Berkey Avenue Mennonite Fellowship
A congregation of Mennonite Church USA
Berkey Avenue Mennonite Fellowship
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November 17, 2013

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Berkey Announcements

Derstine Baby Shower

Elise, Adam and AbramBerkey will host a baby shower on November 24 for Elise and Adam Derstine.  They have plenty of clothes and books, but would appreciate gifts of money which would go towards the purchase of a crib and a supply of cloth diapers.  They are very appreciative for all that Berkey has been doing for their family!

Special Sunday School Guest

Dara MarquezDuring Sunday school on November 17, Dara Marquez will be sharing her experience of growing up in Elkhart County. Dara was born in Apan, Hidalgo Mexico and came to the U.S. with her parents when she was 3 years old. Dara graduated from Concord Schools. Currently she is a student at Saint Mary’s College studying chemical engineering. All classes are invited to the worship space to listen to Dara speak about issues related to immigration in our community.

New Adult SS Option beginning Dec. 1

Animate: FaithWould you like to ponder, reflect on, and discuss topics of faith such as God, Religion, Jesus, Salvation, the cross, the Bible and the Church? Come to Animate:Faith and hear some leading voices of the Christian faith--Brian McLaren, Shane Hipps, Nadia Bolz-Weber and others--talk about these central aspects of Christianity. Marilyn Rudy-Froese will facilitate this class. Each week we will watch a DVD portion with one of these leading voices, spend time in personal reflection and journaling (the journal will be provided: a donation of $15 is suggested), and engage in conversation. Learn more and hear excerpts.

Berkey Congregational  Potluck

PotluckWe will be having a congregational potluck meal this coming Sunday, November 17, following our morning worship! Bring a main dish, either a salad or a dessert, and your own table service. Drinks will be provided.

Berkey Congregational Meeting

We hope you will also be able to join us for the congregational meeting, which will follow the potluck. Our agenda for the meeting includes:
  • Approve minutes of the August 18 meeting
  • Report on the budget
  • Report on the renovations
  • Report on plans for a new sound system
  • Report on the SLT's appreciative inquiry process

Advent Choir

SingersThanks to all who have joined the Advent Choir! This Year's choir is directed by Paul Leichty. The next rehearsal will be Sunday, November 24 at 8:15 a.m. If you have questions, please contact Jenny Hooley at

Renovation Fundraising Update

Jubliee UpdateGood news!  We are just $3,452 short of our funding goal for the Jubilee Renovation Project.  Now that the costs are in, the goal has been reduced from $54,900 to $49,800.  The congregation has given a total of $46,858 as of last Sunday, which means we are ever closer to completely funding the project.  We celebrate this good news and invite you to give in a final push to fund the remaining amount needed to meet our revised goal.  Thank you all! ~ The Fundraising Committee, Phil Zimmerman, Jim Brenneman and Barbara Eichorn.

Cleaning Supplies Needed

Cleaning SuppliesThe Mission Commission has been asked by Cora Brown from The Church Without Walls to collect the following items for their shelter: paper towels, toilet paper, laundry soap, dishwasher soap, and other cleaning items. A container will be placed in the Fellowship Hall for these items, starting this Sunday through Sunday, November 24. The shelter serves single women and households headed by women, to help them obtain stable and sustainable housing, giving them opportunities to improve basic life skills and training to become economically independent. Thank you for your help with this need.

Berkey College Fund Update

CollegeThis spring our congregation will have 12 young people attending Mennonite colleges. Each student is eligible for assistance of $500 for the fall semester from our college matching fund. Giving to this fund is wise because the colleges match all contributions dollar for dollar—and you get a tax deduction on your contribution. Very few investments double your money like this. We hope to raise $6,000 by December 1. As of November 10, we have $5,312 in the college fund. Please mark your contribution for the college fund and place it in the offering. Thank you!

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 SchoolsBethany Christian Schools

Bethany Christian Schools invites applications for the part-time position of biology and environmental science teacher. This 70% term position commences January 21 and ends June 2, 2014. For details and application procedures, see

Goshen CollegeGoshen College

Community School of the Arts Showcase Concert

Goshen College Music Center welcomes you to its Community School of the Arts Showcase Concert Sunday, November 17 at 4:00 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 High School Honors Choir, directed by Marcia Yost. The concert also includes CSA piano instructors Luke and Mary Rose Norell performing solo works by Brahms and Prokofiev. Tickets are $7 regular / $5 students and seniors, and will be available at the door one hour before the concert begins. Please call 535-7361 or email with questions.

A Festival of Carols

Goshen College presents its tenth annual A Festival of Carols, ushering in this sacred season with music by four choirs and the Goshen College Symphony Orchestra, and with gathered audience participation in traditional carols. Performances are Friday, December 6 and Saturday, December 7 at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday, December 8 at 4:00 p.m. Reserved seating tickets ($15) are now available online at or by calling the GC Welcome Center at 535-7566. Please call 535-7361 or email with questions.

AMBSAnabaptist Mennonite Biblical Seminary

Anabaptist Mennonite Biblical Seminary seeks a full-time Executive Assistant for Business Services to serve as receptionist and switchboard operator, manage the mail center, coordinate campus housing and serve as cashier. For information visit Learn more.

Community Announcements

MCC Aid to the Philippine Typhoon Victims

Mennonite Central Committee (MCC) has begun its response to Typhoon Haiyan, providing funding for immediate needs and supporting partners in an initial assessment team and determining needs for long-term recovery. To donate to this effort, please go to Thank you for your prayers for people grieving and suffering in the storm’s wake.

Goshen Farmers Market Share the Bounty Program

The Goshen Farmers Market is committed to making healthy, local food more accessible to low-income families through the "Share the Bounty" program. We’ll be highlighting the program and the efforts of other local organizations to address food insecurity during ‘Share the Bounty’ Week, November 18 to 24. Events and event details can be seen at Please help us make the week a success by participating in the events and considering how ‘Share the Bounty’ can contribute to your congregation’s mission in a tangible way. Learn more.

Community Thanksgiving Eve Worship

Community Thanksgiving Eve Worship will be held at First English Lutheran (corner of 5th and Madison) on Wednesday November 27 at 6:30 p.m.  All are welcome to come and join us in giving thanks to God for the many blessings we have.  An offering will be taken for the Goshen Ministerial Association Emergency Assistance Fund to help those in need.  Fellowship will follow with free Pumpkin Pie!

Mentors Still Needed

Want to invest in the life of young men? If you are a male, 18 years or older, who lives in the Goshen, IN area and has interest in mentoring, we still need 6 mentors for the E3 - Survival Skills for Life Program that is being offered at Goshen Middle School. The program is led by staff from Amigo Centre, and mentors for the program sign up through Big Brothers Big Sisters. Become an “Amigo Big” and make a difference in a young man's life! Sign up today at

Yellow Creek Mennonite Church Senior Tuesday Luncheon

Yellow Creek Mennonite Church invites you to its Senior Tuesday Luncheon and Program on Tuesday, November 19 at Noon. The cost is $5 per person to be paid at the door. The program is Laugh ‘til it Helps! Mary Labuzienski, a certified laughter leader, will be serving up a therapeutic dose of laughter after lunch. She will lead us through a lively session that includes the science behind laughter, practical tips to bring more humor and optimism into our lives and laughter exercises to help get the laughter flowing. Learn more.

Give Joy to the World

Sixty years ago, MEDA’s founders were inspired to share of themselves to help people struggling in poverty in Paraguay. They believed that every person has the right to an opportunity to earn a livelihood. Today, we continue in their footsteps. And we invite you to share the joy you experience at Christmas by reaching out to your neighbors in developing countries around the world. Learn more.

Handel's Messiah Concert

It's not too early to start thinking about the Christmas Season! Musical Arts Indiana is pleased to present Handel's Messiah on Saturday, December 14 at 7:30 p.m. (preconcert lecture at 7:00 p.m.) at Kern Road Mennonite Church, South Bend.  The presentation will also take place on Sunday, December 15 at 3:00 p.m. (preconcert lecture at 2:30 p.m.) at St. Joseph Chapel (Holy Cross College), Notre Dame.  Our concert will feature Vesper Chorale, Vesper Chamber Orchestra, Vesper Festival Chorus and the Children's Choir of Michiana. Learn more.

Gift Certificate Sales Benefit the Center for Healing & Hope

Individuals can support the Center for Healing & Hope by purchasing $20 gift certificates for Mattern’s Butcher Shop & Corner Deli or Pizzeria Venturi. The certificates are available from CHH by calling 574-534-4744 ext 201 or email thru October 31 and are valid through December 31, 2013. Proceeds will benefit the work of CHH in our community. The Center for Healing & Hope provides medical care and advocacy for those in need in our community. More information including clinic times, volunteer opportunities and ways to support the mission are available at the CHH website

MCC Alumni & Friends International Potluck

Please join us for an MCC Alumni & Friends International Potluck on Sunday evening, November 24th at 6:00 p.m. at Berkey Avenue Mennonite Fellowship. Sarah Adams, MCC Country Representative in Lebanon, will be the speaker for this very interesting and informative update on MCC's work in Syria and with Syrian refugee camps in Lebanon and Jordan. For questions or to RSVP, contact the MCC Great Lakes office at (574) 534-4133 or email Les Gustafson-Zook at


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!

Walnut Hill Early Childhood Center unexpectedly lost a teacher and is seeking a new lead teacher for the Pre-Kindergarten Classroom.  The candidate must have a B.A. in Elementary Education or Early Childhood Education.  Candidates with Associates Degrees in Early Education will be considered.  Experience is preferred.  Send resume to or bring/mail to 1201 S. 11th Street, Goshen.  References should be included please.  Candidate will demonstrate a genuine love for young children in need and a knowledge of kindergarten readiness skills.
The Elkhart unit of Mennonite Voluntary Service (Jubilee House) is seeking a vehicle donation of a small car to replace their mini-van that recently breathed its last. If you have a vehicle you would like to donate, please contact Art Stoltzfus at The Unit is supported locally by Fellowship of Hope and Prairie Street Mennonite Church. Volunteers are currently serving at the Center for Community Justice and the Church Community Services’ Seed to Feed program.
Little Eden Camp in Onekama, MI is looking for a full-time Food Service Director to manage the kitchen operations of the camp. Major areas of responsibilities would include administration of the kitchen, supervision of kitchen staff, menu planning and ordering, and food preparation. It includes coordinating all food service needs for guest groups, summer programs, and banquet events. Persons with five years cooking and management experience preferred. Experience in Christian ministry and camping is helpful.  For more information or to submit a resume, please email
Jennifer Youngberg (daughter to Sue Byler), recently graduated, does Swedish relaxation massage including pregnancy, as well as deeper tissue work.  In addition to massage therapy, she studied nutrition, body systems, iridology, and is a certified natural health professional.  She has training in Cranio Sacral Therapy, which releases tension in the body to encourge the body to self correct and heal. She will be starting her practice at 1119 South Indiana Avenue, sharing an office with Kathy Stiffney, LMT.  She will be giving a discounted rate of $50 through the end of November.  Anyone who gets a massage will receive a coupon for a complimentary Cranio Sacral Session as well.  Contact her at 574-238-7641 to schedule your massage.
MDC Goldenrod is currently hiring full and part time Direct Support Professionals (DSP).  DSPs work directly with the individual MDC Goldenrod community members; walking with them through their day, offering assistance where needed.  This is an opportunity to change a life for the better, to be a part of a caring community and to make a difference.  For more information and an application please stop by our office at 1514 College Ave. Goshen or visit our website,  If you have any questions please contact Colin Rusel at (574) 202-7397.

Getting to Know

Thomas Leonard

Thomas Leonard
My name is Thomas Leonard. I am from Columbus, Ohio. I am a junior at Goshen College studying Environmental Science with a focus in Sustainability. I am on the Track and Field team and I compete in high jump and long jump. I love sports, music, and I love trying out new things. I grew up going to Columbus Mennonite Church where Dan was the pastor and Peter and I have been best friends since we were babies!

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!

Did You Know?Shortly before the turn of the century, Michael and Patsy Sherer were commissioned by then pastor Richard Litwiller to find a new piano for the sanctuary. After seeing several possibilities, the winner was selected from an advertisement in the South Bend Tribune. It was in the home of an elderly man in LaPorte, who was absolutely delighted that it was going to a church.

Do you have an interesting fact about Berkey to share?  Let us know!

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

This Week
November 17: Congregational Potluck, 12:00 p.m.
November 17: Congregational Meeting, 1:00 p.m.
November 17: Mentor/Mentee Event, 6:30 p.m.
November 20: MYF Scavenger Hunt, 7:00 p.m.
November 20: Worship Commission Meeting, 7:30 p.m.

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

For Allan Rudy-Froese as he recovers from a concussion.
For the survivors of the the typhoon in Tacloban, Philippines.
For Moriah Hurst of Mennonite Mission Network as she teaches about community and youth development, alternatives to violence, trauma and healing, and Christian spirituality in Australia.

DownloadNov. MMN Prayer Vine

Church Notes
Sunday Service Info
This Sunday: November 17

Lorraine Pflederer, Denise Risser, Renae Yoder
Armand Martin
Offering Counters:
Lowell Nafziger, Denise Risser
Phil Bauman, Randy Horst

Next Sunday: November 24

Brenda Grimes, Richard Miller, Pat Darling Miller
Laverne Nafziger
Offering Counters: 
Dick Ramer, Karl Sommers
Phil Bauman, Randy Horst

Statistical Report 
(November 10)

Attendance: 183
Bethany Tuition: $25.00
General Fund: $4,477.75
Fellowship & Caring: $100.00
Building Improvements: $510.00
Building: $5.00
College Matching: $75.00
Mission Emphasis: $100.00
Agape: $10.00

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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