Berkey Avenue Mennonite Fellowship
A congregation of Mennonite Church USA
Berkey Avenue Mennonite Fellowship
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September 7, 2014

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Berkey Announcements

Preaching from the Narrative Lectionary

Lectionary reading(Rembrandt’s mother reading a lectionary)

For the last few years, we’ve been using the Revised Common Lectionary as the basis for our sermons at Berkey. For the next period of time, we plan to use something called the Narrative Lectionary for preaching. What, you might be wondering, is a lectionary? A lectionary is simply a selection of scripture texts for use in Christian worship. Some lectionaries offer a selection of texts for a cycle of one or two years, while others provide a cycle of readings over three or four years. Jews and Christians have used various lectionaries over the past two thousand years. Today at least a dozen lectionaries are available. Like songbooks and prayer books, lectionaries are one of the many resources available for creating worship services.

The purpose of the Narrative Lectionary is to help us understand the overarching story of the Bible. It aims to tell the story of God and God’s people over time. It uses a four-year cycle of readings. On the Sundays from September through May, the texts follow the sweep of the biblical story, from the creation to the early church.
  • From September to mid-December the preaching texts begin with the early chapters of Genesis, move through the stories of Israel’s early history, the exodus, the kings, prophets, exile, and return.
  • From Christmas to Easter there is sustained reading of one of the four gospels (this year it’s Matthew).
  • From Easter to Pentecost the texts are chosen from Acts and Paul’s letters. We won’t use the Narrative Lectionary every Sunday, especially when we have guest speakers or touring music groups such as Parables from Goshen College. But when we do, we hope it will give us a better sense of the grand sweep of biblical literature.
~Dan and Marilyn

From the Deacons and Pastors

congregation sharing timeHere at Berkey, sharing time is an important way in which we connect with each other. It is a highly valued part of our congregational life by many people. Over the last number of years, the deacons (Caregiving Commission) have talked about sharing time: what its purpose is, how to improve it, how to best lead it. Two years ago, we surveyed the congregation to receive your input on sharing time, and to experiment with different ways of leading sharing time. More recently, the challenges around sharing time have been more evident. Given the conversations that have happened over the years, the deacons (including the new deacons, the continuing and the outgoing deacons) and pastors are proposing these basic guidelines for sharing time in order to make this a place that is safe for all voices.

1. Speak from the heart, sharing your own story or experience.
2. Speak in a manner that communicates Christ's loving, caring, healing presence. Refrain from judging other people, or sharing their stories without their permission.
3. Speak leanly, being mindful that others also want to share.
We will test these guidelines for a time, modifying and adapting them as we go along. We welcome your counsel. We will begin this practice on September 7.

~ Deacons and Pastors

Sunday School

Sunday schoolSunday, September 7 marks the beginning of our new Sunday School year with 12 different classes from nursery through adults. We are very grateful for all the many teachers at Berkey who are committed to Christian Education and give their time and gifts to nurturing faith and spiritual growth.

  ~ Christian Ed. Commission

College Meals

college 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. You can go online directly to sign up for a meal (username: students and password: bamf) or contact Ruth Roth.

Fall Fest

Fall FestSaturday, September 13, at 5:00 p.m. is our Fall Fest on the lawn. We will begin at 5:00 p.m. with dancing led by John and Lyn Buschert. Dinner will follow at 6:00 p.m., featuring a lamb roast and potluck. This is a great way to welcome college students and neighbors who use our garden plots in a context of fun and fellowship. Please bring a large salad and dessert to share with others, lawn chairs or blankets, and your own picnic service. Buns, condiments, and drinks will be provided.

Small Groups

small groupsSmall groups are an important part of our life together as a congregation. They help us to deepen our relationships with each other and with God. If you are currently not in a small group, and would like to join one, or if you are interested in changing small groups, you can fill this form. If you have questions, please speak to one of the Small Group Co-ordinating Committee members: Stephanie Wieand, Ron Good, or Marilyn Rudy-Froese.

New to the Library

New library booksThis week, we feature two new books that have been purchased for the library. The first book, Reconcile: Conflict Transformation for Ordinary Christians, by John Paul Lederach is emotionally powerful and full of practical advice and resources. It points to the Bible as it speaks to situations such as extended family disputes, neighborhood conflicts, church splits, even countries at war.  A must-read for Christians and all peace practitioners. The Spacious Heart: Room for Spiritual Awakening by Donald Clymer & Sharon Clymer Landis tell riveting stories and text grounded in Scripture, speak to the aching cynicism and despair that grip so many in this age. They invite us to embrace our doubts, gray areas, and cravings to explore a deepening and expanding intimacy with God.

Online Photo Directory is Ready

Directory updateWe have completed the draft of the 2014 directory!  Of course, changes are always happening, so if you need to update something, please email us. Please note that the directory is password protected on our website. The username and password are the same; call the office if you need it. See the directory online.

The 47th Michiana Mennonite Relief Sale

The 47th Michiana Mennonite Relief Sale MCC Relief Saleis September 26-27, 2014 at the Elkhart County 4-H Fairgrounds. The sale begins Friday from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. Saturday opens at 7:00 a.m. until mid-afternoon. Come and make this weekend a family event! For more information about the sale, or to download printable forms, see our website: To preregister for an auction bid number, go to or email your request (please include name, address, telephone number and email address) to by September 19, 2014. If you are interested in learning more or with questions, contact Bev Krabill.

Marriage Retreat: a Bicycle Built for Two

Marriage retreatA Bicycle Built for Two is a hard-hitting comedy that takes a playful look at marriage, commitment, and divorce. It follows three couples at various stages in their relationships: a young couple, bright-eyed, bushy-tailed with their recent engagement, an aging pair of empty-nesters who are trying to rediscover their marriage after some-odd 30 years and a dueling duo just entering a divorce. Come on out on September 12 at 7:00 p.m., to Waterford Mennonite Church and catch the show. Tickets are $10 per person and are available in the church office.  Additionally, the marriage retreat will continue on Saturday morning from 10:00 a.m. until noon. There will be light refreshments at 9:45 a.m. and childcare will be provided. Learn more. If you have a tandem bike that you would be willing to let us use on Saturday morning, please speak with Marilyn Rudy-Froese or Terri Brenneman. We are also looking for a few folks that might be interested in helping with childcare on Saturday morning.  If you can help, please contact Elisabeth Barahona.

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

Bethany Christian Schools, Goshen, will host class reunions for its alumni and their families on Saturday, September 27, and all Bethany alumni will receive free admission to the Bethany-Westview boys soccer game on Friday, September 26 (5:00 JV start). The following graduating classes will hold their reunions: 1959, 1969, 1974, 1979, 1984, 1989, 1994, 1999, 2004, and 2009. Reunion classes will meet Saturday afternoon/evening for visiting and a catered dinner. Alumni interested in attending should register by September 19.  Learn more.

Goshen College Goshen College

Afternoon Sabbatical

GC invites you to the afternoon sabbatical, featuring “Goshen College Called and Set the Course,” by Abner Hershberger, GC professor emeritus of art and Anne Krabill Hershberger, GC professor emerita of nursing, on Tuesday, September 16, at 1 p.m. The two retired Goshen College professors from North Dakota and Ohio share their very different journeys to become Goshen College students, choosing career tracks and  joining the Goshen College faculty. Abner and Anne have 70 years of combined teaching experience.
For more information contact or 574-535-7565.

Hospitality Needed to Help Save the Earth

There is a Great March for Climate Action happening! People are walking all the way from Los Angeles to Washington DC to raise awareness about the urgency of our global environmental crisis. Currently they are in the Chicago area. On Monday, September 15th, forty hardy walkers will be passing through Goshen and will be our guests camping out on the GC campus.  College Mennonite Church has agreed to host a potluck on Monday evening, inviting students and members of the Goshen community to meet together, hear about their adventures and share with them about initiatives and environmental concerns in our area. Everyone is welcome to the potluck. While many of the hikers will be staying in tents, others would appreciate staying in neighboring homes.  Please contact Glenn Gilbert, if you are able to bring a dish or interested in hosting one or more people Monday night. Learn more about the trip.

Organ Recital

An Organ Recital by Stephen Jacoby will be held Sunday, September, 14, at 4:00 p.m. in Rieth Recital Hall of the Goshen College Music Center. Dr. Jacoby, professor of Music Emeritus at Bluffton University (Ohio), will perform works by Couperin, CPE Bach, Scheidt, Buxtehude and others on Goshen College’s Taylor and Boody pipe organ. Admission to the concert is $10, with tickets available at the door one hour in advance of the concert.

AMBS Anabaptist Mennonite Biblical Seminary

Rooted and Grounded Conference

Registration is still open for Rooted and Grounded: A Conference on Land and Christian Discipleship, September 18-20, 2014. More than 50 presentations and workshops are planned, along with worship, immersion experiences and time to work in the AMBS gardens. Keynote speakers include Ellen Davis, S. Roy Kaufman, and Barbara Rossing. This conference will engage in theology that cares for God’s creation, for the land and all that lives on it. We invite pastors, scholars, creation care advocates and practitioners to join the discussion. Learn more.

Course in Guatemala City

A January course will be offered and will introduce students to the rich theology of Latin America. Jamie Pitts, AMBS professor, and an instructor from the Latin American Anabaptist Seminary (SEMILLA) will guide the class. There is still room to register. Learn more about the course and how to register.

Community Announcements

Relief Sale Craft Building

Michiana Relief Sale is seeking someone to be in charge of one of the booths in the craft building.  This position could be held by an individual or small group of people such as a Sunday school class or small group.  The responsibilities held by the booth representatives include setting up the booth on Friday evening and having someone present in the booth throughout the sale. If you are willing to be a part of the craft sale in this way or have other questions, please contact Laura Shue or (574) 536-4549.

IN-MI Mennonite Women's Retreat

You are invited to the annual IN-MI Mennonite Women's Retreat, which will be held at the beautiful Amigo Centre in Sturgis, Michigan, in October 10-12. If you have never attended, why don't you make this the year to attend? Shirley Showalter a seasoned retreat speaker will be speaking. She was the first female president of Goshen College and has recently published a book of her memoirs titled Blush. For registration, print out the forms. This year, childcare will be provided.

Real Men Read 2014

The United Way funded Real Men Read (RMR) program will once again be held at all the elementary schools within Goshen Community Schools. Readers will be reading to first, second, and third graders within the school system. The dates for RMR will be the week of October 27th and the week of November 17th. Learn more.

Expanding Composting and Recycling

Join in the effort to promote composting and recycling at the Relief Sale, September 26 and 27. Volunteers are needed for two-hour shifts to encourage recycling and to move bags to dumpsters. Contact Dave Gerber and state your preference for Friday or Saturday (early or late).

Relief Sale Choir

Practices will resume September 7 from 4:00 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. at Bethany Christian Schools.  It is not too late to join! The practice on September 21 will be held from 1:30 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. due to the Performing Arts Series Concerts by Conspirare at 4:00 p.m. Otherwise, rehearsals and performances are as announced earlier.

Michiana Chapter of MEDA

On Thursday, September 18, at 6:30 p.m. at Essenhaus Restaurant, we will host a presentation entitled Balancing the Pressures of Business and Family Life by Bob and Sue Miller, the founders and owners of Das Dutchman Essenhaus. Kindly RSVP by email or by call (574) 355-3607. The meal and program costs are $15 for members and $20 for non-members.

Menno-Hof Singspiration

You’re invited to the annual Menno-Hof Singspiration on the front lawn, Sunday evening, September 14, at 5:00 p.m. Come and enjoy acappella singing of familiar hymns, ice cream, pretzels and more singing inside following the worship service. Bring lawn chairs. Rain location will be at the Farmstead Inn pavilion, Shipshewana (just north of Menno-Hof).

Kids Alive

Monday, September 8, is Culver's Cares fundraiser for Joan Troyer and Kids Alive International. Come to Culver's in Goshen from 5:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.  A percentage of all sales will be given to Kids Alive International toward Joan's 3 year mission ministry in the Dominican Republic. Joan travels to Union Mills, N.C. for training at Center for Intercultural Training on this next weekend through October 31. Joan asks that you keep her and the other students at CIT in your prayers over the next 6 weeks as they study intensely to serve in mission ministry all over the world.



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!
Sue Byler has a HP Officejet Pro 8500A printer that is just 3 years old but does not work.  It was purchased at Staples and they do not do repairs etc.  So if there is anyone who is interested in having it to "tinker with" or whatever, you may have it, free.  She wouldn't want to see it go to the land-fill, so if no one is interested in working with it but knows where to take it for re-cycling, that would be helpful information too.  Anyone interested or with questions or info, can contact Sue Byler.
The Hostetters are looking for Dog sitters and/ or house sitting for the following dates; September 24 thru October 5.  Responsibilities include walking a very friendly dog twice a day, feeding him and keep a general eye on things while we will gone. If you are interested, contact Joy or Rick Hostetter or (574) 875-4163.
The Center for Community Justice (CCJ) announces a full-time
(40 hours per week) opening in the Victim Offender Reconciliation Program (VORP) Position. See the job description and send resumes to Anne Lehman.
A part-time office assistant is needed at Bergey Financial in Goshen. This 24-hour per week job includes a variety of general office administrative tasks and initially would include helping with a large imaging project. Roy Bergey serves as a financial advisor, helping clients with their investment and insurance needs.  If you have interest in this job opportunity, or know someone else who might, send a resume to Roy Bergey or call (574) 361-6263.

Getting to Know

Mission Commission

Neil Richer

Neil Richer

I am married to Elizabeth Miller and we have one daughter Abigail. For one year, I have been the Assistant Director of Mennonite Voluntary Service (MVS) with MMN. Before working with MVS, we spent four years in Colombia with MCC where I helped manage a micro credit project. I enjoy biking to work, fixing things around the house, grilling, traveling, and spending time with friends and family.

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.

DownloadDownload Calendar

September 9: Christian Education Commission, 7:00 p.m.
September 12: Marriage Retreat Play: Bicycle Built for Two, 7:00 p.m.
September 13: Marriage Retreat Play, 10:00 p.m.
September 13: Fall Fest, 5:00 p.m.

CalendarView Calendar Online

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

Pray for Janet Stucky of Mennonite Mission Network as she continues to develop language fluency, and as she writes a project proposal for Bethesda Hospital in Benin, detailing the nutritional needs of women and young children.
Justin Shenk and Valerie Showalter, who serve through Mennonite Mission Network, are helping the Round Chapel, a congregation in London, England, find new ways of engaging the community – a weekly parent-toddler time, and intergenerational sessions of exploring arts and cooking. Pray that people will be drawn to Jesus through these activities.

DownloadSeptember MMN Prayer Vine

Church Notes
Sunday Service Info

This Sunday: September 7

Abbe & Patrick Buller, Ginny & Armand Martin

Melba & Pete Graber

Ron & Lori Good

Offering Counters: 
Barbara Eichorn & Greg Smucker

Audio / Visual:
 Michael Sherer & Elisabeth Barahona

Rita & Jud Gingrich


Next Sunday: September 14

Loraine Pflederer, Renae Yoder & Denise Risser

Anita & Dteban Mounsithiraj

Ron & Lori Good

Offering Counters: 
Ron Good & Rick Hostetter

Audio / Visual:
Michael Sherer & Elisabeth Barahona

Brenda Grimes & Marcia Weaver
Statistical Report 
(August 31)

Attendance: 162
General Fund: $5,005.09
Bethany Tuition: $865.00
College Fund: $370.00
MCC Penny Power: $22.00

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

Doug Baker
Richard Miller
Laverne Nafziger
Judy Weaver
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