Berkey Avenue Mennonite Fellowship
A congregation of Mennonite Church USA
Berkey Avenue Mennonite Fellowship
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March 23, 2014

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Berkey Announcements

Thank You Notes

In Remembrance


Thank you for your cards, prayers, and warm thoughts as we remember the life of Lila Good, Ron's mother.  Also, thank you for the lovely plant that was sent to us by BAMF. ~ Ron and Lori Good

Kimuka School

Kimuka SchoolThanks to all of you for the wonderful fellowship and donations made during last week's fundraiser event between worship and nurture hour.  We are delighted to report that we raised $2600.00 for the Kimuka school in Kenya!  Additional donations can still be made for the next several weeks. Thank you for helping us pass this blessing along to them! ~ The Metekai family, their small group, and the Mission Commission

Nooma Series Sunday School Class

Nooma This Sunday we continue our Nooma series. Rob Bell leads us through various topics in this film/DVD series that explores our world from a Jesus perspective. This week, Patrick and Abbe Buller will facilitate the conversation. See an overview video of Nooma.

Communications and Office Manager

Office ManagerLast chance to apply! We’d like to hire a Communications and Office Manager to work in the church office for 20 hours a week. This person will focus on communications (maintaining and further developing our website, posting on social media, preparing bulletins and newsletters, etc.) and on general office management. See a complete job description. If you want to apply, please contact Dan Schrock by Sunday, March 23.

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 Schools Bethany Christian Schools

Come on out for the John McCutcheon concert at Bethany Christian Schools, March 29, 7:00 p.m. McCutcheon is a captivating storyteller and folksinger who inspires and entertains the whole family. He masterfully weaves his Christian faith into his music, whether wrestling with his own ability to forgive or sharing powerful and inspiring acts of grace from the lives of others. Reserved-seat tickets are $20 and may be purchased online.

Goshen Community Schools

Preschool enrollment dates are May 9, 16, 23. To qualify for the Goshen Community Schools Preschool program, a child must be 4 by August 1st and not 5 by August 1st (kindergarten eligible), must reside in the Goshen Community Schools residence boundaries and must qualify for free/reduced lunch. Parents must register their child at Central Registration, 613 East Purl Street, Goshen.

Goshen College Goshen College

Career Development Open House

Ready to advance your career? The Goshen College Graduate and Continuing Studies program is hosting an open house on Friday, March 28 from 4:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. in Newcomer Center Room 19 (on Main Street, across from IU Goshen Hospital). Learn about earning your bachelor’s degree in social work, business administration, organizational leadership or RN to BSN. Learn more.

Afternoon Sabbatical

Join us on Tuesday, April 1st at 1:00 p.m. in the Sauder Concert Hall, Music Center for "Breaking Down Barriers: Journeys of the Apostle Paul" featuring Kyle Hufford (FiveCore Media general manager), Bob Yoder (campus minister and assistant professor of youth ministry), Seth Conley (assistant professor of communication, GCTV advisor). Explore how Paul overcame religious, cultural and physical obstacles as a leader of the first generation of Christians. Learn more.

AMBS Anabaptist Mennonite Biblical Seminary

Instead of eating lunch on Fridays, some in the seminary community are gathering for prayers for Mennonite Church USA and Mennonite Church Canada as leaders discern issues related to sexuality. David Miller, associate professor, has shaped this time of prayer with praise, confession and intercession, based on Scripture. We invite others to join in the prayers in their own setting, using this guide.

Community Announcements

GIHN's Annual Fundraiser Dinner

Goshen Interfaith Hospitality Network invites you to save the date for Thursday, May 8, for our Annual Fundraiser Dinner: "A Place at the Table."   Tickets for the dinner and program are $50.00 per person and are available now in person, or by mail at 105 S. 3rd Street, Goshen IN 46526.

Project Promise Celebrates 40 years

Over the last 40 years Project Promise has been a gift in our community as it has created community together with men and women of all abilities through prayer, worship, crafts, drama, and fellowship. This year we celebrate our 40th year anniversary! Please join us for our 40th anniversary program at Clinton Frame Mennonite Church on March 29th at 4:00 p.m. Project Promise is a program to meet the spiritual and social needs of adults with disabilities. Project Promise meets two times a month for worship and craft activities. In addition to the worship and craft activities, Project Promise hosts an annual Easter play, a field day, a retreat, a chicken BBQ and various other activities. (This year the program will take the place of our annual Easter Play. Please join us for our Program and look forward to the play resuming in 2015.)

Donations for the Window

You make a difference! Without your generous donations, many of those in our community would be hungry and cold. Visit our website for a full list of items needed.

Blue Gate Theater Concerts

The Blue Gate has several upcoming concerts that we believe may interest you, including Kathy Troccoli, Natalie Grant and the Sidewalk Prophets. These shows are sure to be a wonderful evening of praise and worship as well as lots of fun. The Blue Gate strives to make sure everything we put on the stage is outstanding and family friendly. Learn more.

ADEC 42nd Annual Ride-A-Bike

ADEC invites you to support our 42nd annual Ride-A-Bike by encouraging your church to register teams. Think how much fun your youth and families will have riding bicycles or walking together to help children and adults with disabilities! This year’s Ride-A-Bike will be May 17 at Northridge High School. Top pledge raisers — individual and team win prizes. The prize awarded to the top youth pledge raiser is a new bicycle provided by Elkhart Bicycle Shop. Ride-A-Bike is ADEC’s main fundraiser and helps pay for the supports and services we offer to children and adults facing the challenges of life with disabilities.The more people get involved, the more money we raise. Please contact Rod Tackett, ADEC Communications Specialist at (574) 848-2443 or with questions.

Positive Parenting Classes

CAPS Happy Kids Healthy Families is partnering with St. Mark's United Methodist Church, schools and community organizations to provide Positive Parenting classes to families in Goshen on Mondays from April 14 to June 16.  We are looking for community members to volunteer to help in the kitchen or in child care.  For the kitchen help, the hours are from 4:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. and for child care they are from 6:00 p.m. – 8:15 p.m.  An orientation for both volunteer jobs will be provided. Contact Kim Chastain by at or by phone at (574) 295-2277 for more information or to request a volunteer application. All volunteers who apply will go through a brief interview and background checks will be done. Thank you for considering this valuable volunteer opportunity!
Blue Gate Theater Concerts

Helping Orphans Event

Local couple, Chris and Erin Hipsher, are working together with Both Ends Burning (BEB), a non-profit advocacy organization that promotes adoption as a solution for children without parents. BEB has produced the heartwarming documentary STUCK. This film reveals the problems with the current international adoption system that often prevents those kids from finding a home with loving parents. On Saturday, April 5 at 3:00, the Hipshers are hosting a free community event showing of this documentary at the Elkhart County Historical Museum in Bristol (304 W. Vistula Street). Please plan to attend, as all are welcome. Learn more.

Michiana Anabaptist Historians Meeting

The Spring 2014 Meeting of Michiana Anabaptist Historians will be on Saturday, March 22, at Shore Mennonite Church in Shipshewana. Coffee and Registration begins at 8:30 a.m. At 9:00 a.m., our meeting begins.  Please contact Helene Hoover at or check the MAH website for more details.

MCC Great Lakes Events

Mennonite Central Committee Great Lakes invites you to join us for meetings with Rachelle Lyndaker Schlabach, March 27 and 28. Rachelle is the Director of the Mennonite Central Committee U.S. Washington Office. A Peace Forum and Advocacy Day event are scheduled. Learn more.

Woodcutting Days at Amigo - UPDATED

Amigo Centre's firewood supply is totally gone in the aftermath of the hard winter, and two woodcutting days will be scheduled this spring to help replenish it. People to cut, carry and stack wood are needed. Dates are March 29 and May 17. We will begin around 8:00 a.m. For the March event, we will serve lunch at 12:00 p.m. For the May event, we will serve brunch at 10:00 a.m. Cutters are welcome to leave at the schedule that works best for them. If you have a chainsaw, please bring it along. Gas and oil are furnished. Your help will be greatly appreciated! Please let us know you are coming at or (269) 651-2811.

Prairie Street Funk Fest

“Can a Potawatomi teach Mennonites to Dance” will be the theme of a Prairie Street and prairie people encounter at Prairie Street Mennonite Church in Elkhart (1316 Prairie Street) on Saturday, May 10, 2014, 9:00 a.m.– 3:00 p.m. This fifth annual Funk Fest features Potawatomi speaker and storyteller George Godfrey, with a variety of short presentations by others and opportunity for discussion. No advance registration required. Cost is $10 ($5 students/retirees/unemployed). Bring a sack lunch or pay $5 extra at registration for pizza and fruit lunch. For more information, call (574) 293-0377 or email

Celebrate Mennonite Central Committee

Please plan on joining us to Celebrate Mennonite Central Committee in May 6-9, 2014 when we are excited to offer a special update from Haiti. Kristen & Wawa Chege, MCC Haiti Policy Analyst & Advocacy Coordinators, and Garly Michel, Executive Director of MCC partner Wozo, will be sharing stories of how your contributions to MCC have made a difference to Haitians recovering from the devastating 2010 earthquake. For more information, contact Les Gustafson-Zook at or call (574) 534-4133. Learn more.

Spring VORP Training

If you enjoy working creatively and collaboratively with others, you may want to consider becoming a VORP volunteer mediator for the Center for Community Justice. VORP (Victim Offender Reconciliation Program) will be training professionals and community members about restorative justice values and offer time to practice new conflict mediation skills on Thursday April 3rd from 4 p.m.-8 p.m. and Friday April 4th and Saturday April 5th from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. The training has been approved for: 14.5 hours of continuing education credits for social workers; Pending Continuing Education Credits (CLE Non-Legal Subject Matter) for Judges and Attorneys; and Pending Continuing Education Credits (CME) for mediators. All registration information and fees are to be submitted by April 1st (March 21st for early bird discount). Please contact Anne Lehman at (574) 295-6149 or to register or with questions. Learn more.

Center for Healing & Hope’s Fiesta Feast

Tickets are on sale now for the Center for Healing & Hope’s Fiesta Feast featuring a Puerto Rican Meal by Rolling Scones. Join us on Saturday, March 22, from 5:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. at College Mennonite Church Fellowship Hall (1900 S. Main St. Goshen). Eat in or carry out will be available. The family friendly fundraising dinner supports the Center for Healing & Hope, which provides urgent medical care and advocacy to those in need in our community. The Puerto Rican meal includes savory chicken & pork, rice & beans, salad, bread, & dessert. Tickets are $20 Adults, $10 Children 12 & under and are available until March 19 or until sold out. You may order them online at, by calling (574) 534-4744 ext. 201, emailing, or mailing a check to Center for Healing & Hope, P.O. Box 195, Goshen, IN 46527.

LaCasa Annual Luncheon Meeting

Save the date for LaCasa's Annual Luncheon Meeting, March 26, 2014 at noon.  We will gather in the Crystal Ballroom at the Lerner Theater in Elkhart. Annual meeting seats are $30 each or $225 for a table of eight. Reservations can be made by calling (574) 533-4450 ext 16 or emailing LaCasa has been helping Families and improving neighborhoods for 44 years.  We want to share what we are doing now!


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!

IU Health Home Care and Hospice seeks volunteers to provide comfort, support and companionship to hospice patients and their families in Goshen, Middlebury, Millersburg, Ligonier, New Paris, and Milford. Hospice training is free of charge. For more information, contact Deb Lindemood at (574) 364-1387.
Free baby bunnies! Please contact Tim Nafziger at (574) 533-2264 if you are interested.
There is currently an opening for a part time Administrative Assistant at the College Avenue Everence office in Goshen. The Administrative Assistant would support the sales efforts of the (College Avenue) Everence office in Michiana, provide clerical, administrative support and sales assistance to designated advisors.  Must be able to deliver excellent customer service to current policyholders, members, prospects, and staff. Learn more.
Bethany Christian Schools is accepting applications for substitute teachers. To download an application see For more information, contact assistant principal Tim Lehman at or (574) 534-2567.
Bethany Christian High School is seeking a girls tennis coach for spring 2014. Position begins in early March. To apply or ask questions, contact athletic director Gary Chupp at
Bethany Christian Schools invites applications for the position of food service manager. The position begins March 31, 2014, and continues in the 2014-15 school year. For details and application procedures, see
Be intentional. Be transformed! Serve with “DOOR: Dwell” in urban areas like Atlanta, Chicago, Denver, L.A., Miami, or San Antonio. Dwell is a yearlong opportunity for young adults, ages 19-30, to live together, serve, study, reflect, worship, and learn individually and as a team. Participants serve in matched agency placements and together in joint service projects. Learn more.
Mennonite Mission Network has an immediate opening for a full-time Church Relations Associate.  Work will be based in Elkhart, Indiana, or Newton, Kansas, with regular travel to U.S. locations in the mid-states and West coast, approximately 35% of the time. Candidates need a passion for God’s mission, and the ability to build relationships, listen carefully, and inspire participation. The position description can be read online at Interested persons please send a letter of interest and résumé to Linda Krueger, Human Resources Coordinator, at Mennonite Mission Network is an antiracist organization and welcomes applications from people of all races and nationalities.

Getting to Know

Education Commission

Ruth Miller Roth

Ruth Roth

I grew up the youngest of eight children on a farm in Holmes Co., Ohio. I have since lived in other countries and I love to travel – but I am struck by how much I was shaped by those childhood years of security, love and responsibility. John was my high school sweetheart. I take credit for bringing him to Goshen College since he followed me there. I have an M.A. degree in education. I’m a teacher at Prairie View Elementary and have been teaching young children for over 20 years. John and I have four daughters, three sons-in-law and a beautiful 10-month-old granddaughter, Ana. My passions include: children, family, Christian education, chocolate, fresh flowers all year long and hosting people in our home.

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?
Berkey Garden
From Lowell Nafziger, In honor of the Spring's official arrival:

When the church bought the land to the west, in about 2000, I bought a Ford tractor and mower to mow it.  As I mowed it I kept thinking we ought to do something with this land besides just mow it.  When I retired in 2008, I decided to put a garden there. I checked with the church elders about putting a garden in the field and inviting others to have garden plots there. They approved it and I invited church attenders as well as went to all the neighbors whose property joins the church property inviting them to have a garden plot.  Every year we have about 20 people who have garden plots. Of those, 7 or 8 do not attend BAMF.  In addition to those, one other neighbor has told me she would like a plot next year and another neighbor told me one of his children might want a plot next year.  We have a water line buried that goes out to the garden. I have a farmer who comes every year in the fall and puts a load of manure on the garden. I now have a plow, a disk, and a cultipacker to prepare the ground for gardening.

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.
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This Week
March 26: MYF Progressive Meal, 7:00 p.m.

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

Please pray for Steve Garboden's cousin, Nancy Beamer, who has a recurrence of lymphoma.  Please pray that God's love will surround her and give her a peaceful, calm spirit.   Also, please pray for relief of physical pain.
Pray for opportunities for Mennonite Mission Network’s Brian and Kelly McPhail to share Jesus’ love with their students in China where they serve through Mennonite Partners in China.
Mennonite Church USA is encouraging congregations and individuals to pray for members of the Constituency Leaders Council (CLC) as they meet together at Bethel College in North Newton, Kansas, from March 20-22. The CLC is a group that includes representatives from area conferences and MC USA constituency groups across the country. Representatives from IN-MI Conference are Dan Miller, Gene Hartman, and Shannon Dycus.

DownloadMar. MMN Prayer Vine

Church Notes
Sunday Service Info

This Sunday: March 23

Neil Richer, Sara Alvarez, Hannah Canaviri

Rita Gingrich

Lori & Ron Good

Offering Counters: 
Dick Ramer, Karl Sommers

Ben Buckwalter / Roxanna Sommers

Joanna Epp and Seth Krabill

Next Sunday: March 30

Rafael Barahona, Eleanor Nafziger, Ruth Hathaway

Laverne Nafziger

Dan and Deb Williams

Offering Counters: 
Shawn Born, Diane Nafziger

Ben Buckwalter / Roxanna Sommers

Joanna Epp and Seth Krabill

Statistical Report 
(March 16)

Attendance: 201
General Fund: $6,738.75
Bethany Tuition: $25.00
College Matching: $25.00
Agape: $971.00
Building: $5.00
Kenya Relief: $125.00

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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