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Newsweekly for March 13

Local Events and Opportunities

Leading into the Common Good: an Anabaptist Perspective is a conference for practitioners, scholars and students. Come join us to discuss a future leadership paradigm. The workshop topics are Emergent Leadership, Leading Innovation, People Management Ethics, Developing Resilient Organizations, and Authentic Leadership. The first session begins Thursday, April 7 and continues through noon Saturday, April 9.  For registration and more information:

EMU leadership conference to create a new paradigm of “Leading into the Common Good.” Author and speaker Peter Block headlines a list of notable speakers for “Leading into the Common Good: An Anabaptist Perspective,” a conference for practitioners, scholars and students April 7-9, 2016, at Eastern Mennonite University (EMU). Block, a well-known expert on organizational development, community building and civic engagement, will address the conference live via video. Many other speakers and workshop leaders will provide input over the two days. Learn more at

You are invited to an evening of musical entertainment featuring Matthew Stearn, Jeremiah Padilla and Tara Davis, Saturday evening, April 9, 2016, from 7:00 – 8:30 p.m. at Park View Mennonite Church.  Tickets are $15 at door and refreshments are provided.  Proceeds will benefit Virginia Mennonite Missions workers Steve and Bethany Tobin Horst.

The Shenandoah Valley Children’s Choir, under the direction of Janet Hostetter, will present “Rising on Wings of Song" Sunday, April 10, 4:00 p.m. at EMU’s Lehman Auditorium. The concert will feature hammered dulcimer player, Timothy Seaman and celtic harpist, Ann Robinson from Williamsburg, Virginia.  Tickets are available on-line at or by calling 540-432-4582.  Admission is $15 for adults/$12 for seniors and students and $7 for children age 12 and under.  Young singers (ages 5-18) wishing to participate in the programs of SVCC should call 540-432-4650 for more information.

A Folk Instrument Workshop featuring hammered dulcimer player, Timothy Seaman and Celtic harpist, Ann Robinson will take place on Saturday, April 9, 10:00-11:00 am in Eastern Mennonite High School’s auditorium.  Seaman and Robinson are quality musicians from the Williamsburg area who capably play a variety of instruments including dulcimers, fiddle, penny whistles and more.  The workshop is sponsored by the Shenandoah Valley Children’s Choir and is open to the public.  Donations will be accepted at the door.

"Holy and Beloved" is a gathering for women who minister in many ways.  Come to share your passions and encourage each other on April 16, 8:30 a.m.-3 p.m. at the Discipleship Center, Eastern Mennonite University. The day includes worship, workshops and lunch.  Cost is $20 and childcare is provided.

Small Church Big Impact is a workshop to address the unique challenges for small and/or rural VMC congregations (100 active members or less), Saturday, April 16, from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm, at Shady Oak Fellowship Hall (part of Weavers Mennonite Church), 2501 Rawley Pike, Harrisonburg, Va. David Boshart, Moderator-Elect of Mennonite Church USA, will be our plenary speaker. Learn more and register at

Register Now for Kaleidoscope Summer Camp!  Camps are available for ages 7 to 18 and run from June 26 through August 4. Fun activities, great counselors, Christ-centered worship, amazing food and new friends! Information is on the web at or call us at 866-566-9272.

Does your Sunday school class or small group desire some interesting and serious Bible study material? Herald Press has published Creating a Scene in Corinth by Reta Halteman Finger, which uses simulation to recreate a house church of slaves, masters, and ordinary workers who listen to the letter we call First Corinthians. It’s full of juicy topics—leadership problems, sex, lawsuits, marriage, food fights, raucous worship services, and much more. Not everyone will agree with Paul—which makes for a lively discussion. Not sure how to get started? Reta lives in the Harrisonburg area and is happy to introduce your study group to the book and help you understand how this informal role-play works. It will work best with at least eight participants. You will never read First Corinthians the same way again! Contact Reta at or find the book at

The Virginia Mennonite Relief Sale will be celebrating its 50th sale this year!  If you have pictures of some of the early sales that you would be interested in sharing, please email

Employment and Volunteer Opportunities:

Eastern Mennonite School is seeking a Dining Hall prep cook and dishwasher position. This position is part time with benefits, working approximately 30-35 hours when school is in session, with occasional evening and summer work for catered events and banquets. Job is available immediately. Applicants must be able to lift 40+ pounds and spend a large amount of time on feet. A complete job description and downloadable application are available at or email

The Board of Virginia Mennonite Missions is seeking nominations for three at-large Board members. The 15-member Board of Directors is made up of a representative from each of the nine districts of Virginia Mennonite Conference, as well as six at-large members. This diverse group of men and women represents a range of vocational callings, both rural and urban communities, and various racial and ethnic backgrounds. They share a common commitment to steward the vision and resources of VMMissions to make disciples in the way of Christ. VMMissions is strongly committed to building a board that better reflects the racial, cultural and gender diversity of God’s global community. Learn more at

Virginia Mennonite Missions Prayer Request:

March 13

Ask that Dini and Klementina Shahini will not be hindered by challenges related to varying views, attitudes, and other cultural differences as they interact with those around them in Lezhë, Albania.


Community Mennonite Church
70 South High Street Harrisonburg, VA