Berkey Avenue Mennonite Fellowship
A congregation of Mennonite Church USA
Berkey Avenue Mennonite Fellowship
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February 16, 2014

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Berkey Announcements

Welcome Baby Micah!

Micah WieandStephanie, Aaron and Addie are thrilled to introduce Micah Jonathan Wieand! Micah was born February 10 at 6:02 a.m. at the Goshen Birth Center, and weighing 8 lbs and 2 oz. The Wieands are home and doing well.

Marriage Retreat: You,Me, We and God

Marriage RetreatJoin us for an enriching time featuring candid panel discussion and engaging break-out time for couples. Guided questions and materials will also be provided for couples, along with additional resources for further spiritual engagement following the conclusion of the retreat. Plan now on setting aside this time to work at nurturing your marriage relationship. This free retreat is jointly planned by and for Waterford Mennonite Church and Berkey Avenue Mennonite Fellowship. You can register by emailing or on Facebook.

Congregational Potluck and Meeting

DessertThis Sunday we're planning to have a congregational potluck and meeting. For the potluck, please bring a main dish and either a salad or dessert, as well as your own table service. We look forward to a rich time together. ~ The Spiritual Leadership Team.

The agenda for the congregational meeting is:

  • Approve minutes of the November 17 congregational meeting.
  • Financial Update
  • Report from the SLT on congregational goals.
  • Report on the sanctuary's projector.
  • Report from the Caregiving Commission on Deacon Care Groups.
  • Report on the conclusion of Lois Mast's term of service.
  • Report on Dan Schrock's sabbatical plans.

Ladies Prayer Shawl Small Group

KnittingThe Prayer Shawl Knitting Group will meet at Laverne Nafziger's on Tuesday, February 18th at 4:15 p.m.  We will knit and then have a light supper together.  Kindly RSVP to Laverne at

Soup & Bread Supper and Magic Show Rescheduled

Soup & BreadDue to severe weather conditions, the Soup & Bread Supper and Magic Show that was planned for February 5th has been rescheduled for Wednesday, February 19. Our apologies to all of you who already prepared food. We look forward to seeing you all on the 19th!

Care Packages for College Students

Care PackageDue to the weather, care packages for college students were also postponed. Following the meal and show on Wednesday, February 19, the MYF will be assembling care packages for college students - both regular attenders and those away at college. Thanks to everyone who has brought items. You are encouraged to bring additional items! Homemade goodies are especially appreciated!  Bring non-perishable items to church before the 19th or drop off fresh items that day.

Leadership Discernment

SurveyOn February 23rd, we will be taking a few minutes during the worship service to ask you to identify people in the congregation who might be well suited to serve on various church commissions. We ask that you consider your gifts and talents, as well as those of others in the congregation as we begin this discernment process. ~ The Leadership Discernment Team (Dan Williams, Anita Mounsithiraj, and Bev Krabill)

GMA Auction

Auction The Mission Commission has planned an auction on Friday, February 21 at 6:00 p.m., to provide funds for the Goshen Ministerial Association Emergency Fund and other charities that provide support for low income families and homeless persons in Goshen. This first-time event will feature a live auction in which people attending can enjoy pizza and other refreshments during the evening.  An auction flyer has been placed in the church mailboxes, along with two posted on the church bulletin boards with all the details of the event.  Please plan to attend and participate in what should be an enjoyable evening of fellowship, while supporting the needy in our community.

Celebrating the Gift

Sexuality SeriesTalking about our sexuality can stir up experiences and feelings that are painful and troubling. This is normal. So we encourage you to do what you need to do to care for yourself: talk to one of the pastors or a trusted friend, excuse yourself from parts of the service or Christian education sessions that you find disturbing or painful, or visit another church on a particular Sunday.This Sunday, February 16, our topic will be singleness. View the brochure.

Throwback Thursdays

Throwback ThursdaysHead 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

Bethany Christian SchoolsBethany Christian Schools

Allen Dueck To Retire

Allan Dueck, Bethany Christian Schools Principal, announced his retirement, effective December 31, 2014. “My time as principal at Bethany Christian Schools has been enjoyable and rewarding,” said Dueck. “Bethany is committed to providing learning that lasts and faith that lives. The dedicated faculty and staff make Bethany unique. During my 19 years here, I’ve been deeply impressed with the integration of faith development with academic excellence." Allan Dueck has served as principal of Bethany Christian schools since 1995. During his successful tenure he has led the school through stages of innovation in administration and curriculum. He also led the school through several waves of growth and development. His acumen as a school administrator is well known. Less known are his love for the arts and passion for sports. Read more.

Musical Tickets

Bethany Christian High School will be performing the musical Just So! March 6-9. Performances are on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday evenings at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday at 3:00 p.m. Tickets are $8 for adults and $6 for students. Ticket sales begin Monday, February 17, and may be purchased online at (or call the school at 534-2567 on school days, 8:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.). Based on the stories of Rudyard Kipling, Just So takes the audience on a journey to the banks of Africa’s Limpopo River, where they meet a collection of colorful creatures. Connecting the stories of how the rhino got its baggy skin and how the giraffe got its spots, to name a few, is the quest of the Elephant’s Child to stop Pau Amma the Crab from playing with the ocean and threatening the lives of all the animals. Assisted by the Eldest Magician and the Kokokolo Bird, the Elephant’s Child shows us how one determined individual can make a real difference in the world. Created by the team behind the musical HONK!, this show is entertaining and inspiring for all ages.The producction will feature our own Rachel Schrock and Kyle Snyder.

Bethany Visit

Students in grades 3-11 interested in exploring Bethany Christian Schools can shadow a Bethany student on Monday, February 17, (President’s Day) from 8:50 a.m. - 3:30 p.m. Parents are invited to a 8:45 a.m. - 9:15 a.m. coffee and conversation. Parent tours are available at 9:15 a.m. This is a great way for prospective students and families to discover Bethany! For more information, to register, or to schedule a visit on another date see

Goshen CollegeGoshen College

International Coffeehouse

The annual Goshen College Worldwide Culture (International) Coffeehouse is coming on Saturday, March 8. This student-run event features a dinner at 5:00 p.m. in the Church-Chapel Fellowship Hall and a family-friendly international variety show at 7:00 p.m. in the Music Center's Sauder Concert Hall. Tickets are available by calling the Welcome Center at (574) 535-7566, or online at ( Adults: $17 (dinner & show), $10 show only; students & children: $10 (dinner & show), $5 show only. This entertaining event promotes international friendship and also raises money for Rwandan orphans. Thank you for your support!

Goshen iPad App

Goshen College recently launched a new, free iPad app developed by a current GC student, helping users from on campus and around the world connect with the college. Learn more.

AMBSAnabaptist Mennonite Biblical Seminary

Pastors Week Recap

Pastors Week presenters Allan Rudy-Froese, Rachel Miller Jacobs, Jamie Pitts, Safwat Marzouk and Andy Brubacher Kaethler helped participants see Jesus anew and challenged them to allow Jesus to help them see in new ways. Spirit-filled singing, preaching, teaching and worship combined in a week that participants called powerful and moving. Download podcasts.

Jubilee For Today

You are invited to participate to this special webinar entitled Jubilee For Today on Thursday, March 6, from 10:00 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. Our presenter is Kim Tan. Dr. Tan, a biochemist, venture capitalist and itinerant Bible teacher, will talk about the implications of the "Jubilee Gospel" for his impressive business pursuits. He will share how Jubilee principles guide his business ethics through socially responsible and environmentally sustainable development efforts around the world. Please register by March 2.

Community Announcements

City of Goshen Survey

Back in December you should have received by email the dates of the planned public meetings for the City of Goshen’s Comprehensive Plan update. There are two public meetings left—People, Neighborhoods & Housing, and Land Use, Transportation & Infrastructure. As part of public participation, there is an online survey available for citizens to provide input on the plan. Take the survey.

MDC Goldenrod's Project Promise Celebrates 40 years

Over the last 40 years Project Promise has been a gift in our community as it has created community together with men and women of all abilities through prayer, worship, crafts, drama, and fellowship. This year we celebrate our 40th year anniversary. Please join us as for 40th anniversary program at Clinton Frame Mennonite Church on March 29th at 4:00 p.m. Project Promise is a program to meet the spiritual and social needs of adults with disabilities. Project Promise meets two times a month for worship and craft activities. In addition to the worship and craft activities, Project Promise hosts an annual Easter play, a field day, a retreat, a chicken BBQ and various other activities. (This year the program will take the place of our annual Easter Play. Please join us for our Program and look forward to the play resuming in 2015.)

GIHN Newsletter

Goshen Interfaith Hospitality Network is a flexible, cooperative ministry providing an opportunity for our community to be actively involved in caring for the needs of homeless families. The most recent newsletter on the GIHN website. If you would like to be added to their mailing list, please contact Mindy Morehead at

Seniors For Peace Meeting

Rosemary Widmer will present “BorderLinks: Building Bridges of Solidarity Across US Borders” at the next Seniors For Peace meeting, February 20, 9:30 a.m., at Greencroft Goshen Community Center. Interested, but not a Senior?  Come anyway!

Scrapbooking, Crafting, and Quilting Retreat 

March 14-16, is our first retreat of 2014. You may come as early as Tuesday, March 11! Amigo Centre invites you to a weekend of productivity along with the opportunity to rest, restore and refresh your body and soul. Whether you scrapbook, quilt, or have another craft that you love, we invite you to come and we will provide the space, lodging, great food and just the right amount of focused input to allow you time for your projects as well as fun and fellowship. Brochures have been mailed, and information and online registration is available at You may also reach us at (269) 651-2811 with questions.

Little Eden Youth Camps

Brochures are now available for the summer youth camps at Little Eden camp beautiful NW Michigan. Space is limited in each camp, so register early. Junior Youth Camp (grades 6-8) is June 8-13, and Boys & Girls Camp (grades 3-5) and High School Camp (grades 9-11) is June 15-20. For additional information, see the brochure on the bulletin board or you can download one on the Little Eden website or contact the camp at (231) 889-4294.

Sign Language Classes Available

Sign language classes are being offered at College Mennonite (1700 S. Main St, Goshen, IN) on Tuesday evenings, 6:30 p.m. - 8:00 p.m., March 11 through May 13. The instructors, Mark and Deb Gessinger, are both deaf and have taught sign language classes before. They are from Nappanee and Deb is a full-time Assisstant Professor of ASL at Goshen College. Two levels of classes are being offered, and the cost is $50. Childcare is available upon request. Kindly RSVP to Stephanie Yoder at (574) 971-0207 or

Dan's Fish & Chicken Dinner

West Goshen Church of the Brethren is hosting its Annual Dan's Fish & Chicken Dinner on Saturday, February 22, from 3:30 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. Prices are $9 for adults, $6 for children (ages 6-12) and kids under 6 eat free! Enjoy all the fish and chicken strips you care to eat. including side dishes, beverages and choice of dessert.

Menno-Hof Lecture

You’re invited to attend “Reaching out to others: realizing and sharing gifts” led by Larry & Maxine Miller, Macon, Miss., on February 16, 6:00 p.m. at Menno-Hof. The Millers will share their experiences of living in rural Mississippi the past 44 years – stories of how the Lord led them to the South, reaching out to others.  This is the second event in Menno-Hof’s “Coffee, cookies and community: Part II” winter series. Bring cookies to share – coffee will be provided. Your reservation is requested as seating is limited. Kindly RSVP to or (260) 768-4117.

13th Annual Empty Bowl Project

Please join us on Saturday, February 22, for a soup and bread dinner to benefit Goshen Interfaith Hospitality Network.  As part of the event, you will receive a handmade bowl, filled with delicious soup of your choice, and bread - all for $15! Beverages will be provided by area restaurants and guild members. The event will take place from 5:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. at the Mill Race Center Farmers Market and is sponsored by the Clay Artists Guild.

Goshen’s Comprehensive Plan Public Meeting

Community members are invited to help set vision and goals for the city of Goshen. Public meetings are scheduled for February 27 and March 24. Contact the City Planning Office at (574) 534-3505 for details on time and place.

Face2Face Women's Retreat 2014

Join us on March 7-9 for the 2014 Face2Face Women's Retreat! This guided retreat for women of all ages is prepared by Patricia Ebersole Zwier and Susan Berends Medendorp, who have been doing women's retreats for 20 years. Susan is seminary trained in the Christian Reformed Church and Patricia is a therapist at Oaklawn and is active in Assembly Mennonite Church. Each session begins with corporate worship led by musicians from Assembly Mennonite Church and a brief introduction to the topic. Then it moves into the centerpiece of guided face-to-face times with God, ending with processing in small groups. For more information and to register, go to the website of host congregation, River Terrace Church, or call Blythe (517) 351-9059. Learn more.



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!

Are you looking for child care? Trish Shenk know someone who is looking for a child care job next summer. If you have school age children (or younger) and are interested in a nanny next summer, please contact Trish at
Amigo summer camp runs from June through July 2014. There are still many opportunities for young adults interested in having a positive impact in the life of a camper. Staff positions from kitchen assistants to lead counselors and lifeguards are still available. Refer friends or apply online at
Soup of Success staff is interviewing potential participants for the next Soup of Success group, which starts in just a few weeks. If you know of any women age 21+ interested in investing 5 months in a job and life skills training program, please ask them to contact us as soon as possible at (574) 523.1551 ext. 103 or ext. 126. This is an opportunity with the potential to change a woman's life.
Summer Staff Openings in Appalachia.  The SWAP (Sharing With Appalachian People) program will be hiring Job Site Leaders for 10 weeks beginning the last week of May and ending in mid August.  Applicants must be 19 year of age or older and have a willingness and aptitude to learn construction.  Experience is very helpful, but not necessary.  Working with SWAP is a transformational experience for one's Christian faith walk in developing your "servant's heart".  Contact Colettia Estep at (606) 633-5065, email or visit the website for more information.
NOW is the time to apply for SALT! Nepal, anyone? Honduras? Zambia? Korea? Act now if you are considering a SALT -- Serving and Learning Together -- assignment for 2014-2015. Applicants, 18-27, who apply by  February 15 for this one-year service opportunity are guaranteed placement consideration. Check out the opportunities
The IN-MI Mennonite Women Executive Committee is looking for a woman with good record-keeping skills to serve a three-year term as treasurer. For further information or to nominate a woman in your congregation, please call Shirley Bustos at (219) 462-0526 or email
Goshen Interfaith seeks to fill a part-time position as a House Parent. This person would regularly have weekend hours, but may also occasionally fill in during a week day. Any questions about the position can be directed to Phil or Mindy at (574) 534-2300.

Getting to Know

Spiritual Leadership Team

Jan Bender Shetler

Jan Bender Shetler

Jan Bender Shetler teaches History at Goshen College. Her specialty is in African History but she also teaches world history courses like Environmental History, Gender in World History or The History of Ethnic Conflict. She continues to do research and publication on Tanzania and Ethiopia, where she and her husband Peter worked with MCC for 12 years and where they led Goshen College SST groups. She likes visiting her two sons, Dan and Paul in New Haven and Pittsburgh, walking, reading and travel.

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!

Did You Know?
Lost & Found

Did you know that that Berkey has a lost and found table? It's located in Jubilee Hall, just outside Lois' new office. If you think you lost something, check it out!

Do you have an interesting fact about Berkey to share?  Let us know!

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

This Week
February 16: Congregational Meal & Meeting, 12:00 p.m.
February 18: Prayer Shawl Knitting Group, 4:15 p.m.
February 19: Stewardship & Finance Commission Meeting, 7:00 p.m.
February 21: Auction Fundraiser, 6:00 p.m.

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

Last month, Deb and Wes Bergen arrived on the campus of the Good News Theological College and Seminary in Accra, Ghana, for a two-year assignment with Mennonite Mission Network. Pray that their ministry will bless students and colleagues, even as they are blessed through joining Christ’s body in West Africa.

DownloadFeb. MMN Prayer Vine

Church Notes
Sunday Service Info
This Sunday: February 16

John Mast, Ginny & Armand Martin
Anita & Dteban Mounsithiraj
Lori & Ron Good
Offering Counters: 
Lowell Nafziger, Denise Risser
Matthew WIlliams/Anne Berry, Clare & Merrill Krabill
Denise Risser,  Lindsay Rheinheimer

Next Sunday: February 23

John Mast, Ginny & Armand Martin
Thelma Ramer
Lori & Ron Good
Offering Counters: 
Dick Ramer, Karl Sommers
Matthew WIlliams/Anne Berry, Clare & Merrill Krabill
Sherry & Lyman Hug

Statistical Report 
(February 9)

Attendance: 180
General Fund: $3,202.00
Bethany Tuition: $115.00
College Matching: $70.00
Mission Emphasis (The Window): $70.00
House Rent: $750.00
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
Lois Stoltzfus Mast

Greg Smucker (Chairperson)
Roy Bergey
Lee Roy Berry, Jr.
Shirley Dick
Jan Shetler

Renae Yoder (Chairperson)
Doug Baker
Laura Horst
Richard Miller
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