Berkey Avenue Mennonite Fellowship
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Berkey Avenue Mennonite Fellowship
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October 18, 2015

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Berkey Announcements

Four-Week Bible Study

Bible StudyBen Woodward Breckbill is offering a Bible Study on Isaiah 53, a prophetic passage used extensively by the New Testament. The study will take place on Monday mornings at 10:00, beginning on October 26. Over the course of this study we will practice reading the Bible together, getting to know each other and the passage. We will read this passage in conversation with the rest of the Bible, seeing how it engages Isaiah, the rest of the Old Testament, and the New Testament. Child care will be available during this time. RSVPs are not necessary. Come as you are able! For questions or concerns, contact Ben or Laura Moshier regarding child care.

Nursery Valences

ValencesHave you noticed the cheerful valences in the nursery and in all the Sunday School rooms? Have you noticed the lovely wall quilts in the Jubilee Hall? Meredith Yoder made all the valences and quilted the wall quilts. Thank you, Meredith! 

Potatoes for Model School

Potatoes for ModelMore Potatoes: The Kennebec potatoes dug at our recent “field trip” are now available in 5 pd. bags and they are stacked along the west side of the fellowship space. We are suggesting a $5 donation for a 5 pd. bag of potatoes. On Sunday mornings you can put your money in the container by the potatoes. If you pick up potatoes during the week please place the money in an envelope in James Yoder's mailbox. Checks can be made to Berkey Avenue Mennonite Fellowship. Thank you for your support!

Meals for College Students

Meals for college studentsOver 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!  You can sign up for the meals at Username: students  Password: bamf.

Comforter Bash

Comforter BashYou are invited to join the BAMF Lunch Bunch Group to participate in a Comforter Bash! If you would like to go with the Lunch Bunch Group contact anyone from the group or Sue Byler who is coordinating this project for BAMF. The Mennonite Central Committee (MCC) Great Lakes Comforter Bash is on Friday and Saturday, October 23-24. People of all ages are invited to knot comforters at Pleasant View Mennonite Church (58529 County Road 23 in Goshen). A handmade comforter provides not only warmth but also a tangible message to people that their needs are not forgotten. The comforters will be distributed by MCC around the world. More information at This Comforter Bash is open to men as well as women--not only women can knot comforters!!!

Appreciation Event for all GIHN Volunteers

Pretzels for GIHN VolunteersA special event is happening for all GIHN volunteers. You are invited to come to JoJo’s Pretzels, Main Street, Goshen, on Sunday, October 18, from 3:00- 5:00 for a free pretzel and ice cream drink. JoJos will only be open that day for this event so volunteers will not need a sticker or card this year. Just come and enjoy a free pretzel and ice cream drink! Thank you, thank you, for all you do in serving those that come through the GIHN shelter.

MCC Relief Sale

MCC Coins
Because of you the Michiana Mennonite Relief Sale was able to raise approximately $466,000 before expenses for MCC which will touch many lives around the world. Of this total, about $103,000 came from the money children and churches collected, along with both large and small matching grants for My Coins Count, (Penny Power). We want to thank you for your generosity and for the many who volunteered countless hours to make the sale a success. We are grateful to God for the beautiful weather and for watching over us.

Mission Commission - Items for MCC

Items for MCCDuring the month of October, the Mission Commission will be collecting items for MCC refugee kits. This is an opportunity to respond to the ongoing refugee crisis which impact millions of people around the globe. Please purchase some or all of the items listed below. As a congregation we will combine our gifts and take them to the depot where they will be packaged for shipment.  
4 large bars bath soap 
1 plastic bottle shampoo (13–24 oz; place in resealable plastic bag)
4 large bars laundry soap (Some stores carry Fels Naptha®, Sunlight® or Zote® brands)
4 adult-size toothbrushes
4 new bath towels (medium weight, dark or bright colors)
2 wide-tooth combs (6–8 in)
1 fingernail clipper(good quality)
1 box adhesive bandages(minimum 40 count, assorted)
1 package sanitary pads (18–24 count thin maxi).

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

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Fish Fry

The Senior Class Fish Fry on Friday, Oct. 30, is less than two weeks away! Come between the hours of 4:30 and 8 p.m. for an evening of fellowship, homemade pie, and all the fish you can eat. Tickets are available from all Bethany seniors or at the door. The cost is $10 for adults and $5 for children in grades 1-6. Preschool age is free. Carryout is also available with adult tickets only.

Tickets for MDC Goldenrod

The residents of MDC Goldenrod enjoy going to the Bethany Fish Fry every year but do not have money to pay for tickets. And in order for the residents to go, staff members need to accompany them. Goldenrod would be appreciative if people could donate tickets so their residents could attend the Fish Fry. Right now, they anticipate needing at least 20 tickets. If you'd like to donate tickets for Goldenrod, please contact Nicholas Schrock or call him at 533-1729.

Goshen College Goshen College

Hispanic Heritage Month

In celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month, Goshen College will host a performance of Los Valientes, a live music theatre work, on Tuesday, Oct. 27 at 7:30 p.m. in the GC Music Center’s Sauder Concert Hall. The event is free and open to the public. Los Valientes explores the artistic and political passions of Mexican painter Diego Rivera, the unwavering commitment to human rights of Salvadoran Archbishop Oscar Romero, and the pursuit of social justice by Mexican American desperado Joaquin Murrieta, aka Zorro.

Merry Lea

Enchanted Forest at the Farmstead Site Merry Lea Environmental Learning Center : Friday, October 23 and Saturday, October 24, 7 to 8:30 p.m. This family activity is especially for children K through 3rd grade, but people of all ages enjoy it. Come for a night hike by lantern light and meet native Indiana animals. Your costumed hosts will tell about their diets, habits, fears, babies and favorite places. While you wait for a guide, enjoy live music and snacks. The cost is $2.50 per person. Advance registration not expected.

AMBS Anabaptist Mennonite Biblical Seminary

Join a Webinar to Learn What's Behind the Bible
How We Got the Bible (webinar; $45)
Loren Johns, PhD, AMBS Professor of New Testament
Thursday, October 29, 2:00-3:30 pm EDT)
Your first webinar is free! Or if you've participated in AMBS webinars previously, attend 5 to earn a free one. Get details and register by October 24.

Community Announcements

Seniors for Peace

Goshen area Seniors for Peace announce a special program on Monday evening, October 19 at 7:00 p.m., at College Mennonite Church. The evening will feature Gwen and Les Gustafson-Zook presenting "Stories of Peacemaking and Music Making." All are welcome to what will be a stimulating program.

Michiana Anabaptist Historian Meeting

Saturday, Oct. 24, 2015 is the Fall Meeting of Michiana Anabaptist Historians at First Mennonite, 203 E Lawrence, Middlebury (one block east and three blocks south of middle of town). Coffee & Registration begins at 8:30 a.m. The meeting begins at 9:00 a.m.
Presentations by Rachel Nafziger Hartzler, "Searching for Stories and Strings" and Wanda Kauffman Hoffman,"Cemeteries: Though Silent, They Speak". The public is invited. For more information contact Helene Hoover at 574.522.7430.

Nazareth Hospital Presentation

Leaders from Nazareth Hospital EMMS, the oldest hospital in the modern State of Israel, will be featured in an informational public presentation on Monday, October 19, at 7:00 p.m. at Berkey Avenue Mennonite Fellowship. Dr. Bishara Bisharat, head of Nazareth Hospital EMMS, and Ms. Samar Mansour-Samawi, Director of Public Relations, will lead in the discussion to which the public is invited. Also present will be Jason Allgire from Nazareth Project Inc., a U.S.-based organization which supports the hospital. The meeting will provide an opportunity for interested persons to learn more about the impact of Nazareth Hospital, School of Nursing, and related ministries such as Nazareth Village. More information is available online. Contact Paul Leichty at 1-888-406-3643 or John Lapp at 574-523-3075. 

Children’s Choir opportunity

Mennonite Youth Choir Festival  would like to invite children in grades 3-9 to join in a weekend of singing, March 5 - 6, 2016, in Goshen. Youth grades 3 through 9 of all denominations are encouraged to participate. The cost per Child is $35 early registration (ends November 1), $45 regular registration. This will take place at the Goshen College Music Center, Sauder Concert Hall, in Goshen, Indiana. Contact Brent Hyman for more information and to register, please visit

MCC Sharing with Appalachian People (SWAP)

Schedule your summer SWAP group! The 2016 calendar is filling up quickly for Mennonite Central Committee's Sharing With Appalachian People (SWAP) program in Kentucky and West Virginia. Don't miss out on your chance to serve with this home repair ministry while learning about life in Appalachia. For more information about bringing a group or volunteering as an individual, visit or contact Angela Maggard or 606-633-5065.



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!

 After five years of service as Executive Director at Amigo Centre, Cliff Brubaker has submitted his resignation to the Amigo Board.The Board and Cliff have targeted January 1, 2016 as the time of transition of leadership. The Search Committee seeks resumes from interested candidates, see the job description. Please send resume and letter of interest to


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

This week:
October 19
Nazareth Hospital Meeting, 7:00 p.m.
Stewardship and Finance Commission Meeting, 7:00 p.m.              

October 20
The Prayer Shawl Group will meet at Laverne Nafziger`s home, 4:15 p.m.
Mission Commission Meeting, 7:00 p.m.
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Birthdays This Week:

Abram Derstine
John Nussbaum
Oliver Lehman
D. Richard Miller
Maija Short
Melba Graber
Jenny Hooley

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

Community Christian Fellowship, Detroit, MI, Pastor: Sam Wilson

Peace Community, Detroit, MI, Contact person: Bonita Childs

 Deb and Wes Bergen of Mennonite Mission Network live at Good News Theological College and Seminary in Ghana. Pray for Wes as he teaches Bible classes, and for Deb as she works with a team to help people in West African countries process trauma.

DownloadOctober MMN Prayer Vine

Church Notes
Sunday Service Info

This Sunday: October 18

Krabill Family

Krabill Family

Lowell and Diane Nafziger

Phil Bauman, Jenae Longenecker

Infants: Joy Hostetter, Barb and Greg Smucker
Toddlers: Neil Richer, Vanessa and Dan Adcock

Offering Counters:
Lowell Nafziger, Denise Risser

Next Sunday: October 25

John Mast
Lois Mast
D. Richard Miller
Pat Darling Miller

Lindsay Rheinheimer

Lowell and Diane Nafziger

Ben Buckwalter

Infants: Sarah Alvarez
Toddlers: Lane Miller, Phil and Julie Zimmerman

Offering Counters:
Dick Ramer, Karl Sommers
Statistical Report 
(October 11)

Attendance: 180
General fund: $3,502.82
Agape: $437.50
Bethany: $40.00
College matching: $30.00

Berkey Avenue
Mennonite Fellowship

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

Office Hours
Monday - Friday

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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