Berkey Avenue Mennonite Fellowship
A congregation of Mennonite Church USA
Berkey Avenue Mennonite Fellowship
the OWL

July 20, 2014

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Berkey Announcements

Thank You

Thank you note We were so happy to have Addie and Micah dedicated in church on Sunday. Having chosen a busy summer weekend, we missed having many of you there so we wanted to include a brief note in the newsletter as well.  We first considered having Addie dedicated when she was a baby and we were attending Portland Mennonite Church. However, since we were thinking about a move to Goshen at the time, we decided to wait and have her dedicated at a church that we would be a part of as she grew.   We are grateful to have found that community here at Berkey. 
Berkey has welcomed our family with open arms. You have reached out to Addie in the nursery and ministered to her through her wonderful Sunday school class.  You helped us welcome Micah by providing delicious meals for our family. We rejoice with you in the gift of our children and look to you for support as we continue on our own faith journeys and strive to raise our kids to know God.

Aaron and Stephanie Wieand

Seeking Volunteers

CleaningThe custodians will not be here the weekend of July 26-27 to do the cleaning.  If you are able to help out with cleaning that weekend, please let Patrick Buller know.

Box Tops For Education

Box TopsWe have 616 Box Tops for Education and 271 points for education ready to mail to Hopi Mission School. Our box is not full and will be mailed Sept 1. We would be happy to have more to include in that mailing. Please put coupons in Genie Kehr's mail box or in the place provided by Mission Commission by their bulletin board. They are no longer taking Betty Crocker points. Thanks for all your giving in the past.

Wedding Shower

wedding showerOn Sunday, July 27th, during our fellowship hour, we will be celebrating the wedding of Lynelle Yoder and Josh Hofer with a card/ money shower.

Support for Model School

Model StudentsVolunteers are needed to prepare and/or serve a noon meal at the church for Model School staff on August 5 as they prepare for the start of the new school year.  Faith Lutheran church has agreed to join us and coordinate support activities with us for the coming year.  They will be serving a meal on August 6.  Please let Lowell Nafziger know if you can help with the August 5 meal.

Stephen Ministers

Stephen Ministers
Stephen Ministers are people of faith who are compassionate and trustworthy. Stephen Minister Training provides skills for one-to-one lay Christian caregiving. If you are feeling called to explore whether Stephen Ministry is for you, the application process will help you further understand what it means to be a Stephen Minister, the commitment involved, and help you discern if your gifts can best be used in this ministry at BAMF. Read the job description. Application forms are available here or on the literature rack by the mailboxes. Completed applications may be put in the mailbox marked Stephen Ministry, or e-mailed back to  If you have questions, please contact Shirley Dick or Marilyn Rudy-Froese.

 Throwback Thursday

Eleanor's sunday school classHead 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 Goshen College

The Goshen College board of directors has appointed Conrad Clemens of Tucson, Arizona, as its new chairperson.Clemens, a 1985 Goshen College graduate and current professor of pediatric medicine and associate dean at the University of Arizona College of Medicine, was elected by the board to replace outgoing chair Rick Stiffney, whose term as board chair ended in June.  Learn more.

AMBS Anabaptist Mennonite Biblical Seminary

Registration is open for Rooted and Grounded: A Conference on Land and Christian Discipleship, September 18-20, 2014. More than 50 presentations and workshops are planned, along with worship, immersion experiences and time to work in the AMBS gardens. Keynote speakers include Ellen Davis, S. Roy Kaufman, and Barbara Rossing. This conference will engage in theology that cares for God’s creation, for the land and all that lives on it. We invite pastors, scholars, creation care advocates and practitioners to join the discussion. Learn more

Community Announcements

Ten Thousand Villages Tent Sale

Ten Thousand Villages in Mishawaka will be having a Fair-Trade Tent-Less Tent Sale on July 30 through August 2 at Kern Road Mennonite Church.  Support artisans around the world by purchasing gifts and other items at a fair-trade sale of unique and practical gifts, accessories, and home décor, as well as many fair-trade food goods!  Come to Kern Road Mennonite Church (18211 Kern Road, South Bend) Wednesday through Friday from 10:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m or Saturday from 8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. View the sales ad.

Volunteers Needed for Peace Booth

Mennonite Central Committee Great Lakes is sponsoring a Peace Booth at the Elkhart County 4-H Fair. It will have information on local and global peace organizations for people to learn about and get involved. Volunteers are needed to help run the booth July 19 to 25. All who dream and work for peace are welcome to sign up for a two hour slot (or more). If you want to volunteer, contact Linda Pieri at

Helping Families in Gaza

In the second week of the most recent Israel-Hamas conflict, Mennonite Central Committee (MCC) through one of its long-time partners in Gaza, Al Najd Development Forum, began distributing locally purchased food to 230 families, and is preparing for a longer-term response. You can give to this effort at, by calling 1-888-563-4676 or by sending donations to MCC U.S., 21 South 12th Street, Akron, PA 17501, specifying “Gaza response.” Pray with us for peace for Palestinians and Israelis.

Works of John Howard Yoder Available Online

An online digital library containing nearly 250 unpublished, informally published and popular works by theologian John Howard Yoder is now available for scholars and students around the world. The digitization of John Howard Yoder material was funded by a collaborative grant (AMBS, Mennonite Church USA Archives, and the Mennonite Historical Library). Learn more.

Free Conference Seminar on July 24 and 26

IN-MI Mennonite Conference is sponsoring a free web/phone seminar on financial development for congregations. In just one hour, “Giving for a Change” will provide an overview of the current financial landscape, connect ministry to budgeting, and offer tips on the most productive steps for your congregation. Learn more

Retreat and Camping Facilities

Come and enjoy a weekend at the retreat and camping facilities that belong to you! Amigo Centre has Retreat Centre rooms available on several August weekends and on Labor Day weekend. Amigo Park has RV and tenting campsites available several August and September weekends. Call (269) 651-2811 or visit for more information and rates.

Congregational Disabilities Awareness Golf Benefit

ADNet and MDC Goldenrod are collaborating on this Congregational Disabilities Awareness Golf Benefit to be held July 26, 2014 at Timber Ridge Golf Club in Millersburg, IN. We are modifying the usual golf scramble format in that we are planning for a maximum of 30 teams with 3 playing golfers and a fourth non-playing captain who has a disability (could be developmental, emotional, mental or physical) to primarily be the cheerleader. Learn more.

Day Trip

Yellow Creek Mennonite Church will be having a Senior Adult Day Trip to Sauder Village on September 18. The cost is $50 per person due by August 4. Checks should be made payable to Yellow Creek Mennonite Church with Senior Bus Trip in the memo line. Registration forms are available in the Berkey office (see Rafael Barahona or Priscillah Metekai) and  checks should be given to Larry Stauffer,  Yellow Creek treasurer, or mailed to Larry at: 64953 SR 19, Wakarusa, IN 46573. Please contact Marilyn E. Miller at (574) 875-7642 or Marge Detweiler at (574) 534-3311 with any questions. 

Michiana Mennonite Relief Sale

The Michiana Mennonite Relief Sale Silent Auction is seeking donations such as: unique experiences, gift certificates, handmade artwork and furniture, collectibles, home décor, outdoor items, themed gift baskets, and other items and services. Items must be new (except unique collectibles and antiques), must have a minimum value of $40, and must be received by September 12. We also need volunteers to help secure donations, pick up auction items, promote the silent auction among bidders in your congregation and community, and help during the sale weekend.  Please contact or (574) 349-7473.  Visit for more information. All proceeds benefit Mennonite Central Committee.


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!

Mennonite Central Committee (MCC) U.S. is seeking a Director of Financial Services. This person will be the chief financial officer of MCC U.S., including the regions. The position will build the capacity of MCC U.S. Financial Services to provide accounting expertise, create financial systems and provide financial management needed by MCC U.S. and will offer financial expertise to the entire MCC system. Please send letter of intent and resume to by July 31. For more information call 717-859-1151 or visit the MCC website 
Maple City Health Care Center is a non-profit organization providing health care for low-income, Hispanic, and uninsured people . MCHCC is seeking to hire an administrative assistant and an interpreter. Please contact Nayla Jiménez Cabezas at (574) 534-3300 ext. 112 or with questions.

Getting to Know
Patrick Buller

I was born in Freeman, SD, but spent all my school-age years in Hillsboro, KS. I had two great years at Hesston College and finished up at Tabor College. I was ready to leave central Kansas and a couple friends invited me to move out to Phoenix. This was crazy and perfect. The weather was gorgeous and the Mennos there were great. Hiking the Grand Canyon with folks of all ages every year was one of the highlights. At some point, I found myself stumbling through the website MennoMeet and found a cute girl from Ohio who was living in Seattle. Abbe and I traveled back and forth a lot for over a year until I finally moved to Seattle. After a few years, we could feel it was time to head east. Now, we're happy to be back in the Midwest and closer to our families, and trying to figure out how to parent one crazy silly boy. Isaac and I love going for bike rides and someday I hope to buy a sailboat.

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!

We will no longer be printing and distributing calendars each month.  They are however, available for download.
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PrayerPlease contact the office by 9:00 a.m. Thursday with prayer requests.

Please remember Jud Gingrich as he recovers from 2 partial knee replacements.
Steve Garboden's cousin, Nancy Beamer, died peacefully on Tuesday.   Thank you for all your prayers on her behalf.
Retired pastor Irvin A. Nussbaum, 89, passed away on July 10. Prior to retirement he served as pastor at Benton as well as churches in Kansas, Missouri, Illinois, Iowa, and Nebraska. He most recently was a member at Waterford. Please keep his family in your prayers.
Pray for Brian and Kelly McPhail as they deepen their relationships with their English students in China throughout the summer, and as they assist in coordinating visits with Fuller Theological Seminary and Mennonite Partners in China.
Please hold up in prayer Germfask Mennonite Church in Germfask, MI and Pastor JD Livermore as well as  Forks Mennonite Church in Middlebury, IN with its interim Pastors Phil Yoder and Eugene Bontrager.
Please pray for the students of Model School, as they continue with summer vacation. For those who find the summer routine difficult, we pray that they will find the structure they need. We pray for safety and good family times for all the students.

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Church Notes
Sunday Service Info

This Sunday: July 20

Neil Miller Richer, Eleanor Nafziger, Ruth Hathaway

Thelma Ramer

Bev & Dave Krabill

Offering Counters: 
Lowell Nafziger, Denise Risser

Audio / Visual:
Matthew Williams / Marilyn Rudy-Froese

Jan and Peter Shetler

Next Sunday: July 27

Barbara Eichorn, Eleanor Nafziger, Ruth Hathaway

Thelma Ramer

Bev & Dave Krabill

Offering Counters: 
Dick Ramer, Karl Sommers

Audio / Visual:
Matthew Williams / Marilyn Rudy-Froese

Deb and Dan Williams
Statistical Report 
(July 13)

Attendance: 131
General Fund: $4522.41
College Fund: $120.00
Bethany Tuition: $15.00
Coffee: $223.91


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
Lee Roy Berry, Jr.
Shirley Dick
Jan Shetler

Renae Yoder (Chairperson)
Doug Baker
Laura Horst
Richard Miller
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