Berkey Avenue Mennonite Fellowship
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April 3, 2016

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Berkey Announcements

Service Project

Service ProjectThe Mission Commission has scheduled a service project at the Window on Thursday, April 7, 6:30 - 8:00 p.m. to sort through donations and do other tasks to assist the staff. There is a sign-up sheet posted on the bulletin board by the mailboxes. If you plan to volunteer, add your name to the list. We will need to inform the Window staff how many to expect no later than April 3. All are welcome to help with this project.

Thank You Note

Thank youThank you for the prayer, thoughtful cards, and lovely planter we received following the death of Dan's father. Since it lasts longer than cut flowers, the planter will remind us of your thoughtfulness for a long time to come. --Dan and Jenny Schrock

Summer Bible School Volunteers Needed

Bible SchoolVolunteers are needed for our summer Bible School, June 6-10. Green (adult) and white (youth) volunteer forms were put in mailboxes. There are many ways to participate. Please consider how you can help. See the display in the fellowship hall or talk to Deb Williams. Forms are due by April 10.

New to Our Library

library bookSimple Pleasures:  Stories from my life as an Amish mother, by Marianne Jantzi. Young Amish homemaker and author, Marianne Jantzi, invites readers into her family's life and Amish community. The mother of four young children, Jantzi writes about her daily routines and heartfelt faith with equal measures of wit and warmth. Sewing, cleaning, cooking, gardening, and helping to manage the family store take up most hours in her day, but Jantzi finds time to pen columns for the Connection, a magazine beloved by Amish and Mennonite readers.

Bethany Fund

BethanyWe're so grateful for your generous contributions to the Bethany Fund. In the coming academic year four students from Berkey will be attending Bethany Christian Schools. To fully fund these four students, we need $37,718.82, 20% of which ($7,543.76) will come from our congregation's general fund. That means we need to receive above budget contributions of $30,175.06 into the Bethany Fund.

However, we're happy to report that we've already collected $47,088.76, which means that no further contributions are necessary between now and April 30. On May 1 we'll start receiving contributions for the 2017-18 school year, but with a beginning balance of $16,913.70. Thank you for generously helping to support our Bethany students! --Stewardship and Finance Commission

Conference Letter

Conference LetterAre you concerned about the tenor of the current presidential elections? The leaders of Indiana-Michigan Mennonite Conference have prepared a pastoral letter to others in the conference, calling us to "act like Jesus during this election cycle" in a climate of "overt racial, ethnic, and religious intimidation." You can read the full letter here.

Stephen Ministry Training Continues:  Closure

stephen ministriesThis coming week the Stephen Ministry training class will be considering the subject of "Bringing the Caring Relationship to a Close". In this presentation they will be considering how the sometimes difficult process of bringing a caring relationship to a close can instead be turned into a relationship-strengthening event. As the Stephen Ministry training continues, we get closer to commissioning Trish Yoder for her ministry among us. Continue to keep her in your prayers.

Throwback Thursday

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!

Our Schools

icon_bcs Bethany Christian

Bethany Christian Schools will host a drop-in open house, 12:00-2:30 p.m. on Sunday, April 17, for anyone considering enrolling for fall 2016. Bring your family and invite others from your church or neighborhood who may have interest in Bethany. Stop by after church for lunch and to talk with the faculty and staff who will be available to answer questions and give tours. So that we know to expect you for the meal, please register online or call Sarah Kraybill Lind in the admissions office, 534-2657.

Goshen College Goshen College

You are invited to an Afternoon Sabbatical, April 12, 1:00 p.m. at Sauder Concert Hall. Dr. Doug Caskey, professor of theater, Dr. Debra Detwiler Brubaker, professor of music and Dr. Randy Horst, professor of art will share their experiences leading students on a wonderful May term experience. What can be better than combining theater, music and art in a three week collage of sight and sound? This event is free and open to the public. For information or questions email the college or call 574-535-7565.

AMBS Anabaptist Mennonite Biblical Seminary


You are invited to a recital for voice and piano, Love: Sacred and Profane. Louise Hawkley, soprano, will be singing songs by Liszt, Bach, Michael Head and others; lyrics by Rilke, Victor Hugo, Tennyson and others. The recital will be held at the Chapel of the Sermon on the Mount, Sunday April 3, 4:00-4:45 p.m. Light refreshments afterward. Admission is free.

AMBS Book Event

The Mennonite Co-operative Bookstore on the campus of AMBS invites you to a book release event for Alan Kreider's The Patient Ferment of the Early Church: The Improbable Rise of Christianity in the Roman Empire on April 6 at 7:00 p.m. in the AMBS Gallery at 3003 Benham Ave, Elkhart.

Community Announcements

Hospice Volunteers

A training opportunity is available in Goshen for people interested in becoming Hospice volunteers. As the hospice population continues to grow, volunteers who have been trained are greatly needed. A volunteer may provide respite for the family so they can continue with as much of their normal routine as possible. This can be as straightforward as volunteers spending time sitting with a patient or as involved as helping someone with a life review. The next training session will be April 12-28 on the Goshen Hospital campus. The 18 hours of training will be conducted in six 3-hour sessions on successive Tuesdays and Thursdays from 6:00-9:00 p.m. See the bulletin board by the mailboxes for more details.

Mennonite Healthcare Annual Gathering

Healthcare professionals, students, retirees:  Register by April 15 for the Mennonite Healthcare Fellowship (MHF) 2016 Annual Gathering, June 17-19, 2016 at the YMCA of the Rockies, Estes Park, Colorado. The theme is "Wholeness and Holiness: Views from the Mountaintop."  Topics include the spirituality of illness, international healthcare, end of life ethics, public health, trauma, and gun violence. The weekend includes vibrant worship, stimulating speakers, and a variety of workshops. This event is open to anyone interested, especially persons from medical, mental health, therapy, and chaplaincy professions, including students and retirees. A children and youth program is provided. Register online, by email, or call 1-888-406-3643 for a mailed brochure.

Center for Healing & Hope Fundraiser

You are invited to hear Jep Hostetler, author of The Joy Factor, speak at a fundraiser for the Center for Healing & Hope. Hostetler uses humor, stories, and a touch of magic to encourage his listeners. Bread and Chocolate will provide tasty desserts, including options for those with dietary restrictions. This dessert reception will be at 7:00 p.m. Friday, April 15, at the Bread and Chocolate Ballroom in Goshen. Tickets are $50. To order tickets, call 574-534-4744, ext. 201, or purchase them online. All proceeds go to providing urgent medical care and advocacy for the uninsured.

MDS Volunteers Needed

Ten volunteers are needed to help with the Mennonite Disaster Service (MDS) project in Detroit, April 18-22. This project includes clean-up and reconstruction in response to massive flooding in 2014 that damaged the homes of 128,000 families. It is a bi-national MDS effort (both Canadian and American). If you are interested in responding, contact Volunteer Placement Coordinator Alicia Hurst .

The Amazing Elkhart Race

Church Community Services (CCS) will be hosting the 5th annual Amazing Elkhart Race on April 30. Their goal is to bring together community members, businesses, churches, etc. and highlight the goodness of Elkhart – as well as raise funds for CCS. You are invited to start a friendly competition here at Berkey by gathering 1 or 2 teams (4 persons each) to race in this completely wacky mental and physically challenging race. To learn more, visit their website.

Safe Kids Fundraiser

If you are interested in supporting Safe Kids and enjoy Nelson’s Chicken please consider buying tickets for the May 14 BBQ Fundraiser. Advanced sale tickets are $6 for half of a chicken and $3 for “Pit-tatoes”. See Dan Nafziger for tickets. Safe Kids Elkhart County works to reduce injuries that impact the children of our county.

MCC Borderlands Learning Tour

You are invited 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 or call Jorge Vielman, (574) 534-4133.


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April 4
Intercessory Prayer, 7:00 p.m.
Stewardship & Finance, 7:00 p.m.

April 5
Fellowship Commission, 6:30 p.m.

April 7
Ladies' Lunch Bunch will meet at Angel House of Pancakes,11:30 a.m.

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Birthdays This Week
Sherry Hug
Benjamin Miller
Elizabeth Miller Richer
Aaron Krabill
Michael Sherer
Olivia Adcock

PrayerPlease contact the office by noon on Thursday with prayer requests.

This weekend, the Anabaptist youth and young adults in Burgos, Spain, have their fifth annual Origen youth conference weekend. Pray with Brian and Noelia Fox of Mennonite Mission Network that lives will be Redesigned (conference theme) as God takes fragmented lives and makes them whole and beautiful.

DownloadApril MMN Prayer Vine

Church Notes
Sunday Service Info

This Sunday:  April 3

Brenda Grimes
Aaron Wieand

Pete and Melba Graber

Dick and Nancy Yoder

Nick Schrock/Elisabeth Barahona

Infants:  Lindsy Locke, Anita and Tavi Mounsithiraj
Toddlers:  Adam Derstine, Jane Wang, Marcia Weaver

Offering Counters:
John Hooley, Greg Smucker

Next Sunday:  April 10

Aaron Wieand
Curt Wenger
Elise Wenger

Laverne Nafziger

Dick and Nancy Yoder

Nick Schrock/Elisabeth Barahona

Infants:  Leah Garboden, Clare and Merrill Krabill
Toddlers:  Brandon Yoder, Julie and Phil Zimmerman

Offering Counters:
Ron Good/Rick Hostetter

Statistical Report 
(March 27)

Attendance:  232
General fund:  $4,806.58
Bethany fund:  $155.00
Agape fund:  $10.00
College fund:  $50.00
The Mennonite magazine:  $37.00

General Fund Income 2015-16 YTD
Actual:  $183,755.98
Budget:  $169,177.00

Berkey Avenue
Mennonite Fellowship

2509 Berkey Avenue
Goshen, IN 46526
(574) 534-2398

Office Hours
Monday - Friday
Hours vary

Interim Communications and Office Manager, Jenny Hooley:
Tuesday - Friday
10:00 a.m. - 3:00 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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