Berkey Avenue Mennonite Fellowship
A congregation of Mennonite Church USA
Berkey Avenue Mennonite Fellowship
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October 16, 2016

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Berkey Announcements

Goshen Interfaith Hospitality Network

GIHNBerkey hosted GIHN guests this past week. Thank you to the many Berkey volunteers who were part of hosting the families; creating a space and presence for them to feel cared for and welcomed.

G.C. Prayer Cards

Prayer CardsWould you like to pray for a Goshen College student or employee? Dan Schrock has 10 prayer cards featuring a college student or employee (including Cassie Sessa, Trish Yoder, and 8 others). See him if you would like to pray for someone at the college this year.

Copy Machiine

copierWe apologize that our church copier hasn't been working. The manufacturer is no longer making parts for our machine and used parts are hard to find. Therefore the Stewardship and Finance Commission has decided to buy a new copier which we hope will be delivered this coming week.

New Activities for Children

Activities for ChildrenIn response to interest in finding ways to integrate our church's 4-year-olds into the church services (from the nursery), the worship commission has purchased quiet activities for the 4 and 5 year-olds. They are displayed on a shelf in the northwest corner of the sanctuary for easy access throughout the service. Adjustments will be made as we explore what this new addition will bring. We hope and pray that these activities will serve as a tool to facilitate a welcoming and open environment for our young ones during our worship time.

Mentor-Mentee Event

Save the DateAll JYF and MYF youth and mentors are invited to a special Mentor-Mentee nurture hour and lunch together on Sunday, November 13, at Berkey. John Roth will lead the group on the topic of Anabaptist history, followed by lunch together. The meal will be provided! Just come for a enjoyable time of learning, eating and fellowship. If you have any questions, contact Joe Sawatsky or Denise Risser.

Meals for Students

thanksThank you to everyone who signed up to host a meal for our college students. The schedule is full through December.

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

Bethany Christian High School’s Senior Class Fish Fry is on Friday, October 28. Come between the hours of 4:30 and 8:00 p.m. for an evening of fellowship, homemade pie, and all the fish you can eat. Tickets are available from all Bethany seniors (including Berkey's Carissa Hochstetler) or at the door. The cost is $10 for adults and $5 for children in grades 1-6. Preschool age is free. Carryout is also available with adult tickets only.

Goshen College Goshen College

Art Exhibit

Merrill Krabill invites you to visit the Hershberger Art Gallery in the Goshen College Music Center to view his Sabbatical Exhibition, Between Earth and Sky. Krabill's exhibit will be displayed through November 6. The gallery hours are Monday - Friday 9:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.; Saturday - Sunday, 2:00 - 4:00 p.m.

Rachmaninoff Concert

The Goshen College Chamber Choir along with the St. Joseph Valley Camerata will be presenting Rachmaninoff All-Night Vigil. The concert is this evening (October 14), 7:30 p.m. at Sauder Concert Hall. Tickets are $7 for adults, $5 for seniors and students.

Merry Lea Event

Join Mennonite Creation Care Network for an adventure in spiritual geography, Saturday October 22, 9:00 a.m.-noon at Merry Lea Environmental Learning Center of Goshen College, Farmstead Site. This workshop will fuse biblical study of the headwaters of Eden in Genesis 2 and experiential study of the headwaters of the Elkhart River found at Merry Lea. As we learn about the role of headwaters in our local streams, we will also discover ways to keep our rivers vibrant and healthy. Presenters are Doug Kaufman, a conference pastor in the Indiana-Michigan Conference and Joel Pontius, Merry Lea faculty. The cost is $20; register here.

AMBS Anabaptist Mennonite Biblical Seminary

Read how a group of AMBS students with Safwat Marzouk, assistant professor of Old Testament encountered Egypt on a learning tour.

Mennonite Church USA

A Women Doing Theology Conference, I've got the power: Naming and reclaiming power as a force for good, will be held Nov. 4–6 at the National Conference Center in Leesburg, Virginia. Sponsor: Women in Leadership Project of Mennonite Church USA. The full cost is $425, which includes a private room and all meals and snacks. Register here.

mccMennonite Central Committee

Disaster Response in Haiti

MCC welcomes donations of money for its disaster response in Haiti, where people are suffering the effects of Hurricane Matthew, which crossed the country October 4. Matthew's high winds and extensive flooding caused significant damage and increased already heightened cholera concerns in the Artibonite Valley, where MCC's long-term reforestation program operates. To donate, visit the MCC website, call 1-888-563-4676 or send a check to MCC, 21 S. 12th St., PO Box 500, Akron PA 17501.

Comforter Bash

People of all ages are invited to knot comforters at Pleasant View Mennonite Church.on Friday and Saturday, October 21 and 22 for the Mennonite Central Committee (MCC) Great Lakes Comforter Bash in Goshen. Drop in anytime between 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. both days. Lunch will be available for a donation. A handmade comforter provides not only warmth but also a tangible message to people that their needs are not forgotten. The comforters will be distributed by MCC around the world. Read more.

Bobotie Recipe

Learn how to make Bobotie, a South African recipe, in this MCC YouTube video. This is a favorite dish of James & Joan Alty, MCC workers in South Africa.

Community Announcements

MDC Goldenrod Auction

MDC Goldenrod will once again be hosting an auction. After a few years off, the auction is returning to bring the broader community together in support of our ministry to create community with people of all abilities. It will take place at the Shipshewana Auction Barn today, October 14, 4:00 - 9:00 p.m. Join the community members that we serve and enjoy a haystack dinner, bake sale, gift certificate silent auction, and a rousing live auction.

Seed to Feed Fundraiser: Pumpkin Patch

Make memories, find the perfect pumpkin, and help local food pantries at the Seed to Feed U-Pick Pumpkin Patch! The patch is open to the public on October 15, 10:00 a.m.- 3:00 p.m., 5211 Middlebury St., Elkhart, IN, (corner of CR 17 and Middlebury St). All revenue goes to help support the Seed to Feed program at Church Community Services.

Maple City Community Orchestra presents Rupelstiltzkin

Children and adults of all ages are invited to join the Maple City Community Orchestra for their annual family concert on Sunday, October 16, 3:00 p.m. at Sauder Hall in the Goshen College Music Center. This debut concert of the 2016-2017 season features Goshen College Assistant Professor of Theater, Anna Kurtz Kuk, as she engages the audience in the tales of Rumpelstiltzkin and Goldilocks and the Three Bears.
Concert admission is free. Freewill donations to support the orchestra are greatly appreciated and can be given at the door.

The Mennonite Event

The Past, Present and Future Impact of Mennonite publications. Join the staff of The Mennonite for a free evening of coffee and conversation with Dr. Malinda Berry, professor of theology at Anabaptist Mennonite Biblical Seminary, and Dr. Gerald Mast, professor of communication at Bluffton (Ohio) University. Berry and Mast will be talking with Hannah Heinzekehr, executive director of The Mennonite, Inc., about the legacy and future of Mennonite publications. The event is free and open to the public, and light refreshments will be served. Friday October 21, 7:30 p.m. at College Mennonite Church in Goshen, Indiana.

Everence Week of Generosity

Everence members are invited to volunteer at their favorite charity during the Week of Generosity, November 4 - 13. These charities will earn a donation from Everence. The registration deadline is October 27. Learn more and register.


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!

Abbe Buller is looking to build a list of possible childcare providers for Isaac and Lena, particularly people who are available on Wednesday morning (8:00-11:30 am). The Bullers have a regular sitter lined up for this fall semester, but are looking for additional folks to be "on call" when their sitter is sick or on school breaks. They'll also be looking for folks who may be interested in a regular Wednesday gig starting in January. Please contact Abbe, (574) 312-9868.


Sunday, October 16
Final day of hosting Goshen Interfaith Hospitality Network

Monday, October 17
Intercessory Prayer, 7:00 p.m.

Tuesday, October 18
Mission Commission, 7:00 p.m.

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Anniversaries This Week
Merrill and Clare Krabill

Birthdays This Week
Jacob Rudy-Froese
Evan Krabill
Abram Derstine
Oliver Lehman
D. Richard Miller
Maija Short
Melba Graber
Please contact the office by noon on Thursday with prayer requests.

From Mennonite Education Agency:
Pray for participants in the Values Based Leadership Program who will gather later this week to continue their studies together. Pray that their time together would be enlightening, challenging and encouraging.

From Mennonite Mission Network:
Praise God for Lillian and Norm Nicolson’s long-term commitment to share God’s word with the Siamou people of Burkina Faso through Mennonite Mission Network and Mennonite Church Canada. Pray for someone willing to be an educational child-care worker to help teach their children, Nadine (7) and Kenneth (4).

From IN - MI Mennonite Conference:
Pray for Locust Grove Mennonite, Sturgis, MI (Bill Beck, pastor). Pray for their members who are currently on a mission project in Moldova. Pray for safety as they return in October and that seeds planted may take root. Also, pray for wisdom for our elders and congregation as they struggle to embrace "Renewing a Vision."

Pray for Pine Grove Mennonite, Battle Creek, MI (Tom Schwartz, pastor).

DownloadOctober MMN Prayer Vine
Church Notes

Our Worship

This Sunday:  October 16
communionSermon theme:  Jewish festivals and Succoth; communion.
Communion will be served. The service will feature gluten-free bread and pomegranate juice.

Next Sunday:  October 23
Membership Sunday:  Jason & Patty Lehman and Mark & Jenny Yoder will be sharing their stories.

Sunday Service Info

This Sunday:  October 16

Ruth Hathaway
Curt Wenger
Elise Wenger

Sara Alvarez

Pete & Melba Graber

Matthew Williams

Diane Nafziger

Infants:  Ruth Hathaway, Barb & Greg Smucker
Toddlers:  Alisha, Anita & Dale Snyder

Offering Counters:
Lowell Nafziger, Denise Risser

Next Sunday:  October 23

Patrick & Abbe Buller
Phil & Julie Zimmerman

Rita Gingrich

Pete & Melba Graber

Ben Buckwalter

Diane Nafziger

Infants:  Elizabeth Miller, Connie & Phil Bauman
Toddlers:  Patrick Buller, Lois & John Mast

Offering Counters:
Dick Ramer, Karl Sommers

Statistical Report 
(October 9)

Attendance:  229
General Fund:  $5,460.50
Playground/Parking lot:  $500.00

General Fund Income 2016-17 YTD
Actual:  $36,435.43
Budget:  $36,706.00

Berkey Avenue
Mennonite Fellowship

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

Office Hours
Monday - Friday
Hours vary

Interim Communications and Office Manager, Jenny Hooley:
Fall Break

Jenny will be working mostly from home this week. Regular office hours will resume October 25.


Marilyn Rudy-Froese (on sabbatical)
Dan Schrock
Ron Guengerich

Greg Smucker (Chairperson)
Richard Aguirre
Sherm Kauffman
Anita Mounsithiraj
Margaret Stoltzfus

Doug Baker
Richard Miller
Laverne Nafziger
Judy Weaver
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