Berkey Avenue Mennonite Fellowship
A congregation of Mennonite Church USA
Berkey Avenue Mennonite Fellowship
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August 18, 2013

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Berkey Announcements

Sunday Morning Services

Musicians and worship leaders will be collaborating to finish the prelude and begin the call to worship at 9:30 a.m. Thank you for entering the sanctuary promptly on Sunday mornings.

Potluck Meal and Congregational Meeting

Potluck MealA congregational meal will follow this Sunday's service, after which there will be a congregational meeting. The agenda is as follows:
  1. Approve minutes of the previous meeting.
  2. Discuss the start time for worship. (58% of people filling out the survey favor continuing the start time at 9:30 a.m., 16% favor returning to a 9:00 a.m. start, and 26% are fine either way).
  3. Update on the Jubilee renovation project.
  4. Plan for funding the renovation project.
  5. Discuss and vote on the 2013-14 budget.
For the Potluck, members are encouraged to bring two dishes to contribute to the potluck.  We also encourage people to bring their own table service to facilitate clean-up after the meal. ~ Fellowship & Caring Commission

Fall Marriage Retreat

Marriage RetreatWhether you're a newlywed or have been married for years, this day is designed for you!This free retreat is jointly planned by and for Waterford Mennonite Church and Berkey Avenue Mennonite Fellowship. On Friday, September 6th, from 6:00 to 9:00 p.m. we will meet at Waterford Mennonite for a brief input before heading out on a date of your choice, equipped with questions for meaningful conversation over dinner.  Childcare will be provided. On Saturday, September 7th, from 9:00 a.m. until noon we will have input sessions. We will meet at Berkey Avenue Mennonite Fellowship where we will work at strengthening our methods of communication in our marriages. Look forward to a humor filled, content inspired, and interactive time set aside to engage the complexity of communication! Childcare will again be provided, with light refreshments provided for both children and adults. Please contact Elisabeth Barahona at  (215) 527-4774 or for additional information. View the Flyer. Learn more and register.

Fall Fest

Fall Fest  DancingSave the date! Saturday, September 14, at 5:00 p.m. is our Fall Fest on the lawn, featuring a hog roast, potluck, and contra dancing with Barry Dupen, a caller from Ft. Wayne. This is a great way to welcome college students, neighbors who use our garden plots, and others in a context of fun and fellowship. Please bring a large salad or dessert to share with others, lawn chairs or blankets, and your own picnic service. Buns, condiments, and drinks will be provided. Learn more.

Church Renovation Update: Fundraising

Have you decided what you plan to give to fund the renovations taking place in our church building?  NOW is the time to give what you can, above budget, so that the work is paid for. The project is scheduled to be done by September and the financial goal to pay for it is $54,900. Thank you for the $18,065 that you have given to date; this means that an additional $36,835 needs to be raised.  What can you give?   ~ Fundraising Committee (Jim Brenneman, Barbara Eichorn, and Phil Zimmerman)

BAMF Members Serving on Mennonite Church USA Boards

We as a congregation, along with Mennonite Church USA, would like to thank Malinda Berry and Jim Alvarez for serving as board members with Mennonite Education Agency and the MHS Alliance, respectively. Mennonite Church USA, additionally, wishes to extend appreciation for how Berkey supports the work of the church in our own community and in our nation and world. Together, as congregations, area conferences and organizations in Mennonite Church USA, we are part of God’s reconciling work in the world.

Thank you from the Hostetters

Thank you so much for the beautiful floral arrangement that you sent for my dad's funeral.  Thanks, also, for the many cards, emails, thoughts and prayers, for my mom and my family during this time of both celebration and grief. ~ Joy, Rick, Nathan and Luke Hostetter

The 46th Michiana Mennonite Relief Sale

Michiana Mennonite Relief SaleThe 46th Michiana Mennonite Relief Sale will take place on September 27-28 at Elkhart County 4-H Fairgrounds.  The sale begins Friday from 5:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. Saturday hours are from 7:00 a.m. until mid-afternoon.  Come and make this weekend a family event!  For more information about the sale or to download printable forms, see website: To pre-register for an auction bid number, go to If you are interested in learning more or with questions, contact Diane Beam at or visit our website.

Throwback Thursdays

Guess Who!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!

Online Photo Directory Status Report

Jud & RitaThe online photo directory continues to develop but there are still several portraits missing. If you have not yet gotten your picture taken, please sign up online or email Renae Yoder to schedule your appointment. Getting your photo taken only takes a few minutes. Let Rafael Barahona know if you would like to keep your photo. Additionally, if you would like to include a link to your Facebook profile, please let Rafael Barahona know as well and he will add it to your entry. You can access the online directory at Unfortunately, the online registration tool is malfunctioning, so in the meantime, please use the username and password left in your church mailbox. If you have had your photo taken, please take a moment to review your information.

Our Schools

Bethany Christian SchoolsBethany Christian Schools

Bethany Christian Schools is accepting applications for substitute teachers for this school year. To download an application see the Bethany website. For more information, contact assistant principal Tim Lehman at or (574) 534-2567.

Goshen CollegeGoshen College

Community Garden

Tomatoes and peppers and rhubarb, oh my! Students and alumni have been putting lots of time and sweat into Trackside Community Garden, named for the railroad tracks that run alongside it. The garden was established near the college this summer with funds from the 2013 graduating class gift. Learn more.

Friendship Families

As Goshen College prepares to welcome about 20 new international students to campus this fall, we are looking for a Friendship Family for each of them. A Friendship Family serves as a once-a-month social friend (coffee/tea, lunch, dinner) for a student to help them feel more at home here in the United States and Northern Indiana. It is a great opportunity to learn about another culture and country, as well as to extend God's love by offering hospitality and welcoming strangers. If you would like to know more, please contact GC's International Student Advisor Skip Barnett at

Children's Choir Auditions

Calling all children who like to sing! Children's choir auditions will be held at the Goshen College Music Center on Monday and Tuesday, August 19th and Wednesday the 20th. Rejoice choir for grades 3-5 and Shout for Joy choir for grades 6-8 meet weekly on Thursday evenings and perform in various settings, including Sauder Concert Hall. Tuition is $75 per semester, with financial aid available. Please call (574) 535-7361 to schedule an audition time.

AMBSAnabaptist Mennonite Biblical Seminary

Advent Planner

This is a daylong workshop held at Anabaptist Mennonite Biblical Seminary, on Sept. 20 introduces worship resources for leading congregations in preparing to celebrate the birth of Jesus.  Register by Sept. 6 for a discounted fee:

Church Plant Webinar

A webinar focused on planting peace churches is set for Sept. 10, 2:00 p.m. - 3:30 p.m. Join others from across the church to consider different church planting models and to hear success stories and challenges. Register through the Anabaptist Mennonite Biblical Seminary website:

Community Announcements

MDC Goldenrod Auction

Come to the 15th Annual MDC Goldenrod  Auction September 6 at the Shipshewana Auction Barn! Proceeds benefit persons with disabilities served by MDC Goldenrod.  Bring the whole family! The festivities commence Friday, September 6th, beginning at noon. The Project Promise chicken BBQ dinner runs from 4:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. (or until sold out).  The silent auction is from 5:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. and the live auction (smaller items and several quilts) from 6:00 p.m. – 7:30 p.m., with the concert program beginning at 7:45 p.m. On Saturday, Sept 7th, we will have hot pancakes, sausages and coffee at 7:00 a.m.  Grilled pork burgers starting at 11:00 a.m. until sold out.  Live and silent auctions at 9:00 a.m.  Bid on handcrafted quilts and furniture; take home plants, fresh produce and baked goods.  Kettle Corn, homemade ice cream, snacks and drinks will also served. Learn more.

Michiana Mennonite Relief Sale Men’s Choir

All men who love to sing are invited to join the Michiana Mennonite Relief Sale Men’s Choir for 2013. Rehearsals will be held at Bethany Christian Schools, on Sunday, September 1, 8, 15 and 22, from 4:00 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.  Dress rehearsal will be Thursday evening, September 26, also at Bethany at 7:00 p.m.  We sing Friday, September 27 at 7:00 p.m. in the quilt building at the sale, and Sunday evening at 7:00 p.m. at Sauder Hall, Goshen College. For more information, contact Lee Hochstetler at or Dan Steiner at (574) 534-2717.

Center For Community Justice Mediation Training

Are you interested in being involved in your community's response to crime? VORP at the Center for Community Justice will offer its annual training September 18-20, from 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. Register before August 30 to receive an early registration discount. Topics include: victim-offender mediation, principles of restorative justice and an overview of our local criminal justice system. to register, call (574) 295-6149 and as for VORP staff.

IN-MI Mennonite Women’s Fall Retreat

Ladies, mark your calendars for the annual IN-MI Mennonite Women’s Fall Retreat, October 11-13 at Amigo Centre. Jackie Wyse-Rhodes will speak about Naomi, Ruth and Orpah: Exploring women’s stories of survival, adventure and faithfulness. Our worship leader is Kristin Kauffman. Early registration ends September 21.For more information, a brochure or to register contact Amigo Centre.

MCC's Fear Not Campaign

Mennonite Central Committee (MCC) encourages churches to work to address the issues surrounding militarism through the third year of MCC’s Fear Not campaign. The goal is to help churches grapple with the questions of militarism from a biblical/theological perspective and in a practical way. There are many MCC resources available which can be adjusted for each congregational context and need. Learn more.

Emerge Ministries Invites Your Participation in Goodwill Fundraiser

Emerge Minstries invites you to participate in our Goodwill Fundraiser. Please bring all of your gently used items that you no longer want and help us fill a Goodwill truck!The event will be held at 731 Wagner Avenue in Elkhart. Drop-offs can be made on Monday - Friday from 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. Please call (574) 293-0776 for more information.

Save the date: Menno-Hof 25th Anniversary Celebration Dinner

Save the date for Menno-Hof's 25th Anniversary Celebration Dinner on Oct. 3, 6:30 p.m., at the Shipshewana Event Center. We are pleased to welcome our guest speaker Donald B. Kraybill, Ph.D., Elizabethtown (Pa.) College. More information will be available soon.

Mediterranean Tapas Fundraiser

Delight your senses with the sounds, flavors and aromas of the Mediterranean! Today (Friday) is your last chance to register! Anita Barahona (sister to Rafael) will be having a fund raiser to help cover costs of going back to school. This event will be held on Sunday, August 18th at 4:30 p.m. at the Barahona residence. Seating is limited to the first 24 registrants. This Spectacular Four Course Tapas Meal is $34 per person. Contact Rafael Barahona to obtain more information.

Yellow Creek Mennonite Church Senior Event

The next Yellow Creek Mennonite Church Senior Tuesday luncheon is being replaced by a bus trip to Shipshewana on Thursday, September 19. Plan now to join us. Brochures are available in the BAMF church office from Rafael. Contact the Yellow Creek Mennonite Church office at (574) 862-2595 for more information.

Annie Moses Band Performs at the Blue Gate Theater

The Annie Moses Band brings a blend of fiddle, jazz, and classical influences fused with soaring, folk-inspired vocals creates a sound that is both refreshing and familiar. The Annie Moses Band is a family bringing classicism to the common man. The will be performing at the Blue Gate Theater on Wednesday, August 28. Learn more.


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!

Foster parents needed:  If you feel called to help a child or sibling group in need and are interested in learning more about foster care please call Janie Gonzales at the Indiana Department of Child Services, 1659 Mishawaka St., Elkhart, 266-2465.  There is more information on the bulletin board or at
There are currently several job openings (both   support staff and certified positions) Goshen Community Schools. Prior to an interview, all applicants must have an online application completed. Learn more.
FOR SALE/OBO: Round kitchen table with 2 leaves and 3 chairs ($50), twin mattress and box springs ($50), nice working microwave ($25).  Contact Miriam Augsburger before August 14 for more information, (574) 536-1821 or
FOR RENT: 2-3 bedroom, newly renovated house on Wilson Avenue, a quiet street less than a mile from the college. $700/month plus utilities. Near playground and millrace. Parkside school district. For more information, contact Dale or Trish Shenk at (574) 535-3537 or (574) 971-0293.
FOR RENT: 2 bedroom, 1.5 bath Condo at College Green. Main floor laundry (washer/dryer furnished), 2 finished rooms with egress window on lower level. Stove and refrigerator furnished, gas heat and A/C. Available August 15th. For more information, contact Jesse or Genie Kehr at (574) 537-4643.

 Sunday Service Information

Berkey Avenue Mennonite Fellowship

This Sunday:
August 18

Abbe & Patrick Buller, Curt & Elise Wenger
Lorraine & Bob Pflederer
Offering Counters:  
Lowell Nafziger, Denise Risser
Ben Buckwalter, Laura Horst

Next Sunday:
August 25

Deb & Dan Williams, Abbe & Patrick Buller
Lorriane & Bob Pflederer
Offering Counters:  
Dick Ramer, Karl Sommers
Ben Buckwalter, Laura Horst


Getting to Know

Elizabeth Miller & Neil Richer

Elizabeth & Neil Richer

Elizabeth Miller and Neil Richer, along with their daughter, Abigail, are returning to Berkey and the Goshen area after four years with Mennonite Central Committee in Bogota, Colombia. Once they are settled, Neil will begin work with Mennonite Voluntary Service. Elizabeth will spend her days with Abby while continuing to finish up the Colombian Anabaptist history project. They are looking forward to living closer to family, seasons, gardening, reconnecting at Berkey, and making good use of all the new bike trails!

Whether you're new or a charter member, we are continually learning to know each other and we want to get to know you more. Interested in being featured?
Let us know!


Please note we will no longer be printing and distributing monthly calendars.  They are however, available for download.

* Download August Calendar

This Week
August 18: Congregational Meeting, 12:30 p.m.
August 21: Stephen Ministry, 6:45 p.m.

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

Thank God for Craig Maven’s able leadership of Mennonite Mission Network’s board of directors for the past four years. Pray for Madeline Maldonado, who now takes on this responsibility while continuing to serve as pastor of Iglesia Evangelica Menonita Arca de Salvacion in Fort Myers, Florida.
August MMN Prayer Vine
IN-MI Conference’s Prayer Newsletter

Church Notes

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.

Statistical Report
Attendance: 148
Bethany Tuition: $15.00
General Fund: $3,787.70
House Purchase: $300
Building Improvements: $1,400.00
College Matching: $20.00
Penny Power: $5.00

Jubilee Renovation Update
Read the Fundraising Letter

Berkey Avenue
Mennonite Fellowship

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

Dan Schrock
Marilyn Rudy-Froese
Lois Stoltzfus Mast

Greg Smucker (Chairperson)
Lisa Short
Lee Roy Berry, Jr.
Jan Shetler
Roy Bergey

Renae Yoder (Chairperson)
Laura Horst
James Yoder
Richard Miller

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