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

May 10, 2015

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Berkey Announcements

Congregational Meeting Rescheduled

The congregational meeting scheduled for May 17 has been cancelled but will be rescheduled for June 14. It will be immediately after the worship service and it should last 15 minutes.

Welcome to Berkey Family

Welcome baby Ezra ShenkEzra Justus Shenk was born the morning of May 2nd, at 3:20 a.m. He weighed 7 lbs. 11 oz. and 20 3/4 inches long.  He is named after both Nate and Angela's maternal grandfathers.  
Everyone in the family is doing well and have appreciated your love and support as they waited for and welcomed Ezra into their lives.

Landscape Beds

landscape bedsWe are in need of persons to help with the landscape beds. Anyone willing to take a small section and be responsible for weeding? We have 12 different sections. Please talk to Janice Hostetler, Thelma Ramer, or Diane Nafziger.

Cheese Booth

Cheese BoothWe are looking for two more people to help facilitate our cheese booth at the MCC Relief sale. Please talk with one of us if interested.  
 ~ Tavi and Anita Mounsithiraj, Michael and Patsy Sherer

Office Hours

Office hoursBeginning this month (May) through October, Priscillah, the office manager will be in the office on Mondays, Thursdays and Fridays.  Contact the office if you have any questions. Thanks.

Willing to Reach Out?

Contact via mailLori Good is writing to a very lonely woman in prison who would love to get more mail.  If you're interested in writing to her, her name and address are as follows:  

                          Lois Landis
                          Wing 21, #109
                          P. O. Box 220
                           Winnebago, WI  54985


NametagsIn the past, we had nametags made for everyone in the congregation. We are planning on making more for the new people and also for those who are missing theirs. Please let Priscillah know if you will need one.

Subscriptions Renewal

This is a reminder that it is time to renew the following subscriptions:
Rejoice @ 27.75 and Purpose @ 26.30. Please submit your payments to Ruth Hathaway.

Throwback Thursday

Throwback ThursdayHead 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!

Our Schools

Goshen College Bethany Christian Schools

Spring Concerts

Bethany Christian High School choirs and instrumental groups will present their spring concerts on Friday, May 15, in the school chapel. The instrumental concert will begin at 6:30 p.m. with the choral concert to begin after a brief intermission at about 8:00 p.m. There is no admission charge and all are welcome to attend.

Public Program

Bethany Christian High School’s performing arts troupe, Emmaus, will presents its final public program of the 2015 season next Sunday, May 17, at 6:00 p.m. in Bethany’s chapel. Shared in area elementary schools and other public venues, this year’s show is entitled “Life’s Lemons.” Life doesn’t always give us what we expect or want. The “lemon” moments of life are often the ones that provide valuable lessons for us. The performance uses music, drama and dance, and includes familiar stories (such as “Mike Mulligan’s Steam Shovel”) and songs (such as “Zip-a-dee-doo-dah” and “I’m On Top of the World”).

Host Families Needed

Bethany Christian Schools is in need of host families for serving international students who would like to attend Bethany. This opportunity to gain cross cultural experience in your own home often becomes a rewarding experience for the host family, as well as a blessing to the student. Families receive monetary compensation. One school year commitment. For more information, contact admissions director Sarah Kraybill Lind or 534-2567.

Goshen College Goshen College

FiveCore Media nominated for regional Emmy award

FiveCore Media, Goshen College’s video production company, was nominated for a regional Emmy award for its 2013 “A Festival of Carols” video, which aired in December 2014 on PBS stations in Indiana. This is the first Emmy nomination for FiveCore Media and the second Emmy nomination for Goshen College since 2008. An awards ceremony will take place on June 27, 2015 in Indianapolis. Read more.

AMBS Anabaptist Mennonite Biblical Seminary

Rooted and Grounded Conference

Careful weaving of theology, worship, biblical study and praxis will again be the focus as AMBS hosts the second Rooted and Grounded conference, October 1-3, on the campus in Elkhart. The planning committee has issued a call for proposals for papers and workshops, and they are hoping for a balance of scholarly exploration as well as practical approaches. Proposals are due July 1. Visit the Rooted and Grounded page for details.

Community Announcements

IN-MI Mennonite Women

IN-MI Mennonite Women will host a luncheon at the 2015 Annual Assembly in Indianapolis on Saturday, June 20, at 11:30 a.m. Wilma Bailey will present "A Story of Two Sisters". The meal is $13, payable at the door. RSVP to Shirley Bustos or call (219)462-0526 or email at .

Public Presentation

At 7:00 p.m. on Saturday, May 16, at College Mennonite Church, guest speaker Isaac S. Villegas will present on the theme of “God as Mother,” with a discussion time to follow. This presentation, held in the CMC sanctuary, is free and open to the public. Villegas is pastor of Chapel Hill Mennonite Fellowship in Chapel Hill, N.C., and teaches classes in prisons with Project TURN. He serves on the executive committee of Mennonite Church USA and is a member of the governing board of the North Carolina Council of Churches. He is the co-author of Presence: Giving and Receiving God. He has a B.A. from Westmont College and a M.Div. from Duke Divinity School.

Maple City Health Care Center

You are invited to attend our ribbon cutting to celebrate the opening of our second site. The celebration begins at 1:30 p.m. on Wednesday, May 20 at 808 N. Third Street in Goshen. Light refreshments and tours of the new facility will follow the ribbon cutting. Parking will be limited to Praise Chapel (Third Street and Oakridge Avenue), St. Marks Methodist Church, Walnut Hill Mennonite Church, and Maple City Health Care Center’s current site at 213 Middlebury Street. For information, call Kellie O’Connell at 574-534-3300 ext. 113.


We're excited to announce that Oaklawn is partnering with the Elkhart Truth for a special series highlighting Mental Health Awareness Month in May: 31 Stories in 31 Days. Oaklawn will have a special blog featured on the Truth's website, and each day in May, we'll explore a different topic related to mental health. Some stories are personal accounts from those with a mental illness or their loved ones. Others highlight community resources, new programs and hot topics in our field. Read today's blog here. We also encourage you to share these stories on your personal social media accounts to help raise awareness about mental health. Thanks for your support and all you do to improve lives in our community.

Help People in Nepal

Mennonite Central Committee (MCC) is requesting donations to support its response to the 7.8-magnitude earthquake that shook Nepal April 25. Focusing its initial emergency response on hard-hit rural communities, MCC is providing food, tarps, blankets and cooking pots and utensils. A longer-term response will be determined as MCC and its partners assess the situation. Please pray for the people of Nepal and the work of MCC. Donations can be made online or by calling 888-563-4676. Checks may be sent to MCC U.S., PO Box 500, Akron, PA, 17501-0500.

Michiana MEDA

Join us for an African-themed dinner and program with David Eagle, MEDA Senior Consultant/Project Manager for Agriculture Thursday, May 14, 2015 at 6:30 p.m. at College Mennonite Church. We will also hold our chapter annual business meeting. An African meal will be served. Cost is $5 for students, $15 for Michiana MEDA members, and $20 for others, payable at the door. Please RSVP by Monday, May 11 to or (574)355-3607. All are welcome.



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's Sharing With Appalachian People (SWAP) program still has openings available for groups this summer and fall. Put your faith in action by volunteering for a week in Kentucky or West Virginia with SWAP's home repair ministry serving low-income families. Visit for more information, or call the SWAP office at 606-633-5065 or
The Depot MCC Thrift Shops is seeking a full-time Assistant Warehouse/Workshop Manager. Applicants must have commitment to personal Christian faith and discipleship, active church membership, good organization, supervisory and communication skills with ability to work with volunteers. Responsibilities include working with staff, general oversight of incoming donations and processing, maintaining stocking warehouse and recycling. Must be able to operate forklift and truck. Applicants may send resume to: The Depot MCC Thrift Shops (Attention Doug Hernley), 1013 Division Street, Goshen IN 46528, or by email resumes to



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

DownloadDownload Calendar

This Week:

May 11: Stewardship & Finance, 7:00 p.m.
May 12: Prayer Shawl Group, 4:15 at Laverne Nafziger's home
May 12: Mission Commission, 7:00 p.m.

CalendarView Calendar Online

Anniversaries and Birthdays Next Week:

Simon Smucker
Corey Hostetler
Rita Gingrich
Barb Smucker
Mary Roth

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

Edgardo Sánchez, a church leader in Argentina and globally through Mennonite World Conference, died Easter Sunday morning. Pray for his wife, Erica, and his three children, the Argentina Mennonite Church, and the Mennonite Mission Network partnerships for which he provided guidance.

DownloadMay MMN Prayer Vine

Church Notes
Sunday Service Info

This Sunday: May 10

Greeters: Clare, Elise and Curt Wenger

Laverne Nafziger

Diane and Lowell Nafziger

Mathew Williams, Randy Horst

Infants: Hannah and Jacob Geyer
Toddlers: Jacob Rudy Froese, Barb and Greg Smucker

Offering Counters:
Ron Good, Rick Hostetter

Next Sunday: May 17

Clare, Elise and Curt Wenger

Laverne Nafziger

Diane and Lowell Nafziger

Mathew Williams, Randy Horst

Infants: Annie Hu, Evie and Dan Nafziger
Toddlers: Jacob Rudy-Froese, Jeannie and Phil Miller

Offering Counters:
Lowell Nafziger, Denise Risser
Statistical Report 
(May 3)

Attendance: 199
General Fund: $6786.00
Bethany Tuition: $865.00
College Matching Fund: $70.00 
Rental Income: $750.00

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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