Berkey Avenue Mennonite Fellowship
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May 15, 2016

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Berkey Announcements

Worship Series on the Senses

Worship SeriesDuring the month of May, the Worship Commission has arranged for a special series on the five senses. Our overall theme is “Awaken us, God, to who we are!” Although our five senses are integral parts of our embodied human experience, we aren't always aware of the role these senses play in our life with God. Our goal in this series is to explore some of the ways the senses enhance our relationship with God.
  • May 1 - Touching
  • May 8 - Hearing
  • May 15 - Seeing
  • May 22 - Baptism at the pond
  • May 29 - Smelling and Tasting  

Goshen Interfaith Hospitality Network

GIHNBerkey hosted GIHN guests this past week, May 8-15. Thank you to the many Berkey volunteers who were a part of hosting the families; creating a space and presence for them to feel cared for and welcome.

Congregational Meal & Meeting This Sunday

Congregational MeetingEveryone is invited to stay after the Nurture Hour for a congregational meal and meeting this Sunday, May 15. For the meal please bring a main dish and a salad or dessert to share as well as your own table service

You are encouraged to stay for the meeting which will directly follow the meal. The agenda will have a number of proposals you may be interested in. You have received information about these agenda items and supporting material through your email on April 29 and in your church mailbox on May 1. Please bring those papers with you to the meeting.

Berkey Avenue Cleanup and Garden Project

Clean upDue to rain, the service project has been rescheduled for this Monday, May 16 at 5:30 p.m. The Mission Commission is seeking volunteers to:

1. Assist in picking up litter and debris on both sides of Berkey Ave. from the city limits west to CR.17.
2. To install the garden fence for this year.

Pizza and soft drinks will be served at 5:30 p.m. for those planning to help.

Baptism Sunday

leftBaptism Sunday is May 22. Please remember Evan Krabill and Abby Rudy-Froese in prayer, as they prepare for baptism. You are invited to come for breakfast at 9:00 a.m. Breakfast is a finger food potluck--no hot dishes, please--to keep the clean up simple. We will leave the church at 10:00 a.m. to caravan to Martin's pond (24509 CR 36) for the service. For your comfort, please bring chairs or blankets to sit on, mosquito repellent and sunscreen. Nurture classes will not meet.

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

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Emmaus Program

Bethany Christian High School’s performing arts troupe, Emmaus, will presents its final public program of the 2016 season this Sunday, May 15, at 6:00 p.m. in Bethany’s chapel. Shared in area elementary schools and other public venues, this year’s show is entitled Not An Island. As the troupe reflected on the world’s current problems and needs, then looked at how that boils down for small communities and children, they saw loneliness and exclusion as issues to be addressed. Filled with fun, energetic, familiar stories (such as Otis and Winnie the Pooh) and songs (such as I’ve Been Workin’ on the Railroad and You’ve Got a Friend in Me), Not An Island tackles issues that are relevant to today’s children and grown-ups alike.

Host Families Needed

Bethany Christian Schools is in need of host families for serving international students who would like to attend Bethany. This opportunity to gain cross cultural experience in your own home often becomes a rewarding experience for the host family, as well as a blessing to the student. Families receive monetary compensation. One school year commitment. For more information, contact admissions director Sarah Kraybill Lind , 534-2567.

Goshen College Goshen College

Host Families for International Students

Would you like to get to know an international student? Goshen College is looking for host families for a few of their students to live with this coming fall. Interested families should live within a mile of the college and have a spare room in their house. Financial support of $100-150/month could be available. If interested, please call (535-7472) or email the college. This is a wonderful way to help a young person and learn a bit about another culture at the same time.

Community School of the Arts Auditions

1) Orchestral Auditions will be held Monday, May 16, 4:00-7:00 p.m. at Goshen College Music Center for Youth Honors Concert Orchestra (grades 7-9), directed by Kyle Miller and Youth Honors Symphony Orchestra (grades 9-12), directed by Brian Mast. Visit their website for more information and to schedule an audition.
2) Choral Auditions will be held on Sunday, May 22, 2:00-4:00 p.m. at Goshen College Music Center. Open auditions for three youth choirs include Rejoice (grades 3-5), directed by Kristin Kauffman, Shout for Joy (grades 6-8), directed by Sandy Hill and Sommo Voci (grades 9-12), directed by Marcia Yost. Visit their website for more information and to schedule an audition.  

Summer Camp for Youth

Goshen College will offer a number of summer camp opportunities for kids three years old through high school, including a soccer camp (ages: 3-14, June 13-17 and June 20-22), a musical theater camp (grades 9-12, June 19-24), a girls coding poetry camp (grades 6-9, June 20-22) and Write on Sports (grades 7-8, July 11-22). Other camps may yet be announced. Learn more and sign up online.

AMBS Anabaptist Mennonite Biblical Seminary

 The faculty and graduating class of Anabaptist Mennonite Biblical Seminary invite you to attend the 2016 AMBS Commencement Service at 2:30 p.m. on Saturday, May 21 at College Mennonite Church. This year's speaker is Alan Kreider, PhD, AMBS professor emeritus of Church History and Mission.

Community Announcements

Mental Health Month

The month of May is Mental Health Awareness Month. Quoting Rosalynn Carter, "People with mental problems are our neighbors. They are members of our congregations, members of our families; they are everywhere in this country. If we ignore their cries for help, we will be continuing to participate in the anguish from which those cries for help come. Because it will not go away, and because of our spiritual commitments, we are compelled to take action." See the bulletin board by the mailboxes for more information and a list of resources.

Auction Volunteers

The Faithful Giving New and Used Auction at the Michiana Mennonite Relief Sale needs your help. This auction was reintroduced last year and brought in over $15,000.00 for MCC. The Relief Sale board is looking for volunteers to help with this year’s auction and with help soliciting for items. Please contact Deanna King at 574-875-8987 if you are interested.

Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive

This Saturday, May 14, is Letter Carriers’ Stamp out Hunger Food Drive. This is the time of year that food banks prepare for summer challenges when children are not in school. In the United States, more than one in seven American households (49 million individuals, including 12 million children) struggle to have enough to eat. On Saturday letter carriers will gather non-perishable foods that are placed by your mailbox. The food from this food drive is given to local organizations like the Window and Church Community Services. Your contribution does make a difference in the lives of our neighbors.

The Dixie Swim Club

Elkhart Civic Theater presents The Dixie Swim Club, featuring Berkey member, Laura Mosier. This comedy will be at the Bristol Opera House on May 13-15; 20-22. For tickets go online or call 574-848-4116.

Safe Kids BBQ Fundraiser

If you are interested in supporting Safe Kids and enjoy Nelson’s Chicken and Pit-tatoes, come to the VFW Post 987 located at 1202 W Pike St in Goshen, May 14, beginning at 10:00 a.m. until sold out (usually 2:00 p.m.). Safe Kids Elkhart County works to reduce injuries that impact the children of our county.

Center for Community Justice

You are invited to an event, Interrupting the School to Prison Pipeline through Restorative Justice, featuring guest speaker Robert Spicer on Wednesday, May 18, 6:00 - 8:00 p.m. at Christiana Creek Country Club, 116 W. Bristol St., Elkhart. Tickets are $40 for individuals and $75 for couples. To purchase tickets, visit their website.

Dan's Fishfry

West Goshen Church of the Brethren warmly invites us to their annual Dan's Fish & Chicken Dinner on May 21, 3:30 - 7:00 p.m. Proceeds will go to missions and outreach.

MDC Goldenrod's Hacienda Fiesta

MDC Goldenrod invites you to join them for great food and a fun time of socializing on Tuesday, May 24, at the Goshen Hacienda Restaurant. 20% of their sales that day will go to support MDC Goldenrod’s mission of serving individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities, as long as the purchase is accompanied by a token. See the bulletin board by the mailboxes for Hacienda tokens. As an alternative, you can buy gift cards which can be used to eat whenever you want. To order gift cards, contact the Goldenrod office by email or call 533-9720 by Thursday, May 19 (checks made payable to MDC Goldenrod). Please do not pass out tokens at the restaurant as this will void the donation agreement with Hacienda.


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!
MDC Goldenrod's receptionist is going with her husband on sabbatical. While she is gone Goldenrod will need volunteers to help staff the front office. Working with individuals with intellectual or developmental disabilities can be a real joy. If you can help weekdays from June 24 - July 22, contact the MDC Goldenrod office by email or call (574) 533-9720.

Anabaptist Mennonite Biblical Seminary, located in Elkhart, Ind., seeks a full-time admissions counselor to recruit prospective students and help oversee the admissions and enrollment process. Engaging communication skills and bachelor’s degree required. Experience in recruitment, sales or fundraising highly desired. Knowledge of Mennonite Church USA and Mennonite Church Canada and/or United Methodist structures a plus.  A full description is online. To apply, send letter of application and resume to Daniel Grimes. Review of applications begins immediately. 

Bethany Christian Schools invites applications for the position of evening custodian beginning June 2016. Successful applicants will have the aptitude to work independently, perform minor repairs on equipment, and supervise student cleaning crews during the summer. The position is approximately three-quarters time and eligible for partial benefits. Applications are being accepted until the position has been filled. For information about the position and an application form, go online or contact Head of School Tim Lehman.

Bethany Seeks Varsity Boys Basketball Coach: Bethany Christian High School is seeking to hire a varsity head coach for boys basketball next season, effective immediately. Interested applicants should send resumes and contact information to Athletic Director Gary Chupp.




May 15
Congregational Meal & Meeting, noon

May 16
Private Event 3:00 p.m.
Mission Service Project at Berkey Avenue, 5:30 p.m.
Intercessory Prayer, 7:00 p.m.

May 17
Christian Ed. Commission, 7:00 p.m.
Mission Commission, 7:00 p.m.

May 18
MYF Small Group, 6:30 p.m.

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Birthdays This Week
Jim Alvarez
Joe Locke
Corine Alvarez
Deb Williams
John Schrock
Sim Dlova
Tim Thorne
Jay Mast
Karl Sommers
Thelma Ramer

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

Love is a Verb: Planning for Orlando 2017, to be held July 4–8, is underway! We invite your prayers for the Convention Planning staff members and the Worship Planning Committee as they make decisions that will give shape to this gathering.

Laura Schlabach of Mennonite Mission Network has served in Mongolia for more than two decades in the areas of finance, administration, and worker support. Pray for her as she divides her time between the main office in the capital city and her travel to be a spokesperson for the needs of more remote areas.

Pray for Hopewell Mennonite Church, Kouts, IN (Joel Short, pastor). They give praise to God for new and continuing music leadership, for growth among young adults and for a good preschool year.  Please pray for several youth being baptized on May 15.  "God is good, all the time, and HOPE is what we DO."

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Church Notes
Sunday Service Info

This Sunday:  May 15

Neil Miller Richer
Renae Yoder
Denise Risser

Anita Mounsithiraj
Dteban Mounsithiraj

Lowell and Diane Nafziger

Nick Schrock/Merrill Krabill

Infants:  Stephanie Wieand, Nancy and Dick Yoder
Toddlers:  Jane Wang, Liz Core, Aaron Shenk

Offering Counters:
Ron Good, Denise Risser

Next Sunday:  May 22

Clare and Merrill Krabill
Aaron Wieand

Lowell and Diane Nafziger

Nick Schrock/Merrill Krabill

Infants:  Jennifer Schrock, Trish Shenk, Renae Yoder
Toddlers:  Jane Wang, Connie and Phil Bauman

Offering Counters:
Dick Ramer, Karl Sommers

Statistical Report 
(May 8)

Attendance:  210
General Fund:  $6,767.15
Agape Fund:  $10.00
Bethany 2016/17:  $55.00
College:  $50.00

General Fund Income 2015-16 YTD
Actual:  $219,826.68
Budget:  $203,013.00

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
Dan Schrock

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

Doug Baker
Richard Miller
Laverne Nafziger
Judy Weaver
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