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Voting is now open! Help us choose the new name for the Berkey Avenue Weekly Newsletter! Thanks to everyone who submitted their ideas. The winning entry wins an ice cream outing with the BAMF staff, along with some bragging rights (in a very humble Mennonite way). Voting will be closed in just a few days, Monday, July 8, at Noon
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Guess Who's Coming to Dinner?
Fellowship Commission is planning a "Guess Who's Coming to Dinner" (surprise luncheon) for July 28. This is how it works: Families sign up to be either "hosts" or "guests." The duties of the host family is to provide the home/space, and their part in the menu is to provide sandwiches for the lunch. They also indicate how many people they are able to accommodate in their home. The guest families will provide salad as their contribution to the meal. In some ways it is a mini potluck. Forms are in your church mailbox and will have detailed information regarding the luncheon procedures. Please fill out and return to Sue Byler's mailbox by 10:30 a.m. on July 21. At that time, Commission members will pair up the hosts and guests. From past experience there has been a good balance of hosts and guests, in fact leaning toward more hosts, so if you don't feel you can host, don't hesitate to sign up as guests! Join the fun and fellowship this activity provides your family.
Church Renovation Update
Thanks to all that helped so far with our clean up and construction efforts. The ages of our volunteers now spans 70 years (12 to 82). Our next work night is Tuesday beginning at 7:00 p.m. Jobs include hanging drywall, removing drywall, removing baseboard and trim, and salvaging metal from demolition items. Contact Greg if you would like to help. We also need help for Saturday Clean-up. We are looking for people to help clean the construction area on Saturdays in preparation for Sunday morning. The job is approximately 30-45 minutes of work. For more details, contact Greg by email (firstname.lastname@example.org
), text, or phone (574-536-1996). Check out a few updated photos on Facebook
Volunteer Janitors Still Needed
Thanks to our generous members, July 21 and 28 are now covered. We are looking for volunteer(s) to fill in for our janitors for August 4. This would be a good activity or service project for a family, small group, or individuals. Cleaning can be done during the week, or Saturday, most any time at your convenience. Tasks include preparing the Sanctuary and Sunday School classes for Sunday, cleaning bathrooms and making them presentable, vacuuming as needed, sweeping and vacuuming entrances, cleaning and vacuuming all open spaces as needed. If you are available to help out for August 4th, please contact Ben Buckwalter
You've heard about Stephen Ministry now. Maybe you have felt a tug to become a Stephen Minister or someone has tapped you on the shoulder to ask you to consider it. Maybe the first training time just wasn't good for you. We invite you to consider becoming a Stephen Minister. Stephen Ministers are trained to provide one-one Christian care for people within the congregation and community who would benefit from someone walking with them. This fall is another opportunity for training. We will be partnering with College Mennonite for this training. While all are welcome, we especially encourage men to consider becoming Stephen Ministers. If you are interested in exploring the possibility of training, please speak with one of the Stephen Leaders, Shirley Dick
or Marilyn Rudy-Froese
Online Photo Directory
We are well on our way with the new directory and have plenty of slots available for people to get their pictures taken on Sunday. John Hooley will be outside (south of the library) taking pictures from 9:00 a.m. - 9:25 a.m., during the fellowship time, and after Sunday School. You can sign up online
or email Renae Yoder
or you can just show up! If you are interested in keeping your photo, let Rafael know and he will email it to you. Additionally, if you would like to include a link to your Facebook profile, please let Rafael know
as well and he will add it to your entry.
We need someone to provide transportation to church for Stan Liechty on July 21. If you are able to do this, please contact Bob & Lorraine Pflederer
This Sunday we will have Penny Power offering.
Bethany Christian Schools continues to invite applications for the coaching position of middle school girls soccer—email email@example.com
for more information. There are also staff openings for bus driver and evening custodian. View details and application procedures on these positions on the Bethany website
Anabaptist Mennonite Biblical Seminary
Advanced Spiritual Guidance, a year-long supervised program for people who do spiritual guidance, meets at AMBS seven Saturdays from September through May. Dan Schrock, D.Min., who has offered spiritual guidance since 1996, will be the leader. Find out about goals, expectations and registration on the AMBS website
Yellow Creek Luncheon
Yellow Creek Mennonite Church invites you to their Senior Tuesday Luncheon and Program on Tuesday, July 16 at 10:00 a.m. (please note the time change). We will meet in the YCMC Fellowship Hall for fellowship and game time. Bring a favorite game to share or just come and fellowship before the meal. The menu includes pulled pork, baked beans, tossed salad, pudding dessert, rolls and coffee/tea. Cost is $5.00 per person, paid at the door. Please call Esther at (574) 533-7460 to make a reservation by July 8.
Menno-Hof Haystack Dinner
Everyone is invited to a benefit Haystack Dinner on July 13, from 4:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m. at the Farmstead Inn Pavilion in Shipshewana. Donations will benefit Menno-Hof. That same evening, Dr. Gerald Brunk, Eastern Mennonite University, will be presenting a Menno Simons impersonation at Menno-Hof at 6:30 p.m. RSVP is requested for the Brunk event. Kindly RSVP to 260-768-4117 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Immigration Reform Event
You are invited to Prairie Street Mennonite Church (1316 Prairie St., Elkhart) for an event entitled “Celebrate, Learn, and Pray for Immigration Reform.” This event will be held from 1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m. on Sunday, July 14, 2013 and has been planned by leaders of Elkhart County churches of several denominations. Learn more
Mac Minis Available through Mennonite.net
Mennonite.net has always strived to provide services that are affordable and appropriate for churches and organizations with a limited budget. Now, we also are announcing the first offering of refurbished computer equipment through our new CodePurple program. Want one? Learn more
The Window July First Friday Meal
Come on out on July 5th for the Window’s First Friday Meal, which runs from 4:30 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. Food is provided by Downtown@808 with volunteers from Elkhart Christian Academy. Enjoy our summer cookout menu without the humidity! There is a suggested donation of $7.00.
A Quiet Place Prayer Center Retreat Days
A Quiet Place, located on Waubee Lake near Camp Mack, offers a variety of Creating Community groups which center around topics of spirituality. These groups meet once a month from September through May. This year’s offerings include three groups for women and one for men. Learn more
Become a Hospice Volunteer
Harbor Light Hospice is seeking individuals in Goshen to spend quality time with terminally ill patients or provide respite to their families. If interested in more information about becoming a hospice volunteer please contact Jamie Rhew at 800-662-8889 or email@example.com
. Learn more
MCC Relief Sale Silent Auction
As we head into the summer months, plans are underway for the 2013 MCC Relief Sale Silent Auction. Relief Sale weekend is September 27‐28. We are looking for contributions
. Please contact Stacey Farran
with offers of help in these areas or any questions. Thanks for your consideration!
Employment / Volunteer Opportunities
Amigo Centre, located near Sturgis, MI, seeks experienced part-time bookkeeper. Responsibilities include payables, receivables, reports and taxes. Candidates should be familiar with double entry accounting, able to navigate in a Windows environment, and able to work in a busy setting. Experience in not for profit bookkeeping helpful. Learn more
Amigo Centre (Sturgis, MI) seeks a Youth Program Director to plan and lead youth programming at Amigo Centre. We welcome the interest of candidates with a strong commitment to youth and camping ministry within an Anabaptist framework, skills in developing programs, good communication and relational skills, and willingness to participate in Amigo’s mission and community. The position opens at the end of the 2013 summer. Learn more
Indiana Michigan Conference is looking for a bookkeeper in the Goshen area who is very familiar with QuickBooks and would be available to work an average 4-8 hours per week. Learn more
Sunday Service Information