Berkey Avenue Mennonite Fellowship
A Congregation of Mennonite Church USA
Berkey Avenue Mennonite Fellowship
the OWL

July 28, 2013

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Berkey Announcements

Guess Who's Coming to Lunch?

DinnerThis Sunday is our "Guess Who's Coming to Lunch?" (surprise luncheon) event. Hosts are being/have been informed of the number of guests to expect, and if you have signed up to be a guest, you will find the information of where to go in your church mailbox. If the driver of your vehicle wants to make it a mystery as long as possible, they can keep it a secret from the rest of the family and keep them in suspense as long as possible. We hope all who are participating have a great time with this experience!

Wedding Shower

Wedding ShowerThis Sunday we will also be having a wedding shower for Lisa Horst and Isaac Yoder Schrock immediately after the worship service (during fellowship time and before the surprise luncheons take place).  The shower will be a card/money shower for the couple and the Fellowship Committee will have blank cards available for anyone who has forgotten to bring one along.

Survey on Our Starting Time

SurveyIn February, the congregation agreed to change the start time of worship from 9:00 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. The purpose of this change was to help us appeal to a wider range of people. This was for a trial period from March through the end of August. Since the trial period will soon conclude, we we would like to know as to whether to keep the new start time of 9:30 a.m., or return to the old start time of 9:00 a.m. The Coordinating Council will review the results of this survey and bring a recommendation to the August 18 congregational meeting. Take Survey.

Jubilee Renovation Update: Fundraising

Thanks to Anne Berry for creating the Jubilee Fundraising chart hanging across from the mailboxes and to those of you who have supported the Renovation Fund 2013 so far.  Each dot on the chart represents $100 that has been contributed. Progress can also be tracked every week in the OWL in the right column with the statistical report.  Let’s keep the contributions coming so that we can fully fund the classroom, nursery and office renovations as we work together to make the changes that increase effective use of our facility.  Designate your contribution to “Renovation 2013.”  Thanks! - The Jubilee Renovation 2013 Fundraising Committee (Phil Zimmerman, Barbara Eichorn and Jim Brenneman).

Jubilee Renovation Update: Construction Cleaning

ConstructionThings continue to progress with our construction efforts.  Thanks to everyone that have given monetarily and/or of their time. We are looking for a few volunteers to help out with cleaning the construction site. Please contact Greg Smucker at, or text/phone to (574) 536-1996 for details.

Spiritual Direction Available

Are you an older person looking for a spiritual director? Sara VonGunten, a member at 8th Street Mennonite here in Goshen, is available to offer direction. She received her training at AMBS. If you’re interested contact her directly at (574) 534-2050 or If you want to know a little more about Sara, you can also ask Dan Schrock. Learn more.

Stephen Ministry

Stephen MinistryYou've heard about Stephen Ministry now.  Maybe you have felt a tug to become a Stephen Minister or someone has tapped you on the shoulder to ask you to consider it.  Maybe the first training time just wasn't good for you.  We invite you to consider becoming a Stephen Minister.  Stephen Ministers are trained to provide one-one Christian care for people within the congregation and community who would benefit from someone walking with them. This fall is another opportunity for training.  We will be partnering with College Mennonite for this training.  While all are welcome, we especially encourage men to consider becoming Stephen Ministers.  If you are interested in exploring the possibility of training, please speak with one of the Stephen Leaders, Shirley Dick or Marilyn Rudy-Froese

Online Photo Directory Status Report

Ruth & John RothDue to vacation schedules, we will be taking a short hiatus with the directory pictures. You can however, continue to can sign up online or email Renae Yoder to schedule appointments beginning on July 28 and through the rest of the summer. If you are interested in keeping your photo, let Rafael Barahona know and he will email it to you. Additionally, if you would like to include a link to your Facebook profile, please let Rafael Barahona know as well and he will add it to your entry. You can access the online directory at You will need to create a username and password, or you can use the default, which you will find in your church mailbox. If you have had your photo taken, please take a moment to review your information.

Our Schools

Bethany Christian SchoolsBethany Christian Schools

Bethany Christian Schools invites applications for the full-time 11-month staff position of evening custodian. Position available August 1; comes with benefits package. For details and application procedures, see the Bethany website.

Goshen CollegeGoshen College

Six books were published through the Goshen College English Department’s Pinchpenny Press in 2013, four of which were authored by individual students and two of which were collections of student work. Pinchpenny Press publishes chapbooks written by students, faculty or others with connections to the college. Learn more.

AMBSAnabaptist Mennonite Biblical Seminary

We received the final accreditation approval for our new Master of Divinity and now can officially enroll students in either MDiv Connect for distance study or MDiv Campus for the full benefits of our residential learning community. Celebrate with us the official launch of our new 80-hour Master of Divinity! There's still time to apply and begin this August if all application materials arrive at AMBS by July 31.

Community Announcements

MCC Releases Two Videos Outlining Programs

Mennonite Central Committee (MCC) is grateful for your support that enables MCC to work in more than 50 countries around the world. MCC recently released two short videos that give you a glimpse into some of these programs. We invite you to check out these resources and learn more about how your contributions are making a difference. “Mennonite Central Committee 2012/2013″ highlights the relief, development and peace work of MCC in Syria, Haiti, and Tanzania, as well as canned meat in North Korea, skill training in South Sudan, honoring 60 years of Global Family and a bicycle ride for peace in Lebanon. “Faith in action” is a catchy, one-minute video that summarizes what MCC is all about. See the videos.

Free Music Together Classes

Parents of infants from birth through 8 mos. are invited to join a session of 6 free Music Together® classes, which are being offered in various Elkhart Co. locations. Classes are taught by Goshen College Music Together teachers and sponsored by the Horizon Education Alliance of Elkhart County. It's never to early to connect with your child through music!  To find out more or to sign up, call 535-6100 or email Learn more.

ADNet Tenth Anniversary Open House

Join us on Friday, August 16 at the Mennonite Church USA Offices (3145 Benham Avenue, Elkhart) for the ADNet Tenth Anniversary Open House! The festivities begin from 4:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m. at the Garden Level. Everyone is welcome for the Open House where we will have hors d’oeuvres and an office tour. Beginning at 6:00 p.m., we will gather in the Community Room for our Fund Raising Banquet (maximum 80). Everyone is again welcome, but reservations required. Banquet tickets are $25.00 each and must be reserved on or before August 12 by mail: ADNet, 3145 Benham Ave., Suite 5, Elkhart, IN 46517; by phone: (574) 343-1362; or by email: We hope you can join us! Learn more.

MDC Goldenrod Auction

Mark your calendars for the MDC Goldenrod Auction on September 6 and 7, and get ready for a weekend of great company, good food and the chance to provide hope and empowerment to individuals with disabilities and their families!  Invite friends, family and church members to come along too.  The auction provides much needed financial support and makes the work of MDC Goldenrod possible.  It is also a time of celebration to acknowledge the many people who are a part of the MDC Goldenrod community.  Come celebrate with us and change a life for the better one bid at a time. Visit our website at for more details and a link to an Auction Brochure. We are still in need of donations for the auction (quilts, comforters, hand crafted wooden items, furniture, lawn and garden items, gift certificates etc.)  If you have items to donate please bring them to the MDC Goldenrod office or contact Colin Rusel at (574) 202-7397, ext. 5, or email for details on making a donation.

Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness Canoe Trips

Wilderness Wind in Ely, MN has open canoe trips in the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness beginning in August and September. The first opening is for a trip beginning Saturday August 17th and ending Saturday August 24th. The trip is open to anyone age 15 and up. Trip includes 1 day of orientation to paddling and expedition canoeing, 5 days of paddling through the BWCAW, lodging one night before the trip, food, and gear rental. Cost of the trip is $590.00. The second option is a Lakeside Package, which combines a couple nights’ stay at a Lakeside Cabin or Yurt along with a 2-3 day canoe expedition in the BWCAW.  Visit for more information. Contact Aubrey Helmuth Miller at (218) 365-5873 or by email at for questions or to register.

Transitional Coaching Workshop

The Transitional Coaching Program of the Center for Community Justice is conducting a Transitional Coach Training on August 10 at College Mennonite Church (1900 S. Main St., Goshen). Training will begin at 9:00 a.m. and conclude at 4:00 p.m. The training is being offered free of charge. Lunch will be provided. To register or obtain additional information, contact Don French at (574) 295-6149 Ext.221 or email at Registration Deadline is August 8, 2013. Learn more.

MEDA Conference

Save the date for the MEDA convention, entitled "Cultivating Solutions: Harvesting Hope" on November 7-10, 2013, at the Hyatt Regency in Wichita, Kansas. Wichita, the largest city in Kansas, is home to countless fun activities and many exciting attractions. Whether it's for the lone traveler or wholesome family fun - Wichita offers year-round things to do for every age, whim, and passion! Learn more.

Chautauqua Wawasee Events

Chautauqua Wawasee is committed to the communication and implementation of the Chautauqua concept by supporting all people in their full intellectual, spiritual, emotional and physical development. 2013 Events include Grassroots Peacemaking in the Middle East from a Christian Perspective by John L. Lapp, MA on July 21, Muslim-Christian Dialogue by Amir J. Tamir Rasheed & Dr. Terry Anderson, facilitated by Dr. L Michael Spath on July 28 and How People of Different Faiths Can Work Together for the Common Good by Dr. Kent Millard on August 4. Learn more.

The Window Seeks Your Support

In 2012, Katie’s Kitchen served lunch to 17,738 individuals. The pantry has given away 3,809 boxes of groceries to families. Meals on Wheels has delivered 8,400 hot meals to our seniors, and the Clothing Closet has dressed 2,100 men, women, and children. Thank you for your support of The Window. We continue to rely on your support. You can find a new list of a currents needs on our website. We appreciate any help you can provide!

MCC Bike Michiana 2013

This year the MCC Bike Michiana program at Amigo celebrates its 11th year raising funds for MCC. Over $150,000 has been raised so far for a variety of projects. This year’s event will support Sharing With Appalachian People (SWAP). Come join the bikers September 13-15 in riding between 70-100 miles over two days, pedaling the beautiful lake and farmland region of southern Michigan and northern Indiana. Brochure and additional information are available online.


FOR RENT: 2-3 bedroom, newly renovated house on Wilson Avenue, a quiet street less than a mile from the college. $700/month plus utilities. Near playground and millrace. Parkside school district. For more information, contact Dale or Trish Shenk at (574) 535-3537 or (574) 971-0293.
FOR RENT: 2 bedroom, 1.5 bath Condo at College Green. Main floor laundry (washer/dryer furnished), 2 finished rooms with egress window on lower level. Stove and refrigerator furnished, gas heat and A/C. Available August 15th. For more information, contact Jesse or Genie Kehr at (574) 537-4643.
FOR RENT: 5 bedroom, 3 bath, family home two blocks from College Ave. Double attached garage, covered back patio/side porch. Finished basement with two bedrooms, bath, living/dining area and kitchen in laundry room. Lots of storage in house and garage. Plenty of parking. Available Sept 1 (one year lease, $875/month + $800.00 security deposit). No smokers/no pets. For more information, contact Rafael at (574) 238-7150.
Are you interested in volunteering? MDC Goldenrod and Project Promise have many opportunities! Contact us today! Email or call the office at (574) 533-9720.
Indiana Michigan Conference is looking for a bookkeeper in the Goshen area who is very familiar with QuickBooks and would be available to work an average 4-8 hours per week. Learn more.

 Sunday Service Information

Berkey Avenue Mennonite Fellowship

This Sunday:
July 28

Phil & Jeannie Miller, Elijah & Priscillah Metekai,
Lillian Metekai, Sarina Metekai
Offering Counters:  
Dick Ramer, Karl Sommers
Matthew Williams

Next Sunday:
August 4

Nancy & Dick Yoder, Bev & Dave Krabill
John Mast
Offering Counters:  
Barbara Eichorn, Greg Smucker
Ben Buckwalter, Dee Albrecht


Getting to Know

Angela & Nate Shenk

Angela & Nate Shenk

Nate and Angela Shenk moved to Goshen 3 years ago after living in Indianapolis for 5 years.  Nate is a 3rd grade teacher at Chandler Elementary School and enjoys playing soccer, bicycling, and being outdoors.  Angela just finished her Master's degree in music education and is the music teacher at Waterford Elementary School.  She likes jogging, playing the piano, and drinking coffee on the porch.  8-month-old Brennan loves to roll from place to place, squeal and squawk, and grab Milo the dog's fur.


Please note we will no longer be printing and distributing monthly calendars.  They are however, available for download.

* Download August Calendar

This Week
July 28: Lisa Horst & Isaac Yoder Schrock Wedding Shower, 10:45 a.m.
July 28: Guess Who's Coming to Lunch 10:45 a.m.
August 1: The  Ladies Lunch Bunch will meet at Rolling Scones, 12:15 p.m.  RSVP to Laverne Nafziger by July 30.
August 3: Men's Breakfast at Joanna's, 7:00 p.m.

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

Alan Leinbach, pastor of North Pointe Fellowship in Warsaw, IN, passed away Sunday afternoon, July 21, after a battle with cancer. He is survived by his wife, Helen, three children, and five grandchildren. Please pray for his family and friends in this time of loss.
For Richard Aguirre and Judy Weaver as they settle in Lima, Peru, for their new role as leaders of Goshen College's SST units.
Praise God that the Mongolian government has granted Joint Christian Services International a six-month extension of its registration, permitting mission personnel to renew work permits and visas. Mennonite Mission Network works through JCSI, a consortium of organizations collaborating in Christian ministry in Mongolia. Pray that visa extensions will continue throughout the coming years.
July MMN Prayer Vine

Church Notes

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.

Statistical Report
Attendance: 121
Bethany Tuition: $15.00
General Fund: $3,890.10
Building Improvements: $1,700.00
College Matching: $120.00
MYF: $100.00
Agape: $10.00

Read the Fundraising Letter

Berkey Avenue
Mennonite Fellowship

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

Dan Schrock
Marilyn Rudy-Froese
Lois Stoltzfus Mast

Greg Smucker (Chairperson)
Lisa Short
Lee Roy Berry, Jr.
Jan Shetler
Roy Bergey

Renae Yoder (Chairperson)
Laura Horst
James Yoder
Richard Miller

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