Berkey Avenue Mennonite Fellowship
A congregation of Mennonite Church USA
Berkey Avenue Mennonite Fellowship
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March 30, 2014

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Berkey Announcements

Health Center Petition

Help protect our nation’s Health Centers from a major federal funding cut. As of September 2015 all Federally Qualified Health Centers federal funding is scheduled to be cut by 70%! As Director of the Center for Healing and Hope I can speak to the crucial importance that Health Centers play in the health of our communities, especially in providing access to health care for the uninsured and low-income individuals in our community. Our local Health Centers are Heart City Health Center (HCHC) and Maple City Health Center. Together they provide medical care to more that 15% of Elkhart County. Learn more and sign the petition.

In Memoriam

In memoriamThe memorial service for Ron's mom, Lila Good, will be at 11:00 a.m. (CDT) at Hopewell Mennonite Church on Saturday, April 5.  Visitation with family from 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.  Hopewell is on Rt 49 on the north side of Kouts, IN.

Bethany Fund

Bethany Christian SchoolsNext year 6 students from our congregation will be attending Bethany Christian Schools. Their tuition totals $59,662. After the contribution from our general budget and generous contributions from people in the congregation, we only need $8,861 to reach our goal. If you want to help these students, please mark your contributions for the "Bethany Fund." Thank you.

Ladies Lunch Bunch

The next Ladies Lunch Bunch gathering will be Thursday,  April 3, at 12:00 p.m.  at Sue Byler's home at 2402 Redspire Blvd for a salad lunch.  Please bring a small salad to share for the luncheon.  Rolls and dessert will be provided.  Take special note of the time since it is later than the group's usual lunch time.  Your RSVP by Wednesday morning is very appreciated.

Vacation Bible School

VBSPut the date on the calendar!  Vacation Bible School will be taking place on June 10-13th  from 9:00 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.  We will be joining College Mennonite, el Buen Pastor, Assembly, Eighth Street, and Faith Mennonite churches. More details will be coming very soon. 

Relief Sale Update

Relief SaleThe Michiana Mennonite Relief Sale Board appreciates the way so many of you support the sale. As we look forward to the 2014 sale on September 26 and 27. We have several key positions to fill, those being: Vice chair, Co­-chair for the New and Used Auction, and Chair person(s) for the Pancake and Sausage Breakfast. If you feel called to help serve in this way or know someone who has gifts in these areas please contact us at (888­) 503­-8559.

MHS Spring Banquet

Menno SimonsThe annual Mennonite Historical Society spring banquet and fundraiser will take place at here at Berkey Avenue Mennonite Fellowship on Saturday, April 12. The evening will begin at 6:00 p.m. with a delicious meal featuring an "Amish" haystack feast, followed at 7:00 p.m. by a presentation by Valerie Weaver-Zercher, author of "Thrill of the Chaste: The Allure of Amish Romance Novels" (Johns Hopkins, 2013) and managing editor at Herald Press. The title of her presentation is "Thrill of the Chaste: Tracing the Rise and Reach of Amish Fiction." Suggested donations for this MHS fundraiser is $25/plate, but you are free to contribute what you are able. For meal reservations contact John D. Roth at or (574) 535-7433 by April 9.

Nooma Series Sunday School Class

Nooma This Sunday we continue our Nooma series. Rob Bell leads us through various topics in this film/DVD series that explores our world from a Jesus perspective. This week, Patrick and Abbe Buller will facilitate the conversation. See an overview video of Nooma.

Throwback Thursdays

Throwback ThursdaysHead 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

Bethany Christian Schools Bethany Christian Schools

Come on out for the John McCutcheon concert at Bethany Christian Schools, March 29, 7:00 p.m. McCutcheon is a captivating storyteller and folksinger who inspires and entertains the whole family. He masterfully weaves his Christian faith into his music, whether wrestling with his own ability to forgive or sharing powerful and inspiring acts of grace from the lives of others. Reserved-seat tickets are $20 and may be purchased online.

Goshen College Goshen College

International Student Seeks Housing

A male, junior international Goshen College student from India is looking for an off-campus host family to live with. He's a fine young man with one more year of college to go. Anyone interested in being his host family should live within a mile of the GC campus. Please contact Skip Barnett at with inquiries. Thank you!

Afternoon Sabbatical

Join us on Tuesday, April 1st at 1:00 p.m. in the Sauder Concert Hall, Music Center for "Breaking Down Barriers: Journeys of the Apostle Paul" featuring Kyle Hufford (FiveCore Media general manager), Bob Yoder (campus minister and assistant professor of youth ministry), Seth Conley (assistant professor of communication, GCTV advisor). Explore how Paul overcame religious, cultural and physical obstacles as a leader of the first generation of Christians. Learn more.

AMBS Anabaptist Mennonite Biblical Seminary

Greg Boyd, pastor, theologian and best-selling author, will give a public lecture at AMBS on Thursday, April 24, beginning at 7:30 p.m. in the chapel. His theme will be “Keeping God’s Kingdom ‘Holy’: Resisting the Temptation to be Practical.” Admission is by ticket only. For a free ticket, call (574) 295-3726, ext. 0.

Community Announcements

Developmental Trauma Lecture

On May 22 and 23, Oaklawn will be bringing Robert Anda, MD, and Sharon Wise, MS, to the Kroc Center in South Bend. This event will strengthen our community’s understanding of the effects of developmental trauma from a clinical, public health and personal perspective. This event, ”The impact of developmental trauma: A clinical, public health and personal perspective,” will be held two consecutive days, allowing you to choose which day works best for you. Learn more.

Menno-Hof Winter Series Final Event

You’re invited to attend “When the ordinary becomes the extraordinary: Jesus and coffee” led by Paul Kurtz from Mechanicsburg, Ohio, on April 13, 6:00 p.m. at Menno-Hof. Through their experiences with Rosedale Mennonite Missions, Paul and his wife, Grace, saw first-hand extreme poverty. This journey led them to begin a coffee roasting company that would export coffee in such a way that would benefit the Christian church. Come and be challenged to allow yourself to be a blessing to those around you while enjoying a coffee tasting experience.  This is the last event in Menno-Hof’s “Coffee, cookies and community: Part II” winter series. Bring cookies to share – coffee will be provided. Your RSVP is requested as seating is limited. You can do so at or (260) 768-4117.

GIHN's Annual Fundraiser Dinner

Goshen Interfaith Hospitality Network invites you to save the date for Thursday, May 8, for our Annual Fundraiser Dinner: "A Place at the Table."   Tickets for the dinner and program are $50.00 per person and are available now in person, or by mail at 105 S. 3rd Street, Goshen IN 46526.

MDC Goldenrod Seeks Volunteer Painters

MDC Goldenrod is looking for some volunteers to help paint!  Several of the MDC Goldenrod homes on our Goshen campus are in need of a fresh coat.  All painting is interior and includes hallways, bedrooms and living spaces.  We are looking for up to 8 individuals who would be willing to donate some time and energy and help transform and renew these MDC community member’s homes.  Some painting experience and know how would be a plus.  Please call Colin Rusel at (574) 202-7397, or email him at if you are interested or available. Thank you.

Project Promise Celebrates 40 years

Over the last 40 years Project Promise has been a gift in our community as it has created community together with men and women of all abilities through prayer, worship, crafts, drama, and fellowship. This year we celebrate our 40th year anniversary! Please join us for our 40th anniversary program at Clinton Frame Mennonite Church on March 29th at 4:00 p.m. Project Promise is a program to meet the spiritual and social needs of adults with disabilities. Project Promise meets two times a month for worship and craft activities. In addition to the worship and craft activities, Project Promise hosts an annual Easter play, a field day, a retreat, a chicken BBQ and various other activities. (This year the program will take the place of our annual Easter Play. Please join us for our Program and look forward to the play resuming in 2015.)

Blue Gate Theater Concerts

The Blue Gate has several upcoming concerts that we believe may interest you, including Kathy Troccoli, Natalie Grant and the Sidewalk Prophets. These shows are sure to be a wonderful evening of praise and worship as well as lots of fun. The Blue Gate strives to make sure everything we put on the stage is outstanding and family friendly. Learn more.

ADEC 42nd Annual Ride-A-Bike

ADEC invites you to support our 42nd annual Ride-A-Bike by encouraging your church to register teams. Think how much fun your youth and families will have riding bicycles or walking together to help children and adults with disabilities! This year’s Ride-A-Bike will be May 17 at Northridge High School. Top pledge raisers — individual and team win prizes. The prize awarded to the top youth pledge raiser is a new bicycle provided by Elkhart Bicycle Shop. Ride-A-Bike is ADEC’s main fundraiser and helps pay for the supports and services we offer to children and adults facing the challenges of life with disabilities.The more people get involved, the more money we raise. Please contact Rod Tackett, ADEC Communications Specialist at (574) 848-2443 or with questions.

Positive Parenting Classes

CAPS Happy Kids Healthy Families is partnering with St. Mark's United Methodist Church, schools and community organizations to provide Positive Parenting classes to families in Goshen on Mondays from April 14 to June 16.  We are looking for community members to volunteer to help in the kitchen or in child care.  For the kitchen help, the hours are from 4:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. and for child care they are from 6:00 p.m. – 8:15 p.m.  An orientation for both volunteer jobs will be provided. Contact Kim Chastain by at or by phone at (574) 295-2277 for more information or to request a volunteer application. All volunteers who apply will go through a brief interview and background checks will be done. Thank you for considering this valuable volunteer opportunity!
Blue Gate Theater Concerts.

Woodcutting Days at Amigo - UPDATED

Amigo Centre's firewood supply is totally gone in the aftermath of the hard winter, and two woodcutting days will be scheduled this spring to help replenish it. People to cut, carry and stack wood are needed. Dates are March 29 and May 17. We will begin around 8:00 a.m. For the March event, we will serve lunch at 12:00 p.m. For the May event, we will serve brunch at 10:00 a.m. Cutters are welcome to leave at the schedule that works best for them. If you have a chainsaw, please bring it along. Gas and oil are furnished. Your help will be greatly appreciated! Please let us know you are coming at or (269) 651-2811.

Prairie Street Funk Fest

“Can a Potawatomi teach Mennonites to Dance” will be the theme of a Prairie Street and prairie people encounter at Prairie Street Mennonite Church in Elkhart (1316 Prairie Street) on Saturday, May 10, 2014, 9:00 a.m.– 3:00 p.m. This fifth annual Funk Fest features Potawatomi speaker and storyteller George Godfrey, with a variety of short presentations by others and opportunity for discussion. No advance registration required. Cost is $10 ($5 students/retirees/unemployed). Bring a sack lunch or pay $5 extra at registration for pizza and fruit lunch. For more information, call (574) 293-0377 or email

Celebrate Mennonite Central Committee

Please plan on joining us to Celebrate Mennonite Central Committee in May 6-9, 2014 when we are excited to offer a special update from Haiti. Kristen & Wawa Chege, MCC Haiti Policy Analyst & Advocacy Coordinators, and Garly Michel, Executive Director of MCC partner Wozo, will be sharing stories of how your contributions to MCC have made a difference to Haitians recovering from the devastating 2010 earthquake. For more information, contact Les Gustafson-Zook at or call (574) 534-4133. Learn more.

Spring VORP Training

There’s still time to register for the VORP (Victim Offender Reconciliation Program) Victim Offender Mediation Training hosted by the Center for Community Justice! It is scheduled for Thursday April 3rd from 4:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. and Friday April 4th - April 5th from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. The training has been approved for: 14.5 hours of continuing education credits for social workers; Pending Continuing Education Credits (CLE Non-Legal Subject Matter) for Judges and Attorneys; and Pending Continuing Education Credits (CME) for mediators. All registration information and fees are to be submitted by April 1st. Please contact Anne Lehman at (574) 295-6149 or by email at Come and learn more about restorative justice and conflict management!



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 Great Lakes seeks a Human Resources Coordinator in the Goshen office.  Duties for this 70% FTE position include administering HR processes and recruiting. Qualifications are BA in Human Resources or equivalent experience, PHR or SPHR certification preferred, strong administrative and organizational skills. The position description can be viewed at  If interested, send a letter of intent and resume to Darlene Dintaman at
IU Health Home Care and Hospice seeks volunteers to provide comfort, support and companionship to hospice patients and their families in Goshen, Middlebury, Millersburg, Ligonier, New Paris, and Milford. Hospice training is free of charge. For more information, contact Deb Lindemood at (574) 364-1387.
Free baby bunnies! Please contact Tim Nafziger at (574) 533-2264 if you are interested.
There is currently an opening for a part time Administrative Assistant at the College Avenue Everence office in Goshen. The Administrative Assistant would support the sales efforts of the (College Avenue) Everence office in Michiana, provide clerical, administrative support and sales assistance to designated advisors.  Must be able to deliver excellent customer service to current policyholders, members, prospects, and staff. Learn more.
Bethany Christian Schools is accepting applications for substitute teachers. To download an application see For more information, contact assistant principal Tim Lehman at or (574) 534-2567.

Getting to Know

Fellowship Commission

Jeannie Miller

Jennie Miller
I first started attending Berkey when I was a Goshen College student and the congregation was just forming. I loved the inter-generational, smaller and more informal experience it provided for me. I met Phil a couple years after graduating when I moved into a new apartment and he lived in the apartment next door. We had one of the first weddings here before the building was air conditioned. They tell me it was hot that day. We spent several years away in grad school before returning to raise our family in Goshen. There were many rocky years that we considered leaving, like so many others were, but I have never been sorry that we stayed. I am so grateful for the warmth, trust and joy that I feel each time I am with my Church family.

Whether you are new or a charter member, we are continually learning to know each other and we want to get to know you more. It can be very simple, your name, what you do for a living and what you are interested in. You can view our newsletter archive for some examples. Interested in being featured? Let us know!

Did You Know?

Thirty-three years ago, on March 20, 1981, our then building and land's property, was valued at $20,200 by the Elkhart Township Assessor. This even took ito account new building improvements!

Do you have an interesting fact about Berkey to share?  Let us know!

We will no longer be printing and distributing calendars each month.  They are however, available for download.
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This Week
March 30: Coordinating Council, 12:00 p.m.
April 1: Fellowship Commission, 6:00 p.m.
April 3: Ladies Lunch Bunch, 12:00 p.m.

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

Please pray for Greg Smucker's father, Ron Smucker, who was recently diagnosed with a blood cancer called 'high grade myeloid neoplasm.' The cancer blocks normal production of blood cells in the bone marrow. He is just finishing his first week of chemotherapy.
Please pray for Steve Garboden's cousin, Nancy Beamer, who has a recurrence of lymphoma.  Please pray that God's love will surround her and give her a peaceful, calm spirit.   Also, please pray for relief of physical pain.
Mennonite Mission Network requests prayers of protection for members of the Colombia Mennonite Church as they engage in human rights ministry and provide support for displaced people.

DownloadAPR. MMN Prayer Vine

Church Notes
Sunday Service Info

This Sunday: March 30

Rafael Barahona, Eleanor Nafziger, Ruth Hathaway

Laverne Nafziger

Dan and Deb Williams

Offering Counters: 
Shawn Born, Diane Nafziger

Ben Buckwalter / Roxanna Sommers

Lori and Ron Good

Next Sunday: April 6

Rafael Barahona, Eleanor Nafziger, Ruth Hathaway

Laverne Nafziger

Diane and Lowell Nafziger

Offering Counters: 
Barbara Eichorn, Greg Smucker

Michael Sherer / Roxanna Sommers

Julie and Phil Zimmerman

Statistical Report 
(March 23)

Attendance: 162
General Fund: $5,277.50
Bethany Tuition: $15.00
College Matching: $70.00
Kenya Relief: $230.00

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.

Dan Schrock
Marilyn Rudy-Froese
Lois Stoltzfus Mast

Greg Smucker (Chairperson)
Roy Bergey
Lee Roy Berry, Jr.
Shirley Dick
Jan Shetler

Renae Yoder (Chairperson)
Doug Baker
Laura Horst
Richard Miller
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