Berkey Avenue Mennonite Fellowship
A congregation of Mennonite Church USA
Berkey Avenue Mennonite Fellowship
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June 12, 2016

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Berkey Announcements


Commission Candidates

ldtThe Leadership Discernment Team (Dan Williams, Lavonn Hostetler, Abbe Buller, and Dan Schrock) is pleased that the following persons have agreed to serve on our commissions and in other roles. We will vote to affirm these people this Sunday, June 12, during the worship service.

BAMF Servant Leadership Ballot for 2016-2017
(Terms are 3 years unless otherwise noted.)
Spiritual Leadership Team/Elders:                                   
        Margaret Stoltzfus          
Caregiving Commission/Deacons:
        Doug Baker         
Christian Education Commission:
        Ruth Roth                
Fellowship Commission:
        Sherry Wenger            
        Sherry Hug                        
Mission Commission:
        Anna Sawatzky   
Stewardship and Finance Commission:
        Dale Snyder      
Worship Commission:
        Merrill Krabill  
Congregational Chairperson:
        Greg Smucker (1-year term)        
Congregational Secretary:
        Denise Risser (1-year term)   
IN-MI Conference Delegates:       
        Beth Berry (1-year term)     
        Darin Short (1-year term)   
 MC USA Delegate:
        John Roth          
        (Dan Schrock will also be a delegate)

Summer Nurture Hour Schedule & Classes

Summer Sunday SchoolSchedule

June 12 - Inter-generational classes for everyone.
June 19 - Inter-generational classes for everyone.
June 26 - Inter-generational classes for everyone.
July 3 - Holiday, worship only (No Nurture Hour classes).
July 10 - All Church Picnic (No Nurture Hour classes).
July 17 - Inter-generational classes for everyone.
July 24 - Inter-generational classes for everyone.
July 31 - Inter-generational classes for everyone.
Aug. 7 - Inter-generational classes for everyone.
Aug. 14 - Inter-generational classes for everyone.
Aug. 21 - All Church Fellowship Meal and Congregational Meeting (No Nurture Hour classes).
Aug. 28 - Celebration Sunday/Refreshments (No Nurture Hour classes).

Intergenerational Classes

The theme for our summer program is Building Relationship/Building Community for ages 5-95. We hope you can join us for some fun and relaxing congregational picnics and intergenerational classes this summer that include:
  • Art (hands-on projects everyone can do and enjoy).
  • Music (music and movement for all ages).
  • Games (activities that build community and bring joy).
  • Sermon response class.
All the classes require no prior experiences. Just come and be ready to enjoy each other!

Note From the AV Team

avWe are looking for anyone interested in helping out with the operation of the church Audio and Video system on Sunday mornings.

Following is a list of things to consider -
  • No previous experience or special knowledge necessary.
  • We will train you, until you are comfortable operating the equipment.
  • AV operators take turns working one month rotations.
  • Current AV operators have been doing this for many years and enjoy the job.
  • Our system is easy to operate.
  • You will be making your contribution to the success of our service.
  • We need more volunteers.
  • We can use any age, male or female.
If interested, contact Ben Buckwalter, Michael Sherer, or Phil Bauman to volunteer or discuss further details of the job.

Magazine Renewals

magazineIt is time to renew subscriptions to Rejoice and Purpose magazines. Checks should be given to Ruth Hathaway. See prices and descriptions below:
  • Rejoice ($28.30): Nurture your soul through the quarterly devotional magazine Rejoice! Each day's entry includes a Scripture reading, a short inspirational message, and a prayer response. The magazine also includes touching stories, poems, and daily prayer requests representing Mennonite mission workers, schools, and church agencies.
  • Purpose ($26.85): Let Purpose fill your heart and enrich your daily Christian walk with inspirational stories, columns, and verse. This magazine regularly features articles on food, peace, humor, and includes resources for faithful living.

Frisbee Request

frisbeeDo any of you Ultimate Frisbee (UF) aficionados have a good Frisbee which you would be willing to loan to us for a game of UF during Sunday School on June 19? And of course we solicit your participation during that hour. ~ Doug Baker and Jaiden Daniels

Homemade Pie Fundraiser Invitation from Ben and Laurel Woodward Breckbill

pieWe will be hosting a pie fundraiser to help raise money for our study in Belfast, Northern Ireland. If you are interested in ordering a homemade pie, contact us after church or email Laurel. Flavors include apple, rhubarb ginger, peanut butter, fresh strawberry, and *gluten free* chocolate coconut. Lard or butter crust options. Suggested donation is $25.

Most importantly, we would like to thank our BAMF community for the love and support we have received these last two years! Please join us on Sunday, June 19 from 6:00-8:00 p.m. for an open house & farewell party in the Berkey fellowship hall. We will have homemade pie slices for all, and around 7:00 p.m. we will share some of what we will be doing next year. Pre-ordered pies will be available for pickup during this time.

Pastor on Vacation

vacationDan Schrock is on vacation from June 11 through July 10 and will return to work on Monday, July 11.


Weekend Pastoral Coverage

Note from MarilynMarilyn Rudy-Froese will be attending a wedding in Manitoba this weekend. If you have a pastoral emergency, please contact one of the deacons:  Richard Miller, Laverne Nafziger or Judy Weaver.

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 Christian Schools is a dynamic learning community that integrates faith development with academic excellence. Grounded in Mennonite values, Bethany equips students for Christian discipleship in the church and around the world. To learn more about the school, visit their website.

Goshen College Goshen College

Merry Lea is participating in Indiana Children and Nature Network’s (ICAN) Nature Play Days 2016. On June 14, 1:00 - 6:30 p.m., they will be offering facilitated and self-guided activities that enable children and families to connect with nature. These include nature crafts, wild edibles hikes, dipping for macroinvertebrates and amphibians in a vernal pond, loose parts play, scavenger hunts and fire building. The day will end with a “bring your own roastables” campfire supper. Contact Jane Litwiller, 260-799-5869 for more information.

AMBS Anabaptist Mennonite Biblical Seminary

Each spring at AMBS, we celebrate the scholarly accomplishments of our students, faculty, and the Institute of Mennonite Studies at the annual IMS Book Celebration. Want to learn more about our latest publications? Here's the detailed list, and here's the IMS 2016 catalog.

Community Announcements

Oaklawn Education Seminar

Join us June 16 on the Goshen Oaklawn campus, 8:00-11:00 a.m., for a discussion about how minimizing certain aspects of biblical scripture may only be inhibiting our ability to relate to those who have experienced trauma. Speaker Corinna Guerrero will share her perspective on how Scriptures that contain murder (Genesis 4), rape (Genesis 34) or social desolation (the Prophets) are necessary components to helping those who have experienced trauma. Recovering a biblical history laced with loss helps us bridge the gap between trauma thousands of years ago and trauma today. Register online.

Volunteer Mediator Training

In your everyday life, do you find yourself trying to help others deal with wrongdoing or conflict? If so, consider attending the Center for Community Justice’s volunteer mediator training provided by VORP (Victim Offender Reconciliation Program) and CMP (Community Mediation Program). Attendees will learn how to proactively address the effects of crime and wrongdoing in a manner that meets the needs of both parties. If you are interested in being a positive force in the community, please contact us. The training will be on Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday, June 21, 23, and 25 from 4:00-8:00 p.m. on Tuesday/Thursday and 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. on Saturday. There is a $50 fee to reserve your space. Please visit to register or contact Anne Lehman, (574)295-6149 with further questions.

GriefShare Support Group

Silverwood Mennonite Church will be hosting a GriefShare support group Wednesday evenings, June 22 – August 31, 6:30-8:30 p.m. GriefShare is a special weekly seminar/support group for people grieving the death of someone close. It’s a place where you can be around people who understand how you feel and the pain of your loss. At GriefShare, you’ll learn valuable information that will help you through this difficult time in your life. Registration is $20 and $30 for couples which includes a workbook and supplies. There is no cost for previous attenders. Scholarships are available. For more information contact the Silverwood church office, 533-1922 or go online. To sign-up call 533-1922 or email Ms. Strite. RSVP is requested and registration will take place at the first session you attend. Anyone is welcome at any time during this 11-week series as each session is self-contained.


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!
Hannah Canaviri is moving back to Goshen in July and is looking for a place to rent. If you are looking for a renter, please email Hannah.

A wonderful young family from Rick and Joy Hostetter's church in Minneapolis is moving to the Goshen area this summer. Marcos and Jess Stolzfus are Goshen College graduates who have an 18 month old daughter and another child on the way. Marcos will join the leadership team at the Merry Lea Environmental Center mid-July. Because the schedule is very tight, they are looking for temporary housing or house sitting options beginning early July.  Any ideas or introductions are appreciated; please contact Rick or Joy Hostetter.

AMBS has several job openings. Visit their website to learn more.

Bethany Christian Schools invites applications for the position of evening custodian beginning August 2016. The successful applicant will have the aptitude to work independently, perform minor repairs on equipment, and supervise student cleaning crews during the summer. The position is approximately three-quarters time and eligible for partial benefits. Applications are being accepted until the position has been filled. For information about the position and an application form, go online or contact Head of School Tim Lehman.




June 13
Stewardship & Finance Commission, 7:00 p.m.
Intercessory Prayer, 7:00 p.m.

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Anniversaries This Week
James and Trish Yoder

Birthdays This Week
Anna Nafziger
Natalie Thorne

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

Love is a Verb: Planning for Orlando 2017, to be held July 4–8, is underway! We invite your prayers for the Convention Planning staff members and the Worship Planning Committee as they make decisions that will give shape to this gathering.

This Sunday, June 12, Linda Oyer of Mennonite Mission Network leads a “walking church” in a 142-acre park near Paris, France. Pray for this annual tradition that makes it easy for people to invite their neighbors who would not easily enter a church. This year’s theme is “The Symbolism of Water in the Bible.”

DownloadJune MMN Prayer Vine

Church Notes
Sunday Service Info

This Sunday:  June 12

John and Lois Mast
Richard and Pat Miller

Lindsay Rheinheimer

Merrill and Clare Krabill Family

Ben Buckwalter/Lana Smucker

Infants:  Joy Hostetter, Angela Shenk, Alisha Snyder
Toddlers: Tom Martin, Eric & Lavonn Hostetler

Offering Counters:
Ron Good, Rick Hostetter

Next Sunday:  June 19

John and Lois Mast
Richard and Pat Miller

Lindsay Rheinheimer

Merrill and Clare Krabill Family

Ben Buckwalter/Lana Smucker

Infants:  Judy Weaver, Anita & Dale Snyder
Toddlers:  Ruth Hathaway, Evie & Dan Nafziger

Offering Counters:
Lowell Nafziger, Denise Risser

Statistical Report 
(June 5)

Attendance:  176
General Fund:  $8,421.11
Agape:  $10.00
Bethany 2016/17:  $55.00
College:  $50.00
Model School Fund:  $20.00
Church Publications:  $83.45
Coffee:  $79.80

General Fund Income 2015-16 YTD
Actual: $242,725.19
Budget: $225,570 .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

Greg Smucker (Chairperson)
Shirley Dick
Sherm Kauffman
Anita Mounsithiraj
Richard Aguirre

Doug Baker
Richard Miller
Laverne Nafziger
Judy Weaver
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