Berkey Avenue Mennonite Fellowship
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September 22, 2013

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Fall Fest

Thanks to everyone who came out to enjoy this year's Fall Fest! We had a great crowd, lively music and of course, delicious food. View this year's photos.

From the Worship Commission

As a Worship Commission, we strive to support worship services that begin with reverence and praise of God, and conclude with our awareness of our community and relationship with each other and the world. To this end, we invite musicians to prepare prelude pieces that will help us to prepare our spirits for worship. We invite you to enter the sanctuary quietly, so that you can participate in this time of preparation. We also endeavor to end the worship services by 10:45 a.m., so that we can enjoy fellowship with each other, and so that those who have prepared for Christian Education, have enough time for their classes. To this end, we invite you to submit your announcements to the church office by Thursday at 9:00 a.m., so that we can minimize the number of verbal announcements that need to be made on Sunday morning, thus ending our service as close to 10:45 a.m. as possible. Thank you and may God be glorified in our worship together.

New to the Library

This week we feature three titles new to the library.  They are Home to Harmony by Philip Gulley. The author, a Quaker minister, draws the reader into the charming world of minister Sam Gardner in his first year back in his hometown, capturing the essence of small-town life with humor and wisdom; Harvest of Empire: A History of Latinos in America by Juan Gonzalez: "A serious, significant contribution to understanding who the Hispanics of the United States are and where they come from." - The NY Times Book Review and We Can't Teach What We Don't Know: White Teachers, Multiracial Schools by Gary R. Howard. From his 25 years of experience as a multicultural educator, the author looks deeply into the mirror of his own racial identity to discover what it means to be a culturally competent white teacher in racially diverse schools. Learn more.

* Misplaced Book: Good Enough to Eat by Lizzy Rockwell, which looks like it belongs in the Chandler School Library, is on the desk in our church library.

Member Note

Dear Berkey Family: Over the past seven months, I have been going through the painful process of divorce, which has recently become final.  This is a time of loss and grief for myself and my family.  I have learned that many people do not know what to say at a time like this.  Just saying, “I’m sorry” can mean a lot.  I don’t know why God didn’t heal my marriage in the way that I most wanted it to be healed.  I do know that God loves all of us without limit, and that is a sustaining grace. ~ Deb Brubaker.

Address Update

Allen Garboden has moved to the Central Manor (Evergreen East) at Greencroft.  His new phone number is (574) 537-3546 and his new address is:

Apt 33
1300 Greencroft Blvd
Goshen, IN 46526

Take them a Meal

One of the highlights for our young adults and 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. If you would like to host a meal for our students, please sign up below. 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. Thank you so much for your meals and friendship to our young adults and students! When you sign up the recipient last name is "College Students" and the password is "bamf."

Berkey Garden Plots

Berkey GardensPlanning is underway  for next year's garden plots. A plot is 12’ x 24’. If you would like one or more garden plots for next year, please contact Lowell Nafziger. He needs to make sure all the ground we need for next year is plowed this fall.

Penny Power September

Please note that we plan to have the Penny Power collection for one more Sunday leading up to the relief sale. Last year the sale had its best year ever with Penny Power raising $50,180 to be used to provide clean, safe and accessible water to people around the world through Mennonite Central Committee and its partners.

Baby Shower

Neil, Elizabeth and AbbyThis coming Sunday, during the fellowship time (between worship and Christian education), we will have a baby shower for Neil, Elizabeth, and Abigail Miller Richer, who have recently returned to the States after serving in Colombia under Mennonite Central Committee. This will be a card and money shower. The Fellowship Commission will have blank cards and envelopes available.

Berkey Avenue Small Groups

Small groups help us to deepen our relationships with each other and with God. In addition to the traditional, intergenerational groups that currently exist, we are offering small groups formed around a theme or common interest: Praying with Scripture, Dinner and a Movie, Prayer Shawl Ministry, and Spirit Feast. If you are interested in joining the Praying with Scripture small group, please contact Dan or Jennifer Schrock directly, as the group wants to begin meeting in the next week or so. If you have questions, you can speak to one of the Small Group Co-ordinating Committee members: Jan Shetler, Ron Good, Lois Mast or Marilyn Rudy-Froese. Learn more and sign up.

The 46th Michiana Mennonite Relief Sale

The Relief Sale is right around the corner! Check out this great wall hanging made by Debra Detwiler Brubaker and Shirley Claassen Dick for the auction! It is called "Electrified." The MCC relief sale silent auction is open for online bidding as of today, Friday, September 20 beginning at 5:00 p.m.  Items can be bid on at leading up to and through the live event at the sale next weekend.  Pre-registration is encouraged online before the live event.  And next weekend come visit us in building F, two doors down from the live quilt auction to see all the items on display! If you are interested in learning more about the relief sale, contact Diane Beam at or visit our website.

Throwback Thursdays

YodersHead 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!

Jubilee Fund Raising Update

Have you noticed something different about the chart that measures progress on our Jubilee fundraising efforts?  An image seems to be appearing.  Can you guess what it is?  It will become clearer the closer we are to reaching our goal.

Online Photo Directory Status Report

Jan & PeterWe are getting close but there are still several portraits missing. If you have not yet gotten your picture taken, please sign up online or email Renae Yoder to schedule your appointment. Getting your photo taken only takes a few minutes.You can access the online directory at The online registration is now working, so you can create your own user name or continue to use the church username. If you have had your photo taken, please take a moment to review your information.

Our Schools

Bethany Christian SchoolsBethany Christian Schools

Bethany Christian Schools invites applications for a full-time 11-month staff position of evening custodian. The position is available as soon as it's filled; comes with benefits package. For details and application procedure, see

Goshen CollegeGoshen College

Afternoon Sabbatical: Phantom of the Opera

Join us for an Afternoon Sabbatical Trip to Chicago for the 25th anniversary production of The Phantom of the Opera! On Saturday, January 18th, 2014, we will head up to the Chicago Auditorium Theater for the show. (Tickets confirmed on orders through October 15th. After that, only if still available.) The cost is $130 and includes coach travel, best-seating theater tickets and a box supper. Please call (574) 535-7565 or email learn more or reserve your seat! Learn more.

Eleventh Annual Grief Seminar

September 27, 2013 at 8 am in the Church-Chapel Fellowship Hall. The eleventh annual Goshen College Grief Seminar titled “Out of the Shadows: Unrecognized Grief” will feature keynote speaker Regina Shands Stoltzfus, associate professor of peace, justice and conflict studies. For more information, call the Goshen College social work department at 574-535-7400.

In the Kingdom of the Ditch Book Reading

An award-winning poet and former Goshen College faculty member, Todd Davis will be visiting Goshen College on Tuesday, September 24, and reading from his latest book, "In the Kingdom of the Ditch," at 7:30 p.m. in Newcomer Center, room 19. Davis writes about family and the natural world. The reading, which is sponsored by the GC English Department, is free and open to the public and will be followed by a book signing and refreshments. Books may be purchased after the reading.

AMBSAnabaptist Mennonite Biblical Seminary

Kathy Bergen, recently of Ramallah in Israel-Palestine, and Marty Troyer, pastor in Houston, Texas, share a breadth of ministries related to peace as Anabaptist Mennonite Biblical Seminary honors them with this year’s Alumni Ministry and Service Recognition. The two graduates will be honored in October as they each visit AMBS to share stories of their ministries and what sustains them for the work they do. Bergen will speak on October 10 and Troyer on October 31. Learn more.

Community Announcements

MEA Benefit Dinner

Please join in helping MEA’s Hispanic Pastoral and Leadership Education Program celebrate the 25th anniversary of IBA (Instituto Bíblico Anabautista / Anabaptist Biblical Institute). A celebration will take place Thursday, October 17 at 6:30 p.m. in the new Mennonite Offices community room (3145 Benham Avenue). Suggested donations are $50 per plate. The evening will include appetizers, music, office tours, dinner, IBA stories, a guest speaker and, of course, birthday cake! Featured speakers are: J. Nelson Kraybill and IBA director Rafael Barahona Sr. For reservation information contact Veva Mumaw at or call (574) 343-1312. Learn more.

Taste of Goshen Tickets on Sale 

Tickets are on sale now for the Taste of Goshen, a traveling meal, to benefit the Center for Healing & Hope. The event is Saturday, October 12, from 3:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m. Tickets are $50 and may be purchased by calling CHH at 574-534-4744 ext. 201, or via email at Tickets are also available at Menno Travel, 210 S. Main Street, Goshen. On sale through October 4th or until sold out. Learn more.

Eby's 60th Anniversary Celebration

Eby's Family Fun is having its 60th Anniversary Celebration on Sunday, September 22nd from 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. Admission only 60 cents (skate rental is extra $2.25) There will be carnival games and special entertainment for children! Eby's Family Fun is located at 14583 State Rd 120, Bristol.

MCC Alumni & Friends International Potluck

Please join us for an MCC Alumni & Friends International Potluck on Sunday evening, November 24th at 6:00 p.m. at Berkey Avenue Mennonite Fellowship. Sarah Adams, MCC Country Representative in Lebanon, will be the speaker for this very interesting and informative update on MCC's work in Syria and with Syrian refugee camps in Lebanon and Jordan. For questions or to RSVP, contact the MCC Great Lakes office at (574) 534-4133 or email Les Gustafson-Zook at

Oaklawn Professional Education Series

As part of Oaklawn's 2013 Professional Education Series we will be hosting free mental health breakfasts in the month of October and November. These FREE breakfasts are led by Oaklawn experts and 1.0 CEU will be available. On Tuesday, October 8 (in South Bend), and Tuesday, November 12 (in Elkhart) our topic will be Sexually Maladaptive Youth: Understanding and Management by Kim Neff, M.S.W., LCSW and Julie Albano, M.S.W., CSAYC, B.I.P. Trainer, LCSW. This program will discuss the challenges in counseling sexually maladaptive youth and provide information on effective strategies. Learn more.

New MOPS Group Forming in Goshen

A new MOPS (Mothers of Preschoolers) group is forming in Downtown Goshen, chartered by First Presbyterian Church. MOPS International is dedicated to meeting the needs of every mother of preschoolers. MOPS strives to attain this vision through the local MOPS group. First Presbyterian Church has taken the first step by establishing the charter with MOPS International. We envision this ministry becoming a vital community ministry supported and led by members of multiple congregations. Learn more.

Weekend Camping

Enjoy the fall weekends camping at Amigo Park!  Come indulge in the beauty of the remaining fall weather while enjoying the new beach, good fishing, and good conversations around a campfire.  Sites and cabins are still available on September 20-22, 27-29, October 4-6, 11-13, and 18-20.  Amigo Park, located near Sturgis, MI, is a family oriented RV campground that is part of Amigo Centre, which belongs to the IN-MI Mennonite Conference. 

Understanding Your Options with Medicare in 2014

You are invited to attend "Understanding Your Options with Medicare in 2014" on September 24, 30 or October 3. This informational seminar will cover what you need to know about Medicare, what’s covered, the differences between the plans that supplement Medicare, and enrollment deadlines. Bring a friend or family member!  Kindly RSVP to (574) 533-9515 ext. 4001 or anna.mast@everence.comLearn more.

Damascus Road Antiracism Analysis Training

Have you been confused by the George Zimmerman trial? Have you had a conversation about "race" and found that you kept talking past each other? You are not alone, and on November 8-10, 2013, in Goshen, the Damascus Road Antiracism Analysis Training, presented by Roots of Justice, can help you and your church or organization have more productive conversations about race and racism. Learn more.

Menno-Hof 25th Anniversary Celebration

Menno-Hof is celebrating 25 years! You’re invited to the 25th Anniversary Celebration Dinner on October 3, 6:30 p.m., at the Shipshewana Event Center. Make your reservations for a table or individual tickets by September 19 to (260) 768-4117 or You can also see the flier on our bulletin board for additional information. Learn more.

Observing Peace Sunday

Last May the Peace Commission of Mennonite World Conference (MWC) sent out the following communication: We are writing to invite you and your congregation to observe Peace Sunday together with brothers and sisters in the global Anabaptist church family on September 22, 2013. Read the full letter. As we all know, maintaining our Anabaptist peace witness requires constant attention. In this regard, Peace Sunday can be one important stepping stone in helping us hone what to us is an essential part of the way and message of Jesus. MWC has also provided some suggestions for celebrating peace (for 2012, which may be adapted for 2013).


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!

Pastured Meats for Sale: Elise and Adam Derstine are part of Blue Heron Farm, a small sustainable livestock operation. They are currently selling whole chickens, whole and half lambs and hogs, and memberships for their Winter Meat CSA, which provides a monthly mix of beef, chicken, and pork. All animals are raised on pasture using sustainable methods. To learn more please email them at or call (574) 971-5146.
Register now for your DOOR 2014 week by Oct. 1 and lock in the early registration rate of $295 per person.  You know that we keep our weeks small out of respect to our urban neighborhoods. Send in your registration and deposit to guarantee your preferred week and city. College groups serve for $275 per week.
Join a global community of people responding to basic human needs and working for peace and justice in the name of Christ. If you want to make a difference and you have a few hours of spare time or a few years to commit to service, MCC has a variety of volunteer and employment options for you to explore. Learn more.
FOR RENT: 2-3 bedroom, newly renovated house on Wilson Avenue, a quiet street less than a mile from the college. $700/month plus utilities. Near playground and millrace. Parkside school district. For more information, contact Dale or Trish Shenk at (574) 535-3537 or (574) 971-0293.

Getting to Know

Gretchen Geyer

Gretchen GeyerMy name is Gretchen Geyer, I'm a born and raised Hawkeye. I love spending time in the beautiful outdoors: running, biking, canoeing, or reading. I'm studying Social Work at Goshen College because I am very passionate about creating relationships with others around and spreading love and happiness. I love playing violin, especially with our orchestra and performing in Sauder Hall. Last, but certainly not least, I love, love, love to cook. It is especially exciting to me to learn new techniques or different ethnic cuisines, so if you'd ever like an assistant in the kitchen let me know!

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?Berkey offers battery recycling services, available in the north entrance.


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

This Week
September 22: Miller Richer baby shower, 10:45 a.m.
September 25: Stephen Ministry, 6:45 p.m.
September 27-28: MCC Relief Sale

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

On September 22nd the Berkey MYF will be spending the day at Ox Bow park for their annual 'Day Away'.  Pray for renewed vision and energy as they plan for the year ahead.
Janet Stucky with Mennonite Mission Network is two months into an assignment in Benin. Pray for Janet as she discerns what role she will play as a consultant to Mission Network partners: Benin Bible Institute, Bethesda Hospital and community development programs, and La Casa Grande children’s home.
DownloadSept. MMN Prayer Vine
DownloadIN-MI Sept. Prayer Newsletter

Church Notes
Sunday Service Info
This Sunday: September 22

Deb & Dan Williams, Abbe & Patrick Buller
Melba & Pete Graber
Offering Counters: 
Ruth Hathaway, Karl Sommers
Phil Miller, Laura Horst

Next Sunday: September 29

Lois & John Mast, Armand & Ginny Martin
Thelma Ramer
Offering Counters: 
Shawna Born, Diane Nafziger
Michael Sherer, Laura Horst

Statistical Report 
(September 15)

Attendance: 155
Bethany Tuition: $765.00
General Fund: $5,049.00
Fellowship & Caring: $441.00
Building Improvements: $2,300.00
College Matching: $20.00
Kenya Relief: $343.00
MCC Penny Power: $18.00
Agape: $10.00

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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