Berkey Avenue Mennonite Fellowship
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Berkey Avenue Mennonite Fellowship
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March 13, 2015

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Berkey Announcements

Congregational and Pastoral Evaluation

Evaluation surveyThe deadline for filling out the congregational and pastoral evaluation has been extended to this Sunday, March 15. Watch your email for a link to the online evaluation form.

Parking at Berkey this Sunday

Parking at Berkey on SundayThis Sunday, please do NOT park anywhere on the grass when you come to church. This includes the grass north of the parking lot and on the west side of the building. Do not even try to drive on the west side of the building, because the melting snow has turned our grass into mud. If you park in these areas you could get stuck. This means we will not have enough space to park everyone's vehicles on the cement. To leave parking for visitors, people with young children, and the elderly, we suggest the following:
  1. Drive only one vehicle from your household.
  2. Carpool with your neighbors.
  3. If you don't have heavy things to carry, come a little earlier, park at Model School, and walk the rest of the way to church. 
    ~ Thank You.

Menno's Best Coffee

Menno's best coffeeGet your coffee fix and benefit Berkey's MYF! Menno's Best coffee will be available during fellowship time this Sunday. For each bag sold, the MYF receives $5 to help fund our trip to the convention in Kansas City next summer. ($1 per bag is also split between MMN and MCC). Menno's Best is one of your coffee choices on Sunday morning, so sample it if you haven't already. Cost is $12 per bag, available in whole bean or ground.

The Mennonite

It is time to renew subscriptions to the Mennonite.  Let Ruth Hathaway know if you would like to renew or if you would like your name removed from the list.

Gretchen Geyer-SALT Program

Gretchen SALT ProgramAs many of you know, I was accepted into Mennonite Central Committee's voluntary service program SALT, for the next year. MCC requests that we raise a minimum of 50% of what it costs to be on assignment. If any of you would like to make a financial contribution towards the $5800 I am required to fundraise, follow this link.  Feel free to email Gretchen Geyer if you would like more information and thanks for all your support through thoughts and prayers as well!

Model Gum Drive

Model Gum DriveWe all remember the rule of “No Gum in School,” which is still the case in today’s world most of the time except for two times a year at Model Elementary!! Many of you might be surprised to learn that the only time gum is allowed falls during ISTEP testing!! Yes, you heard it right…Model Elementary encourages students to chew mint flavored gum while taking their standardized tests and believes they saw the benefits last year!! Research shows that chewing gum can stimulate blood flow and improve memory with the mint flavor boosting the brain and improving problem solving. So what does this all mean for our church…well, Model needs gum and our church is going to hold a Gum Drive to supply this need for the second round of ISTEP! The school has figured that each student in 3rd, 4th, and 5th grade will need approximately four pieces of gum for the duration of the test, which figures out to 1,300 pieces! With the assistance of our partner church, we are being asked to collect 650 pieces of mint flavored gum!!! So let’s help out the students and staff at Model!! Please bring ONLY mint flavored gum preferably Doublemint sticks to the church no later than April 12 to be delivered to the school in time for the next round of ISTEP!! There will be a box for the gum on a table in the fellowship hall.Thank you!!

Berkey Boys Crossing the country for MCC

Bikeride for MCCCaleb Longenecker, Seth Miller and Jackson Bush are planning on biking across the country after they graduate in May. They are raising money for MCC's global family program which supports education around the world. We find this a very fitting cause after just completing our studies at Goshen College. We feel especially connected to Berkey as Seth and Caleb have regularly attended during their four years and would love for people to help us achieve our goal of $5000 dollars. People can donate online through MCC. This link also gives some more details about us and the trip. We are in the process of creating a blog for the trip too, so people can follow us as we go along. We also plan on representing Goshen College at the menno youth convention this summer in Kansas City.

Open House

Open house - Joan TroyerA "See ya later" Open House for Joan Troyer, Kids Alive International missionary will be this Saturday, March 14 from 2:00 - 4:00 p.m.
She will leave for language school in Guatemala on March 18.

Easter Flowers

You are invited to purchase potted tulips in memory of someone who has died. These flowers will be part of the visuals on Easter Sunday; following the service, you may take them home to enjoy. The person(s) you list "In Memory Of", along with your name, will be listed in the bulletin on Easter Sunday. The price for the potted tulips is $10. The order form will be on a table in the fellowship hall on March 15 and 22. Please contact Clare Krabill with any questions.

Benefit of the Doubt

Benefit of the Doubt: Breaking the Idol of CertaintyBenefit of the Doubt: Breaking the Idol of Certainty, a provocative book by pastor, theologian, and best-selling author Greg Boyd, will be the subject of a new Sunday School class starting on March 8. Benefit of the Doubt invites readers "to embrace a faith that doesn't strive for certainty, but rather for commitment in the midst of uncertainty." Boyd makes the case that doubt can enhance faith and that seeking certainty is harming many in today's church. The class reading of Benefit of the Doubt will be led by Richard Aguirre and Lane Miller with occasional contributions by Joe Liechty. If you're interested in joining the class, see Dan Schrock about reserving a copy of Boyd's personal, poignant, and powerful book.

Parenting Sunday School Class

Parenting as a spiritual journey, making a home for faith, caring for children as a spiritual practice--all of these phrases are a good description for the kinds of conversations we hope to have in this Sunday school class. All who are in the midst of raising children, and want to share with others who are also at various points along the parenting and grandparenting journey, are invited to be part of this conversation. We will share the joys and challenges of parenting, our hopes and fears and questions about our role as parents, and explore spiritual practices for ourselves and our children.

Throwback Thursday

Throwback ThursdayHead 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

Host Families Needed

Bethany Christian Schools is in need of host families for serving international students who would like to attend Bethany. This opportunity to gain cross cultural experience in your own home often becomes a rewarding experience for the host family, as well as a blessing to the student. Families receive monetary compensation. One school year commitment. For more information, contact admissions director Sarah Kraybill Lind at or (574) 534-2567.

Visit Bethany on March 23

Students in grades 6-10 interested in exploring Bethany Christian Schools can shadow a Bethany student on Monday, March 23, 8:50 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Parents are invited to a 8:45-9:15 a.m. coffee and conversation. Parent tours are available at 9:15 a.m. This is a great way for prospective students and families to discover Bethany! Contact us to explore visit options for younger children as well. For more information, to register, or to schedule a visit on another date see

Goshen College Goshen College

Explore Goshen Day

High school students: Nothing is going to tell you more about the right college fit than stepping on campus to check out the housing options, tasting the food, trying out a class or talking to current students and professors. Attend our next Explore Goshen Day on March 27, 2015 (which includes a special Discover Nursing track) with other high school students considering calling GC their home. You can sign up or call (574) 535-7535.

Student Recitals

The Community School of the Arts will present student recitals on Saturday, March 28 at 11a.m. and 1p.m. in Rieth Recital Hall. The concerts are free and open to the public, and will feature string, woodwind, and piano students. Doors open 30 minutes prior to performance time.

AMBS Anabaptist Mennonite Biblical Seminary

Theological Lecture

Preaching Justice in a Global World will be the theme of this year’s Theological Lectureship, at Anabaptist Mennonite Biblical Seminary presented by Dr. Gennifer Brooks, March 17 and 18. Dr. Brooks, professor at Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary, will speak Tuesday afternoon, and Wednesday morning and afternoon in the seminary’s chapel. For details, visit.

Invitation to Prayer

The next months are often gathering times for area churches, regional church conferences and denominations. To prepare prayerfully for these gatherings, the prayer team for Mennonite Church USA's convention and AMBS Kansas Center (based in North Newton) invite groups to plan prayer retreats this spring. Download prayer retreat resources from the AMBS website.

Community Announcements

14th Empty Bowl Project

The Empty Bowl is held this year on Saturday, March 28th at the Farmer's Market from 5:00 p.m. -8:00 p.m. $15 for a handmade bowl of delicious soup of your choice, bread and beverage provided by area restaurants and guild members. The soup and dinner will benefit Goshen Interfaith Hospitality Network.
In addition, the Homeward Bound 5K is Saturday, March 21st and supports GIHN, Church Community Services, Habitat for Humanity and LaCasa and we would love to have everyone come out and participate. You can register at

Depot Annual Meeting

MCC Resource Center, invites you to the twenty first annual business meeting on Thursday March 26, 2015. Catered meal begins at 6:00 p.m. at Maple City Chapel. Dinner reservations Deadline is March 20th at 4:00 p.m. To make dinner reservations, e-mail or call (574) 312-4156. Churches / Districts are encouraged to send two delegates to the Business Meeting.

Center for Healing & Hope

Tickets go on sale March 9th for the Center for Healing & Hope’s Fiesta Feast featuring a Puerto Rican Meal by Rolling Scones on Saturday, April 11, 5:00-7:00 p.m. at College Mennonite Church Fellowship Hall.  Eat in or carry out will be available. The family friendly fundraising dinner supports the Center for Healing & Hope which provides compassionate health care to the medically homeless in our community at locations in Goshen and Elkhart. The Puerto Rican meal includes savory chicken & pork, rice & beans, salad, bread, & dessert. Tickets are $25 for adults and $10 for children 12 & under. Meals will be served from 5:00-6:30 p.m. with a short program and door prize drawings at 6:00 p.m. Order tickets at or call (574) 534-4744 ext. 201, email: or mail check to Center for Healing & Hope, P.O. Box 195, Goshen, IN 46527.

Elkhart Race Fundraiser

Church Community Services will be having their annual Amazing Elkhart Race fundraiser on April 25th. Have fun with your team navigating the course, completing games and obstacles along the way. This year there are two classifications, competitive class and fun class. For more details, see the flier on the bulletin board or Nick Bouwman or amazingelkhartrace facebook page.

Mennonite World Conference

Don't miss this once-in-a-generation event! Make plans now to attend PA 2015, the Global Assembly of Mennonite World Conference. Prepare to be transformed as you worship and fellowship with Anabaptist brothers and sisters from around the world. Experience the global Church through five days of great music, inspirational speakers from different countries, small sharing groups, tours, workshops, and much more. PA 2015 will be held July 21-26, 2015 in Harrisburg, PA. Please register online.

CROP Hunger Walk

This year's Goshen CROP Hunger Walk will take place May 3 and will again start at Shanklin Park at 2:00 p.m. Funds from the Walk support hunger fighting efforts locally through The Window and globally through Church World Service. Ed Swartley, Executive Director of The Window, and the rest of the team is hoping to have a a representative from our congregation to serve as a recruiter. Anyone interested should contact Cindy Watson at or (574) 264-3102, ext. 441 or (574) 536-9640.

Mennohof Lecture

You’re invited to attend “Driven by mission: fostering community health” Sunday, March 22, 2015, 6:00 p.m. at Menno-Hof, with presenter Dr. James Nelson Gingerich of Maple City Health Care Center. Dr. Gingerich will share stories of transformation and discovery as the health care center has learned to operate out of a call to mission and a sense of abundance. This is the last event in Menno-Hof’s “Simple Treats, Stewardship & Servanthood” winter series. Bring finger foods to share – coffee will be provided.

Haystacks Benefit Dinner

Come and support The Window at the Haystacks Benefit Dinner Thursday, March 26th  from 4:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. This is a great way to enjoy good food with your family and friends while helping The Window raise funds for its programs. Waterford Mennonite Church is hosting the event and tickets are available in advance at The Window for Adult-$7 or $8 at the door, Children 4-13: $4 and Children 0-3: free.

MCC Peace Gathering in Chicago

You are invited to join Mennonite Central Committee (MCC) Great Lakes for an informative day of workshops, worship and dialogue on Saturday, March 28. In the morning, pastors are invited to a conversation with MCC staff and board. Beginning at 1:00 p.m., MCC U.S. staff will lead public workshops on immigration, military enlistment, gun violence and anti-oppression. Following the seminars, there will be a short worship service before the opportunity to engage in additional conversation over a light supper. The Peace Gathering will take place at Living Water Community Church (6808 N. Ashland Blvd.) in Chicago. More details, including a full schedule and workshop descriptions, can be found at Kindly RSVP to Jorge Vielman, Peace & Justice Coordinator, at or (574) 534-4133.

Project Promise Players' Easter Play

Join the Project Promise Players as they present their annual Easter play at Clinton Frame Mennonite Church on Saturday, March 28, at 3:00 and 6:00 p.m. During this live drama, the actors will interpret the events of Easter. Admission is free though a goodwill offering will be taken. The church is located at 63846 County Road 35, Goshen. Project Promise is a program of MDC Goldenrod that provides spiritual and social support for persons with disabilities.


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 is seeking a Resident Manager for our Supportive Housing residential community in Goshen.  Candidate will live in a new 1 bedroom apartment within a 16 unit apartment building for homeless individuals referred for housing by Oaklawn.  Primary responsibility is to be eyes and ears for LaCasa and Oaklawn while being a friend and support to tenants.  Compensation is in the form of rent reduction.  Income restrictions apply.  Contact Alan Greaser at or at (574) 533-4450 for more information.
Maple City Health Care Center, a non-profit organization committed to providing affordable, accessible, and quality care, is looking for three new staff members: a Front Office team member, a Billing Team Member Spanish fluency required for both positions, and a Facilities/Maintenance Team Member – Spanish fluency preferred. For more information about Maple City Health Care Center or to see job descriptions, go to our website at Please contact Pamela Weishaupt at or (574) 534-3300 ext.114 for more information.




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

DownloadDownload Calendar

This Week:

March 15: Congregational outing to Civil Right Heritage Center, 1:30 p.m.
March 17: Prayer Shawl Group, 4:00 p.m.
March 17: Christian Education Commission, 7:00 p.m.
March 18: Worship Commission, 7:30 p.m.

CalendarView Calendar Online

Anniversaries and Birthdays Next Week:

Dan Williams
Dale Snyder
Susan Stiffney

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

Marion Yoder was discharged from hospital on Wednesday, and he and Meredith returned home to Goshen on Thursday. Cancer was found in one of the lymph nodes; this will be treated with oral chemotherapy. Please continue to hold Marion and Meredith in your prayers during this time of continued recovery and treatment. They are grateful for your prayers, support and cards.
In the next two months, hundreds of people in Zimbabwe, India, Colombia, Indonesia and many other countries will apply and interview for their US visas so they can participate in PA 2015, the global Assembly of Mennonite World Conference, Pray that the visa process will go smoothly for them, so that PA 2015 can be a truly global Anabaptist gathering! Please pray with us about this.
Praise God for the language-learning progress that Mennonite Mission Network’s Radical Journey team in Southeast Asia has made. Pray that they will use their increased fluency to share God’s love in words as well as deeds.

DownloadMarch MMN Prayer Vine

Church Notes
Sunday Service Info

This Sunday: March 15

Lorraine Pflederer, Renae Yoder, Denise Risser

Anita and Dteban Mounthisiraj

Lorraine and Bob Pflederer

Nicholas Schrock and Clare and Merrill Krabill

Infants: Patsy and Michael Sherer, Annie Hu
Toddlers: Laura and Randy Horst, Jacob Rudy-Froese

Offering Counters:
Lowell Nafziger, Denise Risser


Next Sunday: March 22

Lorraine Pflederer, Renae Yoder, Denise Risser

Anita and Dteban Mounthisiraj

Lorraine and Bob Pflederer

Nicholas Schrock and Clare and Merrill Krabill

Infants: Marcia Weaver and Alisha Snyder, Annie Hu
Toddlers: Twila Liechty and Sim Dlova, Jacob Rudy-Froese

Offering Counters:
Dick Ramer, Karl Sommers

Statistical Report 
(March 8)

Attendance: 203
General Fund: $8526.02
College Fund: $40.00
Bethany Tuition: $30.00
Rental Income: $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

Greg Smucker (Chairperson)
Roy Bergey
Shirley Dick
Sherm Kauffman
Elizabeth Miller

Doug Baker
Richard Miller
Laverne Nafziger
Judy Weaver
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