Berkey Avenue Mennonite Fellowship
A congregation of Mennonite Church USA
Berkey Avenue Mennonite Fellowship
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September 29, 2013

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Berkey Announcements

Thank You!

Dear friends - We are still feeling humbled and blessed by the lovely shower you hosted for us last week. Your generosity and willingness to celebrate with us as we resettle here has been both reassuring and inspiring. Thank you for making cakes, writing notes, drawing pictures, and for your gifts of money. We are so grateful. ~ Love, Elizabeth, Neil, and Abigail.

Jubilee Renovation Fundraising Update

Thank you for your continued support of the Jubilee Renovation Fundraising!  We have now received $36,163 toward our goal of $54,900.  This means that we still need $18,737 by the end of October.  Do consider what you can give.  ~The Fundraising Committee, Phil Zimmerman, Jim Brenneman and Barbara Eichorn

From the Worship Commission

As a Worship Commission, we strive to support worship services that begin with reverence and praise of God, and conclude with our awareness of our community and relationship with each other and the world. To this end, we invite musicians to prepare prelude pieces that will help us to prepare our spirits for worship. We invite you to enter the sanctuary quietly, so that you can participate in this time of preparation. We also endeavor to end the worship services by 10:45 a.m., so that we can enjoy fellowship with each other, and so that those who have prepared for Christian Education, have enough time for their classes. To this end, we invite you to submit your announcements to the church office by Thursday at 9:00 a.m., so that we can minimize the number of verbal announcements that need to be made on Sunday morning, thus ending our service as close to 10:45 a.m. as possible. Thank you and may God be glorified in our worship together.

Take them a Meal

One of the highlights for our young adults and 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. If you would like to host a meal for our students, please sign up below. 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 young adults and students! When you sign up the recipient last name is "College Students" and the password is "bamf."

Berkey Avenue Small Groups

Small groups help us to deepen our relationships with each other and with God. In addition to the traditional, intergenerational groups that currently exist, we are offering small groups formed around a theme or common interest: Praying with Scripture, Dinner and a Movie, Prayer Shawl Ministry, and Spirit Feast. If you are interested in joining the Praying with Scripture small group, please contact Dan or Jennifer Schrock directly, as the group wants to begin meeting in the next week or so. If you are interested in joining one of these small groups, or the on-going intergenerational groups, please fill out a response form, either online or by paper copy, by Sunday, October 6. If you have questions, you can speak to one of the Small Group Co-ordinating Committee members: Jan Shetler, Ron Good, Lois Mast or Marilyn Rudy-Froese. Learn more and sign up.

The 46th Michiana Mennonite Relief Sale

The Relief Sale is right around the corner! Check out this great wall hanging made by Debra Detwiler Brubaker and Shirley Claassen Dick for the auction! It is called "Electrified." The MCC relief sale silent auction is open for online bidding as of today, Friday, September 20 beginning at 5:00 p.m.  Items can be bid on at leading up to and through the live event at the sale next weekend.  Pre-registration is encouraged online before the live event.  And next weekend come visit us in building F, two doors down from the live quilt auction to see all the items on display! If you are interested in learning more about the relief sale, contact Diane Beam at or visit our website.

Throwback Thursdays

Karl SommersHead 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!

Online Photo Directory Status Report

Jan & PeterWe are getting close but there are still several portraits missing. If you have not yet gotten your picture taken, please sign up online or email Renae Yoder to schedule your appointment. Getting your photo taken only takes a few minutes.You can access the online directory at The online registration is now working, so you can create your own user name or continue to use the church username. 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 a full-time 11-month staff position of evening custodian. The position is available as soon as it's filled; comes with benefits package. For details and application procedure, see

Goshen CollegeGoshen College

Afternoon Play: Heavenly Voices

Heavenly Voices a play featuring stories of Mennonite women of color, will be coming to Goshen College Umble Center on Sunday, September 29 at 3:00 p.m. The play was written by Pat Lehman, a professor of communication at Goshen College, and Linda Christophel, a social worker from Howe, IN. The play is an ethno-drama which depicts stories of real women of color in the Mennonite church. The stories range from memories of childhood, how these women became Mennonite, a time when God was close to them during a hard time, and how they would like to be remembered. The play is free and open to the public. Donations are encouraged.

Afternoon Sabbatical: Faith, Time and Place

You are invited to a Goshen College Afternoon Sabbatical on Tuesday, October 8, at 1:00 p.m. at Sauder Concert Hall. The presentation is entitled " Faith, Time and Place: A Childhood in Three Acts," by Dr. Shirley Hershey Showalter. Using her recently-published memoir Blush about growing up Mennonite in Lancaster County, PA, in the 1950s and 1960s, former president of Goshen College Shirley Hershey Showalter will talk about the three-act structure of memoir as it imitates life. Using photos, artifacts, and hymns, Showalter will illustrate how the joys, fears, and longings of her childhood led to improbable paths to Goshen, Indiana, and to the presidency. This event is free and open to the public. For additional information or questions, please call (574) 535-7565.

Afternoon Sabbatical: Phantom of the Opera

Join us for an Afternoon Sabbatical Trip to Chicago for the 25th anniversary production of The Phantom of the Opera! On Saturday, January 18th, 2014, we will head up to the Chicago Auditorium Theater for the show. (Tickets confirmed on orders through October 15th. After that, only if still available.) The cost is $130 and includes coach travel, best-seating theater tickets and a box supper. Please call (574) 535-7565 or email learn more or reserve your seat! Learn more.

AMBSAnabaptist Mennonite Biblical Seminary

AMBS is pleased to offer several lifelong learning opportunities this fall. they include three different webinars (Congregational Finances and the Role of the Pastor by Beryl Jantzi and Terry Shue, Advent Planning: O The Mystery of God’s Dwelling! by Rachel Miller Jacobs, and Going All the Way, Love, Sex and Baptism by Irma Fast Dueck) and a short course (Exploring Peace and Justice in the Bible by Perry B. Yoder). Please help us spread word of these events to others who might be interested. Learn more.

Community Announcements

MEA Benefit Dinner

Please join in helping MEA’s Hispanic Pastoral and Leadership Education Program celebrate the 25th anniversary of IBA (Instituto Bíblico Anabautista / Anabaptist Biblical Institute). A celebration will take place Thursday, October 17 at 6:30 p.m. in the new Mennonite Offices community room (3145 Benham Avenue). Suggested donations are $50 per plate. The evening will include appetizers, music, office tours, dinner, IBA stories, a guest speaker and, of course, birthday cake! Featured speakers are: J. Nelson Kraybill and IBA director Rafael Barahona Sr. For reservation information contact Veva Mumaw at or call (574) 343-1312. Learn more.

Taste of Goshen Tickets on Sale 

Tickets are on sale now for the Taste of Goshen, a traveling meal, to benefit the Center for Healing & Hope. The event is Saturday, October 12, from 3:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m. Tickets are $50 and may be purchased by calling CHH at 574-534-4744 ext. 201, or via email at Tickets are also available at Menno Travel, 210 S. Main Street, Goshen. On sale through October 4th or until sold out. Learn more.

MCC Alumni & Friends International Potluck

Please join us for an MCC Alumni & Friends International Potluck on Sunday evening, November 24th at 6:00 p.m. at Berkey Avenue Mennonite Fellowship. Sarah Adams, MCC Country Representative in Lebanon, will be the speaker for this very interesting and informative update on MCC's work in Syria and with Syrian refugee camps in Lebanon and Jordan. For questions or to RSVP, contact the MCC Great Lakes office at (574) 534-4133 or email Les Gustafson-Zook at

Oaklawn Professional Education Series

As part of Oaklawn's 2013 Professional Education Series we will be hosting free mental health breakfasts in the month of October and November. These FREE breakfasts are led by Oaklawn experts and 1.0 CEU will be available. On Tuesday, October 8 (in South Bend), and Tuesday, November 12 (in Elkhart) our topic will be Sexually Maladaptive Youth: Understanding and Management by Kim Neff, M.S.W., LCSW and Julie Albano, M.S.W., CSAYC, B.I.P. Trainer, LCSW. This program will discuss the challenges in counseling sexually maladaptive youth and provide information on effective strategies. Learn more.

New MOPS Group Forming in Goshen

A new MOPS (Mothers of Preschoolers) group is forming in Downtown Goshen, chartered by First Presbyterian Church. MOPS International is dedicated to meeting the needs of every mother of preschoolers. MOPS strives to attain this vision through the local MOPS group. First Presbyterian Church has taken the first step by establishing the charter with MOPS International. We envision this ministry becoming a vital community ministry supported and led by members of multiple congregations. Learn more.

Weekend Camping

Enjoy the fall weekends camping at Amigo Park!  Come indulge in the beauty of the remaining fall weather while enjoying the new beach, good fishing, and good conversations around a campfire.  Sites and cabins are still available on September 20-22, 27-29, October 4-6, 11-13, and 18-20.  Amigo Park, located near Sturgis, MI, is a family oriented RV campground that is part of Amigo Centre, which belongs to the IN-MI Mennonite Conference. 

Understanding Your Options with Medicare in 2014

You are invited to attend "Understanding Your Options with Medicare in 2014" on September 24, 30 or October 3. This informational seminar will cover what you need to know about Medicare, what’s covered, the differences between the plans that supplement Medicare, and enrollment deadlines. Bring a friend or family member!  Kindly RSVP to (574) 533-9515 ext. 4001 or anna.mast@everence.comLearn more.

Damascus Road Antiracism Analysis Training

Have you been confused by the George Zimmerman trial? Have you had a conversation about "race" and found that you kept talking past each other? You are not alone, and on November 8-10, 2013, in Goshen, the Damascus Road Antiracism Analysis Training, presented by Roots of Justice, can help you and your church or organization have more productive conversations about race and racism. Learn more.

Menno-Hof 25th Anniversary Celebration

Menno-Hof is celebrating 25 years! You’re invited to the 25th Anniversary Celebration Dinner on October 3, 6:30 p.m., at the Shipshewana Event Center. Make your reservations for a table or individual tickets by September 19 to (260) 768-4117 or You can also see the flier on our bulletin board for additional information. 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!

Pastured Meats for Sale: Elise and Adam Derstine are part of Blue Heron Farm, a small sustainable livestock operation. They are currently selling whole chickens, whole and half lambs and hogs, and memberships for their Winter Meat CSA, which provides a monthly mix of beef, chicken, and pork. All animals are raised on pasture using sustainable methods. To learn more please email them at or call (574) 971-5146.
Register now for your DOOR 2014 week by Oct. 1 and lock in the early registration rate of $295 per person.  You know that we keep our weeks small out of respect to our urban neighborhoods. Send in your registration and deposit to guarantee your preferred week and city. College groups serve for $275 per week.

Getting to Know

Joanna Epp

Joanna Epp
My name is Joanna Epp, and I am a sophomore environmental science major and Spanish minor. I come from Newton, Kansas where I attend First Mennonite Church; many of you probably know our current lead pastor, Anita Kehr. Cooking and baking are two of my favorite things to do, specifically the art of bread baking. I'd love tips from any baking enthusiasts in the congregation! I also play on the tennis team and am a member of the orchestra here at the college. I've loved attending Berkey for the last year and really want to start getting to know some of the members better!

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!

Did You Know?On Saturday, May 17, 1980, a check was taken to the lawyer's office to purchase a vacant meetinghouse from a German Baptist Brethren congregation.  This check was delivered by Dick Ramer.

Dick Ramer

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

This Week
September 27-28: MCC Relief Sale
October 1: Fellowship Commission Meeting, 6:00 p.m.
October 3: Ladies Lunch Bunch, 11:45 a.m. at Rolling Scones. RSVP to Laverne by Tuesday, October 1.
October 5: Men's Breakfast at Joanna's, 7:00 a.m.

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

Thank God for Scott Litwiller’s ministry in Colombia through Mennonite Mission Network. Pray for Scott as he transitions to the next steps in his life and as he applies what God taught him during his time of service. Pray also for the Mennonite youth in Colombia.

DownloadSept. MMN Prayer Vine
DownloadIN-MI Sept. Prayer Newsletter

Church Notes
Sunday Service Info
This Sunday: September 29

Lois & John Mast, Diane Beam, Sara Alvarez
Thelma Ramer
Offering Counters: 
Shawna Born, Diane Nafziger
Michael Sherer, Randy Horst

Next Sunday: October 6

Lois & John Mast, Elisabeth & Rafael Barahona
Thelma Ramer
Offering Counters: 
Barbara Eichorn, Greg Smucker
Nicholas Schrock, Randy Horst

Statistical Report 
(September 22)

Attendance: 182
Bethany Tuition: $15.00
General Fund: $3,976.00
Building Improvements: $1,000.00
College Matching: $120.00

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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