Berkey Avenue Mennonite Fellowship
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February 1, 2015

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Berkey Announcements

Thank You

Thank youTo all those who made desserts for the Teacher Appreciation Meal -- Thank you, thank you! Your generous contributions to the dessert bar made the meal very special and delicious! You should find your returned dishes on the table by the kitchen this Sunday. Thanks again!
~ Cindy, Dan, Deb, Marilyn and Ruth (Christian Ed. Commission)

Ladies Lunch Bunch

The Lunch Bunch will meet at the Bistro, February 5 at 11:30 a.m. Please RSVP to Laverne Nafziger.

Becca's and Simon Blog

If you want to follow Simon and Becca Smucker's MCC Bolivia experience, you can check out their blog. Here is their blog link.

Greetings from Bolivia

Greetings from BoliviaHello to my church family and friends up in cold, snowy North America! I hope this finds you doing well, and keeping safe and warm. Temperatures here in Santa Cruz are currently hovering around 95 degrees, so if you need a respite from freezing, come on down! I want to apologize for failing to write an update about my life sooner, but I found myself caught up in class preparations during first semester and was unable to write. I hope this newsletter makes up for months of silence! Read the full newsletter.

Mission Commission

Mission Commission ProjectThe Habitat For Humanity store, located at 2526 Peddler's Village Rd., is moving one block north into the vacated Michiana Furniture Gallery Building on Rt. 33. This move will provide more space and visibility for the store. The Mission Commission has scheduled an evening service project to assist the Habitat Staff in preparing for this move on Wednesday, February 11th from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. We plan to meet at the church at 5:45 p.m. and car pool to the store. There will be a signup sheet in the Fellowship Hall on Sunday. Please plan to join us to help with this project and to learn more about Habitat's work in Elkhart County.

Creation Care Class

Creation Care ClassThe Every Creature Singing class will discuss session 7, Hearing from the Global Community on Sunday, February 2. 
This session uses the Apostle Paul's image of a broken wall in Ephesians 2 to help us think about the walls that divide us, whether they are political, geographical, cultural or something else. How can we hear voices that are very different from our own, and what might we learn from them? Anyone is welcome to drop in. The curriculum is online.

Stephen Ministry Training has Begun

Stephen MinistryDoug Baker is participating in the Stephen Ministry training at Waterford Mennonite Church. He, along with participants from College Mennonite and Waterford Mennonite, has begun the task of studying, discussing, experiencing, and trying out the skills involved in sharing God's love and compassion with those experiencing challenges and transitions in life. Let us thank God for these ministers and ask God's continued help and blessing during this time of training.

Seating During Worship

Seating Arrangements in the SanctuaryWhen you seat yourself for worship, we encourage you to choose seats in the middle of the row, so those who come after you can find seats closer to the aisles. The front row of the center section also has open seats. The Worship Commission is considering different seating arrangements that might include more chairs, but meanwhile every chair is important.

Meals for College Students

College students mealOver 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. If you can help in hosting a meal, please go to the website (usarname: students   password: bamf)  or contact Ruth Roth or (574) 533-8955). 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. Thank you so much for your meals and friendship to our students!

More Sanctuary Chairs

More sanctuary chairsThis is the last you could donate to the chair fund. The Coordinating Council is offering the congregation an opportunity to buy more new chairs for the sanctuary and to replace at least some of the older brown chairs. These new chairs will be identical to the 107 chairs that are currently in the front of the sanctuary. Our chair fund already has about $6,960, enough to buy 49 new chairs.

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

Students in grades 6-10 interested in exploring Bethany Christian Schools can shadow a Bethany student on Monday, February 16, (President’s Day) 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! For more information or to register, visit.

Goshen College Goshen College

 The Norell Piano Duo will be holding a special Valentine's Day recital on Saturday, February 14, at 7:30 p.m. in Sauder Concert Hall of the Goshen College Music Center. Luke and Mary Rose Norell, piano faculty at the GC Community School of the Arts, will be performing works for two piano by Mozart, Lutoslawski, and Rachmaninov. Admission to the concert is $10, with tickets available at the door one hour in advance of the concert.

AMBS Anabaptist Mennonite Biblical Seminary

This year's Hope for the Future event gathered leaders from across Mennonite Church USA, specifically leaders of color working at various levels in the denomination and executives from the dominant culture. Together, they engaged in challenging, generative and necessary conversations about how power functions and is used in our institutions. Using a resource for social change called The Powercube, participants began taking the first steps toward creating space for diverse leaders to activate their gifts for the sake of God's work through the church. AMBS sent intercultural competence and undoing racism coordinator Nekeisha Alayna Alexis and chief financial officer Jeff L. Miller to represent the seminary at the event. See Photos

Community Announcements

Traveling Exhibition

Professor Elizabeth Resnick from Massachusetts College of Art and Design, Boston, will be visiting the University of Notre Dame campus as part of the Graphic Advocacy: International Posters For The Digital Age 2001–2012 exhibit at the Snite Museum of Art. She will be giving a presentation Monday, February 2, 2015 at 7 p.m. in the Annenberg Auditorium. Learn more.

Mennonite World Conference

Hundreds of persons from Africa, Asia, Latin America and Europe have already registered for PA 2015, the next Mennonite World Conference Global Assembly to be held in Harrisburg, PA July 21-26, 2015. This will be an opportunity to make new friends, listen to the stories of their lives and congregations, pray for each other, and take courage from these fellow believers from around the world. Five days of great music, workshops, small sharing groups, tours, inspirational sermons from many lands, and much more! Register online.


On Thursday, February 12, Oaklawn will be offering Youth Mental Health First Aid which is designed to teach parents, family members, caregivers, teachers, school staff, peers, neighbors, health and human services workers, and other caring citizens how to help an adolescent (age 12-18) who is experiencing a mental health or addiction challenge or is in crisis.
The program covers: common mental health challenges for youth, reviews typical adolescent development teaches a 5-step action plan for how to help young people in both crisis and non-crisis situations. The program's cost is $60 which includes program handbook, certificate, coffee, snacks, and lunch. Learn more.


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!
The Window has an opening for a full-time Cook/Administrator to provide simple, inexpensive and nutritious meals to people with inadequate diets and funds. The ideal candidate will possess commercial food prep experience, Board of Health requirements (ServSafe) preferred and have strong organizational and communication skills. If you know of anyone who would be interested in applying for this position please have them send their resume to:The Window, Inc. 223 S. Main St. Goshen, IN 46526.
 MDC Goldenrod is looking to hire the following administrative positions.
Care Manager to be responsible for the coordination of programs in residential sites both provided by MDC Goldenrod and individuals who live in their own or family homes and to assure excellent quality of life for all individuals being supported. DSP Manager, responsible for oversight of all Direct Support Professionals (DSPs) in compliance with all MDC Goldenrod policies. This position will work to ensure that applicants are interviewed and processed as needed for the agency to provide adequate quality of care for all MDC Goldenrod Community Members as well as new hire and on-going training as defined in IAC 460 and MDC Goldenrod policies. Scheduling Coordinator, responsible for the development and creation of the schedule for all Direct Support Professionals (DSPs) to ensure staff is assigned to meet approved budgeted hours of service for all MDC Goldenrod Community Members in compliance with all MDC Goldenrod policies.  Groundskeeper/Maintenance Assistant, responsible to oversee upkeep and maintenance of the MDC Goldenrod grounds in both Goshen and Middlebury also to provide back up to the Maintenance Director when needed. For additional information and applications please visit.  Applications can be dropped off at the MDC offices; 1514 College Ave. Goshen or emailed to



Getting to Know

Diane Beam

Getting to Know
I was born to a traditional Mennonite farming family in eastern PA.  I graduated from Lancaster Mennonite School and Goshen College, where I studied nursing and met my husband, Jim Alvarez.  After living in PA a few years, we have lived in Puerto Rico, (for about 10 years) Philippines, and Texas.  Our daughter, Sara, works for Mennonite Mission Network as a news editor.  Our other daughter, Corine, is an accountant for Deloitte in Chicago, and was married last summer to Niles Graber Miller.  I work as a medical coder for Kosciusko Community Hospital for almost 10 years now.  When our medical records became electronic, I moved my computer to my home office.  It is especially convenient, when the snow is blowing, to know it does not affect my commute.  I like to travel, take walks, and am a football (Dallas Cowboys) and tennis fan.  One of my favorite activities last year (besides the wedding) was a Paul Simon and Sting concert.   I am happy to be a part of Goshen community and thankful for Berkey Avenue’s demonstrations of Christ’s loving, healing, caring presence.

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:
February 3: Fellowship Commission, 6:30 p.m.
February 3: Worship Commission, 7:30 p.m.
February 4: MYF - Worship Planning, 7:00 p.m.
February 5: Ladies Lunch Bunch, 11:30 a.m.
February 7: Men's Breakfast, 7:00 p.m.

CalendarView Calendar Online

Anniversaries and Birthdays Next Week:

Paul Liechty
Peter Schrock
Rebekah Garboden
Mason Short

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

Mennonite Mission Network partners, Akiko Aratani and Ray Epp, serve as directors of Menno Village, a sustainable agriculture initiative in Japan. Pray that more people will join this farming community, and pray for healing for their son, Kazu, who has been hospitalized with Crohn’s disease.

DownloadFebruary MMN Prayer Vine

Church Notes
Sunday Service Info

This Sunday: February 1

Clare Krabill, Curt and Elise Wenger

Laverne Nafziger

Missy and John Schrock

Michael Sherer and Elisabeth Barahona

Infants: Jan and Peter Shetler and Annie Hu
Toddlers: Betty Kauffman and Jacob Rudy-Froese

Offering Counters:
Greg Smucker and Ruth Hathaway

Next Sunday: February 8

Barbara Eichorn, Curt and Elise Wenger

Laverne Nafziger

Missy and John Schrock

Michael Sherer and Elisabeth Barahona

Infants: Anita and Dale Snyder and Annie Hu
Toddlers: Nancy and Dick Yoder and Jacob Rudy-Froese

Offering Counters:
Ron Good and Rick Hostetter
Statistical Report 
(January 25)

Attendance: 188
General Fund: $3,799.01
College Fund: $20.00
Bethany Tuition: $165.00
Chair Fund: $700.00
Coffee: $96.80
Mission Emphasis - Model School (sale of popcorn): $420.00

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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