Berkey Avenue Mennonite Fellowship
A congregation of Mennonite Church USA
Berkey Avenue Mennonite Fellowship
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September 13, 2015

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Berkey Announcements

Pastoral Intern at Berkey

Pastoral Intern at BerkeyBen Woodward Breckbill begins as a pastoral intern at Berkey. He is a student at AMBS and has been a part of our congregation during the last year. He will be involved in various aspects of ministry this fall and during the winter and spring, learning what it means to be a ministering person. We will have a blessing for him this Sunday, September 13. Please welcome him into this role. May God's Spirit bless and sustain him.

Meals for College Students

College MealsOver 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. Thank you so much for your meals and friendship to our students!  You can sign up for the meals at Username: students  Password: bamf.

Stephen Ministry

Stephen MinistryThe next available Stephen Minister training will be this coming January through April on Tuesday afternoons from 1:00-4:00 p.m. at the Greencroft Community Center. Please contact Marilyn Rudy-Froese or Shirley Dick if you are interested in this opportunity to be trained.

Thank You

Thank YouThank you for all the support you gave me (Ginny Martin) at the time of my mother's death. The plant, white rose, cards, emails and other kindnesses were all special and deeply appreciated. The worship service and remembering of mom (Miriam) was both tearful and wonderful. She planned her service. Her grandchildren, age 30-50, led the various aspects of worship and shared stories.
Blessings, Ginny Martin.

Cheese Booth

Cheese BoothBerkey Avenue is once again sponsoring the cheese booth and your help is needed. Please email Patsy Sherer if you are able to work during any of the following times: Friday 4:00 - 6:00, 6:00 - 7:30, 7:30 - 9:30; Saturday 9:30 - 11:30, 11:30 - 1:30.

Spirit Feast Small Groups

Spirit Fest GroupIf 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 16 if you are interested.

Small Group

Small GroupWould you like to be part of a small group? The Small Group Coordinating Committee will be happy to find a small group for you to join. Please complete the request form, so we know what kind of group you are interested in. If you have questions, please contact Steph Wieand or Marilyn Rudy-Froese.

MCC Relief Sale

MCC Relief SaleDo you enjoy eating donuts, running, observing the details of fine stitches in quilts, singing with the masses, visiting old friends and finally helping out in the cheese booth? Then you can hardly wait for the Annual MCC Relief Sale coming September 25-26. Some information was placed in mailboxes earlier this month, but there are a few items worth mentioning. Bake sale items are sold quickly as people are able to buy these items Friday night. The annual choir program is on Saturday at 7:00 p.m. at College Mennonite Church. Machine quilted quilts will be added to the auction as well as a new format, Faithful Giving Auction (formerly new and used) is underway. Pennies of Thanks will be collected each Sunday after worship. If you have any questions, please see  Anita and Tavi Mounsithiraj, Michael and Patsy Sherer, Tom and Megan Martin.

Our Schools 

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Class Reunions

Bethany Christian Schools, Goshen, will host class reunions and activities for its alumni and their families on Saturday. Sept. 26, for the following graduating classes: 1955, 1960, 1965, 1970, 1975, 1980, 1985, 1990, 1995, 2005, and 2010. Reunion classes will meet Saturday afternoon/evening at Bethany for visiting and a catered dinner. Alumni interested in attending should register by Sept. 17. More details are available online.

Alumni Night

Bethany Christian alumni will receive free admission to volleyball match on Thursday, Sept. 17 (5:30 JV start). The boys tennis match that night has been moved with no alternate alumni night for boys tennis scheduled.

Goshen College Goshen College

You are invited to the Rieth Chamber Series featuring Christopher Wallace, Sunday, Sept. 20, at 4:00 p.m. in the Rieth Recital Hall. As a soloist, chamber musician, and accompanist, Christopher Wallace has performed throughout the USA, Europe, and Central America and has recorded with choral ensemble Cecilia Chamber Singers. Dr. Wallace received degrees in organ and piano from the University of Minnesota and Eastman School of Music, earning Eastman’s distinguished Performer’s Certificate. Currently Music Director and Organist for Our Lady of Grace Catholic Church of Edina (Minn.), Dr. Wallace’s program will feature works by Pachelbel, Handel, Boyce, and Pinkham. Tickets are $10 general admission, available online or by calling (574) 535-7566. Season Tickets now available for the Rieth Chamber Series to experience this exciting concert and 7 others, including a BONUS Dessert Reception concert with Marvin Blickenstaff & Friends (exclusive to season ticket holders)!

AMBS Anabaptist Mennonite Biblical Seminary

2015 AMBS Alumni Recognition Recipient

AMBS will honor Obed Dashan of Nigeria, 1990 graduate, on Thursday, Sept. 24, at the noon Forum. Obed has been a church leader in Nigeria since 1986, and will share about his ministry in the context of BoKo Haram targeting Christians with violence. A light meal is available for $6.50 if you make a reservation by noon on Tuesday, Sept. 22; call the AMBS receptionist at 574.295.3726 ext. 0, or send a message.

Rooted and Grounded

Join the second annual Rooted and Grounded, a conference on land and Christian discipleship. Workshops, immersion experiences and keynote presentations will reflect many varied issues and practices of creation care. Registration for the event, October 1 to 3 at Anabaptist Mennonite Biblical Seminary is available online.

Community Announcements

MCC: Help Syrian families

Leave or stay? Many Syrian families face that question as international humanitarian assistance dwindles and the patchwork of resources they used to rely on wears thin. Your gift of money helps MCC continue to provide food, water, rent assistance and winter supplies so families that decide to stay in the region can survive the cold weather ahead. Please give online or by phone at 1-888-563-4676; or by check, sent to MCC U.S., P.O. Box 500, Akron, PA 17501. Thank you!

Retreat at Camp Amigo

IN-MI Women`s Retreat at Camp Amigo will be on October 9-11. Rachel Miller Jacobs is the speaker. The theme is, “Growing (up) together in Christ." A poster is available on the bulletin board in the fellowship hall.

EAT•SHOP•GIVE for Center for Healing and Hope

You’re invited to enjoy your Dessert First on Wednesday, September 23rd  4-6:30p.m., at 902 S. Main St., Goshen, to support the CHH.  Attenders will enjoy a free dessert while purchasing $20 EAT•SHOP•GIVE certificates for participating Goshen area restaurants and businesses. All certificates are valid until December 31, 2015.  The businesses are generously giving 50% of the sales to support CHH. Matching funds are available for donations received at the Dessert First event.  Donations of $100 and over will also be eligible for door prize drawings. The CHH clinic will be open for tours as well. Unable to attend? You can still help. EAT•SHOP•GIVE certificates will be available for purchase by mail or via starting September 25th, and through October 12th or until sold out. Some exclusions apply. List of participating businesses and more information is available online.

Medicare: An Overview

Do you have questions about Medicare? Everence will host free seminars on Thursday, Sept. 24, Tuesday, Sept. 29, and Thursday, Oct 1 all at 6:30 p.m. at locations in Goshen, South Bend and Middlebury. RSVP one week before the event or call (574) 533-9515 ext. 3209. See the church bulletin board for more information.


Join Michiana Mennonite Economic Development Associates for a dinner and program on Thursday, September 17, 2015 at 6:30 p.m. at Belmont Mennonite Church in Elkhart. Pastors Ray Bair and Russell Jensen will present on “Defeating the Cycle of Poverty among the Youth of the Belmont Neighborhood,” sharing about the Youth Stewards ministry.  Dinner will be provided by Belmont Mennonite Church. Please RSVP by Friday, September 11 or call (574) 355-3607. Cost is $5 for students, $15 for Michiana MEDA members, and $20 for others, payable at the door.

MDC Goldenrod

MDC Goldenrod is planning an afternoon/early evening carnival for our community members at our Middlebury campus (CR 16 and CR 43) on Thursday, September 17. We are looking for volunteers to help by hosting games, including corn hole, ladder ball, bowling (beach ball and plastic pop bottles), etc. Would members of your church, including the youth group, be available to help? MDC Goldenrod can supply some of the games, but it would also be very great for volunteers to bring their own games/craft/activity. Contact Greg Sommers at (574) 533-9720 ext 6 if you have any questions.


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!

The Center for Healing and Hope, is seeking a .55 FTE Director of Development & Communication. CHH is a faith-based non-profit organization operating urgent care clinics that provide quality medical care to low-income, uninsured patients. Applicants should hold a minimum of a bachelor’s degree with at least two or more years of experience in fundraising, development or marketing preferred.  Send inquiries, cover letter and resume to Rebecca Gascho, Executive Director. Job description is available online.




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

This week:
September 8: Christian Education, 7:00 p.m.
September 15: Prayer Shawl Group at Laverne Nafziger`s home, 4:15 p.m. Please RSVP
September 15: Mission Commission, 7:00 p.m.
September 17: Bolivia Learning Tour Planning Meeting, 7:00 p.m.

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Anniversaries and Birthdays This Week:

Neil and Elizabeth Miller Richer

Goldie Hostetler
Lorraine Pflederer
Lydia Martin
Daniel Adcock

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

Keep Wilma in your prayers as she recovers from knee replacement surgery this past Thursday. The surgery went well. She expects to be in hospital 3-4 days.
Amos Hostetler will have his second surgery on Wednesday, Sept. 16 for his heart arithmia. 50% of people who have this need a second surgery.  He's in that 50%.  Last time, the surgery lasted between 8 & 9
 hours.  The doctor thinks this one may take longer. It makes for a long day.  Pray especially for steady hands for the doctor.
As many of you know, John's sister, Jenny Wengerd, had a massive cerebral hemorrhage a week ago. With much sadness the family made the decision to take her off life support on Wednesday. If Jenny lasts through the night today (Friday) we will bring her from St. Joseph Medical Center to our home for Jenny's last hrs and days. Hospice will assist us in caring for Jenny. We ask for your prayers as we care for Jenny and continue to give support to her husband, Doug, and their two children, Benjamin and Isaiah (ages 13 and 10). More information about Jenny is at . We're so grateful for all your prayers and support through this very difficult time for our family. (John and Ruth Roth)
Pray for Mennonite Mission Network’s Mennonite Voluntary Service households as they settle in to community life in Alamosa, Colorado; Elkhart, Indiana; Kansas City, Kansas; Madison, Wisconsin; Manhattan and Rochester, New York; San Antonio; San Francisco; Seattle; Tucson, Arizona; and Washington, D.C.
Pray for Family Worship Center in Goshen, (pastor: James Hochstetler).
Pray also for Waterford Mennonite Church, Goshen (pastors: Neil Amstutz, Lyle Miller, Cindy Voth, Velma Swartz). We welcome prayers for our congregation as we focus this fall on “Fanning the Flames” as we discern and embrace the diversity of gifts that God has given to us to further God’s kingdom. Prayers are welcome as we look inward in reflection and then outward with joy for ways we serve each other, our community and the broader world with our gifts from God.

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Church Notes
Sunday Service Info

This Sunday: September 13

Neil Miller Richer, Nancy and Dick Yoder

Sara Alvarez

Phil & Julie Zimmerman

Ben Buckwalter, Susan Garboden

Infants: Missy Schrock, Trish and James Yoder
Toddlers: Janice Hostetler, Jim Alvarez and Diane Beam

Offering Counters:
Ron Good and Rick Hostetter


Next Sunday: September 20

Neil Miller Richer, Dick Yoder Nancy Yoder

Thelma Ramer

Phil & Julie Zimmerman

Michael Sherer, Susan Garboden

Infants: Susan Garboden, Trish Shenk, Laverne Nafziger
Toddlers: Ruth Hathaway, Roy Bergey and Barbara Eichorn

Offering Counters:
Lowell Nafziger and Denise Risser
Statistical Report 
(September 6)

Attendance: 215
General Fund: $4,409.50
Bethany Tuition: $115.00
College Matching: $20.00
Fall Festival (sale of meat): $336.00
Model School Fund (sale of potatoes): $205.00
Rental Income (house): $750.00

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
Ben Woodward Breckbill - Pastoral Intern

Greg Smucker (Chairperson)
Shirley Dick
Sherm Kauffman
Anita Mounsithiraj
Richard Aguirre

Doug Baker
Richard Miller
Laverne Nafziger
Judy Weaver
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