Berkey Avenue Mennonite Fellowship
A congregation of Mennonite Church USA
Berkey Avenue Mennonite Fellowship
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November 1, 2015

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Berkey Announcements

Fall Back

daylight savings time endsDaylight Savings time ends Sunday, November 1, at 2:00 a.m. Remember to turn your clocks back one hour on Saturday evening so that you come for Worship at the correct time.

Note from Wilma Shank

thank you"Dear Friends, your many cards and messages have been heartwarming and a real encouragement as I have worked at the very intense and beneficial work of physical therapy. It's so good to have an assembly of faith remembering me in prayer." Wilma Shank returned home last Friday, October 23, after being in physical therapy for several weeks after knee surgery.

New to Our Library

library booksHouse Calls and Hitching Posts: Stories from Dr. Elton Lehman's Career Among the Amish, by Dorcas Sharp Hoover. These stories are sometimes humorous and often an intimate account of Dr. Lehman's 36 years of practicing medicine among the Amish of Wayne County, Ohio, for which he was named Country Doctor of the Year.
Gospels and Acts: The St. John's Bible, by Donald Jackson. Using tools and materials employed by scribes for thousands of years, the author and an international team of artists and scholars embarked on a monumental seven-year journey to create the first handwritten and illuminated Bible commissioned since the invention of the printing press.

Potatoes for Model School

Potatoes for ModelMore Potatoes: The Kennebec potatoes dug at our recent “field trip” are now available in 5 lb. 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.

Throwback Thursday

throwback thursdayHead 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

icon_bcs Bethany Christian

Host Family Needed

Beginning in January 2015, Bethany is seeking a host family in the community for a sophomore girl from Paraguay who speaks Spanish and German fluently, loves to sing, and enjoys participating in church activities. Host families receive compensation for room and board. Contact Sarah Lind in the admissions office for further information or to recommend a possible host family.

Bruin Club

The UB Bruin Club is an opportunity for students in grades 3-5 who are planning to attend Bethany Christian Schools or wanting to explore that option. Children can make friends with future classmates and begin to have their own fun experiences at Bethany. The next meeting is Friday, November 6, from 6:30 to 8:00 p.m. The activity this month is classic cooking. For more information or to register, see the Bethany website.

Goshen College Goshen College

Goshen College Community School of the Arts Showcase Concert featuring the CSA Choirs: Rejoice (conducted by Kristin Kauffman), Shout for Joy (conducted by Sandy Hill), and Sommo Voci (conducted by Marcia Yost) will be Sunday, November 15, 4:00 p.m. at Sauder Concert Hall. Tickets are $7 for adults, $5 for seniors/students, free for GC FacultyStaff//Students with ID. They are available online or by calling (574) 535-7566.

AMBS Anabaptist Mennonite Biblical Seminary

Join a webinar on Thursday, November 12, 2:00-3:30 pm with Greg Boyd and Drew G.I. Hart discussing how the Neo-Anabaptist movement in North America can engage "Anablactivism" and vice-versa. Drew's research, focused on the intersection of Black theology and Anabaptism, invites us to consider the potential of Anablacktivism for inspiring Christ's followers to faithful action today. We will ask Greg and Drew to consider how Neo-Anabaptism both challenges and sometimes acquiesces to systems of injustice, and what can be done to harness the energy and wisdom of both efforts for the sake of God's reign. Learn more and register.

Community Announcements

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.

The Window

The Window is having a silent auction Friday, November 13 from 6:30 - 9:00 p.m. Live music, gourmet appetizers and a wide variety of items donated by local businesses and friends of The Window make this silent auction the place to be. Admission is $10.00 at the door, and once inside you’ll enjoy sauntering around nibbling on gourmet appetizers prepared by The Window’s Kitchen Administrator, Vi Miller, while listening to musical guest, Ted Yoder. And you just might discover that perfect something you can't live without! All proceeds go toward the support of The Window's programs. Items for bid will be posted on our web page.

Senior Luncheon

Yellow Creek Mennonite Church invites Seniors to a Tuesday Luncheon, November 17, at noon. $5.00 per person is due at the door. Mike Hoffman, a meteorologist at WNDU-TV, will talk about weather predictions for 2015-16 and experiences in missions. See the bulletin board by the mailboxes for more information.

Estate planning

Join us at Everence on November 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:

November 5
Lunch Bunch, 12:00 noon, at Dana J`s, 231 Chicago Ave, Goshen. RSVP to Laverne Nafziger           
November 7
Men's Breakfast, 7:00 a.m.
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CalendarView Calendar Online

Birthdays This Week:

Twila Albrecht
Levi Sawatzky
Pete Graber
Lee Roy Berry
Lori Good
Clare Krabill

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

Pray for Kalamazoo Mennonite Fellowship, Kalamazoo, MI, (pastor, Will Fitzgerald)
Praise for the ecumenical effort of ladies that meet weekly to make comforters for MCC.
Pray that our Advent series finds special meaning for our children this season.
Siaka Traoré, president of Evangelical Mennonite Church of Burkina Faso, thanks you for praying for the country after a coup d’état in September. Mennonite Mission Network requests continued prayers for peaceful elections and for a spirit of reconciliation between political factions.

DownloadNovember MMN Prayer Vine

Church Notes
Sunday Service Info

This Sunday: November 1

John Mast
Lois Mast
Phil Zimmerman
Julie Zimmerman

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

Next Sunday: November 8

Susan Garboden
Steve Garboden
Ruth Hathaway

Sara Alvarez

Clare Krabill & family

Michael Sherer, Jenae Longenecker

Infants: Brandon Yoder, Aaron and Stephanie Wieand
Toddlers: Patrick Buller, Shirley Dick, Judy Weaver

Offering Counters:
Ron Good, Rick Hostetter
Statistical Report 
(October 25)

Attendance: 164
General fund: $5256.44
Agape: 10.00
Bethany: $155.00
College matching: $50.00
Model School: $149.00

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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