Berkey Avenue Mennonite Fellowship
A congregation of Mennonite Church USA
Berkey Avenue Mennonite Fellowship
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April 19, 2015

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Berkey Announcements

Out of Office

Marilyn will be in Chicago Monday-Thursday this week attending Faith Forward: Re-imagining Children's and Youth Ministry. Learn more. If you need pastoral care, please contact Dan.

Thank you

Thank youThank you all for your generous contribution towards the Bethany Fund. We have met the goal for the coming year.

Menno's Best coffee

Menno's best coffeeMenno's Best coffee will be available during fellowship time this week. Cost is $12 a bag; available in ground or whole bean. MYF receives $5 for each bag sold.

Bible School

summer vacation schoolSave the dates, June 8-11 for this year's Summer Bible School. This is for children from 3 years old to grade 5. We will meet each day from 9:00 a.m. - 11:30 a.m at College Mennonite Church. Look for more information about registration and volunteer opportunities coming soon. See Deb Williams for more information.

MYF: Help-A-House Program

Lacasa Help a house programPlease consider joining our MYF to help with LaCasa’s Help-A-House project  on Saturday, May 9.  Through the Help-A-House program LaCasa organizes volunteers to repair the homes and  improve neighborhoods in Goshen. Last year our group from Berkey helped clean out a house that LaCasa was preparing to remodel. The day begins with a pancake breakfast served by the Goshen Exchange club from 7:00 a.m. - 8:00 a.m. The work project usually goes through early afternoon. Please let Curt Wenger know by April 19 if you will join us or if you have questions, or call (574) 534-3931.

Throwback Thursday

Throwback ThursdayHead 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

Goshen College Bethany Christian Schools

Bright Time Summer Camp

Summer camp starts June 8-12, has more than 50 athletic, fine arts, science, and all kinds of fun camps for age 4 through rising grade 8. Camps are $30-$40. Additionally, Shine On Campcare will provide a place for children for before, between, and after their camps. View camp listings and register online.

A Hacienda Day

Tuesday, April 21, Hacienda restaurant will donate 20% of purchases for food, gift certificates, and carryouts all that day with presentation of a token. Tokens may NOT be distributed inside or outside the restaurant that day. Tokens may be printed online.

Fish Fry

The biannual fish fry is on Friday, April 24 from 4:30-8:00 p.m. Come for an evening of fellowship, homemade pie, and all the fish you can eat. Tickets are $10 for adults and carryout and $5 for children K-6 (preschool-age free). Tickets may be purchased from any Bethany junior or at the school (534-2567).

Goshen College Goshen College

Choral Showcase

The Community School of the Arts will present a Choral Showcase on Sunday, May 3 at 4:00 p.m. in Sauder Concert Hall. The Showcase program will include performances by Rejoice Children's Choir (directed by Kristin Kauffman), Shout for Joy (directed by Sandy Hill), and Sommo Voci (directed by Marcia Yost). Tickets are $7 adults, and $5 seniors/students, available at the door one hour before the concert. GC faculty/staff/students free with valid ID.

Women Ciudad Juárez

The College of Wooster Department of Theater and Teatro Travieso will present “Women of Ciudad Juárez” on April 22 at 8:00 p.m. in the Umble Center. The hour-long performance will be followed by a talkback session with the director and actors. This play contains disturbing themes and may not be suitable for audiences under 18 years old. General admission $5. Tickets can be purchased in advance through the Welcome Center by contacting (574) 535-7566, or online.

Student Recitals

The Community School of the Arts will present student recitals on Saturday, May 9 at 11:00 a.m.,1:00 p.m., and 3:00 p.m. in Rieth Recital Hall. The concerts are free and open to the public, and will
​ ​feature string, woodwind, and piano students. Doors open 30 minutes prior to performance time.

AMBS Anabaptist Mennonite Biblical Seminary

Desire is the Christian's fuel, says Dr. Daniel Schrock in 
The Circle, the Church Leadership Center blog. "Desire fires the relationship between God and humanity. Some of our desires may be flawed in their motivation while others may be evil in their effects. Therefore desires are something for us to discern prayerfully, to channel more fruitfully through spiritual practices, and to offer to God for use in the missio Dei." Read more in To Hunger and Thirst, But Not for Crocodile.

Community Announcements

Public Worship Opportunity

You are invited to a public worship service on Friday, April 24, at 7:00 p.m. at Sermon on the Mount chapel on the Anabaptist Mennonite Biblical Seminary in Elkhart. Bishop Leslie Francisco from Calvary Community Church, Hampton, VA, and lead representative of the African American Mennonite Association, will tell his story from being the son of church planters to becoming a church planter himself. Worship will be led by Work in Progress ensemble of Mennonite Mission Network.

Celebrate MCC Great Lakes

Join us for the 2015 Celebrate MCC Great Lakes Annual Gathering on Sunday, May 3 at Silverwood Mennonite Church. Worship and fellowship with other MCC supporters, and hear updates on MCC's work both locally and around the world. Special guest speakers Deb & Jim Fine, recently returned MCC service workers in Iraq, will share stories from their experiences. The event begins at 5:30 p.m. with a soup meal, followed by the program at 7:00 p.m. Please RSVP to Les Gustafson-Zook  or (574) 534-4133. More information online

Meijer Simply Give

Shop at Meijer this Friday, April 17 or Saturday, April 18 and be sure to purchase a food donation card tp support The Window. If you purchase a card on those days Meijer’s will double their match amount and in turn you will help The Window to feed the hungry within our community. Please tell your friends, relatives, neighbors and co-workers because every dollar makes a difference. Thanks for all you do to help The Window fulfill its mission to serve those in need within the Goshen Community!


Merry Lea Environmental Learning Center of Goshen College, Wolf Lake, IN, welcomes children, ages 3 to 12 and their adult companions to experience NATUREFEST together. Learn to canoe on a quiet wetland, run the Turtle Trot 5-K race, taste wild edibles, make a gourd birdhouse, hike with trained naturalists, roast marshmallows, camp overnight if you wish. See the registration form for schedule and costs.

Women of Ciudad Juarez

Safe Kids Fundraiser

Safe Kids of Elkhart County is holding a Nelson's BBQ Chicken Fundraiser on May 2, 2015 from 10 a.m. until they are sold out.  Advanced sale tickets are $5.50 for a half chicken and can be purchased from Dan Nafziger. Safe Kids works at injury and accident prevention which is the leading cause of death for children.

IN-MI Mennonite Women

IN-MI Mennonite Women will hold their annual Spring Gathering at Walnut Hill Mennonite Church in Goshen, on Saturday May 2, 2015, from 8:30 a.m. to 12:00 noon. Registration and continental breakfast begin at 8:30 a.m. The title is Singing as we Go: The Songs, Stories, and Faith of the Stoltzfus Sisters. Jane S. Buller, Danielle S. Martens, Lois S. Mast and Jean Martin will share. Lunch will be provided. To request a vegetarian meal or childcare, contact Shirley Bustos or call (219) 462-0526.

Elkhart County Clubhouse Fundraiser

Write your name in history and help put a new slate roof on the Elkhart County Clubhouse! On a new slate tile, come sign your name or a friend's name, a short note, or your dreams for Goshen in the next 100 years - $20 donation. It'll be part of our new roof, ready for another century! Also available, 125 year old slate tile--$35 donation. The money will be going towards matching a grant by the US Department of Interior National Park Services Historic Preservation Fund, administered by the Indiana DNR division of Historic Preservation & Archeology. There will be an open house Friday, May 1, 2015 from 5:00 -8:00 p.m.

Mennonite Healthcare Fellowship

Come join with doctors, nurses, dieticians, therapists, chaplains, mental health workers, and many other healthcare workers and their families from around the world!  It's the Mennonite Healthcare Fellowship (MHF) Annual Gathering, July 19-21, 2015, immediately prior to Mennonite World Conference Global Assembly in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania. The theme is "Walking Together for Healthy Communities."  Plenary presenters include Ted & Company, Shane Claiborne, and Dr. Ann Thyle from India.  Grants available for students, volunteers, and those from outside of U.S. and Canada.  For more information, visit, or email, or 1-888-406-3643. Early registration deadline is April 15, 2015.  Final registration deadline is June 28, 2015.

GIHN Annual Fundraiser Dinner

You are invited to a Place at the Table fundraiser dinner to benefit GIHN at the Old Bag Factory (Bread & Chocolate Ballroom Suite), May 7, at 6:00 p.m. Dinner is at 6:30 p.m. Tickets are $50 and can be purchased ate the GIHN office by calling (574) 534-2300.  Entertainment provided by Les and Gwen Gustafson-Zook

Art Exhibit

There is still time to submit entries to the juried art exhibit at the Mennonite World Conference Assembly. The deadline for submissions has been changed from April 1 to April 30. For more details, visit.

Women's Sewing Fellowship Guest Day

You are invited for a day of fellowship and renewing acquaintances while stitching on long and short quilts and knotting comforters. This event will take place May 6 at 9:00 a.m. at Clinton Frame Mennonite in the fellowship hall.  Guest speaker will be Gloria Martin at 10:30 a.m. Lunch will be provided by the Clinton Frame ladies. Please contact the church at (574) 642-3165.


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!
Bethany Christian High School is seeking an assistant soccer coach with primary responsibility to work with goalkeepers. Paid position. To apply or ask questions, contact head coach Mark Yoder.
Interested in connecting with Anabaptist churches from all over the world? An exciting new Serving and Learning Together (SALT) opportunity is available for a young adult to serve alongside Mennonite World Conference in Bogota, Colombia, as Web Communications Coordinator. Application closing date is May 1. More information about this year-long service opportunity is available online.



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

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This Week:

April 20: Christian Ed. Commission, 7:00 p.m.
April 22: MYF - Progressive Dinner
April 23: Caregiving Commission, 7:00 p.m.

CalendarView Calendar Online

Anniversaries and Birthdays Next Week:

Deb Brubaker
Barbara Eichorn
Rafael Barahona
Jeannie Miller
Kirk Stiffney
Daniel Mast
Greg Smucker

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

JCS International, the umbrella agency through which Mennonite Mission Network ministers in Mongolia, is searching for an executive director as Kwai Lin Stephens will not be renewing her role when she completes her current term. Pray that the person God is calling to this role will say, “Yes.”
Please pray for the safety of all those working to bring peace in violent stricken parts of the world. 

DownloadApril MMN Prayer Vine

Church Notes
Sunday Service Info

This Sunday: April 19

Abbe and Patrick Buller, Susan and Steve Garboden

Sara Alvarez

Lori and Ron Good

Phil Bauman, Randy Horst

Infants: Annie Hu, Ruth and John Roth
Toddlers: Jacob Rudy-Froese, Priscillah and Elijah Metekai

Offering Counters:
Lowell Nafziger, Denise Risser

Next Sunday: April 26

Neil Richer Miller, Nancy and Dick Yoder

Thelma Ramer

Lori and Ron Good

Phil Bauman, Randy Horst

Infants: Annie Hu, Diane and Jim Alvarez
Toddlers: Jacob Rudy-Froese, Pat and Ezra Hochstetler

Offering Counters:
Dick Ramer, Karl Sommers
Statistical Report 
(April 12)

Attendance: 233
General Fund: $4,195.29
Agape Fund: $834.71
Bethany Tuition: $4,655.00
Church Publications (The Mennonite): $74.00
College Matching Fund: $20.00 

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.

Marilyn Rudy-Froese
Dan Schrock

Greg Smucker (Chairperson)
Roy Bergey
Shirley Dick
Sherm Kauffman
Elizabeth Miller

Doug Baker
Richard Miller
Laverne Nafziger
Judy Weaver
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