Berkey Avenue Mennonite Fellowship
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January 5, 2014

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Berkey Announcements

Communion Sunday

CommunionThis 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

Square DancingOn 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

Thank YouThank 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

Animate: FaithCome 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.

Throwback Thursdays

Jeannie KrabillHead 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

Nick BouwmanWhile 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

Our Schools

Bethany Christian SchoolsBethany Christian Schools

Congratulations go out to the Bethany girls basketball team, who were crowned the holiday tourney champions!

Goshen CollegeGoshen College

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.

AMBSAnabaptist 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.

Community Announcements

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 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 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 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 You can also contact Darlene Dintaman at the MCC Great Lakes Office at or (574) 534-4133 for more information.

Getting to Know

Our Stephen Ministry Team

Shirley Dick

Shirley Dick

I grew up on a dairy farm in Nebraska in the midst of extended family and came to Goshen for college. I met John there and we have been married 39 years. (It used to only be old people that reached such milestones!) We have 3 grown daughters and one 10 month old grandson who is a delight. When our children were young, I was a stay-at-home mom and enjoyed exploring the world with them including some homeschool years. I also helped at John’s office officially working as office manager for 10 years.

Difficult times have been times of spiritual growth for me – in 2006 I had breast cancer and in 2008 I had a shattered elbow. In those times, God provided care for me even setting up the care prior to the need. I continue to marvel at coincidences that are not coincidences. I felt called to be a Stephen Ministry leader and thought I would do so at another congregation, but an urge to call Dan to let him know before I left Berkey combined my calling with Berkey’s previous vision of starting a Stephen Ministry program. I enjoyed teaching the training sessions and it inspired my return to work in the field at a time most my age begin to look forward to retirement. I am a licensed clinical social worker and enjoy my work at Oaklawn where I resumed working last spring.  In my free time I enjoy photography and sewing/quilting.

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!

We will no longer be printing and distributing calendars each month.  They are however, available for download.
DownloadJanuary Calendar

This Week
January 7: Fellowship Commission Meeting, 6:00 p.m.
January 7: Mission Commission Meeting, 7:00 p.m.
January 10: Square Dance, 6:30 p.m.
January 10-12: JYF Winter Camp

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

Freddy and Margrit Kipfer Barrón of Mennonite Mission Network build up the Bolivia Mennonite Church through serving in pastoral roles, leadership training, and Christian education ministries. Pray that God would inspire and strengthen them as they encourage the next generation of decision-makers in the church.

DownloadJan. MMN Prayer Vine

Church Notes
Sunday Service Info
This Sunday: January 5

Lydia and Andy Martin, Julie and Phil Zimmerman
Eli and Anja Martin
Krabill/Sessa Family
Offering Counters: 
Ruth Hathaway, Greg Smucker
Phil Bauman, Lana Smucker

Next Sunday: January 12

Lydia and Andy Martin, Julie and Phil Zimmerman
Eli and Anja Martin
Krabill/Sessa Family
Offering Counters: 
Barbara Eichorn, Greg Smucker
Phil Bauman, Lana Smucker
Statistical Report 
(December 29)

Attendance: 137
Bethany Tuition: $990.00
General Fund: $5,512.00
Agape: $500.00
College Matching: $720.00
MCC Relief Kits for Congo Christmas Project: $257.63
Sunday School Books: $60.00
Other: $200.00

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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