Lent Worship Series
This Sunday our Lent worship series continues, using the overall theme of "Living Ink: Embodying God's Story." This theme suggests that the physical ink of the Bible becomes living ink as we embody God's story in our lives. By watching us, others can read the ways our lives convey something of Christ. A special component of this series will be writing brief responses to our scripture for the morning, and then taking those papers forward during the offering. Getting up out of our seats is a small way to symbolize the many ways we embody our faithfulness to Christ.
This Sunday we have a potluck meal. Please bring a main dish and either a salad or dessert, as well as your own table service.
Our winter congregational meeting will follow the potluck meal this Sunday. The agenda includes:
- Approving minutes of the November 15 meeting.
- Reading and reflecting on our mission statement.
- Reviewing a financial report for the fiscal year to date.
- Hearing about repairs, upgrades, and improvements to our facility.
- Summary of what the Spiritual Leadership Team is working on.
It is time to renew subscriptions for The Mennonite
. If you would like to receive this monthly magazine, you will need to turn in your payment by March 6. The cost is $37.00. Checks should be made out to Berkey Avenue Mennonite Fellowship and handed to Ruth Hathaway or placed in the treasurer's mailbox.
PRAYER CIRCLE - AN INVITATION
The power of prayer is strong, and corporate prayer for others represents a healing ministry of the Holy Spirit. Such a ministry is being formed at Berkey. Meeting once a week, a small group of volunteer “pray-ers” will gather to lift up the joys, needs, and concerns of the Berkey Avenue community. Have you sensed that praying for others is one of your spiritual gifts? Would you like to be involved in this ministry? Please contact Deb Brubaker
for further information. An introductory meeting will be held on Monday, February 22 at 7:00 p.m. in the church library.
Service Project at The Depot
The Mission Commission has scheduled an evening service project at The Depot on Thursday, February 25, from 6:30 p.m to 8:00 p.m. All are invited to volunteer. Last year we had a good turn out and hope for the same this year. To plan the work, the Depot staff needs to know how many persons to expect; so if you are planning to help, please sign the sheet posted by the mailboxes no later than February 21.
Goshen Interfaith Hospitality Network
We will be hosting Goshen Interfaith Hospitality Network (GIHN) guests at Berkey from February 28 through March 6. Please be in prayer for our guests and also for those of us from Berkey who volunteer in many different ways to make our guests feel cared for and welcome.
Please mark your calendars; the dates for Bible School this year are June 6-10. More information will be coming soon.
MYF Service Trip Volunteers
We are looking for two adults (one male and one female) to accompany/lead the youth on their service trip this summer to DOOR Chicago. The trip will be July 3-8. While DOOR provides leaders for their portion of the program, we need adults who will be responsible for our group. All of your expenses will be covered. If you are interested, or have questions about this, please speak with Marilyn.
Meals for College Students
Over 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! A new schedule is ready. To sign up visit the Take Them a Meal site
, (username: students; password: bamf).
Stephen Ministry Training Continues: Confidentiality
This coming week, the Stephen Ministry trainees will learn the principles of confidentiality so that anyone who is ministered to by a Stephen Minister can be confident that any communication will be kept secret and private. We thank God for the continuing dedication of our Stephen Minister trainees and ask your continued prayers for them and for God's blessings upon their ministries.
Head 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!
Do you have an announcement for the Newsletter? Submit your announcement to the office by noon on Thursday. Announcements received after the deadline will be printed the following week.
Bethany Christian High School will perform the musical, The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee
, March 3-6, 2016. In this Tony Award-winning musical, six quirky 12-year-olds battle it out for the title of Putnam County Spelling Champion. This is not your typical musical, with lots of audience interaction and a casual atmosphere suitable for the whole family. Tickets are $8 for adults and $6 for students and may be purchased online
beginning February 15. Performances are at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Friday, and Saturday and 3:00 p.m. Sunday. Cast participants from our church include Yejin Kim, Abby Rudy-Froese, and Kyle Snyder.
International Student Coffeehouse
The Goshen College International Student Coffeehouse dinner and show will be Saturday, March 12. Dinner will include a wide array of international dishes cooked by our students; starting at 5:00 p.m. in the College Mennonite Church Fellowship Hall. The variety show starts at 7:00 p.m. in the Music Center's Sauder Concert Hall, and will feature a new collection of dances, songs and country presentations from around the world. Some of the profits will go to a charity to be chosen by the students. This is a family friendly event. To buy tickets, please visit or call the GC Welcome Center (535-7566) or buy tickets online
. Adults $18 ( $10 show only); non-adults $10 ($5 show only).
Women's Spirituality Retreat at Merry Lea
You are invited to a Women's Spirituality Retreat, A Way in the Wilderness
, on Friday, February 26, 7:00 p.m. through Saturday, February 27, 2:00 p.m. at Merry Lea Environmental Learning Center of Goshen College. The themes focus on what sustained women like Miriam and Hagar in the wilderness and where we too can find God in desert places. The keynote speaker is Jackie Wyse Rhodes, an Old Testament scholar from Bluffton, OH. For more information go to the Merry Lea website
Anabaptist Mennonite Biblical Seminary
In spring 2016, Anabaptist Mennonite Biblical Seminary in Elkhart, Indiana, is offering two online non-credit short courses: Exploring Peace and Justice in the Bible; and Power and Process: Why Polity Matters. Sign up
or encourage others in your congregation to join.
Flint Water crisis
The residents of Flint, Michigan are experiencing a serious water crisis. The crisis came about when Flint changed its water source. Flint’s drinking water had a series of problems that culminated with lead contamination, creating a serious public health danger. In Flint, between 6,000 and 12,000 children have been exposed to drinking water with high levels of lead and they may experience a range of serious health problems. The water change is also a possible cause of an outbreak of Legionnaires' disease in the county that has killed 10 people and affected another 77.
The African-American ministers’ association in Elkhart (IMA) is collecting bottled water for residents of Flint, Michigan. When they buy 50 cases of water, Kroger donates a matching 50 cases.
The Mission Commission invites you to contribute to the IMA effort to provide Flint residents with clean water. You may contribute to this effort by giving to Berkey Avenue and designating the giving for the Flint Water Crisis.
Pathways Retreat is offering a series of mini-retreats. Designed for busy people, the "Day Away" retreats will gather one Friday a month from February through June. Each "Day Away" retreat is an invitation to withdraw from ordinary activity. They will have a guided opening and closing, lead by a Spiritual Director, and quiet... You'll be able to dip into our library, walk one of our labyrinths and the paths, rest outside in a meditation nook, or inside in one of our retreat rooms. Your time will be yours. You can attend all sessions or only one. You'll find a complete schedule, description, and a registration form at A Day Away
Sundown to Resolution
Program In commemoration of black history month, Lee Roy Berry, Jr. and Dan Shenk will be presenting a program, From Sundown Town in the 20th Century to Resolution in the 21st Century
, on Wednesday, February 24, 3:00 p.m. at the Jennings auditorium, Greencroft Community Center.
MCC Borderlands Learning Tour
We welcome you to join Mennonite Central Committee (MCC) on a learning tour designed to bring awareness to the issues caused by the border wall along the Mexico/U.S. border. Participants will increase their understanding and knowledge of the social, economic, political and theological significance of migration in border communities, including advocacy tools and capacity building to engage others on borderlands and migration issues. The learning tour will take place on May 25-29 in Arizona and will include crossing the border into Mexico. Attendees will also have the option to participate in the Migrant Trail walk following the tour. For more information, including a tentative schedule and online registration, visit their website
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 has openings around the world in Administration, Engineering, Internships and much more. Visit the MCC webpage
to learn more about these wonderful opportunities.