Berkey Avenue Mennonite Fellowship
A congregation of Mennonite Church USA
Berkey Avenue Mennonite Fellowship
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August 31, 2014

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Berkey Announcements

From the Deacons and Pastors

congregation sharing timeHere at Berkey, sharing time is an important way in which we connect with each other. It is a highly valued part of our congregational life by many people. Over the last number of years, the deacons (Caregiving Commission) have talked about sharing time: what its purpose is, how to improve it, how to best lead it. Two years ago, we surveyed the congregation to receive your input on sharing time, and to experiment with different ways of leading sharing time. More recently, the challenges around sharing time have been more evident. Given the conversations that have happened over the years, the deacons (including the new deacons, the continuing and the outgoing deacons) and pastors are proposing these basic guidelines for sharing time in order to make this a place that is safe for all voices.

1. Speak from the heart, sharing your own story or experience.
2. Speak in a manner that communicates Christ's loving, caring, healing presence. Refrain from judging other people, or sharing their stories without their permission.
3. Speak leanly, being mindful that others also want to share.
We will test these guidelines for a time, modifying and adapting them as we go along. We welcome your counsel. We will begin this practice on September 7.

~ Deacons and Pastors

Sunday School

Sunday schoolThere will be no Sunday School classes this Sunday, August 31. We will celebrate the end of our Summer Intergenerational Sunday School program with a special slide show, put together by Phil Bauman, recapping some highlights of the summer classes. Everyone is invited for refreshments after worship and an extended fellowship time. Sunday, September 7, marks the beginning of our new church Sunday School year. We look forward to introducing the classes and teachers for our new year.

College Meals

college mealsOver 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. You can go online directly to sign up for a meal (username: students and password: bamf) or contact Ruth Roth.

Fall Fest

Fall FestSaturday, September 13, at 5:00 p.m. is our Fall Fest on the lawn. We will begin at 5:00 p.m. with dancing led by John and Lyn Buschert. Dinner will follow at 6:00 p.m., featuring a lamb roast and potluck. This is a great way to welcome college students and neighbors who use our garden plots in a context of fun and fellowship. Please bring a large salad and dessert to share with others, lawn chairs or blankets, and your own picnic service. Buns, condiments, and drinks will be provided.

Small Groups

small groupsSmall groups are an important part of our life together as a congregation. They help us to deepen our relationships with each other and with God. If you are currently not in a small group, and would like to join one, or if you are interested in changing small groups, you can fill this form. If you have questions, please speak to one of the Small Group Co-ordinating Committee members: Stephanie Wieand, Ron Good, or Marilyn Rudy-Froese

Online Photo Directory Status Report

Directory updateWe have completed the draft of the 2014 directory.  There will be several edits to make, and we need your help!  Please take a minute to review your personal details to make sure everything is up to date, including any information omitted.  If you have a family photo you would like to use, please email it to us ASAP for inclusion.This Sunday, we will lay a draft out in the fellowship hall for you to review as well.

Lost and Found

Lost and FoundIf you have been missing one or more of your items, you might want to check it/them out on the lost and found shelf. It is located on the top of the north coat rack just off of the main entrance.  Everything that is not picked up will be taken to the depot at the end of each month.

The 47th Michiana Mennonite Relief Sale

The 47th Michiana Mennonite Relief Sale MCC Relief SaleThe 47th Annual Michiana Mennonite Relief Sale is September 26-27, 2014 at the Elkhart County 4-H Fairgrounds. The sale begins Friday from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. Saturday opens at 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 our website: To preregister for an auction bid number, go to or email your request (please include name, address, telephone number and email address) to by September 19, 2014. If you are interested in learning more or with questions, contact Bev Krabill.

Marriage Retreat: a Bicycle Built for Two

Marriage retreatA Bicycle Built for Two is a hard-hitting comedy that takes a playful look at marriage, commitment, and divorce. It follows three couples at various stages in their relationships: a young couple, bright-eyed, bushy-tailed with their recent engagement, an aging pair of empty-nesters who are trying to rediscover their marriage after some-odd 30 years and a dueling duo just entering a divorce. Come on out on September 12 at 7:00 p.m., to Waterford Mennonite Church and catch the show. Tickets are $10 per person and are available in the church office.  Additionally, the marriage retreat will continue on Saturday morning from 10:00 a.m. until noon. There will be light refreshments at 9:45 a.m. and childcare will be provided. Learn more. If you have a tandem bike that you would be willing to let us use on Saturday morning, please speak with Marilyn Rudy-Froese or Terri Brenneman. We are also looking for a few folks that might be interested in helping with childcare on Saturday morning.  If you can help, please contact Elisabeth Barahona.

Throwback Thursday

Thursday's ThrowbackHead 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

Grade 9 students at Bethany are taking their traditional classes to a camp setting for two days as they incorporate community-building and outdoor education into their daily learning activities. Learn more.

Goshen College Goshen College

Organ Recital

An Organ Recital by Stephen Jacoby will be held Sunday, September, 14, at 4:00 p.m. in Rieth Recital Hall of the Goshen College Music Center. Dr. Jacoby, professor of Music Emeritus at Bluffton University (Ohio), will perform works by Couperin, CPE Bach, Scheidt, Buxtehude and others on Goshen College’s Taylor and Boody pipe organ. Admission to the concert is $10, with tickets available at the door one hour in advance of the concert.

Afternoon Sabbatical: Amazing Grace

Join us for an afternoon sabbatical trip to Chicago on October 25, 2014. Amazing Grace is the awe-inspiring true story behind the world’s most beloved song. Coming of age as Britain sits atop an international empire of slavery, John Newton finds himself torn between following in the footsteps of his father — a slave trader — and embracing the more compassionate views of his childhood sweetheart. But when a perilous voyage on the high seas finds John in his darkest hour, a transformative moment of self-reckoning inspires a blazing anthem of hope that will finally guide him home. The cost is $130 and includes coach travel, best-seating theater tickets and a box supper. Space is limited. Tickets will be sold until September 9 or until sold out. Please call (574) 535-7565 to register and assure your spot.

AMBS Anabaptist Mennonite Biblical Seminary

First-hand news from Iraq

Sandra Stevens, student at Anabaptist Mennonite Biblical Seminary who has just returned from the Christian Peacemaker Team delegation in Iraq, will speak in the seminary’s Thursday forum, September 4, beginning at noon in the basement of the chapel. A simple meal is available for $6.50 beginning at 11:30 a.m. Reserve a lunch ticket by 3 p.m. on Tuesday, September 2, by calling  574.295.3726 ext. 0.

Course in Guatemala City

A January course will be offered and will introduce students to the rich theology of Latin America. Jamie Pitts, AMBS professor, and an instructor from the Latin American Anabaptist Seminary (SEMILLA) will guide the class. There is still room to register. Learn more about the course and how to register.

Community Announcements

Relief Sale Choir

There will be no practice Sunday, August 31 due to the Labor Day weekend. Practices will resume September 7 from 4:00 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. at Bethany Christian Schools.  It is not too late to join! The practice on September 21 will be held from 1:30 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. due to the Performing Arts Series Concerts by Conspirare at 4:00 p.m. Otherwise, rehearsals and performances are as announced earlier.

Michiana Chapter of MEDA

On Thursday, September 18, at 6:30 p.m. at Essenhaus Restaurant, we will host a presentation entitled Balancing the Pressures of Business and Family Life by Bob and Sue Miller, the founders and owners of Das Dutchman Essenhaus. Kindly RSPV by email or by call (574) 355-3607. The meal and program costs are $15 for members and $20 for non-members.

Menno-Hof Singspiration

You’re invited to the annual Menno-Hof Singspiration on the front lawn, Sunday evening, September 14, at 5:00 p.m. Come and enjoy acappella singing of familiar hymns, ice cream, pretzels and more singing inside following the worship service. Bring lawn chairs. Rain location will be at the Farmstead Inn pavilion, Shipshewana (just north of Menno-Hof).

The Window Open again for First Friday

The Window's kitchen will be open for September's First Friday. Friday's meal runs from 4:30 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. or until the food runs out.  We will feature barbeque sandwiches, potato chips, coleslaw and cookies. The suggested price is $8.00.

Relief Sale: Attention Quilters

Quilt registration forms have been mailed out.  Please check with your church office or relief sale representative if you are in need of a registration form.  We are excited to again offer online registration.  Find the online quilt registration form at  under the heading ‘Get Involved’.  If your registration is received by Friday, September 5th it will be included in the printed buyers guide.  For questions, please contact Mafra Maust or call (574) 875-6280. We are also looking for machine quilted quilts for the 2014 Silent Auction.  If you would like to donate a machine quilted quilt, please contact Anne Horst Hanby at (574) 349-7473 no later than September 12th.   Beginning in 2015, we will be accepting machine quilted items in the Quilt Auction.

Maple City Walk

The sixth annual Maple City Walk hosted by Downtown Goshen, Inc, will be held Saturday, September 20 with the core of the 10K, 1/2 marathon and marathon courses on the Pumpkinvine Nature Trail. Register online for a reduced fee before September 13 or register the day of the walk. The walk starts and finishes at the Powerhouse Park by the Goshen Farmer's Market and begins at 7:30 a.m. The 10 K walk begins at 9:00 a.m. On-site registration starts at 7:00 a.m. This is a great opportunity to enjoy walking for health on a beautiful trail. Form a team with family and friends!  A drawing for a free pair of walking shoes will take place for all who finish. See or Sherry Wenger if you have questions.


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!

  MDC Goldenrod is seeking direct care workers on either a full time or part-time basis. The applicants must be comfortable with people with disabilities and must also be available for the 2nd shift and weekends. Complete an online application and email completed applications to
Mennonite Central Committee (MCC) is searching for two Service Workers to serve in central Pennsylvania. A Warehouse Assistant/Truck Driver is needed and must be 21 years or older. (CDL training may be available.) An Administrative Secretary provides administrative support for the Administrative Services Director and the Hosting Team. Go to the MCC website for more information, or


Getting to Know

Wima Shank

Wilma Shank
In the month of May, at the time of a family celebration for having arrived at year 90, I told my family that if I were to choose one word to describe those years, it would be grateful; grateful for my wonderful parents, Ray and Velma Spicher Hollopeter. Mother and Dad were school teachers. Both grew up in western PA, they then came to Akron, Ohio where they worked in the Firestone Rubber Company until they had sufficient cash to buy a property in Medina County, west of Akron. That was where I was born, lived with four siblings, and went to school. When I was almost age fourteen I was baptized in the Bethel Mennonite Church, west of Wadsworth, Ohio.

Read the full bio.

Whether you are new or a charter member, we are continually learning to know each other and we want to get to know you more. It can be very simple, your name, what you do for a living and what you are interested in. You can view our newsletter archive for some examples. Interested in being featured? Let us know!


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

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September 4: Ladies Lunch Bunch, 11:30 a.m. at Memories of China. Please contact Laverne Nafziger at or (574) 533-8025 if you have any questions.
September 7: Men's Breakfast

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

Pray for Janet Stucky of Mennonite Mission Network as she continues to develop language fluency, and as she writes a project proposal for Bethesda Hospital in Benin, detailing the nutritional needs of women and young children.
Paul Leichty had surgery for prostate cancer on Friday, in Indianapolis. Please keep him and Twila in your prayers as he recovers.
Moriah Hurst of Mennonite Mission Network is assuming more responsibility in the community development training program of Praxis, where she teaches in Australia. Pray that God will grant energy and wisdom to Moriah. Pray also for some of her students who are facing major mental health issues.
Pray for the conference Advisory Council and also for the seven priorities of MC USA (undoing racism and advancing intercultural transformation).
Please keep North Goshen Mennonite, Goshen, IN and North Leo Mennonite, Leo, IN, in Middlebury, IN in prayer.

DownloadSeptember MMN Prayer Vine

Church Notes
Sunday Service Info

This Sunday: August 31

Brenda Grimes, Ginny & Armand Martin

Melba & Pete Graber

Bob & Lorraine Pflederer

Offering Counters: 
Dick Ramer & Karl Sommers

Audio / Visual:
Matthew Williams

Connie & Phil Bauman


Next Sunday: September 7

Abbe & Patrick Buller, Ginny & Armand Martin

Melba & Pete Graber

Bob & Lorraine Pflederer

Offering Counters: 
Barbara Eichorn & Greg Smucker

Audio / Visual:
Michael Sherer

Rita and Jud Gingrich

Statistical Report 
(August 24)

General Fund: $7834.00
College Fund: $620.00
Bethany Tuition: $15.00
MCC Penny Power: $6.00
Coffee: $41.40


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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