Christmas Nurture Hour Program
During 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.
The 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
Everyone 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
Over 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
My 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
Please 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
If 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.
Head 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!
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.
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.
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.
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
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!