Berkey Avenue Mennonite Fellowship
A Congregation of Mennonite Church USA
Berkey Avenue Mennonite Fellowship

July 14, 2013

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Berkey Announcements

Our Newsletter Has a Name!

Thanks to everyone who submitted ideas and voted in the newsletter naming contest.  Just edging out "Berkey Buzz" and "Berkey Connections" by one vote was "The Owl -- (O)nline (W)eekly News(L)etter."  Be on the lookout this following week for news from The Owl.  We have even have an appearance from a new mascot - stay tuned!

Intergenerational Sunday School: Nature/Earthcare

EarthcareThis Sunday, July 14, the nature/earthcare Sunday School class will be working on the church rental property doing various landscaping projects. They include relaying some brick, removing the rails on the fence, cleaning up some rotting firewood, as well as some trimming and general landscaping. Please bring gloves and appropriate clothes to change into.

New to the Library

LibraryThis week we have four new titles that have been added. You Never Gave Me a Name by Katie Funk Wiebe, Ask Third Way Café: 50 Common and Quirky Questions About Mennonites by Jodi Nisly Hertzler, If You Will Ask: Reflections on the Power of Prayer by Oswald Chambers, and Youth Movement to Bruderhof: Letters and Diaries of Annemarie Arnold nee Wachter edited by the Hutterian Brethren. Learn more.

The Relevance of Reconciliation

You are invited to a gathering of local Lutheran and Mennonites for an informal conversation on our shared Christian witness on Sunday, July 21. "The Relevance of Reconciliation: Mennonites and Lutherans in (Local) Conversation":  In 2010 the Lutheran World Federation and the Mennonite World Conference concluded a 5-year ecumenical dialogue with a service of mutual forgiveness and reconciliation.  Even though important theological differences remain, both groups have committed themselves to a deeper understanding of our shared history and faith, and to seek ways of collaborating in local ministry wherever possible.  On July 20-24 an international LWF/MWC task force will be meeting in Goshen to address commitments that our churches have made to each other. You are invited to join this group, along with local Lutheran/Mennonite pastors and lay people, for an informal conversation on Sunday, July 21, from 5:00-7:00 p.m. at Trinity Lutheran Church (202 S. Greene Road, Goshen). A light supper will be provided.  All are welcome to attend!  No registration is necessary, but as we prepare for the supper it would be nice to know if you are planning to attend. Kindly RSVP to John D. Roth at

Guess Who's Coming to Dinner?

DinnerFellowship Commission is planning a "Guess Who's Coming to Dinner" (surprise luncheon) for July 28. Forms are in your church mailbox and will have detailed information regarding the luncheon procedures. Please fill out and return to Sue Byler's mailbox by 10:30 a.m. on July 21. At that time, Commission members will pair up the hosts and guests. Join the fun and fellowship this activity provides your family! Learn more.

Church Renovation Update

Thanks to all that helped so far with our clean up and construction efforts. We continue to ask for your assistance. We need "two and a truck." We have been salvaging metal from the demolition. We need 1 -2 volunteers to take a pick-up sized load of metal to the scrap yard. Additionally, we are looking for clean-up help for Sunday morning. Our current construction cleaning person (Greg), will be out-of-town this weekend. We need a person(s) to clean the construction area this Saturday in preparation for Sunday morning. The job is approximately 30-45 minutes of work. For more details, contact Greg by email (, text, or phone (574-536-1996). Check out a few updated photos on Facebook.

Volunteer Janitors Still Needed

Thanks to our generous members, July 21 and 28 are now covered.  We are looking for volunteer(s) to fill in for our janitors for August 4. This would be a good activity or service project for a family, small group, or individuals.  Cleaning can be done during the week, or Saturday, most any time at your convenience. Tasks include preparing the Sanctuary and Sunday School classes for Sunday, cleaning bathrooms and making them presentable, vacuuming as needed, sweeping and vacuuming entrances, cleaning and vacuuming all open spaces as needed. If you are available to help out for August 4th, please contact Ben Buckwalter.

Stephen Ministry

You've heard about Stephen Ministry now.  Maybe you have felt a tug to become a Stephen Minister or someone has tapped you on the shoulder to ask you to consider it.  Maybe the first training time just wasn't good for you.  We invite you to consider becoming a Stephen Minister.  Stephen Ministers are trained to provide one-one Christian care for people within the congregation and community who would benefit from someone walking with them. This fall is another opportunity for training.  We will be partnering with College Mennonite for this training.  While all are welcome, we especially encourage men to consider becoming Stephen Ministers.  If you are interested in exploring the possibility of training, please speak with one of the Stephen Leaders, Shirley Dick or Marilyn Rudy-Froese

Online Photo Directory Status Report

Ruth & John RothDue to vacation schedules, we will be taking a short hiatus with the directory pictures. You can however, continue to can sign up online or email Renae Yoder to schedule appointments beginning on July 28 and through the rest of the summer. If you are interested in keeping your photo, let Rafael know and he will email it to you. Additionally, if you would like to include a link to your Facebook profile, please let Rafael know as well and he will add it to your entry. You can access the online directory at You will need to create a username and password, or you can use the default, which you will find in your church mailbox. If you have had your photo taken, please take a moment to review your information.

Miscellaneous Announcements

On Sunday Anne Berry shared about the troubling nature of recent confederate flag and swastika sightings. She has further articulated her thoughts in the Goshen Commons blog. Read her blog post.
Hello church family!  As many of you know, I am looking for a part time therapy position in the Social work field to present itself.  While I wait for vocation to align with reality, I am wondering if any of you know of part time, temporary work of any kind (up to 20 hours a week) that would need a reliable and proactive employee.  If you have any leads, I would appreciate your connection. Thank you ~ Elisabeth.

Our Schools

Bethany Christian SchoolsBethany Christian Schools continues to invite applications for the coaching position of middle school girls soccer—email for more information. There are also staff openings for bus driver and evening custodian. View details and application procedures on these positions on the Bethany website.

AMBSAnabaptist Mennonite Biblical Seminary

Please add your blessing for the 12 high school !Explore participants who began their group experience at AMBS last week. Faculty and staff gathered to bless them for the experiences of worship, study and service they will have in the next two weeks, led by event pastors Sara Erb and Eric Vandrick and !Explore director Andy Brubacher Kaethler.

Community Announcements

Sharing the Journey with Elizabeth Soto Albrecht

You are invited to a time of listening and conversation with MC USA’s moderator-elect, Elizabeth Soto Albrecht on Thursday, July 18 from 6:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m. at At True Vine Tabernacle (54365 Independence St., Elkhart). As Elizabeth travels from the convention in Phoe­nix, she will make several stops during her listening tour, including Elkhart. Soto Albrecht is especially interested in hearing from underrepresented constituents, those who decided not to attend the convention in Phoenix, and congregations most affected by the decision to hold the convention in Arizona. IN-MI and Central District Conference encourage your presence and participation to this historic event in Mennonite Church USA. Learn more.

Changes with ADNet

ADNet staff enjoyed hosting the annual in-person meeting of our board of directors at our new location in the Mennonite Church USA office building. The meeting's theme “All Things New" (Isaiah 43:19-21) reflected the many recent changes ADNet has experienced. In the past year and a half, the organization has adopted new mission and vision statements, welcomed three new board members and an executive director, and moved into a new office location. These new developments bring fresh opportunities to focus on program, build congregational partnerships, recruit potential associates and deepen relationships with denominational leaders.

Menno-Hof Haystack Dinner

Everyone is invited to a benefit Haystack Dinner on July 13, from 4:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m. at the Farmstead Inn Pavilion in Shipshewana.  Donations will benefit Menno-Hof. That same evening, Dr. Gerald Brunk, Eastern Mennonite University, will be presenting a Menno Simons impersonation at Menno-Hof at 6:30 p.m. RSVP is requested for the Brunk event. Kindly RSVP to 260-768-4117 or

Immigration Reform Event

You are invited to Prairie Street Mennonite Church (1316 Prairie St., Elkhart) for an event entitled “Celebrate, Learn, and Pray for Immigration Reform.” This event will be held from 1:00  p.m. – 2:00 p.m. on Sunday, July 14, 2013 and has been planned by leaders of Elkhart County churches of several denominations. Learn more.

MCC Bike Michiana 2013

This year the MCC Bike Michiana program at Amigo celebrates its 11th year raising funds for MCC. Over $150,000 has been raised so far for a variety of projects. This year’s event will support Sharing With Appalachian People (SWAP). Come join the bikers September 13-15 in riding between 70-100 miles over two days, pedaling the beautiful lake and farmland region of southern Michigan and northern Indiana. Brochure and additional information are available online.

Mac Minis Available through has always strived to provide services that are affordable and appropriate for churches and organizations with a limited budget.  Now, we also are announcing the first offering of refurbished computer equipment through our new CodePurple program. Want one? Learn more.

MCC Relief Sale Silent Auction

As we head into the summer months, plans are underway for the 2013 MCC Relief Sale Silent Auction. Relief Sale weekend is September 27‐28. We are looking for contributions. Please contact Stacey Farran with offers of help in these areas or any questions. Thanks for your consideration!

Employment / Volunteer Opportunities

Amigo Centre, located near Sturgis, MI, seeks experienced part-time  bookkeeper.  Responsibilities include payables, receivables, reports and taxes. Candidates should be familiar with double entry accounting, able to navigate in a Windows environment, and able to work in a busy setting.  Experience in not for profit bookkeeping helpful. Learn more.
Amigo Centre (Sturgis, MI) seeks a Youth Program Director to plan and lead youth programming at Amigo Centre.  We welcome the interest of candidates with a strong commitment to youth and camping ministry within an Anabaptist framework, skills in developing programs, good communication and relational skills, and willingness to participate in Amigo’s mission and community. The position opens at the end of the 2013 summer. Learn more.
Indiana Michigan Conference is looking for a bookkeeper in the Goshen area who is very familiar with QuickBooks and would be available to work an average 4-8 hours per week. Learn more.

 Sunday Service Information

Berkey Avenue Mennonite Fellowship

This Sunday:
July 14

Loren Schrock, Missy Schrock, Miriam Augsburger, Lisa Short
Rachel Schrock, Leah Garboden
Offering Counters:  
Ron Good, Rick Hostetter
Matthew Williams, Dee Albrecht

Next Sunday:
July 21

Elijah & Priscillah Metekai, Dick and Nancy Yoder
Lillian Metekai, Sarina Metekai
Offering Counters:  
Lowell Nafziger, Denise Risser
Matthew Williams, Dee Albrecht


Getting to Know

Abbe & Patrick Buller

Abbe & Patrick, Isaac

Patrick and Abbe Buller began attending BAMF in January 2012, soon after moving to Goshen from Seattle.  They've really appreciated such a welcoming and caring church family during the last year and a half of many transitions -- moving, job changes, and having a baby... just to name a few!  In what spare time they have, Patrick enjoys biking and Abbe enjoys reading.  Isaac, who will turn one in September, enjoys grunting, crawling, and eating. They all enjoy taking walks to explore new parts of town, and traveling both near and far.


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

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This Week
July 13: Marilyn Rudy-Froese begins vacation (Through August 12)
July 16: Stewardship & Finance Commission, 7:00 p.m.
July 17: DS Group Meeting, 3:30 p.m.

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

Thanksgiving: Renae Yoder's health continues to improve. Her recent CT scans were all clear, with her hemoglobin up as well. Furthermore, she has "graduated" or moved up to appointments once every 6 months. This Fall, Renae will be returning to teaching a full-time load at Bethany. Praise be to God!
On July 14, 40 youth are completing a three-day Sirviendo a Cristo (Serving Christ) seminar, organized by the Bolivia Mennonite Church, a Mennonite Mission Network partner, to deepen faith and prepare for mission. Pray that these young leaders will find joy as they serve in their congregations and their communities.
July MMN Prayer Vine

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: 130
Bethany Tuition: $15.00
General Fund: $3,550.12
Building Improvements: $2,105.00
College Matching: $20.00
MYF: $100.00
MCC - Penny Power: $9.00
House Rent: $750.00
Agape: $10.00

Read the Fundraising Letter

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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