Berkey Avenue Mennonite Fellowship
A congregation of Mennonite Church USA
Berkey Avenue Mennonite Fellowship
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September 25, 2016

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Berkey Announcements


Playground and Parking Project

PlaygroundBerkey Family, your generous and quick response to the campaign for funds to build the new parking lot and playground has been exceptional. You have pledged enough for work to begin. Thank you! Please direct your questions or additional pledges to Laura Horst, Karl Sommers or Jason Lehman. Thank you again for your generous support of the project.

Relief Sale!

cheeseThe 49th annual Michiana Mennonite Relief Sale is this weekend at the Elkhart County 4H Fairgrounds. The sale begins today, September 23, 5:00 - 9:00 p.m. and continues Saturday morning, 7:00 a.m. through early afternoon. Come to see friends, eat good food, buy cheese and much more in this fundraising event to support the work of MCC.

Photo Directory Updates

picturesLast call for photos! If you would like to update your picture in the online directory, photographers will be available here at the church on Sundays through October 2 to take your picture. Please sign-up on the poster by the mailboxes or email the office. You may also submit your own photographs to the office any time. Photos should be in a landscape format for optimal fit.

Meals for Students

College MealsOver the years Berkey has been a wonderful, welcoming church home for many college/young adult students. One of the highlights for the 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. 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. Follow this link; username: students, password: bamf. For more information, contact Ruth Roth. Thank you so much for your meals and friendship to our students!

Throwback Thursday

tbtHead 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!

Do you have an announcement for the Newsletter? Submit your announcement to the office by noon on Thursday. Announcements received after the deadline will be printed the following week.


Our Schools

icon_bcs Bethany Christian

Bethany Christian Schools alumni and their family will receive free admission to the boys soccer game vs. Westview tonight, September 23. The game begins at 5:00 p.m. An alumni night for volleyball will be on Tuesday, October 4, vs. Goshen.

Goshen College Goshen College

Merry Lea Firsthand Fest

Merry Lea Environmental Learning Center of Goshen College, Wolf Lake, Ind., invites guests to an evening of storytelling focused on environmental problems and solutions, Friday, September 30, 6:00 - 9:30 p.m. Hear about a Noble County Farm from Mike McCoy of Fox Trail Farm. Columnist Neil Case will describe the effects of fracking on birds. Students in Merry Lea’s Sustainability Leadership Semester will recount their experiences in the Elkhart River Watershed. Register by September 28. Brick oven pizza will be served from 6:00 - 6:45 p.m. Desserts will be available throughout the evening. The cost is $10/adults, $5 /students and latecomers.

Peace Play

All are invited to attend the Goshen College Homecoming Peace Play, Party Favors, by Cary Pepper, directed by Anna Kurtz Kuk. The show runs Friday, October 7, 8:00 p.m., Saturday, October 8, 4:00 p.m., and Sunday, October 9, 2:00 p.m. at the Goshen College Umble Center. Tickets are $5 at the door. This political drama tells the story of an independent candidate, Malcolm Wilkes, and his fight to run a clean campaign amidst the turbulent climate of modern politics.

Homecoming Weekend

You're invited to Homecoming Weekend activities at Goshen College. Homecoming is all about the Goshen College family. That’s why, this year for the first time, we’re incorporating Grandparents Day into the Homecoming activities. Along with alumni, grandparents, parents and siblings of current students are invited to campus for this exciting reunion weekend! See the full schedule.

Afternoon Sabbatical

Tuesday, October 11 at 12 noon at College Mennonite Church Fellowship Hall there will be an international luncheon. After a traditional Hungarian meal, Balazs Pirot, a recent Goshen College graduate and Hungarian citizen, will give a brief overview of the country’s history, economy, culture, famous personnel and sites such as capital, Budapest. The cost is $22. Call 574-535-7565 to register, There is a $5 late fee after October 3.

AMBS Anabaptist Mennonite Biblical Seminary

A short course, The Dangers of Popular Eschatology and the Apocalypse of John, led by Dr. Loren Johns, AMBS Professor of New Testament  will be on October 11, 25, and November 1. The early registration discount deadline is October 4. The purposes of the course are:
  1. to read the Apocalypse in its historical context and in terms of what God is doing in the world today.
  2. to think about the power of eschatology in the popular imagination and in culture.
  3. to introduce and evaluate the "Left Behind" series as an industry, as a vision of discipleship, and as an interpretation of the ministry of Jesus.
Learn more on the AMBS website. 

Mennonite Church USA

Jonathan Brenneman has begun a one-year assignment with Mennonite Voluntary Service in Elkhart, Indiana, as Partners in Peacemaking coordinator for Mennonite Church USA’s Executive Board staff. The new position was created as one way of implementing a statement of support for our Palestinian and Israeli partners in peacemaking, a resolution adopted unanimously by the Delegate Assembly in July 2015. Jonathan will facilitate education, conversation, prayer and action for peace with justice in Israel-Palestine in local settings across the denomination. Learn more.

mccMennonite Central Committee

MCC invites you to watch a video of a Hutterite colony who is sponsoring a refugee family. When Paul Waldner and several others from Green Acres Hutterite Colony signed up for sponsorship in January, a Syrian family of four arrived a month later. While the Syrian family doesn't live on the colony, members from the colony regularly visit them. The video depicts the impact relationship has between the Hutterite colony and the refugee family.

Community Announcements

Center for Healing & Hope

Certificates for EAT•SHOP•GIVE are now available. When you buy a $20 certificate to one of the participating businesses, half of the cost goes to the Center for Healing & Hope to help provide medical care for people in our community who are medically homeless. Visit the secure EAT•SHOP•GIVE page to purchase certificates online.

Chonda Pierce Performance

Comedian Chonda Pierce and singer-songwriter Karyn Williams perform at 7:00 p.m. Sunday, September 25, at Christian Center Church, 530 E. Ireland Road, South Bend. A Christian humor trailblazer, television host, author and actress, Pierce has channeled her life experiences into positivity. She has earned five Daytime Emmy Award nominations and has released six platinum DVDs and three gold DVDs. Her most recent DVD, “Chonda Pierce: Laughing in the Dark,” chronicles a series of tragic circumstances, including the death of Pierce’s husband. It recently won the Documentary Feature trophy at the inaugural Park City International Film Festival in Park City, Utah. Williams’ albums include 2012’s “Only You” and 2015’s “Letting Go of Perfect.” Tickets for this Sunday's performance are $45-$25. For more information, call 800-965-9324 or purchase tickets here.

Mennonite and Catholic in Ecumenical Dialogue

A one-day colloquium will be held Saturday, October 1 at the University of Notre Dame on the topic, "Intercessory Prayer: Catholic and Mennonite Perspectives."  Presenters include Marlene Kropf (Anabaptist Mennonite Biblical Seminary) and Karl Koop (Canadian Mennonite University). The colloquium will be held in the Geddes Hall Auditorium on the Notre Dame campus, from 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. There is no charge for the event. Refreshments will be provided. Contact Margie Pfeil for more information.

Mennonite Women and Girls Retreat

Jane Ross Richer will be the featured speaker at the IN-MI Mennonite Fall Retreat at Amigo Centre, October 7-9, entitled “Side by Side: Walking by Faith in the Midst of the Jungle.” Jane along with her husband and four children have been serving with Mennonite Mission Network in Ecuador. She will share stories from the Ecuadorian rain forest of indigenous women’s perceived connections between the physical and spiritual worlds. There will be inspiring worship sessions for the women and fun activities for the girls. Online registration can be found here.

Life Thresholds Retreat

Interested in a day-long retreat? The Quiet Place at Camp Mack in Milford is hosting a day-long retreat on life thresholds, October 5. The leader will be Marlene Kropf, Professor Emerita of Spiritual Formation and Worship at Anabaptist Mennonite Biblical Seminary. The cost is $50 and includes lunch. Register here.


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!



Ron Guenerich
Ron Guengerich

Ron has begun this week to serve as the “substitute pastor” filling in half-time while Marilyn Rudy-Froese is on sabbatical. Ron retired in early 2015 after serving as a pastor, most recently at Silverwood Mennonite Church in Goshen. Before that he served at Zion Mennonite Church in Archbold, Ohio, and at Whitestone Mennonite Church in Hesston, Kansas. After graduating from seminary at AMBS, Ron worked on his PhD in Old Testament at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. Before beginning to pastor, Ron taught at Eastern Mennonite Seminary and Hesston College. Ron is married to Ruth Lapp Guengerich; they have 2 children (living in Socorro, New Mexico and Evanston, Illionois) and 8 grandchildren ranging in ages from 30 to 6.

If you need to contact Ron, call or email him. His contact information is in the Berkey Online Directory.


Friday & Saturday, September 23-24
Relief Sale at the Elkhart County Fairgrounds

Monday, September 26
Private Event, 3:00 p.m.
Intercessory Prayer, 7:00 p.m.

Saturday, October 1
Men's Breakfast, 7:00 a.m.

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Anniversaries This Week
Armand and Ginny Martin
Dave and Bev Krabill
Ben and Amy Buckwalter

Birthdays This Week
Jason Moshier
Doug Baker
Jesse Sawatzky
Anita Snyder
Anja Martin

PrayerPlease contact the office by noon on Thursday with prayer requests.

Pray for Adam Fontana, new director of instrumental music at Bethel College, Kansas, as he leads the Wind Ensemble in concert Sunday afternoon for the first time.

Pray for Jonathan Brenneman of Mennonite Mission Network as he begins a one-year Mennonite Voluntary Service assignment helping implement the Israel-Palestine Partners in Peacemaking resolution adopted by Mennonite Church USA delegates at the Kansas City convention.

DownloadSeptember MMN Prayer Vine

Church Notes
Our Worship
This Sunday:  September 25
Sermon:  "Treasures in Christ"
Scripture:  Galatians 3:21-29

Next Sunday:  October 2
Parables from Goshen College will be leading our worship.

Sunday Service Info

This Sunday:  September 25

John & Lois Mast
Mark & Jenny Yoder

Lindsay Rheinheimer

John & Lois Mast

Ben Buckwalter

Elisabeth & Rafael Barahona

Infants:  Susan Garboden, Lisa & Randy Horst
Toddlers:  Joy Hostetter, Missy Schrock, Judy Weaver

Offering Counters:
Dick Ramer, Karl Sommers

Next Sunday:  October 2

John & Lois Mast
Richard & Pat Miller

Lindsay Rheinheimer

Pete & Melba Graber

Ben Buckwalter

Susan Garboden

Infants:  Diane Nafziger, Aaron & Liz Shenk
Toddlers:  Denise Risser,  James & Trish Yoder

Offering Counters:
John Hooley, Greg Smucker

Statistical Report 
(September 18)

Attendance:  196
General Fund:  $5,962.27
Bethany 2016/17:  $15.00
College:  $20.00
New Construction Fund (parking lot, playground):  $7,350.00
Fall Festival (sale of sausage):  $309.00

General Fund Income 2016-17 YTD
Actual:  $17,987.56
Budget:  $18,353.00

Berkey Avenue
Mennonite Fellowship

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

Office Hours
Monday - Friday
Hours vary

Interim Communications and Office Manager, Jenny Hooley:
Tuesday - Friday
10:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.

Marilyn Rudy-Froese (on sabbatical)
Dan Schrock
Ron Guengerich

Greg Smucker (Chairperson)
Richard Aguirre
Sherm Kauffman
Anita Mounsithiraj
Margaret Stoltzfus

Doug Baker
Richard Miller
Laverne Nafziger
Judy Weaver
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