Berkey Avenue Mennonite Fellowship
A Congregation of Mennonite Church USA
Berkey Avenue Mennonite Fellowship

June 30, 2013

Berkey Announcements | Our Schools | Community Announcements | Employment Opportunities | Sunday Service Info

Berkey Announcements

Name our Newsletter!

We've still had only a couple of submissions and are looking for more! Submit your entry on our website.  Deadline to submit entries is July 1. Voting will begin on July 2nd and run for one week.  Get those creative juices going! Good luck!

Intergenerational Sunday School: Nature/Earthcare

Earth CareThis Sunday, June 30, the nature/earthcare Sunday School class will be taking a field trip to Red Tail Farm, a unique farm-within-the-city, located on Waverly Avenue near Goshen College and the Mill Race. The farm features a historic barn, nature trails, wetlands, baby chicks, friendly sheep, and a community garden. Maps/directions will be provided, but please bring appropriate clothing--footwear that is good for walking in grass, and rain gear as needed. We will do the field trip even if it is (lightly) raining.

Church Renovation Update

Thanks to all that helped so far with our clean up and construction efforts. As of Monday night, the ages of our volunteers now spans 70 years (12 to 82). We have made some changes to our original plan.  Some of the changes have reduced costs and others have increased expenses. Even with the changes, we are staying within our budget. General clean-up and moving construction waste to the dumpsters helps keep our hired labor costs down.  We could use more volunteers to work at general clean-up. If you are planning to help, please contact Greg by email (, text, or phone (574-536-1996). Check out the photos on Facebook. Learn more.

Volunteer Janitors Needed

We are looking for volunteers to fill in for our regular janitors to clean and prepare the church for Sunday Morning on July 21, 28, and August 4. This would be a good activity for a family, small group, or individuals.  Cleaning can be done during the week, or Saturday.  Tasks include preparing the Sanctuary and Sunday school classes for Sunday.  Cleaning bathrooms and making presentable.  Vacuuming as needed.  Sweeping and vacuuming entrances, cleaning and vacuuming all open spaces as needed.  If you are available to help out on any or several of these dates. Please contact Ben Buckwalter at

Online Photo Directory

The BullersThe online photo directory is under construction and if you haven't signed up to get your photo taken, you can sign up online or email Renae Yoder. John Hooley will be taking the portraits. If you are interested in keeping your photo, let Rafael know and he will email it to you. Additionally, if you would like to include a link to your Facebook profile, please let Rafael know as well and he will add it to your entry.

Our Schools

Goshen CollegeGoshen College

The gray concrete walls of the Goshen College train underpass will receive a colorful facelift this summer. A mural designed by 2010 alum Noah Yoder will be painted onto the walls and ceiling of the pedestrian underpass this week. Learn more.

Bethany Christian SchoolsBethany Christian Schools

Bethany Christian Schools continues to invite applications for the coaching position of middle school girls soccer—email for more information. There are also staff openings for bus driver and evening custodian. View details and application procedures on these positions on the Bethany website.

AMBSAnabaptist Mennonite Biblical Seminary

Pastors Week is an annual event devoted to providing resources in ministry, biblical studies and/or theology for pastors and other church leaders. It's a week rich with worship, inspiring presentations, networking and renewal for those who devote their time to serving their congregations. Next January's gathering will feature Allan Rudy-Froese, among others.

Community Announcements

Menno-Hof Haystack Dinner

Everyone is invited to a benefit Haystack Dinner on July 13, 2013, 4:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m. at the Farmstead Inn Pavilion in Shipshewana.  Donations will benefit Menno-Hof. That same evening, Dr. Gerald Brunk, Eastern Mennonite University, will be presenting a Menno Simons impersonation at Menno-Hof at 6:30 p.m. RSVP is requested for the Brunk event. Kindly RSVP to 260-768-4117 or

Immigration Reform Event

Please join us at Prairie Street Mennonite Church (1316 Prairie St., Elkhart) for an event entitled “Celebrate, Learn, and Pray for Immigration Reform.” This event will be held from 1:00  p.m. – 2:00 p.m. on Sunday, July 14, 2013 and has been planned by leaders of Elkhart County churches of several denominations. Learn more.

Mac Minis Available through has always strived to provide services that are affordable and appropriate for churches and organizations with a limited budget.  Now, we also are announcing the first offering of refurbished computer equipment through our new CodePurple program. Want one? Learn more.

Phoenix Convention Live Stream

If you're not planning to go to Phoenix, you can still see what's going on in the delegate sessions with a live stream at

The Window July First Friday Meal

Come on out on July 5th for the Window’s First Friday Meal, which runs from 4:30 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. Food is provided by Downtown@808 with volunteers from Elkhart Christian Academy. Enjoy our summer cookout menu without the humidity! There is a suggested donation of $7.00.

The Window Seeks Additional Volunteers

The Window is not short on donations. However, the volunteer base that needs additional help. Since summer began, many regular volunteers have gone on vacations. In addition, the Meals on Wheels drivers have been stretched to the limit, with some having to come in multiple days a week. Volunteering need only take an hour of your time. Meals on Wheels drivers are needed during the lunch hour. Please consider giving of your time.

A Quiet Place Prayer Center Retreat Days

A Quiet Place, located on Waubee Lake near Camp Mack, offers a variety of Creating Community groups which center around topics of spirituality. These groups meet once a month from September through May. This year’s offerings include three groups for women and one for men. Learn more.

True Vine Tabernacle’s 9th Anniversary

You are invited to come celebrate with True Vine Tabernacle's 9th anniversary service/celebration on Sunday, June 30th at 10:30 a.m.  The service will include guest speaker Prophetess Sherrilyn Mahiri-Hunt as well as special music and skits.  Following the service you are welcome to enjoy food and fellowship with us at the Mennonite Church USA Office, 3145 Benham Ave. in Elkhart.  Learn more.

Become a Hospice Volunteer

Harbor Light Hospice is seeking individuals in Goshen to spend quality time with terminally ill patients or provide respite to their families. If interested in more information about becoming a hospice volunteer please contact Jamie Rhew at 800-662-8889 or Learn more.

MCC Relief Sale Silent Auction

As we head into the summer months, plans are underway for the 2013 MCC Relief Sale Silent Auction. Relief Sale weekend is September 27‐28. We are looking for contributions. Please contact Stacey Farran with offers of help in these areas or any questions. Thanks for your consideration!

Employment / Volunteer Opportunities

Amigo Centre, located near Sturgis, MI, seeks experienced part-time  bookkeeper.  Responsibilities include payables, receivables, reports and taxes. Candidates should be familiar with double entry accounting, able to navigate in a Windows environment, and able to work in a busy setting.  Experience in not for profit bookkeeping helpful. Learn more.
Amigo Centre (Sturgis, MI) seeks a Youth Program Director to plan and lead youth programming at Amigo Centre.  We welcome the interest of candidates with a strong commitment to youth and camping ministry within an Anabaptist framework, skills in developing programs, good communication and relational skills, and willingness to participate in Amigo’s mission and community. The position opens at the end of the 2013 summer. Learn more.
Indiana Michigan Conference is looking for a bookkeeper in the Goshen area who is very familiar with QuickBooks and would be available to work an average 4-8 hours per week. Learn more.
The Center for Healing and Hope is seeking a .75 FTE Registered Nurse to oversee operations at two of its clinic locations in Elkhart County. Will include some evenings and an excellent benefits package. CHH is a non-profit, faith-based organization operating urgent care clinics providing quality medical care to low-income, uninsured patients. Please send inquiries, cover letter and resume to
The Center for Healing & Hope is aiming to establish a prayer network consisting of volunteers who are open to receiving prayer requests via email. Learn more.

 Sunday Service Information

Berkey Avenue Mennonite Fellowship

This Sunday:
June 30

Denise Risser, Eleanor Nafziger, Abby & Patrick Buller, Ruth Hathaway
Laverne Nafziger
Offering Counters:  
Shawna Born, Diane Nafziger
Phil Bauman, Dee Albrecht

Next Sunday:
July 7

Miriam Augsburger, Lisa Short, Loren Schrock, Missy Schrock
Rachel Schrock, Leah Garboden
Offering Counters:  
Barbara Eichorn, Greg Smucker
Matthew Williams, Dee Albrecht



This Week

July 1-6: Phoenix Convention

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

Pray for Ginny Martin's mom, Miriam Shank, as she recovers following a hospital visit. She is 95 and is continuing to live in assisted living. She is weak but able to get around with the use of a walker.
Pray for all Phoenix Convention attendees next week. Daniel Grimes will attend as our delegate and there will be 17 youth and 5 adults attending the youth portion.
Pray for Alyssa Rodriguez of Mennonite Mission Network as she works to perfect her Spanish and find her ministry niche at Quito Mennonite Church in Ecuador. She asks God for the words to share her care and Jesus’ love with people who are marginalized, especially the Colombian refugees.
July MMN Prayer Vine

Church Notes

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.

* Please note the office will be closed on July 4

Statistical Report
Attendance: 134
Bethany Tuition: $15.00
General Fund: $4,744.00
House Purchase: $500.00
Building Improvements: $2,300.00
College Matching: $220.00
MYF: $200.00
Rejoice Devotional: $26.40
The Mennonite: $72.00
Agape: $10.00

Jubilee Renovation

Dan Schrock
Marilyn Rudy-Froese
Lois Stoltzfus Mast

Greg Smucker (Chairperson)
Lisa Short
Lee Roy Berry, Jr.
Jan Shetler
Roy Bergey

Renae Yoder (Chairperson)
Laura Horst
James Yoder
Richard Miller

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