Berkey Avenue Mennonite Fellowship
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May 11, 2014

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Berkey Announcements

SST Reflections: Judy Weaver and Richard Aguirre

Richard and JudyRecently, several Berkey college student attendees returned from their Study Service Term. Richard and Judy Weaver, who serve as site directors in Peru, offer some reflections as they receive their final group of students.

We’re spending about a year (July 2013 to August 2014) in Peru, leading groups of Goshen College students who come here to complete their semester of international study.* We’ve hosted two groups, and our final group arrived in Lima on April 30. They are now settled in with host families all over the city and have begun Spanish classes and daily lectures and workshops. This our busiest time, while the students are in Lima. We spend days overseeing the program and evenings working side by side in a tiny office in our Lima apartment. Richard mostly handles the administrative details and Judy mostly handles the academics, but we both do a little of everything. We have discovered that we can work closely together and will miss that collaboration when we return. Read more.

May 18 Congregational Meeting

SharingNext Sunday we will be having our Spring Congregational Meeting, following the worship service.  We hope you can join us! For the meeting, we will reference two documents that you will find in your mailboxes this Sunday, including a Pastor Job Description,  and some proposed policies from the Stewardship and Finance Committee.  Here is the proposed agenda:


MailboxesPlease take note that with the recent comings and goings of Berkey Avenue family members, the mailboxes have been shifted.  Please be careful when picking up your mail.  If you do not already have a mailbox and are interested in having one, please contact the office manager.

Metekai Thank You Dinner

Elijah and Priscillah MetekaiYou are invited to the Metekai's Thank You Dinner at Berkey tonight (May 9) at 6:00 p.m. in the fellowship hall.  A Kenyan meal will be served and pictures from their recent trip to Kenya will be shared! Karibuni (Welcome)!

The Window Board of Directors

The WindowThe Mission Commission is seeking a member of Berkey Avenue who has interest in being a Board of Directors member for the Window. Board meetings are on the 4th Monday of the month from 6:30 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. at The Window. Please speak to a Mission Commission member if you are interested (Lori Good, Clare Krabill, Marilyn Rudy-Froese, Curt Wenger and Pete Graber).

Opportunities to Support Model School

Model StudentsWe have a couple of ways that you can help support Model Elementary School. The first is to provide new or gently used gym shoes for Model's shoe exchange. Students need the gym shoes for their PE classes.  Shoes with laces or velcro are both okay.  Slip on shoes are okay if they come up high on the foot and cannot easily fall off when running or kicking a ball. Sizes 13, 1, 2, and 3 are needed most but other sizes can be used as well. Place shoes in the box under the mailboxes by May 11 or deliver them to Ann Garl at Model. The second option is musical. Kent Dutchersmith, music teacher at Model, requests a donation of an old drum set or a snare drum and high hat cymbals (with stand and pedal) in playable condition. Please contact Kent if you are interested in donating.

MYF Summer Service Trip

ConstructionYou are invited to join the MYF's summer service trip to Colorado! The MYF is looking for several people to join our trip to Jamestown, CO (near Boulder) where we will be working with MDS the week of June 29-July 5. Construction experience is helpful but not necessary. Funds are available from the Mission Service Project fund to cover your transportation costs to Colorado and everything else - food, lodging, etc. - is provided for you. This is a great opportunity to get to know some of the awesome youth in our congregation! Talk to Lois Mast if you are interested.

Apple Trees

Apple TreeRoger Nofziger, who lives 2 houses west of the church has some apple trees that he is not harvesting apples from. He has informed us that anyone from the church who would like to take care of the trees can have the apples. For more information, please be in touch with Lowell Nafziger.

Vacation Bible School

VBSFamilies with children ready to turn 4 years - grade six will find student registration forms in your church mailboxes.  These will be due by May 25, but are welcomed earlier than that. Also, if you need registration forms for friends, relatives, or neighbors, or with any other questions, please talk to Deb Williams.

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

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Host Families Needed

Bethany Christian Schools is in need of host families for serving international students who would like to attend Bethany. This opportunity to gain cross cultural experience in your own home often becomes a rewarding experience for the host family, as well as a blessing to the student. Families receive monetary compensation. One school year commitment. For more information, contact admissions director Sarah Kraybill Lind at or (574) 534-2567.

Spring Concerts

Bethany Christian High School choirs and instrumental groups will present their spring concerts on Friday, May 16, in the school chapel. The instrumental concert will begin at 6:30 p.m. with the choral concert to begin after a brief intermission at about 8:00 p.m. There is no admission charge and all are welcome to attend.

Emmaus' Final Performance

Bethany Christian High School’s performing arts troupe, Emmaus, will presents its final public program of the 2014 season next Sunday, May 18, at 6:00 p.m. in Bethany’s chapel. Shared in area elementary schools and other public venues, this year’s show is entitled “Bits and Pieces.” Rather than fearing, ignoring, or fighting differences, people should engage each other and learn to work together in harmony. The show will begin with discord, transition to trying different ways of solving the problem, and end with engagement and harmony. In other words, the discovery that we’re all bits and pieces of the whole.

Goshen College Goshen College

Spektral Quartet

Goshen College will feature the Chicago-based Spektral Quartet with bandoneonist Julien Labro in concert Saturday, May 17, at 7:30 p.m. in Sauder Concert Hall. Together they will perform a lively program of South American jazz and tangos, which they have recently recorded. Tickets for this Rieth Chamber Series concert are $15 and will be available at the door one hour before the concert begins, or in advance at the GC Welcome Center.  Call (574) 535-7566 to obtain your tickets.

Community School of the Arts Auditions

All youth choirs of Goshen College's Community School of the Arts will hold auditions on Sunday, May 18, from 2:00 - 4:00 p.m. for their 2014-15 season openings.  Students in grades 2-11 are invited to come to the Music Center anytime during these hours to audition for Rejoice (grades 3-5), Shout for Joy (grades 6-8) or the High School Honors Choir (grades 9-12). Younger students need no preparation, older students may bring a prepared song along for the auditions that will be 10-15 min. in length. Please call the Music Center office at 535-7361 if you have questions.

AMBS Anabaptist Mennonite Biblical Seminary

Last Friday, Lois Barrett marked her advancement to the rank of professor with a public lecture titled "Beyond beliefs and practices." Lois has been a member of the AMBS faculty since 2002 and is professor of theology and Anabaptist studies. She was also director of the AMBS-Great Plains extension site from 2002 to 2013, and is currently assistant director of the Institute of Mennonite Studies. Watch the lecture online.

Community Announcements

Little Eden Specialty Weeks

Do you like to golf or quilt with Mennonite friends?  Consider coming to one of Little Eden Camp’s Specialty Weeks this year. Golf Week is August 30 – September 6, Quilt Week 1 is September 7-12, and Quilt Week 2 is September 14-19. We have openings in all three weeks. Visit for information/brochures or call (231) 889-4294 to reserve your spot now.

Camp Amigo Woodcutters and Handlers Needed

Amigo Centre invites you to be part of its second Spring Woodcutting Day on May 17.  In its effort to steward both its resources and the investment of its supporters, Amigo heats much of its three largest buildings with wood. Your help to replenish our depleted firewood stocks would be most appreciated. Cutters with chainsaws, people to split and people to stack wood are all needed. Bring saws, splitters and a strong back. The day will start around 8:00 a.m., with a break for brunch at 10:00 a.m. Kindly RSVP to or (269) 651-2811 as this help us plan.  

Camp Amigo

Summer Camp is on its way! The theme for the summer is “Crooked Paths Made Straight”, and the theme verse being Luke 3:4b-6. T and Jean Mounsithiraj and family will be our camp pastors for the summer. We will be delving into the life of Jesus and the lessons that He taught by how He lived, and we are excited for the lessons to be learned. We hope to see you at Camp this summer. For registration and more information go to

MDC Goldenrod Fundraiser Concert

On Friday May 23rd world class guitarist, Phil Keaggy will be performing a benefit concert at Sauder Music Hall.  Proceeds go to support the MDC Goldenrod Community! The concert starts at 7:30 p.m. and all tickets are $30.00 and are general admission. Tickets can be purchased by calling Goshen College Welcome Center at (574) 535-7566 or by visiting the Goshen College website.  For additional information please visit or call the MDC Goldenrod Office at (574) 533-9720.

Amigo Centre Summer Camp

We are once again preparing for one of the most exciting times of the year at Amigo Centre – Summer Camp! Our theme for 2014 is “Crooked Paths Made Straight,” from Luke 3:4b-6. Our early registration discount is available through May 1 – so don’t delay to register your children or grandchildren. More information is available at: We still have openings for several summer staff positions including camp nurse, lifeguards, two male counselors, and kitchen/dining room staff. Applicants should be at least 16 years old for lifeguard and kitchen positions, all others should be at least 18 years old. More information is available at


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!

Elise and Adam Derstine are looking for additional childcare for their six-month-old son, Abram. Specifically, Elise needs some help caring for Abram on May 14 and 15 while she works from home. Generally, they are also interested in finding a babysitter who can come to their home one morning or afternoon per week. Please contact Elise if you are interested at or (574) 238-1441.
Sue Byler has a number of strawberry plants that are free for the digging. She is not sure of the variety, but they are from good stock and are very tasty.  Just give her a call at (574) 534-7084 before coming to make sure she is home. 
Mennonite Central Committee's SWAP (Sharing With Appalachian People) program is seeking six summer staff to help with job site coordination for their home repair projects in Kentucky and West Virginia. Some construction experience is helpful, but not a requirement if you have the ability to learn. 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.
Summer Staff or Volunteer Opportunity at Wilderness Wind, Ely, MN: Wilderness Wind is looking for one more support staff person to work at base camp this summer. Work will include things like introducing campers to Wilderness Wind, general grounds-keeping, assisting in the kitchen, cleaning, and organizing gear. Please email or call (218) 365-5873 for more information and an application.
Mennonite Mission Network international workers Connie and Dennis Byler will be in the Elkhart area this summer. They are looking for a car to borrow while in the area. If you know of a car they might use from June 19-July 25 and August 16-September 8, please contact Jamie Ross at (574) 523-3070.
Bethany Christian Schools invites applications for the positions of Principal (oversees daily operation of the school), Food Service Manager and Assistant Food Service Manager, and Media Center Coordinator. All positions begin in the new school year, on about August 1. Details and application procedures are posted at For more information, contact Allan Dueck, head of school, at (574) 534-2567 or
Mennonite Mission Network has an immediate opening for a full-time Church Relations Associate.  Work will be based in Elkhart, Indiana 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
The Michiana Mennonite Relief Sale Board appreciates the way so many of you volunteer.  As we look forward to the 2014 sale on September 26 and 27. We have several key positions to fill, including: Marketing coordinator, Penny Power coordinator and Parking coordinator. If you feel called to help serve in this way or know someone who has gift s in these areas please contact us at   (888­) 503­-8559.
Bethany Christian High School is seeking a girls soccer coach for fall 2014. To apply or ask questions, contact athletic director Gary Chupp at

Getting to Know

Worship Commission

Michael Sherer

Michael Sherer

Michael Sherer is in his second year on the worship commission. He brings an interest in music, technology and audio visual services to the task, along with arranging for Children's Time during the service. For the past 17 years, Michael has worked at Goshen College as Director of Information Technology. He is married to Patsy Sherer and has two mostly grown daughters, Monica, who lives and works in Los Angeles, and Melinda who plies her cooking skills at Goshen College. In his spare time, he enjoys playing the violin and reading cutting edge medical research on PubMed.

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!

We will no longer be printing and distributing calendars each month.  They are however, available for download.
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This Week
May 9: Metekai Thank You Meal, 6:00 p.m.
May 11: Worship Leader Appreciation Breakfast, 9:00 a.m.
May 14: MYF Small Groups, 7:00 p.m.

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

Angela (Wenger) and Tomoki Yamanaka of Mennonite Mission Network are co-pastors at Asahikawa Gospel Church in Japan. Their four children, Taira (7), Yoshiki (5), Mirai (4) and Kiera (1), provide natural opportunities to reach out to their community. Pray that the good news of Jesus’ love will continue to flow thorough the Yamanaka family.
Please pray for Hopewell Mennonite Church, in Kouts, IN, and Pastor Joel Short; that the Preschool Ministry will continue to be a valuable mission outreach to local families. Additionally, for unity and direction as they consider a building improvement project and their current need of worship music leadership. 
Please continue to pray for the teachers, staff and administrators at Model school, that they may have the energy they need to meet the demands of each day, the wisdom they need to meet the challenges of each day, and the compassion they need for each of the students in their care.

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Church Notes
Sunday Service Info

This Sunday: May 11

Diane Beam, Barbara Eichorn, Margaret Stoltzfus

John Mast

Lisa and Darin Short

Offering Counters: 
Ron Good, Rick Hostetter

Nicholas Schrock / Roxanna Sommers

Cassie Sessa and Ruth Hathaway

Next Sunday: May 18

Denise Risser, Renae Yoder

John Mast

Lisa and Darin Short

Offering Counters: 
Lowell Nafziger, Denise Risser

Nicholas Schrock / Roxanna Sommers

Susan and Steve Garboden

Statistical Report 
(May 4)

Attendance: 182
General Fund: $6,730.91
Bethany Tuition: $865.00
College Matching: $370.00
MYF: $50.00
MYF Service Project: $100.00
House Rent: $750.00

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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