Berkey Avenue Mennonite Fellowship
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Berkey Avenue Mennonite Fellowship
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November 8, 2015

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Berkey Announcements

Congregational Meeting

business meetingOur next congregational meeting is Sunday, November 15, following a potluck dinner. The agenda for our meeting is:
1.  Approve minutes of the August congregational meeting.
2.  Look at financial reports (the final report for fiscal year 2014-15, and the report for the current fiscal year to date).
3.  Hear a summary of what the Spiritual Leadership Team is doing this year.

Mission Commission Note

thank youMultiple situations of crisis around the world such as Syria, Iraq, Gaza and Ukraine have depleted MCC's warehouse inventory of relief kits. During the month of October, you contributed the materials necassary to assemble approximately 25 refugee kits. Thank you for contributing to MCC's effort to respond to the needs of people around the world who have been displaced by war and unstable weather patterns.

Potatoes for Model School

Potatoes for ModelThe Kennebec potatoes from the church garden are available in the fellowship hall. We are suggesting a $5 donation for each 5 lb. 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.Thank you for your support!

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. 

Throwback Thursday

thtHead 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.

Open House

Bethany Christian Schools will host a drop-in open house 12:00 noon to 2:30 p.m. Sunday, November 8, for anyone considering attending Bethany. Bring your family for a visit in a laid back and friendly atmosphere. A casual lunch will be provided. Please RSVP by registering online or contact the admissions office (534-2657) to help plan for the meal.

The Nerd

Bethany Christian Schools will perform The Nerd, a comic play by Larry Shue, on Friday, November 20 through Sunday, November 22. Set in 1979 in Terre Haute, Indiana, The Nerd is a character-driven comedy suitable for all ages. Tickets may be reserved online. The cost is $8 for adults; $6 for students. Performances are at 7:30 p.m. on Friday and Saturday and 3:00 p.m. on Sunday. Participating from our church are Abby Rudy-Froese and Kyle Snyder.

Goshen College Goshen College

Community School of the Arts Concert

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.

Merry Lea Event at Berkey

The Mennonite Creation Care Network Potluck with Todd Wynward is this Sunday, November 8, 5:00 p.m. at Berkey Avenue Mennonite Fellowship. Todd Wynward, author of a new book, Rewilding the Way, will join interested creation care groups or individuals for food, conversation and visioning. Todd has also been licensed by the Western District of MCUSA as a minister of watershed discipleship and has a vision for a decade-long life change movement. Bring a dish to share.

AMBS Anabaptist Mennonite Biblical Seminary

Seminary preview day, November 13, gives people opportunities to sit in on classes and chapel, meet professors and students and learn about financial aid. Join the learning community at AMBS for the day. Register online.

Community Announcements

Reading Camp Volunteers Needed

Goshen Community Schools will be offering United Way Reading Camps to 2nd graders. The Reading Camps will be held on Tuesdays and Thursdays (February 2 - March 24), 3;00 - 4:00 p.m. To volunteer, contact Michelle Kercher, (574)535-3086. See the bulletin board for more information.

Soup of Success

Soup of Success is having an open house this Saturday, November 7 from 9:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. at 907 Oakland Ave., Elkhart. All proceeds from the sales 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.

Fall Concert

The Goshen Community Chorale, under the direction of William Mateer, will be presenting its fall concert at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday evening, November 21st, at College Mennonite Church. The program will feature the Bach cantata "Gottes Zeit ist Die Allerbeste Zeit," to be accompanied by an instrumental ensemble, and a selection of sacred music and folksongs from Russia and the Slavic countries of eastern Europe. There is no admission charge and all are welcome to this community event.



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!

Mark and Jenny Yoder have a partially furnished one bedroom basement apartment that will be available for rent at the end of November. It is near Goshen College and can house up to two people. Utility costs and washer and dryer usage are included in the rent cost. Please contact Jenny if interested!


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

This week:

November 8
Creation Care Network Potluck, 4:00 p.m.         
November 10
Christian Education Commission, 7:00 p.m.
November 11
Worship Commission, 7:00 p.m.
November 12
Advent Worship Planning Committee, 7:00 p.m.
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CalendarView Calendar Online

Birthdays This Week:

Allen Dueck
Ann Sawatzky
Jennifer Schrock
Priscillah Metekai
Janice Hostetler

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

Pray for Liberty Christian Fellowship Somerset Center, MI, (interim pastor Don Stoll) and for their pastor, Ron Soloc, who is on sick leave, being challenged by cancer that has now affected his voice. Praise for the effectiveness of the bi-annual fund raisers, the Soup Supper, November 14, and the Steak Supper next April, for the community connections it provides as well as the funds for local relief and MDS.
Pray for Locust Grove Mennonite Church, Sturgis, MI, (pastor Bill Beck). Praise for the meaning of their recent 75th anniversary celebration.
Praise God for Israel College of the Bible, “the first Hebrew-language Bible college since the days of the disciples,” says a Mennonite Mission Network professor. Pray that the Arab Christian and Messianic Jewish students who study together will also be peace-builders in the Middle East.

DownloadNovember MMN Prayer Vine

Church Notes
Sunday Service Info

This 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

Next Sunday: November 15

Susan Garboden
Steve Garboden
Ruth Hathaway

Sara Alvarez

Clare Krabill & family

Michael Sherer, Jenae Longenecker

Infants: Megan Martin, Lisa and Darin Short
Toddlers: Nate Shenk

Offering Counters:
Lowell Nafziger, Denise Risser
Statistical Report 
(November 1)

Attendance: 206
General fund: $8,293.65
Bethany: $865.00
College matching: $70.00
Rental Income: $750.00

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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