Berkey Avenue Mennonite Fellowship
A congregation of Mennonite Church USA
Berkey Avenue Mennonite Fellowship
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May 17, 2015

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Berkey Announcements

Vacation Notes

Dan Schrock will be gone on retreat, vacation, and at Indiana-Michigan Mennonite Conference meetings from May 18 through June 20. If you have pastoral needs during this time, please contact Marilyn Rudy-Froese.

High School Open Houses

High school open housesAs graduation approaches, several of our high school seniors will be having Open Houses. Below is a listing of open houses you would be welcome to attend. We wish all of our graduates God's guidance and blessings as they venture into new paths in their lives.
  • Jacob Rudy-Froese: Saturday, May 30, 12:00 - 2:00 p.m. at 610 Revere Dr., Goshen.
  • Mathew Williams: Saturday, June 6, 9:30 a.m.-12:00 p.m. at 65623 Buttercup Ave., Goshen.
  • Cassie Sessa and Emily Krabill: Saturday, June 6 at 11:00 a.m. at 309 Reservoir Place, Goshen.
  • Austin Hooley: Saturday, June 6, 1:00 - 4:00 p.m. at 18062 Aaron Dr., Goshen.
  • Olivia Wenger: Saturday, June 6, 3:30 p.m. - 6:00 p.m. at the Goshen College cabin.

Letter: How can we be silent?

Letter: How can we be silent?This week, two key leaders in our denomination shared the following letter with others in Mennonite Church USA. We've decided to share it in turn with everyone at Berkey.

Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ:
Our hearts have been broken as we’ve watched racial tensions break out in violence on the streets of our nation, most recently in the cities of Ferguson, Missouri and Baltimore. Like a cauldron of hot water finally boiling over, the deep frustration of continued injustices against communities of color have spilled into the streets. Too often these communities suffer from joblessness, substandard housing, poor education and an unjust law enforcement system. Police brutality against black men is fueled by racism coupled with the increased militarization of the police force. Read more.

Congregational Meeting Rescheduled

Congregational meeting cancelledThe congregational meeting scheduled for May 17 has been cancelled but will be rescheduled for June 14. It will be immediately after the worship service and it should last 15 minutes.

Landscape Beds

landscape bedsWe are in need of persons to help with the landscape beds. Anyone willing to take a small section and be responsible for weeding? We have 12 different sections. Please talk to Janice Hostetler, Thelma Ramer, or Diane Nafziger.

Cheese Booth

Cheese BoothWe are looking for two more people to help facilitate our cheese booth at the MCC Relief sale. Please talk with one of us if interested.  
 ~ Tavi and Anita Mounsithiraj, Michael and Patsy Sherer

Throwback Thursday

Throwback ThursdayHead 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

Spring Concert

Grades 4-8 music students will present spring concerts on Tuesday and Thursday, May 19 and 21, in the school chapel. Choral groups will perform on Tuesday beginning at 7 p.m.; instrumental groups will perform on Thursday with beginning instruments at 6:30 p.m. and band/orchestra groups at 8:00 p.m.. There is no admission charge and all are welcome to attend.

Bright Time Summer Camp

June 8-12, has more than 50 athletic, fine arts, science, and all kinds of fun camps for age 4 through rising grade 8. Camps are $30-$40. Additionally, Shine On Campcare will provide a place for children for before, between, and after their camps. View camp listings and register online.

Public Program

Bethany Christian High School’s performing arts troupe, Emmaus, will presents its final public program of the 2015 season next Sunday, May 17, at 6:00 p.m. in Bethany’s chapel. Shared in area elementary schools and other public venues, this year’s show is entitled “Life’s Lemons.” Life doesn’t always give us what we expect or want. The “lemon” moments of life are often the ones that provide valuable lessons for us. The performance uses music, drama and dance, and includes familiar stories (such as “Mike Mulligan’s Steam Shovel”) and songs (such as “Zip-a-dee-doo-dah” and “I’m On Top of the World”).

Goshen College Goshen College

School Connectedness

As Goshen Community Schools’ health services coordinator, Susan Stiffney (GC ’78) works to make sure Goshen students are healthy, safe and connected. According to recent studies, a student’s sense of belonging to school communities decreases as they progress through primary and secondary education, which in turn, leads to a lower success rate. “School-connectedness” has become a highly talked about topic within school systems nationally, and Goshen Community Schools has worked hard to connect every student to their school and then some. Learn more.

AMBS Anabaptist Mennonite Biblical Seminary


Anabaptist Mennonite Biblical Seminary invites you to the commencement service, Saturday, May 23, beginning at 2:30 p.m. at College Mennonite Church in Goshen. Dr. Nancy Bedford, professor at Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary will give the address for the service in which 15 students will receive degrees and certificates.

Spring Fundrasier Banquet

All are invited to the annual Spring fundraiser banquet for the Mennonite Historical Society, to be held at AMBS (dining hall) Tuesday May 19, at 6:30 p.m.. After the meal, Sam Steiner will be speaking on possible implications for MC USA of the Mennonite story in Ontario, drawing on his recent book, In Search of Promised Lands: A Religious History of Mennonites in Ontario. Suggested donation: $25 (but feel free to contribute what you are able). Please RSVP to Loren Johns or (574) 536-7708 by 10 a.m. Monday, May 18.

Community Announcements

2015 Funk Fest at Prairie Street MC

John Bell of the Iona Community in Scotland—prolific composer, teacher on worship and music—will speak at Prairie Street Mennonite Church, Elkhart, on Saturday, June 13, 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. Topic: “The engaged spirituality of Jesus.” Cost: $20. Bring your own lunch or eat out. Registration at the door only, starting 8:30 a.m.

Mennonite-Catholic Conference

The 14th annual Bridgefolk (Mennonite-Catholic) conference will be held August 20-23, 2015 at Anabaptist Mennonite Biblical Seminary, on the theme “Ecumenical Healing and the Mystery of the Communion of Saints.”  The keynote speakers will be Nozomu Yamada and Fr. Alfonso Fausone SVD, both from Nanzan University in Japan. They will reflect on the amazing story of the miraculous healing of Jun Yamada, a Mennonite, from leukemia in 1987 through the intercessory prayers of both Catholics and Mennonites. This event led to the canonization of Josef Freinademetz in 2003 by Pope John Paul II and has fostered friendship between Mennonites and Catholics in Japan for more than a quarter century. Bridgefolk is a grassroots ecumenical movement of Mennonites and Catholics who “proceed through friendship.” Single-day registration options, financial assistance, and child care are available. Conference schedule and registration are available online.

IN-MI Mennonite Women

IN-MI Mennonite Women will host a luncheon at the 2015 Annual Assembly in Indianapolis on Saturday, June 20, at 11:30 a.m. Wilma Bailey will present "A Story of Two Sisters". The meal is $13, payable at the door. RSVP to Shirley Bustos or call (219)462-0526 or email at .

Maple City Health Care Center

You are invited to attend our ribbon cutting to celebrate the opening of our second site. The celebration begins at 1:30 p.m. on Wednesday, May 20 at 808 N. Third Street in Goshen. Light refreshments and tours of the new facility will follow the ribbon cutting. Parking will be limited to Praise Chapel (Third Street and Oakridge Avenue), St. Marks Methodist Church, Walnut Hill Mennonite Church, and Maple City Health Care Center’s current site at 213 Middlebury Street. For information, call Kellie O’Connell at 574-534-3300 ext. 113.


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!

Gregg Beitler and Lavonne Shetler are looking for a place to rent that is cat friendly and located somewhere in the downtown/college area. They can move in anytime between now and late August. If you know of anything, please email Lavonne or call her at (574) 621-3295.


Getting to Know

Lindsy and Joe Locke

Locke family
We were blessed to have Julia join our family eleven weeks ago.  Michael is smitten with his baby sister and between playing farm and building Legos, loves to pause and kiss her on the head. Becoming a family of four has filled our lives with more diapers and sleepless nights, but also with more laughter and love. 
Joe and I met at IUPUI in Indianapolis, where we both recieved our Master's in Social Work.  Joe is currently the Team Leader for Oaklawn's Adult Casemanagent Program. While I focus on raising our children and work PRN for Oaklawn completing assessments at hospitals and nursing homes.
I'm a Goshen native, but Joe grew up in El Paso, Texas. He loves fishing, hiking, and teaching Michael about 'cowboy stuff'. I'm a lover of good teas and coffees, and am excited to work in the garden this summer. We're happy to call Berkey our home and look forward to continuing to build relationships in the congregation.

Whether you're new or a charter member, we are continually learning to know each other and we want to get to know you more. 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:

May 18: Christian Ed. Commission, 7:00 p.m.
May 20: MYF Small Groups, 6:30 p.m.
May 20: Worship Commission, 7:30 p.m.

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Anniversaries and Birthdays Next Week:

Jim Alvarez
Joe Locke
Corine Alvarez
Deb Williams
John Schrock
Sim Dlova
Tim Thorne
Jay Mast
Karl Sommers
Thelma Ramer

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

Please remember Dale, Anita, Alisha, Andrew and Kyle Snyder as they grieve the death of Dale's father, Kenneth on April 30. The visitation will be on May 16 from 9:00-11:00 a.m. and from 1:30-2:30 p.m. in the Gathering Room at College Mennonite Church. The memorial service will be in the same location at 3:00 p.m.
Adam and Jeanette Strode of Mennonite Mission Network continue to develop cultural and language competency in Thailand. Pray with them for the ability “to conduct a Bible study and share the gospel in a way that would be intellectually and spiritually significant” to their Thai neighbors.

DownloadMay MMN Prayer Vine

Church Notes
Sunday Service Info

This Sunday: May 10

Clare, Elise and Curt Wenger

Laverne Nafziger

Diane and Lowell Nafziger

Mathew Williams, Randy Horst

Infants: Annie Hu, Evie and Dan Nafziger
Toddlers: Jacob Rudy-Froese, Leah Garboden and Connie Bauman

Offering Counters:
Lowell Nafziger, Denise Risser

Next Sunday: May 24

Aaron Wieand, Julie and Phil Zimmerman

Rita Gingrich

Diane and Lowell Nafziger

Mathew Williams, Randy Horst

Infants: Annie Hu, Julie and Phil Zimmerman
Toddlers: Jacob Rudy-Froese, Sherry and Lyman Hug

Offering Counters:
Dick Ramer, Karl Sommers
Statistical Report 
(May 10)

Attendance: 191
General Fund: $5,229.10
Agape Fund: $10.00
Bethany Tuition: $55.00
College Matching Fund: $20.00 
Church Publications: $81.80
Coffee: $38.40

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.

Marilyn Rudy-Froese
Dan Schrock

Greg Smucker (Chairperson)
Roy Bergey
Shirley Dick
Sherm Kauffman
Elizabeth Miller

Doug Baker
Richard Miller
Laverne Nafziger
Judy Weaver
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