Berkey Avenue Mennonite Fellowship
A congregation of Mennonite Church USA
Berkey Avenue Mennonite Fellowship
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September 6, 2015

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Berkey Announcements

Pastoral Intern at Berkey

Pastoral Intern at BerkeyBen Woodward Breckbill begins as a pastoral intern at Berkey. He is a student at AMBS and has been a part of our congregation during the last year. He will be involved in various aspects of ministry this fall and during the winter and spring, learning what it means to be a ministering person. We will have a blessing for him on September 13. Please welcome him into this role. May God's Spirit bless and sustain him.

Fall Fest

Fall FestYou are invited tomorrow, Saturday, September 5, for our Fall Fest at 5:00 p.m. on the lawn, featuring a meat roast of both lamb and pork. Please bring a large salad and dessert to share with others, your own picnic service, and lawn chairs or blankets. Buns, chips, condiments, and drinks will be provided. You are also encouraged to bring a favorite lawn game to do with others. The Straight A's will provide an hour of music starting at 6:00 PM. See the flier.

Kick Off Sunday for New SS Year

This Sunday, September 6 marks the beginning of our new year for Nurture classes. We'll introduce the new classes, recognize teachers and give a blessing to all our students.  

Bible Blessings

Bible BlessingsWe invite you to share a favorite Bible passage or Bible story for our five 2nd graders (Dteban, Jacob, Sarina, Elijah, Levi) who will receive Bibles from the congregation This Sunday, September 6. Book marks for the Bibles will be available in the Fellowship Hall for you to sign. Christian Ed. Commission.

Spirit Feast Small Groups

Spirit Fest GroupIf you’re looking for a place to find spiritual inspiration, learn from others’ stories and experiences, eat great food, build community, and connect with women of different stages and ages at Berkey then this is a group for you! We have several small groups of women who meet once a month (rotating houses), socialize over a delicious meal, and share from our lives, with some emphasis on spiritual growth. Please contact Stephanie Wieand by September 16 if you are interested.

Congregational Field Trip

St. John's ExhibitWho doesn't love a field trip?! And who doesn't love the Bible?! You can combine both of these loves on Sunday, September 13, at 1:45 p.m. Meet at the church to travel together to see the Saint John's Bible Exhibit at AMBS. The exhibit, in addition to being open during the week, will be open on this Sunday only, from 2:00-6:00 p.m. Rebecca Slough is hosting this time and available to talk about the project, the Bible and to answer any questions. Let Marilyn know if you are planning on participating.

Small Group

Small GroupWould you like to be part of a small group? The Small Group Coordinating Committee will be happy to find a small group for you to join. Please complete the request form, so we know what kind of group you are interested in. If you have questions, please contact Steph Wieand or Marilyn Rudy-Froese.

Model School Project

Potato ProjectWe have Red Norland potatoes for sale to support our Model School Project. The potatoes are in 5lb bags and are stacked along the west side of the fellowship space. Last year the money raised supplemented field trips for students who could not afford to pay for the activity. We are suggesting a $5 donation for a 5lb bag of potatoes. On Sunday mornings you can put your money in the container by the potatoes.  If you pick up potatoes during the week please place the money in an envelope in James Yoder's mailbox. Checks can be made to Berkey Avenue Mennonite Fellowship. Thank you for your support!

MCC Relief Sale

MCC Relief SaleDo you enjoy eating donuts, running, observing the details of fine stitches in quilts, singing with the masses, visiting old friends and finally helping out in the cheese booth? Then you can hardly wait for the Annual MCC Relief Sale coming September 25-26. Some information was placed in mailboxes earlier this month, but there are a few items worth mentioning. Bake sale items are sold quickly as people are able to buy these items Friday night. The annual choir program is on Saturday at 7:00 p.m. at College Mennonite Church. Machine quilted quilts will be added to the auction as well as a new format, Faithful Giving Auction (formerly new and used) is underway. Pennies of Thanks will be collected each Sunday after worship. If you have any questions, please see  Anita and Tavi Mounsithiraj, Michael and Patsy Sherer, Tom and Megan Martin.

Our Schools 

icon_bcs  Bethany Christian Schools

Softball and Girls Soccer Coaches

Bethany Christian High School (Goshen) seeks varsity coaches for softball (spring 2016) and girls soccer (fall 2016). Both positions would begin in January 2016 to begin working with athletes for their upcoming seasons. For more information or to apply, contact athletic director Gary Chupp at or 574 534-2567.

Class Reunions

Bethany Christian Schools, Goshen, will host class reunions and activities for its alumni and their families on Saturday. Sept. 26, for the following graduating classes: 1955, 1960, 1965, 1970, 1975, 1980, 1985, 1990, 1995, 2005, and 2010. Reunion classes will meet Saturday afternoon/evening at Bethany for visiting and a catered dinner. Alumni interested in attending should register by Sept. 17. More details are available online.

Goshen College Goshen College

Afternoon Sabbatical

Historic Downtown Goshen, a New Direction for a Neighborhood - with Eric Kanagy, president and CEO, Redpost and Gina Leichty, Co-owner, Eyedart Creative Studio.
In 1983 the National Register of Historic Places added Goshen's Historic district to their register. Since that time, the district has undergone significant revitalization with more exciting changes to come. Both Eric and Gina serve on Downtown Goshen, Incorporated. Eric as board president and Gina with management by Eyedart Creative Studio. On September 8 at 1:00 p.m. come hear the latest updates on the feasibility of developing the second stories of downtown buildings, railroad overpass, the Hawks Building, millrace canal development and Goshen Theater plans. This event event is free and open to the public in the GC Music Center, Sauder Hall. For information or questions call 574-535-7565 or email.

AMBS Anabaptist Mennonite Biblical Seminary


AMBS is pleased to host an exhibit of 20 prints from the Saint John's Bible, illuminated to present the Word of God in a contemporary, engaging and inspirational way. The exhibit is available weekdays from September 1 to 18 in the gallery and library, and Sunday, September 13, from 2:00-6:00 p.m. Come discover afresh the power of the Word of God. Visit our website for more information.

Community Announcements

The Window

You are invited to September first Friday meal at the Window from 4:30-7:00 p.m or until food runs out. Featured meal is chilli and chicken noodle soup, assorted desserts, lemonade and water. The meal is hosted by the Goshen City Church of the Brethren. Suggested donation is $8.

EAT•SHOP•GIVE for Center for Healing and Hope

You’re invited to enjoy your Dessert First on Wednesday, September 23rd  4-6:30p.m., at 902 S. Main St., Goshen, to support the CHH.  Attenders will enjoy a free dessert while purchasing $20 EAT•SHOP•GIVE certificates for participating Goshen area restaurants and businesses. All certificates are valid until December 31, 2015.  The businesses are generously giving 50% of the sales to support CHH. Matching funds are available for donations received at the Dessert First event.  Donations of $100 and over will also be eligible for door prize drawings. The CHH clinic will be open for tours as well. Unable to attend? You can still help. EAT•SHOP•GIVE certificates will be available for purchase by mail or via starting September 25th, and through October 12th or until sold out. Some exclusions apply. List of participating businesses and more information is available online.

Medicare: An Overview

Do you have questions about Medicare? Everence will host free seminars on Thursday, Sept. 24, Tuesday, Sept. 29, and Thursday, Oct 1 all at 6:30 p.m. at locations in Goshen, South Bend and Middlebury. RSVP one week before the event or call (574) 533-9515 ext. 3209. See the church bulletin board for more information.

Necessary Conversations

Necessary Conversations between Adult Children and their Aging Parents with Gerald and Marlene Kaufman (authors of a book by the same title) at Benton Mennonite Church 7:00 p.m. Thursday September 17.  Why wait until a crisis to make critical decisions?  Team up with your family members now to talk about finances, housing, medical issues, safety (including driving), and end of life decisions for aging parents, or those aging without children. Gerald and Marlene will take us through the hows and whys of those conversations.  

Zion's Christian Soldiers: God, Israel and America!

At Kansas City, we pledged "to more fully understand the social, economic and political context" of the conflict in the Middle East, Sunday Sept. 13 at 7:00 p.m. at College Mennonite Church, Dr. Michael Spath will speak on Zion's Christian Soldiers: God, Israel and America!. Dr. Spath is founding directore of Indiana Center for Middle East Peace. He has led ten tours to Palestine to meet with local Jewish, Christain, and Muslim leaders working for non-violent social transformation.  He is a retired prefessor of Reliegios Studies, and he was a a Fullbright Scholar at the Royal Insititute of Inter-Faith Studies at Amman, Jordan. His presentation is sponsored by New Perspectives on Faith (College Outreach Commission).  Admission is free.  For questions, please contact Don Blosser (574) 536-3497.


Join Michiana Mennonite Economic Development Associates for a dinner and program on Thursday, September 17, 2015 at 6:30 p.m. at Belmont Mennonite Church in Elkhart. Pastors Ray Bair and Russell Jensen will present on “Defeating the Cycle of Poverty among the Youth of the Belmont Neighborhood,” sharing about the Youth Stewards ministry.  Dinner will be provided by Belmont Mennonite Church. Please RSVP by Friday, September 11 or call (574) 355-3607. Cost is $5 for students, $15 for Michiana MEDA members, and $20 for others, payable at the door.

MDC Goldenrod

MDC Goldenrod is planning an afternoon/early evening carnival for our community members at our Middlebury campus (CR 16 and CR 43) on Thursday, September 17. We are looking for volunteers to help by hosting games, including corn hole, ladder ball, bowling (beach ball and plastic pop bottles), etc. Would members of your church, including the youth group, be available to help? MDC Goldenrod can supply some of the games, but it would also be very great for volunteers to bring their own games/craft/activity. Contact Greg Sommers at (574) 533-9720 ext 6 if you have any 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!

The Michiana MEDA chapter is seeking a part-time staff person for administrative support for approximately 10 hours per month. Duties include membership and contributions database management, registration and check-in for five events per year, producing email newsletters, and updating the chapter website. Most of the work can be done from home. Interested candidates please contact Board Chair, Jonathan Geiser.




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

This week:
September 8: Christian Education, 7:00 p.m.
September 9: Group on Berkey Practices, 7:00 p.m.

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Anniversaries and Birthdays This Week:

Bob and Lorraine Pflederer

Bob Pflederer
Dick Yoder
Phil Miller
Julie Zimmerman
Rachel Schrock
Allen Garboden
Isaac Buller

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

Please pray for Jenny Wengard, sister to John D. Roth, who suffered a brain hemorrhage on Wednesday evening. Following emergency surgery early Thursday morning she remains sedated at St. Joseph Medical Center. Jenny is the wife of Doug Wengard and mother of Benjamin (13) and Isaiah (10).
Amanda and Gamaliel Falla of Mennonite Mission Network serve as mentors to Mennonite pastors in Colombia. Pray for the Fallas as they encourage Colombian pastors to make their relationship with God top priority. Ask God to provide the resources for their families’ needs.
Pray for Faith Mennonite, Goshen, (pastors: Deron Brill Bergstresser, Kay Bontrager-Singer). Pray for the Sunday school classes beginning this fall, for the students and teachers as they begin a new arrangement. Pray for our congregational retreat at Amigo Centre in November, that it might be a time of spiritual growth.
Pray for Bonneyville Mennonite, Bristol, (pastors: Marcella Hershberger, Dale Shenk), Pray for wisdom on how best to meet the needs of the few children we have. Praise: Our annual Ebenezer Sunday is September 27 when we write on a large rock all the ways we have seen God with us the past year.

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Church Notes
Sunday Service Info

This Sunday: September 6

Brenda Grimes, Ginny and Armand Martin

Melba and Pete Graber

Eric and Lavonn Hostetler

Phil Bauman, Susan Garboden

Infants: Steve Garboden, Linda and Joe Liechty
Toddlers: Denise Risser, Evie and Dan Nafziger

Offering Counters:
John Hooley and Greg Smucker

Next Sunday: September 13

Neil Miller Richer, Nancy and Dick Yoder

Sara Alvarez

Phil & Julie Zimmerman

Phil Bauman, Susan Garboden

Infants: Missy Schrock, Trish and James Yoder
Toddlers: Ruth Hathaway, Jim Alvarez and Diane Beam

Offering Counters:
Ron Good and Rick Hostetter
Statistical Report 
(August 30)

Attendance: 215
General Fund: $7,867.50
Agape Fund: $10.00
Bethany Tuition: $905.00
College Matching: $100.00
Coffee: $38.40

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
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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