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

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Berkey Announcements

Vacation Notes

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

Bamf accomplishmentsOver 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

more chairs for the sanctuaryThe 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

Wedding Celebration

Wedding CelebrationThis 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

Berkey hosting IHNOur 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

Model school support projectThanks 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

creation care ss classDuring 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.

Possible Cancellations

Possible Sunday CancellationsIn 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

Sunday schoolPlease 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

Stephen Ministry TrainingAre 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.

Throwback Thursday

Thursday throwbacksHead 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

Goshen College 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.

Goshen College Goshen College

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.

AMBS 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.

Community Announcements

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.

Amigo Centre

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 at 574-370-7502.



Lavonne Shetler

Getting to know
I grew up in Goshen and attended Silverwood Mennonite Church with my parents and my two younger siblings. I went to Goshen College, where I majored in English and Secondary Education, and both Jacob and Anna now go there. Right now, I'm in my first full year as an English teacher at Goshen High School, teaching ninth and eleventh grade classes. My ninth grade classes focus on building basic reading and writing skills, while my eleventh graders are spending the semester reading and writing about Their Eyes Were Watching God and The Great Gatsby. Trust me, neither movie does the book justice! Gregg Beitler and I first visited Berkey earlier this fall, and we keep coming because of the welcoming community and the group of young adults we've found here. Gregg and I are recently engaged and we're planning on getting married sometime next fall! If you need a good down-to-earth romance, feel free to ask him how he asked me. When I'm not grading papers, I love to play board games, spend time outside, experiment with making and eating good food, and keep up with my favorite PBS Masterpiece shows.

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!


We will no longer be printing and distributing calendars each month.  They are however, available for download.

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This Week:

November 25: Worship Commission, 7:30 p.m.
November 27: Thanksgiving Day
CalendarView Calendar Online

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

Nearly 50 participants are three months into their Mennonite Voluntary Service assignments, a Christian Service program of Mennonite Mission Network. Pray for these young adults as they adapt to life in community and work in fields that include public health, immigration law, and home repair
Pray for Cedar Grove Mennonite, Manistique, MI (pastor, James Yoder).  Pray that God will give their pastoral search committee guidance and discernment as they seek to find someone to fill their pastoral needs, and that the person God is calling will be open to answer His call.
Pray for the seven priorities of MC USA. This month pray for holistic Christian witness.

DownloadNovember MMN Prayer Vine

Church Notes
Sunday Service Info

This Sunday: November 23

Neil Miller Richer, Elise and Curt Wenger

Rita Gingrich

Lisa and Darin Short

Phil Bauman & Elisabeth Barahona

Infants: Jeannie and Phil Miller
Toddlers: Sara Alvarez and Anne Berry

Offering Counters:
Dick Ramer and Karl Sommers

Next Sunday: November 30

Deb Brubaker, Julie and Phil Zimmerman

Rita Gingrich

Lisa and Darin Short

Phil Bauman & Elisabeth Barahona

Infants: Anita and Tavi Mounsithiraj
Toddlers: Jane Wand and Shirley Dick

Offering Counters:
Thelma Ramer and Diane Nafziger
Statistical Report 
(November 16)

Attendance: 208
General Fund - $6,682.00
College Fund - $520.00
Bethany Tuition - $115.00

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

Greg Smucker (Chairperson)
Roy Bergey
Shirley Dick
Sherm Kauffman
Elizabeth Miller

Doug Baker
Richard Miller
Laverne Nafziger
Judy Weaver
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