Berkey Avenue Mennonite Fellowship
A congregation of Mennonite Church USA
Berkey Avenue Mennonite Fellowship
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January 29, 2017

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Berkey Announcements

Invitation to Become a Berkey Member

membership flowersAre you interested in becoming a member here at Berkey? Dan and Marilyn would like to hear from you. We are looking ahead to a time after Easter to receive new members, either through transfer of membership or confession of faith. Please let Dan or Marilyn know if you are interested.

Haystack Dinner

haystack dinnerThe Fellowship Commission invites everyone to come to a haystack dinner on February 8, 5:30-6:30. The food will be provided, just come and enjoy a fun time together! A sign-up sheet is posted in the fellowship hall. It is helpful if you sign up, but if you forget, still come.

Colossian Way Study Group

Colossian WayThe Colossian Way study group on human sexuality will begin on February 5. We are so grateful for the interest people have expressed in this group. While it would be wonderful to accommodate everyone, this is a pilot project through the Colossian Forum, and because we need consistent attendance at every meeting, we have asked people to participate in the group who have committed to be present. We think they represent the diversity of our congregation in terms of age, gender and theological spectrum, and are so grateful for their willingness to engage this conversation on behalf of the congregation. We covet your prayers for this process and for those involved: Facilitators, Hannah Canaviri and Joe Liechty, and Participants, Cindy Baker, Gregg Beitler, Abbe Buller, Adam Derstine, Ruth Hathaway, Bev Krabill,Seth Krabill, Jenny Miller, Richard Miller, and Sarah Morrison.

Note From the Brennemans

thanksThank you so much for the words of condolence, comfort, and support for the loss of my father, Irwin Plank. Thank you, too, for the beautiful floral basket. Having a caring community is so meaningful during these life transitions. ~Terri, Jim and Quinn Brenneman

Card Shower for Paul Leicthy

Card ShowerPaul Leichty's sister invites us to participate in a card shower for Paul on his birthday, February 1. Send mail to his home, (1840 Homewood Ave., Williamsport, PA 17701-3935) and Twila will make sure he gets the mail or email a greeting. Paul returned to the hospital in Williamsport this week and was moved to ICU. He is stable at this point, but would appreciate any prayers and support sent his way.

Missing Coat

lostA women's black, all weather coat with a front zipper and a hood was lost last Sunday. If you find a stray coat at home with this description, please return it to Margaret Stoltzfus or contact the office. Please make sure you have the right coat when leaving our Sunday services!

Annual Contribution Statements

dollar signThis past week, annual contribution statements for 2016 were emailed or hard copies will be distributed to Berkey donors. The email came from: Berkey Avenue Mennonite Fellowship (, with the subject showing as: Statement from Berkey Avenue Mennonite Fellowship. If you have questions regarding the statement or find any discrepancies, replying to the email will put you in contact with Thelma Ramer who will assist you.

Meals for College Students

mealOver 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. To sign up follow this link; username: students, password: bamf. For more information, contact Ruth Roth. Thank you so much for your meals and friendship to our students!

Free Books

booksThe library committee has set up a table in the Fellowship Hall with nonfiction books that have not been checked out for many years and are being discarded from the library to make room for new additions. You are welcome to take any of the books you want, and the rest will be donated to the Depot.

New to Our Library

libraryWhen God Speaks through Change:  Preaching in Times of Congregational Transition, by Craig A. Satterlee. The author reflects on the rich and defining way in which the sermon can aid congregations as they face and make transitions.

Tribal Church:  Ministering to the Missing Generation, by Carol Howard Merritt. This book is for anyone who wants to understand young people better who are coming to church and how to respond to their quest for faith, meaning, life, and love.

The Sky is Falling!?! Leaders Lost in Transition, by Alan J. Roxburgh is a proposal for leadership communities to take new risks for the reign of God.

Coming Home:  Stories of Anabaptists in Britain and Ireland edited, by Alan Kreider and Stuart Murray contain stories and testimonies that provide motivation and guidance for any who are searching for new perspectives on Christian faith and church life.

The Faith of Barack Obama, by Stephen Mansfield, takes you inside the theology of Barack Obama, inside the church that has been his spiritual home, and inside the battles of faith that have shaped his politics.

Sermons on the Web

websiteHave you ever enjoyed a sermon and wished that you could read it? Most sermons from our worship services are posted on the Berkey website. The most recent sermons appear on the homepage while sermons from the last several years can be found under the sermon tab. Audio recordings are also available, you will find them in the office beside the copier.

Throwback Thursday

tbtHead 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

Singing Valentines

Bethany Christian High School’s performing arts troupe, Emmaus, will deliver singing valentines on Tuesday, February 14. The cost is $10 and includes two songs and a card with the option of including a message on a card. Recipients need to be within 1 mile of Goshen, and the Valentines will be “delivered” between 8 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. Registration forms are available in the school office or may be downloaded online. The troupe can only do a limited number of Valentines, so get your orders in early! Orders will be accepted through Monday, February 6, or until the schedule is full.

Donkey Ball

Buckeye Donkey Ball will be at Bethany Christian Schools at 7:00 p.m. Friday, February 10. Advance tickets are $6 ($8 at the door) and can be purchased from any middle school student or online. Come watch and laugh as teachers, students, and local pastors play basketball while riding (or trying to ride) their donkeys. A porkburger meal (Mishler’s pork patty sandwich, chips/veggies, drink) will be available for $6 beginning at 6:00 p.m. Concessions also available. Berkey pastor, Marilyn Rudy-Froese,will be riding one of the donkeys! You are invited to sit with your Berkey friends to cheer her on together.

Goshen College Goshen College

New Majors and Minors

Goshen College now offers 12 new areas of study. Learn more.

AMBS Anabaptist Mennonite Biblical Seminary

Creation Care Course

The short course, Biblical Foundations for Creation Care, will be held online with Ben Ollenburger, Ph.D., professor of biblical theology, February 15 – March 28. The early registration deadline is February 1, 2017. Learn more.

mccMennonite Central Committee

Taylor ErmoianTaylor Ermoian, a former Berkey attender and a current MCC SALT volunteer in Jerusalem, Palestine-Israel writes:

"For the 2016-2017 year I am serving with Mennonite Central Committee’s SALT program in Jerusalem, Palestine-Israel. While living in Jerusalem I am volunteering two days a week at the Armenian school in the Old City of Jerusalem and at a human rights organization in Beit Hanina for three days a week. I am appreciative that I am able to serve at the Armenian school because I directly interact and spend meaningful time with students. Additionally I am able to reconnect with my Armenian roots and learn more about my ancestral heritage.
     During my time at Goshen College I regularly attended Berkey Avenue and found it to be a very meaningful place during my two years in Goshen. I was especially thankful for the young adult small group that met after the service as it served as an open space to have authentic conversation about all aspects of faith. Berkey was an extremely welcoming and inviting community that served as wonderful place of worship for me during a rather transformative time in my life. I would enjoy hearing from Berkey folks by “friending” me on facebook or contact via e-mail at"

Berkey's Mission Commission approved financial support for Taylor’s work with MCC. If you would like to contribute additional funds to Taylor’s service you can designate funds in your Berkey giving or donate on the MCC website.

world conferenceMennonite World Conference

Almost a year ago, a step onto a plane was the first into a whole new world of not only learning many new things, but meeting a bunch of inspiring people. Read about a young Anabaptist's journey to Indonesia.

Community Announcements

First Friday at The Window

Join The Window for dinner on February 3. First Baptist Church is their First Friday host. They will be serving delicious homemade lasagna, Italian salad, garlic toast and Texas sheet cake. The fundraiser is from 4:30 - 7:00 p.m., unless the food runs out! The suggested price of the meal is $9.00, and as always, all proceeds benefit our programs.


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!

Elise and Adam Derstine are looking for a part-time caretaker for their daughter Sally, who is six months old. Babysitting would take place at the Derstine's home during the day, and days/hours are flexible--they could use anywhere from 4-15 hours of babysitting per week. Please contact Elise if you are interested.

The Depot MCC Thrift Shops is seeking a full time Bookkeeper/Volunteer Coordinator. Applicants must have commitment to personal Christian faith and discipleship, active church membership, excellent organizational skills, supervisory skills, communication skills and ability to recruit, train and work with over 250 volunteers. Proficiency with QuickBooks is a must. Please send resume to Galen Kauffmann at The Depot Thrift Shops, 1013 Division St., Goshen or email their office.

Mennonite Central Committee is seeking a Donor Relations Associate. This person will be responsible for helping to implement the donor relations strategy for MCC Great Lakes by stewarding major donors involving face-to face contact. Based in Goshen, this part of the position requires significant travel to connect with individual donors, key influencers and other supporting groups. The position also works with the middle donor engagement program and represents MCC more broadly. In this role donor stewardship involves personal contact via phone, email, notes and semiannual MCC project reports. A collaborative approach to this position is important, given the frequent needs for teamwork with both other regional staff and with MCC U.S. donor relations staff and network. For a full job description, visit the MCC website. Individuals interested in this position should send a cover letter and current resume when they apply online. For more information or questions, contact Amber Falcón, 574-534-4133,

Looking for a summer internship? Learn, grow and develop your skills while interning (some positions are paid) for an organization that makes a difference in the world! Check out opportunities with Mennonite Central Committee.

Mennonite Mission Network is seeking a full time Mennonite Voluntary Service Program Director to provide vision, spiritual and programmatic leadership for sustaining and developing this evolving program. A collaborative and compassionate leader is essential to develop and maintain ongoing relationships with congregational leaders and support committees in host locations, and lead the MVS team in the administration of budget and unit management. This person will embrace God’s reconciling mission to the world, be committed to Jesus Christ’s path of peace and active in a local Anabaptist faith community. Openness to frequent travel, and comfortable communicating by phone and email is required. Prior inter-cultural experience in mission or service is helpful. Anticipated start date is June 2017. Read the full position description; email resumé and letter of interest to MMN Staff Recruitment.

LaCasa’s Help-A-House program is currently open for applications. The program serves home owners within the city of Goshen by completing needed repairs. If you or someone you know lives in Goshen, owns a home with needed repairs, and have a low to moderate income, please contact LaCasa, 533-5540 to find out more and apply. Frequent projects include replacing old windows and roofs, and/or major appliances. Applications are due March 20 and are treated on a first come first serve basis. Learn more.


Sunday, January 29
Sermon Response Group, 12:00 noon

Monday, January 30
Intercessory Prayer, 7:00 p.m.
SLT, 7:00 p.m.

Wednesday, February 1
Private Event, 4:00 p.m.

Thursday, February 2
Ladies Lunch Bunch at Greencroft Juniper Place, 11:45 a.m. RSVP to Laverne Nafziger.

Saturday, February 4
Men's Breakfast, 7:00 a.m.

DownloadDownload February Calendar

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Birthdays This Week
Dee Albrecht
Amos Hostetler
Paul Leichty
Rebekah Garboden
Beth Birky
Leah Unruh
Mason Short
Please contact the office by noon on Thursday with prayer requests.

IN-MI Mennonite Conference
Pray for Dan Miller, Conference Pastor, as he gives pastoral guidance to the work of IN-MI Mennonite Conference. Pray for the Holy Spirit to give him creativity, strength and clarity in his work.
Pray for Grace Chapel, Saginaw, MI (James Nelson, pastor).

Mennonite Church USA
Be in prayer for the “Hope for the Future” conference, taking place Feb. 2-5 in Hampton, Virginia. The event, which brings together people of color who serve in leadership positions in Mennonite Church USA, is now in its sixth year.

Mennonite Education Agency
Students who weren’t on campus for Bethel College’s (Kansas) January interterm or who are new for spring 2017 move into residence halls today – pray for a good start and a successful semester for these and all Bethel students.

Mennonite Mission Network
Mary Raber of Mennonite Mission Network requests prayer for pastors who spend time in the militarized zones of eastern Ukraine and for the thousands of displaced people they serve. May God provide for the physical and spiritual resources for those who have suffered so much.

Download February MMN Prayer Vine

Church Notes

Our Worship

This Sunday:  January 29
Guest Speaker:  Lawrence Giden.
Theme:  Race relations and social justice.
Scripture:  Acts 16:6-10.

Next Sunday:  February 5
Guest Speaker:  Vyron Schmidt.
Sermon title:  “The Sermon on the Amount.”
Scripture:  Selections from 2 Corinthians 8 and 9.

Sunday Service Info

This Sunday:  January 29

Lindsy Locke
Dave & Bev Krabill

Aaron Wieand

Dave & Bev Krabill

Jason Moshier

Leah Garboden

Infants:  Vanessa Adcock, Sue Byler, Judy Weaver
Toddlers:  Sim Dolva, Eric & Lavonn Hostetler

Offering Counters:
Diane Nafziger
Thelma Ramer

Next Sunday:  February 5

Lindsy Locke
Dave & Bev Krabill

Aaron Wieand

Dave & Bev Krabill

Ben Buckwalter

Dee Albrecht

Infants:  Abbe Buller, Anna Mast, Trish Yoder
Toddlers:  Cindy Baker, Isaac Daniels, Seth Krabill

Offering Counters:
John Hooley
Greg Smucker

Statistical Report 
(January 22)

Attendance:  209
General Fund:  $3,933.06
Bethany 2016/2017:  $115.00
College Matching:  $20.00

General Fund Income 2016-17 YTD
Actual:  $136,672.31
Budget:  $128,471.00

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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

Greg Smucker (Chairperson)
Richard Aguirre
Sherm Kauffman
Anita Mounsithiraj
Margaret Stoltzfus

Doug Baker
Richard Miller
Laverne Nafziger
Judy Weaver
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