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January 25, 2015

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Berkey Announcements


Teacher Appreciation MealAll 2014-15 Berkey teachers, coordinators, and youth sponsors are invited (along with your families) to a special noon meal after nurture hour this Sunday, January 25, as a thank you for serving our congregation in giving leadership to Nursery through Adults classes during our Nurture Hour. We hope you can join us!

Invitation to View the Movie- Selma

Invitation to view the movie -SelmaYou are invited to join a group to view the movie, Selma, together, this Sunday, January 25, at the Linway Cinema, Goshen. Arrive at 5:15, show time is 5:30. If you are interested in a discussion afterwards, please contact Marilyn Rudy-Froese or Ginny Martin. You are also encouraged to car pool please.

Pastors Week

Dan and Marilyn will both be attending Pastors Week at AMBS from Monday evening through Thursday noon. The theme is: Where Culture Blurs Theology: What is an Anabaptist Christian?

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.

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.

Menno's Best coffee

Menno's Best CoffeeIt's the last Sunday of the month, so we'll be placing our monthly order of Menno's Best coffee this coming week. Get your coffee fix and benefit Berkey's MYF! Remember that for each bag sold, the MYF receives $5 to help fund our trip to the convention in Kansas City next summer. ($1 per bag is also split between MMN and MCC). Menno's Best is one of your coffee choices on Sunday morning, so sample it if you haven't already. Fill out the order form next to the coffee or on the bulletin board by the mailboxes. Cost is $12 per bag, available in whole bean or ground. We will place orders at the end of each month until convention. You can also order individually online, but will need to pay shipping. For more information (including online ordering) visit. If you have questions, see Denise Risser.

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.

Women's Lunch Bunch Fundraiser

First Friday FundraiserOn February's First Friday (February 6), the Women's "Lunch Bunch" group will be preparing and serving the Meal served at The Window as a fund-raiser for The Window.  Every First Friday of the month they ask a "service group" to provide the meal for them. Our Women's group did this last year and has again accepted this service project for next month. Learn more.

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!

Care Packages

care packagesOn Wednesday, January 28 the MYF will be preparing care packages for Berkey Avenue College Students.  Please bring individually wrapped treats to share with our students.  Homemade baked items are fine, too. Please bring them to church on Sunday or have all items to the church by 6:00 p.m. on Wednesday 28. Thank you for your support! 
~ MYF kids and sponsors

More Sanctuary Chairs

more chairs for the sanctuaryThe 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 $6,260, enough to buy 44 new chairs. The Council is accepting further donations into the chair fund until the last Sunday of January. Learn more.

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

BC High School’s performing arts troupe, Emmaus, will deliver singing valentines on Friday, February 13. The cost is $10 and includes two songs and a card with the option of including a message on a card. Recipients need to be within 1 mile of Goshen, and the Valentines will be “delivered” between 7:45 a.m. and 1:00 p.m. Register and pay for singing valentines online or pick up a registration form in the school office. We can only do a limited number of Valentines, so get your orders in early! We will accept orders through Thursday, February 5, or until our schedule is full.

Goshen College Goshen College

Why I came back to teach at GC

Goshen College alumni often have the opportunity to use their teaching talents at a variety of higher education institutions. Here are the stories of four of the 38 current teaching faculty who chose to return to their alma mater to serve and offer their knowledge, wisdom and gifts to a new generation of students.

Film Production Major

Next fall, Goshen College will offer a new film production major for students interested in studying film. Previously, students interested in film could study general communications with an emphasis on film. The new major allows students to “get credit for what they’ve already been taking and show[s] that the courses they’re taking are contributing to their actual major,” said Seth Conley, associate professor of communication. Learn more.

AMBS Anabaptist Mennonite Biblical Seminary

What does Anabaptism have to offer today?

Elizabeth Soto Albrecht points to the central strengths of her adopted faith in her post on The Circle. She draws from her study of the roots of Anabaptism in the 16th century to name what Anabaptism offers faithful disciples today. We're looking forward to hearing more of her insights during next week during Pastors Week. Learn more.

Community Announcements

The Window

The Window's kitchen will be open for February's first Friday. Friday's meal will run from 4:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m. or until the food runs out. We will feature scalloped potatoes with cubed ham, harvard beets. tossed salad with homemade dressing, dinner rolls and assorted cake flavors. Drinks will also be served (coffee, water). This event is hosted by Berkey Avenue Mennonite Church. The suggested donation is $8.00.

MCC Peace Gathering in Chicago

You are invited to join Mennonite Central Committee (MCC) Great Lakes for an informative day of workshops, worship and dialogue on Saturday, March 28. In the morning, pastors are invited to a conversation with MCC staff and board. Beginning at 1:00 p.m., MCC U.S. staff will lead public workshops on immigration, gun violence, anti-oppression and peace education. Following the seminars, there will be a short worship service before the opportunity to engage in additional conversation over a light supper. The Peace Gathering will take place at Living Water Community Church (6808 N. Ashland Blvd.) in Chicago. Please RSVP to Jorge Vielman, Peace & Justice Coordinator, at or 574-534-4133.

Prayer Network

Mennonite World Conference has formed a Prayer Network. You are invited to consider joining your sisters and brothers from around the world in this joint effort of prayers; to pray for God's blessing on the global Assembly in July that visa process may be as smooth as possible and for the North Americans to be filled with a generous "hospitality of spirit" to host and "receive" those coming from dozens of countries. To pray for sisters and brothers around the world in fellowships which face hardship and persecution and the hundreds of young adults (age 18+) who are coming from many countries to attend the Global Youth Summit next July. To sign up and recieve regular updates and prayer requests, visit.


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!

 Anabaptist Disabilities Network (ADNet), a small non-profit in Elkhart, IN, is seeking a half-time Director. ADNet is dedicated to transforming faith communities when individuals with disabilities enjoy full inclusion in the Body of Christ.  Director roles include focusing on donor development, overseeing office and staff, guiding organizational communications and relating to the board of directors. The director will work out of the ADNet office at 3145 Benham Ave., Suite 5 Elkhart, IN 46517. For more information and job description see website.Send resumes to



Getting to Know

Denise Risser

Getting to Know
I grew up in Middlebury and graduated from Bethany Christian High School and Bluffton College. My parents, twin sister, and brother and his family all live in Goshen. This is my 15th school year working at Bethany as the administrative assistant. I do a little bit of everything in the office to support the administrators. I also help with statistics for the volleyball and boys basketball teams. I've also worked at Camp Friedenswald, Bluffton College, and Schult Homes. I like to read, cook, travel, be outside, the Cubs and watching sports. This past summer I started my own business as a professional organizer. At Berkey I'm currently an MYF sponsor and have been on the Pastor-Congregation Relations Committee and a Pastoral Search Committee.

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:
January 25: Teacher Appreciation Meal
January 28: MYF - Care Packages, 6:30 p.m.

CalendarView Calendar Online

Anniversaries and Birthdays Next Week:

Joy Hostetter
Dee Albrecht
Amos Hostetler

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

Reuben Mgodeli is providing leadership for Bethany Bible School, a Mennonite Mission Network partner in South Africa. Pray for him and his wife, Phumeza, as they model discipleship at home and in their public ministries. Pray also for Bethany students as they share what they learn with their home congregations.
Pray for Wasepi Mennonite, Centreville, MI, (pastors Randy Miller, Doyle Miller).
Pray for Berkey Ave Mennonite Fellowship, (pastors: Dan Schrock, Marilyn Rudy-Froese). This fall, Berkey has been experiencing a full sanctuary on Sunday
mornings. While thankful for this, the congregation isn't sure what the best course of action is in response, and yearns for God's wisdom.
Pray for the seven priorities of MC USA. This month pray for: Christian Formation.

DownloadJanuary MMN Prayer Vine

Church Notes
Sunday Service Info

This Sunday: January 25

Rafael Barahona and Ruth Hathaway

Thelma Ramer

Clare and Merrill Krabill

Matt Williams and Elisabeth Barahona

Infants: Connie and Phil Bauman
Toddlers: Abbe and Patrick Buller

Offering Counters:
Thelma Ramer and Diane Nafziger

Next Sunday: February 1

Clare Krabill, Curt and Elise Wenger

Laverne Nafziger

Missy and John Schrock

Infants: Jan and Peter Shetler
Toddlers: Betty and Sherm Kauffman

Offering Counters:
Greg Smucker and Ruth Hathaway
Statistical Report 
(January 18)

Attendance: 213
General Fund: $5,569.68
College Fund: $20.00
Bethany Tuition: $15.00
The Window Fund: $25.00
Mennonite World Conference: $1,972.00 

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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