Berkey Avenue Mennonite Fellowship
A congregation of Mennonite Church USA
Berkey Avenue Mennonite Fellowship
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March 13, 2016

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Berkey Announcements

Spring Forward

Daylight Savings TimeDaylight Savings Time begins this Sunday, March 13. Remember to move your clocks forward one hour before going to bed Saturday night so that you come to Worship at the correct time.

Pastor's Schedule

Marilyn Rudy-FroesePastor Marilyn Rudy-Froese is on retreat March 14-20, and will be back in the office on March 22.

Address for the Yoders

The YodersPlease keep Marion and Meredith Yoder in your prayers as they begin treatment for Marion's cancer which has metastasized. Marion and Meredith plan, at this point, to remain in Arizona until the end of April. If you wish to send them a note of encouragement, their Arizona mailing address is now in the online directory.

Garden Plots

gardenPlans are underway for this years 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.

Care Package Request

Care PackagesMYFers 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.

Life Stage Sunday School class: 30s and 40s

Sunday SchoolThis spring there will be a new life stage Sunday school class with a focus on deepening relationships and exploring our faith with a (somewhat) consistent group of people in a similar life stage. The starting few are mostly in our 30s and we welcome others. We will study a variety of topics chosen and led by participants. This coming Sunday will be our first class, and we will discuss class structure, brainstorm topics, and look at our spring calendar. We will meet in the sanctuary. Join us!

Cards for Jered

Notes for JeredDuring 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:  Experiencing Grief

stephen ministriesThis coming week the Stephen Ministry training class will be considering the subject of "Ministering to Those Experiencing Grief". In this presentation they will be realizing that grief can be healthy and learning to recognize and help people through the various stages in the process of grieving. Those who are participating in Stephen Ministry training are excited about what they are learning and about the ministries they are anticipating. We are grateful for the on-going work of our Stephen Ministers among us.

Throwback Thursday

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.

Our Schools

icon_bcs Bethany Christian

Visit Bethany on March 21:  Students in grades 6-10 interested in exploring Bethany Christian Schools can shadow a Bethany student on Monday, March 21, 8:40 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Parents are invited at 8:45-9:15 a.m. for coffee and conversation. Parent tours are available at 9:15 a.m. This is a great way for prospective students and families to discover Bethany! Contact us to explore visit options for younger children as well. For more information, to register, or to schedule a visit on another date visit their website.

Goshen College Goshen College

International Student Coffeehouse

The Goshen College International Student Coffeehouse dinner and show will be Saturday, March 12. Dinner will include a wide array of international dishes cooked by our students; starting at 5:00 p.m. in the College Mennonite Church Fellowship Hall. The variety show starts at 7:00 p.m. in the Music Center's Sauder Concert Hall, and will feature a new collection of dances, songs and country presentations from around the world. Some of the profits will go to a charity to be chosen by the students. This is a family friendly event. To buy tickets, please visit or call the GC Welcome Center (535-7566) or buy tickets online. Adults $18 ( $10 show only); non-adults $10 ($5 show only).

Special Guest Speaker

Rev. David L. Myers, senior adviser to the FEMA administrator and director of the Department of Homeland Security’s Center for Faith-based and Neighborhood Partnerships will be in town to present the 2016 Yoder Public Affairs series at Goshen College, titled “Blowing Down Fences, Making Good Neighbors: Interfaith and Intercultural Collaboration in Disasters” on Thursday, March 17 at 7:30 p.m.. He will also deliver a speech titled “An Unpredictable Pathway to Presidential Appointee” during a morning convocation on Friday, March 18 at 10:00 a.m. Both will take place at College Mennonite Church and are free and open to the public. Read more about Myers and his visit to Goshen online.

Harpsichord and Violin Recital

You are invited to a rectial this Sunday, March 13 at 4:00 p.m., Rieth Recital Hall. The Baroque specialists Elisabeth Wright and Allison Edberg Nyquist share exquisite music of J.S. Bach and François Couperin, both artists having respectively received such accolades in their extensive careers as: “their style is both reflective and delicate, rare and refreshing” (London Daily Telegraph), and “impeccable, with unerring intonation and an austere beauty” (Chicago Sun Times). Wright teaches at Indiana University, and Edberg at Vanderbilt University, and the two have collaborated in "The Soulful Bach and Telemann," a recording that earned the Wholenote DISCoveries review, “I can’t say enough about the music-making on this disc. It’s technically brilliant playing and singing offered with love and humility.”  Tickets are $10 for general admission, available online or by calling (574) 535-7566.

AMBS Anabaptist Mennonite Biblical Seminary

You are invited to a public lecture titled, "Do We Have Souls? Perspectives from Theology & Science". This year's Theological Lecturer is Nancey Murphy, senior professor of Christian Philosophy at Fuller Theological Seminary.  Dr. Murphy's presentations are free and open to the public on March 15 at 11:45 a.m. and 1:30 p.m., and on March 16 at 10:15 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. All events will take place at the Chapel of the Sermon on the Mount on the Anabaptist Mennonite Biblical Seminary campus. For more information, call AMBS at 800.964.2627 or visit their website.

Community Announcements

Assembly Mennonite Concert Invitation

Assembly Mennonite Church invites us to join them on March 17, 8:00 p.m. for a concert by internationally-recognized cellist Steuart Pincombe and singer Michelle Pincombe featuring spirituals and music from the early shape-note tradition in America. The program takes us on a believer’s journey from repentance to hope in life eternal. This free concert is being sponsored by Credo Music and being presented as part of the Music in Familiar Spaces tour.

MCC Peace Gathering in Elkhart

You are invited to join Mennonite Central Committee (MCC) Great Lakes and Elkhart Advocates for Peace & Justice (EAPJ) for an informative evening on conscientious objection and military recruitment. The gathering will take place on Saturday, March 19, from 6:00-7:00 p.m. at Hively Avenue Mennonite Church in Elkhart. Joshua Russell, Legislative Assistant for the MCC U.S. Washington Office, will be the speaker. With intensive military recruitment in our local schools, this input and discussion is very relevant to the lives of many in our community.

MEDA Annual Business Tour

Join Michiana Mennonite Economic Development Associates (MEDA) for our Annual Business Tour on Saturday, March 19, at 8:30 am. This year's tour will feature Kountry Wood Products, makers of Kountry Cabinets, in Nappanee. The morning will begin with a buffet breakfast at Mullet’s Dining, also in Nappanee. After the meal, Ola Yoder, CEO and founder of Kountry Wood Products, will give a presentation about his business. We'll then proceed to their corporate offices and Plant #1 for our tour, where company president Perry Miller will discuss their facilities and operations. Please RSVP by Monday, March 14, to or 574-355-3607. Cost is $5 for students, $15 for Michiana MEDA members, and $20 for others, payable at the door.

Project Promise Easter Play

MDC Goldenrod invites you to come see our community members as they present the Project Promise Easter play on Saturday, March 19, at 3:00 and 6:00 p.m. at Clinton Frame Mennonite Church. Project Promise provides spiritual and social support for persons with disabilities. A free-will offering will be collected to support the program. Visit them online or call (574)533-9720 for more information.

Spring into Books

In the spring of 2015, Goshen Schools piloted a new program called Spring Into Books (SIB).
The pilot program was held in a handful of kindergarten and preschool classrooms in the district. As we move into the Spring of 2016, we are hoping to implement the program at all elementary schools for kindergarten and the preschool at Prairie View. Spring Into Books will run for four weeks with the reader visiting one time per week. The program will run April 18 – May 13. An orientation will be held on Wednesday, April 13 at lunch time with the place to be determined soon. Our hope with the SIB program is encourage local women to share their leadership skills and love of reading with our youngest students. The deadline to sign up is March 25. See the bulletin board by the mailboxes for more information.

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!

Our Neighborhood Outreach Specialist, Jose Elizalde, is looking for 3 volunteers to help with citizenship classes being held at the LaCasa offices at 202 N. Cottage Ave. in Goshen.  He hopes for someone who can commit to help for the length of the class. This person does not need to know Spanish; English-only speakers are welcome. The class is for 10 Wednesdays from 6:30 pm to 8:30 pm. (the classes have already started this week). The volunteer’s responsibility will focus on reading and written English sentences. Interested parties can email Elizalde for further information.

GIHN is looking for at least two part-time weekend and holiday staff people. Applicants must be at least 21 years old, with a patient and compassionate heart - yet able to be firm when necessary. Details: Pick-up/Drop-off guest families at host churches in organizations’ van and supervise guest families while they are at the GIHN center on weekends and holidays. For questions or more details, call 534-2300.

HELP!! The Depot MCC Thrift Shops needs your help. If you have a passion to work with clothing and enjoy fellowship with others, then we have an opportunity for you. The Depot is making a push to gain ten additional volunteers to work with sorting, preparing and pricing the donated clothing that helps support the work of the Mennonite Central Committee. Please consider some of your time and contact Karen or Doug at 534-1828 or stop in at 1013 Division St. Goshen.

MDC Goldenrod is looking for a Groundskeeper/Maintenance Assistant to help oversee upkeep and maintenance of the MDC Goldenrod grounds in both Goshen and Middlebury. This position will also provide back up to the Maintenance Director when needed. This is a full-time position with benefits. For more information, please call Ken Mauzy, Maintenance Director, at 574/533-9720.

Mennonite Central Committee (MCC) Great Lakes is seeking 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. Deadline to apply is March 14.



March 14
Private Event, 4:00 p.m.
Intercessory Prayer, 7:00 p.m.
Stewardship and Finance, 7:00 p.m.

March 15
Leadership and Discernment Team, 6:00 p.m.
Mission Commission, 7:00 p.m.

March 16
MYF (bowling), 7:00 p.m.
Spiritual Leadership Team, 7:00 p.m.

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Birthdays This Week
Dan Williams
Ben Woodward Breckbill
Dale Snyder
Patti MacGregor

PrayerPlease contact the office by noon on Thursday with prayer requests.

Pray for Maple River Mennonite, Brutus, MI (Steve Slagel, transitional pastor). Pray for the congregation as they embrace a new vision to move forward with initiatives to engage neighbors and the community.

Praise God for Mennonite Mission Network partners in Mongolia and the Mongolian Prayer Movement that began four years ago. Pray with Christians in Mongolia as they desire to send mission teams to each of the 40 modern-day countries that once made up Genghis Khan’s vast 13th-century empire.

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Church Notes
Sunday Service Info

This Sunday:  March 13

Julie and Phil Zimmerman

Rita Gingrich

John & Missy Schrock

Nick Schrock/Jenae Longenecker

Infants:  Jenny Yoder, Rita and Jud Gingrich
Toddlers:  Jane Wang, Brenda and Daniel Grimes

Offering Counters:
Ron Good, Rick Hostetter

Next Sunday:  March 20

Abbe and Patrick Buller
Julie and Phil Zimmerman

Rita Gingrich

John & Missy Schrock

Nick Schrock/Jenae Longenecker

Infants:  Shirley Dick, Ruth and John Roth
Toddlers:  Jane Wang, Sherry and Lyman Hug

Offering Counters:
Lowell Nafziger, Denise Risser

Statistical Report 
(March 6)

Attendance:  194
General fund: $10,518.71
Bethany:  $865.00
Coffee:  $38.40
College match:  $70.00
Flint water:  $45.00
Model School:  $92.00
Rent:  $750.00
The Mennonite:  $296.00

General Fund Income 2015-16 YTD
Actual:  $167,266.82
Budget:  $152,260.00

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
Dan Schrock
Ben Woodward Breckbill - Pastoral Intern

Greg Smucker (Chairperson)
Shirley Dick
Sherm Kauffman
Anita Mounsithiraj
Richard Aguirre

Doug Baker
Richard Miller
Laverne Nafziger
Judy Weaver
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