Worship Series on the Senses
During the month of May, the Worship Commission has arranged for a special series on the five senses. Our overall theme is “Awaken us, God, to who we are!” Although our five senses are integral parts of our embodied human experience, we aren't always aware of the role these senses play in our life with God. Our goal in this series is to explore some of the ways the senses enhance our relationship with God.
- May 1 - Touching
- May 8 - Hearing
- May 15 - Seeing
- May 22 - Baptism at the pond
- May 29 - Smelling and Tasting
Stephen Ministry Commissioning Service
Trish Yoder will be commissioned as a Stephen Minister during our morning service this Sunday, May 8. Stephen Ministry is an important dimension of our ministry here at Berkey Avenue. We thank God for Trish and the other Stephen Ministers who provide support to those experiencing difficult times.
Goshen Interfaith Hospitality Network
Berkey will be hosting GIHN guests this coming week, May 8-15. Thank you to the many Berkey volunteers who are part of hosting the families; creating a space and presence for them to feel cared for and welcome.
Berkey Avenue Cleanup and Garden Project
On Monday, May 9 at 5:30 p.m., the Mission Commission is seeking volunteers to:
1. Assist in picking up litter and debris on both sides of Berkey Ave. from the city limits west to CR.17.
2. To install the garden fence for this year.
Pizza and soft drinks will be served at 5:30 p.m. for those planning to help. A sign up sheet for volunteers is posted on the bulletin board by the mailboxes and we would ask that you sign up no later than May 8 to help determine how much pizza to order. All are invited to participate in these activities.
Berkey Volunteer Event
Now is the time to sign up to volunteer to work at the LaCasa Help-A-House Community Work Day event being held in Goshen on Saturday, May 14. Berkey Avenue Mennonite will have a group volunteering at this event. See details and sign up on the bulletin board by the church mailboxes. Alternatively, sign up by calling/texting Dale Snyder at 574-238-6956 or send him an email
Plan to attend our next congregational meeting on May 15
which has a number of proposals you may be interested in. You will soon receive more information about these agenda items through your email and in your church mailbox.
1. Approve minutes of the February 21 meeting.
2. Hear about our budget and giving so far this year.
3. Review the first draft of next year’s budget.
4. Discuss (and possibly approve) a proposal to develop a schematic site plan.
5. Discuss (and possibly approve) a proposal to add more parking and a playground.
6. Discuss (and possibly approve) a proposal to hire a third pastor by early 2017.
Baptism Sunday is May 22. Please remember Evan Krabill and Abby Rudy-Froese in prayer, as they prepare for baptism. You are invited to come for breakfast at 9:00 a.m. Breakfast is a finger food potluck--no hot dishes, please--to keep the clean up simple. We will leave the church at 10:00 a.m. to caravan to Martin's pond (24509 CR 36) for the service. For your comfort, please bring chairs or blankets to sit on, mosquito repellent and sunscreen. Nurture classes will not meet.
Ecuadorian Earthquake Relief
Amos and Janice Hostetler shared last Sunday about their niece Sheryl Hostetler, in Ecuador. If you would like to donate to the Shekinah Foundation in Ecuador where Sheryl works, visit the Rosedale Mennonite Mission's website
. The website gives several options for making donations, including a paypal option. A designation box allows you to send your donations to Ecuador. Hostetler is sponsored by Maple City Chapel and could also use more funds since she spent a lot of her money on the children in need. To donate directly to her fund, send contributions to Maple City Chapel, 2015 Linclolnway East, Goshen, IN 46526; designated to Sheryl Hostetler. A picture card of Sheryl is posted on the Mission bulletin board.
We would like to express our appreciation and gratitude to our church family for your generosity and prayers to the community of Kimuka Village in Kenya. We raised a total of $2848.72 to help needy students and their families with School fees/tuition. Your donations will go a long way in meeting their needs. Thank you again for your generosity. - Metekai's Small Group: Metekais, Bullers, Horsts and Smuckers.
Thank you for all the gracious words, gifts of time or food, prayers and other acts of kindness following Twila Nafziger's death. It is a blessing to be a part of such a caring congregation. - The Nafziger, Berry, & Hostetler families.
Anabaptist Disabilities Network
The latest addition of the Anabaptist Disabilities Network's newsletter features Ellie Wenger. The article is titled I'm famous! The Rich Life of a Teen with Disabilities
, by Kathy Nofziger Yeakey. You are invited to read the article online
New to Our Library
?, by Jessica Kelley is a non-fiction book from Herald Press that is new to our church library. The book depicts the story of when Kelly's four year old son was diagnosed with brain cancer, Kelley couldn't stomach Christian cliches. God's will? Divine design? The Lord's perfect plan? Kelley boldly tackles one of the most difficult questions of the Christian life: If God is all-powerful and all-loving, why do we suffer? Read what she learns.
If you would like a printed copy of the Berkey May calendar, there are extra copies on the literature rack by the mailboxes. The monthly calendar can always be viewed and printed from the link in the right hand column of The Owl Newsletter.
The February and March minutes for the Spiritual Leadership Team (SLT) are now posted on the Berkey website
. You are invited to read them. Use the same password that you use to access the congregational directory.
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!
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.
Bethany Christian High School choirs and instrumental groups will present their spring concerts on Friday, May 13, in the school chapel. The instrumental concert will begin at 6:30 p.m. with the choral concert to begin after a brief intermission at about 8:00 p.m. There is no admission charge and all are welcome to attend.
Bethany Christian High School’s performing arts troupe, Emmaus, will presents its final public program of the 2016 season next Sunday, May 15, at 6:00 p.m. in Bethany’s chapel. Shared in area elementary schools and other public venues, this year’s show is entitled Not An Island
. As the troupe reflected on the world’s current problems and needs, then looked at how that boils down for small communities and children, they saw loneliness and exclusion as issues to be addressed. Filled with fun, energetic, familiar stories (such as Otis and Winnie the Pooh) and songs (such as I’ve Been Workin’ on the Railroad and You’ve Got a Friend in Me), Not An Island
tackles issues that are relevant to today’s children and grown-ups alike.
Host Families Needed
Bethany Christian Schools is in need of host families for serving international students who would like to attend Bethany. This opportunity to gain cross cultural experience in your own home often becomes a rewarding experience for the host family, as well as a blessing to the student. Families receive monetary compensation. One school year commitment. For more information, contact admissions director Sarah Kraybill Lind ,
Rhonda Sider Edgington, organist will perform this Sunday, May 8, 4:00 p.m., at Rieth Recital Hall. Tickets are $10 for general admission, and are available online
or call (574) 535-7566. Edgington is often commended for her innovative programming, colorful use of registrations, and exciting playing. Beginning as a Fulbright scholar in Germany, Rhonda worked closely with renowned pedagogue and performer Harald Vogel, and now specializes in the repertoire and organs of 17th century Germany. Her concert, “Something Old, Something New” features the music of Bach, Buxtehude, Rachel Laurin, Anton Heiller, and Libby Larsen on GC’s phenomenal Taylor and Boody organ.
NatureFest at Merry Lea
NatureFest is a family campout and smorgasboard of outdoor activities held May 13 to 14 at Merry Lea Environmental Learning Center of Goshen College. Camp overnight if you wish, roast marshmallows, canoe on the Kesling Wetland, take a guided hike, try a photo scavenger hunt, learn to start a campfire, dip and squish for macroinvertebrates in a wetland. Typical attenders are children, ages 5 to 12 and their favorite adults, but all ages are welcome to join this day of intergenerational fun. For schedule, activities and registration, visit their website
Summer Camp for Youth
Goshen College will offer a number of summer camp opportunities for kids three years old through high school, including a soccer camp (ages: 3-14, June 13-17 and June 20-22), a musical theater camp (grades 9-12, June 19-24), a girls coding poetry camp (grades 6-9, June 20-22) and Write on Sports (grades 7-8, July 11-22). Other camps may yet be announced. Learn more and sign up online
Anabaptist Mennonite Biblical Seminary
The faculty and graduating class of Anabaptist Mennonite Biblical Seminary invite you to attend the 2016 AMBS Commencement Service at 2:30 p.m. on Saturday, May 21 at College Mennonite Church. This year's speaker is Alan Kreider, PhD, AMBS professor emeritus of Church History and Mission.
First Friday Meal at The Window
The First Baptist Church will be hosting the First Friday Meal at The Window, 4:30 - 7:00 p.m. or until the food runs out. The menu includes lasagna, tossed salad, garlic toast, texas sheet cake, coffee and water.
Plymouth Craft Sale
Plymouth United Church of Christ is hosting a Community Yard & Craft Sale in their parking lot on Saturday, June 11, 8:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m. (A rain date is scheduled for June 18). All are invited to participate in this event. To reserve a space to sell crafts, call the church (533-7610) between 9:00 a.m. and 12 noon Monday-Thursday or call David Boothby (534-1009). Fifty 10’ X 20’ spaces are available for $25 each (Sale items must fit within the confines of the space(s) rented). A limited number of tables are available at $10. Each vendor will handle their own sale. Set up time begins at 6:30 a.m.; parking is available for vendors.
Goshen Community Chorale Spring Concert
The Goshen Community Chorale will be presenting its spring concert at 7:30 p.m. on Sunday, May 8, at the First United Methodist Church, located at 214 South 5th Street in Goshen. This program will feature Mozart's celebratory "Coronation Mass," along with other sacred works by his contemporaries. The chorus will be accompanied by full orchestra for this event, which will also include a Mozart church sonata for keyboard and orchestra with the Chorale's accompanist Mary Rose Jordan as soloist. There is no admission charge and all are welcome.
You are invited to the next Senior Tuesday Luncheon at Yellow Creek Mennonite Church on Tuesday, May 17, noon in the Fellowship Hall. $5.00 per person is payable at the door. The program, The 5th Gospel: Images of the Holy Land
will be presented by Nelson who is a regular traveler and Bible teacher. He will be narrating with pictures he has taken. For reservations, call the church office, 862.2595, by Tuesday, May 10.
The Dixie Swim Club
Elkhart Civic Theater presents The Dixie Swim Club, featuring Berkey member, Laura Mosier. This comedy will be at the Bristol Opera House on May 13-15; 20-22. For tickets go online
or call 574-848-4116.
Little Eden Work Weekend
Little Eden Camp’s spring work weekend is May 13-15. Projects will include painting/staining buildings, outdoor clean up, indoor spring cleaning, splitting wood, a small roofing project, putting picnic tables and benches out around camp, putting in the dock, and other projects. Housing and meals are provided free of charge for those volunteering. Please call 231-889-4294 or email
their office if you are interested in helping prepare the camp for the summer season while enjoying beautiful Northern Michigan and warm fellowship. Volunteers of all ages and skills are welcome and greatly appreciated!
Safe Kids BBQ Fundraiser
If you are interested in supporting Safe Kids and enjoy Nelson’s Chicken and Pit-tatoes, come to the VFW Post 987 located at 1202 W Pike St in Goshen, May 14, beginning at 10:00 a.m. until sold out (usually 2:00 p.m.). Safe Kids Elkhart County works to reduce injuries that impact the children of our county.
Long-term Care Insurance Seminar
Join us for an informational seminar, Understanding long-term care insurance
, on May 16 or May 19 at 6:30 p.m. at Everence. It will be presented by Elaine Martin and Richard Litwiller. Please RSVP
by May 9. Visit the Everence wesite
for more information.
Center for Community Justice
You are invited to an event, Interrupting the School to Prison Pipeline through Restorative Justice
, featuring guest speaker Robert Spicer on Wednesday, May 18, 6:00 - 8:00 p.m. at Christiana Creek Country Club, 116 W. Bristol St., Elkhart. Tickets are $40 for individuals and $75 for couples. To purchase tickets, visit their website
MEDA Annual Business Meeting
Join Michiana Mennonite Economic Development Associates (MEDA) for our Annual Business Meeting on Thursday, May 19th, 6:30 pm. The the dinner and program will take place at Bread & Chocolate in The Old Bag Factory, Goshen. Chapter members and guests will enjoy a meal catered by Bread & Chocolate, followed by a presentation by Jennifer King, senior project manager, from the MEDA home office. Ms. King is responsible for developing and managing market-driven projects integrating women small scale producers, farmers, or business owners into viable market systems. Jennifer currently manages one of MEDA's newest women's projects in Myanmar (Burma). The Myanmar project was the chapter's fundraising project for the 2015-2016 year, so we look forward to hearing more about how our funds will impact women's lives through this initiative. Please RSVP by Friday, May 13, by email
or call 574-355-3607. Cost is $5 for students, $15 for Michiana MEDA members, and $20 for others, payable at the door.
West Goshen Church of the Brethren warmly invites us to their annual Dan's Fish & Chicken Dinner on May 21, 3:30 - 7:00 p.m. Proceeds will go to missions and outreach.
MCC Reflections on the Borderland
We always hear that the best way to learn about something is to see it with your own eyes. Learning about migration is no different. Over the past three years, MCC Great Lakes has initiated six learning tours to the Borderlands between the U.S. and Mexico led by Jorge Vielman, MCC Great Lakes Peace & Justice Coordinator. Assembly Mennonite Church in Goshen, Ind., also participated in a similar tour with Saulo Padilla, MCC U.S. Immigration Education Coordinator. In all, 72 people have participated in these tours. Read some of their reflections online
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!
SWAP needs summer staff! Summer is quickly approaching, and Mennonite Central Committee's Sharing With Appalachian People (SWAP) program still needs 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 to their website
or call Angela at 606-633-5065.
Anabaptist Mennonite Biblical Seminary, located in Elkhart, Ind., seeks a full-time admissions counselor to recruit prospective students and help oversee the admissions and enrollment process. Engaging communication skills and bachelor’s degree required. Experience in recruitment, sales or fundraising highly desired. Knowledge of Mennonite Church USA and Mennonite Church Canada and/or United Methodist structures a plus. A full description is online
. To apply, send letter of application and resume to Daniel Grimes
. Review of applications begins immediately.
Bethany Christian Schools invites applications for the position of evening custodian beginning June 2016. Successful applicants will have the aptitude to work independently, perform minor repairs on equipment, and supervise student cleaning crews during the summer. The position is approximately three-quarters time and eligible for partial benefits. Applications are being accepted until the position has been filled. For information about the position and an application form, go online
or contact Head of School Tim Lehman
Bethany Seeks Varsity Boys Basketball Coach: Bethany Christian High School is seeking to hire a varsity head coach for boys basketball next season, effective immediately. Interested applicants should send resumes and contact information to Athletic Director Gary Chupp