Berkey Avenue Mennonite Fellowship
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February 27, 2015

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Berkey Announcements

Welcome to the Berkey Family

Julia MaeJulia Mae Locke was welcomed into the world at 8:08 a.m. on Wednesday, February 25th. She arrived as 7lbs 2.3oz, and 19.5 inches of cuteness. Both mom and baby are doing well. Joe and Lindsy are appreciative of your support.

New Sunday School Class

Benefit of the Doubt: Breaking the Idol of CertaintyBenefit of the Doubt: Breaking the Idol of Certainty, a provocative book by pastor, theologian, and best-selling author Greg Boyd, will be the subject of a new Sunday School class starting on March 8. Benefit of the Doubt invites readers "to embrace a faith that doesn't strive for certainty, but rather for commitment in the midst of uncertainty." Boyd makes the case that doubt can enhance faith and that seeking certainty is harming many in today's church. The class reading of Benefit of the Doubt will be led by Richard Aguirre and Lane Miller with occasional contributions by Joe Liechty. If you're interested in joining the class, see Dan Schrock about reserving a copy of Boyd's personal, poignant, and powerful book.

Parenting Sunday School Class

Parenting as a spiritual journey, making a home for faith, caring for children as a spiritual practice--all of these phrases are a good description for the kinds of conversations we hope to have in this Sunday school class. All who are in the midst of raising children, and want to share with others who are also at various points along the parenting and grandparenting journey, are invited to be part of this conversation. We will share the joys and challenges of parenting, our hopes and fears and questions about our role as parents, and explore spiritual practices for ourselves and our children. The class begins on March 8.

New to the Library

New this week to the library are several selections related to our Lenten theme of death, dying, and loss. The Undertaking is a sometimes humorous, always respectful, look at what we, the living, do when faced with the death of loved ones, and why we do it. Another Country is a field guide for Navigating the emotional terrain of our caring for our elders, in particular, a generation of baby boomers who are finding themselves unprepared to care for those who have always cared for them. Our Greatest Gift is a meditation on dying and caring by Henri Nouwen. One of the best-loved spiritual writers of our time takes a moving, personal look at human mortality. Learn more.

Leadership Discernment Process

One of the crucial parts of our life at Berkey is the leadership discernment process, when we select people to serve on our Spiritual Leadership Team and commissions. We value your help in discerning a good fit between people and roles. This year we want to give you several different ways to help with the discernment. 
  1. In a few days we'll email you the nominating form so you can share your ideas electronically, if you want. 
  2. On Sunday, March 15, we'll give you a chance to fill out a paper copy of the nominating form in the worship service. 
  3. Your small group could also fill out the nominating form at one of your meetings. If you choose this option, please return it to us by March 22.
~ The Leadership Discernment Team (Anita Mounsithiraj, Dan Williams, Lavonn Hostetler, and Dan Schrock)

Easter Sunday Announcement

On Easter Sunday, April 5, we will have a worship service as usual, but no Sunday school classes.

Evaluation of the Congregation and Pastors

Last week you received an email with a link to an on-line evaluation of the congregation and the pastors. If you didn't, please contact someone in the church office, who will send it to you. The last major evaluation was 5 years ago, but since then much about our congregation has changed. Your responses will be important in helping us to assess and improve our life together. Please complete your evaluation by Sunday, March 8. We estimate it will take about 20-25 minutes of your time. This survey is open to everyone who participates in congregational life, whether you are a member or attender. JYFers, MYFers, and adults are all welcome to fill one out. In the final reports to the commissions, congregation, and pastors, individual respondents will not be identified. The SLT will be responsible to interpret results from the pastoral parts of the evaluation directly to the pastors.


Lent During Lent, we will have a worship series on "The Rituals of Loss and Remembrance" in which we will examine our practices around loss, grief and death and dying. We recognize that each one of us experiences losses of many kinds throughout our lives, some of which mark us permanently and affect us deeply. We also recognize that hearing stories of loss and grief can open up old wounds and bring back a loss in new ways. If you find that you are struggling in a new way with grief, or experiencing difficulty in carrying your grief, please talk to Dan, Marilyn or a trusted friend. Learn more.

The deacons will be available in the small office off of Jubilee Hall during Sunday School, if you would like to share your stories of grief and loss with a couple other people. Additionally, There is a table in the fellowship hall with books and resources on grief. You are welcome to take any brochures, or to sign out any of the books.

Mission Commission

History of SegregationOn Sunday, March 15, Missions Commission is inviting you to come to the Civil Rights Heritage Center in South Bend to learn about the history of segregation and the Civil Rights movement. The Heritage Center is located in the natatorium and contains Anne Berry's graphic design depictions of this history of segregation and those who led the movement to desegregate the public swimming pool. Anne Berry, along with George Garner, the Tours and Collections Coordinator at the Civil Rights Heritage Center, will lead this time. We will car pool from the church, so plan to bring a brown bag lunch; we will leave from the church in time to arrive at the Heritage Center at 1:30 pm. Please sign up on the Mission bulletin board (across from the restrooms) if you plan to attend.

Maple City Chamber Orchestra

Maple City Chamber Orchestra will present a concert on Saturday, March 28th, at 7:30 p.m. at Goshen College Sauder Hall. The concert is titled Triumphant Trumpets.  It will feature guest soloists Greg Smucker and Chloe Holmes. Admission is free.

Volunteer Cookie Makers Wanted!

cookie maker volunteers needed!James Loewen's presentation on Monday evening, March 2, at the College Mennonite Church, will be followed by a book signing/fellowship time. Beth Berry agreed to provide cookies for this fellowship time. She would welcome volunteers to help her make and donate a total of 30 dozen bars or cookies. They can be brought to church Sunday morning, March 1. There will be a sign-up sheet on one of the tables in the fellowship area this Sunday. Thanks!

Update from Marion Yoder

Several things are now falling into place. On Wednesday after my consultation with Dr. Hafron in MI, I decided on Beaumont Hospital as the place for my surgery. There is a firm date of March 2nd for the surgery with a possibility of moving that date up to February 25th. The procedure will be complete removal of my L kidney along with the tumor, lymph nodes and whatever else is necessary. There's a possibility that the spleen will have to go too. Recovery time in the hospital will likely be 3-4 days with an additional 10-14 days before any travel will be permitted. If everything goes well that puts our return to AZ for the remainder of the season around March 20th at the earliest. Will send another update after surgery.

Model Elementary

Model ElementaryAs part of our support of Model Elementary School, we, along with Faith Lutheran Church, have been providing monthly treats for the teachers and staff. We are looking for someone to provide treats in March and in May. The treats can be delivered anytime during the month; they can be individual treats, or big bowls of trail mix or other such treat. There are about 70 teachers and staff employed at Model School. You can work alone, or a few people can provide treats together. Please speak with Lowell Nafziger or Marilyn Rudy-Froese if you would like to do this.

Our Schools

Goshen College Bethany Christian Schools

Radium Girls

Bethany Christian High School will be performing Radium Girls, Feb. 26, 28 and March 1. Performances are on Thursday and Saturday evenings at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday at 3 p.m. Tickets are $8 for adults and $6 for students. Ticket sales begin Monday, February 9, and may be purchased online or call the school at (574) 534-2567 on school days, 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.). This empowering play is based on the true story of the women who worked at the US Radium Corporation in New Jersey. Touted by everyone from Marie Currie to business men, radium was thought to be a miracle cure until the girls who painted dials with it began getting deathly ill. This deeply personal play takes us on the journey of all sides in the legal and ethical battle that followed. Abby Rudy-Froese, Jacob Rudy-Froese and Kyle Snyder are in the cast participating in the play.

Goshen College Goshen College

Goshen College Afternoon Sabbatical: Creating a Legacy

The next afternoon Sabbatical will be on Tuesday, March 10 at 1:00 p.m.  at the Sauder Concert Hall, Music Center. Join Jep Hostetler, a retired medical educator, humorist and magician, and Glen Miller, a retired medical doctor, administrator and author, as they discuss ways to create a legacy through an intentional process of living. They will focus on how to emphasize personal gifts, priorities and dreams, and how to prepare for a graceful exit at the end of life. This event is free and open to the public For information on Afternoon Sabbatical programming email or call (574) 535-7565.

International Coffeehouse

The annual GC International Coffeehouse dinner and show is Saturday, March 14. Dinner will be at 5:00 p.m. in the College Mennonite Church Fellowship Hall and the show will be at 7:00 p.m. in the Music Center's Sauder Concert Hall. Adults: $18 dinner & show; $10 show only. Kids & youth: $10 dinner & show; $5 show only. Tickets are available through the Welcome Center (574) 535-7566 or online.  This family and community-friendly event showcases the culinary and entertainment skills of the college's international students.

AMBS Anabaptist Mennonite Biblical Seminary

Engaging our History of Segregation

James Loewen, Ph.D. will give three free public presentations to help listeners understand how our history of racial segregation has shaped the present. He is a leading expert on “sundown towns” (including Goshen) that excluded African Americans and other groups by ordinances or social means, and author of Sundown Towns: A Hidden Dimension of American Racism. Dr. Loewen will speak on Sunday, March 1, 7:00-8:30 p.m. at St. James African Methodist Episcopal Church, 122 Martin Luther King Dr., Elkhart; on Monday, March 2, noon-1:00 p.m. at the Mennonite Church USA offices, 3145 Benham Ave., Elkhart; and on Monday, March 2, 7:00-8:30 p.m. at the Goshen College Church-Chapel. For details, visit.

Webinar with Allan Rudy-Froese

Join us on Tuesday, March 10, from 2:00-3:30 p.m. for a special webinar entitled "Living in the Belly of the Whale: What Jonah Teaches Us About Preaching" by Allan Rudy-Froese.  The book of Jonah can teach the preacher about speech, prayer, telling stories, listening to God, humility, God's sense of humor and more. Additional details are available online. Please register by March 5.

Community Announcements

MCC Response to Syria-Iraq Crisis

Freezing temperatures and snow are adding another layer of deprivation to Syrians and Iraqis who have been forced from their homes to escape violence from the Islamic State group and battling armies in Syria. Mennonite Central Committee is calling for financial donations as it provides heating fuel and blankets this winter and continues to address basic needs of food, shelter and education throughout the year. In addition, MCC welcomes contributions of blankets and comforters to replenish the more than 18,500 that were sent to Iraq, Lebanon, Jordan and Syria for the winter months. You can donate to the Syria and Iraq crisis response or learn how to contribute blankets at

CAPS Training

CAPS is pleased to announce a training on Recognition and Reporting of Child Abuse on April 17 at Noon. This training is appropriate not only for front-line professionals in Elkhart County and the surrounding areas, but also for anyone whose daily interactions put them in contact with children.  There is no cost for this one-hour training, however it is limited to the first 50 registrants. Please contact Andrew Hershberger in our Marketing Department at or at (574) 295-2277 for more information.

Bluffton's Camerata Singers To Perform Locally

Bluffton University’s Camerata Singers will perform four times in the Goshen-Elkhart area during their annual spring break tour. The concert includes traditional sacred music, gospel music, spirituals, music from the Shaker and Iona communities, and a newly commissioned work. The public is invited to hear this 29-voice chamber choir at Eighth Street Mennonite Church in Goshen at 4:00 p.m., Sunday, March 1; at Anabaptist Mennonite Biblical Seminary in Elkhart at 11:45 a.m., Friday, March 6; and at Holdeman Mennonite Church near Wakarusa at 7:00 p.m., Friday, March 6. They will also sing Friday afternoon at Bethany Christian Schools.

Organ Recital

Shirley Sprunger King, former organ professor at Bethel College in Kansas, will be presenting an organ recital at 8th Street Mennonite Church in Goshen on Sunday, March 8. The program begins at 4:00 p.m. and is free of charge.  Her recital is titled “Looking Toward Easter” and will include Lenten, Palm Sunday, and Easter selections.

MEDA Dinner and Program

Join Michiana MEDA for a dinner and program, "Greening our institutions: How to do it and why we must," with Glenn Gilbert, Goshen College Utilities Manager and Sustainability Coordinator. We will gather on Thursday, March 19 at 6:30 p.m. at Waterford Mennonite Church (65975 SR 15).  Cost is $5 for students, $15 for Michiana MEDA members, and $20 for others, payable at the door. Kindly RSVP by Monday, March 16 to or (574) 355-3607.

Center for Healing & Hope

The Center for Healing and Hope specializes in creating a pathway to better health for individuals with few resources and are without a medical home. If you or someone you know is faced with this situation we can help you. Visit for clinic times and locations or call (574) 534-4744. Bi-lingual service available.

Project Promise Players' Easter Play

Join the Project Promise Players as they present their annual Easter play at Clinton Frame Mennonite Church on Saturday, March 28, at 3:00 and 6:00 p.m. During this live drama, the actors will interpret the events of Easter. Admission is free though a goodwill offering will be taken. The church is located at 63846 County Road 35, Goshen. Project Promise is a program of MDC Goldenrod that provides spiritual and social support for persons with disabilities.

Christian Faith and Healthcare

Mennonite Healthcare Fellowship (MHF) Annual Gathering 2015 will be held on July 19-21, 2015, in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania just prior to Mennonite World Conference Global Assembly. The theme is "Walking Together for Healthy Communities."  Membership in MHF is not required to attend.  A limited number of grants are available, especially for students, volunteers, persons traveling from outside of the U.S. and Canada, and others with limited income. Among the presentations this year are Ted & Company (thought-provoking comedy), Shane Claiborne (community activist from Philadelphia) and Ann Thyle (physician from India).  Workshops will be on diverse topics such as AIDS in Kenya, climate change and health, and congregational health ministries.  

Michiana Mennonite Relief Sale

The Michiana Mennonite Relief Sale will be accepting machine quilted quilts this year for the quilt auction. This year's sale dates are September 25-26.  We are anticipating a great auction made up of both hand and machine quilted quilts.


We are looking for young people with disabilities who will attend the Kansas City Mennonite Church USA convention this summer and might be willing to participate in a youth seminar telling others about life with a disability. If you know someone who fits this description, please be in touch or have them contact Christine Guth, (574) 343-1362.

Hymn Sing

You are invited to attend a hymn sing at Pine Grove Mennonite Church in Battle Creek, March 22 at  3:00 p.m. We will be singing out of the 1992 Mennonite Hymn book (Hymnal: A Worship Book) and other hymnbooks. We will sing for approximately an hour and a half. We will have a "finger-food-only" potluck, so please bring finger foods (sandwiches, etc.) to share.

Senior Tuesday Luncheon

You are invited to the next Senior Tuesday Luncheon at Yellow Creek Mennonite Church on Tuesday, March 10, noon in the Fellowship Hall. Invite your friends and neighbors to join us! $5.00 per person, paid at the door.  The program is Sandy Weatherwax, author of Dancing In the Wind, will share her Christian testimony of God’s grace. Her family are the founders of LoveWay therapeutic equine riding school in Bristol. Please call the church office, 862.2595, by Tuesday, March 3 to make reservations.

The Window

The Window's kitchen will be open for March's first Friday Back by Popular Demand. Friday's meal will run from 4:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m. or until the food runs out. We will feature  Ed’s Famous Chicken Enchiladas, Green beans with Bacon, Dessert bars and choice of beverage. Suggested Donation is $8:00.


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!

LaCasa is looking for Goshen homeowners for Help-A-House 2015.  Don’t miss this opportunity to get the new roof, or windows your home needs.  Help-A-Houses is income based and is provided on a first-come first-serve basis. Homes must be within the city limits of Goshen.Get your application in now! Call LaCasa at 574-533-4450 for more information.
Bethany Christian Schools invites applications for high school Spanish teacher (full-time), beginning August 1, 2015. Further information and application details are available on their website.
Girls Tennis Coach: Bethany Christian High School is seeking a girls tennis coach for spring 2015. Position begins in early March. To apply or ask questions, contact athletic director Gary Chupp at
Mennonite Mission Network seeks a full time Marketing and Communication Director who is responsible to lead in developing vision and strategies for constituent engagement. The ideal candidate will hold a deep passion for God’s mission globally, excel at collaboration and team leadership, and possess a high level of skill in communication across diverse media platforms. A bachelor’s degree in marketing, public relations, or communications is preferred. Must be committed to denominational and agency goals of intercultural diversity initiatives.  Mission Network seeks to employ a diverse staff and welcomes all inquiries.  This position will be based in Elkhart, Indiana.  For a detailed position description view our website or contact Linda Krueger, HR Coordinator.
Mark and Jenny Yoder have a partially furnished one bedroom basement apartment available for rent near Goshen College. The apartment can house up to two people.  Utility costs and washer and dryer usage are included in the rent cost. Please contact Jenny or Mark if interested!
Goshen Health & Wellness Foundation is seeking a half-time Executive Assistant/Communications Coordinator. Be a part of building healthy lives for children and families in the greater Elkhart County area through the provision of grants to area non-profits and scholarships and 0% student loans for health professionals. Bachelor’s degree in Business or Communications preferred. For more information or a position description please email Clare Krabill.



Getting to Know

Patsy Sherer

I began calling Berkey Avenue my church home about 18 years ago when we moved to Goshen from South Bend. I grew up in Lancaster, PA and served in Voluntary Service in NYC before coming to Goshen College where I majored in music education. I have been teaching in the Penn-Harris-Madison School Corporation for 27 years as an elementary music teacher. Michael Sherer is my husband and we have two young adult daughters: Monica who lives in Los Angeles and Melinda who lives in Goshen. I enjoy reading, biking, walking, and making music.

Whether you are new or a charter member, we are continually learning to know each other and we want to get to know you more. It can be very simple, your name, what you do for a living and what you are interested in. You can view our newsletter archive for some examples. Interested in being featured? Let us know!


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

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This Week:

March 3: Fellowship Commission: 6:30 p.m.
March 4: MYF Party: 7:00 p.m.
March 5: Ladies Lunch Bunch, 11:30 a.m. RSVP to Laverne Nafziger
March 7: Men's Breakfast at Joanna's: 7:00 a.m.

CalendarView Calendar Online

Anniversaries and Birthdays Next Week:

Bev Krabill
Daryl Miller
Jonathan Neufeld
Twila Leichty
John Mast
Austin Hooley
Elisabeth Barahona
Andrea Born
Nicholas Schrock

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

Pray for Jim, Terri and Quinn Brenneman as they grieve the death of Jim's mother, Mary Kathryn Brenneman on Monday, February 23.
Please pray for the parents of Model school as they support and encourage their children. May they have the resources they need to meet the challenges of each day, and may the love and peace of Christ surround them.
Pray for Mennonite Mission Network personnel in Paris, France – Janie and Neal Blough, Linda Oyer, and Brad and Brenna Steury Graber – as they help youth and adults in their congregations and communities make sense of the recent violence. May they help provide a Jesus-centered perspective to the outrage and anger.

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Church Notes
Sunday Service Info

This Sunday: March 1

Brenda Grimes, Ginny and Armand Martin

Pete and Melba Graber

Bob and Lorraine Pflederer

Nicholas Schrock and Clare and Merrill Krabill

Infants:  Judy Weaver and Richard Aguirre and Annie Hu
Toddlers:  Jill and Matt Diller and Jacob Rudy-Froese

Offering Counters:
Ruth Hathaway and Greg Smucker

Next Sunday: March 8

Abbe and Patrick Buller, Ginny and Armand Martin

Melba and Pete Graber

Lorraine and Bob Pflederer

Nicholas Schrock and Clare and Merrill Krabill

Infants: Roxanna and Karl Sommers, Annie Hu
Toddlers: Missy and John Schrock and Jacob Rudy-Froese

Offering Counters:
Barbara Eichorn, Greg Smucker

Statistical Report 
(February 22)

Attendance: 166
General Fund: $8,144.77
Bethany: $9,915
JYF: $90
MYF: $1,300
College: $20
The Window Meal: $115

Berkey Avenue
Mennonite Fellowship

2509 Berkey Avenue
Goshen, IN 46526
(574) 534-2398

Office Hours
8:30 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.

Tuesday - Friday
8:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.
12:00 noon - 2:00 p.m.

Dan Schrock
Marilyn Rudy-Froese

Greg Smucker (Chairperson)
Roy Bergey
Shirley Dick
Sherm Kauffman
Elizabeth Miller

Doug Baker
Richard Miller
Laverne Nafziger
Judy Weaver
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