Berkey Avenue Mennonite Fellowship
A congregation of Mennonite Church USA
Berkey Avenue Mennonite Fellowship
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August 9, 2015

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Berkey Announcements

Second Sunday Summer Picnic

Second Sunday Summer Picnic This Sunday, August 9, we will have our third and last of the three summer picnics in the place of Sunday school​ hour.  Please bring only finger foods (sandwiches, chips, relish trays, cookies) for carry-in. Drinks will be provided. Bring your own table service, chairs and/or blankets to eat outside if the weather permit.

Congregational Meeting

Congregational meetingThe agenda for this Sunday's congregational meeting is to:
1.  Approve minutes of the July 12 meeting.
2.  Approve the 2015-16 budget.
3.  Hear a summary of the pastoral-congregational evaluation which was completed in the spring.
4.  Hear a summary of our ongoing conversation about space issues.

Online Directory Update

We are currently in the process of updating our directory! If you have a family photo you would like to use, or have a new address, phone number or email, please email it to the office for inclusion.

New to the Library

New to the LibraryThis week, we feature several books added to our library. The Governess of Highland Hall by Carrie Turansky, a fiction, featuring a missionary Julia Foster who loves working alongside her parents, ministering and caring for young girls in India.  But when the family must return to England due to illness, she readily accepts the burden for her parents' financial support.  Taking on a job as governess, she quickly finds that teaching her four privileged charges is more challenging than expected.   
Joseph's Dilemma:  Return to Northkill Book 2 by Ervin R. Stutzman.  Sensitive to the plight of both Native Americans and immigrants, this powerful narrative unfolds through the eyes of an Amish captive struggling to maintain his faith and humanity amid overwhelming loss.  
Repenting of Religion:  Turning from Judgment to the Love of God by Gregory A. Boyd who recently spoke at College Mennonite.  Boyd asserts that God shares his unsurpassable worth with each of us, making the practice of judgment foreign to Christian character.
Circles of Love:  Stories of Congregations caring for People with Disabilities and their Families by Preheim-Bartel, Burkholder Christophel and Guth.
The Berenstain Bears 50th Anniversary DVD Collection:  Bear Country, Homework Help and Celebrations

New Men's Group at Berkey

Men's GroupThere has been a growing interest to explore the possibility of a men's group which would provide a safe space to discuss various sensitive issues from a men's perspective. Possible topics could include marriage, sexuality, pornography, being a parent/role model, being a provider, self image as well as other topics. Content will be driven in large part by those who participate. The only prerequisites would be men who can commit to some regularity and who have willingness to strive for honesty, vulnerability and accountability. Doug Baker would serve as the initial contact point and would be part of the group, but likely not the facilitator. Please let Doug know if you are interested and what topics would be most relevant to you.

Model Elementary

Thank youThanks to all who donated panties for Model School, we have received enough.  Tuesday we served lunch to about 70 staff members from Model School at BAMF. Thanks to all who provided food and helped. We heard Thank You over and over.  The staff really appreciates us doing that as that is the first time they all are together for the new school year. BAMF also gave a set of Sharpie pens to each teacher. They really appreciate BAMF, Faith Lutheran, and Greene Road Church partnering together to support the staff at Model School. We will be providing another lunch for them in October during the Parent/Teacher Conferences.
Thanks also to all of you who picked strawberries. Your contributions of over $600.00 will be given to Model School for a special project that will be determined at a later date.

Thank You from Gretchen Geyer

Thank you note from GretchenThanks to everyone for your love and support over the past four years! Thanks also to all of those who recently donated to my voluntary service fundraising. If you're interested in following my travels to Bolivia in the next year feel free to check out my blog.

Summer Schedule at Berkey

Aug. 9 - Second Sunday All Church Picnic and Members Meeting - No Nurture Hour
Aug. 16 - Sixth Sunday Intergenerational Nurture Hour
Aug. 23 - Seventh Sunday Intergenerational Nurture Hour
Aug. 30 - Celebration Sunday - No Nurture Hour

Throwback Thursdays

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 Schools

Faculty sang “Together” (written by Nathan Grieser ’05) several times during their retreat the past two days; plans are to sing this periodically throughout the school year in chapel as a reminder of the community we desire. Bethany is a diverse community: ethnically, socio-economically, and religiously. Our students represent more than 65 congregations and nearly 25 Christian denominations—and a few with other or no faith tradition. Our different traditions, practices, and beliefs are both challenging and enriching as we learn from each other, worship together, and form close friendships. Lord, once again, bring us together this year into a community that may sing different notes, but sings in harmony. Listen to Together.

Goshen College Goshen College

Youth Choirs

We are happy to announce that the youth choirs at the GC Community School of the Arts will be holding auditions this August at the GC Music Center. Students from grades 3-12 are invited to participate in the open auditions for Rejoice Choir (grades 3-5), Shout for Joy(grades 6-8), and Sommo Voci (grades 9-12).
Auditions for Rejoice Choir and Shout for Joy:
Thursday, August 20, 2015 from 6:00-7:30 p.m.
Monday, August 24, 2015 from 6:00-7:30 p.m.

Auditions for Sommo Voci:
Thursday, August 13, 2015 from 6:00-8:00 p.m.
Tuesday, August 18, 2015 from 6:00-8:00 p.m

AMBS Anabaptist Mennonite Biblical Seminary

Trip to Egypt

Goshen Ministerial Association (GMA) in conjunction with AMBS are doing a trip to Egypt next year. It will be led by Sara Wenger Shenk and Safwat Marzouk.  January 12-26, 2016. There are 44 spots and 37 are confirmed.  If you wish to take advantage of this great trip call soon (574) 533-1521.

Bridgefolk 2015 Conference

The 14th annual Bridgefolk (Mennonite-Catholic) conference will be held August 20-23, 2015 at Anabaptist Mennonite Biblical Seminary in Elkhart, IN, under the title “Ecumenical Healing and the Mystery of the Communion of Saints.”  The keynote speakers will be Nozomu Yamada and Fr. Alfonso Fausone SVD, both from Nanzan University in Japan.  They will reflect on the amazing story of the miraculous healing of Jun Yamada, a Mennonite, from leukemia in 1987 through the intercessory prayers of both Catholics and Mennonites.  This event led to the canonization of Josef Freinademetz in 2003 by Pope John Paul II and friendship between Mennonites and Catholics in Japan for more than a quarter century.  Bridgefolk is a grassroots ecumenical movement of Mennonites and Catholics who “proceed through friendship.”  Single-day registration options, financial assistance, and child care are available.  For conference schedule and registration form, go to

Community Announcements

Mennonite Women Fall Retreat

IN-MI Mennonite Women will host their Fall Women and Girls Retreat on October 9-11 at Amigo Centre. The theme is Growing (up) together in Christ. Reading the Bible is especially exciting and enlightening when we do it with people from other generations, congregations, and cultures. This year's retreat invites girls third grade and up to come and enjoy an intergenerational time of worship and fellowship. Check out the website for more information including online registration or call Amigo Centre at 269.651.2811.

MCC: Fabric for Comforter Tops

Wrap the world in warmth! Precision sewers are needed to piece and sew comforter tops for the upcoming MCC Comforter Bash on October 23-24 at Pleasant View Mennonite Church in Goshen. These handmade comforters will provide not only warmth but also a tangible message to people that their needs are not forgotten. Free fabric is available from Nadine Zook Miller, Material Resource Coordinator at The Depot. Contact her 574-534-4071. Completed comforter tops are needed by October 1.

Menno-Hof Singspiration

Come and enjoy a cappella singing of familiar hymns on the Menno-Hof lawn in the traditions of the Amish Church, Amish Mennonite Church, Conservative Mennonite Church and Mennonite Church USA. There will be ice cream and pretzels and more singing inside following the worship service. Rain location: Farmstead Inn pavilion, Shipshewana (just north of Menno-Hof) Sunday, September 13, 2015 at 5 p.m. Bring lawn chairs for seating.

The Window

We have two needs we would like to share with your congregation; the cargo van that was used for donation pickups is “officially” out of commission and our building needs the A/C replaced. We were given a quote of $5,371.00 for the A/C and we expect the cargo van to cost around $10,000.00. However, we are open to a vehicle donation as long as it is a reliable 2005 or newer cargo van. Many thanks for all that you do to help The Window fulfill its mission to serve those in need within the Goshen Community!

A life-changing MEDA experience in Nicaragua

On October 3-10, 2015, you can see the impact MEDA has on communities in rural Nicaragua, as well as meet employees and clients of MiCredito, a MEDA-founded microfinance institution helping entrepreneurs every day. The tour is designed with you in mind: a seven-day trip that will change the way you see the world and meet the people changed by MEDA’s business-minded approach to poverty. More information is available online or contact tour leader Bethany Nussbaum or (330)749-1847.

MCC Run for Relief

Register online for the 2015 Run for Relief.  The 5K run and 2K walk are September 26, 8 a.m. at the Elkhart County Fairgrounds.


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!

At MDC Goldenrod, we are now hiring direct support staff, groundskeeper, and a receptionist. More information and applications are available online.
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:
August 9: Congregational Meeting and Picnic
August 10: Stewardship and Finance, 7:00 p.m.
August 11: Fellowship Commission, 6:30 p.m.
August 13: Caregiving Commission, 7:00 p.m.

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Anniversaries and Birthdays This Week:
Daniel and Brenda Grimes
John and Lois Mast
Phil and Jeannie Miller
Michael and Patsy Sherer
John and Missy Schrock

James Yoder
Darin Short

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

Laura Schlabach of Mennonite Mission Network is speaking in churches throughout the United States this month and in September. Pray that she will be able to share the good news about what God is doing in Mongolia with passion and in an invitational way.
Pray for Assembly Mennonite Church, Goshen, (pastors: Karl Shelly, Dawn Yoder Harms, Lora Nafziger)
At Assembly, we are seeking the Spirit's leading in the next step of our facility expansion project after learning that the daycare we've partnered with is moving in a different direction. As a part of calling, we are also active in the ecumenical effort to expand civil rights protections for all citizens of Goshen.

DownloadAugust MMN Prayer Vine

Church Notes
Sunday Service Info

This Sunday: August 9

Aaron Wieand, Steve and Allen Garboden

Rita Gingrich

Lois and John Mast

Nicholas Schrock, Clare and Merrill Krabill

Infants: Twila Liechty, Jill and Matt Diller
Toddlers: Judy Weaver and Lori Good

Offering Counters:
Ruth Hathaway and Rick Hostetter

Next Sunday: August 16

Ruth Hathatway, Steve and Susan Garboden

Sara Alvarez

Lois and John Mast

Nicholas Schrock, Clare and Merrill Krabill

Infants: Jenny Miller, Julie and Phil Zimmerman
Toddlers: Laurel Woodward, Betty and Sherm Kauffman

Offering Counters:
Lowell Nafziger and Denise Risser
Statistical Report 
(August 2)

Attendance: 168
General Fund: $10,692.00
Agape Fund: $10.00
Bethany Tuition: $905.00
College Matching: $100.00

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.

Marilyn Rudy-Froese
Dan Schrock

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

Doug Baker
Richard Miller
Laverne Nafziger
Judy Weaver
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