Berkey Avenue Mennonite Fellowship
A congregation of Mennonite Church USA
Berkey Avenue Mennonite Fellowship
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October 26, 2014

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Berkey Announcements

Women's Retreat

Women's RetreatKathy Stiffney and Terri Brenneman are planning another retreat day for women on Friday November 14, 2014 at 9:00 to 4:00, 712 South Greene Rd, Goshen. The cost is $35. Join us for a day of inner work, rejuvenation, reflection and centering in preparation for the busy season to come. Learn more.

Third Pastor Search Update

Update for Third Pastor PositionThe Search committee for the third Pastor position (Lois Mast's old position) has completed our informational paperwork necessary for the Conference to post our position and vetted it with the elders and pastors. Those two forms are the Congregational Information form and the Twenty Pastoral Tasks form. The committee includes Deb Williams, Lindsay Rheinheimer, Randy Horst, Abbe Buller, and Roy Bergey. We hope to be begin the process of looking at candidates in the near future.

College Meals

college mealsOver the years, Berkey has been a wonderful, welcoming church home for many college/young adult students. One of the highlights for the students is having a meal each Sunday after church. This allows them to get to know our church family in a more informal setting and learn to know a wider range of people. You don’t need to make anything fancy – just a simple meal of food you enjoy making. You can host in your home or at the church, using the church kitchen. You may sign up individually, with someone else or as a small group. You can go online directly to sign up for a meal (username: students and password: bamf) or contact Ruth Roth.

Throwback Thursday

Thursday ThrowbacksHead 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

Hacienda Day

A Hacienda Day will be held Monday, Nov. 3, to benefit Bethany Christian Schools. Hacienda 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 and are also available on the literature table.

Sports Hall of Fame Foundation

Kari Heusinkveld (’08) will be inducted into the Elkhart County Sports Hall of Fame at its annual supper and induction ceremony on Saturday, November 15. Tickets for the banquet are $25 and may be purchased at Bethany through November 7. Learn more.

Fish Fry

The high school’s senior class fish fry on Friday, October 31, is less than two weeks away! Come between the hours of 4:30 and 8:00 p.m. for an evening of fellowship, homemade pie, and all the fish you can eat. Tickets are available from all Bethany seniors or at the door. The cost is $10 for adults and $5 for children in grades 1-6. Preschool age is free. Carryout is also available with adult tickets only.

Goshen College Goshen College

Heavenly Voices

A multicultural cast of Goshen College students, alums and faculty will present the play "Heavenly Voices" on Saturday evening, November 1, at 6:30 p.m. at Waterford Mennonite Church in Goshen. Heavenly Voices features the stories of Mennonite Women of Color around the U.S., stories of courage and faith, of God’s presence and grace in good times and in bad. Admission is free. Donations will be accepted.

 Public Lecture

Award-winning novelist and memoirist Reyna Grande will present the 2014 Yoder Public Affairs lecture at Goshen College, titled “Crossing Borders: Immigration and the American Dream,” on Tuesday, November 4 at 7:00 p.m. in the Goshen College Church-Chapel. On Wednesday, Nov. 5, Grande will speak about her journey from an undocumented immigrant to a college graduate and successful author during a convocation at 10 a.m. in the Goshen College Umble Center. These events are free and open to the public. Grande is the author of “The Distance Between Us” (Atria Books, 2012), which first-year students are studying as part of the Core curriculum at Goshen College.

AMBS Anabaptist Mennonite Biblical Seminary

While some people dismiss the Bible as out of touch and others claim the Bible supports one view with no room for questions, “what if more of us found ourselves in communities of engagement around Scripture?” Jewel Jewel Gingerich Longenecker, AMBS associate dean for leadership education, asks in her guest post on Practicing Reconciliation.

Community Announcements

MCC Represented on Local T.V. Program

John Williamson, who recently served as Mennonite Central Committee (MCC) Country Representative for Afghanistan and Nepal, will be part of a panel discussion on the "Politically Speaking" television program on WNIT, Michiana's local PBS station. The show, which airs live on Sunday, October 26, from 2:00-3:00 p.m., will focus on Afghanistan and the recent military service of South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg. Williamson has been asked to share from his experience with MCC partnering with local people and communities in Afghanistan on humanitarian efforts. To watch a playback of the show (posted early next week), visit

Center for Healing and Hope

$20 EAT•SHOP•GIVE certificates for participating Goshen area restaurants and businesses are on sale at All certificates are valid until December 31, 2014. The businesses are generously donating 50% of the sales to support medical care & advocacy for those in need at the Center for Healing & Hope. Sales will continue through October 31. A list of participating businesses and more information is available at or call 534-4744 x 201.

Project Promise and Goldenrod Gardens Holiday Fundraiser

Each Saturday in November and through December 20th at the Goshen Farmer’s Market from 8:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m. locally handcrafted gift items and poinsettias will be on sale! Proceeds will benefit individuals with developmental disabilities who participate in programs Project Promise and Goldenrod Gardens offers. We are accepting donations for the sale. Please contact Dan Steiner at 574-534-2717 if you have handmade items (wooden toys, turnings, needlepoint, wall hangings etc.) to donate. Come see us for all your holiday shopping! (Project Promise and Goldenrod Gardens are programs of MDC Goldenrod and work to provide social and spiritual growth opportunities for individuals with developmental disabilities.)

The Window Open for First Friday

The Window's kitchen will be open for November's First Friday. Friday's meal runs from 5:00 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.or until the food runs out. We will feature Thai coconut chicken over jasmine rice,cucumber salad, pumpkin dessert, and coffee. The meal is gluten and peanut free. This event is hosted by Faith Mennonite church. The suggested donation is $9.00.



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!
Mennonite Mission Network seeks a full time Recruitment Coordinator to plan and implement, in a team environment, recruitment of applicants for Christian Service. This person will collaborate with Marketing, Communication staff and program directors to develop recruitment tools, and resource Mennonite Church USA conferences, congregations, and schools with promotion, advertising and recruitment aids for involving the church in Christian Service. In addition to having administrative skills, our ideal candidate will be able to travel independently, communicate comfortably in person, by telephone and email. This strong leader must be passionate about mission and service and able to forge trusting and productive relationships.  Learn more or call Linda Krueger at 574-523-3009.
 MDC Goldenrod is hiring Direct Support Professionals to work with individuals who have developmental disabilities. We have openings for overnight and weekend shifts. Come join the MDC Goldenrod community and learn how to bring hope and independence to someone in need.  Learn more or call 574-533-9720 ext. 6.
Mennonite Central Committee (MCC) Great Lakes is seeking a Program Coordinator/Church Relations Associate in Illinois. This person will be responsible for programming in Chicago and relationships with constituent groups and congregations throughout Illinois. This includes speaking in churches, representing MCC Great Lakes in various settings and making connections between MCC and constituents. This salaried position has responsibility for church relations, peace and justice education, MCC Great Lakes programs and representing MCC in the Chicago metropolitan area. See full job description. If interested, send a letter of intent and current resume to Amber Falcón.
Bethany Christian Schools (grades 4-12; enrollment 280) in Goshen, Indiana, invites applications for the part-time position of bus driver. The position is available immediately and continues until the end of the school year. For details and application procedures, see


Getting to Know

Becca Smucker

Getting to Know
I grew up in Harleysville, Pennsylvania in a family of four. My parents, brother, and sister-in-law still live in the Harleysville area. I attended Christopher Dock Mennonite High School where I enjoyed being involved in orchestra, track, and field hockey. I first visited Indiana on a college visit to Goshen College. I studied Psychology at GC and minored in Spanish, Peace & Justice, and International Studies. I met my husband, Simon, at Goshen College and have been married since May 2013. For the past couple of years, I have worked as a Skills Trainer at Oaklawn Psychiatric Center. This means that I teach skills such as emotion regulation, anger management, and building self-esteem to children, adolescents, and parents. My favorite activities include running, reading, biking, eating, laughing, and spending time with friends and family.

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.

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This Week:
October 28: Advent Committee, 7:00 p.m.
October 28: Worship Commission, 7:30 p.m.
October 29: MYF Small groups, 6:30 p.m.
October 30: Syndrome Speech Group, 3:30 p.m.
CalendarView Calendar Online

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

Praise God for Alfonsina and José Oyanguren, who live and work in the Argentine Chaco through Mennonite Mission Network. Pray for the outreach of the churches they serve as the movie Jesus has recently been dubbed in the Toba Qom language.
Pray for Emma Mennonite, Topeka, IN (Pastor: Gene Hartman) as they begin to search for a half-time youth minister. Pray also for Peace Community, Detroit, MI (Pastor: Bonita Childs)

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Church Notes
Sunday Service Info

This Sunday: October 26

Margaret Stoltzfus, Pat Darling and Richard Miller

Thelma Ramer

Dan & Matthew Williams

Nicholas Schrock
Elisabeth Barahona

Infants: Lois and John Mast
Toddlers: Roxanna Sommers and Renae Yoder

Next Sunday: November 2

Nancy Yoder, Julie & Phil Zimmerman

Thelma Ramer

Lisa and Darin Short

Infants: Julie and Phil Zimmerman
Toddlers: Diane Beam
Statistical Report 
(October 19)

General Fund: $6200.60
College Fund : $20.00
Bethany Tuition: $15.00
Mission Fund, Model School (potatoes): $281.00
MYF cheese shirt: $13.00
Kenya Relief (lamb): $6.00

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

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

Doug Baker
Richard Miller
Laverne Nafziger
Judy Weaver
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