Berkey Avenue Mennonite Fellowship
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Berkey Avenue Mennonite Fellowship
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October 6, 2013

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Berkey Announcements

Relief Sale Recap

A big thanks goes to everyone who supported the Michiana Mennonite Relief Sale! We had lots of GREAT volunteers at the cheese booth, selling 2,046 lbs. of cheese and earning $6,123 for MCC. Last year we sold 2,022 lbs. and earned $5,430 for MCC. Berkey Avenue also donated $957.91 to Penny Power this year. The "Electrified" wall hanging made by Debra Detwiler Brubaker and Shirley Claassen Dick sold for $475! On a broader scale, the silent auction grossed over $28.5K in revenue this year (before expenses) to support the work of MCC. Thanks again for the generous support of the many donors, bidders, volunteers, sponsors and attendees. We still need 2 new people interested in joining the planning committee for a 3 year term. ~ Bev and Dave Krabill, Anita and Tavi Mounsithiraj, Diane Beam and Jim Alvarez.

New to the Library

This week we add four titles to our library collection!  they include Blush:  A Mennonite Girl Meets a Glittering World by Shirley Showalter, Reading the Bible after Christendom by Lloyd Pietersen, Tyndale Handbook of Bible Charts & Maps by Neil S. Wilson and Linda K. Taylor and for our elementary school readers we have Word after Word after Word by Patricia Maclachlan. Learn more.

Thank You Notes

Charity and MattDear Berkey family- Thank you so much for the wedding shower you gave us a few weeks ago!  We feel very blessed to continue to be supported by the congregation; it is always wonderful to be back with you all.  Thank you for your cards, notes, and monetary gifts, which we'll use to help furnish our home.  If you're ever coming through Pittsburgh, look us up!  ~ Blessings, Matt and Charity (Grimes) Bauman

Lois Ann Hartman

As was shared in last Sunday's worship service, Lois Hartman, the mother of Marcia Weaver and Evie Nafziger, died Saturday evening. Lois and her husband, Wilmer, have been members of the congregation though they have not been able to attend for health reasons. The visitation will be Saturday, October 5 from 3:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m. in The Meetinghouse at Greencroft Goshen. A memorial service will be held on Sunday, October 6 at 3:00 p.m. here at Berkey. Please continue to hold the family up in your prayers. Read the obituary.

Update on Simelwe (Sim) Dlova

Simelwe (Sim) DlovaSim is now studying in the Intensive English Program at EMU.  There is a letter and pictures from her on the Mission Bulletin board.  Thank you to those who have helped support Sim's education.  $200 was also given from the Berkey Mission Discretionary fund.  An additional $5000 is still needed for Sim's support, partially due to higher than expected health insurance costs.  Please contact Anna at if you are able to provide more assistance.

Congregational Appreciative Inquiry

The Spiritual Leadership Team of Berkey Avenue Mennonite Fellowship has been given the task of “assessing how well the congregation is living its vision and mission.” To that end we are planning for an afternoon/evening of “Appreciative Inquiry” at the church on November 3rd. During this process we will be listening in a structured way to what people have to say about their experience at Berkey Avenue through generational focus groups. So you may be invited to participate in one of these groups chosen randomly among the generational groups. If you are asked to come you will be given the questions ahead of time to prepare. We hope that the groups will not take much more than one hour of your time.  After the process we will put together the results as a report to the congregation for the November congregational meeting. We would appreciate everyone’s help in this process of discernment – if you are chosen please come, if you are not chosen but still want input you can fill in your answers to the questions in written format. ~ Thanks so much! SLT

Jubilee Renovation Fundraising Update

Our chart is growing more green every week. Praise the Lord! We have now received $38,363 toward our goal of $54,900 for the Jubilee Renovations in our building.  This means that we still need $16,537 by the end of October.  Do consider what you can give, and thank you for your support. .  ~ The Fundraising Committee, Phil Zimmerman, Jim Brenneman and Barbara Eichorn

From the Worship Commission

As a Worship Commission, we strive to support worship services that begin with reverence and praise of God, and conclude with our awareness of our community and relationship with each other and the world. To this end, we invite musicians to prepare prelude pieces that will help us to prepare our spirits for worship. We invite you to enter the sanctuary quietly, so that you can participate in this time of preparation. We also endeavor to end the worship services by 10:45 a.m., so that we can enjoy fellowship with each other, and so that those who have prepared for Christian Education, have enough time for their classes. To this end, we invite you to submit your announcements to the church office by Thursday at 9:00 a.m., so that we can minimize the number of verbal announcements that need to be made on Sunday morning, thus ending our service as close to 10:45 a.m. as possible. Thank you and may God be glorified in our worship together.

Take them a Meal

One of the highlights for our young adults and 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 would like to host a meal for our students, please sign up below. 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 young adults and students! When you sign up the recipient last name is "College Students" and the password is "bamf."

Berkey Avenue Small Groups

Small groups help us to deepen our relationships with each other and with God. In addition to the traditional, intergenerational groups that currently exist, we are offering small groups formed around a theme or common interest: Praying with Scripture, Dinner and a Movie, Prayer Shawl Ministry, and Spirit Feast. If you are interested in joining the Praying with Scripture small group, please contact Dan or Jennifer Schrock directly, as the group wants to begin meeting in the next week or so. If you are interested in joining one of these small groups, or the on-going intergenerational groups, please fill out a response form, either online or by paper copy, by Sunday, October 6. If you have questions, you can speak to one of the Small Group Co-ordinating Committee members: Jan Shetler, Ron Good, Lois Mast or Marilyn Rudy-Froese. Learn more and sign up.

Throwback Thursdays

Throwback ThursdaysHead 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

Bethany Christian SchoolsBethany Christian Schools

UB Bruin Club

The UB Bruin Club is an opportunity for students in grades 3-5 who are planning to attend Bethany Christian Schools or wanting to explore that option. Children can make friends with future classmates and begin to have their own fun experiences at Bethany. The next meeting is Friday, October 11, from 6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. This month’s activity is art projects. For more information or to register, see

Fall Concert

Bethany Christian Schools instrumental groups will present concerts on Thursday, October 17. Lower school groups will perform at 6:30 p.m. and high school groups at 8:00 p.m. The concerts are free and open to the public.

Goshen CollegeGoshen College

Afternoon Sabbatical: Faith, Time and Place

You are invited to a Goshen College Afternoon Sabbatical on Tuesday, October 8, at 1:00 p.m. at Sauder Concert Hall. The presentation is entitled " Faith, Time and Place: A Childhood in Three Acts," by Dr. Shirley Hershey Showalter. Using her recently-published memoir Blush about growing up Mennonite in Lancaster County, PA, in the 1950s and 1960s, former president of Goshen College Shirley Hershey Showalter will talk about the three-act structure of memoir as it imitates life. Using photos, artifacts, and hymns, Showalter will illustrate how the joys, fears, and longings of her childhood led to improbable paths to Goshen, Indiana, and to the presidency. This event is free and open to the public. For additional information or questions, please call (574) 535-7565.

Afternoon Sabbatical: Phantom of the Opera

Join us for an Afternoon Sabbatical Trip to Chicago for the 25th anniversary production of The Phantom of the Opera! On Saturday, January 18th, 2014, we will head up to the Chicago Auditorium Theater for the show. (Tickets confirmed on orders through October 15th. After that, only if still available.) The cost is $130 and includes coach travel, best-seating theater tickets and a box supper. Please call (574) 535-7565 or email learn more or reserve your seat! Learn more.

AMBSAnabaptist Mennonite Biblical Seminary

Alumni Recognition Event

Kathy Bergen, one of two graduates of Anabaptist Mennonite Biblical Seminary who is receiving this year’s alumni recognition, will share stories of 30 years of ministry in and for Israel-Palestine on Thursday, October 10. Her presentation is at noon; a light lunch is available at 11:40 a.m. in the Lambright Center, 3003 Benham Avenue, Elkhart. Learn more.

AMBS Open House

Anabaptist Mennonite Biblical Seminary will be having an Open House on November 15. Encourage someone with gifts for ministry to attend. Sitting in on classes and experiencing campus life is the best way to test whether seminary study is the next step toward ministry. Register online.

Community Announcements

Mennonite Youth Choir Festival

The Mennonite Youth Choir Festival is taking registrations for the 23rd Annual Festival, to be held March 1 and 2, 2014, at the Goshen College Music Center. This festival invites singers from all faith communities in grades 3-9 to participate. Your registration may be completed on the website at Early registration is $30 if paid by November 15, 2013. After November 15, registration is $40. The final registration deadline is January 2, 2014. Learn more.

Meals On Wheels Nelson's Chicken Fundraiser

Meals On Wheels of Goshen is having a Nelson's Chicken fundraiser on October 4, which is this month's First Friday. The money raised will help cover the cost of meals that go out to our clients who can't afford to pay at all or the full amount of the meal. These meals provide nourishment for homebound Goshen residents who are unable to prepare meals for themselves. Receiving a meal also means the resident has someone who will check in on them every day in case of an emergency. Learn more.

ADNet Mailing Party

Anabaptist Disabilities Network (ADNet) invites you to a party! Come join us for fellowship, guessing games, and snacks while helping us prepare our next newsletter for mailing.  We will gather on Thursday, October 10 at 7:00 p.m. in the ADNet Offices (Mennonite Church USA Building, 3145 Benham Ave., Elkhart, IN - adjacent to AMBS). The building is wheelchair accessible. Help ADNet and enjoy the fellowship with food, games and prizes! Kindly RSVP to Questions? Call us at (574) 343-1362.

Clinton Frame Mennonite Church 150th Anniversary

Clinton Frame Mennonite Church will reminisce, fellowship, and give thanks, celebrating 150 years together as a congregation. The festivities will be held on Saturday and Sunday, October 12 and 13 at the church (located at 63846 County Road 35, Goshen, IN). On Saturday evening the fun will begin at 6:30 p.m. as those gathered will enjoy a light-hearted look at Clinton Frame’s history through stories, skits, and songs. A beard contest will be held after the service during a pie and ice cream social. Beginning at 9:30 a.m. Sunday morning, all present will meet in the sanctuary to hear brief stories and sing through the years. The 10:30 a.m. worship hour will include celebrating how Christ is building His church through a keynote message from Wes Bontreger, former member at Clinton Frame and now pastor at Yellow Creek Mennonite Church, and a response from Terry Diener, lead pastor at Clinton Frame. A noon meal will follow to continue fellowship. For more information, see the church website at or phone the church office at (574) 642-3165.

MEDA Annual Business Tour

Join us October 19 at 8:30 a.m. for the MEDA Annual Business Tour. We will begin with breakfast at Silverwood Mennonite Church (1712 W Clinton Street, Goshen). BriMar Wood Innovations (2108 Eisenhower Dr N, Goshen) will be the business featured that morning; they make laminate veneering furniture. Brian Roe and Mark Wert are the owners. We will then go to their business located in Goshen for a tour. Kindly RSVP by Monday, October 14 by emailing or by calling (574) 355-3607. (If you don’t receive a confirmation email or phone call, please let us know.) Meal and program costs are $15 for members and $20 for non-members.

MCC World Food Day

World Food Day is October 16 . With the support of MCC's agriculture program in Bangladesh, farmers are now able to grow corn and soybeans to sell. Consider supporting MCC's food giving projects on World Food Day, October. 16. MCC also offers worship resources and bulletin inserts for World Food Day. Check them out!

MEA Benefit Dinner

Please join in helping MEA’s Hispanic Pastoral and Leadership Education Program celebrate the 25th anniversary of IBA (Instituto Bíblico Anabautista / Anabaptist Biblical Institute). A celebration will take place Thursday, October 17 at 6:30 p.m. in the new Mennonite Offices community room (3145 Benham Avenue). Suggested donations are $50 per plate. The evening will include appetizers, music, office tours, dinner, IBA stories, a guest speaker and, of course, birthday cake! Featured speakers are: J. Nelson Kraybill and IBA director Rafael Barahona Sr. For reservation information contact Veva Mumaw at or call (574) 343-1312. Learn more.

Taste of Goshen Tickets on Sale 

Tickets are on sale now for the Taste of Goshen, a traveling meal, to benefit the Center for Healing & Hope. The event is Saturday, October 12, from 3:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m. Tickets are $50 and may be purchased by calling CHH at 574-534-4744 ext. 201, or via email at Tickets are also available at Menno Travel, 210 S. Main Street, Goshen. On sale through October 4th or until sold out. Learn more.

MCC Alumni & Friends International Potluck

Please join us for an MCC Alumni & Friends International Potluck on Sunday evening, November 24th at 6:00 p.m. at Berkey Avenue Mennonite Fellowship. Sarah Adams, MCC Country Representative in Lebanon, will be the speaker for this very interesting and informative update on MCC's work in Syria and with Syrian refugee camps in Lebanon and Jordan. For questions or to RSVP, contact the MCC Great Lakes office at (574) 534-4133 or email Les Gustafson-Zook at

Oaklawn Professional Education Series

As part of Oaklawn's 2013 Professional Education Series we will be hosting free mental health breakfasts in the month of October and November. These FREE breakfasts are led by Oaklawn experts and 1.0 CEU will be available. On Tuesday, October 8 (in South Bend), and Tuesday, November 12 (in Elkhart) our topic will be Sexually Maladaptive Youth: Understanding and Management by Kim Neff, M.S.W., LCSW and Julie Albano, M.S.W., CSAYC, B.I.P. Trainer, LCSW. This program will discuss the challenges in counseling sexually maladaptive youth and provide information on effective strategies. Learn more.

Damascus Road Antiracism Analysis Training

Have you been confused by the George Zimmerman trial? Have you had a conversation about "race" and found that you kept talking past each other? You are not alone, and on November 8-10, 2013, in Goshen, the Damascus Road Antiracism Analysis Training, presented by Roots of Justice, can help you and your church or organization have more productive conversations about race and racism. 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!

I have two tickets for sale for the Goshen College Performing Art Series event “An Evening with Garrison Keillor” on Tuesday, October 15. If you are interested, please contact Neil Richer at (309) 831-9524 or
Pastured Meats for Sale: Elise and Adam Derstine are part of Blue Heron Farm, a small sustainable livestock operation. They are currently selling whole chickens, whole and half lambs and hogs, and memberships for their Winter Meat CSA, which provides a monthly mix of beef, chicken, and pork. All animals are raised on pasture using sustainable methods. To learn more please email them at or call (574) 971-5146.

Getting to Know

Leah Amstutz

Leah Amstutz
My name is Leah Amstutz and I am actually from here in Goshen, (although I also spent many years in McPherson, KS). I am a Biochemistry major with minors in Spanish and music. I love to read (though pleasure reading is very rare during the semester) and to knit.

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!

Did You Know?In our efforts to make Berkey more energy efficient, foam insulation was sprayed in the walls and underneath the sanctuary floor. Additionally, approximately 100 bulbs, (a little over a third of the fixtures) were replaced with more energy efficient bulbs. Many of the new lights are LED lights, further contributing to their long life.

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We will no longer be printing and distributing calendars each month.  They are however, available for download.
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This Week
October 5: Men's Breakfast at Joanna's, 7:00 a.m.
October 8: Mission Commission Meeting, 7:30 p.m.
October 9: Stephen Ministry, 6:45 p.m.
October 9: Caregiving Commission Meeting,7:00 p.m.

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

For Evie and Marcia and their family as the grieve the loss of their mother, Lois Hartman.
Pray for John Rempel and his family as they grieve the death of his brother, Henry Rempel. Henry died September 17.
A series of Masters’ level theology courses begins today in Ukraine. Pray for Mary Raber of Mennonite Mission Network as she helps to coordinate this learning experience for the next 10 days. May she have time to relate to the students while continuing her other teaching and writing responsibilities.

DownloadOct. MMN Prayer Vine

Church Notes
Sunday Service Info
This Sunday: October 6

Lois & John Mast, Elisabeth & Rafael Barahona
Thelma Ramer
Offering Counters: 
Barbara Eichorn, Greg Smucker
Nicholas Schrock, Randy Horst

Next Sunday: October 13

Nancy & Dick Yoder, Ginny & Armand Martin
Lindsay Rheinheimer
Offering Counters: 
Ron Good, Rick Hostetter
Nicholas Schrock, Randy Horst

Statistical Report 
(September 29)

Attendance: 148
Bethany Tuition: $865.00
General Fund: $3,770.18
Fellowship & Caring: $30.00
House Purchase: $200.00
Building Improvements: $2,200.00
College Matching: $370.00
Coffee: $455.04

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
Lois Stoltzfus Mast

Greg Smucker (Chairperson)
Roy Bergey
Lee Roy Berry, Jr.
Shirley Dick
Jan Shetler

Renae Yoder (Chairperson)
Doug Baker
Laura Horst
Richard Miller

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