Berkey Avenue Mennonite Fellowship
A congregation of Mennonite Church USA
Berkey Avenue Mennonite Fellowship
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December 28, 2014

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This Sunday, there will be no nurture hour after the morning worship.

Berkey Announcements

Membership Exploration Sessions

Membership exploration sessionsAre you interested in becoming a member at Berkey? Beginning January 11, Marilyn and Dan will begin hosting membership exploration sessions for adults during the Christian education hour. Our purpose is to become better acquainted with each other and with the congregation. It's fine if you want to participate in the sessions but aren't sure yet if you want to become a member. Please let Dan Schrock know if you want to come so the church office can copy enough materials. 

Coffee Drinkers

Menno's Best CoffeeThis Sunday is your last chance to get in on the December order of Menno's Best coffee, which benefits the MYF's trip to convention this summer. The order form is posted on the bulletin board next to the mailboxes. The cost is $12 per bag, available in whole bean or ground varieties. Payment is due when coffee is delivered. Orders will be placed at the end of each month. See Denise Risser with questions.

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 $5,110, enough to buy 36 new chairs. The Council is accepting further donations into the chair fund until the last Sunday of January. Learn more.

Our Schools

Goshen College Bethany Christian Schools

Buller Court

When the Bruins play their first game in 2015, they will be playing on Buller Court. No, the school does not have a new gymnasium, but instead recognized longtime boys basketball coach Jim Buller prior to the December 20 Holiday Tourney championship game and announced that the court has been named in his honor. Buller, who coached the Bruins for the past 35 years announced his retirement from coaching just prior to the season in anticipation of his appointment as interim head of school at Bethany beginning January 1, 2015. Learn more.

Goshen College Goshen College

GC, Chamber of Commerce, Develop Leadership Program

Leadership programs are not an uncommon activity for chambers of commerce, but the one GC and the Goshen Chamber of Commerce are developing will have a slight twist. The Intercultural Leadership Academy holds the tagline “developing effective leaders for a diverse community,” and will push for a diverse group of participants. Learn more.

AMBS Anabaptist Mennonite Biblical Seminary

Standing Where We Belong

The writer of Psalm 103 and Mary in the Magnificat both make a significant turn, Professor Mary Schertz points out in her guest post on Practicing Reconciliation. They both turn "from the personal good to the common good." Mary emphasizes, "For Christians, our Advent waiting, our pinning our hopes on Jesus, involves a crucial step of empathy, of solidarity." Learn more.

Public Lecture

Dr. Greg Boyd will speak on "Living Truth: The Promise of the Anabaptist Tradition in a Post-Christendom Culture," in a free public lecture at Goshen College on Tuesday evening, January 27. A dinner for pastors and their congregation's Goshen College students will be served at 6 p.m. in College Mennonite Church Fellowship Hall. Dinner is $12 for pastors; the GC students who come with you eat free. Register for dinner for yourself, a guest, and/or your congregation's GC students by January 12. The evening is sponsored by Anabaptist Mennonite Biblical Seminary, Goshen College and College Mennonite Church. Register for the dinner for pastors and their congregation's Goshen College students online. For questions, contact the AMBS Church Leadership Center.

Community Announcements

The Window
The Window invites you to come out and warm up with some chili (and you can even keep the bowl) on first Friday meal, January 2nd, from 4:30 - 7:00 p.m. or until the food runs out. The menu will be chilli, cornbread, cookie and bars and the suggested cost is $15. The unique hand thrown bowls are made by the talented and homegrown professional artist, Kaila Martin.

Michiana MEDA

Join Michiana MEDA for a dinner and program: Integrating Millennials into the Workplace, on Thursday, January 15, 2015 at Eighth Street Mennonite Church in Goshen at 6:30 p.m. Michelle Horning, Goshen College business department chair, will lead a panel of business professionals and college students who will discuss challenges and best practices in learning how to co-exist with Millennials in the workplace.  Please RSVP by Monday, January 12 to or (574) 355-3607. Cost is $15 for Michiana MEDA members and $20 for others, payable at the door.  All are welcome.

PULSE Fellowship Opportunity (Year of Service)

PULSE (Pittsburgh Urban Leadership Service Experience) cultivates a community a young servant leaders to transform Pittsburgh.  We invite talented university graduates to partner with local nonprofits for a year of service and leadership.  Over the last 20 years, PULSE has invited over 190 university graduates to partner with over 100 Pittsburgh nonprofits, contributing some 300,000 hours of service to the city of Pittsburgh. Learn more about PULSE. Our PULSE Fellowship maybe of interest to members of your congregation to serve in a nonprofit and live with other participants in intentional community, participate in ongoing personal and professional development and designed for recent graduates who would like to grow in their knowledge and understanding of servant leadership. Our application deadline is March 1st, 2015 and the application can be accessed on our website

Church Leadership Week

MCC Sharing With Appalachian People (SWAP) is pleased to announce Church Leadership Week on March 23-28, 2015. This week has been set aside for pastors, youth leaders, ministers and others who will potentially be leading groups who have not previously been to SWAP. Participants are invited to come to Appalachia to experience a typical SWAP week and learn more about the home repair program. The fees to participate with SWAP have been waived for this event, so those attending would be responsible only for their own transportation to and from the SWAP site in Hindman, Ky. If you're interested or would like more information, please call our SWAP office at (606) 633.5065. 


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!

 Mennonite Central Committee's Sharing With Appalachian People (SWAP) program is seeking summer staff to help with coordination of construction volunteers, meals, materials and job sites for their home repair projects in Kentucky and West Virginia. Summer staff are a critical component of SWAP's successful ministry, as they help facilitate the weekly SWAP service groups working on housing repair for low-income persons. Summer staff vary in age from 19 to 70+, and they receive meals, lodging and a weekly stipend for their service. For more information go to or call Colettia at (606) 633-5065.
Are you looking for a way to serve while sharing your faith? Menno-Hof, Shipshewana needs individuals and couples in agreement with Anabaptist values and beliefs to serve as host and/or hostess for a minimum of one month June – August 2015. Responsibilities include conducting tours and some light housekeeping. Menno-Hof offers visitors from around the world accurate information about the faith and life of the Amish and Mennonites. Two furnished apartments are available on-site. For more information contact Susan Miller, managing director or call (260) 768-4117. Learn more.




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

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This Week:

December 31: MYF Christmas Eve Party/ Lock in

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

Pray for True Vine Tabernacle, Elkhart  (pastor, Nancy Rodriguez-Lora). Pray also for Carroll Community Worship Center Ft. Wayne (pastor, Verlin Haarer)
Kelly and Brian McPhail of Mennonite Mission Network serve in China as teachers and administrators through Mennonite Partners in China. Pray for them as they seek to live out Christian values through English teaching in Beijing and through providing logistical support for MPC’s relationships with other agencies.

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Church Notes
Sunday Service Info

This Sunday: December 28

Neil Miller Richer, Pat D. Miller, Susan and Steve Garboden

Dale and Anita Snyder

Matthew Williams & Jenae Longenecker

Infants: Susan and Steve Garboden
Toddlers: Lindsy and Joe Locke

Offering Counters:
Dick Ramer and Karl Sommers


Next Sunday: January 4

Rafael Barahona, Susan and Steve Garboden

Lori and Ron Good

Matthew Williams & Jenae Longenecker

Infants: Clare and Merrill Krabill
Toddlers: Trish and James Yoder

Offering Counters:
Greg Smucker
Statistical Report 
(December 21)

Attendance: 171
General Fund: $7,118.50
College Fund: $20.00
Bethany Tuition: $55.00
Coffee: $46.30
Agape: $10.00
Chair Fund: $100.00

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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