Marilyn will be on vacation from November 24 - December 1. If you need pastoral care during this time, please call Dan Schrock.
Our Congregation Accomplishments
Over the past five years, our congregation has accomplished at least sixteen different things. We've become more missional, successfully gone through a number of leadership transitions, and improved our facilities. To see a list of what we've accomplished, click here
More Sanctuary Chairs
The Coordinating Council is offering the congregation an opportunity to buy more new chairs for the sanctuary and to replace at least some of the older brown chairs. These new chairs will be identical to the 107 chairs that are currently in the front of the sanctuary. Our chair fund already has about $4,000, enough to buy 28 new chairs. The Council is accepting further donations into the chair fund until the last Sunday of January.
These chairs are made by Sauder Manufacturing in Archbold, Ohio. They cost $140 each, regardless of how many we buy, and have at least 5 advantages over our old chairs:
- They’re more comfortable for most people’s backs—and consequently more popular. Usually they are the first chairs selected on Sunday mornings.
- We can fit more of them into the sanctuary (they’re 1 inch narrower than our old chairs).
- They are designed in a way to accommodate persons of any width.
- They’re sturdier and will likely last longer than our old chairs.
- Each has its own book rack.
However, we also know that some people prefer the brown chairs because they are more comfortable for their body type. If you prefer the brown chairs, please contact Dan Schrock. He will keep a running tally and ensure that we keep enough brown chairs for the people who like them better.
If you want to give to this fund beyond what you already contribute to the budget, then please write “chair fund” in the memo line of your check. We'll buy as many new chairs as we have money for, while reserving brown chairs for those who want them.
~The Coordinating Council
This Sunday, the 23rd we celebrate the marriage of Laurel Woodward and Ben Breckbill with a wedding shower during the fellowship break. A table will be set up where you can give the couple a card of congratulations or a gift of money. They have an MCC registry if people are interested in donating in their name on the website
. The Fellowship Commission will provide snacks and drinks.
Berkey Hosting GIHN
Our congregation will be hosting families who are homeless and part of GIHN from November 30 - December 6. Thank you so much to all the many volunteers at Berkey for your ongoing commitment in serving with GIHN.
~ Sue Byler, Linda Liechty, Llorraine Pflederer, Ruth Roth (Berkey GIHN committee)
Model School Support Project
Thanks to everyone who has purchased potatoes to raise money for Model school. Your contributions assist students who are unable to afford field trip fees. We will continue to have 5 pound bags of potatoes available in the fellowship area near the coffee cups. The suggested donation for the potatoes is $5. You may make your donation by designation in the offering or by placing the money in the envelope in James Yoder's mailbox.
Creation Care Class
During the winter quarter (December-February), Jennifer and Dan Schrock will be teaching a class on creation care using the new curriculum "Every Creature Singing: Embracing the Good News for Plant Earth
." Each session blends biblical-theological perspectives with circle conversations which focus on our community within 5-25 miles of the church building. This approach seeks to transform environmental problems from one big, hopeless morass to many small, manageable problems. Participants in the class will develop a greater love for our community and know how to make it better. You can see the curriculum here
In case of bad weather on Sunday mornings, please see WNDU for the possible cancellation of worship and Christian education. If services will be cancelled, the pastors and trustees will make a decision by 7:30 a.m. It may take a bit longer for WNDU to relay the information.
Winter Sunday School Dates
Please note the beginning of winter quarter Sunday school classes.
November 30 - for children's classes
December 7 - for JYF, MYF and Adult classes
December 28 and January 4, there will be no nurture hour.
Stephen Ministry Training
Are you being called to provide one to one Christian care to a brother or sister who is experiencing a transition in life? If so, you might want to consider applying to be a Stephen Minister for our congregation. Stephen Ministry is a program for 1:1 lay Christian caregiving. You would receive 50 hours of training, and be part of a twice monthly peer supervision group after you finish training. The training begins on January 7, 2015 and will run every Wednesday evening through mid-April, including 2 Saturdays. It will be hosted by Waterford Mennonite, College Mennonite and Berkey Avenue, and take place at Waterford Mennonite Church. The application can be found here
. If you have questions, please contact Shirley Dick
or Marilyn Rudy-Froese
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!
Bethany Christian Schools
A Christmas Carol
Bethany Christian Schools will perform the musical A Christmas Carol
, on November 20-23. Based on the story by Charles Dickens, this musical tells the story of a stingy miser who, through visiting his past, present and future, realizes the value of generosity and love. This heart-warming, festive musical is a great way for the whole family to welcome the holiday season. Tickets may be reserved online
or in the school office ($8 for adults and $6 for students). Performances are at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Friday and Saturday and 3:00 p.m. Sunday. Abby Rudy-Froese, Jacob Rudy-Froese and Kyle Snyder from our congregation are involved in the cast.
Online Advent Devotions
As churches and individual Christians around the world prepare to celebrate Christ’s birth, GC will again offer an online spiritual resource to help believers make time and space in their hearts and minds to welcome Advent and celebrate Christmas. Beginning November 24 (the Monday prior to the first Sunday in Advent) and culminating on Christmas Day, GC students, faculty and staff will provide weekday reflections based on the Sunday’s upcoming lectionary Scripture passages. Learn more
A Festival of Carols
GC presents its tenth annual A Festival of Carols
, ushering in this sacred season with music by four choirs and the Goshen College Symphony Orchestra, and with gathered audience participation in traditional carols. Performances are December 5 and 6 at 7:30 p.m. and December 9 at 4 p.m. Reserved seating tickets ($15) are available now online
or by calling the GC Welcome Center at (574) 535-7566.
Anabaptist Mennonite Biblical Seminary
The Circle blog launched
The Circle, a Church Leadership Center blog, features posts from leaders of upcoming events. The first post, "What Culture and What Embodiment of Anabaptism?" comes from 2015 Pastors Week presenter Drew Hart. He writes, "We must consider how our theology blurs with culture, in relation to power and privilege. Is theology blurring with dominant cultural values and practices?" Learn more
Ten Thousand Villages
Several Ten Thousand Villages stores across the country are participating in a Community Shopping Event for Mennonite Women USA the evening of Monday, November 24. During the event, a portion of net sales will be donated to MW USA, the women's organization of Mennonite Church USA. Check your local Ten Thousand Villages store for hours and participation details. Learn more
IVEP hosts wanted
If you love the idea of supporting young people and you are intrigued by the challenge of welcoming a person from another culture to live with your family for 11 months, consider being a host or a participant in MCC's International Volunteer Exchange Program (IVEP). Through IVEP, young people from around the world come to Canada and the U.S. to volunteer. To read about hosts' experiences, check out the fall IVEP newsletter in Canada
and the U.S.
Community Thanksgiving Eve Worship
Faith Lutheran Church (406 S. 5th Street) will be hosting a Community Thanksgiving Eve Worship Service, Wednesday November 26th at 7:00 p.m. All in the community are welcome to attend. Pumpkin Pie will follow. A community choir is open to all and will practice 30 minutes prior to worship.
Mennonite Youth Choir Festival
Young people in grades 3 - 9 are invited to register for the 24th annual Mennonite Youth Choir festival to be held in March of 2015. We are excited to have Janeal Crabb Krehiel, from Kansas, founder of the Lawrence Children’s Choir as the festival guest director. Janeal is a returning director who brings many years of experience and a love for teaching young people in a choral setting. Our festival will also include the opportunity for participants to join in a variety of creative and artistic activities that illustrate and compliment the music they are learning. The festival will be held on Saturday February 28, and Sunday, March 1, 2015 at Goshen College Music Center, Goshen, IN. Learn more
Don’t miss your final opportunity in 2014 to participate in the Scrapbooking, Crafters and Quilting Retreat at Amigo Centre. The retreat weekend is December 5-7 however participants may come as early as Tuesday to enjoy all that Amigo Centre offers. Carol Honderich will teach a Scrap Buster Mystery Quilt in December for those quilters who are interested. Otherwise, bring your project and Carol will be available to help as needed. Quilters will be working in the Dining Hall lower level, with crafters and scrapbookers will be in the Activity Center. Register online
, or call with questions.
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!
Indiana-Michigan Mennonite Women are looking for a woman possessing leadership skills to serve as President of the organization. This person would become president-elect for a year, beginning in January 2015, followed by a 3-year term of service. To nominate a woman or to seek further information, please contact Heidi McHugh