If you have announcement(s) for the newsletter, please contact the church office by Thursday, 9:00 a.m. Any announcements sent in after will have to wait until the following week.
Print Directory Sign-up
The online directory is ready and can be downloaded from our website
. We will also be printing out copies for those who would like to have a hard copy. This Sunday, we will have a sign up sheet, for those who would like to have a copy.
Spirit Feast Small Groups
If you’re looking for a place to find spiritual inspiration, learn from others’ stories and experiences, eat great food, build community, and connect with women of different stages and ages at Berkey, then this is a group for you! We have several small groups of women who meet once a month (rotating houses), socialize over a delicious meal, and share from our lives, with some emphasis on spiritual growth. Please contact Stephanie Wieand
by September 21 if you are interested.
After you're finished using the dishwasher in the church kitchen, please remember to turn the power switch off.
A big thank you goes to Meredith Yoder for making a new set of children’s bags for worship. These bags can now hold more activities – and look great! Children, it would be nice to give Meredith a personal thank you when you see her.
Berkey Hosting GIHN
We are hosting families from GIHN on September 22 – 29. We still have a need for a male overnight host on September 27 and a meal host on September 28. You would be hosting with someone else. If you can help in any way, please contact Ruth Roth
(533-8955 or 215-4992).
Peace Club is a gathering for CHILDREN in the PRIMARY and MIDDLER nurture classes AND THEIR PARENTS at Berkey Avenue and it happens in the Jubilee Hall every other month on the designated SUNDAY FOLLOWING NURTURE TIME. If you have any questions, ask Beth Berry
. Learn more
From the Deacons and Pastors
Here at Berkey, sharing time is an important way in which we connect with each other. It is a highly valued part of our congregational life by many people. Over the last number of years, the deacons (Caregiving Commission) have talked about sharing time: what its purpose is, how to improve it, how to best lead it. Two years ago, we surveyed the congregation to receive your input on sharing time, and to experiment with different ways of leading sharing time. Learn more
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. You can go online
directly to sign up for a meal (username: students and password: bamf) or contact Ruth Roth
Small groups are an important part of our life together as a congregation. They help us to deepen our relationships with each other and with God. If you are currently not in a small group, and would like to join one, or if you are interested in changing small groups, you can fill this form
. If you have questions, please speak to one of the Small Group Co-ordinating Committee members: Stephanie Wieand, Ron Good, or Marilyn Rudy-Froese.
The 47th Michiana Mennonite Relief Sale
The Michiana Mennonite Relief Sale
silent auction will be open for early bidding online at www.biddingforgood.com/MCCAuction
starting Friday. September 19 at 5 p.m., one week before the Relief Sale. You can also see the items in-person at the Fairgrounds during the sale. Come join the fun!
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!
Bethany Christian Schools
Bethany Christian Schools, Goshen, will host class reunions for its alumni and their families on Saturday, September 27, and all Bethany alumni will receive free admission to the Bethany-Westview boys soccer game on Friday, September 26 (5:00 JV start). The following graduating classes will hold their reunions: 1959, 1969, 1974, 1979, 1984, 1989, 1994, 1999, 2004, and 2009. Reunion classes will meet Saturday afternoon/evening for visiting and a catered dinner. Alumni interested in attending should register by September 19. Learn more
GC invites you to the afternoon sabbatical, featuring “Goshen College Called and Set the Course
,” by Abner Hershberger, GC professor emeritus of art and Anne Krabill Hershberger, GC professor emerita of nursing, on Tuesday, September 16, at 1 p.m. The two retired Goshen College professors from North Dakota and Ohio share their very different journeys to become Goshen College students, choosing career tracks and joining the Goshen College faculty. Abner and Anne have 70 years of combined teaching experience.
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Hospitality Needed to Help Save the Earth
There is a Great March for Climate Action happening! People are walking all the way from Los Angeles to Washington DC to raise awareness about the urgency of our global environmental crisis. Currently they are in the Chicago area. On Monday, September 15th, forty hardy walkers will be passing through Goshen and will be our guests camping out on the GC campus. College Mennonite Church has agreed to host a potluck on Monday evening, inviting students and members of the Goshen community to meet together, hear about their adventures and share with them about initiatives and environmental concerns in our area. Everyone is welcome to the potluck. While many of the hikers will be staying in tents, others would appreciate staying in neighboring homes. Please contact Glenn Gilbert
, if you are able to bring a dish or interested in hosting one or more people Monday night. Learn more
about the trip.
Anabaptist Mennonite Biblical Seminary
Seminary Virtual Fair
An online fair of seminaries and theological schools on September 17 is a great way to get answers to questions. Anabaptist Mennonite Biblical Seminary will have professors, students and admissions staff available for questions about study, campus life, financial aid and future vocations. Sign up
Pastoral Care Case Colloquy
Pastoral caregivers are invited to join a Pastoral Care Case Colloquy at Anabaptist Mennonite Biblical Seminary, meeting four times this fall. The Colloquy offers a collegial, safe and supportive space to consider challenges in pastoral care and receive guidance. It meets four Tuesdays, 3-5 p.m.; September 30, October 28, November 18 and December 9. Learn more
Conrad Grebel University College visit to Goshen
Conrad Grebel University College is located in Waterloo, Ontario.Grebel is a Mennonite liberal arts college situated on the University of Waterloo campus. On Monday, September 29th at 7:00pm we will be hosting an information session at Allan & Marilyn Rudy-Froese’s home in Goshen. Learn more
IN-MI Conference News
Conference leadership groups gathered this past weekend at Amigo Centre for an experiment in considering together how we joyfully follow Jesus and cultivate a missional imagination in every congregation. Missional Leadership Team (MLT) met Thursday evening and Friday to anticipate the coming year and imagine its work. Learn more.
Relief Sale Craft Building
Michiana Relief Sale is seeking someone to be in charge of one of the booths in the craft building. This position could be held by an individual or small group of people such as a Sunday school class or small group. The responsibilities held by the booth representatives include setting up the booth on Friday evening and having someone present in the booth throughout the sale. If you are willing to be a part of the craft sale in this way or have other questions, please contact Laura Shue
or (574) 536-4549.
IN-MI Mennonite Women's Retreat
You are invited to the annual IN-MI Mennonite Women's Retreat, which will be held at the beautiful Amigo Centre in Sturgis, Michigan, in October 10-12. If you have never attended, why don't you make this the year to attend? Shirley Showalter a seasoned retreat speaker will be speaking. She was the first female president of Goshen College and has recently published a book of her memoirs titled Blush
. For registration, print out the forms
. This year, childcare will be provided.
Real Men Read 2014
The United Way funded Real Men Read (RMR) program will once again be held at all the elementary schools within Goshen Community Schools. Readers will be reading to first, second, and third graders within the school system. The dates for RMR will be the week of October 27th and the week of November 17th. Learn more
Expanding Composting and Recycling
Join in the effort to promote composting and recycling at the Relief Sale, September 26 and 27. Volunteers are needed for two-hour shifts to encourage recycling and to move bags to dumpsters. Contact Dave Gerber
and state your preference for Friday or Saturday (early or late).
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!
Center for Healing & Hope (CHH), a compassionate, medical ministry, is seeking per diem Nurse Practitioners to provide medical care at any of our 6 weekly clinic sessions of 2-3 hours in duration. For more information about this position, visit http://www.chhclinics.org/
. Please send inquiries and resumes to Clare Krabill
, Executive Director, CHH.
The Hostetters are looking for Dog sitters and/ or house sitting for the following dates; September 24 thru October 5. Responsibilities include walking a very friendly dog twice a day, feeding him and keep a general eye on things while we will gone. If you are interested, contact Joy or Rick Hostetter
or (574) 875-4163.
The Center for Community Justice (CCJ) announces a full-time
(40 hours per week) opening in the Victim Offender Reconciliation Program (VORP) Position. See the job description
and send resumes to Anne Lehman
A part-time office assistant is needed at Bergey Financial in Goshen. This 24-hour per week job includes a variety of general office administrative tasks and initially would include helping with a large imaging project. Roy Bergey serves as a financial advisor, helping clients with their investment and insurance needs. If you have interest in this job opportunity, or know someone else who might, send a resume to Roy Bergey
or call (574) 361-6263.