Berkey Avenue Mennonite Fellowship
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Berkey Avenue Mennonite Fellowship
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March 12, 2017

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Berkey Announcements

Spring Forward

clockDaylight Savings Time begins this Sunday, March 12. Remember to move your clocks forward one hour before going to bed Saturday night so that you come to Worship at the correct time.

Thank You

GIHNThank you to all who signed up to help host IHN. If you have interest in helping with any part of our hosting week in the future and would like some information about how you can help, please contact Ruth Roth.

Lent Choir

choirYou are invited to join the Lent choir that will sing during the March 26 and April 16 (Easter) worship services. We are also forming a Women’s choir for the April 2nd worship service. If you are interested in participating in one or more of the choirs, follow this link.

Peace Club

peace clubPeace Club meets this Sunday, March 12, in Jubilee Hall after nurture time. All children in Kindergarten - 6th grade and their families are invited for lunch and activities. This meeting will focus on refugees and immigrants from Mexico. We are going to build a wall, and then KNOCK IT DOWN! We need Bio Builder cardboard bricks and shoe boxes to build the wall, and anyone who has either of these things is welcome to contribute them to the cause. Leave them in Jubilee Hall this coming Sunday and the following Sunday. Put your name on them if you want them back. Thanks!  ~Patty Lehman and Beth Berry

Service Project

missionThe Mission Commission has organized a service project at the Depot on Wednesday, March 15, 7:00 - 9:00 p.m. The project will include sorting items. To volunteer, look for the sign-up sheet in the Fellowship Hall. If you have a question, contact Ron Good, 537-1978 (home) or 238-7930 (cell).

Write a Note of Thanks to your Teacher

thanksPlease take the time to write a note of thanks to your Sunday School teachers, Nursery caretakers and leaders. There is special paper on a table in the Fellowship Hall for you to use. Please return your letters of appreciation to Ruth Roth or Laura Moshier. They will give the letters to teachers and leaders on March 19.

Teacher Appreciation Meal

teacherAll Nurture Hour teachers, music leaders and class coordinators along with your families are invited to a special meal at noon on Sunday, March 19. We are blessed to have so many wonderful teachers and leaders in Christian Education from the Nursery to adult classes. This is our small way to say THANK YOU for all you do throughout the year.

Desserts Needed

dessertAs part of our Teacher Appreciation Meal we would like to have a table filled with delicious desserts from people in the congregation. If you would like to make a dessert for the meal, please sign up here. The username is desserts. The password is bamf. Or, contact Ruth Roth.

Financial Aid

EverenceThe Everence Sharing Funds provided $1,285.50 in matching funds to support special needs in our church last year. Phil Bauman serves as the Everence advocate for our congregation. Please contact him for more information.

Youth Summer Camp Designated Fund

canoeWe invite you to consider making a contribution to Berkey Avenue's Youth Summer Camp designated fund this month. We anticipate several requests for financial assistance to help church youth experience a week of camp this summer at either Camp Amigo or Camp Friedenswald and would like to be able to give generously. A week of summer camp represents an investment of $300. Please contact Dale Snyder, Berkey Avenue’s Mennonite Camp Representative, at 574-238-6956 (call or text) or by email if you have any questions regarding this fund. Thank you!

SLT Minutes

SLTThe SLT minutes are now availabe on the Berkey website for you to read. To access the page, use the same password as you use for the online directory.

Meals for College Students: One Sunday Left!

mealThere is only one date (April 9) left to fill. If you would enjoy hosting a Sunday noon meal for the students, 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!

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

Visit Day

Students in grades 5-10 interested in exploring Bethany can shadow a Bethany student on Monday, March 20, 8:40 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Parents are invited to come between 8:45-9:15 a.m. for coffee and conversation followed by an optional tour 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, visit the Bethany website.

Goshen College Goshen College

Youth Choir Concert

The Mennonite Youth Choir Festival concert will take place this Sunday, March 12, at 2:00 p.m. in Sauder Concert Hall. Come hear children in grades 3-9 from Indiana, Ohio, Illinois and Michigan as they come together for a concert that is free and open to the public.

Hymn Club Fundraiser

Goshen College's Hymn Club is organizing a fundraiser event with a singing marathon to support Christian Peacemaker Teams (CPT). They plan to sing through the hymnal over the course of a week, singing on average a little more than 100 songs each night. Community members are invited to join in the event. They will be meeting on Sunday, March 12 through Thursday, March 16 from 6:00 - 11:00 p.m. in Newcomer Center room 19. The finale night will be Friday, March 17 in the Music Center choir room starting at 9:00 p.m. and singing until finished. For donations, make checks out to CPT with "hymn marathon" in the memo line; sent to CPT, PO Box 6508; Chicago IL 60680-6508. Cash or checks may also be brought to the hymn club event.

International Student Club Coffeehouse

The annual Goshen College International Coffeehouse is coming on Saturday, March 18. This student-run event features a dinner at 5:15 p.m. in the College Mennonite Church Fellowship Hall and a family-friendly international variety show at 7:30 p.m. in Sauder Hall. Tickets for this fund-raiser are available from the Welcome Center, 535-7566 or online. Adults: $20 (dinner & show), $12 show only; students & children: $12 (dinner & show), $5 show only. This entertaining event promotes international friendship and also will be raising money for MCC Refugee Relief.

Conference on Religion and Science

Goshen College is hosting its annual Conference on Religion and Science, March 24-26, with special guest Niels Henrik Gregersen, a professor of systematic theology at the University of Copenhagen. The theme is "Deep Incarnation: From Cosmos to Commitment," and will include public lectures on March 24 at 7:30 p.m. and March 25 at 10:30 a.m., both in the Goshen College Church-Chapel. Learn more.

AMBS Anabaptist Mennonite Biblical Seminary

AMBS Newsletter

The spring 2017 issue of AMBS Window provides examples from our learning community. Learn more about how AMBS's Intercultural Competence and Undoing Racism (ICUR) team works at structural, educational and relational change; courses that provide opportunities for cross-cultural engagement; alumni news; and upcoming events. Read the issue online.

MCCMennonite Central Committee

Medical Assistance

When hospitals in Honduras stopped testing and treating people for Chagas, a disease carried by kissing bugs, a new relationship between two MCC partners helped people get the medication they needed. Read how our partners fought for people like Iván Osorto and his wife, Marlenis Espinal.

Pledge Forms

Pledge forms for MCC's My Coins Count (previously Penny Power) are on the literature rack by the mailboxes. This year, 2017, marks MCC's 50th annual celebration of the Michiana Relief Sale. Pick up a pledge form to help raise $500,000.00.

MCC Comforter Bash

Save the date for the Mennonite Central Committee (MCC) Great Lakes Comforter Bash, October 20 and 21, at Pleasant View Mennonite Church (58529 County Road 23). Precision sewers are needed to piece and sew comforter tops for the event. The top size should be 60"x80"; made of cotton fabric. Free fabric is available from Nadine Zook Miller, Material Resources Coordinator at The Depot. Contact her by email or call 574-534-4071. For more information about the event contact Carol Honderich, 574-536-9062.

MennoniteMennonite Church USA

Youth Involvement

This summer’s Mennonite Church USA Convention will feature a new way to involve high school youth and young adult representatives in the delegate sessions. Called “Step Up,” the goal is to prepare young people who have an interest in being involved with the broader church for future involvement as denominational delegates and leaders. The program will include interactive seminar sessions and attendance at and participation in delegate sessions. Conferences and constituency groups have been invited to nominate youth who are rising high school sophomores or older. For questions, contact Brook Musselman.

MWCMennonite World Conference  

Solidarity with indigenous struggle

From April 2016 to January 2017, indigenous people and allies gathered in the northern United States to protest a plan to build a pipeline they believed would violate sacred burial grounds and threaten to contaminate drinking water. Mennonite church groups in the U.S. and around the world expressed solidarity with Standing Rock Sioux Tribe in their mission to protect the land and call for justice. Read more.

Community Announcements

MEDA Spring Business Tour

RSVP by March 10 to join Michiana MEDA for a spring business tour of Miller Poultry Pine Manor Hatchery on March 18, 2017, beginning at 8:30 a.m. The morning will start with a buffet breakfast at Maple Indian Cuisine, and then the group will head down Main Street to Pine Manor Hatchery for a tour and presentation about the Miller Poultry business. RSVP by email or call 574-355-3607. Cost is $5 for students, $15 for Michiana MEDA members, and $20 for others, payable at the door.

Music for Awhile

This Saturday, March 11, at 3:00 p.m. you are invited to a recital, Music for Awhile, at the AMBS chapel. Musicians are Andrea Bontrager Yoder, Jamie Lake, and Anne Weaver. We will present piano works by Bach and Tchaikovsky, and opera and art songs from across the musical eras including Debussy, Brahms, Purcell, Puccini, Mozart, Rossini, and more. It is a family-friendly event, and we will have a short reception (healthy snacks appropriate for our own young kids at the right-before-dinner hour!) afterward. For questions, contact Andrea Bontrager Yoder, 608-234-2870.  Hope to see many of you there!

Pathways Retreat Events

Stations of the Cross...Pathways Retreat has a set of 14 watercolor Stations of the Cross by Ettore "Ted" DeGrazia on display in their retreat house during Lent, March 1-April 15. This is a wonderful opportunity for groups of all ages. For more information, visit or call 574-202-2864.

Prayers for Healing...Monday, March 13 at 7:00 p.m. is Pathways Retreat's monthly prayer service for healing with the liturgy from Iona Abbey, Scotland. Learn more.

Hermitage Community Events

The Hermitage Community welcomes all to participate in Taizé Evensong. They hold these contemplative services of song, prayer, scripture, and silence in the Chapel of the Transfiguration on the second Sunday of each month (except for August) at 7:00 pm. Upcoming services are March 12, April 9, May 14, June 11, and July 9. The Hermitage is located in Three Rivers, Michigan. Learn more.

Senior Tuesday Luncheon

The next Senior Luncheon at Yellow Creek Mennonite Church will be on Tuesday, March 21 at noon. To make your reservations, call 862-2595 by Monday, March 13. See the bulletin board by the mailboxes for more information.

The Window Fundraiser

The Window's Haystack Supper fundraising event will be March 16, 4:30 - 7:00 p.m. at Waterford Mennonite Church. Pre-sale tickets are available at The Window for $8.00 or purchase tickets at the event for $9.00. All proceeds will benefit the work of The Window, Inc.

Bluffton Choir in Goshen

Bluffton University’s Camerata Singers will perform at two area churches during the group’s tour in March: Benton Mennonite Church on Thursday, March 16 at 7:00 p.m., and Eighth Street Mennonite Church on Friday, March 17 at 7:00 p.m. Both performances are free and open to the public. "Hymns and Songs of the Church” is the theme of the program, conducted by Dr. Mark Suderman, professor of music and director of choral activities at Bluffton. The program will feature sacred choral music from the Renaissance period to the present, including music from a variety of styles and genres: gospel music, choruses from major works, spirituals, hymn arrangements and more.

Benton Mennonite Fundraiser

Benton Mennonite will offer a Haystack Breakfast Benefit for Sonshine Children's Ministry on Saturday, March 18, 7:00 - 10:00 a.m. (or until food runs out) at the church, 15350 CR 44, Goshen. Sonshine Children's Ministry is supported by local Mennonite and other area churches. For more information, call 574-642-3245 or email the Benton Mennonite office.

Conversation about Peace in the Middle East

Rev. Alex Awad, Palestinian Christian pastor and co-worker with Mennonites will speak on Sunday evening, March 19, at 6:00 p.m. at College Mennonite Church on "A Palestinian Christian Perspective on the Arab-Israeli Conflict". All persons concerned about peace in the Middle East are invited to hear this pastor & teacher speak out of his own personal experience. More information about this event is posted on the bulletin board by the mailboxes.

Christians and Immigration Event

What should Anabaptist-Mennonite Christians think about immigration and how should we engage the immigrants who are our neighbors? Daniel Carroll Rodas will help us unite around the biblical framework of "welcoming the stranger," in an event at Eighth Street Mennonite Church, on Sunday, March 19, at 6:30 p.m. Danny Carroll is author of Christians at the Border and is an Old Testament professor at Wheaton College. His approach can help the whole church see how and why we must respond in compassion to the immigrants in our communities. For information contact Eighth Street, 574-533-6720, or cohost Hively Avenue Mennonite Church, 574-294-3423.

Project Promise Easter Play

Join the Project Promise Players as they present their annual Easter play at Clinton Frame Church on Saturday, March 25, at 3:00 and 6:00 p.m. During this live drama, the actors will interpret the events of Easter. Admission is free; a goodwill offering will be taken. Project Promise is a program of MDC Goldenrod that provides spiritual and social support for persons with disabilities


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 Mennonite Church USA Archives is seeking volunteers between now and mid-March to assist with packing up and moving collections from Goshen to Elkhart. Tasks include packing office supplies; flagging furniture to be moved; helping to stage collections (labeling, stretch-wrapping boxes, etc…); helping to manage the process of loading and unloading boxes in Goshen and Elkhart; and placing boxes on shelves in Elkhart. If you would be willing to help, please contact Jason Kauffman, 574-523-3059.

Mennonite Central Committee is seeking a Young Adult Coordinator: This position, located in Goshen, Ind., coordinates and recruits for MCC Great Lakes young adult programs, including the International Volunteer Exchange Program (IVEP), Summer Service Worker (SSW) program and the Serving and Learning Together (SALT) program. This position connects with Great Lakes' young adult alumni, especially using social media, and creates opportunities for young adults from the Great Lakes region to develop leadership skills. There is particular emphasis, but is not limited to developing and establishing relationships within the Great Lakes constituent churches and communities of color. This position also performs communications tasks such as relating to media, writing and editing, web updates, and promotion. The communication role will include some tasks for Sharing With Appalachian People (SWAP). See the full job description. Individuals interested in this position should send a cover letter and current resume when they apply online. For more information or questions, contact Amber Falcón at 574-534-4133.



Sunday, March 12
Peace Club, noon
Private Event, 1:30 p.m.

Monday, March 13
Intercessory Prayer, 7:00 p.m.
Private Event, library, 7:00 p.m.

Tuesday, March 14
Christian Education Commission, 8:00 p.m.

Wednesday, March 15
Service Project at The Depot, 7:00 p.m.

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Birthdays This Week
Phil Bauman
Dan Williams
Dale Snyder
Carla Weldy
Patti MacGregor

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

Berkey Family
Colossian WayThe Colossian Way study group is meeting weekly on Sunday mornings. Please be in prayer for those involved: Facilitators, Hannah Canaviri and Joe Liechty, and Participants, Cindy Baker, Gregg Beitler, Abbe Buller, Adam Derstine, Ruth Hathaway, Bev Krabill,Seth Krabill, Jenny Miller, Richard Miller, and Sarah Morrison.

IN-MI Mennonite Conference
Pray for Valparaiso Mennonite, Valparaiso, IN (Steve Slagel, transitional pastor). They are grateful for the 26 years of Mario Busto’s ministry and now grateful for the guidance of Steve Slagel’s transitional pastoring. Pray that they would listen to the voice of the Holy Spirit in this year of transition.
Pray for Fellowship of Hope, Elkhart, IN (Suella Gerber, pastor).

Mennonite Education Agency
 Please pray for the Bluffton University Camerata Singers as they will begin their bi-state tour, Thursday and continuing through Sunday. Pray that those in attendance of their multiple concerts will hear the message of God through them.

Download March MMN Prayer Vine

Church Notes

Our Worship

This Sunday:  March 12
Lent 2:  Restore us, O God! We Wonder
Scripture:  Matthew 17:1-9
Sermon title:  "Looking to Jesus"
Ritual of receiving stones.
Focus statement:  In our humanness, we want to know, to define, and to have concrete answers for everything. However, life is filled with uncertainty. We trust that God, the great Mystery, is always present with us in our wondering.

Next Sunday:  March 19
Lent 3:  Restore us, O God! We Thirst
Ritual of receiving water.
Focus statement:  Our bodies know the desperate need for water: we cannot survive without it. Likewise, our deepest selves are parched and yearn to be drenched in God’s love. God, who is Love, quenches our thirst so that we can live into the fullness of life.

Sunday Service Info

This Sunday:  March 12

Aaron Wieand
Susan & Steve Garboden

Jason Moshier

Elijah & Priscillah Metekai

Michael Sherer

Merrill Krabill

Infants:  Susan Garboden, Lyman & Sherry Hug
Toddlers:  Beth Berry, Joe Locke, Deb Williams

Offering Counters:
Ron Good
Rick Hostetter

Next Sunday:  March 19

Aaron Wieand
Steve & Susan Garboden

Jason Moshier

Elijah & Priscillah Metekai

Michael Sherer

Merrill Krabill

Infants:  Sara Alvarez, Dave & Bev Krabill
Toddlers:  Shirley Dick, Merrill & Clare Krabill

Offering Counters:
Lowell Nafziger
Denise Risser

Statistical Report 
(March 5)

Attendance:  184
General fund:  $9129.75
Bethany:  $460.00
Coffee:  $38.40
College:  $165.00
MYF:  $700.00
Rent:  $564.00

General Fund Income 2016-17 YTD
Actual:  $182,340.11
Budget:  $165,177.00

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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.


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