Berkey Avenue Mennonite Fellowship
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May 1, 2016

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Berkey Announcements

Worship Series on the Senses

Worship SeriesDuring the month of May, the Worship Commission has arranged for a special series on the five senses. Our overall theme is “Awaken us, God, to who we are!” Although our five senses are integral parts of our embodied human experience, we aren't always aware of the role these senses play in our life with God. Our goal in this series is to explore some of the ways the senses enhance our relationship with God.
  • May 1 - Touching
  • May 8 - Hearing
  • May 15 - Seeing
  • May 22 - Baptism at the pond
  • May 29 - Smelling and Tasting

Kenyan Tea Fundraiser

tea fundraiserSunday, May 1, the Metekai's small group (Metekais, Bullers, Smuckers and Horsts) invite you to a Kenyan Tea Fundraiser between the worship and nurture hour. They will be serving Kenyan tea, samosas and treats. Donations will be collected to support students in Kimuka village, Kenya, the Metekai's home village. Checks should be made out to ERETO which is a 501(c) (3) organization. All donations are tax-deductible.

Stephen Ministry Commissioning Service

stephen ministriesTrish Yoder will be commissioned as a Stephen Minister during our morning service on May 8. Stephen Ministry is an important dimension of our ministry here at Berkey Avenue. We thank God for Trish and the other Stephen Ministers who provide support to those  experiencing difficult times.

Berkey Avenue Cleanup and Garden Project

Clean upOn Monday, May 9 at 5:30 p.m., the Mission Commission is seeking volunteers to:

1. Assist in picking up litter and debris on both sides of Berkey Ave. from the city limits west to CR.17.
2. To install the garden fence for this year.

Pizza and soft drinks will be served at 5:30 p.m. for those planning to help. A sign up sheet for volunteers is posted on the bulletin board by the mailboxes and we would ask that you sign up no later than May 8 to help determine how much pizza to order. All are invited to participate in these activities.

Berkey Volunteer Event

LaCasaNow is the time to sign up to volunteer to work at the LaCasa Help-A-House Community Work Day event being held in Goshen on Saturday, May 14. Berkey Avenue Mennonite will have a group volunteering at this event. See details and sign up on the bulletin board by the church mailboxes. Alternatively, sign up by calling/texting Dale Snyder at 574-238-6956 or send him an email.

Congregational Meeting

Congregational MeetingPlan to attend our next congregational meeting on May 15 which has a number of proposals you may be interested in. You will soon receive more information about these agenda items through your email and in your church mailbox.
1.  Approve minutes of the February 21 meeting.
2.  Hear about our budget and giving so far this year.
3.  Review the first draft of next year’s budget.
4.  Discuss (and possibly approve) a proposal to develop a schematic site plan.
5.  Discuss (and possibly approve) a proposal to add more parking and a playground.
6.  Discuss (and possibly approve) a proposal to hire a third pastor by early 2017.

Baptism Sunday

leftBaptism Sunday is May 22. You are invited to come for breakfast at 9:00 a.m. We will leave the church at 10:00 a.m. to caravan to Martin's pond for the service. For your comfort, please bring chairs or blankets to sit on, mosquito repellent and sunscreen. Nurture classes will not meet.

Thank You from the Wengers

thanksEllie Wenger came home from the hospital last week and is doing well. She needs to stay away from crowds for 2 weeks so that she doesn't get sick. Thanks for the balloon bouquet, cards and prayers. It means so much to have the support of our church family. - Sherry, Curt and Ellie Wenger

Thank You 

thanksModel School thanks us for our generosity and support. You are invited to read their thank you note, posted on the bulletin board by the mailboxes.

Mission Discretionary Fund

givingOur congregation's mission discretionary fund is open for additional contributions. Administered by the Mission Commission, this fund helps to pay for financial needs in our community that may have no other source of funding, or may have only limited funding. A requirement is that someone at Berkey is personally acquainted with the need and can recommend it. At its last meeting, the Mission Commission agreed to help with a particular need that depletes this fund by a few hundred dollars. If you want to contribute so the balance in the fund comes back up, please clearly designate your check for "Mission Discretionary Fund." Thank you.

New to Our Library

libraryEverence has donated a new book to our library, Giving Together, by Carol A. Wehrheim. Reminding us that stewardship is about much more than money, Wehrheim clearly illustrates a more holistic understanding of the concept to include careful consideration of the choices we make that show the role Christian discipleship plays in our lives. This book is ideal for group or family study.

Throwback Thursday

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!

Do you have an announcement for the Newsletter? Submit your announcement to the office by noon on Thursday. Announcements received after the deadline will be printed the following week.


Our Schools

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Schools Rule

WNDU-TV'S Morning Show featured Bethany in a Schools Rule segment last Friday. Watch it online.

Middle School Play 

Bethany Christian Middle School will perform The Willow Street Mysteries, written and directed by our very own Evie Nafziger with the help of Kyle Snyder, assistant director. The play begins at 7:00 p.m. on May 6 and 7. The Willow Street Mysteries is a light-hearted mystery about kids and families, missing items and confusion, and neighbors, and sometimes-friends. Watch as friends and neighbors work together—and against each other—to try to sort out the clues and quickly solve their mystery in time to celebrate Father’s Day. Tickets ($5 for adults and $3 for students) may be purchased online beginning April 18.

Summer Camp

Bright Time Summer Camp, June 6-10, 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.

Host Families Needed

Bethany Christian Schools is in need of host families for serving international students who would like to attend Bethany. This opportunity to gain cross cultural experience in your own home often becomes a rewarding experience for the host family, as well as a blessing to the student. Families receive monetary compensation. One school year commitment. For more information, contact admissions director Sarah Kraybill Lind , 534-2567.

Goshen College Goshen College

Community School of the Arts Concert

Community School of the Arts Choral Showcase Concert will be Sunday, May 1, 4:00 p.m. at Sauder Concert Hall. Tickets are $7 for adults or $5 for seniors/students, available online or call (574) 535-7566. The concert features performances by three CSA youth choirs: Rejoice (grades 3-5), directed by Kristin Kauffman; Shout for Joy (grades 6-8), directed by Sandy Hill; and Sommo Voci (grades 9-12), directed by Marcia Yost.

NatureFest at Merry Lea

NatureFest is a family campout and smorgasboard of outdoor activities held May 13 to 14 at Merry Lea Environmental Learning Center of Goshen College. Camp overnight if you wish, roast marshmallows, canoe on the Kesling Wetland, take a guided hike, try a photo scavenger hunt, learn to start a campfire, dip and squish for macroinvertebrates in a wetland. Typical attenders are children, ages 5 to 12 and their favorite adults, but all ages are welcome to join this day of intergenerational fun. For schedule, activities and registration, visit their website.

Summer Camp for Youth

Goshen College will offer a number of summer camp opportunities for kids three years old through high school, including a soccer camp (ages: 3-14, June 13-17 and June 20-22), a musical theater camp (grades 9-12, June 19-24), a girls coding poetry camp (grades 6-9, June 20-22) and Write on Sports (grades 7-8, July 11-22). Other camps may yet be announced. Learn more and sign up online.

AMBS Anabaptist Mennonite Biblical Seminary

Deep Faith: Anabaptist Faith Formation for All Ages will be Oct. 6–8 at Anabaptist Mennonite Biblical Seminary (AMBS), Elkhart, Indiana. This practical event will empower Anabaptist pastors, teachers and lay leaders in the church to develop a robust understanding of life with Jesus and expand their imagination of faith formation for the 21st century. Keynote speakers include John Roberto of LifelongFaith Associates; Rachel Miller Jacobs, assistant professor of congregational formation at AMBS; and Brian Quan, pastor of Toronto Chinese Mennonite Church. Sponsors include AMBS, the Anabaptist Faith Formation Network, Mennonite Camping Association, Mennonite Church Eastern Canada, Mennonite Church Manitoba and Mennonite Church USA/The Gathering Place. Early registration: $125 USD/regular, $50 USD/student until September 14. More information and online registration will be available as planning continues; see more online.

Community Announcements

Open Fifths Concert

The Open Fifths, a new a cappella men's choral ensemble, will hold its first public concert on Sunday, May 1 at 7:00 p.m. at the Rieth Recital Hall in the Goshen College Music Center. The Open Fifths sing a wide variety of unaccompanied music for male voices, from the Renaissance era to today. Tickets for the concert are $10 for adults and $5 for students and children. They will be available at the door, can be purchased from chorus member or can be reserved on the group's Facebook page.

Clinton Frame Sewing Invitation

Come and enjoy a day of fellowship and renewing acquaintances while stitching on long and short quilts and knotting comforters, May 4, 9:00 a.m. in the Clinton Frame fellowship hall. There will be a program at 10:30 a.m. Lunch will be provided by the Clinton Frame ladies. See the bulletin board by the mailboxes for more information.

First Friday Meal at The Window

The First Baptist Church will be hosting the First Friday Meal at The Window, 4:30 - 7:00 p.m. or until the food runs out. The menu includes lasagna, tossed salad, garlic toast, texas sheet cake, coffee and water.

Plymouth Craft Sale

Plymouth United Church of Christ is hosting a Community Yard & Craft Sale in their parking lot on Saturday, June 11, 8:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m. (A rain date is scheduled for June 18). All are invited to participate in this event. To reserve a space to sell crafts, call the church (533-7610) between 9:00 a.m. and 12 noon Monday-Thursday or call David Boothby (534-1009).  Fifty 10’ X 20’  spaces are available for $25 each (Sale items must fit within the confines of the space(s) rented). A limited number of tables are available at $10. Each vendor will handle their own sale. Set up time begins at  6:30 a.m.; parking is available for vendors.

The Dixie Swim Club

Elkhart Civic Theater presents The Dixie Swim Club, featuring Berkey member, Laura Mosier. This comedy will be at the Bristol Opera House on May 13-15; 20-22. For tickets go online or call 574-848-4116.

Senior Luncheon

You are invited to the next Senior Tuesday Luncheon at Yellow Creek Mennonite Church on Tuesday, May 17, noon in the Fellowship Hall. $5.00 per person is payable at the door. The program, The 5th Gospel: Images of the Holy Land will be presented by Nelson who is a regular traveler and Bible teacher. He will be narrating with pictures he has taken. For reservations, call the church office, 862.2595, by Tuesday, May 10.

Oaklawn Conference on Suicide

On May 5 and 6, Oaklawn will host a day-long conference featuring Kevin Hines, suicide survivor; and Dr. Thomas Joiner, psychology professor at Florida State University and suicide expert, and three break-out sessions focusing on practical application. The seminar will be held from 8:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. at the Century Center in South Bend. The event is repeated over two days, so attendees may choose which day works best. Cost is $60, and includes lunch. See more information online

Goshen Community Chorale Spring Concert

The Goshen Community Chorale will be presenting its spring concert at 7:30 p.m. on Sunday, May 8, at the First United Methodist Church, located at 214 South 5th Street in Goshen. This program will feature Mozart's celebratory "Coronation Mass," along with other sacred works by his contemporaries. The chorus will be accompanied by full orchestra for this event, which will also include a Mozart church sonata for keyboard and orchestra with the Chorale's accompanist Mary Rose Jordan as soloist. There is no admission charge and all are welcome.

MDC Goldenrod Chicken BBQ

Please come to the MDC Goldenrod Chicken BBQ fundraiser for Project Promise on Friday, May 6 from 4:00 - 7:30 p.m. at Fairhaven Amish Mennonite Church. Fairhaven is located 5½ miles east of Goshen on the north side of State Road 4 (13513 Indiana 4, Middlebury). Enjoy High’s chicken with potato, broccoli, bacon bits, sour cream, and home-made pie (fruit cups for carry-out orders). The suggested donation is $10 for the dine-in or carry-out meal. Proceeds will support the work of Project Promise, a program of MDC Goldenrod that aims to meet the spiritual and social needs of persons with disabilities.

Little Eden Work Weekend

Little Eden Camp’s spring work weekend is May 13-15. Projects will include painting/staining buildings, outdoor clean up, indoor spring cleaning, splitting wood, a small roofing project, putting picnic tables and benches out around camp, putting in the dock, and other projects. Housing and meals are provided free of charge for those volunteering. Please call 231-889-4294 or email their office if you are interested in helping prepare the camp for the summer season while enjoying beautiful Northern Michigan and warm fellowship. Volunteers of all ages and skills are welcome and greatly appreciated!

MEDA Annual Business Meeting

Join Michiana Mennonite Economic Development Associates (MEDA) for our Annual Business Meeting on Thursday, May 19th, 6:30 pm. The the dinner and program will take place at Bread & Chocolate in The Old Bag Factory, Goshen. Chapter members and guests will enjoy a meal catered by Bread & Chocolate, followed by a presentation by Jennifer King, senior project manager, from the MEDA home office. Ms. King is responsible for developing and managing market-driven projects integrating women small scale producers, farmers, or business owners into viable market systems. Jennifer currently manages one of MEDA's newest women's projects in Myanmar (Burma). The Myanmar project was the chapter's fundraising project for the 2015-2016 year, so we look forward to hearing more about how our funds will impact women's lives through this initiative. Please RSVP by Friday, May 13, by email  or  call 574-355-3607. Cost is $5 for students, $15 for Michiana MEDA members, and $20 for others, payable at the door.

Long-term Care Insurance Seminar

Join us for an informational seminar, Understanding long-term care insurance, on May 16 or May 19 at 6:30 p.m. at Everence. It will be presented by Elaine Martin and Richard Litwiller. Please RSVP by May 9. Visit the Everence wesite for more information.


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!

Isaac Daniels is looking for a cheap monitor; anything that will suit a computer's needs. It does not have to be super high-quality, just needs to work. Email or call Cindy Baker, 574-534-4485.

Anabaptist Mennonite Biblical Seminary, located in Elkhart, Ind., seeks a full-time admissions counselor to recruit prospective students and help oversee the admissions and enrollment process. Engaging communication skills and bachelor’s degree required. Experience in recruitment, sales or fundraising highly desired. Knowledge of Mennonite Church USA and Mennonite Church Canada and/or United Methodist structures a plus.  A full description is online. To apply, send letter of application and resume to Daniel Grimes. Review of applications begins immediately. 

Bethany Christian Schools invites applications for the position of evening custodian beginning June 2016. Successful applicants will have the aptitude to work independently, perform minor repairs on equipment, and supervise student cleaning crews during the summer. The position is approximately three-quarters time and eligible for partial benefits. Applications are being accepted until the position has been filled. For information about the position and an application form, go online or contact Head of School Tim Lehman.

The Center for Healing and Hope, a faith based urgent care clinic, has an opening for a Bookkeeper. This position is responsible for accounts receivable, accounts payable, financial reporting and development support. This is a 6-8 hour a week position. More information is available online.

The Children's Choir of Michiana seeks a part time music director. For more information see the bulletin board by the mailboxes.
Maple City Health Care Center, a non-profit organization providing affordable quality care is looking for a full time Billing Team Member to join our growing organization. The ideal candidate will be a fast learner with good attention to detail, bilingual in English and Spanish, with the ability to embrace our mission and work on a team. Experience and or training in a medical field or college degree is preferred. For more information or to see a job description, go to our website. Or, contact Pamela Weishaupt, 574-534-0088 ext. 421 for more information.  

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May 1
Small Group Representatives Breakfast, 8:00 a.m.
Kenyan Tea Fundraiser, 10:45 a.m.

May 2
Intercessory Prayer, 7:00 p.m.
Stewardship & Finance Commission, 7:00 p.m.

May 3
Fellowship Commission, 6:30 p.m.

May 4
MYF 7:00 p.m.

May 5
Ladies' Lunch Bunch, Rachel`s Bread, 11:30 a.m. RSVP to Laverne Nafziger.
Caring Team, 7:00 p.m.

May 7
Men's Breakfast, 7:00 a.m.
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Anniversaries This Week
Curt and Sherry Wenger

Birthdays This Week
Laura Horst
Alex Neufeld
Roxanna Sommers
Trish Shenk

PrayerPlease contact the office by noon on Thursday with prayer requests.

Pray for Olive Mennonite Church (Kevin Yoder, Sharon Yoder, Veva Mumaw, pastors). Pray that they will be drawn closer to God and to one another in ways that spur them to more fruitfulness in their community.

Praise God for the Sister Care ministry of Mennonite Women and its partnership with Mennonite Mission Network in offering hope around the world. Pray for Noëlie Bananzaro, Nancy Frey and Claire Traoré from Burkina Faso, as they share what they learned in Sister Care sessions last month in Kenya.

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Church Notes
Sunday Service Info

Next Sunday:  May 1

Rafael Barahona
Curt and Sherry Wenger

Thelma Ramer

Lowell and Diane Nafziger

Nick Schrock/Merrill Krabill

Infants:  Susan Garboden, Dave & Bev Krabill
Toddlers:  Jane Wang, Darin & Lisa Short 

Offering Counters:
John Hooley, Greg Smucker

Next Sunday:  May 8

Neil Miller Richer
Renae Yoder
Denise Risser

Anita Mounsithiraj
Dteban Mounsithiraj

Lowell and Diane Nafziger

Nick Schrock/Merrill Krabill

Infants:  Laverne Nafziger, Abby and Allan Rudy-Froese
Toddlers:  Jane Wang, Barb and Greg Smucker

Offering Counters:
Ron Good, Rick Hostetter

Statistical Report 
(April 24)

Attendance:  198
General Fund:  $3,687.00
Agape Fund:  $10.00
Bethany 2015/16:  $55.00
College:  $50.00
Summer Camp Fund:  $1,475.00

General Fund Income 2015-16 YTD
Actual:  $206,551.12
Budget:  $191,734 .00

Berkey Avenue
Mennonite Fellowship

2509 Berkey Avenue
Goshen, IN 46526
(574) 534-2398

Office Hours
Monday - Friday
Hours vary

Interim Communications and Office Manager, Jenny Hooley:
Tuesday - Friday
10:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.

Marilyn Rudy-Froese
Dan Schrock

Greg Smucker (Chairperson)
Shirley Dick
Sherm Kauffman
Anita Mounsithiraj
Richard Aguirre

Doug Baker
Richard Miller
Laverne Nafziger
Judy Weaver
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