Berkey Avenue Mennonite Fellowship
A congregation of Mennonite Church USA
Berkey Avenue Mennonite Fellowship
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December 13, 2015

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Berkey Announcements

Christmas Nurture Hour Program

Christmas playDuring the Nurture hour this Sunday, December 13, all Sunday School classes will meet in the sanctuary for a Christmas program. The hour will begin with the primary children presenting a Christmas play, followed by a Christmas hymn sing and assembling of Infant Care Kits for MCC.

Christmas Caroling

CarolingThe Mission Commission has scheduled an evening to sing Christmas carols to the elderly and other persons from our congregation on Wednesday, December 16 at 6:30 p.m. Anyone interested in singing is invited to join in spreading some Christmas cheer. We plan to meet at the church and arrange for car pooling, distributing music, etc. We will sing at Greencroft Healthcare, Waterford Crossing and in some homes. Since we will be singing both inside and outside, please prepare for the weather and bring a flashlight. We will return to the church for snacks. Please sign the sign up sheet in the fellowship hall this Sunday if you plan to come.

Christmas Eve. Service

Christmas Eve. ServiceEveryone is invited to come to the church for a special evening of Lessons and Carols on December 24, 7:00 p.m.

Creation Care at Berkey

Creation CareOver the last five years, Berkey has done many things to care for creation in more responsible ways. A list and more information about Creation Care is posted on the bulletin board by the mailboxes.

New to the Library

libraryMy Emigrant Father:  Jacob J. Funk, 1896-1986, by Katie Funk Wiebe. A Mennonite drama at its best, skillfully and vibrantly told by one of its most cherished writers who deftly weaves her oral history into a well-researched memoir.
After We're Gone:  A Christian Perspective on Estate and Life Planning for Families that Include a Dependent Member with a Disability, by Duane Ruth-Heffelbower. The author introduces options and resources for the Christian family and faith community as they interact with the legal system to make provisions for the ongoing care of loved ones with disabilities.

Directory Updates and Church Mailboxes

mailboxPlease take note of the three items below and contact the church office by email or call 574-534-2398 for any additions or updates.
We, at Berkey, would like to include all regular attenders and members in the Congregational Directory. Please review the Online Directory on the church website. Also, take note of the Friends and Members in Other Places section and the commission listings at the end of the directory. Please let the office know of any additions or corrections so that the directory can be updated.
Would you like a new photo in the Congregational Directory? John Hooley will be available before church (9:00 a.m.) and during the coffee hour this Sunday, December 13, to take your picture. You may also submit your own photo to the office by email or with a hard copy.
If you are a regular attender, we would like for you to have a church mailbox. If you do not have one yet, please notify the church office so that we can give you one.

Notes for Jered Liechty

praying handsIf you would like to write a note to Jered Liechty, there are cards on the table by the mailboxes. The office will mail the cards weekly.

Throwback Thursday

Throwback ThursdayHead 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

icon_bcs Bethany Christian

Bethany Christian Schools Alumni Night is Saturday, December 19. Bethany alumni will receive free admission and be eligible for prizes at the boys and girls evening Holiday tourney games. The girls game begins at 6:00 p.m. and the boys game at 7:30 p.m. The alumni night does not include the morning games of the Holiday Tourney.

Goshen College Goshen College

Piano Duo Program

The Norell Piano Duo presents Tchaikovsky's Nutcracker Suite with Dr Luke Norell, Community School of the Arts, piano program director, and Dr. Mary Rose Norell, Community School of the Arts, activities director and piano faculty. Ring in the Christmas season with a performance of Tchaikovsky's festive Nutcracker Suite, played on two pianos by the Norell Piano Duo! This celebratory program will also feature seasonal works by Bach and Liszt. The event is December 15 at 1:00 p.m. in Sauder Concert Hall. This event is free and open to the public.

Peace Lecture

On Tuesday, December 15 at 7:00 p.m. the Institute for the Study of Global Anabaptism and College Mennonite Church will host a public lecture by Peggy Faw Gish, “Learning to Love Boko Haram: A Nigerian Peace Church Responds.” The lecture will take place in the College Mennonite Church-Chapel. Gish, born in northern Nigeria to American missionaries, has been active in peace and justice work all of her adult life. In the spring and summer of 2015, she worked closely with members of the Ekklesiyar Yan’uwa a Nigeria (EYN), the Church of the Brethren in Nigeria, who have suffered great violence and upheaval at the hands of Boko Haram, a radicalized group in northeastern Nigeria. Gish will share stories and insights based on her work among the EYN and their search for nonviolent responses in a context of intense persecution. 

AMBS Anabaptist Mennonite Biblical Seminary

This Spring Anabaptist Mennonite Biblical Seminary will offer two online, non-credit short courses: Exploring Peace and Justice in the Bible; and Participation, Power and Process: Why Polity Matters. For more information, visit the AMBS website.

Community Announcements

College Mennonite Church Invitation

College Mennonite Church invites you to a Christmas worship service on Sunday, December 13, 3:00 - 4:00 p.m. The service will include carol singing, scripture readings, a handbell choir and a children’s musical, The Inn Crowd. Written by pastors Lee and Susan Dengler, the musical tells the story of the over-crowded inn at Bethlehem and the folks who might have been staying there when Jesus was born, noting that Jesus came for all people. The cast includes children from seven congregations across the community. There is no cost to attend, and all are welcome! Refreshments will follow the service.

Advent message from Mennonite Central Committee

J Ron Byler, Executive Director at MCC calls us to generosity, hospitality, peace and love. Read his message online.

Center for Healing & Hope

If you know someone who is uninsured or under-insured, please know that the Center for Healing & Hope is here for them. We see patients who are working part time or who have very high deductibles and are short of cash. We ask patients to pay $40 for an appointment – or what they can afford, based on a sliding fee scaled. We do testing for diabetes, blood pressure, cholesterol, and other chronic conditions, and we can provide some medication at greatly reduced costs. We also have a new service of helping low-income people get their medication for free or reduced prices by helping them apply to drug manufacturers that offer these programs.



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!



We will no longer be printing and distributing calendars each month. However, they are available for download.

This week:

December 14
 Stewardship and Finance Commission, 7:00 p.m.

December 15
SLT, 7:15 p.m.

December 16
Christmas Caroling, 6:30 p.m.
DownloadDownload Calendar

CalendarView Calendar Online

Anniversaries This Week:
Steve and Susan Garboden
Elijah and Priscillah Metekai

Birthdays This Week:
Emily Krabill
Renae Yoder
Laverne Nafziger
Matthew Williams
Tracy Thorne

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

Pray for Lake Bethel Mennonite, LaGrange, IN (Mike Brudney, pastor). Pray for Chris Hacking's continued healing. Pray for Mike and Rachel Jordan's continued growth and walk with Christ.

Early next year, Moriah Hurst will conclude seven years of Mennonite Mission Network ministry in Australia. Pray for her as she lives with difficult good-byes, and confides her work into the hands of colleagues.

Download December MMN Prayer Vine

Church Notes
Sunday Service Info

This Sunday:  December 13

Brenda Grimes
Aaron Wieand

Melba Graber
Pete Graber

Ron and Lori Good

Nick Schrock/Richard Aguirre

Infants:  Jennifer Schrock, Jan and Peter Shetler
Toddlers:  Dan Adcock, Deb and Dan Williams

Offering Counters:
Ron Good, Rick Hostetter

Next Sunday:  December 20

Aaron Wieand
Curt Wenger
Elise Wenger

Laverne Nafziger

Ron and Lori Good

Nick Schrock/Richard Aguirre

Infants:  Lindsy Locke, Lavonn and Eric Hostetler
Toddlers:  Joe Locke, Bev and Dave Krabill

Offering Counters:
Lowell Nafziger, Denise Risser
Statistical Report 
(December 6)

Attendance:  204
General Fund:  $10,360.72
Agape Fund:  $10.00
Bethany 2015/16:  $55.00
College: $50.00
Coffee:  $39.90
Model School (sale of potatoes):  $25.00
Rental Income:  $750.00

General Fund Income YTD
Actual:  $84,390.81
Budget:  $78,949

Berkey Avenue
Mennonite Fellowship

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

Office Hours
Monday - Friday
Hours vary

Interim Communications and Office Manager:
Monday, Wednesday - Friday
10:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.

Marilyn Rudy-Froese
Dan Schrock
Ben Woodward Breckbill - Pastoral Intern

Greg Smucker (Chairperson)
Shirley Dick
Sherm Kauffman
Anita Mounsithiraj
Richard Aguirre

Doug Baker
Richard Miller
Laverne Nafziger
Judy Weaver
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