Newsweekly: 12/6/15

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Newsweekly for December 6

Local Events and Opportunities:

Appalachian friends take the stage at EMU in Tony-nominated musical ‘A Year with Frog and Toad’: The Tony-nominated Broadway musical “A Year with Frog and Toad” will be performed in Eastern Mennonite University’s MainStage Theater on Dec. 3, 4 and 5 at 7:30 p.m. with a matinee Dec. 5 at 3 p.m. Tickets can be purchased through the EMU box office at 540-432-4582 or emu.edu/box-office/.

Emulate Chamber Ensemble to perform: Emulate is an intimate vocal ensemble from Eastern Mennonite University specializing in jazz, modern, and contemporary concert literature, both secular and sacred. Emulate will present a concert of Medieval, Renaissance, and Contemporary carols interspersed with the complete performance of Tomás Luis de Victoria’s O Magnum Mysterium Mass. Concerts are free; any donations are welcomed for EMU’s music scholarship fund. Seasonal concerts are on:
Dec. 3, 7:00 p.m. at Martin Chapel on the EMU campus (1181 Smith Ave, Harrisonburg, VA)
Dec. 4, 7:00 p.m. at Bridgewater Church of the Brethren (420 College View Drive, Bridgewater, VA)
Dec. 5, 8:00 p.m. at Bruton Parish Episcopal Church (331 W Duke of Gloucester St, Williamsburg, VA)

The Shenandoah Valley Children’s Choir will perform a Christmas concert entitled, “Angels Sing” on Sunday, December 6, at 4:00 P.M., Lehman Auditorium, Eastern Mennonite University Campus. SVCC has 140 singers ranging from ages 7-18. Special guests include members of the Staunton Academy of Ballet and guest instrumentalists from James Madison University and Eastern Mennonite University. To purchase tickets online:  http://www.emu.edu/box-office/

Appalachian friends take the stage at EMU in Tony-nominated musical ‘A Year with Frog and Toad’: The Tony-nominated Broadway musical “A Year with Frog and Toad” will be performed in Eastern Mennonite University’s MainStage Theater on Dec. 3, 4 and 5 at 7:30 p.m. with a matinee Dec. 5 at 3 p.m. Tickets can be purchased through the EMU box office at 540-432-4582 or emu.edu/box-office/.

A Christmas Open House will be held at Gemeinschaft Home (a therapeutic facility seeking to prepare non-violent, non-sexual offenders who have been released or diverted from incarceration for re-entry into their communities) on Sunday, December 6 from 2-4 pm at 1423 Mt. Clinton Pike. Come and enjoy Christmas music, refreshments and hospitality. Take a tour of the historic home and meet staff and our Board of Directors. At 2:30 there will be a short presentation on our programs and about the new Day Reporting Center.  This event is open to all.

Shekinah and Cantore invite you to their fifth annual Christmas Coffeehouse at Park View Mennonite Church on Friday, Dec. 11 and Sat. Dec. 12 at 7 p.m. Live music and refreshments are provided and donations gratefully accepted. Proceeds benefit Gemeinschaft, a therapeutic, transitional home for individuals recently released or diverted from incarceration.

Immanuel Mennonite Church will be hosting a Longest Night service on Thursday December 17 at 7pm. The service will include music, scripture, silence, and candle lighting. In this service we especially acknowledge the darkness of grief and loss in our lives that longs for the coming Light of Christ. The service is also sponsored by Harrisonburg Mennonite Church and Park View Mennonite Church.

Experience one of the world’s ‘best kept secrets.’ Ethiopia is sometimes referred to as the tourist world’s “best kept secret”. Designed to lift the covers, our next Experience Ethiopia Tour is open for you.  Be our guest and we will introduce you to the unique and little known history, culture, and religions of Ethiopia!  You won’t be disappointed! This tour is sponsored by Meserete Kristos College, directed by Darrell & Florence Jantzi, and interpreted by Carl & Vera Hansen.  Plan now to join us February 2-20, 2016 for an experience of a lifetime!  For more information contact Darrell Jantzi at jantzi@golden.net or phone (519) 669 4356, or Carl Hansen at carlverah@yahoo.com or phone (540) 830 0902.

Registration is now open for the upcoming Nazareth/Bethlehem Work Group (May 6-23, 2016) sponsored by VMMissions as a Partners in Mission program.  The work group will engage in work projects at Nazareth Village (Nazareth, Israel) and at Diyar Consortium, a ministry of Christmas Lutheran Church (Bethlehem, Palestine).  The group will be co-led by Dorothy Jean Weaver (Eastern Mennonite Seminary) and Lee Martin (Mount Clinton Mennonite Church).  Registrations will be accepted on a “first come, first served” basis.  For more information, contact Dorothy Jean Weaver at (540) 432-4276 or at weaverdj@emu.edu.

“Markets, Museums, Mosques, and Ministries in West Africa” a learning tour to Burkina Faso, Benin, and Ghana, July 11-25, 2016, will be led by James and Jeanette Krabill along with Ed Bontrager. The Krabills were missionaries in West Africa for some 20 years, and now James works with Mennonite Mission Network as Senior Executive for Global Ministries.  For more information, contact Ed Bontrager at eebontrager@comcast.net or call 540-438-8304.  The full itinerary is online at www.travelventuretours.com

Job and Volunteer Opportunities:

First Choice Hospice is seeking Volunteers to perform a variety of roles in Rockingham, Augusta, Shenandoah, and Page Counties. There is no age, education, or experience requirement. Training is provided. Next training is December 12th 9am-1pm. Come share your skills and talents with our clients and care team! Contact Bethany Wynn at 540-434-3916 or bwynn@firstchoiceharrisonburg.com.

Laurelville Mennonite Church Center is looking for a full-time Maintenance Director. The Maintenance Director will extend Christ-like hospitality through providing oversight of the maintenance department personnel to accomplish the maintenance and development of all Laurelville buildings, grounds, vehicles, and . This position is open for applications until the position is filled. To apply, please contact michael@laurelville.org

 Virginia Mennonite Missions Prayer Request:

December 6

Ask God to reveal the hope of Jesus to many of Allen Umble’s Albanian friends this Christmas season. Give thanks for Allen’s many years of service in Albania and the many relationships he’s formed in his time there.

Community Mennonite Church
70 South High Street Harrisonburg, VA
cmc_office@cmcva.org
540-433-2148

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