Berkey Avenue Mennonite Fellowship
A congregation of Mennonite Church USA
Berkey Avenue Mennonite Fellowship
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October 27, 2013

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Berkey Announcements

Advent Choir

SingersAttention, Singers!  A choir is being formed to sing at several worship services in the Advent season.  Whether you have sung in a choir before or not, you are welcome to join us.  The music will be accessible to anyone with some experience singing 4-part harmony. Paul Leichty will direct the choir and would like to have a first rehearsal this coming Sunday, October 27, at 8:15 a.m. in the main worship area.  The tentative rehearsal schedule is as follows:

Sunday, October 27 - 8:15 a.m.
Sunday, November 10 - 8:15 a.m.
Sunday, November 24 - 8:15 a.m.
Sunday, December 1 - 8:15 a.m. - *** Sing in service
Sunday, December 15 - 8:15 a.m. - *** Sing in service

Please let Jenny Hooley know of your interest at (even if you cannot come to the first rehearsal).

Berkey College Fund

CollegeThis spring our congregation will have 14 young people attending Mennonite colleges. Each student is eligible for assistance of $500 for the fall semester from our college matching fund. Giving to this fund is wise because the colleges match all contributions dollar for dollar—and you get a tax deduction on your contribution. Very few investments double your money like this. We hope to raise $7,000 by December 1. As of October 20, we have $4,442 in the college fund. Please mark your contribution for the college fund and place it in the offering. Thank you!

Goshen Ministerial Fund Collection

The Mission Commission is requesting that you consider making a donation this Sunday, October 27, during the offering to the GMA Fund. By giving to this compassion Fund you will be providing  emergency financial assistance to our community members who otherwise would not be able to pay for such things as their heat and electricity, rent and other critical needs.  The GMA is an effective way of pulling together the resources of Goshen's churches to work together to meet some of the needs of our less fortunate neighbors.  Recipients may only use the Fund one time a year.  Each month the GMA turns away more people than it can help due to insufficient funding. Thank you for giving to those in need.

About the Lights in the Sanctuary

Sanctuary LightsPerhaps you've noticed that not all the lights work in the sanctuary. They currently produce only 75% of the light they should. Each of the 14 light fixtures has 3 ballasts. These ballasts are defective because over time some of them have stopped working. So far at least 11 of the 42 ballasts have failed. To fix the problem, we started talking with Wabash Electric (the supplier) more than a month ago. They turned it over to Shekinah Electric (the installer). Shekinah has helped us figure out how to proceed with Lutron (the manufacturer). It appears that Lutron will replace the ballasts. They have promised to give us 2 new ballasts of a different model to see if that will indeed resolve the issue. However, the new ballasts are on back order. The failure of the old ballasts probably zapped the inventory of the replacement model. We hope to find out more about the replacements later this week. Once we get the new ballasts, Amos Hostetler will head up the replacement.

Congregational Appreciative Inquiry

The Spiritual Leadership Team of Berkey Avenue Mennonite Fellowship has been given the task of “assessing how well the congregation is living its vision and mission.” To that end we are planning for an afternoon/evening of “Appreciative Inquiry” at the church on November 3. During this process we will be listening in a structured way to what people have to say about their experience at Berkey Avenue through generational focus groups. Invitations to participate were sent out this week. After the process we will put together the results as a report to the congregation for the November congregational meeting. We would appreciate everyone’s help in this process of discernment – if you are chosen please come but let us know either way as soon as possible, if you are not chosen but still want input you can fill in your answers to the questions in written format. ~ Thanks so much! SLT

Throwback Thursdays

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!

Our Schools

Bethany Christian SchoolsBethany Christian Schools

Bethany Fish Fry

Fish FryThe Bethany Christian School senior class will hold a semiannual fish fry on Friday, November  1, from 4:30 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. (carryout begins at 4:00 p.m.). Come for an evening of fellowship, homemade pie, and all the fish you can eat. Tickets are $9 for adults and carryout and $5 for children K-6 (preschool-age free). Tickets may be purchased from any Bethany seniors (Rachel Schrock, Abraham Thorne, Corey Hostetler or Lana Smucker) or at the school (574) 534-2567. Don't forget your checkbook on Sunday!

Hacienda Day

A Hacienda Day will be held Monday, November 4, to benefit Bethany Christian Schools. Hacienda will donate 20% of purchases for food, gift certificates, and carryouts all that day with presentation of a token. Tokens may NOT be distributed inside or outside the restaurant that day. Tokens may be printed at or are available from Rafael Barahona in the church office.

Ten Thousand Villages Offers Support

Shop Ten Thousand Villages in Goshen (206 S. Main St.) on Thursday, November 7, and they will donate 20 percent of sales to Bethany Christian Schools. Your loved ones will enjoy the creative handcrafted gifts you purchase and artisans will receive vital, fair income as you support Bethany. Store hours for this benefit are 3:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.

Goshen Community SchoolsGoshen Community Schools

Goshen High School Music Department is having its 3rd annual Miles For Music event on Saturday, November 9.  This includes a 5K Fun Run and 3K Walk PLUS Pancake Breakfast.  The Run starts at 9:00 a.m. and the Pancake Breakfast is from 8:00 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. at the AG Hall of the Elkhart County Fairgrounds.  The fee for runners/walkers is $20.00 and includes pancake breakfast.  The fee for the Pancake Breakfast is $5.00.  Please check with one of the Goshen High School Music MYFer’s for tickets and more information.

Goshen CollegeGoshen College

International Luncheon: My Croatia Journey

Come to the College Church Fellowship Hall on Tuesday, November 19 at noon for a special Luncheon entitled, "My Croatia Journey: Encountering A Land Of Beauty And Struggle" by Jane Ruth. In 1999 Jane Ruth first traveled with her husband and young children in Croatia, a country whose image was still stained by the recent horrors of war. They discovered a country of well-kept secrets: sleepy, beautiful fishing villages and a people whose stories are rich and alive. Ruth will share vignettes of this country where ethnic tensions ride high against a backdrop of stunning landscapes and beautiful people. Ruth plans and leads tours in Croatia. Cost is $20 and you can call (574) 535-7565 to register or email for more information. There is a $5 late fee after November 8.

AMBSAnabaptist Mennonite Biblical Seminary

Marty Troyer, pastor of Houston Mennonite Church, is one of two graduates of Anabaptist Mennonite Biblical Seminary who received this year’s alumni recognition. He will share stories of his ministries in pastoring, peace-building and writing on October 31 at noon; a light lunch is available at 11:40 a.m. in the Lambright Center on the campus at 3003 Benham Avenue, Elkhart.

Community Announcements

Arab Artists in Exile

Come experience an art exhibit which will be a part of First Fridays next week. The "Arab Artists in Exile" exhibit brings to light one part of our world where Arab artists have fled from violence in the Middle East. "Arab Artists in Exile" will bring Middle East refugee art to the First Friday art tour at The Electric Brew on November 1 and 2 and a parallel exhibit to the Everence Financial office on November 2, 9 and 16 mornings.  This exhibit will also include a silent auction at both locations. Learn more.

Conflict Transformation Workshop

Hively Avenue Mennonite Church is hosting a Lombard Mennonite Peace Center (LMPC) workshop on Saturday, November 16. The theme is, "Conflict Transformation Skills for Churches." Thanks to LMPC, we are able to offer the workshop at a substantially reduced cost. There is a brochure posted on the bulletin board with registration information.

Center for Healing & Hope presents “Unnatural Causes”

The Center for Healing & Hope is presenting the documentary “Unnatural Causes: Is inequality making us sick?” as part of their ongoing volunteer enrichment series. The documentary will be shown on Monday, November 11 at 6:30 p.m. in the Arbor Conference Room at IU Health Goshen Hospital. A second showing is scheduled for Thursday, November 14 at 6:30 p.m. at Elkhart General Hospital in Auditorium A on the lower level. Admission is free, seating is limited. Reserve your seat at or 574-534-4744 ext 201. Learn more.

Gift Certificate Sales Benefit the Center for Healing & Hope

Individuals can support the Center for Healing & Hope by purchasing $20 gift certificates for Mattern’s Butcher Shop & Corner Deli or Pizzeria Venturi. The certificates are available from CHH by calling 574-534-4744 ext 201 or email thru October 31 and are valid through December 31, 2013. Proceeds will benefit the work of CHH in our community. The Center for Healing & Hope provides medical care and advocacy for those in need in our community. More information including clinic times, volunteer opportunities and ways to support the mission are available at the CHH website

Latin American Study and Service Program Presentation

On Sunday, November 10 at 9:30 a.m., East Goshen Mennonite Church will host Willi Hugo Perez director of Semilla and Vicky Montenegro director of Casa Emaus in Guatemala. Both will be sharing during a Sunday School presentation about the work of Latin American Anabaptist Seminary and Central America Study and Service program.  Everyone is welcome to join the presentation and discussion especially alumni of the CASAS Study and Service program. Guests are invited to stay for further conversation at the noon carry-in meal. If you have questions, please contact EGMC at (574) 533-7161.

End of Life: Values to Keep & Decisions to Make

Mennonite Healthcare Fellowship (MHF) is sponsoring a presentation by physician Glen Miller and former seminary dean, Willard Swartley on "End of Life: Values to Keep & Decisions to Make."  This MHF Regional Meeting will take place Thursday, November 7, at 7:00 p.m. in the Jennings Auditorium at the Greencroft Goshen Community Center, 1820 Greencroft Blvd, Goshen, Indiana. Having both written on healthcare-related issues and experienced personally being near death, Miller and Swartley bring a unique Christian perspective to making end-of-life decisions. All MHF members, prospective members, and the general public are invited.  Audience discussion, fellowship, and refreshments will follow. For more information, go to, phone (888) 406-3643, or email

MCC Alumni & Friends International Potluck

Please join us for an MCC Alumni & Friends International Potluck on Sunday evening, November 24th at 6:00 p.m. at Berkey Avenue Mennonite Fellowship. Sarah Adams, MCC Country Representative in Lebanon, will be the speaker for this very interesting and informative update on MCC's work in Syria and with Syrian refugee camps in Lebanon and Jordan. For questions or to RSVP, contact the MCC Great Lakes office at (574) 534-4133 or email Les Gustafson-Zook at


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!

CAPS is looking for a Lead Cook in our Parenting Program. Monday and Thursday afternoon/evenings per week approximately 10 hours. See full details at or send resume and cover letter to
AMBS is seeking volunteers during January to help before and during Pastors Week. If you can assist or know someone who could, please contact volunteer coordinators Adolfo and Betty Puricelli at or (574) 296-6234. AMBS provides housing and a stipend for groceries for volunteers.
Pastured Meats for Sale: Elise and Adam Derstine are part of Blue Heron Farm, a small sustainable livestock operation. They are currently selling whole chickens, whole and half lambs and hogs, and memberships for their Winter Meat CSA, which provides a monthly mix of beef, chicken, and pork. All animals are raised on pasture using sustainable methods. To learn more please email them at or call (574) 971-5146.

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Getting to Know

Michelle Moyer

Michelle Moyer
Hi! My name is Michelle Moyer. I am a junior nursing major at Goshen College, but this is my first semester here. I transferred from Hesston College. I am from Champaign, Illinois and grew up going to the First Mennonite Church of Champaign-Urbana. I am on the cross country team at Goshen, which I love; running keeps me sane. In addition, I enjoy baking pies, biking, windsurfing, and spending time with family and friends. Thank you for making me feel so welcome at Berkey!

Whether you are new or a charter member, we are continually learning to know each other and we want to get to know you more. It can be very simple, your name, what you do for a living and what you are interested in. You can view our newsletter archive for some examples. Interested in being featured? Let us know!

Did You Know?Did you know that we moved to our current building because of a bathroom problem? The German Baptists, who owned the property before us, used outhouses. When the city of Goshen said that was no longer acceptable, the German Baptists decided to sell the building and land. That's when we bought it--and promptly installed restrooms and running water.

Do you have an interesting fact about Berkey to share?  Let us know!

We will no longer be printing and distributing calendars each month.  They are however, available for download.
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This Week
October 30: Worship Commission Meeting, 7:30 p.m.

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

For Eleni Iris, the 4-year-old granddaughter of Armand and Ginny Martin, who will have surgery on November 4. For more information about Eleni's situation, see the October 13 issue of theOWL.
Bopaganang Basha Youth Centre in Botswana has a troupe of actors who present dramas dealing with HIV/AIDS, substance abuse, and domestic violence. Although the group is much in demand for their productions, Mennonite Mission Network’s Melanie Quinn requests prayer for the participants’ spiritual growth and life skills.

DownloadOct. MMN Prayer Vine

Church Notes
Sunday Service Info
This Sunday: October 27

Curt Wenger, Elise Wenger, Diane Beam & Jim Alvarez
Rita Gingerich
Offering Counters: 
Dick Ramer, Karl Sommers
Nicholas Schrock, Randy Horst

Next Sunday: November 3

Curt Wenger, Elise Wenger, Diane Beam & Jim Alvarez
Rita Gingerich
Offering Counters: 
Barbara Eichorn, Greg Smucker
Phil Bauman, Randy Horst

Statistical Report 
(October 20)

Attendance: 153
Bethany Tuition: $115.00
General Fund: $2,978.00
Fellowship & Caring: $50.00
Building Improvements: $2,475.00
College Matching: $20.00
Agape: $10.00

Berkey Avenue
Mennonite Fellowship

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

Office Hours
8:30 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.

Tuesday - Friday
8:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.
12:00 noon - 2:00 p.m.

Dan Schrock
Marilyn Rudy-Froese
Lois Stoltzfus Mast

Greg Smucker (Chairperson)
Roy Bergey
Lee Roy Berry, Jr.
Shirley Dick
Jan Shetler

Renae Yoder (Chairperson)
Doug Baker
Laura Horst
Richard Miller

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