Berkey Avenue Mennonite Fellowship
A congregation of Mennonite Church USA
Berkey Avenue Mennonite Fellowship
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January 31, 2016

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Berkey Announcements

Thank you from Genie Kehr

Thank youThank you to all of you for your prayers & cards for my recovery in the hospital and at home! A BIG thank you to Dr. Dan Naziger for his help!

MYF Service Trip Volunteers

Youth MinistryWe are looking for two adults (one male and one female) to accompany/lead the youth on their service trip this summer to DOOR Chicago. The trip will be July 3-8. While DOOR provides leaders for their portion of the program, we need adults who will be responsible for our group. All of your expenses will be covered. If you are interested, or have questions about this, please speak with Marilyn.

Meals for College Students

mealsOver 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! A new schedule is ready. To sign up visit the Take Them a Meal site, (username: students; password: bamf).

Stephen Ministry Training

stephen ministriesThis coming week the Stephen Ministry training class will be considering the subject of "Assertiveness:  Relating Gently and Firmly". In this presentation they will be finding out the difference between passive, assertive, and aggressive behavior and gaining skills that will help both in relating with others and in affirming their own worth. We thank God for the continuing dedication of our Stephen Minister trainees and ask your continued prayers for them and for God's blessings upon their ministries.

New to Our Website

websiteVisit the Berkey website to find two new pages under the Resource tab:

1.  Creation Care: This page provides information about how we are caring for creation here at Berkey. There are also links on the page to learn more about our battery recycling program and to sign up for monthly e-newsletters from Mennonite Creation Care Network.

2.  SLT Minutes: This page contains the latest minutes submitted to the office from the Spiritual Leadership Team (Elders). To access this page you will need to type in the same password that you use for the Congregational Directory.

Throwback Thursday

Throwback ThursdaysHead 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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Softball Coach Position

Bethany Christian High School seeks a varsity softball coach for spring 2016. For more information or to apply, contact athletic director Gary Chupp, 534-2567.

Groundskeeper Position

Bethany Christian Schools invites applications for the position of groundskeeper, to begin in March. This is a seasonal position, part-time from mid-March through mid-November each year. For information about the position and an application form, go online or contact Head of School Tim Lehman, 574 534-2567.

Singing Valentines

Bethany Christian High School’s performing arts troupe, Emmaus, will deliver singing valentines on Friday, February 12. The cost is $10 and includes two songs and a card with the option of including a message on a card. Recipients need to be within 1 mile of Goshen, and the Valentines will be “delivered” between 8:00 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. Registration forms are available in the school office or may be downloaded online. The troupe can only do a limited number of Valentines, so get your orders in early! Orders accepted through Wednesday, February 3, or until the schedule is full.

Goshen College Goshen College

You are invited to a Goshen College Afternoon Sabbatical on February 9, 1:00 p.m. at Sauder Concert Hall. Come spend an afternoon featuring choral music of the lower registers as the Goshen College Men's Chorus and the Goshen High School Crimson Men's Choir join forces.  Be enveloped in rich sonorities as conductors, Scott Hochstetler and Steve Snyder lead their award-winning ensembles in solo and joint selections. This event is free and open to the public. For information or questions email or call 574-535-7565.

AMBS Anabaptist Mennonite Biblical Seminary

Please join AMBS for a public lecture as AMBS Peace Studies Guest Daryl Byler presents Peacebuilding in an Age of Violent Extremism at 7:00 p.m., Thursday, February 11. David Cortright, director of policy studies at the Kroc Institute will be the respondent. This event is free and open to the public, and a reception will follow. Daryl Byler is the executive director at the Center for Justice and Peacebuilding at Eastern Mennonite University. This event will be help in the Chapel of the Sermon on the Mount at Anabaptist Mennonite Biblical Seminary. Please call 800-964-2627 for more information.

Community Announcements

The Window

The Window invites you to join them for First Fridays in Goshen, 4:30 to 7:00 p.m., and warm up with a piping hot bowl of chili with cornbread prepared and served by their host, Sunnyside Mennonite Church.

Finance and Stewardship Workshops

This winter College Mennonite Church will host a series of one-hour workshops focusing on financial management, giving, and stewardship. Each workshop will be led by an Everence staff person with expertise in that area. The theme for the February 3 workshop is Estate Planning presented by John King, Everence Trust and Financial Advisor. The class will be held from 6:30-7:30 p.m. A complete list of the workshops is on the bulletin board by the church mailboxes.

Community Choir Rehearsals

The Goshen Community Chorale will begin rehearsing for its upcoming spring season on Tuesday evening, February 9, at College Mennonite Church, beginning at 7:00 p.m. The Chorale will be preparing for a "Mostly Mozart" performance on May 8, with the featured work to be Mozart's "Coronation Mass," to be accompanied by a full orchestra. The Chorale welcomes new members who have a background in choral singing and who wish to commit themselves to regular attendance at rehearsals and to learning challenging repertoire. Interested persons should contact the music director, William Mateer, at (574) 533-2562.

Elkhart Band Concert

In its 78th season as Elkhart’s official concert band, The Elkhart Municipal Band is proud to present a performance of Gustav Holst's "The Planets Suites, Op. 32:  A Series of Mood Pictures" on Sunday, February 14, at 2:30 p.m. at The Lerner Theatre on Elkhart’s Gateway Mile.

Everence College Scholarship

A college scholarship for you or your children is one of the potential benefits of doing business with Everence. The student or the student’s parent or legal guardian must own or be using an Everence product. The application must be completed by February 29. Previous recipients may apply again. This is for all college students, not just incoming freshmen. For details visit the Everence website

Hosting Opportunity

The Constituency Leaders Council (CLC) of Mennonite Church USA will be meeting at Silverwood Mennonite Church on March 7-9, 2016. They are looking for a few people willing to host CLC members. Your guests would arrive on Sunday, March 6 and depart on Wednesday, March 9. If you are interested in hosting someone please contact Scott Hartman, 574-596-5453.                                     

Eighth Street Preschool

Eighth Street Preschool is accepting registrations for 3 and 4 year olds from now until the end of May. Eighth Street Preschool emphasizes discovery learning and social interactions developmentally appropriate for 3-5 year olds, and believes that all children can learn and grow in a safe and inclusive environment. All Lead Teachers have education degrees and Spanish Translation is available. Openings are limited. Children must by 3 or 4 by August 1, 2016 and potty-trained. Tuition costs vary depending on age. Financial aid applications are available. Call 533-6720 for more information or to schedule a school visit. Eighth Street Preschool is located on the corner of Eighth and Purl Streets in Goshen.



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!

Did you make a New Year's Resolution to get organized? I'd be glad to help you keep your resolution! I'm a professional organizer and you can hire me to assist you with any project, small or large. Check out my website or talk to me for details. - Denise Risser

MDC Goldenrod is looking for a part-time Groundskeeper/Maintenance Assistant to oversee upkeep and maintenance of MDC Goldenrod grounds in Goshen and Middlebury. This position will also provide back-up to the Maintenance Director when needed. Other responsibilities include making sure equipment is maintained in proper working order and coordinating projects with volunteers. Requirements:  at least 18 years of age with a high school diploma or GED, be able to pass a thorough background check, have 3 business or professional references, have a reliable vehicle available, along with a valid driver’s license and current vehicle insurance. Go to their website or call 574/533-9720 for more information or to apply.

MCC's SWAP program (Sharing With Appalachian People) is looking for summer meals coordinators and job site coordinators. These 3-month assignments include a level of interaction with youth and adult groups, youth sponsors, and local residents that provides opportunity to explore new cultures and stretch one's faith and understanding of Christ's commands. A stipend, room and board, and transportation to and from assignment are provided. For more information, visit their website.



February 4
Ladies Lunch Bunch, 11:30 a.m. at the Bistro, Greencroft Senior Center. RSVP to Laverne Nafziger.

Caregiving Commission, 7:00 p.m.

February 6
Men's Breakfast, 7:00 a.m.
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Birthdays This Week:

Amos Hostetler
Paul Leichty
Peter Schrock
Rebekah Garboden
Mason Short

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

Pray for Howard-Miami Mennonite, Kokomo, IN (Ben & Sarah Schlegel, pastors). Praise God for giving them opportunities to be generous this Christmas season and for the way the congregation has responded. People have given of their time and money to support various ministries in their community and giving support to refugees  in the Middle East and Europe. As God has blessed them, they have been given opportunities to bless others, and are thankful! Pray as they have a number of people with ongoing health troubles and who are making transitions in living situations, either due to a death in the family or declining health. Even in this, they are thankful for people who are visiting and taking meals to those in transitions. God continues to be faithful!

Pray for Mennonite Mission Network personnel and their colleagues in Nepal as they share the good news of God’s providence through the creation of small businesses, including a coffee shop. Praise God for the success of this hospitality ministry that is prospering and giving hope to many visitors.

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Church Notes
Sunday Service Info

This Sunday:  January 31

Clare and Merrill Krabill
Neil Miller Richer

Aaron Wieand

Deb and Dan Williams

Phil Bauman/Leah Garboden

Infants:  Sara Alvarez, Laurel Woodward-Breckbill, Alisha Snyder
Toddlers: Priscillah Metekai, Linda and Joe Liechty

Offering Counters:
Diane Nafziger, Thelma Ramer

Next Sunday:  February 7

Clare and Merrill Krabill
Aaron Wieand

Aaron Wieand

Pete and Melba Graber

Nick Schrock/Leah Garboden

Infants:  Anna Kennel-Mast, Laura Moshier, Angela Shenk
Toddlers: Tim Bixler, Lois and John Mast

Offering Counters:
John Hooley, Greg Smucker

Statistical Report 
(January 24)

Attendance: 164
General Fund: $4,193.34
Bethany 2015/16: $165.00
College: $20.00
Coffee: $38.40

General Fund Income 2015-16 YTD
Actual:  $129,545.40
Budget:  $118,424.00

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
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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