Berkey Avenue Mennonite Fellowship
A congregation of Mennonite Church USA
Berkey Avenue Mennonite Fellowship
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October 13, 2013

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Baby Shower This Sunday

TheoThis coming Sunday, during the fellowship time (between worship and Christian education), we will have a baby shower for Anna Mast and Jaron Kennel in celebration of Theo's arrival. Anna and Jaron wish to thank the congregation for how supportive they have been already, but for those who would like to offer additional support, one item that would greatly appreciated is disposable diapers. The Fellowship Commission will have blank cards and envelopes available on Sunday.

Thank You Notes

Isaac & Lisa SchrockDear Berkey Family - A belated thank you to the Berkey family for hosting our wedding shower and allowing us to use the church space and resources for our wedding this past August. You were the first church family that we shared as a couple and will always be remembered for creating an open, inviting and encouraging environment for us as young adults. We are settled in Iowa City now and Isaac has returned to his studies at the University of Iowa in the Civil Engineering program. Lisa is teaching special education music and serves as a special education paraeducator at South East Junior High in Iowa City. ~ Blessings, Lisa & Isaac Schrock

Thank YouTo my Berkey Avenue friends: Your kind words and phone calls of encouragement have been a source of joy to me and I'm sure they have helped to speed my recovery. Thank you and I do miss each one of you. ~ Helen Kennell

More Thanks!

GIHNTo All Berkey GIHN Volunteers: As a way of saying thank you for the many ways you serve GIHN and their families, we invite you to the Electric Brew on Sunday, October 13, from 3:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m. to receive a complimentary drink of your choice and enjoy the fellowship of other volunteers. Just show your GIHN sticker. These stickers should be in your mailbox on Sunday. If you didn't get a sticker, there are more posted on the bulletin board or contact Ruth Roth. Help yourself -- AND THANK YOU!

Community of Prayer

Our grand daughter, Eleni Iris, is 4 years old, and she lives in Lancaster, Pennsylvania. She has an older sister, Esme, who is 8 years old. They both attend Locust Grove School. For 2-3 years we have known about the abnormalities that Eleni has with her curved spine and hips. She has a rare disease that generally speaking is called skeletal dysplasia. Approximately 3 weeks ago, her parents, Chad and Jess, took Eleni to the DuPont clinic in Deleware for a second opinion about her physical needs. The team of medical specialists there determined that she needs surgery on her neck as soon as possible. This surgery will be to correct a spinal problem in the second vertabra area that is putting too much pressure on her spinal cord. This is serious surgery scheduled for November 4, just a few weeks away. Because of the risk of injury she has to wear a neck brace until the surgery. Following the surgery she will have a halo or neck brace while her neck heals. During the same surgery period of time, the surgeon will put a plate in her left knee to help straighten her leg. Our son, Chad, is a pastor at Community Mennonite Church, Lancaster. Jess works for Assets, and she is in grad school. Please pray for our whole family during this time. Many thanks. ~ Armand & Ginny Martin (grandparents)

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 $39,863 toward our goal of $54,900 for the Jubilee Renovations in our building.  This means that we still need $15,037 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."

Throwback Thursdays

BuckwaltersHead 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

Bethany Fish Fry

Fish FryThe Bethany Christian School senior class will hold a semiannual fish fry on Friday, November  1, from 4:30 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. (carryout begins at 4:00 p.m.). Come for an evening of fellowship, homemade pie, and all the fish you can eat. Tickets are $9 for adults and carryout and $5 for children K-6 (preschool-age free). Tickets may be purchased from any Bethany seniors (Rachel Schrock, Abraham Thorne, Corey Hostetler or Lana Smucker) or at the school (574) 534-2567. Don't forget your checkbook on Sunday!

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: 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

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

Walnut Hill Early Childhood Center Dinner

Please support Walnut Hill Early Childhood Center. Their annual dinner is October 17 at College Mennonite Church. Tickets are $50 each. We need to pack out this event in order to provide high quality child care and education for children in our community. Please contact Ginny Martin at or telephone her at 574-596-3770.

ADEC Training Opportunity

Join us on October 22, from 7:00 p.m. - 8:30 p.m. for an training session at  ADEC-Plaza, (319 S. Main, Elkhart). At this meeting of The Voice support group, Christine Guth will offer practical resources for faith communities wanting to widen their welcome to children and adults with disabilities. Christine is Program Director for Anabaptist Disabilities Network and Coordinator for Asperger Autism Group of Goshen. Learn more.

Merry Lea Events

Merry Lea has a couple of events coming up for you to take part in. The first is the Sabbath Hike Series: Autumn Change on Sunday, October 20, from 3:30 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. This is the final hike in the Sabbath Hike Series, designed for adults or older youth seeking reflective time away from the busyness of the work week. Donation only. Additionally, tif you need an alternative to spooks and ghosts and candy, Merry Lea will be having a Halloween alternative called The Enchanted Forest on Friday, October 25 and Saturday, October 26, from 7:00 p.m. - 8:30 p.m. Families take a night hike by lantern light and meet friendly animals who tell about their lives and habits. Hot chocolate, pretzels and music complete the evening. Dress warmly and meet at the Farmstead Barn. Children are welcome to come in costume. Cost: $2.50 per person. Learn more.

Vesper Chorale Invitation

Sing with us! Vesper Chorale extends an invitation to experienced singers who have sung Handel's Messiah (or comparable works) to join them in presenting this most beloved oratorio. We will be having 2 Performances (Saturday, December 14 and Sunday, December 15). Registration is required, and space is limited so visit our website for additional details and a registration form! The deadline to register is October 15th. If you have further questions, call 574-229-2247 or e-mail Learn more.

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.

Anabaptism and the Reformed Tradition

Are Anabaptism and the Reformed tradition opposites? Branson Parler, professor at Calvin College, will talk about key similarities between the two traditions at Anabaptist Mennonite Biblical Seminary's forum, October 17, beginning at noon, at 3003 Benham Avenue, Elkhart. A light lunch is available at 11:40 a.m.

Caregivers Day Out

Indiana University Health Goshen Hospital invites you to Caregivers Day Out on November 9, from 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 noon at the hospital. Care giving is very stressful.  We would like to offer community support to caregivers by providing. Please contact Sister Nora Frost, BCC, Spiritual Care Coordinator/Chaplain at IU Health Goshen Hospital at (574) 364-2715 or with questions.

Council on Aging Seeks Transportation for Seniors

The Council on Aging is seeking individuals to assist with transporting seniors to and from its program at the Goshen Salvation Army.  The Council on Aging has a Life Enrichment site there that runs every Tuesday and Thursday from 9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. and since the agency has lost some of its transportation funding due to the sequester, they are no longer able to bring folks to the program.  This is an unfortunate side effect of what’s going on in D.C. and our aging population is suffering from the lack of transportation support. Learn more.

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.

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.

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

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!

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

John Miller

John Miller
My name is John Miller. I'm from Evanston, Illinois. I'm a senior at Goshen College studying physics. I enjoy playing bass in the jazz band at the college, as well as with other groups in my spare time.

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?Following the completion of Jubilee Hall renovations, no Sunday school classes were held in the sanctuary for the first time in Berkey's history, thanks to the added space.

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.
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This Week
October 13: JYF Day Away
October13: Mast Kennel Baby Shower, 10:30 a.m.
October 15: Stewardship & Finance Commission Meeting, 7:00 p.m.
October 16: Pastoral Retreat, 9:00 p.m.

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

Praise God along with Ohio congregations as they celebrate the 20th anniversary of the Mongolia Mission Partnership. Mennonite Mission Network board of directors and staff are joining supporters and area pastors at a banquet this coming Saturday in Walnut Creek, Ohio. Pray for renewed commitment to God’s mission in Mongolia.

DownloadOct. MMN Prayer Vine

Church Notes
Sunday Service Info
This Sunday: October 13

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

Next Sunday: October 20

Nancy & Dick Yoder, Elisabeth & Rafael Barahona
Lindsay Rheinheimer
Offering Counters: 
Lowell Nafziger, Denise Risser
Nicholas Schrock, Randy Horst

Statistical Report 
(October 6)

Attendance: 178
Bethany Tuition: $115.00
General Fund: $5,686.00
Building Improvements: $1,500.00
College Matching: $70.00
MYF - Cheese Shirts: $232.00
House Rent: $750

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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