Berkey Avenue Mennonite Fellowship
A congregation of Mennonite Church USA
Berkey Avenue Mennonite Fellowship
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April 10, 2016

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Berkey Announcements

Card and Money Shower

Wedding ShowerThis Sunday we are honoring the upcoming wedding of Aaron Shenk and Liz Core. This is a card and money shower, so you're welcome to bring cards and monetary gifts. Cards will also be available if you forget yours.

Summer Bible School Volunteers Needed

Bible SchoolVolunteers are needed for our summer Bible School, June 6-10. Green (adult) and white (youth) volunteer forms were put in mailboxes. There are many ways to participate. Please consider how you can help. For more details see the display in the fellowship hall or talk to Deb Williams. Forms are due by April 10.

Berkey Volunteer Event

LaCasaNow is the time to sign up to volunteer to work at the LaCasa Help-A-House Community Work Day event being held in Goshen on Saturday, May 14. Berkey Avenue Mennonite will have a group volunteering at this event. See details and sign up on the bulletin board by the church mailboxes. Alternatively, sign up by calling/texting Dale Snyder at 574-238-6956 or send him an email before April 15.

Thank You from Patsy and Michael Sherer

thanksThank you so much for the beautiful planter we received recently. We are very grateful for the many expressions of love and support from you in the last five months during Patsy's father's illness and death.

Thank you and Update from Marion Yoder

thanksI would like to thank the many people of Berkey Avenue for their thoughts, prayers, cards and well wishes over the past several months. They have been much appreciated. Several weeks ago I had a biopsy back in Detroit of one of three lymph nodes in my mediastinum which have appeared over the past 6 months. It was positive for renal cell carcinoma which came from the original kidney cancer. I then started on an oral chemotherapeutic medicine called Votrient. It is a daily medication that I will take for three months and then evaluate my body's response at that time (probably mid-June). I've thankfully had few side effects from the medication. At this point I'm thankful for every day God gives me. Meredith and I will return to Indiana in late April for the summer and we are looking forward to reconnecting with Berkey Avenue.

New to Our Library

library bookThe following book has been donated to the library: Joel, by Joel Sonnenberg. The author was only two years old when an 18 wheeler smashed into his family's car. In the inferno that followed, he was burned on over 85 percent of his body. This is his story as only he can tell it, a life of both great struggles and tremendous achievement and honor.

Stephen Ministry Training Continues:  Supervision

stephen ministriesThis coming week the Stephen Ministry training class will be considering the subject of "Supervision: A Key to Quality Christian Care" during a retreat day. In this presentation they will be learning how to engage in the process of small group peer supervision so that they will be able to offer the highest quality Christian care possible for their care receivers. As the Stephen Ministry training continues, we get closer to commissioning Trish Yoder for her ministry among us. Continue to keep her in your prayers.

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!

Online Directory

Online DirectoryYou are encouraged to save a link to the Berkey Online Directory in an easily accessible place such as your desktop or task bar. The directory is updated frequently. It features the most current information available about our members and attenders including emails, phone numbers and much more. And, the photos aid us in learning to know each other. At the bottom of the directory you will also find a list of commission members and appointments. Contact the office if you need the username and password.

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

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Open House

Bethany Christian Schools will host a drop-in open house, 12:00-2:30 p.m. on Sunday, April 17, for anyone considering enrolling for fall 2016. Bring your family and invite others from your church or neighborhood who may have interest in Bethany. Stop by after church for lunch and to talk with the faculty and staff who will be available to answer questions and give tours. So that we know to expect you for the meal, please register online or call Sarah Kraybill Lind in the admissions office, 534-2657.

Fish Fry

The junior class fish fry is 4:30-8:00 p.m. on Friday, April 22. Come for an evening of fellowship, homemade pie, and all the fish you can eat. Tickets are $10 for adults and carryout; $5 for children K-6. Preschool-age is free. Tickets may be purchased in advance from Carissa Hostetler or at the school (534-2567). You may also purchase tickets when you arrive at the event.

Goshen College Goshen College

You are invited to an Afternoon Sabbatical, April 12, 1:00 p.m. at Sauder Concert Hall. Dr. Doug Caskey, professor of theater, Dr. Debra Detwiler Brubaker, professor of music and Dr. Randy Horst, professor of art will share their experiences leading students on a wonderful May term experience. What can be better than combining theater, music and art in a three week collage of sight and sound? This event is free and open to the public. For information or questions email the college or call 574-535-7565.

AMBS Anabaptist Mennonite Biblical Seminary

Study an overview of Mennonite structure, processes and goals in an online short course titled "Power and process: Why polity matters." The course will be April 13–May 24. Instructors are Janeen Bertsche Johnson and Willard Metzger.

Community Announcements

Center for Healing & Hope Fundraiser

You are invited to hear Jep Hostetler, author of The Joy Factor, speak at a fundraiser for the Center for Healing & Hope. Hostetler uses humor, stories, and a touch of magic to encourage his listeners. Bread and Chocolate will provide tasty desserts, including options for those with dietary restrictions. This dessert reception will be at 7:00 p.m. on Friday, April 15, at the Bread and Chocolate Ballroom in Goshen. Tickets are $50. To order tickets, call 574-534-4744, ext. 201, or purchase them online. All proceeds go to providing urgent medical care and advocacy for the uninsured.

Play Invitation from Kern Road Mennonite

Ted Swartz  brings the play, “Listening for Grace,” to Kern Road Mennonite Church on April 17, 6:30 p.m. The play follows the story of a widowed father whose son has just come out as gay. Through relationships with his son, an estranged cousin, people in his church and a pastor who deals with issues of sexuality in the Bible, the main character is challenged by many different viewpoints and experiences. Ted uses his distinctive humor to give voice to our fears and hopes when a faith community engages in questions around sexuality. Tickets paid in advance are $8 by April 15; $10 at the door. More information is available at Kern Road's website and online. See a preview online.

Center For Community Justice Peace Walk

Please join us for a friend-raising, fund-raising event on Wednesday, April 20, 6:00-8:00 p.m. at Walker Park in Elkhart. All are welcome. The Center for Community Justice (CCJ), founded in the Mennonite community, is a local not-for-profit organization specializing in the application of Restorative Justice. Much of our funding comes from grants and donations, and in the recent years, we have seen a decrease in both of these areas. What CCJ does is an integral part of a safe and vibrant community and so we are reaching out to the community in an effort to share more about who we are and why funding this organization is so important. Registration is $20 per adult, $10 per child 12 and under, and the price per person for groups of 4 or more drops to $15 each. To register visit the CCJ website or call 574-295-6149.

MCC Alumni & Friends Gathering

As alumni or interested friends of Mennonite Central Committee, you are warmly invited to join us for an MCC Alumni and Friends International Potluck at 6:00 p.m. on Saturday, April 30, at North Goshen Mennonite Church. Special guest speakers will be Ben & Beth Weisbrod, current MCC Area Directors for Central and West Africa. Please RSVP at 574-534-4133 or by email.

Mennonite Healthcare Annual Gathering

Healthcare professionals, students, retirees:  The registration deadline has been extended to April 30 for the Mennonite Healthcare Fellowship (MHF) 2016 Annual Gathering, June 17-19, 2016 at the YMCA of the Rockies, Estes Park, Colorado. The theme is "Wholeness and Holiness: Views from the Mountaintop." Topics include the spirituality of illness, international healthcare, end of life ethics, public health, trauma, and gun violence. The weekend includes vibrant worship, stimulating speakers, and a variety of workshops. This event is open to anyone interested, especially persons from medical, mental health, therapy, and chaplaincy professions, including students and retirees. A children and youth program is provided. Register online, by email, or call 1-888-406-3643 for a mailed brochure.

Safe Kids Fundraiser

If you are interested in supporting Safe Kids and enjoy Nelson’s Chicken please consider buying tickets for the May 14 BBQ Fundraiser. Advanced sale tickets are $6 for half of a chicken and $3 for “Pit-tatoes”. See Dan Nafziger for tickets. Safe Kids Elkhart County works to reduce injuries that impact the children of our county.


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 Center for Healing and Hope, a faith based urgent care clinic, has an opening for a Bookkeeper. This position is responsible for accounts receivable, accounts payable, financial reporting and development support. This is a 6-8 hour a week position. More information is available online.


April 10
Engagement Shower for Aaron Shenk & Liz Core, 10:45 a.m.

April 11
Intercessory Prayer, 7:00 p.m.

April 13
Caregiving Commission, 7:00 p.m.

April 7
Ladies' Lunch Bunch will meet at Angel House of Pancakes,11:30 a.m.

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Anniversaries This Week
Joe and Lindsy Locke
Jud and Rita Gingrich

Birthdays This Week
John Roth
Thomas Gingrich
Aaron Shenk
Dteban Mounsithiraj
Lindsy Locke
Dan Schrock
Sarina Metekai
Terri Plank Brenneman

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

Ellie Wenger is scheduled for open heart surgery at U of MI Mott Children's Hospital on Wednesday April 13. Pray for comfort and peace for Ellie and her family and a successful repair of the heart valves. She will be in the hospital for at least a week.

Mennonite Mission Network’s all-staff gathering is this week (Monday - Thursday). Pray for safe travel to and from Wichita, Kansas, an openness to the leading of God’s Spirit – for wise discernment in discussions and decisions – and for an atmosphere of collaboration.

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Church Notes
Sunday Service Info

This Sunday:  April 10

Aaron Wieand
Curt Wenger
Elise Wenger

Laverne Nafziger

Dick and Nancy Yoder

Nick Schrock/Elisabeth Barahona

Infants:  Leah Garboden, Clare and Merrill Krabill
Toddlers:  Brandon Yoder, Julie and Phil Zimmerman

Offering Counters:
Ron Good/Rick Hostetter

Next Sunday:  April 17

Rafael Barahona
Curt Wenger
Elise Wenger

Laverne Nafziger

Dick and Nancy Yoder

Nick Schrock/Elisabeth Barahona

Infants:  Megan Martin, Elizabeth Miller, Jenny Miller
Toddlers:  Dee Albrecht, Patrick Buller, Jane Wang

Offering Counters:
Lowell Nafziger/Denise Risser

Statistical Report 
(April 3)

Attendance:  154
General fund:  $7,207.58
Bethany fund:  $10,865.00
College fund:  $170.00
The Mennonite:  $74.00

General Fund Income 2015-16 YTD
Actual:  $190,963.56
Budget:  $174,817.00

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
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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