Berkey Avenue Mennonite Fellowship
A congregation of Mennonite Church USA
Berkey Avenue Mennonite Fellowship
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December 18, 2016

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Berkey Announcements

Advent Giving Project

booksThe College Board estimates that the cost of textbooks and supplies for undergraduate students for 2016-17 at $1100 to $1200. Many minority students at Goshen College do not have the funds to absorb this expense. For our Advent 2016 giving project, the Mission Commission will collect money to assist Goshen College minority students who are unable to purchase required textbooks. To contribute funds for this cause please designate your giving in the Berkey offering to “textbooks for students.”

Mats for the Homeless

matsIf you are planning to help with mat making for the homeless this Sunday during the nurture hour, it would be helpful if you would bring scissors or rotary cutters. Please test them at home to see if they will cut plastic.

Berkey Christmas Lunch

lunchDan and Jennifer Schrock will host a potluck lunch at the church on Christmas Day, 1:00 p.m. This lunch is for anyone at Berkey who wants to come. Jennifer and Dan will provide the meat and ask that you bring only yourself and a dish to share. To make our planning easier, please contact Dan (202-4888) or Jennifer (533-1729) if you'd like to come.

GIHN at Berkey

gihnBerkey is hosting Goshen Interfaith Hospitality Network (GIHN) guests in our building, Monday, December 26, - Sunday, January 1. We're so grateful to all the many volunteers who will be helping throughout the week. There are many layers of involvement -- creating a warm space for the families, helping with food preparation, staying overnight, spending time with the families and children. Thank you in advance for helping to bring some love and joy to these families during this holiday season. Sue Byler and Lorraine Pfledderer will be the key people to contact during the week if you have any questions.

Bolivian Learning Tour

BoliviaThe Mission Commission is organizing a 10 day MCC learning tour to Bolivia for this spring or summer. If you are interested in participating in the tour planning, or in going on the tour please contact James Yoder.


calendarThe church received several 2017 calendars in the mail from various places. If you would like one of these calendars, you will find them on top of the literature rack by the mailboxes. Please help yourself.

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

icon_bcs Bethany Christian

Bethany alumni will receive free admission and be eligible for prizes at the boys and girls evening Holiday Tourney games on Saturday, December 17. The girls game begins at 6:00 p.m.; the boys at 7:30 p.m.. Note, alumni night does not include the morning games of the Holiday Tourney.

Goshen College Goshen College

Watch this YouTube video to hear why students and professors love Goshen College.

AMBS Anabaptist Mennonite Biblical Seminary

Organ Concert

The concert by organist Shirley King, Do You Hear What I Hear? Sounds of Advent and Christmas, has been rescheduled for this Sunday, December 18, 3:00 p.m. at AMBS Chapel of the Sermon on the Mount. A freewill offering for the AMBS Fund will be received at the event.

Connect Program

Would you like to deepen your understanding of how you can serve in your current setting? Consider Anabaptist Mennonite Biblical Seminary’s Master of Divinity (MDiv) Connect program, which offers you in-depth study, spiritual formation and vocational internships — wherever you’re located. By taking 12–14 credit hours per year in either online or hybrid formats, you can complete the 80-hour program in five and a half years.

Mennonite Church USA

Do you have your summer vacation plans set yet? Why not spend it in Orlando, Florida? You can attend the Mennonite Church USA convention as well as visit your favorite theme park. The convention takes place July 4-8 with the theme “Love is a Verb.” Learn more on their website or find the convention on Facebook or Twitter.

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 in Jacksonville, Florida. Read more.

Mennonite World ConferenceMennonite World Conference

The results of the recent Global Anabaptist Profile (GAP), an extensive three-year survey of 24 member conferences of Mennonite World Conference (MWC), are cause for celebration: the church is growing and the gospel is spreading – and the churches of the Global South are the primary witnesses. Read more.

mccMennonite Central Committee

When John Lapp visited Cuba earlier this year, he didn’t expect to meet people who credited him with saving their lives. But MCC’s shipments of canned meat have had a lasting impact in the country. Learn more.

Community Announcements

Soccer Night Out With Femi

Femi Hollinger-Janzen, a collegiate national champion and professional soccer player from Goshen, will speak at a 6:00 p.m. dinner on Thursday, December 29, at Waterford Mennonite Church. Following the meal, Femi will share stories—from his soccer career and his amazing story of faith and perseverance in overcoming a crippling leg deformity as a child in Benin to fulfilling his dream of playing soccer professionally—and answer questions from the audience. The main course of this family-style meal will be Groundnut (Peanut) Stew—a Hollinger-Janzen family favorite from their days in Benin. Hot dogs and other foods will also be available. The event is sponsored by Waterford Mennonite Church youth as a fundraiser for their activities such as attending the Mennonite Church youth convention this summer. Advance reservations for the dinner are $20 for grade 7 and older, $10 for elementary school students, and free for preschoolers. Reserve your spot by December 27 by filling out this google form or call the church at 533-5642. You may pay at the door with advance registration or show up the day of the meal for $25. Gates for the meal will open at 5:30 p.m., with opportunities for autographs. An autographed jersey will be auctioned as well.

Pathways Retreat

Join us at Pathways Retreat this Advent as we wait, watch, and wonder together:
  • Advent Visio Divina - December 16, 9:00-11:00 a.m.
  • Advent Embodied Prayer - December 6, 13, 20, 7:00-8:00 p.m.
  • Lectio Divina for Advent - December 9, 16, 23, 8:00-8:30 a.m.
For more information, visit the Pathways Retreat website.


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!

Trish and Dale Shenk have a friend who is looking for a room to rent in Goshen. Please contact them if you know of any possibilities. 534-3537

Two young goats will be available for goat meat; they are due to be butchered on January 19. If interested in one, please call Shirley Dick 238-5842.

Anabaptist Disabilities Network is currently seeking interested people to help at Orlando in July, and to serve on a planning committee with the Convention Accessibility Coordinator to get ready for next summer’s MCUSA Convention. Email or call 574-343-1362 for more information.

The Depot MCC Thrift Shops in Goshen, Indiana, is seeking a full-time general manager. Applicants must have commitment to personal Christian faith and discipleship, active church membership, excellent organization skills, supervisory skills, communications skills, ability to work with volunteers, and computer skills. Responsibilities include organization and general oversight of the Thrift Shops (clothing, furniture, and variety), incoming donations and processing, warehouse area, outgoing merchandise, recycling, and volunteers. Experience in retailing helpful; working knowledge of Excel and Quickbooks is also helpful. Applications will be accepted until January 2, 2017. Send resume and cover letter to: Search Committee by email.



Monday, December 19
Intercessory Prayer, 7:00 p.m.


bellsHoliday Worship Schedule
Christmas Eve Service, 7:00 p.m.
There will not be a worship service on Christmas day.

Holiday Nurture Hour Schedule

December 18: 
Middlers, JYF, MYF through adults will participate in the Intergenerational activities planned by the Advent Committee.
Nursery through Primary children will meet with their regular Nurture Hour classes.

Nurture Classes will not meet:
December 25 (Christmas)
January 1 (New Year)

Other Holiday Notes
Berkey will host guests from Goshen Interfaith Hospitality Network (GIHN) December 26 - January 1.
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Anniversaries This Week
Elijah and Priscillah Metekai

Birthdays This Week
Alisha Snyder

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

Our Church
Julie Zimmerman came home from Elkhart General Hospital this past Wednesday following open heart surgery on the previous Thursday. We give thanks for this progress and ask you to remember her in your prayers as she regains strength and health.

IN-MI Mennonite Conference
Pray for Cedar Grove Mennonite, Manistique, MI (Anna Troyer, contact person). Pray that their church will find a new pastor.
Pray for Grand Marais Mennonite, Grand Marais, MI (Phil Bontrager, pastor). They give praise for the Ecumenical Women's Bible Study who bagged 417 pairs of shoes. The shoes are shipped to Africa for use by school children.
      Pray that their church may demonstrate the love of Christ as they share the facility's community emergency shelter. Its first use was in November during a gale of snow with high winds that took out electricity for 24 hours.

Mennonite Education Agency
Pray for the tutors and students of the 38 Anabaptist Biblical Institute-IBA study centers who meet weekly for their study sessions. May God grant the tutors wisdom, patience and lots of energy in their ministry of teaching. And pray that the students become essential instruments in the Hispanic churches as we build the Kingdom of God.

Mennonite Mission Network
Tom and Disa Rutschman, serving with Mennonite Mission Network, have shared Jesus as the Light of the World through many long winters on the Arctic Circle in Sweden. Pray that this year they may again create sparks of life through teaching in schools and the leadership they provide at Jokkmokk Free Church.

DownloadDecember MMN Prayer Vine

Church Notes

Our Worship

This Sunday:  December 18
Advent 4:  Restoration
Scripture:  Isaiah 7:10-16; Matthew 1:18-25; Romans 1:1-7
The Primary children will be giving a Christmas program during Children's Time.

Next Saturday:  Christmas Eve
Lessons and Carols

Sunday Service Info

This Sunday:  December 18

Neil Miller Richer
Denise Risser
Aaron Wieand

Anita Mounsithiraj
Dteban Mounsithiraj

Merrill & Clare Krabill

Phil Bauman

Lana Smucker

Infants:  Merrill Krabill, Jennifer Schrock, Missy Schrock
Toddlers:  Anna Sawatzky, Ron & Lori Good

Offering Counters:
Lowell Nafziger, Denise Risser

Statistical Report 
(December 11)

Attendance:  202
General Fund: $7,369.62
Advent Project Textbooks for Students: $530.00
Bethany 2016/2017: $15.00
College Matching: $620.00
Playground/Parking lot: $2,600.00

General Fund Income 2016-17 YTD
Actual:  $98,897.00
Budget:  $91,765.00

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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