Berkey Avenue Mennonite Fellowship
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March 9, 2014

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Berkey Announcements

Spring Forward

Spring ForwardMarch is here and while this seems like a winter with no end, we at least know our days are getting longer! This Sunday you have to spring forward one hour. Daylight Savings Time begins at 2:00 a.m. on Sunday, March 9.  Don't forget to set your clocks a head 1 hour. Hopefully, the weather will follow suit!

Communications and Office Manager

Office ManagerWe’d like to hire a Communications and Office Manager to work in the church office for 20 hours a week, beginning in late August. This person will focus on communications (maintaining and further developing our website, posting on social media, preparing bulletins and newsletters, etc.) and on general office management. See a complete job description. If you want to apply, please contact Dan Schrock by Sunday, March 23.

Fundraiser Tea for Kenya

TeaThe Mission Commission and the Metekai family's small group invite you to join us on Sunday, March 16, for fellowship and a fundraiser tea between worship and nurture hour. We will be collecting free-will donations for the Metekai family to purchase textbooks and supplies for a school in their home village in Kenya.  Cookies, drinks, and Kenyan treats will be provided.  Please help us support this worthwhile effort!

Animate: Faith Sunday School Class

Animate: FaithWere you disappointed not to be able to discuss the 2 missed lessons in the Animate:Faith class? Come join us for the next 2 weeks as we ponder, reflect on, and discuss "Jesus" and "Church". We will watch a DVD portion by a leading voice who will set up the conversation, spend time in personal reflection and journaling, and engage in conversation. Marilyn Rudy-Froese will facilitate this class. This week, Bruce Reyes-Chow, explores "Church: An Imperfect Family". Learn more and hear excerpts.

New to the Library

LibraryThis week we have four new selections for the Library. Bonnet Strings by Saloma Miller Furlong presents a view of Amish life more realistic than the romanticized fictional accounts of some Amish novels.  Jacob's Choice: Return to Northkill by Ervin R. Stutzman is Historical fiction about the most famous Amish experience in colonial America.  The Letters by Suzanne Woods Fisher is a story of an Amish farmhouse turned into a bed and breakfast,and the surprising results.  Unspoken by Dee Henderson tells the recovery story of Charlotte Graham, a woman at the center of the most famous kidnapping in Chicago history. Learn more.

Community Garden Update

Coffee groundsCoffee grounds are high in nitrogen and great for garden plants.  There is a 5 gallon pail with a lid under the serving counter at BAMF that I would like for the coffee makers to put the coffee grounds in.  Would also invite others from the congregation to put your coffee grounds in it.  If it is easier to put the strainer in with the grounds, that is ok, I will take them out when we put the coffee grounds on the garden.  I will keep the grounds in the barn when the pail gets full for the gardeners to use this summer. ~ Lowell Nafziger

Marriage Retreat: You, Me, We and God

Marriage RetreatThis marriage retreat is for all married couples!  Time is running our to register! Pleasejoin us on March 15 from 9:00 a.m. to noon at Waterford Mennonite Church for an enriching time featuring candid panel discussion and engaging break-out time for couples. Guided questions and materials will also be provided for couples, along with additional resources for further spiritual engagement following the conclusion of the retreat. Plan now on setting aside this time to work at nurturing your marriage relationship. This free retreat is jointly planned by and for Waterford Mennonite Church and Berkey Avenue Mennonite Fellowship. You can register by emailing or on Facebook.

Throwback Thursdays

Throwback ThursdaysHead 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

Bethany Christian Schools Bethany Christian Schools

Bethany Visit

Students in grades 3-11 interested in exploring Bethany Christian Schools can shadow a Bethany student on Monday, March 24, 8:50 a.m. - 3:30 p.m. Parents are invited to a 8:45 a.m. - 9:15 a.m. coffee and conversation. Parent tours are available at 9:15 a.m. This is a great way for prospective students and families to discover Bethany! For more information, to register, or to schedule a visit on another date see

John McCutcheon Concert

Internationally-renowned folksinger John McCutcheon will be in concert at Bethany Christian Schools on March 29. Reserved-seat tickets are $20 and may be purchased online.

Goshen Community Schools

Goshen High School will be performing Willy Wonka the Musical.  Performance dates are March 13, 14 and 15 at 7:30 p.m.; and March 15 and 16 at 2:30 p.m.  Tickets can be reserved by calling (574) 971-4150 or emailing Cost is $7.00 for students and $9.00 for adults. Annika Bontreger, Natalie Neufeld, Christy Sessa, Mason Short, and Mathew Williams are part of the production.

Goshen College Goshen College

Goshen College again offers an online resource to help believers make time and space in their hearts and minds to reflect during the season of Lent. Beginning March 5 (Ash Wednesday) and culminating on April 20 (Easter), Goshen College students, faculty and staff will provide weekday reflections based on the upcoming Sunday’s lectionary Scripture passages, available online at, by daily email or via an RSS feed. Many writers will reflect on the theme: “Encountering God: What Have We Witnessed?” taken from Mennonite Church USA and Mennonite Church Canada worship resources. Learn more.

AMBS Anabaptist Mennonite Biblical Seminary

Anabaptist Mennonite Biblical Seminary hosts Dr. Mark Smith for this year’s Theological Lectureship. His presentations will ask questions about how God is portrayed in the Bible, including “Why is God angry in the Bible (and what’s love got to do with it)?” He will speak Wednesday afternoon and evening, March 19, and Thursday afternoon, March 20. Learn more.

Community Announcements

Celebrate Mennonite Central Committee

Please plan on joining us to Celebrate Mennonite Central Committee in May 6-9, 2014 when we are excited to offer a special update from Haiti. Kristen & Wawa Chege, MCC Haiti Policy Analyst & Advocacy Coordinators, and Garly Michel, Executive Director of MCC partner Wozo, will be sharing stories of how your contributions to MCC have made a difference to Haitians recovering from the devastating 2010 earthquake. For more information, contact Les Gustafson-Zook at or call (574) 534-4133. Learn more.

Spring VORP Training

The Center for Community Justice is pleased to offer its Spring VORP Training, April 3-5, 2014. Get involved in your community with a great learning and volunteer opportunity! Interested in learning basic principles of Restorative Justice? Want to know more about the Victim Offender Reconciliation Program & how it works? Join us for two and a half days of concentrated training that includes hands-on practical experience. Learn more.

Oaklawn Lecture: Adolescents and Substance Abuse

Michelle Olson, LCSW,CADAC II, LCAC, and Janelle Roberts, LAC, CADAC IV, will be leading our presentation on adolescents, substance abuse and the effect that addiction can have on further development. This breakfast will be offered on March 18 in Elkhart. Register online.

Totally Tropical Luau

Grace Community Church is holding its annual Totally Tropical Luau on Saturday, March 15, from 11:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. This is a free event focusing on families affected by disabilities. Kindly RSVP by March 11 at ( 574) 533-7546.  Additional questions can go to Connie Walters at (574) 370-9866. View the Facebook promo video (featuring our own Ellie and Emma getting down with some percussion).

The Window First Friday Meal

The Window invites you to our March 7 First Friday meal from 4:30 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.. River Oaks Community Church Gardeners will be hosting this event which features 1/2 BBQ Chicken, potatoes, green beans, relish (carrots/celery) with dip and dessert. There is a suggested donation of $ 9.00. Please call (574) 533-9680 for more information.

MCC Relief Sale Choir

We are very excited to announce that this year’s MCC Relief Sale Choir programs will involve two choirs: the men’s choir as we’ve had for many years, and a women’s choir. Debra Brubaker, professor of music at Goshen College will lead a Women’s Choir focusing on international music and Nathan Swartzendruber will again lead the Men’s Choir. Each choir will perform several songs separately and a few together. Learn more.

Center for Healing & Hope’s Fiesta Feast

Tickets are on sale now for the Center for Healing & Hope’s Fiesta Feast featuring a Puerto Rican Meal by Rolling Scones. Join us on Saturday, March 22, from 5:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. at College Mennonite Church Fellowship Hall (1900 S. Main St. Goshen). Eat in or carry out will be available. The family friendly fundraising dinner supports the Center for Healing & Hope, which provides urgent medical care and advocacy to those in need in our community. The Puerto Rican meal includes savory chicken & pork, rice & beans, salad, bread, & dessert. Tickets are $20 Adults, $10 Children 12 & under and are available until March 19 or until sold out. You may order them online at, by calling (574) 534-4744 ext. 201, emailing, or mailing a check to Center for Healing & Hope, P.O. Box 195, Goshen, IN 46527.

Help-A-House 2014

LaCasa is looking for Goshen homeowners for Help-A-House 2014. Don’t miss this opportunity to get the new roof, or windows your home needs. Help-A-Houses is income based and is provided on a first-come first-serve basis. Homes must be within the city limits of Goshen. Get your application in now! Call LaCasa at (574) 533-4450 for more information.

Menno-Hof Series

You’re invited to attend Creating a safe place: let the children come led by Merlin Miller from The Haven, White Pigeon, MI on March 16 at 6:00 p.m. at Menno-Hof. Prompted by God’s leading, The Haven was started in 2009 as an after school hangout for elementary students. Come hear how God is using love in the form of positive interaction to change a community. This is the third event in Menno-Hof’s “Coffee, cookies and community: Part II” winter series. Bring cookies to share – coffee will be provided. RSVP is requested to or 260-768-4117 as seating is limited.

Living our Faith in the Workplace

MEDA invites you to Living our Faith in the Workplace on Thursday, March 20 at 6:30 p.m. This event will be held at Clinton Frame Mennonite Church (63846 County Road 35, Goshen). Lavon Detweiler has been in business for 17 years developing three different areas of business: machinery, trucking, and recycling. He’ll share his story of connecting faith with his work. Kindly RSVP by Monday, March 17 by (If you don’t receive a confirmation email or phone call, please let us know.) Meal and program costs are $15 for members and $20 for non-members.

Senior Tuesday Luncheon

You are invited to the next Senior Tuesday Luncheon at Yellow Creek Mennonite Church on Tuesday, March 18, noon in the Fellowship Hall. Invite your friends and neighbors to join us! The program will feature local author Patricia Hochstetler. She will speak about her Amish background and have her books available for purchase. The cost is $5.00 per person, paid at the door and our menu features chicken rice casserole, California blend vegetables, tossed salad, and sherbet/cookies for dessert. Rolls and coffee/tea will also be available. For reservations, call Yellow Creek Mennonite church office at (574) 862-2595 by Monday, March 10.

LaCasa Annual Luncheon Meeting

Save the date for LaCasa's Annual Luncheon Meeting, March 26, 2014 at noon.  We will gather in the Crystal Ballroom at the Lerner Theater in Elkhart. Annual meeting seats are $30 each or $225 for a table of eight. Reservations can be made by calling (574) 533-4450 ext 16 or emailing LaCasa has been helping Families and improving neighborhoods for 44 years.  We want to share what we are doing now!

Days of Prayer and Action (DOPA) for Colombia

We are encourage MCC constituents in our Great Lakes region to participate in the upcoming Days of Prayer and Action (DOPA) for Colombia! This annual event draws attention to issues currently impacting our brothers and sisters in Colombia and involves a day of prayer followed by a day of action. We are trying to involve as many U.S. churches as possible in this event. Learn more.

Scrapbooking, Crafting, and Quilting Retreat 

March 14-16, is our first retreat of 2014. You may come as early as Tuesday, March 11! Amigo Centre invites you to a weekend of productivity along with the opportunity to rest, restore and refresh your body and soul. Whether you scrapbook, quilt, or have another craft that you love, we invite you to come and we will provide the space, lodging, great food and just the right amount of focused input to allow you time for your projects as well as fun and fellowship. Brochures have been mailed, and information and online registration is available at You may also reach us at (269) 651-2811 with questions.


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!

Jennifer Schrock is looking for a woman, ages 47 to 57, to act as a control for her in a medical trial related to restless leg syndrome. If you know anyone who could benefit from a free round trip to Baltimore, MD and an extra $400, see Jennifer for more details.
Bethany Christian High School is seeking a girls tennis coach for spring 2014. Position begins in early March. To apply or ask questions, contact athletic director Gary Chupp at
Bethany Christian Schools invites applications for the position of food service manager. The position begins March 31, 2014, and continues in the 2014-15 school year. For details and application procedures, see
Be intentional. Be transformed! Serve with “DOOR: Dwell” in urban areas like Atlanta, Chicago, Denver, L.A., Miami, or San Antonio. Dwell is a yearlong opportunity for young adults, ages 19-30, to live together, serve, study, reflect, worship, and learn individually and as a team. Participants serve in matched agency placements and together in joint service projects. Learn more.
Mennonite Mission Network has an immediate opening for a full-time Church Relations Associate.  Work will be based in Elkhart, Indiana, or Newton, Kansas, with regular travel to U.S. locations in the mid-states and West coast, approximately 35% of the time. Candidates need a passion for God’s mission, and the ability to build relationships, listen carefully, and inspire participation. The position description can be read online at Interested persons please send a letter of interest and résumé to Linda Krueger, Human Resources Coordinator, at Mennonite Mission Network is an antiracist organization and welcomes applications from people of all races and nationalities.
Food Services Director opening at College MennoniteCollege Mennonite Church seeks a full-time person to continue the food services ministry at CMC. Prior experience in food service is required. This position requires regular attendance at College Mennonite Church in order to perform essential job duties. For more information and a job description, contact Willie Kanagy at 535-7262 or; or Geof Landis at 831-3613 or

Getting to Know

Fellowship Commission

Ruth Hathaway

Ruth Hathaway

Hello, my name is Ruth Ann Hathaway. I grew up in Idaho, but raised my family (4 children) on a farm in Missouri before moving to Goshen in 1997 to work for my son in his business. My husband passed away in 1986 but now I am blessed to have all my children and grandchildren living in the area. Besides my church activities, I am a pre-school children’s leader in BSF (Bible Study Fellowship) which meets on Tuesday mornings. My hobbies include knitting, reading, and going to my grand children’s school/sporting events.

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!

Did You Know?
Ash Wednesday
While Mennonites didn't historically observe Lent, more have done so in recent decades. Learn more about Mennonite observations of Lent.

Do you have an interesting fact about Berkey to share?  Let us know!

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

This Week
March 8: Caregiving Commission Meeting,9:00 a.m.
March 10: SLT Meeting,7:00 p.m.
March 12: MYF Small Groups,7:00 p.m.
March 15: Marriage Retreat at Waterford,9:00 a.m.

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

Lisa Nussbaum's mother, Maryln, has been diagnosed with cancer. Lisa would be grateful for our prayers on her behalf.
Belmont Mennonite Church and Belmont Neighborhood Fellowship request prayer as they enter into the next phase of a yearlong study examining the shared missional relationship of these two bodies.
Praise God for Janie and Neal Blough’s decades of service through Mennonite Mission Network. As the Bloughs near retirement, they are working with the Paris Mennonite Center’s board to prepare young leaders to continue ministry in theological education and publication for French-speaking Mennonites.

DownloadMar. MMN Prayer Vine

Church Notes
Sunday Service Info

This Sunday: March 9

Diane Beam, Curt & Elise Wenger

Lindsay Rheinheimer

Dan and Deb Williams

Offering Counters: 
Ron Good, Rick Hostetter

Ben Buckwalter / Roxanna Sommers

Jeannie and Phil Miller

Next Sunday: March 16

Brenda Grimes, Sara Alvarez, Hannah Canaviri

Rita Gingrich

Dan and Deb Williams

Offering Counters: 
Lowell Nafziger, Denise Risser

Ben Buckwalter / Roxanna Sommers

Anita and Tavi Mounsithiraj

Statistical Report 
(March 2)

Attendance: 147
General Fund: $6,289.75
Bethany Tuition: $875.00
College Matching: $375.00
Mission Emphasis: $1,626.80
Building: $5.00

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
Lois Stoltzfus Mast

Greg Smucker (Chairperson)
Roy Bergey
Lee Roy Berry, Jr.
Shirley Dick
Jan Shetler

Renae Yoder (Chairperson)
Doug Baker
Laura Horst
Richard Miller
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