Berkey Avenue Mennonite Fellowship
A congregation of Mennonite Church USA
Berkey Avenue Mennonite Fellowship
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June 7, 2015

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Berkey Announcements

June Nurture Hour Schedule

June 7 - Volunteer Fair for JYF through adults
            SS for Nursery, Preschool, Primary, Middlers

June 14 - Second Sunday All Church Picnic
             Bring finger foods to share

June 21 - First Sunday of Summer Intergenerational Nurture Hour
             SS for Nursery and Preschool

June 22 - Second Sunday of Summer Intergenerational Nurture Hour
             SS for Nursery and Preschool

Servant Leadership Ballot

BallotNext Sunday, June 14, the list of nominees on the Servant Leadership Ballot for 2015-2016 will be presented for affirmation. We hope you will prayerfully consider the individuals listed on the ballot. Thank you.
~ Leadership Discernment Team.


A bag of wooden train tracks has been found. I am not sure of they are mine (Susan Garboden).  If you lost them, please call me at 533-8026. Thanks.

Hosting GIHN

Hosting GIHNOn the week of June 21-28 our congregation will be hosting GIHN guests. Thank you to all the volunteers who are part of this ministry. Please check the schedule on the church door to confirm your date and time. If you have any questions, feel free to talk with one of the GIHN coordinators (Sue, Lorraine, Linda, Ruth)

Menno's Best Coffee: Did you know?

Menno's Best CoffeeToday (Sunday 6/7) is the LAST DAY to purchase or order Menno's Best coffee. There are about 12 bags of ground available for purchase. If you want whole bean or we sell out of ground, you can order it today with pick up next week.
  • Bags are $12 each, available in whole bean or ground. 
  • For each bag sold, the MYF earns $5 to help with convention costs. $1 also goes to MCC and MMN. 
  • We have earned over $500 from this fundraiser. Thanks for your support!
  • This was a special fundraiser sponsored by Goshen College to help youth groups raise money for convention.  After today, it will no longer be available.
  • As Ruth Roth says, "It makes a great gift!"

Mission Commission: Personal Items Drive

Elkhart county women shelter- items driveDuring the month of June, the Mission Commission is sponsoring a Personal Items Drive for the Elkhart County Women’s Shelter. The Elkhart County Women's Shelter is the only domestic violence shelter in Elkhart County. The shelter is open 24 hours a day, 365 days per year to provide crisis intervention and safe shelter for victims of domestic abuse. Items the Shelter currently needs include: deodorant, shampoo, toothpaste, towels, pillows, twin sheets, razors, diapers (Size 4), baby wipes, baby shampoo and diaper rash cream.

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.
  • Mathew Williams: Saturday, June 6, 9:30 a.m.-12:00 p.m. at 65623 Buttercup Ave., Goshen.
  • Cassie Sessa, Christi 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.

Learning Tour to Bolivia

Learning tour to BoliviaMission Commission is in the early stages of planning a Learning Tour to Bolivia to visit Simon and Becca Smucker, Hannah Canaviri and Gretchen Geyer. We are planning for a June 2016 trip, specific dates and details to be determined. At this point, we wanted to make you aware of this so you can start planning and dreaming with us. If you would like to be on a team to plan this trip, please speak with someone from the Mission Commission--Pete GraberNeil RicherJames YoderClare Krabill or Marilyn Rudy-Froese.

Our Schools

Goshen College Bethany Christian Schools

Bus driver is needed (before and after school) to begin in August 2015. Applicants must have or be willing to obtain a commercial driver’s license with school endorsement, a safe driving record, physical health to operate a 26-passenger bus safely, first-aid certification, and interpersonal skills to relate well to students and parents. For more information and to access an application, see.

Goshen College Goshen College

Music Together Classes

The Goshen College Community School of the Arts (CSA) is accepting registrations for Music Together® music and movement classes for young children from birth to age 5 and their families, to be held in June and July 2015. Classes will be held in Elkhart and Goshen. Learn more.

Borders, Boundaries and Bridges

On a Tuesday morning in a large, bare room deep in the Elkhart County Correctional Facility, 15 women – some in street clothes and some in tan or red or yellow prison uniforms – stood in a circle holding hands, and sang a song called “I found God in myself,” based on a Ntozake Shange quote. The women were students in the Inside-Out Prison Exchange course. Half the students were from Goshen College and the others were “inside” students. Learn more.

AMBS Anabaptist Mennonite Biblical Seminary 

Fifteen students were honored at the commencement service on May 23. Ten of these are serving as pastors or are pursuing pastoral ministry. Others are pursuing chaplaincy, further study, and community-based peace and justice work. For all their acquired knowledge to be transmuted to wisdom, speaker Nancy Bedford told the graduates, "it needs to be embedded in practices of peace, compassion, humility and honesty."

Community Announcements

Mennonite World Conference Global Assembly

The Global Church has registered – Have you?  Registration numbers from Africa, Asia, and Latin America are exceptionally strong.  It’s not too late to join the growing North American representation to welcome our international brothers and sisters.  Register today, the Assembly will be held July 21-26, 2015 in Harrisburg, PA.

Christian Faith and Healthcare

Come join with doctors, nurses, dieticians, therapists, chaplains, mental health workers, and many other healthcare workers and their families from around the world!  It's the Mennonite Healthcare Fellowship (MHF) Annual Gathering, July 19-21, 2015, immediately prior to Mennonite World Conference Global Assembly in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania. The theme is "Walking Together for Healthy Communities."  Plenary presenters include Ted & Company, Shane Claiborne, and Dr. Ann Thyle from India.  Grants available for students, volunteers, and those from outside of U.S. and Canada.  More information online, email, or call toll-free to 1-888-406-3643. Final registration deadline: June 28, 2015.

Healthcare Workers Dinner Meeting

A special Healthcare Workers Dinner Meeting will be held during Mennonite World Conference Assembly on Thursday, July 23, 5:00-6:30 p.m. in the Monongahela Room at the Farm Show Complex.  All healthcare workers attending Mennonite World Conference Assembly are invited!  The evening meal will be provided free of charge.  Connect with friends old and new and hear reports on healthcare ministries from around the world! More information available online or call 1-888-406-3643.

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.

Christmas in June Concert by The Ripple Effect

On Sunday, June 14, the ground-breaking vocal group, The Ripple Effect, will be presenting a Christmas in June concert at Kern Road Mennonite Church in South Bend. The program begins at 4:00 p.m. with a variety of Christmas favorites, followed by a traditional carol sing-along, and Pepper Choplin's profound and masterful cantata, The Heart of Christmas (complete with orchestra).  A free-will offering will be taken, and 10% of the monetary proceeds will be donated to Christmas Commandos, who provide much needed emotional and financial support to families that have experienced the unexpected loss of a child or a parent with children still at home  (for details, see).  Attendees may also contribute to the organization by bringing gift cards to local restaurants and attractions. Immediately after the performance, there will be a Christmas Ice Cream Social!  The church is located at 18211 Kern Road, South Bend, IN 46614. Call 574-291-9044 or e-mail Sherry for more info.


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!
A corps of healthcare professionals is needed to provide triage medical services during the Mennonite World Conference (MWC) global assembly in Harrisburg, Pa., July 21–25. Doctors, nurses, nurse practitioners, physician assistants, paramedics, and emergency medical technicians are invited to volunteer for one or more four-hour shifts throughout the week. More information is available online or contact Nancy Martin by June 29, 2015.
Waterford Mennonite church seeks to hire a part-time custodian to assist in the ministry of providing welcoming, clean, and safe facilities for God’s work among members and visitors. This is a shared position between two part-time people, each ranging from 10 – 15 hours per week.  Schedule is somewhat flexible, but typically involves several days throughout the week. For a copy of the job description or to express interest, please contact the Waterford church office or call 533-5642.


Getting to Know

Eleanor Nafziger

Eleanor Nafziger
I am the oldest of three children and was born in Stryker, Ohio.  When i was 7 years old, my family moved to Archbold, Ohio where i lived until the death of my husband, Gerald Nafziger, afterwhich i moved to Goshen to be close to one of my children.
I accepted Christ as my Savior around the age of 12, was baptized and became a member of the Lockport Mennonite Church. After i married i transferred my membership to the Central Mennonite Church, Archbold, Ohio. I've been attending Berkey Avenue since January of 1997 where i am now a member.  I really appreciate my Berkey Avenue church family.
My children are Bev (Dave) Krabill who attend Berkey, Sandy (Mark) Zehr, Peoria, Arizona and Lynn (Terri) Nafziger, Dublin Ohio.  I have 5 grandsons, Andrew Krabill who is married to Chelsea Lambright, Aaron Krabill who is engaged to Brook Cripe, Alex and Bradley Nafziger, and Jake Zehr.
Some of the things i enjoy are reading, sewing, jigsaw puzzles and word puzzles.

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!


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

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This Week:
June 7: Volunteer fair
June 8-11: Summer Bible School 9-11:30 a.m.
June 9: Mission Commission, 7:00 p.m.

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Anniversaries and Birthdays This Week:

Karl and Roxanna Sommers

Merrill Krabill
Pat Hochstetler
Cindy Baker
Trish Yoder
Hamilton Thorne
Brian Showalter

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

Please pray for all the teachers and volunteers who will be helping next week during Summer Bible school.  Pray also for the children who will be attending. 
Pray for Valparaiso MC, Valparaiso, IN (Pastor) Mario Bustos.
Rescue Network Nepal, a Mission Network partner, trains people in remote areas of the country to give emergency aid in case of home, farm or traffic accidents. Pray for director, Jaya Thapa, and these first responders as they deal with the overwhelming needs in the aftermath of last month’s earthquakes.

DownloadJune MMN Prayer Vine

Church Notes
Sunday Service Info

This Sunday: June 7

Brenda Grimes, Ginny and Armand Martin

Melba and Pete Graber

Dan and Deb Williams

Ben Buckwalter, Lana Smucker

Infants: Denise Risser, Abby and Allan Rudy-Froese
Toddlers: Jennifer Schrock, Susan and Steve Garboden

Offering Counters:
John Hooley, Greg Smucker

Next Sunday: June 14

Brenda Grimes, Ginny and Armand Martin

Melba and Pete Graber

Dan and Deb Williams

Ben Buckwalter, Lana Smucker

Infants: Ruth Hathaway, Linda and Joe Liechty
Toddlers: Sara Alvarez, Clare and Merrill Krabill

Offering Counters:
Ron Good, Rick Hostetter
Statistical Report 
(May 31)

Attendance: 185
General Fund: $5,681.52
Bethany Tuition: $865.00
College Matching Fund: $70.00 

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.

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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