Berkey Avenue Mennonite Fellowship
A congregation of Mennonite Church USA
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January 19, 2014

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Berkey Announcements

Women: Come Join Spirit Feast!

FeastIf you’re looking for a place to find spiritual inspiration, learn from others’ stories and experiences, eat great food, build community, and connect with women of different stages and ages at Berkey then this is a group for you! We are a small group of women who meet once a month (rotating houses), socialize over a delicious meal, and share from our lives, with some emphasis on spiritual growth. You may be participating in another small group with your spouse or family and still join us. Please contact Stephanie Wieand if you are interested.

Prayer Shawl Small Group

KnittingPrayer Shawl Small Group will meet at Laverne's home, Tues, January 21 at 4:15 p.m. We will knit an hour, and then have a light supper together.  Kindly RSVP to Laverne Nafziger by Monday, January 20th. Learn more about small groups at Berkey.

Amigo Centre Thank You

ThanksTo the Jr. High youth group: It was great to have you at the January 10-12 Winter Youth Retreat at Amigo Centre! You were attentive and fun and you got lots of sleep! And thanks to the sponsors Doug and Cindy Baker, and Lois Mast for your part in helping this retreat happen! You did a great job, and you also got lots of sleep! And thanks to the Berkey Avenue Mennonite Church for your part in making it possible for your outstanding youth group to attend and for praying and expecting that God was at work in their lives during the weekend and now! We look forward to having you back next year, hopefully with more snow and less ice. ~ Kenzie Intemann and Alisha Snyder, Amigo Centre Youth Program Staff

Volunteering at the Depot

MCCThe Mission Commission and the MYF have scheduled a service project doing some volunteer work at The Depot on Wednesday evening, January 29, from 6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.  This project, involving both our youth and adults, will help to further the mission outreach of The Depot and MCC. There will be a signup sheet in the Fellowship area the next two Sundays(January 19 and January 26) for those who want to participate.  The Depot staff will plan work activities based on the number of persons who signed up.  We hope to have a good turnout for this worthwhile activity.

Soup, Bread and a Show

Soup and BreadOn February 5th we will have a soup and bread meal beginning at 6:00 with a magic show following at 6:45 until 7:30. Everyone is invited. There will be childcare for the very young but this show is geared toward the whole family. Tentatively, on the 26th we will be having another soup and bread meal and this event will include a Talent Show hosted by our very own Allan Rudy-Froese. All those with special talents to share are invited to contact Allan to sign up. Again, childcare is provided for the very young but all children are invited to participate. Look for a sign up sheet for both these events and plan to come.

Take Them A Meal

Take Them A MealOver 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. Thank you so much for your meals and friendship to our students! Sign up online using the last name "Students" and the password "Berkey". 

Berkey Teacher Appreciation Meal

DessertThe Education Commission is planning a special noon meal on Sunday, January 26, to say thank you to our Berkey Sunday School teachers (and their families) for serving our congregation this year in nurturing our children, youths and adults. Please join us for a simple meal and lots of delicious desserts from the congregation!

Celebrating the Gift

Sexuality SeriesThis weekend we begin a series of 6 Sundays on human sexuality. Talking about our sexuality can stir up experiences and feelings that are painful and troubling. This is normal. So we encourage you to do what you need to do to care for yourself:  talk to one of the pastors or a trusted friend, excuse yourself from parts of the service or Christian education sessions that you find disturbing or painful, or visit another church on a particular Sunday. Please note that this series will include both Worship and Christian Education time for Junior Youth - Adults. The configuration of MYF and adult Christian education classes will change from Sunday to Sunday. Members of the Sexuality Planning Committee will generally lead the classes. In future weeks the classes will sometimes be intergenerational so we can hear each other across the generations. View the brochure.

Support for Model School

Model StudentsFollowing up on our last member's meeting and preliminary work by Lowell Nafziger, the Mission Commission is exploring ways we as a church can support staff and students at Model School.  A list of ideas is on the mission bulletin board or you can view it online.  Please let one of the Mission Commission members know if you are interested in being part of a group to organize this effort, if you have additional ideas or are willing to help implement some of these ideas. The Mission Commission: Curt Wenger, Lori Good, Clare Krabill, Pete Graber and Marilyn Rudy-Froese

Throwback Thursdays

Throwback ThursdaysHead 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 SchoolsBethany Christian Schools

Bethany Christian High School is wrapping up its J-Term. A few projects included "Eat, Drink, Think" where students learned more about the food we eat, and set construction for the upcoming musical "Just So." Dale Shenk was working with students in building their own instruments. View the photos on the BCS Facebook page.

Goshen CollegeGoshen College

Anthony Brown Concert

On Sunday, January 19 at 7:00 p.m. Anthony Brown, musician, peace activist, counselor and professor, and 1971 Goshen College graduate, will kick off the college’s annual Martin Luther King Jr. celebration events with a performance centered around the life of Paul Robeson. The show will take place in the Umble Center (please note location change), and features spirituals and broadway tunes, with original arrangements of Robeson favorites like “Ol’ Man River,” “Shenandoah,” “Deep River” and many others. Tickets cost $10 for adults, $5 for students. For tickets, visit, or contact the Welcome Center at (574) 535-7566.

MLK Day Community Breakfast

The community is welcomed to the Goshen College campus on MLK Day for a community breakfast on Monday, January 20, which will feature a gospel choir, table discussions and guest speaker Rebecca Kubacki, Indiana state representative, who will speak on her life and how her education has made a difference in her career. Tickets are required for the community breakfast, and can be purchased online at or by contacting the Welcome Center at (574) 535-7566 or at Find out more about MLK Day events at

AMBSAnabaptist Mennonite Biblical Seminary

AMBS is pleased to announce that Malinda Berry, PhD, and Janna Hunter-Bowman, PhD candidate, are joining the faculty. Malinda Berry will begin this summer as assistant professor of theology and ethics. Janna Hunter-Bowman will begin in summer 2015 as assistant professor of peace studies and social ethics.

Community Announcements

Mennonite World Conference Lecture

César García, general secretary of Mennonite World Conference, will be presenting on “Inspiration and challenges from the Global Church for North American Anabaptists” at Berkey Avenue Mennonite Fellowship on Monday evening, January 20 from 7:00 p.m. - 8:15 p.m. North American Anabaptists have the opportunity to host the next MWC global assembly in Pennsylvania, which will take place in July 2015. The evening will include an update on plans and information on how to support the global assembly and MWC ministries. All are welcome to attend. 

Face2Face Women's Retreat 2014

Join us on March 7-9 for the 2014 Face2Face Women's Retreat! This guided retreat for women of all ages is prepared by Patricia Ebersole Zwier and Susan Berends Medendorp, who have been doing women's retreats for 20 years. Susan is seminary trained in the Christian Reformed Church and Patricia is a therapist at Oaklawn and is active in Assembly Mennonite Church. Each session begins with corporate worship led by musicians from Assembly Mennonite Church and a brief introduction to the topic. Then it moves into the centerpiece of guided face-to-face times with God, ending with processing in small groups. For more information and to register, go to the website of host congregation, River Terrace Church, or call Blythe (517) 351-9059. Learn more.

Benefit Chili Supper at Bonneyville Mennonite

Dan Danen, husband of Marcella Hershberger who pastors at Bonneyville, has been dealing with escalating health issues. Dan is in the process of significantly reducing his workload. In addition to reduced income, there are the increased costs of Dan’s medical treatments. Bonneyville Mennonite Church provides health insurance for Dan and Marcella, but they still have significant medical expenses. To help with these expenses, the church is sponsoring a benefit chili supper on January 25, 5:00 p.m. - 7:30 p.m. at the church. You and your friends are invited to come and enjoy the chili and fellowship. Bonneyville is located at the intersection of SR 120 & CR 131, three miles east of Bristol. If you have any questions, you may call (574) 202-4171.

GMA Community Survey

The City of Goshen, City of Elkhart, Elkhart County, LaCasa and Habitat for Humanity are working together to carry out a countywide housing needs assessment, in order to gather information on housing availability and affordability,  housing conditions, and future housing development priorities. As a part of the process, input is being sought from residents in Elkhart County through a resident housing survey. This information will be used to identify the housing needs in the county for planning and funding purposes. All information from the surveys will be used in the aggregate only and individual responses will not be identified. Complete survey.

John D. Roth Speaks At Mennohof

You’re invited to attend “A cup of cold water: service in the Amish-Mennonite tradition” led by John D. Roth, Goshen College professor of history, on January 19, 6:00 p.m. at Menno-Hof, Shipshewana, Ind.Drawing on lots of examples, this program will summarize the theological and historical basis for the Anabaptist commitment to service. This is the first event in Menno-Hof’s “Coffee, cookies and community: Part II” winter series. Bring cookies to share – coffee will be provided. RSVP is requested as seating is limited. Contact us at (260) 768-4117 or to reserve your spot.

Witness Through Storytelling: A Women's Spirituality Retreat at Merry Lea

Women of all ages are invited to Merry Lea Environmental Learning Center on the evening of Friday, January 31 through Saturday, February 1 for a weekend getaway that will include time outdoors, time to reflect on biblical texts related to nature, guided contemplative prayer and storytelling workshops. Jackie Wyse-Rhodes, Karla Minter, and Janie Beck Kreider will provide input. The retreat will begin at 7:30 p.m. on Friday evening and end mid-afternoon on Saturday. After the hectic holiday season fades, this retreat aims to provide spiritual rejuvenation and spark creative, worshipful expression. Come, bring a friend, and enjoy delicious food, creative workshops, crisp winter hikes, time to relax, and insightful input from the presenters. The cost of $45 includes two meals and lodging; $25 students. To register, email Janie Beck Kreider at The registration deadline is January 21. 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!

Neil Richer and Elizabeth Miller are looking for someone to watch Abigail (age 13 months) for 2-3 mornings a week. They are willing to take Abigail to a caregiver or have someone come to their house. Please email with any possibilities.
MDC Goldenrod seeks a Facilities Manager, 40 hours per week; hourly, to oversee both the Goshen and Middlebury properties. This individual will be responsible for all maintenance, facility projects, property improvements and vehicles.  This person is a key role in the administrative team. We seek someone who not only wants to work in a faith based environment but is committed to living the mission each and every day. The hiring process may include a phone or e-mail screen, an initial interview and a final panel interview. Apply via resume and letter of Intent to Megan Gumbel, Executive Director by January 24, at, fax: 574-534-9817 or bring/mail resume to our office.
A local elderly member of the community seeks a lift chair. If you have one or know of where to obtain one, please contact Joseph Hale at (574) 534-8420.
Anabaptist Mennonite Biblical Seminary in Elkhart has openings for custodial responsibilities with early morning or evening hours. These positions can be combined if desired. See job descriptions and how to apply at, or contact Norm Cender,
Service opportunities with SWAP: It’s time to start thinking about your summer plans! Consider bringing a group to volunteer for a week with Sharing with Appalachian People (SWAP), a home repair ministry that serves low-income families in several counties of southeastern Kentucky and West Virginia. There are also openings for summer staff positions, including overseeing construction, job sites and meal coordination. More information at or (606) 633-5065.
MCC seeks a Server/Network Specialist in Akron, PA (preferred); or Philadelphia, PA with weekly visits to Akron, PA. The Server/Network Specialist will provide support to MCC’s IT infrastructure. Specific responsibilities will include server management and management of network devices such as switches, routers, and firewalls. This position also participates in the day-to-day activities of the department. Learn more.


Getting to Know

Our Stephen Ministry Team

Dick Yoder

Dick Yoder

I was born in Flint, MI but when I was 3 years old the family moved to Goshen. I attended Model School, Goshen High School and Goshen College where I majored in social studies and secondary education. In going through some back files, I came across a letter from Steven Ministry people dated Aug. of 1979. I had read about Steven Ministry in a magazine. I was impressed with what I learned about the ministry, but it never worked out to be personally involved. While in college I first met Nancy. After she finished college, we were married in India where I had been traveling and studying at a seminary. After graduating from AMBS, we have lived and ministered, both formally and informally, in a number of communities. The last 20 or so have been here in Goshen. We have both received the Steven Ministry training. No approach to ministry is perfect. Steven Ministry has its pluses and minuses; nevertheless, over the years God seemingly has used it as a tool to be a Christian help to people. I feel it a privilege to be a Steven Minister in this chapter of my life.  

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?

Although our memories might be playing tricks on us, we think this is the first time Berkey has had a series on sexuality since the late 1980s.

Do you have an interesting fact about Berkey to share?  Let us know!

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

This Week
January 17-19: MYF Winter Camp
January 20: MWC Area Gathering, 7:00 p.m.
January 21: Prayer Shawl Knitting Group, 4:15 p.m.
January 21: Group Spiritual Direction, 7:00 p.m.
January 22: MYF Small Groups, 7:00 p.m.
January 22: Worship Commission Meeting, 7:30 p.m.

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

Mark and Mary Hurst of Mennonite Mission Network are grieving many losses. Mark’s father died Thanksgiving morning, and a special Anabaptist Association of Australia and New Zealand colleague died a few weeks later. Yet another great sorrow is the loss of the 1643 Community house. Pray for comfort and hope for Mark and Mary.

DownloadJan. MMN Prayer Vine

Church Notes
Sunday Service Info
This Sunday: January 19

Clare and Merrill Krabill, Jenny and Mark Yoder
Anita and Dteban Mounsithiraj
Krabill/Sessa Family
Offering Counters: 
Lowell Nafziger, Denise Risser
Phil Bauman, Anne Berry

Next Sunday: January 26

Clare and Merrill Krabill, Jenny and Mark Yoder
Krabill/Sessa Family
Krabill/Sessa Family
Offering Counters: 
Dick Ramer, Karl Sommers
Phil Bauman, Anne Berry
Statistical Report 
(January 12)

Attendance: 177
Bethany Tuition: $140.00
General Fund: $7,711.53
Sunday School Books: $77.00
Building: $5.00
College Matching: $45.00
JYF Snow Camp: $70.00
House Rent: $750.00
MYF Non-deductible: $500.00
Agape: $10.00

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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