Berkey Avenue Mennonite Fellowship
A congregation of Mennonite Church USA
Berkey Avenue Mennonite Fellowship
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July 13, 2014

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Berkey Announcements

MYF Service Trip

MYF posing for a picture during their recent service tripThe MYF would like to thank the congregation for their prayer and financial support of our service trip to Jamestown, CO, the week of June 30. We were blessed to work with Mennonite Disaster Service and serve the community of Jamestown. Special thanks to those that loaned us the use of their vehicles, drove us to or from the airport, or both; and to John Hooley, Greg Smucker, and Curt Wenger for accompanying us! - Austin Hooley, Carissa Hostetler, Corey Hostetler, Denise Risser, Loren Schrock, Cassie Sessa, Bobby Sessa, Lana Smucker, Kyle Snyder, and Matthew Williams.

Storm Clean Up

After the storm clean upWe wish to extend our continued thanks to all Berkey family members who have come out to help clear fallen branches, limbs, and brush all around the church property. There was a lot of work to be done and many folks came out to help in the effort. There is plenty of firewood available at BAMF and the house next door.  Most of it is 6 to 8 feet in length.  If you want wood, please contact Amos or Lowell.  

Thank you

Lois' thank you noteThank you so much for the blessing on June 29.  The service was lovely and I appreciate so much the cards and notes of support and appreciation.  Thank you also for the beautiful pottery.  I will treasure it always.  You have been a wonderful congregation to work with and I already miss you.  I look forward to returning to worship in a couple of months and hold you all in my prayers until that time. With much love and gratitude, Lois

Second Sunday Summer Picnic

Summer PicnicThis Sunday, July 13, there will be a Second Sunday Summer Picnic instead of the nurture hour. We will plan to be outdoors on the lawn so bring blankets or lawn chairs and table service for your family. This will be an all finger foods meal. Suggested items to bring include: cold sandwiches, cheese and crackers, raw veggies, fruit pieces, relish trays, cookies, brownies. Please do not bring crockpots for this carry-in. Drinks will be provided.

New to the Library

This week we feature three new books in the library. I Beat the Odds by Michael Oher is the story of a football star made famous in the hit film The Blind Side  and reflects on how far he has come from the circumstances of his youth.  The Long Awakening by Lindsey O'Connor  is a searingly honest and true story of one woman's awakening from a 47-day coma after her baby's birth--and her long road back. When God Winks at You by Squire Rushnell explores the question "Is it chance, is it luck, or is God communicating with you?" 

Wedding Shower

wedding showerOn Sunday, July 27th, during our fellowship hour, we will be celebrating the wedding of Lynelle Yoder and Josh Hofer with a card/ money shower.

Support for Model School

Model StudentsVolunteers are needed to prepare and/or serve a noon meal at the church for Model School staff on August 5 as they prepare for the start of the new school year.  Faith Lutheran church has agreed to join us and coordinate support activities with us for the coming year.  They will be serving a meal on August 6.  Please let Lowell Nafziger know if you can help with the August 5 meal.

Everence Medicare Supplement Plans

EverencePlease see Missy Kauffman Schrock to learn more about a special Everence offer that benefits our congregation for people who purchase an Everence Medicare supplement plan by July 31, 2014. Your participation not only helps you meet a personal need but creates funding that helps people experiencing financial hardships in our congregation as well as other congregations throughout the U.S. The benefit to our congregation comes through a referral program, so if you are planning to purchase a Medicare Supplement plan before July 31, please contact Missy Kauffman Schrock at (574) 849-9753 or

Stephen Ministers

Stephen Ministers
Stephen Ministers are people of faith who are compassionate and trustworthy. Stephen Minister Training provides skills for one-to-one lay Christian caregiving. If you are feeling called to explore whether Stephen Ministry is for you, the application process will help you further understand what it means to be a Stephen Minister, the commitment involved, and help you discern if your gifts can best be used in this ministry at BAMF. Read the job description. Application forms are available here or on the literature rack by the mailboxes. Completed applications may be put in the mailbox marked Stephen Ministry, or e-mailed back to  If you have questions, please contact Shirley Dick or Marilyn Rudy-Froese.

 Throwback Thursday

Thursday throwbacksHead 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 Schools Bethany Christian Schools

Follow high school science teacher Calvin Swartzendruber's trip to Europe, retracing the steps of early chemists and physicists, and creating short video podcasts to use in the classroom. Read his blog.

Goshen College Goshen College

Goshen College nursing students, with the help of a GC nursing alum, experienced the realities of nursing abroad and found new “sisters” during a May term class in Nepal. Beth Beels, a 1975 GC graduate who has served as a teacher, nurse and service worker in Nepal multiple times since 1977, met the 11 nursing students for the first time in the Kathmandu airport on May 29. She had high hopes that they would embrace the culture openly and learn from their surroundings. Learn more.

AMBS Anabaptist Mennonite Biblical Seminary

AMBS congratulates Jewel Gingerich Longenecker, for completing the PhD program at Andrews University.  We look forward to learning from you about the research and reflection you have been doing for the last seven years.

Community Announcements

Cheers for Charity

The Center for Community Justice will be having an event on Thursday, July 17th from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Cheers for Charity is a casual networking with a social conscience. The concept is to get to know the clients, new friends and reconnect with old friends while helping out a local charity. Suggested donation is $10 at the door. For more information, contact

Free Conference Seminar on July 24 and 26

IN-MI Mennonite Conference is sponsoring a free web/phone seminar on financial development for congregations. In just one hour, “Giving for a Change” will provide an overview of the current financial landscape, connect ministry to budgeting, and offer tips on the most productive steps for your congregation. Learn more

Retreat and Camping Facilities

Come and enjoy a weekend at the retreat and camping facilities that belong to you! Amigo Centre has Retreat Centre rooms available on several August weekends and on Labor Day weekend. Amigo Park has RV and tenting campsites available several August and September weekends. Call (269) 651-2811 or visit for more information and rates.

Congregational Disabilities Awareness Golf Benefit

ADNet and MDC Goldenrod are collaborating on this Congregational Disabilities Awareness Golf Benefit to be held July 26, 2014 at Timber Ridge Golf Club in Millersburg, IN. We are modifying the usual golf scramble format in that we are planning for a maximum of 30 teams with 3 playing golfers and a fourth non-playing captain who has a disability (could be developmental, emotional, mental or physical) to primarily be the cheerleader. Learn more.

New Creation Care Curriculum: Every Creature Singing

Every Creature Singing: Embracing the Good News for Planet Earth is an adult curriculum prepared by Mennonite Creation Care Network. The sessions call users to vigorous Bible study, probe peace and justice issues and inspire appropriate lifestyle changes. Learn more.

Day Trip

Yellow Creek Mennonite Church will be having a Senior Adult Day Trip to Sauder Village on September 18. The cost is $50 per person due by August 4. Checks should be made payable to Yellow Creek Mennonite Church with Senior Bus Trip in the memo line. Registration forms are available in the Berkey office (see Rafael Barahona or Priscillah Metekai) and  checks should be given to Larry Stauffer,  Yellow Creek treasurer, or mailed to Larry at: 64953 SR 19, Wakarusa, IN 46573. Please contact Marilyn E. Miller at (574) 875-7642 or Marge Detweiler at (574) 534-3311 with any questions. 

Michiana Mennonite Relief Sale

The Michiana Mennonite Relief Sale Silent Auction is seeking donations such as: unique experiences, gift certificates, handmade artwork and furniture, collectibles, home décor, outdoor items, themed gift baskets, and other items and services. Items must be new (except unique collectibles and antiques), must have a minimum value of $40, and must be received by September 12. We also need volunteers to help secure donations, pick up auction items, promote the silent auction among bidders in your congregation and community, and help during the sale weekend.  Please contact or (574) 349-7473.  Visit for more information. All proceeds benefit Mennonite Central Committee.


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!

Maple City Health Care Center is a non-profit organization providing health care for low-income, Hispanic, and uninsured people . MCHCC is seeking to hire an administrative assistant and an interpreter. Please contact Nayla Jimémez Cabezas at (574) 534-3300 ext. 112 or with questions.

Did you know
Box tops for educationDid you know that we collect Box Tops and Labels for Education? Check out the Missions bulletin board (across from the restrooms) for more information, or to deposit your Box Tops and Labels for Education. Thank you to Genie Kehr, who sends them on to support the Hopi Mission School.

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
July 13: Second Sundays Church Picnic, 11:00 a.m.

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

Please pray for the students of Model School, as they continue with summer vacation. For those who find the summer routine difficult, we pray that they will find the structure they need. We pray for safety and good family times for all the students.
The South Africa and Paraguay Radical Journey teams will arrive in Chicago tomorrow for four days of re-entry sessions. Pray for discernment during this time of debriefing and preparation for returning to their home communities and what comes next in their lives.
Please pray for New Foundation United in Christ Mennonite
Fellowship in Elkhart, IN and Pastor Shawn Lange as well as Good News Community Chapel in Pinckney, MI.

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Church Notes
Sunday Service Info

This Sunday: July 13

Diane Beam, Nancy and Dick Yoder

Sara Alvarez

Anita & Tavi Mounsithiraj

Offering Counters: 
Ron Good, Rick Hostetter

Audio / Visual:
Mathew Williams / Marilyn Rudy-Froese

Tracy and Tim Thorne

Next Sunday: July 20

Barbara Eichorn, Eleanor Nafziger, Ruth Hathaway

Thelma Ramer

Bev & Dave Krabill

Offering Counters: 
Lowell Nafziger, Denise Risser

Audio / Visual:
Matthew Williams / Marilyn Rudy-Froese

Jan and Peter Shetler
Statistical Report 
(July 6)

Attendance: 118
General Fund: $6,311.75
Bethany Tuition: $25.00
College Fund: $125.00
Building Fund: $5.00
House Rent: $750.00
House Purchase: $200.00


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.

Dan Schrock
Marilyn Rudy-Froese

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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