Berkey Avenue Mennonite Fellowship
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March 22, 2015

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Berkey Announcements

Bring the Stones

Bring the stonesPlease bring the stone that you received in worship on the first Sunday of Lent to worship with you this week. If you did not receive a stone, there will be some here at the church for you.

Parking at Berkey this Sunday

Parking at Berkey on SundayThis Sunday, you are welcome to park on the grass if you do not find room on the cement parking. The ground is no longer muddy and we haven't had any rains for the last few days.

Berkey Treasurer

treasurer volunteerAt the November 16 congregational meeting, a motion was approved to hire a lead treasurer from outside Berkey for the current fiscal year. However, the Stewardship and Finance Commission was also asked to find out whether a qualified person inside the congregation is willing to do this work on a volunteer basis. The commission is now fulfilling this request by advertising for this role. The ideal candidate will:
  •  Be proficient with QuickBooks online, payroll procedures, and IRS guidelines that affect churches and pastors.
  •  Thoroughly understand standard accounting procedures.
  • Devote an average of 3.5 hours a week minimum (some weeks will be more than 3.5 hours).
  • Commit to serve a term of 3-5 years.
  • Begin transitioning into this role in early August and accept full responsibility on September 1, 2015.
  • Automatically attend all meetings of the Stewardship and Finance Commission.
If you are interested, please talk to a member of the commission: Patrick Buller, Ben Buckwalter, Phil Miller, or Dan Schrock.

Maundy Thursday Meal

Maundy Thursday mealAll are invited to a family-friendly, experiential meal and journey with Jesus to the cross. The meal begins at 6:00 p.m. Please bring bread, cheese and fruit to share. 

New to the Library

New to the LibraryHere are some books added to the library that may be of interest to the Parenting Sunday School class:
In the Midst of Chaos by Bonnie J. Miller-McLemore, Making a Home for Faith by Elizabeth F. Caldwell, Parenting as a Spiritual Journey by Nancy Fuschs-Kreimer, Hopes and Fears:  Everyday Theology for New Parents and Other Tired, Anxious People by B. McCleneghan & L. Moses, and Love and Respect in the Family: The Respect Parents Desire; the Love Children Need by Emerson Eggerich. Learn more.

Mission Commission

mission commission - the Window project serviceThe Mission Commission has scheduled an evening service project at The Window on Wednesday evening, March 25, from 6:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. We will help in organizing and shelving supplies and other work that needs to be done. Both youth and adults are invited to help with this project and to learn about the services provided by The Window. We can park behind the building and enter at the rear entrance door. A volunteer signup sheet is posted on the bulletin board near the church mailboxes. If you plan to help, please sign up by Sunday, March 22, so we can inform The Window staff how many people they can expect.

Choral Festival Concert

Berkey - hosting Western Mennonite High School choirThe Mennonite High School Choral Festival concert will be held at Sauder Music Hall at Goshen College on Sunday, April 12, 2015 at 3:00 p.m. Our congregation is hosting the Western Mennonite School Choir directed by Emily Grimes for the weekend. Please let Brenda Grimes know as soon as possible if you can provide lodging for several of the 26 students. The choir arrives Friday evening and will be here 3 nights before they fly back to Oregon. They will also participate in our worship service and be served lunch before their concert on Sunday.

Thank You

Thank you - Michigan State studentsThank you for allowing us to stay in your beautiful church and for being such amazing hosts to us when we volunteered at Lacasa. You have shown us your generosity and hospitality. Thank you so much!
~ Michigan State University Students

Report from our Indiana-Michigan Conference

In-Michigan Conference ReportBeth and Lee Roy Berry and Dan Schrock recently attended a gathering for delegates to the conference. We learned that because some churches have left conference and some others may leave soon, the conference is resizing itself accordingly. In the coming year, the conference budget will be lowered by about $100,000. Join us in praying for the employees who will lose their jobs.

We also received results from the recent survey conducted by the conference's Unity and Variance Task Force. (Joe Liechty has been serving on this group.) We're happy to say Berkey was one of five congregations that had the most people who filled out the survey. The survey's purpose was not to gather scientifically accurate data as to help us reflect on how much variance we can accommodate in our conference. You can see the results here.

The Mennonite

It is time to renew subscriptions to The Mennonite.  Let Ruth Hathaway know if you would like to renew or if you would like your name removed from the list.

Gretchen Geyer-SALT Program

Gretchen SALT ProgramAs many of you know, I was accepted into Mennonite Central Committee's voluntary service program SALT, for the next year. MCC requests that we raise a minimum of 50% of what it costs to be on assignment. If any of you would like to make a financial contribution towards the $5800 I am required to fundraise, follow this link.  Feel free to email Gretchen Geyer if you would like more information and thanks for all your support through thoughts and prayers as well!

Model Gum Drive

Model Gum DriveWe all remember the rule of “No Gum in School,” which is still the case in today’s world most of the time except for two times a year at Model Elementary!! Many of you might be surprised to learn that the only time gum is allowed falls during ISTEP testing!! Learn more.

Berkey Boys Crossing the country for MCC

Bikeride for MCCCaleb Longenecker, Seth Miller and Jackson Bush are planning on biking across the country after they graduate in May. They are raising money for MCC's global family program which supports education around the world. Read more.

Easter Flowers

You are invited to purchase potted tulips in memory of someone who has died. These flowers will be part of the visuals on Easter Sunday; following the service, you may take them home to enjoy. The person(s) you list "In Memory Of", along with your name, will be listed in the bulletin on Easter Sunday. The price for the potted tulips is $10. The order form will be on a table in the fellowship hall on March 22. Please contact Clare Krabill with any questions.

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

Visit Bethany on March 23

Students in grades 6-10 interested in exploring Bethany Christian Schools can shadow a Bethany student on Monday, March 23, 8:50 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Parents are invited to a 8:45-9:15 a.m. coffee and conversation. Parent tours are available at 9:15 a.m. This is a great way for prospective students and families to discover Bethany! Contact us to explore visit options for younger children as well. For more information, to register, or to schedule a visit on another date see

Job Openings

Bethany Christian High School is seeking to hire a varsity head coach for boys basketball next season, effective immediately. Interested applicants should send resumes and contact information to Athletic Director Gary Chupp.
BCS seeks a part-time cafeteria aide (no food prep required). Further information and application details are available online.

Goshen College Goshen College

Concert: Rieth Chamber Series

The ​acclaimed Chicago-based string quartet, Spektral, will be presenting a concert for the Rieth Chamber Series on Sunday, March 29, at 4:00 p.m. in Sauder Concert Hall. Spektral is presenting Haydn’s introspective and heartrending, The Seven Last Words of Christ. The exquisite acoustics of Sauder provide a perfect setting for this moving work, one which is frequently as potent for the secular as the religious in its portrayal of abandonment, familial bonds, and hope. Admission to the concert is $15, with tickets available at the door one hour in advance of the concert.

Student Recitals

The Community School of the Arts will present student recitals on Saturday, March 28 at 11 a.m. and 1 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

Seminary Preview Day

Preview day on March 27, gives people opportunities to sit in on classes and chapel, meet professors and students and learn about financial aid. Join the learning community at Anabaptist Mennonite Biblical Seminary for the day. Register online

Voice and Piano Program

Mezzo-soprano Rebecca Dengler Kauffman, sopranos Sandy and Molly Hill and pianist Kathryn Schmidt will present a lunchtime program of song, poetry and piano on Thursday, March 19 from 12:15 p.m. - 1:15 p.m. in the Chapel of the Sermon on the Mount.  Attenders may come and go as they are able, and a free-will offering will be received.

Community Announcements

GMA: Update on Sundown Town Resolution

Back in November the Goshen Ministerial Association (GMA) discussed and gave feedback on the Sundown Town Resolution. The resolution was then passed along to the CRC (Community Relations Commission) where they spent time editing it before finally passing it along to the City Council which passed the resolution. Learn more.

MCC IVEP Hosts Needed

Consider opening your home to an international young adult through MCC's International Volunteer Exchange Program (IVEP). Hosts are needed in the Goshen/Elkhart area starting in August 2015 for 4-11 months. Check out IVEP for more details or contact Amber or call (574) 534-4133.

Stations of the Cross and Resurrection

Follow the footsteps of Jesus on his way to the cross at Pathways Retreat, April 1-4.  The traditional 14 Stations of the Cross are designed and handcrafted of colorful mosaic by local artist and teacher, John Nafziger. Learn more

14th Empty Bowl Project

The Empty Bowl is held this year on Saturday, March 28th at the Farmer's Market from 5:00 p.m. -8:00 p.m. $15 for a handmade bowl of delicious soup of your choice, bread and beverage provided by area restaurants and guild members. The soup and dinner will benefit Goshen Interfaith Hospitality Network. In addition, the Homeward Bound 5K is Saturday, March 21st and supports GIHN, Church Community Services, Habitat for Humanity and LaCasa and we would love to have everyone come out and participate. You can register at

Depot Annual Meeting

MCC Resource Center, invites you to the twenty first annual business meeting on Thursday March 26, 2015. Catered meal begins at 6:00 p.m. at Maple City Chapel. Dinner reservations Deadline is March 20th at 4:00 p.m. To make dinner reservations, e-mail or call (574) 312-4156. Churches / Districts are encouraged to send two delegates to the Business Meeting.

Center for Healing & Hope

Tickets go on sale March 9th for the Center for Healing & Hope’s Fiesta Feast featuring a Puerto Rican Meal by Rolling Scones on Saturday, April 11, 5:00-7:00 p.m. at College Mennonite Church Fellowship Hall.  Eat in or carry out will be available. The family friendly fundraising dinner supports the Center for Healing & Hope which provides compassionate health care to the medically homeless in our community at locations in Goshen and Elkhart. The Puerto Rican meal includes savory chicken & pork, rice & beans, salad, bread, & dessert. Tickets are $25 for adults and $10 for children 12 & under. Meals will be served from 5:00-6:30 p.m. with a short program and door prize drawings at 6:00 p.m. Order tickets at or call (574) 534-4744 ext. 201, email: or mail check to Center for Healing & Hope, P.O. Box 195, Goshen, IN 46527.

Elkhart Race Fundraiser

Church Community Services will be having their annual Amazing Elkhart Race fundraiser on April 25th. Have fun with your team navigating the course, completing games and obstacles along the way. This year there are two classifications, competitive class and fun class. For more details, see the flier on the bulletin board or Nick Bouwman or amazingelkhartrace facebook page.


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!
Anabaptist Disabilities Network (ADNet) of Elkhart seeks a half-time director. ADNet resources faith communities to be inclusive for persons with disabilities. Director role includes donor development, office management, communications. More information online. Contact Jim Smith.
LaCasa is seeking a Resident Manager for our Supportive Housing residential community in Goshen.  Candidate will live in a new 1 bedroom apartment within a 16 unit apartment building for homeless individuals referred for housing by Oaklawn.  Primary responsibility is to be eyes and ears for LaCasa and Oaklawn while being a friend and support to tenants.  Compensation is in the form of rent reduction.  Income restrictions apply.  Contact Alan Greaser at or at (574) 533-4450 for more information.
Maple City Health Care Center, a non-profit organization committed to providing affordable, accessible, and quality care, is looking for three new staff members: a Front Office team member, a Billing Team Member Spanish fluency required for both positions, and a Facilities/Maintenance Team Member – Spanish fluency preferred. For more information about Maple City Health Care Center or to see job descriptions, go to our website at Please contact Pamela Weishaupt at or (574) 534-3300 ext.114 for more information.




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

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This Week:

March 24: Mennonite Creation Care Network, 7:00 p.m.
March 25: MYF Small Groups, 6:30 p.m.

CalendarView Calendar Online

Anniversaries and Birthdays Next Week:

Jim and Terri Plank Brenneman
Mark Yoder
Megan Martin
Isaac Sawatzky
Lauren Hooley
Susan Garboden
Meredith Yoder

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

In the next two months, hundreds of people in Zimbabwe, India, Colombia, Indonesia and many other countries will apply and interview for their US visas so they can participate in PA 2015, the global Assembly of Mennonite World Conference, Pray that the visa process will go smoothly for them, so that PA 2015 can be a truly global Anabaptist gathering! Please pray with us about this.
Passionfest, held in New Zealand last month, is an annual celebration of Jesus, community, and justice. Pray for Mark and Mary Hurst of Mennonite Mission Network, based in Australia, as they follow up on contacts they made during the festival.

DownloadMarch MMN Prayer Vine

Church Notes
Sunday Service Info

This Sunday: March 22

Lorraine Pflederer, Renae Yoder, Denise Risser

Anita and Dteban Mounthisiraj

Lorraine and Bob Pflederer

Nicholas Schrock and Clare and Merrill Krabill

Infants: Marcia Weaver and Priscillah Metekai, Annie Hu
Toddlers: Twila Liechty and Sim Dlova, Jacob Rudy-Froese

Offering Counters:
Dick Ramer, Karl Sommers


Next Sunday: March 29

Rafael Barahona, Pat and Richard Miller

Lindsay Rheinheimer

Lorraine and Bob Pflederer

Nicholas Schrock and Clare and Merrill Krabill

Infants: Alisha Snyder, Annie Hu
Toddlers: Janice and Amos Hostetler, Jacob Rudy-Froese

Offering Counters:
Thelma Ramer, Diane Nafziger

Statistical Report 
(March 15)

Attendance: 230
General Fund: $8,704.03
College Fund: $20.00
Bethany Tuition: $15.00
Coffee: $76.80

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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