Berkey Avenue Mennonite Fellowship
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Berkey Avenue Mennonite Fellowship
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February 2, 2014

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Berkey Announcements

Thank You

Lois MastWhile the timing of my leaving is yet to be determined, it appears I will be working through May and possibly into the summer. Some have asked whether John and I will continue to worship here at Berkey and my response is, "Absolutely!" I love this congregation and want to continue to be a part of the life of this church. Thank you again. My heart is full of gratitude.

Teacher Appreciation Thank You

ThanksThank you so much for your support in celebrating our Berkey teachers last Sunday, including a big thanks to Bob Pflederer for helping with set up, to Merrill Krabill for the great banner and to all the dessert makers for your delicious treats. If there are teachers who couldn't come to church last week, please be sure to take a potted Primrose home with you! ~ Christian Ed. Commission (Allan, Deb, Evie, Lois and Ruth)

GMA Auction

Auction The Mission Commission has planned an auction on Friday, February 21 at 6:00 p.m., to provide funds for the Goshen Ministerial Association Emergency Fund and other charities that provide support for low income families and homeless persons in Goshen. This first-time event will feature a live auction in which people attending can enjoy pizza and other refreshments during the evening.  An auction flyer has been placed in the church mailboxes, along with two posted on the church bulletin boards with all the details of the event.  Please plan to attend and participate in what should be an enjoyable evening of fellowship, while supporting the needy in our community.

Women's Spirit Feast Update

FeastWe are excited to have received a lot of interest in our spirit feast small group. We may even have enough interest to start two groups. So if you've been thinking about joining us now is the time to come find out more! We will have a gathering next Thursday evening, February 6 at 6:00 p.m. for a meal, to connect with other women, and to discuss the possible format and details of the group. You will have the opportunity to decide after this exploratory gathering whether you'd like to join the group. Kindly RSVP to if you would like to come. Group description:  If 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 are a small group 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.  You may be participating in another small group with your spouse or family and still join us.

Soup, Bread and a Show

Soup and BreadOn February 5th we will have a soup and bread meal beginning at 6:00 p.m. with a magic show following at 6:45 p.m. until 7:30 p.m. Everyone is invited. There will be childcare for the very young but this show is geared toward the whole family. Let us know you are coming!Tentatively, on February 26, we will be having another soup and bread meal and this event will include a Talent Show hosted by our very own Allan Rudy-Froese. All those with special talents to share are invited to contact Allan to sign up. Again, childcare is provided for the very young but all children are invited to participate. Look for a sign up sheet for both these events and plan to come.

Care Packages for College Students

Care PackageFollowing the meal and show on Wednesday, February 5, the MYF will be assembling care packages for college students - both regular attenders and those away at college. You are encouraged to bring items for the care packages: granola bars, raisins, candy, snacks, school supplies, etc. Homemade goodies are especially appreciated!  Bring non-perishable items to church before the 5th or drop off fresh items that day.

Celebrating the Gift

Sexuality SeriesTalking about our sexuality can stir up experiences and feelings that are painful and troubling. This is normal. So we encourage you to do what you need to do to care for yourself:  talk to one of the pastors or a trusted friend, excuse yourself from parts of the service or Christian education sessions that you find disturbing or painful, or visit another church on a particular Sunday.This Sunday, February 2, our topic will be sex and sexuality in marriage. If this will make you uncomfortable, you can certainly attend another church that day. Please note that this series will include both Worship and Christian Education time for Junior Youth - Adults. The configuration of MYF and adult Christian education classes will change from Sunday to Sunday. Members of the Sexuality Planning Committee will generally lead the classes. In future weeks the classes will sometimes be intergenerational so we can hear each other across the generations. View the brochure.

Support for Model School

Model StudentsFollowing up on our last member's meeting and preliminary work by Lowell Nafziger, the Mission Commission is exploring ways we as a church can support staff and students at Model School.  A list of ideas is on the mission bulletin board or you can view it online.  Please let one of the Mission Commission members know if you are interested in being part of a group to organize this effort, if you have additional ideas or are willing to help implement some of these ideas. The Mission Commission: Curt Wenger, Lori Good, Clare Krabill, Pete Graber and Marilyn Rudy-Froese

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

Bethany Christian SchoolsBethany Christian Schools

Singing Valentines

Bethany Christian High School’s performing arts troupe, Emmaus, will deliver singing valentines on Friday, February 14. The cost is $10 and includes two songs and a card with the option of including a message on a card. Recipients need to be within 1 mile of Goshen, and the Valentines will be “delivered” between 7:45 a.m. and 1:00 p.m.! Register and pay for singing valentines online or pick up a registration form in the school office. We can only do a limited number of Valentines, so get your orders in early. Orders must be received no later than Wednesday, February 5.

Bethany Visit

Students in grades 3-11 interested in exploring Bethany Christian Schools can shadow a Bethany student on Monday, February 17, (President’s Day) from 8:50 a.m. - 3:30 p.m. Parents are invited to a 8:45 a.m. - 9:15 a.m. coffee and conversation. Parent tours are available at 9:15 a.m. This is a great way for prospective students and families to discover Bethany! For more information, to register, or to schedule a visit on another date see

Goshen CollegeGoshen College

A new all-campus band will provide a fresh musical outlet for Goshen College students starting in the fall of 2014. The band, which will be an inclusive, non-auditioned ensemble, will perform in concert as well as serve as a pep band for select athletic and other campus events. Learn more.

AMBSAnabaptist Mennonite Biblical Seminary

AMBS will be presenting a Lent Planning Webinar on Tuesday, February 11, from 7:30 p.m. - 8:45 p.m. Our presenter is Rachel Miller Jacobs. Participants will be introduced to the lectionary scriptures for the season, reflect on the theological grounding for the Lent theme ("Encountering God: What Have We Witnessed?") and explore how to use and adapt the worship resources published in Leader magazine. Register by February 6.

Community Announcements

ADEC Seeks Volunteers

ADEC is recruiting and training volunteers to serve as Guardian Volunteer Advocates.  Estimated time is two to four hours each month. Volunteers make a difference in the lives of adults who cannot speak for themselves or who need an advocate. Fore more information contact Cary Kelsey at or (574) 848-2442.

Menno-Hof Lecture

You’re invited to attend “Reaching out to others: realizing and sharing gifts” led by Larry & Maxine Miller, Macon, Miss., on February 16, 6:00 p.m. at Menno-Hof. The Millers will share their experiences of living in rural Mississippi the past 44 years – stories of how the Lord led them to the South, reaching out to others.  This is the second event in Menno-Hof’s “Coffee, cookies and community: Part II” winter series. Bring cookies to share – coffee will be provided. Your reservation is requested as seating is limited. Kindly RSVP to or (260) 768-4117.

13th Annual Empty Bowl Project

Please join us on Saturday, February 22, for a soup and bread dinner to benefit Goshen Interfaith Hospitality Network.  As part of the event, you will receive a handmade bowl, filled with delicious soup of your choice, and bread - all for $15! Beverages will be provided by area restaurants and guild members. The event will take place from 5:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. at the Mill Race Center Farmers Market and is sponsored by the Clay Artists Guild.

Goshen’s Comprehensive Plan Public Meeting

Community members are invited to help set vision and goals for the city of Goshen. Public meetings are scheduled for February 4, February 27 and March 24. Contact the City Planning Office at (574) 534-3505 for details on time and place.

Using Energy Prudently Workshop

Hoosier Interfaith Power and Light is sponsoring this workshop for faith communities on Saturday, February 1, from 2:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. at Waterford Mennonite Church. Hear how one congregation cut its energy use by 50% and is saving $10,000 a year. Learn about grants to install solar panels. Receive practical tools to save energy and engage your congregation. For more information, email or call (317) 654-1524.

Support a School for $25 a month

If you value education and have a passion for the young people of a particular country, check out the Global Family website. Global Family is Mennonite Central Committee’s education support program. More than simply providing children with access to school, Global Family supports communities in providing their children with quality educational programming. You can support a school in any country where MCC has Global Family programs. Learn more.

Face2Face Women's Retreat 2014

Join us on March 7-9 for the 2014 Face2Face Women's Retreat! This guided retreat for women of all ages is prepared by Patricia Ebersole Zwier and Susan Berends Medendorp, who have been doing women's retreats for 20 years. Susan is seminary trained in the Christian Reformed Church and Patricia is a therapist at Oaklawn and is active in Assembly Mennonite Church. Each session begins with corporate worship led by musicians from Assembly Mennonite Church and a brief introduction to the topic. Then it moves into the centerpiece of guided face-to-face times with God, ending with processing in small groups. For more information and to register, go to the website of host congregation, River Terrace Church, or call Blythe (517) 351-9059. Learn more.

Benefit Chili Supper Rescheduled

Dan Danen, husband of Marcella Hershberger who pastors at Bonneyville, has been dealing with escalating health issues. Dan is in the process of significantly reducing his workload. In addition to reduced income, there are the increased costs of Dan’s medical treatments. Bonneyville Mennonite Church provides health insurance for Dan and Marcella, but they still have significant medical expenses. The planned meal that was to take place on January 25 has been rescheduled due to poor weather. Stay tuned to find out more.



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!

Goshen Interfaith seeks to fill a part-time position as a House Parent. This person would regularly have weekend hours, but may also occasionally fill in during a week day. Any questions about the position can be directed to Phil or Mindy at (574) 534-2300.
Neil Richer and Elizabeth Miller are looking for someone to watch Abigail (age 13 months) for 2-3 mornings a week. They are willing to take Abigail to a caregiver or have someone come to their house. Please email with any possibilities.
LaCasa is seeking a Resident Manager for our new Supportive Housing residential community in Goshen.  The successful candidate will live in a new 1 bedroom apartment within a 16 unit building for homeless individuals referred for housing by Oaklawn.  Primary responsibility of the resident manager is to be eyes and ears for LaCasa and Oaklawn while being a friend and support to tenants.  Compensation is in the form of rent reduction.  Income restrictions apply.  Contact Alan Greaser for more information. LaCasa is also seeking donations of new bedding (full size) and towels for the apartments.
MDC Goldenrod seeks a Facilities Manager, 40 hours per week; hourly, to oversee both the Goshen and Middlebury properties. This individual will be responsible for all maintenance, facility projects, property improvements and vehicles.  This person is a key role in the administrative team. We seek someone who not only wants to work in a faith based environment but is committed to living the mission each and every day. The hiring process may include a phone or e-mail screen, an initial interview and a final panel interview. Apply via resume and letter of Intent to Megan Gumbel, Executive Director by January 24, at, fax: 574-534-9817 or bring/mail resume to our office.
A local elderly member of the community seeks a lift chair. If you have one or know of where to obtain one, please contact Joseph Hale at (574) 534-8420.
Anabaptist Mennonite Biblical Seminary in Elkhart has openings for custodial responsibilities with early morning or evening hours. These positions can be combined if desired. See job descriptions and how to apply at, or contact Norm Cender,

Getting to Know

Caregiving Commission

Renae Yoder

Renae Yoder

My name is Renae Yoder and I'm from Wellman, Iowa.  Before moving to Goshen, I lived and taught in San Juan, Puerto Rico. I teach high school math at Bethany Christian Schools. I am also involved with the athletics program; I keep the scorebook for volleyball, boys basketball, and softball.  In my free time, I like to read.  At Berkey I help teach Sunday School and I chair the Caregiving Commission.

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!

Did You Know?
Audio Download
Starting in 2014, we have begun to post sermon audio to our website! If you missed a service or want a second listen to dig a little deeper, this resource is now available, along with downloadable sermon in PDF format.  Because of privacy concerns, especially with sharing, we will not post entire services to the web.  They are however, available as a downloadable .mp3 file upon request (dating back to 2011). Just send us an email specifying which service you would like to hear. Please note that we may not have every single service in our archives.

Do you have an interesting fact about Berkey to share?  Let us know!

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

This Week
February 2: Peace Club, 12:00 p.m.
February 2: Small Group Representatives Lunch, 12:00 p.m.
February 2: MYF Superbowl Party, 6:00 p.m.
February 4: Mission Commission Meeting, 7:00 p.m.
February 5: Soup and Bread/Magic Show, 6:00 p.m.
February 5: MYF Care Packages, 7:00 p.m.
February 6: Ladies Lunch Bunch, 11:30 a.m.

CalendarView Events Calendar

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

Every three months, Mennonite Mission Network’s Radical Journey team in Paraguay must leave the country to renew their visas. Pray for safe travel and understanding officials as Radical Journey participants fulfill this obligation.

DownloadFeb. MMN Prayer Vine

Church Notes
Sunday Service Info
This Sunday: February 2

Abbe & Patrick Buller, Deb & Dan Williams
Anita & Dteban Mounsithiraj
Lori & Ron Good
Offering Counters: 
Ruth Hathaway, Greg Smucker
Matthew WIlliams/Anne Berry, Clare & Merrill Krabill
Lavonne & Eric Hostetler

Next Sunday: February 9

Diane Beam, Deb & Dan Williams
Thelma Ramer
Lori & Ron Good
Offering Counters: 
Ron Good, Rick Hostetter
Matthew WIlliams/Anne Berry, Clare & Merrill Krabill
Joy Hostetter & Cassie Sessa
Statistical Report 
(January 26)

Attendance: 143
General Fund: $2,847.39
Bethany Tuition: $40.00
College Matching: $45.00
Building: $5.00

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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