Berkey Avenue Mennonite Fellowship
A congregation of Mennonite Church USA
Berkey Avenue Mennonite Fellowship
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August 3, 2014

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Berkey Announcements

Fall College Assistance

Mennonite CollegesThis fall our congregation will have 14 young people attending Mennonite colleges. Each student is eligible for assistance of $500 for the fall semester from our college matching fund. Giving to this fund is financially prudent because the colleges match all contributions dollar for dollar—plus you get a tax deduction on your contribution. Very few investments double your money like this does. Please mark your contribution for the college fund and place it in the offering. Thank you.

Vacation Notes

Marilyn on vacationMarilyn will be on vacation from July 31-August 6. Please contact one of the deacons (Renae Yoder, Richard Miller, Laura Horst or Doug Baker) if you have a pastoral need, and they will be in touch with Ron Guengerich, pastor at Silverwood Mennonite Church, who is on call for pastoral emergencies.

Marriage Retreat: a Bicycle Built for Two

Marriage retreatA Bicycle Built for Two is a hard-hitting comedy that takes a playful look at marriage, commitment, and divorce. It follows three couples at various stages in their relationships: a young couple, bright-eyed, bushy-tailed with their recent engagement, an aging pair of empty nesters who are trying to rediscover their marriage after some-odd 30 years and a dueling duo just entering a divorce. Come on out on September 12 at 7:00 p.m., to Waterford Mennonite Church and catch the show. Tickets are $10 per person.  Additionally, the marriage retreat will continue on Saturday morning from 10:00 a.m. until noon.  There will be light refreshments at 9:45 a.m. and childcare will be provided. Learn more.

Box Tops For Education

Box TopsWe have 616 Box Tops for Education and 271 points for education ready to mail to Hopi Mission School. Our box is not full and will be mailed Sept 1. We would be happy to have more to include in that mailing. Please put coupons in Genie Kehr's mail box or in the place provided by Mission Commission by their bulletin board. They are no longer taking Betty Crocker points. Thanks for all your giving in the past.

Support for Model School

Model StudentsVolunteers are needed to prepare and/or serve a noon meal at the church for Model School staff on August 5 as they prepare for the start of the new school year.  Faith Lutheran church has agreed to join us and coordinate support activities with us for the coming year.  They will be serving a meal on August 6.  Please let Lowell Nafziger know if you can help with the August 5 meal.

Stephen Ministers

Stephen Ministers
Stephen Ministers are people of faith who are compassionate and trustworthy. Stephen Minister Training provides skills for one-to-one lay Christian caregiving. If you are feeling called to explore whether Stephen Ministry is for you, the application process will help you further understand what it means to be a Stephen Minister, the commitment involved, and help you discern if your gifts can best be used in this ministry at BAMF. Read the job description. Application forms are available here or on the literature rack by the mailboxes. Completed applications may be put in the mailbox marked Stephen Ministry, or e-mailed back to  If you have questions, please contact Shirley Dick or Marilyn Rudy-Froese.

Throwback Thursday

Mary RothHead 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

Exciting things happening this summer! Wells are being dug for the new geothermal heating and cooling system, repair and repainting of the tennis courts, and a new roof! See the photos.

Goshen College Goshen College

John Fisher Passes On

John J. Fisher, professor emeritus of English, who taught at Goshen College for 39 years, died at his home at Waterford Crossing early Monday morning, July 28. He was 88 years old. Fisher was born in Bloomsburg, Pennsylvania, and graduated from Goshen College in 1948 with a degree in English. He earned a master’s degree in English from the University of Pennsylvania before returning to Goshen College to teach. Fisher taught in the English department at Goshen College from 1953-1992. Learn more

Community School of Arts Registration

The Goshen College Community School of the Arts (CSA) is now accepting registrations for private music lessons, classes and ensembles for the fall 2014 semester. The registration deadline for all private lessons is Aug. 22, 2014. Lessons begin the week of August 25. Learn more.

AMBS Anabaptist Mennonite Biblical Seminary

Rooted and Grounded Conference

Registration is open for Rooted and Grounded: A Conference on Land and Christian Discipleship, September 18-20, 2014. More than 50 presentations and workshops are planned, along with worship, immersion experiences and time to work in the AMBS gardens. Keynote speakers include Ellen Davis, S. Roy Kaufman, and Barbara Rossing. This conference will engage in theology that cares for God’s creation, for the land and all that lives on it. We invite pastors, scholars, creation care advocates and practitioners to join the discussion. Learn more

Fall Classes

Fall classes at Anabaptist Mennonite Biblical Seminary in Elkhart include study in art and worship, biblical spirituality, church and race, family spirituality and family systems, and pastoral care. Learn more.

Community Announcements

Fundraiser for Kids Alive International

You are invited to an Open House for Joan Troyer and Kids Alive International at Community Church of Waterford on Saturday, August 16 from 10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. to hear about the 3 years mission service in Constanza, Dominican Republic. Come with questions and enter into prayer support for Joan's preparation. Light refreshments will be served. Then on Monday, September 8, Culver's Better Burgers will donate to Kids Alive International on behalf of Joan Troyer. Culver's Cares will give a percentage of all sales within the hours of 5:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. at Culver (2019 Lincoln Way E., Goshen). Learn more and donate online.

Michiana Mennonite Relief Sale Banquets

It is still not too late to attend the Michiana Mennonite Relief Sale banquets, which help raise money to offset the expenses of the sale. The first will be on August 14 at the Essenhaus amd the next on August 21 in Fort Wayne at Don Hall's Guest House. For more information call (888) 503-8559 or (574) 215-6239.

Audios from Annual Sessions

On Saturday morning at Annual Sessions, Mark Schloneger and Michael Gulker gave talks on unity, variance and conflict in the church. The audio from that session is now available on the conference website.

The Window Open again for First Friday

The Window's kitchen will be open for August's First Friday. Friday's meal runs from 4:30 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. or until the food runs out.  We will feature pulled pork sandwiches, Dan's baked beans, chips and Texas sheet cake with ice cream for dessert. This event is hosted by Clinton Frame Share & Care Sunday School Class and the suggested price is $8.00.

Prayer and Fasting

August 17 to 24 is an international week of Prayer and Fasting directed towards the violence in Nigeria.  On April 14, 2014, nearly 300 schoolgirls were abducted in Nigeria by the Boko Haram. While 2/3rds of the girls were from the Church of the Brethren in Nigeria, we are well aware that the world concern goes far beyond the Brethren.  An example is the “Save our Girls” emphasis in the Peace Booth at the Elkhart County Fair.   You are receiving this invitation as a way to keep our focus on this atrocity by responding as Christians through prayer and fasting. Consider ending your fast with a Prayer and Fasting worship at one of the area Churches of the Brethren. For more information, contact Anika Roth at Goshen City Church of the Brethren.

Mennonite Community Cookbook

Food stylist Cherise Harper and photographer Melissa Hess spent several days in July cooking and photographing for this legacy cookbook, originally published in 1951. Cherise was thrilled to work on these photos and wrote a blog post about her personal family connections. Learn more.

Help Central American Migrants

With an unprecedented number of Central American families fleeing violence and poverty in their home countries and arriving at the U.S. border, Mennonite Central Committee (MCC) has begun an initial response and is planning further assistance. For years MCC has provided services and resources as U.S. congregations welcome newcomers, and supported projects to address the root causes of migration so more people can choose not to leave home. Learn more and view video.

Ten Thousand Villages Tent Sale

Ten Thousand Villages in Mishawaka will be having a Fair-Trade Tent-Less Tent Sale on July 30 through August 2 at Kern Road Mennonite Church.  Support artisans around the world by purchasing gifts and other items at a fair-trade sale of unique and practical gifts, accessories, and home décor, as well as many fair-trade food goods!  Come to Kern Road Mennonite Church (18211 Kern Road, South Bend) Wednesday through Friday from 10:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m or Saturday from 8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. View the sales ad.

Day Trip

Yellow Creek Mennonite Church will be having a Senior Adult Day Trip to Sauder Village on September 18. The cost is $50 per person due by August 4. Checks should be made payable to Yellow Creek Mennonite Church with Senior Bus Trip in the memo line. Registration forms are available in the Berkey office (see Rafael Barahona or Priscillah Metekai) and  checks should be given to Larry Stauffer,  Yellow Creek treasurer, or mailed to Larry at: 64953 SR 19, Wakarusa, IN 46573. Please contact Marilyn E. Miller at (574) 875-7642 or Marge Detweiler at (574) 534-3311 with 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!

  LaCasa, Inc. currently has positions open in Property Management and Maintenance.  Please check our web site at for job descriptions and application or call (574) 533-4450 for more information. LaCasa is an equal opportunity employer.
   IN-MI Mennonite Conference is seeking candidates to fill for the half-time position for communications coordinator on an interim basis. Primary responsibilities are editing Gospel Evangel and Missional Seeds print newsletters, editing two e-newsletters (weLink and Events & Announcements) and maintaining the website. View the full job description. Interested parties should contact the Conference at
   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. CHH serves the uninsured, low-income community by providing affordable urgent medical care and then assisting patients in finding affordable medical care options for their ongoing medical needs. The ideal candidate will have at least 2 years’ experience in a primary care setting and will be Spanish/English bilingual. Morning and evening clinic sessions are available. This is a great position for someone who wishes to practice medicine as a vocation free of the stresses of health insurance. Please send inquiries and resumes to Clare Krabill, Executive Director, Center for Healing & Hope.

Getting to Know

Transitions: The Church Office

Priscillah Metekai

Priscillah Metekai
Priscillah is the newest member of the BAMF staff, arriving in June of 2014.  She was born and raised in Kenya. Her father is a minister overseeing several churches among the rural Maasai people of Kenya. Priscillah graduated with a Master's degree in Peace Studies from Anabaptist Mennonite Biblical Seminary in 2007 and a B.A. in Community Development from Daystar University, Athi-River Kenya in 2004. Her interests include cooking, beading, reading and gardening. Priscillah’s husband, Elijah works as Information Technology Administrator for First State Bank in Middlebury, Indiana. They have two daughters, Lillian and Sarina.

Priscillah will fully assume the Office Manager position at the end of August, following Rafael's departure.

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
Last month's summer storm left lasting effects. A daily journal was kept by Lowell Nafziger as is featured on our website. Read the journal.
Storm 2014 journal
Do you have an interesting fact about Berkey to share?  Let us know!

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

Saturday, August 2: Men's Breakfast at Joanna's,7:00 a.m.

Thursday, August 7: Ladies Lunch Bunch, 11:30 a.m.
Please contact Laverne Nafziger at or (574) 533-8025 by Tuesday, August 5 to RSVP or if you have any questions.

CalendarView Calendar Online

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

Moses Sawatzky (son of Joe and Anna) had his appendix out on Wednesday. Please keep him and his family in your prayers as he recovers.
Please pray for the teachers and staff of Model School as they return to work. Pray that they will return with renewed energy for the new school year, with wisdom to meet the challenges of each day, and with compassion for each child in their care.
Last week, Muslims around the world finished celebrating Ramadan, their holiest month of the year. Mennonite Mission Network personnel in Muslim contexts find that this is a time of increased spiritual openness. Today, pray that Muslims would encounter Jesus in life-giving ways.
Please pray for First Mennonite in Fort Wayne, IN, for connections with neighbors through a hot dog roast and concert to be held at the church on Saturday, August 9. Pray for “Mentoring Moms”, a group that meets at First MC, as they travel to Kenya in September. Pray for safety and meaningful connections in the name of Jesus. Pray for their leader, Dianne, who has had health issues.
Please also keep New Hope Community Church in Midland, MI,and Pastor Peter Janzen, in your prayers.

DownloadAugust MMN Prayer Vine

Church Notes
Sunday Service Info

This Sunday: August 3

Clare Krabill, Curt and Elise Wenger

Laverne Nafziger

Bob & Lorraine Pflederer

Offering Counters: 
Barbara Eichorn, Greg Smucker

Audio / Visual:
Ben Buckwalter / Marilyn Rudy-Froese

Diane Beam and Jim Alvarez


Next Sunday: August 10

Barbara Eichorn, Curt and Elise Wenger

Laverne Nafziger

Bob & Lorraine Pflederer

Offering Counters: 
Ron Good and Rick Hostetter

Audio / Visual:
Ben Buckwalter / Marilyn Rudy-Froese

Trish and James Yoder
Statistical Report 
(July 27)

Attendance: 131
General Fund: $3319.25   
College Fund: $520.00
Bethany Tuition: $15.00


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
Lee Roy Berry, Jr.
Shirley Dick
Jan Shetler

Renae Yoder (Chairperson)
Doug Baker
Laura Horst
Richard Miller
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