Berkey Avenue Mennonite Fellowship
A congregation of Mennonite Church USA
Berkey Avenue Mennonite Fellowship
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April 5, 2015

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Berkey Announcements

MCC Essay Contest

Bethany junior Kyle Snyder (Berkey Avenue Mennonite) was one of four students nationwide recognized in the 2015 MCC Washington Office High School Essay Contest. His essay was titled “Shortcomings of Mass Incarceration in the U.S.” Learn more.

Bible School

Save the dates, June 8-11 for this year's Summer Bible School. This is for children from 3 years old to grade 5. We will meet each day from 9:00 a.m. - 11:30 a.m at College Mennonite Church. Look for more information about registration and volunteer opportunities coming soon. See Deb Williams for more information.

Thank You

chair fund Thank you all for your swift generosity towards the chair fund contribution. We were able to raise the whole amount of $2,550 in just a week. The chairs have already been ordered and they will be here sometime early to mid May.

Model Gum Drive

Thank youThank you all for your generous contribution towards the Model gum drive.  We met the goal of 650 pieces of mint flavored gum. We are grateful for your support for the students and staff at Model.

Bethany Fund

Bethany FundIn the coming year, four students from Berkey will be attending Bethany Christian Schools. The estimated tuition cost for these students will be $41,763. Since we already have $38,499.72 in the Bethany fund, we only need $3,263.28 by April 30. If you'd like to contribute, write your check to Berkey Avenue Mennonite and mark it for "Bethany Fund."

Garden Plots

Need a garden plot?If you want a garden plot this year let Lowell Nafziger know.  Each plot is 12’ x 24’, there is a fence around it, and there is water piped out to the garden.  A load of manure was put on last fall. Thanks to Sherm Kauffman who is having his brother do soil tests for us to get the best results. You are not limited to one plot. A $5.00 donation per plot is suggested for manure and preparation of the garden. Plots should be ready the first part of May.

Berkey Treasurer

treasurer volunteerAt the November 16 congregational meeting, a motion was approved to hire a lead treasurer from outside Berkey for the current fiscal year. However, the Stewardship and Finance Commission was also asked to find out whether a qualified person inside the congregation is willing to do this work on a volunteer basis. The commission is now fulfilling this request by advertising for this role. See the candidate's qualification.

Fish Fry

Bethany Fish FryBethany Christian's biannual Fish Fry will be happening on April 24, 2015 from 4:30 - 8:00 p.m. in the High School Gym. Adult tickets cost $10 and children's tickets (grades K-6) cost $5, while children pre-school and younger get in free. Carryout is from 4:00 - 8:00 p.m. in the High School Cafeteria and each Carryout ticket costs $10. Tickets will be available every Sunday from Nick Schrock, Jane Wang, and Kyle Snyder.

Our Schools

Goshen College Bethany Christian Schools

Open House

Bethany Christian Schools will host a drop-in open house noon to 2:30 p.m. Sunday, April 19, for anyone considering enrolling for fall 2015. Bring your family and invite others from your church or neighborhood who may have interest in Bethany. Stop by after church for lunch, and faculty and staff will be available to answer questions and give tours. So we know to expect you for the meal, please register online or RSVP to Sarah Kraybill Lind in the admissions office (574) 534-2657.

Mennonite Choir Festival

The 53rd annual Mennonite Schools Council Choral Festival concert will be at 3:00 p.m. Sunday, April 12, at Sauder Concert Hall in the Goshen College Music Center. The festival, hosted by Bethany Christian High School this year, will bring more than 450 choir members together from 15 Mennonite high schools across the United State and Canada. Tickets are $5 and can be purchased online.

Goshen College Goshen College

Afternoon Sabbatical

Dr. Christopher Fashun, assistant professor of music, and conductor of the Goshen College Symphony Orchestra, will conduct a preview of the Spring Pops Concert Tuesday, April 14 at 1:00 p.m. at the Sauder Concert Hall. In keeping with the great tradition of symphonic pops music, the program will span multiple generations of wonderfully entertaining popular music. This event is free and open to the public. For information on Afternoon Sabbatical programming, email or call (574) 535-7565.

Merry Lea - Sustainable Open House

Merry Lea Environmental Learning Center of GC will host an open house for its Sustainable Farm on Friday, April 10 at 4:00 p.m. until dark, providing the public a chance to see the property and learn about its programs.The Farm developed as a teaching site for undergraduates studying agroecology – small scale, sustainable agriculture with an emphasis on making farming compatible with natural ecosystems. Learn more.

AMBS Anabaptist Mennonite Biblical Seminary

Trip to Egypt

You are invited to join in a January 2016 encounter with Egypt in a way that's possible only through AMBS. Safwat Marzouk, Old Testament professor who grew up and studied in Egypt, and AMBS President Sara Wenger Shenk will lead the experience. The trip will give participants unparalleled opportunities to learn about the history and current challenges of the area, the biblical stories within the history, and the spirituality woven into the culture of ancient and contemporary life.  Participants will tour ancient sites as well as learn from Christians and Muslims for whom Egypt is home. Read more and find out how to register for the January 12-26 trip: Encountering Egypt: Past and Present.

Community Announcements

Women's Sewing Fellowship Guest Day

You are invited for a day of fellowship and renewing acquaintances while stitching on long and short quilts and knotting comforters. This event will take place May 6 at 9:00 a.m. at Clinton Frame Mennonite in the fellowship hall.  Guest speaker will be Gloria Martin at 10:30 a.m. Lunch will be provided by the Clinton Frame ladies. Please contact the church at (574) 642-3165.

Amigo Centre Woodcutting Day

This is your invitation to join the fun at an Amigo Centre Woodcutting Day on Saturday, April 11. We will begin at 8:00 a.m., and continue through early afternoon, stopping for brunch at 10:00 a.m. People of all skill and experience level are welcome. We will be cutting, hauling, splitting and stacking wood for next winter. Bring saws and splitters as available. Thanks for helping us plan by letting us know you are coming: (269) 651.2811 or email  If you cannot come on April 11 but would like to help with the wood cutting, contact us for other possible dates--we would love to have your help. In keeping with its commitment to operate in a sustainable manner, Amigo Centre does maintenance heating in its three largest buildings by manaqing, harvesting and utilizing wood from Amigo's property. Your help will help us with that project and will be much appreciated!

Blood Donation

You can donate whole blood at American Red Cross, 123 South Indiana Avenue, across from the Goshen Middle School Monday through Wednesday 12:00 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. and Friday and Saturday from 7:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.  No appointment is needed. If you want to donate platelets you will need to call 533-8083 for an appointment.

Invitation from MCC

Join us for the 2015 Celebrate MCC Great Lakes Annual Gathering on Sunday, May 3 at Silverwood Mennonite Church (1712 W. Clinton St. in Goshen). Come worship and fellowship with other MCC supporters, and hear updates on MCC's work both locally and around the world. Special guest speakers Deb & Jim Fine, recently returned MCC service workers in Iraq, will share stories from their experiences. The event begins at 5:30 p.m. with a soup meal, followed by the program at 7:00 p.m. Please RSVP to Les Gustafson-Zook or 574-534-4133. For More information visit.

Fiesta Feast

Tickets are still available for the Center for Healing & Hope’s Fiesta Feast Saturday, April 11, 5:00-7:00 p.m. at  College Mennonite Church Fellowship Hall. Eat in or carry out available. The family friendly fundraising dinner supports medical care and advocacy for the medically underserved in our community. The dinner includes authentic Puerto Rican meal, dessert, door prizes and a short program at 6:00 p.m. Tickets: $25 Adults, $10 Children 12 & under. Order tickets online, call 574-534-4744 ext. 201or email


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!
Dan would like to borrow a hand lawn roller. If you have one and are willing to lend it, please contact Dan Schrock, (574) 202-4888.
Be challenged, learn, serve and grow in your faith! MCC is seeking applicants for the Serving and Learning Together (SALT) program to serve for 11 months in a variety of assignments in Latin America, Africa, Asia and the Middle East! If you or someone you know, aged 18-30, apply now before it is too late. The placement process for the 2015-16 SALT term closes in May. More information at
Anabaptist Disabilities Network (ADNet) of Elkhart seeks a half-time director. ADNet resources faith communities to be inclusive for persons with disabilities. Director role includes donor development, office management, communications. More information online. Contact Jim Smith.



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

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This Week:

April 5: Easter Sunday (No Christian Education)
April 7: Fellowship Commission, 6:30 p.m.
April 8: Worship Commission, 7:30 p.m.

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Anniversaries and Birthdays Next Week:

Kyle Stiffney
Aaron Krabill
Michael Sherer
Olivia Adcock

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

Today, as we celebrate Jesus’ victory over evil and death, pray with Mennonite Mission Network personnel that God will inspire in each of us the joyful impulse of the first missionaries, the women who shared good news of God’s life and love across the street and around the world.

DownloadApril MMN Prayer Vine

Church Notes
Sunday Service Info

This Sunday: April 5

Rafael Barahona, Ruth Hathaway and Eleanor Nafziger

Abbe and Patrick Buller

Ron & Lori Good

Phil Bauman, Clare and Merrill Krabill

Infants: Annie Hu, Vanessa and Dan Adcock
Toddlers: Abby Rudy-Froese, Lavonne Bixler and Jacob Rudy-Froese

Offering Counters:
Ruth Hathaway, Greg Smucker

Next Sunday: April 12

Lindsay Rheinheimer, Susan and Steve Garboden

Sara Alvarez

Deb and Dan Williams

Phil Bauman, Clare and Merrill Krabill

Infants: Annie Hu, Rita and Jud Gingrich
Toddlers: Jacob Rudy-Froese, Lisa and Darin Short

Offering Counters:
Rick Hostetter, Ruth Hathaway
Statistical Report 
(March 29)

Attendance: 225
General Fund: $4,388.90
Agape Fund: $10.00
Bethany Tuition: $905.00
Chair Fund: $2,550.00
Church Publications (The Mennonite): $220.00
Coffee: $38.40
College Fund: $520.00 
MYF (sale of MennoTea coffee): $260.00
Worship Commission - tulip sales: $390.50

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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