This Sunday, January 5, we will celebrate communion in the morning worship service. In consideration of dietary guidelines, the bread will be gluten- and dairy-free, and the juice will be grape-free. We encourage you to prepare spiritually for communion.
Square Dance at Berkey
On Friday, January 10 at 6:30 p.m., we'll have a square dance in the fellowship hall called by Les Gustafson-Zook. Watch for further details.
Thank you to the congregation for the lovely plant and for your many expressions of comfort and support during this time of grieving my mother's death. Our family had a meaningful time of remembrance last weekend. ~ Paul Leichty
Animate: Faith Sunday School Class
Come ponder, reflect on, and discuss topics of faith in the Animate:Faith
class. Each week we will watch a DVD portion with one of these leading voices, spend time in personal reflection and journaling (the journal will be provided: a donation of $15 is suggested), and engage in conversation. Marilyn Rudy-Froese will facilitate this class. This week, Lauren Winner explores, "Bible: A Book Like No Other.". Learn more and hear excerpts
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!
Greetings from Holland
While Berkey has been on my mind, I have been in the Netherlands for almost 3 months now and have not yet sent out any official updates. In September I was surprised to be matched with a family already and I was also surprised to be matched with a family in Apeldoorn, the city I am most familiar with as it is where my grandparents lived for 25 years before passing away. I cook for the family 5 days a week, iron and fold clothes, and help take care of two boys, 6 and 10 years old. These past months have been quite the journey. It was especially challenging in the beginning to have so much new -- new language, new responsibilities, new living arrangement -- but I have gained so much (kitchen skills, language skills, child care skills and more). I will come home a different person, happier, more comfortable and more confident.
I suppose I should also mention that I have been attending the Doopsgezinde Mennonite Church where my grandparents had attended. It is a small church of people with white or, for the younger folk, gray hair. Though Last Sunday there was someone who was almost young enough to be in his twenties and Children attend one Sunday in the month. I have also been able to connect with the WMN, which is the national Mennonite youth group. I plan to be here until July and then move to Elkhart, possibly joining the MVS house there. I welcome your thoughts and prayers. ~ Nick Bouwman
Bethany Christian Schools
Congratulations go out to the Bethany girls basketball team, who were crowned the holiday tourney champions!
Last September, Student Senate launched a peer-to-peer mentoring program designed to build bridges between upperclassmen and underclassmen on campus. The idea emerged during conversations about social divisions with Jan Zawadzki, a German international student who graduated in April. Learn more
Anabaptist Mennonite Biblical Seminary
Sara Wenger Shenk, AMBS president, shares a prayer for all in her Christmas message: "May we all be guided by the tender mercy of God-with-us into the way of peace. Christmas love to all from AMBS." Read more
The Church and Business Doing Kingdom Work
Join us on Thursday, January 16 at 6:30 p.m. at Belmont Mennonite Church (925 Oxford Street, Elkhart) for "The Church and Business Doing Kingdom Work." Pastor Larry Rohrer and a business leader in the Belmont congregation will dialogue over how one incorporates their faith and values in the business world, and the role the church should play in that setting. This presentation anticipates a sabbatical study next summer of the same nature. Pastor Rohrer will describe both congregational and personal dynamics which led to the pursuing of this theme. Kindly RSVP by Monday, January 13 by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org
or by calling (574) 355-3607. (If you don’t receive a confirmation email or phone call, please let us know.) Meal and program costs are $15 for members and $20 for non-members.
John D. Roth Speaks At Mennohof
You’re invited to attend “A cup of cold water: service in the Amish-Mennonite tradition” led by John D. Roth, Goshen College professor of history, on January 19, 6:00 p.m. at Menno-Hof, Shipshewana, Ind.Drawing on lots of examples, this program will summarize the theological and historical basis for the Anabaptist commitment to service. This is the first event in Menno-Hof’s “Coffee, cookies and community: Part II” winter series. Bring cookies to share – coffee will be provided. RSVP is requested as seating is limited. Contact us at (260) 768-4117 or email@example.com
to reserve your spot.
Witness Through Storytelling: A Women's Spirituality Retreat at Merry Lea
Women of all ages are invited to Merry Lea Environmental Learning Center on the evening of Friday, January 31 through Saturday, February 1 for a weekend getaway that will include time outdoors, time to reflect on biblical texts related to nature, guided contemplative prayer and storytelling workshops. Jackie Wyse-Rhodes, Karla Minter, and Janie Beck Kreider will provide input. The retreat will begin at 7:30 p.m. on Friday evening and end mid-afternoon on Saturday. After the hectic holiday season fades, this retreat aims to provide spiritual rejuvenation and spark creative, worshipful expression. Come, bring a friend, and enjoy delicious food, creative workshops, crisp winter hikes, time to relax, and insightful input from the presenters. The cost of $45 includes two meals and lodging; $25 students. To register, email Janie Beck Kreider at firstname.lastname@example.org
. The registration deadline is January 21. Learn more
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!
Are you looking to live out your faith by using your gifts in another country? Serving and Learning Together (SALT) is a unique year-long cross cultural immersion experience with MCC for Christian young adults (18 to 27 years old) from the United States and Canada. Participants live with local host families, serving in a variety of assignments with partners in Africa, Asia, Europe, Latin and Central America and the Middle East. Learn more about the program or apply online by February 15 at www.salt.mcc.org
. You can also contact Darlene Dintaman at the MCC Great Lakes Office at email@example.com
or (574) 534-4133 for more information.