Berkey Avenue Mennonite Fellowship
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Berkey Avenue Mennonite Fellowship
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April 13, 2014

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Berkey Announcements

College Graduate Recognition

GraduationDuring the worship service on April 13, we will recognize everyone who's graduating this year from college or graduate school. Cake and punch will be served after worship.

Prayer Shawl Group

KnittingThe Prayer Shawl Group will meet at Laverne Nafziger's this coming Tuesday, April 15. We hope you can join us! Kindly RSVP to Laverne.

Seniors for Peace

PeaceWe hope you can join us at our next meeting! Gilberto Perez will speak to Seniors for Peace on “Becoming a More Welcoming Community” on Thursday, April 17 at 9:30 a.m. You are welcome to attend the meeting, held in Greencroft Community Center, Meeting Room 1.

Free Firewood

FirewoodThere is a tree that recently came down on the Berkey Property. If anyone is interested in getting some free firewood, the trustees have offered to help take it down and cut it.  Please reply by the end of May to Lowell Nafziger.

The Mennonite Subscription

Mennonite LogoPlease note that subscriptions for The Mennonite are due this coming Sunday, April 13.  The cost of the subscription is $37.00. Please submit your payments to Ruth Hathaway. 

Good Friday Service

CrossesWe hope you will join us for the April 18 Good Friday worship service, beginning at 7:00 p.m. It will include optional foot washing, communion, and prayers around the cross.

Easter Sunday Schedule

Empty TombPlease note that our morning schedule on Easter will be different. We'll begin with a continental breakfast at 9:00 a.m. to which everyone is invited. If you can, please bring fruit already sliced, hard boiled eggs, breads, pastries, or coffee cakes to share. Worship begins at 10:00 a.m., one half-hour after our normal time. There are no Christian Education classes that day.

Sound Booth

MixerIf you need access to the sound booth for a special event, please see one of the regular audio-visual operators (Phil Bauman, Ben Buckwalter, Michael Sherer, Matthew Williams), the office manager, or one of the pastors for a key. To preserve the equipment settings our AV operators have carefully fine-tuned, the sound booth will remain locked during the week and a key will no longer be available from the church office cupboard.

Senior Recital

Emily GrimesNext Sunday, April 13th, at 7:30 p.m., Emily Grimes will be giving her Senior Voice Recital as a part of her music degree completion at Goshen College. The recital will be held in Rieth Recital hall, and will be approximately one hour long. Free and open to the public, all are encouraged to attend! A reception will follow.

Hacienda Gives Back

Hacienda Gives backOn Monday, April 14, There will be a Hacienda Gives Back event for Kids Alive International supporting Joan Troyer to go to the Dominican Republic. There are tokens available at the church along with a flyer on the bulletin board.

Vacation Bible School

VBSSummer Bible School will be held at College Mennonite Church on Tuesday through Friday, June 10 through 13, 2014, as a joint effort of six Mennonite congregations: Assembly, el Buen Pastor, College, Eighth Street, Faith, and Berkey Avenue. The coordinating committee of representatives from these congregations has begun planning for these four mornings from 9:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. The “Come and See” curriculum will again be used with children who will begin kindergarten in 2014 and 2015. Kindergarteners through sixth graders will experience the curriculum “Jesus: The Upside-Down Mission.” As always, it will take many people of different ages with many different gifts and skills to help make Bible school happen. Registration forms for adult and youth volunteers will be distributed on April 13, and registration forms for children in our congregations and guests will be distributed later in April. The coordinator from our congregation is Deb Williams. 

MHS Spring Banquet

Menno SimonsThe annual Mennonite Historical Society spring banquet and fundraiser will take place at here at Berkey Avenue Mennonite Fellowship on Saturday, April 12. The evening will begin at 6:00 p.m. with a delicious meal featuring an "Amish" haystack feast, followed at 7:00 p.m. by a presentation by Valerie Weaver-Zercher, author of "Thrill of the Chaste: The Allure of Amish Romance Novels" (Johns Hopkins, 2013) and managing editor at Herald Press. The title of her presentation is "Thrill of the Chaste: Tracing the Rise and Reach of Amish Fiction." Suggested donations for this MHS fundraiser is $25/plate, but you are free to contribute what you are able. For meal reservations contact John D. Roth at or (574) 535-7433 by April 9.

Nooma Series Sunday School Class

Nooma This Sunday we continue our Nooma series. Rob Bell leads us through various topics in this film/DVD series that explores our world from a Jesus perspective. This week, Abbe and Patrick Buller will facilitate the conversation. See an overview video of Nooma.

Throwback Thursdays

Lowell NafzigerHead 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

Bethany Christian Schools Bethany Christian Schools

Next year 6 students from our congregation will be attending Bethany Christian Schools. Their tuition totals $59,662. After the contribution from our general budget and generous contributions from people in the congregation, we only need $6,871 to reach our goal. If you want to help these students, please mark your contributions for the "Bethany Fund." Thank you.

Spring Fish Fry

Bethany Christian High School’s junior class fish fry is 4:30 p.m. - 8:00 p.m., Friday, April 25. Come for an evening of fellowship, homemade pie, and all the fish you can eat. Tickets are $10 for adults and carryout and $5 for children K-6 (preschool-age free). Tickets may be purchased from any Bethany junior or at the school.

Bright Time Summer Camp

Bright Time Summer Camp, held June 9-13, has more than 40 athletic, fine arts, and academic enrichment camps for age 3 through rising grade 8. Camps are just $15-$40. Additionally, Shine On Campcare will provide a place for children for before, between, and after their camps. View camp listings and register online at

Goshen College Goshen College

The early music ensemble Fleur de Lys will present a concert this Sunday, April 13 at 4:00 p.m. in the Goshen College Music Center's Rieth Recital Hall. Handel, Byrd and Bach are among the composers whose works the ensemble will feature on baroque instruments including flute, violin, viola da gamba and harpsichord.  The 5-member ensemble is based in South Bend, having been resident at both the University of Notre Dame and St. Mary's College. Admission is $10, with tickets available at the door one hour in advance of the concert.

AMBS Anabaptist Mennonite Biblical Seminary

Spring Workdays

AMBS is having two spring workdays and needs help cleaning up the campus after the long, harsh winter.  Work will include clearing debris and flower beds, felling dead trees and general sprucing up.  Planned dates are Saturdays, April 26 and May 17, from 8:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. A snack at break time is provided.  If you would like to help out, contact Missy Kauffman Schrock at or (574) 296-6223 or after church so that the work can be planned accordingly.

CMU Choir Presentation

Canadian Mennonite University’s Chamber Choir and Men’s Octet is coming to Chapel of the Sermon on the Mount at AMBS on Wednesday, April 30 at 7:30 p.m.
Join us!

Anabaptist Short Course: Mennonite Polity

Join us for this six week, online course to take place
May 7 - June 17, featuring Dr. David Boshart and Janeen Bertsche Johnson, M.Div.  Study the structure, organizations, governance, foundational documents, vision and goals, decision-making processes, leadership and identity markers of Mennonite Church USA and Mennonite Church Canada. Get details and register by April 16.

Community Announcements

Pathways: Stations of the Cross and Resurrection

Join other Christian pilgrims to walk and pray following the footsteps of Jesus on his way to the cross at Pathways Retreat, 309 ½ Hackett Road, Goshen, April 16-19. The traditional 14 stations were designed and handcrafted of colorful mosaic by local artist and teacher, John Nafziger. However, the cross is not the end of the story. Learn more.

A Mexican Dinner to benefit IBA

On behalf of Iglesia Menonita del Buen Pastor, you are invited to a Mexican Dinner to benefit IBA (Anabaptist Biblical Institute). This event will be held at Iglesia Menonita del Buen Pastor (523 S. 6th Street, Goshen) on Saturday, April 26 from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.   The cost is your generous donation!  Please mark your calendars and come enjoy a delicious Mexican meal while supporting the Anabaptist Biblical Institute (IBA), a program of Mennonite Education Agency, that has been impacting the lives of Hispanic Mennonites by providing access to affordable leadership education with an Anabaptist theological foundation.

Amigo Centre Summer Camp

We are once again preparing for one of the most exciting times of the year at Amigo Centre – Summer Camp! Our theme for 2014 is “Crooked Paths Made Straight,” from Luke 3:4b-6. Our early registration discount is available through May 1 – so don’t delay to register your children or grandchildren. More information is available at:
We still have openings for several summer staff positions including camp nurse, lifeguards, two male counselors, and kitchen/dining room staff. Applicants should be at least 16 years old for lifeguard and kitchen positions, all others should be at least 18 years old. More information is available

Celebrating MCC

Please plan on joining us to Celebrate Mennonite Central Committee in May 6-9, 2014 when we are excited to offer a special update from Haiti. Kristen & Wawa Chege, MCC Haiti Policy Analyst & Advocacy Coordinators, and Garly Michel, Executive Director of MCC partner Wozo, will be sharing stories of how your contributions to MCC have made a difference to Haitians recovering from the devastating 2010 earthquake. For more information, contact Les Gustafson-Zook at or call (574) 534-4133. Learn more.

Broken ...beloved.

You are invited to worship and fellowship during IN-MI Mennonite Conference Annual Sessions on the Goshen College campus, June 20-22. Early registration discount ends May 9. Learn more.

IN-MI Mennonite Women’s Day of Inspiration

The IN-MI Mennonite Women’s Day of Inspiration will be held on May 3, from 8:30 a.m. until noon at Pleasant View Mennonite Church, Goshen. Gladys Maina is the featured speaker. Her topic is She Said Yes! Overcoming Limits with a Limitless God. Morning snacks and a luncheon will be provided. An offering will also be taken. Child care is available upon request. For more information, contact President, Shirley Bustos, (219) 764-6043.

Developmental Trauma Lecture

On May 22 and 23, Oaklawn will be bringing Robert Anda, MD, and Sharon Wise, MS, to the Kroc Center in South Bend. This event will strengthen our community’s understanding of the effects of developmental trauma from a clinical, public health and personal perspective. This event, ”The impact of developmental trauma: A clinical, public health and personal perspective,” will be held two consecutive days, allowing you to choose which day works best for you. Learn more.

GIHN's Annual Fundraiser Dinner

Goshen Interfaith Hospitality Network invites you to save the date for Thursday, May 8, for our Annual Fundraiser Dinner: "A Place at the Table."   Tickets for the dinner and program are $50.00 per person and are available now in person, or by mail at 105 S. 3rd Street, Goshen IN 46526.

ADEC 42nd Annual Ride-A-Bike

ADEC invites you to support our 42nd annual Ride-A-Bike by encouraging your church to register teams. Think how much fun your youth and families will have riding bicycles or walking together to help children and adults with disabilities! This year’s Ride-A-Bike will be May 17 at Northridge High School. Top pledge raisers — individual and team win prizes. The prize awarded to the top youth pledge raiser is a new bicycle provided by Elkhart Bicycle Shop. Ride-A-Bike is ADEC’s main fundraiser and helps pay for the supports and services we offer to children and adults facing the challenges of life with disabilities.The more people get involved, the more money we raise. Please contact Rod Tackett, ADEC Communications Specialist at (574) 848-2443 or with questions.

Prairie Street Funk Fest

“Can a Potawatomi teach Mennonites to Dance” will be the theme of a Prairie Street and Prairie People encounter at Prairie Street Mennonite Church in Elkhart (1316 Prairie Street) on Saturday, May 10, 2014 (9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.). This fifth annual Funk Fest features Potawatomi speaker and storyteller George Godfrey, with a variety of short presentations by others and opportunity for discussion. No advance registration. Cost: $10 ($5 unwaged). Bring sack lunch or pay $5 extra at registration for pizza and fruit lunch. For more information, contact the office at (574) 293-0377 or

Celebrate Mennonite Central Committee

Please plan on joining us to Celebrate Mennonite Central Committee in May 6-9, 2014 when we are excited to offer a special update from Haiti. Kristen & Wawa Chege, MCC Haiti Policy Analyst & Advocacy Coordinators, and Garly Michel, Executive Director of MCC partner Wozo, will be sharing stories of how your contributions to MCC have made a difference to Haitians recovering from the devastating 2010 earthquake. For more information, contact Les Gustafson-Zook at or call (574) 534-4133. Learn more.


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!

Patrick and Abbe Buller are looking for a backyard swingset / playset. If anyone has one they would like to get rid of, they would love to chat!
Mennonite Education Agency (MEA) of Mennonite Church USA seeks a part time (.5 to .8 time) Event Coordinator/Staff Associate. This individual will be responsible for arranging and coordinating logistics for all MEA related events and meetings and will provide program and administrative support for all joint MEA-Mennonite School Council initiatives and the overall MEA as needed. Learn more.
Maple City Health Care Center, a non-profit organization, provides health care for low-income, Hispanic, and uninsured people in Goshen, Indiana. They seek an administrative assistant and a data manager.  Please contact Nayla Jimémez Cabezas at (574) 534-3300 ext. 112 or email if you are interested.
The SWAP (Sharing With Appalachian People) program is now hiring summer staff. Positions include Job Site Coordinators & Meals Coordinators. Time frame is for up to 10 weeks from the last week of May until mid August.  Applicants must be 19 year of age or older and have a willingness and aptitude to learn construction.  Experience is very helpful, but not necessary.  Working with SWAP is a transformational experience in one's Christian faith walk, specifically in developing one's servant heart.  Contact Colettia Estep at (606) 633-5065 of or visit the website at for more information.
The Michiana Mennonite Relief Sale Board appreciates the way so many of you support the sale. As we look forward to the 2014 sale on September 26 and 27. We have several key positions to fill, those being: Vice chair, Co­-chair for the New and Used Auction, and Chair person(s) for the Pancake and Sausage Breakfast. If you feel called to help serve in this way or know someone who has gifts in these areas please contact us at (888­) 503­-8559
MCC Great Lakes seeks a Human Resources Coordinator in the Goshen office.  Duties for this 70% FTE position include administering HR processes and recruiting. Qualifications are BA in Human Resources or equivalent experience, PHR or SPHR certification preferred, strong administrative and organizational skills. The position description can be viewed at  If interested, send a letter of intent and resume to Darlene Dintaman at

Getting to Know

Christian Education Commission

Evie Nafziger

Evie Nafziger
I'm Evie Nafziger.  I'm married to Dan (for over 30 years!) and we have four mostly-grownup kids.  We've been living in Goshen and attending Berkey Avenue for almost 12 years now.  We've also lived in Cleveland, Iowa City, and suburban Detroit.  I love to read and cook and have my kids come home to visit.  I teach middle school Language Arts at Bethany where I also direct the middle school plays.  We're doing Charlotte's Web this year; come and see it May 9th or 10th!

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

Remember in prayer Jim, Terri and Quinn Brenneman as they grieve the untimely death on Friday, April 4, of Jim's nephew, Ryan. Pray especially for Ryan's parents (Jim's brother).
Rejoice with Alfonsina and José Oyanguren of Mennonite Mission Network. The completed translation of the Bible into the language of the Toba-Qom people of Argentina is scheduled to be released this week. Pray that many will have a deeper understanding of God’s love for them when they hear God’s word in their mother tongue.
For Israelis, Palestinians, and Americans (such as Secretary of State John Kerry) who try to work for peace in the Middle East.
Please remember in prayer the youth attending baptism / membership exploration classes: Bobby Sessa, Evan Krabill, Kyle Snyder and Loren Schrock.
Pray for Greg Smucker's father, Ron Smucker, who was recently diagnosed with a blood cancer called 'high grade myeloid neoplasm.' The cancer blocks normal production of blood cells in the bone marrow.
Pray for Steve Garboden's cousin, Nancy Beamer, who has a recurrence of lymphoma.  Please pray that God's love will surround her and give her a peaceful, calm spirit.   Also, please pray for relief of physical pain.

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Church Notes
Sunday Service Info

This Sunday: April 13

Lorraine Pflederer, Diane Beam and Jim Alvarez

Melba and Pete Graber

Diane and Lowell Nafziger

Offering Counters: 
Ron Good, Rick Hostetter

Michael Sherer / Roxanna Sommers

Abbe and Patrick Buller

Next Sunday: April 20

Lorraine Pflederer, Diane Beam and Jim Alvarez

Melba and Pete Graber

Diane and Lowell Nafziger

Offering Counters: 
Ron Good, Rick Hostetter

Michael Sherer / Roxanna Sommers

Abbe and Patrick Buller

Statistical Report 
(April 6)

Attendance: 152
General Fund: $4,034.00
Bethany Tuition: $115.00
College Matching: $20.00
House Rent: $750.00
Building: $5.00

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
Lois Stoltzfus Mast

Greg Smucker (Chairperson)
Roy Bergey
Lee Roy Berry, Jr.
Shirley Dick
Jan Shetler

Renae Yoder (Chairperson)
Doug Baker
Laura Horst
Richard Miller
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