Mats for the Homeless this Sunday
Since there will be no nurture time this coming Sunday, and since there are still plastic bags to be prepared for crocheting and knitting into mats for the homeless, volunteers are welcome to stay after worship to continue with this project. Please plan to bring scissors or rotary cutters and mats if you wish to help with cutting.
At this point, six Berkey persons are knitting or crocheting mats, or have expressed interest in doing so. If anyone else is interested, please contact Connie Bauman, as we are planning to divide the prepared bags soon so that the desk in the JYF room can be cleared off and knitters/crocheters can take the bag strips and plastic yarn (plarn) to their homes to continue working on their mats. Another way to help with the project would be taking bag loops home and making them into plarn balls.
Note from the Zimmermans
Dear church family:
Our family is overwhelmed and grateful for your loving care and concern in walking with me before, during and after my open heart surgery. I appreciate your gift of the prayer shawl, beautiful planter, numerous encouraging cards and e-mails, phone calls, visits from Ron and Dan in the hospital, as well as visits from some dear friends. Our family has been blessed with incredibly delicious meals provided to us the last 2 1/2 weeks which has been so helpful. Thanks to those of you who took the time and effort to tangibly show your love during this busy Christmas season!
Peace to you, ~Julie and Phil Zimmerman and family
Note from the Leichtys
The lovely flowers that Berkey sent Paul arrived right after he got out of ICU. It brightens his room and is a reminder of our friends back there. While this "adventure" was not one that we anticipated with our move to PA, we know that God will use it to draw us closer to Him and bring from it something that will witness to His faithful love and care. Meanwhile we are finding many things to be thankful for - many in retrospect, things we took for granted earlier.
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.
A new page has been created on the Berkey website to make donations, view payment history and manage your accounts. Visit the page.
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!
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Sixth grade Bible students drew illustrations of something that means peace to them as part of their study on responding to injustices in our world.Together they read a children’s story, The Christmas Menorahs, based on the true story of how a town fought hatred and bigotry in its midst. Following the story, their teacher, Juanita Hershberger, helped them ponder and share from their own experiences of injustice—of times that others stood up for them and times when people did not, and how they felt in those situations. They also thought about times they have stood up for others, and times they have been silent—and how being silent is similar to actually participating yourself. View their illustrations.
Martin Luther King, Jr. Day
The Goshen College community will honor the life of Martin Luther King, Jr. with events on January 15 and 16. All are invited to a concert on Sunday, January 15 at 7:00 p.m. in the Umble Center. Then, join us on Monday, January 16 for a community breakfast (tickets required), workshops, lectures and other activities, and guest speaker Sarah Thompson, Executive Director of Christian Peacemaker Teams. This year’s theme, "It Is Time," reminds the Goshen community that it is time to tell your truth, time to speak, time to tend to trauma, time for restoration, and time for compassion. Visit their website for more information and the full schedule
Women's Spirituality Retreat
Merry Lea Environmental Learning Center will be hosting a Women’s Spirituality Retreat in late January. The annual retreat includes biblical input, time outdoors connecting with creation, conversation with other women, and quiet time alone. The weekend is based within Christian assumptions, language, and stories, but women who stand outside that circle are welcome as well. This year the focus will be on how women have often lived in the shadows - or moved in and out of them. The retreat will be held from January 27, 7:00 p.m. - January, 28, 4:00 p.m. at Merry Lea’s Farmstead Barn Site (2152 S 425 W, Albion, IN 46701). The cost is $50.00 and includes input, lodging, and meals. Registration is required by January 24th. Learn more and register.
Anabaptist Mennonite Biblical Seminary
Let's Connect! Would you like to deepen your understanding of how you can serve in your current setting? Consider Anabaptist Mennonite Biblical Seminary’s Master of Divinity (MDiv) Connect program, which offers you in-depth study, spiritual formation and vocational internships — wherever you’re located. By taking 12–14 credit hours per year in either online or hybrid formats, you can complete the 80-hour program in five and a half years. Learn more.
Mennonite Church USA
Registration for “Beyond Buried Treasure: Turning Hidden Resources into Assets” is now open. This second joint MHS Mennonite Health Assembly and Mennonite Education Agency Education Leaders Gathering takes place March 9-12 in Jacksonville, Florida. Read more.
Mennonite World Conference
Mennonite World Conference shares about food from around the world. Enjoy learning to make Löffelspätzle, a German food. There is no typical German food in Germany because each region has its own recipes. Spätzle is a dish from Schwaben, in the south of Germany. Traditionally, Spätzle are made by scraping long, thin strips of dough off a wooden chopping board (Spätzlebrett) into boiling water. This recipe is a variation that is prepared using one or two tea spoons, the so called “Löffelspätzle”, spoon Spätzle. It is said that this has been one of the first ways to make this dish. View the recipe.
Mennonite Central Committee
Last year MCC worked with their partner, Forum for Development, Culture and Dialogue (FDCD), in Lattakia, Syria to bring together people from opposing sides of the war. The program, called "We complete each other" ran a peace-building camp for kids. Watch this YouTube video
to see what the children had to say.
GriefShare Support Group
Silverwood Mennonite Church will be hosting a GriefShare support group on Thursday afternoons, January 5 – March 30, 12:30 – 2:30 p.m. GriefShare is a special weekly seminar/support group for people grieving the death of someone close. It’s a place where you can be around people who understand how you feel and the pain of your loss. At GriefShare, you’ll learn valuable information that will help you through this difficult time in your life. The cost is $20 per person, $30 per couple, and there is no cost for previous attenders. RSVP is requested; please call Silverwood at 533-1922. Registration will take place at the first session you attend. Anyone is welcome to attend at any time during this cycle as each session is self-contained.
First Friday Meal
The Window's head cook, Ron Dove, is their January First Friday host. The menu for this event includes Turkey Manhattan, green beans, salad and pineapple upside-down cake. Hot cocoa or coffee will be available to drink. This meal guarantees to hit the spot on a chilly January evening. The suggested price of the meal is $9.00, and as always, all proceeds benefit their programs.
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!