Berkey Avenue Mennonite Fellowship
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Berkey Avenue Mennonite Fellowship
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October 20, 2013

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Berkey Announcements

Berkey Hosting GIHN

GIHNOur congregation will host families from GIHN this week, October 20-27. Thank you so much, Berkey volunteers, for the many ways you show love, generosity and flexibility throughout the week with our guests!

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.

About our Audio-Visual System

Sound BoardYou might have noticed that our audio-visual system for worship has had some glitches recently (last Sunday, for example). We've been assembling a plan for a new A-V system that you will hear more about in an upcoming congregational meeting. We hope to have a new system installed by the end of February.

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 3rd. 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. So you may be invited to participate in one of these groups chosen randomly among the generational groups. If you are asked to come you will be given the questions ahead of time to prepare. We hope that the groups will not take much more than one hour of your time.  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, 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

From the Worship Commission

As a Worship Commission, we strive to support worship services that begin with reverence and praise of God, and conclude with our awareness of our community and relationship with each other and the world. To this end, we invite musicians to prepare prelude pieces that will help us to prepare our spirits for worship. We invite you to enter the sanctuary quietly, so that you can participate in this time of preparation. We also endeavor to end the worship services by 10:45 a.m., so that we can enjoy fellowship with each other, and so that those who have prepared for Christian Education, have enough time for their classes. To this end, we invite you to submit your announcements to the church office by Thursday at 9:00 a.m., so that we can minimize the number of verbal announcements that need to be made on Sunday morning, thus ending our service as close to 10:45 a.m. as possible. Thank you and may God be glorified in our worship together.

Throwback Thursdays

Kids OutsideHead 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!

Goshen CollegeGoshen College

Paraguay Primeval Musical

On October 29, at 7:30 p.m., Goshen College will host a musical work titled "Paraguay Primeval: a collection of stories and images by Carol Ann Weaver." Based on the extraordinary story of Mennonites moving to Paraguay from Canada in order to retain their own schools, and from Russia to flee the Stalinist regime, the show follows their attempt to find a new “Promised Land” in the uninviting Paraguayan Chaco. The show is performed by Carol Ann Weaver and Rebecca Campbell, and will take place in the Music Center's Rieth Recital Hall. It is free and open to the public.

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

AMBS Open House

Anabaptist Mennonite Biblical Seminary will be having an Open House on November 15. Encourage someone with gifts for ministry to attend. Sitting in on classes and experiencing campus life is the best way to test whether seminary study is the next step toward ministry. Register online.

Community Announcements

ADEC Training Opportunity

Join us on October 22, from 7:00 p.m. - 8:30 p.m. for an training session at  ADEC-Plaza, (319 S. Main, Elkhart). At this meeting of The Voice support group, Christine Guth will offer practical resources for faith communities wanting to widen their welcome to children and adults with disabilities. Christine is Program Director for Anabaptist Disabilities Network and Coordinator for Asperger Autism Group of Goshen. Learn more

Michiana Anabaptist Historians Meeting

The Michiana Anabaptist Historians' Fall Meeting will be held on October 26 at Prairie Street Mennonite Church. Nelson Kraybill and Philipp Gollner will be speaking about John J. Funk and his contributions to the Mennonite Church. Come for coffee and Registration at 8:30 a.m.; the meeting begins at 9:00 a.m. For further information, contact Helene Hoover at 574-522-7430 or

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

End of Life: Values to Keep & Decisions to Make

Mennonite Healthcare Fellowship (MHF) presents an evening Regional Meeting featuring physician Glen Miller and former seminary dean, Willard Swartley.  The presentation will take place Thursday, November 7, at7:00 p.m. in the Jennings Auditorium at the Greencroft Goshen Community Center, 1820 Greencroft Blvd, Goshen, Indiana. The event will focus on a Christian approach to making end-of-life decisions.  Both men have written books on related topics and also bring a unique perspective as patients who have been near death themselves. All MHF members, prospective members, and the general public are invited.  Audience discussion, fellowship, and refreshments will follow. For more information, go online to, phone 1-888-406-3643, or email

Everence "Money Talks" Contest

The chance to share a message and win is now open for video producers and filmmakers of all levels. The Everence video contest “Money Talks: What Are You Hearing?” is now accepting entries until the deadline of November 15, 2013. The contest is open to anyone ages 15 to 25 and features cash prizes to the top three winners—who will be selected during an online voting campaign, December 16 to January 13, 2014. The winners will be announced January 14. Entry details are available at

Merry Lea Events

Merry Lea has a couple of events coming up for you to take part in. The first is the Sabbath Hike Series: Autumn Change on Sunday, October 20, from 3:30 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. This is the final hike in the Sabbath Hike Series, designed for adults or older youth seeking reflective time away from the busyness of the work week. Donation only. Additionally, tif you need an alternative to spooks and ghosts and candy, Merry Lea will be having a Halloween alternative called The Enchanted Forest on Friday, October 25 and Saturday, October 26, from 7:00 p.m. - 8:30 p.m. Families take a night hike by lantern light and meet friendly animals who tell about their lives and habits. Hot chocolate, pretzels and music complete the evening. Dress warmly and meet at the Farmstead Barn. Children are welcome to come in costume. Cost: $2.50 per person. Learn more.

Vesper Chorale Invitation

Sing with us! Vesper Chorale extends an invitation to experienced singers who have sung Handel's Messiah (or comparable works) to join them in presenting this most beloved oratorio. We will be having 2 Performances (Saturday, December 14 and Sunday, December 15). Registration is required, and space is limited so visit our website for additional details and a registration form! The deadline to register is October 15th. If you have further questions, call 574-229-2247 or e-mail Learn more.

Mennonite Youth Choir Festival

The Mennonite Youth Choir Festival is taking registrations for the 23rd Annual Festival, to be held March 1 and 2, 2014, at the Goshen College Music Center. This festival invites singers from all faith communities in grades 3-9 to participate. Your registration may be completed on the website at Early registration is $30 if paid by November 15, 2013. After November 15, registration is $40. The final registration deadline is January 2, 2014. Learn more.

Caregivers Day Out

Indiana University Health Goshen Hospital invites you to Caregivers Day Out on November 9, from 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 noon at the hospital. Care giving is very stressful.  We would like to offer community support to caregivers by providing. Please contact Sister Nora Frost, BCC, Spiritual Care Coordinator/Chaplain at IU Health Goshen Hospital at (574) 364-2715 or with questions.

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.
The Council on Aging is seeking individuals to assist with transporting seniors to and from its program at the Goshen Salvation Army.  The Council on Aging has a Life Enrichment site there that runs every Tuesday and Thursday from 9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. and since the agency has lost some of its transportation funding due to the sequester, they are no longer able to bring folks to the program.  This is an unfortunate side effect of what’s going on in D.C. and our aging population is suffering from the lack of transportation support. Learn more.

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Getting to Know

Malaina Weldy

Malaina Weldy
My name is Malaina Weldy. I am a sophomore business major from Goshen. My home church is Yellow Creek Mennonite, however I choose to attend Berkey in order to fellowship with my peers and to get a slightly different Mennonite experience from what I've grown up with. I enjoy playing soccer and swimming, and I really enjoy any kind of baking or cooking as well.

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 our Stephen Ministers have provided care for seven people since January of this year? Please continue to pray for this ministry in our congregation.

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.
DownloadOctober Calendar

This Week
October 21: Group Spiritual Direction, 1:30 p.m.
October 23: Stephen Ministry, 6:45 p.m.

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

Pray for smooth adjustments and joy as Mennonite Mission Network’s Service Adventure unit leaders and participants settle into their new communities in Anchorage, AK; Colorado Springs, CO; Raleigh, NC; Albuquerque, NM; Albany, OR; and Johnstown, PA.

DownloadOct. MMN Prayer Vine

Church Notes
Sunday Service Info
This Sunday: October 20

Nancy & Dick Yoder, Elisabeth & Rafael Barahona
Lindsay Rheinheimer
Offering Counters: 
Lowell Nafziger, Denise Risser
Nicholas Schrock, Randy Horst

Next Sunday: October 27

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

Statistical Report 
(October 13)

Attendance: 165
Bethany Tuition: $15.00
General Fund: $8,060.71
Fellowship & Caring: $83.00
Building Improvements: $1,500.00
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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