Update on Our Playground and Parking Lot Project
We regret to report that our playground and parking lot project will not happen this fall, due to three interwoven factors beyond our control. First, the city requires that we submit a detailed, engineered site plan before they will approve the project.
Second, this site plan can only be drawn up by qualified engineers, but engineers in our area have been swamped with a backlog of construction projects. The earliest any engineer could visit our land as a first step in preparing a site plan for the city was last week.
The third factor is that the city board which approves construction projects like ours only meets once a month, near the end of the month. However the proper paperwork, including the engineered site plan, must be submitted to the board one month before the meeting at which we seek approval.
In other words, the submission deadline in September for plans to be considered at the October board meeting has already passed (because no engineer was available to finish the paperwork in time). We intend to submit our paperwork in late October in order to be approved in late November.
But by late November, the weather will be too cold to cure concrete properly, which means we will have to wait until this coming spring.
We’re sorry for this disappointing news. So many of you have given generously to this project. The Capital Campaign Committee has worked hard. Lowell Nafziger and Greg Smucker have diligently stayed in touch with architectural and engineering firms, and with city officials. Thank you for your generous financial support, and now for your patience as we await the coming of spring.
Third Pastor Search
The search committee for our new third Pastor position has been created and we've begun the process of filling out the informational forms used by Indiana-Michigan Conference to invite applications. The committee is made up of Richard Aguirre (SLT representative) Abbe Buller, Randy Horst (chair), Priscillah Metekai, and Deb Williams. A progress chart is posted in the fellowship area to help let the congregation know where we are at in the process.
Any congregational members interested in applying should contact Doug Kaufman
(email@example.com) ASAP at the IN-MI Conference for further information about forms that need to be submitted to them by all candidates.
Goshen Interfaith Hospitality Network
Berkey will be hosting GIHN guests this coming week, October 9-16. Thank you to the many Berkey volunteers who are part of hosting the families; creating a space and presence for them to feel cared for and welcome.
My Coins Count
Thank you to all the children and adults at Berkey Avenue Mennonite for your energy and enthusiasm in collecting $629.44 for My Coins Count this year. Your money will be used to fund water projects, including building wells for students in Chad and Mozambique, improving sanitation for students in Uganda and helping get clean water to Syrian refugee families in Iraq. Your money offers more than just life-giving water, it shows you care and offers hope to families struggling with challenging circumstances. Thank you for your generosity and creativity in sharing the love of Christ around the world through Mennonite Central Committee and My Coins Count. - Les Gustafson-Zook, MyCC Coordinator, Michiana Mennonite Relief Sale.
The August SLT minutes are now on our Berkey website
for you to read. To view the page, use the same password that you use for the online directory.
New to Our Library
Living the Anabaptist Story
, by Lisa D. Weaver and J. Denny Weaver is a guide to early beginnings. There are questions for today at the back of the book. It is a vital resource for young people born into Mennonite or Anabaptist communities as well as a review of this Christian stream for others.
Very Married: Field Notes on Love & Fidelty,
by Katherine Willis Pershey. With equal parts humor and intelligence, Pershey speaks frankly about the challenges and consolations of modern marriage.
Meals for Students
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. Follow this link
; username: students, password: bamf. For more information, contact Ruth Roth
. Thank you so much for your meals and friendship to our students!
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!
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.
Bethany Christian High School’s Senior Class Fish Fry is on Friday, October 28! Come between the hours of 4:30 and 8:00 p.m. for an evening of fellowship, homemade pie, and all the fish you can eat. Tickets are available from all Bethany seniors or at the door. The cost is $10 for adults and $5 for children in grades 1-6. Preschool age is free. Carryout is also available with adult tickets only.
Tuesday, October 11 at 12 noon at College Mennonite Church Fellowship Hall there will be an international luncheon. After a traditional Hungarian meal, Balazs Pirot, a recent Goshen College graduate and Hungarian citizen, will give a brief overview of the country’s history, economy, culture, famous personnel and sites such as capital, Budapest. The cost is $22. Call (574) 535-7565 to register, There is a $5 late fee after October 3.
Kairos Palestine Webinar
Are you interested in learning more about the Kairos Palestine document, the experience of Palestinian Christians, or what the international church can do? Rev. Dr. Munther Isaac, the Academic Dean at Bethlehem Bible College and director of the Christ at the Checkpoint conference on Palestinian theology, is giving a webinar on these topics on October 13. Goshen College will be hosting a viewing of this webinar in AD building room 28 from noon-1:00 p.m. and invites you to join them.
Merry Lea Event
Join Mennonite Creation Care Network for an adventure in spiritual geography, Saturday October 22, 9:00 a.m.-noon at Merry Lea Environmental Learning Center of Goshen College, Farmstead Site. This workshop will fuse biblical study of the headwaters of Eden in Genesis 2 and experiential study of the headwaters of the Elkhart River found at Merry Lea. As we learn about the role of headwaters in our local streams, we will also discover ways to keep our rivers vibrant and healthy. Presenters are Doug Kaufman, a conference pastor in the Indiana-Michigan Conference and Joel Pontius, Merry Lea faculty. The cost is $20; register here
Anabaptist Mennonite Biblical Seminary
Are you a pastor, Bible study teacher, and/or church leader who has some education, experience and background in Bible? AMBS has a short study designed for you! The course, Make Four Hours Count: How to Streamline Bible Study for Ministry
, is taught by Mary H. Schertz, Ph.D., AMBS Professor of New Testament. The challenge the course addresses is how to fit preparation of a biblical text that one wishes to use in ministry — via a sermon, teaching a class, or other use — into a full, real life with its interruptions, short windows of opportunity and many demands. Read more
Mennonite Church USA
A Women Doing Theology Conference, I've got the power: Naming and reclaiming power as a force for good
, will be held Nov. 4–6 at the National Conference Center in Leesburg, Virginia. Sponsor: Women in Leadership Project of Mennonite Church USA. The full cost is $425, which includes a private room and all meals and snacks. Register here
Mennonite Central Committee
In 1959, John and Naomi Bender, who were in their mid-twenties, made the decision to go to Haiti with MCC to help establish a clinic. That decision has led to three generations of their family serving with MCC. First their daughter Jan and son-in-law Peter, then their grandson Dan. Now their grandson Paul and his spouse Rebecca have followed in their footsteps and are serving as MCC Representatives in Haiti. Read more about this family's journey of service
Tyler Loewen shares about his experience with MCC's SALT program in this YouTube video
. Hear Loewen share how SALT (Serving and Living Together) helped him learn skills and develop passion for his work and for volunteering.
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.
Make plans to join us on Friday and Saturday, October 21 and 22 for the Mennonite Central Committee (MCC) Great Lakes Comforter Bash in Goshen. People of all ages are invited to knot comforters at Pleasant View Mennonite Church. Drop in anytime between 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. both days. Lunch will be available for a donation. A handmade comforter provides not only warmth but also a tangible message to people that their needs are not forgotten. The comforters will be distributed by MCC around the world. Read more
Mennonite Youth Choir Festival invites children in grades 3 - 9 to register now for the spring worship service. Hal Hess will be directing the 2017 service in Sauder Hall. For more information, see the bulletin board by the mailboxes or go to their website
Seed to Feed Fundraiser: Pumpkin Patch
Make memories, find the perfect pumpkin, and help local food pantries at the Seed to Feed U-Pick Pumpkin Patch! The patch is open to the public on October 8 and 15, 10:00 a.m.-3:00p.m. It is located at 5211 Middlebury St., Elkhart, IN, on the corner of CR 17 and Middlebury St. All revenue goes to help support the Seed to Feed program at Church Community Services.
Soup of Success Event: Silent No More
The impact of sisterhood, skills training, and support that Soup of Success provides women in their life is invaluable. But don't take it from us-- come and hear for yourself. “Silent No More” is a stunning performance meant to give insight into women's lives through the powerful monologue style of storytelling. With each person's singular voice, we challenge you to hear the struggles, strength, and successes our women face on a daily basis. This event which supports the Soup of Success program is October 13, Trinity UMC’s Life Center, 2715 E. Jackson Blvd. Elkhart (South entrance). Doors open at 6:00 p.m. for shopping and visiting; performance at 7:00 p.m. with dessert and coffee reception to follow. Tickets are $20 (adults only – not appropriate for children); available at door, or by phone (574) 523-1551, ext. 105 or online
A Place at the Table
Goshen Interfaith annual fundraiser will be October 13, 6:00 p.m. at College Mennonite Church. The Ramp Gas Candy Pop Band will be providing entertainment. Tickets are $50 and may be purchased at the GIHN office, (574) 534-2300.
MDC Goldenrod Auction
MDC Goldenrod will once again be hosting an auction. After a few years off, the auction is returning to bring the broader community together in support of our ministry to create community with people of all abilities. It will take place at the Shipshewana Auction Barn on Friday, October 14, from 4:00 - 9:00 p.m. Join the community members that we serve and enjoy a haystack dinner, bake sale, gift certificate silent auction, and a rousing live auction. If interested in donating items to the live auction, gift certificates, or bake sale items and need more information, please call or email Danae Miller,
Executive Assistant, (574) 533-9720. Instructions for donating baked goods are on the bulletin board by the mailboxes.
The Mennonite Event
The Past, Present and Future Impact of Mennonite publications. Join the staff of The Mennonite
for a free evening of coffee and conversation with Dr. Malinda Berry, professor of theology at Anabaptist Mennonite Biblical Seminary, and Dr. Gerald Mast, professor of communication at Bluffton (Ohio) University. Berry and Mast will be talking with Hannah Heinzekehr, executive director of The Mennonite, Inc., about the legacy and future of Mennonite publications. The event is free and open to the public, and light refreshments will be served. Friday October 21, 7:30 p.m. at College Mennonite Church in Goshen, Indiana.
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!
Abbe Buller is looking to build a list of possible childcare providers for Isaac and Lena, particularly people who are available on Wednesday morning (8:00-11:30 am). The Bullers have a regular sitter lined up for this fall semester, but are looking for additional folks to be "on call" when their sitter is sick or on school breaks. They'll also be looking for folks who may be interested in a regular Wednesday gig starting in January. Please contact Abbe
, (574) 312-9868.
Doug and Cindy Baker are looking for a used compact electric dryer for use at Josh’s apartment. If you know of one for sale, please call Doug, (574) 533-1952.