when reheated taste just like taking them off the grill! Halves are $6.00 Again, thanks so much for your support for my 3 year mission term in Constanza, Dominican Republic.

Soup of Success

Soup of Success is having an open house on Saturday, November 7 from 9:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. at 907 Oakland Ave., Elkhart. If you are looking for a gift that makes a difference this season, consider a Soup of Success gift basket. All proceeds from the purchase of Soup of Success products provide wages for women striving for self-sufficiency.

Estate planning

Join us at Everence on Nov. 19 from 7:00 - 9:00 p.m. for an informative evening about effective stewardship through estate planning. Learn how to make the most of what you leave behind. Please RSVP  for more information.



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 currently has openings for a personnel counselor and an International Ministries department assistant. A personnel counselor will receive applications for service and conduct interviews to discern appropriate program placement; assist in planning orientations and retreats of program participants. The IM department assistant will schedule department meetings, track agenda and be responsible for minutes. This person will also serve as assistant to the director for Asia and Middle East, as well as assistant to the Global Ministries senior executive. Each position is .8 FTE and will be located in the Elkhart, IN office. You can view both position descriptions online or email Linda Krueger for more information.


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

This week:
October 26
Caregiving Commission, 7:00 p.m.            

October 28
SLT, 7:15 p.m.
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Birthdays This Week:

Amy Buckwalter

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

We found out Sunday that my dad has a brain tumor. This has been quite a shock. After much wrestling with several options (none of them good) and an hour-long conference call and prayer with family from four states, he had an open biopsy Wednesday afternoon. He did come through that and was resting in ICU that evening. We are assuming he'll start radiation in a few weeks after he heals from the surgery. I'm grateful that my sister has been with him and my mother this week. I plan to go to Lancaster to be with them next week (and maybe beyond). We welcome your thoughts and prayers.  --Patsy Sherer

Good News Community Chapel, Pinckney, MI, Contact person: Jan Esch

 Praise God for the 27 Latin American women theologians who attended Mennonite World Conference and led in the formation of a global Anabaptist network of women theologians. Pray for many of them who partner with Mennonite Mission Network in their local contexts.

DownloadOctober MMN Prayer Vine

Church Notes
Sunday Service Info

This Sunday: October 25

John Mast
Lois Mast
D. Richard Miller
Pat Darling Miller

Lindsay Rheinheimer

Lowell and Diane Nafziger

Ben Buckwalter, Jenae Longenecker

Infants: Sarah Alvarez, Merrill and Clare Krabill
Toddlers: Lane Miller, Phil and Julie Zimmerman

Offering Counters:
Ruth Hathaway, Karl Sommers

Next Sunday: November 1

John Mast
Lois Mast
D. Richard Miller
Pat Darling Miller

Lindsay Rheinheimer

Clare Krabill & family

Michael Sherer, Jenae Longenecker

Infants: Angela Shenk, Jeannie and Phil Miller
Toddlers: Andrea Yoder, Adam and Elise Derstine

Offering Counters:
John Hooley, Greg Smucker
Statistical Report 
(October 18)

Attendance: 172
General fund: $7318.00
Bethany: $30.00
College matching: $40.00
Copier: $29.19

Berkey Avenue
Mennonite Fellowship

2509 Berkey Avenue
Goshen, IN 46526
(574) 534-2398

Office Hours
Monday - Friday

Interim Communications and Office Manager:
Tuesday - Friday
10:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.

Marilyn Rudy-Froese
Dan Schrock
Ben Woodward Breckbill - Pastoral Intern

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

Doug Baker
Richard Miller
Laverne Nafziger
Judy Weaver
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