Berkey Avenue Mennonite Fellowship
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March 6, 2016

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Berkey Announcements

Card Shower for Owen Krabill

babyThis Sunday there will be a card Shower for baby Owen Krabill and his parents, Andrew and Chelsea. You are invited to bring your own cards or to use the ones provided in the Fellowship Hall. We warmly welcome baby Owen!

Goshen Interfaith Hospitality Network

GIHNThis past week we hosted Goshen Interfaith Hospitality Network (GIHN) guests at Berkey. Our guests will leave this Sunday, March 6. Thank you for your prayers for our guests and volunteers. And, a big thank you to all who volunteered in many different ways to make our guests feel cared for and welcome.

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 this Sunday, 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. This week you received 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 this Sunday, March 6.

Memorial Service for Twila Nafziger

Memorial ServiceEarly Monday morning Twila Nafziger, the wife of Myrl and the mother of Dan, died. The visitation will be at the Yoder-Culp Funeral Home on Friday, March 11 from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m. and from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. The memorial service will be held at the church on Saturday, March 12, at 11:00 a.m. Myrl, Dan, and their extended family are grateful for your prayer on their behalf.

Bible Alive Class

Bible Alive ClassThe “Bible Alive” class will continue during Nurture Hour for another quarter. New persons are most welcome to join us in the Children’s Music Room after they are done singing. The Bible Alive class starts with scripture passages in various translations. The goal is to involve persons with varying gifts and abilities to read and listen, meditate and study, visualize and act out, and most of all, to share our learnings and insights as the Word of God comes alive to us individually and in community.

Cards for Jered

Notes for JeredDuring this Lenten and Easter season, we would like to send notes to Jered Liechty who is currently incarcerated at the Westville Correctional Facility. If you would like to show care or encouragement, please consider writing a few sentences to him. If you are not sure what to write, perhaps you could share a favorite bible verse or a poem. There are bright colored note cards on the table by the mailboxes for you to use. Place your card in the Office Manager's mailbox; the office will mail the cards weekly.

Stephen Ministry Training Continues:  Professionals and Resources

stephen ministriesThis coming week the Stephen Ministry training class will be considering the subject of "Using Mental Health Professionals and Other Community Resources". In this presentation they will be discovering the many and varied resources that exist in our community to help meet people's specific needs. 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.

SLT Minutes

SLTThe January Spiritual Leader Team (SLT) minutes are now posted on the Berkey website and you are invited to read them. Use the same password that you use for the Congregational Directory.

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 Visit Days are a great way for prospective students and families to see Bethany Christian Schools in action. Upcoming visit days include:
  • March 9:  Students in grades K-4 are invited to visit Bethany with a parent from 9:30 to 11:00 a.m.
  • March 21:  Students in grades 6-10 interested in exploring Bethany can shadow a Bethany student, 8:40 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Parents are invited to an 8:45-9:15 a.m. coffee and conversation followed by an optional tour at 9:15 a.m.
For more information, to register, or to schedule a visit on another date see their website.

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 (8:00 p.m.) and March 6, 12, 13 (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

You are invited to a public lecture titled, "Do We Have Souls? Perspectives from Theology & Science". This year's Theological Lecturer is Nancey Murphy, senior professor of Christian Philosophy at Fuller Theological Seminary.  Dr. Murphy's presentations are free and open to the public on March 15 at 11:45 a.m. and 1:30 p.m., and on March 16 at 10:15 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. All events will take place at the Chapel of the Sermon on the Mount on the Anabaptist Mennonite Biblical Seminary campus. For more information, call AMBS at 800.964.2627 or visit their website.

Community Announcements

Stewardship Workshop

College Mennonite Church is hosting a series of workshops led by Everence staff. This week on March 9, 6:30-7:30 p.m., the workshop is titled, "End of Life Planning". For more information, see the bulletin board by the mailboxes.

Water Drive Extended

The African-American minsters' association (IMA) in Elkhart is extending their bottled water drive for Flint residents yet for the week of March 14-18. At the end of February about 3000 cases of water were trucked to grateful church and community leaders in Flint. Because Kroger continues to match their purchases, monetary donations are most effective. The Mission Commission invites you to contribute to this effort by giving to Berkey Avenue and designating the giving for the Flint Water Crisis.

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.

Hesston Choir Concert at College Mennonite

The 23 voice Bel Canto Singers from Hesston College, and director Russell Adrian will present the program “Transform Our Lives” on Thursday, March 10, 7:00 p.m., College Mennonite Church, Goshen, IN. Alumni and friends are invited to attend and a free will offering will be taken for the Spring Break Tour costs. Go to online for complete tour details.

Assembly Mennonite Concert Invitation

On Thursday March 17th at 8:00 p.m. at Assembly Mennonite Church there will be a concert by internationally-recognized cellist Steuart Pincombe and singer Michelle Pincombe featuring spirituals and music from the early shape-note tradition in America. The program takes us on a believer’s journey from repentance to hope in life eternal. This free concert is being sponsored by Credo Music and being presented as part of the Music in Familiar Spaces tour.

MEDA Annual Business Tour

Join Michiana Mennonite Economic Development Associates (MEDA) for our Annual Business Tour on Saturday, March 19, at 8:30 am. This year's tour will feature Kountry Wood Products, makers of Kountry Cabinets, in Nappanee. The morning will begin with a buffet breakfast at Mullet’s Dining, also in Nappanee. After the meal, Ola Yoder, CEO and founder of Kountry Wood Products, will give a presentation about his business. We'll then proceed to their corporate offices and Plant #1 for our tour, where company president Perry Miller will discuss their facilities and operations. Please RSVP by Monday, March 14, to or 574-355-3607. Cost is $5 for students, $15 for Michiana MEDA members, and $20 for others, payable at the door.

Project Promise Easter Play

MDC Goldenrod invites you to come see our community members as they present the Project Promise Easter play on Saturday, March 19, at 3:00 and 6:00 pm at Clinton Frame Mennonite Church. Project Promise provides spiritual and social support for persons with disabilities. A free-will offering will be collected to support the program. Visit them online or call (574)533-9720 for more information.

Spring into Books

In the spring of 2015, Goshen Schools piloted a new program called Spring Into Books (SIB).
The pilot program was held in a handful of kindergarten and preschool classrooms in the district. As we move into the Spring of 2016, we are hoping to implement the program at all elementary schools for kindergarten and the preschool at Prairie View. Spring Into Books will run for four weeks with the reader visiting one time per week. The program will run April 18 – May 13. An orientation will be held on Wednesday, April 13 at lunch time with the place to be determined soon. Our hope with the SIB program is encourage local women to share their leadership skills and love of reading with our youngest students. The deadline to sign up is March 25. See the bulletin board by the mailboxes for more information.

Advanced tickets to Support Safe Kids

If you are interested in supporting Safe Kids and enjoy Nelson’s Chicken please consider buying tickets for the May 14 BBQ fundraiser. Advanced sale tickets are $6 for half of a chicken and $3 for “Pit-tatoes”. See Dan Nafziger for tickets. Safe Kids Elkhart County works to reduce injuries that impact the children of our county.


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!

Time to make your summer plans! Summer will be here before we know it, and Mennonite Central Committee's Sharing With Appalachian People (SWAP) program is seeking summer staff for three month assignments in Kentucky and West Virginia. Job site coordinators utilize volunteer labor to accomplish quality home remodels/repairs, while meals coordinators plan balanced, nutritional meals for volunteers. Summer staff are a critical component of SWAP's successful ministry, as they help facilitate the weekly SWAP service groups working on housing repair for low-income persons. Summer staff vary in age from 19 to 70+, and they receive meals, lodging and a weekly stipend for their service. For more information go online or call Angela at 606-633-5065.

Mennonite Mission Network is now accepting applications for the role of Global Ministries Senior Executive to provide leadership and oversight to the Global Ministries division, to participate in organizational leadership, and to work with the Executive Director in cultivating healthy relationships with international and local partners.  The anticipated start date is August 2016. To receive a position description or to send a letter of interest please address Human Resources Senior Executive Rachel Stoltzfus or Executive Director Stanley Green.



March 6
Card Shower for Owen Krabill

March 7
Intercessory Prayer, 7:00 p.m.

March 8
Christian Education Commission, 7:00 p.m.

March 9
Worship Commission, 7:00 p.m.

March 10
Ladies Lunch Bunch at Rolling Scones, 11:30 a.m.

March 12
Memorial Service for Twila Nafziger, 11:00 a.m.

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Birthdays This Week
Elisabeth Barahona
Andrea Born
Nicholas Schrock
Betty Kauffman
Genie Kehr
Phil Bauman

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

Pray for Bethel Mennonite, Ashley, MI (Joe Pendleton, pastor).

Pray for Grace Chapel, Saginaw, MI (James Nelson, pastor).

Praise God for Mennonite Mission Network partners in Mongolia and the Mongolian Prayer Movement that began four years ago. Pray with Christians in Mongolia as they desire to send mission teams to each of the 40 modern-day countries that once made up Genghis Khan’s vast 13th-century empire.

DownloadMarch MMN Prayer Vine

Church Notes
Sunday Service Info

This 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

Next Sunday:  March 13

Abbe and Patrick Buller
Julie and Phil Zimmerman

Rita Gingrich

John & Missy Schrock

Nick Schrock/Jenae Longenecker

Infants:  Jenny Yoder, Rita and Jud Gingrich
Toddlers:  Jane Wang, Brenda and Daniel Grimes

Offering Counters:
Ron Good, Rick Hostetter

Statistical Report 
(February 28)

Attendance:  173
General fund:  $3832.25
Bethany - $155.00
Agape:  $10.00
College:  $50.00
Flint water:  $200.00
The Mennonite Magazine:  $296.00
Coffee:  $74.70

General Fund Income 2015-16 YTD
Actual:  $158,488.11
Budget:  $146,620.00

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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