Berkey Avenue Mennonite Fellowship
A congregation of Mennonite Church USA
Berkey Avenue Mennonite Fellowship
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August 14, 2016

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Berkey Announcements

Fall College Assistance

college fundOur fall goal for the college and seminary assistance fund is $4,500, which will benefit 9 young people from Berkey. To date we've received $4,195, leaving $305 to meet our goal. This fund is one of the few ways you can double your investment--our colleges and seminaries match all contributions dollar for dollar. In addition, you get a tax deduction on your contribution. Please mark your contribution for the "college fund" and place it in the offering. Thank you.

SLT Minutes

SLT MinutesThe June minutes from the Spiritual Leadership Team (SLT) are now available on our website for you to read. You will find the minutes under the Resource tab. Use the same password that you use for the online directory.

New Custodian Hired

GrantFor many years Berkey has benefited from the custodial services of Tim and Tracy Thorne, along with occasional help from their children, Hamilton, Natalie, and Abraham. Since Tracy and Tim are moving to Ft. Wayne, the Stewardship and Finance Commission has hired Grant Miller as our new custodian. Grant will begin studying at AMBS this fall, working toward a master's degree. Welcome, Grant!

My Coins Count

coinsAs you exit the sanctuary after worship, look for the MCC collection jars for your coins (or bills). My Coins Count, formerly known as Penny Power, will be collected for the 2016 Michiana Mennonite Relief Sale coming up on September 23 & 24 to support the relief, development and peace work of the Mennonite Central Committee. The focus again this year will be on providing water resources to people around the world. This work involves drilling wells, sand dams, cisterns, and more - all to provide better access to those who don't have clean water for their critical daily sustenance.

GIHN Appreciation Event

GIHNVolunteer Appreciation Event for all Goshen Interfaith Hospitality Network (GIHN) Volunteers will be Sunday, August 14, 3:00-5:00 p.m., at St. Mark's Church. You do not need an invitation this year.

Congregational Meeting

meetingAfter a potluck on August 21, we'll have a congregational meeting with only three agenda items. Since Greg Smucker needs to be out of town that weekend, Anita Mounsithiraj will lead the meeting.

1)  Approve minutes of the May 15 meeting.

2)  Discuss and vote on the budget for 2016-17.

3)  Discuss and vote on the following motion from the SLT:  "The Spiritual Leadership Team moves that we change term lengths for the SLT and the commissions from three years to two years, with a possibility of serving up to three consecutive terms. People who are currently serving three year terms will continue to do so. These changes will begin in the 2017-18 church year for all new persons who join the SLT or a commission." Approving this motion will require changes to Berkey's Constitution. To see how the Constitution would change, click here.                         

--The Spiritual Leadership Team

Emergency Shelter

Red CrossBerkey has agreed for American Red Cross to use our church building as a temporary shelter in case of disaster in the community. If you would like to form a group of Berkey folks to receive training to aid in such a crisis, contact the American Red Cross of Northern Indiana at 574-234-0292. Flyers about Red Cross are on the literature rack. You may also visit their website for more information about becoming a volunteer.

Pastoral Sabbatical Coverage

SabbaticalThe Spiritual Leadership Team (SLT) has approved a sabbatical for Marilyn Rudy-Froese from September 19, 2016 to January 2, 2017. To work with Dan Schrock during her sabbatical, the SLT has hired Ron Guengerich, who recently retired as one of the pastors at Silverwood Mennonite Church here in Goshen. Ron will work on a half-time basis. He will preach once a month and work with the Caregiving and Worship Commissions, along with doing some pastoral care. This arrangement means that for the fall our congregation will have less pastoral time available than we normally have had (equivalent to one-half time less). We'll introduce Ron more fully in a future issue of the newsletter.

Series on Intercessory Prayer

prayerThis is the fifth Sunday on a 6-week series of sermons on intercessory prayer. Numerous texts in the Bible either are themselves intercessory prayers or tell stories about people who engage in intercession. For this series, Dan Schrock has selected texts that take different approaches to intercession.
  • August 14:  Luke 8:1-8 (this one is technically petition)
  • August 21:  Romans 8:18-27
You are invited to read the sermons on the Berkey website as they become available.

Summer Nurture Hour Schedule

Summer Sunday SchoolAugust 14:  Inter-generational classes for everyone.
Aug. 21:  All-Church Fellowship Meal and Congregational Meeting (No Nurture Hour classes).
Aug. 28 - Celebration Sunday/Refreshments (No Nurture Hour classes). There will be a meeting at 11:00 a.m. in the sanctuary regarding church building issues.

Save the Date

Fall FestBerkey's annual Fall Fest will be Saturday, September 17. Mark your calendars now and plan for the fun. More information will be coming soon.

Throwback Thursday

tbtHead 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!

Do you have an announcement for the Newsletter? Submit your announcement to the office by noon on Thursday. Announcements received after the deadline will be printed the following week.


Our Schools

icon_bcs Bethany Christian

Bethany faculty Adam Friesen Miller and Josh Weaver are among 17 Mennonite educators working on a new PreK-12 Bible curriculum for Mennonite Schools Council. Read more.

Goshen College Goshen College

Community School of the Arts choir open auditions will be held at the Goshen College Music Center on Sunday, August 14 and Sunday, August 21, 2:00 - 3:30 p.m. for the Rejoice choir (gr. 3-5), Shout for Joy (gr. 6-8), and Sommo Voci (grades 9-12); no appointments are needed. Rejoice and Shout for Joy choirs will rehearse weekly Thursdays 7:00 - 8:15 p.m. beginning August 25; Sommo Voci rehearses Sundays 3:00 - 4:30 p.m. beginning August 28. Tuition for all CSA ensembles is $200, payable in semester installments of $100 each, plus registration fee. Financial aid is available. For more information, call the Music Center Main Office at (574) 535-7361 or visit their website.

AMBS Anabaptist Mennonite Biblical Seminary

Membership Program

AMBS is excited to announce a new Church Leadership Center membership program that allows you to save substantially on individually priced events and programs and gives you the option to share benefits with others. While many of the resources are designed for active church leaders, they are valuable for lay learners, as well. You don’t need to be ordained or in a ministry role to take advantage of this opportunity. Learn more here.

Certification Workshop

There's still time to sign up for a PREPARE/ENRICH certification workshop on Saturday, August 20. Dr. Delores Friesen will lead this training that certifies pastors and other leaders in the administration of the PREPARE/ENRICH relationship inventory, a tool used widely in pre-marital and marriage counseling. Learn more and register.

Mennonite Church USA

Registration is now open for the Women Doing Theology Conference, I've got the power: Naming and reclaiming power as a force for good, which will take place November 4 - 6 at the National Conference Center in Leesburg, Virginia. Mennonite women and women interested in Anabaptism, come. Pastors, academics, activists, students and members of the church, come. Women interested in doing theology — reflecting on God in relation to our lives — come. There is a place at the table for you! Come to listen to the stories of your sisters from all across the country and come to share your own. Come to build relationships. Come to nurture your soul, challenge your mind and find rest for your body. We’ll be focusing our conversations and presentations on power: recognizing, honoring, sharing, celebrating and transforming the way we use it. See our conference webpage for information on speakers, registration and scholarships.

mccMennonite Central Committee

Refugee Stories

Come hear about Mennonite Central Committee’s work with refugees in Ukraine, Iraq, Jordan, Lebanon and Palestine and Israel on Tuesday, August 23, at 2 p.m. MCC U.S. Executive Director J. Ron Byler spent two months earlier this year in Eastern Europe and the Middle East and will give a first-hand account. The event will take place at the Jennings Auditorium in the Greencroft Community Center (1820 Greencroft Blvd.) in Goshen. More information at:

Comforter Bash

Preparing Comforters:  You are invited to the Material Handling Center at The Depot on Friday, August 26 and September 30, 9:00 - noon to prepare comforters for the October Comforter Bash (see details below).

Save the date for a Comforter Bash! Make plans to join us on October 21 and 22 for the Mennonite Central Committee (MCC) Great Lakes Comforter Bash in Goshen. People of all ages are invited to knot comforters at Pleasant View Mennonite Church (58529 County Road 23). We also need precision sewers to piece and sew comforter tops for the event. Free fabric is available from Nadine Zook Miller, Material Resources Coordinator at The Depot. Contact her by email or call 574-534-4071. A handmade comforter provides not only warmth but also a tangible message to people that their needs are not forgotten. More information see the bulletin board by the mailboxes or visit the MCC website.

Biking for Education

Katerina Parsons, a Michigan native, helped facilitate the Coast to Coast bicycle ride across Honduras to raise awareness about corruption in the public education system. Read about her experience and what she learned in the process.

Community Announcements

Everence Seminar

Join us for an informative evening to learn from an expert about sharing your legacy and hear from a panel about how to share your passion for giving and community service on August 25, 7:00 - 9:00 p.m. What you'll learn:
  • Effective ways to leave your legacy to your children, grandchildren and community.
  • How to inspire giving with the next generation.
  • Ideas for getting multiple generations engaged in voluntary service.
Please RSVP as soon as possible by email or call (574) 533-9515 ext. 3307.

The Window Walk/Run Event

Show your support for The Window, Inc. by participating in their Outrunning Hunger 5k Run/Walk and Family Fun Mile on Saturday, September 3 at Shanklin Park. The event kicks off at 8:00 a.m. with registration beginning at 7:30 a.m. You can also register on their website or pick up a form on the literature rack by the mailboxes. If you fill out a form and drop it off at a First Friday event, you will receive $2 off your meal. This event is a wonderful way for families and businesses to enjoy a day together while helping to raise money for The Window. For more information contact Scarlett Garrison at (574)533-9680.

Spiritual Direction

Are you interested in spiritual direction? Sally Weaver Glick is a seasoned spiritual director in Goshen who offers both group and individual direction. See her brochure on the bulletin board for details. If you want to explore other spiritual directors in the area, please contact Dan Schrock.


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 and Evie Nafziger have a 2003 Honda minivan with about 155,000 miles on it that can be purchased later this month for $2000 or even less for a Berkey family.  You can contact Dan by email or call 574-537-1997.

Mennonite Mission Network has two immediate openings:
  1. Constituent Information Manager
  2. Church Relations Coordinator
For full discriptions visit their website. For consideration, send cover letter and resumé to Linda Krueger, HR Coordinator.


Monday, August 15
Intercessory Prayer, 7:00 p.m.
Capital Campaign Committee, 8:30 p.m.

Saturday, August 20
Commissions Meeting, 9:00 a.m.

DownloadDownload August Calendar

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Anniversaries This Week
Michael & Patsy Sherer
John & MIssy Schrock
Terry & Patti MacGregor

Birthdays This Week
Darin Short
Tom Martin
Rick Hostetter

PrayerPlease contact the office by noon on Thursday with prayer requests.

Pray for Hesston College students arriving on campus for a week of practices, team community building, orientation and a jump start on classes. May their interactions be blessed as they build friendships with each other.

Mennonite Mission Network partners in Mongolia request prayer for a smooth government transition as the main opposition party, Mongolian People's Party, won the parliamentary elections on June 30.

Pray for Bonneyville Mennonite (Marcella Hershberger, Dale Shenk, pastors). Pray for the the  congregation as they prepare for and partner with other local congregations in sponsoring a marriage-strengthening day for the community on October 8. Their desire is for good inter-church relationships and for growth for couples attending.

Pray for Walnut Hill Mennonite (Jane Stoltzfus Buller, pastor). They are again in a time of transition and would appreciate prayers as they again search for a pastor or pastors.

DownloadAugust MMN Prayer Vine

Church Notes
Sunday Service Info

This Sunday:  August 14

Rafael Barahona
Dick & Nancy Yoder

Thelma Ramer

Ron & Lori Good

Phil Bauman

Elisabeth & Rafael Barahona

Infants:  Dee Albrecht, Dick & Nancy Yoder
Toddlers:  Shirley Dick, Nate Shenk, Isaac Daniels

Offering Counters:
Ron Good
Rick Hostetter

Next Sunday:  August 21

Rafael Barahona
Dick & Nancy Yoder

Thelma Ramer

Ron & Lori Good

Phil Bauman

Elisabeth & Rafael Barahona

Infants:  Susan Garboden, Julie & Phil Zimmerman
Toddlers: Patrick Buller, Seth Krabill, Neil Richer

Offering Counters:
Lowell Nafziger
Denise Risser

Statistical Report 
(August 7)

Attendance:  181
General Fund:  $3,342.36
Bethany 2016/17:  $15.00
College:  $100.00
Model School Fund:  $40.00
Coffee:  $38.40

General Fund Income 2015-16 YTD
Actual:  $294,993.26
Budget:  $276,323.00

Berkey Avenue
Mennonite Fellowship

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

Office Hours
Monday - Friday
Hours vary

Interim Communications and Office Manager, Jenny Hooley:
Tuesday - Friday
10:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.

Marilyn Rudy-Froese
Dan Schrock

Greg Smucker (Chairperson)
Shirley Dick
Sherm Kauffman
Anita Mounsithiraj
Richard Aguirre

Doug Baker
Richard Miller
Laverne Nafziger
Judy Weaver
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