Berkey Avenue Mennonite Fellowship
A Congregation of Mennonite Church USA
Berkey Avenue Mennonite Fellowship
the OWL

July 21, 2013

Berkey Announcements | Our Schools | Community Announcements | Employment Opportunities | Sunday Service Info
OllieWelcome to the first edition of the OWL (Online Weekly NewsLetter)! Following our naming contest, our weekly newsletter will now be called the OWL. Ollie is our newsletter mascot, ready to deliver weekly Berkey Avenue news!

Berkey Announcements

Intergenerational Sunday School

KnittingThis week in the "Discovering God through Fiber Art" class, we will be celebrating God through knitting and crocheting. Please bring your current knit or crochet project and plan on joining us for a relaxed time as we get to know each other more while enjoying one of our favorite crafts. We will have supplies for beginners who would like to try their hand at knitting or crocheting, as well as other yarn projects for children to enjoy.

This week in the Journaling class, Lois Mast and Dan Schrock will sharing about their experiences of writing spiritual journals for over three decades. Why might you want to do this? How do you do it? What goes in it? In what way it is different than a diary? This will be the first of three sessions on writing spiritual journals.

The Relevance of Reconciliation

ReconciliationYou are invited to a gathering of local Lutheran and Mennonites for an informal conversation on our shared Christian witness on Sunday, July 21. "The Relevance of Reconciliation: Mennonites and Lutherans in (Local) Conversation":  On July 20-24 an international LWF/MWC task force will be meeting in Goshen to address commitments that our churches have made to each other. You are invited to join this group, along with local Lutheran/Mennonite pastors and lay people, for an informal conversation on Sunday, July 21, from 5:00 p.m. -7:00 p.m. at Trinity Lutheran Church (202 S. Greene Road, Goshen). A light supper will be provided.  All are welcome to attend!  No registration is necessary, but as we prepare for the supper it would be nice to know if you are planning to attend. Kindly RSVP to John D. Roth at Learn more.

Spiritual Direction Available

Are you an older person looking for a spiritual director? Sara VonGunten, a member at 8th Street Mennonite here in Goshen, is available to offer direction. She received her training at AMBS. If you’re interested contact her directly at (574) 534-2050 or If you want to know a little more about Sara, you can also ask Dan Schrock. Learn more.

Guess Who's Coming to Dinner?

DinnerFellowship Commission is planning a "Guess Who's Coming to Dinner" (surprise luncheon) for July 28. Forms are in your church mailbox and will have detailed information regarding the luncheon procedures. Please fill out and return to Sue Byler's mailbox by 10:30 a.m. on July 21. At that time, Commission members will pair up the hosts and guests. Join the fun and fellowship this activity provides your family! Learn more.

Stephen Ministry

Stephen MinistryYou've heard about Stephen Ministry now.  Maybe you have felt a tug to become a Stephen Minister or someone has tapped you on the shoulder to ask you to consider it.  Maybe the first training time just wasn't good for you.  We invite you to consider becoming a Stephen Minister.  Stephen Ministers are trained to provide one-one Christian care for people within the congregation and community who would benefit from someone walking with them. This fall is another opportunity for training.  We will be partnering with College Mennonite for this training.  While all are welcome, we especially encourage men to consider becoming Stephen Ministers.  If you are interested in exploring the possibility of training, please speak with one of the Stephen Leaders, Shirley Dick or Marilyn Rudy-Froese

Online Photo Directory Status Report

Ruth & John RothDue to vacation schedules, we will be taking a short hiatus with the directory pictures. You can however, continue to can sign up online or email Renae Yoder to schedule appointments beginning on July 28 and through the rest of the summer. If you are interested in keeping your photo, let Rafael Barahona know and he will email it to you. Additionally, if you would like to include a link to your Facebook profile, please let Rafael Barahona know as well and he will add it to your entry. You can access the online directory at You will need to create a username and password, or you can use the default, which you will find in your church mailbox. 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 the full-time 11-month staff position of evening custodian. Position available August 1; comes with benefits package. For details and application procedures, see the Bethany website.

Goshen CollegeGoshen College

Six books were published through the Goshen College English Department’s Pinchpenny Press in 2013, four of which were authored by individual students and two of which were collections of student work. Pinchpenny Press publishes chapbooks written by students, faculty or others with connections to the college. Learn more.

AMBSAnabaptist Mennonite Biblical Seminary

AMBS invites you to take part any of the following offerings from Church Leadership Center. Advanced Spiritual Guidance Seminar, Short Course: Engaging John Howard Yoder’s Theology Today, Webinar: Planting Peace Churches: The Heart of God’s Shalom Strategy, Believing Out Loud: Finding your Preaching Voice.Our own Dan Schrock and Allan Rudy-Froese are featured leaders. Learn more.

Community Announcements

ADNet Tenth Anniversary Open House

Join us on Friday, August 16 at the Mennonite Church USA Offices (3145 Benham Avenue, Elkhart) for the ADNet Tenth Anniversary Open House! The festivities begin from 4:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m. at the Garden Level. Everyone is welcome for the Open House where we will have hors d’oeuvres and an office tour. Beginning at 6:00 p.m., we will gather in the Community Room for our Fund Raising Banquet (maximum 80). Everyone is again welcome, but reservations required. Banquet tickets are $25.00 each and must be reserved on or before August 12 by mail: ADNet, 3145 Benham Ave., Suite 5, Elkhart, IN 46517; by phone: (574) 343-1362; or by email: We hope you can join us! Learn more.

MEDA Conference

Save the date for the MEDA convention, entitled "Cultivating Solutions: Harvesting Hope" on November 7-10, 2013, at the Hyatt Regency in Wichita, Kansas. Wichita, the largest city in Kansas, is home to countless fun activities and many exciting attractions. Whether it's for the lone traveler or wholesome family fun - Wichita offers year-round things to do for every age, whim, and passion! Learn more.

Chautauqua Wawasee Events

Chautauqua Wawasee is committed to the communication and implementation of the Chautauqua concept by supporting all people in their development full intellectually, spiritually, emotionally and physically. 2013 Events include Grassroots Peacemaking in the Middle East from a Christian Perspective by John L. Lapp, MA on July 21, Muslim-Christian Dialogue by Amir J. Tamir Rasheed & Dr. Terry Anderson, facilitated by Dr. L Michael Spath on July 28 and How People of Different Faiths Can Work Together for the Common Good by Dr. Kent Millard on August 4. Learn more.

The Window Seeks Your Support

In 2012, Katie’s Kitchen served lunch to 17,738 individuals. The pantry has given away 3,809 boxes of groceries to families. Meals on Wheels has delivered 8,400 hot meals to our seniors, and the Clothing Closet has dressed 2,100 men, women, and children. Thank you for your support of The Window. We continue to rely on your support. You can find a new list of a currents needs on our website. We appreciate any help you can provide!

MCC Bike Michiana 2013

This year the MCC Bike Michiana program at Amigo celebrates its 11th year raising funds for MCC. Over $150,000 has been raised so far for a variety of projects. This year’s event will support Sharing With Appalachian People (SWAP). Come join the bikers September 13-15 in riding between 70-100 miles over two days, pedaling the beautiful lake and farmland region of southern Michigan and northern Indiana. Brochure and additional information are available online.

Employment / Volunteer Opportunities

Amigo Centre, located near Sturgis, MI, seeks experienced part-time  bookkeeper.  Responsibilities include payables, receivables, reports and taxes. Candidates should be familiar with double entry accounting, able to navigate in a Windows environment, and able to work in a busy setting.  Experience in not for profit bookkeeping helpful. Learn more.
Amigo Centre (Sturgis, MI) seeks a Youth Program Director to plan and lead youth programming at Amigo Centre.  We welcome the interest of candidates with a strong commitment to youth and camping ministry within an Anabaptist framework, skills in developing programs, good communication and relational skills, and willingness to participate in Amigo’s mission and community. The position opens at the end of the 2013 summer. Learn more.
Indiana Michigan Conference is looking for a bookkeeper in the Goshen area who is very familiar with QuickBooks and would be available to work an average 4-8 hours per week. Learn more.

 Sunday Service Information

Berkey Avenue Mennonite Fellowship

This Sunday:
July 21

Elijah & Priscillah Metekai, Phil &Jeannie Miller
Lillian Metekai, Sarina Metekai
Offering Counters:  
Lowell Nafziger, Denise Risser
Matthew Williams, Dee Albrecht

Next Sunday:
July 28

Phil & Jeannie Miller, Elijah & Priscillah Metekai,
Lillian Metekai, Sarina Metekai
Offering Counters:  
Dick Ramer, Karl Sommers
Matthew Williams, Dee Albrecht


Getting to Know

Elise & Adam Derstine

Elise & Adam Derstine

Adam Derstine and Elise Hofer Derstine moved to Goshen in 2009 after living in Washington, DC for five years. Elise is a writer for a DC-based nonprofit organization, and Adam is a freelance video producer. Along with Casandra Byler and Tom Stinson, Adam and Elise are co-owners of Blue Heron Farm, where they raise chickens, sheep, cattle, and pigs. They are expecting their first child in October.


Please note we will no longer be printing and distributing monthly calendars.  They are however, available for download.

* Download July Calendar

This Week
July 27: Laura Sommers Wedding, 3:30 p.m.

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

Our prayers and best wishes for Laura Sommers (daughter of Karl and Roxanna Sommers) and Chad Steenerson, who will be married at BAMF next weekend.
David Shenk lives in a neighborhood in Quito, Ecuador, that exhibits both strong community solidarity and destructive violence. Pray for him as he learns how to incorporate the positive cultural elements into church life and discerns how to respond to abusive aspects. David serves with Mennonite Mission Network and Virginia Mennonite Missions.
July MMN Prayer Vine

Church Notes

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.

Statistical Report
Attendance: 118
Bethany Tuition: $15.00
General Fund: $7,258.11
Building Improvements: $1,500.00
College Matching: $1,120.00
MYF: $100.00

Renovation Update
Read the Fundraising Letter

Dan Schrock
Marilyn Rudy-Froese
Lois Stoltzfus Mast

Greg Smucker (Chairperson)
Lisa Short
Lee Roy Berry, Jr.
Jan Shetler
Roy Bergey

Renae Yoder (Chairperson)
Laura Horst
James Yoder
Richard Miller

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