Berkey Avenue Mennonite Fellowship
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Berkey Avenue Mennonite Fellowship
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May 22, 2016

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Berkey Announcements

Worship Series on the Senses

Worship SeriesDuring the month of May, the Worship Commission has arranged for a special series on the five senses. Our overall theme is “Awaken us, God, to who we are!” Although our five senses are integral parts of our embodied human experience, we aren't always aware of the role these senses play in our life with God. Our goal in this series is to explore some of the ways the senses enhance our relationship with God.
  • May 1 - Touching
  • May 8 - Hearing
  • May 15 - Seeing
  • May 22 - Baptism at the pond
  • May 29 - Smelling and Tasting  

Baptism Sunday

leftBaptism Sunday is this Sunday, May 22. Please remember Evan Krabill and Abby Rudy-Froese in prayer, as they prepare for baptism. You are invited to come for breakfast at 9:00 a.m. Breakfast is a finger food potluck (no hot dishes, please) to keep the clean up simple. We will leave the church at 10:00 a.m. to caravan to Martin's pond (24509 CR 36) for the service. For your comfort, please bring chairs or blankets to sit on, mosquito repellent and sunscreen. Nurture classes will not meet.

Graduation Open Houses

open houseInvitation from Nick, Jennifer and Dan Schrock

You are invited to Nick Schrock's open house on Monday, May 30, 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. at 64366 Meadow Ridge Dr. Goshen. The Schrock's will be having a potato bar and fruit slushies.

open houseInvitation from Jane Wang, Ruth and John Roth

I (Jane) have enjoyed being part of Berkey these last two years. The best part was being able to help take care of all the adorable Berkey toddlers during worship. I am graduating from Bethany High School on May 29. You are all invited to my Graduation Open House at John and Ruth Roth's house on Saturday, May 28, from 3:00-5:00 p.m. We hope you can come be part of the celebration.

Bible School

bible schoolIn less than three weeks, children and adults will Catch the Spirit and Come and See Jesus, during Bible School at College Mennonite Church, June 6-10, 9:00-11:30 a.m.

 Berkey Avenue, Assembly, College, Eight Street and Faith Mennonite Churches are joining once again for Summer Bible School. Berkey has 19 children registered to attend  and over 24 adults and youth volunteers helping either at Bible School or behind the scenes like baking and cutting out materials. Thank you to all who have offered to share time and gifts with the children of our faith community.

Volunteers are still needed in several areas including: an activity called “Stretching”, a family group leader, assistants, and drama/worship participants. There are still registration and volunteer forms available in the fellowship hall. If you have any questions, contact Deb Williams. Families, please register your children for Bible School by this Sunday (extra blue registration forms can be found in the fellowship hall).

Thank You from LaCasa

Thank youLaCasa thanks us for sending a group to volunteer at Help-A-House. Despite the nasty weather, a lot of great work was accomplished. They were inspired by everyone’s energy and enthusiasm.

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

Bright Time Summer Camp, June 6-10, has more than 50 athletic, fine arts, science, and all kinds of fun camps for age 4 through rising grade 8. Most camps are $30-$40. Additionally, Shine On Campcare provides a place for children: before, between, and after their camps. View camp listings and register online. Online registration closes May 25.

Goshen College Goshen College

Would you like to get to know an international student? Goshen College is looking for host families for a few of their students to live with this coming fall. Interested families should live within a mile of the college and have a spare room in their house. Financial support of $100-150/month could be available. If interested, please call (535-7472) or email the college. This is a wonderful way to help a young person and learn a bit about another culture at the same time.

AMBS Anabaptist Mennonite Biblical Seminary

Learn how to accompany people on their spiritual journeys and guide them to deeper faith in God through the Spiritual Guidance Seminar at AMBS! Offered biennially, this supervised program is for pastors and other leaders who want to become spiritual guides. The class meets on campus five times, August through May. The instructor will be Daniel P. Schrock. Find more information online.

Community Announcements

Voting Opportunity for MDC Goldenrod Grant

If you are a member of Everence Federal Credit Union, stop by any branch in our area and vote for MDC Goldenrod to receive the grant. Through this simple act, you can help provide over $8,000 to support individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities.

Spread the Peace Stories

Check out Spread the Peace Grant Stories in blog series highlighting stories from congregations across Mennonite Church USA who received Spread the Peace grants in 2015 from the Peace and Justice Support Network (PJSN). Each of these congregations is working creatively to spread peace in their community. PJSN is a partnership of Mennonite Mission Network and Mennonite Church USA.

Auction Volunteers

The Faithful Giving New and Used Auction at the Michiana Mennonite Relief Sale needs your help. This auction was reintroduced last year and brought in over $15,000.00 for MCC. The Relief Sale board is looking for volunteers to help with this year’s auction and with soliciting items. Please contact Deanna King at 574-875-8987 if you are interested.

Dan's Fishfry

West Goshen Church of the Brethren warmly invites us to their annual Dan's Fish & Chicken Dinner on May 21, 3:30 - 7:00 p.m. Proceeds will go to missions and outreach.

MDC Goldenrod's Hacienda Fiesta

MDC Goldenrod invites you to join them for great food and a fun time of socializing on Tuesday, May 24, at the Goshen Hacienda Restaurant. 20% of their sales that day will go to support MDC Goldenrod’s mission of serving individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities, as long as the purchase is accompanied by a token. See the bulletin board by the mailboxes for Hacienda tokens. As an alternative, you can buy gift cards which can be used to eat whenever you want. To order gift cards, contact the Goldenrod office by email or call 533-9720 by Thursday, May 19 (checks made payable to MDC Goldenrod). Please do not pass out tokens at the restaurant as this will void the donation agreement with Hacienda.


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 cafeteria aide is needed at Bethany Christian Schools. The position is 2-3 hours per day during the school year starting August 2016. Duties may vary, but primary responsibilities consist of serving students and cafeteria cleanup with occasional food preparation. The capacity to work effectively in a team setting and good people skills are helpful.

Anabaptist Mennonite Biblical Seminary is now hiring a full time Recruitment and Admissions Coordinator. For more information, visit them online.




May 22
Potluck breakfast, 9:00 a.m.
Baptism at the pond, 10 ;00 a.m.

May 23
Intercessory Prayer, 7:00 p.m.

May 24
Caregiving Commission, 7:00 p.m.

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Birthdays This Week
Roy Bergey
Ginny Martin
Lane Miller
Moses Sawatzky
Lyman Hug

PrayerPlease contact the office by noon on Thursday with prayer requests.

Love is a Verb: Planning for Orlando 2017, to be held July 4–8, is underway! We invite your prayers for the Convention Planning staff members and the Worship Planning Committee as they make decisions that will give shape to this gathering.

The Bolivia Mennonite Church is beginning the implementation of a five-year plan to increase the impact of their ministry. Pray for them as they find new energy to reach their communities with Jesus’ love. Pray also for Mennonite Mission Network as they partner with brothers and sisters in Bolivia.

Pray for Belmont Mennonite/Belmont Neighborhood Fellowship, Elkhart, IN (Larry Rohrer, Amanda Yoder, Russell Jensen , pastors). Give praise for an inspiring week experienced by those who participated in SWAP in Elkhorn, West Virginia. Nineteen persons from both congregations participated, ranging in age from 10 to 85.

DownloadMay MMN Prayer Vine

Church Notes
Sunday Service Info

This Sunday:  May 22

Clare and Merrill Krabill
Jenny and Mark Yoder

Curt Wenger
Elise Wenger

Lowell and Diane Nafziger

Offering Counters:
Dick Ramer, Karl Sommers

Next Sunday:  May 29

Clare and Merrill Krabill
Jenny and Mark Yoder

Curt Wenger
Elise Wenger

Lowell and Diane Nafziger

Nick Schrock/Merrill Krabill

Infants:  Missy Schrock, Beth & Lee Roy Berry
Toddlers:  Rafael Barahona, Anna and Joe Sawatzky

Offering Counters:
Diane Nafziger, Thelma Ramer

Statistical Report 
(May 15)

Attendance: 178
General Fund: $6,083.04
Bethany 2016/17: $40.00
College: $20.00
Summer Camp: $25.00

General Fund Income 2015-16 YTD
Actual: $225,909.72
Budget: $208,652.00

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:
Tuesday - Friday
10:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.

Marilyn Rudy-Froese
Dan Schrock

Greg Smucker (Chairperson)
Shirley Dick
Sherm Kauffman
Anita Mounsithiraj
Richard Aguirre

Doug Baker
Richard Miller
Laverne Nafziger
Judy Weaver
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