Berkey Avenue Mennonite Fellowship
A congregation of Mennonite Church USA
Berkey Avenue Mennonite Fellowship
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April 12, 2015

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Berkey Announcements

New to the Library

New to the LibraryFive new books have been donated by Everence from the Living Stewardship Series as follows:
Body Talk: Speaking the Words of Health by Ingrid Friesen Moser
Money Mania: Mastering the Allure of Excess by Mark L. Vincent
Creation Care: Keepers of the Earth by Luke Gascho
Talent Show: Your faith in full color by Bob Lichty
Time Warped: First Century Stewardship for 21st Century Living by Steve Ganger.

Thank You

Thank YouThank you, Berkey family, for your thoughts, prayers, cards, flowers, gifts and other ways you have expressed your care for us at the recent death of my dear eighty-three year old mother, Mary Kathryn Hostetler Brenneman. We are so grateful for such tender mercies. 
~ With affection,  Jim (Terri and Quinn) Brenneman

Bible School

summer vacation schoolSave 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.

MYF: Help-A-House Program

Lacasa Help a house programPlease consider joining our MYF to help with LaCasa’s Help-A-House project  on Saturday, May 9.  Through the Help-A-House program LaCasa organizes volunteers to repair the homes and  improve neighborhoods in Goshen. Last year our group from Berkey helped clean out a house that LaCasa was preparing to remodel. The day begins with a pancake breakfast served by the Goshen Exchange club from 7:00 a.m. - 8:00 a.m. The work project usually goes through early afternoon. Please let Curt Wenger know by April 19 if you will join us or if you have questions, or call (574) 534-3931. 

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 $38,639.72 in the Bethany fund, we only need $3,123.28 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.

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

A Hacienda Day

Tuesday, April 21, Hacienda restaurant will donate 20% of purchases for food, gift certificates, and carryouts all that day with presentation of a token. Tokens may NOT be distributed inside or outside the restaurant that day. Tokens may be printed online.

 Bright Time Summer Camp

June 8-12, has more than 50 athletic, fine arts, science, and all kinds of fun camps for age 4 through rising grade 8. Camps are $30-$40. Additionally, Shine On Campcare will provide a place for children for before, between, and after their camps. View camp listings and register online.

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.

Goshen College Goshen College

Symphony Orchestra

The GC Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Dr. Christopher Fashun, will present its spring concert in Sauder Concert Hall on Friday, April 17, 2015 at 7:30 p.m. The program, titled “Something Old, Something New” is a pops concert that will include music from popular film composers such as John Williams, and spans multiple generations of wonderfully entertaining and exciting music. Read more.

Goshen Monologues: The Storytellers

Goshen College faculty, staff and student women will perform stories about friendship, sexuality, body image, trauma and triumph in the second annual Goshen Monologues on Tuesday, April 14. The performance will take place at 8:00 p.m. in the GC Church-Chapel and is free and open to the public. 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

Safe Kids Fundraiser

Safe Kids of Elkhart County is holding a Nelson's BBQ Chicken Fundraiser on May 2, 2015 from 10 a.m. until they are sold out.  Advanced sale tickets are $5.50 for a half chicken and can be purchased from Dan Nafziger. Safe Kids works at injury and accident prevention which is the leading cause of death for children.

IN-MI Mennonite Women

IN-MI Mennonite Women will hold their annual Spring Gathering at Walnut Hill Mennonite Church in Goshen, on Saturday May 2, 2015, from 8:30 a.m. to 12:00 noon. Registration and continental breakfast begin at 8:30 a.m. The title is Singing as we Go: The Songs, Stories, and Faith of the Stoltzfus Sisters. Jane S. Buller, Danielle S. Martens, Lois S. Mast and Jean Martin will share. Lunch will be provided. To request a vegetarian meal or childcare, contact Shirley Bustos or call (219) 462-0526.

Elkhart County Clubhouse Fundraiser

Write your name in history and help put a new slate roof on the Elkhart County Clubhouse! On a new slate tile, come sign your name or a friend's name, a short note, or your dreams for Goshen in the next 100 years - $20 donation. It'll be part of our new roof, ready for another century! Also available, 125 year old slate tile--$35 donation. The money will be going towards matching a grant by the US Department of Interior National Park Services Historic Preservation Fund, administered by the Indiana DNR division of Historic Preservation & Archeology. There will be an open house Friday, May 1, 2015 from 5:00 -8:00 p.m.

PA 2015

Thinking of registering for PA 2015? The time is now! Register while options are still available for tours and service opportunities. PA 2015, the global Assembly of Mennonite World Conference, will be held July 21-26 in Harrisburg, PA. Learn more and register online.

Mennonite Healthcare Fellowship

Come join with doctors, nurses, dieticians, therapists, chaplains, mental health workers, and many other healthcare workers and their families from around the world!  It's the Mennonite Healthcare Fellowship (MHF) Annual Gathering, July 19-21, 2015, immediately prior to Mennonite World Conference Global Assembly in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania. The theme is "Walking Together for Healthy Communities."  Plenary presenters include Ted & Company, Shane Claiborne, and Dr. Ann Thyle from India.  Grants available for students, volunteers, and those from outside of U.S. and Canada.  For more information, visit, or email, or 1-888-406-3643. Early registration deadline is April 15, 2015.  Final registration deadline is June 28, 2015.

GIHN Annual Fundraiser Dinner

You are invited to a Place at the Table fundraiser dinner to benefit GIHN at the Old Bag Factory (Bread & Chocolate Ballroom Suite), May 7, at 6:00 p.m. Dinner is at 6:30 p.m. Tickets are $50 and can be purchased ate the GIHN office by calling (574) 534-2300.  Entertainment provided by Les and Gwen Gustafson-Zook

Art Exhibit

There is still time to submit entries to the juried art exhibit at the Mennonite World Conference Assembly. The deadline for submissions has been changed from April 1 to April 30. For more details, visit.

ADNet: We Are Able Workcamp

This is the last chance of service opportunity for young people ages 16-23 with intellectual disabilities who want to serve others while having fun, and other young adult volunteers who feel led to work alongside people with disabilities. Online registration has closed but you can still register by contacting Hannah Schultz or call (847) 429-4328 in the next few days. This event will take place June 29-July 2, 2015 at Brethren Service Center, New Windsor, MD.

Hospice Volunteers Needed

If you are a good listener, compassionate and kind and want to help your community; if you are looking for the kind of rewards that money just can’t buy, Hospice volunteering may be the challenge you seek. IU Health Goshen Home Care & Hospice is offering training for new Hospice volunteers beginning on April 14, 2015 to April 30 from 1:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. on Tuesdays and Thursdays. Learn More.

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.


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!
Bethany Christian High School is seeking an assistant soccer coach with primary responsibility to work with goalkeepers. Paid position. To apply or ask questions, contact head coach Mark Yoder.
Maple City Health Care Center, a non-profit organization committed to providing affordable, accessible, and quality health care, is looking for a Behavioral Health Therapist  (Masters level training and appropriate licensure), and a Social Services Coordinator (Bachelor’s level training in the field of social work or equivalent education). Both positions require sufficient Spanish and cross-cultural training / experience to effectively function with MCHCC’s patient population. See job descriptions. Please contact Pamela Weishaupt or (574) 534-3300 ext.114 for more information.
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



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

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This Week:

April 13: Stewardship and Finance, 7:00 p.m.
April 14: Mennonite Creation Care Network, 7:00 p.m.
April 14: SLT 7:00 p.m.
April 15: MYF Progressive Dinner
April 16: Mission Commission, 7:00 p.m.

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Anniversaries and Birthdays Next Week:

Joe and Lindsy Locke
Jud and Rita Gingrich
Peter and Jan Shetler

John Roth
Thomas Gingrich
Aaron Shenk
Dteban Mounsithiraj
Lindsy Locke
Dan Schrock
Sarina Metekai
Terri Plank Brenneman

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

Please, pray for the people of Kenya as they mourn the death of 147 people killed last week in an apparent attack by the alleged Alshabaab group. This group is conducting a deliberate move to create animosity between the Christians and Muslims as evidenced in the recent attacks they have committed in Kenya for the last two years. They have warned that they will  attack most institutions of higher learning. Please, continue to pray for peace and safety in Kenya.
Please keep Trish and Dale Shenk, along with their children Aaron, Kelly and Peter, and Andrew in your prayers as they grieve the death of Trish's father, Al Bontrager. Visitation is Friday from 3 p.m. - 8 p.m. at Yoder Culp and the memorial service is Saturday morning at 10:30 a.m. at College Mennonite.
JCS International, the umbrella agency through which Mennonite Mission Network ministers in Mongolia, is searching for an executive director as Kwai Lin Stephens will not be renewing her role when she completes her current term. Pray that the person God is calling to this role will say, “Yes.”

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Church Notes
Sunday Service Info

This Sunday: April 12

Lindsay Rheinheimer, Susan and Steve Garboden

Sara Alvarez

Deb and Dan Williams

Phil Bauman, Randy Horst

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

Offering Counters:
Rick Hostetter, Ruth Hathaway

Next Sunday: April 19

Abbe and Patrick Buller, Susan and Steve Garboden

Sara Alvarez

Lori and Ron Good

Phil Bauman, Randy Horst

Infants: Annie Hu, Ruth and John Roth
Toddlers: Jacob Rudy-Froese, Priscillah and Elijah Metekai

Offering Counters:
Lowell Nafziger, Denise Risser
Statistical Report 
(March 29)

Attendance: 230
General Fund: $7692.00
Bethany Tuition: $140.00
Chair Fund: $100.00
Church Publications (The Mennonite): $74.00
Coffee: $76.80
College Fund: $20.00 
House 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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