Pastor Marilyn Rudy-Froese is on retreat March 14-20, and will be back in the office on March 22.
Care Package Request
MYFers are making care packages for college students on Wednesday, March 23. If you would like to add items to the care packages (baked goods, jams, games, etc), please drop them off in the fellowship hall between now and the March 23 (unless items are perishable, then drop them off closer to the date). There are around two dozen college students.
Good Friday Service
The Good Friday Service will be held at 7:00 p.m. on March 25. The evening will start with foot washing in the fellowship hall then continue with a Taize style worship service in the sanctuary.
Everyone is invited to the Easter Sunday Breakfast, March 27. Breakfast will begin at 9:00 a.m.; the morning service at 10:00 a.m. Nurture classes will not be meeting. For our Easter breakfast this year, we are using PerfectPotluck.com
to sign up for dishes to be shared. Please note that this is a different website than we have used in the past
. Under the Find
section, enter Weaver and bamf. This will open the sign up list. We are asking for breakfast casseroles, sweet breads, and fruit.
Plans are underway for this year's garden plots. A plot is 12’ x 25’. Manure is put on in the fall, the soil has been tested and treated, water is available, and the area is fenced in. Garden tools are kept in the barn and are available for you to use. If you would like one or more plots, email Lowell Nafziger
or call him at (574) 533-3537. A donation of $5.00 per plot to Lowell is suggested to help with manure and other expenses.
Life Stage Sunday School class: 30s and 40s
It's not too late to join our 30s and 40s life stage class! In this class we hope to deepen relationships and explore faith with a (somewhat) consistent group of people in a similar life stage. This spring we will spend time getting to know one another, and Dan Schrock has agreed to lead us in faith conversations using a book as a guide. The book is still to be determined. We will meet in the sanctuary. Join us!
Berkey House for Rent
The red house beside the church will be available to rent in April. It has 4 bedrooms and 1.5 bathrooms. The cost is $750 per month. Gas and electric are the responsibility of the tenant. We are offering a one-year lease with month-to-month rental after the first year. If you're interested, please contact Lowell Nafziger, 574-536-5983.
Cards for Jered
During this Lenten and Easter season, we would like to send notes to Jered Liechty who is currently incarcerated at the Westville Correctional Facility. If you would like to show care or encouragement, please consider writing a few sentences to him. If you are not sure what to write, perhaps you could share a favorite bible verse or a poem. There are bright colored note cards on the table by the mailboxes for you to use. Place your card in the Office Manager's mailbox; the office will mail the cards weekly.
Stephen Ministry Training Continues: Dealing with Depression
This coming week the Stephen Ministry training class will be considering the subject of "Dealing with Depression: The Stephen Minister's Role". In this presentation they will be looking into the very common experience of depression--its causes, its symptoms, and the very special role Stephen Ministers have in the lives of people who are depressed. Those who are participating in Stephen Ministry training are excited about what they are learning and about the ministries they are anticipating. We look forward to the work of our new Stephen Minister.
Head 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!
Do you have an announcement for the Newsletter? Submit your announcement to the office by noon on Thursday. Announcements received after the deadline will be printed the following week.
Bethany Schools offers Christ-centered education by integrating faith and learning from a Mennonite perspective that highlights discipleship, peaceable living, and service. They invite each student to engage in a personal faith journey. To learn more visit their website
Congratulations to the GC girls basketball team who advanced to the final four in the NAIA Division II Tournament.
Anabaptist Mennonite Biblical Seminary
You are invited to a recital for voice and piano, Love: Sacred and Profane.
Louise Hawkley, soprano, will be singing songs by Liszt, Bach, Michael Head and others; lyrics by Rilke, Victor Hugo, Tennyson and others. The recital will be held at the Chapel of the Sermon on the Mount, Sunday April 3, 4:00-4:45 p.m. Light refreshments afterward. Admission is free.
Stations of the Cross and Resurrection at Pathways Retreat
Follow the footsteps of Jesus on his way to the cross at Pathways Retreat, 309 ½ Hackett Road, Goshen, March 23-26. The traditional 14 Stations of the Cross are designed and handcrafted of colorful mosaic by local artist and teacher, John Nafziger. Then, on Sunday, March 27 through the 50 days of Easter, seven Stations of the Resurrection will mark the risen Christ’s appearances from dawn of the first Easter through the ascension. These stations are ceramic tiles made from watercolor paintings by local artist and spiritual director, Sylvie Gudin. In addition to the artwork, scripture and reflections accompany each station. These walks through the woods appeal to all ages and are available during daylight hours. Call or text staff at 574-333-1822 for use of a golf cart. There is no cost, although donations are gratefully accepted. See their website
for photos and directions.
MDS Volunteers Needed
Ten volunteers are needed to help with the Mennonite Disaster Service (MDS) project in Detroit, April 18-22. This project includes clean-up and reconstruction in response to massive flooding in 2014 that damaged the homes of 128,000 families. It is a bi-national MDS effort (both Canadian and American). If you are interested in responding, contact Volunteer Placement Coordinator Alicia Hurst
Empty Bowl Project
The 16th annual Empty Bowl Project to benefit Goshen Interfaith Hospitality Network will be Saturday, March 26, 5:00-8:00 p.m. at Mill Race Center Farmer's Market. The cost is $15 which includes a handmade bowl, delicious soup of your choice, bread and beverage. These are provided by area restaurants and guild members.
The Amazing Elkhart Race
Church Community Services (CCS) will be hosting the 5th annual Amazing Elkhart Race on April 30. Their goal is to bring together community members, businesses, churches, etc. and highlight the goodness of Elkhart – as well as raise funds for CCS. You are invited to start a friendly competition here at Berkey by gathering 1 or 2 teams (4 persons each) to race in this completing wacky mental and physically challenging race. To learn more, visit their website
Advanced tickets to Support Safe Kids
If you are interested in supporting Safe Kids and enjoy Nelson’s Chicken please consider buying tickets for the May 14 BBQ fundraiser. Advanced sale tickets are $6 for half of a chicken and $3 for “Pit-tatoes”. See Dan Nafziger for tickets. Safe Kids Elkhart County works to reduce injuries that impact the children of our county.
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!
Mennonite Central Committee (MCC) Great Lakes has extended the deadline until March 21 for applications for the position of Executive Director. The Executive Director is responsible for the program, staff and budget of the Great Lakes region. This person will represent MCC Great Lakes within the broader MCC system, within the constituent churches of the region and actively collaborate with other MCC entities. The position includes involvement in everything from fund raising to program development to informal conversations to policy discussions. For more information visit them online
or contact Susan Wadel at 717-552-5785.