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

July 5, 2015

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Berkey Announcements

Second Sunday Summer Picnic

Second Sunday Summer Picnic On Sunday July 12, we will have our second of the three summer picnics in the place of Sunday school​ hour.  Please bring only finger foods (sandwiches, chips, relish trays, cookies) for carry-in. Drinks will be provided. Bring your own table service, chairs and/or blankets to eat outside if the weather permit.

Pastor's Note

Pastor's NoteMarilyn Rudy-Froese will be on vacation until August 4. If you need pastoral care, please contact Dan Schrock. If he's not at the church call his cell phone, 202-4888.

Congregational Meeting

We'll have a short congregational meeting on Sunday, July 12. The only agenda is to look at a first draft of next year's budget.

Volunteer Janitors

Volunteer JanitorsWe have volunteers for cleaning the church for July 5 weekend.  We still need volunteers to help clean for July 12 and 19 weekend while our regular janitors are on vacation.  Greg Smucker has volunteered to take care of the sanctuary, we still need help for the rest of the church.  Families, small groups, or individuals are welcome to volunteer. Please contact anyone on the Stewardship and Finance committee, for additional information or to volunteer,  Ben Buckwalter, Phil Miller, or Patrick Buller.

Summer Schedule at Berkey

July 12 - Second Sunday All Church Picnic - No Nurture Hour
July 19 - Third Sunday Intergenerational Nurture Hour
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

Our Schools

Goshen College Bethany Christian Schools

Visit Bethany

You are invited to schedule a personal campus visit at your convenience, or to join us for an event. Annually scheduled visit events are listed online. Please contact the admissions office (574 534-2567 or ) to find out what type of visit would meet your needs or to learn more about Bethany.

Goshen College Goshen College

This summer, 18 GC students are participating in the Maple Scholars Summer Research Program. Maple Scholars is an eight-week long intensive study and research program that pairs students with faculty members who serve as supervisors and colleagues. The program – which welcomes students from all academic disciplines – provides student scholars with the opportunity to conduct hands-on research while working closely with their faculty advisors. Learn more.

AMBS Anabaptist Mennonite Biblical Seminary

Prairie Prayers

A morning of exploration and meditation in the six-acre prairie at AMBS is scheduled for Wednesday, July 15, 9 -11:30 a.m. All ages are welcome. There is no charge; contributions toward the snacks are welcomed. More information online. Register with Janeen Bertsche Johnson, , by July 14.

Community Announcements

LightBox Open House

Come celebrate the launch of the "LightBox," a shared studio workspace in the heart of downtown Goshen today, Friday, July 3 at 5:00 p.m. The Studio is located on the second floor of the building, down the hall past the Art House Theater. Resident artists/entrepreneurs are Anne Berry (Designer/Professor), Stuart Meade (Stuart Meade Photography) and Rafael Barahona (R3 Design). Come join us in the festivities and and check out this beautiful space!

Church Community Services

You may have heard that as of July 24 the  Food Bank of Elkhart County will no longer operate. This is due to a change in the way the Food Bank of Northern Indiana (whose distribution partner we had been for 2 years) and their parent, Feeding America have chosen to distribute food, and it is true. However, many seem to have jumped to the conclusion that our food pantry is closing. This is most emphatically not true. Our food pantry will continue to serve our community, and our other programs will continue as before as well. God's compassionate work continues. We still need your support and we're very thankful for it.


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!

MCC is seeking a Donor Relations Coordinator for the Great Lakes office. The Great Lakes Donor Relations Coordinator provides leadership for donor relations activities and strategies which raise awareness of MCC programs, build relationships with donors and focus on the generation of financial resources. This individual must be acquainted with MCC's financial needs and successfully link donors and constituent groups to those existing needs and other appropriate requests. The person in this position will develop and guide implementation of the Great Lakes framework established jointly with the MCC U.S. donor relations network. A full job description is available online. Individuals interested in this position should send a letter of intent and current resume to




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

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This Week:
July 3-4: MYF - Convention at Kansas City

CalendarView Calendar Online

Anniversaries and Birthdays This Week:

John and Ruth Roth
Tim and Tracy Thorne
Lowell and Diane Nafziger
Aaron and Stephanie Wieand
Ezra and Pat Hochstetler
Phil and Julie Zimmerman
Dan and Deb Williams

Stan Liechty
Lowell Nafziger
Lana Smucker

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

Ron and Lori Good are thankful for your thoughts and prayers following Ron's surgery which was successful.  Continue to pray for his quick recovery.
Pray for members of Mennonite Mission Network’s Youth Venture teams, ages 14-22, and their leaders as they enter into their service and learning experiences with partner communities in France and Japan.Pray for members of Mennonite Mission Network’s Youth Venture teams, ages 14-22, and their leaders as they enter into their service and learning experiences with partner communities in France and Japan.

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Church Notes
Sunday Service Info

This Sunday: July 5

John and Lois Mast, Pat and Richard Miller

Lindsay Rheinheimer

Nancy and Dick Yoder

Clare and Merrill Krabill

Infants: Laverne Nafziger, Brenda and Daniel Grimes
Toddlers: Diane Nafziger, Connie and Phil Bauman

Offering Counters:
John Hooley, Greg Smucker

Next Sunday: July 12

John and Lois Mast, Pat and Richard Miller

Lindsay Rheinheimer

Nancy and Dick Yoder

Michael Sherer, Clare and Merrill Krabill

Infants: Laura Moshier, Betty and Sherm Kauffman
Toddlers: Lavonne Shetler, Anita and Dale Snyder

Offering Counters:
Ron Good, Rick Hostetter
Statistical Report 
(June 28)

Attendance: 173
General Fund: $5, 211.00
Bethany Tuition: $905.00
College Matching: $100.00
Agape Fund: $10.00
Coffee: $39.90

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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