Berkey Avenue Mennonite Fellowship
A congregation of Mennonite Church USA
Berkey Avenue Mennonite Fellowship
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October 5, 2014

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Berkey Announcements

Interim Youth Minister

Interim Youth CoordinatorThe 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. 

Third Pastor Search Update

Update for Third Pastor PositionThe 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 Congregational Information form and the Twenty Pastoral Tasks form. 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.

Mentor/Mentee Lunch

Mentor/Mentee LunchMentors 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 Marilyn or Cindy Baker or by calling the church office (574-534-2398).

Cheese Booth

ThanksWe'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.

New to the Library

New at the libraryThis week we feature two books donated to the library. A Hundred Camels 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. Angels Walking 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.

Penny Power

Penny Power 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

College Meals

college mealsOver 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 online directly to sign up for a meal (username: students and password: bamf) or contact Ruth Roth.

Small Groups

small groupsSmall 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 form. 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

Throwback Thursday

Thursday ThrowbacksHead 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

Goshen College Bethany Christian Schools

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, Oct. 10, from 6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. This month’s activity is creative technology. Learn more.

Fall Concert

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.

Goshen College Goshen College

Public Lecture

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.

International Luncheon

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.

AMBS 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.

Community Announcements

Michiana MEDA

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.
Berkey family, 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 or call 260-799-5869.

The Window

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.

Amigo Centre

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,
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.


Getting to Know

Fellowship Commission

Getting to Know
In high school I enjoyed learning Spanish, but little did I know that one day I would become an interpreter with opportunities to interpret in situations ranging from births to parent teacher conferences, to social service agencies, to worship services, to dentist offices and much more!  My job interpreting for Goshen IU Health as well as for individuals from the community has had many rewards and I truly consider it to be one of God's purposes for my life.  I also enjoy spending time with Phil, my wonderful husband of 34 years as well as family and friends.  Hobbies include reading, crocheting, walking and outdoor activities, and camping.

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!


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

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This Week
October 7: Fellowship Commission, 6:30 p.m.
October 8: MYF Bowling, 7:00 p.m.
October 11: Care-giving Commission, 9:00 a.m.

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

Martine Audéoud teaches in several universities in Côte d’Ivoire through Mennonite Mission Network. Praise God that classes have begun despite a break-in at one of the institutions in which thieves stole all the computers and enrollment money. Pray also for renewed health for Martine as she recovers from typhoid fever.
Joan Troyer is away at intercultural training and ending the second week of training at Center for Intercultural Training in Union Mills, N.C. It is a great place. It is amazing and sometimes overwhelming to be around so many (35+) missionaries. What wonderful work we are doing and where we all will be going, God has made those plans. Please keep her in your prayers as she prepares for the mission field.
Pray for Pleasant View Mennonite Church for their ongoing witness of Jesus Christ as Lord and as they continue to explore their identity as a mission church planted as an outreach to Jefferson Township and surrounding areas.( pastors Tyler Hartford and Ron Diener)

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Church Notes
Sunday Service Info

This Sunday: October 5

Abbe & Patrick Buller, Richard & Pat Darling Miller

Lindsay Rheinheimer

Dan & Matthew Williams

Audio/ Visuals:
Nicholas Schrock
Elisabeth Barahona

Infants: Joy Hostetler & Cassie Sessa
Toddlers: Hannah & Jacob Geyer

Next Sunday: October 12

Deb Williams, Jenny & Mark Yoder

Anita Mounsithiraj

Dan & Matthew Williams

Nicholas Schrock
Elisabeth Barahona

Infants: Priscillah & Elijah Metekai
Toddlers: Diane Beam & Jim Alvarez
Statistical Report 
(September 28)

Attendance: 219
General Fund: $2,982.25
College Fund: $20.00
Bethany Tuition: $15.00
Coffee: $112.20
Other Income (insurance settlement for storm damage): $24,991.14

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

Greg Smucker (Chairperson)
Roy Bergey
Shirley Dick
Sherm Kauffman

Doug Baker
Richard Miller
Laverne Nafziger
Judy Weaver
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