Berkey Avenue Mennonite Fellowship
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Berkey Avenue Mennonite Fellowship
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December 4, 2016

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Berkey Announcements

Class on Spiritual Discernment

directionIn December, January, and February, Dan Schrock is offering a class on spiritual discernment. At many moments in life we face decisions. Now that college is over, which job should I pursue? Which of the two graduate schools that I’m thinking about fits better with God’s call? My spouse and I have been married for a while; is this the right time to try to have children? My current job no longer seems like a good fit, so should I make a change? Now that I’m retired, I spend a lot of time sitting around; what good things can I do for others? Has the time come for me to sell my house and move to a retirement community? Decisions like these invite us to practice spiritual discernment, which is the art of identifying God’s call and sifting out the things that work against God’s call.

This class will focus on helping you make big and small decisions like these. The class will be most useful if you bring a real decision that you’re currently facing. If not, you can come with a simple wish to learn more about spiritual discernment. We'll be using Living into the Answers: A Workbook for Personal Spiritual Discernment, by Valerie Isenhower and Judith Todd.

Berkey Popcorn

cornLady finger popcorn was raised in the church gardens this summer. Lady finger popcorn is the smallest popcorn available and it is hull less. There is popcorn for sale on the table in the fellowship hall. This would make nice gifts. All sales go to the Model School fund in Berkey's budget.   

Advent Giving Project

booksThe College Board estimates that the cost of textbooks and supplies for undergraduate students for 2016-17 at $1100 to $1200. Many minority students at Goshen College do not have the funds to absorb this expense. For our Advent 2016 giving project, the Mission Commission will collect money to assist Goshen College minority students who are unable to purchase required textbooks. To contribute funds for this cause please designate your giving in the Berkey offering to “textbooks for students.”

Christmas Eve. Service

candlesOur Christmas worship service this year will be Saturday, December 24 at 7:00 p.m. There will not be a worship service on Sunday, Christmas day.

Berkey Christmas Lunch

lunchDan and Jennifer Schrock will host a potluck lunch at the church on Christmas Day, 1:00 p.m. This lunch is for anyone at Berkey who wants to come. Jennifer and Dan will provide the meat and ask that you bring only yourself and a dish to share. To make our planning easier, please contact Dan (202-4888) or Jennifer (533-1729) if you'd like to come.

Christmas Day Suggestion

churchAlthough we will have our usual Christmas Eve service, we will not have a worship service at Berkey on Christmas day. Instead you might consider the possibility of attending a Christmas day service in a church very different from ours. In a national context where we need to reach across divisions that separate us, worshiping with another group of Christians on Christmas might be a good thing.

Bolivian Learning Tour

BoliviaThe Mission Commission is organizing a 10 day MCC learning tour to Bolivia. The possible dates for the tour are either the end of April/beginning of May or the last part of June. This tour will be able to accommodate 8 to 12 people and may include people from Waterford Mennonite Church. If you are interested in participating in the tour planning, or in going on the tour please contact James Yoder

Berkey Prayer Circle

prayerThe Prayer Circle of three to five people meets routinely on Monday nights at 7:00 p.m. in the church offices. We pray for Berkey members who have shared joys and concerns during the worship service, by using the blue prayer cards, or through individual concerns specifically expressed to us. All prayer requests are kept confidential. Additionally, we pray for the life of Berkey Ave, the community surrounding it, and the wider world.

Giving Opportunity

sudanSome of you will remember Yasir Makki, who has spoken at our church. He is a church planter and school principal in the Sudan. Yasir has started a school for refugee children from the Nuba Mountains and is seeking more funding because the number of students is higher than expected. An email letter from Yasir is on the bulletin board by the mailboxes.

Here's how to help: To pay online, go to Yasir's donation and look for the Sudan school. If you want to mail a check, make it payable to International Friendships and send it to International Friendships, P.O. Box 82416, Columbus, OH 43202. Be sure to include a note that it is for the work of the Sudan School.

Battery Bucket

batteriesThis is a reminder that our church has a battery recycling station in the entryway to Jubilee Hall. There is a bucket for rechargeable batteries and CFLs and another for alkaline batteries. The former we can recycle for free, but the latter we pay about $2 per pound to recycle. You can make a contribution to this cost by putting a check in the offering with batteries in the subject line. Please read the instructions at the battery station about taping the terminals of large batteries. Recycling our batteries is one small way we can take responsibility for our consumption.

Throwback Thursday

tbtHead 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.


Our Schools

icon_bcs Bethany Christian

Middle School Instrumental Concert

Bethany Christian Middle School will hold a Christmas Instrumental concerts will be held on December. 6, with beginning instrument groups performing at 6:30 p.m. and the middle school band and orchestra at 7:30 p.m. The concerts are in the school’s chapel and open to the public. There is no admission charge.

Ten Thousand Villages Event

Shop Ten Thousand Villages in Goshen (206 S. Main St.) on Thursday, December 8, and Ten Thousand Villages will donate 20 percent of sales to Bethany Christian Schools. Your loved ones will enjoy the creative handcrafted gifts you purchase and artisans will receive vital, fair income as you support Bethany. Store hours for this benefit are 3:00 - 7:00 p.m.

High School Christmas Concert

Bethany Christian High School will hold its annual Christmas concert at 7:30 p.m. Friday, December 9, in Goshen College’s Sauder Concert Hall. Come hear choral and instrumental groups as they celebrate the birth of Christ in music and join them on stage for their concluding song “The Hallelujah Chorus” from Handel’s Messiah. A free-will offering will be taken.

Goshen College Goshen College

Christmas Piano Performance

An Afternoon Sabbatical on Tuesday, December. 6 at 1:00 p.m. in Sauder Concert Hall, Music Center is titled,“Curating Christmas.” Beverly Lapp, professor of music and department chair, will perform her favorite piano arrangements of Advent and Christmas music, and will offer commentary on how the compositional techniques at play bring out the message and spirit of these beloved carols.
This community program is free.

Student Art Sale

Looking for local Christmas gifts? On Monday, December 12, Goshen College art students will host a student art sale starting at 10:00 a.m. in the Union hallway. On December 12-13, Merry Lea will also hold their annual holiday sale bookstore in the Union hallway from 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

AMBS Anabaptist Mennonite Biblical Seminary

You are invited on Sunday, December 11, 3:00 p.m., at AMBS Chapel of the Sermon on the Mount for a the program, Do You Hear What I Hear? Sounds of Advent and Christmas. Accomplished organist Shirley King of Goshen will perform on the seminary's tracker pipe organ. Shirley has sought to present the organ as an historic, yet contemporary medium for musical expression and describes the organ at AMBS as “an instrument with integrity and beautiful sounds, and specially designed for the AMBS chapel.” A freewill offering for the AMBS Fund will be received at the event.

Mennonite Church USA

Join the #MennoLove fun! Participate in the Love is a Verb storytelling project by submitting a Love Your Selfie! Send us a photo of yourself practicing self-care and a brief explanation, and we will share it across the church online.

A revised version of the Israel-Palestine resolution first brought to delegates at the Mennonite Church USA assembly in 2015 is now available for review. View the document.

Mennonite World ConferenceMennonite World Conference

Renewal 2027 is a framework for a 10-year series of events within the Mennonite World Conference (MWC) global family, commemorating Anabaptism’s role in that period of culture and religious change called the Reformation. Read more.

mccMennonite Central Committee

You are invited to watch the YouTube video, Doctrine of Discovery. In this video, MCC explores the painful history of Native people.

Alumni & Friends of MCC are warmly invited to an international potluck on Friday, January 20, 6:00 p.m. at Berkey Avenue Mennonite Fellowship. Special guest speaker will be Amela Puljek Shank, current MCC Area Director for Europe and Middle East. Please RSVP by email or call 574-534-4133.

The Michiana Relief Sale is looking for old pictures, videos, stories and memorabilia from previous sales to display at the 50th sale in September 2017. We will make copies and preserve anything provided. We also welcome any memorabilia to be donated for auction. Please contact Jeanne Heyerly or call at 260-350-3134.

Community Announcements

First Friday Meal at The Window

The Maples at Waterford Crossing willing be hosting the First Friday meal.The Maples very own Chef Michael and gang will be serving a gourmet Reubenesque Sandwich (Corned Beef, Swiss Cheese, Sauerkraut and Thousand Island Dressing on a Soft Sub Roll), Seasoned Potato Wedges  and Chocolate Mouse for dessert. Yummy, right?! The suggested price of the meal is $9.00, and as always, all proceeds benefit our programs.

Church Community Services Open House

Church Community Services at 907 Oakland Ave, Elkhart is having an open house on Saturday, December 3, 9:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. Mittens and mixes, scarves and signs... and tons of other gift basket options will be available. All proceeds support local women striving for a better quality of life. Shop local and give the gift that gives back to the community!

Fall Concert

The Goshen Community Chorale will be presenting its fall concert at 7:00 p.m. on Sunday evening, December 4th at St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church in Goshen. This program will showcase Hispanic Christmas music, with the "Navidad Nuestra" of Ariel Ramirez to be the featured work. Goshen resident Nayo Ulloa will be a soloist for this event and the chorus will be accompanied by an instrumental ensemble of strings, guitars, recorders and percussion. There is no admission charge and all are welcome.

American Girl Doll Party to Raise Funds for The Window

You are invited to join The Window at The Maples at Waterford Crossing (1332 Waterford Circle, Goshen) for an American Girl Doll Tea Party and Parade on Saturday, December 10, 1:30 - 3:30 p.m. A $20 per person Seat Reservation includes: Tea, Finger Sandwiches, Dessert and a Presentation on Tea Etiquette and Tea Types. Raffle tickets for an American Girl Doll, Book and Accessories are $10 or 3 for $25. All proceeds benefit The Window, Inc. programs. Space is limited, RSVP to 574-534-3920 by December 7.


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!

Soup of Success packages and sells soup, dip and cookie mixes to help support their program. The holiday season is their busiest time. They could use volunteers who would be able to help package mixes or attach labels for one or more hours, Monday-Thursday, 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. If you're interested please contact Gwen Hershberger, 574-295-3673, ext 112.

Chain Reaction Bicycle Project is looking for bike donations and volunteers to assist in the bike shop. Chain Reaction is a non-profit promoting bicycling in the Goshen community through its community bicycle repair shop and increased access to bicycles/repairs for people with low income.  For more information, email or call 574-903-3056.

The Mennonite Church USA Communications team is offering college internships. Beginning in January and culminating in July 2017 at Mennonite Church USA Convention in Orlando, these internships will include positions for writers, editors, photographers, social media and graphic design. Internships will be paid and prioritize students of color. Interested students should contact Janie for more information.

LaCasa is seeking a Resident Manager for their Supportive Housing residential community in Goshen. Candidate will live in a 2 bedroom apartment within a 15 unit apartment building for homeless individuals referred for housing by Oaklawn. Primary responsibility is to be eyes and ears for LaCasa and Oaklawn while being a friend and support to tenants. Compensation is in the form of rent reduction. Contact Alan Greaser, 574-533- 4450 for more information.

MDC Goldenrod is currently hiring for multiple positions including:
  • Residential Services Program Manager
  • Director of Finance and Administration
  • Direct Support Professional
  • Program Coordinator
  • Program Admissions and Operations Coordinator
Visit the MDC Goldenrod "Work For Us" website page for job descriptions.



Monday, December 5
Advent Committee, 7:00 p.m.
Intercessory Prayer, 7:00 p.m.

Tuesday, December 6
Christian Education Commission, 8:00 p.m.


bellsHoliday Nurture Hour Schedule

December 18: 
Middlers, JYF, MYF through adults will participate in the Intergenerational activities planned by the Advent Committee.
Nursery through Primary children will meet with their regular Nurture Hour classes.

Nurture Classes will not meet:
December 25 (Christmas)
January 1 (New Year)
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Birthdays This Week
Pat Darling Miller
Dave Krabill
Alex Miller
Isabela Barahona
Morgan Short
Olivia Wenger
Please contact the office by noon on Thursday with prayer requests.

Our Church
Pastoral SearchPray for our Pastoral Search Committee (Randy Horst, Abbe Buller, Priscillah Metekai, Deb Williams, and Richard Aguirre) as they continue their work. On December 14 they will meet with Doug Kaufman, the Indiana-Michigan Mennonite Conference pastor for leadership transitions.

SuePray for Sue Byler and her family as they grieve the death of Sue's sister-in-law, Rebecca, who died in Ohio this past Monday. Sue, along with the rest of her extended family have been in Ohio most of the week for the visitation and funeral which were held at Walnut Creek Mennonite Church. Sue writes, "Rebecca has been in the nursing home at Walnut Creek for a few years, and her failing heart finally gave out... She was a special aunt to our children--the favorite."

IN-MI Mennonite Conference
Pray for Talcum Mennonite, Hazard, KY (Orlo Fisher, pastor). Pastor Fisher is stepping down from leadership in the spring. Please pray for the congregation as they search for new pastoral leadership.
Pray for Fairhaven Mennonite, Fort Wayne, IN (Rachel Yoder, contact person). Fairhaven has just completed a year-long transition process. Please pray as they discern next steps for pastoral leadership and moving forward with their vision.

Mennonite Education Agency
Pray with the Bethel College (Kansas) community for the peace and light of Christ to come into the world as faculty, staff, students and friends participate in the 31st annual Lighting of the Green on campus Sunday evening.

Mennonite Mission Network
Mennonite Mission Network requests prayer for the Colorado Springs Service Adventure unit as participants work alongside Beth-El Mennonite Church to live out an Anabaptist perspective in a community with a large military population. Pray for David Borbely, Nora Charles, Marle Moellenbruck and Kate Unruh, and leaders Daniel and Meg Smeltzer Miller.

DownloadDecember MMN Prayer Vine

Church Notes

Our Worship

This Sunday:  December 4
Advent 2:  Justice
Scripture:  Psalm 72:1-7; Isaiah 11:1-10; Matthew 3:1-12

Next Sunday:  December 11
Advent 3:  Healing
Scripture:  Isaiah 35:1-10 ; Matthew 11:2-11; James 5:7-10

Sunday Service Info

This Sunday:  December 4

Rafael Barahona
Dick & Nancy Yoder

Thelma Ramer

Merrill & Clare Krabill

Phil Bauman

Lana Smucker

Infants:  Janice Hostetler, Laura & Randy Horst
Toddlers:  Linda Liechty, Denise Risser, Angela Sheank

Offering Counters:
John Hooley, Greg Smucker

Next Sunday:  December 11

Rafael Barahona
Dick & Nancy Yoder

Thelma Ramer

Merrill & Clare Krabill

Phil Bauman

Lana Smucker

Infants:  Shirley Dick, Lindsy Diener-Locke, Clare Krabill
Toddlers:  Sara Alvarez, Bev & Dave Krabill

Offering Counters:
Ron Good, Rick Hostetter

Statistical Report 
(November 27)

Attendance: 133
General Fund:  $2,889.85
Advent Project: Textbooks for Students:  $20.00
Bethany 2016/2017:  $15.00
Coffee:  $38.40
College Matching:  $520.00
Playground/Parking lot:  $250.00

General Fund Income 2016-17 YTD
Actual:  $80,529.38
Budget:  $79,530.00

Berkey Avenue
Mennonite Fellowship

2509 Berkey Avenue
Goshen, IN 46526
(574) 534-2398

Office Hours
Monday - Friday
Hours vary

Interim Communications and Office Manager, Jenny Hooley,
Tuesday - Friday
10:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.


Marilyn Rudy-Froese (on sabbatical)
Dan Schrock
Ron Guengerich

Greg Smucker (Chairperson)
Richard Aguirre
Sherm Kauffman
Anita Mounsithiraj
Margaret Stoltzfus

Doug Baker
Richard Miller
Laverne Nafziger
Judy Weaver
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