Berkey Avenue Mennonite Fellowship
A congregation of Mennonite Church USA
Berkey Avenue Mennonite Fellowship
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November 9, 2014

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Berkey Announcements

Extra Mugs?

Extra mugs?Do you have extra mugs you're not using? If so, the Fellowship Commission welcomes you to bring them to church and add them to our coffee cup collection. We could use a few extra mugs. Thank you.

Peace Club

Peace ClubWe will meet this Sunday, November 9.  We will be learning about being peacemakers in South Africa from the Sawatzky Family.  Circle the date on your calendar as you won't want to miss it!  Peace Club is planned for children in grades K through 5 and their families.

November Congregational Meeting

November Congregation MeetingThe agenda for our congregational meeting on November 16 will include the following:  
~  Approval of the August minutes   
~  Discussion and possible vote on the proposal to hire a lead treasurer.

Why are we Proposing to Hire a Lead Treasurer?

From the stewardship and FinanceFor a long time, our congregation has relied on volunteer treasurers who are appointed by the Stewardship and Finance Commission. These treasurers care for our weekly contributions to the budget, pay our congregation's bills, manage our employees' payroll, complete forms required by the government, and in general ensure that our congregation's finances are in good order. Learn more. ~Stewardship and Finance Commission

Sing for Peace: A Hymn Marathon

Sing for PeaceWith the goal of uniting in harmony to bring peace to our troubled world, Goshen College’s Hymn Club is bringing together students and community members to sing continuously through every verse of every song in Hymnal: A Worship Book starting Friday, November 14 until we’re done. Congregations and individuals are invited to support by pledging per hymn. All donations go to Christian Peacemaker Teams (CPT), an organization engaged in active, on-the-ground nonviolent peacemaking. Please make checks payable to Goshen College, with CPT in the memo line
During Sunday School on November 16, we'll be having a hymn sing in the sanctuary. People are invited to come and sing their favourite hymns from our hymnals. Learn more.

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.

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

Open House

Bethany Christian Schools will host a drop-in open house from 12:00 to 2:30 p.m. Sunday, November 9, for anyone considering to attend Bethany. Bring your family for a visit in a laid back and friendly atmosphere. A casual lunch will be provided. Please RSVP by registering online or contact the admissions office or  call (574) 534-2657 to help plan for the meal.

Visit Bethany

On November 17 or 19, students in grades 5-10 are invited to shadow a Bethany middle or high school student on Monday, November 17; and on Wednesday, November 19, students in K-4 are invited to visit grade 4 and 5 classrooms with a parent for the morning. This is a great way for prospective students and families to discover Bethany!  Learn more.

A Christmas Carol

Bethany Christian Schools will perform the musical: A Christmas Carol, November 20-23, 2014. Based on the story by Charles Dickens, this musical tells the story of a stingy miser who, through visiting his past, present and future, realizes the value of generosity and love. This heart-warming, festive musical is a great way for the whole family to welcome the holiday season. Tickets may be reserved online or in the school office beginning Monday, November 3. Tickets are $8 for adults and $6 for students. Performances are at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Friday, and Saturday and 3 p.m. Sunday.

Goshen College Goshen College

Student Recital

The Community School of the Arts will present a student recital on Saturday, November 15, at 1 p.m. in Rieth Recital Hall. The concert is free and open to the public, and will feature violin, cello and piano students. Doors open at 12:30 p.m.

Arts Showcase Concert

Goshen College Music Center welcomes you to its Community School of the Arts Showcase Concert Sunday, November 16 at 4 p.m. in Sauder Concert Hall. It will feature singers from grades 3-12 in three choirs: Rejoice, directed by Kristin Kauffman; Shout for Joy, directed by Sandy Hill; and the newly organized Sommo Voci, directed by Marcia Yost. Tickets are $7 regular and $5 for students and seniors, and will be available at the door one hour before the concert begins.

Youth Honors Orchestras

The Youth Honors Orchestras, instrumentals comprised of outstanding Elkhart County winds, strings, and brass players, will present their fall concert in Goshen College's Sauder Concert Hall on Sunday, November 23 at 4 p.m. Performing will be the Youth Honors Concert Orchestra (grades 7-9) conducted by Kyle Miller, and the Youth Honors Symphony Orchestra (grades 9-12) conducted by YHO Artistic Director Josh Aerie. Tickets are $7 for adults and $5 for seniors/students, available at the door one hour before the concert.

AMBS Anabaptist Mennonite Biblical Seminary

Honoring Marcus Smucker

We will toll the bell to honor the life and ministry of Marcus Smucker, Professor Emeritus of Spiritual Formation and Pastoral Care, on Tuesday, November 11, from 10:00 to 10:15 a.m. Join the AMBS community and former colleagues and students in the chapel foyer, to share memories and reflect on Marcus Smucker’s contributions to the church.

Preview Day

Seminary Preview Day on Friday, November 21, is a great time to meet faculty, sit in on classes and chapel, and learn about financial aid. Register and learn more.

Community Announcements

Senior Luncheon and Program

Sign up today and invite your friends and neighbors to join us Tuesday, November 18, at 12:00 p.m. at Yellow Creek Mennonite Church in the fellowship hall. The cost is $5.00 per person, paid at the door. Call the church office, (574) 862-2595 to make a reservation by November 10. The program features Rusty Four Men's quartet from Wakarusa High School, class of 1954.

Mutual Kumquat and Theory Expats Concert

College Mennonite Church is hosting an evening of music on Sunday, November 16 at 7 p.m. featuring the bands Theory Expats and Mutual Kumquat. Both groups feature Goshen native & recently awarded national mandolin champion Ethan Setiawan. Theory Expats are a self-described folksy swingin' band featuring Andrew Pauls, Sadie Gustafson-Zook as well as Setiawan (all Goshen College students). According to Los Angeles composer/singer-songwriter Shawn Kirchner, "Mutual Kumquat is soul medicine for the individual, the community, and the earth. Listen!”  (Mutual Kumquat emerged out of Manchester College a number of years ago). A freewill donation will be collected for the musicians.

Center for Community Justice

Do you have a desire to impact your community by impacting adult individuals who need pro-social relationships and positive role models? Would you like to help someone discover their strengths and develop them; thereby, avoiding the cycle of recidivism? If your answers are, ‘yes’, then you will not want to miss this opportunity. The Transitional Coaching Program of the Center for Community Justice is conducting an Initial Coach Training: Coaching Through Transition on November 22, 2014 at Sunnyside Mennonite Church, 23786 Sunnyside Ave., Elkhart, IN. Training will begin at 8:30 a.m. and conclude at 3:30 p.m. and is being offered free of charge. For additional information, contact Don French  or by phone at (574) 295-6149 Ext.221

Global Health: Awareness and Compassion

A Mennonite Healthcare Fellowship (MHF) Regional Meeting will be held on Thursday, November 13, 7:00-8:30 p.m. in the College Mennonite Church Fellowship Hall on the campus of Goshen College. The event will feature two presentations on global health issues. Elisabeth Beels, RN, will report on the collaborative learning experience between Goshen College Nursing students and their counterparts in Nepal during May 2014. Elkhart County Public Health Officer, Dan Nafziger, MD, will offer a perspective and update on the Ebola outbreak in West Africa. All healthcare workers as well as the general public are invited.  Refreshments and conversation will follow the presentation.  Learn more or email

 Book Signing

You are invited to an upcoming author/book event featuring two of Darrin Snyder Belousek recently published books, The Road That I Must Walk: A Disciple's Journey and Good News: The Advent of Salvation in the Gospel of Luke. He will read from and sign copies of his books. The event will be held on Sunday, November 16, 1:15 - 3:00 p.m. and is being hosted by Kern Road Mennonite Church (18211 Kern Rd) in South Bend. Discounted copies will be available for sale.  Proceeds from sales will benefit Our Lady of the Road drop-in center, Stone Soup Community, and the KRMC Immigration Ministry.


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!
Indiana-Michigan Mennonite Women is looking for a woman possessing leadership skills to serve as President of the organization. This person would become president-elect for a year, beginning in January 2015, followed by a 3-year term of service. To nominate a woman or to seek further information, please contact Heidi McHugh or call (574) 370-7502.
 Anabaptist Mennonite Biblical Seminary seeks a full-time Director of Enrollment Management and Financial Aid. Responsibilities include implementing the enrollment strategic plan, establishing budgets and awarding aid. Please view the complete job description and encourage qualified people you know to apply.
 The Window is looking to hire a substitute cook for the kitchen. This will be a paid position. If you know someone who would be interested in hearing more about this opportunity please contact Vi Miller at 574-533-9680 extension 205.


Jacob Geyer

Gettin to know
My sister Gretchen and I grew up on a small farm in Eastern Iowa. Our parents, Janet (Erb) and Doyle Geyer, still live in the Kalona area.  I attended Iowa Mennonite School and graduated from Goshen College as a history/secondary education major in 2011. After graduation, I served for a year in PULSE, a Mennonite voluntary organization in Pittsburgh. Currently I am the Social Studies Department Head at Merit Learning Center.  Merit is an alternative high school in the Goshen School District that works primarily with students who have had a hard time finding their niche, either socially or academically.  I love working at Merit because I get to work closely with students and I have the opportunity to teach every subject area, not just Social Studies. Hannah and I have really enjoyed attending Berkey during the last few months and look forward to our future in the church!


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

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This Week:
November 9: Coordinating Council, 12 p.m.
November 11: Mission Commission, 7:00 p.m.
November 12: MYF Small Groups, 6:30 p.m.
November 15: Caregiving Commission, 9:00 a.m.
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PrayerPlease contact the office by 9:00 a.m. Thursday with prayer requests.
Pray for Dave and Bev Krabill and their family as they grieve the death of Dave's brother, Don, who passed away this week.
Robin Gingerich teaches and serves in administrative roles at LCC International University in Lithuania through Mennonite Mission Network. She requests prayer for LCC’s 70 Ukrainian students who are preoccupied with their families’ safety, their financial situations, and security in their hometowns.
 Please pray for the students at Model School, that they will experience the joy of learning, and receive the support they need to grow and develop intellectually, socially and emotionally.
Pray for our brothers and sisters at Clinton Brick Church, Goshen, IN (Pastor, David Hathaway). The congregation left IN-MI Conference and Mennonite Church USA effective October 1.  Pray that God will bless their ministries.

DownloadNovember MMN Prayer Vine

Church Notes
Sunday Service Info

This Sunday: November 9

Armand Martin, Abbe Buller & Pat Darling

Sara Alvarez

Diane & Lowel Nafziger

Phil Bauman & Elisabeth Barahona

Infants: Lori & Ron Good
Toddlers: Laura & Randy Horst

Next Sunday: November 16

Rafael Barahona, Ginny and Armand Martin

Sara Alvarez

Lisa & Darin Short

Phil Bauman & Elisabeth Barahona

Infants: Joanna Epp & Seth Krabill
Toddlers: Annie Hu & Nancy Yoder
Statistical Report 
(November 2)

Attendance: 217
General Fund: $9,441.00
College Fund: $370.00
Bethany Tuition: $965.00
Coffee: $58.40

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
Elizabeth Miller

Doug Baker
Richard Miller
Laverne Nafziger
Judy Weaver
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