Berkey Avenue Mennonite Fellowship
A congregation of Mennonite Church USA
Berkey Avenue Mennonite Fellowship
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February 7, 2016

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Berkey Announcements

Congregational Meeting

Congregational meetingOur winter congregational meeting will follow a potluck lunch on Sunday, February 21. The agenda includes:
  • Approving minutes of the November 15 meeting.
  • Reading and reflecting on our mission statement.
  • Reviewing a financial report for the fiscal year to date.
  • Hearing about repairs, upgrades, and improvements to our facility.
  • Summary of what the Spiritual Leadership Team is working on.

News from Mike Genau at Jubilee Partners

Mike GenauPlease take time to read Mike's update on the Mission's bulletin board. Mike's update provides information regarding his work, including descriptions of the Karen, a minority ethnic group from Burma. Mike describes this group as expert foragers whose written language "looks beautiful, organic and futuristic, like something out of Avatar." Near the end of the letter Mike writes, "I inadvertently wound up eating possum my first night here. It was dressed up in a spicy Karen dish with some herbs and oil over rice, it was actually pretty good haha". Mike's address is Mike Genau, PO Box 68,Comer GA, 30629 and his e-mail address is Finally Mike says, "If you'd like to write back, letters are pretty exciting in a life without TV, but emails would be great too. Hope you and yours are well."

Note from our Everence Advocate

EverenceThe Everence Sharing Funds provided $2,540.41 in matching funds to support special needs in our church last year. Phil Bauman serves as the Everence advocate for our congregation.  Please contact him for more information.

MYF Service Trip Volunteers

Youth MinistryWe are looking for two adults (one male and one female) to accompany/lead the youth on their service trip this summer to DOOR Chicago. The trip will be July 3-8. While DOOR provides leaders for their portion of the program, we need adults who will be responsible for our group. All of your expenses will be covered. If you are interested, or have questions about this, please speak with Marilyn.

Meals for College Students

mealsOver the years, Berkey has been a wonderful, welcoming church home for many college/young adult students. One of the highlights for the students is having a meal each Sunday after church. This allows them to get to know our church family in a more informal setting and learn to know a wider range of people. You don’t need to make anything fancy – just a simple meal of food you enjoy making. You can host in your home or at the church, using the church kitchen. You may sign up individually, with someone else or as a small group. Thank you so much for your meals and friendship to our students! A new schedule is ready. To sign up visit the Take Them a Meal site, (username: students; password: bamf).

Stephen Ministry Training Continues:  Assertiveness

stephen ministriesThis coming week the Stephen Ministry training class will be considering the subject of "Assertiveness:  Relating Gently and Firmly". In this presentation they will be finding out the difference between passive, assertive, and aggressive behavior and gaining skills that will help both in relating with others and in affirming their own worth. We thank God for the continuing dedication of our Stephen Minister trainees and ask your continued prayers for them and for God's blessings upon their ministries.

Mary's Musings

Mary's MusingsDuring Advent 2014, several people wrote "Mary's Musings," short meditations, imagining what Mary would have thought and felt. A new page on the Berkey website has been created so that you may read the musings and also view the charcoal of Mary that was used in the Advent series. You will find the page under the Worship tab on the Berkey website.

SLT Minutes

SLT MinutesThe December minutes for Spiritual Leadership Team (SLT) are now posted on the website and available for you to read. You will find them under the Resource tab. To access the page you will need to type in the same password as you use for the congregational directory.

Throwback Thursday

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!

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

Softball Coach Position

Bethany Christian High School seeks a varsity softball coach for spring 2016. For more information or to apply, contact athletic director Gary Chupp, 534-2567.

Groundskeeper Position

Bethany Christian Schools invites applications for the position of groundskeeper, to begin in March. This is a seasonal position, part-time from mid-March through mid-November each year. For information about the position and an application form, go online or contact Head of School Tim Lehman, 574 534-2567.

Goshen College Goshen College

Invitation to Prayer Ritual

Every Thursday at 12:20 p.m. Goshen College students and community members gather for five minutes outside the GC dining hall to join the global Wave of Prayer at the invitation of Christians from Palestine. This five minute pause in the day allows us to add our voices, hearts and minds with those of our sisters and brothers living under occupation in Palestine, seeking justice for all people. Please join us. And if you can’t get out, you can sign up online to receive the Wave of Prayer as an email and pray with those close to you.

Afternoon Sabbatical

You are invited to a Goshen College Afternoon Sabbatical on February 9, 1:00 p.m. at Sauder Concert Hall. Come spend an afternoon featuring choral music of the lower registers as the Goshen College Men's Chorus and the Goshen High School Crimson Men's Choir join forces.  Be enveloped in rich sonorities as conductors, Scott Hochstetler and Steve Snyder lead their award-winning ensembles in solo and joint selections. This event is free and open to the public. For information or questions email or call 574-535-7565.

Online Lenten Devotions

Goshen College is offering online Lenton Devotions. The reflection theme is ‘Living Ink’.
The devotions will begin February 10, Ash Wednesday. Go online to subscribe.

Merry Lea Event

You are invited to a potluck and to view the film documentary, "From Fencerows to Foodsheds" on Friday, February 12, 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. at Goshen College, Newcomer Center, room 17. The documentary features stories from two Indiana communities, one of which is Elkhart County. What do faith and food have to do with each other? How can a congregation address food insecurity with a plot of ground out back? Bring a dish to share and your curiosity about the local food movement in our region. This gathering is sponsored by Merry Lea Environmental Learning Center of Goshen College. Sample our homegrown organic pork!

AMBS Anabaptist Mennonite Biblical Seminary

Please join AMBS for a public lecture as AMBS Peace Studies Guest Daryl Byler presents Peacebuilding in an Age of Violent Extremism at 7:00 p.m., Thursday, February 11. David Cortright, director of policy studies at the Kroc Institute will be the respondent. This event is free and open to the public, and a reception will follow. Daryl Byler is the executive director at the Center for Justice and Peacebuilding at Eastern Mennonite University. This event will be held in the Chapel of the Sermon on the Mount at Anabaptist Mennonite Biblical Seminary. Please call 800-964-2627 for more information.

Community Announcements

Bryan Moyer Suderman CD

Bryan Moyer Suderman announces his new CD:  "I'm very excited to announce that the new CD has arrived, and is available for purchase. You can buy it online with credit card, or you can order it via cheque-in-the-mail. You can read more about the album here - I think it's the most personal, the most raw, the most humorous, and perhaps the most hopeful and inspiring record that I've ever made. "Songs of hope and struggle" indeed, offered for such a time as this..."

Animals of MCC

Animals are good for more than cute pictures on the internet. Healthy animals can mean an extra source of income or an improved diet. From cows and rabbits to goats and chickens, check out pictures of the animals of MCC and how they're improving lives around the world.

The Window

The Window invites you to join them for First Fridays in Goshen, 4:30 to 7:00 p.m., and warm up with a piping hot bowl of chili with cornbread prepared and served by their host, Sunnyside Mennonite Church.

Taize Worship Service

All are welcome to join in the monthly reflective Taize worship service hosted by Goshen College and College Mennonite Church, Sunday, February 7, at 8:00 p.m. The service takes place in the Newcomer building, room 19. Come bask in God’s love for an hour!

Finance and Stewardship Workshop:  Different Ways to Give

This winter College Mennonite Church will host a series of one-hour workshops focusing on financial management, giving, and stewardship. Each workshop will be led by an Everence staff person with expertise in that area. The theme for the February 17 workshop is Different Ways to Give by John King and/or Steve Fath. The class will be held from 6:30-7:30 p.m. A complete list of the workshops is on the bulletin board by the church mailboxes.

Community Choir Rehearsals

The Goshen Community Chorale will begin rehearsing for its upcoming spring season on Tuesday evening, February 9, at College Mennonite Church, beginning at 7:00 p.m. The Chorale will be preparing for a "Mostly Mozart" performance on May 8, with the featured work to be Mozart's "Coronation Mass," to be accompanied by a full orchestra. The Chorale welcomes new members who have a background in choral singing and who wish to commit themselves to regular attendance at rehearsals and to learning challenging repertoire. Interested persons should contact the music director, William Mateer, at (574) 533-2562.

Elkhart Band Concert

In its 78th season as Elkhart’s official concert band, The Elkhart Municipal Band is proud to present a performance of Gustav Holst's "The Planets Suites, Op. 32:  A Series of Mood Pictures" on Sunday, February 14, at 2:30 p.m. at The Lerner Theatre on Elkhart’s Gateway Mile.

Oaklawn Seminar

You are invited to Oaklawn on Thursday, February 25, 8:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. to hear Dr. R. Corey Waller, MD, MS, share groundbreaking information on opiate addiction treatment. Dr. Waller developed a treatment model that combines both medication-assisted treatment and counseling to drastically increase success rates of patients He will share his research on medication-assisted addictions treatment and best practices for implementation. For more information visit their webpage.

Everence College Scholarship

A college scholarship for you or your children is one of the potential benefits of doing business with Everence. The student or the student’s parent or legal guardian must own or be using an Everence product. The application must be completed by February 29. Previous recipients may apply again. This is for all college students, not just incoming freshmen. For details visit the Everence website

Hosting Opportunity

The Constituency Leaders Council (CLC) of Mennonite Church USA will be meeting at Silverwood Mennonite Church on March 7-9, 2016. They are looking for a few people willing to host CLC members. Your guests would arrive on Sunday, March 6 and depart on Wednesday, March 9. If you are interested in hosting someone please contact Scott Hartman, 574-596-5453.                                     

Eighth Street Preschool

Eighth Street Preschool is accepting registrations for 3 and 4 year olds from now until the end of May. Eighth Street Preschool emphasizes discovery learning and social interactions developmentally appropriate for 3-5 year olds, and believes that all children can learn and grow in a safe and inclusive environment. All Lead Teachers have education degrees and Spanish Translation is available. Openings are limited. Children must by 3 or 4 by August 1, 2016 and potty-trained. Tuition costs vary depending on age. Financial aid applications are available. Call 533-6720 for more information or to schedule a school visit. Eighth Street Preschool is located on the corner of Eighth and Purl Streets in Goshen.



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!

Did you make a New Year's Resolution to get organized? I'd be glad to help you keep your resolution! I'm a professional organizer and you can hire me to assist you with any project, small or large. Check out my website or talk to me for details. - Denise Risser

MDC Goldenrod is looking for a part-time Groundskeeper/Maintenance Assistant to oversee upkeep and maintenance of MDC Goldenrod grounds in Goshen and Middlebury. This position will also provide back-up to the Maintenance Director when needed. Other responsibilities include making sure equipment is maintained in proper working order and coordinating projects with volunteers. Requirements:  at least 18 years of age with a high school diploma or GED, be able to pass a thorough background check, have 3 business or professional references, have a reliable vehicle available, along with a valid driver’s license and current vehicle insurance. Go to their website or call 574/533-9720 for more information or to apply.

MCC's SWAP program (Sharing With Appalachian People) is looking for summer meals coordinators and job site coordinators. These 3-month assignments include a level of interaction with youth and adult groups, youth sponsors, and local residents that provides opportunity to explore new cultures and stretch one's faith and understanding of Christ's commands. A stipend, room and board, and transportation to and from assignment are provided. For more information, visit their website.

Oaklawn Psychiatric Center, Inc. is currently looking for dedicated individuals to join their dynamic organization. As a faith-based organization, they believe their mission aligns well with  the church. A full list of current positions as well as a link to an online application can be found on their website.



February 7
Peace Club, noon

February 8
Stewardship and Finance Commission, 7:00 PM

February 9
Christian Education Commission, 7:00 p.m.

February 11
Worship Commission, 7:00 p.m.

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Birthdays This Week:
Eli Martin
Micah Wieand
Anne Berry

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

Pray for Talcum Mennonite, Hazard, KY (Orlo Fisher, pastor). Pray for God to provide a person to eventually take on the pastoral leadership for their small Appalachian congregation.

Pray for Cedar Grove Mennonite, Manistique, MI (James Troyer, pastor). The congregation is in the search process for a pastor. Please pray that God would send the right person to lead the congregation. Please also pray that people who are committed to the Lord will move into the community and work in order to touch people. Pray for the organization of the summer Bible School. That is the largest way they reach people in the community.

Today, a delegation of 13 North Americans are worshiping with the a congregation in Benin, the Eternal Sacred Order of the Cherubim and Seraphim. Thank God for partnerships developed through Mennonite Mission Network. Pray for Christ’s body to be strengthened through relationships deepened on this two-week fellowship visit.

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Church Notes
Sunday Service Info

This Sunday:  February 7

Clare and Merrill Krabill
Aaron Wieand

Aaron Wieand

Pete and Melba Graber

Nick Schrock/Leah Garboden

Infants:  Anna Kennel-Mast, Laura Moshier, Angela Shenk
Toddlers: Tim Bixler, Lois and John Mast

Offering Counters:
John Hooley, Greg Smucker

Next Sunday:  February 14

John and Lois Mast
Richard and Pat Miller

Lindsay Rheinheimer

Pete and Melba Graber

Nick Schrock/Jenae Longenecker

Infants:  Abbe Buller, Evie and Dan Nafziger
Toddlers: Seth Krabill, Patty and Jason Lehman

Offering Counters:
Ron Good, Rick Hostetter

Statistical Report 
(January 31)

Attendance: 198
General Fund: $7,038.08
Agape Fund: $10.00
Bethany 2015/16: $955.00
Coffee: $76.80
College: $100.00
Fellowship Commission: $58.00 (from pizza supper)

General Fund Income 2015-16 YTD
Actual:  $136,583.48
Budget:  $124,063 .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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