Berkey Avenue Mennonite Fellowship
A congregation of Mennonite Church USA
Berkey Avenue Mennonite Fellowship
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December 21, 2014

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Berkey Announcements

Thank You

Thank you - VolunteersWe're grateful to the group of volunteers who provided childcare on Saturday, December 13th for preschool children to give their parents a break for Christmas shopping or just some time to together -- Thank you Connie Bauman, Ruth Hathaway, Diane Beam, Barb Smucker, Joy Hostetter, Jeannie Miller, Julie Zimmerman, and Laura Horst (coordinator).

Congregational Meeting

Congregational MeetingThe Spiritual Leadership Team is calling a brief congregational meeting immediately after this Sunday's worship service. The only agenda is to vote on the following motion:  "The SLT moves that we suspend the work of the Pastoral Search Committee for a third pastor and increase Marilyn Rudy-Froese’s employment from 65% to 100% FTE. This change in employment will take effect when the new visa is approved." For background information, read the letter from the SLT to the congregation here.

Christmas Carole

Thank you carolersThank you to all the persons who came and caroled for Jesse & Genie last week  and left us with a plate of homemade cookies. We enjoyed it greatly. Blessings to you all.
~ Jesse & Genie Kehr

New to the Library

New to the LibraryThis week we feature three new books at the library.  Ordinary Miracle:  Awakening to the Holy Work of Parenting by Rachel S. Gerber, an honest devotional memoir about mothering three busy boys. The author asks where God is in the midst of temper tantrums, laundry, and accidents?   
Abraham:  A Journey to the Heart of Three Faiths by Bruce Feiler is the powerful story of one man's search for the shared ancestor of Judaism, Christianity, and Islam.  Feiler uncovers the defining yet divisive role that Abraham plays for half the world's believers.
When Jesus Came to Harvard:  Making Moral Choices Today by Harvey Cox, features the relevant and enlightening discussion of modern moral decisions, and considers the significance of Jesus and his teachings today.

Lady Finger Popcorn

If you were not able to get lady finger popcorn when it was at the church and would like some, see Lowell Nafziger.

Christmas Eve Service

Christmas Eve ServiceOur Christmas Eve service will feature scripture lessons and carols, but with a twist: the lessons will invite us to ponder (cf. Mary in Luke 2:19) the role of creation in God's saving activity. Beginning at 7:00 p.m., the service includes a children's story, candle lighting, and lots of singing. The Fellowship Commission will provide drinks after the service.

Coffee Drinkers

Menno's Best CoffeeYou can get your coffee fix and benefit Berkey's MYF. We are participating in Goshen College's fundraiser selling "Menno's Best" coffee. For each bag sold, the MYF receives $5 to help fund our trip to the convention in Kansas City next summer. ($1 per bag is also split between MMN and MCC). Come taste a sample and place your order in the fellowship hall on Sunday. We will place orders at the end of each month until convention. You can also order individually online, but will need to pay shipping. For more information (including online ordering) visit. If you have questions, see Denise Risser.

Creation Care Class

creation care ss classThe Every Creature Singing class will work with Session 3 of the online curriculum. The curriculum is available here, and you can bring a tablet or laptop with you to class with the session's materials already downloaded. The class meets at the north end of the building.

More Sanctuary Chairs

more chairs for the sanctuaryThe Coordinating Council is offering the congregation an opportunity to buy more new chairs for the sanctuary and to replace at least some of the older brown chairs. These new chairs will be identical to the 107 chairs that are currently in the front of the sanctuary. Our chair fund already has about $5,110, enough to buy 36 new chairs. The Council is accepting further donations into the chair fund until the last Sunday of January. Learn more.

Throwback Thursday

Thursday ThrowbacksHead 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

Goshen College Bethany Christian Schools

Alumni Night and Recognition for Jim Buller

Bethany alumni will receive free admission and be eligible for prizes at the boys and girls evening Holiday tourney games on Saturday, December 20. Jim Buller will be recognized in between games for his 35 years of coaching. A reception will follow the boys game. Girls game begins at 6:00 p.m. and boys at 7:30 p.m. Note that the alumni night does not include the morning games of the Holiday Tourney and takes the place of previously-scheduled alumni games on December 16 and January 3.

8th St. Preschool  Eighth Street Preschool

We have some openings available in our 3’s classes which runS Tuesday & Thursday from 9 a.m. – 11a.m. There is also space in our 4’s class that runs Monday, Wednesday, & Friday from 12:30 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.  There is a $25 registration fee that will be waived if you register your child by December 30th.  Classes begin January 5th and 6th depending on your child’s age. 
Children must be 3 or 4 by August 1, 2014 and potty-trained.  Call (574) 533-6720 for more information or to schedule a school visit.  Eighth Street Preschool is located on the corner of Eighth and Purl Streets in Goshen. 

Goshen College Goshen College

A Festival of Carols on Public Television

Michiana residents will have more opportunities to enjoy Goshen College’s “A Festival of Carols,” the annual musical celebration of the holiday season, on several local and regional public television stations. WNIT PBS in South Bend (channel 34.1) will broadcast the 2013 performance on Sunday, Dec. 21 at 2 p.m. The performance will also be broadcast on WNIT’s standard definition channel (34.2) on Christmas Day, Thursday, Dec. 25, at 10 a.m. Learn more.

Hesston College

Overcoming Evil: Ordinary People Making a Difference is the theme for the 2015 Anabaptist Vision and Discipleship Series (AVDS), February 13 to 15, at the college campus featuring internationally known voice for peace, Pace e Bene staff member and 2008 Nobel Peace Prize nominee Father John Dear. Participants will encourage each other to follow Jesus on the path of overcoming evil with good, learning to understand the Biblical foundations for justice and the peace of Jesus to overcome the evil that is common to all. Learn more.

AMBS Anabaptist Mennonite Biblical Seminary

Hymn Sing from The Harmonia Sacra

Hymn sing from The Harmonia Sacra, a seven-shape tunebook, on Thursday, January 1, 1:00-5:00 p.m., in the Chapel of the Word in Waltner Hall on the campus of AMBS. Come to sing or listen and stay for a little while or all afternoon. Songbooks will be available for purchase or loan. A carry-in meal in the Wadsworth Room follows the singing.  For more information contact Will Fitzgerald (269) 599-9558 or Barb Nelson Gingerich (574) 238-9591.

Book Store

The bookstore at AMBS will have limited hours during the next two weeks: December 22, 23, 29 and 30, 9:00 a.m. to noon. Regular hours (9:00 a.m. to noon and 1:00 to 5:00 p.m.) will resume on January 5.

Community Announcements

Goshen Community Contra Dance

The Goshen Community contra dance is hosting a family dance on Saturday January 3, 2015 from 6:30 to 7:30 pm at First United Methodist Church. It is geared for any age, and the caller will adjust to whatever ages are there that night.Its going to be good wholesome fun on a cold night to give kids some activity during the holiday season. Contact Jennifer Youngberg or call (574 ) 238-7641.

Michiana MEDA

Michiana MEDA invites you to a program: Integrating Millennials into the Workplace with Goshen College business professor Michelle Horning and students on Thursday January 15, 2015 at 6:30 p.m. The event will be at Eighth Street Mennonite Church with dinner provided by the church. The cost is $15 for chapter members and $20 for non-members. RSVP in advance and pay at the door. To reserve your spot contact or (574) 355-3607.

Church Leadership Week

MCC Sharing With Appalachian People (SWAP) is pleased to announce Church Leadership Week on March 23-28, 2015. This week has been set aside for pastors, youth leaders, ministers and others who will potentially be leading groups who have not previously been to SWAP. Participants are invited to come to Appalachia to experience a typical SWAP week and learn more about the home repair program. The fees to participate with SWAP have been waived for this event, so those attending would be responsible only for their own transportation to and from the SWAP site in Hindman, Ky. If you're interested or would like more information, please call our SWAP office at (606) 633.5065. 


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!
Are you looking for a way to serve while sharing your faith? Menno-Hof, Shipshewana, needs individuals and couples in agreement with Anabaptist values and beliefs to serve as host and/or hostess for a minimum of one month June – August 2015. Responsibilities include conducting tours and some light housekeeping. Menno-Hof offers visitors from around the world accurate information about the faith and life of the Amish and Mennonites. Two furnished apartments are available on-site. For more information contact Susan Miller, managing director or call (260) 768-4117. Learn more.
Oaklawn is currently looking for Mental Health Technicians at the Children's Campus in Mishawaka (High school diploma required),
Social Workers (Licensable Masters Degree, Clinical Mental Health Counseling, MA in Marriage and Family Therapy or MS in Education - Counseling and Human Services) and nurses (Indiana RN license required and a $2,000 sign-on bonus available). For more information on job opportunities, or to complete an application please visit.
 Maple City Health Care Center, a non-profit organization committed to providing affordable, accessible, and quality care, is looking for three new staff members: a Medical Assistant, a Spanish/English Interpreter and a Billing Team Member. All three positions require Spanish fluency. View job descriptions or contact Pamela Weishaupt or call 574-534-3300 for more information.



Getting to Know
getting to know

Grant Miller

 I grew up in central Illinois before going to Goshen College. In May of 2013 I graduated with a degree in history and peace, justice, conflict studies. My first year after college I did a year of MVS in Seattle working at a small law agency which helped low-income tenants facing home eviction. I now work with the Church Relations team at Mennonite Mission Network. I attended Berkey when I was a student at the college, and I am happy to be back. My job takes me on the road a lot, so I am not always around. When I am here I enjoy spending time with my sister, brother-in-law, and niece (who I live with) and reacquainting myself with the friends and places of Goshen.

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:

December 24: Christmas Eve Service, 7:00 p.m.

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

Kelly and Brian McPhail of Mennonite Mission Network serve in China as teachers and administrators through Mennonite Partners in China. Pray for them as they seek to live out Christian values through English teaching in Beijing and through providing logistical support for MPC’s relationships with other agencies.
Pray for Burr Oak Mennonite Church, Rensselar, IN, pastors: Philip & Virginia Leichty and Iglesia Menonita del Buen Pastor, Goshen, IN, pastor: David Araujo. Also pray for the 7 priorities of MC USA. This month pray for the Leadership Development

DownloadDecember MMN Prayer Vine

Church Notes
Sunday Service Info

This Sunday: December 14

Ruth Hathaway, Julie and Phil Zimmerman

Lois and John Mast

Matthew Williams & Jenae Longenecker

Infants: Jennifer Schrock and Trish Shenk
Toddlers: Linda and Joe Liechty

Offering Counters:
Lowell Nafziger and Denise Risser

Next Sunday: December 28

Neil Miller Richer, Pat D. Miller, Susan and Steve Garboden

Lois and John Mast

Matthew Williams & Jenae Longenecker

Infants: Susan and Steve Garboden
Toddlers: Lindsy and Joe Locke

Offering Counters:
Dick Ramer and Karl Sommers
Statistical Report 
(December 14)

Attendance: 225
General Fund: $7,162.86
College Fund: $20.00
Bethany Tuition: $15.00
Model School (potatoes): $20.00
Coffee: $73.80

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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