College Care Packages
The MYF is making over 30 care packages for college students. Any items you are willing to donate to this project would be greatly appreciated. Bring anything you think college students might enjoy. Here are a few ideas:
- School supplies: highlighters, sticky notes, pens, pencils
- Granola bars
- Ramon noodles
- Trail mix
- Party mix
Please do not bring anything breakable or that needs refrigerated. We will have plastic baggies for foods that are open. Bring your items by Wednesday, February 8 and put them in the laundry basket by the mailboxes. The MYF will start putting the packages together around 6:30 p.m., after the haystack dinner. Thanks for all your help!
The Fellowship Commission invites everyone to come to a haystack dinner this Wednesday, February 8, 5:30-6:30 p.m. The food will be provided, just come and enjoy a fun time together! A sign-up sheet is posted in the fellowship hall. It is helpful if you sign up, but if you forget, still come.
Congregational Meal and Meeting
Our next Congregational meal and meeting will be on Sunday, February 19. The meeting's agenda includes:
Financial report for the fiscal year to date.
Update on the safe church policies.
Update on Marilyn Rudy-Froese's visa.
Update regarding the Appreciative Inquiry (AI) group discussions and how we plan to use the results.
Dan Schrock will be on vacation until Sunday, February 26.
Note from AMBS
Thank you for hosting Sungbin Kim as a guest speaker at Berkey Avenue on January 15! We are glad to be able to provide international students with an opportunity to share their story with local congregations, and are grateful for your openness to hearing Sungbin's message. If you would like to support international students like Sungbin, and allow AMBS to continue to make theological and ministerial education accessible for more leaders and emerging leaders in the broader church, please consider making a contribution
to international student aid at AMBS. Thanks in advance for your support!
Note from MCC
Thank you to all our Berkey Ave. friends for allowing us to use your space for our MCC Alumni and Friends gathering with Amela Puljek Shank on January 20. Special thanks to Matt who helped run the sound system and other church folks who were so helpful with all the cleanup after the meal. Thank you as a congregation for the many ways you support the work of MCC in the name of Christ! -Les Gustafson-Zook, MCC Great Lakes
Meals for College Students
Over 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. To sign up follow this link
; username: students, password: bamf. For more information, contact Ruth Roth
. Thank you so much for your meals and friendship to our students!
The library committee has set up a table in the Fellowship Hall with nonfiction books that have not been checked out for many years and are being discarded from the library to make room for new additions. You are welcome to take any of the books you want, and the rest will be donated to the Depot.
New to Our Library
Doing Good Better! How to be an Effective Board Member of a Nonprofit Organization
, by Edgar Stoesz and Chester Raber. This manual covers the realities that often threaten the relationship between an organization and its board, then suggests strategies for overcoming these difficulties.
Christianity for the Rest of Us: How the Neighborhood Church is Transforming the Faith
, by Diana Butler Bass. "The author has debunked the myth that the only churches that are growing are Evangelical and Pentecostal" - Jim Wallis
Untamed: Reactivating a Missional Form of Discipleship
, by Alan Hirsch & Debra Hirsch. Untamed
exposes the idolatrous clutter that fills our lives and seeks to recapture what it means to be authentic followers of Jesus.
Leading the Congregation: Caring for Yourself While Serving the People
, by Norman Shawchuck and Roger Heuser, a complete and definitive guide to the practice of church leadership.
The Missional Leader: Equipping Your Church to Reach a Changing World
, by Alan J. Roxburgh and Fred Romanuk. Experts in the field of missional leadership, the authors outline a strategic change model that can be implemented to help transform a congregation and its leaders.
Berkey Prayer Circle
The Prayer Circle of three to five people meets routinely on Monday nights at 7:00 p.m. in the church offices. We pray for Berkey members who have shared joys and concerns during the worship service, by using the blue prayer cards, or through individual concerns specifically expressed to us. All prayer requests are kept confidential. Additionally, we pray for the life of Berkey Ave, the community surrounding it, and the wider world.
The online directory
is updated weekly. You are encouraged to look over the photos to learn the names of those you may not know. Then, find them in church and introduce yourself! While you are looking at the directory, be sure to check out your profile. If you want to update anything, simply contact the office
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.
Bethany Visit Days are a great way for prospective students and families to see Bethany Christian Schools in action. Upcoming visit days include:
- Grades 4-5 on February 15: Students are invited to visit Bethany with a parent from 9:30-11:00 a.m.
- Grades 6-10 on February 20: Students interested in exploring Bethany can shadow a Bethany student from 8:40 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Parents are invited for coffee and conversation, 8:45-9:15 a.m. followed by an optional tour, 9:15 a.m.
For more information, to register, or to schedule a visit on another date see the Bethany website
Bethany Christian High School’s performing arts troupe, Emmaus, will deliver singing valentines on Tuesday, February 14. The cost is $10 and includes two songs and a card with the option of including a message on a card. Recipients need to be within 1 mile of Goshen, and the Valentines will be “delivered” between 8 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. Registration forms are available in the school office or may be downloaded online
. The troupe can only do a limited number of Valentines, so get your orders in early! Orders will be accepted through Monday, February 6, or until the schedule is full.
Buckeye Donkey Ball will be at Bethany Christian Schools at 7:00 p.m. Friday, February 10. Advance tickets are $6 ($8 at the door) and can be purchased from any middle school student or online
. Come watch and laugh as teachers, students, and local pastors play basketball while riding (or trying to ride) their donkeys. A porkburger meal (Mishler’s pork patty sandwich, chips/veggies, drink) will be available for $6 beginning at 6:00 p.m. Concessions also available. Berkey pastor, Marilyn Rudy-Froese,will be riding one of the donkeys!
You are invited to sit with your Berkey friends to cheer her on together.
Juanita Lark Welcome Center Dedication
On Friday, February 10, Goshen College will officially dedicate the newly-named Juanita Lark Welcome Center in honor of the college’s first African-American graduate in 1943. The dedication will follow a special convocation in the Church-Chapel at 10:00 a.m. about her life entitled, "This Far by Faith: The Life and Witness of Juanita Lark ’43." Members of Lark’s family will be in attendance for this special event during Black History Month. The public is warmly invited to celebrate with us.
The 57th annual Concerto-Aria Concert will be Saturday, February 11, 7:30 p.m. at Sauder Concert Hall. Tickets are $10 for adults, $7 for seniors/students and are available online
or call (574) 535-7566. The concert is free for GC faculty/staff/students with ID. The winners of the annual Concerto-Aria Competition will perform with the Goshen College Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Jose Rocha. Performers are: Anne Buckwalter, clarinet; Roxanne Gehring, viola; Sadie Gustafson-Zook & Naomi Peters, soprano; Julian Harnish, piano; Galed Krisjayanta, tenor; and Morgan Short, soprano
. Works by Weber, Stamitz, Andrew Lloyd Webber, Schumann, Leoncavallo, and Thomas.
Goshen College Afternoon Sabbatical
Everyone is welcome on Tuesday, February 14, 1:00 p.m. in Sauder Concert Hall, Music Center for the affternoon sabbatical, “I ♥ Comics: The Cultural Power of Comics and Graphic Novels,” by Jessica Baldanzi, GC associate professor of English. Jessica Baldanzi designed and developed the college’s course on comics and graphic narratives, writes the comics review blog Commons Comics for the Elkhart Truth, and is co-editing a collection of scholarly essays on Kamala Kahn, the new Ms. Marvel. Her presentation will review the language of comics, as well as their unique power – from Art Spiegelman’s Maus, which won the Pulitzer Prize in 1986, to the new Ms. Marvel – to negotiate difficult cultural conversations. This community program is free. If you have questions please call 574-535-7565 or email the sabbatical office
Anabaptist Mennonite Biblical Seminary
Sara Wenger Shenk, AMBS president and host of the Practicing Reconciliation blog, is pleased to share this reflection from Safwat Marzouk, associate professor of Old Testament at AMBS. Safwat is on sabbatical this semester, focusing on reading the story of Joseph (Genesis 37–50) through the eyes of forced migrants.
You and I might be citizens or legal residents of the United States, but at some point in history we or our ancestors immigrated or were forced to migrate. The stranger is not out there, but is within us, close to us, a part of who we are and an aspect of our story. Read more.
Mennonite Central Committee
You are invited to join Mennonite Central Committee (MCC) on a learning tour designed to bring awareness to the issues caused by the border wall along the Mexico/U.S. border. Participants will increase their understanding and knowledge of the social, economic, political and theological significance of migration in border communities, including advocacy tools and capacity building to engage others on borderlands and migration issues. The learning tour will take place on May 24-28 in Arizona and will include crossing the border into Mexico. Attendees will also have the option to participate in the Migrant Trail walk following the tour. Learn more
MCC U.S. decries the executive actions on immigration enforcement taken this week by President Trump as well as actions on refugee resettlement expected later. In our society, rejection of the immigrant—“the other”—still runs deep. By building walls and turning away refugees we ignore Christ’s call to care for those in need and to love the newcomer. We encourage you to consider new ways you can welcome immigrants and refugees as neighbors in your community, and to make your voice heard by contacting the White House and your members of Congress. Pray with us for hearts of love toward one another.
First Friday at The Window
Join The Window for dinner on February 3. First Baptist Church is their First Friday host. They will be serving delicious homemade lasagna, Italian salad, garlic toast and Texas sheet cake. The fundraiser is from 4:30 - 7:00 p.m., unless the food runs out! The suggested price of the meal is $9.00, and as always, all proceeds benefit our programs.
Watercolor as a Contemplative Practice
Pathways Retreat is offering sessions titled, Watercolor as a Contemplative Practice,
held on February 10 & 24 and March 10 & 24, 9:00 a.m.-3:30p.m. Facilitated by Sylvie Gudin Koehn, these beginner-friendly sessions offer the opportunity to combine creativity, spirituality and contemplation. Participants experiment with different watercolor techniques and are invited to observe what is happening on the page and within themselves. For more information or to register, visit the Pathways Retreat website
or contact Sylvie
Israel-Palestine Book Discussion
Pastors Nelson Kraybill and Suella Gerber invite you to a discussion of My Promised Land: The Triumph and Tragedy of Israel
, by Ari Shavit. Open to all, the group will meet at Prairie Street Mennonite Church at 10:30 am Saturday, February 25. Read the book in advance or simply come to hear a summary and join the discussion. Because of the books length we will be discussing chapters 1-9 only. For more information contact Jonathan Brenneman
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!
Elise and Adam Derstine are looking for a part-time caretaker for their daughter Sally, who is six months old. Babysitting would take place at the Derstine's home during the day, and days/hours are flexible--they could use anywhere from 4-15 hours of babysitting per week. Please contact Elise
if you are interested.
Overnight hosts are needed on March 17 for The Bluffton University Camarata Singers. Hosts will need to provide overnight lodging and also breakfast the following morning. The singing group will be here in Goshen to perform at Eighth Street Mennonite Church at 7:00 p.m. on the 17th. If you are interested in hosting, please contact Kristin Neufeld, (574) 621-3297.
For Sale: Aluminum Multi-Fold Wheelchair Ramp with 600 lb Capacity, purchased for use by Forest Hills Mennonite Church in Leola, Pa. It was never used due to a recent parking lot resurfacing that eliminated the need for a portable ramp. Durable and lightweight, this multi-fold wheelchair ramp can accommodate all styles of wheelchairs and provides a safe, efficient way to navigate over obstacles. Folds to 1/4 of its original size and breaks down into two easy-to-carry pieces. Original cost was $260; now asking $150 or best offer. Interested parties may contact FHMC