Berkey Avenue Mennonite Fellowship
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Berkey Avenue Mennonite Fellowship
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June 21, 2015

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Berkey Announcements

Pastor's Note

Pastor's NoteMarilyn Rudy-Froese will be at the Kansas City convention and on vacation until August 4. If you need pastoral care, please contact Dan Schrock. If he's not at the church call his cell phone, 202-4888.

Congregational Meeting

We'll have a short congregational meeting on Sunday, July 12. The only agenda is to look at a first draft of next year's budget.

Leadership Ballots

BallotThanks to everyone willing to serve Berkey Avenue Mennonite Church in a variety of ways. All positions were affirmed by a majority vote on June 14, 2015. Your committees should be contacting you in mid-August or September. Berkey wouldn't continue to grow and thrive if it is wasn't for willingness within the congregation.
  ~ Leadership Discernment Team

New to the Library

New to the libraryThis week, we feature two books added to the library collection. The Legacy Journey: A Radical View of Biblical Wealth and Generosity by Dave Ramsey which takes you deep into God's Word, revealing God's perspective on wealth, your personal and family legacy, and how God wants to use you to further His kingdom work around the world. Smart Money Smart Kids: Raising the Next Generation to Win with Money by Dave Ramsey and his daughter Rachel Cruze, which tells you how to teach your kids about money and shows you why you must teach them these lessons today.

Sunday School Classes

Praying with Scripture

Praying with scripture Sunday school classThe Praying with Scripture class begins this Sunday in Dan Schrock's office, where you can learn about morning and evening prayer using scripture, praying outdoors with scripture, lamenting with scripture, chanting the Psalms, lectio divina, and imagining yourself into the stories of scripture. 

Volunteer Janitors

Volunteer JanitorsWe need volunteer janitors to clean the church for July 5, 12 and 19 weekends, while our regular janitors are on vacation. Greg Smucker has volunteered to take care of the sanctuary; we still need help for the rest of the church. Families, small groups, or individuals are welcome to volunteer. You may volunteer for one weekend or both. Please contact any one of us on the Stewardship and Finance committee, for additional information or to volunteer, Ben Buckwalter, Phil Miller, or Patrick Buller if interested.

Summer Schedule at Berkey

July 5 -  Holiday weekend - No Nurture Hour
July 12 - Second Sunday All Church Picnic - No Nurture Hour
July 19 - Third Sunday Intergenerational Nurture Hour
July 26 - Fourth Sunday Intergenerational Nurture Hour
Aug. 2- Fifth Sunday Intergenerational Nurture Hour
Aug. 9 – Second Sunday All Church Picnic and Members Meeting - No Nurture Hour
Aug. 16 - Sixth Sunday Intergenerational Nurture Hour
Aug. 23 - Seventh Sunday Intergenerational Nurture Hour
Aug. 30 – Celebration Sunday - No Nurture Hour

Ride to PA

Ruth Roth is looking for a ride to Mennonite World Conference in Harrisburg, PA on July 20. She only needs a ride one way. If you are going to World Conference and have extra space or know of anyone else going, she would appreciate hearing from you. You can contact Ruth Roth  or 574-215-4992. 

Report from Indiana-Michigan Conference Annual Meetings

INMI Conference reportBeth Berry, Darin Short, Marilyn Rudy-Froese, and Dan Schrock were our congregation’s delegates to this year’s IN-MI Conference meetings in Indianapolis. You might want to know about four things.

1.  Changes in affiliation. Six congregations have decided to withdraw as members of conference: Stutsmanville Chapel, Naubinway Christian Fellowship, Rexton, and Germfask, all in northern Michigan; and Clinton Brick and Iglesia Menonita del Buen Pastor in the Goshen area. One church, Pleasant View, will be transferring its membership to the South Central Conference. In addition to these changes in affiliation, the Hilltop Fellowship, also in northern Michigan, has decided to close.

2.  Budget. Delegates approved a conference budget for next year which is $100,000 lower than the current year’s budget. As some churches leave the conference, giving will drop, necessitating a lower budget.

3.  Unity and Variance. A year ago, the conference created a Unity and Variance Task Group to look at our common beliefs and practices and at our response when congregations differ from them. The group will continue to meet for another year, but presented a sense of what they’re learning after listening to people in the conference. Their core question is this: How can we exhibit the fruits of the Spirit while we address our differences? It is likely, but not certain, that the group will recommend that on some questions of LGBT inclusion, the conference allow individual congregations to decide what it means for them to be faithful to God’s call and vision in Indiana-Michigan Mennonite Conference.

4.  Mission. The PLANT Network is a movement of leaders with a passion for new church development. Its purpose is to provide support and resources through IN-MI Mennonite Conference for the development of new communities of Christ's disciples. One of these pastors has a call to plant a church in Goshen that will reach out to the unchurched and those who do not feel at home in traditional congregations.
We also heard from Shalom Mennonite and Broadway United Methodist about how they engage their communities in Indianapolis. Broadway has a “roving listener” on their pastoral staff, who walks through the neighborhood and looks and listens for the gifts that people in the neighborhood can offer each other and the community. Shalom is exploring a similar kind of presence and engagement in their community.

If you have questions about any of these matters, you’re welcome to contact one of the delegates.

Our Schools

Goshen College Bethany Christian Schools

Visit Bethany

You are invited to schedule a personal campus visit at your convenience, or to join us for an event. Annually scheduled visit events are listed online. Please contact the admissions office (574 534-2567 or ) to find out what type of visit would meet your needs or to learn more about Bethany.

Goshen College Goshen College

Women's New Soccer Coach

Scott Gloden, the new women soccer coach likes community feel of Goshen. His new office at the college has all the goodies to prove he’s a Maple Leaf now. Learn more.

Academic Dean Retires

Anita Stalter, academic dean at Goshen College since 2001, is retiring after 28 years at GC. Prior to becoming dean, Stalter spent 14 years as a professor in the education department and director of teacher education at the college. Read more.

AMBS Anabaptist Mennonite Biblical Seminary

Creating a Scene in Corinth

Does your busy life squeeze out any hope of studying Scripture on a regular basis? Do you find yourself wondering how such an ancient book can help to discern today's questions and dilemmas? Join Dr. Reta Halteman Finger for an inspiring look at the book of 1 Corinthians. No church the Apostle Paul planted had more conflict than the Corinthian house churches. Learn how Paul offers perceptive advice for addressing conflicts between factions and living life as a Christian in a pagan society. Find out how this remarkable book can speak to churches and to our lives today. You can participate in this 6-week, non-credit class from wherever you are. Learn more and register by August 12 to save on registration fees.

Community Announcements

The Window

This week's July first Friday meal at the Window is hosted by Benton Mennonite Church from 4:30 p.m. - 7:00 p.m or until the food runs out.  Featured meal is Larry's Famous BBQ pork chops, coleslaw, potato chips and cookie bars. Suggested donation is $ 8.


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!
MCC is seeking a Donor Relations Coordinator for the Great Lakes office. The Great Lakes Donor Relations Coordinator provides leadership for donor relations activities and strategies which raise awareness of MCC programs, build relationships with donors and focus on the generation of financial resources. This individual must be acquainted with MCC's financial needs and successfully link donors and constituent groups to those existing needs and other appropriate requests. The person in this position will develop and guide implementation of the Great Lakes framework established jointly with the MCC U.S. donor relations network. A full job description is available online. Individuals interested in this position should send a letter of intent and current resume to




We will no longer be printing and distributing calendars each month.  They are however, available for download.

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This Week:
June 28: Hosting GIHN
June 30: MYF - Convention at Kansas City
July 2: Ladies Lunch Bunch at the Greencroft Pavilion, 11:30 am for a picnic.  RSVP to Laverne Nafziger.

CalendarView Calendar Online

Anniversaries and Birthdays This Week:

Richard Miller and Pat Darling
Tom and Megan Martin
Bill and Edith Hooley
Dan and Evie Nafziger

Daniel Grimes
Cassie Sessa
Christi Sessa
Jesse Kehr
Randy Horst
Ron Good
Jason Lehman

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

Mennonite Mission Network rejoices with Ghana Mennonite Church, which experienced reconciliation between a group of congregations in the northern part of the country that had withdrawn several years ago. Pray for the newly reunited church that now consists of 28 congregations and a membership of about 5,000 baptized members.

DownloadJune MMN Prayer Vine

Church Notes
Sunday Service Info

This Sunday: June 21

Ruth Hathaway and Renae Yoder

Anita and Dteban Mounsithiraj

Dan and Deb Williams

Ben Buckwalter, Lana Smucker

Infants: Stephanie and Aaron Wieand
Toddlers: Trish Shenk, Deb and Dan Williams

Offering Counters:
Ruth Hathaway, Karl Sommers

Next Sunday: July 5

Ruth Hathaway and Renae Yoder

Anita and Dteban Mounsithiraj

Dan and Deb Williams

Ben Buckwalter, Lana Smucker

Infants: Laverne Nafziger, Brenda and Daniel Grimes
Toddlers: Diane Nafziger, Connie and Phil Bauman

Offering Counters:
John Hooley, Greg Smucker
Statistical Report 
(June 21)

Attendance: 189

General Fund: $5,665.26
Bethany Tuition: $115.00
College Matching Fund: $20.00
Mission Emphasis Fund: $100.00
MYF: $69.00

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.

Marilyn Rudy-Froese
Dan Schrock

Greg Smucker (Chairperson)
Roy Bergey
Shirley Dick
Sherm Kauffman
Elizabeth Miller

Doug Baker
Richard Miller
Laverne Nafziger
Judy Weaver
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