Berkey Avenue Mennonite Fellowship
A Congregation of Mennonite Church USA
Berkey Avenue Mennonite Fellowship

June 16, 2013

Berkey Announcements | Our Schools | Community Announcements | Employment Opportunities | Sunday Service Info
The Berkey Avenue weekly newsletter is getting rebranded!  We want your ideas! Submit your entry on our website.  Deadline to submit entries is July 1. Voting will begin on July 2nd and run for one week.  Get those creative juices going! Good luck!

- Rafael.

Berkey Announcements

Intergenerational Sunday School Program

There is no Sunday School this week due to the cancelled Vacation Bible School. We will resume with our Intergenerational Sunday School program next week.

Church Renovation Volunteers Needed

ConstructionThanks to all that helped so far with our construction efforts. Thanks you to the many individuals that have given of their time to the renovation project. All of the tasks for this past week were completed ahead of schedule! On Monday, the dumpster will be delivered and the demolition will begin. Learn more.

2013-2014 Leadership Candidates

This Sunday you will have a chance to affirm the following persons. (Terms are three years unless indicated otherwise.)
Spiritual Leadership Team/Elders: Shirley Dick
Caregiving Commission/Deacons: Doug Baker
Christian Education Commission: Ruth Miller Roth
Fellowship and Caring Commission: Connie Bauman, Lindsay Rheinheimer
Mission Commission: Pete Graber
Stewardship and Finance Commission: Patrick Buller
Worship Commission: Margaret Stoltzfus
Congregational Chair: Greg Smucker (1-year term)
Congregational Secretary: Steve Garboden (1-year term)
IN-MI Conference Delegates: Beth Berry (1-year term), Darin Short (1-year term)  

Kit Assembly: School Supplies Needed

School kitDuring our Discovering God Through Service Sunday School class on June 23, we will be filling school bags with school supplies for MCC.  Anyone interested in supporting this project is encouraged to bring supplies from the following list to the church anytime now until that day:
  • 4 spiral or perforated notebooks, 70 sheets
  • 8 unsharpened pencils
  • 1 flexible plastic ruler (30 cm and 12 in.)
  • 12 colored pencils in package
  • 1 large pencil eraser
Please look for the marked container in the foyer.  Thank you! - Ron Good and Melba Graber.

Volunteer at the MCC Peace Booth

PeaceHow can our churches give witness to Jesus’ message of peace in a world saturated with the myth of redemptive violence? Join MCC Great Lakes and others in volunteering at the Peace Booth at the Elkhart County Fair. The fair runs from July 19-27. Organizers will supply the booth with a variety of information.If you are interested in volunteering to staff the booth, please speak to Marilyn Rudy-Froese by July 1.

Fellowship Commission Housekeeping

The Fellowship Commission has a collection of items from potluck dinners, etc. left in the kitchen, which have been placed on a table in the Fellowship Area. Please remember to check that out to see if any of those items belong to you.  It is helpful in keeping our kitchen tidy.  Thank you. If any items remain after a couple Sundays, they will be donated to The Depot.

Coming and Going

Stan Liechty is moving June 14. Please note his new address and phone number:

1212 Waterford Circle Apt 311
Goshen, IN 46526
(574) 538-3133

Fall College Assistance

Mennonite CollegesThank you to all who have given towards our college matching fund efforts. We have surpassed our goal! This will aid our 15 young people attending Mennonite colleges this fall. Each student is eligible for assistance of $500 for the fall semester from our college matching fund.

Wedding Shower Double Header

Wedding BellsFellowship Commission has scheduled “double” wedding showers for two of our couples.  On June 23 during Fellowship Hour, we will celebrate the May 25th marriage of Simon Smucker and Rebecca Weaver, and the June 15th marriage of  Daniel Mast and Ally Christner.   Both of these will be card/money showers.  Cards will again be available for anyone who needs one.  We invite everyone to join in celebrating these marriages.

Online Photo Directory

The BullersThe online photo directory is under construction and if you haven't signed up to get your photo taken, you can sign up online or email Renae Yoder. John Hooley will be taking the portraits. If you are interested in keeping your photo, let Rafael know and he will email it to you. Additionally, if you would like to include a link to your Facebook profile, please let Rafael know as well and he will add it to your entry. are interested in volunteering to staff the booth, please speak to Marilyn Rudy-Froese by July 1.

Our Schools

Goshen CollegeGoshen College

Goshen College Director Emeritus of Student Services Fred Litwiller, who served the college for more than 35 years as a teacher, coach and counselor, died on June 6 after an 11-year battle with multiple myeloma. Join us in offering thoughts and prayers for his family.

Bethany Christian SchoolsBethany Christian Schools

Bethany Christian Schools invites applications for the coaching position of middle school girls soccer—email for more information. There are also staff openings for bus driver and evening custodian. View details and application procedures on these positions on the Bethany website.

AMBSAnabaptist Mennonite Biblical Seminary

Summer is a time when students involve themselves in something other than study, like Vacation Bible School. This week, 14 students, staff and spouses are busy during the evenings at Hively Avenue Mennonite Church, guiding about 50 children in exploring God's gifts.

Community Announcements

Thanks from MCC Great Lakes

Thank you from MCC Great Lakes for your faithful and continuing support of the work of MCC. We are grateful to all of you who have given your resources of time, money, creativity and energy through meat canning, thrift shops, relief sales, Penny Power, board participation, special events and donations. Your support makes possible the disaster response, sustainable community development and peacemaking work of MCC. Our year end financial numbers are in, and your generosity has allowed MCC to fully meet our budget and international commitments to our partners around the world.

As you all know, the crisis in Syria continues to escalate and neighboring countries are overwhelmed by countless numbers of refugees where resources are scarce to meet the humanitarian needs. We recently received word that containers with MCC relief supplies made it into Syria for the second time in three months. Distribution of school kits, hygiene kits, blankets, food and other items is in process. We could not have done it without you. Thank you for your support and prayers as we partner alongside communities, meeting basic needs and working for peace and justice in the name of Christ.

Jennifer Steiner
MCC Great Lakes Communications Coordinator

IN-MI Conference Annual Session

IN-MI Mennonite Conference held their annual sessions June 7-9, 2013, at Bethany Christian Schools. Delegates met to hear reports, vote on the budget, and participate in worship and spiritual formation activities. The theme was “Come, Rest, Learn.” View photos.

Lancaster Children’s Choir Perform in Goshen

The Mennonite Children’s Choir of Lancaster will be in concert on Saturday, June 15, 7:00 p.m. at North Goshen Mennonite and on Sunday, June 16, 9:00 a.m. at Yellow Creek Mennonite Church. Both the Concert and Chamber choirs will be performing. Children range in age from 6th to 12th grade. Learn more.

Goldenrod Gene Van Accordion Orchestra Concert

Join MDC Goldenrod on Friday, June 28th at 7:00 p.m. for an evening of family friendly musical entertainment at the Gene Van Accordion Orchestra Concert, featuring 1972 World Cup Silver Medalist Mr. Joseph Natoli and vocal soloist Janeen Bertsche Johnson. There is a suggested donation of $10 per person and proceeds will benefit MDC Goldenrod. Learn more.

Become a Hospice Volunteer

Harbor Light Hospice is seeking individuals in Goshen to spend quality time with terminally ill patients or provide respite to their families. If interested in more information about becoming a hospice volunteer please contact Jamie Rhew at 800-662-8889 or Learn more.

American Cancer Society Relay for Life of Elkhart County

Relay for LifeThe American Cancer Society Relay for Life of Elkhart County will be held at Goshen High school on June 15‐16. This event unites the community in celebrating those who’ve had cancer, and remembering loved ones. We encourage all cancer survivors to join. Volunteers are also needed to ensure the success of the year’s Relay For Life event. Call (574) 257‐9789, or email Juliana Newbill. Learn more.

Mennonite Healthcare Fellowship Meeting

Local registrations are still being accepted to the Mennonite Healthcare Fellowship (MHF) Annual Gathering, June 21-23, 2013 at Goshen College.  All healthcare professionals are welcomed to register for this weekend event with the theme, "Moral Dilemmas in Healthcare."  The general public is invited to two public sessions, June 21 & 22, 7:00-8:30 p.m. at College Mennonite Church.  For information on both options visit, write to, or call toll-free to 1-888-406-3643. A flyer is also posted on the bulletin board.

MCC Relief Sale Silent Auction

As we head into the summer months, plans are underway for the 2013 MCC Relief Sale Silent Auction. Relief Sale weekend is September 27‐28. We are looking for contributions. Please contact Stacey Farran with offers of help in these areas or any questions. Thanks for your consideration!

Employment / Volunteer Opportunities

Anabaptist Mennonite Biblical Seminary is seeking a professor of Peace Studies and Christian Social Ethics. Qualifications include a PhD with interdisciplinary competence in peace studies and Christian theology or social ethics, international and cross-cultural experience, and passion for the centrality of peace and justice in the Gospel. To apply, send letter of application, CV, and list of references by September 15 to Dr. Rebecca Slough, Academic Dean, 3003 Benham Avenue, Elkhart, IN  46517 or electronically to Learn more.
Shine curriculum seeks a half-time Managing Editor to oversee the production of a multicomponent children’s Sunday school curriculum. Shine is jointly owned and produced by Brethren Press and MennoMedia. Familiarity with the Church of the Brethren and/or Mennonite organization and belief strongly preferred. Position is located in Elkhart. See the full job posting at To apply, send resume and letter of intent to
The Center for Healing and Hope is seeking a .75 FTE Registered Nurse to oversee operations at two of its clinic locations in Elkhart County. Will include some evenings and an excellent benefits package. CHH is a non-profit, faith-based organization operating urgent care clinics providing quality medical care to low-income, uninsured patients. Please send inquiries, cover letter and resume to
The Center for Healing & Hope is aiming to establish a prayer network consisting of volunteers who are open to receiving prayer requests via email. Learn more.

 Sunday Service Information

Berkey Avenue Mennonite Fellowship

This Sunday:
June 16

Sherry & Curt Wenger, Deb & Dan Williams
Olivia & Elise Wenger
Offering Counters:  
Lowell Nafziger, Denise Risser
Phil Bauman, Dee Albrecht

Next Sunday:
June 23

Teish Yoder, Ruth Hathaway, Denise Risser, Eleanor Nafziger
Laverne Nafziger
Offering Counters:  
Dick Ramer, Karl Sommers
Phil Bauman, Dee Albrecht



This Week

Please note that Lois Mast will be on vacation June 13 through June18.

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

Pray for Daniel Mast and Ally Christner as they embark on the journey of married life.
Edward Dartey, a Mennonite Mission Network prayer partner in Ghana, praises God for peaceful national elections. He requests prayer for the populations who are without services as many civil servants are striking to protest inadequate salaries, and for farmers who are being driven off their land by expatriate mining interests.
MMN Prayer Vine

Church Notes

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.

Statistical Report
Attendance: 149
Bethany Tuition: $15.00
General Fund: $3,810.90
Building Improvements: $1,960
College Matching: $1,120.00
The Mennonite: $37.00
Coffee: $207.58
Agape: $10.00

Dan Schrock
Marilyn Rudy-Froese
Lois Stoltzfus Mast

Greg Smucker (Chairperson)
Lisa Short
Lee Roy Berry, Jr.
Jan Shetler
Roy Bergey

Renae Yoder (Chairperson)
Laura Horst
James Yoder
Richard Miller

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