Berkey Avenue Mennonite Fellowship
A congregation of Mennonite Church USA
Berkey Avenue Mennonite Fellowship
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June 22, 2014

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Berkey Announcements

Bible School

VBSThank you to all the Berkey participants for a wonderful week of Bible School. Our congregation was part of a joint Bible School with College Mennonite, Eighth Street, Faith, Assembly and Iglesia Menonita del Buen Pastor. There were 7 children from Berkey and approximately 20 adults who helped in a variety of ways from teaching to baking cookies.

Wedding Celebrations

Wedding BellsPlease join us this Sunday in celebrating the recent marriages of Andrew Krabill and Chelsea Lambright, Corine Alvarez and Niles Graber Miller and the upcoming wedding of Leah Garboden and Brian Martin.  We will be having  a card and money shower.


Thank You NoteI express my deep appreciation for the prayers, cards, and encouragement from the congregation.  I also thank Marilyn Rudy-Froese and Sherm Kauffman for their pastoral care.  May God bless you for your kindness to me. ~ William D. Hooley​

Missing Book

LibraryThe book "Why I Left the Amish" by Saloma Miller Furlong still has not been returned to the library.  If you have the book in your possession, please notify Lori Good.

Vacation Notes

We're Closed SignMarilyn Rudy-Froese will be on vacation from June 16-28. During that time, Sherm Kauffman is on call. If you have a pastoral need, please contact the church office at (574) 534-2398 or Sherm at (574) 361-2218.

Intergenerational Sunday School

Sunday SchoolOn June 22 the Discovering God Through Play class will be playing bocce ball.  If you have a set that you are willing to share with the group during that hour can you please let Dan Nafziger know and either bring them that day or let Dan know when is the best time to pick them up.  You can email him at

Honoring Lois Mast

Lois MastWe will be honoring Lois Mast's service to Berkey Avenue during worship on Sunday, June 29. If you have a memory about Lois you are willing to share, please submit it online or to Deb Williams, Lana Smucker, or Denise Risser. All ages are welcome to contribute! If you have a picture you would like to share, give it to Denise or send it to

Stephen Ministers

Stephen MinistersWe are wanting to grow our Stephen Ministry program here at Berkey. In your mailboxes this week is a copy of the job description for a Stephen Minister. If you are feeling called to explore being a Stephen Minister, please look at the job description and see if the gifts and skills you have match those of a Stephen Minister. Stephen Ministers are people of faith who are compassionate and trustworthy. Stephen Minister Training provides skills for one-to-one lay Christian caregiving. Training for new Stephen Ministers will begin late August, meeting every Wednesday evening, and 2 Saturdays until early January. If you have questions, please contact Shirley Dick or Marilyn Rudy-Froese.

Throwback Thursdays

Throwback ThursdaysHead 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 Schools Bethany Christian Schools


Bethany Christian Schools is seeking a Head of School. For more information, see or contact Kirk Stiffney at or (574) 537-8736.

Bethany Christian Schools also invites applications for the following part-time positions: teaching assistant, assistant food service manager, cafeteria aide, and bus driver. All positions are available for the 2014-15 school year, beginning on about August 4. For details and application procedures, see

Host Families Needed

Bethany Christian Schools is in need of host families for serving international students who would like to attend Bethany. This opportunity to gain cross cultural experience in your own home often becomes a rewarding experience for the host family, as well as a blessing to the student. Families receive monetary compensation. One school year commitment. For more information, contact admissions director Sarah Kraybill Lind at or (574) 534-2567).

Goshen College Goshen College

Goshen College congratulates alumnus Ken Hochstetler '83 on his new role as president and CEO of Everence, the stewardship agency of Mennonite Church USA that serves approximately 80,000 members and manages $2.4 billion in assets!.

AMBS Anabaptist Mennonite Biblical Seminary

To deal with the winds of change, Anabaptist Mennonite Biblical Seminary (AMBS) is closing its Great Plains Extension in North Newton. It is being replaced by options that are responding to the needs of today’s theological students and to fresh breezes of the Spirit. Learn more.

Community Announcements

Peaceful Living Conference

A Peaceful Living Conference will take place on Saturday, September 27, in Souderton, PA. The theme is "Co-Creating Caring Relationships to Navigate Life's Journey." This is a conference for families, caregivers, congregational leadership, and healthcare professionals.  The conference will feature Erik W. Carter, PhD, and Bill Gaventa, MDiv, as keynote speakers. For more details visit

Congregational Disabilities Awareness Golf Benefit

ADNet and MDC Goldenrod are collaborating on this Congregational Disabilities Awareness Golf Benefit to be held July 26, 2014 at Timber Ridge Golf Club in Millersburg, IN. We are modifying the usual golf scramble format in that we are planning for a maximum of 30 teams with 3 playing golfers and a fourth non-playing captain who has a disability (could be developmental, emotional, mental or physical) to primarily be the cheerleader. Learn more.

Contributions to the Window

You make a difference! Without your generous donations, many of those in our community would be hungry and cold. See the full list of needs.

Apply for the Journey Program

When God calls someone to ministry, a journey begins. Perhaps you are on that journey. Perhaps you are looking for mentors and companions along the way. IN-MI Conference invites you to join Journey: A Conference-based Leadership Development Program. This program is for pastors and other congregational leaders or those who are exploring a call to pastoral ministry. The deadline to apply for fall 2014 is July 15. For more information visit or contact your pastor, or Dan Miller at or (800) 288-8486.

Griefshare Support Group

Griefshare will begin to meet weekly this summer at Silverwood Mennonite Church. Meetings will be every Wednesday for eleven weeks, from June 18 through August 27 from 6:30 a.m. - 8:30 a.m. There is additional information posted on the bulletin board. Please call (574) 533-1922 with questions.

MCC Relief Sale Fund Raising Dinner

Join us for an MCC Relief Sale fund raising dinner as a way to help defray costs incurred to put on the Relief Sale. You will also hear about MCC's work in Colombia. The event will take place on August 14 at the Essenhaus in Middlebury. Additional details are forthcoming.


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!

Margaret Bauman, recent Purdue grad with a BS in Computer Graphics Technology, is seeking employment in Web Design/Development. Please visit her portfolio website at Contact her at or (219) 629-9809. Any information or ideas would be appreciated!
The Center for Healing & Hope, a faith-based urgent care clinic, has an opening for a Patient Advocate. Position involves advocating for patients within the healthcare system, networking with medical and social service providers, working with volunteers and managing the non-medical aspect of the clinic. Applicants must be Spanish/English bilingual and have a bachelor’s degree: social work or related job experience required. Position is .75 FTE with generous benefits and requires some evening hours. More information at
Scooter needed:  From June 17 through July 3 I will be hosting Carlos Martinez, a Mennonite pastor/journalist from Mexico City. Carlos has severe rheumatoid arthritis and will need a scooter during his time in Goshen. If anyone might have a chair available for loan or rent during this time, please contact me at or 535-7433. Thanks!  ~ John D. Roth

We will no longer be printing and distributing calendars each month.  They are however, available for download.
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This Week
June 25: Down Syndrome Speech Group, 4:00 p.m.

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

Bill Hooley came through surgery very well with good reports from the doctor. They are waiting for further lab reports which will come later this week or early next week. Please continue to pray for the Hooleys.
Pray for Laura Penner in Alamosa, Colo. She is starting a 15-month assignment with Mennonite Voluntary Service, a Mennonite Mission Network program. Laura will design and deliver programming for an after-school and summer program for children who are homeless or at risk of becoming homeless.
Please pray for Locust Grove Mennonite Church in Burr Oak, MI and Pastor Bill Beck. Please also pray for Mennonite Fellowship of Bloomington in Bloomington, IN and Pastor Kelly Carson.

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Church Notes
Sunday Service Info

This Sunday: June 22

Abbe and Patrick Buller, Claire and Merrill Krabill

Krabill/Sessa Family

Rita Gingrich and Laura Horst

Offering Counters: 
Dick Ramer, Karl Sommers

Audio / Visual:
Phil Bauman / Marilyn Rudy-Froese

Lydia and Andy Martin

Next Sunday: June 29

Brenda Grimes, Claire and Merrill Krabill

Krabill/Sessa Family

Rita and Jud Gingrich

Offering Counters: 
Shawna Born, Diane Nafziger

Audio / Visual:
Phil Bauman / Marilyn Rudy-Froese

Anita and Dale Snyder

Statistical Report 
(June 15)

Attendance: 148
General Fund: $5,464.20
Bethany Tuition: $15.00
College Matching: $120.00

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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