Berkey Avenue Mennonite Fellowship
A congregation of Mennonite Church USA
Berkey Avenue Mennonite Fellowship
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August 11, 2013

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Berkey Announcements

Survey on Our Starting Time

SurveyThank you to all who have participated in our survey. If you have not yet, please take minute to complete it. The purpose of the survey is to discover whether to keep the new start time of 9:30 a.m., or return to the old start time of 9:00 a.m. The Coordinating Council will review the results of this survey and bring a recommendation to the August 18 congregational meeting. Take Survey.

Sunday Morning Services

Musicians and worship leaders will be collaborating to finish the prelude and begin the call to worship at 9:30 a.m. Thank you for entering the sanctuary promptly on Sunday mornings.

Intergenerational Sunday School

Praying with ScriptureDiscovering God Through Journaling

This Sunday the intergenerational class on writing will take short passages of scripture and prayerfully re-write them in ways that speak to our personal situation. We meet in the sanctuary, led by Dan Schrock.

Discovering God Through Service

The red potatoes raised by the Discovering God through Service Sunday School class will available this Sunday.  Suggested donation is $3.00 for 5 lbs. and $5.00 for 10 lbs.   Proceeds from this project will go to the Kenyan Mennonite Church for HIV support groups and education.  This project is sponsored by MCC and all checks can be made to MCC.

Discovering God Through Nature/Earthcare - Help us eat our Potatoes

Next Sunday (August 18), the The nature/earthcare Sunday school class will be learning about local food. August 18 is also a potluck Sunday, and we invite you to feature local food in your potluck dish that day. Looking forward to celebrating summer's bounty with you!

Potluck Meal and Congregational Meeting

Potluck MealA congregational meal will follow the August 18 service, after which there will be a congregational meeting.   Members are encouraged to bring two dishes to contribute to the potluck.  We also encourage people to bring their own table service to facilitate clean-up after the meal. ~ Fellowship & Caring Commission

Fall Marriage Retreat

Marriage RetreatPlan now on setting aside this time to work at nurturing your marriage relationship.  This free retreat is jointly planned by and for Waterford Mennonite Church and Berkey Avenue Mennonite Fellowship. On Friday, September 6th, from 6:00 to 9:00 p.m. we will meet at Waterford Mennonite for a brief input before heading out on a date of your choice, equipped with questions for meaningful conversation over dinner.  Childcare will be provided. On Saturday, September 7th, from 9:00 a.m. until noon we will have input sessions. We will meet at Berkey Avenue Mennonite Fellowship where we will work at strengthening our methods of communication in our marriages. Look forward to a humor filled, content inspired, and interactive time set aside to engage the complexity of communication! Childcare will again be provided, with light refreshments provided for both children and adults. Please contact Elisabeth Barahona at  (215) 527-4774 or for additional information. View the Flyer. Learn more and register.

Fall Fest

Save the date! Saturday, September 14, at 5:00 p.m. is our Fall Fest on the lawn, featuring a hog roast, potluck, and contra dancing with Barry Dupen, a caller from Ft. Wayne. This is a great way to welcome college students, neighbors who use our garden plots, and others in a context of fun and fellowship. Please bring a salad or dessert to share with others, lawn chairs or blankets, and your own picnic service. Buns, condiments, and drinks will be provided.

The 46th Michiana Mennonite Relief Sale

Michiana Mennonite Relief SaleThe 46th Michiana Mennonite Relief Sale will take place on September 27-28 at Elkhart County 4-H Fairgrounds.  The sale begins Friday from 5:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. Saturday hours are from 7:00 a.m. until mid-afternoon.  Come and make this weekend a family event!  For more information about the sale or to download printable forms, see website: To pre-register for an auction bid number, go to If you are interested in learning more or with questions, contact Diane Beam at or visit our website.

Online Photo Directory Status Report

Jud & RitaThe online photo directory continues to develop but there are still several portraits missing. If you have not yet gotten your picture taken, please sign up online or email Renae Yoder to schedule your appointment. Getting your photo taken only takes a few minutes. Let Rafael Barahona know if you would like to keep your photo. Additionally, if you would like to include a link to your Facebook profile, please let Rafael Barahona know as well and he will add it to your entry. You can access the online directory at Unfortunately, the online registration tool is malfunctioning, so in the meantime, please use the username and password left in your church mailbox. If you have had your photo taken, please take a moment to review your information.

Our Schools

Bethany Christian SchoolsBethany Christian Schools

Bethany Christian Schools is accepting applications for substitute teachers for this school year. To download an application see the Bethany website. For more information, contact assistant principal Tim Lehman at or (574) 534-2567.

Goshen CollegeGoshen College

Friendship Families

As Goshen College prepares to welcome about 20 new international students to campus this fall, we are looking for a Friendship Family for each of them. A Friendship Family serves as a once-a-month social friend (coffee/tea, lunch, dinner) for a student to help them feel more at home here in the United States and Northern Indiana. It is a great opportunity to learn about another culture and country, as well as to extend God's love by offering hospitality and welcoming strangers. If you would like to know more, please contact GC's International Student Advisor Skip Barnett at

Children's Choir Auditions

Calling all children who like to sing! Children's choir auditions will be held at the Goshen College Music Center on Monday and Tuesday, August 19th and Wednesday the 20th. Rejoice choir for grades 3-5 and Shout for Joy choir for grades 6-8 meet weekly on Thursday evenings and perform in various settings, including Sauder Concert Hall. Tuition is $75 per semester, with financial aid available. Please call (574) 535-7361 to schedule an audition time.

AMBSAnabaptist Mennonite Biblical Seminary

Globetrotter Daniel Schipani (Professor of Pastoral Care and Counseling) taught for two weeks this summer at Seminario Evangélico de Teología in Matanzas, Republic of Cuba. He also taught in Guatemala City, Guatemala, and at Hartford (Conn.) Seminary. This week he was closer to home, teaching in Indianapolis. He also recently published a new book, Multifaith Views in Spiritual Care (Pandora Press, 2013).

Community Announcements

Merry Lea's "Essence of August" Hike This Sunday

Merry Lea Environmental Learning Center of Goshen College, Wolf Lake, IN, will be offering an "Essence of August" hike as part of its Sabbath Hike series on Sunday, August 11, 3:30 p.m. meeting at Merry Lea's Rieth Village. The 1.5-hour guided hikes are designed to help people let go of their responsibilities and witness the beauty of God's good creation. Prairie flowers are at their peak right now and the weather should be pleasant. Other dates in the series are September 8 and October 20, same time. Donation optional.

Center For Community Justice Mediation Training

Interested in involvement in your community's response to crime? VORP at the Center for Community Justice will offer its annual training September 18-20, from 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. Register before August 30 to receive an early registration discount. Topics include: victim-offender mediation, principles of restorative justice and an overview of our local criminal justice system. to register, call (574) 295-6149 and as for VORP staff.

IN-MI Mennonite Women’s Fall Retreat

Ladies, mark your calendars for the annual IN-MI Mennonite Women’s Fall Retreat, October 11-13 at Amigo Centre. Jackie Wyse-Rhodes will speak about Naomi, Ruth and Orpah: Exploring women’s stories of survival, adventure and faithfulness. Worship leader is Kristin Kauffman. Early registration ends September 21.For more information contact Amigo Centre. For a brochure or to register, visit

Emerge Ministries Invites Your Participation in Goodwill Fundraiser

Emerge Minstries invites you to participate in our Goodwill Fundraiser. Please bring all of your gently used items that you no longer want and help us fill a Goodwill truck!The event will be held at 731 Wagner Avenue in Elkhart. Drop-offs can be made on Monday - Friday from 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. Please call (574) 293-0776 for more information.

MCC Aid in Syria

When Syrian children return to school this fall, many will carry a weight much heavier than a backpack – images of violence that forced them to leave their homes, friends and schools. Some worry about where they will live and what they will eat. Mennonite Central Committee seeks contributions to lighten the burden of these children and their families by providing cash for rent, kits to meet basic needs, locally bought food and supplies as well as social and educational support. Please donate online at or by calling 1-888-563-4676.

Save the date: Menno-Hof 25th Anniversary Celebration Dinner

Save the date for Menno-Hof's 25th Anniversary Celebration Dinner on Oct. 3, 6:30 p.m., at the Shipshewana Event Center. We are pleased to welcome our guest speaker Donald B. Kraybill, Ph.D., Elizabethtown (Pa.) College. More information will be available soon.

Mediterranean Tapas Fundraiser

Delight your senses with the sounds, flavors and aromas of the Mediterranean! Anita Barahona (sister to Rafael) will be having a fund raiser to help cover costs of going back to school. This event will be held on Sunday, August 18th at 4:30 p.m. at the Barahona residence. Seating is limited to the first 24 registrants. This Spectacular Four Course Tapas Meal is $34 per person. Contact Rafael Barahona to obtain more information.

Children's Choir of Michiana Auditions

Children's Choir of Michiana will hold auditions for its 10th Anniversary season on Tuesdays, August 20 and 27,  from 6:00 - 8:00 p.m.  Children entering grades 4 through 10 in the fall are welcome to try out for this multi-cultural, multi-faith choir, which performs in concert venues throughout the Michiana region. Learn more.

Vesper Chorale Auditions

Vesper Chorale will hold auditions for its 21st Season on Thursday, August 22, 2013 from 6:30 - 9:00 p.m.  Performances this season include Handel's Messiah, a program of all new music, the launch of our new American Songbook Concert Series, and the 10th Anniversary Concert of Children's Choir of Michiana.  Auditions are about 20 minutes long and will be held at Kern Road Mennonite Church, 18211 Kern Road, South Bend.  To arrange an audition time, or for questions, call (574) 229-2247 or e-mail Learn more.

Free Music Together Classes

Parents of infants from birth through 8 mos. are invited to join a session of 6 free Music Together® classes, which are being offered in various Elkhart Co. locations. Classes are taught by Goshen College Music Together teachers and sponsored by the Horizon Education Alliance of Elkhart County. It's never to early to connect with your child through music!  To find out more or to sign up, call 535-6100 or email Learn more.

Yellow Creek Mennonite Church Senior Event

The next Yellow Creek Mennonite Church Senior Tuesday luncheon is being replaced by a bus trip to Shipshewana on Thursday, September 19. Plan now to join us. Brochures are available in the BAMF church office from Rafael. Contact the Yellow Creek Mennonite Church office at (574) 862-2595 for more information.

Annie Moses Band Performs at the Blue Gate Theater

The Annie Moses Band brings a blend of fiddle, jazz, and classical influences fused with soaring, folk-inspired vocals creates a sound that is both refreshing and familiar. The Annie Moses Band is a family bringing classicism to the common man. The will be performing at the Blue Gate Theater on Wednesday, August 28. Learn more.

ADNet Tenth Anniversary Open House

Join us on Friday, August 16 at the Mennonite Church USA Offices (3145 Benham Avenue, Elkhart) for the ADNet Tenth Anniversary Open House! The festivities begin from 4:30 p.m. We hope you can join us! Learn more.

MDC Goldenrod Auction

Mark your calendars for the MDC Goldenrod Auction on September 6 and 7, and get ready for a weekend of great company, good food and the chance to provide hope and empowerment to individuals with disabilities and their families!  Invite friends, family and church members to come along too.  The auction provides much needed financial support and makes the work of MDC Goldenrod possible. It is also a time of celebration to acknowledge the many people who are a part of the MDC Goldenrod community. Learn more.


Have something to sell, rent or lend?  Want to buy or borrow something? Looking for a job? This is the place to have it be known!

FOR SALE/OBO: Round kitchen table with 2 leaves and 3 chairs ($50), twin mattress and box springs ($50), nice working microwave ($25).  Contact Miriam Augsburger before August 14 for more information, (574) 536-1821 or
FOR RENT: 2-3 bedroom, newly renovated house on Wilson Avenue, a quiet street less than a mile from the college. $700/month plus utilities. Near playground and millrace. Parkside school district. For more information, contact Dale or Trish Shenk at (574) 535-3537 or (574) 971-0293.
FOR RENT: 2 bedroom, 1.5 bath Condo at College Green. Main floor laundry (washer/dryer furnished), 2 finished rooms with egress window on lower level. Stove and refrigerator furnished, gas heat and A/C. Available August 15th. For more information, contact Jesse or Genie Kehr at (574) 537-4643.

 Sunday Service Information

Berkey Avenue Mennonite Fellowship

This Sunday:
August 11

Bev & Dave Krabill, Nancy & Dick Yoder
John Mast
Offering Counters:  
Ron Good, Rick Hostetter
Ben Buckwalter, Laura Horst

Next Sunday:
August 18

Abbe & Patrick Buller, Curt & Elise Wenger
Lorriane & Bob Pflederer
Offering Counters:  
Lowell Nafziger, Denise Risser
Ben Buckwalter, Dee Albrecht


Getting to Know

Elisabeth & Rafael Barahona

Elisabeth & Rafael, Thiago, Isabela

Elisabeth and Rafael Barahona returned to Goshen last August after a six year stint in Virginia. Rafael is Berkey Avenue's Communications and Office Manager, and also runs his own graphic design business, R3 Design.  Elisabeth has had her hands full at home with Isabela (2.5 yrs), and Thiago (1 yr). Both are high energy and have a lot of personality. She looks to get back into the workforce after obtaining her Master's in Social Work prior to moving back to Indiana.

Whether you're new or a charter member, we are continually learning to know each other and we want to get to know you more. Interested in being featured?
Let us know!


Please note we will no longer be printing and distributing monthly calendars.  They are however, available for download.

* Download August Calendar

This Week
August 12: Group Direction in the Library
August 17: Commission Planning Meeting

CalendarView Events Calendar


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

For students, teachers, and staff in our local school systems as they begin a new year.
For Joy Hostetter, her mother, and their family on the death of Joy's father.
Praise God for positive changes at the War Trauma Center in Serbia where Lane Stopher of Mennonite Mission Network served for more than four years. Pray for Lane as he answers a call to the Lombard (Ill.) Mennonite Peace Center and begins ministry there this month.
August MMN Prayer Vine
IN-MI Conference’s Prayer Newsletter

Church Notes

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.

Statistical Report
Attendance: 125
Bethany Tuition: $865.00
General Fund: $6,344.01
Building Improvements: $1,250.00
College Matching: $370.00
House Rent: $750.60
Agape: $10.00

Jubilee Renovation Update
Read the Fundraising Letter

Berkey Avenue
Mennonite Fellowship

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

Dan Schrock
Marilyn Rudy-Froese
Lois Stoltzfus Mast

Greg Smucker (Chairperson)
Lisa Short
Lee Roy Berry, Jr.
Jan Shetler
Roy Bergey

Renae Yoder (Chairperson)
Laura Horst
James Yoder
Richard Miller

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