Berkey Avenue Mennonite Fellowship
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February 19, 2017

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Berkey Announcements

Mentor-Mentee Event

soupThis Sunday the JYF and MYF classes will meet with John Roth in the sanctuary during nurture hour followed by a potluck meal provided by mentors. All are welcome, even if your mentor or mentee can't make it.

Liturgical Dancing

DanceAs a part of the Lenten Worship planning committee, Laura Moshier is forming a group of liturgical dancers to participate in at least two worship services during the season of Lent. Please contact Laura at home, 534-7886 or through email, if you are interested in dancing. All are welcome to participate regardless of experience.

A Note from our Librarian

booksThe remaining library books on the table in the Fellowship Hall will be taken to the Depot next week and some additional books that are being discarded will replace them. Feel free to take any of these books that interest you. Thank you. ~ Lori Good, Library Committee

Bible School

bible schoolSave the date!! Summer Bible School will be June 5-9. More details are coming soon.


Weekly Peace and Justice Concerns Actions

peaceIf you would like to receive weekly updates regarding actions you can take related to social justice concerns please contact James Yoder. The updates will include information regarding organized efforts to communicate our concerns to federal, state and local representatives through phone calls, letter writing, attendance at town hall meetings and rallies. 

Note from MCC Great Lakes

thanksWe at Mennonite Central Committee (MCC), along with our partners in over 50 countries around the world, are blessed by your continuing support for the work of MCC. We want to thank our friends at Berkey Ave. Mennonite for the many ways you contribute to the work of MCC. In addition to the energy and time you give at relief sales, thrift shops, meat canning and material resources, your congregation contributed $1,345.00 in 2016. We are especially grateful for your prayer support for MCC's work of relief, development and peace in the name of Christ. Whether in Syria, Haiti, Vietnam, Nigeria, Colombia or Appalachia, your support shares God's love and compassion with vulnerable people. Thank you! ~ Les Gustafson-Zook, MCC Great Lakes

Meals for College Students

mealThere are only a couple of dates left to fill. Hosts are still needed for April 2 and April 16. If you would enjoy hosting a Sunday noon meal for the students, follow this link; username: students, password: bamf. For more information, contact Ruth Roth. Thank you so much for your meals and friendship to our students!

Directory Update

updateNew information is added weekly to the online directory. The Bakers have also requested their update be posted here in the newsletter: Doug and Cindy Baker no longer have their land-line phone number (534-4485). They can be reached at their cell numbers: Doug--574.533.1952; Cindy--574.370.3124.

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

Honk! Musical Tickets

Bethany Christian High School will perform the musical, Honk! This musical is a lively and colorful re-telling of Hans Christian Andersen’s The Ugly Duckling. Tied through the duckling Ugly’s adventures, travels, and encounters is the thread of a mother and child’s love for each other. This musical is a great introduction to theater for children. Tickets are $9 for adults and $7 for students and may be purchased online. Performances are March 2-5; 7:00 p.m. on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday and 3:00 p.m. on Sunday. Berkey member, Abbe Rudy-Froese is part of the cast.

Open House

Bethany Christian Schools will host a drop-in open house noon - 2:30 p.m. Sunday, March 5, for anyone considering enrolling for fall 2017. Bring your family and invite others from your church or neighborhood who may have interest in Bethany. Stop by after church for lunch, and faculty and staff will be available to answer questions and give tours. So we know to expect you for the meal, please register online or RSVP to Sarah Kraybill Lind in the admissions office, 534-2657.

Goshen College Goshen College

Hymn Club Fundraiser

Goshen College's Hymn Club is organizing a fundraiser event with a singing marathon to support Christian Peacemaker Teams (CPT). They plan to sing through the hymnal over the course of a week, singing on average a little more than 100 songs each night. Community members are invited to join in the event. They will be meeting on Sunday, March 12 - Thursday, March 16 from 6:00 - 11:00 p.m. in Newcomer Center room 19. The finale night will be Friday, March 17 in the Music Center choir room starting at 9:00 p.m. and singing until finished. For donations, make checks out to CPT with "hymn marathon" in the memo line; sent to CPT, PO Box 6508; Chicago IL 60680-6508. Cash or checks may also be brought to the hymn club event.

International Student Club Coffeehouse

The annual Goshen College International Coffeehouse is coming on Saturday, March 18. This student-run event features a dinner at 5:15 p.m. in the College Mennonite Church Fellowship Hall and a family-friendly international variety show at 7:30 p.m. in Sauder Hall. Tickets for this fund-raiser are available from the Welcome Center, 535-7566 or online. Adults: $20 (dinner & show), $12 show only; students & children: $12 (dinner & show), $5 show only. This entertaining event promotes international friendship and also will be raising money for MCC Refugee Relief.

AMBS Anabaptist Mennonite Biblical Seminary

Book Release Celebration

Recollections of a Sectarian Realist: A Mennonite Life in the Twentieth Century, memoir of J. Lawrence Burkholder, edited by Myrna Burkholder will be celebrated on Tuesday, March 7, 9:30–10:30 a.m., Waltner Hall, Anabaptist Mennonite Biblical Seminary. This memoir, published by the Institute of Mennonite Studies (IMS), traces the development of Burkholder’s thought as it intersected with the events of his life — from a Mennonite upbringing in a small Pennsylvania town, through an upstate–New York pastorate, relief work in India and China, graduate study at Princeton, teaching at Goshen College and Harvard Divinity School, civil rights activism, and the presidency of Goshen College. To learn more, contact Barb Nelson Gingerich, IMS managing editor, 574.296.6239.

doveMennonite Church USA

Mennonite Church USA invites you to pause and prepare your hearts as the season of Lent begins this week. Join with others in the church around the world in creating fertile places for the seed of God’s message to take root.

Community Announcements

Everence College Scholarship

A college scholarship for you or your children is one of the potential benefits of doing business with Everence. To apply for an Everence scholarship, the student or the student’s parent or legal guardian must own or be using an Everence product. The application must be completed by February 28; previous recipients may apply again. This is for all college students, not just incoming freshmen. Read more.

The Window's First Friday Meal

Beef Stroganoff, Rice, Salad and Hawaiian Soufflé are on the menu for our March First Friday meal prepared and hosted by College Mennonite Church. The fundraiser is from 4:30 - 7:00 p.m., unless the food runs out! The suggested price of the meal is $9.00. All proceeds benefit The Window and its programs.

Senior Tuesday Luncheon

The next Senior Luncheon at Yellow Creek Mennonite Church will be on Tuesday, March 21 at noon. To make your reservations, call 862-2595 by Monday, March 13. See the bulletin board by the mailboxes for more information.

Christians and Immigration Event

What should Anabaptist-Mennonite Christians think about immigration and how should we engage the immigrants who are our neighbors? Daniel Carroll Rodas will help us unite around the biblical framework of "welcoming the stranger," in an event at Eighth Street Mennonite Church, on Sunday, March 19, at 6:30 p.m. Danny Carroll is author of Christians at the Border and is an Old Testament professor at Wheaton College. His approach can help the whole church see how and why we must respond in compassion to the immigrants in our communities. For information contact Eighth Street, 574-533-6720, or cohost Hively Avenue Mennonite Church, 574-294-3423.

MCC Comforter Bash

Save the date for the Mennonite Central Committee (MCC) Great Lakes Comforter Bash, October 20 and 21, at Pleasant View Mennonite Church (58529 County Road 23). Precision sewers are needed to piece and sew comforter tops for the event. The top size should be 60"x80"; made of cotton fabric. Free fabric is available from Nadine Zook Miller, Material Resources Coordinator at The Depot. Contact her by email or call 574-534-4071. For more information about the event contact Carol Honderich, 574-536-9062.


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!

A house for rent at 1002 S. 8th Street, Goshen, will be available March 1. The house has 1830 sq ft, 2.5 baths, and 3 bedrooms with hardwood floors & cedar-lined closets. A 4th large room could be a bedroom or den. Other features include: a wonderful sun room and enclosed back porch, 2 fireplaces, central air, appliances provided, livable but unfinished full basement, 2-car detached garage with off-street parking, spacious fenced shaded backyard; great features like walking/biking distance to downtown, the millrace, and Goshen College. The cost is $1,150/month rent plus utilities and a $1,150 deposit. Interested parties should contact Justin, 412-478-3105 or Nadia, 312-437-0606.



Friends in Mission

Phil & Connie

Phil and Connie Bauman

Note from Phil & Connie:
We spent four weeks in January and February at Camp Ithiel in Gotha, Florida which is near Orlando serving in a SOOP (Service Opportunities with Our Partners) assignment. SOOP is administered by MMN (Mennonite Mission Network).

Camp Ithiel is a Church of the Brethren camp. Camp Ithiel hosts retreats, weddings, several churches, some home schoolers, and summer camps for children and youth. There were about 10 couples volunteering with us. We helped clean the dorms and prepare meals. There were also ongoing projects to get the camp ready for the summer programs. These included spring cleaning the chapel, building an addition to a shed, making eight new bunk beds, making new storm windows for one of the dorms, painting dorm rooms, and removing invasive plants.

We took our RV and most of the volunteers also lived in an RV, either their own or one owned by the camp. It was a good group of people to work with. We did things as a group and also had time on our own.

Ben & Laurel

Ben and Laurel
Woodward Breckbill

Ben & Laurel's blog post tells of their latest adventures including missed flights, escaping from locked parks, and taking trips around beautiful Belfast. You are invited to read their blog.


Sunday, February 26
Lunch for Mentors/Mentees, 11:00 a.m.
Liturgical Dance Group, 5:00 p.m.

Monday, February 27
Intercessory Prayer, 7:00 p.m.

Wednesday, March 1
SLT, 7:00 p.m.

Thursday, March 2
Ladies Lunch Bunch will meet at Anna`s Bread, 11:30 a.m.

Saturday, March 4
Men's Breakfast, 7:00 a.m.

DownloadDownload March Calendar

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Birthdays This Week
Joel Yoder
Bev Krabill
Daryl Miller
Jonathan Neufeld
John Mast
Please contact the office by noon on Thursday with prayer requests.

Berkey Family
Continue to pray for Marion Yoder as he battles cancer. The Yoders plan to return to Indiana in mid April.

Colossian WayThe Colossian Way study group is meeting weekly on Sunday mornings. Please be in prayer for those involved: Facilitators, Hannah Canaviri and Joe Liechty, and Participants, Cindy Baker, Gregg Beitler, Abbe Buller, Adam Derstine, Ruth Hathaway, Bev Krabill,Seth Krabill, Jenny Miller, Richard Miller, and Sarah Morrison.

Mennonite Education Agency
Please pray for the Bluffton Choral Society and University Chorale as they perform Antonio Vivaldi’s “Gloria” during the Masterworks Concert at 2:30pm today in Bluffton’s Yoder Recital Hall. Give special pray to the high school students who are competing for large music scholarships during the Performing Scholars Competition portion of this event.

Mennonite Mission Network
Beginning on Thursday next week, local leaders of Mennonite Mission Network’s Mennonite Voluntary Service program will gather in Tucson, Arizona, for four days of worship, fellowship, and to envision next steps. Pray for the Holy Spirit’s unity in relationships and in purpose.

Download March MMN Prayer Vine

Church Notes

Our Worship

This Sunday:  February 19
Scripture:  Matthew 5:38-48
Theme:  Taking Jesus seriously and ourselves less seriously:  As we prepare for Lent, with its theme of "Restore us, O God", we want to name our shortcomings, those things that get in the way of our loving God and our neighbor (and enemy) well, so that they don't get in the way of how God longs to restore us.

Next Sunday:  March 5
Lent 1:  Restore us, O God! We Hunger
Scripture:  Matthew 4:1-11
Sermon title:  "Hope for the Struggle"

Sunday Service Info

This Sunday:  February 26

Grant Miller
Dan & Deb Williams

Megan Martin

Lowell & Diane Nafziger

Ben Buckwalter, Terry Macgregor

Elisabeth & Rafael Barahona

Infants: Elizabeth Miller, Dan & Deb Williams
Toddlers:  Aaron Wieand, Aaron & Liz Shenk

Offering Counters:
Dick Ramer
Karl Sommers

Next Sunday:  March 5

Grant Miller
Dan & Deb Williams

Megan Martin

Jason Moshier and Dick Yoder

Michael Sherer, John Mast

Merrill Krabill

Infants: Lindsy Diener-Locke, Laura & Randy Horst
Toddlers:  Lavonne Bixler, Greg Beitler & Lavonne Shetler

Offering Counters:
John Hooley
Greg Smucker

Statistical Report 
(February 19)

Attendance:  190
General Fund:  $7,222.17
GC Latino Scholarships Fund:  $250.00
Latino Scholarships Fund Dinner:  $100.00

General Fund Income 2016-17 YTD
Actual:  $166,364.69
Budget:  $152,942.00

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Berkey Avenue
Mennonite Fellowship

2509 Berkey Avenue
Goshen, IN 46526
(574) 534-2398

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