Berkey Avenue Mennonite Fellowship
A congregation of Mennonite Church USA
Berkey Avenue Mennonite Fellowship
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February 28, 2016

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Berkey Announcements

Goshen Interfaith Hospitality Network

GIHNWe will be hosting Goshen Interfaith Hospitality Network (GIHN) guests at Berkey from February 28 through March 6. Please be in prayer for our guests and also for those of us from Berkey who volunteer in many different ways to make our guests feel cared for and welcome.

Prayer Circle Update

Prayer CircleThe prayer circle participants met on Monday evening, February 22 for our first time of intercession for Berkey prayer requests. They will continue meeting each Monday night at 7:00 p.m. If you are still interested in joining, you are welcome to come to the small room off the Jubilee Hall (formerly Lois's office) to join us.

The joys and concerns that are shared during worship will be prayed for each week. Additionally, we will soon have prayer cards for you to indicate prayer requests if you wish to express them that way. Know that you are being lifted to God in love.

The Mennonite

The MennoniteIt is time to renew subscriptions for The Mennonite. If you would like to receive this monthly magazine, you will need to turn in your payment by March 6. The cost is $37.00. Checks should be made out to Berkey Avenue Mennonite Fellowship and handed to Ruth Hathaway or placed in the treasurer's mailbox.

From the Leadership Discernment Team

nominateWe're eager for your help in matching people's gifts with opportunities in the congregation. On Monday, February 29, you'll receive an email from the church asking you to nominate people in the congregation who have particular gifts for serving as commission members, youth sponsors, and delegates. You'll also have a chance to nominate people during the worship service on March 6.

Thank You Note from Pat Darling Miller

thank youMany thanks to those who prayed for me, sent cards, visited, and fed my family the first few days following my stroke. The Lord is so good– not only was it a lite stroke, but in the process the Occupational Therapist diagnosed an inner ear problem which has given me dizziness and headaches for a long time. Thanks to Dan, Marilyn and Ben for their visits.

Thank You Note for College/Young Adult Meals

thank youThank you so much to everyone who signed up to host a Sunday meal for our College/Young Adult Class. Providing a Sunday meal has been a Berkey tradition for many years. Your time and delicious food expresses love and appreciation for our young people -- and not least, these meals give us all a chance to get to know each other better. Thank you! 

Bible School

Bible SchoolPlease mark your calendars; the dates for Bible School this year are June 6-10. More information will be coming soon.


Stephen Ministry Training Continues:  Telecare

stephen ministriesThis coming week the Stephen Ministry training class will be considering the subject of "Telecare: The Next Best Thing to Being There". In this presentation they will be learning specific techniques that they will use in ministering to people by telephone. Those who are participating in Stephen Ministry training are excited about what they are learning and about the ministries they are anticipating. We look forward to the work of our Stephen Ministers among us.

Throwback Thursday

Head 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 will perform the musical, The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, March 3-6, 2016. In this Tony Award-winning musical, six quirky 12-year-olds battle it out for the title of Putnam County Spelling Champion. This is not your typical musical, with lots of audience interaction and a casual atmosphere suitable for the whole family. Tickets are $8 for adults and $6 for students and may be purchased online beginning February 15. Performances are at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Friday, and Saturday and 3:00 p.m. Sunday. Cast participants from our church include Yejin Kim, Abby Rudy-Froese, and Kyle Snyder.

Goshen College Goshen College

Julius Caesar Theater Presentation

The GC Theater Department brings Shakespeare's Julius Caesar to life in the round, engaging the audience in the story of patriotism and power; jealousy and betrayal; twists of friendship; warnings unheeded; and the mob mentality of citizens whose loyalty is easily swayed. Performance dates and times are March 4, 5, 11 at 8:00 p.m. and March 6, 12, 13 at 3:00 p.m. To purchase tickets go online or call the Welcome Center at 574-535-7566.

Afternoon Sabbatical

You are invited to hear Dr. Marlin Jeschke, professor emeritus of philosophy and religion present Conflict Within Islam: The Sunni-Shia Divide, Mar. 8, 2016 at 1:00 p.m., Sauder Concert Hall. Jeschke will talk about a split that occurred in the very first generation of Islam. It has endured, grown in its reach and complexity, and continues to generate conflict in many parts of the Islamic world, poisoning politics and often erupting in a violence that strikes innocent populations. Listen as Marlin Jeschke discusses the issues in this conflict that cause it to persist. This event is free and open to the public. For information or questions email or call 574-535-7565.

International Student Coffeehouse

The Goshen College International Student Coffeehouse dinner and show will be Saturday, March 12. Dinner will include a wide array of international dishes cooked by our students; starting at 5:00 p.m. in the College Mennonite Church Fellowship Hall. The variety show starts at 7:00 p.m. in the Music Center's Sauder Concert Hall, and will feature a new collection of dances, songs and country presentations from around the world. Some of the profits will go to a charity to be chosen by the students. This is a family friendly event. To buy tickets, please visit or call the GC Welcome Center (535-7566) or buy tickets online. Adults $18 ( $10 show only); non-adults $10 ($5 show only).

AMBS Anabaptist Mennonite Biblical Seminary

In spring 2016, Anabaptist Mennonite Biblical Seminary in Elkhart, Indiana, is offering two online non-credit short courses: Exploring Peace and Justice in the Bible; and Power and Process: Why Polity Matters. Sign up or encourage others in your congregation to join.

Community Announcements

The Window

A list of needs for the month of March is posted on the bulletin board by the mailboxes. The Window is grateful for the support that we give. Also posted on the bulletin board is the First Friday menu which includes Salvadoran dishes. There will be live music performed by Kent Dutchersmith and Nayo Ulloa at the event.

Sundown to Resolution Program

Due to the snowstorm, the program commemorating black history month, by Lee Roy Berry, Jr. and Dan Shenk has been rescheduled for Wednesday, March 2, 3:00 p.m. at the Jennings auditorium, Greencroft Community Center. Their presentation is titled, From Sundown Town in the 20th Century to Resolution in the 21st Century.

Invitation from Benton Mennonite

Benton Mennonite Church invites you to a Haystack Breakfast on March 5, 7:00 - 10:00 a.m. to raise funds for Sonshine Ministries. There will be scrambled eggs with all the fixings, biscuits and gravy, rolls, muffins, coffee and juice. Come join us!

Pathways Retreat

Pathways Retreat is offering a series of mini-retreats. Designed for busy people, the "Day Away" retreats will gather one Friday a month from February through June. Each "Day Away" retreat is an invitation to withdraw from ordinary activity. They will have a guided opening and closing, lead by a Spiritual Director, and quiet... You'll be able to dip into our library, walk one of our labyrinths and the paths, rest outside in a meditation nook, or inside in one of our retreat rooms. Your time will be yours. You can attend all sessions or only one. You'll find a complete schedule, description, and a registration form at A Day Away.

MCC Borderlands Learning Tour

We welcome you to join Mennonite Central Committee (MCC) on a learning tour designed to bring awareness to the issues caused by the border wall along the Mexico/U.S. border. Participants will increase their understanding and knowledge of the social, economic, political and theological significance of migration in border communities, including advocacy tools and capacity building to engage others on borderlands and migration issues. The learning tour will take place on May 25-29 in Arizona and will include crossing the border into Mexico. Attendees will also have the option to participate in the Migrant Trail walk following the tour. For more information, including a tentative schedule and online registration, visit their website.

Mennonite Healthcare Annual Gathering

Anabaptist healthcare professionals! Come to the Mennonite Healthcare Fellowship (MHF) 2016 Annual Gathering, the weekend of June 17-19, 2016 at the YMCA of the Rockies, Estes Park, Colorado. The theme is "Wholeness and Holiness: Views from the Mountaintop." Featured speaker is noted Denver psychiatrist, professor, and author, Abraham Nussbaum, speaking on "The Renewal of Medicine and Christian Spirituality."  Anyone interested is invited, especially persons from medical, mental health, therapy, and chaplaincy professions, including students and retirees. Bring the family to a beautiful mountain setting; a Children and Youth Program is provided!  Registration deadline is April 15, 2016; details at or call 1-888-406-3643.

Senior Adult Luncheon

Seniors are invited to the next luncheon at Yellow Creek Mennonite Church on March 15 at noon in the Fellowship Hall. The charge is $5.00 per person to be paid at the door. For reservations call church office at 862-2595 by Tuesday, March 8. See the bulletin board by the mailboxes for more details.

Friends Music Camp

Friends Music Camp, a Quaker run camp which takes place at Earlham College in Richmond, Indiana is open to campers from 10 to 18 years old at all musical levels. They ask that prospective campers have had lessons for at least one year on their chosen instrument, or that they have participated in a school orchestra, band or choral program for at least one year. During the week, campers attend lessons, sing in the chorus, play in large and small ensembles, act in musical theater, take classes, and, of course, have ample time for hanging out and having fun. Evening activities include capture the flag, a dance, outside speakers, visits to the local pool, and other fun activities. Both students and staff perform at weekly recitals and weekend concerts. This is a wonderful experience for any young music student. For more information, visit their website.


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!

Oaklawn will hold a hiring event on Thursday, March 3 at Oaklawn, The Children's Campus, on the corner of Logan and Lincolnway in Mishawaka. Oaklawn is currently hiring for direct care, nursing and case management positions at all locations. They will hold designated interview times from 9:00 a.m. to noon and 1:00-4:00 p.m. Call 574-283-1234 to schedule an interview. Walk-ins are welcome but appointments are preferred. 

MCC has openings around the world in Administration, Engineering, Internships and much more. Visit the MCC webpage to learn more about these wonderful opportunities.



February 28 - March 5
Hosting GIHN

March 3
Ladies Lunch Bunch, 11:30 a.m. at Rolling Scones

March 5
Men's Breakfast, 7:00 a.m.

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Birthdays This Week
Bev Krabill
Daryl Miller
Lisa Nussbaum
Jonathan Neufeld
Twila Leichty
John Mast
Austin Hooley

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

Pray for North Leo Mennonite, Leo, IN (Marshall Anderson, pastor). Pray for the vitality of the church as it
undergoes leadership transitions. Pray for the current pastor whose ministry ends at the end of January. Also, please offer prayers for healing as some of the membership have been affected by cancer.

Mennonite Mission Network requests prayer for SOOP volunteers to work alongside staff doing office, maintenance and construction work, acting as teachers’ aides, and assisting in the kitchen at Academia Menonita Betania, a bilingual Christian school located near the city of Aibonito, Puerto Rico.

DownloadMarch MMN Prayer Vine

Church Notes
Sunday Service Info

This Sunday:  February 28

Ruth Hathaway
Susan and Steve Garboden

Sara Alvarez

Pete and Melba Graber

Nick Schrock/Jenae Longenecker

Infants:  Ruth Hathaway, Andrea Bontrager and Brandon Yoder
Toddlers: Joy Hostetter, Denise Risser, Aaron Wieand

Offering Counters:
Dick Ramer, Karl Sommers

Next Sunday:  March 6

Ruth Hathaway
Susan and Steve Garboden

Sara Alvarez

John & Missy Schrock

Nick Schrock/Jenae Longenecker

Infants:  Joy Hostetter, Jan and Peter Shetler
Toddlers:  Jan Wang, Diane Beam and Jim Alvarez

Offering Counters:
John Hooley, Greg Smucker

Statistical Report 
(February 21)

Attendance:  169
General Fund:  $4,136.50
Bethany 2015/16:  $15.00
College:  $1,020.00
Summer Camp Fund: $300.00
Copier Money:  $11.16

General Fund Income 2015-16 YTD
Actual:  $152,165.86
Budget:  $140,981.00

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
Ben Woodward Breckbill - Pastoral Intern

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

Doug Baker
Richard Miller
Laverne Nafziger
Judy Weaver
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