Berkey Avenue Mennonite Fellowship
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Berkey Avenue Mennonite Fellowship
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February 14, 2016

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Berkey Announcements

Lent Worship Series

bibleThis Sunday our Lent worship series begins, using the overall theme of "Living Ink: Embodying God's Story." This theme suggests that the physical ink of the Bible becomes living ink as we embody God's story in our lives. By watching us, others can read the ways our lives convey something of Christ. A special component of this series will be writing brief responses to our scripture for the morning, and then taking those papers forward during the offering. Getting up out of our seats is a small way to symbolize the many ways we embody our faithfulness to Christ.

Valentine Cookies for S.S. Classes

Valentine CookiesThe MYF is providing Valentine cookies for all children's classes up through JYF this Sunday, which just happens to be Valentine's Day! Thank you, MYF, for your thoughtfulness in providing this treat!

Congregational Meeting

Congregational meetingOur winter congregational meeting will follow a potluck lunch on Sunday, February 21. The agenda includes:
  • Approving minutes of the November 15 meeting.
  • Reading and reflecting on our mission statement.
  • Reviewing a financial report for the fiscal year to date.
  • Hearing about repairs, upgrades, and improvements to our facility.
  • Summary of what the Spiritual Leadership Team is working on.


Prayer CircleThe power of prayer is strong, and corporate prayer for others represents a healing ministry of the Holy Spirit. Such a ministry is being formed at Berkey. Meeting once a week, a small group of volunteer “pray-ers” will gather to lift up the joys, needs, and concerns of the Berkey Avenue community. Have you sensed that praying for others is one of your spiritual gifts? Would you like to be involved in this ministry? Please contact Deb Brubaker for further information. An introductory meeting will be held on Monday, February 22 at 7:00 p.m. in the church library.

Service Project at The Depot

Service ProjectThe Mission Commission has scheduled an evening service project at The Depot on Thursday, February 25, from 6:30 p.m to 8:00 p.m. All are invited to volunteer. Last year we had a good turn out and hope for the same this year. To plan the work, the Depot staff needs to know how many persons to expect; so if you are planning to help, please sign the sheet posted by the mailboxes no later than February 21.

Update from Simon and Becca Smucker

Simon and BeccaPlease take time to read Simon and Becca's letter on the Mission bulletin board. In this letter they describe their day-to-day activities and church life. They say, "The church service is fairly similar to that of Berkey. We begin with songs... and one of the songs involves walking around and greeting those around you, while another song involves a time of offering." Included in this letter are beautiful photographs of the the people they work with and a photo of a few people that you will recognize from Berkey! For more news from Simon and Becca, you are invited to follow their blog.

MYF Service Trip Volunteers

Youth MinistryWe are looking for two adults (one male and one female) to accompany/lead the youth on their service trip this summer to DOOR Chicago. The trip will be July 3-8. While DOOR provides leaders for their portion of the program, we need adults who will be responsible for our group. All of your expenses will be covered. If you are interested, or have questions about this, please speak with Marilyn.

Meals for College Students

mealsOver 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! A new schedule is ready. To sign up visit the Take Them a Meal site, (username: students; password: bamf).

Stephen Ministry Training Continues:  Maintaining Boundaries

stephen ministriesThis coming week the Stephen Ministry training class will be considering the subjects of "Maintaining Boundaries in Caregiving" and "Crisis Theory and Practice: Danger versus Opportunity". In these presentations they will be learning how to guard against being manipulated and how to recognize their own tendencies to foster dependency by doing too much. They will also be studying exactly what happens when a person goes through a crisis and how caring Christian ministry can help turn a potential danger into an opportunity for growth.

Mary's Musings

Mary's MusingsAll of "Mary's Musings" have now been found and you may read all six of them on Berkey's website. The "Mary's Musing" page is listed under the Worship tab. While on the page, you will also want to read about the charcoal drawing created by Jenae Longenecker. The drawing is displayed on the page for you to view.

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!

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

Bethany Christian High School will perform the musical, The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, March 3-6, 2016. In this Tony Award-winning musical, six quirky 12-year-olds battle it out for the title of Putnam County Spelling Champion. This is not your typical musical, with lots of audience interaction and a casual atmosphere suitable for the whole family. Tickets are $8 for adults and $6 for students and may be purchased online beginning February 15. Performances are at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Friday, and Saturday and 3:00 p.m. Sunday. Cast participants from our church include Yejin Kim, Abby Rudy-Froese, and Kyle Snyder.

Goshen College Goshen College

Youtube Videos

Check out this youtube video to watch the beginning of a series of student activities at Goshen College. The first video features the International Student Club Coffeehouse.

Organ Concert

David Jonies will be performing on the organ Sunday, February 21, at 4:00 p.m. at Rieth Recital Hall. Tickets are $10 for general admission, available online or by calling (574) 535-7566. Jonies is a gold medalist at the Landau International Organ Competition, and recipient of the Alec Robertson Scholarship. He has been a featured recitalist at the Organ Historical Society National Convention and has given recitals across the globe, including at Westminster Abbey, and the world’s largest organ at Passau Cathedral (Germany). Jonies currently serves as Associate Director of Music/Organist at Holy Name Cathedral in Chicago, with previously held positions at the Chapel Royal at Hampton Court Palace, and Westminster Cathedral. This powerful concert includes works by Handel, Hindemith, Rheinberger, and George Shearing.

Women's Spirituality Retreat at Merry Lea

You are invited to a Women's Spirituality Retreat, A Way in the Wilderness, on Friday, February 26, 7:00 p.m. through Saturday, February 27, 2:00 p.m. at Merry Lea Environmental Learning Center of Goshen College. The themes focus on what sustained women like Miriam and Hagar in the wilderness and where we too can find God in desert places. The keynote speaker is Jackie Wyse Rhodes, an Old Testament scholar from Bluffton, OH. For more information go to the Merry Lea website.

AMBS Anabaptist Mennonite Biblical Seminary

In spring 2016, Anabaptist Mennonite Biblical Seminary in Elkhart, Indiana, is offering two online non-credit short courses: Exploring Peace and Justice in the Bible; and Power and Process: Why Polity Matters. Sign up or encourage others in your congregation to join.

Community Announcements

Sundown to Resolution Program

In commemoration of black history month, Lee Roy Berry, Jr. and Dan Shenk will be presenting a program, From Sundown Town in the 20th Century to Resolution in the 21st Century, on Wednesday, February 24, 3:00 p.m. at the Jennings auditorium, Greencroft Community Center.

Bryan Moyer Suderman CD

Bryan Moyer Suderman announces his new CD:  "I'm very excited to announce that the new CD has arrived, and is available for purchase. You can buy it online with credit card, or you can order it via cheque-in-the-mail. You can read more about the album here - I think it's the most personal, the most raw, the most humorous, and perhaps the most hopeful and inspiring record that I've ever made. "Songs of hope and struggle" indeed, offered for such a time as this..."

A 360° Tour in Nepal

An MCC writer and photographer recently visited Nepal to see how rebuilding is going after the 2015 earthquakes. Step into their shoes with these neat bubbles that give you sights and sounds of some remote villages in Nepal.

Finance and Stewardship Workshop: Different Ways to Give

This winter College Mennonite Church will host a series of one-hour workshops focusing on financial management, giving, and stewardship. Each workshop will be led by an Everence staff person with expertise in that area. The theme for the February 17 workshop is Different Ways to Give by John King and/or Steve Fath. The class will be held from 6:30-7:30 p.m. A complete list of the workshops is on the bulletin board by the church mailboxes.                      


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!



February 16
Prayer Shawl Group will meet at Laverne Nafziger`s, 4:15 p.m.  All are welcome.

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Birthdays This Week:
Melinda Sherer
Lois Mast

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

Pray for Grand Marais Mennonite, Grand Marais, MI (Stephen Post, pastor). Post has announced his retirement and his last day as pastoral leader will be April 3. Please pray that the congregation will pick the person that God wants for the congregation.

Many weddings occur this time of year in Cambodia due to the cooler, dry season. On this Valentine’s Day, pray for Petrus and Yuliana Handoyo of Mennonite Mission Network as they mentor young Christian couples and model Christ-centered relationships.

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Church Notes
Sunday Service Info

This Sunday:  February 14

John and Lois Mast
Richard and Pat Miller

Lindsay Rheinheimer

Pete and Melba Graber

Nick Schrock/Jenae Longenecker

Infants:  Abbe Buller, Evie and Dan Nafziger
Toddlers: Seth Krabill, Patty and Jason Lehman

Offering Counters:
Ron Good, Rick Hostetter

Next Sunday:  February 21

John and Lois Mast
Richard and Pat Miller

Lindsay Rheinheimer

Pete and Melba Graber

Nick Schrock/Jenae Longenecker

Infants:  Elisabeth Barahona, Anita and Dale Snyder
Toddlers: Janice Hostetler, Renae Yoder, Marcia Weaver

Offering Counters:
Lowell Nafziger, Denise Risser

Statistical Report 
(February 7)

Attendance: 183
General Fund: $3,096.66
Bethany 2015/16: 15.00
Coffee: $51.70
College: $20.00
Model School (sale of popcorn): $15.00
Rental Income (house): $750.00

General Fund Income 2015-16 YTD
Actual:  $140,430.14
Budget:  $129,703.00

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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