Berkey Avenue Mennonite Fellowship
A congregation of Mennonite Church USA
Berkey Avenue Mennonite Fellowship
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January 04, 2015

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This Sunday, there will be no nurture hour after the morning worship.

Berkey Announcements

Peace Club

peace clubPeace Club will meet this Sunday, immediately at the conclusion of the church service, since there is no nurture time scheduled.  Families should go to the Peace Classroom where grades K-2 usually meet.  The meeting and lunch will follow. 

Berkey Hosting GIHN

Hosting GIHNOur congregation will be hosting families who are homeless and part of GIHN from January 11 - January 18. Thank you so much to all the many volunteers at Berkey for your ongoing commitment in serving with GIHN.
~ Sue Byler, Linda Liechty, Lorraine Pflederer, Ruth Roth (Berkey GIHN committee)

Lunch Bunch

The Ladies Lunch Bunch will meet at the Bistro, Greencroft, Senior Center, on January 8 at 11:15 a.m. Please RSVP to Laverne Nafziger.

MCC Meat Canning

MCC Meat CanningBAMF's day to help with canning is Friday, January 9.  Bring a sharp knife to cut the turkey into 1 inch cubes. Come in the morning or the afternoon. The preferred times are 7 a.m. and 2 p.m.  If you cannot help on this date, canning will occur from January 8-10 and January 12-17.  You may help on one of these days. Money is needed to help pay for the turkey. Send donations to:  MCC Great Lakes and designate for "MCC Goshen Meat Canning" and send to 1013 Division St., Goshen, IN 46526.

Membership Exploration Sessions

Membership exploration sessionsAre you interested in becoming a member at Berkey? Beginning January 11, Marilyn and Dan will begin hosting membership exploration sessions for adults during the Christian education hour. Our purpose is to become better acquainted with each other and with the congregation. It's fine if you want to participate in the sessions but aren't sure yet if you want to become a member. Please let Dan Schrock know if you want to come so the church office can copy enough materials.

More Sanctuary Chairs

more chairs for the sanctuaryThe Coordinating Council is offering the congregation an opportunity to buy more new chairs for the sanctuary and to replace at least some of the older brown chairs. These new chairs will be identical to the 107 chairs that are currently in the front of the sanctuary. Our chair fund already has about $5,110, enough to buy 36 new chairs. The Council is accepting further donations into the chair fund until the last Sunday of January. Learn more.

Our Schools

Goshen College Bethany Christian Schools

Buller Court

When the Bruins play their first game in 2015, they will be playing on Buller Court. No, the school does not have a new gymnasium, but instead recognized longtime boys basketball coach Jim Buller prior to the December 20 Holiday Tourney championship game and announced that the court has been named in his honor. Buller, who coached the Bruins for the past 35 years announced his retirement from coaching just prior to the season in anticipation of his appointment as interim head of school at Bethany beginning January 1, 2015. Learn more.

Goshen College Goshen College

Performing Arts Series

Boston Brass and the Enso String Quartet invite you Friday, January 9 at 7:30 p.m., in the Music Center’s Sauder Concert Hall. The two acclaimed ensembles join forces for “Notes from the Balcony,” an evening of genre-crossing music touched with humor and personality inspired by Romeo and Juliet. This unusual nine-piece ensemble delivers stirring, powerful music by Prokofiev, Kabalevsky, Bernstein and even Elvis Costello. Tickets are available online or (574) 535-7566.

AMBS Anabaptist Mennonite Biblical Seminary

Leadership Clinics

Leadership Clinics are day-long workshops that focus on topics related to leadership within the church.  Leadership Clinics are normally held the Monday of Pastors Week. While many Leadership Clinic participants also choose to attend Pastors Week, it is possible to register and attend one of these events without attending Pastors Week. Learn more.

Standing Where We Belong

The writer of Psalm 103 and Mary in the Magnificat both make a significant turn, Professor Mary Schertz points out in her guest post on Practicing Reconciliation. They both turn "from the personal good to the common good." Mary emphasizes, "For Christians, our Advent waiting, our pinning our hopes on Jesus, involves a crucial step of empathy, of solidarity." Learn more.

Community Announcements

Michiana MEDA

Join Michiana MEDA for a dinner and program: Integrating Millennials into the Workplace, on Thursday, January 15, 2015 at Eighth Street Mennonite Church in Goshen at 6:30 p.m. Michelle Horning, Goshen College business department chair, will lead a panel of business professionals and college students who will discuss challenges and best practices in learning how to co-exist with Millennials in the workplace.  Please RSVP by Monday, January 12 to or (574) 355-3607. Cost is $15 for Michiana MEDA members and $20 for others, payable at the door. All are welcome.

PULSE Fellowship Opportunity (Year of Service)

PULSE (Pittsburgh Urban Leadership Service Experience) cultivates a community a young servant leaders to transform Pittsburgh.  We invite talented university graduates to partner with local nonprofits for a year of service and leadership.  Over the last 20 years, PULSE has invited over 190 university graduates to partner with over 100 Pittsburgh nonprofits, contributing some 300,000 hours of service to the city of Pittsburgh. Learn more about PULSE. Our PULSE Fellowship maybe of interest to members of your congregation to serve in a nonprofit and live with other participants in intentional community, participate in ongoing personal and professional development and designed for recent graduates who would like to grow in their knowledge and understanding of servant leadership. Our application deadline is March 1st, 2015 and the application can be accessed on our website

Church Leadership Week

MCC Sharing With Appalachian People (SWAP) is pleased to announce Church Leadership Week on March 23-28, 2015. This week has been set aside for pastors, youth leaders, ministers and others who will potentially be leading groups who have not previously been to SWAP. Participants are invited to come to Appalachia to experience a typical SWAP week and learn more about the home repair program. The fees to participate with SWAP have been waived for this event, so those attending would be responsible only for their own transportation to and from the SWAP site in Hindman, Ky. If you're interested or would like more information, please call our SWAP office at (606) 633.5065. 


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!

 Mennonite Central Committee's Sharing With Appalachian People (SWAP) program is seeking summer staff to help with coordination of construction volunteers, meals, materials and job sites for their home repair projects in Kentucky and West Virginia. Summer staff are a critical component of SWAP's successful ministry, as they help facilitate the weekly SWAP service groups working on housing repair for low-income persons. Summer staff vary in age from 19 to 70+, and they receive meals, lodging and a weekly stipend for their service. For more information go to or call Colettia at (606) 633-5065.
Are you looking for a way to serve while sharing your faith? Menno-Hof, Shipshewana needs individuals and couples in agreement with Anabaptist values and beliefs to serve as host and/or hostess for a minimum of one month June – August 2015. Responsibilities include conducting tours and some light housekeeping. Menno-Hof offers visitors from around the world accurate information about the faith and life of the Amish and Mennonites. Two furnished apartments are available on-site. For more information contact Susan Miller, managing director or call (260) 768-4117. Learn more.




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

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This Week:

January 4: Peace Club
January 6: Fellowship Commission, 6:30 p.m.
January 8: Ladies Lunch Bunch, 11:15 a.m.
January 8: SLT, 7:30 p.m.

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PrayerPlease contact the office by 9:00 a.m. Thursday with prayer requests.
 Please keep Terri, Jim and Quinn Brenneman in your prayers as they mourn the death of Terri's mother, Bertha Albrecht Plank, who passed away on Sunday. A memorial service and visitation will take place on Saturday, January 10 at Maplewood Mennonite Church in Ft. Wayne, with visitation from 12:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. and the service at 4 p.m. See the obituary here.
Mary Raber, serving with Mennonite Mission Network, is currently in the United States for a few months. She requests prayer for Ukraine and the upheaval that touches all levels of society. Pray for wisdom and restraint for government authorities, and pray that churches will model Jesus’ way as an alternative to violence.
Pray for Valparaiso Mennonite, Valparaiso, IN (pastor: Mario Bustos). Pray that we will minister effectively to people who come seeking a church.
Pray also for Benton Mennonite, Goshen, IN (pastors: Brenda Meyer and Doug Kaufman)
Several years ago, Benton set a goal of being more invitational and inclusive, and we are again discerning next steps.

DownloadJanuary MMN Prayer Vine

Church Notes
Sunday Service Info

This Sunday: January 4

Barbara Eichorn, Nancy and Dick Yoder

Lori and Ron Good

Phil Bauman & Jenae Longenecker

Infants: Clare and Merrill Krabill
Toddlers: Trish and James Yoder

Offering Counters:
Greg Smucker


Next Sunday: January 11

Diane Beam, Susan and Steve Garboden

Sara Alvarez

Clare and Merrill Krabill

Phil Bauman & Jenae Longenecker

Infants: Bev and Dave Krabill
Toddlers: Deb and Dan Williams

Offering Counters:
Ron Good and Rick Hostetter
Statistical Report 
(December 28)

Attendance: 141
General Fund: $7,051.00
College Fund: $370.00
Bethany Tuition: $965.00
Coffee: $10.00 

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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