Berkey Avenue Mennonite Fellowship
A congregation of Mennonite Church USA
Berkey Avenue Mennonite Fellowship
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November 22, 2015

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Berkey Announcements

Wedding Shower

wedding showerThis Sunday during the Fellowship Hour we will be having a shower for newlyweds Greg Beitler and Lavonne Shetler. The fellowship commission invites you to participate by showering them with cards and money.

From the Pastors

thank youWe were astonished by the congregation's gifts to us last Sunday. Thank you for the cards, gift certificates, and prayers. Berkey is a wonderful congregation. --Marilyn and Dan

Note from Christian Education

Thank youThank you! We're grateful for the quick response to a need from Christian Ed. Commission last Sunday for another TV/DVD player. Within an hour after the need was made known to the congregation two people responded. Thank you Jonathan Neufeld for the like-new TV and player. And thank you Annie Aguirre for providing technical skills to get it set up. We have a generous, responsive, congregation!

Note from Gretchen Geyer

Gretchen GyerI created a video to highlight some of the aspects of the comedores I am working at here in Montero, Bolivia. The comedores are even more than I was able to fit into this video but hopefully this paints a little bit of a better picture! Thanks to everyone who was a part of this video - I am eternally grateful for all of your love!

New to Our Library

libraryMeeting Jesus:  Common People . . . Uncommon Stories, by Donald Blosser (former BAMF pastor). "Written in first person and using fresh, modern language, these stories bring ancient texts to life. They open new insights and emotions through imagination and inspiration." --Don Yost
A Pilgrim's Journey:  Remembering My Amish Roots, by Lee H. Kanagy. Born on an Amish farm in the beautiful "Big Valley" of central PA, the author tells memories of his childhood, as the seventh of fourteen children. His life journey takes him to Hesston College, four years of alternative service during WWII and eventually to Goshen College.

Camcorder & Tripod Request

cameraWe are looking for a camcorder and tripod to record the sermon on November 29. If you have one that you would be willing to lend for that Sunday morning, please let the church office know.

Advent Giving Project

hatOur theme for Advent this year is "Incarnation," and ways we experience God's presence among us. To celebrate with our giving the very real way God became human, the Mission Commission and Advent Committee invite you to donate supplies for MCC Infant Care Kits. Several women in our congregation have donated hand-knit hats for all the kits we assemble. The rest of the supplies needed PER KIT are as follows:  (Please donate new items only, purchased or hand-made, size 3-9 months.)
  • 2 gowns/sleepers (flannel or similar warm/soft material)
  • 2 undershirts/onesies (short or long sleeve)
  • 4 flat-fold cloth diapers (Village Variety on CR 40 has them locally)
  • 1 receiving blanket (lightweight fleece or flannel, 36" minimum)
  • 4 safety pins (2")
  • 1 large bar mild soap (leave in wrapper)
  • 1 pair socks
We will be collecting supplies all during Advent, and there will be a Christmas tree in the corner of the fellowship area with reminder cards & baby hats. All donated supplies can be placed under the tree. Please note that during the third Sunday of Advent, December 13, we will be having a special time during nurture hour to assemble kits from supplies we've received by then. If you have any questions, please contact Abbe Buller. Thank you for generously giving!

New Nurture Class

Women's classA new class entitled Women’s Circle: Tending Our Souls will be offered both winter and spring quarters. The focus of this nurture hour offering is on tending—listening to our souls, the Spirit, and each other—and through these practices, in a setting of safety and confidentiality, to grow as women of faith. The hour will begin with a time of quiet and centering: listening to our own souls. There will be time for each to share whatever they choose, and for praying together. The emphasis will be on listening and receiving, rather than on interacting and responding. In receiving what we hear in ourselves and from each other, we offer spiritual companionship in our daily walk. Because of the nature of this group, individuals are asked to commit to attending as consistently as possible. Cindy Baker will be facilitating the class. Feel free to contact Cindy directly for more information.

Throwback Thursday

Throwback ThursdayHead 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

icon_bcs Bethany Christian

Bethany Christian Schools will perform The Nerd, a comic play by Larry Shue, on Friday, November 20 through Sunday, November 22. Set in 1979 in Terre Haute, Indiana, The Nerd is a character-driven comedy suitable for all ages. Tickets may be reserved online. The cost is $8 for adults; $6 for students. Performances are at 7:30 p.m. on Friday and Saturday and 3:00 p.m. on Sunday. Participating from our church are Abby Rudy-Froese and Kyle Snyder.

Goshen College Goshen College

This coming weekend the Goshen College Music & Theater departments will be putting on the Fall Mainstage production of Godspell at the Umble Center. Participants from our church include Morgan Short, Maggie Weaver, and Simon Weaver. This updated 2012 version has modern influence and humor. The performances will be November 21 at 8:00 p.m. and November  22 at 3:00 p.m. Tickets are $12 or $7 for seniors/students/GC employees.Tickets can be pre-ordered at (574) 535-7566 or online.

AMBS Anabaptist Mennonite Biblical Seminary

You are invited to read AMBS President Sara Wenger Shenk's sermon for the Mennonite Education conference this fall at Bluffton University.

Community Announcements

Reading Camp Volunteers Needed

Goshen Community Schools will be offering United Way Reading Camps to 2nd graders. The Reading Camps will be held on Tuesdays and Thursdays (February 2 - March 24), 3;00 - 4:00 p.m. To volunteer, contact Michelle Kercher, (574)535-3086. See the bulletin board for more information.

Fall Concert

The Goshen Community Chorale, under the direction of William Mateer, will be presenting its fall concert at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday evening, November 21st, at College Mennonite Church. The program will feature the Bach cantata "Gottes Zeit ist Die Allerbeste Zeit," to be accompanied by an instrumental ensemble, and a selection of sacred music and folksongs from Russia and the Slavic countries of eastern Europe. There is no admission charge and all are welcome to this community event.

Anabaptist Disabilities Network Event

Come join the board and friends of Anabaptist Disabilities Network to celebrate the publication of their newest book, Circles of Love: Stories of Congregations Caring for People with Disabilities and Their Families. The dinner will be on Thursday, December 3rd, at Pleasant View Mennonite Church, and will feature the story of the locally-renowned late artist, Chad Friesen, and ten of his God’s Eye Art paintings. Chad’s God’s Eye paintings will be available for purchase or auction. The dinner is free; and donations will be requested. All donations and purchases will benefit the work and mission of Anabaptist Disabilities Network to support Anabaptist congregations, families, and persons touched by disabilities to nurture inclusive communities of faith. RSVP to reserve your table or seats. Call 574-343-1362 or email

MCC Survey

Does sexualized violence concern you? If so, Mennonite Central Committee (MCC) U.S. invites you to participate in an online survey about this issue. Your answers to the open-ended questions will be used to guide MCC U.S. in its creation of trainings and resources for pastors and leaders in the faith community. Log on to their website to complete the survey by the end of December.



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!

Mark and Jenny Yoder have a partially furnished one bedroom basement apartment that will be available for rent at the end of November. It is near Goshen College and can house up to two people. Utility costs and washer and dryer usage are included in the rent cost. Please contact Jenny if interested!

Mennonite Mission Network is currently seeking a highly organized and collaborative person to provide an in-office presence and administrative assistance for the International Ministries department. The ideal person will serve in the Elkhart office to anchor the staff team characterized by frequent global travel and a remotely located director. The work will include coordination, administrative detail and relate to colleagues in the office and around the world, focusing especially in Asia and the Middle East. This person will be a committed Christian, participate in a congregation, and be a collaborative team player. Prior cross-cultural experience is helpful. Bachelor’s degree preferred. View the complete position description on their website. For consideration, send your resumé to Linda Krueger.

Goshen City Church of the Brethren (203 N. 5th St, Goshen) is looking for a part-time Administrative Assistant at 25 hours/week. Must be proficient with Microsoft Office and financial software. For questions or to send resume email their office.


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

This week:

November 24
Caregiving Commission, 7:00 p.m.       

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Birthdays This Week:

Eric Hostetler
Elise Wenger
Marilyn Rudy-Froese
Jim Brenneman

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

Pray for First Mennonite Church in Fort Wayne (pastor Peter Janzen) who will be closing. The congregation has been in existence and has faithfully served from 1903 to 2015 for a total of 112 years. Their final worship service will be November 22 at 10:30 a.m. Those who have been connected over the years are invited to join this service.
Pray for Pine Grove Mennonite Church (Tom Schwartz, pastor), Battle Creek, MI. Praise for the Annual Fall Harvest Festival they are involved in with other churches raising funds for Foods Resource Bank, an MCC affiliate. In 2014  $129,000.00 was raised, 1/3 coming from Pine Grove Mennonite. Pray for their expanding effort with area Future Farmers of America chapters that they are working alongside of in enabling their fundraising. A portion is used for their own projects with a large portion being sent to the Foods Resource Bank. Currently there are 4 chapters in the program. Pray for it to expand. Pray for their continued connection to a Church in Kenya.
Colleen and Pablo Fast of Mennonite Mission Network are rejoicing because of church growth in Brazil! Pray for continued commitment of six members of a small group who all made a decision to follow Christ this summer.

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Church Notes
Sunday Service Info

This Sunday: November 22

Abbe Buller
Patrick Buller
Julie Zimmerman
Phil Zimmerman

Rita Gingrich

Clare Krabill & family

Michael Sherer, Jenae Longenecker

Infants: Lindsy Locke, Sherry and Lyman Hug
Toddlers: Patty Lehman, Rita and Jud Gingrich

Offering Counters:
Dick Ramer, Karl Sommers

Next Sunday: November 29

Rafael Barahona
D. Richard Miller
P. Darling Miller

Rita Gingrich

Clare Krabill & family

Michael Sherer, Jenae Longenecker

Infants: Jenny Yoder, Priscillah and Elijah Metekai
Toddlers: Mark Yoder, Anita and Tavi Mounsithiraj

Offering Counters:
Diane Nafziger, Thelma Ramer
Statistical Report 
(November 15)

Attendance: 202
General Fund - $5,721.87
Agape Fund - $237.50
Bethany - $15.00
College - $20.00

General Fund Income YTD:
Actual:  $63,559.62
Budget:  $62,032

Berkey Avenue
Mennonite Fellowship

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

Office Hours
Monday - Friday
Hours vary

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

The office will be closed on Thanksgiving day.

Marilyn Rudy-Froese
Dan Schrock
Ben Woodward Breckbill - Pastoral Intern

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

Doug Baker
Richard Miller
Laverne Nafziger
Judy Weaver
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