Berkey Avenue Mennonite Fellowship
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Berkey Avenue Mennonite Fellowship
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November 2, 2014

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Fall Back

Fall BackDay light saving will end at 2 a.m. on Sunday, November 2, when clocks will fall back to standard time. This Sunday we fall back one hour. Don't forget to set your clocks back 1 hour.

November Congregational Meeting

November Congregation MeetingThe agenda for our congregational meeting on November 16 will include the following:  
~  Approval of the August minutes   
~  Discussion and possible vote on the proposal to hire a lead treasurer.

Why are we Proposing to Hire a Lead Treasurer?

From the stewardship and FinanceFor a long time, our congregation has relied on volunteer treasurers who are appointed by the Stewardship and Finance Commission. These treasurers care for our weekly contributions to the budget, pay our congregation's bills, manage our employees' payroll, complete forms required by the government, and in general ensure that our congregation's finances are in good order.

For many years we have had three volunteer treasurers: one who manages contributions and deposits (jointly fulfilled by Thelma and Dick Ramer), one who pays the bills (Ruth Hathaway), and one who functions as a type of lead treasurer. This lead treasurer has prepared monthly and yearly financial reports for the congregation, created contribution reports for givers, overseen payroll, worked with government forms and requirements, managed our accounting software, and answered questions from the other treasurers.

It has become increasingly clear to the Stewardship and Finance Commission that we can no longer rely on a volunteer for the role of lead treasurer. After John Nussbaum left this role a few years ago when he and Lisa moved to Missouri, Jim Alvarez and Barbara Eichorn have given their best efforts to fulfill the responsibilities of this role. They, along with Aaron Wieand and Simon Smucker (as well as Thelma and Ruth), have also been working hard to complete the transition from our old to our new accounting software--a transition that has taken enormous energy. 

We now realize that we need a lead treasurer who thoroughly knows accounting principles, preferably someone who is a CPA. Only a handful of people in our congregation have this qualification, but none of them have the time to take on this role, which is estimated to require an average of at least 3.5 hours a week. Therefore we are recommending that the congregation hire a suitably qualified person from outside the congregation to fill the role of lead treasurer. See a job description and the proposal to add this cost to this year's budget here. For your convenience we've also put paper copies in your church mailbox. If you have any questions, please talk to a member of the Stewardship and Finance Commission (Patrick Buller, Ben Buckwalter, Phil Miller, or Dan Schrock).
                          ~Stewardship and Finance Commission

Peace Club

Peace ClubWe will meet on Sunday, November 9.  We will be learning about being peacemakers in South Africa from the Sawatsky Family.  Circle the date on your calendar as you won't want to miss it!  Peace Club is planned for children in grades K through 5 and their families.

MYF - Night of Worship

 Night of WorshipYouth and youth groups/sponsors are invited for fellowship and learning at Night of Worship, at 7:00 p.m., Wednesday, November 5, sponsored by Hesston College and hosted by Silverwood Mennonite Church, Goshen. The Worship will feature Hesston Bible faculty member Michele Hershberger sharing a message about Jesus' love for us and how our unique stories fit into the Kingdom of God. There will also be worship music by area musicians, snacks and door prizes. The MYF is planning to attend. All are welcome, contact Eric Martin or call 574-533-1922 if you plan to attend.

New to the Library

New to the LibraryThis week in the Library, we feature two books; Credo by William Sloane Coffin which gives a powerful record of his remarkable public life, offering his inspiring words on issues ranging from charity and justice to politics and the meaning of faith.Thura's Life is a diary of a nineteen-year-old Thura al-Windawi during the conflict in Iraq, saying that it was her way of "controlling the chaos." The diary, which documents the days leading up to the bombings, the war itself, and the lawless aftermath, puts a personal face on life in Baghdad.

Art Gallery Exhibit

Art Exhibit GalleryMerrill Kraybill and Randy Horst are exhibiting their art in the Hershberger Art Gallery as part of the Goshen College Art Faculty show. If you are interested in seeing these pieces, you can visit the gallery weekdays from 9:00 - 4:30 p.m.and weekends from 2:00 - 4:00 p.m. through November 9.

Lunch Bunch

The ladies' lunch bunch will meet on November 6, at 11:30 a.m. at the Maple Indian Restaurant in Goshen. RSVP to Lavern Nafziger.

Sing for Peace: A Hymn Marathon

Sing for PeaceWith the goal of uniting in harmony to bring peace to our troubled world, Goshen College’s Hymn Club is bringing together students and community members to sing continuously through every verse of every song in Hymnal: A Worship Book starting Friday, November 14 until we’re done. Congregations and individuals are invited to support by pledging per hymn. All donations go to Christian Peacemaker Teams (CPT), an organization engaged in active, on-the-ground nonviolent peacemaking.
During Sunday School on November 16, we'll be having a hymn sing in the sanctuary. People are invited to come and sing their favourite hymns from our hymnals. Donations to Christian Peacemaker Teams will be received. Learn more.

Women's Retreat

Women's RetreatKathy Stiffney and Terri Brenneman are planning another retreat day for women on Friday November 14, 2014 at 9:00 to 4:00, 712 South Greene Rd, Goshen. The cost is $35. Join us for a day of inner work, rejuvenation, reflection and centering in preparation for the busy season to come. Learn more.

College Meals

college mealsOver the years, Berkey has been a wonderful, welcoming church home for many college/young adult students. One of the highlights for the students is having a meal each Sunday after church. This allows them to get to know our church family in a more informal setting and learn to know a wider range of people. You don’t need to make anything fancy – just a simple meal of food you enjoy making. You can host in your home or at the church, using the church kitchen. You may sign up individually, with someone else or as a small group. You can go online directly to sign up for a meal (username: students and password: bamf) or contact Ruth Roth.

Throwback Thursday

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

Goshen College Bethany Christian Schools

Hacienda Day

A Hacienda Day will be held Monday, Nov. 3, to benefit Bethany Christian Schools. Hacienda will donate 20% of purchases for food, gift certificates, and carryouts all that day with presentation of a token. Tokens may NOT be distributed inside or outside the restaurant that day. Tokens may be printed online and are also available on the literature table.

UB Brain Club

The UB Bruin Club is an opportunity for students in grades 3-5 who are planning to attend Bethany Christian Schools or wanting to explore that option. Children can make friends with future classmates and begin to have their own fun experiences at Bethany. The next meeting is Friday, Nov. 7, from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Activities this month is fun with music. Learn more.

Open House

Bethany Christian Schools will host a drop-in open house noon to 2:30 p.m. Sunday, November 9, for anyone considering to attend Bethany. Bring your family for a visit in a laid back and friendly atmosphere. A casual lunch will be provided. Please RSVP by registering online or contact the admissions office or (574) 534-2657 to help plan for the meal.

Goshen College Goshen College

Afternoon Sabbatical

A Musical Treat from Broadway to Sacred with guests Susan Helper Long, GHS theater teacher and Jennie Sophia, actress will be featured on November 11, 2014 at 1 p.m. in the Sauder Concert Hall. Join us for this mother and daughter program that features duets and solos from musical, sacred and popular genres. Besides teaching theater, Hepler Long has performed as Mother Abbess in Sound of Music and Bloody Mary in South Pacific. Sophia's previous roles have included Fantine in Les Miserable at Druery Lane Oakbrook Theater and Fiona in Brigadoon at Chicago's Goodman Theater. For information, contact or call (574) 535-7565.

Explore Goshen Day

Visiting a college campus is one of the best ways to see for yourself if it is the right fit for you. GC, the affordable, nationally-ranked Christian college right here in Elkhart County is offering another Explore Goshen Day on November 14, with special tracks for students interested in American Sign Language interpreting and nursing. You'll be able to tour campus, talk with professors, learn about scholarships and financial aid, hear from current students, eat lunch in the dining hall and ask all of your questions. Sign up today here.

AMBS Anabaptist Mennonite Biblical Seminary

Students and employees at AMBS celebrate two additional days of thanksgiving each year, scheduled between the Canadian and U.S. Thanksgiving Days. “We are giving thanks this morning for the people who give generously to the seminary,” Missy Kauffman Schrock, director of development, told students, faculty and staff on October 22. Learn more.

Community Announcements

Global Health: Awareness and Compassion

A Mennonite Healthcare Fellowship (MHF) Regional Meeting will be held on Thursday, November 13, 7:00-8:30 p.m. in the College Mennonite Church Fellowship Hall on the campus of Goshen College. The event will feature two presentations on global health issues. Elisabeth Beels, RN, will report on the collaborative learning experience between Goshen College Nursing students and their counterparts in Nepal during May 2014. Elkhart County Public Health Officer, Dan Nafziger, MD, will offer a perspective and update on the Ebola outbreak in West Africa. All healthcare workers as well as the general public are invited.  Refreshments and conversation will follow the presentation.  Learn more or email

 Book Signing

You are invited to an upcoming author/book event featuring two of Darrin Snyder Belousek recently published books, The Road That I Must Walk: A Disciple's Journey and Good News: The Advent of Salvation in the Gospel of Luke. He will read from and sign copies of his books. The event will be held on Sunday, November 16, 1:15 - 3:00 p.m. and is being hosted by Kern Road Mennonite Church (18211 Kern Rd) in South Bend. Discounted copies will be available for sale.  Proceeds from sales will benefit Our Lady of the Road drop-in center, Stone Soup Community, and the KRMC Immigration Ministry.

Amigo Centre

We will be hosting Open Gym again this fall and winter. The gym will be open on Thursdays only in November, December and February and on Mondays  only in January. The hours will be from 7:00 - 9:00 p.m. This will be by donation only. There is a flyer with exact dates posted on your church bulletin board. Please call the main office if you have any questions at (269) 651-2811. 

Center for Healing and Hope

$20 EAT•SHOP•GIVE certificates for participating Goshen area restaurants and businesses are on sale at All certificates are valid until December 31, 2014. The businesses are generously donating 50% of the sales to support medical care & advocacy for those in need at the Center for Healing & Hope. Sales will continue through October 31. A list of participating businesses and more information is available at or call 534-4744 x 201.

Discovering The Americas

Diverse Journeys Concert Series invites you to "Discovering the Americas" on November 9 at 4:00 p.m.  This concert features the North American premiere of Concierto Sinfonico Machu Picchu for Andean Flute, by Jaime Diaz Orihuela of Arequipa, Peru. He will be accompanied by the Vesper Chamber Orchestra. In addition, the concert will include choral repertoire from Mexican composers, both contemporary and historical. Join us at St. Adalbert's Parish, South Bend to discover the hauntingly beautiful sounds of music from Peru and Mexico.

Project Promise and Goldenrod Gardens Holiday Fundraiser

Each Saturday in November and through December 20th at the Goshen Farmer’s Market from 8:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m. locally handcrafted gift items and poinsettias will be on sale! Proceeds will benefit individuals with developmental disabilities who participate in programs Project Promise and Goldenrod Gardens offers. We are accepting donations for the sale. Please contact Dan Steiner at 574-534-2717 if you have handmade items (wooden toys, turnings, needlepoint, wall hangings etc.) to donate. Come see us for all your holiday shopping! (Project Promise and Goldenrod Gardens are programs of MDC Goldenrod and work to provide social and spiritual growth opportunities for individuals with developmental disabilities.)

The Window Open for First Friday

The Window's kitchen will be open for November's First Friday. Friday's meal runs from 5:00 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.or until the food runs out. We will feature Thai coconut chicken over jasmine rice,cucumber salad, pumpkin dessert, and coffee. The meal is gluten and peanut free. This event is hosted by Faith Mennonite church. The suggested donation is $9.00.



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!
  2000 Dodge grand caravan for sale. Very good transportation. $1800 or make an offer. Call Armand Martin at 574-536-1164 or email
Mennonite Mission Network seeks a full time Recruitment Coordinator to plan and implement, in a team environment, recruitment of applicants for Christian Service. This person will collaborate with Marketing, Communication staff and program directors to develop recruitment tools, and resource Mennonite Church USA conferences, congregations, and schools with promotion, advertising and recruitment aids for involving the church in Christian Service. In addition to having administrative skills, our ideal candidate will be able to travel independently, communicate comfortably in person, by telephone and email. This strong leader must be passionate about mission and service and able to forge trusting and productive relationships.  Learn more or call Linda Krueger at 574-523-3009.
 MDC Goldenrod is hiring Direct Support Professionals to work with individuals who have developmental disabilities. We have openings for overnight and weekend shifts. Come join the MDC Goldenrod community and learn how to bring hope and independence to someone in need.  Learn more or call 574-533-9720 ext. 6.



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

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This Week:
November 1: Men's breakfast, 7:00 a.m.
November 4: Fellowship Commission, 6:30 p:m.
November 5: OMT Speech Group, 4:00 p.m.
November 5: MYF -  Night of Worship, 7:00 p.m.
November 6: Ladies Lunch Bunch, 11:30 p.m.
CalendarView Calendar Online

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

 Please pray for the students at Model School, that they will experience the joy of learning, and receive the support they need to grow and develop intellectually, socially and emotionally.
Mary Beyler, who has served in Japan for four decades with Mennonite Mission Network, requests prayer for Obihiro Mennonite Church’s charity concert during Advent. Proceeds will subsidize vacations for children living in Fukushima, so they can play outdoors without the risk of radiation exposure.

DownloadOctober MMN Prayer Vine

Church Notes
Sunday Service Info

This Sunday: November 2

Nancy Yoder, Julie & Phil Zimmerman

Thelma Ramer

Lisa and Darin Short

Elisabeth Barahona and Phil Bauman

Infants: Julie and Phil Zimmerman
Toddlers: Diane Beam and Laverne Nafziger


Next Sunday: November 9

Nancy Yoder, Julie and Phil Zimmerman

Diane Beam

Lisa and Darin Short

Elisabeth Barahona and Phil Bauman

Infants: Lori and Ron Good
Toddlers: Laura and Randy Horst
Statistical Report 
(October 26)

General Fund: $3702.89
College Fund: $20.00
Bethany Tuition: $155.00
Mission Fund, Model School (potatoes): $40.00
MYF cheese shirt: $15.00
Agape Fund: $10.00

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

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

Doug Baker
Richard Miller
Laverne Nafziger
Judy Weaver
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