Berkey Avenue Mennonite Fellowship
A congregation of Mennonite Church USA
Berkey Avenue Mennonite Fellowship
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November 16, 2014

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Berkey Announcements

Congregational Meal and Meeting

November Congregation MeetingWe will have a congregational potluck meal this coming Sunday, November 16, following our morning worship! Bring a main dish, either a salad or a dessert, and your own table service. Join us also for the congregational meeting, which will follow after the potluck. The agenda for our meeting will include the following:  
  • Approval of the August minutes   
  • Discussion and possible vote on the proposal to hire a lead treasurer.

Sunday School: Sing for Peace

Hymn singThis Sunday we are having a hymn sing for peace in solidarity with the hymn sing led by the Goshen College hymn club. During Sunday school, you are invited to come to the sanctuary to sing your favorite hymns from any of the 3 hymnals. The Hymn Club is raising money for Christian Peacemaker Teams, so a basket will be available for donations to CPT. Please make checks payable to Goshen College, with CPT in the memo line. For those of you who don't enjoy singing, we invite you to spend this time in conversation with others, sharing from your week, or reflecting together on the sermon.

Stephen Ministry Training

Stephen Ministry TrainingAre you being called to provide one to one Christian care to a brother or sister who is experiencing a transition in life? If so, you might want to consider applying to be a Stephen Minister for our congregation. Stephen Ministry is a program for 1:1 lay Christian caregiving. You would receive 50 hours of training, and be part of a twice monthly peer supervision group after you finish training. The training begins on January 7, 2015 and will run every Wednesday evening through mid-April, including 2 Saturdays. It will be hosted by Waterford Mennonite, College Mennonite and Berkey Avenue, and take place at Waterford Mennonite Church. The application can be found here. If you have questions, please contact Shirley Dick or Marilyn Rudy-Froese.

Prayer Shawl Group

We will meet at Laverne Nafziger's on November 18 at 4:15 p.m. Please RSVP to Laverne. Thanks

Thank you

Thank you Mentors and MenteesThanks to all the mentors and mentees who came out on Saturday November 1 to help rake the leaves for a couple who weren't able to do it themselves this year.  Their card of appreciation is posted on the bulletin board.

Why are we Proposing to Hire a Lead Treasurer?

From the stewardship and FinanceFor a long time, our congregation has relied on volunteer treasurers who are appointed by the Stewardship and Finance Commission. These treasurers care for our weekly contributions to the budget, pay our congregation's bills, manage our employees' payroll, complete forms required by the government, and in general ensure that our congregation's finances are in good order. Learn more. ~Stewardship and Finance Commission

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

Goshen College Bethany Christian Schools

A Christmas Carol

Bethany Christian Schools will perform the musical A Christmas Carol, on November 20-23. Based on the story by Charles Dickens, this musical tells the story of a stingy miser who, through visiting his past, present and future, realizes the value of generosity and love. This heart-warming, festive musical is a great way for the whole family to welcome the holiday season. Tickets may be reserved online or in the school office ($8 for adults and $6 for students). Performances are at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Friday and Saturday and 3:00 p.m. Sunday. Abby Rudy-Froese, Jacob Rudy-Froese and Kyle Snyder from our congregation are involved in the cast.

Goshen College Goshen College

A Festival of Carols

GC presents its tenth annual A Festival of Carols, ushering in this sacred season with music by four choirs and the Goshen College Symphony Orchestra, and with gathered audience participation in traditional carols. Performances are December 5 and 6 at 7:30 p.m. and December 9 at 4 p.m. Reserved seating tickets ($15) are available now online or by calling the GC Welcome Center at (574) 535-7566.

Arts Showcase Concert

Goshen College Music Center welcomes you to its Community School of the Arts Showcase Concert Sunday, November 16 at 4 p.m. in Sauder Concert Hall. It will feature singers from grades 3-12 in three choirs: Rejoice, directed by Kristin Kauffman; Shout for Joy, directed by Sandy Hill; and the newly organized Sommo Voci, directed by Marcia Yost. Tickets are $7 regular and $5 for students and seniors, and will be available at the door one hour before the concert begins.

Youth Honors Orchestras

The Youth Honors Orchestras, instrumentals comprised of outstanding Elkhart County winds, strings, and brass players, will present their fall concert in Goshen College's Sauder Concert Hall on Sunday, November 23 at 4 p.m. Performing will be the Youth Honors Concert Orchestra (grades 7-9) conducted by Kyle Miller, and the Youth Honors Symphony Orchestra (grades 9-12) conducted by YHO Artistic Director Josh Aerie. Tickets are $7 for adults and $5 for seniors/students, available at the door one hour before the concert.

AMBS Anabaptist Mennonite Biblical Seminary

Consultation Explores Multi-vocational Ministry

Designs for equipping multi-vocational leaders with entrepreneurial skills and a view toward mission took shape as 23 business, mission, pastoral and educational representatives gathered for a three-day consultation in Chicago. AMBS, Mennonite Mission Network and Mennonite Church Canada Witness hosted the event on October 31 and November 1. Learn more.

Preview Day

Seminary Preview Day on Friday, November 21, is a great time to meet faculty, sit in on classes and chapel, and learn about financial aid. Register and learn more.

Community Announcements

Community Relations Commission of Goshen

On November 18, 2014, the Elkhart County Historical Museum will host Wilma Moore, Senior Archivist of African-American History at the Indiana Historical Society, for the 2014 Annual Meeting of the Elkhart County Historical Society. The event begins at 6.00 p.m. at the museum in Bristol (304 W. Vistula Street Bristol, IN). Tickets are $25 (dinner is included with the event cost). Tickets can be purchased at the Elkhart County Historical Museum by calling (574) 848.4322. Learn more. This is a phenomenal event/opportunity for friends of the CRC. Darin Short plans to go, so you can let him know if you want to car pool.

CRC of Goshen also invites you to let us know what you want for the future of Goshen! Please take the time to take this very brief survey (4 primary questions, and 5 optional demographic questions). This really is a quick and easy survey while at the same time your input is invaluable. Share this link with your friends, family and colleagues!

Center for Community Justice

Do you have a desire to impact your community by impacting adult individuals who need pro-social relationships and positive role models? Would you like to help someone discover their strengths and develop them; thereby, avoiding the cycle of recidivism? If your answers are, ‘yes’, then you will not want to miss this opportunity. The Transitional Coaching Program of the Center for Community Justice is conducting an Initial Coach Training: Coaching Through Transition on November 22, 2014 at Sunnyside Mennonite Church, 23786 Sunnyside Ave., Elkhart, IN. Training will begin at 8:30 a.m. and conclude at 3:30 p.m. and is being offered free of charge. For additional information, contact Don French  or by phone at (574) 295-6149 Ext. 221


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!
Indiana-Michigan Mennonite Women is looking for a woman possessing leadership skills to serve as President of the organization. This person would become president-elect for a year, beginning in January 2015, followed by a 3-year term of service. To nominate a woman or to seek further information, please contact Heidi McHugh or call (574) 370-7502.
 Anabaptist Mennonite Biblical Seminary seeks a full-time Director of Enrollment Management and Financial Aid. Responsibilities include implementing the enrollment strategic plan, establishing budgets and awarding aid. Please view the complete job description and encourage qualified people you know to apply.
 The Window is looking to hire a substitute cook for the kitchen. This will be a paid position. If you know someone who would be interested in hearing more about this opportunity please contact Vi Miller at 574-533-9680 extension 205.


Hannah Geyer

Getting to know Hannah Geyer
I grew up in Goshen and attended Berkey Avenue with my family. I have three sisters, Sarah, Leah, & Mary, who now live in Oregon, Kansas, & Virginia. In 2011, I graduated from Goshen College with degrees in Elementary Ed, Special Ed, and a TESOL endorsement. This is my third year teaching English as a New Language (EL) at Chamberlain Elementary. I work with 5th graders and teach a combination of one-on-one, small group, and whole class lessons, focusing on literacy and language. My husband Jacob & I met while in college and got married in 2012. We live in a cozy attic apartment, close to downtown Goshen and within biking distance from both of our schools. We love traveling, spending time with friends, and biking on the Pumpkinvine Trail.

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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This Week:
November 16: Congregational meal and meeting, 12 p.m.
November 18: Prayer Shawl Group, 4:15 p.m.
November 18: Christian Education Commission, 7:00  p.m.
November 19: Worship Commission, 7:00 p.m.
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PrayerPlease contact the office by 9:00 a.m. Thursday with prayer requests.

Allen Garboden had surgery yesterday afternoon at the Goshen hospital to insert three stents into his arteries. He is doing fine and resting comfortably. He's grateful for your continued prayers as he starts his journey to recovery .  
On Saturday the 15th Laurel Woodward and Ben Breckbill will be married. Give thanks for their commitment to God and to each other.
Praise God for two recent events that fostered dialogue and nurtured unity among Israeli Christian Arabs and Messianic Jews. Pray for the Mennonite Mission Network personnel who have ministered long-term in the Middle East breaking down barriers that divide people.
Pray for Shalom Mennonite in Indianapolis (pastors; Dagne Assefa and Brian Bither) and Church Without Walls in Elkhart (pastors; Jon and Cora Brown).

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Church Notes
Sunday Service Info

This Sunday: November 16

Rafael Barahona, Ginny and Armand Martin

Sara Alvarez

Lisa & Darin Short

Phil Bauman & Elisabeth Barahona

Infants: Joanna Epp & Seth Krabill
Toddlers: Annie Hu & Nancy Yoder

Next Sunday: November 23

Neil Miller Richer, Elise and Curt Wenger

Rita Gingrich

Lisa and Darin Short

Phil Bauman & Elisabeth Barahona

Infants: Jeannie and Phil Miller
Toddlers: Sara Alvarez and Anne Berry
Statistical Report 
(November 9)

Attendance: 203
General Fund: $5,545.00
College Fund: $20.00
Bethany Tuition: $55.00
Agape Fund: $10.00
Coffee: $44.95
House Rental: $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.

Dan Schrock
Marilyn Rudy-Froese

Greg Smucker (Chairperson)
Roy Bergey
Shirley Dick
Sherm Kauffman
Elizabeth Miller

Doug Baker
Richard Miller
Laverne Nafziger
Judy Weaver
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