The Spiritual Leadership Team has agreed to hire Marilyn Rudy-Froese for the position of interim youth minister. This will be for up to 4 hours a week in addition to her regular employment. The position will be for 6 months or until the third pastor search committee brings a candidate to the congregation.
The Search committee for the third Pastor position (Lois Mast's old position) has completed our informational paperwork necessary for the Conference to post our position and vetted it with the elders and pastors. Those two forms are the
. The committee includes Deb Williams, Lindsay Rheinheimer, Randy Horst, Abbe Buller, and Roy Bergey. We hope to be begin the process of looking at candidates in the near future.
Mentors and their mentees are invited to lunch at the church on Sunday, October 12, from 12:00 p.m.-1:30 p.m.. Come and enjoy lunch together, and conversation with other mentor/mentee pairs. Please RSVP to either
We're so grateful for everyone who helped with the cheese booth last weekend at the Michiana Relief Sale. A special thanks to this year's leaders, Dave and Bev Krabill, and to Amos Hostetler, who provides continuity from year to year.
This week we feature two books donated to the library.
by Dr. Gerald Miller from Markle, IN, explores a mission doctor's sojourn and murder trial during his year in Somalia, while working with a people who learn to love and respect him. It is a refreshing portrayal of the Somali people.
by Karen Kingsbury is the first in a brand-new series about second chances. It is about a dramatic story of a washed up baseball player, the love he left behind, and the miracles that might save them both.
We are so grateful for Berkey Ave. Mennonite's contribution of $674.72. Your enthusiasm and generosity helped area congregations raise over $54,000, qualifying us for the $90,000 match and bringing this year's Penny Power total to over $144,000. We can look forward to meeting young adults in the future who were able as children to finish their education because they had accessible water. We can look forward to building friendships with people in the future, whose lives weren't cut short by illness caused by drinking dirty water. We can celebrate the current realities of people working peaceably together despite their differences to bring water to their communities and the communities of others because of your support. Thank you for all your energy and creativity in sharing the love the Christ by providing water to people around the world through Penny Power and the Mennonite Central Committee! - Les Gustafson-Zook & Bruce Glick, Penny Power Coordinators, MMRS
Over the years, Berkey has been a wonderful, welcoming church home for many college/young adult students. One of the highlights for the students is having a meal each Sunday after church. This allows them to get to know our church family in a more informal setting and learn to know a wider range of people. You don’t need to make anything fancy – just a simple meal of food you enjoy making. You can host in your home or at the church, using the church kitchen. You may sign up individually, with someone else or as a small group. You can go
directly to sign up for a meal (username: students and password: bamf) or contact
Small groups are an important part of our life together as a congregation. They help us to deepen our relationships with each other and with God. If you are currently not in a small group, and would like to join one, or if you are interested in changing small groups, you can fill this
. If you have questions, please speak to one of the Small Group Co-ordinating Committee members: Stephanie Wieand, Ron Good, or Marilyn Rudy-Froese. Michiana Mennonite Relief Sale
Head 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!
Bethany Christian Schools
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, Oct. 10, from 6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. This month’s activity is creative technology. Learn more
Bethany Christian Middle School instrumental groups will present a fall concert on Friday, Oct. 10, at 7 p.m. The concert is free and open to the public.
On Thursday, Oct.9 at 7 p.m., the Institute for the Study of Global Anabaptism will host a public lecture by Prof. Felipe Hinojosa, “Latino Mennonites: Civil Rights, Faith and Evangelical Culture
.” Felipe is a highly-regarded historian. The lecture will take place in the Goshen College Administration Building, Room 28. For more information contact John D. Roth
You are invited to the luncheon on October 14, at noon in the College Mennonite Church, fellowship hall featuring Spanish and Portuguese food and culture. "Portugal and Spain: Common Neighbors with an Uncommon
Past", by Dean Rhodes and Annette Johnson. Come and discover how the nearly 800 year Muslim presence in medieval Portugal and Spain contributed to a past unlike any other country in Western Europe. Learn more
. Tickets are $ 20, call (574)535-7565 to register before October. 3.
Anabaptist Mennonite Biblical Seminary
One of the best ways to explore the educational programs at AMBS is to immerse yourself in our learning community. Participate in one of our seminary preview days. These day-long sessions include time to participate in classes, interact with faculty, and meet current and other prospective students. Learn more
This year's annual business tour program on Saturday, October 18, 2014
will feature Riegsecker Marketplace, Shipshewana, IN. The tour will begin with a buffet breakfast at 8:30 a.m. at the Blue Gate Restaurant, followed by an overview of the Marketplace presented by Ryan Riegsecker and Phil Heyerly, and ending with a tour of two Marketplace businesses. RSVP
by Wednesday, October 15 or call (574) 355-3607. Meal and program costs are $15 for members and $20 for non-members.
Center for Healing and Hope
You’re invited to enjoy your Dessert First on October 10th, 4:30 p.m.-7 p.m. at 902 S. Main St, Goshen. Attenders will enjoy a free dessert while purchasing $20 EAT•SHOP•GIVE certificates for participating Goshen area restaurants and businesses. All certificates are valid until December 31, 2014. The businesses are generously giving 50% of the sales to support CHH. Learn more
, we are in need of a few volunteers for this upcoming fall fundraiser 'Dessert First'. You can help by making homemade desserts (cakes, pies or cheesecake - not cookies or bars please), they will need to be delivered to Plymouth United Church of Christ (902 S. Main, Goshen) on Friday, October 10th from 11:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. We also need a few volunteers to help serve, work in the kitchen and clean up. Times are from 4:00 - 5:45 p.m. or 5:30 - 7:15p.m., (7pm- 7:45pm? for cleanup) If you are interested in helping please RSVP to Laura Horst
Youth Field Day
Small scale, sustainable farming can be personally rewarding and can make communities healthier and more resilient, but many youth have no exposure to farming as a career option. On Saturday, October 11, 8:00 - 3:30 p.m. you are invited to a field trip for youth, ages 13 to 20. Mentors are also welcome. The day includes visits to the Goshen Farmer's Market, Goshen College community gardens, the Merry Lea Sustainable Farm, Wolf Lake, Ind., and a few other small farms near Columbia City, Ind. The event is free and includes snacks, lunch and bus transportation. More details here
. To register, email email@example.com
or call 260-799-5869.
On October 23 rd, The Window Board of Directors will be hosting the Haystack Dinner fundraiser at St. Mark's United Methodist Church located at 502 North Main St. Goshen. Tickets are available at the presale price of $7.00 for adults, $4.00 for children 4-13 and children 0-3 admission is free.
The flood waters have receded! On August 8, a large water pipe in the Retreat Centre broke and flooded all the guest rooms and meeting rooms in the lower level with several inches of water. We are glad to report that on September 19, the last paint went on the drywall that was replaced, the last repairs were finished, and all signs of the flood are now gone. Though we were able to find ways to work with our scheduled guest groups and events, we look forward to welcoming guests into a Retreat Centre that is ready for business. Because the flood happened during the very busiest stretch of our year, the staff enters the fall season with some lingering weariness. Thanks for your prayers on our behalf!
2015 Visit to Benin Bible Institute
Waterford Mennonite Church’s “Benin Bible Institute Planning Group” has delegated Lynda and Rod Hollinger-Janzen to organize a larger group visit to Benin in 2015. This one-time opportunity is an attempt to strengthen our North American congregational connections with BBI. We are planning a 16 day trip, leaving from Chicago on February 4, 2015, and returning to Chicago on February 19. Maximum group size will be 16 people, including Lynda and Rod. Currently we have 13 participants, and are looking for 3 more people to travel with us. Learn more
Center for Community Justice
You are invited to our 30th anniversary and fundraiser dinner, October 10 at 5:30 - 8:30 p.m.The venue is at St. James AME, 122 Dr. Martin Luther King Jr, Dr, Elkhart. Single ticket purchase are $20 and available here
. For more information, contact Connie
ADNET Mailing Party
You are invited to enjoy good company, entertaining games, and delicious snacks while helping Anabaptist Disabilities Network prepare our next newsletter for mailing. The party will be on October 7, 2014; 7:00 p.m. at the
MCUSA Building, 3145 Benham Ave., Elkhart. RSVP to Tim Burkholder
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!
Waterford Mennonite Church is seeking to fill the following positions related to the administrative ministry of the congregation. Two administrative assistants (each 16 hours per week) who would share in providing the first face of the congregation to guests. Candidates for these positions must be committed Christians with an active life of discipleship and be in agreement with the vision and ministries of Waterford Mennonite Church. View job descriptions
. To apply, submit a cover letter and resume to Veronica Berkey, firstname.lastname@example.org.
MDC Goldenrod, a faith-based provider of services to adults with developmental and other disabilities, seeks an Executive Director in Goshen, IN. Preferred candidate requirements include: Bachelor’s degree, 5 years experience in a health/human services field, strong administrative skills, interest/ability to raise funds, board experience, and an appreciation for the Anabaptist heritage/faith. Direct inquiries to Kirk Stiffney
with MHS Consulting, or 574-537-8736.