Berkey Avenue Mennonite Fellowship
A congregation of Mennonite Church USA
Berkey Avenue Mennonite Fellowship
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July 26, 2015

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Berkey Announcements

Congregational Meeting

Congregational meetingThe agenda for the August 9 congregational meeting is to:
1.  Approve minutes of the July 12 meeting.
2.  Approve the 2015-16 budget.
3.  Hear a summary of the pastoral-congregational evaluation which was completed in the spring.
4.  Hear a summary of our ongoing conversation about space issues.

Berkey Worship Team

Worship TeamDo you play an instrument? Consider joining our new worship team. There has been a number of musicians, young and old, helping to accompany congregational singing during a few worship services this past month. We plan to accompany again during the August 2nd worship service. Parts are available for your instrument and your level of experience - from beginners on up. If you are interested in joining us, please contact Greg Smucker or call 574-536-1996

New to the Library

New to the libraryThis week, we have one addition to the library. The Love Letters by Beverly Lewis featuring Marlena Wenger, whose life takes an unexpected turn on the day she learns she must care for her estranged sister's baby. She feels out of her element in nearly respect, yet is determined to do her best and stay focused on her future, even as these hopes become drastically altered.

Summer Schedule at Berkey

July 26 - Fourth Sunday Intergenerational Nurture Hour
Aug. 2- Fifth Sunday Intergenerational Nurture Hour
Aug. 9 – Second Sunday All Church Picnic and Members Meeting - No Nurture Hour
Aug. 16 - Sixth Sunday Intergenerational Nurture Hour
Aug. 23 - Seventh Sunday Intergenerational Nurture Hour
Aug. 30 – Celebration Sunday - No Nurture Hour

Model Elementary Announcements

Model Elem. AnnouncementsBAMF along with Faith Lutheran and Greene Road Churches are supporting staff at Model School this year. BAMF is furnishing a noon meal for the staff (approx. 70) on Tuesday, August 4 at BAMF. We need several people to help plan, fix, and serve the meal. If you can help with this please, contact Lowell Nafziger.
  • BAMF has been assigned to collect at least 25 pair of girls underwear, sizes XS/S/M sizes.  Bring to the church and place in box by the mailboxes.  They would like to have these by August 5.
  • We will be furnishing a treat for the staff (70) the months of October, January, and April.  These can be individual treats that are placed in their mailboxes or large servings in a bowl or two.  We encourage a note attached for the teachers such as: We are praying for you, or a Bible verse, etc.  If you would like to do this Lowell Nafziger.  This can be done by individuals or groups of people.

Our Schools

Goshen College Bethany Christian Schools

Boys Basketball Alumni

Former boys basketball players and coaches from 1979-2015 are invited to participate in a celebration honoring Coach Jim Buller's legacy, at 2:00-7:00 p.m. this Saturday, July 25. The celebration will include 3-on-3 and pick-up games, supper, and a program. Jim would be honored if as many of you could attend (bring your families). More information and to RSVP is available online.

Goshen College Goshen College

GC Board of Directors updates Non-Discrimination Policy

On July 17-18, the Goshen College Board of Directors met. “After a multi-year review of our current hiring practices, offering prayers for divine guidance, listening to and consulting various constituencies and key stakeholders, and considering relevant legal changes, we voted to update the institutional Non-Discrimination Policy,” said Conrad Clemens, chair of the Goshen College Board of Directors. Learn more.

AMBS Anabaptist Mennonite Biblical Seminary

The Theological Shape of Discernment: A Brief Guide

Jamie Pitts, reflects on "what might be called the 'theo-logic' of discernment, that is, the way the order and logic of our claims about God (theos) give shape and form to Christian practices of moral discernment," in a guest post on Sara Wenger Shenk's Practicing Reconciliation blog. Learn more.

Community Announcements

Mennonite World Conference New President

When J. Nelson Kraybill is installed as president of the World Mennonite Conference on Saturday, don’t be surprised if some former Lancaster Mennonite High School teachers do a double-take. Learn more.


Do you have questions about Medicare? Everence will host a free seminar on Monday, August 3 at 6:30 p.m. RSVP by July 27 to or call (574) 533-9515 ext. 3209.



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!

Maple City Health Care Center, a non-profit organization committed to providing affordable, accessible, and quality care, is looking for a Medical Assistant (high school graduate or GED), and a Front Office Team Member (high school graduate or GED). The positions require sufficient Spanish and cross-cultural skills to effectively function with the MCHCC patient population. For more information about Maple City Health Care Center or to see job descriptions, go to our website. Please contact Pamela Weishaupt  or (574) 534-3300 ext.114 for more information.

Mennonite Mission Network has opportunities for employment as Development Associate, Church Relations Associate and Human Resources Assistant.  Read the full position descriptions on our website.  All applicants must be committed to denominational and agency goals of anti-racist action. Interested persons should send a letter of interest and résumé to Linda Krueger, Human Resource Coordinator.




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

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Anniversaries and Birthdays This Week:

Paul and Twila Liechty
Tavi and Anita Mounsithiraj
Tom and Dee Albrecht
Daryl and Jenny Miller

Adelyn Wieand
Brenda Grimes
Thiago Barahona
Richard E.W. Aguirre

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

Pray for Mike and Teresa Sherrill and their three children, serving with Mennonite Mission Network, as they engage in teaching and pastoral ministries in Japan.

DownloadJully MMN Prayer Vine

Church Notes
Sunday Service Info

This Sunday: July 26

Clare Krabill, Curt and Elise Wenger

Laverne Nafziger

Pete and Melba Graber

Michael Sherer, Sue Byler

Infants: Beth Berry, Anna and Joe Sawatzky
Toddlers: Grant Miller,

Offering Counters:
Dick Ramer, Karl Sommers

Next Sunday: August 2

Aaron Wieand, Julie and Phil Zimmerman

Rita Gingrich

Lois and John Mast

Nicholas Schrock

Infants: Lindsay Rheinheimer, Megan and Tom Martin
Toddlers: Sim Dlova, Lavonn and Eric Hostetler

Offering Counters:
John Hooley, Greg Smucker
Statistical Report 
(July 19)

Attendance: 138
General Fund: $ 6,672.50
Agape: $10.00
Bethany Tuition: $ 55.00
College Matching: $1,550.00
Model School (strawberries): $ 30.00

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.

Marilyn Rudy-Froese
Dan Schrock

Greg Smucker (Chairperson)
Roy Bergey
Shirley Dick
Sherm Kauffman
Elizabeth Miller

Doug Baker
Richard Miller
Laverne Nafziger
Judy Weaver
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