Berkey Avenue Mennonite Fellowship
A congregation of Mennonite Church USA
Berkey Avenue Mennonite Fellowship
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November 13, 2016

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Berkey Announcements

Bolivian Learning Tour

BoliviaThe Mission Commission is organizing a 10 day MCC learning tour to Bolivia. The possible dates for the tour are either the end of April/beginning of May or the last part of June. This tour will be able to accommodate 8 to 12 people and may include people from Waterford Mennonite Church. Becca Smucker provides the following tour description:
The tour will include getting to know parts of Eastern and Western Bolivia. This would mean starting in Santa Cruz, where we have various partners and where we are located at the MCC office, and then ending in Cochabamba, a city in Western Bolivia where we have various service workers and partners as well. This would give a broader look into MCC´s work throughout Bolivia as well as allow you to experience cultural differences within the country.
If you are interested in participating in the tour planning, or in going on the tour please contact James Yoder.  

Peace Club

peace clubPeace Club meets this Sunday, November 13, in Jubilee Hall at the church, 4:00-6:00 p.m. We hope to learn more about refugees and immigrants. Our learning will include balloons, a walk outside, world maps, and designing & filling our own suitcases. Were the pilgrims we hear about at Thanksgiving, immigrants? Hmmm... See you Sunday!

Berkey Work Project

The WindowThis Wednesday, November 16, at 6:30 p.m. we invite you to gather for a service project at The Window, located at 223 S Main St, Goshen. For more information contact Ron Good, 537-1978.

Congregational Meal and Meeting

Fellowship HallOur next congregational meal and meeting will happen on Sunday, November 20. The meeting's agenda includes:

1.  Approve minutes of the August meeting.
2.  Receive a financial update from the Stewardship and Finance Commission.
3.  Discuss (and perhaps approve) the child abuse policy and the guidelines for dealing with alleged sexual harassment.
4.  Update from the SLT on conversations about growth.
5.  SLT's clarification on the term limits proposal passed at the August congregational meeting:
Beginning September 1, 2017, all new terms for SLT and commission members will last for 2 years, whether the person is starting a term in that position for the first, second, or third time.  A person may serve up to three 2-year terms (i.e., 6 years) before ending their service in that role.
  Persons who accepted a 3-year term beginning either on 9-1-2015 or on 9-1-2016 may continue that 3-year term until it expires, even if it means they will serve 7, 8, or 9 continuous years in that role.
  If persons complete a term of service on 8-31-2017 and have served 5 years in that role, they may be eligible to begin a 1-year term on 9-1-2017 if the Leadership Discernment Team needs a 1-year term to balance term lengths within a commission.
  If persons complete a term of service on 8-31-2017 and have served 6 years in that role, they will have reached their limit for serving in that role.

Christmas Eve. Service

candlesOur Christmas worship service this year will be Saturday, December 24 at 7:00 p.m. There will not be a worship service on Sunday, Christmas day.

Holiday Schedule

bellsNurture Hour will not meet on the following dates:
November 27 (Thanksgiving)
December 25 (Christmas)
January 1 (New Year)

There has been some confusion about when the quarters begin and end for our Nurture hour. Christian Ed. is sharing the dates here to help everyone understand the flow of the year:
  • 1st Quarter: September - November
  • 2nd Quarter: December - February
  • 3rd Quarter: March - May
  • 4th Quarter: June - August

Data entry volunteer

dataWe need assistance entering data for the development of a database that will be used by the church office. If you are interested in helping, please contact Greg Smucker, 574-536-1996.


CubaRon Guengerich, substitute pastor, will be on vacation from November 4 - 17. He will be with a tour group in Cuba learning about the history and culture of the Cuban people. For an emergency needing pastoral care, contact Dan Schrock.

Note from Paul & Twila Leichty

Twila & PaulMany thanks to all of those who offered to help us move!  We could use 2-3 more persons to help load the truck, starting around 8:30 a.m. on Wednesday, November 16. If you are able to help, contact Paul by email or call 574-238-1853. The Leichtys also have items to sell. See the Classified section below for details.

Throwback Thursday

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!

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

icon_bcs Bethany Christian


Bethany Christian Schools will perform “the great American play,” Our Town, November 18-20. The play chronicles stages of life in a family in small-town America and calls us all to recognize the beauty of the simplicity of everyday life. Tickets may be reserved online beginning Monday, October 31: $9 for adults; $7 for students. Performances are at 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday; 3:00 p.m. Sunday. Berkey attender Abbe Rudy-Froese is participating in this play. 

Host Family Needed

Bethany Christian Schools is in need of a host family for a new male student from China who will enter the 9th grade in January 2017. The student enjoys basketball and comes from a rural background. He is coming to Bethany through a personal connection with a local professor; hosting will be arranged by Bethany’s admissions director, Sarah Kraybill Lind. Host families receive monetary compensation. This one-semester commitment is a great way to try hosting for the first time. Email for more information or call 534-2567. 

Goshen College Goshen College

College Goal Sunday

On Sunday, November 13, from 2-4 p.m. in Goshen College’s Union Building, financial aid professionals and other volunteers will be available to offer free assistance to local students and their families in completing the 2016-17 Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) for College Goal Sunday. This event is free and open to anyone who would like help with completing the FAFSA. 

AMBS Anabaptist Mennonite Biblical Seminary

The webinar, Planting Peace Churches, will be Thursday, November 17, 2:00–3:30 p.m. EST. The webinar will be moderated by Mauricio Chenlo, MAPS, with James Krabill, Ph.D., and Sara Wenger Shenk, Ed.D. Learn more.

AMBS Allan Rudy-Froese talks about how contemporary artists and musicians reveal what's going on in the Church in Europe in this YouTube video. Rudy-Froese is leading TourMagination's Reformations Old & New tour next summer, July 14 - July 26, 2017. The tour group will explore art, architecture and faith in London, Paris, and Berlin. Learn more.

Mennonite Church USA

Registration for “Beyond Buried Treasure: Turning Hidden Resources into Assets” is now open. This second joint MHS Mennonite Health Assembly and Mennonite Education Agency Education Leaders gathering takes place March 9-12, 2017 in Jacksonville, Florida. Read more.

MennoniteMennonite World Conference

You are invited to read the Mennonite World Conference's publication, Courier. This edition contains a word from the editor on what it means to be an anabaptist, a listing of the seven shared convictions of global anabaptists, an article written by Berkey's Elizabeth Miller, and much more.

mccMennonite Central Committee

Watch Zenobia-Taylor-Wiess' reflections about her experience serving with MCC's SALT program in Lebanon in this YouTube video, Learning to Hope. She says, "I had to rely a lot more on God this year....when I felt hopeless I could look to them and remember that they still had hope and that hope was still worth having."

Community Announcements

Rhythm of Prayer at Pathways

Weekly and monthly times of prayer create a rhythm of prayer at Pathways Retreat. All are invited to join us; there is no cost or registration.
  • Contemplative Sit: Tuesdays, 7:30-8:00am
  • Centering Prayer: Thursdays, 7:30-8:00am
  • Lectio Divina: Fridays, 8:00-8:30am
  • Iona Prayers for Healing: Second Monday of the month, 7:00p.m.

MEDA at Berkey

Registration runs through today, Friday, November 11, for the next Michiana Mennonite Economic Development Associates (MEDA) event. The program will be held at Berkey on Thursday, November 17, at 6:30 p.m. Dallas Steiner of Ventrac Tractors (Orrville, Ohio) will share about equipment they are designing for the global market, which will have applications for small to medium farmers throughout the world. A Puerto Rican meal will be catered by Rolling Scones. RSVP by email or call 574-355-3607. Cost is $5 for students, $15 for Michiana MEDA members, and $20 for others, payable at the door. 

Benefit Dinner for Tanzania Education

You are invited to a benefit dinner for Tanzania Education Aid. The organization supports education through a public library and high school scholarships in Shirati, Tanzania. The dinner will consist of authentic Tanzanian food and will be held at Assembly Mennonite Church on November 19, 5:00 p.m. Reserve tickets by calling or texting Lenora Hirschler Magatti, 260-894-0395.


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!

Paul and Twila Leichty, 574-238-1853, have the following items that we would like to find homes for:
  • Console piano - Kohler & Campbell -- $400 or make offer
  • Epson all in one printer/scanner/copier -- $50 or make offer
  • TV/VCR small - $15 or make offer
  • 2 VHS computer monitors - free
  • Fuji racing bicycle - $75 or make offer
  • Antique oak desk - $200 or make offer
  • Antique swivel office chair - $100 or make offer
  • Sylvania TV with DVD built in - $50 or make offer
A two bedroom upstairs apartment is for rent. It is located behind Goshen Hospital. For more information call Phil and Connie Bauman, 533-0755.

Shine: Living in God’s Light, the Sunday school curriculum produced by MennoMedia and Brethren Press, is accepting applications for curriculum writers. The curriculum is for children age three through grade 8. Accepted writers must attend a Writers Conference in Virginia, March 2-5, 2017. Shine pays for meals and lodging during the conference and covers reasonable travel expenses. Application and sample session deadline is December 1. Read more.



Sunday, November 13
Sunday School and lunch for Mentors and Mentees, 11:00 a.m.
Peace Club, 4:00 - 6:00 p.m.

Monday, November 14
Intercessory Prayer, 7:00 p.m.
Stewardship & Finance, 7:00 p.m.
Private Event (library), 7:00 p.m.

Tuesday, November 15
Mission Commission, 7:00 p.m.

Wednesday, November 16
Work project at The Window, 6:30 p.m.

Thursday, November 17
Private Event, 6:30 p.m.

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Birthdays This Week
Janice Hostetler
Lillian Metekai
Nancy Yoder
Abbe Buller
Eleanor Nafziger
Please contact the office by noon on Thursday with prayer requests.

From IN-MI Mennonite Conference:
Pray for Howard-Miami Mennonite, Kokomo, IN (Ben &, Sarah Schlegel, pastors).
Pray for Morning Star, Muncie, IN (Gladys Maina and Simon Mungai, pastors). They thank God for providing freezers so that this year they do not have to struggle to find storage for the turkeys and hams for their Thanksgiving Baskets. They thank God and the wonderful churches who continue to partner with their mission center to provide food, clothes and hope for the needy. Please pray for their church as they look to acquire another building because the current one is filled to capacity on the days they serve meals. They also lack a nursery and Sunday school classrooms to minister to families.

From Mennonite Education Agency:
Pray for Annette LeZotte of the Bethel College (Kansas) Kauffman Museum as she speaks this afternoon about another museum, the Museum of Modern Art’s work to develop programs for those with Alzheimer’s disease.

From Mennonite Mission Network:
Colombia is negotiating a complicated peace process, both on the official level and among people who have a long history of division and violence. Mennonite Mission Network requests prayer for wisdom and courage for Colombia Mennonite Church members as they model the way of peace.

DownloadNovember MMN Prayer Vine

Church Notes

Our Worship

This Sunday:  November 13
Sermon title:  "Beyond Anxiety"
Scripture:  Isaiah 6:1-4
After the worship service, you are invited to take the miniature (6 inches tall) daffodil bulbs, which are a part of the visuals for worship. You will find them on the windowsills and in a bowl at the front of the sanctuary. Paper bags are available on the worship table to carry the bulbs. Plant the bulbs six inches deep before the ground freezes. May you be blessed by this gift.

Next Sunday:  November 20
Sermon title:  "A New Mennonite Disaster Service"
 Scripture:  Colossians 1:11-20

Sunday Service Info

This Sunday:  November 13
Brenda Grimes
Joe & Anna Sawatzky

Pete & Melba Graber

Dan & Deb Williams

Michael Sherer

Susan Garboden

Infants:  Elisabeth Barahona, Julie & Phil Zimmerman
Toddlers:  Jason Lehman, Ruth & John Roth

Offering Counters:
Ron Good, Rick Hostetter

Next Sunday:  November 20

Renae Yoder
Susan & Steve Garboden

Laverne Nafziger

Dan & Deb Williams

Michael Sherer

Susan Garboden

Infants:  Beth Berry, Mariah Martin, Jeannie Miller
Toddlers:  Aaron Wieand, Lavonne Shetler & Gregg Beitler

Offering Counters:
Lowell Nafziger, Denise Risser

Statistical Report 
(November 6)

Attendance:  209
General fund:  $8,463.40
Bethany fund:  $65.00
Parking lot / playground:  $600.00
College fund:  $20.00
Model school (potatoes):  $10.00
Coffee:  $38.40

General Fund Income 2016-17 YTD
Actual:  $62,441.43
Budget:  $61,177.00

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 (on sabbatical)
Dan Schrock
Ron Guengerich

Greg Smucker (Chairperson)
Richard Aguirre
Sherm Kauffman
Anita Mounsithiraj
Margaret Stoltzfus

Doug Baker
Richard Miller
Laverne Nafziger
Judy Weaver
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