Berkey Avenue Mennonite Fellowship
A congregation of Mennonite Church USA
Berkey Avenue Mennonite Fellowship
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August 28, 2016

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Berkey Announcements


Playground and Parking Project

PlaygroundOur Capital Campaign Committee invites you to contribute toward our playground and parking project. If the fundraising and the planning go well, we still hope to have the parking and playground installed before winter. If you choose to contribute, write your check to Berkey Avenue Mennonite Fellowship and mark it for the Playground/Parking Fund. If you would like to make a pledge towards the project, you will find a pledge box in the fellowship hall under the "Getting to Know" board by the library.

Congregational Conversation

meetingWhile there are no regular nurture hour classes this Sunday, the Spiritual Leadership Team will be leading a special conversation in the sanctuary after the fellowship break. This conversation will focus on recent work we've done on space questions. Come and learn about the findings of the Facility Assessment Committee and see the schematic sketch that shows where the new playground and parking will go. In small groups we'll talk about what other information you might want as we consider our future.

Financial Report

financialIf you missed last Sunday's congregational meeting, you're welcome to view the most recent financial report here, which also includes a summary of our budget for the coming fiscal year beginning September 1.

New Fall Sunday School Class

Spiritual GiftsAre you looking for ......
 - A way to become involved in a meaningful ministry?
 - Fulfillment and satisfaction in your life?
 - An opportunity to experience personal and spiritual growth?

One of the fall Sunday school offerings will be Discovering God's Vision for your Life:  You and Your Spiritual Gifts. We will study spiritual gifts and identify clues to our spiritual gifts. We can apply the discovery to knowing where best to serve including getting permission to say no to a request that doesn't fit.

Fall Fest

Fall FestBerkey's annual Fall Fest will be Saturday, September 17. The Straight A's will be providing music. Invite family and friends. If you know any college students, make it a point to bring them along. Grilled pork sausage and drinks will be provided. You should bring:
  • A salad and a desert to share.
  • Your own picnic service.
  • Lawn chairs or a blanket.
  • Lawn games (if you would like).

Grill Chef Needed

Grill ChefDo you like to grill? I'm looking for someone to help grill sausages at the Fall Fest on September 17. If you're interested, let's talk. You can either use your own grill or I can provide you with a charcoal one.   --Dan Schrock

Sunday School Dividers

DividersMoveable dividers now sit at the back corners of our sanctuary. They will be used to create classroom space during the nurture hour beginning next Sunday.

New to the Berkey Website

websiteTwo new items have been added to the our website:
The 2016-17 online directory is now published. Be sure to scroll to the end to see those who have moved recently, those in other countries, and a list of our college students. If your photo looks outdated, be assured new photos will be coming soon. Watch the newsletter for upcoming photo shoots.
A new page under the Resource tab now contains a pdf link to our handbook and a list of commission members. This page will also host the commission appointments as they become available.

My Coins Count

coinsAs you exit the sanctuary after worship, look for the MCC collection jars for your coins (or bills). My Coins Count will be collected for the 2016 Michiana Mennonite Relief Sale coming up on September 23 & 24. The collected money will help provide water resources to people around the world.

Childcare Request

childcareIf you enjoy taking care of children and would like to learn to know young Berkey families better, you are invited to join a resource list. This list is being created to help young Berkey families find childcare. To be included or for questions, contact Elisabeth Barahona.

Request from Jan and Peter Shetler

Housing NeededA colleague of ours from East Africa, Fred Ouma Okello, is looking for someone who might be able to host him in the Goshen area starting September 1 for one to two months. We got to know Fred as a teacher at the Mennonite Theological College of Eastern Africa in Tanzania.  He has most recently been a pastor with the Kenya Mennonite Church in Sawagongo and working with some community development programs in Siaya. He is doing the collaborative MBA program with Goshen College and will also be looking for a job in this area in order to eventually get his own apartment and become self-supporting. He needs a place to land. His wife and children will remain in Kenya for now. If you are able to host or have suggestions, please contact Jan Shetler.

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

Music on the Lawn

Bethany Christian High School’s band, orchestra, and choir will perform their annual Music on the Lawn concert on Friday, September 16. A fundraiser dinner will be served prior to the concert (6:00 dinner, 6:45 concert). BBQ pulled pork sandwiches (vegetarian/gluten free option available), chips, veggies/dip, fruit, and Rise & Roll pie—all for $6.50! Funds raised will help defray choir festival expenses and provide senior instrumental music scholarships. Ask any Bethany musician (Abby Rudy-Froese) or contact Stacey Farran for tickets by Friday, September 2. Meal and concert will be held in the Friendship Garden (weather permitting), so bring your lawn chair and come ready to enjoy an evening of food, fellowship, and music!

Alumni Reunions

Bethany Christian Schools in Goshen will be hosting class reunions and activities for its alumni and their families on Saturday, September 24. The following graduating classes will hold their reunions Saturday: 1956, 1961, 1971, 1976, 1981, 1986, 1991, 1996, 2001, 2006, and 2011. Reunion classes will meet Saturday afternoon/evening at Bethany for visiting and a catered dinner. Alumni interested in attending should register by September 15. Read more details.

Goshen College Goshen College

Goshen College will host a showing of the documentary “A Justice That Heals,” On September 6, 7:00 p.m., in the Goshen College Umble Center, with a talkback session afterward with the producer and several people who appeared in the film. The one-hour documentary explores family, faith and forgiveness following a senseless murder in Chicago in 1996. The event is free and open to the public.

AMBS Anabaptist Mennonite Biblical Seminary

Mennonite Cookbook

The Mennonite Co-Operative Bookstore on the campus of AMBS invites you to a feast for heart, mind & belly featuring Willard Roth’s cookbook Mennonite Men Can Cook, Too: Celebrating Hospitality with 170 Delicious Recipes! Join us Thursday, September 1 at 7:00 p.m. in the Gallery for goodies from the book and fair trade beverages from the store as Roth, John Bender, Marshall King, and Willard Swartley share stories of food and friendship. You will find the gallery using the north, Library Tower entrance of Waltner Hall at 3003 Benham Avenue in Elkhart.

Deep Faith Event

Register now for Deep Faith: Anabaptist Faith Formation for All Ages! This practical event will empower Anabaptist pastors, teachers and lay leaders in the church to develop a robust understanding of life with Jesus and expand their imagination of faith formation for the 21st century. The cost for the event, which will be held Oct. 6–8 at Anabaptist Mennonite Biblical Seminary (AMBS), Elkhart, Indiana, is $125/regular, $50/student until Sept. 14. Keynote speakers will be John Roberto of LifelongFaith Associates; Rachel Miller Jacobs, assistant professor of congregational formation at AMBS; and Brian Quan, pastor of Toronto Chinese Mennonite Church. Sponsors: AMBS, the Anabaptist Faith Formation Network, Mennonite Camping Association, Mennonite Church Eastern Canada, Mennonite Church Manitoba and Mennonite Church USA/The Gathering Place. See for the schedule, plenary speaker topics and 30 workshop offerings!

Mennonite Church USA

Attention pastors, administrators, business leaders and not-for-profit leaders: Are you looking for a fresh perspective on leadership? The Values-based Leadership Program (VBLP) will not only strengthen your leadership practice from an Anabaptist perspective, but also provide opportunities for self-discovery of the strengths and weaknesses of your personal leadership style. VBLP participants will meet for two sessions at Laurelville Mennonite Church Center in Mount Pleasant, Pennsylvania (Oct. 18–20, 2016, and Feb. 21–23, 2017), and also explore leadership practices and theory in their own context. Sponsors include Anabaptist Mennonite Biblical Seminary, Everence, Laurelville Mennonite Church Center, Mennonite Church USA, Mennonite Economic Development Associates, Mennonite Education Agency, MHS, and Schmucker Training and Consulting. The registration deadline for 2016–17 is Aug. 31. Learn more at the VBLP website.

mccMennonite Central Committee

Relief Sale Choir

Calling all singers for the MCC Relief Sale Choirs. You can still join. All rehearsals are at College Mennonite Church, 4:00 - 5:30 p.m. on August 28, September 11 and 18. The dress rehearsal is Thursday, September 22 at 7:00 p.m. The Sunday evening program will be at Sauder Hall in the Music Center at Goshen College September 25 at 7:00 p.m. Contact Dan Steiner, 574-312-1888 if you have questions.

Comforter Bash

Preparing Comforters:  You are invited to the Material Handling Center at The Depot on Friday, August 26 and September 30, 9:00 - noon to prepare comforters for the October Comforter Bash (see details below).

Save the date for a Comforter Bash! Make plans to join us on October 21 and 22 for the Mennonite Central Committee (MCC) Great Lakes Comforter Bash in Goshen. People of all ages are invited to knot comforters at Pleasant View Mennonite Church (58529 County Road 23). We also need precision sewers to piece and sew comforter tops for the event. Free fabric is available from Nadine Zook Miller, Material Resources Coordinator at The Depot. Contact her by email or call 574-534-4071. A handmade comforter provides not only warmth but also a tangible message to people that their needs are not forgotten. More information see the bulletin board by the mailboxes or visit the MCC website.

MCC Bike Michiana

Join us September 16-18, 2016 for MCC Bike Michiana. Enjoy a weekend of riding, fellowship and raising funds for Mennonite Central Committee. Come join the bikers in riding between 70-100 miles over two days pedaling the beautiful lake and farmland region of southern Michigan and northern  Indiana. Fellowship and worship included! If you are not a biker, consider donating on behalf of someone who is participating or become a sponsor. This year the project is raising funds for Palestine and Israel Project. Brochures and additional information available online.

Community Announcements

Spiritual Direction

Are you interested in spiritual direction? Sally Weaver Glick is a seasoned spiritual director in Goshen who offers both group and individual direction. The registration deadline to participate in one of her groups is September 1. See her brochure on the bulletin board for details. If you want to explore other spiritual directors in the area, please contact Dan Schrock.

First Friday Meal at The Window

River Oaks Community Church will be hosting the First Friday event. They are serving B.B.Q. chicken and Mexican fried rice with a vegetable, rolls and dessert. The suggested price for this meal is $8.00. All proceeds go toward The Window’s programs.

Menno-Hof Hymn Sing

Come and enjoy a cappella singing of familiar hymns on the Menno-Hof lawn in Shipshewana, on Sunday, Sept. 11, 5:00 p.m. Bring lawn chairs for seating. There will be ice cream and pretzels following the singing. Rain location: Farmstead Inn pavilion.

MEDA Event

Join Michiana Mennonite Economic Development Associates (MEDA) on Saturday, September 17, at 4:00 p.m. for our event "The Lean Farm" -- a tour of Clay Bottom Farm (located at 11434 CR 34, Goshen). Farm co-owner Ben Hartman will lead our tour and share how they apply lean, a production system originally developed by the Japanese automotive industry, to drastically cut waste and make their farm more environmentally and economically sustainable.

Our tour will be followed by dinner at Rachel's Bread in Goshen, featuring ingredients sourced from Clay Bottom Farm.

Please RSVP by Monday, September 12, by email or call 574-355-3607. Cost is $5 for students, $15 for Michiana MEDA members, and $20 for others, payable at the door.


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!

Some friends of the Adcocks recently opened their own pizza restaurant, The Slice, in Nappanee and are looking to hire some more part time kitchen staff and servers for evenings and weekends. If interested, contact the restaurant by email or call 574-773-0022. Visit The Slice on Facebook!



Sunday, August 28
Congregational Meeting, 11:00 a.m.
(No Nurture Hour Classes.)

Monday, August 29
Intercessory Prayer, 7:00 p.m.

Thursday, September 1
Ladies Lunch Bunch will meet at Rolling Scones, 11:30 a.m. RSVP to Laverne Nafziger

Saturday, September 3
Men's Breakfast, 7:00 a.m.

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Anniversaries This Week
Greg and Barb Smucker
Bryan and Sarah Morrison
John and Shirley Dick

Birthdays This Week
Kyle Miller
Stephanie Wieand
Judy Miller
Loren Schrock
Margaret Stoltzfus
Kyle Snyder
Diane Beam
Ben Rudy-Froese
Bobby Sessa

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

Pray for members of the incoming class at AMBS as they prepare to transition to seminary study. May they sense God’s peace and presence as they make space in their lives for new academic challenges, transformative experiences and relationships that will play a part in shaping their calling.

The Argentina Mennonite Church, a Mennonite Mission Network partner, operates Life School and Little Seeds Preschool in Neuquén. Pray for Andrea Pineda, the new director of the high school, and others who contribute to the school administration, as they seek to improve the financial status of their institutions.

Pray for Waterford Mennonite (Neil Amstutz, Velma Swartz and Cindy Voth, pastors) as they joyfully anticipate and prepare for Katie Johnson Misz to join their pastoral team in September as a Pastor of Family Life. Also pray for them in October when they welcome two guests from Benin Bible Institute who will serve with Waterford in an ongoing partnership.

DownloadSeptember MMN Prayer Vine

Church Notes
Sunday Service Info

This Sunday:  August 28

Neil Miller Richer
Renae Yoder
Denise Risser

Anita Mounsithiraj
Dteban Mounsithiraj

Ron & Lori Good

Phil Bauman

Elisabeth & Rafael Barahona

Infants:  Jenny Miller, John & Lois Mast
Toddlers: Aaron Wieand, Michael & Patsy Sherer

Offering Counters:
Dick Ramer, Karl Sommers

Next Sunday:  September 4

Neil Miller Richer
Renae Yoder
Denise Risser

Anita Mounsithiraj
Dteban Mounsithiraj

John & Lois Mast

Jason Moshier

Elisabeth & Rafael Barahona

Infants:  Sarah Morrison, Lisa & Maija Short
Toddlers:  John Hooley, Allan & Abby Rudy-Froese

Offering Counters:
John Hooley, Greg Smucker

Statistical Report 
(August 21)

Attendance:  185
General Fund:  $6,317.34
Bethany 2016/17:  $15.00
College:  $20.00
New Construction Fund (parking lot):  $2,100.00

General Fund Income 2015-16 YTD
Actual:  $307,650.95
Budget:  $287,601.00

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

Greg Smucker (Chairperson)
Shirley Dick
Sherm Kauffman
Anita Mounsithiraj
Richard Aguirre

Doug Baker
Richard Miller
Laverne Nafziger
Judy Weaver
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