Berkey Avenue Mennonite Fellowship
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November 3, 2013

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Berkey Announcements

Advent Choir

SingersAttention, Singers! If you would like to join the Advent choir, you may still do so! The music is accessible to anyone with some experience singing 4-part harmony. Paul Leichty is the director. The choir will have its next rehearsal on Sunday, November 10, at 8:15 a.m. in the main worship area. If you have questions, please let Jenny Hooley know of your interest at

Thank You!

Thank you!Thank you so much for all the cards and books and other gifts for Theo! We have a fully stocked bookshelf now and are generally overwhelmed with the caring words and generosity Berkey Avenue has shared with us. It continues to be a pleasure to worship with this congregation. ~ Anna, Jaron, and Theo.

Renovation Fundraising Update

Jubliee UpdateGood news!  We are just $4,562 short of our funding goal for the Jubilee Renovation Project.  Now that the costs are in, the goal has been reduced from $54,900 to $49,800.  The congregation has given a total of $45,238 as of last Sunday, which means we are much closer to completely funding the project.  We celebrate this good news and invite you to give in a final push to fund the remaining amount needed to meet our revised goal.  Thank you all! ~ The Fundraising Committee, Phil Zimmerman, Jim Brenneman and Barbara Eichorn

New to the Library

New titles for the library this week include Creating a Scene in Corinth by Reta Halteman Finger (Jenny Schrock's sister) and George D. McClain,The Farmer's Bride by DiAnn Mills, et al,True Stories of the X-Amish as told to O. A, Garrett, Surely Goodness & Mercy by J. Daniel Hess and The Judge said "20 Years" by Julius Eichel. Learn more.

Cleaning Supplies Needed

Cleaning SuppliesThe Mission Commission has been asked by Cora Brown from The Church Without Walls to collect the following items for their shelter: paper towels, toilet paper, laundry soap, dishwasher soap, and other cleaning items. A container will be placed in the Fellowship Hall for these items, starting this Sunday through Sunday, November 24. The shelter serves single women and households headed by women, to help them obtain stable and sustainable housing, giving them opportunities to improve basic life skills and training to become economically independent. Thank you for your help with this need.

Berkey College Fund

CollegeThis spring our congregation will have 13 young people attending Mennonite colleges. Each student is eligible for assistance of $500 for the fall semester from our college matching fund. Giving to this fund is wise because the colleges match all contributions dollar for dollar—and you get a tax deduction on your contribution. Very few investments double your money like this. We hope to raise $6,500 by December 1. As of October 27, we have $4,942 in the college fund. Please mark your contribution for the college fund and place it in the offering. Thank you!

Goshen Ministerial Fund Collection

The Mission Commission is requesting that you consider making a donation during the offering to the GMA Fund. By giving to this compassion Fund you will be providing  emergency financial assistance to our community members who otherwise would not be able to pay for such things as their heat and electricity, rent and other critical needs.  The GMA is an effective way of pulling together the resources of Goshen's churches to work together to meet some of the needs of our less fortunate neighbors.  Recipients may only use the Fund one time a year.  Each month the GMA turns away more people than it can help due to insufficient funding. Thank you for giving to those in need.

Throwback Thursdays

Darin ShortHead 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

November is a very busy month at Bethany! Taking place during the month of November is the Bethany Fish Fry (November 1), a Hacienda Day (November 4), a Ten Thousand Villages Fundraiser (November 7), the UB Bruin Club (November 8), an Open House (November 10), a student shadowing day (November 18), and a staging of Neil Simon’s Pulitzer-Prize winning play, Lost in Yonkers, November 22-24, featuring our own Jacob Rudy-Froese, Rachel Schrock and Kyle Snyder. For full details on all of these events, please visit our website.

Goshen Community SchoolsGoshen Community Schools

Annual Fruit Sale

Goshen High School's Music Department is having their annual fruit sale going on right now.  From October 30 - November 15, you can order boxes of fruit in support of Berkey Avenue kids who participate in any of these award-winning music groups.  Fruit includes Florida red grapefruit and navel oranges, a mixture of Kercher apples, and pears.  See any GHS music student (Mason, Natalie, Evan, Cassie, Matthew, Olivia, Quinn, Isabela)  for more information.  Orders need to be turned in by November 15.  Thanks for your support!

Miles for Music

Goshen High School Music Department is having its 3rd annual Miles For Music event on Saturday, November 9.  This includes a 5K Fun Run and 3K Walk PLUS Pancake Breakfast.  The Run starts at 9:00 a.m. and the Pancake Breakfast is from 8:00 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. at the AG Hall of the Elkhart County Fairgrounds.  The fee for runners/walkers is $20.00 and includes pancake breakfast.  The fee for the Pancake Breakfast is $5.00.  Please check with one of the Goshen High School Music MYFer’s for tickets and more information.

Goshen CollegeGoshen College

Fall Break Sustainability Canoe Trip 2013

15 Goshen College students spent part of their Fall break exploring their community from the perspective of the Elkhart River, including a few Berkey folks.  Check out the pictures on Facebook.

International Luncheon: My Croatia Journey

Come to the College Church Fellowship Hall on Tuesday, November 19 at noon for a special Luncheon entitled, "My Croatia Journey: Encountering A Land Of Beauty And Struggle" by Jane Ruth. In 1999 Jane Ruth first traveled with her husband and young children in Croatia, a country whose image was still stained by the recent horrors of war. They discovered a country of well-kept secrets: sleepy, beautiful fishing villages and a people whose stories are rich and alive. Ruth will share vignettes of this country where ethnic tensions ride high against a backdrop of stunning landscapes and beautiful people. Ruth plans and leads tours in Croatia. Cost is $20 and you can call (574) 535-7565 to register or email for more information. There is a $5 late fee after November 8.

AMBSAnabaptist Mennonite Biblical Seminary

AMBS is eager for volunteers to help with many different tasks, from maintenance to office work. We especially need volunteers during January to help us prepare for and then host Pastors Week. Contact Adolfo and Betty Puricelli, volunteer coordinators, if you are interested or have someone else you recommend:

Community Announcements

Handel's Messiah Concert

It's not too early to start thinking about the Christmas Season! Musical Arts Indiana is pleased to present Handel's Messiah on Saturday, December 14 at 7:30 p.m. (preconcert lecture at 7:00 p.m.) at Kern Road Mennonite Church, South Bend.  The presentation will also take place on Sunday, December 15 at 3:00 p.m. (preconcert lecture at 2:30 p.m.) at St. Joseph Chapel (Holy Cross College), Notre Dame.  Our concert will feature Vesper Chorale, Vesper Chamber Orchestra, Vesper Festival Chorus and the Children's Choir of Michiana. Learn more.

MDC Goldenrod Seeks Pick Up Truck

MDC Goldenrod is in need of a pickup truck.  The current pickup that we use as our primary maintenance vehicle is not running and has aged to the point that putting more resources into keeping it on the road no longer seems like good stewardship.  If you or someone you know has a used pickup in good condition that you’d be willing to donate to MDC Goldenrod please contact Colin Rusel at (574) 202-7397.

Arab Artists in Exile

Come experience an art exhibit which will be a part of First Fridays tonight. The "Arab Artists in Exile" exhibit brings to light one part of our world where Arab artists have fled from violence in the Middle East. "Arab Artists in Exile" will bring Middle East refugee art to the First Friday art tour at The Electric Brew on November 1 and 2 and a parallel exhibit to the Everence Financial office on November 2, 9 and 16 mornings.  This exhibit will also include a silent auction at both locations. Learn more.

Amigo Centre Pastoral Leadership Team Weekend

November 8-10 is the annual Pastoral Leadership Team Weekend at Amigo Centre. This year’s theme is “The Bible and the People of God.” It promises to be a time of learning, fellowship, worship and blessing. It is not too late to consider sending your congregational leadership team. Please consider praying for participants and leaders of this year’s retreat. For registration information, please contact Amigo Centre at (269) 651.2811.

Amigo Centre Retreats

The final Scrapbooking Retreat for 2013 and the Spiritual Quilt Retreat are scheduled for December 6-8 at Amigo Centre. Participants may come for additional nights beginning Tuesday, December 3, for an additional $25 per night. Use this opportunity to finish up those last minute projects in time for the Holidays. Deadline for the early registration discount is Friday, November 8, so don’t delay!

Conflict Transformation Workshop

Hively Avenue Mennonite Church is hosting a Lombard Mennonite Peace Center (LMPC) workshop on Saturday, November 16. The theme is, "Conflict Transformation Skills for Churches." Thanks to LMPC, we are able to offer the workshop at a substantially reduced cost. There is a brochure posted on the bulletin board with registration information.

Center for Healing & Hope presents “Unnatural Causes”

The Center for Healing & Hope is presenting the documentary “Unnatural Causes: Is inequality making us sick?” as part of their ongoing volunteer enrichment series. The documentary will be shown on Monday, November 11 at 6:30 p.m. in the Arbor Conference Room at IU Health Goshen Hospital. A second showing is scheduled for Thursday, November 14 at 6:30 p.m. at Elkhart General Hospital in Auditorium A on the lower level. Admission is free, seating is limited. Reserve your seat at or 574-534-4744 ext 201. Learn more.

Gift Certificate Sales Benefit the Center for Healing & Hope

Individuals can support the Center for Healing & Hope by purchasing $20 gift certificates for Mattern’s Butcher Shop & Corner Deli or Pizzeria Venturi. The certificates are available from CHH by calling 574-534-4744 ext 201 or email thru October 31 and are valid through December 31, 2013. Proceeds will benefit the work of CHH in our community. The Center for Healing & Hope provides medical care and advocacy for those in need in our community. More information including clinic times, volunteer opportunities and ways to support the mission are available at the CHH website

Latin American Study and Service Program Presentation

On Sunday, November 10 at 9:30 a.m., East Goshen Mennonite Church will host Willi Hugo Perez director of Semilla and Vicky Montenegro director of Casa Emaus in Guatemala. Both will be sharing during a Sunday School presentation about the work of Latin American Anabaptist Seminary and Central America Study and Service program.  Everyone is welcome to join the presentation and discussion especially alumni of the CASAS Study and Service program. Guests are invited to stay for further conversation at the noon carry-in meal. If you have questions, please contact EGMC at (574) 533-7161.

End of Life: Values to Keep & Decisions to Make

Mennonite Healthcare Fellowship (MHF) is sponsoring a presentation by physician Glen Miller and former seminary dean, Willard Swartley on "End of Life: Values to Keep & Decisions to Make."  This MHF Regional Meeting will take place Thursday, November 7, at 7:00 p.m. in the Jennings Auditorium at the Greencroft Goshen Community Center, 1820 Greencroft Blvd, Goshen, Indiana. Having both written on healthcare-related issues and experienced personally being near death, Miller and Swartley bring a unique Christian perspective to making end-of-life decisions. All MHF members, prospective members, and the general public are invited.  Audience discussion, fellowship, and refreshments will follow. For more information, go to, phone (888) 406-3643, or email

MCC Alumni & Friends International Potluck

Please join us for an MCC Alumni & Friends International Potluck on Sunday evening, November 24th at 6:00 p.m. at Berkey Avenue Mennonite Fellowship. Sarah Adams, MCC Country Representative in Lebanon, will be the speaker for this very interesting and informative update on MCC's work in Syria and with Syrian refugee camps in Lebanon and Jordan. For questions or to RSVP, contact the MCC Great Lakes office at (574) 534-4133 or email Les Gustafson-Zook 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!

Jennifer Youngberg (daughter to Sue Byler), recently graduated, does Swedish relaxation massage including pregnancy, as well as deeper tissue work.  In addition to massage therapy, she studied nutrition, body systems, iridology, and is a certified natural health professional.  She has training in Cranio Sacral Therapy, which releases tension in the body to encourge the body to self correct and heal. She will be starting her practice at 1119 South Indiana Avenue, sharing an office with Kathy Stiffney, LMT.  She will be giving a discounted rate of $50 through the end of November.  Anyone who gets a massage will receive a coupon for a complimentary Cranio Sacral Session as well.  Contact her at 574-238-7641 to schedule your massage.
Wendy (Lexi's mother) has a van for sale.  It is 2001 Dodge Caravan Sport, Navy Blue. 134,000 miles. Is drivable but has a damaged quarter panel in the back.  Also needs a battery.  Asking price is $1,000. Cash only. Please contact Wendy at (574) 533-4426 if interested.
MDC Goldenrod is currently hiring full and part time Direct Support Professionals (DSP).  DSPs work directly with the individual MDC Goldenrod community members; walking with them through their day, offering assistance where needed.  This is an opportunity to change a life for the better, to be a part of a caring community and to make a difference.  For more information and an application please stop by our office at 1514 College Ave. Goshen or visit our website,  If you have any questions please contact Colin Rusel at (574) 202-7397. 
CAPS is looking for a Lead Cook in our Parenting Program. Monday and Thursday afternoon/evenings per week approximately 10 hours. See full details at or send resume and cover letter to
AMBS is seeking volunteers during January to help before and during Pastors Week. If you can assist or know someone who could, please contact volunteer coordinators Adolfo and Betty Puricelli at or (574) 296-6234. AMBS provides housing and a stipend for groceries for volunteers.

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Getting to Know

Grace Boehm

Grace Boehm
My name is Grace Boehm, and I'm a junior History major with two minors in Environmental Studies and Sustainability. I'm from Kansas City, KS, I run cross country, love to climb, jump, swim, bike, and am generally an active person. The past two summers I've worked at Rocky Mountain Mennonite Camp and absolutely loved it! I chose Berkey because of it's welcoming congregation and fascinating college Sunday school class.

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?The new purple wall covering on the west wall of the Fellowship Hall is designed to reduce the level of noise during fellowship events. And yes, you can touch it! By design, it repeats the purple wall in sanctuary.

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.
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This Week
November 5: Fellowship Commission, 6:00 p.m.
November 6: Mission Commission, 6:45 p.m.
November 6: MYF Bonfire 7:00 p.m.
November 7: Ladies Lunch Bunch, 11:45 a.m. at Noodleheads.  RSVP to Laverne Nafziger by Tues, November 5.

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

For healing for Dan Adcock as he recovers from a painful wrist infection.
Thank God for Miriam Krantz’s 50 years of ministry in Nepal with Mennonite Mission Network. Miriam has worked as a nutritionist and invented super flour – a combination of nutritious local grains that has saved countless malnourished children. Pray for health as Miriam continues to serve others.

DownloadNov. MMN Prayer Vine

Church Notes
Sunday Service Info
This Sunday: November 3

Curt Wenger, Elise Wenger, Diane Beam & Jim Alvarez
Rita Gingerich
Offering Counters: 
Barbara Eichorn, Greg Smucker
Phil Bauman, Randy Horst

Next Sunday: November 10

Lorraine Pflederer, Denise Risser, Renae Yoder
Laverne Nafziger
Offering Counters: 
Ron Good, Rick Hostetter
Phil Bauman, Randy Horst

Statistical Report 
(October 27)

Attendance: 169
Bethany Tuition: $15.00
General Fund: $2,637.18
Building Improvements: $1,400.00
College Matching: $70.00
Mission Emphasis (GMA): $1,350.00
Agape: $10.00

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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