Berkey Avenue Mennonite Fellowship
A congregation of Mennonite Church USA
Berkey Avenue Mennonite Fellowship
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October 30, 2016

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Berkey Announcements

Potato sales for Model School.

potatoesThank you for your support in purchasing potatoes to support our Model School Project. Our supply of purple potatoes and Yukon Gold is nearly exhausted but we still have Red Norland's and Kennebec's in storage. You will continue to find 5 pound bags for $5 on a table in the Fellowship Space. 

Copier Update

copierThe new office copy machine has been delayed. We hope to get it soon. Until it arrives, please plan to make your copies other places. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause.


CubaRon Guengerich, substitue pastor, will be on vacation from November 4 - 17. He will be with a tour group in Cuba learning about the history and culture of the Cuban people.

Note from Paul & Twila Leichty

Twila & PaulIn early September, we asked for help from our Berkey Avenue friends in the sale of our home in Goshen. Thank you so much for your leads and for your prayers. We now have a buyer for our house in Goshen and as of last week have made an agreement of sale on a home in Williamsport, Pennsylvania. This is the area that Twila came from before we were married 8 years ago. Although we will certainly miss our friends in the Goshen area, we will be closer to most of Twila's family as well as many close friends from her 30 years of living and working in that area.

Since the closing on our new home in Williamsport is on November 18, we will plan to load up a truck at 1406 S. 14th St., in Goshen on Wednesday, November 16 in anticipation of driving out on Thursday, the 17th. We could use the following help on that Wednesday:
  • Someone who is knowledgeable in the art of packing furniture in a truck so that it travels safely for 500 miles.
  • Additional persons who are able to help move furniture, boxes, etc. into the truck.
Contact Paul by email or call 574-238-1853 if you are interested!  We also appreciate any counsel and prayers that you may be able to offer. Our new address is in the online directory on the Berkey website.

Throwback Thursday

tbtHead 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!

Do you have an announcement for the Newsletter? Submit your announcement to the office by noon on Thursday. Announcements received after the deadline will be printed the following week.

Our Schools

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Bethany Christian Schools will perform “the great American play,” Our Town, November 18-20. The play chronicles stages of life in a family in small-town America and calls us all to recognize the beauty of the simplicity of everyday life. Tickets may be reserved online beginning Monday, October 31: $9 for adults; $7 for students. Performances are at 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday; 3:00 p.m. Sunday. Berkey attender Abbe Rudy-Froese is participating in this play.

Host Family Needed

Bethany Christian Schools is in need of a host family for a new male student from China who will enter the 9th grade in January 2017. The student enjoys basketball and comes from a rural background. He is coming to Bethany through a personal connection with a local professor; hosting will be arranged by Bethany’s admissions director, Sarah Kraybill Lind. Host families receive monetary compensation. This one-semester commitment is a great way to try hosting for the first time. Email for more information or call 534-2567.

UB Bruin Club

The UB Bruin Club is an opportunity for students in grades 3-5 who are planning to attend Bethany Christian Schools or wanting to explore that option. Children can make friends with future classmates and begin to have their own fun experiences at Bethany. The next meeting is Friday, November 4, from 6:30 - 8:00 p.m. The activity this month is classic cooking. Registration is required so we can plan for ingredients.

Goshen College Goshen College

Requiem for Peace

All are invited to a symposium and concert on November 5, centered around "Requiem for Peace," a choral piece written by Mennonite composer Larry Nickel. The free symposium, titled “Re-membering: Stories and Songs of Conflict and Peace,” will be held from 1:00 - 4:30 p.m. in the Music Center, Room 153 and feature Latina women caught in the U.S. justice system, Veterans for Peace, an immigration lawyer and former service workers. The concert will follow at 7:30 p.m. in the Music Center, and will feature the Goshen College combined choirs and Symphony Orchestra (GCSO), conducted by Scott Hochstetler. The GCSO, conducted by José Rocha, will also perform the final movement from Antonín Dvorák’s “New World Symphony.”

Goshen College Afternoon Sabbatical

You are invited to learn about El Sistema on Tuesday, November 8, 1:00 p.m. at Sauder Concert Hall. With El Sistema, a grassroots music education program, children of all ages and walks of life have learned to play instruments; neighborhoods and lives have been transformed. Interspersed with a cello performance, Jose Rocha, associate professor of music, will share the history of this movement, his experience with El Sistema in his home country, Mexico, and how GC is collaborating with Longy School of Music with an emphasis on music for social change. This community program is free. If you have questions please email or call 574-535-7565.

AMBS Anabaptist Mennonite Biblical Seminary

George, Najwah, and Rami are members of The Parents Circle – Families Forum, a unique organization made up of more than 600 Israeli and Palestinian bereaved families. They will share their journey of transforming their incredible loss and pain into a catalyst for reconciliation and peace in the midst of the ongoing conflict. Open to all, this event will take place at 7:00 p.m., October 28 at Anabaptist Mennonite Biblical Seminary’s Chapel of the Sermon on the Mount

Mennonite Church USA

Mennonite Church USA Convention 2017 is coming up July 4-8 in Orlando, with the theme “Love Is a Verb.” One way you can show love: Consider donating to the Convention Scholarship Fund.  Learn more or find the convention on Facebook or Twitter.

mccMennonite Central Committee

Disaster Response in Haiti

MCC welcomes donations of money for its disaster response in Haiti, where people are suffering the effects of Hurricane Matthew, which crossed the country October 4. Matthew's high winds and extensive flooding caused significant damage and increased already heightened cholera concerns in the Artibonite Valley, where MCC's long-term reforestation program operates. To donate, visit the MCC website, call 1-888-563-4676 or send a check to MCC, 21 S. 12th St., PO Box 500, Akron PA 17501.

Comforter Bash Success

Thanks to each of you that participated in the MCC Great Lakes Comforter Bash last weekend at Pleasant View Mennonite Church in Goshen. Over 200 people helped knot 207 comforters in just two days! Thanks to your generosity, people around the world will feel the warmth and hope that these handmade comforters bring.

Relief Sale Proceeds

Because of you, the 49th Michiana Mennonite Relief Sale was again a great success, with proceeds exceeding $455,000. My Coins Count again raised over $108,000, and though there were 50 less quilts this year their total was $93,450. For your generosity and the many who volunteered, the Board of Directors would like to say thank-you. It is a joy to help the work of MCC!

Community Announcements

Belmont Invitation

You are invited to a private showing of The Flying Dutchmen at Belmont Mennonite Church this Saturday, October 29, 6:30 p.m. Belmont is hosting this fundraiser to send their youth to Mennonite Convention in Orlando next summer. Suggested donation is $20 per person; $50 per family. Tickets will be sold at the door. Movie snacks will be available for purchase. Producer Jon Helmuth will be available afterwards for Q & A. Watch a trailer of the movie.

Everence Week of Generosity

Everence members are invited to volunteer at their favorite charity during the Week of Generosity, November 4 - 13. These charities will earn a donation from Everence. The registration deadline is October 27. Learn more and register.

The Window First Friday Invitation

You are invited to join us for our November First Friday meal. Our Office and Volunteer Coordinator, Millie Hernandez along with her daughters are the hosts for this event. They will be serving an authentic Puerto Rican dish that sounds absolutely delicious! For all the juicy details check out the flyer on the bulletin board by the mailboxes.

CMI International Bazaar 

Plan to do your Christmas shopping at the CMI Bazaar, Saturday, November 5, 10:30-2:30 at Waterford Crossing’s downstairs Meeting Room. International gifts, jewelry, handmade items, holiday foods, and many other unique gifts are available. 100% of the profits from this event will go towards coaching and leadership development for cross cultural missions. Stop by the table this Sunday in the fellowship hall to see some of the international and fair trade items you can purchase to support coaching and leader development for missions. See Margaret Stoltzfus for more information.

Senior Tuesday Luncheon

Seniors are invited to a luncheon at Yellow Creek Mennonite Church on Tuesday, November 15, 11:30 a.m. The cost is $5, to be paid at the door. Todd Gongwer will be speaking on leadership and team dynamics. His books will be available for sale and there will be a time to have them autographed. Make reservations by calling the church office, 862-2595, by November 7. More information is available on the bulletin board by the mailboxes.

MEDA at Berkey

Join Michiana Mennonite Economic Development Associates (MEDA) on Thursday, November 17, at 6:30 p.m. for a dinner program event, "The Tilmor Project." Dallas Steiner of Ventrac Tractors (Orrville, Ohio) will share about equipment they are designing for the global market, which will have applications for small to medium farmers throughout the world. The event will be hosted by Berkey Avenue Mennonite Fellowship; a Puerto Rican meal will be catered by Rolling Scones. RSVP by Friday, November 11, by email or call 574-355-3607. Cost is $5 for students, $15 for Michiana MEDA members, and $20 for others, payable at the door.


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!

Mark and Jenny Yoder have a partially furnished one bedroom basement apartment that will be available for rent at the beginning of December. It is near Goshen College and can house up to two people. Utility costs and washer and dryer usage are included in the rent cost - $500 for one person, $575 for two. Please contact Jenny if interested.

For Sale:  Jazzy Select 6 Powerchair, chairbought new in 2010. It has had very limited use, is like new condition, and has new batteries. Contact Dale Snyder at 574-238-6956 for more information, to make an offer, or to make a referral.

A two bedroom upstairs apartment is for rent. It is located behind Goshen Hospital. For more information call Phil and Connie Bauman, 533-0755.

Model School needs volunteers to help 2nd grade students practice their reading skills. Ideal candidates are people of all ages, who have a passion for kids and reading. You can volunteer once a week, twice a week or as a substitute. If you are interested, contact Michelle Kercher, Coordinator of Volunteers, 535-3086. See the bulletin board by the mailboxes for more information.

Bethany Christian Schools is looking for a Media Center Coordinator beginning second semester or mid-December if available. Find more information.

The Depot MCC Thrift Shops need your help!! We are currently looking for volunteer clerks in our furniture department. There are three open shifts, four hours each, that desperately need filled. If you are interested in volunteering, contact Doug Hernley at 574-534-1828 or stop in at The Depot.

Anabaptist Disabilities Network, a small non-profit linking congregations, families, and persons touched by disabilities with resources and support services within the community of faith, seeks a part-time Volunteer Bookkeeper for 1-2 hours per week to assist with accounts payable, payroll for two employees, financial recordkeeping and reporting. QuickBooks required. Contact Kathy Nofziger Yeakey, 574-343-1362 for additional information.


Monday, October 31
Intercessory Prayer, 7:00 p.m.

Tuesday, November 1
Caregiving Commission, 7:00 p.m.
Fellowship Commission, 7:00 p.m.

Thursday, November 3
Ladies Lunch Bunch at El Camino Real, 11:30 a.m. R.S.V.P. to Laverne Nafziger

Saturday, November 5
Men's Breakfast, 7:00 a.m.

DownloadDownload November Calendar

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Birthdays This Week
Amy Buckwalter
Levi Sawatzky
Pete Graber
Bryan Morrison
Lee Roy Berry, Jr.
Lori Good

Please contact the office by noon on Thursday with prayer requests.

From Mennonite Education Agency:
Pray for Perry Bush, professor of history at Bluffton University, as he delivers three Menno
Simons Lectures at Bethel College, Kansas on October 30 and 31.

From Mennonite Mission Network:
Delicia Bravo and Peter Wigginton of Mennonite Mission Network use their gifts in music, education, and children’s and youth ministries in the programs of the Mennonite churches in Ecuador. Pray for them as they also serve as coordinators for partnerships with churches in Colombia and the United States.

DownloadNovember MMN Prayer Vine

Church Notes

Our Worship

This Sunday:  October 30
Sermon title:  "Recalculating."
Scripture:  Matthew 3:1-3; 4:12-17, Genesis 6:5-8, Joel 2:12-14, Acts 4:37-41.

Next Sunday:  November 6
Membership Sunday:  Patti &Terry MacGregor and Megan & Tom Martin will be sharing their stories.

Sunday Service Info

This Sunday:  October 30

Patrick & Abbe Buller
Phil & Julie Zimmerman

Rita Gingrich

Pete & Melba Graber

Matthew Williams

Susan Garboden

Infants:  Jenny Yoder, Lavonn & Eric Hostetler
Toddlers:  Jennifer Schrock, Megan Martin, Lori & Ron Good

Offering Counters:
Diane Nafziger, Thelma Ramer

Next Sunday:  November 6

Brenda Grimes
Joe & Anna Sawatzky

Pete & Melba Graber


Michael Sherer


Infants:  Elizabeth Miller, Patsy & Michael Sherer
Toddlers:  Brenda Grimes, Marcia Weaver, Mark Yoder

Offering Counters:
John Hooley, Greg Smucker

Statistical Report 
(October 23)

Attendance:  201
General Fund:  $4,254.63
Bethany 2016/2017:  $65.00
Coffee:  $59.00
College Matching:  $20.00
Model School (potatoes):  $63.00
Playground/Parking lot:  $700.00

General Fund Income 2016-17 YTD
Actual:  $48,921.83
Budget:  $48,941.00

Berkey Avenue
Mennonite Fellowship

2509 Berkey Avenue
Goshen, IN 46526
(574) 534-2398

Office Hours
Monday - Friday
Hours vary

Interim Communications and Office Manager, Jenny Hooley:
Tuesday - Friday
10:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.


Marilyn Rudy-Froese (on sabbatical)
Dan Schrock
Ron Guengerich

Greg Smucker (Chairperson)
Richard Aguirre
Sherm Kauffman
Anita Mounsithiraj
Margaret Stoltzfus

Doug Baker
Richard Miller
Laverne Nafziger
Judy Weaver
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