Berkey Avenue Mennonite Fellowship
A congregation of Mennonite Church USA
Berkey Avenue Mennonite Fellowship
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August 23, 2015

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Berkey Announcements

Online Directory Update

Thank you to everyone who sent their updates. If you haven't and would still like to, please email your details to the church office for inclusion.

Fall Fest

Fall FestOur Fall Fest will happen on Saturday, September 5, at 5:00 p.m. on the lawn, featuring a meat roast of both lamb and pork. Please bring a large salad and dessert to share with others, your own picnic service, and lawn chairs or blankets. Buns, chips, condiments, and drinks will be provided. You are also encouraged to bring a favorite lawn game to do with others. The Straight A's will provide an hour of music starting at 6:00 PM. See the flier.

Small Group

Small GroupWould you like to be part of a small group? The Small Group Coordinating Committee will be happy to find a small group for you to join. Please complete the request form, so we know what kind of group you are interested in. If you have questions, please contact Steph Wieand or Marilyn Rudy-Froese.

Model School Project

Potato ProjectWe have Red Norland potatoes for sale to support our Model School Project. The potatoes are in 5lb bags and are stacked along the west side of the fellowship space. Last year the money raised supplemented field trips for students who could not afford to pay for the activity. We are suggesting a $5 donation for a 5lb bag of potatoes. On Sunday mornings you can put your money in the container by the potatoes.  If you pick up potatoes during the week please place the money in an envelope in James Yoder's mailbox. Checks can be made to Berkey Avenue Mennonite Fellowship. Thank you for your support!

Lost and Found

Lost and FoundIf you have been missing one or more of your items, you might want to check it/them out on the lost and found shelf, located on the top of the north coat rack just off of the main entrance. Everything that is not picked up will be taken to the depot at the end of each month.  

Our Schools 

icon_bcs  Bethany Christian Schools

Your regular shopping can support Christian education when you buy gift cards/certificates to over 75 national and Goshen-area businesses restaurants, which donate a percentage of your purchases to benefit a student through the Bethany Association for Reducing Tuition. The benefit can go to support a specific student, to Bethany’s general fund, or to a congregation’s partnership plan. For more information, visit our website or contact Lisa Weaver (574) 361-1587.

Goshen College Goshen College

GC Men's Basketball Service

Need someone to do a project around your home? The GC men's basketball team, led by head coach Neal Young, is willing to do manual labor in exchange for donations toward bi-yearly mission and service trips they hope to make. This could be any type of project big or small. A group of up to 18 college basketball players/coaches can accomplish a lot in a few hours! Past projects they have done include yard work & landscaping, interior & exterior painting, and other manual labor (such as moving heavy objects, laying outdoor turf, etc.). The team hopes to take a mission trip in the summer of 2016 to Canada and again in the summer of 2018 to the Dominican Republic through SCORE International ministries. The total estimated cost of both of these trips is between $40,000-$50,000. All donations are tax deductible. Please contact Neal Young or (765) 749-5017.

Exhibit of Suffering Ukrainian Mennonites

An exhibit on the suffering of Ukrainian Mennonites, "Women in the Mennonite Exodus from Ukraine: Paintings by Ray Dirks," opened in the Library Gallery at GC on August 10. A public reception will be held Sunday, August 30, 3:00-5:00 p.m. and a public showing of the film about the exodus, "And When They Shall Ask," will be on Wednesday, September 9 at College Mennonite Church, 6:30 - 8:30 p.m. The exhibit will be open for viewing both before and after the film, until 11:00 p.m. The free exhibit will continue until October 16.

AMBS Anabaptist Mennonite Biblical Seminary

Rooted and Grounded Conference

Join the second annual conference on land and Christian discipleship at Anabaptist Mennonite Biblical Seminary, October 1–3, exploring biblical and theological themes with scholars, teachers, pastors, creation care advocates, farmers and gardeners. Learn more and register online.

Online, Non-credit Corinthians Course

“Creating a Scene in Corinth: Conflict in 1 Corinthians,” an online, non-credit, 6-week course from Anabaptist Mennonite Biblical Seminary, September 2–Oct 13, explores how Paul addresses conflicts and speaks to the church today. Instructor: Reta Halteman Finger. Learn more and register by August 26.

Community Announcements

Program at Greencroft

Dorothy Harding will be giving a program of Black Gospel Music in the auditorium of the Community Center at Greencroft, tonight at 6:30 p.m. All are invited to come.

MCC Relief Sale Men's and Women's Choir

You're invited to join the 2015 Michiana Mennonite Relief Sale Men's and Women's Choirs. The choirs will perform on Saturday, September 26, at 7:00 p.m. at College Mennonite Church in Goshen. For more information, contact Dan Steiner or call 574-312-1888.

Goshen Community Chorale

The Goshen Community Chorale will begin rehearsals for its fall season at 7:00 p.m. on Tuesday, September 1st, at College Mennonite Church. The Chorale's fall program will include a Bach cantata and a selection of Slavic and Orthodox choral music. The Chorale welcomes new members. Interested persons should contact the music director, William Mateer or call (574) 533-2562.


MEDA, with funding from the Canadian government, is launching a major new initiative called Improving Market Opportunities for Women in a New Economy in Burma (Myanmar). The project will reach 25,000 women and their families over the next five years. Its objectives are to help women raise their incomes through improved agricultural productivity, better access to markets and technology, and increased access to financing. We look forward to learning more about this initiative as we raise funds to help! Our chapter will match funds that you donate to this project this year, up to $5,000 total matching funds.


Michael Sherbun is a healthcare executive and clinician with more than 25 years of experience in hospital management and behavioral health care. He is the author of "Caring for the Caregiver: 8 Truths to Prolong Your Career." He speaks nationally regarding staff stress and burnout. This year, his presentation will focus on managing difficult and destructive people in today's healthcare environment. The venue is at Saint Joseph Health System, Mishawaka campus at 1:00-4:30 p.m. The cost is $25. This event is part of Oaklawn Mental Illness Awareness Week 2015, October 4-10, more information and registration is available online.

Amigo Center

Join us September 18-20, for MCC Bike Michiana. Enjoy a weekend of riding, fellowship and raising funds for Mennonite Central Committee. Come join the bikers in riding between 70-100 miles over two days pedaling the beautiful lake and farmland region of southern Michigan and northern Indiana. Fellowship and worship included! If you are not a biker, consider donating on behalf of someone who is participating or become a sponsor. This year the project is raising funds for Syrian Refugee Relief.

Mission to Ecuador

Sheryl Hostetler (Amos' niece) will be leaving on October 15th to work for 5 years with children at risk at the Shekinah Foundation located in Manta, Ecuador. She will be in charge of overseeing the spiritual care for children who come to stay at "My Refuge", a home for children who are experiencing neglect or abuse. She will also work with the families of these children.   On September 21st, there will be a fundraiser at Culver's in Goshen from 5:00-8:00 p.m. Sheryl will receive a percentage of money from all purchases during this time.  No ticket necessary. Just come on in and enjoy a meal and a dessert!


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!

The Depot MCC Thrift Shops is seeking a full time Assistant Warehouse Manager. Applicants must have commitment to personal Christian faith and discipleship, active church membership, good organization, supervisory and communication skills with ability to work with volunteers. Responsibilities include working with staff, general oversight of incoming donations and processing for retail areas, maintain stocking warehouse and recycling. Must be able to operate forklift and truck. Applicants may send resume to: The Depot MCC Thrift Shops at 1013 Division St., Goshen, IN 46528 (Attention Doug Hernley) or email.
The Michiana MEDA chapter is seeking a part-time staff person for administrative support for approximately 10 hours per month. Duties include membership and contributions database management, registration and check-in for five events per year, producing email newsletters, and updating the chapter website. Most of the work can be done from home. Interested candidates please contact Board Chair, Jonathan Geiser.




We will no longer be printing and distributing calendars each month.  They are however, available for download.

This week:
August 29: Commission Planner, 9:00-11:30 a.m.

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Anniversaries and Birthdays This Week:

Sherm and Betty Kauffman
Greg and Barb Smucker

Elijah Garboden
Laura Moshier
Kyle Miller
Stephanie Wieand

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

Pray for Greg Smucker and his family as they grieve the death of his father, Ronald Smucker, on August 18. Visitation is Friday, August 28 7-8:30 p.m and  Memorial Service will be on Saturday, August 29, 3:00 p.m. followed by a time of fellowship at Blooming Glen Mennonite Church, 713 Blooming Glen Road, Blooming Glen, PA  18911. In lieu of flowers or gifts, we ask that you consider a memorial donation in Ron's name to Mennonite Central Committee.
Pray for Doug Baker's continued recovery following his surgery.
Pray for East Goshen Mennonite Church, Goshen (pastors: Merle Hostetler, Sherm Kauffman)
During our pastoral interim this next year, pray we together discern the Spirit's direction for future pastoral leadership. As we move into the future pray that our vision statement, “Passionately Following Jesus" becomes a reality.
Mennonite Mission Network partners, Gordon McDade and Karen Sethuraman, have created a space in Northern Ireland for people who don’t have a church background. Pray for them and the Down Community as they offer Jesus’ hope to people.

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Church Notes
Sunday Service Info

This Sunday: August 23

Ruth Hathaway, Julie and Phil Zimmerman

Sara Alvarez

Lavonn and Eric Hostetler

Nicholas Schrock, Clare and Merrill Krabill

Infants: Marcia Weaver, Janice and Amos Hostetler
Toddlers: Priscillah Metekai, Patty and Jason Lehman

Offering Counters:
Dick Ramer and Karl Sommers

Next Sunday: August 30

Brenda Grimes, Ginny and Armand Martin

Melba and Pete Graber

Lois and John Mast

Nicholas Schrock, Clare and Merrill Krabill

Infants: Shirley Dick, Laura and Randy Horst
Toddlers: Alisha Snyder, Sherry and Curt Wenger

Offering Counters:
Thelma Ramer and Diane Nafziger
Statistical Report 
(August 16)

Attendance: 174
General Fund: $6,275.10
Agape Fund: $10.00
Bethany Tuition: $55.00
College Matching: $750.00

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.

Marilyn Rudy-Froese
Dan Schrock

Greg Smucker (Chairperson)
Roy Bergey
Shirley Dick
Sherm Kauffman
Elizabeth Miller

Doug Baker
Richard Miller
Laverne Nafziger
Judy Weaver
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