Local Events and Opportunities
Mennonite Women of Virginia Prayer Breakfast will be held at Park View Mennonite Church on Saturday, July 23 at 6:45 AM. LaVonne Ramella, missionary in Kosovo will be sharing about her work.
Mennonite Women of Virginia Annual Women’s Retreat will be held October 28 – 30 at the Natural Bridge Historic Hotel and Conference Center in Natural Bridge, VA. Marlene Bogard, MWUSA president, will gather our thoughts around John 15 and the theme “Remain in Me: Finding God in the Ordinary.”
AVA Care of Harrisonburg (http://avacareforyou.org/) is a medical non-profit serving women facing unintended pregnancy since 1984. Their vision is that all women facing an unintended pregnancy would feel supported – no matter what they decide. Current needs include: diapers (sizes 3, 4, & 5), baby wipes, copies of What to Expect When You’re Expecting (4th edition only), three HoMedics Sound Spa Sound Machines. They also have volunteer opportunities for a receptionist and support volunteer.
Enjoy ‘Music Under the Oaks’ at Trissels Mennonite Church (11246 Hisers Lane, Broadway) on Sunday, June 12 at 4pm. There will be a free concert with The Hatcher Boys with refreshments. Bring a blanket or lawn chair. (Inside in case of rain.)
Highland Retreat’s Steak BBQ and summer staff commissioning service is Saturday, June 25. Ribeye steak will be served at 5p.m. and a concert from “The Walking Roots Band” will follow. Highland will provide steak, drink, and potatoes. Please bring a side salad or dessert to share, and a donation to support the summer ministry. Afternoon activities include: The commissioning service begins at 1:30p.m. The Highland Pool is open from 3-5p.m. and 6:30-10p.m. Activity centers open at 3p.m. including the Zip Line (ages 11+), Sling shots (ages 7+), Nature Center, and a Cornhole tournament. To reserve a campsite or A-frame or to register for the tournament, visit www.highlandretreat.org.
Eastern Mennonite University will offer a Restorative Justice in Education Academy June 27-28 on the Harrisonburg, Virginia, campus. The event, sponsored by EMU’s Master of Arts in Education program, will focus on using restorative practices in pre-K through 12th grade settings. EMU, which offers a certificate in Restorative Justice in Education, was the first school in the country to offer restorative justice programs within a graduate education program. Attendance for the RJE Academy is limited to the first 140 registrants. Cost is $300. Learn more and register at https://devcms.emu.edu/maed/restorative-justice/rje-academy-2016/
Enjoy a Mediterranean-style meal and hear “Stories from Montenegro” as Steve and Laura Campbell, VMM missionaries, share experiences of God at work in Montenegro. The event is Thurs June 30, 6pm at Park View Mennonite Church; meal by Bowl of Good includes kabobs and baklava. All proceeds go toward supporting the Campbell’s third mission term in Montenegro. RSVP to Steve and Laura Campbell at email@example.com, 540-214-0322 (Laura) or 540 214-0201 (Steve).
Cantore, a men’s a cappella singing group, will perform a free concert on Friday, July 1, at 6:00 pm at Immanuel Mennonite Church (400 Kelley St, Harrisonburg, Va.) to benefit Living Waters Prison Ministries. Donations encouraged by offering; dessert and beverages to follow performance.
Mark your calendars to come together to knot comforters for MCC! This was traditionally started by Betty Brunk and Louretta Wilson, and is being carried on. The sewing room at Shady Oak has been reserved for two days, July 7 & 8 (Thursday/Friday), 9:00 AM – 2:00 PM. Please come, and invite your friends. We will take a lunch break at 12:00 so bring a sandwich. Coffee and cold drink provided. We are looking forward to seeing you again.
Mark your calendars for Virginia Mennonite Conference Assembly, July 21-23 at Park View Mennonite Church, Harrisonburg. The theme is “Adopted: Peril and Promise in the Household of God,” based on Ephesians 2:19-20. In addition to delegate sessions, there will be workshops and evening worship times open to the public. New credentialed leaders will be commissioned on Friday as part of worship.
Empowering Women: Money, Health and Faith is a Mennonite Women USA resourcing event that will take place on August 12-13 at Peace Mennonite Church in Aurora, Colorado, just east of Denver. In previous years, this kind of event was called PREP (preparing, resourcing, encouraging, praising) and was held specifically for area-conference women leaders. This year, this event is being opened up to all women, because, let’s be honest – who among us doesn’t need to be empowered with regards to our understanding of money and our personal health? We will experience and enjoy networking, friend-making, worship, inspiration, nurture, eating, education and our favorite word: empowerment – that’s what you can expect on Aug. 12-13. Rhoda Blough, of Denver, and Teresa Boshart Yoder of Harrisonburg, VA, will present. As staff of Everence, they bring passion, experience and tools for us to understand our relationship with money and our personal health. These professionals will provide handouts, books, journals and other resources. Register at: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1XkolszCbcDKoCS9QIvZqFx66uq4PR_tfs9eWlgeq6uo/edit?usp=drive_web
Volunteer and employment opportunities:
Gift & Thrift, Inc. (Harrisonburg, VA) seeks qualified candidates for the position of full-time general manager. Responsibilities include, but are not limited to, providing oversight of three divisions (Artisan’s Hope, Booksavers, and A World of Good Thrift Shop), visioning for future growth and development, collaborating with division managers, and overseeing the financial and budget needs. The general manager reports to a board of directors whose vision is to support the work of Mennonite Central Committee. Qualifications: bachelor’s degree preferred, 3-5 years’ experience in the retail environment, supervision, as well as a commitment to the mission of serving others. Interested individuals should submit a cover letter, resume, and three references to firstname.lastname@example.org or mail to Gift & Thrift, Attention: Personnel Committee, 731 Mt. Clinton Pike, Harrisonburg, VA 22802.
Gift and Thrift, Inc. is looking for volunteers interested in supporting the mission of Mennonite Central Committee this summer. Volunteers are a vital part of our mission. We are currently in need of persons interested in sorting and tagging clothes, toys and office supplies. Booksavers needs someone experienced and interested in children’s books. Individuals or groups with any level of time commitment (3-4 hours daily, once a week, monthly, etc.) are welcome. To volunteer, or for more information contact Gift and Thrift at 540 433-8844 or email email@example.com. We would love to have you be a part of our volunteer community! Our goal is finding the right fit for you.
Lancaster Mennonite School is seeking an energetic and dynamic leader for the Superintendent position. Founded in 1942, Lancaster Mennonite School is a comprehensive preschool-12 school system rooted in the Anabaptist Mennonite tradition. The school system currently enrolls about 1,500 students on five campuses in Central Pennsylvania. The ideal candidate will: demonstrate clear commitment to Anabaptist faith and practice; show excellence in leadership; be oriented to effective listening, communication and collaboration; foster healthy diversity in community; show evidence of personal and emotional maturity; and act as a bridge builder. The Superintendent is expected to assume office sometime in 2016. Persons of underrepresented racial/ethnic groups are encouraged to apply. To view application process, position profile and job description, visit www.lancastermennonite.org/superintendent.
Eastern Mennonite University is seeking applicants for an Office Coordinator for the Bible & Religion, History and Psychology departments. The office coordinator provides comprehensive support as well as oversees day-to-day operations for the three departments. The office coordinator extends a welcoming presence to students, faculty and visitors to Roselawn 3rd floor. S/he must be able to work independently. Responsibilities include general office duties, providing support to faculty, assisting in budget work, and communication to students and other departments. Bachelor’s degree preferred. 3-4 years’ office experience required. Organized, detail oriented, self-motivated and able to work with many interruptions. Computer knowledge required. Submit letter of application, resume and the contact information for three references to: Human Resources, 1200 Park Road, Harrisonburg, VA 22802, firstname.lastname@example.org. For more information visit our website at www.emu.edu/humanresources. Eastern Mennonite University is an equal opportunity employer, committed to enhancing diversity across the institution. EMU conducts criminal background investigations as part of the hiring process.
Eastern Mennonite University is seeking applicants for a Multi-tradesman Painter for the Physical Plant department. Responsibilities include painting and refinishing, window repair, assists with building renovations, care for tools, equipment and work areas, and other duties as assigned by supervisor. High school diploma required. Significant hands on experience in painting and glazing required. Applicants should possess a combination of skills used in performing structural maintenance. Submit letter of application, resume and the contact information for three references to: Human Resources, 1200 Park Road, Harrisonburg, VA 22802, email@example.com. For more information visit our website at www.emu.edu/humanresources. Eastern Mennonite University is an equal opportunity employer, committed to enhancing diversity across the institution. EMU conducts criminal background investigations as part of the hiring process.
Eastern Mennonite University is seeking applicants for a Choir Manager for Shenandoah Valley Children’s Choir. The Choir Manager is responsible for all details relating to the intake of choristers and of running rehearsals and retreats. Special skills needed include excellent organizational skills, attention to detail, and knowledge of Microsoft including word processing and spreadsheets. Applicants must be able to work occasional evenings and weekends and accompany the choir on trips as needed. Bachelor’s degree preferred. Submit letter of application, resume and the contact information for three references to: Human Resources, 1200 Park Road, Harrisonburg, VA 22802, firstname.lastname@example.org. For more information visit our website at www.emu.edu/humanresources. Eastern Mennonite University is an equal opportunity employer, committed to enhancing diversity across the institution. EMU conducts criminal background investigations as part of the hiring process.
Eastern Mennonite University is seeking applicants for a Program Director MA in Biomedicine and MA Healthcare Management and Tenure-track continuing faculty position. The Director is responsible for the vision, vitality, and every day functions of a successful and innovative master’s program in Biomedicine and a new MA in Healthcare Management. The Director is responsible for on-going program development and growth, recruiting, advising incoming MA candidates, planning and evaluating curriculum, and formulating and managing budget within the program. The Director also teaches both graduate and undergraduate courses and serves on the Graduate Council of the university. Earned doctoral degree in a Biology-related discipline or a terminal degree or master’s degree with significant healthcare management experience wanted. Position begins as early as January 2017. This is a full-time, 12-month position. Submit letter of application, curriculum vitae, transcripts (unofficial acceptable), and two letters of reference to: Dr. Jim Smucker, Vice President and Dean of Graduate Studies, 1200 Park Road, Harrisonburg, VA 22802, email@example.com. For more information and a complete job description visit our website at www.emu.edu/humanresources. Persons who bring diversity are encouraged to apply. EOE.
Eastern Mennonite University is seeking applicants for a Mail Service Supervisor for the Post Office. The supervisor of mail service is responsible for all university mail services. This includes incoming, outgoing, and inter-department mail. The mail service supervisor is also responsible for outgoing and receiving UPS, DHL, and Federal Express shipments. Supervisor is also in charge of sending department and personal faxes. Two years of college required. Numerical aptitude necessary. Organized, detail oriented, self-motivated and able to work with many interruptions. Computer knowledge. Friendly and helpful to EMU and community customers. Submit letter of application, resume and the contact information for three references to: Human Resources, 1200 Park Road, Harrisonburg, VA 22802, firstname.lastname@example.org. For more information visit our website at www.emu.edu/humanresources. Eastern Mennonite University is an equal opportunity employer, committed to enhancing diversity across the institution. EMU conducts criminal background investigations as part of the hiring process.
Mennonite Voluntary Service is accepting applications for the 2016-2017 year! Opportunities to serve and live in community with others are still open in a variety of placements and locations, including teaching in Puerto Rico. Ages 20+ can apply at MennoniteMission.net/Serve, or contact NeilR@MennoniteMission.net for inquiries.
Next year EMU will welcome two Spanish Language Assistants through MCC’s International Volunteer Exchange Program (IVEP) and is looking for hosts. There is no “ideal” host – some are young families, some are middle-aged and some are retired. Hosts develop their own unique relationships with IVEP participants. This is a wonderful opportunity for families with children who are learning Spanish. We hope that the IVEP participant will become part of the family. IVEP is a year-long work and cultural exchange opportunity for young, Christian adults. Every year 60 participants come from more than 25 countries around the world to volunteer in the U.S. or Canada, where they live with a local person or family. EMU IVEPers arrive mid-August and leave for summer placements the first week of May. Contact Gretchen Maust at Gretchen.email@example.com for more information.
Looking for a house sitter, or to receive some compensation for your furnished home while away for several months? A VMM missionary family of four is looking for a furnished house or apartment Dec. 2016 through May or June 2017. This time frame would be ideal, but maybe even for snowbirds going south for the winter. Preferred location is in the Waterman School district, but other locations will also be considered. Please email or call Sandi Good, MST leader, for more information firstname.lastname@example.org or 540.820.6241.
Virginia Mennonite Missions Prayer Request:
Pray that God will provide opportunities for Brent and Alisha Justice to build relationships with their neighbors in Uganda and that they will be intentional in loving and serving them.